An Aussie encyclopedia isn’t new, so what’s so great about mine? Well my entries are entirely curated by Noob Heavy and not a completionist project so it will present only the best and most current metal bands in Australia. Furthermore every post isn’t just about the band, each one has an interview with the band that provides their perspective on their music, their peers music and Australia (the good and the bad). Thirdly I’ll be updating it with the most current promotional materials when made available. One day this won’t be a project where outsiders look in, it’ll be a project that looks out at it’s readers like a living document and demands exploration.

Note: Still early stages, formatting subject to improve along with my interviewing ability

Latest Entries

Australian Heavypedia: Interview with Aeons Abyss (Death Metal)

Aeons Abyss are releasing a stand alone conceptual single on April 3rd called “The Great Hanging” that features a collab with fellow Aussie Shanon from Eternal Rest. Here is the link to pre save on Spotify and there’s a bit of a teaser video in the interview. Both of Aeon Abyss’ 2019 releases, Pity Eloquence and Impenitent are Name Your Own Price on Bandcamp too.

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Aussie Heavypedia: Interview with Dyssidia (Progressive Metal)

I am really happy to do my second phone interview and it couldn’t have been with a more chill person. I had a chat with vocalist Mitch Brackman from Dyssidia who have just released their debut LP on the 17th of March after a decade of EPs and playing live with bands like Opeth and Katatonia. Their new album Costly Signals is an impressive work, I reviewed it recently here and I can’t get enough of it. It’s an essential listen. We talked about a good range of things like the writing process, interpreting art, touring in Australia and of course Covid-19 and the effects that’s been having on the creative process. Mitch says to keep your chin up and make content.

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Australian Heavypedia: Abu Ghraib (Grindcore)

I encountered Abu Ghraib on the Metal Archives while first scouting for this project and their band photo was so funny and endearing I ended up saving it “for later” which I guess is now because they’ve recently released a massive grind album that surpasses even their sublime memery in ability and entertainment value. There was no sign of this beast earlier in the year with just a demo to their name and hardly an online presence but now I’m convinced they are going to be huge, well, as huge as grindcore can get in this country.

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Australian Heavypedia: Vahrzaw (Black Metal)

Vahrzaw are one of Australia’s longest running black metal acts having played under various names in the early 90s. While many bands have come and gone, Vahrzaw have marched on unable to be stopped by neither politics nor circumstance, leaving a long trail of releases featuring interesting artwork. Metalheads in need of an audio pummelling look no further. Their sound hasn’t been compromised in the face of an ever changing scene over the decades and after Husk, their ripper of a 2018 album, they are returning with a brand new album slated for 2020. I spoke to Vahrzaw guitarist Scott about it and the bands origin.

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Australian Heavypedia: Crypt Crawler (Death Metal)

Crypt Crawler are newcomers to the scene having starting producing singles in 2018 but they’ve sure as shit started with some quality songs. They have a DIY approach to their music that gives it an authentic rawness but there’s also a level of proficiency that brings with it a clarity to the sound. Their 2019 debut LP To The Grave can easily contend with many international releases in 2019 despite not having the aid of a label.

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Australian Metal Reviews

Australian Heavypedia: Interview with Aeons Abyss (Death Metal)

Aeons Abyss are releasing a stand alone conceptual single on April 3rd called “The Great Hanging” that features a collab with fellow Aussie Shanon from Eternal Rest. Here is the link to pre save on Spotify and there’s a bit of a teaser video in the interview. Both of Aeon Abyss’ 2019 releases, Pity Eloquence and Impenitent are Name Your Own Price on Bandcamp too.

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Aussie Heavypedia: Interview with Dyssidia (Progressive Metal)

I am really happy to do my second phone interview and it couldn’t have been with a more chill person. I had a chat with vocalist Mitch Brackman from Dyssidia who have just released their debut LP on the 17th of March after a decade of EPs and playing live with bands like Opeth and Katatonia. Their new album Costly Signals is an impressive work, I reviewed it recently here and I can’t get enough of it. It’s an essential listen. We talked about a good range of things like the writing process, interpreting art, touring in Australia and of course Covid-19 and the effects that’s been having on the creative process. Mitch says to keep your chin up and make content.

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Album Review: Dyssidia – Costly Signals 9 (Prog Metal)

Australia is no stranger to progressive metal with bands like Ne Obliviscaris, Be’Lakor, Caligula’s Horse and a bunch more. Dyssidia have produced what very well may be the best progressive metal album of the year. It’s huge and it’s full of outsider influences that help skirt the usual trappings of the genre. The album art is by Adam Burke who I will never get tired of, his style is as versatile as this album.

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Interview: Brendan Auld (Snorlax, Descent & A Whole Lot More)

This week I got the chance to talk to one of Brisbane’s busiest but chillest musicians, Brendan Auld who is in a lot of great projects. He had a noticeable impact on the global underground with his recent release II by Snorlax but he is also a part of the awesome death/hardcore band Descent who are opening for Cattle Decapitation and Revocation in Brisbane on the 13th of Feb, Tickets Here. The following interview was transcribed from a phone call I had with Brendan and has been edited for presentation. It’s quite an insightful look into the motivations of the man behind Snorlax, a project that due to it’s dark sound and visual aesthetic along with the name, raised some eyebrows and perhaps even caused confusion.

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Album Review: Wardaemonic – Acts Of Repentance 9.5 (Black Metal)

Alright, what is in the bloody water over at Perth? The amount of bands coming out of there at the top of their game is intense. It’s unlike anywhere else on the continent, and they’re even on my favorite label, Transcending Obscurity. This label has good taste, every album that gets released there has some kind of quirk or progressive music ideology that separates the bands from their genre. This isn’t just another black metal album, it’s an experience equally capable of being a mosher and a thinker. It unravels unto your mind and stirs something in your soul. Acts of Repentance releases on the 20th of March and will be one of this year’s highlights just based on the sound and presentation combination happening here. It’s a high quality and well-rounded album.

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Tape Review: Religious Observance – Utter Discomfort 8.0 (Sludge)

I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again, the Aussie underground has some of the best sludge bands in the world. We add sludge to everything, like it’s fucking tomato sauce, because it’s the best genre ever. Whether it’s black metal, death metal or doom metal you bet we’ll sludge it up and make it sound as strange as possible.

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Crypt Crawler Unveil Artwork And Single For Upcoming EP “Blood Sustenance”

Crypt Crawler are one of my favorite Australian death metal bands, their 2019 LP, To The Grave made it on my Top 25 Aussie Metal Albums list and I’ve covered them in various other ways. These boys are the fresh new face of Aussie death metal and they’ve just announced a swift follow up EP titled “Blood Sustenance” that is due for release March 13th, 2020. Pre-Orders are currently up through Bandcamp here. It was the quickest I have ever gone from seeing an announcement to purchasing a pre-order in my life and it’s only 4 dollarydoos which in your currency is probably like 2.6 dollars.

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Album Review: King – Coldest Of Cold 8.6 (Black Metal)

This is my first encounter with King and it was a hell of a great experience. This band does black metal in one of my favourite ways and the album they’ve put out here is of great quality from front to back. As far as I can find, this album is their second full length and it certainly marks a promising future for the band.

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Album Review: Snorlax – II 8.5 (Black Metal)

Snorlax, besides the bubbly pokemon, is a not so bubbly blackened death solo project created by Brandon Auld, who is an Australian metal machine from my neck of the shit-woods Brisbane. He’s involved in numerous projects such as the death/hardcore band Descent and recording/Mixing as Black Blood Audio. Brandon also joined Siberian Hell Sounds and started Consumed in 2018, then started up Necroseptic and did a split as Snorlax in 2019. How do you know when you’re done? There’s a methodical nature to the creative process that ferments over years and almost always starts with a demo, from barebones to the whole damn skeleton, you can see the vision building. This is especially true with his solo project Snorlax which will confront you as harshly as any full band would dare.

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Album Review: Xenobiotic – Mordrake 7.8 (Deathcore)

Here’s the perfect storm of pre-release bait for me – it’s an Australian tech death release featuring the artwork of Mariousz Lewandowski (I know how we all feel but this one’s really good). Xenobitoic are a tech deathcore band from Australia’s new metal mecca, Perth. Take a look at my Top 25 Australian Metal Releases article and drink every time I wrote Perth, then just drink recreationally. Mordrake releases on the 21st of February and features a couple of guests vocals that really make their tracks for me. Expect more of a scifi prog approach than a bunch of breakdowns – we’re telling a story here with an album of a higher brow.

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Album Review: Carcinoid – Metastatic Declination 7.8 (Death Metal)

Carcinoid are a fun band to me, there’s something inherently goofy about it without it actually being a joke. This is raw af sludgeoned black death doom metal that will do things you haven’t really heard before, like absurdly clean bass tones and unexpected lofi melody. It’s not very accessible though, perhaps only existing for the sake of the most nihilistic and misanthropic metalheads around. There’s just so much sludge and generally ominous shit, this isn’t supposed to be accessible or palatable. It will be a sure hit for those like myself who enjoy super abrasive death doom, which is a lot of the metal cassette community.

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Australian Heavypedia: Abu Ghraib (Grindcore)

I encountered Abu Ghraib on the Metal Archives while first scouting for this project and their band photo was so funny and endearing I ended up saving it “for later” which I guess is now because they’ve recently released a massive grind album that surpasses even their sublime memery in ability and entertainment value. There was no sign of this beast earlier in the year with just a demo to their name and hardly an online presence but now I’m convinced they are going to be huge, well, as huge as grindcore can get in this country.

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Album Review: Mental Cavity – Neuro Siege 8.6 (Death/Grind)

Do you like death metal? Do you like hardcore? The easy answer to both of these questions is fuck yes! And so you’ll quite enjoy this dark and gritty stomper of a release from Australia. We can’t make any kind of music without throwing a thick layer of sludge on it and that makes me really bloody happy. It’s the cheese of music, you can put it on almost anything. Considering there’s already the presence of hardcore and death metal stylings, this album is basically like locking a bunch of random neighbourhood dogs in a room that’s just got a grimed up tarp on the floor.

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Eternal Rest – The Picture Of Hatred (Death Metal)

Brisbane has been coming out with some pretty awesome metal lately and Eternal Rest are no exception to this. Their third album The Picture Of Hatred has a lot to boast about for a band from such a humble part of the world (arse end of Australia, I’m here too so I can admit it) such as having this release on the American label Gore House Productions, album art from french artist Remy Cooper and being mixed by the iconic Dan Swano (what?!). With this in mind you might be imagining something quite fancy or even melodic… Yeah nah, this album is filthy, often finding itself on the grind side of death. There’s a sense of nihilism and discomfort, so naturally I enjoy it.

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Microdose: Ploughshare – Tellurian Insurgency (Sludge/Black)

Well that was unsettling. Ploughshare play a fucked kind of black/death/sludge metal that will make you feel physically unsafe even in the comfort of your own home. Tellurian Insurgency is their brand new EP through Aussie label Brilliant Emperor and it releases on the 29th of November. Not an album for the easily scared, if this is you, then turn your radio back on and continue listening to Kyle and Jackie-O, you clicked the wrong social media link. Happens to the best of us.

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Album Review: Abu Ghraib – Enhanced Torture Techniques 8.7 (Grindcore)

It’s stupid how fast this grindcore is, its speedgrind. Overall I’m super impressed with Abu Ghraib as an Australian band, I originally found out about them by scouring the Metal Archives for hours searching by Australia for the Heavypedia project. I encountered Abu Ghraib and their band photo was so funny and endearing I ended up saving it “for later” which I guess is now because they’ve released a massive grind album that surpasses even their sublime memery in ability and entertainment. There was no sign of this beast earlier in the year with just a demo to their name, don’t be sleeping on this one.

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Album Review: Remission – The Tether’s End 7.8 (Thrash/Death)

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve covered a straight up rager on this site, so when I heard “The Tether’s End” by Remission, i knew I had to talk about it. Remission are a death metal band with some thrash influences and melodic death metal textures. This is their debut album and it’s set for release on November 15th. This is one you aren’t going to want to miss!

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Micro Dose: Munt – Towards Extinction (Black/Grind)

Munt sit in an extremely niche style of extreme metal, I niche I enjoy quite a lot. That is blackened deathgrind. The most easily recognizable example of this genre is probably Full Of Hell. It combines the raw intensity and speed of grind with the overbearing evil murky atmosphere of black metal.

The vocals here sound fucking ungodly dude. It’s these evil high pitched black metal screams that are just as sporadic and intense as the blasting drums. In true grind fashion this is ruthlessly heavy, not once does it let up. Definitely good stuff.

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Interview: Satta (Visual Artist)

I became familiar with Satta through IG as I follow a lot of dark artists suitable for band merch, Satta however has a classical approach to the style that outshines the rabble of common assets and lazy work ethic. His art is not just dark by subject, it embodies it fully, from conception to technique to completion. It’s a higher brow darkness. I also became familiar with the aussie OSDM band Aeon’s Abyss through instagram, who ended up commissioning Satta for their upcoming album Impenitent (Nov 1), a fortunate pairing sharing similar classic metal values. Here is an interview with the artist Satta in which we discuss influences, the upcoming album and living as an artist.

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Album Review: The Ritual Aura – Velothi 8.2 (Tech Death)

Before even pressing play I am more or less in love with this album and I think the concept of Morrowind Metal has been a long ass time coming. Morrowind was the game of my life, no doubt about it, I found it at Video Ezy on original XBOX when I was 11. I played Morrowind and only Morrowind until Oblivion was released on 360 when I was 15. I have an encyclopedia like memory of that game and its many quest lines, as well as exploits. I found that fucking Dwemer Cube about 300 times. I’ve played it plenty as an adult too, fully modded. This is even more in my wheelhouse than Dark Souls. The Ritual Aura are also an Australian band with great album art. The music would have to suck more balls than I can imagine being sucked to fuck this up.

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Tape Review: Usurper – Offerings 7 (Sludge/Drone)

Usurper are a volatile doom trio from Australia that often strips down to the aesthetic of a solo project, the opening of their 2018 tape Offerings is a slow build towards certain blackened doom. Something Australia does – no matter the genre – is bring a tinge of southern stoner sludge to the sound in some way. This sounds like a fetid corpse being kept alive by toxic bong vapours. To make it even better, the physical tape comes with an exclusive fourth track “Conjuration of the Four”. Well in theory it makes it better, it’s kind of an anti-track so it depends on who you are whether or not it’s a bonus.

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Album Review: Consummation – The Great Solar Hunter 10 (Black Metal)

Brisbane has some great black metal and Consummation is a strong bit of evidence for that. They have such a dark style that sounds like a presence in constant pursuit. It can catch you off guard if you have a tendency to zone out, it forces you back with glorious momentous metal that would be a crime to not acknowledge with a facial expression somewhere between surprise and smelling shit. Seriously, this is really good black metal. They’ve managed to well exceed to expectations I had from hearing their previous EP, Ritual Severance on tape recently. 

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Australian Heavypedia: Vahrzaw (Black Metal)

Vahrzaw are one of Australia’s longest running black metal acts having played under various names in the early 90s. While many bands have come and gone, Vahrzaw have marched on unable to be stopped by neither politics nor circumstance, leaving a long trail of releases featuring interesting artwork. Metalheads in need of an audio pummelling look no further. Their sound hasn’t been compromised in the face of an ever changing scene over the decades and after Husk, their ripper of a 2018 album, they are returning with a brand new album slated for 2020. I spoke to Vahrzaw guitarist Scott about it and the bands origin.

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Album Review: Aversions Crown – Xenocide 7.9 (Tech Death)

Aversions Crown pretty make takes the sci fi death metal concept started by Nocturnus and applies it to deathcore. It’s a great way to create an alternative to the norm which in the case of deathcore, is a shitload of generic releases. They stand out to me with the spacey elements mixing up what could have been a more typical sound. They’re kind of the Australian equivalent of Rings Of Saturn and one of the few Brisbane based bands to sign to a major label, having caught the attention of Nuclear Blast.

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Tape Review: Corpseflesh – Rearranged With A Twelve Gauge 9 (Grindcore)

Rearranged With A Twelve Gauge was released this year with complete disregard and the current scenes: it’s old school death in an awesome and ignorant way. I enjoy brutal death metal a lot and this has a galloping pace and vocals somewhere between old Cannibal Corpse and Dethklok. B

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