Australian Heavypedia

Note: This project is in early stages of a long lifespan with it kicking into gear in 2020. What I would ideally like here, is for the Heavypedia to be a seperate website hosted by a different company with better presentation capabilities. I also want to have a small PAID staff working on it with me. To achieve this I would definitely require sponsorship. If you or anyone you may know could be interested in funding what I envision to be one of the biggest underground music promotional projects in Australia, hit me up. Otherwise it’ll be staying here and I’ll do the best I can!

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.

Latest Entries/Interviews

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 Heavypedia: Psycroptic (Tech Death)

Psycroptic started strong and stayed there, not only one of Australia’s longest running bands but also among the forerunners of tech death in general. They formed in 1999 and released their debut LP in 2001, The Isle of Disenchantment – a solid album that holds up to time very well. Since then they’ve released an LP every few years until as recently as November 2018 with their 6th LP, As the Kingdom Drowns, cementing their place as one of Australia’s current heaviest hitters. Their energetic and technically proficient shows make them a must see live band, but also, the time they take between each release has earned them a reputation as one of the best studio bands Australia has to offer, along with Disentomb.

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Australian Metal REVIEWS

Album Review: Xenobiotic – Mordrake (Feb 21st)

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: ‘A xenobiotic is a chemical substance found within an organism that is not naturally produced or expected to be present within the organism“ 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

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

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 (2019)

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 (November 29)

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

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

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 (2019)

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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Micro Dose: The Black Swamp – Witches EP (2018)

Despite weed being illegal here (QLD), we sure know how to do some solid stoner rock and stoner doom, here and across the the rest of the country. Obviously South Australia is a bit ahead of the curb but those cunts have a bit more of a relax than we do, what I can I say. The Brisbane strain is a bit angrier and a bit grungier.

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Album Review: The Ritual Aura – Velothi 8.2

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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Micro Dose: Altar Defecation – Anno Domini Luciferum (2019)

Altar Defecation are a hidden gem among the Australian black metal scene. This new EP is very much proof of that, this is one of the best pieces of pure black metal I’ve heard all year. First of all, the production is WAY better than what you would typically expect from this type of thing, it is mixed very well. Instrumentally it’s pretty standard for it’s genre, it is very riff heavy tho, especially on the track “Fiend”.

There are also some synths thrown in the mix that make things pretty interesting, specifically on the closing track. The vocals are very well performed standard black metal screams. The bass is very present too. The atmospherics and lyrics on the EP create a very evil and occult theme and mood. Blasphemous themes are heavily explored here too and i can always get down with that.

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Micro Dose: Deadspace – Dirge (2019)

DSBM, like most black metal is extremely hit or miss. I heard one DSBM album 2 weeks back that’ll be up there on my worst albums of the year list, HIGH. That said, when this genre churns out hits they are brilliant. Deadspace are one of the genres gems and their new album Dirge proves that. It’s a dark and gloomy wasteland of black metal music and it sounds great.

The passionate and raw vocals lay a tad low in the mix against the thunderous melancholic riffs. The production is a little rough but with music like this that’s more of a compliment than anything. There is a very distinct mood and despair to this album that is displayed perfectly. Too often this genre comes off phony and fucking goofy, but I have trouble taking this seriously.

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Tape Review: Usurper – Offerings

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

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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Tape Review: Maggot Cave – Pub Full Of Maggots 9.69

I knew I was in for some grindcore but I wasn’t expecting it to be this good. The deal with this project is that if I can, I will listen to an album for the very first time on tape. It’s a great approach that leads to a lot of surprises and discovery. There’s things you just don’t notice or care about digitally because our attentions spans are just fucked when we’re given a screen. There’s quite a few vocal techniques used throughout the tape – even at one point offering a howling heavy metal scream which completely caught me off guard. Combined with the great use of comedic samples there’s a lot of appreciate here, most of which seem to be taken from films, sitcoms and Australian radio shows. They all sounded super familiar to me but I can’t quite place them, I suspect the opening one is from Reno 911. 

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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 Heavypedia: Psycroptic (Tech Death)

Psycroptic started strong and stayed there, not only one of Australia’s longest running bands but also among the forerunners of tech death in general. They formed in 1999 and released their debut LP in 2001, The Isle of Disenchantment – a solid album that holds up to time very well. Since then they’ve released an LP every few years until as recently as November 2018 with their 6th LP, As the Kingdom Drowns, cementing their place as one of Australia’s current heaviest hitters. Their energetic and technically proficient shows make them a must see live band, but also, the time they take between each release has earned them a reputation as one of the best studio bands Australia has to offer, along with Disentomb.

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Micro Dose: Bastardizer – Dawn of Domination (2018)

Dawn Of Domination is the bands second LP and it fits very nicely into the collection of Aussie thrashers. It sold me with it’s solid opening track – I’ve always a big fan of instrumental openers and less interested in samples or ambience to start off a metal records – especially not a blackened speed metal record. You have to bring the energy up front and the guitars always feel alive here which helps a lot.

The bass is very present, it has a distinct metallic twang that litters the tracks, a kind of constant that keeps everything anchored. You generally know if you’re a fan of this specific sound or not – it’s a tried and true framework. At least now you can get a taste for Australian metal in the mix and I recommend sussing out similar bands and projects from around the world. There’s only so much you can do with blackened speed metal so it all kind of sounds the same on some level, but that basically translates to “they are all awesome” too.

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Micro Dose: Lucifungus – Akuma Kin (2018)

For a new doom duo these guys go pretty hard. As their Facebook asks, “How can 2 dudes be heavier than my whole band?” and that’s pretty accurate. These doom riffs are crushing and thicc. It also features the classic Australian sound that can so easily be confused for southern or groove metal. It’s very playful and progresses through the tracks very organically. I really like the track “Flesh” – it sounds very much like a Melvins song – which I never get sick of hearing.

The vocals are clean, as per the usual with stoner doom. The influences appear to be Buzz Osborne and Ozzy Osbourne. There’s never too much of an emphasis on the vocals or the lyrics though as the mixing seems to allow any kind of germination. It all blends together nicely in a complete package. It’s not too long or too short, just a really solid debut that should be an easy listen for any doom head.

Here’s hoping they do some more physical releases (tapes please!)

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Project started May 2019. 

Related projects:

Any bands looking for art I have a list of international artists here. Looking for more Aussie artists.

If any bands wish to submit cassettes to be featured on the metal cassette part of my site shoot me an email: noobheavyaus@gmail.com

The goal: To create a Noob Heavy curated online encyclopedia featuring the current bands releasing, recording and promoting. The intent of this is promote Australian metal to an international audience. Sound is just one aspect I consider at Noob Heavy, I also wish to support Australian visual artists as I develop my art resource for bands. By getting bands to network with artists, the general product of Aussie Metal can be elevated to contend with international artists on the global digital platform. A part of that goal is networking with people who have skills that can be of service to bands and of educational value to the practitioners. Such as university initiatives for free recording sessions or things along those lines. 

The process: by using the Metallum and word of mouth, I worked through a list of over 2500 Australian metal bands. Painstakingly assessing their suitability for this project one by one until I narrowed it down to a supreme list of around 500 – 700. For this new list I listen more intently, to multiple or all releases, research the history and search out live shows. I reach out to the bands for stories and quotes to personalize each entry. This is a digital project but I would definitely entertain the idea of turning into a book once it’s “complete”. This won’t just boringly chronicle our music scene, I’m looking for the crazy stories, the strange gigs and the frustration of modern living in Australia. As a writing major, our third year allows us to work on a personal project and I’m considering making this it (If the uni will allow). So it’s not just about the music, the art and my writing for me. My academic grade and general competence will come under scrutiny within the educational system. 

The thesis: Australia is kind of a fucked and awesome place in many ways. It’s hard to start a band, it’s even harder to maintain having a band let alone being successful. Unemployment is up and Australian government outsources much of the work, home ownership and business opportunity. A lot of us just can’t get instruments. Due to the restrictions on import we cannot easily access most international content except for some of the streaming. To get a cassette I want that costs 15 dollars AUD, will cost me 40 to just get it here. On top of all of this, as a nation we are experiencing a significant cultural cringe wherein we have no real original identity beyond the indigenous people we screwed over and sports/beer culture that took it’s place. A country without identity must borrow one. The alternative scenes almost entirely spawned from watching overseas bands with a sense of burning desire to do what the are doing. We just don’t have the labels and resources to make it happen. Here is where thousands of brilliant ideas die before ever leaving this country, these are the things I am looking for. It’s not all bad though, there’s some very unique gigs and experiences to be had in Australia and we are very much known for our sense of humor about everything.