2020 Albums

Album Review: The Motion Mosaic – Avant-Garbage 9.2 (Mathcore)

I’m a huge fan of post hardcore and mathcore, sometimes it even threatens to overcome even my love of metal. This is the second major release from The Motion Mosaic following up their 2016 album Samsara which is well worth a listen but is a very different release, a different part of the bands development. The ideas and experimentation are there but are looser. Now with Avant-Garbage they’ve tightened it up and turned it on it’s head. There’s nothing loose about it, this is a hard hitting yet elegant core album with all the makings of an end of year list candidate. […]

Interviews

Interview With Tommy Giles of Between The Buried And Me + Australian Tour 2020

Between The Buried And Me have been a huge part of my music rotation since they first endeared themselves to me with Colors in 2007, a progressive metal masterpiece by many peoples admissions. Since then I have eagerly followed their musical journey as they refined their sound and experimented with different themes. I love a themed album and Between The Buried And Me are masters of exactly that, so I’m stoked to announce that not only are they coming to Australia for an east coast tour, but they’re doing so with an ambitious themed double set. Tickets for the shows (Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne) can be purchased here through their official website. […]

2019 Albums

Album Review: The Number Twelve Looks Like You – Wild Gods – 9 (Mathcore)

These guys play a variety of music that most metalheads would see on paper and decide it’s not for them, I’m talking screamo and jazz. The Number Twelve have always been on the experimental side of post hardcore and mathcore, which if you ask me, is the only side of these genres – I’ll save you my rant about the origins of post hardcore being rooted in experimentation and then being degregraded by the popularity of a particular handful of bands. They’ve stayed true to that experimentation with this new album, something I was not expecting since I was unsure of the bands status in recent years. I’ve been a fan for well over a decade and am recently stirred up by 2019’s The Callous Daoboys, so I’m more than excited to dig in. […]

Crowbar Brisbane

Live Shots: Blind Girls @ Crowbar Brisbane 27/09/19

A real nice surprise to find on a doom lineup, Blind Girls really stood out and I’m going to be seeing them whenever I can. Another local band with a cassette! again, if anyone has it and wants to sell/trade… I don’t know any bands like this in the area but it is exactly my jam. In the future I will be up front early for this one. I’m lucky I was able to even get the photos I got with the amount of people at the barrier. It’s primal af and perfect for my short attention span. […]

2018 albums

Esoteric Tape: Sullest – Fashionable Male 8.7 (Hardcore/Pop Punk)

I’m just too excited. It’s hard to write this review while or immediately after listening to this record because there is so much going on here and I react in very different ways to all of it. This is a tape sent to me courtesy of Tor Johnson Records when I ordered Cyttorak’s EP I reviewed earlier this year here. I’ve ordered from them a couple times now and it’s always great, cheap as chips as we say in Australia. Their bandcamp discog is 3.25 USD. The tapes are like 2 – 6 bucks a pop at the most and it’s always the strangest and actual esoteric stuff (what I’m all about baby). This is Sullest and their tape Fashionable Male. An adventure into hardcore pop-punk. […]