Australians love their brutality, and that’s clear to see in the quality and popularity of our Death Metal acts. Australian bands run the gamut from the harsh sonic destruction of traditional Death Metal as pioneered by bands such as Death, Obituary and Morbid Angel, to the more melodic stylings of the “Gothenburg sound” typified by At the Gates, Dark Tranquillity and early In Flames. Here are five of the best.
Fast-paced and brutal, Chronolyth deliver an energetic performance that is guaranteed to get the pit started immediately. Still retaining elements of melodic guitars, Chronolyth’s sound is something like DevilDriver getting a healthy injection of Arch Enemy. Keep an ear out particularly for the unrelenting drumming talent of Michael Gee. Chronolyth are no stranger to international support slots, having shared the stage with the likes of DevilDriver, Gojira and Testament, and perhaps even more impressively, been one of the few Australian acts to make it onto the stage of Soundwave Festival in 2014. Chronolyth will be tearing up the Ye Gods of Metal Festival at the New Globe Theatre, alongside Witchgrinder, Silent Knight and many more!
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If you like your Death Metal melodic yet sombre in the vein of Insomnium or Wintersun, then Immorium is for you. Immorium provide poundingly heavy tracks with strong guitar grooves and drums that flawlessly keep the listener moving through the Immorium journey. The band’s approach to melodic Death Metal is modern, with some grooves appearing influenced by the American tradition, though the sound overall is more European. This is a hybrid, however, that works exceptionally well. Immorium recently released their debut album Universum, and will next be appearing at Psynonemous‘ album launch show at the Moruya Waterfront Hotel, NSW on Saturday 7 October!
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ORPHEUS OMEGA (VIC)
Orpheus Omega are a prolific act with extensive tours, three albums and a debut EP under their belt, as well as a live DVD from their Asian tour. Frontman Chris Themelco in a lynchpin of the scene, producing many of Melbourne’s strongest Metal acts, including Espionage and Trigger, at his Monolith Studios. Likewise, keyboardist Owen Keswick “Kes” Gallagher produced Trigger’s latest video, ‘Dead Sun.’ Along with their headline tours, Orpheus Omega have supported a staggering number of international bands, including At the Gates, Soilwork, Lacuna Coil and Sirenia, to name just a few. Their next performances will in fact be supporting Wintersun on their Australian dates, alongside Australian Folk Metallers Claim the Throne. These may be your last chance to catch Orpheus Omega live before they bunker down to produce their fourth album, so get in while you can!
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PLAGUE OF SICKNESS (TAS)
Plague of Sickness are a dirty and brutal traditional Death Metal band of fast-paced riffs and guttural vocals. As their name suggests, their work encompasses the dark and gruesome subject matter the genre first became known for, with tracks such as ‘Condemned at Birth‘ and ‘For your Misery.‘ Guitarist Jack Hrycyszyn leads the crunchy assault, as well as taking on vocal duties. Plague of Sickness will journey across the Bass Strait for a gig at the Eastern in Ballarat on 3 November, supporting the launch of As Flesh Decays‘ debut, The Horror of it All.
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RISE OF AVERNUS (NSW)
Rise of Avernus provide horror-infused symphonic Death Metal, that while unique, will likely be pleasing to fans of Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, and even Therion. The orchestral elements are front and centre, often leading the melodies of the band while the Metal elements provide the deep foundation. Lilting pianos are used to magnificent effect, while vocalist Ben Van Vollenhoven is able to switch between brutal growls and absolutely majestic cleans. Van Vollenhoven is a creative force to be reckoned with, as he is also responsible for the guitars and orchestration. Keyboardist Mares Refalaeda is not to be outdone on vocal versatility, as she also provides both cleans and growls. Rise of Avernus will be supporting British Doom Metal legends Paradise Lost for their Sydney show at the Metro on 15 December. Don’t miss it!
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