Metal has always been a genre that embraces the dark and terrifying, so it seems only appropriate that on the day prior to Halloween – renowned by some as Devil’s Night – we look into five Australian bands who particularly tap into the element of fear. Whether it be over-the-top costumes and make-up, in-your-face on-stage antics, or simply an overwhelming morbidity of lyrical content, these bands are ready to give you nightmares before Christmas.

ADAMUS EXUL (VIC)

A brainchild of the mastermind who also fronts Greytomb, Adamus Exul are a confrontingly visceral band. Their blood-spattered stage show will haunt you just as much as Exul’s infernal screams. This is Black Metal at its deepest, reaching into the artists’ souls to expose the darkness and torture within. Nasty and misanthropic, they’re far from comfortable listening, with the music moving between frantic and hypnotic, screams and declaratory chants. Adamus Exul have been venturing back to the stage recently, so keep an eye open in the depths of night.

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DAEMON PYRE (NSW)

Daemon Pyre are a highly versatile band, equal parts haunting and grandiose at times, at others unleashing full Death Metal fury. Daemon Pyre truly create Blackened Death Metal, with a deep sonic understanding of both genres that leads them to fuse the two into a monstrous beast in the tradition of Victor Frankenstein. Simon O’Malley brings drumming intensity to rival Ne Obliviscaris, Sam Rillatt’s vocals could stand alongside Winds of Plague, while Andrew Lilley and Simon Tattam weave dual guitar compositions as unsettling as Opeth. Daemon Pyre’s next headlining show is at The Basement in Canberra, alongside Witchskull, Mental Cavity, Panic Burst and Terravorous.

FACE YOUR DEMONS AT DAEMON PYRE’S TOURING A DYING WORLD AT THE BASEMENT HERE!

HYBRID NIGHTMARES (VIC)

A shiver will no doubt run down your spine as Hybrid Nightmares walk out on stage, for when it comes to horror-infused Metal, these guys really look the part. Shrouded in cloaks until they throw their hoods back to reveal fearsome make-up, Hybrid Nightmares then bring a surprisingly diverse sound to their shows. More than simply unrestrained Black Metal fury, Hybrid Nightmares are a disciplined band with strong riffs and grooves. They very recently released their first full-length album Almagest, and will be touring extensively to support it. Their next stop on their headline tour is The Crowbar in Brisbane, alongside Decryptus, Elkenwood and Fang. Check them out November 2!

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KYZER SOZE (QLD)

Kyzer Soze are a deeply ominous Blackened Death Metal band, capable of constructing a lingering, creepy atmosphere before shredding through it with intense guitars and relentlessly brutal drumming. Death Metal elements are a fusion of the classic 90s sound and some elements of modern Deathcore, bringing together quite a unique experience. As such, it’s unsurprising Kyzer Soze have supported bands as diverse as The Black Dahlia Murder, Aborted and Psycroptic.

TRADE YOUR SOUL FOR KYZER SOZE’S DEBUT ALBUM ASCENSION HERE!

OUR LAST ENEMY (NSW)

Our Last Enemy‘s heavy, Industrial-influenced music sits somewhere between Terror Universal and Rob Zombie, and is infused with horror sounds that give it a cinematic feel in the House of 1,000 Corpses tradition. Oliver’s strangled vocals are a personalised approach to traditional screams and growls that help Our Last Enemy stand apart. They also stand out from the crowd as a more cerebral band, with deliberate references to Biblical mythos, dark and twisted historical events, and occult esoterica such as the Tarot. Our Last Enemy next perform at Darkcell’s Psycho Circus, December 2 at The Bald Faced Stag.

PAY FEALTY TO OUR LAST ENEMY AT DARKCELL’S PSYCHO CIRCUS HERE!