If you like your Metal dark and heavy, then the Brimstone Festival is for you! Headlined by Melbourne’s Hybrid Nightmares who are rapidly arising from the Abyss, Brimstone includes a truly infernal line-up of Black, Death and Thrash Metal. The bands come from a diverse range of locations, from metro and regional Melbourne, to all the way from Western Australia. A great anti-Christmas celebration to get you in the mood for pagan revels, this event will manifest in sulphur and ashes at the Reverence Hotel, Footscray, on 16 December.
CRYPTIC ABYSS (VIC)
Cryptic Abyss are a mainstay of the Melbourne live scene with their uniquely Australian approach to groove-laden Death Metal. With banging tracks like ‘Blood on the Nature Strip’ and ‘Let’s get Smashed,’ Cryptic Abyss let you know exactly where they’re coming from. Frontman Calvin Cobby leads a furiously energetic live show that never fails to get the pit moving. The band released their debut album Feed ‘em to the Sea in 2016, shortly followed by a T-shirt design paying homage both to the album, and the revered Bunnings sausage sizzle. You can’t make this stuff up… unless you’re Cryptic Abyss.
GET YOUR HANDS ON CRYPTIC ABYSS’ FEED ‘EM TO THE SEA HERE!
Elkenwood are a Progressive Black Metal band with a range of influences, not least of which being psychedelic 1970s music. Sound unique? Damn right. The frosted landscape of Elkenwood’s slow, atmospheric moments is filled out beautifully by Amanda Terry’s violin, while more aggressive sections ride the groove of Nic Williams and Gareth Graham’s guitars. Both mournful and exultant, and marrying the harshness of Black Metal with at times beautiful vocals and seductive strings, Elkenwood will no doubt prove themselves one of the most individual bands on the bill.
GET YOUR HANDS ON ELKENWOOD’S SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM HERE!
Frontman Nick Magur is a prolific force in Melbourne Black Metal, as he is also the mastermind behind Adamus Exul. Greytomb recently released a three-track EP of diverse Black Metal tunes, from the overwhelmingly aggressive and nihilist, to the melodic and declaratory. Beyond the band’s recorded music however, Magur’s live presence is not to be missed. Magur’s tortured performance is captivating, and in a genre typified by relatively homogenous vocal stylings, Magur’s screams are unique and compelling. For Black Metal that creates true art through performance, make sure you catch Greytomb.
GET YOUR HANDS ON GREYTOMB’S MONUMENTAL MICROCOSM EP HERE!
If you have your doubts about young Metal bands from regional Victoria, Requiem will set you straight. Hailing from Ararat, Requiem have brought a blistering fusion of Black, Death and Thrash Metal to many a Melbourne show, and have blown many a metro band off the stage. In a few short years and with two EPs under their belt, the band’s sound has matured considerably. Their first full-length album was recorded at Chris Themelco’s (Orpheus Omega, Eye of the Enemy) Monolith Studios, so you know you can expect quality when it sees the light of day!
GET YOUR HANDS ON REQUIEM’S FIRST TWO EPS HERE!
Septillion are Perth-based purveyors of Blackened Death Metal, for fans of early Dark Tranquillity and Dusk and her Embrace-era Cradle of Filth. The dynamic guitar work of Adam Seroka draws on the liveliest elements of Black and Death Metal, while drummer Ashley Bartley sets a surprisingly catchy pace. Their debut album Inheritance is available now, but Septillion aren’t resting on their laurels; instead, they’re already planning their next release. Septillion create Blackened Death Metal with style, so be sure to check them out.