One of the great Australian Heavy Metal institutions, Ausocalypse returns for its fourth round on January 27 as part of the Australia Day long weekend! This is great news for Bendigo Metalheads in particular, as this gig will be taking place at your very own Musicman Megastore! Headlining the day will be two of Melbourne’s finest bands, both of whom have blasted their way through European tours in the past few years – Vanishing Point and Divine Ascension. But there are plenty of other excellent bands on the bill from all over Australia, so let’s take a closer look.
AWFUL NOISE (QLD)
Awful Noise are true to the traditional sound of Grind, with a slightly more melodic touch – think Necroticism-era Carcass (melodic is relative, after all). Their songs are as fast-paced as to be expected within the genre, with a tight presentation from Lindon Faynes’ brutal vocals to the crushing guitars of Chris Perkins. Doubtless one of the outright heaviest bands on the bill, Awful Noise will bring their Northern destruction to tear the Musicman apart.
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CLAIM THE THRONE (WA)
Arguably Australia’s premier Folk Metal band, Claim the Throne recently supported Insomnium on their national tour, and will be playing Ausocalypse as part of their On Desolate Plains tour, promoting their new album of the same name. Even if you don’t know the band, many will be familiar with bassist Glenn “Dysie” Dyson, of Soundworks Touring. Not only is Dysie one of the lynchpins of the Australian heavy scene, particularly in WA, his band also has a marvellously full Folk Metal sound that keeps the ale flowing and heads banging. The sound is particularly rounded out by the keys and additional vocals of Jesse Millea. Catch them before they head off on their first European tour!
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Envenomed have been making a name for themselves on some of Melbourne’s finest line-ups, from Higgo’s Heavy Cherry to this, the fourth Ausocalypse. And it’s a name well-deserved; Envenomed include some of the finest vocals in Australian Thrash with Anthony Mavrikis at the helm. Naturally he can growl with the best of them, but his vocal style also brings to mind Russell Allen of Symphony X, bringing real class to the Envenomed brand. Not to take away from the excellence of Brendan Farrugia’s guitars of course, nor bassist Dave Lowes who is a fast-paced machine in his own right. Rounded out by the unstoppable Adam Bartleston on drums, Envenomed are a compelling band that will have the crowd moving from start to finish.
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Executus recently released their debut EP Escape Reality, bursting into listeners’ ears with a hybrid of Thrash, Death and even a little grind. Guitarists Adrian Donarski and Grant Osborne rip through their fast-paced tracks with great technical proficiency and outstanding solos, ably supported by the rolling bass of Kym Baddams and drummer Ouen Pasadilla whose style is both pounding and groovy. Executus’ songs seamlessly transition between different styles and pacing, making diversity a strength of their sound. A band likely to please a great cross-section of the Ausocalypse crowd with moments both melodic and brutal.
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FLAMING WREKAGE (NSW)
Flaming Wrekage unleashed their latest album From Flesh to Dust this year, another stunning product of Chris Themelco’s Monolith Studios. Flaming Wrekage emerge from the heavier side of Thrash Metal, reminiscent of Lamb of God and Exodus. Dave Lupton’s vocals and guitar complement each other perfectly alongside guitarist Justin Humphry, backed by the ground-shaking intensity of Matt Thornton’s drums. Their tracks are beautiful excursions into speed and brutality, with a pace that shifts between urgency and relentlessness. Definitely a strong player in the heavy Thrash area.
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