The OVERDRIVE Heaviest 100 have been announced, and it was a stiff competition to the end! Congratulations once again to Brisbane’s Caligula’s Horse, who took the top spot with their monumental Progressive Metal masterpiece, ‘In Contact.’
There were plenty of other bands in the running though, and over the coming weeks, we’ll get to know them as bands who kicked some massive goals throughout 2017, and from whom we’ll be expecting even bigger things this year!
ACID WOLF (SA)
Formerly known as ThirteenBlack, Acid Wolf live up to their name with their trippy brand of stoner Sludge. Building on the pioneering tradition of Black Sabbath, Acid Wolf have a fuzzy, distorted sound driven by the Mark Page’s guitar and the rumbling bass of Jason Moon. Richo Wise’s drums are relentlessly energetic, moving the music on apace while Page is given room to breathe, wander and drone. Benson Eckert’s snarling vocals are more aggressive than Ozzy Osbourne’s, fulfilling an overall sound that pushes more anger and power into the Sludge milieu. Acid Wolf released their self-titled post-ThirteenBlack debut EP last year, a half hour odyssey of dirty, heavy rock ‘n’ roll.
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Diploid’s tortured music could perhaps best be described as Blackened Sludge, with the angst-ridden screams and cries of Mariam Benjemaa and Reece Prain leading the fray. The psychedelic and disturbing effect of the music is bolstered through the wide variety of instrumentation employed. Benjemaa’s guitars and Scott McLatchie’s drums are a given, but electronic noise and samples are also strongly evident throughout, bringing to mind some of the harshest productions of early Industrial bands like Skinny Puppy and Ministry. Bringing together such diverse influences, Diploid are a unique and truly harrowing part of the Melbourne musical landscape.
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Hailing from the rural mining town of Muswellbrook, Evocatus know all about digging up some Heavy Metal! With a sound that bridges the divide between Thrash and Power Metal, Evocatus will be playing QuestFest alongside a horde of others at Canberra’s The Basement on March 17. Evocatus will be bringing a sound that pays tribute to mediaeval glories, ancient battles, magical warfare and all the greatest staples of fantasy-based Power Metal. Nich Shields vocals rival the warlike fury of Amon Amarth, while Vaughan Jones and Philip Keong conjure riffs that bring to mind the likes of Iced Earth. A powerhouse of Metal not to be missed.
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LIFE PILOT (SA)
Life Pilot bring a harsher element to grunge and punk, with wretched vocal lamentations courtesy of Angus Long; Jake Long and William Everlyn’s distorted and discordant guitars backed by Nick Evans’ bass, not at all to be outdone; and Eli Green’s drums somehow holding the whole glorious disaster together. Life Pilot create the sound of a world on the edge, fusing rage and despair into a musical sign of apocalyptic times. This is music at its artful ugliest, avant-garde, dirty and compelling. Fans of Dillinger Escape Plan should take note.
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While instrumental, Seims are otherwise reminiscent of Melbourne’s Enlight, or indeed The Gathering, with their laidback but Progressive brand of Metal. While heavy guitars are certainly part of the mix, with Sorcha Albuquerque providing positively virtuosic solos, the focus is more often on the overall soundscape, including synth and keys courtesy of Paul Meo and Simeon Bartholomew, respectively, and the artful beats of drummer Chris Allison. Seims weave beauteous explorations that reward active and attentive listening.
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CHECK OUT OVERDRIVE’S HEAVIEST 100 HERE!