In our continuing coverage of bands who kicked major goals throughout 2017, we bring you another selection of bands who made it into OVERDRIVE’s heaviest 100!
The down and dirty punk sound of Batpiss is probably exactly what you would expect from the band’s name. Pauly Portal provides sludgy, fuzzy guitars, with Thomy Sloane providing the solid bass foundation. Portal’s guitars are at times rhythmic, but more often discordant and challenging to the listener, alongside Portal and Sloane’s shouts and wails as they share vocal duties. Marty Baker’s drums are well tempered, keeping the band on an even keel even though the drums themselves are also pretty fuzzy at times. Great for a chilled out afternoon of stoner grunge.
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BOLT GUN (WA)
If Batpiss met the expectations set by the band’s name, the three-piece Bolt Gun do the exact opposite. Far from the Thrashy aggression the name suggests, Bolt Gun create synth-led ambient soundscapes that conjure distant landscapes, lulling the listener into gentle rumination. With the backdrop somewhat sonically minimalist, every intrusion of guitars or drums becomes meaningful, even compelling. Vocals are sparse, but deep and brutal, edging Bolt Gun towards the ambient Black Metal space, like a more laid-back Agalloch. If you’re looking for something relaxing and meditative, but still with some heaviness to it, Bolt Gun are for you.
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CEMETERY URN (VIC)
The four-piece Cemetery Urn are a traditional brutal Death Metal band, with frenetic drums courtesy of M. Crossingham, supported by the crunchy riffs and intricate leads of guitarists A. Gillon and D. Maccioni. Though the production is somewhat fuzzy in the tradition of “cult” Death Metal, the solos truly stand out as brilliant excursions into virtuosity throughout this brutal sonic landscape. Vocals are naturally of the brutal growling variety. For those who favour the old school of Death Metal, at the brutal rather than melodic end of the spectrum, Cemetery Urn have a lot to offer.
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GLENN PROUDFOOT (VIC)
Former guitarist of Melbourne rock ‘n’ roll stalwarts Electric Mary, and currently a member of the European Progressive band Prazsky Vyber, Glenn Proudfoot recently released his latest solo album, Fire and Rain, on which he provides vocals and of course, lead guitars. With a style that touches on some of the more Progressive elements of Symphony X, with grooves that nod to Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, Proudfoot’s style overall is a unique experience that nevertheless ticks all the boxes of classic Prog, including soulful vocals, mind-bending guitar and keyboard solos, and absolutely beautiful and intricate compositions. For fans of European Prog, here’s Australia’s answer!
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If early Opeth were even heavier and more cult, they might have sounded something like YLVA. Heavy, bombastic guitars dominate the chilling atmosphere, with technical mastery demonstrated throughout the instrumentation. The vocals are brutal and declamatory, underscoring the raw power of the music overall. The Black elements are reminiscent of earlier Satyricon, solidifying the foundations of the darkest and heaviest elements of the Metal spectrum in YLVA’s work. That being said, there is beauty and atmosphere within the band’s compositions, with the frostbitten pathos that only melodic Black Metal can provide.
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