There are still plenty of amazing bands to cover after an absolutely stellar year in music for 2017! Here are some more of the Aussies who contributed amazing tunes.
CURSED EARTH (WA)
Sam Forward’s pounding drums combined with the earth-splitting riffs of Kieran Molloy and Paul Cottrell set the scene for the anguished vocal assault of Jazmine Luders, with the bass prowess of Robert Owens filling out the bottom end. With a crushingly heavy approach that draws on the Hardcore / Deathcore genre, there are nevertheless melodic moments brought to the fore by Molloy and Cottrell, along with surprising elements within the compositions that place Cursed Earth as a cut above what has become quite a saturated genre over the last decade. While staying true to the core of the sound, Cursed Earth puts their own spin on it, making them a band well worth your time to check out.
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DEEZ NUTS (VIC)
Deez Nuts have a unique approach to modern melodic heavy music, creating a sound that blends Hardcore and punk sensibilities. JJ Peters’ vocals draw much more heavily from a modern punk style, while the crunchy guitar and bass riffs would be much more at home in the Hardcore / Deathcore world. New Yorker Alex Salinger’s drums straddle the divide, with catchy punk hooks combined with sheer brutal heaviness. With a sound so uniquely theirs, Deez Nuts are worth checking out regardless of whether you’re a punk or core fan or not – they will surprise you.
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KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD (VIC)
Heavy music and funky grooves don’t combine very often, but when they do, it can be a remarkable experience. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard have every bit as much funk as Steve Vai, while pushing out into the psychedelic Progressive area of bands like Tool, Puscifer and even Porcupine Tree. Drummers Michael Cavanagh and Eric Moore are particularly worth noting for their Progressive stylings, while Stu Mackenzie’s vocal style has excellent pedigree with its echoes of the British invasion – from the Beatles to Steven Wilson. King Gizzard are a band who keep you guessing and never get old, with compositions that include the Theremin, flute, sitar, clarinet and more. Even within the Progressive milieu, few bands produce music with as much diversity in a single song as King Gizzard. Some may call them a stoner band, but one could as easily recommend keeping sharp and switched on to appreciate these guys.
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Discordant, grotesque and avant-garde are perhaps some of the words that could describe the music of Norse. Loosely related to the Black Metal genre but well and truly their own beast, Norse’s compositions are technical, obscure and challenging. Brutal vocals and Forge’s complex drums are standouts of the sound, alongside harsh guitars and reverberating bass. The strongest relationship to Black Metal is through the unsettling atmospheric elements, every bit as harsh and cold as the cult genre we know; but they could also perhaps be compared to the more dissonant works of Meshuggah. Be warned: Norse are not for the faint of heart.
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Toxicon have more personality in their live performance than most bands out there. Intense and charismatic, frontman Wayne Clarris injects a good dose of humour into his delivery when he’s not stage-diving. With both harsh and clean vocals thanks to the combined efforts of Clarris and the backing vocals of guitarist and bassist Adam Espositi and Jacob Maloney respectively, Toxicon have an excellent balance of brutality and melody with their modern Thrash approach. Comparable to heavyweights from Lamb of God to Slipknot, Espositi and Paul Jones’ chunky riffs are complemented by complex basslines that give real depth to the band’s sound, rounded out by the superb drumming of Thomas Nunan. A truly dynamic package all round.