Once again we explore some of the bands who made it into OVERDRIVE’s Heaviest 100, featuring the most stellar releases of 2017. With new material released within the last 12 months, this is the perfect time to get on board with these bands!
Aetherial combine a modern approach to Metal with classic melodic Death Metal sensibilities, creating a unique and contemporary sound. Joshua Hernandez leads the charge with guitar work that is both complex and brutal, weaving a beautiful sonic tapestry. He is complemented by the deeply talented bass work of Cassandra George, often just as complex in her contributions. Shep Sheppard’s vocals are harsh and evocative, contrasting pointedly with the more soulful moments of Hernandez’s guitars. Together Aetherial create varied soundscapes that keep the listener paying full attention to the wild journey.
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DARK HORSE (NSW)
Fuzzy, grimy and riff-driven, Dark Horse bring you the dirtier side of Heavy Metal. Tortured vocals and the galloping pace of the drums and guitars combine to create an absolutely pounding sound that is unrelenting in its brutality. That being said, there is a melodic side to the music that sets the band apart from straight-up traditional Death Metal or Grind bands. This element of classic Heavy Metal brings out a sound a little reminiscent of early Arch Enemy, but with fuzzier production. If you like the classic Metal sound but you’re looking for a much nastier edge, Dark Horse will fit the bill.
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Dumbsaint are an instrumental Progressive Metal band who are also filmmakers. Their cinematically epic music is synchronised with original filmic projections to create a unique audio-visual experience. All the video work is written, shot and edited by the band, allowing for live shows that blur the line between film and live music as art forms. The music itself is breathtaking, with deep compositions showcasing the individual talents of the band members, as well as their loving cohesion. Beyond shorts, Dumbsaint have created a feature-length piece to coincide with the full-length album Panorama, and in 2016 these combined pieces of work were inducted into the Australian National Film and Sound Archive.
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Hypergiant create deep and heavy grooves reminiscent of Type O Negative, along with some harking back to the very founders of groove Metal, Black Sabbath. With an overall slower beat than many Metal bands, Hypergiant are a great act to chill out to, perhaps with a few drinks on a Sunday afternoon. While the music is undeniably heavy, it also nods to 60s and 70s psychedelic rock, particularly in the vocal style of Nathan Lee, as well as Gordon Hammer’s guitar solos. More groovy than stoner / sludge, Hypergiant will nevertheless please fans of the latter, while possessing enough heaviness and melody to appeal to a wider audience of Metalheads.
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TOE TO TOE (NSW)
Toe to Toe fuse modern and classic punk sounds, and give them a solid injection of heavy rock just to keep things interesting. Fast-paced and filled with chunky riffs, Toe to Toe’s music is rousing and filled with fire. While punk musicians may have an undeserved reputation for not being able to play their instruments, Toe to Toe show that an authentic punk sound can be achieved with talent and charisma, while not being undercut by the “cleanness” of the compositions. Rather, Toe to Toe have refined the edge and aggression of the genre to make it sharper than ever, revealing both the raw passion and the growth provided by a good 25 years on the scene.
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