OVERDRIVE OZ #23 – OVERDRIVE HEAVIEST 100 PART 6
With Australia Day only a few days behind us, now is of course the perfect time to take a look at another lot of Aussie bands who released some of the most amazing albums of 2017! ANGELSPIT (NSW)
Originally hailing from Sydney, but now located in Hollywood, California, Angelspit is the Industrial brainchild of Zoog von Rock, vocalist and programmer for the band. Angelspit crank out electro / cyberpunk beats that pack out any dancefloor in Melbourne or around the world, with the tracks from their latest album Black Dog Bite no exception. As the band have evolved, von Rock’s lyrics have become both more personal and more political to reflect the upheaval afflicting the world today. With the band currently featuring George Bikos’ crunchy guitars, Lorelei’s dulcet vocals and videographer Matt Slegal, their visual and aural destruction is a full-bodied experience that will get your body moving.
GET YOUR HANDS ON ANGELSPIT’S DISCOGRAPHY, REMIXES AND MORE HERE!
With a style firmly ensconced somewhere between Metallica and Bathory, Bloodlust are certainly right to refer to themselves as a Blackened Thrash band. Like many of the great Black Metal bands, and even early Metallica with their many nods to H. P. Lovecraft‘s cosmic horror, Bloodlust are firmly focused on dark occult material and rebellion against the prevailing religious sensibilities of the world. Their music is fast-paced and unrelentingly brutal, with a classic style guaranteed to appeal to the old school fans of harsh Metal.
BLOODLUST’S FULL DISCOGRAPHY IS AVAILABLE HERE!
The frenetic pace and overwhelming intensity of Jared Roberts‘ drums may justifiably be the first thing you notice about Desecrator‘s sound – the man is a juggernaut of sonic destruction. Riley Strong‘s vocals are also outstanding, with a style perhaps comparable the harsher end of Tim “Ripper” Owens‘ approach. With these two powerful musicians setting the scene, the stage is ripe for the blistering guitar solos and catchy riffs of Andrew Finch, complemented by Strong who is also on guitar duties. Together with Gerad Biesboer on earth-moving bass, Desecrator lay down the rapid-fire intensity of the heavier end of Thrash Metal, as exemplified in the past by Testament and Venom. Rooted in the classic sound but with contemporary flavour as well, this is a band for Thrash fans across the generations.
GET YOUR HANDS ON DESECRATOR’S MUSIC, INCLUDING THEIR DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM HERE!
HADAL MAW (VIC)
Jim Luxford‘s bass rumble will shake listeners to the very foundation, coming as it does as the forefront of Hadal Maw‘s sound. With this showcase of deep power, it’s no surprise that Hadal Maw have been compared to Meshuggah. This comparison is aptly applied to Sam Dillon‘s vocals, and while the guitar work of Nick Rackham and Ben Boyle is undeniably heavy, it is more melodic than the discordant approach that Meshuggah fans would be used to. In this sense, the band embraces a Death Metal style that is a little more traditional, but in no way passé – Hadal Maw still very much make the sound their own. The band is completed by Rob Brens, whose exquisite and innovative timing is an absolute boon to their compositions.
GET YOUR HANDS ON HADAL MAW’S MUSIC HERE!
Richie ‘dw’ Norton is perhaps best known as guitarist and founding member of Superheist, though he is also a dual-ARIA nominated producer. As such, it’s no surprise he knew what he was doing when he embarked on his solo endeavour Rifleman, in which he tackles guitar, bass, keyboards, piano and vocals on the album Silver and Gold. The album is a straight-up rock ‘n’ roll classic, but with enough heaviness and pathos to capture alternative audiences as well as the mainstream. The sound could be compared to bands as diverse as The Cult and The 69 Eyes, though Norton’s experience alongside American bands is also clear to hear. Norton’s singular vision is clear, and at the same time filled with hooks to keep the listener’s attention rapt. Silver and Gold is doubtless an album that will carry the flame of Australian rock for years to come.
GET YOUR HANDS ON SILVER AND GOLD HERE!
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