One month down for 2018, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reflect on some of the best from 2017! We had an absolute horde of bands releasing material that comprised our OVERDRIVE Heaviest 100, so here’s a few more that made it to the list.
Cascades produce an epic, rolling sound that is deep, dark and full of atmosphere. With fast-paced and heavy moments, the emphasis in nevertheless on the ominous and disconcerting, when the drums slow right down and the bass appears at the forefront. Even during the faster parts the unsettling feeling remains, with harsh vocals, chunky riffs and plaintive guitar leads. In terms of style, Cascades are hard to pin down, with a sound that sits somewhere between modern Hardcore and atmospheric Black Metal – an unusual and compelling blend. Cascades are absolutely a band of unexpected twists and turns.
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RIFF RAIDERS (VIC)
Riff Raiders take a punk-infused approach to classic rock ‘n’ roll, with a sound that has a touch of The Cult, and a sprinkling of Hair Metal. Pulling together elements of some of the catchiest heavy genres, it’s no surprise Riff Raiders’ music is filled with hooks to draw the listener in. Jenni James’ vocals are filled with charisma and attitude, while Marty Powell’s guitar work brings the truth to the Riff Raiders’ name with chunky rhythms and fast leads. Riff Raiders are a sure bet for any rocker’s party playlist. Formerly a cover band of rock B-sides and obscura, Riff Raiders have now released their debut album of originals, making their own mark on the rock landscape!
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STONE LOTUS (WA)
Slow, fuzzy and sludgy, Stone Lotus lay down heavy riffs and grooving basslines in the tradition of Electric Wizard. The vocals however come from a very Phil Anselmo-inspired place, injecting a sense of Southern rock-inspired Metal that brings to mind bourbon and the bayou. The bottom end of this band is truly phenomenal, guaranteed to challenge the sound systems of all but the best prepared of venues. Be prepared to feel the music of Stone Lotus deep in your bones, and be sure to have a drink – or something stronger – on hand. You’ll need it for when the boys cut loose at their heaviest, bringing a healthy dose of Doom before returning to the soothing grooves.
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Dirty, riffy rock ‘n’ roll is what it’s all about with Vendetta. Mick Kee’s and John Kaminskyj’s vocals are almost reminiscent of Ozzy Osbourne, with occasional nods to James Hetfield as well. The heavier end of the bands influences are clearly on display there, with Kee’s and Kaminskyj’s guitars and bass also drawing on 70s punk and New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands. The range of rock and Metal influences on display leads to a fast-paced and engaging sound, with plenty of solos from Kee to keep the listener on their toes.
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Vices are a Hardcore band with a touch of modern punk rounding out the melodies of their sounds. Accomplished guitar work brings beauty to their soundscapes while the unrelentingly harsh vocals keep the band rooted in heaviness. Vices’ songs are incredibly quick and hard-hitting, with most tracks running less than two and a half minutes. In this way the band always leaves the listener wanting more, just giving the listener a taste of what they can do before fading out again.