Here’s some Aussie Metal for your Labour Day long weekend Monday! Kick back, relax, and let these amazing bands rock your world. Or if you’re unlucky enough to be working today (how ironic, right?), let the Metal help you get through the day! We’re carrying on with our deep dive into the landmark bands of OVERDRIVE’s Heaviest 100, the bands who brought you the greatest Australian releases of 2017!
Frankenbok unleash a crunchy sound that is part rock, part punk, part Thrash, and all rollicking good time. The bass driven licks powered by Tim Miedecke lend the band real groove, while lead vocalist Daniel White emits a style not unlike Testament’s Chuck Billy or Baroness’ John Baizley. Of course, the lead guitarists Aaron Butler and Reiki Barbosa aren’t to be outdone, with diverse stylings that keep the songs moving as they weave effortlessly between genres to create the unique Frankenbok sound. You might even notice a touch of early Metallica in there. The sound is rounded out by none other than Tom Rossell, who is exactly as aggressive as he needs to be at any given moment – no more, no less. If you want punk with real class and accomplishment, look no further.
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HOBO MAGIC (QLD)
From the very first bars of their music, Hobo Magic will take you back to the glory days of dark 70s Groove a la Black Sabbath and Electric Wizard. Their music is a slow, psychedelic smorgasbord that will have you tripping even without any, ahem, assistance. Connor Mitchell takes control of the sonic landscape with guitars and vocals, his hypnotic guitars certainly at the forefront. Drummer Luke Hanson is given plenty of time to shine however, with Hobo Magic’s meandering tracks affording plenty of opportunities to showcase each member of the trio; which means bassist Jake ‘Greasy’ Bennett takes the spotlight at times too, with the bass legitimately at the forefront. Hobo Magic are a solid unit you won’t believe are only a three-piece.
GET YOUR HANDS ON HOBO MAGIC’S MUSIC AT THEIR BANDCAMP HERE!
Lo! will immediately bring to mind the earlier, relatively melodic days of Meshuggah. Their music sits comfortably between “Djent” and more traditional Death Metal, with plenty of Progressive elements to keep the listener on their toes. Adrian Griffin’s intimidatingly complex drums are perhaps the greatest stand-out in the band’s music, with outlandish beats that nevertheless fit incomprehensibly into the music around him. Carl Whitbread’s guitars are similarly mind-bending, contributing to a sound that is constantly morphing into the next prismatic beast. Likewise the bass is given room to innovate courtesy of Adrian Shapiro, and Sam Dillon’s vocals deliver a fitting degree of rage and angst. Truly a band to watch on the darker side of Metal.
CHECK OUT LO!’S WEBSITE HERE!
Still need more stoner music in your life? Motherslug take it all the way down to Stoner Doom with their rumbling odysseys. The keening howl of Regan’s guitar is underscored by Cyn’s rumbling bass, their music unfolding gradually onto a forbidding and desolate landscape. There is something starry in the sky above though, a cosmic awakening that fuels the sense this music has a destination in mind – though the journey is the pure focus. This is heavy music to meditate to, but don’t blame me for what you see when you close your eyes.
GET YOUR HANDS ON MOTHERSLUG’S MUSIC AT THEIR BANDCAMP HERE!
SOMNIUM NOX (NSW)
As with the best of atmospheric Black Metal bands, Somnium Nox are capable of great beauty as well as deep ferocity. In their softer moments they channel the dulcet beauty of Opeth, with Nocturnal’s gentle guitars leading the unsuspecting listener innocently to the gates of Hell. Olkoth’s keys weave softly throughout the compositions, introducing harmony, melancholy and foreboding. With occasional use of the digeridoo making its way into the band’s music, they are also unmistakably Australian despite their obvious Nordic influences. Forge seems to be almost a literal demon behind the drums, to say nothing of the horrific screams of Ashahalasin – whose name sums up a lot of what Black Metal vocalists seem to be trying to say! Seriously though, Ashahalasin’s vocals are up there with the most terrifying of the genre, completing the dark portraiture that is Somnium Nox.
GET YOUR HANDS ON SOMNIUM NOX’S MUSIC AT THEIR BANDCAMP HERE!
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