It’s a dark week ahead, with a convergence of 13s – the 13th part of our rundown of OVERDRIVE MUSIC MAGAZINE’s Heaviest 100, and moreover, a Friday 13th coming up to round off our week! So start out this time right with some of Australia’s best in heavy music. Your karma will thank you for it. Exploring new music is good for you. You wouldn’t want your karma to run over your dogma.
Arteries have a slower, more controlled and disciplined approach to their craft than most Hardcore / Post-Metal bands, and this is what really makes them stand out from the crowd. Though decisively heavy, their riffing is also surprisingly melodic beneath the anguished vocals. In fact, the music could possibly be traced back to melodic Death Metal for its genesis, rather than the Thrash and traditional Death Metal roots that seem to more typically influence bands of this style. It’s a refreshing approach that will doubtless see Arteries emerge as a frontrunner of the genre in the years to come. Be warned however – Arteries are as melancholic and mournful as the heaviest of them.
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BLUNT SHOVEL (VIC)
Blunt Shovel bring you fast-paced, traditional, Thrash-infused Death Metal. Their fast and crushing riffs are reminiscent primarily of At the Gates, though there’s plenty of pedigree informing the music, as well as the deeply growled but fairly enunciated vocals. Along with Death Metal luminaries, there’s almost a Phil Anselmo twist to the vocals – though more brutal – and it must be said that there is a subtle sense of groove that wends its way all through Blunt Shovel’s music. At the other side of the spectrum, they approach the heaviest and dirtiest of Metal along the lines of Carcass. A brilliant example of the heavier end of the Aussie Metal spectrum.
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ETERNAL REST (QLD)
Fast-paced riffs accompany some of the most frenetic blast-beats you will ever hear, courtesy of inhuman drummer Michael Hunter. Shanon Davern’s vocals are similarly monstrous, fleshing out the united front of Jake Kaiser on guitars, and Anthony Postlethwaite on bass. These formidable forces create dark and challenging music that is simply breakneck in its speed. Beyond headbanging, all you can do is windmill in fierce abandon and hope to keep up with Eternal Rest. Ironically, there is no rest in the music of these furious Queenslanders – the most reprieve you’ll get is in a brief, but beautiful solo courtesy of Kaiser.
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KATANA CARTEL (VIC)
Few Aussie bands carry the flame of classic Thrash Metal quite like Katana Cartel. With tattoos and T-shirts they literally wear their fierce devotion to Metallica on their sleeves, but don’t let that lull you into thinking that aping Hetfield and Ulrich is the band’s only trick. With a style that has clearly been attentive to the progression of Metal since the 80s, Katana Cartel embrace that sound with a self-awareness that comes of broad listening, and listeners will as readily note the influence of Iron Maiden as well as more modern purveyors of the classic sound like Iced Earth. This is 80’s for the 21st century.
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By contrast with Katana Cartel, Mason’s approach to Thrash is more influenced by 90s and 21st century stylings, Lamb of God recognisably among them, along with the grooving tones of bands like DevilDriver. Accordingly, there is something of a Death Metal influence among the riffs and solos, and particularly the vocals, though no Death Metal purist would name it as such. James Benson’s approach remains more of a sneer than a growl on balance, while Nonda T’s drums harken back to the Thrash greats like Megadeth and Metallica. Grant Burns straddles the divide well with his solos, drawing on the best of both traditions to develop his own truly mesmerising style.
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