Modern Metal is well-represented in this week’s OVERDRIVE OZ, with barely an 80s-influenced riff in sight. Rather, our feet are, for the most part, planted firmly in the 21st century. There are always exceptions, of course; we have punk influences reaching all the way back into the 1970s, and Progressive rock so avant-garde that you’ll just have to listen to it for yourself, as well as enjoy some of the excellent video clips surrounding the music. And as ever, the overall message is clear: support Australian heavy music! Your ears will thank you for it.
AS PARADISE FALLS (QLD)
As Paradise Falls embody a modern approach to the “core” genres that isn’t afraid to draw on melodic vocals and riffs in addition to the more common brutality and screams, leading to a sense of something almost Progressive going on at times. The heavy sections are however completely uncompromising, and the range of Shaun Coar’s vocals, from beautiful cleans to devastating screams, is deeply impressive. Guitarists Jimmy Upson and Danny Kenneally also bring great depth to the full range of As Paradise Falls’ sound, making for an invigoratingly diverse musical experience.
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AVERSIONS CROWN (QLD)
By contrast with As Paradise Falls, Aversions Crown go all-out in their brutal approach to the modern “core” side of Metal, with heart-stopping drums and larynx-shredding vocals all through their relentless music. Even when a song seems like it will descend into a slower breakdown, something monstrous beyond blast beats takes over the drums to lead into yet more climactic heaviness that just about registers on the Richter scale. When it comes to modern Australian Metal, it doesn’t get much heavier than this.
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FRENZAL RHOMB (NSW)
Frenzal Rhomb’s brand of punk is infused with heavier riffs than a lot of bands of their style, widening their appeal outside the die-hard punk audience. The bass also has a beautifully strong presence, adding excellent grooves to the riffs. The vocal style draws heavily on classic rather than modern punk, bringing a welcome UK influence to the mix that calls back to bands like the Buzzcocks. Frenzal Rhomb are fun, accessibly heavy, fast-paced, and most certainly Aussie (colonial interjections of the British punk tradition notwithstanding).
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MAKE THEM SUFFER (WA)
Like their contemporaries Winds of Plague, Make Them Suffer add drama and pathos to their modern “core” style of Metal with the use of keys to really fill out their sound. By comparison with Aversions Crown, they take a slower, more melodic approach with density achieved through greater complexity of composition rather than blistering speed, including some quite interesting layering of vocals. However, they don’t go quite so far into the clean and melodic territory as As Paradise Falls, rather occupying the middle ground between these two bands and expressing both their similarities and differences across the genre.
Make Them Suffer – Fireworks
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Toehider is the avant-garde project of musician Mike Mills and visual artist Andrew Saltmarsh, who together create a very recognisable artistic identity. Saltmarsh’s vivid and cartoonish art belies the soothing and melodic tones of Mills’ music, which has something in common with modern Progressive rock, but in a mellowed out style. The music does however have a tendency to become quite dramatic, and in this way begins to approach the style of Orsome Welles in some respects. That being said, Toehider is essentially a unique experience, and any comparison with another artist will be subject to many qualifications.
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