Darkcell are one of Australia’s best-known Industrial Metal bands, and they’ll be bringing their own mini-festival to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in August and September! As Darkcell themselves need no introduction, this week OVERDRIVE OZ takes a look at five other bands on the Melbourne bill who you may not be familiar with.
BLACK ALPINE (VIC)
Black Alpine have an absolutely classic rock ‘n’ roll sound, with a subtle infusion of equal parts Thrash and glam for a fast-paced and energetic personality. A. C. Courtnell and Adam “Dionize” Farr’s guitars even have a touch of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal about them, while Farr’s vocals recall a more rock sensibility. Jimmy “the Jam” Campi’s drums are straight to the point, and Banjo Paterson’s bass complements the lead guitars beautifully. If Metallica had been contemporaries of the Rolling Stones, they may have sounded a little like this.
CHECK OUT BLACK ALPINE’S MUSIC AT THEIR BANDCAMP HERE!
Harsh, vaguely carnivalesque Industrial rock is the purview of Flat-Liner, with a style that will be familiar and pleasing to fans of Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie. Rather than the frenetic energy of EBM, Flat-Liner bring more of a slow Southern groove that is seductive and compelling. This is music to dance your way through the haunted killing fields of the Ozarks to. The sound is particularly exemplified in Tiny’s crunchy, dirty guitars and the plaintive electronics of Stilts. Grey’s vocals are more often snarling and aggressive, but every so often raise spectres of the clean depth of Davey Suicide. Definitely a band to get down and messy with.
CHECK OUT FLAT-LINER’S MUSIC AT THEIR WEBSITE HERE!
Uplifting rock with a pounding beat showcases the angelic voice of London Gabraelle, along with members of Superheist. Despite the upbeat feel, the dw Norton’s guitars still get nice and crunchy, with a feeling that sits somewhere between Tapping the Vein and AFI. With a debut album on the way, London’s music already feels like it should be performed on a festival stage, speaking volumes for the production prowess of Norton. The band describe themselves as Pop-infused Metal, which is definitely not something you hear every day – so check them out!
CONNECT WITH LONDON ON FACEBOOK HERE!
Nerve have a haunting way about them that resonates with some of the darker elements of Nu Metal over the years, particularly in the tortured vocals and downbeat guitars that are somewhat reminiscent of Five Pointe O. The slow burn brings the mood right down to the depths of anguish in a way that is smooth and compelling. When the heaviness erupts through this depressive mire, it’s with a depth of bass and slow beat that could most closely be associated with the Sludge genre. With a debut EP coming soon, Nerve will be an interesting band to watch.
CONNECT WITH NERVE ON FACEBOOK HERE!
It’s impossible to pin down the experimental works of Sirus to a single genre; rather, it’s safer to stick with their own “cyberpunk” definition of their visual and sonic aesthetic, that draws upon the hallowed traditions of Neuromancer and The Matrix in building its aural experience. Industrial, Dubstep, Noise, Electronica and more are all present in the harsh, fast-paced tracks that guarantee a stomping mass of boots on the dancefloor. Josh Rombaut fronts the band charismatically, alongside the siren song of Danielle McKay. With the addition of live synths by Andrew Waugh and drums by Ryan Perillo, Sirus are one of the most formidable forces in the Australian Industrial scene.