As the name indicates, Metal United Down Under occurs not just in one place, but in a variety of locations across Australia, with more bands than you could shake a nail-spiked bat at. Last week we focused on Melbourne with only a quick glance at the Port Pirie event in South Australia, but this week we’ll look at Port Pirie in more detail.
Groovy, down-tempo, rocking Metal is what you’ll get from Aftashok. While there’s a touch of the Nu Metal genre floating around here, the music is more a heavier extension of alternative rock. Beno Dawson and Benny McGee bring chugging, driving riffs to the experience, with Leon Cugley’s strong yet earnest vocals carrying the catchy melodies. Drummer Jay Paulauskas rounds out the power of the sound, with measured rock beats that exude both control and flair. Cugley also adds to the groove with his bass prowess, with the moments where his fingerwork comes to the fore some of the standouts of Aftashok’s music.
GET YOUR HANDS ON AFTASHOK’S MUSIC AT THEIR BANDCAMP HERE!
GOOD TIME AUSSIE BOGALARS (VIC)
Sitting somewhere between Grind and the fastest, dirtiest, heaviest depths of punk, Good Time Aussie Bogalars have a unique view of what constitutes a “good time,” but it’s one that’s sure to raise at least a wry smile if not hysterical laughter as they drawl their bogan culture (oxymoron?) driven lyrics with a distinct Aussie twang. The music is deliberately discordant to add to the humorous chaos, while every other line includes at least once instance of “f*ck” or “c*nt.” As the Good Time Aussie Bogalars themselves might say, this is as Aussie is it c*ms.
GET YOUR HANDS ON GOOD TIME AUSSIE BOGALARS’ MUSIC AT THEIR BANDCAMP HERE!
Themselves hailing from Port Pirie, Maniacal are possibly the band who will have to travel the least distance to get to this Metal United show. However, they’re also set to be one of the most impressive bands on the bill, with a grooving Thrash Metal approach that takes its cues from the likes of Lamb of God and Pantera. Dave Hawkins and Kane Sampson launch a dual guitar assault that serves up some of the tastiest riffs in South Australia, while Sam Verco pounds the drum skins raw. Andy Kite’s rough growl leads the charge, while the bottom end is maintained with true depth by Jason Caspers. Maniacal are a force to be reckoned with and will shake Metal United to its core.
CHECK OUT MANIACAL’S MUSIC ON REVERBNATION HERE!
SEDULOUS ROUSE (SA)
Sedulous Rouse create a stirringly melodic and fast-paced blend of Black and Death Metal that keeps the listener guessing as it weaves its way through two of the heavier subgenres of Metal. While the vocals are harsh the lyrics still tend to be fairly readily discernible, though the style often becomes avant-garde and rather disarming. Some of the more instrumental passages tend toward a Progressive sensibility, with incredibly complex time signatures and serious acrobatics on guitar and particularly impressively on bass. Sedulous Rouse are somewhat comparable to Adamus Exul if anyone, but really stand in a class of their own.
GET YOUR HANDS ON SEDULOUS ROUSE’S MUSIC AT THEIR BANDCAMP HERE!
SUFFER THE EVENUE (SA)
Suffer the Evenue hail first and foremost from the classic Death Metal space, with a heavy and aggressive sound dwelling within “underground”-style production. However, Suffer the Evenue branch out into other sounds, for example picking up more modern Metal stylings in the cleaner vocal approach in some choruses. This adoption of Nu Metal and even some ‘core touches expands Suffer the Evenue’s musical palette into something more individual than the standard cookie (monster) cutter Death Metal. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of chunky riffs and pounding drums to sate the Death Metal classicists!
CHECK OUT SUFFER THE EVENUE’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL HERE!
RSVP TO THE METAL UNITED DOWN UNDER PORT PIRIE EVENT PAGE HERE!