This week we have a massive focus on Queensland as we take a look at the Metal United Down Under line-up for Maryborough! Metal United is taking place all over Australia, showcasing regional locations with an unprecedented spotlight. The best thing about that of course, is uncovering Metal bands we may not have known about otherwise! So let’s see what Maryborough has to offer, to the North of Brisbane and not far off from Fraser Island.
BONNIE DOOM (QLD)
How’s the serenity? Well let me tell you, it’s not to be found here. Bonnie Doom are unrelentingly heavy, with bass-driven Metal and Deathcore stylings that combine modern in your face brutality with an almost indefinably classic sensibility underlying the compositions somewhere. Bonnie Doom aren’t afraid to subsume other subgenre influences however, as their more melodic moments even capture some early 2000s Nu Metal. Though on the face of it all about the sheer brutality, plumbing the depths of Bonnie Doom does unearth a few surprises.
GET YOUR HANDS ON BONNIE DOOM’S MUSIC AT THEIR BANDCAMP HERE!
THE BRUTAL AFTERMATH (QLD)
The Brutal Aftermath can turn on a dime, from hauntingly mournful to harsh, heavy and even a touch Progressive. The Brutal Aftermath make excellent use of their bass foundation to round out their dual guitar attack, while their clean but still aggressive vocals may be comparable to Melbourne’s Trigger. The Brutal Aftermath have some pedal-to-the-Metal moments of speed, but it is their slower sections that stand out the most, revealing an emotive side of the band that stays with you long after the closing notes have faded.
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Muules offer exciting alternative rock that might bring to mind A Perfect Circle, with a rolling groove to Rhys Fox’s bass work that proves the centrepiece for the band’s sound. Not to be outdone however is Nathan Vasey on vocals. Vasey’s performance has great depth, his voice soothing and melodic, and a perfect counterpoint to the rumbling bass sounds. Nick Boardman’s drumming keeps interesting time signatures that add a Progressive edge to Muules’ sound, making for an intriguing passage overall that’s sure to stand out.
CHECK OUT MUULES’ WEBSITE HERE!
ODYSSEUS REBORN (QLD)
Odysseus Reborn produce stirring music that draws from melodic Death Metal in its chunky riffs by Ben Veness and technically impressive solos from Rob Elkin, while their vocal style – also provided by Elkin – is somewhat harsh, but also almost somewhat operatic, bringing to mind the late Warrel Dane of Nevermore or Johan Edlund of Tiamat. The sound is backed by at time furious, but always precise drumming of Alex Gasparich. As a whole, Odysseus Reborn create a sound that is diverse enough to keep the listener off-balance, but with a skilled presentation that is eminently enjoyable.
GET YOUR HANDS ON ODYSSEUS REBORN’S MUSIC AT BANDCAMP HERE!
PLAGUE THE CITY (QLD)
Plague the City provide monstrous Death Metal that is thrilling and harrowing from the get-go. Huddo’s vocals are dark and frightening, backed by deep riffs and tremendous drums that set a breakneck past and horrific atmosphere. Dan Dryer’s bass is used to magnificent effect in more Progressive sections that take their cues from Meshuggah, showing there is more to Plague the City than just creating the heaviest riffs possible. It’s in these more diverse sections that the band really shines, though there is plenty of more traditional Death Metal to keep the heads banging, too.
CHECK OUT PLAGUE THE CITY’S WEBSITE HERE!
RSVP TO THE METAL UNITED DOWN UNDER MARYBOROUGH EVENT PAGE HERE!