We’ve taken a tour of the more remote regions of Australia’s North, including last week’s coverage of Metal United Down Under Maryborough, but with the line-up for the Brisbane show recently announced, it’s time to look into another capital city. Brisbane has an absolutely voracious Metal scene, as evidenced by the many great bands to come from that city, as well as all over Queensland. Wearing all black, all the time can be tough in those warmer climates, but for those sticking it out – literally for those of you who like to wear leather – here are five of the bands who will be setting Brisbane even more on fire at Metal United Down Under.
Jesse Nikolic’s rolling drums are a key feature of the Adriatic sound, as is the Djent-influenced pulse of Bojan Sambolec’s bass playing. Though it’s initially easy to compare Adriatic with Meshuggah as an obvious influence, particularly given Ctroh Sharks’ harsh, screaming approach to vocals, there is also a swaggering groove to Adriatic’s sound that emphasises Sambolec’s skill even more. On top of that, guitarist Tom Blunden introduces Post-Metal elements that shift Adriatic away from the obvious and into a space that’s original and truly their own. In this space, Sharks’ clean vocals also prove refreshing, and help to bolster the overall groove of the band’s sound.
CHECK OUT ADRIATIC’S MUSIC ON REVERBNATION HERE!
Blodmane’s face-melting Black Metal is ridiculously fast, thanks in no small part to the unstoppable Axaron on drums. When the band take their foot slightly off the pedal for a few moments to drop into slower, more atmospheric parts, bassist Daemon plays a key role to lay the foundations of Blodmane’s sound at an infernal depth. This is to take nothing away from vocalist and guitarist Cazmeth of course, whose screams are appropriately anguished and demonic to keep pace with the darkness and fury of the band’s overall sound.
CHECK OUT BLODMANE’S MUSIC ON THEIR WEBSITE HERE!
CHAMBERS OF INSANITY (NSW)
Chambers of Insanity’s heavy riffs are almost Industrial in their groove, plumbing the depths of what down-tuning can truly achieve. Over the top of this is plenty of crunch in the lead guitars, and just as much crunch in the vocals, harsh enough to rival the nastiest of Horror and Nu Metal singers. Indeed, Chambers of Insanity might best be compared to the monstrous Terror Universal in their horror Industrial sound, belying Chambers’ comparatively comical image. Don’t let the tomfoolery get the better of you; these guys are heavy and harsh enough satisfy the most ravenous of gore hounds.
GET YOUR HANDS ON CHAMBERS OF INSANITY’S MUSIC AT BANDCAMP HERE!
ETERNAL TORMENT (QLD)
Mind-bendingly fast and insatiably brutal, this is full-throttle, old-school Death Metal with even more harshness than that description can suggest. Deep, guttural vocals, whiplash-inducing drums and acrobatic riffs are all part of the Eternal Torment package. Whether or not such a pace could be kept up eternally is open to debate, but the sheer energy that Eternal Torment do exude is sure to outpace most. Get in the pit at your peril, and pray you have stamina.
GET YOUR HANDS ON ETERNAL TORMENT’S MUSIC FROM THEIR BANDCAMP HERE!
REGULAR GONZALES (QLD)
Heavy and idiosyncratic, there is certainly a Djent influence to Regular Gonzales’ sound, though if anything the vocals seem to fall more into the punk tradition at times – though at others, a more predictable Death Metal vibe certainly shines through. Like their contemporaries in Chambers of Torment, Regular Gonzales indulge in a comical image that makes their skull-crushing heaviness come as quite a surprise. Nevertheless, Regular Gonzales will hold their own with the heaviest of heavyweights on what may well be the most brutal bill of Metal United Down Under nationally.
GET YOUR HANDS ON REGULAR GONZALES’ MUSIC AT BANDCAMP HERE!
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