The Blister series of Metal festivals has become a Melbourne staple over the past few years, gathering some of the most brutal bands Australia has to offer in a moshing, headbanging throwdown of destruction. With Eye of the Enemy headlining the 2018 edition, you know this is going to go off. If this festival were held at any venue other than The Tote, I’d worry the venue itself wouldn’t survive. Luckily, this old favourite is one of the most rock ‘n’ roll venues in Melbourne, and has survived enough shit that even the apocalypse itself probably couldn’t touch it. So roll up to Blister, and see if you can survive as well.

ANNIHILIST (VIC)

Annihilist are characterised by heavy, yet impressively technical guitar work that is sure to satisfy the axe-hounds at Blister. Miki Simankevicius and Josh Voce get their gloriously acrobatic fingers moving across the frets to deliver pulsing, groove-infused Death Metal – like DevilDriver with a shot of adrenaline. Vocalist Harry Pendock certainly does channel some of Dez Fafara’s presence in his delivery, while drummer James Sayers rains rapid fire destruction around him. The package is completed by Toby Peterson-Stewart’s persistent yet melodic bass rumble. Annihilist strike a powerful balance between the density of pure heaviness, and technical proficiency and melody.

GET YOUR HANDS ON ANNIHILIST’S MUSIC VIA THEIR WEBSITE HERE!

FALL & RESIST (VIC)

Fall & Resist are on the heavier side of the melodic Death Metal spectrum, with an absolutely unrelenting drum assault setting the pace for their sharp aural attacks. A strong bass foundation allows the guitars to flow between crunchy riffs and more upbeat leads parts at will, while the harsh vocals have plenty of depth and variety about them. Fall & Resist present a package that holds together beautifully, with each member contributing something vital, while it all comes together for a very cohesive and engaging experience as a whole.

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FORMILES (VIC)

Formiles present something very different on the Blister line-up. Far from the brutality of the Death Metal bands that surround them, Formiles are a melodic, Progressive three-piece. Jack Forsey provides beautifully seductive vocals, weaving a spell with his words as he accompanies them with his guitar that remains understated even as he injects raw, powerful emotion into his performance. Drummer Samuel Patterson keeps the audience guessing with interesting and varied time signatures, always keeping the tracks moving so Forsey and bassist Logan Rae have plenty of room to breathe and experiment.

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NEMESIUM (VIC)

Raw and crunchy, Nemesium are one of the harsher bands on the Blister bill. Drawing on the old school Death and Black Metal traditions of fairly sparse production, the focus is very much on the strained twang of the high and mid-tones in Chris McEwin and Andrew Reid’s guitars, while Clint Williams delivers tortured vocals that weave their way between dark growls and anguished screams. Nemesium present a pure descent into darkness, with an atmosphere of horror and despair absolutely permeating their work. Be ready for these guys to bring it right down to the Pit.

CHECK OUT NEMESIUM’S MUSIC AT THEIR BANDCAMP HERE!

SHATTER BRAIN (SA)

While heavy and certainly with a touch of Death Metal about them, Shatter Brain lean more into the Thrash realm, looking back to the punk-influenced roots of the genre. That’s not to say their sound isn’t contemporary – the darker and more extreme elements of Shatter Brain’s sound allow them to avoid a simple back-to-the-80s approach, rather allowing them to nod to more diverse influences such as Arch Enemy. On the other other hand – yep, that’s three hands now – some of the solos reach back even further to a 70s, Black Sabbath-like sensibility. All that coming together, there’s plenty in Shatter Brain’s music to keep the listener on their toes… and banging their head.

GET YOUR HANDS ON SHATTER BRAIN’S MUSIC VIA THEIR BANDCAMP HERE!

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