Author: Callum Doig

“There are some awful connotations within heavy music.” – An Interview with Mike Deslandes of YLVA

Melbourne-based Doom Metal quartet YLVA have been nothing short of a dismal and perplexing entity that have been solidifying the sonic fingerprint in Australia’s underground metal scene. With the release of their debut full-length M E T A hitting just before the end of 2017, we spoke with YLVA frontman and High Tension guitarist Mike Deslandes about the record, the origin of the band, his polished skills as a recording engineer and producer, and more. “It feels great to have it (M E T A) out” he says. “We’ve been able to work with two great labels who helped...

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“Putting more context into songs is always a good idea for me” – An Interview with Eugene Tymchyk of Septa

Septa have made a name for themselves as one of Ukraine’s most innovative acts for a few years, now. With Ukraine’s scene carrying a myriad of bands that have brought through their originality in some way, shape or form, Septa have been the ones to help light the way for the metalheads and punkheads of their country. We spoke with the band’s longtime vocalist and founder Eugene Tymchyk all about the band’s growth, their latest full-length ‘Sounds Like Murder’, the conceptual storytelling side of Tymchyk and their most recent single Redrum, which plays in line with the rest of...

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Darkcell + Supports – Royal Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne, Australia

With their Psycho Circus tour coming to a close, Brisbane anthemic industrialists DarkCell came around to Melbourne’s club scene to perform their final show of the year, as part of the Psycho Circus leg. With the Royal Melbourne Hotel’s weekly Bang! event going down on its usual Saturday routine, DarkCell were given the chance to help bring a little more diversity to the evening’s lineup, with the support of Nerve, Massacre of Innocence and Obsidian Monolith. First up, were Death Metal quartet Obsidian Monolith, who brought in a crowd of around 30 people. Unfortunately, their vocalist was unable to...

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Review: Septa – Sounds Like Murder

While Europe homes many of the biggest names in metal, Ukraine has a number of bands with plenty of potential. However, not one of them can ever be compared to the diversity and characteristics of Septa. Before honing their skills and passion all the way to the studio for their latest single Redrum, they gave their third full-length LP “Sounds Like Murder” to the world, late last year. Septa’s main sound is derived from the likes of influences of mathcore, post-rock, post-hardcore, progressive and alternative metal, which sets as the basis for “Sounds Like Murder”. With the assortment of...

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