Author: Callum Doig

“If music is a necessity, you’re going to find a way to do it, no matter what environment you’re in” – An Interview With John Garcia

Stoner rock have a handful of faces that belong in the Mount Rushmore of the genre. However, if only one really deserved to be up there, it would arguably be John Garcia, who has fronted many legendary acts including Kyuss, Vista Chino, Slo Burn, Unida and Hermano. His name alone has become the most solidified of the entirety of stoner and desert music, and has established a massive fan base throughout his strong-hearted career ever since. Having been a regular visitor to the Australian audience, John Garcia announced his first ever acoustic tour in the country, going from Brisbane...

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Mayhem + Supports, Max Watts, Melbourne, January 17th 2018

Review: Callum Doig Photos: John Raptis As one of metal’s most controversial and influential bands, Mayhem have proven to the world why they still remain as one of the most relevant acts of modern music. From the beginnings of the satanic black metal scene in Norway, Mayhem has been one of many acts to have shaped the genre across the world. One of the many artefacts of their career that proved this notion was ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas’, which had been worked on since 1987 up until the release date of May 24th, 1994. With the Norwegian quintet making...

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“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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