Author: Janise Kumar

Album Review: Primus – The Desaturating Seven

Outlandish funk-metal legends, Primus, are back with their ninth studio album The Desaturating Seven – an ode to a popular children’s book about maleficent goblins trying to destroy a rainbow for their own greed. This is the band’s first record of original material since 2011, and the first album of original material by the classic line-up of singer and bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander since 1995’s Tales from a Punchbowl. Like 2014’s Primus & The Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble, this is a conceptual and experimental album that reimagines a children’s book; a...

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Live Gig Review + Photos: MOTIONLESS IN WHITE + Crown the Empire + Darkcell, Arrow on Swanston, Melbourne, 23rd September 2010

Under a crushed blue velvet sky, the line of eagerly awaiting fans, waiting outside for the doors of Arrow on Swanston to open, stretched far down the street, past Cornell Place. It was a stream of darkness; a uniform of black boots, black lace, black eyeliner and black band tees. At the tip of the line were the VIP ticketholders, listening to Motionless in White tracks on their phones, keenly anticipating meeting the band they love.  Walking down through to the back of the line, you could hear the chatter amongst Motionless in White fans discussing their beloved band;...

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Album Review: John Frum – A Stirring in the Noos

Brutal is an understatement when describing ‘Stirring in the Noos’ – the new album from metal pseudo-supergroup, John Frum. But would you expect any less from this band, who are the combined talents of ex-The Faceless vocalist Derek Rydquist; The Dillinger Escape Plan bassist Liam Wilson; John Zorn guitarist Matt Hollenberg; and Intensus drummer Eli Litwin. Describing themselves as ‘darkly psychedelic’ John Frum is like psychedelia meets The Plague; a macabre acid trip that makes your head and heart pound. The album, which has been in the works for six years, is comprised of eight tracks or 45 minutes...

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