Author: Jesse Dracman

ALBUM REVIEW: MOTOGRATER – DESOLATION

Motograter is a band that diehard fans of the early 2000’s Nu-Metal/Heavy Rock era would be familiar with. A band that were at the forefront both as a live act, with their menacing tribal body paint and hard edged grooves; Motograter also featured Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch) as vocalist on their debut album, before the band would endure line-up changes and a hiatus of sorts. Fast forward to now, and the band are not just back. They are back triumphantly and armed with a new album called Desolation, following up on the 2003 self-titled release that featured...

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The Art of Touring – with James Anthony Legion, lead vocalist of Motograter

James Anthony Legion is lead vocalist of Motograter. Residing in Raleigh, North Carolina. Previous bands include Deadform, The Breathing Process, The Phantom Variant and Obsidian. Welcome to The Art of Touring, a column where we explore the mystical world of tour life with guest artists from all levels of the industry. This episode, we spoke to a very good friend of mine, who I got to tour with in 2015. Legion, vocalist for the heavily painted, as they are heavy sounding, Motograter. This band has existed since early 2000, and while many who are familiar would recognise them as that...

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“You never know what to expect when you have a tonne of testosterone packed into an enclosed area” – An interview with Apate

Every now and then, in this particular line of work, one gets the chance to have a chat with a band that just takes interesting to another level. Apate fit that mould quite well, as the time was taken to discuss the ins and outs of their fantastic new EP, Spit You Out, as well as their wonderful world and that never-ending stream of Asahi, one such as they would discover backstage at their shows. Straight away, you get the vibe that these Brisbane boys aren’t your typical “Core” act, as the many that are out there today are....

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Album Review: Apate – Spit You Out

Apate are a 5 piece down tuned experimental nu-metal core band from Brisbane, and that’s the calm introduction before we discuss how brutal and vital their new EP, Spit You Out, as an essential part of the Core Fans collection. This EP begins with “Fugue”, which really sets an impressive haunting tone, as far as intros go, before the droning guitar intro of “Bone Syndrome” unleashes a pummeling attack on the senses that ticks all the boxes for this style, with a nod to the impressive production that captures every intricate detail of this merciless sound. This song covers...

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LIVE REVIEW: Ill Nino+Terror Universal, The Triffid, Brisbane, Australia, 6th August 2017

Who the hell goes to a gig on a Sunday night in Brisbane? Quite a lot of people to tell the truth. It was a busy night at the Triffid, as concert goers got to witness 2 amazing institutions of the (dare I say, without sounding too cliché) Nu-Metal kind in Latin Metal heavyweights, Ill Nino & shockingly good masked brethren, Terror Universal, who were in town to wrap up a mammoth tour that saw both acts dig deep to give us all something special and exceptional. The Triffid is a hell of an awesome venue to go see...

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