Author: Lewis Allan

Review: Lechery – We Are All Born Evil

You know an album is getting it right when it makes you nostalgic for a decade you barely remember, and Lechery’s third album We are all Born Evil does exactly that. In some ways the album is a pure tribute to the Metal culture of the 80s, driven by chunky riffs and good versus evil sensibilities – a direction that may be unexpected for those who remember frontman Martin Bengtsson as the bassist of Arch Enemy! However, the album brings just enough of the modern flavour of heaviness to make it stand out from classic 80s acts or their...

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Why You Need To Be At Summer Breeze Festival

Summer Breeze is a venerable institution of the European festival scene, having been running for just over 20 years now. Like many of the great heavy and alternative festivals, it’s held in Germany; specifically, in the town of Dinkelsbühl, Bavaria. With so many Metal festivals to choose from on the calendar, let’s have a look at why you might need to add Summer Breeze to your bucket list. 1. The line-up It’s a no-brainer, but of course we have to talk about the line-up. With about 40,000 people in attendance, Summer Breeze know they have to put on one...

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Overdrive Oz Issue #21 – Overdrive Heaviest 100 Part 4

There are still plenty of amazing bands to cover after an absolutely stellar year in music for 2017! Here are some more of the Aussies who contributed amazing tunes. CURSED EARTH (WA) Sam Forward’s pounding drums combined with the earth-splitting riffs of Kieran Molloy and Paul Cottrell set the scene for the anguished vocal assault of Jazmine Luders, with the bass prowess of Robert Owens filling out the bottom end. With a crushingly heavy approach that draws on the Hardcore / Deathcore genre, there are nevertheless melodic moments brought to the fore by Molloy and Cottrell, along with surprising...

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Apocalypse Is Coming!

Everyone Look Busy   “There has been an awakening… have you felt it?” Melbourne has been the home of many excellent Metal, Gothic and dark alternative nightclubs over the years. However, with DV8 closing its doors several years ago, a hole was left in the hearts of Melbourne Metalheads who could no longer get their weekly dose of Metallica, Lamb of God, Slipknot and more in a club setting. There have been a couple of events stepping into the void, notably Haunt and Ragnarok, but DV8 was a weekly event, and there are still a lot of gaps in...

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Overdrive Oz Issue #20: Heaviest 100 Part 3

In our continuing coverage of bands who kicked major goals throughout 2017, we bring you another selection of bands who made it into OVERDRIVE’s heaviest 100! BATPISS (VIC) The down and dirty punk sound of Batpiss is probably exactly what you would expect from the band’s name. Pauly Portal provides sludgy, fuzzy guitars, with Thomy Sloane providing the solid bass foundation. Portal’s guitars are at times rhythmic, but more often discordant and challenging to the listener, alongside Portal and Sloane’s shouts and wails as they share vocal duties. Marty Baker’s drums are well tempered, keeping the band on an...

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