Author: Matt Bolton

Top Shelf Tuesday: All Sludged Out

This edition of Top Shelf Tuesday takes a look at two sludge metal bands that delve into realms of stoner, hardcore punk, blues and funk metal. Before we dab into the sludge madness currently on display we will shine a light on two heavy influences, for if these bands didn’t exist we wouldn’t have some of the great bands we hear today. (The) Melvins Formed in 1983, Montesano, Washington, performing as a trio for the most part with lead vocalist and guitarist Buzz Osborne joining a year after. Drummer Dale Crover and Osbourne have been the only constant members since....

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Review & Gallery: NAPALM DEATH + Brujeria + Lockup + Black Rheno, Factory Theatre, 11th October 2017

Tonight’s sold-out event at the good old Factory Theatre provided more grind then your local barista. All of Sydney’s metal brothers and sisters united for one bill of massive proportions. Last time Napalm Death graced our shores they brought Carcass a­­long to this very venue, with the Death Crush tour of 2015. Two years later and Mexican heavy weights, Brujeria have tagged along for the ride, making it their first Australian tour. To top that off Lock Up, another grind band to feature veteran bass master-blaster, Shane Embury, who were the first of the international acts to take the...

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Top Shelf Tuesday: In A Depeche Mode

  Since their humble beginnings in 1980 and their debut LP, Speak & Spell (1981) English synth-pop gods Depeche Mode continue to leave an imprint on the music scene. From the many industrial groups to straight out rock and metal bands of today. This edition looks at songs that were covered by other bands, giving you the original Depeche Mode video followed by a rendition by a group that has been influenced to do so. Still going today, keeping three original members; bassist Andy Fletcher, who provides keyboards, vocalist Dave Gahan, and guitarist Martin Gore who also provides keyboards and...

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Live Gig Review: Me First And The Gimme Gimmes + New Trends + Rort Menace, The Metro Theatre, Sydney, Friday 6th October 2017

If you told someone you were off to catch a covers band they would think nothing of it unless you told them it was a sold out event. Surely that would raise a few eyebrows. Tonight, however, involved the covers band of covers bands. To get things rolling we had two local acts showing some of the punk Sydney has to offer. There weren’t many on the floor to begin with but that would soon change.     Hailing from Newcastle were noisy three-piece Rort Menace, mainly focusing on their latest effort Reid’s Mistake (2017) tonight, which was recorded...

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