Author: Zacharie Dunks

ALBUM REVIEW: MASON – IMPERVIOUS

After a hefty touring schedule seeing the band hit Europe, Canada and their home turf in Australia, Melbourne thrash quartet Mason return with their long awaited sophomore album, “Impervious“. Following in the footsteps of their 2016 EP “Unmerciful“, “Impervious” sees Mason expand on their approach to the fast growing scene of Australian thrash metal. Unlike most of the contemporaries who go for the ‘everything faster than everything else’ approach, Mason have combined speed and brutality with a unique sense of melody that shines through to make this album stand out from the pack. Similar to the sound German thrash...

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ALBUM REVIEW: SATYRICON – DEEP CALLETH UPON DEEP

Masters of all things dark and grvm, Norwegian black metal outfit Satyricon are back once again with their brand new release “Deep Calleth Upon Deep”. Following in the stripped back footsteps of the band’s 2013 self-titled album, OVERDRIVE ventures into what make this Oslo duo’s latest endeavour one of the quirkiest yet darkest releases of the year. Straight off the bat, the laid back beats and captivating riffs of ‘Midnight Serpent’ caught me left of field. The band’s approach to the ‘Black ‘n Roll’ genre not only showcases how far Satyricon have come musically, but also shows a level...

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Live Gig Review: WHORETOPSY + Hollow World, Splatterpuss, Annihilist, Ame Noire, The Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne, 22nd September 2017

After a huge run of shows supporting their latest album Never Tear Us Apart, Melbourne slam gods Whoretopsy returned home to Melbourne for one final show before heading back into the studio. OVERDRIVE was there to watch the carnage unfold. From the moment doors opened, the Collingwood venue was immediately packed, with excitement and anticipation ripe in the air. Classic Metallica tracks played through the front bar speakers as fans made their way into the band room in preparation for Âme Noire’s debut show. The newly formed grim Deathcore outfit had already gained quite a bit of traction with...

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Gig Review + Photos: Gravemind + Supports, The Workers Club, Melbourne, 21st September 2017

In support of their critically acclaimed sophomore EP ‘The Deathgate’, Melbourne Deathcore powerhouse ‘Gravemind’ have taken to the stage for 3 select release shows on the East Coast. OVERDRIVE was at The Workers Club for the Melbourne leg, and this is how it went down. Opening the night were local Metalcore outfit ‘The Gloom in the Corner’. Their breakdown laden set captivated the small yet impressed crowd, with each song seeing more punters make their way to the front to bang their heads and fully immerse themselves in the start of the night. Vocalist ‘Mikey Arthur’s’ morbid stage moves...

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ALBUM REVIEW: BURIED REALM – THE ICHOR CARCINOMA

After the melodic and haunting intro ‘Portal’ sets the tone for the album, listeners are treated to a full-frontal assault in the form of the album’s title track, ‘The Ichor Carcinoma’. This no holds barred shredfest is a perfect demonstration for what is yet to come, and a fantastic introduction to the sound that Buried Realm mastermind Josh Dummer has spent so many years working on. The track also showcases the first of many guest appearances on the album, with Bob Katsionis (Firewind, Revolution Renaissance) letting all hell loose in one of the most daring keyboard solos you’re likely...

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