Archive for February, 2020

Shrapnel Announce New Album Palace For The Insane

UK thrashers SHRAPNEL will release their third full length album Palace For The Insane on 15th May via Candlelight Records

Palace For The Insane lives up to its title with heroic ferocity, combining a relentless barrage of insane riffs, shredding leads, pounding rhythms, and savage vocals. SHRAPNEL‘s trademark extreme aggression remains a fundamental part of their sound, but this time around they exhibit vastly more dynamism, versatility and newly-refined songwriting skills.

“We wanted to step out of our comfort zone a little this time round”, says lead guitarist Nathan Sadd. “We knew we could pound out 10 relentless thrash songs fairly easily, but we wanted the challenge of writing a really memorable, diverse record. We wanted to write songs. I think we achieved that. The album definitely contains the most memorable and hooky stuff we’ve ever written, while still being thrashy and brutal.” Palace For The Insane marks SHRAPNEL‘s first recorded venture as a four-piece. Their first album recorded in collaboration with Samuel Turbitt of Ritual Sound Studios, it feels like a wholesale creative rebirth, with the voracious energy of a debut.

While taking on complex subject matters, the album is not shy in paying homage to SHRAPNEL’s old-school thrash roots. Those more partial to the faster side of this purest form of thrash will be floored by the sheer speed and technical wizardry of songs ‘Bury Me Alive’, ‘The Mace’, and ‘Infernal Choir’This is definitely a new and improved SHRAPNEL, but necks are still going to get utterly wrecked.

 “We might be experimenting a little more these days, but we never turn our back on our absolute love for thrash. This one shreds harder, its angrier, and at times, it’s grittier. It was fueled by an enormous amount of frustration and anger, and a ton of fun too,” concludes Nathan. “Thrash is in our blood. And that side of us is going nowhere.”

Formed in 2009, SHRAPNEL have been on a campaign of destruction ever since. From the blistering underground EP No Saviours through to the 10th anniversary release in 2019, Decade of Decimation, the band has grown from strength to strength with no intention of slowing down.

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zhOra Released New Video/Single Hellfire From Their Forthcoming LP Mortals

zhOra have today dropped a new video/single Hellfire which is taken from their forthcoming album Mortals out March 27th via Hostile Media.

I’m a fan of this band for many years now and on the strength of the two tracks they have dropped as of now to include the previously released Coke Vulture (which we will also post here) this is shaping up to be their best work to date without any shadow of doubt.
I like their previous works, but this is another level. It’s horrible in the best possible way and viciously heavy.

zhOra are back to what they do best. So damned heavy it’s almost showing off…
Get Hellfire into you!


Album out 27.03.20 via Hostile Media
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Aidan Cunningham at BlueBird Studios, Kildare, Ireland.

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UNI/VS Release New Single/Video Hellhound

UNI/VS Release New Single/Video Hellhound

Brisbane’s UNI/VS hit the ground running in 2017 and have wasted no time between solidifying themselves as ones to watch not only in Brisbane, but the Australian heavy scene. Today the melodic hardcore trio are offering up “Hellhound” as their first drop of 2020 and are backing it up with an accompanying Hellhound East Coast Tour to boot!

Hellhound was produced, mixed & mastered by Gareth Hargraves (Young LionsThe ComfortThe Brave) and features the thundering heavies and soaring melodic intervals that UNI/VS master. The single was inspired by the adverse effects technology and the digital age is having on the human race. On one hand being more connected then ever but on the other, that same power is being used to divide and outrage. Vocalist Scott Willis explains that “We are constantly being fed information that may have no real truth or a warped perspective being derived from algorithms that keep us coming back for more.

The music clip was filmed, directed and edited by Dan Ramsay Visuals and depicts a dystopian-style setting in which the protagonist flits between a digital world and the real world, showing the separation between the two. A lonely and cold reality exists up against the action packed, sensory overloaded virtual scenes of the digital age.

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Deathbeds Announce Sinner Album & Drop New Single What’s Yours Is Mine and What’s Mine Is Mine

Canberra-based metallers Deathbeds are making their mark on Australia’s heavy community with the release of their brand new single “What’s Yours Is Mine And What’s Mine Is Mine“. The new single is accompanied by the announcement of the six-piece’s debut album entitled ‘Sinner‘. Inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins, the concept album is due for release Friday 13 March, distributed through Collision Course Records! As if that wasn’t enough, Deathbeds are also today announcing their ‘Sinner Tour 2020‘, taking special guests Teeth across Australia to celebrate their debut album.

“What’s Yours Is Mine And What’s Mine Is Mine” narrates the theme of greed and was mixed and mastered by Scottie Simpson (PolarisAlpha WolfGravemind) and tracked at Colossal Tracks Studios (She Cries WolfDays Like These). The single begins with an ear pricking melodic riff that leads the way into the wall of sound that ensues. Taking inspiration from fellow Australian heavyweights Make Them Suffer, Deathbeds utilise Maddison ‘Kit’ Samin‘s soaring female vocals and subtle keys to juxtapose against the driving chaos of the single. 

The upcoming album is a concept record, taking its theme from the Seven Deadly Sins. The overarching storyline follows a priest abusing the sins in order of pride, greed, gluttony, sloth, lust, wrath and envy and ultimately winding up a heretic by the final track. As is with “What’s Yours Is Mine And What’s Mine Is Mine”, the album is mixed and mastered by Simpson, tracked at Colossal Tracks Studios with writing credits tied to both Deathbeds and Misstiq, the metal keys queen renowned for ‘making metal pretty’.

Deathbeds will take Sydney band Teeth out on the road with them in March to unleash ‘Sinner’ to a live audience, beginning on Friday 13th in their hometown at The Basement in Canberra. Newcastle will be up next on Thursday 19th March at Hamilton Station Hotel, Sydney’s Burdekin Hotel the very next night on Friday 20th March (without Teeth) and both bands will end the short stint in Melbourne at Last Chance Rock N Roll Bar on Thursday 26th March. Local supports still to be announced!

Formed in 2015 by guitarist Anthony Hyde, vocalist David Oliver and bassist Marc Beresford, Deathbeds dedicated three years to mastering their craft before they debuted their live show and their current lineup in 2018 consisting of Anthony, David and Marc alongside new members Kit Samin on keys and vocals, Sam Moloney on drums and Benjamin Poulsen on guitar. November 2018 rolled around shortly after and saw the release of the ‘Death‘ EP which was recorded by Calum Johnstone of Honest Crooks.

Previous track “Biggest Sin Of All” is the sixth track on ‘Sinner’ and was released in March 2019 as the first taste of the forthcoming album and was received with open arms. Hysteria Mag praised the single in saying that: “Biggest Sin Of All introduces a style of narrative not easy to execute at the best of times, let alone in a debut album–Deathbeds, however, pull it off superbly, so far“. Behind The Scene raved that “this is exactly what I wanted from Deathbeds and they have delivered everything and more. If this an accurate representation of their upcoming concept album ‘Sinner’, then I am very, VERY excited for this! Spotify followed suit and immediately added the track to the Homegrown + Heavy editorial playlist alongside a plethora of Australian favourites, with the track almost at 50,000 streams. Following the success of this release, Deathbeds jumped on local support slots for the likes of Slaves (US), Awaken I AmBoris The Blade and She Cries Wolf.

With so much more to come, “What’s Yours Is Mine And What’s Mine Is Mine” is out Friday January 31 and available at all online stores and streaming platforms. Stay tuned for ‘Sinner’, out March 13 – available for pre-order from Friday January 31!

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