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For more than two decades Wednesday 13 has been the master of horror fuelled hard rock and punk both as a solo artist and fronting Murderdolls which also featured Joey Jordison on drums.Wednesday is an interesting character in that what you see is what you get but he also holds some mystical prowess that makes you wary when trying to pidgeonhole his music for fear of being subconsciously dragged into his living horror fantasy.An astute fan of horror films, Wednesday once more draws from the familiar well for his upcoming album Horrifier which will be released on October 7.This time John Carpenter's Halloween series and the Christine supernatural thrillers have provided the bulk of the inspiration, but in true Wednesday 13 style the album also contains elements of and reference to a myriad of offerings from the macabre and terrifying pits of his imagination.Wednesday sat down with HEAVY earlier in the week and invited us into the rabbit hole of sin that encapsulates his life."This is the ninth album from Wednesday 13 and I think we did another good one," he said confidently. "We spent the two years off in the pandemic writing and shaping this thing to be what it is, to become the Horrifier that it is. It seems that the reaction so far with the videos and singles and playing these songs live is that everyone's digging it so that's always a good thing. It's a good sign of relief whenever I put a record out, because I never know I'm very... I'm my own worst critic. I'm always hard on myself about how I should... are they gonna like it this time? Did I do a good enough job? Does this sound good enough? That's always a scary thing when you put out your first single and video and you see the reactions. We're living in the social media days where everybody gets to review your record and gets to give their opinion on how you should have did this or shouldn't have done this."In the full interview Wednesday talks about the sonic direction of Horrifier, setting a cinematic landscape with music and the challenges of that, the single Insides Out and how it has been called his heaviest track ever, finding inspiration in horror films, his writing process, showcasing 20 years of music on Horrifier, the emotional closing track The Other Side and the meaning behind it, producing his own albums, an Australian tour and more.Intro song MONSTER FODDER 'Brain Hammer'
Since 1994 Lamb Of God have almost been in a league of their own.Formed by John Campbell and Chris Adler, with Mark Morton joining soon after followed by vocalist Randy Blythe after the bands third demo.After initially starting life as Burn The Priest, the band changed their name to the more user friendly Lamb Of God and released the album New American Gospel in late 2000, ushering heavy metal into the new millennium in style.In the 22 years since Lamb Of God have released nothing but quality albums, in the process entrenching their name amongst the greats of metal such as Metallica, Slayer and Pantera.Not content to be mentioned alongside such legendary acts, Lamb Of God have refused to rest on their laurels, pushing themselves on each new album. 2020's self titled release lit the fires for a new generation, but with their latest offering Omens set for release on October 7 you get the impression Lamb Of God are only just starting to fully settle into their groove.The press release calls Omens "arguably Lamb Of God's most aggressive and ambitious work to date", and after listening to an advance copy I would be hard pressed to argue.HEAVY caught up with Campbell earlier this week to discuss Omens."I'm excited to finally get it out there," he beamed. "We recorded it back in February and we were working on it well before that. I think it's our best record ever - as I do with every one because we're constantly trying to outdo ourselves and I think somehow we do it every time. This record is no different. This time we recorded it differently in that normally we would learn our parts, go to the studio, and go do the separate parts in the studio and track our parts and then that would be put together by the producer. This time we went in and tracked live to get that live feel. Those were the tracks we started with and pulled out the parts that were amazing. It was really for drum takes more than anything, but going for those live takes we really got the feel that they would translate well live so that was a different method of recording. The songs, I think we have really good at using our craft and writing. There are great songs on this that are very dynamic. There's more tunes as well as thrash. There's hard core and then a little experimental reaching out. Just some real heavy metal."In the full interview, John responds to the press releases claims about the album, tracking at Henson Recording Studios where artists like The Doors and The Ramones produced classic albums, the writing process from album to album and how it changes, the early days of Lamb Of God, why they chose Blythe as vocalist, a possible visit Down Under and more.
Bush have been a mainstay on the rock scene from the moment hey released their debut album Sixteen Stone in 1994.The album spawned the singles Glycerine, Comedown and Little Things and announced Bush as the new saviours of rock after a period of dominance by the grunge movement.Since then Bush have consistently bettered themselves with each release, altering their style and approach only marginally but still noticably with every album.Following the critically acclaimed 2020 release The Kingdom, Bush have once more achieved the unthinkable and ramped things up another notch with the imminent release of their ninth full length album The Art Of Survival.It is an album that sees Bush rehash familiar territory in parts, but also break new ground sonically with a subtle sprinkling of harder edged rock throughout the album.This was hinted at with the albums lead single More Than Machines, followed by the explosive opening track Heavy Is The Ocean, both of which provide a small glimpse into the inner mechinisms of The Art Of Survival.Frontman Gavin Rossdale sat down with HEAVY to talk about The Art Of Survival which will be released on October 7."I'm thrilled to share it and be part of the landscape of rock, whatever that means in 2022," he smiled. "We've had a good run of playing shows and coming down to Australia for a couple of years now and it will be fun to add a new record to the setlist. It has a kind of rebirth quality about it, weirdly enough, and I don't know what that is. It's the whole thing of finding a new version of yourself. Not reinvention because it's still my stupid voice and stuff like that, but more like where do we go to make sure it's inspired and electric and vital and I think that's what we found. That space to be in. You don't even need the catalogue or know anything about Bush. Just play the record from start to finish and think cool, I wasn't expecting that."In the full interview Gavin talks more about the album musically and what they were going for, the heaviness of some of the songs and where it comes from, approaching each album cycle from a fresh viewpoint, the early days of Bush and what sort of musical climate gave birth to the band, Sixteen Stone and its breakthrough success and more.
By Erin EddySlovenian deathcore / slam band Within Destruction have just unleashed their newest album Lotus,and she’s a monster. Showcasing a new side to the band that reveals their genre-blending bad-assery, guitarist Howard Fang was keen to share with me how proud they are with this record.“The band is super stoked about it and it’s where we want to be; we’ve wanted to be here for a longtime.”Branching out from the pathway forged by its contemporary predecessor Yokai, Lotus see’s the bandimplementing clean vocals for the first time. The addition of vocal harmonies has taken WithinDestruction to a whole new realm of song composition, and Howard explains how it has made thewriting and recording process more fun and creative for him.“We definitely wanted huge choruses,” says Howard, “and in order to have huge choruses we feltlike clean vocals are a must because you can’t add two different harmonies with a scream top-line.”Howard says the new songs have been well received by fans and have added another level of energyto their live performances. “It feels like the setlist is way more energetic and way more interesting.We’re all pretty excited to be playing these songs to some new and familiar faces.”Within Destruction have just hit the road to tour across Europe and the UK and while they are ridingthe hype train of Lotus, their next project is never far from their minds, with Howard telling me thatthey are a “big picture” band and that writing music comes as naturally as sleeping and breathing.Have a listen to the full interview to hear more about the new album, what Howard thought abouttouring Australia for the first time, collab ambitions and the ultimate question: Would you take theRed Pill or the Blue Pill?Lotus is out now via Ultra Heavy Records and is available for streaming on all platforms.
By now Slipknot need no introduction.For that matter, Slipknot have needed no introduction from the moment their self-titled debut album forced its way violently into this world, announcing the arrival of a new breed of music that would revolutionalise the sonic landscape like never before.Iowa, Vol 3 (The Subliminal Verses) and All Hope Is Gone followed, ushering the name Slipknot onto the lips of a new generation of music lovers that found acceptance in metal where other parts of their lives failed.Combining physical aggression with an impenetrable wall of musical mayhem, Slipknot became a global phenomena, transcending the lines between mainstream acceptance and heavy metal despite their refusal to conform.Disaster struck for the nine musicians who were friends first and foremost when bass player Paul Gray died in a hotel room in his hometown of Iowa in 2010, sparking fears Slipknot would be unwilling and/or unable to continue following the loss of their brother.After a prolonged break of uncertainty Slipknot returned in 2014 with the album .5 The Gray Chapter in direct tribute to Gray's memory and legacy.We Are Not Your Kind in 2019 saw the band explore more musical possibilities, bringing in elements that were previously given life more so through vocalist Cory Taylor's side project Stone Sour.Despite initial unrest from old-school fans, We Are Not Your Kind became recognised as one of the finest albums Slipknot has produced, with many claiming it to be yet another step in the evolution of heavy music.Tragedy continued for the band when former drummer Joey Jordison passed away in 2021, and despite the fact he had left Slipknot eight years earlier, his death left an even greater chasm in the spirit of his former bandmates and friends.In true Slipknot fashion the band began to focus on what would become their seventh album The End, So Far, with the vague title an obvious acknowledgement that everything has an expiry date with the timing being the only uncertain factor.Bass player Alessandro Venturella (VMan) joined HEAVY to chat about The End, So Far, in the process offering a rare insight into the inner workings of Slipknot.We started by asking how the band were feeling about an album which has already garnered so much interest."Super stoked,” VMan enthused. "Super pumped and looking forward to having a physical copy in my hands. It's nice to see it coming towards the end. There's a lot of... so many ups and downs to get everything to fall into place, but it's nice knowing it's almost there."Much of Slipknot’s charm lies in the spontaneous and anarchic nature of their music. Nothing feels pre-meditated or contrived and, more importantly, nothing seems forced.Which makes sense when VMan explains that The End, So Far was not an album that was designed to fit a schedule or expectations."There was never really a set goal of where we wanted it to go," he measured. "We started off when we got back from tour in Europe and then the COVID thing obviously happened, and everyone is in different places around the world so it's not a thing where we can just pop down the road and hang out in a studio and start writing. So, a lot of stuff was done like I did stuff here and Jim was writing over there, until it kind of got together with Clown. I had been sending him stuff, and we put everything on the table to see where we were and the more we worked on it the more we realised this is where it's gonna go. This is gonna be the album. After a good bit of demoing and putting it together, I felt like we were coming to a point where it felt like this is the next step for Slipknot and now hearing it once it's all done and finished that's definitely what we've achieved. It's a progression from We Are Not Your Kind into a new era."Such is the eclectic nature of Slipknot’s music in general that choosing songs to release off each album must be a logistical nightmare.The whole idea of releasing singles is to drip feed the new music and arouse anticipation in the patiently waiting public. But when pretty much every song on the album follows its own trajectory, choosing individual songs to represent the collective can become painstaking."Adderall and Finale are front and back of the album,” VMan began, “and the way that those are brought in and then the scattering of the heaviness, I feel like that's where we're going. The journey of what those songs are going to do is just out of nowhere you're hit with something. It's tough because at the beginning the songs that we started on were the heaviest ones first and then the way that the other ones were brought into life was... that's what I was saying before, when we were finally piecing our work together that's when we knew what we had. I feel like the album in itself is a piece of music. I think start to finish is how it was meant to be, and I'm glad that's the way it came out."Much has already been made of the album title and whether it has any significance or meaning as to the future of Slipknot.Even though we already know the answer, HEAVY decides to press VMan anyway with the truth of any significance."You've got The End and then you've got So Far,” he said, stating the obvious in a not-so-obvious way. “It doesn't mean that it's the end. If you cover up the end bit and just look at the so far..."It doesn’t help either when you listen to an explanation from Clown’s own mouth that says cryptically “new music, new art and new beginnings.”"It's what he does. He's Clown," VMan smirked. "You can't give anything away otherwise what are you left with?"Rather than go straight on the front foot as expected with The End, So Far, the album instead opens with the hypnotically beautiful Adderall, throwing immediate doubt as to the direction the following eleven tracks will take."The way that they structured it...," Vman thought before answering. "I was never involved in the piecing together of songs, but Adderall's a different song anyway. It evolved into what you have now. Drums were added, guitars were added, bass was added, and it evolved into something else. We didn't really see it as a connection. It was never a thought of saying this needs to sound like that or this needs to be close and then that will be the statement. I think it was literally by chance. Once we finished each individual song and Cory would put together the structure of the album that's the natural way I think that anyone would put it together. I'm glad it happened that way because the way I had them in order of songs is completely different to how it is now (laughs). I think the first interview I did someone was telling me about it and I thought that's not the order and then I realised oh shit (laughs). That's how I got given it on dropbox."Clown not only acts as judge, jury and executioner for the Iowan natives, but he also shows a natural flair for the creative and dramatic by filming Slipknot’s music videos.He has a flair that would best be described as Rob Zombie meets Humphrey Bogart with a deft touch that brings out emotion and sincerity with a visual accompaniment that fleshes out each film clip to extremes.If you only knew the maniacal, keg bashing Clown from Slipknot’s live shows you would likely find it difficult to believe or appreciate the meticulous and often brilliant nature of his role as director."Clowns just Clown," Vman shrugged. "He's there to do the best that he can. He's got such a great vision. I love watching him work and where he's going with things. I try my best to not look into what we're about to do because I like to be surprised by things. I remember getting the run sheet saying what it's about and I thought you know what, I'm not gonna look at it (laughs). I'm just gonna get there and someone is gonna tell me what to do and it was great to walk into something and not be oh, that's that thing that he mentioned or that's there. I just walked in and took it in and could see where he was going. We finished shooting one day while we were doing Yen and some guys went home but me and Jim stuck around and we were sitting on the deck chairs by the pool area and we were watching it all happening, and just seeing Clown work and the way that he talks to people and the crew was inspiring to see. If you're on stage you see him doing his thing, but to see him do that thing that he does is great to watch. There's no bossing around. He's very aware of everybody and what everyone needs."The End, So Far is Slipknot’s seventh album, with each release pushing the acceptable parameters of music in directions previously believed impossible. While VMan touched on this earlier on in the chat, we press him again to find out how much of what ends up committed to disk is planned prior to the recording process."Nothing was discussed," he affirmed. "No one really said this is how we need to move on. With the demoing I would do here for the songs on the record, I just wanted to do heavier stuff. I'm not gonna write a classical piece or something like that. I write heavy metal and I'm in a heavy metal band (laughs), but it was when we got to Clown’s and started to dissect stuff or add stuff that's when the theme or the idea of where going came in. Yen in itself is a heavy song but it's also super melodic, so it was never a thought where we said right, we need to do this, this is how it has to go down. It just came. Finale was a song that was completely different, got switched backwards, something got pulled out of there and that then became the chorus and then the intro. Mike started adding his piano, no one said this is how it has to happen. It happened and it kept growing and growing. Then when you add someone like Joe Berusi into the mix, he turns it into something even bigger because that's what he does."
Some things in life are simply worth the wait, and once that wait is finally over we then have the rest of our lives to bask in and enjoy the fruits of the tireless musical works and efforts that come our way. On this occasion being represented with a super slick recording by Abreact that has been perfectly packaged for all to enjoy.... and crank extremely loud!You see, Central Victoria's hardcore metal quintet Abreact just dropped their second full length album entitled Deceivers are Coming, and it straight up belts and enriches one's love of heavy and downright catchy tunes in a single heartbeat then proceeds to double down repeatedly over and over.Existing fans of Abreact simply know.For people who are yet to discover Abreact, do the thing, and thank me later. But more importantly, study this album. Whilst knocking on the door to your soul it will also leave you uplifted, and as you listen again and again, little gold nuggets become clearer upon each listen.Have a listen to the full interview to discover what Lee aka Chad (guitar/ backing vocals) and Josh (vocals) had to say about the processes on creating Deceivers are Coming, the hurdles they jumped and the honor they paid (in full) to past members of the band. It is a special interview about a special and important Australian music release, so check it out Heavy heads!
Generally when you think of solo artists - particularly in heavy metal - you automatic reaction is that a solo artist couldn't possibly possess all of the necessary skills and attributes to fully flesh out what is required to make a splash on the metal scene.If, like me, you think that way then take a listen to The Overcoming Project, the solo effort from Melbourne solo artist Doctor Mike Trubetskov and your mind will be blown.Trubestskov has recently released the closing chapter to his 'Determination Trilogy' of music with the brutally crushing 'Victory'.Inspired by an ominous mix of death and doom inspired riffs, spine crushing breakdowns and fast paced grooves, 'Victory' is just that for The Overcoming Project.Not that Trubetskov has done this alone. He has enlisted the skills of drummer Mike Heller (Fear Factory) and vocalist Jon Howard (Threat Signal) to expand his personal vision with the help of world class musicians who have bought into his vision.HEAVY caught up with Trubetskov to find out more, starting with just what The Overcoming Project is."It's a solo...," he measured, "it's an interesting one. Because I've been in a band called Gift Of Madness in Moscow and when I moved here to Australia years ago I had no band. I had no-one, and I knew no-one, but I kept writing some music and I kept refining some ideas and they were just sitting there. Then I had some doctorate challenges and visa challenges and life challenges in general and I kept putting them into those riffs and that musical direction and still they were just sitting there. In 2020- I think it was 2019 - I decided that I wanted to publish them. I started with the track 'Anxiety', which we published at HEAVY, and I hired some session musicians - Mike Heller from Fear Factory and Jon Howard from Threat Signal - and we also collaborated with my mate Sergie, who is from Moscow and he is my old friend and we did some stuff on the Russian music scene. That's how it came together."Solo projects have their obvious advantages and disadvantages, so we press Trubetskov on whether The Overcoming Project is a solo outfit because he couldn't find like minder people to work with in a band environment or whether he didn't want to relinquish creative control."It's just easier and it worked that way," he shrugged. "I wanted a very high quality studio recording and a bit of a challenge in terms of production and how things were put together rather than played. There were really particular ideas about the guitar tone and the guitar performance, stuff like that. About drums, about bass, and that's why it primarily existed as a studio project."In the full interview, Mike talks about the new single 'Victory', the heaviness of the song, working with Heller and Howard, how 'Victory' wraps up the trilogy of songs, how he feels about the journey now it is over, future music and more.
Melbourne rock outfit Instynkt are riding the wave of youth and success, having previously introduced themselves to the world with the songs Dance With Me, Angel In Disguise, Dominatrix and Flower, each song highlighting differing sides to the band's musical make up.With the recent release of punchy new single Ride, Instynkt have further solidified their credentials, releasing their first ever music video along with the song.Charlie and Matt joined HEAVY this week to discuss the single and what the future holds for Instynkt."The song came about with me," Matt began, "I was just jamming away in my room on the acoustic guitar and trying to think of good hooks and stuff and came up with the pre chorus for Ride, and it went from there. I wrote this whole radio rock thing in all of 20 minutes, brought it to the boys and it was pretty organic. There wasn't much thought go into it.""I reckon you played it once," Charlie took over, "and then we played through it twice and that was the song." In the full interview, the boys talk more about Ride, the musical aspect and what they were going for, filming their first video on the beach and the joys that go with it, having an old school pub rock sound and where it comes from, future music, tours and more.
British rock sensations The Darkness are bringing their Motorheart tour to Australia this October for what promises to be a typically entertaining romp through the two decades of music that comprises The Darkness' back catalogue.Known as much for their humorous take on music as they are for their scintillating guitar play and the dynamic vocals of frontman Justin Hawkins, The Darkness are a band who have brought the swagger back to rock music without curtailing any of their free spirit or values.With a large chunk of the shows either sold out already or well on the way, it seems like Australia - like the rest of the world - have been swept up in the irresistable charm of the band.HEAVY caught up with guitarist/backing vocals Dan Hawkins to talk about what The Darkness will be showcasing while here."The usual kind of stuff, I suppose," he promised. "Loud music played by men in loud outfits shouting at each other really loudly and at the audience really loudly. Just lots of loudness. Volume."That all sounds like a bucket of fun, but what can we actually expect from the live show?"I wish there was such thing as a typical Darkness show." he laughed, "because you never know what's going to happen next - and that's exciting for an audience - but I would say my place in the band is musical director and you put all these things in place and you rehearse like mad and spend all this time to get things perfect and Justin goes out there to cause as much mayhem and stop and start the show. At one point we were playing a show and he ended up collecting every single hat and pair of glasses from the audience, and a fairly big audience, and was just trying to put them all on at the same time. It took about 10 or 15 minutes and we had to cut five songs out of the set. It was ludicrous. You never know what's gonna happen next."In the full interview, Dan responds to some outlandish claims in the press release, including just how they will be operating at their loosest and most extroverted frequency, translating the humour of their music to the stage, the VIP tickets and how they give punters the opportunity to perform live on stage with the band, the possibility of new songs on the tour, the early days of The Darkness, the band's early success and what he puts it down to and more. Intro song THE POOR 'More Wine Waiter Please'
Eleven years is a long time in music. Especially with that long of a gap between albums.While many bands would worry their fan base might desert them in favour of an artist with slightly better output, Swedish power metal outfit Dragonland need not worry.Since their debut The Battle Of Ivory Plains in 2001 through to their last album Under The Grey Banner in 2011, Dragonland have delivered enough quality material to ensure their fans aren't going anywhere.In fact, if anything, the prolonged absence has made fans hungrier for new material, with their wishes now set to be met with the release of The Power Of The Nightstar on October 14.HEAVY had the pleasure of speaking with vocalist Jonas Heidgert - who seldom does interviews himself - to talk about what has been happening in the Dragonland camp."It's almost exactly eleven years," he sighed. "If I remember correctly we released Grey Banner on either the 11th or 17th of November 2011, so it's almost eleven years"We ask what Dragonland has been up to, with Heidgert's answer frankly honest."A lot of laziness," he laughed. "We had a little trip to Australia a few years back which was brilliant but we've been very slow. Actually, the Australian and Japanese tour we did back in 2018 gave us the little push we needed to start writing the rest of the album. We started a long time ago with a few songs then people started getting kids and Swiss jobs and played in other bands, all this kind of other stuff. Life happened."In the full interview, Jonas talks about the musical direction of The Power Of The Nightstar, the concept behind it, the addition of more electronic elements on this album, the singles and how they relate to the overall sound of the album, fitting conceptual songs into a set list and more.
Melbourne upstarts The Prize are living proof that no matter the situation there is a way.Forming in early 2021 during the Global Pandemic, and without the normal music support networks usually available to a fledgling band, The Prize pushed forward regardless. They first set about writing music before establishing their name and by the end of that year found themselves performing in front of a sold out show supporting CIVIC at the Croxton Bandroom. And what’s more, this was the band’s first time on stage.Since then The Prize have released a highly successful debut EP, 'Wrong Side Of Town', and have just finished a national tour supporting The Chats.It’s been a whirlwind ride for the young band, and they aren’t finished just yet.Vocalist/drummer Nadine Muller joined HEAVY to chat about all things relating to The Prize starting with the response to 'Wrong Side Of Town'."We were very surprised," she smiled. "We released the EP maybe three weeks ago now, and it sold out in 24 hours on line so that was pretty cool. We put that out through Anti Fade Records, which is a Melbourne based label, and yeah, the response has been really great. We've kept a few copies to sell at our launch this weekend so you can still get it through us."In the full interview Muller talks about the musical direction of 'Wrong Side Of Town', the thought process going into a debut EP, the formation of the band during COVID and how they managed to work around it, their blend of power pop and old school rock and where it came from, playing in front of a sold out crowd for their first gig, the recent tour with The Chats, their upcoming EP launch shows and more.Intro track THE VIOLENT INZIDENT 'Triggered'
Alabama heavy outfit ERRA are currently experiencing the best possible outcome for a touring band.Not only are they currently in Australia and New Zealand supporting The Plot In You and playing at the larger venues, they are also turning straight around after the final show in Wellington and coming back to Australia for a select run of three headlining shows of their own at some of the countries more intimate live music rooms.After already garnering rave reviews so far on tour, ERRA has sold out one of their own shows already, with the remaining two not far behind.Not bad for a band who only released their debut album back in 2020.HEAVY caught up with guitarist Jesse Cash and lead vocalist J.T Cavey recently to discuss the run of shows."Quite lovely," Cavey replied when questioned on what it's like being on the road with The Plot In You. "We did a tour with those guys a couple of years ago so it's like having a reunion on the other side of the world.""Before J.T was in the band we toured with them a couple of times," Cash took over. "I think 10 years ago was the first time we toured with them...""Really," Caver interjected. "I didn't know that.""Yeah, 2012," Cash continued. "So it was pretty comfortable. It's nice to be over here in an unfamiliar place with familiar faces."In the full interview, J.T and Jesse run us through their live shows and what to expect, discuss the differences between playing a support and headlining their own shows, having one of their shows already sold out, the early days of the band, the genesis of the band name, new music and more. Intro song FRANKENBOK 'Our Last Breath'
Melbourne hard rock outfit Firing Squad might be in their infancy, but don't make the mistake of thinking they are coming in with their baby teeth still intact.Boasting frontman Mick Quee, who honed his pedigree with Western Australian legends Hail Mary, Firing Squad not only have the pedigree for success, but also the talent.Quee has stepped up to the microphone as lead singer for the first time with Firing Squad, showcasing a vocal dynamic that has been wasted behind back up vocals for too long. Following the release of their impressive debut single Gods Of War towards the end of last year, Firing Squad are about to unleash a double single release with Death By Firing Squad and Killing Spree both scheduled for premiere on HEAVY at 12pm September 28.Quee joined HEAVY to talk about the twin assault. We started by double checking that purely judging by the titles of the tracks that they weren't love songs."No, they're definitely not love songs," he laughed. "Killing Spree, with the recent school shootings in America, it's based around that theme and Death By Firing Squad is from the point of view of a POW. I got a lot of background looking into war and a lot of history around World War 2 and stuff so it's taken from the point of view of war. It's pretty much from him getting captured and the lead up to getting shot. The torture that goes with it and the effect it has on your mind and body and the things they go through."Suspecting the answer already, HEAVY had to ask if there was any chance of a happy ending to the tale."No, it doesn't," Quee laughed. "It's unlikely he's gonna get rescued. He's pretty much done and dusted."In the full interview, Mick goes into each song in more depth, the musical direction of each song, how they showcase different sides of the band's musical personality, future music plans, the formation of the band, their slot at Kilfest 2022, supporting Desecrator at their final show and more.Intro track BLACK LABEL 'Piston Checks'
Brisbane deathcore outfit As Paradise Falls have ridden a rollercoaster of emotions since their debut EP Save Yourself arrived on the metal landscape in 2014.Overcoming adversity, personal tragedy, and musical uncertainty, the band returned in 2017 with the triumphant album Digital Ritual that diversified their output, exploring a myriad of complexities of the metal/metalcore realm. This was explored even further with the 2020 release of the single Bleed For The Crown but now As Paradise Falls promise to reach the pinnacle of that journey with the newly released 5 track EP Madness/Medicine.Once again recorded at Studio 28 in Thailand with producer Shane Edwards, Madness/Medicine is another sonic leap forward for the duo, with guitarist Danny Kenneally making the bold statement that the music emerged victorious due to a simple but often neglected component.Raw aggression.HEAVY sat down for a chat wihth Kinneally earlier today."It's an accumulation of everything I'm into," he said of the EP. "We were feeling like a lot of the heavy music coming out at the minute was missing a bit more aggression, and I was finding that aggression in grime music from the UK, with artists like Ocean Wisdom, Dizzie Rascal, stuff like that. It was a combination of that and some of the heavier elements that I wanted to mould together, so with each song we've done on this EP I've gone with a different feel or vibe. There's five tracks. If you listen to one you'll think I know what they're about, then you go onto the next one and think oh shit, this is different. Cool, similar, but I get it, but every time you move onto the next track you will feel a different vibe."In the full interview Danny explains how the EP follows on from Bleed For The Crown, the rollercoaster of emotion from which the EP was born, each song individually and the meaning behind it, adding aggression to music and more.
Coming from the working town of Newcastle, hard rock outfit The Bloods have a fair sense of what to expect from the music industry.With a solid work ethic already engrained in the members DNA the battle is part way won.Partly.The rest comes by way of dedication, sacrifice and ability, all three of which it seems are already in effect judging by their efforts in putting together shows and being prepared to travel far and wide to spread the gospel of music.With a string of shows lined up to round out the year and a new single incoming around December, HEAVY decided to catch up with Jay and Danny from The Bloods, a band who claim to "put the party back in metal."First topic for discussion was their next gig at the Tote in Melbourne on September 30, headlined by the mighty Frankenbok with support from Coffin Carousel, Glasshawk, The Bloods and He Who Seeks Vengeance."It's gonna be amazing," Jay began."We had this idea that this year we wanted to do Queensland, we wanted to do Melbourne and then obviously work with some lovely people in the industry. To jump on a show with Frankenbok and Coffin Carousel from down there and He Who Seeks Vengeance coming for their return show in three years it's gonna be a cracker."In the full interview, the boys talk more about the September 30 show, two more they have coming after that, the importance of being proactive in music, their next single The End, a history on the band, forming during COVID and how hard it was to establish the band, putting the party in metal and how they plan to do it, future music and more.
Forging a career in music hard enough, but try doing it while still at high school and it becomes near impossible.But try telling that to the four lads from Kingscliffe High School that make up hard rock outfit Eyesite and they will shoot you a wry smile with a tone behind it that suggests they have it covered.Formed before any of the members had turned 18, Eyesite have already done the hard yards, playing from Brisbane to the Gold Coast wherever they can, in the process building a steady fan base that will only grow following the release of their single Cold Shoulder and forthcoming debut album later this year.That plus the fact all four finish their teenage schooling duties this November adds up to one hell of an exciting future.HEAVY sat down with Jordan Green (bass), Harris Brooker (vocalist, rhythm guitar and Flynn Thompson (drums) to find out more."It was originally a riff that we started off with that we'd had for ages," Brooker explained of the genesis of Cold Shoulder. "We ended up making it into something at a jam session. We've been practicing it at Jordan's place every Monday when we get together. It's basically about thinking people are judging you all the time, but they really don't give a fuck."In the full interview, the boys run through Cold Shoulder in greater detail, the other songs planned for release before the album, the musical direction of the full length, recording in Byron Bay with Cameron Lockwood, rehearsing with Paul Dover at Round Mountain Studios, being in a band while still at school, plans for the future, upcoming shows and more.
Recognised by many as one of the best bands in the Power Metal/Symphonic Metal realm, Scandanavian metal outfit Stratovarius are nothing if not consistent.Over 16 albums the band have delivered music of the highest quality, influencing countless others and providing a musical outlet for many more.Labelled a "blistering comeback from one of heavy metal's most seminal band's", Stratovarius' new album Survive - which will be released on September 23 - reinforces those claims, delivering a sweepingly grandioise collection of tracks conveying themes of struggle, defiance, hope and victory.Keyboardis Jens Johansson sat down with HEAVY earlier this week to talk about the release."I feel pretty okay," he replied when pressed on his mood going into Friday's release. "The thing is when you do something like this you never quite know what people will think but some of the reviews have been okay, even some of the traditionally grumpy ones are coming out okay (laughs). Yesterday we did this listening party where fans could listen to the whole album and chat and that was all very positive so let's see. You never really know."Listening partys serve the dual purpose of also allowing fans to comment on and give their opinion, something which Johansson agrees is better sometimes that an anonymous critic."That thing is still open," he said, "you can go look at the chat and the whole album is on there if you want to hear it in advance."In the full interview, Jens also talks more about the musical direction of Survive, the singles released, the core message of the album, how it differs from previous releases, the band's strong environmental and global stance, the writing and recording process of each album, longevity and more.Although conceeding Stratovarius will always deliver output true to their roots, Johansson also feels the inevitable passing of time will see more modern influences creep into this and future releases."It's kind of continuing in the same tradition," he measured. "I mean, we've been doing this a long time. I've been with the band 25 years and it's all been melodic metal, but I would say it is probably a bit more modern than it was 20 years ago because we have some new members that have different influences. This idea of having melodic metal, that's still there, but it's updated in a way. I don't know if this is going to be bad or good but you will always have those old fans that were there 30 years ago and they inevitably want the band to go back more towards that stuff and then, of course, you have younger fans who would like you to move forward a bit and become harder. I'm happy with the melodicness and the metalness of the album."
Internationally renowned, Adelaide born vocalist/guitarist Orianthi has swept all before her in a brilliant career as both a touring musician and solo artist.She has played with and alongside some of the best in the business, including Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper and Dave Stewart honing her craft and mesmerizing audiences worldwide with her guitar playing prowess and stage presence, but she returns on October 14 with new solo album Rock Candy that promises to cement her musical reputation as her own entity.Described as a "hard rockin' blues tinged display of dazzling guitar and soulful vocals", Rock Candy displays Orianthi at her devestating best, combining all of her loves and influences into a collection of songs that engages on every level.HEAVY caught up with Orianthi to find out more."We made a record in 13, 14 days," she began, "with Jacob Bunton and we went for it. Rock Candy really represents what the record sounds like. It's rock and roll and it's tough, there's some good things there. That's why Light It Up is super heavy rock, and then you've got Fire Together which is more on the pop side with more of a rock chorus and that's what you're gonna get on the whole record. It's a good mix. I wanted to make something in present time. I didn't want to bring songs from the past in as much as writing a song a day and recording a song a day so the challenge was to get it all done within 13 or 14 days and write something every day and record it. I was going through a lot of things at the time, so I didn't have any creative blockages or anything like that. It felt like I was letting everything out, like a diary entry on record."In the full interview, Orianthi talks more about the writing and recording one song each day idea, the disparity of styles on the album, Light It Up and how it references the overall sound of Rock Candy, the bookend style of the opening and closing songs, Jacob Bunton's contribution on multiple instruments, what she gets out of performing solo that she might not in a band situation plans for an Australian tour and more.
US rock outfit All Good Things are possibly one of the longest overnight success stories ever.Since signing with Better Noise Music in 2019 and releasing their hugely successful album A Hope In Hell - which features the excellent single For The Glory - the band have amassed a number of stadium tours and supports and are finally gaining the global recognition they deserve.Although their tenure started long before that by way of producing music for soundtracks and games, All Good Things have taken this new opportunity with both hands and then some, culminating with the release of their new EP Hold On which comes out on September 23.Hold On is a four track collection of old songs, a cover and an acoustic rendition of the title track and a guest vocal appearance by Flyleaf's Lacey Sturm on the other version, but also holds significance in the timing of the release and its connection with the To Write Love On Her Arms campaign, a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self harm and suicide.HEAVY caught up with vocalist Dan Murphy and bass player Liz Hooper on the eve of the release."This is actually a song off our A Hope In Hell Album that came out a year ago," Murphy began. "We've been chasing the right collab for this song for a long time to be honest and it finally came together. We knew the song was gonna be our next single and we've been trying to find the right voice to team up with. We played a festival in Wisconsin a couple of months back and saw Lacey Sturm play and were blown away. We've always liked Flyleaf for her performances and the speech she gave... she's kind of tied in to the things our fans have been saying and feeling about Hold On and the song itself. Her messages seem to work with what we are trying to get out there so we asked if she would be a part of it and long story short, it all worked out and here we are!"The Hold On EP is also being released this month to coincide with Suicide Awareness month in September, with Hooper admitting the timing was not coincidental."We looked at releasing it around September and we were watching what was happening and it came up that it was suicide prevention month," she affirmed. "A Hope In Hell has been out for about a year now so we've had a chance to play Hold On live at over 100 shows with P.O.D, Starset and Sevendust and we kept getting this feedback from all of our fans and specifically the song Hold On really meant alot to them. Everyone's been through crazy stuff over the last couple of years and people were really connecting with that song and saying it helped them get through some crazy things. A lot of people have talked to us about how they have lost family members to suicide which is heartbreaking. It was kind of serendipitous when we were looking at releasing in September and saw that it was suicide prevention month, so we thought it might be smart to collaborate with somebody that works in that world. We've been to tonnes of festivals and played at tonnes over the years and To Write Love On Her Arms is always there. They've always got a booth. They're always reaching out. They really make the connection between metal music and mental health and how so many people use music, but especially metal music, to deal with lifes stresses. We reached out to them and said you guys are amazing, how can we help get your message out there with our music so that's how we connected."In the full interview Dan and Liz run us through each song on the EP and disect it's meaning, how they each relate to the cause, the Destiny's Child cover of Survivor and why they chose it, having Sturm guest on Hold On and what she brought to the track, their success after the release of A Hope In Hell, a homecoming for the two Australian members and more.
Metal pioneers Frontierer are finally on the cusp of their first tour of Australia.Known and loved around the world as a creatively unique sonic mass of seething intent, Frontierer have left a wake of destruction in their path since forming just over a decade ago, infusing elements of mathcore with downtuned aggression and a progressive sound layered with a wall of electronics that defies belief.With the Australian tour kicking off in Brisbane on October 13, HEAVY caught up with founding member and guitarist Pendram Valiani to get the lowdown on what to expect."Just madness, nothing but madness," he smiled. "It's gonna be great. We're looking forward to seeing what the crowds are like compared to our European collegues and our UK fans. Some chaos, some fun, some friendliness and a hell of a good time."While coming to a country like Australia for the first time can be daunting for a tourist, let alone a touring musician, Valiani admits he doesn't really have a whole lot to work with when it comes to asking advice."I don't personally know many people who have been to Australia," he shrugged. "So I don't have a lot of anecdotal stories or anything to let me know what it's gonna be like, so I'm going in with a bit of a surprise element. There's been a lot of planning for this to make this tour happen and leaving some elements as a surprise means we are going to be able to discover things without bias and we're looking forward to it."In the full interview, Pendram tells us what to expect from Frontierer's live shows, the tight schedule and life on the road, bringing Apate with them and why, the early days of the band, their label as a mathcore band and more.TOUR DATESThursday, October 13: The Zoo, BrisbaneFriday, October 14: The Newcastle Hotel, NewcastleSaturday, October 15: Factory Floor, SydneySunday, October 16: The Basement, CanberraTuesday, October 18: Stay Gold, MelbourneWednesday, October 19: Enigma Bar, AdelaideOfficial Event PageTickets onsale now from
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