Internal Rot is premium grade, no fuckin’ about, pure grindcore. Their 2020 album, ‘Grieving Birth’, with 22 tracks, clocks in at just over 23 minutes. As is expected with the genre, the pace is blistering. This is a guitar-driven shotgun to the face. The riffs are fucking brilliant, switching it up throughout and remaining exciting … Continue reading 260: INTERNAL ROT


How the fuck is Portal a thing? How does this abrasive, confronting, utterly bizarre yet critically adored experimental metal band hail from… of all places… sunny old Queensland? To hear (and see) Portal, the outlandish appearance, the chaotic, frightening, explosive sounds - one would likely assume the band’s origin to be some little-known country, tucked … Continue reading 234: PORTAL


As one of the most interesting heavy bands Australia has ever produced, Twelve Foot Ninja combine funk with alternative metal, progressive elements, and just general oddness, into a unique sound that defies genre and makes for amazing music. Twelve Foot Ninja’s funky, constantly evolving, twist on alternative metal feels like something Mike Patton could’ve spawned … Continue reading 190: TWELVE FOOT NINJA


Parkway started to really grab my attention with their fifth album, ‘Ire’ - unsurprisingly the point in their history where they started to move away from their metalcore roots - but it was their follow up album, ‘Reverence’, where the appeal became undeniable. On ‘Reverence’, Parkway completed their evolution into a main stage metal band. … Continue reading 184: PARKWAY DRIVE


With dreamy textures, thrilling guitars, and confronting vocals, Illyria are easily one of the most exciting upcoming bands in Australia right now. Their melody-driven blackgaze sound is exciting and often beautiful. A lot of blackgaze bands, when attempting to lean harder into the shoegaze influences, risk losing their edge entirely. Illyria suffer no such issue, … Continue reading 163: ILLYRIA