Saturday 28 February 2015

D.N.A - Discography

1978 - 1982

Reviewed by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: No Wave, Experimental Rock, Post Punk
For Fans Of: The Contortionists, Mars, Teenage Jesus And The Jerks, Theoretical Girls

D.N.A were a three piece experimental rock band from New York, who were active between 1978 and 1982. Easily my favourite 'No Wave' band, D.N.A's atonal skronk is a jarring, unsettling aural document of alienation and apathy.
Beginning first as a keybaord/guitar/combo with Arto Lindsay's trademark guitar shrieks and shrill vocals accompanying sparse synth lines and lumbering drums, D.N.A attracted the attention of Brian Eno with their first single, eventually being chosen to appear on the now coveted No New York compilation. Shortly after, keyboardist Robin Crutchfield left the band and was replaced with bassist Tim Wright, which lead to noticeable shift in the band's music. The synth of previous releases was replaced with tight, rhythmic bass lines serving as an odd juxtaposition to the angular guitar noise and irregular drumming. The band released their one and only LP in 1980, continuing their tendency towards noisy, experimental music before calling it quits in 1982. Since then there have been a few posthumous releases including a live recording from on of their many CBGB shows.
Included here are all of D.N.A's releases (including compilation appearances) for your listening pleasure.

(Note: D.N.A tracks only from compilation releases)

You And You (1978)
1. Little Ants
2. You And You

No New York (1978)
1. Egomaniacs Kiss
2. Lionel
3. Not Moving
4. Size

A Taste Of D.N.A (1981)
1. New Fast
2. 5:30
3. Blonde Red Head
4. 32121
5. New New
6. Lying On The Sofa Of Life

The Fruit Of Original Sin Compilation (Recorded 1981, Released 1985)
1. Cop Buys A Dount
2. Delivering The Goods
3. Taking Kid To School

DNA (Last Live At CBGB's) (Recorded 1982, Released 1995)
1. Newest Fastest
2. 5:30
3. Detach
4. New New
5. 32123
6. Brand New
7. Horse
8. Forgery
9. New Fast
10. Blonde Red Head
11. Action
12. Marshall
13. Lying On The Sofa Of Life
14. New Low
15. Calling To Phone


Soma Coma - Rehearsal Tape

Rehearsal Tape
Soma Coma

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Hardcore
For Fans Of: Die Kreuzen, Meth Sores, Oily Boys, Youth Korps, Flesh World, Eat A Brick

Soma Coma have a brand spankin' new LP out, and while I'm itching to hear it I'm yet to get my grubby little hands on a copy, so this rehearsal tape shall have to suffice for now. That's not to say it isn't a brilliant listen.
For those of you who don't know of  Soma Coma, they're a hardcore band from Melbourne, Australia who play unhinged hardcore along the lines of fast weirdo 80s bands such as Die Kreuzen or Born Without A Face with more of a scuzzy Australian vibe. This rehearsal tape precedes the band's demo by two years and showcases a much more raw, ferocious incarnation of the band in delicious, lo-fi form.
Soma Coma are easily one of my favourite current hardcore bands in Australia at the moment, and well worth your time. Check em out.

(PS I've accidentally put the 2013 demo in the ZIP file - which has been reviewed previously on this blog - so it's a veritable two for one deal here folks)

1. Imperial Dick
2.  Two Minutes Of Hate
3. Kids With Guns
4. Gimme Soma
5. Can't Read
6. I Saw Ya
7. Ball Swinger
8. Isbreh


Saturday 21 February 2015

Rectal Hygienics - Ultimate Purity

'Ultimate Purity'
Rectal Hygienics

Review by Joey

Genre/s: Noise Rock
For Fans Of: Brainbombs, Fang, The Unholy Two, Cherubs

Rectal Hygienics is a band who need no introduction. Chances are, you're here because you already know who they are and you've been scouring the internet for this LP since it was announced, hoping for a leak. You came here for smut, for sleaze, for riffs, for raunch, for pure, unadulterated filth. Well, I'm here to tell you that you will not be disappointed.

"Ultimate Purity" picks up right where the "Cold Meat/Hoard Of Violence" EP left off: disgusting walls of feedback coat dirty, dirging riffs, and backed by plodding drums; all of which is made even more grotesque by the vocals which are half snarled and half mumbled. The spoken word style vocals add an even more disturbing feel to the album which somehow tops what was on "Even The Flies Won't Touch You."

As much as I love this release, I want to make it clear that the lyrics on this album are just as misogynist as everyone is saying. I won't try to defend them or say they're okay because of their "artistic merit." It seems most people who try to justify the misogynist themes present on this LP are one fedora shy of being MRAs, and while shock value is an integral part of extreme music, it is still important to remain critical of what we enjoy. I listen to many artists who I find to be problematic, but that doesn't mean I adopt their values. Rectal Hygienics is a band who make people very uncomfortable; some people love it, some hate it, and I would argue (and I understand that my point of view comes from a position of privilege) that as long as people recognize the content of their lyrics as being bad  -- it shouldn't be a stretch to say that misogyny and all of the violence towards women it produces is bad -- it's acceptable to enjoy what they do, which is not to say that this is something for everyone.

Short version: big, dumb, noisy riffs with problematic lyrics. Listen at your own peril.

1. Addicted To Filth
2. Suffocating
3. Ultimate Purity
4. Grandeur
5. Esteem
6. When I'm Alone
7. Untitled
8. Dirty As Fuck


Friday 20 February 2015

FUCKED BY NEWCASTLE: Whitney's Houston Crypt - Chair Page Dotcom

Whitney's Houston's Crypt
'Chair Page Dotcom'

Review by Jerry Kahale

Genre/s: Post-punk, No Wave, Noise Rock
For fans of: Teenage Jesus and The Jerks, Tinsel Teeth, The Birthday Party, Arab On Radar

So anyone that read my way delayed and poorly edited list of bands to watch out for this year would know that despite already giving this band a shout out I felt it was necessary to give them their own submission regardless because they are easily one of my new favourite local acts to have come out from the city of the world's biggest KFC in the southern hemisphere (I'm not even kidding look it up). 

I get giddy for any bands that ride a fine balancing act between being aesthetically unbearable and remarkable with some younger bands either being not oddball enough to be fascinating or too much on the weird factor for its own good. In WHC's case they pretty much sound like pro's already in their first release. How they manage to capture on recording a vicious sound mixture of noisy no wave post-punk madness that tethers between abrasive and melodically contagious at the same time is a true testament to how talented they are. The best part of the band is that it seems that all the instruments are always begrudgingly trying to play along but at the drop of a hat they all quickly break ranks and attempt overdo one another in a glorious mess of mismatched riffs and beats and by god does it work like a treat and to top it all off the sole vocalist here is akin to the angsty teenager child of Lydia Lunch, Kim Gordon and Karen O running away from home to join a circus curated by psychopaths.

Anyone that sleeps on this band will be missing out on a bad time but in a good way, like walking to a dog park with wearing nothing but boxers made out of mince meat or maybe as I alluded to in the shorter review, walking to work in your birthday suit. Basically its an EP best served nude for reasons I cannot explain.

1. My Opinions On Mexican Day Of The Dead Makeup Tutorials
2. How To Get Their Skeletons Their Whitest
3. Mambo No. #666
4. Witch's Cyst
5. Foil
6. What Me Worry?

Thursday 19 February 2015

Heavy Medical - S/T

'Heavy Medical'
Heavy Medical

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Noise Rock, Hardcore
For Fans Of: Karp, Zeus!, Sexgender, Some Girls, Slavestate 614A

Some of you may already be privy to this release thanks to me accidentally linking this to the Lana Degales discography post instead of, you know, the actual file. If that's the case, enjoy some context to that file (or if not, ignore this completely and move to the next paragraph).
Heavy Medical are a three piece drum and bass noise rock outfit from Philadelphia, USA. With two drummers and a heavily overdriven bass the trio play tight, rhythmic riffs topped off with delayed vocals and frequent stabs of feedback. Thanks to the ever prominent, sludgy bass tone, this self titled tape lives up to the band's namesake delivering a barrage of heavy, uncompromising tunes. At times Heavy Medical remind of a 31G band covered in a thick layer of ooze and concrete and at others they sound like they could be one of Rhode Island's many weirdo noise rock acts covering Karp - all with their own distinct, groovy spin on the resulting chaos. Definitely worth checking out, especially if you haven't already blundered onto them thanks to one of my previous posts.

1. No Brainer
2. Temperature Wuss
3. Do Over
4. Married Into Money
5. New Jam
6. Cop City
7. Sword Things
8. Secrets


Nails - Among The Arches Of Intolerance/In Pain

'Among The Arches Of Intolerance/In Pain'

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Hardcore, Death Metal, Grindcore
For Fans Of: Xibalba, Cannibal Corpse, Black Breath, Dead In The Dirt, Mammoth Grinder

I'm not gonna bother introducing Nails - you know them, I know them and everyone else knows them. The hype is very real.
The only reason I'm featuring them on here is because god-fucking-damn these two songs go so ludicrously hard I had to write something about them. Nails have always had a pretty full frontal approach to their music, choosing bludgeoning riffs and noisy solos instead of wimpy things like 'progression' or 'experimentation', and this latest installment in Decibel's flexi series is no expectation. If anything they've gotten heavier, evolving into more of a death metal band than anything else. There's still semblances of Nail's earlier traits (see the awesome mosh part at the end of In Pain), but for the most part they've beefed everything up - vocals, guitar tone and just sheer brutality.
Seriously, this thing is stupid heavy and I kinda feel dumb writing so much about it. Just download it and prepare to punch some holes in the wall

1. Among The Arches Of Intolerance
2. In Pain


Tuesday 17 February 2015

Soldat Hans - Dress Rehearsal

'Dress Rehearsal'
Soldat Hans

(Band Submission)

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Ambient, Drone, Doom Jazz, Post Metal, Doom, Post Rock
For Fans Of: Bohren & Der Club Of Gore, Heroin And Your Veins, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, Earth, Suffocate For Fucks Sake, Cult Of Luna, Kayo Dot

Imagine if you will, the downtrodden, mellow sounds of dark jazz. Now imagine those sounds building up until they become a monolithic crescendo of sludgy guitar drones and screamed vocals. Sounds like Bohren & Der Club Of Gore just met your favourite post metal band doesn't it?
Swiss band Soldat Hans are just this, an equally beautiful and soul destroying mixture of dark, ambient jazz and gigantic doom riffs. While both ends of this spectrum couldn't be further apart musically, the band transitions the two flawlessly - utilizing the lengthy track times to build the instruments up to dizzying highs before sending them crashing back down in a suitably apocalyptic manner. Dress Rehearsal strikes the perfect balance between quiet reflection and full blown emotional catharsis, albeit in the form of music.
I'm honestly blown away by the sheer size and scope of this band's music -not to mention thankful that someone's taken 'doom jazz' to it's literal extreme.  I strongly recommend clicking that link below and checking it out for yourself.

1. Meine Liebste; Sie zerbricht sich
2. Esthère (im bronzefarbenen Licht)
3. Zikueth! Zikueth!
4. Liefdesgrot


Gláss - Foreign Bastard

'Foreign Bastard'

(Band Submission)

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Post Punk, Noise Rock
For Fans Of: Iceage. Wire, Gang Of Four, Unwound, Shipping News, June Of 44

Gláss are a three piece band straight outta Greenville, South Carolina that play particularly somber music. Taking the frosty stabs of clean guitar and gloom from 1970s post punk and the cathartic bursts of distortion from 1990s post-hardcore/noise rock and subtle nods to post rock and ambient music, Gláss twist all these style into a sound that is distinctly their own.
Each track exhibits gripping tension through buildups and sudden switches between quiet atmospherics, atonal guitar noise and massive riffs. Both vocalists adopt an emotionally distant, and softly delivered approach that remains cold and melancholic throughout the entirety of Foreign Bastard, letting the instruments convey the mood instead.
If you're the sort of person that loves the build ups and crescendos of post rock but can't be bothered to wait 10 minutes for them to happen, have a particularly soft spot for Louisville, Kentucky or just have a profound appreciation for moody, dark music this one's for you.

1. Scuff
2. S-Man
3. Room One
4. Widow
5. I'm Made of Plastic (and Spark)


Saturday 14 February 2015

Witch Hunt - Blood-Red States

'Blood-Red States'
Witch Hunt

Review by Joey

Genre/s: Hardcore Punk, Anarcho-Punk
For Fans Of: Totalitär, World Burns To Death, Mankind?, Hüsker Dü

I should probably preface this review with the fact that Witch Hunt is an incredibly important band to me. I think they were the first local band I'd ever seen who didn't suck, and they were the first band who I actually held a conversation with. Their Siege cover led me to discover grind and powerviolence, their Rudimentary Peni cover introduced me to my favorite band of all time, and their music and performances inspired me in the making of my own music.

Forget what you've heard about this band. They are not a crust band, they are not associated with Leftover Crack, and they certainly didn't lose their edge after their first album (the opposite is actually true). Originally hailing from New Jersey with a three member lineup of Janine and Nicole Enriquez, and Rob Fitzpatrick, Witch Hunt (briefly known as Witch Trial) released a few 7"s and an LP of intense political hardcore, improving on their sound with each release. Eventually, they relocated to Philadelphia and recruited a fourth member, Vince Klopfenstein, who filled their sound out even more. And then they released this powerhouse of an LP.

The bands mentioned at the top should serve as an indicator as to just how intense, powerful, and well composed this album is. Shrieked vocals are traded off between three singers and layered atop distorted bass, crunchy and chorused guitars, and backed by relentless and precise drumming. There's even room for catchy and melodic parts on this record which help to accent the pure passion and raw emotion that drove this band. While much of the music may come off to some as fairly simplistic, there is depth found in the brilliant subtlety of the guitar work and drumming which manage to play on classic punk conventions in refreshing ways. Every song on this album stands out, yet they work beautifully together as a whole.

Sadly, Witch Hunt called it quits in 2010 (after a third LP with much more Hüsker Dü influence), but they live on as not only one of the best anarcho/peace-punk bands of the early 00s, but also as one of my favorite bands and as a huge influence on me. I usually like to keep my reviews fairly analytic, but this one is close to home for me. For those interested, members currently play in The Brood (Janine) and Sickoids (Rob and Vince), both of which fantastic bands in their own right.

But enough of my sentimental bullshit, here's the album.

01. Desperation
02. Obscenity
03. Blindfold
04. War-Coma
05. Shades Of Grey
06. Blood-Red States
07. All Torn Up
08. Wall
09. Take It All Away
10. Twenty-Five


Thursday 12 February 2015

Lana Degales - Discography

Lana Degales
1999, 2002, 2004

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Powerviolence
For Fans Of: Suffering Luna, Peter Mangalore, Godstomper, Man Is The Bastard, Scaphe

There is a disturbing lack of information regarding Lana Degales on the internet - a line on, a few reviews and one whole YouTube video - despite appearing on one of the legendary Reality Comps AND sharing a split with the mighty Iron Lung. Disgraceful.
Lana Degales are a two piece drum and bass powerviolence band from Oakland, CA (One half of the band happens to be Greg Wilkinson, who you may know from the likes of Brainoil, Laudanum and Pig Heart Transplant). Opting for the more strung out, erratic version of powerviolence, Lana Degales jam blisteringly fast fretwork and drum blasts together sludgy dirges together with the occasional trip into weird, Suffering Luna-esque psychedelia. It may sound like the usual slow/fast, fast then maybe one whole slow song formula you've grown accustomed to, but these guys do it with much more finesse, creativity and ferocity than most modern 'powerviolence' bands put together.
It could very well be the weird/fast/heavy combination you've been so desperately lacking all this time, or - failing that, it's the only download link you're gonna find for these guys on the net - so it's a win/win situation for everybody.

(Lana Degales tracks only for each release)

Self Titled (1999)
1. Pocket Change Feeding Millions
2. Rebirth Of Abuse
3. Generation X Passed Down Cost
4. For Your God
5. Pushing For Something
6. Mother Nature's Conversing

Reality Part #4 (2002)
1. Metamorphosis
2. Conjecture
3. Extending Capitalist Ladder, The Great Division

Split w/ Iron Lung (2004)
1. Lana Dagales
2. Skepticism
3. A Note To All Commentaries
4. Multiply
5. Shelter's Web
6. Imprints Of Our New Leader
7. One Foot In The Grave
8. Covered Pain
9. There's Plenty To Accept Me
10. Life's Deal
11. Under The Queen Bee
12. Accomplishments?


Wednesday 11 February 2015

Fear Of God - (MAIN) Discography

Fear Of God

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Grindcore, Noisegrind
For Fans Of: Warsore, Napalm Death, Sore Throat, thedowngoing, Sete Star Sept, Agathocles, 7 Minutes Of Nausea

I'm not sure at what point I thought it'd be a good idea to track down a noisegrind band's discography, but hey, Fear of God were only around two years - it couldn't be that bad, right?
Cue me frantically wading through bootlegs, demos, re-releases and compilations I basically gave up and went with the four main, official releases instead.
Formalities out of the way, Fear Of God were a super influential grindcore band from Swizterland that were from 1986 - 1988. FOG played super raw, gnarly grind reminiscent of Scum era Napalm Death, but added a much more caustic layer of noise of the cacophony. The vocals are primitive, guttural grunts and shrieks, the guitars sound like barbed wire being dragged against a chalkboard and the blasts are a constant, pummeling presence. That being said, FOG exercised some quality control in regards to their music (a trait not often found in the world of mince/raw/noisegrind) and despite the rough-hewn edges they recorded some excellent, memorable riffs and tracks.

(P.S if you're after a release that isn't here, hit me up in the comments section and I'll see what I can do. Maybe getting a full discography won't be so bad if I do it in segments)


S/T EP (1987)
1. Rubbish Planet
2. Controlled By Fear
3. Prisoner Of Your Ideals
4. Under The Chainsaw
5. Trouble Maker
6. Proud On Your Pride
7. My Hands Deep In Your Guts
9. Which Way?
10. Pneumatic Slaughter
11. A Life In Rigorism
12. 7 Up
13. Circle A
14. Running Through The Blood
15. Raise The Siege
16. Pelzfotze
17. I'm Positive
18. The Two Sides Of The Coin
19. Locked Away
10. I've Seen
11. Absolution
12. First Class People

As Statues Fell (1988)
1. As Statues Fell
2. Controlled By Fear
3. Locked Away
4. Thy Beauty
5. Trouble Maker
6. Absolution
7. The Two Sides Of The Coin
8. Pneumatic Slaughter
9. A Life In Rigorism
10. Running Through The Blood
11. Which Way?
12. World Under My Fingernail
13. The Two Sides Of The Coin
14. Pharmageddon
15. 1000 Ways To Die
16. Veil Of Oblivion
17. Under The Chainsaw
18. My Hands
19. Raise The Siege 
20. Rubbish Planet
21. I've Seen
22. Pneumatic Slaughter
23. Ripping Apart
24. Running Through The Blood
25. Kill Miss Millie
26. First Class People

Pneumatic Slaughter (1991)
1. Intro
2. Running Through The Blood
3. Locked Away
4. A Life In Rigorism
5. I've Seen
6. The Two Sides Of The Coin
7. Fools Prayer
8. I'm Positive
9. Pneumatic Slaughter
10. Pelzfotze
11. Under The Chainsaw
12. Controlled By Fear
13. Outro

Konserven (1992)
1. Rubbish Planet
2. 2 Sides Of The Coin
3. Locked Away
4. Controlled By Fear
5. My Hands
6. Pelzfotze
7. Circle Ⓐ
8. Trouble Maker
9. Pneumatic Slaughter
10. Absolution
11. Under The Chainsaw
12. 7 Up
13. 1st Class People
14. A Life In Rigorism
15. I've Seen


Wednesday 4 February 2015


Prologue: No one likes a backstory but basically during the month of December when I was suppose to finish off this article my life took a sharp detour and then in January I was on tour with my bands (including the one that me and fellow writer Brayden is in) so things went silly and though its probably obsolete to publish this now it's pretty much done so might as well. 

I came to the conclusion that doing a Top 10 album list here would be pointless for a number of reasons, including my inability to keep up with new music (besides locally) for 3/4 of the year because I was stuck without a working computer and the fact that other writers here are already doing the same thing and my tastes in music wouldn't be that radically different so I'm going to do something different, and by that I mean rip off Blunt Magazine and do my own list of Bands To Watch Out For In 2015. Keep in mind that all these bands are local and interstate bands in Australia and most of them are not exactly new bands but are only just starting to gain traction with only one or two or maybe even zero releases and are, in my opinion, worthy of all their hype. So without further ado....

'Demo 2013'

Genre/s: Hardcore, Crust, Sludge, Stoner Rock
For fans of: No Statik, Dotfuckingcom, Witch Hunt, Melvins, Thorax

It's not everyday I come across a band that mixes so many different styles of angry music together in a seamless and non-gimmicky fashion but today is no everyday, its an early sunday morning drinking spiced rum and i'm not sure where I was going with this but Canine are one of the handful of Sydney hardcore bands that aren't shit or even ho-hum, they are kicking it. It took a while to figure out their hype but it dawned on me eventually why they are worthy of any praise they get. Canine mixes ferocious d-beat infused hardcore punk with powerviolence and fuzzy sludge and stoner rock segments complete with flangers and wailing wahs and it all works superbly like a perfect slice of layered cake. They got the energy pact down, all the songs are menacing but it goes above and beyond four chord punk with almost every moment is chock full of catchy licks which makes listening to their demo and their 7" split with Diploid (their side is only available on the record for the time being) all the more memorable.



Genre/s: Noise Rock, Hardcore, 
For fans of:  Brainbombs, Raspberry Bulbs, Cuntz, Homostupids, Thee Nodes 

This band really needs to get an LP going and maybe play some more gigs because it wasn't enough to just catch them during the Thee Nodes national tour here. Where do they get off releasing two 7" EPs in a space of two years and not getting every online hipster music publication to ride them like they are the next big garage punk band or whatever froth those sites manage to spit onto a web browser (not unlike our more "refined" and "trve" music blog here). Okay maybe its a good thing that this band is relatively unknown so you can still claim cool scene points but this is a plea Gentlemen, we are fucking jonesin', please, do it for the kids.



Genre/s: Emo, Garage Punk, Post Punk
For fans of: Mineral, Against Me!, Indian Summer, Cloud Nothings, Drive Like Jehu

Hannahband are a real loud two piece garage emo post-punk band from Sydney. Forgive the overuse of genre terms but there are truly a unique beast that cannot be pinned down by mere descriptions. They can go through so many motions flawlessly and maintain a perfected niche of quaint melodies and encroaching aggression all of which bleeds through a pleasant lo-fi aesthetic. The "less is more" ideals thrive here, armed with nothing more than a ragged baritone guitar, snappy drums and the classic guy/girl tag team vocal attack they managed to belt out some infectious tunes that ride across vast roads that go rocky and then smooth over the horizon. Most tracks can out angst any hardcore band without breaking a sweat (or a tear) but when moments of somber and downbeats come by then not even [your favorite emo band]  could be nearly as heart wrenching. This is sad music for angry people and angry music for sad people and yes I know that emo is a dirty word here at Fucked By Noise but as their fourth song goes on their sophomore album "Retirement", I will let you down. BRB rearranging my album of the year list. 


Hurricane Death
'Demo 2015'

Genre/s: Death Metal, Hardcore, Crust
For fans of: Mammoth Grinder, Homewrecker, Innumerable Forms, Black Jesus, Nails

This demo was recorded in October but only a teaser was released a few days after a new year....ah well fuck it. Most of you may have heard of a band called Puke, a powerviolence band from Brisbane that was mostly made up of youngsters making some really tight and crushing music but sadly broke up as soon as they blew up. Out of the remains of Puke was a couple of different bands, one of them being Hurricane Death who are more death metal orientated than their previous endeavor. For now we only have two songs up on bandcamp for an upcoming tape release to hear them but from witnessing them live as well I do believe that their punishing display of anger and vitriol that they spew (pun intended) upon anyone that listens to their style of hardcore driven death metal will make them an act to watch out for. 



Genre/s: Powerviolence, Hardcore
For fans of: Vaccine, Human Junk, Vile Intent, Life Of Refusal, Chetwrecker

I assume Canberra is one of those places where its more quality over quantity in regards to bands that come out of there because even though I am only familiar with a few bands, its those few that are making quite a name for themselves and perhaps the best band to have come out of there now is none other than the menacing  trio Hygiene. They may have been around for a couple of years riding on a demo and a CD EP but now after dropping their smashing slab of fast and heavy powerviolence through 9 tracks that clocks in around roughly 8 minutes right on a 7" EP  called "Void",  they have firmly reinstated their status as a force to be reckoned with.


'Horde Mentality'

Genre/s: Post-punk, Darkwave, Anarcho Punk
For fans of: The Mob,  Arctic Flowers, Spectres, Moral Hex, Rule Of Thirds

Masses hail from (probably not too surprising) Melbourne and with only one single 7" EP release they have prickled alot of ears and now have the potential to be quite well known. Cherry picking the best of jangly post punk with classic anarcho punk and then throwing in some chorus pedals, synths and lots of reverb into the proverbial cherry pie they have cooked up a fresh take on the darkwave/post-punk style that is destined to not only taste great to anyone that is a veteran or a newcomer to the genre but will also set a standard that goes well above their contemporaries.


Roland Major

Genre/s: Shoegaze, Alternative
For fans of: Whirr, Nothing, 
Slowdive, White Walls, Pity Sex, Roku Music

I've actually known these fellas back way when they were known as Rara Avis and were more of the classic persuasion of a shoegaze band with only one release which was a split CD with Crouching 80's Hidden Acronym whom are now better known as Ted Danson With Wolves (the guitarist of said band plays drums here so it was an incestuous split). Even after the name change they still performed the same songs with a rotating lineup with the frontman and drummer being the only consistent members and then this year they decided to start fresh. Gone are the keyboards and bass, bring in one lone guitarist from emo punk outfit Oslow and what we got is some of the most exciting music to come across this side of Western Sydney. Beautiful and crushing at the same time with monstrous guitars howling out some sublime melodies which weave with the voices, rhythms and an ocean of feedback. Roland Major are really making some big waves, not just in the live setting with huge sound waves caressing and smashing every ear it flows through, but also around the music community for simply being nothing less than amazing. 

Roland Major does have an EP in the works so for now there is a live video available to watch below at my home away from home, otherwise known as Beatdisc Records. You can see me bobbing my head in approval at the back counter to the right while i also scope what new records they have up on the wall and also no I wasn't paid for that incidental advertisment so shutup.

Soma Coma
'Demo '13'

Genre/s: Hardcore, Garage Punk
For fans of: Lotus Fucker, Straightjacket Nation, Crazy Spirit, Cult Ritual

Sydney certainly has some of the most creative hardcore bands running around but its Melbourne that wins in being home to some of the most n
oisy, abrasive and down and out hardcore punk music that can only appeases the appetite of unhinged madmen. There is little to fault here, all the short bursts of punishment here are all smashers, guaranteed to make you throw your bed lamp out the window and we wouldn't have it any other way here.


Whitney Houston's Crypt
'Chair Page Dotcom'

Genre/s: Post-Punk, No Wave, Noise Rock
For fans of: Teenage Jesus and The Jerks, Tinsel Teeth, The Birthday Party, Arab On Radar

I'm  going to go more in depth for the Fucked By Newcastle series i'm still doing but I couldn't in good faith pass on this so just really quickly I'm going to tell you that this is some of the best weird out post punk to come out in a while. Its raw, its maddening, the riffs are wholly intent on making you uncomfortable and the vocals go from wild to vicious at any given turn (Witch's Cyst is a prime example). This is the musical equivalent of wearing your birthday suit to your job and not giving a fuck.


Wounded Pig

Genre/s: Grindcore, Crust, Metal
For fans of: Captain Cleanoff, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Fuck I'm Dead, Human Error, Apartment 213

Up until now there are only two good thing to come out of Mt. Gambier in South Australia, the big lobster and Captain Cleanoff. Now we can add a third thing -  Wounded Pig. What more could you want out of a crusty grind band? Brutal and furious guitarwork right through the collection of devastating songs that come and go leaving not a single moment of rest to pass, vocals with enough vitriol to blow up a police station and the programmed drums are some of the most well crafted and human I have certainly heard in a while. To call these guys a "cybergrind" band would entangle a lot of wrong assumptions because this isn't your dudebro's bedroom warrior project that was made with Fruity Loop samples one afternoon in a bout of procrastination. No sir this is the real deal. Catch them while you can because I wouldn't be surprised if they end up becoming quite big.


Honorable Mentions
Meter Men

Hacked To Chunks
Nervous Habit
Grey Places

MSV BCP (Massive Bicep)
Alf Stewart
Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt
Blight Worms
Terminator 2
Coffin Birth

Limbs Bin/Two Million Tonnes Of Shit - Split

Limbs Bin and Two Million Tonnes Of Shit

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Noisecore, Harsh Noise, Power Electronics
For Fans Of: The Gerogerigegege, Nihilist Commando, Slogun, Sete Star Sept

Frequent readers of this blog may recognise Limbs Bin as the brainchild of a Mr. Josh Landes, a man I've both interviewed and reviewed on this very blog before.Two Million Tonnes Of Shit on the other hand features members from the likes of Sump and Gerontophilliac. As you may have already deducted this is a split between both aforementioned parties.
Side A sees Two Million Tonnes Of Shit executing raw, free-form, drum and bass noisecore with a furious maelstrom of lo-fi noise bliss. The improvised and sporadic nature of the recording recalls something akin to a jazz band jamming, but with any semblance of melody or structure removed in favor of blast beats, screaming and copious amounts of feedback.
Side B has Limbs Bin churning out just over 11 minutes of gut wrenching, precision electronic outbursts - eschewing organic instrumentation for synthetic drum blasts and ear piercing shrieks of feedback. Blending the line between traditional noisecore and straight-up power electronics, Limbs Bins winds in and out of jackhammer drum machine 'beats', apocalyptic cascades of noise and pained vocal delivery and even ambient passages. It's as exhilarating as it is terrifying.
It may technically be a split between two projects of the same genre, but this split manages to provide two equally intense and stylistically different interpretations on what is usually an incredibly homogeneous sound.

1. Two Million Tonnes Of Shit - Cackhanded
2. Limbs Bin - Halloween 2014