Interview: Tomas Haake (MESHUGGAH)

Coming in fresh off a month break taken after a hectic Europe/US/UK touring run, Meshuggah are stopping by some dates starting off this weekend in support of their recent release, The Violent Sleep Of Reason. I spoke to drummer/lyricist Tomas Haake in relation to their approach to writing their 8th full-length album, it’s overly positive global reception, and why they won’t show signs of slowing down anytime soon. — I don’t know how much you guys are aware, but you peaked at 9th on the Australian ARIA charts for the release week of The Violent Sleep Of Reason, which, in my mind, is insane regarding how Meshuggah’s music might not be the most accessible to many. Has the band been able to take in the success and reception among all the hectic touring you’ve been going through? Not really … I mean, it’s one of those things where you hear about it and see figures from Australia and we go ‘holy shit, that’s fucking amazing’, and the label and everyone is stoked but at the same time, those things are really hard to put your finger on. You hear about it and say ‘okay, that’s really awesome’, but at the same time, you’re focused on what you need to do (in terms of tours). Like you said, especially with this niche music that we’re still doing, it’s fantastic to have any kind of response like that, and to have an album be something that means something to people … and that’s something to us. That’s very humbling and cool. Regarding the album, how far in-between the completion of Koloss...

Addressing The NE OBLIVISCARIS Shitstorm And The Culture Of Abuse

It’s pretty safe to say that unless you’ve been in North Korea on holiday the last couple of weeks, you would have noticed the absolute shitstorm that was the Ne Obliviscaris controversy. IPHYB originally broke the story of NeO kicking out bassist and longtime member Brendan Brown after allegations of domestic abuse became public, with the band citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ as the main reason behind the split. Many people incorrectly assumed IPHYB broke the news based off numerous Facebook comments on various threads concerning the matter. It’s important to note that while it’s entirely fair for people to have made that assumption, considering there was no mention of IPHYB actually being in direct contact with the alleged victims, this was not the case at all. The news originally came to our attention after speaking with some of the alleged victims of Brown. They expressed sadness and frustration at the fact that Brown was able to continue on in Ne Obliviscaris, reputation untarnished, after he allegedly caused many people both physical and emotional pain. The alleged victims were extremely cautious of going public themselves for the fear of intense backlash from Brown, Ne Obliviscaris, and their fans, and IPHYB made the decision to take it on and bear the brunt of any incoming shade from going public. IPHYB took these allegations to the band and published the story, with the band ultimately making the decision to remove Brown. After the story broke, it was communicated by a member of Ne Obliviscaris they were not aware of the allegations of abuse, stating that if they had known sooner then he would...

11 Shit Questions For Shit Bands: Blunt Shovel

At a time where I don’t write much about music, a good friend of mine told me that I should do an article about Blunt Shovel, a death metal band from Melbourne. To be blunt (heh heh), I am a shit interviewer. And, to some of the people who read this, Blunt Shovel is a shit band. And, those two things go hand-in-hand – like beer and daddy issues – you can’t have one without the other. That being said, it’s time for another installment of 11 Shit Questions For Shit Bands, featuring Blunt Shovel’s guitarist Luke Walton. — Can you explain the correlation between listening to your music and rapidly advancing male pattern baldness? Thanks Lenny, thanks for having us. The new album comes out January 17 through Goatsound / Gamla Records, we appreciate the kind introduction. What would you say is most unique about your blend of current trends? We’d love to do that one day, but for the moment we’re concentrating on shows within Australia. We’ve got a string of shows lined up to launch the new album and we’re looking forward to hitting the road. Has anyone really been far as decided to use even go want to do look more like? For this album, we were more really been far as decided instead of trying to use the to even go want to do look more like. It made more sense at this point in time. Does the bassist pitch or catch? He has to catch. He’s too well hung to be allowed to pitch. Have you seen that thing? It’s as if god felt bad for...

Interview: Mike Zarin – GONE IS GONE

Starting off as a side-project as movie trailer and video-game scorers, Mike Zarin and Tony Hajjar (ex-At The Drive In), Gone Is Gone have quickly built up a solid following from writing some damn good atmospheric music. Sure, you can also take into account that with Troy Van Leeuwen (QOTSA, A Perfect Circle) and Troy Sanders (Mastodon, Killer Be Killed) on board, it was already destined for something special. Riding on the success of their debut EP and with their first album just released, I was lucky enough to speak to mastermind Mike Zarin about the groups take on writing, scheduling … and how much he loves our name. — Hey Mike, how’re you doing? Firstly the name of your company is gotta be the best thing I’ve ever heard, ever. I’m ecstatic right now, you have no idea … I have a sticker on my refrigerator that says ‘Your band probably sucks’ [laughs]. That’s so good! Mike, first off, congrats on the reception of the EP. How have yourself and Tony (drummer/co-writer) taken it so far? We’re excited! We’re pretty floored by the reception of the EP … we didn’t know what to expect and the fact that we’re getting such good reviews from all across the world is humbling to say the least, I’m not gonna lie. Absolutely! Regarding the EP sessions, how long did it take to piece it all together, even in regards to getting the guys together? It definitely happened in bits and pieces … we wrote that back in 2013 (the music) and over 2014 we were mixing the music and sending it...

Sydney Morning Herald Plays The “Diversity” Card, Misguidedly Attacks Triple J

Recently, Australian publication The Sydney Morning Herald published an article titled ‘Triple J listeners snub women again – but who is to blame?’, and focused on the “glaring underappreciation of women in music” after no female-fronted acts were revealed in the radio station’s annual audience-voted Top 10 poll. The article goes on to stress that over the past decade, only 14 out of 80 voted acts have been fronted by women. Firstly, I feel it’s necessary to introduce those who are otherwise unaware to the reality of free choice (and free speech) within a democracy such as Australia. The ability for an individual to choose based on their own personal preferences is something we ought to be glad about – not criticise and demean. The article, penned by Somayra Ismailjee, takes aim at the apparently “oppressive” successes of white, male artists, and how their permeation of creative spaces essentially breeds similar “hierarchies of power [to] be reproduced within them”. Goodness me. Let us pause for a moment and consider the term: audience-voted. The word “audience” implies a large majority of separate individuals (read: separate individuals capable of their own thoughts, opinions, and personal music preferences) have attended an event as assembled spectators or participants. What they all have in common, in this instance, is they each voted in a poll. The word “vote” is of particular importance as well. To be able to vote is to be able to choose. To be able to choose is a matter owed entirely to the individual(s) at hand. Their choice is theirs alone. The depth of the individual’s personal preferences will never...

Metalsucks Loses The Plot Over “Racist” Kid Rock Merch

In case you don’t keep up with the latest KID ROCK news, the five-time Grammy Award nominee (proof there is no God) caused some drama last week when he released a line of pro-Trump merch. The new collection includes a ‘Makes America Badass Again’ cap, and three t-shirts; one of which displays a map labelling the U.S states that formed a majority vote for Hillary Clinton as ‘Dumbfuckistan’, and the pro-Trump states as ‘America’. Kid Rock ripped the idea for the ‘Dumbfuckistan’ shirt directly from a meme (pronounced me–me) originating from Club Virgin 4chan, with a user posting a picture of the map in question although with said roles reversed. ‘Dumbfuckistan’ was the name given to the pro-Trump, majority-republican states, while the pro-Clinton, majority-democrat states were labelled ‘America’. In response, another user posted the following comment: ”This is precisely why Trump won. Because people are fucking tired of being called ‘Dumbfuckistan’ while being in a constant threat of being labelled “racist, idiot, misogynist” and so on when they try to defend themselves. You are the reason people are fucking tired of your “better than thou” shit. You are why Trump won.” Anon was partly correct. Aside from the obvious fact that Hillary Clinton was a fucking warmongering, email-leaking, rapist-marrying troglodyte, the Trump win can also be attributed to the bratty and elitist faction of the left who went completely off the deep end during the election cycle. Call them whatever you want; the ‘regressive’ left, the ‘authoritarian’ left, it doesn’t really matter. They are what they are, and yes, they’re partly responsible for Trump taking the top job. In...

Song Premiere: Illyria – Sarim [EXCLUSIVE]

We are proud to present the exclusive premiere of Illyria’s third single, ‘Sarim’. Gracing from Perth, Western Australia, Illyria was founded by Ilija Stajić in late 2013 whilst travelling in Europe looking for a new, refreshing sound to compose and bring back to the Southern hemisphere. After falling in love with the subgenre blackgaze, the project followed later on with the addition of Perth local George Blacklock in 2014. The duo envisioned a philosophy to create an emotionally polarizing fusion of post-rock and black metal. After a whole year of composing nearly an hour’s worth of music, Jeremy Pickett took up the task to record Illyria’s debut single and album for a later date. Illyria’s debut single ‘Cold Summer’ was released early 2015 with a niche following in the local scene. The exposure was further embellished due to internet promotion touching new audiences around the world wanting more. With this minor success, Illyria’s new goal was to carve a debut release with a full band. The line-up was completed in the latter half of 2015 with the additions of Matt Unkovich (Drums), Daniel Hacking (Bass) and James Warren (Guitar). Inspired by fellow contemporaries Alcest, Deafheaven, Lantlôs and Les Discrets – Illyria’s goal is to capture and build on the gracious melodies and pulsating rhythms of the hybrid genre whilst pushing the accessibility of the genre to new listeners around the world. The debut self-titled album is ready and preparing to be released for 2016. You can catch Illyria as support for prog outfit Caligula’s Horse on April 9th @ Amplifier in...

[NEW MUSIC] City Light Satellite – ‘OASFOTTHWYRYP?’ [POP PUNK]

Band: City Light Satellite Song: On A Scale From One To Ten, How Would You Rate Your Pain​? Location: Sydney, Australia Date of Release 3rd March, 2016 For Fans of: Neck Deep, Set Your Goals On A Scale From One To Ten, How Would You Rate Your Pain?​ is the debut single from Sydney emo/pop punk act City Light Satellite. Formed in Western Sydney late last year, the band are fresh out of the studio from recording the new track and played their first show last week at Valve Bar in Sydney. It’s not often we get top-tier pop punk bands in Australia, so make sure to throw your support behind these fine blokes to keep good quality homegrown pop punk alive. 'On A Scale From One To Ten, How Would You Rate Your Pain?' by City Light...

[NEW MUSIC] Scars Have Faded – Faulty Product [METALCORE]

Band: Scars Have Faded Song: Faulty Product Location: Central Coast, NSW Date of Release 3rd April, 2016 For Fans of: The Word Alive, As I Lay Dying Central coast Metalcore locals SCARS HAVE FADED have released a new song entitled Faulty Product, taken from their upcoming EP Endure, Survive. We lovingly roasted Scars Have Faded back when they submitted their track False Family to IPHYB last year, and while the track wasn’t too bad, Faulty Product is a massive step-up for the fellas and a promising display of things to come on the EP. Scars Have Faded are probably best known for shit all because they were pretty basic, and now they’re dank af, you idiots. Endure, Survive will be the band’s second EP, following their debut Misconceptions. It’s out April 22nd through BandCamp, Spotify and iTiunes, and the lads will also be embarking on a supporting tour through April/May. SCARS HAVE FADED Australian Tour 2016 Saturday, April 9 The Small Ballroom, Newcastle Saturday, April 23 The Valve Bar, Sydney [18+] Sunday, April 24 Towradgi Surf Club, Wollongong Friday, April 29 The Basement, Canberra [18+] Saturday, April 30 Wrangler Studios, Melbourne Wednesday, May 11 Drone, Newcastle Sunday, May 15 Rad Bar, Wollongong Thursday, May 26 Tamworth Youth Centre, Tamworth Saturday, May 28 Boambee Community Centre, Coffs Sunday, May 29 The Brightside, Brisbane [18+] WATCH: SCARS HAVE FADED – Faulty...

[NEW MUSIC] Fero Lux – ‘No Rest’ [MATHCORE]

Band: Fero Lux Album: No Rest Location: Broward County, Florida Date of Release 25th March, 2016 For Fans of: The Dillinger Escape Plan, Botch Florida mathcore band FERO LUX are streaming their second album No Rest in full on SoundCloud, ahead of its official release on March 25. The pissed-off and politically aggressive lads have the album available to preorder through their Bandcamp, yet decided to spring it on you sorry bastards a little early for your auditory pleasure. The band has also released a clip for the first single No Insignia, which you can check out below along with the full album stream....

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