11 Shit Questions For Shit Bands: Orpheus Omega

11 Shit Questions For Shit Bands: Orpheus Omega

Melbourne’s Orpheus Omega have a fucking keytarist, if you’ll believe that this still exists in 1983+33. No shit. An actual keytar was used in the film clip we’ve linked at the bottom of this interview. The presence of a keytar probably tells you all you need to know about them, but just in case it doesn’t, here’s a bunch of questions that you probably wouldn’t have asked them anyway. Enjoy. — Do you have riffs? And if not, why do you feel it is acceptable to constantly dog the boys? Riffs for days son … riffs for days. And if it ain’t riffs, it’s beats. Why do the large majority of bands in your genre sound exactly the same as the bands in that genre ten years ago? Ever heard of progression? Or are you just happy to keep beating a dead horse before an ever dwindling audience? Well, it works for the pop scene … and they seem to be making money? Either that or some people didn’t know music existed ten years ago, that’s who we’re aiming to capture. Can you give us a rundown of your gear? How much did that cost your mums? We’re all using digital rigs at the moment. Kemper/ Line 6 Helix/ Roland Integra and then In Ear Monitors. All of it is housed in a few flight ready racks that we take everywhere with us. Sadly Mum didn’t pay, our parents don’t love us. We’re metal heads, there’s no space for love and such things! Do you actually think that breakdowns are a good songwriting technique or are you just pandering...
Bandcamp Bargain Bin #2

Bandcamp Bargain Bin #2

It’s time for the second installment of Bandcamp Bargain Bin! That’s right, that means another bunch of sick bargains from my favourite music platform. So load up your PayPal, and get ready to fork out a shockingly small amount of cash in exchange for some damn fine tunes. As always, leave your favourite Bandcamp bargains in the comments, and don’t forget to follow me HERE for more sweet recommendations. Links are embedded in the titles, as per usual. Cheers, nerds. Serious Beak – Huxwhukw Art As Catharsis founder/labelhead Lachlan Dale is actually a bullshit good musician, and here is a fair amount of proof of that. Serious Beak have a weird name to match their weird song titles and weird music. Prog fans will have a field day with this one. Pay What You Wish Corpo-Mente – Corpo-Mente I’ve only recently discovered that Igorrr is a thing, thanks to my mate Disho (who will be contributing a future edition/s of BBB), and I was left wondering where the hell his incomparable blend of baroque, electronica, opera, and black/death metal had been all of my life. The answer is ‘presumably somewhere in France, where he’s always been’. This particular album is a side-project in conjunction with insanely talented vocalist Laure Le Prunenec, whose voice is an absolute revelation. Listen, and weep at her unreal diversity. Pay What You Wish Hashshashin – Nihsahshsah Only available for pre-order as yet, due for release on October 11th. Hashshashin have somehow managed to incorporate bouzouki and didgeridoo into prog metal. How? Fucks me, but they have. And it’s not one of those occasions where...
Bandcamp Bargain Bin #1

Bandcamp Bargain Bin #1

G’day, you utter cretins. Today, I’m going to present to you a bunch of hectic bargains on my favourite purchase platform, Bandcamp. I’m a huge fan of their model, and I endeavour to purchase as much music via Bandcamp as I can. In fact, pretty much all of the money that I personally spend out of our Patreon payments goes to buying shit on there, overheads aside. So in this article, I’m going to link a bunch of bands that I think represent a killer bargain. Most of them are pay what you wish, but the limit I have set is a tenner for a full album, and under fifteen for a discography. Not all of these are new releases, but a fair amount of them are. Feel free to follow me on Bandcamp for more sweet recommendations, and absolutely drop a link to your favourite bargains in the comments. Cheers. p.s. if you’re too daft to realise, the links are embedded in the titles. El Monstro – Parthenia/Within If you love La Dispute, chances are you’ll dig the fuck out of this. Riffs, poetry, feelings, all that good shit, and for a tasty pay what you wish (Parthenia) and $3 (Within) price tag. Good shit. Pay What You Wish/$3 AUD The Helix Nebula – Meridian Instrumental prog/shred that was released a couple years ago, and would still be just as sick if it was released today. These Sydney-siders have a new album ‘coming soon’, which I’m sure would be true if half the band weren’t constantly touring as Plini‘s band. $5 AUD Starrats – Chaos Calls Fucking sweet...
Album Review: Hellions – ‘Opera Oblivia’

Album Review: Hellions – ‘Opera Oblivia’

Band: Hellions Album: Opera Oblivia Genre: Melodic hardcore Date of Release: 28th July, 2016 Location: Sydney, New South Wales Reviewer: Chris Giacca For Fans Of: My Chemical Romance but heavier. Sort of. Track Listing: 1. 24 2. Quality of Life 3. Thresher 4. Lotus Eater 5. He Without Sin i) Halation 6. He Without Sin ii) Heels of the Hands 7. Bad Way 8. Nightliner Rhapsody 9. Nuestra Culpa 10. 25 It’s 2016, picture the scene: the world is awash with discontent, and conflict. Terrorism runs rife amid a geopolitical landscape that is eerily similar to many pre-apocalyptic works of fiction that were dismissed as nonsensical and unrealistic. The choices in American presidency amount to a bumbling narcissist or a calculating sociopath. Pigs fly, unchecked, through the night skies. Hell freezes over, as the price of rent skyrockets to the point where heating is unaffordable. And Hellions release a good album Now, I know we’ve been pretty quick to take the piss out of them in the past, but this album is really fucking good. Naturally, when it was released, there was the normal cacophony of ‘OMG new Hellions guise!!11!!’ and whatnot from the usual UNFD sweaters, but this time was a little different. This time, the hype was actually warranted in full. So kick back, relax, and enjoy as I eat a nice, big ol’ serving of humble fucking pie. So starting off, I’d like to make a couple of observations, which may or may not have eluded the general populace. This album is titled Opera Oblivia, and a lot of people may have felt that it was...
Album Review: Twelve Foot Ninja – ‘Outlier’

Album Review: Twelve Foot Ninja – ‘Outlier’

Band: Twelve Foot Ninja Album: Outlier Genre: Heavy Fusion Date of Release: 26th August, 2016 Location: Melbourne, Victoria Reviewer: Chris Giacca For Fans Of: Faith No More, Mr Bungle, Meshuggah, Periphery Track Listing: 1. One Hand Killing 4:29 2. Sick 3:37 3. Invincible 3:43 4. Oxygen 4:24 5. Collateral 4:04 6. Post Mortem 3:38 7. Point of You 3:35 8. Monsoon 3:18 9. Adios 4:01 10. Dig For Bones 4:01 Does everyone remember that episode of The Simpsons where Bart’s evil twin stitches the pigeon and the rat together to create a ‘pigeonrat’? Of course you do. Well, Twelve Foot Ninja have very much been guilty of doing that with their music in the past. Silent Machine is a pretty enjoyable record, but the overriding vibe was basically ‘here’s a heavy part, and now here’s the obligatory funk/reggae/whatever part, because that’s our thing that we do, aaaaaand now back to heavy again’. Basically, there is a lot of golden moments, but there is also a bunch of times when the change is so jarring, you question whether the change was actually necessary, or whether it was just a case of we haven’t had a reggae bit in this song yet. It’s a bit ironic, in that a device designed to stave off predictability, becomes predictable in of itself by virtue of necessity. Outlier, however, seems to have ditched this penchant for haphazardly affixing one style to another and hoping for the best, in favour of a more considered approach to truly fusing their various stylistic deviations. We kick off with the debut single, ‘One Hand Killing’, which is actually...