Interview: Elijah Witt (CANE HILL)

Interview: Elijah Witt (CANE HILL)

Louisiana metallers Cane Hill have had a full-on year, what with the release of their debut album Smile and the fact that they’re heading here to support Bullet For My Valentine this October. Ahead of their visit down under, we had a chat to frontman Elijah Witt about hype for the record and what the hell it’s all about. Are you guys on tour right now? Yeah, we’re on Warped Tour. I’ve heard it’s a pretty hard slug. Is this your first time doing it? Yes. And it is everything everyone said it was. Mostly good, but it’s pretty fuckin’ hot. Fair enough! Your new album Smile dropped pretty recently – what’s the reaction been like so far? It’s been really good. We’ve seen that a lot of kids already know a lot of the lyrics to the new songs that we’ve been playing, so it’s pretty cool. And it’s doing a lot better than our EP, but is a full length, so that makes sense. Is the hype a shock or do you feel like it’s deserved? Oh man, we’re just so good. It’s so deserved. [laughs] Na, it’s shocking how many people are receiving it so well and all the good reviews that we’ve read. We have read some shit reviews, too, so it’s pretty good that there’s some diversity in the reviews. When you read a bad review do you question whether or not it’s all worth it? I mean, obviously Smile was quite a polarising record. Yeah, that’s what we expected, so I really couldn’t give a shit if people don’t like it. As long...
Album Review: Intercranial Tremors – Rebirth

Album Review: Intercranial Tremors – Rebirth

Band: Intercranial Tremors Album: Rebrith Genre: Brutal death metal, unlike that easy listening death metal Date of release: 25/04/16 Location: Melbourne Reviewer: Mitch Alexander For Fans Of: Early Cannibal Corpse, Obiturary, Deicide Track Listing: 1. Engineering The Chain Of Decay (04:36) 2. Animus (03:13) 3. Despondent Chorus Of The End (03:47) 4. Crown Of Creation (04:30) 5. Lord Of The F(lies) (04:30) It’s intra-, not inter-. Your cranial tremors are inside your head, they are not between them. Unless you mean that between two cranians there are tremors, in which case … that’s kinda cool, but the squiggly red line which is scattered throughout this review is still shitting me no end. Which, and I mean no disrespect, is pretty appropriate. This is a grimy, dirty, salacious death metal album, they type you’d hear in the background of an August Underground film. The sound of this CD has me going in circles; would Rebirth sound better with a nicer production, or is the reason it’s as good as it is because of the production? As always, like the vacuous arts graduate I am, I’ll say the truth lies somewhere in the middle and pat myself on the back for being so enlightened. On the one hand, the production misses the mark. There’s still too much room spill on the vocals, which are in turn too high in the mix. The drums are too clicky without any boom. The guitar has been mixed into a weird mid-range mush. But on the other side of the coin or whatever idiom I’m using, the vocals show a heap of promise, with some...
Live Review: Miazma @ The New Globe, Fortitude Valley (21/04/16)

Live Review: Miazma @ The New Globe, Fortitude Valley (21/04/16)

It was on the day of Thursday, the 21st of April in the year 2016, that the IPHYB gods from high atop Mt You’ll Coward handed down to two lowly reviewers, Dead Parrot and Noun The Plume, the task of reviewing death metal bands at The New Globe in Fortitude Valley. Such a trying task should never be attempted on an empty stomach, so our two intrepid reviewers met up beforehand at a sausage slinging house of ill repute to reinforce their guts with cured swine phalluses and tankards of ale laced in smoked swine hooves to discuss a strategy for the journey ahead. But more on that cured swine flesh later. Arriving at the venue, the usual scene of black-on-black attired metalheads were huddled in groups catching collective cancer in the clouds of their cigarette smoke. This was a breed of people that Dead Parrot was surprised still existed. There have been too many downgrades and offshoots from what these people would call “metaaaaal” (in that way they do when aggressively screaming it at a camera with the horns hand sign in every roving crowd shot on every band ever’s tour video … ever) for these people not to die out. Or, at least relegate their long black hair, torn up leather pants, and patch ridden denim jacket-vest to a shrine-o-glory-days in a small section of the garage and be staunched upon by the responsibility of life’s less broooooootal moments. Like nappy duties. Or paying a hooker to check your junk for the herpes because you’re too embarrassed to go to a doctor, even though she’s probably where...
TEMPLE OF THE DOG Announce Reunion + First Ever Tour

TEMPLE OF THE DOG Announce Reunion + First Ever Tour

Who let the dogs out? TEMPLE OF THE DOG, the proto-grunge supergroup whose members would go on to form seminal Seattle-based grunge bands SOUNDGARDEN and PEARL JAM, have announced a reunion, reissue of their self-titled debut, and their first ever tour. Consisting of Chris Cornell, Jeff Ament, Matt Cameron, Mike McCready, and Stone Gossard, the band announced Thursday morning their “first ever tour”, marking the 25th anniversary of their debut album, via a video on their Facebook page. In addition, the band announced in a separate post the reissuing of their self-titled debut album. The group noted for their single “Hunger Strike”, will tour through New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle in November this year. For more information, visit their...
Album Review: Cane Hill – Smile

Album Review: Cane Hill – Smile

Band: Cane Hill Album: Smile Genre: Metal, metalcore Date of Release: 15/07/2016 Location: New Orleans Reviewer: Laura Toft For Fans Of: Slipknot, Marilyn Manson Track Listing: 1. MGGDA 2. (The New) Jesus 3. True Love 4. St. Veronica 5. Fountain Of Youth 6. Cream Pie 7. You’re So Wonderful 8. Ugly Idol Mannequin 9. Screwtape 10. Strange Candy Remember that time your mate was like “Yeah, I’m in a metal band” and he sent you a track that was a 15 minute guitar solo with some terrible, terrible hard rock vocals? That’s definitely not what people mean when they describe Cane Hill as metal. Their debut album Smile keeps everything tight, meaning that it plays out as a clever, smug-core release that doesn’t emphasise skill but aggression, and in doing so, displays a show of talent that proves this band’s potential for greatness. From first track ‘MGGDA’ onwards, Smile is fierce without rest – filthy and fast guitars accompany smirking uncleans that you’d compare to Slipknot, or maybe even OTEP. On ‘(The New) Jesus’, Cane Hill are Depeche-Mode-gone-core, carrying out a rebellious extension of ‘Personal Jesus’, which points a middle finger to the idea of idolatry. They probably didn’t intentionally create that Depeche Mode link you make in your mind, but it’s evident nonetheless. There are a lot of tongue-in-cheek cultural references you can pick up on Smile, evident on ‘Fountain Of Youth’, which takes the concept of the good dying young and bolts off with it (in a far-from-cliché respect). And then there are the differentiated moments on Smile, where you’re pleasantly surprised that this record is more...