Album Review: Graves – Monster

Album Review: Graves – Monster

Band: Graves Album: Monster Genre: Metalcore, mosh, downtempo Date Of Release: 21/11/16 Location: Wollongong, NSW Reviewer: Benjamin Muir For Fans Of: Black Tongue, Traitors, Scourge Track Listing: 1. 506 (4:28) 2. Decay (3:16) 3. Monster (3:24) 4. Fear (3:25) 5. Ratface (1:53) 6. Father (3:42) 7. Kyden (3:50) 8. Alone (4:21) 9. Erase (3:29) 10. Sick (3:06) 11. Empty (3:50) Wollongong mosh outfit Graves have been around for half a decade now, and have garnered a considerable following in that time. Monster is their first full-length release, following an EP in 2013 and several singles thereafter that were included with this release. I don’t often listen to a lot of the super-low tuned end of the mosh spectrum, nor do I often gravitate toward the sludgier or doomier end of it, but after this I’m seriously considering shelling out for an eight-string and some passé longsleeves with writing on the arms. I was persuaded to take on this review after thoroughly enjoying ‘Fear’ (which turned up in my Youtube recommended videos the day it dropped), and I most certainly do not regret taking this review on in spite of having a slew of assessments that same weekend; enjoying this release got me through it a lot easier. Monster is exceptionally well paced, beginning with steady, groovy mid-tempo tracks from the first to the fourth. The first couple of singles at tracks one and four are both stellar, with the pit call in ‘Fear’ being exceptionally memorable; I can see it being a mainstay of their live set for a long time to come. Incredibly well written as a mosh...
Song Review: Apate – ‘Hangman’

Song Review: Apate – ‘Hangman’

Band: APATE Song: Hangman Genre: Beatdown, swornincore Date of Release: April 13th, 2016 Location: Queensland Reviewer: Anita Mandelay For Fans Of: Sworn In, chocolate cake This Saturday, I Probably Hate Your Band are teaming up with The Brightside for our first official event, I PROBABLY HATE YOUR FEST. There’s a bunch of bands playing, some cool drink specials, merch giveaways and other general tomfoolery, so if you’re in Brisbane on April 30 then make sure to come down and party with us. The lineup consists of Aversions Crown, The Name Of A Ghost, In Ashes We Lie, Absolution and Apate. It will be dank AF no doubt, but to get you flogs in the mood we thought we would review Apate’s new track, Hangman. Let it be known that there’s been a right kerfuffle every time we reviewed an Apate song. Most recently we absolutely shredded their song Purgatory, giving it an outstanding overall IPHYB rating of 1.5/10. The time before that, we made fun of the singer’s pretty hat and the world lost its mind. Salty fans labelled IPHYB as vicious contrarian hat-haters (only half true), and the literally tens of Apate fans took to social media and flooded our inbox with at least three messages. RELATED: Song Review: APATE – ‘Stick Tight’ Song Review: APATE – ‘Lions’ Song Review: APATE – ‘Purgatory’ So, of course you would think that this time around, considering they’re playing at an event sponsored by us and the deliciously salted individuals last time, we would give them a good review. WRONG, you dummy. I’m not saying that the song is actually bad,...
Song Review: Impaler – ‘You Know (feat. Rhys Gahan)’

Song Review: Impaler – ‘You Know (feat. Rhys Gahan)’

Band: IMPALER Song: ‘You Know (Feat. Rhys Gahan)’ Genre: Nu-Metal, Downtempo Date Of Release: December 2015 Location: Perth, Australia Reviewer: C. Phillips For Fans Of: Nemertines, War Hound ‘You Know’ is a song by Australian heavy band IMPALER, taken from their 2015 EP Foul Ignorance. It features a guest rap section from Rhys Gahan of the Perth ‘nu-hardcore’ band DROPBEARS. In the current Australian metal climate, artists love rap and heavy music simultaneously. So, when bands decide to meld the two together – to perhaps create ‘nu-metal’ or even ‘rap metal’ – it can go either of two ways. One way is that it can be fun, bouncy, the ‘flow’ of the vocalist can be great, the lyrics can bolster true meaning and the power of the intelligent written word, and the listener can enjoy the song. The other way, the lyrics can sound as if they were written by junior Bra Boys, about how they have a ‘crew’ and a rep ‘not to mess with’ and can be so corny and tongue in cheek that the interesting sound of the song may be ignored. This way may also entail a weak song structure that, again, takes the listener’s concentration away. Where does ‘You Know’ sit between these two paths? Well, more on one than the other. The problem is that ‘You Know’ is not a song per say. Sure, it is a song by definition, but it is not a song by practicality; ‘You Know’ is four or five genuinely interesting ideas placed down piece by piece, with nothing connecting them to each other to actually create a...
Song Review: Scourge – “Apostate” (Ft. Markus of Sabella)

Song Review: Scourge – “Apostate” (Ft. Markus of Sabella)

Song: “Apostate” (Ft. Markus of Sabella) Band: Scourge Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Date of Release: 06/07/2015 Genre: Downtempo hardcore Reviewer: 5StringSamurai For Fans Of: Villains/Yüth Whatever, Black Tongue, Traitors Why They Aren’t Famous: “Although this may be a most difficult thing, if one will do it, it can be done. There is nothing that one should suppose cannot be done.” ― Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai As I walk my path of seeking reason, insight, and understanding through the trials of battle (and, ultimately, my death at the hands of a worthy opponent), I often find that music helps me along the warrior’s journey. The right sounds at the right time can make the longest paths seem short, make the dullest scenery come to life with beauty and wonder, and, when facing adversity such as marching toward an imposing army of five thousand battle-hardened warriors when all you’ve got for back-up is a handful of second-rate mercenaries paid in rice by the local farmers you’re protecting, the right sound can make it seem as if you have a chance of victory … along with the possibility of bedding one of the farmers’ daughters upon your safe return and washing it down with a cup of warm saki. The key is in finding the right sound for the task, or conversely, the right task for the sound. ‘Apostate’ by Scourge would not be the right sound for the long road, as it is heavy and treacherous. I can envision my waraji (sandals) becoming stuck in its thick, viscous bass lines or breaking on hard stone paths like...