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Song Review: Cryptic Abyss – “Blood on the Nature Strip” (Feat. Matt Young)

Song review: “Blood on the Nature Strip” (Feat. Matt Young) Band: Cryptic Abyss Location: Melbourne, VIC, Australia Date of Release: 09/02/2014 Genre: Groove Metal Reviewer: Thrillhouse Seriously?! What the fuck is with all the amazing metal bands that are being spawned in the fiery (actually, quite cold at this time of year) depths of Melbourne?? It’s almost as if every great metal musician in the country packed up their double kicks, B.C Rich Warlocks, and denim vests and headed to this Mecca of Metal and started forming the best bands this side of the equator. Cryptic Abyss are definitely (in my opinion, anyway) one of these insanely good bands, and I’m here to explain why. Let us begin with the vocals, as this song features guest vox from the one and only Matt Young of King Parrot (the band who produced not one, but TWO of my favourite songs/music videos of all time). At the 0:53 mark, after a perfect instrumental build-up of an intro, Mr. Young’s vocals kick off the wild ride that is “Blood on the Nature Strip”. Amazing guest vocals, but that’s all I have to say about that, as this review is about the actual band, and not me fangirling over Matt Young. While not really a vocally-driven song, this track definitely provides exactly what I want when it comes to amazing vox. Damon (I believe the vocalist is named) rips out some amazing stuff, this dude has got serious chops. What he does, he does extremely well, and it compliments the music perfectly. Now for my favourite part, being a guitarist primarily myself. The...

Song Review: Confession – “Fuck Cancer”

Song review: ‘Fuck Cancer’ Band: Confession Location: Australia wide Date of Release: 12/05/2014 Genre: MOSH Reviewer: Thrillhouse Okay, so before I start off this review, I’d just like to point out that we normally avoid reviewing songs like this, mainly because it’s hard to remain objective when reviewing a song about a loved one who’s died, or tragedies that have befallen the loved ones of others. No-one wants to be that asshole that has to say “yeah it’s awesome that you’ve written a song about your dead mum/dad/sister/brother/etc, but here’s why it’s a shit.” But I think it’s definitely safe to say, without a single hint of ass-kissing, that there’s not going to be any dissing going on here. The other reason why I’m apprehensive about reviewing ‘Fuck Cancer’, is that I know there’s gonna be those fuckwits who insist that we’re just trying to kiss Crafter’s ass, or acquire scene points and bullshit like that… But I’m going to say this right now: I have always been a fan of Confession, and I am legitimately that stoked on this song that I’m going to review it anyway, because I think it’s awesome. Not only the music, but the message, too. Now that that’s settled, let’s get into the actual review. From the moment the song kicks in from that little muted swell at the start, ‘Fuck Cancer’ grabbed me by the balls and took me on what is definitely the most heavy and emotional rides I have been taken on by a hardcore song in a long time. Crafter’s vocals sound off the fucking chain in this track,...

Song Review: When Giants Sleep – “New Days”

Song review: New Days Band: When Giants Sleep Location: ACT, Australia Genre: Post-Hardcore, Alternative Reviewer: Permabaked Post-Hardcore is a genre that I’ve never really been into, or heard much of, for that matter, so I really didn’t know what to expect when I first listened to this. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by what I heard. It took me one or two listens to really get into it and appreciate it, but I am genuinely impressed with this song. “New Days” has a really engaging and interesting song structure. There’s a nice range of riffs and feels throughout it, which prevents it from getting repetitive at all. It starts out with a little ambient intro that really piqued my interest the first time that I heard it. Pretty soon it drops into the verse, which is then followed by breakdowns, faster melodic sections and some more technical riffs. All of the transitions are nice and smooth, and suit the song well. The instrumentation of this song is just another factor that listeners of this song are treated to. Because there are a nice amount of varying feels in the song, there are consequently a wide range of riffs and beats that are on offer, to the point where I feel like an obese person at an “all-you-can-eat” buffet. The guitars have some really interesting parts, particularly in the heavier sections of the songs where they lay down the melody in a really awesome way. They also take a back seat to the vocals at a few points, which means that the riffs don’t end up...

Song Review: Life Pilot – “Raw Hide”

Song review: Raw Hide Band: Life Pilot Location: Radelaide, South Australia Date of Release: 2nd April, 2014 Genre: Noise Metal/Hardcore Reviewer: Erised YEEEEEEEE-FUCKIN’-HAWWWWWW MOTHERFUCKERS! Strap yerselves in fer some good ol’ fashioned Southern-Influenced, Ass-Kickin’, Rootin’, Tootin’, Shootin’ and Electrocutin’ Noise Metal/Hardcore! I’m not one usually given to hyperbole, but this may just be one of the cleverest hardcore-spectrum songs we’ve had around this here Headquarters. The film clip is fucking brilliant and matches the thematic style of the song down to a “t”. The band is going apeshit in the meantime too, and after stalking the band’s Facebook profile and seeing a few pics of Angus (vocalist) with blood pissing out of his head mid-gig from an errant bass guitar, I REALLY want to see these guys live! I mean, Angus does a backflip off the fucking kick drum in this film clip!! This review, however, isn’t about the film clip. We need to have a bit of a scratch under the veneer created by the excellent video and find out what makes the lads in Life Pilot tick, musically speaking. After pressing play and getting through the story intro, we are treated to a cool throwback slide riff which continues to play for a little bit while the rhythm guitarist scratches an urgent, flat-muted slashathon underneath. This leads us into the song in earnest, and sets up an infectious energy which carries through the entire song. The entire band is like an ADHD kid who’s mum has just spent the last of his Vitamin R money on a couple lines for the weekend ahead. They are constantly bouncing...

Song Review: The Superlative – “Keep It Here”

Song review: Keep It Here Band: The Superlative Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Date of Release: 01/03/2014 Genre: Rock/Alternative/Indie Reviewer: Thrillhouse Has anyone ever noticed how I always start my reviews off with a question? Probably not, but I couldn’t think of one to start off this review, so here we are. Anyway, I feel like I need to say this: The Superlative have got to be one of the most ‘musically pure’ bands that has submitted themselves to us. “Why?” you ask? Because they don’t play one of the ‘popular’ genres, they don’t follow any of the ‘core trends, and they just genuinely seem like a bunch of good friends who love to play music together. It actually sounds like they got together, started jamming, and this is the sound that came out. There was no “We have to go for this sound, because that’s what’s cool” forced bullshit. That’s just how I see it anyway; I could be entirely wrong, but that’s just how this band comes off to me. Now, to kick off the actual review, I have to point out how cool this video is. Shot in a comical style, with your standard, sleazy record company rep talking on his phone about how much money he earns while he pulls up to the bands house to scout them out. He spends the entirety of the video acting like sleazy record company reps do, trying to sign the band whilst at the same time trying to change everything about them. I won’t spoil the rest, but it’s a cool concept with some good humour injected in to...

Song Review: Paddington Frisk – “Fantômas”

Song review: Fantômas Band: Paddington Frisk Location: Texas, U.S.A. Date of Release: January 9th, 2014 Genre: Progressive metal Reviewer: Permabaked First of all, wow, this song is fucking good. This is a debut song. I’ll say that again, ladies and gentlemen. A DEBUT SONG. THIS is how you give your band a major kick start and get your name in a good light from the get-go. Listening to the song, it’s actually reminiscent of Gorod’s more recent work, but in a good way, as it doesn’t feel like a rip off, at least not personally, anyway. The first thing to note about in Fantômas is the interesting structure. It starts out by throwing you into the technical riffs and beats, and doesn’t let up for the duration of the song. It journeys through multiple different sections, all of which have something that stands out and takes the limelight. The song goes through five different “sections”, and this, combined with its short run time of roughly three and a half minutes, create a great song that doesn’t get repetitive or boring at all. Overall, the whole structure of the song is unique and engaging, and definitely lives up to the “progressive” part of the band’s genre. The instrumentation throughout this song is great as well. I feel that “brilliant” is the best word to describe the guitar parts, which are undoubtedly the focal point of Fantômas. The amount of technical solos and heavy rhythmic riffs are balanced really well, and are interesting and unique, which makes for an awesome song. For the most part, the bass seems to go along...

EP Review: Bitter Lungs – “What Doesn’t Kill You Only Makes You Bitter…”

EP review: What doesn’t kill you only makes you bitter… Band: Bitter Lungs Location: Gold Coast, Australia Date of Release: 26 October 2012 Genre: LEGIT HARDCORE! Reviewer: DeadParrot Fuck me! Let me first say that Brisbane and the Gold Coast are doing such an amazing job at producing some superb music right now. And now we have another outfit to add to the list… Bitter Lungs. This review will be short. Partly cause I am drunk. But also partly because this EP just makes me jizz so hard that its difficult to type…especially with one hand. So you all know that we rarely review full EPs or even LPs. And you all now why. It’s because people like Travis ‘did I mention that I run a label? Oh I did? Well just in case you didn’t hear me properly, I actually run a label’ *brushes shoulders* Whitworth are out there creating such utter dog-shit that we cbf with that noise. However, this release DESERVES an EP review. Every Track on this thing is fucking amazing. Its a masterclass for all you shitty bands that we have to review. But if I were to pick just one track that is my fav I’d say the last, ‘Long Live The Mongrels’. When the vocalist briefly switches from screaming to singing for a nano second at 1:10-1:13, my dick gets harder than Erised looking at a photo of that cunt from coldplay whos masturbating over the Kankles edition of playboy. Every member of this band brings their absolute A game and it shows. They don’t fuck around either. Their longest song is...

Album Review: Xehanort – “Awaken In A Different Dimension”

Album Review: Awaken In A Different Dimension Band: Xehanort Location: A Different Dimension Date of Release: 14/3/14 (The Remaster) Genre: Progressive Deathcore Reviewer: Hollow Just going to say it straight up, yes the band name is a reference to Kingdom Hearts (the KH fan inside of me constantly squeals when the name is mentioned) now that we have this out of the way let’s get to the actual reviewing part, or the mouth frothing fan girling part, not sure which one it will be yet. Xehanort is a one man project, formed by John Galloway (whom you may better know as the mastermind behind Sworn Out) whom composes and digitally records every instrument heard throughout his début 13 track or ‘Entry’s’ (12 tracks in the remaster) full length ‘Awaken In A Different Dimension’. A conceptual album taking lyrical cues from the afore mentioned video game kingdom hearts (Entry 5 and 8) as well as Shadow of the Colossus (Entry 2), Naruto (entry 6), Lord of the Rings (Entry 9) and Skyrim/Elder Scrolls games (Entry 4). Not to mention Musical cues from the popular progressive metal band ‘The Contortionist’. To put this simply, this album is a plethora of influences from a broad range of medias. As such this album defies the conventional genre placement, with Progressive Deathcore being the closest adequate genre to associate this album with because in all honesty. wait for it AIADD is truly one of the most unique and interesting albums I have ever heard, which I feel is the beauty about one man projects, with competent and complete creative control and no (during the...

EP Review: El Monstro – “Parthenia”

EP review: Parthenia Band: El Monstro Location: Brisbane, Queensland Date of Release: 5th March 2014 Genre: Progressive Post-Hardcore Reviewer: Erised I don’t do EP reviews very often. Why? Because I usually can’t be arsed listening to the entirety of a generic band’s songs only for them to sound exactly the same track to track. Straight away, you will probably gather that this isn’t the case here, or I wouldn’t have bothered. You’d be correct. Now, you may remember Thrillhouse reviewing El Monstro’s track “Caprica” from this EP a while back. If so, you’ll probably already know a lot of what I’m about to say in relation to this EP. Regardless, I’m going to reiterate just how excellent this release is and hopefully make a few of you realise that you need this more than Ben Affleck needs acting school. So what is it exactly that makes this so very, very good? Well, it’s a complex issue. On the face of it, individually none of the elements are jaw-droppingly amazing, but that in essence is exactly why this works. Everything is geared towards furthering the atmosphere and really driving home the point of the song. The vocalist’s plaintive cries, the chunky rhythm chops underneath, the spacey leads over the top, the drums constantly changing feel and emphasising every little nuance of structure, the bass providing a solid pulse in counterpoint to the vocalist’s delivery. It all adds together to make something that is so much more than the sum of it’s parts. A lot of submissions we get are individually impressive, but fail to really deliver as a collective. This...