"The Darkness were superb in every aspect." - Adam Agius of The Levitation Hex Looks Back at 2012...

The affable Canberran guitarist has had a great year, with one or two exceptions...

 

Welcome to Metal as Fuck, Mr Agius. It's been a big year for the Levitation Hex, what with your debut album being released: But apart from that, what was the best new album you heard in 2012? "It’s a toss up between The Darkness - Hot Cakes and Turbonegro's Sexual harassment."

And what about old stuff – did any reissues grab your attention this year? "Not any re issues but all that I listen to really is old school, Being 40 I find a lot of younger styles heartless and self indulgent."

And to digress slightly, What was your non-musical highlight of the last twelve months? "Well there’s really nothing other than coming home each day to me beautiful girlfriend, my dog and my house."

Stop it - you'll have us blubbing! Back to the music... Do you think the music scene – and our sort of music in particular – is in good shape at the minute?  "No I don’t, Bands feel they need to give everything away for nothing and play for nothing, I make sure I sell my music so people feel they have invested in it and it has worked very well. People in bands swear black and blue that selling music is dead but I can prove that’s just bullshit. It’s the attitude of bands not just fans that’s the problem, people believe their own crap."

A refreshing view on matters for sure, and hopefully one that a few people will sit up and take notice of. Extendingthat theme slightly, did anything disappoint you musically in 2012? "Textures new album…oh god what self indulgent emo shit, and of course anything that fucking Periphery bunch of cunts put out, what self indulgent, technical, soulless rubbish….wake up kids…cant you count to 4? Do you know what a riff is?"

Don't hold back ma- oh, you haven't. On a more positive note, which practitioners of your own musical role impressed you most this year? "Ben Hocking, Scott Young and Mark Palfreyman impressed me several times this year."

Nice plug for your bandmates, there - well done! Who were the best live act you’ve seen this year? "Without a doubt The Darkness at the ANU refectory, superb in every aspect."

Enough of this year - let's look forward to next year. What does the next twelve months hold in prospect for you? " We will be Re releasing our debut in Europe in Febriary 2013 on a German label (TBA) on vinyl and CD. We are in negotiations right now and its looking great. We're also getting a promo clip done and re launching it with the vinyl for a string of shows in Australia. We'll Commence composing a new album and then maybe Europe in June 2013."

Which band, if any, do you think is primed to break out into the wider consciousness in 2013? "It’s hard for me to tell because I don’t take much notice of these things, I really love Melbourne’s In Malice’s Wake, Its awesome old school thrash and Id like to see them go places."

You ain't the first one to mention them! We’re fast approaching the festive season - best night for a party – Christmas or New Year’s Eve? "Both overrated as party nights because of crowds, I'd prefer private parties outside of those dates."

YES! At last a man that agrees with me! Finally, Anything else you like the readers of Metal as Fuck to know? " Have a great new year and don’t listen to Periphery…Ha Ha