published January 2010

Malevolent Creation with Spawn of Posession and Eye of the Enemy @ Billboard the Venue (Melbourne), Jan 6 2010

Although the crowd numbered few, the vicious force of an all-death metal show descended upon Melbourne.

The house was light on punters on a Wednesday night as we descended the staircase at Billboards - it felt downright cavernous when pinch-hitter replacements for local rivetheads

Gallery: Dark Funeral & Rotting Christ @ Billboard (Melbourne), 4 Jan 2010

It was as if the Dark Lord himself had ascended from the depths of Hell, as two of Lucifer's proud servants - Dark Funeral & Rotting Christ - permeated the Billboard Stage. All Hail Satan!

Mnemic - Sons Of The System (Nuclear Blast/riot)

Danish industrial metallers Mnemic's latest musical venture is a mixture of their trademark heavy sound, blended with some newly introduced elements.

Since its inception in the early 1990s, the industrial metal genre has given way to many bands - ranging from some quite horrible to some notable standouts.

Hellfueled - Emission of Sins (Black Lodge/Riot)

Metal as Fuck? Never a truer word, mate, never a truer word...
Release Date: 
28 Jan 2010 - 11:30pm

Of course, a band in its sixth year as a recording entity would be expected to have this studio thing down pat, but that still doesn't ready you for the sheer, slick brilliance of Emission of S

Katatonia - Night is the New Day (Peaceville/Stomp)

This is music for gliding through bleak, chilly woods at 3 am. Or staying at home and having a shovel. Either way it's pretty excellent.

As I write this, it’s tipping down with snow outside my window, and looking bleak and frostbitten in a pretty, delicate Dickensian way.

Eryn Non Dae - Hydra Lernaia (Metal Blade/Riot)

What do you get if you put Neurosis on stage with an epileptic and a cheese eating surrender monkey? No, it's not a sick, tasteless joke... it's Eryn Non Dae! Read on mes amis...


16 - Bridges To Burn (Relapse/Riot)

Imagine if Sam Kinison started a metal band and they made a record. This album would basically be it. Read on for an account of one of the year's best...

Right, no nonsense this time. Straight into it…

Rage - Strings To A Web (Nuclear Blast/Riot)

German metallers Rage string up their latest effort within a musical web comprised of classic Rage material alongside some different and experimental elements.

Sometimes it can be hard to place a band like Germany's Rage under a certain genre, as they combine elements of power, speed, traditional and thrash metal, infused with melodic ele

Sonata Arctica, Ensiferum and Vanishing Point @ The HiFi (Brisbane), 3 Jan 2010

Waiting outside The Hi-Fi at West End to get into the show, I can hear snatches of conversation from the punters lined up along with me. There's a lot of anticipation about this show, and with good reason - Sonata Arctica's first Australian show ever, supported by fellow sons of Suomi Ensiferum and Melbourne's own Vanishing Point...

I negotiate the door, enter the main room and head for the bar.