2016 TOP 10 RELEASES! Desert Highways staff + special guests from Orange Goblin, Monolord, Pagan / Little Lamb & The Rosemary’s!!

Words Anthony Moore.

There were some amazing releases that come out in 2016, and as with every year, I start out with the best of intentions keeping a list of my favourites as they hit, only to let it fall by the wayside by about March. Yeah I know, it doesn’t last long! So undoubtedly I will forgot lots of great releases from 2016. There’s been the talked about releases like Metallica’s Hardwired… To Self Destruct (which for me has been quite a disappointment, some moments of clarity and power but as whole, it wasn’t the driving force I was hoping for), then there’s been some that have come out of left field that have really thrown me for six and impressed me quite a lot, like Electric Magus Olympus Noms, which is Raul Sanchez (Magic Dirt, River Of Snakes, Midnight Woolf) latest offering through Wild Animals Records. Like with John Frusciante’s solo albums, some sound quite unique and very different to his work with Red Hot Chili Peppers (which is an awesome thing these days!) yet his style and soul still comes through in various ways. Electric Magus is like this for Sanchez compared to his ‘usual’ guitar driven work. It’s totally different yet still somehow connects with me for the same reasons.

I still listen to loads of releases from all around the world, but more and more as time goes on I find myself mainly listening to local bands. Possibly for a few reasons, I like to support local muso’s and friends, it’s possible to see them more live which in turn gets us more stoked on listening back to a band later, and maybe most importantly, there are just so many fuckin incredible bands in Melbourne and throughout Australia that there’s not enough time to sometimes reach out further. Continue reading

MONSTER TRUCK – ‘Sittin’ Heavy’ Album review.

Words El Jefe.

Monster Truck. The name sums up the band well IMO. With their formidable live reputation growing (CLICK HERE for my own account of the said live rep), they have soundly backed up these reports with the rock solid Sittin’ Heavy. This LP is the follow-up to 2013’s excellent Furiosity, and it most certainly lives up to my very high expectations. Whilst delivering us some more of their classic rock tunes Sittin’ Heavy isn’t Furiosity II by any means. Rather, it shows a natural progression with the songwriting and playing. The songs are ballsy, and catchy as fuck as well. They definitely deserve the great press they’ve been receiving.

‘Why Are You Not Rocking?’ is the opener, and they’re quick to let the audience know what Monster Truck are all about. An arse-kicking drum beat and some wah-drenched guitar lead into one of the LP’s catchier tunes. “Rock and roll might save your life, it might save your life tonight!” Continue reading

MONSTER TRUCK, Bec And Ben. The Unicorn Hotel, Sydney. 21-05-2015.

Words El Jefe.
Photos Andrew Pittman – Mosh Pittman Photography.

I was wallowing in the drudgery of my day job when I received a telegram from El Kapitan. An interesting one. Monster Truck are playing a secret show tonight. Was I able to attend? Monster Truck?? Absofuckenlutely I could attend! I tossed the chainsaw in my hands to the dude standing next to me and told him the whole world could be his if he would just make the right decisions, and hit the road.

Canada’s Monster Truck first popped up on my radar about 18 months ago. I picked up a copy of Furiosity, and dug in. Heavy rock and roll, great songs, great playing and a frontman with the best blues-rock roar since Lesley West. Yep. They ticked all the boxes for me. I have to admit, when I heard they were touring with Nickelback, I had to check to make sure it was the same Monster Truck, what with all the bad press Nickelback get.

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