THEM DIRTY SHRIKES Launch New Single ‘November’!

Photographer – Jean-Michael Kelsey.

Doomy alternative rock band Them Dirty Shrikes release their new single ‘November’ today. Formed in Pretoria, South Africa in 2016 the band has quickly gained a standing in the local live scene having performed at the country’s top festivals like Oppikoppi, Mistry Waters Music Festival and the Durban International Blues Festival. Apart from the festivals, they have shared the stage with well-known South-African acts such as Hellcats, The Black Cat Bones, Shadowclub, Dan Patlansky and Ruff Majik. Continue reading

GRAVEYARD, Devil Electric. Crowbar, Sydney. 24-08-2019.

Words El Jefe.
Photos Christos Athanasias (Devil Electric guitarist).

So it was Saturday night, and perfect beer-drinking weather in Sydney AND Graveyard were playing the Crowbar. Thanks to my bus never arriving, and having to jump in an Uber at the last minute, I arrive a few minutes later than intended, and this was followed by having to spend ten minutes queuing to get in.

As a result of the transport woes (no doubt caused by The Binchicken!), the first ten minutes of Devil Electric were just a muted rumble I heard from the street, and given the brevity of their set (allotted a thirty minute slot), ten minutes was a lot to lose! I hadn’t caught them live before, but had been lucky enough to review their debut LP a coupla years back, and on the back of this was eager to have a closer look at the live show. Powerful magic it was too, bruising, thick slabs of guitar, ripping drums and bowel-loosing bass notes for a start and the jewel in their crown being frontwoman Pierina O’Brien and her soaring vocals. The songs are great, dynamic and riff-heavy, and well worth a closer listen. Continue reading

ASTRODEATH Album Launch Tour Announced!

Astrodeath have announced the run of dates for their upcoming self-titled debut album launch tour! The two-piece from Sydney are a Desert Highways fav and well worth experiencing live if you haven’t been lucky enough to catch them yet. Check out the promo clip below, and click the links for more info for each gig! As part of the launch they’ll also be releasing 100 limited hand-numbered comic books created by artist Glenno Smith!

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Words El Jefe.
Photo David James.

Beastwars are a NZ doom-rock quartet who have been pumping out their brand of filth for the last decade or so. I’ve also been fortunate to catch the live show on a few occasions, and they certainly deliver on the moniker onstage as well.

The band began recording IV in the wake of frontman Matt Hyde’s successful chemotherapy, and based on song titles, I’m guessing facing his own mortality may have influenced his lyrics. Speaking personally, when I slipped the reapers noose a decade or so ago, it definitely gave me a new perspective on life! Songs like ‘Sound Of The Grave’, ‘Raise The Sword’, ‘This Mortal Decay’ etc. And it has certainly not tempered the sound of the band either!

IV is classic Beastwars material as well. Huge grinding sounds, lumbering riffs, guitars shot fulla greasy, liquid feedback and screaming distortion. And then there’s the bone-jarring god-almighty thunk from the bass. Add Matt’s Mack truck-like vocal assault, and you got some seriously heavy-duty doom on your hands. Continue reading

WO FAT, Comacozer. Howlin’ Wolf Bar, Wollongong. 13-06-2019.

Words El Jefe.

So I made the call to head down to the ‘gong for this show. A Thursday night, no work the following day. What the fuck, you’re only young once so I hit the road.

I arrived at Howlin’ Wolf Bar, with its impressive array of drinks proudly on display behind the bar just as Comacozer hit the stage. Well, technically it’s a stage. The expression “not enough room to swing a cat” doesn’t really cut it here. There’s not even enough room to swing an imaginary cat on this one, but that’s rock’n’roll for ya! Comacozer opened with one of their spaced out intros, before morphing into some spaced out doom. Heavy, and with lotsa effects along the way. Pulsating waves of sound and great guitar tones. Their bassplayer also pulls some good, grunty sounds from his Rickenbacker. Two more songs of the same ilk complete the set, with one of ‘em having an almost Eastern trance vibe running through the middle, before rolling into a more balls out riff-fest. I enjoyed the band, but reckon adding a vocalist would greatly benefit the sound.

U.S. headliners Wo Fat, here on a longish jaunt around Australia as well as NZ, were next up. Been a fan of their psyche-rock stoner rock for years for years, so keen as fuck for them to start. Continue reading

RUFF MAJIK ‘Tårn’ LP Review.

Words El Jefe.

So South Africa ain’t got the same rep as say, Sweden, when it comes to producing heavy-duty, fuzzed out stoner riffarama. Certainly, there could be a hidden vein just waiting to be tapped, and I just haven’t realised it yet. And maybe, having been impressed after just a couple of listens to Tårn, the new LP by Ruff Majik, I might do just that.

Ruff Majik are a classic kinda power-trio, and in true power trio style, they all know their lines, and kick the tune right in the guts at just the right time whilst pushing the drive hard. They sound good as a band too. Sometimes playing ability ain’t everything, ya know?

Some pretty guitar lead us into ‘Schizophrenic’, which is quickly followed up with some thumping drums and an almost speed metal kind riff. Continue reading

RUFF MAJIK – NEW: Clip + review for single ‘Gloom & Tomb’, Art for Tårn LP.

‘Gloom & Tomb’ Review – El Jefe.
Photo Christelle Duvenage Photography.

South African riff-mongers Ruff Majik have revealed the artwork for new album Tårn along with a video new single ‘Gloom & Tomb’. Having recently announced their signing to Dutch label Lay Bare Recordings for the vinyl release of the album and with a couple of European tours already lined up, 2019 is going to be a busy year for the band.

Working closely with long-time collaborator Anni Buchner on the artwork for Tårn (Norwegian for tower), guitarist/vocalist Johni Holiday explains more about the inspiration behind it all, “We chose the image of the tarot tower for this album cover because it symbolizes crisis, liberation and sudden unforeseen change. The band has been going through these motions for a few months now, and we felt it would only be fitting. We handed that over to Anni, and she turned it into magic as usual.” Continue reading

ALL HAIL SLAYER! Download festival + Final World Tour.

There aren’t many bigger names in metal than SLAYER and Australia is extremely lucky they get to experience one last time and to farewell this legendary band as they hit Download Festival and sideshows in Brisbane and Adelaide with fellow Big Four brothers ANTHRAX and the Polish Hammer of BEHEMOTH. Continue reading

EARTHLESS (US) Aust/NZ Tour Dates, Supports and more!


“The true heirs of the great power trios of the past such as JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE, CREAM and early GRAND FUNK RAILROAD.” – Rock Hard

San Diego psych heavyweights Earthless – who hit Australia and New Zealand late February – have announced the support acts for their upcoming tour, and it’s a killer bunch of groups, meaning every show is  gonna be loaded with heavy and heady psychedelic and hard rock greatness. Continue reading