RANDY BRADBURY (PENNYWISE) Interview.

Words Dave Mullins.

There are very few punk bands that have had the kind of success that Pennywise has had. They are one of the most successful independent punk bands of all time, with over 3 million records sold worldwide. Their 1995 album, About Time, launched them into the hearts and minds of an entire generation and the album went gold in Australia. Pennywise decided to mark the 20th anniversary of the album with a tour of Australia which starts in late September. Dave Mullins had a chat with bassist Randy Bradbury about the album, the tour and what it’s like to tour with some of the best punk bands in the world.

Dave Mullins: So it’s the 20th Anniversary of About Time, the album has obviously been hugely important to fans of the band, and punk music in general. What are your thoughts on the legacy that Pennywise has?

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BURTON C. BELL (FEAR FACTORY) Interview.

Words Dave Mullins.

American heavy metal act Fear Factory have an incredible legacy in music. For over 25 years they have been pushing the boundaries of thrash, death and industrial metal in ways that have often wound up defining the genres themselves. Their latest album Genexus was released through Nuclear Blast on August 7. Desert Highways had a chance to talk to vocalist Burton C. Bell about the new album and the graphic novel tie-in to their previous album, The Industrialist.

Dave Mullins: The new album is incredible. It comes out of the gate with a lot of intensity. Was that the goal, to make it especially aggressive from the getgo?

Burton C. Bell: I think that’s one of our goals for every record, with a name like Fear Factory you can’t not have aggressive albums. We try and make it as intense as possible, either through guitars or vocals or through the melodies. It needs to be intense, and that’s how we roll. So yeah, that was the goal.

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MAX CAVALERA (SOULFLY) Interview.

Words Dave Mullins.

Max Cavalera might be one of the most prolific artists in heavy metal music history. From humble beginnings in Brazil, he formed the seminal metal band Sepultura with his brother Igor, which would make him a household name (at least amongst metal fans). After famously splitting from the band in 1996 he formed a new act Soulfly. The band’s subsequent albums would feature collaborations of some of the most prominent names in metal (and outside of it). Cavalera also fronts the extreme metal band Cavalera Conspiracy (also with his brother Igor) and is part of the metal supergroup Killer Be Killed. Soulfly’s 10th studio album, Archangel will drop on the 14th of August this year. We had a chance to talk to Max about the band, the album and all things metal. Continue reading

CLOWNS ‘Running Through These Veins’ Tour with Chainsaw Hookers, Scalphunter, Summer Blood. Four5Nine Bar, Perth. 04-07-2015.

Words Dave Mullins.
Photos Kim Anderson – Shoot The Wicked Witch.

Melbourne band, Clowns, have quickly started making a name for themselves as one of the hardest working bands in the country. Already closing in on around 60 shows for the year including shows on a few different continents, it seems insane to cram them into the smallest venue in Perth – especially considering any of the ‘support’ acts could probably sell out the same room in their own right. And sell out it did, fast.

Joining them on tour, was Melbourne grunge-rockers, Summer Blood, who opened up the night. Their sound is a sort of throwback to the ‘90s, but with a hint of the Smiths, a little mellow when compared to the rest of the line-up, but they performed admirably. After all, they had their work cut out for them.

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KYLE SANDERS (HELLYEAH) Interview.

Words and interview Dave Mullins.

HELLYEAHHELLYEAH are an American heavy metal supergroup featuring members from bands such as Mudvayne, Pantera and Nothingface. In 2014, the band parted ways with guitarist Greg Tribbett and bassist Bob Kakaha. They were replaced by guitarist Christian Brady and Kyle Sanders (ex-Bloodsimple). Their latest album Blood for Blood (2014) has been well-received reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart. Ahead of their Australian tour in August I had a chat with Kyle Sanders.

Dave Mullins: So you guys are heading off on the Blood for Blood tour starting at the end of the month, you’ve got a huge amount of dates ahead of you and then Australia in August, are you pretty excited to get underway on that?

Kyle Sanders: Man, you have no idea. We’re extremely excited, we’ve been trying to get back there for a long time. On the website and Facebook, people have been asking “When are you coming back?” This record came out in June of last year and we’ve been waiting this long to finally make it happen. So yes, to say we’re excited – we’re beyond excited to get back over there. It’s one of my favourite places to go anyway so the fact that we’re getting back over there and doing a lot of dates is a really great thing.

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KING PARROT ‘Dead Set’ Album review.

Words Dave Mullins.

KP Dead Set 800x800King Parrot have one of the fiercest and most prevailing reputations in heavy music right now. Their wild live shows serve as ‘how-to’ for other would-be metal acts, and their fandom within the Australian music scene is astoundingly inclusive – their appeal seems near-universal, fans emanating from punk, hardcore, metal and every genre in-between. It’s an impressive feat in the age of elitism and internet outrage culture.

Dead Set, the second album from the Melbourne-based metal heads is an interesting piece of work. It encompasses the straightforward, no-fucking-around traits of grind and thrash incorporated into short and intense bursts of mania that typically befit hardcore and punk bands, rather than your typical modern metal acts. And that’s all part of what makes the album so great – it’s short, it’s fast and it‘s unfuckwithable. The beauty lies in that while this album would have felt perfectly at home originating from the Bay Area thrash scene of the 80s, it never feels stale or derivative. The undeniable energy and ferocity of the music pushes past the tropes of its metal roots and gives us a brand new attitude for a familiar sound.

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