Here’s a few of the Desert Highways team’s Top lists for 2018. Thank you all for your support again throughout 2018, it’s very much appreciated! Also a massive thanx to all of our contributors. Very proud to work with such an incredibly talented group of people!

Mark Ireland – Writer.

Best gigs 2018:
Power TripBendigo Hotel.
Roger WatersRod Lavar Arena.
MAMMALCroxton Bandroom.
Streaker Gate Benefit GigGasometer.
Meredith Music Festival: The Presets, Billy Bragg, Little Ugly Girls.
The Stems, Even Northcote Social Club.
Boogie Festival: Cable Ties, Clowns, The Southern River Band, Birdcloud, Cash Savage.
Golden Plains Festival: Mogwai, Baker Boy, Black Angels.
Stiff Little FingersCroxton Bandroom.
Download Festival: NoFx, Hot Water Music, Prophets of Rage, Arch Enemy.
BeckMargaret Court Arena.
David ByrneMargaret Court Arena.
The Demon Parade – Psych FestThe Tote Hotel.
Fuck The Fitzroy Doom Scene, El Colosso Sookie Lounge.
ShameThe Tote Hotel.
Future Of The LeftThe Old Bar.

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HEAVY TRIP (Hevi Reissu) Film Review

Words Will Oakeshott.
Scandinavian Film Festival
Palace Nova Cinema Adelaide

“Symphonic post-apocalyptic reindeer grinding christ abusing extreme war pagan Fennoscandian metal” – there is no denying that the aforementioned description is certainly an uncompromising and outrageous introduction, however it encapsulates a great deal of what first time writers and directors Juuso Laatio and Jukka Vidgren have crafted with their debut full-length feature ‘Heavy Trip’ (or ‘Hevi Reissu’ in the native dialect). It should also be noted that this is the “musical genre” of the band ‘Impaled Rektum’ which this film is based upon and hopefully this has revealed, to an extent, that this movie is a comedy and a bloody hilarious one on that note.

Similar to the ideal of ‘The Little Engine That Could’, except with a much more vulgar and borderline offensive script; a nameless metal cover band who are stuck in their parent’s basement after years of practicing happen upon numerous events which lead them to actually following their dream of playing their music live at a heavy music festival, ‘Inferno Metal Festival’ to be more specific, in Norway. Sound familiar? Let this writer assure you, this is no fairytale, more-so a “hairytale”. This is as authentic as a modern heavy metal fiction film can be and the efforts put forward by writers Juuso Laatio and Jukka Vidgren, as well as actors Johannes Holopainen, Antti Heikkinen, Samuli Jaski and Max Ovaska  is very accomplished. Continue reading