POWER TRIP, Shackles. The Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne. 28-09-2018.

Words Mark Ireland.

Going to a Power Trip gig was like being set into a battle zone with nothing but a water pistol to protect yourself. Support band Shackles pulverised the crowd up first by body slamming them into the floor and then continued to round house them for 40 minutes or so.

For their inaugural trip to Australia, Power Trip made a very lasting impression on Melbourne.

They’ve released two albums, Manifest Decimation and Nightmare Logic, they played one or two songs from Manifest but most of the set consisted of tracks from Nightmare Logic. The bands style of classic thrash (Metallica, Sepultura and hardcore punk Unsane) in my opinion is why they’re so popular, they wear their influences on their sleeves proudly. Continue reading

RED FANG, Drunk Mums, Dirty Pagans. Fowlers Live, Adelaide. 16-05-2018.

Words Will Oakeshott.
Photos Alex Kwong Photography.

If this event could be surmised in one phrase, the legend of Black Flag, part-time actor, writer, spoken word genius and prodigy of anything else which interests him, Henry Rollins captured this show’s essence with his quote: “Life is weird, great and dangerous”.

Adelaide quartet Dirty Pagans had the honour of opening the event and were hellbent on crafting a weird and wonderful statement about their art. In terms of the historical undulated road modern rock’n’roll has undergone for decades since its inception, this four-piece are on a mission to explore the majority of this genre’s pathway. Elements of southern rock, classical rock, thrash metal, hair metal, stoner rock and sludge rock were all combined to create a rather original sound. Featuring songs from their Dirty Pagans EP and recently released full-length VOLUME 1, Dirty Pagans left an imposing impression on the modest but very intrigued audience. It was slightly abnormal but on that same note, awe-inspiring also.

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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