ABU GHRAIB ‘Enhanced Torture Techniques’ EP Review.

Words El Jefe.

Melbourne’s Abu Ghraib are a crusty death metal (bassless) trio who pump out some of the fastest tracks in the known universe.

Dave (ex The Archaic Revival) supplies the guitar fireworks, and they also possess a T-1000 who drums for them when he’s not busy hunting John Conner.

‘Silent Beheading’ is 2 minutes of metal mayhem, tortured vocals and ripping drums. ‘Hot Box’ and ‘In Violent Glory’ hit ya with more of the same, with the vocals being akin to a Mack truck plowing through a nursing home. Continue reading

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

THE ARCHAIC REVIVAL ‘Rock n Roll Holocaust’ Album Review.

Words El Jefe.

Sydney’s stoner-metal rock and roll freaks The Archaic Revival have finally paid off their debt to Satan. And so Satan has now handed over the master copy of Rock n Roll Holocaust, the debut LP by the trio. If you’ve ever caught the live show, you’ll have a fairly good fucking idea of the Pandora’s (music) Box you’re about to open. And the good news is the band has a lot to say musically, but never repeat themselves.

While there’s no doubting the genre of Rock n Roll Holocaust, there are plenty of nods to everything from rockabilly to ‘70s funk that flavor the tunes and lead the band away from being easily typecast. That said, this record is totally balls-out rock!

‘Black Hole City’ and ‘Drug House’ lay some sturdy foundations. Lucky for us too, ‘cos you’re gonna need something to hang onto for the rest of this trip! Continue reading

BREWTALITY SYDNEY – Part 1: The Mis-Made, Vaporized!, The Archaic Revival, Flaming Wrekage, The Hidden Venture, The Devil Rides Out, Lillye, Collosvs, Comacozer. The Factory Theatre, Sydney. 13-08-2016.

Photos Brendan Delavere – Gaslight Photography.

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THE ARCHAIC REVIVAL ‘Satan’s Woman’ Single Review.

Words El Jefe.

I first caught these guys by accident, but glad of it. Spoke with them after the set, and walked away with a copy of their debut EP. I also had the pleasure of embarrassing the fuck outta my 12 year old, who shook his head with disdain when he realised I was wearing their “Take Drugs And Worship Satan” tshirt while we were at the mall. Hearing him mutter “Did you HAVE to wear THAT shirt?!?!” was priceless!

Following just a mere two and a half years on from their excellent Space Surfin’ EP (still available on Bandcamp), The Archaic Revival bring us the next stage of their rock and roll evolution, in the form of the Satan’s Woman single.

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