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FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY – Recording The Sea of Tragic Beasts with Will Putney

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Will Putney has made a name for himself in the heavy world for his work with many big-name bands such as The Acacia Strain, Body Count, Thy Art Is Murder, Counterparts, Northlane and many more. In this video, Will speaks in-depth about what is like to work with his own band FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY on their new record “The Sea Of Tragic Beasts“.

The Sea Of Tragic Beasts” will be released worldwide on the 25th of October, you can pre-order your copy here. Check out the video below and stay up to date with FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY on social media here and Will Putney here.

CANCER BATS – Stay Gold Melbourne

Words Jem
Photos x613media

It was Wednesday night and I headed to Stay Gold in Brunswick for an intimate punk-rock / hardcore show to partake in some midweek madness, but with Melbourne’s once again gloomy weather, it was more like Stay Cold in Brunswick.

The venue opened at 7:30pm and the punters began to file in while the first band to grace the stage was now local Melbourne punk-rock trio Something Something Explosion. Originating from Toowoomba, QLD this was for vocalist/guitarist Grace Drummond and bassist Daimon Motbey their first show in Melbourne as a VIC based band. They were accompanied by Sam who was drumming with them for the first time. Something Something Explosion are a punk explosion, musically they took me to a dive bar in the 90’s with their raw sound and hard-hitting relatable lyrical content. They’re a band to keep an eye out for.

Diploid, another local trio played next, opening with a moody intro that fit perfectly with the gloomy Melbourne weather. Diploids setup was a little different to a standard 3-piece as they had the element of synth style setups with tonnes of cool effects and soundbites added in on the fly which accompanied their loud, heavy and aggressive grind/black metal/doom tones. If you like your music loud and angry then Diploid are the band for you!

The venue began to fill out as the touring support band, Sydney based Totally Unicorn took the stage… kinda. Frontman Drew took to the floor, then to the bar, then to the back of the room, then outside, then onto the stage, then back onto the floor again. If you took your eyes off him for just a second, you’d lose him in the sea of people with puzzled faces. That was until he was back in front of the stage making punters skip over his microphone lead. Totally Unicorn would best be described as a party punk/happy hardcore band because while their music was gritty and rough with relatable everyday lyrical content, the vibe was like having a jam with your mates at a house party. During one song they shifted into the intro to Blind by KoRn while exclaiming to the crowd, “We totally wrote this!”. There seemed to be a heckler at some point who was affectionately referred to as ‘Dad’, his interferences were handled hilariously. Totally Unicorn are a sight to see, they are the type of must-watch band even if their music isn’t your style, the theatrics are sure to make you smile.

As a huge fan of Cancer Bats, I was hyped for the Canadian band to finally take the stage. As an intro played, the band appeared and the line-up was looking a little less hairy. As guitarist Scott Middleton was taking some time off to be with his new-born child, his position had been temporarily filled by Wade MacNeil of Alexisonfire and Gallows fame. The intro, which I believe to be the Keymaster bit from Ghostbusters, finished and the band blasted into Gatekeeper off their 2018 release The Spark That Moves which resulted in a huge reception. This was followed by Sorceress from the Hail Destroyer album that shot them into popularity in 2008. During the third song some punters started crowd surfing and in trying to settle the crowd the security got a bit rough which did not go down well. A security guard was grabbed and shoved off the stage by Wade who told him to “let the kids do their thing!”. The security presence was scarce thereafter.

One more song was played and then Liam addressed the crowd, he informed us that Wednesdays are underrated, they are the true party day and that anyone that says they prefer Fridays is a poser. He followed this up with “I didn’t fly all the way across the world to party like I have a job, I came to party like it IS my job!”. They lead into Bricks & Mortar from 2012’s Dead Set on Living album followed by another newer release called Space and Time. The next song needed no introductions because it was easily recognisable by its intro… the venue erupted as they began to play their cover of Sabotage made famous by The Beastie Boys. Next, they played what is easily their most popular song, and the one that hooked me into become a fan, Hail Destroyer. “Now it feels like a Wednesday!” said Liam before the band ripped the room apart with Butterscotch from the 2006 release Birthing the Giant. All this chaos and it was only halfway through the set. At some point ‘Dad’ from earlier in the night began yelling at the band, they took the joke and continued to roll with it, humouring him until the guitar tuning was done and the next song could be played. They played a few more new and old songs including True Zero from the Searching for Zero album released in 2015. Their even mix of new and old catered to all eras of Cancer Bats fans and their collective energy was and is second to none. Their last show of the Australian tour was just held in Adelaide, but if their tour history is anything to go by, I’m sure they’ll be back next year, and I can’t freaking wait! 

Cancer Bats are currently touring around Australia, you can check out the dates here and stay up to date with the band on social media.

Big thanks to Destroy All Lines and Stay Gold Melbourne.

FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY – “Shepherd” video

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FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY have released the final single “Shepherd” before the launch of their new record “The Sea Of Tragic Beasts“:

“Enjoy ‘Shepherd’, our tribute to the melodeath style of the early 2000s. We filmed this fun little video in one take. It was four minutes in and out — and we got to pour garbage on Joe (Vocals)  while making a statement about the environment. You just can’t beat that.”Will Putney – Guitar – Production

I am personally very excited to hear the new record in full, FFA’s 2017 release “The Great Collapse” is one of my top ten favourite records and if you have had the pleasure of seeing them live you know they put on a powerful performance.

“The Sea Of Tragic Beasts” will be released worldwide on the 25th of October, you can pre-order your copy here. Check out the video below and stay up to date with FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY on social media.

LIFE PILOT – “Pretty Like A Pistol” video

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the Adelaide boys LIFE PILOT are back with their latest track & video “Pretty like a pistol“. On a surface level, the video looks like the chaotic antics that you would expect from the band, but underneath the craziness are commentaries on the bands own youth:

Pretty Like A Pistol, as a whole, is about moving on from the life of a 20-something year old into your 30’s and reflecting on what you have or have not achieved. Realising what could arguably be the most important decade of your life is now over and wondering if that time was spent righteously. A mid life crisis come too soon, not soon enough.” – Angus Long – Vocals

LIFE PILOT will be touring across Australia in November and December and you can trust us when we say they put on one hell of a show!

Check out the “Pretty Like A Pistol” video and tour dates below. You can pick up your tickets here and stay up to date with LIFE PILOT on social media

Check out our coverage from LIFE PILOT’s “Dark Dark Goose” tour earlier this year here

AUGUST BURNS RED – 170 Russel Street – Melbourne

Words – Danielle B
Photos – Ben G

On Friday the 11th of October, I was invited to attend the sold-out show featuring metalcore giants August Burns Red at one of my favourite live music venues in Melbourne, 170 Russell. Now I make no claims of being a huge fan of metalcore but I am however a fan of live music, so to say I was going in blind is an understatement.   First in the line up were local support band Gravemind, who exploded onto the stage giving the crowd full warning that while yes, they were here to warm up the audience, this was no warm-up and it was time to get down and those punters lucky enough to get there early were treated to something special. Gravemind brought the energy with thunderous riffs and relentless drives. I have never had the pleasure of seeing this band pull out all the stops before but within two songs I was dancing and completely immersed in the atmosphere. Gravemind did what they came to do perfectly and before I knew it, the second support act was setting up.  


Leaving little room for the energy to drop Alpha Wolf stepped on stage and kicked it up a gear for a crowd that was clearly ready and waiting. Again, I would like to remind you dear readers that I was going in blind, but within thirty seconds, Alpha Wolf had me hook line and sinker. Exploding onto the stage and pulling no punches, Alpha Wolf tore through a set of chunky grooves. The speed at which the drummer kept pace was a sight to behold and I must admit, I was slightly transfixed with guitarist Sabian Lynch’s raw stage presence.

Learning that Alpha Wolf were also Melbournians filled me with so much joy as it meant that I had now stumbled on another incredible local talent, and I cannot wait to catch them again.  After a quick water break I raced back to my spot in the audience, incredibly excited by the fact that I had just witnessed two brand new bands and with Gravemind and Alpha Wolf whipping the crowd into a frenzy, we were all well and truly heaving with anticipation for the main event, and I specifically was giddy with anticipation for what August Burns Red might deliver. And deliver they did.   The only info I had going into this gig was that August Burns Red were playing the album Constellations in full for the 10 year anniversary of its release. When Jake Luhrs exploded onto the stage and busted into Thirty and Seven, my jaw literally dropped. Melodic, brutal riffs, stunning melodies and some of the fattest breakdowns I have had the pleasure of experiencing in some time. When you don’t know a band and you are just there to soak up the atmosphere, you would expect a good time. But three songs in and I heard a drop in Ocean of Apathy that triggered the dancing queen inside me and for the remainder of the gig I was dancing and screaming along with the crowd, completely wrapped up in the raw power that was August Burns Red. 

It was a beautiful moment when the band had a quick water break and Dustin Davidson asked the crowd if they were there when August Burns Red played at 170 Russell ten years ago and more than three-quarters of the crowd replied with a combined roar. When you can hold a fan base as passionate as the one I just saw, you must be doing something right. And August Burns Red did right. So right, delivering a four song encore that left the crowd dripping, smiling and hugging it out in pure joy.  As a first time punter, all I can say is that if you have not heard of this band, I would highly recommend you give them a listen. I believe it is safe to say you will not be disappointed. On a final note, I would like to let you, the lovely readers know, that I went out and purchased Constellations the very next day!

August Burns Red continue their Constellations tour across Australia in October, check out the full tour details here and keep up to date on social media

INTROSPECT – Ad Astra EP review

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Introspect are a progressive metal band from Sydney, Australia featuring Felicity Jayne (Vocals), Loko McDonald (Guitar), Jamie McVicker (Guitar) and Hugo Rumore (Drums). This is the bands first release that looks to take the listener on a sonic journey:

“Ad Astra is a celebration of the ambitious, exploratory, pioneering spirit of youth. It’s a salutation to those that triumphantly strike out into the terrifying unknown, choosing the hard and lonely path of mastery and individuation, rather than treading known career paths and lifestyles. Going all in on your impossible dreams means a life of isolation and sacrifice, with no guarantee that it will pay off. But for some, it was never an option. They must heed the call. To these astronauts, we say: Godspeed, You Heroes!” Vocalist Felicity Jayne

The EP starts out with a slow roll into some classic progressive sounds, which explores some technical guitar work from Loko and Jamie. You are first introduced to Felicity’s vocals on the title track “Ad Astra”, which starts off with a clean harmony and moves into some layered vocals towards the middle that mesh nicely with the tracks escalating heaviness. The following track “Sovereign” is more ambitious, featuring a guest spot from vocalist Jacob Wilkes (Above, Below) it steps into a heavier realm with a mix of dirty / clean vocals and powerful riffs. The closing tracks return to the softer side, with long sections of clean vocals and chilled keyboard-laden melodies. After a few listens, I thought it would be great to hear a more ambient approach to the clean vocals with a little more refinement in the lyrical content. I also felt the band should be a little more confident with the heavy sections to crank up the brutality, which would really expand the sonic journey. This is definitely a strong first outing for this young band and I look forward to hearing them refine their sound as they mature.

Introspect’s Ad Adstra EP is due out October 18 and can be pre-ordered here
Check out the Ad Astra video below and stay up to date with the band on social media

JINJER – ‘On The Top’ video

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JINJER seems almost unstoppable, touring sold-out shows across the globe, recording a new album and still finding time to produce a new video for the track ‘On The Top‘. Taken from their upcoming album “Macro“, directed by Kadim Tarasov, the video sets the band in an abandoned backdrop and features cometary on the cost of success:

“Have you ever felt like a rat in a rat race? It seems like the world is spinning faster and faster every single day and everyone is going crazy searching for this thing called success, However, we tend to forget that real happiness has nothing to do with it- not a career, achievements, money etc. Is it really worth climbing up the ladder just to be ON to the TOP if there is nothing or no one there for you in the end? It’s OK to want to be the best you can possibly be but just remember that success has its price but it’s up to you to decide how much you are willing to pay for it. It’s your choice to make but your burden to bare …”

Jinjer are in the middle of a huge North American tour, check out the details here. We had the pleasure of catching up with Jinjer bassist Eugene Abdukhanov, check out the interview here and stay up to date with Jinjer on social media

New album “Macro” is out october 25th – pre-order here

MACHINE HEAD – “Do or Die” Video

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The new-look Machine Head has released their first new track since the departure of long-standing members Phil Demmel and Dave McClain. “Do or Die” features recently recruited guitarist Vogg Kiełtyka and drummer Matt Alston and continues the Nu-Metal vibes of 2018’s Catharsis. Considered a ‘diss track’, Do or Die has divided fans, generating a lot of online debate and trolling, with Robb Flynn even stepping in on social media to denounce the haters.

Machine Head are currently embarking on their Burn My Eyes anniversary tour, check out the details here. Watch the Do or Die video below and stay up to date with Machine Head on social media.

FBF – WORMED – ‘Tautochrone’

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Formed in Madrid, Spain, WORMED has been destroying eardrums since 1998. WORMED released their first studio album ‘Planisphaerium‘ in 2003 which gained them a cult following. After touring internationally in 2004 – 2006 the band went into hibernation, resurfacing in 2010 when they started writing new music and released Planisphaerium in North America via Willowtip records. In March 2013 Wormed released fan-favorite record “Exodromos” and their most recent offering of brutality “Krighsu” in 2016.

Check out the video ‘Tautochrone’ from the Exodromos record below and stay up to date with WORMED on social media

OBITUARY – ‘Cause Of Death’ Australian Tour

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Hailed as one of the most influential and groundbreaking bands in the Death Metal genre OBITUARY will be heading to Australia in January 2020!

Released in 1990 ‘Cause OF Death‘ combined hyper-speed guitar riffs and guttural screams to create the trademark OBITUARY sound and is considered by many to be a Death Metal Masterpiece. Making their long-overdue first appearance in Australia, OBITUARY will be brining their Cause Of Death tour to Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Hobart.

Tickets go on sale at 9am EDST Tuesday the 15th of October, you can get them here. Check out the tour dates below and stay up to date with OBITUARY on social media.

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