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HEADWRECK – ‘Good Grief’

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Brisbane’s hardcore outfit Headwreck are back with their latest offering ‘Good Grief‘. This is Headwreck’s sophomore single that also welcomes a fourth member into the mix, Callen Batson on bass guitar, who also fronts Brisbane band Days Like These.

we are always told that there is light at the end of the tunnel, but this song ultimately focuses on the fact that sometimes it feels like there really isn’t.
– Vocalist Connor Hickman

‘Good Grief’ was produced, mixed and mastered by resident Headwreck guitarist Jamo Benadie and is accompanied by a music video shot by Brisbane cinematographer Andrew Vaughan.

our protagonist is chased by an entity, who is forcing upon her items that are distressing – just as some situations can force upon us distressing feelings. The video shoot was not supposed to get nearly as messy as it did. Everyone was so into the shoot but towards the five hour mark Emily (protagonist) and Harrison (entity) were covered in sludge, sharp fake glass and God knows what. Neither of them talked to me for a couple days after, and I don’t really blame them for it!

Check out the video for ‘Good Grief’ below and keep up to date with Headwreck on social media.

Special thanks to Collision Course.

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VENOM PRISON – ‘Primeval’

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Welsh metalers Venom Prison have announced the release of ‘Primeval‘ a retrospective of the bands early days and what has made them the powerhouse they are today:

“We are pleased to announce our newest release entitled “Primeval”. This record is a snapshot of the earlier days of Venom Prison, simpler times where we locked ourselves in a room for days on end to create the early incarnation of what would be our first collection of songs. Our first release/demo Defy The Tyrant was subsequently born, and we never thought this would lead onto being picked up by Prosthetic Records or touring the world. This became a starting gun for touring and festivals in between the studio to write, including what would become The Primal Chaos. Given the current climate and the global pandemic situation we felt it was appropriate to package together our early material so that it is presented in a form of how it was always intended.

This is what you hear now. Our previous EP’s plus two new tracks to give you an idea of what is to come in future. Our new chapter awaits, the grind must continue”.

Presented by Prosthetic Records you can pre-order Primeval here, check out the video for ‘Defy The Tyrant‘ below and stay up to date with Venom Prison on social media.

Cover art by Eliran Kantor

You can see more on Prosthetic Records’s official YouTube channel.

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BABIRUSA – New track & video ‘Catatonia’

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Brisbane Deathcore outfit Babirusa have released their new single ‘Catatonia‘ from their upcoming debut record Humanoid.

Due out on the 26th of August, the bands speaks about the concept behind the album:

Humanoid is focused around the story of a central character, known as 343, and his journey between reality and the cybernetic world. As he is pushed and pulled through a series of events involving a sinister artificial intelligence, 343 is left to ponder his own existence and what it means to be human.

Featuring as track three, “Catatonia” continues the narrative of the stories protagonist:

Upon re-entry he quickly finds that he should not have chosen this path as he is captured and held against his will. Told by a disembodied voice that he is akin to this technological entity, a mirror of sorts, and that he should be willing to cast aside his body if only to elevate himself to a higher form and plane of existence. The voice eerily telling him that it is time to become a part of all things… Unable to understand exactly what was meant he begins to panic, wanting desperately to wake up and be rid of this nightmare. In a catatonic state, his mind races as he feels more fear than he ever imagined possible, questioning the very essence of his being and the reason for the existence of all of humanity if he is to be turned into something unknown against his will.

Check out the video for Catatonia below, you can get your pre-orders here, and stay up to date with BABIRUSA on social media.

Check out Babirusa’s previous video for Desolation System here.

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THE MOTION BELOW – Tom Katgert interview

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Melbourne’s THE MOTION BELOW have released the second single ‘Truth Hurts” that caps of their two-part series including the lead track ‘Dead Ends“.

Nate from the Everyday Metal crew caught up with vocalist Tom Katgert to delve deep into the concepts and meaning behind their latest project.

So, this is the follow up track to your last single Dead Ends. What inspired the concept of doing a mini-series?

I don’t quite recall what it was in particular that inspired the idea, but I think we’d all wanted to tackle something a little more narrative-driven for a while. As the main lyricist of the band, I personally wanted to try something new after having spent a rather long time exclusively writing material based on events that had occurred throughout my life. Our original plan was to create something of a short film accompanied by music, somewhat similar to The Amity Affliction, but we ultimately decided against it. The logical step in order to keep the project focused on the narrative was to simply split it down the middle into two parts.

Could you give me a rundown of the story line depicted through the music and lyrics of these tracks?

Essentially the story follows a young man trying to cope with his demons. The main theme of the tracks is addiction; the first track follows our protagonist trying to live normally and failing to escape his issues, while by the end of the first track and the beginning of the second he has submitted to his vices and is spiralling downwards, submitting himself to his mental trauma and isolating himself within his home.

By the end of the video for Dead Ends, the main character attempts to leave his room only to find the exit blacked out, symbolising the mental block he has to overcome in order to re-enter society. Truth Hurts sees him managing to leave his comfort zone; this is at the cost of his mental stability, and the remainder of this video revolves around him attempting to work up the courage to join the rest of the world outside.

What would you like to impart on your fans through this creative piece?

There’s absolutely got to be people out there that have felt the same way as our protagonist; lost, alone, thinking everything is hopeless. My hope is that this story is relatable enough to help those people understand that they are not alone. The picture that we paint for this character may be quite bleak, but that’s only because living the way that he is in the story is ultimately very self-destructive. We hope that anybody who relates to this character realises that they may be locked in a negative cycle and that they may become inspired to reach out to friends and loved ones for help. It’s never too late to break the cycle of addiction.

Is the cover art for Dead Ends and Truth Hurts connected? If so, how?

More or less. The hands are symbolic of the mental state of the protagonist throughout both tracks; the artwork for Dead Ends features a hand bleeding from the wrist, representing the self-destructive mindset that has been nurtured by the protagonist. The artwork for Truth Hurts, on the other hand, features a hand holding a heart. This is intended to symbolise the vulnerable state that the protagonist has found themselves in as a result of their actions. The two together form a bigger picture; the heart is responsible for pumping blood throughout the body, and could therefore almost be considered the source of blood. This forms the visual metaphor for the character’s emotions explored throughout Truth Hurts being the source for the destructive behaviour displayed in Dead Ends. In other words, the artwork for Dead Ends is emblematic of the symptoms of the protagonist’s mental state, whereas the artwork for Truth Hurts shows the source.

Where was the Truth Hurts video shot?

We actually shot that one entirely in Aiden’s (drums) house; Dead Ends was partially shot there as well. All of the full band shots and a good majority of the narrative shots between the two videos were shot in Aiden’s bedroom; all we had to do was move furniture either out of the room or out of shot. That might sound like a bit of a pain in the ass, and honestly, it probably was. I’m the lead vocalist, so obviously helping with manual labour was out of the question.

(That was a joke. I just got there late. Please don’t judge me.)

I see a Bundaberg 12 bottle make an appearance. Is that any of the band members drink of choice?

I don’t actually know.

… wow, I hope not.

With the hopes that government restrictions will be lifted in the near future, have you any plans for live shows?

We had a few potential shows lined up before the Rona hit, but most of those plans have obviously been put on the back burner. As much as we all realise the necessity of social distancing has made live music a bit of a no-go zone at the moment, we all really hope that we can get back on stage as soon as possible because we’re all missing it a lot. We’ve been looking into some alternative means of content creation, so we’re at least hoping to have some more stuff of some kind out for everyone to enjoy soon. Apart from that, the current climate is so weird that we’re more or less playing it by ear.

As soon as we know when we’ll be able to start going to gigs again, you’re all sure to be hearing from us.

Can we expect more tracks with interconnected themes from you guys?

We’re strongly considering it. The creative process for these two songs has been quite a bit different from normal due to the interconnected nature of the story, and that’s been a really fun experience for us so we’re definitely open to doing it again. We’re brainstorming some different topics that we can tackle that have some kind of universal relevance to us as people, and I for one would be more than happy to have more songs that tie together as a single piece, whether that’s as a concept record or simply as another short story type release like these two songs have been. Reception for these two songs has been overwhelmingly positive so it seems to be that people find this kind of thing more interesting, so if it’s a win-win for both sides then why not explore it further?

A huge thanks goes out to Tom and all the members of The Motion Below for taking the time to chat with us. You can check out more from the band on their official YouTube channel and keep up to date on social media.

Special thanks to Collision Course.

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BABIRUSA – ‘Humanoid’

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It’s been a long time coming, but Brisbane’s BABIRUSA will release their first studio album ‘HUMANOID‘ on August 28th.

The new record features 10 tracks Engineered/Mixed/Mastered by Dan Field and Produced by Sean Delander (Thy Art Is Murder) at Sledgehammer Studio and features cover art by Pedro Sena – Lordigan

You can get your pre-orders here, check out the video for ‘Desolation System’ below and stay up to date with BABIRUSA on social media.

Track listing:

1. 343
2. DESOLATION SYSTEM
3. HUMANOID
4. CATATONIA
5. REFLECTION
6. PENDULUM SWING
7. RESISTOR
8. ABOMINATION
9. DEHUMANISED
10. ZEROHOUR

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MAKE THEM SUFFER – ‘Bones’ video

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Make them Suffer have released their new album ‘How To Survive A Funeral‘ digitally and have shared the video for the track ‘Bones‘.

“‘Bones’ is a song about sacrifice, it’s about the sacrifices I’ve made and the sacrifices we all make to pursue what we love. Writing the lyrics to this song raised the question of how much I’d be willing to give for this band. How much more could this pursuit take from me?” – Vocalist Sean Harmanis

You can view the video for Bones below and stream the new album here.
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Presented by Rise Records and Greyscale records, you can check out more here.

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MACHINE HEAD – 2 Track EP ‘Civil Unrest’

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Bay Area metal icons MACHINE HEAD have dropped a digital EP ‘Civil Unrest’. This release features two new songs ‘Bulletproof’ and ‘Stop The Bleeding’ a collaboration with vocalist Jesse Leach of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE.

‘Stop The Bleeding’ and ‘Bulletproof’ are fierce protest anthem that were written by Rob and Jessie days after the murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.

“I wrote and sang the lyrics on Wednesday May 27th 2020, the day that the four officers who murdered George Floyd were (originally) not charged with anything. This day was engulfed in protests and riots across America. I drove into Oakland, past large demonstrations already happening and in a fury wrote down everything I was feeling after watching the horrific footage.  Within hours, what I wanted to say, what I needed to say had been recorded in the song. I decided to sing it over a song called ‘Stop The Bleeding’, that we had recorded back in December. 2018 with Jared [MacEachearn, MACHINE HEAD bass guitar] and Carlos Cruz [Warbringer] on drums.’’Rob Flynn

You can check out the video for Stop The Bleeding below, stream both tracks here and stay up to date with Machine Head and Killswitch Engage on social media.

See more from Machine Head and Killswitch Engage on their official YouTube channels.

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ANTICLINE – ‘Headspinning Bias’

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Ballarat heavy hitters ANTICLINE have been busy during lock down, recording their brand new single ‘Headspinning Bias

We have covered Anticline many times over the last year and it has been awesome to see them grow as a band and spread their unique style of heavy.

Watch the official video for Headspinning Bias below and keep up to date with Anticline on social media.

Check out our previous coverage of Anticline:

Wrangler Studios – Supporting Life Pilot
Bendigo Hotel – Tyranny Across Australia Tour
AM/PM – Drown This City
Workers Club – Bathed in Venom Tour

See more from Anticline on their official YouTube channel.

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ALPHA WOLF – ‘Akudama’

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After several weeks of teasers and subliminal promotion, Australia’s very own ALPHA WOLF have confirmed their new album A Quiet Place To Die and released the lead single ‘Akudama‘.

Japanese for Bad Guy ‘Akudama’ is accompanied by a manga-infused video showing off the intensity that Alpha Wolf is famous for.

Check out the video for ‘Akudama’ below, get your pre-order for A Quiet Place To Die here and stay up to date with Alpha Wolf on social media.

Also check out our coverage of Alpha Wolf as they supported August Burns Red along labelmates Gravemind here.

Check out more videos on SharpTone Records official Youtube channel.

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MISERY SIGNALS – New album & lead single

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After what must feel like a lifetime of waiting, Misery Signals fans can finally rejoice over the announcement of their new album, ‘Ultraviolet’, their first in 7 years, set for release on August 7.

In a double whammy, we were also treated to the first taste of the album, in the form of a video clip for lead single, ‘The Tempest’, not only being the first new Misery Signals music since 2013’s ‘Absent Light’, but the first to feature original vocalist Jesse Zaraska since the band’s debut album, ‘Of Malice And The Magnum Heart’, a whopping 16 years ago.

Zaraska officially rejoined Misery Signals in 2016, after having previously reunited with them on stage in 2014 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of ‘Of Malice And The Magnum Heart’.

Check out the video for ‘The Tempest’ below and stay up to date with Misery Signals on social media.

See more from Misery Signals on their official Youtube channel.

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