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New Zealand

Interview: Beastwars on New Zealand, reissues, and taking on torrenters one at a time

August 15th, 2014

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New Zealand’s Beastwars are sadly under-appreciated outside of their own country. Everyone we know who has heard their gutsy mix of sludge and stoner metal has converted The band have just had both of their very fine albums  – 2011’s self-titled debut, and last year’s even-better Blood Becomes Fire – re-issued on some rather swanky coloured vinyl, which was enough of an excuse for us to make our man Rob McAuslan have a little chat with their drummer, Nathan Hickey (aka Nato), about the ins and outs of watching the opportunities to tour your album all over the world slip away one illegal album torrent at a time.

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Bands

Future Hits 128: Darkshaft

November 14th, 2012

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Darkshaft
From: East London, UK (via New Zealand)
Lazy equation: (The James Cleaver Quintet – Lucozade) x just enough added melody to keep it from all going tits up.
URL: Facebook / Bandcamp

Thrash Hits verdict: The best recommendations for music come from your friends, right? We got an email from Hugh from Astrohenge the other week, recommending Darkshaft to us. Being big fans of both the ‘henge records to date, we headed over to  Darkshaft’s website and got an earful of calculated discordance  We caught up with Michael Triponel, guitarist (and co-vocalist) of the duo, and we managed to do so without making even one lazy Flight Of The Conchords joke.

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Bands

Keepin’ it bleak with Noisey’s latest documentary: One Man Metal

October 8th, 2012

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Well, here’s one that slipped under our radar. We’ve been banging on about Vice’s On The Road series recently, but their sister-site, Noisey, has just started showing a new three-part documentary series titled One Man Metal, giving a somewhat more dramatic title to the sub-subgenre it is showcasing – that which more often than not gets referred to as Bedroom Black Metal.

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