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.
November 14th, 2012
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.
October 8th, 2012
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.
May 27th, 2012
This week we’re keeping it simple. In recognition of the news from the start of this week that Spotify has launched in Australia (and New Zealand), we’ve put together a Sunday Spotify Slaylist of some of our favourite Australian bands.