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Owen Morawitz

Writer and Copyeditor

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Hi! I’m a freelance writer with an interest in music, alternative culture, and media.

My writing has been featured both in print and online, and I’m currently an active contributor for Bandcamp, Exclaim!, New Noise, No Echo, Hysteria, Killyourstereo and FilmBunker. I quip about film over on Letterboxd and blog through Medium with semi-regularity. I also have a weekly music newsletter available through Substack.

I have a BA (Hons Class I) with majors in English Literature and Philosophy, and my academic work has been featured in Jacaranda and Exordium.

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New Noise Magazine
09/13/2021
Interview: Don Broco Vocalist Rob Damiani on Fourth Album, 'Amazing Things'

After the runaway success of their third studio album, 2018's Technology , the Bedford quartet knew they had a winning formula on their hands. That record's release featured no less than eight monster singles, with each track offering up thick, down-tuned rock riffage, stadium-ready choruses, tongue-in-cheek lyricism, and a music video aesthetic soaked in 'millennial meme surrealism.'

New Noise Magazine
09/13/2021
Review: Spiritbox - 'Eternal Blue'

As any depressive will tell you, the coldest wars are often the ones you fight against yourself. Depression, to quote late cultural theorist Mark Fisher, is not merely sadness nor a state of mind, it's a "(neuro)philosophical (dis)position." Through their inner pain, the depressive experiences the world as an evacuation of meaning and purpose, an overwhelming sense of truth and desire that reveals life to be entirely absent of joy and sorrow, an endless wasteland of profound emptiness....

Substack
09/13/2021
Weekly Roundup: September 13th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. Baltimore hardcore supergroup Angel Du$t have announced their new record, YAK: A Collection Of Truck Songs (out October 22nd via Roadrunner Records), produced by returning board maestro Rob Schnapf (Elliot Smith, Guided by Voices, Saves The Day).

Substack
09/09/2021
Byte Size: Disastrophes

I recently watched Roland Emmerich's Mayan calendar wish fulfilment feature 2012 and then capped it off with a back-to-back viewing of 90s treasures Dante's Peak and Volcano. Now, I love dumb films. The dumber the better, really. So, I've decided to coin a new sub-genre label for an already popular sub-genre that definitely doesn't need said label.

Substack
09/06/2021
Weekly Roundup: September 6th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. After the release of their all-conquering debut record, 2019's , Brisbane indie-rockers WAAX are back with a new high-energy single. "Most Hated Girl" finds live-wire frontwoman Marie "Maz" DeVita reflecting on her youth and the pitfalls of mental health and adulthood over a catchy, self-deprecating chorus.

Substack
09/02/2021
The Nu-Normal #10: Art, Scores and Subjectivity

Well, folks, it finally happened. That crazy sonuvabitch actually did it. Kanye finally dropped his long-awaited tenth studio album, Donda, over the weekend after edging the entire world through a series of grandiose stadium live events that served as de-facto listening parties and instant headline generators. I've been following the discourse from afar ...

New Noise Magazine
08/31/2021
Review: Foreign Pain - 'Death of Divinity'

If there's an area of heavy music worthy of detailed analysis and writerly dissection, it's the curious, liminal zone that exists between metalcore and metallic hardcore. While these terms are often considered synonymous and frequently used interchangeably, there's been enough divergence in these subgenre categories since their emergence in the mid-to-late '90s and subsequent explosion throughout the '00s that warrants serious discussion.

Substack
08/31/2021
Dirt: And the winner is...

NFT Update: As of Sunday night we are calling the race to design our Season 2 NFT. Over 60 of you voted, and the results were 44.3% for the ice cream truck, 39.3% for the surf board and 16.4% for beach vibes. We'll unveil the final design in this very newsletter sooner than you can say Mister Softee.

Substack
08/30/2021
Weekly Roundup: August 30th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. If you've already worn out your copy of Earth Is A Black Hole , then Hudson Valley quartet Soul Blind have a new jam just for you.

Substack
08/26/2021
Astral Auguries: The Kidnap Soundtrack

At the risk of sounding like the oldest dude on the Internet (excluding political groups on Facebook), it's weird to think about how shifts in technology and access to media over the last twenty years have drastically changed "consumption" habits for your average music fan.

Substack
08/23/2021
Weekly Roundup: August 23rd

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. L.A. electro-pop duo Magdalena Bay are coming through with a slick, retro sound and aesthetic on their debut full-length album, Mercurial World (out October 8th via Luminelle).

Hit Factory
08/21/2021
Podcast: Stargate feat. Owen Morawitz

Culture writer Owen Morawitz joins us to discuss Roland Emmerich's galaxy-hopping 1994 sci-fi action blockbuster 'Stargate'. With the help of the well-studied Owen, we unpack the film's open-ended (sometimes shallow) mythology, examine 'Stargate' as a Gulf War parable, and briefly discuss the ongoing challenges of separating the art from the artist.

New Noise Magazine
08/20/2021
Review: Hooded Menace - 'The Tritonus Bell'

On LP#6, Hooded Menace make death-doom as exuberant and entertaining as possible. This isn't some bleak, sorrowful elegy. 'The Tritonus Bell' is a collection of electrifying ragers played at rumbling half-speed, suffused with an atmosphere of macabre fantasy and skeletal horror.

Substack
08/19/2021
Deep Cuts #08: Poison The Well - 'The Opposite of December...'

If, like me, you spend all of your time writing about music and the cultural legacy of musical genres, then it’s all too easy to view time as a purely quantitative thing: i.e., there’s never enough of it, you always want more, and you often wish it would just slow the fuck down and chill out. But, guess what? Psych! Time isn’t real, and neither are flat circles. (Eat shit, Nietzsche.)

New Noise Magazine
08/18/2021
Review: DARE - 'Against All Odds'

Alongside Drain and Section H8, DARE are boldly forging the new sound of West Coast hardcore. On their Revelation Records debut, 'Against All Odds,' the group come across as effortlessly natural, supremely confident and well-versed in the lingua franca of So-Cal sound that feels as easy as breathing.

Bandcamp Daily
08/17/2021
A Guide to the New Breed of Australian Hardcore

Hardcore, at its essence, thrives on community. It’s there in the roar of the foldback speakers and the primal energy of the mosh pit.... It’s the electric shock of the live show, the kinetic thrill of shared catharsis that runs from body to body, forging lifelong bonds and solidarity in real time.

Substack
08/16/2021
Weekly Roundup: August 16th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. I love hearing when a band decides to take some risks and do cool shit in the process. "Mark of the Grave"-the latest single from British bruisers Employed To Serve, taken from their forthcoming LP, Conquering (out September 17th through Spinefarm Records)-is a groove-laden monster with flashy harmonic flourishes and clean vocal hooks.

Substack
08/12/2021
Byte Size: Not-So Super Hero Trash

When it comes to film, we all love our trash, don't we folks? You know what I mean. Those films that aren't great, not terrible, but also have few redeeming qualities. Little to no repeat viewing appeal. The kind of film that you put on in the background when you're hungover, so your brain does the hard part of switching off for you.

Substack
08/08/2021
Weekly Roundup: August 9th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. As a writer, I have a love-hate relationship with verbosity. Sure, you could be clear and concise and use simple, declarative language to say what you mean. But where's the fun in that?

Substack
08/06/2021
The Nu-Normal #09: We Need To Talk About Woodstock 99

Firstly, my apologies for being a day late with this piece. I had to let the takes contained within sit in the oven of my mind palace just a little longer, so as to marinate in the juices of my bubbling frustration and misdirected apathy.

Exclaim!
08/03/2021
8 Emerging Canadian Artists You Need to Hear in August 2021

Meet Exclaim!'s latest New Faves, including Vancouver's deathcore TikTokers and a Rebecca Black-approved hyperpop producer It's been a relatively quiet summer for new music, but blockbuster releases set for September and beyond herald a raucous fall.

Substack
08/02/2021
Weekly Roundup: August 2nd

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. Admittedly, I've never been the biggest fan of The Plot In You. I'm not sure what it is about their slick, polished style of post-hardcore, but it just doesn't really grab me. You know?

Substack
07/29/2021
Wayback Machine: Aussie Adolescence

Nostalgia is big business. It's easy to feel that every form of media we engage with is somehow pushing an anachronistic agenda, whether it's through the retro style of 80s music, rehashing the coveted 90s grunge 'slacker' aesthetic, or constant reboots and remakes of iconic properties from the last four decades.

Substack
07/26/2021
Weekly Roundup: July 26th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. Following up 2018's Palms, California post-hardcore luminaries Thrice are back with a new self-produced LP, Horizons / East (out September 17 through Epitaph). Lead single "Scavengers" is a sublime slice of upbeat alt-rock, proving once again that the Irvine quartet hasn't lost any of their decades-long talent for crafting sticky hooks.

Substack
07/22/2021
Ecstatic Ephemera: For Doom the Bell Tolls

Master of Reality, the third studio album by English heavy metal daddies and doom progenitors Black Sabbath, turns 50 this week. It's the type of astounding milestone-one already crossed by earlier landmark records in their esteemed back catalogue, such as 1970's Paranoid and the group's self-titled debut-that makes me, even in my early thirties, feel old as shit.

New Noise Magazine
07/21/2021
Review: Duvel - S/T

“I woke up one morning, more or less covered in blood. It wasn’t mine, and I didn’t really remember who it belonged to,” Jack Holldorff says of the story behind “All Out On You,” the second single from Duvel’s self-titled sophomore album. No need for concern, though, as Holldorff appears to be more than capable of seeing the funny side of potential catastrophe. “I made a couple of phone calls, and it was all sorted out. The lyrics sort of came to me after that incident. That sounded a lot...

No Echo
07/20/2021
Interview: A Chat with Last Ride Records' Tom Maddocks

For the last five years, Last Ride Records have become a name synonymous with the cutting edge of Australian hardcore. Following in the footsteps of Sydney's Resist Records and Melbourne's Trial & Error Records, label head Tom Maddocks has been putting on new bands at the forefront of the Australian scene since 2016.

Substack
07/19/2021
Weekly Roundup: July 19th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. After teasing out singles for the last few months, St. Louis trio Foxing have finally announced their latest album, Draw Down The Moon, out August 6th through Hopeless Records and the band's own Grand Paradise label.

Substack
07/15/2021
Deep Cuts #07: Alexisonfire - 'Old Crows/ Young Cardinals'

Sifting through the sleeper record from post-hardcore's kings of Canadian croon. It’s strange to think that the last Alexisonfire album came out twelve years ago. From our dizzyingly surreal vantage point, the naive, proto-always online world of 2009 feels like a lifetime ago. That said, the band continue to be one of the most loved and well-respected outfits of the mid-00’s post-hardcore boom.

Substack
07/12/2021
Weekly Roundup: July 12th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. After their raucous 2019 debut, Melbourne gutter punks Amyl and The Sniffers are finally back with a new LP, Comfort To Me (out September 10th through ATO). The record's lead single "Guided By Angels" is propulsive and electric, with plenty of snarling ferocity courtesy of indomitable bandleader Amy Taylor.

No Echo
07/09/2021
Sparing: North Carolina Alt-Rock Outfit Runs Away With Nostalgia via "Lush" Video

Beginning as a solo project for vocalist Zach Godwin in 2019, Sparing are now carving a path all their own. While it's clear that the Raleigh, North Carolina 5-piece are indebted to the influence of late '90s alt-rock, their latest single "Lush," harks back to the rise and dominance of Run For Cover Records mainstays like Balance and Composure, Daytrader, and Superheaven.

Substack
07/08/2021
Byte Size: The Worst Films of 2021 (So Far)

Last week I watched the new Chris Pratt, direct-to-Amazon vehicle, The Tomorrow War and it was pretty bad. I described the film as "a poor man's homage to Edge of Tomorrow," with a serious case of "Yesterday's Blockbuster." It's ostensibly a sci-fi action film about a future war with aliens that requires civilian soldiers from our present to be sent forward in time to the front lines.

Substack
07/05/2021
Weekly Roundup: July 5th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. After hitting us with the throwback sound of "Mystery" last month, Baltimore punks Turnstile have dropped their latest project, the TURNSTILE LOVE CONNECTION EP. The four track release packs in plenty of '90s groove and pit-starter riffs, along with a visually stunning short film companion piece directed by vocalist Brendan Yates.

Substack
07/01/2021
The Nu-Normal #08: The Bright (In)Side

As a stubborn and often recalcitrant millennial, I'm typically always playing catch-up with online culture. Picture that Abe Simpson, "Old Man Yells At Cloud" meme and that's essentially where my brain is at for most hours of the day. Without essential explainers like YouTube's Sarah Z or the stellar Garbage Day newsletter by Ryan Broderick, I’d be well and truly stuck in a time vortex at the End of History.

No Echo
06/28/2021
Soul Craft: St. Louis Hardcore Band Throws Around Middle-Finger Salutes on New EP

Self-described as "stag sippin, riplet munchin, spliff-smokin' hardcore from the shitty gritty Gateway City," St. Louis outfit Soul Craft are more than content to blaze their own trail. Formed from the antisocial bedrock of punk shows and skateboarding, the Missouri quartet dropped their demo back in late 2018, splicing together a love for the Boston sound of SSD and fun, upbeat tempos.

Substack
06/28/2021
Weekly Roundup: June 28th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. After their brutal set at the Download Pilot festival last weekend, UK bruisers Employed To Serve are back with "Exist," taken from the group's forthcoming album, Conquering (out September 17th via Spinefarm Records/Universal Music Group).

Substack
06/24/2021
In Review: Best of 2021 (So Far)

Well, folks, I guess it's that time once again. I've seen plenty of similar lists doing the rounds already, recapping and highlighting some of the best records of the year. So, it only feels appropriate to throw my subjective hat into that digital ring. Now, normally I'm a little OCD when it comes to lists.

No Echo
06/21/2021
SPEED: Aussie Hardcore Kings Rock the Mean Streets of Sydney on "WE SEE U" Video

It's hard to find a band in Australia right now that's more hyped than Sydney hardcore kings, SPEED. After dropping their demo through Newcastle's Last Ride Records in 2019, the band went on to partner up with New York-based label Flatspot Records-home to heavy hitters like Typecaste, Kharma, and Section H8-for the release of their stellar two-track.

FilmBunker
06/21/2021
Review: F9

There's an episode of the television sitcom Happy Days where Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler) sports his greaser coiffure and trademark leather jacket and quite literally jumps over a shark on water skis. Even for a decade as delightfully surreal as the '70s, it's the kind of absurd screenwriting choice that only network television hacks could convince themselves embodied any remote sense of "cool."

Substack
06/21/2021
Weekly Roundup: June 21st

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. Anonymous pop-metal collective Sleep Token have announced This Place Will Become Your Tomb (out September 24th through Spinefarm Records/Universal), the long-awaited follow-up to their stellar 2019 debut Sundowning.

Substack
06/17/2021
Deep Cuts #06: Cave In - 'Jupiter'

I have a confession to make. In the year 2000, I wasn’t listening to Cave In. Look, I know. I’m a poser and it pains me to admit that the progressive veterans of the Massachusetts hardcore scene were not on my radar at the time. However, I was eleven years old, likely far more concerned with killing time on my Playstation and watching Star Wars. So, ah, cut me some slack, okay?

Substack
06/14/2021
Weekly Roundup: June 14th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. Just in time for summer, Cali indie-rockers Illuminati Hotties have dropped a new single, "Pool Hopping," taken from their forthcoming sophomore LP, Let Me Do One More (out October 1st through Snack Shack Tracks/Hopeless Records).

Substack
06/10/2021
Byte Size: Revving Up The Fast Saga

Coinciding with the global release of its ninth main instalment, F9, the media property known as the Fast & Furious franchise officially turns 20 this month. Over two decades, the franchise has spawned eight additional films in the main series, now known retroactively as The Fast Saga, one film spin-off, an animated series for kids, and a much-maligned video game adaptation, generating over $5 billion in cross-platform revenue.

Substack
06/07/2021
Weekly Roundup: June 7th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. Hip hop has a long legacy of killer posse cuts. Following the tragic passing of legendary New York emcee DMX in April, it's my sincere hope that "Hood Blues" will quickly rise to the top of that esteemed list.

Exclaim
06/04/2021
Atreyu's 'Baptize' Has All the Lasting Impact of a Post-Energy Drink Buzz

In a much-publicized 2018 interview with Rock Sound , former Atreyu vocalist Alex Varkatzas claimed the band "invented metalcore," before going on to admit, "that may sound cocky, but I don't care." While a number of metallic hardcore luminaries like Earth Crisis, Integrity and Converge might have something say about such a brazen declaration, it's of little consequence for the Atreyu of 2021.

Substack
06/03/2021
The Nu-Normal #07: WTF is Hyperpop?

I've always thought of genre as a largely nebulous descriptor. When I had to categorise music on my phone or in my personal library, I always stuck to nine key groupings: Alternative/Pop/Rock, Hardcore, Hip Hop/Rap, Indie/Folk, Metal, Metalcore, Post-hardcore, Post-metal and -rock, Synthwave.

Blood Knife
06/01/2021
Ostensible Projected Forms

How an Obscure Short Story by David Foster Wallace Almost Predicted Our Imminent Deepfakes Hellscape. Throughout much of its history as a form of genre storytelling, science fiction has consistently explored the tensions and contours that exist between the possibility of radical futures and the power of utopian imagination.

Substack
05/31/2021
Weekly Roundup: May 31st

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. After literally dropping a song with The Boss back in 2020, singer-songwriter and Springsteen aficionado Jack Antonoff aka Bleachers is back with his third album, Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night (out July 30th through RCA Records) and its nostalgia-driven, Americana-heavy lead single.

Substack
05/27/2021
Astral Auguries: The Swarm aka Knee Deep in the Dead

Social media is a curious beast. A lot of the time, it’s just people howling into the digital void to quell the raging inanity of their own fragile existence. Other times, it’s adorable cat memes and quality Tik Toks. However, every now and again, I’ll stumble upon someone, somewhere sharing a musical relic from the past and it’ll throw me down a violent rabbit-hole of archived blog posts, overly detailed retrospectives, and long-forgotten discographies.

Substack
05/24/2021
Weekly Roundup: May 24th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. After taking the lead on production for the likes of Machine Gun Kelly and Mod Sun, elder sticksmen Travis Barker handles this pop-punk gem for American singer, songwriter, and rapper Kenny Hoopla.

New Noise Magazine
05/21/2021
Yesterday's Jukebox #04: Thursday

Welcome to Yesterday's Jukebox! In this column, we take a retrospective gaze through a wide selection of disparate genres and artist discographies, with a keen eye for the deep cuts, hidden gems, and certified bangers. This month, we're running through a list of ragers from New Jersey post-hardcore heroes Thursday.

Exclaim
05/20/2021
'Bloodthirsty' Is a Creature Feature Without the Bite

The initial premise of Bloodthirsty has all the ups and downs of a familiar character drama. Grey ( Lauren Beatty) is an indie singer-songwriter on a well-earned career path of upward trajectory. Her first album was a runaway hit, and now she's hard at work on the follow-up.

Substack
05/20/2021
Deep Cuts #05: The Chariot - 'Long Live'

A liturgical litany of chaos and catharsis. If you’ve ever been to a hardcore show, then you know what controlled chaos feels like. That electric sensation of tense apprehension, the thrill of unknowing, of frantically holding lightning in a bottle, understanding that at any moment it might suddenly escape and shock you.

New Noise Magazine
05/18/2021
Review: Fiddlehead - 'Between The Richness'

While it's clear that life and death are motivating factors for Fiddlehead, on 'Between The Richness' they're also essential features of the band's creative growth. The sophomore LP from the Massachusetts quintet straddles the existential gulf from 'is' to 'ought' with confident self-assurance.

New Noise Magazine
05/17/2021
Interview: Kayhan Vaziri of Yautja Talks Surviving Stagnation on New Album, 'The Lurch'

On their Relapse Records debut, Nashville underground trio Yautja take their trademark hybrid of grind, sludge, and hardcore to its all-consuming, atavistic conclusion. Everything about The Lurch feels primal. The stalking stab of dissonant guitar riffage. The unsettling atmosphere of tectonic tempo shifts. The murky morass of glacial fuzz and doom.

Substack
05/17/2021
Weekly Roundup: May 17th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. Oh boy. It's finally here, folks. The long-awaited follow-up to 2018's Technology is titled Amazing Things (out September 17th through Sharptone Records), and it comes with a lead single that is suitably batshit insane.

Substack
05/13/2021
Byte Size: The Evening Redness in the Neo-Western

I love Westerns. There's just something about the genre that feels infinitely mutable. After watching director Taylor Sheridan's newest effort, Those Who Wish Me Dead (insert shameless plug here), I just had to go ahead and list out the best batch of neo-Westerns that the turn of the millennium has to offer.

FilmBunker
05/11/2021
Review: Those Who Wish Me Dead

For the last few years, writer and director Taylor Sheridan has been on an elemental hot streak. Those Who Wish Me Dead is both a compelling character drama and a gripping blockbuster. The film’s inevitable moments of tense action and kinetic thrill are most impactful when sequenced next to warm scenes of sparse landscapes. While the third act burns out a little towards the end, with a messy conclusion and slight stretch of wildfire realism, Sheridan is certainly a master of his craft and in...

Substack
05/10/2021
Weekly Roundup: May 10th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. Like Fucked Up and Self Defense Family before them, Cali outfit Fury took the chance to level up their hardcore credentials on 2019's Failed Entertainment.

New Noise Magazine
05/06/2021
Review: Iceage - 'Seek Shelter'

Advancing the degenerate grandeur captured so perfectly on 2018's sprawling 'Beyondless,' 'Seek Shelter,' the band's fifth LP and first for new label, Mexican Summer, finds Iceage working towards redemption and salvation by spitting in the face of chaos, turning disintegration and despair into high art in the process.

Substack
05/06/2021
The Nu-Normal #06: Back to the Future Part IV

One of my favourite weekly newsletters is the Music Journalism Insider , written by Todd L. Burns. In his recent special edition, Burns put the call out to other journos in the biz to imagine what the state of music journalism might look like in two hundred years time.

Substack
05/03/2021
Weekly Roundup: May 3rd

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. Britain's best are back at it again, ready and raring to fire up after the success of 2019's End of Suffering. Frank Carter brings the sultry vocals and social commentary, while IDLES' frontman Joe Talbot pops in to lend his caustic bite to an otherwise jaunty tune.

Substack
04/29/2021
Ecstatic Ephemera: T3CH N01R

If you could go back in time and tell seventeen-year-old me—a person who thought the height of musical taste and knowledge was getting drunk in the daytime, going to All Ages hardcore shows at night, and hitting the pit like a demon—that he’d be listening to summer-filled pop music with saxophone solos in less than a decade, he’d probably tell you that you’ve got rocks in your head.

New Noise Magazine
04/29/2021
Review: Gojira - 'Fortitude'

Joe Duplantier, co-founding guitarist, lead vocalist, and principal songwriter for French avant-metallers Gojira has some harsh words for the human race: “A few years ago, I began to become pessimistic about the future of humanity,” the frontman explains in an interview with Kerrang. ​“Even though there is an awakening, and many people are trying to better themselves, I feel like we’re going backwards…. So, when the pandemic happened, I was like, ​‘Fine. Let it burn. Maybe it’s just the end...

Substack
04/26/2021
Weekly Roundup: April 26th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. Okay, let me level with you real quick: I've never been a massive Deftones fan, and I was largely ambivalent about 2020's Ohms. LP #9 had some great tracks, but most of it went by without any need for further interrogation.

Substack
04/22/2021
Deep Cuts #04: Alkaline Trio - 'From Here To Infirmary'

Pulse-raising pop-punk from the cataplexic corners of the Windy City. It was the dawn of a new millennium. The year was 2001 and things were weird and strange. Y2K had proven to be nothing but overblown panic. I had just started high school and the cruel kiss of puberty had settled upon my unsuspecting pubescent body. The Fast and the Furious delighted audiences with its tale of sweaty revheads stealing DVD players. South Park hit their creative stride with season five. Limp Bizkit were still...

Exclaim
04/22/2021
'The Marksman' Shoots for Thrills and Misses by Miles Directed by Robert Lorenz

Starring Liam Neeson, Katheryn Winnick, Juan Pablo Raba, Teresa Ruiz There's a telling moment towards the second act climax of writer and director Robert Lorenz's The Marksman. Grizzled Arizona rancher Jim Hanson ( Liam Neeson) and illegal immigrant tween and Mexican national Miguel (Jacob Perez) are holed up in a nondescript motel during a mad-dash road trip to Chicago.

Substack
04/19/2021
Weekly Roundup: April 19th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. Self-identifying as Lucifer’s house band, Oregonians Bewitcher are patrons of a particular type of sound: “HEAVY METAL AT THE SPEED OF SATAN.” On their latest album, Cursed Be Thy Kingdom, this unholy trio sound like a match made in Hell, as exemplified by their latest single “Electric Phantoms”: galloping drums, finger-melting riffs, blazing solos, and devilish shrieks.

Substack
04/15/2021
Byte Size: Aaahh!!! The Realest Monster Movies

Earlier this month, I watched two seemingly disparate films: Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) and Shrek (2001). Now, on paper, these films couldn’t be any more different. One is a playful post-modern parody of fairytales and Disney hyper-commodification. The other is an aggressively stupid, anti-human, globetrotting smash-em-up sequel full of hollow characters and titanic destruction.

New Noise Magazine
04/14/2021
Review: Hail The Sun - New Age Filth

Residing in the more eclectic corners of the post-hardcore genre, Hail The Sun have consistently displayed a knack for pairing technical skill with innovative songwriting. By design, New Age Filth is for the devoted fans, but it's also engaging enough to suggest that outsiders are more than welcome to get dirty too.

New Noise Magazine
04/13/2021
Interview: Donovan Melero of Hail The Sun on Latest LP, 'New Age Filth'

For Donovan Melero, spending time away from his duties as frontman, lead vocalist, and drummer for Californian post-hardcore outfit Hail The Sun was a chance to expand his already impressive skill set, while also keeping an optimistic eye looking towards the future.

Substack
04/12/2021
Weekly Roundup: April 12th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. Oregonian fuzzlords Red Fang are back with their first album in four years. The title track from the upcoming record (out June 4th through Relapse Records), "Arrows" features the band's trademark lumbering, distorted riffage, soaring vocal melodies, and crunchy grooves.

Substack
04/08/2021
The Nu-Normal #05: WTF is an NFT?

If you haven't been living under a rock for the last few weeks, I'm guessing you've heard some chatter about this 'NFT' business. And if you have been living under a rock, well, how is it? Is it nice there? Can I join you? Please. Help me.

Substack
04/05/2021
Weekly Roundup: April 5th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. It's hard for me to parse Tilian's effort's from his day-job as the angelic mouthpiece for post-hardcore luminaries Dance Gavin Dance. And yet, his latest single pulled from his upcoming solo record Factory Reset (out April 23 through Rise Records), might just be a departure that makes sense.

Substack
04/01/2021
Ecstatic Ephemera: Post-silence and the Art of Patience

I absolutely love making playlists. I make them for myself, for other people, for this newsletter, and for my own posterity as a "music journalist." If I was self-absorbed enough to sanctify my own individuality, I would say something to the effect of "Making playlists is just, you know, my thing."

New Noise Magazine
03/31/2021
Yesterday's Jukebox #03: Alkaline Trio

Welcome to Yesterday's Jukebox! In our newest monthly column, I'll be taking a retrospective gaze through a wide selection of disparate genres and artist discographies, with a keen eye for the deep cuts and certified bangers. This month, we're chronicling all the hits from Chicago punk rockers Alkaline Trio.

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03/29/2021
Weekly Roundup: March 29th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. As the bastard child of British metalcore, While She Sleeps have been diligently carving out a distinct sonic niche while higher-profile acts like Bring Me The Horizon and Architects stole the show.

Substack
03/25/2021
Wayback Machine: Griselda Records

As a young white kid from regional Australia, the dark and grimy world of ghetto rap and hip-hop hustle couldn't be any further removed from the life I grew up with. Sure, I listened to Eminem, just like every other teenager who grew up in the 00s.

New Noise Magazine
03/23/2021
Review: Citizen - Life In Your Glass World

It's oddly fitting that Citizen would give their fourth LP a title that alludes to lived experience being contained by a fragile and artificial microcosm. Life has always bled into the Toledo three-piece's art, and one would expect a year like 2020 to be no exception.

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03/22/2021
Weekly Roundup: March 22nd

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. Despite my relative indifference to the work of pop star Bruno Mars, I cannot deny the man his angelic pipes. Combined with the smooth-talking charisma and Malibu funk sensibilities of rapper Anderson .Paak, the vintage R'n'b duo of Silk Sonic is a match made in sticky hook heaven.

New Noise Magazine
03/19/2021
Review: ERRA - S/T

Self-titled records serve as cautionary artifacts in heavy music. 'ERRA' is a mesmerizing distillation of ERRA's thirteen-year career, one that boldly refracts and refines the group's sound for the uncertain future ahead. It's still progressive. It's still metalcore. And-for all intents and purposes-it's still ERRA.

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03/18/2021
Deep Cuts #03: Title Fight - 'Shed'

We often talk about certain albums as being of a particular ‘time and place’; the sonic equivalent of a “You had to be there” moment. Unless you were the victim of a very special set of circumstances, privy to the emotional access and vantage point of a particular era and location, then things just won’t quite ‘click’ for you.

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Weekly Roundup: March 15th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. After their searing lead single "ALL FUTURES," art-punk noise collective The Armed have ushered forth another sample from their upcoming album, ULTRAPOP (out April 16th through Sargent House).

New Noise Magazine
03/12/2021
Review: Enforced - Kill Grid

Whether it's through the political savagery of Havok, Warbringer's progressive darkness, the hardcore punk flirtations of Red Death, Iron Reagan's raucous party ethos, the speedy Kreator-worship of Forseen, or the 'Texan Takeover' spearheaded by the unholy trio of Power Trip, Iron Age, and Skeleton-the last decade has been a total boon for twentieth-first century thrashers.

Substack
03/11/2021
Byte Size: 2010s Sci-Fi God Tier List

Anyone who knows me well enough knows that I make no secret about being a massive nerd. My house is full of film posters, books, and graphic novels, and I have a not-so inconsequential collection of media-related tattoos permanently jabbed into my skin. For me, science fiction has always been about two things: potential and escapism.

New Noise Magazine
03/10/2021
Review: Eyehategod - A History of Nomadic Behavior

On A History of Nomadic Behavior, NOLA luminaires Eyehategod have lost none of the magic that defined the 90s ascendancy of seminal sludge metal artifacts such as Take as Needed for Pain (1993) and Dopesick (1996).

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03/08/2021
Weekly Roundup: March 8th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. I hadn't heard of UK quintet Squid before last week when a copy of Bright Green Fields, their upcoming LP (out May 7 on Warp Records), suddenly dropped into my inbox.

Substack
03/04/2021
The Nu-Normal #04: Phoebe Bridgers, SNL, and 'The Smashening'

Last month, on a recent episode of Saturday Night Live, hosted by Dan Levy of Schitt's Creek fame, indie rock artist Phoebe Bridgers stepped up to perform the closing track from her spectacular 2020 album , the near-six-minute opus " I Know The End."

New Noise Magazine
03/03/2021
Review: The Spill Canvas - Conduit

With only a few sequencing missteps on the back end, 'Conduit' is a beautiful bridge between the old and new for The Spill Canvas. Long-time fans will find much to love about this release, with just enough emo heyday nostalgia to prop up the band's newer sonic explorations.

Substack
03/01/2021
Weekly Roundup: March 1st

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. The Brisbane boys are back in town! Deadlights have been hard at work on their new LP, The Uncanny Valley (out May 21 via Greyscale Records)-the follow-up to their 2017 debut, Mesma- and pre-release single "Born of a Lie" is the perfect introduction (or reintroduction) to the band.

New Noise Magazine
02/27/2021
Yesterday's Jukebox #02: Architects

Welcome to Yesterday's Jukebox! We'll be taking a retrospective gaze through a wide selection of disparate genres and artist discographies, with a keen eye for the deep cuts, hidden gems, and certified bangers. This month, we're taking a look at the career of Brighton metalcore exports Architects.

Substack
02/25/2021
Wayback Machine: Best Hip Hop of the 2010s

When I was a youth, I only listened to 'heavy' music, and foolishly, I wore that narrowmindedness as a badge of pride. Eventually, I grew out of that shit and I was starved for new sounds and experiences. In the 2010s, I made a concerted effort to listen to more hip hop.

New Noise Magazine
02/23/2021
Review: Gravesend - Methods of Human Disposal

'Methods of Human Disposal' is not a feel-good album-and that's entirely by design. On their debut LP, Gravesend have taken to squatting in the hallowed halls of death metal, power-violence, hardcore, and grind, kicking in the walls, burning out the floorboards, and pissing on the ashes.

Substack
02/22/2021
Weekly Roundup: February 22nd

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. French metallers Gojira have been one of the most consistent and forward-thinking bands on the planet for over a decade. Hyper-focused and extremely tight, everything the quartet put their talented hands to comes out golden.

New Noise Magazine
02/19/2021
Review: Architects - For Those Who Wish To Exist

With fifteen tracks and an hour of music on offer, 'For Those Who Wish To Exist' is an album best consumed and digested in movements, with discrete groupings that ebb and flow and resonate with the album's grander purpose. It's a record that's sure to alienate some Architects fans but will hopefully inspire others.

Substack
02/18/2021
Deep Cuts #02: Sparta - 'Wiretap Scars'

Before we dive in to this record, first an anecdote. (And please, bear with me here—I promise I’m going somewhere with this.) During the spectacular period of alternative music history known as the early 00s, I had tickets to see pop-punk luminaries Blink-182 perform on their 2004 worldwide Untitled Album stadium tour. As a kid from rural Australia who’d only recently moved to the ‘big smoke’ for the final years of high school, my radar for “cool” music was already somewhat restricted.

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02/15/2021
Weekly Roundup: February 15th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. Gary, Indiana-based MC Freddie Gibbs returns with another hood banger in "Gang Signs." With a smooth Pilgrim and FaxOnly-produced beat and a collaboration feature from ScHoolboy Q, the track is our first taste for Gibbs' upcoming ESGN 2 project.

Substack
02/11/2021
Ecstatic Ephemera: Be Mine, Valentine

Valentine's Day is a cultural enigma. It's a holiday invented by capitalism, purely to take advantage of people's romantic sentiments, relationship obligations, and surplus cash. If you have a significant other, they might claim to hate Valentine's Day. But can you really afford not to get them anything?

Hysteria Magazine
02/09/2021
COG // Back To The Nu-Normal

When we get Luke Gower on the phone on a cruisy Wednesday afternoon, he's in the middle of domestic bliss, hard at work in the kitchen. The bassist and backing vocalist for Sydney progressive rock outfit Cog is knee-deep in mashed potatoes and steak sandwiches, clearly enjoying some time at home with the family as the rest of the country slowly ramps up from quarantine-induced stasis.

Substack
02/08/2021
Weekly Roundup: February 8th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. I love seeing bands go for fun over fashion. "The Level" certainly sounds like something Victorians Slowly Slowly would put out-warm, melodic, emo-inflected alt-rock-but the track's video is patched in from another dimension, oozing charm and personality.

New Noise Magazine
02/05/2021
Review: Teenage Wrist - Earth Is A Black Hole

For L.A. alt-rockers Teenage Wrist, their second LP drops in a time of chaos and crisis. And it's this pervasive sense of existential malaise that makes an album title like 'Earth Is A Black Hole' feel less like artistic metaphor and more of an accurate assessment of collective mood.

Substack
02/04/2021
The Nu-Normal #03: Is Rock No Longer Fun?

Yesterday I sat down and watched Downfall's High -yes, in full, all forty-nine, glorious, cringe-worthy minutes of it. For those not in the know, Downfall's High is Colson Baker's (aka Machine Gun Kelly's) latest celebrity endeavour: a feature-length musical that strings together all fifteen tracks from his fifth album, Tickets to My Downfall.

New Noise Magazine
02/04/2021
Yesterday's Jukebox #01: Lucero

In Yesterday's Jukebox, we take a retrospective gaze through a wide selection of disparate genres and artist discographies, with a keen eye for the deep cuts, hidden gems, and certified bangers. To kick things off, we're starting with alt-country rockers Lucero.

Substack
02/01/2021
Weekly Roundup: February 1st

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. Brighton metalcore exports Architects are back with their ninth (!) full-length album, For Those Who Wish To Exist (out Feb 26th through Epitaph Records). Newest single "Dead Butterflies" might just be the UK quintet's most polarising preview track yet, with vocalist Sam Carter's stadium-rock cleans complemented by mid-tempo grooves and atmospheric string sections.

Substack
01/28/2021
Deep Cuts #01: Lucero – 'Women & Work'

In 2012 I was quickly approaching the twilight of my mid-twenties and the long-rumoured mid-midlife crisis. Thankfully, I managed to stave off the worst of it and keep my shit (mostly) together. However, this was also a period in time when my musical tastes were yearning for new, unexplored horizons.

Killyourstereo.com
01/26/2021
Review: WOWOD – 'Yarost' I Proshchenie'

Y'know, I don't know how I initially came across WOWOD, but I'm glad I did. Thanks to the generosity of the Almighty Algorithm, the relatively unknown and self-described 'blackened band' from Saint Petersburg somehow slid into my YouTube recommendation DMs, and that was all it took.

Substack
01/25/2021
Weekly Roundup: January 25th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. Metalcore masters August Burns Red have returned to the fold with another crushing yet catchy banger, titled "Standing In The Storm." The track acts as the follow-up to last year's well-received Guardians album, so expect plenty of intricate riffage, soaring melodies, and pneumatic beatdown moments.

New Noise Magazine
01/24/2021
Review: Harakiri For The Sky - Maere

When was the last time you sat down and listened to music for 90 minutes straight? Maybe it was on a long, lonely drive? Or at the gym? Or sitting alone in your room, contemplating the profound emptiness of human existence? (No? Just me then...)

FilmBunker
01/23/2021
Review: Occupation: Rainfall

In his review of the alien invasion classic Independence Day (1996), Roger Ebert describes getting lost in plot minutiae and the complexities of extra-terrestrial motivations: " Independence Day is a timid movie when it comes to imagination. The aliens, when we finally see them, are a serious disappointment; couldn't they think of anything more interesting than octopus men?

Substack
01/21/2021
Byte Size: Cringeless Australian Cinema

For the longest time, I've had a bone to pick with Australian cinema. Sure, we have our classics, our regional canon: The Castle; The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; Romper Stomper; Muriel's Wedding; Wolf Creek; Chopper; The Dish; and many others.

New Noise Magazine
01/21/2021
Review: Portrayal of Guilt - We Are Always Alone

Produced, recorded, and mixed by Phillip Odom at Cacophony Recorders, with mastering by Will Yip, it's clear that 'We Are Always Alone' captures Portrayal of Guilt at their purest. The album is an uncompromising statement of intent, with dense layers of sound that endlessly shift and transform the listening experience.

Substack
01/18/2021
Weekly Roundup: January 18th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. Neo-grunge rockers Citizen have dropped their newest single "I Want to Kill You" from their upcoming fourth LP, Life In Your Glass World (out March 26 via Run For Cover Records).

New Noise Magazine
01/15/2021
Review: Asphyx - Necroceros

I think it's fair to say that Dutch metallers Asphyx have a morbid fascination with death. Look, I know that's probably a stretch, but hear me out. Firstly, the Overijssel quartet has been steadily perfecting their crunchy, metallic approach to headbang-worthy death-doom for over three decades now.

Substack
01/14/2021
The Nu-Normal #02: Don't Cross the (Live)Streams

A few days ago, I came across a Variety headline that reads as follows: "Dr. Fauci Says Concert Venues, Theaters Could Reopen in the Fall, 'If Everything Goes Right.'" Curious, I thought to myself, that's a hell of a big IF.

Exclaim
01/12/2021
'Drunk Tank Pink' Showcases Shame's Talent for Vivid Storytelling

In the world of Shame's Drunk Tank Pink, perception is everything. Opener "Alphabet" kicks off with rattling snare and lurching rhythms from drummer Charlie Forbes and bassist Josh Finerty. Guitarists Sean Coyle-Smith and Eddie Green pepper the empty space with scattershot sustain and siren wail leads.

Substack
01/11/2021
Weekly Roundup: January 11th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. Following up their acclaimed debut, 2018's My Mind Makes Noises, UK outfit Pale Waves are back with more sugar sweet, mall goth-tinged pop and this time around, they've thrown in a neo-grunge aesthetic for good measure.

Substack
01/04/2021
Weekly Roundup: January 4th

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. Griselda-adjacent Buffalo crew Black Soprano Family have kicked off the new year in style with the release of "Conversation Cost".

Substack
12/31/2020
In Review: Top 10 Albums of 2020

Despite the unending cavalcade of disappointments this year continued to serve up, week in and week out, 2020 was actually a great year for music. It turns out that forced isolation and quarantine is a boon for artistic focus, creativity and ingenuity. I mean, I did more writing this year than I have in the last few combined.

New Noise Magazine
12/29/2020
Review: Fire Man - Overcoming the Cycle of Sun Collapse

While he retains a small yet supportive online fanbase by crafting criticisms with a heavy dose of eclectic levity, Brentar's approach to Fire Man, Overcoming the Cycle of Sun Collapse, and the legacy of punk rock remains thoughtful and engaging.

Substack
12/28/2020
Weekly Roundup: December 28th, 2020

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. It's been a banner year for Griselda Records and the release of Conway The Machine's debut solo record, From A King to A God, was one of the many highlights.

Substack
12/24/2020
Byte Size: The Worst Films I Watched in 2020

Here's a stocking stuffer for you. A little Letterboxd listicle, just in time for this coveted week of end-of-year lists and Year In Review profiles. But see, here's the thing: 2020 sucked for cinema (much like everything else).

Substack
12/21/2020
Weekly Roundup: December 21, 2020

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. There must be something in the water in Texas. Sounding like if Bolt Thrower were reanimated in their prime after being thawed out from some dark cryogenic tomb, Fort Worth bruisers Frozen Soul are doing the Lonestar State proud.

Substack
12/17/2020
Ecstatic Ephemera: Alt Xmas Covers to Piss Off Your Relatives

Well, what could possibly make 2020 any more insufferable? Christmas, of course. The silly season. The time for giving, travel, and those uncomfortable conversations with estranged relatives you deliberately avoid until familial obligations draw you inexorably into their orbit once more. At least we can all agree that Christmas music is peak trash.

Medium
12/17/2020
Happy Media Round-up: Top 10 Records of 2020

Editor's Note: Here @The Pitch of Discontent, we spend most of our free-time diving headfirst into the bountiful world of real-time media consumption. As you've likely already surmised, the world is still batshit crazy, so we're all about finding distractions in any shape or form.

Substack
12/14/2020
Weekly Roundup: December 14, 2020

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. Fresh off the triumph of their snarling third album, Ultra Mono, English punks IDLES have released their latest single, "Kill Them With Kindness," where frontman Joe Talbot waxes lyrical about the need for collective empathy in the face of resurgent fascism: "If you wanna beat the machine, keep your teeth clean."

Substack
12/10/2020
The Nu-Normal #01: We Need to Talk About Spotify

Like most millennials with a passive-aggressive relationship to the Internet, I have mixed feelings about Spotify. Admittedly, I was a late bloomer to the platform. I'm the guy who only plunged into the depths of the streaming dark side a few years ago when I realised that Chapo Trap House podcasts and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and Punk-O-Rama playlists were a really good way to kill time as a maligned corporate wage-slave.

Substack
12/07/2020
Weekly Roundup: December 07, 2020

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. When you see words like 'ethereal' or 'majestic' in a lengthy music promo, it's usually just a writer throwing in gratuitous superlatives for the sake of an overblown puff piece.

Substack
12/03/2020
Wayback Machine: Best of the 2010s (2018-19)

Well, here it is at last. The final chapter in my Best of the 2010s list. 10 years, 100 records, and a 1000 potential sub-genres (just kidding). It's been a big undertaking, but it's also thoroughly rewarding to track my musical evolution over this formative time period.

Exclaim
12/02/2020
Exclaim!'s 50 Best Albums of 2020

This was a year of solitude and introspection, whether we wanted it or not. It was a year that forced everyone to confront their deepest, darkest feelings and push forward despite a categorical lack of support and diminishing capacities to cope.

Substack
11/30/2020
Weekly Roundup: November 30, 2020

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. Ontario rockers The Dirty Nil are not ones for subtlety. If there was ever any doubt about this fact, then acknowledging that the Canadian trio have titled their upcoming third full-length album Fuck Art (out January 2021) should erase any lingering scepticism.

New Noise Magazine
11/27/2020
Review: Soilwork - A Whisp of the Atlantic

As they round out a quarter-century of existence, Swedish outfit Soilwork continue to find ways to innovate. A Whisp of the Atlantic proves that they can do so with style and grace, adding to their highly acclaimed discography rather than subtracting from it.

Substack
11/26/2020
Wayback Machine: Best of the 2010s (2016-17)

Well, here's a bunch of records from one of the best and one of the worst years of my life. Glorious stuff. I've had highs and lows with every album in this list, but they all got me through to today, so there's always a silver lining, folks. Dig in.

FilmBunker
11/25/2020
Review: Let Him Go

It's a tale as old as time. Old man and woman lose an adult son. Woman grieves and projects loss onto the surviving grandchild. Lonely widow eventually remarries and leaves. Man and woman now lose a grandchild. Man and woman embark on a cross-country search to recover their last shred of family.

Substack
11/23/2020
Weekly Roundup: November 23, 2020

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. As a songwriter and hitmaker for the likes of Taylor Swift, Kevin Abstract, and Lana Del Rey, Jack Antonoff aka Bleachers knows his way around a quality tune.

New Noise Magazine
11/21/2020
Review: Hatebreed - Weight of the False Self

In terms of musical quality, Weight of the False Self is heavier than a bag of anvils and is sure to rip in a live setting (whenever that may be). Twenty-five years into their career, no one is questioning Hatebreed's ability to keep things heavy.

Substack
11/19/2020
Wayback Machine: Best of the 2010s (2014-15)

Well, this is where things get really interesting. Hypnagogic synthwave up against Québecois death metal? Sure. Norwegian post-hardcore next to Australian atmospheric black metal? Yeah, why not? Two albums featuring an Indiana-based MC rubbing shoulders with a British rock powerhouse? Abso-fucking-lutely. Enjoy.

Substack
11/16/2020
Weekly Roundup: November 16, 2020

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. Proving that all facets of Aussie life can be mined endlessly for punk credentials, Sunny Coast hooligans and Dave Grohl's best mates The Chats have dropped a catchy new single paying tribute to our Patron Saints of Rock.

Substack
11/12/2020
Wayback Machine: Best of the 2010s (2012-13)

More lists, you say? Who doesn't love lists? (Yeah look, I know I have a problem.) This is the second instalment of my Best of the 2010s album list, as we move on to 2012 and 2013. Hell yeah, dude.

Substack
11/09/2020
Weekly Roundup: November 09, 2020

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. Synth-wave exports Gunship have unrevealed a new while-you-wait teaser in place of their upcoming third LP. A cover of The Beatles classic "Eleanor Rigby," the British duo turn out a neon-soaked re-imagining of the original track's vision of depression and desolation.

Killyourstereo.com
11/08/2020
Review: Shackles - Hatred’s Reservoir

As a writer, lover, and all-encompassing consumer of music, it’s nice when artists find a way to succinctly summarise their musical output into a neat statement of purpose. Case in point, Byron Bay outfit Shackles have this handy little bio sitting on their Bandcamp profile: “Nearly 10 years exploring the dead space situated somewhere in the triad of Power-Violence, Grind, and Death Metal.”

Substack
11/05/2020
Wayback Machine: Best of the 2010s (2010-11)

For me, the 2010s are synonymous with fucking up and figuring stuff out. You know the deal: failed relationships, dead-end jobs, the crushing weight of corporate wage-slavery, burgeoning intellectual curiosity, embracing empathy and kindness- real adult shit. Musically, however, I managed to blow my horizons wide open, consuming all things weird and wonderful.

Substack
11/02/2020
Weekly Roundup: November 02, 2020

A curated selection of cool shit for you to listen to. This year of constant turmoil brings us a new album from the Connecticut metal elders. And, wouldn't you know it, it sounds exactly like Hatebreed: empowering, pissed off, and heavier than a bag of bricks.

New Noise Magazine
10/29/2020
Review: You Will Always - Dependent, Reliant

Despite its obvious flaws, emo is nothing if not earnest. Sometimes painfully so. Songs alternate between the pretty and the powerful with the emotional restraint of a hormone-laden teenager. Twinkly leads, driving chords, softly spoken words, pained screams, weird tunings, shifting tempos-it's all up for grabs in the restless hands of forlorn twenty-to-thirty-something adults.

Hysteria Magazine
10/28/2020
Interview: Greg Puciato // Fear Is The Mind-Killer

When we get former The Dillinger Escape Plan frontman and multi-instrumentalist Greg Puciato on the phone to talk about the release of his debut solo album, the conversation quickly turns to the state of global affairs in 2020.

New Noise Magazine
10/13/2020
Review: Pallbearer - Forgotten Days

Pallbearer have always been more than just a doom band. Across their critically acclaimed back catalogue, the quartet have already tackled the crushing and commercial, the soaring and sentimental, the melodic and melancholy. Forgotten Days masterfully achieves all these things and more.

New Noise Magazine
10/10/2020
Review: Greg Puciato - Child Soldier: Creator of God

One of the perks of reviewing things for a living is having the privilege to hear new music well in advance of a scheduled release date. There's a certain thrill that comes with seeing an album that you've already pre-ordered, that you've been anxiously anticipating and waiting to devour, suddenly drop right into your inbox.

FilmBunker
10/09/2020
Review: Irresistible

In the opening scene of Irresistible, writer, director, and producer Jon Stewart-best known as the much-loved host of satirical political comedy program The Daily Show for over fifteen years-takes us to the 'spin room' following one of the volatile 2016 U.S. presidential debates.

New Noise Magazine
10/07/2020
Review: Eighteen Visions - Inferno

One of the most interesting aspects of Inferno, the latest release from Cali metalcore luminaries Eighteen Visions, is the absolute dearth of information surrounding it. Last month, a SoundCloud link to lead single and EP opener "Sink" surfaced online.

Medium
10/02/2020
"It Is What It Is": Donald Trump, Moral Apathy and the Cult of Crisis

By far the most salient takeaway from Tuesday’s televised U.S. presidential debate — the first of three to be held in the coming weeks between Republican party nominee and incumbent Donald Trump, and Democratic nominee and former vice president Joe Biden — is that it was, in the words of one particularly frank CNN pundit, a complete and utter “shit show”: a farcical, deeply embarrassing, shit-slinging spectacle entirely devoid of substance or merit.

New Noise Magazine
09/22/2020
Review: Death Bells - New Signs of Life

For LA-based Australian post-punk outfit Death Bells, their sophomore album New Signs of Life represents both an act of rebirth and a reaffirmation of purpose. Three years on from their well-received debut LP, the internal dynamic of the band has changed in stark and contrasting ways.

Exclaim
09/22/2020
Amazon Prime's 'Utopia' Fails to Recapture the Magic of the British Original

After watching the first seven episodes made available for review, it's clear that Flynn's Utopia is vastly inferior to Kelly's subversive original in almost every conceivable way. What Amazon's adaptation might share in general story beats, character names and core mythology, it squanders in terms of lasting visual impact, performer chemistry, rich storytelling and overall thematic resonance.

New Noise Magazine
09/21/2020
Review: Svalbard - When I Die, Will I Get Better?

Svalbard have always been a band that wears their hearts on their collective sleeves. Running at a lean 39-minutes, When I Die, Will I Get Better? (which takes its title from an obscure children's book about death and grief) presents listeners with a long list of album highlights.

New Noise Magazine
09/08/2020
Review: Skeletal Remains - The Entombment of Chaos

It's no secret that Skeletal Remains worship at the throne of death metal's elder gods. Overall, The Entombment of Chaos is a genuinely lethal death metal record, one that is entirely aggressive by design, profoundly brutal in execution, and it might be their best yet.

Medium
09/03/2020
Teasing Dune: Building Anticipation for Denis Villeneuve's Sci-Fi Epic

With the announcement of the highly-anticipated trailer for director Denis Villeneuve's forthcoming sci-fi epic Dune, the Internet has since been flooded with exclusive images, on-set photos, and other tantalising tidbits. And while we have to wait until September 9th for Warner Bros. to finally release the full trailer for Villeneuve's Dune ...

Exclaim
08/31/2020
Nas's 'King's Disease' Is Uneven - but Still His Most Satisfying Project in Years

There's no denying that Nasir "Nas" Jones is a cultural force unto himself. Across a career spanning three decades, the Queensbridge, NY-bred rapper has a pedigree of records and hits that most MC's would outright kill for - not to mention Grammy wins, frequent slots on G.O.A.T. lists, and an accumulation of wealth and success.

Medium
08/30/2020
What It Is To Be

Does identity matter? As a metaphysical dilemma this question relates to the existence of objects over time. How does a single object or entity persist through change? Exactly what constitutes the 'nature' of a person? When - or, perhaps more specifically, under what conditions - does a person come in to and out of existence?

New Noise Magazine
08/24/2020
Review: Necrot - Mortal

While not reinventing the OSDM wheel by any stretch of the imagination, Mortal sticks to what Necrot do best by honoring the established, meat-and-potatoes death metal template while also including just enough stylistic flair to satiate their modern, bloodthirsty audience.

FilmBunker
08/22/2020
Review: Tenet

Tenet, Christopher Nolan’s newest big-budget blockbuster, is the director’s most overt foray yet into the exploration of time as a narrative agent unto itself. But what is time exactly? Is it the ticking of a clock? The sequence of events stretching from the past to the present and indefinitely into the future? Is it a physical component of our corporeal reality? Or, as some leading theorists now suggest, is it merely an illusion altogether?

New Noise Magazine
08/20/2020
Review: Ball of Light - S/T

After the release of their debut full-length Flux last year, Cincinnati bruisers Ball of Light have returned to the fold to grace us with a new, self-titled two-track offering , tailor made for these uncertain times and certain to quell those pesky pandemic blues.

Exclaim
08/11/2020
Primitive Man's 'Immersion' Is the Nihilistic Sound of Civilization's Downfall

Existentially speaking, music allows us to reflect and share our perceptions of reality. With the current state of the world being one of unyielding misery and discontent, one would be forgiven for throwing their hands up, revelling in the "doomer" memes and embracing a thoroughly existential soundtrack for these end times.

New Noise Magazine
08/11/2020
Review: Only Sibling - Get Well Soon

If Only Sibling were at all concerned about potential charges of 'imposter syndrome' as self-confessed "loser rock" aficionados, then they sure don't sound like it. While it's still early days for the young quartet, Get Well Soon indicates that there's plenty of promise here.

Exclaim
08/07/2020
Terminal Nation Remind Us That Humanity Is Screwed with 'Holocene Extinction'

On the provocatively titled Holocene Extinction, Arkansas bruisers Terminal Nation make two things abundantly clear: they're not here to mince words, and things are pretty much fucked. Every day individuals are forced to face down the ills of political corruption, the devastating effects of anthropogenic climate change, corporate greed, civil unrest, the ongoing threat of a deadly global pandemic, and cultural stagnation.

Exclaim
07/31/2020
Hockey Dad Slowly Start Growing Up on 'Brain Candy'

For much of the last decade, Australian duo Hockey Dad have spent their time turning a sense of wistful, care-free nostalgia into a unique brand of catchy surf rock escapism. However, much like the iconic '90s cartoon that supplied their tongue-in-cheek namesake, there's an upper limit to how far that nostalgic turn can take you.

New Noise Magazine
07/30/2020
Review: Misery Signals - Ultraviolet

Ultraviolet is a record that turns firmly towards the light, successfully avoiding the pitfalls of relaxed nostalgia by charging confidently into a new, brighter future. It's a hopeful record, one imbued with a renewed sense of purpose, impelled by an inner momentum of growth and relentless celestial optimism.

New Noise Magazine
07/30/2020
Interview: A track-by-track rundown of 'Ultraviolet' with Misery Signals

For the better part of two decades, Misery Signals have been one of the most influential and innovative acts in progressive metalcore. On their forthcoming album, Ultraviolet, the Canadian-American outfit are entering a new era with the return of their original founding line-up.

New Noise Magazine
07/28/2020
Review: Creeper - Sex, Death & the Infinite Void

For all its macabre imagery and gloomy post-punk aesthetics, the biggest fault on Sex, Death & the Infinite Void is that Creeper can't seem to hide-or, for that matter, reinterpret-their influences all too well, with admirable performances that ultimately fall victim to their sources of derivation.

Exclaim
07/27/2020
'The Umbrella Academy' Season 2 Proves That Even the Apocalypse Is Doomed to Repeat Itself

At the start of season 2 of Netflix's The Umbrella Academy, it's clear that not a whole lot has changed. After skipping back in time during the season 1 finale to stave off their last run-in with Doomsday, it's business as usual for the Hargreeves clan who now find themselves scattered through time and space across various iterations of 1960s Dallas.

New Noise Magazine
07/23/2020
Review: The Acacia Strain - Slow Decay

It's definitely been a busy twelve months for Massachusetts metalcore outfit The Acacia Strain. While the advent of a full-blown global pandemic has certainly put the prospect of touring plans on the backburner for the foreseeable future, it's done very little to slow their consistently crushing musical output.

FilmBunker
07/22/2020
Review: Babyteeth

As anyone who made it through the awkwardness of adolescence knows all too well, the trials and tribulation of early life are situational and relative. For years, you might fret and constantly sweat the small stuff-school, holidays, friends, hobbies-only to arrive at the rude awakening of adulthood by stumbling through the haze of trying to be an uncertain twenty-something before comfortably landing on the outright cynicism and diminishing returns of your thirties.

New Noise Magazine
07/22/2020
Review: Ecostrike - A Truth We Still Believe

It's hard to think of an idea or concept that's more controversial right now than truth. At almost any level of civil discourse (or otherwise), we see the conflation of facts and meaning with the prevalence of opinion and belief.

FilmBunker
07/18/2020
Review: The Burnt Orange Heresy

It's only fitting that in this post-(perhaps mid?)-COVID reality that we all find ourselves helplessly and inextricably trapped within, a truly strange year like 2020 would yield truly strange films. Such is the epiphanic realisation I had when watching The Burnt Orange Heresy, and it all starts with the deliberate ambiguity of the film's promotional poster.

New Noise Magazine
07/14/2020
Review: Entry - Detriment

Everything about Entry's debut full-length Detriment will be at once familiar and recognisable to anyone who's been a part of a punk/hardcore/metal basement show. Songs that sting like spits of venom and vitriol. A raised middle finger declaring the excoriation of power in all its forms.

FilmBunker
07/14/2020
Review: The King of Staten Island

When we're first introduced to The King of Staten Island's titular sovereign, Scott Carlin (played affably by SNL's Pete Davidson), he's alone in his car and midway through a game of blind chicken with highway traffic. As an opening scene, it's a little disorienting, and there are certainly easier ways to commit suicide (and ones that involve far less collateral damage).

New Noise Magazine
07/13/2020
Review: Skeleton - S/T

Blitzing through 11 tracks in a dizzying 28 minutes, Skeleton deal exclusively in a muscular, head-bang worthy blend of speedy thrash, frosty black metal, and pummelling d-beat. It’s aggressive, loud, and a whole lot of fun. The type of music one expects to find blaring at ear-piercing volume inside a raging house party at 3AM, complete with substance-fuelled debauchery, front-lawn windmills, open flames, and an excess of acid-wash denim.

New Noise Magazine
07/10/2020
Review: Sharptooth - Transitional Forms

Within the alternative music scene, it's rare to find a band that faithfully embodies a relatable sense of humour. Some groups-both old and new-like Horse the Band, Iwrestledabearonce, Don Broco, and Eskimo Callboy immediately spring to mind.

Medium
07/08/2020
We Need to Talk About The Last of Us

Last week, my partner and I completed our playthrough of The Last of Us Part II, the highly anticipated sequel to the 2013 smash hit survival horror game.

New Noise Magazine
06/25/2020
Review: Thirty Nights Of Violence - You'll See Me Up There

It's no surprise that as we pass through the twentieth anniversary of White Pony, the seminal record from alt-metal luminaries Deftones, the band's signature sound continues to worm its way into the heavy music lexicon as a crucial, formative influence.

New Noise Magazine
06/25/2020
Interview: Erik Paulson of Remo Drive on 'A Portrait of An Ugly Man'

With a large portion of the world having been locked up in quarantine for weeks and months at a time, musicians and creative artists would be hard-pressed not to draw some inspiration from recent events. However, for Bloomington, Minnesota indie-rock outfit Remo Drive, work on the group's upcoming third LP started long before the world faced a global pandemic and the prospect of extended self-isolation.

New Noise Magazine
06/25/2020
Review: Remo Drive - A Portrait of An Ugly Man

If you believe everything you read on the Internet (and let's be clear, you probably shouldn't), then the sophomore album from Bloomington, Minnesota indie-rock outfit Remo Drive, 2019's Natural, Everyday Degradation, was a colossal creative misfire.

New Noise Magazine
06/25/2020
Interview: Thirty Nights Of Violence on their New EP and Diverse Musical Influences

Listening to You'll See Me Up There, the newest six-track offering from Nashville bruisers Thirty Nights Of Violence, it's clear that the Tennessee quintet has a strong desire for off-beat experimentation. Catching up with the band over Zoom, we dive into the creative process behind their new EP, along with their diverse range of musical influences.

Killyourstereo.com
06/24/2020
Kvelertak's Self-titled Debut Album Turns Ten. And It Still Rules.

Now, to tell the truth, I can't quite remember exactly how I procured my copy of 'Kvelertak,' but what I do distinctly recall is that I had no real idea who they were or what to expect. Listening to this particular album, in this particular moment, was purely to have 'background music'.

New Noise Magazine
06/18/2020
Review: Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher

As one of the world's foremost millennial sirens, Phoebe Bridgers straddles a fine line between curiosity and carelessness. Her impressive 2017 debut Stranger in the Alps was anchored by intimate moments and earnest reflections, detailing the well-worn battlefields of break-ups, loneliness, and personal loss.

Medium
06/16/2020
"The Monster Is Never the Monster": Gothic Monstrosity and Otherness

What truly makes a monster? This profound and somewhat unsettling question lays at the heart of the literary tradition surrounding the nineteenth-century Gothic novel. In many ways, literature itself may be perceived as "a monstrous or mutant discourse, a humanism that is also inhuman, alien," where the entire project of the Western...

Killyourstereo.com
06/14/2020
Review: Xibalba - 'Años en Infierno'

In the discussion surrounding my review for Xibalba's 2017 EP ' Diablo, Con Amor... Adios,' I said the following: " It's definitely a solid EP, but I wasn't a massive fan of [2015's] 'Tierra y Libertad,' and I want to hear them do some different shit on their next record.

New Noise Magazine
06/11/2020
Review: Justice For The Damned - Pain Is Power

Justice For The Damned have always approached their unique brand of HM-2 inspired destruction with a well-developed sense of moral righteousness. Abusers are called out, liars exposed, and wrongdoers will inevitably have their past misdeeds brought into the unforgiving light of retribution.

Exclaim
06/08/2020
10 Emerging Canadian Artists You Need to Hear This June

As the first half of 2020 wraps up, it's time for another crop of rising musical acts from different corners of the country that bridge genres, scenes and languages. Here are 10 emerging Canadian artists you need to hear in June, including members of hard rock and metal's new wave, Queb rap's next bilingual superstar, and plenty of boundary-pushing pop.

Medium
06/07/2020
The Character of Evil: Part IV

In the final instalment of this series, we use our previous reflections on the character of evil, to address an overarching question: What should we classify as an evil action, and what should we do about them? This piece will attempt to discuss the correlation between acts of evil and violence by speaking to current events, many of which are distressing, confronting, continually unfolding, and unprecedented in scope and severity.

New Noise Magazine
06/04/2020
Review: Make Them Suffer - How To Survive a Funeral

It's no surprise that on LP #4, Perth metallers Make Them Suffer seem bound and determined to shed those pesky genre tags and put stylistic pigeonholes to bed. Well, a 'dirt nap' that is-their newest record is called How To Survive a Funeral for a reason, folks.

Exclaim
06/03/2020
The Ghost Inside Rise from the Ashes of Tragedy on Triumphant Self-Titled Album

Much has already been said about the tragic events in 2015 that led to the Ghost Inside taking a four-year hiatus. However, it's been more than just an uphill battle to arrive at the release of the Californian metalcore outfit's eponymous fifth album, as members of the band continue to wrestle with the death of close friends, an ongoing series of surgeries, hours of physical therapy and adjusting to life with severe chronic injuries.

Killyourstereo.com
06/02/2020
Review: END - 'Splinters From an Ever-Changing Face'

Normally, this would be the part where I'd kick off my review by talking about how crazy it is to have all these super groups doing really cool stuff in hardcore, punk, and metal right now. You know, like 'this band'. Or 'that band'. Blah blah, etc. etc.

New Noise Magazine
05/27/2020
Bandcamp of the Day: R U N

Our Bandcamp of the Day features Australian metal collective R U N, who have been steadily releasing a slew of new tracks from their forthcoming debut record. Built out of decades of toil and experience within the Australian heavy music scene, R U N is a new collaborative project comprised of vocalist Lochlan Watt (former live member of Thy Art Is Murder/Psycroptic) and guitarist Mike Deslandes (YLVA/High Tension).

FilmBunker
05/24/2020
Editorial: MCU Rewatch - Phase 3.5

Well, here it is, folks: the End(game) of the line. The culmination of the Infinity Saga, all three Phases of the MCU, and the last stretch of our twenty-three (!) film long Rewatch-a-thon.

FilmBunker
05/17/2020
Editorial: MCU Rewatch - Phase 3

The country is reopening and everyone seems to be poised on a razor's edge between hesitant and hedonistic for the wide expanse of the great outdoors. And sure, social interaction is nice. But hopefully we can both have nice things and follow the rules.

New Noise Magazine
05/19/2020
Review: Asking Alexandria - Like a House on Fire

There's a lyric on the track "Here's To Starting Over," which reads: "I'd rather fail as me than succeed as someone else." Coming out of the dulcet pipes of frontman and lead vocalist Danny Worsnop, it's a line that represents a clear mission statement for British rock outfit Asking Alexandria.

FilmBunker
05/10/2020
Editorial: MCU Rewatch - Phase 2

Well, isolation still sucks. Thankfully, it seems things may be finally changing on that front. This week's Rewatch brings us to Phase 2 of the MCU, where we see the characters and heroes of Phase 1 turn to new challenges, link up with new comrades, face down new villains, and begin to uncover a cosmic conspiracy of galactic proportions.

New Noise Magazine
05/08/2020
Review: Gleemer - Down Through

In these times of isolation and constant solitude, introspection can help us expose the hidden dualities of feeling: meditation and melancholy, determination and despair, anxiety and anger. On their newest LP, the slow-burning Down Through, Colorado outfit Gleemer set out to give voice to their inner self.

Exclaim
05/07/2020
White Denim's 'World as a Waiting Room' Finds Ambition from Quarantine

Listening to World as a Waiting Room, it's hardly what one expects to result from a period of global crisis and uncertainty. The newest nine-track LP from prolific Texan rock outfit White Denim is the purest manifestation of those isolation-shaming memes circling the drain of social media feeds everywhere.

Killyourstereo.com
05/06/2020
Review: Umbra Vitae - 'Shadow of Life'

Here's the thing about supergroups: sometimes, the sum is not necessarily guaranteed to be greater than its parts. Some combinations of disparate band members are bonafide hits, while others end up a haphazard 'swing n' miss': The Damned Things and Prophets of Rage ; Run The Jewels and Giraffe Tongue Orchestra ; Boygenius and Fake Names .

Medium
05/06/2020
The Character of Evil: Part III

In the third instalment of this ongoing series, we continue our reflections on the character of evil, asking: What exactly do we mean by 'evil'? What is the difference between something being genuinely evil, or just plain wrong? What should we classify as an evil action, and what should we do about them?

Killyourstereo.com
05/05/2020
Review: PISSPOOR - 'You Were Born To Die A Sinful Lamb'

As a 'critic' of music (and I use that term as loosely and as self-derogatory as possible), my email inbox is typically full of all sorts of promotional streams and album premieres. Some good, some bad; others just your run-of-the-mill, " I've hacked your shit, give me some Bitcoin or else " emails.

FilmBunker
05/03/2020
Editorial: MCU Rewatch - Phase 1

Isolation sucks. We know it, you know it; it's a fact. We miss our friends. We miss the pub. We miss that geriatric old guy on public transport who stares disapprovingly at the cool young kids with their skateboards and chewing gum and 8-track players.

New Noise Magazine
05/01/2020
Review: Shatter Brain - Pitchfork Justice

With a title as suggestive as Pitchfork Justice, it's all-too-easy for the mind to conjure up images of punishment and divine retribution. One can almost picture the scene in their mind's eye: the sky ablaze with a rain of fire and brimstone, clashes of tempered steel and righteous fury, weapons wielded by an angry, bloodthirsty mob, on the prowl and ready to make war.

Medium
04/27/2020
Deflating Expectations: Enter Shikari's 'T.I.N.A.' and the Spectre of Possibility

Margaret Thatcher - former stateswoman, conservative prime minister of the United Kingdom (1979-1990), notorious 80s icon, and the infamous 'Iron Lady' of British politics - is dead. And yet, even after her passing in 2013, Thatcher's political legacy continues to exert incredible influence both inside and outside the sphere of European politics.

Medium
04/23/2020
The Character of Evil: Part II

In the second instalment of this ongoing series, we continue our reflections on the character of evil, asking: What exactly do we mean by 'evil'? What is the difference between something being genuinely evil, or just plain wrong? What should we classify as an evil action, and what should we do about them?

FilmBunker
04/23/2020
DEEP/DIVE - Clash of the Titans (2010)

Greetings all and welcome to DEEP/DIVE: Film Bunker 's newest (and greatest) editorial series! Join us for a somewhat regular column, where we will skewer, dissect and gleefully over-analyse a wide selection of fine films without any real need for doing so, because 'The Internet'.

Medium
04/16/2020
Happy Media Round-up: Volume I

Editor's Note: Here @The Pitch of Discontent, we spend most of our free-time diving head first into the bountiful world of real-time media consumption. As you've likely already surmised, the world is a little batshit crazy right now, so we're also welcoming distractions of any form and medium.

Hysteria Magazine
04/03/2020
Violent Soho // Rock In The Time Of The 'Rona

In this, the Year of Our Lord 2020, amid the fallout of the Great Dunny Roll Riots, you'd be hard-pressed to find an album title more ironically prescient than Everything Is A-OK.

Medium
04/03/2020
The Character of Evil: Part I

It's hard not to look at the world around us right now and characterise specific actions as 'good' or 'evil'. Whether we use those words in theological, secular or moralistic terms, it does little to strip them of them contextual and descriptive power.

FilmBunker
03/30/2020
DEEP/DIVE - High Fidelity (2000)

Greetings all and welcome to DEEP/DIVE: FilmBunker 's newest (and greatest) editorial series! Join us for a somewhat regular column, where we will skewer, dissect and gleefully over-analyse a wide selection of fine films without any real need for doing so, because 'The Internet'.

Hysteria Magazine
03/30/2020
Review: Violent Soho // Everything Is A-OK

There's a line in Vacation Forever-one of the pre-release singles for Violent Soho's long-awaited fifth album, Everything Is A-OK-that's become infamous: "There's a baby boomer across the street, and it won't stop staring at me."

Medium
03/28/2020
Generation Lost: The Rousing Millennial Woe of Spanish Love Songs' 'Losers'

"It gets harder, doesn't it?" It's difficult not to look at our current moment and think 'Well, I guess everything is pretty much fucked.' And sure, that's a genuinely dire sentiment, but also one that brings to mind catastrophist philosophy, bleak nihilism and doomsday prepper I-told-you-so's.

Medium
03/21/2020
"Our Tomorrows Are Running Out": Liberal Democracy and the Problem of Scale

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to attend a guest lecture presented by The University of Queensland's School of Political Science and International Studies. The lead speaker was Dr Klaus Schüler, who served as Federal Managing Director of the CDU (Christian Democratic Union) in Germany from 2007 to 2019.

Medium
03/08/2020
On Beauty & Circles: Appreciating Caspian's 'Flowers of Light'

During a train ride to work some weeks ago, I had a strange moment of self-reflection. As I get older and life becomes increasingly fast-paced (read: exhausting), treasuring these often quiet moments of solitude in the morning and afternoon becomes more important.

Medium
03/05/2020
"Would You Like to Know More?": Satire, American Stiob and Starship Troopers

Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers (1997), written by Edward Neumeier and based on the 1959 science fiction novel of the same name by Robert A. Heinlein, had its twentieth anniversary in 2017. And surprisingly, it still holds up, which is more than can be said for other films rounding out two decades worth of existence.

Killyourstereo.com
02/25/2020
Celebrating A Decade Of Counterparts' Debut Album, 'Prophets'

For metalcore fans, the 2000s were a wild ride. Swept up in the wide-ranging, turn-of-the-millennium cultural transformation propelled along by the proliferation of the Internet as a musical conduit, demographic shifts, and the inevitable rise of social media, the often-maligned sub-genre rose from veritable obscurity within existing hardcore and metal communities throughout the decade to become a worldwide juggernaut.

FilmBunker
02/17/2020
DEEP/DIVE - Pitch Black (2000)

Greetings all and welcome to DEEP/DIVE: FilmBunker 's newest (and greatest) editorial series! Join us for a somewhat regular column, where we will skewer, dissect and gleefully over-analyse a wide selection of fine films without any real need for doing so, because 'The Internet'.

Killyourstereo.com
02/16/2020
Review: Kvelertak - 'Splid'

The last time Scandinavian north stars Kvelertak released an album, Donald J. Trump wasn't President of the United States of America. Let that sink in a little bit. Four years feels like a lifetime.

FilmBunker
02/08/2020
Review: Birds of Prey

If there was an Academy Award for 'Best Unnecessarily Verbose Film Title,' I'm fairly confident that Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) would be an absolute shoo-in.

FilmBunker
01/27/2020
Review: Underwater

Here's a fun fact: thalassophobia is an intense and persistent fear of bodies of water that appear vast, dark, deep, and dangerous. And here's another one: atychiphobia refers to experiencing a relentless fear of failure and disappointment. What do these two particular phobias have in common, you may ask?

Hysteria Magazine
01/21/2020
Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes // Acceptance Through Suffering

We're in a quiet, empty café underneath a Brisbane hotel, sitting across from Frank Carter and Dean Richardson-one half of UK rock outfit The Rattlenakes, as they get ready to begin their 2020 headline tour of Australia (their fourth in as little five years).

FilmBunker
01/22/2020
Review: Midway

Midway, the newest film from director Roland Emmerich is an American war film focusing on the famous World War II-era Battle of Midway conducted in the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

FilmBunker
01/01/2020
DEEP/DIVE - Best Films of the 2010s

Greetings all and welcome to DEEP/DIVE: Film Bunker 's newest (and greatest) editorial series! Join us for a somewhat regular column, where we will skewer, dissect and gleefully over-analyse a wide selection of fine films without any real need for doing so, because 'The Internet'.

Hysteria Magazine
12/31/2019
The Best Jams of 2019

2019 was another one of those years in heavy music that made you go phwoarrr. All three "r's" required.

Killyourstereo.com
12/31/2019
KYS Contributors: Our End-of-Year Lists For 2019

December, AKA Listcember, is finally almost over. Shortly, 2020 will kick-off a new decade and we will have to do it all over again next year, lists and all, because god knows we're all slaves to sharing our tastes and interests within an arbitary period of time on the internet.

FilmBunker
12/18/2019
DEEP/DIVE - Star Wars: The Re-watch Marathon

And we're back! After a protracted hiatus (a far longer one than initially intended), DEEP/DIVE is back for another column of retrospective goodness. This time around, and in effort to make up for lost time, we're going all out with our most audacious effort yet.

FilmBunker
12/09/2019
The Irishman - Review

Considering that The Irishman (2019) has been director Martin Scorsese's darling project for close to fifteen years, languishing in development hell until filming truly started in earnest in 2016, it's hardly surprising to find out that Scorsese's twenty-sixth feature film generated headlines even before filming started.

Hysteria Magazine
12/01/2019
Lagerstein // 'Endless Rums' Tour 2019

Ahoy mateys! It's Saturday night, and we all know what that means, don't we? Brisbane's premier pirate metal export are back in town!

Hysteria Magazine
11/25/2019
Wonderland Festival 2019

It's Wonderland Festival 2019, and we begin tonight by walking through the foyer of the Powerhouse to catch Brisbane's premier burlesque and variety event.

Hysteria Magazine
11/19/2019
Despised Icon // Deathcore's Saving Grace

Deathcore, that often maligned sub-genre, was once the new 'it-thing': the breaking trend and burgeoning curiosity, typified by the fusion of death metal riffage, slam sections, tech drumming, hardcore breakdowns and usually some summoned-from-the-bowels-of-Hell gutturals.

Hysteria Magazine
11/16/2019
LIONHEART // Valley Of Death

On Valley Of Death, California wrecking crew Lionheart really, really try their best to emphasise the 'hard' in hardcore.

Hysteria Magazine
11/15/2019
Despised Icon // Purgatory

In many ways, it's fitting that deathcore pioneers Despised Icon have chosen to title their long-awaited sixth album Purgatory.

FilmBunker
11/14/2019
Charlie's Angels - Review

Being a more-than-casual moviegoer in my early thirties, and considering myself to be a somewhat avid cinephile, it becomes a little daunting to reflect on the exact number of film reboots I've been party to in only my three decades of existence.

FilmBunker
09/21/2019
Ad Astra - Review

In his foreword to the novelisation of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), British author Sir Arthur C. Clarke describes how many stars constitute the Milky Way galaxy.

FilmBunker
09/18/2019
Rambo: Last Blood - Review

Last Blood, the fifth (and presumably final?) instalment in the near forty-year long Rambo franchise, is - to use a milquetoast contextual analogy - very much 'a product of its time'. That time being right now, in 2019.

Hysteria Magazine
09/14/2019
John Floreani // Cheers & Cries All Round

Instead of running afoul of spooky shenanigans on Friday The 13th, we're posted up inside The Brightside, ready to be entertained by some troubadours of the Triple J variety.

Hysteria Magazine
08/23/2019
Knocked Loose // The Real Folk Blues

If there's anything to take away from the aggressive, cacophonous hardcore of Knocked Loose, it's a sense of sincerity.

Hysteria Magazine
08/19/2019
WAAX // Big Grief

Once Brisbane's best kept secret, indie-rockers WAAX have been blowing up stages around the country for years now.

Hysteria Magazine
08/20/2019
Knocked Loose // A Different Shade Of Blue

For those jostling for position in the crowded fields of hardcore, metal and the intersectional sweet spot between them, the release of a second album is typically cause for trepidation.

FilmBunker
08/14/2019
The Nightingale - Review

Regardless of whether its form is subjective, physical or psychological, violence is always more shocking when it's experienced in isolation.

Killyourstereo.com
08/09/2019
Album Review: Oso Oso - 'Basking In The Glow'

On my first listen to Oso Oso's new single ' Impossible Game', one particular lyrical refrain got stuck in my head and refused to budge: " Well sometimes you do as you feel/Well most times I feel like shit."

FilmBunker
08/02/2019
Hobbs & Shaw - Review

I was twelve years old when The Fast and The Furious (2001) came to the local twin theatre in my small country town. As I recall rather vividly, it was one of the social events of the year.

Killyourstereo.com
07/31/2019
Album Review: Sanction - 'Broken In Refraction'

If there's any label at the forefront of the third wave of metalcore (that's right; you heard it first here, folks) we're currently smack-bang in the middle of, it's Pure Noise Records.

FilmBunker
06/30/2019
DEEP/DIVE - South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)

Greetings all and welcome to DEEP/DIVE: FilmBunker 's newest (and greatest) editorial series! Join us for a somewhat regular column, where we will skewer, dissect and gleefully over-analyse a wide selection of fine films without any real need for doing so, because 'The Internet'.

Killyourstereo.com
06/19/2019
Album Review: Baroness - 'Gold & Grey'

In their fifteen-plus years as a band, American heavy merchants Baroness have really been through some shit. Horrific accidents, debilitating physical injuries, and the constant drain of mental health and numerous line-up changes have all contributed to the scar tissue surrounding the group.

EXORDIUM e-journal
06/03/2019
Down the Rabbit Hole: Miracles, Induction, and Scientific Realism

There's a scene in the dystopian science fiction film The Matrix, where the character Morpheus introduces the film's protagonist Neo to the "Desert of the Real". The scene takes place within "the construct": a "loading program" made to resemble the Matrix of the film's namesake, a "neural-interactive simulation" created...

Hysteria Magazine
06/03/2019
She Cries Wolf // Everyone Loves A Liar

You know it's winter in Queensland when the local hardcore show is full of musty hoodies, wharfie beanies and people dressing somewhat closer to their dormant Tumblr profiles.

FilmBunker
05/19/2019
DEEP/DIVE - Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

Greetings all and welcome to DEEP/DIVE: Film Bunker 's newest (and greatest) editorial series! Join us for a somewhat regular column, where we will skewer, dissect and gleefully over-analyse a wide selection of fine films without any real need for doing so, because 'The Internet'.

FilmBunker
05/16/2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum - Review

Proving that, yes, you actually can rest an entire franchise solely on the reward factor of gratuitous and bloody head-shots, 2019 brings us the third instalment in the ever-popular John Wick series: the cryptically titled, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum.

Hysteria Magazine
04/29/2019
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes // End Of Suffering

As one of the millennium’s most iconic performers, Frank Carter has always blazed his own trail. Whether it’s playing in punk and hardcore bands or jumping off a stadium stage do to a quick handstand on top of his adoring fans, Carter has always played by his own rules, continually evolving his personal style as a vocalist, lyricist and formidable rock frontman.

Hysteria Magazine
04/11/2019
Bring Me The Horizon // 'First Love' Australia Tour 2019

Hours before the doors were due to open at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre for tonight’s premier rock show line-up, there’s already a dedicated gathering of fans reclined on the concrete floor of the entry gates, clad in the ubiquitous uniform of the black tee, gazing transfixed and forlorn at their ever-present smartphones.

FilmBunker
04/08/2019
Netflix and Cowboy Bebop: Will They F*ck It Up?

Last week, streaming giant Netflix announced the preliminary casting for their long-rumoured and heavily anticipated live-action adaptation of Shinichirō Watanabe's beloved anime classic, Cowboy Bebop.

FilmBunker
04/03/2019
DEEP/DIVE - The Matrix (1999)

Greetings all and welcome to DEEP/DIVE: Film Bunker 's newest (and greatest) editorial series! Join us for a somewhat regular column, where we will skewer, dissect and gleefully over-analyse a wide selection of fine films without any real need for doing so, because 'The Internet'.

FilmBunker
03/17/2019
Interview: David Barker

In a 2017 interview with The Daily Beast, director James Gunn said of indie film-making: "Let me tell you one thing: there is no more cutthroat place to be than an independent film. Disney is a cakewalk after that-that is no lie."

FilmBunker
03/14/2019
Pimped - Review

The press kit for Pimped poses the following curious question: "What if unbridled masculinity confronted an elegant, intelligent and very powerful female force?" With our culture currently consumed by the ins and outs of identity politics, toxic masculinity and the aftermath of the #MeToo movement, it only makes sense that questions of identity and masculinity would permeate the landscape of horror and thriller cinema.

FilmBunker
03/12/2019
Fighting with My Family - Review

Okay, so I have a confession to make: as a kid, and even now as an adult, I never really 'got' wrestling. Is it theatre? Is it sport? Is it funny? Is it serious? Is it fake? Is it real?

FilmBunker
03/11/2019
DEEP/DIVE - Dragonball: Evolution (2009)

Greetings all and welcome to DEEP/DIVE: FilmBunker 's newest (and greatest) editorial series! Join us for a somewhat regular column, where we will skewer, dissect and gleefully over-analyse a wide selection of fine films without any real need for doing so, because 'The Internet'.

Hysteria Magazine
02/27/2019
Dance Gavin Dance // Truly Masters Of Their Craft

Foregoing the mid-week drudgery that comes with your standard Tuesday evening, we begin by waiting in line outside The Brightside amongst a sea of dedicated fans for tonight’s Seppo double header.

FilmBunker
02/23/2019
DEEP/DIVE - Watchmen (2009)

Greetings all and welcome to DEEP/DIVE: FilmBunker 's newest (and greatest) editorial series! Join us for a somewhat regular column, where we will skewer, dissect and gleefully over-analyse a wide selection of fine films without any real need for doing so, because 'The Internet'.

FilmBunker
02/13/2019
Interview: Diego Hallivis

Indie filmmaking is a notoriously fickle business. Without the corporate enterprise of a major studio, most up-and-coming filmmakers are placed forever at the mercy of frenzied schedules, frugal budgets and minimal resources, before even trying to hustle their finished project before the eyes of critics and audiences at film festivals around the world.

FilmBunker
02/07/2019
Cold Pursuit - Review

If there's a reliably consistent viewing experience in this messy decade of fake news, mass anxiety and Emoji movies, it's that most trustworthy of genre staples: the quintessential, old faithful, Liam Neeson revenge-thriller. (I quite enjoy talking about these at great length; * insert shameless plug here*.)

Killyourstereo.com
02/07/2020
Album Review: Ithaca - 'The Language Of Injury'

There's a moment on 'Impulse Crush ' - the most recent single from UK metalcore act Ithaca's debut album, ' The Language Of Injury' - where frontwoman Djamila Azzouz parses cryptic lyricism through a coarse roar: "A gift from the past is presentation/Affection is an affectation."

FilmBunker
01/31/2019
DEEP/DIVE - Taken (2008)

Greetings all and welcome to DEEP/DIVE: FilmBunker 's newest (and greatest) editorial series! Join us for a somewhat regular column, where we will skewer, dissect and gleefully over-analyse a wide selection of fine films without any real need for doing so, because 'The Internet'.

Hysteria Magazine
01/29/2019
Stick To Your Guns & Terror // True View Australian Tour

As we pop a lean on The Brightside’s terrace railing with a rapidly condensating tinnie in hand, local mosh-fiends Deathbed kick off the Friday night matinee with some stupid heavy, late 90s metalcore worship. Vocalist Githain Gunasekera is already on the floor, screaming caustically while everyone hangs out on the fringes of the space, nervously waiting in the wings.

Killyourstereo.com
01/17/2019
Album Review: Soilwork - 'Verkligheten'

Ok, so here's the deal: in 2019, I'm finding it kind of hard to critique a new Soilwork record. The Swedish metal outfit are practically a household name across the pond in their frostbitten homeland, enjoying a hot streak of critical appreciation in their twenty-third year together.

FilmBunker
12/31/2018
The Cream of 2018 - Best Films of the Year

With 2018 coming to a close, it's time to do the only sensible thing a film publication can do at this time of year: cause friction and outrage by listing our picks for the best films of year.

Medium
12/30/2018
IN REVIEW // Top 10 Albums of 2018

The older I get, the weirder my musical preferences become. It's hard to track the reasoning behind the subtle shifts and occasionally seismic jumps, however, this year represents perhaps my most diverse collection of favourite records to date. Snarling punk and space-faring alt-hardcore jostling for the 'post-whatever' genre title? Sure.

Killyourstereo.com
12/18/2018
2018 Review: Releases That We Loved This Year

This year saw some mediocre & terrible records released – this one ain’t for them. Expanding on our previous end-of -year-list piece, here’s the ‘why’ behind our love for the releases that we all enjoyed in 2018.

Killyourstereo.com
12/10/2018
Album Review: Old Wounds - 'Glow'

A few years ago, I was all but ready to give up on Old Wounds. After catching my attention with their insanely heavy 2013 debut ' From Where We Came Is Where We'll Rest' and 2015's stellar follow-up ' The Suffering Spirit', the New Jersey 90s metalcore revivalists appeared to be on the cusp of great things.

FilmBunker
12/06/2018
Mortal Engines - Review

Sometimes going into the screening of a new film with a sense of epistemological ignorance can reap tangible benefits. In today's media-saturated world, it's all too easy to stumble across production gossip, juicy spoilers and the unwashed/unwanted opinions of the masses.

FilmBunker
11/20/2018
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - Review

In our recent editorial piece analysing the rebirth of the Western through the immersive, world-building video game sensation that is Rockstar's incredible Red Dead Redemption 2, Film Bunker's own Ciaran Kerr succinctly presents the allure of the Western genre in contemporary cinema amongst our pervasive media-culture osmosis.

Killyourstereo.com
11/21/2018
Album Review: Cult Leader - 'A Patient Man'

Sometimes the brightest path forward comes from the darkest abyss. In 2013, chaotic metallic hardcore outfit Cult Leader formed from the ruins of underground extreme act, Gaza.

Killyourstereo.com
11/13/2018
Album Review: Psycroptic - 'As The Kingdom Drowns'

There's no denying that 2018 has been an absolute banner year for metal.... So, it only makes sense that Aussie tech-death overlords, Psycroptic, would return from their slumber down in the dark, southern depths of Tasmania to bestow another consummate banger of shred-worthy delight upon this fucked-up world.

Hysteria Magazine
11/07/2018
The Comfort // What It Is To Be

Music has always been used as an emotional vehicle in the search for answers to those big, lofty questions: Who are we? Where do we go after death? What is the nature of reality?

Hysteria Magazine
11/03/2018
Polaris // Melting Brisbane Faces

Despite knowing deep-down that this particular venue isn’t for watching films and hanging those shrill, tinny speakers from your car door, we’re still feeling a little nostalgic as we walk into The Valley Drive-In for tonight’s sold-out Polaris tour stop.

FilmBunker
10/31/2018
Boy Erased - Review

Based on the 2016 memoir by Garrad Conley and adapted for the screen by Aussie filmmaker Joel Edgerton (who also directs, co-produces and stars in the feature), Boy Erased is set in a quaint town in rural Arkansas, where Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges) is a young man quietly dealing with a crisis of sexuality.

Hysteria Magazine
11/01/2018
Halloween Hysteria // Brisbane's Loudest Ever Party

We packed in fans of all stripes; punk, hardcore, metal. Perhaps we converted some to their respective dark sides with the array of talent on offer. Weird and wonderful costumes floated by if what was happening on stage was too enthralling—and you’d be forgiven if you tensed a little when a rotting demon girl flashed her pearly white eyes at you.

FilmBunker
10/24/2018
Mandy - Review

As a self-confessed nerd-virgin when it comes to the use of both legal and illicit mind-altering substances, let me preface this review of Mandy-the second feature film from Italian-Canadian director Panos Cosmatos-with the following statement: it's one hell of a trip. And I'm not talking about your 'nice-Saturday-afternoon-catching-a-flick' type of movie-going experience either.

Hysteria Magazine
10/13/2018
Trophy Eyes // The American Dream Tour

Are we the only ones who think that having doors at 6:30pm is, well, how you say, "taking the piss?" Look, we get it, it's a school night, but god dammit: I'm an adult, ok?

FilmBunker
10/20/2018
Apostle - Review

Depending on where you sit in terms of hate-watching, guilty pleasures and embracing that all-too pervasive media zeitgeist, the hallowed 'binge-watch', the phrase 'Netflix original' may evoke a variety of different feelings.

Killyourstereo.com
08/08/2018
A Catch Up On Some Releases We Missed In 2018

On their second full-length album, 'Order of Torment,' Washington D.C. death metal trio Genocide Pact have served up one hell of a treat. It's essentially a straight-forward, meat and potatoes affair: no entrée bullshit, all musical-fat trimmed away, leaving only a main course of heavy, grimy and thoroughly headbang-worthy death metal.

Killyourstereo.com
07/30/2018
Interview: Joshua Brigham of Hopesfall

The last time North Carolina post-hardcore outfit Hopesfall released an album, the iPhone wasn't available to the general public and Facebook had yet to become a verb used in everyday vernacular. Now, times may have changed (somewhat drastically) since then, but thankfully Hopesfall have remained constant.

Hysteria Magazine
07/29/2018
Polaris // From Dusk To Day & Then To Miami!

The Gold Coast is a weird place. We’re at the Miami Shark Bar (which we assume is referred to as ‘The Sharkie’ by someone, probably), sitting outside with a pint, on some salt-worn wooden furniture, watching what looks like the world’s worst Buck’s party abuse patrons from the adjacent footpath.

Killyourstereo.com
07/16/2018
Album Review: Hopesfall - 'Arbiter'

'Arbiter' is the record we wanted from Hopesfall. It's an uplifting, radiant & engaging listen with expert production, great songwriting & near-perfect album sequencing; one that distills, refines & blends everything that came before it while also avoiding pretension & cliché.

Hysteria Magazine
07/09/2018
Dead of Winter Festival // A Real Live Dead One

t’s that time of year once again: kind of cold, but actually not, early July a.k.a. Dead Of Winter time. With a wide-ranging slate of genres and musical tastes on offer, and spread across two locations in the Fortitude Valley, the Hysteria team hit the ground for some quickfire and totally not booze-fuelled live music reviews.

Hysteria Magazine
07/04/2018
Frenzal Rhomb // No Covers Allowed

With Brisbane's annual legend-fest Dead of Winter fast approaching, it seemed about bloody time for Hysteria Mag to get vocalist and top bloke Jason 'Jay' Whalley of Frenzal Rhomb fame on the blower to get down to business.

Hysteria Magazine
05/25/2018
DZ Deathrays // Send Brisbane Into A Total Meltdown

When we arrive at The Triffid before doors open for this evening’s DZ Deathrays headline run, there’s some kind of beer-oriented promo event happening in the beer garden. It’s all very fun and fancy and official looking, so naturally we’re not invited; instead, we rustle up a frothy beverage and park ourselves under the heater for some good old-fashioned people watching.

Hysteria Magazine
05/11/2018
Cradle of Filth // Howling Moon, Blackest Night

We’re in The Triffid beer garden on this Thursday evening with our friend Geoff, trying to enjoy a quiet beverage before the goth show, when we’re quickly exposed to a barrage of life stories and emphatic questions from a raucous and well-inebriated couple. At one-point, old love delivers several variations on the same ‘I like your tattoos’ sentence, while her partner-in-crime declares that he can lick his elbow before daring anyone in the vicinity with a beer to see him try.

Hysteria Magazine
04/25/2018
Justice For The Damned // The Breakdowns This Evening, Of Which There Are Many

So, the Gallipoli Campaign was 103 years ago … which is pretty wild when you think about it. Fast forward to now, and there’s a bunch of young hardcores lining up at the Brightside on a Tuesday evening to get a little silly and pre-game their soon-to-be nursed hangovers for the upcoming public holiday.

Hysteria Magazine
04/22/2018
Good Riddance // What's The Point Of Youth If You Can't Waste It?

After alternating between stupid hot and sticky humid for the better part of a week, we’re thankful that Brisbane’s weather has settled on ‘just a tad wet’ for this Friday evening. After wiping down tables and finding seats that won’t soak our arses at the pub around the corner, we descend the Crowbar stairs with our compatriots-in-beer-and-bad-decisions in tow, for an auspicious line-up of three-chord, punk rock revelry.

Killyourstereo.com
03/15/2018
Album Review: Unravel - 'Eras of Forfeit'

The promo material for ' Eras of Forfeit' poses the following question: " Who/What suffers for your entitlement and empowerment? " In terms of enquiry, there's a direct, accusatory tone there that's frankly hard to miss. And for a group as savage and succinct as Perth grinders Unravel, this makes a lot of sense.

Hysteria Magazine
03/11/2018
Thursday & Quicksand // An Absolute Treasure Trove Of Nostalgic Reverie

When we stroll in to The Zoo on this dreary Friday evening, the mood is relatively inauspicious: there's no line outside, an absence of visible security guards, bartenders milling around idly, and punters sticking to the walls of the venue like bits of chewed gum.

Hysteria Magazine
03/06/2018
Turnover // Echoing The Shoegaze School Of Thought

It's time for a rock concert on a school night as we cross Ann Street in the Fortitude Valley, to form an assembly line of entry with the other 100 or so people standing in front of Woolly Mammoth.

Killyourstereo.com
02/15/2018
Album Review: Harm's Way - 'Posthuman'

With an album title that fosters imagery of progression, the critical evaluation of human nature, and literally moving ' to a state beyond human,' it's easy to see from the outset why ' Posthuman' is the definitive release from hardcore bruisers, Harm's Way.

Hysteria Magazine
02/12/2018
Paramore // Hello, Electric Rose

There's a dark cloud hanging over Brisbane as we snake our way down through the QUT Gardens Point campus and around to the Riverstage for tonight's Paramore tour stop.

Killyourstereo.com
02/07/2018
Interview: Tom Maddocks Of Ill Natured

From touring South East Asia, being apart of the ever-growing Newcastle scene, the cover artwork of new album 'Twisted Visions', to Blink-182's Travis Barker scoring himself a copy of their new LP, Tom Maddocks of rising Australian hardcore heavy-hitters Ill Natured talks to us about all that's been going down in the Ill Natured camp of late.

Hysteria Magazine
02/02/2018
Don Broco // Technology

On their third album, Don Broco have gone full creative beast-mode, fearlessly blending heavy riffs, dancefloor pop-funk fusion and stratospheric choruses, to make one of the most inventive, daring and undeniably-catchy rock records of the decade.

Killyourstereo
01/28/2018
Interview: Chris Mills of Harm's Way

With the impending release of their long-awaited fourth full-length album, and debut for new home Metal Blade Records, Chicago bruisers Harm’s Way are set to hit 2018 like a sledgehammer to the temple. Finding time between the band’s heavy schedule, drummer Chris Mills took some time out to answer our questions about everything ‘Posthuman’.

Killyourstereo
01/25/2018
Album Review: Ill Natured – Twisted Visions

Ultimately, hardcore as a genre is one that allows for plenty of room for new ideas, but never outright demands them. Passion, dedication and integrity have always been at the core of the genre’s ethos, and Ill Natured certainly have all three of those aspects in spades.

Killyourstereo
01/08/2018
Editorial: Fall Out Boy - Discussing Their Discography

Whatever the case may be, in the lead up to not only their seventh album but also to their forthcoming headline tour, we’re taking a good hard look at FOB’s previous six records; from ‘Take This To Your Grave’ right up to ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’. So, let’s start right at the beginning…

Medium
12/30/2017
IN REVIEW // Top 10 EPs of 2017

Here are my picks for the Top 10 EPs of 2017: With the first release from his serious post-hardcore project CrazyEightyEight, YouTube sensation and scene parodist Jarrod Alonge can add gifted songwriter to his ever-growing repertoire of skills (e.g. sketch-comedy, regular vlogs and full-length albums performed by fictitious bands).

Medium
12/29/2017
IN REVIEW // Top 10 Australian Albums of 2017

Here's the state of our fair nation in 2017: The Manus Island 'solution' is still a complete, shameful fucking mess. Our elected representatives apparently forgot who birthed them, and where. The Big Banks continued doing a bunch of shady shit, and then got upset when people asked why they were doing shady shit.

Killyourstereo.com
12/28/2017
The People's Review: Veil Of Maya - 'False Idol'

We've had quite a few people messaging us over the past two months about where a review of Veil Of Maya's newest album, 'False Idol' - the follow-up to 2015's cracking 'Matriarch' LP - was and when exactly it was coming.

Hysteria Magazine
12/28/2017
The Hyst List // Best 25 Albums of 2017

It seemed that Aussies reigned supreme in 2017. Could this be the year we spray pesticide on tall poppy syndrome for good? With the quality on offer, we sure hope so.

Medium
12/24/2017
IN REVIEW // Top 10 Albums of 2017

If 2016 was to be known as 'The Year of the Clusterfuck,' then 2017 is simply 'Clusterfuck 2: Electric Boogaloo'. With Trump's unique brand of narcissistic pandering, war-mongering and general incompetence, all under the threat of nuclear annihilation, along with rampant exposure of sexual misconduct from virtually every industry on the planet-what a god-damn shit show.

Killyourstereo
12/23/2017
KYS Contributors: Our Favourite Albums Of 2017

From The Afghan Whigs, The Maine, Alex Lahey, Warrant, Pallbearer, sleepmakeswaves and The Ongoing Concept, our contributors pull together to show what releases they enjoyed the most across this year!

Killyourstereo.com
12/15/2017
Bands We Miss: Carpathian

Six and a half years on from the announcement of their indefinite hiatus in 2011, Carpathian have left an indelible legacy on the current landscape of Australian hardcore.

Hysteria Magazine
12/08/2017
Don Broco // High On Positrons

Pulling in to The Brightside on a Thursday is a mixed affair. There’s a foam party going on outside, which sounds equal parts curious and terrifying, and it makes for some interesting characters mistakenly walking into the band room, only to be let down by the lack of bubbles.

Killyourstereo.com
11/15/2017
Album Review: Grenadiers - 'Find Something You Love and Let It Kill You'

After the success of their second album, 2015’s ‘Summer’—which scored feature album status on Triple J, and pushed the band on to touring slots with esteemed acts like Millencolin and Shihad—it seems only natural that Grenadiers would try to refine and perfect their unpredictable mix of punk-tinged, classic rock’n’roll.

Killyourstereo.com
11/06/2017
Interview: Aaron Osbourne Of Mental Cavity

When KYS finally gets I Exist alumni Aaron 'Oblivious Maximus' Osborne on the phone for a chat, it's a Friday afternoon and the Mental Cavity guitarist/co-vocalist is in the car on his commute home.

Killyourstereo.com
11/03/2017
Album Review: Converge - 'The Dusk In Us'

With the world hanging in a precarious state of simmering turmoil which threatens to boil over at any moment, it seems only fitting that the latest effort from New England hardcore veterans Converge is their most relatable and emotional.

Killyourstereo.com
10/26/2017
Interview: Kurt Ballou of Converge

If you asked someone to pick a central figure who's been critical in shaping the sound of hardcore punk and metal in this current millennium, it's likely that Massachusetts native Kurt Ballou is the first name that comes to mind.

Hysteria Magazine
10/25/2017
Polaris // The Mortal Coil

Recorded with Atrium Audio duo Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland in the band’s self-made studio, The Mortal Coil represents the culmination of Polaris’ journey thus far: acting as both a refinement of their existing sound, and a daring glimpse at their future potential.

Killyourstereo.com
10/19/2017
Album Review: Mental Cavity - 'Aneurysm'

Mental Cavity aren’t re-inventing the wheel with ‘Aneurysm,’ but they do make the idea of getting ripped and joyriding with those old wheels pretty damn exciting. ‘Aneurysm’ is succinct and purposeful, chewing through twelve tracks in just over half an hour, with bolstered songwriting chops and noticeable progression from the group’s debut EP.

Hysteria Magazine
10/04/2017
Citizen // As You Please

Listening to the musical progression of Ohio & Michigan natives Citizen over the last five years, it’s clear that experimentation doesn’t always follow a strict formula, where risk (or an evident lack thereof) equals reward.

Killyourstereo.com
09/26/2017
Interview: Cedric Bixler-Zavala Of At The Drive In

It's not every day that you get to speak to someone who has had such a profound impact on your own musical journey and overall life trajectory. We talk about the reception to the band’s new material, the dangers of nostalgia, artistic freedom, along with Bixler-Zavala dropping many an f-bomb. Enjoy!

Hysteria Magazine
09/25/2017
Make Them Suffer // A Molten Core Burns

As we trundle in to The Brightside on this fine Friday evening, we’re in the midst of a mid-strength downpour from the heavens above, and everyone waiting in line inside the venue’s beer garden has the appearance of an irritated drown rat.

Killyourstereo.com
09/24/2017
Album Review: Counterparts - 'You're Not You Anymore'

Despite the setbacks and hurdles the band have faced, Counterparts have crafted a record that is ruthlessly efficient, and is a solid combination of everything fans have come to love and expect from them: fast, heavy and dissonant; bright, engaging and poignant; all killer and no filler.

Hysteria Magazine
09/22/2017
Cursed Earth // Cycles of Grief Volume 2: Decay

Where the album artwork for August’s Volume 1: Growth was adorned with a black and white rose, hinting at symbolism as far-stretched as memoriam, death, and the futility of continual persistence, Volume 2: Decay goes straight for the gut: a shell-shocked figure, their head in their hands, down in a deep, dark hole of their own digging.

Hysteria Magazine
09/21/2017
The Bronx // V

If you look at an album review from L.A. outfit The Bronx from the last five years or so (go on, we'll wait...), you're likely to find a variation on this theme: "[insert Roman numeral here] is a return to the band's punk rock roots."

Hysteria Magazine
09/15/2017
The Contortionist // Clairvoyant

Indianapolis progressive metal sextet The Contortionist have defined their career by degrees of scope: each release appears to reign in their narrative focus while also expanding their sonic palette, drawing from wide breadth of progressive influences.

Hysteria Magazine
09/14/2017
Bigsound // Night Two: We All Sink Down Here

Choking down a vicious hangover (cheers Mountain Goat), we brace ourselves for the second night of Bigsound’s ‘networking’ debauchery, cruising through an alleyway and into 256 Wickham to see Brisbane prog-rockers Osaka Punch get weird.

Hysteria Magazine
09/11/2017
Bigsound // Night One: Antennas Toward Hell

We decide to kick off our BIGSOUND 2017 live experience just right, descending deep in to the bowels of Crowbar for a quick shot of Campari occult courtesy of Melbourne Giallo metal outfit Pagan.

Killyourstereo.com
09/06/2017
Album Review: Hundred Suns - 'The Prestaliis'

Despite 'super-group' being one of those often touted and overused industry buzzwords, it's more than appropriate when describing a trio like North American musical collective Hundred Suns. The group consists of vocalist/lyricist Cory Brandan ( Norma Jean), drummer Ryan 'Legs' Leger (ex- Every Time I Die) and guitarist/songwriter Chris LeMasters (ex- Dead & Divine).

Hysteria Magazine
08/23/2017
Bench Press // Self-titled

With a name like Bench Press, the grey matter practically rushes to fill the gap: Are they a knuckle-dragging hardcore band? The next ones to try pointless dub-step reboots? A bunch of dude-bros with lyrics about flexing?

Hysteria Magazine
08/16/2017
Thy Art Is Murder // Contemplating The Void

"When I die, it'll be nothing." These are the ominous words chosen by Andy Marsh, guitarist, lyricist and conceptual mastermind for Australian deathcore giants Thy Art Is Murder, when asked to describe the group's latest sonic offering, Dear Desolation.

Hysteria Magazine
08/10/2017
Justice For The Damned // Six Feet Down Under

It’s often said that young bands only get one chance at their debut album. And in today’s fickle, rapidly-evolving musical landscape, there’s possibly no truer sentiment. First impressions really do count; a notion that Sydney quintet Justice For The Damned understand better than most.

Hysteria Magazine
08/08/2017
Thy Art Is Murder // Dear Desolation

Say what you want about where they sit in the grand scheme of metal, or how ‘cliché’ putting ominous riffs over chug-parts might be; there’s simply no denying the group’s technical prowess. When it comes to mixing enjoyable death metal passages with well-timed, blunt-force-trauma breakdowns, Thy Art pull it off with the ruthless efficiency of deadly weaponry.

Hysteria Magazine
08/07/2017
Justice For The Damned // Dragged Through The Dirt

If you enjoy any variety of heavy things, then what JFTD have crafted here should leave you positively elated. For a debut album, Dragged Through The Dirt is less a bold statement than the sound of five young men dropping an anvil on everyone’s expectations.

Killyourstereo.com
08/06/2017
Live Review: Minus The Bear

As we saunter into Max Watt’s with the kind of confidence that only a moderately well-funded Saturday night can offer, the doors have been open for the better part of an hour already, yet the room is only sparsely occupied. Bad omens aside, we hope Brisbane pulls its collective fingers out and turns up for Seattle indie/math-rock stalwarts Minus The Bear this evening.

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