NIISA: NIISO

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Auckland, New Zealand three-piece NIISA describe their music as, “damp dank dark doom drone”, and that’s a pretty accurate summation of the trio’s often spellbinding sound.

Bloodnut: St Ranga

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The tongue in cheek title of Bloodnut’s sophomore album tells you a lot about the band’s irreverent nature. However, the New Zealand metal band’s conceptual focus places Bloodnut in a trickier position with album #2.

Vesicant: Shadows of Cleansing Iron

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Vesicant: Shadows of Cleansing Iron.

Heresiarch: Death Ordinance

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Heresiarch deliver a singularly brute force audio onslaught — aka everything you want in an obliterating war metal juggernaut.

Enter the Soil: That Amber Lit Morning

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Enter the Soil is clearly happy to provide an ocean of solemn music for us to luxuriate in anytime.

Arc of Ascent: Realms of the Metaphysical

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Arc of Ascent operate on a whole other plane of existence. It’s damn good to have the riff wizards back.

Stone Angels & Black Temple

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A double dose of doom metal from (anti-)Christchurch: Stone Angels and Black Temple.

Over-Population, Tyrannosaurus Wreck & Blazing Shade

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One month into 2017, and I already have 11 New Zealand music releases to write about. No rest for the wicked, eh. Here’s the first three.

Six Noises EOY ’16: New Zealand Metal

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Six Noises EOY ’16: New Zealand Metal

Six Noises EOY ’16: Metal

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Six Noises EOY ’16: Metal