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.

Into Orbit: Unearthing

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Plenty of instrumental bands can construct complex musical suites. But it takes a greater level of songwriting acumen to make that music dramatic and soul-stirring like Into Orbit do.

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: Metal

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Six Noises EOY ’16: Metal

Vermin Womb: Decline

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Decline is both a bleak reflection and grim projection of a world that’s well beyond repair. It’s Vermin Womb’s gruesome tribute, to humanity’s last gasps.

Fistula: Longing for Infection

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Longing for Infection is deliciously disgusting, and perfectly appalling. So chow down, kids.

Ritual Abuse & Trepanation

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A couple of recent cult NZ metal releases you might have missed.

Bloodnut: Blues from the Red Sons

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There’s a lot to enjoy in the red-hot heavyweight rock heard on Bloodnut’s debut. It’s an all-amps-ablazing good time –– from go to whoa.

War//Plague & Bädr Vogu

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Here are my two favourite punk albums thus far in 2016.