Six Noises EOY ’16: New Zealand Metal

Below is my list of my favourite New Zealand metal releases from 2016. If you’re wondering why (whoever) isn’t here, it could be that: (a) I thought (whoever’s) release was hot fucking garbage (b) I saw (whoever’s) release mentioned, but I didn’t get round to hearing it (c) (whoever) just wasn’t on my radar at all (d) it’s definitely reason (a) Just joshing, mate. I’m sure your debut EP is super-duper. I actually... Read More

Beastwars/ Spook The Horses/ Robin—Live! SFBH, Wellington, NZ, 23 March 2012.

Friday’s album fundraiser for Wellington’s Beastwars was a hugely emotive evening, with three excellent acts serving up hefty rock and metal to a legion of devoted followers. Beastwars are worshipped round this neck of the woods, and rightly so. They appreciate the fact that their loyal fans’ steadfast support set the groundwork for their national and now international success (the band’s done very well since the European release... Read More

NZ Metal Album Of The Year: Beastwars Sermonize

I’m calling it. The debut album from Wellington’s Beastwars is the best NZ metal release in 2011. It’s been a great year for the band ever since their riotously unhinged and critically acclaimed self-titled album went straight into the national charts following its release in May—a generally unheard of feat for an NZ band that’s so overtly metal. Beastwars have gone on to share stages with international acts such as the... Read More