Into Orbit: Unearthing

Cover art by Nick Keller Countless bands try to grab our attention with an enticing vocal hook. Hell, even in the world of extreme metal, where vocals are frequently an indecipherable blur words and lyrics still play a crucial role in imparting meaning. At the other end of the spectrum though, instrumental bands seek to convey meaning without any lyrical or vocal cues, and that’s obviously a tougher task. When it all goes well, audiences can decipher... Read More

Six Noises EOY ’16: New Zealand Offbeat, Alternative, and Experimental

This is the final post of my 2016 end-of-year round-up, and it was the hardest post to put together in the end. Mainly because I often feel like I’m not focused enough on the offbeat, alternative, and experimental music from around my neck of the woods. I mean, I did find plenty of odd or eccentric releases to enjoy in 2016, but I also get nervous that I’ve missed something crucial, especially around this time of year. That’s partly because... Read More

Into Orbit: Dark Matter

New Zealand experimental rock duo Into Orbit have released a storming video to accompany their brand new track “Dark Matter”. Featuring more of Into Orbit’s dynamic tension and release rock, “Dark Matter” starts off with a loop that sees guitarist Paul Stewart use his guitar strings as a percussive source, before the song twists and turns to develop into a darker ‘n’ sludgier melee. See the video above for... Read More

Into Orbit: Caverns

Into Orbit: Caverns German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer shuffled off this mortal coil back in 1860, but not before leaving heartwarming maxims about life like this behind: “Human existence must be a kind of error … it may be said of it, it is bad today and every day it will get worse, until the worst of all happens.” Now, obviously, Schopenhauer wasn’t exactly a laugh riot. Although, like a lot of his philosopher pals, he’d clearly have... Read More