Shallow Grave — S/T

Shallow Grave – S/T New Zealand has a twisted heart filled with endless wrath and frustration. That’s ably reflected in the country’s most ill-omened metal, and the self-titled debut from Shallow Grave captures that anger and unease flawlessly. The Auckland-based four-piece amplifies the malevolence that skulks beneath the façade of society in an unsettling, premonitory form—and does so with a substantial amount of spiteful exuberance. All... Read More

Old Loaves—Bad Rides 7″/Drowser LP.

Old Loaves—Bad Rides 7″/Drowser LP. June 2012 has to go down as a damn near perfect month for Old Loaves. The band released their debut full-length, Drowser, on Bandcamp on the 21st, and watched it shoot to the top of the bestseller list. Available in varying formats, Drowser is a formidable debut (I secured a copy of the Bad Rides 7″/Drowser combo deal, and I’ll be reviewing both). The band may well be tagged on Bandcamp as “alternative... Read More

Joe Murdie—Metal: The New Zealand Story

Photo Credit: Matt Cook – No Limitz Photography New Zealand is a long way from anywhere. Trying to get any of our metal onto a world stage, let alone a domestic one, can be a trying endeavor. Although metal is huge in NZ (apparently we buy more per head of population than anywhere else in the world) our love of the genre is not reflected in mainstream media coverage. If it weren’t for the dedication and commitment of fans who work hard... Read More