EOY17: Let the mayhem begin...
A double dose of gloriously horrible noise from New Zealand punk label Razored Raw.
Shadow of the Sword is a full-throttle celebration of metal’s most captivating attributes, and it’s about as fucking METAL as fucking METAL gets.
Yet another merciless, hell-hammering hymn from New Zealand black/thrash band Exordium Mors.
New(ish) releases from noise-maker Huge Mutant and punk trio Total Ruin.
People Used to Live Here is Spook the Horses’ darkest and starkest release yet.
Here's a bunch of great metal that didn't make my final end of year list. But maybe it'll make yours?
Here's a bunch of great punk that didn't make my final end of year list. But maybe it'll make yours?
Modern Adoxography is an ultra-aggressive onslaught backed by truly accomplished musicianship.
Not a single word is spoken on Computer Man, but the brand new album from Dunedin duo Triumphs still tells a vivid tale.
Opium Eater inject a mountain of energy and imagination into their full-length debut, Ennui.
I’m a confirmed atheist. Except when I listen to Vassafor.
Methchrist's debut, Nomadic War Machine, is about as feral and polarizing as feral and polarizing gets.
Recorded live in a single session, The Hellebores tear through 11 tracks on their first release with barely a pause for breath.
Listening to the bleeding-raw debut from sludge punk duo Pantihero is about as pleasant as having iron filings stuck in your eye socket. But (a) that’s no bad thing, and (b) that’s kind of the point.
New Zealand DIY label Zero Style is celebrating its 5th anniversary. Cheers to label founder John Dimery for taking time to chat about ZS's past and future.
How We Lived is triumph of grim storytelling, and it highlights the sheer joy of shared misery. I couldn't recommend it highly enough.
Ayn Randy’s sound is spiked with shout-a-long hooks, and their tracks tear along with plenty of pogoing propulsion, but the band aren’t afraid to get heavier or darker where need be.
Stress Ghetto's debut is definitely on the raw side, and it’s definitely a lot of fun, and it got me thinking about my own obsession with harsh music. Prepare yourself for an old man ranting at the clouds once again.
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.
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
New Zealand black/death metal duo Vesicant have only played a handful of shows, and their 2014 Edict demo was originally released in limited numbers too. But that hasn’t stopped powerhouse German
Back in 2015, New Zealand label End of the Alphabet Records released the fantastic Pekak! Indonesian Noise compilation showcasing inventive experimental artists often overlooked by Western audiences. The label’s latest compilation, There