EOY17: New Zealand punk and metal.
EOY17: Punk demos.
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.
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.
I don’t think it’s going to shatter anyone’s illusions to point out that the music business is a hackneyed ol’ magic show full of tired misdirection and even more tired
It’s been busy round ’ere at Six Noises of late, and I’ve got a few more New Zealand punk bands to talk about before I take a nice long tea break.
True story: I was actually listening to a radio interviewee explain how playing the video game Tetriscan rewire your brain, when Tetris, the latest album from New Zealand three-piece Hollywoodfun Downstairs (HFD), dropped
One month into 2017, and I already have 11 New Zealand music releases to write about. Actually, make that 12 local releases; homegrown experimental label End of the Alphabet Records just announced a
“Just when I thought I was out, they drag me back in…” I published half a dozen end-of-year lists at Six Noises in the last week, and that usually signals that my work
Did I mention I write a semi-regular punk rock column over on Canadian noisy music website Hellbound? My Crusty Culprits column features recent D-beat, crust and hardcore releases that I’ve been enjoying,
The first record I ever bought was a rowdy UK punk compilation called Punk And Disorderly III. I’ll understand if you’ve never heard of it before, because it was released way
I’m a neurotic writer at the best of times, and I often end up tinkering with my writing for so long that I lose sight of what I originally wanted to say.
You’re in for an utterly ill-mannered and throughly brain-battering treat if you pick up Mudge Or Be Mudged! The wonderfully ugly and raw debut album from Wellington, New Zealand metal punks Vomit
Great Reward is the third release from New Zealand hardcore band Parents, and the album’s title is pretty much an on-point summation of the contents therein. Auckland-based Parents create explosive and unhinged
The idea that metal and punk are somehow more authentic than other genres of music is a myth in this day and age. Sure, there are still pockets in metal and punk communities
Welcome to the seventh post of Six Noises’ 2015 end-of-year shenanigans. I’ve been letting fly with lists cataloguing first-rate metal, punk, experimental rock, and now (in this last post) riotous New Zealand
*Welcome to the sixth post of Six Noises’ 2015 end-of-year shenanigans, where I’m letting fly with a bunch of lists cataloguing first-rate metal, punk, experimental rock, and a bunch of riotous New
Welcome to the fifth post of Six Noises’ 2015 end-of-year shenanigans, where I’m letting fly with a bunch of lists cataloguing first-rate metal, punk, experimental rock, and a bunch of riotous New
I was stoked to discover that Auckland-based band Bridge Burner had released their debut Mantras of Self Loathing EP last week. It might seem odd to be so joyful about the release of
I didn’t know what to make of Hollywoodfun Downstairs when I first heard them. I mean, there was no question I loved what I heard on Reactions, the latest album from the
****It’s New Zealand Music Month this May. **New Zealand’s **annual celebration of homegrown music. Generally, that involves a lot of mainstream media highlighting a lot of mainstream acts. So I’m
Graves: Fides Ad Nauseam There’s a great review of Abandon All Life, the 2013 album from Californian powerviolence crew Nails, that’s always stuck in my mind. Chiefly because the author noted
If you’ve been following this Tis the Season round-up, or you’re just stopping by for the first time, then cheers. This is the final collection of end of year lists submitted
Part four of Tis The Season welcomes Max Rotvel, head-honcho of Metal Bandcamp, and Dan Kaplan, creator and co-host of Horns Up: A Weekly Metal Podcast. Max is taking a different route with