Moana is the creative project of artist Moana Mayatrix, once described by Triple J’s Gemma Pike as one of Australia’s fiercest front women.
Since the group’s inception in 2013, countless words have been written about the avant garde art rock outfit, all edging around the idea that there is something otherworldly, verging on genuinely dangerous, about this act.
Combining the shamanic stream-of-consciousness poetry of peak- era Patti Smith with psychedelic melodies, heavy guitar licks, and propulsive rhythms, Moana doesn’t so much craft songs as pagan prayers set to the heartbeat of the world.
Having previously released three singles, the captivatingDracula, the haunting Sister Winterand the exotic Scarab, Moana return with The Cultess is the fourth and final single from their highly-anticipated debut album due for release later this year via Mysteria Maxima Music.
The Cultess sees Moana expand into heavier, sludgier territory and showcases the stylistic diversity alongside those first singles. Mixing elements of art-rock, metal, vintage rock and doom you’re left dripping in something mystical, explosive and down right sexy.
Moana transgresses the boundaries of form and genre, incorporating experimental art, theatre, spoken word performance, poetry, costuming, and more in a cross- media syncresis that engages all the senses physical and beyond, in a kind of ecstatic reverie. A singular approach to music and art has gathered to them a fiercely loyal tribe of fans, who have engaged with the project to successfully crowdfund not only their sophomore EP, but part of their upcoming debut album.
Dave G today had the opportunity to chat to the legendary Al Anderson about the forthcoming Australian tour for The Original Wailers. Anderson joined The Wailers back when Bob Marley was the lead singer and has also performed with the some greats including Peter Tosh, UB40, Lauryn Hill and Ben Harper just to name a few.
You can listen to the interview below and make sure you check out the tour dates as well… book your ticket today.
Rue Morgue Records will be releasing an exclusive boutique seven inch single of one of Australia’s finest bands… Palace Of The King.
The track ‘Get Right With Your Maker’ backed with ‘One Of These Days’ will be available for sale via the Rue Morgue Records website AND the Golden Robot Records site as well.
We’re beyond stoked to be bringing you this release in association with Golden Robot Records and having said that, Rue Morgue Records is elated to be working with Tim and the boys as well!
We promise this is going to be a fantastic release for all concerned.
Rue Morgue Records Label head Raptis says, “I have photographed Palace Of The King many times in my other vocation as a Rock Photographer and I always enjoy the performance the band brings forth. To be able to work on them in what will be a very special project is incredible personally, and for a fledgling label such as Rue Morgue Records! Let’s take things up a notch hey?”
Palace Of The King – Get Right With Your Maker available soon at Rue Morgue Records and Golden Robot Records.
Watch this space!
Formed in late 2012, Palace Of The King – nameless at that point – quickly recorded a 3 track demo and developed the vision of a blues-in fused rock and roll band. Far from a grave-robbing retro trip, Palace Of The King has just as much in common with Rival Sons, Graveyard & JackWhite as they do Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath & Deep Purple. Remember when bands released an album a year and toured ’til the wheels fell off the tour van?
Having spent their formative years storming stages in every corner of Australia – alongside bands as varied as Airbourne and The Tea Party – and priming themselves for an international assault, Palace Of The King took their finely-honed live show through Europe in October 2015. Armed with 2 EPs, a full-length vinyl LP and a second full length studio album; this is a band that has earned their stripes and wear them with pride. “Palace Of The King is literally like a huge ground shaking Palace of RIFFS, SOUL and Rock’n’Roll.” comments Joel O’Keeffe, lead singer and guitarist of Airbourne.
“With more hooks and lines than a hard working Bering Sea fishing fleet they are guaranteed to tangle you up, reel you in and blow you away with their unique six-stringing, soul singing, sexy stomping Rock’n’Roll! They are the real fuckin’ deal! Crank up POTK!”
In 2015, it was time for the White Bird to take flight. From three minute funk-infused rockers through to seven minute Sabbath-esque crushers, Palace Of The King seized the opportunity to explore every intricate corner of their influences and craft a debut album that caught a band at a point where ‘scratching the surface’ wasn’t nearly enough.
In 2016 the band unveiled Valles Marineris on 15th July 2016 (Europe/ UK), Valles Marineris deepened Palace Of The King’s footprint on the international rock music scene by expanding on the “raw, energetic, imaginative and boundary-pushing”
(Dedicated Rocker Society) qualities of their debut through an all- new 10 track collection of blues and psych-infused hard rock. Lead by the bruising gospel-tinged riffathon of ‘Let The Blood Run Free’, Valles Marineris is both eclectic and unrelenting right through to the final eerie piano fadeout of album closer ‘Into The Black’.
In support of the Valles Marineris album POTK toured constantly throughout 2016/17 covering Europe as headliners and as guest with Airbourne, hitting America for the second time and multiple laps of Auatralia as headline act and also as guests with The Angels, Baby Animals and the Screaming jets.
In classic road dog style the band recorded at every opportunity when they were off the road and they have captured the raw energy of the stage on the new album
Get Right With Your Maker. From the moment the epic album opener I Am The Storm envelopes you it’s hard not to think that this is the sound of a band that has come of age, and once the fist pumping anthem
It’s Been A Long Time Coming hits you in the face you know it.
The ‘freight train’ metaphor may be overused. But you’d be hard-pressed to find one that is better-suited to a band that has played constantly, released a mountain of music and expanded their markets at such a prolific rate.
Palace of the King are set to release brand new music across 2019 through Golden Robot Records.
Victorian Hardcore crew MIRRORS are returning to the fray of the Australian hardcore and heavy scene with their heaviest and toughest offering to date. They will be releasing their new EP ‘Cold Sanctuary’ on Friday May 10th, with pre-orders live right now at all good online platforms and streaming outlets. The four-piece have also given the world the first taste of the record today, releasing the title track and a video.
2019 will see the band’s ceaseless efforts coalesce with the release of their 2nd EP “Cold Sanctuary”. With their first EP establishing a commentary on the world around them, “Cold Sanctuary” ventures inwards. With maturity comes introspection, and this new effort delves into the psyche, trying to navigate and make sense of the chaotic chatter of our inner most thoughts, begging for reprieve. To compliment this unrelenting theme is a backdrop of earth shattering production, rivalling any band on the world stage, bringing their deepest, strongest and most dynamic compositions to date alive. ‘Cold Sanctuary’ is a reflection on decades of experience and work among the collective that is MIRRORS. Bear witness!
‘Cold Sanctuary’ was Produced by Ionei Heckenberg (Ocean Sleeper), was Mixed and Mastered by Lance Prenc (Gravemind, Alpha Wolf, Pridelands) and the Vocals were recorded by Scottie Simpson (Alpha Wolf).
Vocalist Patty Goodman, says that Cold Sanctuary, the title track of the EP, “…explores the terrifying state between wakefulness and sleep. arguably self inflicted, a female entity torments and strangles the one constantly stuck in this state.”
Formed in late 2016 by Gippsland natives Patty Goodman (vocals) and Tyson Taifer (guitar), metalcore outfit Mirrors quickly turned the eyes and ears of Australian listeners towards Regional Victoria with the release of their debut EP “Fool’s Paradise” in 2017. The 6 track release revealed the sound and delivery of a unit that had been functioning for many years, but after a mere 12 months of their existence they were invited to play alongside Parkway Drive, Architects and many more at the hallowed Unify festival.
Backed by fellow long time friend Jake Mackin (bass) and recently enlisted Melbourne based drummer Rob Brens, the four piece followed up their EP with the release of the single Circus, which showed a staggering step up in sound, maturity and production. From here, Mirrors set about bringing this evolution to clubs around Australia, supporting the likes of Thornhill, The Devil Wears Prada, Ocean Grove and Alpha Wolf just to name a few.
MIRRORS’ ‘Cold Sanctuary’ EP will be released on Friday May 10th. Pre-orders are going live this Friday, March 15 at all good online platforms and streaming outlets, and first single ‘Cold Sanctuary’ will be available for sale and streaming same day.
Melbourne-based indie-rock trio Halcyon Drive are celebrating a major milestone today, with the release of their long-awaited debut album ‘Elephant Bones’.
Recorded and co-produced by Eskimo Joe legend Joel Quartermain (Meg Mac, Dustin Tebbutt, British India), the twelve-track record arrives on a wave of hype triggered by the success of five previously released singles – ‘Silver Ray’, ‘Agnosia’, ‘The Birds’, ‘Only Youth’ and fresh cut ‘Reach’ – all of which have won acclaim across the likes of triple j, Spotify, MTV, community radio and worldwide tastemaker blogs.
Weaving together pure pop hooks and intricate rhythms, Halcyon Drive’s maiden LP brims with a rare, off-kilter energy. From the heartfelt lows of ‘Satellite‘ to the in-your-face attitude of ‘Agnosia’, it’s a richly diverse offering characterised by considered lyricism, no safe choices, and most definitely no clichés.
Lead singer Michael Oechsle describes the album as a truly collaborative effort, “a kind of creative ping-pong” between himself and drummer/co-writer Max Pamieta. It’s a record that continually pushes and pulls on the bands roots, exploring new sonic territory on each track.
‘Elephant Bones’ also represents the culmination of three years’ worth of relentless writing and touring from the triple j Unearthed finds, whose career has encompassed sold-out headline shows, performances at The Hills are Alive Festival, Festival of The Sun and a support slot on Stereophonics’ sold-out Australian tour.
And to celebrate today’s big release, Halcyon Drive will naturally be hitting the road once again. They’ve just announced a slew of national headline dates, which will see them hit stages in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
There aren’t many bigger names in metal than SLAYER and Australia is extremely lucky they get to experience one last time and to farewell this legendary band as they hit Download Festival and sideshows in Brisbane and Adelaide with fellow Big Four brothers ANTHRAX and the Polish Hammer ofBEHEMOTH.
What can be said about SLAYER that already hasn’t been said? So far into their career and the final album ‘Repentless’ scored their highest ever Australian chart entry at #3 on the ARIA Chart. An incredible achievement this far into their career! Don’t miss this last chance to witness part of what has been an incredible history!
In 1981 when SLAYER first formed in Huntington Park, CA, bassist/vocalist Tom Araya was 20 years old and worked as a respiratory therapist, guitarist Jeff Hanneman, a rehearsal studio employee at the time, was 17, drummer Dave Lombardo was 16 and delivered pizza, and 17-year old Kerry King was a full-time guitarist. At that time, there were no blueprints, no set paths, no boundaries or steps to follow; SLAYER’s new hybrid of metal and punk, heavier, faster and darker than the rest, assaulted the world and set a new standard, defining not only a genre, but an attitude.
Tom Araya, Kerry King, Gary Holt and Paul Bostaph sat down and talked about all things SLAYER:
Fast forward 38-years and SLAYER remains the preeminent punk-thrash-metal band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to, and up-and-coming metal heads continue to revere and emulate. Slayer is a metal juggernaut, with songs that are dark, aggressive and without mercy, mirroring the turmoil and aberrations of our society.
Their membership in “The Big Four” – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax – the four bands that defined the thrash/metal genre – secures the band’s place in music history. The five-time nominated, two-time Grammy-winners have also accumulated an abundance of certified Gold Albums along with “Best…” awards from media outlets all over the world, including Kerrang!, SPIN, Metal Hammer, Revolver, and Esquire. SLAYER even has its own exhibit in the Smithsonian Institute. Throughout SLAYER‘s history, the band has never faltered in unleashing its extreme and focused sonic assault, and repudiating temptations, SLAYER has chosen to remain crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the mainstream. Jeff Hanneman passed in 2013, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in for him since. Paul Bostaph, Slayer’s drummer from 1992 – 1996, then 1997 – 2001, rejoined Araya and King in 2013 and remains behind the kit.
In September 2015, Slayer released Repentless, the band’s 12th studio album, the first without Hanneman, first with Holt on guitar, first with producerTerry Date, and first on Nuclear Blast Records, to widespread rave reviews and the highest chart debut of the band’s career. The band also teamed up with director BJ McDonnell for three high-concept and brutal music videos for the album’s title track, then for “You Against You,” and the most recent, “Pride in Prejudice,” racking up a combined 28+-million views. Dark Horse Comics published a three-issue comic book series in 2016, based on McDonnell’s original story concept for the videos and written by “Metalocalypse” director Jon Schnepp.
After a remarkable three-and-a-half decades, SLAYER announced its decision to do one last world tour and then move on. All Hail SLAYER.
Brisbane’s melodic hardcore quartet She Cries Wolf took the Australian Heavy Music scene by surprise late in February with the surprise-release of their third full-length ‘Liar’! Teasing the record anonymously with the hashtag #everyonelovestheliar in the weeks prior, they unleashed it on February 22. Now today, they are announcing that in May 2019, they will take it all around the country alongside their mates in Heists on the Australian Liar Tour, presented by Black Sun Bookings. Tickets are on sale now for the tour dates in May at blacksun.oztix.com.au.
She Cries Wolf’s album Liar has turned heads with its uncompromising fury and agression – with Hysteria Mag saying that they “…dive deep into fear and loathing for a strong and surprising return.”, killyourstereo.com espousing that “She Cries Wolf haven’t sounded this malevolent, this bleak, nor this aggressive, and the proof is really in the pudding of how well that’s paid off for them.” and Depth Magazine praising the emotional honesty of the record, saying that “Liar is an expunging of fury, standing up for oneself, seeing promises through, facing blame, and seeking for others to take responsibility, even if this means that you end up alone; the truth mattering more than popularity. The result is something surprisingly artful…”
The Australian Liar Tour takes She Cries Wolf and Heists to Melbourne May 17 at Last Chance Rock N Roll Bar, Adelaide May 18 at Crown & Anchor, Canberra May 24 at UC Hub, Sydney May 25 at Factory Floor, Brisbane June 1 at Crowbar Brisbane and Perth at Amplifier on June 2.
Joining She Cries Wolf on the Australian Liar tour at Heists from Sydney. Heists dropped their monstrous latest single ‘Defeated’ late in 2018 on December 12 and have been riding its popularity since. Heists have previously taken the stage alongside artists such as The Plot In You, Stick to your Guns & Terror, Deez Nuts, Dream On Dreamer and more.
The Last Martyr are today announcing the release of their EP ‘Creatrix’ on Friday April 26. Originally slated for an earlier release – and under the name ‘Out of the Black’ – the band decided to shift the focus when they received the final product – feeling that ‘Creatrix’ represents the transformative theme of the songs and the artwork far better. Today, they are dropping a new taste of the record in their song ‘Fear’ – and released an abstract and emotive filmclip for it as well. Pre-Orders for the EP will be live Friday March 8 at ffm.to/TLM_creatrix and the ‘Fear’ single will be live for streaming and purchase March 1 as well at ffm.to/TLM_fear.
Vocalist Monica Strut explains the lyrical themes of the single. “There are two main concepts to ‘Fear.’The first is about realising that sometimes your fears aren’t your own; they are the fears of others projected onto you. This is almost always because your actions are bringing up someone else’s own limiting beliefs and insecurities which they haven’t been able to overcome. The second concept is really about the fact that in order to live life to the fullest, we need to overcome our own fears and limiting beliefs and we have a responsibility to encourage others to do the same. Fear is our brain’s way of protecting us from danger. I believe that life is not necessarily about being ‘Fearless,’ but about rationalising our thoughts and taking action regardless.”
The vivid clip for the single ‘Fear’ (which took over 12 hours to shoot at DCF Studios in Northcote before wrapping up with the milk bath scene at Monica’s house around 11pm) was directed by Her Name Is Murder Productions – who have worked with acclaimed artists such as Sepultura, Thy Art Is Murder and Ocean Grove. Strut explained what they wanted to portray with the video. “We wanted to go with an abstract theme to demonstrate the complexities of human thought around the topic of ‘Fear.’ A mirror motif is used throughout to not only highlight the way in which others project their own fears onto you, but also the fact our fears stem from the inner workings of our minds, as opposed to anything external. Our fears leave us trapped because they distort reality, so we tried to emulate this with many of the scenes.”
The Last Martyr’s previous singles ‘Into The Black’ and ‘Stay Awake’ saw the band achieve national radio play on triple j (Stay Awake on both The Racket and Home and Hosed) and rotation on The Faction. ‘Stay Awake’ also attracted the attention of Butcher Babies’ Heidi, who added them to her ‘Sisters That Slay‘ playlist alongside the world’s best female voices in heavy music.
The ‘Creatrix’ EP will see its release on Friday April 26 2019 and will be available for pre-orders Friday March 8 at ffm.to/TLM_creatrix. Single ‘Fear’ will be live for purchase and streaming Friday March 1 at ffm.to/TLM_fear. For more information about The Last Martyr, go to facebook.com/thelastmartyr.
The cast and crew of Hotel Mumbai take us behind the scenes of this brand new dramatic thriller. The film stars Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, Chappie) and Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger, The Social Network) and will be released in Australian cinemas on March 14th.
Thanks to our good friends at Icon Films Subculture has two 1% packs to give away. Each pack will contain a copy of 1% on DVD and a limited edition 1% stubby holder.
To WIN simply go to our Facebook page and private message us the name of one of the stars of 1%.
1% is directed by Stephen McCallum (Hunger, Inferno) and stars Ryan Corr (The Water Diviner, Wolf Creek 2), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road, Gods Of Egypt), Aaron Pederson (Mystery Road, Goldstone), Simone Kessell (San Andreas, Of Kings And Prophets) and Josh McConville (The Merger, The Infinite Man) and tells a story of brotherhood, loyalty, ambition and betrayal, set within the world of Australian motorcycle gangs. This modern day Macbeth follows Paddo, heir to the throne of the Copperheads MC who must assume the mantle whilst club leader Knuck does time in jail. Paddo’s vision for the club’s future and compromises he must make for his mentally disabled brother sets the stage for the ultimate power play.
1% will be released on DVD through Icon on the 6th March 2019.