I can’t say that I have a total overview of the Australian metal scene but I do know of one or two bands. Thrall being one of them. I was so fascinated by their take on black metal that I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2011 Continue reading

ABSENTIA “Our Bleeding Sun”

“Our Bleeding Sun”
(Malevolence Records)
That melodeath is the big is no secret. That melodeath has spread like a wildfire throughout the World we know all too well. So why not let yourself be swept away by a Spanish melodeath band? Metal knows no borders; we are all one huge nation. This wasn’t quite what I expected. This was so much better than my expectations. While still being melodeath AbsentiA take it one step further in not letting themselves being limited by the frame of what they play. Continue reading

CIRCLES “Eye Embedded”

“Eye Embedded”
Listening to Circles I get images of every band playing/trying to be like Meshuggah and failing miserably. Not that Circles fail but then they are not a Meshuggah clone. I just get that image that had not Meshuggah existed and Djent had become a sub-genre we might not have seen Circles in the incarnation we now get to experience. Take away the melodic vocals and you’ll end up with music that twists and turns like an epileptic fit. Continue reading

CIRCUS OF LAMIA “Welcome Madness”

“Welcome Madness”
Circus Of Lamia. With a name like that you kinda expect the most crazy metal you’ve ever heard in your life but the truth be told this is pretty middle of the road death/goth/whatever metal. Again it’s nothing we haven’t heard before. You got the angelic female vocals, the beastly growling and some down tuned death metal guitars. It could end there and just be a bland interpretation but I think I can hear something brewing in the background. Continue reading


“Age Of Reason”
(Dangerous Dogs Records)
This reminds me of the feelings I had when I got into the whole NWOBHM scene in the 80s. When I discovered bands like Def Leppard, Tokyo Blade and Tygers Of Pan Tang. Bands that wasn’t anything like Saxon or Iron Maiden but still tough enough to wash away the muzak the radio spewed forth. Continue reading

T.I.R. “Heavy Metal”

“Heavy Metal”
(Jolly Roger Records)
When you’ve been going for a long time and I haven’t heard of you it hasn’t been through lack of me trying but because you’ve been mostly a regional/national secret. T.I.R might sound familiar by name but I am 99% certain that I’ve never ever heard a single note of their music. And with an album named “Heavy Metal” you just gotta love the band. Or? Continue reading


I can’t say I have any greater connections to France than to any other country when it comes to metal but still I find it exciting (well I do so with most stuff I get) whenever a new album by a French band comes my way, be it black metal or more technical stuff like Uneven Structure. If the band name is anything to go by this might be up there with Treponem Pal in the weird department. Continue reading