Posted: 28 June, 2016
Triple M's Higgo throws up three Aussie bands he's loving right now
I wanna lay some home grown thrash on you. If you’re like me, someone who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s and you were into heavy music, the thrash genre was pivotal in getting metal to the masses. The Big 4, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax did just that. There’s purists that will argue that the Big 4 should really be the Big 6 or 7, with bands like Exodus, Overkill and Testament paving the way as well, however you shape it, thrash was king back then and influenced so many the world over.
Desecrator is a band I was introduced to in 2011 when I received their Live Til Death album (recorded at The Arthouse) and I played the hell out of it. Their tight live show and ferocious sound hooked me in pretty damn quickly. Now, having seen them live countless times due to their relentless gigging and touring, they’ve established and earned themselves a title as one of Australia’s premiere thrash metal bands. They’ve toured internationally through Europe and Russia (supporting Hirax) and Mexico (supporting Pirana) and are just about to head back to Europe to hit the road with another thrash juggernaut Overkill and sludge doom metal legends Crowbar. They play loud, fast, and faster, leaving nothing on the stage but sweat, blood, and great times. Get on board, follow their youtube channel for updates on the road.
Here’s Red Steel Nation
Harlott from Melbourne absolutely shred. Plain and simple. I bloody love this band. After first seeing them supporting Desecrator, I couldn’t believe that they weren’t already headlining their own gigs. This is the brainchild of Andrew Hudson, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, but take nothing away from this band, they are the real deal, who have been signed to Metal Blade Records for about a year now, toured through Europe with metal legends Annihilator, have a couple of albums under their belt (Origin, Proliferation), and are currently writing their third. Taking cues from the Bay Area scene, this is delicious thrash at it’s very best.
Check out Systematic Reduction
Mason are another thrash metal powerhouse I have a lot of time for. I remember being sent their album Warhead in 2013, and when you get sent a shit load of cd’s, they all kind of morph into one, but one thing I learnt is to listen to them all, regardless of artwork or packaging. Sometimes the flashy looking ones were crap, and sometimes the crappy looking ones were outstanding. Mason’s Warhead album cover let you know exactly what you were getting. It looked evil, it looked furious, and it was. “How had I not heard of these guys? Why isn’t everyone talking about them?” is what I thought. They’re raw, and brilliant. If you see their name on any gig poster, see them, fast. Unmerciful is Mason’s latest EP, here’s one from it called Eradicated.
The metal scene in Australia is thriving. It’s passionate, dedicated, and powerful. Invest a bit of time in discovering new Australian bands and you’ll never look back.
Until next time, keep it loud.