Born out of adversity at the turn of the century, Hollywood Undead have never been shy to tell it how it is. Their music career has run parallels with their upbringing, set against the backdrop of a world in turmoil and armed with only your wits and music to combat the inherent evil surrounding and suffocating slowly. By combining influences ranging from gritty 90s hip hop to industrial metal, Hollywood Undead have immersed themselves in their past to find their future, along the way recruiting a loyal fan base that connects as much with the band members as individuals as they do with their music. Front man Johnny 3 Tears sat down with HEAVY to talk about Hollywood Undead’s new album Hotel Kalifornia which is released on August 12. “We've been waiting to put this out for a while,” he smiled. “I think people are gonna be pleasantly surprised, man. It's one of our best... I guess every band thinks that it's their best record, or one of their best records, but I'll let people be the judge of that. I love it. It definitely ranks in the top few records we've put out." Johnny stresses that although Hollywood Undead are known and loved for a set musical style, every writing and recording process is vastly different. "We never really...,” he measured. “Honestly, when we write music we never go in with a particular direction in mind I don't think. We just go with the flow what everybody's going through and stuff like that, so I don't think there was a certain driving force or North star we were shooting for but it was an interesting time period. We started recording it right during peak COVID and stuff like that, so we'd all been stuck at home and doing what we could for a while. One thing’s for certain, there was a lot of enthusiasm going into it because at that point no-one really knew what the hell was gonna happen or if we were even gonna be recording at any point. The whole thing started out and it was gonna be a few weeks and a month, and a year and a half later... so we put a lot into it, because I think we learned a little bit of gratitude about being able to do it at all. When it's taken from you is when you realise that, so I don't think there was a divine point to the whole thing, but I think energetically speaking we had a lot of life in us, and we're really excited to get it going." In the full interview Johnny talks more about the musical style of Hotel Kalifornia, the themes running through the album, connecting through music, the early days of the band and where they fit in, the bond the members share and how difficult it is to sustain in the cut-throat world of music, their current tour with Papa Roach and Bad Wolves, coming to Australia and more.
Although the last night gives it all away, Chloe Trujillo is far from simply being the wife of her famous bass playing husband. She is a bona fide musician in her own right, sharing her artistic output between verse and painting with equal passion. Born in France, Chloe was granted her American visa on the back of performing in theatre and cabaret before an invite to record Frank Zappa’s song The Torture Never Stops by Zappa’s widow Gail set off a chain of events that rightfully led her to a life of music and art. After appearing on the Global Green Charity Event together in 2021, Chloe and Australian bass player Mark Dalbeth from Rav Medic struck up a friendship based on mutual respect that led to them collaborating on the tune Lightning Strikes Twice. Such was the musical chemistry between the two that they immediately set to work turning that one song into a collection that now makes up Heavy Peace, which will be released digitally on August 19. HEAVY caught up with the beautifully spirited Chloe to talk about the journey. “I think that all of our songs kind of reflect that idea of they're heavy, but in the lyrics it has some kind of meaning of positivity so it's kind of like this contrast. It's the perfect name for all these songs, because even though they're a bit different stylistically - they're all kind of heavy, but they're all exploring different styles a little bit and different subjects - but within that Heavy Peace is exactly how I would describe them. It's perfect." The duo have released four tracks so far from the EP, each with it’s own distinctive sound and sonically apart from the other. It is a move which Chloe admits was deliberate with the eclectic nature of the entire EP reflected by the songs chosen to represent it. "Yes, we were kind of having fun exploring,” she laughed. “It's what I do with my own stuff, but that's me on my own. I'm glad that... Mark and I were just... there's a bunch of different bands that we like and different styles of music. Even though it's still heavy, we had fun with exploring all these different styles and that's how we came about with the EP. We wanted each song to be a bit different so it represents what things we can do as we find our sound. We're still, even though we've been collaborating now for quite a little bit it's still fresh. We're just having fun with all those styles and exploring, experimenting, and that's part of our process. That's a choice that we made." In the full interview, Chloe talks more about the title and how it fits with the music, the sweeping nature of their film clips and the time that goes into them, finding emotion through music, how she and Mark grew Chloe Trujillo/Rav Medic from an on-screen meeting to a rich musical landscape, her early career and moving from France, meeting Gail Zappa and more.
As much as music is about personal perfection, it still seems to be at its strongest with tension and disharmony. Not of a human nature, but more from an eclectic point of view, especially when it comes to taste. If everyone in the band liked the same thing the propensity for recycled music and ideas is magnified considerably. How can you experiment when you are all on the same page? Luckily for Brisbane based metal act Slaves Of Dissonance they have enough musical disparity within their ranks to ensure the creative well never goes dry. Each member favours different genres of the metal spectrum, ranging from thrash/groove to prog to extreme death metal, with the resulting sonic barrage a bastardised amalgamation of the bands influences that explodes in a wall of dissent. With their debut EP Toxoplasmosis set to be unleashed on Friday, August 12 guitarist John Winter and vocalist Andrew Mahon joined HEAVY for a run through what to expect. “All four of us are all massive metal heads,” Winter began, “but we all listen to different types of metal. A couple of the boys are more straight black/death metal, some are groove/thrash/metalcore. We didn't really want to say 'we're gonna write a thrash metal record' or write a death metal record, we just said let's put all of our influences together and see how it comes out. We can't really categorize ourselves. It's just Australian metal. That was our aim." In the full interview, the boys talk us through their debut single Involuntary Lobotomy, what to expect from the EP, what sorts of things they discussed as a band going into their first release, a brief history of the band, how they make a cohesive sound out of so many influences, their day jobs and how they benefit the music and more.
After paying close attention to the orchestral side of music over their last few releases, Blind Guardian have decided the boundaries can be pushed no more, electing instead to return more to their roots on their new album The God Machine. Thirty years after their groundbreaking release Somewhere Far Beyond, Blind Guardian prove that there’s still life left in the metal genre by infusing elements of their earlier work with a modern sensibility that promises to appeal to fans both old and new. HEAVY caught up with drummer Frederik Ehmke still a few weeks out from release to discuss The God Machine. "This time we had a long anticipation phase,” he nodded, “since the actual album was finished last year in July or so. We had to wait until then due to some production problems with vinyl pressing that they were waiting for materials and there was no room when they went to press the vinyl. Then there was the problem with the touring being postponed and that also is not a smart move to release an album when you can't tour for it. So that's why we were waiting, or were kind of forced to wait for another year. We tried to stretch that with some extra outputs, releasing some video clips and teasing with some material so people get an impression already beforehand. Finally, second of September is the day but we are now touring with festivals and still dealing with Corona problems somehow, so there's no real time to be nervous about the album release and we, pf course, cross our fingers that everything works out perfectly. We set the tracks and it's the best prepared that we could so we would assume and stay positive - not in a COVID way, we'll stay positive that everything will work out in the end." Much has been made of the sonic delivery on The God Machine, with Ehmke admitting he is relieved the band’s flirtation with orchestral arrangements has been shelved for now at least. "The God Machine is kind of a seizure in the band’s latest discography,” he offered. “We came from a longer path working with orchestral sounds and evolving that to a certain eclipse which culminated in the Legacy of the Dark Lands album, which is only orchestral and Hanzie's voice singing along to that. So then we felt, where shall we go from there? What shall we build up from there? We wanna evolve somehow, and we were missing a little bit the band focus lately. The orchestra needed a lot of room production wise and also composition wise. It was clear for everybody pretty much that we don't want to work with the orchestra for the next time and we wanna go straight forward with focusing on the band which was clear during the songwriting phase. We had some experiments as always, and then all of a sudden we all know that it was going more in the straightforward direction. What people can expect from the album is a kind of straight, speed metal ish, powerful, energetic album that has not too many outside of the box extra sounds. I think we're... we're not having that much of a folkoristic elements any more. It's more of a modern sound. It's kind of darker, it's very, very intense sound. We changed a lot of the production ways to achieve a new sound and also in the compositions it's more modern. more like a cyborg, scientific approach more than Classic Fantasy or The Medieval World or something like that." In the full interview, Frederik talks about the album process, how it reflects back to the band’s earlier material, the longevity of the band, experimenting with orchestra sounds and the impact it had on the rest of the band, the title and what it refers to, the striking cover art and more.
Just under two years ago the Australian music scene was saddened to hear that Sunshine Coast metal/rap/noise hybrid New Clear Vision were calling it a day. For five years the band was a breath of fresh air on a Brisbane music scene that too often got caught in its own self-importance rather than enjoying music for the pure body of work it is meant to be. Their stage outfits are still the stuff of legends and the sonic and physical mess they left in their wake after each performance was as soothing as it was savage. Such was the impending sense of loss of New Clear Vision were about to leave in the national music scene aa multitude of Aussie icons ranging from King Parrot’s Matt Young to Joel from Kaosis all the way over in New Zealand reached out with heartfelt tributes and words of encouragement to frontman and one of the most loved people in the business, Brad Bromfield. With an uncertain musical future Brad retreated from the limelight, his thoughts never far from securing another group of like minded musicians to rekindle the band. HEAVY is pleased to say that a couple of months ago Brad called us to deliver the good news that a rebirth of New Clear Vision was in the foreseeable future, with the first gig back being at HEAVY’s 10th Birthday Bash at the Mansfield Tavern on August 20. Check out our interview below which brings you up to date on what’s happening with the band and introduces us to the new members.
Calling all heavy metal fans, may I have your attention please! Oakland, California's Machine Head are about to drop their tenth, ten ton hammer on us all and trust me you are not prepared! In short (for now) 'Of Kingdom and Crown' is without doubt one of the most punishing heavy metal releases the band, who is now in it's fourth decade has ever released. Now that may be a stretch/ a sweeping statement given the bands insane back catalogue of classic metal thickenings but given first singles 'UNHALLØWED' and 'CHØKE ØN THE ASHES ØF YØUR HATE' are only a taste of what's to come then be settled in the fact that this album will sooth your brutal tunes pallet! The course of time has seen some personnel changes and even classic line-ups re entering the MH world to simply celebrate heavy metal history, most recently being the 'Burn My Eyes - Live-In-Studio-2019' which saw original members Logan Mader (Guitars) and Chris Kontos (Drums) join up with Robb Flynn (Vocals/ Guitars) and now long time bassist Jared MacEachern (Bass) for a raw and engaging live (in studio) recording of the classic 94' debut release. Fast forward a few years and with the addition of a pandemic to throw everything into utter chaos, Machine Head have (yet again) come out the other side of hard times with another belter in their collective hands! Joining Robb and Jared on the latest release is the almighty Waclaw Keiltyka (Lead Guitars) of Decapitated fame and Matt Alston on drums, and with the help, due to lockdowns etc. of Navene Koperweis (Studio Drums), former Animal as Leaders drummer who has also worked with the likes of Job For A Cowboy and Whitechapel to name a couple.....talk about a star studded line-up sheeeesh! This I will elaborate more on in the full album review, coming soon! I sat down with Robb to talk about what the last few years have been like in the Machine Head camp and how 'Of Kingdom and Crown' came to be. We talk studio times, vocal harmonies, YouTube live sessions, cover songs, Waclaw’s Right hand (if you know you know) and even enter into the guitar "gear head" world and as always we end with a classic story from the one and only Robb Flynn which, of course/ thankfully, included our man Mr. Dimebag Darrell (Pantera/ Damage Plan), what a cracker of a tale it was! So strap yourself in and enjoy some fine wine and words from one of the heavy metal greats, Mr. Robb Flynn.
Melbourne hard rock outfit Hellz Abyss are preparing for the first date of a national tour which starts on Saturday, August 6 at Scotties Garage in Melbourne. The Blow tour will travel most parts of Australia by the time it winds up back in Melbourne at Musicland on October 8, with the band promising an enchanted romp through the spectrum of rock through to metal at every turn. Not content to wait for the opening show, Hellz Abyss have today announced a surprise single and accompanying video for one of the live favourites Kill The Real Girls, which will premiere via HEAVY at 5pm AEST on August 4. The track highlights the myriad of components that is Hellz Abyss and is the perfect introduction for those out there who have yet to have a taste of the band. Vocalist Lisa Perry sat down with HEAVY earlier today to discuss the song and tour and the importance of keeping yourself busy.
Swedish hard rock/melodic rock outfit H.E.A.T. have quickly established themselves as one of the premiere exponents of the scene on a global scale, touring with the likes of Alice Cooper and Thin Lizzy, in the process introducing many hardened rock lovers to the driving rhythm that is melodic rock. Comprising members who have been there since the band’s inception in 2007 – and after the recent return of original vocalist Kenny Leckremo, who hasn’t sung with the band since the 2010 album Freedom Rock – H.E.A.T. plan to further strengthen their claim to the rock throne with Fridays release of their new album Force Majeure. Following the heavier direction of 2020s H.E.A.T II, H.E.A.T. have again adopted a similar approach for this new release which sees the original line-up reunited after a twelve year separation. On top of the album release, H.E.A.T. are also scheduled for a September tour of Australia with fellow rockers Crazy Lixx, marking the first time either band has toured this country as a functioning unit. HEAVY aught up with H.E.A.T. keyboardist/backing vocals/songwriter and producer Jona Tee to talk about the album and tour. "Obviously us being H.E.A.T. it's kind of 80s rock inspired but with a fresh sound,” he explained of Force Majeure. “I think we've built on the previous album H.E.A.T. II in terms of the sound and the songwriting. The biggest difference is we have Kenny our original singer back in the band again, which affects the whole sound and the whole outcome of the album, both vocally and also songwriting wise." After a prolonged absence of more than a decade, Tee smiles when asked how easy it was to fall back into old habits with Leckremo back at the helm. “"He was very adaptive to us, and he said I wanna keep building on what you guys have done because obviously he realised that we have been around for ten more years making music,” Tee said. “He came with song ideas, and we wrote together. Being a pandemic, it was the perfect way to integrate him into the band again. We got all the time we needed to write new music which was super important. I think that was important because if we had gone touring on H.E.A.T. II straight away it would be a different sounding album because we wouldn't have the same time in the studio to prepare everything." In the full interview Jona talks more about Force Majeure, the musical direction, continuing on the path begun with H.E.A.T. II, what defines heaviness in music, the run of shows with Crazy Lixx, sightseeing plans while they are here and more.
Newcastle thrash merchants PureEnvy have pretty much maintained radio silence since their popular sophomore album Redemption in 2018. A combination of world events and everyday life conspired to rob the band of their gathering momentum which began with their debut album As The Light Fades and grew rapidly on the back of a tireless touring schedule that saw the band regularly playing outside of their comfort zone. Rather than ease their way back into things, PureEnvy are preparing to unleash a monster of a tune by the name of Sweet Poison which is due for release on August 5. Picking up as though their last note was played in anger mere hours before rather than years, PureEnvy continue their relentless assault on the Australian music scene with a slab of unbridled aggression that proves that idle hands can be put to the greater good. HEAVY caught up with guitarist/vocalist Josip Malkoc to talk about the new single and what the band have been doing for the last four years, starting with how the nerves are coping in the lead up to what will be their first new music in four years. "I think it's like anything that you do,” he measured, “when you put yourself out there it's always nerve wracking. At the end of the day, you have to be confident in what you've got. We're pretty stoked with the final result and we're just keen to see what people think about it. You write the music for yourself, but people out there are going to listen to it, and there will be people that like it and people that don't which is all good." While PurEnvy have a set sound on the surface, they also utilize the extremities of their chosen genre to create a fresh musical landscape that allows them to veer in many different tangents. Sweet Poison may be a thrash song at its core, but Malkoc argues the end result in sound is more of a natural arc for PurEnvy rather than a preconceived direction. "Music for us is never like a set out mission,” he offered. “You turn up to rehearsal one day and it’s a case of what do you think about this riff or this? From there you write the rest of the song, so it's never a case of we're going to write a song about this or anything like that. It's just whatever comes out. Most musicians tend to evolve over time so it's all an evolution of how you play and your musical tastes and influences change." In the full interview, Josip discusses Sweet Poison in greater detail, talks about the lyrical concept behind the song, the structure of the song and how it grew naturally, the possibility of more new music to come, how much PureEnvy have changed sonically since Redemption, upcoming shows and more. Sweet Poison will premiere via HEAVY at 11am AEST on Thursday, August 4.
New York pop rock outfit State Champs head to Australia this September for a snatch and run mission to promote their recent album Kings Of The New Age. With what the band have openly proclaimed as the album that has made the biggest statement into a four album strong career, State Champs have entered the post COVID music world with a renewed vigour and sustained energy. Joining them for what is already being billed as the biggest pop punk tour of the year will be The Maine, Hot Milk and Paperweight. HEAVY caught up with vocalist Derek DiScanio to discuss the new album and tour, with one of the questions asking if the writing and recording process gets any easier as time goes on. In ways. In ways I think it's easier, in ways I think it can be a little bit more pressured, if you will. But the thing that we tried to do going into this album was to not take ourselves too seriously and remember what got us here in the first place and remember why we like making music. And what makes us happy doing this still, ten plus years into it. On our second and third album I think we had to outdo the first and the second ones, so there was a little bit of pressure there, but now that people care we just go back to our roots and think what do we like about our band? What do we wanna hear from ourselves and let's make an album that we wanna put on repeat in our own headphones and that's what we did and it relayed to the fans in the same way, so it's been pretty cool. It's been exciting." In the full interview, Derek talks about what we can expect from the shows, touring again after the pandemic, their previous trip to Australia and what the band love about the country, the support bands and why they were chosen, the new album and how it has been received, the early days of the band, the moment he felt they were getting popular, future plans and more.
In just four short years Gold Coast metalcore act Awake In Time have managed to spread their music far beyond their local confines and into the ears of a national audience. Their unyielding approach to music and consistent output has seen the band perform at Good Things Festival and more recently Wallapalooza, cementing their growing reputation with a frenetic live performance that dares you to look away. With the addition of an extra guitarist earlier this yar, Awake In Time have become even meatier with their output, transcending genres in a unique fashion that sees them raise the bar with every release. On the eve of the bands crushing new single Panic, which will be premiered via HEAVY on Wednesday at 5pm AEST, HEAVY sat down with drummer Michael Trotter and bass player Richard Isaac to discuss the new track. "Lyrically there's a bit of a message in there drawing back on the experience of what's happened with society and life with all the lockdowns and that sort of shit,” Isaac began. “All the chaos and a bit of anxiety that crept into everyone in a sense, so we had that idea when we were writing it to come up with some really good drums, a good bass line and some heavy dropdowns and a bit of an electronic component with a breakbeat at the start. Plus, with the second guitarist we've got it absolutely slaps. It's probably the funnest track that I've played on. There's a lot of energy in it and it's getting good responses when we have played it live." "We didn't want to be that cliche band that releases a song about COVID and all the tough times that we went through,” Trotter continued, “but the shit was real and it affected us and it affected us from doing what we love, which is play music. As crazy and as funny as it was, and bands brought out songs about COVID and what they went through it was a serious time for us. We thought shit, are we ever gonna get back to playing so we wrote a song about it and put our feelings into music." In the full interview, Michael and Richard talk more about Panic, the meaning behind the song, the impactful film clip and where the ideas came from, future new music, playing at major festivals and what It means to emerging bands, their upcoming tour with Diskust and more.
I Have Four Names is a pet project for Australian musician William Raleigh Vere Evatt , who has set himself the task of connecting his music with the public on his own terms and by his own volition. After sparking interest with his 2020 debut LP IH4N (DX) Will quickly followed with the 2021 EP Spike It. Used to being completely DIY, having previously handled every aspect of writing, performing, recording and production, as well as the art direction, for his recent album Suspended Sentence Will enlisted the help of outside collaborators for the first time, including live drumming and mixing by renowned engineer Stefan Du Randt. The result is a more polished and focused collection of songs that Will hopes will continue the progress made over his first two releases. HEAVY caught up with him for a chat earlier this week. "I basically do everything by myself,” he began, “and it can be really tough when you're an independent musician to get motivated or feel like you're doing anything worthwhile. There are so many great bands out there who nobody is ever going to hear - not saying I'm a great band - but there are so many talented artists out there who will never be heard. When it came around to my first album, that was a collection of tracks that I had been working on for years and I simply decided it's so depressing and demeaning to not have anybody hear this stuff, I'm going to make a last-ditch attempt and put them all out there and that's it. I sort of lucked into a situation where I decided to put it on vinyl and cassette and by doing that, I found this whole new audience of people who were receptive to physical media. It gave me a renewed passion to finally have people giving me feedback on the album. The whole idea with this new album was to go all out and the idea of Suspended Sentence is my sentence was going to be doomed to nobody ever hearing my stuff and that’s probably going to happen again in the future, but in the meantime the fans who supported me through that have suspended that sentence And then all of the tracks on the album essentially deal with what I've gone through as an artist trying to promote my work and the people I have had to deal with. It's sort of like giving voice to how much it sucks to be a tiny, independent artist." In the full interview Will talks more about the songs on Suspended Sentence, his decision to use outside help, the eclectic nature of the album, his goals going in, the history of I Have Four Names, keeping it as a studio project and more.
The musical lovechild of former Nitocris guitarist Jessica Finlayson, Raising Ravens is more than just another project. It is a labour of love for Finlayson; a project of passion that has seen her explore more musical personalities than is normally limited to the rock scope. With Raising Ravens Finlayson utilizes her gifts for more than just music. She provides a beacon of hope in a world full of problems, exposing the corrupt underbelly of a society that has for too long marched to its own beat. Her lyrics are powerful and confronting, taking on her perceived injustices front on with a song in her heart and iron in her lungs. Today, she returns with the powerful new single At The Mercy Of The Sky, showcasing yet another side to her musical psyche and offering a small taste of what to expect from her next album which is already underway. HEAVY caught up with Finlayson to talk more about what she has been up to. "This one’s a bit heavier than the last few releases,” she began. “It's off an album, so I just wanted to introduce a bit more of the epic side of the music because the last few releases have been kind of... not pop, but a bit more poppy. It's a bit longer than normal and is probably one of my favourite songs on the album. I play bass on it as well, because we had to do the bass in lockdown, so we couldn't get anyone in there, obviously. I had to take over bass duties which was quite funny. It's a massive production so I hope people like it. It's a bit different to what I've done with the last few releases, but you don't wanna keep putting out the same things." In the full interview, Jessica talks more about At The Mercy Of The Sky, the meaning behind it, exploring with different sounds, the awesome lyric video and where it comes from, releasing music through her own label, the upcoming launch show and more.
South African death metal visionaries Vulvodynia will be hitting Australian shores this November, off the back of their latest opus 'Praenuntius Infiniti’. Renowned for their flesh-melting and bone-busting death metal peppered with spine-shrinking breakdowns that capture the very crux of heavy music, 'Praenuntius Infiniti’ makes the fourth full-length record in the groups impressive repertoire. Accompanying them are Melbourne metalcore heavyweights Earth Caller and Brisbane deathcore sensations Babirusa. Teeming with inspiration from wildly distinct genres and artists and with the recent addition of Youtube sensation MISSTIQ, Earth Caller are ravenous to bring their blistering foot stomping mosh-core to their fans across the country. HEAVY’s CJ Nash caught up with Earth Caller to chat about the shows.
Sometimes, just sometimes, the planets align and one of the good guys has a victory. In music, as in life, it is generally the people who tow some form of company line that see themselves attaining the highs for which they truly deserve but occasionally one of the kids from the wrong side of the tracks manage to break into that illustrious club, in the process giving hope to a multitude of like minded people around the world that change is possible. Musically, that outsider for the current generation is Brisbane punk/rock outfit Dune Rats. Comprised of a group of mates that just wanna have fun and create music that they enjoy, Dune Rats have made somewhat of a mockery of the acceptable career trajectory afforded musicians. They refuse to conform, bow down or compromise, and for some reason people just love them! So much so that the band has had numerous number 1’s in this country and gathered prestigious awards, in the process becoming that rebellious influence that shows fans it’s alright not to be alright. They are a band who places their own agenda first and foremost and continues to churn out music your grandmother would choke to without fear of reprisal. Put simply, they do whatever the fuck they want and get away with it. Actually, they don’t get away with it, they thrive because of it. On the eve of the release of Dune Rat’s fourth and almost impossible to pronounce album Real Rare Whale (think I’m wrong, just try saying it out loud) HEAVY sat down with guitarist/vocalist Danny Beus for a fun chat about a bit of everything, starting with the tongue twister title. "It's either a genius marketing ploy or a dumb one,” Beus laughed. “We were coming up with a few names for the last album cycle, like Having A Bat which was gonna have a cricketer on the front cover, and then Real Rare Whale and our mate said that is the dumbest title for an album, don't name the album that and we thought for this album, because it's a pretty funny, fun, dumb album we thought it suits and we thought radio announcers like yourself would have difficulty pronouncing it so it would be pretty funny to hear." We all know how much fun Dune Rats are in neatly packaged song doses, but the question is how well will it translate to the new album? "The best thing about this album is we didn't get suckered in to one of those things that producers like to do,” Beus quickly replied, “where they say ‘where's the dip and the flow and the arc’? Every producer tries to get you to write your Green Day ‘Time Of Your Life’ song for the album and bring it down and we were kinda like, nah, we just wanna have an album that can pass the test of the party where you put it on at a party and it doesn’t make the party fizzle. We wanted to make it an album you put on at a party and then it finishes and everyone says fuck, that was a good half an hour! We had that intention but then having said that we wanted something that lyrically was deep enough that you could put on in your bedroom and listen to it yourself and hear that there's a bit of substance behind it. Sonically it's a super fun album, which means live it's gonna go off." In the whole chat, Danny talks about the importance of keeping things fresh and fun, the songs on the album and what they were going for, living up to expectations, the ability to be sophisticated while still staying fun, this weekends album launch parties, the re-emergence of Young Henry’s Dunnie Lager and more.
Bands from the Western side of Australia are generally up against it a touch more just because of their relative isolation to the rest of the country. One way to make sure people take notice is to make a hell of a lot of noise, which is something Perth thrash/death metal outfit Remission have figured out all for themselves. Following the success of their debut album The Tether’s End, which led to several tours of Australia and Asia, Remission pulled back just a touch and in the blink of an eye a couple of years had passed with no new material. That has changed with the recent release of the brutally aggressive track Hellfire, which shows the boys from the West have lost not one smidgen of their passion and zest for music. HEAVY caught up with Remission’s Jacson Robb to get the lowdown. "At the time I started writing Hellfire I was listening to a lot of hardcore and old school death metal,” he recalled, “which is a little more straight forward and I remember I was driving to work one day and I had the idea for the main riff come into my head and thought it would be sick to do heaps of chuggs and make it sound really tough. I got home from work that day, wrote the first riff, and then the rest of the song kind of developed into this really straight up hard, death metal, thrashy kind of thing. I thought it sounded sick, so I took it to the guys, we hashed it out a bit more and added a few bits here and there - so you hear a little bit of black metal influences there as well. With the last album as well, we had a minute and a half song that was fury all out, so we wanted to have one on this album as well and this song cut the cake pretty well. We decided to go with that, and it shows a bit of our harder influences, our hardcore influences, but it's gonna be an absolute cracker to play live." In the full interview, Jacson talks about Remission’s blending of thrash and death, how they find the balance, what they were going for musically with Hellfire, more new music in the works, signing to Extreme Management Group, upcoming gigs and more.
Mongolian rock outfit The Hu have not just provided a musical outlet since they came into our lives towards the end of the last decade, they have also managed to unify a global culture comprising many different languages under one banner. The banner of music. While their musical output has always been impressive, it is more the way that The Hu have transcended cultural and personal barriers by bringing their proud history to life by way of sonic teachings that have deep ruts in the heritage of the band and their music. Their 2019 debut album The Gereg debuted at number 1 across the globe, entrenching The Hu in the hearts and souls of music lovers of all walks of life. Their music might not be accessible to all, but it is in the delivery of this music that The Hu continually impress. Blending instruments such as the Morin Khuur (horsehead fiddle), Tovshuur (Mongolian guitar), Tumur Khuur (jaw harp) and throat singing with contemporary sounds, The Hu create a unique sonic profile that they call “Hunnu Rock.” On the eve of the September release of their new album Rumble Of Thunder, The Hu will be bringing their live show to Australia and New Zealand, with a select run of shows starting in Melbourne on August 2. Despite the obvious language barriers, HEAVY sat down for an entertaining and unusual interview with the band, conducted by an interpreter who relayed questions and answers throughout.
In a world where things are becoming more sanitized and predictable with every passing day, it is refreshing to see a musical presence that flies in the face of a new world order and roots their music in the naturally humane groundings of good old fashioned fun. Adelaide alt rock/psychedelic outfit Somnium are making a name for themselves with their fresh outlook on music, delivering a dose of good natured intent to go with a fuzzed out stoner rock influenced sound tailor made for an oblique view of reality. After the success of recent single Truth Set Me Free the boys return this week with What Would You Be When You Die?, a glimpse inside the afterlife courtesy of a myriad of differing possibilities of reincarnation. James and Anthony took time out from their own imaginations to chat with HEAVY about the new track. "I think a lot of the songs are a great display of where James and I have been at in time,” Anthony offered. “Obviously all music is a reflection of where an artist is - it's an artist’s job to depict the current times that are at hand - and with this song... this was a little bit later in the album process. We had done a lot of conceptual writing about thing and events we wanted to talk about and this one was more of a fun track." "Musically, this is like full on from the fuzz pedal,” James picked up. “I found these notes that have never been used before and it's influenced by Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age. I started mucking around with the notes and then we came up with this riff..." "Which worked in perfect harmony because at that time I got a new car,” Anthony continued, “and James had given me a new Them Crooked Vultures CD and in the opening song "Nobody Loves Me But Neither Do I" there's a bit of a technical section where John Paul Jones and Josh Homme do and... I think it's a 5/7 bar at the end? We took a similar idea and ran with that towards the end of the song where we do a bar of 6 and a bar of 8 with a few alternating bits to bring us back into the main riff." "It's very prog and mathematical without going too deep into it,” James concluded. In the full interview the boys talk more about the idea behind What Would You Be When You Die, the zany subject matter and how it came about, the film clip and what to expect, their new album which will be out later this year, keeping humour and fun in music, tour plans and more.
Norway is rightfully regarded as one of the premiere birthing stations for death and extreme metal. Whether it’s the cold that makes people snarl with anger or something in the air will likely never be known, but one thing that can be relied upon is that if you are going to see a band from that part of the world play live then you better b prepared for a high dose of brutality. Slam metal pioneers Kraanium are set to enforce their musical views upon Australian fans this September, as the band embark on what will be their first ever tour of this country. Their stage shows are said to be formidable and ferocious, and with fellow destruction machines Organectomy and Inhibitor on the bill things are sure to get intense. Kraanium vocalist Jack Christensen joined HEAVY to talk about the upcoming run of shows dubbed the Super Slam Brothers Tour. "To be honest, everything,” he laughed when asked what he was most looking forward to about playing in Australia. “First of all touring has been very shoddy over the last couple of years because of COVID so we really haven't been able to do anything more long term when it comes to tours. We've done weekend shows here and there and stuff like that, but we haven't really done an actual big tour since 2019. We're hell excited to just hang out together, come and see you guys, explore the country, literally everything. I know for most of us, if not all of us, it's gonna be our first time in Australia for any reason.” In the full interview, Jack tells us how the band will prepare to sonically invade a new country, their live show and what to expect, touring partners Organectomy and Inhibitor, new music and more.
It’would be easy to say the name Nicolas Cage Fighter out loud and still not catch on to the sheer genius of the play on words. Even now I’m sure there are some of you who are re-reading that opening line with a WTF look on your face thinking Krispy has finally lost his marbles. Well, I haven’t quite. Not yet anyway. Let’s face it, who doesn’t love Nicolas Cage? The only thing that could perhaps make him even cooler is if the guy could shift straight from the brooding lost puppy dog look into a snarling ring fighter complete with deadly hammer blows and a sickening elbow that could slice the top off a cheese grater. Yes, I am going somewhere here… If you combine that elongated rant and condense it considerably the man standing before you would be Nicolas Cage Fighter, the suavest and baddest man on the planet. This group of Victorian upstarts of the same name don’t need to flex their muscles inside the octagon. Instead, they just smash the shit out of their instruments with such venomous intent that even Chuck Lidell would likely take a couple of steps backwards at the site of the boys in full flight. Nicolas Cage Fighter have been knocking punters senseless for just over 10 years now, taking a slower, more measured trajectory that has seen them build a solid fan base and following that can only come with time and patience. While NCF have always been a brutal band the boys have ramped things up even more on their latest album The Bones That Grew From Pain, which was unleashed in all its fury today. The band have pushed themselves into even darker rabbit holes on this album, allowing themselves a fresh approach that encouraged them to change things up according to feel. Guitarist Justin Ellis sat down with HEAVY during the week to talk about the crushing new album. "It's definitely in the vein of what we're trying to achieve with NCF,” he smiled. “It's just heavy grooves with big breakdowns. We listen to a lot of different stuff but mainly a lot of hardcore and death metal. It’s definitely a step up from our last EP. We're just trying to improve and make music as heavy as we can." Following the release of last years EP Cut You Out NCF felt the tidal wave of public acceptance rapidly rise almost overnight. The EP introduced a legion of new fans to the Victorian hardcore outfit and provided yet more incentive for the NCF faithful. It was an EP that captured the band in electric form but rather than rest on their laurels the band vowed to deliver something even better on the follow up. "After we did the EP last year it sort of snowballed in that stuff started to take off really quickly,” he recalled. “ think I had a couple of months where I said this is the timeframe for the album, let's get it done. We've been in and out of the studio every week pre-proing songs until we were 100% happy and then we went in and recorded it. Because of COVID it fell apart a little bit. We had to have a few breaks here and there but overall we're super happy with how it all came out." In the full interview Justin goes over the EP in greater detail, talks about experimenting musically and how far to go, the dark tone for the album and how they achieved it, spending more time in pre-production and how that impacted the final result, the lyrical components of the music and where it came from, the blending of hardcore, death metal and late 90’s metal that defines their sound, hitting the road and more.
Melbourne hard rock/metal outfit Nth Rd are what will one day be referred to as COVID boomers. Out of darkness the four musicians found solace in music, determined not to let the unpredictable nature of everyday existence dampen their spirits. With the nucleus for current EP Pain written before the world shut down, Nth Rd were forced to shelve the material for a potentially indefinite period and hold onto hope that the four of them would one day be able to reunite in the studio and complete their quest. By focusing on other aspects of the band and music throughout those long months of isolation, Nth Rd cleverly laid the platform for their debut EP, working behind the scenes to ensure people would be able to recognize or relate to the band once human contact was again possible. The result is the beautifully poignant 5 track EP Panic. As the title suggests the EP is a collection of songs that explores human emotions and feelings when confronted by attacks of claustrophobia and panic attacks. It is a collection of songs that are as confronting as they are cathartic, each working through different stages of a panic attack response. Musically, Nth Rd have also shown the benefit of time spent to focus on their songwriting, with Panic absorbing moments of darkness and heaviness that add added sonic layers to their music. HEAVY caught up with vocalist Jordan Kellaway to discuss the EP and the strides forward taken by Nth Rd. "We were really proactive during the pandemic,” he nodded. “We definitely didn't take that time lightly and really tried to take advantage of how bad the situation was but still make the most of it. We ended up writing a little bit during the pandemic and in those in between sections between isolations were when we were recording. There was a lot of that and a lot of strategy involved in curating our image and what we wanted to be and what we wanted to do with this band. Once we came out the other side, I felt like we were actually far more prepared. We definitely made use of it. It was obviously a struggle at times, as it was for everyone. It was an incredibly difficult time to navigate but I feel like we made the most of it and came out the other side stronger." In the full interview, Jordan talks about utilizing their time during COVID, the stop/start nature of the EP process and how it impacted the final product, the personal nature of the songs and how they helped him deal with his own demons, the different components of suffering explored on the EP, musical changes the band brought to the recording and how it will flow on into future recordings, touring plans and more.
South Adelaide thrash outfit Hidden Intent are no strangers to a beer and a laugh in between writing some of the most brutal thrash metal riffs this side of the black stump. The boys – to use the old adage – work hard, play hard, and live even harder, wrapping the whole package neatly together with a tireless work ethic and unrelenting love for the music life and everything that goes with it. Despite living in one of the more isolated musical hubs on this large island we call Australia, Hidden Intent have managed to traverse this country and abroad at an alarming and regular rate that typifies their approach to their craft. Before heading to the US again in September for a run of shows with Angelus Apatrida and Nervochaos, Hidden Intent have decided to bless us with one final parting gift in the form of a new single and some home shows. Hidden Intent recently celebrated their tenth anniversary as a band but rather than wait for the adulation to be directed their way, they have instead decided to be the ones bearing the gifts and today present the people of Australia with a patriotic song about how great it is to be a part of this country. Get A Dog Up Ya is a fun-filled romp into the inner psyche of a typical Aussie yobbo, outlining a local colloquialism that makes about as much sense as dating your grandmother. For the foreigners here, to Get A Dog Up Ya is to have a beer – in layman’s terms – so of course in keeping with the spirit of the title the Hidden Intent lads have delivered an accompanying film clip that celebrates what is to most Australians a way of life. HEAVY sat down for a chat with bass playing frontman Chris ‘McThrashy’ McEwen to try and get in on the fun. "We wanted something short, fast and to the point,” he explained of the new single, “so we went with a two minute crossover banger. We just wanted it to be short, sharp, and in your face. We tried to work on that more with this album by trimming the fat and getting the songs a bit more to the point and that's one that's gonna be a non stop cracker of a song.” The film clip that comes with Get A Dog Up Ya is more or less an indictment on the life of any self respecting Aussie larrikin. It features cheap grog, vomiting, crowd surfing, moshing and the good old Goon-Of-Fortune and provides the perfect visual soundtrack to the musical tale of debauchery. "It was rad, man. Such a fun night,” he smiled when asked how much fun making the film clip was. “It was hectic trying to get it together and get people organised and get the punters there. It was a bit loosey goosey but ended up being a really good night. I was a bit worried that not a lot of people would turn up for it, especially being quite early on a Saturday night when we filmed it because we had very strict times when we could film it in the rehearsal room. It ended up being a cracker of a night. We had the right crew there and we had a big party after it was done at someone’s house. We filmed that Goon-Of-Fortune part and once we finished that it was straight to the beers and order some pizzas." In the full interview, Chris brings us up to speed on some Aussie slang and the meaning behind some of the saying in the song, talks about the band’s upcoming home shows before heading to the US, the expectations of touring musicians in the modern climate, the importance of being a touring band, future plans and more.
Hailing from the relatively serene US town of California, hardcore outfit Xibalba are living proof that not all people are shaped by their surroundings. Known more for things like Hollywood and Disneyland, California, on the surface, is an idyllic place to call home. The many beaches and chilled way of life hardly seems like the catalyst for what can only be described as the brutal hardcore metal that is the staple diet of Xibalba, but no matter which way you try and spin it these metal warriors are a force unto themselves. Since 2007 the group has captured the ferocious underbelly of US metal like few before, delivering an unapologetic sonic battering on each of their four albums, offset by an even more aggressive live show that leaves no quarter for the faint at heart. After decimating their home country on a current run of dates, Xibalba will next set their sights on Australia for a smash and grab run of shows that promise to be unlike anything seen on these shores in recent memory. To help prepare us for the carnage, HEAVY sat down with guitarist Martin Stewart to get some safety tips. "This band is kind of notorious for having a bit too much fun, so we're definitely gonna be doing that," he laughed. "We're gonna take advantage of the fact that we're in Australia and have as much fun as possible at these shows and take a break from life, have a great vacation, and hopefully have some amazing shows." The press release warns fans for a “stretch of terrifying shows”, a red flag maybe for those who maybe don’t like to get up close and personal at shows. "The music that Xibalba plays is extremely heavy so sometimes the shows have been known to get a little wild and crazy,” Stewart smiled. “Hopefully that translates over there in Australia and we get to experience the same thing." In the full interview, Martin talks us more through what to expect, down time on the road, playing an all ages show and the American equivalent, memories from their last tour in 2012, singing in multiple languages and catering set lists to suit where they are, their brand of metal and where it comes from and more.
Formed from the debacle that was the recent pandemic, Perth indie punk outfit The Mess Around were born into a musical climate still reeling from the flow on effects that almost crippled the industry. As such, the five aspiring musicians vowed to keep their music light, fun and enjoyable, spreading a positive vibe amongst the growing gloom. With three previous singles under their belt The Mess Around are about to launch their fourth and possibly most catchy tune Still Broke, a song which, as the title suggests, outlines a predicament being faced by far too many of us in the modern age. HEAVY caught up with guitarist Luca and bass player Cian for a look inside the world of a band who just love to mess around. "A lot of our music starts out with jams,” Luca explained, “and we were going for a little bit of a surfy vibe. We got into the groove, and I feel like we blended in nicely some harmonic elements as well. It's a little more relaxed than a lot of our stuff that maybe comes across a bit heavier but this one is... we were going for a good vibe song, kind of a beach type vibe, getting down with your mates and down to the beach. We're always down at the beach playing around. In WA there's a bar called the Indie Bar which is right next to the beach, and we are down there all the time. This song gives out that beachy, friendly vibe and we love playing it. It's really great to play on stage." In the full interview, the boys talk more about Still Broke and what it’s about, a possible future long player, forming during COVID, promoting a new band during that period while not being able to play live, their attitude to music and life, upcoming shows and more.
After exploding onto the national scene with their self titled EP in 2018, Melbourne rock outfit Fight The Sun faded quietly in the background, unheard from for over two years. That changed in 2021 when the band returned with “Mistakes”, a song which highlighted the bands quiet period without offering excuses. They followed that up earlier this year with “Friends Are Enemies”, further solidifying their intentions and have returned recently with the single “Carnival”, a high energy rock number that screams ‘we’re back’ louder than any words on their own could. HEAVY caught up with Adrian Kluke to chat about where Fight The Sun have been and where they are going. "It's been interesting,” he measured. “I think there's been a reasonable amount of variation in the three tracks that have dropped so far and we kinda like that. We like keeping things interesting and not just having the one kind of... don't get me wrong, I love bands like AC/DC who have a certain identifiable sound, but within that we like to change things up a little bit. The previous song Friends Are Enemies was more of a slower, heavier grind kind of track and this one is more up tempo. Overall it's been a really positive response. It's one of those interesting things. We're finding it's a bit of a slow build. We're not one of these bands where we're on the level that when we bring something out it explodes and it's everywhere. We're finding it's more a slow momentum." In the full interview, Adrian talks more about Carnival and what they were going for with it, whether the recent songs are part of a bigger picture, easing back into music, their debut EP and what happened to the band after that, why they decided to start up again, losing momentum, future plans and more.
Just like the marauding Vikings which dominate their music, Amon Amarth have conquered lands without fear or remorse – but more so sonically rather than by the force wielded by their ancestors. Since forming in Sweden in 1992 the band have swept all before them with a blending of ferocious yet melodic tidings awash with the majesty of Viking history, folklore and culture. Their music is as authentic as it is passionate, overpowering all before it and embedding a way of life into a musical landscape. Amon Amarth have emerged from a tumultuous two years for the world as a whole in the only way they know how – triumphantly and with a fresh slab of heaviness from which to launch their assault. With ‘The Great Heathen Army’ set to invade on August 5, guitarist Olavi Mikkonen sat down with HEAVY to discuss another impending victory. "It's a new album,” he declared. “We haven't really changed too much, but I think the album is a little heavier, and a little darker compared to previous. Hopefully the fans are gonna love it the way we do." Mikkonen has been quoted as saying The Great Heathen Army is “a darker, more death metal sounding album”, to which he elaborates, simplifying the remark. "We are back in B tuning. Berserker was a higher tuning so we're back where we've always been. Also, I think musically it's a throwback to what we did 10 or 15 years ago." In the full interview, Olavi talks more about the direction of the album, the darker elements that run through it, the subject matter and how much emphasis is placed on being historically accurate, the early days of the band, how they have changed musically over the years, upcoming tours and more.
Shock, horror metal outfit Gwar have been scaring the pants of metalheads for over three decades now, but beneath the exterior and musical talent the band have seldom been seen in their natural light. The metamorphosis from man to monster that goes with being part of a Gwar experience is one which usually transpires behind closed doors but Shudder is changing all of that forever with their new documentary This Is Gwar which will be released on July 21 exclusively through the outlet. It is a never before told story and glimpse into what makes the band function, featuring interviews with past and present band members and behind the scenes footage that you might wish you had never seen. All in all, This Is Gwar is a fascinating peek behind the curtain of a mega famous band with images and stories only those in the bands inner sanctum have been privy to. Until now. HEAVY caught up with guitarist Mike Derks for an insight into the new movie/documentary. "For me it's one of the hardest movies that I've ever had to watch in my life,” Derks laughed. “It's not as enjoyable to me as it is for hopefully most other viewers, but that's because it's about a lot of things in my life that were probably some of the hardest parts of my life, and some of the best. It's a great movie. The director Scott Barber did a great job. He worked with us for about two years and came out and interviewed a bunch of us. The band has been around for so long - over 35 years now - but there's been a lot of people in and out of the band and he tracked down a bunch of us and managed to put together a cohesive story out of all of our tales." One of the hardest parts of making this film would have been fitting 35 years of Gwar mayhem into a neatly packaged two hour movie, a point Derks laughs at when asked. "Scott was saying he could have done a mini series with it,” he smiled. “There's so much that happened but he hit a lot of the key events in our career. The thing about Gwar is we're known for wearing costumes and being these monsters so we have all mythos behind it, but this is the first time people have gotten to see what goes in to creating that stage show. It's more about the people that create the costumes and show. It's not a Gwar movie. It's about the people that make Gwar." In the full interview, Mike talks more about the finished movie, outlines the importance of a documentary such as this, the focus of the movie, where the idea came from, the never seen before footage and where it was dug up, Gwar’s live shows and what goes into them, having a sense of humour in modern music, the bands last album The New Dark Ages and how it was received, touring plans and more.
Three decades ago the musical landscape was far removed to what we know today. All of the modern genres and associated sub-genres had not even gained a sniff of fresh air and music pretty much stayed in its own lane and keep to its own kind so to speak. A fresh wave of bands began to change that and people’s approach to music completely, mixing genres on a whim and combining sounds that until then had seemed to be polar opposite. Things like Nu-Metal came from this period as bands like Korn and Slipknot spearheaded a musical revolution that has continued unabated to this very day. ON the lower East Side of New York another scene began to mix the music which spurned its passion with music from another realm as punk and metal became unlikely bedfellows as bands like Suicidal Tendencies and Body Count rose to prominence. Another band that was swept up in this cycle was Unsane, a brash, young invincible group of musicians who refused to bow to the laws of music, instead opting to allow a movement to dictate a sound that is now an indispensable part of music culture. With the release of their self titled debut album in 1991, Unsane delivered a brutal slab of crossover metal that still stands the test of time today. So much so, that the band will be re-releasing the remastered and improved version on September 23. HEAVY caught up with frontman Chris Spencer to understand the reasons behind re-releasing the album over three decades later. "It never got repressed,” he offered, “and during the pandemic my friend and manager Todd got all the rights to all of our shit back for us so now we own pretty much everything. There's one record that we didn't get because that was on Atlantic Records, but we got everything back and we figured we'd start reissuing stuff, doing it all from the very beginning and doing it chronologically.” IN the full interview, Chris talks more about how the remastered version is an improvement on the original, the reasons behind releasing it now, the albums relevance in modern society, the original confronting cover and why they chose to go with it, the early days of Unsane and how they grew as a band, reforming the band last year with a new line-up and playing only older songs, tour plans and more.
South African death metal outfit Vulvodynia are set to decimate Australian audiences when they make their long awaited return in November. Vulvodynia have left no stone unturned since the easing of restrictions, having recently returned from Europe before taking a few weeks to recover and heading back for a US assault. Their growing reputation is reward for sustained effort, with last years album Praenuntius Infiniti seeing the band take that vital next step in their musical development. With a devastating amalgamation of brutal slamming metal with melodic technical metal, Vulvodynia have created their own brand of aggressive music that, in the words of vocalist Duncan Bentley is “the most brutal thing you’ve ever heard: the equivalent of a sewer flowing through your ears and into your brain.” HEAVY caught up with Duncan for clarification and started by asking what preparing for a tour to Australia is like for a band on the other side of the world. "Being a band from South Africa, not a lot of other bands have done what we've done,” he verbalized. “During COVID we realised that we had taken the whole touring thing for granted and we didn't realise what we had until it was gone. Now we are so ready to just be on the road for the whole year pretty much. Like I said, there are very few bands from South Africa doing what we are doing so it's an awesome thing being able to go over and inspire bands this side to try and aspire to bigger things because there's so many amazing artists in South Africa and a lot of them give up before they can even travel overseas. We've been doing this for quite a while, and we hit Australia last in 2019 and that was a hard tour for us because it was during all of the forest fires and things like that there in Australia and I remember we had to take some crazy detours to get to some of the shows. This time around it's going to be a lot easier. I think as a band from South Africa preparing to go over that side, it's quite difficult. It's harder for us to get visas than most other bands from other countries and things like that, but when we've gotten to the level that we are at now it's actually quite simple for us to go over. Australia is so similar to South Africa weather wise and I feel like with how friendly the people there are that going over that side is like being at home playing shows (laughs)." In the full interview, Duncan runs us through what to expect from the shows, the response to Praenuntius Infiniti, cramming as much in on tour in a short amount of time, their style of music and how it comes together, capitalizing on momentum and more.
Australian hardcore heavyweight outfit Outright are living proof that metal can come with a heart. Driven by a strong sense of ethics, energy and community spirit, Outright may be a ferocious force of nature when playing music but beneath the aggression lies a collection of determined and talented musicians who just so happen to express themselves with a sonic wave of contempt. Things have been strangely quiet with the band since their critically acclaimed debut album Avalanche in 2014 but all of that is about to change with the release today of their new album Keep You Warm. Outright have lost none of their punch during their absence, if anything using the time to tighten their vision and better refine their skills. The band are certainly making up for lost time, and with a hell of a lot more planned for the foreseeable future HEAVY tracked down vocalist Jelena Goluza to catch up on things. "It's Keep You Warm) more of what Outright is probably already known for,” Goluza said, “that blend of punk energy with the hardcore influences. But what we really love about this album is how we've been able to push out of those boundaries a little bit more. There's a lot more of a metallic influence, there's a bit more melody thrown in, there's a seven and a half minute stoner riff that goes on half way through the album and we've also got a one minute blast beat track that just thrashes through. We're really pushing outside of our boundaries a little bit more on this and pushing the themes. Moving beyond personal experiences to some broader things as well. It's been an amalgamation of a lot of writing and resilience through lockdowns over the last two years and we're just so stoked that we could actually pull it all together." In the full interview, Jelena tells us more about the musical side of Keep You Warm, what has changed with the band since their debut album, the musical changes brought in, writing and recording through lockdowns, Outright’s early vision and how it has changed, forming their own label Reason and Rage Records, tour plans and more.