The beast that is Karnivool has awoken and is heading out on its first Australian tour in years, which the band could not be happier about! Karnivool haven’t toured Australia since their barnstorming headline slot on the larger-than-life Monolith Tour in 2022, so it’s been a while between drinks, even for Karnivool! What’s the occasion? […]
Though they’re a new band, Guiltless are no strangers to the worlds of post metal and artsy rock. A collaboration between A Storm of Light members Billy Graves, Dan Hawkins and Josh Graham plus Intronaut’s Sacha Dunable, the band members draw upon their shared love for noise rock, sludge and heavy experimental music on their debut EP, Thorns.
Releasing on February 23 via Neurot Recordings, Thorns fits snugly into the post-metal category. Thunderous low-end, deep, roaring vocals and rhythmic, almost tribal at times, drumming are on display here, along with dark, crushing guitar leads. Graham, who handles guitar, vocals and noise, puts down a mighty performance as frontman; on third song “Dead Eye,” he sounds menacing.
Dunable plays bass in Guiltless, a fresh change from his 20-year tenure as the guitarist and vocalist of Intronaut. It’s interesting to hear his performance take the supporting role this time, especially among band members who have worked together before.
“Thorns is our first collective journey as Guiltless,” says Graham, “And we’re all happy to finally have these songs out in the world. We are hard at work on our first full-length now and looking forward to playing live. Big thanks to Neurot Recordings, Earsplit, Rarely Unable, and Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.”
If you’re familiar with Neurot Recordings or their parent band Neurosis, you probably have an idea of what to expect on the EP. In addition to a full stream of the album (listen below), Graham gave Decibel a track-by-track breakdown of the EP.
Guiltless – Thorns Track-by-Track Breakdown by Josh Graham (guitar, vocals, noise)
“Devour Collide” was the first and last song in the writing process. The first half was among the first explorations for the sound of the band, and the end took three weeks of battling to make it work – stripped down evolving collision.
“All We Destroy” is the song that set the tone of the band overall and defines a large portion of this first release. It’s a stripped-down arrangement compared to the other tracks but has a clarified pummeling energy/driving force. Lyrically bleak, it feels like the current state and trajectory of our planet, and is influenced by the short story by Margaret Atwood, Time Capsule Found On The Dead Planet.
Sacha calls “Dead-Eye” our ballad, which the rest of us thought was pretty funny. This is one of my favorites – there’s a lot of open space and some Sabbathy moments before the end picks up. The title refers to Dead-Eye in the sense of memory – as in the ability to hold in the mind.
“In Radiant Glow” was the last song to fully come together on the EP. It has some more variation and complexity in the arrangement than “All We Destroy,” but still carries that same kind of heft – for me – there are some Godflesh moments, some Jesus Lizard, and even a brief Slayer breakdown. Lyrically, it’s a sarcastic, surreal, post-WWIII worst-case-scenario story, and now that I think of it, subliminally influenced by both Kira Jane Buxton’s Hollow Kingdom and Jeff Vandermeer’s Borne.
As punk as pink can be. Naoko, Atsuko and Risa make the sugar rush for the stage as these gigantors of Japanese astro-pop -punk fire up their quatro decade-plus power packs and rocket to their best place… Australia 2024, when they will rocket around the country for a 9-date tour, marking the band’s sixth tour […]
Where they from?
Bend, OR. I joined a bowling league recently and that shit is way harder than I remember. We bowled three games yesterday and my top score was 58. That’s not just pathetic, that’s pants-shittingly, lose-your-girlfriend pathetic. I got five gutter balls in a row; it was a disgrace.
Why the hype?
It’s been a while since I’ve heard a powerviolence band go this fucking hard. This shit is on the same stratosphere as the almighty Mellow Harsher an the equally legendary — though obscure — Tumor Feast. Just absolutely jarring, arhythmic blasts that attack you only from the most skewed and disjointed angles all inter-spliced with bizarre hip hop and movie samples.
Weapon World EP, self-released. I really like this ban’s name because it remind me of the ol’ X-Men villain Arcade and his “Murder World,” which was basically an amusement park he set up for the X-Men except all the rides were DEADLY! It was kind of like Action Park in New Jersey but ON PURPOSE!
Amalgama, an internationally acknowledged metal band, is pleased to announce the release of their new single Dark Lacroix. This track is the first taste of their much-awaited album Mastermind, ushering in a new chapter in their historic career, which has included four studio albums, several singles, and over 450 significant live performances across Europe. Dark […]
Metal outfit Amalgama are on the verge of releasing their new album Mastermind and have elected to share the lead single Dark Lacroix with HEAVY and our listeners. A tasty guitar intro revs up the drums before an almighty scream fills the void and the guitar soars majestically with an awesome lick that reverbs into […]
Following their SOLD OUT 25-year anniversary show in early 2023, acid jazz/funk/jam-band The Box will ride again with a debut show at Mo’s Desert Clubhouse on the Gold Coast on Thurs Feb 22, supported by the lovely and talented singer-songwriter Jade Stoddart. The Box, formed on the Northern Beaches in Sydney way back in ‘96, […]
Get ready to rock as SPLIFFS n RIFFS returns to The Rosemount Hotel for a mind-blowing music festival experience on March 3, 2024. Featuring three stages and 20 bands spanning genres like stoner rock, psychedelic, punk, and metal, this year’s line-up promises to deliver an unforgettable sonic journey. Headlining the event is Japan’s amazing MINAMI […]
UK based metal duo Philistine, consisting of seasoned veterans Dean Smith and Marq Vas, proudly announce the release and pre-order of their limited edition 7-inch vinyl featuring two tracks from their debut album Seranim. Originating from the South African metal scene of the mid/late 80s, Dean Smith (instruments) and Marq Vas (vocals) have individually left […]
Japanese rockers Crossfaith have returned with a roaring new single titled ZERO. The song comes out of the gates swinging, throwing hellacious haymakers from start to finish. It finds the band continuing to cross-pollinate metal and industrial music into a DNA-distinct blend. The accompanying visual finds the band performing with a fierce fire in its […]