Two Minutes With... Bolt Gun

Two Minutes With... Bolt Gun

Bolt Gun sonically create both sides of their own unique yin and yang. Harnessing some of metal's darkest, most chaotic aspects and placing them next to comforting ambient aspects, Bolt Gun appear to place a high regard on intelligent experimentation, and the payoff is spectacular. Iron Surgeon drags the listener across the gravel pit, unleashing a flesh-tearing fury of drums, riffs and howls with dashes of black metal and droning noise ducking in and out of the music, before fading out with a contrasted ethereal ambience. 

Bolt Gun and Illyria support Alcest for a belter of a line-up at Perth's Badlands come Saturday April 29. We caught up with vocalist and co-founder of Bolt Gun Andrew Trevenen as part of our Two Minutes With... series.

Two Minutes With... Alithia

Two Minutes With... Alithia

Alithia describe themselves as 'astral space core', which is fairly apt considering their use of lengthy melodic dynamics and an approach to composition that's less 'in your face' and more 'in your atmosphere'. To critics, To The Edge Of Time leans a little closer to progressive metal. It's an album that drowns the listener in clean flowing tracks, featuring plenty of soft string and piano work that teases out and captures interest rather than violently dragging it out on a hook.

Alithia take to the stage at Max Watt's in Melbourne with Arbrynth in support of Alcest come Friday, April 28. We took some time to chat with bassist Tibor Gede ahead of their performance as part of our Two Minutes With... series.

Two Minutes With... The Veil

Two Minutes With... The Veil

The Veil are a majestic, complex and interesting band. While their music could easily be described as post-rock, there's trace elements of sludge, doom, black and post-metal, along with post-punk woven throughout their most recent album, Impermanence. It's impressive and fairly ambitious to throw so many styles together - yet what makes The Veil an act worth the listen is the sheer ease with which they pull this feat off. The end result - moody, tense music with some of the best craftsmanship you'll find in Australia.

The Veil join Germ and Alcest on support for their show at Sydney's Manning Bar on Thursday, April 27. LIFE IS NOISE had a chat to guitarist, vocalist and bassist Che DeBoehmler as part of our Two Minutes With... series.

Two Minutes With... Arbrynth

Two Minutes With... Arbrynth

Forest metal act Arbrynth creates a lush soundscape that flutters between agressive and calm. Drinker Of Worlds takes elements of soft, wistful vocals which float over marching instrumentals - encapturing a sense of being lost amongst misty pines. The band aptly take post metal's atmospheric essence and redirect it into something more, a unique amlagamation that seems to tap into a wider range of metal influences than first percieved.

LIFE IS NOISE caught up with guitarist/vocalist Dodds ahead of Arbrynth's support slot with Alcest at Max Watt's in Melbourne on Friday, April 28.

Two Minutes With... Germ

Two Minutes With... Germ

Experimental and very depressing black metal project Germ currently serves as Tim Yatras' (formerly of Woods Of Desolation, Austere, Grey Waters and more) current musical focus. Germ is impressive - formidable even - and it's almost unfathomable that such a full bodied, dynamic catalogue of music could be pieced together by Yatras alone with this solo project. His most recent album, Escape, is riddled with robust dynamics which slide elegantly into gorgeous transitions. Every song sets its own scene - pulling the listener through it's intricacies and over walls of noise. 

Germ joins Alcest and The Veil at Manning Bar in Sydney on Thursday, April 27 for a night set to drown the audience in a noise most astral. LIFE IS NOISE caught up with Yatras for a few words ahead of the show as part of our Two Minutes With... series. 

Interviews: Alcest

Interviews: Alcest

Alcest are a myth in their own right. Their focus on the spiritual and a heavy devotion to conceptualism adds a mystery to the band’s identity, made manifest in their music and the way they discuss it. This intrigue runs deep with their last album, Kodama, spawned as a by-product of composer and multi-instrumentalist Neige’s interest in the classic Hayao Miyazaki film Princess Mononoke. The end product is a sprawling six tracks of music as cinematic as the film itself, once again pushing the myth of Alcest into the greater world. Neige speaks with LIFE IS NOISE about where the band sits amongst metalheads and shoegazers, and offers a glimpse into the legendary blackgaze composer’s process.

Two Minutes With... Illyria

Two Minutes With... Illyria

Perth based post-black metal act ILLYRIA are a force to be reckoned with. Capable of creating music that ties pure unbridled chaos with catchy post-metal segments, Illyria show keen talents in not only black metal but music in general - and they aren't afraid to show it. Their recently released single, Swansong, is a mix of hard hitting post-metal with haunting shrieks, pulverising drumming and climatic song structure. Without effort, it transitions between a sense of cold ethereality and heated riffwork, creating a mood as tense as it is forlorn.

Illyria will be crushing Perth's Badlands to pieces in support of Alcest come Saturday April 29. LIFE IS NOISE caught up with vocalist/guitarist Ilija Stajic for a quick chat before the show as part of our Two Minutes With... series.

Two Minutes With... Deafcult

Two Minutes With... Deafcult

DEAFCULT's poppier take on shoegaze makes for a refreshing listen in a genre that often gets lost in clinging to it's ethos of noise. Their self-titled record covers impressive amounts of territory. Featuring up-tempo jams, blasting walls of noise, dreamy vocals and fluctuating drumming, the final product of the album is something notably powerful whilst retaining a feeling of softness.

Deafcult will be pushing their amps to tense limits when they support Alcest for their show at Crowbar, Brisbane on Tuesday, April 25. LIFE IS NOISE caught up with guitarist and vocalist Stevie Scott beforehand as part of our Two Minutes With... series.

PALLBEARER

LIFE IS NOISE is proud to announce the return of the colossal PALLBEARER to venues across Australia before they embark on their first ever tour of New Zealand. The band’s return follows the recent release of their third album, Heartless, a towering release that’s hastily rode a wave of positive feedback throughout the metal community.

The Arkansas four piece will be slinging their serpentine brand of doom to venues in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and Wellington from the very end of June through to early July.

“On every one of its albums, Pallbearer makes music for the mountains. Plodding, tectonic plate-shifting guitar riffs, thunderous drums, and soaring Black Sabbath vocals are tools that have been used by many doom metal bands the world over, but in the hands of this Arkansas quartet, they hit with the sledgehammer punch that makes doom quite possibly the most cathartic of metal’s subgenres” – Consequence of Sound

Pallbearer are often compared to doom pioneers such as Pentagram, Saint Vitus and Black Sabbath for all the right reasons – they offer a complexity with roots deeply sunk into classic prog, 90s alt-rock and stretches of black tinged proto-metal. Stripping themselves away from the verse/chorus/verse structuring of music grants an ability to craft ambling songs, taking a listener through valleys of hypnotic riff-work before scaling mountains of emotional catharsis.

Heartless’ immediate, grounded lyrics come from a concentration on ‘grim reality’, as explained by vocalist/guitarist Brett Campbell and bassist/secondary vocalist Joseph D Roland: “Our lives, our homes and our world are all plumbing in the depths of utter darkness, as we seek to find any shred of hope we can”. Pallbearer accompany these themes on Heartless with the inclusion of unexpected musical instruments and techniques as Campbell and Roland handle synthesisers next to their usual duties. With the addition of gentle acoustics and the crunch of their riffs, the end result is a colossal hour of expansive music, powerful in both theme and sound itself.              

“Heartless is Pallbearer’s best album by an order of magnitude. It’s their most accomplished work, their most interesting work, and their most complicated work; it’s also their most intricate, innovative, and impressive in terms of both the writing and performances on display; and somehow, it’s also the flat-out best-sounding and most fun to listen to.” – Stereogum

Pallbearer begin their next adventure down to Australia and New Zealand at the very end of June, marking their first ever shows in New Zealand following their second tour to Australian shores in just as many years. With a live show that captures a rare balance between ungodly heaviness and sheer majesty, be sure to grab tickets early to capture a unique live performance.

Catch Pallbearer on the following dates:

Rosemount, Perth – Friday, June 30
Crowbar, Brisbane – Saturday, July 1
Manning Bar, Sydney – Tuesday, July 4
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne – Friday, July 7
Whammy Bar, Auckland – Saturday, July 8
San Fran, Wellington – Sunday, July 9

 

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Two Minutes With... Mothra

Two Minutes With... Mothra

MOTHRA create music laden with sounds that flow over open vistas next to sharp, gainy riffs which dance over serrated drumming. Decision Process is a lyricless flight into a realm where pacing and composition are currency, funding some of the most intelligent progressive metal you'll find this side of the equator.

LIFE IS NOISE shares a few words with Guitarist/Sampler Hugh Allan from Mothra ahead of their support slot with Alcest, taking place at Auckland's Whammy Bar this Sunday, April 23.

Alcest Tour: Support Announcement

 
 

 

LIFE IS NOISE is proud to announce the selected support acts for Alcest’s upcoming tour across Australia and New Zealand, starting late April.

With San Fran in Wellington as the first stop, Alcest will find themselves supported by monstrous experimental post-rock compositions from Into Orbit, along with lush, spacious soundscapes from Hiboux on Sunday, April 23.

Attendees to Auckland’s Whammy Bar will find themselves crushed by Mothra’s combination of gnashing yet open style of psychedelic atmospheric sludge, as The Dark Third precede the show with their galloping brand of post-rock at the show on Monday, April 24.

Brisbane’s Crowbar plays host to a different kind of vibe with Deafcult on support, performing with a formidable balance between shoegaze, pop and a robust command of the genre defining ‘wall of noise’, come Tuesday, April 25.

Sydney’s show at Manning Bar will take a turn for the darker, as experimental black metal artist Germ unleashes a balanced set of soaring, weightless riffs juxtaposed by punishing drums and ethereal shredding. The Veil will also hit home with their angular brand of multi-genred post-rock, adding commanding vocals to atmospheric instrumentals for salient effect to their performance on Thursday, April 27.

Max Watt’s in Melbourne plays host to the formidable Alithia, revered for performing a futuristic twist on the post-metal genre in a high-energy live format. Folk inspired forest metal act Arbrynth will open the night with their colourful mix of ascending compositions, contrasted by rasping howls on Friday, April 28.

With Badlands in Perth as their final destination, Alcest will leave the country supported by Illyria’s cataclysmic post-black metal creating a balance between gut-wrenching chaos and delicate, forlorn riffwork. Bolt Gun will also be heading down from Fremantle to make an appearance, treating attendees to a set of thunderous blackened ambience on Saturday, April 29.

Catch Alcest on the following dates:

Wellington  San Fran  Sun April 23 w/ INTO ORBIT + HIBOUX
Auckland  Whammy Bar – Mon April 24 w/ MOTHRA + THE DARK THIRD
Brisbane  Crowbar – Tues April 25 w/ DEAFCULT
Sydney  Manning Bar – Thurs April 27 w/ GERM + THE VEIL
Melbourne – Max Watt’s – Frid April 28 w/ ALITHIA + ARBRYNTH
Perth – Badlands – Sat April 29 w/ ILLYRIA + BOLT GUN

 

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Pallbearer: Heartless

Pallbearer: Heartless

Pallbearer’s return with their third album, Heartless, is a subtle step forward for the band as they carefully refine their thick yet polished style of long-form doom. It’s an album that draws on the strengths of doom acts of ages past while presenting something distinctively its own – not so much drastically changing the formula of presenting serpentine lead guitar over grunting low-end doom riffs, but rather taking the time to slowly improve on what’s there.

Planning For Burial: Below the House

Planning For Burial: Below the House

Planning For Burial’s recent release of Below The House shows a notable refinement for one-man-band Thom Wasluck’s spacious blackened slowcore. While at parts there appears to be a resurgence of previously used pacing and chord progressions, Below The House’s strength comes through reworking these sounds into something that subtly coaxes the listener into a seamless journey of ambient intricacies hidden underneath every sombre riff.

Two Minutes With... Lord Sword

Two Minutes With... Lord Sword

For a band named after a sharp weapon, digesting Lord Sword's music feels more akin to being pummelled by an abrasive morning star. Course vocals, gritty guitars and shotgun drumming are the hallmarks of their music - creating songs that are steeped in rawness, a conceptual masculinity and aggression.

Lord Sword will be hitting the Newtown Social in Sydney where they'll be supporting Windhand and Cough on Wednesday April 5. Lord Sword Bassist Luke Buckler shares a few interesting tales as part of our Two Minutes With... series.

LIFE IS NOISE: Seven Year Anniversary Sale

LIFE IS NOISE: Seven Year Anniversary Sale

Seven years. Countless shows. Endless noise. LIFE IS NOISE is proud to announce that we’re celebrating our seventh anniversary - something that could never have happened without you.

To mark the occasion, for 7 days only we’ll be reducing the ticket price to our upcoming Windhand and Cough joint Australia/NZ Tour by $7.77.

These label-mates from Virginia will be melting minds at select venues throughout Australia and New Zealand as part of a massive doom double-header this March and April.

Our Seventh Anniversary Special is available here.

Interviews: Cough

Interviews: Cough

Released six years after their previous full length, Ritual Abuse, Still They Pray came at the end of a long road of self-development and seized opportunities for both Cough and their vocalist/guitarist David Cisco. Electric Wizard’s Jus Osborn joined forces with the band as their producer in a move Cisco describes as ‘out there’, along with Cisco having to re-evaluate the way he handles his music career while balancing life with his son who was born in the gap. Cisco speaks to LIFE IS NOISE on the previously mentioned gap, the ideas of investing your time wisely and the methodology that makes Cough the band that they are.

Two Minutes With... Indica

Two Minutes With... Indica

Indica have a love for performing music that dances between the heavy and the spiritual, performing interpretations of classic sounds laid out before them. Slow Burner is an aptly named track - starting slow and ominous before eventually cutting into majestic key changes, backed by hypnotic, pounding drums that pull the listener from a trance into a headbang.

Indica are supporting Windhand and Cough for their show at Crowbar in Brisbane on Sunday April 2. Guitarist and Vocalist Jay Talati shares a few thoughts ahead of the show as part of our Two Minutes With... series.

INTERVIEWS: WINDHAND

INTERVIEWS: WINDHAND

There’s an element of duality to Dorthia Cottrell’s craft as a musician. Her origins were humble and earnest – practicing in her bedroom as a self-described ‘angsty teenager’ whilst using the acoustic guitar as a cathartic tool - an act that carries on to this day in the form of her solo project. However the desire to transpose these skills into something heavier remained dormant until joining Windhand in 2009, now granting her a viewpoint into the worlds of both a solo artist and that of a band’s vocalist. Using these two avenues to create music, Cottrell’s musical career opens up questions as to how a musician can blend between these two worlds and how each one balances her life.

BORIS

Boris Pink Tour

 

LIFE IS NOISE and YOUNG HENRYS are proud to announce that experimental heavy music pioneers BORIS are returning to Australia for a national tour - performing their critically acclaimed album, Pink, in celebration of its 10th anniversary.


The immortal Japanese trio will be shaking venues to their foundations in a national tour, crossing through Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth. Supporting on tour will be Perth based post-metal act Tangled Thoughts of Leaving.


"No home stereo system can capture the rich, bottom-heavy sound of Boris live, a sound so muscular, with so much presence, it's as much felt as heard."


- The Quietus


With a discography spanning over two decades, Boris have established themselves as one of the most prolific, genre bending bands in heavy music. Experimenting with drone, sludge, noise, doom, even dabbling into the realms of shoegaze and garage rock, the only thing more awe-inspiring than their musical versatility are their ear-shattering live performances.


Pink has been revered by numerous publications as one of Boris’ finest albums. It shone like a beacon in the mid-2000s metal scene - a bold combination of infectious energy, hypnotic atmosphere and broken boundaries. This tour presents Boris in their element as they showcase an album dedicated to unbridled diversity, taking the high energy of hard rock and washing it in a shoegaze dream.


"Its unshakably addictive refrain, blistering, scorched-out guitars, thunderous, supercharged rock, and countless change-ups not only warrant its extended length, but make it feel about half as long as it actually is, and keep the listener fully engaged throughout its entire runtime."


– Pitchfork

Support act Tangled Thoughts of Leaving have consistently impressed fans and critics with music that haunts like an old scar, forcing listeners to wallow in entrancing instrumentals and an inescapeable dread. Their 2015 release, Yield To Despair, was universally applauded as an atmospheric masterpiece, and their live shows are equally as awe inspiring.


This May, Boris will continue on their Pink 10th anniversary tour, promising one of the loudest shows you’ll catch all year. Don’t be caught waiting another decade for a tour like this to happen again.

 

Catch Boris and Tangled Thoughts of Leaving on the following dates:

Crowbar, Brisbane -  Monday May 15

Manning Bar, Sydney - Tuesday May 16

Fowlers Live, Adelaide - Thursday May 18

Max Watts, Melbourne - Friday May 19

Rosemount, Perth - Saturday May 20

 

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Two Minutes With... Tombsealer

 

Tombsealer have a real sting to their riffs, backed by a clunking bottom end and song structure that takes the listener on a journey. Hamunaptra, off Tombsealer's split with Swamp Lung, is a near 17 minute long epic - the gruff vocals, doom riffs, black metal shreds, howling solos and everything in-between and beyond grant an element of satisfaction that'll draw any metal fan to it - like a moth to flame.

Tombsealer will be supporting Windhand and Cough on their show at Fowlers Live in Adelaide on Thursday April 6. We had a brief chat with Vocalist Daniel Moyle in the lead-up to the show as part of our Two Minutes With... series.

 

What are five words you’d use to describe your band?

Contemporary Death and Doom hypnotism.

What’s been going on in the world of Tombsealer?

We've been working on our debut album for a long time now and focusing on refining every aspect of it. We've also had a recent change of members which has meant spending even more time on the album and practising harder than ever. Because of that, we haven't taken on too many shows recently - but we've just announced an Australian tour with our friends and fellow fiends in Sewercide. We're planning to release and tour our album when when we've finally perfected it, which will hopefully happen later this year.

You've been announced as supports on the Windhand/Cough tour - have these bands had an influence on you in one way or another?

Absolutely. Half of our band travelled to Melbourne to see Windhand when they last came to Australia and now we get to play with them which is a dream come true. We're also all huge fans of Cough and have all been influenced by their music in some way. We're extremely stoked to be playing this show.

What’s the weirdest thing that’s happened at one of your shows?

On the Melbourne leg of our tour with Mournful Congregation last year, we had a guy come up to the stage seconds before we were about to start and say "You guys better be fucking good". Shortly after beginning the first track he looked rattled and dropped to one knee to take his epilepsy medication. 

If you could open for any Australian or New Zealand based artist, who would it be and why? Feel free to choose acts that no longer exist.

Portal, because they're the most fucked up band that you may ever experience and thankfully we've already played with them. 

Ten years from now you’ll be…

Probably fucking dead.

Have you got any interesting stories from tour or during recording you’d want to share?

On our tour with Space Bong we left Adelaide on a Thursday night in a full twelve seater van. We played Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane over a weekend and got back to Adelaide on the Tuesday morning. Over that time we had a total of five hours sleep on a floor and we all pushed our narcotic intake to the limits so we all lost our minds. By the time we got to Brisbane, we were hallucinating and the drive home from there was one of the most fucked up collective experiences of our lives, in the best possible way.

What’s the best compliment you’ve received at a show? What’s the weirdest?

To answer both at once - someone once said we sound like Entombed on ketamine which was truly touching. 

 
 

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