Festival of the Dead was in Sydney on Saturday...the following bands played/kicked arse Ruins
: decent, if not overwhelmingly amazing black metal from Tasmania. Played a very good set, worth checking out.Terrorust
: the reformed version of the legendary grind band Damaged, but lacking the same vitality. Still played a very decent set, and are worth checking out - best song was the cover they did of a malevolent creation song, but I couldn't tell you which it was. This song
is reasonably representative (if poorly recorded).
Fleshgore, a melodic death/thrash (they advertise themselves as brutal deathcore, but they fool no one) outfit from Ukraine played, but sucked so much arse that I'm not going to link to anything to do with them. Utter rubbish.Astriaal
: Black metal from Queensland - used to play very much in the mold of Emperor and Dissection, but have in more recent times developed their own sound, which is refreshing (not that there is anything wrong with sounding like Emperor or Dissection, but it's good to do something new). AND they played my favourite song of theirs - Revere the Labyrinth
: Industrial Black metal from Sydney - in the studio, these guys are wonderful, but live it's always a disaster, and this was no exception - a great big mess of noise and uninformative sound...a shame really. Still, should be heard - Erebus
: Still the funniest stoner grind band in the universe. Played a short but refreshingly awesome set, including Piss Stomper
, which grooved like hell.Akercocke
: very, very classy blackened death metal (or is it deathy black metal) from the UK. Were superb. This is the lovely Axiom
, from Antichrist.
And finally, The Berzerker
. I left before they started - they play techno grind or something. I heard their sound check, and they were suitably fast/stupid, but a lot of people seem to like them, so...Eye for an eye