Envenomed

Envenomed a heavy metal band from Melbourne in Australia is Anthony Mavrikis (Guitar / Vocals), Adam Bartleson (Drums), Brendan Farrugia (Guitar) and Liam Wagener (Bass).

Envenomed - Heavy metal from Australia

Envenomed

You will have noticed this website is written with no health and safety warnings, so in the spirit, turn up the volume and thrash your neck as you head-bang with Envenomed. Inside the speaker breaking volumes of sounds lay voluminous compositions laden with melodic inflections which provide the audience the courtesy to hang their leather jacket prior to reaching for air guitar.

Envenomed have something of a chequered history, as line-up changes have slowed their progress over the past nine years. I come across many bands, sadly, with this fulcrum of development where the core element never can quite find a fit, but a line-up that has lasted long enough to produce a début LP which saw the light of day earlier this month, Evil Unseen, may find the band in different mettle. Having had the opportunity to run through the twelve track release it is a fine album for those of us who enjoy a bleeding cranium.

The roaring pace is matched by guitarists who can find spaces to explore drama and for this Envenomed deserve immense credit and I hope this is now a formulation that will find them in a happier and longer lasting space.

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REIGN

REIGN from Adelaide in Australia is the rock quintet of Lee Gabriel (Vocals), Andy G (Lead Guitar), JD (Rhythm Guitar), Yiannis (Drums) and Niko (Bass).

REIGN - rock from Australia

REIGN


A relatively new outfit REIGN have been beavering away in the studio preparing an eight track LP which is set for release imminently. Working within a well travelled and congested road the quintet wisely do not attempt to reinvent the wheel, rather add their own embellishments which they achieve admirably through the interplay between the two guitars.

Turning down the volume and letting the melodies carry the sound enables REIGN to deliver compositions which have a timeless and spacious quality. The quintet function well together, with each player given the space to develop their role without being drowned out, yet bringing it all together in a comprehensive inclusiveness.

I have had the opportunity to hear the release and REIGN have put together a well crafted début which affords them every opportunity to carve out some space for themselves. I wish them all the best muscling into the world of music and figuring out how to develop sufficient uniqueness to stand out from the crowd, whilst maintaining the essence at the heart of the music.

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Lëura

Lëura from Sydney in Australia is an alt-rock singer songwriter.

Lëura - alt-rock from Australia

Lëura


Melancholic sounds emanate from the speakers as Lëura describes a world which hasn’t delivered soft hammer blows and
this searching for answers is reflected in the emotional directness of the music. Whilst you certainly wouldn’t be taking this off the shelves for a birthday bash, neither is it music which has you reaching for a noose.

The fragile compositions feels as though they will shatter into shards of glass at any moment as the poignant material winds its way on the mind of the listener. Balancing the contexts of the songs so as not to fall into self-pity is a skilful art and one which Lëura capably negotiates enabling the audience to connect rather than feel as an awkward bystander. The haunting beauty of the tracks leaves the music playing in the head long after the sounds have faded to silence.

To be found playing live with a full-band there is also a début eight track LP Creature of Sight set for release later this year.

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Fait

Fait from Perth in Australia is the dreamscape songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Elise Higgins.

Fait - dreamscape from Australia

Fait

The reverb echoes off the walls as Fait deliver rich, resonating layers of sound which gently waft into the ears. The luxurious textures are pitched across the spectrum with dreamy shoegaze guitar underpinned by deeply pillared bass giving the music an ethereal spaciousness, which allows the compositions to spread their wings once inside the head. An almost imperceptible percussion adds a tempo and direction to the pieces, whilst not interrupting the flow of the music. There is lightness of touch to the tracks which ensures the music avoids becoming self-absorbed and the listener is left feeling part of the unfolding munificence.

A new live performance line-up of Elise (Guitar / Piano / Synth), Michael Antonas (Guitar), Rob Stephens (Bass) and Darrell Sundai (Drums) has enabled Fait to step out of the one player studio recordings to bring the music to the stage and an East Coast Australia tour is scheduled for August.

A début EP, which was recorded in England, the five track Atmosphere was released in May. I look forward to hearing more of this engrossing instrumental rock.

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A Breach Of Silence

A Breach Of Silence from Brisbane in Australia is the metal quintet of Mat Cosgrove (Guitar), Blair Layt (Bass / Vocals), Andrew Cotterell (Drums), Rhys Flannery (Vocals) and Kerrod Dablestein (Guitar).

A Breach Of Silence - Metal from Australia

A Breach Of Silence

Tearing the speakers asunder A Breach Of Silence hurtle into the room like marauding Visigoths. It is easy to cause disturbance and scream loudly, as Chris from Eclipse Records will attest to my vitriolic response to  a casual email – what marks these guys out, is their ability to hold the sound together with some smartly composed chord progressions charging around the head.

A Breach Of Silence are able to deliver impressive tempos to their songs which steep the listener in sweat and graft, whilst maintaining a balance of rapidity and listenability as the guitars add mellowed nuances to the out-put as bass and percussion hurl pole-axing blows of power. Of additional note is the vocals which can with consummate switch between bassy growl and gruff to sublimely melodic pitch perfect singing. A change of line-up to include a fifth player has enabled the band to add considerably to the quality of the music as they are now able to explore the themes of the songs in a more meaningful way.

It is these intelligent combinations that make A Breach Of Silence a band well worth getting to know. Already well supported in their native Australia it will be interesting to see if they can broach the shores of countries abroad.

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