What better place to birth true metal in our sunburnt country than in the frostbitten wastes of our southernmost region? Overdrive Oz has brought you metal from the scorching regions, but Metal United Down Under isn’t afraid of the cold. As part of September’s nation-wide event, Tasmania will be putting forth their very finest from the down under of Down Under. Tiny but mighty, this state proves that is has what it takes to rock with the heavyweights.
Slow, deep and dark, Interitum bring heavy, dirge-like doom metal that may just bring about the sinking of Tasmania like Atlantis before it. The sludgy doom guitars are offset by the powerful, rocking vocals of Kel Barrett. When the band do pick up the pace to arise from despondence, their sound indeed has a rock ‘n’ roll groove; but more often, guitarist Jarrod Gaye and bassist Trent Barrett carry riffs that wallow in pure angst. Along with their crushing live show, Interitum are hurtling towards the release of their first full-length album to come in 2019.
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Old-school, thrash-influenced death metal is alive and well in Tasmania, as proven by the rise of Lacerta. Guitarists Anthony Gilbert and Gabe Latham deliver devastatingly powerful riffs, while at the same time Latham’s guttural vocals drive the monstrous power of their tunes. Alongside chugging riffs, drummer Patrick Neumayer brings creative drumming that’s sure to catch the ear of the discerning listener. The whole package is quite simply a direct application of death metal to the face, with an intriguing injection of sci-fi concepts to the lyrical content to keep things fresh.
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MINDS IN MOTION (TAS)
Minds in Motion demonstrate a beguiling balance of the heavy and the melodic, with Justin Wigmore and Rohan Maddox providing crushing riffs, while at the same time able to peel off into intriguing progressive and post-metal moments. Maddox also brings passionate vocals into the mix, which while at times quite produced, at others are presented in a much more raw and emotional form. Again, this speaks to the sense of balance permeating Minds in Motion’s music; indeed, they are arguably one of the most diverse bands on the Metal United Down Under Hobart line-up, and are sure to make an impression.
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NOSCE TEIPSUM (TAS)
While undeniably heavy, Nosce Teipsum have somewhat of a tendency towards the melodic end of the death metal spectrum, with vocals reminiscent of Amon Amarth’s Johan Hegg, and an overall style that might be compared to some of Tiamat’s heaviest work, or perhaps even Borknagar. The focus is not on blistering pace so much as it is on atmosphere, though despite this, Nosce Teipsum resist the temptation to stray into the black metal realm, staying true to the ethos of melodic death metal. Nosce Teipsum offer a deep and pure experience, even uplifting at times; the hallmark of beautifully executed melodeath.
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Satanicus tip the balance between death and thrash a little more towards the thrash side, with a fast-paced approach led by the relentless drumming of Matthew Reece, and chunky riffs brought by Scott Scheibl. Jason Mackrill’s vocals weave between growls reminiscent of Atrocity’s Alex Krull, to slightly cleaner thrash metal aggression. Overall however, the thrash pacing does not diminish the heaviness of Satanicus’ all-out aural assault; with Michael Bell completing the sound with seismic bass the band are not afraid to let take the fore. Indeed, Satanicus are impressively dedicated to ensuring every member of the four-piece has time to shine.
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