Crunch – March 5, 2014
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Crunch – March 5, 2014

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SOUNDWAVE 2014: WHOA

Soundwave week is now but a drunken blissful hazy memory. I caught a few Sidewaves during the week (all coincidentally at The Palace): Baroness/Gojira/Mastodon, Mushroomhead/Rob Zombie/Korn, and Walking Papers/Down/Alice In Chains. It’s hard to pick a favourite because they all kicked arse in their own way, but the sheer entertainment value of Rob Zombie’s set seemed to push Korn up to a new level. And it was great to see Duff McKagan and members of Living Colour join Down onstage for an epic jam (concluded by Phil Anselmo singing “And she’s buuuuying a stair-fucking-way to… heaven.” And Soundwave itself was of course amazing as always. My personal highlight was probably the mighty Gwar for all sorts of reasons, some of them musical and some of them purely related to the over-the-top blood-and-gutsness of it all. What where your favourites?

 

CONQUERING DYSTOPIA ALBUM OUT MARCH 10

Conquering Dystopia, the new band featuring guitarists Keith Merrow and Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore), bass player Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse) and drummer Alex Rüdinger (The Faceless) will release their 12-track self-titled debut album on Monday March 10.

WES HAUCH LEAVES THE FACELESS

Speaking of The Faceless alumni, guitarist Wes Hauch has just stepped aside from the band to join reactivated deathcore project Glass Casket, featuring Between the Buried and Me drummer Blake Richardson and guitarist Dustie Waring. There were rumours that The Faceless bassist Evan Brewer was leaving the band but they’ve confirmed that he’s staying on, and they’re plowing ahead with an album of new material, shelving plans for a covers album at this time.

 

OBSCENE EXTREME FESTIVAL

The Obscene Extreme festival is at The Reverence Hotel and The Corner Hotel, from Friday March 7 – Sunday March 9. Since its birth in 1999, over 500 bands have played Obscene Extreme Festival from almost every corner of the world, bringing with them a horde of diehard extreme music fans from across Europe and beyond to its home base in the Czech Republic. The list of bands is huge, and the sheer number of spiky logos is staggering to behold. Go to obscene-extreme,com for full details.

 

AND! BUT! ALSO! OBSCENE EXTREME AFTER PARTY

The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood has a huge event on Sunday March 9 kicking off at 4pm: the Obscene Extreme after-party featuring Jig Al[Czech], Filth, Pissbolt, Burst, Asbestosisis, Terror Strike, Blight Worms, Atomic Death Squad and Vile Specimen.

DANNY THRASH JOINS MOTHERSLUG

Motherslug are now 20% sexier after having recruited new guitarist Danny Thrash, who is mostly known for his breakneck drumming in Queensland old school punk band Vicious, being bassist for local rockers 180 Proof and combing his beard. A multi-instrumentalist, he now finds himself playing guitar in a style that is heavily influenced by Sabbath-esque early ‘70s metal as well as the recent wave of retro/stoner/doom bands. Catch Motherslug at The Bendigo Hotel on March 22 with The High Drifters (EP launch), Borrachero and Turqminus. First 50 punters through the door get a free digital copy of Motherslug’s self-titled EP.

NEW MARTY FRIEDMAN ALBUM: AWESOME

I’ve just got me an advance copy of former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman’s new solo album, Inferno, and it’s freaking amazing. It’s his first solo album of original material in four years and his first recording in more than a decade that will be released worldwide simultaneously (in the last week of May). It includes guest appearances by several artists influenced by Marty including Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom), Danko Jones, flamenco/metal acoustic duo Rodrigo y Gabriela and Revocation’s David Davidson. The album also includes Marty’s first songwriting collaboration with Jason Becker since the pair played together in Cacophony. And that’s not the only Cacophony link: Marty’s playing throughout the album is at a level of shredsmanship not heard from him since his Cacophony days, and that’s really saying something.