Dark Hound – Dawning

What goes around, comes around. What’s old is new again. People say this shit all the time because it holds so true. We’ve seen it with just about every style of music, and metal has gotten some real good out of it (see: re-thrash, “occult” metal). While I don’t know exactly what constitutes a genre “revival,” I do know is that if my limited awareness tells me anything about a recent “nu-metal revival,” it’s safe to assume that a “NWOAHM revival” is just around the corner… or emerging. If we are in fact uber-predictable creatures of habit, Nashville’s Dark Hound might be a harbinger of the return of trucker hats, studded belts, and Jagerbombs.

Dispatches from the Port Phillip Bay Area – Into the Pit of Australian Thrash Metal

Due to the way we’ve decided to divide up the time zones, correspondence with an international audience from the humble southern continent of Australia often feels akin to looking into the past. Yet, despite this perceived futurism, Australian culture often trails its American and European counterparts by some distance. So it is that, while the northern thrash revival has come and (more-or-less) gone, the Australian metal scene is currently experiencing the biggest genre boom it has undergone since thrash metal originally emerged in the mid ‘80s. Back then, we brought our own quality acts to the fold, most notably in the form(s) of Mortal Sin and Hobbs Angel of Death, and the Allegiance in the ’90s. Yet, while the style had effectively remained dormant since then, the last five-to-ten years have seen an explosion in the amount of world-class thrash metal bands to have emerged from these southern shores.

Evile Reveal The ‘Underworld

  Evile are one of those bands that have always been around but I’ve never given enough time to. Hell, I was even at the gig that apparently got them signed to Earache and I still managed to somehow pass on it — not because they weren’t good, they were…

Metallica’s Black Album Revisited — Featuring Evile, Savage Messiah, Devil Sold His Soul…

Here’s an interesting measure of how tr00 you are. Think hard — when, exactly, was the moment that Metallica fell from grace? If you said “Never! They’re so consistently good!” then dear god, learn to respect yourself. Nobody deserves that kind of treatment. If you said “Just after Kill ‘Em All” then well done,…