PHOTOS: Lizzard Wizzard, Deafcult, Hobo Magic, Hurricane Death — January 7th, 2017 @ Crowbar, AUS

Hurricane Death’s gritty, full-force aesthetic provided an intimidating start to the night. Reminiscent of thrashier Nails, the aptly-named five-piece performed an impressive, though seemingly short-lived set which easily lent to the mental images of being smashed apart by high-speed debris amidst a furious hurricane. The throaty, crust-laden guitar tones in combination…

Heavy Blog Primer – Our Most Anticipated Albums of 2017

Though it may seem like we talked ad naseum about how fucking spectacular 2016 was in terms of new music, the fact remains that we saw more fantastic albums drop than we could seemingly keep up with. But just when we thought our palates were satiated, here comes 2017 with an excellent early roster of release announcements, some we’ve expected for a while and others that came out of nowhere. The following is a surely incomplete list of all the albums worth craving as we ring in the new year. Some of these albums have been fully announced with pre-order links and all that jazz, while others are merely probable assumptions based on various updates on social media. Regardless, these are all phenomenal projects worth looking for in the coming year. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and we encourage you to comment with some albums you’re anticipating so we can share in your excitement.

PHOTOS: Hope Drone, We Lost the Sea, Lizzard Wizzard, Fvck Mountain —July 31st, 2015 @ Crowbar, AUS

Hope Drone’s Cloak of Ash is without doubt one of the most enthralling albums I have heard this year. Its flawless production coupled with the band’s instrumental mastery allows the listener to be completely immersed in the bleak, desolate mental environment this record brings forth. Having anxiously looked forward to…

PHOTOS: High Tension, Lizzard Wizzard, 100% —July 17th, 2015 @ Crowbar, AUS

High Tension are arguably one of Melbourne’s most captivating and energetic bands. Meeting somewhere between the genres of hardcore and sludge, the female fronted four-piece have just toured Australia off the back of their sophomore release “Bully”. Arriving at the venue just after Pissed On’s set, I stumbled into what I…

PHOTOS: Red Fang, Lizzard Wizzard—May 12th, 2015 @ Crowbar, Brisbane, Aus

Montana stoner rock legends Red Fang first toured Australia as part of the annual Soundwave Festival in 2013 and have thankfully returned to conquer our shores once again. Brisbane was fortunate enough to receive two doses of Red Fang, with our coverage focusing on the 18+ event. Supported by Lizzard Wizzard, the show went…

PHOTOS: Torche, Lizzard Wizzard, Indica—September 27th, 2014 @ Saint Vitus Bar, New York City, NY & October 16th, 2014 @ Crowbar, Brisbane, Queensland

“Stoner pop” band Torche toured a portion of North America in September, and then flew out to Australia in October, to spread their message of fuzzy riffs, pop-inducing beats and overall infectious vibe. Photographers Maclyn Bean and William France caught the US and AUS tours respectively to bring you global…