Hey! Listen to Battlegrave!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again (and again): Australia has all the best thrash metal bands at the moment, and you can now add Battlegrave to the list of reasons why. It’s been a fairly subdued year, as far as thrash metal happenings, but the Melbourne duo’s…

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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.

HEAVY BLOG PRESENTS: INVASION 13:2:15 Featuring Hadal Maw, Kyzer Soze, Truth Corroded, and More!

Australia’s burgeoning metal scene has been gaining quite a bit of international spotlight over these past few years, recently culminating in the country’s shining stars Ne Obliviscaris topping year-end lists the world over with the hotly acclaimed Citadel. Ne Obliviscaris are just the tip of the iceberg, though; Melbourne’s Hadal…