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Killswitch Engage: The Hell in Jesse Leach 
April 2014
Words: Tom Valcanis // Photo: Megan Thompson

Jesse Leach doesn't sleep, he screams. He screams in Times Of Grace, Seemless and Empire Shall Fall. Two years ago, he slipped back into something called KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and started screaming for them again too. Fans thrust their arms open in embrace. So much so they excitedly crowned him KsE's homecoming king, forever. Buzz swarmed his 2013 comeback record Disarm the Descent. Before long, the fine young GRAMMY peeps knocked on KsE's door and invited them to Tinseltown's BEST party...
 
 


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Sidewave 2014: Mastodon with Gojira and Baroness 
25th Feb. 2014 // Palace Theatre, Melbourne, AU
Words: Tom Hersey// Photos: Max Fairclough

Baroness
are opening a show? That doesn't seem at all right. The last time these dudes were opening a show in Australia was when they were playing on the same bill as fuckin' Metallica. But then again, since that time the band was forced into a period of inactivity when they were involved in a near-fatal bus crash and had to switch out the entire rhythm section in the aftermath ...
 


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Soundwave 2014: Sydney
23rd February, 2014 // Words: Courtney Robinson
Photos: Debbie Gallulo

I descended on Sydney's Olympic Park ready to get chest-beatingly CRAZY at Soundwave (ceremonially marked with a mocha. Why, what do you do?). Hordes of tattooed-and-black-shirts infiltrated the grounds. Any observers hoping to prove the theorem that metal kids are uncontrollably malevolent would be disappointed. Coffee cups (yep, see) were displayed in equal measure with beers, and there was a lack of franticness ... 


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As part of Hysteria Magazine & Discount Fluffer Services Pty Ltd's commitment to award-losing rock journalism, we present the EXTENDED FINAL CUT of our interview with GWAR's eldritch thrash superstar, Oderus Urungus (grab #18 for the full dish.) This dubious interview will assuredly garner no praise, receive no nominations and float wretched and forgotten amongst the detritus of Earth.


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Issues: They Are Inspired by Keith Urban 

When it comes to the influences on ISSUES' self-titled debut album, they're pretty much the kind you'll find in most post-hardcore albums. Y'know, stuff like Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, Michael Bolton ... wait, what? Really? “Absolutely,” says Tyler Carter, one of the two lead vocalists in the band. “They have been a huge influence on the way I perform and the way I sing throughout my career ..."


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In The Sudio: with The Ghost Inside

The Ghost Inside are currently crafting a new record from volcanic rock with their bare fucking hands. That is awesome and totally exaggerated. We got the real deal from drummer Andrew Tkacyk.

 
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January 22, 2014 // Words:  Tom Hersey & Martina Bailey Pitrun // Photos:  Ben Gunzburg & Callum Broom

Lemme tell you something about good vibes. It's that feeling that evokes positivity, an elated sensation, perhaps from helping the little old lady off the tram, sure, but definitively from music that shoots beams into the cavity where your sardonic heart usually rests. Eyes widen, your mouth crack's its scowl and the sly side-nod turn like damnnn, all my shitty attitudes just washed away. Gauging energy of crowd reactions at festivals is always reflective of the roster ...


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January 22, 2014 // iPhone Review by Tom Hersey
Photos by Ben Gunzburg

Just like the protagonist depicted in the classic Snoop Dogg joint Murder was the Case, Sweden's GHOST sold their souls to the devil and were riding high on the windfalls until shit started to go sour. Now the Swede's have landed in a Big Day Out slot at the exact same time as the dee-oh-double-gee and apparently their turnouts at the festival so far have been pretty dismal as a result.

 

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January, 2014 // Words by Tom Valcanis

Do you like staying up late at night? All the time? I only because worshipping pitchfork-toting devils is the metalhead's favourite pastime. Hailing from dark parts unknown, GHOST celebrate the evil lurking beneath metal's world. Hark, who goes there? A fire-breathing beast cursed with four heads ...
 


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November, 2013 // Words by Miranda Ward

By 9am, the phrase ‘dear fucking god it's hot' has been sighed through beer-soaked lips more times than I can count ... But we've waited 11 years for the Festival to make its way back to Australia, I think to myself, a little bit of heatstroke aint gonna stop us. The universe seemed to take this as a challenge ...

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November, 2013 // Words by Miranda Ward

“Online, some people just purely don't like us because they think we've sold out, but last time I checked my bank account there wasn't a million dollars sitting in it … I'm assuming it's just trolls that are bored … then come up and want a photo with me at shows. Do you hate me or do you want a photo with me?”
{ Brett Anderson }

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November, 2013 // Words by Miranda Ward

It has to be asked: What contributes to graceful longevity? Commercial success is not always an assurance or even an option for a punk band, and after talking with singer Nikola Šarčević felt I had to put it down to that good ole Scandinavian level-headedness and a personal desire for new challenges, because royalties aside, a love song about your scooter just won't sustain two decades worth of musical relevance.


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November, 2013 // Words by Miranda Ward

"We're all hungover. We got pretty drunk last night with Cartel. It's bad. We had a bus fire the other day in the middle of this tour, too; all our gear got totally scorched. And yeah we nearly died, so that was cool."
{ALED from KIDS IN GLASS HOUSES}
 

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November, 2013 // Words by Miranda Ward

"It's always a crazy time ... It really is like a band summer camp basically, there's no rules. Lots of drinking. Lots of good times. It's gonna be crazy ..."
 
{SLADE from ANARBOR}
 

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November, 2013 // Words by Martina Bailey Pitrun

The ethos between punk rock and skateboarding holds hands tight, a concept that has been seeping into legendary skater Mike Vallely for over 25 years. His current venture, Good For You, sees him musically exploring and collaborating with Greg Ginn, founder and primary writer for Black Flag. The resultant debut Life Is Too Short To Not Hold A Grudge is snarled and gnarled like you'd expect from a man who charges forward with complete conviction. Mike's infamy is often misunderstood, though. The man who is said to have revolutionised skateboarding clearly stands as a steadfast humanitarian with a selfless concept of the importance of making a difference.

 

October, 2013 // Words by Tom Valcanis

Pink Floyd never took no drugs. Seriously. Pink Floyd. Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon is to music as a trenchcoated ‘pusher' is to cops scaring you straight in junior high. Did you say high? Or Pink Floyd, for that matter? Don't try it, not even once. A poster in the gents told me so. Proggo-maniac space cadets BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME walk the line between insanity and genius, straight as nuns. Who are secret cops.
 

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Live Review Melbourne: Limp Bizkit
27 October, 2013 // Words by Martina Bailey Pitrun
Photos by Ben Gunzburg

"This is the one and only time we will play this song in Australia!"
yells Durst and cannons into Counterfeit, Rivers is elastic fingered in one hand when the weight of his other drags down on strings so heavy that his bass sounds like a stampede. Durst asks if we like living in Melbourne (duh, plz) and claims he's applied for citizenship after Broke and then lights blacken ... the entire floor of Festival Hall is crushed under the feet of thousands in unison ...
 

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Live Review Brisbane: Limp Bizkit
25 October, 2013 // Words by Alicia Bolton
Photos by Matt Palmer

 

Welcome to the jungle punk, take a look around. It's LIMP BIZKIT, fuckin’ up your town. The last 20 years have been controversial for LB but does it seem Durst is trying to ground himself after the BDO tragedy ten years ago?! Not on this account ... But it's the band's second time back on our shores since the tragedy and Limp Bizkit are dedicating every set to Jessica and telling the crowd to stay safe.

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Live Review: Lamb Of God / Meshuggah
20 September, 2013 // Words by Tom Hersey
Photos by Kyle Jacobson

 

The memo that it's a cardinal gig-attending sin to wear the t-shirt of the band you're seeing hasn't reached 85% of the crowd at this sold-the-fuck-out show. These dudes (and at least three girls) have showed up in their LoG colours (or colour—black) looking to get Czech prison-crazy with the band that has not toured Australia since The Unpleasantness.

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Live Review: Kvelertak
14 September, 2013 // Words by Tom Hersey
Photos by Charlyn Cameron

Nobody seems to know why, but the doors for tonight's show are at 6 and the first stop on KVELERTAK'S Australian tour has become a weird matinee where the sun's still up while people are getting into the club. Last night's hangovers haven't even completely receded when Brisbane five-piece Kyzer Soze start brutalising earholes with a techy, modern death metal set. The weird time doesn't do the band any favours ...

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Asking Alexandria: Cocaine's A Hell of a Drug
September, 2013 // Words by Martina Bailey Pitrun

 

ASKING ALEXANDRIA'S lead guitarist Ben Bruce has a sass mouth, which incidentally means that any chance of a formal interview goes right out the window. The English metalcore mayhem-ers have a schedule choked with touring, and will be repping ‘80s thrash when they join the quite frankly sick-as-fuck Soundwave 2014 line up. Good thing it takes a lot to make me blush.

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August Burns Red: They Love Korn and Indie Rock and Taylor Swift
September, 2013 // Words by Martina Bailey Pitrun

A decade into an illustrious career, AUGUST BURNS RED have scrawled their signature on the metalcore scene. While the band has weathered a line-upshift, the current ensemble has found the sweet spot. Their latest album Rescue and Restore sets a precedent for emotional intensity, with each techy riff, fiery scream and off-kilter prog tangent bleeding drama from the start. Guitarist Brent Rambler rambles on in that cool Led Zep way.

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Live Review: Dead Letter Circus
Saturday, August 31, 2013 // Words by Tom Valcanis Photos by Ben Gunzburg

DLC’s Hi-Fi Bar gig in Melbourne might've been the ultimate gathering of Dead Letter Circus faithful. After lights went down? Invasion of the n00bs. When The Catalyst Fire dropped, DLC charmed the mainstream. New fans aplenty climbed aboard DLC’s crystal starship. Are they screeching toward Aussie rock stardom's top tier? If it wasn’t euthanised, Hey Hey, It's Saturday! would’ve booked them for a two-song spot. Australia’s Guy Smiley, Daryl Somers, would’ve introduced them with requisite clueless enthusiasm. That’s one heck of a big fucking deal.

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On Tour: Anberlin
September, 2013 // Words by Krissi Weiss

The vein-popping, eardrum-exploding, Jesus-loving rock lads of ANBERLIN—so renowned for their explosive and aurally damaging shows—have just wrapped up an acoustic tour of the US. Has something shifted in rock at the moment? All of these bands, many celebrating some sort of ten-plus year anniversary, seem to be going all Bob Dylan on us and it begs the questions, is rock hanging up its leathers and becoming a campfire sing-a-long? Front man for Anberlin, Stephen Christian says no.

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The new RISE AGAINST release
Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers 2000-2013
Set for release September 6. Pre order here.

The album includes songs from Rise Against's career, starting from before they signed with Fat Wreck Chords, that didnt end up on any studio albums. "The songs on this record are different versions of existing Rise Against songs, covers or originals that never made it on a record." says lead singer Tim McIlrath. "Common wisdom tells us a B-side song is a song not good enough to make the cut. While I think that logic can apply sometimes, I think it's short-sighted. If we weren't proud of it, it would have been scrapped along the way."

Rise Against released their sixth studio album Endgame in 2011 where it debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Three of the band's previous albums, 2004's Siren Song, 2006's The Sufferer & The Witness and 2008's Appeal to Reason have been RIAA-certified gold.




Thy Art Is Murder, Thy Vocation Is Hate
May, 2013 // Words by Tom Valcanis

THY ART IS MURDER work double time producing venomous art in the off-hours between jobs. Thy Art is not thy Job, at least not right now. Maybe it's a cliché, yet a lump of hard truth all the same. Sean Delander isn't motivated by money; his sole focus is on the music. His job keeps a roof over his head, although he'd rather sleep underneath cardboard and survive on Cheetos if his chosen employment took its toll on the band. Well, maybe.

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Somewhere in San Diego, California, a toddler-sized Travis Ryan sits on creamy shag carpet, glued to a counterfeit wood-panelled TV. Apocalyptic action unfolds like nuclear fission on its fuzzy screen. He sees his hero bedecked in leather, saddled atop one thousand metric tons of oil swishing about his souped up mongrel of a bike. Giving a fuck—not an option. Technicolour Holden Monaros explode around him. Without pause for thought, Travis feels a passionate heat rise within. In an indefinable moment, he knows what he wants to be when he's all grown up. He wants to be the Road Warrior. Which is great, except there's no such thing as the Road Warrior; his name is Mad Max, for the fiftieth fucking time.



Emmure: Mouth For 'Core
May, 2013 // Words by Mitch Gant

It has been a year since the release of EMMURE
S last album, Slave To The Game, and front beast Frankie Palmeri has been busy writing new music, prepping for their upcoming Australian tour, launching a clothing label, and dropping weight as quick as the band drop breakdowns?


The Ghost Inside: Street Fightin' Man
May, 2013 // Words by Mitch Gant

THE GHOST INSIDE have done real good with Get What You Give their latest record and first under the banner of the highly respected house of Epitaph. Vocalist Jonathan Vigil’s hard work and determination has created the lifestyle he has always dreamed about, and one that he never wants to let go.



Holed up in a tiny village on an island forgotten by time, loneliness stings harder. Dani, standing in his home often gazes upon fluffy lambs scrambling across the Suffolk plains, an "hour and a bit" north of London. This green-pastured hamlet is nestled in what history buffs dub "Witch County," famous for inquisitions against alleged practitioners of the dark arts in the 17th Century ... What does Dani Filth do, in view of this serene portrait of English countryside? Write savage odes exalting death, destruction and chaos, naturally.


Live: Norma Jean, Brisbane Show
May, 2013 // Words by Mitch Gant // Photos by Rebecca Reid

The night finally arrived for the first show of the long awaited, almighty NORMA JEAN tour.

It has been six years since Norma Jean were last here alongside Every Time I Die and Darkest Hour and it shows: the crowd get hectic. It does not take them long to flex their musical muscles and prove why everyone came to see them and why they are referred to worldwide as the Almighty Norma Jean.


Hysteria Soapbox: A Song of Austin Carlile
April, 2013 // Words by Krissi Weiss

Austin Carlile, front man for metalcore bros OF MICE & MEN, has been arrested on charges of felonious assault (meaning he hit someone really hard as opposed to just kinda hard) after being taken into custody in Bowling Green, Ohio. Look here, a mug shot!Because you can’t have a fancy, celebrity arrest without one of those. Details are sketchy and, as always, will takes days—maybe lots of days—to surface. Police (allegedly) responded to ...

 
 

Dropkick Murphys: Green Collar Streets
March, 2013 // Interview by Martina Bailey Pitrun

If you are any kind of person who has slept on a friend’s couch then you know DROPKICK MURPHYS and their brand of Celtic-inflected, proudly Bostonian punk rock—especially since at some point in your life you’ve howled along to their songs, possibly off-key, possibly after too many whiskeys. Vocalist and bass player Ken Casey has bled his heart into the band for almost 20 years. There is a strong humility to Casey, and as they get set to release their eighth studio record, Signed And Sealed In Blood, he hasn’t lost sight of the stout and hard-working roots that have brought them such vitriolic success.
 
 

MxPx: Responsibility, WHAT THAT?
March, 2013 // Interview by Lucy Valentine

Bass player, guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, owner of his own production studio. Front man of cheery power chord connoisseurs MxPx for the past 20 years. Oh, he also has that country (yes, country) side-project Tumbledown. As of a few weeks ago, Mike Herrera is also a brand new father to a baby girl. Lucy Valentine finds out if there's anything the pop-punk poster boy can't do.
 
 

February, 2013 // Interview by Pete Dimo

"Humour in music is always a sticky issue. And I realise that Australians tend to embrace that a lot more than other cultures, I've always loved that. There’s no reason that music can’t be funny."
 
 

January, 2013 // Review by Martina Bailey Pitrun
Photos by Charyln Cameron
It's Big Day Out day and so of course it's hot. Not the kind of heat that is sated with a bone-chilling beer and a crisp breeze but hot like the malevolent devil turned up the thermostat to watch the world burn ...
 

Hysteria Soapbox:
For Today Hatin' Da Gays

January, 2013 // Words by Krissi Weiss

Social media is a hungry and hilarious beast where keyboard activists and mouse troll-donkeys run free. It's also a space where artists from many mediums can forego the middle-man of media and speak directly to their fans on things they care about. Sometimes they simply fucking shouldn't. Poor Mike Reynolds. At the time of writing, it's been barely 48 hours since his hate-filled, religiously imbued diatribe about the evils of homosexuality and it's all fallen apart for him. Wikipedia has already tossed him into the “former members” category; the internet barely lets the body cool. Apparently he doesn't mind, though. He and his wife are heading to bible college and dedicating their lives to being “slaves of Jesus.”


Deez Nuts: Can't Stop, Won't Stop
January, 2013 // Interview by Martina Bailey Pitrun

Hide yo’ kids, hide yo’ wife, Australia’s most notorious hardcore crew DEEZ NUTS are geared up to release their long awaited new album Bout It–a collection of shouty-rappy anthems choked with riotous gang vocals, punk ‘n metal beat-downs and trademark Deez Nuts debauchery. “It’s exactly what you expect from a DN record, reckless shit,” laughs frontbro JJ Peters, a man perpetually on the road on a seemingly endless tour of bottomless drinks and sizzling Stuyvesants. Currently (always?) enjoying overseas conquests and a steady trajectory to international recognition, Deez Nuts are shaking off their hangovers and returning to Straya to headline the multi-date Atticus Boys Of Summer Tour ...



Live Review: Parkway Drive
December, 2012 // Review by Martina Bailey Pitrun

PARKWAY DRIVE create music to assemble wars to, and if you don’t like the taste of blood, you better step the fuck aside for someone who does. Tonight’s show at the beautiful Riverstage is a warm welcome home for the Byron five-piece, who have been on assault in Europe touring their new album Atlas, alongside newly revived metalcore heavyweights I Killed The Prom Queen.



Every Time I Die: The Underwater Bimbo and the Every Time I Die Guy
December, 2012 // Interview by Martina Bailey Pitrun

Committing themselves to producing a pulverizing record that has been lorded as their best yet, the new album from EVERY TIME I DIE is a mindful chaos that reveals a cohesive throwback to the energy of their debut Hot Damn!, a controlled riot that shatters deep in your chest and rattles the foundations of everything that is holy in the world. Now smashing through a relentless multi-national touring schedule, ETID are building their ever-growing fan base the old fashioned way: by being one with the people and staying true to the ethos of work hard, play harder.

Reel Big Fish: Horny Magic
November, 2012 // Interview by Lucy Valentine

From their ironically successful-in-the-mainstream hit Sell Out to their spectacularly fun cover of Aha’s Take On Me, REEL BIG FISH have been delivering the horny magic of ska punk to the masses for a good sixteen years. Ryland Steen has been smashing the drums for the Fish for seven of those. What exactly is it about ska that keeps so many metaphorical boats floated?


Eyehategod: A Confederacy of Dunces
November, 2012 // Interview by Tom Hersey

It’s been a long, hard road of addiction, incarceration and general chaos for New Orleans sludge legends EYEHATEGOD. But now, with an Australian tour about to start and album number five on the way, the legendarily dysfunctional outfit are finally getting their shit together. Vocalist Mike ‘IX’ Williams sits down to talk about the band’s redemption.


Now On Tour:
Defeater: Tender is the Nightmare

September, 2012 // Interview by Tom Hersey

American hardcore outfit DEFEATER spent the bulk of their years together careening towards a major breakdown. Then, with the release of last year’s Empty Days & Sleepless Nights LP, they started working on building a healthier band dynamic. Guitarist Jake Woodruff explains how the band managed to pull themselves together, and how it makes heading out on the road so much more fun. Tom Hersey writes.

Enter Shikari: Rage Against the (Music) Machine
September, 2012 // Interview by Lucy Valentine

While so many bands fall victim to the old ‘sophomore slump’, ENTER SHIKARI have broken the chains, taking to the metaphorical skies at a ridiculous rate since their first record. Vocalist Rou Reynolds is more than willing to tell Lucy Valentine about the responsibility that comes with rising to the top.


Apocalptica: The Four Horsemen
August, 2012 // Interview by Tom Hersey

Finland’s APOCALYPTICA were thrust into the global limelight when they re-worked an album’s worth of Metallica numbers and released it as 1996’s Plays Metallica by Four Cellos. With each release since, Apocalyptica have pushed the boundaries of what’s expected from a metal band comprised of cellists and transcended the novelty act status that has plagued cover artist contemporaries like Hellsongs, Hayseed Dixie and Richard Cheese by writing and performing original numbers with a string of high-profile rock and metal vocalists ...


On the Road with While She Sleeps
 
Ever wondered what it would be like to be on tour with one of the hottest bands in the world right now? WHILE SHE SLEEPS took Hysteria on tour with them for their first two shows in Australia. Make sure you check them out at Soundwave 2013!
 
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EXCLUSIVE: In the Studio with Circles

Men in hats! Kettle harmony! A bass player doing a merry jig! Abrupt saucepan ho-downs
by the kitchen sink bonfire! Maybe the faintest hint of colossal new riffage! Welcome to CIRCLES' first studio diary ahead of the djenty Australian quintet’s brand-wanking new debut record.

 
"The new songs are headed in a healthy direction. Everyone in the band is stoked and sometimes surprised at what's being brought out in the studio. In this day and age where a lot of bands are really pushing the boundaries in the sounds they are creating, we realise it's time to bring our A game. Although it may seem a long time between drinks, we will release the best album we possibly can at the end of all this. Our fans deserve no less.”
 
So says Circles drummer Dave No-Surname, and we believe him. You know why? Because until we heard The Compass EP we’d never spontaneously done a cum. Hold onto your scrotums.

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Zoli Téglás: The Enviro-Mentalist
August, 2012 // Interview by Sophie Benjamin

Zoli Teglas is the lead singer of PENNYWISE, and Californian hardcore band IGNITE. He’s also a spectacularly passionate volunteer for the Sea Shepherd conservation society. Hysteria spoke to him about valiantly rescuing sick pelicans with punk’s DIY spirit in tow.


Impending Doom: The Devil in Mister Settig
July, 2012 // Interview by Tom Valcanis

“That’s just our little saying. It’s a lyric—‘I hope I scare the hell out of you,’ which is more to do with scaring the evil out of you. It’s more like I hope this album scares you straight.”

Billy Talent: Band of Brothers
June, 2012 // Interview by Lindsey Cuthbertson
 
Ahead of their August 2012 tour of Australia, BILLY TALENT vocalist Ben Kowalewicz talks all things aerial, musical and cosmic ...

Whitechapel: Evolve or Die
June, 2012 // Interview by Hugh Nichols
 

On the verge of releasing their newest collection of scrote-rippin’ tunes, WHITECHAPEL appear to be giving serious consideration to the credo ‘evolve or die’. Hysteria’s Hugh Nichols had a chat with vocalist Phil Bozeman.


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In the alt-choons publishing system, having to redo an interview because your iPhone shat itself and deleted the recording is considered egregiously heinous. In this interview, the dedicated pig squealer who was left to deal with this vicious felony was Travis Ryan, member of an elite squad known as CATTLE DECAPITATION.

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"But for our first show I can only blame myself because I took a shit load of drugs and drank a lot of booze and completely f**king failed."

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"Once I ate a bunch of weed cookies without knowing what they were and not being a smoker, it resulted in the longest and most miserable outcome. I was actually mumbling to myself in-between songs like some sort of introvert."


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June, 2012 // Interview by Tom Valcanis

Hysteria upstart Tom Valcanis was watching that crappy Brendan Fraser movie for some reason when, all of a goddam sudden, the phone rang. It was NILE'S own riddle of the riffalicious sphinx, Karl Sanders. His last name has 'sand' in it, too. We just noticed that, it works really well.

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June, 2012 // Interview by Ernesto Minano

"We wanted diversity, not to end up with all NOFX and Descendent-style short songs."

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May, 2012 // Interview by Toby McCasker

You'd be forgiven for exclaiming an almighty "Holy shit!" upon first hearing 7 HORNS 7 EYES debut record Throes of Absolution. You'd also be sent to the naughty corner to say a few Hail Mary's. Toby McCasker murmurs in hushed tones from the confession booth to guitarist Aaron Smith.

Strike Anywhere with Thomas Barnett
May, 2012 // Interview by Lindsey Cuthbertson

For us, it was a personal and political year of folding back into our hometown scenes, staying close to our families, and working with activists groups ...

Flatliners with Chris Cresswell
May, 2012 // Interview by Lindsey Cuthbertson
 
We're hoping to find a good chunk of time at home after the tour ... We've been writing loads of new songs, and are very excited about where it's going.

Storm Corrosion with Steve Wilson
May, 2012 // Interview by Thomas Hersey

Porcupine Tree and Opeth have built careers out of visionary experimentation and boundary pushing. But after the 12 years it took before Porcupine Tree's Steve Wilson and Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt write their first album together as Storm Corrosion was there any new ground to be broken by the two progressive visionaries?

April, 2012 // Interview by Brian Giffin
 
 
"It's tough when people take shots at ya, for some times no reason other than because they want to use you as a punching bag ... But, you know, the reality of it is that I'm not here to please anybody but myself."

April, 2012 // Interview by Thomas Hersey
 
 
On the eve of what Dez Fafara promises to be DevilDriver's last Australian tour for a while, the band patriach sits down with Hysteria to explain how he's planning to lead his gang of headbangers through 'the most critical moment of the band's career'.

April, 2012 // Interview by Brian Giffin
 
 
The rest of Darkest Hour are in the studio recording, laying down some demo cuts in preparation for a new album. meanwhile, guitarist and founding member Mike Schliebaum is doing what he sees as something far more important ...

Now on Tour:
Dangerous! with Tommy Lofts
March, 2012
 
Living the dream ... Dangerous! finally have their feet firmly planted on Australian soil ready to run amuck on their Teenage Rampage tour ...

Soundwave Festival 2012:
Dashboard Confessional with Chris Carrabba
interview by Hazel Savage // Feb, 2012
 
It is easy to see how the Dashboard Confessional lead singer and guitarist has influenced the next generation of rock musicians ...

Soundwave Festival 2012:
A Rocket To The Moon with Nick Santino
interview by Hazel Savage // Feb, 2012
 
It's not hard to see why A Rocket To The Moon are such big hits on Facebook and Twitter; their legions of devoted followers can message the band directly, creating the new form of communication we often see with young bands ...

Soundwave Festival 2012:
In This Moment with Maria Brink
interview by Hazel Savage // Feb, 2012
 
"We have our festival set ready to go and I think there will be all the hanging out and parties that go along with shows like this ..."

Soundwave Festival 2012:
Kvelertak with Erlend Hjelvik
interview by Cameron Edney // Feb, 2012
 
"... I didn't start singing in bands until I was 16; I never expected anything to come out of it; it was just something that I was doing for the hell of it."

Soundwave Festival 2012:
Watain with Erik Danielsson
interview by Cameron Edney // Feb, 2012

"We started out as a pretty clean looking typical Scandinavian black metal band and we grew into some kind of trans-mutated abomination that wreaked of corpses and the stench of death, and that's been quite a journey."
"... we are quite a live act, the concerts themselves I see as magical ceremonies rather than simple rock shows ..."

Parkway Drive: with Ben Gordon
interview by Anna Denejkina // Feb, 2012
 

"... I've been expecting another band to burst out of the scene and blow us away in the past six years ..."

Hysteria Presents
Fireballs: Exclusive Queensland Shows 2012
 
Gold Coast Thursday, 16th February // $10
Surfers Paradise Beer Garden
 
Sunshine Coast Friday, 17th February // $10
Villa Noosa Hotel
 
Ipswich Saturday, 18th February // $10
Racehorse Hotel, Booval

La Dispute: Now Touring
interview by Damo Musclecar // Feb, 2012
 
Michigan's LA DISPUTE have arrived back in Australia in support of their new album, Wild Life (No Sleep/Shock) and vocalist, Jordan Dreyer spoke to Hysteria about recording this epic masterpiece and it's release on glorious vinyl ...



Coal Chamber: Words From Meegs
interview by Jade Kennedy // Jan, 2012
 
"Instead of being influenced by the sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll like I was then, these days I'm influenced by the music, because I understand now that's what it all comes down to at the end of the day."

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The Damned: 35 Years On with Captain Sensible
interview by Damo Musclecar // Jan, 2012
 

"... I remember having to take the amplifiers and the drums on the top deck of a London route master bus to rehearsals because we couldn't afford a van and nobody had a drivers license and we didnt have a manager. It was really hard work actually ..."

 

National Geographic Documentary:
Snake Underworld with Henry Rollins
interview by Ash Endless // Dec, 2011
 

"... I think that is downplaying their lethal potential. You can never forget what you are handling and how quickly a situation can change."

 

Asking Alexandria: Not Your Garden Variety Metalcore
interview by Ernesto Zelaya Miñano // Photo by Richard Sharman
 

"These remixes are more of a one-off thing, to keep the fire burning between albums ... The last album was all about drugs; this one is predominantly about hatred."

 

Leaving a Trail of Destruction Across Australia: with Marcel Scirmer
interview by Cameron Edney // Nov, 2011
 

"I think this album is the most satisfying album of the last eight or nine years. It’s the album that I am so happy with, the album that has a lot of songs that I like to play live and it’s had very good reactions from the crowds we’ve been playing to."

 

The Mission In Motion:
with Brett Islaub
interview by Caitlin Ritter // Nov, 2011
 
"... the last year and a half so much has happened to us as people and as a band that, you know, we've been able to put that into the songs and I think that's a good representation of who we are as people right now."


Touring this December: Off!
with Keith Morris
interview by Mykaela Saunders // Oct, 2011
 
"... there has always been some kind of aggresive anger towards certain things that are happening, that is also part of the fuel for what we are doing."
 

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Make Do & Mend:
First Australian Show
October, 2011

 

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Skindred:
UK Rockers
October, 2011


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Calling All Cars:
Live at the Cooly Hotel
August, 2011
"This tour's been the best tour we've had so far ..." Adam Montgomery


Soundwave Counter Revolution:
Story Of The Year
written by Danielle Ralph // Sept, 2011
 
How's the story coming along? Danielle Ralph hooked up with front man Dan Marsala to find out what's on the cards for Story Of The Year leading up their trip Down Under for Counter Revolution ...

Soundwave Counter Revolution:
The Swellers
interview by Ben Coby // Sept, 2011
photography by Tessie Navarro
 
"It's funny, for a few months there we had nothing booked, then all of a sudden we have all of these tours happening which is insane. Touring here ... Hong Kong with Paramore and Counter Revolution ... it's crazy but we love it."

Soundwave Counter Revolution:
We Are The Ocean
written by Glenn Johnston // Sept, 2011
photography by Ashley Maile
 
If you haven't been keeping up with your UK releases then you may have missed the lastest album by an impressive outfit called We Are The Ocean. We caught up with Dan Brown before their upcoming tour for Counter Revolution ...

Calling All Cars:
Adam Montgomery
interview by Damo Musclecar // August, 2011
 
After touring successfully with rock gods AC/DC, sharing the stage with Australian heavyweights Grinspoon and the Butterfly Effect, Melbourne's Calling All Cars are set to raise the standards of alternative rock ...

Jim Ward: Doors Still Open
interview by J. McGahey // July, 2011
 
"Whatever the next chapter is that comes along, whether it's just being friends or releasing a video of stuff that we shot on tour, I don't know. It'll be cool."

Duff McKagan:
The Quest For That Perfect Song
interview by Damo Musclecar
photos by Lance Mercer // June, 2011
 
While the city of Melbourne is succumbing to the freezing cold, our next interview subject is kicking back in sunny Las Vegas, celebrating his wife's birthday. Duff McKagan is no stranger to rock 'n' roll ...

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An Officer And A Djentleman:
Periphery's Misha Mansoor
interview by Toby McCasker // June 24, 2011
 
Astonishingly, techy super-modern originals, Periphery, are due to land in Australia this July for their second tour downunder in just two yearsthis time as headliners. Band mastermind swung by AHM HQ to djent it up ...

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There's No I In Team:
Heroes For Hire's Brad Smith
written by David Young // June 2011
 
Love them or hate them, it would be downright unfair to dismiss Sydney pop-punk dudes Heroes For Hire as slackers. From headlining shows to international supports, with more than a few festival slots in-between ...

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Frank Turner's New Album:
England Keep My Bones
interview by Nate Fisk // June 2011
 
"They say talking about music is like dancing about architecture. I'm pleased with it, because if I wasn't we would still be in the studio working on it. For me it goes a lot deeper; it goes further ..."

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Upcoming Album Release:
There For Tomorrow, The Verge
interview by Alicia Bolton // June 2011
 
Your new record, The Verge, will be released on July 1. Tell us a bit about the journey... We went in with no expectations because that's kind of what the hardest part is, to do your first album, you start to think too hard ...

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Not Dead Yet:
Trial Kennedy's Tim Morrison
interview by Caitlin Ritter // June 2011
 
Through record label splits, line-up changes, management issues and head injuries, Trial Kennedy is somehow still alive and kicking. Front man Time Morrison talks about the upcoming album Living Undesigned ...

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Segression:
Latest Album, Never Dead
interview by Jesse Bateman // June 2011
 
One of Australia's top live metal acts, AHM caught up with Chris and Red from Segression on their recent Brisbane tour for an insightful chat on the latest album, past glories, guitar lessons, karaoke and plaster casting with Slipknot ...


October, 2013 // Words by Tom Valcanis

Pink Floyd never took no drugs. Seriously. Pink Floyd. Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon is to music as a trenchcoated ‘pusher' is to cops scaring you straight in junior high. Did you say high? Or Pink Floyd, for that matter? Don't try it, not even once. A poster in the gents told me so. Proggo-maniac space cadets BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME walk the line between insanity and genius, straight as nuns. Who are secret cops.
 

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Live Review Melbourne: Limp Bizkit
27 October, 2013 // Words by Martina Bailey Pitrun
Photos by Ben Gunzburg

"This is the one and only time we will play this song in Australia!"
yells Durst and cannons into Counterfeit, Rivers is elastic fingered in one hand when the weight of his other drags down on strings so heavy that his bass sounds like a stampede. Durst asks if we like living in Melbourne (duh, plz) and claims he's applied for citizenship after Broke and then lights blacken ... the entire floor of Festival Hall is crushed under the feet of thousands in unison ...
 

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Live Review Brisbane: Limp Bizkit
25 October, 2013 // Words by Alicia Bolton
Photos by Matt Palmer

 

Welcome to the jungle punk, take a look around. It's LIMP BIZKIT, fuckin’ up your town. The last 20 years have been controversial for LB but does it seem Durst is trying to ground himself after the BDO tragedy ten years ago?! Not on this account ... But it's the band's second time back on our shores since the tragedy and Limp Bizkit are dedicating every set to Jessica and telling the crowd to stay safe.

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Live Review: Lamb Of God / Meshuggah
20 September, 2013 // Words by Tom Hersey
Photos by Kyle Jacobson

 

The memo that it's a cardinal gig-attending sin to wear the t-shirt of the band you're seeing hasn't reached 85% of the crowd at this sold-the-fuck-out show. These dudes (and at least three girls) have showed up in their LoG colours (or colour—black) looking to get Czech prison-crazy with the band that has not toured Australia since The Unpleasantness.

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Live Review: Kvelertak
14 September, 2013 // Words by Tom Hersey
Photos by Charlyn Cameron

Nobody seems to know why, but the doors for tonight's show are at 6 and the first stop on KVELERTAK'S Australian tour has become a weird matinee where the sun's still up while people are getting into the club. Last night's hangovers haven't even completely receded when Brisbane five-piece Kyzer Soze start brutalising earholes with a techy, modern death metal set. The weird time doesn't do the band any favours ...

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Asking Alexandria: Cocaine's A Hell of a Drug
September, 2013 // Words by Martina Bailey Pitrun

 

ASKING ALEXANDRIA'S lead guitarist Ben Bruce has a sass mouth, which incidentally means that any chance of a formal interview goes right out the window. The English metalcore mayhem-ers have a schedule choked with touring, and will be repping ‘80s thrash when they join the quite frankly sick-as-fuck Soundwave 2014 line up. Good thing it takes a lot to make me blush.

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August Burns Red: They Love Korn and Indie Rock and Taylor Swift
September, 2013 // Words by Martina Bailey Pitrun

A decade into an illustrious career, AUGUST BURNS RED have scrawled their signature on the metalcore scene. While the band has weathered a line-upshift, the current ensemble has found the sweet spot. Their latest album Rescue and Restore sets a precedent for emotional intensity, with each techy riff, fiery scream and off-kilter prog tangent bleeding drama from the start. Guitarist Brent Rambler rambles on in that cool Led Zep way.

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Live Review: Dead Letter Circus
Saturday, August 31, 2013 // Words by Tom Valcanis Photos by Ben Gunzburg

DLC’s Hi-Fi Bar gig in Melbourne might've been the ultimate gathering of Dead Letter Circus faithful. After lights went down? Invasion of the n00bs. When The Catalyst Fire dropped, DLC charmed the mainstream. New fans aplenty climbed aboard DLC’s crystal starship. Are they screeching toward Aussie rock stardom's top tier? If it wasn’t euthanised, Hey Hey, It's Saturday! would’ve booked them for a two-song spot. Australia’s Guy Smiley, Daryl Somers, would’ve introduced them with requisite clueless enthusiasm. That’s one heck of a big fucking deal.

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On Tour: Anberlin
September, 2013 // Words by Krissi Weiss

The vein-popping, eardrum-exploding, Jesus-loving rock lads of ANBERLIN—so renowned for their explosive and aurally damaging shows—have just wrapped up an acoustic tour of the US. Has something shifted in rock at the moment? All of these bands, many celebrating some sort of ten-plus year anniversary, seem to be going all Bob Dylan on us and it begs the questions, is rock hanging up its leathers and becoming a campfire sing-a-long? Front man for Anberlin, Stephen Christian says no.

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The new RISE AGAINST release
Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers 2000-2013
Set for release September 6. Pre order here.

The album includes songs from Rise Against's career, starting from before they signed with Fat Wreck Chords, that didnt end up on any studio albums. "The songs on this record are different versions of existing Rise Against songs, covers or originals that never made it on a record." says lead singer Tim McIlrath. "Common wisdom tells us a B-side song is a song not good enough to make the cut. While I think that logic can apply sometimes, I think it's short-sighted. If we weren't proud of it, it would have been scrapped along the way."

Rise Against released their sixth studio album Endgame in 2011 where it debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Three of the band's previous albums, 2004's Siren Song, 2006's The Sufferer & The Witness and 2008's Appeal to Reason have been RIAA-certified gold.




Thy Art Is Murder, Thy Vocation Is Hate
May, 2013 // Words by Tom Valcanis

THY ART IS MURDER work double time producing venomous art in the off-hours between jobs. Thy Art is not thy Job, at least not right now. Maybe it's a cliché, yet a lump of hard truth all the same. Sean Delander isn't motivated by money; his sole focus is on the music. His job keeps a roof over his head, although he'd rather sleep underneath cardboard and survive on Cheetos if his chosen employment took its toll on the band. Well, maybe.

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Somewhere in San Diego, California, a toddler-sized Travis Ryan sits on creamy shag carpet, glued to a counterfeit wood-panelled TV. Apocalyptic action unfolds like nuclear fission on its fuzzy screen. He sees his hero bedecked in leather, saddled atop one thousand metric tons of oil swishing about his souped up mongrel of a bike. Giving a fuck—not an option. Technicolour Holden Monaros explode around him. Without pause for thought, Travis feels a passionate heat rise within. In an indefinable moment, he knows what he wants to be when he's all grown up. He wants to be the Road Warrior. Which is great, except there's no such thing as the Road Warrior; his name is Mad Max, for the fiftieth fucking time.



Emmure: Mouth For 'Core
May, 2013 // Words by Mitch Gant

It has been a year since the release of EMMURE
S last album, Slave To The Game, and front beast Frankie Palmeri has been busy writing new music, prepping for their upcoming Australian tour, launching a clothing label, and dropping weight as quick as the band drop breakdowns?


The Ghost Inside: Street Fightin' Man
May, 2013 // Words by Mitch Gant

THE GHOST INSIDE have done real good with Get What You Give their latest record and first under the banner of the highly respected house of Epitaph. Vocalist Jonathan Vigil’s hard work and determination has created the lifestyle he has always dreamed about, and one that he never wants to let go.



Holed up in a tiny village on an island forgotten by time, loneliness stings harder. Dani, standing in his home often gazes upon fluffy lambs scrambling across the Suffolk plains, an "hour and a bit" north of London. This green-pastured hamlet is nestled in what history buffs dub "Witch County," famous for inquisitions against alleged practitioners of the dark arts in the 17th Century ... What does Dani Filth do, in view of this serene portrait of English countryside? Write savage odes exalting death, destruction and chaos, naturally.


Live: Norma Jean, Brisbane Show
May, 2013 // Words by Mitch Gant // Photos by Rebecca Reid

The night finally arrived for the first show of the long awaited, almighty NORMA JEAN tour.

It has been six years since Norma Jean were last here alongside Every Time I Die and Darkest Hour and it shows: the crowd get hectic. It does not take them long to flex their musical muscles and prove why everyone came to see them and why they are referred to worldwide as the Almighty Norma Jean.


Hysteria Soapbox: A Song of Austin Carlile
April, 2013 // Words by Krissi Weiss

Austin Carlile, front man for metalcore bros OF MICE & MEN, has been arrested on charges of felonious assault (meaning he hit someone really hard as opposed to just kinda hard) after being taken into custody in Bowling Green, Ohio. Look here, a mug shot!Because you can’t have a fancy, celebrity arrest without one of those. Details are sketchy and, as always, will takes days—maybe lots of days—to surface. Police (allegedly) responded to ...

 
 

Dropkick Murphys: Green Collar Streets
March, 2013 // Interview by Martina Bailey Pitrun

If you are any kind of person who has slept on a friend’s couch then you know DROPKICK MURPHYS and their brand of Celtic-inflected, proudly Bostonian punk rock—especially since at some point in your life you’ve howled along to their songs, possibly off-key, possibly after too many whiskeys. Vocalist and bass player Ken Casey has bled his heart into the band for almost 20 years. There is a strong humility to Casey, and as they get set to release their eighth studio record, Signed And Sealed In Blood, he hasn’t lost sight of the stout and hard-working roots that have brought them such vitriolic success.
 
 

MxPx: Responsibility, WHAT THAT?
March, 2013 // Interview by Lucy Valentine

Bass player, guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, owner of his own production studio. Front man of cheery power chord connoisseurs MxPx for the past 20 years. Oh, he also has that country (yes, country) side-project Tumbledown. As of a few weeks ago, Mike Herrera is also a brand new father to a baby girl. Lucy Valentine finds out if there's anything the pop-punk poster boy can't do.
 
 

February, 2013 // Interview by Pete Dimo

"Humour in music is always a sticky issue. And I realise that Australians tend to embrace that a lot more than other cultures, I've always loved that. There’s no reason that music can’t be funny."
 
 

January, 2013 // Review by Martina Bailey Pitrun
Photos by Charyln Cameron
It's Big Day Out day and so of course it's hot. Not the kind of heat that is sated with a bone-chilling beer and a crisp breeze but hot like the malevolent devil turned up the thermostat to watch the world burn ...
 

Hysteria Soapbox:
For Today Hatin' Da Gays

January, 2013 // Words by Krissi Weiss

Social media is a hungry and hilarious beast where keyboard activists and mouse troll-donkeys run free. It's also a space where artists from many mediums can forego the middle-man of media and speak directly to their fans on things they care about. Sometimes they simply fucking shouldn't. Poor Mike Reynolds. At the time of writing, it's been barely 48 hours since his hate-filled, religiously imbued diatribe about the evils of homosexuality and it's all fallen apart for him. Wikipedia has already tossed him into the “former members” category; the internet barely lets the body cool. Apparently he doesn't mind, though. He and his wife are heading to bible college and dedicating their lives to being “slaves of Jesus.”


Deez Nuts: Can't Stop, Won't Stop
January, 2013 // Interview by Martina Bailey Pitrun

Hide yo’ kids, hide yo’ wife, Australia’s most notorious hardcore crew DEEZ NUTS are geared up to release their long awaited new album Bout It–a collection of shouty-rappy anthems choked with riotous gang vocals, punk ‘n metal beat-downs and trademark Deez Nuts debauchery. “It’s exactly what you expect from a DN record, reckless shit,” laughs frontbro JJ Peters, a man perpetually on the road on a seemingly endless tour of bottomless drinks and sizzling Stuyvesants. Currently (always?) enjoying overseas conquests and a steady trajectory to international recognition, Deez Nuts are shaking off their hangovers and returning to Straya to headline the multi-date Atticus Boys Of Summer Tour ...



Live Review: Parkway Drive
December, 2012 // Review by Martina Bailey Pitrun

PARKWAY DRIVE create music to assemble wars to, and if you don’t like the taste of blood, you better step the fuck aside for someone who does. Tonight’s show at the beautiful Riverstage is a warm welcome home for the Byron five-piece, who have been on assault in Europe touring their new album Atlas, alongside newly revived metalcore heavyweights I Killed The Prom Queen.



Every Time I Die: The Underwater Bimbo and the Every Time I Die Guy
December, 2012 // Interview by Martina Bailey Pitrun

Committing themselves to producing a pulverizing record that has been lorded as their best yet, the new album from EVERY TIME I DIE is a mindful chaos that reveals a cohesive throwback to the energy of their debut Hot Damn!, a controlled riot that shatters deep in your chest and rattles the foundations of everything that is holy in the world. Now smashing through a relentless multi-national touring schedule, ETID are building their ever-growing fan base the old fashioned way: by being one with the people and staying true to the ethos of work hard, play harder.

Reel Big Fish: Horny Magic
November, 2012 // Interview by Lucy Valentine

From their ironically successful-in-the-mainstream hit Sell Out to their spectacularly fun cover of Aha’s Take On Me, REEL BIG FISH have been delivering the horny magic of ska punk to the masses for a good sixteen years. Ryland Steen has been smashing the drums for the Fish for seven of those. What exactly is it about ska that keeps so many metaphorical boats floated?


Eyehategod: A Confederacy of Dunces
November, 2012 // Interview by Tom Hersey

It’s been a long, hard road of addiction, incarceration and general chaos for New Orleans sludge legends EYEHATEGOD. But now, with an Australian tour about to start and album number five on the way, the legendarily dysfunctional outfit are finally getting their shit together. Vocalist Mike ‘IX’ Williams sits down to talk about the band’s redemption.


Now On Tour:
Defeater: Tender is the Nightmare

September, 2012 // Interview by Tom Hersey

American hardcore outfit DEFEATER spent the bulk of their years together careening towards a major breakdown. Then, with the release of last year’s Empty Days & Sleepless Nights LP, they started working on building a healthier band dynamic. Guitarist Jake Woodruff explains how the band managed to pull themselves together, and how it makes heading out on the road so much more fun. Tom Hersey writes.

Enter Shikari: Rage Against the (Music) Machine
September, 2012 // Interview by Lucy Valentine

While so many bands fall victim to the old ‘sophomore slump’, ENTER SHIKARI have broken the chains, taking to the metaphorical skies at a ridiculous rate since their first record. Vocalist Rou Reynolds is more than willing to tell Lucy Valentine about the responsibility that comes with rising to the top.


Apocalptica: The Four Horsemen
August, 2012 // Interview by Tom Hersey

Finland’s APOCALYPTICA were thrust into the global limelight when they re-worked an album’s worth of Metallica numbers and released it as 1996’s Plays Metallica by Four Cellos. With each release since, Apocalyptica have pushed the boundaries of what’s expected from a metal band comprised of cellists and transcended the novelty act status that has plagued cover artist contemporaries like Hellsongs, Hayseed Dixie and Richard Cheese by writing and performing original numbers with a string of high-profile rock and metal vocalists ...



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January 19, 2014 // Words by Miranda Ward
Photos by Matt Palmer

It's too early to be running, but here I am—battling the early crowds into Big Day Out (because there is apparently no such thing as a drop off zone within a five-kilometre radius of the place) and I now understand that there must be an aerodynamic benefit to short shorts that end halfway up sunburnt butt cheeks.
 

deftones
January 16, 2014 // Words by Martina Bailey Pitrun

My friend and I were commenting on our parents’ record collections, how bands like Zeppelin, Queen, Dire Straits and Neil Young are now just as influential at this point in history and continue to be critically acclaimed. What will our current generation offer for the future as an example of this defining and cutthroat era in music? DEFTONES? Sure. Think about it: When your kid digs through your CDs and this makes that kid pick up a guitar instead of multiband compressing future-robot-computer jams or whatever the fuck, you’re going to be pretty proud ...

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January 15, 2014 // Words by Cameron Gilmour

Ross Knight is far from a country hick who spent a lot of his youth drunk and rocking a bass guitar and a mullet, the frontman is an articulate fellow and you don't have to scratch very deep to discover enough no-bones wisdom to incinerate an entire aisle in the self-help section. Ross doesn't mince words. That is to say, he's not afraid to call a spade a fucking shovel ...
 

 
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January 14, 2014 //Words by Cameron Gilmour

When talking to Jerry Only you get the distinct feeling you're talking to a real life Randy ‘The Ram' Robinson (as portrayed by Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler). Equally terrifying and muscularly inflated, Jerry too had his own line of action figurines and was hugely influential in the '80s. The likeness dissolves when you consider where Jerry is at now, some 30 years after that era. Far from being a washed up drifter stumbling between temp jobs and titty bars, he's still touring, still making records and still inspiring those with a ...

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January 9, 2014 // iPhone Review by Alicia Bolton Photos by Matt Palmer

Sporting black disco pants, a leopard print crop and a freshly dyed bob, Hayley Williams burst onto the stage looking super fit and full of energy. The backdrop revealed three panels as represented on their Singles Club album and thin crisscrossed lasers shot out from below the stands.
 

ghost
January, 2014 // Words by Tom Valcanis

Do you like staying up late at night? All the time? I only because worshipping pitchfork-toting devils is the metalhead's favourite pastime. Hailing from dark parts unknown, GHOST celebrate the evil lurking beneath metal's world. Hark, who goes there? A fire-breathing beast cursed with four heads ...
 


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November, 2013 // Words by Miranda Ward

By 9am, the phrase ‘dear fucking god it's hot' has been sighed through beer-soaked lips more times than I can count ... But we've waited 11 years for the Festival to make its way back to Australia, I think to myself, a little bit of heatstroke aint gonna stop us. The universe seemed to take this as a challenge ...

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November, 2013 // Words by Miranda Ward

“Online, some people just purely don't like us because they think we've sold out, but last time I checked my bank account there wasn't a million dollars sitting in it … I'm assuming it's just trolls that are bored … then come up and want a photo with me at shows. Do you hate me or do you want a photo with me?”
{ Brett Anderson }

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November, 2013 // Words by Miranda Ward

It has to be asked: What contributes to graceful longevity? Commercial success is not always an assurance or even an option for a punk band, and after talking with singer Nikola Šarčević felt I had to put it down to that good ole Scandinavian level-headedness and a personal desire for new challenges, because royalties aside, a love song about your scooter just won't sustain two decades worth of musical relevance.


kidsinglasshouses
November, 2013 // Words by Miranda Ward

"We're all hungover. We got pretty drunk last night with Cartel. It's bad. We had a bus fire the other day in the middle of this tour, too; all our gear got totally scorched. And yeah we nearly died, so that was cool."
 
{ALED from KIDS IN GLASS HOUSES}
 

anarbor
November, 2013 // Words by Miranda Ward

"It's always a crazy time ... It really is like a band summer camp basically, there's no rules. Lots of drinking. Lots of good times. It's gonna be crazy ..."
 
{SLADE from ANARBOR}
 

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November, 2013 // Words by Martina Bailey Pitrun

The ethos between punk rock and skateboarding holds hands tight, a concept that has been seeping into legendary skater Mike Vallely for over 25 years. His current venture, Good For You, sees him musically exploring and collaborating with Greg Ginn, founder and primary writer for Black Flag. The resultant debut Life Is Too Short To Not Hold A Grudge is snarled and gnarled like you'd expect from a man who charges forward with complete conviction. Mike's infamy is often misunderstood, though. The man who is said to have revolutionised skateboarding clearly stands as a steadfast humanitarian with a selfless concept of the importance of making a difference.

 

October, 2013 // Words by Tom Valcanis

Pink Floyd never took no drugs. Seriously. Pink Floyd. Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon is to music as a trenchcoated ‘pusher' is to cops scaring you straight in junior high. Did you say high? Or Pink Floyd, for that matter? Don't try it, not even once. A poster in the gents told me so. Proggo-maniac space cadets BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME walk the line between insanity and genius, straight as nuns. Who are secret cops.
 

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Live Review Melbourne: Limp Bizkit
27 October, 2013 // Words by Martina Bailey Pitrun
Photos by Ben Gunzburg

"This is the one and only time we will play this song in Australia!"
yells Durst and cannons into Counterfeit, Rivers is elastic fingered in one hand when the weight of his other drags down on strings so heavy that his bass sounds like a stampede. Durst asks if we like living in Melbourne (duh, plz) and claims he's applied for citizenship after Broke and then lights blacken ... the entire floor of Festival Hall is crushed under the feet of thousands in unison ...
 

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Live Review Brisbane: Limp Bizkit
25 October, 2013 // Words by Alicia Bolton
Photos by Matt Palmer

 

Welcome to the jungle punk, take a look around. It's LIMP BIZKIT, fuckin’ up your town. The last 20 years have been controversial for LB but does it seem Durst is trying to ground himself after the BDO tragedy ten years ago?! Not on this account ... But it's the band's second time back on our shores since the tragedy and Limp Bizkit are dedicating every set to Jessica and telling the crowd to stay safe.

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Live Review: Lamb Of God / Meshuggah
20 September, 2013 // Words by Tom Hersey
Photos by Kyle Jacobson

 

The memo that it's a cardinal gig-attending sin to wear the t-shirt of the band you're seeing hasn't reached 85% of the crowd at this sold-the-fuck-out show. These dudes (and at least three girls) have showed up in their LoG colours (or colour—black) looking to get Czech prison-crazy with the band that has not toured Australia since The Unpleasantness.

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Live Review: Kvelertak
14 September, 2013 // Words by Tom Hersey
Photos by Charlyn Cameron

Nobody seems to know why, but the doors for tonight's show are at 6 and the first stop on KVELERTAK'S Australian tour has become a weird matinee where the sun's still up while people are getting into the club. Last night's hangovers haven't even completely receded when Brisbane five-piece Kyzer Soze start brutalising earholes with a techy, modern death metal set. The weird time doesn't do the band any favours ...

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Asking Alexandria: Cocaine's A Hell of a Drug
September, 2013 // Words by Martina Bailey Pitrun

 

ASKING ALEXANDRIA'S lead guitarist Ben Bruce has a sass mouth, which incidentally means that any chance of a formal interview goes right out the window. The English metalcore mayhem-ers have a schedule choked with touring, and will be repping ‘80s thrash when they join the quite frankly sick-as-fuck Soundwave 2014 line up. Good thing it takes a lot to make me blush.

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August Burns Red: They Love Korn and Indie Rock and Taylor Swift
September, 2013 // Words by Martina Bailey Pitrun

A decade into an illustrious career, AUGUST BURNS RED have scrawled their signature on the metalcore scene. While the band has weathered a line-upshift, the current ensemble has found the sweet spot. Their latest album Rescue and Restore sets a precedent for emotional intensity, with each techy riff, fiery scream and off-kilter prog tangent bleeding drama from the start. Guitarist Brent Rambler rambles on in that cool Led Zep way.

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Live Review: Dead Letter Circus
Saturday, August 31, 2013 // Words by Tom Valcanis Photos by Ben Gunzburg

DLC’s Hi-Fi Bar gig in Melbourne might've been the ultimate gathering of Dead Letter Circus faithful. After lights went down? Invasion of the n00bs. When The Catalyst Fire dropped, DLC charmed the mainstream. New fans aplenty climbed aboard DLC’s crystal starship. Are they screeching toward Aussie rock stardom's top tier? If it wasn’t euthanised, Hey Hey, It's Saturday! would’ve booked them for a two-song spot. Australia’s Guy Smiley, Daryl Somers, would’ve introduced them with requisite clueless enthusiasm. That’s one heck of a big fucking deal.

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On Tour: Anberlin
September, 2013 // Words by Krissi Weiss

The vein-popping, eardrum-exploding, Jesus-loving rock lads of ANBERLIN—so renowned for their explosive and aurally damaging shows—have just wrapped up an acoustic tour of the US. Has something shifted in rock at the moment? All of these bands, many celebrating some sort of ten-plus year anniversary, seem to be going all Bob Dylan on us and it begs the questions, is rock hanging up its leathers and becoming a campfire sing-a-long? Front man for Anberlin, Stephen Christian says no.

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The new RISE AGAINST release
Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers 2000-2013
Set for release September 6. Pre order here.

The album includes songs from Rise Against's career, starting from before they signed with Fat Wreck Chords, that didnt end up on any studio albums. "The songs on this record are different versions of existing Rise Against songs, covers or originals that never made it on a record." says lead singer Tim McIlrath. "Common wisdom tells us a B-side song is a song not good enough to make the cut. While I think that logic can apply sometimes, I think it's short-sighted. If we weren't proud of it, it would have been scrapped along the way."

Rise Against released their sixth studio album Endgame in 2011 where it debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Three of the band's previous albums, 2004's Siren Song, 2006's The Sufferer & The Witness and 2008's Appeal to Reason have been RIAA-certified gold.




Thy Art Is Murder, Thy Vocation Is Hate
May, 2013 // Words by Tom Valcanis

THY ART IS MURDER work double time producing venomous art in the off-hours between jobs. Thy Art is not thy Job, at least not right now. Maybe it's a cliché, yet a lump of hard truth all the same. Sean Delander isn't motivated by money; his sole focus is on the music. His job keeps a roof over his head, although he'd rather sleep underneath cardboard and survive on Cheetos if his chosen employment took its toll on the band. Well, maybe.

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Somewhere in San Diego, California, a toddler-sized Travis Ryan sits on creamy shag carpet, glued to a counterfeit wood-panelled TV. Apocalyptic action unfolds like nuclear fission on its fuzzy screen. He sees his hero bedecked in leather, saddled atop one thousand metric tons of oil swishing about his souped up mongrel of a bike. Giving a fuck—not an option. Technicolour Holden Monaros explode around him. Without pause for thought, Travis feels a passionate heat rise within. In an indefinable moment, he knows what he wants to be when he's all grown up. He wants to be the Road Warrior. Which is great, except there's no such thing as the Road Warrior; his name is Mad Max, for the fiftieth fucking time.



Emmure: Mouth For 'Core
May, 2013 // Words by Mitch Gant

It has been a year since the release of EMMURE
S last album, Slave To The Game, and front beast Frankie Palmeri has been busy writing new music, prepping for their upcoming Australian tour, launching a clothing label, and dropping weight as quick as the band drop breakdowns?


The Ghost Inside: Street Fightin' Man
May, 2013 // Words by Mitch Gant

THE GHOST INSIDE have done real good with Get What You Give their latest record and first under the banner of the highly respected house of Epitaph. Vocalist Jonathan Vigil’s hard work and determination has created the lifestyle he has always dreamed about, and one that he never wants to let go.



Holed up in a tiny village on an island forgotten by time, loneliness stings harder. Dani, standing in his home often gazes upon fluffy lambs scrambling across the Suffolk plains, an "hour and a bit" north of London. This green-pastured hamlet is nestled in what history buffs dub "Witch County," famous for inquisitions against alleged practitioners of the dark arts in the 17th Century ... What does Dani Filth do, in view of this serene portrait of English countryside? Write savage odes exalting death, destruction and chaos, naturally.


Live: Norma Jean, Brisbane Show
May, 2013 // Words by Mitch Gant // Photos by Rebecca Reid

The night finally arrived for the first show of the long awaited, almighty NORMA JEAN tour.

It has been six years since Norma Jean were last here alongside Every Time I Die and Darkest Hour and it shows: the crowd get hectic. It does not take them long to flex their musical muscles and prove why everyone came to see them and why they are referred to worldwide as the Almighty Norma Jean.


Hysteria Soapbox: A Song of Austin Carlile
April, 2013 // Words by Krissi Weiss

Austin Carlile, front man for metalcore bros OF MICE & MEN, has been arrested on charges of felonious assault (meaning he hit someone really hard as opposed to just kinda hard) after being taken into custody in Bowling Green, Ohio. Look here, a mug shot!Because you can’t have a fancy, celebrity arrest without one of those. Details are sketchy and, as always, will takes days—maybe lots of days—to surface. Police (allegedly) responded to ...

 
 

Dropkick Murphys: Green Collar Streets
March, 2013 // Interview by Martina Bailey Pitrun

If you are any kind of person who has slept on a friend’s couch then you know DROPKICK MURPHYS and their brand of Celtic-inflected, proudly Bostonian punk rock—especially since at some point in your life you’ve howled along to their songs, possibly off-key, possibly after too many whiskeys. Vocalist and bass player Ken Casey has bled his heart into the band for almost 20 years. There is a strong humility to Casey, and as they get set to release their eighth studio record, Signed And Sealed In Blood, he hasn’t lost sight of the stout and hard-working roots that have brought them such vitriolic success.
 
 

MxPx: Responsibility, WHAT THAT?
March, 2013 // Interview by Lucy Valentine

Bass player, guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, owner of his own production studio. Front man of cheery power chord connoisseurs MxPx for the past 20 years. Oh, he also has that country (yes, country) side-project Tumbledown. As of a few weeks ago, Mike Herrera is also a brand new father to a baby girl. Lucy Valentine finds out if there's anything the pop-punk poster boy can't do.
 
 

February, 2013 // Interview by Pete Dimo

"Humour in music is always a sticky issue. And I realise that Australians tend to embrace that a lot more than other cultures, I've always loved that. There’s no reason that music can’t be funny."
 
 

January, 2013 // Review by Martina Bailey Pitrun
Photos by Charyln Cameron
It's Big Day Out day and so of course it's hot. Not the kind of heat that is sated with a bone-chilling beer and a crisp breeze but hot like the malevolent devil turned up the thermostat to watch the world burn ...
 

Hysteria Soapbox:
For Today Hatin' Da Gays

January, 2013 // Words by Krissi Weiss

Social media is a hungry and hilarious beast where keyboard activists and mouse troll-donkeys run free. It's also a space where artists from many mediums can forego the middle-man of media and speak directly to their fans on things they care about. Sometimes they simply fucking shouldn't. Poor Mike Reynolds. At the time of writing, it's been barely 48 hours since his hate-filled, religiously imbued diatribe about the evils of homosexuality and it's all fallen apart for him. Wikipedia has already tossed him into the “former members” category; the internet barely lets the body cool. Apparently he doesn't mind, though. He and his wife are heading to bible college and dedicating their lives to being “slaves of Jesus.”


Deez Nuts: Can't Stop, Won't Stop
January, 2013 // Interview by Martina Bailey Pitrun

Hide yo’ kids, hide yo’ wife, Australia’s most notorious hardcore crew DEEZ NUTS are geared up to release their long awaited new album Bout It–a collection of shouty-rappy anthems choked with riotous gang vocals, punk ‘n metal beat-downs and trademark Deez Nuts debauchery. “It’s exactly what you expect from a DN record, reckless shit,” laughs frontbro JJ Peters, a man perpetually on the road on a seemingly endless tour of bottomless drinks and sizzling Stuyvesants. Currently (always?) enjoying overseas conquests and a steady trajectory to international recognition, Deez Nuts are shaking off their hangovers and returning to Straya to headline the multi-date Atticus Boys Of Summer Tour ...



Live Review: Parkway Drive
December, 2012 // Review by Martina Bailey Pitrun

PARKWAY DRIVE create music to assemble wars to, and if you don’t like the taste of blood, you better step the fuck aside for someone who does. Tonight’s show at the beautiful Riverstage is a warm welcome home for the Byron five-piece, who have been on assault in Europe touring their new album Atlas, alongside newly revived metalcore heavyweights I Killed The Prom Queen.



Every Time I Die: The Underwater Bimbo and the Every Time I Die Guy
December, 2012 // Interview by Martina Bailey Pitrun

Committing themselves to producing a pulverizing record that has been lorded as their best yet, the new album from EVERY TIME I DIE is a mindful chaos that reveals a cohesive throwback to the energy of their debut Hot Damn!, a controlled riot that shatters deep in your chest and rattles the foundations of everything that is holy in the world. Now smashing through a relentless multi-national touring schedule, ETID are building their ever-growing fan base the old fashioned way: by being one with the people and staying true to the ethos of work hard, play harder.

Reel Big Fish: Horny Magic
November, 2012 // Interview by Lucy Valentine

From their ironically successful-in-the-mainstream hit Sell Out to their spectacularly fun cover of Aha’s Take On Me, REEL BIG FISH have been delivering the horny magic of ska punk to the masses for a good sixteen years. Ryland Steen has been smashing the drums for the Fish for seven of those. What exactly is it about ska that keeps so many metaphorical boats floated?


Eyehategod: A Confederacy of Dunces
November, 2012 // Interview by Tom Hersey

It’s been a long, hard road of addiction, incarceration and general chaos for New Orleans sludge legends EYEHATEGOD. But now, with an Australian tour about to start and album number five on the way, the legendarily dysfunctional outfit are finally getting their shit together. Vocalist Mike ‘IX’ Williams sits down to talk about the band’s redemption.


Now On Tour:
Defeater: Tender is the Nightmare

September, 2012 // Interview by Tom Hersey

American hardcore outfit DEFEATER spent the bulk of their years together careening towards a major breakdown. Then, with the release of last year’s Empty Days & Sleepless Nights LP, they started working on building a healthier band dynamic. Guitarist Jake Woodruff explains how the band managed to pull themselves together, and how it makes heading out on the road so much more fun. Tom Hersey writes.

Enter Shikari: Rage Against the (Music) Machine
September, 2012 // Interview by Lucy Valentine

While so many bands fall victim to the old ‘sophomore slump’, ENTER SHIKARI have broken the chains, taking to the metaphorical skies at a ridiculous rate since their first record. Vocalist Rou Reynolds is more than willing to tell Lucy Valentine about the responsibility that comes with rising to the top.


Apocalptica: The Four Horsemen
August, 2012 // Interview by Tom Hersey

Finland’s APOCALYPTICA were thrust into the global limelight when they re-worked an album’s worth of Metallica numbers and released it as 1996’s Plays Metallica by Four Cellos. With each release since, Apocalyptica have pushed the boundaries of what’s expected from a metal band comprised of cellists and transcended the novelty act status that has plagued cover artist contemporaries like Hellsongs, Hayseed Dixie and Richard Cheese by writing and performing original numbers with a string of high-profile rock and metal vocalists ...


On the Road with While She Sleeps
 
Ever wondered what it would be like to be on tour with one of the hottest bands in the world right now? WHILE SHE SLEEPS took Hysteria on tour with them for their first two shows in Australia. Make sure you check them out at Soundwave 2013!
 
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EXCLUSIVE: In the Studio with Circles

Men in hats! Kettle harmony! A bass player doing a merry jig! Abrupt saucepan ho-downs
by the kitchen sink bonfire! Maybe the faintest hint of colossal new riffage! Welcome to CIRCLES' first studio diary ahead of the djenty Australian quintet’s brand-wanking new debut record.

 
"The new songs are headed in a healthy direction. Everyone in the band is stoked and sometimes surprised at what's being brought out in the studio. In this day and age where a lot of bands are really pushing the boundaries in the sounds they are creating, we realise it's time to bring our A game. Although it may seem a long time between drinks, we will release the best album we possibly can at the end of all this. Our fans deserve no less.”
 
So says Circles drummer Dave No-Surname, and we believe him. You know why? Because until we heard The Compass EP we’d never spontaneously done a cum. Hold onto your scrotums.

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Zoli Téglás: The Enviro-Mentalist
August, 2012 // Interview by Sophie Benjamin

Zoli Teglas is the lead singer of PENNYWISE, and Californian hardcore band IGNITE. He’s also a spectacularly passionate volunteer for the Sea Shepherd conservation society. Hysteria spoke to him about valiantly rescuing sick pelicans with punk’s DIY spirit in tow.


Impending Doom: The Devil in Mister Settig
July, 2012 // Interview by Tom Valcanis

“That’s just our little saying. It’s a lyric—‘I hope I scare the hell out of you,’ which is more to do with scaring the evil out of you. It’s more like I hope this album scares you straight.”

Billy Talent: Band of Brothers
June, 2012 // Interview by Lindsey Cuthbertson
 
Ahead of their August 2012 tour of Australia, BILLY TALENT vocalist Ben Kowalewicz talks all things aerial, musical and cosmic ...

Whitechapel: Evolve or Die
June, 2012 // Interview by Hugh Nichols
 

On the verge of releasing their newest collection of scrote-rippin’ tunes, WHITECHAPEL appear to be giving serious consideration to the credo ‘evolve or die’. Hysteria’s Hugh Nichols had a chat with vocalist Phil Bozeman.


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In the alt-choons publishing system, having to redo an interview because your iPhone shat itself and deleted the recording is considered egregiously heinous. In this interview, the dedicated pig squealer who was left to deal with this vicious felony was Travis Ryan, member of an elite squad known as CATTLE DECAPITATION.

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"But for our first show I can only blame myself because I took a shit load of drugs and drank a lot of booze and completely f**king failed."

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"Once I ate a bunch of weed cookies without knowing what they were and not being a smoker, it resulted in the longest and most miserable outcome. I was actually mumbling to myself in-between songs like some sort of introvert."


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June, 2012 // Interview by Tom Valcanis

Hysteria upstart Tom Valcanis was watching that crappy Brendan Fraser movie for some reason when, all of a goddam sudden, the phone rang. It was NILE'S own riddle of the riffalicious sphinx, Karl Sanders. His last name has 'sand' in it, too. We just noticed that, it works really well.

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June, 2012 // Interview by Ernesto Minano

"We wanted diversity, not to end up with all NOFX and Descendent-style short songs."

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May, 2012 // Interview by Toby McCasker

You'd be forgiven for exclaiming an almighty "Holy shit!" upon first hearing 7 HORNS 7 EYES debut record Throes of Absolution. You'd also be sent to the naughty corner to say a few Hail Mary's. Toby McCasker murmurs in hushed tones from the confession booth to guitarist Aaron Smith.

Strike Anywhere with Thomas Barnett
May, 2012 // Interview by Lindsey Cuthbertson

For us, it was a personal and political year of folding back into our hometown scenes, staying close to our families, and working with activists groups ...

Flatliners with Chris Cresswell
May, 2012 // Interview by Lindsey Cuthbertson
 
We're hoping to find a good chunk of time at home after the tour ... We've been writing loads of new songs, and are very excited about where it's going.

Storm Corrosion with Steve Wilson
May, 2012 // Interview by Thomas Hersey

Porcupine Tree and Opeth have built careers out of visionary experimentation and boundary pushing. But after the 12 years it took before Porcupine Tree's Steve Wilson and Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt write their first album together as Storm Corrosion was there any new ground to be broken by the two progressive visionaries?

April, 2012 // Interview by Brian Giffin
 
 
"It's tough when people take shots at ya, for some times no reason other than because they want to use you as a punching bag ... But, you know, the reality of it is that I'm not here to please anybody but myself."

April, 2012 // Interview by Thomas Hersey
 
 
On the eve of what Dez Fafara promises to be DevilDriver's last Australian tour for a while, the band patriach sits down with Hysteria to explain how he's planning to lead his gang of headbangers through 'the most critical moment of the band's career'.

April, 2012 // Interview by Brian Giffin
 
 
The rest of Darkest Hour are in the studio recording, laying down some demo cuts in preparation for a new album. meanwhile, guitarist and founding member Mike Schliebaum is doing what he sees as something far more important ...

Now on Tour:
Dangerous! with Tommy Lofts
March, 2012
 
Living the dream ... Dangerous! finally have their feet firmly planted on Australian soil ready to run amuck on their Teenage Rampage tour ...

Soundwave Festival 2012:
Dashboard Confessional with Chris Carrabba
interview by Hazel Savage // Feb, 2012
 
It is easy to see how the Dashboard Confessional lead singer and guitarist has influenced the next generation of rock musicians ...

Soundwave Festival 2012:
A Rocket To The Moon with Nick Santino
interview by Hazel Savage // Feb, 2012
 
It's not hard to see why A Rocket To The Moon are such big hits on Facebook and Twitter; their legions of devoted followers can message the band directly, creating the new form of communication we often see with young bands ...

Soundwave Festival 2012:
In This Moment with Maria Brink
interview by Hazel Savage // Feb, 2012
 
"We have our festival set ready to go and I think there will be all the hanging out and parties that go along with shows like this ..."

Soundwave Festival 2012:
Kvelertak with Erlend Hjelvik
interview by Cameron Edney // Feb, 2012
 
"... I didn't start singing in bands until I was 16; I never expected anything to come out of it; it was just something that I was doing for the hell of it."

Soundwave Festival 2012:
Watain with Erik Danielsson
interview by Cameron Edney // Feb, 2012

"We started out as a pretty clean looking typical Scandinavian black metal band and we grew into some kind of trans-mutated abomination that wreaked of corpses and the stench of death, and that's been quite a journey."
"... we are quite a live act, the concerts themselves I see as magical ceremonies rather than simple rock shows ..."

Parkway Drive: with Ben Gordon
interview by Anna Denejkina // Feb, 2012
 

"... I've been expecting another band to burst out of the scene and blow us away in the past six years ..."

Hysteria Presents
Fireballs: Exclusive Queensland Shows 2012
 
Gold Coast Thursday, 16th February // $10
Surfers Paradise Beer Garden
 
Sunshine Coast Friday, 17th February // $10
Villa Noosa Hotel
 
Ipswich Saturday, 18th February // $10
Racehorse Hotel, Booval

La Dispute: Now Touring
interview by Damo Musclecar // Feb, 2012
 
Michigan's LA DISPUTE have arrived back in Australia in support of their new album, Wild Life (No Sleep/Shock) and vocalist, Jordan Dreyer spoke to Hysteria about recording this epic masterpiece and it's release on glorious vinyl ...



Coal Chamber: Words From Meegs
interview by Jade Kennedy // Jan, 2012
 
"Instead of being influenced by the sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll like I was then, these days I'm influenced by the music, because I understand now that's what it all comes down to at the end of the day."

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The Damned: 35 Years On with Captain Sensible
interview by Damo Musclecar // Jan, 2012
 

"... I remember having to take the amplifiers and the drums on the top deck of a London route master bus to rehearsals because we couldn't afford a van and nobody had a drivers license and we didnt have a manager. It was really hard work actually ..."

 

National Geographic Documentary:
Snake Underworld with Henry Rollins
interview by Ash Endless // Dec, 2011
 

"... I think that is downplaying their lethal potential. You can never forget what you are handling and how quickly a situation can change."

 

Asking Alexandria: Not Your Garden Variety Metalcore
interview by Ernesto Zelaya Miñano // Photo by Richard Sharman
 

"These remixes are more of a one-off thing, to keep the fire burning between albums ... The last album was all about drugs; this one is predominantly about hatred."

 

Leaving a Trail of Destruction Across Australia: with Marcel Scirmer
interview by Cameron Edney // Nov, 2011
 

"I think this album is the most satisfying album of the last eight or nine years. It’s the album that I am so happy with, the album that has a lot of songs that I like to play live and it’s had very good reactions from the crowds we’ve been playing to."

 

The Mission In Motion:
with Brett Islaub
interview by Caitlin Ritter // Nov, 2011
 
"... the last year and a half so much has happened to us as people and as a band that, you know, we've been able to put that into the songs and I think that's a good representation of who we are as people right now."


Touring this December: Off!
with Keith Morris
interview by Mykaela Saunders // Oct, 2011
 
"... there has always been some kind of aggresive anger towards certain things that are happening, that is also part of the fuel for what we are doing."
 

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Calling All Cars:
Live at the Cooly Hotel
August, 2011
"This tour's been the best tour we've had so far ..." Adam Montgomery


Soundwave Counter Revolution:
Story Of The Year
written by Danielle Ralph // Sept, 2011
 
How's the story coming along? Danielle Ralph hooked up with front man Dan Marsala to find out what's on the cards for Story Of The Year leading up their trip Down Under for Counter Revolution ...

Soundwave Counter Revolution:
The Swellers
interview by Ben Coby // Sept, 2011
photography by Tessie Navarro
 
"It's funny, for a few months there we had nothing booked, then all of a sudden we have all of these tours happening which is insane. Touring here ... Hong Kong with Paramore and Counter Revolution ... it's crazy but we love it."

Soundwave Counter Revolution:
We Are The Ocean
written by Glenn Johnston // Sept, 2011
photography by Ashley Maile
 
If you haven't been keeping up with your UK releases then you may have missed the lastest album by an impressive outfit called We Are The Ocean. We caught up with Dan Brown before their upcoming tour for Counter Revolution ...

Calling All Cars:
Adam Montgomery
interview by Damo Musclecar // August, 2011
 
After touring successfully with rock gods AC/DC, sharing the stage with Australian heavyweights Grinspoon and the Butterfly Effect, Melbourne's Calling All Cars are set to raise the standards of alternative rock ...

Jim Ward: Doors Still Open
interview by J. McGahey // July, 2011
 
"Whatever the next chapter is that comes along, whether it's just being friends or releasing a video of stuff that we shot on tour, I don't know. It'll be cool."

Duff McKagan:
The Quest For That Perfect Song
interview by Damo Musclecar
photos by Lance Mercer // June, 2011
 
While the city of Melbourne is succumbing to the freezing cold, our next interview subject is kicking back in sunny Las Vegas, celebrating his wife's birthday. Duff McKagan is no stranger to rock 'n' roll ...

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An Officer And A Djentleman:
Periphery's Misha Mansoor
interview by Toby McCasker // June 24, 2011
 
Astonishingly, techy super-modern originals, Periphery, are due to land in Australia this July for their second tour downunder in just two yearsthis time as headliners. Band mastermind swung by AHM HQ to djent it up ...

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There's No I In Team:
Heroes For Hire's Brad Smith
written by David Young // June 2011
 
Love them or hate them, it would be downright unfair to dismiss Sydney pop-punk dudes Heroes For Hire as slackers. From headlining shows to international supports, with more than a few festival slots in-between ...

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Frank Turner's New Album:
England Keep My Bones
interview by Nate Fisk // June 2011
 
"They say talking about music is like dancing about architecture. I'm pleased with it, because if I wasn't we would still be in the studio working on it. For me it goes a lot deeper; it goes further ..."

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Upcoming Album Release:
There For Tomorrow, The Verge
interview by Alicia Bolton // June 2011
 
Your new record, The Verge, will be released on July 1. Tell us a bit about the journey... We went in with no expectations because that's kind of what the hardest part is, to do your first album, you start to think too hard ...

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Not Dead Yet:
Trial Kennedy's Tim Morrison
interview by Caitlin Ritter // June 2011
 
Through record label splits, line-up changes, management issues and head injuries, Trial Kennedy is somehow still alive and kicking. Front man Time Morrison talks about the upcoming album Living Undesigned ...

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Segression:
Latest Album, Never Dead
interview by Jesse Bateman // June 2011
 
One of Australia's top live metal acts, AHM caught up with Chris and Red from Segression on their recent Brisbane tour for an insightful chat on the latest album, past glories, guitar lessons, karaoke and plaster casting with Slipknot ...


October, 2013 // Words by Tom Valcanis

Pink Floyd never took no drugs. Seriously. Pink Floyd. Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon is to music as a trenchcoated ‘pusher' is to cops scaring you straight in junior high. Did you say high? Or Pink Floyd, for that matter? Don't try it, not even once. A poster in the gents told me so. Proggo-maniac space cadets BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME walk the line between insanity and genius, straight as nuns. Who are secret cops.
 

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Live Review Melbourne: Limp Bizkit
27 October, 2013 // Words by Martina Bailey Pitrun
Photos by Ben Gunzburg

"This is the one and only time we will play this song in Australia!"
yells Durst and cannons into Counterfeit, Rivers is elastic fingered in one hand when the weight of his other drags down on strings so heavy that his bass sounds like a stampede. Durst asks if we like living in Melbourne (duh, plz) and claims he's applied for citizenship after Broke and then lights blacken ... the entire floor of Festival Hall is crushed under the feet of thousands in unison ...
 

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Live Review Brisbane: Limp Bizkit
25 October, 2013 // Words by Alicia Bolton
Photos by Matt Palmer

 

Welcome to the jungle punk, take a look around. It's LIMP BIZKIT, fuckin’ up your town. The last 20 years have been controversial for LB but does it seem Durst is trying to ground himself after the BDO tragedy ten years ago?! Not on this account ... But it's the band's second time back on our shores since the tragedy and Limp Bizkit are dedicating every set to Jessica and telling the crowd to stay safe. 

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Live Review: Lamb Of God / Meshuggah
20 September, 2013 // Words by Tom Hersey
Photos by Kyle Jacobson

 

The memo that it's a cardinal gig-attending sin to wear the t-shirt of the band you're seeing hasn't reached 85% of the crowd at this sold-the-fuck-out show. These dudes (and at least three girls) have showed up in their LoG colours (or colour—black) looking to get Czech prison-crazy with the band that has not toured Australia since The Unpleasantness.

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Live Review: Kvelertak
14 September, 2013 // Words by Tom Hersey
Photos by Charlyn Cameron

Nobody seems to know why, but the doors for tonight's show are at 6 and the first stop on KVELERTAK'S Australian tour has become a weird matinee where the sun's still up while people are getting into the club. Last night's hangovers haven't even completely receded when Brisbane five-piece Kyzer Soze start brutalising earholes with a techy, modern death metal set. The weird time doesn't do the band any favours ...

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Asking Alexandria: Cocaine's A Hell of a Drug
September, 2013 // Words by Martina Bailey Pitrun

 

ASKING ALEXANDRIA'S lead guitarist Ben Bruce has a sass mouth, which incidentally means that any chance of a formal interview goes right out the window. The English metalcore mayhem-ers have a schedule choked with touring, and will be repping ‘80s thrash when they join the quite frankly sick-as-fuck Soundwave 2014 line up. Good thing it takes a lot to make me blush. 

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August Burns Red: They Love Korn and Indie Rock and Taylor Swift
September, 2013 // Words by Martina Bailey Pitrun 

A decade into an illustrious career, AUGUST BURNS RED have scrawled their signature on the metalcore scene. While the band has weathered a line-upshift, the current ensemble has found the sweet spot. Their latest album Rescue and Restore sets a precedent for emotional intensity, with each techy riff, fiery scream and off-kilter prog tangent bleeding drama from the start. Guitarist Brent Rambler rambles on in that cool Led Zep way.

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Live Review: Dead Letter Circus
Saturday, August 31, 2013 // Words by Tom Valcanis Photos by Ben Gunzburg

DLC’s Hi-Fi Bar gig in Melbourne might've been the ultimate gathering of Dead Letter Circus faithful. After lights went down? Invasion of the n00bs. When The Catalyst Fire dropped, DLC charmed the mainstream. New fans aplenty climbed aboard DLC’s crystal starship. Are they screeching toward Aussie rock stardom's top tier? If it wasn’t euthanised, Hey Hey, It's Saturday! would’ve booked them for a two-song spot. Australia’s Guy Smiley, Daryl Somers, would’ve introduced them with requisite clueless enthusiasm. That’s one heck of a big fucking deal.

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On Tour: Anberlin 
September, 2013 // Words by Krissi Weiss

The vein-popping, eardrum-exploding, Jesus-loving rock lads of ANBERLIN—so renowned for their explosive and aurally damaging shows—have just wrapped up an acoustic tour of the US. Has something shifted in rock at the moment? All of these bands, many celebrating some sort of ten-plus year anniversary, seem to be going all Bob Dylan on us and it begs the questions, is rock hanging up its leathers and becoming a campfire sing-a-long? Front man for Anberlin, Stephen Christian says no.

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The new RISE AGAINST release
Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers 2000-2013
Set for release September 6. Pre order here.

The album includes songs from Rise Against's career, starting from before they signed with Fat Wreck Chords, that didnt end up on any studio albums. "The songs on this record are different versions of existing Rise Against songs, covers or originals that never made it on a record." says lead singer Tim McIlrath. "Common wisdom tells us a B-side song is a song not good enough to make the cut. While I think that logic can apply sometimes, I think it's short-sighted. If we weren't proud of it, it would have been scrapped along the way."

Rise Against released their sixth studio album Endgame in 2011 where it debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Three of the band's previous albums, 2004's Siren Song, 2006's The Sufferer & The Witness and 2008's Appeal to Reason have been RIAA-certified gold.




Thy Art Is Murder, Thy Vocation Is Hate
May, 2013 // Words by Tom Valcanis 

THY ART IS MURDER work double time producing venomous art in the off-hours between jobs. Thy Art is not thy Job, at least not right now. Maybe it's a cliché, yet a lump of hard truth all the same. Sean Delander isn't motivated by money; his sole focus is on the music. His job keeps a roof over his head, although he'd rather sleep underneath cardboard and survive on Cheetos if his chosen employment took its toll on the band. Well, maybe.

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Somewhere in San Diego, California, a toddler-sized Travis Ryan sits on creamy shag carpet, glued to a counterfeit wood-panelled TV. Apocalyptic action unfolds like nuclear fission on its fuzzy screen. He sees his hero bedecked in leather, saddled atop one thousand metric tons of oil swishing about his souped up mongrel of a bike. Giving a fuck—not an option. Technicolour Holden Monaros explode around him. Without pause for thought, Travis feels a passionate heat rise within. In an indefinable moment, he knows what he wants to be when he's all grown up. He wants to be the Road Warrior. Which is great, except there's no such thing as the Road Warrior; his name is Mad Max, for the fiftieth fucking time.



 
Emmure: Mouth For 'Core
May, 2013 // Words by Mitch Gant

It has been a year since the release of EMMURE
S last album, Slave To The Game, and front beast Frankie Palmeri has been busy writing new music, prepping for their upcoming Australian tour, launching a clothing label, and dropping weight as quick as the band drop breakdowns?


The Ghost Inside: Street Fightin' Man
May, 2013 // Words by Mitch Gant

THE GHOST INSIDE have done real good with Get What You Give their latest record and first under the banner of the highly respected house of Epitaph. Vocalist Jonathan Vigil’s hard work and determination has created the lifestyle he has always dreamed about, and one that he never wants to let go.



Holed up in a tiny village on an island forgotten by time, loneliness stings harder. Dani, standing in his home often gazes upon fluffy lambs scrambling across the Suffolk plains, an "hour and a bit" north of London. This green-pastured hamlet is nestled in what history buffs dub "Witch County," famous for inquisitions against alleged practitioners of the dark arts in the 17th Century ... What does Dani Filth do, in view of this serene portrait of English countryside? Write savage odes exalting death, destruction and chaos, naturally.


Live: Norma Jean, Brisbane Show
May, 2013 // Words by Mitch Gant  // Photos by Rebecca Reid

The night finally arrived for the first show of the long awaited, almighty NORMA JEAN tour.

It has been six years since Norma Jean were last here alongside Every Time I Die and Darkest Hour and it shows: the crowd get hectic. It does not take them long to flex their musical muscles and prove why everyone came to see them and why they are referred to worldwide as the Almighty Norma Jean.


Hysteria Soapbox: A Song of Austin Carlile
April, 2013 // Words by Krissi Weiss

Austin Carlile, front man for metalcore bros OF MICE & MEN, has been arrested on charges of felonious assault (meaning he hit someone really hard as opposed to just kinda hard) after being taken into custody in Bowling Green, Ohio. Look here, a mug shot!Because you can’t have a fancy, celebrity arrest without one of those. Details are sketchy and, as always, will takes days—maybe lots of days—to surface. Police (allegedly) responded to ...

 
 

Dropkick Murphys: Green Collar Streets
March, 2013 // Interview by Martina Bailey Pitrun

If you are any kind of person who has slept on a friend’s couch then you know DROPKICK MURPHYS and their brand of Celtic-inflected, proudly Bostonian punk rock—especially since at some point in your life you’ve howled along to their songs, possibly off-key, possibly after too many whiskeys. Vocalist and bass player Ken Casey has bled his heart into the band for almost 20 years. There is a strong humility to Casey, and as they get set to release their eighth studio record, Signed And Sealed In Blood, he hasn’t lost sight of the stout and hard-working roots that have brought them such vitriolic success.
 
 

MxPx: Responsibility, WHAT THAT?
March, 2013 // Interview by Lucy Valentine

Bass player, guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, owner of his own production studio. Front man of cheery power chord connoisseurs MxPx for the past 20 years. Oh, he also has that country (yes, country) side-project Tumbledown. As of a few weeks ago, Mike Herrera is also a brand new father to a baby girl. Lucy Valentine finds out if there's anything the pop-punk poster boy can't do.
 
 

February, 2013 // Interview by Pete Dimo

"Humour in music is always a sticky issue. And I realise that Australians tend to embrace that a lot more than other cultures, I've always loved that. There’s no reason that music can’t be funny."
 
 

January, 2013 // Review by Martina Bailey Pitrun
Photos by Charyln Cameron
 
It's Big Day Out day and so of course it's hot. Not the kind of heat that is sated with a bone-chilling beer and a crisp breeze but hot like the malevolent devil turned up the thermostat to watch the world burn ...
 

Hysteria Soapbox:
For Today Hatin' Da Gays

January, 2013 // Words by Krissi Weiss

Social media is a hungry and hilarious beast where keyboard activists and mouse troll-donkeys run free. It's also a space where artists from many mediums can forego the middle-man of media and speak directly to their fans on things they care about. Sometimes they simply fucking shouldn't. Poor Mike Reynolds. At the time of writing, it's been barely 48 hours since his hate-filled, religiously imbued diatribe about the evils of homosexuality and it's all fallen apart for him. Wikipedia has already tossed him into the “former members” category; the internet barely lets the body cool. Apparently he doesn't mind, though. He and his wife are heading to bible college and dedicating their lives to being “slaves of Jesus.”


Deez Nuts: Can't Stop, Won't Stop
January, 2013 // Interview by Martina Bailey Pitrun

Hide yo’ kids, hide yo’ wife, Australia’s most notorious hardcore crew DEEZ NUTS are geared up to release their long awaited new album Bout It–a collection of shouty-rappy anthems choked with riotous gang vocals, punk ‘n metal beat-downs and trademark Deez Nuts debauchery. “It’s exactly what you expect from a DN record, reckless shit,” laughs frontbro JJ Peters, a man perpetually on the road on a seemingly endless tour of bottomless drinks and sizzling Stuyvesants. Currently (always?) enjoying overseas conquests and a steady trajectory to international recognition, Deez Nuts are shaking off their hangovers and returning to Straya to headline the multi-date Atticus Boys Of Summer Tour ... 



Live Review: Parkway Drive 
December, 2012 // Review by Martina Bailey Pitrun

PARKWAY DRIVE create music to assemble wars to, and if you don’t like the taste of blood, you better step the fuck aside for someone who does. Tonight’s show at the beautiful Riverstage is a warm welcome home for the Byron five-piece, who have been on assault in Europe touring their new album Atlas, alongside newly revived metalcore heavyweights I Killed The Prom Queen.



Every Time I Die: The Underwater Bimbo and the Every Time I Die Guy
December, 2012 // Interview by Martina Bailey Pitrun

Committing themselves to producing a pulverizing record that has been lorded as their best yet, the new album from EVERY TIME I DIE is a mindful chaos that reveals a cohesive throwback to the energy of their debut Hot Damn!, a controlled riot that shatters deep in your chest and rattles the foundations of everything that is holy in the world. Now smashing through a relentless multi-national touring schedule, ETID are building their ever-growing fan base the old fashioned way: by being one with the people and staying true to the ethos of work hard, play harder. 
 

Reel Big Fish: Horny Magic 
November, 2012 // Interview by Lucy Valentine

From their ironically successful-in-the-mainstream hit Sell Out to their spectacularly fun cover of Aha’s Take On Me, REEL BIG FISH have been delivering the horny magic of ska punk to the masses for a good sixteen years. Ryland Steen has been smashing the drums for the Fish for seven of those. What exactly is it about ska that keeps so many metaphorical boats floated?


            
Eyehategod: A Confederacy of Dunces
November, 2012 // Interview by Tom Hersey

It’s been a long, hard road of addiction, incarceration and general chaos for New Orleans sludge legends EYEHATEGOD. But now, with an Australian tour about to start and album number five on the way, the legendarily dysfunctional outfit are finally getting their shit together. Vocalist Mike ‘IX’ Williams sits down to talk about the band’s redemption.

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Now On Tour:
Defeater: Tender is the Nightmare

September, 2012 // Interview by Tom Hersey

American hardcore outfit DEFEATER spent the bulk of their years together careening towards a major breakdown. Then, with the release of last year’s Empty Days & Sleepless Nights LP, they started working on building a healthier band dynamic. Guitarist Jake Woodruff explains how the band managed to pull themselves together, and how it makes heading out on the road so much more fun. Tom Hersey writes.

Enter Shikari: Rage Against the (Music) Machine
September, 2012 // Interview by Lucy Valentine

While so many bands fall victim to the old ‘sophomore slump’, ENTER SHIKARI have broken the chains, taking to the metaphorical skies at a ridiculous rate since their first record. Vocalist Rou Reynolds is more than willing to tell Lucy Valentine about the responsibility that comes with rising to the top.

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Apocalptica: The Four Horsemen 
August, 2012 // Interview by Tom Hersey

Finland’s APOCALYPTICA were thrust into the global limelight when they re-worked an album’s worth of Metallica numbers and released it as 1996’s Plays Metallica by Four Cellos. With each release since, Apocalyptica have pushed the boundaries of what’s expected from a metal band comprised of cellists and transcended the novelty act status that has plagued cover artist contemporaries like Hellsongs, Hayseed Dixie and Richard Cheese by writing and performing original numbers with a string of high-profile rock and metal vocalists ...

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On the Road with While She Sleeps
 
Ever wondered what it would be like to be on tour with one of the hottest bands in the world right now? WHILE SHE SLEEPS took Hysteria on tour with them for their first two shows in Australia. Make sure you check them out at Soundwave 2013!
 
 
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EXCLUSIVE: In the Studio with Circles

Men in hats! Kettle harmony! A bass player doing a merry jig! Abrupt saucepan ho-downs
by the kitchen sink bonfire! Maybe the faintest hint of colossal new riffage! Welcome to CIRCLES' first studio diary ahead of the djenty Australian quintet’s brand-wanking new debut record.

 
"The new songs are headed in a healthy direction. Everyone in the band is stoked and sometimes surprised at what's being brought out in the studio. In this day and age where a lot of bands are really pushing the boundaries in the sounds they are creating, we realise it's time to bring our A game. Although it may seem a long time between drinks, we will release the best album we possibly can at the end of all this. Our fans deserve no less.”
 
So says Circles drummer Dave No-Surname, and we believe him. You know why? Because until we heard The Compass EP we’d never spontaneously done a cum. Hold onto your scrotums.

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Zoli Téglás: The Enviro-Mentalist
August, 2012 // Interview by Sophie Benjamin

Zoli Teglas is the lead singer of PENNYWISE, and Californian hardcore band IGNITE. He’s also a spectacularly passionate volunteer for the Sea Shepherd conservation society. Hysteria spoke to him about valiantly rescuing sick pelicans with punk’s DIY spirit in tow.

 

 


 
 
Impending Doom: The Devil in Mister Settig
July, 2012 // Interview by Tom Valcanis

“That’s just our little saying. It’s a lyric—‘I hope I scare the hell out of you,’ which is more to do with scaring the evil out of you. It’s more like I hope this album scares you straight.”

 
Billy Talent: Band of Brothers
June, 2012 // Interview by Lindsey Cuthbertson
 
Ahead of their August 2012 tour of Australia, BILLY TALENT vocalist Ben Kowalewicz talks all things aerial, musical and cosmic ...

 
Whitechapel: Evolve or Die
June, 2012 // Interview by Hugh Nichols
 

On the verge of releasing their newest collection of scrote-rippin’ tunes, WHITECHAPEL appear to be giving serious consideration to the credo ‘evolve or die’. Hysteria’s Hugh Nichols had a chat with vocalist Phil Bozeman.


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In the alt-choons publishing system, having to redo an interview because your iPhone shat itself and deleted the recording is considered egregiously heinous. In this interview, the dedicated pig squealer who was left to deal with this vicious felony was Travis Ryan, member of an elite squad known as CATTLE DECAPITATION.

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"But for our first show I can only blame myself because I took a shit load of drugs and drank a lot of booze and completely f**king failed."

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"Once I ate a bunch of weed cookies without knowing what they were and not being a smoker, it resulted in the longest and most miserable outcome. I was actually mumbling to myself in-between songs like some sort of introvert."


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June, 2012 // Interview by Tom Valcanis

Hysteria upstart Tom Valcanis was watching that crappy Brendan Fraser movie for some reason when, all of a goddam sudden, the phone rang. It was NILE'S own riddle of the riffalicious sphinx, Karl Sanders. His last name has 'sand' in it, too. We just noticed that, it works really well.

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June, 2012 // Interview by Ernesto Minano

"We wanted diversity, not to end up with all NOFX and Descendent-style short songs."

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May, 2012 // Interview by Toby McCasker

You'd be forgiven for exclaiming an almighty "Holy shit!" upon first hearing 7 HORNS 7 EYES debut record Throes of Absolution. You'd also be sent to the naughty corner to say a few Hail Mary's. Toby McCasker murmurs in hushed tones from the confession booth to guitarist Aaron Smith.

Strike Anywhere with Thomas Barnett
May, 2012 // Interview by Lindsey Cuthbertson

For us, it was a personal and political year of folding back into our hometown scenes, staying close to our families, and working with activists groups ...

Flatliners with Chris Cresswell
May, 2012 // Interview by Lindsey Cuthbertson
 
We're hoping to find a good chunk of time at home after the tour ... We've been writing loads of new songs, and are very excited about where it's going.

Storm Corrosion with Steve Wilson
May, 2012 // Interview by Thomas Hersey

Porcupine Tree and Opeth have built careers out of visionary experimentation and boundary pushing. But after the 12 years it took before Porcupine Tree's Steve Wilson and Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt write their first album together as Storm Corrosion was there any new ground to be broken by the two progressive visionaries?

April, 2012 // Interview by Brian Giffin
 
 
"It's tough when people take shots at ya, for some times no reason other than because they want to use you as a punching bag ... But, you know, the reality of it is that I'm not here to please anybody but myself."

 
April, 2012 // Interview by Thomas Hersey