Um so not sure where this has been hiding but Saviour have just dropped a new track and it is heavy af with one hell of a breakdown. The WA natives, who are currently not all in the same state, sprung this one on us today and I am frothing this big time. Make sure you listen to this one on 11!!!
Blending alternative and indie-rock with her feathery jazz vocal style is Brisbane-based artist Lucy Francesca Dron who released her fervent new single ‘What Is Next?’ on January 22.
Since the release of her debut EP in 2017, Lucy Francesca Dron has supported the likes of Hope D, Jacob Diamond, Voiid, Flamingo Blonde and Asha Jefferies. Last year Dron released two singles, ‘Questions’ followed by ‘Take It From Me’ which saw support from Triple J, Triple J Unearthed, 4ZZZ and Broaderlines.
Now, with what is easily her biggest sounding track to date, ‘What Is Next?’ bursts with crisp and lively over-driven guitars backed by full-bodied basslines and drums working in coalescence. Dron’s enticing and poetic lyricism is enriched by her sharp, serrated vocal tone that’s covered in honey. She moves through cool, calm verses, tense choruses and then graciously flutters through notes in quick succession in a chaotic bridge.
Despite its overall upbeat indie-rock energy, there is a fierce, gritty and moody undertone to the track. This pushes the meaning behind the song that explores finding meaning in life and the things we do. Dron states:
“It is overall about choosing to put yourself out into the world to create new experiences and enter a new phase of life. It plays around with the mundaneness of certain aspects of life. Lyrically it’s chaotic yet musically it’s an enticing reflection of what I was feeling after leaving a relationship and putting myself out into the world as an 18-year-old girl and musical performer.”
Lucy Francesca Dron’s new single sets her and her band up for a big year that will also see the release of her EP. ‘What Is Next?’ is out everywhere January 22.
‘What Is Next?’ Single Launch
Thursday, March 4 – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Metal powerhouses FROM CRISIS TO COLLAPSE are back on the road in 2021 as they announce their short yet ferocious ‘Queensland Invasion Tour’ – presented by Destroy All Lines.
Showing no signs of slowing down in 2021, the Northern New South Welshmen are gearing up for two absolutely blistering performances across south east QLD.
A visceral assault on the senses leaving ears ringing with the sound of crushing riffs, FROM CRISIS TO COLLAPSE are ready to take the new year by the horns with live sets that will mash brand new songs alongside tracks off their highly successful EP ‘The Seventh Tree’.
FROM CRISIS TO COLLAPSE – QLD Invasion Tour
11/2 – Mo’s Desert Clubhouse on the Gold Coast. Supported by DisKust and Awake In Time.
13/2 – The Other Festival at The Fortitude Music Hall in Brisbane.
Featuring Cog, Redhook, Osaka Punch and more.
Tickets are LIMITED and available from fromcrisistocollapse.com
Adelaide hardcore four-piece Ovtsider are storming into 2021 with a brutal new single and video, “Coward“.
Produced, mixed and mastered by Sam Yates of DREGG, “Coward” follows on from last year’s raw offering, “Blood“, featuring Daybreak‘s Shaun Cox by questioning why those in denial of destructive behaviour always have an excuse.
“The main character has been confronted and questioned on their actions and has tried to justify them with poor attempts” explains vocalist Tom Drizners. “Instead of realising what they’ve done, they continue to try and crawl their way back in by justifying it to themselves, when really everyone can see who they are. They are just digging a deeper grave.”
“The song is incredibly personal, with not a whole lot of effort given to be cryptic because sometimes people just need a wakeup call… again.“
The track was very much a product of 2020 with a lot of the collaborative efforts conducted over Skype and FaceTime video calls. The band were able to produce a music video, with the help of Caleb Rose of Vitality Visuals, that captures the glitchy, fever dream vibe of the track.
With hopeful plans to hit the road multiple times in 2021 providing it is safe to do so, Ovtsider are excited to break out of Adelaide in February to play for some new faces at Volta in Ballarat on Friday 19th alongside Candour to support Anticline at their ‘Urgency‘ EP launch show.
Following this the band will join Adelaide’s sold out Heavy S.A. 2021 Festival on April 17 at Lion Arts Factory. Ovtsider will also jump up to support ATLVS on their rescheduled Melbourne ‘Sorrow‘ single release show alongside Outloved, Heartline and In Vanity – further details still to be announced.
Forming in 2018, Ovtsider is Tom Drizners (vocals), Jake Lawrence (guitar), Coen Miller (bass) and Harry Mason (drums). The quartet sprung into the Adelaide hardcore scene with just their demo ‘…‘ allowing them to jump on line-ups with the likes of Harms Way (USA), No Zodiac (RIP), Pridelands, and Alpha Wolf. Following on in 2019 Ovtsider released their debut single “Ache” which was immediately added to Spotify playlist ‘Homegrown and Heavy‘.
2020 brought with it the release of “Blood”, featuring Shaun Cox of Perth’s Daybreak. “Blood” welcomed a new, heavier sound with raw emotional lyrics that landed the band another add to Spotify’s ‘Homegrown and Heavy’ playlist and placed them in Backbone Takeover‘s top 100 countdown of 2020. “Coward” delivers on the chaos built from the foundations of “Blood”.
It’s now 2021 and the patriarchy is cornered, lashing out like a beast with nowhere else to run. It’s time to sound the death knell on misogyny, discrimination and bigotry. But rather than the dreary toll of a bell, we send off the patriarchy with a blast of furious, energised punk rock sent forth from the minds, and amps, of Sydney’s BOYSCLUB!
The new single Best For You premiered on the radio on Monday night on triple j’s Home & Hosed with Declan Byrne, with Declan saying that the new single “…hits a little heavier, it has a grungy appeal, somewhere between head-nodding and headbanging, you’re going to be swaying along to it!” and was promptly added to rotation on triple j Unearthed Radio.
Armed with an unwavering sense of justice for women, non-binary & men for equality, hard-earned life lessons and the legacy of those to have waved the flag of equality before them, BOYSCLUB have tasked themselves with systematically dismantling the prevailing wisdom; to change perspectives on queer empowerment, speak truth to addiction and amplifying the oft silenced voices of the victims of domestic violence.
Today, BOYSCLUB take 2021 by the horns, once again lowering their visors to wage a new affront to the way things are – via new single BEST FOR YOU – and tour dates to spread the word. The hard-hitting clip was written and directed by BOYSCLUB & Shot and edited by Nick Mills.
BOYSCLUB are heading out on tour through February and March and are hitting Newcastle, Sydney, Bendigo, Melbourne, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Brisbane, Canberra and Wollongong – tickets available here: https://www.killtheboysclub.com/
Exhuming the subtle but immutable power of a stormy day or perhaps the invisible but inescapable grip of gravity, it’s deliberately weighty, purposefully heavy; sharply miserable. BEST OF YOU isn’t a party. Nor Is it the hangover after, but part of an ongoing conversation – and it would be best to shut up and listen
Says BOYSCLUB of the message behind BEST FOR YOU, “The cover for best for you was chosen with a purpose. It’s a manipulated photo of the president Mary Elizabeth of the Women’s Suffrage League. The four burn marks are to represent the 4 waves of feminism throughout history from 1891. We have landed in 2021 with a revolution in our hands: Black Lives Matter. This fourth wave is here for the indigenous women who have not been able to be heard. We are here to shine light as allies and not speak quietly anymore. Maybe 5th wave will be men joining this movement with us on the same battlefront of equality and equity.“
BOYSCLUB ventured further into their grunge sensibilities for BEST FOR YOU, finding an otherwise unobtainable tone and energy for such a dire conversation. The droning instrumentals and hazy vocals leave enough breathing space for the listener to truly grasp the message of BEST FOR YOU. The next question is – What will we do with it?
BOYSCLUB are set to release their fourth single ‘Best For You’ on January 22, 2021. The band’s hard work, dedication and collective decade of experience of radicalised empathy will crescendo in their debut full length record, slated for release this year. The opus promises to push further, break more taboos and burn anything that says, “Be quiet.”
BOYSCLUB. Forever standing for something more than themselves.
Adelaide’s theatrical emo/ punk/ rock outfit Wolf & Chain made a huge debut in the first half of 2020 with the release of their debut EP ‘An Honest Mistake’ (released June 2020).
The band filled a giant hole for those searching for something comparable to that of the mid-2000s while naturally placing themselves at the forefront of what will be the next-gen emo/ rock resurgence.
Now, to expand on their rock-opera narrative that was explored on their EP, Wolf & Chain are presenting their 80’s prom-night music video for the title track ‘An Honest Mistake’
For the music video, Wolf & Chain wanted to expand upon the narrative that unfolded in the EP which revolved around the preacher who builds a cult-like following of misfits to mould the world into his own vision by any means.
The music video draws cues from classic emo videos like ‘Dance, Dance’ from Fall Out Boy and movies like Carrie, Sixteen Candles, Back To The Future and Scott Pilgrim vs The World.
Featuring jocks, goths, cheerleaders and of course Wolf & Chain performing on stage, the tension at the prom rises as the preacher takes control of the students and teachers. This angers the jealous jocks who scheme to ruin the band’s performance. All the while, the preacher’s antics and thirst for more cult-like followers only push away his real lover, furthering his pain and anguish. Jack Cumes explains:
“We wanted to take some of the concepts and emotions from the EP and basically apply them to an 80s prom. So the band are cure-esque goths that use their cult-like powers to sway the prom. The clip is something that was maybe not what you would necessarily expect from a band like us and take the grand narrative we explored in the EP to a different place.”
The band’s previous releases have seen support from Don’t Bore Us, Triple J, Triple J Unearthed, Dead Press (UK), Wall Of Sound, Hysteria Mag, Heavy Mag, AU Review, AAA Backstage, idobi Radio (US), Radio Adelaide, 4ZZZ, Aussie Music Weekly and had tracks added to ‘The New Rock’ Apple Music playlists and rotation on The Faction.
Wolf & Chain’s first headline show of 2021 is on February 13th at the Lions Art Factory with Terra (Melbourne) and Agapanther (Adelaide). – https://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/the-prom-with-wolf-chain/124353
Melbourne alternative rockers Rumours are welcoming 2021 with the release of brand new single “MANIA” as well as the announcement of their long-awaited sophomore EP ‘If Only You Could Feel Something Too‘.
The new EP marks new territory for the band, with a collection of tracks produced, mixed and mastered by Windwaker‘s Chris Lalic – who has added a new dimension to the band’s releases since jumping on board with the 2019 release, “Paralysed“. Premiering at triple j Short.Fast.Loud last night, “MANIA” follows on where last year’s single “Incredulous” left off, promoting individualism and self-expression. Vocalist Jackson Bentley explains:
“Mania was the first song we wrote after Paralysed. The lyrics of the song reflect the many years of my life questioning so many important attributes of myself simply because of the place I was living and the people I was surrounding myself with … I wanted this to be the first single from the EP, to let people know that if you are offended or disgusted by people who are “different” in your eyes and think that your omnipotent beliefs justify this, then you are simply not welcome.“
Rumours is Jackson Bentley (vocals), Harry Coote (guitar), Dustin Bayley (bass) and Benjamin Canham (guitar). The four piece spent the last year solidifying a loyal following and working towards a release to be proud of. Previous two singles “Paralysed” and “Incredulous” made waves with plays on triple j and RAGE, rotation on Unearthed, over 400,000 streams on Spotify (and counting), both appeared in The Faction‘s Hardest 100 countdown and received love from Music Feeds – who drew comparisons to the genre defying Ocean Grove. Music Feeds also commented with:
“Grooves like thunder. The eerie synth soundscapes, grungey, nu-metal inflected verses and soaring anthemic choruses make for one wild ride (that you’ll want to line up for again straight away).“The band formed in Wagga Wagga in 2016 and has since released their debut EP ‘Lost Together‘ and toured extensively throughout Australia winning over their audiences. Rumours has played shows alongside heavyweight Australian acts including Northlane, The Amity Affliction, Ocean Grove, In Hearts Wake, Dream on Dreamer, Polaris and Make Them Suffer as well as playing support to international acts to the likes of The Plot In You. Drawing from the likes of Don Broco, Grimes, Halsey and Muse, Rumours have evolved to showcase a carefully crafted sound that appeals to pop lovers, headbangers and everything in between.
Stay tuned for the next chapter, until then – “MANIA” is available now to stream and purchase everywhere.
Canyon have released a new single ‘Gone Before Your Time.’ I hadn’t spoken to Alex, Dave and Dalton for a few months, so I hit them up to find out about their latest single, the return of gigs and what’s been happening in the world of Canyon.
Hello Guys! Congrats on the new single. This is the third single you guys have released, when are we getting the EP?
Alex: We still have a few singles to go! But the EP will be out late May. We are taking our time because at first we didn’t know what we were doing so we just went okay let’s just release singles. That will help us learn as we go along. I don’t know what Dave and Dalton think but I quite like releasing singles.
Dave: Yeah it’s good. I like seeing how people react to it.
Dalton finally joined us!!
So now Dalton has joined us tell me about this new single!
Dalton: It’s the best single you are ever gonna hear!
Alex: Suze was just saying before Dalton that it sounds like Alice in Chains and Stone Temple Pilots which I thought you would like.
Dalton: That’s very high praise.
Alex: Dalton is a massive fan of both those bands. Dave probably is as well.
The first single I got the same vibes.
Alex: Cool. I guess the single is quieter and slower in a way but then it ends up not being so much like that towards the end.
Dalton: An interesting fact about this song is when Alex first showed us it was my most hated song. I did not like it at all. I just didn’t get the vibe. But once we actually finished and locked it in it very quickly became my favourite one to play. When the end kicks in and that whole build, it kind of came up from behind and captured me.
Dave: It’s definitely my favourite to play live as well.
Alex: See that’s interesting because some of these songs we bring to each other after the song is more or less completed, or we have a really solid idea of our structure. Most of them you never know, we are working on one at the moment and I was kind of the same. I wasn’t sure if these guys would gel or dig with it much, but I have a vibe with it now that we have started getting it under control. When we are playing it together that is when it turns into our own kind of thing.
We are practising writing as much as we can. We are just writing and completing the ideas. So some of them I have had kicking around for years and we have been working on some of Dalton and Dave’s ideas too moving forward. We also come up with things together when we are in the room and jam things back and forth.
Dalton: The best thing as well is Alex always brings a zoom recorder to put in the middle of the room so you don’t get that classic ‘Did anyone hit record.’ It’s amazing listening back and finding stuff that you wrote.
Alex: We are finding now because we have been doing that from the start that we have gotten good at it. We know when we are practising, and we need to record. We mull on it and send things to each other and we seem to have a bit of a process forming.
You had a gig Friday night?
Alex: Yeah we are stoked about that. Moustache Ant asked us to play. They were like we don’t have anything planned do you guys have a single or anything. We had our single so they said we should make it our single launch so that was cool.
Dalton: It was very nice of them.
Alex: Yeah that was pretty awesome of them cos we were happy to support them and they were happy for us to do our thing. It was nice.
So that would be your first single release.
Dave: Yeah we didn’t have that for the other singles. It’s also our first Friday night gig.
Alex: Our other gigs have been on Sundays usually.
What else has been happening in the Canyon camp?
Alex: We have been doing pre-production. We have been recording our own demos which is for the next thing we do. Currently we have three solid songs.
On top of the EP?
Dalton: Yeah, and on top of the other 12 ideas we have that we will get too!
Alex: We’ve been talking about doing another thing with 5 songs, but we will see what happens. We could come up with more ideas. I do like the 5 song EP although knowing us it will be longer than 25 minutes! I think even this first EP technically isn’t an EP it’s an album.
Dalton: The next one we already have a 9 minute song planned.
That definitely won’t be an EP either!!
Alex: I guess not. But that’s okay, I think if there are 5 good songs and we work on them hard it doesn’t matter if it’s an album of 5 songs and it goes for 35-40 minutes.
Dalton: It’s all semantics really at the end of the day. It’s just what we have to name it. We just want people to listen to it.
Absolutely! Just put it on play and listen to it.
Alex: Dalton also has a baritone guitar, so we are probably going to use that on 2 of the songs. Dave and Dalton are basically taking the reins on writing the music for those 2 songs.
Dalton: Capturing different sounds and vibes. You write differently when it sounds different obviously.
You seem to have gelled all your process a bit more since I spoke to you last, which would have to have been nearly 4 months ago.
Alex: Yeah it would have been, it was around the first single drop. The other two singles have been doing really well. We have about 2000 streams for Insane and Keep Me Waiting is around 700. Keep Me Waiting is double the length of Insane so that changes the streaming vibe. We seem to prefer writing the longer stuff if we write something its going to be easily 7 minutes and we have to keep chipping it back.
Or extending it!!
Alex: That’s what we like.
Dalton: It’s annoying because you start playing something and your like sweet and then next minute it’s 7 minutes long. It fly’s by. You have 20 different ideas that turns into 3 songs and they are all that length.
But like you said if you are going to keep releasing singles and then put them into an album what does it matter. There are longer songs than that out in the world!
Alex: People can chose what they want to listen too. There are 3 minute songs out there. We just enjoy doing what we want to do.
If you are trying to please everybody else then you lose the fun and enjoyment of playing and writing.
Dalton: Exactly. You cant please everyone. Its better to put something out that we are proud of and people hate, at least you have done the hard work and done what you wanted. No one can take that away from you.
Alex: I think too that is why we take so long to write a song, because we want it our way, so we are happy to hone all the bits and muck around.
Dalton: I think when you start making music as soon as you get something you like you put it on repeat till you start getting ideas. It’s a lot more satisfying listening to something you have worked on and made, its quite easy to sit there for days working on it.
Alex: I love doing that. I love to obsess about a song while I am thinking about the music. Once the music is done I then obsess about the lyrics and the theme. I like diving right into it, I think that is so cool.
Dalton: you never know what mindset you are going to be in that captures an awesome idea. Some of the best ideas I have had are when I am not trying to write something. I get home and pick up the guitar and there is the best thing I have written!
You don’t have that pressure of omg it’s here and I have to do something with it.
Dalton: No expectations, it was something that was awesome at that minute. Hopefully other people think it is awesome later.
What sort of feedback have you had from the other 2 singles?
Alex: It’s been pretty good from what I can gather.
Dalton: Nobody has wanted to fight us!
Alex: We haven’t been sued yet haha.
That’s always a bonus!
Alex: It’s been good, we have had radio play and they have all said cool things about them. We have had good feedback on our socials. The write ups we have had have all been really nice as far as comparing us to bands, like even before when you said it sounds like Alice In Chains and Stone Temple Pilots, that’s cool. It’s not like we are trying to copy them, but we are influenced by all these different kind of things. If other people are picking up on that then maybe we are doing something good.
Dalton: With all that feedback its all things that I have never thought or seen in what we sound like. It’s quite nice to get that. It’s funny to see how much your influences shine through.
You have your own sound but there are just those moments in the songs that I think holy shit this songs just like them.
Alex: We have heard that comparison a few times. The grunge word has come up a bit.
Like I said you have your own sound. If someone had put the new single up I would have gone yep that’s Canyon. Then I would have seen 9 minute song and been absolutely that’s them haha!!!
Alex: I think you said to us about Keep Me Waiting, that you really liked it but also it didn’t feel like it was 6.5 minutes long. That’s nice feedback to hear because it’s not like we are just jamming the same riff.
No it keeps you interested with all the little changes. The same with the new single, it’s 5.40 but it keeps you listening and doesn’t feel like it. Even though they are long you are still managing to hold my attention.
Alex: We talk about that too when we are writing, making sure parts aren’t to long. It’s easy to get into that thing of I love this riff and before you know it you have a 13 minute song with 2 riffs. I guess we are learning while we are doing that too.
Dalton: When I said before about Gone Before Your Time being one of the funnest songs to play I think that is because it is one of the less busy songs of ours. Most of our songs always have something to think about or to do, you have to concentrate a lot. We aren’t going to jam 2 riffs; we are going to try and condense 38 riffs in!! We have too many ideas and things we are enjoying. It’s the good thing and the annoying thing of having good chemistry as a band.
Alex: We are just doing everything that we are interested in which means there is lots of stuff.
And that is perfectly fine.
Dalton: I don’t listen to bands that do one minute songs so of course we are going to write that sort of stuff.
Alex: We are all pretty much into prog metal, so we are into that sort of stuff.
I love Periphery so I am used to long songs!
Alex: I think what we have been trying to work on is working that prog into the middle of songs that are structured more in the pop/rock vein. We all love the writing process and all of us play guitar. We will all write a whole song and then tell each other how to play it!!
Dalton: Yeah there can be a few back seat drivers in the room haha.
You should actually video one of those sessions!!!
Alex: Dalton cops it all the time. We will always be like ah maybe if you just do this or that! The writing part is awesome though because we are all writing together. I always wanted to be in a band where that happened.
What is Gone Before Your Time about?
Alex: Um ok
Dalton: I can tell you my version first if you’d prefer Alex.
Alex: Actually yes I would prefer that.
Dalton: The song to me is about when you are so excited, for ages you are waiting, its everything you to you. The next video game that comes out, this is me personally. I came up with this when we first started playing it because I didn’t like it and it made me give it a crack! You get to the store, you wait, you go in and there is none there. It’s gone before your time. Simple as that. That was a comedic relief to set you up Alex.
Alex: Thanks! This song and a couple of the others I have ben playing for a long time in different versions. This one in particular, when I was younger one of my friends killed himself and there were a couple of other instances in my life, and in everyone’s, where people just die. They pass away or things happen to them, whether its illness or all that kind of stuff. I think playing the guitar and music for me, and more than likely these guys, that was the thing I played and still do if I pick up my acoustic guitar and I am feeling that grief/sadness vibe. That is just that sort of sound that I feel, so that is what that was. It has always evolved with me thinking in that sense around the song. It just became something comforting for me. For me it is a release.
Any last words?
Alex: No. We are just focused on the gig and releasing the single and then letting it be whatever it is. Hopefully people are into it and seeing people take their own meaning from it.
Dalton: I think we have evolved quite a bit in our sound as a band too.
Alex: We recorded these songs in August 2019, so they have been sitting for a while. Like Dalton said we have evolved as a band since then. Also thanks for chatting with us again.
Thank you guys for making the time to chat, it was good to catch up.
Gone Before Your Time is out now.
There are some absolute legends in our scene at the moment but if you are an unsigned band I reckon these guys are pedestal worthy. The Anti Vinyl Vinyl Club was started by Jacob Crawley and Michael ‘Piky’ White just under 12 months ago and has just hit 1000 followers!! These 2 boys are doing something amazing by helping unsigned bands get their tunes on to vinyl. This is Split #2 from the AVVC camp and today they have announced that this time it’s WA’s Carrington and Sydney’s Closure who are getting their tunes on vinyl.
“AVVC is proud to present split #2 in our split series, where we capture some unsigned, up-and-coming talent and smash it onto a 7” record.
Carrington x Closure brings on two bands that released some really strong tracks throughout 2020. Carrington have thrown us “Reverse” and it’s a super punchy track that is sure to get stuck in your head, Closure brings that pop punk vibe with “Sleep Sound” and adds a splash of heavy to really make it stand out. We couldn’t be more stoked on both bands and having them join our7” Split series.“
The vinyl will hit https://antivinylvinylclub.bigcartel.com/ at 4pm on Friday the 22nd with two variants.
Black /50 and Blue /100.
Hit up the boys and bands below through the links.
“Treating us to Blackened Hymns from both familiar and foreign realms. “The Evil of Man” is best described as a hybrid between alluring melodic and symphonic riffs underpinned by thrash metal. Vocals deliver the spirit and elements of obsidian death whilst the lyrics call upon fantastical lands such as Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones to their very own realm of darkness”.
Raivendark – Guitar and Vocals
Hargoth – Bass and Vocals
Morgath – Keyboards and Vocals
Neravar – Drums
Luna – Guitar
Darklore are a Brisbane based Metal Quintet who will be r3eleasing their debut full length album on 29th January. Reading this bands bio got me very intrigued to chat to the band. I caught up with Raivendark, Hargoth and Morgath so that they could fill me in on everything Darklore.
First off tell me all about Darklore.
Raivendark: Well Darklore started off more on the casual side. I started forming the band in late 2013, just ultimately finding a group of guys that worked well together. Where there were no personality clashes and we all had similar musical influences. Basically getting together with some friends and playing some music with the intention to hit the live stage one day. Things started picking up a bit more from there.
Playing on the live stage obviously became a reality for you. Have you played interstate or only in Queensland?
Raivendark: We’ve gone down to Canberra for one of the annual events they have down there called Questfest. That is quite an impressive show, it’s a lot of fun. Probably on of my favourite shows I have ever played. What do you guys think?
Morgath: I definitely think it was one of my favourite shows to play
Hargoth: Man especially when we had all the orcs and stuff on stage, that was pretty sick.
Morgath: It was good fun. Before The White Hand we had a bunch of people dressed as orcs come up on stage and swing swords and daggers at all of us.
Hargoth: There is footage of it up on YouTube.
You guys have a debut album coming out on the 29th January?
Raivendark: That is correct. The Evil of Man, 72 minutes in length to be precise. We are very excited about the release because we had this scheduled to come out last April but Covid had just started happening right before then.
The Evil of Man, is that a concept album? I was reading that your music is based around fantasy worlds like Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones.
Morgath: It’s a collection of songs based on pretty much anything in that fantasy element. Each song ha a different flair or vibe to it.
So what is The White Hand about?
Hargoth: About the Uruk-hai in the Lord of the Rings assaulting Helm’s Deep. The second LoTR movie.
I’ve watched the movies but not really gotten into it.
Raivendark: You’re breaking our hearts right now!!!
Sorry…. So you guys obviously take your inspiration from a lot of those fantasy type movies and books?
Raivendark: Yeah pretty much everything that we grew up with is basically what Darklore is based around.
What about band wise?
Raivendark: Oh where do we start! For me the biggest influence writing wise for Darklore would have to be Iron Maiden. I got into them when I was about 13 back in the old days of Audio Galaxy. It was like finding magic for the first time. I really absorbed a lot of the epic chord progression and that sort of stuff that they use. Even structure wise I look back to them, I tend to write a lot of long songs and that really stems back to Iron Maiden. What about you Harley and Ben?
Hargoth: So obviously Raivendark is my older brother, I know I look nothing like him because I am handsome! And he’s not…. My music taste got passed down to me form him. He’s 9 years older than me so it got passed down through burnt cd’s when I was growing up. Our music taste is pretty much the same. Iron Maiden, Immortal, Ancient, atmospheric black metal stuff.
Morgath: For me I listen to a lot of melodic death metal or symphonic death metal. So bands like Fleshgod Apocalypse and Shade Empire. Shade Empire is probably my biggest influence. Especially with the whole progression elements they have as a band. Very, very heavy and lots of different vocal styles. Musically they are all over the shop, from having lots of keyboards, to symphonic strings and then going through to just brutal guitar work.
I guess you guys will be looking to touring the album too.
Raivendark: Absolutely. Once the world returns to a state of normality we are definitely looking at doing some sort of a national tour. Hopefully after that we would like to head somewhere international as well.
How come it had taken from 2013 to now to release an album?
Raivendark: Yeah it’s been quite a big journey. Like I said, in the beginning Darklore was very much a casual project so we never really set these sorts of goals. It probably wasn’t until somewhere in 2015 that we actually did out first live performance. It’s really hard when you start gigging live, you start getting lots of gig offers so when you do get together your focus tends to be practising for those upcoming gigs. That makes it very hard to work on any new songs that we want to trickle through to make up a full album per se. Next time we probably should learn to turn a few gigs down and nail through those new songs and get everything ready a little bit quicker. That’s probably half of it in the beginning, being a casual band. We just really got out thrill from all the live shows. I’m quite happy the way that things have turned out. I don’t think you can really rush good art so if it does take a few years longer to get a release out I’m pretty happy if it turns out to be a quality release. I listen to a couple of bands where they only have 4 or 5 albums over the span of 20 years, but those albums are quality rare gems that some people probably have never even heard of or know about. You see a lot of bands that get pressured by their labels or wherever the pressure comes from and they are sort of losing the feeling. Losing what it’s all about, I don’t want that to be Darklore’s story. I want to make sure that everything we do comes out as quality before quantity. How do you guys feel about that?
Morgath: I think that’s pretty well summarised it.
Hargoth: Yeah that’s pretty much it. It’s definitely better to wait a bit longer for a good album where any song you listen to is decent rather that something pumped out in a year that had 2 decent songs on it.
I collect vinyl so I can relate to that. I like to be able to sit and listen to a whole album.
What bands have you shared the stage with?
Raivendark: Geeze quite a lot. In terms of local bands there are probably too many to name! We have played on some pretty big festivals that have had 20-30 bands. Some of the ones that we have really good synergy with are Valhalore, we’ve played a fair few shows with those guys. They are epic if you haven’t heard of them or seen them. Seraphic is another one we have played shows with. There have been so many bands that we have played with and they are all fantastic and unique. In terms of international acts we have been lucky enough to play with Trollfest who are a folky band from Norway. Omnium Gatherum, they were incredible. And also Kalmah.
Morgath: Yeah Kalmah was good they were a melodic death group.
Hargoth: They were from Finland.
What’s next for you guys. Release this album and get some traction on it?
Raivendark: That’s definitely the short term goal. The long term goal is global domination of course. You know who doesn’t want to dominate the whole world? What about you guys? Do you want to add something to this?
Hargoth: After the album launch I guess focusing on the newer songs that we have so we can prepare for album number 2. Then no stopping until we hit Wacken!!
Morgath: That pretty well sums up my goals too.
World domination by becoming the opening act for Wacken.
Morgath: Yeah! Hey, a gig at Wacken is a gig at Wacken!
Hey if you can put that on your resume, even if your in the small print then that’s a damn good thing.
Hargoth: I just want to go there to watch the rest of the gig.
That’s it. If you get on that bottom list then you can party for the rest of the festival.
Apart from pushing back the release of your album have you guys been affected by Covid?
Morgath: Yeah my work took a hit, so I just had to focus on video game streaming and writing a lot more music. But other than that it’s been pretty groovy for me. I work with bands primarily as a lighting technician, so I get to go travelling a lot.
Anything else the world needs to know about Darklore?
Morgath: We do have a very unique live performance side of it seeing as we all wear armour on stage. I don’t know any other local bands, or even Australia wide bands that are wearing full sets of armour on stage for their entire set.
That would be…warm!
Morgath: I’m able to take my shirt off afterwards and literally wring out the sweat.
Where did that idea come from?
Ben: I think we were playing a gig called Wizards Fire and someone dared me to wear a wizards costume. I bought a random cheap wizards costume and wore that and then Brendan went and got armour a few weeks later and sparked the whole armour style.
Hargoth: We were in some dodgy second hand pass me down stuff in the beginning. Eventually we all just got armour. It’s fucking awesome.
Is it hard to play in armour?
I got a resounding yes for that question…
Raivendark: In the beginning it is because you have to break the armour in like leather. I was cutting myself when I first started wearing it because there were a lot of sharp jagged bits on the armour. Years later its ok. Yes it does get hot and you probably do sweat a little bit more. During the first song on the set the adrenaline just takes hold of you and you don’t really notice it. You can just go hard for the whole 40 minutes or so that we play. Personally I would love an hour and a half!
Morgath: I pretty much die after every show personally!
Dream line up?
Morgath: Shade Empire would be one of the bands for me. I would always want to play with them. That would be my choice to throw on the line-up.
Hargoth: Immortal or Iron Maiden
If your going to aim you may as well aim big!
Raivendark: Pretty much what Harley said. Iron Maiden to headline, Immortal in the middle and Darklore at the bottom.
You guys would have a pretty big following wouldn’t you?
Raivendark: Yeah it’s definitely starting to ramp up. We have all been amazed just how much support we are getting at our live shows. It’s been spectacular.
Hargoth: Even when we did the show in Canberra we had fans from up here fly down for it to support us. I don’t know many other bands that haven’t released a cd where the fans would be willing to fly all the way to Canberra to watch you perform a 30 minute set.
I fly interstate to watch bands.
Hargoth: The metal community is so small here that we rely on the legends like yourself to follow and support us.
Morgath: The metal scene is small, but it is strong. I wish there was more of a scene in Australia overall because we have been to gigs where there is just no one there. Big massive international bands coming over and there’s not a soul there.
Anything else we should know?
Morgath: I’ll let Hargoth tell you about our LARP groups.
Hargoth: Oh yeah we are LARPers. We use our kit and stage armour and our own law that we have created in the songs. We base our LARP group all around that.
So tell me all about this LARPing.
Morgath: Live Action Role Play. It’s where people dress up in armour and carry swords and will take the persona of someone else and role play as well as combat with each other. It’s kind of like Dungeons & Dragons but we do full combat, we are actually swinging swords at each other. Not real swords.
Is this on stage?
Morgath: We have done it on stage, but this is off stage. We go to events and we have our own group where people follow us as well. I used to run the Dark Horde which is what we call out fans and LARPers. Warsong is a venue that we used to attend, we would spend a lot of time there just role playing and swinging swords and axes. Having events, spending a week at a time camped with 800 other people, camping outdoors and living a full medieval life. Harley has sort of taken over the leading of the LARP groups, so I’ll let him take over the conversation.
Hargoth: Warsong was our old LARP group and we did that for probably 3- 3.5 years. Eventually that group closed. Then my missus found this other LARP group that is about an hours drive north of us that does it on Saturdays called Adrocia Chronicles, so we went up there one weekend to check it out. The owners are super cool people so now I drive up there every second weekend and we have taken our old war band Dark Horde up there. It is all based around the bands law and stuff like that. The song “The Evil of Man” that the album is named after, the story is basically is about portals opening up and causing hordes of demons to invade our lands. We based out group around the events of that song as to why we are in this new land Adrocia. All of our law and our group is based around the song. The group all dress up and have our emblem printed on their clothing.
That’s really cool. So the band has their own community I guess you could call it.
Hargoth: Yeah our own guild I guess you could say. So we are there swinging swords. We use our stage armour, and the other guys dress up the same as us.
Do you battle other Guilds?
Harley: Yes we do. Adrocia Chronicles isn’t as big as some of the other ones, but it still has about 4 different other groups involved. Every weekend there is different game modes that you fight against to gain resources and stuff to build on like a map. It’s a map that has hexagons on it and you gain land on the map.
So its like a real life Dungeon and Dragons?
Hargoth: Yeah basically.
Morgath: There are quite a few different LARP groups out there. Due to the distance I haven’t been able to attend the Adrocia Chronicles, I have swapped over to a different one call Sword Craft which operates in NSW and Victoria as well. Prior to Covid they held 2 events each year with 8 days of camping just outside of Melbourne. They would average about 1000 people attending. There is a man built castle and we would use catapults.
Oh wow. That sounds like something my housemate and I need to check out! Do you do jousting as well?
Morgath: Not in any of the groups we attend.
Hargoth: No that is more for proper re-enactment type stuff. We are just nerds hitting each other with foam sticks. That’s a bit to hardcore for us.
Well I have learnt a few new things this interview!!! LARPing is something that sounds like a hell of a lot of fun and Darklore are a band that you definitely need to go and watch live.