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 […]Read more "Review: Soundwave Sydney 2014 | HYSTERIA"
See the original publication of this article on ToneDeaf.com.au. Dean Fertita epitomises cool. He dresses in rock n’ roll style black, denim, and dons a messy wad of longish, ebony hair that implies he’s been on earth less than his 43 years. The musician is the keyboardist and guitarist for the reigning anti-heroes of stoner rock, […]Read more "Interview with Dean Fertita (Queens of The Stone Age) | TONE DEAF"
Guitarist wizard Javier Reyes is an extroverted and introspective figure, a compelling paradox that is an enticing endorsement of his band, instrumental masters Animals As Leaders. Touring Oz in January in support of progressive heavyweights Periphery, the boys from the USA will be appeasing their salivating prog fans with a sample of fresh material.Read more "Interview with Javier Reyes (Animals As Leaders) | TONE DEAF"
Adrian Fitipaldes spends his nights screaming on stages to clusters of sweaty, heaving crowds, expelling enough intensity to suggest possible spontaneous combustion. Fitipaldes, frontman of Sydney metalcore act Northlane, has a contained but effervescent energy off stage. He has reason to celebrate a successful 2013, and what better way to conclude a period of commercial and […]Read more "Interview with Adrian Fitipaldes (Northlane) | TONE DEAF"
There’s no social anomaly quite as alienating as being the sober person amidst a sea of merry drunks. It’s an understated brand of deviancy, a boring departure from the norm without the bells and whistles of outrage. In my 24 years, never has a topic been subject to more interrogation than my lack of interest in […]Read more "24 years sober, and counting | BIRDEE MAG"
Native Perth progressive rockers Karnivool have always based their work on a foundation of necessary efficiency. It’s a disciplined approach required by the tightness of their dynamic, heavy sound, the scheduling bravado required to negotiate numerous side projects, and the somewhat episodic nature of their album releases (one every four years, it would seem).Read more "Interview with Jon Stockman (Karnivool) | TONE DEAF"
Greg Puciato really needs a holiday. The enigmatic vocalist of New Jersey mathcore outfit The Dillinger Escape Plan, who have just released their fifth studio album, hasn’t had a holiday in “like, fucking ever”. After wrapping the latest offering, One Of Us Is The Killer, the band’s characteristic perfectionism closed any opportunities to snatch some extended […]Read more "Interview with Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan) | TONE DEAF"
See the original publication of this article at ToneDeaf.com.au When a musician is listed as one of the fastest and most technically proficient drummers in the world by publications such as Rolling Stone, Modern Drummer and Ultimate Guitar, you would assume that their interest is such that they’d never venture too far from the kit.Read more "Interview with Tomas Haake (Meshuggah) | TONE DEAF"
The heavy, melodic, dark, and dynamic reign supreme on the latest release from the Quentin Tarantinos of stoner rock. Undulating between pulsating riffs, idiosyncratic sound realms, and frontman Josh Homme’s exquisite Californian drawls, the new record flows indeed, like clockwork, in a parallel universe.Read more "Album Review: Like Clockwork, Queens Of The Stone Age| TONE DEAF"
See the original publication of this article at YourFriendsHouse.com Anxiety is the most malicious and stunning masquerade within the mental-illness family, that fucked-up collective of forces that wreak havoc over their reluctant human hosts. The most common mental disorder, anxiety is the partner in thought-crime of that despicable fuckwit depression; and more often than not […]Read more "I Love Anxiety | YOUR FRIENDS HOUSE"
See the original publication of this article at ToneDeaf.com Steven Wilson is a visionary. The English singer concedes that he’s not the best musician, he’s not the best singer and he’s not a great guitar player. But he is a director who knows what he wants, and what that is happens to be a collection […]Read more "Interview with Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) | TONE DEAF"
See the original publication of this article at ToneDeaf.com.au A conversation with Devin Townsend is probably what anyone even peripherally acquainted with his diverse discography would expect. Full of unyielding introspection and references to cheeseburgers, sock puppets and coffee – it’s an impossible task to even loosely label the musician.Read more "Interview with Devin Townsend | TONE DEAF"