It has come to my attention in recent months that New Zealand metal is awesome. I’ve had a love-hate relationship with the local scene for many years – my taste in metal tends toward the melodic end of the spectrum, and every local gig seemed to be dominated by same-same extreme metal bands fighting for the most number of times “satan” was screamed during their set … that, or Pantera clones.
So I admit that I’ve been out of touch with the local scene for awhile. And while I’ve been gone, something happened. NZ metal got awesome. And I don’t want to miss any more.
I’m fucking proud to be a kiwi, and, while I would gladly give a fair chunck of flesh on my right arm for a local scene like I experienced in Europe, I’m also proud of the immense talent that comes from my home turf. Plus, it’s cool walking into a gig and knowing most of the people there.
So, in the interests of bringing a bit of local kiwi talent to the world, as well as making my NZ readers more aware of some of the great local acts, and the international shows you don’t want to miss, I’m starting a semi-weekly column of local metal news. I’ll also be including a lot more reviews of NZ metal releases.
If you’re in Welly or Auckland and stuck for something to do this weekend, I recommend checking out Death and Damnation Tour 2011. Chaos Productions promise another killer lineup, with Aussie’s Lamort (symphonic black metal) headlining, alongside thrash kinsfolk Damnations Day, and local acts Bulletbelt (black metal) and Dying of the Light (doom) and Red Dawn (thrash). I quite like what I heard of Lamort on their myspace page, so I’m probably going to be there. (Come say hi if you see me).
And, we’re getting a treat in January:
Absu are one of the best and most influential black/occult bands to come out of America, and I have a feeling this show’s going to be brutal. They don’t play live very often, so this is going to be a special show. Exordium Mors are one of our best black metal acts, and Nullifier have been stalwarts in the local scene for years (the Jag’s playing guitar for them, which automatically gives them +10 to awesome), and I’ve never heard Heresiarch, but I’m told they’re black/death metal. Tickets $60 from Chaos NZ.
And, of course, the biggest and best piece of NZ Metal news is that progressive-death-metallers Ulcerate have signed with Relapse Records. This is fucking awesome news and well deserved. Ulcerate have been working their asses off for years and their latest album, The Destroyers of All, has been getting nothing but rave reviews. It definitely made my Top 10 Ten Metal Albums for 2011. I can’t wait to hear what they come up with on their first Relapse release.
And, doom / stoner rock band The House of Capricorn released their new album, In the Devil’s Days, earlier this year. Check out my review here.
For the latest news on the NZ metal scene, check out these sites:
NZ metal bands/promoters, if you’ve got any news / releases / gigs coming up, shoot me an email at STEFF AT STEFFMETAL DOT COM, and I’ll do my best to get you in the list.