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CD Reivew: The Omnific – Kismet

The Omnific are a Melbourne based three piece a consisting of 2 bass players and a drummer, creating a unique new age / rock / metal sound. This is the band’s second EP, showing off an amazingly colourful collection of sounds and atmosphere!

The duel bass guitars bring out a very unique sound that is charged with energy and atmosphere. The moving slides seamlessly from intense industrial metal sounds to calm chilled out new age sounds and a fair bit in between. The basses bring out all sorts of interesting sounds full of character and colour!

‘Proem’ opens the EP in a out new age fashion. It quickly thrusts into top gear speeding along with great energy and life. ‘Objects de vertu’ has a subtle jazzy feel to it bringing in a cool chilled out vibe.

‘Bugbear’ shows off the exceptional range the band can achieve with their bass guitars, bringing out a cool mix of rocking and electronic style sounds. The title track follows in a similar fashion putting forward a mix of metal and new age sounds sounding like Metallica remixed by Mike Oldfield.

‘Ersatz’ is a short, sharp, and intense metal tune. Going for just under tow and half minutes the track blasts through with great power! The EP closes with the Mike Oldfield-esq epic ‘Sonorous Pt 2’

This is a very cool EP with 8 action packed tunes. The band have demonstrated amazing sounds can be created with just drums and bass guitars.

Check out The Omnific’s Facebook page to find out more!



CD Review: 10 Years – (How to live) as ghosts

Tennessee Rockers 10 Years have returned with album number eight. With their previous record being alluded to as a swan song and the return of Brian Vodinh and Matt Wantlan, this album acts like something of a second coming for the group.

The album sees 10 Years pick up from where they left off and building on and further defining their own sound. There is a great deal of rocking energy which is matched with a calm and smooth atmospheric backdrop.

‘The messenger’ slams its way in with a barrage of loud metal backed with a deep atmospheric backdrop. The song charges along at great pace building up in energy and intensity as it thrashes through. ‘Novacaine’ is a thumping rock tune with subtle elements of Faith No More in the mix. The breathy but calm vocals give the track a cool kind of charisma that it driven along by the powerful sounds belted out.

‘Catacombs’ is a more upbeat offering, with the music moving about brightly while maintaining the tight energy.
‘Ghosts’ is a somber, metal ballad with a slower deeper sound in the vein of Tool’s softer moments.
‘Blood red sky’ is a deeper atmospheric tune that takes you out into a vast desert space! There is a certain calm yet energetic vibe that is experiences here creating an endearing experience.

‘Phantoms’ is a dark but smooth metal tune. The song charges along in a slow but steady page picking up a great slow burning roar.
‘Lucky you’ puts out some slow cold metal vibes creating an unnerving soundscape.

The album closes with the blasting fuzzy rocking sounds of ‘Insomnia’.

This is a great collection of atmospherically roaring metal tunes. 10 years have continued to put out their very own brand of metal that is full of oomph!

Check out 10 Years’ website to find out more!

CD Review: Michael Cullen and the Soul Searchers – Live @ Lazybones

Former Hardheads and Watershed frontman Michael Cullen as assembled his new Soul Searching backing band to perform this emotionally charged cinematic experience. Performed in the art deco splendour of the Lazybones Lounge in Marrickville, an inner Western suburb of Sydney, the EP features 5 lives tracks, all taken from Michael Cullen’s second solo album True Believer.

The live performances do the songs great justice, with Mr Cullen’s emotionally charged charimia being the driving force that unleashes a new sense of life and an electrifying kind of soundscape.

The set opens with the brooding (Tomatrax Top 100 winning) ‘Black dog.’ The slow and dark sounds paint the perfectly bleak soundscape that sets the scene for the gig. Mr Cullen’s movement from “spoken word” to barotone vocals gives the song a massive emotional charge.

‘Nothing special’ brings about the sad tale of loss, delivered in a sharp tongued and facetious manner showing off Michael’s great dark sense of humour.

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‘Black coffee and cigarettes’ sees country and western meet post punk. The complementing melonchollic and bleak elements interact and amplify the feelings of loss and despair.

”Believer’ brings in the signs of reflection and hope for better things. The live version brings in an extra layer of atmosphere that provides a hypnotic yet energetic trance.

The EP closes with the slow and trippy ‘I walk alone’. The slow burning and roaring guitar provides the perfect shoegaze esq hazy atmosphere that carries you too in a fug of smoke before then disappearing.

This is a great live EP that sees all tracks take on an extra layer of atmosphere and an extra shot of energy. Mr Cullen has used his subtle charisma to create an electrifying yet hypnotic show! Here’s hoping there is more touring to come!

Check out Michael Cullen’s website to find out more!


CD Review: Linger – tuple


This is the debut EP from Sydney’s Línger. With an abundance of feeling, colourful soundscapes, and vibrant atmosphere, this shows off an artist worth taking note of.

The EP shows off a vibrant collection of textures and sweet electro-pop vibes. There is a chilly earthy atmosphere felt across the tracks. This is topped off by Línger’s cold but beautiful vocals that are full of passion and feeling.

‘Avoid’ opens the album with an infusion of colourful sounds wafting about among each other creating a rich and delicate soundscape. This is topped off by Linger’s powerful vocals giving a chillingly beautiful feeling full of passion and emotion.  ‘Earthlike’ brings in a subtle electro-pop vibe that builds up energetically as the song progresses to have a heavier industrial feel. The beautiful vocals have a cold feel to them like the fog of an early winter’s morning, adding further colour to the song. ‘Seaway’ has a new-age feel to it, sounding like Robert Mills crossed with the Cranberries. There is a fresh chilled out vibe splashing across the sound like gentle waves, held together with a solid electronic tune in the background.

‘Flyon’ is a sensational new age / indie pop tune. There is some great energy exerted in a cool and chilled out manner. On top of this Linger’s beautifully powerful voice charge along giving the song immense power while also being claim and relaxing. ‘Downfall’ is a relatively stripped back and minimalist offering that delivers a beautiful yet tear-jerking close to the EP.

This is a beautiful EP showing off five heart felt songs that are full of energy and feeling providing a stunning yet chilling atmosphere from start to finish.

Check out Linger’s Facebook page to find out more!

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