What’s Going Down Under? (Part 1)

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So you’re all up to date on the recent influx of great Australian metal that’s been featured on the bowl of late (Sewercide, Psycroptic, Drowning The Light, King Parrot, Sanzu, Claret Ash, Bloodlust, Collosvs, Disentomb etc.), time to check out some selected artists from those, uhh.. other genres (apparently they still exist). So what exactly is going on down under?

Hip-Hop

Trem

Hailing from Melbourne’s underground (yet highly influential) group Lyrical Commission, Trem has been on the solo tip for a few years now and shows exactly why he is still held in high regard among those old enough to remember the budding Aussie hip-hop scene at the turn of the century. With gritty, cerebral tight-flowing rhymes over authentic (and mostly) self-produced cuts, unlike many of the plastic market-geared hype MCs being promoted these days, Trem (<–another great track) has respect for the past and deserves your appraisal.

Seth Sentry

On the other end of the spectrum is Seth Sentry, another Melbourne MC who has been steadily gaining popularity around the scene. Seth pens fun, witty tongue-in-cheek lyrics with a certain degree of tact which many others lack. At first glance his tracks appear to tend towards catchy chorus-driven bangers but his verses and relatable story-telling manage to keep his style distinct from the pack. Seth dropped an album in June and while it may be less introspective than his previous work, there’s enough substance there to pull the whole thing through. This track is the first single from his latest album Strange New Past. Time to puff pentagrams and get brimstoned.

 

Punk + Grunge

Black Stone From The Sun

Perth (capital of Western Australia) is somewhat unique in the Aussie music spectrum; its isolation as a city combined with the thriving pub scene (no poker machines = live music) has continued to make it one of the hot spots for interesting artists. One example is the up-and-coming two-piece band Black Stone From The Sun. This young self-proclaimed garage/grunge band are about to release their second EP titled Death Threats And Cigarettes in Jul,y and while they may not be well known even in their own country, they know how to craft great guitar-driven angst-laden rock.

Clowns
Clowns are a young punk/hardcore band from Melbourne, Victoria who have snuck up on me out of seemingly nowhere. I’m not going to be able to give you a thorough back story on this act aside from informing you that the kids these days fucking love this band. I feel old just listening to them. They’ve already toured the USA (SxSW), China (MIDI-fest) and are embarking on a national tour of Australia before heading back over the Pacific for Riot Fest in Chicago. Their new album has been produced with the same mixing desk used by AC/DC back in the day and is a great blend of unrestrained aggression and catchy West-Coast punk, available on bandcamp.

Here’s a video for one of their earlier songs.

 

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  • Disgustache
  • My favorite Australian export

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MF7vofSdSNI

    • Kevin Nash & Friends

      Steve Irwin was the best. Outback Steakhouse is also good.

      • Spear
        • Kevin Nash & Friends

          It’s so good though and it’s very Australian!

          • Dubzlinger

            It’s probably about as authentic as Little Panda

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            They lied to me? I thought they were Australian!

          • Throbbing Fart Thong Of Doom

            Nope, and they have rules, contrary to what they say on their commercials. And Nationwide is not on your side, Olive Garden is not really your family, nothing at Subway is fresh, Burger King won’t always let you have it your way, and BP’s not actually sorry.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            This is the worst news I’ve heard since I saw a zipper on the back on a Winnie the Pooh costume in Disney World.

          • Throbbing Fart Thong Of Doom

            I’m still traumatized after AT&T did actually reach out and touched me, and Bissell didn’t clean up my messy life afterwards.

          • Throbbing Fart Thong Of Doom

            Or Fazoli’s. If Outback Steakhouse is truly Australian, then The Olive Garden is really my family.

          • Rebecca (Tyree) Buck

            Hahaha! Good one man.

          • Spear

            It’s based out of Tampa.

          • This is a travesty. I guess I should just be thankful I can still get authentic Irish cuisine from BENNIGANS®.

          • Dubzlinger

            GAHHH, THE MONTE CRISTO! IT RETURNS TO HAUNT ME!

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            never was a good idea….

          • Spear

            Y’know, I should capitalize on Americans’ stupidity when it comes to ethnic food and start the first ever “authentic” Mexican/Icelandic restaurant chain. I’ll call it Taco Björk™.

          • lol @ the idea of average Americans trying something foreign.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            like guac at subway?

          • WTF IS THIS GREEN SHIT

          • Guacamole Jim

            IT’S AUTHENTIC! I can verify :3

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            guac verification protocol initiated

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Head For The Björdër ©

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            🙁

      • Dubzlinger

        Where does Fosters rank on your list?

      • Pagliacci is Kvlt

        As are Subaru Outbacks.

        • more beer

          You want Subaru Outbacks come to Colorado. They are the car of choice for the pretentious entitled crowd here. None of whom can drive worth a shit.

      • Throbbing Fart Thong Of Doom

        I actually saw the Crocodile Hunter movie in theaters (at the one I worked at). My favorite Australian export?

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpokjMDGM60

        And the loving tribute I wrote about him on my old website:

        Alot has been taken into consideration when choosing my Man Of The Year.
        Well, not really. Look at the plague of pussified metrosexuals plaguing the media. Ben Affleck, Leonardo Decaprio making an unwelcome comeback,Orlando Bloom, and too many other men who are probably off at the salon reading Maxim trying to look manly for their trainers.

        But low and behold, there is one badass who stood out from all the rest like a freshly severed arm on a Paris catwalk, and thus I preesent to you my Man Of The Year………..

        Russell motherfucking Crowe.
        Now, you’re probably scratching your head wondering “how is he manly?!? He’s an asshole actor”, which is quite true, and indeed role model material outside of the actor part. Let’s first examine some of his filmwork and music to get a rundown on him……..

        Gladiator: He spends 90% of the film doing one thing and one thing only. Fucking up people left and right, sometimes by the dozens, for simply lipping off and calling his bluff. I remember this one part where this one gladiator was telling him something like “these fries are fucking cold, I wanna discount for my inconvenience” and then BAM!!!! Russell Crowe exercises one of his key talents as an actor: chopping off heads. That they won’t teach you in drama school. But should. I might actually go to a high school presentation of “Hamlet” if it involved more decapitations. Well, the film has a few minutes of romantic bullshit to keep the girls who got dragged by their boyfriends from moaning about it. But, the thesis is that Russell Crowe loves kicking ass and chopping off heads whenever possible. I even bet if you’re having dinner, which would undoubtedly be steak and Guiness, and you used the wrong fork, BAM! There’d be some severed head in your salad, which he’d later squeeze over the punch bowl.

        Beautiful Mind: Not as much ass kicking or chopping off heads, but he’s fucking nuts throughout the entire film. I’m talking about Howard Dean on steroids and angel dust kind of crazy, and he’s landing hot babe after hot babe while being battier than a soap dish.

        So far we can conclude Russell Crowe is a fucking crazy as hell guy who loves chopping off heads.

        Haven’t seen “Cinderella Man” but I do know it has him and it’s about boxing, so chances are some stunt doubles are punch drunk from one 20-second take with him.

        Buuuuuuuuuuuuut, here is the one thing that sealed the deal, and as if he needed it reaffirmed his earth-shattering manlinness…….

        http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0606051_russell_crowe_1.html

        But here’s the real story:
        So, Russell was having a Roman style orgy in the hotel rooms upstairs when they started bitching about him being too totally sweet. So he goes downstairs to see what they are bitching about, they are threatening to sue him for being so fucking awesome it made them look like total pussies like a hell of alot of hotel staff usually are. He sees the bellhops yelling at him in those Nutcracker Suite outfits of their’s, not hip that they are talking to a man who goes back to his Australian farm-home and punches down trees so he can cook his freshly killed shark that he strangled with his bare hands. So what does he do? Does he cry like Hugh Grant?

        FUCK NO!!!!!!!!

        He summons several aptly-extention corded telephones from the bowels of Hell, which circle around the clerk and stalked her like cobras waiting for the kill, as Russell charmed them with his flute. Then Russell let out a manly howl that blasted the roof off, as the telephones went in for the kill, giving her a facefull of line 2. And this assbeating is on speed dial!

        And then they drag him to court over it, and he doesn’t sit like Snoop Dogg or Puff Daddy and pretend to be innocent (esp. considering those two teabaggers weren’t even the ones on trial). He PLEADS GUILTY!!!!! Not like “I admit my wrongs” kind of pleading guilty, but more like “bitch had it coming” kind of pleaing guilty. Isn’t even a plea since Russell Crowe can’t even be imagined to be pleaing for any kind of mercy.

        So, in short, he embodies what we can all look up to: A fucking crazy guy who likes to chop off heads, smack bitchy clerks with telephones, and has enough 5 o’clock shadow that pansies like Ben Affleck have to hire personel to make sure his image is never seen, thus it might rock him into a coma.

  • Throbbing Fart Thong Of Doom

    From Perth. (you might remember this song from those Value City commercials)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C3uRqjA8UE

  • The dream of the 90s is still alive in Black Stone from the Sun.

    • Disgustache

      I love that band. Wishlisted.

      • My wishlist rejects any attempt to add non-metal. :/

        • Disgustache

          I must have forgot to check the non poser option when I made my account. Fuck.

  • Rebecca (Tyree) Buck
  • Dagon

    Great idea. I’m gonna come back here and jam these suckas after I finish studying.

    From what I’ve gathered from my interactions with members of this community and in the real life server, Australians are the closest to Brazilians among Anglo-Saxon populations, at least when it comes to the ways of HUE.

    • Dubzlinger

      Australians are a godless folk descended from criminals. The Brits left them there to die on a merciless continent where everything wants to kill you, but somehow the bogans survived and even flourished.

      • Rebecca (Tyree) Buck
        • Dubzlinger

          That could be any white girl you know this Halloween.

          • Rebecca (Tyree) Buck

            Oh my. Yeah, didn’t even think about that. Very true.

            They’ll be goddamn everywhere.

          • Scrimm

            If they look like that I’m ok with it

          • Rebecca (Tyree) Buck

            Exactly.

          • KJM

            I can dig it.

          • Rebecca (Tyree) Buck

            Christ, I’m in a college town too. Swing!

          • KJM

            Davis Sq has been college hipster heaven since the 90s. Halloween is lots of fun here.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Can I go?

          • KJM

            For my part, it’ll involve hanging out in the square people watching(as it does most years). Hopefully the weather will co-operate.

          • It’s a good thing.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            … oh it will be.

          • Dagon

            I think “any white girl” hardly qualifies anywhere close to that woman lol.

          • Rebecca (Tyree) Buck

            This is very very true. Did any one watch The Wolf of Wall Street?

            *Bites fist.*

          • Dagon

            Every second of her screen time was bomb.

          • Dubzlinger
          • Rebecca (Tyree) Buck

            That’s about accurate.

      • Dagon

        That’s why they’re similar o Brazilians. We are a godless folk descended from a delicate mixture of malandragem, stray dog syndrome and laziness.

  • That Trem track is dope, very 90s. Now that I think about it, I can’t recall any other Australian rappers (aside from Iggy A who doesn’t count).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFOHMTMyxN0

    • Dubzlinger

      You’re going to send Scrimm down the fancy hole.

    • Dagon

      The Wu Tang vibe is alive on that track. Got me nostalgic.

    • Guacamole Jim

      I was feeling the same 90s vibe. Really good shit.

    • Lacertilian

      The featured one or the linked one?

  • CyberneticOrganism
  • KJM
  • CyberneticOrganism
  • Throbbing Fart Thong Of Doom

    Going wayyyyyyyyyy back with this one, but long forgotten dark ambient/metal band from Sydney.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUZ9avg3HL4&list=PLB0F660D8AA3696F3

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Wow, that was some ouchy video. Fun tune though, would have loved it when I was younger.

  • Nineinchneurosis

    Digging that Black Stone.

    • Lacertilian

      Yeah, I stumbled across them on bandcamp and while it’s not something I would normally listen to, they somehow made their way onto my playlist.
      Album coming soon too.

  • Hatchet Harry

    Don’t stop… There’s plenty more great Australian acts to talk about.. Thanks lizard man keep up the good work..

  • Hatchet Harry

    Lyrical commission is the best that Melbourne has to offer… Brad strut is another Lc member if your looking for a good nineties vibe…

    • Lacertilian

      Lyrical commission is the best that Melbourne Australia has to offer.

      • Hatchet Harry

        Harry says no…

        • Lacertilian

          Show me the way Harry, light the path.

  • grog

    Seth sentry …. definately has a way with words. Great sound.