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Perth Metal – 2017’s most anticipated releases

Written by Chris Reid

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The heavy music scene in the world’s most isolated capital is thriving. No matter where your preference lies in the spectrum of heavy music, Perth has some great bands which will cater for your tastes. 2017 is shaping up to be a particularly memorable year, with some of Perth’s most respected and hard working bands dropping new releases. Here are some of the bands and releases to keep an eye out for as the year unfolds;

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Voyager

Voyager

Voyager

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Five albums down and Voyager can rightly claim to be one of Australia’s most formidable heavy bands. The ultra successful V album confirmed that the current incarnation of Voyager is as formidable as ever. I cant wait to hear the new album which will no doubt build on their recent shift in sound – djent influenced riffing now accompanies the trademark pop sensibilities which helps to create an uplifting brand of heavy prog. With a European tour in the pipeline and the guaranteed quality of their new material you can’t help but get the impression that Voyager are set to explode in a way which only a handful of bands from Australia have.
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Voyager

Voyager

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Earth Rot

Earth Rot

Earth Rot

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2016’s EP Chthonian Virtues helped solidify the HM-2 lords as a force to be reckoned with in the Australian extreme music scene. Whilst there’s no doubting that Chthonian Virtues was a quality release in its own right it was the perfect entrée for their next full length album which is due out in 2017. Eric Rutan (Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel) is handling the mix/master on that one, which is surely a sign that it will melt faces when it drops. Earth Rot are partial to extensive touring so expect to see some big things from this band in 2017.
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Earth Rot

Earth Rot

 

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Claim The Throne

Claim The Throne

Claim The Throne

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After playing the 7000 tonnes of Metal cruise and other massive shows in 2015, Perth’s Folk/Melodeath act Claim The Throne spent a great deal of 2016 hard at work writing and recording their latest album. Claim the Throne’s style has evolved over the years, moving slowly away from the pure folk metal which they started out with, and adding more and more elements of traditional melodic death metal to their sound. This progression in sound has been widely embraced making the new album a highly anticipated release for new and old fans alike.
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Claim The Throne

Claim The Throne

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Depravity

Depravity

Depravity

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The word super group gets bandied about a fair bit these days, but Depravity really are as close as you’ll get to a super group from the Perth scene. Malignant Monster, Pathogen, The Furor, The Ritual Aura, Inanimacy, The Alchemont, Entrails Eradicated and Gallows for Grace to just name a few – the list of past and present bands associated with Depravity reads like a short list of the best death metal bands to come out of WA in the past 10 years. Depravity plan to release their debut full length in 2017, and if their 2016 EP Reign of the Depraved is anything to go by, expect a world class death metal assault which will satisfy fans of old school death metal and more modern death metal styles alike.
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Depravity

Depravity

 

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The Furor

The Furor

The Furor

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Dizazter and Co are set to release yet another dose of black/Death/Thrash metal chaos. The Furor play music of the most unrelenting nature – certainly not for the mainstream or the feint hearted. However, with the latest album being picked up by Transcending Obscurity for global distribution you can only hope that The Furor’s music is heard far and wide.
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The Furor

The Furor

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Silent Knight

Silent Knight

Silent Knight

 

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Perth’s Silent Knight have never been one to lay idle but 2017 is shaping to be their biggest year to date. Playing Headbangers Open Air festival in Germany is likely to be their defining achievement this year, but they’re also finding time to release a re-recording of their debut album Masterplan. Whilst I enjoy the original recording of Masterplan, there’s no doubting that Silent Knight in 2017 are an improved band from the one that originally recorded their debut. The improvement can be attributed to the changes made on lead vocals, with the addition of Turkish born front man Jesse Onur Oz. I’m certainly keen to hear the re-recording, which will help to continue to elevate the bands standing in the genre.
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Silent Night

Silent Night

 

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Tempest Rising 

Tempest Rising

Tempest Rising

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Tempest Rising
are relatively unique, especially in the Perth scene. ‘NU-metal-core’ might go some way to describing their sound which is anchored by the vocals of Vin Trikeriotis. Since the tracking of their debut album Transmutation the band has had some personnel changes, with brothers Daniel James (Lead guitar) and Matty James (Drums) being added to the fold. The band have released a couple of new tracks as singles over the last 12 months which have shown some evolution to the bands sound – incorporating a hard hitting groove metal flavour to their established ‘Nu metal meets metal core’ sound. If this harder edge is indicative of the direction taken on the new album then it’s likely that Tempest Rising will continue to grow in popularity.
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Tempest Rising

Tempest Rising

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Grotesque

Grotesque

Grotesque

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After threatening to release a new album for quite some time, Grotesque are set to release their second full length in 2017. There is no doubting that the album will be brutally heavy, in fact you can probably pencil it in as the Heaviest Australian release in 2017!
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The list above is only scratching the surface of what is being released out of Western Australia’s metal scene in 2017. The quality and diversity of the scene has never been better, so make sure you support the bands, pick up a copy of the albums when they are released and head out to local shows.
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Grotesque

Grotesque

 

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AMNPLIFY – DB

Chris Reid

January 11th, 2017

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Chris is a long time metal enthusiast who plays bass guitar in Perth band Let's Kill Uncle. https://www.facebook.com/letskilluncle  

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