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GETTING INTO: Australian Music, as chosen by Polaris

There’s got to be something in the water in Australia. Over recent years we’ve seen heavy metal global domination from the likes of Parkway Drive, Airbourne and The Amity Affliction, and we’re seeing Thy Art Is Murder, Northlane and Ocean Grove coming into their own to just name a few.

But who are the newest and best Australian bands that we haven’t been introduced to yet? Sydney five-piece Polaris are ready to continue the Aussie theme of having the best heavy bands to make your ears bleed, and dropped their debut record ‘The Mortal Coil’ in November. The guys took the time to get us up to speed with what’s happening down under right now by highlighting five bands that are well worth your time.

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INTRODUCING: Hail The Sun

We’re putting the spotlight on the hottest and most exciting new bands around with our Introducing feature, ready to highlight the artists with the biggest potential to make an impact on their scene.

Although Hail The Sun have been around since 2009 and had a whole bunch of releases, this month sees their first ever tour in the UK. The Californian prog rock band join Silverstein on the road across the country in support of their new EP ‘Secret Wars’ which drummer and singer Donovan Melero said was to “acknowledge all those battles that are kept behind closed doors. There may always be a force working against us, by our chemistry, or by those who supposedly have the public’s best interest in mind.” Catch up with Hail The Sun with our handy introducing guide.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Echopraxia – Pumpkin Palace

Nashville guitarist Austin Woodward engineers, tracks and composes music for video games during the day but under the Echopraxia moniker, he creates complex atmospheric music that is haunting, abrasive and dynamically heavy. His second EP ‘Pumpkin Palace’ has five instrumental cinematic tracks that are inspired by composer Danny Elfman’s ‘Halloween’ theme as well as his score for ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’. Fans of Dimmu Borgir must get their teeth around the new EP and read what Austin had to say himself in the track by track breakdown of the EP.

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BANDS THAT INSPIRE: Track And Field

Track and Field are pushing indie emo to a new place by throwing in their experience from their old bands The Plight and grindcore outfit The Afternoon Gentlemen Mixing up their punk rock past and their melodic present leaves a band who are mesmerising and cinematic. To celebrate their new albumm ‘Natural Light’, we grabbed the band to each pick an album that has inspired them in someway. Singer and guitarist Mick Grogan had his say on the picks “There’s definitely a lot of common ground amongst the bands influences and our collective passion for punk and hardcore music can’t go without an honourable nod. The bands we have all previously played in have surely had a significant impact on Track and Field’s sound and writing process and these experiences coupled with the appreciation for everything we have listed above I suppose is how we find our music coming together as it does.”

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Core Of iO – Part II: Europa

As part of four EP release cycle, progressive rock crew Core Of iO are back with the second instalment ‘Part II-Europa for a continued onslaught of Deftones meets Oceansize style riffs that stanf up against Sikth for intelligent hooks. The band have delved into some deep topics on the new 3 track EP and use open and honest lyrics to create interesting and deep music for fans of dynamic music. We got Core Of iO to delve into the stories on their brand new release to find out as much as we could about ‘Part II-Europa.

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BANDS THAT INSPIRE: SPQR

Liverpool trio SPQR have just launched their new EP ‘The House that Doubt Built’ with 5 dark new songs that take a journey into vocalist and guitarist Peter Harrison‘s troubled psyche. The record is lyrically open to a rare degree of vulnerability that stems from creatively channelling depression to form a fragile and honest listening experience. To find out how Peter shaped his sound, we got the singer to pick five songs that inspired him when writing and recording ‘The House that Doubt Built’.

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BANDS THAT INSPIRE: Siberian Meat Grinder

Moscow-based crossover-hardcore, metal, rap mob Siberian Meat Grinder are back with a brand new record ‘Metal Bear Stomp’ which continues their onslaught of headbanging and breakdown filled tracks. Frontman and founder of the band Vladimir Siberian had to say about the record “It’s our step towards creating an ultimate street-music, mixing everything we love – thrash-metal, hip-hop, hardcore punk, graffiti…”. With such a diverse and interesting mix of genres used by Siberian Meat Grinder, who better to talk to about their influences? Vladimir let us know 5 songs that made the band into what they are today.

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INTRODUCING: Noija

We’re putting the spotlight on the hottest and most exciting new bands around with our Introducing feature, ready to highlight the artists with the biggest potential to make an impact on their scene.

Noija havie spent the last year experimenting and perfecting their sound ready to present their brand new record ‘Colorblind’ to the world. The record shows off the diversity the Swedish band bring to the table with tech metal and alternative rock both at the forefront of 11 emotionally honest songs. Get to know Noija better with our rundown of the band from their formation up to the big release.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Saltlake – Medicate Me

Brighton three piece Saltlake have nailed down a solid rock groove with weighty guitars and massive hook vocals for a mesmerising alternative rock sound reminiscent of Thrice and Highly Suspect. The band blend their rough and ready tone with gargantuan electronic soundscapes on their new EP Medicate Me that is available from November 10th. Saltlake gave us a track by track rundown of the new release in order to give us more information on each song in turn.

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INTRODUCING: Phoxjaw

We’re putting the spotlight on the hottest and most exciting new bands around with our Introducing feature, ready to highlight the artists with the biggest potential to make an impact on their scene.

Despite only forming in Summer of 2016, Bristol rockers Phoxjaw have already formed their own distinctive and destructive sound and have played shows across the UK with Black Foxxes, Black Tusk, and Avon. Phoxjaw have just released their new single ‘Lottery’ with a Mexican wrestling themed video that sees the band rocking out in the middle of the ring. This is a band in their infancy who already sound like they’re 4 albums deep and filling rooms worldwide.

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