NEW MUSIC: Graves, Crash Tragic, Abstract Classic, Laugh Riot

* Metalcore dudes Graves have posted a new track titled ‘Extinction.’ Give it a spin at their Soundcloud page, and head along to see them play alongside House vs Hurricane, Confession and loads more at Unanderra Community Centre this weekend (more info here).

* Crash Tragic‘s new single, ‘The City,’ can be heard and purchased on iTunes now.

* Abstract Classic have released a new track titled ‘Yes, We’re Pirates.’ You can stream it free, or download it through the band’s Bandcamp page.

* Laugh Riot‘s new track, ‘Your Fear,’ is up online now. Hear it on Facebook (along with three other new tracks from the band), then check them out when they support Die! Die! Die! at Yours & Owls on Friday night.

* ‘Hold Me Like A Stone’ is the new track from Gravity Takes Over. Take a listen on GTO’s ReverbNation page.


Review: The Broderick, Thorns, Outsiders Code, Colossus, Graves

By Sally McMullen

The Patch welcomed some of Melbourne hardcore’s finest on Sunday night. With The Broderick, Thorns, Outsiders Code, Colossus and Wollongong’s own Graves performing, a good night was bound to be on the cards.

Local favourites Graves kicked off the night and as always, nailed it. Once they fired up their set, the Patch was filled with raw and aggressive noise. Accompanied by heavy guitar riffs and clean bass work, Rhys Benn’s growl echoed through the mic as he stomped around the floor. Topped off with rapid drum beats and plunging bass drops, Graves had a developed sound and bounced well off of one another. Pulling off yet another impressive set, Graves definitely made locals proud in the otherwise Melbourne-infested waters.

Next up were Colossus. Diving straight into a lightning-fast guitar riff, Colossus had no trouble getting the crowd on board. Under a mass of long hair, the vocalist’s roughened voice worked well with the thrashing guitar as he spat lyrics into the front row of the crowd. Belting out heavy jungle drums that crescendoed into an explosion of noise, the drummer acted as the back bone of the instrumentals throughout much of their performance. By the time they rounded off their unfortunately short set, Colossus definitely left the audience wanting more.

With hardcore heavy-hitter Baina (of Her Nightmare, 50 Lions and Samsara) fronting Outsiders Code, there was no doubt that this would be an impressive set. The four-piece wasted no time, immediately descending into a set of power violence infused sounds, polished off with heavy breakdowns and rapid guitars. During tracks like “The Pain of Choices”, Baina barked into the mic, his voice bounding over the top of raging guitars and thumping drum beats. Due to the members’ long history with hardcore, it was no surprise that Outsiders Code were one of the stand out acts on the night.

As soon as Thorns appeared, so did a circle filled with the flailing limbs of many hardcore dancers. The set jump-started with a heavy guitar intro and the raspy growl of the frontman as he prowled around the floor, a permanent scowl fixed onto his face. Unlike the other bands who thanked the crowd for coming out on a Sunday night, Thorns showed no mercy. The lead singer told the crowd to quit being “pussies” because a good hardcore show could be had any night of the week. Thorns’ aggressive sound mixed in well with the energy of the gig and had the crowd head banging in unison throughout the entire set.

Last, but most certainly not least were The Broderick. Frontman Logan Fewster beckoned everyone in to create a tight circle and like their predecessors, had conjured up some hardcore dancers in no time. Soon enough, the whole audience was moving along to The Broderick’s progressive hardcore sound. During tracks such as “Savages”, the guys demonstrated their versatility, beginning with a melodic guitar intro before building up to a heavy breakdown. On drums, Ash Denman moved his arms with such speed that they appeared to be a blur as he churned out thundering beats. Although the whole band had great chemistry, Logan had a particularly strong stage presence, arms outstretched and veins popping out of his neck as he screamed out each lyric with all his might. The crowd were transfixed the entire set and I think it is safe to say that The Broderick were definitely worth the wait.

Sunday night brought a refreshing dose of Melbourne hardcore to Wollongong. From The Broderick to Graves, the lineup consisted of a truly talented bunch of dudes. In addition the impressive performances, it was also great to see a strong crowd supporting these guys and we can only hope to see similar shows in the future. And this was all before 9.30pm, not bad for a Sunday night at The Patch.

PHOTOS: Graves, Break A Leg, Lake Nyos, Directions, Cold Youth, Flatliner, Underdog @ The Patch

REVIEW: Hand Of Mercy, Hearts Like Wolves, Graves @ Cut Throat

Words by Sally McMullen

With heavy hitters Hand Of Mercy, supported by Graves, Hearts Like Wolves and One Night in Paris on the bill, last Wednesday night proved to be one of Cut Throat’s most anticipated gigs to date. And for good reason. As the fate of future bands banked on the success of the gig, the Cut Throat team waited with bated breath to see if Wollongong hardcore fans would deliver.

By the time One Night in Paris began their set, a large crowd of people had already dawdled into Platform 3, waiting on the outskirts of the floor for the set to begin. As fog began to circle around the band’s ankles, the room was filled with the electronic infused hardcore sounds. As the lead singer bounded around, singing in people’s faces and the bassist slid down the stripper pole whilst continuing to play, the group brought immediate energy to the gig. With a good contrast of screamo vocals and melodic back-up, One Night in Paris made for a good choice to get the crowd fired up.

Once Graves began their set, the floor was packed, proving that they were one of the obvious draw cards for the night. As the sets descended into heavy breakdowns, the guitarists and bassist dooming in sync and the drummer pounding his arms with ease and puncturing the air with violent bass drops, it was clear that Graves were extremely tight live. Taking influence from metal bands such as The Acacia Strain and Whitechapel, this five-piece act are proof that Wollongong hardcore still has potential.

Next up were Sydney-based band Hearts Like Wolves. From the get go, vocalist Daniel Soria was pumped, jumping around the floor and yelling out for the crowd to get involved. Once the band crashed into their mosh-core sound, the floor was immediately full of kick-flipping moshers. Daniel’s heavy growl echoed over the instruments and was impossible to ignore. Despite the outbreak of a small biff in the mosh, the bad energy was promptly squashed by the driving drum-beats and chugging riffs causing the crowd to forget all about the incident within seconds.

Although it was well past the bed-time of Wollongong night life on a Wednesday, the crowd were jittering with anticipation as they waited for one of Sydney’s most acclaimed hardcore bands to appear. Hand Of Mercy’s set was bursting with raw energy, lead vocalist Scott bounding around the room with seemingly endless vigour. The only down-side was a slightly muffled mic which made it difficult to hear Scott’s vocals over the aggressive instrumentals. This was barely noticed by the crowd though, who were begging for an encore by the time the set came to an end to which Hand Of Mercy kindly obliged.

Wednesday night was an impressive display of both local and out of town hardcore talent, something that the Wollongong scene has been missing of late. As the sole purpose of Cut Throat is to provide the south coast with a venue to support the local hardcore movement, it would have been good to see a larger turn-out. Regardless, there is no doubt that Cut Throat delivered an awesome show and we can only hope that with more hardcore gigs on the cards, they continue to do so.

Radar Illawarra teams with Hot Damn! for exclusive offer

In the second piece of exciting partnership news for Radar, we’re stoked to announce that we’ve hooked up with Sydney party club kings Hot Damn! to offer an exclusive offer for Radar readers.

As we reported last month, the notorious club on Oxford Street will “pop up” at Wollongong’s Hostage X Nightclub on May 19, for a special club night. The “Hot Damn Wollongong Roadtrip” will see local hardcore heroes Another Days Remains reform specially, with Sienna Skies and Graves also on the band lineup.

Hot Damn! have graciously given Radar fans cheaper entry for the night – just say “RADAR” at the door, for $12 entry! Yes!

Spread the word around, tell your friends – say “RADAR” at the door on May 19 at Hostage, to get cheap entry. With drinks just $4 on the night, simply by saying RADAR will essentially get you a free drink. It’s that easy.

For more details, hit the Facebook event.

w/ Sienna Skies, Another Days Remains, Graves
Hostage X Nightclub
May 19th
$12 if you say RADAR at the door

TOUR NEWS: Hand of Mercy

Sydney hardcore band Hand of Mercy have announced a one-off date in Wollongong next month.

The five-piece, who have played alongside the likes of Parkway Drive, A Day To Remember, Bury Your Dead and August Burns Red, will headline the new Cut Throat night at Platform 3 Nightclub on May 30th. Also on the bill are Hearts Like Wolves, Graves and One Night in Paris.

Cut Throat, recently established at the Platform 3 venue (opposite Wollongong train station, at the top of the Piccadilly multi-storey carpark), is billed as “Wollongongs answer to [hardcore] music & artists,” hosting live bands and DJs.

For more info, see the event profile or Cut Throat page.

Hot Damn to pop-up at Hostage X, Another Days Remains to reform

This will be an interesting one! Uber popular Sydney club night, Hot Damn!, will be hitting the road in May and travelling from their home in the Exchange Hotel on Darlinghurst’s Oxford Street, to pop-up for just one night at Hostage X Nightclub in Wollongong.

The ‘Hot Damn Roadtrip’ will see the renowned punk/hardcore club pick up and head down the freeway to Wollongong on Saturday May 19th… and they’ve managed to pull off a coup, convincing local metalcore heroes Another Days Remains into reforming for the night.

ADR will join Sydney hardcore titans Sienna Skies, and rising local guys Graves, on the band lineup for the night at Hostage. Hot Damn is one of the biggest club nights in the whole of Sydney, and for them to take the risk of coming down here is a pretty big development for the region; especially considering previous (less than successful) nights such as LUSH and Grimewave attempting to tap into the same punk/hardcore/party market as Hot Damn.

Presumably, bands will be upstairs with DJs downstairs, as with previous band nights at Hostage including Grimewave and Midnight Kamikaze.

For more details, hit the Facebook event.

w/ Sienna Skies, Another Days Remains, Graves
Hostage X Nightclub
May 19th

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