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Newsletter Issue #485: 03 Jul 2016

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JULY EDITORIAL - The beat of their own drums

They're everywhere, coming from all walks of life, representing different cultures and living different lives - different families, friends and jobs - but they all have something in common.

They look like you and me; ordinary, normal, regular - but if you look closely enough, you'll see something more; that stripe of multi-coloured hair, the tattoo peeking out from under a sleeve, a pierced lip - almost as though they're part of some secret society.

Sometimes the signs are more obvious; the guy who carries a guitar case on the bus, the neighbour who sings at the top of their lungs and that girl who stops in at the music shop on the way home from work to play the piano.

They are, of course, our musicians; normal everyday New Zealanders who go out of their way to follow their musical dreams, people who create music that can alter your mood no matter how bad your day is, people who write compelling messages in their lyrics and people who share their love and passion for music with others through live performance and by releasing new albums.

Quite often, they are misunderstood, misrepresented and misjudged. Quite often, the general public will ignore them and only pay attention to the mainstream. Quite often, it takes someone truly exceptional to recognise them for who they are; talented, skilled, artistic and capable.

Musicians come from all walks of life; they are our neighbours, work colleagues, the person who serves us at the supermarket, our hairdresser, and even the people who deliver our mail. For the especially lucky ones among us, they are our family and our friends, our loved ones.

Whether you know musicians or not, we encourage you to get out there and show your support for these incredible individuals - buy their albums and merchandise, go to their gigs and when you see someone busking on the street, give them a donation - for every little thing you do can go a long way towards helping them to follow their dreams.


In this issue we talk to Set on End, PlasticGroove and Evangel, find out what Michael Murphy from NZ Idol fame is up to and learn about Recording Studio Etiquette. We also provide you with all the latest NZ music industry news, as well as details on our latest reviews and photo galleries.

- Lisa, Kerry and the muzic.net.nz team.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Michael Murphy

Runner-up in 2004's NZ Idol, Michael Murphy is easily the most successful musician to come out from the NZ Idol franchise.

Prior to competing in NZ Idol as an 18 year old, Michael was the vocalist of now-defunct Taupo band Deadset, performing with Elemeno P, Goodshirt, 8 Foot Sativa and Steriogram. During his time with Deadset, they competed in the Lion Red Raw Battle of the Bands and won the Coke Smokefree Rockquest regional final for 2 years in a row.

In 2004, he released his debut solo album No Place To Land, which included his debut single So Damn Beautiful. So Damn Beautiful went straight to #1 on the NZ Singles Charts, and it remained on the charts for 4 months. No Place To Land went on to earn gold status, and took Michael around the country, performing to sold out audiences.

Following this, Michael formed 5star Fallout (picture #3) with all former-Deadset musicians in 2005. Described as a "great New Zealand rock act", and having "thoughtfully arranged guitar riffs, dynamic vocal harmonies and a raw energy and sound", 5star Fallout went on to perform with Steriogram, 48May, Goodnight Nurse, My Life Story, Mumsdollar and Tadpole. They released their debut album Say Goodnight in 2008, and also completed a 3 month tour of America - playing to sold out crowds through California and New York.

Michael's other passion whilst growing up has been acting and theatre. At the end of 2009 he auditions for RENT and was given the role of Roger Davis, which he found very exciting, challenging and rewarding. He has since starred in numerous stage productions in Auckland, and spent the summer of 2012/2013 playing 'Kenickie' in prestigious Christchurch theatre company The Court Theatre's sold out production of Grease. Michael has also performed at events such as Coca Cola Christmas in the Park and is the lead vocalist for Halo (picture #4).

Most recently, Michael has formed a progressive, new rock back from Auckland, Written by Wolves (picture #5). They describe themselves as being a band that have set out to do things differently, to create music that is new, unique and perhaps pushes the boundaries of what is expected from the rock genre.

Website Links

Michael Murphy Muzic.net.nz Artist Page

Deadset Muzic.net.nz Artist Page

5star Fallout Muzic.net.nz Artist Page
Photo Gallery: 5star Fallout @ The Awapuni Tavern, P. North - 26/05/06
Newsletter Interview: 5star Fallout 2006

Written by Wolves Muzic.net.nz Artist Page
Photo Gallery: Written by Wolves @ Kings Arms, Auckland - 20/02/16

Halo The Band Website

NZ Idol Links

NZ - This is your Idol
The show goes on for NZ Idol finalists

Young Kiwi songsmiths show off talent to burn

Photos top to bottom - Michael Murphy promo shot, Michael Murphy and Ben Lummis at 2004 NZ Idol final, 5star Fallout (Michael centre), Halo (Michael third from right) and Written by Wolves (Michael second from right).



Set on End are preparing to take New Zealand by storm with their explosive and highly-anticipated first full-length album The Dark Beyond, which is due to be released on July 15. Matt (guitar) spoke to muzic.net.nz about what their plans are, and how their sound has matured since their EP Means To An End was released in 2009:

This upcoming release has been a bit in the making, but we wanted to take time out from playing shows to write something truly meaningful and honest for us. We'd lost a drummer and added a second guitarist along the way but we can now begin sharing what we've been working on all this time. 

It's a more matured Set on End than back in the Means To An End days when we were a 4-piece, so you'll hear more layers to the guitar work, a more progressive metal element and a new level of depth to the lyrics on The Dark Beyond. Signing to Artery Recordings in Sacramento California (Entheos, Attila, Chelsea Grin) we have an awesome team up there looking after us and Shan Dan (Artery President) has mentored us on marketing metal music globally.

Which one of your songs are you most proud of, and why?

I'm sure each member has their favourite but for me personally it would be the track Dark Beyond. It was a branch out in style for us being a little softer and more melodic but we also kept true to our form and I feel it also has the most emotive energy.

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn't heard it before?

I'd say it's definitely aggressive with a core groove to it. Polyrhythmic, yet not overly technical just for the sake of it. We don't set out to be the heaviest, fastest most technical metal band out there, we concentrate on the songs as a whole. The structure, the feel, it's twists and its hooks, is what we focus on. 

What can we expect to see from you in the next year?

Next year we intend to hit some dates in Australia and hopefully also make it to the US for Artery's annual tour in North America.

What NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why? 

Anything Richard Simpson (New Way Home, City of Souls) touches basically. The man knows what's up and has an ear for quality.

What is your favourite NZ venue, and why?

The Studio in Auckland. Sentimentally because it was the first time we'd heard that huge crowd noise on mass, walking out on stage to a sold out crowd supporting BMTH. The kids went absolutely crazy. 

Have you got any tips for dealing with nerves before a gig?

Apart from not attempting to drink it away too much, I'd say being prepared. If you're prepared to the best of your ability and if something genuinely goes wrong, you know it was out of your control. What funny creatures we can be, it's an old fight or flight emotion, but do you we actually think we're going to be killed or injured up there?, no. I also think us Kiwis are at times afraid of looking too confident, the whole tall poppy syndrome thing.

How do you balance your music with other obligations; family, job etc.?

We all collect duckets off the man with full-time jobs but as Kiwi musicians, it's fairly impossible not to have a stable source of income. We all have flexible employers and family so making time for the band isn't a problem. 

Where do you get your inspiration to create music from?

Sometimes it's a guitar riff, or a drum beat. We've had lyrics start portions of songs or even a mood as a concept we've then built off. Each approach to a song for us has honestly been different and I don't think you could ever say there is a right or wrong way, only organic I suppose. We also don't always listen to "metal", such as Pink Floyd and Yelawolf for instance.

Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?

For bands, I'd say to work as hard as you can on writing, find your strengths and exploit them, the songs must come first. Complete your projects with everything 100% ready to go before approaching labels or rolling it out yourself. Remembering its so social media driven today that you'll bore people pretty quick posting memes or "here's another new riff" vid without producing actual content. You've got to get those "likes", right???

Set on End's debut album The Dark Beyond is being released worldwide on 15 July 2016 on iTunes, Google Play, Merch Now and Big Cartel (AU & NZ only).

Locally, they're doing something a little different for their Australian and New Zealand fans with the album on a custom 4GB USB card containing album artwork, wallpapers, lyric booklet and music in multiple formats: ACC, FLAC, MP3, M4A and WAVE.

Set on End are Jesse Cleaver (vocals), Matt Borsos (guitar), Gerry Dunn (guitar), Matt Scarr (bass)
and Jeremy Suckling (drums).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Artist Page
Facebook Page
Twitter Page
YouTube Page
Bandcamp Page
ReverbNation Page

Review: Means To An End (2009)
Music Video: Dissent

Pre-order The Dark Beyond:

Big Cartel Page
iTunes Page

Purchase Merchandise: Artery Recordings Page



Evangel is a metalcore four-piece, originally hailing from Hamilton. They are determined to make their mark on the New Zealand music-scene one guitar riff at a time. Evangel balances their dynamic sound with raw lyrical honesty that’s full of life. This year they took on the mammoth task of recording, producing and mixing their 6 track debut offering, Sea of the Dead, which was released on 24 June. They originally formed in 2007, “We played a couple of shows but then life took hold and we all moved around. A few years later a promoter, who we’d played a show for, got a hold of us asking if we could fill in at a gig. We threw together a practice and played the show. We were all like, “Why did we stop doing this?” Now we’re back on track. We’ve finally recorded our debut album and are steam-rolling forward.” says James Dean (lead vocals/guitar). James answered the following questions for Muzic.net.nz:

How did you become involved in music?

Josh, Jared and me all jammed together throughout high school. Our guitarist, Josh, turned up at a sports day with a dubbed copy of Master of Puppets and I was like, “I need to play this. We need to play this.” Since then we’ve always had a soft spot for Metallica. A few years after we left school Jared and I started jamming again and asked Josh if he wanted to play guitar. We wrote a few things started looking for a bassist. We didn’t find anyone that clicked so we commandeered Josh’s younger brother, Seth. He played guitar already so we just handed him a bass and told him to play one string at a time. ·

If you could perform with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

Metallica followed up by Killswitch Engage. Both amazing live bands.

Which one of your songs are you most proud of, and why?

Sea of the Dead is probably the one I’m most proud of. It’s fast, has a big chorus, unusual time signatures and still manages to be cohesive. It’s also great fun to play live. ·

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn't heard it before?

Metalcore with a progressive twist. We like to keep it interesting to listen to, aggressive and progressing. I think our songs all feel like they are developing and taking you somewhere as you listen to them.

What can we expect to see from you in the next year?

We will be supporting our album release with a bunch of live shows and we’ve already started pre-production on the next release.

What NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?

Lead Us Forth have a new album that I would love to see live. Saving Grace - I can’t get enough of them. Mothra - hanging out to see them live.

What local albums have you been enjoying recently?

I’ve been listening to Lead Us Forth’s new album, Innoculator. I’ve just dusted off Cold By Winter’s album, We The Living. That thing is a gem and still sounds great. I’ve also somehow only just got on to Beastwars.

What is your favourite NZ venue, and why?

I have soft spot for The Kings Arms. It’s small enough that you can interact with the crowd and still sounds great.

Have you got any tips for dealing with nerves before a gig?

Being prepared goes without being said. Don’t forget to have fun. When you start out I think you focus so much on making an impression you forget what it’s all about. I mean, music’s fun right?

How do you balance your music with other obligations; family, job etc.?

It definitely helps that we’re all friends. Our families all hang together and they’re incredibly supportive.

Where do you get your inspiration to create music from?

I’ve always loved music. I’d listen to my Mum’s classical collection as a kid and be blown away at how music can take you places. Then listening to my sister playing through Fur Elise on piano I thought, people can play this stuff? I can learn to play this stuff and write stuff that takes people places?

Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?

Get out of the bedroom. There are too many bedroom virtuoso’s that never get out and play. Nothing make you practice harder than screwing up in front of a bunch of people. You’ll soon see your weak spots and you’ll get used to playing in front of people.

Evangel are James Dean (vocals, guitar), Jared Hunt (drums), Joshua Tobin (guitar, vocals) and Seth Tobin (bass).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
Facebook Page
Bandcamp Page
iTunes Page


PlasticGroove are very pleased to announce their brand new EP Feel featuring the very beautiful vocals of Huia.

This EP comes off the back of 10 PlasticGroove singles, and is a complete departure from the fast paced edgy rock guitars on the older songs. This is the first of 3 EP’s due out this year, which will all be VERY different.

The five  song EP is full of emotion and takes us on a musical journey from the orchestral instrumental intro song, Before The Last Act through to the strange story of Like A Dog. Monsters Going To Get Me is a childhood memory of Tony from PlasticGroove when he was 3 years old being scared in his bed and imaging all sorts of weird eyes coming to attack in the night.

PlasticGroove are currently working on a video for Feel The Fever, the more upbeat indie pop song that has already received some great feedback. Please check out their Facebook page so they can keep in touch with you with future launches and news.

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
Official Website 
Facebook Page 
Twitter Page 
Youtube Page

ARTICLE: Recording Studio Etiquette

Recording Studio Etiquette
An article written by Paul Harvey from Splitrock Media Productions for muzic.net.nz.

For many musicians, the opportunity to record the outpourings of their heart and soul is a dream come true. After many years of honing and perfecting their abilities as an artist, they may well end up in a studio singing the outpourings of their soul. There are a number of elements to that scenario that need to be understood in light of the recording studio experience.  

What I want to talk about is probably more the process that surrounds the relationship and the conduct of artists and operators of professional studios in bringing the best piece of music created in the modern studios of today, that money can buy.

The first time I walked into a professional recording studio many years ago, I was struck by the general order and the neatness of the working environment. Having seen the insides of many a studio, both professional and home, I have always enjoyed the diversity and paradoxically, the sameness of the studio environment.

The one thing that a studio environment brings that the live stage does not is the discipline of sound control. For those of you who have already spent time in studios you will know the difference in the dynamics that you experience between a live audience and a recording studio especially when dealing with the sound engineer or producers comments and directions. A studio can become more intimidating and emotionally crushing than an angry or indifferent crowd if handled the wrong way. Generally on a live stage the results of your offerings are pretty honest and unless you make an idiot of yourself, are generally supportive.

The studio ‘audience’ may not be quite so appreciative and in fact, even more critical in ways that you have never imagined. Firstly the stage persona that you might adopt for live performances is quite likely out of place in the studio. Secondly the focus in the studio is on the tone, clarity and separation of the music, the quality of the singing, and not the persona that is delivering it. Having run and operated my own studio for many years both in a professional environment and in a home set up, there is a world of difference to the live stage and to studio performance. So without any more pre amble let’s get to it.

Read the full article here

Next Issue: Making a Video


2016 Vodafone Pacific Awards Winners

Much-loved music and dance group Te Vaka and multi-talented Vince Harder have taken out the top accolades at the 12th annual Vodafone Pacific Music Awards.

Te Vaka’s achievement is significant as it secured both the Best Song and Best Album awards, while Vince Harder took home no fewer than three awards – for NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist, Auckland Council Best Pacific Urban Artist and MAINZ Best Producer – showcasing the diversity of his abilities.

Te Vaka has won the APRA Best Pacific Song award for Papua I Sisifo, written by band member Opetaia Foa’i. The group also took out the Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album for Amataga, its 8th collection of songs released in late 2015.

Vince Harder has won the NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist and the NIU FM Best Pacific Urban Artist awards for his album Rare Vision. Recognition of his talent as an artist was complemented by his win in the MAINZ Best Producer category, for album Rare Vision and the song Start Again which he co-wrote with Stan Walker.

Vince released his first song in 2008 and has enjoyed widespread mainstream success including topping the NZ Singles Chart with Everything, a collaboration with fellow artist P-Money.

Full Article

Time for Tui Contenders to Tune In

Nominations open today (20 June) for the biggest night in Kiwi music – the 2016 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

Come November, Vector Arena will fill with musicians, music industry movers and shakers, celebrities and fans to celebrate the vast musical talent of Aotearoa.

Recorded Music NZ CEO Damian Vaughan says it’s brilliant to be celebrating yet another year of outstanding Kiwi music.

“The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards are about reflecting on those who have contributed to our Kiwi music legacy, celebrating those who are currently adding to it, and shining a light on those who could be the next big thing.

“It’s truly inspiring to see the nominations roll in for the awards’ 51st year, another celebration of the talent and hard work of our impressive music industry.”

Full Article

MMF Seminar - The World of Digital

The MMF NZ are pleased to announce a seminar on ‘The World of Digital’ with Vanessa Picken from boutique Australian Digital Agency ‘Comes With Fries’.

Vanessa will be sharing her vast knowledge and giving insight about creating and applying digital strategies to the music industry. Covering topics including social media content and execution, digital advertising strategy, channel and tool development, content and promotional ideas for a single or album release, single events, tours and overall brand strategies.

Vanessa Picken has been at the coalface of the creative digital scene throughout her career. She has developed a wealth of knowledge for marketing strategies across technology, digital, retail and product divisions from her tenures at some of the world’s leading companies such as Nokia, T-Mobile and EMI Music. Her modular label services company ‘Comes With Fries’ has worked closely with artists, labels, festivals, touring agencies, fashion houses and more.  

Full Article

Back To Basics Seminar - Auckland

The New Zealand Music Managers Forum (MMFNZ) with support from Recorded Music NZ are proud to present the annual Back to Basics seminar in Auckland.

Aimed at those who are new to management, the seminar will focus on the fundamentals of the industry. Sharing useful information new managers need to know, the Back to Basics seminar will explore the inner workings of an industry that can be very complicated for first timers. 

The seminar will discuss management and band contracts, setting up both your management business and the business of your band, information on APRA, RMNZ’s Direct to Artist, and OneMusic how to put together a strategic plan to reach your goals, marketing vs promotion, how to collate a press pack, as well as other elements of artist management in general.

Two experienced music managers will be presenting and sharing their indispensable knowledge and answering questions from attendees.

Music Managers Forum NZ is the collective voice for music managers and self-managed artists. The MMF NZ is a non-profit trade association dedicated to helping grow artist manager businesses through education, networking and advocacy.

Full Article

Official Top 40 Chart Changes

Album streaming figures, revised certification criteria and new Heatseeker charts will make tracking modern music consumption trends and behaviour easier as the Official NZ Top 40 Charts implement changes today (17 June).

While the Singles Charts already incorporate streaming data, on-demand streams have so far not contributed toward the Album Charts.

Today Recorded Music NZ unveils a ‘Stream Equivalent Album’ (SEA) point system which continues the audio conversion rate method instituted in the Singles Charts and then applies an additional layer for albums.

Full Article

Bar Bodega, Wellington To Close

From the owners of Bodega, Murray Hepple and Catherine Popert:

It is with considerable sadness that, for reasons beyond our control, we regret to announce the closure of Bodega's doors at the end of this year, after 25 years of faithful and committed service to live music in Wellington...

Full Article


New Releases

Fly My Pretties - Live At The Isaac Theatre Royal
Oyawa - Won't Even Try To Scale It
Aaradhna - Brown Girl
Lawrence Arabia - Absolute Truth 
Andrew Keoghan - Every Orchid Offering 
TrinityRoots - This Road
Mt Eden - Fall With You
Sachi - Lunch With Bianca
Thomston - Float
Prizegiving - No Harm Done
Ghost Wave - Radio Norfolk
Tiny Ruins and Hamish Kilgour - Hurtling Through
Seth Haapu - 10 Years
Vallkyrie - Steel Heart
Anna Coddington - Lantern
Andrew Keoghan - Queues at Dani Keys
The Chills - Kaleidoscope World
Tokyo Rock Machine - Simulate You
Openside - Letting It Out


July Gigs & Tours

(in no particular order)


with Thomston and October
14 July @ Horncastle Arena, Christchurch - 15 July @ Vector Arena, Auckland
and 17 July @ Shed 6, Wellington (SOLD OUT!)
21 July @ CPSA, Christchurch - 22 July @ Bodega, Wellington and 23 July @ Powerstation, Auckland
Curlys Jewels
9 July @ Valhalla, Wellington
Featuring Vargafrost, Men An Tol and Voice of the Black Pharaoh
30 July @ Darkroom, Christchurch
Lawrence Arabia
13 July @ Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru - 14 July @ Sherwood, Queenstown - 15 July @ Coronation Hall, Dunedin -
16 July @ Blue Smoke, Christchurch - 22 July @ Cabana, Napier - 23 July @ San Francisco Bathhouse, Wellington
and 29 July @ Crystal Palace, Auckland
A Weird Night Out
8 July @ Mahatma Gandhi Centre, Auckland
Gareth Thomas
8 July @ Whammy, Auckland
The Nukes
5 July @ Madeira Hotel, Akaroa and 10 July @ Blue Smoke, Woolston
Bay Dreams - Winter Warm-up with P-Money and State of Mind
15 July @ Studio, Auckland
Brendon Thomas and The Vibes
28 July @ Homestead Tavern, Kerikerk - 29 July @ Butter Factory, Whangarei - 30 July @ Galatos, Auckland -
 4 August @ Pig & Whistle, Rotorua - 5 August @ Nivara Lounge, Hamilton - 6 August @ Dome Room, Gisborne -
11 August @ Brew Bar, Tauranga - 12 August @ The Royal, Palmerston North and 13 August @ Bodega, Wellington
30 July @ Moon, Wellington
Thee Rum Coves and Black Science
9 July @ Wine Cellar, Auckland
Ha The Unclear
8 July @ Dark Room, Christchurch - 9 July @ Plato, Dunedin
Cern with Dose and Teknik
29 July @ Neck of the Woods, Auckland
Sabotage Theory
8 July @ Altitude, Hamilton - 9 July @ The Royal, Palmerston North
Simply The West Songwriters Showcase
23 July @ The Theatre, Lopdell House, Titirangi
Music Is Love
Featuring Three Houses Down, Sons of Zion, Che Fu, Tomorrow People, Pieter T, Swiss and DJ Hemz
14 July @ Studio, Auckland
8-9 July @ San Francisco Bathhouse, Wellington - 15 July @ Bedford, Christchurch - 16 July @ Caroline Bay Hall, Timaru - 22 July @ Sammys, Dunedin - 23 July @ Loco, Queenstown - 29 July @ The Local, Hamilton
and 30 July @ Sideline Bar, Napier
Cripple Mr Onion
with Pull Down The Sun and Helgorithms

30 July @ Kings Arms, Auckland
Winter Solstice Festival 2016
9 July @ Wairoa Scout Camp, Whare Flat, Dunedin
Steve Hill and Technikal
23 July @ Winnie Baggoes Ferrymead, Christchurch
Our Letters Home
with Umar Zakaria, Steve Barry and Myele Manzanza

29 July @ Orange Studios, Christchurch
Cern and Dose
with Lightly Toasted and 360
30 July @ Winnie Baggoes City, Christchurch



Troye Sivan
28 July @ Horncastle Arena, Christchurch - 30 & 31 July @ Town Hall, Auckland
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
28 July @ Vector Arena, Auckland and 30 July @ Horncastle Arena, Christchurch
Drowning Pool
24 July @ Kings Arms, Auckland
19 July @ Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin - 20 July @ Horncastle Arena, Christchurch
and 22 July @ Vector Arena, Auckland
The Cure
21 July @ Vector Arena, Auckland
The Kills
28 July @ Powerstation, Auckland (Sold Out) and 29 July @ Shed 6, Wellington
Fat White Family
29 July @ Kings Arms, Auckland and 30 July @ Bodega, Wellington
6 July @ Barrytown Hall, Barrytown - 7 July @ The Sherwood, Queenstown - 8 July @ 2 Jutland Street, Dunedin -
9 July @ Darkroom, Christchurch and 10 July @ Audio Foundation, Auckland
Fifth Harmony
15 July @ Town Hall, Auckland


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Perditionist Happiness Stan House of Mountain MayaVanya
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Gareth Thomas - Album Review: Fizzy Milk
Written by Gray

Rebel Sound Radio - Single Review: Liberation
Written by Jason

Gig Review: Avalanche City @ The Powerstation 03/06/16
Written by Crystal

Jackal - EP Review: Jumping Out The Window
Written by Peter

Gig Review: 28th Annual Gemini Party @ Altitude, Hamilton - 5/06/16
Written by Carl

Evangel - EP Review: Sea Of The Dead
Written by Kerry

Kaushun - Album Review: Tonight
Written by Crystal

Lawrence Arabia - Album Review: Absolute Truth
Written by Peter

Dilz - Album Reviews: Three And A Half Seas and Reconstruction
Written by James C-K

Pacific Heights - Album Review: The Stillness
Written by Andrew

Gig Review: Shihad with Grenadiers & The Iron Eye @ The Triffid, Brisbane - 1/07/16
Written by Gray


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Ciaran McMeeken
Avalanche City
Wolf Wizard
Alpha Coda
Photos by Grant

Photos by Ngamihi

A Wilhelm Scream
World War Four
After Forever
Photos by Matt


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