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Achilles Complex

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Achilles Complex is a four-piece prog rock powerhouse from Hamilton which formed in 2019. Priding themselves on their tight and energetic sound, the band specialize in mixing hard-hitting riffs with those enormous soaring choruses that audiences can’t get enough of.

The band consists of front man Harley Flynn, whose mesmerizing rhythm guitar playing and animated vocal delivery captivates crowds and draws them into the performance. Their thunder god Zak Cole looms behind the drum kit, combining intricate rhythms with a fundamental groove, interspersed with blistering fills to keep the audience on their toes. He can also be seen on stage as fill-in drummer for Checaine on their 2022 Black River Tour. Reece Gielen (Rogue John Doe) boasts an intimidating vocal range and dominates the stage with fiery guitar leads. On bass they have Jordan Carpenter, providing the menacing rumble from down under, contrasted by his melodic lead lines and ambient textures.

Achilles Complex have played many shows throughout Hamilton and Auckland, sharing stages with high profile NZ acts such as Pull Down The Sun, Living State, FYVEYES, Claemus, Elidi, Pencarrow, Pale Flag and more.

Their debut self produced single Shut It released in 2019 with a music video (currently has over 8000 plays on Spotify alone) and was celebrated with a sold out release party show at Nivara Lounge. In January of 2021 the band morphed into a four-piece and released their second single Vice, tracked and mixed by Karl Apao (Glow Becky, Anderson Rocio, Vital Sign, Nill). The song received a 4/5 star rating from revered music reviewer Kev Rowland.

Achilles Complex has spent its lockdowns in the studio recording and mixing its debut EP Brand New World with Caleb Bird (Biobird) and the single Jack In due to release late May 2022 via DRM NZ.

Band Members:
Harley Flynn
Jordan Carpenter
Zak Cole
Reece Gielen

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  • Hamilton


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REVIEW: Single Review: Vice
Submitted by Kev Rowland
22 Jan 2021

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