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Australasia

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Nightendday
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Drought
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Angel Tears
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Australasia
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Total Tracks: 6   Total Length: 50:20

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tough

starbearer

this album is as tough as it is to live in chicago. so yeah... its pretty damn tough, and just like chicago... its pretty damn awesome too!!

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Sustained InstruMETAL

dtepr1

I craved the crunchy riffs and sonic overload of metal, without the idiotic vocals, and finally found it. This is "heady" metal imagery without need of a comically exaggerated voice or over-the-top lyrics to get the message across.

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Who Are…Morne

By Jon Wiederhorn, Contributor

Impacting with the same bleak emotional pounding as Neurosis, the lumbering drone of Sleep and the stylistic flair of groups like Isis and Pelican, Morne are outsiders who dwell far beyond the trendy circles of post-metal or the insular enclave of stoner metal. Polish-born front man Milosz Gassan relishes his role as a mercurial outcast. When he's not working at a Boston theater building stage sets, he spends endless hours obsessing over every tone and… more »

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Discover: Hydra Head Records

By Andrew Parks, Contributor

"One of the defining traits of many Hydra Head releases would be the marriage between the ugly and the beautiful, the dissonant and the melodic," says former ISIS frontman Aaron Turner, a co-founder of the label alongside Mark Thompson. "This kind of synthesis is apparent through many of our artists regardless of genre, perhaps at times in spite of it." In other words, there's more to Hydra Head than a battering ram blend of molten melodies,… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Although they already released a self-titled EP that was longer than many bands’ regular albums, Australasia is the first official full-length by Chicago art-metal instrumentalists Pelican. It’s maybe too easy to draw comparisons to Isis, especially since that band’s Aaron Turner signed them and released this album on his label, but there are similarities: the layered guitars, the sense of dynamics, and the expansive, slowly unfolding songwriting approach. One major difference is that while Isis uses vocals, sparingly at least, Pelican don’t use any vocals. Another difference is that their songs actually veer into major keys for extended periods. Still, there is plenty of darker minor-key riffing as well, the band splitting the difference between Sabbath-Melvins-Neurosis-style heaviness and more post-rock epic tendencies. This CD has six tracks, clocking in at around eight or nine minutes apiece, and apart from one acoustic guitar/piano interlude, there’s not a huge deal of variety over the course of the album. They do basically one thing, but they do it well. Australasia will likely please most aficionados of Hydra Head’s growing roster of “instru-metal” talents, as well as that subset of indie/post-rock listeners who are interested in metal/hardcore music but tend to dislike the vocals. – William York

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