If you think you can hear some rather Awful Noise, then you're probably right... no it's not your next roadworks or your stomach rumbling, it's Australian noise-makers Awful Noise giving your ears a good pounding. Having delivered their second single "Synchronized Drowning" and released a COVID-19 split with Canadian and Belarusian hordes Mendacity and Grimentity respectively, the new kids on the block are priming themselves to leave their mark on the national metal scene, whilst securing a record label deal for their debut album. They've dealt with COVID restrictions and bushfires rampaging their homeland of Queensland, and now they're setting on navigating the choppy waters of the music industry... vocalist Lindon Faynes elected himself to be interrogated by GMA, as Fosters would say 'good call'.
For those who have not heard of Awful Noise, could you tell us how the band came about and how the name was chosen?
"Our original bassist Brady Irwin and myself started hanging out and writing tunes with the idea of creating a more of a jokey style of grind band, then we recruited Chris Perkins from Those Who Endure on guitar who had a handful of riffs written and was looking to make a step outside of the deathcore genre. When we had enough material written I hit up my mate Pete Robertson (TazerTorture / Xyanix / Malakyte) for drums as he had put his hand up to play some grind beats. Chris came up with the name 'Awful Noise' and it took a bit of influence from the Finnish band, Rotten Sound. It's a fun name to use for sure!"
You released your 2nd album single "Synchronized Drowning" back in December, what was the reception like? Will we expect similar sounds on your forthcoming debut album?
"People liked the song and we've sold a few of the single art t-shirts that were printed with the release. It's our punkiest song so far but all the other album songs still have that savage grind attitude"
What can you tell us about the debut album so far? How is the creation process coming along, where are you currently with it?
"The album has been ready for 2 years now, unfortunately after we recorded the album as a 3 piece our drummer Pete decided to step down. I had to basically sit and come to the conclusion that either the band would die there or would go on with a new lineup. Chris and myself are the only remaining original members with new bassist Robert Needham jumping in after the album."
You mix brutal death metal with grindcore, what makes your music stand out from other bands playing both said genres?
"Whilst I wouldn't say we're unique or anything like that, we do strive to write outside of the normal grind cliche and our recordings are a lot cleaner than typical of the genre."
Do you take any music inspirations outside of metal? If so who and how do their sounds fit in with your music?
"Besides punk/hardcore influences we don't really add anything else soundwise."
Do you feel that the Australian metal scene is often forgotten about by the rest of the world, at least in part due to its geological position?
"Yes and no, you'll always find dedicated international support for bands like Parkway Drive, Aversions Crown, Portal, Psycroptic etc"
Alongside COVID-19, Queensland had to deal with bushfires - talk to us about that, how did it start, is it an annual thing? How was the threat mitigated?
"Yeah COVID-19 put a holt to a lot of future plans in the music and art industry. When people were able to leave isolation, Chris, Rob & myself went into the studio and recorded 2 tracks for a COVID split with Mendacity from Canada and Grimentity from Belarus. Our friend Ben Davies (Kaerulean) did the drums and his guitarist Blake Nevarov handled the recording. As for the bushfires, they started in various ways: some by lightning, some by human actions, including arson. However, it's the climate conditions that provided ample fuel for the fires to grow and spread. Before the fires ignited, Australia was already enduring its hottest and driest year on record. Also our Prime Minister decided then to take a holiday to Hawaii despite the warnings so f*** him and his handshake."
What plans does the band have for the year ahead (COVID depending)? Do you have any greetings or thanks you wish to send out?
"Awful Noise is now a 5 piece band with our new drummer and 2nd guitarist yet to be announced. I've recently started talking to labels and distributors about the album so hopefully soon we can finally announce the album title and art, once we know when the album is ready for launch we'll look to gig / tour for it once we're allowed to do so ie covid. We'll give a shoutout to everyone has supported us during this time and to you Rhys for your support. Grind on!"
Having only released their second EP "Adrenochromacy" via Slam World Wide on April 17th, Ecuadorian Brutal Death Meta trio Reptilium are on course to cause some buzz in the underground. They will need it given the fragility of the Ecuadorian Metal scene as they went on to explain. Here we chat to the guys about the EP itself, their metal scene and why life in general is uncertain in Ecuador right now, with socio-political factors playing a huge part. Stepping up to be interrogated is vocalist / guitarist Nirah and drummer / lyricist Cecrops.
For those who have not heard of Reptilium can you tell us how you formed and came up with the band name?
"When everything started we used to play together in our youth. Years ago a gig brought us together again, and the atmosphere created was so complete the obvious idea came: "Man, we got to do something new, far more extreme than all previous projects."
"Regarding the name and concept, it is about being aware of the reality in this world, we felt the need to focus this new musical project on exposing all of what is really going on behind the global facade of materialism and consumerism, from the point of view of the superior race that can achieve to be."
What made you want to play Brutal Death Metal and who are your main influences?
"We are lifelong extreme music fans from the start, with far too many influences to name. In this case Brutal Death Metal merges all things in the right way."
You just released your 2nd EP 'Adrenochromacy', what have you done differently in comparison to your debut EP?
"'Adrenochromacy' comes from the same writing process as its predecessor, "Conspiranoic" (2019). We saved some of the strongest tracks for this second one. it's simply heavier and darker in all aspects."
Tell us about the Ecuadorian Metal scene, how long has it been going, the challenges bands face, festivals, venues, media, etc?
"Ecuador is a small "nation" with no established scene as such unlike in other places. This has forced us to send our music as far as possible around the world, wherever similar minds are."
Given the standards of living and socio-political climate in Ecuador, do you feel this adds 'fuel to the fire' for more extreme metal bands to emerge?
"Hard times, "plannedemics" and media lies will bring piss on the people, and therefore the resurface of pissed off music and arts is close. Global fear can also be handy as a wake up call for the masses."
What do your parents think of your music, do they understand metal music?
"Peoples from Orion and the artificial moon don't judge free will in the same way as human beings do, support is always present among our circles."
For metalheads visiting Quito, what sights / attractions could you recommend (under normal circumstances) and what should they be wary of?
"There are many fine micro breweries all around the city, for those interested in evil temples there are many cool ancient churches and catacombs in Quito's old down town. Be weary of poisonous alcoholic drinks, apes love their booze down here."
What plans do you have for the rest of the year (COVID-19 depending) and has any plans altered?
"The first step has been achieved in releasing this brand new EP a few days ago, there's also plans for a video for one of the songs, depending on the police state. We tend to work in a studio / internet way, so quarantine is no obstacle."
Do you have any thanks or greetings you wish to send out?
"A big shout out to our partners at "The Undernetwork", to the Reptilium Sect growing all around the world, and everyone who researches conspiracies and digs deep for the truth, never give up. Harass the 1% on top!"