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Neath A Shin Ei Sun - Neptune Power Federation (Erotic Volcano Records)

neptune albumGoblins shit me. Witches and bats, too. The intrinsic silliness and - now, let's be honest - pomposity in the most excessive heavy metal music bred in me a disdain for much of that musical form from a very young age. So where does a band with a garish album cover with a skull wearing a helmet adorned by stag horns stand?

Good question.

Imagine a woman in gothic chiffon dress and Melbourne Cup headpiece singing in front of a band that’s a cross between a metallic version of Funkadelic, Fu Manchu and Sabbath.

BARFLY TOP TEN: Hard Ons and Nunchukka Superfly bassist Ray Ahn

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2. KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD - “Sketches of Brunswick East"

3. RESIDENTS - “The Ghost of Hope”

4. Sólstafir - “Berdreyminn”

5. MELVINS - “A Walk with Love & Death”

6. FRENZAL RHOMB - “Hi Vis High Tea”

7. DEAD - “Unpopularity Contest”

8. MYRKUR - “Mareidt"

9. MASTODON - “Cold Dark Place"

10. DAVID BOWIE - “No Plan"

Escape Act

The Escapes EPDefective World – The Escapes (Evil Tone)

The debut single for Sydney’s The Escapes has none of the sloppiness they make such a virtue of live. Guess it was a dry recording session. Not likely…

The title track is a garage snarler and a soild way to kick off. Sticksman Alan Hislop drives the other A side song, “Gonna Cry”, with a feel that’d peel paint. And who doesn’t love a drop-out and handclaps? Flip it over and “Electric Burden” doesn’t go anywhere fast, but closer “Don’t” sounds like The Monks on a VB bender, reduced to one-guitar minimalism.

It's a vinyl EP that was recorded by Jay Whalley at The Pet Food Factory in Marrickville so you know The Escapes will never sound better. Owen Foley’s cover art comes in two colours and is real enough to be scary. The only thing you need to take seriously here is putting your credit card or Paypal account on the line to make sure you get a copy before they sell out. 

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