The Heavy Metal fest Blacken, which grew bigger and bigger in the beer garden of the Gapview Hotel and the RSL in Alice, will have its seventh year out bush this weekend, featuring more than 30 bands with names that would give mere mortals nightmares. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Pictured: Cosmic Psychos.
Be scared, be very afraid: Today is Friday the 13th AND full moon. Celebrate with Trasharama a-go-go and local band The Horror with members Jo, Junt, Tully and Munts, and mascot Sindee. PHOTO: Oliver Eclipse.
Not for these guys the move to the city, the haircut, the compromise that comes with chasing after airplay: they want to stick with what they believe in, the angry, high energy music of their youth – metal – and its roots in small town isolation and boredom. They are the various talents that make up the three born-in-Alice bands – Miazma, Uncreation and The Horror – and have come together to launch their own label, The Black Wreath.
This will be done with a live performance, of course, this Friday – 11.11.11 – at Annie's Place from 7.30pm. But it will also stream live on the internet. There'll be a six track EP to souvenir, recorded in their own studio
– a completely soundproof room-within-a-room, made mostly from found and recycled materials and including a control booth behind glass. They built it themselves, with everyone chipping in what they could in dollars, effort and skills. A collective, DIY approach is what the 13 are all about, staying with the connection they feel, having grown up and into metal music together. Pictured: Top – Uncreation performing in Alice. Right – The Black Wreath studio. Photos by OLIVER ECLIPSE. KIERAN FINNANE reports.