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Australasia – Sin4tr4

Out of Italy, rarely known for black metal activities, well at least to my knowledge, comes this very interesting piece of music. The name is AUSTRALASIA and they’ve come to take you on a different ride than you used to. You thought that black couldn’t be beautiful and interesting. You were dead wrong. This interesting two-piece formation proved it with their first record ”Sin4tr4”. Golden Morning Sounds released this fine debut.  I don’t even know what does it mean but that’s irrelevant. They are not your typical black metal band [duo]. There is more post rock/soundscapes/shoegaze moments mixed up with blast beats and killer riffing than one can predict. Also being an instrumental band, this would be very interesting to see live on stage. Interesting mix of music melt into pot of ethereal guitars, occasional woman chant, dreamlike synths and an atmosphere as you were in some kind of western movie taking place on an ancient planet in Space.


The production is very clean , especially on the mellow parts, but there is the lack of the same when riffs themselves start to plunder. It doesn’t have to be a bad thing though, it’s only a matter of taste. Clearly these boys are very talented and not afraid to experiment with other genres. Influenced by Red Sparowes, Pelican, Mono, Isis and 35007, the Italians also show on display a soft spot for Ennio Morricone’s music which sways throughout the whole album. I think 7 songs, cranking in little over 20 minutes cannot be called an EP release. AUSTRALASIA have managed to carve the path and are on the verge of creating something of their own. Post/black/gaze anyone?!


1. Antenna
2. Spine
3. Apnea
4. Scenario
5. Satellite
6. Retina
7. Fragile


D[ust] S[torm] W[arning] – debut album

DUST STORM WARNING is a four piece,  fuzzy/desert/heavy  rock outfit, formed in 2010. Hailing from Lecce, the South of Italy.  They are the part of the flourishing italian and european,  let’s called it the ‘stoner’ scene [God, I hate that term]. Side by side with many bands from Italy, Greece, Germany etc., they want to find piece of their own space. With the support of Acid Cosmonaut Records we wish them to make it happen.

Their debut delivers songs about coyotes, spaceships and sand dunes. Something we could expect from the desert/stoner rock band. Packaged in a beautiful digipack and some serious production, DUST STORM WARNING is on the way of self exploration through their own anthems. As a relatively young band sometimes it can be a cliché for them of songs going to a direction that has been pawned before. On the verge of influences such as UNIDA, KYUSS, FU MANCHU, SIXTY WATT SHAMAN, LOS NATAS and similar warriors.

But, still they maintain to put their own signature on top of it. ”Outrun” opens the album in a way it should be. Groovy, heavy and with an upbeat which makes you wanna go and drive your motorcycle as fast as you can. Vocals are really reminiscent to those of John Garcia but with more gruff attitude to it. Oh, and there’s that ending riff in the song which  is so addictive [and short] that you’ll repeat it back and forth. Even though the album is 11 songs long, there are 3 instrumentals which prove these boys are capable of further development of their sonic and playing possibilities.

Pay attention to “Dune,” “Sherpa” and “Wasteland.” There’s enough blues inflicted melodies that’s gonna make you visit the crossroads yourself. Whole lotta going on as same as South American brothers in music arms are going for [referring to a flood of awesome bands]. Vast and endless spaced out searching and soul questioning. They have a good start. Fine record with deep and nice production to it. Professional from any angle looked at. There’s no doubt DUST STORM WARNING are pretendors for the fuzz heavy desert rock throne. If they maintain the path chosen , I think the next one will be the BOMB!