Movie Review: Brightburn

The superhero genre has plenty of gold to share with the world, but not enough of those movies do something radically different. Writers Brian and Mark Gunn, brothers of James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy fame, twist the iconic story of Superman into a slasher flick with plenty of gory kills and a refreshing take on the highly saturated genre. Super Myers may not soar like expected, but the film packs a punch that is worthwhile.

After failing to have a baby, Tori (Elizabeth Banks) and Kyle Byers (David Denman) witness a spaceship crash behind their home to discover a baby. Their adopted alien son, Brandon (Jackson A. Dunn) comes off innocent until his 12th birthday where he starts to descend down a supervillain path. His parents must come to grip with the reality of the identity of the child they have been raising all these years. A compelling narrative that weaves together a family, supervillain, and slasher story into one in a fairly successful way, but plenty of generic beats get hit to downgrade the experience.

Child actors can be a huge hit or a miss. While many of the supporting kids did not add much to the overall story, especially towards the final act, the little screen time was impressive. Besides Dunn, the only person to get any larger scenes around his age was Caitlyn (Emmie Hunter) who was a classmate that Brandon started to develop feelings towards. The adults did an outstanding job, but the young actors and actresses deserved more room to shine.

To no surprise, Banks is stellar with her performance along with her costars who bring together a wonderful family bond. Denman and Banks have a chemistry that feels like they have had a long history together. In both the brightest and darkest moments of this horrifying journey, the family dynamic between the three is flawlessly executed. I was floored how Dunn can snap from deep emotion to a soulless killer in an instant.

The caped murderer theme works, but I felt it needed some tweaking. The balance between supervillain and horror film felt unbalanced. The scarier aspects felt typical with some creative moments that needed to be exercised more often. Brandon’s arc as he discovers and learns about his powers were given little screen time, but every second was utilized to not waste the hour and a half runtime. The last act loses some of Brandon’s supervillain narrative except for a goofy scene during the beginning credits.

Some techniques with lighting and camera work were a nice treat that I did not expect. The red to symbolize Brandon’s dark alter ego was masterfully placed to make for some disturbingly pretty shots. Plus one death scene has a unique take on how to shoot a character’s perspective before their demise, so keep an eye out for that even if you easily squirm.

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The deaths were satisfyingly brutal, but not enough was done. A murderous superpowered child should get a higher body count, especially with the short runtime. For gore fans, this is for you, but I felt I needed more to take care of my appetite for blood on the big screen.

I felt the inexperience from the Gunn brothers and director David Yarovesky hurt the quality when this comic inspired horror flick should have been far better, but for younger filmmakers, they did impress with what they accomplished. Something felt missing from the plot to give it that extra nightmarish punch to the gut that sticks with him after viewing. Brightburn has excellent performances with some imaginative ideas, but it needed an extra push to be more original as a whole.

Score: 7/10

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Album Review: Fighting for Frequency – A Million Miles Away

Rock has gone through many fazes over the years, and some bands remain true to its roots. Fighting for Frequency has an enjoyable blend of the style of old school rock and the modern evolution that has taken over in the past twenty years. Their EP, A Million Miles Away, may have its flaws, but it satisfies the qualifications of a solid rock record.

The EP starts off with its catchiest song with Signs. Initially coming off a bit more generic with its guitar riffs and style, the introduction has a catchy chorus that is irresistible. While the formula feels like a lot of the other radio-friendly rock groups, the solo and bridge keep it from getting stale and saving the latter half.

Fast Forward shows these New Orleans rockers are not going for the baseline of music by crafting a much more complicated track than the first. A slow intro that transitions into a rollercoaster of variation on the instrumental style. However, I felt the guitar dynamics overpowered the vocals to the point some parts were hard to hear.

At first, the third track Ready to Fall comes in strong with a riff that tears through my headphones in the best way possible. That strength lets loose for a more subdued chorus that is carried out in a relaxing manner. While the lack of catchiness did bum me out, the storytelling with the lyrics felt more engaging than the previous songs.

Coming in for a refreshing change of pace is Still Standing. The acoustic first verse catches me off guard in a delightful way. The relationship between the instruments feels more balanced as the drums and bass get more attention, and the guitar does not drown everything out. A more distinguished personality separates the fourth song from the rest, making it the best on the whole EP.

The title track closes everything down. A collaborative sound with the acoustic and electric instruments from before coming together in unison. The verses are more somber while the chorus picks it up with the strength. The vocals seem to not change pitch or style between different stages of the song but remain fitting throughout the various changes.

A Million Miles Away is the right path for the quintet but needs some work to separate themselves from the rest of the rock world. Still Standing and the title track show they can diversify into standout songs while having more generic moments with Signs. It might be basic at times, but it is still hard-hitting rock that is hard to ignore.

Score: 7/10

Buy the EP: A Million Miles Away

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E3 2019 Wishlist: Top 8 Things I Want to See More Than Anything

E3 arrives in a few weeks, and as gamers, we need to get on that hype train for the biggest announcements of the year. Not much has been confirmed, so a lot of speculation circles social media. Some of what I am discussing is doing what gaming Twitter is doing right now, but not all of it is mere guessing, a few titles we know will get shown to a degree. This is what I am looking forward to the most for E3 2019.

Before going in, I should say that PlayStation is not presenting at E3 in case anyone reading did not know. So, don’t expect Ghost of Tsushima or the sequel to my favorite game, The Last of Us 2. Hopefully, at a separate event, we will see Sony give some news about their upcoming exclusives. Until then, we will have to sit and wait in sorrow hoping for some good news.

#8: What is Halo Infinite?

Last year Microsoft surprised my friends and me with this new Halo title. The series went downhill after the third entry and ultimately died in my eyes after the fifth. Based on the teaser trailer, the visuals seem like we are going back to the roots of Xbox’s hit FPS.

This E3 I hope we learn what the game actually is because a lot of rumors have circled around and not many facts.

#7: Rocksteady Reveals New Title

The men and women at Rocksteady changed hand to hand combat in so many action title with their Batman: Arkham series. The last entry came out back in 2015, so surely the developers are working on something new. Rumors come in about a new DC related project, but nothing is for certain. I am crossing my fingers for something from these talented creators.

#6: Square Enix The Avengers Project

Two years of silence from Square Enix on their upcoming Avengers game. Marvel has made a push to conquer the gaming industry with AAA titles based on their iconic heroes. Insomniac’s Spider-Man blew me away, and I need another epic superhero game to play.

Nothing is known about what Square is planning. After not a single mention last year at E3, we could be looking at a gameplay reveal. I doubt that we will get a release date, but one can hope they are gearing up to launch within the next year or two.

#5: Back 4 Blood

Turtle Rock Studios initially created one of the greatest zombie games of all time, Left 4 Dead. Since their quickly fallen monster hunting title Evolve, the studio has not made any releases. A few months ago they announced Back 4 Blood, a zombie PvE FPS. Since Valve has not made Left 4 Dead 3, this could be the spiritual successor that fans need after all.

The developers have not stated how it will differ, but it sounds like they want to go back to their roots while innovating for fresh ideas to the L4D styled new title.

Back 4 Blood is our own brand new, original IP,” Turtle Rock wrote on an FAQ. “You’ll be able to shoot up a lot of zombies like in Left 4 Dead, but there’s a whole lot of new stuff in Back 4 Blood which makes it unique.”

#4: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Before E3 kicks off, EA has its own show with EA Play that starts off the week of announcements. Certainly, we will see the new Star Wars title from Respawn, the first game the studio has put together since Titanfall 2.

Respawn is determined to make a singleplayer adventure with an in-depth combat system. Not much is known, but they did promise there will be no microtransactions and no multiplayer. A significant shift from EA’s stance on singleplayer vs. multiplayer experiences.

#3: DOOM Eternal Release Date

The 2016 DOOM reboot relaunched the franchise into new gory heights. After three years of waiting, I need some heavy metal, brutal violence, and excellent gunplay from id Software.

The sequel will expand the universe will providing plenty of new toys for demon slaying. After the energetically violent gameplay reveal from last year, it is time to give the fans what they need with an actual date.

 #2: Borderlands 3

Like many people, I have waited for a new Borderlands for a painful amount of time. A September release date is satisfying enough, but hopefully, Gearbox shows us more of the anticipated looter shooter.

#1: Cyberpunk 2077 Release Date

CD Projekt Red’s sci-fi RPG has been dragged out for a long time with its development. This ambitious title will need a lot of time, but after its extensive gameplay reveal, I was immediately sold. The plan is to release on the current console generation, so I hope to get a date sometime this year while a part of me feels like we will not get our hands on this innovative FPS until next year.

E3 starts June 11 to June 13

What are you looking forward to the most this E3? Comment your thoughts below:

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Album review: Crejuvent -Vesti La Giubba

The one-man band, Crejuvent, released a new EP recently, Vesti La Giubba. A cover of an opera piece that descends into the world of heavy metal. A beautiful and abrasive experience between the two songs.

Freddy Spera being a man who produced, sang, and did the instrumentation, everything from the trembling bass, relentless guitars, and violent drumming all comes together with its clean sound. Spera’s singing gives vibes of thrash metal while his screams take me back into old school death metal. This short, sweet introduction shows his many talents.

Blue Spirit has a much different tone than the previous. Spera shows a much greater range in his screams while the cleans take a back seat for the first couple of minutes. While the title song goes for an operatic style that blends together with metal, this goes full death metal. The saving grace for an eight-minute song like this is the variety of twists and turns it takes to avoid oversaturation of heaviness with a beautifully crafted bridge, an acoustic piece that fits shockingly well, and plenty of other surprises waiting for unsuspecting listeners.

Vesti La Giubba takes no time to consume and it will be worth every second. Having one man behind this tiny project, it has an impressive production that sounds excellent. Fans of atmospheric metal, this is for you.

Score: 9/10

You can follow Crejuvent and Freddy Spera through his bandcamp and Facebook

Buy the album here: Buy: Vesti La Giubba

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39 Genres and Subgenres of Heavy Metal

One thing people often mistake about heavy metal is that the sound is always the same. Sure, just like any other genre, some artists copy others or lack creativity, so they land with a generic sound. In reality, metal comes in all sorts of different sounds with plenty of sharp turns that make some genres standout from others. While I won’t list every style of the darkest and heaviest form of music, I will list off as many as possible with descriptions so you can expand your horizons on all things evil.

For outsiders of the bizarre and dark world of heavy metal, this may get confusing because of the extreme amount of cross over between genres and bands, but this guide will hopefully ease you through this confusing labyrinth.

#39: Heavy Metal

Let’s start off with the basic. Heavy metal involves distortion, intensity, and often times some speed. The early days were not nearly as fast as the bands that come in the 80s to today, but for the time these groups went beyond what was capable of raw heaviness, even if it may seem weak for today’s standards.

Examples: Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden

#38: Thrash Metal

Like any genre, metal started to branch out and evolve. In the 80s, bands started shredding guitars, playing with more speed and aggression unlike the founders of metal.

Examples: Slayer and Metallica

#37: Power Metal

Take thrash metal with a lighter tone and symphonic elements then you pretty much have power metal. This is a much cleaner sound along with high pitched vocals, which says a lot since a lot of metal at this point has plenty of higher pitched singers.

Examples: DragonForce and Helloween

#36: Symphonic Metal

Blend heavy metal with classical music then you end up with symphonic metal. Taking the intensity of metal to combine with the strings and pianos found in symphonic music. This allows for some beautiful sounds to tie together with some that may scare off your grandparents.

Examples: Nightwish and Haggard

#35: Glam Metal

Incorporating some of the theatrics from people like David Bowe and combining the early metal sounds from Black Sabbath then glam metal was born. It has a classic feel to it while having a physical component to the music.

Examples: Alice Cooper and Motley Crue

#34: Black Metal

While the first wave of this new form of extreme metal was necessary, the second wave defined it during a time metal started to evolve rapidly into many different styles. Shrieking vocals, distorted instrumentation, and a focus on atmosphere from classic instruments. Its theatrical aesthetic with corpse paint and lyrical themes that oppose religion and worship Satan set a new movement in the heavy metal world.

Examples: Abbath and Dimmu Borgir

#33: Death Metal

Some would argue bands like Slayer or Deceased are death metal, but we are focusing on the genre-defining groups that shaped the most brutal genre on the planet.

Screaming with incredibly low vocals mixed with high screams get accompanied by distorted guitars and intense drumming. The speed can go to unspeakable levels, it can remain astonishingly slow while keeping up with the heaviness. The lyrical content is what most people think of since most death metal bands focus on writing the most grotesque and gruesome lyrics imaginable.

Examples: Cannibal Corpse and Carcass

#32: Industrial Metal

Take what we have learned so far about distortion and dark lyrical contents to connect a synth sound for something more electric.

Examples: Rammstein and Ministry

#31: Stoner Metal

One of the more obscure styles so far is stoner metal. A psychedelic, blues-influenced genre that is perfect to jam to while smoking that herb. Many bands learn towards rock while still having the elements from heavy metal.

Examples: Queens of a Stone Age and Mastodon

#30: Doom Metal

Linked initially to Black Sabbath and later altered into what it is today, doom metal might be the slowest on the list. A slow tempo with low tuning makes for a dreadful experience, in the best way possible.

Examples: Candlemass and Black Sabbath

#29: Gothic Metal

Continuing the dark look that metal has adopted, gothic metal takes the tone of doom metal and elements from gothic rock to form this atmospheric genre.

Examples: Lacuna Coil and Paradise Lost

#28: Sludge Metal

Adjusting the speed to something faster while still having qualities of doom metal, sludge moves and sounds heavier, faster, and louder while still having the same tone. Compared to other genres, this is still significantly slower than most styles of metal.

Examples: Eyehategod and Crowbar

#27: Metalcore

While punk and metal had its differences, hardcore punk and metal started a relationship that grew into something huge that dominates most of the scene today. Metalcore is one of the biggest genres, that takes hardcore’s riffs while incorporating low tuned guitars and breakdowns as the instrumental foundation. Accompanied by screaming and as bands in the early to mid-2000s come into the game, they start blending clean vocals with the screaming.

Examples: Parkway Drive and Fit for a King

#26: Folk Metal

This is simple, take traditional folk and metal to create this oddly awesome genre. The singing and instrumentation lean heavily into folk music while the lyrics deal with mythology or history.

Examples: Korpiklaani and Ensiferum

#25: Kawaii Metal

“Cute metal” is what this translates to, and this has blown up due to Babymetal. Take the energy and qualities from power metal and the style of J-pop into this fast-paced genre.

Examples: Babymetal and Bridear

#24: Alternative Metal

An experimental genre that fuses alternative rock and heavy metal. Similar to genres like power metal, this takes on a lighter side of metal while distinguishing itself from bands like DragonForce.

Examples: Tool and System of a Down

#23: Funk Metal

Alternative metal knocked up funk to make this jazzy metal genre.

Examples: Faith No More and Rage Against the Machine

#22: Nu-Metal

Any band from the mid-90s or early 2000s got lumped into this genre despite lacking any characteristics. What makes this is the styled rap vocals and often the use of a turntable. Most likely if you think of a band that might fit this style, they are most likely a rock band rather than metal.

Examples: Linkin Park and (early) Slipknot

#21: Viking Metal

A mix of fascination with history, black metal, folk metal, and death metal, Viking metal came to be to infuse the darkest corners of heavy metal to scream about Vikings and Norse mythology. Nothing is more metal than the Viking lifestyle and mythology.

Examples: Amon Amarth and Enslaved

#20: Progressive Metal

Bands on this side of metal experiment by expanding the structure and sound of their music beyond what the average fan can hear. Technical playing and songwriting drive this genre forward with plenty of twists that will not be heard elsewhere.

Examples: Periphery and Meshuggah

#19: Deathcore

The breakdowns of metalcore go in a much heavier direction as it meets the brutality of death metal. The harsh vocals and instrumental styles go together to make for a heavier edition of metalcore for fans looking for that aggression with some different flavors that stray away from Cannibal Corpse or Parkway Drive.

Examples: Whitechapel and Carnifex

#18: Grindcore

How did genres like death metal and other extreme styles come to the world? Grindcore is how. A fusion between heavy metal and hardcore punk, this is one of the fastest paced genres. Bands that founded the new form of music wanted one thing, and that was to be the fastest group in the scene.

Examples: Napalm Death and Terrorizer

#17: Groove Metal

Thrash metal evolved into something slower with more of a mid-tempo which eventually turned itself into groove metal. One of the best-known genres that many metal fans struggle to define since it formed in a weird time alongside the equally odd Nu-metal movement.

Example: Lamb of God

#16: Djent

Primarily just progressive metal, but has a distinct sound and style, mainly in the guitar playing.

The term gets debated all the time whether it is just progressive with a different name or it is distinctive enough from other styles. This one will be left up to the metalheads reading.

Examples: Periphery and Meshuggah

#15: Speed Metal

A genre that formed back in the 70s and transformed in the 80s after the introduction of thrash metal, this style takes many forms. The most crucial aspect here is the speed and its abrasive sound, which makes it one of the most confusing genres for people to identify.

Example: DevilDriver

#14: Space Metal

Some of these are shocking to exist, yet space metal is a thing. Taking inspiration from space rock and progressive metal, this genre with a cosmic theme.

Examples: Vektor and Voivod

#13: Post-Metal

Similar to post-rock with the addition of heavier distortion and an emphasis on evolving the song structure as a track plays through. Also, the instrumentation is the most critical part, while the vocals take the back seat to play a minimal role.

Examples: Russian Circles and Cult of Luna

#12: Neoclassical Metal

The composition from classical music meets heavy metal for a shredding focused genre. Like symphonic metal, this takes instruments from classical music to combine it with traditional instruments found in a metal band.

Example: Yngwie Malmsteen

#11: Latin Metal

Artists in this category can fall under different subgenres of metal, but what makes them still have a foot in Latin metal comes from the Spanish influence. This can stem from vocal styles to the instruments used.

Examples: Nonpoint and III Niño

#10: Deathgrind

Brutal death metal meeting with grindcore for a gruesome combination of instrumental and vocal styles.

Example: Cattle Decapitation

#9: Pirate Metal

Thrash metal and sometimes speed metal, but the main distinction comes from the pirate theme and the use of sea shanties.

Example: Alestorm

#8: Melodic Death Metal

Another easy one because this makes death metal’s instrumentation more melodic heavy than the crushing styles from classic death metal.

Examples: The Black Dahlia Murder and Arch Enemy

#7: Technical Death Metal

Going for the most complex structure and styles, technical death metal challenges the artist more than regular death metal.

Examples: Necrophagist and Obscura

#6: Blackened Death Metal

The themes and aesthetics from black metal meet the brutality of death metal. The vocals and the guitar’s tuning match that of death metal while holding the same musical elements from black metal.

Examples: Behemoth and Goatwhore

#5: Progressive Metalcore

The breakdowns of metalcore and vocal styles collide together with the experimental mindset that follows the progressive genre.

Examples: Erra and Periphery

#4: Melodic Metalcore

While the breakdowns are persistent, this branch of metalcore takes a riff-heavy approach to add more melody to the music. Rather than having clean vocals add this melody, the instrumentation has a stronger role.

Examples: Bullet for My Valentine and Killswitch Engage

#3: Christian Black Metal

Christian genres of metal tend to focus on the lyrical aspects rather than genre-defining instrumentation or vocal styles. This one, in particular, takes the instrumentation and theatrics of black metal, except turn towards worship and taking an opposition against Satan. It is inherently black metal upside down.

The genre is also named unblack metal and is controversial in the black metal fan base.

Examples: Horde and Antestor

#2: Christian Metalcore

Throwing a name in front of the genre just for thematic purposes adds to an abundant population of heavy metal styles, so this will be the last Christian genre of metal. I bring this one up due to the popularity it has within metalcore.

It is this simple; metalcore with Christian themes.

Examples: The Devil Wears Prada and For Today

#1: War Metal

A hybrid between black and death metal, this focuses on aggressive playstyles and themes about war.

Example: Bestial Warlust

As you can see, metal can get complicated quickly. I am sure metalheads will have some issues with my definitions or examples, which I will gladly read up any discussions in the comments.

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Movie Review: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Initially, I was hesitant when the first chapter of the John Wick series came out, but like many people, after seeing the film, I was blown away by the superb choreography. The second came, and I thought no way lightning could strike twice, yet it did. Now with the third entry, I have to say while it continues the same level of beautiful shots and some of the best action in the genre, some elements miss the target for an enjoyable, yet unsatisfying experience.

Leading right off of Chapter 2, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) finds himself desperately trying to survive against Winston’s (Ian McShane) $14 million target that has been painted on his back. Every hitman wants that money, and John needs to tie up loose ends to stop the call for his head. A story that starts off riveting, and ends on a note that left me hungry for more.

The draw to Reeves’ action trilogy is the mind-blowingly crafted fight scenes. The classic style the series has brought to the table continues to drop my jaw while delivering plenty of new ideas. Besides the typical kung fu and gun-fu, there is dog-fu, motorcycle-fu, and horse-fu.

A flow goes to the series, which is crucial to their quality. Combat feels fluid as the story weaves itself in and out. For the first half, this is an easy ace, but the second gets a little sloppy. Instead of rounding out on a third movie, the story gets too big for its foundation and starts to crumble in some areas. The wrong beats get hit, and the experience gets disrupted.

I have found a distinctive tone in these movies. It is serious and thoughtful, yet a touch of dark humor with a side of cheesiness allows for it to give that wink to the audience to let everyone know that a dog avenging hitman is not too deep. Parabellum gets weird with some of its humor that feels out of place, like a different personality that I have not come to known through the previous two entries.

Eccentric characters continue to fill this world. McShane’s performance as Winston continues to steal every scene that features him. Laurence Fishburne’s Bowery King truly is a king with his intense charisma. New faces like the badass Sofia (Halle Berry) and the mysterious advocate for the hitman organization the High Table, The Adjudicator (Asia Kate Dillon) moves the narrative in exciting directions. While Zero (Mark Dacascos) feels out of place by being too cheesy and having off comedic timing.

The lighting and cinematography still shatter my expectations. The vibrant lights consume the night in New York and other destinations in a spectacular way. While the action feels like music with its rhythm, the visual components feel like a masterfully crafted painting.

Parabellum has its issues but shoots down any of its competition in the world of gunfights and martial arts. While this continues to be my favorite action series, I feel let down by later parts of the film. A stylistic, yet underwhelming introduction felt like a warning that this would not meet my skyscraper-high expectations. Still, I cannot hate on a movie with this cast, action, and the several good boys who fight for justice and belly rubs.

Score: 7/10

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Interview: Avalanche

1. How did the band come together?

Steven Campbell: We formed in early 2018, we used to jam in Ryan; our drummer’s dad’s steel factory late at night after work, writing and working on original material. He and Veronica, our lead guitarist, had known each other for sometime before I came into the mix. Went through a few bass players and shitty rhythm guitarists before I took over on bass as well as lead vocals and eventually we found Arthur to take over rhythm guitar from V.

We rehearsed for a few months and from October last year started playing the local pubs and music venues around Sydney and a few out of town shows as well. Between gigs we spent a lot of time in this very well set up home recording studio, recording a total of 4 songs for our debut EP, SENT FROM HELL, which just came out on May 1st. We got a shit ton of shows lined up to promote the EP all over Sydney and are really going all out with promotion on this one.

2. What are some of your most memorable moments with the band?

Steven: We’ve had a few but there was a clear one for me, during our first ever performance in front of a live audience, we played an open mic at the Hard Rock Cafe in Sydney. There was a point where I did a high pitched elongated scream and legit afterwards I lost consciousness for about 2-3 seconds almost fell straight over and then had to come back to reality and keep playing, it was a wild experience.

3. When going to one of your concerts, what should people expect?

Steven: We’ve been told we’re very loud haha. But you can expect to just have a good time and maybe go a little deaf. We always look out into the crowd and see both younger people and older people dancing around and getting into to our music, the audience often goes as hard as we do. A lot of people tend to think that rock is dead, or that only older people are into it or that it only appeals to a small group of people, but if you actually go out to gigs, its amazing the mix of people and ages you see there. If you come to an Avalanche gig, just expect to have a good time with some good people.

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4. Out of every band you have seen live, who are some of your favorites?

Veronica: AC/DC will definitely be #1, no one can quite compare to Angus Young and everything that AC/DC have accomplished. We also saw Airbourne at Download festival this year and they’re up there with AC/DC, they’re live show is crazy and Joel is really one of a kind. We were at the front and he drenched in beer, it was awesome. The Screaming Jets are another great Aussie band with a magnetic frontman in Dave Gleeson, who always put on an awesome show. A local band from Wollongong called the Pinheads are pretty hectic live as well, I think the singer broke his nose at the gig I saw.

5. What are some of your biggest influences that have shaped your music?

Steven: As a band, it’s definitely 70s/80s Aussie rock bands like AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, the Angels, Stevie Wright, the Easybeats, and my dad’s band Avalanche. We’re also inspired by all the big rock and metal bands like Guns n Roses, Led Zep, Metallica, Sabbath, Motörhead, as well as the Rolling Stones, The Who, Chuck Berry, and we also have a lot of blues influences as well.

6. Have you met any of your favorite musicians and what were those experiences like? If you have not met anyone, then who do you want to meet the most?

Veronica: Me and Ryan actually met the Angels and Dave Gleeson from the Screaming Jets, who’s now fronting them. It was awesome shaking the hands of the Brewster brothers, legends of Aussie rock, and Dave was such an awesome dude he talked to us for like half an hour. I would love more than anything to meet Angus Young, we’ve actually met Ross Young, Malcolm Young’s son a few times before at some of our gigs, he’s pretty involved in the music scene in Sydney and always comes out to gigs, he gave me a Malcolm Young guitar pick which I will always keep.

Steven: I gave weed to The Animals once.

7. What are some long-term goals you have for the band?

Steven: I think the biggest long term goal we’ve had from day one, is playing a festival. We’ve always said that’s our goal and once we get there we can start applying ourselves to another but until then we’re trying to play a festival!

8. What is the biggest accomplishment you have had so far?

Steven: Well it’s not really one particular thing, but I think it’s a pretty big accomplishment that when we play a show, we’ll get asked to come back and do another, or the other bands we played with will ask us to do another show with them or a band we’ve never even heard off will ask us to play with them saying that someone else recommended us. It just really means a lot to us because we put a lot of work into rehearsals and writing and our live shows and it shows that people seem to really enjoy it and that we’re doing a good enough job to be asked back for more.

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9. What plans do you have for the rest of the year?

Steven: We’ll be gigging non-stop all over Sydney and maybe a bit out of town as well over the next few months to promote the EP, we’re already booked out until the end of July and are constantly booking more shows and working as hard as possible to make em our best shows yet. We’re working very hard with several promotion companies and advertisers as well to just push this EP as far as it can go. Veronica just bought a beautiful new Gibson SG as well, she has 2 now, as well as a Marshall JCM2000 stack that she got last year that she can wait to play the shit out off live. Arthur had to buy a stack as well just to compete with her! So if you’re in Sydney anytime soon, be sure to come along! Apart from that, we’re already working on a new release for towards the end of the year, stay tuned!

Keep up with Avalanche by following their Facebook, Twitter, and Bandcamp

Buy their album: Buy: Avalanche – Sent From Hell

Special thanks to Rogue PR for setting up the interview.

Images provided by Avalanche and social media.