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Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Perth Death Metal Scene

Each week in "Unearthing the Metal Underground," we'll be putting a few quality underground bands in the spotlight in an attempt to get the word out about them. This week I am exhuming the Perth death metal scene.

Being isolated from the rest of the country and indeed the world, Perth has long had to make its own entertainment – leading to a rich local music scene. There are good bands active in the city right now playing almost every kind of metal, from folk to black to groove to grindcore. But I’m of the opinion that it’s Perth’s death metal bands that really shine.


This brutal four-piece was formed by guitarist Marc Hawkins in 2004, releasing a full-length studio album, "Museum of Human Disease," in 2007 through Aussie label Prime Cuts Music. In 2009 the band split with their founding vocalist but brought in prolific local gutteralist Daniel Coombs shortly after. This new lineup playing their very first public show supporting none other than Cannibal Corpse. Other noteworthy support slots in the past have included Nile, Suffocation, Decapitated, Obituary and Carcass.

Grotesque is tight and precise, with funky finger-picked bass from Simon Muller and punchy drumming from Trevor Owen underpinning Marc’s clean and technical guitar work.

You can check out some of their music here.

Gallows For Grace

Gallows For Grace has been around since 2006, releasing an apocalyptically-themed EP titled “A Process for the Destruction of Tomorrow” in 2008. Their dual-guitar sound is technical and detailed to the extreme. Frontman Blake has a distinctive stage presence, pacing up and down in a manner that could almost be mistaken for nerves if you hadn’t seen him perform before.

The band won a “battle of the bands” competition for the opening spot of the Australian Summer Slaughter tour of 2009, which featured Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Aborted and The Faceless – and really for Perth they were the obvious best band for the slot.

You can hear more of Gallows for Grace on their MySpace or in a live video clip below.

Nails of Imposition

A relative newcomer on the scene – although around since 2007, it wasn’t until late 2008 that the lineup stabilized and the band began to play live. Nails of Imposition has made a strong impression in a short time. Dressing onstage in a uniform of black button down shirts and black pants, Nails of Imposition is a tight team who's serious about their music, which is technical but brutal and with gallows humor subject matter.

Check them out on their MySpace page as well.

Certainly there are more quality death metal bands in Perth. So if you'd like to recommend some other good underground death metal bands, please feel free to discuss them in the comments below.

Check back every Monday as we delve into a different scene or genre to unearth some new underground metal bands.

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Kay Smoljak is an Aussie photographer, geek, metalhead and goat aficioado who is currently hiding out in Berlin. She blogs sometimes at enter the goatlady.

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