Wednesday, October 09, 2013


Immortal Frost Productions

Back in June of 2012 I found myself wrapped up in the sounds of Australasia's debut-recording, "Sin4tr4", which saw the fields of post-rock and post-metal expanded upon and shifted into a new beast. It was the album's change of pace atmosphere and it's willingness to embrace new elements that made "Sin4tr4" stand out. Chances are most people won't remember that review though or, if your new here, even know the name so I've posted the link below to that review. It's been a little over a year since that time and now Australasia's sophomore record, which was recorded at Last Floor Studio (San Michele Salentino) and mixed and mastered at 16th Cellar Studio (Rome) by Stefano "Saul" Morabitor, manages to effortlessly pick right up where that album left off while it also showcases the necessary growth and creative expansion needed to keep this Italian group ahead of the pack . While the new album does feature guests like Mina Carlucci and Giuseppe Argentiero of Vostok, it's multi-instrumentalist Gian Spalluto that remains the main driving force here and it's his dreams and inspirations that helped set the blue-print for album number two. The group's main influences are said to be Red Sparowes, At the Gates, Joy Division, This Will Destroy You, Angelo Badalamenti, Mogwai, Pelican, Hammock, Ennio Morricone, Rothko, Cult of Luna, Alcest and Lymbyc Systym, but all you really need to know about "Vertebra" is that it has it's own free spirit and that it lovingly encompasses the listener with radiant energy. Australasia's debut-album, "Sin4tr4", followed a similar theme, but here on "Vertebra" it's this almost dream-like atmosphere, and the way it which the group sinfully entices one with the use of synths, that stirs the emotions in a much more meaningfully way. As a group, Australasia has taken the next step in it's evolutionary development and with this album's intricate collage of post-rock, atmospheric rock, mellow metal, vintage electronics and intimate, classic guitar riffs this one is simply not to be missed!

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