The Brisbane Metal Band That Will Blow You Away; Adriatic

Metal Music Review

Adriatic – Koreni

Let me start by saying that this is going to be a little longer than my regular reviews. With an album this complex and engaging and my personal bias for bands from own hometown of Brisbane, it would be wrong of me to pass over this release too quickly.


I first saw Adriatic play at the Back Room in Brisbane on a bill with some other local metal acts and they totally blew me away. Their intensity and live presence made me an instant fan and on that night I bought my first CD. So it was with excitement that I saw the band was releasing a new album. This is the first time in my life as a music reviewer that I have contacted a band directly and asked if I could review its work. Fortunately for me, Adriatic was only too obliging.


Koreni, due for release on 1st July, kicks off with the title track and what a track it is. Featuring Reni Bojilov of Bulgarian folk group, Zhiva Voda, Koreni (I) opens with a captivating Middle-Eastern-style vocal line before moving into intense slower metal groove that had me thinking of Rotting Christ and Igorrr. Falling Helplessly In A Dream featuring Simon R-W of Massic is up next and the band introduces the Meshuggah-style riffing and rhythmic complexity that sits at the heart of this album. This is evident in tracks such as Immerse, When Words Mean Nothing (which also contains hints of psychedelic rock in its opening) and Poison Me (II).


But it would be wrong to reduce Adriatic to a band that “only” does complex riffing. They are so much more than this, as is demonstrated in Poison Me (I), a ballad that starts with a juxtaposition of samples of a preacher begging his congregation for money and news of pedophile priests. The track then moves into a kind of rock ballad that wouldn’t be out of place on an Alice in Chains album. The nineties influences don’t stop there – Unbroken featuring Sami S reminded me in its tone and structure of earlier Helmet.  The other standout for me was Against All Odds featuring Jesse N of Regular Gonzales. I was wanting to say something intelligent and insightful about this track, but all that kept springing to mind was “f**king awesome”.


The album ends with Koreni (II) and the track reprises the Middle-Eastern vocals of the opening track, moving through an angular riff workout, before decaying into a wall of eroded noise – the perfect ending to a perfect album.


All I can saw in summary is this – if you are a fan of metal, BUY THIS ALBUM. There is not a weak track here and I know that I will have this on heavy rotation over the coming weeks. If I could give it more, I would, but for now…


Simon says 5 out of 5 stars

5 Stars




Koreni track listing:

  1. Koreni (I) ft. Reni Bojilov of Zhiva Voda
  2. Falling helplessly in a dream ft. Simon R-W of Massic
  3. Immerse
  4. When words mean nothing
  5. Against all odds ft. Jesse N of Regular Gonzales
  6. Poison me (I)
  7. Poison me (II)
  8. Unbroken ft. Sami S
  9. Delusion ft. Dwid Hellion of Integrity
  10. Koreni (II) ft. Reni Bojilov of Zhiva Voda



The Brisbane Metal Band That Will Blow You Away; Adriatic

The Brisbane Metal Band That Will Blow You Away; Adriatic







Derange Focus on Trauma With New Single Zero

The Dead Daisies releases New Single Righteous Days

Metal Band

Formed in 2013, Derange is made up of Cat Pereira (Vocals), Nick Crosby (Guitar), Justas Brazdžiūnas (guitar), Joe Farrel (drums) and Joe Macpherson (Bass).
London’s purveyors of ‘Sassrock’, are a wall of tech-influenced alternative-metal, accompanied by imagery, inspired by cinema and video games. They’re a sonic mix of angst and diversity, described as a ‘perfect blend of metal madness and subtle beauty, all topped off by the haunting and powerful vocals of Cat Pereira’ (Jammerzine).
Russ Russell describes her as ‘one of the best vocalists I’ve ever come across’.
In 2015, their debut album ‘The Awakening’ was released along with their single ‘The Thinker’, which received great reviews from publications such as Metalhammer and PowerPlay.
Dom Lawson described ‘The Awakening’ as ‘an accessible and melodic verve that sets it apart from the majority of band’s contemporaries, and with Cat’s gracious disinterest in conforming to anyone else’s rules, this band, have enough charm and conviction to take them all the away’.
Leading to 2016, Derange went on to play Bloodstock Festival on the Sophie Lancaster Stage as well as Hard Rock Hell. Following an exciting festival season, the band took their time to write and bring their new material to fruition.
Since joining Elicit Music in 2018, Derange has released singles “Runaway” and “Divide”, which were welcomed with great reviews and have set a new path for their new sound. This has led to playing shows with Exist Immortal, On Hollow Ground and Bloodywood in early 2019.
Earlier this summer, they also stormed the after-party stage at Tech Fest, making them one of the best revelations of the weekend. With an upcoming UK tour alongside Valis Ablaze, and with show offers flooding in, Derange are using their time wisely to get their audience excited to hear what’s in store for the future.
Previous singles from the e.p. are:  Divide,Higher and Human. Zero is the last single release before moving onto the Sense e.p. part two in March.

Derange Focus on Trauma With New Single Zero

 About Zero – Cat says:
The song focuses on trauma, mostly for being used and being taken advantage of. 
When someone suffers any kind of trauma, the victim goes though an array of questions in their head and instantly they put the blame on themselves for what happened. 
They constantly put themselves in harm’s way by getting involved with someone emotionally unavailable and who doesn’t care if they hurt someone”.
Scottish tour for 2020
30th January – Glasgow, Garage Attic
31st January – Inverness, Tooth & Claw
1st February – Aberdeen, Krakatoa
2nd February – Edinburgh, Opium







Derange Focus on Trauma With New Single Zero

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