‘Towards Our Myth’s Oblivion’ certainly doesn’t lack for ambition – Pseudorobustus’ art-metal prog stew includes ambient piano and ostentatiously symphonic synths, guitar churn and breakneck riffage, drums alternately driving the song and swirling around it, and the vocals include both a haunting female presence and hoarsely ‘-core male ones. The five-piece Auckland group include Liz Maw and Andrew McLeod, whose Darwin-inspired kraut-metal band Evil Ocean’s self-titled album was one of last year’s more rewarding full-lengths, Greta May Welson of Newtown and countless other bands, and Anna and Mike Benedikter. From Somme to Detrytus to Black Boned Angel, there’s plenty of local bands providing alchemical blends of metal riffs and noise drones at various points along the stoner/doom axis – Pseudorobustus are touring the country in late July, and I’m sure they’ll be playing with some interesting acts.
From 2007, Real Groove magazine released four Awesome Feeling compilations, showcasing a diverse and exciting range of underground local talent. Real Groove may be gone, but we think there’s just as many exciting local acts worth a listen, so The Corner is putting out a fifth volume of Awesome Feeling with the support of Groove Guide. We’ll be revealing one new artist/track every weekday throughout May, and posting the entire compilation for download at the end of the month.