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Feed Her To The Sharks: Fortitude

Metallic hardcore mob raise the Oz flag higher

One of the most enjoyable surprises of the last few years has been watching the bearing of fruit from the ever-growing Australian metal scene.

We all know about Parkway Drive, with Northlane and The Amity Affliction coming along fast on their heels, but dig a little deeper and there is plenty more quality to be found Down Under. Feed Her To The Sharks’ third album is a scissor-kick in the goolies for anyone who thinks metalcore has run out of ideas or vitality.

As soon as opener The World Is Yours catapults itself out of your speakers with a riff so good it could make Adam D hang up his cape and Y-fronts, it’s clear that FHTTS aren’t here just to make up the metallic hardcore numbers. Every member puts in an impressive shift, not least Andrew Vanderzalm with his nuclear explosion of a voice, but they can do more than just brutalise. The tinkling piano and electronic washes of Burn The Traitor to the grandiose, almost techno headfuck of Walking On Glass show the band attempting to push the genre in new directions while still flexing their muscles in the way that the core audience demands. Another superb addition to a movement that grows stronger every day. In fact, given time and exposure to the right people, they could be the band that rules the Aussie metal roost.

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Since blagging his way onto the Hammer team a decade ago, Stephen has written countless features and reviews for the magazine, usually specialising in punk, hardcore and 90s metal, and still holds out the faint hope of one day getting his beloved U2 into the pages of the mag. He also regularly spouts his opinions on the Metal Hammer Podcast.