SINGLE REVIEW: Rainmaker (SOUTHEAST DESERT METAL)
SINGLE: Rainmaker ARTIST: Southeast Desert Metal
Bearing the hallmark of being the most isolated metal band in the world, Indigenous metal lords Southeast Desert Metal have continued to sonically capture and explore their surrounds in central Australia, and their latest track 'Rainmaker' is a total haymaker of thumping proportions.
Hailing from Santa Teresa, a small Aboriginal community in central Australia, the Southeast Desert Metal men have honed their craft in the home of the Arrente people; hunters, warriors and healers who danced in the dust, survived the brutal elements and passed down their stories for 40,000 years, and its this tenacity and spirit that truly explodes from this blazing quartet.
Having recently announced their new album 'Break The Silence' dropping in November, 'Rainmaker' sets the tone for what's to come with a riff-roaring rager that pounds and bounds while slyly nodding to their heavy metal influences like Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden - but with an undeniably Aussie twist.
Adding the perfect pairing to the latest track is the new clip for 'Rainmaker' that takes us to the heart of Australia, calling for the skies to rain, as Chris Wallace (vocals/lyrics) explains: "Rainmaker is about how I see the land. It’s dry. We haven’t had any rain for a while. In the early days, the old people had the knowledge to sing rain, to make it whenever they needed it. I used to have the traditional rainmaker song. One old man used to sing it but he passed away. It’s more about the story of the rainmaking; Asking for more rain for our land before it really dies. To keep our land going".
There's no doubt some huge things still to come in the near future for Southeast Desert Metal - so watch this space, but in the meantime go check out the clip for 'Rainmaker' below.
'RAINMAKER' (SOUTHEAST DESERT METAL)
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BY TIANA SPETER