Despite the fact Ronon’s Reviews is based here in London, we truly are worldwide. We have readers all over the globe and writers dotted all around. But most information about bands that reaches me is mainly from US or UK sources, which means I do miss out on a lot of great bands outside of these spheres of influence. Fortunately, I still follow Triple J (an Australian youth network) on all their social media so I can pick up on a few things in Oz, even though quite a bit still passes me by (Birds of Tokyo latest album) I got lucky and saw Triple J had recently played Ocean Grove’s The Rhapsody Tapes as their feature album, so after having a quick listen to this 6 piece out of Melbourne I just had to share them with the world.
The Rhapsody Tapes opens with ‘What I Love About a Natural Woman’ and it’s just a teasing hip hop flavoured noise with minimal lyrics, at only a minute twenty it grabs your attention and keeps you unprepared for what comes next… ‘Beers’ hits the ground running straight from the opening chord, it's pure metalcore filth and I love every second of it. Just when you’re thinking this is just another Core album ‘Thunderdome’ starts off with very mid noughties Gorillas sound that rocks you off your feet before slamming back on the aggression, ‘Thunderdome’ has the best of both worlds and is a really well constructed song. ‘Intimate Alien’ is Ocean Grove’s love letter to early Korn, dark metal with cleaner vocals and deep bass, I can imagine this track going off live. Last tune to mention that really stands out is ‘The Wrong Way’ because it takes me all the way back to the early to mid nineties when Silverchair was all over Australian radio waves, if someone dubbed Daniel John’s voice instead it would fit perfectly, but it’s not just the nostalgia factor, this is a killer track that slowly builds up and explodes just right during the bridge, this needs to be played loud.
PS Guys, if you're reading this, come to London, I’d love to check you out live.
Written by the musically homesick Aussie Dan
Ocean Grove’s The Rhapsody Tapes can be found on