Black Rheno have been tearing up stages all around Australia for a few years now with their explosive mix of styles, wedging sludge, doom and grind and manic hardcore all into one smooth, chaotic mix of noise.
Dirt and Hollow Connection gets straight to the nuts and bolts as Black Rheno come swinging out like a bloke cut off from the bar for getting a little too wild. This just allows the groove of Collision to be amped up as the power of a great riff shines through courtesy of guitarist Mariano Palomares who is on fire throughout, but always at his best when a groove is allowed to be front and centre.
And groove is writ in this chaos everywhere. Human opens with more grind than sludge before slipping into some blues riffing and then, on the spot, takes off again, whilst Vortex does almost the opposite, sitting in a groove that would make Corrosion of Conformity and Down fans feel welcome at this party.
I could really continue to run off at the keyboard about this album, but really, this is one of those albums that everybody needs in their life. Everything great about this band live has been captured here. Noise Smasher creates an energy that has to be experienced because it cannot be explained away easily. This is all about feeling it out.
Black Rheno are another in a long and growing list showing the health of our local music scene and you are best advised to get on board now before they explode onto the international stage. Something Fucking Special indeed.
- Hollow Connection
- Smite With Dynamite
- Something Fucking Special
- Master Chronicle
- Maximum Casualties