Brisbane’s DZ Deathrays are releasing their debut on Hassle Records, home to Cancer Bats, Turbowolf and Trash Talk. While that bodes very well indeed, it also tells you most of what you need to know here. The band formerly known as DZ are a sweat-drenched, super-heavy, power-pop duo in the vein of DFA 1979 and MSTRKRFT, combining the searing sandblaster punk of the former with the beat-driven snappiness of the latter.

It’s unfortunate, really, that the comparison can be so neatly drawn to those brotherly Toronto bands, not only because it risks diminishing the undeniable rock-hard awesomeness of tracks like ‘Gebbie Street’ and ‘Dinomight’, but also because that electro-rock and hi-hats combo sounds badly dated some eight years after DFA’s one and only album. But listen close and you’ll hear flashes of Sabbath, Anthrax, Blood Brothers and all manner of doom-thrash-heaviness – and that’s a groove well-worn for a reason.

By Chal Ravens

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