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[REVIEW] Black Rheno - Noise Smasher


Review : Jesse Kenny


Fury! Australia’s genre bending sludger-grinders Black Rheno debut album ‘Noise Smasher’ lives up to its name with vocalist Ryan Miller spitting venom right from the needle drop on the opening track ‘Dirt’. After a rude introduction, this long player is an immersive, punchy, and catchy fast-paced desert to dystopia hell-ride. If you’re a fan of metal, there’s something to rattle your skeleton on the Sydney trio’s first full length onslaught.


Since beginning in 2015, this gig-thirsty machine has been playing alongside high calibre tourists in Napalm Death, Red Fang, Phillip Anselmo and the Illegals, as well as touring the continent with countrymen King Parrot and Psycroptic. ‘Noise Smasher’ will get it’s grand introduction as Black Rheno support sludge heroes Eyehategod. If you’re looking for an idea of what the new long player sounds like, you could cite the aforementioned bands. Grind, thrash, punk, stoner; it’s all there.


Second single Collision puts the bands commitment to groove on display. This is their hookiest offering to date, since ‘No Time for Numb Nuts’ on their first EP release‘Let’s Start a Cult’. The band have been playing this number live for some time, so for the already initiated it’s an immediate addition to the party playlist. Black Rheno are not a band afraid to have fun and Collision offers a bit of funk, groove and sludge for anyone interested in moving in synchronicity to music.

If you thought there weren’t new ways to utilise the pentatonic scale, look no further than stoner-sludge indulgence ‘Vortex’. In fact, nominate the award for riff-of-the-year to the chorus of this song. Guitarist Nano weaves the hook of this riff across bars of bruising rhythms fromdrummer Dougy.


Their first new single ‘Human’ premiered on triple j’s The Racket. Much like theirprevious efforts the band can manage to grapple with a subjectively shitty topic, and in cathartic juxtaposition, turn out a music video for that same song that is a cracker of a time!

Noise Smasher was recorded at frontman Ryan Miller’s own Housefox Studios in Sydney with Miller doubling as producer and vocalist. The band also worked closely with Kurt Ballou (Converge) from GodCity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts to pull the final mix. 


Black Rheno have a reputation for their intense live shows and all or nothing attitude. It’s hard to argue that theyhaven’t put it all on tape; they have. And they’re ready to bring that intensity night in and night out on their release tour. Rattling your life with ‘Noise Smasher’ is very much endorsed.


Order Noise Smasher here.


Catch Black Rheno on tour in November in support of sludge metal giants Eyehategod.

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