Superheist have quite the history in the Australian rock/metal scene. Having fought their way through the thick of it since the early 90’s, no matter how many times they get knocked down they just keep coming back stronger than ever. Boasting what is arguably the best lineup in the bands history (held firmly together by founding member DW Norton), they have just unleashed their 4th studio album upon the world and let me tell you, it is well worth your time.
The album begins with lead single The Riot roaring out of the gates carrying with it a crunchy as hell riff topped off with some tight leads and frontman Ezekiel Ox’s signature rap/rock vocals, that have graced many a band throughout the years, demanding that you “Raise your fist!” and setting the tone for the next 36 minutes.
Crush The Crisis takes Ox’s vocals to the next level and really shows you what he’s capable of. He exudes a massive energy that you can feel through the speakers, it’s almost as if he’s right in your face screaming the words at you. When this is coupled with guitarist DW Norton’s crushing riffs and returning bassist Si Durrant’s heavy AF bass lines you know you’re in for a good time.
Shockwaves throws a bit of a curveball into the mix with its heavily electronic influenced sound and guest female vocals, which contrast beautifully with Ox’s venom-spitting verses. This track cascades into the next, continuing on with the electronic vibe with Breathe. Boasting the most rap-ridden verse that absolutely explodes into a huge chorus, which should have any fan singing along by the second listen.
Moving right along, Trauma’s slow burn intro brings about the back end of the album and reintroduces the heavy rock element to the fray. It’s a short but sweet offering that cuts loose at the end to again showcase just how ferocious the ‘Heist can be.
And So We Burn brings in another guest vocalist in the form of Melbourne crew Sydonia’s dynamic frontman Dana Roskvist. It’s a much more radio-friendly outing than the rest of the album but still holds its place among the rest of the album and doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb.
The album closes out with the one-two punch of One Of A Kind and finally God Knows, the latter of which blasts it way through the speakers in a surprising burst of energy to see the album end just as ferociously as it began.
Sidewinder is a solid effort from a band that have become an institution in the Australian rock/metal market and is sure to delight even those fans such as myself who cling lovingly to their heyday from the early 2000’s.
SUPERHEIST - THE RIOT