All posts by Craig Hayes

New Zealand's most successfully unsuccessful music writer. Dadcrust for d-beat dorks, noise punk nerds, and metal dweebs.

Best Of 2020 – Craig Hayes: Throes Of Fvk Yea In The Jaws Of Uh-Oh.

You right, bruv? Happy holidays and all that jazz. I love this time of year because I’m a certified deafening noise junkie who gets his kicks shouting about murderous-sounding music. Obviously, end-of-year list season presents

In Crust We Trust: 2020 EPs and Reissues

Kia ora, comrades. Welcome to part two of In Crust We Trust‘s end-of-year soirée, which features my favorite EPs and reissues from 2020. I won’t repeat the lengthy introduction I wrote for the first part

Best Of 2020 – In Crust We Trust: The LPs

Kia ora, comrades. Welcome to In Crust We Trust‘s end-of-year 2020 soirée. As usual, I’ve gone overboard. But if you’re a longtime reader of ICWT, you’ll know I have a complicated relationship with the idea

In Crust We Trust: Vol 20

Kia ora, comrades. Welcome to the 20th edition of In Crust We Trust. I feel like reaching 20 editions of this column calls on me to say thanks, once again, for tuning in. Obviously, there

Stälker – Black Majik Terror Review

The world’s in flames. Capitalism and the environment are collapsing, cyberwars are rife, entire nations are reduced to battlefields, and I’m sure you’re aware there are political, social, and cultural clashes galore. To top it

偏執症者 (Paranoid) – Out Raising Hell Review

If you’re feeling neck-deep in existential angst right now, Swedish horde 偏執症者 (Paranoid) know just how you feel. The group fully admit to feeling like they were drowning in darkness and wondering whether to put

In Crust We Trust: Vol 19

Kia ora, comrades. Welcome to In Crust We Trust: Vol 19. Apologies for skipping last month’s edition—I was busy enjoying my annual mental health meltdown, which required fistfuls of Seroquel and a nice long lie-down

Unruly – Unruly Review

As a proud citizen of Aotearoa New Zealand, let me remind you that NZ’s tourist-poster image is mostly smoke and mirrors. Sure, we’re a relaxed, friendly, and socially liberal bunch down here, and we’ve got