Queenstown’s noisiest band was reduced to silence on hearing its own album in full for the first time.
Mosh-pit agitators Rules of Addiction, who play Queenstown’s Vinyl Underground this Saturday, recorded the 12-track World Made of Lies at a home studio.
But it was mixed at the renowned Hellfire Studios in Birmingham, England – joining such metal royalty as Motorhead, Lamb of God, Anthrax and Slayer.
“When it came back from Hellfire we met up and listened from start to finish,” front man Mauricio ‘Mo’ Oliveira says.
“I remember we didn’t speak a single word.
“We just sat and listened. A song would finish and we’d all just give each other that look of ‘f*** yeah’.
“We were stoked – just what we were looking for. Everything sounded perfect.”
The four-piece – Mo on lead vocals and guitar, Al Parr on guitar and vocals, bassist Casey Strachan and drummer Jordan McInally – play blistering tunes with politicised lyrics spanning the rock, metal and punk genres.
They did a short tour after releasing the album independently.
But since then they’ve signed to Auckland label Do It Records and are now touring the label’s album re-release.
So far they’ve hit Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch with Queenstown to come.
“Churchills in Christchurch was probably the best gig so far – the crowd was non-stop moshing for an hour.
“I think people in Christchurch are quite used to heavier music, so it makes it easier to introduce our type of music.
“Queenstown should be the one though; every time we play we have a good crowd and they go crazy.
“We have high expectations of them now and they do of us, so it’s good we’re warmed up.”
Catch Rules of Addiction at Vinyl Underground this Saturday from 8.30pm. Admission is free.