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Matt Hyde, Nathan Hickey, James Woods, Clayton Anderson
Background information
OriginWellington/The Hutt, New Zealand
GenresSludge metal, stoner metal
Years active2006 (2006)–present
MembersClayton Anderson
Nathan Hickey
Matt Hyde
James Woods

Beastwars is a sludge metal band from New Zealand. Their 2011 self-titled debut album received positive reviews in the band's native country[1][2][3] and invited musical comparisons to Soundgarden, Mastodon, and Unsane, amongst others.[4][5] The album also gained recognition for Nick Keller's cover design, winning the 2011 New Zealand Music Award for Best Album Artwork or Packaging. The band received a nomination for best New Zealand Rock Album at the same ceremony, but ultimately lost out to Ignite.[6] The album was also shortlisted for the 2012 Taite Music Prize.[7]

The group has opened for Mastodon, High on Fire, Fu Manchu and Kyuss and in 2012 performed at the Auckland Big Day Out music festival alongside notable international acts such as Soundgarden, Röyksopp, and Kasabian.[8][9] In 2011, a limited release custom-brewed beer was commissioned bearing the band's name.[10]


Studio albums


  1. ^ Scott Kara, "Album Review: Beastwars", The New Zealand Herald, 5 May 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011
  2. ^ Nicola Russel, "Meet Wellington metal act Beastwars",, 13 May 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011
  3. ^ Ricardo Kerr, "Album Review: Beastwars",, 29 April 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011
  4. ^ Patrick Hajduch, Scott Morrow, "Morrow vs. Hajduch: Beastwars" Archived 27 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine,, 24 August 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011
  5. ^ "New Band To Burn One To (Evening Buzz): Beastwars ",, 28 June 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011
  6. ^ "VNZMA 2011 Winners" Archived 10 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine,, 3 November 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011
  7. ^ "Taite Music Prize 2012". IMNZ. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  8. ^ Dave Borgioli-Jones, "Beastwars Interview Nato (drums)",, 7 December 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011
  9. ^ "2012 Auckland Big Day Out Lineup" Archived 7 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Big Day Out. Retrieved 30 January 2011
  10. ^ "Beastwars Announces Tour And Custom-Brewed Beer", Amplifier Magazine Official Website. Retrieved 30 January 2011, 2011
  11. ^ Beastwars Streaming Audio Samples Of "Blood Becomes Fire"
  12. ^ Beastwars The Death Of All Things

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