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There are three acts that go by the name of Horsehead:

1. Horsehead were a hard-rock band from Melbourne, Australia, who released three full-length albums. They supported Metallica, Guns n Roses and Live on their respective Australian tours. A prolific live band, their popularity peaked with between the years 1998 and 2000 when influential radio station Triple J picked up several tracks from their “Goodbye Mothership” album for high rotation, however the band’s acclaim never transfered into record sales. Rumours of a reformation in 2011 are gathering momentum.

2. Horsehead is an American band that’s steeped in the country and soul sounds of the south. Forming in 2005, Horsehead has released two full-length albums (Record Of The Year, Welcome To…) to international critical acclaim with a new album to be released in April of 2010. Real for real. Hypnotising goats.

3. A breakcore act from the Netherlands.

Emerging from the armpit of Geldermalsen, (the Netherlands), Horsehead ripped his way into the Breakcore scene on the third of October 2008. The person behind Horsehead, Bas Zijlstra, was having fun experimenting with fast paced rattling breakcore with a mellow, crunked-up feel to it. The name Horsehead comes from the old-skool game Zelda II, the name is just pure nostalgia.

As far as the music goes, Horsehead creates Breakcore with gabber influences and has some jungle touch to it. And as Bas claims, a nice trippy ring to it: “I also like to put a trippy edge to my music, especially the breakcore I make, makes me happy and stuff.” Think in the vains of Venetian Snares meets Boards of Canada meets some metal-ish brutality.

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  • BreakfastPills

    This band (second one in description) is opening for Daughtry. How does a band doing such a thing manage to have this few listeners?

    21 May 2013 Reply
  • Rowancat11

    Yeah, I went to so many of their gigs, got in at 3 am, slept for an hour then got up at 4am to go to work, half deaf and sore from headbanging. No band has really been worth it since.. (horsehead australia)

    29 Nov 2009 Reply
  • ldexterldesign

    Dig the Breakcore.

    8 Apr 2009 Reply
  • UrbanCoyote

    Easily one of the best Australian hard rock acts of all time

    5 Apr 2009 Reply
  • UrbanCoyote

    Horsehead, you guys have gotta get back together and give us some new heavy rockin toons!!

    5 Apr 2009 Reply
  • olver14

    What is wrong with the world when these guys don't become massive. Reunion tour for sure!

    4 Mar 2009 Reply
  • pavka79

    I first saw Horsehead when they played a support slot in Brisbane in 1997. I´d never heard of them before, but as soon as I heard them play "Shine" I was hooked. Easily the most underrated Australian band of all time.

    4 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Cheesecracker

    Gelderhoer is ontroerend mooi.

    1 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Stoojinator

    These guys are one of the best Australian bands ever. Its such a shame they missed out on the commercial success they rightly deserve!

    16 Aug 2008 Reply
  • jebz

    Hope they do a reunion tour one day...

    4 Aug 2006 Reply