Monthly Archives: February 2018

Metal never dies. In the 50 years since it first spewed forth from northern English guitars, heavy metal has grown into a world dominating and ever expanding genre of endless subgenres.
But sometimes, you just have to bring it back to it’s roots. It’s all about the riff, that feeling, that sound, that urge.
Adelaide’s finest exponents of true heavy metal, Matterhorn have harnessed the heavy metal riff and channeled it into their debut album, Crimes Of Man, set for release on March 16.
 
Today they unleash the first single from the album. 
Watch the video for Memory Of The Guilty here

Formed in 2009, the band have been treading the boards for years as the nations premiere heavy metal tribute show performing all the classic songs from bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, DIO, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy, Metallica and more in one big highly entertaining and memorable live full concert production show. This led to the release of a 7 track EP in 2013 called For True Fans Of Rock/Metal featuring cover songs of the above mentioned bands which was well received among the heavy music press. Matterhorn then went on to tour the EP to a wider audience sharing Aussie stages with former Judas Priest vocalist Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens and the one and only Paul Di’Anno of Iron Maiden’s early years.

Then the requests started coming in to hear some of the bands own songs…and due to overwhelming demand, the band have produced a slab of their own metal material and called it Crimes Of Man.

Featuring 13 original songs, that feature vocalist Amanda Ozolins’ incredible power, range and control. There is something formidable about her voice that comes roaring out of the speakers and grabs the listener by the throat, commanding their attention. 
Focusing your attention further, guitarist Brendan Ozolins delivers riffs that honour his roots and are instantly recognisable as 100% metal riffage. There are no breakdowns or prog weirdness going on, just straight up pummelling riffs and soaring solos of pure molten metal. The full frontal assault is driven home via Steve Opitz and Jaryd Dorey on bass and drums, who lock down monstrous groove from the engine room.

Ozolin’s lyrics tackle some pretty heavy contemporary issues, the superficial nature of social media on album opener Judge Nought, to Burial Ground‘s corporate greed, Asylum‘s the refugee crisis, to the ever present threat of global conflict discussed in Spear Of Destiny and even the Bali Nine via the albums first single Memory Of The Guilty. Plus the uniquely Aussie Guest Of His Majesty which gives the First Fleet and early Australian life a metal soundtrack and some typically metal subject matter via Drive – fast cars, fast living, The Riff – nuff said, and I Am Become Death, the most metal of topics, The Manhattan Project.

If it’s pure, unadulterated heavy freakin metal that you want. Matterhorn have got what you need!

Crimes Of Man will be released on March 16 
Pre orders are coming soon

 

Pop Evil are back with their fifth album, a self-titled and Dave G recently caught up with the band to chat about the hard work that has gone into the new album and how the band once again pushed themselves to create something very different for their fans.

You can listen to the Pop Evil interview right here.

 

 

Perth cerebral metallers Nucleust have had a giant 2017. After releasing their debut full length album, Terra Cerebral in July via Rockpit Records, through Firestarter Distribution, they toured it nationally to ever increasing crowds and most recently supported UK tech masters Haken and rounded the year off in Europe supporting Six Feet Under over ten shows across the continent.

The band show no signs of slowing down and are preparing for an even bigger 2018. Before they get going though, it is with sadness that they announce that their long time drummer, Shay Smith has departed the band.

Nucleust comment: ‘There comes a time in every bands career where a member decides to take a different path for many different reasons and unfortunately for us now is one of those times. We would like to wish Shay our drummer all the best in his future endeavours and thank him for all his hard work and contribution since the conception of the band, we all remain good friends and Shay will continue to be an active part of the band until such time as we find a replacement. 

Shay Smith has delivered his statement for departure:
‘My journey in music started close to 20 years ago. I can remember the psychologist at my school telling my mother there wasn’t much hope for her son. “The best you can probably hope for is for him to be able to put one brick on top of the other”. That was the predicted height of my achievement. School was a strong reinforcement of this opinion, but thankfully my mother never accepted this encouraging me to play music.

I remember the constant disappoint of those around me at my ineptitude at school juxtaposed with their amazement as I started playing classical music by ear; singing in harmony effortlessly; and teaching myself to play multiple instruments. I honestly used to think that playing music was the only thing I could do that might be of real value.

After playing in bands for most of my life things have changed. I have learned new skills; made new friends; and changed immensely as a person. Somehow along the way I have completely lost the desire to play for other people. The feelings of joy and motivation I used to feel with an instrument in my hands have been replaced by frustration and anxiety when I have to try to tackle the ever present problem of succeeding as a band. Making the time and financial contributions becomes extremely difficult when you just don’t have the dream any more. A band like Nucleust deserves a drummer who loves and cares deeply about what they are doing and I just don’t feel that way any more, and so I feel it wouldn’t be right to continue with the band. I cannot express how much love there is in my heart for Max, Shan, and Josh. The bond we have had as a band has been one of the most powerful meaningful things in my life.

I will not be leaving the band stranded. I will continue to be involved in the band until a suitable replacement is found and possibly even after. I will not be pursuing another band after this. This is not due to personal conflicts or creative differences. We have talked this over together and the parting is extremely sad but amicable. I want to thank anyone who bought a CD or a t-shirt, came to a gig, helped us record our music, guided us in the music business, and most of all those who helped me haul my bloody drum kit around the place and set it up! I am looking at you, Shan. I am extremely grateful and honoured to have the privilege of your company on this journey.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Shay

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Nucleust have decided to continue without Shay and therefore will be on the lookout for a suitable drummer to fill the slot behind the kit. We will be holding auditions when the time is right and will be held at our rehearsal space at 
Hen House Studios in Osbourne Park, Perth. So if you or anybody you know fits the criteria below and are interested in joining Nucleust as our permanent drummer, we would love to hear from you!

100 percent commitment to Nucleust
Financial stability
A can do positive attitude
Ability to play to a high standard
Must own a good drumkit
Must be willing to run backing track and click set up
Willing and able to travel nationally and internationally on regular tours
Available to rehearse and jam at least once or twice a week.

Nucleust is based in Perth, Western Australia but if you are from outside of Perth and are willing to move to Perth to fulfill the criteria above, we are happy to accept your submission to apply. 
Please send all submissions and enquiries to nucleustband@gmail.com or hit us up on our Facebook page. We look forward to hearing from you all!

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Shay’s final hurrah with the band is by way of one final video from Terra Cerebral.

 

Melbourne’s Arcane Saints are releasing their brand new Britpop and classic rock inspired single “Something Real.” Never a band to shy away from change, the song is a step in a different musical direction from their previous heavier, grunge inspired sound. Arcane Saints have performed at major festivals all over the world including Big Day Out and recently supported the legendary Glen Matlock from the Sex Pistols. They have also toured with and supported bands such asTrapt, Grinspoon, Thousand Foot Krutch and Sarah Mcleod. Before they embark on a European tour in support of the new single, they will be treating their hometown fans to a special launch show at Melbourne’s Cherry Bar on Sat 10 March.

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Ever imagined you could jam around the campfire with Whitfield Crane from Ugly Kid Joe, or go on an artist hunt in one of the largest hedgemazes in the southern hemisphere? A Hitch to the Sticks is this year’s newest Music Festival that promises you the ride of your life. Musician Dallas Frasca will host this musical safari and invites you to get on board the magical mystery tour.

Already announced to join Frasca on the first A Hitch to the Sticks Festival bus is Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s all-round reggae luminary Nicky Bomba and Beechworth-born singer songwriter Liv Cartledge as part of the promised regional talent. Dallas is now thrilled to announce that international superstar Whitfield Crane from Ugly Kid Joe will perform a once in a lifetime intimate set somewhere along the Hume which is bound to be a musical highlight for 2018.

For the rest of the lineup the main focus is on supporting Australian and homegrown North Eastern Victorian talent. The festival is made up with 85% of up-and-coming musical gems who will share the stage with the likes of Jeff Lang,  Monique Brumby, Jo Jo Smith, Tay Oskee. Representing for the North East across the  weekend will be local artists Benny Williams, Dj Eddy and Rambunctious, Mandy Connell, Whiskey Dram, The Quick & The Dead, Rhyece O’Neill & The Narodniks, Droid, Rick Steward & the Greensmen, Marisa Quigley, Sara Flint, Time Rob & The Stealing Hours Band, Mikaylah & Leticiaplus more to be announced.

For 50 lucky ticket holders the adventure will begin in Melbourne’s CBD on Friday 16 Marchat 5.30pm and head North up the Hume stopping at a series of curated events before returning to the big smoke at 6.00pm Sunday 18 March. With six secret locations and four public events where you’ll get a chance to mix with the locals, the bus will take punters to Violet Town, Lima, Myrrhee, Tatong, Thoona, Wangaratta and Moyhu for a packed weekend of music, culture, discovery and adventure. 3 days, 10 music events, 6 secret locations, 4 open to the public with 20+ acts and 710km all on one bus!

For those who can’t make it onboard, there are plenty of opportunities to join the disembarking passengers and meet the legendary bus at four public events throughout the tour. This includes the sixth annual Wangaratta Down By The River Festival – a free event offering a kaleidoscope of flavour, music, activity and culture curated by Frasca herself, as well gigs by local promoters The Musical Garden in Tatong, and King Valley Presents in Moyhu.

A HITCH TO THE STICKS FESTIVAL 2018
3 days | 10 music events | 30 acts | 710km | 1 bus
Friday 16 March – Sunday 18 March
North-East Victoria

ARTIST LINE UP

WHITFIELD CRANE, U.S.A – (UGLY KID JOE)
DALLAS FRASCA, JEFF LANG, NICKY BOMBA,
MONIQUE BRUMBY, JO JO SMITH, LIV CARTLEDGE, TAY OSKEE, MANDY CONNELL, DJ EDDY, RAMBUNCTIOUS, BENNY WILLIAMS, WHISKEY DRAM, THE QUICK & THE DEAD, RHYECE O’NEILL & THE NARODNIKS, DROID, RICK STEWARD & THE GREENSMEN, KERRYN FIELDS, MARISA QUIGLEY, SARA FLINT, TIME ROBB AND THE STEALING HOURS BAND, MIKAYLAH & LETICIA AND MORE TBA…

Tickets on sale now via www.ahitchtothesticks.com
Limited to only 50 tickets
Accommodation, travel and some food and drinks provided.

VIP Packages include: choose your own room, or Rock n roll slumber party + the ultimate mega bundle pack includes: tee/tote bag/stubby cooler/bottle opener

 

WEEDEATER have announced a string of European shows starting with a unique special ‘God Luck and Good Speed’ show at the prestigious Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, the Netherlands on April 19th. Provided that Sheb has no further accidents with his favourite shotgun, the Southern smoked band will continue to inhale deeply in ten more European countries including the UK.

Those infamous sludge outlaws WEEDEATER finally return with their long-awaited fifth full-length ‘Goliathan’. Their new album marks the crossroads where true Southern rock and metal meet raw humour, old religion, as well as weed and whiskey. ‘Goliathan’ embodies the band’s trademark shuffle and swagger at their fullest. Syrupy slow riffs are buoyed by canyon-deep bass and some of the hardest-hitting drumming since Keith Moon. Full-on bruisers such as “Cain Enabler”, “Claw of the Sloth”, and the aptly-named “Bully” demonstrate that ‘Goliathan’ is delivering a vintage WEEDEATER and the soon-to-be gold standard of Southern sludge metal. At its founding, the band rose like a doobie phoenix out of the ashes of BUZZOV•EN. When the cult sludge act called it a day, bass player Dave “Dixie” Collins teamed up with guitarist Dave “Shep” Shepherd and founded WEEDEATER in the harbor town of Wilmington about the year 1998. Their crushing and massive first full-length ‘…and Justice for Y’all’ (2001) created an immediate buzz, while critics were struggling to put a tag on their sound. Nearly everybody agreed that stoner rock, doom, sludge and some crusty elements were part of the mix, which the band simply calls “weed metal”. The debut was produced by renowned engineer Billy Anderson (EYEHATEGOD, NEUROSIS) as well as sophomore album ‘Sixteen Tons’ (2002). WEEDEATER went out to perform live with CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY among others. After some detours of Dixie Dave, who played shortly with BONGZILLA and SOURVEIN, third album ‘God Luck and Good Speed’ hit the world in 2007 and shifted the band’s focus slightly towards the stoner side. The latest full-length ‘Jason… the Dragon’ got delayed when guitarist Shep lost a toe due to an incident with his favourite shotgun. When the sludge driven album finally came out in 2011, shows in the US and Europe cemented the band’s reputation as a fierce live entity. After signing to Season of Mist, WEEDEATER reissued their full back-catalogue on their new label. Yet the Bible Belt state of North Carolina, USA remains a fertile ground for hemp and stoner rock. ‘Goliathan’ makes the South smoke again. Lean back and let this monster record blow your mind!

After stomping their way through the nation’s capital cities last December in support of their devastating new album ‘Ugly Produce’, King Parrot stay true to their insatiable work ethic announcing a new edition of their ‘Regional Rampage’ Tour for 2018. King Parrot always stay true to touring the regional centers of Australia, and this April will see them venture on a massive east coast tour encompassing every nook and cranny from Victoria to far north Queensland. Along for the ride on their first ever visit to Australia will be the USA’s Child Bite after releasing ‘Negative Noise’ on Housecore Records in 2017. The lethal duo have blitzed their way through North America on many tours over the last few years, and King Parrot believe their Australian audiences will love the addition of Child Bite, one of their all-time favorite bands.

A further treat for fans will see both acts offering their services to play at your house! That’s right, you heard it correctly, you could have King Parrot and Child Bite playing a private show for you and your mates at your house. Check out Parlour Tours for more information and date availability to ensure that you get in quick for this rare opportunity: http://parlour.tours/kingparrot

‘Ugly Produce’ peaked at number 21 on the ARIA charts, an unheard-of feat for any grind core band in this country. The release saw King Parrot travel to North America, Europe and Japan late in 2017 and the band are ready to take to the road once again. The videos for “Ten Pounds of Shit in a Five Pound Bag” and “Piss Wreck” further added to the collection of memorable and entertaining cult videos spewing forth from the KP brains trust. Go pay a visit to Youtube if you haven’t seen them, you won’t be disappointed. The tour kicks off at the first ever Download Festival in Melbourne and trashes and tramples its way all up the east coast through April! Get your tickets NOW!

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, led by American guitar icon Zakk Wylde, has released another brand new music video for the single “A Love Unreal” from their latest LP, Grimmest HitsThe video was directed by long-time collaborating director Justin Reich.

Black Label Society recently soared into the charts with their new record via Spinefarm Records / Caroline Australia,Grimmest Hits. The album landed at #4 on the Billboard Current Charts, the highest charting LP since Order Of The Backreleased back in 2009. Grimmest Hits also saw the band hit career high chart positions in Germany (#21), Switzerland (#25) and Australia (#30), with Japan recording the best position (#31) since BLS’s debut album in 1998.

Grimmest Hits is available to buy or stream to here

Now ten studio albums deep, the setlist is sure to be career defining and BLS bandleader, Zakk Wylde, can be relied upon to wield his guitar like a Viking weapon, bashing out thick riffage and squeezing out expressive squeals as if the glory of his Berserker brotherhood depends upon every single note, which of course, it does.

 

If you love your loud guitar playing and you know your hard rock and metal then chances are you have discovered Michael Schenker over the years. Schenker is the guitarist’s guitarist. A man who forged who his career with might Scorpions before amassing album sales over the years with a range of solo projects. Now he is back with a brand new album Resurrection by Michael Schenker Fest. Subculture was lucky enough to be able to sit down with Michael and chat about how this album has come together.

You can take a listen to our interview with Michael Schenker right here.