There are very bands over the years that have been so different that their work has pretty much placed them in a genre of their own – but that has certainly been the case for American modern progressive metal innovators The Contortionist. Their last album Clairvoyant had music journalists and lovers scratching their heads on what to class them as… the end result was a genre of their own.
Now The Contortionist is teaming up with UK djent-metal pioneers SikTh for a tour of Australia and HEAVY Mag was able to catch up with guitarist Cameron Maynard ahead of the tour.
“I think I can talk for everybody in the band when I say that we love coming to Australia, “ says Maynard. “It’s exotic but reminds me of the States, everybody speaks English and there is this kind of cowboy machoness that I see in the States a lot to… that’s why it is similar. It just feels like we are in California the whole time and that’s great, but yeah we are very, very excited. Every time we come down to Australia, and we don’t do it very often, but we love coming down there and this time is especially great because we have got SikTh, and a little bit of information that you may not have known but The Contortionist, especially Robbie and I we were very much influenced by that band – the structures, the melodies, their guitar riffs, things like that, we have certainly taken an direct influence from that. It is surreal for us to be going down there and playing a show with them.”
I ask Maynard whether that means they are a little bit in awe of what is happening with this tour or whether it means in a way they have ‘made it.’ “It’s a good feeling,” he says really thinking. “We used to get butterflies and anxious about how we were going to do things, but I think especially with this tour it is something that we are excited about and we just can’t wait to get down there and do it. Like-minded people getting together to play music, I can’t get much more perfect than that really.”
The Contortionist hits Australia with SikTh very soon. All details are below.
Twelve-year-old Eli unknowingly stumbles upon the frightening carnage of a massacre and finds a discarded futuristic super-weapon. Recently released from prison, Eli’s older brother Jimmy realises he can’t escape his criminal past when an ex-associate threatens to kill him and his family. In a misguided attempt to protect his loved ones, Jimmy makes a fatal mistake and must go on the run with Eli to save their lives.
With danger at every turn, it seems the only thing keeping the pair alive is Eli’s mysterious new gun. Eli soon discovers he has a strong connection to the weapon and the two otherworldly strangers following their path of destruction.
Release Date: August 30
Starring: Jack Reynor, Zoë Kravitz, Carrie Coon, Dennis Quaid, James Franco, Michael B. Jordan
Hostel will hit the road throughout June and July to celebrate the release of Malevolent and unleash their brand new tracks on some unsuspecting and also many welcoming ears!
TOUR DATES Saturday, June 9: The Basement, Canberra
Sunday, June 10: Rad Bar, Wollongong Friday, June 15: Hideaway Bar, Sydney Saturday, June 16: The Vault, Newcastle
Sunday, June 17: Born2Rock Studios, Central Coast Friday, June 22: Prince Of Wales, Brisbane Saturday, June 23: Kirra Sports Club, Coolangatta
Friday, July 6: The MusicMan, Bendigo Saturday July 7: Mr Boogie Man Bar, Melbourne
Formed in early 2017 and previously known as Kitten Hurricane, the band released their debut EP, Fake Friends And Bitter Ends, which demonstrated their ability to deliver quality songs based around heavy grooves and solid riffs. The addition of a second guitarist added much more beef to their sound and with that came a change in direction.
Taking their name from the Eli Roth and Tarantino horror movie about some fucked up shit that happened to some clueless back packers in Eastern Europe, Hostel more accurately reflects the bands music today than their previous moniker.
Dark, mysterious and eerie, Hostel’s sound sits with one foot in post black metal territory and the other in the savage riffage attack of death metal.
Brutal rhythm guitars, rumbling bottom end, swathes of grand keyboards and etherial guitars all underpinned by a vocal delivery full of anguish and despair.
“Prevail II” is the proverbial yang to the yin and continues right where KOBRA AND THE LOTUS left off in 2017. The album is out TODAY!
The band is pleased to unveil their video for a cover of the Fleetwood Mac classic “The Chain”.
“We couldn’t be more stoked to release the final closer to our “Prevail” album series!! We’ve chosen a classic, recorded in 1976, and we hope to connect and carry the magic forward from that musical era.Here it is, “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac, in full Kobra and the Lotus spirit. Can you recognize it?” says Kobra about the video and song.
Watch the video for “Let Me Love You” HERE A lyric video for “Losing My Humanity” is streaming HERE!
Globally renowned, chart-topping band DEVILDRIVER recently announced the upcoming release of their highly-anticipated full-length album of outlaw country-gone-metal anthems, Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1.
The monstrous collection of savage metal interpretations will be released via Napalm Records on July 6, 2018, and pre-orders are available now in multiple formats via www.nervegas.com.au/napalmrecords
The wait is over for new music! DEVILDRIVER just dropped their full, haunting rendition of Hank3‘s “Country Heroes”, featuring Hank3 himself on vocals. The album’s starter track kicks in with an ominous classic outlaw/country western intro, instantly careening into a heavy assault accented by Hank3‘s Ozzy Osbourne-influenced vocal approach. Quickly veering towards full heavy metal with a grooving double bass foundation, the track travels into heavy-hitting signature DEVILDRIVER territory, wrapping up with a hair-raising, whiskey-soaked solo by guitarist Neal Tiemann.
“This record would not have meant as much to me without having Hank3 on board,” says DEVILDRIVER vocalist Dez Fafara. “He is one of the most authentic and real outlaw country artists out there right now. I chose to record “Country Heroes” because the lyrics are extremely well-written, and using the names of all the outlaws within the song really does the song justice. ‘I’m drinking some George Jones and little bit a Coe…’ etc., that is genius writing from Hank3 and should be recognized as such.”
“I’ve heard this song as ‘heavy’ in my head for a very long time, so to re-track it and have Hank3 appear only to sing almost Ozzy-ish is just an over the top treat to the ears! Enjoy,” adds Dez.
DEVILDRIVER recently revealed part one of a new interview commentary series supporting the release of Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1. Entitled “Intro to Outlaw Country”, part one features members of DEVILDRIVER as well as album guests Randy Blythe of Lamb of God, Lee Ving of Fear, Hank3, Wednesday 13, Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory and Brock Lindow of 36 Crazyfists discussing their personal introductions to the outlaw country genre and how it has influenced them as musicians.
From the opening seconds of Hank3‘s”Country Heroes” onward, Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1 is simply one of the most invigorating records the band have made yet. More importantly, these evocative, irresistible songs have all been wholly rebuilt from the ground up, powered by the classic DEVILDRIVER sound and embellished with Fafara’s unmistakable feral roar. Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1 was produced, mixed and recorded with Steve Evetts (Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, Sepultura, The Cure), and co-produced by DevilDriver guitarist Mike Spreitzer. The album was mastered by renowned engineer Alan Douches.
Completing this unprecedented project is a host of metal and country luminaries providing unforgettable cameos: horror metal icon Wednesday13 lends his incensed rasp to George Jones’ “If Drinking Don’t Kill Me”, 36 Crazyfists frontman Brock Lindow brings fire and soul to Steve Earle‘s, “Copperhead Road”, and Fear Factory‘s Burton C. Bell helps to turn Richard Thompson‘s anti-war classic, “Dad’s Gonna Kill Me”, into a brooding gothic metal extravaganza. Meanwhile, Lamb of God members Randy Blythe and Mark Morton contribute to an exhilarating decimation of Willie Nelson‘s “Whiskey River” before Randy makes a second appearance on DEVILDRIVER‘s version of cowboy standard “Ghost Riders In The Sky”; the latter featuring the son and daughter of Johnny Cash himself, John Carter Cash and Ana Cristina Cash. The album also features the iconic voice of Fear, US punk rock legend Lee Ving, on Johnny Cash‘s “The Man Comes Around” and David Allan Coe‘s “The Ride”.
Track listing: 1. “Country Heroes” Written by Hank Williams II Performed by Hank3 & Dez Fafara
2. “Whiskey River”
Written by Johnny Bush and Paul Stroud; recorded by Willie Nelson Performed by Randy Blythe, Mark Morton of Lamb of God & Dez Fafara
3. “Outlaw Man”
Written by David Blue; recorded by the Eagles Performed by Dez Fafara & Neal Tiemann of DEVILDRIVER
4. “Ghost Riders in the Sky”
Written by Stan Jones Performed by John Carter Cash, Ana Cristina Cash, Randy Blythe & Dez Fafara
5. “I’m the Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)”
Written by Bobby Bobby Borchers, Wayne Kemp, Mack Vickery; recorded by Johnny Paycheck Performed by Dez Fafara & DEVILDRIVER
6. “If Drinking Don’t Kill Me (Her Memory Will)”
Written by Harlan Sanders, Rick Beresford; recorded by George Jones Performed by Wednesday13 & Dez Fafara
7. “The Man Comes Around”
Written by Johnny Cash Performed by Lee Ving of Fear & Dez Fafara
8. “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere”
Written by Dwight Yoakam Performed by Dez Fafara & Neal Tiemann of DEVILDRIVER
9. “Copperhead Road”
Written by Steve Earle Performed by Brock Lindow of 36 Crazyfists & Dez Fafara
10. “Dad’s Gonna Kill Me”
Written by Richard Thompson Performed by Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory & Dez Fafara
11. “A Country Boy Can Survive”
Written by Hank Williams Jr. Performed by Dez Fafara & DEVILDRIVER
12. “The Ride”
Written by J.B. Detterline Jr., Gary Gentry; recorded by David Allan Coe Performed by Lee Ving of Fear & Dez Fafara
Ahead of the Marche du Film in Cannes (8th-17th May 2018) Genre sales specialists Devilworks has revealed the first title in their Cannes lineup
UK sci fi horror comedy ‘Canaries’ from Welsh writer/director Peter Stray is about a group of friends at a New Year’s Eve bash in the Welsh Valley, who must fight against an invasion force of time travelling aliens.
The film stars Robert Pugh (Game Of Thrones, Doctor Who, Master & Commander) and Hannah Daniel (Netflix’s Hinterland).
Founding KISS guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member ACE FREHLEY has released a brand new single today titled “Bronx Boy.” The new single is the first track of an all-new, untitled full-length solo LP to be released this summer. “Bronx Boy” is available on all digital music services starting today.
MONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW rolls into Event Cinemas Myer Centre from Friday May 25th to Sunday May 27th and now with a little less than a month to go, it gives us great pleasure to reveal our second wave programming!
Making its Queensland Premiere is Ari Aster’s HEREDITARY, quite easily the most-anticipated horror film of 2018, described by The Hollywood Reporter as “a seemingly endless series of unexpected directions over two breathless hours of escalating terror that never slackens for a minute”. Currently sitting at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, HEREDITARY will play to our MONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW audience in Brisbane weeks ahead of its international theatrical release.
MONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW is proud to host the Australian Premiere of Argentinian horror, WHAT THE WATERS LEFT BEHIND, helmed by Luciano & Nicolás Onetti, the duo responsible for the 2015 love letter to giallo, FRANCESCA. Their latest feature plays more as an ode to the gritty road trip horrors of the seventies, deriving influence from such classics as THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE and THE HILLS HAVE EYES.
QLD PREMIERE | SATURDAY MAY 26TH 6:45PM
Ari Aster | United State 2018 | 126 Minutes | StudioCanal | QLD Premiere
When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell. BUY TICKETS
AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE | SATURDAY MAY 26TH 2:15PM
Luciano & Nicolás Onetti | Argentina 2017 | 98 Minutes | Mandala Films
Epecuén was one of the most important touristic villages of Argentina. Thousands of people concurred attracted by the healing properties of its thermal waters. On November 10th 1985, a huge volume of water broke the protecting embankment and the village was submerged under ten meters of salt water. Epecuén disappeared. Thirty years later, the waters receded and the ruins of Epecuén emerged exposing a bleak an deserted landscape. The residents never returned. A group of young people takes a trip to the ruins in order to lm a documentary about Epecuén. Ignoring warnings, and after a brief tour, they get stranded in the abandoned village. Contrary to what they thought, they begin to realise that they are really not alone. BUY TICKETS