Their phenomenal success over the last three years in support of the Polaris album saw them play worldwide tours as both headliners and as special guests for the likes of Megadeth, Meshuggah, The Devin Townsend Project and Gojira.
TesseracT’s fourth studio album, Sonder, will be released on April 20 via Kscope and showcases perfectly why they remain pioneering leaders of the ever-evolving metal scene.
Sitting outside the bounds of any genre specificity, TesseracT are an unstoppable force of off-kilter riffs, soaring melodies, bending grooves and disorientating atmospherics.
Adding significant firepower to the band’s arsenal, Sonder blends the harsh abrasiveness of One (2011) and progressive ethereal elements of Altered State (2013) with the accessibility of Polaris (2015).
Discover Sonder’s powers for yourself, watch the music video for Kinghere & listen to the first single Luminaryhere.
TesseracT frontman Dan Tompkins says of the tour; ‘It’s going to be a busy 2018! We’re very excited to announce our return to Australia in September! Our last tour there was an amazing success and experience and we look forward to getting back to the Southern Hemisphere to play for our Aussie fans. We’re touring with the natives, Circles…a great band who bring a lot to this tour.’
Joining TesseracT on all shows are Melbourne progressive powerhouse, Circles.
Leading the way in the evolution of Australian heavy music, Circles look set to take on the world!
Intricate and emotional yet crushingly heavy, the band continually expand what is achievable within rock, metal and the djent sub-genre.
With a growing global fanbase and epic sets at some of the worlds most prestigious heavy and prog festivals, Circles are a perfect fit as TesseracT’s special guests.
Prepare for a night of sonic wizardry as TesseracT and Circles take you on an aural journey like no other. This is one event of sensory overload you simply must experience.
TOUR DATES Tuesday, September 11: Capitol, Perth Thursday, September 13: The Gov, Adelaide Friday, September 14: Melbourne 170 Russell, Melbourne Saturday, September 15: The Metro, Sydney Sunday, September 16: The Triffid, Brisbane
Tumbleweed announced the release of their seminal debut, self titled album on vinyl for the first time as well as a one off 7″ release of their biggest single ‘Daddy Longlegs’ for Record Store Day 2018; and it’s finally the eve of the big reveal! The Wollongong five piece teamed up with Wollongong based record label Farmer & The Owl to release the music on vinyl for the first time.
To celebrate the release, Tumblweed will be playing live at their local record store in Wollongong, Music Farmers, with music starting at 3pm.
Tumbleweed ‘S/T’ LP (Blue Vinyl ltd. 400) out April 21st via Farmer & The Owl/Inertia.
Tumbleweed ‘Daddy Longlegs’ 7″ (Black Vinyl ltd 500) out April 21st via Farmer & The Owl/Inertia.
Tumbleweed in store appearance at Music Farmers (228 Keira Street, Wollongong) at 3pm on April 21st.
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This week, DEVILDRIVER is pleased to reveal the first of several segments of a new interview commentary series supporting the release of Outlaws ‘Til The End.
The first segment, titled “Intro to Outlaw Country”, 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.
In the video, Fafara details, “I got into my parent’s record collection when I was younger, and that’s what got me into music. And they have everything from the Doors, to Steppenwolf, to a lot of outlaw country, and even stuff like Kenny Rogers, laying around the house… but I think my true love [for outlaw country] came from when I started touring with Pantera. Them and on the Black Sabbath tour. I constantly was hearing those guys on the bus jamming outlaw country. If it wasn’t Willie Nelson, it was Johnny Cash and bands like that. I just fell in love with the lyrics as well. The lyrical content is so fucking real…”
Outlaws ‘Til The End is both a startling curveball and a ferocious statement of individuality from a band who have been a constant and effective force in the heavy metal world for the best part of two decades now. From the opening seconds of Hank3’s “Country Heroes” onward, Outlaws ‘Til The End 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 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 of Johnny Cash himself. 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”.
1. “Country Heroes”
Written by Hank Williams III
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
Stay tuned for more new music and videos coming soon in anticipation of Outlaws ‘Til The End.
Summary: THAT’S NOT MY DOG is a joyous comedy that celebrates our love of joke telling. The film centers around the lovable Shane Jacobson (playing himself) who is throwing a party. Invited are the funniest people Shane knows comprising of Australia’s biggest stars along with several Australian music legends playing their biggest hits live, right throughout the party. The invite that goes out is clear. Don’t bring meat. We’ll provide the beer. Just come armed with nothing but the funniest jokes you’ve ever heard. Shane will take care of the rest. It’ll be a night of great friends telling the world’s funniest jokes over a beer and BBQ.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 15th March 2018
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Director: Dean Murphy
Cast: Bec Asha (herself), Michala Banas (herself),Adam Brand (himself),Rob Carlton (himself), Ross Daniels (himself), Dave Eastgate (himself), Stewart Faichney (himself), Paul Fenech (himself),Tim Ferguson (himself), Marty Fields (himself), John Foreman (himself), Stephan Hall (himself), Paul Hogan (himself),Ronald Jacobson (himself), Shane Jacobson (himself), Jimeoin (himself), Joe Camilleri & The Black Sorrows (themselves), Ed Kavalee (himself), Dan Kelly (himself), Khaled Khalafella (himself), Bev Killick (herself), Hung Le (himself), Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann (himself), Nathaniel Antonio Lloyd (himself), Lulu McClathy (herself), The Meltdown (themselves), Genevieve Morris (herself), Russell Morris (himself), Spud Murphy (himself), Fiona O’Loughlin (herself), Emily Taheny (herself), Steve Vizard (himself), Christie Whelan (herself)
OUR THAT’S NOT MY DOG REVIEWS & RATINGS:
Dave Griffiths Review:
When it comes to comedy specials things are normally pretty straight forward – it’s either one comedian doing stand-up for the entire special or a producer randomly selects the current ‘it’ comedian to host a special where they simply just stand in front of a camera and ‘introduce’ a myriad of comedians to perform their own stand-up routine. That’s where That’s Not My Dog comes into its own.
Aussie comedy great Shane Jacobson (The Bourne Legacy, The Dressmaker) came up with an absolute gem of an idea when he rang his great mate producer/director Dean Murphy (Charlie &Boots, Strange Bedfellows) and said that he wanted to bring back the art of telling a good old-fashioned joke. Of course the creative mind of Jacobson wouldn’t settle for just the plain old comedy special, and in his brilliance he comes up with the wonderful idea of inviting 30 of his funniest mates to come to a BBQ – eat great food, have some brilliant live music played for them while they also stand around telling some of the funniest jokes that you are ever likely to hear.
The result is a brilliant film that turns out to be a celebration of Australian comedy like we have never seen before. The audience sits laughing themselves into hysterics as comedy greats like Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee, Strange Bedfellows) and Steve Vizard (Full Frontal, The Wrong Girl) join forces with comedians of today, like Jimeon (The Craic, The Extra) and Lehmo (Any Questions For Ben, Utopia) and tell three of the funniest jokes that they know. Then of course there are also the hidden talents of those such as Michaela Banas (Nowhere Boys, Always Greener) who steals the show with not only her jokes but also with her ability to tell them.
The concept of the jokes being told at a BBQ just adds to the film with the background noise, and live music being provided by the likes of Dan Kelly, The Black Sorrows and Adam Brand just adding even more atmosphere to the film. What works best though with the film is of course the jokes and luckily for Jacobson his cast came along armed with some of the best jokes that you are ever likely to hear. Aside from Michaela Banas the other star here who really steals the show is the great Marty Fields (Ghost Rider, Blue Heelers) who just delivers comedy gem after comedy gem.
That’s Not My Dog is a brilliant comedic idea that results in pure comedy gold. Shane Jacobson needs to be applauded for taking a stance and re-introducing the lost of art of joke telling to Australians and we should all support him by not only going to see the film but by turning up to work on Monday and saying “hey guys, you should hear this joke I heard on the weekend.”
Greg King’s Review:
The affable Shane Jacobson (whose previous film The BBQ was a massive disappointment and a laboured and unfunny comedy that failed to fire up) threw a massive party at his father’s property in Clarkeville, in regional Victoria. He invited along thirty of Australia’s top comics to share in the joy of joke telling and laughter. He provided all the meat and beer, all the guests had to provide was their funniest jokes. Guests included Paul Hogan, Jimeoin, Marty Fields, Stephen Hall, Fiona O’Loughlin and Tim Ferguson, amongst many others.
The whole night was captured on film by filmmaker Dean Murphy, who directed both Jacobson and Hogan in the road comedy Charlie And Boots. Murphy adopts a free-flowing style here as the camera roams around the party, recording the jokes and the camaraderie. Gags fly thick and fast throughout the relatively brisk 89-minute running time. Each of the guests are given their moment to shine, but some seem to get more screen time than others. Some of the jokes may be familiar, but the veteran comics also put a fresh spin on the gags. And the musical accompaniment to the evening was provided by a bevy of musical acts, including The Black Sorrows, Russell Morris, Adam Brand and Dan Kelly.
That’s Not My Dog is like spending an informal evening in the company of these comics as they enjoy each other’s company and eavesdropping on their funny stories in a somewhat relaxed setting. Everyone seemed to be having a ball. Jacobson’s father Ron comes across as a pretty good story teller himself, but his energy seems to be flagging by the end of the night. The whole thing was filmed over one long night, shot by cinematographer Robert Lanser (who shot Murphy’s Charlie And Boots). Then Murphy and his editor Robert Mond patiently worked through the footage to tighten up the material and remove jokes that were repetitious or potentially too crude or offensive.
One of the big distractions in the film is the blatant product placement, although this is probably how Jacobson and Murphy gained the funding for this low budget film and extravagant evening.
Depending on personal taste though some of the humour will be hit or miss. The title itself comes from the punch line to a classic joke that was used in a Pink Panther movie. For me the highlights were Marty Fields and his stream on clever and witty one-liners and a great joke about a woman joining the CIA.
And while a generally entertaining film, That’s Not My Dog is not great cinema. However, it will be best enjoyed in the cinema where audiences can share the experience and the humour with others, as laughter is often infectious. But it will also do well when released on DVD, where you can re-watch and listen to your favourite jokes over again.
Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):
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Entertainment One Australia have announced the complete eighth season of THE WALKING DEAD will be available to buy on iTunes and other digital platforms from April 17.
With season 9 set to embark on a new narrative, the latest season of THE WALKING DEAD is a pivotal point in the show’s history and is a ‘must own’ for fans of the show. The digital release of THE WALKING DEAD season 8 is the only opportunity to own the whole season ahead of the physical release on DVD & Blu-ray later this year.
In Season 8, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) brings “All Out War” to Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless, but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive. Planing
With their new album FAMILY TREE scoring rave reviews from Australia’s rock media, BLACK STONE CHERRY have upped both the ante and the fun factor with the release of the video for BAD HABIT, the second single from their upcoming 6th studio album just ahead of the album release. The clip sees the band transported back in time to 1988 to a local ‘Battle of the Bands’ contest. The result?
AMILY TREE will be released this Friday, April 20 via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group. While it doesn’t look like Black Stone Cherry will have time for a repeat visit to Australia in 2018, due largely to a huge run of dates in the US and Europe – including Download UK and Nova Rock Vienna with more to be announced – the band are definitely keen for a return in 2019.
Hungarian heavy metal veterans KALAPÁCS have just released their 10th studio album called Örökfekete (English translation: Everblack) today via Hammer Records. A lyric video for the first new song ‘A lángok évada’ was premiered last week and can be seen below. The disc was recorded by László Weisz at his very own studio, Ecseri Vasmű. The cover art was designed by Ádám Devecz (SNDSGN / HammerWorld).
Kalapács was formed by Hungarian heavy metal singer József Kalapács in 2000 after participating in successful bands like Pokolgép and Omen in the ‘80s and ‘90s respectively. The band’s name means Hammer, and that is indeed his real surname.
You can order the new album’s limited special digipak version by contacting the following address: email@example.com
The 2-disc digipak version – beside the 12 brand new songs – also contains the “Félszáz év Total / 30 év Metal” (English translation: Half-Hundred Years Total / 30 Years of Metal) bonus DVD, recorded at the 50th birthday concert of József Kalapács in 2015. This version is limited to 1000 copies and comes with a signed poster.
Los Angeles rockers DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY have premiered the pulsing, captivatingly cinematic, anthem inducing new music video for “No Way Out” from their debut full-length album, Alchemy. Alchemy was written and produced by Ronnie Radke of Falling In Reverse and mixed and mastered by Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Trivium, Sevendust, Alter Bridge). This video proves that in your face, pissed off, rebellious, rock music is alive and well in 2018 and still breaking the rules. Accompanying the video, the band shares details behind the album, track listing and additional tour dates.
“Alchemy was a labor of love eighteen months in the making and we cannot wait to get it out to you all,” explains front-man Michael Orlando. “Our goal is for people to understand that this grew from genuine experience, that this isn’t some paint-by-numbers rock and roll nonsense. DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY plan to bring back that spirit of danger that’s missing in rock & roll today. We went into the studio with the intention of creating something organic and came out with a monster of an album. These songs express our raw emotion and show the power of DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY’s determination to become one of the world’s top rock bands today.”
DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY skillfully inject elements of classic metal like Motley Crue while reinvigorating hard rock to wider audiences, allied with peers like Avenged Sevenfold and Black Veil Brides. Orlando’s kill or be killed real-life story is enough to make you a believer. Here’s a guy, a rebel who grew up in Sunset Strip-era Los Angeles, started a band, got a record deal, toured endlessly and lived rock & roll day in and day out – then a highway bus accident while on the road and his 20-something life is ruined. Michael Orlando almost died. In fact he DID die briefly.
Throughout three grueling years of reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation, Michael’s one source of inspiration was that dream of a second chance. With the support of best-friend Ronnie Radke, the two set out to assemble a scorching band of like-minded rockers and DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY was born.
“Jealousy is rampant in Hollywood,” preludes Orlando when asked about the meaning behind the video. “I was addicted to toxic relationships and as a result I tend to attract toxic women that are easily envious. The ‘No Way Out’ video is meant to take you on a journey through my mindset during one of these relationships. You see our lead antagonist bluntly cheating on me, verbally abusing me and basically torturing me all around. As for the manipulation and jealousy, my favorite scene comes when she floats with her red cloak and her easily influenced followers spit blood on command. The end of the video is meant to show that perpetuating madness that was my life for so long, it gave me straight chills watching it! The true story is I clawed and fought like hell to keep the relationship together but in the end I was dumped on Valentine’s Day with nothing but a chair in an empty apartment.”
DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY kicked of 2018 with a full European tour supporting Falling In Reverse and next week the band lands in Orlando, FL to perform at the 25th annual Earthday Birthday, presented by WJRR. “I lived in Florida for a long time and it’s a great homecoming to be playing such a prestigious fest with giants like Three Days Grace, Seether and Bush. I love the adrenaline that comes with big crowds and the rush of turning people onto our music. We will be bringing a high impact live show and have been waiting to unleash DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY to US audiences for over a year!” Headlining dates will be announced soon.
DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY On Tour 2018
April 21 – Orlando, FL @ Central Florida Fairgrounds – WJRR Earthday Birthday (with Bush and more)
May 17 – Peoria, IL @ Riverfront Festival Park – WIXO Spring Fling (with Stone Temple Pilots and more)
May 26 – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma (with Godsmack, Ghost, Vince Neil and more)
June 21 – Pomona, CA @ Fairplex (Warped Tour)
June 22 – San Diego, CA @ SDCCU Stadium (Warped Tour)
June 23 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater (Warped Tour)
June 24 – Ventura, CA @ County Fairgrounds (Warped Tour)
June 28 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion (Warped Tour)
June 29 – Las Vegas, NV @ DLVEC (Warped Tour)
June 30 – West Valley City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre (Warped Tour)
July 1 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center (Warped Tour)
July 3 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (Warped Tour)
July 5 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Amphitheater (Warped Tour)
July 6 – Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion (Warped Tour)
July 7 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center (Warped Tour)
July 8 – Houston, TX @ NRG Park (Warped Tour)
July 12 – Cadott, WI @ Rockfest (with Disturbed, Incubus and more)
July 14 – Mansfield, OH @ INKcarceration Festival (with Bush, Living Colour and more)
Alchemy pre-order packages feature all new merchandise, limited-edition colored vinyl and include an instant download of “No Way Out” and “I’ll Find A Way.”
In “Incredibles 2,” Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose superpowers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.
Written and directed by Brad Bird (“Iron Giant,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille”) and produced by John Walker (“The Incredibles,” “Tomorrowland”) and Nicole Grindle (“Sanjay’s Super Team” short, “Toy Story 3” associate producer), Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” busts into cinemas on June 14, 2018.
Warrnambool’s groove-thrash metal rising stars The Ascended have announced their debut, full-length studio album ‘Awaken Within’ to be released on May 4th via Truth Inc Records.
The Ascended blend traditional groove elements and new-age, break-neck speeds to achieve a sound that is not only powerful but memorable modern metal classic. Recorded with Adam B. Metal, mixed and mastered by Chris Clancy (Mutiny Within, Wearing Scars) at Audioworks Productions, ‘Awaken Within’ is set to take the global metal scene by storm.
1. A World on Fire
2. Drag Me to Hell
3. Strike of the Monarch
4. Awaken Within
5. God of Harvest
6. The Descent
7. Lady of Sorrow
9. The Way of the Reaper
10. The Fallen One