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Nearly 30,000 heavy music fans descended on Melbourne on Saturday for Australia’s first Download Festival. After a smattering of rain to kick off, the rock gods smiled, the clouds parted, and pure rock fury ripped through Flemington.

International superstars Korn, Prophets of Rage, Limp Bizkit, Mastodon, Gojira, Amon Amarth, and Sabaton delivered stand out sets. Couples got busy tying the knot in the inflatable church, moving over to the beer hall for a reception to remember! Foodies indulged in the scrumptious delights served up by the Hell’s Kitchen crew and the super fans filled the signing tent, lining up for hours to get their chance to meet their favourite Download acts.

Download programmer Nigel Melder praised patrons and confirmed the festival will return to Melbourne, and in news that will put a smile on NSW heavy rock fans faces…. Will debut in Sydney in 2019.

We could not be happier with how Download rolled out in 2018. The warmth and support from the heavy music community was unprecedented. From fans to industry and media the love has been out of this world. We can’t thank everyone enough for their behaviour yesterday and we are excited to confirm that Download will return to Melbourne and also make its Sydney debut in 2019.”

Download founder Andy Copping flew in from the UK to experience Download Melbourne and had this to say:

It was an incredible honour to bring Download Festival to Australia and no better place than at Flemington Racecourse, or as it was renamed by fans Donmington, in the heart of Melbourne. Seeing all the bands just hanging out and supporting each other on stage encapsulates the true camaraderie and spirit of this kind of music, this scene and this festival. Thank you Download Australia, particularly the fans cause it’s nothing without you lot, you have truly have taken the festival to your hearts and we cannot wait to be back again for you next year!”

The Download team want to thank all of the artists and crew who made Australia’s first ever Download such a huge success…

Korn (Only Australian Show)
 Prophets of Rage | Limp Bizkit
Mastodon | Good Charlotte | NOFX
Suicidal Tendencies | Gojira | Amon Amarth
Arch Enemy | Falling In Reverse | Neck Deep | Sabaton
Hot Water Music| Of Mice & Men | The Story So Far 
Northlane | Trophy Eyes | Nails | Issues | Bad Cop / Bad Cop
Ocean Grove |
 Psycroptic | King Parrot| Clowns
Chase Atlantic | Make Them Suffer | High Tension

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR MELBOURNE… and SYDNEY!!

 

Thanks to our friends at Icon Film we have a very special pack to giveaway to celebrate the release of  Walking Out in cinemas on April 5th. The pack includes a double pass to see Walking Out in cinemas plus copies of The Tree Of Life, Apocalypto, The Road, The Confirmation and Infinitely Polar Bear on DVD. Walking Out is released in cinemas on 5th April and for your chance to win this special pack simply private message on Facebook page (and like it) with the answer to this question – Which sci-fi film did Bill Pullman star in with Will Smith?

 

Don’t forget that our Sweet Virginia giveaway finishes up on Friday.

Thanks to our friends at Icon Film we have two copies of Sweet Virginia to give away on DVD. Swet Virginia comes out on home entertainment on the 28th March and for your chance to win a copy simply private message on Facebook page (and like it) with the answer to this question – Who did Jon Bernthal play in The Walking Dead?

Don’t forget that our The Man Who Inventred Christmas giveaway finishes up on Friday.

Thanks to our friends at Icon Film we have two copies of The Man Who Invented Christmas to give away on DVD (along with copies of the book – A Christmas Carol And Other Holiday Treasures). The Man Who Invented Christmas comes out on home entertainment on the 28th March and for your chance to win a copy simply private message on Facebook page (and like it) with the answer to this question – Who wrote the novel A Christmas Carol?

 

Don’t forget that our Blade Of The Immortal giveaway finishes up on Friday.

Thanks to our friends at Icon Film we have two copies of Blade Of The Immortal to give away on DVD. Blade Of The Immortal comes out on home entertainment on the 28th March and for your chance to win a copy simply private message on Facebook page (and like it) with the answer to this question – Who plays Manji in Blade Of The Immortal?

 

Sydney progressive metal quartet Red Sea have just released their brand new single Hurricane !
With its titanic guitars and rack-tom heavy drumming offset against the angelic yet powerfully striking vocals of frontwoman Erica Bowron, Hurricane weaves its way into your subconscious and makes itself at home.
There is no escape, just like for the people in the songs music video.
The video was directed by Erica AND the Ford Mustang featured in the clip belongs to her too!

Erica says of the video: “The whole process of designing and creating the Hurricane video has been incredible! The team, the locations and the results have been nothing short of epic and I’m so exciting for its release! Being my Directorial debut I wanted to create something special – the song itself is rather epic so I wanted to make a video that would match and even heighten the drama and emotion already in the song. (Hurricanes Cinematographer) Andy Stavert and I had only met once before at a 40s themed party at Tara Moss’ house no less, which we were both invited to through our respective sisters. We hit it off straight away but it wasn’t until months later when I saw some of his drone footage that I knew Andy was the cinematographer for the project. We both knew we were being ambitious but were also so excited by the concept that we just kept feeding off each other and pushing the boundaries. 
 
For the narrative, I wanted Bonnie and Clyde meets Romeo and Juliet….and I think we got it!! Our gorgeous talent, Zac Davey and Kayla Rose Thornberry, are actually a real-life couple and are dear friends of the band. And yes, the matching batman tattoos are real!! Despite never acting before, they jumped at the chance to be involved when I pitched the concept to them and (as you can see!) were just amazing. Asking Zac to do a death ‘pieta’ scene in the bush and Kayla to almost drown in a wedding dress in the ocean at dawn were pretty big asks if you’ve never acted before! They were consummate professionals and to be honest, everyone on set actually so much fun despite to the dramatic storyline. The other “character” of the story is of course my beatiful Ford Mustang that features as the getaway car…as much as I love Zac and Kayla, I did the stunt driving for these scenes ;D “
 
The other dominant element in the clip is obviously the Australian landscape. The ocean, bush and band-on-the-cliff shots all work to dominate and almost overpower the storyline. To me, you can’t get more raw and elemental than the Pacific Ocean smashing against a cliff-face or the beautiful but dangerous expanse of the Australian bush. I wanted the gravitas of the landscapes to work in tandem with the drama playing out with the characters. The landscape starts as a backdrop but gradually overpowers the narrative and ultimately ends up consuming our characters completely. Nothing highlights the frailty and temporal nature of humans, even powerful love and loss, like Mother Nature. 
 
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Red Sea burst onto the music landscape in 2016 with their debut EP Battlescar that was produced by the legendary triple Grammy nominated Rick Will (Fear Factory, NIN, Cold Chisel)
With a sound likened to the love child of Evanescence, Muse and A Perfect Circle, Red Sea stand out among a um sea of sameness.
Red Sea have played the Sydney Opera House and last year opened for Hungary’s biggest band Tankcsapda on their Australian tour.
A full debut album planned for release later this year but before then, Red Sea will embark on a run of shows across NSW and Victoria
TOUR DATES
Friday, March 23: The Imperial Hotel, Armidale
Saturday, April 7: The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney 
Saturday, April 14: Small Ballroom, Newcastle 
Saturday, April 21: Transit Bar, Canberra
More dates tbc
Official Event Page

 

The might Steel Panther are bringing their Sunset Strip tour to Australia and Dave Griffiths was lucky enough to be able to catch up with lead singer Michael Starr and talk about what they have in store for fans. He also delves into a little bit of Steel Panther and talks about what it was like when the band were trying to start out and grunge was dominating the local scene in L.A.

You can listen to our full Steel Panther interview right here.

 

 

 

The mighty Dimmu Borgir are back after eight years with a brand new album. Now while we wait for Eonian to hit shelves on May 4th you can sit back and take a listen as frontman Silenoz sits down and has a chat with Dave G. Silenoz not only talks about the brand new album but also drops in a little bit of news for Australian fans.

You can listen to the full Dimmu Borgir interview below.