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The Sword know no boundaries. JD Cronise [vocals, guitar], Kyle Shutt [guitar], Bryan Richie [bass], and Santiago Vela III [drums] take their own conception of heavy psychedelic rock beyond the realms of perception. You feel the pounding in your ears and you feel that vibration in your diaphragm, but this is an attack that is wholly joyous and uplifting.

Basking in the glow of the outstanding 5 star reviews for their latest album ‘Used Future’, The Sword bring their sonic journey in from the outer reaches of the galaxy to a city near you.

Inspired by classic rock originators such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, ZZ Top and classic eraMetallica, the Sword have forged their own identity melding buzzsaw guitars, 60’s garage, 70’s psychedelia and a decent dollop of sludge with lyrics exploring mythology, science fiction literature and introspective philosophy. The result is a spellbinding concoction of gut wrenching bliss.

Check out ‘’DEADLY NIGHTSHADE’’ Single: HERE

The Sword bring beauty and brutality evocative of rock’s golden age, but with a consciousness and bravura devastatingly shaped by these hammers of the gods for the 21st century and beyond.

The Nations capital as yet again coughed up some quality metal.

Five piece death metal beast Hostel have come slithering out of the political wastelands of Canberra and will deliver their debut album Malevolent on May 29!

The band recently made waves with the albums title track and have now unleashed Devil.Ish on the world. The video was shot and edited by the bands drummer, Thomas Williams.

Watch it here
www.facebook.com/HostelBandAU/videos/2072270549658270 

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

Pre orders for Malevolent are available now
BANDCAMP | ITUNES   

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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.

Watch the video for Malevolent here

www.facebook.com/HostelBandAU 

 

“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!


Prevail II is out now

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 FearHank3Wednesday 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.

Check out the “Intro to Outlaw Country” segment here:
https://youtu.be/hbcl74deLcY

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

 

 

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.

Buy it on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/bronx-boy/1373365076?i=1373368272

 

Sunshine Coast World Music legends Dubarray have just released their new single and music video ‘Inner Sanctum’. The single is the title track from their new upcoming album, which is set for release on Friday 18th May 2018.
Dubarray have also announced that their highly anticipated album is now available for pre order on iTunes.
Uplifting, Soulful & Euphoric, Dubarray combine a fresh fusion of boundary bending world music that infuses styles such as trip-hop, drum & bass, house, reggae, funk, dancehall and tribal grooves layered on a bed of electronic ambience and organic undertones.
Dubarray formed in Europe 6 years ago and built a solid foundation thanks to a relentless live touring schedule. They have since released 3 Albums and 5 Singles, returned to tour Europe multiple times, hit the Australian road for many national tours and have been nominated for various Music Oz and Queensland Music awards.
Dubarray have appeared at many festivals in Australia and abroad including Splendour in the GrassWoodfordWanderlustIsland Vibes, LuminatePalm Creek,Nannup and Earth Frequency (to mention just a diverse few.)
New single ‘Inner Sanctum’ is available for download on all major online stores.

 

Missy Higgins’ fifth studio album, Solastalgiais unveiled today. The beloved singer/songwriter has vaulted back into the spotlight this year. Her new singles ‘Futon Couch’ and ‘Cemetery’ ignited playlists everywhere, an impassioned appearance on ABC-TV’s “Q&A” provoked national debate about refugee policy, and a stadium tour as Ed Sheeran’s special guest ensured Australia fell in love with her all over again. Not surprisingly her headlining national tour – which starts next week – sold out faster than any in the last decade.

So 2018 marks an exciting new phase in Missy’s career but it also signals a fresh start creatively.  She has clearly absorbed some fresh influences since her last collection of original songs, The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle (2012), joined The Sound Of White (2004) and On A Clear Night (2007) in debuting at #1 on the Australian charts. The three albums have collectively sold over a million album copies in this country and earned her nine ARIA Awards but Solastalgia sees Missy exploring new frontiers. Synthetic soundscapes and drum loops now underpin the organic pianos and acoustic guitar tones that people typically associate with her, perhaps reflecting the addition of new production collaborator Pip Norman (Tzu, Troy Sivan) and mixer John O’Mahony (Vance Joy, Coldplay, Metric).

The album also sees some different lyrical approaches.

“I’ve always tried to write honestly about what’s going on inside my head and that’s still the case so in a way nothing has changed”, Missy explains. “When I was a teenager I was writing songs about early heartbreaks and other stuff I was experiencing but my life’s very different now. I got married. We had a baby. My priorities have changed and my thoughts are gravitating towards different things like, well, the end of the world!”

The title Solastalgia refers to the existential crisis people feel when confronted by seismic environmental change so as the word suggests, there actually is a bit of an apocalyptic theme that runs through many of the new tunes. “How Was I To Know” (co-written and produced with Adele collaborator Dan Wilson) literally contemplates “the end of everything” while “Hallucinate” is a tense and restless rumination on a fragile future. Clearly this is the same yearning and earnest songwriter who penned Australian classics like “Scar”, “The Special Two”, “Where I Stood”, “Steer” and “Everyone’s Waiting” but she has simply moved into a different phase of her life. She’s still grappling with finding meaning and sharing it in her work but the stakes are now even higher.

“I’m sure that subconsciously it was all shaped by having a baby”, says Missy. “For the first time I started thinking about the future more seriously and more personally. I started asking “what kind of world is my little boy going to experience when he grows up?‘. And if you stop and think about it like that it can be bloody terrifying. Just watching the news at night can make you want to cover your eyes. Plus I’d been reading some climate-fiction (cli-fi) and post-apocolypic literature so that also caused a bit of an existential crisis that shaped some of these songs too.”

But while the word “solastalgia” describes this exact fear it is actually a hybrid of the latin terms for both “comfort” and “pain” so the picture isn’t one dimensional. On tracks like the album’s first hit single “Futon Couch” Missy playfully recounts the story of how she met her husband at a Broome share house. “The Difference” sees her embracing the idea that things can be changed for the better while “Red Moon” (co-written and produced with Tove Lo and Broods collaborator Alex Hope) is an end-of-days romantic fantasy.

Her new single ‘Cemetery’ looks back fondly on a moment of youthful indiscretion and the music video for that song is also released today. Missy says, “I had a blast shooting this with my good friend and long-time collaborator, Natasha Pincus. She also directed my videos for ‘Everyone’s Waiting’‘Unashamed Desire’ and ‘Oh Canada‘. In other words, she’s bloody brilliant. This video was shot all in one take, and I have to thank the whole camera and lighting crew who put in so many hours getting their moves so perfectly right, so that I could just come in and sing the song. Then of course there’s the VFX (the little lights you’ll see as the clip progresses) which were done by dream-team GRAMM. I’ve never done a black and white clip, nor a one-shot clip before that was so stripped back and raw.”

In an era where albums are increasingly being sidelined by individual tracks Solastalgia is a defiant piece of work. It makes the case that a dozen songs in a row by one artist can fill a broader canvas picture that’s worth the time required to absorb it as one piece. While playlists can clearly be fun and there are songs here that can fit on them, this is a genuine album in the classic sense of that word.

“My loved-one said to me that this album feels like “a meditation on Time” – he’s a playwright so he gets to say profound things like that but I think he’s spot on. The notion of time has changed so much for me since becoming a parent. I’m now both imperative to someone’s survival while simultaneously obsolete in the grander scheme of things.  I now look into the future and think about the world I am bringing my son into and what a debilitatingly huge responsibility that is. I think about the mistakes I’ve made and how I can try to make the future safer, for him and his children and their children and their children. At the same time though I think about the capacity for love I feel right now that I never knew was possible. That in itself gives me so much hope that maybe things will turn out OK after all. Especially when I think about all the balls of love out there in people’s chests, not just for their children but for each other, their friends, their family.”

“The forces in both directions just feel so much bigger and stronger now that I’ve literally got more skin in the game. It’s a huge journey, this album. Through hope and despair and ultimately hope (I hope!).”

SOLASTALGIA AUSTRALIAN MAY TOUR 2018

with special guest GORDI

(All shows, All Ages)

WED 2 MAY QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane SOLD OUT

FRI 4 MAY QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane SOLD OUT

SAT 5 MAY Empire Theatre, Toowoomba *SELLING FAST

SUN 6 MAY Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong SOLD OUT

MON 7 MAY Enmore Theatre, Sydney SOLD OUT

TUE 8 MAY Enmore Theatre, Sydney SOLD OUT

FRI 11 MAY Canberra Theatre SOLD OUT

SAT 12 MAY Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SOLD OUT

SUN 13 MAY Palais Theatre, Melbourne SOLD OUT

MON 14 MAY Palais Theatre, Melbourne SOLD OUT

 

Spawning from deep within the aphotic caverns that lurk below the nation’s capital of Canberra comes Inhuman Remnants. They are today announcing the release of their new track – II. Solipsis! Premiered at Youtube Channel Slam Worldwide to their audience of nearly 100k subscribers, the brutal, dark Death Metal track shows off the razor sharp edges, devastating vocals and precision playing of the band.

The track is part two of a three-part story that makes up the mini-EP ‘Solipsis’ that will see its full release on June 1 through Eschatonic Records. The single will see its release this Friday in iTunes, Bandcamp and Spotify.

The dark, brooding track was Mixed/Mastered at TsunTsun Productions and the lyric video created by Drain Hope.

Inhuman Remnants are a mainstay of the Death Metal scene in Australia – The end of 2012 saw them release their first EP ‘Anathema’ along with the start of many live shows along the east coast of Australia. Gaining momentum, the band began amassing an eager online following and 16 months later, they released their sophomore EP ‘Inattentional Blindness’ in early 2014.
Since 2014 Inhuman Remnants has fine tuned their live show by supporting bands such as AbortedCattle DecapitationRevocationKing ParrotNe ObliviscarisBorn of OsirisThe Black Dahlia Murder and many more.
Inhuman Remnants’ EP ‘Solipsis’ will be unleashed upon an already plagued world on Friday June 1 in iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp.

UK, progressive metal masters TesseracT will return to Australia this September!

It will be nearly three years exactly since the band’s last visit and in that time their fan base has increased immensely as this tour sees them playing their biggest rooms yet!

Tickets for all shows go on sale at 10.00am Tuesday, April 10.
www.livenation.com.au/artist/tesseract-tickets


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 King here & listen to the first single Luminary here.

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

Tickets on sale 10.00am Tuesday, April 10.
www.livenation.com.au/artist/tesseract-tickets 

tesseractband.co.uk
facebook.com/tesseractband
facebook.com/listentocircles 

Pre order’s for Sonder are available now
http://found.ee/SONDER_AUS

 

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.

Also available in the following stores…

Music Farmers
Songland
Readings St Kilda
Rockaway
Music Bizarre
Greville
Dillons
Goldmine
Rocksteady
Captain Stomp
Mills
Repressed Records
Clarity
Readings Carlton
Streetlight
Avenue Records
78 Records
Diabolik
Beatdisc
Hum
Beatniks
Dada
Strangeworld
Poison City
Polyester
Rocking Horse
Thornbury
Midland
The Edwards
Red Eye
Landspeed
Utopia
Egg
Mojo Records
Vinyl Revival
Urban
Famous Rock Shop
Jet Black Cat
Abicus
Round & Round
Basement Discs
JJ’S Vinyl
Record Paradise
Sandy’s
Sounds Expresso
E Degrees
Rare Records
Sauce Records
Oh Jean
Bunker
Tommy Gun
Northside
Quality
Prehistoric Sounds
Rocktherapy
Junction Records
Vinyl Squeeze
Howl & Moan
Dixons
Mr V
Record Low
Sonic Sherpa
Title Bangaroo
Title Surry Hills