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Sci-fi thrash metal prog-punks VOIVOD are celebrating thirty-five years on the warpath, and are rrröööaaarrring into 2019 in the best possible way for Australian fans with 4 big East Coast shows kicking off next week!

Riding high on the critical success of this year’s compelling album The Wake, fans can look forward to a machine pummelling cruise on the VOIVOD spacecraft through career defining albums Killing Technology, Dimension Hatröss, Nothingface, Angel Rat and The Outer Limits plus choice tracks from their most recent releases.

VOIVOD have just had a massive 2018 and are kicking 2019 off with a run of Aussie shows next week.

From Rolling Stone and Metal Hammer to Pop Matters, VOIVOD’s album The Wake has been acclaimed as one of the best albums of 2018.

VOIVOD are pleased to announce support acts for the upcoming shows:

Brisbane – Wartooth & Asylum

Canberra – Contrive & Lucifungus

Melbourne – Contrive, El Colosso & In Malice’s Wake

Sydney – Contrive, Head In A Jar & Carbon Black

Florida’s Wage War are preparing to enter the studio to record their third album and the follow up to 2017’s well-received Deadweight. In the meantime, the band has unveiled the video for the menacing yet melodic new song “Low“, out now via Fearless Records / Caroline Australia. The track is a glimpse of what fans can expect from the next record.

“We are so excited to bring you ‘Low,’” singer and guitarist Cody Quistad told Revolver“Over the past year, we’ve been relentlessly touring but we are constantly working on new music. ‘Low’ is the first glimpse of what’s to come for Wage War in 2019. We wanted to give people something to hold them over while we’re hard at work making sure record three is the best Wage War record yet.”

Stay tuned for more from Wage War in the coming months.

 

Sydney based Punk legends Whatever, Forever have announced a run of upcoming shows in Brisbane.
The band will be tearing up the stage at Crowbar on 9th February alongside GreywoodVitals and Grizzlyshark.  They will also be playing an all ages show at 38 Berwick St on Sunday 10th.
Whatever, Forever have been a consistently evolving machine since their inception in the dawn of 2016. With two releases under their belt to date, 2016’s “Teach Me What Love Is Again” and 2017’s “Decay”, the collective of friends has solidified into a passionate line up, ready to bring their engaging live performances to new faces.
Their two new singles “Bridges//Whispers” ooze with ferocity and have struck a chord with listeners around Australia.

The band has shared the stage with high profile international acts such as Turnstile (US), Casey (UK) and Listener (CAN), as well as the road with friends Stuck Out and Zen Haircuts.

Tickets to their upcoming show are available at www.crowbarbris.com/tickets
WHATEVER, FOREVER
SHOW DATES
Saturday February 9th – Crowbar, Brisbane, QLD
Tickets available at www.crowbarbris.com/tickets | 18+ only
Sunday February 10th – 38 Berwick St, Brisbane, QLD
Tickets available at door | All Ages

Two of Australia’s most iconic bands are back again for one last time with their double-barrelled catalogue of hits and classic songs!

 

After two years of National touring as one of the best double bills 1927 & Pseudo Echo are teaming up for one final series of shows!

No Australian music fan can ignore or deny the impact of these two bands on our music psyche. Between them they share a catalogue of songs that are still heard on Australian radio and have accumulated awards and accolades along the way.

1927 formed in 1987 and went on dominate charts with songs such as That’s When I Think Of You, If I Could, Compulsory Hero and Tell Me A Story – all of which were on the multi-platinum selling debut album ISH.  ISH went on to become the highest selling debut release by an Australian artist and won two ARIA Awards – Best Breakthrough Artist – Album and Best Breakthrough Artist – single for That’s When I Think of You. The video for Compulsory Hero took the Aria for Best Video at the 1990 awards.   They continued to release music into the early 1990s before disbanding in 1993.

PSEUDO ECHO were one of the biggest Aussie bands of the 1980s and influenced a generation of Australian musicians with their synthesised rhythms and dance beats.  Their debut album AUTUMNAL PARK (released in 1984) featured hit singles Listening and A Beat For You, followed in 1985 with LOVE AN ADVENTURE and the singles Don’t Go, Love An Adventure, Living in a Dream and the massive #1 single FUNKTY TOWN.  Funky Town was also an international success – peaking at #6 on the US Billboard Singles chat and #8 on the UK Singles chart.

TICKETS FOR THE 1927 & PSEUDO ECHO CELEBRATION TOUR AVAILABLE FROM THE VENUES

 

1927 & Pseudo Echo Celebration Tour Dates

Fri 11 Jan – Club Sapphire, Merimbula NSW

Sat 12 Jan – Mittagong RSL NSW

Wed 16 Jan – Kingscliff Beach Hotel NSW

Thu 17 Jan – Panthers Port Macquarie NSW

Fri 18 Jan – Club Forster NSW

Sat 19 Jan – Rooty Hill RSL NSW

Wed 23 Jan – West Tamworth Leagues Club NSW

Thu 24 Jan – Dubbo RSL NSW

Fri 25 Jan – Bathurst Memorial Theatre NSW

For the very first time, German progressive and technical death metal virtuosos OBSCURA bring their jaw-dropping musical prowess to Australia and
New Zealand!
From their very beginnings in 2002, the band have demonstrated an uncanny ability for blending different forms of technical, cerebral metal into a
coherent synthesis of death, thrash and black metal merged with progressive elements. Not one to bend to convention, OBSCURA distinguished themselves
and their unique brand of music via the tasteful use of vocal effects, fretless bass, philosophical underpinnings, and other elements rarely touched on in extreme metal.
In 2018, OBSCURA complete their long-running, four-album conceptual circle with the release of Diluvium. Complete with all the band’s signature elements plus groundbreaking polyrhythms, dramatic songwriting, and almost incomparable virtuosity, OBSCURA raise the bar once again with an album that will go down in the annals of metal history as one of the most astonishing performances the genre has to offer.
Complimenting the technical insanity will be Australia’s longstanding metal progressive leaders in ALARUM. Blending all forms of metal alongside rock, jazz, latin and fusion, ALARUM have proven they can match the big names on a worldwide level.
Shifting between frothing black metal hate to slower progressive instrumental interludes and back again, the mysterious SOMNIUM NOX will no doubt leave a chilling impression upon those summoned.
OBSCURA, Alarum & Somnium Nox performing at:
March 28th – Brisbane, Crowbar
March 29th – Sydney, The Factory
March 30th – Melbourne, The Corner
TICKETS ON SALE 9AM Tuesday January 15th at:
BRISBANE – http://soundworksdirect.eventbrite.com / www.oztix.com.au
SYDNEY –  http://soundworksdirect.eventbrite.com / www.factorytheatre.com.au

 

Rockhampton Metal band Affinity Minus Perfection dropped their EP “Passion Through Unity” late in 2018 on Friday November 30. Now, they are taking that epic release out on the road down the East Coast of Australia. From the beefy town of Rockhampton, they are bringing the brutal up and down the seaboard.

They will be showcasing the tracks from the EP in home town Rockhampton, then taking it to Bundaberg, Gladstone, Brisbane, Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Albury, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Newcastle, Cairns, Townsville and Mackay – with possibly more to come. All information about tickets and supports at facebook.com/ampmetal. Most shows are tickets on the door, but Brisbane (Crowbar) and Melbourne (Tote Hotel)’s pre-sale tickets are available from Oztix.

The band will share the stage with a number of local heavy acts across the tour, including Overthrone, Day of Content, Thanartist, Pridecaller, Enchiridion, Novus, Upon a Falling Empire, Devonian, Wildheart, In Deception, DIEFM, Path of Victory, Shopping Trolley Fist Fight, Eviscerate the Crown, Cold Era, Hostel, Kaskeid, Ice City, 3 Hour Flight and Forest all showing up at various shows on the tour.

Vocalist Hayden Foley said “We are unbelievably stoked for this tour. We’ve done all the organising ourselves, with the help of some amazing people along the way of course. It’s been crazy behind the scenes trying to put this together – and we can’t wait to enjoy the fruits of our labour.”

The band have enjoyed praise from all corners for their EP “Passion Through Unity”, so taking it on the road will mean that audiences from up and down the East Coast of Australia will get to experience the EP’s explosive tracks up close and personal.

Hysteria Mag said that “The lyrics are raw, the instrumental addictive and the overall message is one so important to every kind of person. We’re calling it now, with the attitude they’ve got and the music they’re releasing, Affinity Minus Perfection will be going places.”, Heavy Mag mused that it is “A mature release from the Rockhampton heavy hitters, plenty of grit and heart throughout this E.P. Crank it loud and assume the position of windmill mode, the heaviness is here!”, while triple j unearthed’s Dave Ruby Howe said that he can see why AMP has “…already booked some shows on bills with Amity and Chronolyth. Good balance between the cinematic moments and pummeling doomsday metal.”

Affinity Minus Perfection’s new EP ‘Passion through Unity’ is out now. Tickets for the Brisbane show are available at http://oztix.com.au.

For more information, go to www.facebook.com/ampmetal.

 

 

Mark Morton, the prolific guitarist of Lamb of God, has released the second single from his debut solo album, Anesthetic, out March 1, 2019. “Cross Off” featuring Chester Bennington premiered today as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats 1 and is now available here.

“Cross Off” was recorded in April 2017 and written by Mark Morton, Chester Bennington, Jake Oni and producer Josh Wilbur. Morton recorded all guitars with Paolo Gregoletto and Alex Bent (Trivium) handling bass and drums. The composition of the song began between Morton, Wilbur and Oni before the three approached Bennington about singing vocals. Bennington loved the song and came to the studio with additional ideas and lyrics that, together with his unique and incredible vocal style, shaped the song to be what it is today.

Morton said his experience working on “Cross Off” with Bennington “was a very free flowing and natural process. We both really loved the song from its inception and everyone that worked on it put a lot of energy and emotion into it. I feel like you can really hear that in the track, and absolutely in Chester’s performance.”

Joining forces with WPP Records and Spinefarm Records on a worldwide basis, Morton will release the 10-track album that sees him further explore his creative drive for writing and collaboration. It arrives on March 1, 2019, but CD and vinyl pre-order and merch bundles are now available here.

The full track listing, complete with the list of guest artists is below. The album was made alongside a dream team of highly respected musicians from a multitude of musical worlds; some friends and some who would never be expected to collaborate with metal genre leaders Lamb of God.

Morton had been writing some of this debut for years. “This album wasn’t a concerted effort to start something outside Lamb of God,” he explains. “Music is always in my head, and until I write and record it, it’s stuck there. But once I record it, it’s out. It’s a catharsis, more for my own sanity.”

Singers on the album include Chester Bennington, Randy Blythe, Jacoby Shaddix, Myles Kennedy, Alissa White-Gluz, Mark Lanegan, Chuck Billy, Jake Oni, Josh Todd, Mark Morales, and Naeemah Maddox. Musically, Morton performs all guitars, with Roy Mayorga, David Ellefson, Ray Luzier, Paolo Gregoletto, Alex Bent, Mike Inez, Jean-Paul Gaster, Steve Gorman, Marc Ford, Yanni Papadopoulos and Chris Brooks rounding out the band.

ANESTHETIC TRACK LISTING:

1. “Cross Off” (feat. Chester Bennington)

2. “Sworn Apart” (feat. Jacoby Shaddix)

3. “Axis”  (feat. Mark Lanegan)
4. “The Never” (feat. Chuck Billy + Jake Oni)
5. “Save Defiance” (feat. Myles Kennedy)
6. “Blur” (feat. Mark Morales)
7. “Back From The Dead” (feat. Josh Todd)
8. “Reveal” (feat. Naeemah Maddox)

9. “Imaginary Days”
10. “The Truth Is Dead” (feat. Randy Blythe + Alissa White-Gluz)

 

Multi-platinum selling Australian alt-electro pioneers Empire Of The Sun (Luke Steele & Nick Littlemore) celebrate the tenth anniversary of their multiple-ARIA-award winning debut album ‘Walking On A Dream’ with the release of a limited edition vinyl product on Captiol Records/EMI Music Australia, the first vinyl release of the album in over three years. The product includes:

A gatefold, 180 gram heavyweight vinyl of Walking On A Dream on transparent blood orange vinyl.

 The original artwork from the initial 2009 vinyl release.

 A unique code to download the previously unreleased track ‘Chrysalis’.

The ‘Walking On A Dream: 10th Anniversary Edition’ vinyl can be ordered HERE and is available while supplies last.

In 2008, two of Australia’s leading musicians/producers LUKE STEELE (The Sleepy Jackson) and NICHOLAS LITTLEMORE (Pnau) created a vision that seemed to come from an alternative reality – a post-apocalyptic psychedelic adventure known as EMPIRE OF THE SUN.  The resulting album Walking On A Dream went on to sell close to 2 million copies worldwide. 8 ARIA awards (including Album of The Year, Single of the Year and Best Group), 2 BRIT nominations (including Best International Album), and many more accolades followed.

In the decade since the album’s release, Empire Of The Sun have risen to be one of Australia’s most successful musical exports. The band followed their debut with the release of two more full-length albums – 2013’s Ice On The Dune and 2016’s Two Vines.

To date the band have sold over 3 million albums and have reached Multi-Platinum status with global singles Alive, We Are The People and Walking On A Dream (certified platinum – 1 million sales – in the US).

The band have also toured the globe extensively including headline slots at Coachella and a sold out performance at The Hollywood Bowl to over 17,000 fans. TV performances have included ELLEN, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Later… With Jules Holland.

The limited edition ‘Walking On A Dream’ vinyl is released February 1