Irish Pagan Metal Gods Primordial will release their new album, Exile Amongst The Ruins, March 30th through Metal Blade Records. Teaming with producer Ola Ersfjord, who worked on Primordial‘s 2016 live album, Gods To The Godless, the record was tracked at Dublin’s Camelot Studios, located adjacent to their rehearsal room.
Primordial comments: “This is a simple story. A soldier’s fate that has happened around the world many times and will continue to do so. It is set in Ireland about 100 years ago. Nothing more and nothing less. They are the Ghosts. We are the Ruins.”
Once again building upon their signature sound, the follow up to 2014’s Where Greater Men Have Fallen is a more raw, “old school sounding” record than its predecessor. Hitting home with what vocalist A.A. Nemtheanga describes as “a direct energy” and wielding an urgency that is undeniable, the Irish quintet once again effortlessly blend elements of tragedy and might like no one else. Likewise, the evolution in their sound continues to be organic and unforced, ensuring that Exile Amongst The Ruins is essential listening for both their long term faithful and those only now drawn into their world.
Arig has released her new single Mama Saidahead of her upcoming EP “Attrition” set for release on Friday, April 27th.
Mama Saidis a truly inspiring piece reflecting on the short-comings of home life andtrying to fight your way through the emotional pain; blooming withArig’s honeyed vocals, melodic synths and riveting beats.
“I never had the beautiful upbringing that I wished for. My mother was the cause of most of my physical, emotional and spiritual pain and confusion in life. But perception is power. She showed me how to be everything that I didn’t want to be. And that is hergreatest gift to me,” said Arig.
The track took time in it’s creation as Arigexperienced many setbacks in writing the lyrics, forming a background beat and a rhythm that would showcase her feelings for everyone to understand.
“Mama Saidis one of the songs I did a lot of writing for. I spent a lot of nights getting drunkwith the beat on repeat until sun up trying to figure out how to get out the angst and pain that I was feeling towards my Mum. But, when I let go of trying to get it right and I just got on the mic it all just came out.”
Mama Saidis the third track from Arig’supcoming EP release “Attrition” set for Friday April 27th, following on the amazing success of her first released track 77.
Arig is an Eritrean woman creating beautiful, blues music. Growing up in a single mother household, she learnt early on the unfortunate traps and social shortcomings of such a situation. Among the chaos she found peace in a small bedroom, a hairbrush in place of a microphone and a very big dream. Arighas dedicated her time and efforts in recording many projects, honing her craft and blossoming into her own voice and sound. After working hard for so long, she finally found the right people she needed to work with and to support her, thus her upcoming EP “Attrition” was born, as her first official stand in music.
Geelong rock n rollers Dangerous Curves will release their long awaited debut album So Dirty Right on April 6.
They have just released a new lyric video for the albums title track WatchSo Dirty Right
The band have just announced a run of shows in their home state of Victoria in support of the release
April 6: Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne
with Gypsy, Espionage, White Devil Detroit
April 13: Mojos Pool hall & Lounge, Ballarat
with White Devil Detroit, The Krunch & Chasing Mojo
April 20: Barwon Club, Geelong
with Ablaze, 74 Kings & The Krunch
April 27: MusicMan, Bendigo
with Lace And Whiskey
Inspired by the likes of Bon Jovi, Kiss and Van Halen, Dangerous Curves formed in 2015 with one only one goal in mind, to bring back the music of the infamous LA scene of the late 80’s…with a add a modern twist.
So Dirty Right is larger than life and ready to blow you away! Ten perfectly executed slabs of rock n roll that capture the wild spirit of rock’s glory days while very much looking towards the future. Equal parts grit and polish, Dangerous Curves know how to party
Huge hooks, ballsy guitars and big drums. So Dirty Right has songs you’ll be humming after the first listen that will get stuck in your head for days. So Dirty Right was produced by Chris Themelco (Harlott, Orpheus Omega, Espionage, Skarlet) at Monolith Studios and Mastered at Deluxe Mastering (JET, Silverchair, The Veronicas).
So Dirty Right – Track listing:
1. Sensationable Submit
2. Art Of The Heart
3. Club Mile High
4. Funky Bonez
5. I Need lovin’
6. So Dirty Right
7. Ready Or Not
8. See You Again
9. Forbidden Love
10. Locked Down
Pre orders available now and come with an instant download of Art Of The Heart
French electronic duo, The Blaze share stunning new single and video ‘Heaven’, following the track’s world first play via Zane Lowe at Beats 1 this week.
The enigmatic duo comprised of cousins Guillaume and Jonathan Alric, rekindle their musical and visual poetry with self-directed music video for latest single ‘Heaven’, paving the way for a first full-length album to be released in June 2018. Both halves of the project are music producers and film directors with creative control of every aspect of their output and the result of their combined talent is nothing short of breathtaking.
Conceived as a great escape through the sunbathed countryside, one should perceive ‘Heaven’ as a revived “Déjeuner sur l’Herbe” where the thriving youth gets back to the center of the stage to finally exude happiness. As already portrayed in award-winning productions ‘Virile’ and ‘Territory’, The Blaze’s take on freedom is coupled, for now, with a re-appropriation of collective imaginary and aesthetics. In a scenery where fields outshine concrete, the traditional and bucolic picnic is also about dancing and booty-shaking. Beat by beat, the scope widens almost endlessly, echoing the ecstatic and raptured heart of the community that gathered together, and of every single listener. ‘Heaven’ is meant to be the final part of the triptych and if ‘Heaven’ marks the end of their first opus, it also confirms that The Blaze have just opened an even wider realm of possibilities.
Beginning their story with inaugural track, Virile, released in 2016, the duo then went on to release their debut TerritoryEP in April 2017. The Blaze have a very unique way of working, producing the music and visuals at the same time, in tandem as it were. Their incredible musical and directorial skill have not gone unnoticed, winning numerous awards from the likes of Grand Prix at Cannes Lions, the Best Directors award at Berlin Music Video Awards, UK Music Video Awards to name but a few. New single Heavenarrives as the final piece of the triplicate presented by The Blaze, adding to the growing anticipation for their upcoming full-length release. No strangers to a glowing live review, The Blaze played their biggest headline show to date at Pitchfork Paris last year, and will bring their captivating live show to Coachella this April, Reading & Leeds in August, Primavera, Parklife, Garorock, Europavox, Mainsquare, Melt, Art Sonic, Lollapalooza Paris, Dockville, Lovebox.
An overwhelming sense of humanity surrounds all that The Blaze create. Whether you see two friends sharing a special moment in Virile, that sweet feeling of home in Territory or are perhaps familiar with the work of French painter Manet and his piece Dejeuner sur l’herbe in Heaven, The Blazes’ work is completely open to interpretation, for everybody, equally. They have one wish, that you’re able to feel.
The Blaze new single ‘Heaven’ is OUT NOW. Their debut album is set for release June 2018.
European Festival Dates
April 13th – COACHELLA MUSIC FESTIVAL – Palm Springs (US)
April 20th – COACHELLA MUSIC FESTIVAL – Palm Springs (US)
June 2nd – PRIMAVERA – Barcelona (ES)
June 10th – PARKLIFE – Manchester (UK)
June 28 – GAROROCK – Marmande (FR)
June 30th – EUROPAVOX – Clermont-Ferrand (FR)
July 4th – ROSKILDE FESTIVAL- Roskilde (DK)
July 7th – MAIN SQUARE FESTIVAL – Arras (FR)
July 13th – LOVEBOX FESTIVAL – London (UK)
July 14th – MELT – Berlin (DE)
July 20th – ART SONIC – Briouze (FR)
July 21st – LOLLAPALOOZA FESTIVAL – Paris (FR)
July 22nd – VIEILLES CHARRUES – Carhaix (FR)
August 19th – DOCKVILLE FESTIVAL – Hamburg (DE)
August 24th – LEEDS & READING – Reading (UK)
August 25th – LEEDS & READING – Leeds (UK)
Metal never dies. In the 50 years since it first spewed forth from northern English guitars, heavy metal has grown into a world dominating and ever expanding genre of endless subgenres. But sometimes, you just have to bring it back to it’s roots. It’s all about the riff, that feeling, that sound, that urge. Adelaide’s finest exponents of true heavy metal, Matterhorn have harnessed the heavy metal riff and channeled it into their debut album, Crimes Of Man, set for release on March 16.
Today they unleash the first single from the album.
Watch the video for Memory Of The Guilty here
Formed in 2009, the band have been treading the boards for years as the nations premiere heavy metal tribute show performing all the classic songs from bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, DIO, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy, Metallica and more in one big highly entertaining and memorable live full concert production show. This led to the release of a 7 track EP in 2013 called For True Fans Of Rock/Metal featuring cover songs of the above mentioned bands which was well received among the heavy music press. Matterhorn then went on to tour the EP to a wider audience sharing Aussie stages with former Judas Priest vocalist Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens and the one and only Paul Di’Anno of Iron Maiden’s early years.
Then the requests started coming in to hear some of the bands own songs…and due to overwhelming demand, the band have produced a slab of their own metal material and called it Crimes Of Man.
Featuring 13 original songs, that feature vocalist Amanda Ozolins’ incredible power, range and control. There is something formidable about her voice that comes roaring out of the speakers and grabs the listener by the throat, commanding their attention. Focusing your attention further, guitarist Brendan Ozolins delivers riffs that honour his roots and are instantly recognisable as 100% metal riffage. There are no breakdowns or prog weirdness going on, just straight up pummelling riffs and soaring solos of pure molten metal. The full frontal assault is driven home via Steve Opitz and Jaryd Dorey on bass and drums, who lock down monstrous groove from the engine room.
Ozolin’s lyrics tackle some pretty heavy contemporary issues, the superficial nature of social media on album opener Judge Nought, to Burial Ground‘s corporate greed, Asylum‘s the refugee crisis, to the ever present threat of global conflict discussed in Spear Of Destiny and even the Bali Nine via the albums first single Memory Of The Guilty. Plus the uniquely Aussie Guest Of His Majesty which gives the First Fleet and early Australian life a metal soundtrack and some typically metal subject matter via Drive – fast cars, fast living, The Riff – nuff said, and I Am Become Death, the most metal of topics, The Manhattan Project.
If it’s pure, unadulterated heavy freakin metal that you want. Matterhorn have got what you need!
Crimes Of Man will be released on March 16 Pre orders are coming soon
Melbourne’s Arcane Saints are releasing their brand new Britpop and classic rock inspired single “Something Real.” Never a band to shy away from change, the song is a step in a different musical direction from their previous heavier, grunge inspired sound. Arcane Saints have performed at major festivals all over the world including Big Day Out and recently supported the legendary Glen Matlock from the Sex Pistols. They have also toured with and supported bands such asTrapt, Grinspoon, Thousand Foot Krutch and Sarah Mcleod. Before they embark on a European tour in support of the new single, they will be treating their hometown fans to a special launch show at Melbourne’s Cherry Bar on Sat 10 March.
WEEDEATER have announced a string of European shows starting with a unique special ‘God Luck and Good Speed’ show at the prestigious Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, the Netherlands on April 19th. Provided that Sheb has no further accidents with his favourite shotgun, the Southern smoked band will continue to inhale deeply in ten more European countries including the UK.
Those infamous sludge outlaws WEEDEATER finally return with their long-awaited fifth full-length ‘Goliathan’. Their new album marks the crossroads where true Southern rock and metal meet raw humour, old religion, as well as weed and whiskey. ‘Goliathan’ embodies the band’s trademark shuffle and swagger at their fullest. Syrupy slow riffs are buoyed by canyon-deep bass and some of the hardest-hitting drumming since Keith Moon. Full-on bruisers such as “Cain Enabler”, “Claw of the Sloth”, and the aptly-named “Bully” demonstrate that ‘Goliathan’ is delivering a vintage WEEDEATER and the soon-to-be gold standard of Southern sludge metal. At its founding, the band rose like a doobie phoenix out of the ashes of BUZZOV•EN. When the cult sludge act called it a day, bass player Dave “Dixie” Collins teamed up with guitarist Dave “Shep” Shepherd and founded WEEDEATER in the harbor town of Wilmington about the year 1998. Their crushing and massive first full-length ‘…and Justice for Y’all’ (2001) created an immediate buzz, while critics were struggling to put a tag on their sound. Nearly everybody agreed that stoner rock, doom, sludge and some crusty elements were part of the mix, which the band simply calls “weed metal”. The debut was produced by renowned engineer Billy Anderson (EYEHATEGOD, NEUROSIS) as well as sophomore album ‘Sixteen Tons’ (2002). WEEDEATER went out to perform live with CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY among others. After some detours of Dixie Dave, who played shortly with BONGZILLA and SOURVEIN, third album ‘God Luck and Good Speed’ hit the world in 2007 and shifted the band’s focus slightly towards the stoner side. The latest full-length ‘Jason… the Dragon’ got delayed when guitarist Shep lost a toe due to an incident with his favourite shotgun. When the sludge driven album finally came out in 2011, shows in the US and Europe cemented the band’s reputation as a fierce live entity. After signing to Season of Mist, WEEDEATER reissued their full back-catalogue on their new label. Yet the Bible Belt state of North Carolina, USA remains a fertile ground for hemp and stoner rock. ‘Goliathan’ makes the South smoke again. Lean back and let this monster record blow your mind!
After stomping their way through the nation’s capital cities last December in support of their devastating new album ‘Ugly Produce’, King Parrot stay true to their insatiable work ethic announcing a new edition of their ‘Regional Rampage’ Tour for 2018. King Parrot always stay true to touring the regional centers of Australia, and this April will see them venture on a massive east coast tour encompassing every nook and cranny from Victoria to far north Queensland. Along for the ride on their first ever visit to Australia will be the USA’s Child Bite after releasing ‘Negative Noise’ on Housecore Records in 2017. The lethal duo have blitzed their way through North America on many tours over the last few years, and King Parrot believe their Australian audiences will love the addition of Child Bite, one of their all-time favorite bands.
A further treat for fans will see both acts offering their services to play at your house! That’s right, you heard it correctly, you could have King Parrot and Child Bite playing a private show for you and your mates at your house. Check out Parlour Tours for more information and date availability to ensure that you get in quick for this rare opportunity: http://parlour.tours/kingparrot
‘Ugly Produce’ peaked at number 21 on the ARIA charts, an unheard-of feat for any grind core band in this country. The release saw King Parrot travel to North America, Europe and Japan late in 2017 and the band are ready to take to the road once again. The videos for “Ten Pounds of Shit in a Five Pound Bag” and “Piss Wreck” further added to the collection of memorable and entertaining cult videos spewing forth from the KP brains trust. Go pay a visit to Youtube if you haven’t seen them, you won’t be disappointed. The tour kicks off at the first ever Download Festival in Melbourne and trashes and tramples its way all up the east coast through April! Get your tickets NOW!
If you love your loud guitar playing and you know your hard rock and metal then chances are you have discovered Michael Schenker over the years. Schenker is the guitarist’s guitarist. A man who forged who his career with might Scorpions before amassing album sales over the years with a range of solo projects. Now he is back with a brand new album Resurrection by Michael Schenker Fest. Subculture was lucky enough to be able to sit down with Michael and chat about how this album has come together.
You can take a listen to our interview with Michael Schenker right here.