Category: Alternative

LIFE OF AGONY emerged from the New York music scene in the early ’90s with one of the most distinctive sounds in its genre. Now the band with a new album in toe ‘The Sound Of Scars’ head to Australia for a string of shows in January 2020 thanks to Silverback Touring.

Best known for its 1993 metal/crossover debut “River Runs Red” named by Rolling Stone as being one of the 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time the band instantly built a die-hard, cult following attracting a wide fan base across the Metal & Hardcore Genres. For over two decades, the group toured relentlessly all over the world, sharing stages with the biggest names in rock, including Metallica, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Foo Fighters, and The Red Hot Chili PeppersLOA went onto release two more studio albums ‘Ugly’ (’95) and ‘Soul Searching Sun’ (’97), before signing to major label Sony/Epic Records in 2005 to record ’Broken Valley’. In 2017, the group released the highly acclaimed ‘A Place Where There’s No More Pain’. LIFE OF AGONY has sold over one million albums to date.

LIFE OF AGONY’s hard-hitting, emotional concept album ‘The Sound of Scars’, was released October 11th, 2019. ‘The Sound of Scars’ continues the haunting narrative from the band’s groundbreaking 1993 debut ‘River Runs Red’.

Check out their new track / video ‘’Black Heart’’: HERE

“By far, this is the best Life of Agony record you’ve heard in years,” explains guitarist Joey Z. “We really went back to our roots on this one and tapped into the mindset we had when we first started the band.”

Get ready for a firebrand show that drips energy and one that will bring with it all the classic tracks that put LIFE OF AGONY on the world stage and a spattering of their latest material.

Brisbane newcomers Understory have released their new single and music video ‘Windbreaker’, which was premiered via AAA Backstage.
The lads have also announced an upcoming support show with Hands Like Houses and Young Lions on October 26 in Mooloolaba.
“Windbreaker focuses on a soul seeking guidance while having to navigate through a world where status often dictates our decisions or influences our thinking.”
Understory create a truly unique and dynamic brand of Rock music.

Understory formed in 2018 and have spent the past year honing their craft at venues throughout Queensland, playing alongside artists such as Greywood and Grizzlyshark.

The band recently headed into the studio with producers Troy Brady (The Amity AfflictionIn Hearts WakeThe Brave) and Forrester Savell (The Butterfly EffectMake Them Suffer, Dream On Dreamer) to record their debut EP (set for release on November 15.)

New single ‘Windbreaker’ is available for download on all major online stores.
UNDERSTORY
SINGLE LAUNCH DATE
Saturday October 26th – The Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba
Supporting Hands Like Houses (Through Glass Tour) + Young Lions
Tickets available at www.oztix.com.au | 18+ only

In a double bill that will be hard to surpass, Perth Prog royalty VOYAGER & CHAOS DIVINE are on tour across Australia in July 2019 – and today, they are announcing the legends that will join them locally to make these shows even more prog-perfect.

Other than Brisbane, where both bands are playing Dead of Winter Festival, the remaining shows in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth will get some absolute top-class prog power to kick off the shows. Rock/djent outfit JAPAM will open up proceedings in Adelaide at JiveFigures will take the stage first in Melbourne at The Workers Club, Central Coast up-and-comers Reliqa open in Sydney at Crowbar Sydney and hometown heroes Nucleust will support in Perth at Jack Rabbit Slims.


It’s been a busy start to 2019 for both bands, with VOYAGER releasing single Brightstar – their first musical offering under new label Season of Mist, toured alongside Twelve Foot Ninja and put in two stellar performances at 2019’s Download Festival Sydney and Melbourne – and with the promise of a new album not far off, things can only get bigger and better for Voyager.

Perth’s enigmatic prog metal five-piece CHAOS DIVINE have well and truly immersed themselves in a realm of sound and style matched by few, and admired by many. They recently dropped their new single ‘Unspoken’ alongside a beautiful animated video – the single reached #6 on the Australian iTunes metal charts and was added to Spotify’s international playlists New Metal Tracks and Progressive Metal, as well as Australian list Homegrown & Heavy. They also dropped their new single False Flags this week!

Tickets are on sale now for all shows on VOYAGER and CHAOS DIVINE’S Australian Tour July 2019 at http://beardfoot.com.au/voyager! All shows are 18+. 

As winter draws closer, so does Melbourne-bred progressive alternative rock juggernaut Circles’monster ‘Winter’ Tour – and today brings with it the announcement of local supports for the Australian leg of the tour. In addition to taking fellow Wild Thing powerhouses Ebonivory along for the ride in Australia, Circles will be sharing the stages with another SIXTEEN local bands across the country. This mega tour just became a string of shows you definitely do not want to miss!

Circles’ Australian headline shows in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Belgrave, and Ballarat are with special guests Ebonivory. 

Kicking off the Australian run on July 11 at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory will be Glass Ocean andRed Bee, Tabula Rasa and Wings of Thanatos join the lineup on July 12 at Jive in Adelaide, Melbourne’s show at Max Watts on July 13 will see Rival Fire and Caution Thieves support, Brisbane’s show at The Zoo on July 19 will open with Kodiak Empire and Balloons Kill Babies, Ebonivory will not be appearing at Perth’s Badland’s on July 20 and so Illyria, Verspertine Vescadaand Breed will play support, Canberra’s show on July 26 at The Basement will be opened by Escape Syndrome, on August 2 Belgrave’s Sooki Lounge will play host to the inaugural mini festival ‘Winter Progmania’ headlined by Circles and featuring Ebonivory, Transience, M0DAL1TY and Red Lotus and finally, the ‘Winter’ Tour will find itself in Ballarat’s Karova Lounge on August 3 for the final showdown with Anyone Anyone to round out the tour! Tickets are on sale now at wildthingpresents.com.

Circles will be bringing something special to their sets with new musical experiences and throwback material that is sure to please the crowds. The Circles guys are pumped to get the shows on the road. Dave Hunter (Drums) affirms “…It’s exciting to be heading out on the road again, especially in a headlining capacity. It’s great to have the time to delve a little deeper into our full catalogue and play a full set for everyone. There’s some tunes in there that either have never been played live, or haven’t been played in a very long time. So hopefully fans can really get more out of this tour. We’re also really stoked with the bands that are joining us.” 
2018 was a watershed year for CIRCLES, releasing their masterpiece album The Last One through Wild Thing Records in Australia/New Zealand and Season Of Mist internationally. Louder said that The Last One was “…very much in a similar fashion to countrymen Karnivool, Circles have crafted a modern progressive tapestry with plenty of wider appeal thanks to songwriting nous coupled with their apparent technicality.” They then joined TesseracT on their Australian Tour in September as special guests. Soon after, Circles jetted off on their momentous return to Europe, touring across the continent with fellow Australian progressive rock trailblazers Caligula’s Horse between October-November, while also appearing at prominent festivals ProgPower Europe and Euroblast. Upon their return to Australia, they dazzled audiences on tour with Dead Letter Circus in December, before mesmerising PROGFEST in January 2019, with memorable performances as the festival’s Australian headliner playing to full houses every night.

 

Don’t miss Circles on The ‘Winter’ Tour with Ebonivory and these stellar local Aussie acts. Tickets available now at wildthingpresents.com/tickets.

Moana is the creative project of artist Moana Mayatrix, once described by Triple J’Gemma Pike as one of Australia’s fiercest front women.

Since the group’s inception in 2013, countless words have been written about the avant garde art rock outfit, all edging around the idea that there is something otherworldly, verging on genuinely dangerous, about this act.

Combining the shamanic stream-of-consciousness poetry of peak- era Patti Smith with psychedelic melodies, heavy guitar licks, and propulsive rhythms, Moana doesn’t so much craft songs as pagan prayers set to the heartbeat of the world.

Having previously released three singles, the captivating Dracula, the haunting
Sister Winter and the exotic Scarab, Moana return with The Cultess is the fourth and final single from their highly-anticipated debut album due for release later this year via Mysteria Maxima Music.

The Cultess sees Moana expand into heavier, sludgier territory and showcases the stylistic diversity alongside those first singles. Mixing elements of art-rock, metal, vintage rock and doom you’re left dripping in something mystical, explosive and down right sexy.

Moana transgresses the boundaries of form and genre, incorporating experimental art, theatre, spoken word performance, poetry, costuming, and more in a cross- media syncresis that engages all the senses physical and beyond, in a kind of ecstatic reverie. A singular approach to music and art has gathered to them a fiercely loyal tribe of fans, who have engaged with the project to successfully crowdfund not only their sophomore EP, but part of their upcoming debut album.

The Cultess is available now
orcd.co/moanacultess

Debut album coming soon!

 

Australian prog outfit VOYAGER have announced new Australian tour dates this July together with CHAOS DIVINE. A full list of confirmed dates can be found below.

Vocalist Daniel Estrin comments on the tour: “Australia, we’re back on the road! Sydney and Melbourne missed out on a sweaty club show in March, so we’re heading back to the east coast to play a bunch of shows with Perth mates Chaos Divine. We can’t wait to play some new songs for you! Get ready to dance.”

 

 

To celebrate the release of their second studio LP, Is This RealThe Pinheads are playing a bunch of in stores along the East Coast for your listening pleasure.

Born out of friendship, bowling, sci-fi movie marathons and literal brotherhood, The Pinheads formed out of what is now colloquially known as the Leisure Coast, spread out among the northern suburbs of the Illawarra and Wollongong region.

They quickly established themselves as one of the area’s must-see live bands; no mic stand was left unturned, no face left unmelted, no speaker stack was left unclimbed.

Is This Real marks a reunion of sorts for the band, after several members took a short sabbatical from The Pinheads, to go explore other musical projects – among them Tropical Strength, Luke Spook and Shining Bird. Reconvening in their home studio, known as The Shed, the septet set out to once again push out into previously-untouched Pinheads territory.

The songs are longer, often slower and more methodically paced. The wildfire that sparked their initial run remains, albeit in a more contained manner. This is the sound of a band that has been re-calibrated, focused and with a reaffirmed sense of ambition.

When The Pinheads started out, their modus operandi revolved around two straight, simple rules: Never play it safe, and always make it fun. This remains as true now of their recorded material and their live shows as it did when they began in 2015.

‘Is This Real’ is The Pinheads second studio LP, the follow up to 2017’s self-titled LP. 

Head along to a show to celebrate the release, more details below!

 

OPETH are pleased to announce Australian headline shows for December 2019

There are few bands that can or will match Sweden’s Opeth. Since forming in the tiny Stockholm suburb of Bandhagen in 1990, the Swedes have eclipsed convention, defiantly crushed the odds, and, most importantly, crafted 12 stunningly beautiful, intrinsically intense albums, to become one of the best bands on the planet; whether that be live or on record. Ask any Opeth fan. Enquire with any band that’s shared the proverbial pine with the Swedes. Or, get a label representative to talk Opeth. They’ll all tell you the same thing: Opeth are peerless. And they’re only getting better.

December 2019 will see Opeth performing a stunning set of classic tracks from throughout their 30-year career as well as introducing Australian audiences to astounding new material from their forthcoming studio album.

There is little need to delve further into just how good this band is. If you’ve been fortunate enough to have been present at one of their concerts previously then you know full well that these will be shows not to be missed. If you are yet to witness the awesome power of Opeth live, then it’s time to join the legions of music fans who know already that there will never be a band like Opeth again.

OPETH AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES

Adelaide – Tuesday 10 December – Thebarton Theatre

Perth – Wednesday 11 December – Astor Theatre

Melbourne – Friday 13 December – Palais Theatre

Sydney – Saturday 14 December – State Theatre

Brisbane – Sunday 15 December – Tivoli Theatre

General public onsale: Friday 10th May – 9am AEST/*Perth on sale 9am AWST

Tickets from: http://davidroywilliams.com/tours/opeth2019/

Rue Morgue Records will be releasing an exclusive boutique seven inch single of one of Australia’s finest bands… Palace Of The King.

The track ‘Get Right With Your Maker’ backed with ‘One Of These Days’ will be available for sale via the Rue Morgue Records website AND the Golden Robot Records site as well.

We’re beyond stoked to be bringing you this release in association with Golden Robot Records and having said that, Rue Morgue Records is elated to be working with Tim and the boys as well!

We promise this is going to be a fantastic release for all concerned.

Rue Morgue Records Label head Raptis says, “I have photographed Palace Of The King many times in my other vocation as a Rock Photographer and I always enjoy the performance the band brings forth. To be able to work on them in what will be a very special project is incredible personally, and for a fledgling label such as Rue Morgue Records! Let’s take things up a notch hey?”

Palace Of The King – Get Right With Your Maker available soon at Rue Morgue Records and Golden Robot Records.

Watch this space!

Formed in late 2012, Palace Of The King – nameless at that point – quickly recorded a 3 track demo and developed the vision of a blues-in fused rock and roll band. Far from a grave-robbing retro trip, Palace Of The King has just as much in common with Rival Sons, Graveyard & JackWhite as they do Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath & Deep Purple. Remember when bands released an album a year and toured ’til the wheels fell off the tour van?

Having spent their formative years storming stages in every corner of Australia – alongside bands as varied as Airbourne and The Tea Party – and priming themselves for an international assault, Palace Of The King took their finely-honed live show through Europe in October 2015. Armed with 2 EPs, a full-length vinyl LP and a second full length studio album; this is a band that has earned their stripes and wear them with pride. “Palace Of The King is literally like a huge ground shaking Palace of RIFFS, SOUL and Rock’n’Roll.” comments Joel O’Keeffe, lead singer and guitarist of Airbourne.

“With more hooks and lines than a hard working Bering Sea fishing fleet they are guaranteed to tangle you up, reel you in and blow you away with their unique six-stringing, soul singing, sexy stomping Rock’n’Roll! They are the real fuckin’ deal!  Crank up POTK!”

In 2015, it was time for the White Bird to take flight. From three minute funk-infused rockers through to seven minute Sabbath-esque crushers, Palace Of The King seized the opportunity to explore every intricate corner of their influences and craft a debut album that caught a band at a point where ‘scratching the surface’ wasn’t nearly enough.

In 2016 the band unveiled Valles Marineris on 15th July 2016 (Europe/ UK), Valles Marineris deepened Palace Of The King’s footprint on the international rock music scene by expanding on the “raw, energetic, imaginative and boundary-pushing”

(Dedicated Rocker Society) qualities of their debut through an all- new 10 track collection of blues and psych-infused hard rock. Lead by the bruising gospel-tinged riffathon of ‘Let The Blood Run Free’, Valles Marineris is both eclectic and unrelenting right through to the final eerie piano fadeout of album closer ‘Into The Black’.

In support of the Valles Marineris album POTK toured constantly throughout 2016/17 covering Europe as headliners and as guest with Airbourne, hitting America for the second time and multiple laps of Auatralia as headline act and also as guests with The Angels, Baby Animals and the Screaming jets.

In classic road dog style the band recorded at every opportunity when they were off the road and they have captured the raw energy of the stage on the new album

Get Right With Your Maker. From the moment the epic album opener I Am The Storm envelopes you it’s hard not to think that this is the sound of a band that has come of age, and once the fist pumping anthem

It’s Been A Long Time Coming hits you in the face you know it.

The ‘freight train’ metaphor may be overused. But you’d be hard-pressed to find one that is better-suited to a band that has played constantly, released a mountain of music and expanded their markets at such a prolific rate.

Palace of the King are set to release brand new music across 2019 through Golden Robot Records.

The Last Martyr are today announcing the release of their EP ‘Creatrix’ on Friday April 26. Originally slated for an earlier release – and under the name ‘Out of the Black’ – the band decided to shift the focus when they received the final product – feeling that ‘Creatrix’ represents the transformative theme of the songs and the artwork far better. Today, they are dropping a new taste of the record in their song ‘Fear’ – and released an abstract and emotive filmclip for it as well. Pre-Orders for the EP will be live Friday March 8 at ffm.to/TLM_creatrix and the ‘Fear’ single will be live for streaming and purchase March 1 as well at ffm.to/TLM_fear.

Vocalist Monica Strut explains the lyrical themes of the single. “There are two main concepts to ‘Fear.’The first is about realising that sometimes your fears aren’t your own; they are the fears of others projected onto you. This is almost always because your actions are bringing up someone else’s own limiting beliefs and insecurities which they haven’t been able to overcome. The second concept is really about the fact that in order to live life to the fullest, we need to overcome our own fears and limiting beliefs and we have a responsibility to encourage others to do the same. Fear is our brain’s way of protecting us from danger. I believe that life is not necessarily about being ‘Fearless,’ but about rationalising our thoughts and taking action regardless.”

The vivid clip for the single ‘Fear’ (which took over 12 hours to shoot at DCF Studios in Northcote before wrapping up with the milk bath scene at Monica’s house around 11pm) was directed by Her Name Is Murder Productions – who have worked with acclaimed artists such as Sepultura, Thy Art Is Murder and Ocean Grove. Strut explained what they wanted to portray with the video. “We wanted to go with an abstract theme to demonstrate the complexities of human thought around the topic of ‘Fear.’  A mirror motif is used throughout to not only highlight the way in which others project their own fears onto you, but also the fact our fears stem from the inner workings of our minds, as opposed to anything external. Our fears leave us trapped because they distort reality, so we tried to emulate this with many of the scenes.”  

The Last Martyr’s previous singles ‘Into The Black’ and ‘Stay Awake’ saw the band achieve national radio play on triple j (Stay Awake on both The Racket and Home and Hosed) and rotation on The Faction. ‘Stay Awake’ also attracted the attention of Butcher Babies’ Heidi, who added them to her ‘Sisters That Slay‘ playlist alongside the world’s best female voices in heavy music.

The ‘Creatrix’ EP will see its release on Friday April 26 2019 and will be available for pre-orders Friday March 8 at ffm.to/TLM_creatrix. Single ‘Fear’ will be live for purchase and streaming Friday March 1 at ffm.to/TLM_fear. For more information about The Last Martyr, go to facebook.com/thelastmartyr.