Category: Alternative

 

AlithiA – Australia’s psych-prog rock prodigies want the world to see their epic 10 minute opus “The Sun”. They are today releasing new single “The Sun” just before their new album “The Moon Has Fallen” this Friday, worldwide through Wild Thing Records.

Singer John Rousvanis said of the final single to be released ahead of the album drop, “The Sun is the first song that announces our second album. A dreamy thunderous landscape that asks the mind to question what is the difference when in both realities and dualities of being asleep in dream state, and conscious in waking life, laced with esoteric, occult meaning and symbolism throughout the lyrics, it’s a personal song for the individual to interpret however they must and feel within it for themselves.”

The album has people talking already, with Overdrive Mag saying that “‘The Moon Has Fallen’ shows Alithia reaching for heights so far above their contemporaries that it’s hard not to be swept away…” and Heavy Mag giving it a perfect 5 stars and saying that AlithiA have delivered “…a style of progressive tunes that has helped cement the six piece into the halls of genre creationism.” 

Renowned for their spellbindingly powerful live shows and hypnotizing tribal flavours, this 6-piece progressive rock livewire are set to traverse the globe with ‘The Moon has Fallen’. In sync with their monumental release, AlithiA will tour Europe with Norwegian avant-garde rock specialists Shining as direct support in November 2018.

The Moon has Fallen is AlithiA’s first record written entirely collectively with the inspired addition of percussionist Jeffrey Raul Ortiz Castro interlacing the album’s sound with Latin rhythms, celestial synthesizers, and distinctive secondary vocals. The band’s original foundations, however, remain intact with John Rousvanis’ inspiring lead vocals and mesmerizing guitar styling apparent throughout, none more so than the epic album opener The Sun. From the pulsating engine room of bassist Tibor Gede and drummer Mark ‘Vel’ Vella, shining on highlight track Empress, to the stirring keyboard soundscapes of Danny Costantino, which command the single Diamonds, AlithiA have emerged with a simply exceptional album.

AlithiA’s “The Moon has Fallen” is available for pre-order now at http://smarturl.it/alithia. The record will see its release into the world this Friday – October 26th.

 

 

 

The wait is finally over! The world’s biggest Metal opera is finally coming to Australia! 20 years after the release of the original Metal Operas, Musical mastermind Tobias Sammet will bring the full AVANTASIA stage show to Australia!
aving blown crowds away with headline sets at both Wacken Open Air in Germany and Barcelona Rockfest while touring their previous album Ghostlights, Avantasia proved they are one of the biggest names in operatic and symphonic heavy music. Sammet is a masterful storyteller, creating epic fantasy worlds that can barely be contained within his sprawling concept albums.They can barely be contained on stage either with Avantasia shows typically lasting for up to three hours!
Avantasia – Is a portmanteau of the words Avalon and Fantasy and describes ‘a world beyond human imagination’ Over the course of seven releases, this incredible saga has been crafted by some of the greatest vocalists and musicians from the heavy music world. A literal list of who’s who and the contingent of players tasked to bring Avantasia to life in Australia is sure to impress.
Avantasia’s eighth studio album, ‘Moonglow’ is due in early 2019 and boasts an incredible list of performers including Jorn Lande, Eric Martin (Mr Big), Geoff Tate (ex-Queensryche), Michael Kiske (Helloween), Bob Catley (Magnum), Amanda Somerville, Candice Night, Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian) & Mille Petrozza (Kreator)
Some of these artist will be part of the Australian tour. Exactly who will be revealed soon!
It can absolutely be said that Australia has never seen a tour like this.
From the depth of storytelling, to the range of the cast, to the sheer musical brilliance –
this is a once in a lifetime tour! Do not miss this!
TOUR DATES
Sunday, May 12: Metro Theatre, Sydney
Tuesday, May 14: The Forum, Melbourne
Tickets on sale now via

Last month Melbourne’s BLKLST announced the imminent arrival of their new EP “Hard to Swallow”. Out on Friday October 26, the heavy record saw it’s announcement and the premiere of the first single “Hypocrite” at Germany’s Everything is Noise website. Today, they are serving up the next “Phase” of the record.

New single Phase is a hard hitting track with an agressive but melodic vocal – and a neon and latex -tinged filmclip. Vocalist Joshua Westwick said that “Phase is about that one person who can influence you to do things you normally wouldn’t. Things that are ultimately bad for both of you. It’s about destroying yourself and drowning in someone’s toxic environment because of how much you care about them. This Music Video was filmed in The Loud Noise Estate’s drum tracking room. This clip was a last minute decision and we just wanted to have fun with it. We are stoked with how it came out!”
Since the announcement of the new EP, the outfit from Melbourne have turned heads – the first single Hypocrite being spun on triple j’s The Racket, added to rotation on The Faction Radio, added to Spotify Official’s Homegrown and Heavy playlist, the clip being played on Rage, and killyourstereo.com saying that Hypocrite is BLKST is at “…not only their most dynamic and darkest here, but also at their most interesting too.” Metal Hammer/Louder also saw something special in the band and wanted to know more about their influences (with the obvious flavour being Deftones) and had them put together their favourite Deftones tracks of all time.

The Hard To Swallow EP was produced and engineered by Evan Lee at STL studios Sydney, with additional engineering by Sonny Truelove & was mixed and mastered by Evan Lee and Ash Dawsat The Loud Noise Estate. 

For those new to BLKLST – the band was Formed in 2015 and have made their mark quick off the bat. Establishing themselves on the heavy music scene with a crushing live show and a decimatingly heavy sound, the band quickly chalked up supports with bands such as Make Them Suffer, Deez Nuts, Alpha Wolf, Earth Caller and Justice for The Damned and interstate runs with Boris The Blade.

The new EP will see its release into the world on Friday October 26 into iTunes & Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon and more. Pre-Orders are now open at all good digital stores and streaming outlets.

 

Kansas City, MO’s Radar State— made up of emo/indie rock heroes Matt Pryor and Jim Suptic (The Get Up Kids), Josh Berwanger (The Anniversary/Berwanger) and Adam Phillips (The Architects/The Gadjits) — have signed with LA-based Wiretap Records and will release their debut LP ‘Strays’ in January 2019.

The band has announced tour dates in support of the upcoming album (see dates below). Tickets for all shows are on sale now.

The follow up to last spring’s self-titled debut 7″ EP, ‘Strays’ features artwork by Mondo Art Director and designer Jay Shaw http://www.kingdomofnonsense.com.

The band says, “We are very excited to get our first full-length album Strays out and play the songs live. Last year we did Riot Fest and a tour with Say Anything but only had the 3-song 7″ out. Now people will be able to get familiar with the songs instead of just hearing them for the first time. We’ll also have a robotic chimpanzee doing merch for us. He doesn’t know how to count change so he’s pretty easy to rip off.”

Papa Roach have released two new songs from their forthcoming [as yet untitled] 10th studio album,Renegade Music and Who Do You Trust?

The tracks see Papa Roach continuing to push their momentum with bonafide rock anthems and fearsome hooks. Frontman Jacoby Shaddix explains, “This song is a statement of engagement – In this day and age, who do you trust? The message of the song is to think for yourself and to trust in yourself, and the imagery of the song matches that. It’s the sea of information, all of if slightly out of focus – and you’re left floating in trying to decide for yourself. Who do you trust?”

 
“Papa Roach are back with two more anthemic bangers to add to their arsenal”, muses Allison Hagendorf, Spotify’s Global Head of Music, about the tracks.

Papa Roach have been praised by their peers in the rock world for achieving an “unlikely comeback”, with two decades of continued success and a career resurgence with their 2017 release, Crooked Teeth, which debuted in the Top 20 on the US, UK and Australian charts. Loudwire explains, “[Papa Roach] are entering a new era of their career. Whereas a multitude of their former counterparts have either become nostalgia acts or fallen off the grid entirely, Papa Roach are finding ways to reverse their trajectory… The sky is the limit for a band who play their cards right and are willing to kick down a few walls.”

Papa Roach have set out on a mini tour hitting ten cities across North and Latin America, before setting out on a December tour to various military bases in Asia.  The band will also be joining Shinedown and Asking Alexandria on the 2019 North American leg of the Attention! Attention! World Tour.  Additional international tour dates to be announced soon.

 

 

Mighty Swedish Stoner force GREENLEAF just released their amazing and amusing music video for „Good Ol`Goat“.

The band on their epic movie:
We wanted to do something funny and entertaining and Peder Bergstand came up with this idea. It’s a very fitting video since it’s packed with dad jokes and some of us recently became fathers. Enjoy the bass!
On November 9th, Hear The Rivers comes into world via Napalm Records.
This album turns out to be quite the mesmerizing bag of tricks that seizes the Swedish Stoner sound and enriches it with so many wonderful things, like the just released unforgettable riff-o-rama „Good Ol`Goat“ or the slow soulfeeder „We Are The Pawns“. An absolute gem of an album that is best kept in the family – which is why former GREENLEAF- and Dozer drummer Karl Daniel Lidén (Craft, Bloodbath, Crippled Black Phoenix amongst others) produced it.
GREENLEAF summarize this record in the following way:
Hear The Rivers is our full length number 7. Lucky number 7? Well, we like to think so! All the songs give us huge smiles on our faces and we are extremely proud of what we have done! As always we try to take our listeners on a trip with our music, make them wanna bang their heads, dance, smile and cry (of happiness of course). This is easily the biggest sounding record we have ever done and we hope people will enjoy it as much as we do!
The full track listing of Hear The Rivers reads as follows:
1. Let It Out!
2. Sweet Is The Sound
3. A Point Of A Secret
4. Good Ol´Goat
5. The Rumble And The Weight
6. We Are The Pawns
7. Oh My Bones
8. In The Caverns Below
9. High Fever
10. The Rivers Lullaby
Pre-Order now

Cradle of Filth keyboardist and female vocalist LINDSAY SCHOOLCRAFT is embarking on her first ever solo tour, and has chosen the far-flung and haunted shores of Australia for a round of DJ sets in Sydney, Perth and a world-first solo headline show in Melbourne.

Brought to you by INCURSION ALTERNATIVE PARTIES and OVERDRIVE TOURING, Schoolcraft’s tour will hit Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, beginning with a very special New Year’s Eve performance! Next she hits Melbourne for a show at the renowned Evelyn Hotel, before finally making her way West to throw down with her Perth fans.

Best known for her beguiling keyboard and vocal performances with Cradle of Filth, taking on classics such as Nymphetamine and Her Ghost in the Fog live, as well as performing on latest studio albums ‘Hammer of the Witches’ and ‘Cryptoriana: The Seductiveness of Decay,’ Schoolcraft breaks away from the Filthy mould (and spores, mildew and fungus) to perform her own decadent works. With deft hands flying as gracefully over her electric harp as her keys, Lindsay Schoolcraft brings a sonic spectacle of Gothic rock, Nu Metal and subtle electronics not to be missed.

This is a rare opportunity for Australian fans to be among the first to witness such a momentous event! Schoolcraft’s new band, featuring former Evanescence drummer ROCKY GRAY, are ready to tour with their debut EP ‘Martyr’ to be released very soon.

After a rousing reception for Cradle of Filth in May, Schoolcraft and her band will be expecting a very warm welcome Down Under!

Tickets for Schoolcraft’s headline show in Melbourne available now!

Limited VIP meet and greets available in Melbourne! VIP Meet and Greet package to include:
– One(1) General Admission ticket to see Schoolcraft.
– Pre-Show Signing & Photo Session with Lindsay Schoolcraft.
– One(1) A3 Schoolcraft Tour Poster

TOUR DATES:
SYDNEY: December 31 – Incursion Alternative Parties New Year’s Eve
Tickets: TBA
MELBOURNE: January 4 – Evelyn Hotel
Tickets: https://bit.ly/2OfwDLn
PERTH: January 5 – TBA
Tickets: TBA