Category: Metal

 

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

 

Fresh off an electrifying performance at the Aftershock Festival over the weekend, where singerSpencer Chamberlain performed while still nursing a still-healing broken foot that he sustained during the band’s previous appearance at Riot Fest, Underoath have released the cinematic and thematically arresting video for “ihateit.” 

“The ‘ihateit’ video is a glimpse into what it’s like to feel alienated, to need something you shouldn’t need, to feel trapped and isolated and to feel like you have to keep returning to that place to find solace, it’s a vicious cycle,” said Underoath’s  Aaron Gillespie.

Underoath will be performing exclusively at UNIFY: A Heavy Music Gathering 2019. This is their onlyAustralian performance and will be held at the Tarwin Lower site Friday Jan 11th. Tickets available here.

Not only does their new album ‘Erase Me’ mark the group’s first new album since 2010, but it crashed the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums Chart at #1 and vaulted into the Top 20 of the Billboard Top 200. It sees the band refine its trend-setting but inimitable style with heavy intensity and hypnotic hooks coursing through songs like “Rapture,” “On My Teeth,” “Wake Me,” and “It Has to Start Somewhere,” which have cumulatively tallied over 10 million streams in a few months’ time—a rare and impressive feat for any rock band.
The track ‘ihateit’ was produced by Matt Squire (The Used & Saosin) & Eric Taft (The Amity Affliction) and written by Underoath.

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.