Category: Metal

Lagerstein have sailed their ship back from European shores, hung over and weary, but eager to please Australian audiences! Today, they have taken some Berocca and pulled themselves together enough to announce the local supports for their upcoming Australian Leg of their Endless Rum Tour. OH – and announce LAGERSTEIN VS TRIPLE KILL – over the next 3 weeks Lagerstein and tour supports Triple Kill are pitting themselves and their fans against each other in a band face off like no other. 3 competitions and 3 live show changing punishments that will shape the performances you see on the 25/7 Endless rum tour.

Tune into each band’s Facebook pages – facebook.com/lagerstein and facebook.com/TripleKillBand respectively – from Thursday each week to find out how you can help your favourite win, forcing the other band to do some really dumb (but ultimately, hilarious) stuff.

The supports for the Endless Rum Australian tour are – Friday 15th November in Canberra at The Basement with Clarity of Chaos, Sunday 17th November in Sydney at Frankies Pizza with As I Destruct and ZCluster, Wednesday 20th November in Adelaide at Lion Arts Factory with Keggin, Thursday 23rd November in Melbourne at Max Watts with The Backyarders and Thursday 30th November in Brisbane at The Triffid with Pavilion. Tickets for Lagerstein’s ‘Endless Rum’ Australian tour dates can be purchased directly from the band’s website.


Boasting traditionally seaworthy instrumentation scored with modern, distorted guitar work and coarse vocal outbursts, ‘25/7’ promises a glittering treasure trove of jaunty, colourful and undeniably boozy sea shanties. Recorded in Sweden with world renowned producer Fredrik Nordström (Bring Me The Horizon, Arch Enemy, In Flames, Soilwork), Lagerstein’s album 25/7 is out now via Kegstand Records.


Captain Gregarggh, The Majestic Beast, Neil Rummy Rackers, Mother Junkst, Jacob, The Fiercest Pirate in all the Caribbean, Lucky The Great and Rusty Timbers make up Lagerstein, and they have just returned from playing to the crowds of Europe’s renowned Sabaton Open Air and Wacken Open Air festivals. The band have been a favourite opener for some of the genre’s greatest, including Korpiklaani, Alestorm, Finntroll, Gloryhammer, and Ensiferum, Lagerstein are scarcely off the road, and across 22 countries, have brought their remarkable live show to tens of thousands of fans.

 

Lagerstein’s album ’25/7′ is available now at www.lagerstein.com/lagershop as well as tickets for the Endless Rum Tour Australian Dates.

One of the most devastating, blistering and sonically brutal tours of 2020 will hit Australia in February, when death/grind masters CATTLE DECAPITATION return to pulverise audiences.

Along for the ride will be Metal Blade labelmates REVOCATION for what is set to be the most decimating tours.

Fiercely uncompromising, confronting and utterly annihilating, CATTLE DECAPITATION are one of the most significant forces in extreme metal’s broad spectrum. Consistently delivering genre bending releases since 1996, this band are emissaries of inconvenient truths, a constant reminder of the awfulness wrought upon the natural world by the human race.

Touring in support of their forthcoming slab of brutality Death Atlas, their bleakest release to date. The cover art says it all, a stooped, skeletal Grim Reaper carrying the burnt-out husk of our planet on his back. “The core concept of this record is humanity‘s insignificance despite what we’ve convinced ourselves,” explains vocalist Travis Ryan.

Live, CATTLE DECAPITATION are an unrelenting cacophony of savagery, a frenzied maelstrom of pure deathgrind carnage, suffocating all in their wake. Expect nothing less than the absolute pinnacle of extremity.

Since their 2006 inception, REVOCATION have firmly established themselves as one of the most vibrant forces in progressive death/thrash metal. Consistently innovative in a technically demanding and boundary-pushing genre, REVOCATION’s latest release THE OUTER ONES sees the band pursuing Lovecraftian sci-fi/horror themes to deliver their boldest, most aggressive and most complex album so far.

Prepare for the most crushing onslaught of technical death/grind/thrash you will experience, as CATTLE DECAPITATION and REVOCATION tour Australia for shows all throughout February.

Cattle Decapitations ‘Death Atlas’ due out Friday 29th November via Metal Blade Records

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.

The Ukrainian Progressive Groove Metal wrecking machine known as JINJER caused a huge stir with the announcement of their Australian tour that due to popular demand 2 new shows have been added to the run! Adelaide at the Lion Arts Factory (Licensed AA) on Tuesday 3rd March and Canberra on Wednesday 4th March at The BasementAdelaide and Canberra join the already announced Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Their new album Macro drops this Friday, 25th October.

In less than 10 years, JINJER have carved their very own place in the Heavy Metal landscape and are poised to go even further in 2019 and beyond.

Hailing from Donetsk, this Ukrainian musical phenomenon formed in 2009 but consider the official start of the band with the addition of the incredible vocalist and femme fatale Tatiana Shmailyuk in 2010. The band laboured intensively and honed their sound in practice rooms and local stages relentlessly, culminating in their now cult, first album release Inhale, Don’t Breathe in 2012. The following year JINJER were nominated and won Best Ukrainian Metal Band. They would be awarded this prize again a few years later.

While most bands from a country not exactly known for its Heavy Metal exports would be content to enjoy the little recognition received in those first few years, it was clear that JINJER craved more and were willing to go the extra mile to make this happen. It was this attitude and clear vision that pushed the band to quickly write and release their second album Cloud Factory (2014), and venture into the international touring market for the first time, booking their own shows and building their reputation face to face, fan to fan and more importantly under their own terms.

It was this intensity that caught the attention of Napalm Records, who quickly signed JINJER leading to the release of their critically acclaimed third album King Of Everything (2016). As well as the release of their game-changing single and video for “Pisces”, which gained the band new fans, over 20 million of views/streams and countless reaction videos on YouTube. King Of Everything showcased the musical prowess and growth of the entire band while opening the floodgates to a bigger international touring circuit, which JINJER gladly took advantage of. By the end of nearly two years of non-stop touring in Europe, JINJER added new territories such as Israel, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, America, Canada and most of Latin America, while sharing the festival stages and touring with the likes of Arch Enemy, Cradle of Filth and DevilDriver, to mention a few.

Somewhere between touring vans, roadside pit stops, backstage rooms, soundchecks, hotel rooms, visa applications and flights to tour destinations, JINJER buried themselves in the rehearsal room once again to compose 5 brand new tracks for what would become the Micro EP – written not only for the fans but for themselves, as they needed something new to keep their sanity on the road.

Released on the 11th of January 2019 and coinciding with the start of their European Tour together with Soilwork and Amorphis, the Micro EP was received with open arms from fans and critics alike. Songs “Ape” and “Perennial” became instant favourites, climbing to the top of many industry charts and radio station lists worldwide. And once again showcased the musical depth and phenomenal songwriting talent of the band, as well as Tatiana’s amazing vocal range.

 Get ready for March 2020… with their new album Macro on the airwaves, Australia is set to be blown away by JINJER – face-meltingly impressive live… Don’t miss your chance to see some of Metal’s absolute finest.

Following on from the sell-out success of previous events, Heavy Metal Trivia returns to The B-East in Melbourne’s north to celebrate its 5th anniversary on Saturday 16 November 2019.
Hosted by the hilarious and lovable duo of Doug Steele (Alarum) and Yeti (Vicious Circle), the night will feature three rounds of brutal metal questions, bonus rounds that will get those creative juices flowing, the best of the best metal tunes playing all night and the top three teams will take home not only the glory, but also a slew of prizes including a double pass to Wolves in the Throne Room’s Melbourne show, CDs, vinyl, t-shirts, merch and hot sauce courtesy of sponsors Soundworks Direct Presents, Nerve Gas and Melbourne Hot Sauce.
Even if you don’t know your Death from your Megadeth, with bonus prizes, delicious food (mmm those juicy B-East burgers), flowing beverages and a killer soundtrack, there’s something for all metal enthusiasts, from the the casual to the kvlt.
As the event is free and has a history of booking out well in advance, call The B-East to reserve a table for your Heavy Metal Trivia team on (03) 9036 1456 and head on over to Heavy Metal Trivia’s Facebook page for all of the details https://www.facebook.om/HeavyMetalTriviaNight/.
When: 7pm, Saturday, 16 November 2019
Where: The B-East, 80 Lygon Street, Brunswick East, Victoria
Cost: Free
Bookings: (03) 9036 1456

 

Miami, FL hard rock band GEARS has joined forces with legendary LIVING COLOUR vocalist and front-man COREY GLOVER for a modern update to the 1988 hit single, “Cult of Personality.”

“Cult of Personality” was recorded in Recorded at Wombat Studios in New Jersey and Jettlane Studios in Kentucky, Mixed by Corey Lowery and Mastered by Paul Logus, with the video being filmed and directed by Estil Robinson.

“‘Cult of Personality’ is a song that we always wanted to cover. That groove, that riff, the vocals, lyrical content … Everything about it has always stuck out to us and been a personal favorite. To have the opportunity to not only record a song that is important to us, but to have Corey Glover himself come in and perform on that track, it was truly a special moment. He was so easy and fun to work with and the final product is really something that we are extremely proud of” – JIMMY WOOTEN

Miami based hard/heavy rock act GEARS isn’t your average start-up garage band. Despite being confronted with a near disastrous setback at the cusp of their debut, headlining tour, jarring line-up changes, and financial challenges, the band has persevered and rebuilt.

Founded in February 2014, Trip 6 (Urban Rebel), Eli Parker (Endo), Tommy Herres (SCARLET CARSON) and Jimmy Wooten (SKINMASK) were all looking for new projects as their old ones had run their course.

We all wanted to do something more modern, but still rang true to our influences. Something that we could aggressively market and tour on. So, we all met up in Miami after months of talking about doing something together and what came out was the first EP, “Set in Motion.”

They released Set in Motion in May 2014, immediately launching into their first headline run with support from I-Exist. Just three days into the tour, their equipment trailer disconnected, resulting in a massive, horrific accident; not only did they lose their gear, but the tour van was totaled and the band members sustained serious injury. In spite of this tremendous blow, the group endured and continued the tour without missing a beat.

Later it developed that two of the founding members were unable to continue, leaving the band reeling and having to replace them with skilled, compatible substitutes:

“I was talking with a mutual friend, Joe Taback (12 Gauge Embrace) about needing a guitar player for GEARS because we let go of Eli and he suggested Bobby Thomas. I called him and showed him the songs and he was ready to go. As far as bass, I knew Chris from when Needlemouth was a thing out in Cali and I always liked his playing and he was super laid back & cool. I knew both of these dudes were definite upgrades at their instruments and were a better fit personality wise than what we had to deal with previously.”

In June 2015, Wooten and Six teamed with Corey Lowery (Saint AsoniaStuck MojoStereomudDark New Day) and Troy Mclawhorn (EvanescenceSeetherDark New Day) on their new EP Pride Comes Before the Fall, and announced the addition of new members Bobby Thomas and Chris Dorame. They hit the road for their Riser Tour, once again with I-Exist, in July, wrapping up the run in September, but kept the momentum going with the digital release and lyric video for their debut single off of Pride Comes Before the Fall, “Face Down”. The band rounded out the year with the release of their much anticipated sophomore EP on November 10th, with both headlining tours and a support slot with Trapt slated for 2017.

After a very successful tour in 2017 with Seasons After and Bridge to Grace, GEARS has released a new single and video for “KING.” Once again, joined by Corey Lowery in the studio, GEARS continues to evolve. Boasting an even heavier sound with groove and aggression, they set out for Headlining Dates as well as Support Slots with NonpointUpon a Burning Body and will round out their 2018 Summer/Fall Tour Dates with the last of 3 legs with All That Remains concluding at the end of September.

After touring much of 2018 with All That Remains, GEARS has shifted focus to releasing more music. Their first 2019 offering will be “TANGO YANKEE’ which features LAJON WITHERSPOON of SEVENDUST.

GEARS is currently in the studio with Corey Lowery working on some more new music and will have upcoming tour dates to announce for 2020 soon.

We’re still moving forward and, despite everything that has been an obstacle in the short time we’ve been a band, everything still keeps growing and getting better.

 

Motörhead. Do they need an introduction? Everything about these legends of heavy metal was iconic. Their logo, their look and their frontman.. the immortal Lemmy Kilmister RIP.

Motörhead and their music are part of the very fabric of rock n roll. It’s in the DNA that spawned countless sub-genres and inspired everyone from Metallica to the Foo Fighters.
In a career spanning over 40 years Motörhead became synonymous with pure excess. Sex, drugs and rock n roll. There was no ‘off stage’ with these guys, they lived it 24/7.

BMG Music are proud to re-issue all of Motörhead’s albums that were originally released via Germany’s SPV GmbH.

MOTÖRHEAD REISSÜES
Sacrifice – 1995 – Reissued CD & LP
Overnight Sensation – 1996 – Reissued CD & LP
Snake Bite Love – 1998 – Reissued CD & LP
Everything Louder Than Everyone Else – 1999 – Reissued CD & LP
We Are Motörhead – 2000 – Reissued CD & LP
Live At Brixton Academy – 2003 – Reissued CD
25 And Alive: Boneshaker – 2001 – Reissued DVD
Hammered – 2002 – Reissued CD & LP
Inferno – 2004 – Reissued CD & LP
Stagefright – 2005 – Reissued DVD
Kiss Of Death – 2006 – Reissued CD & LP
Better Motörhead Than Dead – 2007 – Reissued CD & LP
Motörizer – 2008 – Reissued CD & LP
More titles will be reissued soon!

From the all out assault of the title track that opens 95’s Sacrifice, which was the last album to see Motörhead record as a four piece with Lemmy, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee joined by Würzel, to the reflective, almost ballad like Teach You How To Sing The Blues, on 2008’s Motörizer, these albums capture the band at their heaviest. Dee’s double kick repeatedly punches you in the gut and Campbell’s riffs are some of the most savage he ever penned. The instantly recognisable bass of Lemmy, which at times is more rhythm guitar than bottom end is ever present as is that snarl, the Kilmister bark that more than anything signals that you’re listening to Motörhead.

Then you have the live albums, Live At Brixton Academy, 25 And Alive, Better Motörhead Than Dead, they all showcase why Motörhead was a force to be reckoned with right up until the very end. Never was the spirit of Motörhead more alive than when they were on tour, shake, rattle and rolling audiences to within an inch of their lives thanks to that indomitable cocktail of power, purpose and head-crunching volume. Doctor Rock, Stay Clean, No Class, Killed By Death, Iron Fist, Bomber, Overkill, the timeless, Ace Of Spades and more are delivered with utter conviction and devastating accuracy.

During his recent time in Australia as part of the Download Festival, major Motörhead fan and Anthrax guitarist, Scott Ian recorded a special ‘unboxing’ video. Scott delves into some of the re-issues titles and recounts the classic story of how his ‘joking, off the cuff’ comment to his manager when asked to provide a quote for the liner notes of Everything Louder Than Everyone Else was actually used! Much to his horror and much to Lemmy’s amusement.

 

Grab your fill and crank them up high!
And if it’s too loud, you’re too old!
motorhead.lnk.to/SacrificeVinylPR

They were Motörhead, and they played rock n roll
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MIRRORS’ brand new EP ‘Cold Sanctuary’ EP is out now – released this morning and available at all good online platforms and streaming outlets at https://Mirrors.lnk.to/SBfpO

The Victorian outfit are also marking the release of the EP with one final video release – for the track ‘Damien’. A deeply personal track for the band, but in particular, guitarist Tyson Taifer. 

The track is about showing the grief and hurt of losing a brother –  and expresses the pain and the process that we all fear the most. Tyson lost his brother Damien in 2017 at age 21 – and the videoclip (directed and edited by Ed Reiss) features himself and the band saying goodbye to him in their way, as well as plenty of personal home footage of the warm and loving Taifer family and Damien.

The EP, out today has garnered high praise so far, with Wall of Sound saying “It was hard to find faults in this EP, the Mirrors boys have gone above and beyond with this one. Proving that they are a force to be reckoned with, there is no doubt in my mind that these guys have got what it needs to be known around the world for their musicianship.”, and Depth Magazine editor Kel Burch stating that  she felt “…like Cold Sanctuary has the potential to see Mirrors edge their way upward to rub shoulders with current scene ‘heroes’, and gain them further opportunities as a band.”, and The Soundcheck proclaiming that “Mirrors have harnessed a calming and controlled malice with ‘Cold Sanctuary’ that howls, roars and ultimately finds an unlikely sanctuary in its own chaos, and it’s a bold and purgative ride.” 

‘Cold Sanctuary’ was Produced by Ionei Heckenberg (Ocean Sleeper), was 
Mixed and Mastered by Lance Prenc (Gravemind, Alpha Wolf, Pridelands) and the Vocals were recorded by Scottie Simpson (Alpha Wolf). 

Formed in late 2016 by Gippsland natives Patty Goodman (vocals) and Tyson Taifer (guitar), metalcore outfit Mirrors quickly turned the eyes and ears of Australian listeners towards Regional Victoria with the release of their debut EP “Fool’s Paradise” in 2017. The 6 track release revealed the sound and delivery of a unit that had been functioning for many years, but after a mere 12 months of their existence they were invited to play alongside Parkway Drive, Architects and many more at the hallowed Unify festival and supporting the likes of Thornhill, The Devil Wears Prada, Ocean Groveand Alpha Wolf just to name a few. 

The first single and title track off the upcoming ‘Cold Sanctuary’ EP earned the band play on triple j’s Short. Fast. Loud., rotation on The Faction, an add to Spotify’s own Homegrown & Heavy playlist and Apple Music’s Heaps Heavy playlist. As well as making the rounds across Australian airwaves, in late May/early June, MIRRORS will be taking their brand new EP on the road with them in support of Alpha Wolf’s ‘Fault Tour’ alongside Daybreak. 

MIRRORS’ ‘Cold Sanctuary’ EP is out now at https://Mirrors.lnk.to/SBfpO

 

There aren’t many bigger names in metal than SLAYER and Australia is extremely lucky they get to experience one last time and to farewell this legendary band as they hit Download Festival and sideshows in Brisbane and Adelaide with fellow Big Four brothers ANTHRAX and the Polish Hammer ofBEHEMOTH.

What can be said about SLAYER that already hasn’t been said? So far into their career and the final album ‘Repentless’ scored their highest ever Australian chart entry at #3 on the ARIA Chart. An incredible achievement this far into their career! Don’t miss this last chance to witness part of what has been an incredible history!

In 1981 when SLAYER first formed in Huntington Park, CA, bassist/vocalist Tom Araya was 20 years old and worked as a respiratory therapist, guitarist Jeff Hanneman, a rehearsal studio employee at the time, was 17, drummer Dave Lombardo was 16 and delivered pizza, and 17-year old Kerry King was a full-time guitarist.  At that time, there were no blueprints, no set paths, no boundaries or steps to follow; SLAYER’s new hybrid of metal and punk, heavier, faster and darker than the rest, assaulted the world and set a new standard, defining not only a genre, but an attitude.

Tom Araya, Kerry King, Gary Holt and Paul Bostaph sat down and talked about all things SLAYER:

Fast forward 38-years and SLAYER remains the preeminent punk-thrash-metal band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to, and up-and-coming metal heads continue to revere and emulate.  Slayer is a metal juggernaut, with songs that are dark, aggressive and without mercy, mirroring the turmoil and aberrations of our society.

Their membership in “The Big Four” – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax – the four bands that defined the thrash/metal genre – secures the band’s place in music history.  The five-time nominated, two-time Grammy-winners have also accumulated an abundance of certified Gold Albums along with “Best…” awards from media outlets all over the world, including Kerrang!SPINMetal HammerRevolver, and Esquire.  SLAYER even has its own exhibit in the Smithsonian Institute.  Throughout SLAYER‘s history, the band has never faltered in unleashing its extreme and focused sonic assault, and repudiating temptations, SLAYER has chosen to remain crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the mainstream.  Jeff Hanneman passed in 2013, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in for him since.  Paul Bostaph, Slayer’s drummer from 1992 – 1996, then 1997 – 2001, rejoined Araya and King in 2013 and remains behind the kit.

 

In September 2015, Slayer released Repentless, the band’s 12th studio album, the first without Hanneman, first with Holt on guitar, first with producerTerry Date, and first on Nuclear Blast Records, to widespread rave reviews and the highest chart debut of the band’s career.  The band also teamed up with director BJ McDonnell for three high-concept and brutal music videos for the album’s title track, then for “You Against You,” and the most recent, “Pride in Prejudice,” racking up a combined 28+-million views.  Dark Horse Comics published a three-issue comic book series in 2016, based on McDonnell’s original story concept for the videos and written by “Metalocalypse” director Jon Schnepp.

After a remarkable three-and-a-half decades, SLAYER announced its decision to do one last world tour and then move on.  All Hail SLAYER.

 

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DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL, SYDNEY, SATURDAY MARCH 09

DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL, MELBOURNE, MONDAY MARCH 11

AEC ARENA, ADELAIDE, WEDNESDAY MARCH 13

 

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