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.

 

SET AND SETTING are a young band from St. Petersburg, Florida who merge instrumental rock with a thick metallic edgeand elements of drone and ambient music.
The result is a captivating wordless genre amalgam“ Decibel Magazine raved and Brooklyn Vegan defined their sound as “metallic  chug to trippy psychedelia to soaring post-rock beauty… like Russian Circles teaming with early Pink Floyd“.
Since their debut album Equanimity in 2013, “the quartet has been very active throughout theunderground and extreme music scenes in the U.S. and Canada. 
In 2014 SET AND SETTING released their second album A Vivid Memory via Prosthetic Records and continued to tour internationally and locally with bands such as Mouth of the Architect, EyeHateGod, Inter Arma and Kayo Dot throughout 2015. 
2016 brought a tough year of writing and recording while battling injuries within the band limiting live performances. 
In 2017 SET AND SETTING released theirthird full-length album Reflectionless and now SET AND SETTING are now returning with their 4th album Tabula Rasa, the band’s heaviest album to date and their debut on Pelagic Records.

The band comment ‘When we were writing this album, we had a new lineup and felt a new energy. We named this song Ecdysis because it felt like we we were shedding old skin and pushing new boundaries we haven’t reached yet.

‘We purposely tried to extend the boundaries of our sound by adding more extreme metal and punk influences all while still sounding like ourselves“ guitarist Shane Handall comments.


The album was recorded and mixed during 10 straight days in Miami.

 

“”It’s time for us to unleash our fifth record RESONANT SUN, the consequence of couantless hours on the road & intoxicated madness. 
We’re pumped with the outcome – and think we’ve managed to strip it down to the raw essence of what the band has become.

Drawing inspiration from opposites – RESONANT SUN will take you on a hard-boiled trip through a vast array of emotional oddities. We can’t wait to finally show you this filthy fuzz-laden doom monster and hope that you’ll love it as much as we do. 
Go let the fuzz take you!
Ever since their inception in 2010, “Berlin 3-piece EARTH SHIP have built their reputation in the vast field of the stoner / doom / sludge underground scene as one of the most relentless and heavy-hitting live bands out there. 
With their thunderousblend of sludgy riffs bluesy leads virulent vocals and a massive dose of both groove and humour vocalist Jan Oberg, his wife Sabine (bass) and Sebastian Grimberg (drums) have taken EARTH SHIP to the stages of Desertfest, Stoned From The Underground & Pelagic Fest
and tours with bands like RED FANG, TORCHE, CROWBAR & VOIVOD.
After 3 albums on Pelagic the band signed with NAPALM RECORDS for the release of 4th studio album „Hollowed“ in 2016.
But the alliance didn’t last long and the band returned to Pelagic’s welcoming arms for album #5: Resonant Sun.
EARTH SHIP continues an evolution towards more stripped down arrangements and tunes that stun through simplicity and heaviness an evolution that began with 2014’s Withered album.
While the occasional clean vocals remind of TORCHE or ALICE IN CHAINS Jan’s range stretches far out into the harsh spheres of bands like MANTAR or WEEDEATER.
The strikingly fat production ofthe album was done by the band leader himself at his own HIDDEN PLANET STUDIOS in Berlin where all EARTH SHIP albums to date were made.

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

Dutch metallers WITHIN TEMPTATION have released the official video for “The Reckoning”, the first single from their forthcoming studio album, Resist. The track features a guest appearance by PAPA ROACH frontman Jacoby Shaddix.

‘’We’re super excited to finally share with you the music video of ‘’The Reckoning’’. We know the wait was long, but we are extremely psyched to share our new music with you and we truly hope you enjoy it as much as we do!’’ commented WITHIN TEMPTATION vocalist Sharon Den Adel

Resist is scheduled for release on 14 December 2018 via Vertigo/Caroline AustraliaResist marks a departure from the past; armed with ten anthemic tracks, driven by grand melodies and dark hooks, Resist brings a futuristic take on metal to the table – both instrumentally and thematically.

Lead singer Sharon den Adel continues: Resist is a true milestone for us. If it wasn’t for ResistWithin Temptation wouldn’t be here anymore. With this record, we’ve taken inspiration from modern music and gave it a face – a very dark one. Sometimes it feels that today’s pop music lacks a rebellious edge.

 

“Resist” will also feature IN FLAMES‘ Anders Fridén and ARID‘s Jasper Steverlinck on guest vocals.

 

 

 

Epic melodic death metallers Nothgard have just finished working on their 2nd video clip in support of their upcoming new album, Malady X – due out October 26th via Metal Blade Records.

Bandleader Dom R. Crey comments about “Epitaph”: “The first single ‘Malady X’ is out for three weeks now and we are super happy about all the amazing feedback. The time has come to unleash the second single and music video, this time in 4k quality! ‘Epitaph’ is a very special song for me. Based on the concept of constant struggle in a world where all of us need to find their places. Sometimes this can be tough and very often some of us have the feeling of not being part of this world – or do not even want to be part. Song-wise ‘Epitaph’ is one of my favorite tracks on this album. But before I tell too much I would rather recommend you to check out the video and song.”
Nothgard has recorded Malady X at Def-Creation and & Southern Deathcult studios and called the renowned Jens Bogren (Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, Kreator, Opeth, etc.) for mastering duties. The result is an album full of epic melodic death metal anthems! 

We present the new single and music video from Peoria, IL’s Ghost Key.

“Detach” is the first single off of Ghost Key’s highly-anticipated 2nd album called “See This Through.” The record will be released November 9th, and you can pre-order the album via the InVogue Records online store HERE.

“When under the spell of depression it’s so easy to feel like your mistakes define who you are. Detach is a reminder that you shouldn’t destroy yourself because of your past. Instead, examine the past as a way to become better for the future because that’s only the place any of us is going. Who I was is not who I am.”

Ghost Key is currently on tour with War Of Ages and Capsize, and you can catch them on tour again later this Fall with Obey The Brave starting November 9th.

9/14 – Erie, PA @ Basement Transmissions

9/16 – Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry

9/17 – Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room

9/18 – Berwyn, IL @ The Wire

9/19 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s

9/20 – Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge

9/21 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater

9/22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Loading Dock

9/23 – Pocatello, ID @ Elks Lodge

9/24 – Spokane, WA @ The Pin

9/25 – Everette, WA @ Tony V’s Garage

9/27 – Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk

9/28 – Van Nuys, CA @ White Oaks Music

9/29 – San Diego, CA @ Space Bar

9/30 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House

10/1 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge

10/2 – El Paso, TX @ Rockhouse Bar & Grill

10/3 – Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Sports Cafe

10/4 – Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live

10/5 – Dallas, TX @ 2513 Main

10/6 – Houston, TX @ The Secret Group

10/8 – Jacksonville, FL @ Murray Hill

10/9 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum

10/10 – Orlando, FL @ Sounbar

10/11 – Margate, FL @ O’Malleys

10/12 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

10/14 – Louisville, KY @ Trixies

11/9 – Manchester, NH – Bungalow

11/11 – Reading, PA – Reverb

11/13 – Fayetteville, NC – Drunk Horse Pub

11/14 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club

11/15 – Brooklyn, NY – Kingsland

11/16 – Kittanning, PA – Radioactive Events Center

11/17 – Corning, NY – Lando’s

11/18 – Providence, RI – Alchemy

 

WITHIN TEMPTATION – the legendary leaders of dark anthems, with a career spanning two decades – have announced their 7thalbum titled Resist, scheduled for release on 14 December 2018 via Vertigo/Caroline AustraliaResist marks a departure from the past; armed with ten anthemic tracks, driven by grand melodies and dark hooks, Resist brings a futuristic take on metal to the table – both instrumentally and thematically.

Lead singer Sharon den Adel says: Resist is a true milestone for us. If it wasn’t for ResistWithin Temptation wouldn’t be here anymore. With this record, we’ve taken inspiration from modern music and gave it a face – a very dark one. Sometimes it feels that today’s pop music lacks a rebellious edge. 

Our main goal was to collect pieces from sounds we did like and roughen it up as much as we could, resulting in a surprisingly new musical world that is heavier, dirtier and more futuristic than we’ve ever created before. Resist is our take on metal in a new way: to give modern music its rebellious edge.”

The new sound of Resist cuts through bombastic first single ‘The Reckoning’ (featuring Jacoby Shaddix) and will be followed by more new singles before the album release on December 14th. The band’s European Tour kicks off in October and consists of 37 dates in 18 countries. More dates around the globe will follow in 2019.

Pre-orders for Resist are live now, get yours now!

https://caroline.lnk.to/Resist