Category: Metal

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.

 

THE RIVERSTAGE, BRISBANE, THURSDAY MARCH 07

DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL, SYDNEY, SATURDAY MARCH 09

DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL, MELBOURNE, MONDAY MARCH 11

AEC ARENA, ADELAIDE, WEDNESDAY MARCH 13

 

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Brisbane’s melodic hardcore quartet She Cries Wolf took the Australian Heavy Music scene by surprise late in February with the surprise-release of their third full-length ‘Liar’! Teasing the record anonymously with the hashtag #everyonelovestheliar in the weeks prior, they unleashed it on February 22. Now today, they are announcing that in May 2019, they will take it all around the country alongside their mates in Heists on the Australian Liar Tour, presented by Black Sun Bookings. Tickets are on sale now for the tour dates in May at blacksun.oztix.com.au.

She Cries Wolf’s album Liar has turned heads with its uncompromising fury and agression – with Hysteria Mag saying that they “…dive deep into fear and loathing for a strong and surprising return.”, killyourstereo.com espousing that “She Cries Wolf haven’t sounded this malevolent, this bleak, nor this aggressive, and the proof is really in the pudding of how well that’s paid off for them.” and Depth Magazine praising the emotional honesty of the record, saying that “Liar is an expunging of fury, standing up for oneself, seeing promises through, facing blame, and seeking for others to take responsibility, even if this means that you end up alone; the truth mattering more than popularity. The result is something surprisingly artful…”

The Australian Liar Tour takes She Cries Wolf and Heists to Melbourne May 17 at Last Chance Rock N Roll Bar, Adelaide May 18 at Crown & Anchor, Canberra May 24 at UC Hub, Sydney May 25 at Factory Floor, Brisbane June 1 at Crowbar Brisbane and Perth at Amplifier on June 2.

Joining She Cries Wolf on the Australian Liar tour at Heists from Sydney. Heists dropped their monstrous latest single ‘Defeated’ late in 2018 on December 12 and have been riding its popularity since. Heists have previously taken the stage alongside artists such as The Plot In You, Stick to your Guns & Terror, Deez Nuts, Dream On Dreamer and more. 

She Cries Wolf‘s brand new album ‘Liar’ is out now at http://bit.ly/SCW_liar – and tickets for the Australian Liar Tour are on sale now at blacksun.oztix.com.au.

 

O.R.k., featuring Italy’s celebrated vocalist, producer and award-winning film score composer Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari a.k.a LEF (lead vocals), King Crimson’s Pat Mastelotto(drums), Porcupine Tree’s Colin Edwin (bass), Marta Sui Tubi’s Carmelo Pipitone (guitars) have revealed their new single & video for “Black Blooms” which features their collaboration with the iconic System Of A Down frontman, Serj Tankian.

O.R.k bassist Colin Edwin explains how the collaboration with Serj Tankian came about “The involvement of Serj Tankian came about through legendary producer Bill Laswell, who played bass on Lef’s 2018 solo album ‘Hypersomniac’. Laswell passed a copy of ‘Hypersomniac’ to Serj, who was impressed enough to also check out O.R.k. and our previous two albums. This led directly to Lef and Serj connecting and discussing potentially collaborating at some point; it was just at the time we were working on ‘Ramagehead’, so of course a suggestion had to be made. Lef sent him the tracks as a ‘work in progress’ and from this, Serj himself chose “Black Blooms” as the song he wished to sing and work with us on.

Colin continues “The development of “Black Blooms” took a few unexpected turns as we all contributed along the way, Pat Mastelotto’s masterful drumming added an underlying aspect of urgency I hadn’t anticipated on the original demo, and Carmelo Pipitone manages to strike a superlative balance between sensitivity and total fireworks as the song progresses. The atmosphere was always going to be a great context for Lef’s vocals, but the biggest surprise was Serj Tankian’s involvement, which really amazed me when I first heard it, he’s added, not simply a great vocal performance, but the exact amount of extra depth to the framework, to turn it into something truly special, and if I didn’t know better, I would have thought “Black Blooms” was made with him in mind.”

The forthcoming album Ramagehead, their first for Kscope, was created from the band’s collective vision, unique influences and a multi-layered reflection of their powerful and engaging live experience. The resulting epic contains all the ingredients of a fiery O.R.k. performance with dark and heavy riffing, mesmeric atmospheres.

Recorded during 2018 at LefMusicStudio (Italy), The Wormhole (USA) and Nightspace (UK). The mixing for Ramagehead was handled by Adrian Benavides and three-time Grammy-winning engineer Marc Urselli (U2, Foo Fighters, Nick Cave), the mastering by Michael Fossenkemper, engineering by Benavides and Bill Munyon (King Crimson), cover art by Adam Jones (TOOL) and design by Denis Rodier (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman). The recordings, and involvement of SOAD’s Serj Tankian on the forthcoming single, “Black Blooms“, solidifies the band’s serious intent to use their musical chemistry in exploring the hard-edged possibilities within rock.

 

Ramagehead will be released on February 22 on CD / 180g Black vinyl LP / Digit

 

 

It’s time to melt melodic death metal and trance together! RAGE OF LIGHT, the rising stars from Switzerland around charismatic lead singer Melissa Bonny prove that these styles can build a very strong symbiosis. The result is a musical monster!
Today, RAGE OF LIGHT unleashes the official video for their first single “Fallen”, taken from the new album Imploder! Their mix of sharp riffs, electronic beats, melody and screaming violence gets perfectly illustrated by the art of producer and bandfounder Jonathan Pellet, filmed by Roger Simon and Sylvain Pellet.
RAGE OF LIGHT on the new video:
We are thrilled to share the first single of our album Imploder. This song reflects the evolution of the band and its music, and gives a first taste of the universe in which the album will guide the listeners.
On March 29th, RAGE OF LIGHT will release their debut album Imploder on Napalm Records.
You can Pre-Order the new album now

 

Subculture sits down and has a chat with the legendary Voivod while they are in Australia on tour. You can check out the interview below and remember to go and check out their shows why they are in Australia as well… all the info can be found below.

You can listen to our Voivod interview right here on our Spreaker player.

Port Augusta based Metalcore outfit Alda Sky have just released a brand new music video ‘Odium’.
Alda Sky combine hard-hitting riffs, catchy guitar/vocal melodies and technical playing styles to achieve their distinctive sound.
The band released their debut EP ‘Reflections’ in May 2017 to a very warm reception. The EP charted at #2 on the ITunes Metal Album Charts for one week.
‘Reflections’ was also voted as the Best SA Heavy Release on ‘MOSH’ – Radio Adelaide in 2017. Various tracks from the EP were aired on radio stations across Australia, including Triple J.
New video ‘Odium’ is taken from their debut EP.
 ‘Reflections’ is available for download on all major online stores.

Sci-fi thrash metal prog-punks VOIVOD are celebrating thirty-five years on the warpath, and are rrröööaaarrring into 2019 in the best possible way for Australian fans with 4 big East Coast shows kicking off next week!

Riding high on the critical success of this year’s compelling album The Wake, fans can look forward to a machine pummelling cruise on the VOIVOD spacecraft through career defining albums Killing Technology, Dimension Hatröss, Nothingface, Angel Rat and The Outer Limits plus choice tracks from their most recent releases.

VOIVOD have just had a massive 2018 and are kicking 2019 off with a run of Aussie shows next week.

From Rolling Stone and Metal Hammer to Pop Matters, VOIVOD’s album The Wake has been acclaimed as one of the best albums of 2018.

VOIVOD are pleased to announce support acts for the upcoming shows:

Brisbane – Wartooth & Asylum

Canberra – Contrive & Lucifungus

Melbourne – Contrive, El Colosso & In Malice’s Wake

Sydney – Contrive, Head In A Jar & Carbon Black

For the very first time, German progressive and technical death metal virtuosos OBSCURA bring their jaw-dropping musical prowess to Australia and
New Zealand!
From their very beginnings in 2002, the band have demonstrated an uncanny ability for blending different forms of technical, cerebral metal into a
coherent synthesis of death, thrash and black metal merged with progressive elements. Not one to bend to convention, OBSCURA distinguished themselves
and their unique brand of music via the tasteful use of vocal effects, fretless bass, philosophical underpinnings, and other elements rarely touched on in extreme metal.
In 2018, OBSCURA complete their long-running, four-album conceptual circle with the release of Diluvium. Complete with all the band’s signature elements plus groundbreaking polyrhythms, dramatic songwriting, and almost incomparable virtuosity, OBSCURA raise the bar once again with an album that will go down in the annals of metal history as one of the most astonishing performances the genre has to offer.
Complimenting the technical insanity will be Australia’s longstanding metal progressive leaders in ALARUM. Blending all forms of metal alongside rock, jazz, latin and fusion, ALARUM have proven they can match the big names on a worldwide level.
Shifting between frothing black metal hate to slower progressive instrumental interludes and back again, the mysterious SOMNIUM NOX will no doubt leave a chilling impression upon those summoned.
OBSCURA, Alarum & Somnium Nox performing at:
March 28th – Brisbane, Crowbar
March 29th – Sydney, The Factory
March 30th – Melbourne, The Corner
TICKETS ON SALE 9AM Tuesday January 15th at:
BRISBANE – http://soundworksdirect.eventbrite.com / www.oztix.com.au
SYDNEY –  http://soundworksdirect.eventbrite.com / www.factorytheatre.com.au

 

Rockhampton Metal band Affinity Minus Perfection dropped their EP “Passion Through Unity” late in 2018 on Friday November 30. Now, they are taking that epic release out on the road down the East Coast of Australia. From the beefy town of Rockhampton, they are bringing the brutal up and down the seaboard.

They will be showcasing the tracks from the EP in home town Rockhampton, then taking it to Bundaberg, Gladstone, Brisbane, Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Albury, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Newcastle, Cairns, Townsville and Mackay – with possibly more to come. All information about tickets and supports at facebook.com/ampmetal. Most shows are tickets on the door, but Brisbane (Crowbar) and Melbourne (Tote Hotel)’s pre-sale tickets are available from Oztix.

The band will share the stage with a number of local heavy acts across the tour, including Overthrone, Day of Content, Thanartist, Pridecaller, Enchiridion, Novus, Upon a Falling Empire, Devonian, Wildheart, In Deception, DIEFM, Path of Victory, Shopping Trolley Fist Fight, Eviscerate the Crown, Cold Era, Hostel, Kaskeid, Ice City, 3 Hour Flight and Forest all showing up at various shows on the tour.

Vocalist Hayden Foley said “We are unbelievably stoked for this tour. We’ve done all the organising ourselves, with the help of some amazing people along the way of course. It’s been crazy behind the scenes trying to put this together – and we can’t wait to enjoy the fruits of our labour.”

The band have enjoyed praise from all corners for their EP “Passion Through Unity”, so taking it on the road will mean that audiences from up and down the East Coast of Australia will get to experience the EP’s explosive tracks up close and personal.

Hysteria Mag said that “The lyrics are raw, the instrumental addictive and the overall message is one so important to every kind of person. We’re calling it now, with the attitude they’ve got and the music they’re releasing, Affinity Minus Perfection will be going places.”, Heavy Mag mused that it is “A mature release from the Rockhampton heavy hitters, plenty of grit and heart throughout this E.P. Crank it loud and assume the position of windmill mode, the heaviness is here!”, while triple j unearthed’s Dave Ruby Howe said that he can see why AMP has “…already booked some shows on bills with Amity and Chronolyth. Good balance between the cinematic moments and pummeling doomsday metal.”

Affinity Minus Perfection’s new EP ‘Passion through Unity’ is out now. Tickets for the Brisbane show are available at http://oztix.com.au.

For more information, go to www.facebook.com/ampmetal.

 

 

Mark Morton, the prolific guitarist of Lamb of God, has released the second single from his debut solo album, Anesthetic, out March 1, 2019. “Cross Off” featuring Chester Bennington premiered today as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats 1 and is now available here.

“Cross Off” was recorded in April 2017 and written by Mark Morton, Chester Bennington, Jake Oni and producer Josh Wilbur. Morton recorded all guitars with Paolo Gregoletto and Alex Bent (Trivium) handling bass and drums. The composition of the song began between Morton, Wilbur and Oni before the three approached Bennington about singing vocals. Bennington loved the song and came to the studio with additional ideas and lyrics that, together with his unique and incredible vocal style, shaped the song to be what it is today.

Morton said his experience working on “Cross Off” with Bennington “was a very free flowing and natural process. We both really loved the song from its inception and everyone that worked on it put a lot of energy and emotion into it. I feel like you can really hear that in the track, and absolutely in Chester’s performance.”

Joining forces with WPP Records and Spinefarm Records on a worldwide basis, Morton will release the 10-track album that sees him further explore his creative drive for writing and collaboration. It arrives on March 1, 2019, but CD and vinyl pre-order and merch bundles are now available here.

The full track listing, complete with the list of guest artists is below. The album was made alongside a dream team of highly respected musicians from a multitude of musical worlds; some friends and some who would never be expected to collaborate with metal genre leaders Lamb of God.

Morton had been writing some of this debut for years. “This album wasn’t a concerted effort to start something outside Lamb of God,” he explains. “Music is always in my head, and until I write and record it, it’s stuck there. But once I record it, it’s out. It’s a catharsis, more for my own sanity.”

Singers on the album include Chester Bennington, Randy Blythe, Jacoby Shaddix, Myles Kennedy, Alissa White-Gluz, Mark Lanegan, Chuck Billy, Jake Oni, Josh Todd, Mark Morales, and Naeemah Maddox. Musically, Morton performs all guitars, with Roy Mayorga, David Ellefson, Ray Luzier, Paolo Gregoletto, Alex Bent, Mike Inez, Jean-Paul Gaster, Steve Gorman, Marc Ford, Yanni Papadopoulos and Chris Brooks rounding out the band.

ANESTHETIC TRACK LISTING:

1. “Cross Off” (feat. Chester Bennington)

2. “Sworn Apart” (feat. Jacoby Shaddix)

3. “Axis”  (feat. Mark Lanegan)
4. “The Never” (feat. Chuck Billy + Jake Oni)
5. “Save Defiance” (feat. Myles Kennedy)
6. “Blur” (feat. Mark Morales)
7. “Back From The Dead” (feat. Josh Todd)
8. “Reveal” (feat. Naeemah Maddox)

9. “Imaginary Days”
10. “The Truth Is Dead” (feat. Randy Blythe + Alissa White-Gluz)