Category: Metal

 

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!
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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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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