Category: Metal

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)

“It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that our tour in Singapore, Australia and Japan will be postponed, due to circumstances beyond our control. We were very excited about performing songs from our new album ‘Verkligheten’, as well as songs from our entire career. It really hurts but at this point there’s really nothing we can do. All we hope is for your understanding, cause this not something we take lightly and we also realize that a lot of people will be disappointed. We kindly ask for your patience, as we will return in the Spring of 2019’’.

SOILWORK release their new album ‘Verkligheten’ on Friday 11th January via Nuclear Blast. SOILWORK singer Björn “Speed” Strid on‘Verkligheten’: “I’m really, really pleased with it – it’s really, really cool. It’s possibly the most epic and darkest album we’ve done. And it’s also very melancholic, but it’s also very sort of uplifting. It’s huge. I’m really happy with it”.

SOILWORK 2019 Re-scheduled tour dates are:

Thursday 31st October – The Triffid, Brisbane

Friday 1st November – Manning Bar, Sydney

Saturday 2nd November – Max Watt’s, Melbourne

From the distant seafaring land of Argentina, the legendary pirate metal
band RUMAHOY has come aboard to drink your rum, fire your guns, steal your
wenches, and party all night long! Led by the mysterious masked giant
Captain Yarrface (the greatest pirate in the world), Rumahoy is a pirate
metal band like no other, with an unmatched live show featuring the best
songs you’ve ever heard. Joined by Bootsman Walktheplank on guitar, Cabinboy
Treasurequest on bass, and Swashbuckling Pete on drums, Captain Yarrface has
just one message for everyone: “WELCOME TO THE SEA!”
Plus in a world exclusive for Sydney fans & newly signed to Napalm Records,
Christopher Bowes And His Plate Of Beans perform their first ever show!!!
ALESTORM with Rumahoy performing at:
Feb 6th – Perth, Capitol w/ 9 Foot Super Soldier
Feb 7th – Adelaide, The Gov w/ Shadow Realm
Feb 8th – Sydney, The Metro
w/ Christopher Bowes And His Plate Of Beans – First ever show!!!
Feb 9th – Melbourne, The Croxton w/ Triple Kill – SOLD OUT!!!
Feb 11th – Brisbane, The Triffid w/ Dragonsmead
Feb 13th – Auckland, Whammy Bar w/ Forsaken Age & Liit*
*Rumahoy not performing