Category: Metal


After a completely SOLD OUT Australian Tour of epic proportions in 2015, Heavy Metal Icons MACHINE HEAD are set to make their triumphant return in 2018 and this time around they will be armed with their new album ‘Catharsis’ which entered the Australian ARIA Charts at Number 10.

MACHINE HEAD have flown the flag for truth, integrity and creative desire in metal, starting with the earth-shattering prescience of 1994’s classic ‘Burn My Eyes’ and continuing through to 2014’s ‘Bloodstone & Diamonds, producing a series of albums that consistently redefined the very notion of heaviness and music while upholding an invigorating lyrical narrative that has turned the band into one of the few in modern times that can boast an unbreakable connection with the hearts and minds of the metal faithful.

With 7 Top 30 ARIA charting Albums and monstrous heavy weight songs like “Locust”, “Imperium”, “Now We Die’’, “Halo”, ‘’Aesthetics of Hate’’, ‘’Ten Ton Hammer’’ plus many more, it’s no wonder their Australian fan-base are chanting for their return. Machine Head shows are the next level of live experience. Front-man Robb Flynn is one of the most charismatic front-men in the world and they have towered above the competition with a ruthless determination and dedication to the cause.

MACHINE HEAD live show is as much about the crowd as it is about the band. MACHINE HEAD do not just perform and leave – you’re in for highly energetic show, with bodies flying everywhere! Prepare yourselves to be bludgeoned by a wall of sound and leave the venue with ears ringing, voice boxes shredded and bodies crushed. MACHINE HEAD obliterates any notion that veteran bands can’t sustain their passion and intensity while also setting a new standard for sonic destruction and virility along the way.


Don’t miss the return of the mighty Machine Head to Australia.

Machine Head: Catharsis Australian Tour Dates

Tuesday 17th July: Adelaide, HQ

Wednesday 18th July: Brisbane, Eatons Hill Hotel

Friday 20th July: Sydney, Enmore Theatre

Saturday 21st July: Melbourne, Forum Theatre

Tuesday 24th July: Perth, Astor Theatre


Pre-Sale: Wednesday February 21st, 9am (Local time) – Friday February 23rd, 9am (Local time)

On Sale: Friday February 23rd, 9am (Local time)


VIRVUM have announced an extensive European tour in support of their label mates NE OBLIVISCARIS this spring, where they will also be joined by American tech death outfit ALLEGAEON.

The Swiss tech death shooting stars comment: “We’re extremely excited to be hitting the road with our good friends in NE OBLIVISCARIS, finally getting to tour the UK, and bringing ‘Illuminance’ to more countries that we’ve never played in before!”

See below for a list of all currently confirmed shows.

When a relatively unknown Swiss band released their debut album ‘Illuminance’ in 2016, only insiders suspected the massive impact it would stir. Yet it was on the strength of this release that VIRVUM were offered to sign on Season of Mist. Now their new home is reissuing ‘Illuminance’, which is to be available on vinyl for the first time.

VIRVUM were founded by childhood friends in 2007 and since then the aspiring and hard-working musicians continuously fine-tuned and honed the tracks of their first full-length to match their burgeoning skills.

VIRVUM first got noticed when guitarist and main songwriter Nic Gruhn happily took the offer to join a European tour with California’s progressive death metal pioneers FALLUJAH while also opening for such renowned bands as SUFFOCATION and CEPHALIC CARNAGE in 2013. On the return of their guitarist, VIRVUM immediately set out to perform as many shows as possible in order to establish the band in Europe.

In 2015, a first single entitled ‘Internal Howl’ attracted immediate attention and, that same year, VIRVUM were picked to internationally support big names such as DYING FETUS, FLESHGOD APOCALPYSE, and DEFEATED SANITY among others.

In advance of their self-released debut full-length, VIRVUM received a massive response for the song premieres of “Ad Rigorem” and title track in 2016, while the album was highly acclaimed by critics and fans alike.

With their professional attitude, the exceptional technical prowess of each individual musician, and last but never least the outstanding collective songwriting skills, the Swiss are now ready for the next step. While VIRVUMcreate a new monstrous record in studio, their amazing debut ‘Illuminance’ is made available again.

Perth’s most brutal progressive hardcore have turned heads with their album No Grave, No Burial. With not long to go before they embark on their national tour alongside their mates Arteries, they are today dropping their filmclip for album track Defiance. The track is live in all good digital stores and streaming outlets now and tickets for their tour are on sale now at

Statues’ tour is in support of their critically-acclaimed concept album “No Grave, No Burial” and they’re bringing special guests Arteries along for the ride with them, as the tour takes on Adelaide (Arteries no longer appearing in ADL), Sydney, Melbourne for two shows (18+ and All Ages) and Perth for two shows (18+ and All Ages).
With their new album, Statues explored a new direction, whilst maintaining a strong connection to their roots that have made them renowned as one of the premier live bands in Australian heavy music – sharing stages with the likes of NorthlaneNorma JeanEvery Time I Die, Stray from the Pathand Touché Amoré.
Defiance is available now on iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp, as part of No Grave, No Burial. Tickets are now on sale at for their album tour with Arteries. For more information about Statues, please go to


Melbourne metallers Zeolite will release their second EP, Sermones Mortis THIS Wednesday, February 7 and will tour extensively across the east coast in support of it. Kicking off on Friday in Newcastle.


Originally hailing from Launceston, the band relocated to Melbourne and have spent the past four years meticulously crafting their unique blend of death, groove and tech metal that’s soaked in political and social commentary.
The word Zeolite comes from the Greek words zeo (to boil) and lithos (stone) quite literally molten-rock. These, porous, catalyst gemstones and ores are a perfect reflection of Zeolite’s music.
Dark, chaotic and technical compositions that are filtered through a molecular sieve to produce razor sharp, focused and pure moments of intensity.
Mixed and mastered by Henrik Udd (BMTH, Hammerfall, Architects) and engineered by the band themselves, Sermones Mortis sees Zeolite return heavier, darker, and more refined than ever.
Building a reputation as a go-to opening act, Zeolite have shared stages with Psycroptic, Goatwhore, Chelsea Grin, Northlane, Ne Obliviscaris, and Boris the Blade, and have performed at major festivals including Blacken Open Air, Metal Fusion and we’re the first ever death metal band to play The Falls Festival!
With Sermones Mortis, Zeolite will be taking their music to the people on their own terms via an epic 10 date headline tour.
The band comment: ‘We’re stoked to announce that after keeping quiet for a few months, we are hitting the road again! After an period of relative quiet following relocation and lineup changes, we are embarking on our third tour in less than 18 months. 
Using the time away from the road for writing and reinvention, we have a slew of new material up our sleeves and can’t wait to show it to you all!’
with special guests Ame Noire
Friday, February 9: Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle 
Saturday, February 10: Red Rattler (AA), Sydney
Sunday, February 11: Frankies Pizza, Sydney
Thursday, February 15: Tapas Bar, Devonport 
Friday, February 16: The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart
Saturday, February 17: Club 54, Launceston
Sunday, February 18: The Brisbane Hotel (AA), Hobart
Saturday, February 24: Crowbar, Brisbane
Saturday, March 3: The Last Chance Rock and Roll Bar, Melbourne
Friday, March 9: Musicman Megastore, Bendigo
Official Event Page

The Sepulnation is alive and well! Following their crushingly successful 2014 Australian Tour, Brazilian Metal IconsSEPULTURA unleash a heavy metal hurricane upon the Sepulnation in May 2018. Now as a huge bonus to metal fans on the far North Coast and the Gold Coast Sepultura and Death Angel have announced a new show on Thursday 17th May atThe Northern in Byron Bay. Tickets are on sale NOW at:

Armed with their finest album in decades ‘Machine Messiah’, SEPULTURA emerge into a troubled world with extraordinary songs guaranteed to lift the spirits of any loyal metalhead. SEPULTURA are legends and are responsible for the existence of several of your favourite thrash metal bands today!

The band’s total command of the stage is cemented in place by blistering live performances that have remained a constant threat to all contemporaries. It’s a forgone conclusion that audiences will to erupt to Roots Bloody Roots, Territory, Refuse/Resist, Arise, Attitude, Ratamahatta and so many more! Just reading those song titles paint a picture of you losing your shit in a circle pit – this is the power of SEPULTURA!

Joining Sepultura in this headlong rush into mayhem are one of the most influential Thrash Metal bands ever – DEATH ANGEL. A peek through a time portal to the Bay Area Scene in the 80s would reveal Metallica’s Cliff Burton at the front of the stage at Ruthie’s Inn banging his head to Death Angel’s inventive style, and speedy, complex arrangements. But who needs HG Wells when you can see the real thing here and now at a venue half an hour from home? Buzzsaw speed riffs, double kick drum bedlam, and scorching vocals are just a few of the elements which define the uncompromising urgency that is DEATH ANGEL. Three decades into their celebrated career, DEATH ANGEL remain as hungry as ever.

With the critically acclaimed double barrel blast to the system delivered by SEPULTURA and DEATH ANGEL, metal fans will be electrified with horns in the air euphoria. We kid you not. This is the shit!

SEPULTURA (With specials guests Death Angel) Tour Dates

Tuesday 15th May – MELBOURNE, 170 Russell

Wednesday 16th May – ADELAIDE, The Gov

Thursday 17th May – BYRON BAY, The Northern

Friday 18th May – BRISBANE, Eatons Hill Hotel

Saturday 19th May – SYDNEY, The Metro Theatre

Sunday 20th May – PERTH, Capitol



21st century hard rock leaders Of Mice & Menvocalist/bassist Aaron Pauley, guitarist Alan Ashby, drummer Valentino Arteaga, and guitarist Phil Manansala
released their new album Defy, on January 19.
It debuted in the Australian Aria Album charts at
#13 Digital
#29 Physical
#3 iTunes Metal Chart 
The band recently released a third track from the album, a cover of the legendary Pink Floyd’s Money.

The Defy album was produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Three Days Grace, Skillet, The All-American Rejects) and mixed by Chris Lord Alge (Green Day, Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, Rise Against).
Earlier this year, Of Mice & Men teased the forthcoming album with the one-two punch of the singles “Unbreakable” and “Back to Me.” 

Defy Track Listing:
1. Defy
2. Instincts
3. Back to Me
4. Sunflower
5. Unbreakable
6. Vertigo
7. Money
8. How Will You Live
9. On The Inside
10. Warzone
11. Forever YDG’n
12. If We Were Ghosts

Watch the arresting and unforgettable music video for the first single, Warzone, here
Watch the lyric video for Defy here

Of Mice & Men will be playing at Download Festival in Melbourne on Saturday, March 24, 2018
And will be playing sideshows with Limp Bizkit and Ocean Grove in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide!

Eluveitie - Evocation II - Pantheon - Artwork

Year: 2017

Label: Nuclear Blast

Track Listing:

  1. Dvressu
  2. Epona
  3. Svcellos II (Sequel)
  4. Nantosvelta
  5. Tovtatis
  6. Lvgvs
  7. Grannos
  8. Cernvnnos
  9. Catrvix
  10. Artio
  11. Aventia
  12. Ogmios
  13. Esvs
  14. Antvmnos
  15. Tarvos II (Sequel)
  16. Belenos
  17. Taranis
  18. Nemeton

Subculture Entertainment Eluveitie:  Evocation II: Pantheon Review:

It’s not many bands that can boast that their latest album is 2,000 years in the making… nor can many say that their album had to have the help of scientists and history professors when it came to the lyric writing – but that is exactly what has happened with Swiss Folk Metal masters Eluveitie. While putting together an album that meant spending countless hours with professors of language and the like sounds like an ordeal upon itself the band also had to deal with the fact that three members had left the band to form Cellar Darling while five new members joined the band (four were returning after a brief hiatus) including a new clean vocalist Fabienne Erni.

Fans of Eluveitie at their most extreme should be warned that Evocation II: Pantheon does fall more on the side of folk than does to metal – largely due to the fact that the band have chosen to not only record the album in the Gaulish language but also because they have chosen to record with the instruments that were around 2000 years ago. The result is folk music written as it was intended but with the power of a metal band… and it is one of the best things I have heard all year.

The emotions that Eluveitie manage to conjure up during this album really does show that true emotion in music comes through the music itself and not through any digital enhancements that can be done using computers and such. The atmospheric feel of tracks like ‘Belenos’ show the true skills of Eluveitie, while the infusion of a true tribal and haunting feel of ‘Catvrix’ and ‘Esvs’ is a true beauty that will stick with the listener.

The metal grunt of Eluveitie comes to the fore with the faster paced tracks – ‘Lvgvs,’ ‘Taranis,’ ‘Nantosvelta’ and ‘Cemvnnos’ – but is the fact that slower tracks – ‘Artio,’ ‘Aventio’ and ‘Antvmnos’ – work alongside other tracks of spoken word that really show that Evocation II: Pantheon truly captures its audience. Of course the most amazing track on this album is lead single ‘Epona’ which for me is one of the best songs of 2017, the instrumentals behind it are amazing while on the album it serves as a great introduction to the vocals of Fabienne Erni. Her amazing voice really comes through on the track and throughout the album you are constantly reminded of what she know brings to the future of Eluveitie.

Evocation II: Pantheon is truly a masterpiece. Close your eyes while listening to this album and you are transported back to the Celtic times of 2000 years ago. There is a power in the music here that is rare in modern day music. Eluveitie have created a work of art with this stunningly beautiful album.



Rating (out of 5):


Thy Art Is Murder - Dear Desolation - Artwork

Year: 2017

Label: Nuclear Blast

Track Listing:

  1. Slaves Beyond Death
  2. The Son Of Misery
  3. Puppet Master
  4. Dear Desolation
  5. Death Dealer
  6. Man Is The Enemy
  7. The Skin Of The Serpant
  8. Fire In The Sky
  9. Into Chaos We Climb
  10. The Final Curtain

Subculture Entertainment Thy Art Is Murder:  Dear Desolation Review:

Take a bow Thy Art Is Murder because you boys have delivered one of the most brutal albums of 2017. I could use all the traditional clichés when it come to talking about Dear Desolation – it’s in your face, it’s the kind of album that your Mum doesn’t want you to listen to yada yada – but really this album is a lot more than that. Yes it’s brutal, yes it’s in-your-face but an album this unrelenting is extremely rare.

Opening track ‘Slaves Beyond Death’ doesn’t just start playing when you hit play this bloody thing erupts and explodes from your speakers. The drumming work of Lee Stanton is off the scale and when CJ McMahon’s (welcome back to the fold, mate) suddenly hit this album goes to a whole new level. ‘The Son Of Misery’ is a wall of sound that shows that Thy Art Is Murder is a band that just continually keeps pushing the boundaries while McMahon’s vocals on the title track drift from deathcore through to manic growls.

The early instrumentals of ‘Death Dealer’ build like an air raid siren before launching into the best track of the album which has a real feel of tribal cries while that tribal sound returns on ‘Into Chaos We Climb’ which also features some fine melodic guitar sounds from Andy Marshthat sweep through the track from time to time. Marsh’s work also makes ‘The Final Curtain’ a stand-out as everything comes together while the guitars soar above them all.

The wall-of-sound element that Thy Art Is Murder manage to achieve with Dear Desolation is nothing short of amazing. The sheer brutality of tracks like ‘Man Is The Enemy’ is rare while the creativity that allows the band to let ‘The Skin Of The Serpent’ and ‘Fire In The Sky’ just build and build until they reach new epic heights of deathcore separates this band from the pretenders once and for all.

Dear Desolation is the pinnacle of deathcore music. While people in the past have compared Thy Art Is Murder with bands like Behemoth and Cannibal Corpse this album plants them in that exclusive club right beside them.
Rating (out of 5):


Despised Icon

Deatchcore pioneers Despised Icon are back after a four year hiatus. Fans have been excited about the fact that these lords of brutality have been back performing shows but now they cement their comeback with the awesome new release ‘Beast’ (available through Nuclear Blast).

Dave G sat down with Despised Icon vocalist Alex Erian to chat about the band’s comeback and all the ins and outs of ‘Beast’, but Alex also dropped some surprising tour news for Aussie fans during the interview.

You can listen to or download our Despised Icon interview right here.


The metal legends that are Soilwork are about to release their brand new album, The Ride Majestic, so Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths caught up with Bjorn ‘Speed’ Strid to take about this brand new album… that has been described as Soilwork’s heaviest and darkest work to date.

You can listen to or download our Soilwork interview right here.