Category: Metal

AGRESSOR will reissue their acclaimed third full-length, ‘Symposium of Rebirth’ (1994) in its original version, which comes together with a fully re-mastered edition on 2CD and also as gatefold double-vinyl that both contain several bonus tracks. The release date of this collector’s dream come true under the name of ‘Rebirth’ has been scheduled for June 8th, 2018.

The French death metal innovators are offering the re-mastered version of the track “Overloaded” as a taste of things to come.

Upon its release in 1994, ‘Symposium of Rebirth’ propelled AGRESSOR to the elite ranks of extreme metal bands. The French metal pioneers were forward thinking in many ways. Musically, their unique sound is based within the newly burgeoning death metal scene of the early nineties yet comes with a solid dose of the original thrash heritage, which invites comparison with DARK ANGEL. Not content with the limitations of their genre, AGRESSOR added orchestral elements and even went as far as to cover parts of Basil Poledouris’ iconic soundtrack for the movie ‘Conan the Barbarian’ and a cooperation with the Choir of the Opéra de Lyon. The album artwork of ‘Symposium of Rebirth’ was designed by legendary French graphic novel artist Philippe Druillet – famous for his psychedelic SF series based on the character Lone Sloane.

AGRESSOR were founded in 1986 and immediately presented their first demo, ‘The Merciless Onslaught’ in the same year. The Southern French band’s second demo, ‘Satan Sodomy’ (1987) caused some scandal due to its sexually implicit cover and black metal undertones. At the time of the release of their split with LOUDBLAST entitled ‘Licensed to Thrash” (1988), AGRESSOR had begun touring in French speaking territories alongside such soon to be renowned bands as SAMAEL, SODOM, MESSIAH, and LIVING DEATH.

AGRESSOR became the first French metal act to be signed by an international label after recording the demo, ‘Orbital Distortion’ in 1989. A year later, the band began cooperating with Philippe Druillet for the visuals of their debut album, ‘Neverending Destiny’, which received a warm welcome with its combination of brutal thrash riffing and what would now be considered an early form of technical death metal.

Their sophomore full-length, ‘Towards Beyond’ (1992) was produced by Börje “Boss” Forsberg of BATHORY and Black Mark fame and came with ultra-heavy passages on top of their trademark technical riffing. AGRESSOR continued to spearhead the French extreme metal scene with their following release as well as through touring with such renowned acts as MORBID ANGEL, OBITUARY, PESTILENCE, BIOHAZARD, SINISTER, and WARGASM.

Following a UK tour with CRADLE OF FILTH in 1996, the sole remaining founding member, vocalist and guitarist Alex Colin-Tocquaine put the band on a short hiatus, but AGRESSOR returned with ‘Medieval Rites’ in 1999 and more live activities. Their latest album under the programmatic title, ‘Deathreat’ was released in 2006 and since then the French have occasionally played rare shows.

Now AGRESSOR will reissue the death metal milestone and acclaimed masterpiece, ‘Symposium of Rebirth’ both in its original form with bonus tracks as well as in a re-recorded version with even more extra material.

 

ELECTRIC HELLRIDE is a well-known and respected 4-piece group hailing from the Danish underground, and with tireless energy in an exciting mix of thrash, death and classic heavy metal, they are now ready with a music video for The Ghost Army.

The album entitled Praedam, which translated from latin means ”prey”, was released September 2017. The Ghost Army is the fifth song from Praedam and ELECTRIC HELLRIDE are ready to once again, add visuals to their music, and it’s even more atmospheric and dynamic than before. All songs on the album are somehow connected to this theme. Whether it is to be the hunter or be the hunted. It’s a concept that fits perfectly with ELECTRIC HELLRIDE’s desperate and aggressive soundscapes.

Gravemind are not a band who do things by the book. They are known for their off-kilter rollouts, their insanely detailed and perfectly-crafted videoclips and their ability to stand out in a niche-within-niche genre – deathcore. Having turned heads in media with their previous release, The Deathgate, Gravemind are today returning to the fray with a new track and filmclip, Lifelike. The single will be available on all digital outlets from this Friday, 6th April.

The lads in Gravemind, not ones to shy away from hard work/ideas outside the norm – are also putting this new single out on 7″ Vinyl, for order beginning Monday 9th April. As well as this, there is also an extremely limited run of 10 Lifelike test presses, on 7″ vinyl. Each test press comes with a laser cut wooden box and a lyric page typewritten by vocalist Dylan Gillies-Parsons. The page itself is made of plantable paper. When made wet, the page can be submerged in soil, and after a period of time, with care, forget-me-not flowers should grow. The owner can choose to create life, watch it flourish, and then die, or choose to hold onto the lyric page for as long as they can. Due to international quarantine, item will only be available for sale in Australia. Dylan said of the concept – “The song is about being born against your will, and some day having to die, so we thought it’d be fitting to give fans the option to literally create life, watch it flourish, and then die before their very eyes.”

Gravemind are Damon Bredin (Guitarist, writer), Dylan Gillies-Parsons (Vocalist, video director + editor), Michael Petritsch (Guitar), Aden Young (Guitar), and unofficial member/fill-in, Boris The Blade drummer, Karl Stellar. 

Dylan Gillies-Parsons, vocalist for Gravemind, said that “Lifelike is about being alive, but not really being there at all. It’s about being born against your will, and the reality that some day soon, we all die. We wanted to drop the metaphors and narrative for this release, and really be honest with the listener. It was our intention to write a song that is intrinsically Gravemind, but also very unique from our previous releases. It has been the hardest song to write lyrically, and the whole creation process this time around has been exceptionally draining, but for good cause. This song is about us, all of us, because no one can escape from this.

Lifelike was produced by Scottie Simpson + Gravemind and Recorded by Scottie Simpson in December 2017. The track was Mixed + Mastered by Lance Prenc and features additional vocals by Joshua Renjen. 

Lifelike will be available on all digital outlets from this Friday, April 6 and the vinyl will be available to order from Monday 9th April. Tickets for Gravemind’s headline Lifelike single tour in May alongside Diamond Construct and 23/19 are on sale now at gravemindofficial.com.

For more information, go to http://www.facebook.com/gravemindau

 

 

Irish Pagan Metal Gods Primordial will release their new album, Exile Amongst The Ruins, March 30th through Metal Blade Records. 
Teaming with producer Ola Ersfjord, who worked on Primordial‘s 2016 live album, Gods To The Godless, the record was tracked at Dublin’s Camelot Studios, located adjacent to their rehearsal room.

Primordial comments: “This is a simple story. A soldier’s fate that has happened around the world many times and will continue to do so. It is set in Ireland about 100 years ago. Nothing more and nothing less. They are the Ghosts. We are the Ruins.”

Once again building upon their signature sound, the follow up to 2014’s Where Greater Men Have Fallen is a more raw, “old school sounding” record than its predecessor. Hitting home with what vocalist A.A. Nemtheanga describes as “a direct energy” and wielding an urgency that is undeniable, the Irish quintet once again effortlessly blend elements of tragedy and might like no one else. Likewise, the evolution in their sound continues to be organic and unforced, ensuring that Exile Amongst The Ruins is essential listening for both their long term faithful and those only now drawn into their world.
Exile Amongst The Ruins track listing:
1. Nail Their Tongues
2. To Hell or the Hangman
3. Where Lie the Gods
4. Exile Amongst the Ruins
5. Upon Our Spiritual Deathbed
6. Stolen Years
7. Sunken Lungs
8. Last Call
Pre orders available now

 

IHSAHN performing at:

May 4th – Brisbane, Crowbar w/ Hope Drone & Siberian Hell Sounds

May 7th – Melbourne, Max Watts w/ Hybrid Nightmares, Ylva, Mar Mortuum (SOLD OUT)

May 8th – Perth, Amplifier Bar w/ Snorri & Bolt Gun

 

BELPHEGOR performing at:

May 7th – Brisbane, Crowbar w/ Graveir & Blodmane

 

DIRECT UNDERGROUND FEST with

IHSAHN, Belphegor, Revocation, Diocletian, Wiegedood & Encircling Sea

May 5th – Sydney, Max Watts

May 6th – Melbourne, Max Watts

 

TICKETS ON SALE now at:

ALL SHOWS – http://soundworksdirect.eventbrite.com / www.oztix.com.au

www.belphegor.at

www.soundworkstouring.com
www.directtouring.com
www.heavymetalmerchant.com

Metal never dies. In the 50 years since it first spewed forth from northern English guitars, heavy metal has grown into a world dominating and ever expanding genre of endless subgenres.
But sometimes, you just have to bring it back to it’s roots. It’s all about the riff, that feeling, that sound, that urge.
Adelaide’s finest exponents of true heavy metal, Matterhorn have harnessed the heavy metal riff and channeled it into their debut album, Crimes Of Man, set for release on March 16.
 
Today they unleash the first single from the album. 
Watch the video for Memory Of The Guilty here

Formed in 2009, the band have been treading the boards for years as the nations premiere heavy metal tribute show performing all the classic songs from bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, DIO, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy, Metallica and more in one big highly entertaining and memorable live full concert production show. This led to the release of a 7 track EP in 2013 called For True Fans Of Rock/Metal featuring cover songs of the above mentioned bands which was well received among the heavy music press. Matterhorn then went on to tour the EP to a wider audience sharing Aussie stages with former Judas Priest vocalist Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens and the one and only Paul Di’Anno of Iron Maiden’s early years.

Then the requests started coming in to hear some of the bands own songs…and due to overwhelming demand, the band have produced a slab of their own metal material and called it Crimes Of Man.

Featuring 13 original songs, that feature vocalist Amanda Ozolins’ incredible power, range and control. There is something formidable about her voice that comes roaring out of the speakers and grabs the listener by the throat, commanding their attention. 
Focusing your attention further, guitarist Brendan Ozolins delivers riffs that honour his roots and are instantly recognisable as 100% metal riffage. There are no breakdowns or prog weirdness going on, just straight up pummelling riffs and soaring solos of pure molten metal. The full frontal assault is driven home via Steve Opitz and Jaryd Dorey on bass and drums, who lock down monstrous groove from the engine room.

Ozolin’s lyrics tackle some pretty heavy contemporary issues, the superficial nature of social media on album opener Judge Nought, to Burial Ground‘s corporate greed, Asylum‘s the refugee crisis, to the ever present threat of global conflict discussed in Spear Of Destiny and even the Bali Nine via the albums first single Memory Of The Guilty. Plus the uniquely Aussie Guest Of His Majesty which gives the First Fleet and early Australian life a metal soundtrack and some typically metal subject matter via Drive – fast cars, fast living, The Riff – nuff said, and I Am Become Death, the most metal of topics, The Manhattan Project.

If it’s pure, unadulterated heavy freakin metal that you want. Matterhorn have got what you need!

Crimes Of Man will be released on March 16 
Pre orders are coming soon

 

WEEDEATER have announced a string of European shows starting with a unique special ‘God Luck and Good Speed’ show at the prestigious Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, the Netherlands on April 19th. Provided that Sheb has no further accidents with his favourite shotgun, the Southern smoked band will continue to inhale deeply in ten more European countries including the UK.

Those infamous sludge outlaws WEEDEATER finally return with their long-awaited fifth full-length ‘Goliathan’. Their new album marks the crossroads where true Southern rock and metal meet raw humour, old religion, as well as weed and whiskey. ‘Goliathan’ embodies the band’s trademark shuffle and swagger at their fullest. Syrupy slow riffs are buoyed by canyon-deep bass and some of the hardest-hitting drumming since Keith Moon. Full-on bruisers such as “Cain Enabler”, “Claw of the Sloth”, and the aptly-named “Bully” demonstrate that ‘Goliathan’ is delivering a vintage WEEDEATER and the soon-to-be gold standard of Southern sludge metal. At its founding, the band rose like a doobie phoenix out of the ashes of BUZZOV•EN. When the cult sludge act called it a day, bass player Dave “Dixie” Collins teamed up with guitarist Dave “Shep” Shepherd and founded WEEDEATER in the harbor town of Wilmington about the year 1998. Their crushing and massive first full-length ‘…and Justice for Y’all’ (2001) created an immediate buzz, while critics were struggling to put a tag on their sound. Nearly everybody agreed that stoner rock, doom, sludge and some crusty elements were part of the mix, which the band simply calls “weed metal”. The debut was produced by renowned engineer Billy Anderson (EYEHATEGOD, NEUROSIS) as well as sophomore album ‘Sixteen Tons’ (2002). WEEDEATER went out to perform live with CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY among others. After some detours of Dixie Dave, who played shortly with BONGZILLA and SOURVEIN, third album ‘God Luck and Good Speed’ hit the world in 2007 and shifted the band’s focus slightly towards the stoner side. The latest full-length ‘Jason… the Dragon’ got delayed when guitarist Shep lost a toe due to an incident with his favourite shotgun. When the sludge driven album finally came out in 2011, shows in the US and Europe cemented the band’s reputation as a fierce live entity. After signing to Season of Mist, WEEDEATER reissued their full back-catalogue on their new label. Yet the Bible Belt state of North Carolina, USA remains a fertile ground for hemp and stoner rock. ‘Goliathan’ makes the South smoke again. Lean back and let this monster record blow your mind!

After stomping their way through the nation’s capital cities last December in support of their devastating new album ‘Ugly Produce’, King Parrot stay true to their insatiable work ethic announcing a new edition of their ‘Regional Rampage’ Tour for 2018. King Parrot always stay true to touring the regional centers of Australia, and this April will see them venture on a massive east coast tour encompassing every nook and cranny from Victoria to far north Queensland. Along for the ride on their first ever visit to Australia will be the USA’s Child Bite after releasing ‘Negative Noise’ on Housecore Records in 2017. The lethal duo have blitzed their way through North America on many tours over the last few years, and King Parrot believe their Australian audiences will love the addition of Child Bite, one of their all-time favorite bands.

A further treat for fans will see both acts offering their services to play at your house! That’s right, you heard it correctly, you could have King Parrot and Child Bite playing a private show for you and your mates at your house. Check out Parlour Tours for more information and date availability to ensure that you get in quick for this rare opportunity: http://parlour.tours/kingparrot

‘Ugly Produce’ peaked at number 21 on the ARIA charts, an unheard-of feat for any grind core band in this country. The release saw King Parrot travel to North America, Europe and Japan late in 2017 and the band are ready to take to the road once again. The videos for “Ten Pounds of Shit in a Five Pound Bag” and “Piss Wreck” further added to the collection of memorable and entertaining cult videos spewing forth from the KP brains trust. Go pay a visit to Youtube if you haven’t seen them, you won’t be disappointed. The tour kicks off at the first ever Download Festival in Melbourne and trashes and tramples its way all up the east coast through April! Get your tickets NOW!

 

If you love your loud guitar playing and you know your hard rock and metal then chances are you have discovered Michael Schenker over the years. Schenker is the guitarist’s guitarist. A man who forged who his career with might Scorpions before amassing album sales over the years with a range of solo projects. Now he is back with a brand new album Resurrection by Michael Schenker Fest. Subculture was lucky enough to be able to sit down with Michael and chat about how this album has come together.

You can take a listen to our interview with Michael Schenker right here.

 

Sweden’s premiere purveyors of thrash metal meets sleaze rock, Hardcore Superstar will be touring Australia this June!
Having last toured Australia waaay back in 2008, HCSS are ready to make it up to their fans for a decade of lost time in a big way!
Fusing a base of hard, aggressive heavy metal with the catchy, melodic and decadent hard rock of glam’s glory days, Hardcore Superstar’s self coined ‘street metal’ is made for the stage!
It’s music from the heart. Fist pumping, anthemic rock with tasty licks, big bass and bigger drums!
The band will be bringing all their bombastic hits like Wild BoysBeg For It, Above The LawC’mon Take On Me that will get the room shaking as well as their expert level power ballads like Someone Special and Standing On The Verge which will have phones (and some old school lighters) in the air.
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Busting out of Gothenburg with their 1998 debut album, Superstar gave a respectful nod to the generation of LA rockers who came before them while mixing it up with their current day contemporaries. 
The result was It’s Only Rock N’ Roll and it can be confidently called a game changer, giving birth to a whole new hybrid genre.
From there the band delved into the American classic rock sound of the 70’s paying homage to the bands that influenced the bands that influenced them!
Now armed with some vintage rock vibes to add to their thrash/glam arsenal, HCSS became an even greater force to be reckoned with, opening up for AC/DC across Europe.
By the mid 2000’s the band moved slightly away from their core sound and dabbled in some Brit rock and Misfits style punk before circumstances lead to them going on an extended hiatus.
During the break the guys worked on restoring a house that one of them inherited. Blasting out Appetite For DestructionDr Feelgood and Among The Living on repeat and with a cheeky grin, they knew what needed to be done.
They went back to their roots and refined their sound to be the bastard child of them all and that’s been the Hardcore Superstar way ever since!
With a their recently released single, Have Mercy On Me, from album number 11, You Can’t Kill My Rock ‘N Roll due in September this year, Hardcore Superstar in 2018 are as potent as ever.
Four tattooed guys in denim and leather, rocking out like brothers hellbent on a good time.
Come and join the fun!
TOUR DATES
Thursday, June 14: Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Friday, June 15: Prince Bandroom, Melbourne

Saturday, June 16: Wooly Mammoth, Brisbane

Sunday, June 17: Fowler’s Live, Adelaide (Lic AA)

Tickets onsale, Monday, February 26 @ 9.00am
Official Event Page