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UK, progressive metal masters TesseracT will return to Australia this September!

It will be nearly three years exactly since the band’s last visit and in that time their fan base has increased immensely as this tour sees them playing their biggest rooms yet!

Tickets for all shows go on sale at 10.00am Tuesday, April 10.
www.livenation.com.au/artist/tesseract-tickets


Their phenomenal success over the last three years in support of the Polaris album saw them play worldwide tours as both headliners and as special guests for the likes of Megadeth, Meshuggah, The Devin Townsend Project and Gojira.


TesseracT’s fourth studio album, Sonder, will be released on April 20 via Kscope and showcases perfectly why they remain pioneering leaders of the ever-evolving metal scene.
Sitting outside the bounds of any genre specificity, TesseracT are an unstoppable force of off-kilter riffs, soaring melodies, bending grooves and disorientating atmospherics.


Adding significant firepower to the band’s arsenal, Sonder blends the harsh abrasiveness of One (2011) and progressive ethereal elements of Altered State (2013) with the accessibility of Polaris (2015)


Discover Sonder’s powers for yourself, watch the music video for King here & listen to the first single Luminary here.

TesseracT frontman Dan Tompkins says of the tour; ‘It’s going to be a busy 2018! We’re very excited to announce our return to Australia in September!  Our last tour there was an amazing success and experience and we look forward to getting back to the Southern Hemisphere to play for our Aussie fans.  We’re touring with the natives, Circles…a great band who bring a lot to this tour.’

Joining TesseracT on all shows are Melbourne progressive powerhouse, Circles.
Leading the way in the evolution of Australian heavy music, Circles look set to take on the world!
Intricate and emotional yet crushingly heavy, the band continually expand what is achievable within rock, metal and the djent sub-genre.
With a growing global fanbase and epic sets at some of the worlds most prestigious heavy and prog festivals, Circles are a perfect fit as TesseracT’s special guests.

Prepare for a night of sonic wizardry as TesseracT and Circles take you on an aural journey like no other.  This is one event of sensory overload you simply must experience.

TOUR DATES
Tuesday, September 11: Capitol, Perth
Thursday, September 13: The Gov, Adelaide
Friday, September 14: Melbourne 170 Russell, Melbourne 
Saturday, September 15: The Metro, Sydney
Sunday, September 16: The Triffid, Brisbane

Tickets on sale 10.00am Tuesday, April 10.
www.livenation.com.au/artist/tesseract-tickets 

tesseractband.co.uk
facebook.com/tesseractband
facebook.com/listentocircles 

Pre order’s for Sonder are available now
http://found.ee/SONDER_AUS

 

Tumbleweed announced the release of their seminal debut, self titled album on vinyl for the first time as well as a one off 7″ release of their biggest single ‘Daddy Longlegs’ for Record Store Day 2018; and it’s finally the eve of the big reveal! The Wollongong five piece teamed up with Wollongong based record label Farmer & The Owl to release the music on vinyl for the first time.

To celebrate the release, Tumblweed will be playing live at their local record store in Wollongong, Music Farmers, with music starting at 3pm.

 

Tumbleweed ‘S/T’ LP (Blue Vinyl ltd. 400) out April 21st via Farmer & The Owl/Inertia.

Tumbleweed ‘Daddy Longlegs’ 7″ (Black Vinyl ltd 500) out April 21st via Farmer & The Owl/Inertia.

Tumbleweed in store appearance at Music Farmers (228 Keira Street, Wollongong) at 3pm on April 21st.

Also available in the following stores…

Music Farmers
Songland
Readings St Kilda
Rockaway
Music Bizarre
Greville
Dillons
Goldmine
Rocksteady
Captain Stomp
Mills
Repressed Records
Clarity
Readings Carlton
Streetlight
Avenue Records
78 Records
Diabolik
Beatdisc
Hum
Beatniks
Dada
Strangeworld
Poison City
Polyester
Rocking Horse
Thornbury
Midland
The Edwards
Red Eye
Landspeed
Utopia
Egg
Mojo Records
Vinyl Revival
Urban
Famous Rock Shop
Jet Black Cat
Abicus
Round & Round
Basement Discs
JJ’S Vinyl
Record Paradise
Sandy’s
Sounds Expresso
E Degrees
Rare Records
Sauce Records
Oh Jean
Bunker
Tommy Gun
Northside
Quality
Prehistoric Sounds
Rocktherapy
Junction Records
Vinyl Squeeze
Howl & Moan
Dixons
Mr V
Record Low
Sonic Sherpa
Title Bangaroo
Title Surry Hills

With their new album FAMILY TREE scoring rave reviews from Australia’s rock media, BLACK STONE CHERRY have upped both the ante and the fun factor with the release of the video for BAD HABIT, the second single from their upcoming 6th studio album just ahead of the album release. The clip sees the band transported back in time to 1988 to a local ‘Battle of the Bands’ contest.  The result?

AMILY TREE will be released this Friday, April 20 via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group. While it doesn’t look like Black Stone Cherry will have time for a repeat visit to Australia in 2018, due largely to a huge run of dates in the US and Europe – including Download UK and Nova Rock Vienna with more to be announced – the band are definitely keen for a return in 2019.

Hungarian heavy metal veterans KALAPÁCS have just released their 10th studio album called Örökfekete (English translation: Everblack) today via Hammer Records. A lyric video for the first new song ‘A lángok évada’ was premiered last week and can be seen below. The disc was recorded by László Weisz at his very own studio, Ecseri Vasmű. The cover art was designed by Ádám Devecz (SNDSGN / HammerWorld).

Kalapács was formed by Hungarian heavy metal singer József Kalapács in 2000 after participating in successful bands like Pokolgép and Omen in the ‘80s and ‘90s respectively. The band’s name means Hammer, and that is indeed his real surname.

You can order the new album’s limited special digipak version by contacting the following address:
info@metalshop.hu

The 2-disc digipak version – beside the 12 brand new songs – also contains the “Félszáz év Total / 30 év Metal”  (English translation: Half-Hundred Years Total / 30 Years of Metal) bonus DVD, recorded at the 50th birthday concert of József Kalapács in 2015. This version is limited to 1000 copies and comes with a signed poster.

The content of the bonus DVD can be watched on the link below:
www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdA51_0SDN1ZcnXwqk3ZXmmWTBhGKghf-

 

Los Angeles rockers DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY have premiered the pulsing, captivatingly cinematic, anthem inducing new music video for “No Way Out” from their debut full-length album, AlchemyAlchemy was written and produced by Ronnie Radke of Falling In Reverse and mixed and mastered by Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Trivium, Sevendust, Alter Bridge). This video proves that in your face, pissed off, rebellious, rock music is alive and well in 2018 and still breaking the rules. Accompanying the video, the band shares details behind the album, track listing and additional tour dates.

Alchemy was a labor of love eighteen months in the making and we cannot wait to get it out to you all,” explains front-man Michael Orlando. “Our goal is for people to understand that this grew from genuine experience, that this isn’t some paint-by-numbers rock and roll nonsense. DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY plan to bring back that spirit of danger that’s missing in rock & roll today. We went into the studio with the intention of creating something organic and came out with a monster of an album. These songs express our raw emotion and show the power of DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY’s determination to become one of the world’s top rock bands today.”

DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY skillfully inject elements of classic metal like Motley Crue while reinvigorating hard rock to wider audiences, allied with peers like Avenged Sevenfold and Black Veil Brides. Orlando’s kill or be killed real-life story is enough to make you a believer. Here’s a guy, a rebel who grew up in Sunset Strip-era Los Angeles, started a band, got a record deal, toured endlessly and lived rock & roll day in and day out – then a highway bus accident while on the road and his 20-something life is ruined. Michael Orlando almost died. In fact he DID die briefly.

Throughout three grueling years of reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation, Michael’s one source of inspiration was that dream of a second chance. With the support of best-friend Ronnie Radke, the two set out to assemble a scorching band of like-minded rockers and DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY was born.

“Jealousy is rampant in Hollywood,” preludes Orlando when asked about the meaning behind the video. “I was addicted to toxic relationships and as a result I tend to attract toxic women that are easily envious. The ‘No Way Out’ video is meant to take you on a journey through my mindset during one of these relationships. You see our lead antagonist bluntly cheating on me, verbally abusing me and basically torturing me all around. As for the manipulation and jealousy, my favorite scene comes when she floats with her red cloak and her easily influenced followers spit blood on command. The end of the video is meant to show that perpetuating madness that was my life for so long, it gave me straight chills watching it! The true story is I clawed and fought like hell to keep the relationship together but in the end I was dumped on Valentine’s Day with nothing but a chair in an empty apartment.”

DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY kicked of 2018 with a full European tour supporting Falling In Reverse and next week the band lands in Orlando, FL to perform at the 25th annual Earthday Birthday, presented by WJRR. “I lived in Florida for a long time and it’s a great homecoming to be playing such a prestigious fest with giants like Three Days Grace, Seether and Bush. I love the adrenaline that comes with big crowds and the rush of turning people onto our music. We will be bringing a high impact live show and have been waiting to unleash DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY to US audiences for over a year!” Headlining dates will be announced soon.

DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY On Tour 2018

April 21 – Orlando, FL @ Central Florida Fairgrounds – WJRR Earthday Birthday (with Bush and more)

May 17 – Peoria, IL @ Riverfront Festival Park – WIXO Spring Fling (with Stone Temple Pilots and more)

May 26 – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma (with Godsmack, Ghost, Vince Neil and more)

June 21 – Pomona, CA @ Fairplex (Warped Tour)

June 22 – San Diego, CA @ SDCCU Stadium (Warped Tour)

June 23 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater (Warped Tour)

June 24 – Ventura, CA @ County Fairgrounds (Warped Tour)

June 28 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion (Warped Tour)

June 29 – Las Vegas, NV @ DLVEC (Warped Tour)

June 30 – West Valley City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre (Warped Tour)

July 1 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center (Warped Tour)

July 3 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (Warped Tour)

July 5 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Amphitheater (Warped Tour)

July 6 – Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion (Warped Tour)

July 7 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center (Warped Tour)

July 8 – Houston, TX @ NRG Park (Warped Tour)

July 12 – Cadott, WI @ Rockfest (with Disturbed, Incubus and more)

July 14 – Mansfield, OH @ INKcarceration Festival (with Bush, Living Colour and more)

Alchemy pre-order packages feature all new merchandise, limited-edition colored vinyl and include an instant download of “No Way Out” and “I’ll Find A Way.”

 

Warrnambool’s groove-thrash metal rising stars The Ascended have announced their debut, full-length studio album ‘Awaken Within’ to be released on May 4th via Truth Inc Records.

The Ascended blend traditional groove elements and new-age, break-neck speeds to achieve a sound that is not only powerful but memorable modern metal classic. Recorded with Adam B. Metal, mixed and mastered by Chris Clancy (Mutiny Within, Wearing Scars) at Audioworks Productions, ‘Awaken Within’ is set to take the global metal scene by storm.

Track Listing:
1. A World on Fire
2. Drag Me to Hell
3. Strike of the Monarch
4. Awaken Within
5. God of Harvest
6. The Descent
7. Lady of Sorrow
8. Medusa
9. The Way of the Reaper
10. The Fallen One
Pre-Orders are live via Merchr
Pre-Order Link: https://www.merchr.net/collections/the-ascended
The Ascended have also announced two album release shows in both regional and metropolitan Victoria, Australia.

May 5th – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
https://www.facebook.com/events/760184520842134/
May 11th – Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
https://www.facebook.com/events/194038961377040/

Adelaide’s Ambleside are on a roll in 2018! Having been announced on the Mortal Coil Tour, supporting Headliners Polaris and The Plot in You and alongside Darwin lads Tapestry, they announced two extra shows supporting The Plot in You and are today announcing new single Blur and an accompanying video!

New single Blur will be out on Friday April 13, coinciding with the beginning of the epic Mortal Coil tour that will take them around Australia. The video sees an animated version of vocalist Dan Stevens, walking and jumping his way around the suburban environs through and between the band members, as they play the track and seemingly multiply and appear everywhere the animated character goes.

Bursting onto the punk hardcore scene in 2013, Ambleside have proven themselves as a creative force to be reckoned with. With DIY roots and their unique brand of emotionally raw music, the Adelaide five piece have kicked impressive goals since formation – amassing over 2 million streams across media platforms and notching up 9 tours of Australia, while playing shows alongside with legendary names of heavy music, including Silverstein, Counterparts, Trophy Eyes, Hellions, Ocean Grove and In Hearts Wake.

At the core of Ambleside is connection and friendship. Bursting onto the punk hardcore scene in 2013, the Adelaide five piece have literally lived and breathed their music, living together ever since formation. This live-in experience has sparked a united creative collective of friends, allowing Ambleside to take an immersive and DIY approach to every facet of their music. Their self-produced debut EP and music videos, as well as self-designed and home printed merch have allowed the band members’ own creativity to flood through everything the band touches, with impressive outcomes of recognition: Ambleside came away from the South Australian Screen Awards in 2016 with “Wash Away” being awarded Best Music Film Clip.

Vocalist Dan spoke of the emotional vulnerability that the band puts into their music – “Every song we release, lyrically is about a significant moment in life that I have struggled to get through. Writing about these situations has not only helped me through genuinely processing some of these issues, but also helped me heal and therefore moulded the person that I am today.” The band’s intention is to make a difference to the lives of listeners who can relate to similar experiences in their life. This connection via relatability is potently reflected by Ambleside’s tracks surpassing 2 million streams across media platforms, and by audiences of their live shows passionately screaming the words along with their band.

The new single Blur is out this Friday on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon and Bandcamp and the band is on tour from Friday 13th April on the Mortal Coil tour alongside Polaris, The Plot in You and Tapestry.

After releasing their critically praised new single ‘Semiotic Vision’, Melbourne indie-pop collective Approachable Members of Your Local Community have just revealed the accompanying music video.

Shot and directed by Giulia McGauran on Carlisle Street in Melbourne inner-suburb Balaclava, the clip sees the septet candidly strolling around their local community, setting out to help out fellow citizens with day-to-day tasks. Throughout the video, the band members sporadically break into synchronised dance routines; choreographed by friends and the band members themselves.

Frontman Joshua Blashki describes the motivation behind the clip:

“We felt as though it was important to follow through with our namesake and scour the local community! See who’s out there, see what’s buzzing, see who we can help. It seems as though we are great cardboard garbage men”.

Since the release of ‘Semiotic Vision’, the song has been strongly supported via Australian radio stations triple j, triple j Unearthed, FBi, 3RRR, 4ZZZ, SYN FM, Radio Adelaide and Edge Radio, worldwide blogs and added to a swag of official Spotify curated playlists including Fresh Finds (USA), The Office Stereo (AUS/NZ), New Alternative (NLD) and New Music Friday in both Australia and Netherlands. 

On the week of the track’s release in early-March, the group performed on Kira Puru’s ‘Tension’tour to enthusiastic sold-out crowds. This month will see the band return to the stage for their own tour, performing at Melbourne’s The Toff In Town and in Sydney at Rare Finds’ 3rd Birthday at Oxford Art Factory.

In May, Approachable Members of Your Local Community will perform at The Squeeze Mini-Festival and release their highly anticipated debut EP.

 

APPROACHABLE MEMBERS OF YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY
SEMIOTIC VISION TOUR

SAT 14 APRIL | THE TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE VIC
SAT 21 APRIL | RARE FINDS 3RD BIRTHDAY, OXFORD ARTS FACTORY, SYDNEY NSW
SAT 5 MAY | THE SQUEEZE MINI-FESTIVAL @ THE CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE VIC (18+)
SUN 6 MAY | THE SQUEEZE MINI-FESTIVAL @ THE EVELYN, MELBOURNE VIC (U18)

 

Aussie trio Middle Kids will release their debut album Lost Friends next month, and today they share new single “On My Knees”. The band explain the track is about rejecting the value system of the individual as the prime unit of society. It’s also about how suffering and disappointment can help change our perspective in a healthy way. When we stop focusing on ‘winning’ and can submit to something bigger, or to each other, we are better people.”

 

On Lost FriendsHannah JoyHarry Day and Tim Fitz bring back their knack for haunting hooks, lyrical poignancy and irresistible indie rock appeal that critics praised in their self-titled first EP, released in February 2017. This radiant collection of new songs conjures melodic nostalgia for some of songwriting’s very best, rich in heartfelt build and beautiful simplicity.

Middle Kids made a powerful debut last year with the release of their internationally acclaimed self-titled EP, featuring singles “Edge of Town” and  “Your Love”. The band dazzled at several SXSW and The Great Escape showcases, made their U.S. television debut on Conan and supported legendary acts like Ryan Adams and The War On Drugs.

The new album, Lost Friends, is the kind of album that sucker-punches you in the gut, revealing its nuances only after repeated listens. The songs’ edges are jagged, the production clean, stray imperfections imbue warmth and a human touch. Middle Kids craft classic hooks and riffs that tangle up in your brain like licorice and choruses that linger long after the song has faded. And they’ve bonded over a greater sense of what their music should accomplish.

Lost Friends will be released on May 4th through EMI Music Australia and is available now to pre-order HERE on limited lilac coloured gatefold vinyl, gatefold CD, and digital download.

 

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.