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Almost 6 years after signing a Cessation of Touring agreement, the contract is off the table because a whole new generation of Crüeheads are relentlessly demanding for the band to come back together. Following the huge success of their NETFLIX biopic THE DIRT, Mötley Crüe has seen a massive surge in new audience. And the band best known for breaking the rules has destroyed their cessation of touring contract in true Mötley Crüe-fashion, by literally blowing it up.

After 35 years together on stage, and 30 years since the release of Dr. Feelgood, the members of Mötley Crüe parted ways without speaking to each other after their Final Show on December 31, 2015. Vince, Nikki, Mick and Tommy didn’t come together again until 2018 to participate in the making of THE DIRT movie, which unexpectedly brought them closer together again including seeing them head back into the recording studio after having gone in their own directions for several years. The fuse was lit.

Since playing Tommy Lee in The Dirt, so many of my fans have said how they wish they could’ve seen the real Mötley Crüe play live,” said Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly)  “I never thought I would see the day when this would become a reality.  But the fans spoke and Mötley Crüe listened!”

THE DIRT currently enjoys an audience score of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. And its massive global success earlier this year saw Mötley Crüe’s popularity rush to new highs, catapulting the band’s music back to the top of the worldwide charts with the younger 18-44 demographic now representing 64% of the band’s fanbase. Moreover, in the six months following the release of THE DIRT, Mötley Crüe has celebrated a meteoric rise of almost 350% increase in streams of their music across all streaming platforms. However, most of the new fans have never seen any of the legendary live shows that Crüeheads have relished for close to 4 decades.

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Dr. Feelgood 30th Anniversary Deluxe Bundle will be released November 22
and is available for Pre Order Now
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Lagerstein have sailed their ship back from European shores, hung over and weary, but eager to please Australian audiences! Today, they have taken some Berocca and pulled themselves together enough to announce the local supports for their upcoming Australian Leg of their Endless Rum Tour. OH – and announce LAGERSTEIN VS TRIPLE KILL – over the next 3 weeks Lagerstein and tour supports Triple Kill are pitting themselves and their fans against each other in a band face off like no other. 3 competitions and 3 live show changing punishments that will shape the performances you see on the 25/7 Endless rum tour.

Tune into each band’s Facebook pages – facebook.com/lagerstein and facebook.com/TripleKillBand respectively – from Thursday each week to find out how you can help your favourite win, forcing the other band to do some really dumb (but ultimately, hilarious) stuff.

The supports for the Endless Rum Australian tour are – Friday 15th November in Canberra at The Basement with Clarity of Chaos, Sunday 17th November in Sydney at Frankies Pizza with As I Destruct and ZCluster, Wednesday 20th November in Adelaide at Lion Arts Factory with Keggin, Thursday 23rd November in Melbourne at Max Watts with The Backyarders and Thursday 30th November in Brisbane at The Triffid with Pavilion. Tickets for Lagerstein’s ‘Endless Rum’ Australian tour dates can be purchased directly from the band’s website.


Boasting traditionally seaworthy instrumentation scored with modern, distorted guitar work and coarse vocal outbursts, ‘25/7’ promises a glittering treasure trove of jaunty, colourful and undeniably boozy sea shanties. Recorded in Sweden with world renowned producer Fredrik Nordström (Bring Me The Horizon, Arch Enemy, In Flames, Soilwork), Lagerstein’s album 25/7 is out now via Kegstand Records.


Captain Gregarggh, The Majestic Beast, Neil Rummy Rackers, Mother Junkst, Jacob, The Fiercest Pirate in all the Caribbean, Lucky The Great and Rusty Timbers make up Lagerstein, and they have just returned from playing to the crowds of Europe’s renowned Sabaton Open Air and Wacken Open Air festivals. The band have been a favourite opener for some of the genre’s greatest, including Korpiklaani, Alestorm, Finntroll, Gloryhammer, and Ensiferum, Lagerstein are scarcely off the road, and across 22 countries, have brought their remarkable live show to tens of thousands of fans.

 

Lagerstein’s album ’25/7′ is available now at www.lagerstein.com/lagershop as well as tickets for the Endless Rum Tour Australian Dates.

One of the most devastating, blistering and sonically brutal tours of 2020 will hit Australia in February, when death/grind masters CATTLE DECAPITATION return to pulverise audiences.

Along for the ride will be Metal Blade labelmates REVOCATION for what is set to be the most decimating tours.

Fiercely uncompromising, confronting and utterly annihilating, CATTLE DECAPITATION are one of the most significant forces in extreme metal’s broad spectrum. Consistently delivering genre bending releases since 1996, this band are emissaries of inconvenient truths, a constant reminder of the awfulness wrought upon the natural world by the human race.

Touring in support of their forthcoming slab of brutality Death Atlas, their bleakest release to date. The cover art says it all, a stooped, skeletal Grim Reaper carrying the burnt-out husk of our planet on his back. “The core concept of this record is humanity‘s insignificance despite what we’ve convinced ourselves,” explains vocalist Travis Ryan.

Live, CATTLE DECAPITATION are an unrelenting cacophony of savagery, a frenzied maelstrom of pure deathgrind carnage, suffocating all in their wake. Expect nothing less than the absolute pinnacle of extremity.

Since their 2006 inception, REVOCATION have firmly established themselves as one of the most vibrant forces in progressive death/thrash metal. Consistently innovative in a technically demanding and boundary-pushing genre, REVOCATION’s latest release THE OUTER ONES sees the band pursuing Lovecraftian sci-fi/horror themes to deliver their boldest, most aggressive and most complex album so far.

Prepare for the most crushing onslaught of technical death/grind/thrash you will experience, as CATTLE DECAPITATION and REVOCATION tour Australia for shows all throughout February.

Cattle Decapitations ‘Death Atlas’ due out Friday 29th November via Metal Blade Records

LIFE OF AGONY emerged from the New York music scene in the early ’90s with one of the most distinctive sounds in its genre. Now the band with a new album in toe ‘The Sound Of Scars’ head to Australia for a string of shows in January 2020 thanks to Silverback Touring.

Best known for its 1993 metal/crossover debut “River Runs Red” named by Rolling Stone as being one of the 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time the band instantly built a die-hard, cult following attracting a wide fan base across the Metal & Hardcore Genres. For over two decades, the group toured relentlessly all over the world, sharing stages with the biggest names in rock, including Metallica, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Foo Fighters, and The Red Hot Chili PeppersLOA went onto release two more studio albums ‘Ugly’ (’95) and ‘Soul Searching Sun’ (’97), before signing to major label Sony/Epic Records in 2005 to record ’Broken Valley’. In 2017, the group released the highly acclaimed ‘A Place Where There’s No More Pain’. LIFE OF AGONY has sold over one million albums to date.

LIFE OF AGONY’s hard-hitting, emotional concept album ‘The Sound of Scars’, was released October 11th, 2019. ‘The Sound of Scars’ continues the haunting narrative from the band’s groundbreaking 1993 debut ‘River Runs Red’.

Check out their new track / video ‘’Black Heart’’: HERE

“By far, this is the best Life of Agony record you’ve heard in years,” explains guitarist Joey Z. “We really went back to our roots on this one and tapped into the mindset we had when we first started the band.”

Get ready for a firebrand show that drips energy and one that will bring with it all the classic tracks that put LIFE OF AGONY on the world stage and a spattering of their latest material.

Following on from the sell-out success of previous events, Heavy Metal Trivia returns to The B-East in Melbourne’s north to celebrate its 5th anniversary on Saturday 16 November 2019.
Hosted by the hilarious and lovable duo of Doug Steele (Alarum) and Yeti (Vicious Circle), the night will feature three rounds of brutal metal questions, bonus rounds that will get those creative juices flowing, the best of the best metal tunes playing all night and the top three teams will take home not only the glory, but also a slew of prizes including a double pass to Wolves in the Throne Room’s Melbourne show, CDs, vinyl, t-shirts, merch and hot sauce courtesy of sponsors Soundworks Direct Presents, Nerve Gas and Melbourne Hot Sauce.
Even if you don’t know your Death from your Megadeth, with bonus prizes, delicious food (mmm those juicy B-East burgers), flowing beverages and a killer soundtrack, there’s something for all metal enthusiasts, from the the casual to the kvlt.
As the event is free and has a history of booking out well in advance, call The B-East to reserve a table for your Heavy Metal Trivia team on (03) 9036 1456 and head on over to Heavy Metal Trivia’s Facebook page for all of the details https://www.facebook.om/HeavyMetalTriviaNight/.
When: 7pm, Saturday, 16 November 2019
Where: The B-East, 80 Lygon Street, Brunswick East, Victoria
Cost: Free
Bookings: (03) 9036 1456

New Zealand’s Alae continue their metamorphosis into one of the tiny nation’s most interesting indie pop acts, releasing the powerful Hit Me Where It Hurts with a groundbreaking official video featuring the work of five of NZ’s most renowned film and video clip directors. The first taste from their freshly sealed partnership with Canadian producer Justin Gray and Anti Gravity records, this is Alae as you’ve never heard them before, delivering their most self-assured and liberated cut yet.

Conjuring all the feels, Hit Me Where Hurts wraps a tale of one-sided love in a springtime slice of slick soulful pop, and is the end result of a transformative L.A. session by songwriter and vocalist Alex Farrel-Davey. The group writing situation unlocked a new well of creativity for Farrel-Davey who was inspired to a new level of honesty and emotional evolution that has opened the band up to a future free of the shackles of expectation and conformity.

Alex Farrel-Davey said of the new single, “We can’t wait to get this never before heard side of Alae out to the people, this song’s been in the pipeline for a few months now and we’re fizzing to release it.”

“It’s packed full of the same emotional sincerity as usual but with a new pop consciousness that’ll make you want to listen again and again – and again.”

For the groundbreaking video clip, the band went seeking out five acclaimed music video directors, with one simple concept – everyone had a minute to create whatever video they wanted to, but without knowing what the other directors were creating. Tapping Chris Graham (Scribe, Smashproof), Greg Page (The Locals), Alexander Gander (Chelsey Jade, Finn Andrews, The Veils, Maala), Charlotte Evans (Marlon Williams, Aldous Harding, DMAs) and Petra Cibilich (Nika, Helen Corry) to bring their directing talents to the project, the final cut shows just how universal the tale of unrequited love can be, with each director taking the brief for their individual chapter and running with it to create the stunning clip.

Petra Cibilich said of the project, “There was something creatively liberating about not knowing what the video would reveal itself to be on screen, or how your own chapter could carry or disrupt its flow – it was a matter of running wild and anticipating the unexpected.”

Hit Me Where It Hurts is the first single to be released from Alae’s forthcoming five-track EP which will be released in Summer 2020. Hit Me Where It Hurts is out now wherever good digital music lives.

Brisbane newcomers Understory have released their new single and music video ‘Windbreaker’, which was premiered via AAA Backstage.
The lads have also announced an upcoming support show with Hands Like Houses and Young Lions on October 26 in Mooloolaba.
“Windbreaker focuses on a soul seeking guidance while having to navigate through a world where status often dictates our decisions or influences our thinking.”
Understory create a truly unique and dynamic brand of Rock music.

Understory formed in 2018 and have spent the past year honing their craft at venues throughout Queensland, playing alongside artists such as Greywood and Grizzlyshark.

The band recently headed into the studio with producers Troy Brady (The Amity AfflictionIn Hearts WakeThe Brave) and Forrester Savell (The Butterfly EffectMake Them Suffer, Dream On Dreamer) to record their debut EP (set for release on November 15.)

New single ‘Windbreaker’ is available for download on all major online stores.
UNDERSTORY
SINGLE LAUNCH DATE
Saturday October 26th – The Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba
Supporting Hands Like Houses (Through Glass Tour) + Young Lions
Tickets available at www.oztix.com.au | 18+ only

 

Miami, FL hard rock band GEARS has joined forces with legendary LIVING COLOUR vocalist and front-man COREY GLOVER for a modern update to the 1988 hit single, “Cult of Personality.”

“Cult of Personality” was recorded in Recorded at Wombat Studios in New Jersey and Jettlane Studios in Kentucky, Mixed by Corey Lowery and Mastered by Paul Logus, with the video being filmed and directed by Estil Robinson.

“‘Cult of Personality’ is a song that we always wanted to cover. That groove, that riff, the vocals, lyrical content … Everything about it has always stuck out to us and been a personal favorite. To have the opportunity to not only record a song that is important to us, but to have Corey Glover himself come in and perform on that track, it was truly a special moment. He was so easy and fun to work with and the final product is really something that we are extremely proud of” – JIMMY WOOTEN

Miami based hard/heavy rock act GEARS isn’t your average start-up garage band. Despite being confronted with a near disastrous setback at the cusp of their debut, headlining tour, jarring line-up changes, and financial challenges, the band has persevered and rebuilt.

Founded in February 2014, Trip 6 (Urban Rebel), Eli Parker (Endo), Tommy Herres (SCARLET CARSON) and Jimmy Wooten (SKINMASK) were all looking for new projects as their old ones had run their course.

We all wanted to do something more modern, but still rang true to our influences. Something that we could aggressively market and tour on. So, we all met up in Miami after months of talking about doing something together and what came out was the first EP, “Set in Motion.”

They released Set in Motion in May 2014, immediately launching into their first headline run with support from I-Exist. Just three days into the tour, their equipment trailer disconnected, resulting in a massive, horrific accident; not only did they lose their gear, but the tour van was totaled and the band members sustained serious injury. In spite of this tremendous blow, the group endured and continued the tour without missing a beat.

Later it developed that two of the founding members were unable to continue, leaving the band reeling and having to replace them with skilled, compatible substitutes:

“I was talking with a mutual friend, Joe Taback (12 Gauge Embrace) about needing a guitar player for GEARS because we let go of Eli and he suggested Bobby Thomas. I called him and showed him the songs and he was ready to go. As far as bass, I knew Chris from when Needlemouth was a thing out in Cali and I always liked his playing and he was super laid back & cool. I knew both of these dudes were definite upgrades at their instruments and were a better fit personality wise than what we had to deal with previously.”

In June 2015, Wooten and Six teamed with Corey Lowery (Saint AsoniaStuck MojoStereomudDark New Day) and Troy Mclawhorn (EvanescenceSeetherDark New Day) on their new EP Pride Comes Before the Fall, and announced the addition of new members Bobby Thomas and Chris Dorame. They hit the road for their Riser Tour, once again with I-Exist, in July, wrapping up the run in September, but kept the momentum going with the digital release and lyric video for their debut single off of Pride Comes Before the Fall, “Face Down”. The band rounded out the year with the release of their much anticipated sophomore EP on November 10th, with both headlining tours and a support slot with Trapt slated for 2017.

After a very successful tour in 2017 with Seasons After and Bridge to Grace, GEARS has released a new single and video for “KING.” Once again, joined by Corey Lowery in the studio, GEARS continues to evolve. Boasting an even heavier sound with groove and aggression, they set out for Headlining Dates as well as Support Slots with NonpointUpon a Burning Body and will round out their 2018 Summer/Fall Tour Dates with the last of 3 legs with All That Remains concluding at the end of September.

After touring much of 2018 with All That Remains, GEARS has shifted focus to releasing more music. Their first 2019 offering will be “TANGO YANKEE’ which features LAJON WITHERSPOON of SEVENDUST.

GEARS is currently in the studio with Corey Lowery working on some more new music and will have upcoming tour dates to announce for 2020 soon.

We’re still moving forward and, despite everything that has been an obstacle in the short time we’ve been a band, everything still keeps growing and getting better.

Astral People and Handsome Tours are proud to announce the return of Indiana-based rapper Freddie Gibbs, in support of his latest critically acclaimed album Bandana.

Released this past June, Gibbs second full-length album with long-time producer / collaborator Madlib was met with widespread acclaim, with Pitchfork scoring it an 8.1/10, saying “as mouth-watering a combo as licorice and pickle juice”, while Stereogum called it “everything we could’ve hoped [for]”.

Bandana features legendary hip hop contemporaries Killer MikePusha-T and Yasin Bey aka Mos Def, as it sees Gibbs further cement his legacy through his prolific output, which includes two full length releases, Fetti and Freddie in the last fourteen months.

Growing up on the east side of Indiana, Gibbs saw his fair share of drug-dealing and violence, forming the centrepiece of his introspective commentary and laid-back delivery.

With his first appearance on Australian shores since 2016, Gibbs will perform two special headline shows at Woolly MammothBrisbane (Fri 3 Jan) & Metro TheatreSydney (Sat 4 Jan), in addition to multiple New Zealand festival appearances in late December.

Tickets on-sale at 10am AEST on Friday August 16 from handsometours.com