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At a time when much of contemporary rock music has been reduced to meaningless theatre performed by false pretenders, TIGER ARMY is an antidote, bracing in its authenticity. Hear it, and hear the sound of artistic legitimacy reclaiming rock music!

Frontman and visionary Nick 13 has never written the same album twice.  The same can be said about TIGER ARMY’s fifth full-length, and return after a nine-year studio hiatus, V •••–.  The latest chapter picks up right where ‘Music From Regions Beyond’ left off.

Joining TIGER ARMY is none other than legends of Australia’s psychobilly scene, FIREBALLS. With 4 classic albums under their belt and a new album on the way early next year, they are set to unleash their nitrous fueled brand of chaos to audiences and to quote the band “If you miss this then you don’t have a pulse, Fire up, fuck ya!”

Just to round this incredible triple bill off is none other than PAT CAPOCCI! Since forming nearly 10 years ago, PAT CAPOCCI has emerged as one of Australia’s most respected practitioners of Rockabilly and Roots music.

TIGER ARMY will be making their first trip to Australia in over 8 years and with FIREBALLS and PAT CAPOCCI they will be rockin’ their way along the East Coast in February 2017. Tickets are on sale Tuesday 4 October!

 

TOUR DATES:

Friday 17 February – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne 18+

Saturday 18 February – Metro Theatre, Sydney 18+

Sunday 19 February – Max Watts, Brisbane 18+

Tickets on sale NOW

www.tickets.destroyalllines.com

Tiger Army Tour Info

The release of Hadal Maw’s crushing new record is just a couple of weeks away!
Olm will be released via EVP Recordings on February 3, 2017.

The band have just unleashed the second single and its accompanying video for the track Simian Plague.

Listen to it here

soundcloud.com/user-712881322/simian-plague-1

Pre Order Super Deluxe CD/Merch Bundles/Digital Now from
www.evprecordings.com/hadal-maw

Hadal Maw will hit the road this February in the following cities with the following supports

 

TOUR DATES

Friday, February 3: Crowbar, Brisbane w/ Kyzer SozeVyrion & Caetera

Saturday, February 4: Northcote Social Club, Melbourne w/ Earth RotNo Haven & Hazard Circular

Friday, February 10: The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney w/ The SeerAdrift for Days & Hashshashin

Saturday, February 11 Brisbane Hotel, Hobart w/ DéparteSanctify the Serpent & Scoparia

Friday, February 24: Amplifier Bar, Perth w/ Earth RotUnravel & Bounty Hunter
Saturday, February 25: Enigma Bar, Adelaide w/ VorosSun of Gaia & Soul Screamer

 

Since the 2014 release of their debut album Senium, Hadal Maw have cemented themselves among Australia’s death metal elite with their modern reimagining of the genre and sonically devastating live show.

EVP Recordings have been responsible for releases by world class acts such as Behemoth, King Parrot, Psycroptic, and King.

FeatureEmmure

Metalcore heavy-hitters EMMURE have announced that their new album, titled Look At Yourself, will be out in March 2017 The band’s follow up to the 2014 full-length Eternal Enemies is their first with SharpTone Records and will see them touring throughout North America building up to the release. The band currently consists of vocalist Frankie Palmeri, guitarist Josh Travis (Glass Cloud, ex-The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravagazna), bassist Phil Lockett (ex-The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravagazna), and drummer Josh Miller (ex-Glass Cloud).

To give listeners a taste of what they can expect from Look At Yourself, Emmure has released 2 brand new tracks, “Russian Hotel Aftermath” “Torch“. Both tracks from the new record can be streamed via the links below.

Check out the new tracks: Russian Hotel Aftermath (OFFICIAL AUDIO STREAM) + Torch (OFFICIAL AUDIO STREAM)

People talk about possessing a drive to succeed. But how badly domost of them really want it? EMMURE captures the sound and spirit of what it’s like to fight for one’s vision. There’s no feigned sophistication, no phoned-in sloganeering, and no calculated drama with EMMURE. This is barebones, punishing, death metal-flavored metallic hardcore, driven by the catchiest rhythmic bounce of Active Rock radio’s golden age of nu-metal.Frankie Palmeri has no patience left for gossip, rumors, or halftruths. It really doesn’t matter what gets said about the band the frontman has led through good times and bad, because the music of EMMURE presents a swift, decisive answer. Since 2003, the Queens, New York native has watched EMMURE grow from an idea into an international institution. EMMURE carries the torch for heavy music and the hardcore scene’s most celebrated abrasive edge, with a truth-telling bravado and an outsider’s angry disdain for bullshit. Simply put, the band blasts upon all scene fakery with full-on fury. »Look At Yourself« represents a coming of age for EMMURE, a new chapter in an aggressive autobiography that stretches back to the band’s very first album, released when Palmeri was barely out of his teens. It’s infused with a brutal self-examination and observation, balancing hate, bile and perseverance, with the tempered experience of a life spent in pursuit of self-reliance and respect, from within and without. It’s expressed in a crushing cacophony of riffs that never fail to super-serve the forward-motion groove of EMMURE.

Like the firebrand rabble-rousers from the gritty streets of New York’s hardcore and hip-hop scenes who came before them, EMMURE’s confrontational music will captivate and sometimes even elevate listeners without sacrificing authenticity. EMMURE are students of the mind-blowing percussive chaos of SLIPKNOT, the hard-won personalized musical struggle at the heart of KORN, and the angry pop-crossover confidence of LIMP BIZKIT.

The band has become a cornerstone of the heavy music scene, featured as a prominent act on each of the most relevant tours and festivals in North America and Europe, including “Vans Warped Tour”, “Rockstar Mayhem”, and “Ozzfest meets Knotfest”. They’ve travelled the globe with their contemporaries and peers in bands like FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, AUGUST BURNS RED, PARKWAY DRIVE, and WE CAME AS ROMANS. EMMURE initially burst onto the heavy music landscape with a trio of banger albums released in quick succession over as many years:»Goodbye To The Gallows« (2007), »The Respect Issue« (2008), and »Felony« (2009). At a ridiculously impressive break-neck pace, EMMURE built a celebrated catalog, rounded out in quick succession by »Speaker Of The Dead« (2011), »Slave To The Game«(2012), and »Eternal Enemies« (2014). »Look At Yourself« offers a bold look toward the future, even as it takes stock of the past and present.

The band does more than spit out fire and churn out venomous riffs onstage. They conjure a specific energy, moving a crowd, creating a communal energized feeling. EMMURE’s music is the sound of perpetual motion. Like a shark, the songs keep moving. There’s no “softening” of the sound, no compromise, no explorations of experimental garbage. EMMURE has been refined, but without sacrificing their aggressive thunder.

FeatureAFI

With a week to go before the January 20th release of AFI (The Blood Album)AFI has teamed with Stereogum for the premiere of “Get Hurt,” the fourth track to be released in advance of the record, which Stereogum calls “the best thing AFI have done since Sing The Sorrow.”  Click HERE to listen.

“Get Hurt” follows the recentPitchfork premiere of the band’s “Snow Cats” video and the Rolling Stone debut of AFI’s “White Offerings” clip. Fans can get new tracks “Aurelia,” “Snow Cats,”  “White Offerings” and “Get Hurt” as instant downloads when pre-ordering AFI (The Blood Album.)

AFI have been posting teasers of new songs on their Twitter, with the caption “6PM PST TONIGHT.”

The multi-platinum-selling quartet (vocalist Davey Havok, guitarist Jade Puget, bassist Hunter Burgan and drummer Adam Carson) will be performing lead single “Snow Cats” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on January 18th. AFI (The Blood Album) comes out on January 20th, - Recorded at Megawatt Studios in Los Angeles, AFI (The Blood Album) is the follow-up to 2013’s Burials, which in Australia was a Top 10 Aria debut and hit Top 10 on The Billboard 200 in the US.  Since the release of 1995’s debut album Answer That and Stay Fashionable, AFI has written and recorded five top ten hit singles, hit No. 1 on The Billboard 200 (with the stunning Decemberunderground), garnered worldwide critical acclaim and amassed a fiercely loyal global following whose members number in the millions.

AFI (The Blood Album) is the band’s 10th full-length studio album and first for Caroline Australia.

AFI (THE BLOOD ALBUM)
JANUARY 20 VIA CAROLINE AUSTRALIA
PRE ORDER HERE: 
https://caroline.lnk.to/AFI

FeatureL7

One of the most anticipated acts that were announced for Soundwave 2016, Venues across Australia are NOW about to get the roof blown off when L7 take to the stage for an ass-kicking live experience this October presented by Metropolis and Select Touring. It’s been a long hiatus, but the female punk heroes are FINALLY BACK, giving Australians a down and dirty intimate club tour.

Having dominated the music scene throughout the 90’s and spearheading a ferocious underground musical movement whilst defying gender expectations for the greater good of kick-ass alternative grungy punk rock, the iconic queens of rock ‘n’ roll L7 are exactly that, and so much more. From 1988 – 1999 they were responsible for some classic rock moments – Shitlist, Pretend We’re Dead, Everglade, Slide, Andres, Fuel My Fire (originally done by our own Cosmic Psychos), Wargasm, Shove, Fast and Frightening to name a few  Rolling Stone also featured the band’s Butch Vig produced “Bricks Are Heavy” album in their list of Essential Recordings of the 1990’s.

Being cited as a mammoth influence on many of the Riot Grrrl bands of the same decade, L7 are back to prove what all the fuss is about for the greater good of society. Since re-uniting in 2014, the punk heroes have been tearing stages to shreds ever since, demonstrating exactly why their live performances are as iconic as we say they are and showing the world once again why L7 was one of Kurt Cobain’s favourite bands. Billboard describes their live show as “one of the hardest, rawest rock bands I’ve seen on stage in years”.

It’s going to be sweaty, it’s going to be un-apologetically L7 – oozing the grit and grime from the streets of Los Angeles in a viciously pissed off display of raw energy; but really, would you want it any other way? Prepare your grins now as they play all their Classics, after you see this band you won’t be able to take it off your face for a long time to come!

L7 Australian Tour Dates:

Thursday 6th October PERTH Metropolis Fremantle

Friday 7th October ADELAIDE The Gov

Tuesday 11th October MELBOURNE 170 Russell

Friday 14th October BRISBANE Eatons Hill

Saturday 15th October SYDNEY Metro Theatre

Tickets on Now sale via:

http://www.metropolistouring.com/L7

FeatureSteel Panther

Lock up your Sisters, your Mothers and probably your Grandmothers! The United States’ most balls-out, pedal to the metal rock act, Steel Panther, are today announcing their June 2016 Australian Tour. They are cumming coming to Australia to see how things are progressing… down under. Presented by MJR Presents, the tour takes in Australian capitals Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth and a jump over the pond to New Zealand to play Auckland.

The band will be in Australia and New Zealand to promote the release of their Live Acoustic record and feature film, “Live from Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage.” However, don’t expect acoustic performances and cups of tea from the Steel Panther boys. Expect an all-out assault on your ears, moral standing and your private parts.

They hit Sydney at the Big Top Sydney 17th June, Festival Hall in Melbourne 18th June, Eaton’s Hill Hotel in Brisbane 20th June, Thebarton Theatre in Adelaide 22nd June and 23rd June at Metro City in Perth, then jump over to Auckland, NZ for the 26th June at Powerstation.

“Live From Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage” is the band’s first full length film, featuring a live ten song acoustic concert interspersed with comedic vignettes showcasing the band’s unmatched shenanigans and debauchery. The one hour film is now available on DVD from Steel Panther’s label, Kobalt Records, at SteelPantherRocks.com. The album only version can be found on Amazon, iTunes, and wherever music is sold.

For the uninitiated, Steel Panther was formed in 2000 and is Michael Starr (lead singer), Satchel (guitarist), Lexxi Foxx (bass) and Stix Zadinia (drums). The fearsome foursome are not stopping anytime soon. “Our drive to bring heavy metal back has not lessened,” concludes Michael Starr. “It’s actually gotten stronger. We’re not going to stop. I look forward to our continued world domination.”

Last in Australia for Soundwave 2014, the band played main stages at the festival and drew massive numbers to their bombastic set, simultaneously offending and salaciously delighting all in attendance. In recent times, they have almost entirely sold out their UK tour, which included Wembley Stadium and played main stage at Download Festival.

Pre-sale Tickets go live on Wednesday 9th March at mjrpresents.com and General Public Tickets go on sale Friday March 11th.

2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

With the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival coming to Melbourne Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths chatted to Ben & James Stevenson, the talented comedic twins that make up The Stevenson Experience. Dave speaks to the pair about what audiences can expect from their brand new show Twinfinity at this year’s comedy festival. The show runs from the 24th March to the 17th April at Roxanne.

You can listen to or download our The Stevenson Experience interview right here.

Zakk Wylde

Guitar icon Zakk Wylde will release Book Of Shadows II on April 8th, 2016 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music), his first solo release in 20 years. This release is the highly anticipated follow up to 1996’s Book of Shadows LP, a classic album Wylde released between his work with Ozzy Osbourne that has since become a fan favorite. Book Of Shadows II was recently named as one of the “Most Anticipated Metal Releases of 2016″ via Rollingstone.com.

Wylde has been feverishly working on new material since he wrapped up Black Label Society’s “Unblackened” spring tour last year. All songs on Book of Shadows II were recorded and produced at Wylde’s legendary home studio, The Black Vatican, which produced several of Wylde’s recent releases. The new effort will be followed by a wave of tour dates in support to be announced soon.

Zakk Wylde is no stranger to showing the lighter, introspective side of his music, having previously released two Black Label Society albums of stripped down material. The Song Remains Not the Same was released in 2011 which included acoustic versions of songs originally released on Order of the Black and 2013’s Unblackened, a live acoustic album that was recorded live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

More information to come….

EDITED
One of rock’s great bands, Buckcherry will return to Australia and New Zealand this March. Led by Josh Todd, a man who personifies rock n roll and anchored by guitarists Keith Nelson and Stevie D, drummer Xavier Muriel and bassist Kelly Lemieux, Buckcherry will deliver a night of straight up good time rock and roll.
It’s going to be loud, it’s going to be sweaty, it’s going to be awesome!
Adding even more Awesome to this tour are a carefully selected bunch of hard rocking local acts that have proven themselves time and again for delivering the goods and getting everyone’s juices flowing.
Starting in Auckland, Unleash The Kraken will do exactly that and set the tone for what’s to come. Their hybrid of glam and nu metal they’ve christened Glu-Metal will have the room bouncing instantly, and the five women of Blue Ruin will set everyone’s ears on fire with their pop punk grunge sound.
In Melbourne, the bluesy swagger and riff fuelled rock of Palace Of The King will be complimented by Electric Dynamite, a band who’s debut release was titled Hair.Denim.Sex.Metal. Sums things up perfectly!
When the tour hits Brisbane, Electric Dynamite will be primed to do it all over again and one of Australia’s most iconic hard rock bands, The Poor, are making a long overdue return to the stage!
Sydney fans will have heard the rumble from a thousand kilometres away a few days before and will be at the mercy of Palace Of The King setting the scene on a Friday night.
Finally in Perth, Buckcherry fans will be treated to the classic 70’s rock power of the all-female Legs Electric who wear the influences of of their heroes proudly on their sleeves.  Joining them are three piece progressive rockers Opia who’s cyclonic wall of sound will be felt all the way to the back of the room.
Buckcherry and these amazing support bands will hit town soon.. oh yeah, you want it.
BUCKCHERRY TOUR DATES
Sunday, March 13: Powerstation, Auckland (with Unleash The Kraken & Blue Ruin)
Monday, March 14: 170 Russell, Melbourne (with Palace Of The King and Electric Dynamite)
Tuesday, March 15: Max Watts, Brisbane (with The Poor & Electric Dynamite)
Friday, March 18: Metro, Sydney (with Palace Of The King)
Saturday, March 19: Metropolis, Perth (with Legs Electric & Opia)
Tickets on sale NOW!

Mia Dyson

Australian songwriter Mia Dyson is heading home this March for a run of special shows to celebrate the release of her forthcoming EP Right There. Featuring her latest single ‘Tearing Up the Lawn’, the EP follows up her 2014 album Idyllwild which saw her take out the J Award for Double J Artist of the Year and continued her rise both here at home and in the US, where she now shares her time.

Written alongside her husband over the past year and a half, after tailoring a track around a selection of her partner’s poetry, the Right There EP is a crisp, folk-rock release, layered with elements of soul, blues and heartfelt indie-rock.

“My husband Karl and I have been writing together for over a year, since I put one of his poems to music. We loved the process so much that the entire EP was written together.” 

The ‘Right There’ tour follows up a successful run of shows with The Waifs last year and will also include visits to some of her favourite festivals including Port Fairy.

“This will be my first headline tour in more than a year at home so I’m really excited to be returning, especially with some new songs in tow which I’m super proud of,” said Dyson. “’Tearing Up the Lawn’ got an amazing response when we dropped it for the Waifs shows last year and I can’t wait for everyone to hear the rest of the EP.”

‘Tearing Up the Lawn’ showed a real progression for Mia Dyson as she continued to tread her own path between folk and rock. With media references to “a female Springsteen” being added to more traditional comparisons with Bonnie Raitt and Ani Difranco, the track was a signpost for what’s to come as Dyson sheds the shackles of genre and delves into a more exploratory rock sound.

RIGHT THERE IS RELEASED FEBRUARY 19 THROUGH MGM DISTRIBUTION

MIA DYSON
RIGHT THERE NATIONAL TOUR 2016
March 9: Lizottes, Newcastle NSW
March 10: Newtown Social Club, Sydney NSW
March 11: Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs VIC
March 12/13: Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy VIC
March 16: Mojos, Fremantle WA
March 17: Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane QLD
March 18: Estonia Brunswick, Melbourne VIC
March 19: Forth Valley Blues Festival, Forth Worth TAS
March 20: Glenmaggie Blues & Roots, Glenmaggie VIC