Category: Music News

 

Australian electronic dance pioneers THE PRESETS are back with a vengeance, announcing today that their long awaited fourth studio album HI VIZ is set for release on May 18 through EMI Music Australia, and will be followed by a national tour across June, taking in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Their return was heralded in spectacular fashion late last year with the first taste of new music from HI VIZ – the urgent “Do What You Want”, which featured in triple j’s Hottest 100 songs of 2017 and the sweeping “14U+14ME”, which is among the tastemaker station’s most played songs of 2018.  Most of the album has been mixed by John Hanes who created the classic mix of “Uptown Funk” as well as working more recently with the likes of Sia, Bruno Mars and Major Lazer.  Apocalypso collaborator Scott Horscroft also mixed several HI VIZ tracks while Flume engineer Eric J mixed “Beethoven” – the pair’s sly nod to their Conservatorium years.

“We wanted to make something that was literally meant to get you out of your head”, explains Julian Hamilton. “All the songs on HI VIZ are outward looking so in that respect it’s much more like our earlier stuff.  It’s about trying to capture that energy you get on a great night out with your friends when you get to leave everything else behind you for a while.  We essentially tried to create the soundtrack to a party that we would want to go nuts at.”

“It’s taken us ages to make this album because we just kept writing and recording more and more songs”, reflects Kim Moyes. “At one point we had about 50 contenders and, like us, they were all over the map mood wise. Eventually we decided – fuck it – let’s just pick the most ‘up for it’ songs. Those tracks are always the most fun for us to play live anyway so we thought ‘why not have a whole album of them?’”.

Both Julian and Kim individually produce other artists outside their Presets collaborations, so it’s not surprising that they, once again, are credited as Producers for their own album. It’s also apt that some of the artists with whom they’ve worked should make HI VIZcameos. For example, “Are You Here?” features indie rockers the DMA’s, whose latest release was co-produced by Kim. Similarly Alison Wonderland – for whom The Presets recently created a widely played remix – guested on the beaty “Are You Out Of Your Mind?” while Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters added vocals to the dark’n’steamy “Tools Down”.

It’s been a decade since The Presets first set festival fields alight with breakthrough anthems like “My People”, “Talk Like That” and “This Boys In Love”. The pair had been making waves in Sydney’s clubs since forming in 2003 and signing to the influential Modular Records, but it was their 2008 Oz chart topper, Apocalypso, that first introduced them to wider audiences. That album was certified triple platinum and won them six ARIA Awards in their homeland. By contrast, 2012’s critically acclaimed Pacifica was comparatively introspective but epic gigs around the world – from Glastonbury Festival and Coachella to Splendour In The Grass – forged the duo’s reputation as Australian electronic music trailblazers.

HI VIZ lands May 18 and the album is available for pre-order from today, visit: thepresets.com/preorder.

 

THE PRESETS

HI VIZ JUNE TOUR 2018

PRESENTED BY LIVE NATION & TRIPLE J

With special guest Roland Tings

 

For complete tour and ticketing, visit: livenation.com.au/artist/the-presets-tickets

 

METROPOLIS, PERTH (GA/18+) – WEDNESDAY JUNE 13

THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE (GA/All Ages) – FRIDAY JUNE 15

FORUM THEATRE, MELBOURNE (GA/18+)  – SATURDAY JUNE 16

UC REFECTORY, CANBERRA (GA/18+) – THURSDAY JUNE 21

WAVES, WOLLONGONG (GA/18+) – FRIDAY JUNE 22

ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY (GA/All Ages)  – SATURDAY JUNE 23

THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE (GA/18+)   – WEDNESDAY JUNE 27

NIGHTQUARTER, GOLD COAST (GA/18+)  – FRIDAY JUNE 29

 

TICKETS ON SALE 12PM, WEDNESDAY APRIL 11

Fan pre-sale: 11am, Monday April 9 until 11am, Wednesday April 11

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.

 

After over a year zig zagging around the world, singer-songwriter Hein Cooper has returned to Australian shores with a national tour throughout April and May, and a brand new single “Hear My Voice” produced by Hein himself and Will Hicks (Ed Sheeran, James Hersey) out digitally April 6th.

 

Releasing his Marcus Paquin (The National, Arcade Fire)-produced debut album ‘The Art Of Escape’ in2016 with smash hit single “Rusty” (high rotation on triple j, spins on BBC, and over 8 million streams on Spotify) and break out title track “The Art Of Escape“, Hein spent the better part of that year touring the country supporting James Bay and again co-headlining with Lanks, before returning briefly for Falls Festival at the end of the year.

 

Not afraid to mesh acoustic with electronic and developing a dynamic and entertaining live show combining those elements, as well as proving equally proficient in both lush and stripped back moments, debut album ‘The Art Of Escape’ was an accomplished start for the young artist. From there, he had his sights set on the world.

 

Performing over 140 shows over 18 months throughout Europe, the UK and North America, Hein headlined tours, played festivals, and supported artists such as Lukas GrahamBears DenPeter Bjorn and John, and Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes, which led to airplay in over 30 countries at over 150 stations, and a legion of fans all across the globe.

Hein’s new single, “Hear My Voice” is a song about falsehoods and self-constructed versions of ourselves:

“This song is about my experiences with falsehood, of hiding behind a version of myself that I’ve built up in a fantasy influenced by all the information thrown at us in 2018. It’s a conversation that I’m having with myself, basically saying: ‘Are you in there? Coz the guy answering the door is an a**hole and there’s gotta be someone else I can talk to!”

Hear My Voice” was conceived in a small chalet in the French Alps facing Mont Blanc during a few days off between shows in 2016, and later finished in Cornwall last year in a similarly beautiful and inspiring landscape. Co-Produced by Hein and Will Hicks (Ed Sheeran, James Hersey) in the UK, the foundations of Hein’s indie-pop and folk styles are still present, now with a newfound exploration of other genres such as electronic and RnB.


Excited to bring this new music back home to Australia, Hein is readying “Hear My Voice” and a collection of new material for upcoming headline shows nationally in April and May.


“Hear My Voice” is out April 6th, 2018.

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HEIN COOPER
‘HEAR MY VOICE’ TOUR
Friday April 27th – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Saturday April 28th – The Penny Black, Melbourne
Sunday April 29th – Porch Sessions, Adelaide
Thursday May 3rd – Leadbelly, Newtown


Tickets on Sale now via heincooper.com

 

Melbourne’s Devil Electric released their mesmerising self titled debut album in August 2017 to rave reviews to world over! The 37minute, 9-track LP is a riff heavy, doom encrusted rock n roll ride of epic proportions.
The album, has been driven by two huge singles, the towering, riff heavy Hypnotica and the sensual groove of Lady Velvet. Both complete with stunning visuals that capture the spirit of band and album completely
Watch Hypnotica here and Lady Velvet here
Today, the band release the final video in the albums trilogy for the track Shadowman

The band explain:
Shadowman is classic horror. It’s more of a presence than a person; twisted, earthy, leaving you with that feeling of unease that we have all experienced. The music video is very much an extension of these tropes and we tried to create something that paid homage to the classic horror genre.
The video was filmed over two days in the dense old rainforest of the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne, which are the perfect setting for the feel of the song and the visuals it conjures.
The striking Devil Electric album cover was shot not far from the video shoot location, so we saw it as the perfect opportunity to bring back some of the imagery from that and bring it all full circle.
The Shadowman video is the brainchild of our bassist, Tom Hulse, and we had the help of practical effects artist Moya O’Brien, as well as Max and Elle of Moonhouse, who co-directed, filmed and edited the clip. These guys were key in really interpreting our ideas and bringing it all to life and the result it the perfect ending to the album!
Devil Electric is out now!

Melodic metalcore band BETWEEN OCEANS is now ready with their first single-release Lost or Found. The band is a new addition to Prime Collective roster, and their upcoming EP Oxymoron will be released this May.

Between Oceans is a group of young men based in Copenhagen, and have flourished in the Danish underground metal scene since 2014, alongside the country’s many underground heroes such as Ghost Iris, Cartographs and Cold Black. Between Oceans has furthermore won the competition Hard Rock Rising.

The band, without a doubt, has a strong grip on song composition, and with their eyes dead set upon the future and the tendencies, which influence the younger crowd on the metal scene, Between Oceans deliver hard breakdowns, rifferama and melodies of an international standard, and these boys have certainly come to stay.

Between Oceans’ EP Oxymoron will be released May 4th through Prime Collective.

 

The mighty Like Thieves are returning to the fray of the Australian music scene today with the announcement of their brand new single ‘Never See it Coming’ and a national run of live shows. The “Never See it Coming” National tour begins on 11 May and ends 2 June and goes on sale from this Friday 30th March 9am at oztix.com.au for most shows and moshtix.com.au for Adelaide!

With Clint Boge vocally running red-hot after a completely sold-out The Butterfly Effect tour around Australia and musicians Oden Johannson (Guitar), Clint Gough (Bass) and Daniel Trickett (Drums) stoking the musical fires, Like Thieves are bringing their new, even heavier sound out on the road to Canberra’s The Basement May 11th, Sydney’s Red Rattler Theatre May 12th, Adelaide’s Enigma Bar May 25th, Melbourne’s Evelyn Hotel May 26th and Brisbane’s The Zoo June 2nd.

New single ‘Never See it Coming’ is a bolder, heavier, aggressive new track from Like Thieves. Drums, guitars and bass were recorded at Core Studios with Nik Carpenter and vocals with  Bernie Wedrat at Lush Studios. The track was mixed by Mick Gordon (well known for his award winning work on the Doom videogame soundtrack) and mastered by Ermin Hamidovic at Systematic Productions. 

2013 saw the band release their debut EP “Wolves at Winters Edge” and followed up immediately after that in 2014 with second EP “Autumn’s Twilight”, touring both EPs relentlessly and winning over fans all over the country.

Tickets are on sale for Like Thieves’ “Never See It Coming” National tour from Friday 30th March 9am – with all links at facebook.com/LikeThievesOfficial. Single “Never See it Coming” will be in all good digital stores and streaming outlets same day.

 

Friday 11 May – Canberra, ACT
The Basement – Tickets available at oztix.com.au

Saturday 12 May – Sydney, NSW
Red Rattler Theatre – Tickets available at oztix.com.au

Friday 25 May – Adelaide, SA
Enigma Bar – Tickets available at moshtix.com.au

Saturday 26 May – Melbourne, VIC
Evelyn Hotel – Tickets available at oztix.com.au

Saturday 2 June – Brisbane, QLD
The Zoo – Tickets available at oztix.com.au

More information at facebook.com/LikeThievesOfficial

 

Globally renowned, chart-topping band DEVILDRIVER may be one of the most notable groups in metal, but their personal taste in music reaches far beyond heavy music. 
Thanks to widely lauded albums like 2005’s epoch-shredding The Fury Of Our Maker’s Hand, 2011’s ante-upping, ultra-brutal Beast and 2016’s acclaimed career peak Trust No One, the band – led by iconic vocalist Dez Fafara – are firmly established as one of the most consistent and best loved bands in modern metal. That said, in 2018, all expectations of who and what DEVILDRIVER are will be torched.

As first teased by Fafara last year, the band’s upcoming full-length album of outlaw country-gone-metal anthems, Outlaws ‘Til The End, will finally see its day. The highly-anticipated, monstrous collection of savage metal interpretations will be released via Napalm Records on July 6, 2018, and pre-orders are available now HERE with more format options coming soon!
Merchandise such as t-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, flasks, keychains, and more are available here  

Outlaws ‘Til The End is both a startling curveball and a ferocious statement of individuality from a band who have been a constant and effective force in the heavy metal world for the best part of two decades now. “I think real music has always gotten to me, whether it’s the blues or even real Goth music like Bauhaus and Sisters Of Mercy, as well as outlaw country greats like Johnny Cash, Wayne “The Train” Hancock, and Willie Nelson,” Fafara explains. “That stuff has always attracted me, and this is absolutely the real McCoy. The blues and outlaw country are what made rock n’ roll. They were around before rock n’ roll… and in my head, I’ve always heard these songs heavy.”

From the opening seconds of Hank3’s “Country Heroes” onward, Outlaws ‘Til The End is simply one of the most invigorating records the band have made yet. More importantly, these evocative, irresistible songs have all been wholly rebuilt from the ground up, powered by the classic DEVILDRIVER sound and embellished with Fafara’s unmistakable feral roar. Outlaws ‘Til The End was produced, mixed and recorded with Steve Evetts (Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, Sepultura, The Cure), with Devildriver guitarist Mike Sprietzer also lending recording talents. The album was mastered by renowned engineer Alan Douches.

Completing this unprecedented project is a host of metal and country luminaries providing unforgettable cameos: horror metal icon Wednesday13 lends his incensed rasp to George Jones’ “If Drinking Don’t Kill Me”, 36 Crazyfists frontman Brock Lindow brings fire and soul to Steve Earle’s, “Copperhead Road”, and Fear Factory’s Burton C. Bell helps to turn Richard Thompson’s anti-war classic, “Dad’s Gonna Kill Me”, into a brooding gothic metal extravaganza. Meanwhile, Lamb of God members Randy Blythe and Mark Morton contribute to an exhilarating decimation of Willie Nelson’s “Whiskey River” before Randy makes a second appearance on DEVILDRIVER’s version of cowboy standard “Ghost Riders In The Sky”; the latter featuring the son of Johnny Cash himself.

DEVILDRIVER Outlaws ‘Til The End track listing:

1. “Country Heroes”
Written by Hank Williams CHRISMARIC@ICLOUD.COM
Performed by Hank3 & Dez Fafara

2. “Whiskey River”
Written by Johnny Bush and Paul Stroud; recorded by Willie Nelson
Performed by Randy Blythe, Mark Morton of Lamb of God & Dez Fafara

3. “Outlaw Man”
Written by David Blue; recorded by the Eagles
Performed by Dez Fafara & Neal Tiemann of DEVILDRIVER

4. “Ghost Riders in the Sky”
Written by Stan Jones
Performed by John Carter Cash, Ana Cristina Cash, Randy Blythe & Dez Fafara

5. “I’m the Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)”
Written by Bobby Bobby Borchers, Wayne Kemp, Mack Vickery; recorded by Johnny Paycheck
Performed by Dez Fafara & DEVILDRIVER

6. “If Drinking Don’t Kill Me (Her Memory Will)”
Written by Harlan Sanders, Rick Beresford; recorded by George Jones
Performed by Wednesday13 & Dez Fafara

7. “The Man Comes Around”
Written by Johnny Cash
Performed by Lee Ving of Fear & Dez Fafara

8. “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere”
Written by Dwight Yoakam
Performed by Dez Fafara & Neal Tiemann of DEVILDRIVER

9. “Copperhead Road”
Written by Steve Earle
Performed by Brock Lindow of 36 Crazyfists & Dez Fafara

10. “Dad’s Gonna Kill Me”
Written by Richard Thompson
Performed by Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory & Dez Fafara

11. “A Country Boy Can Survive”
Written by Hank Williams Jr.
Performed by Dez Fafara & DEVILDRIVER

12. “The Ride”
Written by J.B. Detterline Jr., Gary Gentry; recorded by David Allan Coe
Performed by Lee Ving of Fear & Dez Fafara

“I knew right away that I wanted to have guests on this record, and the first guest I wanted was John Carter Cash,” Fafara recalls. “I didn’t want this thing to exist without John, without Hank3 or without Randy [Blythe]. Basically, there were a certain amount of guests that I definitely wanted on it, but as I kept asking people, everyone kept saying yes! Randy and Mark [Morton] are both from the country and they were immediately on board. With John, we wound up talking for two hours when we first met, all about his love of heavy metal and my love of outlaw country and my love of his dad’s music. All he wanted to do was talk about metal and all I wanted to do was talk about outlaw country. It was the craziest thing.”

Not only just content with a collaboration with John Carter Cash, the album also features the iconic voice of Fear, US punk rock legend Lee Ving. “Lee has a country band called Range War and when he first started in music, his mother gave him her mandolin to play, so he played country music before he ever did punk rock,” Fafara notes. “I’ve been fortunate enough in my career to do songs with Ozzy and some of the greats, but doing a song with Lee Ving? What can I say… he’s my ultimate hero in life. I had a Fear shirt on the first time I ran away from home, you know?”

Still charging forward, proudly against the grain and on the form of their lives, DEVILDRIVER have never made a record like Outlaws ‘Til The End before. But then, nor has anyone else. The perfect marriage of badass country grit and neck-wrecking groove metal supremacy, it’s a pistol-packing game-changer delivered by true heavy metal outlaws.

Stay tuned for more new music and videos coming soon in anticipation of Outlaws ‘Til The End. 

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Get a double dose of Shock Rock as WEDNESDAY 13 and DAVEY SUICIDE join forces to bring their devilish goodness and a very early Halloween to Australia and we have just made it a lot bigger! Local supports have been announced. Some of Australia and New Zealand’s next bands have been selected to make each show now a Fatal 4 way of Horror Rock madness! Let the theatrics begin!

Please welcome the following artists:

Thursday 26th April – Brisbane, The Triffid 18+ w/ DARK CELL and FLYNN EFFECT

Friday 27th April – Sydney, Manning Bar 18+ w/ NOVEAUX and CAMERIA

Saturday 28th April – Melbourne, Corner Hotel 18+ w/ COFFIN CAROUSEL and VICIOUS ADDICTION

Sunday 29th April – Wellington, Valhalla 18+  w/ GO ON DYING and THE HEATHEN COLLECTIVE

Congratulations to all bands for their selection.

With a career spanning more than two decades, several platinum albums and countless global tours across Asia, the US and Canada, Filippino nu-metal band, Slapshock, will be heading to Australian shores for the very first time this May.

 

Australian heavy music fans will witness the raw power and energy of the Philippines’ biggest metal act live as they play Sydney (16 May – The Metro Theatre), Brisbane (17 May – Crow Bar) and Melbourne (18 May – Village Green).

 

The tour will mark the milestone of their new album, ‘Atake,’ which was released 13th December.

Stream Promo Video HERE.

Since forming in 1997, Slapshock have recorded and released nine studio albums through both EMI Philippines and current label BMBX (owned by Apl.de.Ap of the Black Eyed Peas).  Slapshock’s first three albums, ‘4th Degree Burn’ (1998), ‘Headtrip’ (2001) and ‘Project 11-41’ went platinum with many others achieving gold status including their 2014 LP, ‘Night Owls,’ which was produced by Apl.de.Ap (Black Eyed Peas) and Shavo Odadjian (System of A Down).

 

The band have won several awards including ‘Band of the Year’ and ‘Listener’s Choice’ twice, ‘Best New Artist’ (2000) and have shared the stage with countless heavyweights such as Korn, Killswitch Engage, Avenged Sevenfold, Machine Head and more.

 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Slapshock Australian Tour Dates –

16 May – Sydney @ Metro Theatre (18+)

w/ Skylla, Steller Addiction, Negative Saints, Kakulay, DC7

Tickets: https://goo.gl/eKFZzo

17 May – Brisbane @ The Crow Bar (18+)

w/ FOI, Flipside, When Autumn Falls, Gods of Eden, DC7

Tickets: https://goo.gl/XBnatM

18 May – Melbourne @ The Village Green Hotel (18+)

w/ Our Tribe, Marcvs, Zandata, Dreamers Crime

Tickets: https://goo.gl/ak9PAu

The third album of the Tyrolean Black Metallers Asphagor, will be called “The Cleansing” and will be released on May 11th via Black Sunset / MDD!
After setting the bar high with the 2013 “Anti” output, the band has managed to produce a successor that is capable of exceeding the high expectations raised by its predecessor.
The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Patrick W. Engel (Temple Of Disharmony) and will contain 10 songs with a playing time of 60 minutes.
“The Cleansing” promises to be one of the most impressive Black Metal releases of the year.