Category: Music News

 

AlithiA – Australia’s psych-prog rock prodigies want the world to see their epic 10 minute opus “The Sun”. They are today releasing new single “The Sun” just before their new album “The Moon Has Fallen” this Friday, worldwide through Wild Thing Records.

Singer John Rousvanis said of the final single to be released ahead of the album drop, “The Sun is the first song that announces our second album. A dreamy thunderous landscape that asks the mind to question what is the difference when in both realities and dualities of being asleep in dream state, and conscious in waking life, laced with esoteric, occult meaning and symbolism throughout the lyrics, it’s a personal song for the individual to interpret however they must and feel within it for themselves.”

The album has people talking already, with Overdrive Mag saying that “‘The Moon Has Fallen’ shows Alithia reaching for heights so far above their contemporaries that it’s hard not to be swept away…” and Heavy Mag giving it a perfect 5 stars and saying that AlithiA have delivered “…a style of progressive tunes that has helped cement the six piece into the halls of genre creationism.” 

Renowned for their spellbindingly powerful live shows and hypnotizing tribal flavours, this 6-piece progressive rock livewire are set to traverse the globe with ‘The Moon has Fallen’. In sync with their monumental release, AlithiA will tour Europe with Norwegian avant-garde rock specialists Shining as direct support in November 2018.

The Moon has Fallen is AlithiA’s first record written entirely collectively with the inspired addition of percussionist Jeffrey Raul Ortiz Castro interlacing the album’s sound with Latin rhythms, celestial synthesizers, and distinctive secondary vocals. The band’s original foundations, however, remain intact with John Rousvanis’ inspiring lead vocals and mesmerizing guitar styling apparent throughout, none more so than the epic album opener The Sun. From the pulsating engine room of bassist Tibor Gede and drummer Mark ‘Vel’ Vella, shining on highlight track Empress, to the stirring keyboard soundscapes of Danny Costantino, which command the single Diamonds, AlithiA have emerged with a simply exceptional album.

AlithiA’s “The Moon has Fallen” is available for pre-order now at http://smarturl.it/alithia. The record will see its release into the world this Friday – October 26th.

 

 

 

The wait is finally over! The world’s biggest Metal opera is finally coming to Australia! 20 years after the release of the original Metal Operas, Musical mastermind Tobias Sammet will bring the full AVANTASIA stage show to Australia!
aving blown crowds away with headline sets at both Wacken Open Air in Germany and Barcelona Rockfest while touring their previous album Ghostlights, Avantasia proved they are one of the biggest names in operatic and symphonic heavy music. Sammet is a masterful storyteller, creating epic fantasy worlds that can barely be contained within his sprawling concept albums.They can barely be contained on stage either with Avantasia shows typically lasting for up to three hours!
Avantasia – Is a portmanteau of the words Avalon and Fantasy and describes ‘a world beyond human imagination’ Over the course of seven releases, this incredible saga has been crafted by some of the greatest vocalists and musicians from the heavy music world. A literal list of who’s who and the contingent of players tasked to bring Avantasia to life in Australia is sure to impress.
Avantasia’s eighth studio album, ‘Moonglow’ is due in early 2019 and boasts an incredible list of performers including Jorn Lande, Eric Martin (Mr Big), Geoff Tate (ex-Queensryche), Michael Kiske (Helloween), Bob Catley (Magnum), Amanda Somerville, Candice Night, Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian) & Mille Petrozza (Kreator)
Some of these artist will be part of the Australian tour. Exactly who will be revealed soon!
It can absolutely be said that Australia has never seen a tour like this.
From the depth of storytelling, to the range of the cast, to the sheer musical brilliance –
this is a once in a lifetime tour! Do not miss this!
TOUR DATES
Sunday, May 12: Metro Theatre, Sydney
Tuesday, May 14: The Forum, Melbourne
Tickets on sale now via

 

Fresh off an electrifying performance at the Aftershock Festival over the weekend, where singerSpencer Chamberlain performed while still nursing a still-healing broken foot that he sustained during the band’s previous appearance at Riot Fest, Underoath have released the cinematic and thematically arresting video for “ihateit.” 

“The ‘ihateit’ video is a glimpse into what it’s like to feel alienated, to need something you shouldn’t need, to feel trapped and isolated and to feel like you have to keep returning to that place to find solace, it’s a vicious cycle,” said Underoath’s  Aaron Gillespie.

Underoath will be performing exclusively at UNIFY: A Heavy Music Gathering 2019. This is their onlyAustralian performance and will be held at the Tarwin Lower site Friday Jan 11th. Tickets available here.

Not only does their new album ‘Erase Me’ mark the group’s first new album since 2010, but it crashed the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums Chart at #1 and vaulted into the Top 20 of the Billboard Top 200. It sees the band refine its trend-setting but inimitable style with heavy intensity and hypnotic hooks coursing through songs like “Rapture,” “On My Teeth,” “Wake Me,” and “It Has to Start Somewhere,” which have cumulatively tallied over 10 million streams in a few months’ time—a rare and impressive feat for any rock band.
The track ‘ihateit’ was produced by Matt Squire (The Used & Saosin) & Eric Taft (The Amity Affliction) and written by Underoath.

Last month Melbourne’s BLKLST announced the imminent arrival of their new EP “Hard to Swallow”. Out on Friday October 26, the heavy record saw it’s announcement and the premiere of the first single “Hypocrite” at Germany’s Everything is Noise website. Today, they are serving up the next “Phase” of the record.

New single Phase is a hard hitting track with an agressive but melodic vocal – and a neon and latex -tinged filmclip. Vocalist Joshua Westwick said that “Phase is about that one person who can influence you to do things you normally wouldn’t. Things that are ultimately bad for both of you. It’s about destroying yourself and drowning in someone’s toxic environment because of how much you care about them. This Music Video was filmed in The Loud Noise Estate’s drum tracking room. This clip was a last minute decision and we just wanted to have fun with it. We are stoked with how it came out!”
Since the announcement of the new EP, the outfit from Melbourne have turned heads – the first single Hypocrite being spun on triple j’s The Racket, added to rotation on The Faction Radio, added to Spotify Official’s Homegrown and Heavy playlist, the clip being played on Rage, and killyourstereo.com saying that Hypocrite is BLKST is at “…not only their most dynamic and darkest here, but also at their most interesting too.” Metal Hammer/Louder also saw something special in the band and wanted to know more about their influences (with the obvious flavour being Deftones) and had them put together their favourite Deftones tracks of all time.

The Hard To Swallow EP was produced and engineered by Evan Lee at STL studios Sydney, with additional engineering by Sonny Truelove & was mixed and mastered by Evan Lee and Ash Dawsat The Loud Noise Estate. 

For those new to BLKLST – the band was Formed in 2015 and have made their mark quick off the bat. Establishing themselves on the heavy music scene with a crushing live show and a decimatingly heavy sound, the band quickly chalked up supports with bands such as Make Them Suffer, Deez Nuts, Alpha Wolf, Earth Caller and Justice for The Damned and interstate runs with Boris The Blade.

The new EP will see its release into the world on Friday October 26 into iTunes & Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon and more. Pre-Orders are now open at all good digital stores and streaming outlets.

 

Kansas City, MO’s Radar State— made up of emo/indie rock heroes Matt Pryor and Jim Suptic (The Get Up Kids), Josh Berwanger (The Anniversary/Berwanger) and Adam Phillips (The Architects/The Gadjits) — have signed with LA-based Wiretap Records and will release their debut LP ‘Strays’ in January 2019.

The band has announced tour dates in support of the upcoming album (see dates below). Tickets for all shows are on sale now.

The follow up to last spring’s self-titled debut 7″ EP, ‘Strays’ features artwork by Mondo Art Director and designer Jay Shaw http://www.kingdomofnonsense.com.

The band says, “We are very excited to get our first full-length album Strays out and play the songs live. Last year we did Riot Fest and a tour with Say Anything but only had the 3-song 7″ out. Now people will be able to get familiar with the songs instead of just hearing them for the first time. We’ll also have a robotic chimpanzee doing merch for us. He doesn’t know how to count change so he’s pretty easy to rip off.”

Papa Roach have released two new songs from their forthcoming [as yet untitled] 10th studio album,Renegade Music and Who Do You Trust?

The tracks see Papa Roach continuing to push their momentum with bonafide rock anthems and fearsome hooks. Frontman Jacoby Shaddix explains, “This song is a statement of engagement – In this day and age, who do you trust? The message of the song is to think for yourself and to trust in yourself, and the imagery of the song matches that. It’s the sea of information, all of if slightly out of focus – and you’re left floating in trying to decide for yourself. Who do you trust?”

 
“Papa Roach are back with two more anthemic bangers to add to their arsenal”, muses Allison Hagendorf, Spotify’s Global Head of Music, about the tracks.

Papa Roach have been praised by their peers in the rock world for achieving an “unlikely comeback”, with two decades of continued success and a career resurgence with their 2017 release, Crooked Teeth, which debuted in the Top 20 on the US, UK and Australian charts. Loudwire explains, “[Papa Roach] are entering a new era of their career. Whereas a multitude of their former counterparts have either become nostalgia acts or fallen off the grid entirely, Papa Roach are finding ways to reverse their trajectory… The sky is the limit for a band who play their cards right and are willing to kick down a few walls.”

Papa Roach have set out on a mini tour hitting ten cities across North and Latin America, before setting out on a December tour to various military bases in Asia.  The band will also be joining Shinedown and Asking Alexandria on the 2019 North American leg of the Attention! Attention! World Tour.  Additional international tour dates to be announced soon.

 

J.J Abrams (Star Trek, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) has been keeping the whole world guessing with his new film Overlord. We know the film is directed by Julius Avery (Son Of A Gun, Jerrycan) and stars Wyatt Russell (Everybody Wants Some, 22 Jump Street) and Pilou Asbaek (Game Of Thrones, Ben-Hur) but the rest peope are just guessing about. Now we get to learn a little more as Paramount drops the film’s final trailer.

When John Butler strides onto the Sydney Opera House Forecourt for two special shows this February as part of his national tour to celebrate the release of his HOME album, it will be with an ARIA #1 Album award in hand after fighting off Cher and The Living End to take the crown on this week’s chart.

It’s a fitting accolade for Australia’s most successful independent musician to hit #1 for the first time since 2010’s ‘April Uprising’ in a year that has seen Australian independents take more #1 albums than ever before.

As one of the first artists of the modern era to prove that you can build an independent career on your own terms, it is yet another trailblazing moment made even more satisfying by the deeply personal and emotive content of the now-officially-hit album HOME.

“I can’t express how grateful I am to the Australian community of fans that went out and made this album number one,” said John Butler. “With so many massive artists releasing at the moment I really didn’t think we had a chance. I’m just absolutely awe-struck by the love this album is getting and the ever-strengthening relationship I have with my audience after almost two decades. WOW!!! Thank you times a million to all the fans and my amazing team.”

John Butler Trio’s victory lap will happen across January and February with shows across six states and territories, sharing the stage with good friend and fellow legend Missy Higgins, up and coming singer songwriter Stella Donnelly and special guests in each state including The Waifs, Dan Sultan, Baker Boy, The Teskey Brothers and more.

“These shows take on an even greater meaning to celebrate not only a #1 album, but also that my community of friends, fans and supporters have achieved this around an album that celebrates self-reflection, triumphs, anxieties, redemption and the lived experience of being human,” said John Butler. “I can’t wait to join Missy, Stella and our friends around the country to embrace our positivity and humanity.”

The album HOME is available now on CD, vinyl, download and streaming from:  https://JohnButlerTrio.lnk.to/HOMEalbum

 

JOHN BUTLER TRIO
COMING HOME TOUR

All Shows with Missy Higgins except *
All Shows with Stella Donnelly except #

Friday 25 January  –  Wignalls Winery, Albany, WA  – Also with Carla Geneve #
Saturday 26 January  –  Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River, WA  –   Also with Carla Geneve # 
Friday 01 February  –  Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA
Thursday 07 February  –  Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC  –  Also with Dan Sultan
Saturday 09 February  –  A Day On The Green, All Saints Estate, Rutherglen, VIC  –  Also with Dan Sultan
Sunday 10 February  –  Stage 88, Canberra, ACT  –  Also with The Waifs
Thursday 14 February  –  Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15 February – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney NSW
Saturday 16 February  –  A Day On The Green, Bimbadgen, Hunter Valley, NSW  –  Also with Dan Sultan
Sunday 17 February  –  Park Beach Reserve, Coffs Harbour, NSW  –  Also with The Teskey Brothers
Wednesday 20 February  –  Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, Bundaberg, QLD *
Thursday 21 February  –  The Great Western, Rockhampton, QLD *
Friday 22 February  –  Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD  –  Also with Special Guests *
Saturday 23 February  –  Tolosa Park, Hobart, TAS  –  Also with Baker Boy

 

SET AND SETTING are a young band from St. Petersburg, Florida who merge instrumental rock with a thick metallic edgeand elements of drone and ambient music.
The result is a captivating wordless genre amalgam“ Decibel Magazine raved and Brooklyn Vegan defined their sound as “metallic  chug to trippy psychedelia to soaring post-rock beauty… like Russian Circles teaming with early Pink Floyd“.
Since their debut album Equanimity in 2013, “the quartet has been very active throughout theunderground and extreme music scenes in the U.S. and Canada. 
In 2014 SET AND SETTING released their second album A Vivid Memory via Prosthetic Records and continued to tour internationally and locally with bands such as Mouth of the Architect, EyeHateGod, Inter Arma and Kayo Dot throughout 2015. 
2016 brought a tough year of writing and recording while battling injuries within the band limiting live performances. 
In 2017 SET AND SETTING released theirthird full-length album Reflectionless and now SET AND SETTING are now returning with their 4th album Tabula Rasa, the band’s heaviest album to date and their debut on Pelagic Records.

The band comment ‘When we were writing this album, we had a new lineup and felt a new energy. We named this song Ecdysis because it felt like we we were shedding old skin and pushing new boundaries we haven’t reached yet.

‘We purposely tried to extend the boundaries of our sound by adding more extreme metal and punk influences all while still sounding like ourselves“ guitarist Shane Handall comments.


The album was recorded and mixed during 10 straight days in Miami.

 

“”It’s time for us to unleash our fifth record RESONANT SUN, the consequence of couantless hours on the road & intoxicated madness. 
We’re pumped with the outcome – and think we’ve managed to strip it down to the raw essence of what the band has become.

Drawing inspiration from opposites – RESONANT SUN will take you on a hard-boiled trip through a vast array of emotional oddities. We can’t wait to finally show you this filthy fuzz-laden doom monster and hope that you’ll love it as much as we do. 
Go let the fuzz take you!
Ever since their inception in 2010, “Berlin 3-piece EARTH SHIP have built their reputation in the vast field of the stoner / doom / sludge underground scene as one of the most relentless and heavy-hitting live bands out there. 
With their thunderousblend of sludgy riffs bluesy leads virulent vocals and a massive dose of both groove and humour vocalist Jan Oberg, his wife Sabine (bass) and Sebastian Grimberg (drums) have taken EARTH SHIP to the stages of Desertfest, Stoned From The Underground & Pelagic Fest
and tours with bands like RED FANG, TORCHE, CROWBAR & VOIVOD.
After 3 albums on Pelagic the band signed with NAPALM RECORDS for the release of 4th studio album „Hollowed“ in 2016.
But the alliance didn’t last long and the band returned to Pelagic’s welcoming arms for album #5: Resonant Sun.
EARTH SHIP continues an evolution towards more stripped down arrangements and tunes that stun through simplicity and heaviness an evolution that began with 2014’s Withered album.
While the occasional clean vocals remind of TORCHE or ALICE IN CHAINS Jan’s range stretches far out into the harsh spheres of bands like MANTAR or WEEDEATER.
The strikingly fat production ofthe album was done by the band leader himself at his own HIDDEN PLANET STUDIOS in Berlin where all EARTH SHIP albums to date were made.