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There aren’t many bigger names in metal than SLAYER and Australia is extremely lucky they get to experience one last time and to farewell this legendary band as they hit Download Festival and sideshows in Brisbane and Adelaide with fellow Big Four brothers ANTHRAX and the Polish Hammer ofBEHEMOTH.

What can be said about SLAYER that already hasn’t been said? So far into their career and the final album ‘Repentless’ scored their highest ever Australian chart entry at #3 on the ARIA Chart. An incredible achievement this far into their career! Don’t miss this last chance to witness part of what has been an incredible history!

In 1981 when SLAYER first formed in Huntington Park, CA, bassist/vocalist Tom Araya was 20 years old and worked as a respiratory therapist, guitarist Jeff Hanneman, a rehearsal studio employee at the time, was 17, drummer Dave Lombardo was 16 and delivered pizza, and 17-year old Kerry King was a full-time guitarist.  At that time, there were no blueprints, no set paths, no boundaries or steps to follow; SLAYER’s new hybrid of metal and punk, heavier, faster and darker than the rest, assaulted the world and set a new standard, defining not only a genre, but an attitude.

Tom Araya, Kerry King, Gary Holt and Paul Bostaph sat down and talked about all things SLAYER:

Fast forward 38-years and SLAYER remains the preeminent punk-thrash-metal band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to, and up-and-coming metal heads continue to revere and emulate.  Slayer is a metal juggernaut, with songs that are dark, aggressive and without mercy, mirroring the turmoil and aberrations of our society.

Their membership in “The Big Four” – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax – the four bands that defined the thrash/metal genre – secures the band’s place in music history.  The five-time nominated, two-time Grammy-winners have also accumulated an abundance of certified Gold Albums along with “Best…” awards from media outlets all over the world, including Kerrang!SPINMetal HammerRevolver, and Esquire.  SLAYER even has its own exhibit in the Smithsonian Institute.  Throughout SLAYER‘s history, the band has never faltered in unleashing its extreme and focused sonic assault, and repudiating temptations, SLAYER has chosen to remain crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the mainstream.  Jeff Hanneman passed in 2013, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in for him since.  Paul Bostaph, Slayer’s drummer from 1992 – 1996, then 1997 – 2001, rejoined Araya and King in 2013 and remains behind the kit.

 

In September 2015, Slayer released Repentless, the band’s 12th studio album, the first without Hanneman, first with Holt on guitar, first with producerTerry Date, and first on Nuclear Blast Records, to widespread rave reviews and the highest chart debut of the band’s career.  The band also teamed up with director BJ McDonnell for three high-concept and brutal music videos for the album’s title track, then for “You Against You,” and the most recent, “Pride in Prejudice,” racking up a combined 28+-million views.  Dark Horse Comics published a three-issue comic book series in 2016, based on McDonnell’s original story concept for the videos and written by “Metalocalypse” director Jon Schnepp.

After a remarkable three-and-a-half decades, SLAYER announced its decision to do one last world tour and then move on.  All Hail SLAYER.

 

THE RIVERSTAGE, BRISBANE, THURSDAY MARCH 07

DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL, SYDNEY, SATURDAY MARCH 09

DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL, MELBOURNE, MONDAY MARCH 11

AEC ARENA, ADELAIDE, WEDNESDAY MARCH 13

 

TICKETS: https://www.livenation.com.au/artist/slayer-ticketshttp://www.ticketmaster.com.au/downloadfestival?_ga=2.225148762.1993856040.1544749832-995984803.1512611300

Brisbane’s melodic hardcore quartet She Cries Wolf took the Australian Heavy Music scene by surprise late in February with the surprise-release of their third full-length ‘Liar’! Teasing the record anonymously with the hashtag #everyonelovestheliar in the weeks prior, they unleashed it on February 22. Now today, they are announcing that in May 2019, they will take it all around the country alongside their mates in Heists on the Australian Liar Tour, presented by Black Sun Bookings. Tickets are on sale now for the tour dates in May at blacksun.oztix.com.au.

She Cries Wolf’s album Liar has turned heads with its uncompromising fury and agression – with Hysteria Mag saying that they “…dive deep into fear and loathing for a strong and surprising return.”, killyourstereo.com espousing that “She Cries Wolf haven’t sounded this malevolent, this bleak, nor this aggressive, and the proof is really in the pudding of how well that’s paid off for them.” and Depth Magazine praising the emotional honesty of the record, saying that “Liar is an expunging of fury, standing up for oneself, seeing promises through, facing blame, and seeking for others to take responsibility, even if this means that you end up alone; the truth mattering more than popularity. The result is something surprisingly artful…”

The Australian Liar Tour takes She Cries Wolf and Heists to Melbourne May 17 at Last Chance Rock N Roll Bar, Adelaide May 18 at Crown & Anchor, Canberra May 24 at UC Hub, Sydney May 25 at Factory Floor, Brisbane June 1 at Crowbar Brisbane and Perth at Amplifier on June 2.

Joining She Cries Wolf on the Australian Liar tour at Heists from Sydney. Heists dropped their monstrous latest single ‘Defeated’ late in 2018 on December 12 and have been riding its popularity since. Heists have previously taken the stage alongside artists such as The Plot In You, Stick to your Guns & Terror, Deez Nuts, Dream On Dreamer and more. 

She Cries Wolf‘s brand new album ‘Liar’ is out now at http://bit.ly/SCW_liar – and tickets for the Australian Liar Tour are on sale now at blacksun.oztix.com.au.

 

The Last Martyr are today announcing the release of their EP ‘Creatrix’ on Friday April 26. Originally slated for an earlier release – and under the name ‘Out of the Black’ – the band decided to shift the focus when they received the final product – feeling that ‘Creatrix’ represents the transformative theme of the songs and the artwork far better. Today, they are dropping a new taste of the record in their song ‘Fear’ – and released an abstract and emotive filmclip for it as well. Pre-Orders for the EP will be live Friday March 8 at ffm.to/TLM_creatrix and the ‘Fear’ single will be live for streaming and purchase March 1 as well at ffm.to/TLM_fear.

Vocalist Monica Strut explains the lyrical themes of the single. “There are two main concepts to ‘Fear.’The first is about realising that sometimes your fears aren’t your own; they are the fears of others projected onto you. This is almost always because your actions are bringing up someone else’s own limiting beliefs and insecurities which they haven’t been able to overcome. The second concept is really about the fact that in order to live life to the fullest, we need to overcome our own fears and limiting beliefs and we have a responsibility to encourage others to do the same. Fear is our brain’s way of protecting us from danger. I believe that life is not necessarily about being ‘Fearless,’ but about rationalising our thoughts and taking action regardless.”

The vivid clip for the single ‘Fear’ (which took over 12 hours to shoot at DCF Studios in Northcote before wrapping up with the milk bath scene at Monica’s house around 11pm) was directed by Her Name Is Murder Productions – who have worked with acclaimed artists such as Sepultura, Thy Art Is Murder and Ocean Grove. Strut explained what they wanted to portray with the video. “We wanted to go with an abstract theme to demonstrate the complexities of human thought around the topic of ‘Fear.’  A mirror motif is used throughout to not only highlight the way in which others project their own fears onto you, but also the fact our fears stem from the inner workings of our minds, as opposed to anything external. Our fears leave us trapped because they distort reality, so we tried to emulate this with many of the scenes.”  

The Last Martyr’s previous singles ‘Into The Black’ and ‘Stay Awake’ saw the band achieve national radio play on triple j (Stay Awake on both The Racket and Home and Hosed) and rotation on The Faction. ‘Stay Awake’ also attracted the attention of Butcher Babies’ Heidi, who added them to her ‘Sisters That Slay‘ playlist alongside the world’s best female voices in heavy music.

The ‘Creatrix’ EP will see its release on Friday April 26 2019 and will be available for pre-orders Friday March 8 at ffm.to/TLM_creatrix. Single ‘Fear’ will be live for purchase and streaming Friday March 1 at ffm.to/TLM_fear. For more information about The Last Martyr, go to facebook.com/thelastmartyr.

Sydney outfit MYOORA have just released a play through video for their new single ‘Moon Grotto.’ The single is released ahead of their debut EP which is set to drop on March 22nd.

The prog rock/metal outfit had the opportunity to work with Jake Howsam Lowe ( The Helix Nebula/Plini ) as producer, Adam Bentley ( Arch Echo ) as mixer and Stephen Taranto ( The Helix Nebula ) as a guest soloist.  

Their influences for music include Plini, Periphery, Monuments and Polyphia.

You can reach out to Myoora via the following social medias.

 

Bandcamp: https://myoora.bandcamp.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/myooramusic/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/myooramusic/

Canadian rock and skate-punk legends SUM 41 will perform an exclusive Download Festival kick-off show at Sydney’s Crowbar on Friday March 8. They’ll be joined by special guests in emo power punks Eat Your Heart Out, making this a rare and not-to-be-missed event.

Tickets go on sale at 10am Monday, February 25 and will be available exclusively to all current Download Festival ticket holders only.

To purchase tickets; customers will need to enter in their download order confirmation number in the password box.  Example circled below; password must be entered without special characters eg: 5550850.

Please note: There is a two (2) ticket limit per Download Festival ticket confirmation number. Photo I.D. of the ticket purchaser will be required to gain entry to the show.

Haven’t bought your Download ticket yet but don’t want to miss out? There’s still a chance… Patrons must have purchased a Download ticket prior to 11:59pm Sunday, February 24 to receive a confirmation number and become eligible to secure Sum 41 tickets.

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: livenation.com.au.

“Archright” is the second single to be unveiled ahead of Town Portal’s third LP, ‘Of Violence’ (released 5th April via Small Pond recordings and Art As Catharsis). Launching on 19th February via a feature on Invisible Oranges“Archright” is set to build on the success of the recent “Roko’s Basilisk” single, which is out now and gaining heavy online support. With a batch of tour dates also freshly announced, the Danish band will be bringing their new music to fans across the UK and Europe in April and May.

Hailing from CopenhagenTown Portal are a three-piece consisting of guitarist Christian Henrik Ankerstjerne, drummer Malik Breuer Bistrup and bassist Morten Ogstrup Nielsen. Their taut, gritty and emotionally stirring breed of instrumental rock pulls influence from the worlds of metal, math-rock, noise-rock and minimalist experimental music.

While their past albums were self-recorded (with Ankerstjerne at the helm), the band had a sound in their heads for the new record, that required a new approach. As a result, audio engineer Scott Evans – known for his spacious, heavy productions and his band Kowloon Walled City – was brought in from San Francisco to record the band in Copenhagen’s legendary Black Tornado Studio.

The first song from the new record to be completed, the uncompromising “Archright” provided the blueprint and clarified the band’s vision for the powerful album to come – a body of work that brings a multi-dimensional exploration of the theme of violence, spurred in no small part by the turmoil of current times. Striking a note of uneasy, dissonant calm, always ready to break, this track was sparked by the band members’ dismay and disdain at the rise of populist nationalism in the West. “The title grew out of thoughts about entitlement, notions of having a right that others don’t have”, say the trio. “Arch is a hollow prefix. We liked the combination of words, because it sounds important and like something you can rally behind, but in fact it falls apart if you try to poke at it.” 

Across their two previous LPs (2012’s ‘Chronopoly’ and 2015’s ‘The Occident’) they have attracted a worldwide fanbase and major tastemaker support from the likes of Noisey, Brooklyn Vegan, Stereogum, Metal Sucks, Decibel and Invisible Oranges. This adds to extensive tours across Europe, and other notable outings including cult festival Duna Jam in Italy, ArcTanGent (where they describe witnessing “the world’s friendliest circle-pit” in their audience) and support for The Dillinger Escape Plan.

On their new material, Town Portal allow their typically calculated and controlled musical universe to give way to exhilarating chinks of chaos – a mindset inspired partly by several ventures into unfamiliar territory since their last release. In 2017 the band were recruited by composer Ola Strandh (Massive Entertainment, Ubisoft) to collaborate on the soundtrack to the forthcoming high profile videogame ‘Tom Clancy’s The Division 2’. The following year they were sought out to join Johannes Gammelby and Manoj Ramdas in a new incarnation of Danish alt. rock darlings The Malpractice, playing live shows in Copenhagen and Aarhus in support of Gammelby’s most recent release, ‘Slur’.

As always, the band have taken their time making music, but every exploit along the way has fed into the songwriting, adding new energies and components into their expression. The “Archright” single is a microcosm of a deeply thought, passionate and impactful record on which inspirations from deconstructed electronic music, avant-garde metal and cinematic brass arrangements coexist seamlessly.

TOUR DATES:
(All UK dates w/ Body Hound)

March 23rd – Odense (DK) – Momentum

April 18th – Leeds (UK) – Chunk

April 19th – Nottingham (UK) – JT Soar

April 20th – London (UK) – Sebright Arms

April 21st – Brighton (UK) – Bad Pond Festival (Concorde2)

April 27th – Luxembourg (LUX) – Out Of The Crowd Festival (Kulturfabrik)

May 10th – Copenhagen (DK) – A Colossal Weekend (Vega)

May 17th – Leipzig (DE) –  kXntXr80

May 18th – Berlin (DE) – Supamolly

 

 

After nearly a decade fronting the band, Jake Wiffen announced his departure from Dead City Ruins following an extensive 2018 touring schedule of Europe and Australia. True to their Never Say Die mantra however, the band wasted no time in finding the man who would fill the giant shoes left behind; Steve Welsh.

Well regarded worldwide and in online circles for his vocal prowess, Welsh brings a fresh energy to the band already shown through capacity hometown shows and dates with New York City’sLiving Colour. Dead City Ruins look forward to bringing their dynamic and powerful live show to European audiences in early 2019.

The band are in the midst of a 22 date tour of the UK and Europe with heavy metal legends UDO (original singer of ACCEPT)

Along for the ride filling in on bass is Luke Bolton of F*** the Fitzroy Doom Scene.

LINE UP:
Steve Welsh – VOCALS
Tommy Tbone – GUITAR
Sean Blanchard – GUITAR
Nick Trajanovski – DRUMS
Luke Bolton – BASS (Touring)

Dead City Ruins have made a name for themselves on a national and international level through years of touring and living in their tour bus lovingly named the Blue Bastard. Well known for their energetic live performance and brazen return to the roots of Australian pub rock.
For nine years now the band has been going strong without letting anything distract them from their mission. Dead City Ruins plow ahead with everything they’ve got, and you can hear this in every note on Never Say Die.
Recorded with English producer James Lewis (Arctic Monkeys, Sunset Sons) Never Say Die will knock you on your ass, just as all good rock’n’roll should, but there’s more to it than that. The music goes deep – as all really good rock’n’roll should. After all, Led Zeppelin are more than Whole Lotta Love, Sabbath are more than Iron Man, and Soundgarden go beyond Outshined. Dead City Ruins play with the same intensity that made the iconic albums of the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties so special. In short, it has soul.
With their rock n roll battle scars worn like badges of honour, the band have played every hole in the wall pub and club you can think of both here and on multiple extended tours of Europe and the States with the likes of Mastodon, Skid Row, Ugly Kid Joe, Fozzy, Orange Goblin and Wolfmother. Playing every show like they were headlining an arena.
Of course the songs on Never Say Die can’t help but reflect the life they now lead. A life on the road. Songs about touring, break ups, fans, laughs, tears and beers..
Fuelled by life, raised by riffs and out to give everyone a good time, Dead City Ruins have delivered an album of working class hard rock that will leave your ears ringing and a grin fixed on your face for days.
Never Say Die is available now!
www.dinnerforwolves.com/product/dead-city-ruins-never-say-die-cd
https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/never-say-die/1344770349

Reggae Royalty, Jamaica’s THE ORIGINAL WAILERS return to perform all the BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS Hits as only they can. Whenever they perform live the energy is incredible, people are swaying and singing along surrounded by love and happiness.

BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS sold more than 250 million albums worldwide with an incredible songbook – Is This Love, Could You Be Loved, Three Little Birds, One Love, No Woman No Cry, Get Up, Stand Up, Buffalo Soldier, I Shot The Sheriff, Jamming, Get Up Stand Up, Redemption Song to name a few

Even though Bob Marley passed away 38 years ago his music will live on forever. THE ORIGINAL WAILERS bring the Marley sound and definitely the Marley vibe as they carry on Marley’s message of love and unity and play All the Hits.

THE ORIGINAL WAILERS June 2019 Australian Tour Dates 
Wednesday 5th – Bryon Bay – The Nothern
Thursday 6th – Brisbane – Eatons Hill Hotel
Friday 7th – Sydney – Metro Theatre
Saturday 8th – Melbourne – Prince Bandroom
Wednesday 12th – Adelaide The Gov
Thursday 13th – Perth – Rosemount Hotel

 

Tickets

Pre-Sale – Friday February 22nd, 11am Local time – Monday February 25th, 10am Local Time

On Sale – Monday February 25th, 11am Local Time

From: http://metropolistouring.com/the-original-wailers-2019/

O.R.k., featuring Italy’s celebrated vocalist, producer and award-winning film score composer Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari a.k.a LEF (lead vocals), King Crimson’s Pat Mastelotto(drums), Porcupine Tree’s Colin Edwin (bass), Marta Sui Tubi’s Carmelo Pipitone (guitars) have revealed their new single & video for “Black Blooms” which features their collaboration with the iconic System Of A Down frontman, Serj Tankian.

O.R.k bassist Colin Edwin explains how the collaboration with Serj Tankian came about “The involvement of Serj Tankian came about through legendary producer Bill Laswell, who played bass on Lef’s 2018 solo album ‘Hypersomniac’. Laswell passed a copy of ‘Hypersomniac’ to Serj, who was impressed enough to also check out O.R.k. and our previous two albums. This led directly to Lef and Serj connecting and discussing potentially collaborating at some point; it was just at the time we were working on ‘Ramagehead’, so of course a suggestion had to be made. Lef sent him the tracks as a ‘work in progress’ and from this, Serj himself chose “Black Blooms” as the song he wished to sing and work with us on.

Colin continues “The development of “Black Blooms” took a few unexpected turns as we all contributed along the way, Pat Mastelotto’s masterful drumming added an underlying aspect of urgency I hadn’t anticipated on the original demo, and Carmelo Pipitone manages to strike a superlative balance between sensitivity and total fireworks as the song progresses. The atmosphere was always going to be a great context for Lef’s vocals, but the biggest surprise was Serj Tankian’s involvement, which really amazed me when I first heard it, he’s added, not simply a great vocal performance, but the exact amount of extra depth to the framework, to turn it into something truly special, and if I didn’t know better, I would have thought “Black Blooms” was made with him in mind.”

The forthcoming album Ramagehead, their first for Kscope, was created from the band’s collective vision, unique influences and a multi-layered reflection of their powerful and engaging live experience. The resulting epic contains all the ingredients of a fiery O.R.k. performance with dark and heavy riffing, mesmeric atmospheres.

Recorded during 2018 at LefMusicStudio (Italy), The Wormhole (USA) and Nightspace (UK). The mixing for Ramagehead was handled by Adrian Benavides and three-time Grammy-winning engineer Marc Urselli (U2, Foo Fighters, Nick Cave), the mastering by Michael Fossenkemper, engineering by Benavides and Bill Munyon (King Crimson), cover art by Adam Jones (TOOL) and design by Denis Rodier (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman). The recordings, and involvement of SOAD’s Serj Tankian on the forthcoming single, “Black Blooms“, solidifies the band’s serious intent to use their musical chemistry in exploring the hard-edged possibilities within rock.

 

Ramagehead will be released on February 22 on CD / 180g Black vinyl LP / Digit

 

 

It’s time to melt melodic death metal and trance together! RAGE OF LIGHT, the rising stars from Switzerland around charismatic lead singer Melissa Bonny prove that these styles can build a very strong symbiosis. The result is a musical monster!
Today, RAGE OF LIGHT unleashes the official video for their first single “Fallen”, taken from the new album Imploder! Their mix of sharp riffs, electronic beats, melody and screaming violence gets perfectly illustrated by the art of producer and bandfounder Jonathan Pellet, filmed by Roger Simon and Sylvain Pellet.
RAGE OF LIGHT on the new video:
We are thrilled to share the first single of our album Imploder. This song reflects the evolution of the band and its music, and gives a first taste of the universe in which the album will guide the listeners.
On March 29th, RAGE OF LIGHT will release their debut album Imploder on Napalm Records.
You can Pre-Order the new album now