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You ever hear the one about the cop, the songbird, the psycho and the mafia princess? “Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.

Directed by Cathy Yan, the film stars Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez,  Chris Messina, Ewan McGregor and Ella Jay Basco.

BIRDS OF PREY releases in Australia in theatres on February 6, 2020.

The Amity Affliction have today announced their seventh studio album Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them, due for release on February 21 via Warner Music in Australia. The album is available for pre-order HERE and follows the band’s 2018 release Misery, which debuted at #1 on the ARIA chart; their fourth consecutive #1.

To celebrate the announcement, the band unleashed a scalding new song and music video; “Soak Me In Bleach.” Fusing together airtight riffs, a thick groove, and a powerhouse melody, the track perfects the band’s signature combination of hard-hitting hooks and rhythms. It builds towards one of the biggest vocal refrains of the band’s career. Meanwhile, the video brings the track to life in cinematic fashion. Watch it HERE.

“This album is a result of our re-found love for heavy music.” Say the band in a joint statement.  “We wanted to make a heavier album to back up our most recent releases to let our fans know that we understand what the majority want to hear from us. We have experimented creatively over the years and are now able to apply what we’ve learnt to what we consider the perfect blend of Amity new and old.”

“Soak Me in Bleach” follows the explosive first single All My Friends Are Dead,” which has clocked over 2 million streams since its release. Both tracks represent some of the heaviest, most memorable material and the most relatable lyrics of the band’s deeply personal catalogue. As always, The Amity Affliction hold nothing back, allowing fans to get closer than ever on Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them.

Earlier in the week the band announced their bushfire benefit show to help raise much needed funds for those affected by the deadly bushfire disaster. The show will take place in Melbourne on Monday January 20th with more details to follow.

In addition to announcing the album release date, single and video, The Amity Affliction kick off their regional tour of Australia today in WA, which runs from January 9 through January 29. The band will support Beartooth in Europe from February 16 through March 6. U.S. touring is planned for spring.

EVERYONE LOVES YOU… ONCE YOU LEAVE THEM TRACK LISTING:

  1. “Coffin”
  2. “All My Friends Are Dead”
  3. “Soak Me in Bleach”
  4. “All I Do Is Sink”
  5. “Baltimore Rain”
  6. “Aloneliness”
  7. “Forever”
  8. “Just Like Me”
  9. “Born To Lose”
  10. “Fever Dream”
  11. “Catatonia”

 

Critically acclaimed progressive doom metal band VOID OF SLEEP will release their new album “Metaphora” on March 27th 2019 via Aural Music.

The band commented ““We live in a time of rekindled fear and hatred, of social relations and civility in crisis, of apathy and marginalization. Metaphora translates the way we see this world into music. After an extended incubation period, the tracks finally took shape, with the completion of our new line-up, and the result is an album that’s extreme in every sense of the word. An album that is as melodic as it is brutal, full of tension and epic!

Metaphora raises the bar by opening doors to new sounds to our existing sonic vocabulary. It is definitely the most eclectic and complete chapter of our musical journey to date.”

The album will be available on digital, CD and vinyl formats.

Tracklist:
1.The Famine Years
2.Iron Mouth
3.Waves of Discomfort
4.Unfair Judgements
5.Master Abuser
6.Modern Man
7.Tides of the Mourning

 

Due to a huge demand by the fans, Polaris have released the video and track, Hypermania, taken from their second studio album, The Death Of Me, out on February 21 via Resist Records.

Hypermania was introduced to the band’s live set at the end of last year and are stoked to officially release it ahead of their appearance at Unify Festival this weekend. The Death Of Me Australian Tour supported by Wage War, Crystal Lake and Alpha Wolf kicks off next month with Melbourne, Brisbane and 1st Adelaide show all sold out. The remaining shows are selling fast and tickets won’t last long.

Hypermania is a song about losing your grip on reality, questioning your sanity, and feeling like you’re on the verge of an explosion all the time. Paranoia, mood swings, white-knuckling your way through the day just barely holding it together. The whole lyrical direction was inspired very directly by the music itself. Rick (Schneider, guitar) has this knack for writing these kind of Southern-hardcore-meets-nu-metal riffs that no one else in the band could write, stuff that’s really noisy, abrasive and discordant, but also tight and bouncy, and that’s where this song began.”  Explains Daniel FurnariHe adds, “We sort of deliberately leaned into the chaos of the song in order to try and break away from some of our own writing conventions. Songs that are one hundred percent screamed vocals all the way through are pretty rare for us, but when we were writing this track it was pretty clear to us that clean melodic vocals wouldn’t fit the vibe and energy we were hearing instrumentally, so we really focussed on what we could do with both Jamie and Jake to get the right character across for the song with just screams.

Jake has always done a few screamed parts here and there in our live set, but this was the first time that it’s really felt right to incorporate that on record so it was really cool for us to be able to add that to the palate of sounds on this album and contrast him with Jamie in a new way. We definitely pushed the hell out of both of them in this track and spent a lot of time trying to capture that feeling of anxiety and paranoia we wanted to convey, and I feel like that really paid off in the performances you hear in the end product.

We started adding this song to our live set towards the end of last year and the energy from the crowd has been batshit crazy every time we’ve played it. The internet has been starting to demand pretty firmly that we release it, and we’ve been itching to get it out for everyone to finally hear it properly, so here it is!”

It’s been two years since Polaris released their ARIA-nominated, Top 10 debut, The Mortal Coil which introduced the group to legions of fans around the country and, thanks to an extensive international touring schedule, the world. When it came time to making their new album, The Death Of Me, the Sydney outfit knew they had a tall order on their hands.

Polaris returned to the house in the small South Coast town of Mollymook where they made The Mortal Coil, converting it into a temporary studio. The familiar surrounds acted as something of a refuge after the high-pressure claustrophobia of touring.

Accompanying the band was their front of house sound engineer, Lance Prenc, and long-time friend Scott Simpson (of Melbourne band Alpha Wolf), both of whom co-produced the album with the band.

In the two years since The Mortal CoilPolaris embarked on three sold-out headlining tours of Australia, as well as supporting Architects and Parkway Drive around the country; five runs throughout Europe (including a series of arena shows supporting Architects and a slew of high-profile summer festival spots); three separate US tours; not to mention performing at the Download Festival and Unify Gathering in Australia. Somewhere in there, the quintet found time to write The Death Of Me.

The Death Of Me is available for pre-order  HERE.

Brooklyn’s metal jazz trio KILTER have unleashed a new mini-documentary about their upcoming album Kilter.   A follow-up to their 2018 self-titled EP, Axiom features instrumental metal-jazz inspired by the unrelenting hustle and grind of New York City.  Founder and bassist Laurent David (Label Alter-nativ) teamed up with drummer Kenny Grohowski (Imperial Triumphant) and saxophonist Edward Rosenberg III (Jerseyband, Heart of Barf) to create a daring and spontaneous work of avant-garde metal.

 

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Straight Ahead, legendary Hermosa Beach punk band Pennywise today announce that they will be reissuing Straight Ahead as an Australian exclusive limited edition coloured vinyl on January 31.

The limited edition vinyl is only available through the bands Australian webstore.
Pre-Order Straight Ahead LP HERE 

Pennywise will be performing all songs from the album and bringing with them long-time touring partners from California, STRUNG OUT and Swedish punk rockers NO FUN AT ALL, giving their Australian fans what will no doubt be the punk rock tour of the year.

The sold out sign for 2 shows on the tour, Gold Coast and Chelsea Heights, are now up with tickets selling fast for all remaining shows. Tour details below.

2019 sees the 20th anniversary of Straight Ahead, the bands highest charting album to date (No.8 on the ARIA charts). The album features the radio hit “Alien” as well as set list favourites My Own Country, Can’t Believe It, Straight Ahead and the Men At Work cover Down Under, which was only available on the Australian CD version.

 

 

In the midst of the devastating news of the Australian wildfires, horror-inspired theatrical metal group ICE NINE KILLS have launched an exclusive, limited-edition t-shirt, as seen above. 100% of the profits from sales will be donated to aid in the country’s relief efforts. The band traveled to Australia in December of last year for the first time to take part in the Good Things Festival (Sydney), along with a handful of headlining gigs in Brisbane and Melbourne.

“Last month we were thrilled by the killer reception we received on our inaugural visit to Australia,” shares vocalist SPENCER CHARNAS. “In light of the recent events, we are donating all profits from this limited-edition shirt to the Australian Wildfire Relief efforts. Please consider picking one up and helping out our friends down under in this devastating time.”

Order your Limited-Edition shirt now at ink-merch.com

 

Pennsylvania groove machine Almost Honest has announced a batch of shows in the eastern U.S. this January and February:

  • 1/17/20 — Roanoke, VA @ The Front Row
  • 1/18/20 — Richmond, VA @ Garden Grove Brewing
  • 1/31/20 — Youngstown, OH @ Westside Bowl
  • 2/1/20 — Harrisburg, PA @ HMAC
  • 2/8/20 — Baltimore, MD @ Rituals Bar & Venue
  • 2/28/20 — Grand Rapids, MI @ Mulligan’s Pub
  • 2/29/20 — Canton, OH @ Buzzbin

About Almost Honest

With the release of their second full length studio album Seiches and Sirens, the groovy-sexy-Viking-funk-doom-rock trio Almost Honest have cemented themselves as a force to be reckoned with.  Born in New Cumberland, PA in 2013, these cats have been bringing energetic and memorable live performances across the east coast.  Shayne Reed lays down the thundering vocals and groovy guitar while Seth Jackson brings the funky rhythm with his bass.  Lastly Quinten Spangler is the time keeper and beat god.  Fans never leave a concert unsatisfied and with a sound as unique as Almost Honest’s, who can blame them?

Almost Honest has been featured in such publications as Classic Rock MagazineDoomed & Stoned, and The Obelisk. This doom rock group has also played with notable acts such as Revocation, Astronoid, and Moon Tooth.  These guys are the ones you will want to keep your eyeballs on because they are carving their own piece of music funkery and they want you to be a part of the ride.

Five-piece punk band Spanish Love Songs have announced their third full length album, Brave Faces Everyone, which will be released on February 7 via Pure Noise Records / Sony Music Australia.

The band has released the first single off of the album, Kick, which is available to listen to and watch here:

On the forthcoming album, lead vocalist and guitarist, Dylan Slocum shares, “This album is us honing in on what we think makes our band resonate with people — namely, the feeling that you’re not alone. These are songs about looking outward and finding that, for all our differences, most of us are just trying to get by as the world is going to hell around us. We don’t have any grand ambitions beyond that — we just want people to feel acknowledged. There’s comfort in knowing we’re on the same sinking ship. We want the album to be a knowing nod and a way to make the world a slightly more bearable, even if it’s just for 40 minutes.”

The ten-track album, produced by guitarist Kyle McAulay at Howard Benson’s West Valley Recording, is steeped in the same detail-rich storytelling of Bruce Springsteen, The Menzingers and Manchester Orchestra. These songs represent the situations Slocum, McAulay, and their bandmates bassist Trevor Dietrich, drummer Ruben Duarte and keyboardist Meredith Van Woert experienced during 30-some weeks of rigorous touring during the album cycle of their previous record, Schmaltz.
“When you’re young, you just want to be heard,” opines Slocum. The singer and guitarist of LA-based punk quintet, Spanish Love Songs, is referencing his band, but he could just as easily be talking about himself. Since forming in 2014, Spanish Love Songs certainly have been heard, from legions of underground audiences at The Fest and South By Southwest to outlets like NPR, who hailed the group’s 2018 album, Schmaltz, as a “wellspring of big ideas, bigger riffs and the biggest possible feelings about love, war, fear and existential crisis.”

Over the past six years, Spanish Love Songs have released two albums and an EP. With Brave Faces Everyone, the songs are character stories set in small-town America and anxious urban jungles alike, unfurling heartbreaking tales of addiction, depression, debt and death juxtaposed alongside looming societal bogeys like mass shootings, the opioid epidemic and climate change. They’re all at once personal vignettes and universal truths of life in the 2010s, the lines blurred between Slocum’s own experiences and those of his friends and acquaintances. It seeks to find balance between realism and optimism.

“If you sing something loud enough and long enough,” Slocum muses, “hopefully people are able to find some peace in that.” Brave Faces Everyone experiments with more traditional song structures and fewer forwardly caustic moments this time around haven’t dulled the band’s sound. If anything, they’ve accentuated the most important parts of it. When everything is loud and urgent, nothing is. But when Slocum’s voice swells to a roar on this new record, the undeniable power grabs you by the collar and forces you to pay attention — and that’s the difference between simply being heard and truly being understood.

Brave Faces Everyone will be released on February 7, 2020.
PRE-ORDER BRAVE FACES EVERYONE HERE

The AACTA International Awards have been announced in LA and the winners are:

 

AACTA International Award for Best Film
PARASITE

AACTA International Award for Best Direction
Quentin Tarantino – ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

AACTA International Award for Best Screenplay
Taika Waititi – JOJO RABBIT

AACTA International Award for Best Lead Actor
Adam Driver – MARRIAGE STORY

AACTA International Award for Best Lead Actress
Saoirse Ronan – LITTLE WOMEN

AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actor
Brad Pitt – ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress
Margot Robbie – BOMBSHELL