Category: Podcast

 

There are very bands over the years that have been so different that their work has pretty much placed them in a genre of their own – but that has certainly been the case for American modern progressive metal innovators The Contortionist. Their last album Clairvoyant had music journalists and lovers scratching their heads on what to class them as… the end result was a genre of their own.

Now The Contortionist is teaming up with UK djent-metal pioneers SikTh for a tour of Australia and HEAVY Mag was able to catch up with guitarist Cameron Maynard ahead of the tour.

“I think I can talk for everybody in the band when I say that we love coming to Australia, “ says Maynard. “It’s exotic but reminds me of the States, everybody speaks English and there is this kind of cowboy machoness that I see in the States a lot to… that’s why it is similar. It just feels like we are in California the whole time and that’s great, but yeah we are very, very excited. Every time we come down to Australia, and we don’t do it very often, but we love coming down there and this time is especially great because we have got SikTh, and a little bit of information that you may not have known but The Contortionist, especially Robbie and I we were very much influenced by that band – the structures, the melodies, their guitar riffs, things like that, we have certainly taken an direct influence from that. It is surreal for us to be going down there and playing a show with them.”

I ask Maynard whether that means they are a little bit in awe of what is happening with this tour or whether it means in a way they have ‘made it.’ “It’s a good feeling,” he says really thinking. “We used to get butterflies and anxious about how we were going to do things, but I think especially with this tour it is something that we are excited about and we just can’t wait to get down there and do it. Like-minded people getting together to play music, I can’t get much more perfect than that really.”

The Contortionist hits Australia with SikTh very soon. All details are below.

 

With the mighty Def Leppard announcing a tour of Australia alongside Scorpions Dave G sat down with Phil Collen to chat not only about the tour but also went back through the legendary band’s career as their back catalogue is released digitally.

You can listen to our Def Leppard interview right here.

Don’t forget that time is running out to enter our fantastic Truth or Dare giveaway.

Thanks to our good friends at Universal Pictures we have five double passes to giveaway to the brand new supernatural thriller – Truth Or Dare which hits Australian cinemas on April 12th.

Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) lead the cast of Truth or Dare.  A harmless game of “Truth or Dare” among friends turns deadly when someone—or something—begins to punish those who tell a lie—or refuse the dare.

So to enter private message our Facebook page and tell us whether you would choose truth or dare if you were playing the game.

 

 

Thanks to our friends at Icon Film we have a very special pack to giveaway to celebrate the release of  Walking Out in cinemas on April 5th. The pack includes a double pass to see Walking Out in cinemas plus copies of The Tree Of Life, Apocalypto, The Road, The Confirmation and Infinitely Polar Bear on DVD. Walking Out is released in cinemas on 5th April and for your chance to win this special pack simply private message on Facebook page (and like it) with the answer to this question – Which sci-fi film did Bill Pullman star in with Will Smith?

 

Don’t forget that our Sweet Virginia giveaway finishes up on Friday.

Thanks to our friends at Icon Film we have two copies of Sweet Virginia to give away on DVD. Swet Virginia comes out on home entertainment on the 28th March and for your chance to win a copy simply private message on Facebook page (and like it) with the answer to this question – Who did Jon Bernthal play in The Walking Dead?

Don’t forget that our The Man Who Inventred Christmas giveaway finishes up on Friday.

Thanks to our friends at Icon Film we have two copies of The Man Who Invented Christmas to give away on DVD (along with copies of the book – A Christmas Carol And Other Holiday Treasures). The Man Who Invented Christmas comes out on home entertainment on the 28th March and for your chance to win a copy simply private message on Facebook page (and like it) with the answer to this question – Who wrote the novel A Christmas Carol?

 

The might Steel Panther are bringing their Sunset Strip tour to Australia and Dave Griffiths was lucky enough to be able to catch up with lead singer Michael Starr and talk about what they have in store for fans. He also delves into a little bit of Steel Panther and talks about what it was like when the band were trying to start out and grunge was dominating the local scene in L.A.

You can listen to our full Steel Panther interview right here.

 

 

 

The mighty Dimmu Borgir are back after eight years with a brand new album. Now while we wait for Eonian to hit shelves on May 4th you can sit back and take a listen as frontman Silenoz sits down and has a chat with Dave G. Silenoz not only talks about the brand new album but also drops in a little bit of news for Australian fans.

You can listen to the full Dimmu Borgir interview below.