Warrnambool’s groove-thrash metal rising stars The Ascended have announced their debut, full-length studio album ‘Awaken Within’ to be released on May 4th via Truth Inc Records.

The Ascended blend traditional groove elements and new-age, break-neck speeds to achieve a sound that is not only powerful but memorable modern metal classic. Recorded with Adam B. Metal, mixed and mastered by Chris Clancy (Mutiny Within, Wearing Scars) at Audioworks Productions, ‘Awaken Within’ is set to take the global metal scene by storm.

Track Listing:
1. A World on Fire
2. Drag Me to Hell
3. Strike of the Monarch
4. Awaken Within
5. God of Harvest
6. The Descent
7. Lady of Sorrow
8. Medusa
9. The Way of the Reaper
10. The Fallen One
Pre-Orders are live via Merchr
Pre-Order Link: https://www.merchr.net/collections/the-ascended
The Ascended have also announced two album release shows in both regional and metropolitan Victoria, Australia.

May 5th – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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May 11th – Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
https://www.facebook.com/events/194038961377040/

Adelaide’s Ambleside are on a roll in 2018! Having been announced on the Mortal Coil Tour, supporting Headliners Polaris and The Plot in You and alongside Darwin lads Tapestry, they announced two extra shows supporting The Plot in You and are today announcing new single Blur and an accompanying video!

New single Blur will be out on Friday April 13, coinciding with the beginning of the epic Mortal Coil tour that will take them around Australia. The video sees an animated version of vocalist Dan Stevens, walking and jumping his way around the suburban environs through and between the band members, as they play the track and seemingly multiply and appear everywhere the animated character goes.

Bursting onto the punk hardcore scene in 2013, Ambleside have proven themselves as a creative force to be reckoned with. With DIY roots and their unique brand of emotionally raw music, the Adelaide five piece have kicked impressive goals since formation – amassing over 2 million streams across media platforms and notching up 9 tours of Australia, while playing shows alongside with legendary names of heavy music, including Silverstein, Counterparts, Trophy Eyes, Hellions, Ocean Grove and In Hearts Wake.

At the core of Ambleside is connection and friendship. Bursting onto the punk hardcore scene in 2013, the Adelaide five piece have literally lived and breathed their music, living together ever since formation. This live-in experience has sparked a united creative collective of friends, allowing Ambleside to take an immersive and DIY approach to every facet of their music. Their self-produced debut EP and music videos, as well as self-designed and home printed merch have allowed the band members’ own creativity to flood through everything the band touches, with impressive outcomes of recognition: Ambleside came away from the South Australian Screen Awards in 2016 with “Wash Away” being awarded Best Music Film Clip.

Vocalist Dan spoke of the emotional vulnerability that the band puts into their music – “Every song we release, lyrically is about a significant moment in life that I have struggled to get through. Writing about these situations has not only helped me through genuinely processing some of these issues, but also helped me heal and therefore moulded the person that I am today.” The band’s intention is to make a difference to the lives of listeners who can relate to similar experiences in their life. This connection via relatability is potently reflected by Ambleside’s tracks surpassing 2 million streams across media platforms, and by audiences of their live shows passionately screaming the words along with their band.

The new single Blur is out this Friday on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon and Bandcamp and the band is on tour from Friday 13th April on the Mortal Coil tour alongside Polaris, The Plot in You and Tapestry.

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.

 

The Norwegian thrash power-trio Aura Noir are coming in full sonic force once again! The band is out with their new single titled “Shades Ablaze” today, the second single off the upcoming, semi-self-titled ‘Aura Noire’, due April 27. It is heavy, fast and powerful – just as you would expect from Aura Noir.
Aggressor commented this track: “‘Shades Ablaze’ is one of the few tracks on the album featuring Apollyon on vocals. One of the faster songs. Watch out for Apollyon’s South American inspired drumming near the end. A homage to old Sarcophago and ancient Sepultura.”

With Aura Noire, a title which quite distinctly resembles their band name, Aura Noir churns through some of the most refreshing, yet nostalgic tracks of thrash metal ever to be heard. The album opens with probably one of the most retrospect of riffs, but suddenly summersaults you into the gloriously dissonant and immersive Aura Noir atmosphere.  The soaring and burning shouts of Aggressor intensely glues the otherwise quite varied and playful guitar riffs and drums together, culminating into the essence of thrash that is Aura Noir!

 

MONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW will return to Brisbane from Friday May 25th to Sunday May 27th at Event Cinemas Myer Centre with a host of international, Australian and Queensland premieres!

Opening the festival on Friday May 25th is the highly anticipated science-fiction epic,OCCUPATION. Shot on the Gold Coast and helmed by RED BILLABONG writer/director Luke Sparke, this high-concept blockbuster stars a who’s who of  Australian film and television including Dan Ewing (HOME & AWAY), Temuera Morrison (ONCE WERE WARRIORS), Stephany Jacobsen (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA), Rhiannon Fish (THE 100), Jacqueline McKenzie (ROMPER STOMPER) and Bruce Spence (MAD MAX 2).

Our MONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW screening will be followed by Q&A with Cast & Crew and will give audiences the opportunity to be among the first in the world to see OCCUPATION ahead of its Australian theatrical release by Pinnacle Films.

What: Monster Fest Travelling Sideshow (Sydney)
Facebook Event- https://www.facebook.com/events/821344471383282/
Website Event – http://www.monsterfest.com.au/events/mfts-brisbane2018/

Where: Event Cinemas Myer Centre
Myer Centre, Elizabeth St, Brisbane City QLD
(07) 3027 9999

When: 25th to 27th of May 2018

Tickets: https://www.eventcinemas.com.au

Single Session Tickets
Adult $21
Concession $17.50

5 Film Multi-Pass
Adult $82.50
Concession $71.50

10 Film VIP Pass
Adult $132
Concession $110

After releasing their critically praised new single ‘Semiotic Vision’, Melbourne indie-pop collective Approachable Members of Your Local Community have just revealed the accompanying music video.

Shot and directed by Giulia McGauran on Carlisle Street in Melbourne inner-suburb Balaclava, the clip sees the septet candidly strolling around their local community, setting out to help out fellow citizens with day-to-day tasks. Throughout the video, the band members sporadically break into synchronised dance routines; choreographed by friends and the band members themselves.

Frontman Joshua Blashki describes the motivation behind the clip:

“We felt as though it was important to follow through with our namesake and scour the local community! See who’s out there, see what’s buzzing, see who we can help. It seems as though we are great cardboard garbage men”.

Since the release of ‘Semiotic Vision’, the song has been strongly supported via Australian radio stations triple j, triple j Unearthed, FBi, 3RRR, 4ZZZ, SYN FM, Radio Adelaide and Edge Radio, worldwide blogs and added to a swag of official Spotify curated playlists including Fresh Finds (USA), The Office Stereo (AUS/NZ), New Alternative (NLD) and New Music Friday in both Australia and Netherlands. 

On the week of the track’s release in early-March, the group performed on Kira Puru’s ‘Tension’tour to enthusiastic sold-out crowds. This month will see the band return to the stage for their own tour, performing at Melbourne’s The Toff In Town and in Sydney at Rare Finds’ 3rd Birthday at Oxford Art Factory.

In May, Approachable Members of Your Local Community will perform at The Squeeze Mini-Festival and release their highly anticipated debut EP.

 

APPROACHABLE MEMBERS OF YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY
SEMIOTIC VISION TOUR

SAT 14 APRIL | THE TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE VIC
SAT 21 APRIL | RARE FINDS 3RD BIRTHDAY, OXFORD ARTS FACTORY, SYDNEY NSW
SAT 5 MAY | THE SQUEEZE MINI-FESTIVAL @ THE CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE VIC (18+)
SUN 6 MAY | THE SQUEEZE MINI-FESTIVAL @ THE EVELYN, MELBOURNE VIC (U18)

 

Aussie trio Middle Kids will release their debut album Lost Friends next month, and today they share new single “On My Knees”. The band explain the track is about rejecting the value system of the individual as the prime unit of society. It’s also about how suffering and disappointment can help change our perspective in a healthy way. When we stop focusing on ‘winning’ and can submit to something bigger, or to each other, we are better people.”

 

On Lost FriendsHannah JoyHarry Day and Tim Fitz bring back their knack for haunting hooks, lyrical poignancy and irresistible indie rock appeal that critics praised in their self-titled first EP, released in February 2017. This radiant collection of new songs conjures melodic nostalgia for some of songwriting’s very best, rich in heartfelt build and beautiful simplicity.

Middle Kids made a powerful debut last year with the release of their internationally acclaimed self-titled EP, featuring singles “Edge of Town” and  “Your Love”. The band dazzled at several SXSW and The Great Escape showcases, made their U.S. television debut on Conan and supported legendary acts like Ryan Adams and The War On Drugs.

The new album, Lost Friends, is the kind of album that sucker-punches you in the gut, revealing its nuances only after repeated listens. The songs’ edges are jagged, the production clean, stray imperfections imbue warmth and a human touch. Middle Kids craft classic hooks and riffs that tangle up in your brain like licorice and choruses that linger long after the song has faded. And they’ve bonded over a greater sense of what their music should accomplish.

Lost Friends will be released on May 4th through EMI Music Australia and is available now to pre-order HERE on limited lilac coloured gatefold vinyl, gatefold CD, and digital download.

 

AGRESSOR will reissue their acclaimed third full-length, ‘Symposium of Rebirth’ (1994) in its original version, which comes together with a fully re-mastered edition on 2CD and also as gatefold double-vinyl that both contain several bonus tracks. The release date of this collector’s dream come true under the name of ‘Rebirth’ has been scheduled for June 8th, 2018.

The French death metal innovators are offering the re-mastered version of the track “Overloaded” as a taste of things to come.

Upon its release in 1994, ‘Symposium of Rebirth’ propelled AGRESSOR to the elite ranks of extreme metal bands. The French metal pioneers were forward thinking in many ways. Musically, their unique sound is based within the newly burgeoning death metal scene of the early nineties yet comes with a solid dose of the original thrash heritage, which invites comparison with DARK ANGEL. Not content with the limitations of their genre, AGRESSOR added orchestral elements and even went as far as to cover parts of Basil Poledouris’ iconic soundtrack for the movie ‘Conan the Barbarian’ and a cooperation with the Choir of the Opéra de Lyon. The album artwork of ‘Symposium of Rebirth’ was designed by legendary French graphic novel artist Philippe Druillet – famous for his psychedelic SF series based on the character Lone Sloane.

AGRESSOR were founded in 1986 and immediately presented their first demo, ‘The Merciless Onslaught’ in the same year. The Southern French band’s second demo, ‘Satan Sodomy’ (1987) caused some scandal due to its sexually implicit cover and black metal undertones. At the time of the release of their split with LOUDBLAST entitled ‘Licensed to Thrash” (1988), AGRESSOR had begun touring in French speaking territories alongside such soon to be renowned bands as SAMAEL, SODOM, MESSIAH, and LIVING DEATH.

AGRESSOR became the first French metal act to be signed by an international label after recording the demo, ‘Orbital Distortion’ in 1989. A year later, the band began cooperating with Philippe Druillet for the visuals of their debut album, ‘Neverending Destiny’, which received a warm welcome with its combination of brutal thrash riffing and what would now be considered an early form of technical death metal.

Their sophomore full-length, ‘Towards Beyond’ (1992) was produced by Börje “Boss” Forsberg of BATHORY and Black Mark fame and came with ultra-heavy passages on top of their trademark technical riffing. AGRESSOR continued to spearhead the French extreme metal scene with their following release as well as through touring with such renowned acts as MORBID ANGEL, OBITUARY, PESTILENCE, BIOHAZARD, SINISTER, and WARGASM.

Following a UK tour with CRADLE OF FILTH in 1996, the sole remaining founding member, vocalist and guitarist Alex Colin-Tocquaine put the band on a short hiatus, but AGRESSOR returned with ‘Medieval Rites’ in 1999 and more live activities. Their latest album under the programmatic title, ‘Deathreat’ was released in 2006 and since then the French have occasionally played rare shows.

Now AGRESSOR will reissue the death metal milestone and acclaimed masterpiece, ‘Symposium of Rebirth’ both in its original form with bonus tracks as well as in a re-recorded version with even more extra material.