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Summary:  Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: TBA

VOD Release Dates: 21st May 2021 (Australia), 21st May 2021 (Thailand), 21st May 2021 (UK), 21st May 2021 (USA)

Country: USA

Director: Zack Snyder

Screenwriter: Zack Snyder, Shay Hatten, Joby Harold

Cast: Nora Arnezeder (Lily The Coyote), Sheila Awasthi (Angela), Sebastian Balchand (Adjit), Dave Bautista (Scott Ward), Michael Cassidy (Sgt. Kelly), Raul Castillo (Mikey Guzman), Richard Cetrone (Zeus), Steve Corona (Mr. Hillman), Wayne Dalglish (Dagleish), Ana de la Reguera (Maria Cruz), Garret Dillahunt (Martin), Chelsea Edmundson (Misty Hillman), Marisilda Garcia (Anita), Jessica Harbeck (Zombie Elvis), Omari Hardwick (Vanderohe), Colin Jones (Damon), Janice LaFlam (Yolanda), Debbie Lay (Debbie Slots), Colby Lemmo (Laura Ward), Antonio Leyba (Carlos), Sarah Minnich (Jessica), Tig Notaro (Marianne Peters), Athena Perample (Alpha Queen), Ella Purnell (Kate Ward), Joe Rashbaum (Elvis Presley Shambler/Zombie Elvis), Gonzalo Robles (Camp Guard Garcia), Hiroyuki Sanada (Bly Tanaka), Huma Qureshi (Geeta), Zach Rose (Corp. Bissel), Theo Rossi (Burt Cummings), Matthias Schweighhofer (Dieter), Ken Thong (Kevin), Albert Valladares (Alpha General), Samantha Win (Chambers)

Running Time: 148 mins

Classification: R18+ (Australia), 18 (UK), R (USA)

OUR ARMY OF THE DEAD REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Army Of The Dead Review:

This year has turned out to be an amazing year for filmmaker Zack Snyder (Watchmen). His cut of the Justice League film became on over-night success when released on streaming platforms right around the world, not bad considering the mocking he received when it was first announced that he was willing to bring his version to the screen for nothing.

Now only a few months later Snyder returns with another action blockbuster – his zombie film Army of The Dead. While this one doesn’t have the dark artistic edge that was present for the Justice League Snyder Cut it is incredibly fun film that will certainly chase away the pandemic blues.

The film follows the events after a zombie attack hits the casino Mecca of Las Vegas. Trusted soldier, Scott Ward (Dave Bautista – Guardians Of The Galaxy), led one of the last rescue missions into the city and while some lives we saved he saw the mission as a disaster.

He lost his wife and several of his unit members and the result was a city lost and his relationship with his daughter Kate (Ella Purnell – Never Let Me Go) destroyed. Flash forwards to a few years later and Scott is flipping burgers in a roadside diner while the Government talks about finally ending everything in Vegas by dropping a nuclear bomb on the now ‘entombed’ city. But then everything changes when businessmen Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada – The Woverine) approaches Scott and promises him one hell of a pay-day if he can go through the zombie horde in Vegas and salvage $200 million from a vault before the bomb goes off.

Scott hastily puts together a team that includes his colleagues Maria Cruz (Ana de la Reguera – Narcos), Vanderohe (Omari Hardwick – Kick-Ass) and helicopter extraordinaire Marianne Peters (Tig Notaro – Instant Family), but then to his surprise Kate asks to go with them for some business of her own.

It would be easy to write off Army Of The Dead as a big, dumb action film, and in a lot of ways it is, but this is also another passion project for Snyder. He wrote this screenplay a decade ago and during that time a number of filmmakers were attached to the project until in the end Snyder decided that he could helm the film himself. Even then the drama didn’t stop with the film starting off as a Warner Bros. film before Netflix ended up jumping on board when it looked like the project may fall to the wayside.

Despite what people may believe going into this film Snyder’s cinematic styling is all over this film. The film looks sleek yet at the same time Snyder does just enough to make this film different to all the other zombie films that have flooded the market since the popularity of The Walking Dead.

Snyder doesn’t make the same mistake that the film Monster Hunter recently made. This isn’t a film full of beefcake soldiers going up against the big ‘evil.’ Instead as a filmmaker Snyder realises the power of the ‘fish out of water phenomenon’ in films like this and it is easy to see that it is characters like Sarah and geeky safe cracker Ludwig Dieter (Matthias Schweighofer – The Most Beautiful Day) that the audience are going to end relating to and barracking for.

Likewise Snyder mixes up the zombie genre but not just including your standard brainless dirt walker and instead brings in a species of intelligent brain eaters who think before they act… and if that isn’t enough to impress even the most hardened horror fan there is also a zombie tiger who is more than willing to take a chunk out of the heroes as well.

In a lot of ways Army Of The Dead tells a simple story by mixing a heist thriller with a zombie horror. It doesn’t exactly re-invent either genre but in the hands of Zack Snyder this film becomes a sleek grindhouse film that certainly never bores its audience. Well worth a look if you want to watch a film just to pass some time.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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You can read our Army Of The Dead review for The Phuket News here – https://www.thephuketnews.com/zack-snyder-brings-army-of-the-dead-to-life-80146.php

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Stoke-On-Trent’s nu-metalcore bright lights Black Coast have revealed the video for new single ‘Ache’ alongside as the title, artwork and track listing of their hotly anticipated debut album titled ‘Outworld’, set for release 27 August via Blood Blast Distro.

Ache sees the ‘Stokie’ pub-loving five-piece celebrate their brooding nu-metal KoЯn and Deftones influences, melded with the forward-thinking metallic hardcore sound for which they are lauded. Worn heart-on-sleeve and capped off with a chorus worthy of sticky-floored rock club renditions for years to come – Black Coast continue to shape a sound uniquely their own.

With their last tour shelved mid-way due to covid and staring into a void of uncertainty, they entered the studio. New music gave means for reflection and a coping mechanism and writing the album ‘Outworld’ proved to be a healing process.

Singer Charlie Hewitt explains: “Ache has a mixture of meanings, l like to think this one was born out of all the shit we have been through in the years as a band. As people it’s that sum of all the problems we’ve faced but being very good at hiding them from each other and from the people listening when in fact we are just as the line says, ‘embracing the chaos’. Surrounding ourselves, life is hard and everyone has different things going on but l like to think this song brings us together to say ‘f*ck you’ to those problems.”What emerges from the somehow both separate and collaborative time away is 12-tracks from a band who have undergone a sonic and personal evolution. In conjunction with partnership with Nuclear Blast’s Blood Blast‘Outworld’ could very well be the record that takes Black Coast worldwide.

Black Coast burst out of their local scene in 2017 with their debut EP ‘Crows Of The North’, followed by EPs Ill Minds Vol1 & 2. In 2018, the five-piece travelled to Japan to showcase their talents on an international level. Meanwhile the band’s releases received national praise including BBC Radio1, Kerrang! Metal Hammer, Rock Sound, Kerrang, Upset Magazine and more. Black Coast will perform at a number of Festivals across 2021 and 2022 including; Your City Festival, Burn It Down Festival and Hammerfest.

Previous singles Paradise & Vodka Smile saw editorial support from Apple, Deezer, Spotify, Amazon as well as Kerrang! Radio, K! Magazine, Rock Sound and many more. Add to that international support from Triple J Radio (Australia), German Radio Fritz, Radio Bremen, UniFM and Raute FM and Australian zines BLUNT, Wall Of Sound, Hysteria, HEAVY Mag and more.


Black Coast are: Charlie Hewitt – Vocals // Scott Pinnington – Guitar // Joe Mayer – Guitar // Jack Beardsall – Bass // Matthew Clarke – Drums

Melbourne musician Adrian Narayan has just released a killer new video which you can check out below.

The video features a strobe-tastic showdown between Narayan’s punchy, staccato guitar riffs & Dean Kennedy’s explosive drumming, with tight editing by Hit Me Up! Creative.

The meditative chaos of ‘Disconnection’ is guided by Narayan’s precise guitar talk over fluid synth lines, imbuing the track with a thought-provoking nature.

One of the best things we have in life are friendships. True connections produce moments that inspire and shape us. Getting together to share stories and a laugh is one of the most special things we can all experience and when you’re Kasey Chambers, Tom Busby and Jeremy Marou, those get-togethers inevitably involve a beach campfire, some fishing, a few guitars and great songs. 

Kasey Chambers and Busby Marou are ready to share all that with Australia by announcing they will be hitting the road together bringing their jam sessions to the stage. The Springtime tour will see Kasey, Tom and Jeremy performing 22 shows in metro cities and regional towns in all age venues right across the country. 

Kasey Chambers: “I’ve been mates with the Busby Marou boys for a long time through music, stories and fishing and we are proud to announce that we are sharing this special tour together! First playing our own sets of our most popular songs from down through the years and also joining together for a unique set that showcases our musical connection and friendship like no other.  It’s time to take this beach campfire jam to the stage!!”

Busby Marou: “We’ve made a very special connection with the Chambers family over the years and to be able to share the big stage with Kasey for a full national tour, is the best news we’ve had in a long time. Kasey is in a league with the most talented and hardest-working artists in this country.  We can’t wait to bring our full band on this tour and to share the stage with Kasey for some exciting collaborations. Bring on the memories!”

20 years since Kasey’s ARIA #1 and 7 x platinum album Barricades and Brickwalls was released and featured the smash hit single ‘Not Pretty Enough’ which also hit #1 on the ARIA Singles chart at the same time, a first for any Australian artist. Kasey will no doubt feature many of the album’s songs in her set in celebration of the milestone.

Busby Marou have gained the reputation as one of Australia’s hardest working live bands best known for their distinctly Australian storytelling and gifted musicianship. The duo won their third APRA songwriting award earlier this year for ‘Over Drinking Over You’ from their ARIA Top 5 album The Great Divide, their 3rd Top 5 release. Jeremy, a proud Torres Strait Islander and Tom, a patriotic Queenslander have been ever-present on our screens spruiking all things great about their home state as part of Tourism and Events Queensland’s ‘Good To Go’ campaign.

It’s hard to think of two artists who have integrated themselves into the hearts and minds of the Australian music-loving public more than Kasey Chambers and Busby Marou. The tour will be a special series of shows that bring together great friends who just happen to write incredible songs and love to share a story.

Tickets for the Kasey Chambers & Busby Marou Tour will be available for fan pre-sale on Wednesday 2 June. Register here for more details. Tickets to the general public go on sale Friday 4 June

KASEY CHAMBERS & BUSBY MAROU TOUR 2021

 Thursday, 9 SEPTEMBER – ULUMBARRA, BENDIGO VIC
Friday, 10 SEPTEMBER – ALBURY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, ALBURY  NSW
Saturday, 11 SEPTEMBER – PALAIS THEATRE, MELBOURNE VIC
Sunday, 12 SEPTEMBER – COSTA HALL, GEELONG VIC
Thursday, 16 SEPTEMBER – BUNJIL PLACE THEATRE, NARRE WARREN VIC
Saturday, 18 SEPTEMBER – ODEON THEATRE, HOBART TAS
Sunday, 19 SEPTEMBER – THEATRE NORTH, LAUNCESTON TAS
Friday, 24 SEPTEMBER – SYDNEY COLISEUM, ROOTY HILL NSW
Sunday, 26 SEPTEMBER – NEWCASTLE CIVIC THEATRE, NEWCASTLE NSW
Wednesday, 29 SEPTEMBER – ANITA’S THEATRE, THIRROUL NSW
Thursday, 30 SEPTEMBER – CTC CANBERRA THEATRE, ACT
Thursday, 14 OCTOBER – EMPIRE THEATRE, TOOWOOMBA QLD
Friday, 15 OCTOBER – HOTA THEATRE, GOLD COAST QLD
Saturday, 16 OCTOBER – SARATON THEATRE, GRAFTON QLD
Sunday, 17 OCTOBER – QPAC BRISBANE CONCERT HALL, QLD
Thursday, 21 OCTOBER – KEITH MICHELL THEATRE, PORT PIRIE SA
Friday, 22 OCTOBER – THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE SA
Saturday, 23 OCTOBER – BAROSSA ARTS CENTRE, TANUNDA SA
Sunday, 24 OCTOBER – DARWIN ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, NT
Friday, 29 OCTOBER – TOWNSVILLE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, QLD
Saturday, 30 OCTOBER – MUNRO MARTIN PARK, CAIRNS QLD
Sunday, 31 OCTOBER – NIGHT QUARTER, CALOUNDRA QLD

Introducing Valley Sounds, the Yarra Valley’s first Acoustic Festival, set on the exclusive grounds of Wandin Park Estate.

The inaugural 2021 event will take place on Sunday November 21, showcasing some of Australia’s finest singer songwriters – James Reyne, Mark Seymour, Ash Grunwald, Nick Barker and Tracy McNeil.

Valley Sounds is a limited capacity exclusive event, with First Release tickets on sale now, with a limit of 100 VIP experience tickets.

The event will be headlined by the iconic James Reyne – celebrated for his work out front of Australian Crawl and an unparalleled solo career of twelve studio albums, including last year’s critically acclaimed Toon Town Lullaby.

James Reyne is one of our finest singers and lyricists, responsible for songs such as ‘Reckless’, ‘The Boys Light Up’, ‘Beautiful People’, ‘Lakeside’, ‘Daughters Of The Northern Coast’, ‘Fall Of Rome’, ‘Hammerhead’, ‘Motor’s Too Fast’ and ‘Slave’.

The hits have been flowing for Reyne for more than 40 years, the release of Toon Town Lullaby in July 2020 coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Australian Crawl’s debut album, The Boys Light Up.

James Reyne has had 19 top 40 hits – nine solo, seven with Australian Crawl, and three as part of Company Of Strangers, with six Top 10 hits and eleven Top 10 albums. He was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1996 and was honoured with the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2014.

James said today, “It’s exciting to see a brand new music event start up, given the difficult times the music industry has been through over the last 12 months – made all the more sweeter by the stunning surrounds of the Yarra Valley.”

Don’t miss the opportunity to see this exceptional line up in acoustic mode:

Valley Sounds – Sunday November 21 – Wandin Park Estate

James Reyne
Mark Seymour
Ash Grunwald
Nick Barker
Tracy McNeil

 
Tickets on sale now from 
here or www.valleysounds.com.au

Emerging from lockdown and ready to rock, The Angels have put something special together for their fans, and it doesn’t get any bigger or better than this – “The Greatest Show On Earth”, packed full of hits – and it is expanding to take in Adelaide and the East Coast of Australia!  See dates below.

Kicking off in Adelaide, the birthplace of the band, The Angels are thrilled to confirm that they are also playing shows in Melbourne, New South Wales and Queensland. We’re talking wall-to-wall hits – Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again, No Secrets, Take A Long Line, Shadow Boxer, Marseilles, Comin’ Down, After The Rain, Face The Day, Fashion and Fame, Let The Night Roll On, We Gotta Get Out Of This Place, Mr Damage … and more.

As the book The 100 Best Australian Albums points out, “The Angels can lay claim to being Australia’s longest-lasting band.” They have been on the road consistently since 1974 and it took a global pandemic to slow them down.  Now the band is itching to get back on stage and they’re not mucking around!

This is the start of a huge year for The Angels as they celebrate some major anniversaries in 2021. It’s 45 years since the release of their debut single ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’, a song that’s now an indelible part of the Australian culture.

This tour also marks the 10th anniversary of Dave Gleeson joining the band, a position he treats with great reverence. “I’m definitely respectful of the fact that I’m not the creator of the Angels’ sound,” Dave says. “And I’m mindful of bringing that energy that Doc brought to the band. But it’s a real treat for me to be up there blasting out songs that I’ve loved since I was a kid.”

The band will also play the re-scheduled Bluesfest in Byron Bay, 1st – 4th October 2021, an event they are supremely excited about given previous cancellations.

It’s time to get back out there and do what we love doing,” says John Brewster. “It’s time to rock.”

Let The Night Roll On!
This is it folks, over the top!

Mr Damage proudly presents

THE ANGELS’ GREATEST HITS, LIVE IN CONCERT
“THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH”

ACCESS TICKETS AND MORE INFORMATION HERE

JUNE
Friday 11th                   The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Friday 18th                   The Palms, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 19th              The Palms, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 25th                   Paddington RSL, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 26th              Paddington RSL, Sydney, NSW

JULY
Friday 16th                   Casino RSM Club, Casino, NSW
Saturday 17th              Armidale Servies, Armidale, NSW

Friday 23rd                   Nightquarter, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Saturday 24th              Twin Towns Theatre, Tweed Heads, NSW

Friday 30th                   Sunken Monkey, Erina, NSW
Saturday 31st               Penrith Panthers, Penrith, NSW

AUGUST
Sunday 1st                   Toronto Beer Garden, Lake Macquarie, NSW

FESTIVAL DATES:
JULY

Saturday 3rd                Trip The Switch, Ipswich, QLD
Saturday 10th              Music Is Life, Biloela Showgrounds, QLD

OCTOBER
Friday 1st                    Deni Ute Muster, Deniliquin, NSW
Saturday 2nd              Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

The Angels  are John and Rick Brewster, Dave Gleeson, Nick Norton and Sam Brewster

For more information please visit
theangels.com.au

DRUID are a new breed of heavy music – a twisted, mashed- up nu-metal/metalcore machination that brings anger, complexity, emotion and brutality to new levels and beyond. Maniacs stated that the future of DRUID’s music is certain – “It will be unique and it will be heavy.

The latest divination from DRUID is their new single ‘DTHBLW’ – a fast-paced, dual-vocal track that hits harder than a brick and sharper than a blade. ‘DTHBLW’ drops on Friday May 28 on all streaming platforms and digital stores at https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/druid2/dthblw.

DRUID joined Music site Knotfest‘s host Alicia Atout on their Daily News Twitch Stream this morning Australian time. Atout played the DTHBLW video and chatted with the band, and the videoclip then went on to be spun on the Countdown to Oblivion of the best videos of the day!

This new track, as was previous single ‘Room 44’, was written by Druid & The Loud Noise Estate. Evan Lee and Ash Daws from The Loud Noise Estate also produced, mixed, and mastered the track. 2021 will see the band release more singles and collect them into a release entitled ‘The Beauty and The Decay’ later in the year, with more info on that to be revealed in the months to come.

The band says that DTHBLW “…plays an integral part of the overarching story told throughout our upcoming album ‘The Beauty and The Decay’ as it’s the moment when our character comes to grips with the atrocities he has committed. Whilst exploring themes around depression and self loathing it’s also a commentary on how people will do what needs to be done to get ahead in life and that we’re all not that different from each other.
The music video depicts the same characters from our previous single ‘Room 44’.  In DTHBLW we find our male lead in a black void, where he is now in an endless cycle of death. He is trying to escape his demons whilst coming to grips with the passing of his partner.
Each of the singles’ cover art brings the viewer/listener one step closer to the final view – with each piece of art stepping through a new door, bringing the final image and full view into focus.

Previous single ‘Room 44’ saw it’s premiere on triple J’s The Racket with Lochlan Watt and a follow up play on Richard Kingsmill’s 2021 show on triple J, added to rotation on The Faction and a tonne of spins on MMM Hard N Heavy!

DRUID began their heavy music journey in 2018 and the following months produced their first EP Semblance, with the Loud Noise Estate – which in turn, paved the way to play shows alongside BLKLSTWitherThe Weight of SilenceThe Motion BelowSuperheist and more.

‘DTHBLW’ will be released on Friday May 28th on all digital stores and streaming platforms at https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/druid2/dthblw.

Australia’s heavy fusion/experimental rock band Twelve Foot Ninja are back with their first original music in over 4 years. Despite this apparent hiatus, our favourite obscure ninja djents have been busier than Covid toilet paper!

The Ninja boys have been recording, filming and preparing a ricockulously large amount of new music, videos, and other unique Twelve Foot Ninja carnage ready for their ever expanding clan!

Today, they announced the release of their single ‘Long Way Home‘! The high energy banger (produced by Stevic Mackay and mixed by Forrester Savell) is elevated by a frenetic 12-piece orchestra straight out of a Gotham City car chase. With a heavy rock chorus and calamity themed lyrics around civil war between reality and the internet, it’s an unhinged but calculated concoction. The track was premiered by the US’ leading rock radio presenter, Jose Mangin on SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal and followed very closely by triple J’s The Racket presenter Lochlan Watt!

Stevic Mackay, guitarist and creator of the video game that accompanied the song, said, “We tried to create something that harnessed the power of ACDC with a bend of surrealism, like eating a meat pie through your ear. This song is about the ‘real world’ becoming harder and harder to agree on…I’d rather take the path of resistance, the long way home, than acquiesce to relativism.”

In true Ninja fashion, there is a batshit-crazy film clip, BUT punters were made to work for it in the lead up to the official release; they had to complete the band’s platformer video game and find all 12 DynaTAC cell phones (circa 1986) strewn throughout the multi-tiered level to unlock the music video. They just might be the only band in history to do so! In the first 48hrs, the game had over 10,000 plays in 76 countries – quite an achievement in the gaming world for a self-published, first time release!

With so much more on the horizon for the band in 2021, this is a brand-new dawn for Twelve Foot Ninja. Fans can expect much more insane hijinks, new sounds, and surprising content to delve into.

‘Long Way Home’ is now available on all digital stores and streaming platforms and can be accessed at https://longwayhomepr.lnk.to/tfn. Brusnik’s game can be played at www.unclebrusnik.com and unlocks the film clip for ‘Long Way Home’ when the 12 phones are found. The video is now live at the band’s Youtube channel.