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Swedish metallers Tungsten are back to conquer the world with their third studio album entitled »Bliss«.

»Bliss«, which will be released on the 17th of June, is undoubtedly the heaviest and darkest album to date by Tungsten. The typical ingredients that define the music of Tungsten are still there while new grounds and territories are being explored musically. The hook lines are stronger and more dynamic than on previous albums. The lyrics are darker but they still focus on things common man might relate to in one way or another.

Mike Andersson (vocals) says; “It all came naturally. Creating and recording this album truly put us in a feel of bliss. Nick & Karl who wrote the music have really showed their skills and musical talents on Bliss with new musical ideas but still based in the genre that we established in the band in from the beginning.”

The first single entitled ‘Come This Way‘ is a catchy, melodic, mid-tempo song with a synth melody that probably get stuck in the listeners head. It’s quite stompy and heavy but, yet very melodic.
It’s also a bit different to the rest of the album but, on the other side all songs are quite different to each other in a nice way”Mike adds. The music video for ‘Come This Way‘ was filmed in the Stockholm area by video director Ted LindénTungsten wanted a scary and spooky feeling in the video as a contrast to the song which is quite happy.

»Bliss« was recorded the same way as the previous albums at Harm Studios, Trelleborg (Sweden). Nick Johansson once again took care of the mixing, mastering and production duties.
Karl Johansson says: “We really hope that Bliss will reach out to an even broader fanbase than before. So much pain, sweat and love have been put into this album. We are truly excited to introduce Bliss to the world”.

Anders Johansson agrees; “Yes, this album might be one of the hardest for me to record. Nick is close to a perfectionist at the production helm so if I can find something that has been good about the pandemic it might be the fact I could spend so many more hours in the drum studio just to practise and develop my technique”.

Andreas Marschall was once again hired to paint the front cover. The conceptual idea was a colloboration between the band and Andreas and it really conveys a darker feeling which suits the music perfectly. Volfram is back in a twilight world to ours on his neverending quest to aid the weak.

Tungsten is ready to enter the live scene in 2022 and is already confirmed for Oslo Metal Winter fest in Norway as well as Sabaton Open Air in August, 2022.

Tungsten was formed in 2016 when drummer Anders Johansson (HammerfallYngwie J. Malmsteen’s Rising ForceManowar) asked his sons Nick Johansson (Guitars) and Karl Johansson (Bass & Screams) if they were interested in starting a brand new band with him.
Tungsten themselves describe their music to be “melodic, industrial power metal with hints of Northern Folk music“. Tungstens first album »We Will Rise« was released in September 2019 and the song ‘The Fairies Dance‘ is close to pass 3 million streams on Spotify alone.

About a year later, in November 2020, Tungsten released their second album called »Tundra«. The song ‘King of Shadows‘ was choosen to be the first single for the second album and also this song have become an “anthem song” for Tungsten when performing live on stage.

Summary:  An ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he is.

Year: 2022

Cinema Release Dates:  20th January 2022 (Australia), 27th January 2022 (Thailand), 21st January 2022 (UK), 17th December 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA, Mexico

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Screenwriter: Guillermo del Toro, Kim Morgan

Cast: Paul Anderson (Geek #1), Dian Bachar (Fee Fee The Birdgirl), Jim Beaver (Sheriff Jebediah Judd), Cate Blanchett (Dr. Lilith Ritter), Lara Jean Chorostecki (Louise Hoatley), Toni Collette (Zeena the Seer), Clifton Collins Jnr. (Funhouse Jack), Bradley Cooper (Stanton Carlisle), Willem Dafoe (Clem Hoatley), David Hewlett (Dr. Elrood), Mike Hill (Dogboy JoJo), Troy James (The Snake Man), Richard Jenkins (Ezra Grindle), Matthew MacCallum (Human Skeleton), Peter MacNeill (Judge Kimball), Rooney Mara (Molly Cahill), Holt McCallany (Anderson), Sarah Mennell (Abigail), Drew Nelson (Humphries), Tim Blake Nelson (Carny Boss), Ron Perlman (Bruno), Linden Porco (Brofo the Small), Mark Povinelli (The Major), Samantha Rodes (Zizi the Pinhead), Mary Steenburgen (Mrs. Kimball), David Strathairn (Pete)

Running Time: 150 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia), 15 (Thailand), 15 (UK), R (USA)

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David Griffiths’ Nightmare Alley Review:

I am probably committing a sin against cinema by admitting this but I have never really been someone that has fallen for the whole ‘del Toro is one of the greats film directing’ claim. Sure he has made a couple of films that I have enjoyed but I stand by my claim that The Shape Of Water is one of the most over-rated films to ever hit cinemas and I will never really forgive him for making me endure Pacific Rim.

But something sparked inside of me when I saw the trailer for Nightmare Alley. There was something about this film that seemed appealing to my inner film geek. It looked dark, it looked slightly Gothic in theme and it seemed to remind me of one of my favourite TV shows – Carnivale. I was more than willing to take a look at the film off the back of what had teased me and I am so glad that I did.

Nightmare Alley centres around Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born) a man who is left homeless and jobless after deciding to run from his past. His journey soon brings him to a carnival run by Bruno (Ron Pearlman – Hellboy), where he lands a job through Odditorium owner Clem Hoatley (Willem Dafoe – Spiderman) who quickly teaches him the secrets of the trade.

But it is the ‘grifting’ work of Zeena the Seer (Toni Collette – Muriel’s Wedding) and her husband Pete (David Strathairn – Godzilla) that captures Stanton’s attention and soon he begins to learn everything he needs to become a ‘psychic’ himself. At the same time Stanton becomes infatuated with the ‘electric woman’, Molly Cahill (Rooney Mara – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), and finds himself drawn into a new game thanks to psychiatrist Dr. Lilith Ritter (Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine).

My first thought when watching Nightmare Alley was the feeling of how epic it was. Not epic in the sense of a film like Lord Of The Rings but epic in its scale of storytelling. This is based on a novel from 1946 and you can feel that nostalgia rush through your body as del Toro creates a film that really is only comparable to Scorcese’s Shutter Island. No matter how much you enjoy this film there is something dark and sinister that bubbles along just under the surface the whole time you watch this film.

This is a film that tests your morals. The treatment of the ‘geek’ by Clem is horrendous and the fact that the rest of the carnival staff know about it means there is not really a redeemable one among the lot. Then there is the film’s hero, Stanton Carlisle, a man whom the audience is shown the dark sins of in the opening of the film and a man that you know will screw anyone over to live another day yet somehow del Toro presents him in the film in such a way that you find yourself siding with him. It is quite sick when you think about it but it also shows me that del Toro has learnt so much about good screenwriting over the years that he is now a pro who can easily control his audience like a puppet in a pretty remarkable way.

Del Toro and his cinematographer, Dan Lausten (The Shape Of Water), give this film the dark, foreboding look and feel that it deserves and needs. There is never a moment during the film when the audience gets a chance to relax, like the characters in the film they are kept on their toes as they never know what is around the corner when it comes to the plot or who is going to be played next. If having your emotions heightened during a film is your thing then this is certainly the film for you.

What I also found impressive with this film was the performances. Bradley Cooper is in career best form and he gets to play the anti-hero Stanton and his scenes alongside Cate Blanchett are some of the best ‘theatre’ that you are ever likely to see. The dialogue between the two is like cat and mouse and their scenes together are some of the cinematic highlights of 2022. Dafoe is also at his sinister best while Rooney plays the vulnerable Molly well and is never over-shadowed by the bigger names around her.

I never really thought that I would say this but del Toro has delivered a real masterpiece here. The film takes its audience down a haunted rabbit burrow that they are not likely to forget for a long time. The film is kind of left wanting during a dry middle act but it is bookended by some of the best cinema that you will see in 2022.

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After an unprecedented number of applications from across Australia, Rahel Romahn has been named as the 11th recipient of the prestigious and highly-coveted Heath Ledger Scholarship, the richest acting prize in Australia. He joins a growing list of Australian actors whose international careers have been launched on the back of winning of the scholarship.

Rahel most recently starred in the highly anticipated series Shantaram, as well as Mr InBetween and Little Monsters. He was nominated for an AACTA and Logie award for his role in The Principal.  He is based in Sydney and does not, as yet, have US representation.

Announced today at a live online ceremony, Rahel was selected by a star-studded jury lead by global actor Chris Hemsworth (Thor: Love and Thunder, Extraction), Oscar-nominated Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom, Silver Lining Playbook), leading UK casting director Nina Gold (Star Wars, Game of Thrones and Power of the Dog), acclaimed director Rachel Perkins (Total Control, Mystery Road) and US actor Alia Shawkat (Search Party, Animals)

Jacki Weaver said: “The calibre of this year’s finalists made our job as judges very difficult. We were moved and entertained by their performances and know that they all have a big career ahead of them. There can only be one winner and we are proud and excited to award Rahel with this scholarship. He embodies the qualities of excellence in acting combined with the passion and dedication to excel on the world stage. I wish him every success and can’t wait to work with him!”

Rahel was born in Kurdistan, North Iraq at the peak of Saddam Hussein’s brutal genocide of Kurdish people. Rahel and his parents fled Kurdistan and lived as nomadic asylum seekers for years until they were finally accepted into Australia. Since then, Rahel has found his love for the craft of acting and has worked tirelessly on his career in film, television and theatre. His other credits include Here Out West,God’s Favourite Idiot, Australian Gangster, Ali’s Wedding and the stage play 7 for the Sydney Theater Company.

Rahel said today: “Throughout my life, I have learnt a lot from the leaders of the craft of acting. From Heath I learned the power of vulnerability, the importance of bravery and the necessity of supporting the ones around you. These are extremely vital aspects to being a performer in our industry.”

“I want to highlight the importance of inclusivity. I am so proud of our industry for putting diversity at the top of our priority list. Leading by example and creating a safe haven for people of colour, the LGBTQI+ and gender diverse community. It is so simple, we are all human and deserve to be treated with respect and safety. Discrimination has gone on long enough and I believe we are getting closer and closer to becoming one big family who finally accept and learn to understand and love one another.”

The Heath Ledger Scholarship is awarded to an emerging Australian actor with extraordinary ability and dedication to their craft who wishes to work and train internationally. The scholarship has propelled many previous recipients into international careers including Bella Heathcote (Pieces of Her), Cody Fern (American Horror Story), Ashleigh Cummings (Citadel),Mojean Aria (The Enforcer) and Charmaine Bingwa (The Good Fight).

Charmaine Bingwa, who announced Rahel today, said: “It’s never lost on me, for one moment, what a rich bounty the Heath Ledger Scholarship has brought me. It was one of the most beautifully transformative experiences. In a short space of time it put me on the path to working with world-class talents on world-class projects. I am forever grateful to Heath, his remarkable legacy and his benevolent family. I’m thrilled for the next recipient and the incredible opportunities that lie before them.”

The finalists this year included Max Brown (The Tourist, The Gloaming), Mabel Li (The Tailings, New Gold Mountain), Andrea Solonge (Privileged, Girl, Interpreted), Zoe Terakes (Wentworth, Nine Perfect Strangers) and Harvey Zielinski (Don’t Look Deeper, My First Summer).

Prizes this year include a US$10,000 cash prize to support the recipient with living expenses in the US while studying, a return economy flight to the US, plus the following educational training and career preparation training worth over US$40K/AUS$50K:

  • Private Coaching from Lisa Robertson and Group Classes at Lisa Robertson Studio;
  • Private speech and dialects coaching by Joy Ellison;
  • Private coaching, classes, and special workshops taught by Jean-Louis Rodrigue and Kristof Konrad from Alexander Techworks;
  • Physical Approach to Acting & Voice De-structuring (Authentic Voice) with Kennedy Brown- LA Acting Coach 
  • Group and Personal Coaching Provided by The Performer’s Mindset;
  • Immigration Services Provided by Raynor and Associates;
  • Studio Headshot Package by Sally Flegg Photography and Hair & Makeup Package by Sophia Ivy Lee;
  • Personal styling services by Lenya Wilson; 
  • Bespoke Private Meditation Classes Provided by Chris Phillips, Inner Sky
  • Lifetime AiF membership, which includes access to the creative workspaces, Charlie’s including invitations to exclusive AiF Events.
  • The winner’s submission reel will also be preserved in the National Film & Sound Archive of Australia in Canberra.

The Heath Ledger Scholarship is supported by the Australians & Hollywood exhibition at the National Film and Sound Archive, currently in Canberra.

Patient Sixty-Seven – The meme-fiends who provide regular observation on the Australian and World-Wide metalcore community via their Instagram and Facebook feed are releasing their brand new single and video ‘Scattered’ on Friday January 28th. The track can be purchased/streamed at https://music.patientsixtyseven.com.au/Scattered!

Patient Sixty-Seven are often spoken about online as “The underdog band who are set to explode who are proving themselves in the crowded world of metalcore that authenticity and heart matter above all else“.

The band have come from nothing, hailing from one of the most isolated cities in the world – to something – and now, armed with nothing but a passion for heavy music (and a few memes), they are determined to show the world what they’ve got.

Their most recent single ‘Wayfarer’ attracted praise from a range of sources. Wall of Sound said that it combined “a mesh of solid breakdowns and punchy riffs, this one manages to take you on a rollercoaster of aggression, ebbing and flowing inbetween the guttering vocal ranges that frontman Tom Kiely has unlocked here — it’s seriously one of his best ranges yet!“,

On the topic of the new single, vocalist Tom Kiely said that “Scattered is our band’s most ambitious effort to date. The song talks openly and honestly about the hurt, the pain – the burden it places on anyone constantly at war with themselves and their addiction.

The lyrics depict the ups and downs of trying your hardest to separate yourself from the struggle –
but only spiralling more. The chorus talks on wanting to give up, and let go of yourself and those
you love because you’ll never be whole. You’re looking constantly in the mirror for answers but
only problems seem to surface.

Sonically, Scattered pairs P67’s signature dual-vocal approach, bringing to the forefront a memorable chorus hook. The guitar leads shine throughout, while the heavy overtones of the songs verses showcase a newfound intensity from a band hungry and at the top of their game.

The Music and Lyrics on Scattered are written by Patient Sixty-Seven, and the track was Produced/Mixed/Mastered by Ryan Botha (Audax Studios), the Drums performed by Giuliano Macri. The Music Video was created/directed and edited by Elliot Charleston, with Additional thanks to Matt Fennell and Andre Di Biase and the Makeup for the clip was by Keely Knight.

Patient Sixty-Seven have amassed a hearty 4.5 million+ total streams and over 70k monthly listeners and have racked up stats like cover artist for Homegrown & Heavy, playlist spots on New Core, New Metal Tracks, Metal Covers, New Blood & More on Spotify, placement on Apple Music playlists Breaking Hard Rock & Heaps Heavy, featured as Tidal playlist cover artist on Rising Metal and hit the international radio waves on Sirius XM and idobi radio, and back home on triple J across Short Fast Loud & Home & Hosed + Rotation on triple J Unearthed and The Faction.

Patient Sixty-Seven are releasing ‘Scattered’ on Friday January 28th in all digital outlets and streaming platforms & can be pre-saved at https://music.patientsixtyseven.com.au/Scattered!

Summary:  An ex-felon returns home from prison and must confront the demons of his past.

Year: 2022

Cinema Release Dates:  3rd December 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: 24th January 2022 (Australia), 24th January 2022 (UK)

Country: Germany, France, Netherlands

Director: Franka Potente

Screenwriter: Franka Potente

Cast: Thaine H. Allison Jnr. (Henry Clutch), Kathy Bates (Bernadette), Kate Clauson (Aiden Flintow), Samantha Clay (Caileen), James Croak (Caleb Flintow), Jeff Elam (Arnold Harris), Aisling Franciosi (Delta), Chelsea Gonzalez (Mindy), C.J. Hoff (Ricky Flintow), Lil Rel Howery (Jayden), Rich Hutchman (Ron), James Jordan (Russell), Linda Lodge (Linda Scott), Karolin Luna (Noreen), Jake McLaughlin (Marvin), Derek Richardson (Wade), Stephen Root (Father Browning), Lorna Scott (Mrs. Flay), Bryn Vale (Katie), Gwen Van Dam (Nancy), Algerita Wynn (Nurse Sarah)

Running Time: 100 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia)

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After re-signing to Nuclear Blast in early 2021, the Finnish heavy metal sextet BATTLE BEAST are once again unleashing their full force upon the world in the shape of their brand new masterpiece Circus of Doom, which is being released today via Nuclear Blast.

In true BATTLE BEAST fashion, the 10 tracks blend true heavy metal with pop and rock-vibes, paired with Noora Louhimo’s unique voice.

To celebrate the occasion, the band also release a music video of their new single ‘Wings of Light’, that you can watch here: https://youtu.be/JzILGd0NAfM

Janne Björkroth comments about the relese: “We wanted to make an absorbing and interesting album that includes both lighter party songs and heavier stuff as well. It’s not a theme album in the traditional sense, but rather a versatile entity that sounds like BATTLE BEAST, but with new flavours and twists.
The album is named after its theatrical opening track, which is quite a massive song in many ways. It’s groovy and catchy, filled with fascinating details, wild orchestrations, big emotions, and many stories. In that way, the song reflects the whole album, and we think it’s an ideal title track. Like the song ‘Circus of Doom’, the whole album is filled with enchanting surprises and wild carnival atmosphere. Like a joyful day at the circus.

Circus of Doom was recorded at JKB Studios in Helsinki, Finland and produced and mixed by keyboardist Janne Björkroth, while the stunning artwork was created by Jan Yrlund.

Get Circus of Doom in the format of your choice, here: https://bfan.link/circusofdoom