Category: Music News

Brisbane hardcore heavyweights/stalwarts She Cries Wolf are releasing new music in the form of ‘I’ on June 10th. What is now known to be a 3-track release on streaming services, ‘I’ is a short, sharp stab to the heart – with SCW wasting no spare second on the three blistering songs. The release is available now at: https://shecrieswolf.fanlink.to/I. The first track, The Beggar’s Well premered worldwide on triple j’s Short. Fast. Loud. on Wednesday night just gone, with presenter Josh Merriel stating that he was stoked to present the song, as he has She Cries Wolf lyrics tattooed on his person!

The song Beggars Well, which premiered worldwide on triple j’s Short. Fast. Loud. on Wednesday night, is about Luke Gallows’ struggle with his stance on spirituality, being content within myself and overall directionNever feeling like enough, always striving for perfection. Whilst writing this song I felt like I was really drawing out some of those instances and experiences. Sharing my own feelings, whilst commenting on the human condition we all feel. Personally, I have felt better than ever over recent years and attribute this to now believing that perfection is an unachievable horizon, that should always be strived for but never attained.

He went on to speak about the creation and production of the new music from the outfit. “Collectively as a band we all played a very integral part in how these songs came to be. Everyone’s influence or voice was listened to because we felt like this music was for us and we’d never leave our houses/city’s again. I think with Kyal and I living next door to each other there were a lot of nitpicking conversations about 1% parts of songs and sounds we would scratch our heads over for days.
Before the pandemic Zach from The Ghost Inside had lent a hand in some of this process. We got talking and started looking at guitar tones and more inspiration with the songs. I decided to reach out to to an old friend of mine, Gregory Thomas (ex misery signals, END),  and began getting his input for the songs and the production side of things, including re-amping. The guy is an absolute lord for guitar tone and vibe – and it doesn’t hurt at all that he is an all round legend.
While working with Greg and Zach we planned on working with Lance Prenc on the recording side of this (Polaris, Alpha Wolf, Void of Vision). With the pandemic outbreaks and tours being cancelled/shifted the timelines for tracking became difficult to align, he suggested we track with Michael Campbell from Crucible Sound (Vengeance), who is an absolute legend.
I believe all of this together collectively helped us see the vision/end result we have achieved with these tracks. The hyperbolic time chamber of a global pandemic forced us to grow, write and see the best of our abilities in new music.”

In celebration of the new release, they are taking to iconic Brisbane venue The Zoo for the first time ever to headline a Brisbane show of force on Saturday July 2. Brisbane’s heaviest are turning out to throw down.
The night will be rounded out with support from Headwreck – whose 2021 EP release Glamorise Demise saw them benchmarked as a band to watch, Trust – featuring members of Dream on Dreamer, Young Lions and Violent Soho, Blind Girls – who released their new album ‘The Weight of Everything’ in full on Zegema beach records recently & Salt Money – DIY legends who have been tearing up the scene in recent times.
Tickets are on sale now at http://zoo.oztix.com.au and She Cries Wolf’s release ‘I’ can be pre-saved/purchased/streamed now at https://shecrieswolf.fanlink.to/I.

Melbourne is very well-known for extreme high-quality prog rock and metal – and Modality are flying that flag HIGH today with the release of their new single ‘Hope Is For The Hopeless’. The single and video, which take aim SQUARELY at the Catholic Church and their continued cover-up of abuse and legacy of such acts, is out on Friday June 10 – and can be pre-saved at https://ffm.to/modalityhifthpresave.

“Hope is for the Hopeless” describes someone’s continuous search for the truth, as they encounter some harsh realities. This song explores religious themes, and how the house of God may not always be the safest place to turn to when looking for guidance about morality.

Nigel Jackson, vocalist/lyricist for the band, says that The lyrics specifically address sexual abuse against children that has taken place in the Catholic Church, tackling feelings of hurt, hatred and rage. There is a constant struggle to understand how someone could commit acts so horrific and inflict such deep trauma on another human being. Feeling that the system has failed them, the victim is left feeling lost and unhinged, and ultimately they are forced to look within to find their own truth.” His full statement about the topic can be read here.

“Hope is for the Hopeless” was written and recorded by Modality and Ted Furuhashi (CIRCLES) in Melbourne, 2020 and was Mixed and mastered by Ted Furuhashi also.

The “Hope is for the Hopeless” film clip was produced by band members Nigel Jackson & Alicia Richards and featured muso pals Dann Ralph, James Ash and Adam Zaffarese. It was Directed by Nigel Jackson and Dave Hunter (CIRCLES; Band Factory Media) and Filmed on location at DCF Studios, Thornbury, Victoria.

Modality are a progressive metal band from Melbourne, Australia, who formed in late 2018. The band explores themes of social commentary and also draws on personal experience. The five-piece band always bring energy to their live shows.

The band released their debut EP ‘SYNTHES1S’ in December of 2018, which was recorded and produced by Clint Vincent of Dead Letter Circus. The video clip for their first single ‘END 0F THE L1NE’ was filmed and produced by Dave Hunter of CIRCLES, which when released had a natural reach on social media of over 12,000 views in 24 hours. Modality played their debut show to a full room in January 2019 at PROGFEST Melbourne, supporting world-renowned progressive heavyweights such as MONUMENTS, The Ocean and Skyharbor. Following this, the band supported CIRCLES on their ‘Winter’ tour.

They will be supporting alt rock band Mass Sky Raid on Friday, 17th of June at the Tote in Collingwood.

Hope is For The Hopeless is out on Friday June 10 – and can be pre-saved at https://ffm.to/modalityhifthpresave. Tickets for their show with Mass Sky Raid and Suspyria can be accessed at http://www.massskyraid.com.

Adelaide pop punk band Down And Out are today welcoming their zestful, catchy new single, “Sidelines“, streaming everywhere today. 

Delivering an energetic track full of punchy verses and anthemic choruses, Down And Out flew to Sydney in 2021 to record with producer Stevie Knight (Yours Truly, Stand Atlantic). With a mission in motion to produce a track that exudes energy and confidence inspired by the likes of The Story So Far and Neck Deep, the band passionately highlight their message, that life is here to be lived, on the new single.

Sidelines” takes aim at capitalism and its impact on the less fortunate who are left “broken down but trying”. Vocalist Luke Ganeo explains that the track is “...a song about how the rich get richer and the rest of us continue to work our fingers to the bone for those who profit off of it. It talks about the impacts of capitalism, and how it drains resources out of the developing world in order to enrich the wrong people. While none of this is particularly new, very few people are ready to point the finger directly at those at fault.”

Down And Out share maturity through the single without taking from their ability to have some fun. For those new to Down And Out, “Sidelines” demonstrates a a strong entrance into the pop rock sonic space the quintet occupy. Ten of Swords Media Collective further ties the bouncing track together with colourful and dramatic visuals that show the quirky yet impassioned side of this single. Watch here.

To celebrate the release of “Sidelines“, Down And Out are launching the single live at UniBar in Adelaide on June 25. Drastic ParkLickity Split and Mums Favourite step up to support the occasion. Tickets available via Moshtix.

With foundations inspired by a variation of influences and interests, the band are working towards a yet-to-be-announced extended release, covering themes that tackle everything from relationships and heartbreak to political corruption and thoughtful revelations.

Forming in 2018, Down And Out is brought to life by Luke Ganeo (Lead) Alec Ganeo (Guitarist) Blake Danher (Guitarist) Bradley Billing (Bass) and Henry Armstong (Drums). The band recently jumped up to support RedHook and The Dead Love on the Bring Ya MatesTour in April and have previously joined forces playing with Adelaide favourites in NO NO NO NO NOLarsenAgapantherWolf & Chain and more. Having garnered multiple four star triple j Unearthed staff reviews and kudos from Aussie media over the years, the band are back with their infectious blend of aggressive pop punk to prove they’re here to stay.

Sidelines” is available now and streaming everywhere. 

Attention all Techniciansss: Hip-Hop Powerhouse TECH N9NE returns to Australia and New Zealand this November after selling out shows on past tours you can be assured the demand for tickets will be higher than ever. TECH returns to our shores for the first time since 2018 armed with his latest album Asin9ne and a selection of his best-known tracks. The announcement comes with a stern warning for fans: TECH is hungrier than ever before.

TECH N9NE’s career is at an all-time high with the release of his latest album Asin9ne. Asin9ne features the track ‘Face Off’ which blew up with huge commercial success with an appearance by ‘Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson alongside King ISO and Joey Cool. ‘Face Off’ has clocked up over 111 million Spotify streams and 57 million YouTube views.

TECH N9NE’s live shows are not for the faint of heart. With the crowd hanging onto his every movement, TECH masterfully guides them through the evening of sonic chaos, feeding off the madness unleashing before his very eyes. His shows are a non-stop party from beginning to end. The atmosphere and energy at a TECH N9NE show is unlike anything else. No one puts on a show like TECH N9NE.

Special Guest is none other than Rising Rap Phenomenon, King Iso.

As the biggest selling Independent Hip-Hop artist of all time, TECH N9NE has had his music featured in film, television, and video games. Independent to the core, TECH N9NE is free to make music for himself and his fans and no one else. He appeases no masters other than the legions of Strange Music fans across the globe.

‘’Tech N9ne can control the crowd like only a true master can’’ – Music Feeds

The independent underground would not be what it is today without pioneers like Strange Music cofounder TECH N9NE. Tech’s unparalleled tour schedule and signature rapid-fire “chopper” style combined with the business acumen of Strange Music CEO Travis O’Guin have molded Strange Music into the number one independent hip-hop label in the world. In less than two decades, Tech himself has earned three gold records, sold over two million albums, and made multiple appearances on Forbes’s “Hip-Hop Cash Kings” list. Tech’s multi-faceted skillset has not gone unrecognized by artists of all genres, exemplified by collaborations with such diverse artists as The Doors, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Eminem, and Boyz II Men, to name just a few. Everyone from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to Elton John has been spotted bumping Tech N9ne records, a testament to constant reinvention and inarguable excellence that has become standard of Tech’s work. It’s by no coincidence that his latest label-wide collaborative project was named Dominion – Tech N9ne will not stop until he and Strange Music have completely dominated the world of hip-hop and beyon.

‘’one of the most unique and intriguing rappers in history’’ – The AU Review

“I’ve got a chip on my shoulder,” TECH N9NE says. “I’ve still got a lot to prove. That’s why I still rap so hard. I’m always trying to get better and better. I’m not softening it.” If you missed out last time, now is your chance to fix your mistake. If you were lucky enough to catch one of the shows, this is another opportunity to witness one of the greatest live shows in Hip-Hop. Bar none.

TECH N9NE + Special Guest King Iso November 2022 Australian Tour Dates

Friday November 18th BRISBANE, Eatons Hill Hotel

Saturday November 19th, SYDNEY, Metro Theatre

Sunday 20th November, ADELAIDE, The Gov

Wednesday 23rd November, MELBOURNE, The Croxton

Thursday 24th November, PERTH, Rosemount Hotel

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FROM: https://metropolistouring.com/tech-n9ne/

After three years of silence, Swiss Metal legends ELUVEITIE step out of the dark again, raising their voices to herald a new era of the band’s stunning career. Today, the band releases their new single ‘Aidus’, following the huge success of their last album Ategnatos but in the same time showing the band from a never-before-seen side.

Founding member Chrigel Glanzmann comments on the approach:
“Definitely one of the harshest songs of Eluveitie ever. It’s the sheer consequence of our spiritual journey with “Ategnatos”:
We’re no longer a “Celtic Metal” band… a metal band singing about Celtic history. We’re Celts playing metal music from all our hearts. We’re no more a “Pagan Metal” band. We are metal music playing pagans from all our hearts, gashing principles of our modern societies with our ancient message like a surgical blade. That’s probably the best way to describe our new single. Deal with it!”

Three singles have been released so far by the new Gothenburg outfit THE HALO EFFECT and they have raised a lot of attention and praise in the media and fan world.

Just before hitting the stage at legendary Sweden Rock festival, the band revealed another melodic death metal gem leading up to their highly anticipated debut album Days Of The Lost, to be released on August 12th via Nuclear Blast.

Frontman Mikael Stanne tells about the track: “The Needless End deals with the crippling inability to deal with abstract problems. Issues that just seem too huge or incomprehensible falls by the wayside in order to deal with more immediate but less important issues. We end up somewhere not because we want to but because we were unable to understand what we needed to do. There is an intensity to this song and an uplifting melody that I think suits this idea. Among all the anger and resentment it’s also hopeful and has an infectious groove and drive.”

earMUSIC is delighted to announce the release of Stratovarius’ new studio album “Survive” on September 23

Seven years after the release of their last album “Eternal”, Stratovarius once more prove their status as Symphonic Metal flagship and come back with a big bang. 

Not only musically the band is once more at the pulse of time – The environment and humanity’s future have always been an important and reoccurring theme in Stratovarius’ music and so the title of the new album “Survive” as well as the accompanying artwork don’t surprise – especially in the view of the current global situation. 

A blistering comeback from one of heavy metal’s most seminal bands, Survive is full of dynamics and drama, feeding on a wide range of emotions along the way. But the core message that this triumphant endeavour conveys is one of struggle, defiance, hope and victory. 

Best exemplified by its profoundly rousing title track, Survive is the Stratovarius spirit in exquisite musical form, with all the darkness and light that goes with it.

“We spent five or six days solid, trying to come up with the lyrics for that song,” notes Jens Johansson. “When we finally settled on that punchline for the chorus, it was a good song about survival and it all just seemed to fit. It fits with the history of the band too, because we managed to survive as long as we have. This band has been through some strange days! The original line-up formed in 1984, so it’s been a long story. It was the middle of the summer, there were forest fires everywhere, there was a global pandemic and all kinds of crazy shit going on. Some of the lyrics are perhaps less uplifting than they could have been, but that reflects our mood at the time. There’s a lot of positive stuff on there as well!”

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Stratovarius – the Scandinavian flagship of Symphonic Metal and one of the most famous bands of their genre in the world, managed to establish themselves as one of the top names in the Metal scene and have since influenced bands all over the world.

The Finnish band gained international success with albums like ‘Fourth Dimension’ (1995), ‘Episode’ (1996) and their epic project ‘Elements, Pt. 1’ (a peak in their Progressive and Symphonic style of Power Metal) and ‘Elements, Pt.2’ – to name just a few of the band‘s milestones. In 2009 ‘Polaris’ marked a fresh start for the band as guitarist and band leader Timo Tolkki left the band. Instead of being a difficult re-start, ‘Polaris’ showed Stratovarius in top form and perfectly able to captivate people all over the world: The album became a hell of a comeback and charted higher than the previous releases around the globe. Since then, Stratovarius continue to walk the path of success, inspiring fans and other bands, young and old, all over the world.

Pre-order “SURVIVE” here: 
https://Stratovarius.lnk.to/SurviveAlbumPR

Babirusa have been on the announcement and hype train for new single ‘Mandatory Malevolence’ for the past month, and now it is HERE. They have amassed an army of pig-warriors, steadfastly supporting the band and poised to throw down to the brutality that Babirusa have created.

The brand new single can be purchased/streamed/pre-saved now at https://ffm.to/mandatorymalevolence!

As with their previous record Humanoid, this single focuses on a sentient Artificial Intelligence, albeit a different being from last time. “The AI featured in this song and eventually, our upcoming songs, comes to realise that most of the problems it was created to solve are caused solely by humans themselves. After creating a fabricated world without these problems, an anomaly arises to tamper with its solution. Thus, the AI concludes that all of humanity who lives, and has ever lived, must be punished, including its own creations.

The band have been hard at work in the background, putting this single together earlier in the year and DIY-booking and planning this tour and more. The current/new line-up is: Rheese Peters – Vocals, Brodie Servin – Vocals, Dean White – Guitar, Jack Rynswoud – Guitar, Josh Blade – Bass and Rangi Barnes – Drums. They recently announced their tour in September with Analepsy (Portugal) and are supporting Within Destruction (Slovenia) & Signs of The Swarm (USA) at The Brightside in Brisbane on June 9th.

For a band so intensely heavy, triple j and media alike have rallied around the band and they have formed a rabid fanbase, racking them up over 800k streams on Spotify alone. Tommy Faith from triple j unearthed said that Babirusa are “Deathcore done so well, replete with the pig squeals to really take it over the edge. Manic, mad and so so heavy. Babirusa coming through with something truly merciless in the form of Abomination.

Revolver Mag said of Babirusa in their Beyond Breakdowns and Pig squeals: 10 rising bands pushing deathcore forward article: “The Australian unit — sporting two vocalists, one shrieker and one bellower — play songs with tech-deathy drumming and moments of guitar heroics, but also tons of mosh-worthy flavor, never falling victim to masturbatory craftsmanship.

Babirusa are out on tour with Analepsy in September and tickets are on sale now at http://www.babirusaband.com.au – and their single Mandatory Malevolence can be purchased/streamed on Friday June 3 at https://ffm.to/mandatorymalevolence.

Progression, or more generally, change, is a constant in music; in order to adapt and survive, you must grow and develop – and no band knows that more than midwestern metal act Of Virtue.
What began as a humble, promising metalcore act born from the blistering chill and barren fields of mid-Michigan has erupted into an internationally recognized and critically acclaimed alternative powerhouse. From opening slots on regional metalcore tours to reaching #28 on Billboard’s Current Hard Music chart, performing in over 30 countries across three continents and accruing a staggering 6 million plus streams on Spotify alone, Of Virtue’s growth is nothing short of jaw dropping.

Today, Of Virtue released their second single via Arising Empire called ‘Hypocrite‘!
Produced by Andrew Baylis (Sleeping With Sirens) & Evan McKeever (VRSTY), mixed and mastered by Dan Braunstein, known for his work for SpiritboxDayseekerVolumes and visualized by Dana Willax & Orie McGinness (Bad Omens, Wage War, Kingdom of Giants) this blistering new track by modern metal experience Of Virtue will hit you straight in the face and leaves no doubt that this 4-piece is going to blow up pretty fast.

Hypocrite is all about the negativity building up inside of us. Everything that you hate about yourself, looking at you in the mirror. We know who we are but we refuse to change, eroding our potential by burning bridges in the meantime.” – Of Virtue

The band combine an eclectic taste for the melodic, catchy and ethereal with a foundation in heavy music and a penchant for punishing breakdowns and immolating riffs, to define themselves as a multifaceted, diverse and engaging act that draws on influence from metal and alternative music of all types and styles to create something that fans of just about any type of music can find something to fall in love with.

Of Virtue was formed in 2008 and catapulted themselves into the Michigan metalcore scene in 2009 with their debut EP »To Breathe Again«. Combining elements of melodic hardcore and metalcore into a mosh-friendly and energetic amalgam, the band almost instantaneously cemented themselves as a staple within their local scene.

In the months that would follow, the band would create and release their debut full length record, »Heartsounds« in 2011, followed after an extensive regional touring cycle.

»Heartsounds« saw the band expand on the sound defined by their breakout effort, with lyrics speaking of positivity and determination, underscored by a blend of metalcore that was both vicious yet passionate and inspiring. By 2015, the band would release »Salvation«, a sprawling and ambitious example of meticulously done melodic metalcore which would earn them nationwide attention as a promising, prodigally talented metal act.

Shortly thereafter, Of Virtue would release their third full length record, »What Defines You« in 2019.
The album saw a marked incorporation of alternative rock and hard rock into their backbone of bold, robust metalcore with an overwhelmingly positive message. The result was a release that would launch them into the stratosphere of heavy music. Even in the setting of a global pandemic, Of Virtue continued to blossom worldwide, accruing new listeners and fans in countries tens of thousands of miles away and expanding their reach even in a time where live performances were all but impossible.

Of Virtue are:
Tyler Ennis | vocals
Damon Tate | guitar & vocals
Michael Valadez | guitar
Ryan Trinh | drums