Category: Alternative

The pandemic has been a strange time for Stockhausen & The Amplified Riot. During that time they went from being a three-piece to a solo music project – but also that period they created some of the best music of their careers and that has resulted in the release of their Have We Lost Our Mind Or Have We Found Our Soul EP.

Subculture’s Dave Griffiths recently sat down with Stockhausen to chat about the events that led to the music we find on the EP – from a close friend’s accidental overdose through to crazy times that loked like never ending.

You can take a listen to the full interview below:

There is nothing more exciting than a musician whose work evolves throughout their career and that is certainly something that has happened with alternative rock musician Wax Mekanix over the years – as he so nicely put it in his interview with Subculture’s Dave Griffiths he ‘reserves the right to change’ when it comes to his music.

In the interview Wax Mekanix also told us that the pandemic has changed the landscape for how independent artists have to get their music out to the public and that is why he has teamed up with Troll Teeth to release a split EP – titled Blunt EP.

You can take a listen to the full interview right here:

Due to the thing that should not be, the Dead Elysium tour has been postponed from November until May/June 2022….

All tickets are valid for the new dates

DEAD ELYSIUM AUSTRALIAN TOUR – MAY/JUNE 2022
Thursday, May 19: Sooki Lounge, Belgrave
Friday, May 20: Stay Gold, Melbourne 
Saturday, May 21: Enigma Bar, Adelaide
Saturday, May 28: The Brightside, Brisbane
Friday, June 3: The Basement, Canberra
Saturday, June 4: Crowbar, Sydney

Tickets onsale via
www.destroyalllines.com

Melbourne melodic metal veterans Vanishing Point made a triumphant return to the fore after six long years away in August 2020 with their latest album, the incredible Dead Elysium

In May and June 2022, they will be taking to the road for a run of shows on the east coast, with an additional special show in Adelaide, Vanishing Point are at last able to give their fans the full sensory overload of experiencing Dead Elysium live! 

VP guitarist, Chris Porcianko says of hitting the road: “We released Dead Elysium last year not knowing that we would be delayed “a little bit and then a little bit more“ in regards to supporting the album, by the time we start this tour in May 2022 it will be quite a while since the album was released.

It’s a little bit strange but as they say “better late than never”.

We will be playing live for the first time songs from the Dead Elysium album as well as various songs from our previous albums, so it’s gonna be cool to have the new guys on the road with us after all this time.
We look forward to seeing all our fans and hitting the road finally!!

Vanishing Point have earned themselves a reputation as one of the ‘must see’s’ of the Aussie metal circuit, and their touring resume speaks for itself! Having shared the stage with Swedish guitar maestro Yngwie Malmsteen, Finnish Symphonic masters NightwishSonata Arctica, power-Metal pioneers Helloween, Joe SatrianiEdguy, Dragonforce and even the legendary Iron Maiden!

They also made their European festival debut at the illustrious Wacken Open Air and were the first unsigned band to ever do so! 

Known for their incredibly lush sound, dark atmosphere and melodies that sweep you off your feet, Vanishing Point are the pinnacle of Australian melodic metal. Check out the singles from their latest album, Dead Elysium, & Salvus&Count Your Daysand you will see why.

With metal fans around Australia starved of live music, these shows are sure to sell-out well in advance. Get ready to experience a home-grown metal bill like no other! 

For thirty years Katatonia have dominated the prog rock scene and over that time they have built up a pretty decent collection of B-Sides and rare tracks that have pretty much disappeared for anybody that wasn’t lucky enough to be able to grab a copy of the original material at the time.

For that reason the band recently released Mnemosynean, a collection of these rare tracks all in one spot. Recently Niklas Sandin from the band sat down with Subculture’s Dave Griffiths to talk through the collection.

Take a listen to the interview right here:

Rock fans on a whole, rejoice. 2022 brings in a new summertime festival just in time for our lockdown shackles to be removed and for us to rediscover the simple joys of live music and community.

Uncaged (Presented by Silverback Touring) is the newest rock festival on the Australian festival circuit and packs a punch of musical diversity catering to fans of hard rock, alternative, pop punk, prog, metal and everything in between.

The first line up offering features heavyweights, Wolfmother, who headline Uncaged after spending the majority of their career touring and selling out theatres, stadiums and festivals the world over. Uncaged marks the bands return to Australian festival stages following their last major Australian tour in late 2019 and early 2020.

They will be joined by a plethora and who’s who of the Australian rock scene, including Magic DirtKingswoodThe Getaway PlanThe SuperjesusTumbleweedBodyjarEnd Of FashionThe Hard OnsThe Meanies and Twelve Foot Ninja.

The diversity doesn’t stop there with a wide range of emerging Australian talent featuring: Ocean SleeperBanks ArcadeThe Dead LoveLagersteinCaligula’s HorseAlt., El Colosso, Circles, The Black Cardinals, Future Static, Psycroptic, These Four Walls, Dregg, Molly & The Krells, The Last Martyr, Frankies World Famous House Band Plays Sabbath, The Omnific and Dead City Ruins.

On the festival, Silverback Touring’s Danny Bazzi says, “We are all so excited to break free from lockdowns and the pressures of the last two years. Now is the time to get out and enjoy live music in a festival setting with some legends of Australian music and a whole bunch of amazing up and comers. No matter what your flavour, there is something here for everyone to enjoy and to discover, all with some big festival vibes. This is the rock festival for rock fans, by rock fans”.

UNCAGED Festival Dates:

Sat 22 Jan – Brisbane, Showgrounds

Sat 29 Jan – Melbourne, Coburg Velodrome

Sat 12 Feb – Sydney, Showground

Members pre-sale commences: Thursday 14 October to Sunday 17 October.

General on sale: Monday 18 October at 9am

Tickets and information: uncagedfestival.com

When Subculture’s Dave Griffiths sat down to talk to Beast In Black’s Anton Kabanen about the band’s brand new Dark Connection album the chat ended up sounding like it should actually be our sister site HEAVY Cinema.

Anton told Dave how the albums roots started from him watching some of his favourite Animes and even was heavily inspired by films like Blade Runner. Take a listen to the interview below as the pair chat musical and film influences before you go and grab the album on October 28th when the album drops through Nuclear Blast Records.

As Australia begins to open back up Perth’s Nautical Mile are eager to get things rolling again. While the country has been lockdown they have signed a deal with a US record label and have released an EP that many are saying is there best yet.

Now as the band prepares to do some local shows and then head out into the wild that is the rest of Australia Dan Ray from the band recently sat down and had a chat with Subculture’s Dave Griffiths about how the Embers EP has come together.

You can take a listen to the full interview here:

Take one listen to Melbourne artist LALCHAND’S brand new The View From Here EP and the first thing that hits you is not only his own talent but also the skills of the amazing people he managed to bring together to work on it.

Of course by now you have probably heard his brand new single – What I Once Knew – which features the amazing vocals of Eric Emery from Skyharbor but that is just the start of the guest-list. Recently Subculture’s Dave Griffiths caught up with Lalchand to chat about the EP and what is was like to work with such talented musos from right around the globe.

Take a listen to the interview right here:

Originally announced in early 2020, Steel Panther‘s ‘Heavy Metal Rules’ tour alongside their good mates Sevendust has been re-scheduled a couple of times now – and though it has definitely felt like being edged for 18 months, they are now announcing when Fanthers will absolutely get to experience their release!

The wildest, wettest, dirtiest, hardest, heaviest, most rocking heavy metal tour to hit Australia and New Zealand shores ever in the history of anything ever will FINALLY come *giggles* in October 2022. The ‘HEAVY METAL RULES TOUR’ re-scheduled dates are as follows:

Monday, 17th October 2022 – Powerstation, Auckland, New Zealand
Wednesday, 19th October 2022 – Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, Australia
Friday, 21st October, 2022 – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia
Saturday, 22nd October, 2022 – Eatons Hill, Brisbane, Australia
Sunday, 23rd October, 2022 – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, Australia

Brisbane’s Eaton’s Hill Hotel tour stop remains an outdoor event/mini-festival, with Dead Letter CircusLagersteinDevilskin (NZ) and Bare Bones on board to bring the party all day and all night long!

Tickets already purchased for the Heavy Metal Rules Tour are still valid for the Re-Scheduled Dates in 2022 – and Tickets are now on sale again at mjrpresents.com.