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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! 

Due to health and safety concerns for fans and crew, FROM CRISIS TO COLLAPSE’S East Coast Australian Tour has been rescheduled.

Byron Bay’s Extreme Metal Rising Sensations From Crisis To Collapse are set to embark upon their first headline tour since before the pandemic halted the live music industry. Taking their signature infusion of heavy metal, thrash, and metalcore NATIONALLY in support of their new single ‘Needlepoint’, the band is hungrier than ever to hit the road and connect with fans in the flesh. Featuring performances at NEW DEAD FESTIVAL in Adelaide and HALLOWEEN HYSTERIA in Brisbane, From Crisis To Collapse will be delivering their high energy audible manifesto across Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia. With an as yet undisclosed release date for ‘Needlepoint’ and the accompanying videographic montage of mayhem, From Crisis To Collapse speak on the new single: “Needlepoint is some of our best work yet – keep your eyes on us because we will detonate its release in the coming weeks“.

Coming off a successful release of their debut full-length record ‘The Seventh Tree’ which saw the band share stages with Legendries such as Sepultura, Soilwork, Superheist, COG, In Hearts Wake, 36 Crazyfists, performing at festivals such as Falls Festival, Dead Of Winter, and garnering global coverage and airplay, thus solidifying their mark in the Heavy Music Realm. With members hailing from the streets of Spain, Italy, Sydney, Brisbane, and Byron Bay, From Crisis To Collapse blend a wide range of influences, experiences and views that are funneled into a blast furnace to create Pure, Relentless, Raw, and Visceral Heavy Metal with Conviction! Grab your tickets NOW for this one of a kind auditory adventure!

April-May 2022
Saturday 2 April – Halloween Hysteria, Brisbane
Friday 15 April – Crowbar, Sydney
Saturday 16 April – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
Sunday 17 April – The Basement, Canberra
Thursday 21 April – The Northern, Byron Bay
Saturday 23 April – New Dead Festival, Adelaide
Friday 6 May – Mo’s Desert Clubhouse, Gold Coast

Tickets via www.destroyalllines.com

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

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.

THECITYISOURS release their self-reflective new single ‘So Sad’ taken from the band’s sophomore album »COMA«. The album is set for release 22nd October 2021 via Arising Empire.

All good things must come to an end, and ‘So Sad’ is about just that. Speaking on their latest offing, Mikey Page remarks: “So Sad is about trying to come to terms with the decision to end something you feel is great, and processing the subsequent fallout. This was an interesting one for us as the lyrics came from two completely separate viewpoints. We have always been advocates for making music people can relate to in their own way and take from it what they need. This was the first time we really explored that idea consciously within ourselves to collaborate in a way that told both angles of the story, leaving the door open for interpretation from the listener.”

»COMA« was recorded, engineered and mixed by long-time collaborator Oz Craggs (FEED THE RHINONECK DEEPMALLORY KNOX) at Hidden Track Studios and mastered by Ermin Hamidovic (ARCHITECTSPERIPHERYNORTHLANE) at Systematic Productions.‘Following the departure of long-standing vocalist Sam Stolliday (full statement HERE), the band unexpectedly found themselves in unknown territory. 12 months on, they are back with the introduction of new vocalist Oli Duncanson and ready to welcome a brand new era of TCIO.

Oli recounts “I remember being shown some demos of some new songs prior to Sam’s departure and absolutely loving the direction and progression of the band’s sound… so as soon as Mikey told me about the opening in the band, I knew I had to take a chance!”Page adds “Oli has been a part of our team for a long time. He is a very well respected entity in his own right amongst the music scene. We’d seen snippets of his capabilities over the years, so when he registered an interest in becoming a part of CITY, we knew we had to explore…and we clicked instantly.”

THECITYISOURS is a 5-piece metal band from London who has quickly garnered attention and growing support for peers, industry and fans alike, with their high-octane live show and the success of their debut album. »LOW« (2019) smashed into the top 5 iTunes metal charts with several singles appearing in editorial playlists with the likes of Amazon, Deezer and Spotify (Including 2 covers on New Core and Metal UK) supporting the band.

2019 was a very busy year for TCIO, with appearances at a slew of UK festivals including Camden Rocks, Macmillan Fest, Burn It Down, Holloween, a fly in appearance at High Fives Festival in Sweden, a headline set in the Doghouse Tent at the revered Download Festival to a 4000+ audience of festival-goers, and a sold-out album release show at Boston Music Rooms in London. Be sure to keep an eye on THECITYISOURS in 2021.

Birds of Tokyo today release their first new song for 2021. “Superglue” is the infectious first taste of a new batch of tunes the band has been cooking up since last year’s album “Human Design” took hits like “Good Lord” & “Unbreakable” to #1 on the ARIA Album chart.

The single features guest vocals by Stand Atlantic’s Bonnie Fraser and is the first Birds Of Tokyo single to feature such a cameo.

“We always heard this song as coming from two distinct viewpoints so it made sense to share the vocals and get both sides of the story”, says guitarist/songwriter/producer Adam Spark. “We’re all fans of Stand Atlantic so Bonnie was the first name on our list. Hopefully we can get to play the song live together somewhere when borders eventually reopen.”

“We are so excited to team up with Birds of Tokyo for ‘Superglue’. The guys have been a staple of Australian rock music for years and so when they asked us to be a part of the release it was a no-brainer!” says Bonnie Fraser of the feature.

Watch the video created by the band’s long-time collaborator, director Zac Lynch-Woodlock (The Rions, Rainee) and acclaimed production house Found At Sea.

To be someone with a Wild heart means to be passionate, strong in conviction and have a willingness to stick the course and see it through. South-East Queensland-based hardcore act Wildheart exemplify this conviction, this passionate dedication to telling stories of truth and unearthing injustice through their music.

Today, they reveal the fruits of their labour, the announcement of their debut album, Global Crisis. And if their words on the record seem angry, it’s because they are. The record contains 13 incendiary tracks – passionate, furious and raw – recorded, mixed and mastered by Gareth Hargreaves.

Global Crisis will be released on Friday 5th November, through Collision Course and MGM Distribution – and will be available through all digital platforms, which can be pre-ordered/pre-saved digitally at http://ffm.to/globalcrisis. Vinyl and Merch bundles can be pre-ordered at https://www.wearewildheart.com.au/store.

Along with the announcement of this new album, comes introspective, but no less raging new single ‘Show Me What It’s Like to Be Worthless.’ From Yugambeh man Axel Best, frontman for Wildheart, the new single is “…one of the more melodic songs we have written and is probably one of the darkest taken from the upcoming album. There has been an insane amount of uncertainty over the past few years with everything that has happened both locally and internationally – and we wanted to tap into something lyrically dark, but moving, with this song.”

Blunt Mag said: “For the hardcore hellions in Queensland outfit Wildheart, the sky really is the limit. Not only are they set to tear shit up at next year’s monolithic UNIFY Gathering, but they’re set to do so with a whole album of intensely ferocious mosh anthems.”

Though there have been a few tastes of Global Crisis already released – singles Rising Tide, Backburner and False Hope, Fake Happiness are already out in the world, there are still 9 new tracks to dive into. Shaun Allen from Gold Coast band Nerve Damage featured on ‘Rising Tide’, the iconic speech from Bruce Shillingsworth’s Q&A appearance featured at the start of ‘Backburner’ and still to come is a feature vocal spot from Danielle O’Grady from Brisbane band All Hours features on ‘The Long Slow Whisper’.

On the live front, Wildheart are performing at October 2021’s Halloween Hysteria alongside SpiderbaitKing Parrot and Mammal and were recently announced as one of the performers confirmed on the UNIFY FOREVER (2022) line-up, alongside The Amity Affliction, Violent Soho, Alpha Wolf and more!

Wildheart’s history is storied and impressive. They have performed at BIGSOUND 2018 and the Mountain Goat Valley Crawl and has seen regular playtime across various well known platforms such as triple (having been played on triple j lunch, Short.Fast. Loud, The Racket and Home and Hosed, as well as multiple songs added to rotation on triple j unearthed!) and Spotify‘s ‘Homegrown and Heavy’ playlist; and have played alongside heavyweight acts including Casey (UK), Listener (US), The Brave, Deez Nuts, Belle HavenBare BonesYoung LionsDeadlights, and Dregg; and hitting the road on several independent East Coast tours.

Wildheart’s Global Crisis album will be available from Friday November 5 through all digital platforms, which can be pre-ordered/pre-saved digitally at http://ffm.to/global-crisis. Vinyl and Merch bundles can be pre-ordered at https://www.wearewildheart.com.au/store. New Single ‘Show Me What It’s Like to Be Worthless’ is out Friday September 17.

Australian outlets, please include: “If you or someone you know is going through tough times, support is available at: Beyond Blue 1300 224 636, Lifeline 13 11 14, Kids helpline 1800 551 800 The Butterfly Foundation 1800 334 673, or in case of emergency call 000.”

New Zealand’s highest streaming rock band, Written By Wolves, are today releasing their record, The Collab Project (Purchase/Stream Here), along with a videoclip for single Secrets featuring legendary P.O.D vocalist Sonny Sandoval not only in the song but in the video as well!

The Collab Project features tracks re-imagined from their previous record SECRETS, a record streamed over 10 million times on Spotify alone – and showcases collaborations with artists such as Trenton Woodley from Hands Like HousesKellin Quin from Sleeping with SirensSonny Sandoval from P.O.D.Becks and Sydney Rae White of The Wild Things.

Michael Murphy, vocalist for the band, says of the new single/video: “Sonny was one of my teenage heroes growing up. I listened to the Satellite album every day as a teenager, in fact I’m pretty sure my high school band even covered ‘Alive’. I’m not sure I’ll ever forget the first reply from Sonny saying he loved what we were doing and was all in for the project. The passion and power that he brings to everything he does is phenomenal and his voice is iconic. He is an absolute legend and we are still pinching ourselves that he is part of The Collab Project!

He went on to say that “We are so proud of The Collab Project and we are incredibly excited to have it out in the world. With any release there is a huge sense of nervousness and trepidation that comes with it, but, with this one that feeling is even more amplified. So many people have contributed, not just their voices, but their stories and we will never be able to thank them enough for that. This has become a real passion project for us and we hope it can mean as much to our fans as it does to us.”

Written By Wolves are a fresh and progressive cinematic rock band and one of the most exciting new rock acts to come from New Zealand in recent years. Renowned for their highly energetic live show, the band have already shared the stage with international heavyweights such as Machine Gun Kelly, Limp Bizkit, Pendulum, Sublime With Rome, Suicidal Tendencies, We The Kings and Four Year Strong, to name just a few. Since forming in 2014, the band has amassed over 335,000 monthly listeners and more than 36 million streams on Spotify, as well as over 100,000 subscribers and 46 millions views on YouTube.

The Collab Project is out now and more information can be found at: https://writtenbywolves.com.