Category: Music News

Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of BLACK ORCHID EMPIRE. The UK trio will release their brand new album via Season of Mist in 2023 and have this to say about the collaboration:

We’re super excited about our new partnership with Season of Mist! Michael and his dedicated team share our passion for incredible heavy music and have an inspiring vision about where we can take the band. We can’t wait for the next chapter of Black Orchid Empire to unfold.

For a glimpse of things to come, check out BLACK ORCHID EMPIRE on Spotify HERE

BLACK ORCHID EMPIRE create huge, memorable rock music that combines heavy-hitting savagery with intense melodic beauty. Their technical, fearlessly complex grooves and gigantic sing-along choruses have already earned them a widespread fanbase. 

A ferociously tight live band, BLACK ORCHID EMPIRE have toured Europe and the UK extensively, supporting Skunk Anansie, HED p.e, INME and Black Map as well as festival slots at Download, Standon Calling and Planet Rockstock. Black Orchid Empire have sealed the bands reputation as a force to be reckoned with.

Having released their debut album ‘Archetype’ (2016) to universal acclaim, Black Orchid Empire signed with German label Long Branch Records to release the follow up albums ‘Yugen’ (2018) and ‘Semaphore’ (2020). Both albums received stellar reviews and over 1,000,000+ combined streams.

The band are now looking ahead to the future with their next album, which will be released by Season of Mist, that sees them continue to push the musical envelope.

Line up:
Paul Visser: Vocals / Guitar
Dave Ferguson: Bass / Vocals
Billy Freedom: Drums

With over 100+ million streams and a tremendously successful album released just a year ago, symphonic metal titans THERION have not been idle and continue their epic Leviathan trilogy with striking new single ‘Litany of the Fallen’.

Cristofer comments: ”Litany of the Fallen” is a song that could have been on any of the three parts of the Leviathan trilogy. It’s a song that binds them all together.

The single isn’t even released yet, and the hype is R E A L. Brisbane’s Babirusa, touted as one of the world’s rising stars in Deathcore by Revolver Mag, is today announcing their Mandatory Malevolence Single release tour dates in September 2022. They are bringing along with them Portueguese Deatl Metal outfit Analepsy!

Babirusa and Analepsy are traversing the East Coast of Australia in September, hitting The Zoo in Brisbane on Thursday the 1st, Friday 2nd September at Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, Saturday 3rd September at Burdekin Hotel, Sydney, Sunday 4th September at La La Las in Wollongong, Monday 5th September at The Basement in Canberra, Wednesday 7th September at Enigma Bar, Adelaide and finish in Melbourne on Thursday 8th September at Stay Gold in Melbourne! All tickets are at http://www.babirusaband.com.au!

The band announced that the single is now up for pre-save/pre-order last week – dropping the news that the world will get to experience the latest lineup and brutality in ‘Mandatory Malevolence’ on Friday June 3. The single can be pre-saved now at https://ffm.to/mandatorymalevolence.

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.

For a band so intensely heavy, triple j and media have rallied around the band and they have rallied 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.

The band kicked off in a LARGE way in 2019 – their Debut show was supporting international act Vulvodynia and they dropped their Debut album “Humanoid” in 2020. They recently recruited Brodie Servin (ex-Forsaker/Dead Nerve) on second vocals + Josh Blade (Tomb of Doom) on Bass and are supporting Within Destruction (Slovenia) & Signs of The Swarm (USA) at The Brightside in Brisbane on June 9th.

Revolver Mag said of Babirusa in their Beyond Breakdowns and Pig squeals: 10 rising bands pushing deathcore forward article: “Named after an Indonesian “deer pig” with crooked horns protruding from its snout, Babirusa certainly aren’t going for cute and cuddly. 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. “Abomination” has a strange, hip-hoppy breakdown in the middle with a watery sound effect, while a song like “Catatonia” injects flecks of djenty groove and even a proggy clean bridge in between the chunky breakdowns. 

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 is up for pre-save/pre-order now for release on Friday June 3 at https://ffm.to/mandatorymalevolence.

Multi-platinum UK rock icons The Darkness will be returning to Australia & New Zealand this October, playing shows in 
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Auckland & Wellington

Fans can access early bird tickets by signing up prior to pre-sale commencing here
Pre-sale starts Friday, May 13 at 11am local time.
General public tickets on sale Tuesday, May 17 at 11am local time.

Brimming with their trademark blazing guitar riffs and solos, soaring falsetto and immeasurable rock ‘n’ roll extravagance, The Darkness will be operating at their loosest and most extroverted frequency. 

Fans will be treated to new songs from the band’s new album Motorheart, along with slaying their award-winning, platinum-selling hit singles including ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love’ and ‘Love Is Only A Feeling’– a true spectacle to behold. 

With over three million concert tickets sold worldwide, four Top Ten albums, two hundred million streams on Spotify, five Top Ten singles and numerous industry awards and having toured with giants including Queen, Guns N’ Roses, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard & KISS, The Darkness are one of the most successful rock bands of the modern era 

Many of The Darkness’ biggest songs are now staples of rock radio, sharing airtime with songs by their genetic forerunners, Queen, T-Rex and Cheap Trick. 

Justin Hawkins says of their imminent return, “Our last ill fated Antipodean excursion in 2020 was cruelly truncated. We’ve spent 2.5 years deflated. Our appetite for Rock has largely gone unsated. Well, for too long you have waited, to witness the atmosphere created, in the Uk, Ireland, Canada and the Unite Stated, by us, Rock’s most underrated. and I am truly elated to announce that we shall return in October to deliver our solid gold plated ROCK – see you there!”

Watch the Tour trailer video here
https://youtu.be/ju_CVyK8Zc0

‘MOTORHEART’
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND TOUR OCTOBER 2022 
 Wednesday, Oct 12: Forum, Melbourne
Friday, Oct 14: Astor, Perth
Saturday, Oct 15: Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
Sunday, Oct 16:  Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Tuesday, Oct 18: Kambri, Canberra
Wednesday Oct 19: Tivoli, Brisbane
Friday, Oct 21: Hunter Lounge, Wellington
Saturday, Oct 22: Powerstation, Auckland 
Early Bird Ticket Pre-Sale Starts Friday, May 13 @ 11am Local Time
Sign Up Here

General Tickets On Sale From Tuesday, May 17 @ 11am Local Time
sbmpresents.com

Extreme metal titans KREATOR are proud to unveil ‘Midnight Sun,’ the third single from their forthcoming fifteenth studio album, Hate Über Alles, which will be released on June 10th, 2022. The eagerly anticipated full-length is a strong album-of-the-year contender as well as a global statement against hate & the division of society. Before its release next month, KREATOR give you another treat in the form of the most unusual song ‘Hate Über Alles’ has to offer. ‘Midnight Sun’ manages to couple heavy guitar shredding and captivating groove metal with a melodramatic, larger-than-life chorus including female backing vocals, impressively showcasing KREATOR’s continued evolution of the genre they helped create.

Mille Petrozza comments:
“Midnight Sun is something a little new for us, our first time collaborating with a female artist. When I was writing the song, I could hear this Oracle type voice over the pre-chorus and chorus and I immediately reached out to my talented friend, Sofia Portanet who is an emerging artist, here in Germany. Sofia added exactly what I was looking for and gives the song a really dark, ethereal vibe.

The video is the second production we shot with Tom Schlagkamp and his team. The concept was drawn up from the song’s lyrics which I envisaged to take place during a ritual sacrifice. Director, Tom came back with an idea loosely based on Ari Aster’s ‘Midsommar’ which has powerful visuals, perfect for a killer metal music video!

For 37 years, KREATOR has spear-headed a thrash metal crusade, inspiring generations of metal heads and musicians alike. The collision of traditional and contemporary values is a sentiment that Mille Petrozza has breathed in to the soul of this monumental new album; recruiting visionary producer Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Cavalera Conspiracy, Ghostmane and Turnstile) from Philadelphia to work with the band at the legendary Hansa Studio in Berlin. Hate Über Alles features gorgeously grim cover artwork painted by renowned artist Eliran Kantor (Testament, Thy Art Is Murder, Helloween), serving a bold statement against hate and division in today’s society.

Mille Petrozza comments:
Hate Über Alles reflects the time we’re living in. Everything is really loud and aggressive. The way we communicate has changed, thanks to social media. It causes a lot of imbalance. The world is in a state of disrepair. Life is not harmonic right now, it’s disharmonic… that’s where I was going with the title.

PRE-ORDER Hate Über Alles here: https://kreator.bfan.link/hate-uber-alles (Local Pre-order available soon)

Underground icon, extreme metal trailblazer, third world warrior, and leader of a diverse and dedicated tribe, Max Cavalera not only survives but thrives, blasting out riff after killer riff. The same voice, body, and spirit which launched SOULFLY in 1997 summons impossibly heavy noise to this day, throwing down ten slabs of monstrous music on the band’s twelfth album, Totem which will be released via Nuclear Blast on August 5th.

Today, the band offers the tribe the first taste of the album with the single, ‘Superstition’. Check out the lyric video created by Aimed & Framed alongside 3D character artist, Álvar GómezPadilla, below. 

SOULFLY‘s Max Cavalera comments, “Totem is a celebration of the spiritual nature. It was a 2-year journey writing with Zyon. This album is about all the joy, the fun, and the anger in Metal.”

SOULFLY – Totem
Release Date: 06 August 2022

01. Superstition
02. Scouring The Vile
03. Filth Upon Filth
04. Rot In Pain
05. The Damage Done
06. Totem
07. Ancestors
08. Ecstasy Of Gold
09. Soulfly XII
10. Spirit Anima

Pre-save / Pre-order here: https://www.soulfly.com/totem

(Local physical pre-order available soon)

Totem was recorded at Platinum Underground in Mesa Arizona by John Aquilino and Arthur Rizk with assistance from John Powers. Produced by Max alongside Arthur Rizk (KREATOR, MUNICIPAL WASTE, CODE ORANGE), the album boasts guest appearances from John Powers (ETERNAL CHAMPION), Chris Ulsh (POWER TRIP), and John Tardy (OBITUARY). Arthur Rizk was also responsible for playing lead guitar on the record. The artwork for the album was created by James Bousema.

One of the UK’s most enduring and best-loved bands THE CHARLATANS return to Australia for their 30th32nd anniversary tour.

Their set list includes – The Only One I Know, Jesus Hairdo, Sproston Green, Then, Weirdo, Can’t Get Out of Bed, One to Another, North Country Boy, How High, Plastic Machinery, Love is the Key, Just Thinkin’ Things Over, Blackened Blue Eyes, I Never Want an Easy Life + More

In a remarkable and genre bursting career, indie-legends THE CHARLATANS have notched up thirteen Top 40 studio albums. The rollercoaster highs have been accompanied by some shattering lows, any which one of them could have felled a less resilient band, from nervous breakdowns to near bankruptcy and the deaths of two founder members.

Somehow, they have not just carried on but adapted and transformed many times over the years. The classic Charlatans sound – driving Hammond organ, Northern Soul and house-influenced rhythms, swaggering guitars and Tim Burgess’s sunny yet somehow yearning vocal – is instantly recognizable.

And in spite of everything they have been through their music is now more relevant than ever, The Guardian described their most recent album ‘Different Days’ (2017) as “one of their best ever”.

During the pandemic, Tim Burgess was hosting album listening parties on Twitter which culminated in a best-selling book, The Listening Party.

The concept is simple. At a set time, you press play on the selected album and the band then live tweets along to the record, giving fans an insight into the chosen LP.

Everyone from Oasis to Iron Maiden and Kylie Minogue to Paul McCartney has taken part.

However, it’s back to the ‘day job’ for THE CHARLATANS front man when he returns to Australia with Martin Blunt, Mark Collins and Tony Rogers to play the indie hits which have defined their astounding 32-year career.

THE CHARLATANS have seen off Madchester and Britpop and made music that’s stood the test of time. That along with their amazing live shows have cemented them a passionate and loyal following that has given them lasting success… ‘simply a quality band with a great back catalogue, great current stuff and phenomenal live musicians.’

“It’s full capacity in here, it’s rammed, everyone’s jumping, dancing and feeling the magical vibes this band create.” Allmusic Magazine

THE CHARLATANS October 2022 Australian Tour Dates

Saturday 8th October SYDNEY, Manning Bar

Tuesday 11th October ADELAIDE, The Gov

Thursday 13th October BRISBANE, The Triffid

Friday 14th October, MELBOURNE, The Croxton

Saturday 15th October PERTH, Rosemount Hotel

Presale: Tuesday 10th May, 12pm Local   
On Sale: Wednesday 11th May, 12pm Local

Tickets From: https://metropolistouring.com/the-charlatans-2022/

In these times of disease and flood and gruelling election speak there can be only one remedy: rock ’n roll! And who better to deliver that than Sunnyboys

The fab four of Jeremy, Richard, Pete and Bil will emerge from the gloom to deliver a handful of low fuss, no frills, hi-energy rock ’n roll across a three states this winter, reminding us of better days and sunnier times to come.

“Closing the main set with I’m Shakin’, Sunnyboys left everything they had on the stage, pushing themselves to the limits even coming out onto the front speaker stacks for a shred.” gclive.me

“The Sunnyboys were meant to be heard live and their re-emergence was the greatest thing to happen in Australian music since Wave Aid (benefit concert for the Asian Tsunami).” – Weekend Notes.

When they last toured in 2020 Sunnyboys chose the salubrious surrounds of Taronga Zoo, Melbourne’s Forum and the like; this time though, the band will get down and sweaty playing intimate venues more akin to their breakout year of 1981. 

Melbourne pop-rockers Even will join the fun in Sydney and Melbourne while former Screaming Tribesman frontman Mick Medew will bring his Mesmerisers to Brisbane and Byron Bay. All shows are on-sale tomorrow (May 6) via feelpresents.com

Get up front and personal this winter with Sunnyboys. 

SUNNYNOYS ON TOUR JULY 2022FRI JULY 1 FACTORY THEATRE, SYDNEY with Even
SAT JULY 9 THE CORNER, MELBOURNE with Even & Little Murders
FRI JULY 15 THE NORTHERN BYRON BAY with Mick Medew & The Mesmerisers
SAT JUL !6 PRICESS THEATRE, BRISBANE with Mick Medew & The Mesmerisers

All shows on-sale tomorrow (May 6) via feelpresents.com