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No-one likes to be the bearer of bad news, so today comes bearing good news – that Reliqa’s single ‘The Bearer of Bad News’ is out Wednesday November 24th! It can be purchased/streamed now at https://ingrv.es/TheBearerofBadNews.

Not only that, but Reliqa is adding yet ANOTHER arrow to their live music quiver in 2022 – they are playing at MONOLITH FESTIVAL across the country, alongside Karnivool, COG, Plini, Ocean Grove, Ecca Vandal and more! They already have a pretty packed dance card, being that they are playing the Brisbane and Sydney legs of Full Tilt Festival and also supporting Void of Vision on their tour in July 2022!

THE BEARER OF BAD NEWS is your invitation into the depths of the sinister and occult. Reliqa’s latest work is a transcendental exploration into the dark art of deception, spun with themes of control and manipulation. Time and time again the pursuit of power has spiralled into catastrophe, and as these tables turn, so too does ‘Bearer’, packed to the brim with subversive excitement. Trying their hand with ethnic soundscapes and darker, harrowing rhythmic motifs, the band are digging deeper into their forward-thinking alt. prog sound. Reliqa have imagined a visceral, enigmatic projection of our world, and in doing so pose the challenge – question everything.
Vocalist for Reliqa, Monique Pym, says that “After the weirdest, most difficult two years, it couldn’t feel more cathartic to be setting ‘Bearer’ free. Having an extended period of time to reflect and build and expand upon the massive world we started dipping our toes into with this piece is a rare experience which, in hindsight, turned out to be as valuable to us as it was challenging. As we enter the new chapter of Reliqa, there are inevitably a whole load of emotions and fears to unravel, and Bearer really serves as the perfect outlet for that kind of purge. It is a song to get completely and utterly lost in. We can’t wait for our audience to share that intimate experience with us“.
Reliqa are the outrageous four-piece from Sydney, Australia who are forging their place in the emerging generation of modern progressive metal. Unrestrained by conventions, the outfit are taking their song writing and soundscapes to sophisticated new heights and are eager to share their latest offerings in the months to come with the support of an exciting new team.

In just a few short years, Reliqa have well and truly begun garnering the attention of a dedicated fanbase, having shared the stage with a host of iconic acts including SevendustDead Letter Circus and Thornhill, and are set to continue their exponential growth spell at the highly-anticipated Full Tilt and Monolith festivals in 2022. They have had various tracks featured on Spotify Editorial playlists including Heavy Queens, New Metal Tracks, New Blood, they have been said to be “…turning the right heads and gaining the right attention for so many reasons” by Wall of Sound and 2021 saw them announce their signing to Open Door Management with Chris O’Brien & Josh Smith (Northlane, The Butterfly Effect etc).

Closing out the year with a flourish, the band are making their return in welcoming new single, ‘The Bearer of Bad News’ – a hard-hitting, cool-minded, enigmatic take on the art of deception. Treading foreign ground while still remaining true-to-form, this track is yet another showcase of Reliqa’s ability to maintain a powerfully truthful identity as they pave their way through the alternative music industry.

Tickets are on sale now for Monolith Festival, Full Tilt Festival and Void of Vision’s tour dates, and Reliqa’s new single ‘The Bearer of Bad News’ is out Wednesday 24th November at https://ingrv.es/TheBearerofBadNews.

Repriever are resurfacing today in order to bring their brand new heavy-as-hell track to the world. ‘Resurface’ will show it’s face to the world on Thursday November 26th – and can be pre-saved right now at https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/repriever/resurface.

The outfit out of the Central Coast of NSW are putting out this track with the intention of speaking up about the issues surrounding Fear of Abandonment and damage caused by not having consistency and security in life as a young person.

Vocalist Joshua Stewart speaks about the track’s themes: “The often crippling fear of abandonment is something a lot of us live with and it often gets a hold of someone as the aftermath of a love one’s actions. Resurface touches on dealing with this anxiety and trying to keep emotions in control without just bottling them away.

He continued: “Resurface touches on the damage caused by growing up and never really having a stable, consistent home. Between living in tents, old houses with no running water or in caravans in my grandparent’s yard, it became hard to feel a sense of security and consistency. It also became difficult to make friends and fit in at the 11 different primary schools I attended which was fairly damaging to my social abilities through high school and my late teens. This lead to a constantly lingering and often crippling fear of abandonment. As I grew into my late 20s I’d become a lot better at dealing with it in a rational way but it can still take me by surprise from time to time.

By the time I started attending high school the moving had settled down a lot but by that point I had no idea how to social and I was mostly bullied. Usually if I did make friends they were friendships that wouldn’t last long.

Coming together towards the end of 2018, Repriever got to work writing an EP. September 2019 saw the release of their debut EP Idle Minds, as well as the departure of vocalist Mark and the joining of Joshua Stewart. Following this, Repriever made their live debut at the Hamilton Station Hotel in November 2019 which was followed by shows in Canberra, Sydney and Newcastle again to close off the year.

Single ‘Grim’ gained traction fast following its release, earning it a place in playlists Homegrown and Heavy on Spotify and Heaps Heavy on Apple Music as well as gaining 25,000+ streams between the two services within six months of release.

2021 for Repriever was spent juggling reschedules, as well as writing and recording new music. Repriever has also welcomed guitarist Brendan Mobbs.

Repriever’s new single Resurface is released on Thursday November 26th – and can be pre-saved right now at https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/repriever/resurface.

Wyrmwood: Apocalypse is a post-apocalyptic zombie film that follows soldier Rhys who lives in a zombie-infested Australian wasteland.  Rhys is on an arc of redemption as he turns against his evil bosses and joins forces with a group of rebel survivors to help rescue a girl who holds the cure to the virus.

The film which has been hailed as ‘Mad Max Meets Dawn Of the Dead’ – has picked up an audience award at the 2021 Sydney Film Festival for Best Feature Film.

Release Date:   February 10,2022
Cast: Luke McKenzie as Rhys, Shantae Barnes Cowan as Maxi, Jake Ryan as the Colonel, Bianca Bradey as Brooke, Tasia Zalar as Grace, Jay Gallagher as Barry and Nick Boshier as the Surgeon General 
Directed By: Kiah Roache-Turner
Written By: Kiah & Tristan Roache-Turner
Produced By: Tristan Roache-Turner & Blake Northfield

Actor and social media influencer Shuang Hu has stepped into the role of host of the new Giant Screen documentary BEYOND THE REEF, currently filming in Far North Queensland. BEYOND THE REEF takes audiences on a journey to explore the versatile and spectacular landscape of Far North Queensland, world-renowned for the Great Barrier Reef and its precious ecosystems.  

Shuang Hu was born in Tianjin, China and moved to Australia when she was 5 years old. She made her TV debut as Candy Law on the SBS TV series The Family Law and is known for her work on Comedy Central’s Ronny Chieng International Student as Wei Jun. Shuang is a popular Tik Tok identity, with over 4 million global followers, and 66.8 million likes. Shuang comments “After spending the last two years in Los Angeles, I’m excited to be back here in Australia. With travel finally opening up, it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to show audiences what is on offer in this stunning part of the world. I grew up in Townsville so this part of Australia holds a dear place in my heart.”

BEYOND THE REEF is being filmed in Large Format 8k and is designed for a Premium Large Format (PLF) and Giant Screen release across the globe in 2022. The film is aimed at tweens and families who enjoy immersive, co-viewing experiences. The production team will visit numerous locations across Far North Queensland, with Shuang taking part in activities including diving the Great Barrier Reef, taking a safari in the Daintree Rainforest, meeting the local animals and learning to sail. Audiences will feel completely immersed in the experience of a lifetime.

BEYOND THE REEF is a Steve Jaggi Company (SJc) production with In Three Production. The film is directed by Luke Wheatley (The 48 Hour Destination) with DOP’s Jake Koning and Christian Miller filming both above and below the water in Large Format 8k. BEYOND THE REEF is produced by Steve Jaggi and Beckie Adams, with Kylie Pascoe and Kelly Son Hing co-producing. Athabasca Film will distribute the film here in Australia. L.A. based Nicely Entertainment is handling international sales.

Under The Southern Stars the spectacular rock music concert series, is thrilled to be taking place in March 2022.

Featuring rock royalty Cheap Trick, global rock superstars, Bush
and the legendaryStone Temple Pilots!As well as Australian rock royalty 
Rose Tattoo and rock icons Electric Mary. Plus recently added to the line up are the epitome of rock n roll, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club!

The wait is over and UTSS Event Producers can now reveal details for the rock solid dozen concert events in store for audiences in March 2022!

UNDER THE SOUTHERN STARS 2022
Fri, March 11: Maitland Showground, Maitland, NSW
Sat, March 12: Foreshore Reserve, Hastings, VIC
Sun, March 13: JC Lowe Oval, Yarrawonga, VIC
Wed, March 16: Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Fri, March 18: Bonython Park, Adelaide, SA
Sat, March 19: Bonython Park, Adelaide, SA
Sun, March 20: Bonython Park, Adelaide, SA
Tues, March 22: WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, NSW
Wed, March 23: Quodos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW
Fri, March 25: Kings Beach Ampitheatre, Caloundra, QLD
 Sat, March 26: Southport Sharks, Gold Coast, QLD
Sun, March 27: Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Presale starts Friday, Nov 26 @ 9.00am AEDT until 5.00pm Sunday, Nov 28 AEDT.
Register for presale access before 5.00pm on Sunday, Nov 28 for discounted early bird tickets.
General Public On Sale Monday, Nov 29 @ 9.00am AEDT
www.underthesouthernstars.com.au

***All previously purchased tickets are valid for 2022 see website for details.***

The announcement of the complete tour dates and venues is expected to be met with major approval from fans all over the country who have been incredibly loyal as they patiently waited for the series to be rescheduled. 

The feverish reaction of Adelaide audiences to UTSS headlining the Adelaide Fringe across the three day weekend of 18-20 March has made it necessary for organisers to break the seal early on second release tickets for rock hungry fans, which are now available! 
The message is clear for all audiences elsewhere – get in quick to avoid disappointment!

Promoter Andrew McManuscomments, ‘‘To say we’re excited by finally being able to announce Black Rebel Motorcycle Club as a new addition and FOURTH high profile international rock band joining our already stellar line-up is an understatement!  UTSS2022 will without a doubt rock audiences to the core and give them what they’ve all craved since March 2020 – a line up that features the bands and the music they love – both Australian and International artists up in front of them in the flesh and playing their hits, live…it has been way too long!”

Under The Southern Stars has been granted approval for all #UTSS2022 artists and their crew to enter Australia under strict covid guidelines, ensuring the utmost health and safety of all event patrons, staff, vendors and artists and crews.

With the nation slowly emerging from the most trying period of our lives, we are extremely EXCITED to get the show back on the road and deliver one hell of a rock n roll experience for fans everywhere, TIMES TWELVE!

We know we’ve asked a lot and we sincerely thank everyone out there for their patience and faith in us to deliver the events that we have promised. All previously purchased tickets are valid for the new shows*, so #keepyourticket and see you under the stars!

To purchase tickets and for detailed information about all shows, visit
www.underthesouthernstars.com.au

Celebrated Perth melodic hardcore outfit, Saviour, have returned with a fresh new single “Reshape Me“, which comes paired with the announcement of the bands signing to independent record label, Greyscale Records.

Reshape Me” delivers a thoughtful take on piecing yourself back together for a more fulfilled and peaceful future. The band highlight: “There are themes revolving around lacking confidence and feeling like a fragmented version of yourself. Sometimes it feels like everyone else around you is living a happier, more complete life than you are. And in this track we speak of trying to change negative ways in an attempt to become a better, more complete version of yourself. A version of yourself that people can better appreciate and want to be around.

Reshape Me” has existed in Saviour’s repertoire for some time, taking many shapes and forms in its development over the past five years. Having not made the cut on previous album ‘A Lunar Rose‘, a rewrite and restructure from guitarist CurtisTunks added a new dimension to the track and essentially lived out its meaning when the track was reshaped “from a rock into a gem“.

Reshape Me” pairs the aggressive and impenetrable vocal stylings of Bryant Best with the beautifully hypnotic counterpart vocalist and keyboardist, Shontay Snow. The package ties together with siren-like lead lines and edgy guitar rhythms, satisfying any fan who has fallen in love with Saviour’s unique brand of melodic and post-hardcore.

Saviour joins forces with Greyscale Records to release “Reshape Me“, looking toward to a bright partnership alongside leading names in the alternative industry. Joining Alpha WolfMake Them SufferDeadlightsDiamond Construct and more, Saviour find a home within the organised chaos of one of Australia’s finest DIY labels.

Since the initial spark of creativity that grew to become the inferno that is Perth’s beloved heavy melodic act Saviour, both the external world, and the internal mechanics of the band have changed dramatically. One thing that will forever remain, is Saviour’s burning desire to create something truly unique within the alternative music scene. Their etherial collision of aggressive post-hardcore with atmospheric electronic sounds and vocals has lead to the six-piece standing out from the crowd for over a decade now.

After a few years of dormancy, the band returned to stages in late 2017 with a fire burning stronger than ever. 2020 began with the release of their critically acclaimed album ‘A Lunar Rose’ and the band had the world ahead of them before things came to a grinding halt. Not to be deterred, the band spent that time honing their craft, and as the world returns to some sense of normality, so too have Saviour, and the future has never shined so bright.

Reshape Me” is available and streaming everywhere now.

Brisbane based, New Zealand bred Hip Hop artist Cking has just released his new single and music video called ‘No Snakes’, which features NZ emcee Dilz.  

Cking and Dilz each come lyrically strapped with passionate and emotive verses, matching the energy of the rapid-fire, earth-rattling production alongside them. The fierce new single is also paired with equally compelling visuals, extending the narrative of the record as it depicts a tale of trust lost and the cleansing of those that have wronged.

Visuals have always been an important and impressive aspect of Cking’s artistic process, and ‘No Snakes’ is no exception. The crisp, cinematic visuals take place in outback Australia and bring a twist of their own towards the end of the single – one that we won’t spoil for you here. As a performer, Cking has toured the country multiple times, most notably with US Internet sensation Futuristic. As well as a slew of headline shows, Cking has shared the stage with industry heavyweights including T-PainDraphtMobb DeepDune RatsKerser, Devin The Dude and many more.

New single ‘No Snakes’ is available on major online stores.

The demonstrably large and looming festival line-up will take place in March 2022 – Saturday 12th of March at Bella Vista Farm in Sydney (NSW), Saturday 19th March at Eaton’s Hill Outdoors, Brisbane (QLD), Saturday 2 April at Reunion Park in Melbourne (VIC) and Saturday 9 April 2022 at Red Hill Auditorium in Perth (WA). All dates are outdoor venues!
Each festival date will erupt in an explosion of prog, rock and metal sounds – and for the very first time in SEVENTEEN EARS, Aussie Rock legends Karnivool and COG will tour together on the same line-up (SURELY a bucket list item for Aussie rock fans!) – and be joined by Ocean Grove, Plini, sleepmakeswaves, Reliqa and Yomi Ship!

This is a festival line-up that no Aussie metal, rock or prog fan can afford to miss.

Early bird tickets will go on sale at Wednesday November 24 at 9am local time at https://bit.ly/Monolith-SU, and General Tickets will go on sale Friday November 26 at 9am local time at DESTROYALLLINES.COM.

Heading up the line-up is Karnivool – with their acclaimed debut, Themata, the ground breaking follow-up, Sound Awake and the Aria winning #1 album Asymmetry, Karnivool have established themselves as one of the most vital global forces in progressive modern music. Karnivool recently celebrated the decade of album Sound Awake with a livestream, now available for pre-order on Blu-Ray at https://linktr.ee/Karnivool. Wall of Sound said that the performances was “…created with passion and precision… a performance I want to relive over and over again. Timeless, absolutely timeless.

Karnivool have gained high praise from international press titans such as Rolling Stone, Billboard Magazine, Kerrang! and Rocksound. A rare sight to see them on a festival line-up, it’s even more special when it has them reuniting for the first time in 17 years with long time musical brothers, COG!

Since their return in 2016 after their critically acclaimed albums The New Normal and Sharing Space and subsequent 5 year hiatus, COG have been immersing themselves in their craft with renewed vigour, already having a plethora of new ideas and structures from which to draw new material. Since they released ‘The Middle’ in 2018 – the first new material released by COG in ten years and ‘Altered States’ and ‘Drawn Together’ followed, each song providing further proof that although Cog had lost NONE of their firepower.

Rounding out the seven band line-up is the enigmatic/eccentric Ocean Grove, the guitar mastery and groove-laden riffs of Plini, the post-rock power and majesty of sleepmakeswaves, the outright force of nature that is Reliqa, and the up-and-coming instrumentalists Yomi Ship opening up proceedings.

MONOLITH FESTIVAL early bird tickets will go on sale at Wednesday November 24 at 9am local time at https://bit.ly/Monolith-SU, and General Tickets will go on sale Friday November 26 at 9am local time at DESTROYALLLINES.COM.

After their successful debut single ‘Die For Me‘, supergroup ALLEVIATE is back with their follow up called ‘Broken‘, that hits again with an absolute bone-crushing and unique sound.

With their debut single ALLEVIATE quickly gained a lot of fans from all over the world and exceeded all expectations. Famous reactors like Nik Nocturnal and Too Lit Mafia were blown away by the powerful and catchy sound of ALLEVIATE.

The supergroup masters to combine technical riffs, heavy breakdowns and catchy hooks with the influence of many different genres, in an outstanding way. Incomparable riffs, drums that keep you head banging, jaw dropping screams and clean vocals that get stuck in your head are what you can expect from this brand new track.

For new single ‘Broken‘, the DIY band that is writing & producing their own music at Timo’s recording studio Mega Blaster Recordings (Our Mirage), teamed up with the famous music video producer Mirko Witzki (Witzki Visions) who is known for his work with bands like Any Given Day, Ghostkid, Caliban Our Mirage, to shoot a performance video that resembles the song in an astonishing, cinematic way.

“Broken is about overcoming depressions that have been cause by this cruel world. Being let down and left alone by everyone, the protagonist finds strength deep within its own thoughts. Again, Alleviate tries to alleviate and that is what the band stands for. Singing about personal experiences and trying to give advices to the listeners with music that enhances the feeling.”

ALLEVIATE formed during the pandemic in 2020, and launched with first single ‚Die For Me‘. The mix of five different perspectives makes ALLEVIATE very special. They combine the best of technical metalcore, deathcore, djent & post hardcore in one powerful and beautiful piece of art. Challenging guitar riffs, heavy breakdowns combined with deathcore vocals and catchy choruses are what makes ALLEVIATE stand out way above the crowd. All five musicians are highly accomplished, having proven themselves numerous times in previous and current bands. They have played hundreds of shows and are highly experienced live performers. As soon as the world returns to normal ALLEVIATE will hit the stage and take over the scene!