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When you have bands of the ilk of Nightwish, Lacuna Coil, HIM and Cradle Of Filth claiming that you inspired them and their careers to date you know as a band that you are doing something right. To be honest Paradise Lost have been doing that ‘something right’ since the late 1980s and once again they have delivered something very special with their new album Obsidian.

When I chat to frontman Nick Holmes about the new album he is safely away in lockdown and is quick to admit that the band never went out of their way to do anything ultra special with this album. “When we start working on an album we always use the last album as a benchmark. Now our last album was a very specific death-doom album, every track had a death-doom vibe to it and this time we just wanted to shape it up a little and do an album that was just a little more varied.”

“I mean I think every song is very typically Paradise Lost,” he goes on to explain. “There is no getting away from that, but there is much more variation with the vocals and the vocal styles and the guitar styles, but yeah we just wanted to mix it up a little more really.”

There is no mistake though when you take a first listen Obsidian it is very obvious that the album has a slight throwback to the 1980s Goth scenes and Holmes says that was something that the band were very aware of. “Yeah, we grew up listening to that stuff,” he says. “We grew up around those times, in the early 1980s we were really coming of age…. yeah we are that old now. We do have a lot of nostalgia from those times and the music of that time. We were really just getting into heavy music at that time, stuff like thrash and that is very much imprinted on our minds. It just reminds us of that time.”

“Also the Gothic music of that time nobody is doing it anymore, nobody makes that kind of music anymore,” he says continuing. “It is still very much back there in the 80s, it is still very underground and no new bands have really run with that band. So it is kind of nice to be able to mix it up and kind of put it into the sound that we use and the sound that people know us for. We have been able to put it into a modern context with modern production.”

As Holmes and I both start thinking back to the 1980s we begin to talk about the kinds of bands that got us into heavy music to start with. “I was always into bands like Motorhead and AC/DC,” he says. “There was about five heavy rock bands in the world at that point and I must have liked three of them. And then from there I got into Venom, GMBH and then into Metallica and then that was it, the rest is history. After Slayer the rest really is history, after that I was into thrash and death metal for at least ten years after… I became absolutely obsessed by it.”

“Yeah it was so exciting to hear that first wave of thrash and that first wave of black metal,” he says still reflecting. “It was just so good and I feel so lucky that it feels that I was born at the right time.”

Aside from the music that he grew up listening to Holmes says the other big influence on this album was just everything around us. “Really it was just about life,” he explains. “When you look at life things can just change – there is no map. I think only a fool writes a map for life because it can change at any point. Just when you think that something is going well there is a shit storm, and I find that aspect of how things can just change on the roll of a dice really fascinating. Of course I am in the same situation as everybody at the moment but you never really know what is around the corner and I just find that really interesting. I find consequence interesting. I care about now but when I was younger I just didn’t care about things, I didn’t care what happened to me and I didn’t really care what was around the corner… but now it is all I think about. So yeah even that is fascinating and I just look at life things and then I write about them in three year increments because I do it every three years.”


Obsidian will be out through Nuclear Blast Records on May 15th.




Covid-19 might have forced The Iron Maidens to postpone their tour until September but this talented outfit are still promising to bring the party to Australia, and after the reception that they received last time they were here simply can’t wait to bring their show back here. I recently had the opportunity to chat to guitarist Courtney ‘Adriana Smith’ Cox about the tour and it was impossible for her to contain her excitement about getting another chance to come to Australia.

“We are so, so excited,” she says with the excitement very clear in her voice. “We had such a fun time when we there which sounds weird because normally tours just all blend together for me. But we had a great time so when our booking agent rang and said ‘hey they want you back’ we were just like ‘yeah let’s do it.’ So yeah we will definitely be there.”

As we talk more about their last tour to Australia Cox says, “It was the first time that any of us had ever been there. It is always great to be able to go somewhere new. We love touring the world and getting to meet new people and experience different cultures and we had a bit of culture shock when we came to Australia. We were running around saying ‘oh my god it is a Hungry Jacks but they don’t call it Burger King.’ We were seriously like little kids running around. But the people were great and we loved hanging out. We did have to take a flight everyday but it was so worth it and now I am so excited about being able to head back.”

When the discussion turns to the band itself I point out to Cox that she has now been in The Iron Maidens for a decade and she laughs. “Wow, ten years that is scary… thank you so much for reminding me that I am getting old,” she says still laughing. “I’m from Philadelphia originally and when I was there in my teenage age years the music scene was really lacking. My friends and I started a King Diamond tribute band just for fun but I was just about over it when i was nineteen so I gave my mother a week’s notice and then I grabbed my backpack and my guitar and I moved to California.”

“Obviously being foreign to California I had no family or friends,” she says continuing. “I literally started to think about how I was going to survive and then  I caught wind that this band that I’d heard of when I first started to play guitar, The Iron Maidens, a band that I had thought ‘oh wow it would be so cool to do that one day’, were looking for a guitar player so I went along and auditioned and from there it was history. But I was so lucky to find them at that time.”

While everything turned out for the best Cox admits the initially move from Philadelphia to California was a scary experience. “It was so young, just out of High School,” she explains. “I was terrified and I kept thinking ‘how am I going to survive because I don’t know anyone.’ But I got out there and I couch-surfed and I just had to put my life together. If I hadn’t done that I don’t where I would be, I probably wouldn’t be a musician, you know. Sometimes you just have to take that risk, and yeah you might fall but you just have to get back up again and luckily I got back onto the right foot.”

As we talk about her early love for music and the fact she was once in a King Diamond cover band I ask where her love for Iron Maiden came from. “My older brother was a huge metal fan,” she says. “I used to steal his records whenever he was at work, and I used to get in a lot of trouble for it. But metal was always in my household so it was just second nature to fall in love with it. Back then I was into Maiden, Pantera and Metallica… I mean Metallica was the reason that I started playing. But with Maiden I just loved the harmonies and the twelve minute tracks and watching Adrian changed the way I approached the instrument.”

That love for Iron Maidens music has made The Iron Maidens what they are today so make sure you don’t miss them when they hit Australia in September.



Hailing from Melbourne five-piece heavy metal outfit Armoured Earth have spent the last couple of years fitting all of the pieces of the jig-saw puzzle together. As it turned out one of those pieces was securing the services of former Frankenbok member Daniel White as a front-man. Now with all those pieces in order the guys are ready to unleash something special on the public – a brand new EP.

“It has been an interesting time, man,” says guitarist Chaise Egan when I begin to talk to him about everything the band has gone through to get to the point where they are able to release this new EP. “Over the last few years we have been pretty stagment… we have always struggled to get a full line-up together to be honest. Not because of lack of trying but it has just been pretty tough to be in Melbourne with so many bands and to try and attract half-decent musos. That is basically the reason for the distance in between drinks but we got Dan from Frakenbok on board about a year ago and it all just came together and we’ve been sitting on the EP for about a year now. I have to say we are pretty happy with it to.”

Finding the right members for a band is always a tricky thing to do and I ask Egan how he feels the best way to go about it is especially when you are in a crowded market like Melbourne. “There has always been three of us in the band now for about eight or nine years,” he says. “We’ve had a few bass players over the journey but when our singer left about four or five years ago that was what really tripped us up a little bit, that put everything on the backburner for awhile.”

“Then about a year or two ago I reached out to Dan because I played in Scarlet Circus with him,” he says continuing. “But he was playing in Frankenbok at the time and he was working full time so he really only had a limited about of time and energy so we had to try and navigate through that. But then he left Frankenbok and it all just sort of started to fall together about a year ago. But yeah we did everything before that, we advertised on social media or that sort of thing. I harassed all my muso mates around Melbourne to keep an ear out for us and that sort of thing… just the usual sort of things.”

With the line-up now in place Armoured Earth were ready to start song-writing and Egan admits that the band member’s vast love of music has certainly inspired the sound that people will hear on the Ep when they give it a listen. “There are a shitload of influences,” he says with a laugh. “Our other guitarist Brendan Scott and our bassist Julian Lewis they have amazing playlists – it would blow you away the kind of music that they listen to. But we all love the classic bands – Pantera, Sepultura and Metallica, that kind of thing. Then Dan is a big death metal fan. So I guess what we have done is just bundle up our top ten influences and then just thrown them into the blender – then we just see what comes out.”

The other major change the band has seen with Dan White coming into the band is to their lyric writing. “Dan writes about ninety percent of the lyrics,” says Egan as we discuss the EPs lyrical content. “It is funny though every time I ask him what a song is about he says ‘well read it.’ I think though that he normally does have a bit of a theme in mind – there will be something going on socially or whatever it might be, but I think he also likes to keep it a little bit open to interpretation and I kinda like that stuff but that is how the lyrics are born.”

To finish off Egan has a special message to all of the band’s fans for this weird time we are going through. “Stay safe everyone,” he says. “The EP will be released on all the usual streaming platforms on Friday, the CDs are a few weeks away because of the shipping hold ups with the whole Coronavirus mess but please stay safe, try to give it a spin on Friday, hit us up on social media and Spotify and we hope that you enjoy it… and we are always open to feedback.”


Armoured Earth’s new EP will be released on March 27th.



“Hello, is that AC/DC? Its Gill here!” That is the way a phone conversation needs to begin that should be made by AFL Chief Commissioner Gillon McLachlan this week. Perhaps an arrow hasn’t really been fired in anger yet when it comes to the 2020 AFL Season but people have already started to ask the question – who would be perfect to play at the Grand Final this year?

Blame America’s NFL for the question being asked. Those damn Yankees once again did things perfectly at this year’s Superbowl when they asked the queens of Latin music Shakira and Jennifer Lopez to perform at the game that was played in the very Latin inspired Miami. Given that the NFL seem to get the Superbowl half time musical extravaganza right every year just makes us ask the question ‘why do the AFL always seem to get it so, so wrong?’

Don’t get me wrong our Grand Final entertainment is normally pretty memorable. Who will ever forget Angry Anderson belting out ‘Bound For Glory’ while riding around on one of the lamest Batmobiles you will ever likely to see at the 1991 Grand Final? Likewise the memory of Meatloaf delivering what is possibly one of the worst live performances of all time at the 2011 Grand Final is forever etched into our brains.

Yes, as you can see the musical performances at the AFL Grand Final are always remembered for all the wrong reasons or not even remembered at all – can anyone tell me who the special popstars were that performed at last year’s game without turning to the almighty Google to find the answer? In fact looking back over a century of Grand Finals the only decent memory you are likely to find would be Richmond forward Jack Riewoldt joining The Killers on stage to sing ‘Mr. Brightside.’ Even that moment though is mostly remembered because of the pure elation that was on the newly crowned premiership player’s face than it was for the actual musical performance.

Now for the hard rock and metal fans out there you are dreaming an impossible dream if you ever think there will be a day when Behemoth are performing at the Grand Final, but given that last year’s no names were selected because the AFL believe that the Grand Final entertainment should be artists that people recognise the songs of then AC/DC are the best damn choice that even blind Freddy could see.

I know there have been arguments for Metallica in the past but realistically outside of true fans who in the general public is going to recognise any more than perhaps three of their songs? No, the obvious choice would be a band like AC/DC or Guns ‘N’ Roses. A band that have a bit of oomph, can put on a good live show but also have enough of what the young people of today call ‘bangers’ to have the audience singing along to. The fact that both bands are also universally recognisable is a big plus considering the rising popularity of AFL in the United States. I’m pretty sure most Americans sit there when the great Paul Kelly takes the stage every second year and think – ‘who is that?’

Even with Gunners and AC/DC in mind I believe the perfect choice for the 2020 Grand Final would be AC/DC. They tick off all the boxes – are recognisable worldwide, have tracks that people can sing along to and there is a unique Melbourne vibe to AC/DC given that their iconic video clip for ‘It’s A Long Way To The Top’ video was filmed in Melbourne’s very own Bourke Street. Given that their new album is set to be released this year it is also perfect timing for the band to be seen out there and doing their stuff on one of the biggest television audiences Australian will see all year.

The fact that the AFL Grand Final is played during daylight hours does provide some problems for a band like AC/DC performing, but even that is something that is pretty easy to overcome. Get them to come out at half-time and perform tracks like ‘Thunderstruck’ and ‘TNT’ etc that everybody can sing along to and then make them the focal point of a night-time victory party at the MCG after the game. Team them up with a pop-star that has rock cred like Pink and suddenly you’ve got an after-party show that would match anything that the Superbowl has ever served up in the past.

As music loving footy fans we don’t ask for much, Mr McLaughlin, but this year we really ask that you make our Grand Final entertainment something to remember and something that our great game truly deserves. Please make the AC/DC this week, Mr McLaughlin… we beg you.


Australia is a country in pain. The country has literally been ablaze for the past few months and the stress and pain of the situation is certainly showing on the people who have found themselves wrapped up in it. Even as I write this reports are coming through of more fire-fighters losing their lives while others are severely injured. The news of the catastrophe seems to grow every day with very little remorse.

What has been a big surprise for me is how much the music industry has become involved with helping out. Not only are there an amazing amount of charity concerts popping and not only have artists such as Metallica and Pink reached into their pockets to help out, but I have been surprised by the small touching moments that I have experienced from several musicians over the past couple of weeks.

It all started with a Skype interview with Russian symphonic metal band Imperial Age. Normally when you are recording an interview it begins with a friendly hello, some general chit chat and then you jump into the questions at hand. This was an interview with a difference though, as soon as we got the hellos out of the way Aor and Jane caught me off guard by asking me if I was okay with the fires in Australia. I answered and went to go on but soon realised that their concern was genuine. They then spent twenty minutes asking me if it were true how many animals had been killed, if the fires were close to me, was I safe, was my family safe and whether there seemed to be an end in sight.

It was one of the most amazing interviews that I ever had the experience of conducting and something that I never thought would happen again, then just a day later I was scheduled to interview Paavo Lotjonen about Apocalytpica’s brand new album Cello. Again though it seemed like the last thing he wanted to talk about was the album, instead he again he checked if I was okay before asking if what the he had seen on television about the fires was really doing it justice.

The whole experience reminded me just how lucky I am to be involved with such a wonderful industry where strangers on the other side of the world show that truly care what is happening to Australia and her people.

It was however the third interview that got me thinking just how important music can be to people at this time. That interview was with Deb DeMure the lead singer of new wave rockers Drab Majesty who are about to embark on an Australian tour. What he told me has played through my mind a million times since. When I asked DeMure if he was looking forward to the Australian tour he said this. ““We’re just hoping that the emotional shock of these fires hasn’t totally ravished the hearts and the souls of the people so much that there is a sombre cloud over it. I wouldn’t blame people if there was but it has really touched me how people are taking these fires, music seems so trivial when you think hundreds of thousands of koalas have perished… it feels really surreal.”

The answer floored up and I then asked whether or not that was something that had been playing on his responded and he responded with. “Yeah it does definitely. It kind of trivialises what we are doing but on the other side it gives us the opportunity to bring a gift that allows people to escape so I guess in a way it shows why it is essential for the Arts to carry on by creating something that people can experience and enjoy.”

That statement made me realise one thing – Australia needs music more now than ever before. Even in my own life I know how healing music can be. Today I use music to distress and unwind. Jump in the shower, turn up some tunes and sing at the top of your voice – it is amazing how that allows me to escape whatever is stressing me out. Likewise as a teenager it was albums like Nirvana’s Bleach that helped me get through the emotions that the warzone that was my High School left me with.

Yes it is amazing that so many musicians have dug deep to help the victims of the fires but every Australian should also remember the healing effects that music has on your mental health as well. Maybe go and check out a live show as a way to escape or simply chuck on your favourite album and sing at the top of your voice… it all helps.

I almost feel that I need to preface this article before I continue. I am not some kind of music snob, nor am I somebody that believes that hard rock or metal is the only kind of music worth listening to. A quick look at my album collection and yes you will find things as extreme as Cannibal Corpse and you will find things as commercial as Green Day or Bon Jovi. Likewise when you come to genres nestled snugly away with albums by KISS and Metallica you’ll also find music from ABBA, Eminem right through to pop by Kylie Minogue and Pet Shop Boys. My Dad instilled one message into me when he started me on my musical journey and that was “There is good music in every genre, you just need to find it.”

So why the need for such a preface? Well basically because while I’m angry about some of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame snubs I may say some things that might put some readers on the defensive about the kind of music that they listen to. It is a divisive topic so know now that I mean no offence.

Over the past twenty-four hours social media has blown up about this year’s Hall Of Fame inductees. Somehow the Dave Matthews Band managed to win the popular vote with millions of votes from the public but never actually made the final cut while the likes of Judas Priest, Soundgarden, Motorhead and Thin Lizzy were all given a royal snubbing. In fact the entire public voting system was treated as a joke this year with four out of the Top Five voted artists all missing out on actually being inducted.

When you consider that Judas Priest, Soundgarden, Motorhead and Thin Lizzy now join a list that includes the likes of Pat Benatar, Jane’s Addiction, New York Dolls, War, Rage Against The Machine, Todd Rundgren, Steve Winwood and Sting who have all been nominated but missed out on induction you begin to realise that the list of those who have missed out is almost as impressive as those who have made it.

Those artists not being in the Hall Of Fame while the likes of The Notorious B.I.G., Madonna and Whitney Houston are seems a little bit strange. After all this is supposed to be a rock ‘n’ roll Hall Of Fame while to me those artists firmly fall on the hip-hop, R&B and pop side of things. No disrespect meant to those artists but surely genre has to weigh into the decision at some point.

There is little doubt that the biggest travesty though has to be some of the bands that missed out this year. If Judas Priest, Motorhead and Thin Lizzy don’t deserve to be in the Hall Of Fame then who does? Those bands are not just some of the greatest and influential to ever exist in the rock world, they also changed the world of music forever. Let’s take a look at each band on their merits.

There is little doubt that Judas Priest are one of the greats. Since their inception in 1969 the Brits have sold over fifty million albums worldwide and, as Wacken found out a couple of years ago, are still as strong today as ever. The Grammy award winning Brits are currently completing their nineteenth studio album. Who knows maybe it takes twenty albums to land in a spot in the Hall Of Fame.

Then comes fellow Brits Motorhead. Lead by the legendary Lemmy Motorhead are considered the forefathers of British heavy metal. If there was ever a time for Motorhead to be inducted into the Hall Of Fame it is now – the band officially disbanded in 2015 after the tragic death of Lemmy. That same year saw the death of original drummer Phil Taylor while Eddie Clarke passed away in 2018 and Larry Wallis in 2019. With all founding members of Motorhead now sadly passed away this was the right time for them to rightfully find their way into the Hall Of Fame.

Last, but not least, comes Irish rockers Thin Lizzy. To many they are the band that penned the classic The Boys Are Back In Town but Thin Lizzy’s history goes a lot deeper than that.  Bands such as Alice In Chains, Mastodon and Metallica have all declared that Thin Lizzy were a huge influence on them and their sound. The band also recorded twelve albums and have promised music fans that they are looking to re-form for some gigs in the future.

It might sound harsh but is it time to take another look at how artists are selected for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame? The clear observations to come out of this year’s inductions are that it seems like the public vote counts for nothing and that artists who haven’t quite bided their time or fit the rock genre have somehow been inducted ahead of some of the true legends of the genre. The system seems broken and needs to be fixed as these snubs seem to as disrespectful as they unfair.


By Dave Griffiths

LIFE OF AGONY emerged from the New York music scene in the early ’90s with one of the most distinctive sounds in its genre. Now the band with a new album in toe ‘The Sound Of Scars’ head to Australia for a string of shows in January 2020 thanks to Silverback Touring.

Best known for its 1993 metal/crossover debut “River Runs Red” named by Rolling Stone as being one of the 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time the band instantly built a die-hard, cult following attracting a wide fan base across the Metal & Hardcore Genres. For over two decades, the group toured relentlessly all over the world, sharing stages with the biggest names in rock, including Metallica, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Foo Fighters, and The Red Hot Chili PeppersLOA went onto release two more studio albums ‘Ugly’ (’95) and ‘Soul Searching Sun’ (’97), before signing to major label Sony/Epic Records in 2005 to record ’Broken Valley’. In 2017, the group released the highly acclaimed ‘A Place Where There’s No More Pain’. LIFE OF AGONY has sold over one million albums to date.

LIFE OF AGONY’s hard-hitting, emotional concept album ‘The Sound of Scars’, was released October 11th, 2019. ‘The Sound of Scars’ continues the haunting narrative from the band’s groundbreaking 1993 debut ‘River Runs Red’.

Check out their new track / video ‘’Black Heart’’: HERE

“By far, this is the best Life of Agony record you’ve heard in years,” explains guitarist Joey Z. “We really went back to our roots on this one and tapped into the mindset we had when we first started the band.”

Get ready for a firebrand show that drips energy and one that will bring with it all the classic tracks that put LIFE OF AGONY on the world stage and a spattering of their latest material.

Bayside Film Festival

The 10th annual Bayside Film Festival returns to Palace Brighton Bay Cinemas from 28th to 31stAugust, 2013.

Under the dynamic guidance of new Artistic Director, Richard Moore, who helmed the Melbourne International Film Festival from 2007 to 2010, the 2013 season boasts a greatly expanded programme incorporating Q&A with filmmaker David Brooks, live performance,  and premiere screenings that have been designed to give audiences of all ages both a local and international film experience. And with single session ticket prices set at just $10 and $12, it also provides some of the best entertainment value in town!

The Festival will launch with the world premiere of AN ICE BERGER WITH THE LOT–FROM BURY TO BRIGHTON, an inherently Bayside story featuring maverick personality and Brighton Iceberger, David Brooks, as he explores the joys and politics of cold water swimming—armed with nothing more than a bathing cap and a pair of speedos-­ from the Iceberger’s base at Middle Brighton Baths.

Closing night will see the Australian premiere of the French drama, ON MY WAY (screening courtesy of Umbrella Entertainment), starring screen legend, Catherine Deneuve,  as a former beauty queen who embarks on a roadtrip in the aftermath of an unhappy love affair.

Between these two diverse cinematic ‘bookends’ resides the most exciting selection of films to ever screen at the Festival including three Australian and four Victorian premieres—all of which you get to see first in Bayside! Highlights are:

ROMEO & JULIET: LOVE SONG (Australian Premiere)
A modern interpretation of the classic teenage love tragedy combining Shakespeare’s text with original lyrics and a range of musical styles from gospel to hiphop amidst a contemporary New Zealand setting.
Screening courtesy of Rialto Distribution


Renowned arts commentator Tim Marlow spends time with celebrated artist Damien Hirst at a major 2012 retrospective of his work staged at London’s Tate Modern, followed by an intimate chat with the colourful Tracey Emin at her 2012 exhibition at London’s Hayward Gallery.


A joyous celebration of the animist roots of Estonian culture revealed primarily through folk—song and dance. Features interviews and musical performances of ancient song cycles by Estonian youth.

BALKAN MELODIE (Victorian Premiere)

Over 50 years ago Marcel and Catherine Cellier travelled for the first time behind the Iron Curtain, where they collected the best music in Eastern Europe. This film traces the Celliers’ footsteps in Eastern Europe as they reunite with some of the world’s musical treasures.


With appearances by David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Sam Shepherd and Debbie Harry, this is a gentle, yet insightful portrait of Harry Dean Stanton, the iconic actor, singer and songwriter.

HEAVEN’S GATE – DIRECTOR’S CUT (Victorian Premiere)
Specially restored and digitally remastered Director’s Cut of the controversial epic that was universally maligned by critics and brought about the demise of United Artists studios. But three decades since, many regard Michael Cimino’s film as a groundbreaking masterpiece. Judge for yourself.

MISSION TO LARS (Victorian Premiere)

Tom has Fragile X Syndrome, an all too common form of inherited learning disability. He is also a massive fan of Lars Ulrich from Metallica. Aided by his brother and sister, Tom sets on a Mission to Lars, determined to meet his hero. (Screening courtesy of Curious Film).

Also returning in 2013 is the Festival’s much-­loved Youth Documentary & Digital Stories Program, which screens short documentaries and digital stories created for the Festival by local secondary students, and Jump Cut, which presents short films from young local and international filmmakers.
Acknowledged as the ‘heart’ of the Festival, these two inspiring programmes will be celebrated via the Festival’s Award Ceremony, to be hosted by comedian Justin Hamilton. And in the spirit of our opening night film, A ICEBERGER WITH THE LOT–FROM BURY TO BRIGHTON, the Festival will also host a Pitching Competition designed to find another great local story about the Bayside community and its characters, with a prize of $1,000 to help get aspiring filmmakers on their way!

For ticket and programme details, visit the Festival website at www.2013.baysidefilmfestival.com.au