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ENTOMBED A.D. has all its weapons polished and reloaded and is ready to shatter the Australian music scene with an uncompromising full frontal assault including an historic set-list. So, let us all and celebrate the fact that the legend called Entombed has been given new life through ENTOMBED A.D. and all there is left to say is… Goddamn!

And the local support Acts have also now been announced!

Tuesday May 9th - Crowbar - Brisbane

Eternal Rest

Laceration Mantra

Wednesday May 10th - Manning - Sydney

Daemon Pyre

The Plague

Thursday May 11th - Max Watts - Melbourne

Anatomy

Earth

Black Jesus

Friday May 12th - Fowlers - Adelaide - All Ages Licensed

Voros

Funeral Moon

Saturday May 13th - Amplifier - Perth

Grotesque

Depravity

 

Goatwhore will release their anticipated 'Vengeful Ascension' full-length worldwide on June 23rd via Metal Blade Records. The band's seventh full-length and second recorded reel-to-reel, 'Vengeful Ascension' was captured at Earth Analog in Tolono, Illinois near Champaign, Illinois with longtime soundman and comrade Jarrett Pritchard (1349, Gruesome), breaking a four-album tradition of working with Erik Rutan.

"Working with Rutan was awesome," says front-man Ben Falgoust. "We did some great records with him. But you come to a point where you're like, 'All right. Let's try something new.' It was part of trying to remove ourselves from a comfort zone and a risk thing we needed to take. Plus, we really wanted to hit the essence of where we are live and what better way to harness that than by having our live sound guy involved. Jarrett is knowledgeable with the studio stuff. He also knows how we sound coming out of a PA and we really wanted to get closer to that."

The resulting ten-track, forty-one-minute production marches in, clutches its listeners by the throat and refuses to loosen its grip until the abrupt conclusion of 'Those Who Denied God's Will'.  A sonic manifestation of war, chaos, desolation, and emotional conflict, seamlessly bridging twenty years of the band's signature brand of audio venom, it's a record that finds its members at their most accomplished both individually and as a cohesive unit. Guitarist Sammy Duet's dense, sub nuclear riff work and possessed solo blitzes are at their most devastating, spiraling flawlessly and instinctually around drummer Zack Simmons' and bassist James Harvey's hammering rhythms, while Falgoust's distinctly commanding roar, his acidic prose, more enunciated than ever before, complimenting the apocalyptic proceedings.

"There's that whole idea of Lucifer being the anti-hero," elaborates Falgoust. "He's cast out from this place in Heaven to the depths of nothing. He keeps trying to ascend to the top again but no matter what, there's always this significant force trying to destroy him at any point and banish him back to Hell. If you look at it from an everyday aspect in life, it's the idea of people, hitting the bottom of the barrel or you know, things just aren't going right in life… emotion plays a huge part in how people react. Whether it's based on love or hatred or sadness or whatever, there's always an aspect of emotion that drives people to an extent. So the whole idea of a 'Vengeful Ascension' is built on being at the bottom, working your way to the top, and realizing along the way that there are other facets to the journey aside from just pure retribution. Within negativity there can exist a positive angle as well."

Goatwhore is currently on tour supporting Amon Amarth for two weeks worth of shows. The journey commenced on May 1st in Pensacola, Florida, will run through May 20th in Louisville, Kentucky, and includes an appearance at Dark Lord Day. See all confirmed dates below.

GOATWHORE tour dates

w/ Amon Amarth

May 4 - New Daisy Theatre - Memphis, TN

May 5 - The International - Knoxville, TN * Goatwhore only

May 6 - The National - Richmond, VA

May 8 - TLA - Philadelphia, PA

May 9 - College Street Music Hall - New Haven, CT

May 10 - The Paramount - Huntington, NY

May 11 - The Garrison - Toronto, ON * Goatwhore only

May 12 - 20 Monroe Live - Grand Rapids, MI

May 13 - Dark Lord Day @ Three Floyds Brewing - Munster, IN

May 16 - The Cotillion - Wichita, KS

May 17 - Boulder Theatre - Boulder, CO

May 18 - Lookout - Omaha, NE * Goatwhore only

May 19 - The Blue Note - Columbia, MO

May 20 - Mercury Ballroom - Louisville, KY

 

God Dethroned releases new single and video for 'Annihilation Crusade'! 'The World Ablaze' is out toiday worldwide via Metal Blade Records! and the brand new and final single 'Annihilation Crusade can be seen here

Comments Henri Sattler: "'Annihilation Crusade' is the opening song from the new album and starts off with a heavy rolling riff before it unleashes its mayhem. One of the more brutal songs on the album but with a beautiful epic middle part. The lyrics are about an army that crushes everything in its path to victory!"

God Dethroned will play two German release shows over the weekend of release and one Belgium and two Dutch ones the following weekend. 

05/05/17 DE - Oberhausen - Helvete w/ Lifeless & Visionary 666

06/05/17 DE - München - Backstage w/ Revel In Flesh & Commander & Visionary 666

11/05/17 BE - Kortrijk - De Kreun w/ Visionary 666 & Fractured Insanity

12/05/17 NL- Lelystad - Poppodium w/ Visionary 666 & Disquiet

13/05/17 NL - Groningen - Vera w/ Visionary 666 & The Heritance

In addition...  

22-24/06/17 DE - Gräfenhainichen - With Full Force

13-15/07/17 DE - Neukirchen-Vluyn - Dong Open Air

10-12/08/17 DE - Schlotheim - Party.San Open Air

02/12/17 DE - Dresden - Skullcrusher

 

Ice-T's Body Count have announced their very special guests to join them for their first Australian tour in 22 years. They'll be performing in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne with A.B. Origional and Void of Vision.

A.B. Original write songs in the spirit of N.W.A and West Side Connection, while lyrically bringing attention to issues closer to home. Respectively coming from the Yorta Yorta and Ngarrindjeri tribes, Briggs and Trials are socially conscious outspoken Indigenous artists. 

Void of Vision broke into Melbourne's heavy music scene early 2013 and touring in 2014 saw them tour 3 national tours with Hand Of Mercy, Hellions, and Elegist. In 2016 they released their debut, Children Of Chrome which took them on their first overseas jaunt (supporting Chelsea Grin throughout Europe). Renowned for their erratic live show the band have won over the hearts of heavy music fans all over and have continued that explosive momentum into 2017. 

BLOODLUST AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES:

THURSDAY 1 JUNE - TIVOLI THEATRE, BRISBANE

FRIDAY 2 JUNE - MARGARET COURT ARENA, MELBOURNE

SATURDAY 3 JUNE - HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY

 

 

Downfall of Gaia have released their latest album 'Atrophy' last November via Metal Blade Records and whilst playing a successful european tour the band are ready to release their brand new lyric video for the title track... SHOW ME! 

"We are pleased to present the lyricvideo for the title track of our recent album 'Atrophy', the grand final of the story told on our latest record! This song is the end of a journey, the final chapter of a dialogue between life and death." comments the band. 

'Atrophy' was recorded at the Hidden Planet studios in Berlin together with Jan Oberg and mixed and mastered by Jack Shirley from the Atomic Garden studios in San Francisco.

Live dates in support of 'Atrophy'!

06/05/17 UK - Manchester - Rebellion

07/05/17 UK - London - Underwolrd

11/05/17 PL - Poznan - Pod Minoga

12/05/17 DE - Hannover - Bei Chez Heinz

13/05/17 DE - Leipzig - Westwerk

17/06/17 DE - Kiel - Kiel Explode

24/06/17 DE - München - Saint Helena Festival

05/08/17 DE - Karlsruhe - New Noise Fest

 

Desecrator & Hidden Intent hit ACT and NSW this weekend for their last run of national shows in support of Desecrator's latest release "To The Gallows'! Along with them - Adelaide's fast rising heavy metal upstarts Hidden Intent. There's been major rumblings in the background for Hidden Intent, with preparations for a new album coming along swiftly. There’s a strong belief among the camp that these new tracks are easily the strongest material to date. The boys have also recently locked down their maiden European voyage coming up in May 2017 alongside US act Lich King.

True to the undeniable workhorse ethic of the band, they show no signs of wear and tear while forging themselves as a solid entity on the national touring circuit in recent years. The exciting 3-piece have been honing their throwback thrash craft since 2011, having proven themselves as tried and tested road dogs. Hidden Intent have toured Australia and New Zealand consistently while also trekking through Asia on no less than 4 occasions. Catch Hidden Intent and Desecrator thrashing in your city on the upcoming tour dates. 

May 5 – Canberra at The Basement 

May 6 – Woy Woy at Leagues Club 

May 7 – Sydney at Frankie's Pizza 

 

Polish Black Metal legends Christ Agony join Fleshgod Apocalypse in Slovakia this weekend!

May 5th - Košice - Colosseum

Christ Agony’s new album “Legacy” was released on November 18th, via Witching Hour Productions.

Christ Agony formed in 1990 – established since the beginning the leading edge of black metal scene and genre. The band’s debut full-length album “Unholyunion” was released in 1993, which became one of the most original and significant recordings in the world of black metal. November 18th 2016 marked the return of Cezar & Christ Agony in all their glory! The album, entitled “Legacy” (via Witching Hour Productions) contains seven hymns summoning the old days, the atmosphere of the band’s first three albums. With Daray (Dimmu Borgir) behind the drums “Legacy” delivers crushing and excellent piece of black metal. The album was recorded in Studio 666 in Morag under the watchful eye (and ear) of Michal Grabowski. 

 

Drum Wizard Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs, Flying Colors) brings the Shattered Fortress to Australia and New Zealand this November! The Shattered Fortress is Portnoy and an all-star Prog lineup (Eric Gillette, Richard Henshall & Charlie Griffiths on Guitar, Connor Green on Bass & Diego Tejeida on Keyboards) performing Mike Portnoy’s 12 Step Suite live in its entirety! This Exclusive Once in a Livetime Event will only happen in a select few countries in the world and Metropolis Touring have secured your slot Australia! 

Mike Portnoy is a man that really doesn't need any introduction. Known for his technical skill as a drummer, Portnoy has won 30 awards from the Modern Drummer magazine, and is the second youngest person to be inducted into the Modern Drummer's Hall of Fame! Primarily known as the co-founder of Dream Theater, he has also been involved in several other projects such as Liquid Tension Experiment, Avenged Sevenfold, Transatlantic, Adrenaline Mob plus many, many more!

The 12 Step Suite was written by Mike Portnoy and documents his battle with alcoholism. It is an ensemble of five songs recorded by Dream Theater from 2002 to 2009, with titles that reflect his struggles: "The Glass Prison”, "This Dying Soul”, "The Root Of All Evil”, “Repentance" and "The Shattered Fortress”. It was originally written with the intention of eventually playing it live as one piece, and now the time has come. The show will also feature a selection of other Dream Theater classics!

MIKE PORTNOY’S SHATTERED FORTRESS

TOUR DATES

Thursday 16th November – Auckland – The Studio

Saturday 18th November – Brisbane – The Tivoli

Monday 20th November – Perth – Astor Theatre

Wednesday 22nd November – Adelaide – The Gov

Friday 24th November – Sydney – Metro Theatre

Saturday 25th November – Melbourne – The Croxton

Tickets:

Pre-Sale Tuesday 9th May 9am (local)

On-Sale Thursday 11th May 9am (local)

Via: http://metropolistouring.com/mikeportnoy

 

 

Voyager's 6th album Ghost Mile is out next Friday May 12th and they begin their tour with France's The Algorithm the night before. What else is there to tell, except there is a new video for eponymous single Ghost Mile out now! 

Punters can now pre-order the album right here - http://geni.us/VoyagerGhostMile and tickets for the Australian tour can be purchased at voyager-australia.com.

Voyager's sensationally anthemic 6th opus has an amalgamation of everything the band does best - huge soundscapes, pop and prog sensibilities with catchy and thought-inducing instrumentals. The album was mixed by Matthew Templeman (Saviour, Life Pilot) and mastered by Simon Struthers and maintains the production that was such a successful selling point for their album ‘V’.