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It seems the entire Metal catalogue is on tour! Metal aint just tugging at those purse strings, they're ripping at them... So get out there and support Australia!

The Italian masters of dark musical extremity, Fleshgod Apocalypse will make their long awaited return to Australia for a headline tour this June!

Since forming a decade ago in 2007, Fleshgod have grabbed the metal world by the throat and have not let go. Releasing four albums; relentlessly touring the globe, and amassing a legion of loyal followers. 

Their most recent album King (2016) is being hailed as one of the essential metal albums of the last decade. Combining the extremity of Death and Black Metal with bombastic, powerful and challenging orchestral arrangements Fleshgod Apocalypse take the listener on a dark journey of epic proportions. Drawing on diverse musical inspirations from film score composers such as John Williams, Hans Zimmer, and Howard Shore through to the melodic death metal of Carcass and At The Gates and the savagery of Morbid Angel, the band have crafted a sound that is powerful, impressive, and unique. There are no limitations on Fleshgod Apocalypse’s creative ambitions as they continue to blur the lines between classical refinement and metallic intensity.

Supports for all shows have been announced! 

Thursday, June 1: Crowbar, Brisbane

Earth Rot and Amicable Treason

Friday, June 2: Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney

Earth Rot, Rise Of Avernus and The Seer

Saturday, June 3: Max Watts, Melbourne

Hybrid Nightmares, Earth Rot and Hollow World

In the live arena Fleshgod Apocalypse are unparalleled. Powerful, immense and grandiose. This is not your typical metal show, it’s an immersion into a fantastical world of symphonic wonderment, total heaviness and intriguing beauty. It quite simply must be witnessed to be believed! Hail to Fleshgod Apocalypse! Hail to the King!

Tickets are on sale now and include general admission, and deluxe ticket bundle packages. 

www.directtouring.oztix.com.au 

 

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” Aristotle  

Gothic Doom Metal band Paradise Lost are set to play their first headline Australian shows in six years.

Rare is it for a band to have had such a long lasting effect on the musical landscape they exist within. Since their formation in Halifax, West Yorkshire, Paradise Lost have thrived in perpetual darkness: a place where rays of light seldom threaten to break the black clouds, where nightmares last an eternity.

While the course of their sonic evolution has spawned countless others sworn to the dark, all pale in comparison to the original Gothic metal pioneers. Whilst their fifth album ‘Draconian Times’ provided the band’s international breakthrough, it would be fair to say without Paradise Lost, many of today’s doom-gloom bands would never have existed – 2nd album ‘Gothic’ still being considered ground zero for gothic metal.

Now celebrating their 25th year since the release of their debut album, Paradise Lost finally return to Australia for 5 shows only including their first shows in Adelaide and Perth ever!

The band will be performing songs from their groundbreaking catalogue and highlighting material from their astounding new album ‘The Plague Within’ on which Paradise Lost are once again refining the chemical equation to their sonic alchemy with the kind of creative invincibility few can afford. Described as a monochrome miasma of morbidly uplifting anthems and heart-aching melancholia, Paradise Lost deliver a pain born of the human condition itself as our fragile minds struggle to cope in a world overrun by demons.

It’s the love for what they do that has elevated Paradise Lost to the higher echelons of metal majesty. With a longstanding stable line-up that increasingly seems a rarity in today’s music scene, theirs is a creativity born of collective dominance: a mutual and shared dedication to creating something that will stand the test of time. And, of course, we’ve grown to expect nothing less from the Great British trailblazers.

If you’re searching for cheap thrills, look elsewhere. Paradise Lost is a band that sacrifice themselves through music, bleeding and suffering for their art in a way that puts many of today’s so-called artists to shame.

Paradise Lost Australia: December 2017

Thursday 14 - Triffid, Brisbane

Friday 15 - Metro Theatre, Sydney

Saturday 16 - The Corner, Melbourne

Sunday 17 - The Gov, Adelaide

Monday 18 - Capitol, Perth

Tickets: Pre-Sale: Thu 18 May 9am > 10pm (Local Time) 

On-Sale: Fri 19 May 9am (Local Time)

Available from: http://davidroywilliams.com/tours/paradise-lost/

 

 

This week - reinvigorated black metal infamists Nargaroth have released their highly anticipated seventh album, Era of Threnody via Inter Arma Productions.

Nargaroth needs no introduction. German black metal's longest-running and most prolific band, Nargaroth has built a canon of work that's as infamous as it is legendary in the underground. Led as always by the peerless vision of vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Ash, the Nargaroth aesthetic has spanned the many extremes of black metal as an artform, but always done with bravado and self-belief, purity of intent and purity of purpose. Now, with the band's first full-length in a long eight years, Era of Threnody has arrived to mark a glorious new epoch for Nargaroth.

Ever aptly titled, Era of Threnody burns with rage and repose - a war cry from a battlefield long forgotten, a remembrance of sorrows past, present, and future. Across its 65-minute landscape, the 10 songs which comprise Era of Threnody paint a portrait of Nargaroth at its most dynamic: nearly every unique era of the band is represented, but executed with a startling sense of professionalism. But let it be known that "professionalism" in no way should be conflated with mainstream ambitions, for this is still pure 'n' pristine BLACK METAL in all its monochromatic grandeur. More accurately, perhaps, Era of Threnody is the sound of Nargaroth at the height of its powers, well rested from the studio hiatus and eager 'n' emboldened by an upcoming European tour with Absu and Hate. The time of reckoning is at hand, and it is indeed the Era of Threnody!

Full "Crusade of Threnody" tour dates with ABSU and Hate:

19.05 - Zilinia (SVK) @ Klub Koleko

20.05 - Cluj Napoca (ROM) @ Flying Circus

21.05 - Bucharest (ROM) @ Fabrica

22.05 - Budapest (HUN) @ Durer Kert

23.05 - Vienna (AUT) @ Viper Room

24.05 - Cottbus (GER) @ Gladhouse

25.05 - Oberhausen (GER) @ Helvete

26.05 - Schweinsburg (GER) @ Dark Troll Fest

27.05 - Annaberg (GER) @ Alte Brauerei

28.05 - Flensburg (GER) @ Roxy

29.05 - Tilburg (NLD) @ Little Devil

30.05 - Cardiff (UK) @ The Globe

31.05 - Glasgow (UK) @ G2

01.06 - London (UK) @ Boston Music Rooms

02.06 - Amstelveen (NLD) @ P60

03.06 - Kuurne (BEL) @ Throne Fest

 

Only mere days away international metal superstars DragonForce will release their new studio album, Reaching Into Infinity, via earMusic/Sony Music Australia! To get you all in the mood, the band has launched a video for the new single, Ashes Of The Dawn, directed by Ivan Colic, plus produced by Stanimir Lukic - Staca and iCODE Team in Serbia in May 2017. 

WATCH CLIP!

For their seventh studio album, DragonForce has opened up their sound like never before, capturing the fierce, forlorn and fun with both menace and melody. "I think we have proven that playing fast was something we were good at, so this time I wanted to bring even more diversity into our music," Frederic Leclercq (bass) comments. "It's great to challenge ourselves instead of staying in a comfort zone, and I really wanted to experiment with Marc's vocals. I think people are going to be surprised at his brutality!" The first album to feature Gee Anzalone (drums), the Italian drummer has laid down an impressive performance to provide the perfect backbone to the DragonForce sound, which of course still boasts the band's trademark insanely-fast solos, courtesy of guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman. Recording the bulk of the album at Fascination Street Studios, Sweden, with producer Jens Bogren, the band also laid down tracks while touring their Killer Elite "best of"-album, utilizing Lamerluser Studios, (London, UK), Dark Lane Studios (Witney, UK), as well as the band's own Evil1 Studios in Charleville-Mezieres, France and Shredforce One Studios (CA, USA). 

PRE ORDER TO WIN A MEET & GREET

Purchase Reaching Into Infinity from JB HiFi for a chance to win a Meet & Greet with the band during their Australian tour.

Online Pre orders of the Deluxe Special Edition come with the CD booklet signed by the band! WIN STUFF!

Reaching Into Infinity Australian June 2017 Tour Dates

Tuesday, June 20: Capitol, Perth

Wednesday, June 21: 170 Russell, Melbourne

Thursday, June 22: The Basement, Canberra

Saturday, June 24: Manning Bar, Sydney

Sunday, June 25:  The Triffid, Brisbane

Presented by www.destroyalllines.com 

 

 

After releasing their sixth full-length, 'Great Is Our Sin', last summer, Revocation will return to Europe this summer for their 2nd tour in support of their latest album! The band will hit summer festivals as well as various clubs and will play four shows in a killer package that includes Gorguts, Havok, Fallujah and Venom Prison. On other occasions Revocation will support the mighty Converge!

Comments David Davidson: "We're incredibly excited to announce our first ever European festival run this summer! We'll be hitting a few killer fests and we'll also be playing a bunch of off day shows with Gorguts, Converge, Havok, Fallujah and Venom Prison. Needless to say you definitely don't want to miss this amazing lineup, see you in August!"

REVOCATION Europe summer 2017

11.08.17 Belgium Ieper @ Ieper Festival 

12.08.17 Czech Rep Jaromer @ Brutal Assault

14.08.17 Germany Wiesbaden @ Schlachthof w/ Gorguts, Havok, Fallujah, Venom Prison

15.08.17 Germany Leipzig @ Naumanns w/ Gorguts, Havok, Fallujah, Venom Prison

16.08.17 Netherlands Rotterdam @ Baroeg w/ Gorguts, Havok, Fallujah, Venom Prison

17.08.17 Germany Oberhausen @ Kulttempel w/ Gorguts, Havok, Fallujah, Venom Prison

18.08.17 Germany Dinkelsbühl @ Summer Breeze

20.08.17 France Saint Nolff @ Motocultor

21.08.17 Slovakia Bratislava @ Majestic Music Club support to Converge, w/ Gorguts, Havok

22.08.17 Austria Vienna @ Arena support to Converge, w/ Gorguts, Havok

23.08.17 Germany Munich @ Backstage support to Converge, w/ Gorguts, Havok

24.08.17 Switzerland Aarau @ Kiff support to Converge, w/ Gorguts, Havok

25.08.17 France Paris @ Trabendo support to Converge, w/ Gorguts, Havok

To purchase 'Great Is Our Sin' and to check out videos and music make sure to visit www.metalblade.com/revocation

 

 

ONE OK ROCK are the biggest rock band in Japan today, and are about to make their first ever headline tour trip to Australia! Filling stadiums in Japan is not enough. ONE OK ROCK are on a mission to take their brilliant live show around the world and are stepping it up to a whole new level that simply cannot be ignored.

Tickets for ONE OK ROCK go on sale Thursday 18 May, 9am local.

From: www.tickets.destroyalllines.com

TOUR DATES:

Friday 6 October: Brisbane, The Triffid – Lic A/A

Saturday 7 October: Sydney, Manning Bar – 18+

Sunday 8 October: Melbourne, Corner Hotel – 18+

 

 

Alice Cooper announces worldwide signing to earMUSIC and a new satudio album Paranormal to be released on July 28 - naturally earMUSIC is proud to announce the worldwide signing of legendary shock-rocker Alice Cooper and release of the album “Paranormal”, Alice Cooper’s first in 6 years. 

The 12 track album has been recorded in Nashville with long-time collaborator Bob Ezrin and features a very special bonus CD – a mini-album consisting of three brand new songs written and recorded together with the original Alice Cooper band members Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith and guitarist Michael Bruce alongside carefully selected live recordings.

Paranormal” also features special guest appearances by U2’s Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Deep Purple’s Roger Glover.

Alice Cooper will be touring Australia in October, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of his first Australian tour!

Joining him is the one and only Ace Frehley.

TOUR DATES

Tuesday, October 17: Perth Arena, Perth

Thursday, October 19: Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide

Friday, October 20: Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne

Saturday, October 21: Hordern Pavilion, Sydney

Monday, October 23: AIS Arena, Canberra

Tuesday, October 24: Entertainment Centre, Newcastle

Wednesday, October 25: Convention Centre, Brisbane

Presented by TEG Live

Tickets on sale now!

www.ticketek.com.au

www.alicecooper.com 

www.ear-music.net

 

Hot on the heels of this week's previous announcement of four special package shows featuring Gorguts alongside Fallujah, Havok, Revocation and opener Venom Prison the acclaimed Canadian death metal pioneers are revealing more European dates in the summer. The band will perform at Brutal Assault (CZ), Ieper Festival (BE), Vagos Metal Fest (PT), and Summer Breeze (DE) as well as tour in support of Converge with Havok and Revocation in August.

A full list of currently confirmed tour dates can be viewed below.

GORGUTS

Festivals

09 Aug 17 Jaromer (CZ) Brutal Assault

11 Aug 17 Ieper (BE) Ieper Festival

13 Aug 17 Vagos (PT) Vagos Metal Fest

18 Aug 17 Dinkelsbühl (DE) Summer Breeze

GORGUTS

+Fallujah +Revocation +Havok +Venom Prison

14 Aug 17 Wiesbaden (DE) Schlachthof

15 Aug 17 Leipzig (DE) Naumanns (Fallujah, Revocation, Havok, Venom Prison)

16 Aug 17 Rotterdam (NL) Baroeg (Fallujah, Revocation, Havok, Venom Prison)

17 Aug 17 Oberhausen (DE) Kulttempel (Fallujah, Revocation, Havok, Venom Prison)

GORGUTS

+Converge +Havok +Revocation

20 Aug 17 Wrocław (PL) Zaklęte Rewiry  

21 Aug 17 Bratislava (SK) Majestic Music Club  

22 Aug 17 Wien (AT) Arena 

23 Aug 17 München (DE) Backstage Halle 

24 Aug 17 Aarau (CH) Kiff 

25 Aug 17 Paris (FR) Trabendo 

Gorguts will be performing in support of their previous albums as well as their critically highly acclaimed latest EP 'Pleiades' Dust', which is still available in various formats via the Season of Mist shop. The album is streaming in its entirety HERE! 

Canada's long-running and much loved craftsmen of technical death metal are returning with a 33-minute song. Entitled 'Pleiades' Dust' this complex, image evoking, and masterly arranged eponymous track fills an entire EP. Expect the unexpected, when it comes to Gorguts.

In an age of a postulated clash of cultures, mastermind Luc Lemay delivers a piece of music that is conceptually and lyrically based on the "House of Wisdom", a medieval library based in Baghdad and at the heart of the Golden Age of Islam with its many scientific breakthroughs in various fields of learning. As Luc comments: "It is a story about curiosity, beautiful minds and sadly, about how man destroys great discoveries and achievements." Musically there is more narrative feeling as each section is introduced in such a way that every riff has the space to evolve like a character in a story.

Few extreme bands can boast the pedigree of Gorguts. During their early days as part of death metal's first wave, they created a legacy of legendary releases including their debut album 'Considered Dead' (1991) and its more experimental and technical follow-up 'Erosion of Sanity' (1993). After a hiatus of five years, Luc Lemay returned with a new line-up, which released the highly acclaimed and seminal third full-length 'Obscura' (1998). By then Gorguts had been busy at expanding and redefining the language of death metal. With a new line-up that left Lemay as the sole original member, the next milestone album was released under the title 'From Wisdom to Hate' (2001).  

Yet again the band went into hibernation, while their musical legacy continued to inspire and thrive as their native Quebec became a focus for technical death metal with acts such as Cryptopsy, Neuraxis, and Beyond Creation to name but a few following in their footsteps. After more than a decade of silence, mastermind Luc Lemay unleashed 'Colored Sands' (2013) with an all-star line-up including Colin Marston, Kevin Hufnagel, and John Longstreath (Origin, Skinless), who has in the meantime been replaced by Patrice Hamelin (Beneath The Massacre). Now Gorguts return with their most experimental song so far that combines all their virtues into one massive masterpiece. Lean back and listen carefully!

 

 

Norwegian black metal legends Satyricon have signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records and entered the studio to begin recording a brand new album! Formed in 1991 in Oslo, Satyricon reinvented the world of extreme music. With their third album 'Nemesis Divina' released back in 1996, their status as one of the most significant and creatively vital bands in Norwegian black metal was already beyond dispute. When this most illustrious and influential piece of dark art was successfully re-released with Napalm Records in the Spring of 2016 and in celebration of the band's 20th anniversary, it marked a cornerstone to extend the relationship to a worldwide record deal between the Austrian label and pioneers of black metal in Satyricon. 

Thomas Caser, CEO of Napalm Records: "We are proud to announce the signing of one of this most influential Extreme Metal act and pioneer of a whole genre. This upcoming album will surely set another mile stone in heavy music and we are honoured to release it this fall!”  

Satyricon are already hard at work in the studio and are currently recording their highly anticipated new studio album that is set for a September 22 release. Satyricon have not just inspired entire genres and beyond, the band has also always excelled live. Their powerful and evocative performances, spearheaded by charismatic frontman and visionary, Satyr as well as drummer extraordinaire Frost, will always be a memorable special event you will never forget. 

www.satyricon.no

 

 

Iowa hard rock outfit, Stone Sour has announced their long awaited Australian headline tour. Celebrating the upcoming release of their highly anticipated fifth album, Hydrograd, the band will play shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane this August.

Fronted by the charismatic Corey Taylor (Slipknot), the band has sold more than four million albums worldwide over the course of five full-length releases. Australian audiences last witnessed the raw power of a Stone Sour live show in 2013 when the band played Soundwave Festival and some sideshows with Linkin Park.

Tickets for all shows go on sale at 10am Friday, May 19.

For complete tour and ticketing details, visit: www.livenation.com.au

Stone Sour unleashed their eponymous debut album in 2002 and was immediately confirmed as one of the most popular and significant hard rock outfits of the 21st century. Stone Sour earned RIAA gold certification while singles “Get Inside” and “Inhale” each received GRAMMY® Award nominations for “Best Metal Performance.” 

Come What(ever) May followed in 2006 and proved an even greater accomplishment with a Top 5 debut on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 and a #1 entry onto Billboard’s Rock Albums Chart. The acclaimed album spawned still another GRAMMY®-nominated single in “30/30-150”. Stone Sour’s most recent all-original releases, the monumental House of Gold & Bones – Part 1 and House of Gold & Bones – Part 2 both made Top 10 debuts on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 upon their 2012 and 2013 arrivals.

After releasing an EP in 2015, Straight Outta Burbank, the band headed back to the studio to record, Hydrograd. Recorded at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, CA with producer Jay Ruston, Hydrograd features the lead tracks “Fabuless” and “Song #3”. “Fabuless” is joined by an official music video, directed by Paul Brown, which is streaming now on Stone Sour’s official YouTube channel. The album will be released worldwide on June 30.

Known far and wide as a truly incendiary live act, Stone Sour have built an international fan following through countless headline tours, multi-artist caravans, and performances at such famed festivals as Rock In Rio and the UK’s Download Festival.

STONE SOUR 2017 AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES

FESTIVAL HALL, MELBOURNE

FRIDAY AUGUST 25

HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY

SATURDAY AUGUST 26

EATONS HILL HOTEL, BRISBANE

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 30

TICKETS ON SALE

10AM FRIDAY MAY 19

 

For complete tour and ticket information, visit:

www.stonesour.com & www.livenation.com.au