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Extreme times demand extreme responses. Australian and New Zealand metal fans, you are about to be vehemently seized by the throat! After hugely successful runs in the USA and Europe, the intemperate NAPALM DEATH, BRUJERIA and LOCKUP gang are heading south to run riot through our part of the world.

Headlining this incredible line-up is none other than Napalm Death . One of the most influential and legendary acts in the history of heavy metal, and considered by all, as the fathers of grindcore. Fifteen albums in, and Napalm Death are in no way, shape or form of slowing down. As stated in their own words, silence sucks, noise is always the answer and they continue to create music that confronts, confounds and eviscerates in equal measure.

Finally after more than 25 years, Brujeria storm our stages for the first time hurling at us their razor sharp riffs and spiteful vocals. Walking along the border of death and grindcore, Brujeria are a street-level exercise in performance art, with frightening dramatic effect as well as dark satire.

And finally Lock Up, another savage group displaying their menacing on stage presence for the first time in our region. Consisting of well known metal identities Shame Embury, Nick Barker, Kevin Sharp and Anton Reiseneggar, Lock Up play a perfect collection of extremities, capturing the dynamics of all the classic thrash, death and grind, but with a more sinister sound… Toca rápido o muere – play fast or die!

Spitting out hot and catchy chunks of stoner, sludge, grind, punk and doom are rising, in your face, heavy Australian act, Black Rheno. Their hell raising live show, commanding stage presence and bone crushing anthems are kicking down doors for the band already, and nothing seems capable of stopping them.


Oct 4th - Auckland, Kings Arms*

Oct 6th - Hobart, The Goods Shed*

Oct 7th - Adelaide, Fowler's Live (The New Dead Metalfest)

Oct 8th - Perth, Capitol

Oct 10th - Melbourne, Max Watt's

Oct 11th - Sydney, The Factory

Oct 12th - Brisbane, Max Watt's

*BLACK RHENO not performing

TICKETS ON SALE FROM Tuesday June 27th at:




Thy Art is Murder have finally revealed that they'll unleash their anticipated, barbarous fourth LP 'Dear Desolation' via new extreme music indie label, Human Warfare on August 18.

One of the most polarising and thrilling acts to emerge triumphant from the competitive maelstrom of modern metal in recent years, Thy Art Is Murder are utterly fearless. Famed for charging riffs and screaming into the breach with notorious ferocity, they attract a legion of dedicated fans drawn from all genres, and all corners of the earth.

Much-revered frontman CJ McMahon surprised and shocked fans when he returned to the stage at this year's UNIFY Gathering, after his much-publicised departure from the band in 2015. In the interim, triple j's The Racket host Lochlan Watt stepped up to the mic for some serious international touring. Since returning to the helm, CJ and the band have been crushing venues across Europe, preparing for their Australian headline run, which will lead into the release of the much anticipated 'Dear Desolation'.

"I feel the strongest I've ever felt going into a record." says McMahon, "Coming back to the fold of our band has reinvigorated me. I missed my brothers, touring, and of course all our dedicated fans around the world who have always given us their all. This new record is going to shape our future; we gave it everything we could and then some. In the past, I was the weakest link and now that I have re-built myself, we are stronger than ever and nothing can stand in our way."

Thematically, 'Dear Desolation' embodies the darkest of dark. It is unquestionably Thy Art Is Murder's most challenging work to date. It sees the band dive headfirst into existentialism and the human condition, contemplating mortality, moral compasses, extinction level events and questioning political dogma. 

Guitarist Andy Marsh says of the record "Hate, War, Desolation; the trilogy series of the path mankind has laid out before himself. We are prouder than ever of our efforts on this record. A lot of time, planning, creativity and teamwork has culminated in what we think is our most completed vision yet: Dear Desolation.” Andy expands on the new LP's title: “‘Dear Desolation’ was the easiest way to sum up our new record and some of the issues we talked about. With lyrics ranging from extinction level events, to mortality’s interaction with morality, (it) seemed like an appropriate address toward nothingness, a call into the abyss, from which we might not hear an answer.”

Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Will Putney at Graphic Nature Audio in Belleville, NJ, and wrapped in original artwork created by Eliran Kantor, this hellish volume is a devastating blow. It coalesces classic and authentic death metal elements, resulting in a spirit-crushing monstrosity every bit as uncompromising as previous records Holy War (2015), Hate (2012) and their gigantic debut, The Adversary (2010). The impressive chart success of Holy War (#7 ARIA Chart Debut) saw the band rack up a mind-blowing 30+ million Youtube views.

Big and bold, and built for festival stages, ‘Dear Desolation’ is destined to further entrench the band’s rep as one of the most extreme live acts conceivable. These live chops have seen Thy Art is Murder dominate Soundwave and Download Festivals, smash North America on tour with Slayer and earn accolades from Metal Hammer. This is extreme metal for the people, torchbearers for a primal style that doesn’t die.





For 20 years, Origin has engaged a full-blown sensory assault of tight, taut, and technical death metal amplified by flashes of grindcore and groove. However, 2017’s "Unparalleled Universe" sees the quartet - Paul Ryan (guitar, vocals), John Longstreth (drums), Mike Flores (bass, vocals), and Jason Keyser (vocals) - strengthen that blueprint with a handful of surprises.

"It feels like an Origin album, but it’s unparalleled to what you might expect if you haven’t heard us for 10 or 15 years" says Ryan. "To me, it’s a true reflection of ourselves. I compare it to an action movie. Our earlier material is filled with action from beginning to end. Now, the idea is to add a little more depth and dynamics. You could say there are some twists in the plot musically".

Origin began compiling ideas for what would become "Unparalleled Universe" while touring in support of their 2014 sixth offering, "Omnipresent". Along the way, the record snatched their highest position on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, bowing in the Top 10. Meanwhile, it garnered acclaim from metal press and successful tours with everyone from Aborted and Exhumed to Immolation and Marduk over the last three years. They’ve also shined on the Summer Slaughter Tour in 2009 & 2014. On the road with Belphegor last year, the members debuted a skeleton of the first single "Accident and Error" in front of packed crowds.

"We would ask the audience to give us title ideas, but we could never discern what they were actually saying" laughs Ryan. "Riffs typically start on tour, and I keep them in my back pocket. That’s the way it is. Ultimately, Unparalleled Universe begins another era for Origin. In the end, we’re still writing death metal songs, but we’re adding new dimensions. We’re still Origin".

"Unparalleled Universe" was recorded and mixed at Chapman Studios in February 2017 alongside longtime collaborator and engineer Robert Rebeck (Tech N9ne). The band emerged with ten new songs including a cover of Brujeria's "Revolución", that were mastered in March 2017 by Colin Marston at Menegroth - The Thousand Caves (Altar of Plagues, Jarobe, Krallice) and wrapped in a cover prepared by Filip Ivanovic (Dismember, Cryptopsy, Heavy Montreal, Gorguts).

Unparalleled Universe will be available June 30, 2017 



Septicflesh are now revealing the first monumental song taken from their forthcoming tenth full-length, 'Codex Omega', which has been scheduled for release on the 1st of September.

The band comment: "We are proud to present the first track from the upcoming album 'Codex Omega'. The song is appropriately entitled 'Dante's Inferno', acting as a gateway to hell... As it was inscribed on the top of the Hellgate in the famous poem by Dante Alighieri, 'Through me you pass into the city of woe; Through me you pass into eternal pain; Through me among the people lost for aye'. This is just the first glimpse, the entrance to our new album. Stay tuned as more will gradually be revealed with the release date of our new album getting closer... "

Septicflesh are painting an apocalyptic vision and make full use of their impressive musical palette consisting of death metal and orchestral colours on their tenth full-length, 'Codex Omega'. 

From their alpha EP 'Temple of the Lost Race' that was released one year after their founding in 1990, the Greek musicians have pushed the limits of the metal genre and continued to explore new sonic path with every following release from their debut album 'Mystic Places of Dawn' (1994) to the stunning 'Sumerian Daemons' (2003), which have in the meantime all been re-issued by Season of Mist.

Yet Septicflesh had clearly come into their own sound when they unleashed their celebrated comeback album after a five-year hiatus that re-charged their artistic batteries. 'Communion' (2008) offered a well-balanced amalgamation of metal elements that were freely drawn from the darker side of the genre including death, black, and gothic metal with epic orchestral arrangements. This symphonic excellence was based on guitarist Christos Antoniou bringing to bear the fruits of his academic studies of classical composition, which he passed with honours and distinction.

With a clear musical compass to navigate, the band continued to explore their sound and the compositional possibilities of this new-found metal continent. 'The Great Mass' (2011) and 'Titan' (2014) saw the Greeks evolving at fast speed and at the same time gathering adherents as well as critical praise in ever growing numbers. Extended touring on both sides of the Atlantic and performances at about every important festival further consolidated the bands burgeoning status.

Although the biblical omega marks the end, Septicflesh on the contrary are reaching their current peak with 'Codex Omega', an album that clearly witnesses the Greek visionaries having come to maturity and expert craftsmanship in every sense.

Septicflesh are the undisputable masters of symphonic death metal and 'Codex Omega' is the perfect proof for this bold statement.


Australia rejoice as we witness the return of the colossal Pallbearer to venues across the nation before they embark on their first ever tour of New Zealand. The band’s return follows the recent release of their third album, Heartless, a towering release that’s hastily rode a wave of positive feedback throughout the metal community.

The Arkansas four piece will be slinging their serpentine brand of doom to venues in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and Wellington from the very end of June through to early July.

On every one of its albums, Pallbearer makes music for the mountains. Plodding, tectonic plate-shifting guitar riffs, thunderous drums, and soaring Black Sabbath vocals are tools that have been used by many doom metal bands the world over, but in the hands of this Arkansas quartet, they hit with the sledgehammer punch that makes doom quite possibly the most cathartic of metal’s subgenres.

Pallbearer are often compared to doom pioneers such as Pentagram, Saint Vitus and Black Sabbath for all the right reasons – they offer a complexity with roots deeply sunk into classic prog, '90s alt-rock and stretches of black-tinged proto-metal. Stripping themselves away from the verse/chorus/verse structuring of music grants an ability to craft ambling songs, taking a listener through valleys of hypnotic riff-work before scaling mountains of emotional catharsis.

Life Is Noise is equally proud to announce a selection of carefully considered supports for Pallbearer’s upcoming tour, scheduled to start at the end of this month. On Friday June 30, The Rosemount in Perth will host Ohm Rune, a formidable pair of doom purveyors toting harsh bass riffs and scathing drums. Dirac Sea will be opening affairs for the evening, tearing audience members into a void with a darker form of doom metal themselves.

Saturday July 1 at Crowbar in Brisbane brings out Indica in support, doing justice to their namesake with hazy, flowing ritual doom. Heavy psych act Zong open on the night, bringing experimentation and heavy riffs together for devastating effect.

Sydney’s Manning Bar sees Illimitable Dolor dragging listeners through grim passages of funeral doom come Tuesday July 4. Middle Eastern inspired prog trio Hashshashin will roll in with scorching desert riffs, well worth the early arrival to witness their ingenuity in action.

On Thursday July 6, Sludge lords BØG – following the release of their mature, snarling album Jim ­‑ take to the stage to slaughter any eardrum that gets in their way. Fellow locals Cascades, also coming off the back of an excellent self-titled release will bring splendidly layered sludge metal to the show.

Friday July 7 rolls things over to a heavy psych vibe with Holy Serpent – big riffs drenched in primordial venom. Agonhymn will be churning out shifting riffs, spanning from droning doom riffs to blunt-force trauma heavy as they warm up the night.

Pallbearer continue on to New Zealand on Saturday July 8, where Whammy Bar in Auckland plays host to two of the country’s finest doom acts. Arc of Ascent have been turning more than a few heads with their recent release of Realms of the Metaphysical – safe to say they’ll be leaving more than an eardrum blistering as well. Three-piece instrumental stoner doom act Reaving begin offering riffs that flutter between a hard crush or a soft drift as it courses through a listener like a slow poison.

Finally, come Sunday July 9 at San Fran in Wellington, the tour comes to finish with supports from Into Orbit and Triumphs. Into Orbit’s genre of post-rock scratches an itch that few bands can, churning out long, winding songs with a formidable and careful approach to experimentation. Triumphs’ brand of fuzz drenched riffs and jackhammer drumming heaves with their audiences – a strong opener for the night to be sure.

Catch Pallbearer on the following dates:

Rosemount, Perth – Friday, June 30 

w/ Ohm Rune & Dirac Sea

Crowbar, Brisbane – Saturday, July 1

w/ Indica & Zong

Manning Bar, Sydney – Tuesday, July 4

w/ Illimitable Dolor & Hashshashin

Northcote Social Club, Melbourne – Thursday, July 6  

w/ BØG & Cascades

Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, Friday, July 7 w/ Holy Serpent & Agonhymn

Whammy Bar, Auckland – Saturday, July 8

w/ Arc of Ascent & Reaving

San Fran, Wellington – Sunday, July 9

w/ Into Orbit

Tickets available from and for Auckland and Wellington shows.



Following their First Ever Australian Tour in 2014, German Metal Legends Accept return this September for one show only in Melbourne. With multiple Sold Out shows on their last visit, Accept reward fans with One Special Exclusive Performance at 170 Russell on 17th September!


Accept’s 15th studio album, ‘The Rise of Chaos’, is set for release on August 4th via Nuclear Blast and Australian fans are amongst the first to catch the new live set. Every single fan of Classic Heavy Metal will want to be fist in air shouting along as one of the hardest working bands in the world belt out highlights from ‘The Rise of Chaos’ as well as all their classic anthems – Balls To The Wall, Fast as a Shark, Metal Heart, Restless and Wild, Teutonic Terror plus many more!

Having released classic album after album such as ‘Balls To The Wall’, ‘Metal Heart’ and ‘Restless And Wild’, Accept have become one of the most influential and acclaimed metal bands of all time. Their unforgettable vocals and Wolf Hoffmann’s classic riffs became a major part of 80’s Heavy Metal history!

Accept Live:

Sunday 17TH September – Melbourne, 170 Russell



Caligula’s Horse, a band at the forefront of Australia’s progressive rock scene, have announced the release of their forthcoming fourth studio album, In Contact, for release on the 15th September 2017 via Inside Out Music.

As with the band’s acclaimed album Bloom before it, In Contact sees vocalist Jim Grey and lead guitarist Sam Vallen collaborating closely on the music and lyrics. Vallen comments: “In our creative process every idea is scrutinized, deconstructed, and rebuilt in a way that one of us, alone, could never achieve. We’re one another’s harshest critic, but fortunately we’ve done this for long enough now that our inspiration draws us in a similar direction - we can finish each other’s musical sentences, so to speak. And we're lucky that's the case, since In Contact proved to be a much more ambitious undertaking than anything we’d conceived of in the past.”

Vocalist Jim Grey adds: "In Contact has been an enormous proposition - the stories told in this album feel deeply personal, and we've never been more excited to share a new work with the world. The sounds on this album are dark and adventurous - but without losing the bittersweet and joyful sounds we developed in writing Bloom.”

As with the band’s second album The Tide, the Thief & River’s End, the band decided to hang a concept around the entire record, taking it in a direction that would end up being the opposite of its predecessor. “We decided to create a concept album, but one that came from a more personal place: one that would facilitate our creative needs wherever the journey took us” Vallen continues. “The broader concept is based around the nature of art - of what it is that sparks creativity and inspiration, a celebration of what connects us as human beings, the shared space across our many differences.”

Prior to the new album’s release, the band are set to return to Europe in June 2017 for a string of live dates including support slots with Opeth, Anathema & Pain of Salvation, UK headline shows and festival appearances at Midsummer Prog Festival (Valkenburg, Netherlands) & Be Prog! My Friend Festival (Barcelona, Spain). To coincide with that, InsideOutMusic will reissue the band’s first two albums Moments From Ephemeral City & The Tide, the Thief & River’s End on the 16th June 2017 as CD & digital download.



Monday 19th June: Le Rex, Toulouse, France w/ Pain of Salvation

Tuesday 20th June: Les Docks, Lausanne, Switzerland w/ Opeth

Wednesday 21st June: Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland w/ Opeth

Thursday 22nd June: Substage, Karlsruhe, Germany w/ Pain of Salvation

Friday 23rd June: Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands w/ Anathema

Saturday 24th June: Midsummer Prog Festival, Valkenburg, Netherlands

Sunday 25th June: The Talking Heads, Southampton, UK

Wednesday 28th June: The Black Heart, London, UK

Friday 30th June: Be Prog! My Friend Festival, Barcelona, Spain



The opening track on Decapitated’s new album, Anticult, has an ominous voice to it. The clean guitar motif feels dangerous, as if warning in a language unfamiliar that the world before us will soon not be the same. Certainly, trail-blazing masterpiece “Impulse” is the harbinger of change. The ceaseless assault of riffs, drums, bass, and vocals—expertly delivered by guitarist Waclaw ‘Vogg’ Kieltyka, drummer Michal Lysejko, bassist Hubert Wiecek, and vocalist Rafał ‘Rasta’ Piotrowski—is unlike anything before it. But “Impulse” is more than the sum of its parts. Between Vogg’s monstrous volleys and Rasta’s brutal existentialist barks, there’s something else in the mix. Not just Decapitated’s penchant for building tension by continually winding up and layering upon themes either. That’s a trademark harkening all the back to 2000’s classically-inspired Winds of Creation full-length. On “Impulse” (and definitely throughout the rest of Anticult), Decapitated weave in thrusts of brightness. Turns out, Anticult was designed—with an almost devil may care attitude—that way from the start.

“One of our [songwriting] goals was to not think too much,” Vogg reveals. “We said it ourselves, ‘Hey, it’s only music, so let’s not make the writing process torturous.’ If a riff sounds good, then we left it. Also, a lot of the solo parts were taken from first takes, the first ideas I had when jamming on my laptop. We weren’t afraid of leaving things like first takes on the album. I mean, Anticult sounds like Decapitated from the first to the last song, and that, for me, is very cool. It means that we have our own sound and own style.”

Since they formed the band—and signed a record deal or two—as teenagers in 1996, Vogg and team have always looked at their music pragmatically. It can always be bettered. It can forever be topped. They will always be able to best songs like “Winds of Creation”, “Day 69”, and, of course, “Spheres of Madness”. Check out “Deathvaluation” and, especially, “Earth Scar”! Every album, from Winds of Creation to 2014’s unstoppable Blood Mantra, is a learning experience, a stepping stone. Anticult is no different. Written with time not tempo in mind—Vogg thinks metal albums shouldn’t exceed a 40-minute runtime—Decapitated’s sixth full-length focuses on compactness, where the next killer riff or drum pattern is always around the proverbial corner.

If Anticult sounds incredible, well, it’s because Decapitated took great care throughout the process. The drums were recorded—without triggers—over eight days at Custom34 Studios in Gdansk. The guitars, bass, and vocals were tracked for five weeks at ZED Studios in Chechło. And the mixing and mastering were completed over a two-week span at Dugout Studios in Uppsala, Sweden with Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, In Flames) and Lawrence Mackrory (Firespawn, Nightrage), respectively.

“It was different because we worked with some new people for the first time,” Vogg says. “It was very interesting to watch them work. We learned a lot, again. We discovered new places to record, which was amazing. The drums went much better and faster this time than on Blood Mantra. Custom34 Studios is an unbelievable place. They have everything we can imagine in a studio. An amazing room for drums, huge with amazing sound. Daniel couldn’t believe that this place was so great. Guitar, bass, and vocal sessions went well, too. We did stress out a little because Rasta had problems with his throat. When we recorded his vocals it was winter. And it was freezing. Rasta was recording right up to last day.”

Thematically and lyrically, Anticult deals with the abstract of who and what we, as humans, are. Conceived and written by Rasta, it’s existentialism at its finest. “Deathvaluation”, “Kill the Cult”, and “Anger Line” deal with the destructive qualities of humanity. The lyrics discuss, as Rasta says, “the hourglass of life.” As for the title, Anticult, it posits a world where everything has input in our lives. The forces of modern society have an impact on everything we perceive and do. The idea behind it is to rage against the so-called machine. To be an individual. And to stand up for yourself and define your own code. Clearly, the Poles have learned a lot from the complexities of life—Decapitated suffered superlatively when they lost Vogg’s younger brother Witold ‘Vitek’ Kiełtyka in a bus accident while on tour in 2007—and Anticult yet again questions if we are merely the product of our environment.

As for what’s next for Decapitated, it’s readying for the release of Anticult—their third full-length for Nuclear Blast—as well as preparing for the road ahead. The Poles have plans to visit countries, cities, and towns they’ve never played in before, in fact. Together with Anticult, they’re sure as fire is hot that 2017 and beyond are not only going to rule but be remembered fondly. Refuse, resist, and reinvent. That’s a motto Decapitated can stand behind.

“We put lots of time and energy to make this album sound like it does,” Vogg offers. “I hope people will love it, too. I sure this album will not disappoint old and new Decapitated fans. There is something for all of them. I really can’t wait to get on tour again. I want to play Anticult songs to everyone.”




The unstoppable Australian metal outfit As Paradise Falls have revealed the album art, track listing, and release date for their long-awaited new full-length album, ‘Digital Ritual’.  The album was produced by Shane Edwards (Northlane, Trophy Eyes, Hellions) at Karma Sound Studios, and consists of eleven brand new songs. While recording ‘Digital Ritual’ in late 2015, the band’s guitarist Glen Barrie suddenly passed away. After clawing their way back from immense tragedy, the new album will finally see a release on July 21, 2017 through Eclipse Records.

“After everything that’s happened, releasing the album is a very emotional process,” states guitarist Danny Kenneally. “We’re stoked about finally sharing it with the world, but at the same time we’re anxious about whether we’ve done everything we can to preserve Glen’s legacy.” About working with producer Shane Edwards, Danny continues, “We’re very thankful that Shane produced our album. He knows exactly how to push us to our limits as musicians, getting the best out of us. He has the unique ability to place an idea of ours in his hands, and from there it just flourishes into something brilliant.”

‘Digital Ritual’ is available now for pre-order via iTunes and Amazon. Either option comes with the songs “StarBlind” and “Digital Ritual” as instant grat tracks! The album is also available to pre-order via Google Play. The single ‘StarBlind’ is already streaming via Spotify and Apple Music. Additional options and information about ‘Digital Ritual’ will be forthcoming at Eclipse Records. For more information on As Paradise Falls, please visit the band on Facebook or Twitter, and follow them on Spotify.


The 2017 Wacken Open Air running order is now online and WOA 2017 goes..... cashless?? 

We all know that the next edition of Wacken Open Air will occur in August 2017. Heavy music from all metal genres is waiting for you on 8 stages at an area larger than 270 soccer fields. According to the festival - the last 10,000 tickets are now on sale at!

In addition to the fantastic lineups WOA always manage to provide, the new beer pipeline (heck yeah) and the snazzy new irrigation they have laid Wacken could also be going cashless....

The full report:

"As you might have noticed we have already tested Cashless Payment on a few occasions in the last 12 months. Amongst others we did that in the beginning of this year at the Wacken Winter Nights premiere.

This has both practical and legal reasons like the so called „Registrierkassenpflicht“ (Cash register liability) which is a law that was introduced in Germany in the beginning of 2017 and will be expanded until 2020.

We as well as many other festival promoters have the choice of dealing with these new circumstances from the beginning and find the best solution or wait until it is too late. As you might imagine this was not really a difficult choice.

So now we are going into the next bigger test round: This year we are offering Cashless Payment as an alternate payment option inside the infield. That means you can pay via cash or use the cashless option.

And that’s exactly the point where you come into play because we are asking for your active attendance!

It is planned that you will get a card which can be charged multiple times with credit balance. Something similar also happened at Wacken Winter Nights but the difference is that you have to order and charge your card BEFORE the festival begins. After choosing a certain amount of credit balance you will get a QR code which will be scanned on spot to charge a card that will be handed out to you directly after. Every further recharging process will also require a cashless solution (f.e. via EC-Card, credit card or paypal).

To get a initial conception about the size of the testing round we want to ask for your participation into a small and quick survey.

This has both practical and legal reasons like the so called „Registrierkassenpflicht“ (Cash register liability) which is a law that was introduced in Germany in the beginning of 2017 and will be expanded until 2020. We as well as many other festival promoters have the choice of dealing with these new circumstances from the beginning and find the best solution or wait until it is too late. As you might imagine this was not really a difficult choice.

All information regarding the festival is available at!"



One Norwegian rock festival has set itself to become one of the most exiting festivals in Scandinavia, situated in one of the most spectacular sites in Europe. Focusing on everything from classic rock to the famous Norwegian black metal scene, the Tons of Rock Festival takes place inside a fortress wall itself, giving both the audience and the artists a unique experience.

Close to the Swedish border and overlooking the beautiful city of Halden, Fredriksten Fortress was built in 1660. Among many historic events, the most famous is the legendary Swedish King Charles XII was killed here in battle in 1718 and with him the Great Nordic war came to its end. History lives on in the fortress walls, creating a special atmosphere throughout it´s walls, paths, tunnels, halls and hill sides and all together making up one of the most characteristic festival sites in the whole of Europe. There will be one stage in each end of the old drill ground and one tent stage. On Huth, almost at the very top of the fortress local DIY label Tonehjulet Kräftpest will present a wide range of young local acts.

Metal As Fuck's doom raider, Nikki Hallam will be donning the battle vest and heading into the fortress this weekend - stay tuned on the socials for live updates! 

Featuring Slayer, Rob Zombie, Satyricon, Enslaved, Emperor, Rotting Christ, Deathhammer and many more - check the full lineup at the official website and if you're in the neighbourhood be sure to say hi! 



With their debut album “Born in Thorns” having hit the streets on Dark Essence Records in the Autumn of 2015,  Norwegian Black Metallers The 3rd Attempt entered the Strand Studio in Oslo on the 26th May to begin work on their sophomore full-length album, with a view to it being released towards the end of the year.

The 3rd Attempt was formed by former Carpathian Forest guitarist Tchort (Green Carnation, ex Emperor, ex Blood Red Throne) who, feeling a sense of staleness in their roles, quit the iconic band and decided to form a project that would once again ignite his enthusiasm and creativity.  Vocalist Ødemark joined the lineup  following online auditions that saw him beat a plethora of both experienced and new vocalists from all over the world for the role.  Drummer Tybalt  whose performance as a live session drummer for the band impressed everyone, was quickly added to the lineup on a permanent basis.

Ten songs for the new album have been completed, and the drum tracks have already been recorded by Tybalt, who had this to say about what fans could expect from the new material "There’s a lot more going on than on the last album, and it’s much faster.  We are definitely beginning to forge something that is truly our own.  It’s dark, it’s filthy and it’s mofo rock n roll'. 

Ødemark, who writes the lyrics for the band gave, an insight into the subject matter 'The new album is about self destruction from an introspective point of view (inside-out), and is not so much about suicide as it is about the need to seek pain, both mental and emotional, in order to develop as a person.   Song by song, a new destructive facet of life is seen, systematically deconstructing each aspect of the human ego.  It’s about evolving through real suffering, and accepting the fact that you are insignificant.  Basically it illustrates how little I care about you.  So, in a nutshell, it’s just about the truth'.



The Dead of Winter Festival 2017 - The Monster Edition! 

Annual Brisbane heavy music and alt culture event the Dead of Winter Festival returns to the national stage this July with an epic lineup.

From humble beginnings back in 2009, the horror-themed event has grown incrementally from year to year to have now become the premier Rock, Punk and Metal showcase in Brisbane each year since the demise of Soundwave and Big Day Out. The Dead of Winter offers up a unique event tailored to fans of the heavier sounds amidst a theme of fun-fuelled horror.

The 2017 lineup, in the festival promoter’s words ‘our best yet’, will feature over 50 acts across 5 stages on July 29 at the Jubilee Hotel in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. 

A quick taste of the 2017 DOW lineup includes...

The Bennies 

The Meanies 

The Porkers

Dallas Frasca 



Night Gaunts (NZ)

Truth Corroded 

Giants of Science 

As Paradise Falls 

She Cries Wolf



Hollow World 

Black Rheno 


Hadal maw 

Blind Man Death Stare 

Smoking Martha 

Red Bee 

The Royal Artillery 

Hobo Magic 



The Dead of Winter Festival will run from 1.00pm to midnight, utilising all spaces within the iconic pub including the beer garden and a massive double stage & tent set up in the carpark and will include freak show side shows, horror flicks, Zombie makeover booths, themed day & night markets and more. Wear your monster get-up!

Dead of Winter Festival 2017

Saturday 29 July - Jubilee Hotel Brisbane

Featuring over 50 acts inc. The Bennies, The Meanies, The Porkers, Whoretopsy, Dallas Frasca and more





Late last month Blood Red Throne announced they had recorded their first track AND video from their highly anticipated next album, 'Gore Encore' at Norsk Lydstudio.... Until more details are released catch the mighty Norwegians through Spain this September with  ITP Promotions & Suspiria Records. 

SEP 19 Blood Red Throne + Support en Gruta77 en Madrid Gruta 77 Madrid

SEP 20 Blood Red Throne + Agónica- Sala Master (Vigo) Vigo, Spain

SEP 21 Blood Red Throne Porto, Portugal

SEP 22 Iberian Warriors Metal Fest 2017 Centro Cívico Delicias Zaragoza, Spain

SEP 22 VI Zombie Jaialdia-Blood red throne+ bandas First bite Sala Tunk - Tunk Aretoa Irún, Spain

SEP 24 Blood Red Throne + Violblast- Sala Toman (Reus) SALA TOMAN MUSIC Reus, Spain



Arch Enemy new album and tour: 

Will to Power will serve as the follow-up to 2015’s War Eternal, arriving on Sept. 8 through Century Media.

The band broke the news on Facebook with the promise of a new album coinciding with a string of European tour dates which will officially mark the beginning of the Will to Power touring cycle. After pummeling the European festival circuit over the summer, Arch Enemy will hit the road in Eastern Europe, Austria, Finland and Russia starting Sept. 15. Following this run, the Swedish melodeath masters are aiming for a return to North America in October and November.

“After many months of writing and recording in the studio we are delighted to have finally completed work on our 10th studio album, Will to Power. We are looking forward to sharing new music with you soon,” said guitarist and founder Michael Amott, adding, “We are equally excited to announce the first leg of our Will to Power world tour… Can’t wait to play new and old songs for our fans, see you all soon!”

Arch Enemy fans are already having a solid 2017 as the band’s first live DVD with Alissa White-Gluz, As the Stages Burn!, was released in March. The footage was culled from the band’s 2015 set at Wacken Open Air which featured their largest stage production to date.

NEW ALBUM "Will To Power" out September 8th!

06.07.2017 Rock Harz Festival, Ballenstedt, Germany

08.07.2017 Resurrection Fest, Viveiro, Spain

12.07.2017 Rockmarathon, Dunaújváros, Hungary

15.07.2017 Gefle Metal Festival, Sweden

04.08.2017 Rock Pod Kamenom Festival, Snina, Slovakia

05.08.2017 Ostrave v Plamenech, Ostrave, Czech Republic

07.08.2017 Festival Di Majano, Majano, Itlay

08.08.2017 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria

10.08.2017 Leyendas Del Rock, Villena, Spain

11.08.2017 Vagos Metal Fest, Vagos, Portugal

12.08.2017 Into The Grave, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

13.08.2017 Bloodstock Open Air, Walton-On-Trent, UK



Carpathian Forest reunited and new album on the way... 

Norwegian black metal band Carpathian Forest are now back, and have announced a new album.

They are currently taping demos, doing rehearsals some new live performances, and this new album, titled "Likskue", will be out in 2018, with recording sessions starting this summer or fall. Additional info will be revealed, so stay tuned.

The band previously went on hiatus in July 2014, after members Tchort and Blood Pervertor announced they had parted ways with Carpathian Forest, and would form a new band called The 3rd Attempt. The Carpathian Forest's 2017 line-up include all new band members, except vocalist Nattefrost.




Sebastian Bach is coming back! The Original Voice of SKID ROW, Musical Royalty SEBASTIAN BACH returns to Australia this October! Performing SKID ROW classics – “18 and Life”, “Youth Gone Wild”, “I Remember You”, “Monkey Business”, “Slave To The Grind” plus more!

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and the last time Bach graced our shores we had this to say: 

"more than a singer, he is an entertainer and his energy on stage was a thrill to watch. Swinging his mic ferociously by the chord, windmilling and jumping around, whilst never struggling to hit a high note, the crowd were euphoric”

Bach tours between 21 - 28 October 2017 - full details can be found at