published February 2010

As I Lay Dying - Australian Tour, March 2010

One of most influential bands to break out of the underground metal scene in recent years, San Diego quintet As I Lay Dying return to Australia to deliver another massive knockout blow!
Tour Dates: 
28/03/2010 - 01/04/2010







Gallery: Portal, Ulcerate, Beyond Terror Beyond Grace @ Live at the Wall (Sydney), 6 Feb 2010

Portal play the most evil show from the very depths of hell and horror, with support from New Zealand's Ulcerate and Blue Mountains Beyond Terror Beyond Grace

At War - Infidel (Heavy Artillery Records)

Awakening from an almost two-decade hiatus, these war horses return to exact Rambovian justice on the terrorists. Osama better be hiding in his cave, or else...
Release Date: 
10 Feb 2010 (All day)

It begins with a faint wheeze, then grows into this wobbling sound of eerie feedback before the percussion hammers down and At War are on their way to drive a knife through someone

Overkill - Ironbound (Nuclear Blast/Riot)

One of metal’s most prolific bands returns to spank our bottoms with a relentless thrash metal album. It’s certainly a lesson in (musical) violence that we should all heed.
Release Date: 
8 Feb 2010 (All day)

Lest they’re left behind by a thrash scene still enjoying its resurgence, Overkill crank open a fresh can of aural whoopass to teach the kids that no one does it better than

Bloodshedd - Spare No One (Tower of Doom)

This ugly little creature from the Philippines packs a nasty bite. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
Release Date: 
9 Feb 2010 (All day)

Unlike most bands who churn out the same generic crap every two years, Bloodshedd stewed in their scene for almost a decade before anyone offered them

Stygian - Rising Fury (Mortal Music)

You know how pretty much every high school metal band of a certain age (about eighteen months after they've switched from playing pop-punk to hard rock, on average), when asked about their influences, will almost inevitably say the words "Metallica" and "Pantera" within the next five words? No matter what they actually sound like? This is the sound of those kids with a lot more honesty, and a decade of spit and polish behind them.

Unfortunately, Stygian's Rising Fury has not enough spit and too much polish. 

Ace Frehley @ HQ (Adelaide), 4 Feb 2010

The original spaceman of rock touring Australia for the first time solo, and quite possibly the first time sober. Nostalgia never sounded so good!

It was with mild trepidation that I went along to see the spaceman Ace Frehley on Thursday night at HQ.  When I was a spotty, skinny, teen geek Kiss

A Design(er) for life: Krusher Joule

Krusher Joule has seen it all in thirty years in the world of metal - here are a few of his memories on times past...









Nile - Those Whom the Gods Detest (Nuclear Blast/Riot)

It's everone's favourite, Egyptian-themed group, The Bangl...... Nile!

True to form, I find most death metal (and by extension, most death metal based subgenres) a bit pish. It’s just ridiculous.

Riding Into Parts Unknown: Summer Welch of Baroness

Riding a wave of almost universal acclaim on their sophomore release, sludge metal pioneers Baroness are travelling even further South for Australia’s Soundwave Festival and a side-show tour with Isis. Summer Welch, the articulate bassist for the enigmatic quartet, talks all things brutal, blue and metal.

Every time a metalhead mentions “weird” and “metal” in the same breath, Baroness are invariably part of the conversation.