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Posted 29 Apr 2015 @ 1:04pm

 

ROB CRAW, LITTLE MURDERS & JOHN DOWLER
Saturday May 2 sees a triple bill of Oz rock legends appearing at the Bridge Hotel Castlemaine. Starting proceedings will be Huxton Creepers front man Rob Craw, playing a bunch of new stuff with a few Creepers classics thrown in. Next up are legendary mod rockers Little Murders, still playing rocking gigs 25 years later. To finish the...

Posted 21 Apr 2015 @ 5:13pm

 

MAR MORTUUM ON TOUR IN MAY
Mar Mortuum are touring the country in May to support their latest release, Nihilistic Advance, and you can catch them at Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood on Friday May 15.
 
DEATH METAL AT THE BENDIGO
Speaking of Bendigo Hotel, check out this line up for Saturday April 18:
Belligerent Intent - fast, brutal and violent three-piece...

Posted 14 Apr 2015 @ 3:00pm

 

DESERT HIGHWAYS SIGNS HOBO MAGIC
Noosa’s Hobo Magic have signed an exclusive worldwide deal with Desert Highways. The Desert Highways folks say, “This is something we’ve been working toward since we saw them live for the first time last year and were unbelievably impressed. Hobo Magic are currently one of the ‘must see’ stoner/fuzz/groove bands right now. Although most stoner...

Posted 7 Apr 2015 @ 6:19pm

 

CHRIS ADLER JOINS FORCES WITH MEGADETH
It’s official: Megadeth has confirmed speculation that Chris Adler of Lamb of God is playing drums on their next album. Adler won’t be joining as a full-time member, and the band’s new lead guitarist has yet to be announced. The official announcement was made via a memory game on the Megadeth website: match two images and they fade away to...

Posted 1 Apr 2015 @ 9:55am

 

NEW FROM MAMMOTH MAMMOTH
From the desk of Mammoth Mammoth: “After locking themselves in the disabled dunnies of the infamous Cherry Bar for 13 straight days with nothing more than a stack of Melbourne Bitter slabs, a pile of Home Girls magazines and a big bag of goey for sustenance, Mammoth Mammoth explode back out with their brand new album of beer drinkin’, bong rippin’, nang...

Posted 18 Mar 2015 @ 1:31pm

KARNIVOOL CELEBRATE THEMATA ANNIVERSARYHas it really been a decade since Karnivool released their debut album, Themata? Recorded in various spaces, in various ways and with a slightly varying lineup, they borrowed gear, borrowed money, borrowed space and used some tunings that perhaps haven’t been heard again. A decade later and Karnivool are an international force to be reckoned with, a band...

Posted 11 Mar 2015 @ 2:01pm

FOUR MORE ACTS ADDED TO CHERRYROCK
The final four acts have been confirmed for CherryRock015 and they are The Shrine from LA, Warped from Geelong, Clowns and The Ugly Kings. It’s an “all-killer, no-filler” lineup of solid rock. As usual there will be two stages with 13 acts and no clashes. Already announced is the monster coup of Red Fang (US) the volcanic sounds of Beastwars (NZ), the...

Posted 10 Mar 2015 @ 4:56pm

 

NEW FAITH NO MORE
Was your face melted by Faith No More’s recent Soundwave appearance? If so, you would’ve heard Superhero, a new song they’ve been playing live for a little while alongside Motherfucker and Matador. The crowd’s response to all three songs was massive and it’s so great to see fans excited by new material from a reunited, established act rather than just wanting...

Posted 3 Mar 2015 @ 5:10pm

 

ZOMBIE MOTORS WRECKING YARD, THE RUINER, ABRASION, BROOZER
Friday February 27 sees an epic lineup of dirty rock and stoner metal at The Bendigo Hotel. In one night, you’ll be assaulted in the most epic way with beer, weed and naked girls – okay, maybe not the naked girls, but you get the idea. Fuelled by gasoline and weed out in the barren north-west Victorian wasteland comes...

Posted 23 Feb 2015 @ 7:18pm

 

CHIHUAHUA ROCK
Chihuahua Rock is a benefit gig for Chihuahua Rescue Australia so they can save and re-home more little dogs with big personalities. The event takes place on Saturday February 21 at Mr Boogie Man Bar. Bands playing are Kill TV, Agents of Rock, Snark and MisSsta. 7pm start and $10 entry with all proceeds going to Chi rescue.
 
THE RETURN OF URIAH HEEP...

Posted 23 Feb 2015 @ 5:50pm

 

INVASION AT THE BENDIGO
On Friday February 13 2015, Collingwood’s Bendigo Hotel will be host to an interstate invasion. Acts from both around the country and locally will converge for a night of unrelenting metal bliss, brought to you by HeavyBlogIsHeavy, Metal Obsession and HEAVY magazine, featuring Hadal Maw, Kyzer Soze, Truth Corroded, Metalstorm and Voros. It’s gonna be a...

Posted 10 Feb 2015 @ 5:30pm

PERIPHERY HITS THE CHARTS
Congratulations to Periphery for landing at number 22 and 25 respectively on the ARIA album charts for their new records Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega. Hopefully we’ll see them in Australia sometime soon, right?
 
THE CONTROLLERS EAST COAST TOUR
The Controllers’ new EP Animals is out Friday March 20 and to celebrate they’re taking...

Posted 3 Feb 2015 @ 5:09pm

 

Hey folks! I’m writing this week’s column from a Denny’s in Anaheim, California, exactly two minutes after the NAMM Show wrapped up. NAMM is the annual musical instrument trade show and it’s huge. I’ve seen some great stuff this year, hung with the Periphery lads, interviewed Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine for Seymour Duncan, Dream Theater’s John Petrucci, nerded out over guitars with...

Posted 2 Feb 2015 @ 6:29pm

 

Hey folks! I’m writing this week’s column from the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles before covering the NAMM Show, the annual musical instrument trade show. It kicks off on Wednesday here in the States, and you can follow my adventures on Twitter at @iheartguitar. In next week’s column, I’ll share any particularly rock or metal-pertinent news, especially from an Aussie standpoint. There...

Posted 22 Jan 2015 @ 3:05pm

 

TERRA AUSTRALIS. GRRR.
Getteth thee to The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood on Saturday January 17, for Terra Australis brings unbridled force that crushes all that stand in their way. Before they step on the shores of Japan once again, Terra seek to raise hell and wave the banner of Melbourne Black Metal. Twisted Fate comprises of talented seasoned metal warriors that are sure to...

Posted 15 Jan 2015 @ 5:29pm

 

NEW ALBUM FROM THE ANSWER
Irish rockers The Answer will release their new album Raise A Little Hell on Monday March 9 via Napalm Records/Rocket. It’s the follow-up to their critically-acclaimed 2013 New Horizon album. The artwork is by Sebastian Jerke and the record was produced by Guillermo ‘Will’ Maya and mixed by Chris Sheldon. Frontman Cormac Neeson says: “This is a special...

Posted 29 Dec 2014 @ 2:41pm

THE OCEAN RETURNS
Germany’s premier post-metal act, The Ocean, are returning to Australia in April 2015. They’ll be playing their highly acclaimed record Pelagial in full for the very first time in Australia. Pelagial was one of 2013’s most critically-acclaimed releases internationally. It’s a progressive and ambitious musical odyssey, written, recorded, mixed and to-be-performed-live as...

Posted 23 Dec 2014 @ 12:52pm

 

CALIGULA’S HORSE SIGN WITH THE AGENCY GROUP
Congratulations to Brisbane alt-proggers Caligula’s Horse, who’ve just signed a deal with The Agency Group in New York for their North American bookings. After conquering Australia with their stunning debut album, The Tide, The Thief & River’s End, and their tireless work and touring ethic, the band’s now being represented by The...

Posted 16 Dec 2014 @ 3:02pm

 

FULL OF HELL AT THE BENDIGO
Full of Hell, for the first time, will bring their terrifying mix of noise, sludge and hardcore to The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood this Friday December 12, tearing down the joint with compadres in Whitehorse, Machina Genova, Halt Ever and Human Ruins. FOH have just finished recording their third full-length record, a collaborative effort between...

Posted 9 Dec 2014 @ 4:33pm

 

CALIGULA’S HORSE TO TOUR
Fresh off a wildly successful Australia-wide tour with Perth trailblazers Voyager, support for Canadian prog phenomenon Protest The Hero and a showcase at the prestigious Bigsound music conference, Brisbane based progressive alternative tour-de-force Caligula’s Horse once again hit the road to promote their brand new video from their critically acclaimed...

Posted 27 Nov 2014 @ 9:20am

 

SHADOWQUEEN AT THE BENDIGO
The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood sees an electric and eclectic lineup of local heavy rock acts explode onto the stage on Thursday November 20. Blistering female fronted rock act Shadowqueen headline, with nuclear strength support coming from exciting new Melbourne act Tragic Earth, who are dropping their ripping debut single Feels Good, Could be Better...

Posted 18 Nov 2014 @ 6:31pm

 

KRISIUN AT THE BENDIGO
Brazilian death metallers Krisiun triumphantly return to Australia and New Zealand with their newest monument of brutality, The Great Execution, out now via Century Media. Catch them for some high speed death metal violence this Saturday November 15 at The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood with support from veteran Adelaide’s Truth Corroded and Melbourne heavy...

Posted 28 Oct 2014 @ 5:11pm

 

MAR MORTUUM STREAM NEW TRACK
Pop this one in the calendar: Mar Mortuum release their new album Nihilistic Advance via Impure Sounds on Friday December 12. To launch the album they’ll be hitting the stage with Dead River Runs Dry (NSW/QLD), Adamus Exul and Wood of Suicides at The Tote on Friday December 12, too. The title track of the new album is now available to stream from the...

Posted 21 Oct 2014 @ 12:22pm

 

TROY BRADY QUITS THE AMITY AFFLICTION
Holy crap. Guitarist Troy Brady has parted ways with The Amity Affliction mid-tour. You can read Troy’s statement on the band’s Facebook page but it reads in part: “It’s with deep regret I need to let you all know I will no longer be writing music or performing as part of The Amity Affliction. Myself and Ahren started this band 11 years ago...

Posted 15 Oct 2014 @ 10:43am

 

ONCE - THE MUSICAL
Alright, so it’s not exactly rock but I checked out Once – The Musical at The Princess Theatre on opening night this past Saturday and if you’re into musical theatre you should check it out. There are some great vocal performances and some really beautiful orchestrations. Everything is performed on acoustic instruments by the actors, and if you’re a guitar...

Posted 7 Oct 2014 @ 4:25pm

 

PRONG TOUR
US metal favourites Prong will tour Australia for the first time ever this coming November for Nightmare Music. Founded by singer/guitarist Tommy Victor in 1986, the band has never made it to Australia at any point in their 28-year career, but all that is about to change. “I personally haven’t been there with any other band or on a trip,” Victor says. “I’ve only heard...

Posted 30 Sep 2014 @ 4:30pm

 

SEPULTURA TOUR IMMINENT
Sepultura’s ‘The Mediator Within’ Australia and New Zealand tour kicks off very soon: the metal legends will be at 170 Russell (ex-Billboard) on Friday October 3. The band is touring on the back of their incredible album The Mediator Between The Head And Hands Must Be The Heart (which is my personal favourite of the post-Max era). Tickets are only $59 plus...

Posted 23 Sep 2014 @ 4:34pm

 

DEVIN TOWNSEND CLINIC SELLING FAST
Tickets are selling fast for Devin Townsend’s Australian master class tour for Thump Music (at St. Kilda Town Hall on Wednesday October 22). I had a chat with Devin the other day and he had this to say: “It gives me an opportunity to dig into some of the things I’ve wanted to share with people. I’ve spent a long time making records and I’ve...

Posted 16 Sep 2014 @ 3:28pm

 

AQUILUS AT THE BENDIGO
This Friday September 12, get your ass to The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood for a huge night. Devalsne presents Aquilus, Adamus Exul, Voidchrist and Wood of Suicides. After the success of the Blood Music/ATMF release of the album Griseus, the one-man neo-classical atmospheric black metal project Aquilus forged on to become a successful live act in early...

Posted 8 Sep 2014 @ 6:33pm

 

DEVIN TOWNSEND AUSTRALIAN GUITAR MASTERCLASS TOUR
Thump Music has presented a bunch of great guitar masterclasses over the past few years: Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Yngwie Malmsteen, Guthrie Govan… now they’re bringing the one and only Devin Townsend to Australia to share his musical wisdom ahead of the release of his next album, Z2, which will be released worldwide...

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