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Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 6:38pm

 

NEW ELECTRIC MARY TRACK
Melbourne's Electric Mary are globally renowned for their explosive brain-bending live performances; holding their own with typical 'stick it up 'em' Aussie attitude. While sharing the world's stages with the likes of Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Judas Priest, Alice Cooper and Glenn Hughes, the band continue to impress rock fans & media across the planet...

Posted 26 Aug 2014 @ 12:38pm

 

THE RETURN OF DREAM THEATER
Prog fans rejoice – the mighty Dream Theater are heading back to Australia! They’re playing only two shows this time around: The Palais, Melbourne on Wednesday October 29, and The Big Top in Sydney on Thursday October 30. An Evening with Dream Theater see the band playing for the entire show. That’s a lot of notes! It’s been five years since Dream...

Posted 18 Aug 2014 @ 7:41pm

 

ORDER OF CHAOS PLAY NEW ALBUM LIVE
Friday August 15 sees Order of Chaos hit the Reverence Hotel in celebration of the release of new album Deadweight Undertow by playing the album live from start to finish with a couple classics out of the back catalogue for good measure. Abrasion, Dread and Zombie Motors Wrecking Yard round out the bill. Ten bucks at the door.
 
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Posted 12 Aug 2014 @ 1:59pm

 

METAL PEDIGREE
I’ve been digging into my family history and I found that one of my ancestors was involved in the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava in 1854, the event immortalised in the song The Trooper by Iron Maiden. I’ve not yet established if this gives me birthright to ride on Ed Force One.
 
DADDY COOL REFORM FOR AWARD
Daddy Cool will...

Posted 4 Aug 2014 @ 6:47pm

 

PRONG TO TOUR AUSTRALIA FOR THE FIRST TIME
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...

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 2:35pm

 

ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL
Greetings from Adelaide, where I’ve been taking in the Adelaide International Guitar Festival with acts such as Guthrie Govan, Stochelo Rosenberg Trio (and if you’re a fan of shredding guitar work you have to check out Stochelo), Phil Manning and Chris Finnen, Debashish Bhattcharya, Pepe Romero, Maximo Pujol and many more. It’s been great...

Posted 21 Jul 2014 @ 6:08pm

JOHN GARCIA ANNOUNCES FREE MEET & GREET
Kyuss, Slo Burn, Unida, Hermano, Vista Chino - vocalist John Garcia is a legend of the desert rock sound, and he’s bringing his solo material to his Australian fans this September as part of a desert rock showcase that sees Palm Springs USA natives Waxy and Melbourne’s Mammoth Mammoth rounding things out. Garcia will be playing songs off his new...

Posted 14 Jul 2014 @ 6:28pm

 

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY TOUR BACK ON!
After the untimely cancellation of their debut Australian tour, Corrosion Of Conformity have moved quickly to work with a new promoter and rebook a new set of dates and keep the promise to their fans. Bassist/vocalist Mike Dean, drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin and guitarist Woody Weatherman exploded onto the US heavy scene way back in the early...

Posted 3 Jul 2014 @ 1:50pm

 

ANAAL NATHRAKH SIGNS TO METAL BLADE
Metal Blade Records has signed Anaal Nathrakh to its roster. The band says, “We are very pleased to announce our signing with Metal Blade Records. It means we are joining a roster with some truly titanic figures, and a label responsible for releasing some utterly legendary albums. Few other labels can touch their legacy in metal. With Metal...

Posted 1 Jul 2014 @ 4:11pm

GET INVOLVED IN THE NEW DEAD DAISIES EP
The Dead Daisies have just released their new single Face I Love, in conjunction with an innovative “Face I Love” App on their Facebook page. By fans submitting the face that they love (Awww) via the app, they will become part of the artwork for the EP cover and touring posters, with selected fans' faces being chosen to be in the music video. One...

Posted 24 Jun 2014 @ 2:42pm

 

LED ZEPPELIN REISSUES RULE
Holy crap, have you guys checked out the new Led Zeppelin reissues? I treated my broke journalist arse to the Super Deluxe Box Set versions of Led Zeppelin I and III last week (I’m getting II for my birthday next month), and if you’re a fan I highly recommend getting these. Each comes with a hardcover book with rare photos and press clippings, plus a...

Posted 11 Jun 2014 @ 3:57pm

DOUBLE LINED MINORITY HIT THE ROAD
Gold Coast pop-punk four-piece Double Lined Minority have just released their new single, White Flag, and will hit the road in support. Forming in high school and inspired by a low-fi pop punk reminiscent of the '90s, the group have come a long way since their humble beginnings in 2009 and have proven that they're more than what meets the eye. Following...

Posted 9 Jun 2014 @ 7:00pm

 

METAL AT THE BENDIGO
The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood has a killer metal one-two punch on Friday June 6 and Saturday June 7. On Friday King Fate with more Mercyful Fate and King Diamond classics in their only Melbourne show. Support from Thrash Titans Maniaxe with Mr Rob Wog spinning some classics all night! Then on Saturday Orpheus Omega will be playing a one-off headliner in...

Posted 2 Jun 2014 @ 6:47pm

 

TWO FROM DIAMOND NOIR
Melbourne’s black rockers Diamond Noir are set to hit the stage for two warm up shows at NEXT on Thursday May 29 with King Parrot and Elm Street and Sunday June 8 at The Espy supporting Adelaide horror-core rapper Kid Krusher. Diamond Noir (featuring ex Hatchet Dawn members) are gearing up to release their slamming debut EP produced and recorded in LA last...

Posted 22 May 2014 @ 11:55am

 

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY TOUR CANCELED
Well this sucks. The July 2014 Australian and New Zealand tour by US punk/metal pioneers Corrosion Of Conformity with special guests Weedeater has been cancelled. Unfortunately, the promoter’s financial backers and former employer, Redline Music, have as of Wednesday May 14 gone into litigation and will cease operations as of Saturday May 17...

Posted 14 May 2014 @ 9:13am

GAY PARIS NEED YOUR HELP
Those bastards Gay Paris toured Australian throughout 2013 in support of their album The Last Good Party, leaving a trail of beer, blood and other fluids hither and yon. They need your help to do it again for studio album number three, for which they plan to head to San Francisco to resume their work/drink relationship with producer Sam Pura, and you can help to...

Posted 7 May 2014 @ 9:33am

THE BABY ANIMALS RELEASE DELUXE ALBUM EDITION
The Baby Animals have just announced a ‘Deluxe Fully Loaded Edition’ of their 2013 album This Is Not The End, complete with 16 live tracks from the Feed the Birds tour, a lyric booklet, BA365 Rockumentary and the brand new single This Is Not the End. There are three different packs available from the Social Family Records website, the most...

Posted 6 May 2014 @ 12:55pm

 

MEAT PUPPETS ANNOUNCE EXTRA SHOWS
Meat Puppets announced two headline shows at Ding Dong Lounge in addition to their appearance at CherryRock. The first show, on Tuesday May 27, will feature more than 30 pieces of art by bassist Cris Kirkwood, along with a meet-and-greet and a short acoustic set.Tickets at the door only. The next day Meat Puppets will play a full show at the same...

Posted 29 Apr 2014 @ 2:56pm

 

BLACK MAJESTY MUSICLAND RESIDENCY
Celebrating more than a decade of Black Majesty, the band will play a special run of hometown Melbourne shows live at Musicland every Thursday in May, starting on Thursday May 1. Black Majesty will hit the stage at about 9.30pm. In other news, Black Majesty are currently putting the final touches on their sixth studio album expected for release...

Posted 22 Apr 2014 @ 5:20pm

WHEN TERROR UNITES – BLACK DEATH FESTIVAL
When Terror Unites – the Black/Death Festival – sees 17 bands lay waste to The Bendigo Hotel (Thursday April 17) and The Tote(Saturday April 19) in Collingwood across two days over the Easter long weekend. Presented by BM-Belts and The End Of Humanity, bands include Impetuous Ritual (QLD), Altars (SA), Vahrzaw (VIC), Demonreich (QLD), Bastardiser...

Posted 15 Apr 2014 @ 3:15pm

GLORYHAMMER HIT THE ESPY
UK Heroic Fantasy Power Metal band Gloryhammer will be touring Australia for the first time ever in just over two weeks time with special guests LagerStein. Gloryhammer is a new project formed by Christoper Bowes, the mastermind behind pirate-metal sensation Alestorm. They’re at The Espy on Saturday April 19, and The Barwon Club Hotel in Geelong on Monday April...

Posted 8 Apr 2014 @ 5:05pm

 

RIP DAVE BROCKIE
As we were going to print last week news was confirmed that Dave Brockie (i.e. Gwar’s Oderus Urungus) had passed away aged 50. This is a huge loss for the metal community – Dave was known as one of those ridiculously nice guys who had time for anyone who cared to say hello, and underneath all the bloody mayhem of a Gwar concert there was still a message in there...

Posted 31 Mar 2014 @ 6:45pm

 

GUTHRIE GOVAN MASTERCLASS
Guitar virtuoso Guthrie Govan (Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats, Asia) is coming to Australia for a rare masterclass thanks to the folks from Thump Music and sponsored by Galactic Music, RotoSound, Australian Rock & Metal Institute, GruvGear and my site, iheartguitarblog.com. Guthrie’s Melbourne appearance will be on Sunday July 27 at Gas Works...

Posted 19 Mar 2014 @ 9:08am

KILL TV AT THE TOTE

Kill TV play two sets at The Tote slow club Wednesday March 19 from 9.45pm. $5 entry. Catch them while you can cos the band head to Sydney in April, are currently locking in New Zealand after that and could end up in America later this year.

 

HOTEL WRECKING CITY TRADERS RETURN

On Wednesday April 16 Hotel Wrecking City Traders (HWCT) will release...

Posted 12 Mar 2014 @ 1:29pm

GUTHRIE GOVAN CLINIC GETS VENUE

The previously-mentioned Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats, Asia, Steven Wilson) guitar masterclass presented by Thump Music has now found a venue: catch Guthrie on Sunday July 27 at Gas Works Theatre at 11.30am.

 

DEATH AUDIO RELEASES KILLSWITCH ENGAGE COVER

Death Audio have released a stripped back acoustic cover of Killswitch Engage’s...

Posted 5 Mar 2014 @ 9:16am

SOUNDWAVE 2014: WHOA

Soundwave week is now but a drunken blissful hazy memory. I caught a few Sidewaves during the week (all coincidentally at The Palace): Baroness/Gojira/Mastodon, Mushroomhead/Rob Zombie/Korn, and Walking Papers/Down/Alice In Chains. It’s hard to pick a favourite because they all kicked arse in their own way, but the sheer entertainment value of Rob Zombie’s set...

Posted 27 Feb 2014 @ 2:02pm

KILL TV AT I LIVE MUSIC FESTIVAL

Kill TV are still coming down from the amazing success of their Never Gonna Change single launch last weekend and are back to do it all again this Saturday March 1 at The Brunswick Hotel for the I Live Music Festival along with 15 other bands. Kill TV hit the stage at 10.15 and entry is free.

 

DEVIN TOWNSEND REACHES PLEDGE GOAL

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Posted 20 Feb 2014 @ 10:09am

THE ACACIA STRAIN RETURN

The Acacia Strain don’t like labels. Who does? Instead, they’re just an all-encompassing ‘heavy’ and heavy has no boundaries. Since forming in Massachusetts in 2001, the band have released six album, two splits, done an awesome cover of Slayer’s Seasons In The Abyss, toured with everyone from Hatebreed to Crowbar to The Casualties (and so many variously styled...

Posted 13 Feb 2014 @ 2:36pm

CHERRY BAR CELEBRATES KISS DEBUT

Thunderstag bring their triple AXE assault and double bass fury to Cherry Bar on Saturday February 15 to celebrate one of the greatest milestones in rock’n’roll history....the debut KISS album! Thunderstag will be packing extra thunder and a whole lotta stag as they welcome newest axe lord Dylan Villain (ex The Shine/Fireballs). Also the debut KISS album...

Posted 11 Feb 2014 @ 1:59pm

HOME SWEET HOME

Hey Crunchers. Well, I’m back from my trip to California and more than a little jetlaggin’. Glad to be home but had lots of great adventures. One that stands out is getting to check out Keith Merrow’s new signature KM-7 guitar by Schecter. Keith’s new band with Jeff Loomis, Conquering Dystopia, have finished their album and it’s in the final stages of preparation for...

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