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Posted 31 Jan 2014 @ 1:17pm

COMING TO YOU LIVE FROM THE NAMM SHOW

I'm writing this week's Crunch from the Anaheim Convention Center where I've been covering the NAMM Show, the annual trade show where all the year's new musical instruments are released. It's been a crazy four days with too many highlights to mention, but a brief summary would include hanging out with Duff McKagan from Guns N' Roses/Walking Papers (...

Posted 22 Jan 2014 @ 8:01am

YOUR BAND CAN PLAY PUSH OVER!

Thanks to triple j Unearthed your band could be playing at Melbourne’s infamous Sidney Myer Music Bowl as part of Push Over on Monday March 10 (Labour Day public holiday) along with the already announced stellar lineup including Deez Nuts, Dream on Dreamer, Chance Waters, Remi, Pez, In Hearts Wake, Buried in Verona, Cub Sport and many more! To be in the...

Posted 15 Jan 2014 @ 9:24am

THE CANING ALBUM ON THE WAY

I've been checking out the forthcoming album by Melbourne rockers The Caning, recorded in September at Sing Sing with producer Tim Gilles. The first track (Burn Out, Fade Away) is already available to check out on their website. If you're into riff-driven hard rock, classic rock and 70s metal you'll love this! Their next gig is at the St. Kilda Festival on...

Posted 9 Jan 2014 @ 4:49pm

DARIO LORINA JOINS BLS

Remember a few weeks ago when I wrote about guitarist Dario Lorina's awesome debut solo instrumental album via Shrapnel Records? Well on January 1 Dario was named new second guitarist in Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society, filling the void left by Nick 'Evil Twin' Catanese, who announced his departure about a month ago after a decade and a half of faithful service....

Posted 29 Dec 2013 @ 11:11am

VOYAGER REACHES KICKSTARTER TARGET

Congratulations to Aussie melodic heavyweights Voyager, who have reached the $10,000 Kickstarter campaign goal for their new album. Vocalist/keyboardist Daniel Estrin says "In only three days, we reached our target of $10,000 and the pledges still keep coming. Fans from as far as Russia, Panama and Finland have shown their support - the power and...

Posted 19 Dec 2013 @ 4:10pm

JOEY JORDISON LEAVES SLIPKNOT

You may have already heard this but if you too have been neck-deep in eggnog and brandy in the lead-up to Christmas you may have missed it: drummer Joey Jordison has left Slipknot. What the fuck? How is that even possible? What the hell would a post-Joey version of Slipknot be like? With the sad passing of Paul Gray and now the departure of Joey, the 'Knot...

Posted 11 Dec 2013 @ 6:59am

MINISTRY DVD WINNERS

Congratulations to the winners of the Ministry DVDs: James Richardson, Chris (who gets extra points for pointing out that 1000 Homo DJs’ Supernaut cover was originally released as a single in 1990) and Wayne Donovan. If you didn’t already provide your address with your entry I’ll be hitting you up so I can send you your DVDs.

 

METAL AT THE BENDIGO...

Posted 4 Dec 2013 @ 2:02pm

MY GUITAR TALE

If you’ve seen my personal blog I Heart Guitar (iheartguitarblog.com) you’d know I’m a huge guitar nerd. I’m currently running a promotion with the fine folks from James Squire as part of their ‘Rogue Tales’ campaign where various dudes with various passions talk about why they do what they do. So I’ve told my little story on my site, and am running a giveaway for a $100...

Posted 27 Nov 2013 @ 8:51am

WIN! MINISTRY DVD!

Fix: The Ministry Movie shoves your arse way, way backstage with the industrial pioneers Ministry, and it ain’t pretty. Featuring Ministry’s Al Jourgensen and Paul Barker as well as Trent Reznor (NIN), Maynard Keenan (Tool), Jonathan Davis (Korn), Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Ogre Nivek (Skinny Puppy), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), David Yow...

Posted 20 Nov 2013 @ 4:53am

CHILDREN OF BODOM TO TOUR

Children of Bodom return to Australia in 2014 for an exclusive East Coast tour on the back of their strongest release to date, Halo Of Blood. Fronted by the charismatic Alexi Laiho, CoB deliver live performances that are nothing short of breathtaking, and full of shreddy delights for my fellow guitar nerds, I might add. They’ll be supported nationally by Eye Of...

Posted 14 Nov 2013 @ 1:42pm

SOUNDWAVE ANNOUNCEMENT 2! EEEEE!

Whoa! Soundwave 2014 was already going to be fricking awesome but a new bunch of bands have been announced: A Day To Remember, Mastodon, HIM, Pennywise, Jimmy Eat World, Glassjaw, Panic! At The Disco, Eagles Of Death Metal, Mayday Parade, Sevendust, Crosses, Suicide Silence, The Porkers, Gojira, Black Veil Brides, Zebrahead, Satyricon, Dream On Dreamer,...

Posted 6 Nov 2013 @ 8:49am

KING CRIMSON OFFSHOOT TO TOUR OZ

The Crimson ProjeKCt is a King Crimson offshoot featuring three current members of that historic, nay, iconic band. Adrian Belew and Tony Levin joined King Crimson in 1981, giving birth to the fourth incarnation of the band (alongside Robert Fripp and Bill Bruford). Pat Mastelotto joined in 1994, initiating the double-trio phase. They last played...

Posted 30 Oct 2013 @ 9:03am

RIP LOU REED

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Lou Reed died aged 71 on Sunday of complications from a liver transplant. I’d like to remember Lou as I saw him: berating the audience at a show at the ANU in Canberra back in 2000.

 

BMTH & THE CONTORTIONIST

Don't you fucking dare forget that Between The Buried And Me are at the Corner Hotel on Tuesday November 19...

Posted 23 Oct 2013 @ 9:25am

CREEPSHOW HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL

On Saturday October 26, The Espy will transform into a haunted mansion to host Creepshow Halloween Festival – Melbourne’s biggest Halloween party. Now in its fourth year, Creepshow features DJs, burlesque dancers and bands performing in full costume. The acts announced are Sydonia (video launch), Engine (single launch), Gay Paris, Chaos Divine, Anna Salen VS...

Posted 16 Oct 2013 @ 9:04am

FOZZY ADDED TO STEEL PANTHER/BUCKCHERRY TOUR

Oh jeez, this is gonna get messy. Now Fozzy have been added to the Spreading The Disease (S.T.D) tour with Steel Panther and Buckcherry. Fozzy's Chris Jericho says, "After playing Soundwave 2013, one of the best tours of our career, in front of the best Fozzy fans in the world, we had one mission on our minds – to come back to Australia on...

Posted 9 Oct 2013 @ 9:31am

BREWTALITY AT THE TOTE AND BENDIGO

HEAVY Mag presents Brewtality 2013, a celebration of Australia’s finest metal, rock and beer. The event will be held over two of Melbourne’s finest live venues, The Tote and The Bendigo Hotel, over three stages. Free beer tastings by major sponsor Killer Sprocket. The line-up includes: King Parrot, Dreadnaught, Scar The Surface (Album Launch),...

Posted 3 Oct 2013 @ 5:03pm

NEW URUK-HAI OUT NOW

Austrian musician Alex Wieser (and boss of the label W.A.R Productions) has just released And All The Magic & Might He Brought, the new album by his ambient black metal band Uruk-Hai. Melbourne's own Joe Matera plays guitar on four tracks, and there are many other musicians too including Tony Dolan (Venom). There's a great medley on YouTube which gives you a...

Posted 3 Oct 2013 @ 5:03pm

NEW URUK-HAI OUT NOW

Austrian musician Alex Wieser (and boss of the label W.A.R Productions) has just released And All The Magic & Might He Brought, the new album by his ambient black metal band Uruk-Hai. Melbourne's own Joe Matera plays guitar on four tracks, and there are many other musicians too including Tony Dolan (Venom). There's a great medley on YouTube which gives you a...

Posted 26 Sep 2013 @ 2:49pm

COOL BAND ALERT: ETERNAL REST

Hailing from Brisbane, Eternal Rest are one of the Australian metal's best kept secrets but not for long as they set out to envelop the country and beyond with their meticulous and venomous brand of technical ferocity. Their immense sonic assault caught the ear of US label Deepsend Records who immediately signed the band to a deal. The end result was their...

Posted 18 Sep 2013 @ 7:07pm

FHTTS SCORE OCEANO OPENING SLOT

Melbourne’s metalcore monsters, FHTTS have secured the opening slot on Oceano’s long-awaited national tour. Catch them at Bang on Saturday October 5 (18+) and at Phoenix Youth Centre on Sunday October 6 (all ages).

 

LIMP BIZKIT RETURN TO OZ

With over 35 million album sales, Limp Bizkit are the undisputed champions of rap-rock, and...

Posted 11 Sep 2013 @ 10:04am

KILL TV AT GODDESS #7

Did you catch Kill TV's debut gig the other week? If not, they're playing Goddess #7 on Saturday September 14 at The Flying Saucer Lounge in Elsternwick. Doors open at 7:30pm and the lineup also includes The Night Sky, Thrasher Jynx, Jessabella (burlesque), Fiona Lee Maynard & Her Holy Men, Suzie Stapleton Duo and Noir.

 

MAXX12 GO WILD

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Posted 5 Sep 2013 @ 10:18am

GIG ALERT: SMOCK STACK RHINO

Newly-formed heavy blues-rockers Smoke Stack Rhino are at the Espy Front Bar on Thursday September 5 with The Deep End, Dead River and Greta Mob, and at Kate's Party at The Barn in Bayswater on Friday September 6 with Poseidon.

 

REZUME AT THE BENDIGO

This Friday September 6 at The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood, catch Indonesian porn-slam...

Posted 28 Aug 2013 @ 9:24am

SOUNDWAVE 2014 FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT

Okay, so by now you've surely heard the first line-up announcement for Soundwave 2014. My personal "Eeek!' bands are Living Colour, Devildriver, Clutch, Megadeth, Letlive, Baroness, Testament, Megadeth, Korn, Alter Bridge, Trivium, Black Dahlia Murder, Skindred, Volbeat, Alice In Chains, Avenged Sevenfold, AFI…then of course there's Green Day, Rob...

Posted 21 Aug 2013 @ 2:07pm

STONER SLUDGE DOOM AT THE BENDIGO

This Saturday August 24 at the Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood, catch a huge cavalcade of sludge/doom/stoner brutality featuring Broozer, Yanomamo, The Superguns, Arrowhead, Motherslug, Two Headed Dog and Seedy Jeezus. It kicks off at 5pm.

 

MORGUE READIES SOLO DEBUT

Morgue from Melbourne black metallers Agave Maize is preparing to...

Posted 14 Aug 2013 @ 9:41am

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN MASTER CLASS

The mighty Yngwie J. Malmsteen - master of neoclassical shred - is heading to Australia this December for clinics in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. This is an unprecedented opportunity to see two hours  of the master demonstrating his skills up close. This isn’t something Yngwie does very often and tickets are selling almost as fast as Yngwie's...

Posted 7 Aug 2013 @ 11:56am

SHOWDOWN AT THE HI-FI

This Saturday August 10 sees Showdown Festival hit The Hi-Fi. It features ten amazing live acts from Melbourne and interstate: Jericco, The Khyber Belt, The Siren Tower, The Killgirls, Anna Salen, I Am Duckeye, Head Filled Attraction, LeBelle, Lung and Transience all for just $15. Check out showdownfestival.com for the full playing times and ticketing details....

Posted 31 Jul 2013 @ 9:11am

NEIL DANIELS' LATEST ROCK INTERVIEW COMPENDIUM
Hard Rock Rebels - Talking With Rock Stars is a bumper sized collection of dozens of interviews author Neil Daniels has conducted over a decade’s worth of rock writing. This book features interviews with current and former members of Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, Foreigner, Journey, Europe, Saxon, Judas Priest, Thunder, Slade, The Darkness,...

Posted 24 Jul 2013 @ 9:19am

GUITAR SWAP MEET
Are you a guitar nerd? I sure am. There's a Facebook page set up to gauge interest in a guitar/musician swap meet. Are you interested? Would you like to see it as a monthly event? Bi-monthly? Get thee to Facebook and search 'Melbourne Guitar & Musician Swap Meet'.
 
THIS WEEK AT THE BENDIGO
The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood will be writhing and frothing...

Posted 17 Jul 2013 @ 9:40am

GIG ALERT: REZUME

The most successful metal act to come out of the Indonesian island of Bali, Rezume, are heading to Melbourne for a slamming promotional show for their soon-to-be-released album, Fragment of Blessedness Spermicide, which will be unleashed upon Australia by Prime Cuts Music. It's described as "a monstorous mesh of guttural death metal brutality, slamming groove and...

Posted 10 Jul 2013 @ 9:13am

BABY ANIMALS TO RETURN IN OCTOBER

After putting on a killer show to a packed Hi-Fi recently, the Baby Animals will return to Melbourne in October as part of their national Feed The Birds tour. Their new album, This Is Not The End, debuted in the Top 20 ARIA Album Chart, and the tour will be filmed for the band's first ever live DVD, Feed The Birds (Live). Presented by Social Family...

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