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Posted 26 Apr 2012 @ 5:57am

 

Gruntbucket Launch Empty Room At Hopefully Full Room

Gruntbucket (pictured) will celebrate the release of their album Songs From An Empty Room through Torn & Frayed with a huge gig at The Tote on Saturday May 5. The album itself is out on Tuesday May 1 and you can hear a teaser in the form of the song Didn't Leave A Trace at soundcloud.com/gruntbucket

 

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Posted 18 Apr 2012 @ 6:38pm

 

The Feckers Cover Maiden

The Feckers have recorded an acoustic version of the Iron Maiden classic Wasted Years, featuring Irene Slade on lead vocals, Mathew Szkup on guitars, Chris Szkup on guitar and bass, and Dennis Leeflang on drums and mix. The track was mastered by Maor Applebaum and the artwork is by Dan Verkys. This is the second in the...

Posted 12 Apr 2012 @ 11:32am

 

Garsed Sits In With ZPZ

Melbourne progressive rock fans were treated to a special performance on Friday: guitarist Brett Garsed sat in with Dweezil Zappa's Zappa Plays Zappa for a few extended jams. Garsed – who's back in Melbourne these days after years of lording over the LA fusion scene – is probably best known for his work with John Farnham...

Posted 28 Mar 2012 @ 6:52am

 

Vote For Aimee Francis In ISC People's Voice Category

Melbourne singer/songwriter/rock chick Aimee Francis might live in Sydney now (after some time in LA where she even supported the mighty Steel Panther at the Key Club on Sunset Boulevard – sweet gig!), but she still makes it back home for shows now and then. Aimee is one of the finalists in the 2011 International Songwriting...

Posted 28 Mar 2012 @ 6:52am

 

Vote For Aimee Francis In ISC People's Voice Category

Melbourne singer/songwriter/rock chick Aimee Francis might live in Sydney now (after some time in LA where she even supported the mighty Steel Panther at the Key Club on Sunset Boulevard – sweet gig!), but she still makes it back home for shows now and then. Aimee is one of the finalists in the 2011 International Songwriting...

Posted 21 Mar 2012 @ 6:52am

 

Gig Alert: Clash Of The Titans
Clash Of The Titans is a huge Aussie metal fest at the Espy on Saturday April 14 featuring Ennui Breathes Malice, Teramaze, Scar the Surface, Bronson, Internal Nightmare, Divine Ascension, Deliverance We Prey, Abreact and Dreams In Monochrome. Doors at 6pm, tickets are $20.

 

Gig Alert: Easter Weekend at The Prague
Kick off Easter...

Posted 15 Mar 2012 @ 2:39pm

 

KUNVUK Call Limp Bizkit Out

So get this: the other day Limp Bizkit announced that they're working on, and I quote, the "heaviest, most crazy metal record of all time." Well Sydney-based metallers KUNVUK aren't gonna let them get away with such an absurd statement. "The audacity of a band like Limp Bizkit to make such an absurd statement is...

Posted 7 Mar 2012 @ 10:00am

 

Phew! Everyone recover from Soundwave? Catch any sidewaves? I saw Trivium and Slipknot at Rod Laver, and Meshuggah and Devin Townsend at the Forum. Fucking amazing. And check out  my Soundwave review here. What were your highlights? Who did you see that I didn't? Spewing that I had to...

Posted 29 Feb 2012 @ 6:21pm

 

Berserker like a Fox

Aussie metallers BerserkerfoX release a new EP, New World Murder (love the title) on March 11. A single called Digging Your Own Grave is available now and it's kickass – screamed vocals, low-ass guitars, huge Iron Maiden-type guitar harmonies, and more tempo shifts than an Iggor Cavalera fever dream before kicking into an atmospheric, creepy, partly-...

Posted 23 Feb 2012 @ 9:32am

 

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Black Sabbath Reunion In Doubt

So I guess the biggest metal news this week is that the planned Black Sabbath reunion is seriously in doubt, with all of the band's gigs cancelled except...

Posted 15 Feb 2012 @ 3:21pm

 

Metal, Heavy Rock, Classic Rock local and international good shit with Peter Hodgson: crunch@gmail.com

 

Sugar Army Release New Single

 

Sugar Army have released Hooks For Hands, the first single from their forthcoming second album, which is due for release later this year. The album was recorded...

Posted 8 Feb 2012 @ 3:03pm

 

It’s been a crazy week for metal and hard rock – particularly the more weathered of our metal brethren. Bill Ward cracks it with the Black Sabbath reunion and the band decides to record without him; Van Halen releases the comeback album to destroy all other comeback albums; Slash's rhythm guitarist Bobby Schneck bails, and Motley Crue kicks off their Vegas residency and – gasp – Vince...

Posted 2 Feb 2012 @ 7:33am

Hi and welcome to the first edition of Crunch. Why 'crunch,' you ask? Cos it's a word that has connotations with brutals metals, as well as crunchy hard rock guitar tones, and 'cause onomatopoeia kick arse. But mostly because it sums up a lot of what I'm going to try to do with this column: anything from the heavier side of music, from classic rock to hard rock to metal. Expect a lot of local...

Posted 26 Jan 2012 @ 7:53am

NO MAWR RAWR!

It’s been real, but this is Toby McCasker, last survivor of the Metalocalypse, signing off. Yeah, you read that right: no mawr rawr from me. At least, not in Beat. So this week, things are gonna be a bit diff. Over the course of my four-odd years doing the Metaloc thang, I’ve often received missives from you guys and gals thanking me for the corruption of your cochleae...

Posted 19 Jan 2012 @ 2:41pm

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So yeah, how ‘bout that Stone Temple Pilots tour coming up in 2010? Awesome, huh. Can’t wait. Please excuse the anachronistic strangeness of [the print edition of] last week’s column, there seems to have been an error in transmission during the page’s final construction at Beat HQ. We apologise for the fault in Metalocalypse. Those responsible have been sacked. We apologise again...

Posted 11 Jan 2012 @ 11:06am

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Towards the end of last year I remember bearing witness to the unenviable collapse of one of scenecore's many permutations at The Devil Wears Prada's Aussie tour (don't ask, please don't). I mean, We Came As Romans only started doing the do in 2008 and they sounded like dinosaurs. No-one gave a crap. TDWP mostly hawked stuff off of their Zombie EP, which is the...

Posted 21 Dec 2011 @ 10:10am

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Last week, I had a really surreal experience. I spent the better part of Friday afternoon backstage with Opeth. I was supposed to be there to interview them about their gear, but got lost talking and smoking with Mikael Åkerfeldt under the red lights while techs cut the ends off guitar strings and Martin Axenrot's flares grew with each passing second. It dawned on me...

Posted 14 Dec 2011 @ 9:28am

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The end of the year draws ever closer, and that usually means a ballsy list of all the grouse albums what I done rocked out to quite heartily over the course of 2011 'n' that. One reader of the ol' Metaloc has requested that I keep it all-Austrayan this year, so that's what we're gonna do. This is the local shit that busted my speakers but good:

 

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Posted 7 Dec 2011 @ 9:07am

Big ups to one Peter Hodgson for taking the Metaloc reigns last week. I know they can be greasy and this mare is a gassy one, and I trust you all enjoyed his markedly more mature and informative take on Beat's weekly shot of heaviness. Now that my Stupid Bastard Mac is sort of working again, expect poo jokes, unlikely sexual escapades and wildly flailing factual inaccuracy to re-rise by...

Posted 30 Nov 2011 @ 11:10am

RAW-AW? Metalocalypse man Tobes was unable to craft his regular column this week because his Macbook melted. Peter Hodgson is standing in. –ed.

 

PHIL LEWIS WINS LA GUNS NAME WAR?


So, there have been two different versions of LA Guns existing simultaneously for a few years, right? Phil Lewis's version and Tracii Guns'. Well, the latest singer in Tracii's...

Posted 16 Nov 2011 @ 10:48am

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This week is "Fuck Yeah Tim Lambesis" week. He's just restarted his blog over at timlambesis.tumblr.com, and I like what he's got to say. He's not a dumbass and he doesn't mince words, and that's a win. Recently he came out and had a massive stab at how twisted the current digital infrastructure can be in terms of what it takes for a band to actually thrive these...

Posted 9 Nov 2011 @ 1:34pm

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Do you remember Coal Chamber? Maybe you do, but I bet you don't remember exactly how big they were in their heyday (about '97 or thereabouts). I recently had quite the candid sit-down with Dez Fafara, and the man put the band's history in the kind of perspective I've never really considered before: "Coal Chamber took Slipknot on their first United States tour ever;...

Posted 2 Nov 2011 @ 11:01am

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Right now, I'm listening to Uneven Structure. Their debut LP Februus has just landed and it. Is. Tremendous. This is djent - but not as you know it, Jim. Do me the favour of herding over to facebook.com/unevenstructure and listening to this gargantuan metal so I don't have to list a whole bunch of increasingly meaningless adjectives in some tiresome I'm-a-writer-ho-...

Posted 26 Oct 2011 @ 11:02am

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You know what's weird about music, is that it's way less melodramatic behind the scenes than those two other forks in the entertainment trident. You've got billion-dollar video games publishers being as corrupt as anything and those endless miles of self-important bullshit in Hollywood, but rarely do I encounter the same when communing with men and women of music...

Posted 19 Oct 2011 @ 11:17am

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Some folk don't fancy this column - but lots more dig it, and there's one reason rule them all. When I first started carrying on like a metally porkloin, no-one gave a shit. Too right, why would they? It was just another tiny space in a big street press potentially written by a young neophyte with delusions of alterna-cool and no real idea. These days, I get lots of mail...

Posted 12 Oct 2011 @ 10:17am

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Soooo, how about that Soundwave lineup, innit. You've already forgotten how bad that lot fucked you over with the Revolution debacle, haven't you? As well you should. You're an easily swayed sort and probably taste your own butthole when you think no-one is looking. Everyone loves the '90s and early naughties, which is what we're gonna be aurally feasting upon in...

Posted 5 Oct 2011 @ 11:13am

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As you may or may not give two large turds covered in burning hair about, Beat is totally on the internet. By extension, so is your local neighbourhood Metalocalypse column. So get the fuck over to beat.com.au and click me under 'Music,' get involved. You can even froth on the Twitter machine and come digital - roll me at twitter.com/jane_tobes if you're the upwardly...

Posted 28 Sep 2011 @ 11:05am

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There is some shit in this city. Every man and his lab has a band, it seems, and plenty of places to be a band inside. That’s great – on paper. Lots of opportunities for anyone with an instrument to get up and get going. In practice, the reality’s a bit different. Bands don’t work as hard at being, well, any good. Any old shit will do; gigs are easy, most people hanging...

Posted 21 Sep 2011 @ 11:23am

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This year’s inflating my dinghy with so many grouse new releases; I don’t even know who to point my erection at so I’ll just point it at YOU. Listen, this is what you need, right now: Jungle Rot’s Kill On Command for EPIC, older Entombed-brand death ‘n roll. Septic Flesh’s The Great Mass for udderly intensive symphonic blast. Textures’ Dualism for that gnarly djent fix. Fleshgod...

Posted 9 Sep 2011 @ 12:08pm

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So this is my cat. I thought you might all like to meet him. He's a Bengal and his name's Sirius, after the Gojira record 'n that. He weighs about 10 kilos and is approximately 14% wild. We can't let him out of the house or he goes and fucks up all the other neighbourhood cats and comes home spattered in gore. Loves the chicks, though. He turns into such a soft-cock...

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