Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 10:55am

With Peter Hodgson


Geelong’s Smoke Witch have joined forces with Desert Highways for publicity, booking and release. With the band not even together for one year, they’ve already released their debut, recorded another five tracks, and are making plans to head back into the studio on their first anniversary.
Making a pact of formlessness and nothingness, Melbourne’...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 12:29pm

With Peter Hodgson


Season of Misthas signed Norwegian black metal stalwarts 1349 worldwide, after previously signing them for the US. The band says, “We are currently in the early creative stages of our new art offering and we are excited to confirm that we have extended our agreement with partners Season of Mist – this time handling the release worldwide.”

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 1:17pm

With Peter Hodgson


Canadian quartet Striker have just released their fifth album, via their own indie label Record Breaking Records. The self-titled collection is all classic metal, hard rock and ‘80s hair metal and is packed with vocal harmonies, killer guitar leads and catchy choruses.
Technical progressive death metallers Fallujah are headed to Australia in...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:52pm

With Bel Ryan 


Cherry Bar owner/booker James Young has announced six of the international acts for CherryRock017. “We’ve got legendary San Francisco garage punks Dwarves. Southern rock/psychobilly from Atlanta’s Nashville Pussy. The incredible female two-piece, Bala, from Spain, who sound like Patti Smith out front of Motorhead. Bottlecap must be the bastard triplets of fellow...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 12:20pm

With Peter Hodgson


Melbourne’s Desecrator have signed with Dinner For Wolves for the release of their debut studio album, To The Gallows. The album will be released locally in March, with worldwide release details to come. Dinner For Wolves have quietly been building a roster of high calibre Australian bands including Superheist and The Screaming Jets.
The Darkness...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:19pm

With Peter Hodgson


Opeth are in town for two shows at 170 Russell with one more to go on Wednesday February 8. Since forming in the tiny Stockholm suburb of Bandhagen in 1990, the Swedes have eclipsed convention, defiantly crushed the odds, and most importantly, crafted 12 stunningly beautiful, intrinsically intense albums to become one of the best bands on the planet, whether...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 12:35pm

With Peter Hodgson


Finnish melodic metallers Battle Beast unleash their new album Bringer of Pain via Nuclear Blast on Friday February 17. Recorded and produced at JKB Studios by keyboardist Janne Björkroth, the ten track album was also mixed alongside Viktor Gullichsen and Mikko Karmila, while mastering was done by Mika Jussila at the world famous Finnvox Studios. 

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 1:17pm

With Peter Hodgson


Hey folks. I’m writing this week’s column from Anaheim, California, where I’ve been attending the NAMM Show with the guitar pickup company Seymour Duncan. On Thursday, Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares dropped by our booth to say hi and check out some new gear, and Testament’s Alex Skolnick played some incredible music with effect pedals and loopers. On Friday,...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 11:09am

With Peter Hodgson


Melbourne progressive instrumental project I Built The Sky will tour the nation across March and April in support of the recently released second album The Sky Is Not The Limit. Catch them at the Workers Club on Saturday March 11.
Coffin Carousel’s new live record Live In Fiend City is out now, and you can also see the entire uncut 30-minute live...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 11:26am

With Peter Hodgson


The Bendigo Hotel is having a birthday party. To make up for talk of birthdays past, they’ll have seven years of birthdays wrapped into one crazy weekend. They’ve asked mates old and new to help out and have confirmed Cosmic Psychos will play at The Bendi for the very first time on Friday January 27. There’s also a very rare pub show from Bodyjar on Saturday...


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