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Posted 27 Jul 2016 @ 11:00am

 

ROUGH HANDS: KEEPING THE CASSETTE ALIVE
At the tail end of 2015, Rough Hands entered Brighton Electric Studios to record their long-awaited debut album Let Me Win Your Hearts And Minds. Pushed to their absolute musical limits by producer Jag Jago (The Ghost Of A Thousand, The Maccabees, The Xcerts) and mastered by Peter van 't Riet (DragonForce, ... And You Will Know Us By The...

Posted 20 Jul 2016 @ 10:03am

 

TERROR SQUAD AT THE BENDIGO
Japan thrashers Terror Squad are going to brutalise the Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood on Saturday July 23 at the top of a lineup which also includes Desecrator, Anatomy, Abominator, Belligerent Intent, Blackhelm, Mar Mortuum and Oligarch. Doors open at 7pm.
 
CIRCLES HIT THE ROAD
Melbourne’s heavy music exponents, Circles, have...

Posted 13 Jul 2016 @ 8:27pm

 

MESHIAAK RELEASE NEW SINGLE
Meshiaak features the twin guitar attack of Danny Camilleri and Dean Wells, bassist Nick Walker and drummer Jon Dette (Iced Earth, Slayer, Anthrax and Testament). They’ve just released a new single, Chronicles Of The Dead, ahead of the Friday August 19 arrival of their debut album Alliance Of Thieves. “Lyrically the track speaks about the very real...

Posted 6 Jul 2016 @ 9:54pm

 

MICK THOMSON SWITCHES GUITAR COMPANIES
Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson has left Ibanez after a bunch of years (he’s had a number of different signature models for ages now) and has hooked up with Jackson. Mick’s dream guitar was a Jackson Custom Shop instrument that he ordered pre fame, so this teaming is a kind of homecoming. “I grew up in awe of the few Custom Shop instruments...

Posted 29 Jun 2016 @ 9:29pm

 

ACE OF SPADES AT WHO CLUB
Motorhead tribute band Ace of Spades are playing at the Who Club in Warburton on Saturday July 2 with Alice In Chains tribute Alice Remains, their first with new guitarist Matto Carroll. The band has plenty more gigs on the horizon, including their first birthday in October where they’ll be playing the classic No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith album in full....

Posted 22 Jun 2016 @ 7:51pm

 

THE BENNIES NAME LOCAL SUPPORTS
The Bennies head off on their biggest tour to date this week and they’ll be joined by label mates Clowns and Perth’s Axe Girl along with a huge list of local supports. See them at Max Watt’s with Grim Rhythm on Friday June 24, Saturday June 25 at Pelly Bar in Frankston with Bombs Are Falling, Wednesday June 29 at Mynt in Werribee with Renegade Joe...

Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 8:58pm

 

NEW GOJIRA ALBUM THIS WEEK
Gojira release their highly anticipated new LP Magma on Friday June 17. The follow up to 2012’s widely acclaimed L’enfant Sauvage, Magma is heralded by the new single Stranded, which is accompanied by an official music video directed by Vincent Caldoni.
Frontman Joe Duplantier says, “We are very excited to release our new album Magma. We put...

Posted 8 Jun 2016 @ 9:01pm

 

LEGIONS OF STEEL FESTIVAL RETURNS
The Legions of Steel Festival is back for its third year in a row. The event returns to The Bendigo Hotel to showcase the best of Australian heavy metal. On Sunday June 12 check out Vanishing Point, In Malice's Wake, Harlott, Taberah (TAS), Envenomed, Asylum (QLD), Shadow Realm (SA), Espionage, Sudden State and Skärlet. Tickets are on sale now...

Posted 1 Jun 2016 @ 8:03pm

 

DEBUT ALBUM FROM GRUNGE SUPERGROUP HATER REISSUED
Back in the ‘90s, Soundgarden’s Ben Shepherd returned to his garage rock roots and assembled a group of musicians that became Hater. Shepherd played guitar alongside Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron, ex-Monster Magnet guitarist John McBain, Devilhead vocalist Brian Wood and fellow Devilhead bassist John Waterman. Their self-...

Posted 25 May 2016 @ 9:53pm

 

RIP NICK MENZA
Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza passed away at age 51 after collapsing onstage during a concert by his band Ohm (a fusion band led by fellow Megadeth alumni Chris Poland) at The Baked Potato in LA. By all reports Nick was a healthy, sober guy in great shape. I’m sure many of my fellow guitar players spent countless hours jamming along to Menza-era Megadeth...

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