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METAL AT THE BENDIGO
Mar Mortuum will slay The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood this Friday May 15. Following the recent release of Nihilistic Advance, Mar Mortuum return to the stage for a horrifying night of black metal. Joining them are razor sharp melodic black metal outfit Sorathian Dawn (NSW), playing for the very first time in Melbourne; Atra Vetosus, bringing their intense live show back to the mainland from their Tasmanian home; Maniaxe, the email simply says These bastards will kill you. You know what they do and you know how hard they fucking do it.”; and the suffocating barrage of death metal madness that is Oligarch.
 
THE AMITY AFFLICTION ANNOUNCE DOCUMENTARY DVD
The Amity Affliction will release their first documentary DVD, Seems Like Forever, on Friday July 10. A film spanning their extraordinary story thus far, Seems Like Forever will be available to pre-order via 24hundred.net on Thursday May 14. It’s an access-all-areas look at the band’s history, including footage from their early days through to last year’s epic Let The Ocean Take Me World Tour. It documents their meteoric rise to become one of Australia’s most accomplished bands and features interviews with the team that have supported them over that time, including their management, label Roadrunner Records, booking agents and even some high profile Amity fans (you’ll have to watch to find out who). Australian fans ordering Seems Like Forever pre-release via the 24hundred.net store can also choose from a number of preorder-only merchandise bundles, with one-off exclusive designs, and some strictly limited bundles also include a ticket to see Seems Like Forever before anyone else at advance screening events in each capital city. A special deluxe edition of the band’s #1 ARIA album, Let the Ocean Take Me will also be available digitally from July 10 and feature previously unreleased tracks Skeletons and Forever.
 
THE RETURN OF NIGHTWISH
The mighty Nightwish return to Australia in January 2016. Led by the orchestration, direction and musical genius of the band’s founder and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, the brilliant vocal range of Floor Jansen (now an official member after helping the band out on their last tour), the great guitar work of Emppu Vuorinen and bassist Marco Hietala, and intertwined with the uplifting and atmospheric pipe work from Troy Donockley, Nightwish are pretty much incomparable. The band will perform tracks from their latest album Endless Forms Most Beautiful, which debuted at 16 on the ARIA charts, plus plenty of favourites from their extensive back catalogue. For the first time ever in Australia, Nightwish are also offering strictly limited VIP meet and greet passes, available for only 20 people per show, obtainable exclusively from metalobsession.net. You can catch Nightwish at The Forum Theatre on Monday January 11.
 
SEPULTURA FEATURING STEVE VAI
Whoa. On the weekend, Steve Vai joined Sepultura at the Rock In Rio USA festival in Las Vegas to perform 15 minutes worth of awesomeness including Sepultura’s Roots, Bloody Roots and his own Bad Horsie. And holy crap, the energy and aggressiveness of this performance was utterly amazing. You can find it on YouTube and I highly recommend checking it out.
 
SLEEPING WITH SIRENS PREMIERE NEW VIDEO
Sleeping With Sirens, fronted by Kellin Quinn, released their chart-topping new record Madness earlier this year, and the band has just unveiled the music video for the album’s lead single The Strays. Go check it out on the YouTubes.
 
NEW FAITH NO MORE ALBUM THIS WEEK
The wait is so very, very nearly over. Faith No More’s new album Sol Invictus is released this Friday May 15 and, believe me, it’s as good as all the pre-release reviews say it is. My favourite is from Kerrang editor James McMahon who tweeted back in February, “Struggling to review the Faith No More record. The best I've got so far is, 'remember how you felt when you first watched Star Wars’.
 
MÖTLEY CRÜE THIS WEEK
If you’re reading this on Wednesday you missed last night’s Mötley Crüe show at Rod Laver Arena (with Alice Cooper), but you might still be able to get tickets for tonight’s, which will be your final opportunity to see Mötley Crüein Melbourne ever again since they’re pulling the pin on the whole shebang in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve.