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HADAL MAW AT THE BENDIGO
With Départe vocalist Sam Dishington filling in when Hadal Maw's vocalist departed, it only made sense to team the two bands up once things returned to normal. With The Ophidian Ascension vocalist Jake Milne now at the helm, Hadal Maw will be headlining the show and no doubt proving that the lineup hiccup hasn't slowed them down. Despite not having a full length out yet, Tassie's Départe are one of the latest signings to the illustrious Season of Mist Records, and have already toured Europe alongside Ulcerate and Wormed. Combining elements of black metal, drone, noise, doom and everything else atmospheric, Départe are equal parts crushing and mesmerising live. Catch them at The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood this Friday August 21. Adamus Exul will bring some misanthropic black metal to the night, Arbrynth some forest metal, and Flesh of the Earth will open things on a brutal note. Doors open at 7:30pm and entry is $15.
 
NEW BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE OUT NOW
Bullet For My Valentine’s new album Venom is out now. Check out the video for their new song Army of Noise on YouTube now.
 
ORSOME WELLES SINGLE LAUNCH
After gracing The Forum with South African alt-rockers Seether, trailblazing Australia with Caligula’s Horse and supporting German prog juggernaughts The Ocean, Melbourne’s Orsome Welles will return to The Workers Club to launch their new single Swim on Friday September 11. Swim showcases an exciting new musical direction and condenses every part of the band’s journey so far. Recording Swim has invigorated Orsome Welles in every sense and the group is ever determined to give fans, old and new, an experience like no other. Courtesy of Wild Thing Presents, Orsome Welles will be joined by Sydney’s ambient-prog act Glass Ocean, the heavy melodic Arakeye and ‘jaunt rockers’ Tux. Tickets are on sale via wildthingpresents.com, Oztix and the venue.
 
TRIVIUM ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
Trivium have recorded a new album in secret away from the persistent gaze of social media and only announced it after the whole shebang was wrapped up. Produced by Michael ‘Elvis’ Baskette (Slash, Alter Bridge, The Amity Affliction) and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Gojira, Lamb of God), Silence in the Snow is available for pre-order now, and there’s a video on YouTube for the title track. It finds Trivium further exploring the more melodic aspects of their sound as heard on previous album Vengeance Falls.
 
SHINEDOWN UNVEIL THREAT TO SURVIVAL
Shinedown have announced the release of their much-anticipated new album, Threat To Survival. It’s the US multi-platinum certified rock band’s first new album in three years and it arrives everywhere on September 18. The album includes the #1 US rock radio smash, Cut The Cord, and is available for pre-order now. “Threat To Survival refers to that primal instinct in all of us that determines how we respond to crisis and conflict – the idea of ‘fight or flight’ and the choices we make in any given situation,” says Shinedown frontman Brent Smith. “This album represents those deciding moments for us as a band. It’s a collection of scenarios that made us who we are, and is, by far, the most autobiographical album we’ve created to date.”
 
SILVERSUN PICKUPS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
Silversun Pickups will herald their much-anticipated fourth studio album with an array of high profile activity. Better Nature will be released September 25 via the band’s own New Machine Recordings. Better Nature is preceded by new single Nightlight, accompanied by a hallucinatory music film, written and directed by filmmaker Mark Pellington (Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam). The extended video – produced by Braxton Pope (Passion Pit, MGMT) and featuring Meg Steedle (Boardwalk Empire, The Mysteries of Laura) – builds upon the track’s resonant emotional and sonic core to explore the darker recesses of one young woman’s subconscious, a fever dream of guilt, desire, and identity. Nightlight is now available to watch at silversunpickups.com and YouTube.
 
JON STEVENS RELEASES NEW SINGLE
Jon Stevens has just released his new single, Woman, the lead and title track from his forthcoming solo album which is slated for release on Friday September 18. The new single is also free to download via Jon Stevens Facebook page for two weeks.