SEE BLACK SABBATH FOR THE LAST TIME
By now you’ve probably heard the news but if not, Black Sabbath return to Australia for the final time ever in 2016 on their The End tour. They’ll be at Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday April 19. So far Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and the mighty Tony Iommi are confirmed, but Iommi has revealed they’ve made an offer to drummer Bill Ward to return one last time, and the ball’s in his court.
BROOZER ALBUM LAUNCH
Melbourne’s Broozer are launching their new albumII on vinyl. The band said, “Following on from the debut 12.04.2012, II is a monolithic delivery of wicked tales and nightmares that you can only imagine of a psychopath’s journal. Fielding influence from classic and cult sci-fi/gore/horror, crime, cult mythology and personal illusive dreams, II is a brutal attack on the listeners psyche.” Catch them on Saturday September 12 at The Bendigo Hotel as they launch the album on vinyl.
NOCTURNAL GRAVES & FRIENDS
Sometimes you read a gig notice that sounds like the opening preamble to a fantasy movie. Like this one, for Evoke Death at The Bendigo Hotel this Friday September 11: “Nocturnal Graves, a black death metal holocaust featuring former members of Destroyer 666, team up with black death dealers Anatomy (reunited – first show back in 15 years.) Debacle, apocalyptic crust and despair from Melbourne members of Pisschrist, Drunkard, Soberphobe. Contaminated, utter darkness, morbid death metal.” It happens this Friday September 11.
BLACK CONJURATION FEST
Check out the line-up for this roadtrip-worthy Adelaide event: Bolt Thrower, Portal, Nocturnal Graves, Cauldron Black Ram, Abominator, Tzun Tzu, Nocturnes Mist, Tombsealer, King Fate, Dracula, Teuton, Hellbringer, Anatomy, Inverloch, Shadow Realm, Stargazer and Tyrannic. It’s at the Adelaide UniBar on September 25 and 26.
The mighty Bolt Thrower are at 170 Russell on September 27 – 22 years since their last Australian tour. Tickets from boltthrower.bigcartel.com and venue outlets.
AIR ANNOUNCES CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD NOMINEES
The Australian Independent Record Labels Association has revealed the nominees for the 2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards. The nominees for Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album are British India for Nothing Touches Me, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard for I’m In Your Mind Fuzz, Northlane for Node, The Peep Tempel for Tales and The Smith Street Band for Throw Me In The River. The awards are presented on Tuesday October 22 at Meat Market, 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne.
RUINS AND MORE AT THE TOTE
Killer night of music at The Tote on Saturday September 19, including Ruins (Tasmania), Brisbane progressive black metallers Vyrion, Graveir (Queensland), Mar Mortuum, Agonhymn and Greytomb. Doors are at 6:30pm and there’s a free BBQ. $20 on the door or presale tickets through The Tote's website.
NEW COFFIN CAROUSEL EP
Coffin Carousel breathes a passion for punk rock and grunge music, mashing in a mixture of spooky sounds, coarse-to-melodic vocals, supercharged guitar power chords, low note bass-heavy rhythms and versatile modern drumming. Conceived by Howard Noise (Diamond Noir, ex-Hatchet Dawn) early 2012, he aimed to build Coffin Carousel a solid foundation and an original horizon for growth as a vocalist and songwriter. In 2013 Howard Noise joined forces with Baron Todd (ex-Voltera) and later recruited Dr Sub Hiro (also ex-Voltera) to launch the EP, Fiend. They’ve now unleashed Doom Pop, paying homage to influential punk icons the Misfits with Static Age and The Ramones with I Wanna Be Sedated. It’s mixed by Grammy award winning Neil Kernon (Judas Priest, Sex Pistols, Queen) and mastered by Alan Douches (Misfits, Motorhead, GWAR). Doom Pop is available worldwide at all digital music stores and as a limited edition compact disk gloss-gatefold with bonus track, expanded artwork through the band’s website store.