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MEET PURROXIDE
Purroxide are a new grunge/punk/weirdo band from the Latrobe Valley and Melbourne who formed early in 2015 and have just started playing live. Catch them at The Brunswick Hotel on Friday January 29.
 
NEW ARTISTS FOR WILD THING PRESENTS
Chaos Divine, Jack The Stripper and Dyssidia have all joined the roster of Melbourne-based touring, bookings and management company Wild Thing Presents. They join Caligula’s Horse, AlithiA, Glass Ocean, and Orsome Welles. Chaos Divine have supported Slayer, Mastodon, TesseracT, Animals As Leaders and Between The Buried And Me, and their latest release Colliding Skies was heralded as one of 2015’s best progressive heavy albums. Jack The Stripper released the critically acclaimed Raw Nerve in 2013 and have supported The Dillinger Escape Plan, Cancer Bats, King Parrot, Northlane and Ne Obliviscaris. And Dyssidia has quickly become a force to reckoned with, gracing stages with internationally acclaimed acts such as Opeth, Tesseract, The Ocean and Klone.
 
FIRST SHOW OF 2016 FOR THE KILL
This Saturday January 30 catch the first show of 2016 for the mighty grind machine that is The Kill at the Bendigo Hotel. Come down to body bang to the sounds of blast and thrash. Other acts on the night are Internal Rot, Sickness, Sewercide, Christ Crusher and the debut of Blindspot.
 
NEW KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
Metalcore pioneers Killswitch Engage are pleased to announce the release date of their seventh album, Incarnate. The album will be out on Friday March 11 on Roadrunner Records. Rolling Stone selected it as one of the 25 most anticipated metal albums of 2016 and the band is currently gracing the cover of Revolver in a Star Wars-themed issue that reveals key details about the album. The band recently premiered the brand new song and video for Strength of the Mind via Nerdist.
 
THE BENNIES ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM + NATIONAL TOUR
The Bennies’ highly anticipated follow up to 2013’s Rainbows In Space, titled Wisdom Machine, is available for preorder on Thursday January 28. The album is spearheaded by Party Machine, a song that almost wasn’t to be. Written three days before the band entered the studio and inspired by their time at Psyfari – a trance camping festival three hours out of Sydney, the “disgusting-party-banger,” became an instant fan favourite. Wisdom Machine is far more than just party anthems, however, as The Bennies explore new directions; from the politically charged and Sabbath-inspired Corruption, to the personal, seven-minute epic O Brother, Where Art Thou? Catch The Bennies at the Corner Hotel on Friday April 1.
 
MESSENGER ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM
London progressive psychedelic rockers Messenger have signed to InsideOutMusic for the release of their forthcoming second album Threnodies, due on the April 22. “We’re very excited about our new journey with InsideOut and we hope that this new venture will take the band to the next level,” they said. “Threnodies was written and recorded over three months at Orgone Studios in London with our drummer Jaime Gomez Arellano handling the production and engineering duties. We like to think of it as an evolution of our first release Illusory Blues. We went to places we haven’t been before, while still keeping our identity. It’s a modern day mix of progressive rock, hard rock and psychedelia.”
 
NEW GRAVE PLEASURES VIDEO
Formed out of the debris of Beastmilk – the band that had indie kids, goths, punks and the music press dancing to their highly praised debut album Climax in 2013 –  Grave Pleasures are taking the concept of the apocalypse one step further. This time it's personal. In May 2015, this impressive lineup entered the studio together with award-winning producer Tom Dalgety (Killing Joke, Royal Blood). The result is a complex and feverish set of modern rock songs. Featuring urban tribal rhythms, potent melancholia, raw pop sensibility and irreverent ferociousness, Dreamcrash is seductive one minute, and a cold shower of harsh reality the next. And they’ve just released a video for the track Girl In A Vortex.
 
ALITHIA HITS THE ROAD
Fresh from supporting Dead Letter Circus and Caligula’s Horse, Melbourne’s psychedelic rock dogs AlithiA will be hitting the road for a national tour in support of their latest single and music video Sacrifice. Catch them at Cherry Bar on Saturday February 27 with Jack The Stripper and Anember.