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Metal

With Peter Hodgson

It’s just two short years since singer/songwriter Leah Martin-Brown formed Evol Walks. Now based in L.A., Evol Walks has bagged an EP, earned plaudits from artists and fans around the world, and played across three continents. So what do you do when you’ve been described as “Monster Magnet at their most accessible” and “Stone Sour before the first break up”? You record a cover of Justin Bieber’s Let Me Love You. Ballsy move but they make it work.
 
Swedish melodic metal heavy weights Katatonia finally return to Australia for their first ever headline tour this December. They were last here in 2013 supporting Opeth. Catch them at the Corner Hotel on Saturday December 10.
 
Lamb of God will release a new EP called The Duke on Friday November 18. The title track was written in honour of the band's late friend and fan, Wayne Ford, who was named after The Duke’ John Wayne. "A little while ago I became friends with a fan named Wayne Ford - he was terminal - leukemia,” says vocalist Randy Blythe. “He was very calm about his impending death, and we discussed it very openly. I learned a lot from him. This song is for him.”
 
Helmet has just released Dead To The World, their first new studio album in six years, via earMusic and Sony Music Entertainment Australia. Frontman/mastermind Page Hamilton describes the album thusly: “Catch phrases, punchlines, guns, bluster, ammo, incivility, impatience, murder. You, me, us, them, life, liberty and the pursuit of property.”
 
Melbourne’s death/grind/stoner supergroup The Ruiner, will launch their album at The Tote on Saturday November 5. This is the only show they have planned so you’d better fucking be there. The Ruiner have recruited Horsehunter, Watchtower and Bunyip for the night.
 
Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has just released We Are The Ones, an eclectic solo album which includes an acoustic version of We’re Not Gonna Take It which has been used in a campaign for fair compensation for members of the music industry. The album also includes a cover of Nine Inch NailsHead Like A Hole.