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Metal

With Peter Hodgson

It’s only a matter of mere days until we’re all pulverized by the new Metallica album, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct.
 
Swedish melodic metal heavyweights 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.
 
Arch Enemy will release a live DVD titled As The Stages Burn on Friday March 31. It was filmed at Wacken Open Air in Germany.
 
Metalcore heavyweights The Devil Wears Prada return to Australia next April in support of their sixth album Transit Blues. Joining the tour is San Diego post-hardcore purveyors Being As An Ocean. Australian fans will be some of the first to hear new material from their as yet unreleased fourth album. See them at the Corner Hotel on Saturday April 18, tickets on sale Thursday November 17.
 
Motorhead tribute Ace of Spades and Dio tribute Holy Diver are both playing two sets each at Rockstar Bar in Frankston on Saturday November 19.
 
Melbourne’s high octane-heavy stoner rockers Don Fernando are packing their gear up and taking to the roads for a celebration of ten years of sweat, riffs and good times. 2015 saw the release of their third studio album Haunted By Humans. Their tenth anniversary east coast tour celebrates their history and will culminate in an all-star extravaganza at their spiritual home, Cherry Bar, on Saturday December 17. This show will feature a rotating lineup of the band bringing back most of their previous members, including current and past members of acts such as King Parrot, King of The North, Warped, Swidgen and Grindhouse. You can also catch them at CherryFest at Cherry Bar on Saturday November 26.
 
 
1054 Records announced legendary hardcore/metal band Sworn Enemy will play at the Bendigo Hotel on Friday November 18. The night also features hometown hardcore heroes Crowned Kings (fresh from a European tour with Sick Of It All), Cold Ground, Southpaw and Overpower.
 
Also at the Bendigo this weekend is the return of Tasmanian extreme metal quartet Départe on Saturday November 19, in support of their long awaited and highly anticipated debut album Failure, Subside. Taking on elements from post metal, black metal, and death metal, Failure, Subside is a truly unique and captivating experience. Joining Départe at the Bendigo Hotel will be Sydney's post metal/sludge/hardcore legends Lo!, epic post black metallers Greytomb, national tour support No Haven, and kicking off the evening will be local post metal quintet Cascades. Entry is $15, doors at 7.30pm.