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Metal

With Peter Hodgson

Head along to The Bendigo Hotel this Friday December 2, for the first Mindsnare show with the full lineup in two years. Come catch the chaos before they drop a new full-length. Along for the ride are Born Free, Level and Join The Amish.
 
Australian metal destroyers Aversions Crown will release their second album Xenocide on Friday January 20. The band has released a lyric video for the brand new track Ophiophagy which you can find on YouTube. Xenocide was tracked by Adam Merker at Studio Anders Debeerz in Brisbane and mixed and mastered by Mark Lewis (Whitechapel, Devildriver, The Black Dahlia Murder) from Audio Hammer.
 
Iconic metal giants Killswitch Engage have just announced they’ll be playing their landmark album Alive Or Just Breathing in full on their Australia/NZ tour in celebration of its 15 year anniversary. Don’t miss your opportunity to see one of the biggest shows of 2017 with special guests Fallujah at 170 Russell on Sunday March 5 and Tuesday March 7.
 
Swedish melodic metal heavyweights Katatonia finally return to Australia for their first ever headline tour this December. With ten studio albums under their belt, there will be plenty of crowd favourites like My Twin, The Longest Year and July. Catch them at Corner Hotel on Saturday December 10.
 
Living Colour (featuring one of my favourite guitarists, Vernon Reid) will return to Australia in May. They were last here for Soundwave 2014 and are in the process of readying their new album, Shade. Catch them at 170 Russell on Friday May 12.
 
Beasto Blanco, the band fronted by longtime Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric, just released their self-titled, full-length second album. It’s influenced by White Zombie and Motorhead and features 11 new tracks, and an amped-up cover version of Cooper’s hit song Feed My Frankenstein featuring Alice's daughter and fellow Beasto bandmate, Calico Cooper.