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Metal

With Peter Hodgson

Higgo's Heavy Cherry VIII- the monster event curated by Dave ‘Higgo’ Higgins at Cherry Bar, kicks off on Friday December 16 with a huge lineup of Orpheus Omega, Dreadnaught, Se Bon Ki Ra and Saralisse. Doors open at 7.30pm.
 
Higgo’s a busy man. The very night after Higgo’s Heavy Cherry is the very first Higgo's Heavy Pelly, at Pelly Bar. Fresh from supporting Lamb Of God, and regular tourers around the country, Adelaide monsters Se Bon Ki Ra are ready to melt faces. Kill: Death: Ratio and Dreadnaught will also be in attendance. This is going to be off the charts.
 
The first release for Melbourne Celtic punks The Ramshackle Army in more than two years, the EP Whitewashed Graves includes a collection of fast aggressive party songs. See them on Friday December 16 at The Workers Club.
 
Two of the drumming world’s biggest names, Carmine and Vinny Appice will be touring Sydney and Melbourne as the Appice Brothers: Drum Wars in February 2017. Playing the greatest hits of a host of their previous bands, the Appice Brothers deliver a rock show that will impress both rockers and drummers alike. They’ll also be holding special clinics in both cities with the opportunity to receive a once in a lifetime double lesson with the Appice Brothers. See them in concert at Max Watts on Saturday February 18 and catch the clinic at Croxton Park Hotel on Sunday February 19.
 
Sydney’s Flaming Wrekage will release their new album From Flesh To Dust in February 2017, and you can hear a preview in the form of the track Thrown To The Wolves on YouTube. Flaming Wrekage formed in 2009 and have become a driving force in the Sydney metal community. From Flesh To Dust was recorded in Melbourne with Orpheus Omega's Chris Themelco and will spearhead a national tour starting in March that will take Flaming Wrekage to a host of new audiences both national and international. The band have dates in South East Asia confirmed for mid March 2017. Before then, Flaming Wrekage have an east coast run lined up to support Thrown To The Wolves. Catch them at Musicman in Bendigo as part of Ausocalypse III on Saturday January 28.
 
Periphery will return to Australia in February in support of their new album Periphery III: Select Difficulty, right before they find out if they win the Grammy for Best Metal Performance for song The Price Is Wrong. They’re nominated alongside Baroness, Gojira, Korn and Megadeth for the Sunday February 12 ceremony. Wish them luck at 170 Russell on Sunday February 5.