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Metal

With Peter Hodgson

Finnish melodic metallers Battle Beast unleash their new album Bringer of Pain via Nuclear Blast on Friday February 17. Recorded and produced at JKB Studios by keyboardist Janne Björkroth, the ten track album was also mixed alongside Viktor Gullichsen and Mikko Karmila, while mastering was done by Mika Jussila at the world famous Finnvox Studios. 
 
Six-piece progressive metal juggernaut Periphery return to Australia next week in support of their new album Periphery III: Select Difficulty. Adding fuel to the fire, a select few of Australia’s elite progressive bands have been chosen to join the tour: Circles and Polaris are coming along for all shows except Perth, while in Perth Chaos Divine and Make Way For Man will open the evening. Sunday February 5 at 170 Russell.
 
Slo Burn, Unida, Hermano, Vista Chino – former Kyuss vocalist John Garcia may rightfully be considered as the ultimate incarnation of stoner rock. His first solo album and opus eponymous from 2014 is followed roughly three years later by The Coyote Who Spoke In Tongues, a comparatively relaxed and purely acoustic affair. "Better late than never," Garcia himself comments on the rather lengthy period of time he invested in his new baby. Offering chilled out renditions of some well-known classics as well as his solo work, The Coyote Who Spoke In Tongues is now streaming on diffuser.fm
 
Fans all around the world never thought that we’d be able to read the words "Underoath Reunion Tour" in a sentence that was factually correct. We were confident that this day would never come, but it has. When your favourite band goes on their farewell tour, you go. It doesn’t matter how far you have to drive; you just go. Underoath’s farewell shows are a chance to remember, a chance to re-live, and a chance to be excited again. Dubbed the Rebirth Tour, Underoath will play their classic albums They’re Only Chasing Safety and Define The Great Line in their entirety. Catch them at 170 Russell on Sunday February 12 (sold out) and Monday February 13.
 
At a time when much of contemporary rock music has been reduced to meaningless theatre performed by false pretenders, Tiger Army is an antidote. Frontman and visionary Nick 13 has never written the same album twice. The same can be said about Tiger Army’s fifth full-length, and return after a nine year studio hiatus, V •••–.  The latest chapter picks up right where Music From Regions Beyond left off. Joining Tiger Army on their Australian tour is Fireballs and Pat Capocci, who since forming nearly ten years ago has emerged as one of Australia’s most respected practitioners of rockabilly and roots music. See them at Prince Bandroom on Friday February 17.