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Metal

With Peter Hodgson

Melbourne’s Desecrator have signed with Dinner For Wolves for the release of their debut studio album, To The Gallows. The album will be released locally in March, with worldwide release details to come. Dinner For Wolves have quietly been building a roster of high calibre Australian bands including Superheist and The Screaming Jets.
 
The Darkness have announced a second show at 170 Russell after the first, on Wednesday May 3, sold out in less than 30 minutes. The new show is on Friday May 5 and there won’t be any other shows announced. This seems to be a bit of a pattern lately: we no longer have a venue the size of The Palace, so instead we’re seeing lots of bands announce two shows at 170 Russell instead. Although I miss the Palace, I think it’s fricken cool that we get to see a band of The Darkness’s status and energy in a more intimate venue. What do you think? Tickets on sale now.
 
Dutch death metal masters God Dethroned will release The World Ablaze on Friday May 5 via Metal Blade Records. Their first album since Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross in 2010, it’s the culmination of their World War I trilogy. Dan Swanö, who mixed the album, says “God Dethroned have taken a great turn on the fields of death metal. This album is a great combination of all kinds of tempos and styles the genre have to offer, each performed with crushing perfection.”
 
Germany's premier post-metal act The Ocean has started work on a new album 2015's split EP with Japanese post-rock legends Mono. In anticipation of the upcoming full-length, The Ocean has launched a new live video for the track Rhyacian, which is taken from 2007's Precambrian, filmed at the Brick by Brick in San Diego, CA.
 
On Friday March 10, Evocation will celebrate their return to death metal with the stunning new album, The Shadow Archetype. Featuring a cover and layout by Xaay (Behemoth, Nile, etc.), The Shadow Archetype features veteran drummer Per Moller Jensen (ex-The Haunted, ex-Invocator). “In my opinion, the production is our strongest so far,” guitarist Marko Palman says. “It has all the elements I want in a production; raw brutality with a distinctive punch.”
 
Wednesday 13 has been one of rock's most prolific protagonists, spreading his credo of grave-robbing rock'n'roll and Halloween debauchery around the globe and unleashing a seemingly endless stream of blood-spattered albums and EPs. But there is more to the man than just the fiendish persona, a side that Australia will see next March. Wednesday will play all his classics from Wednesday 13, Murderdolls, Frankenstein Drag Queens, Planet 13 and more – but this time it will be all intimate and all unplugged. Joining the fun is Bourbon Crow, the outlaw country project formed by Wednesday 13 and bass player Rayen Belchere – on Saturday March 25 at Corner Hotel.
 
Six Feet Under returns with their 12th studio album, Torment, on Friday February 24. Fans will note a much more aggressive approach, and even more blast beats.