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With Bel Ryan 

Cherry Bar owner/booker James Young has announced six of the international acts for CherryRock017. “We’ve got legendary San Francisco garage punks Dwarves. Southern rock/psychobilly from Atlanta’s Nashville Pussy. The incredible female two-piece, Bala, from Spain, who sound like Patti Smith out front of Motorhead. Bottlecap must be the bastard triplets of fellow Swedish rockers The Hives and The Hellacopters. Plus the best rock’n’roll coming from our Indonesian neighbours in Mooner and Kelompok Penerbang Roket (KPR).” There’s also plenty happening from home turf, such as Wollongong’s Totally Unicorn. They’re joined by the sexy psych-blues of Child, lo-fi garage punk care of Amyl & The Sniffers, Mornington Peninsula’s Stiff Richards, and the 2016 Cherry Awards Act of the Year, Zombitches. And that’s only round one. It’s all happening Sunday May 7 from 12pm, with 13 acts across two stages and no clashes. No finer time to take a stroll down AC/DC lane. Early bird tickets are on sale now.
 
Known for nailing down the genre-defying combination of brutal guitars and electronic, London’s The One Hundred has released the insane video for their single Dark Matters. The track is lifted from their highly anticipated debut LP set for worldwide release later this year, care of Spinefarm Records.
Fresh from announcing a huge run of dates for their Australian tour, sleepmakeswaves has lifted the lid on who will be snapping up the support slots. Proving their big year has only just started, Caligula’s Horse will be joining them fresh from their adventures across the country with Opeth. For the Melbourne show on Saturday March 25, they’re joined by female-fronted hardcore giants Pagan and Brisbane rock dogs Aerials.
 
Sydney young guns Trojans announced they’re jumping in the van with Queensland’s As Paradise Falls and Victorian outfit Mirrors for an epic tour. Coined the State of Mind tour – a tongue in cheek reference to State of Origin – the forecast for these shows is very heavy indeed. It all hits Melbourne on Friday March 24 at Last Chance Rock N Roll Bar, and an all ages show for the young tuckers on Saturday March 25 at Wrangler Studios.  
 
Metal Blade Records have launched a new edition of the 6 Bands in 60 Seconds campaign, where CEO Brian Slagel spotlights six artists from the label's roster every three months. The goal of the promotion is to help fans discover new music from some of the most promising acts in the scene. The latest instalment of the series features Anaal Nathrakh, Ravencult, Wovenwar, Oni, Evocation and Nova Collective. Check out the episode at metalblade.com/6bands.
 
The lords of the shred have dropped news they will be releasing a new album which will coincide with their Australian tour. Dragonforce’s new offering Reaching Into Infinity will be released via EarMUSIC/Sony Music Australia on Friday May 19. Dragonforce tear into Melbourne on Wednesday June 21 at 170 Russell.
 
Instrumental prog outfit Cobra have not only released a killer single in the form of Gloom, they’re chucking a tour to celebrate. Drawing comparisons with established outfits Baroness, Mastodon and Animals As Leaders, the Adelaide three-piece will be rolling into The Workers Club on Wednesday March 15.