GUTHRIE GOVAN CLINIC GETS VENUE
The previously-mentioned Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats, Asia, Steven Wilson) guitar masterclass presented by Thump Music has now found a venue: catch Guthrie on Sunday July 27 at Gas Works Theatre at 11.30am.
DEATH AUDIO RELEASES KILLSWITCH ENGAGE COVER
Death Audio have released a stripped back acoustic cover of Killswitch Engage’s My Last Serenade as a thank-you and a public show of appreciation for KSE. According to the band, “This song was recorded by Death Audio, mixed by Death Audio and even mastered in Death Audio’s car with no money. This video was filmed with a Sony Action Cam with no budget. This video was edited in between loading into a gig, eating a $20 steak dinner and playing a show.” Download the song from deathaudio.com
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE TOUR
Speaking of Killswitch Engage, they’re playing The Palace on Sunday April 13 with the mighty Kill Devil Hill (featuring ex-Pantera bassist Rex Brown and former Black Sabbath/Dio drummer Vinnie Appice). Tickets are on sale now via Oztix and Ticketek.
SUN GOD REPLICA ALBUM LAUNCH
The new Sun God Replica album The Devil And The Deep is out now on CD, vinyl and digital via Spooky Records, and the band will celebrate with a show at The Tote in Collingwood on Saturday March 22 with Damn Terran and Seedy Jeezus. The band is also supporting Cosmic Psychos on three dates: Thursday April 24 at Westernport Hotel, San Remo; Saturday April 26 at Korova Lounge, Ballarat, and Sunday April 27 at Theatre Royal, Castlemaine (afternoon show).
GLORYHAMMER INVADES AUSTRALIA
Prepare your battle armour and sword because for their very first time, Gloryhammer (UK) will be questing and touring the land Down Under in April/May 2014! This is the new project formed by Christopher Bowes, the mastermind behind pirate-metal sensation Alestorm, with a desire to explore the more symphonic and epic side of metal. The band’s debut concept album Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife, released in March 2013, tells a story based in an alternate-history medieval Scotland, where magic and dark sorcery reigns supreme. Joining them on this epic quest is Australia’s party pirates Lagerstein. Sailing, looting, drinking and plundering is what these scallywags do best, all mixed into a must see stage show loaded with brass and accordions, rocking drums and drunken chants. They’re at The Espy on April 18 and The Barwon Club Hotel in Geelong on April 21. Tickets from Oztix.
BLOODSHED AT THE BENDIGO
On Friday March 14, getteth thee to The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood for Bloodshed At The Bendigo, featuring In Malice’s Wake, Harlott, Maniaxe and Mason. Entry is $12, doors open at 8pm and it’s 18+ because I heard somebody’s going to drink a beer there.
BRANT BJORK TOUR
Brant Bjork of Kyuss, Kyuss Lives, Vista Chino and more has again put together a band of serious rock players. Billed as Brant Bjork Live & In Concert: Low Desert Punks, this unit features Dave Dinsmore on bass (Che, Bl’ast), Bubba Dupree on guitar (Void, Hater) and Tont Tornay on drums (Fatso Jetson, Chuck Dukowski). A new band with old school, heavy, classic punk and rock roots but also a band with a fresh attitude of fire and urgency. Nightmare Music is bringing this new band to Australia for the first time this May and June for their debut tour. They’ll be at Ding Dong Lounge on Thursday May 29. Tickets are $50 plus booking fee from Oztix.
ANATHEMA TOUR. FINALLY.
Anathema’s Australian fans have been waiting patiently for almost 25 years and the innumerable calls and requests have finally borne fruit – Anathema are making their long awaited first visit to our shores in August! Anathema have been at the forefront of the UK rock/metal movement for many years. Influential pioneers of melodic heavy music, the band’s forward thinking, intellectual musicianship has earned them accolades such as Classic Rock’s 2010 and 2012 Prog Album of the Year; and whilst their sound and musical vision has continually evolved Anathema have always remained true to their original goal of creating meaningful, passionate and honest music. Likened to acts such as Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree and King Crimson, Anathema present an aural and visual experience that stimulates all six senses from start to finish. And you can catch them at the Corner Hotel on Saturday August 23. Tickets are $69 plus booking fee from metropolistouring.com, and strictly limited VIP meet and greet packages are also available.
ROYAL HUNT TOUR
Royal Hunt will tour Australia for the very first time in their history. Royal Hunt are one of the most acclaimed acts of the melodic metal movement of all time having sold more than one million albums worldwide. Royal Hunt also features ‘royalty’ in terms of band member personnel with D.C. Cooper (Silent Force, Amaran’s Plight), Andre Andersen (Cornerstone, Evil Masquerade, Prime Time, John West) and Allan Sorensen (Cornerstone, Prime Time) leading the front line. They’ll be performing tracks off their recent release A Life To Die For as well as a comprehensive selection of Royal Hunt tracks across their discography. They’ll be supported on both shows by progressive melodic metal masters Vanishing Point. They’ll be at the Northcote Social Club on Wednesday April 2 with tickets available from metalmassacre.com.au and cornerhotel.com. Strictly limited VIP meet and greet fan pack passes are also available (including Australian-only exclusive items) from Metal Massacre Online.