Crunch! – May 30, 2012

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Crunch! – May 30, 2012



Periphery will release Periphery II on June 29 via Roadrunner Records Australia. It’s an absolute killer of an album that’s sure to please fans of djent, progressive metal and maybe even some of your more open-minded hard rock fans. 


Missed out on Steel Panther tickets the first time around? Well the Sunday October 7 gig has been moved from the Palace Theatre to Festival Hall and additional tickets are available now! Get in quick though because the original allocation sold out in a mere 13 minutes. Check out Steel Panther’s latest album, Balls Out. Vocalist Michael Starr says: “I can’t wait to get my balls out in some fresh Australian air!”


Santa Barbara’s Versus The World will release their second full-length album, Drink. Sing. Live. Love. on Sunday August 3 via 3Wise Records in Australia. The band, which consists of Mike Davenport (The Ataris), Chris Flippin (Lagwagon), Donald Spence and Bryan Charleson (Crooks and Liars), formed in the back of The Ataris-owned record store, Down On Haley, in Santa Barbara. The new album was produced by Thom Flowers (The Ataris) at Playback Recording and Orange Whip studios in Santa Barbara, mixed by Ian MacGregor (All American Rejects, Katy Perry) and mastered by Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins. 


Classic Aussie pub rock band Heaven are back! After 30 years the rhythm section of Joe Turtur, Laurie Marlow and John Haese are reforming to reunite with mainstays Allan Fryer and Mitch Perry. Over the years Heaven has supported bands such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Motley Crue and many others. They’ll kick off their tour on Thursday June 13 in Byron Bay, and will swing by the National Hotel in Geelong on Thursday June 21 and play a two-night stand at The Evelyn in Fitzroy on Friday June 22 and Saturday June 23 on their way around the country before hitting the USA and then Europe. By the way, here’s some trivia: the band’s late guitarist Bradford Kelly designed the Jackson Kelly guitar, a metal and thrash classic closely identified with Marty Friedman during his Megadeth days.


Sometimes – and it happened a few weeks ago – a press release arrives which is so perfectly phrased that it’s worth giving it a run as-is. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you… Mammoth Mammoth (pictured). “After an epic 13 day DMT bender in an abandoned women’s mental institution, Mammoth Mammoth emerge with a new album not only ripped straight from the bucket bong, but straight from Satan’s anus too. They’re releasing a limited edition vinyl LP each individually cursed by a one breasted Haitian voodoo priestess just for you! To get your hands on this rarefied release head to Cherry on Friday 1st June and see them tear it up with Los Amogos and The Fog!!! So prepare a water tight alibi and find out just how much action you can go missing in! 


Melbourne melodic death metal band Catacombs are playing at the Central Club Hotel in Richmond on Saturday June 16 to launch their EP. Also on the bill are Myridian, The Black Plague and Damnation’s Day.


Steve Vai is finally done with the follow-up to 2005’s Real Illusions: Reflections. The Story Of Light will be released on August 14 via Vai’s own Favored Nations label, and it’s a continuation of the narrative established on its predecessor. The 12-song album is largely instrumental, although Aimee Mann duets with Vai on No More Amsterdam, and The Voice finalist Beverly McClellan appears on “John The Revelator.” If you can’t wait a second longer to finally hear a taste of the first Vai studio album in over seven years (that’s almost longer than the Beatles were together!) an official video of the track Gravity Storm is on YouTube now.


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