Melbourne dark progsters The Eternal are celebrating the tenth anniversary of the release of their album The Sombre Light of Isolation this year. The band recently re-recorded five of the album's songs and are offering them as a free download from their Bandcamp page. Fans are also encouraged to donate towards their next album.

Triple J unearthed are offering one unsigned artist the opportunity to join this year's Soundwave line-up in each state the festival visits. Click here for all of the competition details.

Adelaide's New Dead Metalfest returns for its sixth incarnation this year at Fowlers on March 14. Headlining this year will be Psycroptic and Goatwhore as part of their dual tour with the rest of the day's entertainment coming from Dreadnaught, Alarum, Aversions Crown, Colossvs, Earthrot, Metalstorm, Mammoth, Oath of Damnation, From Birth to Burial, Blood Covered Shovel, WITMOTR and Storm the Asylum.

In the wake of a huge 2014, Melbourne rockers Sydonia are preparing for album number three with an east coast tour in March and April, including appearances at Queensland's El Grande festivals with 28 Days, Dream On, Dreamer, DZ Deathrays, Voyager and more. The band will be previewing new songs at these shows, with a view to recording by mid-year.

Tragic news out of Alice Springs. 24-year old Rowley Hill, drummer of the death metal band Uncreation, was drowned on the weekend when he and a friend were caught in flood waters while inner-tubing on the swollen Todd River. HIll was also involved in the local metal collective/label The Black Wreath.

Happy New Year to all of our readers. What were our highlights of 2014, you ask? Click here to find out.


The Soundwave Festival has revealed its third announcement for the 2015 event, with new additions including The Smashing Pumpkins, Steel Panther, Exodus, Millencolin, The Vandals and King Parrot. See Tour Announcements for ticketing details. 

As they gear up for their trek around the country with Thy Art is Murder and Revocation, Psycroptic is also preparing for the release of a very limited special box set of their first three albums. Blood Music has created the ultimate Psycroptic box set featuring The Isle of Disenchantment, Scepter of the Ancients and Symbols of Failure on 200 gram vinyl in glorious gatefold sleeves featuring new artwork overseen by the band. Also included is an exclusive 7" EP featuring covers of tracks by Slayer, Carcass and Morbid Angel that will only be available in this set. The release is strictly limited so act immediately by visiting nervegas.com.au!

Famed Aussie bassist, producer and song writer Bob Daisley has played with some of the best known names in heavy metall, including Uriah Heep, Rainbow, Gary Moore, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne and Yngwie Malmsteen. The second edition of his book For Fact's Sake has just been released and Bob will be at Utopia in Sydney on November 29 at 2pm to sign copies. Limited quantities of the book will also be on sale.

The local death and grind scene has been dealt a heavy blow this week with the news that MOTH bassist, Cunt Butcher mainman and incorrigible Facebook troll Marcus 'Carcass' Kapitza has died suddenly. A polarising figure due to his thoughtful but very often offensive observations on social issues expressed through his social media outlets (from which he was often banned) he was nonetheless a popular and enthusiastic character who was friends with quite a few of the staff here at LOUD and many many others throughout the metal community. After blowing out a gig with the noise-mongering Cunt Butcher on the weekend of the 15th due to a severe case of gout, Carcass died suddenly two days later.

Melbourne progressive metal band Ne Obliviscaris has scored a rare victory for the genre by entering the ARIA Top 50 at #42 with their second album Citadel this week. This comes side-by-side with the news they will be appearing at Hellfest in France next year with the world's biggest metal and heavy rock acts.

Johnathan Athon, bassist and vocalist with Georgia sludge band Black Tusk has died from injuries he sustained in a motorbike accident on November 7. Athon was placed in a medically-induced coma after the accident but passed away this morning (Nov. 11). He was 32.

Melbourne's mega-metal festival Sonic Forge goes live again this year at the Espy on November 29 with a bill headed up by Vanishing Point, Ruins, Segression and festival regulars Dreadnaught. The line-up also includes Chaos Divine, Eye of the Enemy, In Malice's Wake, The Helix Nebula, Hybrid Nightmares, Bronson, Decimatus, Whoretopsy, Damnations Day, Envenomed and more.

AC/DC's Phil Rudd has been arrested in New Zealand on charges of conspiracy to murder and drug possession. Rudd apparently attempted to procure the murder of two people in late September. He was arrested in Tauranga on November 6. The drummer had recently celebrated the release of his solo album Head Job in August. In a statement, AC/DC have said they had no knowledge of Rudd's arrest until it made the papers and there will be no impact on the launch of Rock or Bust or next year's world tour. UPDATE: Latest reports (Nov. 9) indicate that all charges against Rudd - except the meth possession - have been dropped due to insufficient evidence.

It's always sad to report the death of anyone, but Loud must reveal that Wayne Static of industrial metallers Static X has died at the age of 48. Details remain unclear but it would appear the frontman's death was not due to a drug overdose. Static X were to appear on a US tour with Powerman 5000 and Drowning Pool this month.


Nominees for the ARIA Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album for 2014 have been announced. This year's hopefuls are Shihad - FVEY (Warner), The Amity Affliction - Let the Ocean Take Me (Roadrunner), sleepmakeswaves - Love of Cartography (Bird's Robe), DZ Deathrays - Black Rat (Liberation), and High Tension - Death Beat (Cooking Vinyl). Kingswood have also won a nomination in the Rock category for Microscopic Wars alongside Angus & Julia Stone, Jimmy Barnes, Dan Sultan and Ballpark Music. The awards are announced on November 26.

A week before it kicks off, Confession has withdrawn from their national tour with Prepared Like a Bride and Graves. In a statement issued Oct. 7, frontman Michael Crafter has apologised to fans but has cancelled all pending appearances to be with his chronically ill father. The tour, now dubbed The Ocean Tide Tour, will still go ahead without Confession. Refunds are available from points of purchase. Promoter Destroy All Lines is donating 100% of their fee to the Cancer Council. Dates: Tour Announcements

With artwork by Niklas Sundin, Melbourne's Orpheus Omega are about to unleash their double DVD document of their recent SE Asian tour. Archways Across Asia features 14 tracks filmed at shows in China, South Korea and Taiwan, plus a tour documentary. Pre-sale orders will be available soon. Rockers Electric Mary's latest EP The Last Great Hope has just been released and they continue to kick goals around the globe with an upcoming European tour launching in November. Brisbane death metal monsters Defamer have issued their latest EP Monolith of Filth as a pay-what-you-want download from their Bandcamp. Monolith will be launched in November at their show with Whitehorse at the Crowbar. Segression's sixth album Painted in Blood features album artwork that is literally as the title suggests - a self-portrait by Wollongong blood painter Dr Rev. Released on October 10, Painted in Blood is the debut of the band's new drummer Adam Bunnell.


Swedish black metal horde Marduk will be returning to Australia in January for a mainland capitals tour, during which they will be performing two of their classic albums in their entirety at a special show in Melbourne. At their date at Melbourne's HiFi Bar on Jan. 16, the band will play Panzer Division Marduk and Those of the Unlight in full, back to back. Touring with them will be Seattle-via-Columbia two piece Inquisition, last here for Evil Invaders in 2012. Early bird tickets for this tour are available for only $39 until the end of the month. Details: Tour Announcements.

Mick Blood, frontman for legendary 80s garage punks The Lime Spiders, suffered brain damage after a fight in a pub in Newcastle in June this year. With a long road to recovery and rehabilitation ahead of him, Blood's friends are coming together to perform at a benefit show, appropriately titled Blood Bank, at Sydney's Bald Faced Stag Hotel on September 27. The Spiders will headline the event with an array of guest vocalists, with the rest of the bill made up of some of the more notable names from the Sydney underground of the late 80s/early 90s including the return of Psychotic Turnbuckles, plus Spurs for Jesus, Hey! Charger, The Amazing Woolloomooloosers and more. Tix are $20 in advance from here, or $25 on the night.

With his DTP/Ziltoid double album release Z due in October, metal genius Devin Townsend will be in Australia for a round of guitar clinics in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth from October 20. Demand for these shows will undoubtedly be high, so get over to thumpmusic.com.au quick.

Nick Calpakdjian's Metal Down Under (Animus/MGM) documentary has hit #4 on the ARIA Music DVD chart after its release last week. The three hour, three part film is available in music stores around the country or from metaldownunder.com

With their new Jaz Coleman-produced album FVEY now on the shelves, Shihad tour the mainland capitals from October 24 with support from High Tension and Cairo Knife Fight. Dates: Tour Annoucements.

Straight from his stint out front of The Angels on their recent 40th anniversary tour, Dave Gleeson will head out with The Screaming Jets in October for their 20-date 25th anniversary tour. Adelaide rock dudes Tracer will be along for the ride that takes in most mainland centres through until late December. Dates: Tour Annoucements.

AUGUST 2014 

Suicidal Tendencies has made an announcement about the death of Tim "Rawbiz" Williams on August 26. "Tim played bass for Suicidal Tendencies for almost four years until recently. Tim was a monster on bass, running around on stage in the pit, giving his all, even when his body wasn’t at it's best. We will always remember him and appreciate all the kind words by those that were touched by his bass playing and him personally." Williams had been facing health problems for some time.

Jay Curley of Wollongong rock legends Tumbleweed has died. The bass player and founding member of the band with brothers Lenny and Dave passed away suddenly on August 26 of unknown causes. The band had recently announced it was gearing up for more live shows following a long break after the release of their comeback album Sounds From the Other Side in September last year.

After setting a new record for music crowd-funding in Australia, Ne Obliviscaris will be hitting the road in November with Beyond Creation. Ne O has been one of the buzz bands on the Aussie metal circuit for several years now, so go check them out live and see why. Deets: Tour announcements.

The first wave of bands for the massive Soundwave 2015 line-up has been announced. This is one not to be missed. Faith No More, Soundgarden, Judas Priest, Slipknot and Ministry top a huge list of acts to appear during the two-day event. See the tours section for more details.

This year's Doomsday Festival will be headed up by Richmond, VA monsters Windhand, making their first appearance in Australia, and regular NZ tourists Beastwars, whose second album Blood Becomes Fire was held off the #1 spot in their home country only by Michael Buble. As usual, the cream of the crop of local doom merchants will also be appearing. Dates: 2/10, Crowbar, Brisbane; 3/10, Hermann's, Sydney; 4/10, Yah Yahs, Melbourne; 5/10: The Tote, Melbourne.

Soundworks Touring has just announced a world exclusive deal with Metal Blade and Rocket Distribution that will see the new Cannibal Corpse album A Skeletal Domain available to fans on their upcoming Australian tour a week before its release everywhere else. The album will be on sale only at the band's Australian shows on September 9 - 13 before its official release date on September 16.

From WA and pissed off that Prong won't be visiting on their Aussie tour? Do something about it! Head over to Pozible and pledge $65 for a ticket. 200 pledges are needed and the tour will happen! Visit the campaign here and the Facebook page here.

JULY 2014 

As a precursor to Brisbane's BIGSOUND festival this year, Shihad will be performing their new album FVEY (Warner) in its entirety at a strictly limited-ticketed event at The Zoo on September 9. Tix are available from here.

Loud photographers Andrew Pittman, Rhiannon Hopley and Mick Goddard will be among the twenty rock photographers to be featured at The Accredited, an exhibition of live music photography between July 30 and August 10. The show is on at Galley 10x8, Level 3, 28 Broadway Sydney and the launch will be held from 6.00pm on July 31 .

The touring curse has once again struck Toxic Holocaust, with the confirmation this week that their scheduled tour with Iron Reagan has been cancelled. In better news, Soundworks Touring has announced the first of their Cannibal Corpse tour tie-ins. Buy a ticket for the show before July 27 and send your name and proof of purchase to promo@soundworkstouring.com and you're in the running to win a prize worth $80 that includes Cannibal Corpse's Tortured CD, a Morbid Angel Australian tour t-shirt and stickers and posters.

Melbourne's Ne Obliviscaris have smashed all previous crowd-funded music campaigns by raising more than $63,000 in less than a fortnight. The band was hoping to raise $40,000 to help fund a world tour but have now found themselves in excess of the previous record held by Eskimo Joe with over 40 days left to donate. Donations can still be made; those who contribute more than $1000 are up for some big rewards including the chance to name the band's next EP. Go here to give them some dough.

The last member of the original Ramones has died. Tommy Ramone - birth name Erdélyi Tamás - passed away after a battle with bile duct cancer on July 11, aged 62. Tommy was the last of the original Ramones and played on the band's first two albums before departing the group in 1978. During the 80s he became a producer and worked with acts like Red Kross and The Replacements and in later life played in country and bluegrass bands.

In a move that makes a mockery of touring acts charging fans extra bucks for a handshake and a photo before the show, John Garcia is doing meet and greets at 6.30pm on the night of each gig on his Aussie tour. For free - no VIP passes, special ticket or extra cost. Garcia plays Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Byron from September 11.

Nick Calpakdjian's two-year labour of love Metal Down Under is released on August 22 (MGM). The DVD features three episodes of the documentary plus extras with a running time of more than 160 minutes. It can still be pre-ordered for $30 or $50 with a shirt from here, or wait until it hits the stores.

Gold Coast doom mob The Matador are about to unleash the first track from their new album Destroyer. The title cut will be released thru their Bandcamp site at 9am Eastern on July 6. To encourage you all to buy it and not be freeloaders, The Matador is giving away one custom Destroyer guitar/bass cabinet, designed by the band's guitarist Ryan Creighton. Everyone who buys the single from their site between July 6 and August 5 goes in the draw to win. So don't be a mug. Visit The Matador's Bandcamp and stump up some cash.

Sydney post-rockers sleepmakeswaves have released their second album Love of Cartography. Recorded in Byron Bay with famed producer Nick DiDia, the album was funded by a Pozible campaign that raised $30000 and has already been receiving strong radio support through the tracks 'Great Northern' and 'Something Like Avalanches'. sleepmakeswaves head out on tour this weekend (July 5) with Breaking Orbit.

In case you weren't aware, the Corrosion of Conformity tour set for this month is now back on! The guys will return to Australia in the last week of July after the tour was salvaged by new promoters.

JUNE 2014 

Brisbane's Like Thieves are releasing their second EP 'Autumn Twilight' on July 21 and to promote it will be heading out on a national tour kicking off in Hobart on August 1.

Loud Online editor Brian Giffin has just launched a Pozible campaign to get his reference work The Encyclopedia of Australian Heavy Metal published in hardcover form. Pledgees can choose to buy the book or bundle it with a range of other rewards including the Metal Down Under DVD, Blood Duster's self titled CD, a limited edition compilation of Australian metal being pressed just for the occasion, and more. Just the campaign here: www.pozible.com/project/183372

The busiest band in the land has just announced a line-up change. Matt "Skitz" Sanders is taking leave from Melbourne maniacs King Parrot due to the pressures of touring. In his place comes Todd Hansen, also currently of ROME and himself a veteran of more than 30 other bands. A new King Parrot album is slated for release early 2015.

Wollongong party dudes Troldhaugen have launched a Pozible campaign to help them raise $3,000 to cover the recording of their album Obskure Anekdotez for Maniakal Massez. Following on the heels of their recent signing to Bird's Robe Records, the band has released the campaign which can be found here. They are also off to Europe soon for a 21-date tour with Alestorm. Troldhaugen will release the single 'Catoptric Contortions' late June.

Queensland road warriors The Amity Affliction head out on another national tour in August, with additional support from Brighton titans Architects, US chart-toppers Issues, NY crew Stray From the Path and local yobs Deez Nuts. All shows are Licensed/All Ages events with tickets going to sale from June 20. Check out out interview with Ahren Stringer here.

Originally recorded for their last album KVLT, Blood Duster's version of "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again" has just been made available as a download as a tribute to Doc Neeson. And to keep with the spirit, proceeds from the sale of the track are being donated to Camp Quality, of whom the old guy approved. The band is asking for any amount as a donation. In more fundraising news, Sydney's We Lost the Sea held a memorial for their fallen singer Chris Torpy recently and raised more than $4600 for beyondblue.

Bernard 'Doc' Neeson, frontman for Australian rock institution The Angels, has died today (June 4) after a 17 month public battle with brain cancer. Neeson, who lead the band from its beginnings as a jug and string band in Adelaide in 1971 until 2008, had been diagnosed late 2012 when he was in rehearsals with a new version of the Angels featuring ex-members that was preparing to tour with Guns N Roses and ZZ Top. He passed away just after 7am, aged 67.

As a follow-up to their recent appearance on Triple J's 'Like a Version', for which they covered 'Killing in the Name', Dead Letter Circus has announced a triumvirate of unplugged performances in September. The special shows will be at the Globe in Brisbane (4/9), The Basement in Sydney (5/9) and The Toff in Town, Melbourne (6/9).

With a new album and overseas touring imminent, Sydney band As Silence Breaks has announced an official name change. The band is now known as Daemon Pyre and the first track from the album, 'Misanthropic Parallels' is now available. The self-titled album is due for a late 2014 release and features a guest appearance by Jason Peppiatt from Psycroptic.

MAY 2014 

The Eternal frontman Mark Kelson has announced the impending release of his first solo album. Resurgence, an eight-track volume featuring Kelson in every role including producer and graphic designer, is due for an August release.

Hellfest may have the greatest lineup of any festival this year. In its ninth year, the festival held in Clisson, France has the likes of Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Aerosmith headlining the three day festival as well as Slayer, Deep Purple, Soulfly, Emperor, Death, Soundgarden, Millencolin and 100+ more bands making appearances. This year LOUD will have photographer/reviewer Brendan Delavere making the trek across Europe for the three months of the European summer. As well as Hellfest he will be attending Download Fest at Donington, England, Graspop Metal Meet in Belgium and the metal institution that is Wacken Open Air in Germany. Whilst there, he will be writing a blog for LOUD readers to follow. You can check out the full Hellfest line up at the official site: hellfest.fr

LOUD has learned of the passing of US bass player Randy Coven. Coven, who played with ARK and American power metal band Holy Mother for a decade and also toured with Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai, passed away on May 20 of unknown causes. He was 54

Akihiro Yokoyama, bass player with long-serving Japanese metal band United, has died at the age of 49. Yokoyama joined the band in 1983 and turned them from a Judas Priest covers act into one of his country's top metal draws, recording nine albums and two EPs. Yokoyama's death was reported May 13.

Corrosion of Conformity's July tour has been unfortunately cancelled thanks to the financial collapse of one of the promoter's backers. All tickets can be refunded at their point of purchase.

Sydney thrash band Addictive's debut Pity of Man became a minor cult classic worldwide when it was released in 1989; the same could not be said for the follow-up Kick 'em Hard, however. Produced by Bob Daisley, the album never received the recognition it deserved. 23 years after it was first released, US label Divebomb has re-issued the album with Pity of Man included to boot. Find out more at Divebomb's page.

Melbourne hardcore team Chaingun will be making their debut Sydney appearance this month at the Valve Bar on May 9, lining up with Summonus, Lomera, Arrowhead and Chroma. Chaingun, featuring Maunder from Mindsnare and Bomber from Within Blood, have a four-track EP available as a free download from here.

Deez Nuts & ConfessionDEEZ RAMPAGE
Hard partying hardcore bros Deez Nuts and Confession are teaming up for the dual-headling Rampage tour through June, with the headliner being determined on the night of each show. Tagging along will be Hand of Mercy who will be blooding their new vocalist and Thorns will be road-testing their new album From Tears to Glory as well. Deets and dates: Tour Announcements

Byron Bay enviro-metal lads In Hearts Wake release their second album Earthwalker today (May 2). As part of the album's carbon neutral campaign, the band will plant 1128 trees to offset emissions. Earthwalker features The Amity Affliction's Joel Birch on one track and debuted on the Australian iTunes chart at #3.

Owing to the sell out of the Sydney date on their Free Your Mind tour extravaganza, Northlane has announced a second Sydney show at the Oxford Arts Factory in Darlinghurst. Veil of Maya and Volumes will also be appearing at this show.

APRIL 2014 

Northlane will be releasing the deluxe edition of last year's chart-topping Singularity album on May 16. The redux will be available both physically and digitally and includes new liner notes written by vocalist Adrian Fitipaldes, live pics and a fully instrumental version of the album.

The 40-year old rock institution that is AC/DC could well be coming to an end. According to various reports, guitarist and founder Malcolm Young, 61, suffered a stroke mid-March which has effected his ability to play and the band is likely to wind up. Australian rock journalist Darryl Mason helped break the news on his blog earlier today (Apr. 15) and has updated the post several times since. Major news and music networks also took up the story, prompting the band to eventually announce that Young is indeed unwell but that they hope to try and continue.

Australian promoters Soundworks Touring are running a huge competition in conjunction with Morbid Angel's upcoming tour. Buy a pre-sale ticket now, email proof of purchase to promo@soundworkstouring.com and go in the draw to win a package that includes a Morbid Angel tour shirt, stubby holder and autographed poster, tickets to the next two Soundworks Touring tours and a Heavy Metal Merchant t-shirt plus stickers and posters from previous tours - more than $250 worth of goodies. Entries must be in by April 21!

Only days before it was due to start, the Toxic Holocaust/Skeletonwitch tour has had to be cancelled due to a serious medical condition afflicting Toxic Holocaust frontman Joel Grind. The official announcement released this evening (Apr. 6) reads: "Unfortunately, due to a serious and prolonged ear infection suffered by Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust, the Toxic Holocaust/Skeletonwitch Australian & New Zealand tour will not be happening in April 2014. Joel is unwell and recommended by his Doctor not to fly till his condition is taken care of. We are truly sorry, but this is something that's out of hands." Both bands hope to reschedule at a later time.

Sydney's most celebrated indie rock rascals the Hard Ons are celebrating their 30th year of simply not giving a fuck in 2014. The band played its first show on July 21, 1984 and to celebrate three full decades of mixing pop, punk and metal in the rawest fashion imaginable and living to tell the tale they are embarking on a full national tour from May 29. Again reuniting with original member Keish de Silva for these shows, the Hard Ons will also be releasing a 2CD remaster of 1990's Yummy! and a split 7" with The Necks. Details in our tour section.

Northlane's own curated mini-fest tour Free Your Mind kicks off nationally on May 22 and the full line-up has now been announced. The tour, also featuring fellow western Sydney metalheads Thy Art is Murder plus Perth's Make Them Suffer and American acts Veil of Maya and Volumes, is already sold out in Sydney with local supports only officially revealed today (Apr. 4). Check the tour section for further details.

Rose Tattoo drummer Paul Demarco has been arrested on charges relating to an illegal gun syndicate allegedly supplying weapons across Sydney and the Illawarra. The 55 year old musician was taken into custody yesterday to face court in Parramatta today (Apr. 2)

MARCH 2014 

Four days before they were due to arrive in Australia for their first visit here, Danish power metallers Royal Hunt have cancelled their tour. Tickets are refundable from the place of purchase.

Oderus UrungusR.I.P. DAVE BROCKIE
Less than a month since his band GWAR devastated Australia as one of the highlights of the Soundwave Festival tour, frontman and creator Dave Brockie has been found dead in his home in Richmond Virginia. Band manager Jack Flanagan released this statement today (Mar. 25) on the shock death: "It is with a saddened heart, that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR passed away at approximately 6:50 PM EST Sunday March 23,2014. His body was found Sunday by his band mate at his home in Richmond, VA. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified. A full autopsy will be performed." Brockie was 50.

With the Toxic Holocaust/Skeletonwitch and Kreator/Death Angel tours hitting Perth on the same night, Heathen Skulls has announced that the Toxic Holocaust/Skeletonwitch show at the Rosemount will be an early gig, kicking off at 4pm so those who wish to catch both shows can!

Stooges drummer Scott Asheton has passed away, aged 64. The pioneering proto-punk rock drummer's death was announced by Iggy Pop on March 16. Asheton's style, which influenced the punk movement into the 70s and beyond featured on all the band's albums. Asheton suffered a stroke after performing at Hellfest in 2011 and had been slowly recovering. His brother Ron died in 2009.

Dead Letter Circus have announced a national tour with Like Thieves in May. The Insider regional tour will take the bands to smaller, regional venues including the newly-reopened Collector Tavern in Parramatta and rooms in Esperance, Margaret River, Bendigo, Albany, Mt Gambier, Bunbury, Toowoomba and more. Dates: Tour announcements.

In March last year, Chris Torpy of Sydney band We Lost the Sea took his own life. On April 26, fellow musicians and people who knew him are holding a tribute event at the Factory Theatre in Marrickville (Sydney) with proceeds being donated to Beyond Blue, the charity providing support to people suffering from depression and anxiety. Bands appearing will be We Lost the Sea, Lo!, Adrift for Days, Totally Unicorn, At Dark, Snakes Get Bad Press, Boneless, 100 Years of Solitude, Feskit and Tigers for Sale. Tix are $20. Facebook event.

Former The Devil's Blood vocalist Selim Lemouchi has died, aged 34. No further details are currently available on the death of the Dutch occult rock band's frontman, but his passing was confirmed by management today (Mar. 6). The Devil's Blood split up in 2012 and his new group, Selim Lemouchi and His Enemies, released their debut album last December.


Nick Calpakdjian's documentary Metal Down Under is drawing near completion, with the latest round of footage capturing the likes of Hot Metal editor Robyn Doreian, Matt Young from King Parrot, Lord Tim of LORD, Mass Confusion's Phil Gresik, Steve Watts of Manticore, Mat Maurer from Mortal Sin, The Racket's Lochlan Watt and more. Archival footage is being sought for the doco's April completion date and it will now be released as 3x1 hour episodes. Pre-orders and packs are still available from metaldownunder.bigcartel.com/product/metal-down-under-member.

Iced Earth will be back in Australia soon and for a chance to win a fully signed Plagues of the Earth CD (Century Media/EMI) and tour poster pack, buy a ticket for the tour before March 14 and email proof of purchase to promo@soundworkstouring.com or hit them up on Facebook.

As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis has pleaded guilty to a charge of planning to have his ex-wife killed. Following his arrest in May last year when he gave an undercover cop $1000 to rub out his estranged partner, Lambesis may serve up to nine years in prison when sentence is handed down in May.

After inciting a stage invasion during their set at the Brisbane Soundwave Festival this afternoon (Feb. 22) that resulted in damage to equipment belonging to other bands, Thy Art is Murder have almost been kicked off the tour. At first tweeting that the band had been dumped, Soundwave boss AJ Maddah later advised that after meeting with them, TAIM would be allowed to stay with the festival as long as they didn't misbehave further.

As they gear up for a national headlining jaunt, Gold Coast mob Prepared Like a Bride are celebrating a #30 debut in the Australian ARIA chart for their album Overcomer (Faction/Sony). Following their dates in March, the band will also be touring with US Christian core dudes For Today.

In separate announcements made today (Feb. 19), Hardcore Superstar and Newsted have both withdrawn from the Soundwave Festival tour, making a total of seven cancellations this year. After apparently threatening they would pull out if not given a later slot, Swedes Hardcore Superstar have since been dropped from the line-up. Jason Newsted made this statement on his Facebook page: "The NEWSTED Band will not be appearing or performing live in February or March 2014".

Wollongong/Sydney melodic metal masters LORD have parted ways with drummer Damian Costas. Troldhaugen's Simon Batley will be filling in for the band's live duties, while former tub-thumper Tim Yatras will be guesting on a "special release" planned for later in 2014. The lads will in the meantime be searching for a new full-time sticksman. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the formation of LORD and its previous incarnation Dungeon, and the band has major plans in the works to acknowledge the milestone. Keep checking their website here to keep up-to-date.

Whitechapel has cancelled all Australian and NZ appearances due to a family tragedy: "Whitechapel unfortunately have to withdraw from upcoming visits to New Zealand and Australia due to the death of an immediate family member. The band apologies to promoters and the fans for any inconvenience caused and asks for understanding at this time."

Soundwave has announced the final five bands which will appear at the 2014 festival. A series of up-and-coming acts were selected to play the festival in their home cities via Triple J's Unearthed initiative. They are Chronolyth (Queensland), Trophy Eyes (NSW), Ceres (VIC), Sierra (SA) and Xonobiotic (WA).

Megadeth has cancelled their forthcoming appearances at Soundwave and obviously all subsequent Australian performances. Citing the old circumstances-beyond-our-control for the issue, Dave Mustaine posted the following message on the Megadeth Facebook page today (Feb. 10): "Due to circumstances beyond its control, unfortunately Megadeth has to cancel their Australian dates. Megadeth's decision is unrelated to the fact that Jason Newsted is performing at Soundwave. Jason and I spoke recently and continue to be friends."

Everywhere dudes Northlane are launching their own curated mini-tour in May. Free Your Mind 2014 will feature five bands from Australia and overseas with the local slots be chosen from a competition being run by The Music from March 6. The line-up will be released progressively on our namesake show "LOUD" on Channel V each Monday from February 10. The tour kicks off on May 22.

Following an unprovoked attack on The Growl bassist Marc Earley by a faceless coward in Sydney on Feb. 3 that left him with a broken knuckle, fans have raised $20,000 to help cover his expenses while he recovers. Earley, a professional musician who plays rock and jazz, writes film scores and also works as a music teacher, has no income or health insurance, which is typical of most working musicians. Police are investigating the attack. Donations can still be made here. Earley has since issued a statement thanking supporters, which says in part, Thanks to everyone’s donations I’ve been able to get the best hand surgeon in WA as well be under the best rehab care available. There is no way this could have happened without everyone’s support.
I am eternally grateful for everyone’s support, as well my family, friends, band mates, and especially my brother Cam Avery for organising this whole fundraiser. It’s thanks to all of you that I have the best chance of recovering from this terrible incident.

Sidewave announcements continue to be revealed, but the news is generally bad for everywhere except Sydney and Melbourne. H.I.M., Nostalghia and The Defiled play Sydney and Melbourne on February 25 and 26; Avenged Sevenfold, Five Finger Death Punch and Asking Alexandria are also in those cities on the 25th and 26th, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Glassjaw and Dir En Grey are on the 24th and 27th, again in Sydney and Melbourne and Black Veil Brides play on the 25th and 26th, once again in only Sydney and Melbourne. The only other city to host a Sidewave so far is Brisbane, who will share Richie Sambora with Sydney on the 20th and 26th. In other news, Newsted have been replaced by Whitechapel as the opening act on the Megadeth/Volbeat Sidewave, apparently at the request of Dave Mustaine. Clutch's Sidewave in Melbourne has sold out.

Melbourne prog rockers Twelve Foot Ninja have released the clip for 'Ain't That a Bitch', which was paid for by a crowd-funding campaign that raised $45,000. The video can be viewed here.

Mike Willams by Rod HuntSYDNEY ROCK SHOTS SHOW
Sydney rock photographer Rod Hunt has a mini-exhibition opening on Feb. 3 at the Newtown Beach Burrito Company in King Street, Newtown from 6pm. Rod's work has featured in publications around the world and he will be hosting a larger exhibition later this year.


Due to recording commitments, Stone Temple Pilots have cancelled their upcoming Soundwave appearances. They have been replaced by our very own The Living End. Sidewave shows have also been announced for Mastodon, Baroness and Gojira, Alice in Chains and Down, Eagles of Death Metal, Rocket from the Crypt and Mutemath, and AFI and †††


Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin have won awards at the 56th Grammy Awards. Black Sabbath picked up the gong for Best Metal Performance for "God is Dead?" from last year's 13 album and Zeppelin's live Celebration Day set won them Best Rock Album. It was Led Zep's first Grammy outside the "Hall of Fame" category and the second Metal Performance Grammy for Sabbath, who first won with "Iron Man" off Reunion in 1998.

Tributes have been pouring in over the Internet for the co-owner of Century Media Records, Oliver Withöft, who died yesterday (Jan. 20) at the age of 49. Withöft withdrew from active duties at the label last year due to a heart condition. CenMed is one of the world's largest independent labels and has hosted literally hundreds of acts since being established in 1988, including Arch Enemy, Strapping Young Lad, Nevermore, Iced Earth, Dimmu Borgir, Lacuna Coil, In This Moment, Stuck Mojo, Satyricon, Cryptopsy, Dark Funeral, Dark Tranquillity, In Flames, The Haunted, Queensyche, Shadows Fall and many, many more.


The first round of Sidewave announcements have now been made with the news that Korn and Rob Zombie will be teaming up for shows in Sydney and Melbourne on February 24 (Big Top, Sydney) and Feb 26 (The Palace, Melbourne). Alter Bridge and Living Colour are also banding together in Sydney (25/2 - The HiFi) and Melbourne (26/2 - The Forum). A long string of subsequent announcements is surely imminent. (Update) The third festival announcement has also been revealed. New additions are Richie Sambora, Filter, I Killed the Prom Queen, The Ghost Inside, Authority Zero, Darkc3ll, The Defiled and The Dangerkids. Tickets are selling fast - our advice is get in now!

Samong "Avaejee" Traisattha, the 35-year old bassist and vocalist of Thai black metal band Surrender of Divinity, was found murdered in his home on January 8 after being stabbed more than 30 times by an apparent fan who had been visiting his home. The murderer claimed he killed the musician because he was a "false Satanist". Traisattha also played guitar in the bands Annular Eclipse and Zygoatsis.

After some ugly Internet argy-bargy between band and promoter, the EyeHateGod tour scheduled to start in Perth was officially cancelled yesterday (Jan. 16) instead. Refunds for all shows will be available from the point of purchase.

The anticipated second album from Melbourne proggies Sydonia is due on February 7 (Pricewar/MGM) Check out the clip for title track and first single 'Reality Kicks' here.


It wouldn’t be the Big Day Out without a few sideshows, and the latest round has just been announced with Ghost playing the HiFi Bars in Melbourne and Sydney on Jan 21 & 28, Deftones doing a one-off in Sydney at the Roundhouse on Jan 28 and The Hives will be hitting up the old Billboard at 170 Russell Street in Melbs on January 21. The single Primus show announced a while back sold out almost immediately.

In association with Stigmata Productions, Loud Online presents the annual Under the Southern Cross festival at Sydney's Bald Faced Stag Hotel on January 25. The huge line-up was finalised just last week and the entire bill includes Be'lakor, Dreadnaught, Claim the Throne, The Levitation Hex, Aeon of Horus, As Silence Breaks, ROME, Arrowhead, Bastardizer, Dead-Life, Metreya, Hadal Maw, Sorathian Dawn, Psynonemous, Infinite Black, Chainsaw Charlie and the Chocolate Cha Cha Factory and Sin 4 Me. If you're in Sydney, this is not to be missed.

Due to circumstances out of their control, Sevendust has withdrawn from the upcoming Soundwave Festival tour.


Perth's melodic prog-metal champs Voyager have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their up-coming fifth album release. The band is hoping to raise ten grand, and latest reports from Dec. 21 suggest that they have already reached half the target less than 24 hours after the campaign began. If you wish to help out further, follow this link. Catch Voyager live next year on tour with Orphaned Land.

The support acts for Deafheaven's Australian shows have been announced, with Hope Drone and The Matador getting the Brisbane gig, Germ and Adrift for Days pulling on the Sydney guernsey, Whitehorse and Thrall in Melbourne and Tangled Thought of Leaving and Drothnung opening in Perth. The Sydney show may be moved due to the Annandale Hotel closing indefinitely for renovations this week.

Dead Letter Circus has unveiled the clip for latest single "I Am" as they prepare to launch a national offensive with Karnivool next month. View the new video here.

Slipknot has today (Dec. 13) annoucned that Joey Jordison is no longer a member of the band. "It is with great pain but quiet respect that, for personal reasons, Joey Jordison and Slipknot are parting ways", declares a statement on their official homepage. It goes on to say, "We all wish Joey the best in whatever his future holds. We understand that many of you will want to know how and why this has come to be, and we will do our best to respond to these questions in the near future. It is our love for all of you, as well as for the music we create, that spurs us to continue on and move forward with our plans for releasing new material in the next year. We hope that all of you will come to understand this, and we appreciate your continued support while we plan the next phase of the future of Slipknot".

Karnivool's Sydney show on January 17 has sold out. The ARIA Award winners have now announced a second Sydney show on January 18 at the Roundhouse. In other news, the video for their new track 'Eidolon' has just released and can be watched here.

Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond Heathen Skulls & Kylesa's control, Kylesa’s December headline Australian & New Zealand tour has been postponed. New dats for March/April will be announced December 9. All tickets already purchased will be valid for the re-schedule.

Adelaide metalcore stars I Killed The Prom Queen will release new album Beloved on February 14 via Epitaph Records. The record was again produced by metal mastermind Fredrik Nordstrom. You can read our interview with the band discussing the new material here.

The ARIA Award for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album was won by Karnivool for Asymmetry.


Ian Watkins, ex-Welsh rockers Lostprophets, has pleaded guilty to child sexual assault charges brought against him last year. The 36-year old admitted to three counts of assault and six of child pornography. He will be sentenced on December 6. The mothers of the children involved have also been found guilty. Lostprophets disbanded in October.

While the Big Day Out is licking its wounds with the cancellation of Blur from the line-up, the first round of sideshows have been announced with one of those being a special performance in Sydney by Primus at the Metro, during which they will be playing two full sets! Unfortunately, if you're reading this message after November 29, the show has already completely sold out.

Loud has learned that Chris Moller, singer/guitarist with raucous Brisbane-born 90s rockers Midget has died (Nov. 23). Formed in 1992, Midget featured at all major rock festivals throughout the 1990s including the Big Day Out, Livid and Homebake and opened for dozens of bands across the decade including Primus, The Jesus Lizard, Fugazi, Shellac, Magic Dirt, Silverchair and more. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and fans.

The Beachcomber Hotel in Toukley, NSW is holding one mother of a bash on December 7. I Killed the Prom Queen, Make Them Suffer, Aversions Crown, As Silence Breaks, Stories and Glorified head the 25-strong Noisefest Pool Party bill that will roll out across the day from 11am. Tickets from Oztix

While the event has been scaled back from two dates to one in some places, the Big Day Out continues to expand next year's line-up with the announcement this morning (Nov. 19) of the addition of Primus, Vista Chino, The Drones and Violent Soho to the bill that also includes Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, Cosmic Psychos, Ghost, Tame Impala, Northlane, Arcade Fire and more.

Adelaide metalcore veterans I Killed the Prom Queen have just announce a new national tour for this month and December, on the back of news that they have recently signed a worldwide deal with Epitaph and will be recording their third full-length studio album in the US next year. Info: Tour Announcements.

Blue Mountains prog metal powerhouse Red Bee are making an even bigger buzz following the release of the deluxe edition of their Ictus album on USB this month. The full scale re-release includes the complete album, mastered multi-track stems of selected tracks, tutorial videos and music sheets, live video, shots from their support with Flyleaf earlier this year by Farski and a bonus track, "Quick Killer". The USB is available for $25 from here or at shows: see Tour Announcements for dates.

Fresh from destroying venues Down Under, Polish death metallers Behemoth have inked a deal with EVP Recordings to release their new album The Satanist in 2014. The video for the first track from the album, Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel will be posted online December 4, but you can watch the teaser here. The record will be released in Australia via EVP/Rocket Distribution early next year.

The long-awaited second announcement of Soundwave 2014 acts has finally gone live. The list was unveiled at 11pm AEDST tonight (Nov. 7) and includes A Day to Remember, Mastodon, HIM, Pennywise, Glassjaw, Eagles of Death Metal, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Less Than Jake, The Porkers, Thy Art is Murder, In Hearts Wake, Gojira, Dream on Dreamer, Sevendust, Suicide Silence, Black Veil Brides, Zebrahead, Satyricon, Stiff Little Fingers, Graveyard, Deez Nuts and more!

Former Swans vocalist Jarboe has been forced to withdraw from her scheduled tour this week with Scott Kelly and the Road Home due to illness. Kelly's Neurosis band mate Noah Landis will now be performing a solo set in Jarboe's place. In other news on this tour, new shows have been added for Adelaide, Hobart and Melbourne, and the Sydney show is now at Hermann's Bar.

Melbourne's Abramelin was one of Australia's pioneering death metal bands. Formed in 1988 as Acheron, the group was one of the country's most formidable death metal entities. More than a decade since they roared their last, Century Media has just released a sprawling 3-CD retrospective. Transgressing the Afterlife - The Complete Recordings 1988 - 2000 contains the band's entire opus from their Acheron demos to their 2000 Deadspeak album, plus rare live recordings. All serious fans of Australian death metal should track this one down.

Perth deathcore monsters Make Them Suffer are rounding out an enormous year with a huge national tour through the country from the end of this month. Stories and Glorified will also be appearing at most dates. See tour announcements for more information


Australia's two premier progressive rock acts Karnivool and Dead Letter Circus are hitching their wagons together and heading out on a national tour in January. With both bands scoring either #1 or #2 albums this year and with a long string of international touring now behind DLC since, this is a tour not to be missed by any serious Aussie rock fan. Rounding out the package is ambient instrumentalists sleepmakeswaves who have indeed been making waves around the world this year. Dates: Tour Announcements.

A huge wave of tours is underway this week (October 23). Tickets to catch rap/metal favourites Limp Bizkit are still available - see here for details to enjoy a dose of late '90s nostalgia. The mighty death metal double bill of Behemoth and Hour of Penance will crush audiences, as will stoner/doom legends Sleep. Folk metallers Korpiklaani are also bringing their unique flavours to local audiences. Get out there and catch a show if you can, folks. 

Brisbane hard rockers Like Thieves, featuring ex-The Butterfly Effect vocalist Clint Boge have announced an East Coast tour. See Tour Announcements for details. The band also recently released their The Wolves At Winter's Edge EP. You can check out a live clip of the track Killing Reason here

This year's nominees for the ARIA Hard Rock/Heay Metal Album award are as follows: Airbourne (Black Dog Barking), Karnivool (Asymmetry), Northlane (Singularity), The Amity Affliction (Chasing Ghosts), Thy Art is Murder (Hate).

Jan Kuehnemund, singer and guitarist with female rockers Vixen, has aged 51. Kuehnemund formed the band in 1980 at the age of 17 and led the band through three albums and some monster hit singles like 'Edge of a Broken Heart' at the end of the 1980s before disbanding in 1991. Kuehnemund succumbed to cancer on October 10.

Prolific prog metallers Ne Obliviscaris are continuing their tireless 2013 by scoring the support to the upcoming tour by Between the Buried and Me and The Contortionist. Having already toured SE Asia this year and opened for The Devin Townsend Project, NeO will be the national support on the tour, on which BTBAM is performing their Parallax suites front to back.

One of Australia's longest-running and hardest-working metal bands have just announced a worldwide deal with AFM Records. Adelaide stalwarts Truth Corroded are now part of the label's global roster. Their fifth full-length release The Saviours Slain is due early 2014.

The latest single for Byron Bay's In Hearts Wake is available for download from www.skydancerproject.com with a Pay What You Wish platform in place. 100% of the money raised from the sales of "Skydancer" will be donated to three charities working to support indigenous populations around the world - Red Dust work to promote health programs to Australian Aborigines in remote communities; the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples promotes support of Native American communities and Germany's Hardcore Help organisation provide resources and humanitarian aid in Kenya. Get behind this amazing initative by downloading the track and handing over some cash.

Claim the Throne are celebrating the rousing recption to their latest opus Forged in Flame by revisiting their glorious past. Previous album Triumph and Beyond and 2009's 'Aletales' EP have been reissued as a single disc. Visit claimthethrone.com or primecuts.com.au and get yours for $15 or $10 if you order Forged in Flame too. Bargain.


The second Sydney Big Day Out, scheduled for January 27, has been cancelled. Ken West made the announcement this morning (Sept. 27): "Hi all, Perhaps we were a bit ambitious expanding to two dates in Sydney for this year's Big Day Out... The Sydney Big Day Out show scheduled for Monday, January 27 will now be merged into one show on Sunday, January 26, Australia Day." Ticket holders can use their ticket for the 26th, get a full refund (before October 31) or exchange it for any other Big Day Out show. Visit bigdayout.com for more information.

Why pay extra for a meet and greet ticket when you could just win one? Soundworks Touring is giving away meet and greet packages for their Behemoth and Nile tours, and all you need to do is buy a ticket to the show. The Behemoth meet and greet gives you early entry to check out soundcheck, meet the band after soundcheck, a signed poster, signing session and photos with the band. To enter, buy you ticket before October 18 and email name and proof or purchase to promo@soundworkstouring.com or hit them up on their Facebook. The Nile package includes dinner with the band before the show, a signing session and photos. To enter, buy for ticket before November 1 and hit them up on the links above!

Sydney's annual Under the Southern Cross show is looking to be the biggest one yet with the addition of Melbourne's progressive death metal juggernaut Be'lakor to a bill that already includes Claim the Throne, Dreadnaught, The Levitation Hex, As Silence Breaks, Cruciform, Arrowhead, ROME, Yanomamo, Sorathian Dawn, Hadal Maw, Aeon of Horus, Bastardizer and Dead-Life. The show happens Australia Day 2014 at the Bald Faced Stag Hotel. While we're on the subject of massive local gigs, Dreadnaught celebrate their 21st anniversary this coming Saturday (September 21) at the Reverence Hotel in Melbourne with an all star line-up that also includes Earth, Frankenbok, Contrive, Desecrator, Heaven the Axe, Alarum, Se Bon Ki Ra, Red Sky Burial and more, including a solo set by former Beanflipper frontman Rick Kelly. Further north, the Transcontinental in Brisbane is hosting the Neck Wreck Festival on November 16 featuring Psycroptic, King Parrot, Recoil vor, Synthetic Breed, Killrazer, Darker Half, Kunvuk, Kyzer Soze, Hazmat, In Death..., Magnertron and more.

The Butterfly EffectEYES OPEN
The Butterfly Effect has announced Paul Galagher as their new vocalist by way of fresh single "Eyes Down" which was serviced to fans on the band's mailing list today (Sept. 18). With the new guy in place and DVD Effected topping the chart last month, The Butterfly Effect are doing a short run of live shows in October. See tour announcements for more.

Teaming up with Dominus Entertainment, Loud Online presents Indian metalheads Albatross in Australia for three shows in October. The Mumbai four piece will play Melbourne, Sydney and Wollongong in late October. Special guests at the Melbourne show are Vanishing Point, plus Crimsonfire and Alaskan Thunder. In Sydney the tourists will be joined by Hobbs Angel of Death, Bastardizer, Disintegrator and Paralysis, and Darker Half, Sylvain and Rampage will also be appearing at the Wollongong show. Deets: Tour announcements

Wollongong fuzz rockers Tumbleweed dominated the Aussie music scene in the 90s, touring with everyone who was anyone including Nirvana, playing through the US with Lemonheads and Mudhoney and appearing at any festival worth the money. Eleven years after they called it quits, the original line-up of the band is about to release their long-awaited comeback album. Sounds from the Other Side (Shock) will hit the stores on September 27, while the Weed hit Brisbane (The Zoo) on the 13th, Melbourne (the Espy) on the 21st and the Annandale in Sydney on the 28th.

As if October's touring roster wasn't busy enough, everyone's favourite red caps Limp Bizkit will be back in Australia for another tour from October 25. See tour announcements for details.

In news that would probably surprise nobody who saw them raging around the country with the Descendents recently, Bodyjar have confirmed their comeback with the announcement of a new album, Role Model (UNFD), out on October 8. They'll be touring once again from October 31.

Certain to cause a ruckus throughout December is the teaming up of inspirational innovators the Melvins and Helmet for a ten date run around the country. The bands will play separate nights in Melbourne but together elsewhere, with the Melvins only appearing in Hobart and WA. Dates: Tour Announcements.

Dream on, Dreamer has just added a bunch of regional all ages shows to their upcoming tour, with dates added in Hobart, Gladstone, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast. Melbourne's Scar the Surface hit the road in November to support new album From the Shadows to the Fire, also with some regional shows in the mix in Bendigo, Albury, Elizabeth and Katoomba.

Due to demand, the Behemoth/Hour of Penance show in Melbourne has been moved from the Espy to the Prince Bandroom. Tix remain valid for the new venue.

The Butterfly Effect will return to live performances soon. Dates for a new tour in October have just been released.

AUGUST 2013 

Into its second year, Sydney's Steel Assassins Festival is on November 2 & 3 at the Bald Faced Stag Hotel. The line-up is headed by Melbourne thrashers Elm Street, Widow from the US and Kiwis Razorwyre with a healthy serving of steel from Soulforge, Malakyte, Gorefield, Damnations Day, Cerebral Contortion, Sabretung, Hazmat, Avarin and more, including Majister's first show since 1998.

Eyehategod drummer Joe LaCaze suddenly passed away on August 23. He was 41 and just returned home from a European tour with the band. LaCaze was in Australia only last year for Eyehategod's first ever tour Down Under. He and guitarist Jimmy Bower formed the sludge pioneers in 1989; he also played in The Mystik Crewe of Clearlight, also with Bower, and Outlaw Order. Further details of his death have not been released.

The first line-up announcement for the 2014 Soundwave festival has just been made (August 23) and headlining the show next year will be Green Day and Avenged Sevenfold, leading a cast that so far also includes Megadeth, Testament, Baroness, Rob Zombie, Down, Newsted, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Placebo, AFI, Korn, Trivium, DevilDriver, The Black Dahlia Murder, Five Finger Death Punch, Asking Alexandria, Clutch, Living Colour, August Burns Red, GWAR, Motionless in White, Mushroomhead, Ill Nino, Bowling for Soup, Volbeat, Skindred, Amon Amarth, Nancy Vandal, Whitechapel, Tesseract, Terror, Hardcore Superstar, Letlive, Rocket From the Crypt and more we can't fit into this announcement!

Leif "Snake" Sixx's Aussie metal covers project It'z All About the Riff is inching towards completion with cover art by Rok from Sadistik Exekution underway and Cubanate's Marc Heal working on some re-mixes. Sixx is crowd-funding this album and if you'd like to contribute to what promises to be a most interesting release, head over to his Pozible page.

The Butterfly Effect's doco Effected has bumped Pink and Andre Rieu from the top of the ARIA Music DVD chart, coming in at #1 upon release this week. Dead Letter Circus have also set the charts ablaze as their newie The Catalyst Fire lodges at #2 on the albums chart. Their national tour sets next week.

The Melbourne metal festival that raises money for Haiti's Center of Hope has released its first line-up announcement. Sonic Forge will this year feature Ne Obliviscaris plus New Zealand's Ulcerate, Hypno5e from France and dozens of others including Dreadnaught, The Amenta, the ubiquitous King Parrot, Ruins, Caligula's Horse, Orpheus Omega, Frankenbok, In Malice's Wake, Truth Corroded, A Million Dead Birds Laughing, Okera, Naberus, Hybrid Nightmares and more. At the Espy, November 30.

Allen Lanier, founding member of New York psychedelic rock gods Blue Öyster Cult, has died of heart disease. Lanier played keyboards and rhythm guitar for the band from 1967 until 2007 when he was forced into retirement through ill-health. He wrote several tracks for the band over the years including "In Thee" and "True Confessions", the only song to feature Lanier on lead vocals. He played one final show with BÖC in November 2012 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their first album. He was 67.

Roadrunner Records is one of the most storied and influential labels in the history of metal and September 27 will see the release of a massive 4-CD 54 track overview of the label's entire catalogue. XXX: Three Decades of Roadrunner Records features tracks by Slipknot, Megadeth, Machine Head, Sepultura, Soulfly, Fear Factory, King Diamond, Cradle of Filth, Deicide, Biohazard, Suffocation, Type O Negative, Obituary, Opeth, Dream Theater, Trivium, Rush, Airbourne, Spineshank, Gojira, DevilDriver, Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed, Porcupine Tree, Down, Nickelback, Stone Sour, Murderdolls and more, as well as a detailed booklet featuring testimonials from King Diamond, Joey Jordison, Mikael Åkerfeldt, Max Cavalera and others.

The Metal Down Under team have completed 80% of the filming on their excellent documentary chronicling Australia's heavy metal music history, and they need you to help them get it finished. The guys are crowd-funding their independent film and are currently offering memberships from $100 which gets you a copy of the DVD, a t-shirt and stubby holder, a downloadadble all-Aussie metal compilation double album, your name in the credits of the film, a music video complilation and the option to attend the film's premiere screening once released. To find out more, go to the Facebook Event Page or email nick@animusindustries.com

Perth progressive metalloids Voyager are heading east again and appearing at two exclusive shows this month. Friday August 23 they will be in Brisbane headlining for the first time ever, accompanied by The Matador at Crowbar. Next day they'll be at the Espy in Melbourne for Progfest with sleepmakeswaves, Sleep Parade, Mushroom Giant, Caligula's Horse, Rise of Avernus and a couple dozen others.

A week after their last show with Psycroptic, King Parrot will extend their never-ending tour with another run of shows around the country from Cairns to Perth and many points in between. Dates: Tour Announcements

October's seemingly endless list of touring acts has become even more breathtaking with the announcement this week of yet more shows for the already crowded month. Finns Korpiklaani will be making their first ever appearance in Australia in October, with their Sydney and Melbourne concerts clashing with those of countrymen Stratovarius, and guitar hero Gus G brings his band Firewind Down Under as well. That tour kicks off on October 31 in Sydney. For those keeping score, bands touring October now include The Amity Affliction, Behemoth, Bring Me the Horizon, Of Mice and Men, Stratovarius, Soilwork, Rolo Tomassi, Korpiklaani, Twelve Foot Ninja, Every Time I Die, Devin Townsend Project, Amorphis, Baby Animals, Hour of Penance, Crossfaith, Sleep and Albatross, with Firewind and Enslaved rolling over into November. Speaking of which, that month is also now brimming over with tours as Between the Buried and Me return then with The Contortionist in tow and Nile and The Faceless going through the country at the same time. Veteran rockers The Screaming Jets have also released their first tour dates in years for November too. Norwegian Goth metallers Sirenia will also be playing Sydney and Melbourne in December, and the inevitable February/March list of Soundwave tours will probably be revealed shortly.

JULY 2013 

Wollongong's fuzz-rock legends Tumbleweed have finally completed their long-promised comeback album, due for release on September 27. Sounds from the Other Side (Shock) is the first album from Tumbleweed since 2000's Mumbo Jumbo and the first with the original line-up since Galactophonic went to #5 in 1995. The band have also just announced a brief east coast tour, kicking off in their hometown on July 30. See Tour Announcement for more.

Ian Kenny has become the first artist in Australian chart history to have two #1 albums with two different bands in the same calendar year as Karnivool's Asymmetry debuts at the top of the ARIA album chart with a bullet this week (July 28). His album with Birds of Tokyo, March Fires, peaked at the top in March. Karnivool's tour with Northlane kicks off in Adelaide on July 30.

Sydney industrialists Our Last Enemy have announced the final list of artists contributing to their forthcoming remix album, Engineering the Enemy. Among those adding their touch to the band's tunes will be Mortiis, The Berzerker, Travis Neal from Divine Heresy, Pink Industrial Whores, Viral Millenium and more. The album is currently at the mastering stage and due for release shortly.

Featuring interviews with Steve Hughes, Peter Hobbs, Matt Skitz, Adam Agius and Rodney Holder of Alchemist, Brad and Dysie from Soundworks, Segression's Chris Rand, Dave Slave from Sadistik Exekution, Andrew Haug, Blood Duster's Jason PC, members of Frankenbok, Allegiance, Voyager, Psycroptic, Dreadnaught, iNFeCTeD, Nothing Sacred and more, the doco Metal Down Under is getting closer to completion. Catch a snippet of it on YouTube here and get behind it by checking out the website.

Melbourne hardcore legends Mindsnare are celebrating twenty years in 2013, so they are hitting the road in NSW, VIC and WA for some very rare live appearances on their 20 Years of Brewtality Tour. Details - Tour Announcements.

As if there wasn't enough going on in October, two more tours have been announced for the tenth month this week. On the back of their first Top 20 album in almost twenty years, Baby Animals will be on the road from October 19, playing mid-sized rooms from Brissie to Perth. Appearing in Melbourne as part of ATP's Release the Bats event with Television, The Breeders, The Jesus Lizard and more, stoner metal legends Sleep will also be playing in Sydney (Manning Bar) and Perth (Rosemount). A rare opportunity that may not come again.

Dogged Gold Coast metal veterans Lynchmada are hitting the regional road through NSW in August with Albury's I Am Atlas and To the Grave from Sydney. The Reciprocal Path tour rolls through the Riverina, Central West, Central Coast and Sydney before winding up on the Brisbane River. These will be the last shows for Lynchmada's drummer Cameron Wallace, who announced on the band's Facebook page today (July 9) that he is leaving the group.

For the best past of the last decade The Butterfly Effect was one of Australia's biggest rock bands with close to quarter million album sales and more than 500 shows behind them. With the departure of Clint Boge, a chapter of Aussie rock has come to a close, and twelve months on, The Butterfly Effect is releasing Effected, a behind-the-scenes documentary film chronicling their turbulent times, plus the full concert film of their final gig with Boge at the soon-to-be-demolished Palace Theatre in Melbourne. Pre-orders are being taken now for this 2 DVD set via www.tbedvd.com ahead of its launch date on August 9.

Three years after their #2 album debut This is the Warning that went on to be named one of the Hottest 100 Albums of All Time and has since been awarded Gold Record status, Dead Letter Circus release their second long-player The Catalyst Fire (UNFD/Warner) on August 9. First single 'Lodestone' debuted on Triple J with The Doctor on July 4 and they will kick off a national tour with Closure in Moscow and Sleep Parade from July 29. See Tour Announcements for full dates.

Dream on DreamerDON'T NEED LOVE
As they head out on the road with A Day to Remember this month, Melbourne foursome Dream On Dreamer are celebrating the release of their second album Loveless (UNFD/Warner), issued on June 28. Catch their latest clip 'The World in Front of Me' here and check out our Tour Announcement section for their shows.

The Mark of Cain has released a limited-edition vinyl pressing of their ARIA best selling album Songs of the Third and Fifth and will be launching it with two exclusive shows in Adelaide in September, at the Governor Hindmarsh on the 6th and an all ages show at Fowlers on the 7th. To top it off, they have also released a video for the track 'Milosevic', which can be viewed on their YouTube channel.

Orange County punk veterans Guttermouth are touring Australia for one final time in August, with a last hurrah up the east coast from Adelaide and Hobart to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane via the ski-fields, Canberra and regional coastal centres. To find out where to catch them in Oz for the very last time, check out our Tour Announcements section.

JUNE 2013 

Putting the icing on what already promises to be a very tasty touring cake, Melbourne's Twelve Foot Ninja have been added as the major support to Fear Factory's Demanufacture tour next week.

Karnivool's first new music in more than four years is available now in the shape of the single "We Are". After appearing at the Download festival as recently as June 15, the lads will return to Australian soil for a tour in support of new album Asymmetry from July 30, with Sydney's Northlane in support. Shows include all ages gigs in Sydney and Adelaide - deets: Tour Announcements

Back in Australia after touring Europe with Cult of Luna and The Ocean, Sydney post-metal sludge barons Lo! are on the road through the east coast in July in support of their latest album Monstrorum Historia. Accompanying them on their four-date run will be Melbourne's High Tension. The shows start in Adelaide on July 12.

In 2003, Jarboe from Swans teamed up with Neurosis for the Neurosis & Jarboe album. Ten years later, the colloboration comes to life in Australia as Scott Kelly & the Road Home and Jarboe tour together in November. Kelly's triumphant return after his acclaimed visit here last February with John Baizley from Baroness will be with the backing of his band the Road Home, also featuring Neurosis bandmate Noah Landis. Jarboe will be performing Swans classics from her time in the band, plus her own tunes including her latest release A Symphony for Shiva. See tour announcements for more.

Less than a year after they sweated it out on the main stage of the Big Day Out, Every Time I Die will be doing their first headline Oz tour in a long time this October, thanks to Soundwave Touring. The shows kick off in Brisbane on October 18. Dates and deets: Tour announcements.

After a twelve month period that's seen them score a Top 20 album, open the Big Day Out and tour Europe twice, Melbourne metalcore quintet House vs. Hurricane have decided to call it quits at the end of the East Coast Rampage Tour with IKTPQ and Buried in Verona this month. Part of the band's official statement reads: "After nearly 7 years as a band, we ...have decided it's time for us to move on and call it day. ... Lovers, haters, people that don't care, thanks for being a part of the journey, it's been real!" Two new songs left over from the Crooked Teeth sessions are being made available as downloads. The first, 'Tripping Up' is available from TheMusic.com.au. The second will be released soon..

Grindhead Records and Von Grimm Records are over-seeing the return of Slaughterfest in Sydney on July 27 this year at the unlikeliest place imaginable - Spectrum. With French obscurists Monarch taking the headlining slot, the numbers are made up by Clagg, Throwdown, Broozer, Ether Rag, At Dark, Arrowhead, Roadside Burial, Mish, Yanomamo, Frank Rizzo, Islands, Nursing Home Stalkers and 100 Years of Solitude. Tix are through Iwannaticket.com.au. Not letting the east coast hold the monopoly on extreme festivals, Prime Cuts Music is presenting Grind My Bitch Up 3 at the Civic Hotel in Perth on September 7. A day of grind, death and slam, the event will feature Disentomb, Rezume from Indonesia - launching their album Fragments of Blessed Spermicide, Entrails Eradicated, ROME, Sensory Amusia, Nails of Imposition, Chainsaw Charlie & the Chocolate Cha Cha Factory, Bloodklot, Obscenium, Facegrinder and, making a special one-off reformation appearance, the almighty Cuntscrape. Tickets are available from Oztix, 78 Records or by emailing Prime Cuts.


Soundwave Touring has announced two massive concert tours today (June 6). A free man after being acquitted of all charges relating to the death of a fan in the Czech Republic, Randy Blythe and the rest of Lamb of God will be in Australia from September 20, and they're bringing Swedish thundergods Meshuggah with them for a tour that cannot be missed! As if that wasn't enough, with Sempiternal finally putting them on the verge of true greatness, Bring Me the Horizon return to our shores after owning crowds at their Soundwave Festival appearances earlier in the year, and to round out the shows, Of Mice and Men and Crossfaith will be along for the ride also. Be sure to grab your tickets for these all these shows fast. They won't last! Deets: Tour announcements.

MAY 2013 

Teaming up with Dominus Entertainment, Loud announces our first international co-present as we bring Indian metalheads Albatross to Australia for three shows in October. The Mumbai four piece will play Melbourne, Sydney and Wollongong in late October. Deets: Tour announcements

Two of Australia's most notorious metal bands are touring the east coast together in July and August on the Inheriting the Sickness tour. Psycroptic and ceaseless road warriors King Parrot play through regional and major centres in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania from July 25. See Tour Announcements for dates!

The line-up for this year's Evil Invaders festival in Sydney on June 7 & 8 has been finalised. Not only will the event feature appearances by international visitors Archgoat, Midnight, Sadistic Intent and Vassafor, but also a special performance from Buffalo founding member Dave Tice, playing a set of classic Buffalo rockers with assistance from Harry Brus and Peter Wheeler of the Kevin Borich Express (and too many others to name including Icehouse, Choirboys, Billy Thorpe and dozens more) and Pete Ross from Age of Menace. The rest of the bill includes Cruciform, Portal, Nocturnal Graves, Consummation, Cauldron Black Ram, Inverloch, Grave Upheaval, Whitehorse, Dead River Runs Dry, Pale Sage, Erebus Enthroned, Ignivimous, Hordes of the Black Cross, Kingdom of Decay, Stand Alone, Crone and Bleakwood. Archgoat, Midnight and Sadistic Intent will also be appearing at the Bendigo in Melbourne on June 9, with Cemetery Urn. Tickets are available from www.TheCoffinsSlave.com

Fear Factory's Demanufacture is one of the defining albums of modern metal, a groundbreaking and innovative release that is still regarded as one of the best metal albums of all. Thanks to Soundwave Touring, the band who created it will be returning to Australia in July to perform Demanufacture in its entirety. Fear Factory's tour kicks off in Brisbane on July 4. Tix and deets are in our Tour Announcements section.

Uriah Heep bass player Trevor Bolder died on May 21 from pancreatic cancer. He was 62. Bolder, who originally joined Heep in 1977 after the death of Gary Thain, was the third-longest serving member of the band after guitarist Mick Box and long-serving drummer Lee Kerslake. Bolder was also the bassist with David Bowie's band between 1971 and 1974.

Ray Manzarek, founding member of legendary LA rock band The Doors, passed away from bile duct cancer today (May 20) at the age of 74. Manzarek, whose distinctive organ sound was at the heart of the Doors music, formed the band in 1965 with singer Jim Morrison and with John Densmore and Robbie Krieger the band went on to be one the biggest acts of the late 1960s, an idiosyncratic band that remains enormously influential today. Guitarist Krieger: "I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today. I'm just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him."

Last Crack drummer Phil Buerstatte has also died, with no further details yet made available. Buerstatte was with the Winsconsin prog metallers from 1986 until 1997, during which time he toured as part of White Zombie on the La Sexorcisto tour 1992 - 1994.

Sydney ambient sculptors sleepmakeswaves embark on a national tour in May, with shows all around the country including freebies in Byron and Port Mac. The tour kicks off in Canberra. See Tour Announcements for further details.

Due to changes in administration and the large amount of international touring competition in 2013, this year's Bastardfest festivities have been put on hold. Organisers plan to bring the event back bigger and better next year.

The first line-up annoucement has been made for Brisbane’s annual Dead of Winter Festival, set down for July 17 at the Jubilee Hotel. Fireballs head the list of the names revealed so far, which also includes Truth Corroded, The Levitation Hex, King Parrot, Disentomb, Darkc3ll, ROME, Chainsaw Hookers, Horrorwood Mannequins, a re-formed Post-Life Disorder, comedian Mitch Alexander and more, with a second announcement still to come.

Nick Calpakdjian’s Metal Down Under documentary recently wrapped filming at Indonesia’s Hammersonic Festival where the team caught up with Brad and Dysie from Soundworks Touring, Caine and Dave from The Amenta and Danny and Simone of Voyager. The next round of filming will be in July, where Calpakdjian will be interviewing members of Alchemist, Nothing Sacred, Dreadnaught, Segression, Blood Duster, Mass Confusion and more, as well as other industry figures. Melbourne’s Blue Freya Records have put together two digital Aussie metal compilations to help raise money for the project. Artists include Pegazus, Hobbs Angel of Death, Taramis, iNFeCTeD, Allegiance and many others. Some of these tracks are recent and some have not been available for decades. Each volume is $10 from the Blue Freya website, iTunes and Amazon. Metal Down Under is being crowd-funded, so check it out on Facebook to find out how you can help. The DVD can be pre-ordered here.

NZ stoner monster Beastwars kick off their first ever Aussie tour at the Square in Sydney this coming Thursday night (May 9) with Yanomano, Summonus and Bruce! before linking up the UNIDA at the Manning Bar and then to Melbourne. Check Tour Announcements for more details.

Featuring Ezekial Ox from Mammal, Cog/FLOATINGME’s Lucis Borich, Davraj Thomas of Pre-Shrunk and guitarist Glenn Proudfoot, alternative rockers The Nerve have just announced an association with Bird’s Robe Records ahead of their first national tour in June. The band’s single ‘Witness’ is released May 31.

Hard on the heels of the tragic news of Jeff Hanneman’s passing, Melbourne band Orpheus Omega have announced the death of their bass player Milky Adams. The band released the terrible news on Friday, the eve of the launch for their debut album in Melbourne. The show went ahead, with the recorded album Resillusion being played in place of the band’s set. Further details of Adams’ death have not been released.

In a what can only be described as a sudden and devastating blow to the metal world, Slayer guitarist and founder Jeff Hanneman has died of liver failure, aged 49. The announcement was made early this morning (May 3) Sydney time. Hanneman had been unwell since suffering a spider bite in 2011 that resulted in necrotising fasciitis, a rapidly-developing degenerative bacterial infection that made it impossible for him to continue playing or performing. As a member of Slayer since its foundation and a major song writer on all the band’s albums, he inspired literally thousands of musician across the rock world. His contribution to music cannot possibly be understated.

Bon Jovi will be back in Australia in December, exactly three years after their last massively successful Aussie jaunt. Telstra is offering its customers exclusively pre-sale deals from 9am May 13 - check out www.telstra.com/music for details. Younger punters might appreciate the tour by Emmure at the end of this month, or that by Counterparts in June. Stay tuned for further details on both of those.

APRIL 2013
As they tour through the country with Groovin' the Moo, The Amity Affliction has been awarded a Gold Record for their chart-topping Chasing Ghosts set, making them the first act of their kind to achieve both milestones in Australia.

Shock Records are releasing a string of classic metal DVDs over the coming weeks. May 3 will see the Rainbow live set Live in Munich '77 featuring Blackmore and the late Ronnie James Dio and Cozy Powell, plus interviews and bonus features, while on May 31, the Dio concert video Finding the Sacred Heart - Live in Philly 1986 will be issued, a DVD document of Craig Goldy's first tour with the band. For prog fans, the incredible 4-disc Jethro Tull set Around the World Live is released on the same day, featuring four full shows filmed between 1970 and 2012. And Garbage fans, the band's first ever full concert DVD release One Mile High.. Live will also be released May 31.

How this almost slipped past us we have no idea, but Brisbane’s Metal Heart Festival this Saturday (April 20) brings together the biggest local line-up of heavy bands since the heyday of Metal for the Brain. Just returned from a triumphant North American tour with Testament and Overkill, 4ARM lead a 44-strong contingent of metal and hardcore across three stages at the Mansfield Tavern, raising funds for the Heart Foundation. Portal, Ouroboros, Frankenbok, Dreamkillers, The Schoenberg Automaton, Wish for Wings, ROME, D9, Eternal Rest, Dead Letter Opener, The Dead and literally dozens more will be showing their stuff. For only $35, if you’re in SE Queensland and you’re not going to this, you’re crazy.

Thrash psychos Municipal Waste had added another show to their tour in June, announcing an extra Melbourne show at the Bendigo Hotel on June 19. If that wasn't enough, the band has announced a special meet and greet party for 100 fans. Ticket holders to ANY of their Aussie or NZ shows can party with the lads at Eureka Rebellion Trading, 454 Smith St Collingwood, VIC after 6pm on June 18. The guest list is strictly limited to 100, so get there first or miss out!

Deftones bass player Chi Cheng has lost his battle for life. In a semi-conscious state since a car accident in 2008, Cheng died 3am Saturday morning California time at the age of 42. His family has released the following statement: Our dearest Family, This is the hardest thing to write to you. Your love and heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing. I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you. He was taken to the emegency room and at 3 am today his heart just suddenly stopped. He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear. He fought the good fight.You stood by him sending love daily. He knew that he was very loved and never alone. I will write more later. I will be going through the oneloveforchi and any other information may not be reliable. If you have any stories or messages to share please send them to the onelove site. Please hold Mae and Ming and the siblings and especially Chi’s son, Gabriel in your prayers. It is so hard to let go. With great love and “Much Respect!” Mom J (and Chi)

Their tour doesn't kick off for more than a month but Northlane has already sold out three shows. Both Annandale gigs in Sydney and the HQ show in Perth are now at capacity, so the band has added another date at each venue. Thy Art is Murder has also added three WA shows to their upcoming tour (Cattle Decapitation will NOT be playing these shows). See Tour Announcements for more.

Entertainment visa problems have holed Enslaved's proposed July visit but never fear as their invasion has merely been postponed until November. Check the new dates in our Tour Announcements section.

Dark Tranquillity, Fintroll, Death Angel, Overkill, Symphony X, Soilwork and Septic Flesh are seven of the 40 bands who will take part on next year's 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. Since it began a few years ago, this has become one of the world's most popular metal events and tickets are limited to 1000 worldwide.Tickets go on sale from 5pm Eastern US time April 8 at $US666 + tax. Those who book before July 27 get to vote on where the ship goes. You know what to do.

Chris Bailey of the AngelsRIP CHRIS BAILEY
Chris Bailey of The Angels died shortly after midnight this morning (April 4) after a short battle with bladder cancer. Bailey was the bass player with the band from 1976 until early 1982, following which he spent time with GANGgajang and recording and touring with Jimmy Barnes. He rejoined The Angels in 2006 when they officially reformed under that name after several years working and touring under various pseudonyms. When the band split in two in 2011, Bailey stayed with the Brewster brothers' version of the band that recorded Take it to the Streets last year. A benefit that had been organised for him in Adelaide on the 17th is now proposed to go ahead as a tribute.

In circumstances that insiders would probably understatedly suggest are "interesting", Aerosmith's Sydney show on April 28 has been cancelled with the band now appearing at the Stone Music Festival instead. That festival has been reconfigured to accommodate Aerosmith, although Van Halen will still be headlining the show and both bands will be playing full 90-minute sets. The McManus Entertainment Facebook page and Stone website have more detailed information, with all Sydney Aerosmith ticket holders expected to received notification and replacement tickets by April 12.

Apparently constantly on the road since the release of Bite Your Head Off last year with Bastardfest, shows in the Alice, the Regional Roulette deal coming up and a gig with Obituary soon, Melbourne maniacs King Parrot have another reason to celebrate with the news they have just inked an international deal with Candlelight Records.

Northlane's second album Singularity has landed in the ARIA Album chart at #3 this week, another high-charting release for the UNFD release. It comes as the band is set to head out on another big tour. Find out where they're playing in our Tour Announcements section.

Obituary return to our shores in May with their Rotting Slow in Australia tour, playing a 89-92 Classic Set. Soundworks Touring is doing a huge giveaway in conjunction with the tour featuring a prize pack consisting of an Obituary tour shirt and stubbie holder, an autographed tour poster, a fully signed Napalm Death poster, posters from Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus and Mayhem, stickers and free tickets to the next two Soundworks Touring tours! To enter, you have to hold a presale ticket or purchase one before April 21. Email your proof of purchase and details to promo@soundworkstouring.com or visit their Facebook page. Supports for the shows come in the shapes of Denouncement Pyre and King Parrot in Melbourne and Daemon Foetal Harvest and Sanctium in Sydney.

MARCH 2013 


Five of Victoria's hardest and heaviest are hitting the regional trail in April and May for a tour dubbed Regional Roulette. Frankenbok, Dreadnaught, King Parrot, Heaven the Axe and Abreact are teaming up to play shows outside the usual touring locations, with no given playing order - the bands will randomly select which order they play in each night. "The primary aim of this is to encourage punters to get down early and enjoy ALL the bands, not just the headline acts," the press release states. Nice idea.

UNFD artists Northlane and In Hearts Wake head out on separate tours in coming months, both with overseas and local guests in tow. Celebrating the release of their staunch new album Singularity, Northlane hit the road with Canucks Structures, Americans Stray From the Path and local lads Statues for a run down the east coast from Brisbane to Adelaide and then two shows in Perth. The headliners will also be playing three shows in Tasmania after the main tour. Byron's In Hearts Wake will be making their "Survival Tour" sojourn with help from Canadian hardcore dudes Counterparts, plus The Storm Picturesque and Stories, from June 13.

Swedish death and black metal musician David "Blackmoon" Parland, founding member of Necrophobic, Dark Funeral, Infernal and War, died on March 19 aged 42. Parland, who also ran Hellspawn Records from the mid 90s until the early 00s, had been working on a new Infernal recording for the last few years with some reports indicating it would be ready for release this year. No further details on his death are currently available.

Australia's premier true, false-slaying heavy metal band, the aptly named Metal will release their debut album Proving Our Mettle on April 19 through iTunes and selected stores. Metal is a band straight out of the old school of balls-to-the-wall metal. Think back to the glory days of Maiden, Priest and Manowar and you're getting close. They will play Brisbane's Crowbar on April 6, support Dutch symphonic metallers Epica in Sydney on April 19 and have Japanese dates lined up in July. Because, like every metal band, they're huge in Japan.

With news that Sydney glamsters The Art have been added to the Stone Music Festival line-up alongside Van Halen, Jimmy Barnes, Kings of Chaos, The Living End, Noiseworks, Ian Moss, Buckcherry, Choirboys, Richie Ramone and more, sideshows in Melbourne and Sydney featuring Buckcherry, Richie Ramone and The Art have been announced for the Espy on April 18 and The Standard on April 19. Glenn Hughes is also playing some solo acoustic shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Deets - Tour announcements.

Round three of the talent for this year's Dig It Up! festival has just been announced. Along with Hoodoo Gurus, Blue Oyster Cult, Buzzcocks, Flamin' Groovies, Peter Case and The Stems at both shows, the Sydney event now also includes Lime Spiders, The Crusaders, Tumbleweed, Kim Salmon & Leanne Cowie, The Frowning Clouds, Ray Ahn from the Hard Ons (spoken word), Bruce Griffith (stand-up) and more still be to announced. The Melbourne show will also feature The Moodists, Salmon & Cowie, The Crusaders, Ron S Peno, The New Christs, Bob Franklin (stand-up) and still more. Tickets are still available thru feelpresents.com.

The fourth instalment of Adelaide's New Dead Metalfest hits Fowlers Live on May 25. The all-ages event features some of Australia's biggest and most exciting metal band including Psycroptic, The Amenta, Ne Obliviscaris, Frankenbok, Ouroboros, Truth Corroded and The Schoenberg Automaton, plus the return of Black Like Vengeance and Closed Casket and a wealth of upcoming new talent. Tickets are $35 thru Moshtix.

This morning it was announced that former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr had passed away at age 56 after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. Burr joined Iron Maiden in 1979 after a short stint with Samson and played on their first three albums. After leaving the band in 1983, he went on to play in Praying Mantis, Trust, Alcatrazz and a string of other acts. He established the Clive Aid MS charity in 2004.

Only a week since we reported the death of Chris Torpey from We Lost the Sea, Sydney metalheads Cryptic Scorn have made the tragic announcement that Jay Ramirez, their 23-year old bass player, passed away last weekend (March 10). A fundraiser has been organised for his family on March 17 at the Valve Bar and Venue featuring Atomesquad, Til Rapture, Drillsaw and Apparaitions of Null. Our condolences to his family, friends and bandmates.

Due to a long-standing injury suffered by drummer Ed Graham, The Darkness has cancelled their Australian tour. In this statement the band explains why they don't feel they can tour with a stand-in: "The Darkness also feel that to visit countries which do not get enough shows by them as it is, and not have the full, proper and original band line-up, is simply not the right thing to do. To that end there won't be any possibility for stand in's or alternative Ed's for these shows and we won't be touring with any ersatz model! We hope to have details of re-scheduled shows very soon. The Darkness sends its most heartfelt apologies to everyone involved and look forward to seeing you all as soon as possible." Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will also no longer be appearing.

One of the most storied and inspirational figures in all of punk rock makes his first visit to Australia with a band since 1983. Jello Biafra, erstwhile former frontman of California punk legends Dead Kennedys, one-time gubernatorial candidate and socialist raconteur, is touring in May with his band Guantanamo School of Medicine in support of their politics-driven concept album White People and the Damage Done. Supports at various shows include Hard Ons and Grong Grongs and tix go on sale March 18.

To mark their tour appearances with Ensiferum this month, Sydney's Bane of Isildur are releasing two new tracks on vinyl and download. The release includes a new original track, "...and the Earth Becomes Aflame" and a cover of Windir's "Resurrection of the Wild". The 7" vinyl is limited to 300 copies and the tracks are set for release on April 5.

Joining the raft of bands touring Australia this year, crossover kings Municipal Waste are set to return in June. Heathen Skulls are bringing the Richmond, VA thrashers out for seven dates in June, including a U18 Melbourne show. Tickets are on sale from March 13.

With their socio-anarcho political and forward-thinking, undefinable musical stance, Killing Joke is one of the world's most influential bands whose work has inspired Metallica, Nirvana, Ministry, Shihad, Faith No More and others. In June they return to Australia as part of their Singles World Tour for four shows only - tix and deets: Tour Announcements.

Public Image Ltd. are about to hit Australia for the first time in 20 years from April 9. The three-date tour hits Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne and the supports for each show are We Set Sail (Brissie), Death Mattel (Sydney) and Harmony (Melbs). After two decades away from Australia, expect nothing less than one innovative and influential live experience. Deets and tix: Tour Announcements.

Eight of Melbourne's finest are teaming up to make a difference to those affected by autism. The One Day Autism Benefit features Frankenbok, Dreadnaught, King Parrot, Heaven the Axe, Bronson, Wolfpack, Don Fernando and The Charge on March 31 at the Evelyn in Fitzroy. Tickets are $22 from Moshtix and all proceeds go to benefit Amaze - Autism Victoria. Visit the Facebook page for more details about the One Day Project.

Reports are coming in that Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe's Czech manslaughter trial is over, with the singer acquitted of charges relating to the death of a fan at a show in Prague in 2010. According to this post on Metalbase India, Blythe is now a free man, although the story contains the disclaimer that a final judgement is yet to be made.


Terrible news for fans, friends and family of Sydney post-metal act We Lost the Sea with the news from the band this morning that singer Chris Torpy tragically took his own life on Saturday (March 2). A statement from the band reads in part: "Chris was the soul of the band from the very begin, he was a true artist, an amazing lyricist and the best vocalist I have ever seen. He was genuine and loved his friends, he was a better friend to any of us than we deserved, and he was always the first to reach out to people who were hurting. He struggled with his demons for a long time, he used music as a way to exorcise them, sometimes we could really hear the pain and fury in his voice at practise or at a show. He always lived life to the fullest and pushed the boundaries of his own existence. These words feel cheap, and don't in anyway do his remarkable, although short, life. He will be missed by many, but never forgotten. We Lost The Sea are blessed to have his talent and his voice recorded for us to always remember him as he was, for who he was." We Lost the Sea were to support This Will Destroy You in Sydney and have at this time committed to play the show in Torpy's memory.


Melbourne thrashers 4Arm (left) are about to wrap up a massive US tour with Testament, Overkill and Flotsam and Jetsam. The band has posted a "day in the life of" video from the tour online, which you can watch here.


In Australia recording their comeback album due for release later this year, The Tea Party are doing a special trio of acoustic shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane this month. See Tour Announcements for details.


Currently on Australian stages fronting Kyuss Lives with Soundwave, John Garcia is set to return in May with Unida, the band he formed when Kyuss first went into hiatus in the late 90s. Playing Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and the Cherry Rock festival, details are on the Tour Annoucements pages.


In support of their latest album of smothering death metal, Endless Procession of Souls, Swedish veterans Grave are returning to Australia this month for dates in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth. Deets and dates in Tour Announcements.


Alternative hard rockers Sleep Parade are about to embark on an east coast tour in support of their new downloadable single "Dancing With the Enemy", which available totally free from this link. Dates for their shows are in the Tour Announcements section.






First Six Feet Under, then blink-182, then Anthrax - now Slayer, but this looks serious. Two days before they are set to hit Australia, Slayer's Dave Lombardo has issued a statement to the effect that he has been relieved of his duties for this tour. According to Lombardo, he last year identified problems with the band's accounts and was working with Tom Araya to resolve the situation when he was suddenly informed last Thursday that his services would not be required for the Soundwave tour. The full statement is available on Lombardo's Facebook page.


Maynard James Keenan's Puscifer project has been added to the Sydney and Adelaide legs of the Soundwave tour. Tickets are also on-sale for their side shows - see Tour Announcements for details.


Loud is giving away two CDs and a 7" single this month. Courtesy of Shock Records we have 10 copies of Re-Machined: A Tribute to Deep Purple's Machine Head featuring Metallica, Iron Maiden and more and thanks to Rocket Distribution and Soundworks Publicity, we have three copies of Holy Grail's newie Ride the Void and one copy of their single "Dark Passenger" to give away. Head over to our competitions page to enter.


Wollongong metallers Nekrofeist have posted the video for their track Australian Made online. You can view it here.


The inaugural Stone Music Festival has just been announced for the weekend of April 20-21 at ANZ Stadium in Sydney. Featuring the almighty Van Halen as the headlining act on day one and Buckcherry in a supporting role, further details are sure to emerge soon!


In big tour news this week, Katatonia has been added to Opeth's upcoming Australian tour. And the Duff McKagan/Danko Jones Sidewave gig in Sydney will now also feature Fozzy. Extreme's tour has been postponed and pop-metal guitar goddess Lita Ford has just announced two Aussie shows in May.

The Illawarra Mercury has today reported that Wollongong music venue The Patch has been forced to close due to noise complaints. Loud writer Sam Radojcin ran shows there more than once and it's played host to Dead Letter Circus, Guttermouth, Tumbleweed, Segression, LORD, Voyager, Mortal Sin, Nekrofeist and dozens more over its short tenure. Pub owners are planning a submission to council to allow the venue to continue.

New York psychedlic heavy rock legends Blue Öyster Cult will be in Australia for the very first time as part of the Hoodoo Gurus' invitational Dig it Up! tour. The tour plays through April and also features the Buzzcocks, the Flamin' Groovies and the Stems. Watch out for the just-released 17-volume BÖC retrospective box set too.

Sydney doom-death pioneers Cruciform are back after an absence of over 15 years. The band is taking their first strides on a stage in March with crazy fuckers Mother Eel and Brisbane grindasaurs Brazen Bull in tow for a three-town tour. 

Co-inciding with their Soundwave appearances and side shows with their bands, Scott Ian from Anthrax and Fozzy's Chris Jericho are doing a couple of spoken words gigs together in Sydney and Melboure. The Sidewaves continue to be announced for other acts too, with Cancer Bats, Kingdom of Sorrow and This is Hell confirmed for a Melbourne show and DragonForce and The Sword teaming up for Melbourne and Sydney attacks.

Frenzal Rhomb has announced today that due to the hospitalisation of one member, the band has had to cancel their appearances on the tour with Descendents, Bouncing Souls and Bodyjar this week.

British glam rock revivalists The Darkness have been killing them around the world since they set aside their differences and got back to rocking and in April they tour Australia with the First Lady of heavy rock, Joan Jett. The Darkness and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts tour from April 2 - see Tour Announcements for more details.

California punk legends Pennywise have reunited with original vocalist Jim Lindberg and are heading back to Australia for their 25th anniversary. Following the disappointment of last year's cancelled shows, all tickets for that tour are valid for the new dates. An Adelaide show is also being planned. Support comes from Face to Face and the Menzingers.


Sydney extreme collective The Amenta unleash their latest album Flesh is Heir on March 22 (EPV/Rocket). With lyrics exploring the dichotomy of the human psyche, this marks the first work written and completely recorded by this line-up. Tour details will be announced soon. 


After shows with Karnivool and airplay across Triple J, Melbourne noisemakers High Tension undertake a short east coast jaunt of their own in March, with all ages stops in Brisbane and Sydney. Check our tour announcements section for further details.

Thy Art is MurderKILLER DEAL
Sydney deathcore mob Thy Art is Murder have inked a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The deal will cover all territories outside of Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The label will release last year's blistering Hate record in the US and Europe in April. Check out our review of the album here.


After shows with Karnivool and airplay across Triple J, Melbourne noisemakers High Tension undertake a short east coast jaunt of their own in March, with all ages stops in Brisbane and Sydney. Check our tour announcements section for further details.

Following the revelation that The Angels' Doc Neeson has brain cancer, it has now been announced that bass player Chris Bailey - who currently features in the Brewster brothers' version of the band - has also been diagnosed with the life threatening illness. He has been undergoing palliative chemotheraopy. According to a statement from the band, Bailey has been battling cancer since late last year. A benefit show is being planned.


The Mark of Cain is gearing up for their first national tour in six years, but due to drummer John Stanier's commitment to Tomahawk's 2013 schedule, Lifepilot's Eli Green will be filling his sizable shoes for the shows. TMOC has also announced that Blacklevel Embassy will be the national support act. Details: Tour Announcements.


In news that's sure to bring a smile to the faces of those who figured they might miss out on seeing an Anthrax sideshow outside of Sydney, the band will be playing two headline shows, in Melbourne and Brisbane, during their Soundwave sojourn. Periphery and Crossfaith are also teaming up for Sidewaves in Melbourne and Sydney. Tix and deets: Tour Announcements.

Doc Neeson - by Andrew PittmanDOC TAKES ILL
As his version of The Angels were getting up steam for wide-ranging touring during 2013, singer and Australian music legend Doc Neeson has been hospitalised with a brain tumour. The 66-year old only returned to full-time touring recently after recovering from spinal injuries received in a car accident in 2001. A statement from the band reads: "It is with deep regret and shock that The Angels have to announce that Mr Doc Neeson was admitted to hospital over the recent Christmas/New Year period," the statement reads. "He has just been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, (brain tumour). This will require immediate intensive radiation and chemotherapy treatment and will continue for the next 6-7 months. Unfortunately, due to this, The Angels therefore have no choice but to cancel all their upcoming dates."

Anthrax and Kingdom of Sorrow have been added to the Sydney Slayer show! Need we say more?

After repeated appeals from the band regarding work visas and flights for their tour due to start next week, Hypocrisy have announced that they will no longer be visiting Australia this month. Peter Tägtgren had this to say on Blabbermouth: "[The promoter] hasn't yet provided us with flights or working visa for this tour and we're forced to leave next Monday, January 14. We have asked time after time after time, and even put up a deadline to deliver that, but he has failed to do so for three months now. It's so close that it's all too late now. We can't even get into the country even if we had flight tickets, 'cause he didn't fix working visa for us yet. I can only hope you get your money back for the tickets you bought, and that [another] booker from Australia will invite us soon so we can finally go to your country." "Promoter" Javi of Oceanic Sharks has made no comment about Tägtgren's allegations, but given the way he handled the Warbringer tour last year, this turn of events is none too surprising.


Congratulations to Byron Bay metalcore masters Parkway Drive for scoring another gold record with latest disc Atlas. Check out the band in action in Sydney recently here.



More Sidewave shows have been announced this week with Melbourne and Sydney hosting Kyuss Lives! and Red Fang on Feb 26 & 27. Sick of it All, Madball and Vision of Disorder are also on those same dates and Duff McKagan's Loaded team up with seriously under-rated Canadian rockers Danko Jones on the 25th and 28th of Feb. See tour announcements for further deets. In other Soundwave-related news, guitarist/producer Rob Caggiano has quit Anthrax on the eve of their Metal Alliance Tour. The band made the announcement on their Facebook page today (Jan. 5)





Due to overwhelming demand, Metropolis Touring has announced a Perth Epica show! The new show is April 23 and tickets are on sale now thru the promoter and the Capitol.


Christmas has delivered another massive tour for the New Year, this time it's one band with a floating line-up touring with one that's had the same members for 43 years. Guns N Roses and ZZ Top will be in Australia together from March 9, with support from The Angels, but not the Dave Gleeson-fronted band that recently carved up the Days on the Green with Baby Animals. It's Doc Neeson's version of the Angels doing the tour, featuring previous Angels alumni Buzz Bidstrup, Bob Spencer, Jim Hilbun and James Morley. Confused? At least we know who's in ZZ Top. Dates and tix: Tour Announcements.


With the bill for next June's Evil Invaders festival now finalised, promoter The Coffin's Slave has announced one final surprise - 70s rock legends Buffalo will be making a special appearance on the Saturday night show. Band leader Dave Tice (pictured left) will be fronting a one-off line-up performing Buffalo classics on the Manning Bar stage. The rest of the festival's participants are Archgoat (Finland), Sadistic Intent (United States), Midnight (United States), Vassafor (New Zealand), Portal, Nocturnal Graves, Cauldron Black Ram, Inverloch, Grave Upheaval, Black Jesus, Sacriphyx, Whitehorse, Spire, Witchammer, Erebus Enthroned, Ignivomous, Hordes of the Black Cross, Bleakwood, Crone, Stand Alone, Kingdom of Decay and the reunited Cruciform playing their first show in 18 years. Visit The Coffin's Slave for more details.

Soundwave have announced that a strictly limited number of tickets will be released for each festival show. They go on-sale Friday, December 21 at 10am local time - just in time for Christmas! Click here for more details.


With the recent closure of live venues across Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne this year, February's SLAM Rally can't come at a more important time. February 23 is Save Live Australian Music day, with live music in small venues all around the nation. Lycanthia, The Veil, Okera and Subterranean Disposition are taking part in one such show at the Bendigo Hotel in Melbourne. Venues, bands and promoters are encouraged to register any gigs they have on that day at any venue in Australia by visiting the SLAM website, and support live Australian music.

It's the announcement many have been waiting for - Slayer is playing a Sidewave Show in February. Their one and only appearance outside the Soundwave Festival will be at the Big Top Luna Park, Sydney on February 25. Tix and deets: Tour announcements.

Rock legends Rush and Heart will be inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall Fame in 2013. The bands go in alongside Public Enemy, Randy Newman, Donna Summer and Albert King at the induction ceremony in LA on April 18.

Militant Sydney hardliners Battle Pope and Jesus Christ Posse go out on a head-to-head national tour next month in support of their split 12" - available on vinyl or as a free download from here.

Awesome Melbourne progsters Circles have debuted their new clip on the Metal Hammer site. Drummer Dave Hunter, who also filmed it, says of the new track, "Another Me": "This video was a different experience for us, because we hadn't tackled a storyline element before. The story came from an idea for a short film I was working on a few years back. After some tweaking with the guys, it all fell into place quite nicely. Especially with the lyrical content of the song." Check it out: YouTube. The song is available to download from the Basick Records Bandcamp page.

The promoter of March's tour by Ensiferum has announced that the Sydney show is now an all ages gig. Sydney Viking metallers Bane of Isildur and Broken Hill power thrashers Soulforge will be supporting and the tickets are thru Metal Massacre.

Riot! Entertainment - Aussie distro for Nuclear Blast, Metal Blade, Earache, Relapse and more - is having a massive sale of 17 palettes of CDs and other goodies across the weekend of December 1 & 2. Head over to their Facebook page and grab some serious one-time only bargains!

IKing Parrott's been four years since the last Devil's Kitchen Festival but the Little Bird Agency is bringing it back in January across three cities. The celebration of underground rock/punk/stoner/groove/noise plays The Tote, The Stag and The Beetle over the first three weekends of next year with a rotating line-up that includes King Parrot, Chainsaw Hookers, Nunchukka Superfly, Fort, Giants of Science, Clagg, Dead End Kings, Mother Mars, Don Fernando and more. The compilation album is thru Art as Catharsis and can be downloaded from here.


Aussie metal heroes LORD have posted the shred-tastic video for their new track "Because We Can" here. The song is from their forthcoming album Digital Lies, due early 2013.


Australia's metal scene has long cried out for a real, all-inclusive documentary. Nick Calpakdijan is looking to be the guy who finally does it properly, with his forthcoming production Metal Down Under. It's already received ringing endorsement from some of the best known bands and names on the local scene including Psycroptic, Blood Duster, Thy Art is Murder, LORD, Be'lakor, Frankenbok, Andrew Haug, Dysie from Soundworks and HEAVY magazine. Now he just needs the money. Fans and supporters can help raise the funds at Nick's Pozible site, pozible.com/metal, and if you want to find out more first, visit metaldownunder.com.

Black Wire Records is a not-for-profit art space in Sydney's Annandale that has played host to dozens of Australia's best underground bands over the last two years, including The Hard Ons, sleepmakeswaves, Serious Beak, Adrift for Days, Brazen Bull, Captain Cleanoff, Nuclear Summer, Totally Unicorn, I Exist, Looking Glass, Extortion and more. The room is a unique quality in Sydney and the operators are currently seeking donations to keep it at the forefront of the underground in the city. Donations can be made via Paypal: mail@artascatharsis.com. Mark "Black Wire Records" in the notes field when you do.


Since 2010 the Sonic Forge Festival has been raising money to assist the Center for Hope, a charity in Haiti helping orphans and displaced young people in the wake of the February 2010 earthquake that decimated the country. The recent Hurricane Sandy disaster has increased the suffering of these people in one of the poorest nations on Earth. This year, the Sonic Forge Festival continues its work with an incredible line-up featuring Ne Obliviscaris, The Levitation Hex, Be'lakor, Alarum, Death Audio, Dreadnaught, A Million Dead Birds Laughing and more. The charity show is on December 15 at Melbourne's Esplanade Hotel. Further details, see Tour Announcements.

The past twelve months have been enormous for Sydney's Northlane since the release of Discoveries last November. About to head out nationally with Parkway Drive and I Killed the Prom Queen and the Soundwave tour ahead of them in February, the band is returning to its roots in January with an all ages regional jaunt taking in three states. Joining them will be recent chartmakers In Hearts Wake and good buddies Endless Heights. Tix and deets in tour announcements.

It's hard to believe it's been almost eight years since Dimebag Darrell was murdered. Honouring his memory this year is not one show but two, starting with the Sydney Dime Show at the Bald Faced Stag Hotel on November 24. Nekrofeist, Red Bee, Atomesquad, Terrorential, Cryptic Scorn and Til Rapture will be appearing, with each band playing a couple of songs that Dime played and recorded with Pantera and Damageplan. The first 50 payers will receive a copy of The Art of Shredding: A Tribute to Dime, an Aussie metal tribute album featuring the likes of LORD, Malignant Monster, Aeturnus Dominion and more. On December 8, the anniversary of his death, the Home Tavern in Wagga Wagga is hosting Dimeday, featuring a spectacular array of metal talent from around the country including LORD, Segression, Vanishing Point (their first live show in years), Frankenbok, Dead City Ruins, Nemesphyxia, Electrik Dynamite, Nekrofeist and Cowboys From Here. For $20, that's not to be missed!

Sydney chartmakers Thy Art is Murder have just signed an international deal with Canadian label Distort, home of Cancer Bats and Architects. The band's album Hate will be released worldwide early next year.

The Amenta heads to Europe next week for a tour with Obituary, Macabre and Psycroptic. Joining line up for this jaunt is The Seer/Mortal Sin guitarist Ryan Huthnance and Psycroptic's Dave Haley, returning to the band in place of Robin Stone who has stepped down due to family commitments.


"After festering in their own filth for way too long, Fuck... I'm Dead claw their way back to life to bring you Another Gory Mess. The long awaited new album features twenty-one brand new cranium crushing compositions, an absloute onslaught of relentless blasting battery, ridiculous and repulsive riffery woven together with a barrage of bloodcurdling bellows." With the ability to write their own PR as well as that, and having people like Dysie from Claim the Throne and PC from Blood Duster in their corner, Fuck... I'm Dead don't need us to say anything. You have been warned.

The Mark of Cain keeps the local heavy music hits happening with a #38 debut on the ARIA Album chart this week for Songs of the Third and Fifth.


The winners of our Red Bee contest have been drawn. Congratulations to Josh Thompson of Albion Park and Brad Bethall of Wollongong. Your CDs will be on the way very soon.

New Melbourne collective High Tension features members of Heirs, Young & Restless and The Nation Blue and has just released their debut, self-titled EP on Bandcamp and as a glorious vinyl edition. Check out lead track "High Risk, High Rewards" on YouTube, and then get over to their Bandcamp page for more.

Congratulations to Parkway Drive, debuting at #3 on the ARIA album chart this week with Atlas.

Mitch Lucker, the 28-year old vocalist of California deathcore pioneers Suicide Silence has been killed in a motorcycle crash. Lucker was riding his bike alone on Halloween night when he lost control and hit a light pole in Huntington Beach. He died of his injuries the following day (Nov. 1). Suicide Silence is a huge name in the world of deathcore, with both their last two albums charting in the mainstream Billboard chart. Lucker leaves behind a wife and daughter.

Following the release of their first album in eleven years, Songs of the Third and Fifth, Adelaide bruisers The Mark of Cain have announced a run of national dates for next year - the first live shows since 2006. Including the Golden Plains Festival, the band will play Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and the Gold Coast. See tour announcements for more.   




Black Sabbath will return to Australia for the first time in three decades next April/May. More details to come, but needless to say, we're excited about this one.


More legends are on their way to Australia with the news that Deep Purple will be here in February, accompanied by Journey on their first ever Down Under visit.

Ian Rilen was one of the unsung legends of Australian rock - a founding member of Rose Tattoo, he wrote "Bad Boy for Love" before leaving to form X and epitomising the rock n roll lifestyle through various bands right up until his death at 59 in 2006. With his band Ian Rilen & the Love Addicts he recorded three albums - the final one, Family From Cuba, was completed just before he died and has at last been given release, on famed Sydney indie label Phantom which was resurrected simply for the purpose. Released on October 12 in a hardback cover including an 80-page book documenting his life and times, the album's first single and lead track "Wishing Well" is also now available.


Detroit legends Iggy and the Stooges will return to Australian shores in 2013 to take part in the Byron Bay Blues Festival. To round out their visit, they'll be hitting Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne with the reformed Beasts of Bourbon for one show of the year you would be crazy to miss and will surely never forget. Deets: Tour announcements.

Thy Art is Murder has achieved the Holy Grail of Australian death metal - their album Hate has hit the mainstream ARIA Album Chart at #35. Congratulations from the LOUD crew!

The Whiplash Festival door fee confusion seems to have been finally sorted thanks to, as it appears, the bands taking charge of the tour themselves. After last night's (Oct. 26) embarrassment at the Cambridge in Newcastle - when the free show became a two-for-one deal because the pub had not agreed to, and was apparently unaware of, the change of plan - there will be a $20 door charge at the Canberra show this afternoon, and presumably the same deal in Melbourne. UPDATE: According to our friends at Kiss or Kill, the Melbourne show is still free.

Perth's Voyager are about to hit the east coast for shows at Bastardfest, Steel Assassins, Perpetual Tides and more. Ben Berkhout recently directed a clip for the title track of their album The Meaning of I, and the band is drip-feeding a screen shot a day from today (October 26) until the video release on October 30. Check out the images on their Facebook page.


The Widower tour in November that was to feature Boris the Blade, Oceano, Make them Suffer and Saviour, has been cancelled. Oceano were no longer able to make the tour: "I am sad to say that we have to pull off the upcoming Australian tour w/ Make Them Suffer and Saviour. We have a few mandatory commitments that we have to deal with at home during this time, which includes some family/legal matters. We appreciate all the hard work that Matt Leost and the Artery Foundation Australia put into this run and we are rescheduling everything for 2013 so stay tuned." Boris the Blade also withdrew. Refunds are available from the place of purchase. The promoters have been quick to re-package the tour into the Movember Mayhem Tour by adding Dream On Dreamer and In Fear and Faith, with precisely the same dates. See Tour Announcements. 

Australia's leading purveyors of Southern-fried groove grind, the mighty Blood Duster, will release their new album KVLT on November 1. On vinyl only. Vinyl that has been irreparably scratched so it's unplayable! Take that, illegal downloaders. For people who still want to hear some new stuff, they are also releasing the five track digital EP SVCK the same day. Go here to buy either, or both: www.bloodduster.com. Also, watch this vid of Jason PC destroying the KVLT master so no one can ever hear it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz2a1HlnXuQ

Wollongong residents, Loud Online, Riot Entertainment and Black Ocean is presenting the Perpetual Tides Festival for your proggy enjoyment at The Patch on November 3. Featuring Voyager, Troldhaugen, Katabasis, The Veil, Rise of Avernus, Hemina and Saralisse in a paragon of epic progressive metal madness, tix will cost $20. Ain't to be missed. UPDATE: Red Bee is replacing Mish.

The newest signing to the Riot! roster is hard rockers Shinobi. Featuring former NSW and Parramatta Eels rugby league star Eric Grothe Jnr, the band will release their debut album Against the Brave on October 26.


Fresh off a national support with Fear Factory, Thy Art is Murder unleash their second album Hate on October 19 (Halfcut/Shock). Then they're straight out on the road with Resist the Thought from November 16. The band is also giving away a 7-string ESP guitar to the fan who can come up with the best cover of their new track "Reign of Darkness", which can be checked out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47Plg93oJ1M


As if there weren't enough tours hitting our shores, Suicidal Tendencies, Unwritten Law and the Dudesons are teaming up for a three-way onslaught for mid-December. See Tour Announcements for details.

With only three days before the national Bastardfest tour kicks off in Brisbane, the organisers of the NT show have announced that the Darwin event has been cancelled due to falling attendances and high costs. The rest of the shows are unaffected by the cancellation.


Only a handful of months after the attack that could have been the end of him, Hard Ons frontman Blackie and his two partners in sonic decimation are back from Europe and Japan to continue the Australian tour they had to cut short with shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle and Adelaide. Smell My Finger and Dickcheese reissues will be available at all shows. 


Or, more accurately, to your computer. Devin Townsend's Retinal Circus show at the Camden Roundhouse in London has been sold out for more than a year, but fear not! Thanks to the Internet, and LiveMusicStage.com, you can enjoy this three-hour showcase of Townsend madcap brilliance in the comfort of wherever your computer is. For £7.99, you can purchase a ticket to witness this once-in-a-lifetime performance including special guests, circus performers and more on October 28 at 2am Perth time/5am Eastern Daylight Savings time. This not-to-be-missed opportunity can be joined by going here: www.livemusicstage.com/retinal-circus

Sydney label Art as Catharsis is celebrating the nomination of charges sleepmakeswaves for an ARIA Award by releasing a downloadable compilation of the best of Australia's recent ambient, shoegaze and post-rock outfits under the title Stargazing Under Southern Skies. Featuring Dumbsaint, Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, Adrift for Days, We Lost the Sea, Nuclear Summer, Mushroom Giant, sleepmakeswaves (naturally) and more, the collection is available here for whatever you want to pay for it, even if that's nothing!

Huge-sounding Dutch symphonic metallers have announced their first Australian tour for April 2013. The band will play three shows Down Under from April 17, with tix on sale from October 19.

Machine Head's second live album Machine Fucking Head Live will be unleashed thru Roadrunner Records on November 9.

60s garage legends The Pretty Things were a direct influence on Iggy Pop, the Ramones, Nirvana, David Bowie, Patti Smith and Steven Tyler. Guitarist Dick Taylor was an original member of The Rolling Stones. Their Parachute album was the first ever recipient of Rolling Stone's Album of the Year in 1970 and was a major influence on Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. If that ain't rock n roll enough then nothing is, and they will be in Australia in December for you to check out for yourself. See Tour Announcements for more.

The nominations for the 2012 ARIA Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album Award are in, and this year the selections are: Buried in Verona - Notorious (UNFD); Frenzal Rhomb - Smoko at the Pet Food Factory (independent); House vs. Hurricane - Broken Teeth (UNFD); DZ Deathrays - Bloodstreams (I Oh You) and sleepmakeswaves - ...and So We Destroyed Everything (Bird's Robe). Congratulations to all nominees.

As if the Evil Invaders V line-up wasn't big enough (see below), the third announcement has revealed that legendary Sydney doom pioneers Cruciform will be reuniting for the show after almost 20 years apart. Further details: TheCoffinsSlave


Sweden's most brutal and unholiest black metal export Marduk will be in Australia in January 2013. With their new album Serpent Sermon in hand, the band will storm our shores with support from the unconquerable Portal and dark lords Order of Orias from January 10. Tix and deets: Tour Announcements.

Back in Australia after an extensive tour with Rhapsody of Fire, Perth's Voyager are about to hit the east coast for a tour of their own, taking in Steel Assasins in Sydney, Bastardfest in Canberra, Wollongong's Perpetual Tides Festival (brought to you by Loud) and more. Check the tour announcements for details.


Melbourne progsters Me will be back in Australia soon to play at next year's Big Day Out; in the meantime their sparkling new EP "Another Story High" (Lizard King) is out from today (Sept. 28).

Evil Invaders V may be still well beyond the visible horizon, but the first round of tickets have already sound out. The second line-up announcement was made today, September 25, with Finland's Archgoat, NZ's Vassafor, Portal, Erebus Enthroned, Hordes of the Black Cross, Kingdom of Decay, Bleakwood, Whitehorse, Inverloch and Spire joining American legions Sadistic Intent and Midnight, plus Nocturnal Graves, Cauldron Black Ram, Grave Upheaval, Sacriphix, Ignivimous, Black Jesus and Witchammer. For more details, visit TheCoffinsSlave.


Welkin Entertainment have announced the details of the sixth volume of their Euphony Fusion CD compilation series. The group is currently accepting submissions for inclusion on the next sampler album, that will be freely distributed to metal fans during the upcoming At the Gates and BTBAM/Animals as Leaders tours. It will also be available as a free download for a limited time. For more details, visit Welkin Entertainment.


Punters who missed out on Soundwave tickets are in luck, as a limited release will go on-sale at 8am local time tomorrow (September 21) for Sydney, Adelaide and Perth from the festival website. Our advice is get in quickly. The third announcement has also been made, with Killswitch Engage, The Vandals, Orange Goblin, The Sword, Chelsea Grin, Northlane and more all added to the party.

With Sydney's Sandringham Hotel still in peril, the Save Our Sando people are holding an art and photography exhibition at the Fire Galley, 22 Enmore Rd, Enmore. The show features work by our own Andrew Pittman, plus Tracey Nicholson from Blunt, Pedro Xavier, James O'Connor, Fiona McDonald and more, musical performances, and autographed, block-mounted gig posters supplied by embattled pub owner Tony Townsend. All are available for sale by silent auction. The show runs until September 23.

Irresistably bonkers swamp rockers Gay Paris are about to storm venues nationwide to promote new single "The Demarcation of Joseph Hollybone" from forthcoming second album, The Last Good Party, which was funded by a Pozible campaign headed up by typically Parisian stunts like doing raps about the highest bidder's subject of choice and selling off space on singer WH Monks' body for a fan-dedicated tattoo. Check out the single here, and see Tour Announcements for dates including shows with The Snowdroppers and the Beards.


After a short tour here last year that had Jack and Kyle from Tenacious D checking them out, hardcore heroes Off! return to Australian shores with the Big Day Out in January. While here, they'll be doing three stand alone shows, in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Tix and deets: Tour announcements.

Sydney's Northlane are currently on tour in North America, after which they'll be doing three all ages shows in Melbourne on the weekend of 23-25 November. Then they cross the Tasman for dates in New Zealand before linking up with the mighty Parkway Drive and IKTPQ for the former's immense Atlas tour.


The Perth leg of the Soundwave Festival has officially sold out, meaning all five shows have now raised the "house full" sign.


Sydney rock lads Regular John release their second album Strange Flowers today (Sep. 14) and head out on the road for the next four weeks to bring it to stages up and down the east coast. See Tour Announcements for more.

The Living End's incredible Retrospective Tour continues to be expanded with yet another two dates at the Corner in Melbourne including an under 18s show on December 22 (performing The Living End). Limited tickets are still available for most shows, but the Dec 3 and 4 Brisbane dates and the Perth show on Nov 11 are sold out, as are all the Melbourne gigs except the new dates.

Glamsters The Art have scored the support to Steel Panther's October tour. In other news, Sydney's thunderous Summonus and Brisbane stoner trippers Shellfin will be supporting High on Fire at the end of this month at various shows.


Following on from a hugely successful reunion tour with The Tea Party, Jeff Martin will be out on the road solo from November 8. The Tea Party's self-released live album is out on Sept. 15. Details: Tour Announcements.


The Adelaide leg of Soundwave 2013 has officially sold out, meaning all shows except for Perth have reached this status. If you're thinking of going in Perth, get in quickly.



With their second album (recorded with Will Putney in New Jersey) soon to see the light, Sydney deathcore mob Thy Art is Murder have signed to new Shock imprint Halfcut.

Holy whale barnacles! Pirate-loving metallers Alestorm are sailing back to Australia in January. The band will also be documenting their Australian/New Zealand tour for a new DVD, including filming their Melbourne show. The DVD will be entitled Live at the End of the World. See Tour Announcements for dates and ticketing details.




With their ninth album Sexual Harassment hitting shelves worldwide, Norwegian death-punks Turbonegro return to Australia to feature at the Meredith Music Festival and play two stand alone shows in Sydney and Melbourne in December. Tix and deets: Tour Announcements.

The Brisbane and Melbourne Soundwaves sold out in record time this morning (Aug 23), with all tickets snapped up in under two hours. Almost immediately, tickets were being sold off on eBay for up to twice their face value. Sydney sold out a few hours later. Promoter AJ Maddah has already tweeted that he will be attempting to buy back - at cost price - masses of scalped tickets to re-sell to genuine fans who missed out. Expect to hear more about this.

The Devil Wears Prada will release Dead & Alive, their first live CD/DVD on October 12 thru Roadrunner.

All Tomorrow's Parties return to Australia in 2013 with a very special event on the weekend of February 12 & 13. I'll Be Your Mirror will be curated by ATP and The Drones, who have selected much of the amazing line-up for the event, including British shoegaze legends my bloody valentine, post-rock pioneers Godspeed You! Black Emperor, a reformed Beasts of Bourbon featuring the original line-up, German experimental music gods Einstuerzende Neubauten and New York noisemongers Swans among others, with more still to be announced. For full details, head to www.ATPFestival.com.


Soundworks Touring and Bastardfest are running an exclusive competition whereby you can win a guitar valued at more than $2000, signed by Max Cavalera. Bastardfest has one ESP/LTD LMAX-600SW White authentic guitar. The axe is part of the Max Cavalera Signature Series and personally signed by the man himself. For more details, visit the Soundworks Facebook page.


Leaping off the back of their national tour with Dead Letter Circus, Melbourne progsters Twelve Foot Ninja are preparing for the release of their second full length album Silent Machine (MGM) on November 2. The band is unleashing their stealth campaign, Project 12: releasing one digital track and a digital comic every week for the next twelve weeks. Created by Britain's Keith Draws, each comic reflects the lyrics of the track it accompanies. Fans ordering the album from the band's site, www.twelvefootninja.com, receive each song and comic and a physical copy of the album itself after November 2. Visit the site to order and download the first bundle free.

Soundwave has announced its next batch of acts for the 2013 festival. Among the new inclusions are Slayer, Sick of it All, Gallows, Bullet For My Valentine and Bring Me The Horizon. See Tour Announcements for full list.


Punkers Pennywise have postponed their Australian tour after frontman Zoli Teglas suffered a slipped disc. More details to come.


With original drummer Josh Eppard back in the band, Coheed and Cambria release the first of two new albums, The Afterman: Ascension in October (V2/Cooperative). A continuation of The Amory Wars saga, the album was self-financed and self-produced and the deluxe edition will include a hardcover coffee table book. At this month's San Diego Comic Con, actor/producer Mark Wahlberg announced his intention to develop the Amory Wars into a feature film. The Afterman: Ascension is out on October 12.

Georgia rockers Baroness, whose new album Yellow & Green just scored Loud's first ever 100% rating, were involved in a bus crash yesterday (August 15) in Bath, England. The band's tour bus careered 10m off an embankment, landing all members and crew in local hospital. Current news suggests no one was grievously injured, but obviously all touring has been suspended.

Loud Online is getting behind a few upcoming local shows including Perth progsters Chaos Divine's show at The Patch in Wollongong on September 7. The band's Bless the Rains Tour does Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and the Gong and they've just released a version of Toto's "Africa" which will be available at shows. The Patch is also the place you can catch New Blood's launch night for their album Subsistence (Grindhead) on September 22, also featuring Gods of Eden, Exekute and Trauma Victim. Finally, Loud is also co-presenting (with Farski Photography) the Prog Corps night at Sydney's Bald Faced Stag Hotel, featuring Caligula's Horse, Hemina, Averin and Cameria. That's on October 12.

With the 2013 Big Day Out offering a somewhat underwhelming card for rock fans, leave it up to Soundwave to come to the rescue, delivering what is no doubt a knock-out punch to the apparently struggling summer festivals circuit (BDO over-run with dance music, American bands at Homebake) with the announcement that Metallica is headlining next year's show. Also among the starters are Linkin Park, blink-182, Paramore, A Perfect Circle, Garbage, Anthrax, The Offspring and more - unarguably a star-studded cast. Deets: Tour Announcements.

Shiny Entertainment has announced the line-up for this year's Pyramid Rock Festival at Phillip Island on 29 Dec. - 1 Jan.. While some of the acts don't really fall into the "rock" category, bands like Karnivool, House vs. Hurricane, Dream on Dreamer, Dead Letter Circus, Children Collide and Stonefield sure do: www.thepyramidrockfestival.com

JULY 2012 

Due to overwhelming demand, Wednesday 13's sold out Sydney show on Friday, October 26 has been moved from the Annandale Hotel to the Manning Bar. Tickets go on-sale tomorrow (August 3) from 9am. See Tour Announcements for details.

You can win a fully signed Torture CD and Australian tour poster pack from death metal titans Cannibal Corpse. There are three pack giveaways for each show. For your chance to win, you need to have already purchased a pre-sale ticket or buy one before August 31. E-mail your name and proof of purchase to promo@soundworkstouring.com or message them at their Facebook page. The winners will be notified by Soundworks Touring on September 1. You can watch the band's new Australian tour promotional video here. UPDATE- Psycroptic have been added to the bill in Sydney and Melbourne.


Being bashed with a skateboard hasn't taken the wind out of Blackie's sails. While still recovering from the injuries he sustained back in June, the Hard Ons guitarist has just returned to his Wednesday night residency at the Sandringham Hotel in Sydney with Michele Madden and July 27 sees the release of his solo album No Dangerous Gods in Tunnel, thru Citadel Records.

Hardcore dudes IDYLLS have released a follow-up to their recent album - a split recording with defunct post-hardcore Melbournians Palisades. You can download it from Bandcamp for a small donation..

In case you missed it, our friend over at Triple-J's The Racket, Lochlan Watt has announced that Swedish melodic death metal gods At the Gates will make their first trek to Australia in October/November. See Tour Announcements for details. 


Jon Lord, whose classically-inspired bombastic keyboard style was a cornerstone of heavy rock founders Deep Purple, has died from a pulmonary embolism associated with pancreatic cancer. Lord, who also played in Whitesnake and featured in bands with Ron Wood in the early 60s, began a second career as a classical composer after finally leaving Deep Purple due to failing health in 2002. He was 71.


The Big Day Out line-up for 2013 doesn't include too many acts we'd normally cover here at Loud, but here's the bill as released today (July 16) anyhow: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, Band of Horses, Bloody Beetroots, Kaskade, Animal Collective, BoB, Sleigh Bells, Foals, Alabama Shakes, 3-goddam-60, Crystal Castles, Pretty Lights, Off!, Grinspoon, Against Me!, Nicky Romero, Morgan Page, Gary Clark Jr, Every Time I Die, Delta Spirit, Childish Gambino, Me, Hunting Grounds, House vs. Hurricane, Deathgrips, Jagwa Ma. From a rock point of view, that's pretty fucking disappointing.


More bands have been announced for the national Bastardfest tour, with some killer inclusions in all cities. See Tour Announcements for details.


We're currently over our storage limit here at Loud, so we've moved our oldest photo galleries off-site for a while until we can get more space! To check out our earliest pix, take a look at our Flickr page: www.flickr.com/photos/loudonline/


Kobra and the LotusKOBRA STRIKE
Spinefarm Records is about to issue the debut album from Canadian metalheads Kobra & the Lotus, a new signing to Gene Simmons' eponymous record label. The self titled release will hit stores on August 10. Check out a clip from the album here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXmZQyGHe1k

Sydney's Our Last Enemy have had their track "10,000 Headless Horses", from their 2010 album Fallen Empires, included on RockBand3 for XBOX and PS3. The band has also been added to the Alt Strum Productions roster, home to dozens of heavy names and co-owned by ex-Fear Factory drummer Raymond Herrera. The video for "10,000 Headless Horses" can be seen here: http://youtu.be/YSircnMveBI 

According to a post on their Facebook page, accompanied by a picture of The Workshop, a venue in Ceres, California, Melbourne thrashers 4ARM have abandoned the Zombie Apocalypse tour in the US due to poor communication and organisation by the promoters, Nemesis Records. The band claims they were given poor information about venues, no itineraries or load-in times and repatriation to absorb touring costs was promised but never given. The cancellation has been confirmed by the band's agent, Trinity Artists and Australian label Riot!. The band apologises to American fans, but on a slightly brighter note, 4ARM has booked a show at LA's Whiskey A Go Go for Friday 13. Fellow Aussies DepriVation, who are part of the same tour package, have since come out in support of the promoters and remain on the tour. 

The complete line-up for the 2013 Big Day Out will be announced at one minute after midnight on Monday 16 July. The festival will return with a full scale bill to Adelaide and Perth after this year's contentious decision to go ahead with a reduced line-up. In other changes, there is no date for New Zealand and for the first time, the Australia Day show will be held in Melbourne and not Sydney. Advance tickets go on sale on the 16th from selected General Pants stores, with purchasers going in a draw to win a double pass to Lollapalooza in Chicago. For more details, see bigdayout.com


Following on from their massive road trip with Karnivool, Sydney post-rock combo sleepmakeswaves are off on a headlining tour in September, taking in all states. The band's album ...and so we destroyed everything has just secured a US release. Deets: Tour Announcements.


Syndicate Films are 70% through the production of their documentary on Victorian punk institution Cosmic Psychos, titled after their classic album Blokes You Can Trust. The group has set up a page on the crowd-funding platform Pozible to enable fans of the band to contribute towards the cost of completing the film. Watch the trailer and contribute to what should be an engrossing and hilarious Australian rock n roll story here: www.pozible.com/cosmicpsychos


Tasmanian black metallers Ruins have embarked on a national tour with Goatwhore and Impiety this week (July 5). The shows coincide with the release of the band's fourth album, Place of No Pity, of which vocalist Alex Pope says: "This album is bringing all we have done full circle. It is death and renewal, it is cyclical, it is the completion of our first phase of existence. These first four albums belong together. This album ties all of our first work together I feel." The album was produced by Joe Haley and features cover art by Rev. Kriss Hades. Catch the title track here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=44UQM02Pvs0.


JUNE 2012 




The Living End have announced that they will embark on a unique and ambitious tour this year. The Retrospective Tour will feature the rockers playing each of their six albums in full, back-to-back, start to finish, throughout 35 shows in five capital cities. This will be the very first time each album has been performed live from start to finish, and the feat will almost certainly be the first time any Australian band has undertaken such a tour. See Tour Announcements for show and ticketing details. 

Buried in Verona
Sydney's Buried in Verona have some major plans to announce. Their new album Notorious has already peaked at No.20 on the ARIA Album Charts and the band will be supporting heavy music giants The Amity Affliction during their upcoming national arena tour. Also announced this week was that Notorious will be released in the UK via UNFD and Essential. It will be released digitally on June 30, with a physical release on August 13. To celebrate, they'll be playing six shows in the UK in September supporting Motionless in White - many of the gigs have already sold out. However, the band has also inked a co-management deal with US company The Artery Foundation, who have also aided the success of bands like A Day to Remember, Attack Attack and Asking Alexandria. On top of all that, they've also joined The Pantheon Agency roster in the US, who will book the band in North America.

Soundwave Touring have announced the postponement of Cancer Bats' upcoming Australian run. However, the band have been confirmed for Soundwave 2013 and in an added bonus, fans holding tickets for the July dates will be rewarded as those tickets will remain valid for the band's three Sidewave shows. According to the promoter, said shows will feature "a rather gargantuan lineup", so stay tuned for more details.


Sydney road-pigs Katabasis are back in the van in July for their Under Meridional Skies tour. The dark prog doomy types hit up Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and a number of major regional centres in Victoria and NSW. Mad Blue Mountains progsters Red Bee are along for the ride. Deets: Tour Announcements.

The lineup for The Amity Affliction's upcoming Chasing Ghosts Australian tour has been revealed, with the local heroes to be joined by Architects, Buried in Verona and new additions The Ghost Inside. The latter have posted a video to their fans about the shows which you can view here. More details on the tour to come.


Sydney metalcore lads Aftermath release their second EP Their Legacy, Your Burden on July 6, with a launch on the 13th at the Burdekin with guests Vice, Hearts Like Wolves and The Adversary. Tix: Oztix.


Former long-time host of Triple-J's The Racket radio program Andrew Haug has announced that he will soon be launching Australia's first ever 24/7 rock and metal online radio station. The official launch date will be announced shortly. Click here for more details. 


A slew of bands have been added to the lineup for Bastardfest 2012 in each city. See Tour Announcements for the full list. We here at Loud are proud to be co-presenting the festival again this year, so keep an eye out for loads of exciting festival-related content in the coming months, including interviews, more lineup announcements, giveaways and more.


Anxiety Whispers, the band from whence came the likes of Our Last Enemy, Graveyard Rockstars and Melody Black's Jonathon Devoy, are getting back together for a special one-off show at Venom (Agincourt Hotel) in Sydney on July 7 with support from Tensions Arise, The Damned Humans and Eschalon Hive. Entry to the show is $15. Meanwhile, the entry fee for the other two levels of Venom has been waived for the next four weeks, starting tonight (June 16). That's free entry to the upper two levels of Venom, with a door charge applicable in the basement band room only.


With one extreme music festival down, another is just around the corner in Sydney with the announcement of Slaughterfest V for July 21 at the Sando. This year's line-up is probably the most diverse to date, and features the likes of Lo! (pictured), Agonhym, Mother Eel, Mish, We Lost the Sea, Brazen Bull, At Dark and more.

Buried in Verona have scored a Top 20 berth in the ARIA albums chart with the release of their album Notorious, which we reviewed here. We had a bit of a chat to the band here, and their tour deets are here.

Extreme collective The Amenta has just released their latest recording "Chokehold" onto iTunes thru Listenable. The new recording features the band's take on the Godflesh classic "Christbait Rising" along with the title track that takes the cover as a guide. Also included is a remix of "V01D" from the previous EP and two live cuts.

The Amity Affliction are currently holed up in Florida with renowned producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette, hard at work on their Roadrunner debut Chasing Ghosts. The follow-up to their #6 hit Youngbloods, the album will be released on September 14.

Soundwave Touring has at last announced a second Steel Panther show in Sydney. The new 18+ only show at the Big Top is on October 6. Tix on sale June 14 from Ticketek, Oztix and the venue. In other news, the Adelaide show has been moved to the Thebby, same date, all tix still valid.


Returning to the stage after their brief Aussie tour last year, Assaulter will be featuring at next weekend's (June 8 - 10) Evil Invaders IV festival in Sydney that also includes Inquisition from the States plus Mournful Congregation, Cemetery Urn, Vomitor, Hobbs Angel of Death, LORD, Stargazer, Astriaal, Destruktor and more. Following this show, Assaulter is off to Europe for shows in Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Finland and the UK, where they will be feature at The Ultimate Australian Battlezone with Destroyer 666, Hobbs Angel of Death, Gospel of the Horns and Vomitor in London.


Sydney/Wollongong metallers LORD have announced the name of their new album will be Digital Lies. You can find out more by reading the band's official blog on the subject here.


Melbourne thrashers 4ARM kick off a US tour on July 7 with assistance from Orange death metal lads DepriVation. Together with Casket for Cassandra and Prey for Sleep, the Aussie bands will play 18 shows across the States on the Zombie Apocalypse tour, winding up at the Bay Area Metal Festival on July 28.

With a new studio album some time off due to touring commitments, The Tea Party is considering recording a live album on their Australian tour in July. Currently unsigned, the band is seeking the assistance of their fans to make it happen. Says bass player Stuart Chatwood, "We've always wanted to do a proper live record, and the opportunity to capture the band in front of a passionate Australian audience has presented itself to us.  The fans can join us and together we bring this record to life via Pledgemusic.com. This might be the future of the music business, or perhaps one of the futures." Fans can join the party here.

MAY 2012

Last seen destroying us all as part of Soundwave 2012, Slipknot have posted a new video, Antennas to Hell: #0, which you can check out here.


Adelaide stalwarts Double Dragon will call it quits this weekend (May 26) after their performance at the New Dead Metalfest, which also includes the like of LORD, ISAW, Truth Corroded, Desecrator, Teramaze and more. Double Dragon will finish up after a decade that saw them play at the Big Day Out and Soundwave, tour with Slayer twice, release two albums and two EPs and tour all around the country. Most members will be continuing under the name Sons of Asena. 
Blackie - pic by Andrew PittmanHARD ONS UPDATE
As an addendum to the article below, the rest of the Hard Ons' current tour has obviously been cancelled except for two special shows on June 1 and 2 in Sydney at the Annandale and Newcastle at the Great Northern. For these two shows only, the band will feature former members Keish de Silva (taking Blackie's place) and drummer Pete Kostic. These shows will also be a benefit for Blackie.

While working as a taxi driver in Sydney early on Friday morning (May 18), Hard Ons legend Blackie was bashed by a couple of teenagers in the northern suburbs, and is now receiving treatment in hospital for a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain. Blackie was to appear with Michele Madden on the final night of her residency at the Sandringham Hotel on May 23; the evening will now be a fund-raiser for him featuring a $10 cover charge, every cent of which will be donated to Blackie's medical costs. Supporting Michele on the night will be Ratcat's Simon Day, Mo Mayhem from Hell City Glamours and Marcus de Pasquale of Looking Glass. Blackie's attackers were arrested and have been charged.


The past few days has featured a flurry of tour announcements. Slash alongside Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators are here in August, as are punk legends Pennywise. Grindcore veterans Nasum (pictured) will pay us a visit as part of their 20th anniversary farewell tour and the first batch of bands have been announced for Bastardfest 2012. Steel Panther's Sydney and Melbourne shows have also sold out in quick time. See Tour Announcements for details. 


New generation US thrashers Warbringer are heading to Australia in October! Out here to support their latest release Worlds Torn Asunder, the band will be touring with an array of solid local supports from October 4. Details in Tour Announcements.


Former Into Eternity guitarist Rob Doherty has died suddenly of unknown causes. Doherty featured on the band's Buried in Oblivion album before departing in 2005; he guested on "Fukushima" and "Sandstorm" on their latest album and launched his solo band Final Darkness late last year. He was 41.

Following what appears to be an unfortunate current trend, French experimentalists Hypno5e have been forced to cancel their tour supporting Acid Mist Tomorrow due to guitarist Jo being struck down with a medical condition.


DevilDriver have been forced to cancel their upcoming Australian tour with Darkest Hour and Six Feet Under, due to frontman Dez Fafara being able to fly for at least two weeks due to pneumonia. Ticketholders can get a refund from their point of purchase. Darkest Hour will still be appearing at special 18+ only shows in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.


APRIL 2012

Australian extreme metal collective The Amenta will release their latest digital offering, the Chokehold EP through Listenable Records in mid-May. The EP features new songs, live tracks, remixes and a cover of Godflesh's "Christbait Rising". The band have also posted an official video for the track "V01D", which you can watch here.


Soundworks Touring has just announced that death metal kings Cannibal Corpse will return to Australia in October. After a three year absence, the world's best selling death metal band will play Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane from October 4. Tix and details in Tour Announcements. In an announcement that probably surprised nobody who's visited this site regularly, The Tea Party will be touring Australia in July. The Canadian band, which toured here 12 times in ten years from the mid-90s until they split in 2005, will be here from July 14. Tix and deets: Tour Announcements.NEW TRANSMISSION Soundworks Touring has announced that The Exploited's Australian tour has had to be cancelled due to a family emergency affecting bass player Rob. Wattie from the band had this to say: NO EXPLOITATION "I'm really sorry to have to say this but I'm afraid we'll have to cancel. Apart from feeling sorry for Rob, we're all totally gutted as we were really looking forward to this, but it is out of our control. I don't really know what else to say except for I'm sorry to have to be saying this in every aspect. We'd just like to apologise to the promoter and everyone involved in these gigs and especially all of the people who were coming to see us. There’s no one more disappointed than us!  So hopefully in the future we can get a chance to come back and play to the people of Australia and New Zealand. " Melbourne's dark experimental avant garde shoegazers Heirs head out in May to support their latest release "Hunter" (Denovali/FUSE). After stunning crowds nationally on tour with Alcest last year, Heirs headline their own shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne early next month. Dates: Tour Announcements. HEIRS APPARENT


Following on from their signing to Riot! Entertainment last month, Melbourne thrashers 4arm will be playing the Download festival in the UK in June alongside massive names like Metallica, Megadeth, Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Machine Head and Lamb of God. Following this, the band heads to the US for a three month tour.


Roadrunner Records Australia's newest signings, Make Them Suffer will release their debut album Neverbloom on May 25. The band's video for the title track has also had a huge response, reaching more than 14,000 views within the first 24 hours alone. Check out the video here.


Back in Australia for the second time in three years, Chicago metal outfit Macabre are bring their gore soaked humour in support of their Grim Scary Tales album, headlining Melbourne's High Voltage Fest as well as a body bag of other dates, covering most states. As always, check the tour guide for dates.

Brutal Chilean doom merchants Procession are set to bring the riff to Australian audiences this September. Joining the caravan will be South Australia’s Mournful Congregation. Tickets can be purchased via The Coffins Slave website.


Recently seen on our shores pummeling audiences as part of the Soundwave Festival, French metallers Gojira will release their new album L'Enfant Sauvage through Roadrunner on June 25th. The title translates to "The Wild Child", will feature 11 tracks and was produced by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God). 


Australian progressive/melodic/extreme metallers Ne Obliviscaris will finally release their debut album Portal Of I on May 7 through Welkin Records. The album was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia). The band will also be hitting the road in support of the album- see Tour Announcements for details.







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