R.I.P. RON CARTLEDGE
Loud has learned that Ron Cartledge, guitarist with pioneering Melbourne band Renegade - whose chaotic thrash album Total Armageddon from 1987 was the first Australian album of its kind - has died. Peter Hobbs of Hobbs' Angel of Death posted the news on his Facebook feed on March 26. No further details are yet known.
Sydney black metal band Erebus Enthroned has announced it has ended. In a statement on their Facebook page, the band has declared: "Erebus Enthroned has been laid to rest in a state of dreaming death. We are proud of what we have done and joyous of the friendships made, adventures taken, dreams followed and hell raised.Thank you to all who have supported us throughout these years. So, in the dark of the new moon upon the Australian Autumnal Equinox; we lay Erebus Enthroned upon its pyre and cast it out to sea…".
KARNIVOOL ROLLS ON
Karnivool's intimate Themata tour is close to being a complete sell out with one extra show added in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Two Melbourne shows have already sold out and the rest are close to going that way, so get in quick if you don't want to miss this.
R.I.P. A.J. PERO
In what has been a busy week for the rock n roll Reaper, Twisted Sister drummer AJ Pero has died of an apparent heart attack. He was 55. Pero, who was on the road with his other band Adrenaline Mob, was found unresponsive in the band's tour bus in New York on March 20. Pero joined Twisted Sister in 1982 and played on their first four albums, including the mega-hit Stay Hungry, before departing in 1986. He rejoined the band in 2003.
They annihilate every audience they play to, and now the follow-up to Bite Your Head Off
is due for release. Recorded with Phil Anselmo in New Orleans, King Parrot's new album will be released in May on EVP in Australia, Anselmo's Housecore label in the US and Agonia Records in Europe, where they are currently ripping audience several new ones before heading to SXSW and dates in the US in April.When they return, King Parrot will be tearing through Aussie venues with fellow wrecking crews High Tension and Colossvs! Check the tour announcements section for dates.
R.I.P. ANDY FRASER
Andy Fraser, bass player with legendary early 70s heavy rockers Free, has died aged 62. Fraser, who featured in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in the 1960s before forming Free with Paul Rogers and co-writing that band's monster hit 'All Right Now', was diagnosed with AIDS during the 80s and was later also found to be suffering from cancer. The cause of his death on March 17 has not yet been made public.
R.I.P. MIKE PORCARO
Toto bassist Mike Porcaro has died after a lengthy battle with amytrophic lateral sclerosis. He was 59. Porcaro, who replaced original bass player David Hungate following the release of the Grammy-winning IV album in 1982, had been suffering the disease for more than a decade, finally handing over bass duties with Toto to Leland Skar in 2009. Porcaro's death was confirmed by his brother Steve on Facebook early on March 15.
It's been ten years since Karnivool broke out of Perth and into the national spotlight with Themata and this May they are celebrating that achievement with a run of intimate shows in both capital cities and regional centres, during which they will be performing old and new tracks plus Themata front to back.
NEW FINAL CRUE
Due to overwhelming demand, Mötley Crüe have announced a second Melbourne date on their final tour, which will see them team up with Alice Cooper. A second show has been added at Rod Laver Arena on May 13 as the first show there inches toward Sold Out status
Brendo hit the Metro to catch Lamb of God and Killer be Killed teaming up for a smashing Sidewave in Sydney. Check out his review here.
SYDNEY CATCHES THE WAVE
Paul's epic review of the Sydney leg of Soundwave is online here. Andrew, Brendo and Mick were all on hand to shoot the event and Day One's pix are up now. Dave's shots from the Brisbane show are also online now.
SLASH & THE PANTHER
Mick was on hand to shoot Slash and Steel Panther when they descended on Sydney's Hordern Pavilion for their Sidewave performances. Here's the pix. Paul's review of the show can be checked out here.
FALL OUT BOY
When Fall Out Boy hit Brisbane for their Sidewave show, Charlyn was there to capture it for our galleries. Check out her shots.
THE PRIEST OVER SYDNEY
Brian and Andrew covered the show when Judas Priest and DragonForce teamed up to demolish the Enmore in Sydney. Pix are here. Review is here.
10 YEARS OF SOMBRE LIGHT
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.
WANT TO PLAY SOUNDWAVE?
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.
NEW AND DEAD
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.
LIVE AND KICKING
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.
R.I.P. ROWLEY HILL
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
Happy New Year to all of our readers. What were our highlights of 2014, you ask? Click here to find out.