Shredder guitarist Tony Macalpine has been forced to cancel his planned Australian tour due to the discovery of what may be cancer. The musician posted this statement today (Aug. 25): "Last week I was taken to the hospital with severe stomach pains. Following blood work, multiple MRI scans and various procedures, medical doctors discovered a large mass in my intestine, and it seems likely that we are dealing with cancer. My doctors have advised me that this will need to be dealt with immediately, and I am scheduled for surgery this week. Recovery from this surgery will take a month - right when I was scheduled to tour the Australasian region."
ALESTORM COMP WINNERS
...And the winners of our recent Alestorm contest are: Chris Ford (Adelaide), Daniel Stevenson (Brisbane), Karel Vensalaar (Melbourne), Amos Polglaze (Perth), Harry Calwell (Sydney), Andrius Kilgour (Auckland) and Jessica Lunsford (Wellington). Congratulations, you have each won a ticket and a tour poster.
SOME SERIOUS FUNDING
Mindbending Sydney prog metallers Serious Beak are about to launch their second full-length album Ankaa in November. In order to press it onto vinyl, the band is launching a Pozible campaign to seek keen contributors to the cause. Check out the video here and chuck them some funds!
GET IN THE PIT WITH HELLYEAH!
Hellyeah are giving lucky fans the opportunity to contribute to their next live DVD. Seven fans at each show will be given Go-Pros to film the gig from wherever they like in the crowd with footage being used in a forthcoming feature-length DVD release. Fans can enter at the band's website, www.hellyeah.com for shows in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne only.
FIRST SOUNDWAVE ARTIST ANNOUNCED
On the back of their new album Venom's release today (August 14), Bullet for My Valentine are the first band to be revealed from the 2016 Soundwave Festival bill.
MURDER IN SYDNEY
Mick and Brian battled the mayhem at the Factory in Sydney to bring you a review and gallery of The Black Dahlia Murder as they teamed up with Psycroptic, Boris the Blade and Colossvs in June.
R.I.P. CHRIS SQUIRE
Chris Squire, bassist and founding member of British prog powerhouse Yes, has died from leukaemia. Squire, who formed the band in 1968, also had a celebrated solo career. He was 67.
FEEL THE STEEL
A bunch of true and power metal bands descended on Melbourne in June for the Legions of Steel fest. Mick jetted down to capture the action with some glorious pics.
SHRED OVER SYDNEY
Yngwie Malmsteen returned to Australia earlier in June to blaze his way around the nation. Paul was there as he crowded the stage with Marshalls and fretboard fury. Check out the review.
The Black Dahlia Murder teamed up with Aversions Crown last weekend (June 20) to bring devastation to the Crowbar in Brisbane and Charlyn was there to capture the action in this gallery.
DEAD OF WINTER
One of Brisbane's biggest days of local music extremity returns this year with the Jubliee Hotel hosting the Dead of Winter Festival on July 25. Featuring a rare appearance by rock legends Tumbleweed, the enormous bill also includes A Breach of Silence, LORD, Daemon Pyre, Hadal Maw, The Go Set, Melbourne metal veterans Dreadnaught, Kyzer Soze, Darkc3ll, Lagerstein, Our Last Enemy, Chronolyth and dozens more.
King Parrot swooped into Wollongong in May as part of their devastating national tour with COLOSSVS and High Tension and proceeded to lay waste as Brendo braved the pit with camera at the ready to record the mayhem in this gallery.
AUSSIE METAL CHRONICLED
Loud Online editor Brian Giffin has spent many years archiving and chroniciling Australia's metal talent. In May, his 300+ page tome The Encyclopaedia of Australian Heavy Metal was finally published. Available exclusively online, the book features more than 2000 encyclopaedic entries on acts from AC/DC to that band down the road who played three gigs once. Paperback versions of the book are now available at Lulu.com and Amazon. The hardcover version is only available here.
GOATSOUND FOR SEA SHEPHERD
On May 15 at the newly-completed Goatsound Recording and Rehearsal rooms in Melbourne, 15 bands came together to reinterpret the classic Black Flag album Damaged. Including acts like Vicious Circle, HOstile Objects, Partyy Vibez, The Kill, Broozer, Surefire Midnights and more, each performed one track and the results are available at this Bandcamp page. All proceeds are being donated to Sea Shepherd to support their work protecting ocean wildlife in the southern seas.
THE HAUNTED MADE US DO IT
Fiona got in the pit when The Haunted and Insomnium descended on Sydney in May. Check out her gallery of the night's adventures.
R.I.P. ALLAN FRYER
Allan Fryer of 80s hard and heavy rockers Heaven has died from cancer. The news came in the early hours of June 5, Sydney time. Fryer had been battling cancer since at least 2011. The singer first came to national attention with Fat Lip in the late 1970s before being head-hunted by George Young and Harry Vanda to replace Bon Scott in AC/DC, losing out to Brian Johnson. Fryer then formed Heaven in Sydney, a band that released three well-received albums and toured across the US. He led them through countless line-ups that included people like Mark Evans, Mick Cocks, Bradford Kelly and Mitch Perry, until settling in Texas in the late 1980s. Reformed versions of Heaven toured Australia in 2001 (with Judas Priest) and in 2012 before he became too ill to continue working.
Andrew and Paul were witness to the immortal Ace Frehley when he touched down in Sydney in April. See the pics and read the review.
A GRAND CONJURATION
When Opeth came to Sydney they brought their heavy game and Brian was there to capture the moment.
ONE LAST MÖTLEY HURRAH
Mötley Crüe came to Sydney for one final time last weekend (May 16) with their old friend and inspiration Alice Cooper tagging along. Brian and Andrew got along to see what it was all about with a review and gallery.
SUFFOCATION SLAM SYDNEY
Suffocation slammed Sydney on May 8 with assistance from Decapitated and locals Ouroboros and Viscera. Fiona was there to record the result for our gallery.
BATTLEGOD TURNS 21
Sydney-based Battlegod Productions is one of Australia's longest-running metal-specific distros and labels. 2015 marks the 21st year of Battlegod and to celebrate five of the label's acts will be playing at Sydney's Bald Faced Stag Hotel on May 15. The line-up features Pegazus, Dark Order, Temtris, Herratik and Black Reign, from 7.30
R.I.P. CRAIG GRUBER
Original Rainbow bassist Craig Gruber has died of prostate cancer. The 63-year old musician, who was a member of Elf with Ronnie James Dio before being recruited to play on Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, died on May 6.
A DECADE OF THEMATA
Karnivool are on the road celebrating ten years since the release of their breakthrough Themata. Brendo was there to capture the first show of the tour with a gallery and a review.
Sydney has lost another metal veteran with the sad news about the passing of Mark "Chook" O'Rourke overnight (April 24). Chook was the bassist and vocalist of the death metal band Tscabeze, a fixture on the local scene for most of the 90s.
DONE FOR DIRTY DEEDS
Ex-AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has pleaded guilty to charges of threatening to kill and drugs possession in New Zealand. Rudd was arrested in Tauranga in November and was originally also charged with attempting to procure a murder, a charge that was later dismissed. The 60-year old will be sentenced in June.
Sydney rock legends Sunnyboys reunited for a 35th anniversary tour recently and Andrew went down to check them out in Sydney. See the gallery here.
BLACK METALLERS DIE IN ROAD CRASH
Two members of two US black metal bands have been killed in a van crash in Jackson County, Georgia. Members of Atlanta's Khaotika and Wormreich, from South Carolina, were travelling together on a short tour with Kult ov Azazel when the crash happened on April 6. Those killed were 25-year old Khaotika drummer Nicholas Crisostomo, Wormreich's 30-year old guitarist Ian 'Nazgul Vathron' McKinney and non-band member Paul Truesdell, 29. Nine others were injured when the vehicle, being driven by Khaotika's Sergio Quesada, ran off the road as they headed for a gig in Atlanta.
GIVE HEAVEN A HELPING HAND
Allan Fryer, frontman of legendary Aussie rockers Heaven, was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and is in palliative care in his home in Texas. As with any medical treatment, the expenses are extremely high and Allan's family need financial assistance. To this end, Allan's son Kallan has started a gofundme campaign for friends and fans to donate to his ongoing care. Follow the link to find out more and kick in if you can!
Psycroptic and Goatwhore teamed up to spread devastation across the country, and we sent Fiona in to capture the action in Sydney. See the gallery here.
HEEPING IT ON SYDNEY
British legends Uriah Heep toured Australia this month and Mick took his camera down to Rooty Hill RSL to catch the action with Hemina and Under Night's Cover also on the bill. Check out the gallery here.
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.