METAL FUSION 2017: Heavy Music Festival

METAL FUSION 2017: Heavy Music Festival

Ever been to Tasmania? Well, you should go. It’s marvellous. The local beer, wine, and whisky are the stuff of legends. The food is legitimately amazing. In fact, the food is not shit. The folks are fair and friendly–a little odd considering the island was founded and built by murderers, degenerates, and senseless monsters who committed deplorable acts such as stealing bread, or punching a horse in their stupid, long equine faces, because fuck horses. Tassie is also a state of innovation. They had the first brewery in Australia, the first underground sewerage system, and if the legend is to be believed, some guy in Launceston invented the first notepad. Like, in the world. Dubious, I know, but the point is they did some things before the rest of Australia, so fuck you. Their relative isolation has helped foster a rich culture of creativity, and the music and arts scene is no exception. There’s a swathe of festivals held throughout the year, and 2016 marked the debut of Tasmania’s first dedicated annual heavy music festival, METAL FUSION. Held in February, it saw the likes of Psycroptic, Graves, and Hollow World grace the stage at Club 54 in Launceston along with a host of local Tasmanian talent. We’re bringing you the first official lineup announcement for the 2017 event right now, so strap yourselves in; the lineup for next year is even bigger, and will pack a firm punch to your presumably tiny, ineffectual balls. Metal Fusion 2017 will see patreon peddling, violin-molesting metal exports Ne Obliviscaris as main headlining act, joined by Sanzu, Legerity, and fellow Melbourne lads Hollow...
METALLICA  Release New Song, Announce New Double-Album

METALLICA Release New Song, Announce New Double-Album

The daddies of metal Metallica have finally released their comeback single and announced plans to release a double-album entitled Hardwired…To Self Destruct on November 18. The band have premiered the title track Hardwired, and holy fuck, it sounds like Metallica have finally recaptured some their former glory with a fast, straight-up thrash tune that could have been plucked directly from an album from their 90’s back catalogue, but it’s up for you to decide whether or not that’s a good thing. The general consensus seems to be that, yes, the song is the best thing Metallica have done for about 20 years, however in comparison to what other established metal bands are doing these days it’s probably average at best. Here’s the official press release from the band via Metallica.com. “It really does exist! We know it’s been a long time coming, but today we proudly introduce you to , the long awaited next Metallica studio album that is the follow-up to Death Magnetic! Two discs, nearly 80 minutes of music is coming your way on November 18, 2016… yes, THIS YEAR! Hardwired… represents the next phase of our journey as Metallica and we are so excited to share it with you. If anyone was tuned into radio station 93X in Minneapolis earlier today, you heard the world debut of the first track, ‘Hardwired’ and we’re hoping you’ll hear a lot more of it in the coming days. Produced by Greg Fidelman, along with James and Lars, this is our 11th studio album and is available for pre-order in a variety of configurations including 12 songs on a double...
THE AGONY SCENE To Reunite, Working On New EP

THE AGONY SCENE To Reunite, Working On New EP

Mid-00’s metalcore/thrash crossover act The Agony Scene have confirmed rumours of a reformation via their official Facebook page, announcing they’re currently working on material for a new EP due out in the “near future”. The band officially broke up back in 2008 after releasing three full-length albums, their 2003 self-titled, 2005’s The Darkest Red and Get Damned in 2007. They reunited briefly in 2014 for a run of shows across the U.S, and early this week they sparked interest of long-time fans after they updated their profile picture on Facebook. Check out the full statement from The Agony Scene below along with their classic track Scapegoat. “Hello! Firstly, thank you for your continued interest and support. It’s awesome that a picture of trees generates such excitement! Truly appreciated. Now, on to the good stuff. We have been compiling riffs and writing songs for some time and are planning on recording a new EP in the near future. You can count on this new material to be dark, fast and as pissed as anything we have ever recorded! This won’t happen overnight, but trust that we are just as anxious to show you what we’ve been working on as you are to hear it! Again, thank you for your patience and continued support and know that it will pay off! Horns up....
GREEN DAY Release New Song, Announce New Album

GREEN DAY Release New Song, Announce New Album

Pioneering mainstream punk rockers Green Day have released a new song Bang Bang, taken from their forthcoming 12th studio album Revolution Radio. The new song has a distinctively old-school Green Day feel to it, sounding like something closer to their Nimrod-era days rather than the poop sandwiches the ageing-trio have been serving up for the last few years (look inside your heart, you know it’s true). Revolution Radio is out October 7 via Reprise Records, the same major label the band have been with since their 1994 record Dookie, which is pretty much their last good album (okay, Nimrod was pretty decent I guess). Check out Bang Bang...
ALEXISONFIRE Announce 2017 Australian Tour

ALEXISONFIRE Announce 2017 Australian Tour

Just in case you missed out on the news yesterday, seminal post-hardcore act Alexisonfire have announced a run of headlining shows in early 2017 to coincide with their appearance at Unify: The Gathering. Kicking off on January 11 in Perth, the legends will then head to Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, before finishing up in Brisbane on January 21. The tour will be Alexisonfire’s first of Australia since 2012 when they travelled down under for their ‘Farewell’ tour, one year after they announced they will be going on an indefinite hiatus. The band then revealed in 2015 that they’ll be reforming after a run of successful shows in the U.S, however fans had their hopes for a full reformation dashed when guitarist Wade MacNeil announced that while they are getting back together, there were no immediate plans for some new material. Check out the dates and ticketing information below. ALEXISONFIRE Australian Tour 2017 Wednesday – January 11 HBF Stadium, Perth Tickets – Ticketmaster Friday – January 13 Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide Tickets – Ticketek Tuesday – January 17 Festival Hall, Melbourne Tickets – Ticketmaster Tuesday – January 19 Hordern Pavilion, Sydney Tickets – Ticketek Saturday – January 21 Riverstage, Brisbane Tickets –...