Live Review | Killswitch Engage + Kill Devil Hill @ UNSW Roundhouse, Sydney | April 12, 2014

Words and Pics: Ben Hosking – www.hoskingindustries.com.au
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Last time this reviewer was lucky enough to see Killswitch Engagewas at what was then called the Forum at Moore Park (now the HiFi). It was a sideshow to another festival and the bill included Divine Heresy and Shadows Fall. It was a remarkable show housed within a diminutive venue when the band was fronted by the mighty Howard Jones – who, at one point in the show climbed the speaker stack and proceeded to fall into the crowd below. The anticipation level was high for tonight’s show.
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Closure In Moscow announce ‘Pink Lemonade’ Album + Tour

closureClosure In Moscow (CIM) are pleased to announce the release date for their sophomore full length ‘Pink Lemonade’ and the Pink Lemonade album tour. The album will be released independently through MGM on May 9th. It’s been a while between drinks, so those boffins at CIM HQ ran focus groups day and night to hone in on exactly what would satiate the hungry masses, baying for more sexy tunes from the Melbourne quintet… The results are conclusive! Turns out it’s all about quantity over quality, so this thing clocks in at over 60 minutes! That’s longer than an episode of The Block, and since that’s about to leave a gaping cultural void the guys figured it would be the perfect time to step up and slide up into that void like a warm kitten.
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Psycroptic + Aborted announce National Tour for June 2014

cdHailing from the remote island of Tasmania, Psycroptic have progressively carved a niche all their own within today’s overcrowded Metal scene. Staying clear of trends, the band incorporate many elements of music – extreme or otherwise – to capture a sound that is uniquely their own. Not to be pigeonholed, Psycroptic stand apart from the horde and add a fresh element in the extreme metal realm with their precise blend of brutality, intensity and groove.

Psycroptic’s latest album ‘The Inherited Repression’ which was released in February 2012, has been hailed by fans and the media as one of the most original and ‘fresh’ releases from within the metal realm in years!
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I Know Leopard Announce New Single + Debut EP

I Know LeopardI Know Leopard have had us waiting with baited breath for their debut EP, Illumina which is officially set to be released 16th May.

With all the right pop sensibilities for success, the fivesome release their third single off the EP, Daisy Eyes which lures the listener into a blissed-out wonderland of swirling hooks, impossibly catchy drum lines and psychedelic harmonies. Daisy Eyes is a contagious coupling between the sunny dream-pop influences of the 50’s and 60’s with a shimmering contemporary perspective. The nostalgic undertones balance out this upbeat offering, leaving the listener with a complex tune that will resonate with the inner romantic.
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The Phoncurves announce ‘Heartstrings’ EP + Tour

PhoncurvesFollowing on from the success of their debut single ‘Heartstrings’ and new single ‘Lover’, Brisbane two-piece The Phoncurves are proud to announce the reveal of their new Heartstrings EP, due for release on May 2. The harmonising duo will celebrate with a national headline tour of Australia through May and June.

Both instrumentally unique and soulful singles are happily whirling around the country on triple j and community radio, receiving outstanding praise. This success, along with their recent support slot with Caitlin Park and their position as triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, is further heightening the anticipation for the forthcoming EP. Written, produced and engineered by the ladies themselves, the EP holds true to its words; pulling at the heartstrings with every multi-layered track. It’s the inclusion of powerfully stirring, and emotionally performed tracks like ‘Motionless’ that make the four track Heartstrings EP a captivating listen from start to finish.
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Live Review | Monster Magnet + King of the North + Arrowhead @ Hi-Fi Bar, Sydney – April 4, 2014

Words and Pics: Ben Hosking – www.hoskingindustries.com.au
2014_MonsterMagnet_13-LTo say that we were a little concerned about Monster Magnet’s set upon reaching the HiFi Bar just as the doors were opening would be an understatement. Simply put, there was very little sign of life. Granted, it was a dismal evening with some drizzle and cold Autumn winds blowing through, but there was hot night of raucous rock and roll to be enjoyed inside.

Regardless, Sydney band Arrowhead opened the night’s festivities to an almost empty room, rocking out with an energetic mix of mid-paced stoner/desert/Sabbath vibes. The three-piece made a beautiful racket and the small crowd clearly appreciated their driving, grooving slabs of riffage.
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Toxic Holocaust & Skeletonwitch: April Tour Postponed Due To Illness

Due to a serious medical condition affecting Joel Grind’s hearing Toxic Holocaust, Skeletonwitch and Heathen Skulls have decided that the upcoming Australian tour scheduled for April 2014 will unfortunately need to be postponed.

Joel has been suffering with severe ear infections, as the condition has shown no improvement the medical specialists have advised Joel against travelling as he will likely need to undergo surgery to avoid any permanent damage to his hearing.
We are all saddened by the news but Joel’s well-being must be given priority.
We are currently working together to arrange new tour dates, at this stage the rescheduled Australian tour will be planned for Nov/Dec 2014. Full dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
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