Review and Photos by : Ben Hosking – www.hoskingindustries.com.au
I was lucky enough to witness Canada’s Cancer Bats in action back sometime around 2013 and was struck by the band’s intensity and obvious enjoyment with what they were doing. That was a Sidewave at Sydney’s Hi-Fi Bar supporting Bullet for My Valentine – which in this reviewer’s mind was a bit of an odd pairing, but whatever…
The Mark Of Cain return to the stage this October performing their debut album Battlesick in its entirety.
Originally released in 1989 via indie Adelaide label Dominator Battlesick sounded like no Australian album before it or since. Tracks like Wake Up, Dead Man’s Mail, The Setback, Call in Anger and the title track addressed the fear of dreams, the threat of death, anger over disappointment and personal setbacks; not exactly the subject matter of an era when Kylie Minogue was queen and Ratcat were primed to become the pinnacle of the underground. It did not chart and in Australia it was barely heard out of Adelaide however, it’s resonance did find an audience even if that audience had to come from places farer rather than near. Continue reading THE MARK OF CAIN “Battlesick” 30th Anniversary National Tour – October 2019→
Considered one of the finest modern blues guitarists in the world and a bonafide can’t-miss live performer, Gerard Allman Events are proud to announce that Kirk Fletcher will make a welcome return to Australia in February 2020 – and this time he’s bringing his European band – Jonny Henderson on Keys and Bass and Matt Brown on drums – with him. Tickets to all shows are on sale now, with full tour details below. Continue reading Kirk Fletcher (USA) 2020 Australian Tour announced→
I'm ashamed to admit it, but this was actually the first time I'd seen The Tea Party live. I'd been into their music since the 1990s and had seen one of Jeff Martin's incredible solo shows way back in 2010 at Sydney's The Basement. But I'd never been able to see The Tea Party.
It might have been a chilly, wet Sunday night outside, but within the cosy confines of the recently-rebranded Newcastle Hotel, piping hot modern metal was cooking up a storm. While we missed local opening act The Wandering, Taree progressive metal four-piece Diamond Construct continued their evolution from awkward teens to stage-pounding purveyors of dissonant chords and brutal breakdowns. Their latest release is garnering them some deserved attention and tonight’s almost-cruelly short 25-minute support slot shows they can impress even on a tight timeline. Continue reading Live Review: Born of Osiris + Chelsea Grin + Diamond Construct at Newcastle Hotel, Newcastle – June 23, 2019→
Get Ready For A Massive Concussion of Rock and Roll with The Dandy Warhols as they’ve just announced they’ll be heading to Australia to perform a special run of shows to celebrate their 25th Year Anniversary. The band will be performing in Melbourne at the Forum on Sunday 3rd November and in Sydney at The Enmore Theatre on Wednesday 6th November. Continue reading Tour News : THE DANDY WARHOLS – 25th Anniversary Australian Shows→
IS SHUTTING DOWN YOUR TOWN!
ROCKER’S BIGGEST TOUR THIS CENTURY
– WITH SPECIAL GUESTS JET & ESKIMO JOE
Jimmy Barnes has today announced his biggest headlining tour of this century –Shutting Down Your Town – playing all his classic hits plus highlights from his acclaimed new album, My Criminal Record, released Friday, 31 May 2019 on Bloodlines.