|In a metal world starved for integrity, intelligence and beauty, Opeth shine like a beacon through dark clouds. They are artistic visionaries and their transcendent live shows have gone down in music folklore.
Combining towering blasts of blackened death metal with the intricacy of 1970s prog rock and the more subtle, gentle beauty of folk, Opeth continue to create epic and iconic music; inventing and reinventing the rules as they go along.
No wonder the metal world stops whatever it’s doing and pauses with bated breath each time the band announce an album or tour. In just over a decade and across nine studio albums, they have become the standard bearer for modern metal.
[Photo by: Stuart Blythe]
Chugg Entertainment and EMI Music are excited to announce that Bob Evans and his full band will open for Keith Urban on his “Escape Together World Tour” which begins in Melbourne on Saturday December 12 and will be the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.
The two-hour, high-energy concert event starts in Melbourne at Rod Laver Arena on Saturday 12 December, before travelling north to Wollongong’s WIN Entertainment Centre on Monday 14 December. Next on the itinerary is Sydney’s Entertainment Centre on Wednesday 16 December before finishing up in Keith’s home state, performing at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Friday 18 December. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.
Adelaide’s Double Dragon have scored the national support spot for the upcoming Slayer/Megadeth Australian tour. Shows are now sold out for Sydney at the Hordern Pavilion and Adelaide Thebarton Theatre. Others are selling fast so get in now to catch this classic double header!
Talk about a mind-blowing double-header. Slayer and Megadeth – two of the bands that defined the thrash/metal genre – will perform together for the first time ever in Australia and New Zealand when they co-headline six shows in October.
Both Slayer and Megadeth have recently emerged from the recording studio with brand new albums – Slayer‘s World Painted Blood, due out later this year, and Megadeth‘s Endgame set for a September 11th release.
|Australian lovers of twisted four string bass excursions rejoice! Les Claypool heads to Australia this December bringing with him the arsenal of complex rhythms and death defying melodic twists and turns that feature on his latest solo opus Of Fungi And Foe.
When it comes to taking the bass guitar far beyond the usual confines and out into the musical stratosphere, no one over the past twenty five years has come close to matching the absolute mind snapping brilliance of bass player extraordinaire Les Claypool.
From his early work with Primus through the eighties to his latest soon to be released solo album Of Fungi and Foe, Claypool has redefined with humour, intelligence and above all sheer talent, what being a bass player in a modern rock outfit is all about.
|The Frontier Touring Company confirms that LMFAO will support The Black Eyed Peas during their forthcoming The E.N.D. World Tour when it hits Australia and New Zealand this October.
An electro-hop duo from California, LMFAO – made up of DJ/rappers Redfoo and Sky Blu – are not your typical band. Named following an iChat conversation with Sky Blu’s techno-savvy grandmother, LMFAO have shown little respect for convention, forging their own path in the music world.
THE USED AUSTRALIAN TOUR POSTPONED TO MARCH 2010
The Used’s tour of Australia, scheduled to take place in November this year, has been postponed to March 2010. The venues remain the same and all tickets bought for the November shows are valid for the rescheduled March shows (details available below). Refunds are available at the point of purchase for those unable to make the new dates:
Wednesday 18 November NOW Thursday 18 March, 2010 – The Tivoli, Brisbane, All Ages
Friday 20 November NOW Tuesday 16 March, 2010 The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, SOLD OUT!
Sunday 22 November NOW Sunday 14 March, 2010 – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, U18
Tuesday 24 November NOW Friday 12 March, 2010 – UNSW Roundhouse, All Ages
The Frontier Touring Company has announced the news punk rock fans have been waiting for – The Used are returning to Australia! This will be The Used’s first tour of Australia since 2007’s Taste of Chaos jaunt that left all fans wanting more. And more it will be as The Used perform for all ages fans in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney this November, performing songs from their new release Artwork.
The Used have built their reputation on explosive live performances, and their last Australian sojourns didn’t buck the trend. Fans were left exhilarated.
Get set to descend into aural oblivion, and get ready to join the cult as STATIC-X make a welcome return to Australia this November!
|“I’m a big believer in entertainment,” exclaims Wayne Static. “Our shows have a party atmosphere. We have a good time, and we invite the crowd to have a good time with us. I want people to forget about everything for the hour we’re onstage.” That’s why the fans still pack houses all over the world for Static-X on every tour.|
AFTER THE FALL have teamed up with Melbourne band CALLING ALL CARS for a massive national tour hitting all capital cities & regional areas around the country. The tour kicks off in Brisbane with both bands playing the “Sounds Of Spring Festival” on Saturday September 26th and finishing up in Melbourne on Saturday the 5th of December at the “The Evelyn Hotel” Continue reading Calling All Cars/After The Fall ‘Go Hunting’ Tour
The infamous Patrick Wolf returns to our shores, to celebrate the release of his latest album, The Bachelor.
Visceral, Impulsive, Antagonistic and Unique; the list of superlatives and adjectives for this young man and his music go on ad infinitum. Never one to conform to artistic nor industry status quo, young Master Wolf could rightly claim pole position at the vanguard of avant-garde pop. His wonderfully wilful compositions and forays into the glamorous aesthetic of leather, chains, glitter and feathers only exalt the kind of compelling self- awareness we find so irresistible.
Continue reading News: Patrick Wolf (UK) ‘The Bachelor’ Australian Tour – December 2009
uncharTED LIVE is a series of weekly gigs held around Australia to showcase the registered uncharTED talent pool, which features up and coming solo artists and bands. Any artist who has registered on the uncharTED website is eligible for a spot on the bill.
Continue reading Felinedown, Nine Sons of Dan and Grand Atlantic are next up :uncharTED Live, Coolangatta Hotel 29 August 2009
|Ten studio albums, five live albums, six live DVDs, 1000’s of insane, unbelievable live shows and a rabid fan base worldwide – Dream Theater continue to be at the top of their game.
After waiting for more than 20 years for them to tour, Australian Dream Theater fans were treated to their first live shows in January 2008, with their intense live performances proving beyond question that they were definitely worth the wait.
Now the metal masters return to Australia for a national tour this December.
Continue reading News: Dream Theater ‘Black Clouds & Silver Linings’ Australian Tour December 2009
After a year of snowballing success, Sydney three piece PHILADELPHIA GRAND JURY announce the release of their debut album HOPE IS FOR HOPERS for September 25th 2009.
You can download ‘THE GOOD NEWS’ here (right click and save):
|In the great blues tradition of his ‘Short Cool Ones’ (the 1996 Gold-selling ARIA Award nominated blues album from diesel and Chris Wilson), Diesel has returned to his roots to produce one of his most roundly applauded and critically acclaimed albums in an already stellar career: ‘Project Blues – Saturday Suffering Fools’
No one saw Diesel’s ‘Project Blues’ album coming but it’s been unanimously reviewed as a knockout. And now, just to kick things up another notch, Diesel and his band announce the ‘Hits & Blues 2009’ Tour.
|Liam Finn and his perpetual musical muse Eliza Jane Barnes will be getting little rest before 2010 with a USA tour with Wilco just confirmed, Liam Finn headline shows in Australia in September, the release of their EP ‘Champagne in Seashells’ on September 4, the Australian Pearl Jam tour in November and then Falls Festival and Southbound Festival spots into the new year!|
|West Australian five piece THE KILL DEVIL HILLS announce the imminent release of their third album, MAN, YOU SHOULD EXPLODE.
The multi award- winning group has spent the best part of 2009 completing their new album with producer Burke Reid (The Drones, Jack Ladder, The Mess Hall), to be released nationally in September 2009.
The first single COCKFIGHTER, a vicerial four minutes of screeched jungle punk that marks a striking new direction in the band’s sound, is on the airwaves now. Listen out for their new single very soon.
Continue reading THE KILL DEVIL HILLS “Man You Should Explode” Album Tour Sep-Oct 2009