04:50 - The Maratha Also, black powerfully blending with genres of death, drone, psychedelic, doom, sludge and so on. More or less, this past 2 years there has been a trend of experimentation in metal altogether.
04:44 - The Maratha The problem is that Sludge creepingly blends into heavy, doom, black and death. Look at Roadburn for instance.
03:24 - Marcel Hubregtse SLudge is actually already dead since most bands in that genre are copying each other . Savannah SLudge is doing it and so are the others. If you hear mrore than 6 new sludge bands each months you will notice it.
02:29 - Apothecary Yeah you have a point, that "only old school is real, modern bands suck" mentality is still pretty strong among parts of the metal community though, unfortunately
02:23 - Karlabos but then again most death/thrash/sympho fans are more into older bands and don't follow the new stuff very closely... amongst the new metals arising i still feel sludge is pretty strong
Veteran hard rockers Mötley Crüe have announced their intentions to tour Australia this September. The band will perform three shows while down under and are set to be supported by Bret Michaels and Doc Neeson. Tickets go on sale at 9am 21st June (or 14th of June for fan club presale tickets). Get the dates below.
Veteran Death Metal act Morbid Angel are set to return to Australia for a short tour in May this year. It will be two years since the band last performed in this area of the world but there are new songs as well as old ones to be performed this time around. Drummer Pete Sandoval won't be making the trip however as he is still recovering from back surgery (see here) so replacing him will be the band's forthcoming album drummer Tim Yeung.
Here are the dates for the tour:
27.05.2011 - The Hifi, Melbourne, Australia
28.05.2011 - The Manning Bar, Sydney, Australia
After announcing an Australian Tour in 2009, then postponing it, then cancelling it altogether, the show will go on as Mayhem have annouced new 2010 dates. The Black Metal band will tour both Australia and New Zealand in September, playing five dates. Tickets went on sale last Thursday, so you can already book your spot at your town's show. Ticket purchasing information can be found on Mayhem's myspace page.
Here are all the dates of the tour:
September 21st, 2010 - Kings Arms, Auckland
September 23rd, 2010 - The Hifi, Melbourne
September 24th, 2010 - The Factory, Sydney
September 25th, 2010 - The Hifi, Brisbane
September 26th, 2010 - Capitol, Perth
Veteran thrashers Overkill have announced their first ever appearances on Australian soil. The band will be touring along the East coast for three dates in September. The tour is part of their Killfest 2010 25th Anniversary World Tour which has been through Europe and the USA. Supporting Overkill will be the experienced Australian Thrash Metallers Mortal Sin. Tour dates are below:
23/09/10 - The Hi Fi, Brisbane
24/09/10 - The Hi Fi, Melbourne
25/09/10 - The Metro, Sydney
Be'lakor will be expanding their reach overseas with a deal recently signed with Kolony Records. The band's albums will now be purchasable in Europe rather than just in Australia with their new album Stone's Reach being released over there on the 30th November. The Italian label will print Be'lakor's CDs in Europe with the same cover artwork. Prime Cuts Music will still be the band's main label, covering their album releases back home.
A word from the band: "We're thrilled to have reached this agreement with Kolony! Thanks to the great support that we have received from our fans in Europe! Hopefully soon we will be able to come across and play some shows for you."
Polish extreme metallers Behemoth are planning on making their way back to Australian shores in 2010 for a five date tour. The tour will take place in April and will be with US bands Job For A Cowboy and Goatwhore. The tour is in support of Behemoth's new album Evangelion and tickets go on sale on 11th December.
Below are all the dates of the tour:
April 12 - Capitol, Perth
April 13 - Fowlers Live, Adelaide
April 14 - Billboard, Melbourne
April 16 - Metro, Sydney
April 17 - Hi-Fi, Brisbane
German thrashers Destruction have come across more bad luck when it comes to tours. The band has been forced to pull out of their upcoming Australian appearances due to the tour promoter "not wanting them after all". They were supposed to play on New Year's Eve at the Screamfest Australia metal festival in Sydney and in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth for a side-tour.
The tour promoter hasn't made any kind of official statement but said when queried by Destruction said: "The board of Just Say Rock cannot afford to bring Destruction down to Australia for the festival and other shows. Not helping...was that the venues in both Brisbane and Perth had spoken to Just Say Rock prior to this and wanted to either cancel the shows or bump Destruction into bars/pubs as the sales for these shows are poor with what they stated as "people showing little interest" in attending."
Thrashers Megadeth have announced an upcoming "down under" tour in October. They will tour Australia and New Zealand and will be joined by fellow Thrash juggernauts in Slayer. This will be the first time the two band have toured this area of the world together. Both bands will be touring in support of their respective upcoming new albums (Endgame for Megadeth and World Painted Blood for Slayer). Support acts will be announced soon and tickets go on sale at 9:00am on 10/08/09.
See below for the list of tour dates:
05/10 - Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
07/10 - Riverstage, Brisbane, Australia
08/10 - Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia
09/10 - Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
Guitarist "Maxx" from Black/Thrash Metal band Necrodeath has decided to leave the band for "personal reasons". Rather than recruit a new guitarist Necrodeath has decided to continue on as a four-piece band.
In other news the band have started the recording of a new album. Videos of the recording have been posted on the band's official website.
Deströyer 666 have now recorded and mixed their new album and are currently waiting on the artwork to be finalised. Release dates and the track listing for "Defiance" are expected soon.
The following tour dates have also been confirmed by the band:
May 24 - Maryland Deathfest, Baltimore, USA
May 29 - Rock Hard Festival, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
May 30 - United Metal Maniacs Festival, Bitterfeld, Germany
June 6 - Magic Metal Festival, Fredericia, Denmark
Aug 7 - Partysan Festival, Germany
Sept 5 - NIHIL Extreme Festival, Milan, Italy
The Australian tour announced by Deströyer 666 some months ago has been cancelled. Dates for the tour hadn't been posted yet, but the tour has been postponed until further notice. The reason for the postponement is the untimely death of drummer Mersus' uncle. The band has however been confirmed for the United Metal Maniacs Festung Festival 2009.
In other Deströyer 666 news, the upcoming new album from the band originally titled "Siege" has now been renamed to "Defiance".
Pyramaze has been announced as the support for Volbeat on the Danish leg of the band's European tour. The tour will be in support of Volbeat's new upcoming album "Guitar Gangsters And Cadillac Blood". The full extensive list of dates can be seen here.
Pyramaze's Michael Kammeyer comments: "We are very pleased that we have been invited on to the Volbeat tour. They are currently the biggest and best selling heavy metal band in Denmark, and we are proud that we have been invited personally by the band to be their special guest".
In support of their new album "The Premonition", Firewind will return to European stages for a headlining tour. Not all the dates have been confirmed yet, but a list of announced dates so far can be seen below. For the Spanish and French shows, the band will be supported by Germany's Brainstorm and Finland's Kiuas. More dates will be announced very soon as will information about purchasing tickets.
Here is a list of the dates:
12.11.08 - Lyon, France @ Marche Gare
13.11.08 - Toulouse, France @ Havanna
14.11.08 - Bilbao, Spain @ Santana 27
15.11.08 - Vigo, Spain @ A
16.11.08 - Madrid, Spain @ Ritmo & Compas
17.11.08 - Hospitalet/Barcelona, Spain @ Salamandra
19.11.08 - Paris, France @ La Locomotive
Details about a special edition box for the new upcoming Metallica album "Death Magnetic" have been announced. The box, which will be in the shape of a coffin, will contain the full album, demos from the album, a making-of DVD, a t-shirt, a flag, guitar picks, a poster and a credit card with a code to redeem a free download of a special European show happening in September. This bonus edition will be released on the same day as the normal album and will only be available online via www.metallica.com, www.metclub.com and www.missionmetallica.com.
Metallica have also said that the artwork for Death Magnetic is nearly done too, so they have said to expect new updates soon.
Vomitory will be hitting the road again for a European tour this coming September. Countries included in the tour are Denmark, Germany, France and the UK among others. Incantation will be the support band for the tour.