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Posted 2 Feb 2016 @ 5:20pm

 

MEET PURROXIDE
Purroxide are a new grunge/punk/weirdo band from the Latrobe Valley and Melbourne who formed early in 2015 and have just started playing live. Catch them at The Brunswick Hotel on Friday January 29.
 
NEW ARTISTS FOR WILD THING PRESENTS
Chaos Divine, Jack The Stripper and Dyssidia have all joined the roster of Melbourne-based touring, bookings and...

Posted 19 Jan 2016 @ 5:18pm

 

ACE OF SPADES PAY TRIBUTE TO LEMMY
If you’re like me you probably spent a good chunk of Sunday morning either at home in your undies or maybe at Cherry Bar: either way you were watching Lemmy’s funeral being broadcast live on YouTube. Motorhead tribute band Ace Of Spades performed at Cherry after the screening. They’ll also be at the Inkerman Hotel in St Kilda East on Friday...

Posted 11 Dec 2015 @ 12:14pm

 

NEW DREAM THEATER ALBUM NEXT MONTH
Dream Theater will release their new concept album The Astonishing on Friday January 29. It’s available for pre-order now, with all pre-orders accompanied by an instant download of the song The Gift of Music. The Astonishing will also be available in a wide range of versions, including standard 2-CD set, 4-LP vinyl box set and a limited edition...

Posted 27 Nov 2015 @ 10:16am

 

NEW ASHES TO NEW ALBUM ANNOUNCED
From Ashes To New have just released a new video for the song Through it All from the album Day One, which is due for release on Friday February 26 via Sony Music Australia. Matt Brandyberry says, “The Through It All video is incredibly powerful to me. The visuals of this video are unlike anything out there right now and do an amazing job of...

Posted 9 Nov 2015 @ 11:25am

 

MINDSNARE AT THE BENDIGO
Message from Mindsnare: “They said we'd never play a show with a different member and haven't for the last 15 years, but Gordy is still banged up and unable to work. Massive thanks to Outright, Bulldog Spirit, Rebirth and the Bendigo Hotel who are all making this benefit happen.” Who is filling in for Mindsnare? We have Mr Alex Wakem from Hit List...

Posted 30 Oct 2015 @ 3:19pm

 

BLACK MAJESTY & THE RADIO SUN DOUBLE ALBUM LAUNCH
Cherry Bar will host a double album launch for two of Australia's best hard and heavy bands on Saturday November 7. Power metallers Black Majesty, who have recently returned from a few live gigs in Europe, will launch their new album Cross Of Thorns (mixed by ex-Helloween guitarist Roland Grapow) and melodic heavy rockers The...

Posted 27 Oct 2015 @ 3:18pm

 

CRAZY COSMIC JAZZ
The David Bowie Is exhibition at ACMI is wrapping up very soon (and if you haven’t seen it yet, go, go, go), but if you still need your Bowie fix, Melbourne-based Adam Rudegeair is performing The Electric Bowie Project at Shadow Electric on Friday November 6. It’s a jazz fusion-influenced reinterpretation of Bowie classics. Earlier this year Rudegeair and his...

Posted 13 Oct 2015 @ 5:02pm

 

TWELVE FOOT NINJA FOR CUP EVE
Winners of Best New Talent at last year’s Golden Gods Awards in the US, purveyors of heavy fusion Twelve Foot Ninja are returning to their home city to play a one off show at the Croxton Park Hotel on Monday November 2 (Melbourne Cup Eve). The band is stepping out of their ninja cave to road test some fresh material off their second album set for...

Posted 7 Oct 2015 @ 5:51pm

 

NEW FLYING COLORS LIVE ALBUM
The progressive rock supergroup Flying Colors have just announced a new live album, DVD and Blu-Ray. Second Flight: Live At The Z7 will be released on November 13 via Mascot Label Group/Music Theories Recordings. Flying Colors features guitarist Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple), drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater), bass player Dave LaRue (...

Posted 22 Sep 2015 @ 6:08pm

 

IRON MAIDEN AUSTRALIAN TOUR ANNOUNCED
In May the mighty Maiden are hitting Australia and New Zealand. It’ll be their first Australian tour since 2011, with five arena shows going on sale Thursday September 24 via Ticketek (check ironmaiden.com for fan club presale info). And yes, they’ll be bringing their new Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet (once again named Ed Force One), piloted by...

Posted 11 Sep 2015 @ 8:48am

 

SEE BLACK SABBATH FOR THE LAST TIME
By now you’ve probably heard the news but if not, Black Sabbath return to Australia for the final time ever in 2016 on their The End tour. They’ll be at Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday April 19. So far Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and the mighty Tony Iommi are confirmed, but Iommi has revealed they’ve made an offer to drummer Bill Ward to return...

Posted 7 Sep 2015 @ 7:40pm

 

MEGADETH & CHILDREN OF BODOM
In what’s bound to be one of the metal shows of the year, the mighty Megadeth will play at Festival Hall on Monday October 19 with special guests Children of Bodom. By then Megadeth’s new album should be out, featuring new guitarist Kiko Loureiro (Angra) and Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler. Although Adler will be balancing his Megadeth...

Posted 25 Aug 2015 @ 3:41pm

 

HADAL MAW AT THE BENDIGO
With Départe vocalist Sam Dishington filling in when Hadal Maw's vocalist departed, it only made sense to team the two bands up once things returned to normal. With The Ophidian Ascension vocalist Jake Milne now at the helm, Hadal Maw will be headlining the show and no doubt proving that the lineup hiccup hasn't slowed them down. Despite not having a...

Posted 17 Aug 2015 @ 8:01pm

 

HIGGO’S HEAVY CHERRY IV
Saturday August 15 at Cherry Bar, check out the latest instalment of Higgo’s Heavy Cherry, featuring Australian metal legends Dreadnaught and Envenomed, punk thrash hardcore face-smashers Join The Amish andthe brutally brilliant Conjurer. Doors open at 7:30 and tickets are $15.
 
IRON MIND AT THE BENDIGO
This Friday August 14 at The...

Posted 5 Aug 2015 @ 3:34pm

 

CALIGULA'S HORSE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
Melding the forthright intensity of rock with the skill and inventiveness of progressive metal, Brisbane's Caligula’s Horse have announced the October 16 release of their third record Bloom, as well as extensive Australian and European tour. Bloom follows 2011's colourful and dynamic debut Moments From Ephemeral City and 2013's critically...

Posted 28 Jul 2015 @ 3:41pm

 

NEW ALBUM FROM WARREN HAYNES
Warren Haynes has always given the world some great guitar playing, whether with Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, The Dead or solo, and his new solo album takes his musical expression in a more Americana/folk direction than ever before. Ashes and Dust, Haynes’ third solo album, is an opportunity for the guitarist/vocalist to present songs that never...

Posted 22 Jul 2015 @ 5:16pm

 

DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN TO TOUR
Nobody puts on a show quite like The Dillinger Escape Plan. Equal parts entertainingly violent and violently entertaining, these guys are one of the greatest live acts out there. They’re coming back to Australia to kick the arses of all and sundry. Catch them at the Prince Bandroom on Friday August 28.
 
HALESTORM. FINALLY.
Halestorm...

Posted 8 Jul 2015 @ 3:31pm

Melbourne skate punks Bodyjar have announced the release of their highly successful 2000 album How It Works on vinyl, for the first time. The record will be pressed on orange and blue vinyl, in a limited run of 500 copies. The band has also announced a release show on October 3 at Northcote Social Club, with special guests Clowns. Tickets and record pre-orders available now via 24Hundred....

Posted 8 Jul 2015 @ 3:30pm

 

THIS WEEK AT THE BENDIGO
Headlining on Saturday July 11 are the mighty Earth, who have spent 20-plus years crushing audiences with their melodic death metal inspired by the early-‘90s Swedish scene. Main support is Adamus Exul, who are a sadistic swipe at the modern poison of man. On tour for their sophomore album, Canberra's atmospheric black metallers Claret Ash are not to be...

Posted 1 Jul 2015 @ 5:04pm

 

RIP YES BASSIST CHRIS SQUIRE
Awful news this week with the passing of Yes bassist Chris Squire. Squire was diagnosed with acute erythroid leukemia last month. Billy Sherwood has been playing bass for the band in Squire’s absence. A band statement reads, “For the entirety of Yes’ existence, Chris was the band's linchpin and, in so many ways, the glue that held it together over...

Posted 30 Jun 2015 @ 12:43pm

 

DAVID BOWIE 'FAME' 40th ANNIVERSARY 7" PICTURE DISC
July 24, 2015 sees the release of the latest limited edition David Bowie 7" picture disc, the 40th anniversary edition of Fame. Originally released in 1975, Fame was taken from the album Young Americans. It was co-written with John Lennon and guitarist Carlos Alomar and was Bowie's first number one in the USA. This is the first...

Posted 24 Jun 2015 @ 3:27pm

Willy Russell's Blood Brothers is coming to Melbourne for a special three-week season this July.

 

The acclaimed musical tells the story of the Johnstone twins, who were separated at birth because their mother could not afford to keep them both. Growing up streets apart, the boys became best friends but never knew they were brothers, combating the prophecy that says they will die...

Posted 17 Jun 2015 @ 5:16pm

 

TOMMY EMMANUEL ON TOUR
Australian guitar icon Tommy Emmanuel returns to his home country for five capital city theatre shows this August, including Saturday August 15 at Hamer Hall. “When people watch me play, I hope that they feel that they’re watching someone who’s doing when they’re meant to do,” he says. “It’s like a calling, and I've always known that when I played,...

Posted 10 Jun 2015 @ 1:24pm

 

AUGUST RELEASE FOR NEW MOTÖRHEAD ALBUM
After 40 years rattling teeth, bones and ears, you might excuse Motörhead if they wanted to ease off, put their feet up and relax. But instead, Motörhead gleefully say a loud and hearty ‘bollocks’ to that sort of thinking with their 22nd studio album, Bad Magic set for release on August 28. Bristling with thunderous attitude, pioneering...

Posted 3 Jun 2015 @ 9:44am

THIS WEEKEND AT THE BENDIGO
This weekend at The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood check out Abrasion with Dark Earth, Nemesium and Blunt Shovel on Friday June 5 from 8pm, and Party Vibez with Release The Hounds, Beaver, Tigers, Goon On The Rocks and Foxtrot on Sunday June 6 at 7pm, $15. Both shows are 18+
 
SHEFEST
SheFest is an awesome event happening on the Queen's Birthday...

Posted 1 Jun 2015 @ 6:58pm

 

DON FERNANDO RETURN
This Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend the party heads indoors to Yah Yah’s. Don Fernando are back from their run of shows through Europe and the UK and want to give you a taste of high octane riff-tastic fury. Don Fernando's new album Haunted By Humans has been turning many heads through the UK, Europe, USA and Australia. The massive line up has Cicadastone, Low...

Posted 26 May 2015 @ 2:39pm

 

HEAVEN MEETS HELL @ MUSICLAND
On Saturday June 6 the first Heaven Meets Hell show goes down at Musicland in Fawkner with one of Australia's best metal bands Black Majesty and new melodic heavy rockers The Radio Sun. Both bands will release new albums in the coming months; Black Majesty will release their sixth album titled Cross Of Thorns in July via Pride & Joy Music and...

Posted 26 May 2015 @ 2:31pm

 

METAL AT THE BENDIGO
Mar Mortuum will slay The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood this Friday May 15. Following the recent release of Nihilistic Advance, Mar Mortuum return to the stage for a horrifying night of black metal. Joining them are razor sharp melodic black metal outfit Sorathian Dawn (NSW), playing for the very first time in Melbourne; Atra Vetosus, bringing their intense...

Posted 19 May 2015 @ 2:21pm

 

THE SHRINE AT THE BENDIGO
US rockers The Shrine will hit The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood on Wednesday May 6. With a sound that harks back to early punk and the new wave of British heavy metal, the LA trio evokes the past without relying on nostalgia. Plus they’re piss-funny, if Beat’s interview with them is any indication, and they’ve got some of the coolest band art ever....

Posted 5 May 2015 @ 5:30pm

 

NEW FAITH NO MORE KICKS ARSE
As I sit here typing this week’s column, I’m listening to an advance of the new Faith No More album, Sol Invictus. Look for a review here in Beat around the time of the Friday May 15 release date, but for now I’ll just say this: unless you’re one of those people who finds comfort in familiarity, you’re gonna love it. Faith No More have never made any...

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