It’s been an absolutely epic week for metal fans since Megadeth announced they were touring in October. Since then Black Sabbath have booked in their last ever Australian tour for April 2016 (Melbourne on April 19). And this week Iron Maiden have revealed that their Book Of Souls world tour will stop by Rod Laver Arena on May 9. Tickets to the fun go on sale on September 24.
One of Melbourne’s most trustworthy folk punk institutions The Go Set will release their seventh studio album Rolling Sound on October 16 via ABC’s Four|Four imprint. The band will then tour heavily in support, hitting Warrnambool on October 30, Barwon Club on October 31, and Northcote Social Club on November 3. Tickets are available now.
Bring Me The Horizon have successfully secured #1 spot on the ARIA charts this week for their new album That’s The Spirit. And just as word of their impressive chart peak broke, the band confirmed that they would return to Australia to play Soundwave 2016. The band noted that their appearance would be “exclusive to Soundwave”.
There are a couple of really exciting footy-related gigs going on around Melbourne for Grand Final weekend. One of my hot tips is The Peep Tempel and Batpiss’ double-header that hits Yah Yah’s (with Spinning Rooms and Devil Electric) on Friday October 2 then Cherry Bar (with Mutton)on Saturday October 3. Schedule in a solid bender, then.
Thy Art Is Murder are kicking up controversy in style, again. This time they’ve pissed off Disney-owned venues in the US who have banned them from joining Parkway Drive on their headlining dates. Who knows which part of Thy Art’s storied career the group of “narrow minded, corporate censoring goons” have taken offense to, but the band have announced a limited edition run of t-shirts to commemorate the occasion. They’re nothing if not really, really clever.
A couple more names have been added to next year’s Soundwave Festival as they continue the drip feed of announcements throughout September. Finnish metal band (and previous Eurovision winners) Lordi will fill a Gwar-shapedhole in the bill while Northlane beef up the local contingent. There are now seven bands in total announced for January’s shows.