Core - July 18, 2012
So Swedish metal legends At The Gates have announced an Aussie tour despite very rarely performing shows and no longer recording new material. The band released what is generally considered to be their greatest ‘genre defining’ album way back in 1995 then split up. They reformed about ten years later to tour intermittently but still refuse to record any new material saying new stuff “would just disappoint people” and that they’d rather keep the legacy of their much-celebrated album in-tact. It’s an odd decision and I can’t decide whether it smacks of fear or pride and realism. If you don’t feel you can top your greatest album, what if you just stopped trying? What if you just toured your best work forever, never souring your reputation or ‘legacy’. As a fan, it wouldn’t be the worst thing to have your favourite band immortalize their reputation by sitting on their back catalogue and touring it for you occasionally. You’d never again have to experience witnessing the downward spiral of a band past their prime and releasing rubbish that sours their place in your heart. See At The Gates perform their hits from the mid-'90s when they embark on their first ever Australian tour on Friday November 2 at Billboard.
Enter Shikari have made a swift return to Australia following the success of their new album A Flash Flood Of Colour and warm reception at this year’s Soundwave Festival. You can go see ‘em again at Billboards on Saturday September 22 (18+) and Sunday September 23 (U18).
Fear Factory have announced their return to Australia to play some rather intimate shows at Melbourne’s The Hi-Fi this September. They’ll be banging out jams from their new album The Industrialist on Friday September 28.
Tassie singer/songwriter Lincoln LeFevre have been welcomed into the Poison City Records stable this week with the label announcing that his newest album will be released on the label later this year. The uniquely Aussie and ever so talented LeFevre is recording now at Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne.
Parkway Drive look set to have yet another excellent year. Their new DVD Home Is For The Heartless debuted at number one on the ARIA charts this week, knocking One Direction off their top spot. They’re currently in LA recording their follow up to the crazy successful Deep Blue with Matt Hyde.
Melbourne locals Anchors have announced that they’ll release their new album Lost At The Bottom Of The World independently on Friday August 3. The album was recorded by Joel Taylor at Three Phase and mastered by Alan Douches. You can see Anchors supporting Transit on their Australian tour this August.
The Big Day Out lineup announcement on Monday revealed that the Red Hot Chili Peppers would be the festival’s flagship act, while the promoters have also nabbed performances from OFF!, Against Me! and Every Time I Die.
Frank Turner has spoken more about his plans to form a new hardcore band, saying his ensemble will sound like The Jesus Lizard, The Hot Snakes as well as Mclusky. He says current material is “quite depraved” and features a song about Natalie Portman being infected with tapeworm.
Murder By Death have launched a kickstarter account to assist them in recording their new album Bitter Drink Bitter Moon on vinyl. You can pledge anywhere from $1 to $10,000 but the latter will score you flights to Louisville to hit the Kentucky Bourbon Trail with the band, dinner with the band, a private photographer, and several billion other additional perks. Or cough up $5000 and have the band play in your living room.