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. Support is from Clowns, Power and Horsehunter, so this is the Best Wednesday Ever. Presale tickets are $15.
Lead guitarist for thrash/ death metal band Killrazer, Jimmy Lardner-Brown has just released his first solo album, Amelioration. Lardner-Brown has been writing the Shredded Metal column for Australian Guitar Magazine since 2008; he’s won two national 'Best Guitarist’ competitions, including the 2009 Australian Metal Awards; he’s toured Australia and New Zealand as lead guitarist for legendary metal vocalists Tim 'Ripper' Owens (Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen, Iced Earth), Paul Di'Anno (Iron Maiden) and Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden); he has a Bachelor Of Music from the Australian Institute of Music; he jammed with Steve Vai at his Sydney masterclass clinic in 2011 and he’s produced several instructional videos for Australian Guitar called Shred With Jimmy. The point is, the guy’s really, really good and Amelioration is a diverse collection of melodic instrumentals ranging from tender ballads to brutal thrash.
Initially a Record Store Day exclusive, Stone Sour have just made their Meanwhile In Burbank EP available digitally. Unlike most covers collections, this one actually deserves to be heard. It features versions of songs by Black Sabbath, Metallica, KISS, Judas Priest and Alice In Chains, and was recorded live at Room 237 in Burbank, California. Guitarist Josh Rand says “Back in February of 2014 while Stone Sour was touring, Corey [Taylor] approached me about Stone Sour doing a cover of the Metal Church song The Dark for the movie Fear Clinic. I thought it would be cool not only to record The Dark, but the five cover songs that we had played on that tour. The idea was not to shy away from a song because it was popular or pick a band that most people might not have heard, but to pick ones that truly meant something to one of us at some point in our life.” The EP is available now via iTunes.
Australia’s foremost progressive metal act, Voyager are heading out on a national tour this May and June to launch their new video Seasons Of Age, which comes from their critically acclaimed album V. Joining Voyager throughout the tour are brooding French alt-heavyweights, Klone, whose latest album Here Comes The Sun was recently released in Australia via Bird’s Robe Records and is currently streaming in full on at Prog Magazine. Catch them at The Evelyn on Saturday May 30, with Branch Arterial and Glass Empire opening the night.
Ashes to the Urn is the second single to come off Decimatus’ debut album Catalyst For Rage. The Melbourne metallers have just released a live clip forAshes to the Urn, which was filmed at their album launch at The Evelyn Hotel in Fitzroy and captures the ferocity, aggression and intense energy that characterises their shows. “Decimatus wanted to grab every head bang, every stage dive and every staunch aggressor with their fist in the air, which is what makes metal so great,” the band said. “This is for the people who have had enough of the unnecessary bullshit being thrown at them by others that can't get their own life together and need to hate yours. You need to burn these people from your life.” You can find the video on YouTube.
Channel [V] is broadcasting the 2015 Billboard Music Awards live and unedited from 10am on Monday May 18. “But Peter,” you scream in anger, “isn’t this a rock and metal column?” Yes. “And isn’t this awards show hosted by model Chrissy Teigen, who boasts in the press release about owning all 53 Now That’s What I Call Music! compilations?” you shout, kicking a wall. Why yes indeed. “Then why are you mentioning it here?” you cry, eyes ablaze like crazy young Biff in Back To The Future II. Well maybe because f**king Van Halen are playing.
Swedish hardcore legends Refused have returned withFreedom, their first new album in 17 years, which is out on June 26 via Epitaph. In 1998, Refused released their iconic album The Shape of Punk to Come. It was also the year that the band broke up and declared "Refused Are Fucking Dead". The band reignited in 2012 for a Coachella performance, which led to a world tour. They started contemplating new music within the first four months of the tour, a process greatly aided by the fact that drummer David Sandström, guitarist Kristofer Steen, and bassist Magnus Flagge had already been writing together informally for several years under the auspices of a new, vocal-less band. Frontman Dennis Lyxzén says, “It’s not a reunion anymore. This is one of the most radical things we’ve ever done, both musically and lyrically.”