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 The Radio Sun will release their second album Heaven Or Heartbreak in September on Melodic Rock Records. Fans of classic heavy metal and heavy rock should come together and unite for what promises to be a great night of Australian music. Doors open at 8pm.
This Friday May 22 check out grind masters The Kill playing their first show in over a year. Their new album will be on sale on the night too. Joining them is a monster local line-up including Sewercide, Hailgun, Headless Death, Atomic Death Squad and Dogshit. Doors open at 8pm and entry is a mere $10. On Satuday May 23 FALSExIDOL Records presents the Encircling Sea and Funeral Moon tour. Dedicating years to refining their musical craft of ambient black metal, richly grounded in the ecology of Australia’s unique landscapes, Encircling Sea return to perform new and old material in a short reprieve from life in the concrete wasteland. Joining them are Adelaide’s Funeral Moon (featuring half of Space Bong). Playing black metal with deep connections to crust punk, Funeral Moon are stripped down to the bones, exposed and ready to blow. Joining them on this Melbourne leg are Australia's finest young dark artists, Hordes Of The Black Cross, Thrall and Grimalkin, pushing boundaries of hate, pessimism and organic savagery.
The annual traditional clash between the Rockdogs and the Triple R 102.7FM / PBS 106.7FM Megahertz will be fought out at Elsternwick Park on Sunday June 21. This year’s theme of ‘Feel’n Kinda Sporty’ is based on the mid-‘90s song by Melbourne band Dave Graney & The Coral Snakes. It pays homage to the fact that Melbourne prides itself as a music and sporting capital of the world. The town’s devotion to football is of religious proportions, and the Reclink Community Cup is as much loved by sports fans as it is by music freaks. It has been proudly grass roots since its inception 21 years ago, annually promoting an all inclusive fun day out regardless of whether you’re devoted to the mighty Sherrin or not. The first musical act to be announced is Adalita with her powerhouse band comprising Lewis Boyle, Matt Bailey and Dan McKay. The event will raise funds for Reclink Australia, who use sport and the arts to enhance the lives of people experiencing mental illness, disability, homelessness, substance abuse, addiction, and social and economic hardship.
Influential post-hardcore band Senses Fail will release their highly anticipated sixth studio album Pull The Thorns From Your Heart on June 30th via Pure Noise Records/ Sony Music Australia. As a teaser of what’s to come they’ve revealed a video for the track The Importance of the Moment of Death. “This record is the complete documentation of my transformative spiritual experience from the darkness to the light,” frontman Buddy Nielsen says. “It is the completion of a journey I have been on since I started making music when I was 17. I want this record to be more than just words and music but a blueprint for how through contemplative practice you can come to love, grow and blossom out of the muck of life and into the light. It is not intended to motivate in steps or exact teachings but empower. It is above all a personal story of struggle and realisation.”
The Black Dahlia Murder are coming to wreck the joint once again. In Melbourne you can catch them at the Northcote Social Club on Saturday June 20 (sold out) and Sunday June 21 (all-ages in the afternoon and 18+ in the evening). Tickets are on sale now. TBDM’s latest album Everblack and DVD Fool Em All are available in Australia via www.nervegas.com.au.
Grammy-nominated, chart-topping Richmond, VA based heavy rock band Lamb of God will release their highly-anticipated seventh full-length album VII: Sturm und Drang this July via Nuclear Blast Entertainment, with whom the band signed a record deal for all territories outside of North America. Drummer Chris Adler says, "Finally joining forces with Nuclear Blast Entertainment outside of North America is something Lamb of God is excited to finally see happen. We first met back in 1997 – almost signed then, but have been flirting ever since. It's now time for a new chapter for us to connect with our friends and fans overseas, which is long overdue. See you all very soon – with a nasty new album.” Vocalist Randy Blythe says, “The time has come to give the fans their first taste of the new Lamb of God album. This is a very, very dark, yet sonically highly varied, record. As it's always good to come out of the gate hard with a fast and aggressive one, we chose this track Still Echoes to kick it off. Enjoy/destroy.”