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 acclaimed dark narrative concept album The Tide, the Thief & River’s End, an album that Metal Obsession hailed as “nearly perfect”. “Bloom is very special to all of us - it's an album full of colour and life, vibrance and energy, but one that breathes in and out with a natural ebb and flow,” says lead vocalist Jim Grey. “It's exactly what we hoped to achieve with Caligula's Horse. To us, this album has a life of its own.” Having secured deals with The Agency Group for live bookings, and signing an international record deal with lauded prog/metal label InsideOut Music (home to Devin Townsend, Spock's Beard and Pain of Salvation), the band will tour Australia with UK metal heroes TesseracT this October. Catch them at Max Watt’s on October 16.
For the past two years, Horizons Edge have been building a solid fanbase in their home city of Melbourne. With their energetic live show, complete with high screams, shredding solos, and an unashamedly proud 80s sound, Horizons Edge have put together an album that puts that live vibe on tape. The album, to be released in September, was recorded and mixed at Monolith Studios with Chris Themelco and mastered by Mika Jussila (Stratovarius, Sonata Arctica, Nightwish) from Finnvox Studios. The bitchin’ artwork was created by Aldo Requena. Horizons Edge will also be supporting German power metal legends Helloween on Wednesday October 14 at 170 Russell in Melbourne. The first single from Heavenly Realms, “Vagabond,” will be released next week.
Described by metal-rules.com as "the first and best, most authoritative source on Australian metal", The Encyclopaedia Of Australian Heavy Metal by Brian Griffin presents pictures, biographies and discography information on more than 2000 bands from all parts of Australia. From early-‘70s pioneers like AC/DC, Buffalo and Rose Tattoo to the current breed, Psycroptic, Parkway Drive, Ne Obliviscaris and more. This epic release comes as a 350 page hardcover book featuring thousands of entries by music critic and archivist Brian Giffin, cover art by former Alchemist guitarist Roy Torkington, a foreword by Lochlan Watt (host of triple j’s The Racket)and tons of exclusive live photos. It’s available now on Lulu and Amazon.
For Today have signed a brand new record deal with Nuclear Blast. The label will release the metalcore band's next album internationally. More details on the album and the band's fall plans will be revealed shortly. For now, both band and label are celebrating their new partnership. “I am very happy to work with one of my absolute favourite American bands, For Today,” NB’s Markus Staiger says. “This band is unique in their mission, style and message. They have delivered a killer album and it is such an amazing opportunity to sign For Today to Nuclear Blast during this time.”
Since their late-‘90s inception, Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, formed by guitar legend Zakk Wylde, have been at the forefront of their genre. Their taste for hard riffs and blazing solos has resulted in a slew of hugely successful albums and a reputation as one of the most powerful live bands of their generation. Fuelled by fiercely loyal fans and signature merchandise, Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society have stamped themselves as an established brand in today’s music culture and one that continues to grow. In addition to holding Guitar World magazine's MVP four years straight and writing many classics with Ozzy Osbourne, Wylde has been bestowed with such accolades as Best Rock Guitarist from Guitar Player, Metal Guru from the recently held Classic Rock Awards in the UK, Golden God by Metal Hammer, the Best Guitarist Award from Revolver Magazine. Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society will return to our shores playing their first headline tour since 2006, and first since Dario Lorina joined the band on second guitar. Catch them at 170 Russell on Tuesday December 1.