In what’s bound to be one of the metal shows of the year, the mighty Megadeth will play at Festival Hall on Monday October 19 with special guests Children of Bodom. By then Megadeth’s new album should be out, featuring new guitarist Kiko Loureiro (Angra) and Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler. Although Adler will be balancing his Megadeth commitments with his Lamb of God obligations, and has vowed to put LoG first, he most definitely will be playing in Megadeth for this tour. Tickets are on sale now.
It’s a great time for fans of heavy music at the moment with a whole bunch of great new releases out there – Ghost, Fear Factory, Northlane, Dead Letter Circus, Lamb of God, Bullet For My Valentine – and it just so happens that the two bands confirmed for Soundwave 2016 so far (Bullet For My Valentine and Dead Letter Circus) currently occupy the #1 and #2 spots on the ARIA album charts. To what do we owe this great result for heavy music? I think the dedication of metal fans is certainly part of it: a lot of us still actually buy albums even though they’re available through streaming services. But there are also lots of hardworking people behind the scenes making sure you know about these albums too.
Melbourne progressive metal ensemble Teramaze have signed to Music Theories Recordings, which is a part of the Mascot Label Group. The band’s first release for the label, Her Halo, will hit stores on Friday October 30. Featuring uniquely skilled guitarist Dean Wells, Teramaze blend amazingly tight and speedy syncopated guitar/drum riffs with melodic hard vocals for a very unique brand of metal. Her Halo was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Kamelot, Primal Fear, Evergrey). Pre-orders for Her Halo are available now at http://smarturl.it/Teramaze 
The Letter by Suze DeMarchi featuring Tex Perkins (originally penned by the late Wayne Carson Thompson and performed by The Box Tops) is the second single lifted from Suze’s new solo album, Home, which was released last month via Social Family Records. DeMarchi has an enduring friendship with Perkins. The pair performed The Letter when they hit the road for the RocKwiz tour a few years back and DeMarchi contributed vocals to a cover of Bob Seger’s ballad We’ve Got Tonight, which featured on Perkins’ 2008 record Ladyboyz. “I always wanted to do something with Tex because he’s awesome,” Suze says. “Tex is just…c’mon he’s so hot. He’s a rock legend, he’s got the loudest voice of anyone I’ve sung with.” Suze will be at Memo Music Hall in St Kilda on Friday October 23.
This is going to be incredible. Former Immortal frontman Abbath is touring Australia in October. The press release puts it perfectly: “Some things are eternal, some are Immortal. Abbath is both.” The legendary frontman of one of the biggest and best black metal bands of all time, Immortal, will be returning to Australian under his own moniker this October. The Immortal frontman and songwriter has been working on new material will enter the studio very soon to record the debut Abbath album, which will be released in early 2016. Abbath’s first live performance since leaving Immortal was at the Tuska Festival in Finland where he treated fans to some classic Immortal songs plus a handful of tracks from his 2006 project with band mate King – simply titled I. The band also premiered a brand new song titled Fenrir Hunts. Joined by King on bass and Creature on drums, Abbath plays Saturday October 17 at Max Watt’s.
Living Death Fest is back bigger than ever with 11 badarse heavy bands from Australia and New Zealand. This insane show kicks off at 4pm and features Whoretopsy, Internal Nightmare, Altars (SA), Iconic Vivisect, Jack The Stripper, Mephistopheles (TAS), Dawn of Azazel (NZ), Hollow World, Athenas Wake, The Hazard Circular and As Flesh Decays. It happens at The Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood this Saturday August 29.
Escape The Fate will release their new album Hate Me on Fridy October 30 via Eleven Seven Music/Sony Music Australia. “Lyrically, a lot of these tracks are based around the hate we’ve received over the years and just embracing that and using it to our own advantage,” says Craig Mabbitt. “I’ve had to step up to the plate lately, for the fans as much as anything else, because they take the name Escape The Fate very seriously and I owe them something for that, for all the support they’ve shown us over the years. It’s very humbling for me to be able to listen to this collection of songs and think about where we’ve come from and what we’ve been through to get to this point.”