Crunch! - January 16, 2013

Sabbath & Bowie Drop Newsbombs

It's been quite the week for the sudden revelation of super well-kept secrets. First David Bowie announced his first album in ten years, The Next Day, which will be released in March. Bowie was widely believed to have completely retired from music, so nobody expected this at all. Turns out he had been working on the project in secret with producer Tony Visconti, who name checks previous albums Scary Monsters and Heathen as hints of where the material leans. Then on the weekend Black Sabbath announced that the drummer on their forthcoming album 13 is Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave's, Brad Wilk. Wilk takes the place of Bill Ward, who is sitting out the reunion on grounds of a contract dispute. Some fans are all, "Dude, if Bill's not involved then I'm not listening," but as someone who digs Sabbath's Tony Martin-era albums (most of which included only one original member, Tony Iommi), the thought of three original Sabbath members playing together on an album and onstage is pure luxury.


Anthrax Drafts Shadows Fall Guitarist

Huh. Despite former guitarist Dan Spitz seeming to enthusiastically campaign for his old job back on Twitter, Anthrax has enlisted Shadows Fall guitarist Jon Donais to fill in for a departed Rob Caggiano. Donais will be on board when Anthrax play Soundwave.


Circadian Pulse Release Debut

Check out Circadian Pulse's debut EP, In The Blink Of An Eye. You can listen to a couple minutes of a teaser on Soundcloud, download it via Bandcamp or purchase a physical copy (Australia only). The material sounds great - driving progressive metal with epic melodies and great musicianship. They list their influences as Dream Theater, Fate's Warning, Queensryche and Symphony X, so if you're a fan of those bands, you'll be a fan of this one! Check them out at circadianpulse.com


Orange Goblin Joins Kyuss Lives! Bill

The mighty Orange Goblin have joined the Kyuss Lives!/Red Fang road show, which hits The Palace on Tuesday February 26. Orange Goblin have been a fixture on the world metal circuit for the past 17 years and are currently working A Eulogy For The Damned, their seventh and some say best studio album. Tickets are on sale now. 


Return Of The Soundies

The Soundies - the Soundwave Promo Music Video Awards - returns in 2013. Soundwave artists have created some of the best videos to promote their appearances on the Festival; re-creations of famous movies, dodgy acting, hilarious stories… the bands have spared no expense and time in creating these brilliant videos! Shaun James of Foxtel Music Channels, says “We love big innovative ideas. We’re delighted to again partner with Soundwave in 2013 and to bring Australia the next instalment of ‘The Soundies’. The award offers artists the chance to further showcase their creativity and talent and we know that the videos that roll in will be phenomenal!” Channel [V] is presenting the awards, with the winning band getting presented with the award in Sydney. Voting will begin on Monday, January 21 via vmusic.com.au.


Flogging Molly Sidewave Announced

Flogging Molly, The Lawrence Arms and Lucero will play a couple of Sidewaves during Soundwave season, including one at The Palace on Wednesday February 27. Tickets go on sale Friday January 18 at 9am.


Steel Panther Return To The Studio

Steel Panther have begun working on their third album (technically their fourth, if you count Hole Patrol which was recorded under the name Metal Shop). I'm going to see them next week in LA - just braggin'. 


Voyager Score Rage Honour

Congratulations to Aussie prog legends Voyager, who came in at #26 on Rage's Annual Top 50 with the video for The Meaning Of I.


Hipocrisy Tour Cancelled

Hypocrisy was cancelled last week at pretty much the last minute, with the band issuing the following statement; "Hey to all our Australian fans, it’s with sad, angry and pissed mind that I’m trying to find words to write this. Oceanic Sharks Booking Agency Sydney, Australia hasn’t yet provided us with flights or working visa for this tour and we’re forced to leave next Monday January 14. We have asked time after time after time, and even put up a deadline to deliver that, but he has failed to do so for three months now. I can only hope you get your money back for the tickets you bought, and that a real booker from Australia will invite us soon so we can finally go to your country. Not really a good start of a new year. Hope to see you soon!”

Oh well, at least we have their new album End Of Disclosure coming out in March.