Crunch! - July 11, 2012
Baroness – Yellow & Green
The mighty Baroness (pictured) release Yellow & Green next week. After the brilliant Red and Blue albums, Yellow & Green is a double-disc set which finds the band reigning in the metal slightly but replacing it with even more colour, variety, melody and texture. The general feeling out there is that this album is going to be utterly huge for the band. It's one of those “draw the curtains, turn on the lava lamp and settle in for an adventure" type of albums that just has that aura of importance, y'know?
Zakk Wylde: Father Of Sabbath
The mighty Zakk Wylde and his wife Barbaranne welcomed their fourth child on July 4. "Me and my Immortal Beloved, Barbaranne, are blessed to have our fourth little Berzerker, Sabbath Page Wielandt Wylde," Zakk says. "He is named after all things beyond Fonzarelli approved: Black Sabbath, Jimmy Page, and my father, Jerome Wielandt, who was a World War II Veteran.” Congratulations Zakk and Barbaranne, and welcome, Sabbath!
Gig Alert: Voodoo Lounge Metal Night
Guruland Studios' Voodoo Lounge in Oakleigh South is hosting a metal night on Friday the 13th (spoooooky) featuring Black Sabbath tribute Hand of Doom (ex Ion Drive), Blackened and Poison Blood. Free hot dogs, and you can win grog on Death Wheel. Entry is $12, 17 Carinish Rd.
Testament Gets Their Hate On
Testament have released the track True American Hate, a bulldozer of a teaser from their forthcoming album Dark Roots Of Earth. The album is a fucking monster, with punchy production courtesy of Andy Sneap (who seems to have stepped outside the playbook of standard Sneap sounds on this one) and characteristically killer drumming from the mighty Gene Hoglan (Strapping Young Lad, Death, Fear Factory). A video has just been shot for Native Blood, a song about vocalist Chuck Billy's Native American heritage. Dark Roots Of Earth is out at the end of the month.
Contribute To Cosmic Psychos Docco
For 30 years, the Cosmic Psychos have blazed a trail of empty beer cans and busted eardrums around the globe with their quintessential Australian drawl and pounding punk rock songs. The Cosmic Psychos documentary Blokes You Can Trust by Syndicate Films follows the enigmatic and entertaining Ross Knight – farmer, father, weightlifter, front man and the bloke who rides the bulldozer. Production is 70 per cent complete, and fans are being urged to dig through their archives for live footage, video interviews and photos from all eras of the band’s career. A fundraising drive has been established via online crowd-funding platform Pozible (pozible.com/cosmicpsychos) for anyone wishing to contribute to the film’s production costs. Premiere screenings of Blokes You Can Trust are expected to be scheduled for early 2013.
Army Of Champions Album Out Now
Brisbane's Army Of Champions has just released their album Animal Versus Man. It was recorded by B2 at Opus Den Studios in Brisbane and the band describes it as a soundtrack of experiences in the form of full bore rockers, mid-paced sing-a-longs and quiet slow dancers. They'll be playing the show on the road in September, playing at The Gasometer Hotel at 484 Smith St on Saturday September 8, Collingwood with Union Pacific.
Gig Alert: Ulcerate
New Zealand extreme metallers Ulcerate will play a few Australian dates in September, including a show at The Bendigo on Friday September 28. It'll be their last round of shows this year before they begin work on their third full-length album and Relapse Records debut.
Gig Alert: The Empire Album Launch
The Empire will launch their five-track debut EP Secrets at Deviate, 12 McKillop St, Melbourne, on Saturday August 4. Special guests are Arcadia and Bury The Fallen. Catch the band while you can because they've got their sights set on the US in the near future.
Gig Alert: I Am Duckeye
I Am Duckeye are putting on a charity event at the Prague, 911 High St, Thornbury on Friday July 13, to raise money and awareness for marine life. The band will raffle off Ducknugget, their trusty little Pee Wee 50 motorbike. You know you want it. Other bands include The Balls, Deadly Are The Naked and Dirty Chapters. Doors at 8pm.
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