Crunch! - July 25, 2012
BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION WRAPPING UP NEW ALBUM
Black Country Communion - the supergroup featuring Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Iommi/Hughes, Black Sabbath), Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion show) and Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Planet X) are wrapping up work on their third album. "The album's coming out great," Bonamassa told me last week. "My bit is finished. It's a fine, solid effort by a good dais of musicians! It certainly fills a niche. My favourite review was one of those English 'too hip for the room' magazines, who reviewed it poorly and said 'These guys are living in the past, blah blah blah blah, made a record that sounds like 1972.' And I go 'That's the whole point! We're not trying to be the Arctic Monkeys! They already exist! We're not trying to break bread with the young kids that are on the charts and happening. We offer an alternative to what's on the radio. New songs done as if they were recorded as if they were recorded in 1972, done by musicians who play in that style." Bonamassa brings his own blues-rock solo show to Australia soon, playing at the Palais Theatre on Thursday October 11.
QUEENSRYCHE VS TATE
After firing Geoff Tate as their lead singer, Queensryche (picured) have been granted the right to continue using the name for now. Tate's request for an injunction has been declined, so the band can call themselves Queensryche between now and the planned November 2013 court case. Tate has a solo album coming out via InsideOut Records later in the year, while Queensryche are writing for their next album and preparing for their first official show with new vocalist Todd La Torre of Crimson Glory. Todd played two shows with the band under the name Rising West prior to the announcement of the Tate split. Interestingly, the current lineup still includes guitarist Parker Lundgren, who was Tate's son-in-law for a while but isn't anymore. Follow Parker on Twitter at @parkerlundgren - he's hilarious. Parker has been dropping hints as to the direction of the new material, describing one song as "a mix between Promised Land and Roads To Madness."
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SLASH
Happy birthday to Slash, who turned 47 on Monday July 23. He plays Hisense Arena on Sunday August 26 in support of his killer new album, Apocalyptic Love, with his band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.
KUNVUK PARTS WAYS WITH DRUMMER
Groove metalsters Kunvuk have parted ways with drummer Virgile Coste and are seeking a replacement. "It is with a heavy heart that we have to farewell our friend and drummer Virgile Coste," the band said on Facebook. "Due to visa issues he is being forced to return to his home country of France. This is extremely disappointing for all in the Kunvuk camp as he has been an integral part of our evolution. We wish him nothing but the best. He will be performing with us for our next three shows so come out and give him a massive Aussie send off. Obviously this leaves us with a vacant drum throne. Any interested drummers are encouraged to get in contact as soon as possible. We have tour commitments that we are aiming to keep, music videos to shoot and international tours to schedule. Our 2nd album Consume Rapture has just been released and we are only getting started with this sucker. Send applications to firstname.lastname@example.org with a short bio and any examples you have of your playing style. We are looking forward to trying out all you crazy fuckers."
GIG ALERT: FEAR FACTORY
The mighty Fear Factory return to Australia in September in support of their new album, The Industrialist. If you haven't checked it out yet, The Industrialist is what happens when you lock Burton C Bell, Dino Cazares and a computer in a room together. As Dino told me recently: "Over the years we've used drum machines on certain songs and certain albums, and even though we've had live drummers we have edited the drums to be like a machine, and we've changed the sounds to machine sounds. So either way it would not have made a difference if we used live drums or not. Some people are kind of shocked by it, like they didn't realise that's part of our schtick. That's who we are. It's what we do!" Fear Factory are at The Hi-Fi on Friday September 28.
GIG ALERT: SHOWDOWN AT THE CORNER
The fourth instalment of Showdown At The Corner is on Friday August 3, featuring ten of Melbourne's best live acts across the Corner's two stages. Byron Bay expats Engine Three Seven break their six month hiatus with the launch of their new single. Other acts include Bellusira, The Khyber Belt, Sub Atari Knives, Moroccan Kings, Fisker, One, Kettlespider, The Fighting and Hotel On Mayfair.
GIG ALERT: AT THE GATES
At The Gates have announced their first ever Australian tour! They'll hit Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in October and November. They're at Billboard on Friday November 2. Tickets from Ticketek, Moshtix, and Moshtix outlets including Polyester Records and Fist2Face.
GIG ALERT: PROGFEST
Progfest returns to The Espy on Saturday September 8. Last year's event drew nearly a thousand people (with so many prog fans in Melbourne, how come the new Rush album didn't even make the Australian top 100? Huh? HUH?). The lineup includes Jericco (launching their new single), Ne Obliviscaris, The Red Paintings, Circles, Branch Arterial, Chaos Divine, Mushroom Giant, Quiet Child, Glass Empire, A Lonely Crowd, This Is Your Captain Speaking, Okera, One, Teramaze, Toehider, Rainbird, Alithia, Jarek, Kettlespider, Bear The Mammoth, Glasfrosch and Harlequin. Presented by Welkin Entertainment and Pony Music. Doors open at 3:00pm. Tickets are $22 plus booking fee and are on sale from oztix.com.au, The Espy, Polyster Records (City & Fitzroy), Greville Records, Fist2Face or directly from the bands.
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