Crunch! - June 27, 2012
I don't have the full details to hand at press time, but a student is writing a university paper focusing on lyrics and their impact within modern styles of music. To participate, go here – it's fun, and you get to listen to some kickarse tracks in various metal genres in the process.
Enter The Madhouse
The Madhouse is a new metal night recently launched at Decca Bar, 95 Queen St. It kicks off at 10pm every Friday night and you'll hear power metal, thrash, black metal, death metal, Aussie metal, European melodeath, djent, prog metal, classic metal and everything in between. Like it on Facebook at facebook.com/madhousemelbourne for discount entry and to go into the draw to win prizes. They're on the interwebs at madhousemelbourne.com and on Twitter, @madhousemelb.
Queensryche: Tate's out, Todd's in.
So we last checked in on Quensryche a few weeks ago when four fifths of the band played two shows with Crimson Glory's Todd La Torre on vocals under the name Rising West, performing a set of classic Queensryche tracks from the band's metal days. And now it's official: Geoff Tate is out of Queensryche and Todd La Torre is their new lead vocalist. The band plans to record new material, while Tate is releasing a solo album in October which he describes as hard rock with progressive elements. I'm sad to see an effective end to one of my favourite bands, but excited to see what both camps do next.
Gojira: L’Enfant Sauvage
Check out the brilliant new album by Gojira, L’Enfant Sauvage, out now via Roadrunner Records Australia. It's seriously one of the best metal albums of the year.
Catacombs: The Fallen
Check out The Fallen, the debut EP by Melbourne metal band Catacombs. The EP has been available online for a few months but now the physical version is out there too. It's a pretty diverse release, opening with a classic metal riff that coulda come straight from the Iron Maiden playbook, but incorporating elements of a bunch of other metal styles, deathy vocals and some tasty guitar soloing. Check out the almost progressive metal vibe of Malevolence and Illogical. Check them out at reverbnation.com/catacombsaus or catacombsaus.bandcamp.com
Andrew Haug Launches Online Metal Radio Channel
Former The Racket host Andrew Haug is launching AndrewHaug.com, a 24/7 rock and metal radio venture. He says: “Well folks, I did mention I would continue spreading the message of our beloved Heavy Music! I am mega excited to be soon launching Australia’s first ever 24/7 dedicated Rock & Metal Online Radio Station! Cool huh? This new exciting venture will feature the freshest local and international rock / metal streaming 24/7; high quality audio & easy access; extensive music library of local and international acts; exclusive competitions; dedicated specials/programs; requests & tributes; you name it, we’ll have it covered. Or simply suggest it and we'll try it out." The launch date will be announced shortly.
New House Vs Hurricane Video
Check out the video for House Vs Hurricane's song, Get Wrecked. It's from their forthcoming album Crooked Teeth, which is out on July 13 via UNFD/Warner. The video is on YouTube and it was filmed in NYC and Melbourne by Ben Clement.
Aftermath Announce New EP
Sydney's Aftermath (pictured) has announced their second EP, Their Legacy, Your Burden. It features six teeth-kicking tracks, recorded with Shane Edwards at Electric Sun Studios in April 2012, and mixed and mastered at Melbourne’s Crystal Studios. The record features guest vocals by Harry Stephens of Bridges and Dave Naylor of Shinto Katana, and will be released on July 6.
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