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ROUGH HANDS: KEEPING THE CASSETTE ALIVE
At the tail end of 2015, Rough Hands entered Brighton Electric Studios to record their long-awaited debut album Let Me Win Your Hearts And Minds. Pushed to their absolute musical limits by producer Jag Jago (The Ghost Of A Thousand, The Maccabees, The Xcerts) and mastered by Peter van 't Riet (DragonForce, ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead), the album has been described inMetal Hammer's Firing Range section as "A perfect blend of hardcore and post-hardcore" that will no doubt be regarded as one of the most exciting releases of 2016. Let Me Win Your Hearts And Minds will be released on Friday August 5 on 12" vinyl and cassette tape by prolific UK based label Dog Knights Productions, home to Nai Harvest, Old Gray, Birdskulls and many more.
 
TOXICON: FAIRLY GOOD-LOOKING
I love a fun press release. Here’s an edited chunk of something I just received from Toxicon. “Toxicon are (in their opinion) a fairly good-looking collective of musicians, hailing from Geelong, Melbourne and Ballarat, who go mighty well with a plate of cheese and crackers, and a cheeky glass of red. Combining various elements of groove, speed and progressive metal, Toxicon provide a sure-fire way of giving your neck whiplash and your fingers a recurring case of metal horns. The band formed after all members involved met during a round-robin table tennis tournament at their local YMCA, bonding over a mutual love of bacon and eggs - and Metal. Toxicon slaved away writing a bunch of pretty crap songs, all the while rehearsing in a paint shop for the first six months of their conception. The paint fumes were awesome. The band then eventually managed to upgrade to an ablution block out the back of a dodgy chicken shop. No bacon, slightly less awesome fumes, but way crunchier tunes. Nowadays they use a ‘real’ rehearsal room and subsequently have been foolhardy and naïve enough to pump out an ambitious and ‘unreal’ debut 52-minute epic concept album. It is Toxicon’s dream to one day become big enough to release something that will alienate fans of their earlier work. They might have already achieved it.” Which is all to say they’re releasing their debut album Purge on Monday August 1 and will be backing it up with an east coast tour in the not-too-distant future.
 
THE WRATH OF STORMTIDE
Melbourne symphonic/folk/death metal band Stormtide will release their debut album Wrath Of An Empire on Monday August 1 via US label Metal Hell Records. Wrath Of An Empire is an intricately woven, nine-part epic tale of ruin, heroism and dark deeds centred around the adventures of the Warrior, the Prince and the Magician. The High Fantasy inspired sextet have been combining Euro metal themes with Asian influences since forming in late 2013. Stormtide will be playing with Anna Murphy (ex Eluveitie) on Saturday August 27 at The Evelyn Hotel in Fitzroy.
 
SAVE THE CLOCK TOWER ON SUNDAY
Save The Clock Tower's album The Familiar // The Decay has just been unleashed into the world and is currently ruling the roost at the top of the iTunes Metal and Rock Charts in Australia. They’re currently on a national tour and they roll in to Melbourne on Sunday July 31 at Wrangler Studios supported by Driven To The Verge, Aspirations, Furious George and Perseverer.
 
RESIDUAL HAUNTINESS
Alt-rockers Residual have released the explosive new single All For You, the first taste off their new EP, Haunt, set for release Friday August 26. To celebrate the new tunes they’ve locked in a Monday night residency throughout August at The Workers Club in Fitzroy. "All For You is about a relationship I was in,” vocalist Sam Burtt says. “We had both recognised that the end was nigh, but loved each other too much to ever call it a day. However, that day came a day before we started tracking vocals. I remember sitting in the courtyard at the studio and giving the lyrics a pretty substantial re-write. This song is really about giving yourself to someone, despite the knowledge that it will soon end.”
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Legendary bay area thrash metal giants Testament have announced the title and release date of the band's upcoming twelfth album. The Brotherhood Of The Snake will be released on Friday October 28 via Nuclear Blast. Guitarist Eric Peterson says “It's very diverse, but it's very epic. There's nothing on there that breeds commercial. And I think for 30 years of recording music and trying different formulas, I think we've found a formula that is very metal. I think for the metal fan that is looking for something for the nook and crannies… not just your normal, 'Oh, it's got a thrash beat and a riff.' There's a lot going on here.”