Marshall Amplification has announced The Book of Loud, a book of music trivia. “Marshall – The Book of Loud, written by Nick Harper, is structured a little like an album, it has a mix of deep cuts from the past celebrating the legends of music including The Ramones, Jimi Hendrix and The Who to the cutting edge acts that are lighting up the scene today, which provide a framework, mixed in with fun interludes of trivia and amusing facts and figures such as rock music’s most entertaining beefs and detailed instructions of Jack White’s rider for a gig in Oklahoma which was a request for Guacamole.” It’ll be released Thursday September 8.
The mighty Meshuggah release their new album The Violent Sleep of Reason on Friday October 7 via Nuclear Blast. It finds Meshuggah building upon their legacy of fearless metal sculpting within the context of extreme metal, but also recapturing some of the magic and excitement specifically within the aspect of performance. “On the last few albums, everything’s been kind of fixed and machine-like,” drummer Tomas Haake says. “For this one, it’s all live takes, something we haven’t done in many, many years. And that definitely goes against the stream of what you see in technical metal.”
PLINI has just released his debut album, Handmade Cities. The record features world class performances from Australian drummer Troy Wright and bassist Simon Grove (The Helix Nebula) and artwork by long time collaborator Alex Pryle. PLINI says, “I imagine each of these pieces as soundtracks to different narratives and urban spaces. Some are real, some are imaginary, some are both. When we were recording drums, there were many moments where Troy was interpreting certain rhythms completely differently to me. In the same way, I had a very specific concept for this collection of tunes and artwork, but I find it exciting that, being instrumental music, where it takes the listener could be completely different to what I intended.” Catch him at Max Watt’s on Saturday September 3.
Canada’s Cryptopsy will crush four cities around the nation with their unrelenting barrage of precision extreme metal. True pioneers in extreme metal, Cryptopsy push, bend and smash musical boundaries with their unique style. Their latest offering The Book Of Suffering - Tome 1 is nothing short of a musical bludgeoning. Completely self released and only available from the band themselves (in physical form), Cryptopsy do things on their own terms and make their own rules. Joining Cryptopsy for the national tour will be two of Melbourne’s most extreme bands; brutal gore merchants Whoretopsy and tech terrorists I, Valiance. See them at Northcote Social Club on Saturday September 3.
Kat O continues her residency every Thursday at Mr BoogieMan Bar during Happy Hour (5.30-7.30) Free entry, cheap drinks, cool tunes. Keep an eye out for her new band Kat O and The Collectables, playing shows soon.
One of the most impressive and sought after bands in the instrumental rock/fusion scene today, The Aristocrats, will be heading to Australia this October for a national tour. Featuring the combined virtuoso talents of drummer Marco Minnemann (Steve Wilson, Joe Satriani),bassist Bryan Beller (Joe Satriani, Dethklok) and Guthrie Govan (Steven Wilson, Asia/GPS), the all star supergroup have released three studio albums. The latest, Tres Caballeros was released in June 2015 and saw them rewrite their own rules to deliver a record with greater sonic depth than ever. The Aristocrats’ formation happened via a chance on the spot gig at 2011’s NAMM conference (I was there, brag brag) and they quickly became one of the most sought after live instrumental rock/fusion acts in the world. Catch them at The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood on Thursday October 6 thanks to Thump Music. Tickets on sale now from Thump.
Caligula’s Horse, one of the country's most exciting and innovative progressive bands, will hit the road for a national tour in November for the Hands Shape Stone Australian Tour. These shows will serve as Caligula’s Horse’s last shows for the year, and are a follow up to their hugely successful Turntail Australian Tour in April, of which several shows sold out. Caligula’s Horse are currently deep in writing mode, and they plan to escape from the studio to exclusively unleash some new material live on this tour. Keep an eye out for the announcement of a very special Melbourne show, with dates already announced for the rest of the country.