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Metal: Greenleaf are finally headed our way, and Cattle Decapitation return in Feb

Oh, this is gonna crush. Swedish stoner rock band Greenleaf are finally coming to Australia in March 2018. The band started as a side project for Dozer guitarist Tommi Holoppa 17 years ago. Seven albums later they’re finally coming, and there are three Victorian shows: The Bendigo Hotel on Friday March 2, Singing Bird Studios on Saturday March 3, and Barwon Club in Geelong on Sunday March 4. Tickets from getonthestageentertainment.com
 
The mighty Cattle Decapitation return to Australia in February with one of our most successful and must-see bands, Psycroptic, for one hell of a double-header. Which is ironic given that the band’s name is, oh you get it. Over the course of 20 years and eight full-length albums, San Diego’s Cattle Decapitation have more than proven themselves in the international metal scene, and with their current album The Anthropocene Extinction, they’ve delivered a volatile, apocalyptic beast that is as hideous as it is compelling. And Psycroptic are unparalleled in Australian death metal. Since their formation in 1999 the band have released six critically acclaimed studio albums, all which show an organic progression in their sound. See them at The Corner Hotel on Wednesday February 14 (how romantic).
 
Queensland riff-meisters The Black Swamp will independently release their new EP, Witches, on Friday February 1. While worshipping the doom/sludge high lords of the ‘70s, The Black Swamp take that Sabbath base and infuse some modern Baroness and Mastodon melodic influences. They’ve supported Hellyeah, Black Label Society and Sebastian Bach, as well as peddling their music around the country on their own national tours.
 
We’re in an interesting little point in metal right now. We’re in the midst of a massive underground Stoner Rock boom, death metal is thriving and prog is hitting new extreme limits. And alongside all of that, there looks to be a bit of a murmur in nu metal in the form of bands from the era hitting the road or reuniting to make new music. It can’t be denied that Download Festival is heavy on the nu metal, and now P.O.D. are touring Australia to play highlights from their breakthrough album Satellite and other hits. P.O.D. never went away, of course, their latest album is 2015’s The Awakening, but I think we’ll be seeing more bands of this era touring internationally more heavily over the next few years. You can catch P.O.D. at 170 Russell on Tuesday April 17.
 
Parkway Drive have named the local supports joining them and Polaris on the A Decade Of Horizons tour in January, which will see Parkway perform a special anniversary set showcasing songs from their gold certified, #6 ARIA debut album, Horizons. In Melbourne, they’re doing two nights at The Forum: Friday January 26 with Thorn Hill (sold out) and Saturday January 27 with Alpha Wolf.