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[LIVE MUSIC REVIEW] QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE TEAR IT UP AT MELBOURNE’S MARGARET COURT ARENA

[LIVE MUSIC REVIEW] QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE TEAR IT UP AT MELBOURNE’S MARGARET COURT ARENA

If there’s one band you can expect to put on an astounding rock show, you’d better believe it’s Queens of the Stone Age. As droves of fans piled in for the second Melbourne date of their Villains World Tour, the air was palpable with anticipation for the Californian five-piece to hit the stage. C.W. Stoneking...
[INTERVIEW] ANTHRAX’S SCOTT IAN ON HIS UPCOMING SOLO SPEAKING TOUR DOWN UNDER

[INTERVIEW] ANTHRAX’S SCOTT IAN ON HIS UPCOMING SOLO SPEAKING TOUR DOWN UNDER

When we called to catch up with Scott Ian—best known as the legendary guitarist and co-founder of thrash metal pioneers Anthrax—he was backstage after playing a set on Slayer’s farewell tour, which is a testament to his unbelievably busy schedule. In addition to his phenomenal contributions as a musician, Scott has authored two books, written...
[NEWS] TWO NEW TRACKS ADVOCATE THE REAWAKENING OF VIRGIN BLACK

[NEWS] TWO NEW TRACKS ADVOCATE THE REAWAKENING OF VIRGIN BLACK

After almost 10 years of silence, gothic metal band Virgin Black has re-emerged with two new songs from their much-anticipated album Pianissimo. The tracks were uploaded to the band’s official YouTube account in the early hours of the morning, with no visuals—only a pitch black screen. Fans quickly flocked to social media to speculate that...
[LIVE MUSIC REVIEW] EXTREME AND MR. BIG AT FORUM THEATRE

[LIVE MUSIC REVIEW] EXTREME AND MR. BIG AT FORUM THEATRE

I’d love to open this by detailing precisely how Californian rockers Mr. Big took the stage and kicked off their first ever Melbourne show in a 30-year career. But, when the band played their opening song, I was unfortunately stuck outside in a massive line with many other punters trying to get into this sold-out...
[LIVE MUSIC REVIEW] SEPULTURA AT 170 RUSSELL

[LIVE MUSIC REVIEW] SEPULTURA AT 170 RUSSELL

Melbourne metalheads were treated to an enormous evening of neck-breaking thrash last night at the first Australian date of Sepultura’s worldwide Machine Messiah tour. Joined by local four-piece Harlott and American thrash legends Death Angel, the punters at 170 Russell no doubt left the show that night feeling like they got one hell of a...
[INTERVIEW] SEPULTURA’S ANDREAS KISSER CHATS TO TEO AHEAD OF SEPULTURA’S AUSSIE ALBUM TOUR

[INTERVIEW] SEPULTURA’S ANDREAS KISSER CHATS TO TEO AHEAD OF SEPULTURA’S AUSSIE ALBUM TOUR

33 years and 14 studio albums later, Brazilian thrash metal legends Sepultura are in the midst of touring Machine Messiah—an album critics are lauding as a career highlight. After touring the album for over a year now, the band is eager to bring the show to Australian audiences this May. Accompanied by fellow thrash icons...
[EP REVIEW] METALCORE OUTFIT SANCTUM & SOLACE’S DEBUT EP MADE WRONG

[EP REVIEW] METALCORE OUTFIT SANCTUM & SOLACE’S DEBUT EP MADE WRONG

You may not have heard of Sanctum & Solace yet but we suggest you keep an ear out—these boys are undoubtedly going to make some major waves on the Aussie music scene in 2018. The up-and-coming Mackay four-piece has been getting some love on the airwaves lately, notably from Josh Merriel of Short.Fast.Loud and The...
[LIVE MUSIC REVIEW] MISS MAY I PUT ON EPIC SHOW WITH FIVE BAND LINEUP AT MAX WATT'S

[LIVE MUSIC REVIEW] MISS MAY I PUT ON EPIC SHOW WITH FIVE BAND LINEUP AT MAX WATT’S

Ohio natives Miss May I touched down in Australia for the first time in four years last week, intent on delivering a show their audiences down under would remember. Touring their latest release Shadows Inside, the metalcore outfit was accompanied by fellow American hardcore group Sylar. The evening kicked off with sets from local Melbourne...
[LIVE MUSIC REVIEW] ALICE COOPER SHOCK ROCKS ROD LAVER ARENA

[LIVE MUSIC REVIEW] ALICE COOPER SHOCK ROCKS ROD LAVER ARENA

Friday night saw rock legend Alice Cooper storm the stage of Rod Laver Arena for a night of classic rock ‘n’ roll and theatrics to boot. Ace Frehley and his band kicked off the evening with a bang, effortlessly teasing the crowd to fever pitch in their 60-minute-long performance. With a high-energy set comprised solely...