HEAVY TV Interview with FRANK CARTER

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  Anna-Rose went backstage at Qudos Bank Arena with Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes yesterday just moments before he hit the stage supporting Bring Me The Horizon. Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes have a new album, End of Suffering, out May 3rd and you can pre-order it here https://fcatr.lnk.to/preorder   Video work by James O’Conner @ […]

JOYCE MANOR Return

“maybe initially every album that has come out has been a disappointment to fans”

Backstage With BAD WOLVES

“I think ‘Zombies’ success is very important for rock music as a whole because it’s proving to the mainstream that people still want to hear guitars.”

Is Jenna McDougall of TONIGHT ALIVE Still Burnt Out?

“We went through so much… We had no choice but to be honest about it. I think that’s what carried us through such an intense time.” “It’s become a daily practice for me to have hard conversations – being honest no matter what the consequence is.” Who could have predicted the weight that Underworld, the […]

ALICE IN CHAINS, Have Love, Will Travel

Almost 31 years into a simply sensational career, the adventure never stops for Alice In Chains, who are still experiencing firsts even now. “We’re in the thick of a tour,” gushes bassist Mike Inez. “We’ve already done 22 countries, we got to play in Israel for the first time, we’re doing Mexico this weekend, South […]

Howling With WOLFHEART

They’re the notoriously blackened metal masters wielding their axes of dastardly doom to showcase the volatile beauty of their country and they are back with their fourth studio album, Constellation Of The Black Light, Finland’s Wolfheart cast their eye to the darker side of the nature of their people, and in exploring both the complexities […]

Silverstein Interview with Shane Told

Every album that Silverstein have come out with has stood on its own with a unique character and direction – Dead Reflection is a far more intense and personal album for the band than anything they’ve previously released. The ninth studio album from the Canadian post-hardcore group is an accomplishment they’re ready to celebrate, and […]

Singer, Xenoyr, Talks Ne Obliviscaris

When we write, we write for ourselves.” Three studio albums into a very colourful career, Ne Obliviscaris have reached the pinnacle of their creative output in their new album Urn. “Each album has grown and grown.” Says vocalist Xenoyr. “With this one, the reception has been really positive, especially in overseas markets. “It’s different in […]

HEAVY TV Interview with Papa Roach

Anna Rose hosted HEAVY TV for this interview backstage the Metro Theater with Papa Roach in Sydney, Australia. “It’s been great! The shows have been bringing a lot of energy and the crowds are great!”  

“Mind Games” with Eat Your Heart Out

Mental health issues aren’t a new concept in our society today, least of all in the performing arts. Newcastle’s Eat Your Heart Out address several topics around mental health struggles and being stuck in your own head in their new album, Mind Games. Penning their experiences and setting it to music is what the band […]

Interview with Christofer Johnsson of Therion

I see a full-scale production with sets and props and lights and all kinds of glorious things. One day. Goth metal legends Therion are set to release their new album Beloved Antichrist next month. But this isn’t any ordinary album – this is a rock opera spread across three full-length CDs. Beloved Antichrist, inspired by […]

BRIAN GIFFIN’S Aftermath

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The lounge of the Blue Mountains’ historic Carrington Hotel, with its deep high back chairs, vaulted ceilings and heavy rug carpets, is a complete dichotomy to how author Brian Giffin sees it in his novel Aftermath. In his mind, the hotel is just one small part of Sydney that has fallen victim to fire and […]

Cattle Decapitation: Extreme Metal With A Message

When Cattle Decapitation, one of the most brutal forces ever witnessed in extreme metal, return to Australian shores in February, it will have been almost five years since they last toured here. With a sharp intake of breath, frontman Travis Ryan exclaims, “Has it been that long? I thought we came in 2013. I guess […]

KADAVAR Meets Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory… Kind-of…

If Willy Wonka had a favourite band, Kadavar would be it. It’s clear by the deliciously strange and heavy tones of the band’s latest album Rough Times, a lot of thought has gone into its conception. But just like the strange happenings that occur when you spend a day in the chocolate factory, producing their […]

Tours, Relaxing and Chaos with THE BRONX

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The Bronx is back. With the release of their fifth album The Bronx V, the first in four years, vocalist Matt Caughtran can’t quite believe it’s been so long. “Oh man, it always freaks me out when you realise how long it’s been. Time flies so fast nowadays; it’s insane.” It’s not like the pivotal […]

In the INTERIM between Escapism and Long Journeystt

On the eve of the release of Interim’s debut album, bassist Jock Houston is kicking it at Bigsound, a bouncing ball of smiles. “I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but today was a gorgeous day in Brisbane! It’s the weather we’ve been waiting for [at home] in Sydney and here it is!” Smooth, outgoing and […]

Metal Blade Founder, Brian Slagel

For every band you love there’s always a person behind the scenes that has given them their start. For every massive hit, there’s always a little guy working tirelessly to help, not for fame and fortune, but for the love of great music. Brian Slagel, founder, and CEO of Metal Blade Records is one such […]

Pantera to REX BROWN

Rex Brown is not a musician about whom you want to make assumptions. I imply Brown’s debut solo album, Smoke On This sees Brown pulling away from metal and onto different musical avenues and he defends his stellar career fiercely, “I’m not pulling away from it, I’ve been playing it for 25 fucking years and I’ve […]

The Soft Side of STEVEN WILSON

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Unless you’ve had your head under a rock, you’ll have noticed a massive surge of politically-driven releases hammering our ears this year: releases that feature disgruntled voices among delicious melodies and give rise to debate within music. Coming up for a little air from Britain’s pop-rock underground, Steven Wilson talks about his reasoning for the […]

KIM SEVIOUR

Kim Seviour

With a particularly magical approach to songwriting, British singer Kim Seviour has faced personal adversity with a childlike wonder, turning her negative experiences with CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) into Recovery Is Learning, a solo album of captivating soundscapes and lyrical curiosities. Her stunning album turns the prog-rock genre on its head, and a signing with […]

[INTERVIEW] Deafcult

“Going crazy for the album? Are they? I didn’t notice.” Stevie Scott responds to praise for Deafcult’s album with bashfulness. Their debut release Auras has consistently received positive reviews and the Brisbane-based band are on the edge of a revolution – and the Scottish frontman is extraordinarily humble about it all. “It’s basically just a […]

10 Year History of Rock and Metal Bands at Brisbane’s BIGSOUND FESTIVAL

  With a legacy building closer to its two-decade milestone, Brisbane’s Bigsound Festival returns in September with its most mammoth lineup to-date, boasting a handful of homegrown heavy acts not only for punters but the industry buffs as well. With only so much information available about Bigsound’s 16-year history, the nature of the festival parallels […]

[INTERVIEW] Municipal Waste

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Static graces the first few moments of a conversation with Ryan Waste. “I’ve been talking with quite a few people,” he says, the line clearing. “We’re on tour and we’re basically driving cross country so it’s hard to pin us down!” But pin Waste down we do, despite the enigmatic guitarist and founding member of Virginia […]

[INTERVIEW] Royal Blood

Before they’ve even finished their current run of Australian shows, including a headline slot at last weekend’s Splendour In The Grass Festival, British rockers Royal Blood announced they’ll be back next year for an even bigger tour that will include New Zealand. No doubt that’s down to them duo being so popular with Australian listeners […]

AS PARADISE FALLS ‘Digital Ritual’

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The latest release from As Paradise Falls Digital Ritual presents as a collaboration between the aggressive and the mystic, a marriage of melody, texture and lesson like no other. Releasing such an immense work has been a long time coming, and for good reason. After the unexpected death of guitarist Glen Barrie in 2015 during […]

[INTERVIEW] Decapitated

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Generally one doesn’t associate the sensibilities of heavy metal with boyish excitement, but given the opportunity to discuss the new album from Polish slayers Decapitated, Waclaw ‘Vogg’ Kieltyka is like a kid at Christmas. Vogg is ready. He is so ready for the release of the band’s seventh album, Anticult. “I’m very excited and really […]

[INTERVIEW] The Stranger

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Rumbling on down Australia’s east coast, The Stranger are on a roll. As they tour their self-titled debut album, the Brisbane natives are getting swamped with positive reactions to their sound. “This tour we’re on right now, it’s our first time out of Brisbane,” says the band’s guitarist Kalen Austin. “We’re trying to win over […]

[INTERVIEW] Avatarium

Avatarium are poetry in motion – albeit heavy, beefy, metal poetry with whirlwind hair motions, but poetry in motion nonetheless. An album of opposing themes, Hurricanes And Halos is a lovely contradiction on words both in its title and its themes, all with a depth more beauteous than you’d expect from the Swedish metal heavyweights. […]

[ALBUM REVIEW] TRAPT ‘DNA’

Should ever the former members of bands like One Direction and 5 Seconds Of Summer mature and regroup, should ever, higher powers forbid, they decide they wanted to try their hand at rock ‘n’ roll, they’d likely sound like Trapt in their latest offering DNA. The American rock group lacks in everything that would require […]

[ALBUM REVIEW] HUNDREDTH ‘Rare’

With a rapid drum run to open their new album, Hundredth begin as they intend to continue – steady, heavy and fearless. The South Carolina outfit have never sounded so sweet and new album Rare is a rare gem in music indeed. A wonderful mash-up of noughties indie with some 90s pop grunge and a […]

[INTERVIEW] Orsome Welles

The night is young, Brisbane buzzes with energy, and Michael Stowers prepares for his evening’s performance. The Orsome Welles frontman is about to play the first in a run of Australian shows, a tour hotly anticipated by fans and already well followed by the media since the release of their EP, Rise. The EP, as is […]

[INTERVIEW] Fleshgod Apocalypse

Want essential metal? Look no further than Fleshgod Apocalypse and their latest album King a balanced work of searing metal riffs and majestic classical elements. Shooting the Italian metal masters to the top of their game, there’s something about the positive reaction that album produced that vocalist and guitarist Tommaso Riccardi can’t quite put his […]

Wednesday 13

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Kings

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Kings

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Volumes

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[ALBUM REVIEW] ALESTORM: No Grave But The Sea

Sailing the seven seas, the one and only Alestorm return with tales of pillage and plunder in “No Grave But The Sea”, ordained with eccentric metal fiddles, fast-paced guitar wails and the good ole’ yo ho of drunken choruses. The Scottish peg legs throw it back even further with this release with medievalesque fanfares from […]

[INTERVIEW] FILTER

You’ll excuse the pun but there is simply no filter on Filter frontman Richard Patrick as he proclaims with utmost joy his band’s return Down Under. “I can’t wait! It’s gonna be fantastic!” he screams down the line. “We’re touring with a band that started so many other bands – a huge influence, the band […]

[ALBUM REVIEW] KINGS: Never Alone

Likeable? Listenable? Sure. But there’s nothing really ‘Pow! Right in the kisser!’ about KINGS’ new album “Never Alone”, as much as you’d hope there’d be given the potential they begin within opener ‘Stand Up’. It’s a pleasant addition to the hardcore repertoire, but there’s nothing that really makes KINGS stand out from the rest, save […]

[ALBUM REVIEW] FAR AWAY STABLES: Between Rage And Serenity

Quick! Drop everything you’re currently listening to and make way for Far Away Stables – new album “Between Rage And Serenity” is unbelievable. In just the first few seconds of the album opening you know you’re on to a winner, something big, caught hook, line and sinker. Opener ‘Caldera’ floats along with just the slightest operatic […]

[INTERVIEW] AFI

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As was revealed last night, American rockers AFI are on the return to Australia for their first headlining tour in ten years. Shrouded with a colourful cape of secrecy, this announcement has been under heavy guard though it’s not an unusual move for the band. In recent years AFI has taken to suddenly changing gears […]

[ALBUM REVIEW] PYRAMAZE: Contingent

4.5/5 stars Without having heard the work of Pyramaze before, it’s all too easy to be sucked in by the power of their symphonic metal and be made instantly a convert to their sound. With “Contingent“, the Danish outfit delivers desolate destruction with shredding guitars, operatic choruses and a magical use of synth effects. Grabbed […]

[ALBUM REVIEW] NORTHLANE: Mesmer

Northlane "Mesmer"

Jaws across the world will drop on hearing Northlane’s unexpected fourth studio album, “Mesmer“. Out of nowhere, the Sydney metalcore/djent outfit dropped a new release that gives the genre a new lease of life with colour-packed guitar licks and soaring vocals. Take song ‘Colourwave’, which explore elements of the orient as frontman Marcus Bridge slips […]