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LIVING COLOUR at 170 RUSSELL, Melbourne, 19/12/18

When a band of Living Colour’s ilk comes to town, one can be guaranteed of an event resembling less of a concert than a party. It didn’t matter that it was a Wednesday night, as vocalist Corey Glover would later point out before a generous encore. Nor did it matter that most of the crowd […]

Live Review: DIRECT UNDERGROUND FEST at Max Watts, Melbourne, 6/5/18

With Direct Touring’s second crack at a metal festival bringing together acts as far-flung as America, Belgium, Norway, Austria and New Zealand, it was heartening to see local opening act Encircling Sea hold their own as one of the bands of the night. One naturally can’t help but wonder why more local bands weren’t given the opportunity to ply […]


Like carrion flying ominously above its prey, the shadow of death stalks Marduk mastermind Morgan Hakansson to this day. Only recently did his partner in crime from the notorious Abruptum, IT, pass away in mysterious circumstances. “We were growing up together, back in the day. He was a great personality and had great ideas, but […]


With the advent of the internet, today’s metal fans have been granted a glimpse into what once was. Various old VHS clips of Metal for Melbourne festivals gone by can be found on YouTube, with bands like Tyrus and Nothing Sacred thrashing away in front of packed rooms in the eighties. The problem today is […]

[LIVE REVIEW] TORTOISE, Fourteen Nights at Sea, half/cut, Melbourne 8 Dec

Tangents/ Tortoise/ Manning Bar

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Live review of Tortoise, Fourteen Nights at Sea, half/cut  on Thursday 8th December, 8.30pm a the Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne. Every now and then, it’s nice to see promoters throw a bit of a curveball. There’s every chance the end result will be off-target. However, if it’s a calculated risk, punters, promoters and performers alike reap the […]

[NEWS] SIENNA SKIES Drop New Album Tomorrow

Sienna Skies’ brand new LP A Darker Shade of Truth will be released tomorrow via Invogue Records, with the second cut from the record Where Mountain Meets Man premiered online. A Darker Shade of Truth is the first album with vocalist Thomas Pirozzi and captures the band’s infectious energy.  “The lyrics for Where Mountain Meets Man were a composite of […]

[NEWS] OCEAN GROVE Release New Single “These Boys Light Fires”

Melbourne act Ocean Grove have delivered their brand new single These Boys Light Fires, featuring hints of nineties nostalgia that was written, recorded and produced entirely by the band in nineteen year old drummer/producer Sam Bassal’s bedroom. The tune was premiered last night on triple j’s Good Nights and can he heard here. Frontman Luke Holmes […]

[NEWS] ONCE HUMAN: Release Video For Gravity

US Melodic Death Metallers, Once Human have released a music video for the track Gravity, taken from their forthcoming, second album Evolution, which will be released on February 10 via Ear Music/Sony Music Australia Once Human features former Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader along with vocalist Lauren Hart, drummer Dillon Trollope, bassist Damien Rainaud and […]


A Ghost Orchestra are one of Australia’s finest purveyors of noisy destruction, with the South Australian four-piece storming stages since 2012 and supporting heavyweights like Norma Jean, Every Time I Die, The Amity Affliction, In Hearts Wake, Protest the Hero, Silverstein and more. With 2014’s Vile Hymns EP under their belt, their long awaited debut […]

[NEWS] SLEEPMAKESWAVES announce crowdfunding campaign

sleepmakeswaves are asking fans to raise funds for their third album and a world tour through crowdfunding site Pozible, seeking an ambitious target of 40,000 clams. Watch the campaign video and view the pre-order page here: http://pozible.com/project/205169 The band pleaded for help on social media last night: “Hi everyone – we’re really excited to announce that our crowdfunding campaign […]

[NEWS] Gold Coast Music Awards Announce New Partnership

Brisbane and Gold Coast bands get noticed and next year at the Gold Coast Music Awards!   Just yesterday the GCMA announced a brand new partnership with Surfers Paradise Alliance, which will see the Awards move to the beach on 27 April to kick off the Surfers Paradise LIVE festival.   The bold move places […]

[NEWS] ORSOME WELLES Release Music Video For Maestro

Melbourne heavy experimental act Orsome Welles will be releasing their new EP Rise in early 2017 and today release the incredible music video for Maestro According to the band, “the idea behind the video and the concept of the song is a journey inside the mind of a creative person, specifically a songwriter”. Orsome Welles had a greater idea of what […]


Melbourne Celtic punks, THE RAMSHACKLE ARMY are poised to release their latest EP Whitewashed Graves, which will be their first release in over two years and the first with this current lineup.  The six-track collection will be released on Folk Til Ya Punk Records on the 2nd of December. The band recently released their first single in the […]

[NEWS] BARONESS Announce Supports For Australian Tour

With only one week until American heavy rockers BARONESS will land in Australia for their first headline tour across the country, supports have been officially announced. There has also been a venue change for their Perth date on December 13th, which will now be held at Amplifier Bar. Tickets purchased for the Capital show are […]

[NEWS] THE OCEAN: Announce Melbourne Side Show For Monday, Nov 28

Germany’s leading post metal act, The Ocean, will play an exclusive headline show at Melbourne’s Howler on Monday November 28, while touring nationally with Australian progressive metal powerhouse Ne Obliviscaris.   This special event will be the only The Ocean headline show on their current Australian Tour (supporting Ne Obliviscaris). The Ocean bring with them […]


The Troggs

For music nerds with a lot of time on their hands, the origins of punk are a topic of fierce debate. Entry-level rock historians would immediately think of The Ramones or The Sex Pistols at the utterance of the p-word. Some Aussies would argue Brisbane’s The Saints got the jump on The Sex Pistols, but […]


The Bendigo Hotel is hosting one of the coolest NYE events this year! Before Clowns take off on their regional “Dead In The Summer” Tour, they will be joined by The Nation Blue, Flour and Würst Nürse for the last show at The Bendi in 2016! Tickets are limited and on sale from www.bendigohotel.com.au RSVP HERE


Brisbane emo trio Columbus announced today they will be the direct support on the Trophy Eyes Australian Tour in February 2017 and dropped their brand new single Say What You Want ahead of their debut UK tour with Roam and Like Pacific. Lifted from their debut album, Spring Forever, this new version of Say What You Want was premiered on […]

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