FEATURE: Gene Simmons

When Gene Simmons announced his Australian solo tour several months ago, his first time in Australia as a solo performer, there were definite signs of excitement within the ranks of the Aussie KISS Army. Trust me, it does not take too much to stir the loins of middle-aged Rock fans with a history of KISS […]

ZEAL AND ARDOR ‘Stranger Fruit’

Out of the blue, (or is that black?) came forth Zeal And Ardor a couple of short years ago, an act that is sure to leave one scratching their head in wonderment. Created by Manuel Gagneux when taunted by 4chan website posters who suggested to him that he combine Black Metal and ‘nigger’ (sic) music. […]

GHOST ‘Prequelle’

The veil of secrecy that had enveloped most of Ghost’s career has now well and truly been revealed. Through a very successful period of three brilliant studio albums, a couple of EPs, a live album and a Grammy Award coming their way, Ghost were and are paving the way for Metal/Hard Rock music the world […]

[ALBUM REVIEW] METALLICA: Hardwired…To Self-Destruct

Hardwired...To Self-Destruct

For most in my immediate circle, we grew up with Metallica. They weren’t discovered by us at a time when they had already made their mark in the world, but we found them way back in 1982 when record contracts were a figment of the band’s imagination, and the only way they could get their […]

[CLASSICA] Cheap Trick: Dream Police

Cheap Trick

CLASSICA – Cheap Trick – Dream Police Written by John Raptis I grew up on the music of the mid to late 70’s. Particularly the great Rock bands that were destroying cities across the US of A. KISS, Ted Nugent, Van Halen, Rush, Aerosmith and the mighty Cheap Trick. These were the bands I was […]

[ALBUM REVIEW] Ghost – Popestar

Ghost - Popestar EP

  Ghost – Popestar Release Date: 16 September 2016 Loma Vista Recordings Review written by John Raptis Ghost have proved they are one of the hardest working bands on the planet. With a gruelling schedule of non-stop touring, it seems the extensive time on the road is beginning to take its toll. Astute Ghost fans […]

Marduk & Inquisition Australian Tour

The bright days of the Australian summer will momentarily darken in mid January when two of black metals most notorious and infamous acts descend on the nation for a twin attack of biblical proportions. Marduk and Inquisition will hit every capital city and raze them to the ground leaving trails of destruction and mayhem in […]

Trivium, In Flames Announce Australian Tour

With a swag of awards and sold out stadium tours across the globe left in their wake, TRIVIUM will be returning to Australia this November with very special guests IN FLAMES. Widely tipped for greatness (some prophecies come true!) after their successful sophomore release, ‘Ascendancy’ in 2005, Kerrang! declared it “the most skull-peeling collection of […]

Soundwave Festival 2015

Soundwave Festival 2015 will be held over 2 days in each city – Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane. Half the bands play day one. The other half play day two. They criss-cross Saturday/Sunday in each city.

Sepultura Announce Australian Tour

It was the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil that launched the ascent of their native sons in SEPULTURA (Portuguese for “grave”) in 1983 with a trajectory unsuspectingly aimed at the worldwide metal music scene. A band with humble economic beginnings whose musical identity was forged in the context of living through Brazil’s authoritarian military dictatorship, […]

King Parrot Announced For Soundwave Melbourne

STOP PRESS King Parrot have just been announced for Soundwave Melbourne tomorrow! Get your Bonox ready and head to Stage 4A at 8.40pm for what promises to be a blistering, unpredictable set that only these maniacs can deliver. Seriously, how is anyone gonna follow these guys? 8:40-9pm – Stage 4A. Support Australian Metal! Photo By […]

Pantera’s Far Beyond Driven Celebrates 20 Years

Pantera reached a major milestone in 1994 when the legendary metal band’s seventh studio album, Far Beyond Driven, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, becoming the fastest-selling album of the group’s career and its second consecutive platinum release. Not only a commercial success, the album also earned positive reviews around the world for […]

A Day To Remember Sidewave

Metalcore fans beware: the following lineup may cause dizziness, dilated pupils and increased heart rate as A DAY TO REMEMBER, THE GHOST INSIDE and I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN announce Sidewave shows

Kreator & Death Angel Announce Australian Tour

For nearly 30 years, Germanys biggest export in thrash metal, KREATOR, have proven to be persistent, innovative and an unstoppable force. Their legendary status has influenced many current bands and they are part of the “Teutonic Big 4’’ alongside Destruction, Sodom & Tankard. Since their inception in 1982 they have released 13 raw, powerful and […]