SMOKING MARTHA Announce Tour Dates

Like the smouldering heat from a well tended fire, the eclectic rock punk outfit known as Smoking Martha has the intensity to scorch your best shirt but the discretion to spare your eyebrows. Having battled the (new normal) Covid set backs of the last few years, Aussie rockers Smoking Martha are finally able to tour […]

VAMPED UP With Massive Celebration

Brisbane is eagerly awaiting Vamped Up’s inaugural OUR PARTY! Festival. Taking place on July 30 at The Back Room at Chardon’s Corner Hotel, the festival features15 killer alternative acts from around the country. Aussie metal veterans Witchgrinder and Our Last Enemy lead the massive lineup as double headliners and will be joined by local heavy […]

Feast On Metal With VULGAR DISPLAY OF 90s At MO’S DESERT CLUBHOUSE

Are the band names System Of A Down, Korn, Slipknot, Sepultura, Pantera and Machine Head like red flags to a bull? Does 90s metal take you back to a better time with louder music? If you even thought before answering, then book yourself a date with Vulgar Display Of 90s at Mo’s Desert Clubhouse, Burleigh […]

FROM CRISIS TO COLLAPSE With Gold Coast Birthday Cheer

Gold Coast, it’s your turn next to join in the celebrations as HEAVY keeps delivering the goods as part of their 10th year. On Sunday, July 24, Mo’s Desert Clubhouse will feel the wrath of a wall of heaviness led by Byron Bay extreme metal legends From Crisis To Collapse who look finally set to […]

Brewing Up A Storm With CONJURER

Seldom does a band as young to the metal scene garner as much attention and respect as British outfit Conjurer. With their debut album Mire in 2018, Conjurer bludgeoned their way into the souls of the metal family with a brilliant and pulsating slab of music that belied their fledgling status. Mire forced its way […]

Bringing Out The Psycho With CYCOTIC YOUTH

When US punk/thrash outfit Cycotic Youth first hit the music scene with a crushing straight jab to the jugular in 1983 the whole crossover thrash/punk/metal scene was still simmering angrily beneath the more established and traditional forms of metal. The band released a blistering self-titled album in 1985 which led to them sharing the stage […]

WEREWOLVES: ‘From The Cave To The Grave’

Prosthetic Records Out Now Words by Metal V If you are a follower of my on/off again contributions to this fine HEAVY publication, then you may have come across my musings of death metal South AusTasBourne (just made that accurate living destination of the members up on the fly – LOL) brutal bastards WEREWOLVES. Album […]

HEAVY AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS DIGI MAG ISSUE #81

VIEW HEAVY AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS DIGIMAG #81 HERE There’s always something to love about Aussie Metal, but this week metal duo Beast Machine dropped a single that will melt your mind. Coco Le Sex Bomb caught up with both boys for the lowdown and did that good of a job we HAD to make it the […]

RIFFMAGEDDON II Spawns GIANT DWARF As Part Of The Line-Up

West Australian sun-baked heavy psych outfit Giant Dwarf have perhaps had it harder than most during recent lockdowns. Their home state was one of the toughest on restrictions and as such opened much after the rest of Australia, enforcing longer periods without live music and adding to growing frustrations. Now, with W.A on par with […]

KITCHEN WITCH To Bring The Riffs To QLD

With Death By Carrot’s Riffmageddon II scheduled to hit South East Queensland over four days next weekend, HEAVY felt compelled to reach out to some of the major players in an attempt to shed some light on this massive undertaking that takes in more than 60 cities over 14 weeks for Australia’s biggest and most […]

PLANET OF THE 8’S Ready For RIFFMAGEDDON II

With Death By Carrot’s Riffmageddon II scheduled to hit South East Queensland over four days next weekend, HEAVY felt compelled to reach out to some of the major players in an attempt to shed some light on this massive undertaking that has taken in more than 60 cities over 14 weeks for Australia’s biggest and […]

Laying Down The Law With PUNISH

There’s a new Punisher in town – in Sydney to be more specific – but this time the punishment is more sonic than straight out violent. While it would be easy to picture the moshpit at a Punish show featuring moments of metal/punk infused violent tendencies, it also promises to be a land of musical […]

BLACK VEIL BRIDES Tour Kicks Off

Australia, BLACK VEIL BRIDES Australian tour kicks off this week! Tickets for their Australian headline tour are flying out the door. With Adelaide and Melbourne’s 18+ show sold out, the tickets for Melbourne’s all ages show are selling fast and final tickets remaining for Sydney and Brisbane. BLACK VEIL BRIDES have championed the isolated, the dismissed, and the forgotten […]

Changing Faces Of Music With KRAVE

Brisbane heavy rockers Krave are difficult to paint in one genre-specific corner. They are an amalgamation of rock, punk, metal and alternative styles that are given individuality and identity courtesy of a youthful exuberance that permeates through their music. Which is never more evident than with the band’s newest single Shapeshifting. Shapeshifting is yet another […]

HEAVY Digi-Mag Issue #209

VIEW HEAVY DIGIMAG #209 HERE It’s been a monster week at HEAVY HQ, so let’s get into it! This week we feature Wardruna on the cover, talking about their new live album. We also catch up with Killswitch Engage, Fever 333, Municipal Waste, Goldsmith, Man Machine Industry, Loathe and Patriarchs In Black, plus we have […]

Enriching Musical Culture With WARDRUNA

Scandanavian and associated folk metal sub-genres have seen a remarkable upward trend in recent years, rapidly rising to become one of the biggest subgenres globally in heavy metal music. While it is difficult to pinpoint exactly why or how people are gravitating more to this music, it is quite obvious which bands are leading the […]

Frying Your Brain With MUNICIPAL WASTE

One of the best things about thrash metal bands is you generally know what you are going to get with a new album. Although there might be slight variances and nuances here and there, the basic structure that defines thrash metal and becomes entwined in a band’s DNA is always inherent in some capacity. Thankfully, […]

Temperature’s Rising With FEVER 333

Festival season is returning to Australia in a big way with the recent announcement of the Good Things line-up which will take place in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane over the weekend of December 2, 3 and 4. Featuring Bring Me The Horizon, Deftones, NOFX (performing ‘Punk In Drublic’ in full + all your favourites), TISM […]

HEAVY’s Brisbane Birthday Bash Gets Bigger With THE POOR & Heaps More

We promised you something special for the second announcement for HEAVY’s 10th Birthday Bash at the Mansfield Tavern on August 20 and here it is… HEAVY is proud to announce local rock outfit THE POOR, who will be coming at you hard fresh from a European tour with the mighty Rose Tattoo! Joining them will […]

HEAVY Digi-Mag Issue #208

VIEW HEAVY DIGIMAG #208 HERE This week’s DigiMag is chock full of some great interviews, including The Veer Union, Parallel Minds, Hellfire 76, Sinsid, Dragon Breed, Rise Of Kronos, Cyphonism and Carson, taking you into the darker realms of metal that often get neglected. Our cover features rising stars Classless Act, who drop their debut […]

CLASSLESS ACT Show Their Class With Debut Album

Formed in 2019 by five strangers who met via TikTok and Instagram, Classless Act soon found themselves appealing to a wide audience with a blending of anthemic rhythms, shredding guitars and soaring vocals – musical characteristics in themselves dime a dozen, but when performed with true passion and conviction a force unto themselves – and […]

HEAVY AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS DIGI MAG ISSUE #80

VIEW HEAVY AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS DIGIMAG #80 HERE There’s some big things coming up in the Australian music calendar, with the next one the travelling Monolith Festival headlined by Karnivool and Cog. HEAVY caught up with Cog’s drummer Lucius Borich earlier this week to chat about the shows and other things happening with the band. Our […]

LO! And Behold, It’s Showtime!

Blending a variety of genres including, but not limited to, sludge, hardcore and black metal, Sydney metal outfit Lo! come with a fearsome reputation. Not in the way you might expect, but more a reputation built around their intense and captivating live performances that ooze venomous intent with every note struck in anger. With the […]

Counting Down The Days To MONOLITH With COG

After several delayed attempts to get off the ground, Monolith Festival is set to make its debut at Brisbane’s Eatons Hill Hotel on August 13. Featuring two of Australia’s heavyweight progressive rock outfits in Karnivool and COG – who have not toured together for 17 years – Monolith is a celebration of not just music […]

HEAVY Digi-Mag Issue #207

VIEW HEAVY DIGIMAG #207 HERE Good afternoon ladies and metalheads and thanks for joining us for DigiMag number 207! This week we feature Australia’s own King Parrot as our cover artist, with vocalist Matt Young detailing the current Regional Rampage tour amongst other things. We also catch up with The Heretic Order, downset., The Soapgirls […]

Staying On The Perch With KING PARROT

It’s fair to say that Australian extreme metal outfit King Parrot are one of a kind. Their brand of metal is brutal to every extreme, a sonic cavalcade of relentless pressure that is the musical equivalent of a marauding army. Going into a King Parrot moshpit is like going into battle, with many an unsuspecting […]

RXPTRS: Living Without Deaths Permission

Metal Blade Records / Blacklight Media Records 24 June 2022 Music these days is becoming increasingly formulaic and predictable, with many bands making token gestures to “push the boundaries” without ever straying too far from their comfort zone. Much of the danger and mystique has gone out of the industry, but every so often a […]

Cleansing The Air With THE SOAPGIRLS

French-born South African based sisters Noemie Debray (Mie, guitar, vocals) and Camille Debray (Mille, bass guitar, vocals) are better known by their band name The Soapgirls. With a fantastic back story behind the name (listen to the interview to find out), The Soapgirls are a breath of fresh air on the music scene, with their […]

Enriching The Mind With THE HERETIC ORDER

The Heretic Order have recently released their latest album, Volume III, with a renewed vigor and intensity, ushering in a faster, heavier era of the band than ever before. Formed by Danny Felice from Breed 77 in 2014, Felice soon adopted the title Ragnar Dominus for the project, in the process going a long way […]

Maintaining The Rage With DOWNSET.

If you have asked me two years ago if I was gonna do another downset. album… not in a million years. Rogelio Lozano While many bands lay claim to pioneering certain trends and genres, seldom do the facts match up to the story. Not so the case with Los Angeles hardcore outfit downset., who burst […]

KREATOR Unleash Album, Drop Single

The day has finally come for metal titans KREATOR to unleash the beast that is their monster new album,  Hate Über Alles – a strong album-of-the-year contender as well as a clear statement against hate and the division of society. To landmark its release day, KREATOR present Become Immortal, a lyrical and visual look back through the ages of their legendary career, whilst […]

HEAVY AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS DIGI MAG ISSUE #79

VIEW HEAVY AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS DIGIMAG #79 HERE Blacken Open Air 2022 is less than two months away now and one of the biggest acts to perform over the three day event is extreme metal masters Psycroptic. The boys have been hard at work on new material as well, which Jason tells us all about in […]

PSYCROPTIC Prepare For The Extreme Ahead Of BLACKEN OPEN AIR 2022

Extreme metal outfit Psycroptic have been decimating global audiences for more than two decades. In that time they have put extreme metal in Australia on the map, in doing so paving the way for many more bands of that genre and providing them with the confidence that can only be bred by success. With an […]

HEAVY Announces First Line-Up For Massive Birthday Bash In August

HEAVY Mag turns 10 this year, and to celebrate have been hosting birthday parties around the country. Now, it’s Brisbane’s turn, with the Mansfield Tavern hosting a special day of live entertainment on Saturday, August 20. With 15 bands playing from midday to midnight on the one stage, HEAVY has decided to split the announcement […]

HEAVY Digi-Mag Issue #206

VIEW HEAVY DIGIMAG #206 HERE Now matter how good metal is, it still can’t warm you up in the cold! I have just arrived in Melbourne for a few weekend shows and believe me, if I could type wearing gloves these two typing fingers would be well and truly covered! Aussie rap/metal/rock/punk hybrid outfit Superheist […]

Finding Calm In Chaos With MASS SKY RAID

Gold Coast alternative rock outfit Mass Sky Raid are riding high on the back of the well received release of their latest album, Calm in Chaos, on June 3. Showing their musical growth since their debut Science Of Fiction, Mass Sky Raid have delivered a sonic wave of modern sounding hard rock/metal that showcases many […]

Honouring Your Past While Looking To The Future With SUPERHEIST

For nearly three decades Superheist have been both the pioneers and leading force in a new wave of Australian music that combines rock, punk, hard rock, metal and punk. It is a mixing of genres that has been successfully attempted by many bands in the global music scene, but infrequently mastered. Balancing so many genres […]

Answering The Call With NIKKI BRUMEN Of BLOOD COMMAND

Music is a beautiful thing in that it transcends boundaries, both emotional and geographical. Usually, this sense is felt more by the fans who listen to music rather than the performers, but on occasion, that role is reversed, and the musician gets to experience the magic inherent in their art. Such was the case recently […]

BILLY HOWERDEL Drops New Track

Billy Howerdel, fulfilling his promise to release a new song per week in the lead-up to the arrival of his solo album, What Normal Was (June 10, Alchemy Recordings/Rise Records/BMG), has released a new single, The Same Again. Check it out below.

GEORGE THOROGOOD – The Baddest Man On The Planet

To lovers of rock and blues – in fact music of any kind – the world over, the name George Thorogood is firmly etched as one of the greatest of all time. Since 1976 Thorogood has straddled the top branch of the rock tree, holding on through classic tunes such as Bad To The Bone, […]

MOONDOLL 2022: SET TIMES GARDEN STAGE

Moondoll 2022 is that big this year, organisers are having to spread the wealth of talent over two stages! Inside you have the HEAVY Stage, while in one of the side rooms of the Mansfield Tavern the more rock based Garden Stage will host a variety of acts, starting with An Acknowledgement of Country at […]

MOONDOLL: SET TIMES HEAVY STAGE

Moondoll 2022 has expanded to two stages this year at the Mansfield Tavern, with the HEAVY Stage and the Garden Stage bringing you a variety of different genres of music. The HEAVY Stage kicks off at 12pm with Acid Cherry, before running through Eat City, Adriatic, Beast Machine, Seraphic, Audio Reign, Kallidad and more, and […]

HEAVY AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS DIGI MAG ISSUE #78

VIEW HEAVY AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS DIGIMAG #78 HERE Things are spicing up this weekend with Moondoll Festival 2022 hitting the Mansfield Tavern and a range of shows around it worth checking out! We feature headliner Kaosis on the cover this week, with CJ Nash getting into the nitty gritty about what the band has been up […]

MOONDOLL 2022: THE SILENCIO

After the debacle that causes the music industry to shut down last year, Brisbane’s Moondoll Festival returns this weekend, June 4, at the Mansfield Tavern, spread over 2 stages and featuring a great selection of rock, punk and metal guaranteed to appeal to music lovers of all tastes. As part of HEAVY’s ongoing support of […]

MOONDOLL 2022: FUMAROLE

After the debacle that causes the music industry to shut down last year, Brisbane’s Moondoll Festival returns this weekend, June 4, at the Mansfield Tavern, spread over 2 stages and featuring a great selection of rock, punk and metal guaranteed to appeal to music lovers of all tastes. As part of HEAVY’s ongoing support of […]

MOONDOLL 2022: SKUNKBONE

After the debacle that causes the music industry to shut down last year, Brisbane’s Moondoll Festival returns this weekend, June 4, at the Mansfield Tavern, spread over 2 stages and featuring a great selection of rock, punk and metal guaranteed to appeal to music lovers of all tastes. As part of HEAVY’s ongoing support of […]

MOONDOLL 2022: BEAST MACHINE

After the debacle that causes the music industry to shut down last year, Brisbane’s Moondoll Festival returns this weekend, June 4, at the Mansfield Tavern, spread over 2 stages and featuring a great selection of rock, punk and metal guaranteed to appeal to music lovers of all tastes. As part of HEAVY’s ongoing support of […]

MOONDOLL 2022: ADRIATIC

After the debacle that causes the music industry to shut down last year, Brisbane’s Moondoll Festival returns this weekend, June 4, at the Mansfield Tavern, spread over 2 stages and featuring a great selection of rock, punk and metal guaranteed to appeal to music lovers of all tastes. As part of HEAVY’s ongoing support of […]

MOONDOLL 2022: SUPERTROOPER

After the debacle that causes the music industry to shut down last year, Brisbane’s Moondoll Festival returns this weekend, June 4, at the Mansfield Tavern, spread over 2 stages and featuring a great selection of rock, punk and metal guaranteed to appeal to music lovers of all tastes. As part of HEAVY’s ongoing support of […]

MOONDOLL 2022: INDIANA BONES

After the debacle that causes the music industry to shut down last year, Brisbane’s Moondoll Festival returns this weekend, June 4, at the Mansfield Tavern, spread over 2 stages and featuring a great selection of rock, punk and metal guaranteed to appeal to music lovers of all tastes. As part of HEAVY’s ongoing support of […]