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Backstage At GOOD THINGS 2023 With PENNYWISE

When the line-up for Good Things 2023 was announced there was the usual excitement over bands that have not been to Australia for a number of years, but, surprisingly, some of the biggest cheers went up for a band who had only been out here less than 12 months earlier. After a largely sold-out our […]

DRAIN Kick Off Australian Tour Tonight

With their dynamic live shows and positive energy propelling them to peak underground popularity, Drain’s sophomore record LIVING PROOF is a testament to the hard work and heartfelt ethos at the centre of their good-time psyche. After hitting the road for a massive headlining tour with sold-out shows in Europe, Japan and the US – […]

THECITYISOURS Unveil Latest Single ‘Shame’

In a striking and poignant new release, TheCityIsOurs has unveiled their latest single Shame, resonating deeply with the raw and emotional journey of their lead singer’s personal experiences. Since openly revealing his true identity, the singer has faced a challenging path towards societal acceptance, a struggle that profoundly influences the lyrics of this powerful song. […]

EMIL BULLS Release Title Track From Upcoming Album ‘Love Will Fix It’

Emil Bulls, renowned for their dynamic presence in the Alternative Metal scene, are on the cusp of releasing their much-anticipated new album, Love Will Fix It on January 12, 2024. This album marks a bold step forward in their musical journey, blending their established sound with innovative elements that promise to captivate both long-time followers […]

TARJA Gets Festive With ‘All I Want For Christmas’

With Christmas only being a little more than two weeks away, Tarja treats us with the release of the single All I Want For Christmas Is You, taken from her recently released album Dark Christmas. In this rendition, Tarja captures the essence of Christmas with soaring vocals that effortlessly traverse the realms of emotion. She […]

Just In Time For Christmas, TISM Plan To Release THE “C” WORD! EP

On Friday 15 December at 12.01am TISM will release their brand new ep The “C” Word, which will be available on streaming services, CD and 12” vinyl. With caterwauling commentary and a cracking chorus, The “C” Word takes us up crap creek in the colloquial canoe. TISM recently announced forthcoming live shows. Sign up here […]

ATREYU Drop Final Chapter Of EP Series & New Album THE BEAUTIFUL DARK OF LIFE

Atreyu share the final chapter of their three-part EP series and ninth studio album, The Beautiful Dark of Life, out today via Spinefarm Records. The double LP is available in multiple colors on vinyl and CD to order now. The 15-track journey includes music from The Hope Of A Spark – the feeling of being […]

VINNY GALACTIC Drops New Song ‘Alone’

Melbourne based songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Vinny Galactic has released his new single, Alone, today via XMusic. Alone is dedicated to a close friend of Vinny’s who has recently passed. On the extremely personal nature of the lyrics, Vinny comments, ‘This track was written about my personal experience dealing with my unwanted separation from my […]

LUCIFER Release New Single ‘Slow Dance In A Crypt’

Heavy rock megalith LUCIFER have released a new single called Slow Dance In A Crypt. The song is another precursor to the new album, LUCIFER V, which is due out on January 26, 2024, on Nuclear Blast Records. Consisting of nine unholy hymns, LUCIFER’s fifth offering can easily be regarded as their magnum opus and […]

ST. SINNER Return, Teaming Up With BELLE HAVEN For ‘Dysphoria’

Canberra’s standout metalcore-rock group, St.Sinner, is making a welcomed return today, teaming up with David De La Hoz of Belle Haven. The new track Dysphoria is a testament to the band’s versatile sound palette, assuring to resonate with a wide spectrum of heavy music enthusiasts. Dysphoria strikes listeners with an emotionally charged blend of emo […]


Thrashfest New Wave Of Australian Thrash Metal returns to The Bendigo Hotel in Melbourne for a monster day/night of metal mayhem this Saturday. Featuring double headliners Elm Street and Harlott, Thrashfest also sees Deathnir, Incrypt, Reaver, Sithlord, Firestorm, Warrior Within, Rawtism and Firing Squad take to the stage with doors open at 4pm and tickets […]

THE REVOLATION Get Their Rock On With New Track ‘The Fix’

Rising Melbourne rock outfit The Revolation have just released their eight single, The Fix. Coming together through the joint skills of bandmates Dean and Damien, The Fix is a rock-drenched slab of meatiness that only serves to further The Revolation’s credentials. Keep an ear out for more new music in 2024, and in the meantime […]

BATTLESNAKE Release New Track ‘Pangea Breaker’

Forged deep in the fiery pits of the underworld, Battlesnake have risen up to take the earth by storm…. And what a storm it has been. Just over 18 months ago, they were playing at a small, sweaty dive bar in Sydney on a Sunday night. By August of 2022 they were opening for the […]

GREEN DAY Drop New Single ‘Dilemma’

Global rock superstars Green Day returned with a fiery call to action on The American Dream Is Killing Me, the first single and opening track from the group’s 14th studio album Saviors, releasing January 19, 2024 via Reprise/Warner Records. The global superstars aren’t holding back on their latest single, Dilemma, taken from the album along […]

PARK RD Return With New Single ‘Save The Planet’

New Zealand indie-rockers PARK RD return with the new single, Save The Planet, another taste of their anticipated forthcoming debut album. After showcasing this year at SXSW Sydney and Going Global Music Summit in Auckland, Save The Planet arrives before the band head into a busy summer across NZ. A staple of their live set […]

HEAVY HEARTS: Exploring The Lyrical Depths of Heartbreak in Metal Songs

John McCauley Hands up who actually listens to and digests song lyrics? I mean, who REALLY digs deep and listens? One of the beautiful things about music is its ability to connect with different people in different ways. It soothes, it comforts, it angers, and it saddens – often all within the one song and […]

STRIKER Join LEGIONS OF METAL 2024 Bill, Drop New Track ‘Circle Of Evil’

Canadian shredders STRIKER announce they will be joining the Legions of Metal 2024 line-up being hosted in Chicago, IL on May 3 and 4 at Reggie’s. They will be performing alongside Unleash The Archers, WatchTower, Hirax, Mourn The Light and Ice Howl among more to be announced at a later date. STRIKER is preparing to […]

SEBASTIAN BACH Drops First New Music In Ten Years With ‘What Do I Got To Lose?’

SEBASTIAN BACH has today released a powerful new single, What Do I Got To Lose? The arena-ready stomp was co-written by SEBASTIAN, Myles Kennedy (ALTER BRIDGE, SLASH) and Elvis Baskette (MAMMOTH WVH, SLASH), the latter of whom also served as the track’s producer. Guitars lock into a heart-thumping groove on the track as SEBASTIAN’s voice […]

SOILWORK Release Digital Version Of ‘Kvicksilver’

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And whereas many of us are dusting off old pictures and sentimental objects, and reminiscing, Swedish melodic death metal virtuosos SOILWORK have dug up a different kind of trip down memory lane. Today, the band digitally releases Kvicksilver, a Swedish version of Mercury Shadow – once released […]


Sydney based Indie Punk outfit Acacia Bloom have unveiled their heartfelt debut EP called Something You Said. “At its core, Something You Said is about the numbering ways that people can come into your life and change its course.” the band said. “For better or for worse, we are all a product of these experiences. […]

BANKS ARCADE Unveil New Track ‘More Want’

Want more Banks Arcade? Alongside a brand new single and video, More Want, out in the world today, the Melbourne metal boy band have also today announced the upcoming release of a brand new EP, with DEATH 2 due out on Friday 2 February 2024 via UNFD. Following on from previous singles Worship The Internet […]

ILLUMISHADE Release New Album Single ‘Here We Are’

Swiss modern metal upstarts ILLUMISHADE unveil their magical sophomore record and Napalm Records debut, Another Side of You, out February 16 2024. Fronted by vocalist Fabienne Erni and guitarist Jonas Wolf (both of Eluveitie) and completed with orchestration and synths by film composer Mirjam Skal, bass by Yannick Urbanczik, and drums by Marc Friedrich, ILLUMISHADE […]

KK’S PRIEST Drop New Song ‘Sons Of The Sentinel’

KK’s Priest, the iconic heavy metal group of Judas Priest alumni and GRAMMY Award winning/nominated musicians K.K. Downing (guitar) and Tim “Ripper” Owens (vocals), along with A.J. Mills (guitar), Tony Newton (bass) and Sean Elg (drums) unveiled their blistering sophomore offering, The Sinner Rides Again, in September to rave reviews. Today, KK’s Priest continue the […]


Melbourne alt-rockers Catholic Guilt shared their nostalgic new tune Can You See Me? last month, drawing inspiration from the Australian indie and punk scene from the 2000s. A tale of lost identity and feeling at odds with yourself, the track is produced, mixed and mastered by Evan Lee and Ash Daws at The Loud Noise […]


NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS are happy to announce the signing of new Finnish top-class metal band CROWNSHIFT, who have also recently joined the roster of Till Dawn They Count Ltd management (Nightwish, Beast In Black, Sonata Arctica). Born as the long-time idea of four friends, CROWNSHIFT are a new high standing metal act from Finland. The […]

STEVE HUGHES Announces First Australian Shows in Five Years

Australian comedic legend Steve Hughes has returned to Australia after spending the past 4 years in the UK. Steve’s return to the country will be celebrated with two exclusive shows in Melbourne and Sydney. These will be his first shows in the country since 2019! With a capacity of just 150 tickets for each show, […]


Eora/Sydney-based party punks FANGZ have unveiled their inaugural end of year party FANGZstock – to be held at The Lady Hampshire, Camperdown on Saturday, December 9. Featuring 13 acts across two stages, FANGZstock is set to feature the likes of LOSER, Closure, Mac the Knife, Neighbourhood Void, Starcrazy, Lady Lazarus, WELL? and FANGZ themselves, rounding […]

𝐒𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐓𝐔𝐀𝐑𝐘 – 𝐘𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐇𝐄𝐀𝐕𝐘 𝐇𝐀𝐕𝐄𝐍: 𝐀 𝐌𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐢-𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐲 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭

On Saturday December 9, 𝐒𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐁𝐢𝐫𝐝 𝐒𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐨𝐬 is set to host 𝐒𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 – 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐲 𝐇𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐧, an electrifying multi-genre heavy music event brought to you by Eleven Live Loud, the creators of Hometown Throwdown 2023. This highly-anticipated celebration promises to be an all-day extravaganza for fans of rock, indie, prog metal, metalcore, and more. Known […]

Welcome to The NOISE – DECEMBER & HARD ROCK CHRISTMAS 2023 Edition

Better Noise Music, home to bands including Five Finger Death Punch, The HU, Dirty Heads, Nothing More, Bad Wolves, Asking Alexandria and many more, have released their latest edition of The NOISE, their monthly trailer highlighting the label’s newest music. This month, the trailer features: FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Multi-platinum hard rock powerhouse, FIVE FINGER […]

GOOD THINGS FESTIVAL 2023: Brisbane Showgrounds, 03/12/23

Words by Coco Le Sex Bomb Pix by Kaotic Images Another year, another run of good things festivals to excite and enamour the insatiable masses. The line-up never disappoints with Good Things, but we had a few curveballs thrown in this year from Devo to Short Stack to Fall Out Boy, with the people behind […]

DRAGONFORCE Release New Track ‘Power Of The Saber Blade’

Extreme power metal unit DRAGONFORCE is featured on Beat Saber’s Original Soundtrack 6 with their new song, Power of the Saber Blade, originally composed for the best-selling, award-winning VR game. DRAGONFORCE’s Power of the Saber Blade will be the fastest song ever introduced in Beat Saber at a mind-blowing 10.66 NPS (notes per second). The […]

AUSTRIAN DEATH MACHINE Return With New Album, Single ‘Don’t Be Lazy’

After nearly 10 years of absence, the world’s most brutal band recently muscled their way back into the scene with a brand new single, No Pain No Gain, while teasing an upcoming new album. Today, AUSTRIAN DEATH MACHINE – the unmissable project helmed by As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis – is thrilled to […]

ALKALINE TRIO Release New Single ‘Bad Time’

Alkaline Trio serves up another helping of Blood, Hair, and Eyeballs in the form of Bad Time, the darkly melodic second track to be released in advance of its 10th album, due out January 26, 2024 on Rise Records. Bad Time follows last month’s unveiling of the album’s frenetic title track — hailed by Consequence […]

ANBERLIN Announce Second Melbourne Show

U.S. alt-rock favourites ANBERLIN have announced a special new show to their upcoming Australian tour in 2024, this time bringing their beloved albums Never Take Friendship Personal and Cities to life in full, in Melbourne on Saturday January 27. With the original Melbourne date for Anberlin now officially sold out, the group is excited to […]

YOMI SHIP Join COG National Tour

Experimental-instrumental-psych-rockers Yomi Ship, who were recently nominated for three WA Music Awards (Best Rock Act, Best Drummer/Percussionist and Best Bassist), have been announced as supports for COG on the band’s THE VINYL TOUR 2024 alongside experimental-progressive group Kodiak Empire. Yomi Ship deliver soundscapes filled with unorthodox structures and rhythms alongside anchoring basslines and dreamy melodies. […]

CARCASS with THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Australian/New Zealand Tour, April 2024

Carcass and The Black Dahlia Murder are coming! Ferocious and uncompromising in their execution, CARCASS’s ability to intricately dissect the innards of death metal, and display them for us to sonically understand has been their point of excellence for well over three decades. Whether it was inventing gore-grind or creating the template for melodic death […]


Enter Shikari have been a household name for almost two decades now, their unique blending of genres endearing them to a disenfranchised world starving for change. After the tables were turned during the COVID pandemic, Enter Shikari found themselves floundering without their reliable support network, at a creative loss with seemingly no resolution. Rather than […]

ACE FREHLEY To Release New Solo Album 10,000 VOLTS Next February, Drops Title Track

Grammy-nominated R&RHOF inductee and guitar legend ACE FREHLEY announces the release of his new studio album, 10,000 Volts, due out on February 23, 2024. Produced by Ace and Steve Brown (Trixter), the 11-track 10,000 Volts sees Ace perform electrifying, hard-hitting, riff-heavy rock’n’ roll. As an appetiser he has released the first single and title track. […]


On December 3, 2023, POWERWOLF honoured the 75th birthday of the Prince of Darkness himself, the legendary Ozzy Osbourne, by releasing a cover of one of the Black Sabbath vocalist’s most famous solo tracks, Bark At The Moon. The title track of Ozzy’s celebrated 1983 album, Bark At The Moon, is an immortal classic, and […]


Following their electrifying cover of Billy Idol’s Shock To The System, LORD OF THE LOST has unveiled a brand-new official video for their cover of Roxette’s The Look – already known from the band’s most successful album to date, Blood & Glitter (2022, #1 German album charts). Now the song is re-released on the 2CD […]

DRAGONFORCE Release ‘Doomsday Party’ (featuring ELIZE RYD)

Extreme power metal unit DRAGONFORCE has released a new version of their single Doomsday Party, now unveiled as a duet with Elize Ryd (AMARANTHE). This version will be included as a bonus track on some editions of DRAGONFORCE’s highly anticipated upcoming album Warp Speed Warriors, out on March 15, 2024 via Napalm Records. Led by […]

ALL THIS FILTH Reveal New Track ‘Breathing Concrete’

All This Filth, the dynamic and trailblazing music group known for their industrial-tinged groove metal sound and impassioned lyrics, recently set the stage ablaze with the announcement of their signing with US record label Brutal Records for their much-anticipated new album titled Tomorrow Will Be Better?. After dropping the single It’s Never Going To Be […]

BRUCE DICKINSON Unveils Action-Packed Video For ‘The Afterglow Of Ragnarok’

Bruce Dickinson has unveiled the dramatic, action-packed video for The Afterglow Of Ragnarok, the first single to be taken from his upcoming solo album The Mandrake Project. Last Friday, in front of a packed audience on the opening day of CCXP23, Brazil’s huge Comic-Con event in Sao Paulo, he premiered the spectacular film and revealed […]


Frenzal Rhomb are as reliable as Grandma’s recipe for scones, and probably twice as durable. For more than 30 years now, Australia’s masters of punk and ska have gone about their business unchecked, churning out consistently high-quality albums with tongue more than firmly planted in cheek. The lyrics – while relatively easy to digest – […]

Backstage At GOOD THINGS 2023 With ORION From BEHEMOTH

For far too long, heavy metal on the heavier side of the spectrum has been overlooked at music festivals in this country. Even those that claim to be all about the metal generally stop short of having a bona fide, skull-shattering musical representative grace their stages. It happens that often that many have stopped even […]

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