Raise your steins, it’s party time! Stop what you are doing and get yourself a bottle of rum as Australia’s favourite party pirates Lagerstein have just dropped a new single! Releasing their very own pirate rendition of the 80’s Eddie Murphy & Rick James classic “Party All the Time” this crew know how to instantly create a party banger.
Mixing hilarious pirate shenanigans with rock and folk metal, the pirate crew hailing from Brisbane are known for their legendary stage show, which brings a house party to the heavy metal show. Teaming up with Swedish wizard and legendary metal producer Fredrik Nordström of Studio Fredman, the crew have created a version that we can now party all the time too!
Lagerstein guitarist Neil Rummy Rackers had this to say on the new single:
“We started playing this song in practice for fun a while back when someone was late. We knew immediately that it would work in a live setting. Since then we have performed it all through Europe, UK and Australia, so it was only fitting that for Lagerfest V we release it as a single. We were very excited to be working with the legendary Fredrik Nordström in Sweden who has made it sound absolutely massive!”
Check it out here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vi2ISIp_aoA
Lagerfest V starts Saturday in Melbourne at Max Watts. You have three chances to catch this incredible band live and have a few beers to say the least!
15/9 - Melbourne - Max Watts
21/9 - Sydney - Bald Faced Stag
6/10 - Brisbane - The Brightside Car Park
Reanimated Australian black metal cult Ichor premiere the new track "Noble Ichor" at Decibel magazine's website. The track hails from the band's long-awaited debut album of Australia's God of Thunder God of War, set for international release on October 5th via Seance Records. Hear Ichor's "Noble Ichor" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
If the name Ichor isn't immediately familiar, it's for good reason: this extremely cult black metal band formed in 1993 and disbanded later that year. During that time, the band recorded and released a self-titled four-track demo tape. But, its disbanding was also for good reason: Ichor's two members, Wraith and Diablore, wanted to focus on their other band, the now-legendary Nazxul. Thus, in the grand context of Australian black metal, Ichor served as an oft-unknown yet crucial puzzle piece.
Late in 2017, the decision was made by Wraith and Diablore to re-form Ichor, and the duo promptly recorded the band's first full-length. Aptly titled God of Thunder God of War, Ichor's debut album thematically focuses on Slavic paganism. In fact, the moniker Ichor itself the ancient Greek word for the fluid that runs in the gods' veins; the concept behind using that word was that the only difference between humanity and the gods is a physical substance or principal, thusly meaning that humanity can rise to the ranks of gods.
With that foundation at hand, Ichor's God of Thunder God of War indeed soars to the heights - and likewise depths - through a sinuous surge of stout, atmospherically inclined black metal. In many ways, the album's a culmination and consolidation of the paradigmatic Australian black metal sound pioneered by Nazxul - and, by proxy, Ichor - as it wends and wends through the sturm und drang, the tragedy and triumph, for which OZBM has become so renown for nearly two decades. Suitably, here is a sound both timeless and current, breathing the essence of ancient days and charging forward across the present simultaneously: grim majesty and bittersweet melodicism commingle, their tendrils locking together as the almost-levitational thrust of Ichor's palpable physicality takes flight. It all makes for high drama, suggestive of a narrative arc, and its remarkably compact six-song/37-minute runtime feels far more epic than it has any right to be. Understandably, the album contains a rerecording of one of the original demo tracks, titled "Daughters Of Wrath" - a song about the cunning folk and practitioners of the Slavonic native faith, witches.
Let it be known, however, that God of Thunder God of War is no mere "retro" gesture: Ichor are currently working on new material, and will be an ongoing band. In the meantime, hail the old gods - God of Thunder God of War!
Continue hailing with the new track "Noble Ichor" exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. Begin hailing with the previously revealed "Spectres of the Woods" HERE at Seance Records' official YouTube channel.
The release date of the of the album „Sons Of Steel“ by the Australian Heavy Metal Band Black Alice as CD is October 12th, 2018. The pre-order phase will start on September 28th, 2018 in our webshop. The album will be released in a limited Edition of 666 copies (hand-numbered), with 2 Bonus-tracks, certificate and hologram.
The virtually unknown second album "Sons of Steel" from the Australian HM band Black Alice is nothing short of a superb Rock Musical. It was privately released in micro quantity, only in Australia in 1988, so very few people got to experience it.
The Black Alice band was reformed especially to record the soundtrack for the Australian cult sci-fi HM musical feature film “Sons Of Steel”. The Heavy Metal from the band’s previous album “Endangered Species” was combined with more commercial elements, and will remind you of Alice Cooper or the "Rocky Horror Picture Show". But Rob Hartley’s distinctive vocals and Jamie Page’s power chords and unique blistering solos define it as undisputed Black Alice.
It’s strange … but great! Available for the first time in the Karthago CD-Classics Series without having to pay a fortune for it! Definitely worth discovering!
Aussie metal vanguard Mongrel's Cross stream the entirety of their highly anticipated second album, Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court, at heavily trafficked web-portal NoCleanSinging.com. Set for international release on August 3rd via Hells Headbangers, hear Mongrel's Cross's Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Hailing from the extreme metal hotbed of Australia, Mongrel's Cross are one of the best-kept secrets Down Under. Mind you, the band - now pared down to a duo - have been quiet since the release of their Hells Headbangers debut album, The Sins of Aquarius, in 2012, but those years away from the prying eyes of the metal public have paid off in spades on Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court. Here, these hooligans take everything that made The Sins of Aquarius so grimly gratifying - the widescreen span of filthy thrashing, down-tempo war-marches, and epic metal grandeur alike - and render it all the more terrifying and triumphant through clear 'n' cutting production. It's the age-old axis of form meeting content, and rarely has a metal record this cleanly produced sounded so threatening, which simply underlines the powerful panache to the band's strong songwriting.
Taken another way, with Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court, Mongrel's Cross step deeper into territory that's entirely their own. Not for them the over-generalization of "Australia = war metal" nor the simplistic connotations associated with such; no, the duo are at the height of their compositional powers and are now truly a great extreme METAL entity. All the drama and danger, legendary and lawlessness, power and poison, and essential OTT abandon of this art-form otherwise known as heavy metal: everything is played out with a palpably physical poetry across Psalter of the Royal Dragon. Suitably, its lyrical themes range a rich panoply of occultism - among others, such titles as "Vessel of Shar On," "Neurian Transformation," and "Derkesthai - Initiation (to see clearly)" should suggest plenty - making this a thoroughly engrossing experience deserving of the band's elevated standards.
When so much metal aims so low, for such no-hope ghettoization, it's down to true mavericks like Mongrel's Cross to lead the intrepid to illumination. Hereby, open the Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court!
Perth groove metal act Bayview Suspect recently announced their new EP "Survival Or Ruin" earlier this month with the first single "Until Dusk" receiving rave reviews and positive feedback from fans and press alike including Hysteria Magazine stating "This EP has everything you could want from truly imaginative melodic groove metal–vicious vocals, machine gun drum lines, killer guitar and bass runs that tickle the ears like ants on speed".
The band capitalise on the success of the first single by releasing a second track titled "Laced With Deception", together with a cool new lyric video depicting the post-apocalyptic artwork found on the EP release. Watch and listen to the track below.
WATCH LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'LACED WITH DECEPTION' HERE
"Survival Or Ruin" will be released on September 14th through Rockpit Records. Pre-order is now available and comes in various options including digital download, physical CD and an exclusive bundle pack comprised of CD, digital download, t-shirt, 2 stickers and a limited edition banner style poster featuring the EP artwork available at a special pre-order price for a limited time. Order now at www.bayviewsuspect.com/store.
Perth groove metal act Bayview Suspect are ready to shake things up and get some heads banging again with the release of their new EP "Survival Or Ruin" due out September 14th through Rockpit Records. Produced by drummer Luke Specter and guitarist Brody Lawrence, the EP was recorded in Perth at Bayview Studios and Superfreak Studios with engineering and mixing duties handled by Daniel Thabet and Johnny Sohl. All tracks were mixed and mastered at Liquid Studios in Merrick, New York.
"Survival Or Ruin" is a brilliant and natural follow up to their debut EP "To Whom It May Concern" which was released in 2016. Where the band started with a heavy groove that takes influences from bands such as Lamb Of God and Whitechapel, this new release sees the band incorporate more melody and a hint of a more European metal sound that shows progression and a willingness to keep things fresh.
"From hook to breakdown, we’re proud of how Survival or Ruin showcases our evolution and song writing progression", says the band. "This EP is a testament to our need to experiment sonically and allows us to write tunes that’ll stay with you."
The band also recently announced a new member into the fold, Kristian Climo who takes over on guitar duties. The band comments: "Already being friends with Kristian and knowing how well he plays, we knew he would be a solid fit into Bayview."
Hometown Heavies at Vision Studios (All Ages)
Featuring Xenobiotic, Bayview Suspect, Aviscerus & Planetary
Saturday August 18th at 1pm
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Death metal barbarians Cemetery Urn premiere the new track "Down the Path of the Dead" at Decibel magazine's website. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated fourth album, Barbaric Retribution, set for international release on August 17th via Hells Headbangers. Hear Cemetery Urn's "Down the Path of the Dead" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
By now, Cemetery Urn should need no introduction. A staple of the Australian extreme metal scene, for over a decade now, the band have been a study in staunch self-reliance, self-booking two highly successful tours across the United States as well as releasing their first two albums on their own Cemetery Recordings. Although Hells Headbangers would release those first two albums - 2008's Urn of Blood and 2010's The Conquered Are Burned - on vinyl in 2011, Cemetery Urn's spirit is fiercely independent. Not to mention that they've a deep history in that Australian extreme metal scene: founding guitarist and songwriter Andrew Gillon also hails from reactivated Aussie barbarians Abominator, and previously played in the final lineup of Bestial Warlust; original vocalist Damon Bloodstorm was renowned as the frontman for Bestial Warlust and for Abominator from 1996-2001; and drummer Matt Crossingham, who's played with such bands as Belligerent Intent, Scars of Sodom, and Draconis Infernum.
Following up the momentum created by last year's poised 'n' powerful Cemetery Urn, Cemetery Urn strike with arguably their most vicious record yet. Ever aptly titled, Barbaric Retribution indeed makes good on the band's self-branded "Australian Barbaric Death Metal" tag, taking the martial foundation of their earlier work and locating a blood-red-raw humidity which makes their incendiary maelstrom all the more overwhelming. Cemetery Urn have never been short on powerful production - always, a balance between crush and clarity is sought - but Barbaric Retribution, perhaps due to its take-no-prisoners title, pushes the intensity to near-suffocating levels. But within that unremitting savagery lurks a greater number of doomed-out down-tempo twists and some truly demonic soloing, all ever suggestive of the very literal Armageddon at the heart of their aesthetic. Above all, Barbaric Retribution truly proves that unrelenting intensity and top-shelf songwriting need not be mutually exclusive terms - or, more to the point, that Barbaric Retribution is indeed BARBARIC RETRIBUTION!
Now scaled back to a lean 'n' mean quartet, Gillon handled bass in addition to his guitar duties on Barbaric Retribution, but the record sees the arrival of new vocalist S. Geoffery, who'll also be handling bass for live performances.
"I’d worked with S. Geoffery in Abominator live, so I knew he was capable of total unchained barbaric hatred, but the vocals recorded on the new album went beyond our most brutal expectations. There’s definitely some continuity from the Bloodstorm era of Cemetery Urn to the new era of Barbaric Retribution! The decision to continue as a four-piece will enable Cemetery Urn to get back on the road again and continue to brutalize metal maniacs worldwide! Barbaric Retribution is our manifesto to the stench of existence through this final stage of global decay."
Indeed, Cemetery Urn will be back on the road this fall touring Europe with Necrowretch - dates below. In the meantime, hear the new track "Down the Path of the Dead" exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. Also hear the album's title track HERE at Hells Headbangers' Bandcamp, where the album can be pre-ordered.
Soon, Cemetery Urn will be touring as part of the Burial Procession of Evropa, where they will be joined by France's esteemed Necrowretch. Presented by Killtown Bookings, the tour kicks off in September and will see both bands razing a dozen cities across eight countries. Burial Procession of Evropa will also be Cemetery Urn's first full tour in support of Barbaric Retribution. Confirmed dates and venues, as well as poster art by Misanthropic-Art, are as follows:
06.09 COPENHAGUE, DK – Killtown Death Fest
07.09 HAMBURG, DE – Bambi Galore
08.09 CHEMNITZ, DE – Nikola Tesla
09.09 MLADA BOLESLAV, CZ - Farářova Sluj
11.09 MILAN (ROZZANO), IT – Circolo Svolta
12.09 BASEL, CH – Hirscheneck
13.09 WOLFSBURG, DE – s.v. Jugendhaus Ost
14.09 KRAKOW, POL – Ze Pe Te
15.09 BERLIN, DE – Swamp Fest
18.09 PARIS, FR – Le Klub
19.09 ANTWERP, BE – Music City
21.09 WERMELSKIRCHEN, DE – NRW Death Fest
Brisbane death metal monsters Kaerulean have dropped their new lyric video for 'The Human Conditioned', the first single off their next release, 'The Orwellian Dream'. The clip release also coincides with the opening of pre-orders for their new EP, which began today.
"The Human Conditioned conceptually deals with the MK Ultra Experiments run by the CIA during from the 1950’s to the 1970’s. Various Mind control techniques, forms of torture and psychedelics were performed and used on children, sometimes completely breaking down their psyche and allowing them to be moulded to fit the desired format. This is the beginning of mind-control technology," says vocalist Adrian Pagano of the track.
Check it out below!
The EP, which will be the third record for Kaerulean, is their most ambitious to date, and with the positive responses they have received from their previous releases, this EP is already on track to propel them to the next level in their careers.
"The Orwellian Dream thematically details the four stage development of a totalitarian government, from the beginnings of societal brainwashing to the complete enslavement of humanity for the benefit of a powerful few. The concept for this album was brought about by the literary and conceptual interest we had for George Orwell, particularly his novel 1984. We also drew concepts from other authors including Aldous Huxley, Anthony Burgess and Lois Lowry. There are also real-life inspirations for The Orwellian Dream, such as the CIA MK Ultra Projects during the 1950’s-1970’s and as well as the invasive nature of social media. We recorded and mixed EP again at our own home studio in Brisbane. Brad Boatright of Audioseige took care of our mastering, while Remy from Headsplit Design did our artwork. This is our first release with Truth Inc Records and we are thrilled to be able to finally have you listen!" says Pagano of the EP.
'The Orwellian Dream' is now available for pre-order from via Truth Inc Records or the Kaerulean Bandcamp, but the band will also have some limited pre-order bundles to coincide with their upcoming gig with Archspire and Psycroptic.
The limited bundles will only be available via the band's Bandcamp or at their upcoming shows and will include a choice of the following:
Archspire/Psycroptic ticket + CD + Shirt
Archspire/Psycroptic ticket + CD
Archspire/Psycroptic ticket + Shirt,
CD + Shirt
You can catch Kaerulean at the following Brisbane dates:
Friday, August 3 - The Woolly Mammoth w/ Rise of Avernus
Thursday, August 16 - Crowbar w/ Archspire, Psycroptic and Hadal Maw
Australian death metallers Eskhaton have released the lyric video for "Culthulunatic," a track taken off the band's newest album Omegalitheos.
Released on June 20, Omegalitheos is an album that expands upon the violent nature of the genre. Each of its 14 tracks emanate dark chaotic energies; worshipping total death and execution. As a band, Eskhaton remains devoted to the legacy of the primeval forces like Possessed and Morbid Angel, moving them to levels which have not ever been reached in such intensity.
Brisbane's high-flying metal outfit Flynn Effect's EP Monument is out today!
Surfacing as a live band in August 2014 and releasing their first album Skin just a few months later, Flynn Effect quickly established themselves within their scene as a force to be reckoned with – delivering a refreshing take on alternative rock and a theatrical live show featuring the band’s own self-created automatic lighting system, CO2 and pyrotechnics.
Flynn Effect's ambitious live performances have seen the band share the stage with rock and metal royalty, including Lacuna Coil, Wednesday 13, Davey Suicide and Seether, as well as perform alongside Australian heavyweights Orpheus Omega, Osaka Punch and Darkcell. In 2018, Flynn Effect are embarking on a new journey with the release of a new EP and a national tour in its support.
Flynn Effect's Monument EP is out now. All Singles are also available now in Spotify and Apple Music.
More details at flynneffectmusic.com
Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of Voyager. The Australian progressive metallers will release their upcoming full length via Season of Mist in 2019 and re-release their entire back catalogue.
Listen to the previously released album 'V' here and listen to 'The Meaning of I' here.
"We are very excited to be joining forces with Season of Mist! Not only will we be working together to produce and release new music in 2019, but also to reissue our entire back catalogue for the first time. Season of Mist have a long history of strongly supporting unique acts, and working with them to nurture their creativity and help them reach a wider audience. Danny, Ash, Simone, Scott and Alex believe they couldn't be a better fit for Voyager and are stoked for what the future brings for the band and label."
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