Australian Thrash metallers Alkira self released their latest EP The Pulse on the 29th of November 2019. This release follows up their highly acclaimed album Klotho (2016). Alkira state that The Pulse is "5 tracks of raw and relentless thrash and groove metal, which will light a fire upon the souls who stumble across it."
After a small break from the scene the boys from Adelaide are back. Alkira have supported these releases through consistent Australian touring, as well as around South-East Asia as the main support act for US thrashers Havok and a headlining tour of New Zealand in 2015. Alkira have also been awarded support slots for Lamb of God, Fear Factory, Tankard, Toxic Holocaust, Grave, Municipal Waste, Warbringer, King Parrot and Psycroptic.
Alkira is an Adelaide 4 piece thrash/groove metal band, with a sound which is inspired by, and blends together influences of bands such as Sepultura, Metallica, Carcass, Testament, Black Breath and Death. The band started in 2010 and has since had success with two full length albums and two EPs and extensively tour national and international circuits. These international tours have included New Zealand, and a Southeast Asian tour with American thrashers Havok.
This run also saw the band sign to Truth inc Records, who re–released their first album Juggernaut while also releasing and managing the distribution of the sophomore album Klotho. Alkira has achieved numerous supporting slots which include a slew of international acts, such as Lamb of God, Fear Factory, Flesh God Apocalypse, Warbringer, Toxic Holocaust, Goatwhore, King Parrot, Lord and Municipal Waste. These shows were met with regular success and helped build the band a healthy fan base. Supporting a new release, The Pulse, Alkira are looking to hit the touring circuit again. Their aim is to bring new levels to their high energy, intense, charismatic live performance with huge crushing riffs so the name “Alkira” on tip of people’s tongues.
Gregory Challis - Guitar & Vocals
Joel Parkinson - Guitars
Tyson Mahoney - Bass
Ryan Quarrington - Drums
The Pulse is available on their Bandcamp page.
Australian alternative metal act All This Filth have officially released their brand new video for the track “Drowning” which comes off their latest album “Misery Season” released last year. This is the band’s first full video feature and the track is also available on all digital streaming platforms HERE.
On the song and upcoming video for “Drowning”, frontman Brendan Preston comments:-
“Drowning is basically about my terrible mental state. It’s about Depression and the feeling of constantly being dragged below the surface and rising again, only to be hit by another wave. It's relentless. It’s just life for anyone, but made much harder when you’re suffering from a mental illness. I think a lot of people can relate and connect to the song and that’s why we’ve decided to do this as our first video clip for the “Misery Season” album.”
Watch the video for “Drowning” HERE
All This Filth's most recent album “Misery Season” gained a West Australia Music Award nomination earlier in 2019 for the first single “This Is Misery”, their second nomination in the band’s career. A second single release, "Reject The Machine" followed with an accompanying lyric video.
Listen to "This Is Misery" here | Watch the lyric video for "Reject The Machine" here.
To the uninitiated, All This Filth are a Metal band from Perth, Western Australia. They blend many different Metal and heavy sub genres including Groove Metal, Thrash, Hardcore, Death Metal, Industrial Metal and even hints of Sludge and Nu-Metal to create a unique blend of aggressive fury. Strongly influenced by bands such as Fear Factory, Chimaira and Sepultura, the essence of what metal really means is expressed sonically through the crushing riffs, solid drums and ballsy bass, while being dynamically shaped with electronic keys and audio samples.
All This Filth, or otherwise known as ATF spent much of 2018 writing and recording their sophomore album “Misery Season”. Recorded over several months from June – November 2018, the band pushed themselves to complete the momentous task and are ready to hit the road to prepare everyone for what is to come!
Australian blackened death metal outfit Earth Rot are now unveiling the very first track of their upcoming opus 'Black Tides of Obscurity', which will be released on March 06, 2020 via Season of Mist. The music video for the single 'Dread Rebirth' is now streaming via the official Season of Mist YouTube channel HERE. The link may be freely spread throughout your channels.
Earth Rot comment: "Dread Rebirth, our first single from Black Tides Of Obscurity is the opening of the void. The simultaneous unlocked and unhinging of mind, both visually and musically. We're excited to begin the year with our opening track that we will be playing live this month and on tour in March."
The album can be pre-ordered HERE.
After one month of voting, nearly 6,000 votes cast and countless sharing across all social media platforms by us and nominees alike, the time has come to announce the winners of the GMA Awards 2019.
But before that happens, there will be a change to how the nominees are cast. For 10 months of the year we will be running a series of rounds from which the 10 finalists will be recognised for the annual event.
The system will work as thus: nominees elected in the month of January are voted for in February... February nominees voted in March, etc and finishes with nominees in October being voted for in November - the finalists will then be voted for across the month of December and into early January 2021; finishing 8th January 2021.
Now that's put out into the open, we can finally reveal the winners of the GMA Awards 2019.
Release Of The Year
Best Live Act
Breakthrough African Metal Band
Breakthrough Asian Metal Band
Breakthrough European Metal Band
Breakthrough UK Metal Band
Breakthrough North & Central American Metal Band
Breakthrough Oceanian Metal Band
Breakthrough South American Metal Band
Breakthrough International Metal Band
Festival Of The Year
Music Video Of The Year
Global Metal Ambassador 2019
* Later withdrawn by request of nominee.
Sydney ascending metalcore outfit Polaris recently announced their highly anticipated sophomore album The Death Of Me, due to be released on 21st February 2020 via SharpTone Records. Today the five-piece are pleased to reveal their first album trailer, and also launch all album pre-orders!
You can view the trailer here, in which the band discuss their forthcoming album: https://youtu.be/hVMnrs9SkuI
All pre-orders for The Death Of Me are now available here: https://www.shrptn.co/polaris
When it came time to make their new album, The Death Of Me, the Sydney outfit knew they had a tall order on their hands.
Drummer Daniel Furnari states:-
“We wanted to walk a line between maintaining what’s defined our band and brought people to our music in the first place, while trying to write for ourselves and keep ourselves interested. Being our second full-length, we knew it was important for us to surprise the listener as well - nobody wants to hear the same record twice. We wanted to give them things they wouldn’t expect, take them to new places, but also for it to be definitively a Polaris record, building on what we’ve been working towards.”
Polaris returned to the house in the small Australian South Coast town of Mollymook where they made The Mortal Coil, converting it into a temporary studio. The familiar surrounds acted as something of a refuge after the high-pressure claustrophobia of touring. Accompanying the band was their front of house sound engineer, Lance Prenc, and long-time friend Scott Simpson (of Melbourne band Alpha Wolf), both of whom co-produced the album with the band. They tried a few new approaches to song writing, with tracks such as the anthemic first single, Masochist starting life as a vocal melody, around which the riffs were built, as opposed to the other way around.
In the two years since The Mortal Coil, Polaris have embarked on three sold-out headlining tours of Australia, as well as supporting Architects and Parkway Drive around the country; five runs throughout Europe (including a series of arena shows supporting Architects and a slew of high-profile summer festival spots); three separate US tours; not to mention performing at Download Festival in Australia. Somewhere in there, the quintet found time to write The Death Of Me.
Polaris announced a UK headline tour last week, in May 2020 with support from label mates Currents and Alpha Wolf, plus Varials. Tickets are on sale now!
POLARIS - THE DEATH OF ME UK TOUR 2020 - Special Guests: Alpha Wolf, Currents, Varials
03.05.20 Bristol - The Fleece
04.05.20 Birmingham - o2 Academy2
05.05.20 Glasgow - G2
06.05.20 London - o2 Academy Islington
The Death Of Me is set to arrive two years since Polaris released their ARIA-nominated, Australian top 10 debut The Mortal Coil which introduced the group to legions of fans around the country and, thanks to an extensive international touring schedule, the world.
Watch the music video for debut single Masochist here: https://youtu.be/jmU2HH0LHmY
Polaris have just wrapped up a UK run with Northlane, with dates still currently continuing across Europe:
POLARIS w/ NORTHLANE & VOID OF VISION
17.12.19 Germany München @ Backstage
18.12.19 Switzerland Aarau @ Kiff
19.12.19 Luxemburg Luxemburg @ den Atelier
20.12.19 Germany Köln @ Essigfabrik
21.12.19 Germany Wiesbaden @ Schlachthof
Australian blackened death metal outfit Earth Rot are now unveiling the cover artwork and album details of their upcoming opus 'Black Tides of Obscurity' which will be released on March 06, 2020 via Season of Mist.
Earth Rot comment:-
"A morbid hallucination of the inevitable end. Heralded by titanic black waves, monstrous tentacles spill forth from the abyss, accompanied by a total fracturing of the mind. Hanging black in the heavens, an all-seeing spectre of the adversary confirms our darkest fear: doom is coming for us all. It is with much excitement we reveal the title and artwork for our upcoming Season of Mist debut release, Black Tides of Obscurity with artwork by the exceptional Khaos Diktator Design. To celebrate the album release, we've hand-picked line-ups of the best that Australia's underground metal scene has to offer. Direct support comes from South Australia's most blasphemous sons: Christ Dismembered."
It's not all prog that comes from the land down under! Earth Rot; Australia's blackened death metal machine, with an old-school undercurrent and a sense of grim relentless groove. It is hateful, harmful, sinister and melancholy noise shaped by the world around you.
Since the inception in 2014, Earth Rot have pulled no punches, recording, releasing and touring heavily across Australia, Asia and Europe with no intent of settling for anything less. Their debut album 'Follow The Black Smoke' was released in the same year, quickly followed by the 'Chthonian Virtues' EP (2016) and the second full length 'Renascentia' in 2017.
Cultivating their sound in direct support of legends in the realms of black metal and death metal, around the world. The band embarked on heavy tours together with acts like FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, PSYCROPTIC, VADER and MARDUK.
The past five years has seen Earth Rot quickly develop into a complex beast, dwelling in the deepest of pits. And this beast is ready to be released upon the masses...
Southwest Sydney metalcore five-piece Harroway have blasted on the scene and teamed up with masters of their craft at Graphics Nature Audio (The Amity Affliction, Knocked Loose, Counterparts, Thy Art Is Murder) with their debut single "Shine" flaunting intricate guitar work, huge heavy vocals and catchy cleans.
The track itself was recorded in Belleville, New Jersey at legendary Graphics Nature Audio with production and engineering by Sonny Truelove with the mix and master by Will Putney. "Shine" explores the light and shade up against the brutal raw vocals that form the backbone of the track with melodic instrumentation that weaves its way throughout.
The single is essentially a reminder for vocalist Matt Banks and to listeners not to give up on passions and aspirations no matter how hard life gets. Banks explains the writing process in saying that:-
"Over the course of the writing process riffs and structures changed, and so did my mood, so the verse became an outlet for the dark personal things I was dealing with at the time - which was basically feelings of not being good enough."
"Keeping the original intentions for the song in mind, I reflected back on all the positive words of encouragement I had received over the years while trying to follow my dreams which I summed up into the lyrics: ‘But I remember something you said, never forget the reason your heart beats in your chest. Keep the fire inside. We’re all born to shine’.
The single comes accompanied with a music video directed and conceptualised by music cinematography legend Third Eye Visuals (Parkway Drive, Gravemind, In Hearts Wake). The film features the band playing through their single within a colourful kaleidoscope that transitions along with the music, creating for a captivating watch and an addictive listen.
Harroway consists of former members of Maybe I’ll Live Forever, Isotopes and Like Royals with Matt Banks on vocals, Marcus Cunich on guitar and vocals, Alex Maybury on guitar, Jordan Sheriff on bass and Jesse Gallagher on drums. The band has arrived just in time to take their place among Australia's best and heaviest, representing Australia's thriving and ever-growing heavy music scene.
WATCH HARROWAY - SHINE VIDEO HERE:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_YxEsKSNb0&feature=youtu.be
"Shine" is out now and is available on all digital stores and streaming platforms!
Long running Australian folk metallers, Valhalore recently released an epic music video for their new single Legacy.
Watch it here:- https://youtu.be/lzATM5RAMGE
The bands vocalist Lachlan Neate comments on the track:-
"Legacy is an impassioned cry for the every man to stand up and be counted! We find ourselves awake and aware on a habitable rock hurtling through space as old as time itself. Why not live epically and be remembered?! This song aims to incite a fire within the listener to appreciate their life, look within for what drives them, and to then go forth and 'conquer the day'!"
The video has clocked up an incredible 177 000 views on the bands Facebook post and has received unanimous praise from fans all over the world for its outstanding production values courtesy of Third Eye Visuals.
Catch Valhalore in the coming weeks as they join Finland’s legendary Kalmah on their Australian tour
Thursday, October 31: Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane
Friday, November 1: Crowbar, Sydney
Sunday, November 3: Max Watts, Melbourne
Tickets on sale now via - www.overdrivetouring.com
Formed in 2013, Valhalore have been carving a path through the Australian metal landscape like an unstoppable Viking longship. Drawing upon elements of Melodic Death, Power, and Symphonic Metal, as well as folk music and cinematic scores, Valhalore weave a musical tapestry that is both breathtaking and awe-inspiring. With haunting melodic passages, crushing riffs, and heartfelt lyrical journeys, Valhalore awakens a sense of majesty within all who hear them.
Regarded as one of the most engaging live acts in the scene today. Their 2017 “Voyage Across Australia” tour saw the band play to a sold out Brisbane album launch, and hordes of screaming fans night after night, further solidifying their place as masters of their craft. The band have shared stages with notable global acts such as Kamelot, Eluveitie and Insomnium as well as Australian luminaries Be’Lakor and Lagerstein. In 2018 they made their international debut travelling to Japan in support of Ensiferum, Trollfest and Wind Rose.
Lachlan Neate – Lead Vocals, Mandolin & Cello
Anthony Willis – Guitar & Vocals
Lucas Fisher – Guitar & Vocals
Sophie Christensen – Low Whistle & Tin Whistle
Matthew Grimley – Bass Guitar
Morgan O'Sullivan – Drums
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Australian death metal war-masters Ignivomous premiere the new track "Hieroglossia" through MetalBite.com. The track hails from the band's long-awaited third album, Hieroglossia, set for international release on November 15th via Nuclear War Now! Productions. Hear Ignivomous' "Hieroglossia" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Seven long years after the release of their sophomore album, Contragenesis, Ignivomous return with their third full-length, Hieroglossia, unveiling eight tracks of organic, primal death metal — the kind the band has become synonymous with in its 13-year existence within the death metal underground.
Borne out of the members' desire to see a resurgence of a heavier, more dissonant style of death metal, Ignivomous were among the first wave of bands to reignite interest in the genre in the first decade of this century. Hieroglossia preserves the core membership of the band present throughout its tenure — Sean Hinds (guitar), Chris Broadway (drums), and Jael Edwards (vocals) — and presents the recording debut of Lewis Fischer on guitar (Altars) and Chris Jordon (Inverloch, Eskhaton) on bass, both of whom have cemented the band’s live assault for the previous few years in a campaign of high-profile shows in their native Australia. This lineup in its current form has secured and built upon the band’s unrelentingly legacy, oozing raw, sinister death metal pushed a step further into the void, creating an album which synthesizes the band's influences with a definitive and individual vision. While projecting a murky and atmospheric take on the death metal template, Heiroglossia avoids sacrificing the primacy of the riff for reverb-drenched formlessness or songwriting in favour of dissonance for its own sake.
Thematically, Heiroglossia continues Ignivomous’ investigation into topics of Philosophical pessimism, influenced by the works of Thomas Ligotti and E.M. Cioran, and Gnostic concepts of the fallen and hostile nature of the material world, presented throughout with a literary sensibility which should be accustomed to those familiar with their previous output.
In the meantime, hear the brand-new title track "Hieroglossia" exclusively HERE, courtesy of MetalBite.com. Also hear the previously revealed "Shackles of the Demiurge" exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com, as well as the first-revealed "Thalassophobia" HERE at Nuclear War Now's Bandcamp.
Australian Trap Metal pioneers The Weight Of Silence return with new single & video "Runnin' Through The 666"
Hot off of a collaboration with Upon A Burning Body main man Danny Leal, The Weight Of Silence are here to prove that trap metal isn't a trend and neither are they. Continuing to prove their unique approach to a fresh genre, The Weight of Silence are "Runnin' Through The 666" on their latest single, blending metalcore with the swagger of trap!
Vocalist Jacob Pederson states that:-
“While we’ve focused our recent 2 singles on the #TRAPMETAL movement, our brand new single "Runnin Through The 666" could almost be placed as melodic hardcore! This is the sound we started this band on, and even though we’re all about evolving with our sound, we will never forget where we came from. This one is for our day one fans!"
Watch "Runnin' Through The 666" Official Video
The video for "Runnin' Through the 666" premiered on September 18 through New Noise Magazine; it showcases the band's live energy and the flare for the dramatic that can be heard in all of their songs. It's undeniably an unconventional and sometimes silly approach, but The Weight of Silence's roots in hardcore are evident in their music and in their dedication to their fans!
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