Twelve Foot Ninja are returning to Australia with their international Monsoon Tour for one night only at Melbourne’s 170 Russell on Friday 12th January 2018. Tickets on sale NOW at Moshtix.
It’s no wonder the band will showcase the Monsoon Tour in their hometown, they’ve been on the road for quite some time this past year and where better to bring it straight home??
Twelve Foot Ninja will take this tour around Eastern Europe, India, Nepal including headlining slots at Germany’s Euroblast Festival and Nepal’s Silence Festival. This time last year, Twelve Foot Ninja were embarking on national and international album tours for their latest ARIA nominated album Outlier.
This will be the final show of their international Monsoon tour and only show in Australia.
Tickets on sale on 27th September 2017 at 9am. Supports will be announced at a later date.
FOZZY have announced that their seventh studio album Judas will arrive on October 13th 2017 via Century Media.
FOZZY have already experienced incredible success with the “Judas” single. The official music video has accumulated almost 9 million views in just a few months, and the song hit No. 1 on iTunes charts in eight countries. Vocalist Chris Jericho went to bat for the single, eventually convincing Century Media to release “Judas” as the new album’s flagship cut.After their hugest charting (#54 on the Billboard 200) and most successful record, 2014’s “Do You Wanna Start A War” and subsequent tour finished at the end of 2015, the band began focusing on taking their future to a new level creatively and enlisted critically acclaimed song writer Johnny Andrews to produce the new record. With Andrews, Ward and Jericho (the team who created FOZZY‘s highest charting single “Lights Go Out”) at the helm, FOZZY spent 2016 crafting their new masterpiece for a spring 2017 release.
“After the huge success of the Do You Wanna Start A War record and the tour that followed that saw us share the stage with such incredible bands as Kiss, Slash & Myles Kennedy, BuckCherry and Theory Of A Deadman, we decided to take 2016 off to recharge and write songs. But now WE’RE BACK with our best album EEEVVVEEERRR and are so excited to destroy stages all across the globe again! There is nothing like playing FOZZY rock n roll to our amazing friends worldwide and watching you guys smile, laugh and have a blast…after all, isn’t that what rock n roll is all about? We believe that there’s only three things you can count on in life: death, taxes and the fact that if you come to a FOZZY show, you are GOING to have a great time!! That’s the FOZZY money back guarantee...”- Chris Jericho.
Chris Jericho talks about JUDAS the album exclusively for Australia:
The success of the single Judas is mindblowing!
‘’I think it’s the right song at the right place at the right time. I think there’s been a lot of goodwill towards Fozzy over the years with a slow and steady build. And I think that I had such a huge year last year in 2016 in the WWE that a lot of people wanted to check out why I left the WWE to go to Fozzy and they gave us a chance when they hadn’t in the past. And as a result, heard this song Judas, which is our best song. So, hooky, so heavy, so dark the lyrics are very dark. Everyone can relate to those lyrics. I think like I said it’s just a great piece of timing and that so many people check out the band that never had in the past. And then hearing this amazing song with these lyrics that everybody can relate to ‘’Everyone I’ve Ever Loved I’ve Pushed Them All Away’’
“It’s about making the wrong decision knowing that you’re making the wrong decision listening to the Judas in your mind and betraying yourself. So, I think all those things combined with a killer video, a great team, the return of Paul DiLeo. All of these things really, just all kind of compounded at the right time to create this perfect storm of Judas which is now a top 20 billboard which is awesome.’’
What can we expect from Judas the album.
“Well I mean if you like Judas the song, there was actually a big debate with the record company as to what the first single should be. There’s so many great songs on this I think if this was like 1987 in the days of Hysteria and Appetite for Destruction when you saw a band that had five or six singles. This is that type of record. There was a lot of argument about whether Painless should be the single or Elevator or Weight Of My World and now Drinkin’ With Jesus is in contention so there’s a lot of great songs on the record. It’s very much a more compact album. It’s very much more about the songs and very much, is this song a single if it’s not if it doesn’t have a single potential let’s not even put it on the record so we have 11 singles on this record which is the way we wanted. It took a long time to get it right. We didn’t even record a couple of songs that we wrote for it, they just weren’t right. So these are the best 11 songs that we that we have, all of them could be hits. And as we’ve seen with Judas I think this record is going to take us to a completely different level, all across the board.”
The writing process is a lot different this time around
“Before it was always Rich who wrote the music and I wrote the lyrics. We worked with Johnny Andrews last record for lights go out which was our biggest song to date and we decided we wanted to use an outside producer for this record. You know like Kiss with Bob Ezrin or Metallica with Bob Rock. Not that we’re those bands but it’s the same vibe that you want to do something different and there wasn’t anybody named Bob available apparently. So we went with Johnny Andrews because we had really enjoyed working with him on Lights Go Out and he produced the record and he co-wrote all the songs with Rich. I submitted all my lyrics and three of them were used which are Running With The Bulls, Wordsworth Way and Three Days In Jail but the rest are all Johnny and Rich collaborations. So they write them and I sell them. It really doesn’t matter. It’s just whatever’s best for the song. And we had a great songwriting team in Rich and Johnny and the contributions that I made, the lyrics that I contributed. And once again every song, not worried about if there’s a solo on it, Judas doesn’t even have a soul it’s just got a really cool middle Queen section. A lot of it would always be like well let’s write a song with a crazy solo in it in a 4-minute intro and all that’s gone. It’s very compact is very much what AC/DC did when they worked with Mutt Lang also a Robert. Lot of Robert’s man. We need to find Robert but we found Johnny and it’s even better for us.”
When can Australian fans expect a tour.
“We’ve been waiting to come back to Australia since 2013. We were lucky enough to tour there twice in 2013 on the Soundwave tour with Metallica and then with Steel Panther, great times. Australia is one of our favorite places to go. We’ve been there I think four or five times now with Fozzy but we haven’t been there since the Do You Want To Start A War Record came out which is 2014. I remember we listened to the demos for Do You Want To Start A War Record in our hotel room on that tour with Steel Panther so we got to make it back there. That’s one of our goals and I know there’s a lot of people waiting to see us and we are super excited about Australia. One of our favorite countries to tour in, Foztralia, Fozzy in Aussiehas to happen again. So we’re looking forward to doing that on this tour cycle. Hopefully in 2018 for sure.”
We are Fozzy
Chris Jericho – vocals
Rich Ward – guitars, vocals
Frank Fontsere – drums
Billy Grey – guitars
Paul DiLeo – bass
Crushing audiences across the globe with their driving force and energetic stage presence, Melbourne thrashers MASON deliver commanding performances that has taken them on tours across Australia and beyond in Asia, Europe plus Canada where they have shared the stage with the likes of Harlott, Havok, Accept, Revocation, Mutank and Annihilator.
Drawing influence from The Big Four and The Bay Area, MASON encapsulates the 80′s thrash sound mixed with fast tempos and a dominating rhythm section. Unleashing their debut self-titled EP in 2011, MASON are ones not to let the dust settle. Their ten track debut album, “Warhead” was released in 2013 and included guest guitarist Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, Nevermore). In 2016, MASON jumped straight back into the studio to record their second EP, “Unmerciful”, the perfect follow up showcasing the band’s ability to fuse fast and aggressive metal along with melodic guitar work that captivated and reinforced their stronghold on a global level.
Now in 2017, their second full length “Impervious” mixed and mastered by Erin Hamidovic (Devin Townsend Project, Sikth, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Elm Street) is crashing the gates and kicking the mosh pit into overdrive with its official release set for October 6th. The nine glorious thrashing tracks will be blazing an even bigger trail for this Aussie powerhouse.
Vocalist and guitarist Jimmy Benson comments:
“During the demo process we wrote a lot of material, but the majority made the “Impervious” album minus one or two songs. We spent a lot of time fine tuning the songs and making sure they kicked ass! For this album, we focused mainly on trimming the fat and stepping up the energy and tempos. Fast, focused and heavy! For those wanting to know more about this release, “Impervious” touches on so many topics from suicide, death, terrorism and more events that happen to people around the world. When ya look at the front cover, it is a symbol of character and strength of a boy that goes about his everyday life in the worst conditions and does what is normal to him to get by day to day. To sum it up, this new album is powerful and holds a strong message from start to finish.”
The band’s latest music video “Cross This Path” features live clips from their cross Canada tour with Annihilator and Mutank this past June. Watch it at the following link:
Plus the band’s first music video “Tears of Tragedy” in support of “Impervious” can be viewed at this following link:
Album pre-order for a CD copy of “Impervious” available on MASON‘s website www.masonofficialmetal.com plus will be available for digital download on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all major online retailers on October 6th.
1. Eligos (0:29)
2. Burn (3:30)
3. Tears of Tragedy (4:05)
4. The Afterlife (5:13)
5. Impervious (4:48)
6. Cross This Path (3:26)
7. Sacrificed (4:11)
8. Hellbent on Chaos (3:54)
9. Created To Kill (6:29)
Album Length: 36:08
Album And Live Band Line Up:
Jimmy Benson – Vocals, Guitar
Nonda T. – Drums
Steve Montalto – Bass
Grant Burns – Guitar