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The Viking gods of progressive black metal, ENSLAVED return to herald the coming of Spring along Australia’s East Coast this August.
Casper sat down with Enslaved Vocalist/Bass Player, Grutle Kjellson about their plans for the tour thanks to David Roy Williams.
Fresh from delivering the outstandingly heavy powerhouse of an album ‘E’, ENSLAVED is bringing the brutal beauty of their doom-laden drums and sledgehammer guitars to deliver a glimpse of metal Valhalla in the blood pounding manner that only they can.
“Grutle Kjellson growls and rasps to a deceptively wide range while his bass stomps through the Concert Hall. The music is magnificent, with ten-minute songs vanishing in what feels like a matter of seconds.” Hellbound – Feb 2018
As well as the Norse magnificence of new works “Sacred Horse” and “Storm Son” fans will be treated to epic songs from throughout the band’s outstanding career including such intense classics as “Roots Of The Mountain”, “Vetrarnótt” and “Isa”.
“In their twenty-seventh year as a band and touring in support of their fourteenth studio LP, they have not lost one ounce of inspiration, energy, or excitement.” Heathen Harvest – March 2018
The last time ENSLAVED toured Australia it felt like the closing of a chapter. Instead of winding down, however, the band has found new inspiration, and this re-energized ENSLAVED is truly something to behold.
“With the dual guitar combinations of Ivar Bjørnson and Arve Isdal creating plenty of hard-hitting riffs to keep the crowd enthused, Grutle Kjellson‘s shrieks were completely mesmerizing. It takes a huge challenge for progressive metal bands to deliver memorable performances but ENSLAVED raised the bar and showcased why they are a leader in extreme metal.” Distorted Sound
Don’t miss what are guaranteed to be ENSLAVED’s finest Australian shows ever.
“I have seldom seen more ecstatic fans than at this ENSLAVED show. ENSLAVED are as energetic, boundary pushing, dark and heavy as ever, embracing their history and thundering into the future.” Metal As Fvck”
Enslaved Australian Tour Dates
Thursday 30th August – Sydney, Factory Theatre
Friday 31st August – Brisbane, The Zoo
Saturday 1st September – Melbourne, Max Watts
Pre sale: Thursday 10th May 10am – 11:59pm
General Sale: Friday 11th May 10am
As you know SÓLSTAFIR are one stunning band and blend post-rock majestic intensity with beautiful melodies, progressive and psychedelic passages, and a strong undercurrent of hard rock! Well, we are lucky they are headed here this month with the mighty ENSLAVED!
SÓLSTAFIR are different. With their roots heavily embedded in metal, SÓLSTAFIR blend post-rock majestic intensity with beautiful melodies, progressive and psychedelic passages, and a strong undercurrent of hard rock, which comes as varied and at times appealingly bizarre as the white glaciers, moss-green bubble-fields, deep fjords, black beaches and frost-cracked mountain landscapes of their native Iceland.
Finally, 20 years into their astonishing career, and riding high on the five-star reviews for their Berdreyminn album, SÓLSTAFIR are coming to Australia, joining Enslaved on their forthcoming spring sojourn.
“Sólstafir are on a mission to re-imagine the idiosyncratic grandeur of Icelandic landscapes in vivid sonic shades. Total immersion is compulsory.” The Guardian
SÓLSTAFIR take their already impressive evolution ever further to embody the ever-turning wheel of seasons with their shifting light, darkness, and colours, extreme Northern climate, the stark contrasts, the closeness of beauty and deadly forces of nature, the impressive sceneries that have the bones of ancient gods enshrined in them like hardly any other band in every aspect of their existence.
NEWS JUST IN – ENSLAVED & SÓLSTAFIR hit the West Coast! Yes it’s true – a Perth show has been added to the tour.
Perth – Wednesday 29 August – The Rosemount
Sydney – Thursday 30 August – Factory Theatre
Brisbane – Friday 31 August – The Zoo
Melbourne – Saturday 1 September – Max Watts
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ALL PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED BY SHANE HENDERSON
The line of punters went all the way around the corner and halfway up the colourful Hosier Lane as I arrived at the iconic Forum Theatre. Full disclosure, South Africa’s Seether and I have never crossed paths before but it was obvious they have quite the following here in Oz. It was quite a mixed bag of fan, covering all ages even reaching the 40+ seasoned group like myself.
Opening the night were Melbourne rock outfit El Colosso who ripped into their first song Leather Head to a quickly filling floor. Although there were some minor feedback issues throughout the set vocalist Matt Cooper had the crowd paying attention with his exciting stage persona. Its worth checking this band out, but you will have to wait until they return from their up coming tour of Europe.
Melbourne had all the support acts covered as our very own Orsome Welles filled the second slot. Right from the get go bassist Matt Mander caught my attention with his energetic moves, covering the stage with ease. Singer Michael Stowers looked quite dapper in his hat and vest and brought a huge presence to the stage, this could be said of the whole band all giving off an infectious energy that was reciprocated by the expanding crowd. Orsome Welles put in a stellar effort and if prog rock is your thing you would be a mug not to check them out.
While everyone enjoyed the supports it was Seether they were here for, opening with Stoke The Fire from the latest album Poison The Parish, the crowd exploded as they worked through Gasoline and Let you Down. The floor a mass of constant motion as the fans bounced to the beat singing loud and proud. Rise Above, then Betray and Degrade to heavy things up bit, it was every fans dream. Words as Weapons had everyone singing along followed up by Save Today which slowed the pace and gave everyone time to catch their breath. Country Song was a funky tune that had the fans bopping.
Driven Under another nice addition to the setlist. Singer Shaun Morgan was a man of few words but he let us know Seether were happy to be back in Australia and hopefully it won’t be as long before we see them back here again. Fine Again, and fan favourite Broken had the crowd singing and giving Shaun a brief reprieve as they took over the vocals. Bass player Dale Stewart and touring guitarist Corey Lowery were enjoying every minute, their use of the stage was fantastic, keeping the sweaty fans not knowing where to look. John Humphrey was a master of his kit, his energy amazing all night, lucky he left a little in the tank for the final three, Nobody’s Praying, Fake It and Remedy. The fans clearly overwhelmed by the trifecta of hits seeing out the nights proceedings.
As we all filtered back out into the cold Melbourne night it was evident we will be counting the days until Seether return to our shores, and hopefully it’s not too long between drinks.
Review Contributed by Shane Henderson
It’s been three years since Seether were last in Australia, but a mid-week gig didn’t prevent fans from filling up Sydney’s Metro theatre. The rock scene is very much still alive with the venue looking full even before the support act had started.
Hailing from the Blue Mountains, Red Bee took to the stage. A tight alternative hard rock three-piece band consisting of brothers Daniel Silk – the lead singer and Jim Silk – the bassist with Ian Dunn on drums. Their seven-song set showed off their style and ability to warm the crowd up, encouraging their cheers and announcing they were honoured to be there. During the set they told the crowd their new album Silent Enemy is “shit hot.” Before their last song they revved the crowed up further with some banter and gave it all they got before making way for the headlining act.
The crowd was excited, chanting while they waited. Seether graced the stage with their game face on. Opening their set with Stoke the Fire the first track from their 2017 album Poison the Parish. Next up was Gasoline an earlier song from their first full length album Disclaimer. This flash back saw the crowd erupt as they gave into the guitar riffs and heavier drums played by John Humphrey. Following through with more heavy songs from a variety of albums – Let You Down, Truth and Rise Above This – the band kept the energy levels high for the beginning of the set.
Lead singer, Shaun Morgan took a short break to greet the crowd for the first time, “thank you guys, so much. This is pretty fun.” The crowd cheered loudly but it was a short conversation, with the band seeming to have a ‘on with the show’ kind of attitude. The audience was not at all complaining and were straight back into head banging as Betray and Degrade kicked in followed by Words as Weapons where the
sing-a-longs really began and bassist Dale Stewart and touring guitarist Corey Lowery were enjoying themselves dancing around the stage. Save Today from 2014 album Isolate and Medicate slowed things down, almost to give the crowd a chance to rest. The almost five-minute song was more than enough of a break and as the intro to Country Song came on through the speakers, there was clapping, the whole venue was grooving to its fun beat and once again the floor was bouncing. Driven Under slowed the room down again before the band shared some of the bigger hits with the crowd.
The guitar intro of Fine Again began with the crowd cheering and jumping right into singing along. With only two members of the band on stage, a different addition of crowd favourite Broken followed and had Morgan not needing his microphone as the crowd did all the singing for him, for the most part. Heading into the finale of the night, Nobody Praying for Me and Fake It revved the crowd up again. With almost no talk or breaks throughout the night other than instrument changes, Morgan paused the show again for another moment of thanks, telling the fans that they “raised the bar for the rest of the of the tour” with Sydney being the first show of the Australian tour. Closing out the night with Remedy, Seether gave the crowd any and all energy that they had left.
The tour was in support of their most recent album Poison the Parish but the setlist was full of fan favourites spread out across the bands discography. If anything, this added to the crowd’s enthusiasm and showed how the band has stuck to their dark and moody ways, even with their on stage look and presence but never faulting in energy and enthusiasm. With promise of visiting sooner, the audience which was full of old and new fans alike left the venue very pleased!
Review Contributed by Carleigh Ingram
Gallery by Carleigh Ingram
We had a chat with Jake Kiley of STRUNG OUT ahead of their mighty tour down under!
Exploding onto the southern California punk scene, STRUNG OUT were one of the first bands signed to Fat Mike’s Fat Wreck Chords, issuing their debut album in 1994. It was the band’s sophomore effort however that truly proved Mike’s faith in the band was so very well placed. ‘Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues’ was thirteen chucks of socially aware punk speed pop metal riffage that guaranteed carnage every time the play button was hit on the dash. Hear these songs played live and you’re talking something else again – a veritable maelstrom of shoutalong moshing craziness resulting in ringing ears, sweat soaked tees and huge smiles on the faces of ecstatic fans.
22 years later and STRUNG OUT are a monster of a band, and for the first time ever the band are playing ‘Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues’ in it’s entirely. From the biting “Firecracker” and siren call of “Somnombulance” to the fraying id of “Bring Out Your Dead”, “Solitaire” and “Wrong Side Of The Tracks”, these are songs that that will suck you in and leave you joyously wasted.
But wait… there’s more!
It wouldn’t be a STRUNG OUT show without shotgun blasts such as “Analog”, “Calling”, “Blueprint Of The Fall” “Ashes” and “Matchbox”. Yea verily the gods of punk have smiled upon the faithful with the promise of nothing but the best – a show jam-packed with attitude, speed, creativity and energy.
Machine-gun drums, scorching guitars, hard-hitting basslines, and an in-your-face singer with more melodies than Top 40 radio – there’s no-one like STRUNG OUT and ‘Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues’ is one of the defining albums of the Californian punk scene. Don’t be an idiot…get tickets for this and get them now!
Strung Out Tour Dates:
Thursday 21st June: MAROOCHYDORE Sol Bar
Friday 22nd June: BRISBANE Brightside
Saturday 23rd June: GOLD COAST Miami Tavern
Saturday June 24th BYRON BAY Byron Bay Brewery
Tuesday 26th June NEWCASTLE Small Ballroom
Wednesday 27th June BATEAU BAY Long Jetty Hotel
Thursday 28th June SYDNEY Factory Theatre
Friday 29th June NARRABEEN Narrabeen RSL
Saturday 30th June MELBOURNE Croxton Hotel
Sunday 1st July MELBOURNE Frankston Pelly Bar
Wednesday 4th July ADELAIDE Fowlers
Thursday 5th July BUNBURY Prince of Wales
Friday 6th July HILARYS Northside Tavern
Saturday 7thJuly PERTH Hell Hole
Pre sale: Wednesday 28th March 10am – 11.59pm (local time)
General sale: Thursday 29th March 10am (local time)
Following their explosive exploits on tour with Leprous (Norway), both in Europe and Australia, Melbourne 7-piece tribal progressive/psychedelic rock live-wire AlithiA will be joining The Contortionist (USA) & SikTh (UK) on their upcoming ‘Clairvoyant’ Australian Tour in May.
AlithiA’s sound delves deep into the realm of psychedelic tribal post-prog rock. The band embraces heavy percussive grooves, new wave Blade Runner-eque synth blasts, and melodic vocals with an emphatic punk attitude resulting in one of the most unique and diverse live shows to infect your senses.
“Taking the main room to a different psyche with their trippy, tribal-driven psychedelic rock and ambient flavours, AlithiA’s uniqueness captivated onlookers.” – Rolling Stone Magazine Australia, Jan 2018
AlithiA has previously completed 4 European Tours, including their most recent EU Tour with Leprous and Agent Fresco (Iceland) in late 2017. In addition, they’ve toured Europe with acts such as sleepmakeswaves, Tides From Nebula (Poland), and Vulture Industries (Norway). In Australia, they’ve supported influential groups such as Animals As Leaders (USA), Alcest (France), The Ocean (Germany), Mother’s Cake (Austria), Dead Letter Circus, Ne Obliviscaris, and Caligula’s Horse, plus monumental appearances at Bigsound and PROGFEST.
American modern progressive metal innovators THE CONTORTIONIST return to Australia as part of their Clairvoyant Tour, joined by special guests UK djent-metal pioneers SikTh -who will be making their first ever Australian appearances!
Critics and fans admire their intelligent approach to the crushing riffs of tech-metal, which becomes more vibrant with elements of ambitious post rock and jazzy / fusion-infused virtuosity. Even when angular riffs, odd time signatures, and devastating breakdowns give way to hypnotic, ethereal, and trancelike musical meditations, THE CONTORTIONIST are never lacking in total power.
On the steady climb to their latest album Clairvoyant (2017), THE CONTORTIONIST lay claim to a genre within a genre all their own. On Clairvoyant, the band’s distinctive fingerprints remain, even as their atmospheric flourishes broaden to encompass ever-richer textures and mine the beauty of simplicity.
For the entirety of their career, THE CONTORTIONIST has proven capable of being equally at home on tour with Deftones, Periphery or TesseracT, thanks to their dynamic combination of metal’s blunt precision with the adventurous spirit of prog-rock heroes like Rush and King Crimson.
In whatever THE CONTORTIONIST endeavours to do, they have committed to never surrender to the path of least resistance, always challenging themselves and their audience.
SikTh are one of the Great British pioneers whom have shaped heavy music. The Watford mathcore sextet devised their own Morse code of metal – ultimately leading to the birth of the djent metal almost a decade later.
A career-defining set at Download UK Festival 2006 saw SikTh poised for greatness but it was not meant to be as the band disbanded not long after… Little did they know how prophetic their ideas would prove to be! In the years that followed, the djent revolution would reinvigorate tech-metal – with many of its key practitioners citing SikTh as a primary influence.
It’s more clear than it’s ever been that SikTh were way ahead of their time and with one of the best albums of 2017 now under their belt in The Future Is Whose Eyes?..The djent-metal kings have returned!
Touring May 2018
Wednesday 2nd May – Brisbane, The Zoo
Thursday 3rd May – Melbourne, Max Watts
Friday 4th May – Sydney, Manning Bar
Saturday 5th May – Adelaide, The Gov
Sunday 6th May – Perth, Rosmount Hotel