Swedish industrial metal titans, PAIN, will tour Australia for the first time ever in May 2018 in support of their eighth studio album, Coming Home (Nuclear Blast)
Led by one of the most iconic and legendary figures in the extreme metal world, Peter Tagtgren, PAIN will crush every capital city on the map.
Mixing metal with electronica and techno, PAIN has gone from side project to fully fledged wrecking ball since forming in 1997.
Pulsating beats and wall of sound guitars drive the PAIN sound, however it’s the atmospheric, orchestral arrangements and ambience that complete it.
Live, the band are unstoppable. Delivering an inescapable sonic assault that demands your full attention and co-operation.
Tagtgren is one of the most prolific people in the music industry. He is the front man for legendary death metal act Hypocrisy and owner of the iconic recording studio, The Abyss.
With over 100 album producing credits to his name, Peter is synonymous with Scandinavian heavy music.
In 2015 he also partnered with Rammstein front man Till Lindemann to release Lindemann which Peter describes as “a baby between Rammstein and PAIN… a mix of Rammstein vocals and PAIN music.”
Perhaps the never ending stream of album credits and his own musical output is the reason why PAIN haven’t visited Australian shores until now… But as Tagtgren explains, they can’t wait to be here!
‘We cant wait to play for our Australian fans. They’ll get 100% energy from us, we’re so happy to be finally coming!
Please come to the shows and support us, cause we will give you all we got, on the last Europe tour, fans voted for the songs they wanted to hear, we copied the first 15 on the list and added a few more. Let us know what you want to hear!’
PAIN is completed by drummer David Wallin, bassist Jonathan Olsson and guitarist Greger Andersson
Watch PAIN’s music video for Call Me – featuring Sabaton’s Joakim Broden
Special Guests on all shows are Melbourne’s Witchgrinder. Combining industrial rhythms with 80’s and 90’s metal markers and wrapping them in horror and sci fi centred lyrics,
Witchgrinder deliver an exhilarating live show via their commanding stage presence. Having shared the stage with Wednesday 13, Suicide Girls, Ghost, Hanzel Und Gretyl and more, they are the perfect appetiser for the maincourse.
Wednesday, May 23: Badlands Bar, Perth
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Thursday, May 24, Fowlers Live, Adelaide
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Friday, May 25, Max Watts, Melbourne
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Saturday, May 26, The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney
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Sunday, May 27, The Zoo, Brisbane
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Local supports to be announced
Tickets onsale now!
Coming Home is out now
The Darkness have released the highly entertaining, tongue-in-cheek video for their brand new single All The Pretty Girls, out now through Cooking Vinyl.
Watch the video for All The Pretty Girls here:
England’s most distinctive, multiple award-winning, platinum-selling, hugely entertaining rock gods – and one-time saviours of rock’n’roll turned national pleasures – The Darkness are back with their fifth album Pinewood Smile, due for release on October 6 through Cooking Vinyl.
Marking the announcement the band have today unveiled the spectacular album opener All The Pretty Girls, across all streaming platforms. It’s also available for download with pre-orders of the album for the instant gratification of fans.
PRE-ORDER PINEWOOD SMILE HERE
All The Pretty Girls is a glorious, hard-rockin’, autobiographical anthem intellectually examining the fact that when you’re a rock star you get a lot of attention from ladies and discussing the ethical conundrums that come with that.
As Justin Hawkins so eloquently sings with trouser-splitting vocal magnificence; “All the pretty girls, like me for who I am / All the pretty girls, when the record goes platinum / Plenty of action, massive attraction, when you’re selling out stadiums / All the pretty girls… and their mums”. Hard-hitting social commentary, right there!
Listen to All The Pretty Girls here:
Addressing the forthcoming album and The Darkness’ undoubted relevance in 2017, Justin asks, somewhat rhetorically of the world at large, “Why should anybody care? Because if you don’t, we’re fucked!! History will remember us as the apathetic generation who negligently ushered in a dreadful dystopian age that may or may not come to be known as ‘The Rise of the Arseclowns’. We cannot allow this to continue! You may not give a shit about Brexit or Trump, but PLEASE… give a shit about The Darkness otherwise the last bastion of cultural sensibility will fall and our airwaves will be polluted by meaningless pop purveyed by arseholes and morons… Oh wait!”
Returning to save our airwaves from mediocre, auto-tuned tweens and that awful, throbby EDM shite, the album Pinewood Smile finds The Darkness on electrifying form, delivering some of the most sharp-witted, infectious, humorous and downright brilliant songs of their career.
In addition to the cerebral treatise of All The Pretty Girls, the album boasts the swashbuckling Buccaneers Of Hispaniola, the expletive-strewn howl of frustration that is Southern Trains, the hugely emotional Why Don’t The Beautiful Cry?, the globally anthemic Japanese Prisoner Of Love, and the ode to pumping out smash hit after smash hit Solid Gold, which finds The Darkness addressing the turbulent nature of the music industry and how they have enjoyed its flamboyant highs and spectacular lows.
Written in Putney, recorded in Cornwall and produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse), the compositions have all the crucial elements of classic Darkness fare, but with added layers for the ears to peel away at… like a sonic onion but a lot tastier. It also features the drumming and vocal talents of gorgeous new band member Rufus Tiger Taylor, son of Queen legend Roger Taylor, who shares vocal duties with Justin on two of the tracks.
PINEWOOD SMILE TRACK LISTING:
01. All The Pretty Girls
02. Buccaneers Of Hispaniola
03. Solid Gold
04. Southern Trains
05. Why Don’t The Beautiful Cry?
06. Japanese Prisoner Of Love
07. Lay Down With Me, Barbara
08. I Wish I Was In Heaven
10. Stampede Of Love
THE DARKNESS DOCUMENTARY… COMING 2018
The full breadth of The Darkness’ legendary rise to the top, spectacular slide to the bottom and steady climb back up the greasy pole of rock’n’roll is soon to be laid bare in glorious detail. Currently in production is a philosophical, darkly humorous and deeply personal documentary of The Darkness’ comeback, due for release in 2018.
The documentary is being created by world-renowned photographer and filmmaker Simon Emmett (Jay Z, Matt Damon, Helen Mirren). He has recorded over 250 hours of footage to date, capturing the past, present, hopes, dreams and inner mental turmoil of The Darkness. Until July 31 2017 the film is garnering funding through Indiegogo, with a variety of exclusive pre-order items here.
As Justin explains, “As soon as ‘Permission To Land’ was wrapped up I already knew it was going to be a mega smash. But I also knew that the second album would not be, and that we’d split up, and I knew we’d come back together and I knew the comeback would be fabulous. The fabulous element of the comeback hasn’t materialised as yet, but it’s all a work in progress. To be frank – the story of The Darkness is: years of perspiration, overnight sensation, over-saturation, temporary separation, reunion elation, career renovation, ‘Pinewood Smile’ creation!”
FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE DARKNESS
Justin Hawkins – vocals & guitar / Dan Hawkins – guitar
Frankie Poullain – bass / Rufus Tiger Taylor – drums
2003 gave birth to one of the most extraordinary and best loved bands in the UK. The Darkness released their debut album Permission To Landto overnight success, topping the UK charts, going 5x Platinum and selling over 1.5 MILLION copies in the UK alone. It spawned a series of hit singles including I Believe In A Thing Called Love, Growing On Me, Get Your Hands Off My Woman and Love Is Only A Feeling. It clocked up a series of awards including three BRIT Awards, two Kerrang Awards and an Ivor Novello for ‘Songwriters Of The Year’ amongst many others.
The Darkness played a number of landmark shows, including a headline set at the 2004 Reading & Leeds Festivals, as part of a whirlwind career of global touring as international sensations. The band then built upon the success of their debut with their 2005 follow up One Way Ticket To Hell… And Back, which produced the Top 10 hit One Way Ticket.
In 2006 Justin Hawkins left the band, checking into rehab and The Darkness fell apart. Following successful treatment, the band reformed in 2011 touring Europe and South America in 2012 with Lady Gaga. They released their comeback album Hot Cakes that year and Last Of Our Kindin 2015.
The band have now returned in 2017 with Pinewood Smile, their first album to come through Cooking Vinyl. Ahead of the album’s announcement, The Darkness toured Europe in support of Guns N’ Roses and are playing a number of festivals in the UK and Europe during the summer.
Perth cerebral metallers Nucleust have recently completed recording their full length debut album which will be called Terra Cerebral and released on July 28 via Rockpit Records, through Firestarter Distribution.
The band have just released the second single from the album, Quantum Umbrella,
Album Artwork by Nas Ghadiri
LISTEN TO IT HERE
Quantum Umbrella is now available in iTunes
Pre-orders of Terra Cerebral are available now in several formats including CD, Digital & T-shirt Bundle
All album pre-orders come with an instant download of the first 2 singles.
& on iTunes
The band will be taking Terra Cerebral on the road through August and September ending their huge run opening for UK prog masters, Haken, on Sunday, October 1 at Perth’s Capitol Theatre.
Fans can purchase discounted tickets to the Haken show HERE and receive a free download of the bands Resistivity EP
Nucleust will be heading to Europe to join death metal masters, Six Feet Under on their Xmas In Hell tour between December 7 to 16! See Xmas Event Page here
THE ‘TERRA AUSTRALIS’ TOUR
Friday, August 4: Crown & Anchor: Adelaide, SA
Saturday, August 5: The Loft: Warrnambool, VIC
Friday, August 11: The Evelyn Hotel: Melbourne, VIC
Saturday, August 12: The Music Man Megastore: Bendigo, VIC
Sunday, August 13th: Rockstar Bar: Frankston, VIC
Friday, August 18: The Basement: Canberra, ACT
Saturday, August 19: Dicey Rileys: Wollongong, NSW
Sunday, August 20: Frankies Pizza: Sydney, NSW
Thursday, August 24: The Small Ballroom: Newcastle, NSW
Friday, August 25: The Back Room: Brisbane, QLD [Shredfest]
Friday, September 8: Badlands Bar: Perth, WA
Friday, September 15: The Record Crate: Sydney, NSW
Saturday, September 16: New Tattersalls Hotel: Lismore, NSW [Metal United Down Under]
Sunday, October 1: Capitol, Perth WA (supporting Haken)
Terra Cerebral was produced by the bands guitarist, Max Palizban and recorded at Fridge Box Studio, Perth.
Mixed & mastered by Forrester Savell (Twelve Foot Ninja, Karnivool, Sikth, Birds Of Tokyo)
Nothing Is Real But Death
Of Man And Tree
Loss Of A Dearest
The Inner Self
The Symphony Of Revenge
Say hello to Triggerfinger.
They’re a 3-piece outfit from Belgium – home of excellent chocolate, beer, waffles – and rock n roll.
Known as Antwerp’s loudest band, Triggerfinger have a predilection for dark, enigmatic, left-of-centre rock.
Think QOTSA meets The Black Keys with a dash of Led Zep and copious amounts of style and swagger.
Dished up with a fiery vengeance and lashings of their own particular brand of special sauce, the band’s new album COLOSSUS is due out August 25.
Hit below to check out the video for the first single from the album – FLESH TIGHT.
Flesh Tight sounds like a catwalk strut across Sunset Boulevard driven by pulsating guitars. Vocalist/guitarist Ruben Block about the song:
“The basic ingredients for Flesh Tight were written pretty quickly. More or less one flow, connecting the driving guitar-strum and struttin’
beat with the “flesh-tight-feelings” image. They stuck to each other. I preferred Flesh tight opposed to skin tight because
it sounded more.. fleshy… There’s something uplifting, yet private and personal in the words.”
The accompanying music video is quite associative, according to Block: “For the video we were very happy we could work with Pieter Van Hees
and his team, a very cool Belgian movie and television director who, in his field always practiced an out of the ordinary, very personal approach.
He created his own spin on what the lyrics and music brought him. And that’s just the start. Everyone should feel free to connect
whatever images they want to it. Maybe the most important journeys are the ones we make in our minds.”
MORE ABOUT TRIGGERFINGER
The Antwerp, Belgium based trio (Ruben Block, vocals & guitar; Paul Van Bruystegem, bass; Mario Goossens, drums) have built a solid
reputation across Europe, the US and Canada as one of the hardest-driving and sharpest dressing bands around. With their
self-titled debut album (2004), What Grabs Ya (2008), All This Dancing Around (2010) and By Absence of the Sun (2014) they’ve become
a mainstay on the rock scene (the last two going platinum and gold, respectively).
Their impromptu cover of the Lykke Li song I Follow Rivers became a major hit across Europe in 2012,
and they were invited to open for The Rolling Stones in 2013 and 2014.
COLOSSUS out August 25, 2017 on MASCOT LABEL GROUP / MASCOT RECORDS.
Available formats: LP & MP3, LP & MP3 COLOUR Ltd, CD and Digital.
PRE-ORDER COLUSSUS HERE
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