Gallery By Jose Sanchez
Gallery By Jose Sanchez
He is one of the most recognisable and notorious frontmen of all time and DEE SNIDER ascended to hard rock royalty in the early 1980s as the lead singer for New York-based heavy rockers, the multi-platinum sellers TWISTED SISTER. The charismatic and outspoken SNIDER in 1985, alongside John Denver and Frank Zappa, testified against censorship in regard to the Tipper Gore led PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) — SNIDER and company topped the charts in 1984 with the all-purpose us-against-the-world anthems We’re Not Gonna Take It and I Wanna Rock. DEE SNIDER and TWISTED SISTER changed the face of MTV and the rock and metal world forever. Apart from those two monster singles, TWISTED SISTER also released all-time classic tracks like Stay Hungry, The Kids Are Back, You Can’t Stop Rock And Roll, The Price, Under The Blade and more! After the 1987 dissolution of the group, he embarked on a series of solo and group projects such as WIDOWMAKER and DESPERADO.
But there is more to SNIDER than just his musical prowess and presence. He has starred in several reality TV shows including The Celebrity Apprentice, Gone Country with John Rich, MTV’s Rock The Cradle with his son Jesse and Growing Up Twisted, an A&E series featuring the entire SNIDER family and their Long Island lifestyle. He was also a frequent host on MTV Networks and his own long-running nationally syndicated radio show House Of Hair is heard on more than 200 stations in North America. His career as a voiceover artist has resulted in Dee being heard in many radio and TV commercials, documentaries and a year-long stint as the introductory voice on MSNBC. His autobiography Shut Up And Give Me The Mic was a huge success as was his Podcast Snider Comments. He also had a starring role on Broadway in the hit musical Rock Of Ages, there isn’t much Dee can’t do. SNIDER has also just recently unleashed his critically acclaimed new album ‘For The Love Of Metal’
Now the legend himself Mr. DEE SNIDER is headed to Australia for a unique set of shows in Sydney and Melbourne!
Each city will be treated to one SPOKEN night and one SHOUTED! SPOKEN nights: these will see Dee being interviewed on stage and telling stories about his life, career and a real in-depth look at the man himself, then an audience question and answer forum. This will be a very intimate, once in a lifetime opportunity. Plus on these nights there will be a special VIP meet and greet opportunity available, which includes entry to the SPOKEN night, front and second row seats and the first 20 buyers get to ask Dee a question over the mic from the audience, and meet Dee after the event for a photo and 2 items signed.
The SHOUTED nights: These shows will see Dee hit the stage backed by his full band and slam out a killer setlist top heavy with classic TWISTED SISTER Material.
Don’t miss the chance to witness a true rock legend the frontman of TWISTED SISTER, DEE SNIDER on stage in two very different environments and two that he absolutely thrives in. If you are a true SMF, you won’t be Dee-sappointed!!!
DEE SNIDER JANUARY 2019 TOUR DATES:
Thursday, 31st January – Sydney – Manning – SPOKEN
Friday, 1st February – Sydney – Manning – SHOUTED!
Saturday, 2nd February – Melbourne – Croxton – SHOUTED!
Sunday, 3rd February – Melbourne – Croxton – SPOKEN
TICKETS ON SALE: Thursday, 23rd August, at 10:00am EST.
Well only a month until THERION hit our shores for the first ever time. Casper spoke with have band mastermind / guitatrist Christofer Johnsson as to what to expect!
THERION was founded in 1987 by Christofer Johnsson their debut album Of Darkness… “was released in 1991 and was a huge success for the band within the underground Metal scene. THERION began as a very creative Death Metal band, pushing limits of the contemporary sound and grew beyond themselves. In the course of the years, the bands’ style developed in a quite unique way and between 1991 and 1996 THERION released groundbreaking records, one being more special than the other.
In 1996 THERION released Theli which would be the ultimate breakthrough for the band. At this time THERION turned towards a more opera-like, progressive and even orchestral sound. Vovin and Deggial are dominated by the new style of catchy symphonic opera metal Christofer invented. Then came Secrets of the Rune, their first concept album, dealing with Nordic myths and influenced by Scandinavian Folk music. The double record Lemuria / Sirius B was a huge success then THERION engaged themselves with the recording of Gotihc Kabbalah and The Miskolc Experience. After that Christofer decided it was time for a change: Sitra Ahra was done with a completely new lineup.
THERION have evolved from a mere death metal act into one of the first projects to take a trip towards the world of classical music, setting the initial standards to a style later known as symphonic metal. When 15-year-old prodigy Christofer Johnsson founded THERION as a death metal band in 1987, little did he know that exactly 30 years later he would put the final touches to a project that will go down in history as symphonic metal’s most ambitious release. While ‘rock operas’ are no longer an unusual concept, this term will now receive a new meaning when the curtain opens for Johnsson’s lifelong creation: Beloved Antichrist is the title of his spectacular brainchild, consisting of 3 full-length CDs. It is more than just a concept album; it’s a complete rock opera unveiling a sweeping story inspired by Vladímir Soloviov “A Short Tale Of The Antichrist“.
Joining THERION are THE DEVIL who is a mysterious and highly original Cinematic Metal act that has innovated by creating an entirely new genre within metal music. The band features an international line-up of masked musicians that deliver a unique live show, complete with cinematic movie projection in sync to the entire live performance.
Further experimental elements of THE DEVIL music is the selective use of historical and political conspiracy-laden samples in place of traditional vocals which reveals a powerful message encoded within the music. THE DEVIL exposes a great secret. A grand conspiracy…
THE DEVIL self-titled debut album was released worldwide through Candlelight Records / EMI and released three official music videos from that album, ‘Universe’, ‘Extinction Level Event’ and ‘Alternative Dimensions’.
Wednesday 12th September – MELBOURNE – Max Watt’s
Thursday 13th September – BRISBANE – The Triffid
Friday 14th September – SYDNEY – Manning Bar
An exclusive event. A unique experience. Limited VIP meet and greet tickets will be available.
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 20 JULY 9 AM
Visionary Swedish metallers SOILWORK announce 2019 Australian tour in promotion of their eleventh studio album.
SOILWORK are currently wrapping up the recordings of the follow-up to 2015’s ‘The Ride Majestic’ at Nordic Sound Lab studios in Skara, Sweden with producer Thomas “Plec” Johansson (The Panic Room). The as of yet untitled album is due in early 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records.
“We are very excited to tour Australia again and we will bring a brand-new album with us and we simply cannot wait to release this one. We will do one EU tour prior to the Australian dates, so our fans “down under” will be among the first ones to experience our new songs live”.
SOILWORK singer Björn “Speed” Strid on the coming album: “I’m really, really pleased with it – it’s really, really cool. It’s possibly the most epic and darkest album we’ve done. And it’s also very melancholic, but it’s also very sort of uplifting. It’s huge. I’m really happy with it”.
Catch SOILWORK live:
Thur 14 March – Brisbane – The Triffid
Fri 15 March – Sydney – Manning Bar
Sat 16 March – Melbourne – Max Watt’s
Tickets and VIP tickets on sale Thursday August 16th
ALL PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED BY JOSE SANCHEZ
ALL PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED SHANE HENDERSON
Founded in 1982 the legendary trio DESTRUCTION reached the top of the national thrash metal movement, with albums such as ‘Infernal Overkill’ and ‘Eternal Devastation’ nestling in their impressive heavy metal canon. Even later works like ‘All Hell Breaks Loose’ or ‘The Antichrist’ are glorious moments in thrash, highlighting why DESTRUCTION are part of the “Big Teutonic 4’’ and still touring the world with great success.
DESTRUCTION never been so fast, brutal and groovy, which is saying something after 30 years in the metal business! When a combo is still able to write high-energy balls to the wall songs overflowing with power and joy of playing after all this time, one can justifiably bespeak it as an outstanding achievement. After several personnel changes, DESTRUCTION have risen to the position of one of Germany’s most impressive thrash metal figureheads in the course of time – famous for releasing premium juggernauts of sound and notorious for their merciless live massacres.
One their latest album ‘Under Attack’ If you listen to songs like the anthemic title track, the fast and catchy “Generation Nevermore”, the wrecking ball “Pathogenic” or the complex “Conductor Of The Void” you will agree for sure. Schmier’s voice cuts through glass, Mike plays some of his best riffs and licks ever and Vaaver batters everything down. Australia get ready, be prepared because soon it will be your turn to be ‘Under Attack’.
2018 Down Under Attack Australian Tour Dates
Friday 20th April – PERTH, Amplifier
Saturday 21st April – ADEALAIDE, Fowlers
Tuesday 24th April – MELBOURNE, Max Watts (Anzac Day Eve)
Thursday 26th April – CANBERRA, The Basement
Friday 27th April – SYDNEY, Manning Bar
Saturday 28th April – BRISBANE, Crowbar
TICKETS ON SALE: Friday 15th December 9:00am
Limited VIP meet and greet tickets available
VIP Meet And Greet: Entry To Show, A Meet And Greet With The Band, 3 Personal Items Signed, Photos, Tour Poster, Beer Cooler and VIP Laminate.
New Zealand Teenage thrash metal band Alien Weaponry shock and surprise audiences on a number of levels. Their songwriting is complex, developed and highly political. Their live performance energy is startling, with just two fifteen-year olds commanding the front of stage as effectively as four and five-piece bands three times their age. But perhaps most surprising of all, given their blonde flailing locks and Viking appearance, many of their songs are in New Zealands native language, Te Reo Mori.
In fact, guitarist/lead singer Lewis de Jong (15) and his brother, drummer Henry (17), are of Ngati Pikio and Ngati Raukawa descent they call themselves Stealth Mori.
Their latest single, R Ana te Whenua (The Trembling Earth), released 30 June 2017, refers to the mighty battle at Pukehinahina/Gate Pa in 1864 where their ancestor, Te Ahoaho, lost his life.
The bands English material is equally controversial, with songs like Hypocrite, Rage, PC Bro and The Cult of Sanitised Warfare calling out everyone from teachers and friends at school to the media for variously glorifying and destroying the lives of television and sports stars.
Early musical influences included Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Rage Against the Machine and Metallica; and the brothers wrote their first song together when they were 8 and 10 years old. The bands name was also decided then inspired by the movie District 9.
Bass player Ethan Trembath (15) and guitarist Lewis met while honing their unicycling skills at the local circus school in Waipu, Northland, where the de Jong brothers moved to in 2012. He scored the job in Alien Weaponry because he could play the ukulele and (at age 10) he was the first one of their friends who could reach the end of the bass guitar.
As they amassed more material, they began touring locally, and had a breakthrough in 2014, when Paul The Axe Man Martin played their demo Cages on The Rock FM as part of his radio show The Axe Attack. He subsequently invited the trio to open for his own highly successful band, Devilskin, on their sell-out We Rise tour.
A year later, Tom Larkin (drummer for NZ hard rock legends SHIHAD) saw some of their clips on YouTube, resulting in an opening slot with SHIHAD, and an ongoing relationship with Larkin, who is producing their first album.
These kids are leagues beyond their years, he says. This is some seriously crushing metal.
Now this highly talented young band are hitting Australian Shores.
Alien Weaponry Australian Dates
FRI 15 DEC – SYDNEY – BALD FACED STAG – 18+
SAT 16 DEC – SYDNEY – OXFORD ART FACTORY – ALL AGES!!!
SUN 17 DEC – MELBOURNE – NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB – 18+
Tickets are on sale NOW via: http://www.hardlinemedia.net/
SONS OF APOLLO recently released their album Psychotic Symphony on 20th October. Casper had an amazing chat with Derek Sherinian about what to expect and the possibility of catching them here on tour!
Sons Of Apollo–former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force)—have released their highly anticipated debut album, Psychotic Symphony, out today on InsideOutMusic/Sony Music.
BUY PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY HERE
Psychotic Symphony was produced by the dynamic production duo of Portnoy and Sherinian, also affectionately known as “The Del Fuvio Brothers,” which is the nickname given to them over 20 years ago during their time together in Dream Theater.
Sons Of Apollo got together very organically, as Portnoy explains: “Derek and I reunited shortly after I left Dream Theater in 2010 and we put together an all-instrumental touring band with he and I, Billy Sheehan, and Tony MacAlpine. That was my first time working with Derek since the ‘90s when he was in Dream Theater and it was just great to be working with him again. Ever since that tour, which was really just a one-off live thing, he has been nudging me to start a real, original, full-time band. The timing just had never been right, because I had too many other things on my plate. Long story short, the time was finally right to take the bait and put together a band.”
“Mike and I work at a relentless pace in the studio,” continues Sherinian. “The music is modern, but we have an old school soul. What is unique about SONS OF APOLLO is that we have true rock n’ roll swagger along with the virtuosity– a lethal combination!
Fans can get a more detailed glimpse into how the band came together in this new interview filmed with all five members in the studio.
Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian and Billy Sheehan previously toured together in 2012 and 2013 as PSMS (along with guitarist Tony MacAlpine), playing all instrumental versions from each of their previously recorded music. SONS OF APOLLO is the next logical progression by adding a vocalist and creating all-original material. The band incorporates the progressive style and individual technical prowess that Portnoy & Sherinian shared together in Dream Theater combined with the swagger and groove of Van Halen, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin.
“I have known Mike and Derek for a long time, so when they came to me with Sons of Apollo, I jumped on this straight away,” says Thomas Waber, Label Manager/A&R International of InsideOutMusic. “However, the album they ended up recording exceeded my already high expectations by a long mile! We couldn’t be happier about it!”