Due to high demand, Grammy-winning hard rock band HALESTORM will perform a second show at Auckland’s Powerstation on January 30. The band is also excited to announce Canadian rockers THEORY (Theory of a Deadman) will be supporting them on all Australia & New Zealand dates next January.
Tickets for the new show go on sale at 12pm (local), Thursday July 28.
Halestorm will make their highly-anticipated return Down Under for the first time since 2019. “After years of keepin’ the faith, we are finally returning to Australia and New Zealand to bring the Rock!” says frontwoman extraordinaire Lzzy Hale. “Thank you so much to all of our die-hard fans for keepin’ the torch lit for us!!”
Halestorm has grown from a childhood dream of siblings Lzzy and Arejay Hale into one of the most celebrated rock bands of the last two decades. Called a “muscular, adventurous, and especially relevant rock record” by Rolling Stone, Vicious earned the band their second Grammy nomination, for Best Hard Rock Performance for the song ‘Uncomfortable’, the band’s fourth #1 on rock radio, and led Loudwire to name Halestorm “Rock Artist of the Decade” in 2019.
Amon Amarth will soon drop their 12th opus ‘The Great Heathen Army’ on 5th August and founding member and guitarist Olavi Mikkonen is naturally confident of his band’s work.
‘We always try to do something a little different. For this album, my goal was not that many songs, 8 or 9. All the songs should have our full attention, really work on them 100% to make them all stand out. No two songs with a similar beat, they should all be unique.
Classic Amon Amarth songs like ‘Get In The Ring’ and ‘Dawn Of Norsemen’ you know what you’re gonna get there. But at the same time, we wanted a few songs that stand out a bit.
‘Heidrun’ may be the catchiest and funniest song we’ve ever made. ‘Oden Owes You All’ and ‘The Great Heathen Army’ are brutal in their own way. We have ‘The Serpent’s Trail’ which I think arrangement-wise and the way we played the riffs is a little bit different. It also has orchestration to create a bit more dynamics, the vocals are a little different from what you’ve heard before.
Then of course we have ‘Saxons and Vikings’ which could’ve been a traditional heavy metal song but also a melodic death metal song. I think we have managed to do all Amon Amarth styles in one album.’
It is the commitment to create this diversity from other musical worlds that appear in tracks such as the blues rock infused ‘Heidrun’ and the marching band stomp of ‘Find A Way Or Make One’.
‘We just go with whatever ideas we have and what we feel is strong. I’m actually happy to hear that – everybody I’ve spoken to so far about ‘Heidrun’ they just hear the folkish thing in that song – while you actually hear the rhythm beneath it. The rhythm beneath, as you said, is kind of like a bluesy rhythm and when I wrote the verse riffs I was thinking in my head it was like Status Quo boogie-woogie but in a more death metal way. Obviously yes, I’m happy to hear that cause everyone gets into this folkish thing, and the only reason is that there is a violin underneath the guitar in one place.
I’m happy to hear that in ‘Find A Way’ you hear marching too! Actually, in my demos when I made that song, I actually had a marching sound, like an army walking as an intro and outro but we never used that on the record, so it’s kinda funny that you can hear that sort of stuff!’
The album also features one very special guest on the ball tearing ‘Saxons And Vikings’ too.
‘It’s Biff Byford from Saxon. We’ve had this idea for a very long time, we should do a song about Saxon and Vikings and it should be a duet between Amon Amarth and Saxon. That idea has been there but for whatever reasons it didn’t happen as we came back to Andy Sneap we thought timing-wise this might be it. Musically I had a few ideas that would fit well with both Johan’s and Biffs’ vocals. I sent Biff a draft and some music and he got really into it. Johan worked on the theme for the lyrics, Biff wrote his own lyrics. He came to the studio and we spoke about the song, worked on his words and he nailed his parts. I think that’s a dream come true cause Saxon means a lot to the whole band, we are all big fans of the band. I mean it makes sense if you’re going to write songs about ‘Saxons And Vikings’, there are only two bands that can deliver that!
The band is back working with Uber-producer Andy Sneap who fulfills a much more convoluted role than knob-twiddler.
‘He brings more than people think, when it comes to songwriting and the riffs, they are already in place. He can help us use different harmonies. When we track guitars, he can point out what I’m doing because he’s a great guitar player himself, while a producer who doesn’t play would just say ‘take it again’. Andrew can point out you touched that string, whatever,because he’s such a good musician himself, he knows all the tricks and what work’s.
When it comes to sound I’m really terrible but I know what I want and can explain it with words and he knows what I mean. ‘Ok, you want that effect with that one?’ So that helps a lot.
He’s also a relaxed guy, so it’s a relaxed atmosphere, so we can have a laugh about it. That really helps, really makes the whole progress easy.His biggest role is not being a producer, it’s like being a therapist for the band.’
Amon Amarth was part way through touring the epic ‘Berserker’ album when the world stopped and the band rushed back to their native Sweden. Rather than sit idle, they went back into working with the Swedish Government’s take on the pandemic assisting them.
‘To be honest, the recording and writing pretty much went how it always been. To us, the pandemic didn’t affect the writing process. The only thing that happened is that we didn’t plan to make a new album. Our plan was to have a bigger gap because we were halfway through, but we still had so much more to tour with ‘Berserker’. Once we realized, we couldn’t come back because of the pandemic we pretty much decided to write a new album.
In Sweden, we didn’t have that many restrictions, so it didn’t affect us at all, to be honest. We could get together but we don’t really get together when we write these days anyway. Everyone kind of writes at his own pace and we just send files to each other and every once in a while, we get together. This time around we rented a cabin in the mountains in Sweden for a week where we nailed down the whole album there.’
Whether it’s the spoken word Christopher Lee foreboding style of ‘The Serpent’s Trail’, the uplifting tone of ‘Find A Way’ or the epic storytelling in ‘The Great Heathen Army’, Amon Amarth are defiantly themselves.
‘We just go with whatever we feel is right, we don’t really listen to other people’s options. ‘Find A Way’ is a song that anyone can relate to. It’s about personal struggles and how to overcome whatever is in front of you. That’s the song itself is uplifting so it have lyrics to match about gathering strength and overcoming obstacles. ‘The Great Heathen Army’ is about the end of the Viking era in England, the biggest gathering they had when they invaded England and the lost.’
There are plans to come out to Australia next year but ‘no exact dates but working towards it’ so for now, ’Find A Way’ to grab a copy of ‘The Great Heathen Army’, turn it up loud and march those feet to the tune of Amon Amarth.
GRAMMY® nominated, multi-platinum selling band OneRepublic announce their return to Australia for 3 East Coast tour dates in March 2023, with special guest Masked Wolf. The ‘Live In Concert’ tour will commence in Melbourne on March 10, followed by Sydney on March 11 and concluding in Brisbane on March 14.
OneRepublic, fronted by the enigmatic Ryan Tedder, have provided some of the most memorable and successful pop hits of their generation, including chart and streaming smashes “Apologize”, “Stop and Stare”, “Rescue Me” and “Counting Stars”. The band has blasted back into global charts with their smash hit “I Ain’t Worried” which is featured in the blockbuster movie, Top Gun: Maverick. The video, directed by Isaac Rentz, includes stunning footage from the film. It has already chalked up more than 5.5M streams in Australia, reaching top 10 on the ARIA Chart and #5 on Spotify.
The OneRepublic fan pre-sale commences at 11am on Wednesday, July 27, running for 48 hours. Live Nation pre-sale commences 11am on Thursday, July 28, concluding at 11am on Friday, July 29.
Foxtel Rewards members can access reserved tickets, on sale 12pm Friday 29 July. Foxtel customers, head to Foxtel.com.au/music
Northern Ireland’s ASH bring their punky pop genius back down under with their ‘Teenage Wildlife Tour’ – Celebrating 30 Years of Ash
The Teenage Wildlife album and tour perfectly encapsulates the trio’s entire recording career and includes – ‘Girl from Mars’, ‘Oh Yeah’, ‘Goldfinger’, ‘Kung Fu’, ‘Shining Light’, ‘Burn Baby Burn’, ‘Walking Barefoot’, ‘Orpheus’, ‘A Life Less Ordinary’ and More!
Ash’s shows these days are “tailored and tight, but still, bring with them their enthralling energy and indie pop zest that we all know and love”
Join ASH and their teenage effervescence as they Celebrate 30 Years
ASH ‘Teenage Wildlife Tour’ – Celebrating 30 Years of Ash – March 2023 Australian Tour Dates:
After two long years of on-again, off-again, more on-again, more off-again announcements, the world's most beloved big haired heavy metal outfit Steel Panther have officially confirmed new dates for what is set to be the wildest, wettest, dirtiest, hardest, heaviest most rocking heavy metal tour to land in Australia.
Having previously announced shows for 2020, and then 2021, Steel Panthers forthcoming Australian tour will now take place in October 2022, and will also feature support from legendary Victorian outfit Airbourne, who will be replacing Sevendust.
“After blazing through Europe and rocking 100,000 strong soldout crowds together at gargantuan festivals like Hellfest, and Download, we’re finally bringing the mega Hard Rock & Heavy Metal party of the year down to Oz! If you love POWER CHORDS, POWER DRINKING, and POWER ROCKING then YOU ARE INVITED to the Airbourne and Steel Panther POWER PARTY!! Rock you HARD in ROCKTOBER!!” – Airbourne
In addition to hitting massive venues across the country with the Victorian band, Airbourne Steel Panther will also be turning their Brisbane show into a mini-festival, featuring Dead Letter Circus, Devilskin, Lagerstein, and Bare Bones!
The ‘HEAPS & LOADS’ tour marks the largest venue that Steel Panther will have ever played in Australia. Due to growing demand every time they return down under, mixed with countless rave reviews, the Californian outfit will be landing in Newcastle, Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne for a handful of enormous shows!
For the uninitiated, Steel Panther was formed in 2000 and is comprised of Michael Starr (lead singer), Satchel (guitarist), and Stix Zadinia (drums). Hailing from Los Angeles, the epicenter for rock n’ roll in all its debauchery and glamour, Steel Panther has established themselves as the world’s premier party band, melding hard rock virtuosity with parody and criminally good looks. Steel Panther is a global phenomenon with five full-length albums, touring across the world, platinum-level YouTube status, and a #13 debut for the latest album Heavy Metal Rules on the ARIA charts.
Rolling Stone avowed, “There’s a reason Steel Panther have transcended their origins as a cover band playing the Sunset Strip,” while Metal Sucks declared, “Steel Panther’s concept is genius…their songwriting is…preposterously snappy – and relatable.”
Renowned as one of Queensland’s hardest working independent artists, enigmatic pop dreamweaver LT returns in joyful and theatrical fashion via her brand new single Rollercoaster out today. Also armed with a hard-hitting accompanying music video, Rollercoaster is a shimmering blast of polished dreamy pop with stirring thematics that you’ll fall in love with over and over again.
Helmed by LT’s vibrant vocals and an effervescent sonic coating, Rollercoaster deals in bouncy beats, shimmering strings and swooning harmonies. A fun, deep and explosive outing, Rollercoaster brings together LT with an all-star team, including co-writing and producing courtesy via Joel Quartermain and Edwin White, mixing by Tony Buchen, and mastering by Leon Zervos. Drawing from a variety of personal influences in the writing process, Rollercoaster may, on its surface, present as a bright and bubbly pop gem, but this utter earworm also comes brandishing significantly personal and hard-hitting thematics, as LT explains, “Rollercoaster is about caring for someone who battles with bipolar disorder. It’s about navigating through sleepless nights and uncontrollable highs, and keeping afloat during days of slumber and sweeping lows. It’s about love, perseverance, and riding that rollercoaster until you next see light.”
The music video for Rollercoaster painstakingly and respectfully reflects the mental health undertones of the accompanying single, with LT working alongside Brendan Shoenmaker, an emerging Brisbane creator, to bring the captivating clip to life. Featuring dancers and actors Katie Woods and Ellie Bankowski front-and-centre in a modern twist on vintage arthouse cinema, and filmed at Smoke Creative in Brisbane, the video for Rollercoaster showcases duality in its many forms, presented in realistic yet optimistic fashion. Marrying the many modes of mental health, manic depression, love and perseverance with a sharp, circular spotlight alongside the glimmering track itself, the clip elegantly embodies darker thematics while also paying visual homage to a filmmaking great, as LT elaborates, “Due to the sensitive subject matter of Rollercoaster, it was really important we created something beautiful that in no way added to the stigma that people battling mental health issues can experience. Brendan used inspiration from filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s persona, creating a film depicting inner duality. The story demonstrates a study of yin and yang told through the cat and mouse relationship of two dancers, representing not just the duality of bipolar but the togetherness of the relationship as well as a healthy dose of self-love. It explores the relationship of duality from a perspective of absence and presence, with the dance built around two characters slipping in and out of each other’s space. It is the tug of war between these moments that we wanted to showcase along with connection, endurance and the will to push on through.”
No stranger to the Aussie musical landscape, LT has continually charmed with her refreshing take on the indie, pop and electronic realms. With her previous single Hold Ya appearing as Song You Need To Know on Rolling Stone Australia in 2021, LT is also a multi-award winning powerhouse, with three Queensland Music Award wins under her belt as well as taking out 2018’s Carol Lloyd Award. Proudly flying the flag for her hometown in Cairns, LT has also snagged international acclaim, with her track How Would It Feel picked up on BBC Radio in the UK as well as being remixed by London artist JHustl3 earlier this year. And while her releases continue to delight and enamour at every turn, creating new music is LT’s ultimate happy place, with 2022 offering a renewed chance to continue her passion and deliver some new tunes along the way, as LT concludes, ‘My favourite thing to do in the world is to write and record music, so I feel very fortunate that I still have the opportunity to release new work after such a tricky time. Happy days!”.
This was my first pub gig since Covid struck and I was ridiculously excited as I descended the stairs to 170 Russell (or Billboards as it will always be to me and those of my era). As I was arriving just as the first band on the bill, Banks Arcade was starting their set, I expected a thin crowd as you often see for the first band up on a bill of 4. So seeing the place heaving already was a very pleasant surprise and it also meant I had to elbow my way into my favourite spot at this venue. Either Banks Arcade has a lot of mates, or everyone was as keen as me for a dose of live music and made sure to catch all the supports.
Banks Arcade is difficult to pigeonhole (if you like your music in neat little boxes). Their 5 song set gave us everything from the dark, heavy electronica of Don’t Start, the Hip Hop/hardcore hybrid of Used, to the very poppy Sick (that had a very liberal nod to Amity Affliction’s pop/metalcore mix IMO). Describing something as “Poppy” is an insult in my book, but I actually really like this track with its’ many parts, tempo, and mood changes. These Kiwi transplants to Melbourne are definitely one to catch again.
I’m afraid I do not understand the appeal of full-on metalcore vocals so I could tell straight away, that I was going to have a bit of a hard time with Gravemind. But amongst the demonic vocals, was a bass that rattled the mirrors and made its’ way around the room via the floorboards and some very impressive lead breaks. Soundgarden they are not, but entertaining, musically proficient, and well appreciated by the crowd they were, even obliging with a circle pit on Billboards diminutive dance floor.
Dayseeker had made the trip out from LA to support Thornhill on this tour and this was definitely appreciated by the enthusiastic crowd. Henceforth, their style of music shall be called ”Popcore” as this was definitely Hansen meets Sepultura. There must be a “Metalcore 101” course out there somewhere as despite the obvious difference in style, the similarities in guitar and bass with Gravemind were unmistakable at times. But unlike Gravemind, Dayseeker has one foot firmly in the Pop genre, making it a bit more palatable to this old bag. I was reminded of Bullet for My Valentine with the liberal use of a double kick drum and metal guitar in The Colour Black and Crooked Soul and this is definitely to be encouraged. The more I’ve listened to Dayseeker since Friday, the more I like ‘em. You are welcome back in my city anytime.
I love atmospheric Aussie Pub Rock! Stick me in a room with Karnivool, Cog, or Sleepmakeswaves and I’m a happy bunny, so I was very excited when I started checking out Thornhill prior to Friday night’s gig and felt the goosebumps breaking out all over. But listening to a band on Spotify cannot always prepare you for the live experience and the experience of seeing Thornhill for the first time for me was one of having my tiny mind blown. It is many years since I have seen a front man like Jacob Charlton. His vocals are perfectly suited to Thornhill’s brand of heavy atmospheric rock and he slipped seamlessly into an impressive falsetto on a number of tracks. Resplendent in white singlet and a lovely pair of red driving gloves, often taking a backseat singing from the drum riser and letting bassist Nick Sjogren take the centre, he nevertheless OWNED it. At times channeling Michael Hutchence with “stripper hips” moves and other times, Freddy Mercury stalking the stage with half a mike stand, this guy was mesmerizing.
Right, enough gushing. Musically, Thornhill reminds me very much of a heavier Karnivool only more tightly crafted with less of Karnivool’s weird mucking around with the tempo in a song. And despite my aforementioned dislike devil summoning, vocal cord destroying screamo vocals, the occasional use of them is acceptable in my opinion and can add a heavy edge (I luuurve me a bit of Bullet for My Valentine and they are masters at this) and I was not perturbed by their use in songs like Views from the Sun. There was plenty of light and shade in this set with tracks like the near instrumental All the Light We Don’t See (the vocals don’t start until 1:10 on the album version) and Lily and the Moon sitting in contrast to the heavier tracks like Arkangeland Coven.
Thornhill looks to have a busy time coming up as they have a dozen US shows supporting Erra immediately followed by a week of headline shows. AND, they are supporting the wonderful Butterfly Effect on their Australian tour in October. Jacob said at one point that 170 Russell was a venue they had always dreamed of playing. I say, dream higher, as you guys are going places and I hope you don’t mind if I come along for the ride.
Japanese genre-blenders CROSSFAITH are thrilled to announce their return to Australian shores. That’s right, their Atlas Of Faith Would tour will be hitting the east coast in October with special guests DREGG.
“We had so many great memories from festivals such as UNIFY, Soundwave and als supporting ‘The Amity Affliction’ to ‘Bring Me The Horizon’ and ‘In Hearts Wake’, but the only thing that we’ve never done over there is the headline tour.
The time has come to do it! This tour is a part of our 15th anniversary, so you guys can expect that we will play songs from our each record. Make sure you get your tickets and bring the MAYHEM!
See you guys in da PIT!” says the band.
After forming in 2006, CROSSFAITH released their debut album The Artificial Theory For The Dramatic Beauty’ in 2009 followed by The Dream, The Space (2011), Apocalyze (2013), ‘Xeno’ (2015) and Ex Machina (2018). Each one saw the band blend their love of punk rock, metal and electronic music in daring new ways.
DREGG make powerfully energetic music, driven by themes of fierce individualism, with a sound that hungrily consumes metal, hardcore, and rap, only to heave it back up in a colorful rainbow of bombastic brutality and iconoclastic absurdity, lovingly fed to the audience like mother birds. The Melbourne, Australia fivesome is thrillingly provocative, occasionally disturbing, and filled with hip-hop swagger.
Live Nation pre-sale tickets on Sale: Wednesday 20 July, 10am until Thursday 21 July 10am local time.
General tickets on sale Thursday 21 July @ 11am local time.