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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Announces May 2024 Australian Tour

 Legendary Guitar Virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen to Embark on Highly Anticipated Australian Tour in May 2024

Australian fans of guitar virtuoso YNGWIE MALMSTEEN are in for an electrifying treat as the maestro announces his long-awaited return to Australia for a series of shows in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

This marks Malmsteen's first tour of Australia since 2015.

Renowned for his unparalleled mastery of the guitar, Malmsteen has carved out a legendary career spanning over four decades. With his jaw-dropping technique, innovative style, and unparalleled showmanship, Malmsteen has become an icon in the world of rock and metal music and an influence on generations of guitar players.

Throughout his illustrious career, Malmsteen has garnered numerous accolades, including a Grammy, solidifying his status as one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

As one of the pioneers of neo-classical rock and metal, his virtuosic playing has earned him widespread acclaim from both fans and critics alike, and his influence on the world of guitar music is immeasurable.

Malmsteen's upcoming tour of Australia is set to be a retrospective of his incredible legacy, with a particular celebration of his ground-breaking debut solo album, Yngwie J. Malmsteen’s Rising Force which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2024.

Audiences can expect an unforgettable evening of blistering guitar solos, virtuosic performances, and timeless classics that have solidified Malmsteen's place in music history. Don't miss your chance to witness a true guitar legend in action.

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN May 2024 Australian Tour Dates

Thursday 16 May – Melbourne, Northcote Theatre

Saturday 18 May – Brisbane, Princess Theatre

Sunday 19 May – Sydney, Liberty Hall

Tickets On Sale – Tuesday 2nd April at 9am local

From: https://www.silverbacktouring.com.au/yngwie-malmsteen-australian-tour-2024/

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AMARANTHE Announce August and September 2024 First Ever Australian Tour

After conquering stages across the globe and on the back of their stunning new album The Catalyst, Swedish metal virtuosos AMARANTHE are finally set to embark on their first ever tour of Australia.

AMARANTHE have walked their own unique path from the start. With a sound that combines the sharpest, cutting edges of modern melodic metal, electronic rock and razor-sharp pop, their impact was immediate and undeniable. Their music is absurdly infectious, genre defining and is led by the unique 3-way vocal assault of the electrifying Elize Ryd, Mikael Sehlin & Nils Molin who deliver an unprecedented aural attack that is complimented by scything guitars and pulsating keyboard passages.

Now 7-albums deep into their career, amassing hundreds of millions of streams and captivating metal enthusiasts worldwide since 2008 AMARANTHE have been an unwavering breath of invigorating fresh air. Now the time is right for AMARANTHE to showcase their incomparable sound and blistering live show to Australian audiences.

Expect to hear a setlist full of AMARANTHE’s hit global anthems ‘Drop Dead Cynical’, ‘Digital World’, ‘Damnation Flame’, ‘Re-Vision’, ‘The Nexus’, ‘Archangel’ and more! Sweden’s masters of thunderous, melodic futurism are about to show fans what has made them one of Metal’s most exciting acts.

AMARANTHE 2024 Australian Tour Dates

Tuesday 27 August – The Gov, ADELAIDE

Wednesday 28 August – Metropolis Fremantle, PERTH

Friday 30 August – Metro Theatre, SYDNEY

Saturday 31 August – Northcote Theatre, MELBOURNE

Sunday 1 September – The Tivoli, BRISBANE

Tickets:

PRESALE: Wednesday 27th March 11am AEDT (Brisbane 10am local / Adelaide 10:30am local Perth 8am local)

GENERAL PUBLIC: Thursday 28th March 11am AEDT (Brisbane 10am local / Adelaide 10:30am local Perth 8am local)

From: https://davidroywilliams.com/tours/amaranthe/ and https://metropolistouring.com/amaranthe-2024/

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[Review] Knotfest @ Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne 21/03/24

Metal Tee piece on; check! Hot ticket for Knotfest; Check! Hours away from seeing Phil & what’s left of the boys, swig of the goose and I’m amped and out the door to knock down the Cemetery Gates at Flemington Racecourse.

It is a perfect sunny Melbourne afternoon to squash down some cans, extend my middle finger to the working man & get shoulder to shoulder with my metal comrades. My brothers and sisters cladded in heavy duty boots, battle jackets and the mainstream defiant alike, all psyched to latch onto the assault of double bass drums & distortion city.

That working man that scored the bird didn’t cut the leash until 3:30pm so I can only review from The Hu onwards. I made my way to the two stages and settled into The Hu.  Now I’ve never seen The Hu before and I was immediately sucked right in. Fuck me, I was not expecting see a jaw harp at this gig. A Fkn Jaw Harp!! Then counting them off, yep 8 members, ok, a drummer and a percussionist, ok both my balls are in.

This is Mongol rolled out first. A hypnotic march paced folk / metal infusion. At first I was like WTF!! In my head I’m like is that a fiddle?!! I’m looking at this 2 stringer with bright white strings, are they cat gut strings??  With my undivided attention The Hu blasted me with next few numbers like Black Thunder, Wolf Totem, Bil Biyelgee, Yuve Yuve Yu and finished a Metallica cover Through the Never. Could’ve done without the cover, lost me a bit there. I mean if you’re going to cover a Metallica cover at Knotfest maybe go a bit more old school metal but each to their own.

Overall I rate them and I am even  listening to them as I write this. They are a great stage spectacle, almost has that trance like spiritual Mongolian vibe to it except they bash you in the face with it. Prepare for Mongolian battle music.

The sun is still pounding us from above but it’s a good pounding exit stage left shuffle 50 paces off your right shoulder and look its stage 2. Nice! Didn’t have to bolt 1km to the next stage, oh look BEEER Tent!!

Halestorm are up next and jeeze has Lizzy got a set of lungs on her! I mean Lizzy Hale can wail!!

Kicking off with I Miss the Misery the four piece rock outfit were pretty keen to grab our attention. Didn’t matter whether you were sprawled out on the grass or on your feet, Halestorm had you mildly moving at least one body part. Not sure they fit into the whole Knotfest scenario though.

I’d say they’re borderline hard rock and the only thing metal is the hardware on their instruments. Not saying they’re bad, just probs better off touring with The Baby Animals.

Enter stage left, its 6:15, the last of the sun for the day but the first of Lamb of God!

It was getting pretty thick with the flesh of humans now as we got pummelled with Memento Mori.   And Ihave to admit and it was a discussion point with a couple of my fellow musician mates that the guitaring mix was hard to hear over drum & bass. At points my T-shirt was vibrating from double kick drum mayhem. Ahhh outside air gigs are tough to mix!! We found ourselves moving closer to the sound booth to catch the clearer sound.  However, the circle work from the mosh gave no indication of the mix as the punters slapped flesh with the best of them. It was a fierce pit from the opening song and there was no relenting for the duration of their set.

With Morton & Adler locking it away tight with filthy good riffing that is punishingly brilliant but can also pull back into melodic interludes when its time. While Lamb of God aren’t my go to, its songs like Hourglass especially towards the back end of that track that sucks me in.

Lamb Of God had a ripper set giving the patriots Walk With Me In Hell, Hourglass & Now You’ve Got Something To Die For finishing on Redneck. It was bloody epic and was pretty well received for those that got through the mix.

JD can in one hand JD can in the other. Oh, fuck me Bro look its Disturbed! Hey You……was the first song that Dan & John kicked off with followed by Mike and then Dave with his renowned vocal sound. Thankfully back to stage right for Disturbed the mix was clear again and all instruments could be distinguished.

The crowd was slightly thicker again and as this set got further along the I started to see more inverted body parts poking out of crowd in front me. Dave kept them moving with Stupify rolling into seeing Ten Thousand Fists. It’s hard to stand still when a full tom intro from Mike kicks that song off and that distinctive guitar sound from Dan delivers a solid blow to your ear pieces.

Another killer set inclusive of Bad Man, The Game, The Light, Unstoppable, of course Down With The Sickness & Inside of Fire. Yes dickheads, they played The Sound of Silence!! I’m not a fan of the revitalised classic but it did have an atmospheric aura about it as our Aussie sun was done and the crowd drank it in albeit on a patch of grass and only too far from the cobbled stones but no one dared Disturb the sound of silence.

Stage Left Mother Fuckers!!!!!!!

Full Choad moment, let me prefix this with when I was a wee pissant teenager, my alarm clock would go off to the sound of Mouth for War!! Out on the stage walks Phil, crowd goes nuts need I say anymore?? OK, as follows.

A New Level was the first biscuit from the Cowboys from Hell. Couldn’t tell you what anyone else was doing as I was fixated on what was unfolding. Again, slightly annoyed at the mix, maybe it was something to do with stage left, Fuck You stage left!! So I found myself moving around a bit.  But wasn’t going to let that get in the way.

Next song…….wait is that my alarm….am I dreaming, oh wait nup that’d be Mouth for War.

“REVENGE!!!!!” “My ears can’t hear what you say to me!!!” Fuck me, it’s sooooo good!

Honestly, I’ve always kicked myself for not seeing them when Dimebag & Vinnie were still with us but this was better than nothing and if you’re throwing in Zakk then if not like for like then you’re getting value right? Not to forget Charle Benante who walks amongst the innovators of blast beating (I’m not talking about rapid pounding of your flesh puppet), any drummers will know and he carries his own. 

The setlist was Strength Beyond Strength, Becoming, I’m Broken, Suicide Note Pt 2, This Love, Floods, Walk, Domination / Hollow, Cowboys from Hell, Fucking Hostile. A few little intros or outros with By Demons Be Driven and Throes of Rejection.

Overall I walked out of there slaughtered and Goddamn Electric!! There was plenty of noise about the lineup this year not stacking up and even though I wasn’t there for all of it what was good was fucking ace and the substandard parts were still rocking. I rate 2024 Knotfest a ripping success and Pantera well, even at 5am in the morning, I’ll always have a Mouth For War!!!

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Hozier announces second Melbourne show on the ‘Unreal Unearth’ 2024 Australian tour

Due to a staggering demand for tickets in the presale, Live Nation are excited to announce a second Melbourne date for global superstar Hozier at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Wednesday November 13.

Performing shows here for the first time since 2019, the Grammy-nominated, award-winning multi-platinum singer and songwriter and his band play headline dates across the country which include Arena shows on Wednesday November 6 at RAC Arena in Perth, and Friday November 15 at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, alongside major outdoor venues at The Drive in Adelaide on Friday November 8, Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne on Tuesday November 12 and Wednesday November 13, the Riverstage in Brisbane on Monday November 18 and two SummerSalt dates in Torquay, Sunday November 10 and Hunter Valley, Saturday 16 November.

Presented in partnership with double j, tickets for all shows go on sale at 12pm local, Monday March 18.

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: livenation.com.au

With over 22 billion global streams, numerous platinum album certifications, multiple award nominations and wins, Hozier is recognised as one of the foremost singer-songwriters of our generation.

Driven by the thought-provoking quintuple-platinum anthem ‘Take Me To Church’, Hozier’s self-titled full-length debut bowed at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and went on to achieve triple RIAA Platinum status. Featuring the hit singles ‘Take Me To Church’, and ‘Someone New’, it enjoyed nine weeks at #1 in his native Ireland and rose to #3 on the ARIA album charts here in Australia, also achieving multi-platinum sales.

The follow up to Hozier’s debut album, ‘Wasteland, Baby!’ was released to massive critical acclaim in March 2019, entering the US Billboard Top 200 Chart at #1. The multi-platinum selling album’s 14 tracks (all original Hozier compositions) marked a major development in songwriting and subject matter and included the singles ‘Nina Cried Power’, ‘Movement’, ‘Almost (Sweet music)’, ‘Would That I’ and ‘Dinner and Diatribes’.

August 2023 saw Hozier release his third studio album ‘Unreal Unearth’ which delivered the singles ‘Eat Your Young’, ‘Francesca’, ‘De Selby (Part 2)’ and ‘All Things End’ and has been described as ‘an album brimming with brilliance’, and ‘one of the most enchanting albums of 2023’. An extensive world tour kicked off after the release which included sold out shows across the US, Europe and the UK, and a string of International Festival dates and more headline shows in 2024.

November 2024 Hozier bring his highly successful ‘Unreal Unearth’ tour to Australia and will be joined by Special guest American Singer Songwriter Joy Oladokun.

HOZIER – UNREAL UNEARTH
AUSTRALIA TOUR
WITH SPECIAL GUEST JOY OLADOKUN

RAC ARENA, PERTH WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 6
THE DRIVE, ADELAIDE FRIDAY NOVEMBER 8
SUMERSALT, TORQUAY SUNDAY NOVEMBER 10
SIDNEY MYER MUSIC BOWL, MELBOURNE TUESDAY NOVEMBER 12 (
LOW TICKETS)SIDNEY MYER MUSIC BOWL, MELBOURNE WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13 (NEW SHOW)QUDOS BANK ARENA, SYDNEY FRIDAY NOVEMBER 15
SUMERSALT, HUNTER VALLEY SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16
THE RIVERSTAGE, BRISBANE MONDAY NOVEMBER 18


TICKETS ON SALE 12PM LOCAL, MONDAY MARCH 18
For complete tour and ticket information, visit:
livenation.com.au

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HEALTH Announce Rat-Based Warfare Down Under Tour

Following their highly successful and long-awaited return to Australia in 2023 for Dark Mofo and a limited couple of sideshows, the enigmatic noise rock-cum-industrial metal trio that is HEALTH returned home to LA to prepare for the release of their seventh full-length album Rat Wars. Having begun the process of reinventing themselves as a heavy band several records ago, Rat Wars is a dystopian, painfully horny fever dream that may just be the zenith of their evolution – HEALTH at its most fully formed after years of collaboration and experimentation, all the while cultivating a passionate fan base that not only follows their every move, but actively takes part in the band’s extremely online community. Having immediately followed up on the December 2023 release of Rat Wars by supporting modern metal icons Sleep Token all over Europe, including at their gigantic sold out show at Wembley Stadium, the band soon embarked with their most successful US headline tour yet, and now prepares to bring the rat wars to Australia for the next stage of their campaign…

Joining them on all dates is the Brisbane-based artist Zheani, whose rise has been similarly meteoric in recent years. To call her a rapper, while somewhat fitting, would betray the eclectic and violent mix of hip-hop, metal, industrial, synth-pop, emo and hardcore influences that makes up her truly next-generation music and stunning imagery represented by her 2023 sophomore album The Spiritual Meat Grinder and 2024 single Spoils of War. Selling out her own headline shows in Australia, the USA and Europe, and even supporting Limp Bizkit in Melbourne over the last year, the Rat-Based Warfare Down Under Tour may be one of your last chances to see Zheani in a club setting before she truly lifts off to the stars.

Experimental drum & bass artist Joshua Wells (Nerve, AR53 Records) and extreme metal vocalist Karina Utomo (KILAT, Rinuwat, High Tension) present their latest duo performance as a new look at largely improvised electronic rhythms and exploratory voicing. The project focuses on live drum machine manipulations paired with extreme vocal dissonance. The creation is a discordant cacophony of textural dark, techno landscapes narrated with shatteringly acute vocal ranging.

These shows promise to be unforgettable nights that showcase heavy music as a force that doesn’t have to be brutal and macho to be gripping and eviscerating. May the Rat Wars purge this continent. Long live the Rat Wars.

Early bird pre-sale tickets on sale: Wednesday 20 March @ 11am AEDT time

To Gain Early Ticket Access Register Here -> https://daltours.cc/ratwarsdownunder

General tickets on sale: Friday 22 March @ 11am local time
Tickets from
destroyalllines.com

Destroy All Lines Presents

HEALTH

RAT-BASED WARFARE TOUR :: DOWN UNDER

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

ZHEANI + JOSHUA WELLS & KARINA UTOMO

WEDNESDAY 31 JULY – AMPLIFIER BAR, PERTH

THURSDAY 1 AUGUST – LION ARTS, ADELAIDE

FRIDAY 2 AUGUST – 170 RUSSELL, MELBOURNE

SATURDAY 3 AUGUST – MANNING BAR, SYDNEY

SUNDAY 4 AUGUST – BRIGHTSIDE OUTDOORS, BRISBANE

General tickets on sale: Friday 22 March @ 11am local time

Tickets from destroyalllines.com

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Interview with Chuck Garric & Calico Cooper

The formidable powerhouse Beasto Blanco are back in 2024 with new single ‘Run For Your Life,’ produced by Chris Harms / Lord of the Lost. It’s the first taste of their forthcoming new album, KINETICA, coming later this year via COP International Records that aspires to capture the visuals, energy, love, sex, sweat, robots, and raw animalistic essence that defines the band.

This adrenaline-fueled track ‘Run For Your Life” kicks things off with a sonic and lyrical call to face fears and trust bestial instincts. In the accompanying music video, Beasto Blanco charges full force into life amid intergalactic chaos, pursuing their cybernetic “Machine Girl” warrior Queen. The epic hunt unfolds, with the band's sound leading the charge. Beasto Blanco refuses to run, embodying the spirit of the less than perfect, the flawed, and the free.

Calico Cooper says of the track, “’Run For Your Life’ is a track about stamina. The sheer force of will it takes to dig deep and run from any black holes sucking you in. To not be crushed by the destruction. But to run hard and fast… for your life. You have the power to save yourself. And it’s worth it.

Beasto Blanco features the electrifying collaboration of Nashville-based shock rockers Chuck Garric (Alice Cooper) and high priestess Calico Cooper, delivering an instant knockout blow. With an explosive sound and captivating visuals, ‘Run For Your Life’ is the perfect balance of raw power and infectious melodies that showcases Beasto Blanco’s refreshing authenticity as a beacon of genuine, unapologetic rock ‘n’ roll.

Adds Christian Petke, founder of COP International Records, “I have been working in the industry for over 30 years and I have never represented a band that is this focused and driven. Beasto Blanco’s musicianship and professionalism is just mind-blowing. I am absolutely in love with their sound and energy; here is a band that effortlessly combines deep rock ‘n’ roll roots with 21st century attitude and technology. The icing on the cake is the fact that they are totally fun to work with.”

In addition to the new music, Beasto Blanco has been confirmed for appearances at several European festivals this summer, including Wacken, Ur Rock, and Plague Noir with more dates coming soon.

About Beasto Blanco

Rock and Roll born in the Mountain Mud and the Desert Sun … Beasto Blanco was formed by Chuck Garric and Chris Latham. They set out to create a raw, powerful, rock ‘n’ roll band with a searing, theatrical live experience. Enter Calico Cooper, rock vixen and the spawn of Garric’s boss, legendary shock rocker Alice Cooper and a renegade German rhythm section and Beasto Blanco’s inimitable sound and image emerged. Blood, sweat, and gasoline are fueling Beasto Blanco’s explosive rock sound and captivating visuals. A band and an audience united in one inseparable union of musical thunder and sensational spectacle. Welcome to the world of Beasto Blanco. Whether illuminated in the spotlights of cavernous arenas or headlining packed theaters and clubs, the band’s mission is unwavering: To create an immersive experience where everyone is welcome to join an extended family whose support is unconditional and authentic.

Lineup:

Chuck Garric (long time Alice Cooper bassist) on guitars and vocals

Calico Cooper on vocals

Brother Latham on guitars

Jan LeGrow on bass

Sean Sellers on drums

Find Beasto Blanco online:

Website: https://www.beastoblanco.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeastoBlanco/?pnref=lhc

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beastoblanco/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BeastoBlanco

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[Album Review] Amaranthe – The Catalyst

Amaranthe, they are modern metal meets pop! It’s heavy, it’s catchy as all hell and I’m 100% sure your metal elitists would hate every second of it, but love them or hate them, they have proved again that they are here to stay. Amaranthe are back with their 7th studio album, The Catalyst and once again they have unleashed the hooks and melodies that will get under your skin and dig into your mind, where you will be singing them all day.

Three years on since the previous album Manifest, which gained them some new fans with the likes of the single Viral, The Catalyst will do that again and more! The old fans will be back for more of what they already love about this band, the 3 different vocal styles, the incredible melodies, and the killer rhythms. While I think newer fans will find these latest singles flavorful, then go and taste their back catalogue full of delectable hooks and sing alongs, always a tasty dish that one.

The singles released are some of the catchiest tunes on the album, but with an Amaranthe album, they still have more hooks and riffs to get stuck in your head, its pop music, it’s part of the charm. They have some killer film clips to go with these singles, Damnation Flame is a Vampire movie and as usual, we head to the future with Insatiable and The Catalyst. I have always enjoyed their art and effects. Outside of the singles, Amaranthe has given us, Interference, probably the heaviest Amaranthe riff I’ve heard. It has this chunky low opening/verse riff with an ever-talented Elize Ryd bringing in some low toned vocals, the girls got some range!

This is the first album featuring new Heavy Vocalist Mikael Sehlin, who has worked with Engel in the past, he comes in keeping the vocals pretty damn close to Hendrik Englund’s style, so it’s a smooth transition for the fans. You can’t go past the vocal dynamics of this band, Clean Female, Clean Male and Heavy Male, it’s part of the key identity for Amaranthe. They utilise it well for The Catalyst with songs like Damnation Flame, Liberated and Resistance, usually keeping a pattern when it comes to their vocal lines but that’s where the Pop element of their song writing comes into it, there’s a formula you use that works and you run with it.

As is tradition, there is at least one clean, slower paced song on the album that lets the clean vocals of Elize Ryd and Nils Molin shine and this time around it comes in the form of, Stay a Little While. This track shows that they work incredibly well together when it comes to vocal prowess and letting them show off their respective range to the full extent in the slower musical pieces. Amaranthe have always had a more positive approach when it comes to their lyrics, Love, Happiness, Strength, Self Confidence, those types of uplifting words, then they can also put out simple tracks like That Song, from the Maximalism album that is just so simple that it then gets stuck in your head for days, good track though!

The Catalyst is nothing overly new from Amaranthe in the ways of song writing, this is still a step in the right direction to becoming more known worldwide. I hope that this is the album that they eventually come to Australia for, it would be unreal to see them live and sing these songs. I am a sucker for catchy choruses and hooks. Go and have a listen for yourself, you will be singing them as well soon enough!

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