Archive | August, 2013

Photos – Psycroptic, King Parrot, The Schoenberg Automaton @ The Crowbar 03/08/13

22 Aug

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Arguably one of Australia’s best death metal acts, Psycroptic;  recently toured across Australia with one of my favourite live bands, King Parrot. The Inheriting the Sickness Tour consisted of nine dates; we were fortunate enough to be at The Crowbar, in Brisbane, where they were supported by The Schoenberg Automaton.

The Schoenberg Automaton –

King Parrot – 

Psycroptic – 

Karnivool Live @ Eatons Hill 08/08/13

22 Aug

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Karnivool have seen themselves dominate the charts in the last few years with their last 2 releases, Sound Awake and Asymmetry (both respectively reaching #2 and #1 on the Aria charts). As well as seeing success in the studio, the band have also seen massive success on the road, selling out show after show and playing some of the worlds biggest stages and festivals. Now Karnivool have embarked on their latest tour in support of their first ever #1 record, Asymmetry. We got the chance to see the band perform in Brisbane and as usual, it was an impressive spectacle….

The lights go dim as the Vool’ enter from side of stage. The familiar sight of the shaggy haired, nordic bearded guitarists, the powerhouse gentleman drummer and their charismatic, always eccentric vocalist, receives a wave of thunderous applause. Our first taste of the Asymmetry album in a live setting then begins with the opening track ‘AM War’. This track (for me personally) fell a bit short on excitement (especially as a set opener) as it was a bit too relaxed but hey, I’m sure the band are sick of opening up with ‘Goliath’ or ‘Cote’ every night.

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The set goes on and never ceases in intensity. The Brisbane crowd is treated to a good mixture of both old and new songs from the Karnivool back catalogue. Songs such as ‘Simple Boy’, ‘Goliath’, ‘Set Fire To The Hive’ and the always epic, ‘Deadman’ gave the fans some nostalgic and energetic moments whilst songs from the new album like ‘We Are’, ‘Alpha Omega’ and ‘Naschash’ were received with audacious cheers. The Vool’ just never seem to stop churning out dem hits.

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Production for this tour is some of the best I’ve seen at a Karnivool show. They just step it up every year. Although I was singing praises for their production on the Sound Awake tour in those smaller venues (where the sound was amazing…but we’ll get to that later) I was very impressed with what they brought on this tour. It was like a mini arena show.

If I could have one negative comment about the show it’d be that niggling issue of sound (in particular for one member of the band). Throughout the night the soundman just couldn’t get Kenny’s vocals right. They were extremely trebly and just never cut through the mix. It’s a shame because not only was I right next to the sound desk (which should be where the gig sounds best!) but the rest of the band sounded amazing! Judds drums sounded lethal, Stockmans bass was incredible and the guitar sounds from Hosking and Goddard was phenomenal. Don’t get me wrong, Ian Kenny was killin’ it on stage, you could tell he was on par as usual, but the sound just didn’t carry through. Could have been that it was the first time Karnivool had performed at Eatons Hill or it could have been a shit night for some of the crew. Reports from the crowd at the front indicate a superb mix, so who knows?

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Karnivool is just one of those bands that you fall in love with. Not for their looks, nor for their gear (here’s lookin at you gear nerds) and nor for their celebrity status. People fall in love with the music. It speaks to you on a level that only some music can. And besides the fact that the band tours Australia and the world relentlessly, that they up their game every year and that they inspire thousands of people all over the globe, in the end, it’s the music that makes us love them. Thanks for another great run of shows, guys. Cya next time!

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Steven Wilson Announces Australian Tour!

9 Aug

Regarded as a visionary and one of the driving forces behind the modern progressive rock / metal movement, Steven Wilson, the man who created Porcupine Tree, is an eclectic and prolific artist. Witnessing a Steven Wilson live performance is to be engulfed by mind bending visuals and a bombastic aural surroundscape leaving audiences captivated and breathlessly longing for more.

Here’s a short-list of the Steven Wilson’s accomplishments:

  • Performer – Blackfield, No-Man, Storm Corrosion (with Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt), Incredible Expanding Mindfuck, Bass Communion, and of course, Porcupine Tree
  • Surround Re-mix – King Crimson (8 albums), XTC, Jethro Tull, Caravan, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Hawkwind, Yes
  • Producer &/or Mix – Opeth, OSI, Fish, Orphaned Land, Ian Anderson, Marillion, Anathema.

The performances will be primarily comprised of material from Wilson’s 3 solo releases –Insurgentes, Grace For Drowning and focusing predominantly his acclaimed latest album –The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories). Accompanying Wilson will be a collective of world class calibre musicians, and the sound in the room will be delivered in surround with isolated instruments bursting from every corner of the room – something few have attempted since Pink Floyd’s heyday.

Accompanying Steven Wilson on his forthcoming Australian tour are the following musicians –

Guthrie Govan (Guitar) 

Nick Beggs (Bass Guitar)

Adam Holzman (Keyboards / Piano)

Theo Travis (Saxaphone / Flute)

Chad Wackerman (Drums)

Tour Dates:

MELBOURNE October 2 BILLBOARD
SYDNEY October 3 THE METRO
BRISBANE October 5 THE TIVOLI

Between The Buried & Me Announce Australian Tour!

1 Aug

Between The Buried And Me have confirmed they will be returning to Australia this November! The band will play their ambitious release The Parallax II: Future Sequence in it’s entirety. The critically acclaimed release is described by Tommy Rogers (vocals, keyboards) as ‘A conceptual journey that takes the listener to worlds that seem familiar and worlds that make you scratch your head.’ With influences ranging from metal and old progressive rock to jazz and fusion, the band can be delicately taking the listener on a psychedelic trip via spaced out melodies and then rip their head off with a cacophonous roar the next creating a world that’s both schizophrenic and violent yet beautiful and sublime seemingly at the same time.

“The group’s ability to layer long, melodic arcs over squibs of dissonance has never been more surgical and soulful,” Alternative Press

Joining BTBAM are US Prog Metal alchemists, The Contortionist. Combine Rush, Dream Theater, Cynic and their touring buddies and add a dose of their own personality and you get these guys. They create a frenzy of warped time signatures, percussive mathematics, spider-fingered fretwork, dazzlingly atmospheric keyboards and arresting vocals. In short, a stunning, virtuosic group of musicians who have been shattering the boundaries of conventional heavy metal since their inception in 2007. With both bands sharing the one stage, Australian fans are sure to get their Prog fix this November. One can only imagine how many notes will be played each night..

 

Tickets on Sale: Thursday 11 August 9.00am

TOUR DATES

Friday, 15 November: The Zoo Brisbane 18+ 

 Saturday, 16 November: Metro Theatre Sydney 18+ 

 Sunday, 17 November: The Basement Canberra 18+ 

 Tuesday, 19 November: The Corner Hotel Melbourne 18+ 

 Thursday, 21 November Unibar Adelaide Lic AA 

 Friday, 22 November Amplifier Bar Perth 18+

Korpiklaani Announce Australian Tour!

1 Aug

Prepare your liver and put on your drinking hats & beer goggles because Finland’s alcohol fuelled folk metal sextet KORPIKLAANI are setting course for Australia. They are getting ready to party with our finest (or our worst?) this October on their very first visit to these shores.

With roots set deep in traditional Finnish folk music, KORPIKLAANI take said roots, turn them upside down and add a hearty helping of galloping metal which has placed them atop the rather burgeoning folk metal scene. With an extensive back catalogue including their latest release, 2012’s Manala

(Nuclear Blast) and years of extensive touring, the band have honed a vibrant and energetic live performance that has been seen the world over to critical acclaim at festivals such as Bloodstock Open Air and the prestigious Wacken Open Air.

“Equal parts Finnish folk and rampaging heavy metal” (Metal Hammer)

When they finally hit Australia, KORPIKLAANI will deliver a raucous set with plenty of their vivacious and catchy anthems such as Vodka, Tequila and Beer Beer… notice a recurring theme here? “A joy to behold – and it’s hard not to get caught up in the party atmosphere, the crowd enjoying themselves almost as much as the band” (Metal Hammer)

So keep the beer on ice, lay out the tequila shots and chill the vodka. The party is about to start and KORPIKLAANI are knocking at the door! The question is, do you want to join in on the fun?

“Think metal is all about stern faces and frostbitten poses? Think again.” (Terrorizer)

Tour Dates: October 2013

Tuesday 22nd Brisbane – The Zoo

Wednesday 23rd Melbourne – Corner Hotel

Friday 25th Sydney – Manning Bar

Saturday 26th Adelaide – The Gov

Sunday 27th Perth – Rosemount Hotel

Tickets only $59 + bf available from metropolistouring.com

Strictly Limited VIP Meet and Greet Packages available for each show!