Karnivool & Dead Letter Circus Announce Australian Tour!

16 Nov

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Karnivool are BEYOND pleased to announce the “Polymorphism” tour 2014, teaming up with their old friends AND sparring partners Dead Letter Circus to tread the boards, visit some old hunting grounds and move some air in the best way possible, soaring guitars and a giant bottom end.

After sold out shows in Australia, last month Dead Letter Circus grabbed their round the world tickets and headlined Krank’d Up Festival in South Africa, toured the UK and Europe on a co-headline run with Monuments, played Euroblast Festival in Germany, and are now in California on their North American tour with Periphery. Returning to home shores for a heavily requested tour with great friends Karnivool over summer, vocalist Kim Benzie said “This is a lineup that has been talked about for years that no-one thought would ever be possible. We can’t wait!”

Ian Kenny from Karnivool adds, Karnivool are teaming up with Dead Letter Circus this coming January. With both bands having new records in hand this shit is going to be fresher than Jay-Z’s sneaker closet. Don’t miss it!”

Australia’s finest instrumental musclemen sleepmakeswaves who only recently came back from touring Europe themselves complete the line-up for the Polymorphism tour which kicks off on January 8th in Melbourne and takes in other capital cities and some major regional areas. Tickets are on sale next Monday 4thNovember, best be getting in quick to secure tickets to the behemoth that is the Polymorphism Tour!

ARNIVOOL & DEAD LETTER CIRCUS “Polymorphism” TOUR DATES:

Presented by Billions Australia, Fidelity Corp, Triple M & Faster Louder

With special guests sleepmakeswaves

Tickets for all shows from www.karnivool.com.au/tour

 WEDNESDAY 08 JANUARY 2014 – THE PALACE THEATRE, MELBOURNE, VIC (18+)

THURSDAY 09 JANUARY 2014 – THE PALACE THEATRE, MELBOURNE, VIC (18+)

SATURDAY 11 JANUARY 2014 – MARQUEE, BRISBANE SHOWGROUNDS, BRISBANE QLD (18+)

SUNDAY 12 JANUARY 2014 – COOLANGATTA HOTEL, COOLANGATTA, QLD (18+)

WEDNESDAY 15 JANUARY 2014 – CEX, COFFS HARBOUR, NSW (18+)

THURSDAY 16 JANUARY 2014 – NEWCASTLE PANTHERS, NEWCASTLE, NSW (18+)

FRIDAY 17 JANUARY 2014 – ROUNDHOUSE, SYDNEY, NSW (18+)

SUNDAY 19 JANUARY 2014 – WAVES, WOLLONGONG, NSW (18+)

THURSDAY 23 JANUARY 2014 – RED HILL AUDITORIUM, PERTH, WA (18+)

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EYEHATEGOD Announce 25th Anniversary Australian Tour!

16 Nov

Hailing from the dark lands of the deep South, better known as New Orleans, North America’s most uncompromising band EYEHATEGOD came to be In the year 1988, and have since created a 25 year legacy of sheer unadulterated, no holds bared, musical brutality.

Their vision was pure and their approach was hostile, through the course of their four studio albums, a 5th has been recorded and is yet to be released, EHG have made an unquestionable mark on heavy music the World over, between influencing countless bands and helping create the musical sub genre of heavy music called sludge metal, EHG are a force to be reckoned with, and they’re still touring harder than ever, playing more intensely than most bands half their age.

With founding members Jimmy Bower (Guitar) and Mike Williams (Vocals), together with long time serving members Brian Patton (Guitars) and Gary Mader (Bass), Eyehategod now welcome their newest member Aaron Hill (Drums) to the EHG family, after the recent passing of the late Joey LaCaze, who was in the band since their inception way back when.

In celebration of their 25th Anniversary EYEHATEGOD will be returning to Australian shores this January to show us all what we don’t know how.

Ticket for ALL shows are $40 + BF via http://www.oztix.com.au / $50 on the door On sale Monday, November 18

TOUR DATES: January 2014

Thursday, January 16: Perth @ The Rosemount

Friday, January 17: Brisbane @ The Hi Fi

Saturday, January 18: Sydney @ The Hi Fi

Sunday, January 19: Melbourne @ The Hi Fi

Periphery Announce Australian Tour!

16 Nov

Djent Giants, Periphery will once again be gracing Australian shores for a string of shows in early 2014, and wait for it….They’re bringing Animals as Leaders with them.  Get to this gig people!

A Conversation With: Tommy Rogers (Between The Buried and Me)

10 Nov

Between The Buried and Me is a band that will one day be remembered as one of the most amazing metal bands (no matter what your genre of preference) that graced our Earth. The band have been touring the globe relentlessly off the back of their latest record ‘The Parallax II: Future Sequence’. Now their about to embark on their 2nd Australian tour within 14 months and are bringing fellow tour buddies, The Contortionist and rising Australian metal giants, Ne Obliviscaris along for the ride. We caught up with lead vocalist, Tommy Rogers to chat about ‘The Parallax II’ and what he’s most looking forward to on this tour.

First off, I want to congratulate you on the Australian Tour, Tommy. I feel incredibly privileged that I get to see you guys live again, after you only just being here last year. How are you feeling about it and what are you looking forward to doing in Australia? Other than playing music of course.

Uh, I dunno. We’ve had some really good experiences there. It’s one of the few places outside of the US where we still get the same amount of love that we get in our own country. It’s always nice playing over there in the Winter, as well; the weather’s always beautiful. It should be a really good time, man. We’ve been doing this tour in the US playing the whole new record and the fact that we’re taking that over to Australia is going to be a really fun experience. It’s going to be nice to see a reaction from a different country with us doing something that we don’t normally do outside of the US. We’re really looking forward to it.

How have fans reactions been so far to the album being played in its entirety?

It’s been great, man. It’s been really good. The tour has done way better than we would have ever imagined. I think at this point in our career people are kind of expecting us to do tours like this, especially with this record since it is, you know, a full concept, musically and lyrically. It’s been a great experience. We’re excited to bring it to you guys.

Have the reactions been similar to those you experienced when you played Colors Live a few years back?

I feel like these reactions are a bit better because we waited quite a bit. You know, as far as when the record came out to when we did the tour. Colors, the record came out and we did the full tour right after. People weren’t really fully understanding of the record yet, it was still very new to everyone’s ears. With this tour everyone has had a long time to listen to it and let it sink in. The crowds know the material and it just makes for a better show. There’s a lot more energy and everyone kind of enjoys it a little more. You know when you know the music, a show is always a lot more fun. That’s a big lesson that we learned with this, for sure.

How long did you guys spend rehearsing to be able to do something like this? Obviously with how long it is and how intricate it is, it would have taken a fair amount of time?

People always think that but it’s not a whole lot. It’s a lot of rehearsing on a personal level. Everyone gets everything ready on their own. I think this tour, I think we did three or four days of practise before the tour, and that was that. I guess the most time consuming part is just getting everything up to speed before we all get together; just making sure everybody’s ready.

Will you guys do a “Parallax Live” DVD like you did for Colours?

We’re talking about it. It’s something we hope to do next year, probably. It’s just, we’re trying to find a way to present the record in a way that just isn’t a live show because in this day and age you can get online right now and basically see the whole record live on Youtube, if you want. We want to create something that you can’t see at the click of a button. We’re still at the beginning stages right now, but I hope we do figure something out for next year.

What was your favourite or most memorable moment of the American Parallax tours so far?

Uh, ah that’s tough. I mean, I would say my favourite part is, the response from the crowd. Especially for like, the intro of the record where it’s very minimal and it’s mainly just keyboards and acoustic guitar and singing. Just hearing the crowd sing over me, you know, just so many people singing with me. Being the type of band we are, we don’t get a whole lot of that just because of how aggressive our music can be. it’s just been a very flattering experience, you know? Every night when we come in with the record and just hearing a roomful of people singing the stuff we wrote in our bedrooms. That’s been the one thing that’s really grabbed me at this point.

I wanted to talk about how you go about writing music, and whether your approach is different when you’re writing for BTBAM as opposed to your solo project and whether you can sit down and deliberately write music, or whether you rely on inspiration instead?

The thing about writing is, you can’t force it, you know? I feel like every time – I mean, I can’t talk for everyone – but for me you just have a natural feeling when it’s time to write, or when something comes to you. Inspiration can come from anything, it can come from a magazine, it can come from something you saw in the street that day, or another band or a movie. There are so many different mediums of inspiration. I look at it the same with music and lyrics, it just comes to you and normally when I write, I write a lot quickly and I don’t really elaborate on it until later. I’ll come back to it a day or two later with fresh ears and it’s either something I want to work on, or it’s something I think is complete shit. That’s how I approach everything I write.

I’ve always considered concept albums to be more difficult write as you are under a lot more pressure to make everything revolve around the one idea and work as a whole. How did you approach something like The Parallax? It would have to be one of the most extensive concepts I’ve seen yet.

It was definitely a big process. I wouldn’t say it was hard, I think this record came together really well; really quickly, you know, in our eyes. It’s just a lot of preparation and planning. We kind of approached the record like we do any record, we wrote a lot of music on our own, and wrote a lot of songs on our own and since we already had the concept in our heads, we had the basic idea of what the record was going to be about. We kind of knew what moods needed to create in certain situations. We just kind of wrote with the intention of knowing the story. Luckily we have five minds that work really well together and it came together great. With lyrics, I did have to wait to the end to get it all complete just because I wanted to make sure everything felt really comfortable and fit really well with the story and music together. I didn’t want a heavy part to happen when something mellow was happening in the story. So there was a lot of planning as far as lyrics and a lot of timelines that I’ve never really had to do before. It was almost like creating a big movie in a way because that’s how I kind of looked at it when writing. I was kind of mapping the music, the picture and then I was writing words to what’s going on.

So I’m right in assuming that you guys all come together with different ideas instead of one person writing the majority of the music?

Yeah definitely, yeah. It’s definitely a big group effort when we sit down to write. We all do a lot on our own, and go through a lot of sounds and parts and sections but it’s a lot of communication and working together. We definitely have a process you know; it’s hard to really explain to someone.

The last time you toured in Australia, you brought Animals As Leaders, and this time you have The Contortionist and Ne Obliviscaris supporting you. I don’t think I need to say it, but that’s a pretty fucking incredible line up, man. How does it feel to be touring the world and playing your music to people? Is it something you ever expected or knew was going to happen?

It’s unreal. I mean, it’s definitely something I’ve always wanted to do. Ever since I was a kid. You take it for granted. I mean, I take it for granted a lot. I can’t say that I don’t. You kind of forget what it was like before. Just the fact that we do get to tour around the entire world to do it is just phenomenal. We have fans everywhere. Hopefully that will continue. At the same time there’s always dark moments in what we do. It’s a tough lifestyle, it’s not all fun and games. I mean, there’re sacrifices that we all have agreed to take, and we’re very fortunate to have this as our job.

I’ve talked to a few people who have been a little confused by the whole concept of The Parallax or have wanted to approach the album but were put off by the sheer length and extensiveness of the concept. Could you briefly explain the concept so people can hear it from the horse’s mouth, so to speak?

Yeah [laughs] I think the reason it is confusing is just the sequence in which things happen in the record. I kind of made it so you have to read it to kind of get what’s going on, which is pretty mean of me, I know. There are a lot of flash-forwards and things that happen in the past. it’s basically about the idea that there could be another version of our planet somewhere in space and time, and essentially that there could be form of each and every one of us, somewhere else. With this story, these two planets, these two certain characters, they came in contact with each other. Basically two souls were brought together, and they were the same person, and from there they kind of took the world’s existence into their own hands and they decided to do what they want with it. That’s where their power came in. The simple explanation is that there could be another us somewhere. You know, either right now or on another planet, or in the future or the past.

With the state of things today in terms of music piracy, I’ve noticed that bands have started offering different kinds of merch, you know, other than your typical band t-shirts and sweaters, and you guys have even sold things like astronaut suits and “space ice cream”. Is there still money to be made from record sales? Is it possible for a band to function just by selling their music alone, or has it become a necessity that bands have to go the extra mile to get by?

I always say that we’re a clothing company that plays music, you know? [laughs] It’s a joke but it’s kind like, in a way it’s starting to become serious. The days of making a financial gain from the music you write is kind of going away. Obviously you have touring which you can make money from playing music. Yeah, it’s just a different ball game. I’m not going to sit here and complain about it because it is what it is. It’s just like anything; times change and you have to think on your toes and make the best of the situation, and that’s what I think everyone’s trying to do. Trying to find the next way to, I dunno, make music what it once was.

I know Future Sequence hasn’t really been out all that long, but have any of you started writing anything new? Any riffs or ideas since then?

Uh, we haven’t started at all, with the next record. No. It’s always in the back of my mind, as far as lyrical themes, but there’s nothing set in stone or anything.

Do you often get ideas or inspiration on the road or when you’re on tour that you know you’ll end up using in future songs?

Oh all the time. I have a note folder on my phone that says “Ideas” Literally anthing that sparks any sort of “Oh that’s pretty cool as a title of something”, “or that could be a cool idea as far as lyrics”

Lastly, a running question; what kind of advice would you give to a young musician who is interested in creating quality music and touring the world with a band?

I’ve always said patience is the biggest factor. I think with how fast information travels nowadays, and how quickly everything happens, I think a lot of these younger kids, they see bands with success. They think they can just write a few songs and that’s that , you know? They can go tour, make a lot of money and be famous. It’s such a waiting game, and it’s so hard now. I can’t even imagine how different it is now from when we started but I think people think everything is going to happy quickly. You just have to do what you do and I think if you’re genuine enough, go to what is making you happy and hopefully that will make a lot of other people happy. That’s really all you can do.

That’s awesome advice, man. It was really great talking to you. Catch ya on the tour!

Thanks man, we’ll see you next month!

A Conversation With: Mike Lessard (The Contortionist)

30 Oct

The Contortionist are rated highly amongst the latest wave of Technical Death Metal bands to hit the scene. Recently the band had secured the services of Last Chance To Reason vocalist, Mike Lessard. The Contortionist have recently just finished a run of shows in the US supporting Between The Buried And Me. They’re now preparing to tour Australia with Between The Buried and Me and have also begun writing for their next album. We had a chat with Mike about what he’s most looking forward to whilst on tour and about his new role in The Contortionist.

Hey Mike, congratulations on securing the tour support for BTBAM! Has any of the band been to Australia before?

Whatsup, Nic! I have not! This will be my first time. The band has toured down under before I joined but this will be my first experience over there.

What was it like? What are your expectations for the Australian tour?

From what they told me it was awesome! Last time the band was there it was on a much smaller scale but they enjoyed themselves greatly and we’re all looking forward to coming back with Between The Buried and Me.

What are your personal expectations for the tour?

I don’t know if I have any expectations apart from the fact that it’s going to be awesome. So many great musicians and excellent music on one tour! Definitely keen to get down there.

Have you checked out the Australian support, Ne Obliviscaris?

I have! Just found out about them recently and I thought they were excellent. I’m really Looking forward to seeing them play every night while on tour.

What are some myths or stories you’ve heard about touring Australia?

Haha, the only advice I’ve been given is to check my shoes before I gotta put them on. Heard a lot of stories about spiders too….Over where I live that stuff is generally something you don’t have to worry about so hopefully I don’t forget, haha.

Everything in Australia wants to kill you man, be careful! Assuming you guys have a day off down here, what are you most looking forward to doing on that day off?

Nothing planned yet, but I can tell you that I’m definitely hoping to do some scuba diving or surfing, anything to do with the ocean actually. Here in the states I live along the coast so I’d love to utilise some time for scuba diving or surfing.

You guys have been on tour with BTBAM for quite some time now, what are your thoughts on them?

I think they’re a great group of people and a great group of musicians. We’re just so honoured to have toured with them and to have to opportunity to tour with them again! They’re a band we’ve all looked up to for a long time so not only is it awesome to share the stage with them but also get to know them on a personal level.

You’re the new vocalist in the band, congratulations by the way. Hows it been? how has this gig changed your life?

Thanks man! It’s been awesome. I’ve known the guys for about…3 years now? My other band had toured with them before and we also had the same manager! We’ve always been friends as well so now that I’m playing with them it just feels like I’m jamming with some friends. It’s all happened pretty organically. At first it was rushed when I was first filling but now everything feels right.

Have the nerves worn off or are you completely settled into the new role?

Oh I’m totally settled in. I’m ready to go, I’ve got a couple of tours under my belt with the guys and we’ve also started writing for the new album. I don’t really have time to think about it all too much so I’m kinda just acting instead of re-acting.h

 

Hows the reception been from Contortionist fans?

Pretty good! As far as I can tell it’s pretty much all positive. I’m sure there’s people who have negative thoughts about it all but you can’t please everybody. You just gotta keep doing what you’ve been doing!

Do you think you joining the band will play a factor in writing or band chemistry or will the contortionist remain the same band?

Oh it’ll definitely be a factor. I’ve already started writing myself and the guys have also started adding to pieces that I’ve written. Even in the early stages of joining the band it’s played a factor. I came into The Contortionist already understanding what the band is all about and what they’re general sound is. I’m just trying to grab that, reinforce it and add my own little small spin on things. I’m definitely not going to try change the band, just contribute whatever I can.

Any plans for the next Contortionist record?

Yep! We’ve already started writing and we hit the studio in the spring time. After we’re done with all these tours and have had a little time off, we’ll buckle down and just write non-stop, then record the finished product!

Before we finish, what bands from Australia are you into or are looking forward to checking out whilst in Australia?

Well let’s see….You guys have AC/DC so that’s all you need, haha. But if we’re talking in a modern sense, I really love Karnivool. I’m also really good friends with the guys in Dead Letter Circus. My other band had actually toured with them in the states. Those guys are some of the coolest human beings I’ve ever met. Australia actually has one of the best Rock scenes, man. Every band I see coming out of there is awesome.

Thanks for taking some time to have a chat, Mike. Look forward to seeing you guys on the tour!

Thanks, Nic. Always a pleasure.

The Crimson ProjeKCt announce Australian tour!

30 Oct
 
The Crimson ProjeKCt is a King Crimson offshoot featuring 3 current members of that historic band.Adrian Belew and Tony Levin joined King Crimson in 1981, giving birth to the 4th incarnation of the band (alongside Robert Fripp and Bill Bruford). Pat Mastelotto joined in 1994, initiating the double-trio phase. They last played together as King Crimson in 2008.
 
BelewLevin and Mastelotto still have a large influence on popular culture due in part to their critically acclaimed work with some of the world’s most influential artists, such as Frank ZappaPink FloydDavid BowiePeter GabrielDavid SylvianTalking HeadsPaul SimonJohn Lennon, and Nine Inch Nails.
 
In 2009 Tony and Pat formed the trio Stick Men which also features Markus Reuter on touch guitar. (Markus is an accomplished composer who learned the Crimson repertoire first-hand from Robert Fripp.)Stick Men have released 4 studio albums to date and tour the world regularly.
 
In 2006, Adrian Belew formed what was to become a long-term live project known as The Adrian Belew Power Trio. The lineup features Julie Slick on bass and drummer Tobias Ralph. The trio routinely tours the world, and has released several albums together including the acclaimed “E”.
 
Adrian Belew“What happens is this: Stick Men play a set of their music (which includes a Krimson track or two), then the Power Trio plays a set of my music (which also includes a Krimson track), then Tony and Pat and I play a Krimson song (as yet another trio), and then comes the big finale: both trios play more than an hours-worth of Krimson music as a double trio!”

“It’s a helluva show! Nearly 3 hours long! For me and Tony and Pat it’s a way to celebrate the King Crimson music we’ve been a part of since King Crimson is currently taking a break.” 

In the summer of 2012 this sextet supported Dream Theater on a US tour under the name The Crimson ProjeKCt and have retained this moniker ever since. The Crimson ProjeKCt has toured the United States twice, and performed in both Russia and Japan.
 
Tony and myself discussed the not-easily-doable name of Stick Men & The Adrian Belew Power Trio That Do A Set Of King Crimson Music. Tony’s suggestion was ProjeKct Krimson. Mine was The Crimson ProjeKCt.” (Robert Fripp’s diary, Saturday, 14th April 2012)

 
THE CRIMSON PROJEKCT TOUR DATES
Tuesday January 7th – The Studio, Auckland
Thursday January 9th – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne 
Friday January 10th – Manning Bar, Sydney
Saturday January 11th – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane
Tuesday January 14th – Fly By Night, Fremantle

TICKETS ON SALE 12.00PM NOON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 1ST
All tickets purchased in November come with 4 free MP3s!!

 

Ne Obliviscaris Announced as BTBAM Australian Tour support!

10 Oct

Between The Buried And Me are returning to Australia this November to play their ambitious release The Parallax II: Future Sequence in it’s entirety. Joining BTBAM are US Prog Metal alchemists, The Contortionist.

2013 has been nothing short of remarkable for Melbourne progressive metallers NE OBLIVISCARIS. Receiving endless praise for their Portal Of I album, signing to French label, Season Of Mist, having their song ‘And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope’ added to the curriculum at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a hugely successful headline tour of Asia which included a SOLD OUT show in Tokyo! Before hitting the studio to record the follow up to Portal though, they will be joining BTBAM and The Contortionist for one monstrous tour of prog metal mania!

 

 

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+