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June 21, 2018

Florida based Pop Punkers Mayday Parade have dropped their sixth studio album Sunnyland, breaking tradition from their normal October release dates as they have for the last five albums. Their first release with Rise Records, they’ve bucked the trend and dropped a summer record and it is hot.

The band have long cemented themselves in the pop-punk-rock scene and this record certainly fits the bill with it’s aggressive, angst-rid...

Rogue Inc answers the Wake Up Call with Theory (Of A Deadman)’s leading lad Tyler Connolly.

To celebrate the first Australian tour of Theory (Of A Deadman), Rogue Inc gets Tyler Connolly on the phone in the early AM. We get our introductory statements out of the way before diving into the hard hitting questions, like what inspired the name change (or shortening, in this case), and more importantly, what took them so bloody lo...

As we dance by the edge of the drop of one of the best hard rock albums of the year so far, Five Finger Death Punch have a lot to be grateful for, according to bassist Chris Kael. Personal turmoil and uncertainty, it’s been a rough ride for the band lately and how they’ve gotten through it is reflected in this release. And Justice For None bites, barks and beats your ears into a beautiful mess, Five Finger Death Punch offering...

After the scandals that surfaced around the now defunct Stag Touring, the likelihood of Pain being able to carry out their first ever Australian tour seemed bleak. No promotor, no tour. But there was hope for the Swedish industrial metal bombs – love and determination.

It was the fans love for the band and the organisers determination to set things right that means vocalist and mastermind Peter Tägtgren can talk today of the ex...

"For all the nicknames in the band and stage names you actually have to earn the title," laughed Lagerstein's guitarist The Majestic Beast. "I became The Majestic Beast one night when we were partying real hard and it was ten a.m and one of our mates goes 'look at you standing there, you look like a majestic beast' and it stuck."


A quick glance over a few other band members names - including Captain Gregarrr (vocals), Neil Rum...

"I'm excited to have other people listen to it and get their opinions," enthused vocalist/guitarist for The Ascended, Mat Wale, ahead of the release of their debut album Awaken Within earlier this month.

"We've had our friends listen to it but we could always use more opinions from the general public. I guess it also means we get to go and play shows so I'm excited for that. Once it's out we can get back on the road."


Releasing...

"The interest is getting greater and greater in Australia so we're very happy," gushed Joey Tempest, founding member, and vocalist for Sweden's Europe.

"We're meeting up in Stockholm tomorrow to rehearse with the crew and the band and we're going to be designing a special show, a longer show - over two hours - and trying to add some instrumental features as well. We're going to do the big songs of course, but we're also wanting...

Drown This City have raised the bar high - extremely high - with their latest single 'Third Law'. It is an absolutely brutal beast of a song that further enhances the Melbourne quintets growing reputation as the next leader of Australian metal.


"It's been awesome," enthused vocalist Alex Reade of the response to the song. "In terms of all the tracks we've done, I think this is the favorite and the one we're most excited about....

How was the flight over and how are you feeling?

How am I feelin'? I’ve not long woke up to be honest with you (laughs). I woke up about 45 minutes ago, the flight was good, a little bit cramped but nothing to crazy it’s getting to a point where an 8 hour flight is a relatively short flight now, so I think we are getting used to that whole flying thing but yeah it wasn’t too bad, watched a couple of movies to pass the time. W...

"We try to emulate an Iron Maiden show as closely as we can, of course, and on a smaller scale, so there will be props and monsters and of course some music. We hope you'll like it," surmised Wanda Ortiz - a.k.a Steph Harris - on the Iron Maidens upcoming tour of Australia, kicking off in Brisbane on May 30.


Billed as the only all-female Iron Maiden tribute show in history, The Iron Maidens are more than just a novelty act. Th...

"We've had so much off time, now it's time to get back to work," laughed John Connolly, guitarist for Sevendust ahead of the May 11 release of All I See Is War.

"We're feeling really good, man. The reaction so far has been surprisingly positive. We were hoping that people would dig the record (laughs) but I think our biggest problem was just trying to figure out how to pick the single. There's a number of songs on the album tha...

April 29, 2018

"We grow as musicians, we grow as people, we grow as a band," measured Ben Wells, guitarist for Black Stone Cherry, "so we strive to continually progress and hopefully get better."


Black Stone Cherry released their sixth studio album, Family Tree, last week with Wells admitting the title is indicative of both family on a blood level as well as family through music.


"It's a bit of both," he nodded. "Our personal families are ve...

In terms of modern working rock bands there’s a lot of household names that come up. But Canada’s Silverstein I find don’t get the recognition they deserve. They’ve been going hard full-time for over fifteen years together, and this edgy rock outfit have done exceedingly well over their lifetime. Currently signed to Rise Records and touring in support of their newest release Dead Reflections. I’ve been gifted the opportunity t...

April 26, 2018

Melbourne’s DIY duo Slow Talk have crafted something truly unique with their first EP “New Vernacular”. This narrative rich release demonstrates the depth of James Butler's writing without overshadowing the spot on instrumentals crafted by Ash Fuller.

Opening track “Disclaimer” is a great pairing of smooth, melodic playing with piercing vocals; it drifts along on a lulling tone before hitting you with a vigorous chorus. "Golden...

April 11, 2018

 "Where do we start?" laughed Dan McDougall, guitarist for Melbourne's Never when asked for a history on the rising stars of the rock world. "It all started before I came into the picture really. It was a band that my brother Ando, Azza and Wilsy had called The Melbourne Sympathy Orchestra. They had a bunch of other dudes in the band as well and they used to play some crazy shit (laughs). They were an amazing band actually. It...

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