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DEATH ANGEL: Disturbing the Peace

Words by Mark Snedden

Death Angel will be touring Australia starting next week alongside the mighty Kreator. This will be the second time that they have graced our shores, after touring back in 2010 with Armoured Saint. Death Angel were part of the second Wave of thrash bands to come out of the San Francisco Bay Area in San Francisco during the 1980s. They burst on to the scene with the release of The Ultra-Violence in 1987 and really came of age in 1990 with the release of Act III. However, due to a major bus accident on tour for this album they were prematurely forced to call it a day. Over three albums at this point in their career, they had carved a name for themselves within the metal scene and left many a fan wanting more. Fast forward to 2001 and the band reformed for a one off show in support of Chuck Billy with the benefit show Thrash of the Titans, and they haven’t looked back with a new label and four studio albums under their belt - The Art of Dying, Killing Season, Relentless Retribution and their latest release The Dream Calls for Blood, as well as a live album Sonic Beatdown.

I caught up with Rob Cavestany, guitarist and founding member of Death Angel and started our conversation asking how the Australian dual headlining tour with Kreator came about. Rob was very receptive for a chat and started, “Well we have been trying to get back to Australia since the first time we were there in 2010. I don’t actually know why it has taken so long but luckily we have got that chance to come back again. We are extremely excited to be touring with Kreator and can’t wait to get down there.”

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KREATOR: Agents of Brutality Return

Words by Mark Snedden

Kreator are thrash metal icons. Since the release of Endless Pain in 1985, this Essen (Germany) based juggernaut has smashed the metal world. Kreator emerged from Europe alongside other thrash acts such as Sodom, Destruction and Coroner. As a band they have continually reinvented themselves and gone through a number of personnel and experimental phases. However, despite all of the change, Kreator has remained relevant. Their music has always struck a chord with metal fans worldwide, and they have consistently recorded songs that have stood the test of time, both in the studio and live; even through the experimental phases of Endorama and Renewal. However, from 2001 and the release of Violent Revolution and the integration of guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö, Kreator have taken their hard core, old school thrash to a whole new level. Since Violent Revolution, Kreator have laced their sound with layers of guitar melodies and intricate, progressive musical bridges, and all without turning their backs on their early thrash roots. I can’t think of another thrash metal act that has successfully done this from either side of the Atlantic!

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KYLESA: Hi FI, Sydney, AUS, 03 April 2014
Concert Reviews

Words by Rahul Menon

After initially having the tour pushed back, Kylesa finally returned to Australian shores. The night was off to a slightly bumpy start as there was a delay in the band getting to the Sydney Hi Fi from Brisbane. Doors opened over an hour late and it did make some of the waiting crowd annoyed. The turnout for the show wasn’t the best and the Hi Fi was way too roomy which affected the vibe of the whole show. However, there were some decent performances in there.

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PSYCROPTIC/ABORTED: Necrotic Repression 2014 Australian Tour Announced

Destroy All Lines, Feat First Management, triple j's The Racket and Heavy Metal Merchants present


With guests

The Schoenberg Automaton

The Necrotic Repression Australian tour 2014

Hailing from the remote island of Tasmania, Psycroptic have progressively carved a niche all their own within today’s overcrowded Metal scene. Staying clear of trends, the band incorporate many elements of music – extreme or otherwise – to capture a sound that is uniquely their own. Not to be pigeonholed, Psycroptic stand apart from the horde and add a fresh element in the extreme metal realm with their precise blend of brutality, intensity and groove.

Psycroptic's latest album 'The Inherited Repression' which was released in February 2012, has been hailed by fans and the media as one of the most original and 'fresh' releases from within the metal realm in years!

In this world, there are many ways to die… there are even more ways to kill! And sonic mass murderers Aborted have elaborately focused on this grim reality since their inception back in 1995. With eight albums under their belts, the current being The Necrotic Manifesto, Aborted have always been deadly serious about their gore.

Delivering aural blows with maximum versatility, hostility and dead on accuracy, they have successfully melded together the sounds of Suffocation, Cannibal Corpse, Carcass, Entombed and many more while retaining their own signature sound and visual identity.

Aborted will hack, slash, cut, grind, blast, groove, crush, rip, tear, destroy and kill in every way humanly possible. Intensity – check, brutality – check, technicality – check, inhuman savage vocals – check, keyboards – nope, bittersweet melodies – hell no, folk elements – get outta here?!?!

The Schoenberg Automaton are a mouthful and an earful of mind-bending technical death metal.

With a sound that’s unmistakable yet hard to pin down, TSA have built a reputation as a ferocious and calculated live act, performing alongside several world-class notaries including Animals as Leaders, Between the Buried and Me, Born Of Osiris and appearing at Australia’s iconic Soundwave festival as winners of Triple J Unearthed. With the upcoming release of their highly anticipated sophomore album, Apus, TSA are ready to step it up a notch and compete on the world stage with a brand new set of savage and original compositions.

Psycroptic are taking a well deserved break from recording their new as yet untitled album to tour with their long time friends Aborted this June!

Pack a clean pair of underwear because you are guaranteed to soil your drawers from the onslaught of pure, unrelenting brutality that Aborted and Psycroptic combined are set to deliver.

Tickets on sale Friday April 11 at 9am

Grab a VIP ticket and you will receive a Psycroptic Tour t-shirt, Tour laminate, Tour poster and a Psycroptic guitar pic but get in quick, these are strictly limited!!

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TOXIC HOLOCAUST/SKELETONWITCH: April Tour Postponed Due to Illness

Due to a serious medical condition affecting Joel Grind's hearing Toxic Holocaust, Skeletonwitch and Heathen Skulls have decided that the upcoming Australian tour scheduled for April 2014 will unfortunately need to be postponed. 

Joel has been suffering with severe ear infections, as the condition has shown no improvement the medical specialists have advised Joel against travelling as he will likely need to undergo surgery to avoid any permanent damage to his hearing.

We are all saddened by the news but Joel's well-being must be given priority. 

We are currently working together to arrange new tour dates, at this stage the rescheduled Australian tour will be planned for Nov/Dec 2014. Full dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

The cancellation of the Australian and New Zealand tour ultimately effects Skeletonwitch's South East Asian tour, which was due to commence this week. That leg of the tour is being presented by another promoter, so we have no news as to weather that tour will be re-scheduled or not. 

Joel is extremely disappointed that he must pull out of the scheduled tour, but hopes fans will understand that by treating this condition now it will ensure he can continue performing for years to come.

Heathen Skulls completely supports the band's decision to postpone and is looking forward to bringing out Toxic Holocaust later in the year.

More announcements coming shortly for those wishing to retain tickets for the rescheduled Australian tour dates, refunds will available from all ticketing outlets as of Wednesday 9th April.

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