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Tuesday night on the 5th of December we arrived at Max Watts for the final night of Behemoth’s Fury Upon the Earth tour which would also be the final gig for Everyday Metal in 2023. For this final Melbourne show Behemoth was joined by Melbourne’s own black grinding death band Munt and Golgothan Remains from Sydney.
Munt opened the show to an already packed room. Once again, Melbourne represented the metal scene by selling out the show and most rocked up nice and early to get their hands on band merch. Psychedelic ceiling lighting drew our attention towards the stage as Munt started strong with powerful drums, whining guitars and a deathly growl with Children of Delirium, track 1 from their newly released album Pain Ouroboros. Next up was the super satisfying sludgy breakdowns of their 2018 single Seeds of the Machine. Munt showcased their entire 2023 album release, continuing with The Vengeful March, Zero Sum and Communion of Thorns where lead vocalist Tim finally let his hair down for some epic windmills. ‘Big shout out to Destroy All Lines and a big fucking shout out to Behemoth’ the Munt frontman growled. ‘This next song is from our first EP and it goes out to BEHEMOTH!’ They launched into Cleansing the World with Sickness and Rot from the 2019 album Towards Extinction as orange beams of light speared through their bodies. ‘This is an old one, if you’ve seen us before you fucking know it’ they performed the single Striges with real drama and intensity ‘This is the part where you bang your goddam fucking heads!’. The set concluded appropriately with Apostate Sermon and it left the room buzzing.
An intro track sounded from a dark stage that melted into a purple haze. The lead vocalist sporting some envious locks growled to the crowd ‘We are Golgothan Remains from Sydney!’ They smashed through a perfectly grim set with heavy drums, fast guitar work and a lot of head banging windmills. They powered through tracks from their 2022 album release Adorned in Ruin which included Forgotten Lores of Hatred and Bloodshed, Opulent Incarnation of Perservering Torment, The Malign Hordes of Abhorrence, Veneration of Carnal Blasphemy and On Lifeless Wings of Malice. The band’s frontman took a moment between blood curdling howls to address the patrons ‘Who’s ready for Behemoth’ the crowd roared in response ‘Big shout out to Munt who killed it!’ Another cheer rose up from the venue in agreement. After they played their last couple of tracks the band members exited while the vocalist bowed to the audience in appreciation ‘Thank you Melbourne! See you next time’.
Finally, what the hundreds and hundreds of hungry fans had waited for, the unapologetically blasphemous, extreme metal giants from Gdansk Poland, Behemoth! The room was already pulsating with the alacrity of the audience that minutes before the set even began, the fans started chanting ‘BE-HE-MOTH, BE-HE-MOTH, BE-HE-MOTH!’ So when the house lights finally darkened a huge cheer tore through the room as Post-God Nirvana sounded from an ominously empty stage to introduce the monstrous event that was about to commence. Legendary drummer Inferno took his rightful place on the raised platform behind the gargantuan kit and presented outstretched arms that appeared to shoot beams of light. He was joined by the guitarists who stood up on the risers and silently acknowledged their fans with raised fists and raised horns.
Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer from the 2014 album The Satanist kicked things off which inspired plenty of fist pumps and ‘HEY… HEY!’ chants from the rabble. I was already impressed by how guitarist and lead vocalist Nergal expertly worked the crowd and how impressively intimidating the bassist Orion was not only due to his stature but his stage makeup that accentuated his scowls and death stares. Orion disappeared in the wings only to return with a mouthful of liquid which was spewed over the mosh. Bringing the song to a close, Orion and the touring guitarist Seth shared a fist bump to the audiences delight.
Nergal faced the crowd to ask his fans when it was that Behemoth last played in Melbourne, which we all knew was quite a few years back (although technically is was only a few days back Nergal jested). They had invaded Australia so many times that Nergal likened the back and forth travel to a boomerang! He continued, if we ready for a night of metal we should say ‘Say FUCK YEAH! This is Conquer All’. The track from the 2004 album Demigod received a huge response from the crowd with roars of gratitude sounding from around the room.
The Deathless Sun began while Nergal stood, his back to us with the fully extended wings of his hooded cape. This track from Behemoth’s most recent 2022 album release Opvs Contra Natvram resonated with the crowd, the entire room belting out the chorus ‘I am nothing… I am no one’. During Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel from The Satanist, all the guitarists all stood on the risers imposingly while glaring over the crowd and still not being able to keep my eyes off Orion I noticed his pony tail appeared to have its own personal wind machine. Nergal took the time for what he called ‘reflections’ at the end of the track. The band thanked Soundworks, their PR person and everyone who was involved in the tour and last but not least ‘You people’ referring to us the fans and as Orion put it, ‘Epic’ metal heads.
They continued with Once Upon a Pale Horse, followed by Daimonos from Evangelion whereall the guitarists surrounded the drum god Inferno, worshiping him with their instruments. This track also featured a stellar drum and guitar duet by Seth and Inferno. For the track Versvs Christvs Nergal returned to stage in a cloak and thurible which he swung from side to side. This was followed by a theatrical monolog all hunched over, gagging and coughing into the mic the stage lights faded and all of a sudden ‘PTHRRRP’ we hear a fart noise made by Nergal which I’m assuming was off-the-cuff as I watched the sound engineer whip his head back to look at the lighting guy with surprise before completely cracking up. This was immediately trumped by the next spectacle where Nergal presented a bible, held it above his head and began tearing out clumps of pages to throw them into the pit. The crowd loved the anti Catholic Church gesture, a few fans catching the scrunched up pages in their fists.
The performance of Ov Fire and the Void featured some wicked synchronised guitars moves as the crowd roared but when Nergal returned to the stage wearing a traditional papal miter hat for Bartzabel, the whole crowd sang along‘Come unto me Bartzabel’. During a brief pause Nergal swigged from a vessel and said ‘You make me so fucking happy I already started drinking!’ For which the crowd responded with ‘SKULL, SKULL, SKULL’ Nergal eyeballed the patrons, ‘Skull? CUNTS!’ He continued on to express how insane it was how many diverse people he had met so far on this tour and he was amazed how international the crowd was, the crowd in turn clapped and cheered as someone yelled out STRAYA! The next track ‘No Sympathy for Fools from Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond) hadn’t been played in concert for many years but, Behemoth brought it out from the back of the closet for this tour because it ‘Works well for the mosh pit… Get as violent as you can’. The room went wild.
The bells chimed for the 1999 release Chant for Eschaton 2000 from Satanica and Orion returned to the stage with an even more terrifying face of makeup that appeared to be blackened blood covering half his face. He crouched down to his fans at the front and was swallowed up by the pit remaining out of sight for some time. ‘We shall return to Melbourne! We fucking love you! Stay strong!’ And with a strong finish Behemoth left the stage as the venue blackened once more.
With booming sounds and flashing red lights, Behemoth returned for one more song, the encore, O Father O Satan O Sun! Dressed in hoods and masks, the band members stood in a row, strumming their guitars like deranged executioners until it was all over.
I have seen many amazing shows this year, but this was by far my favourite and I’m so stoked that this was the gig that closed out 2023 for me.
Ferocious and uncompromising in their execution, CARCASS’s ability to intricately dissect the innards of death metal, and display them for us to sonically understand has been their point of excellence for well over three decades. Whether it was inventing gore-grind or creating the template for melodic death metal, CARCASS has always made records by which bars were set and rules were broken.
Since 2001, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER have created a musical brute that embraces all the finest qualities of melodic death metal yet does not shackle them, giving them room to constantly evolve and grow. Consistently punishing with a searing visceral intensity, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER continue to inflict a cavalcade of riffs to the table, upping the stakes in technicality, melody, and sheer blunt force trauma.
CARCASS with THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER performing at: April 2nd – Magnet House, Perth April 4th – The Gov, Adelaide April 5th – Northcote Theatre, Melbourne April 6th – Manning Bar, Sydney April 7th – Princess Theatre, Brisbane April 10th – Meow, Wellington April 11th – Loons, Christchurch April 12th – Galatos, Auckland
Another year, another round of Good Things festival to bring out some world-class acts such as Fall Out Boy, Enter Shikari, and Taking Back Sunday as well Australian veterans like Eskimo Joe, Spiderbait, and Short Stack to Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane to rock the eardrums of first-time festival goers, and pit tested warriors who have lost count of how many bands they see.
In a poetic context, it was like Good Things was welcoming everyone to the start of summer as while it was projected to rain (good old Melbourne), everyone was greeted by a warm day filled with crowd singalongs, great food and may I say, good things.
Pennywise brought the Cailforna Skate punk energy that you don’t realize you needed until you are smiling ear to ear, with everyone else bouncing around and screaming “Throw your life away, go straight ahead, it’s your fucking life”. Our photographer Benny G even got a shoutout for wearing a Pennywise cap as lead singer Jim Lindberg informed everyone, including photographers, that they were about to “have some fucking fun”. Ferociously tearing through classics such as Society and Pennywise (that make you want to watch some 90’s X Games highlights of Tony Hawk and Bucky Lasek) before exclaiming that Australia is the band’s favorite place to tour and pulling out a cover of Men At Work’sDown Under to make their point. A timeless band with a timeless sound.
A quick mention also goes to Australian Legends Eskimo Joe who had arguably a performance worthy of a live recording as they played hits such as Sarah and Black Fingernails, Red Wine so tight and clean before playing their first song ever in Sweater to a sea of singing and cheers.
Quickly legging it to stage 5, Hanabie. from Japan, not only brought the kawaii vibes but some heavy riffs and blood-curdling screams that entranced so many people, that you barely could move from side to side but as shown by everyone in attendance, bouncing was something easily achievable to their metalcore sound.
Sepultura was a band I never had the pleasure of listening to before today but my ears enjoy every single guitar solo that is designed to try and melt your face and explode your head. Finally allowing everyone to hear their 2020 album Quadra, fans were all pumped as the Brazilian heavyweights played a mix of tunes spanning their 30+ year career including Arise, Roots Bloody Roots, and Kairos.
“Are you ready to party motherfuckers?” – the opening line to the wall of sound that would flatten any bad vibes (if there were any) from the metal king known as Corey Taylor. The audience was completely at Taylor‘s beck and call as one of the largest crowds gathered to watch the Slipknot frontman unmasked and just as wild as ever. “No way to beat me, no way to win” was the chorus from the song We Are The Rest that transported me to a church setting as everyone echoed the lead singer like a choir. Dishing out songs from his other two bands Stone Sour and Slipknot, the crowd was met with a surprising cover of INXSDon’t Change to finish his unforgettable set.
Up next, Bullet For My Valentine held back no punches as they took the energy that Corey Taylor had laid down and cranked it up to 11 and letting every Bullet fan that “It’s been a while, we got some fucking catching up to do”
As they powered through classics like Your Betrayal, Scream, Aim, and Fire, and Tears Don’t Fall, they reminded everyone that it had been over 20 years since they put out their first album and were so grateful to the fans who have supported them throughout that time.
United States Heavyweights I Prevail not only brought intoxicating grooves to keep the good times rolling playing such crowd favorites as Gasoline and Hurricane but also a crushingly heavy cover of Chop Suey by System of a Down. The pyro they brought was also a nice touch to give their time in front of the Melbourne crow a little extra zing.
Taking Back Sunday is always a fun time whether you are hearing their catchy tunes for the first time or jamming out to some bangers like Makedamnsure and Cute without the ‘E’. Wherever you tried to look, you could not escape frontman Adam Lazzara’s expressive performance as he poured his soul into every song.
If I had to give an award to the most unrelenting band on the lineup, it’s the Polish Blackened Death Metal band Behemoth. Their sound was so thick and full, it was a wonder I didn’t liquefy on the spot as Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer opened what would be a truly incredible set played by Nergal and the boys.
“Do you believe in devolution?” was the question to pose to the thousands of people who were in attendance for one of Devo’s final shows on Australian shores, sailing through hits such as Whip It, Freedom of Choice, and Uncontrollable Urge. It will be sad to know that such an influential band as Devo has hung it up but such a great way to go with such a memorable set.
“Melbourne, we know why you’re here” was the opening statement made by Fred Durst as Limp Bizkit launched into Break Stuff as the Good Things crowd went nuts and bounced so hard the ground began to shake. Hits like Hot Dog, Rollin’ and My Way were just more fuel to the burning bonfire that was the vibe of everyone in attendance. However, Limp Bizkit is nothing short of a class act, when a fan suffered an epileptic seizure, the band quickly noticed, stopped playing Faith, and would not play until Fred could make eye contact with her and see she was okay and once she was, they restarted the song, giving the crowd all the energy that the Melbourne crowd was giving to them. It’s good to have the Bizkit back.
Aussie heroes Spiderbait showed us why they could hang with the other big bands on the line up playing classics like Calypso and Black Betty. Drummer and Singer Kram made his feelings known by saying “I feel like I am back at the Big Day Out” but to me, it felt more like seeing Freddie at Wembley as Kram would lead the crowd in a series of yeahs and ooo chants.
Closing out the show was headliner Fall Out Boy who play flawlessly and proved why they are a world-class act. Playing for nearly two hours, old favorites such as Dance Dance and A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More “Touch Me” made an appearance to the delight of those in attendance as frontman Patrick Stump explained they brought their entire stage show over here as they wished to give fans the best experience. Tunes off their most recent album So Much (for) Stardust rained down on the thousands watching as Patrick played a cover of Midnight Oil’sBeds are Burning as he explained that it was the first band he ever saw. Truly a special show for die-hard and casual fans alike and worthy close of an amazing festival.
Corey Taylor is no stranger to our shores Down Under, but it’s been a while since we’ve got to see that beautiful mug of his. Unmasked, with two solo albums and a new band under his wing, Corey is back in town for Good Things Festival. Tonight, we head to the increasingly popular Northcote Theatre for his sold-out sideshow.
Tonight’s sole support band, Sydney’s Clay J Gladstone, wastes no time as they hit the stage with high energy and determination to put us in as good a mood as they clearly are in. Self-described as “Rock.. Emo.. Punk.. What Evs..,” they stay true to their word as they genre hop with chaotic ease and no fucks given. Support slots can be a tough gig, but they make it look easy, thrusting, dancing and jumping through their set, with a good dose of shit-talking and crowd participation thrown in for good measure. Absolutely chuffed to have been hand-picked by Corey himself, the opportunity is far from lost on them and they prove their worth at every turn.
While singer Johnny jokes that “this is a new song, you don’t know who we are, so it doesn’t really fucking matter” and gets a good laugh from the crowd, the band doesn’t muck around when it comes to their craft. Piercing vocals, catchy guitar hooks, solid bass grooves, and tight drumming are matched with natural charisma, hypnotic energy and an oozing love for what they do. We may not have known them before we came, but we won’t forget them soon. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more of them.
It’s time for the main act and as Corey & co. take to the stage while the haunting CMF2 album opener The Box plays, things are quickly turned up to 11 as the band launches into Post Traumatic Blues. The energy stays high as the band ebb and flows through a set full of twists, turns, mood shifts, and a few nice surprises, such as the pummeling Tumult, from the first Stone Sour album.
It’s a great mix of old and new from all of Corey’s projects, with them all fitting in together with ease, while also showing how diverse his back catalogue really is. Black Eyes Blue and Through Glass highlight Corey’s talent for fun and catchy radio rock, while Talk Sick and We Are The Rest bring a great punk rock flavour to the set, with the latter providing some great crowd interaction. We’re even treated to a few Slipknot favourites in Before I Forget, which sends the crowd into an absolute frenzy before Snuff turns the mood on its head with solemn electricity, goosebumps and some of the loudest singalongs of the night. It’s clear the Aussie fans have been waiting a long time to hear this and it doesn’t disappoint in the slightest. Never one to stay too serious for too long, Corey also manages to squeeze in the Spongebob Squarepants theme song, followed by his retort “I played it, I never said I’d play it great.”
Corey is one heck of a front person and is not shy in riling up the crowd and letting us know when he wants more, his grin oscillating between cheeky and maniacal throughout the night. His backing band, “The Morning Dudes,” have no trouble matching his energy. While we’re familiar with Stone Sour bandmate and guitarist Christian Martucci, it’s our first introduction to fellow guitarist Zach Throne, bassist Eliot Lorango and drummer Dustin Robert, each shining in their role and getting a lot of love from Corey, as every great singer needs a great band behind them. Zach and Christian’s shared lead guitar duties are especially a pleasure to watch.
After the obligatory pretend end of the set and mass chanting of “one more song, one more song,” we’re promised two more songs as Corey and crew return to the stage, on the proviso that we help sing along. Duality kicks off the encore and we all lose our collective shit as that 11 gets turned up to 12. As the encore draws to its conclusion, we’re treated to one last surprise, in the form of INXS classic Don’t Change, one of Corey’s favourite bands and songs. A fun, feel-good way to end an amazingly fun night.
It feels rare to expect a great night and then have those expectations exceeded significantly, but Corey Taylor manages to do that time and time again. One of the greats.
Melbourne had recently been pummeled by high winds and rain, yet the weather managed to break in time for the long-awaited and sold-out Melbourne show from the German electronicore legends ELECTRIC CALLBOY. Originally slotted for the Forum, Australian fans purchased tickets in record numbers, requiring an upgrade to Port Melbourne’s PICA venue. This was our first visit to the converted aircraft hanger venue and it felt like a mini music festival.
Opening the night was Melbourne local’s FUTURE STATIC, who were stoked to be opening for Electric Callboy in their hometown. The first time we saw Future Static was at The Corner Hotel, a much smaller venue, yet the band looked at home on a big stage. They wasted no time at all launching into their set and blasting through their first few tracks Waves, Never Miss, and Chemical Lobotomy where the lead vocalist announced ‘Get ready for the first breakdown of the night!‘. Taking a moment to chat with the audience they announced, ‘This next one is a cover, you might know it’ as they proceeded to play the 2004 hit song ‘Gasolina’ by Daddy Yanke. The second half of their set featured The Fatalist, The Hourglass, Roach Queen, Dead End, and concluded with Venenosa. Future Static effortlessly blurs the lines between hard rock and metal to create a signature sound that is appreciated by the already huge crowd packed into the venue.
Hailing from Stockholm Sweden with a cult-like following was Self Deception. The audience broke out in a deafening roar as they entered the stage. There was a lot to take in from the masked drummer to the butterfly-like bassist and the vocalist’s washboard abs. Opening the set with Smoke You Out, TicToc, and the fan favourite, The Scandinavian Dream. From beginning to end the band bounced around the stage, the energy whipped the audience into a frenzy and unleashed the first crowd surfers of the night. Their set continued with The Look, Hell and Back, and during the track PSYCHO, massive pink balloons were launched into the mosh pit. Self Deception closed the set with Holy Water and their hit song Fight Fire With Gasoline.
With the sun finally set, a rising chant of ‘CALLBOY, CALLBOY, CALLBOY‘ rang out across the venue. A video lit up at the back of the stage with a uniformed woman asking passengers to get ready, what were we getting ready for? None other than the Tekkno Train! Electric Callboy entered the stage with a ‘chug chug chug chug chug’. Tekkno Train was followed by MC Thunder where the band paused briefly, grinning ear to ear to acknowledge the huge and how great it is to be back in Australia. They continued with Spaceman, Hate/Love, Everytime We Touch, The Scene and Castrop X Spandau.
Electric Callboy has amazing energy, and looks genuinely happy to playing in Melbourne. ‘Us Germans are pretty filthy, but you Australians are nasty, drinking from a fucking shoe, we will not do it’ of course this was met with fans yelling ‘Shoey, shoey, shoey’. Eventually, vocalist Nico caves to peer pressure, taking a shoe from the audience and delighting everyone by consuming a stinky beverage.
They took a moment to address the audience and they expressed how happy they were to be playing in Australia and how the entire tour was completely sold out before they even arrived in the country. You could tell how genuine their appreciation was making heart shapes with their hands. They began to play ‘Arrow of Love‘.
The band left the stage, and a spotlight hit the drummer as they commenced a blistering drum solo to the tune of Sandstorm by Darude. As the solo came to a close, the opening sample for the 2021 smash hit HYPA HYPA began. The band hit the stage in their costumes from the video clip (mullets and all) and a guest appearance from I Prevail vocalist Eric Vanlerberghe which made the mosh go mental. Following Hypa Hypa was Parasite and then things took an acoustic turn with vocalists Kevin and Nico sitting behind pianos and playing Let It Go from Frozen followed by I Want It That Way from The Backstreet Boys. ‘Alright, this is your last chance to party with us, lets fucking go‘ the absolutely massive set closed with Hurrikan.
You didn’t think that was it, did you? The band returned to play three encore tracks, Pump It, Mindreader, and of course, We Got The Moves, featuring the giant blue vests, bowl cuts, and sunglasses.
Huge thanks to the PICA crew for having us and a special thanks to Dallas Does PR for arranging media access.
The Damned are the undisputed, unmatched and unassailable living gods of Punk Rock; and for the very first and final time in 35 years they have reassembled the absolute classic line up of the band, recreating the period in their storied career when they were at their peak creativity and the summit of their influence and swagger.
The Damned have always been brilliant in every iteration, but even then, the combination of Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible, Rat Scabies and Paul Gray represents the best of the best of this fabled and trailblazing band and it is this quartet who will shortly grace Australia with their presence to perform the highlights from their seminal albums, Machine Gun Etiquette, The Black Album and Strawberries, as well as fan favourites like ‘Neat Neat Neat’, ‘New Rose’ and more.
“It seemed like the right time. We wanted to do this while we are all still upright, breathing and capable of doing it at a high level and challenge ourselves and each other for the fans. We will play the best of Machine Gun Etiquette ,The Black Album and Strawberries album and chuck in all the other classics. Paul’s playing great (just did the Professor and the Madmen album thing with him), as is Captain and Dave’s singing great too so it’s going to be amazing to be back” – Rat Scabies
‘New Rose’ is recognised as the very first single by a punk band, coming out 5 weeks before the Sex Pistols ‘Anarchy In the UK’. They were also the first British punk band to tour the United States, inspiring the first wave of west coast hardcore and punk. Their impact on the global punk scene is immeasurable. It’s not often a band gets credit for starting a new genre, let alone three; The Damned were pioneers not only of punk, they also paved the way Goth Rock.
“The Damned continue to redefine punk and more, reminding us all that their legacy is not just history – it’s a living, breathing force.”
AUSTRALIA, HERE IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE TRUE GREATNESS
TOUR DATES Wed, March 20: The Tivoli, Brisbane Thurs, March 21: Enmore Theatre, Sydney Fri, March 22: Northcote Theatre, Melbourne Sun, March 24: Hindley St Music Hall, Adelaide Tues, March 26: Astor Theatre, Perth
They say laughter is the best medicine and Australia’s leading independent promoter and in that spirit DESTROY ALL LINES, has announced its comedy division, headed up by KAT DALE.
From humble roots, DESTROY ALL LINES has gone on to establish itself as one of Australia’s largest and most trusted touring companies, forming in 2003 before going on to promote hundreds of tours by a wide range of artists. Having worked with the likes of Deftones, All Time Low, A Day To Remember, Bad Religion, Interpol, Bring Me The Horizon, Simple Plan, Bloc Party, Ghost and countless more. In 2018 DESTROY ALL LINES birthed the juggernaut: Good Things Festival, aka Australia’s current largest alternative and rock music festival. With 2023 also launching the company’s work promoting the inaugural Knotfest Australia, DESTROY ALL LINES’ brand new comedy division is set to burgeon the Australian entertainment scene heading into 2024 and beyond.
Heading the new division, KAT DALE joins the team after 10 years at the helm of Century Artists where she managed a range of comedians many of whom have gone onto worldwide success, including Ronny Chieng, Aunty Donna, Aaron Chen, Michelle Brasier, Rhys Nicholson and Matt Okine.
“Kat brings with her a wealth of experience in the field of comedy and we could think of no one better placed to head the comedy division up for us. I have known Kat for 25 years and couldn’t be more excited that she is joining Destroy All Lines during a period of such growth and momentum for the company.” – Chris O’Brien
“I am excited to be joining the team at Destroy All Lines and more than ready to lead, shape and grow its comedy adventure. Knowing Chris for over 25 years, it’s a privilege to again be working with him and the team to bring some of the world’s most exciting comedy talent to Australia.” – Kat Dale
In other exciting DESTROY ALL LINES news, LOCHLAN WATT (triple j) has recently joined the team as a promoter and BELLEPOPOFF has come on board, moving from the USA to Australia as Director of Sponsorship. Revered for championing heavy music, curating triple j’s home of heavy music on The Racket, LOCHLAN is no stranger to performing, spinning and/or discussing all things music. BELLE has previously worked as part of the sponsorship teams on some of the biggest Festivals in the USA including Blue Ridge Rock Festival, So What?! Music Fest, Aftershock Festival, Welcome to Rockville and Louder Than Life.
OF MICE & MEN do not do things by halves. Whether writing immense songs, recording them to perfection or performing them with the intensity of a thousand suns in a live setting, every member of the band pours his heart and soul into every second of everything that they do. It is that relentless quality combined with incredible talent that has seen them achieve Billboard Number 1 albums, Gold records and invitations to tour with likes of Metallica, Linkin Park and Slipknot, in an 8 album career packed with highlights and triumphs.
Being it the soaring passion of Would You Still Be There, the pit-inducing mayhem of Bones Exposed or the pure venom of Warpaint from the band’s latest release, Tether, every Of Mice & Men show is an unforgettable experience. Their return to Australia will be cathartic and vital after a 6-year absence.
When the discussion of Australian touring partners came up, there was no hesitation. OM&M wanted to play with Dream On Dreamer and Sienna Skies. And little wonder.
Dream On Dreamer are one of Australia’s proudest heavy music success stories, with over 50 million streams, multiple award recognitions, including ARIA nominations, and they boast some of the most intense international touring undertaken by any Aussie band, having played in 24 countries and sharing stages with the biggest bands on the planet. Returning from a short hiatus, their fans turned out in droves to their headline tour earlier this year where they reclaimed their position as one of the nation’s elite live acts.
Not to be outdone, Sienna Skies, one of the pioneers of the Australian heavy music explosion, have soundtracked the lives of alternative music fans for over a decade; colouring their trials and tribulations with anthemic choruses and crushing breakdowns while paving the way for a new generation of bands top follow suit. Releasing four albums, signing international record and management deals, and playing stages on four continents, Sienna Skies have been unstoppable. The band’s recently released singles, A Predetermined Outcome and Let It Burn, a track that shines a light on the pain that Australia’s infamous 2020 bushfires caused the nation, are set to make their live debuts on this tour!
Of Mice & Men Dream On Dreamer Sienna Skies
A powerhouse collision of raw energy and unwavering determination; and a celebration of unyielding spirit that will be a collective experience for those on stage and those watching!
Fri, Feb 23: Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide
Sat, Feb 24: The Metro, Sydney
Sun, Feb 25: 170 Russell, Melbourne
Tues, Feb 27: The Triffid, Brisbane
Presale Available from Thurs, Nov 30 @ 9.00am local General Public On Sale: Fri, Dec 1 @ 9.00am local
Australia, prepare for a vortex of metal, punk, and reggae in 2024, with Japanese metal punx SiM today announcing their first ever headline tour down under next year.
Appearing as part of their PLAYDEAD World Tour, SiM will arrive armed in Australia with their explosive new album PLAYDEAD. Kicking off on Thursday 12 September at The Zoo in Brisbane, SiM will also head to Sydney’s Crowbar before closing out on Sunday 15 September at Max Watts in Melbourne.
Hailing from Shonan, Kanagawa in Japan, SiM have released six full length albums since forming in 2004 alongside lending their material to video games and other animes, with recent single RED also acting as the theme song for the new season of the Netflix anime series Kengan Ashura. Exploding onto the international scene in early 2022, SiM took the world by storm when their single The Rumbling was tapped as the theme song for the anime Attack On Titan. With the track now garnering over 300 million streams and snagging the #1 Metal Song on Spotify in the same year, The Rumbling would go to spend seven straight weeks on the Billboard Hot Hard Rock Songs.
Releasing their sixth studio album PLAYDEAD this year, SiM exceeded the hype that accompanied their various singles unleashed along the way, with the album balancing a diverse array of genres alongside cohesion, heaviness and tectonic execution. And following their headlining performance at the 2022 Crunchyroll Expo and sold-out headlining shows at London’s O2 Islington and Los Angeles’ Echoplex, SiM will close out 2023 touring North America with Dance Gavin Dance, with 2024 not only bringing the group to Australia, but also to Europe, the UK and North America for some headline shows and festival appearances.
With their innovative blend of ska, punk, reggae and metal lending SiM to filling arenas and wowing festival stages, including at their own annual event Dead Pop Festival, a SiM live show is always guaranteed to be polished, powerful and downright unforgettable.
Early bird pre-sale tickets on sale: Monday 27 November @ 11am local time