Everyone over their Soundwave-induced poverty and hearing loss yet? Good, time to put a slew of great local releases and shows on your radar.
4 Dead have been delivering liberal doses of malevolence and mayhem across the region since they started burning their bridges with the various providers of Public Address (PA) services in the ACT in 2001. The collective work of at least three years has gone into the making of their latest offering, the full length Anchors which is now available for sale through the Trial & Error website. Should you pre-order one of the three delicious vinyl offerings in green, black and blue or white (black and blue would be appropriate), you will receive instant access to a digital download of the album which has been mixed at Godcity by Mr Kurt Ballou (yes, he of Converge fame). Artwork duties were handled by Ryan Patterson of Coliseum. There are only 100 of each colour available, I would hurry up if I were you.
In celebration of this release, the band headline a great bill at The Basement on Thursday March 15, with a stellar supporting cast including Victorian doom terrorists Whitehorse, The Reverend Jesse Custer and Throat of Dirt. I caught up with Whitehorse frontman Pete Hyde in Melbourne recently and Canberra audiences will get to see the band on the cusp of a major US tour and about to be a part of no less than three split 7” releases. This all adds up to a great show of local delights. Check it out.
Law of the Tongue are a killer new sludge doom act on the local scene and are hitting the boards for the first time at The Pot Belly in Belconnen on Friday March 30 with another newer Canberra doom band known as Mammon, as well as another band as yet unconfirmed. Well worth a squiz.
Don’t forget Kill For Satan have a new album out entitled The Final Conflict and their album launch is on at The Basement on Saturday March 31 with Rise, Reign of Terror and Aeturnus Dominion.
Shred fans should remember that we’re very lucky to be getting the G3 tour rolling through town on Tuesday March 27 at The National Convention Centre. The tour features Joe Satriani (who has played Canberra several times), Steve Vai and Steve Lukather of Toto and session guitar monster. Three absolute maestros of the electric guitar and welcome visitors.
Devildriver are touring Oz again in May with the nearest show up at The Hi Fi in Sydney which is a licensed all ages show on Saturday May 5.
Unkle K’s band of the week: Magpyes. Killer UK grind with sludge bits and a killer film clip worth sussing out on YouTube. magpyes.bandcamp.com