Metalise – June / July 2017

Josh Nixon

Josh Nixon

Josh is about as metal as Canberrans get. He's also mates with everyone in the Aussie scene, and he writes our Metalise column. Send him gigs, loud noises and devilish hand gestures at doomtildeath@hotmail.com.
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Local doom lords Law Of The Tongue have been quiet of late, but return to shatter the silence with a couple of Melbourne bands including Bog who are launching their new album at The Basement on Friday July 14. Also on the bill are Wrong and Panic Burst.

Melbourne act King feature Tony Forde of Blood Duster, Dave Haley of Psycroptic and Dave Hill of Fuck…I’m Dead and put out a killer album last year called Reclaim The Darkness with a hot take on Scandinavian influenced, blackened melodic death metal. They were supposed to come to Canberra on their first tour with Inquisition last August but that fell through. Fast forward a year and they’re coming to The Basement on Saturday August 19 with Blackhelm as a part of national tour.

Also announcing an Australian tour last month is Thy Art Is Murder. Having triumphantly reunited with vocalist CJ McMahon at the last UNFY Gathering, the band followed up with the ‘No Absolution’ track in January. The Death Sentence ten-date tour was announced in May including Alpha Wolf, Cursed Earth and Deadlights. Canberra will received the sentence on Wednesday August 2 at The Basement.

Pallbearer released one of this year’s best albums to date with the Heartless record and they’re in Sydney on Tuesday July 4 at the Manning Bar. Supports yet to be announced but I’m keen as to see that show.

Speaking of great records, I have been flogging the new album from Wino’s reborn high school band The Obsessed. The 90s’ Lunar Womb, The Lunar Womb and Incarnate were all great to epic records, but from the first ominous notes of the Sacred (Relapse Records) album you know Wino is back and in fine form. I have mentioned this record recently a couple of times, but I really have to stress how killer it is.

For something a bit different, Brutalcoustic is a night of combining metal and acoustic folk in a ‘celebration on the alternative fringe’ happening at The Basement on Friday June 16. Featuring Stu Tyrell, playing songs from his Celtic Roots album, Silentia, Tundrel, Johnathan Devoy and Georgia Davis, you should head along and try something that won’t trouble the db meter or leave your ears ringing.

While on acoustic shows at The Basement, Lulo Reinhardt, distant relative of gypsy jazz great Django is also at The Basement on Tuesday July 11 with Bart Stenhouse. He was fantastic last time round so get along for some variety in your musical diet. Guitarists in particular should enjoy his show.

Melbourne’s Orsome Welles dropped their new EP last month by the name of Rise and they’re embarking on a national tour this month in support of it. At The Basement on Saturday July 1. Tundrel and Hence The Testbed will also be there to celebrate the release and pre-sales are available through Oztix for $15.30.

Aversions Crown are making a welcome return to The Basement in Belconnen on Saturday July 15 with Boris The Blade and Alpha Wolf.

JOSH NIXON

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