Metalise #498

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.
Josh Nixon

Latest posts by Josh Nixon (see all)

Lifeisnoise had a quiet couple of months by their own high standards, but came back with the announcement of the third Australian (and first New Zealand) tour of indomitable stoner titans Sleep in January next year. The show will once again be at the Manning Bar in Sydney on Friday January 19. The Melbourne show on the 20th sold out in three days prompting a second date to be added – if you’re keen, head south for their Max Watt’s date on the 21st which still has a few tickets left.

Speaking of sold out Melbourne shows, Australia’s most successful and enduring grindcore institutions announced on Facebook that the end was nigh a couple of weeks back when bassist Jason PC made the call that Blood Duster were calling time on their 26 year career. Citing that while they were still enjoying the shows, that the time was right to say farewell and announced a show at The Corner Hotel with tickets for a fan friendly $6.66. They sold out in ten hours.

Fuck…I’m Dead will be reforming with the original drum machine line up for the festivities, joined by Contaminated, Blunt Shove, Dead Root & Christ Crusher for the show at the Corner on Saturday December 9. They will release a special release entitled All The Remains with all the B side/rarities and lost goodies from the whole history on Friday October 20.

The Canberra connection to all this, is that due to the super-fast sell out, the band dealt with stories of scalpers by announcing a secret second last show the night before at the band’s spiritual home, The Tote in Collingwood on Friday December 8. Along with Holy Serpent, The Ruiner and Headless, locals Witchskull and Mental Cavity will join them for this special second last send off.

Mental Cavity have received a lot of press and favourable reviews for the debut full length Aneurysm through EVP Recordings. It’s a top notch effort that I encourage you to either purchase or at least check out the video for the lead track ‘Bleak Outlook’ on Youtube.

Both Witchskull and Mental Cavity will support Sydney death metal lords Daemon Pyre alongside Panic Burst and Terravorous on November 17 at the Basement in Belconnen which is one to keep in mind as the nights warm up.

Couple of big Basement shows on the local front as well with Chaos In The Capital III on Saturday October 14 with honorary ACT Basement regulars Frankenbok headlining over the awesome SA act In:Extremis who I don’t think have visited town since the ’90s, Horrorwood Manequins, DepriVation, Demonatrix, Lycanthrope, Noveaux, Na Maza, Kld Creature, Kitten Hurricane, Maris King, pitchfork, Taliesin and Eviscerate the Crown.

Metal Fiesta 13 is going to also heat up Halloween this year on Friday October 27 at The Basement. Fantastic bill of top notch local and interstate talent headed by our 50% own The Levitation Hex, with come backing Wollongongers Segression, Our Last Enemy, Immorium, Maris King, Beast Impalor, Black Mountain, Blight Worms and Clarity of Chaos. As it’s Halloween, don’t forget to dress up in something truly frightening. In the case of the Basement’s regular clientele, a suit and tie would probably suffice.

JOSH NIXON

Leave a Reply