- Metalise Mar/Apr – Top 7 Albums To Listen To Right Now + all the gig goodness - February 23, 2020
- Metalise Feb/Mar – Pod People return, Mental Cavity surge, Metal meets The Simpsons + A massive month of remarkable metal at The Basement - January 28, 2020
- Metalise January – Punknats, Okilly Dokilly, The Neptune Power Federation, Download + more - December 20, 2019
29 September kicks off with a brutal dose of Californian death metal courtesy of Necrot. Their Blood Offerings album from a couple of years back was a real head kicker so the chance to catch the band on a headline tour of Australia at The Basement is very welcome indeed. The bill is stacked with Faceless Burial, Blight Worms, Vile Apparition and Ploughshare all on board. Sick show, get into it.
Wednesday, 2 October at The Basement is one for the industrial fans with Combichrist and special guests Darkcell. Combichrist from the US were formed by Norwegian vocalist/guitarist Andy LePlagua in 2003 and I’m pretty sure Aussie fans have been waiting til now to get a chance to catch them live. The band released the One Fire record in June.
Darkcell are coming off the release of their fourth self titled album this year. Abrasive mid week delights await.
Dr. Colossus is, to my knowledge the only Simpsons themed doom band doing the rounds. Of course, Okily Dokily – the Ned Flanders themed death metal band – are also coming to town soon.
But I digress.
Dr. Colossus have a new 7-inch out entitled 66&6 which weaves the tale of Rod and Todd Flanders taking a Sunday off of Church. The band have been steadily pulling big crowds around the country in support of the release and have put together a killer bill with Sydney’s Potion making a return to town just prior to going into the studio to record their debut album.
Lucifungus round out the bill having already played a leg of this tour down in Geelong and Melbourne recently. Aptly, they play Sunday, 6 October at Transit Bar for that one.
On Saturday, 19 October, The Transit hosts Sydney blasters Justice For The Damned as a part of a national package tour with Honest Crooks, Dregg and Caged Existence. This tour closes the chapter on the debut album touring cycle, for the Dragged Through The Dirt release.
Wolves in the Throneroom last visited The Basement back, I guess, around five years ago now, and thanks to Soundworks Direct they’re coming back there on the 2nd of December in a welcome piece of touring news.
More eclectic but equally welcoming was the news that Yawning Man have announced their first Australian tour for January next year and will be dropping by the Transit Bar.
Their 2005 Rock Formations record has long been a weird favourite of mine. To qualify that description, give it a spinyourself. This band are unique and dreamlike and I’m looking forward to that summer fun.
The Sun Burn Festival in Melbourne is relevant to the ACT in that three Canberra bands will be playing a key role in the weekend activities.
Witchskull will be headlining the festival at The Tote on Saturday, 30 November, just a day ahead of going into Goat Sound Studios in Reservoir to begin tracking on album number three.
Pod People make their return as the co-headliner, along with members Brad and Dave playing in their fantastic two-piece Lucifungus.
And with Peeping Tom, Reaper, Potion, and many more on the bill, it’s well worth a Melbourne weekend.
And that’s all the news that’s not fit for print. Catch you next month.