In a surprising announcement, death metal legends Morbid Angel have announced that they are bringing their Covenant tour to Australia. Yes, that's exactly what you think it means. They are playing the whole Covenant album from start to finish, and a few classic goodies after that, of course.
Soundwave Touring have confirmed that at the request of Megadeth, Newsted will not be performing at the Melbourne and Sydney sidewaves. Every year, bands are recruited to tour throughout Australia for the Soundwave Festival. Many bands take the opportunity to play extra 'Sidewave' shows while they're traveling around the country, but Jason Newsted's solo band has been booted from two Megadeth side shows "at the request" of the band.
American heavy metal band Iced Earth will be returning to Australia next March with one show in New Zealand as well as part of their Plagues Of Babylon world tour. The band's brand new album Plagues Of Babylon will be available in January next year. Joining Iced Earth on tour will be Melbourne thrash metallers Elm Street, who will play songs from their debut album Barbed Wire Metal.
Dark Tranquillity will be returning to Australia next March for a tour, it will be their first time back since 2006. The Swedes are currently promoting their latest release Construct which is now available through Century Media Records. Dark Tranquillity will be supported nationally by Orpheus Omega and will also be joined by Be'lakor for the Sydney and Brisbane shows.
Darkest Hour have confirmed via their official website that they are in the studio recording their eighth album and follow-up to The Human Romance. After recently completing a North American tour supporting Killswitch Engage, the band immediately headed to Oceanic Studios to record new material with producer Taylor Larson. The band is currently tracking guitars.
Americans Trivium are preparing the release of their upcoming new album Vengeance Falls for October 15th on Roadrunner. Now the group is streaming the first video for the song "Strife". You can watch it below. This is the first video released by the band since In Waves.
Alice In Chains have premiered not one but two new videos simultaneously from their new album The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. Go big or go home, they say. The first video, for the song "Voices", shows a series of neon signs lighting up various locations around their home-town of Seattle while the second video for the title track "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" shows what happens when a lesson about the devil and dinosaurs goes horribly wrong on the classic TV show, Uncle Sal and Pals. You can watch both of the videos here.
In a recent interview, Anthrax's guitarist Scott Ian confirmed that the band is planning to take on guitarist Jon Donais as the permanent replacement for Rob Caggiano. The Shadows Fall guitarist Jon Donais has been touring with Anthrax since Rob Caggiano left in January and then joined Volbeat.
British progressive rock multi-instrumentialist Steven Wilson is pleased to announce that he and his band will be doing their first shows in Australia in early October. There will be three shows: in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. They will be performing material from his 3 solo releases, focusing predominantly on his latest album, The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories), released on February this year.
After announcing headlining North American tour a couple of weeks ago, Americans Between The Buried And Me are pleased to announce that they will performing through Australia this coming November. Main support on the road will come from US progressive deathcore band The Contortionist. On this tour Between The Buried And Me will be playing their latest album, The Parallax II: Future Sequence, in it's entirety. Check out all the confirmed dates below the official tour flyer.
Australian metal fans now get their chance to celebrate the return of Lamb Of God because the band will be coming to Australia in September with Meshuggah along for the ride in support of their latest album Resolution. The tickets will be on sale on June 14th.
Darkest Hour have announced on their website the addition of Travis Orbin to their line-up. Travis brings his unique perspective and talents to the table as a seasoned touring musician (Periphery, Sky Eats Airplane) and as a noted session drummer. Travis has joined the band in the writing process for their much-anticipated eighth studio full-length. Darkest Hour's new album is slated for a late 2013 release.