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If you’re like me and you feel like we here down under are being ignored by the rest of the metal music festival world (what, with no more Soundwave) then this may be good news. In a recent promo interview, Slipknot and StoneSour frontman Corey Taylor has been quoted saying “we’d definitely love to bring it [Knotfest] down here [to Australia]” and the reason Knotfest was never bought down under before is because they didn’t want to “step on anyone’s toes”. I’m guessing it’ll be years before an aussie Knotfest is a possibility and by the time it possibly rolls around, there should hopefully be a fairly decent Soundwave replacement.
Having said that, the floodgates have been open for what feels like years now for any entrepreneurial types to get to work and build a new metal festival for Oz, but the massive live music void in summer is yet to be filled. Sure, we have Brewtality fest coming up, and Sydney has Steel Assassins fest in November and these are great, but these city exclusive mini-fests don’t create the same hype of a massive international touring fest.
In other news:
Pallbearer will be at the Northcote Social Club on Thursday July 6 and Friday July 7.
Primordial will play Melbourne’s Max Watts on Friday July 7.
Frankenbok will release their new album Vicious, Lawless on Friday July 14.
As Paradise Falls will release their new album Digital Ritual on Friday July 21.
Alice Cooper will release his new album Paranoiac Personality on Friday July 28.
Thy Art Is Murder will play Melbourne’s Max Watts on Saturday July 29.
Geelong doomgaze outfit Mountaris recently signed to US label Transcending Records and will release their debut EP Desolate in August.
The Brewtaltity Metal, Rock & Beer festival is back this year and will be held on Saturday August 5 across both of Melbourne’s The Tote and Bendigo Hotel. Playing the festival will be Blood Duster, In:Extremis, Nothing, Hadal Maw and plenty of others with more to be announced.
Thy Art Is Murder will release their new album Dear Desolation on Friday August 18.
King and special guests Blackhelm will be at Melbourne’s Evelyn on Friday August 25 and, great news for Geelong’s live music scene, The Barwon Club on Saturday August 26.
Tool tribute band Third Eye will be at Ballarat’s Karova Lounge on Saturday August 26.
Cradle Of Filth will release their new album Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay on Friday September 22.
Ministry and Filter will be at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on Saturday September 30.
Napalm Death and Brujeria will be play Melbourne’s Max Watts on Tuesday October 10.
The Dillinger Escape Plan will play their final ever two Melbourne shows at the Corner Hotel on Friday October 20 (sold out), and there’s still tickets available for their second show on Thursday October 19.
Alice Cooper will play Margaret Court Arena on Friday October 20.
Anathema will play 170 Russell on Wednesday December 6.
Paradise Lost will be at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel on Saturday December 16.
If you have any news about local metal bands, shows or albums, let THTH know by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch via Twitter at @TooHeavyToHug.
Written by Paul S Taylor
Image sourced via The Dillinger Escape Plan socials