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If you’re reading the brilliant Forte and this column on the day it drops, and why wouldn’t you be (rhetorical question), then that means there’s only one more sleep until the British progressive blackened death metal masters Akercocke release their new album Renaissance In Extremis on Friday August 25. If you’re reading this after the aforementioned date and you haven’t been cranking the new Akercocke album then let me assure you, you’ve been wasting your time. For the uninitiated, Akercocke released five kick arse albums between 1999 and 2007 and then the band broke up. We all mourned such a loss, but to be fortunate enough to be graced with a new Akercocke album ten years later, well, this truly is a miracle.
In other news:
Akercocke will release their new album.
StoneSour will play Melbourne’s Festival Hall on Friday August 25.
King and special guests Blackhelm will be at Melbourne’s Evelyn on Friday August 25 and The Barwon Club on Saturday August 26.
Tool tribute band Third Eye will be at Ballarat’s Karova Lounge on Saturday August 26.
For the Sake of Heaviness: The history of Metal Blade Records written by label founder and CEO Brian Slagel will be released on Tuesday August 29.
Make Them Suffer will perform at Melbourne’s Max Watts on Saturday September 16.
Metal United Down Under Melbourne will be held at Melbourne’s Bendigo Hotel on Saturday September 16 and will feature the mighty Psycroptic, Pegazus, Harlott, Trigger, Demonhead, Blackhelm, Requiem, Cryptic Abyss, Remission and Armata.
Dream Theater will play Melbourne’s Palais Theatre on Wednesday September 20.
Wolves In The Throne Room will release Thrice Woven on Friday September 22.
Satyricon will release their new album Deep calleth upon Deep on Friday September 22.
Cradle Of Filth will release their new album Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay on Friday September 22.
King Parrot will release their new album Ugly Produce on Friday September 22.
Cavalera brothers Max and Igor will perform Roots in its entirety at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on Saturday September 23.
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.
Northlane will be at Melbourne’s 170 Russell on Friday October 20.
Alice Cooper will play Margaret Court Arena on Friday October 20.
Mono will be at Melbourne’s Max Watts on Friday November 10.
Scorching Steel Festival will be held at Melbourne’s Bendigo Hotel on Friday November 10 and Saturday November 11 and will feature Dreadnaught, The Levitation Hex, Pegazus, Decryptus and many more.
Miss May I will play Melbourne’s Max Watts on Friday November 24.
Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress will preform Mike’s 12 step suite and other Dream Theater classics at Melbourne’s Croxton on Saturday November 25.
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
By Paul S Taylor
Image sourced via Akercocke socials