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Metal Christmas this year is on Friday September 22. We’ll be receiving new albums from four massive bands; the mighty American black metal forest dwellers, Wolves In The Throne Room, will bring Thrice Woven, Norse, black metal legends, will bring Deep Calleth upon Deep, complete with cover art by Edvard Munch. The extremely British, extremely theatrical, extreme metal mainstays Cradle Of Filth will bring Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay and the best Aussie larrikin band since TISM, King Parrot, will bring Ugly Produce.
With Metal Christmas comes Metal Boxing Day and seriously, the only thing that could compare to a normal Boxing Day Test is Max and Igor Cavalera performing Roots at the Forum on Saturday, September 23.
I seriously cannot remember the last time four massive bands released an album each on the same day and if you’re reading this after Metal Christmas and you do not have any of the above albums, then you’ve completely missed this year’s Metal Christmas and it totally sucks to be you because all you have to look forward to is normal Christmas, probably.
In other news:
Ministry and Filter will be at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on Saturday September 30.
Hybrid Nightmares will release their debut album Almagest on Friday October 6. The band will play Ballarat’s Eastern Hotel on Friday October 20 and Melbourne’s Evelyn Hotel for their official album launch on Saturday October 21.
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.
GWAR will release their new album The Blood Of Gods on Friday October 20.
Northlane will be at Melbourne’s 170 Russell on Friday October 20.
Alice Cooper will play Margaret Court Arena on Friday October 20.
Wintersun will be at Melbourne’s Max Watts on Thursday November 2.
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.
Tote’l Metal Fest featuring Daemon Pyre, Bury Me In Autumn, Annihilist and many more will be held at the Tote on Saturday November 19.
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.
Unify – A Heavy Music Gathering will be held at Tarwin Lower, South Gippsland from Friday January 12 to Saturday January 13. The line up includes Parkway Drive, Architects, The Amity Affliction and many others.
Thy Art Is Murder with special guests Emmure, Fit For An Autopsy and Justice For The Damned will be at 170 Russell on Friday February 16.
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By Paul S Taylor
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