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Welcome to the Valentine’s Day 2018 edition of THTH! If you’re reading this prior to Valentine’s Day and you can’t think of what to get your partner or crush, then look below for some great ideas. Also, if you’re looking to get something for your partner or crush, but you really want it, then, again, check below for some great ideas. Sure, a lot of the gigs and upcoming albums are released after Valentine’s Day but, hey, a belated Valentines Day gift is better than no gift. And if you’re single over Valentine’s Day then why not indulge yourself by pre-ordering yourself an album or buying yourself some gig tickets on the day! It’ll be a hell of a lot more satisfying than speed dating, or swiping relentlessly on Tinder. Sure, Valentine’s Day isn’t metal, but any day designed for the masses to spend money is just another great reason to support local bands either in recorded form or in a live setting.
In other news:
Ne Obliviscaris will play Max Watts on Saturday February 10.
Cattle Decapitation with special guests Psycroptic will tear The Corner Hotel apart on Wednesday February 14 – and I can think of no better way than spending Valentine’s day with your loved one, or crush.
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.
Destroyer 666 will release their new EP Call Of The Wild on Friday February 23.
Sumac will release their EP collab with Keiji Haino on Friday February 23.
Dimmu Borgir will release a 7” entitled Interdimensional Summit on Friday February 23. The release will feature the new track of the same name as well as a live performance of ‘Puritania’. Venom Inc. will resurrect the their black metal roots for all to see at Max Watts on Thursday March 1.
DOWLOAD 2018 will be held on Saturday March 24 at Flemington Racecourse. The one day festival will be held across four stages and feature 29 bands. Line up includes Amon Amarth, Limp Bizkit, Gojira, Arch Enemy, Psycroptic, King Parrot, Ocean Grove, Mastodon, and many others.
Primordial will release their new album Exile Amongst The Ruins on Friday March 30.
John Garcia, the founder and voice of Kyuss, will perform an acoustic set Melbourne’s Cherry Bar on Friday April 20.
Wiegedood will release the closing episode of their trilogy; De Doden Hebben Het Goed III on Friday April 20.
Satyricon will tear Max Watts to shreds on Thursday April 26.
The Contortionist with special guests Sikth will play Max Watts on Thursday May 3.
Dimmu Borgir will release their new album Eonian on Friday May 4.
The Direct Underground Fest will feature Ihsahn, Belphegor, Dioletian, Wiegedood, Encircling Sea and Revocation will be held at Max Watts on Sunday May 6. This is your last chance to see Ihsahn live in Aus so get in quick.
Ihsahn will play to a sold out crowd at Max Watts on Monday May 7. Hopefully a second show will be announced.
Cradle Of Filth will be at 170 Russell on Friday May 11.
Sepultura with special guests Death Angel will play 170 Russell on Tuesday May 15.
Pain will be at Melbourne’s Max Watts on Friday May 25.
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Written by Paul S Taylor
Image sourced via Ne Obliviscaris socials