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My biggest fear was announced recently along with the Download 2019 line up, Slayer’s Australian leg of their final world tour will be the Download festival dates, not their own headlining tour. I’ll be holding my breath for the announcement, well after Download have sold enough tickets, that there’ll be an announcement for Slayer’s own headlining shows. Whilst the line up is a little light on the metal front because Ghost don’t count, there’s 13 more bands to be announced in the (hopefully) near future and let’s keep our fingers crossed they’re modern metal acts to balance out the classics such as Judas Priest and Ozzy.
In other news
Behemoth will release their new album I Loved You At Your Darkest on Friday October 5.
Ichor will release their debut album God Of Thunder God Of War on Friday October 5.
Dimmu Borgir will headline their first ever Oz tour this October and their SOLD OUT Melbourne show will be at 170 Russell on Wednesday October 17. Fortunately, the band have announced a second show on Tuesday October 16. Get in quick before this one sells out as well!
Eye Of The Enemy, Fall and Resist, As Flesh Decays, Interitum and Distorta will all play Ballarat’s Eastern Hotel on Friday October 19.
Disturbed will release their new album Evolution on Friday October 19.
Pig Destroyer will play The Arthouse on Tuesday October 30.
The Ocean will release their new album Phanerozoic I: Palaezoic on Friday November 2.
Opeth will release Garden of the Titans: Live at Red Rocks Ampitheatre on Friday November 2.
Parkway Drive, Killswitch Engage and Thy Art Is Murder will play Margaret Court Arena on Friday November 2.
Psycroptic will release their new album As The Kingdom Drowns on Wednesday November 7.
Conan and Bell Witch be at Max Watts on Thursday November 8.
Architects will release their new album Holy Hell on Friday November 9.
Sinsaenum will play Max Watts on Saturday November 10.
An Evening With Steven Wilson will take place at the Palais Theatre on Saturday November 10.
Amon Amarth will release The Pursuit Of Vikings: 25 Years In The Eye Of The Storm, a retrospective documentary and a live album, on Friday November 16.
Amenra, YLVA and LO! will be at Max Watts on Saturday November 17.
The Metal in the Mountains 2018 day festival featuring I Am Duckeye, Grindhouse, Monarchus, As Flesh Decays, plus more, will be held at Beechworth’s Servicemen’s Memorial Hall on Saturday November 24.
Psycroptic will play Geelong’s Barwon Club on Wednesday November 28, then Ballarat’s Karova Lounge on Thursday November 29.
The 10th annual Progfest featuring The Ocean and Monuments, with more to be announced, will be held at Melbourne’s The Croxton on Saturday January 26.
Devin Townsend will release his new album Empath in March 2019.
Download 2019 will be held at Flemmington Racecourse on Monday March 11.
Soilwork will be at Max Watts on Saturday March 16.
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Written by Paul S Taylor