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If you’re looking for something to do, and somewhere to go on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 then I strongly suggest you consider planning a pilgrimage to what is sure to become Australia’s premier true metal festival, Blacken Open Air Festival, which will be held at Ross River Resort, Northern Territory. The venue is pretty much isolated within the dead centre of Australia. Your pre-sale ticket includes entry to the festival both days and camping, and like most festivals these days, it’s not BYO. The line up so far includes From Crisis To Collapse, Freedom Of Fear, Envenomed, Hell Machine, Wraith, Primitive, Christ Dismembered, Flaming Wreckage, Batpiss, Frankenbok, Nola, Boris The Blade, Disentomb and Cosmic Psychos, plus more to be announced.
This year’s event will be the festival’s seventh year and has grown from its humble beginnings where it was a single day event. And as we all know, the more people who attend each year help the festival grow for the future and Blacken Open Air has the potential to become a massive annual event in the metal scene due to its location, and has the potential to draw bigger name acts over time, should it be properly supported. And besides, you could make it a holiday and visit other parts of the NT while you’re there.
In other news
Crack out your 26 Red or Cross Colour jeans because Heistfest 2019 featuring Superheist, 36 Crazyfists, From Crisis To Collapse plus more to be announced, will be held at The Evelyn Hotel on Friday April 12.
Boris The Blade have announced their farewell tour and will play Ballarat’s Eastern Station Hotel on Wednesday April 17, Warrnambool’s Loft on Friday April 19, the Evelyn Hotel on Friday May 3 to a sold out crowd, and a second Melbourne show at the Workers Club on Thursday May 2.
At The Gates, The Haunted and Witchery will be at Melbourne’s Max Watts on Saturday April 27.
Sevendust will play the Forum on Saturday April 27.
Hypocrisy, with special guests Kataklysm, will be at 170 Russell on Sunday May 5.
Cult Of Fire will play their only show of their current tour at Melbourne’s Max Watts on Tuesday May 28.
Darkthrone will release their new album Old Star on Friday May 31.
Destoryer 666 with special guests Bolzer will play Melbourne’s Max Watts on Saturday June 1.
Karnivool will play at The Croxton in Melbourne on Wednesday June 5.
Rings Of Saturn will be at Melbourne’s Stay Gold on Wednesday June 19.
Thy Art Is Murder will be at The Corner Hotel on Saturday July 13.
Crowbar will be at Melbourne’s Max Watts on Saturday July 27.
Slipknot will release their currently untitled new album on Friday August 9.
Devildriver and special guests All That Remains will play 170 Russell on Sunday August 25.
Metallica, with Slipknot as support, will be at Marvel Stadium on Tuesday October 22.
The Soilwork gig has been postponed and will now be at Max Watts on Saturday November 2.
Crowbar will play Melbourne’s Max Watts on Saturday December 7.
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