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Welcome to THTH, Forte’s premier source of all things heavy, hard, fast and metal.

This column strives to bring you an important metal news thingo every week. Recently we’ve been focussing on bands who put their names to alcohol because alcohol and music go hand in hand and have done so since the caveman era, and because so many bands are doing it and because talking about alcohol and music is loads of fun.

AC/DC are going to release their own brand of tequila later this year, called Thunderstruck tequila. Previously, THTH has discussed AC/DC’s beer, their wine, how awesome it shoulda been for the bogans that Axl Rose filled in on vocals for the band, and now their tequila.

I really, really, sincerely hope there’s someone out there who’s working on opening a bottle shop that only stocks alcohol associated with bands and those band’s catalogue of music, it’d be all like, “yes, I can suggest Opeth’s Still Life will go nicely with their Pale Communion beer, as opposed to their Pale Communion album which is too soft and polished for an ale..”

In other news

Dark Funeral have launched a video for ‘Unchain My Soul’ from their new album Where Shadows Forever Reign.

Swervedriver will be at the Corner Hotel on Thursday June 23.

Whitechapel will release their new album Mark of the Blade on Friday June 24.

Karnivool will be at the Wool Exchange on Wednesday June 29.

Cog will play two Melbourne shows, one on Thursday 14 July at Melbourne’s Max Watts and one the next day at 170 Russell, but both appear to be sold out.

Witherscape will release their new album The Northern Sanctuary on Friday July 22.

Drowning Pool will play Melbourne’s Max Watts on Saturday July 30.

Brewtality 2016, featuring The Levitation Hex, Dreadnaught and many more will be held at The Tote and The Bendigo Hotel on Saturday August 6.

Dead Letter Circus will be at 170 Russell on Friday August 19.

Inquisition will will play Melbourne’s Max Watts on Thursday August 11 as a part of their Blood Across the Australian Altar Tour (what a name for a tour!). The band will also release their new album Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith (what a name for an album!!) on Friday August 26.

Crytopsy with supports Whoretopsy and I, Valiance will be at the Northcote Social Club on Saturday September 8.

Enter Shikari will tear up 170 Russell on Monday September 19.

Immolation will play Melbourne’s Max Watts on Friday September 23.

Lacuna Coil have announced they’ll play Melbourne;s Max Watts on Thursday October 13.

Bullet For My Valentine, Atreyu and Cane Hill will be at 170 Russell on Tuesday October 25 which is sold out. A second show has just been announced and the trio of bands will also play 170 Russell on Monday October 24.

Steven Wilson will be at 170 Russell on Friday October 28.

Slipknot will play Rod Laver Arena on Monday October 31.

Destroyer 666 will rip apart Melbourne’s Max Watts on Friday November 11 as a part of their Australian Wildfire Tour 2016 (I think the Australian Wildfire Tour Two Thousand and Six Six Six Teen would be a better name).

Deftones with very special guests Karnivool and Voyager will be at Festival Hall on Friday November 11.

If you have any news about local metal bands, shows or albums, let THTH know by emailing to tooheavytohug@hotmail.com or get in touch via Twitter at @TooHeavyToHug

Written by Paul S Taylor