Too Heavy To Hug #625

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Too Heavy To Hug #625

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On Friday October 30 the first 2016 Soundwave line up was announced. This announcement comes pretty late in comparison to when previous year’s announcements came and the list seems pretty light on, again, in comparison to previous year’s single and two day events.
I’m personally pretty stoked The Prodigy will be at Australia’s premier hard rock and metal festival for the first time next year. The Prodigy have been playing metal festivals across Europe for years now. Back before The Prodigy were playing metal festivals it was kinda interesting suspecting the band as being a metal type band, even though they’re essentially an electronic band that attracted metal heads in droves because of, not only their songs, but also their hardcore punk personas. Once booking agencies invited them to metal festivals it was like all validation came at once; The Prodigy have been officially recognised as metal, and isn’t that what we’ve all wanted to see here in Australia all this time?
Frenzal Rhomb are totally going to kick arse at Soundwave, it doesn’t matter which stage they play, the punters will not miss an opportunity to see the crazy Australian punksters do their thing live.
Lordi for the ‘what the f*ck?’ category. In case you don’t know who Lordi are, or have forgotten, they’re that band that won Eurovision that one time some years back.
For the take ’em or leave ’em category we have the two big name ’90s “nu-metal” acts Disturbed and Deftones. Sure to be some parts nostalgic and some parts annoying because these bands are pretty old now, both bands will obviously draw their dedicated fans.
Soundwave early bird tickets went on sale nearly two months ago, prior to this announcement, and they’re still available at time of writing. Not sure what the fans are waiting for but if you can’t sell Soundwave on the back of this line up (fingers crossed for a Prodigy Sidewave) then clearly the fans are looking for something different, something amazing and something totally worth losing their shit over. Who will that be? I’m hoping the second announcement has that special something.
In other news
Flying Colours will release a recording of their Z7 show in Switzerland, 2014 entitled Second Flight: Live At The Z7 on Friday November 13.
Downfall Of Gaia will play Melbourne’s Bendigo Hotel on Thursday November 19.
Nightwish will play only one show per capital city on their Endless Forms Most Beautiful Tour 2016 and the Melbourne show will be at The Forum Theatre on Monday January 11.
Soundwave 2016 will be held on Thursday January 26. Bands announced thus far are Disturbed, The Prodigy, Deftones, NOFX, Bullet For My Valentine, Public Enemy, Soulfly, L7, Frenzal Rhomb, Lordi, Moose Blood, Dead Letter Circus, Refused, Failure, Northlane, Bring Me The Horizon, Devil You Know, Hatebreed, Frnkiero and the Cellabration, and Metal Allegiance.
Between The Buried And Me will play 170 Russell on Monday February 29.
Iron Maiden will be flying into Oz on their Ed Force One (piloted, of course by Bruce Dickinson). Melbourne’s show will be at Rod Laver on Saturday May 9.
If you have any news about local metal bands, shows or albums, let THTH know by emailing to tooheav[email protected] or get in touch via Twitter at @TooHeavyToHug
Written by Paul S Taylor