Too Heavy To Hug 651

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Too Heavy To Hug 651

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With the recent “surprise-release” of Avenged Sevenfold’s new album The Stage the internet’s best super sleuths AKA overly-obsessed-metal-fans-with-too-much-time-on-their-hands have started, well, obsessing about the fact the band will be releasing even more music on December 9. There’s heaps of alleged clues online to do with stuff like a hidden message when the band played “The Stage” live and web store logos and previous interviews and stuff. There’s probably a Reddit somewhere about it with fans expending too much effort trying to make something out of nothing, but we won’t know until the new music, possibly entitled Voltaic Oceans, is released, if it’s even released.

Nothing beats a surprise release and A7X have done the almost impossible in the age of internet leaks – held a secret tight for long enough to drop a killer album upon the world without warning. And the best thing of all, this album and its supposed follow up has focussed everyone’s attention away from speculating upon speculations about when Tool will release an album.

In other news

“Destroyer 666 is the anti-christ” and they’ll unleash the wolves at Melbourne’s Max Watts tomorrow night on Friday November 11 as a part of their Australian Wildfire Tour 2016 (I still think the Australian Wildfire Tour Two Thousand and Six Six Six Teen would have been a cooler name).

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

Renowned metal fan and comedian Bill Bailey will be a Geelong’s Costa Hall on Monday November 14 and Melbourne’s Hamer Hall on Wednesday November 16.

Contemporary music summit Face The Music will be held at State Library Victoria on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 November.

Superheist and Segression will play Melbourne’s Max Watts on Friday November 18.

Ne Obliviscaris with special guests The Ocean and Jack The Stripper will play 170 Russell on Friday November 25.

Progfest feat. Caligula’s Horse, Cirlces, We Lost The Sea, Chaos Divine, Alithia, Orsome Welles, Transience, Dyssidia, Bear The Mammoth, Figures,Qlaye Face and Enlight will be held at the Corner Hotel on Saturday December 3.

Katatonia will play the Corner Hotel on Saturday December 10.

Once Human will release their new album Evolution in January.

Refused, Sick Of It All and High Tension will play Melbourne’s Prince Of Wales on Tuesday January 24.

Periphery will be at Melbourne’s 170 Russell on Sunday February 5. Their new album Periphery III: Select Difficulty is out now.

Opeth with special guests Caligula’s Horse will play 170 Russell on Tuesday February 7 (sold out) and Wednesday February 8 (second and final show).

The Thrash, Blast and Grind Festival featuring Psycroptic, King Parrot, Whoretopsy, Black Rheno and Revocation will be held at Melbourne’s Max Watts on Friday February 17.

Nuclear Assault will head to Oz for their first and last time and you can catch them at Melbourne’s Max Watts on Wednesday February 22.

Meshuggah and Thy Art Is Murder will play 170 Russell on Tuesday March 14 (sold out) and Wednesday March 15.

The Direct Underground Fest featuring Marduk, Gorguts, MGLA, Ulcerate and Departe will be held at the Corner Hotel on Saturday March 18.

If you have any news about local metal bands, shows or albums, let THTH know by emailing to [email protected] or get in touch via Twitter at @TooHeavyToHug

Paul S Taylor