Too Heavy To Hug #670

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Too Heavy To Hug #670

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

It feels like a lot of THTH columns this year have featured some type of RIP to a lost brother within the hard rock and metal community and this edition is no exception. I can’t pretend that Linkin Park had no effect on myself. Their debut album Hybrid Theory was a pretty kick arse album for 2000 and it came at a time where I was coming to the end of being an ‘angsty’ teenager. Chester’s vocals were really rockin’ and his lyrics seemed to make so much sense at the time, but when I listened back to the album some 17 years later, I can see the lyrics were a severe cry for help. RIP Chester Bennington.

If you or anyone you know needs help or information regarding mental health, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyondblue on 1300 224 636.

In other news:

Geelong doomgaze outfit Mountaris recently signed to US label Transcending Records and will release their debut EP Desolate in August.

Thy Art Is Murder will release their new album Dear Desolation on Friday August 18.

Frankenbok will be at Melbourne’s Evelyn Hotel on Saturday August 19.

Akercocke will release their new album Renaissance In Extremis on Friday August 25.

StoneSour will play Melbourne’s Festival Hall on Friday August 25.

King and special guests Blackhelm will be at Melbourne’s Evelyn on Friday August 25 and The Barwon Club on Saturday August 26.

Tool tribute band Third Eye will be at Ballarat’s Karova Lounge on Saturday August 26.

For the Sake of Heaviness: The history of Metal Blade Records written by label founder and CEO Brian Slagel will be released on Tuesday August 29.

Make Them Suffer will perform at Melbourne’s Max Watts on Saturday September 16.

Dream Theater will play Melbourne’s Palais Theatre on Wednesday September 20.

Wolves In The Throne Room will release Thrice Woven on Friday September 22.

Satyricon will release their new album Deep calleth upon Deep on Friday September 22.

Cradle Of Filth will release their new album Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay on Friday September 22.

King Parrot will release their new album Ugly Produce on Friday September 22.

Cavalera brothers Max and Igor will perform Roots in its entirety at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on Saturday September 23.

Ministry and Filter will be at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on Saturday September 30.

Napalm Death and Brujeria will be play Melbourne’s Max Watts on Tuesday October 10.

The Dillinger Escape Plan will play their final ever two Melbourne shows at the Corner Hotel on Friday October 20 (sold out), and there’s still tickets available for their second show on Thursday October 19.

Northlane will be at Melbourne’s 170 Russell on Friday October 20.

Alice Cooper will play Margaret Court Arena on Friday October 20.

Mono will be at Melbourne’s Max Watts on Friday November 10.

Miss May I will play Melbourne’s Max Watts on Friday November 24.

Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress will preform Mike’s 12 step suite and other Dream Theater classics at Melbourne’s Croxton on Saturday November 25.

Anathema will play 170 Russell on Wednesday December 6.

Paradise Lost will be at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel on Saturday December 16.

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

Written by Paul S Taylor

Image sourced via Chester Bennington Socials