Too Heavy To Hug #674

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Too Heavy To Hug #674

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Rumours are rife that an Australian version of the classic metal festival, Download, will be announced in the coming weeks/soon. I’ve previously discussed how we here in Oz are missing out on our Summer metal fests and and since the fall of Soundwave, whoever picks up the festival circuit will literally have the monopoly. To make this Download Festival rumour even better, not only is there a French Download but there will also be a Madrid Download next year.

Whilst we can expect line-ups to vary between the Downloads in the UK and Europe, we can also expect to see a variation in the line-up here in Australia, should it go ahead. Fingers crossed we hear some good news about an Oz summer metal fest because it’s been a long time between (over-priced festival) drinks.

In other news:

Lo! will release their new album Vestigial on Friday October 6.

Hybrid Nightmares will release their debut album Almagest on Friday October 6. The band will play Ballarat’s Eastern Hotel on Friday October 20 and Melbourne’s Evelyn Hotel for their official album launch on Saturday October 21.

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.

GWAR will release their new album The Blood Of Gods on Friday October 20.

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

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

Wintersun will be at Melbourne’s Max Watts on Thursday November 2.

Cannibacl Corpse will release their new album Red Before Black on Friday November 3.

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

Scorching Steel Festival will be held at Melbourne’s Bendigo Hotel on Friday November 10 and Saturday November 11 and will feature Dreadnaught, The Levitation Hex, Pegazus, Decryptus and many more.

Tote’l Metal Fest featuring Daemon Pyre, Bury Me In Autumn, Annihilist and many more will be held at the Tote on Saturday November 19.

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 be at 170 Russell on Wednesday December 6.

Ugly Kid Joe will play their 25 year old classic album America’s Least Wanted in its entirety at Melbourne’s Croxton Bandroom on Saturday December 9.

The Acacia Strain will be at The Corner on Sunday December 10.

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

Unify – A Heavy Music Gathering will be held at Tarwin Lower, South Gippsland from Friday January 12 to Saturday January 13. The line up includes Parkway Drive, Architects, The Amity Affliction and many others.

Sleep’s Melbourne show at Max Watts on Saturday January 20 has sold out. Fingers crossed for a second show.

Thy Art Is Murder with special guests Emmure, Fit For An Autopsy and Justice For The Damned will be at 170 Russell on Friday February 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

By Paul S Taylor