Too Heavy To Hug #677

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Too Heavy To Hug #677

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

One of the best things about doing this column is the weird shit that comes in my inbox and I received the weirdest, WTF shit ever the other day. Napalm Records, the record label that includes Satyricon, Testament, Cavalera Conspiracy, Hate and countless other metal acts, have recently added Hoobastank to their roster. Yes, the very same Hoobastank who had that radio hit ‘The Reason’ in 2004, and that very same radio hit that was in the final Friends episode.

I don’t know anybody who actually listens to Hoobastank but apparently people do because they’ve sold more than 10 million albums world wide. The band will be releasing a new record via Napalm Records in the first half of next year.

In other news…

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

YLVA will release their debut album Meta on Friday November 17.

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.

Dimevision Vol 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over will be available from Friday November 24.

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 Bandroom 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.

Mayhem will play their landmark album De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas in its entirety at Melbourne’s Max Watts on Wednesday January 17.

Sleep’s Melbourne show at Max Watts on Saturday January 20 has sold out. A second show has been announced for Sunday January 21 at Max Watts.

Progfest will be held at The Corner on Saturday January 27 and the first round line up announcement consists of Leprous, Voyager, Orsome Welles, Dyssidia, Alithia and Meniscus. Stay tuned for more announcements!

Ne Obliviscaris will play Max Watts on Saturday February 10.

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.

DOWLOAD 2018 has been confirmed for Saturday March 24 at Flemington Racecourse! It’ll run as a one day festival with four stages and 29 bands. Line up will probably have been announced by the time you read this.

Cradle Of Filth will be at 170 Russell on Friday May 11.

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