Too Heavy To Hug #687

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Too Heavy To Hug #687

Welcome to THTH, Forte’s premier source of all things heavy, hard, fast and metal.
In a serious instalment of THTH, a study looking into the correlation between musical preferences/sub cultures and self-harm/suicide from the University Of Manchester suggests that younger fans of heavy metal are five times more likely to self-harm or attempt suicide. The study does admit that the higher rate of self-harm and/or suicide is not just limited to musical preference and/or sub culture association, but there should be other signs and/or behaviours.
I don’t wanna get all preachy here, but if you’re in a situation where you’re considering either self-harm or suicide, just think; the two most prolific metal vocalists Jonathan Davis and Corey Taylor both publicly shared the immense shit they went through growing up and what did they do? They lived through it, they’re stronger for it, and they used those experiences to make music. If they can, you can. If you find yourself in need of help, younger people can call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 and adults can call Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.
In other news:
Wiegedood will release the closing episode of their trilogy; De Doden Hebben Het Goed III on Friday April 20.
Tesseract will release their new album Sonder on Friday April 20.
King Parrot and Child Bite will play Bendigo’s Musicman Megastore on Wednesday April 24, Ballarat’s Karova Lounge on Wednesday April 25 and Geelong’s Barwon Club on Thursday April 26.
The Contortionist with special guests Sikth will play Max Watts on Thursday May 3.
Dimmu Borgir will release their new album Eonian on Friday May 4.
Diocletian will play Melbourne’s Max Watts on Sunday May 6.
The Direct Underground Fest will feature Ihsahn, Belphegor, Dioletian, Wiegedood, Encircling Sea and Revocation will be held at Max Watts on Sunday May 6. This is your last chance to see Ihsahn live in Oz so get in quick.
Ihsahn, with special guests YLVA, will play to a sold out crowd at Max Watts on Monday May 7. Hopefully a second show will be announced.
Cradle Of Filth will be at 170 Russell on Friday May 11.
Sevendust will release their new album All I See Is War on Friday May 11.
Sepultura with special guests Death Angel will play 170 Russell on Tuesday May 15.
Pain will be at Melbourne’s Max Watts on Friday May 25.
Jonathan Davis will release his solo album Black Labyrinth on Friday May 25.
Alien Weaponry’s debut album Tu will be released on Friday June 1.
The Pantera set and Soulfly set from Dynamo 1998 will be released on Friday June 22.
Machine Head will rock the Forum Theatre on Saturday July 21.
Satyricon’s Australian tour has been postponed and the band will now tear Max Watts to shreds on Thursday September 6.
Tesseract will play 170 Russell on Friday September 14.
The Ocean will release their new album Phanerozoic in two parts, the first part to be released in October, and the second part to be released next year. Phanerozoic will pick up off where Precambrian left off some ten years ago.
If you have any news about local metal bands, shows or albums, let THTH know by emailing to or get in touch via Twitter at @TooHeavyToHug
By Paul S Taylor