Too Heavy To Hug #694
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Too Heavy To Hug #694

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I never considered Deftones to be a massively popular band like Metallica or Ozzy. Sure, I love a lot of Deftones’ older stuff and some of their newer stuff but are they the sort of band to spawn their own music festival? The answer, according to (probably) the Deftones is yes, because they’re going to hold their own music festival in San Diego in November this year. Sure, it’s not a big festival, but it’s something nonetheless.
Which gets me asking, which Aussie metal band out there is going to start a new metal fest? Sure, we get smallish fests around the traps which is brilliant, don’t get me wrong, but where is the big festival? Which Aussie act(s) would put their money where their mouths are for a big fuck-off type festival. We’ve had Soundwave in the past and we’ve had one Download to date. The fests we get here in Oz are either massive or on the smaller scale. I’ve harped on this for a long time and yes there is a lot of research and questions to be asked by folks more smarter than I, but we here in Oz need to properly identify the niche that exists in heavy music and create a medium sized festival for all.
In other news
YLVA will perform their only headline show for 2018 at Melbourne’s Bendigo Hotel on Saturday August 11.
Psycroptic with special guests Archspite and Hadal Maw will be at Max Watts on Sunday August 18.
Satyricon will tear Max Watts to shreds on Thursday September 6.
The Sword will be at Max Watts on Saturday September 8.
Therion will play their first ever Melbourne show at Max Watts on Wednesday September 12.
Tesseract will play 170 Russell on Friday September 14.
Sumac will release their new album Love In Shadow in Friday September 21.
The Black Dahlia Murder with special guests Aborted and Zeolite will crush Melbourne’s Max Watts on Sunday September 23.
Bruce Dickinson will perform his one man spoken word show, What Does This Button Do – A Conversation with Bruce Dickinson at the Palais Theatre on Friday October 19.
Anthrax’s Scott Ian will bring his One Man Riot spoken word tour to Oz and will be at Goldfields Theatre – MCEC on Wednesday September 26.
Dimmu Borgir will headline their first ever Oz tour this October and their SOLD OUT Melbourne show will be at 170 Russell on Wednesday October 17. Fortunately, the band have announced a second show on Tuesday October 16. Get in quick before this one sells out as well!
Parkway Drive, Killswitch Engage and Thy Art Is Murder will play Margaret Court Arena on Friday November 2.
Conan and Bell Witch be at Melbourne’s Max Watts on Thursday November 8.
An Evening With Steven Wilson will take place at the Palais Theatre on Saturday November 10.
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 tooheavytohug@hotmail.com or get in touch via Twitter at @TooHeavyToHug
Written by Paul S Taylor