Too Heavy To Hug #696

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Too Heavy To Hug #696

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The date has been set for the 2019 Download Festival so thus begins the months of speculation as to which bands will be coming down under for the festival’s second year. Whilst this is good news, and planing is obviously well underway compared to how the final Soundwave was managed, I’m hoping for less of the same bands and I’m looking at you Korn, Slipknot, Mastodon and some more obscure bands. However, if Slayer tie the Oz leg of their farewell world tour into this festival I will feel severely ripped off. But hey, there’s so much to look forward to over the coming months, let’s hope we get an announcement for the mighty Slayer down under!
In other news
Boris The Blade will play the Evelyn Hotel on Friday August 24.
Satyricon will tear Melbourne’s Max Watts to shreds on Thursday September 6.
Whoretopsy, Nemesium and Requiem will play Geelong’s Courthouse at 60 Little Malop St on Friday September 7.
Pig Destroyer’s new album Head Cage will drop on Friday September 7.
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.
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.
Anaal Nathrakh will release their new album A New Kind Of Horror on Friday September 28.
Behemoth will release their new album I Loved You At Your Darkest on Friday October 5.
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!
Eye Of The Enemy, Fall and Resist, As Flesh Decays, Interitum and Distorta will all play Ballarat’s Eastern Hotel on Friday October 19.
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.
Pig Destroyer will play The Arthouse on Tuesday October 30.
Parkway Drive, Killswitch Engage and Thy Art Is Murder will play Margaret Court Arena on Friday November 2.
Conan and Bell Witch be at Max Watts on Thursday November 8.
Sinsaenum will play Max Watts on Saturday November 10.
An Evening With Steven Wilson will take place at the Palais Theatre on Saturday November 10.
Amenra, YLVA and LO! will be at Max Watts on Saturday November 17.
The Metal in the Mountains 2018 day festival featuring I Am Duckeye, Grindhouse, Monarchus, As Flesh Decays, plus more, will be held at Beechworth’s Servicemen’s Memorial Hall on Saturday November 24.
Download 2019 will be held at Flemington Racecourse on Monday March 11.
Soilwork will be at Max Watts on Saturday March 16.
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
Written by Paul S Taylor