Too Heavy To Hug #711

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Too Heavy To Hug #711

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Every fortnight it seems that the world is getting more and more pathetic based on the actions of the vocal minority, which is what has happened in New Zealand recently, and I’m not talking about the mass shooting in Christchurch, but is somewhat loosely related. It appears that New Zealand venues have been advised (my words) about Philip Anselmo’s 2016 alleged “racial” “incident” at a Dimebash celebration and in turn, have pretty much labelled Anselmo a white supremacist and a racist and have cancelled his gigs. Sure, the folk in NZ might be a bit sensitive about this kinda stuff at the moment following the aforementioned shooting, and understandably so, but this pathetic and limp reaction from venues based on next to nothing just smacks of virtue signalling. I guess the real test will come if Anselmo ever attempts to tour NZ in the future.

Meanwhile, in more understandable news, the final ever NZ Slayer gig in Christchurch was cancelled due to security concerns, as it was due to take place only two days after the shooting. Hopefully Slayer will be able to make it back to Christchurch in the near future.

In other news

Whitechapel will release their new album The Valley on Friday March 29.

Emperor will play their landmark album Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk in its entirety at 170 Russell on Wednesday April 3.

You Am I will play a Spinal Tap set entitled ‘The Majesty of Tap’ at Ballarat’s Karova Lounge on Wednesday April 10.

Crack out your 26 Red or Cross Colour jeans because Heistfest 2019 featuring Superheist, 36 Crazyfists, From Crisis To Collapse plus more to be announced, will be held at The Evelyn Hotel on Friday April 12.

Boris The Blade have announced their farewell tour and will play Ballarat’s Eastern Station Hotel on Wednesday April 17, Warrnambool’s Loft on Friday April 19, the Evelyn Hotel on Friday May 3 to a sold out crowd, and a second Melbourne show at the Workers Club on Thursday May 2.

At The Gates, The Haunted and Witchery will be at Melbourne’s Max Watts on Saturday April 27.

Sevendust will play the Forum on Saturday April 27.

Hypocrisy, with special guests Kataklysm, will be at 170 Russell on Sunday May 5.

Cult Of Fire will play their only show of their current tour at Melbourne’s Max Watts on Tuesday May 28.

Destoryer 666 with special guests Bolzer will play Melbourne’s Max Watts on Saturday June 1.

Crowbar will be at Melbourne’s Max Watts on Saturday July 27.

Slipknot will release their currently untitled new album on Friday August 9.

Devildriver and special guests All That Remains will play 170 Russell on Sunday August 25.

Metallica, with Slipknot as support, will be at Marvel Stadium on Tuesday October 22.

The Soilwork gig has been postponed and will now be at Max Watts on Saturday November 2.

Crowbar will play Melbourne’s Max Watts on Saturday December 7.

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