Kataklysm Tap Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Stone Sour) For New Album “Meditations”

Montreal-based Kataklysm recently announced that their next offering, ‘Meditations’, is slated for an April 2018 release via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band reveals they have enlisted acclaimed Los Angeles based producer Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Stone Sour) to mix and master their new upcoming album.

Watch the trailer for ‘Meditations’, below:

Guitarist JF Dagenais adds:

“This album has so much to offer that we decided to search for someone outside the box for it. Someone who comes with a fresh outlook and hasn’t work with extreme or death metal bands. We wanted someone with a more organic feel but at the same time can pound a mix into your chest with the power and definition it deserves. When Jay accepted to work with us, we knew he would bring just that! So far, the first mixes coming in are incredible. We will be turning some heads on this album folks. That’s all I can say for now, can’t wait!”

Kataklysm have spent the last 25 years cementing their legacy in the extreme metal genre. 2016 marked a whirlwind of excitement as the band added a Juno Award to their collection as well as landing their highest Billboard charting. They are one of a handful of bands that have the title of “Longest Standing Artist” on the Nuclear Blast roster.
Born in 1992 from the cold winds of Montreal, Québec, Canada comes one of the country’s top extreme musical exports to date: Kataklysm. With a career spanning 25 years, Kataklysm is a leading force in the most brutal & powerful genre in heavy metal and has conquered territories such as Europe, North & South America, Australia, and Asia while recently becoming the first Canadian metal band to ever play South Africa.

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Sepultura And Death Angel To Tour Australia And New Zealand

Brazilian metal legends Sepultura has announced a string of headline shows in New Zealand and Australia, where they will be joined by special guests, Death Angel. Sepultura are currently promoting their fourteenth studio album, “Machine Messiah” which was released in January of this year through Nuclear Blast Records. Death Angel’s last album, “The Evil Divide” was released last year and the band are reportedly working on new material.

The tour dates are as follows:

May 11 – Auckland – The Studio
May 12 – Wellington – San Fran
May 13 – Christchurch – The Foundry
May 15 – Melbourne – 170 Russell
May 16 – Adelaide – The Gov
May 18 – Brisbane – Eatons Hill Hotel
May 19 – Sydney – Metro Theatre
May 20 – Perth – Capitol

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AC/DC Founding Guitarist Malcolm Young Has Died Aged 64

Malcolm Young, arguably the backbone of Australian rock legends AC/DC, has sadly passed away at the age of 64, the band has announced. The cause of death is not yet known, but the guitarist had been battling dementia for a while, which caused him to leave the group in 2014. A statement on the AC/DC website reads as follows:

“Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young.

“Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.

“As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.

“Malcolm, job well done.”

Malcolm Young was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1953 and moved to Sydney, Australia as a child with his family. It was there that he co-founded AC/DC with his younger brother Angus in 1973. Their early material was produced by another Young brother, George, who himself passed away only last month and achieved some success of his own with The Easybeats. AC/DC went on to sell over 200 million albums worldwide, more than The Rolling Stones, Queen, Eminem and U2.

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Overkill Announces Australian 2018 Tour

American thrash metal legends Overkill has announced a string of headline shows in Australia, which will kick off at the end of February in Adelaide. You can see the tour dates below. Overkill are currently promoting their eighteenth studio album, “The Grinding Wheel,” which was released earlier this year through Nuclear Blast Records.

The tour dates are as follows:

February 28 – Adelaide – Fowlers Live
March 1 – Brisbane – The Zoo
March 2 – Melbourne – 170 Live
March 3 – Sydney – The Factory Theatre
March 4 – Perth – Rosemount Hotel

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Hollow World Signs With Truth Inc. Records

Truth Inc Records are very excited to announce the signing of rising melo-death outfit Hollow World. The five-piece hails from Melbourne and has taken the Australian heavy scene by storm in 2017 with the release of its debut album “Exanimate” as well as gracing stages around the country with some of the best bands Australia, and the world, has to offer.

After playing coveted festivals such as the inaugural Thrash, Blast and Grind Festival in Melbourne, Blacken Open Air in Alice Springs and the Dead of Winter festival in Brisbane and supporting the likes of Fleshgod Apocalypse and Fallujah, Hollow World are set to tour Australia with Once Human in early 2018 and then are planning on setting their sights beyond Australian shores.

“We are excited to join a label like Truth Inc. We’ve always admired the Truth Corroded guys and their drive and now, to work with their label after seeing what they have done in the past with other Australian bands, we are very keen. They have impressed us with their vision for the future and we are looking forward to moving ahead with them as we grow our career,” says vocalist Ben Roberts of the decision.

Truth Inc are equally excited at the prospect of working with Hollow World and helping them reach their potential.

“We are incredibly stoked to have Hollow World join the label! They are one of the best bands to have come out of the frenetic Melbourne heavy music scene in recent years and have been as unrelenting in their work ethic as in the extremity of their music. Having firmly established themselves as a leader in the industry I look forward to working with them on the bands next album and see them grow internationally,” label manager Greg Shaw adds.

Check out their latest film clip for “Wildfire” below.

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Australian Tour Dates Announced By Mono

Japanese instrumental rock outfit Mono is returning to Australian shores this November for a string of tour dates. They will be supported by Sydney’s visceral Dumbsaint and a plethora of local talent across the country.

Brisbane’s show will feature Balloons Kill Babies (who just released the EP “Prodromal”), Sydney gets Grun (who released the first record in many years earlier in 2017), Melbourne gets Solkyri and Adelaide gets Last Days of Kali.

The tour is In celebration of ten years since the debut visit to Australia and the band will visit Adelaide for the first time ever, as well as returning to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne & Perth – adding this – this visit follows the 2016 album “Requiem for Hell” and will feature the band playing music that spans the entire catalogue across a close to two hour show.

Mono was originally formed in 1999 – a unique approach of blending orchestral arrangements and shoegaze guitar noise which has been held in extremely high regard; so much so, that the band’s musicianship was praised. One of the most monumental live memories of the band was a special set of shows with a 23-piece orchestra in New York, Tokyo, London and Melbourne.

The Australian tour dates are as follows:

Wednesday, November 8th – Brisbane, QLD @ The Triffid
With support from Balloons Kill Babies

Thursday, November 9th – Sydney, NSW @ Manning Bar
With support from Grun

Friday, November 10th – Melbourne, VIC @ Max Watts
With Support from Solkyri

Saturday, November 11th – Adelaide, SA @ Unibar
With support from Last Days of Kali

Sunday, November 12th – Perth, WA @ Badlands

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New MCD/Single “Imperilled” Released By The Maledict

Hailing from Australia, the death/doom collective The Maledict has released the brand new three-song single/MCD “Imperilled” last week, on October 5th. This new single features one new song, one reworked track from the band’s 2013 demo, and one cover. Check out “Imperilled” in the player below.

The title track heads up the package, bringing 8 minutes of doom. The new material is as laden with melancholy as ever, but now hints at things to come – with a heavy injection of atmosphere and melody to accentuate against the filthy canvas of death/doom metal.

“Waltz Eternal,” the leading cut from the band’s 2013 demo “Salvation in Yielding” has been reworked from the ground-up, bringing one of the band’s favorite live tracks into the present with far superior production.

And finally, the release culminates with a tribute to one of the biggest musical inspirations behind The Maledict’s sound as they cover the title track from Paradise Lost’s seminal 1991 classic “Gothic”, arguably the song that invented death/doom as we know it.

“Imperilled” is available for free on Bandcamp, as well as being released on most streaming digital music services. Check out the MCD in full here:

Imperilled by The Maledict

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New Single “Lex” Released By Mindful

Brisbane has a brand new melodic hardcore outfit – and its name is Mindful. The four-piece debuted the first single “Lex” along with a video! The track “Lex” is out now on iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify. Check out the clip in the player below.

Mindful hails from from Brisbane, Australia, created from the ashes of former Brisbane bands, First Sight and What We’re Worth.

Vocalist Lloyd Colligan is stoked as to be releasing their debut track. “We are super excited to be releasing this. This is a long time coming. We hope to bring a brand of music to the table that is simple, melodic, emotional and direct. We are super excited to get back on touring circuit and run amok with friends This is only a taste of what’s to come but we are proud of the sound and style we have come up with as a band. This music feels like home to us. It’s something we love to play and we hope that people can enjoy it in the same light.”

Lloyd expands on the lyrical content, “This song means a lot to me, and it is no coincidence that this was the first song we are releasing. Lyrically, it’s very direct and emotive and honestly, pretty depressing – but that’s what it’s about. It’s about being depressed and experiencing that feeling of being trapped in a mind that is starting to give up. This feeling comes around all too often to such a huge proportion of the world, and it seems to be happening more and more. Mental Illness has only recently started to be taking seriously. Look at what just happened in Las Vegas. People are sick and this world is poisoning them.”

“”I feel the flutter up my neck, I feel the chill from its scent” refers to the creeping up of that feeling: depression, mental exhaustion. It’s a haunting feeling, and too many people that I love and know have experienced that feeling in its darkest way. Hopefully the lyrics don’t get taken the wrong way (especially the chorus – it’s pretty direct), but people can interpret them the way they want. All I hope to bring is an emotion that is relatable to people that might be feeling the same thing or isolated and alone because of these feelings that cloud their mind in the darkest way.”

Check out “Lex” here:

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New Album “Impervious” Streaming In Full From Mason

New Noise Magazine teamed up with Australian thrash act Mason to bring you the stream of the entire new album “Impervious” a day ahead of its release on October 6th over at this location. The album is also conveniently streaming in the player below.

Crushing audiences across the globe with their driving force and energetic stage presence, Melbourne’s Mason delivers a commanding performance that has taken the band on tours across Australia and beyond in Asia, Europe plus Canada where the band even shared the stage with the likes of Harlott, Havok, Accept, Revocation, Mutank and Annihilator.

Drawing influences from ‘The Big Four’ and Bay Area thrash greats, Mason encapsulates the 80’s thrash sound mixed with fast tempos and a dominating rhythm section. The second full length “Impervious” features nine glorious thrashing tracks mixed and mastered by Erin Hamidovic (Devin Townsend Project, Sikth, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Elm Street).

Vocalist/guitarist Jimmy Benson comments: “During the demo process we wrote a lot of material, but the majority made the ‘Impervious’ album minus one or two songs. We spent a lot of time fine tuning the songs and making sure they kicked ass! For this album, we focused mainly on trimming the fat and stepping up the energy and tempos. Fast, focused and heavy! For those wanting to know more about this release. ‘Impervious’ touches on so many topics from suicide, death, terrorism and more events that happen to people around the world. When ya look at the front cover, it is a symbol of character and strength of a boy that goes about his everyday life in the worst conditions and does what is normal to him to get by day to day. To sum it up, this new album is powerful and holds a strong message from start to finish.”

The album track list is:

1. Eligos (0:29)
2. Burn (3:30)
3. Tears of Tragedy (4:05)
4. The Afterlife (5:13)
5. Impervious (4:48)
6. Cross This Path (3:26)
7. Sacrificed (4:11)
8. Hellbent on Chaos (3:54)
9. Created To Kill (6:29)

Check out the album here:

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Iron Maiden Premieres New Live Video For “Speed Of Light” From Upcoming New Live Album/Film “The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter”

Iron Maiden premieres a new live video for “Speed Of Light”, taken from the band’s upcoming new live album and film “The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter”, which will meet a November 17th release through BMG. Planned formats include CD, deluxe CD, vinyl and digital formats.

A live concert film for the release for it is also planned and will initially be streamed for free with more details to come. A digital download of the movie will be made available for purchase following the premiere.

Check out now “Speed Of Light” below.

Says the band’s bassist Steve Harris of it:

“We spent a huge amount of time working on this as I wanted to get it as close to the Maiden live experience as I possibly could and to represent our fans from different parts of the world. This meant listening to literally hours upon hours of tapes from every show, to select material and construct a sound that would run consistently across the whole album and capture the excitement of a new country like El Salvador alongside such regular favourites as Donington or Wacken.”

Songs featured on the set include:

“If Eternity Should Fail” (live in Sydney, Australia)
“Speed Of Light” (live in Cape Town, South Africa)
“Wrathchild” (live in Dublin, Ireland)
“Children Of The Damned” (live in Montreal, Canada)
“Death Or Glory” (live in Wroclaw, Poland)
“The Red And The Black” (live in Tokyo, Japan)
“The Trooper” (live in San Salvador, El Salvador)
“Powerslave” (live in Trieste, Italy)
“The Great Unknown” (live in Newcastle, UK)
“The Book Of Souls” (live in Donington, UK)
“Fear Of The Dark” (live in Fortaleza, Brazil)
“Iron Maiden” (live in Buenos Aires, Argentina)
“Number Of The Beast” (live in Wacken, Germany)
“Blood Brothers” (live in Donington, UK)
“Wasted Years” (live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

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