The Metal Obsession Birthday party returns, better late than never hey? This year the site turns 7 and once again we have put together a lineup featuring some of our favourite bands to celebrate the milestone.
Orpheus Omega will headline this year’s event after a few months of touring to launch their latest melodeath masterpiece “Partum Vita Mortem”. Also with new releases under their belt is Hybrid Nightmares who have had a huge year with their string of Four Ages releases and some mighty big launch shows….
On November 29th the legendary John Farnham is performing at a huge show alongside Pseudo Echo, Daryl Braithwaite, Noiseworks and more in Melbourne. LORD, being unabashed Farnsy fans, wanted an excuse to be down here at that time. And thus the “Playing to Win: Road to Farnsy” tour was born.
November 28th will see LORD hit Workers Club, where you’ll no doubt get to hear their “Playing to Win” cover live. Making the trip up from Tasmania is Taberah, no strangers to Melbourne, who are making a name for themselves as one of the most energetic and genuinely fun heavy metal bands in the country.
Two years after the release of their debut full length and countless live shows later, Myridian are ready to launch their sophomore; “We, The Forlorn”. Having refined their Scandinavian-inspired melodic death/doom style to reach new atmospheric heights, this new material is their most powerful yet. And there’s no better way to experience this melancholic darkness than live.
Travelling down from Sydney will be Rise of Avernus for their first Melbourne performance with new female vocalist & keyboardist Mares Refalaeda. Touring in support of their new EP, prepare to witness just why their brand of orchestral progressive doom metal has seen them support the likes of Enslaved, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Rotting Christ and Apocalyptica.
Bringing some intense yet melodic black metal to the night will be Launceston’s Atra Vetosus, with local forest metallers Arbrynth opening the night.
After spending much of 2014 focusing on the 25th anniversary of their previous “incarnation”, Dungeon, including a massive box set release of re-recordings, Sydney’s LORD will be returning to Melbourne this Australia Day weekend. Expect a mix of both later LORD material, as well as some of the early Dungeon classics.
Rounding out the rest of a lineup perfect to have a few beers to is thrashers Desecrator who have had a busy year on the live front including a show alongside Trivium and In Flames, the classic metal tunes of Envenomed, party thrash band Party Vibez (the name says it all) and the energetic Toxicon.
Despite being hard at work on the follow-up to their 2012 debut “Under the Fading Light”, Myridian are taking a break from the studio to headline this show of atmospheric metal with their European-influenced style of melodic death/doom.
Making the trip down down from Sydney for the first time in far too long is The Veil, launching their new album “Impermanence”. Incorperating sounds from doom, post-punk, indie rock and folk just to name a few, The Veil are the definition of “hauntingly beautiful”.
Rounding out the lineup are atmospheric black metallers Aquilus, bringing some classical influences to the night, and melodic death metal band Catacombs.
What better way to spend your Sunday arvo than having a beer and listening to some rock’n’roll at the Tote?
Fresh from their appearance at Progfest is hard rockers El Colosso who are hitting the live scene hard as of late, Doktor for those who like a bit of 70’s in their dark rock, and female rock trio The Divine Fluxus.
It has been well over six months since forest metallers Arbrynth hit the stage, but it’s with good reason; the band have been hard at work on the much-awaited follow-up to their 2011 debut, self titled full length. With a support slot on Fintroll’s Australian tour breaking the live silence, July 26th will see them finally play another local show with brothers-in-arms Okera, also working on their sophomore album.
Between the two, this is the perfect opportunity to get your dose of European-flavoured melodic death and doom metal before they undoubtedly buckle down to finish off the new records.
This May sees Sydney’s LORD funding their next recording project in the oldest way possible; hitting the road for a few gigs. Always one of the most entertaining live bands on the Australian circuit, these particular shows are made extra special by being Dungeon’s 25th anniversary. Expect an extra long set with some old-school additions that you won’t have heard in a very long time.
Joining LORD on the night will be local thrashers Harlott, Tasmanian heavy metal band Taberah, and 80’s lovers Sudden State. It’s all ’round party vibes.
Last year saw Metal Obsession turn a whopping five years old. Did we think we’d reach that point when starting the little then-blog back in the day? Hell no! But regardless, we had a whole bunch of fun celebrating the milestone at our birthday show with some incredible bands such as The Amenta, Okera, Departe and Arbrynth, and from all reports you guys had a good time too. So we figured we might as well do it again…
June 2013 saw melodic metallers Vanishing Point hit the stage for the first time in three years, and with a new album on the way, they’re keeping the momentum going. On October 25th the band will head to Central Club, the unofficial home of power and prog metal in Melbourne, for a show alongside fellow Melbournians Crimsonfire and Alaskan Thunder, plus Mumbai’s Albatross.
Are Albatross the first Indian metal band to tour Australia? As far as we know they are. The traditional heavy metal quintet combine bone-chilling stores with bone-crushing metal, recently releasing an EP titled “The Kissing Flies” as part of a split with American doom metal band Cestal Claret.
With far too long away from the live scene, power metallers Crimsonfire have made a surprise return out of nowhere, with a refreshed lineup and new EP “Arise to Chaos” due out in late 2013.
And make sure to get there early with kicking things off in true pirate metal form; the perfect thing to sink your first few ales to.
The “Circle of Light Australian tour” is something truly special for Melbourne’s The Eternal, marking not only the release of their fifth studio album , but also their ten year anniversary. Having evolved from their early gothic doom ways into the dark rock they’re now known for, new album “When The Circle Of Light Begins To Fade” has proved to be the perfect celebration of those ten years.
Performing alongside some of their personal favourite Australian bands, The Eternal will be performing exciting 80 minute retrospective sets at all headline shows, covering everything from the upcoming album right back to their debut.
After an unfortunate chain of events resulting in their last Melbourne visit falling through, Sydney heavy metallers LORD are making their return with their fourth studio album, Digital Lies, now out in the world. Joining the celebration on the night will be Electrik Dynamite with their “epic harmonies, unforgettable melodies, 80’s keyboard flavoured pop hooks” and “timeless rock-god stage moves”, traditional heavy metal band Elm Street making their well overdue return to the live scene, and thrashers Mason and Sewercide opening the night.
It has been five years since then-blog MetalObsession.net launched with the sole purpose of giving heavy Australian bands a promotional outlet. The site has since blossomed into a central hub for the local metal scene and for the first time, they’ll be celebrating their (approximate) birthday by bringing together a whole bunch of their favourite bands at one of their favourite venues. Sydney’s The Amenta will be making their first trip down south in far too long to headline the event, with Okera, The Levitation Hex, Departe (TAS), Desecrator, Arbrynth, Mortification, The Seaford Monster, Hadal Maw and Heisenberg.
Things kick off at 3pm. Tickets on now soon through Moshtix for $15+bf or $20 at the door.
After performing countless live shows with just a three track demo under their belts, melodic death/doom band Myridian are finally set to release their debut full length “Under The Fading Light”. Produced by The Eternal’s Mark Kelson, the album is a must-hear for fans of Opeth, Swallow The Sun, and the whole Scandinavian metal sound in general. Helping celebrate the launch on the night will be fellow doomers Okera, the corpse-paint wearing Hybrid Nightmares, and melodic death metallers Catacombs.
Entry is $12, 8pm.
Taking a break from working on an EP containing some re-worked “Waters Imperium” tracks with piano and cello, melancholic dark rockers are heading over to the Tote on July 8th for a Sunday full of atmospheric music. Joining them will be Sydney progressive extreme metal band Katabasis as part of their huge “Under Meridional Skies” east coast tour and experimental dark metal band Internal Harvest. One more band is still to be added.
Doors open at 5:30pm. The night will finish early enough that you can get some sleep before the hell that is work on Monday.
The end of last year saw Melbourne’s Laura drop their third full length album Twelve Hundred Times to an overwhelmingly positive response. The following launch shows, and later tour with Japan’s Boris, proved killyourstereo.com’s statement that live, Laura “offer a musical experience unlike any other…”. Now, it’s time for them to hit the stage again.
On June 8th, the band will headline a show at Fitzroy’s Evelyn Hotel that no post-rock fan should miss. Travelling down to celebrate the re-release of their “beautifally crafted and impeccably concieved” (-The Silent Ballet) 2007 EP The Absence of I is Sydney’s Meniscus, before they head off touring Europe. Also performing on the night will be This Is Your Captain Speaking, who will soon be releasing their third full length album, and the ethereal Lunaire.
As part of their “Huxwhukw and the Crooked Beak of Heaven 2012 tour”, Sydney’s Serious Beak are bringing their eccentric amalgamation of mind-melting, toe-tapping psychedelic, progressive and poly-rhythmic discordant music to Melbourne’s Pony Bar, sure to please fans of Meshuggah, Mastodon, Botch, The Mars Volta and King Crimson.
Joining them on the night is quirky deathgrind band A Million Dead Birds Laughing (the ornithological theme is coincidental, we promise), “slow motion power duo” Agonhymn and mathcore band Cradle in the Crater.