Metal Bytes

Welsh metal titans Bullet for My Valentine have just released their new album Venom to rave reviews and are the first band officially announced for Soundwave 2016. While the full line up is yet to be announced yet there have been a few rumours such as Bring Me The Horizon, Melvins, Lordi, Northlane and Refused. Pre-sale tickets are available now and lineup anouncements are expected very soon. Visit for more.

Grave Pleasures (formerly Beastmilk) will release new album Dreamcrash on 2 October. The band’s first album Climax was my favorite release of 2013 and holds a place in my top 10 albums of all time. I highly recommend checking out the video for the single Crying Wolves for a taste of what is set to be one of the best releases of 2015.

Canadian hardcore punk sludge/southern metal legends Cancer Bats (pictured) will return to our shores for a massive tour with High Tension in support of their new album Searching for Zero.Tickets are just $25 plus BF and you can catch the show at Brightside (Brisbane) on Thursday 1 October and Miami’s Shark Bar on 2 October. Tickets through

Sydney progressive, tech-metal maestros Gods Of Eden will release their highly anticipated full length album From The End Of Heaven this October. The band have released a teaser for the album’s opening track, Overseer and will follow up the album release with an east coast launch tour through November.

The Metal United Down Under Festival will return to the New Globe Theater in Brisbane on 10 October and boasts an epic line of bands not to be missed. This year’s line up consists of Kyzer Soze, Holistic, Silent Knight,  Darkc3ll, Shifting The Paradigm, WORLDLINES, Expulsed, Decryptus, Last 9 Days, Antichrists Anonymous, Found In Trees, DEMONFIRE and Terror Parade. Doors open at Midday and the event will run through till midnight. Presale tickets through Oztix or the bands.

Australian hardcore heroes The Amity Affliction have announced a monster tour with US metal core legends A Day To Remember for December.

The Big Ass Tour will also feature The Ghost Inside and Motionless In White and will hit the Riverstage in Brisbane on 19 December.

Tickets on sale 1 September through

UK hard rockers The Darkness will return to Australia in November in support of their fourth studio album Last Of Our Kind. The band’s last scheduled tour in 2013 was cancelled due to former drummer Ed Graham’s health concerns but has since been replaced by Rufus Taylor, the son of Queen drummer Roger Taylor. Catch one of the most entertaining live bands on the planet at the Tivoli in Brisbane on Thursday November 12. Tickets through

Zakk Wyldes Black Label Society have announced a long awaited headline tour and will play the Tivoli on Sunday 29 November. The band’s ninth studio album Catacombs of the Black Vatican was released to rave reviews last year and fans have been hanging for a tour announcement from their favorite bearded shredder ever since.  Tickets from

As both Children of Bodom and Soilwork have new albums being released very shortly you can expect tour announcements in the very near future. Actually, as we go to print, Children of Bodom have been announced as support for Megadeth who are fresh out of the studio where they’ve been working on the fullow up to 2013’s Super Collider. They play Eaton’s Hill on 21 October. Soilwork’s amazing new album The Ride Majestic will be released August 28 and COB’s I Worship Chaos will be released 2 October through Nuclear Blast.

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