Metal bytes – edition 11

After kicking everyone’s arses at Soundwave this year Devildriver are returning for an Australian tour in September and Dez and the boys are bringing Whitechapel with them! Make sure you catch this epic double line up at the Hifi in Brisbane, 5 September. Tickets are on sale now at

Tasmanian Forest Horror punks Captives are on the road this again giving you a taste of things to come from their forth coming EP. After seemingly coming out of nowhere last year they have quickly established themselves on the national touring circuit with their high energy commanding live performance. For fans of The Bronx, Motorhead and anything with a bit of spice and gnarl, you can catch Captives at The Crowbar in Brisbane, 8 August and Southern Cross Tavern Coolangatta on 9 August alongside The Liberation Front, Sparrows and Release the Hounds. Visit for a full list of dates and details

The dates for Soundwave 2015 have been announced and will be held over 2 days in each city – Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane. Half the bands play day one. The other half play day two and will criss-cross Saturday/Sunday in each city. Sydney and Brisbane will be the 2nd weekend of the festival; held over Saturday 28 February and Sunday 1 March with the ticket price for the 2 days will be the same as last year ($185 + booking fees) and limited in number) There will also be a number of day tickets available. Soundwave Touring have said “Putting the line-up across 2 days enables us to minimise clashes; give bands longer sets, better staging, production and infrastructure. We are also hoping that this will give fans better value for money and a less stressful day.” The entire lineup will be announced at once and weekend tickets will then go on sale. The lineup will then be split into individual days when day tickets go on sale.

On the eve of their new, as yet untitled album the towering gods of death metal, Cannibal Corpse are returning to our shores for a brutal tour in September along with Hour of Penance. Catch the death metal legends at the Hifi in Brisbane, 13 September.

The legendary Judas Priest have released their brand new album Redeemer Of Souls and it is everything you would want from the metal gods! It is also their first without founding guitarist K K Downing who left the band in 2011 and was replaced by new guitarist Richie Faulkner. Go get it!

After the release of last year’s critically acclaimed The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart, Sepultura are finally heading back down to Australia and will play the HiFi in Brisbane, Saturday 4 October. This is one show you don’t want to miss. Tickets at

Gold Coast legends The Matador have released their amazing new single Destroyer and are running a competition for one lucky person to win a custom guitar cab personally built by guitarist Ryan Creighton. All you have to do to be in the running is head to the band’s bandcamp page and purchase a copy of the new single Destroyer before 5 August,

One bit of news that has a lot of people excited is the announcement of heavy rock luminaries Neurosis’ first ever tour down under. For Aussie fans this is long over due and tickets are already selling fast for their gig at the The HiFi on 4 August.

Swedish melodic death masters Sonic Syndicate have just released their first album in four years. The self titled album features guest vocals from Soilwork’s Bjorn “Speed” Strid on the single Before You Finally Break and is definitely one of the strongest releases of the year so far, I highly recommend checking it out.

German Heavy Rock legends Accept will be in the country later in the year and will play the Hifi Brisbane on Sunday 16 November with Gorefield and Asylum.

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