METAL BYTES – edition 12

Mass Sky Raid will release a new single and music / lyric video titled Oceans on 29 August following the critically acclaimed debut EP Courage Under Fire. 
The band will also announce an upcoming tour in support of the release so keep an eye on their official website or follow on facebook and twitter. The Oceans single will also be available at digital retailers.

The massive Progfest tour has announced the lineup for the Brisbane show Saturday 23 August at The Zoo. On the bill are Closure In Moscow, Helm, Le Suits, Magenta Voyeur and Weightless In Orbit.
Tickets from Oztix.

Swedish melo-death metallers Scar Symmetry are set to release their new album and successor to 2011’s highly acclaimed masterpiece The Unseen Empirein coming months. The new creation called The Singularity (Phase 1 – Neohumanity)will be out 3 October via Nuclear Blast and is the first part of a trilogy.

US metal favourites Prong will tour Australia for the first time ever this coming November playing classic tracks from their 28-year long career including their killer new album Ruining Lives.
They hit HiFi Brisbane on Thursday 20 November. Tickets from

Slipknot have just released the first taste of their upcoming and yet to be titled new album.
The single The Negative One was dropped at the start of this month and sent the internet into a frenzy trying to figure out who is now drumming for them since original member Joey Jordison left the band before recording commenced.
At this time it is a total mystery who is behind the kit but all will be revealed in the not too distant future before the album is released. Exciting stuff!

Commemorating the 25th anniversary since the recording of their first EP, Sweden’s extreme tech metal masters Meshuggah will unleash a new live DVD / 2-CD worldwide this spring titled The Ophidian Trek.
The release will feature visual footage shot in the US and Europe during ‘The Ophidian Trek’ tour and festival footage from Wacken Open Air 2013 in Germany.

Gold Coast tech death legends 4 Dead in 5 Seconds have just released their second outing Bestiary: The Book of Beasts.
Recording for the EP saw the band travel to Tilburg in The Netherlands to work with Bart Hennephof from Textures and we think it is one of the best releases to come out of Queensland this year in my opinion.
Visit to grab a copy and keep an eye out for upcoming tour dates.

After a successful run on this year’s Soundwave Festival tour, local industrial metal maniacs Darkc3ll will release their single Hollywood Scars 22 August and have booked a run of shows in support of it.
Catch them at The Coolangatta Hotel, 12 September with Azreal, Hammers and Dethrone The King.
Tickets through Oztix and more tour dates at

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