Sad news this fortnight, with the passing of legendary front man Dave “Oderus” Brockie from Gwar (pictured with writer Nev Pearce). As a long time fan it was incredibly sad to hear the news, and tributes came flowing in quickly from many people all over the world. Gwar were recently here for the Soundwave tour and famously made waves by controversially decapitating Prime Minister Tony Abutt. Brockie will be missed by so many people including myself. I had the privilege of interviewing and meeting him at Soundwave and he was one of the most down to earth, Intelligent and funny people you could ever meet. RIP Dave.
After the release of last year’s amazing Surgical Steel, the mighty Carcass are returning to our shores for the Surgical Steal the Commonwealth tour. Catch them at The HiFi in Brisbane, 13 June. Tickets are selling like crazy so be quick: soundworkstouring.com!
Arch Enemy have announced Alissa White-Gluz, former vocalist of Canadian extreme metallers The Agonist, as their new front woman. Angel Gossow stepped down from the role to focus on management of the band. The new album War Eternal is expected to be released through Century Media in June.
Devil You Know have released a video for the single Seven Years Alone from their upcoming debut album The Beauty of Destruction due 25 April.
Aggrotech legends Combichrist have just released their amazing new album We Love You. Hopefully a tour announcement isn’t going to be too far off as Andy LaPlegua and co put on one of the best live shows I have ever seen. Heavy, heavy stuff!
American father-daughter grind core team Sockweb have released their new album Werewolf. The follow up to last years Bullies Are Mean, is brutally heavy while keeping things lyrically on the lighter side. The video clip for Spoon includes puppet versions of the pair tracking down a vampire, who stole the 8 year old singer’s necklace. Blast beats and brutal fun for the whole family.
US post metal band Pelican have announced a tour down under. Catch them at The Zoo in Brisbane, 24 July. Tickets metropolistouring.com
The Gold Coast’s very own monthly metal club The Abyss recently relaunched in Melba’s brand new function room in Surfers Paradise. RW Promotions have announced 2 May as the next event so mark the date in your calendars and come down to hear all your favourite metal and rock tracks in one of the best venues on the Coast.
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