Metalbytes for March 2015

Soundwave headliners Faith No More have announced the title and release date for their long awaited new album Sol Invictus. The new release marks the band’s first full length album since 1997’s Album of the year and will be available 15 May. Hopefully the band doesn’t make their fans wait another 18 years for a follow up.

The Soundwave festival app is now available for free to download for iphone and Android to help you navigate your way through the festival. The app lets you view maps of the venues in your state and also set times which are updated if there are any last minute changes. It’s easy to find in the app store so get busy.

Had enough of seeing Kanye West in your social media newsfeeds over the last couple of weeks? Well so have Steel Panther, who have released a new song dedicated to the jerk who just can’t seem to keep his mouth shut and let anyone who isn’t Beyoncé win an award. The lyrics for the song are pretty brutal and like many of Panther’s songs it isn’t for those easily offended but leave it up to everyone’s favourite glam-metal comedy band to have their say! Classic stuff! You can view the song now on the band’s YouTube channel.

One of the best live bands on the planet, Machine Head, has just announced their much anticipated Australian tour in June. The band released their amazing eighth studio album Bloodstone & Diamonds in November to rave reviews and fans have been hanging to see them back on Australian shores. Machine Head play Eatons Hill Hotel on Saturday 27 June and tickets are on sale now.

Swedish melodic death metal masters SOILWORK will release their highly anticipated first ever live DVD/BluRay, Live In The Heart Of Helsinki on 13 March through Nuclear Blast. The gig was recorded during the band’s special Helsinki show on in March 2014 at the Circus Club in the Finnish capital and features guest appearances by Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH, REVAMP) and Nathan J. Biggs (SONIC SYNDICATE).

One of metal’s most influential drummers, George Kollias from Nile will be in the country in March for a drum clinic and intensive workshop tour. Even if you aren’t a drummer this is one night not to be missed as George shows off his amazing skills and talks to fans about his career and music. Catch Kollias 4 March at Brisbane Tafe. Tickets on sale through Oztix.

Super charged power metallers and Soundwave favourites Dragonforce will release their debut DVD In The Line of Fire on 10 July through 3Wise Records. Shot at their headline show at the Loud Park Festival in Tokyo, the set features songs from their latest album Maximum Overload and many other classic Dragonforce tracks from previous albums. Don’t forget to catch the guys at the Soundwave Festival in your state for one of the most fun live shows you will ever see!

Gold Coast death metal band Eternal Torment have released their debut EP Descent into Madness. The band recorded the CD with Nik Carpenter at Core studios and it is one of the heaviest releases to come out of Queensland so far this year. Get your copy now through their Bandcamp page.

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