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What is to become of Sydney University’s Manning Bar?

Posted by Lachlan

What is to become of Sydney University's Manning Bar? That is the question circling around my head at the moment.

There were rumors a few months ago that Sydney University's Student Union (USU) had voted to ban certain styles of music of events from using Manning Bar - and now it looks like those rumors are true.

An article today in the Sydney Morning Herald confirms as much - that there will be a "ban" on music that is considered "too risky". The example given is Necro; a (very crappy) 'gore rapper' who raps about violence and death.

Why the ban? Because Sydney University wants to re-brand itself as an "Ivy League" institution, and are currently reviewing the music policy to curb "anti-social behaviour and alcohol".

Now let's get back to realism here; with a capacity of around 1,000, the Manning Bar is one of the only reasonable venues left in Sydney for international bands, and possibly the only venue of it's size with very good live sound quality. This is very, very disheartening news. It should be more than apparent that metal, grind, hardcore (and so on) will more than likely be facing the axe.

In the next few months alone the Manning Bar will host Meshuggah, Isis, Baroness, Converge, Genghis Tron and Between the Buried and Me. If we lose this venue, both Australian bands and countless international acts are going to have a very, very hard time playing in Sydney. The only equivalent venues left that come to mind is the UNSW Roundhouse - which as AWFUL live sound.

I can barely recall how many dozens of awesome shows I've been to at Manning Bar. All age shows have already been banned. Very, very sad news. Let's hope nothing comes of it.

Link to SMH article.
Link to Mess + Noise article.


Code of Lies ‘The Age of Disgrace’ out now on Grindhead Records

Posted by Lachlan

CODE OF LIES - THE AGE OF DISGRACEGrindhead Records is proud to announce the release of the debut MCD The Age of Disgrace from Australian newcomers Code of Lies.

Hailing from Orange in NSW, Code of Lies play a modern style of groove-laden, hybrid technical death/grind drawing influences from a wide range of extreme metal genres. The Age of Disgrace contains a dynamic mix of guttural lows and raging high vocals backed with thick, intricate guitar work and blasting drums that hit harder than a spinkick to the face.

Code of Lies balance the level of technical ability of bands like Cephalic Carnage and Psyopus with the sheer intense aggression of Nasum and Pig Destroyer influenced grindcore and the complex sense of melody and groove from Between the Buried and Me and The Haunted. With The Age of Disgrace as an extremely impressive debut, Code of Lies have established themselves as a new talent to watch out for in the Australian extreme scene.

Swarm of Vultures MP3

Available now for $12 AUD (within Australia) or $10 USD (worldwide). See for more info.


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