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Attack of Sydney stoner rock: new albums from Arrowhead and Birdmouth

Posted by Lachlan

Arrowhead - AtomsmasherIt would seem that a duo of Sydney stoner rock bands have launched new this December. Birdmouth have released their debut Convalesce through Grindhead Records, while Arrowhead have put out their long-awaited full length Atomsmasher through Green Media.

Arrowhead - Atomsmasher: Well-produced stoner / desert rock trio bringing to mind Kyuss, Black Sabbath, Queens of the Stone Age and Monster Magnet. Take a listen over on ReverbNation or buy the sucka from Waterfront Records.

Birdmouth - Convalesce: Retro, blusey stoner rock oozing pure class. Calls to mind the likes of Down, Graveyard and Soundgarden. Take a listen over at YouTube (up on Bandcamp soon) or buy the sucka from Grindhead Records.


Down Australian Tour

Posted by Matt

If there ever were a metal super group to end all metal super groups, it would have to be Louisiana's Down. They first hit the scene 17 years ago, featuring members from some of metal's premiere bands (Pantera, Corrosion of Conformity, Crowbar and EyeHateGod). This is chemistry. This is the solution. This is the band people will lie about and say that they were into from the beginning. Down is a band, moulded and twisted by their environment. Passionate, focused, hanging on to their NOLA pride and upbringing, much like Louisiana's Spanish moss drifting and swaying from hurricane and termite damaged Magnolia trees. Shedding the skins of their former bands, Down now has room to breathe and a great chance of becoming one of the most profound doom-rock-blues-metal hybrids in musical history.

Only releasing new albums every 4-5 years and then fading into the shadows, Down have become renowned for letting the anticipation of their re-emergence grow within their devoted fan base. This sequence of events has happened between each of their releases, the brilliant debut 'Nola' (1995), 'Down II- A Bustle in Your Hedgerow' (2002), and now the six year wait is over with their third studio album 'Down III-Over the Under'. Inspired by tragedy — Hurricane Katrina and the death of Dimebag Darrell — it delivers an hour worth of bone crunching, doomy, blues, swamp soaked epic metal.…"I doubt we'll hear another release this year that is as hauntingly powerful and poignant as this one" – Sea Of Tranquility. Down has risen a certain flag high for every piss poor jealous fool to see. There is no label for what they do, as are there no labels for the bands that shared members with them. In what will be their first ever headline tour of Australia and coming fresh off a European tour with Metallica, Down are looking to make up for lost time…

Tickets On Sale 9am, Friday 11 July

Friday 10 October Brisbane, The Arena – 18+ Ticketek Www.Ticketek.Com.Auor 132 849, Www.Arenaonline.Com.Au & Oztix Outlets

Saturday 11 October Sydney, Unsw Roundhouse – Licensed All Ages Ticketek Www.Ticketek.Com.Au Or 132 849 & Utopia

Sunday 12 October Melbourne, Palace Theatre – 18+ Www.Ticketek.Com.Au 132 849 & Missing Link


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