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12 March: Ulcerate at A Million Dead Birds Laughing at the Bald Faced Stag

Posted by Lachlan

Ulcerate and A Million Dead Birds LaughingCatch NZ dissonant death metallers Ulcerate (NZ) and Melbourne death/grind band A Million Dead Birds Laughing (VIC) this Saturday at the Bald Faced Stag. This tour was arranged by Evolutionary Touring (run by my pal Ben Terror of old Beyond Terror Beyond Grace fame) and also features Dining in Tuscany, Ignite the Ibex and FGWMWS.

Here's the Facebook event - and here's the accompanying press release:

New Zealand’s leading extreme metal export, ULCERATE, are a band that is driven to create a sonic assault of sound focused on bleak and extreme atmospheres. The 2009 release of their album ‘Everything Is Fire’ resulted in rave reviews, tours to Europe with Nile, to Australia & more, and saw their brand of dissonant metal take hold with many an extreme metal fan worldwide.

January 25, 2011 will see the release of Ulcerate’s third full-length album The Destroyers of All through Willowtip Records. Ambitious, oppressive and expansive, with a strict adherence to the tradition of total bleakness the band is becoming known for, The Destroyers of All presents the most atmospheric and challenging listen from the band to date.

I'd really like to check out Ulcerate and A Million Dead Birds - and Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt are fucking ace - but I've got a wedding to go to. I would highly recommend you guys make it down! Really solid line-up for the night.


A Million Dead Birds Laughing at the Sonic Forge Festival 2010

Ulcerate and A Million Dead Birds Laughing


Tonight: Ulcerate, Beyond Terror Beyond Grace and Dining in Tuscany

Posted by Lachlan

Tonight New Zealand technical death metal outfit Ulcerate tear up the Sandringham Hotel alongside two of Sydney's best extreme bands: Beyond Terror Beyond Grace and Dining in Tuscany.

Ulcerate: Brutal technical death metal a la Immolation and Gorguts
Beyond Terror Beyond Grace: Modern European grindcore a la Rotten Sound and Nasum
Dining in Tuscany: Epic post-hardcore black metal a la Buried Inside meets Wolves in the Throne Room

Entry is $10. If you're a self-respecting metal head you should probably be there. Never heard Ulcerate? Don't want to listen to me? Well check out their album review at Teufels Tomb and Diabolical Conquest (two of the very rare zines that I actually hold in high regard). Check it nice, fools.


Beyond Terror Beyond Grace new album pre-order, new tracks and Australian tour

Posted by Lachlan

The Australian grindcore 4-piece Beyond Terror Beyond Grace have announced a release date of February the 4th, 2010 for their new album "Our Ashes Built Mountains".

No details as to who will be releasing or distribution the album have yet come to light, but they have a pre-order available at their online store (you can secure a copy for $20 AUD, or a CD and T-Shirt combo for $40, and both come with 2 BTBG stickers).

"Our Ashes Built Mountains" was recorded, mixed and mastered by the incredible Tim Carr of Tim Carr-Theta Laboratories and 301 Studios Sydney, and features artwork by Colin Marks (Strapping Young Lad, Whitechapel, Aborted, Suicide Silence). There is also a long list of guest vocalists, including Jason Peppiatt (Psycroptic), Jarrod Krafcyk (ex-The Amenta/The Riot and the Trauma/Anchored Awake), Alex Pope (Ruins), Anna Vo (Crux), Blake Simpson (Gallows for Grace) and Tim Pope (The Amenta).

As you'd expect, two (heavily-compressed MP3 quality, MySpace-raped) cuts of the new album are listenable on their MySpace page. The amount which MySpace has clearly degraded the sound quality in its compression upsets me. As such I'm not going to make any judgements based on two low-quality MySpace sample tracks, so let me just say I am very curious and excited to see what the guys have come up with.

To support the new album, Beyond Terror Beyond Grace will take off on a 6-date national tour alongside New Zealand death metallers Ulcerate. It looks like Portal are also involved in at least the Sydney date, which is fucking awesome. Unforunately it doesnt look like Perth or Hobart are on that list.

The guys had this to say about the album:

"We are beyond happy with the results, and we feel that to say that this CD is an enormous step up musically, in production, lyrically and conceptually from the last album is a bit of an understatement. We have really made an effort to craft a complete album rather than just throwing a bunch of songs together - there are lyrical concepts, samples, ideas and motifs that thematically link throughout the whole CD. We are very much looking forward to getting it out there. More news soon, including labels, and international shows."

Beyond Terror Beyond Grace - Our Ashes Built Mountains Promo Video


More Metalstock bands revealed

Posted by Lachlan

Well Metalstock 2008 already looks fucking brilliant. Dyson of Soundworks Touring has already secured Kataklysm (Canada), Psycroptic, and Terrorust in his first round of line-up confirmations - and now the man who brought us Napalm Death and Cephalic Carnage has added Fuck I'm Dead, Five Star Prison Cell and Ebolie to the list! You shouldnt need much more reason to attend.

Unfortunately Captain Cleanoff had to pull out of the line-up. There are three more bands to be announced.

Heres the press release:

Australia’s biggest & only two day metal festival, Metalstock, scheduled for the Easter weekend in March 2008, is extremely excited to announce the second group of confirmed metal acts for this hugely anticipated event at The Manning Bar in Sydney.

Saturday March 22nd doors 3.00pm – 12.00am
Sunday March 23rd doors 3.00pm – 10.00pm

Joining KATAKLYSM, Dawn Of Azazel, Psycroptic & others will be:

Fuck..I'm Dead (VIC)
Ulcerate (NZ)
Five Star Prison Cell (VIC)
Ebolie (NSW)
Kill For Satan (ACT)
Norse (NSW)
Double Dragon (SA)
Grotesque (WA)

This second group of acts join these already confirmed acts.

Dawn Of Azazel (New Zealand)
Psycroptic (Tas)
Pathogen (WA)
Daysend (NSW)
The Furor (WA)
Terrorust (VIC)

Three more acts still to be announced. With Metalstock’s vision to make it the largest & most respected metal festival in Australia, we will soon be announcing all metal stalls, giveaways, sponsors & extra entertainment to ensure Metalstock is as metal as fuck & the best value for metal going around. So grab your fellow warriors, raise your horns, raise your beers & start preparing yourselves.


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