Debut Alain Johannes (CHL/USA) “Spark” solo Album gets an Australian Reissue!

Are you kidding me? No we are not!

Your Mate Bookings in collaboration with Disdain Records have reissued the Alain Johannes debut solo album “Spark” on Vinyl just in time for his first ever Australian tour in June 2024 – next month.

Pre Orders are available from Disdain Records but fear not, we will have plenty on tour!

What is all the fuss about “Spark”? Well “Spark” as an album was dedicated to Alain’s beloved Natasha.

This solo debut is a heartfelt, honest and hypnotic collection of songs penned to commemorate his late wife and creative partner, Natasha Shneider.

If you see this masterpiece on the merch table, do not think twice, GRAB IT!

Austrian Post Black Metal pioneers HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY will make their debut in Australia, November 2024!

For the first time ever Austrian Post Black Metal pioneers HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY will make their debut in Australia, November 2024.

The captivating group of tranquil Black Metal will play Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney.

In the past decade, HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY have become pioneers of the post black metal movement, gained a significant worldwide following with “III: Trauma” and even entered the German charts on #4 with their latest album “Maere”.

Ever since their conception in 2011, the Austrian duo has drawn fans and critics deeper and deeper into the maelstrom of their melancholy, self-hate and anger, and toured relentlessly in Europe, Asia and North and South America. With M.S.‘s captivating guitar melodies and J.J.‘s lyrics, ridden with trauma, delirium and loss, their unique mixture of extreme metal and post rock has created an inescapable void.

Thursday 14/11 Crowbar, Sydney

Friday 15/11 The Baso, Canberra

Saturday 16/11 The Corner, Melbourne

Sunday 17/11 The Zoo, Brisbane

Tickets available from www.yourmatebookings.com

Skeletal Remains (USA) Return to Australia in August 2024 with Anoxia!

SKELETAL REMAINS (USA)

“Fragments Of The Ageless” Australia Tour 2024

Old School Death Metal Force of Destruction SKELETAL REMAINS will make their return to Australia this August 2024 to blaze you with a live experience of their latest crushing album Fragments of the Ageless.

The group featuring Mike De La O (guitars), Chris Monroy (guitars/vocals), Pierce Williams (drums), and newcomer Brian Rush (bass)—kept busy after their much-hailed The Entombment of Chaos landed into a chaotic world in 2020 and rather than sit idle, SKELETAL REMAINS will return to Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Canberra this August 2024 joined by Sydney based merchants of skull bludgeoning Death Metal ANOXIA on all shows!

The principal songwriting for Fragments of the Ageless started during the pandemic but picked up considerable steam once the band were back on the road in 2022, where they played countless shows and festivals in the U.S., Europe, South America, Central America, and Australia. With Pierce and Brian fully in the fold, Monroy and De La O found themselves, in a way, back to square one, namely the “entire band effort” that comprised their 2012 debut, Beyond the Flesh. The savage DNA of Skeletal Remains is intact, but it’s been altered—no, improved!—iteratively to attack more, devour absolutely, and technically inspire. Tracks like video singles “Void of Despair,” “To Conquer the Devout,” “Relentless Appetite,” as well as deeper album cuts “Forever in Sufferance,” “Verminous Embodiment,” and “Unmerciful” are ravenous.

“It’s more brutal than the last one,” says Monroy. “We were pushing ourselves to be more extreme—vibing on that as much as possible. Obviously, we’re not tech-death now, but I think we took inspiration from the techier side of things. We took things up a notch and dialed in on the technicality and ever-increasing intensity while maintaining catchiness. We still have songs like ‘Eternal Hatred’ [from The Entombment of Chaos]. There’s always room for super-simple mid-paced songs in Skeletal Remains. On one end, we’ve increased in density and brutality; on the other, we wrote a few songs with longer and more ‘epic’ structures. ‘Fragments’ is simply the next evolutionary step in our sound.”

Wednesday 21/8 Soapbox, Brisbane

Thursday 22/8 Marrickville Bowlo, Sydney

Friday 23/8 Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide

Saturday 24/8 The Leadbeater, Melbourne

Sunday 25/8 The Baso, Canberra

Tickets will sell out for most shows so grab yours from here: www.yourmatebookings.com

Presented by Your Mate Bookings, Grindhead Productions, Utopia Records & New Dead Promotions

Alain Johannes (CHL/USA) Debut Australian Tour June 2024

Chilean-American multi-instrumentalist Alain Johannes will bring the magick of his music to Australia in June 2024.

Alain Johannes is a master behind the scenes, who wrote and had a hand in some of the worlds biggest artists current and past including QOTSA, Chris Cornell, Eleven, PJ Harvey, Them Crooked Vultures, No Doubt, Arctic Monkeys and more.

12/6 Stranded Bar, Brisbane

13/6 Pleasure Club, Sydney

15/6 Baroque Room, Katoomba

16/6 The Baso, Canberra

19/6 Altar, Hobart

20/6 The Cranker, Adelaide

21/6 Medusa Bar, Geelong

22/6 Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

🎟 TICKETS FROM: https://linktr.ee/yourmatebookings

Artwork by the very talented God-Awful

Jazz Sabbath (UK) make their Australian Debut this July 2024!

For the first time in Australia; Jazz Sabbath.

Jazz Sabbath is a jazz trio from the UK that plays (instrumental) jazz interpretations of Black Sabbath songs. Helmed by pianist Adam Wakeman (Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band since 2004), Jazz Sabbath has been exploring the boundaries between jazz and the songs that defined heavy metal with sold out shows throughout Europe. Echoing already present jazz riffs and discovering new ones.

Presenting themselves as a jazz trio formed in 1968 and being the original writers of the tracks, later made famous by Black Sabbath, they released their self-titled debut album in 2020. In April 2022 they released Vol.2, which entered the Billboard jazz album chart at #6. Their albums’ streaming count is in the millions and both albums got special Record Store Day Mono editions, which sold out within days.

On the albums Adam is joined by Ash Soan on drums and Jerry Meehan on bass, plus a list of guest musicians, such as Simon McBride (Deep Purple) and Gus G (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne). However, all go by their 1960s pseudonyms.

Dates and Cities:

24/7 Old Museum, Brisbane

25/7 Pleasure Club, Sydney (Newtown) – Register Here

26/7 Pleasure Club, Sydney (Newtown) – Register Here

27/7 Brunswick Ballroom, Melbourne

Tickets available from www.yourmatebookings.com

PRESENTED BY YOUR MATE BOOKINGS & JAZZ SABBATH

Quotes:

I really love this – Ozzy Osbourne
Amazing interpretations – Tony Iommi

Press quotes Rock/Mainstream media

+It is fantastic – BBC radio
+ Some of the finest Sabbath covers ever – Decibel Magazine
+ Never has heavy metal been so groovy – MetalTalk
+ Spectacular renditions – Metal Injection
+ So chill and enjoyable – Loudwire
+ Fiendishly clever – Metal Rules

Press quotes Jazz media

+ An original concept and great musicianship – Jazz Journal
+ The music delivers – NYC Jazz Record
+ A roaring success – Jazzwise Magazine
+ The music is much bigger than the imagined legend – Jazz ‘n More
+ Stunning – Jazz & Mo

Cirith Ungol (USA) and Night Demon (USA) play Australia in 2024

For the first time in history world renowned Heavy Metal Legends CIRITH UNGOL will make their debut in Australia for the first and last time in May/June 2024!

Supported by and introducing US heavy metal trio NIGHT DEMON, the pair will hit Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne for one of the most paramount moments in Australian heavy metal history.

Ventura Californias ‘Cirith Ungol’ formed in the 70’s, forging their own brand of hard/progressive rock, only one year after Black Sabbath’s debut birthed the genre.

Considered an early player in both doom and power metal, the band’s obsession with Tolkienic sword-and-sorcery blazed a trail for much of metal as it’s known today. 

After a 25 year hiatus, the band reformed in 2016, taking heavy metal by the throat re-releasing past albums and a new album in 2020 which would gain world-wide attention and respect, instantly signing to Metal Blade Records.

2023 saw the band release their final album Dark parade with a solid line up of players featuring the one and only Tim Baker (Vocals) along with some original and new members of the band including Jim Barraza (Guitars), Robert Garven (Drums), Greg Lindstrom (Guitars) and Jarvis Leatherby (Bass).

Dates:

29.05.2024 The Zoo, Brisbane

30.05.2024 The Basement, Canberra

31.05.2024 Marrickville Bowlo, Sydney

1.06.2024 The Corner, Melbourne

Tickets available from www.yourmatebookings.com

Proudly presented by Your Mate Bookings, Metal Evilution and Utopia Records

CIRITH UNGOL BIOGRAPHY

Few bands in the history of the heavy metal underground have a story as

remarkable, improbable, or uplifting as that of Cirith Ungol. It is a tale of pioneering

innovation, crushing disappointment, self-imposed exile, populist fervor, and,

ultimately, global redemption.

The band was formed in Ventura, California, in the early 1970s, long before the rigid

tropes and ironclad traditions that define today’s heavy metal genre had taken

shape. There was no rulebook, no template to follow, so Cirith Ungol simply made it

up as they went along, allowing their imaginations to run amok and their creativity

to be their guide. Musically, Cirith Ungol emerged from the 1970’s hard rock /

progressive rock tradition epitomized by the likes of Grand Funk Railroad, Blue

Oyster Cult and Sir Lord Baltimore.

Rather than passively channeling their

influences, the band was driven to forge an altogether heavier, darker, more

apocalyptic sound. According to drummer Robert Garven, even in those early days,

before heavy metal as we know it existed, the band’s burning ambition was to play

“the heaviest metal known to man.” Cirith Ungol’s lyrical approach was profoundly

influenced by the high fantasy literature of J.R.R. Tolkien (from whose Lord of the

Rings opus they derived their name) and Michael Moorcock, fittingly enough

because co-founding members Garven and guitarist Greg Lindstrom first met in a

seventh-grade English literature class.

For years, the fledgling Cirith Ungol (which also included co-founder Jerry Fogle on

guitar and, from 1976 onward, Tim Baker on vocals) practiced in a bedroom at

Garven’s parents’ house. There they honed their musical vision into something

utterly unique and prescient. Baker’s anguished howls from the fiery pits of Hades,

Fogle’s inventive and otherworldly lead guitar work, and Garven’s unorthodox

drumming coalesced into a sound the world had never experienced before. It was

obscure and arcane, mysterious and eccentric, epic and expansive, but most of all

unfailingly, bone-crushingly heavy, dark and doom-filled.

NIGHT DEMON BIOGRAPHY

For more than a decade, Night Demon have defiantly flown the flag of traditional heavy metal, unwavering in the face of shifting industry trends and unscarred by global calamities.

The band erupted onto the underground heavy metal scene with a self-titled four-song EP in 2012.  Showcasing a sound forged in a deep-seated passion for the New Wave of British Heavy Metal melded to distinctly American muscle and swagger, and embracing a rigorous touring schedule, Night Demon quickly gained momentum in the USA and Europe.  In January 2015, the band released their first full-length album, Curse of the Damned, which refined the band’s trademark sound and garnered widespread acclaim by fans and critics alike.  To promote the record, Night Demon hit the killing road for the better part of two years, crisscrossing the United States multiple times, touring the European market relentlessly, and even veering off the beaten path with extensive dates in Mexico, South America and Latin America.

These festival slots included Rockhard Sweden, Mexico Metal Fest, Hells Heroes, Keep It True, Up The Hammers, Burning Festival, Rock of Ages and a dozen more!

Now after the one EP and three full length albums, and dozens of massive support slots and festivals across the globe, the band is ready to take on Australia for the first time ever as they share their brand of traditional heavy metal.

ALAIN JOHANNES (CHL/USA) Announces FREE Meet and Greet & more dates for his Australian and New Zealand in June 2024

Chilean-American multi-instrumentalist ALAIN JOHANNES will bring the magick of his music to Australia & New Zealand in June 2024 and hes just announced some more dates along with a FREE MEET AND GREET after every show!

Catch this maestro on tour in June for some beautiful and intimate shows:
12/6 Brisbane
13/6 Sydney
14/6 Sydney
15/6 Katoomba
16/6 Canberra
19/6 Hobart
20/6 Adelaide
21/6 Geelong
22/6 Melbourne
24/6 Beechworth
28/6 Wellington, NZ

Tickets from www.yourmatebookings.com

ROTTING CHRIST (GR) and JUNGLE ROT (USA) TOUR AUS THIS WEEK AND MOST OF THE SHOWS ARE SOLD OUT!

Need we say anymore, Rotting Christ are finally back on Australian soil this week with Jungle Rot (USA) making their Aussie debut for the first time in 30 years!

This monstrous package will play the following shows below from 1/5 to 6/5 down the east coast:

1/5 The Zoo, Brisbane (SELLING FAST)

2/5 Crowbar, Sydney (SOLD OUT)

3/5 The Baso, Canberra (SELLING FAST)

4/5 Melbourne Dethfest 2024 at Stay Gold, Melbourne

5/5 Stay Gold, Melbourne (Extra 50 Tickets ON SALE NOW)

6/5 The Gaso, Collingwood (SELLING FAST)

TICKETS HERE NOW: https://linktr.ee/yourmatebookings

Rotting Christ (GR) & Jungle Rot (USA) Australian & NZ Tour 2024 Update

The Rotting Christ and Jungle Rot tour of Australia and New Zealand is fast approaching us and a few of the shows have already SOLD OUT with many others selling very fast.

In saying that we advise you to get on to the dates below, click away and grab yours now!

Sunday April 28th – Valhalla (Jungle Rot Headline show with STALKER and Dole Bludger – NO RC)

Wednesday May 1st – The Zoo, Brisbane (Selling Fast)

Thursday May 2nd – Crowbar, Sydney (Selling Fast)

Friday May 3rd – The Baso, Canberra (Selling Fast)

Saturday May 4th – MDF 2024 at Stay Gold, Melbourne (SOLD OUT)

Sunday May 5th – Stay Gold, Melbourne (SOLD OUT)

Monday May 6th – The Gaso, Melbourne (Selling Fast)

Tuesday May 7th – Altar, Hobart

Wednesday May 8th – Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide

Friday May 10th – The Mothership, Auckland NZ

UNTIL THEN, NON FKN SERVIAM!

Indian Raging Heavy Metal Lords KRYPTOS make their Australian Debut this Summer 2024!

Indian Raging heavy metal lords KRYPTOS will make their debut on Australian soil in 2024!

The group will bring their force of danger down the east coast of Australia, liquidating the cities Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Geelong, Melbourne & Canberra in October and November 0f 2024!

Formed 1998 in Bangalore, India KRYPTOS have long been considered as a band that has spearheaded the Indian heavy metal Revolution.

Playing alongside and supporting some of the biggest acts in heavy metal including Iron Maiden, Testament, Exodus and many more; the band has taken slots at the following festivals as well Inferno Metal Festival (NO), Wacken Open Air (DE) (Many Times)

Kryptos will bring their raging steel to Australia this Summer of 2024 and anyone with an inkling of respect for the old school tradition of metal has no excuse in attending this heavy metal attack.

DATES & VENUES:

31/10 Thursday – Stranded Bar, Brisbane

1/11 Friday – The Baso, Canberra 

2/11 Saturday – Marrickville Bowlo, Sydney 

3/11 Sunday – Medusa Bar, Geelong

4/11 Monday – The Gaso, Melbourne (Melbourne Cup Eve)

7/11 Thursday – The Newy, Newcastle 

TICKETS HERE

Japanese Kraut/Psych Rock MINAMI DEUTSCH have landed in Australia and they will tour the East Coast this week!

Japanese Krautrock band MINAMI DEUTSCH will make their way back to Australia in March 2024!

The group will play their first full Australian tour in the cities of Perth (Spliffs n Riffs Festival), Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne & Lorne.

The group made their debut in December 2022, playing the exclusive Meredith Festival, Melbourne and Brisbane to sold out crowds (with all shows selling out before doors).

Plenty of Japanese bands have been inspired by the motorik pace of early-’70s German outfits, but Minami Deutsch focus on a very specific period in krautrock history. Their earliest releases and self-titled 2015 debut album drew on the scene’s primordial days, particularly the locked-in rhythms of the first two Neu! albums. On record and in live settings, they excel at reproducing this sound—it’s not shocking to learn that they’ve jammed with Damo Suzuki. Listening to Minami Deutsch, though, you can start longing to hear the pioneering sounds of Neu! 2 instead.

It seems Minami Deutsch have been passed the torch from Kikagaku Moyo (After going on hiatus) and the hunger Australia has for the Japanese talent continues to soar in a new direction, the incredible primordial groovy Krautrock Minami Deutsch brings to the table.

DATES

Sunday 3/3 Spliffs and Riffs Festival, Perth

Wednesday 6/3 Stranded Bar, Brisbane

Thursday 7/3 Marrickville Bowlo, Sydney

Friday 8/3 The Cranker, Adelaide

Saturday 9/3 The Leadbeater, Melbourne

Sunday 10/3 Lorne Theatre, Lorne