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.
RIOT CITY, the Canadian Speed Metal Ball of Fury arrive on Australian soil this week and the boys will tear through the cities of Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne from February 14th to February 18th.
From the horses mouth (The Promoter) “I have seen these guys and they will be one of the biggest bands in the world one day, they play and perform at the same level as Iron Maiden, so turn up and prove me wrong”
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.
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
Greek black metal pioneers ROTTING CHRIST will embark on a journey to Australia & NZ for the first time in over a decade supported by and introducing US death groove giants JUNGLE ROT!
The group will be celebrating their 35 years of existence. The band will perform songs from their entire catalogue since 1988 in the cities of; Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne (Melbourne Dethfest 2024), Hobart, Adelaide and Auckland.
Rotting Christ has stood on the forefront of European black metal torch bearers since 1987 releasing some of the most important albums in heavy metal history including Non Serviam, Thy Mighty Contract, Rituals, The Heretics, Sanctus Diavolos (of their 13 studio albums) via labels Osmose, Century Media and Season of Mist
After 10 years of allowing the seas to settle in Australia, the Greek megaliths will once again bring their brand of black metal to Australia in May 2024:
Melbourne Dethfest is back for the third time, and in May 2024 the strongest line up we have seen will hit Melbournes ‘Stay Gold’ for all day Dethfest of monumental standards.
Rotting Christ (Greece) will headline MDF 2024 as they soar across the globe celebrating their 35th anniversary and Jungle Rot (USA) will finally make it over for the first time in Australian history. With an undercard of domestic talent so strong, prepare your ears for the following acts KING (VIC), Freedom of Fear (SA), Mammons Throne (VIC), Anoxia (From NSW and first time in Melbourne), Munitions (VIC) and Idolatry (VIC).
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).
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.
Synthwave phenomenon Daniel Deluxe (DK) will make his debut in Australia in 2024!
DD will bring his sonic soundscapes to the cities of Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne in April 2024 for the first time ever.
Emerging from the streets of Copenhagen, Daniel Deluxe has risen as a beacon in the expansive domain of electronic music.
His signature sound—a compelling marriage of bass-heavy synthwave and nuanced industrial elements—is unmistakable and unforgettable.
Each composition is meticulously crafted, bearing the weight of Deluxe’s artistic integrity. This dedication to the craft is evident in his standout contributions, with the critically acclaimed “Ghostrunner” soundtrack serving as a prime testament. This project not only showcased his versatility but also solidified his status among the elite within the industry, as the tracks resonated with fans and newcomers alike, creating a soundscape that perfectly complemented the game’s dystopian atmosphere.
On the global stage, Deluxe’s performances are nothing short of electric. Whether it’s the pulsating clubs of Europe or the expansive venues in the US, his presence is both magnetic and immersive. It’s not just about the auditory experience; it’s a communion of shared energy and passion with his audience.
With eyes set on Australia, anticipation builds for what promises to be another landmark in his touring journey. Yet, beyond the lights and accolades, at the core of Daniel Deluxe is an artist with an insatiable passion for sound, always pushing the envelope, always seeking the next sonic horizon.
Armed with some of the catchiest riffs, solos, hooks, along with some of the best vocals in the game, Riot City are bringing their Heavy Metal crown to the cities of Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne in the summer of 2024.
It is no doubt some of the bands inspiration has been taken from the greats including Bruce Dickinson (or Iron Maiden), Judas Priest, Helloween and Exciter and it seems to be a common theme throughout the emerging Canadian Heavy Metal Scene.
Their recent performances across the globe comprised of Wacken, Ironfest, Burning Festival Q, Hells Heroes with a variety of new and legendary bands across these including Tribulation, Iron Maiden, Hellripper, Possessed, Trypitkon, Razor, Exciter, Night Demon and Seven Sisters to name very few.
Catch this Electric Elite on the following dates in Australia this summer of 2024: