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WA's melodic metallers Voyager travel to Europe next month and are holding a huge send-off gig this Friday, 1st September @ Club Capitol - 393 Murray St, Perth. Helping to celebrate will be support bands Malignant Monster, Plague and Pyromesh. There will also be giveaways and a guest DJ from RTRFM's Critical Mass.
In Europe throughout September/October, Voyager will perform at a select number of shows including the Progpower Europe festival (alongside Ephel Duath, Textures and Scar Symmetry, among others) in the Netherlands. Additionally, they will head to Berlin's Popkomm music exhibition to help promote the band and their up-coming album uniVerse, scheduled for release early '07.
Entry is only $10 and doors open at 8PM so get down there early so you don't miss out on some of WA's finest. Voyager merch will be available on the night, plus a Prime Cuts Music stand will be there for anyone looking to pick up a bargin.
After 16 years and raising tens of thousands of dollars for Alec Hurley and the National Brain Injury Foundation, the organisers for Canberra's Metal For The Brain festival (Australia's premier extreme music festival) have announced that this year will be the finale.
Headlined by very special guests brutal death metallers Skinless (US) and featuring 40 of the country's top extreme acts (including Alchemist (ACT), Fuck...I'm Dead (VIC), Alarum (VIC), Infernal Method (NSW), Lord (NSW) and WA's own Choke, The Furor and Plague, among others), the event will take place at the University Of Canberra Refactory on November 6th. Tickets are on sale through Ticketek now.
Unfortunately, the show's costs and expenses continue to grow and are becoming increasingly hard to buget and plan for. The organisers would like to send out their thanks and respect to the huge amount of fans and bands that have participated in the shows over the years.
To anyone who hasn't grabbed a copy already, this month's issue of UK extreme music magazine Terrorizer contains a 5 & a 1/2 page "Scene Report" on Australian metal! The feature includes profiles for bands including Alarum, The Amenta, Psycroptic and Terrorust, among others; labels Grindhead Records and Battlegod Productions; and venues from around the country.
It also has interviews with Strapping Young Lad and the cover gracing US thrash metal legends Slayer, plus heaps more. As a bonus you get a FREE double-sided Slayer poster. If that isn't enough, there's also a FREE Fear Candy 31 17-track compilation cd, containing new songs from Stapping Young Lad, Skinless, Metal Church, Voivod and many others.
Goth musician and International Music Managers' Forum member Jacinta Arcadia (formerly based in Melbourne-now Amsterdam) of Australian Metal Touring is currently seeking bands for their European/Australian touring programs. Artist already signed up include Destroyer 666(VIC), Alarum (VIC), Rev Kriss Hades (NSW), Tourettes (NSW), and Dawn Of Azazel (NZ), among others.
In conjunction with AMT, Tourettes are scheduled to perform at Germany's annual Wacken Open Air festival this August during their tour through Eurpoe, while Destroyer 666 will venture to South America and Mexico for the first time as Australian Metal Touring branches out to the US. Anyone interested can check out the AMT website (www.AustralianMetalTouring.com). For more info you can also have a read through Arcadia's feature article and Wacken/Popkomm press release.
A stack of Australian tours have been announced for the coming months. International artists such as Dark Tranquility, Black Label Society, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nevermore, Cannibal Corpse, Fear Factory, DevilDriver, Leaves Eyes and Atrocity are all scheduled to head down under before the year is out, and there are plenty more in the works.
Check out the calander for dates or have a look through the forum for more info.