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Camp Cope have today revealed their music video for “searing” single ‘The Opener’ filmed at Sydney Opera House, and announced local supports for their upcoming March national tour with Chastity Belt (USA). In what will be some of their only headline shows for 2018, Camp Cope are touring in support of their forthcoming 2nd album How To Socialise & Make Friends, out Friday March 2 through Poison City Records.

Watch the video for ‘The Opener’ here. Tickets to remaining shows are on sale now – full ticketing details are listed below. How To Socialise & Make Friends (LP) is out March 2 and is available to pre-order now.

After selling out two shows as part of Vivid LIVE, Camp Cope returned back under the iconic Sails to film their new single ‘The Opener’ live in the stunning Utzon Room – named after Danish Architect Jørn Utzon, who designed Sydney Opera House. The video shows Camp Cope playing against views of Sydney Harbour and the Botanic Gardens, the vibrant tapestry of Utzon’s own design which adorns the western wall, and the dramatic concrete beams of the Sails across the ceiling. This is the first time a punk band, and a band of only female members, has been filmed live at the House.

Camp Cope - "The Opener" (Live at Sydney Opera House) - YouTube

Camp Cope are touring this March in support of their forthcoming 2nd album How To Socialise & Make Friends, out Friday March 2 through Poison City Records. Joined by Chastity Belt (USA) for the national run, Adelaide and Melbourne have both sold out, with a second Melbourne show at Thornbury Theatre on Thursday 15 March on sale now. Erica Freas (RVIVR) will join them in Hobart and the newly added 2nd Melbourne show, with Waterfall Person opening for the sold out Melbourne date. Kelly Lloyd (Screamfeeder) will join them in Brisbane, She’s The Band opens at their sold out show in Adelaide, Moaning Lisa will support in Canberra, with The Nah opening in Wollongong and Sports Bra in Sydney.

Camp Cope’s forthcoming sophomore album How To Socialise & Make Friends anchors on the cycles of life, loss and growth through resilience and those moments of finding and being yourself. It celebrates the joys of being an independent unit and knowing who you are without any influence from external factors, and non-romantic love felt towards friends; the women who shape you and women working together to find strength in numbers. A raw account of sexual assault and the feelings of isolation that follow is painted, while the album closer shows Georgia solo, singing of her late father’s battle with cancer and their close friendship that prevails, even in death.

First single ‘The Opener’ is an honest portrayal of their experience as women in music. It was labelled “searing” by Pitchfork and “all-too-real” by SPIN, with Stereogum including it in their best tracks of the week.

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One of Montreal’s most reputable and celebrated melodic extreme metal acts KARKAOS is proud to unleash their new music video “Tyrants” off their latest offering “Children of The Void” featuring new vocalist Viky Boyer, drummer Justine Ethier (Blackguard) and lead guitarist Samael Pelletier along with collaborations with guest artists Lindsay Schoolcraft (Cradle of Filth) and Morgan Lander (Kittie).

The bands comments:

“Karkaos is extremely proud to release its new video for the song ‘’Tyrants’’. This new video crafted by JP Charlebois, known for his work with Ion Dissonance and Slaves On Dope, is the perfect visual vessel to bring this song to your screen by being as brutal, relentless and intricate as the song itself.

We felt that Tyrants was the perfect song to give a second and different look to Children Of The Void. Its powerful meaning can easily be applied to our world and the weird times we all seem to be going through. We need to remember that we will always be stronger united than divided and this song is a testament to people taking the lead when our leaders couldn’t. Make sure to watch it and share it with your friends and pick up a copy of the album or some merch if you enjoyed it.”

KARKAOS - TYRANTS (OFFICIAL VIDEO) - YouTube

“Children of The Void” was recorded, mastered and mixed with Christian Donaldson and Marc-o Frechette at The Grid (The Agonist, Cryptopsy, Neuraxis, Beyond Creation) and Silverwings Studios for keyboards (Blackguard, Ex-Deo , Distoriam) in Montreal, QC. The artwork was made by the immensely talented Marcela Bolívar while the layout was done by Fred Riverin from I Legion.

“Children of The Void” available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all major online retailers.

Track Listing:
1. Babel
2. Skymaster
3. Kolossòs
4. Let the Curtain fall
5. Pale
6. Children of The Void
7. Rêverie 
8. Tyrants
9. Where Mushrooms Grow
10. Lightbearer
11. The Beast

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He hits our shores in March and now due to overwhelming demand Andrew Strong has added a 2nd Melbourne Show! This show will take place on Tuesday 13th March at the Croxton Bandroom. Tickets are on sale NOW via: https://tickets.metropolistouring.com/Default.aspx?Event=82970

The gritty underground scene of Northside Dublin in the 1980s, the social unrest of the time…THE COMMITMENTS was a film which captured many a phenomena, though none more resounding than the talents of ANDREW STRONG.

In 1991, Strong was introduced to the world through his portrayal of Declan “Deco” Cuffe, lead vocalist of fictional Irish soul band THE COMMITMENTS from the film of the same name. Now, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the award-winning film, Strong will be returning to Australia to perform the classic soundtrack in full.

Following the trials and tribulations of vocalist Deco, his band and their starry-eyed manager Jimmy Rabbitte. THE COMMITMENTS was released to critical acclaim (Collecting 4 BAFTA’s) with the sound track selling over 12 million copies. Andrew was nominated for a BAFTA AWARD for Best Supporting Role and also for a Grammy for his Contribution in The Commitments.

A huge commercial success in its own right, THE COMMITMENTS soundtrack spent 51 weeks in the ARIA Top 40 peaking at #1. Since announcing plans to mark 25 years since the first performing the music, Strong has sold out venues all over the world, testament to the impact the film, and music, had on the world.

ANDREW STRONG AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES

Friday 9th March – Tweed Heads – Twin Towns
Saturday 10th March – Brisbane – Eatons Hill Hotel
Sunday 11th March – Canberra – Canberra Theatre
Tuesday 13th March – Melbourne – Croxton Bandroom (new show)
Wednesday 14th March – Sydney – Factory Theatre
Friday 16th March – Melbourne – 170 Russell
Thursday 22nd March – Adelaide – The Gov
Friday 23rd March – Perth – Astor Theatre

TICKETS
Presale – Wednesday 22nd Nov 9am (local time through to onsale)
On sale – Friday 24th Nov 9am (local time)

From: https://metropolistouring.com/andrew-strong-the-commitments/

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Ram-Raid Entertainment and Soggybones have teamed up to bring you the debut instalment of WA’s newest, and skate lovin’ shindig – SOGGYFEST, presented over two skate punk fuelled shows in Dunsborough and Perth.

Heading up the lineups for both shows will be the Sydney duo of hardcore legends TOE TO TOE who are pumped following the release of their latest album “Rise Up”, and rising punk rockers BARE BONES, who on the back of the 2017 debut album “Bad Habits”, will be coming hot off supporting the likes of Stonesour, The Bronx and Rise Against.

Joining both interstaters will be a soggy selection of the filthiest West Aussie rock bands this side of the Darling Ranges – BEERFRIDGE – THE DECLINE – HOMESTATE – FREAK VIBE – SCYATIC – WORLDS APART and NO BRAINER, all dropping in on the bowl to celebrate 2 shows of good times and soggy vibes with the good folk at Soggybones.

Born during 2010 in WA’s South West as an electronic and print magazine with a heavy focus on the best local, national and international skateboarding, surfing, music and art stories, Soggybones has developed its core as a skate driven brand with emphasis on counter culture, now reinforced with two bricks and mortar skate stores in Dunsborough and Perth.

With a vision to build culture that provides a physical version of the magazine they created; skateboarding, art, live music and good times, the Soggybones brand has grown to include 16 sponsored skaters (Australia Wide), clothing design and hand prints and skateboarding coaching clinics, and continually pushes the WA skate scene with regular comps and events.

SOGGYFEST 2018
*GET YA SOGGY ON in WA THIS MARCH with 2 RIPPING SHOWS OF ROCK over 1 TRUCK GRINDIN WEEKEND*

“SOUTH WEST EDITION” – FRIDAY 9 MARCH – DUNSBOROUGH TAVERN (18+) – DOORS 8:30PM
starring TOE TO TOE (Syd.) – BARE BONES (Syd.) – BEERFRIDGE – FREAK VIBE – SCYATIC

“PERTH ALL AGES EDITION” – SATURDAY 10 MARCH – VISION STUDIOS (ALL AGES) – DOORS 1:30PM
starring TOE TO TOE (Syd.) – BARE BONES (Syd.) – THE DECLINE – HOMESTATE – WORLDS APART – NO BRAINER

plus SOGGY SOUNDS – BAND MERCH – GOOD TIMES & SOGGY VIBES!

Tickets On Sale Now!
Online:  www.oztix.com.au & www.heatseeker.com.au  Phone: 1300 762 585
In Person from: The Dunsborough Tavern, Soggy Bones Dunsborough & Soggy Bones Perth

Presented by Ram-Raid Entertainment, Soggy Bones & Beerfridge Records
For full event information and updates visit: www.facebook.com/soggyfest 

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Since its inception in 2007 ‘The Studio’s In The City’ has been home to some of Australia’s finest acts, producers and engineers.

Located in Melbourne’s iconic suburb of Brunswick (which appropriately hosts the highest concentration of songwriters in the Southern Hemisphere according to APRA) the recording studio has been responsible for producing a plethora of top charting records. Acclaimed alumni include Calling All Cars (Top 20 Aria Debut, Triple J Album Of The Week) Villainy (2 x top ten album debuts) Young And The Restless (J Award – Unearthed Album Of The Year,  Triple J Album Of The Week) High Tension (ARIA nominated), The Getaway Plan, Northeast Party House and The VANNS. It has also seen legendary producers Matt Lovell (3 x ARIA Engineer Of The Year, Eskimo Joe, The Mess Halls and Shihad) Jaz Coleman (Killing Joke) James Lewis (Arctic Monkeys / CeeLo Green / Charli XCX), Kurt Ballou (Converge / Kvelertak / Four Year Strong) frequent it’s facilities alongside the permanent all-star cast of engineering production and mixing wizards Samuel K  and Jon Grace.

At the helm for the past decade has been none other than founding Shihad member, legendary producer, VVV Mgmt (Killing Heidi, The Vanns, Dear Seattle, Darren Middleton, Eliza and the Delusionals) and Signal Artist Development Accelerator head honcho plus general all round top bloke Tom Larkin. “I founded the studio’s in 2007 when I happened upon a project studio for long term rent – I moved a ramshackle amount of equipment in there and began work straight away on the debut album for a band called Young & Restless, that record went on to win a J award for Unearthed Album Of The Year”.

Known for its nurturing environment, the studio has garnered a well-deserved reputation as the best in the biz;

“I’ve been lucky enough to have worked in some of the world’s most renowned studios, yet nothing really compares to the warm, welcoming and creatively nourishing environment. I feel very much at home there” Matthew Wright The Getaway Plan

Tom Larkin is one of the best producers I’ve worked with. He’s someone who listens and understands your dreams and hopes for the project, and he’ll make you work hard for it. He knows what you’re capable of, even when you don’t think you have it in yourself. I recall many times when he heard ‘magic’ in a take when no one else picked it up or intended for it. He brings the best out of you and each member of your band. He’s got an incredible approach to producing — he somehow understands your poorly articulated ideas and knows what to do to execute it in a technical sense. He’ll make things sound HUGE. He’ll humour your ideas but he’ll also let you know if something is shit. Young & Restless’ debut album received the inaugural Triple J Unearthed J Award & SOYA Award and High Tension’s ‘Death Beat’ album received an ARIA nomination for best heavy album — not a coincidence that Tom produced both of these”. Karina Utomo High Tension

A recent upgrade to the the API 1608 console takes Homesurgery Recordings to yet again another level, “The sonics of the API 1608 make it feel like the console was tailored for Homesurgery. Wide and punchy has always been our M.O and this thing delivers in spades. It is also remarkably easy to use when you consider the wealth of on-board features it provides, and its plug-and-play nature makes it a phenomenal creative tool” Jon Grace. Producer/ Mixer Samuel K elaborates“As a fan of big bass, huge punch, distortion on everything and a massive stereo image, the API suits me perfectly. I felt a connection with the thing as soon as it arrived and that connection continues to grow with each session. We’ve been through a lot of center stages at Homesurgeryand the API is the first one that made the studio sound bigger. Like, ‘holy shit!’ big.”

Homesurgery Recordings borrows from the legacy and experience of the past decade, with killer gear, in a great room, allowing artists imagination to take flight. “We have now arrived at a point where that manifesto now flows through the whole studio,  it made sense to refocus the team and the studio under the ‘Homesurgery’ banner. Its a name that speaks to both the our collective respect for craft and detail, through to the ethos of providing a comfortable. relaxed and creative environment around the artist “ Tom Larkin.

www.homesurgeryrecordings.com

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Los Angeles-based rockers Edge of Paradise created a buzz with their five-song EP, ‘Alive’, last year, and have a busy 2018 planned – which will only help spread the word further about this fast-rising band. Comprised of members Margarita Monet – vocals, Dave Bates – guitar, David Ruiz – second guitar, Nick Ericson – bass, and John Chominsky – drums, Edge of Paradise will be appearing on a bill headlined by Metal Allegiance on January 25th at the House of Blues in Anaheim (also appearing on the bill will be Wednesday 13, Superfix, and Musician Institute Band).

“We are really looking forward to sharing the stage with these great bands,” says Monet. “NAMM week is always an exciting time for us, so see you guys out there! We’ve got an awesome set prepared, and will also give you a taste of what the new album will sound like. We got big plans for 2018, and can’t think of a better way to kickstart the year!”

“We are excited to be sharing the stage with the guys from Metal Allegiance and some other great bands. We will be performing songs from ‘Alive,’ as well as ‘Face of Fear,’ one of the songs from the upcoming album. We are representing 3D Rockstars, a brand that prints life-size 3D vinyl cutouts of your favorite rockstars, as well as Nashville Knights, LFL’s women’s football team. We are also representing Kemper, Telefunken, and TTM Guitars!”

2017 was a great year for Edge of Paradise – adding fifth member/second guitarist David Ruiz, making their European debut at Femme festival in Netherlands, and the ‘Alive’ EP scoring on the charts (reaching #58 on Billboard’s Rock Album, top 40 on iTunes Rock and Metal Albums, and reaching #1 best-selling on Amazon Rock and Metal Albums). And this year, the band has their sights set high, as they are currently recording their next full-length with Mike Plotnikoff and Chuck Johnson (due in fall of 2018). “It’s by far our best music, and we can’t wait for people to hear it!”

And on January 25th, metal fans in Anaheim will get a taste of things to come this year, from the mighty Edge of Paradise.

Additional confirmed Edge Of Paradise performances:

Jan 19 The Warehouse Clarksville, TN – Nashville Knights event
Jan 20 George Jones Nashville, TN – Nashville Knights event
Jan 26 Bobby V’s Anaheim, CA – TTM Guitars NAMM JAM

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:

www.edgeofparadiseband.com
facebook.com/EdgeOfParadiseBand

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Instrumental Prog artist Chris Schiermann has released the music video for ‘Technical Disabilities’, a track from his debut self titled album. Premiered by Metal Injection, ‘Technical Disabilities’ celebrates the growth of an instrumental virtuoso through impressive skill and monumental ability.

The video and track features Amos Williams of Tesseract on bass, with Amos also directing the video. Schiermann describes ‘Technical Disabilities’ as “self competition” and the desire to perfect various instrumental techniques through work and commitment is evident in this track.

Schiermann will be announcing a UK tour this summer and is performing at UK Tech Fest on the 5th to 9th of July.

Purchase the album here:
https://schiermann.bandcamp.com/album/schiermann

Technical Disabilities HD - YouTube

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The one and only time I ever caught Rick Springfield live was a few years back now in 2013 at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, it was a great show and one of the things that really stood out was  his exceptional cover of Robert Johnson’s ‘Cross Road Blues’. It was one of those moments that made you think that this guy had the guitar chops and the feel to put out a Blues album before ‘Human Touch’ and ‘Jessie’s girl’ kicked in and you though “Oh well, it was a nice thought.”

But here it is – ‘The Snake King’ is indeed Rick Springfield’s Blues album – a record full of wonderful songs, smoky blues melodies, some fine guitar work and some rather unexpected lyrical content. It’s not of course a take on Robert Johnson and not reaching back to the depths of the genre but from the off with ‘In the Land of the Blind’ you can hear the textures, warm tones and trademark melodies alongside that gentle Bluesy thrust.

‘The Devil That You Know’ has more swing, a Chicago Blues feel, and adds horns and shuffles and shimmies out of the speakers and lyrically takes up a religious theme that cuts through the record. Little Demon’ takes you even deeper though, it’s a more aggressive blues vocal with some nice guitar work and a beautiful, languid breakdown.

Getting into the meat of the album ‘Judas Tree’ starts a move towards a more traditional Blue feel – it’s a standard blues that ticks all the right boxes, whilst ‘Jesus Was an Atheist’ that follows it takes a rather irreverent lyric and continues that more traditional form, before the title track skews things towards country down-home Blues that really sticks with you. Half way in it’s remarkable how well this is working and there’s a real feel that Springfield has taken to this project like a duck to water. It just sounds right.

Musically the second half of the album fares just as well though is a little more varied sonically: from the free and easy bar room Blues of ‘God Don’t Care’ through the wonderful Southern-tinged slide guitar driven stomper that is ‘The Voodoo House’ before the album forges on with a swing-driven rocker: ‘Suicide Manifesto.’

Aside from the songs the album is shot through with sound-bytes –  from crowd noise, helicopters and disembodied voices to animal sounds and it all somehow ties the album together, adds a little flavour and intrigue and along with the lyrics that question and poke at religion it makes a point (or points) that are open enough to interpretation to engage rather than preach.

‘Blues For the Disillusioned’ is the first of a diverse trio that close the album – adding a dash of heady AOR before ‘Santa is an Anagram’ (i.e. Satan) bounds in daubed in proto-Rock and Roll or Rockabilly. The final word goes to the epic ten minute ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’ a serious statement in Americana, Dylanesque in outlook and almost Springsteen-like in its grand execution. It may well be Springfield’s most serious artistic statement.

As a long time fan of Springfield I’m really rather pleased by this album and even more impressed, it still sounds like Rick, but this is a mature album, and album that steps out of what you imagine must have been  rather comfortable AOR/Melodic Rock corner. It proves what some of us always knew that Springfield can do anything he sets his mind to. Here’s the proof, and you’ll love it.

TRACKLISTING: In The Land Of The Blind | The Devil That You Know | Little Demon | Judas Tree | Jesus Was An Atheist | The Snake King | God Don’t Care | The Voodoo House | Suicide Manifesto | Blues For The Disillusioned | Santa Is An Anagram | Orpheus In The Underworld

Rick Springfield Links:

Official Website: http://rickspringfield.com/ | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rickspringfield

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California’s melodic death metal force Once Human will be making their debut visit to Australian shores in early 2018 with an extensive tour of both capital and regional cities in support of their latest release Evolution. Previously speaking to Logan Mader (guitarist and ex-Machine Head, Soulfy) when their latest album dropped back in 2016 there was a buzz around the band which has seem them tour extensively around the world. Ahead of their upcoming Australia tour, we caught up with frontwoman Lauren Hart to discuss the upcoming shows and how she got involved with the band.

Andrew: So how’s things with you and Once Human? Are you guys on a break or on tour?

Lauren: We’re currently writing at the moment as there’s been quite a bit of down time in between tours so we thought we would start writing for the next record.

Andrew: How’s the writing been going? I know the last album came out in 2016 and a lot of fans really loved it so how are the songs shaping up so far?

Lauren: Good! It’s only early days so right now it’s mostly just bits of riffs and we gotta piece them together and see what works. So it’s just in the skeletal stage at the moment but I think it’s coming along really well.

Andrew: Nice! Obviously we will be seeing you around Australia in February and March so we’re pretty excited and it was just announced recently that you extended the tour and added a few more shows including the west coast of the country. We’re based in Perth so we love that you are coming over here to do a show, it looks to be 12 or 13 shows so it’s a massive tour.

Lauren: I’m so excited, it’s the best way to see Australia as well. I know there’s a couple of fly dates but a couple of my boys have never been there so it’s going to be great for them. It’s going to be a life time experience and also Logan (Mader, guitars) said when normally when bands tour there you hit maybe 3 or 4 cities max and they fly out and every day is a fly date and I’m like, ‘We gotta see everything, we gotta see Australia’. So I’m excited, I myself have never even been to Perth so I’m really excited to see that side.

Andrew: Yeah and it’s one of those things where Perth does miss out on a lot of the big tours so it’s always cool to see bands come over this way. But on top of that you are also hitting a lot of the regional towns as well which again, a lot of those places miss out on some of the bigger bands so I guess those fans will be really keen to rock up and have some fun with you guys.

Lauren: Yeah I hope so, it’s going to be fun. I’m super excited. This is a dream come true for me, even before the band I’ve always wanted to go around Australia in a campervan or something [laughs] so this is a dream come true and then some!

Andrew: Yeah it’s a big country! I’ve done the tour around the country myself and compared to a lot of other places there’s a lot of empty spaces in between which is a bit different to places like the US or Europe where there’s always a town or a city in between. You’ve probably had some experience touring to some places here but how do you think the other guys will go?

Lauren: Well to be honest I’ve never toured in Australia so I don’t know myself either.

Andrew: Oh wow ok!

Lauren: Yeah my first tour was in the States in 2014 so I’m super new [laughs].

Andrew: So it will be a new experience for everyone then! So what is the Once Human live set experience like these days? The band has been around for a few years now and you have probably worked out how things go for the live show so what can we expect?

Lauren: Well we don’t really take ourselves seriously [laughs] so you can probably expect a lot of clowning around so every show is a bit different because of that. I like to interact with people but other than that the music is ful of energy, all of us are running around as much as we can so I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Andrew: Yeah it’s great to see the live show, it’s definitely where it’s at these days. For a band to not take things too seriously and have a bit of fun is definitely the way to go I think. How has the tour been going so far for you guys? I know you have been doing a lot of shows on the back of the last album “Evolution” so has it been and how have the fans been responding to the newer songs?

Lauren: It’s been great! We’ve toured with different headliners as well in completely different genres of metal which was really interesting to see how they would embrace us. Xandria was very operatic and w were worried that we would be too heavy for them but they loved it and then we went out with another band called Wednesday 13 and they were very vampirish metal and we thought they’re not going to like us but they liked us! And the Dragonforce kids liked us so it’s like people are becoming open minded and I feel like it’s been going really well.

Andrew: I guess that’s a very cool thing to see, to have a bit of variety in the lineups. Do you have a say in who you get to tour with or a say in supporting acts or anything like that?

Lauren: No we don’t, we just get offered something and normally we’ll just take it.

Andrew: What has been the biggest highlight so far? Who is the band that’s been the most fun to tour with?

Lauren: Oh Dragonforce 100 percent. Those guys are hilarious, I watched their live show every single night and I feel like they are one of the best live bands just because they are super entertaining and every time was different. They get wasted on stage but they don’t get too wasted so they can still play! It’s just hilarious and I became really good friends with them. But also Kobra And The Lotus was a support band for the Xandria tour and I found myself becoming really good friends with Kobra so I’m really thankful for these tours and meeting such good friends.

Andrew: Yeah Herman Li is a cool guy, he seems like a really fun guy to hang out with. I’ve talked to him a couple of times and he’s always joking around so I would imagine he must be fun to hang out with.

Lauren: Yeah they’re all cheeky! But Fred (Leclercq, bass) and Sam (Totman, guitars) as well are hilarious guys.

Andrew: So take us back to the beginning of Once Human, I know Logan is obviously the main mastermind behind the whole thing but how did you get involved in the mix and was that something you wanted to be a part of or was it something you were asked to be a part of?

Lauren: It all kind of started as soon as I met Logan. I was sent to him because of my video I made, a guitar playing video which was actually pretty shit [laughs]. I don’t know how I ended up in the hands of these big people but I sat down in the studio with I think was my $99 guitar and my crappy amp and I just started playing these metal riffs and recorded it and put it up on Youtube and Facebook and next thing I know, I’m getting to go into Logan Mader’s studio because I guess Monty Connor (A&R) saw it and he said, ‘Why don’t you try and build something around this girl, let’s have her in and see what happens’. So I came in and straight away we really hit it off and started writing together and I guess he’s normally used to people coming in and wanting to do radio music and a lot more commercial things and I didn’t want any part of that. In fact I didn’t want to do any career singing, I just wanted to do the metal riffs that I love so much and so I think he was taken aback by that because he spent so much time doing the radio stuff and yet he comes from heavy metal, that’s his soul. So when he was able to write heavy metal again with me, I feel like something awoke in him and we just started writing and never stopped.

Andrew: What’s it like working with Logan? He’s such a well known person among metal fans being a member of Machine Head and Soulfly and producing some amazing albums as well, what’s it like working with someone like that?

Lauren: Well when I first met him I had no idea who he actually was so I think ignorance was bliss in that case, because if I had known I would of gotten real nervous. So yeah I had no idea and I refused to look him up as well because then I would get nervous but then eventually…because I mean I never really listened to the American metal bands. I liked the Swedish bands and a lot of bands that came out of Europe so I knew who Machine Head was but I wasn’t too familiar with the songs. I think it was just a slightly different genre to what I was listening to but obviously when I found out, there was nothing but respect and ‘I can’t believe I’m sitting here with you!’ It was amazing and I felt like I don’t deserve this!

Andrew: [laughs] Well speaking of European bands then, who do you consider to be your main influences then?

Lauren: Well my favorite metal album when I was a kid was Dimmu Borgir’s “Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia “. I learned to drive to that album and I don’t recommend learning to drive to that album [laughs] because you’ll get a lot of speeding tickets! But them and Opeth and I love Strapping Young Lad, loved Devin Townsend and Meshuggah. My first ever album that got me into metal was Yngwie Malmsteen’s Trilogy and that was sort of the gateway as I wanted to be a guitar player and that was, ‘Wow listen to this guy!’ I listened to that record over and over again and quickly it went from that to Dimmu Borgir, I don’t know how it happened but that’s how it went.

Andrew: Those are some great bands and obviously you have been influenced by them.

Lauren: And Angela! [Gossow]

Andrew: Yeah Arch Enemy! But thee’s a slight prog element that’s filtered into Once Human as well, do you have that influence too with that out of the box kind of stuff?

Lauren: Yeah I feel that’s more prominent on our second record, all of us including Max (Karon, guitars) who is the newest guitar player who we met on the Fear Factory tour, his biggest influence is Meshuggah so tha’s probably what you are hearing as well.

Andrew: Yeah definitely. Well we are looking forward to seeing you on tour in Australia, looks like it’s going to be a massive tour. I hope it works out really well for you guys and we look forward to hearing this new album that you are working on. Thanks for your time, really appreciate it and we will see you very soon!

Lauren: Oh thank you so much!

TOUR DATES

Wednesday, February 28: Crowbar, Brisbane 18+
Thursday, March 1: Shark Bar, Gold Coast 18+
Friday, March 2: Newcastle Leagues Club, Newcastle 18+
Saturday, March 3: The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney 18+
Thursday , March 8: The Basement, Canberra 18+
Friday, March 9: The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne 18+
Saturday, March 10: The Tote, Melbourne 18+
Wednesday, March 14: Brisbane Hotel, Hobart 18+
Thursday, March 15: Club 54, Launceston 18+
Friday, March 16: Miners Tavern, Ballarat 18+
Saturday, March 17: Enigma Bar, Adelaide 18+
Sunday, March 18: Badlands, Perth 18+

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PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS are premiering the third crushing song taken from the legendary singer’s sophomore album with his personal band, ‘Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue‘. The full-length will be out on January 26th, 2018.

Phil Anselmo comments on “Delinquent“: “It’s old school-meets-ugly-school. Good shit.”

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals - The Ignorant Point (Official Track Premiere) - YouTube

PHILIP H. ANSELMO is an iconic artist – maybe a little bruised, scarred, singed, and somewhat battered by time, himself, and others. But the Texan remains proudly standing, unbent, and still angry. Loved and hated, attacked and praised, Phil is not ready to go down into the archives of musical history without a fight.

His new cooperation with the band that Phil himself created, THE ILLEGALS, is as brutal, kicking, lashing, and fury-filled as one could expect from this artist and PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS‘ debut ‘Walk Through Exits Only’ (2013). Their sophomore album, ‘Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue’ is a much the metaphorical fist in the face and display of force as his adherents could wish for.

‘Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue’ is not a simple repeat of the past – as tempting as that might sound, considering that no other artist left a deeper mark on metal in the 90’s than PANTERA. Raging, roaring, and bulldozing their way through the metal scene, the Texans have left a lasting legacy. At their front stood anger and hostility personified, PHILIP H. ANSELMO. What followed for example with DOWN and SUPERJOINT RITUAL has further cemented the singer’s reputation as a living legend. As an artist in his own right, Phil finally emancipated onto a solo-path with ‘Walk Through Exits Only’, which enabled him to do exactly as he pleased – with no need to compromise on anything.

Now, ‘Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue’ follows along the path that PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS‘ debut has carved, but takes the mega-heavy, angry monster born out of mating the visceral aggression and power of PANTERA with the devastating thrash and Southern sludge that Phil and the New Orleans scene pioneered.

PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS are back and about to mercilessly install ‘Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue’ as a new benchmark for extreme heaviness.

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