Metal Round-up April 10th 2015

It’s a pretty exciting time of year, with some MASSIVE gigs coming up, and some amazing music sneaking ever closer. This bogan is excited! There has also been some sad news, what with the tour van of KHAOTIKA and WORMREICH crashing with three fatalities, and Scott Kelly of Neurosis fame’s wife becoming gravely ill, so here is a amusing screenshot of Shane Embury from Napalm Death to lighten the news..



11024795_551120358361344_2925476346620331252_nSo the big gig on the horizon is of course Napalm Death and Carcass. You may have noticed I have been on the interview train recently, and you can have a listen to Shane Embury here and Bill Steer here. This gig promises to be one of the best in recent years, with one show already sold out you better hurry to get tickets for the two remaining, as the tickets are flying pretty quick!  Link to the obligatory AK after party here.

T1911078_10153750810676040_6844733488063038545_oomorrow night (11/4) there are a couple of gigs to choose from in Auckland; first up is Conniptions Last Tour, in what seems to be a house party at  88 Lincoln St, Ponsonby. This will be Conniptions last show in Auckland for a long time, and it looks mighty fine! FREE, AA, BYO.


1513667_822331551191130_3775306241608130001_n Secondly is some dirty rock ‘n roll at lucha lounge feat. Lost Rockets, Bloodbags and the Cavemen.

Next week on the 16th of April we have Midnight’s No Mercy Down Under! thanks to Headless Horseman, and it will be fucking awesome. Midnight, Cleveland’s hooded prophets of Mayhemic Destruction return down under for the first time since 2012. Hot off the release of their No Mercy for Mayhem album, Midnight are ready to rip, shit, and bust in New Zealand and Australia!10420020_801245779948314_7545011467396047623_n

Joining them on all dates are New Zealand’s Bulletbelt. Fresh from their 2014 support slots with Sepultura, Ringworm, Primate, and… The Seekers, Bulletbelt are hitting Australia for the second time in six months, touring behind their well-received Rise of the Banshee album.

Tickets on sale now from (NZ)

10888745_1377544495897074_2955430081986225000_nAlso next week, on the 18th is ‘The 2015 Napier Death Metal Festival : The Auckland Invasion’

This is the 3rd year running and will be featuring some of NZ’s biggest heavyweights in the death metal scene:

$15 at the door

It’s probably the only time I’m ever bummed not to be in Napier, so if you can make it, check it out!

10420186_10204434771536593_8226179828762947131_nOn the 23th April we have Punk legends the Dickies beginning their NZ tour. THE DICKIES have survived line-up changes and untimely deaths and continue to play and record today with founding members Stan Lee and Leonard Graves Phillips. The energy and ferocity of the band who are celebrating their 38th anniversary in 2015 still excites fans and critics alike. Live faves such as ‘Gigantor’, ‘I’m OK, You’re OK’, ‘’Paranoid’, ‘You Drive Me Ape’, ‘Killer Klowns’, ‘Doggy Do’, ‘Nights in White Satin’ and of course ‘Banana Splits’ never stray from the set list.

11008450_10152618690731010_4343620626353949622_nAuckland’s very own Dawn of Azazel’s new album is finally coming out; you can check out the lyric video for killer track ‘Vassalplasty’ here, and pre-order the album and goodies from the bandcamp page here; and if you get impatient check out this awesome interview with Rigel here.

a3114713390_10Finally, you may remember I’m super excited about new supergroup Tau Cross, so go pre-order the album from bandcamp here and listen to the new song, it’s fucking beautiful.