ANNIHILIST- Shock Records/ Truth Ink R.M.T

Annihilist are a metal band from Melbourne, Australia. Their debut EP ‘Vol. 1’, released in Nov 2015, blurs the lines between European melodic death metal and the new wave of American heavy metal all tied together with a progressive style of songwriting. Live performances are a vital aspect to Annihilist, the overly charismatic VSA student Harry Pendock always turning heads at shows with his amazing vocal abilities and theatrical behaviour, adding a much needed element of fun to what is all too often perceived as a serious genre.

Guitarist’s Miki Simankevicius and Josh Voce both impress audiences with their technical prowess, Miki with the fast Alexi Laiho esque shredding solos and Josh’s style focusing more on bends and vibrato. Bassist Toby Peterson–Stewart proves his abilities with technical sweeps and melodic flourishes complementing every guitar part on ‘Vol. 1’. Whilst James Sayers drumming is nothing short of incredible, his razor-sharp sense of rhythm and twelve-arm sounding drum fills create the foundation of the Annihilist sound.

Two music videos for ‘Vol. 1’, ‘Solace In Suffering’ and ‘Embers’ have so far been released, both shot and directed by Annihilist’s own guitarist Miki Simankevicius. The videos are a glimpse into the bands live show in a desolate setting of swamps and decayed flora. The last 18 months have seen Annihilist perform all over Victoria alongside some of Australia’s elite metal acts including Hollow World, Boris The Blade, Chronolyth, Whoretopsy, The Hazard Circular and Ruins. The next 18 months for Annihilist include further shows interstate with plans for a second release in 2017 and hopes to take their music overseas.


Dreadnaught

DREADNAUGHT - EMI/Capitol Records/Shock Records

Dreadnaught
Dreadnaught

Dreadnaught is a heavy metal band from Melbourne, Australia. The group was formed out of the remnants of some Tasmanian bands including Fridge from Launceston who recorded an album in 1994.

The band recorded a single titled "Flowers" in 1995 that was released on cassette by Melbourne label Subversive. The following year the full-length album Body.Blood.Skin.Mind saw release on Deported. This album displayed a combination of dark, introspective rock and melodic, progressive thrash metal.

 


THE ETERNAL - Inverse Records


The Eternal formed in Melbourne, Australia in late 2002. The Eternal is fronted by founding member, Vox Singing Academy student and a powerhouse doom metal vocalists Mark Kelson. In the bands 15 year history they have released 5 internationally acclaimed studio albums, 2 Live albums & a concert DVD. The band has toured extensively nationally & internationally with the likes of Amorphis, Anathema, Him, Katatonia, Swallow The Sun & Opeth just to name a few. The Eternal’s sound can be best described as dark, melancholic, emotive metal with Doom & Progressive influences. The bands 6th studio album ‘Waiting for The Endless Dawn’ has been released thru Finland's Inverse Records.

The Eternal - Everlasting

Mark Kelson / Guitar & Vocals
Richie Poate / Guitar
Dave Langlands / Bass
Ando McDougall / Drums
Martin Powell / Keyboards

STUDIO  ALBUMS

Sombre Light 2014 (Anniversary E.P 2014)

When The Circle of Light Begins To Fade (2013)

Under A New Sun (2010)

Kartika (2008)

Sleep of Reason (2005)

The Sombre Light of Isolation (2004)

The Eternal (Demo 2003)

 

 

LIVE ALBUMS

Circle of Live (2015)

Live At The East Brunswick Club (2010)


ALPHA WOLF - Greyscale Records/Cooking Vinyl

The beginnings of any band will start with a teething period that can last for a few releases, but after dropping their latest single “Nail Biter” which has clocked up over 40,000 views on YouTube & pushing past 25,000 streams on Spotify, and now with the release of #104, it’s safe to say Alpha Wolf’s teething period has come to an end. The Melbourne 5 piece has worked tirelessly to create something inherently familiar, yet at the same time unashamedly different. Taking the heavy riffs of their downbeat and deathcore contemporaries, mixing that with the groove of the current wave of nu-metal bands, and adding a melody that completely their own; Alpha Wolf are carving out their own place in the Australian heavy scene.

The band is also the latest addition to the roster of Greyscale Records. Label Manager Joshua Merriel states on the signing “It takes a special kind of band to make a collision of genres sound so seamless, but Alpha Wolf have managed to do just that. We’re so excited to see what the future holds for Alpha Wolf, and honoured to be a part of it.” Sentiments echoed by Sabian Lynch of Alpha Wolf “Signing to Greyscale has been one of those defining moments in our musical careers that we couldn’t have dreamed of happening this time last year or ever. Having people such as Ash and Josh backing our music is the greatest feeling and we are very excited for our future teamed with Greyscale.”

https://youtu.be/lLwBJ-R-GM0?list=PL1Hbpm0FCjx1QF-4MgcbkDqA23p3rQx9X

Alpha Wolf consists of Vox Singing Academy student John Arnold on Vocals and Bass guitar. They hit a slight hurdle and had to cut short their national tour to support their first full length album “Mono”. They unfortunately had to pull out of Download Festival Australia 2018.They have released one EP and one full-length album. Their debut album Mono was released on 14 July 2017 to critical acclaim and had reached #29 on the ARIA Albums Chart during its first week of release. Look out for better and bigger things from to happen for/from Alpha Wolf in the very near future!!

ALPHA WOLF Proudly Added To The VSA Wall Of Fame!


King Cannons

KING CANNONS - EMI/Capitol Records

King Cannons
King Cannons

King Cannons are from Melbourne, Australia. Their frontman Luke Yeoward began his musical quest in his early teens and his origins are very narrative.

In his earlier days, Luke was was previously in a punk band called Suicide Dogs but left.  He decided to move out to the country to work in a rural timber mill and worked 12 hour shifts.

In 2012, the King Cannons release their debut album, The Brightest Light. They came back totally electrified after the six band members fought poverty and hardship to stay together.

The King Cannons Official Home Page

http://youtu.be/AszgXV_YvvE


KISSTROYER - Australia’s Hottest KISS Tribute Show

Alright Australia ! You wanted the best… You got the Best… The hottest band in the world…. KISS !!!
Vox Singing Academy has taught all of the members from Australia's hottest Kiss tribute band. Some members have gone onto achieve success in your own original bands. Check out Ablaze, a great hard rock band featuring Danny Slaviero (Gene Simmons) on Lead vocals.

DREAMs 7 Star Gentlemen’s Club, Gibson Guitars, Pearl Drums Ziljian Cymbals and BASSON Cabinets proudly Present KISSTROYER, Australia’s Hottest KISS Tribute Show.

16 years of age KISSTROYER’s list of achievements is ever growing.

*Raised in excess of $20,000 in ROCK FOR KIDS for the STARLIGHT FOUNDATION in May 2007
*Performed live for PAUL STANLEY and the ROCKSTAR band on Paul Stanley’s solo tour,
to rave reviews and a SOLD OUT show
*Live unplugged National Radio performance on Triple M’s “She Bang”
*Two live National performances on Channel 10s GMA with Bert Newton
Front cover, four page spread and story in the nationally distributed PICTURE magazine
*Appeared on Channel 9s 1 v 100 with Eddie McGuire as special guests
* Featured articles in HIT MAGAZINE for HWT, A2 THE AGE, SUNSHINE COAST ENTERTAINER, TV WEEK, BEAT & INPRESS MAGAZINES
*Sold out shows and tours nationally for the past 6 years
*Live performance on Triple Ms Pete & Myf Show and host of “The Pete & Myf Celebrity Look Alike Competition

Not a bad days work for a group of guys who just love what they do.
KISSTROYER started in 2001, formed by two brothers Andrew and Stephen Kyriacou.

On a staple diet of steady shows and more media attention than most tribute shows could ever hope for, KISSTROYER has grown into the largest touring Tribute Act in the country.

Testament to this is the much talked about stage show. Two eras of authentic KISS costumes, over 15 authentic KISS guitars, a massive functional light up KISS logo and stairs, and all the blood spitting, fire breathing, guitar smashing and smoking mayhem that has bought fame to the KISS name over the past 30 years.

Classic song like I WAS MADE FOR LOVING YOU, ROCK‘n’ROLL ALL NIGHT, SHANDI, SURE KNOW SOMETHING and GOD GAVE ROCK AND ROLL TO YOU are all covered in this classic KISS show.

The show is so accurate musically and theatrically that it even drew praise from “KISS great” Paul Stanley and his ROCKSTAR Band on a recent tour. Bruce Kulick gave the show the two thumbs up and seal of authenticity. The band has also been heralded in INPRESS for their great ability to not only recreate the sound and emulate the mannerism of KISS,
but to also recreate the experience !
KISSTROYER I'll be closest thing to Kiss that you will ever experience!! Check them out a venue new you!

“If you want a little Rock’n’Roll… All you got to do is… SHOUT IT OUT LOUD !!!
Visit www.kisstroyer.com for more information.


GRAVEMIND - Greyscale Records


Never one to do things in halves, Melbourne metal entrepreneurs Gravemind teased their upcoming album in a way their fans have come to expect. Via their (at the time unannounced) new home Greyscale Records first came the cypher, then the clues, and now both the band and label are proud to announce Gravemind joining Greyscale Records, and announcing their debut album Conduit will arrive this July, with the album now available on their website, www.gravemindofficial.com.

This album has been an intense labour of love that was over two years in the making, but vocalist & Vox Singing Academy student Dylan Gillies-Parsons unpacks the experience as a necessary means to an end. “We wanted to take our time with this record. It had to be as close to perfect as possible, and it needed to accurately reflect who we were, and what we felt as individuals. This album is our reveal, it is the truth as we see it, in all it’s forms”

triple j's The Racket premiered the intense first single Volgin; an ode to chasing what deep down we know we are truly made for, to listen to the very things everything in life tells us to ignore. “Volgin is about being alone in the way you see the world. Instead of finding ways to pacify yourself, or conform to others beliefs; it’s about going against the grain, in search of meaning. No matter how much it hurts, no matter how alone you feel, it’s about realising your true potential by doing the one thing we so rarely do - listen to what your soul is telling you”.


TRUE LIVE - Capitol Records/Illusive Records

True Live
True Live

True Live is an Australian band formed in Melbourne, Australia. They had chart success with "TV" reaching #76 on the ARIA Single Chart and The Shape Of It reaching #85 on the ARIA Albums Chart. The group received regular play on radio and television and were chosen to perform at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. The groups early recordings contained strong ties to hip hop but in 2011 have made a significant turn toward rock and classical leanings.


Paris Wells

PARIS WELLS - Hall Or Nothing/Illusive Records

Paris Wells
Paris Wells

Paris Wells is an Australian singer songwriter based in Melbourne. She has released two albums and one EP. Wells has played at festivals such as Falls Festival, Big Day Out, Meredith and Sydney Music Festival. She has supported Justin Timberlake, Rod Stewart and Jamie Lidell on tour.

Wells was a Fairfax employee working in the advertising sales department, when she started performing tiny underground gigs with DJ friends in Melbourne.

Her early gigs at local bars consisted mostly "toasting" over funk breaks, but after forming a creative partnership with Ryan Ritchie (aka RHyNO), a songwriter and artist with group True Live,she released her debut EP of her own material, Mum Hasn't Slept Yet, with label Illusive Sounds. Wells was then offered slots on the festival circuit, playing the Meredith Music Festival, Falls Festival and the Sydney festivals.


The Vasco Era

THE VASCO ERA - Warner Music

The Vasco Era
The Vasco Era

The Vasco Era is an Australian three piece rock/blues band based in Melbourne, Australia.

Originally from Apollo Bay, but now based in Melbourne, the band's members are brothers Sid (vocals, guitar, lapsteel, rototoms) and Ted (bass) O'Neil and Michael Fitzgerald (drums). In 2004 the band won the Australian National Campus Band Competition, the largest band competition in the southern hemisphere.

In 2006, The Vasco Era supported Wolfmother at The Astoria in London and played major festivals in Australia including Southbound, the East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival, The Great Escape, Groovin' The Moo, the Apollo Bay Music Festival and the Falls Festival. Also in 2006, the band flew to San Francisco to record their debut album with producer Jeff Saltzman. The first single from the album, When We All Lost It was released to radio on 29 October 2006. Their debut album "Oh We Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside" was released on 5 May 2007. It was also nominated for the 2007 J Award for Australian album of the year on Australian youth independent radio station Triple J. A second album, Lucille was released in early 2010. A self-titled third album was released on 14 October 2011.


ASH GRUNWALD - Black Market Music/Delta Groove Music

Ash Grunwald
Ash Grunwald

Ash Grunwald (born Ashley Mark Groenewald, 5 September 1976) is an Australian blues/soul/roots/ bluegrass musician. Ash had singing lessons at Vox Singing Academy with principal and headteacher Peter Vox in the mid to late 90s. He has issued eight studio albums and has received five nominations for ARIA Music Awards. Four releases peaked in the ARIA Albums Chart top 50: Fish out of Water (September 2008), Hot Mama Vibes (June 2010), Trouble's Door (May 2012) and Gargantua (by Grunwald, Scot Owen and Andy Strachan, July 2013).

In 2004 Ash released his follow up album I Don't Believe, once again recorded solo and live. Since his initial release he had been made aware of two Tom Waits albums, Swordfishtrombones and Bone Machine. As a result, he emulates Waits' experimental bang and clang percussion using hammers, spanners, pots etc., in addition to a boss loop station as a bed for his lap steel, dobro and acoustic guitars. The album included six originals, two Waits compositions, "Going Out West" and "Jesus Gonna Be Here" (a cappela with hand claps) and blues standards "Walking Blues" and "Cross Roads" (Robert Johnson), "Empire State" (Son House) and "How Many More Years" (Howlin' Wolf).

In May 2005, Grunwald was invited to take over as host of Triple J's Thursday night show 'Roots N All'.

In August 2006 Grunwald released Give Signs recorded on his own record label, Delta Groove Records. As with preceding albums it was recorded live and solo which received another ARIA Award nomination for 'Best Blues and Roots Album'. In 2006, Grunwald supported James Brown at his Tasmanian concert.

On 21 December 2006 Grunwald finished his role as a Triple J presenter. In September 2007 he was nominated for another ARIA award for Best Blues and Roots Album.

Ash released his next studio album, Fish Out of Water on 30 August 2008, with the album reaching No. 43 on the ARIA charts. The new album was greeted with positive reviews with many of the critics saying it is one of the best blues/roots albums of the year and a career highlight for Ash. The new album which was written with TZU's beatsmith Phillip Norman (aka Countbounce) enters new territory for Grunwald with many of the songs gaining a hip hop edge to Ash's traditional Delta blues. Several tracks gained significant airplay on the national youth broadcaster Triple J some of these included "Breakout", "Devil Called Me A Liar" and "Joke on Me". The album was also nominated 'Best Blues and Roots Album' at the 2009 ARIA Awards.

Grunwald appeared for the first time in a Triple J Hottest 100 with one entry in the 2008 countdown, with "Breakout" reaching number 50.

In October 2009 Grunwald recorded a performance at Fremantle's Fly By Night club for a release as a live album in early 2010.He also revealed in an interview with Sarah Howells of Triple J that he has started work on a new studio album.

Ash Grunwald's fifth studio album, Hot Mama Vibes was released 4 June 2010. It was recorded at Alchemix Studio in Brisbane, DJ Debris Studio in the Adelaide Hills and The Container in Melbourne. The Album features contributions from Mr Trials, Countbounce, Chasm, Fingers Malone, Benny Owen and Kanchana Karunaratna.

After the success of 2010’s Hot Mama Vibes, Ash Grunwald relocated with his family to the warmer shores of Byron Bay, Northern NSW. A new home with a new home studio was built, and it was here that the recording began for the 2012 album Trouble’s Door. Teaming up with his good friend and dubstep sideproject partner, Fingers (Colin O’Reily) Ash created his most internal and political album to date.

Throughout 2014 Ash toured rigorously overseas, most significantly venturing out on his groundbreaking debut tour of the United States in support of his close friend Xavier Rudd. With Rudd's well established US profile, Ash was enabled access to some of the most iconic stages in America including The Brooklyn Bowl and the famed Fillmore in San Francisco. During that trip he was awarded the LA Music Critic Award for Best International Act.

In late 2014, Ash headed back into the studio, this time taking with him Ian Perez keyboardist for Wolfmother and Pete Wilkins, former drummer for Blue King Brown. Under the guidance of famed American Producer Nick DiDia (Springsteen, Rage Against The Machine, Pearl Jam, Powderfinger) an intense focus was brought onto the structure of song composition, to record an album that has been described sonically as 'psychedelic blues using synth rather than stringed bass' and conceptually as 'strongly political, rumbling from the depths of internal rage.' The title of the album was unveiled in February 2015 as NOW, along with a photo of Grunwald without his dreadlocks, which he has worn for the past 20 years. The album was subsequently released on 25 September.

With the release of the new album worldwide success and the world tour quickly followed. The NOW album was critically acclaimed and well received across all genres but especially in the blues and roots seen. Ash is an amazing Singer and guitarist and he’s live set list is now jampacked with he's biggest hits. Be sure to see him next time he's in town.

https://youtu.be/n2jI1xlzjCo


DAMNATION'S DAY/ Sensory Records

Founded by brothers Mark Kennedy, Vox Singing Academy student (guitar and vocals) and Dean Kennedy (drums), accompanied by Jon King (Lead guitar) Damnations Day released their debut album “Invisible, the Dead” to amazing reviews.

 

 Off the release of "Invisible, the Dead" 2013, (released with NIGHTMARE records, Now Signed to Sensory Records), Damnations Day have been working hard, supporting such bands as NIGHTWISH, SYBREED, PSYCROPTIC, BLACK MAJESTY, WIDOW, TERAMAZE, PEGAZUS, VANISHING POINT, KING PARROT, SOILWORK, BATTLE BEAST, SALAMANDRA, CIRCLE II CIRCLE and HELLOWEEN as well as headlining shows and appearing in Australian Metal festivals such as Steel Assassins NSW and Stormrider Festival WA.

In September 2014 Damnations Day joined ACCEPT on the Scandinavian and European leg of their BLIND RAGE TOUR. This amazing opportunity allowed DDAY to expose them selves to 28, sold-out shows in front of 1000-3000 people a night playing in legendary venues!

Damnations Day learnt a lot from their live shows and tours, and are determined to greater define their sound. Although showing versatility over different styles, playing on the bigger stage has refined the direction of their music combining the maturity and knowledge gained through the experiences of touring and time.

DDAY remain determined as ever to bring mature, professional, and honest music that is not directly covered by just one genre as well as bringing an energetic and powerful atmosphere to their live performance.

2015 was a year full of writing, and now final touches are now completed to DDAY's 2nd album released 2017.

Teaming up with new Label, Sensory Records, Titled “A World Awakens”, DDAYS second release promises to maintain the raw energy, power and integrity of their debut release ‘Invisible the Dead’, while showcasing the bands growth in maturity, honesty and depth of both their musicianship and songwriting. Not leaning to just one genre or direction, “A World Awakens” is an album that will have your undivided attention on first listen, only to pull you in further and further more on repeat.

2017 threatens to be a massive year for Damnation's Day with a World to plan for the late 2017. Catch them at a venue near you!!

Damnation's Day Inducted To The VSA Wall Of Fame!




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