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BLACK MAJESTY - Earache/Limb

Black Majesty
Black Majesty

Black Majesty is a power metal band from Melbourne, Australia. The band was formed in 2001 by ex-members of prominent bands on the Australian metal scene and after the release of a three track sampler album they were signed to a 5-album contract with German-based label LMP Records. The group released their fifth studio album titled Stargazer in July, 2012.


Tigertailz

TIGERTAILZ - Music for Nations

Tigertailz
Tigertailz

Tigertailz are a glam metal band hailing from Cardiff, Wales. They are most famous for their 1990 album, Bezerk which made the Top 40 in the UK Albums Chart, with hit singles "Love Bomb Baby" and the ballad "Heaven", and spawned a couple of successful singles. The band reformed in 2005 to considerable popular acclaim.

Part of the nascent glam metal scene in the late 1980s, Tigertailz first line-up issued their debut album, Young And Crazy, in 1987. The album featured vocalist Steevi Jaimz, guitarist Jay Pepper, bassist Pepsi Tate and drummer Ace Finchum. The debut album also provided their first single, "Livin' Without You".

As the band toured, vocalist Steevi Jaimz was not fully committed to the band, and several instances of fighting were recorded. The band recruited Kim Hooker to replace Jaimz in time for follow-up album, Bezerk which was released in 1990 on the Music For Nations label.

Prior to the release of Bezerk, the band re-recorded "Livin Without' You" with Hooker as vocalist, and released it as a single. Bezerk saw the band breakthrough as a headline act, and delivering three singles, "Love Bomb Baby", "Noise Level Critical" and "Heaven". The album peaked at No. 36 in the UK Albums Chart.

Only in their first year as a band, Tigertailz have received critical acclaim from fans in Australia and abroad.


laura wilde

LAURA WILDE - Shock Records

laura wilde
laura wilde
Laura Wilde is a spiritually-conscious, environmentally-aware singer/songwriter and award-winning multi-instrumentalist with amazing guitar/ songwriting and vocal ability.

Driven by her obsessive love of music, Laura has penned over 100 songs and played 100’s of shows internationally and in her home country Australia. Her past fascination for old-style blues and rock music resulted in her being invited to open for such artists as diverse as Fuel, Shinedown, Black Sabbath and Ted Nugent. She was even invited to play a private acoustic show for the Saudi Arabian Royal family.

Originally from Melbourne Australia, her talent on both guitar and bass quickly made Laura a heavily sought after musician which led her to work with a who’s who of Australian artists. She also worked for a time as a presenter on Beat TV as well as being part of the house band of Australia’s Got Talent which brought her much recognition for her amazing guitar and vocal ability.

At 20, Laura moved to Los Angeles, and began work on her rock album, Sold My Soul, which she released in 2012. Laura then promptly set off on 3 national USA tours and played over 150 tour dates within two years. Here Laura received many accolades and rave reviews whilst playing arenas, theaters and clubs across America. 2013 closed with Laura also being invited on a tour of the UK where she was as warmly embraced across the pond as she was in the USA.
During this time, Laura also earned the title of ‘Best New Female Artist’ and was honored at the ‘Vegas Rocks Music Awards 2013’ with the legendary Zakk Wylde and DJ Ashba.

After years spent traveling the US and UK, writing with a variety of artists and months in the studio alone honing her skills, Laura is excited to share the fruits of her labor. Her relentless quest to find a modern sound that she could call her own has been the catalyst for her evolution into a bona-fide songwriter and master of her craft.
Laura is the complete package with the voice, the guitar chops and the X factor to propel her into music stardom. Look out for Laura's amazing talents coming to stage in your country shortly!!

https://youtu.be/L6z2GrhZxDU

 


superheist

SUPERHEIST - Shock Records

superheist
superheist

Superheist was an Australian nu metal band that attained a significant degree of success with a string of EPs and singles and two full-length albums that charted in the Top 40 before suddenly disbanding in 2004.

The group was formed in Melbourne in 1993 with a line-up of guitarist DW Norton, vocalist Roderick McLeod, bassist Adam Donath and Sean Pentecost on drums. The "Apocalypse" demo shows them as a grindcore band in the Napalm Death mould. They went on to feature at the annual Metal for the Brain festival in 1995 and 1996, losing Pentecost along the way.

Superheist were signed to Melbourne's Shock Records for release on its subsidiary label Shagpile and recorded the EP "Chrome Matrix" in early 1997 with Aaren Suttil (1974–2006) from Dreadnaught providing drums. This EP showed a stark shift in musical direction from grindcore and toward a clearly commercial, melodic sound styled after the increasingly influential nu metal school. Shortly before its release, Donath was injured in an industrial accident that almost severed his hand. Nevertheless, he was able to remain with the band while they searched for a replacement. Pentecost rejoined and Superheist played some shows on the east coast with Non-Intentional Lifeform, another early Australian nu metal band that was signed to Roadrunner Records and was attracting some mainstream interest. Late in the year Donath was replaced by Simon Durrant, from the Adelaide-based industrial death metal band In:Extremis. This group had released two EPs, the latter of which, "Hybrid Scarifier", had appeared shortly before the band ended midway through 1997.


Frankenbok

FRANKENBOK - Roadrunner/Dark Carnival/Faultline Records

Frankenbok
Frankenbok

Frankenbok were founded in 1997 by guitarist Aaron Butler and vocalist Adam 'Hutch' Glynn.  They have released three full-length albums and one EP. The band has toured Australia on numerous occasions, building a strong cult following in their homeland. They are a heavy metal band from Melbourne, Australia.

The band is currently signed to Perth-based record label Prime Cuts. Their line up consist of Aaron Butler (guitar), Tim Miedecke (bass and backing vocals), Mick Morley (drums), Dan McDougall (vocals) and Nathan 'Yeti' Amatnieks (guitar).

 

 

 


Invertigo

INVERTIGO - BMG Records

Invertigo
Invertigo

Invertigo, is a four-piece pop/rock group from Australia. Its members were Christian Argenti as well as brothers Gerry Leigh , James Leigh and Vince Leigh (the latter two of which were former members of Pseudo Echo).

Originally formed as Vertigo in 1996. The band released their single “Forever Lately” in 1997 and the single became Australian radio hit. The Vertigo lineup consisted of lead singer Hugh Wilson as well as the three Leigh brothers.

After the lead singer Hugh Wilson departed, the three Leigh brothers found vocalist Christian Argenti and reformed the group under a different name, Invertigo in 2000. In June 2000, the band released single “Desensitised”, which signalled their return to the charts. In 2001 they released another single, “Chances Are”, in February 2001, and soon after, their debut album Forum in July.

 

 

 


THE LIVING END - EMI Records

The Living End
The Living End

The Living End is a rock n roll trio from Melbourne, Australia. They formed in 1994 and consist of band members Chris Cheney (vocals, guitar), Scott Owen (double bass, vocals) and Andy Strachan (drums). They rose to fame in the late 1990s with their double A-side single, Second Solution / Prisoner of Society.

The Living End have released six studio albums and one singles compilation in Australia. They have also gained notable success in the United States and Europe.

They have always forged their own path with their music which creates social conscience and mosh pit stamina. The experience always flawlessly executed. It’s this attitude that’s earned the band four platinum and one gold albums.


Earth

EARTH - Shock Records

Earth
Earth

Earth formed in Melbourne in the early 90s and for most of that decade and the early 00s was one of the mainstays of the scene. Heavily influenced by the melodic death metal style of Gothenburg, Sweden, Earth became popular as one of the first (and, for some time, one of the only) Australian bands experimenting with the style. Their early demo sold out of several pressings.

Star Condemn'd was recorded in 1998 but remained unreleased until mid-2000. Their label-seeking efforts initially paid off in mid 1999 when they were picked up by Swedish label Iron Fist, although the association didn't last and the debut album was further delayed. Meanwhile, Birge played in Damaged for several months between late 1998 to early 1999, and Mollica was also a member of Engraved and a guitarist with Abramelin as well as featuring in several other Melbourne bands at various times.

Bassist Dan seriously injured his hand on the eve of Earth's first appearance at the 1999 Metal for the Brain festival and the band played the show without a bass player. By then Earth had become strongly established as one of Australia’s best metal talents, with a killer live reputation. Birge left Earth for personal reasons in 2001 after the recording of The Bleeding Fields. He was replaced in December 2001 by Terry Vainoras from Order of Chaos. Ben Kornov joined Earth in 2002.

The second album showed a different side of Earth’s sound, leaning more toward a heavy death rock style similar to Entombed. 2002 was meant to be the year that Earth would concentrate their efforts on Europe, however further upheaval took place in the line-up when Hird left due to pregnancy and Withoos also moved on. Withoos joined Atomizer briefly and then formed Darkest Dawn, which also featured Stirling on bass for a while.

In mid-2004, Earth announced it would be coming to an end after a series of farewell shows for which they were rejoined by Brendan Birge; however after what was mooted as the band’s final appearance at the 2005 Metal for the Brain festival, Earth then recanted its decision to split. With Sarah Lim from Eletrik Dynamite joining in the meantime, the band has continued to be active and during 2006 supported Dismember. A third album was planned for 2007 but did not appear for two years. In July 2008 Earth once again supported Dismember on a national tour. The band's album Fear of Tomorrow was recorded in late 2008 and released in September 2009, with Sarah Jezebel Diva doing guest vocals on one track. Brendan Birge left Earth a second time during 2010 and was immediately replaced by Dave Leight from Embodied.

 

 


Jericco

JERICCO - Shock Records

Jericco
Jericco

Jericco bring to the table in this overcrowded alternative-rock scene that has taken root in Australia is the dark, moody Middle Eastern flavours inherent in their music. This was present even before Fetah (who’s Palestinian) joined the band, with Isreali-born bassist Roy Amar already exerting his mid-Eastern influence over the band’s music. With the addition of Fetah’s keyboard textures and vocals, the sound was set, and he agrees that this was a major factor in the chemistry that the band have, both personally and musically.


Melbourne X-Factor Auditions 2013

Hi Guys,

The X-Factor Audition Tour will touch down in Melbourne on JANUARY 12 - 14, 2013 at Caulfield Racecourse.  If you would like more information in preparation for this, please read our how to audition for X-Factor article.  This article will give you a detailed run down on how to prepare yourself for the auditions.

 

 


the deadthings

THE DEAD THINGS - Blastzone Entertainment

the deadthings
the deadthings

The Deadthings - Formed 2002 in the inner city of Melbourne, Australia on the sleazy streets of St.Kilda by Frontman Jules " Mephisto" Millis (Tigertailz / White Widdow) and Rhythm Guitarist Leigh Van Hell (Ex Voodoo Lovecats) and completed with Dave Scythe on Lead Guitar & Trent "Trash" Wilson (White Widdow) on Bass. The Deadthings play a twisted and grim version of glam and sleaze rock.

The Deadthings released their independant EP "When Hell Sleazes Over" in 2004, it was then followed in 2005 with the debut full length album "Who Killed Holly Would?". in 2006 The Deadthings signed with Blastzone Entertainment and in 2007 released their sophmore album "Dead Over Heels"

 


Dead City Ruins

Dead City Ruins

Dead City Ruins
Dead City Ruins

Dead City Ruins have been carving their own path in the world of Hard rock. With the help from Rick Butterworth of Third Verse Entertainment, they have signed an international record deal with German metal/rock label MetalvilleRecords Europe!!

Starting out in London England and making their way home to Australia whilst playing as many down trodden, hole in the wall pubs and clubs as one band can fit into a seven day week. Splicing the musicianship of 70's and 80's metal and the soul catching riffs of bluesy rock with the intensity and "f*ck ‘em all" attitude of punk rock, Dead City Ruins have left crowds from London (ENG) to Melbourne (AU) reeling for more and asking themselves where the hell this band came from. To date the band has released one E.P "Lost in London" (2007) and just recently released their debut album "MIDNIGHT KILLER" (2011) which has been receiving rave reviews online and regular airplay on local radio. Throughout August to November 2011, Dead City Ruins completed their first UK & European tour, playing 50 dates across 10 countries, finishing off the tour at an international music festival in Dubai. Dead City Ruins is a working class hard rock band fueled by what life throws at them from good times, bad times, disappointments, achievements and life in the cruel city!




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