November 8th will see Australian high-energy rock juggernaut Mammoth Mammoth, return with their fifth studio album, titled Kreuzung, on Napalm Records.
Recorded and produced by Richard Behrens in the winter of 2018/19 at Big Snuff Studio, Berlin, Kreuzung (German for ‘crossroads’) is the first album with the new line-up consisting of original members, Mikey Tucker (vocalist) and Frank Trobbiani (drums) and introducing new members, Marco Gennaro (guitarist) and Kris Sinister (bass). The band seized the opportunity to refine their hard-rock formula since the release of Mount The Mountain two years ago. The result is an electrifying sledgehammer: Kreuzung proves that the gritty Rock`n`Roll manifesto of Mammoth Mammoth has truly evolved and they know exactly where they’re heading next. Today we get to hear a second single taken from Kreuzung, to the high voltage but yet lyrically-touching song Tear It Down. Watch the brand new lyric video below!
”We’re excited to release our next track Tear It Down from our new record Kreuzung set for release on November 8th. Charismatic vocalist Mikey Tucker explains: ”I think this track is a great example of how we’ve taken this album in a slightly different direction with our new lineup but still keeping the hard and dark edge we’ve always had. Lyrically, the song is about how difficult life can get for many people who suffer from mental health issues. These dark times can push you into having suicidal thoughts or putting up defensive walls to try survive, but if you’re fortunate to have someone who loves you unconditionally, then they can help tear that wall down, enabling you to see that life is worth living.“
In January 2017, Mammoth Mammoth found themselves at a crossroads. Already committed to two European tours, including their first visitS to Spain and Portugal plus a large number of shows on the summer festival circuit, original guitarist Ben Couzens and bassist Pete Bell were unable to perform those ongoing commitments. In order for Mammot Mammoth to honour those shows, Tucker and Trobbiani needed to find replacement musicians to continue to bring the high-energy, beer-soaked, dirty-rock shows to their loyal fan base. Inspired by all new surroundings, line-up changes and studio location, Kreuzung signifies where the band had found themselves in 2017, somewhere between the past, the present and the future.
Melbourne heavy rockers El Colosso have announced a run of new tour dates to launch their new single, round out 2019 and kick off 2020!
The band will also drop the monstrous new single, Down To The Stars on Friday, October 18, the first date of the tour.
Over the last four years El Colosso have built a formidable reputation as one of the country’s paramount live bands. Blending huge riffs with infectious hooks to produce a massive sound that not only honours the band’s seventies and nineties roots, but also creates a modern heavy rock sound.
The band released their self produced debut long-player Pathways in 2017 and have developed a loyal following in their hometown headlining shows at nearly all of Melbourne’s world-class rock venues, including The Tote, Cherry Bar, The Evelyn Hotel, The Bendigo Hotel, The Old Bar and The Catfish. El Colosso have also shared stages with several international heavy hitters including Thunder, Seether and Voivod.
In 2018 El Colosso embarked on their debut European tour, courtesy of Belgian-based agency Teenage Head Music. An epic run of twenty two shows in just four weeks that saw them make new fans in Germany, France, Slovakia, Belgium and Spain!
The band’s upcoming second full length is titled Forgotten Ancestors and will be released in 2020; it features artwork by Perth artist Marie Bellinger.
The album was recorded at Woodstock Studios, Melbourne, with master engineer Richard Stolz (Lamb of God, Superheist, Paul Kelly, Elvis Costello).
Shifting Sands, the first single from Forgotten Ancestors was released in June 2019
Watch the video for Down To The Stars below!
DOWN TO THE STARS TOUR DATES:
Friday, October 18: Bombay Rock, Brunswick
Saturday, October 26: Brisbane Hotel, Hobart
Saturday, November 9: Crown & Anchor Hotel, Adelaide
Saturday, November 23: Frankie’s Pizza, Sydney
Thursday, February 6: Transit Bar, Canberra
Friday, February 7: Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle
EL COLOSSO are:
Benny James – guitar
Peter Hayden – drums
Alex Hayes – bass
Matt Cooper – vocals
Hailing from Melbourne, Carcinoid belong to that nefarious strain of bands that could not possibly be given birth to: this is the offspring of a miscarriage, more like. So odorous, pugnacious, and hideous is the music that this quartet belch forth, it verily sounds like a radioactive, cancerous growth bubbling up from a post-apocalyptic landscape; not for nothing are they monikered Carcinoid. Comprised of past/current members of other local underground acts such as Dungeons of Blood, Pregnancy, Reaper, Eternal Rest, Hobo Magic, Xenos, and Spawn, the band constituents claim to be equally influenced by the likes of Autopsy, Napalm Death, Paradise Lost (early!), Corrupted, Pungent Stench, Obituary, Grief, Carcass, Cathedral (also early!), and Brutal Truth among others. The amalgamation of such foul ingredients results in a putrescent stew where death metal and doom of the filthiest and most crushing order predominates, and sudden blasts of grinding derangement help intensify the vile listening experience. Such is the sound of Metastatic Declination, the band’s debut album, which was released just over a week ago on the Memento Mori label: no melody, no light, no hope!
Suitably furnished with starkly regressionist cover art courtesy of Necro Frost and with gutfucking mastering courtesy of Jason Fuller at Goatsound, Carcinoid’s Metastatic Declination is truly a record for only the sickest and most hardened ears… have a listen to see if yours qualify!
Brisbane folk metallists Valhalore, who are quickly becoming the faces of Australia’s folk metal scene with a long repertoire of incredible live shows and world-class musicianship, have been named as special guests on the upcoming Australian tour by Finland’s Kalmah, which kicks off at the end of the month. The band released their sole full-length, Voyage Into Eternity, a couple of years back but have recently released a new single, Legacy, the video for which you can watch below!
As a special treat to their Australian fans, both Kalmah and Valhalore will be participating in a free meet and greet at the end of every show on the upcoming tour. Get your stuff signed and take photos with the bands!