Episode VIII
Following two successful 2019 European tours, supporting U.D.O. and a dual headline tour with fellow Aussies Mammoth Mammoth, Melbourne’s Dead City Ruins are excited to be bringing their exciting live show to Australian audiences.

Previewing tracks from their forthcoming album, which has been produced by Machine (Clutch, Lamb of God, Crobot), the Hot Way to Live tour is one not to be missed this summer.

Round 1
Friday, December 13: Enigma Bar, Adelaide
Saturday, December 14: Barwon Club, Geelong
Thursday, December 19: Cambridge Hotel Warehouse, Newcastle
Friday, December 20: Crowbar Black, Brisbane
Saturday, December 21: Vinnies Dive, Gold Coast
Round 2
Saturday, January 11: Transit Bar, Canberra
Sunday, January 12: Frankies, Sydney
Thursday, January 16: Brisbane Hotel, Hobart
Friday, January 17: Sooki Lounge, Belgrave
Saturday, January 18: Northcote Social, Melbourne

Dead City Ruins have made a name for themselves on a national and international level through years of touring and living in their tour bus lovingly named the Blue Bastard. The band have become well known for their energetic live performance and brazen return to the roots of Australian pub rock.

For eleven years now the band has been going strong without letting anything distract them from their mission. Dead City Ruins plow ahead with everything they’ve got, and you can hear this in every note on their last album,  Never Say Die.

Recorded with English producer James Lewis (Arctic Monkeys, Sunset Sons) Never Say Die will knock you on your ass, just as all good rock’n’roll should, but there’s more to it than that. The music goes deep – as all really good rock’n’roll should. After all, Led Zeppelin are more than Whole Lotta Love, Black Sabbath are more than Iron Man, and Soundgarden go beyond Outshined. Dead City Ruins play with the same intensity that made the iconic albums of the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties so special. In short, it has soul.

With their rock n roll battle scars worn like badges of honour, the band have played every hole in the wall pub and club you can think of both here and on multiple extended tours of Europe and the States with the likes of Mastodon, Skid Row, Ugly Kid Joe, Fozzy and Orange Goblin, playing every show like they were headlining an arena.

Of course the songs on Never Say Die can’t help but reflect the life they now lead. A life on the road. Songs about touring, break ups, fans, laughs, tears and beers..

Fuelled by life, raised by riffs and out to give everyone a good time, Dead City Ruins have delivered an album of working class hard rock that will leave your ears ringing and a grin fixed on your face for days.

Dead City Ruins are:
Steve Welsh – Vocals
Tommy Tbone – Guitars
Sean Blanchard – Guitars
Nick Trajanovski – Drums
Luke Bolton – Bass (Touring)

Volume VIII
Melbourne progressive metallers, Ironstone burst onto the Australian heavy music scene last year and quickly earned a reputation for their slick, energetic live show and infectious grooves.

This week, the band returned with another monster track called Bound featuring their new vocalist, Dan Charlton.

Check out the video below!

The album was mixed and mastered by Windaker drummer, Chris Lalic.

Bound laments the consequences of losing control of your own path. The lyrics describe a scenario of being swept away by someone else’s agenda, and the realisation that not everyone has your best interests at heart. It’s about having the courage to break free from a relationship that seems to always favour the other person, and that sometimes you have to fight for control and independence.

The video for Bound features black and white studio footage with heavy shadows, representing the darker side of relationships and reminding us that not everything is always as it appears in the light. The video also features a theme of rope, an obvious metaphor for being restricted, and a contemporary dancer who signifies the joy of breaking free.

Ironstone incorporate a range of genres into their mix. Atmospheric textures, the duality of soaring and guttural vocals, djent driven, syncopated guitars and of course, epic solos.
The result is a unique and modern progressive metal sound.

The band recently welcomed new vocalist Dan Charlton to the fold. Dan has injected fresh life into the band, allowing them to head in a more progressive direction. The band is now comprised of brothers Edward and Perry Warren on lead guitar & vocals and bass respectively, with Aidan Kalms on rhythm guitar & keys and Jackson Whyte on drums and vocals.

Ironstone will next appear on stage opening for Flynn Effect on Friday, December 13 at the Workers Club, Fitzroy, Melbourne.

Volume VIII
SharpTone Records – part of the sprawling Nuclear Blast label Empire – is proud to announce the signing of rising post hardcore/punk outfit Stepson and has released a brand-new video for single The Entire History of You ahead of a tour with Ocean Sleeper. Watch the clip below!

Comments bassist/vocalist Jayden Ridley: ‘’We’re so thrilled to announce our partnership with SharpTone Records, every artists dream growing up is to make music that can reach as many ears as possible and to know that we have the support of a label alongside some of our favourite bands blows our minds.”

He continued: “The Entire History Of You is a culmination of the last few years of the band. This is the heaviest song we have written yet and explores the darker side of our emotions both musically and lyrically.”

Since forming in 2014, the band independently released their debut EP Broken Bottles, Drunken Hearts followed by a sophomore EP Echoes In An Empty Room in 2015. The band toured regionally and released several singles which landed them as direct support to Dream On Dreamer on a full run of Australia in 2016 which garnered the attention of SharpTone Records with the release of single Come With Me in 2017. The band has headlined successful Australian tours of their own as well as earned main support slots to Polaris, In Hearts Wake, I Prevail, While She Sleeps, Counterparts and Stray From The Path.

Tour Dates with Ocean Sleeper:
Nov 21st – Adelaide – Rocket Bar
Nov 22nd – Northcote – Northcote Social Club – SOLD OUT
Nov 29th – Sydney – The Burdekin Hotel
Nov 30th – Brisbane – Crowbar