Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide – get ready – Venom INC. and Exciter are coming your way in June 2020!

Formed as Venom in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. And coming to prominence towards the end of the New wave of British heavy metal, Venom’s first two albums Welcome to Hell (1981) and Black Metal (1982)—are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general.

Venom’s second album proved influential enough that its title was used as the name of an extreme Metal sub-genre!

During the early eighties, Venom were THE extreme band, releasing more classic albums such as At War With Satan (1984), Possessed (1985) and countless classic, live albums, such as the Assault Live album series and the legendary Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1986) Double LP and theThe Seventh Date of Hell: Live At Hammersmith Odeon Video. Following bassist/singer Cronos’ departure from the band, Tony Dolan (The Demolition Man), from Atomkraft, stepped in filling Cronos’ big, red boots, most admirably. And recording four releases with Venom: Prime Evil (1989), Tear Your Soul Apart (1990), Temples of Ice (1991), The Waste Lands (1992).

Hardline Media are looking forward to welcoming Venom INC. back after their highly successful Avé Australis Tour in 2018, and the infamously killer, one-off  Frankie’s appearance in Sydney just last week. Don’t miss out on the band, full throttle, in 2020!

But that’s not all… For their first time in Australia – Exciter are heading Down Under!

Long Live The Loud! Exciter are coming! Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, and formed in 1978, Australia finally gets a dose of speed/thrash metal demons Exciter!

Named after the Judas Priest song, Exciter are considered to be one of the originals of the speed and thrash Metal genres. In 1983 they released their first album, Heavy Metal Maniac, on Shrapnel Records. Later that year, they signed a deal with Jon Zazula’s Megaforce Records, which led to the 1984 release of their second album Violence and Force. This material was toured on bills opening for Anthrax and Mercyful Fate. History would bring many more revered releases by the band, such as Long Live the Loud (1985), and Unveiling the Wicked (1986), to name just a couple. More tours also followed, with bands like Accept, Manowar, Motörhead and Megadeth.

It is with much anticipation, that we finally welcome Exciter to Aussie shores!

Don’t miss your chance to witness this epic double bill live in June, 2020!


10 June – Canberra – The Basement

11 June – Sydney – Crowbar

12 June – Brisbane – Woolly Mammoth

13 June – Melbourne – Northcote Social Club

14 June – Adelaide – Enigma