It has been a year since the release of EMMURE’S last album, Slave To The Game, and front beast Frankie Palmeri has been busy writing new music, prepping for their upcoming Australian tour, launching a clothing label, and … dropping weight as quick as the band drop breakdowns?
THE GHOST INSIDE have done real good with Get What You Give—their latest record and first under the banner of the highly respected house of Epitaph. Vocalist Jonathan Vigil’s hard work and determination has created the lifestyle he has always dreamed about, and one that he never wants to let go.
Holed up in a tiny village on an island forgotten by time, loneliness stings harder. Dani, standing in his home often gazes upon fluffy lambs scrambling across the Suffolk plains, an "hour and a bit" north of London. This green-pastured hamlet is nestled in what history buffs dub "Witch County," famous for inquisitions against alleged practitioners of the dark arts in the 17th Century ... What does Dani Filth do, in view of this serene portrait of English countryside? Write savage odes exalting death, destruction and chaos, naturally.
The night finally arrived for the first show of the long awaited, almighty NORMA JEAN tour.
It has been six years since Norma Jean were last here alongside Every Time I Die and Darkest Hour and it shows: the crowd get hectic. It does not take them long to flex their musical muscles and prove why everyone came to see them and why they are referred to worldwide as the Almighty Norma Jean.
Austin Carlile, front man for metalcore bros OF MICE & MEN, has been arrested on charges of felonious assault (meaning he hit someone really hard as opposed to just kinda hard) after being taken into custody in Bowling Green, Ohio. Look here, a mug shot!Because you can’t have a fancy, celebrity arrest without one of those. Details are sketchy and, as always, will takes days—maybe lots of days—to surface. Police (allegedly) responded to ...
If you are any kind of person who has slept on a friend’s couch then you know DROPKICK MURPHYS and their brand of Celtic-inflected, proudly Bostonian punk rock—especially since at some point in your life you’ve howled along to their songs, possibly off-key, possibly after too many whiskeys. Vocalist and bass player Ken Casey has bled his heart into the band for almost 20 years. There is a strong humility to Casey, and as they get set to release their eighth studio record, Signed And Sealed In Blood, he hasn’t lost sight of the stout and hard-working roots that have brought them such vitriolic success.
Bass player, guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, owner of his own production studio. Front man of cheery power chord connoisseurs MxPx for the past 20 years. Oh, he also has that country (yes, country) side-project Tumbledown. As of a few weeks ago, Mike Herrera is also a brand new father to a baby girl. Lucy Valentine finds out if there's anything the pop-punk poster boy can't do.
It's Big Day Out day and so of course it's hot. Not the kind of heat that is sated with a bone-chilling beer and a crisp breeze but hot like the malevolent devil turned up the thermostat to watch the world burn ...
Social media is a hungry and hilarious beast where keyboard activists and mouse troll-donkeys run free. It's also a space where artists from many mediums can forego the middle-man of media and speak directly to their fans on things they care about. Sometimes they simply fucking shouldn't. Poor Mike Reynolds. At the time of writing, it's been barely 48 hours since his hate-filled, religiously imbued diatribeabout the evils of homosexuality and it's all fallen apart for him. Wikipedia has already tossed him into the “former members” category; the internet barely lets the body cool. Apparently he doesn't mind, though. He and his wife are heading to bible college and dedicating their lives to being “slaves of Jesus.”
Hide yo’ kids, hide yo’ wife, Australia’s most notorious hardcore crew DEEZ NUTS are geared up to release their long awaited new album Bout It–a collection of shouty-rappy anthems choked with riotous gang vocals, punk ‘n metal beat-downs and trademark Deez Nuts debauchery. “It’s exactly what you expect from a DN record, reckless shit,” laughs frontbro JJ Peters, a man perpetually on the road on a seemingly endless tour of bottomless drinks and sizzling Stuyvesants. Currently (always?) enjoying overseas conquests and a steady trajectory to international recognition, Deez Nuts are shaking off their hangovers and returning to Straya to headline the multi-date Atticus Boys Of Summer Tour ...
PARKWAY DRIVE create music to assemble wars to, and if you don’t like the taste of blood, you better step the fuck aside for someone who does. Tonight’s show at the beautiful Riverstage is a warm welcome home for the Byron five-piece, who have been on assault in Europe touring their new album Atlas,alongside newly revived metalcore heavyweightsI Killed The Prom Queen.
Committing themselves to producing a pulverizing record that has been lorded as their best yet, the new album from EVERY TIME I DIE is a mindful chaos that reveals a cohesive throwback to the energy of their debut Hot Damn!,a controlled riot that shatters deep in your chest and rattles the foundations of everything that is holy in the world. Now smashing through a relentless multi-national touring schedule, ETID are building their ever-growing fan base the old fashioned way: by being one with the people and staying true to the ethos of work hard, play harder.
From their ironically successful-in-the-mainstream hit Sell Out to their spectacularly fun cover of Aha’s Take On Me, REEL BIG FISH have been delivering the horny magic of ska punk to the masses for a good sixteen years. Ryland Steen has been smashing the drums for the Fish for seven of those. What exactly is it about ska that keeps so many metaphorical boats floated?
It’s been a long, hard road of addiction, incarceration and general chaos for New Orleans sludge legends EYEHATEGOD. But now, with an Australian tour about to start and album number five on the way, the legendarily dysfunctional outfit are finally getting their shit together. Vocalist Mike ‘IX’ Williams sits down totalk about the band’s redemption.
American hardcore outfit DEFEATER spent the bulk of their years together careening towards a major breakdown. Then, with the release of last year’s Empty Days & Sleepless Nights LP, they started working on building a healthier band dynamic. Guitarist Jake Woodruff explains how the band managed to pull themselves together, and how it makes heading out on the road so much more fun. Tom Hersey writes.
While so many bands fall victim to the old ‘sophomore slump’, ENTER SHIKARI have broken the chains, taking to the metaphorical skies at a ridiculous rate since their first record. Vocalist Rou Reynolds is more than willing to tell Lucy Valentine about the responsibility that comes with rising to the top.
Finland’s APOCALYPTICA were thrust into the global limelight when they re-worked an album’s worth of Metallica numbers and released it as 1996’s Plays Metallica by Four Cellos. With each release since, Apocalyptica have pushed the boundaries of what’s expected from a metal band comprised of cellists and transcended the novelty act status that has plagued cover artist contemporaries like Hellsongs, Hayseed Dixie and Richard Cheese by writing and performing original numbers with a string of high-profile rock and metal vocalists ...
Ever wondered what it would be like to be on tour with one of the hottest bands in the world right now? WHILE SHE SLEEPS took Hysteria on tour with them for their first two shows in Australia. Make sure you check them out at Soundwave 2013!
EXCLUSIVE: In the Studio with Circles
Men in hats! Kettle harmony! A bass player doing a merry jig! Abrupt saucepan ho-downs
by the kitchen sink bonfire! Maybe the faintest hint of colossal new riffage! Welcome to CIRCLES' first studio diary ahead of the djenty Australian quintet’s brand-wanking new debut record.
"The new songs are headed in a healthy direction. Everyone in the band is stoked and sometimes surprised at what's being brought out in the studio. In this day and age where a lot of bands are really pushing the boundaries in the sounds they are creating, we realise it's time to bring our A game. Although it may seem a long time between drinks, we will release the best album we possibly can at the end of all this. Our fans deserve no less.”
So says Circles drummer Dave No-Surname, and we believe him. You know why? Because until we heard The Compass EP we’d never spontaneously done a cum. Hold onto your scrotums.
Zoli Teglas is the lead singer of PENNYWISE, and Californian hardcore band IGNITE. He’s also a spectacularly passionate volunteer for the Sea Shepherd conservation society. Hysteria spoke to him about valiantly rescuing sick pelicans with punk’s DIY spirit in tow.
On the verge of releasing their newest collection of scrote-rippin’ tunes, WHITECHAPEL appear to be giving serious consideration to the credo ‘evolve or die’. Hysteria’s Hugh Nichols had a chat with vocalist Phil Bozeman.
In the alt-choons publishing system, having to redo an interview because your iPhone shat itself and deleted the recording is considered egregiously heinous. In this interview, the dedicated pig squealer who was left to deal with this vicious felony was Travis Ryan, member of an elite squad known as CATTLE DECAPITATION.
"Once I ate a bunch of weed cookies without knowing what they were and not being a smoker, it resulted in the longest and most miserable outcome. I was actually mumbling to myself in-between songs like some sort of introvert."
Hysteria upstart Tom Valcanis was watching that crappy Brendan Fraser movie for some reason when, all of a goddam sudden, the phone rang. It was NILE'S own riddle of the riffalicious sphinx, Karl Sanders. His last name has 'sand' in it, too. We just noticed that, it works really well.
You'd be forgiven for exclaiming an almighty "Holy shit!" upon first hearing 7 HORNS 7 EYES debut record Throes of Absolution. You'd also be sent to the naughty corner to say a few Hail Mary's. Toby McCasker murmurs in hushed tones from the confession booth to guitarist Aaron Smith.
Porcupine Tree and Opeth have built careers out of visionary experimentation and boundary pushing. But after the 12 years it took before Porcupine Tree's Steve Wilson and Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt write their first album together as Storm Corrosion was there any new ground to be broken by the two progressive visionaries?
"It's tough when people take shots at ya, for some times no reason other than because they want to use you as a punching bag ... But, you know, the reality of it is that I'm not here to please anybody but myself."
On the eve of what Dez Fafara promises to be DevilDriver's last Australian tour for a while, the band patriach sits down with Hysteria to explain how he's planning to lead his gang of headbangers through 'the most critical moment of the band's career'.
The rest of Darkest Hour are in the studio recording, laying down some demo cuts in preparation for a new album. meanwhile, guitarist and founding member Mike Schliebaum is doing what he sees as something far more important ...
Soundwave Festival 2012: A Rocket To The Moon with Nick Santino interview by Hazel Savage // Feb, 2012
It's not hard to see why A Rocket To The Moon are such big hits on Facebook and Twitter; their legions of devoted followers can message the band directly, creating the new form of communication we often see with young bands ...
Soundwave Festival 2012: Watain with Erik Danielsson
interview by Cameron Edney // Feb, 2012
"We started out as a pretty clean looking typical Scandinavian black metal band and we grew into some kind of trans-mutated abomination that wreaked of corpses and the stench of death, and that's been quite a journey."
"... we are quite a live act, the concerts themselves I see as magical ceremonies rather than simple rock shows ..."
Michigan's LA DISPUTE have arrived back in Australia in support of their new album, Wild Life (No Sleep/Shock) and vocalist, Jordan Dreyer spoke to Hysteria about recording this epic masterpiece and it's release on glorious vinyl ...
Coal Chamber: Words From Meegs interview by Jade Kennedy // Jan, 2012
"Instead of being influenced by the sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll like I was then, these days I'm influenced by the music, because I understand now that's what it all comes down to at the end of the day." more>
The Damned: 35 Years On with Captain Sensible interview by Damo Musclecar // Jan, 2012
"... I remember having to take the amplifiers and the drums on the top deck of a London route master bus to rehearsals because we couldn't afford a van and nobody had a drivers license and we didnt have a manager. It was really hard work actually ..."
Leaving a Trail of Destruction Across Australia: with Marcel Scirmer interview by Cameron Edney // Nov, 2011
"I think this album is the most satisfying album of the last eight or nine years. It’s the album that I am so happy with, the album that has a lot of songs that I like to play live and it’s had very good reactions from the crowds we’ve been playing to."
"... the last year and a half so much has happened to us as people and as a band that, you know, we've been able to put that into the songs and I think that's a good representation of who we are as people right now."
Soundwave Counter Revolution: The Swellers interview by Ben Coby // Sept, 2011
photography by Tessie Navarro
"It's funny, for a few months there we had nothing booked, then all of a sudden we have all of these tours happening which is insane. Touring here ... Hong Kong with Paramore and Counter Revolution ... it's crazy but we love it."
Soundwave Counter Revolution: We Are The Ocean written by Glenn Johnston // Sept, 2011 photography by Ashley Maile
If you haven't been keeping up with your UK releases then you may have missed the lastest album by an impressive outfit called We Are The Ocean. We caught up with Dan Brown before their upcoming tour for Counter Revolution ...
Calling All Cars: Adam Montgomery interview by Damo Musclecar // August, 2011
After touring successfully with rock gods AC/DC, sharing the stage with Australian heavyweights Grinspoon and the Butterfly Effect, Melbourne's Calling All Cars are set to raise the standards of alternative rock ...
interview by Damo Musclecar photos by Lance Mercer // June, 2011
While the city of Melbourne is succumbing to the freezing cold, our next interview subject is kicking back in sunny Las Vegas, celebrating his wife's birthday. Duff McKagan is no stranger to rock 'n' roll ...
An Officer And A Djentleman: Periphery's Misha Mansoor interview by Toby McCasker // June 24, 2011
Astonishingly, techy super-modern originals, Periphery, are due to land in Australia this July for their second tour downunder in just two years—this time as headliners. Band mastermind swung by AHM HQ to djent it up ...
There's No I In Team: Heroes For Hire's Brad Smith written by David Young // June 2011
Love them or hate them, it would be downright unfair to dismiss Sydney pop-punk dudes Heroes For Hire as slackers. From headlining shows to international supports, with more than a few festival slots in-between ...
England Keep My Bones interview by Nate Fisk // June 2011
"They say talking about music is like dancing about architecture. I'm pleased with it, because if I wasn't we would still be in the studio working on it. For me it goes a lot deeper; it goes further ..."
Upcoming Album Release: There For Tomorrow, The Verge interview by Alicia Bolton // June 2011
Your new record, The Verge, will be released on July 1. Tell us a bit about the journey... We went in with no expectations because that's kind of what the hardest part is, to do your first album, you start to think too hard ...
Not Dead Yet: Trial Kennedy's Tim Morrison interview by Caitlin Ritter // June 2011
Through record label splits, line-up changes, management issues and head injuries, Trial Kennedy is somehow still alive and kicking. Front man Time Morrison talks about the upcoming album Living Undesigned ...
Segression: Latest Album, Never Dead interview by Jesse Bateman // June 2011
One of Australia's top live metal acts, AHM caught up with Chris and Red from Segression on their recent Brisbane tour for an insightful chat on the latest album, past glories, guitar lessons, karaoke and plaster casting with Slipknot ...