HARDLINE MEDIA proudly presents...
METAL CHURCH - AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 2023
West coast Metal veterans METAL CHURCH will return to Australia this December to round out 2023 with the last Metal tour for the year. They also return with their 13th studio album, CONGREGATION OF ANNIHILATION, on May 26,2023. The new album marks the first release since the tragic loss of legendary front man Mike Howe in 2021, but it also marks the first album with new vocalist Marc Lopes (Ross the Boss / Let Us Prey) who came on board in the summer of 2022 and features the current lineup of founding guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof, guitarist Rick Van Zandt, bassist Steve Unger and legendary W.A.S.P. (amongst others) drummer Stet Howland. The new songs are a return to the band’s musical roots harkening back to the vibes of the self-titled first album and THE DARK.
Of the album Kurdt Vanderhoof comments “This new album is starting a new chapter in the Metal Church legacy. I really love this album. It's a fresh approach for us in one way, but also a return to the very beginnings of Metal Church as part of the New American Thrash Metal movement. This record contains some of the most aggressive songs we have recorded. I hope the fans will like it as much as we do.”
Marc Lopes comments, “I am beyond honored to be part of carrying on this legacy into a new era of Metal Church. Working with Kurdt and a band that was a huge influence of mine growing up was a surreal experience to say the least. For me there was no point in trying to imitate what was already done to perfection. So, with respect to the past, we moved forward to a new chapter and here we are!”
The band are well excited to play for you some new songs, as well as delving into a Best Of from their well-respected classic back catalogue.
These shows will sell out, so get in quick!
Metal Church "Pick A God and Prey" Official Lyric Video:
There will be extremely limited VIP meet and greet tickets available.
CHEAPER PRE-SALE, EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE NOW! - These are strictly limited, and there is no booking fee... so save some bucks, get in early.
LIMITED VIP MEET & GREET WITH METAL CHURCH, includes: - Early access to the show and merch stand
- Get a photo on your phone/device with the band
- Australian tour poster to get signed by the band
- Exclusive VIP lanyard/laminate
- Bring along 3 personal items to get signed
- VIP TICKET INCLUDES ENTRY TO THE SHOW
Early bird and VIP tickets via www.hardlinemedia.net
GENERAL PUBLIC TICKETS ON SALE: TUE 23 MAY @ 10AM AEST.
Don't miss seeing one of the most legendary Thrash Metal bands, METAL CHURCH!!!
THUR 14TH DEC - MELBOURNE - CROXTON
FRI 15TH DEC - BRISBANE - THE ZOO
SAT 16TH DEC - SYDNEY - CROWBAR
SUN 17TH DEC - ADELAIDE - CROWN & ANCHOR
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HARDLINE MEDIA proudly presents, a deadly double, crossover thrash bill… DRI & HIRAX in Australia!!!
Hardline are pleased to announce the return of DRI, and welcome, for their first time in Australia - HIRAX!!!
CANBERRA, SYDNEY, BRISBANE, MELBOURNE - GET READY - DRI & HIRAX are coming to get ya in FEBRUARY 2024!
After selling out shows in Australia the last time they were here, the DIRTY ROTTEN IMBECILES are set to pack it out down under yet again!
Formed in ’82 in Houston, Texas, DRI recorded their first release that year, packing 22 songs into 18 minutes of their cult classic EP debut THE DIRTY ROTTEN EP. With only 1000 copies pressed, demand caused the EP to be released on LP in 1983… and so was born the DIRTY ROTTEN LP. A huge inspiration for new bands at the time and a recording that had the band named the fastest band in the world.
In ’84 they released a follow up EP VIOLENT PACIFICATION. Then came the release of their second, full length album DEALING WITH IT (1985) which took the band in a distinct METAL direction, whilst still remaining utterly HARDCORE. And so their Crossover Thrash years began, to a now cult status. Supported by such fans as DAVE LOMBARDO (SLAYER), who is often heard shouting out DRI as a huge influence on him.
Their aptly-named third album CROSSOVER (1987), further confirmed their redirection to a more thrash Metal sound - with the songs becoming slower, longer and more complex. Henceforth, DRI became the leaders of the “crossover” movement, a style that combined PUNK, HARDCORE and METAL. Albums followed, including FOUR OF A KIND (1988), THRASH ZONE (1989), DEFINITION (1992), LIVE (their first live album, released in 1994) and FULL SPEED AHEAD (1995).
Understandably, what followed was a busy decade of extensively touring around the world. In 2015, the band made it back to the studio, recording the long-awaited BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE EP (released 2016). And once again, this hard-working band began touring the world again for their, pun intended, hardcore legion of fans - many of whom have been fans for 40 years! Thrashing as hard as ever, Australia get ready for some DRI mayhem in FEBRUARY 2024!!!
FOR THEIR FIRST TIME IN AUSTRALIA - HIRAX ARE HEADING DOWN UNDER!!!
Hailing from Los Angeles, thrash metal legends HIRAX emerged under the leadership of vocalist KATON W DE PENA in 1984. Gigging extensively in the formative years of the SAN FRANCISCO METAL scene alongside bands like SLAYER, METALLICA and EXODUS, HIRAX became a steadfast must-see of the BAY AREA THRASH movement. ’84 also saw the release of their now legendary four-song demo, which became feverishly traded in the underground metal scene and helped them become known and respected worldwide. The band is a solid, early example of the THRASH, SPEED and CROSSOVER THRASH METAL genres.
In 1985, HIRAX released their debut RAGING VIOLENCE to rave reviews. The album HATE, FEAR AND POWER followed in 1986 and they independently released the demo BLASTED IN BANGKOK in 1987.
The band continued their career, with various line-ups and releases including albums THE NEW AGE OF TERROR (2004), EL ROSTRO DE LA MUERTE (2009) and IMMORTAL LEGACY (2014).
Finally, after all these years, HIRAX will hit Australian shores in FEBRUARY 2024 for the first time.
Don’t miss your chance to witness an epic night of original Bay Area Crossover Thrash!
CHEAPER PRE-SALE, EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
These are strictly limited, and there is no booking fee, so save some cash and get in early. Early bird tickets via www.hardlinemedia.net
GENERAL PUBLIC TICKETS ON SALE:
Monday 26th June @ 10:00am AEDT.
LIMITED VIP MEET & GREET:
- Early access to the show and merch stand
- Get a photo on your phone/device with bands
- Australian tour poster, which you can get signed by bands
- Exclusive VIP lanyard/laminate
- Bring along 3 personal items to get signed, per band
- VIP TICKET includes entry to the show
Wednesday 21st Feb - Canberra - The Basement
Thursday 22nd Feb - Sydney - Crowbar
Friday 23rd Feb - Brisbane - The Zoo
Saturday 24th Feb - Melbourne - Max Watts
TICKETS* AND INFO: www.hardlinemedia.net
*ALL TICKETS PURCHASED FOR ORIGINAL DATES REMAIN VALID
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