There's no such thing as a band born to greatness. To succeed in the world of music there's a whole energy-sapping storm of hard work to plough through. Florida's Trivium has surely earned the major contender status that has been afforded them by their legion of adoring fans and the international media.
Their 2005 Sophomore release, 'Ascendancy', was a bold and dynamic statement of intent that confirmed the potency of Trivium's precocious talents and charisma. Kerrang! declared it "the most skull-peeling collection of pulverising metal grooves and fretboard annihilation you'll hear in a long time."
With a swag of awards and sold out stadium tours left in their wake, Trivium have returned with their latest album, Shogun, "and it's a genuine exercise in global domination" - Metal Rage. They have taken their music to new compositional and technical levels while the album's brutal, bone-shattering production means that they've never sounded heavier or more powerful. 'Shogun' is a monstrous achievement that promises to have the cynics and naysayers choking on their toast. "Considering how much ambition is on display here, Trivium may have finally churned out their very own 'Master Of Puppets'". - Metaleater.com
On the back of their Soundwave appearances Trivium will only be performing one club show in Australia.
Once in a while, amidst the bullshit, half-assed, money hungry, no talent clone bands sucking their way to the top of the charts, there comes a band able to transcend that stereotype and bring some quality music to the masses. Shinedown is one of those bands.
‘The Sound Of Madness’, Shinedown’s third album is the Florida rockers' boldest effort to date. Like its two predecessors, 2003's Platinum, ‘Leave A Whisper’ and 2005's Gold, ‘Us And Them’, ‘it offers a brave and unsparing look into the soul and psyche amidst a fierce musical attack that, even in its quieter moments, vibrate with the passion, energy and focus of a band with limitless ambitions. “Arguably the best rock release of 2009 so far.” - Rockmusictoday
Their storming set at 2009’s Download Festival alongside Faith No More and Slipknot has set the scene for their first ever tour of Australia. On the back of their Soundwave appearances Shinedown will only be performing club shows in Sydney and Melbourne.
With all brilliance, you have insanity" - Abort Mag
Dark. Artistic. Quirky. Sexy. These are just some of the superlatives that fit avant-garde gothic multi-instrumentalist Emilie Autumn.
As a child prodigy, Emilie Autumn started playing the violin at the age of four graduating to collaborate with Billy Corgan and appearing as Courtney Love's 'anarchy violinist'. Complete with a pair of raging stilettos, pearl beads and a pompadour wig, Emilie Autumn has forged her own career. The signature electric violin pyrotechnics, heartbreakingly lush orchestrations and menacing lyrics growled with enough intensity to make your hair stand on end, result in a harpsichord-heavy romp through Victorian asylums where screaming is allowed and girls always get revenge.
On her new album 'Opheliac', Emilie Autumn shows that she is a true artistic find. From her instrumental prowess, devilishly dark lyrics, metal-shredding violin solos and unique, sultry voice, she is a musical force to be reckoned with. "The music created is a maelstrom of insanity and fulfilment." - Dark Nation
The Los Angeles-born starlet's theatrical stage show is a sexy circus of glam-rock burlesque, backed by a scantily-clad, corset donning girl band known as the 'Bloody Crumpets'. The two-and-a-half hour long Asylum show extravaganza is "where madness reigns, this is no rock show; this is Vaudeville." - Metal Martyr
But beware: It is much easier to get into the Asylum than it is to get out...
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