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Thursday, 29 March 2012

The Exploited at the Kings Arms, April 29th

This coming April riot starting, bouncer bashing, cop baiting, hotel trashing, foul talking, noise making, chaos causing, venue wrecking, government hating, rule breaking, piss taking, unrelenting, punk rock band THE EXPLOITED bring their politically charged live show back to New Zealand.

The Exploited are not 'punkers' or any of the other cutesy, watered down, TV friendly names you might want to call them. The Exploited are punk rock.

Formed in 1979, the quartet created a simple, no-frills sound characterized by speed and aggression. Led by vocalist Wattie Buchan, The Exploited is one of the UK’s most politically outspoken thrash bands, who has built a strong and loyal following both at home and abroad for its anti-authoritarian stance and criticism of the government, particularly in the Reagan/Thatcher era.

In 1980, the group founded its own independent record label, Exploited Record Company, and immediately released their debut EP Army Life, which was #6 in the independent charts for eight weeks, and the top 20 for an amazing 18 months. They then released another single, "Barmy Army", which immediately jumped into the independent charts and remained there for 53 weeks, peaking at #4. In 1981 the band signed to Secret Records and released the single "Dogs of War", which peaked at #2 in the independent charts and #63 in the national charts.

1982 saw the release of The Exploited's first genuine classic album 'Troops Of Tomorrow' (#17), which ten years later was to see a medley of three tracks (most notably 'UK82' changed to 'LA92') covered by thrash metal band, Slayer, and US rapper Ice-T, for the 'Judgement Night' soundtrack. The homage was just further proof of the immeasurable influence that punk bands like The Exploited have had on the thrash metal scene. In fact, it can be argued that without them, there would be no Metallica, Slayer or Slipknot.

In over two decades The Exploited have been tear gassed by German cops, banned from Holland, arrested in Spain, declared that the Falklands are British forever whilst on stage in Argentina and have caused more carnage than a multi-car pile up on the M1. Throughout that time they have remained steadfastly true to their roots, never selling out, never splitting up (despite numerous line-up changes) and never bowing down. They've been accused of being dumb (yes, sometimes, but wilfully so) and causing trouble (guilty again, but smashing stuff is fun and punks are supposed to be obnoxious). But The Exploited are also fiercely (not to mention bluntly) socially and politically aware, covering everything from the Criminal Justice Act to the increasing use of Big Brother CCTV and never wavering from their anti-authoritarian, anti-war stance.

Don’t miss The Exploited when they tear up Auckland this April.



The Kings Arms, Auckland
Sunday April 29th

Tickets on-sale Thursday December 15th from and Real Groovy

Support acts and further details TBC

Sonic Altar, Naquadah, Jealous Itch at Coda Lounge, Friday April 13th


THE CODA LOUNGE - Portage rd, New Lynn



Echoing the ghosts of the classic metal hey-day with a revatilized sound, a unique blend of style and influence, Sonic Altar are a force to be reckoned with. The worship of music, a translation of the band name, is really what it means to be Sonic Altar. With a mission of bringing back the melodic substance to hard rock and being a live act to remember, the band have worked themselves to the bone since conception. Sonic Altar is here to melt your face!


After Naquadah's initial conception in 2002, the band has seen a number of line ups but settled on its most current and solid form in 2007. With influences spanning generations and multiple genres Naquadah have defined their own unique and captivating sound. With influences drawn from Rock, Metal, Alternative and Goth the bands sound has evolved into their own unique blend of hard rock. Combined with their captivating and entertaining live performance Naquadah have built a solid and loyal fanbase


Jealous Itch comes to you with a powerful arsenal of combined Heavy Machinery Experience; Stonehenge, Confessor, Adrenalin and Heavy Duty, all well known, hard hitting Rock/Metal Bands spawning the new legend that is Jealous Itch.

Doors from 7pm with a BBQ going.

There will be give aways and spot prizes on the night as well as Merch from all bands so make sure your bring an extra few bucks.

Grab a box of beers/a cheap bottle of wine/your grandads homebrew gin and come down to The Coda Lounge for some top quality Kiwi Music, good friends and ONE HELL OF A NIGHT!

$20 on the door, BYO BOOZE!!

Mothra, Roache, Brigada at Thirsty Dog, April 7th.
April 7th at the Thirsty Dog

Stick around Auckland this Easter and treat yourself to something far better than what the easter bunny has to offer. A blistering live set from Mothra at the Thirsty Dog on K Rd with support from Roache and a debut set from Brigada.

Mothra's sound draws from the altern
ative, progressive and post metal genres, mixing ambience and atmosphere with massive low tuned riffs and odd tunings. Mothra combine experimental ideas with conventional catchy song writing, forged into a unique sound and journey of their own. There is something very special about to be released, and it may even be out before this gig.

Roache describe themselves as 'Post Motown Gangsta Core' and cite influences such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Parkway Drive, Eminem, John Butler Trio, Dr. Dre, and Rage Against The Machine. And they play naked.

Not to be missed is a debut set from a band called Brigada. These guys cite none other than Black Flag as a major influence, so expect a raw brand of hardcore punk from these fellas.

Only $10 on the door, merch will be available. First band on around 9.

Decortica, Cripple Mr Onion + more at Kings Arms April 5th
 April 5th at the Kings Arms
NEON Presents...


$10 at the door - Doors open at 7pm sharp

(Due to work obligations Snakes Of Iron will no longer being playing on this bill. Our headliners will be performing longer sets to make up for it)

Kicking off your long weekend with the best live acts Auckland has to offer. This night is not to be missed!

Decortica is an alternative rock / progressive rock act from New Zealand. With two releases to date and an energetic, polished live show, the band is gaining a reputation as an edgy, modern rock outfit. A three-piece employing a range of dynamics and effects, "the result is a huge, full sound with frequent deviations into new textures and moods" (Groove Guide). The precisely crafted balance of heavy riffs, ambience, thundering percussion, layers of harmony and soaring vocals captured on tracks like "The Grid" (from the debut "A New Aesthetic") and "Shinkansen" (from the follow-up "Love Hotel") is faithfully transposed in the live arena.

Cripple Mr Onion produce music best characterized as "primally heavy, atmospheric, and progressive". Their sound has been described as "spellbindingly beautiful one moment and violently cataclysmic the next". The diverse progeny CMO spits forth to their evergrowing and devoted live following are charged with primal, tribal beats, haunting harmonies and expansive atmospheric textures - each song becomes an individual, living entity with it's own unique qualities, evolving organically to often epic proportions.

Jackal are a four-piece combining solid guitar riffs with a heavy funk rhythm section. Come along to hear a collection of tracks from their second album Furnace Creek, as well as songs from their first album Sleeping Life and new tracks due to be released on their new album this year.

Fictional Response blur the lines between Heavy Rock and Electronica, taking catchy guitar riffs and mixing them with synthesizers and a combination of electronic and live drums. The music draws from diverse inspirations. With a vocal style influenced by Linkin Park and guitar riffs that stand up to those of Deftones and Korn. FR's trademark is loud, explosive bursts of noise combined with softer, more ambient textures. A dynamic and innovative blend of different genres.

Fictional Response is:
Richie Bennett, Tim Gainsford, Daniel Malyon, Shaun Malyon

Heathen Eyes,Triceratops, Kasium, Kive and El Bajo

April 12th at the Kings Arms
~ A Heathen Event ~

$5 For students with I.D or $10 waged ~ 5 hard rock/metal bands hitting Kings Arms on a sweet Thursday night!!!! Its also Heathen Eyes drummer Damian's last gig with the band, lets make it a rad farewell!!!
Bring some ex
tra coin for the merch table, help musicians eat by buying their stuff!!!!!

Check out the band pages for free downloads and updates
Lighting on the night supplied by The Colonel
Poster by Isis Graywood ~ shes the bestest!

The Diabolical Massacre feat. Resporn, Fractured + more at The Rising Sun, April 28th

Come along to The Rising Sun for one awesome night of metal!


* Resporn (
* Fall By Autumn (
* Fractured (
* Heathen Eyes (

Doors open at 7pm sharp with a cheap $10 entry fee!
This IS an R18 gig
And please feel free to dress to the occasion, Bloody yourself up and mosh until you can't!

Dreams of the Dead, I Spit On Your Grave + more at Dogs Bollix April 28th

Blacklight Configuration, Feral Breed, Dreams of the Dead, I Spit On Your Grave, Dogs Bollix, April 28th.

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Cauldron Black Ram (Aus) at Whammy Bar April 21

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The Angel Peacock presents a night of Bestial Brothels, Raiding Nunneries, and Skulduggery as CAULDRON BLACK RAM voyage to New Zealand for the inaugu
ral time, supported by savage helmsmen DIOCLETIAN and doom coxswains SHALLOW GRAVE at the prestigious port of call, the WHAMMY BAR.

Originating from the shores of Adelaide, Australia CAULDRON BLACK RAM play a one night stand in Auckland, CAULDRON BLACK RAM bring their older schooled death metal unto salivating masses. These devil bellied smugglers come for the rum, but stay for the sluts. Launching their deatheavy "The Poisoner Maxi-EP" described as a short drop and sudden stop from their massive sophomore effort "Slubberdegullion".

Supporting the sea dog assassins come the savage DIOCLETIAN. These war smythes lay down an unsurpassed sonic assault. Belligerently decimating, DIOCLETIAN have returned with a new line up, a final test before journeying overseas once again to ensure no one is left standing in the War of All Against All.

Opening the first bottle for the evening are doom diggers, SHALLOW GRAVE. Old enough to bleed, old enough to breed as they say. SHALLOW GRAVE preparing to release their debut self titled album. These doom ushers will initialise one of the most unprecedented heavy events in history.

Auckland's premier small venue. Situated on K-Road gives it a superb location to witness your favourite live acts in an intimate setting.

Cauldron Black Ram performing Haphazard Divulgence of Olde Evil / Artillery -
Diocletian performing Annihilation Ritual -
Shallow Grave performing The Devil's Harvest -



Final Cold By Winter reunion show

Final Cold By Winter reunion show: 27th of April at the Kings Arms
Seems band members are moving over seas.

Ulcerate, Black Fate, Bulletbelt, Carnal at Kings Arms may 4th

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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Playlist for 26th March 2012

KISSIN' DYNAMITE- Money, sex and Power.
CRUCIFIED BABARA- Blackened Bones.
THE HAUNTED- Hollow ground.
MESHUGGAH- The Demon's name is Surveillance.
MESHUGGAH- Demiurge.
HATEBREED- I Will be Heard.
MINISTRY- Double Tap.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE- Self- Revolution.
FUELSET- Leading Goats to Water.
WINDS OF PLAGUE- One for the Butcher.
IN DYING ARMS- Delusions.
BONDED BY BLOOD- Prototype: Death Machine.
HUMAN- Outhouse Sniper.
DOOMSTICK- Doomstick.
MARDUK- Headhunter Half-moon.
DAVIDIAN- Manmade Hell.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Playlist for 19th March 2012

ALESTORM- I Am A Cider Drinker.
MARILYN MANSON- No Reflection.
KORPIKLAANI- Bring us Pints of Beer.
EPICA- Storm the Sorrow
MEGADETH- Guns, Drugs and Money
SLIPKNOT- People equal shit.
GOD FORBID- Where We Come From.
SOULFLY- Gladiator.
EMMURE- Protoman.
CALIBAN- Memorial.
ABORTED- Our Father, Who Art in Feces.
OVERKILL- Electric Rattlesnake
ORIGIN- Conceiving Death.
SPAWN OF POSSESSION- Bodiless Sleeper.
WRETCHED- Dilated Disappointment
SIGH- The Transfiguration Fear

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Playlist for 12th March 2012

BLACK SABBATH- Turn up the Night.
DRAGON FORCE- Fallen World. (new)
CHRISTIAN MISTRESS- Black to Gold. (new)
SOULFLY- American Steel. (new)
SOULFLY- Bastard. (new)
CANNIBAL CORPSE- Followed home then killed. (new)
DEPTHS- Illumination.
MESHUGGAH- Break those bones whose Sinews gave it motion.
LORD MANTIS- Vile Divinity. (new)
GWAR- Lust in Space.
SPAWN OF POSSESSION- Where Angels go Demons Follow.  (new)
IN DREAD RESPONSE- Forgotten Wastelands
HORUSSET- Instinctual Sacrifice.
ZERSTIREN- Perpetua. (new)

Monday, 12 March 2012

New Sleeping Brains Video

Released early Feb, so I don't know how I missed it but the good, yet crazy dudes in Sleeping Brains have released a new music video for "Shake It Up".
Watch it.

New Zerstiren

Christchurch's Zerstiren, who's debut "Ave Pangenitor" out August 2011 avaliable here
The band seem to have been pottering away and all by themselves (a facebook update says guitar player Shamus did it) have recorded, mixed and mastered a new song, "Perpetua"
Check out the bands soundcloud page for a download of the song (might change so get in quick) the link to this page can be found by following the "Free Kiwi Music" tab at the top of this page.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Bad reaction

(based on a facebook update)
Saw some cell phone video of this song (Gojira's "Of Blood and Salt" feat. Devin Townsend and Fredrik Thordendal of Meshuggah off a forthcoming EP for the Sea Shepards charity.) at one of the 2012 Soundwave shows in Aussie recently.

And, as you may or may not know, I was unable to attend ANY soundwave related show this year (including the limited selection that popped over to NZ) so when I heard about the performance as depicted in the video above, my reaction was:

That is all.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Lamb of God forced to can NZ, Alaska shows

See a copy of the press release below, and while undertheradar are emailing ticket holders, it is important to send this information out as far and wide as possible so that all those with travel plans etc can make their own minds about amending those plans or not.
Seems as though the new show will feature The Black Dahlia Murder & Unearth with extended sets (possibly twice as long) and with the bands from the after party joining in as supports. The new pre-sale ticket price is likely to be $55 or there abouts, and door sales to be a few dollars more than that.

Lamb of God will most likely be back again, they seem to love NZ: if they're into bungey jumping off the harbour bridge, having coffee at mission bay & sitting in on local band rehearsals.

Despite of all this bad news I think we  should recognise that there is still a metal gig to be blasted out, and show the love by attending and getting messy in the mosh pit.

It is with deep regret that RW Entertainment must announce that LAMB OF GOD have been forced to withdraw from their scheduled appearance at Studio in Auckland on Wednesday March 7th due to a domestic emergency affecting the band. The band and their management have issued their own concise cancellation statement, as follows: "Lamb of God have been forced to cancel their shows scheduled for March 7th in Auckland, New Zealand and March 9th in Anchorage, Alaska, due to a medical emergency regarding a family member.
The band intends to make up both shows during the Resolution tour cycle." THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER and UNEARTH will now perform a co-headlining substitute show at the same venue, with support from original Lamb of God local openers CRIPPLE MR ONION, and scheduled afterparty acts STATE OF INTEGRITY and IN DREAD RESPONSE.
Both The Black Dahlia Murder and Unearth will perform extended sets to compensate for the absence of Lamb of God. Doors for this show will open at 7pm, as per the Lamb of God show and entry will again be restricted to those aged 18 and over. Entry to the substitute show is valid for any original Lamb of God ticket-holder.
There will also be door sales available to the substitute show. All ticket holders will receive an automatic $30 refund on their original ticket. Anyone requesting a full refund must do so by midday on Sunday March 11th and cannot use their ticket to attend the substitute show. Refunds will not be processed any earlier than Monday March 12th. Any questions regarding refunds can be directed to
The scheduled signing and meet and greet sessions for Lamb of God have also been cancelled, although winners of the various competitions promoted by RW Entertainment and their media partners will still have their CD prize packs honoured and sent out. Everyone involved in the RW Entertainment family is beyond devastated that this has happened at the eleventh hour, with such a small amount of notice.
Our deepest sympathies are with Lamb of God at this, their time of need. We hope to see as many of you as possible turn out in big numbers to support The Black Dahlia Murder and Unearth, who always deliver live shows of unparalleled intensity, and will no doubt do a fine job of making up for Lamb of God's late withdrawal. While this situation was no-one's fault, and simply one of those unfortunate turns in life that catches everyone off-guard, RW Entertainment would sincerely like to extend their deepest apologies to the many fans who had bought tickets (a lot of tickets!) to the show and who have shown such massive support and excitement during the whole time leading up to it. In particular, we want to acknowledge those people who were due to travel from out of town for this show.
We know how great an inconvenience this must be, and can only hope that the substitute show we have managed to pull together slakes everyone's thirst for pure American heavy metal until such time as Lamb of God and ourselves work again.


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Playlist for 5th March 2012

CLUTCH- Electric Worry.
ACCEPT- Stalingrad. (New)
KISSIN DYNAMITE- Addicted to Metal.
GWAR- You are my Meat.
EVERY TIME I DIE- Partying is such sweet sorrow.(New)
NAPALM DEATH- Fall on their Swords.(New)
DEPTHS- Illumination.(New)
** Interview with Cripple Mr Onion Drummer, Rene, ahead of their Lamb of God, Black Dahlia Murder, Unearth supporting slot **
CRIPPLE MR ONION- Anti-gravity.
GUNT- Deletion.(New)
CANNIBAL CORPSE- Scourge of Iron.(New)
HIGH ON FIRE- Fertile Green.(New)
AVERSE SEFIRA- Serpent Recoil.
RESPORN- Of Innocence.
8 FOOT SATIVA- 8 Foot Sativa.
SLAYER- Skeletons of Society.
SINATE- Curse of the Blood Eagle.

Thanks to Brad (drums, Resporn) and Rene (drums, Cripple Mr Onion) for appearing (via phone) on the show.
The gig where Cripple Mr Onion's supporting L.O.G:
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Monday, 5 March 2012

August Burns Red, Bless the fall NZ tour

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Mindriot, Feral Breed & Dreams of the Dead play Thirsty Dog April 19th

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Subtract with Resporn, Fractured

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Rock Out West 2012

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