March 22, 2012

New Zealand Metal News and Gig Guide for March/April 2012

Linking Horn, Metal News


It’s a busy month in NZ metal, which a buttload of decent gigs to see and bands to check out. Here’s what I got for ya:


HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS? Japanese drone/noise rockers Boris are going to be in New Zealand for two shows next week. Wellington at Bodega on Tue 27 March and Auckland at Kings Arms on Wednesday 28 March. Tickets and details on UndertheRadar. I have to get up at 6am on Thursday to take a 12 hr train journey – I can totally go to this, right?


BeastWars are running their 2nd album fundraiser at the San Francisco Bath House in Wellington TONIGHT, 7pm, on the door. And next weekend they’ll be supporting Californian stoner rock group Fu Manchu at the same venue. CDH and I will probably be there. On Sat Fu Manchu will be playing at The Studio in Auckland.

August Burns Red and Bless the Fall play in Auckland on Sat 14 April at the King’s Arms, and Welly at the SFBH on Sunday 15.

There’s a Black Friday Metal and Hardcore Festival on in Hamiltron.This is an All Ages event featuring USA’s A Plea for Purging, Saving Grace and Depths.

Cauldron Black Ram will be playing the Whammy Bar on 20 April, for $10, with Diocletion and Shallow Grave. I will be there. DO NOT MISS.

My mate Diezal (yes, that really is her name) does vocals in a band called Fall by Autumn, who are doing their first gig at the Rising Sun on K’rd with Fractured, Resporn and Heathen Eyes on 28 May. Doors from 7pm, and $10 for a night of metal – all the details are HERE.

Kasium – who have a wicked rock album out called Exhale that I reviewed HERE – have a show in Upper Hutt on the 21st April – with Cephalopod, T.H.C and Rising Force at the Rimutaka Tavarn. $5 on the door with an 8:30pm start.

The Exploited will be at the King’s Arms on the 29th April. Tickets $60 from UnderTheRadar.

As part of the NZ Comedy Festival, Steve Hudges is doing a series of shows at the Q Theatre of his unique Heavy Metal Comedy – on May 8-12. We will be at one of them (undecided which one as yet) but tickets are just $19.50 with concession or group discount, or $25 for the normal folk.

Interestingly, “Ripper” Owens is doing a tour of NZ and Aus and will be doing shows in Wellington on June 1, and Auckland on June 2. Tickets from UndertheRadar. These kind of showcases can either be really awesome, or fucking appalling. I am in two minds about going to find out which one this will be.

And, of course, I know it’s ages away, but get your tickets now for Inquisition on June 6. With support from some of our premier black metal acts – Vassafor, Anno Domini Mortis, Winter Deluge – this show is going to be a killer. Tickets $60 from Chaos NZ.

For the latest news on the NZ metal scene, check out these sites:

NZ metal bands/promoters, if you’ve got any news / releases / gigs coming up, shoot me an email at STEFF AT STEFFMETAL DOT COM, and I’ll do my best to get you in the list