This year is a busy one for awesome shows, both from local bands and international acts gracing our shows. I’m missing a few I ought to be going to, just because funds are a bit short at the moment, but whether you’ve got $0 or $200 to your name, there’s definitely at least ONE show on this list you should check out.
Here are some of the metal shows NZ metalheads should consider making their way to:
Tuesday night sees the hilarious Steel Panther taking the stage at the Powerstation, promising a night of LA glam and notorious songs such as “Death to All But Metal” and “Like Tiger Woods”. There’s a great article in the NZ herald about the panther invasion. I can’t afford this show right now, (going to Bill Bailey on Wednesday night, instead), but if you’ve got the money, it promises to be a great night. Tickets from Ticketmaster.
This Friday at the King’s Arms, Australian power-metal champions LORD are playing a show to promote their new album, Digital Lies. They’re playing four dates in New Zealand – Tuesday in Christchurch at the Foundry, Wednesday in Dunedin at 12 Below, and Saturday night in Wellington at Bar Bodega. It’s great to have international acts playing shows in the other main centres, so get out there and show your support. My husband’s band, Stone Monarch, is one of the opening bands for the Auckland show, along with Sonic Altar, Just One Fix and the mighty Stormforge. Tickets are $10 from Under the Radar or $15 on the door. GET YE THERE.
Ryan Kershaw, who is a freaken amazing guitarist, and a swell guy to boot, is doing a national tour in October. Current dates at Sat Oct 6, Palmerston North (with the Blue Grizzly Band opening), Sat 20 October at the King’s Arms in Auckland (support from Forsaken Age and these Automatic Changes), and Sat 27th October at Red Eye in Whangarei (El Bajo and Everisingsun). This tour is sponsored by Live and Let Dye hair.
Jeff Loomis is doing a guitar clinic at Atwaters Music Works on Tuesday 9 October. SWEET. I will probably be there.
My fave local war metallers, Exordium Mors, are holding a release party for their Sacrifice, Perish and Demise EP. This is a seriously wicked EP and these guys always put on a top-notch show. Highly recommend making your way to this. It’s at the King’s Arms, of course, with support from Nullifier, Winter Deluge, Carnal and Stormforge.
The beautiful and talented Rebecca McNaughton is doing makeup for the monthly Evil Deed’s Shadowcast of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, at Academy Cinema, Friday October 12. Yeah, yeah, it’s not metal, but Rocky Horror is awesome.
Malevolence, Eolithic Relapse, Inside Arkham – death, grind and groove at the King’s Arms Saturday 20 October. $5 at the door.
My friend Diezel’s band, Fall by Autumn, is playing at the King’s Arms Thursday October 25th alongside Shards of Sky, Osmose and Kulus. These guys are very impressive, with some terrifying female vocals and deep, layered groove.
The following night, the King’s Arms gets another metal injection as Dawn of Azazel, Carnal, Horrendous Disfigurement and Nullifier take the stage for a FREE show. This is sure to be well-attended, so get along and enjoy some free metal.
Naquadah – NZ’s favorite melodic gothic metallers, are celebrating ten years with a special show at the King’s Arms Tavern on Saturday October 27th, sponsored by Jaegermeister. With support from These Four Walls (accoustic) and the mightiest hair metal covers act of them all, Maskara, $10 at the door is a small price to pay for what promises to be an epic show. Naquadah are supporting Nightwish in January, alongside Damnations Day and Stormforge.
In November, classic metal act Forsaken Age are releasing their much-anticipated debut album, Back from Extinction, at the Thirsty Dog. Saturday 3 November is the day to rock up, and with support from Blackleaf Gardens, Stone Monarch and Hedonic, you’ll get your “pedal to the metal”. $5 before 9pm, and $10 after – I’ll be floating around, so come say hi.
Or, if your fancy carries you in a different direction, check out Maskara’s Tribute to Destruction show, paying homage to Guns’n’Roses alongside your favorite 80s tracks. This show is at … you guessed it … the King’s Arms Tavern. Since our mate Nate plays drums in Maskara, you might even see us put in an appearance here, too …
If you’re stuck for a party for New Years, I recommend you check out Beyond the Black – an annual metal and hard rock festival held at Trentham Racecourse in Wellington. There are 20 bands across two stages, including El Schlong, Visen Execution, Cephalopod, Resporn, Rising Force (love these guys), Fuelset, Devile, The Heathen Collective and more. Tickets are only $30 – well worth it if you’re down Welly way.
And, of course, don’t forget to get your tickets to the following international acts:
- Nightwish – Tuesday 8 January, at the Studio in Auckland.
- Alestorm – Thursday 24 January, at the Kings Arms Tavern in Auckland. I have it on good authority lots of pirate shenanigans will appear on the blog around that time.
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