Sidewaves 2014

  • The Dillinger Escape Plan – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne 27/02/14
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    The Dillinger Escape Plan – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne 27/02/14

    Since Monday, Melbourne had been playing host to a raft of cutting edge, boundary-pushing bands, all here for the annual Soundwave Festival. A band that fits securely in this aforementioned contingent of boundary-pushers was tonight’s headline act, The Dillinger Escape Plan. A screeching barrage of distortion had been building tension and the time finally arrived

  • Alice In Chains, Down – Palace Theatre, Melbourne 27/02/14
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    Alice In Chains, Down – Palace Theatre, Melbourne 27/02/14

    Phil Anselmo had retired to the side of the stage. His forehead, which protruded from his heavy, almost simian skull, was bleeding from repeated self-inflicted stabbings with his own microphone. His smile forced a satisfied kind of wince as he watched ex-Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Vernon Reid and Doug Wimbish of Living Colour,

  • Korn, Rob Zombie – Palace Theatre, Melbourne 26/02/14
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    Korn, Rob Zombie – Palace Theatre, Melbourne 26/02/14

    One of the great things about hosting a festival with 80 or so international acts is that, due to the negative correlation between bands willing to play sideshows and available venues, double- and triple-header bills abound, causing metalheads nationwide to go weak at the knees. It was thus no surprise that the double bill of

  • Gwar, Amon Amarth – Factory Theatre, Sydney 26/02/14
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    Gwar, Amon Amarth – Factory Theatre, Sydney 26/02/14

    Amon Amarth and Gwar are two very different acts, the former a master of blistering death metal, the latter a 30-year veteran of the funniest piss-take metal around. Despite their differences, last night’s Sidewave at the Factory Theatre in Sydney proved that a love of metal can bring anyone together. Both acts stole the show,

  • Mastodon, Gojira, Baroness – Palace Theatre, Melbourne 25/02/14
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    Mastodon, Gojira, Baroness – Palace Theatre, Melbourne 25/02/14

    It may seem a no-brainer to assemble three of the most critically acclaimed and consistently uncompromising metal bands on the Soundwave 2014 bill and unleash them upon 4,000 civilians over two nights, but the subjective ties between the three groups go even deeper. What the three of them share is the fact that the critics

  • Alice In Chains – Enmore Theatre, Sydney 25/02/14
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    Alice In Chains – Enmore Theatre, Sydney 25/02/14

    In a week overflowing with Sidewaves, fans found themselves at the beautiful Enmore Theatre to spend some time with what is arguably the ’90s grunge scene’s last credible act. Alice In Chains put on an outstanding, albeit seemingly perfunctory performance, sealing their authority with a powerhouse set free of surprises and targeting the fans who

  • Placebo – Enmore Theatre, Sydney 24/02/14
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    Placebo – Enmore Theatre, Sydney 24/02/14

    Placebo were last in town for Soundwave 2010 and now here they are again with another sideshow, this time celebrating Soundwave 2014. As an act whom frontman Brian Molko himself has labelled “for outsiders, by outsiders,” Placebo are certainly embraced by a wide cross-section, and this cross-appeal makes them all the more interesting. Their glam/alternative/industrial

  • Graveyard Sidewave Announced
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    Graveyard Sidewave Announced

    The last couple of weeks have seen some incredible Soundwave 2014 sideshows announced, including some epic triple and quadruple bills sure to leave fans with lifelong tinnitus. None will be louder than this last-minute Nordic addition to the Sidewaves schedule, Sweden’s own Graveyard. Hailing from Gothenburg, where death metal veterans like At The Gates first

  • Ill Niño, Skindred Sidewaves Announced
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    Ill Niño, Skindred Sidewaves Announced

    Bilingual metal legends, Ill Niño are soon to bring their latin-infused vocals, flamenco guitars, tribal drums and salsa inspired bass lines to Australia as a part of the Soundwave lineup and will also take to the stage for two monster Sidewaves in Melbourne and Perth alongside Brit brothers Skindred. For a little over 14 years,

  • Volbeat, Filter, Hacktivist Sidewaves Announced
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    Volbeat, Filter, Hacktivist Sidewaves Announced

    Industrial, metal and rock fans, rejoice – Danish sensation Volbeat, Cleveland rockers Filter and UK rule breakers Hacktivist are getting together for the mother of all Sidewaves, today announcing a pair of triple-billed headliner shows. Volbeat should need no introduction, having been catapulted to stardom after being handpicked by Metallica to support them on their

  • Terror, Letlive, Your Demise Sidewaves Announced
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    Terror, Letlive, Your Demise Sidewaves Announced

    Soundwave Festival organisers have managed to corral three of the 2014 lineup’s most highly-anticipated and beloved hardcore acts for their latest Sidewaves announcement, bringing together the mighty likes of Terror, Letlive, and Your Demise for shows in Melbourne and Sydney. It’s been ten years of non-stop touring schedules that would punish even the most seasoned

  • Pennywise, Stiff Little Fingers, Trash Talk, Authority Zero Sidewave Announced
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    Pennywise, Stiff Little Fingers, Trash Talk, Authority Zero Sidewave Announced

    If Melburnians felt left in the lurch following the news that California punkers Pennywise would be joining beloved Floridian ska outfit Less Than Jake at their Sydney Sidewave, they needn’t any longer. The punk veterens have announced today a quadruple-bill Melbourne-only sidewave show, bringing fellows Soundwave bands Stiff Little Fingers, Trash Talk and Authority Zero

  • GWAR, Amon Amarth, Satyricon, The Black Dahlia Murder Sidewaves Announced
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    GWAR, Amon Amarth, Satyricon, The Black Dahlia Murder Sidewaves Announced

    Soundwave 2014 orangisers have been doing a fine job of wrangling heavy lineups for their Sidewave tours, but their latest is impossible to surpass in sheer brutality, with Sydney and Melbourne shows planned for GWAR, Amon Amarth, Satyricon, and The Black Dahlia Murder. Anyone looking to experience a GWAR live show would be well advised

  • Testament, Newsted Sidewaves Announced
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    Testament, Newsted Sidewaves Announced

    American heavy-metal heroes Testament and Newsted are teaming up for two Sidewaves in Sydney and Melbourne, after Newsted was ousted from the Megadeth sideshow. Testament, who formed in Northern California in 1983, have purveyed a famous brand of thrash metal for decades, rising the ranks alongside bands like Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth. The group’s

  • Megadeth’s Mustaine Denies Kicking Newsted Off Sidewaves
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    Megadeth’s Mustaine Denies Kicking Newsted Off Sidewaves

    Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has denied reports that Megadeth are responsible for dropping heavy metal outfit Newsted, fronted by Jason Newsted, ex-bassist for Mustaine’s former outfit, Metallica, from their recently announced Soundwave 2014 sideshow tour. Yesterday, Soundwave announced that the thrash metal legends requested that Newsted be removed from the triple bill, which also includes

  • Megadeth Drop Newsted From Sidewaves Tour
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    Megadeth Drop Newsted From Sidewaves Tour

    Megadeth have dropped heavy metal outfit Newsted from their recently announced Soundwave 2014 sideshow tour. Newsted, fronted by former Metallica bass player Jason Newsted, were to join the heavy metal icons with Danish band Volbeat for two shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Earlier, Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah had tweeted that two bands on the 2014

  • HIM, Nostalghia, The Defiled Sidewaves Announced
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    HIM, Nostalghia, The Defiled Sidewaves Announced

    The Metro in Sydney and Melbourne’s 170 Russell (formerly Billboard) are preparing to become awash with Heartagrams as Soundwave organisers announce their latest triple Sidewaves bill, this time featuring Finnish rock gods HIM, with support from Nostalghia, and The Defiled. HIM, a force to be reckoned with, have sold over 8 million records and are

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