By Mark Derricutt
Artist: Black Tusk
Date / Venue: Wednesday August 3rd, 2016 - Kings Arms, Auckland
What can I say, for being swampy sludge monsters, the guys in Black Tusk certainly move fast and furious around and all over the stage: blink and their gone.
Apart from the wall of sound. That - was constant.
It was a smaller crowd who made it out to the Kings Arms on a wet, miserable Wednesday night - but that didn't deter either Black Tusk or local openers sere and Bloodnut who both put on killer sets.
As I sat outside during the change over from Auckland's Bloodnut, it dawned on me that no - that WAS the band on stage and not just crew - and yes, they were ready to roll. By the time I got inside and back to the front the mayhem had already started - and apart from the briefest of pauses between set segments, Black Tusk were just relentless.
With a set list of 16 tracks covering 4 albums and a single, this was a show that simply flew by in an instant, and with the entire show ending just before 11pm (shocking I know!) I could have easily taken in another 10 tracks (it's helps that the songs are fairly short).
* Embrace The Madness ( Taste The Sin )
* Bring Me Darkness ( Set The Dial )
* Gods On Vacation ( Pillars of Ash )
* Screaming Inside Myself
* Born of Strife ( Pillars of Ash )
* Mass Devotion ( Set The Dial )
* Crossroads And Thunder ( Set The Dial )
* Desolation In Endless Times ( Pillars of Ash )
* Iron Giants
* Enemy of Reason ( Tend No Wounds )
* Vulture’s Eye
* Levelling ( Pillars of Ash )
* Truth Untold ( Tend No Wounds )
* Beyond The Divide ( Pillars of Ash )
* Set the Dial to Your Doom ( Set The Dial )
* Red eyes, Black Skies ( Taste The Sin )
By James Whitlock
Date / Venue: Thursday March 9th, 2017 - The Powerstation, Auckland
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International metal superstars Dragonforce have revealed details of their forthcoming, brand new studio album 'Reaching Into Infinity'.
By Ben Doy
Artist: Guns N' Roses
Date / Venue: Saturday February 4th, 2017 - Western Springs, Auckland
By Danny Rodda
Artist: Guns N' Roses
Date / Venue: Thursday February 2nd, 2017 - Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Excitement is reaching fever pitch in Wellington as Westpac Stadium prepares for the world’s greatest rock band Guns N' Roses to take to the stage with their arsenal of hits this Thursday 2nd February.
Internationally celebrated heavy rock icons Mastodon are proud to announce the title, track-listing, and release date of their eighth studio album, Emperor Of Sand.
In exactly one week, the dreams of Guns N’ Roses fans in Wellington will come true with an epic night of rock at Westpac Stadium. Two days later, Auckland fans have their chance to see history being made at the iconic Western Springs Stadium on Waitangi Weekend.
By Wal Reid
Brazilian metallers Sepultura have fans bracing themselves for new album Machine Messiah. The new album is abrasive as it genius, it races along at break-neck speed and is the band's first studio album in four years since The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart, notably making it the longest gap between studio albums in their career.