Gig Guide

An Evening with Machine Head

08:00 pm

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Machine Head are bringing their phenomenal live show to New Zealand with two awe-inspiring shows. These are sure to be two of the best metal shows ever to grace the land of the long white cloud!

Hailing from Oakland, California, Machine Head are one of the biggest names in Metal. Every worthwhile musical subculture needs its heroes and Machine Head have been just that for the past 20 years. Starting with the earth-shattering prescience of 1994’s “Burn My Eyes” and continuing up to 2014’s “Bloodstone & Diamonds”, they have constantly redefined the very notion of heaviness and are one of the few in modern times that can boast an unbreakable connection with the hearts and minds of the metal faithful.

Machine Head are a band operating at the absolute peak of their collective powers, as exemplified by their powerful new album ‘Bloodstone & Diamonds’!

“Striking an exquisite balance between brute force, insistent melody and bold experimentation, this is the finest mainstream metal album of 2014 by a huge margin.” – The Guardian

Machine Head shows are the next level of live experience. Front-man Robb Flynn is one of the most charismatic front-men in the world and they have towered above the competition with a ruthless determination and dedication to the cause for 20 years.

If you’re not sure these guys mean business – here’s a message from Robb himself… “Our first time headlining in Australia since 2010, and our first time headlining in New Zealand EVER!! To say that we are fucking STOKED beyond belief would be the understatement of the year!!!! We cannot wait to plunder your cities into the dust Head Cases!!!!”

A Machine Head live show is as much about the crowd as it is about the band. Machine Head do not just perform and leave – you’re in for highly energetic show, with bodies flying everywhere! Prepare yourselves to be bludgeoned by a wall of sound and leave the venue with ears ringing, voice boxes shredded and bodies crushed. The Blood, The Sweat, The Beers!

“It’s hard to know what hit the floor faster, the collective jaws of everyone in the room or the pile up of bodies in the pit” – Rock Sins

The return of the mighty Machine Head to New Zealand, their first headline tour since 2008, is sure to be a memorable experience, and is likely to be one of the best tours of the decade! Do not miss this one, Head Cases!

“All hail Machine fucking Head.”

This is an R18 event.

Napalm Death and Carcass in NZ!

08:00 pm

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New Zealand metal fans, can a metal package simply get any better than this? Without question in this day and age, this tour is truly a worldwide once in a lifetime opportunity, and you are fortunate enough to be getting it right here! Two of the most influential and legendary acts in the history of the grindcore and death metal genres, NAPALM DEATH and CARCASS, join forces in a pairing that has not been seen for decades, to create the ultimate death metal fans dream package. Heads will roll, limbs will fly and bodies will rot in this most spectacular and rare offering.

NAPALM DEATH – 34 years of grindcore ultra-violence, 34 years of being one of the hardest working, hardest touring bands on this miserable planet, NAPALM DEATH’s conviction, energy and belief in spontaneous, outspoken yet extreme music is far from being watered down. Fifteen albums in, NAPALM DEATH’s concerns are realised through intense, thought provoking and devastatingly brutal songs. Once again with the bands new album ‘Apex Predator – Easy Meat’ the band venture into neckbreaking mid-tempo passages to allow the listener to take a breath before vicious blast beats hammer you out of existence. It has been eight long painful years since the band left a blazing trail of destruction around this country, and NAPALM DEATH are set to create havoc upon us all again with the same unrelenting carnage.

Along with NAPALM DEATH, CARCASS are the undeniable legends and forefathers of grindcore. Close to 30 years of developing and crafting their sound to what it is today, CARCASS last year released ‘Surgical Steel’, an album many critics regarded as the best metal album of 2014 and rightly so. Everything a CARCASS fan could want is on this record, with every era of the band represented. Having last performed in New Zealand in 2008, and outside of Auckland over a decade earlier, the band could not wait to bring their clinical like skills back to Aotearoa and dissect their way through the country again with their technical precision.