After a triumphant Australian visit earlier this year, New Zealand heavy act Beastwars return to Australian shores in February, spitting out a sharp three date run up and down the East Coast in support of new single This Mortal Decay.
With a new found perspective and deep understanding of the fragility of life stemming from vocalist Matt Hyde‘s recent battle with cancer, the band are back in world-class form and will return to Australia on the back of sold out shows at the Gershwin Room in Melbourne and one of the most mesmerising Dead of Winter festival sets ever laid down to a packed 1500 strong crowd at the Tivoli in Brisbane, earning them a new army of Australian fans.
“Part orchestra conductor and part demonic possession, vocalist Matt Hyde scampered across stage casting spells and hexes on his fellow bandmates. Eyes closed and arms out, his blood curdling guttural howls filled the ballroom and rode high on top waves of doom riffing” SCENESTR MAG
Promoting gargantuan new single This Mortal Decay, the introspective work was the last song written for latest Beastwars album ‘IV’ and also the most triumphant, shaped by Hyde’s recent experiences delving into the abyss. “I was lucky that I had music to express what had happened to me,” Hyde says. “A lot of people don’t have that. I was very lucky that we could make a record. I took the time to process it and turned it into something else. It’s interesting to have the ability to confront the void, to confront the idea of mortality. I didn’t make peace with it either.”
Beastwars‘ 4th album ‘IV’ has been lauded around the world, debuting domestically at number 1 on the Top 40 album charts and seeing the band nominated for Best Group and Best Rock Album at the New Zealand Music Awards this year, a nomination they’ve amazingly earned for every album release.
“A thunderously heavy and life-affirming listen” METAL HAMMER UK
Nathan Hickey, Beastwars drummer, says of the upcoming Australian tour “We are so excited to be coming back to Australia this summer. You guys have always welcomed us with open arms and the love shown was immense on our last visit. Last years shows were huge. It was a dream to pack out the Gershwin Room in Melbourne and to play to a full house in Brisbane at the Tivoli. These next shows will be extra special too as it’s Matt’s birthday… so we will be bringing the party.”
Be prepared to have your mind blown (again)… Beastwars are the real deal. This Mortal Decay 2020 Australian tour stops in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
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