KILLSWITCH ENGAGE @ The Powerstation : 1 Mar 2017

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Iconic metal giants, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, will be returning to New Zealand in March 2017, in support of their seventh album Incarnate. The Massachusetts powerhouse will be bringing along the atmospheric, boundary-pushing metallers FALLUJAH for their first ever trip down under.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE re-defined heavy metal with the release of their landmark debut,

Alive or Just Breathing, defining ‘metalcore’ single handedly and influencing a legion of bands to follow. Fast forward to 2016 and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE continue to reign the metal world with the release of their seventh full length album, Incarnate, featuring some of their most crushing and influential work gaining praise from fans and critics alike.

“Incarnate is a brash reaffirmation of this band’s superiority over their peers.” – The Guardian

Killswitch Engage are really masters of their craft – Metal Injection – 9/10

Melding brutality and brains into an unstoppable sonic force, San Francisco’s FALLUJAH will be making their highly anticipated live debut on New Zealand shores. Dreamless, FALLUJAH’S latest full length, represents a band at the peak of their songwriting ability breathing new life into the metal world.

Prepare for relentless energy, effortless defiance, crushing riffs and a live show that will leave you wanting more.

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ATMOSPHERE WITH BROTHER ALI SUPPORTED BY PHD @ The Powerstation : 25 Feb 2017

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US hip-hop trailblazers Atmosphere and Brother Ali return to Australia and New Zealand in 2017 – and this time they’re coming together.

A solid musical alliance, these two unique acts helped to define Minnesota hip-hop, reaching global heights with combined legacies spanning over 20 albums and 30 years. Both have been a driving force in alternative hip-hop, inspiring generations with stories of social justice, individualism and the human condition.

Headed by popular lyricist Slug alongside DJ/producer Ant, Atmosphere visit for the first time since 2012, performing hits like ‘Trying to Find A Balance’, ‘Sunshine’, ‘Yesterday’ and ‘The Best Day’ as well as songs from their new album Fishing Blues.

Returning after a hugely influential keynote address at Australia’s BIGSOUND conference Brother Ali joins the tour and is sure to get hands in the air with bouncing beats ‘Forest Whitiker’ and ‘Uncle Sam Goddamn’.

Atmosphere and Brother Ali have long been at the forefront of the independent hip-hop scene, continually pushing the boundaries of the genre and making music unlike anything heard in the commercial sphere.

Buzzing reviews are rolling in for their current US shows, boasting crowds awash with old and new generations of fans. At a time when the power of words are more important than ever, this is sure to be an inspiring alliance of live lyricism.

THE SHOW

“It was all about hands in the air and bouncing beats” – Beat Magazine

“the crowd buzzing off what they had just been part of” – Skiddle

ON ATMOSPHERE

“it was soon clear that Slug’s onstage performance strongly outweighs his pre-recorded sound.” –Music-Critic.com

“When Atmosphere takes the stage, the crowd is deafening. They are ready to bust out every lyric of every song.” – BandsInTown

ON BROTHER ALI

“The audience were taken aback by the complete openness that Ali displayed in his words” – Cease Fire Magazine

“The crowd was shouting amen when he threw up his hands in a justified rage.” – KRUI FM

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OPETH – SORCERESS WORLD TOUR @ The Powerstation : 2 Feb 2017

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The evolution of OPETH as a band is wondrous, witnessing spine-tingling music which bestrides genres, and an exponential growth in an ever diversifying fan base. OPETH performances are without peer – their live show is a deeply emotional, yet exhilarating experience. From centre stage they create an atmospheric utopia; theirs is truly a unique concert experience, and one not to be missed. If OPETH live deliver at an ever increasing peak, their artistic prowess in the studio is reaching dizzying heights, as will be seen in the sheer majesty of their upcoming album ‘Sorceress’. After their highly successful tour of Australia in 2015, and timed to complement their now sold out ‘Evening of Sorcery, Damnation & Deliverance’ concert at the Sydney Opera House, OPETH are pleased to announce a New Zealand show for February 2017 as part of the ‘’Sorceress World Tour’’.

The Swedish Powerhouse cannot be stopped! They recently announced a hugely innovative concept: 3 special shows at historic venues around the world – Radio City Music Hall in New York on October 1st,SSE Wembley Arena in London on November 19th and the famed Sydney Opera House in Australia on February 6th 2017, which sold out in record time.

Then on September 30th OPETH release their new monumental album ‘Sorceress’, their first for Nuclear Blast Entertainment via the band’s imprint label Moderbolaget Records. ‘Sorceress’ is proof chief architect Mikael Åkerfeldt draws from a near-endless well of greatness.

OPETH’s twelfth full-length is an unparalleled adventure, where visions cleverly and secretly change, colours mute as if weathered by time, and sounds challenge profoundly. ‘Sorceress’ is, by definition, moored in Åkerfeldt’s impressive record collection—his one true vice—but, as always, there’s more invention than appropriation at play.

There are few bands that can or will match Sweden’s OPETH. Since forming in the tiny Stockholm suburb of Bandhagen in 1990, the Swedes have eclipsed convention, defiantly crushed the odds, and, most importantly, crafted 12 stunningly beautiful, intrinsically intense albums to become one of the best bands on the planet; whether that be live or on record. Ask any OPETH fan. Enquire with any band that’s shared the proverbial pine with the Swedes. Or, get a label representative to talk OPETH. They’ll all tell you the same thing: OPETH are peerless. And they’re only getting better.

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ALEXISONFIRE @ The Powerstation : 23 Jan 2017

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One of the most important acts to emerge from Canada’s underground music scene in the early 2000s, Alexisonfire released four hugely successful and critically acclaimed albums between 2002 and 2009, amassing a legion of devoted fans across the world. The band’s self-titled debut dropped in 2002 followed by 2004’s WATCH OUT, 2006’s CRISIS and OLD CROWS/YOUNG CARDINALS in 2009. They have since released limited edition vinyl box sets along with the album, LIVE AT COPPS featuring the final show of their 2012 10-year anniversary run, recorded on their home turf in Ontario.

Multi-award winners Alexisonfire has topped sales charts across North America and achieved a Top 20 ARIA Chart debut in Australia with 2009’s OLD CROWS/YOUNG CARDINALS. The band has multiple Gold and Platinum albums under their belt, have graced the covers of some of the world’s most respected music magazines including Kerrang!, Blunt Magazine and Big Cheese, and have taken in main stage slots at some of the world’s premier music festivals, from the UK’s Reading and Leeds to Riot Fest (US + Canada), Fuji Rock Festival (Japan), Soundwave Festival and more.

Alexisonfire will hold no prisoners upon touching down in New Zealand next year, delivering their trademark explosive sets to fans and once again demonstrating exactly why they’re one of the most important bands to emerge from the 2000s.

 

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