Author: Anita Bergamin

UGLY KID JOE + Supports – Manning Bar, Sydney, 3/12/17

Ugly Kid Joe is one of those bands that doesn’t seem to have much of a stereotypical fanbase, so heading to see them perform America’s Least Wanted in full for the first time ever at Sydney’s Manning Bar on Sunday night made it a little tricky to anticipate what to expect. The first thing that stuck out was the wide range of people in attendance. The Californian-based quintet have managed to pull together an array of fans from all sort of backgrounds and ages, so why should their support acts be any different? Opening up the night were Victorians...

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Album Review: Evanescence – Synthesis

Following six years of being sidelined to parenting duties, solo releases and film score work, Evanescence is officially back this week with their newest album Synthesis released today via Sony Music Australia. Long described as a passion project, lead vocalist Amy Lee explains the concept of Synthesis as being the synergy between old and new, synthetic and organic, and orchestral and electronica. Yes, you read that correctly; the combination of old and new meaning exactly that – brand new reworkings of some of the band’s back catalogue, as well as two brand new songs and some new instrumental tracks...

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Marilyn Manson – Heaven Upside Down

  The world’s most controversial Antichrist Superstar, Marilyn Manson, this week returned after almost three years with the release of his tenth studio album, Heaven Upside Down. Despite a name change from the originally-planned album title, SAY10, the original – and current – title tracks both feature on the album. The follow-up to 2015’s The Pale Emperor, whilst highly anticipated comes as slightly underwhelming on the initial play-through. Although it features all of the themes Manson is known for – fighting, fucking, guns and drugs, the most significant departure from his previous work is in the music, which would...

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“Maybe the whole world thinks I’m nuts. Well then the whole world will think that I’m nuts.” – An interview with EVANESCENCE’s Jen Majura

“First of all, thank you for the outstanding, splendid review of the album. I read this, I held my breath, and I was… I can’t believe… that was so good. You so got the idea of the whole thing, it was perfect.” Well, with that out of the way, knowing I had properly wrapped my head around the concept of Jen Majura’s upcoming solo album, InZENity (Out November 24th), I managed to pry a very busy Jen away from practicing her newest instrument, the theremin, for a bit of a chat about everything going on in her world. But...

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