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We haven’t seen a Swedish invasion like this since the Thirty Years’ War – a massive triple kill bill comprising the legendary Gothenburg metallers At The Gates, their direct descendants The Haunted, and extreme brethren Witchery will all be here during the 2019 ANZAC Day weekend.
The press release is dead on the money; this is an absolute triumvirate of Swedish metal royalty on one huge bill, and what is a possibly once in a lifetime tour.
This titanic trio will hit the Triffid in Brisbane on ANZAC Day (25th April), Sydney’s Manning Bar the following night (26th) and end up at the legendary Max Watts Melbourne on Saturday the 27th.
All three bands represent the genesis and legacy of Swedish metal, especially Gothenburg’s At The Gates. Their formative albums including 1995’s swansong Slaughter of the Soul are the templates from which melodic death metal are derived. Coming back in 2011 for reunion tours and for good in 2014 with album At War With Reality, they’ll be in Australia for the first time on the back of latest album To Drink From The Night Itself.
The Haunted arose from the ashes of the kicked-in At The Gates, featuring the inimitable Björler brothers (Jonas on bass, Anders on lead guitar) with Patric Jensen (rhythm guitar) leading their thrash attack. If you’ve ever heard a metalhead say “the Björler brothers can’t write a shit riff,” they’d be 100% right. They’ll be here supporting their latest and ninth album, Strength In Numbers.
Patric Jensen will be pulling a double shift as part of blackened death/thrash outfit Witchery, who have been mainstays in the Swedish scene for over two decades. With an armful of classics, they’ll be supporting latest full-length studio effort I Am Legion.
Tickets for all shows go on sale 9am (AEDT) on Friday, 15th October from Hardline Media.