Good news for fans of prog on the east coast of Oz! This year Progfest will be expanding from Melbourne to incorporate Sydney and Brisbane, with Leprous from Norway headlining!
Dyssidia played Progfest last year in Melbourne and man did it go off! We are stoked to be playing all three shows and I’ll also be playing the Sydney show with James Norbert Ivanyi.
Keep an eye out for Dyssidia shows in Perth and Adelaide to be announced soon as well.
Dyssidia have been working hard on our upcoming album and I’ll be heading into the studio around Christmas time to track some demos. The difficulty level has really gone way up with these new songs, with some super challenging odd time rhythms, polyrhythms and drawn out song structures providing plenty of anxiety for us as we attempt to play and refine the material!
Before we play the Progfest shows, we’ll also be supporting Paradise Lost (UK) at The Gov in Adelaide on December 17.
What a tour! It was hard work playing double sets for each show but well worth it. Couldn't have asked for a better bunch of guys to tour with :)
Next up, Voros support Arcturus (NOR) in Adelaide on September 13, the Ivanyi band supports Haken (UK) at the Factory Theatre in Sydney on September 30, and Voros plays at the New Dead Festival on October 7 with Napalm Death & Lock Up (US) headlining.
Crowd photos below: Dyssidia in Adelaide, JNI in Brisbane, Dyssidia in Melbourne, JNI in Sydney.
I've also included a couple of photos from UK Tech Fest down below.
Aaaand some drum cam footage from the Dyssidia set in Adelaide for good measure.
A few weeks ago, I played at UK Tech Fest with the likes of Obscura, The Black Dahlia Murder, Northlane, Beyond Creation, Exivious, Panzerballet and many more. It was definitely an amazing experience! Here's some drum cam footage of one of the songs we played - keep watching until the drum solo at the end!
Stay tuned for more footage from this show on my YouTube channel. I've also been uploading lots of drum videos to my Instagram page which I started a few months ago, so follow me on there: @liamweedall.
Next up, we play Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne with my band Dyssidia! (see below post for details).
This'll be fun! I'll be pulling double duty with Dyssidia and James Norbert Ivanyi playing shows in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide in August.. James is releasing his new EP entitled 'Denalavis' on June 1st which is going to blow people's minds! Dyssidia will also be releasing the second video from our latest EP 'Of Delight and Despair'.
Hi All, I recently uploaded a cover that I've wanted to do for years now by one of my favourite bands Intronaut. In my opinion they display the perfect balance of technicality & emotion as well as heavy sludgy sections and melancholy lighter sections. Danny Walker is also one of those rare drummers that can grind it up with bands like Exhumed and Murder Construct, then also demonstrate a vast facility of jazz/latin/fusion chops when playing progressive metal with Intronaut.
I filmed this with one camera so you know it was done in one take (definitely do not recommend for a 6+ minute prog track!)
Here's a drum cam of one of the songs from the recent Adelaide show with James Norbert Ivanyi. I'll be uploading more songs to my youtube channel soon. This track features a lot of linear drumming in both a funk and metal setting. There's some cool paradiddle action in here as well. The next time I play with James and his band made up of Liam Horgan and Stephen Taranto, will be in England for UK Tech Fest in July!
Here's some pretty big news that was announced a few weeks back - I'll be heading to England in July with guitarist James Ivanyi and bass player Liam Horgan to play alongside some of my favourite bands at UK Tech-Fest! We'll be doing some other shows around UK and possibly even Europe, so stay tuned in the next couple of months.
This line-up is without a doubt one of the best I have ever seen when it comes to technical and progressive metal bands, and to be the only Australian act on the bill is quite an honour! Some highlights of this line-up for me are The Faceless, Obscura, Beyond Creation, Exivious, The Black dahlia Murder, Panzerballet and Aborted. To say that I can't wait is an understatement!
Some very exciting news to announce - I am now endorsing Los Cabos drumsticks! I'm stoked to be joining a whole bunch of amazing drummers on their artist roster, including one of my favourite drummers Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth), plus some of the best drummers in Australian metal such as Dave Haley, Rob Brens, Henri Sison and Jake Sproule. Los Cabos are a Canadian company that pride themselves on producing the best quality sticks. I'm currently using their 5a wood tip hickory sticks which have a great weight and feel; a bit thicker than a standard 5a. Check them out here.
In other news, I recently played shows at festivals in Bendigo and Adelaide with one of my favourite bands Alarum from Melbourne! I consider Alarum to be the most influential Australian progressive metal band, having been around since the mid 90's, and I've been a big fan of these guys for the past decade so I was pretty excited to get this opportunity. They are one of the few bands known for integrating jazz fusion into thrash/death metal, which is right up my alley! Here's some footage from the Adelaide show on the 4th of Feb. Mind the guitar tone at the start!
Some big shows coming up up with my bands Dyssidia & Voros as well as an Adelaide show with James Norbert Ivanyi. The posters aren't uploading for some reason (apart from the one below) so I'll just list them here:
Feb 25: Voros at Enigma Bar in Adelaide for the Hadal Maw album launch
March 6: Dyssidia at The Workers Club in Melbourne supporting Fallujah (US)
March 24: James Norbert Ivanyi at Enigma Bar in Adelaide with I Built the Sky (Melb)
April 7: Voros at The Tote in Melbourne with the Hazard Circular and more
April 13: Voros at Enigma Bar in Adelaide with Claim the Throne and more
April 15: Voros at Blacken Open Air Festival in Alice Springs (!)
More to be announced soon.
Just uploaded this drum playthrough of one of the more chaotic tracks from Mr Ivanyi. This was uploaded to facebook leading up to the show we did with Katatonia the other week but I thought I should probably get it on the youtubes.
Go check out his stuff here
Howdy all! Dyssidia released our third EP 'Of Delight and Despair' last Friday the 4th of November which we celebrated by playing the first show of our tour in Brisbane with the mighty Caligula's Horse! Listen/buy the EP here. We also released a music video for the track 'An Absolute Severance' which was filmed/directed/edited etc by the very talented Adrian Goleby (see below). This weekend we play Perth and Adelaide also with C-Horse, then Sydney with Perth veterans Chaos Divine, followed by Progfest in Melbourne with both of the aforementioned bands plus many more of the best prog bands Australia has to offer!
Following these shows, I'll be heading up to Sydney to play with instrumental prog metal guitarist James Norbert Ivanyi and his band, this time supporting Swedish legends Katatonia!
Then the night after on the 9th of December it's back to Adelaide to support Katatonia with Dyssidia!
Greetings, see below for some photos and footage from the recent Voros tour in Taiwan and China. We had an absolute blast and can’t wait to go back! Check out the Voros Facebook page for more photos and footage. *Click the below photo to go to the next photo in the gallery.
I’m happy to announce that I will be playing with Sydney based progressive metal guitarist James Norbert Ivanyi and his band on the 23rd of September in Sydney as part of the Circles Egression Tour. I’ve been a fan of James’ music for the past couple of years now so it’s great to be given the opportunity to tackle this very challenging music!
I’ve got some big shoes to fill with this gig, with Rob Brens (Alarum, Hadal Maw) having played the past live shows with James as well as the Melbourne leg of this tour. Drums on James’ three releases were recorded by David Horgan (Orobouros), whose drum parts display a mastery of metal drumming as well as more fusion-oriented playing.
Check out James' releases here.
Speaking of instrumental guitar virtuoso’s, Dyssidia will be supporting Plini once again at Fowlers Live on the 9th of September. Fresh off massive tours in Europe & North America with Animals as Leaders & Intervals, Plini and his band have brought Intervals (US) along for the ride this time.
Then, the day after on the 10th of September I will be playing with my old band Double Dragon at the New Dead Festival along with King Parrot, Ruins, Disentomb, Truth Corroded and many more. To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of ‘Scars of Fire’, we will be playing the EP in full along with a couple of other DD classics. It’s sure to be a huge day as the New Dead Festival has grown to be one of the biggest heavy music festivals in Australia, with many punters from interstate planning to make the trek to Adelaide for the occasion.
This time next week, myself and the rest of the Voros lads will be en route to Taiwan to kick off our first overseas tour! First up we're playing Wake Up Festival in Chiayi City, followed by a headlining show in Taipei. Then it's off to China for 3 shows.
But before I head off on this tour, I'm recording the third Dyssidia EP at Against the Grain Studio, to be released in late 2016.
Once we come back from the tour, both Voros & Dyssidia are supporting one of my favourite bands: progressive/melodic death metal legends Be'lakor. This show should be a big one!
To top things off, I'll be filling in with a couple of high profile Australian acts later in the year, both in Adelaide and interstate. Stay tuned for those announcements.
It's been quite a long time since I've posted on here; I've been really busy, I swear! Since my last update, Voros released our debut album, played shows in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane, as well as shows in our home town of Adelaide playing alongside legends such as At the Gates (Swe) and Psycroptic. We're back in Sydney this weekend for the Under the Southern Cross metal festival featuring some of Australia & New Zealand's finest heavy acts, and rumour has it that we may be doing an Asian tour in the middle of the year....Keep up to date with Voros happenings here. Stream the album here, buy it here.
On the Dyssidia front, we have been playing some pretty big shows since the release of the band's second EP in August. These include supports for Between the Buried and Me, Trivium & Chon from the US, Tesseract from the UK, and Psycroptic, Ne Obliviscaris & Plini from little old Oz. We'll be finally embarking on some interstate shows in the coming months as well as releasing another EP later this year. Below are the posters for the shows we had the pleasure of playing in 2015.
After a tumultuous journey dealing with line-up changes, health problems and other difficulties, the new Voros album is finally complete. While the Dyssidia EP was written by the other guys in the band, I had quite a large part in writing all the tracks on the Voros album, even contributing a bunch of guitar riffs to the album, which I'm quite chuffed with! We're super proud of how this album turned out, with elements of death, thrash, prog and groove metal all coming together to create a sound which is hard to define.
The tracks were recorded and mixed by our partner in crime Andy Kite from Against the Grain Studio and mastered by Chris "Zuess" Harris. Artwork was done by Pahl Hodgson of Beyond Mortal Dreams, one of my favourite Adelaide bands.
Ahead of the first single and music video which will be out at the end of August, we have released a cover of 'Symbolic' by the legendary band Death, one of the bands greatest influences. It can be downloaded for free here.
To launch the album we will be playing the following shows, with more to be announced soon including a Brisbane show in October.
4 September – Bald Faced Stag, Sydney
w/ Claim the Throne, Daemon Pyre, Rise of Avernus + more
5 September – Enigma Bar, Adelaide
w/ Beyond Mortal Dreams, Daemon Pyre, Alkira + more
10 October – Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne
w/ Dreadnaught, Hadal Maw, Malakyte, Decimatus + more
29 October – Adelaide Uni Bar, Adelaide
w/ At The Gates & Truth Corroded
Last weekend Dyssidia launched our new EP 'Children of Aether and Earth' to a packed out crowd at Jive in Adelaide with support from Orsome Wells from Melbourne, as well as For Millenia and Born of Dust. The EP can be streamed for free and purchased here.
Prior to the launch we released a music video for the first track on the EP 'Brittle Star' which can be viewed here. The video was filmed by Becky and Andy from Against the Grain Studio at the iconic Thebarton Theatre.
Dyssidia will be playing interstate shows in support of the new release in late 2015/early 2016.
Here is a 12 minute new song which will be on our upcoming EP. I recorded the drums for these tracks last week at Against the Grain Studio where I record pretty much everything. Recording for the other instruments is almost finished with mixing to commence soon!
Our next show is this Thursday the 21st of May with Voyager (WA) and Klone (France). more details here
This week Dyssidia played with the legendary Opeth to a sold out crowd at The Gov! It was an absolute honour to meet and share the stage with our idols, and was certainly a night we will never forget.
Next week I am heading into Against the Grain Studio to record the drums for Dyssidia's second EP which is 4 tracks spanning about 35 minutes of melodic progressive metal. This will be released in late July with a massive show featuring a couple of big name interstate bands to be announced soon.
Our next show is with Voyager (WA) and Klone (France) at Jive on the 21st of July. You can order cheaper tickets here.
Here is a live track from the Opeth show, which is from the 1st EP "Quiet Waters". Stay tuned for video footage of new material that we played on the night.
As well as teaching drum lessons to my regular students which is always rewarding, I have also been doing drum lessons with drummers from various Adelaide metal bands helping them with the heavier areas of their playing such as blast beats and double kicks. This has been very rewarding to see the improvement in my fellow metal band drummers and I implore all drummers who wish to improve in certain areas of their playing to contact me for a cheap drum lesson no matter what age, skill level and style you play.
I have been teaching drums for about 7 years now and I am always happy to take on new students. Cheers!
Big news - Dyssidia are supporting Sweden's Opeth who have been my favourite band for a long time now!
Cheap tickets are available from: https://dyssidia.bandcamp.com/merch
Following on from the two shows I played with Adelaide prog legends Dyssidia in early 2015, I will be joining as a permanent member. These guys just ooze talent and are all incredibly diverse in their playing styles and songwriting. We have some very big shows coming up in the next few months to be announced soon. In addition, we will be recording an EP in the next couple of months.
Check them out at the following links:
In the Voros camp, we completed a successful run of shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Bendigo and Adelaide with some awesome bands including Hadal Maw, Truth Corroded, Kyzer Soze, Damnations Day and Daemon Pyre. We currently have the music for a full album written and are working on vocals for most of those tracks. I am aiming to get in the studio in the next few months to lay down the drums. We'll be playing a few Adelaide shows throughout the next few months while we finalise the album tracks.
The single is now available for free download @ http://voros.bandcamp.com/music
Voros will be playing a string of shows around the country in support of the new video. Dates are listed below.
Jan 24: Ausocalypse festival in Bendigo w/ Lord, Damnations Day, Eye of the Enemy + more
Feb 6: The Cavern in Adelaide w/ Stormtide, Mism + Paraphernalia Wagon
Feb 7: The Bald Faced Stag in Sydney w/ Hadal Maw, Daemon Pyre, The Murdering + more
Feb 13: The Bendigo Hotel in Melbourne w/ Hadal Maw, Kyzer Soze, Truth Corroded + more
For more details regarding these shows click here