Dogfight Records’ annual Takedown Festival has marked itself as one of the highlights on the hardcore calendar. Now in it’s third year, the line up for 2011 brings old and new together, to showcase just how diverse and talented the Australian hardcore scene actually is.
After breaking up in 2007, Adelaide’s Shotpointblank reformed earlier this year for a benefit show in Melbourne as a part of the 100 Shows For Haiti, before playing a reunion show in their hometown. Takedown will be one of the last opportunities fans will get to see a band that shaped Australian hardcore into what it is today.
It’s undeniable that the past 18 months have been hectic for Sydney mosh-metallers, Shinto Katana. They released their second album, We Can’t Be Saved and have toured with the likes of Deez Nuts and Emmure. And what better way to end a year than by playing Takedown.
Relentless put their stamp on the Sydney hardcore scene just over two years ago. What followed has been a debut full-length, Set In Stone, and a touring schedule that has taken them not only all around Australia, but to South-East Asia and New Zealand as well. No wonder their reputation for an intense and passionate live show has earned them a legion of fans across the country.
There’s only one word for Melbourne’s Iron Mind and that is punishing. It describes everything about them from their music to their live show, and that is not a bad thing. This will be the band’s first trip up north since the release of their debut full-length, Hell Split Wide Open in July.
Formed from some of Australia’s premier hardcore bands, Queensland’s Deceiver are set to release their debut full-length this October (through Dogfight). Takedown will be their opportunity to showcase their brand of heavy hardcore – a combination of brutal breakdowns and melodic choruses – at what will be their Sydney release show.
Warbrain are a tough as nails, no bullshit heavy hardcore outfit and are simply Melbourne hardcore at its finest. With members of Carpathian and Hopeless, and their debut 7” Paranoia, out now through Trial & Error, you can only expect to see great things from this great band.
It’s easy to dismiss Outright as just a female fronted hardcore band. But if you’ve actually listened to the Melbourne five-piece’s demo and paid attention to the lyrics, you know they’re so much more. This is hardcore with passion, purpose and message.
Tickets on sale Monday September 19.
Friday October 14 – Bald Faced Stag, Sydney – Lic/AA
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au
For more information head to www.dogfightrecords.com