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    Wellington black metal band Bulletbelt are about to head back across the ditch for the Toxic Holocaust, Nuke the Southern Cross tour, but before they do they’re warming up with a free entry matinee show at Wellington’s home of local metal, Valhalla (this Sunday 4th October, from 4pm).  They’ll be debuting their new song Orpheus, as well as a fresh stage set.  These guys (and gal) have been working super hard and it’s wicked to see their track Deathgasm from 2014’s Rise of the Banshee featured on the soundtrack for New Zealand heavy metal splatter film of the same name, DEATHGASM, directed by Jason Lei Howden.  If you haven’t seen this flick yet, you absolutely have to!  It’s everything you want a New Zealand splatter-fest to be and more because it’s jam-packed full of stand-up kiwi music, including Wellington’s own Bulletbelt, power metal band Razorwyre and sludge demons Beastwars.

    Check out some of the featured artists below, including Bulletbelt’s DEATHGASM, the first video clip from Rise of the Banshee:



  • Leviathan: The Heavy Metal Art of Nick Keller
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    Artwork is an integral part of any album concept and several Wellington metal bands have seriously upped the ante over the last few years, enlisting renowned artist Nick Keller for their album art.  Keller is a senior concept designer at Weta Workshop and has worked on massive film productions including The Hobbit trilogy, Avatar, and The Chronicles of Narnia.  His award winning science-fiction/fantasy style fits perfectly with the tone of heavy metal.  The combined audio-visual result is dark, epic and truly impressive!

    Local metal bands Bulletbelt, Beastwars, Heresiarch, and Razorwyre have all commissioned artwork by Keller for various album/EP releases.  Though the bands each represent very different corners of the metal spectrum, Keller expertly conjures imagery that defies boundaries and evokes the depth and darkness of bands’ unique sound.

    In collaboration with NZ Comic Con 2015, Thistle Hall will be hosting Leviathan: The Heavy Metal Art of Nick Keller – a showcase of the artists’ collaborations with heavy metal bands, including the aforementioned Wellington groups, as well as other metal bands from New Zealand and around the world.  Leviathan will exhibit from 13-19 July, at Thistle Hall (293 Cuba Street), free entry.

    Header used with permission of Comic Con.

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