Category Archives: Down Under

Very Metal Bummer: Slayer Replace Dave Lombardo For Australian Tour


Sad news for Slayer fans today as drummer Dave Lombardo announced that the band has officially replaced him for their upcoming Australian tour. Says Lombardo:

So that you all know the truth, as of the end of the business day on February 14th, I was notified that I would not be drumming for the tour in Australia. I’m saddened, and to be honest I am shocked by the situation.

According to Classic Rock, Lombardo said that money issues seem to be a the core of his unexpected exit. Still, he remains optimistic that he and the band can “resolve their issues”. Not wasting any time, Slayer says Lombardo’s replacement will be Joe Dette (who you might remember has played with the band before, as well as Testament). In addition to Lombardo’s absence, Gary Holt will fill the shoes of Slayer guitarist, Jeff Hanneman, who is still out of commission recovering from a spider bite that almost killed him.

The Very Metal Artwork Of Chris Wahl

Tom Waits by Chris Wahl. Ink and photoshop.

Chris Wahl is a commercial artist and illustrator based in Sydney, Australia.

Nick Cave by Chris Wahl.

I’m a sucker for all things Nick Cave, and Wahl’s inky interpretation of Cave is no exception. Click here to see the other residents of Wahl’s Caricature Gallery.

Yosemite Lemmy by Chris Wahl.

One of Wahl’s many Lemmy’s, Yosemite Lemmy. Can’t get enough of Mr. Wahl like me? To see more, visit Wahl‘s very metal website.

Nick Cave Pop Art Mannequin By Tanja Stark

Nick Cave Pop Art Mannequin By Tanja Stark. $376. Many thanks to Tanja Stark for the use of this image.

This Nick Cave mannequin by very metal cowgirl artist, Tanja Stark, is a one-of-a-kind. Kind of like Stark herself.

More from Stark can be found on her excellent Etsy page.

The Influence (Leonard Cohen Consoles Nick Cave) By Ben Smith…

The Influence (Leonard Cohen consoles Nick Cave) by Ben Smith. Oil on board. Thanks to Jason for the link.

Ben Smith is based in Sydney, Australia. See more from this talented artist, here.

In other news, the new Leonard Cohen record “Old Ideas“, Cohen’s first in seven years, is completely stellar, and darker than anything he’s done in decades. It’s currently streaming via Guardian UK. In even more metal Leonard Cohen news, a compilation of Cohen covers will be available in the March 2012 issue of UK mag, MOJO . Sterogum is streaming three tracks from the comp right now.

Leonard Cohen will turn 78 years young in September. If I were Nick Cave, I’d need a hug from Cohen too after he told me that my best creative years might still be 23 years away. At any rate, both Cohen and Cave (who celebrates his 55th birthday on 9/21, one day after Cohen), make getting older look much cooler than I’ve been informed getting older actually is. Could 78 is the new 40? I say why the fuck not.


Handpainted David Bowie Dolls By Tanja Stark…

Halloween Jack. A hand-painted doll by Australian artist Tanja Stark. $379. Limited edition of 50.

The talented Tanja Stark got the Internet humming last year with her David Bowie nesting doll set. Continuing on with her very metal Bowie doll theme, Stark has created six different Bowies, each re-creating epic moments in Bowie’s ever transforming appearance. Like Stark’sGlam Rock Bowie” that comes  hand-painted with Bowie’s one-legged bodysuit that he wore at Hammersmith Odeon on 3 July 1973, and blue feather boa.

More from the ever sublime Stark via Suburban Gothic.

Very Metal Tattooed “Wonder Woman” By Gina Kiel…

“Wonder Woman” by Gina Kiel. Per the artist, “The gun is a symbol of Masculine power, representing War and Murder.”. For my good friend, Wonder Woman, who helped me save my seven month old kitten (not from a tree or a bad guy) last night. True story.

For all thing excellent pertaining to New Zealand based illustrator, Gina Kiel, click here.

Life on Mars? Aladdin Sane Portrait To Adorn Australian Apartment Building…

Ziggy Stardust apartments in Prahran, Australia.

Suffragette City! This apartment building in a suburb of Melbourne, AU, will be adorned with a massive image of Ziggy Stardust. Bowie’s eyes and lips will move when apartment residents adjust screens on their balconies.



The Very Metal Illustrations Of Tulsi Maya…

Tulsi Maya. I’ll lend my eyes to expert liars and i’ll see them potting.

More from the darling and dirty world of Sydney, Australia based artist Tulsi Maya, via her official website.

Have A Drink On Me: AC/DC Launches New Line of Wine…

AC/DC launches a new line of vino with Warburn Estate Winery.

AC/DC will be launching a new line of wine later this year in Australia. Here’s the run down:

AC/DC Back In Black Shiraz” (2010 750mL Dry Red)
AC/DC You Shook Me All Night Long Moscato” (2011 750mL Sweet White)
AC/DC Highway To Hell Cabernet Sauvignon” (2008 750mML Dry Red)
AC/DC Hells Bells Sauvignon Blanc” (2010 750mL Dry White)

Warburn Estate, a premiere winery in Australia, will distribute the line to three different retailers across Australia. No word on when AC/DC’s vino will be available here in the U.S., so stay tuned.


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