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News : Direct Touring celebrate 5 years with 2 huge shows featuring Marduk, Gorguts, MGLA

By on October 13, 2016

Well, this is just monstrous. To celebrate their fifth year, Direct Touring are bringing back some of their previous touring bands (plus one newie) and it’s the kind of lineup that’s simply not seen in Australia.

Sweden’s Marduk are up the top, one of the pioneers of black metal, performing their 1996 album Heaven Shall Burn… When We Are Gathered in full. Canada’s Gorguts were frankly flawless on their 2014 tour, and Poland’s mysterious MGLA are not a band we ever thought would grace our shores.

Top that off with another visit from Kiwi’s Ulcerate and Tasmanian post-black metallers Départe, both with new albums our shortly, and it’s an exciting, varied night of extreme music. Kudos, Direct.

Friday, March 17: The Factory Theatre, Sydney:

Saturday, March 18: The Corner Hotel, Melbourne:


Marduk: Since coming into being in 1990, Sweden’s Marduk have unleashed 13 unholy albums of scathing extremity and the utmost brutality. 
Regarded as one of the pioneers of black metal, their barbaric, unhinged and unrelenting live assault must be witnessed, if not survived. 
Australia will once again be in the firing line to receive an unadulterated blast of caustic black metal.
Marduk will be performing a special Heaven Shall Burn set for the occasion!
Gorguts: Having visited Australia only once before in November 2014, Canada’s leading progressive and influential extreme metal pioneers will return to wreak havoc again!
Remaining impervious to trends during two decades of constant musical upheaval, while simultaneously expanding and redefining the language of death metal, 
Gorguts attained a new level of pestilent fury on their latest album, Colored Sands and followed it up with their mind bending new EP that comprises of a single, 30 minute song – Pleiades’ Dust
MGLA: From the vast forests of Poland a fog emerges. MGLA (pron mgwa) literally means fog or mist in Slavic and just like their name, the members of MGLA are an enigma. 
Shrouded in blackness, their faces completely covered in black masks, they have no human identity. No banners, no frills, no nothing. Just pure unadulterated black metal in all its majestic, nihilistic and euphoric splendour. 
MGLA have set the standard for modern black metal, they are exemplars for the world. Their live show will leave you captivated and mesmerised.
Ulcerate: New Zealand’s death metal Kings. Their amalgamation of dark, oppressive death metal, atmosphere and mood into sonics brimming with pure rhythmic and dissonant extremity make for a difficult listening experience. 
Punishing, churning textures leave even the most hardened metal fan with a sense of total unease and anxiety. Ulcerate strive for total bleakness and have captivated those looking for a release, be it physical, mental or spiritual through their superb musicology.
Ambitious, expansive, challenging. Ulcerate will take your soul and hand it back either crushed or purified.
Départe: Hailing from the southern extremities of the country (and the world) Tasmania’s Départe are intent on creating dark, brooding atmospheric black metal with a focus on an intense, hypnotic live performance. 
The band stray from the more traditional black metal ethos, incorporating elements such as post metal, drone, doom and death metal.
The combination of these ingredients result in something unique, emotive and truly powerful.
The Direct Underground Fest is set to be one of the greatest metal gatherings of the year!
Come and bare witness to the insanity..


Mitch Booth is the owner, designer and grand overlord of Metal Obsession. In the few seconds of spare time he has outside of this site, he also hosts a metal radio show over on PBS 106.7fm in Melbourne (Australia) and organises shows under the name Untitled Touring. You should follow him on Twitter.