AZREAL from the Murky Depths of the Gold Coast, ....Australia.... will be joining in on our first three gigs of our "Annihilation Across the Nation Tour". Azreal are made up of two Kiwi guys, one from Taranaki, one from Welly; combining with their Australian Drummer & New Guitarist, Jimmy, whos experience in the Music World supersedes most peoples imaginations from recording sessions with Logan Maders to becoming a personal friend of Dino Cazares and previously Managed by Andrew McManus. Check out their Dirty Metal sound at ....Auckland...., Mt Maungaui & Rotorua Events of the NZ Metal Army Tour.
In early 2008, amongst the glitz and glamour of the Gold Coast glitter strip in ....Australia.... with its euro trash subculture, emerged a sound inspired by Life, Death, Horror, Earth and Years gone by. Long time half pipe skate addicts Luke Hosking -Vocals & Rhythm Guitar, Scott Campbell -Bass and Mick Creighton -Lead Guitar; got together and started writing a handful of somewhat dark, deep, meaningful and lest not forget … heavy tunes. Soon after they enlisted drummer Robbie Crosson and formed AZREAL.
After a series of shows throughout the Gold Coast and ..Brisbane.., AZREAL entered “LOUD ’09”, ....Queensland....’s Largest Band Competition, in which they managed to fend off 200 other bands to make the Major Semi-Finals. During the competition they were noticed by Loud Festival Co-Promoter and Gold Coast Live Music Promoter Andrew Glinster who embraced their fresh metal sound and started booking the band into regular headline slots at the Gold Coast premier live alternative music venue “Club Viper”. At this time they also became a regular act on ..SE QLD..’s metal touring circuit “INFERNO”.
In Sept ’09 AZREAL stepped into the studio to record a 5 track demo, which can all be heard at www.myspace.com/azreal66. In addition you will find a rare short instrumental track titled “Despair” which gives and atmospheric and aural insight into the subconscious of the sound that is AZREAL.
Shortly after, Lead guitarist departed AZREAL, and left ..Australia.. to travel throughout ..South America... AZREAL were forced to lay low for an indefinite period while they searched the Gold Coast Metal underground for a new guitarist yet during a meeting with local promoter Andrew, Luke mentioned that AZREAL would not be able to play any shows until they were able to find a new guitarist. It was at this time that Andrew or Jimmy as the locals called him offered to fill in as the bands guitarist. Jimmy after all once hailed as the guitarist of Australian and International alternative metal act The Fith Syndrome, playing at ....America....’s Whiskey A Go-Go bar and learning skills from such legends as Dino Cazarez and Logan Mader.
After rehearsals exposed an amazing musical chemistry, AZREAL and Jimmy made the decision to make the then temporary line-up a permanent one. Vocalist Luke also at this time made the decision to hang up his guitar and focus on his diverse, powerful and pure metal vocal assault. AZREAL would now have a finalised line-up featuring vocalist Luke Hosking, guitarist Andrew (Jimmy) Glinster, bassist Scott Campbell and drummer Robbie Crosson.
MAY 1st : KiNGS ARMS, ....Auckland....
Doors: 6pm, BBQ: 6.30pm, First Band: 7pm
MAY 7th : KRAZY JACKS, Tauranga
MAY 8th : AFTER DARK, Rotorua