New Zealand's legendary Stoner Metal band Beastwars are returning to the world with a new lease on life, literally. Vocalist Matt Hyde underwent over 6 months of treatment for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2016, he is now in remission. They are today announcing their new album "IV" which was shaped by Hyde’s recent experiences. It will be released on Friday June 28 through Destroy Records. Merch bundles can be pre-ordered now at http://www.beastwars.bigcartel.com and digital pre-orders at http://ffm.to/beastwarsIV.
Along with the announcement of the new album, the band have come roaring back from a three year hiatus with new single "Omens".
Vocalist Matt Hyde said that through his diagnosis and subsequent treatment, he was given an opportunity to look into the abyss beyond life as we know it. "Throughout the treatment - I was numb - and it's interesting to have the ability to confront that, to confront the void, to confront the idea of mortality. I didn't make peace with it either."
That experience - the loneliness and isolation of the long treatment time - gave Hyde plenty to consider. Life, friendships and relationships in his 40's, his then-10-year-old daughter and his band and experiences. What resulted was a record that leaves nothing unsaid. A howling, raw and powerful voice. Hyde says, "I was lucky that I had music to express what had happened to me - a lot of people don't have that. I was very lucky that we could make a record. I took the time to process it and turned it into something else."
To celebrate the album release Beastwars are touring New Zealand and Australia in June/July - presented by Panhead Custom Ales. They are hitting Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin in New Zealand and then jumping over the pond to play Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne shows. All shows minus Christchurch, Dunedin and Brisbane will feature Australia's Witchskull.