"some music was meant to stay underground..."


Formed: 1992
From: Melbourne, Australia
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Alarum News

Below is our complete Alarum news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Alarum Releases New Music Video

Australian act Alarum has released a new music video for the track "Non-Linear Parallels," which can be viewed below. "Non-Linear Parallels" is taken off the band's latest album "Natural Causes." The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Alarum: (uh-lar-uhm, uh-lahr-) --noun. 'A mechanism that produces awareness.' The Melbourne 4 piece progressive metal band have been just that since forming in 1992, and have been expanding that awareness ever since. But it would be unfair to simply lump them into the vague progressive metal genre, as they blend all forms of metal alongside rock, jazz, latin and fusion." More...

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Alarum Reveals New Album Details

"Natural Causes" is the upcoming third album by Australian metallers Alarum, and the long awaited follow-up to 2004's "Eventuality" album. The album is set for release on October 18th in Australia through the band's own Quadrum Records and through Willowtip Records (USA). Alarum commented on the album:

"Offering everything from catchy thrash inspired tunes, to tightly composed technical metal, to jazz and latin elements, this is a release for all metal fans and beyond. As well as 10 songs covering a vast dynamic spectrum (including one instrumental) and 2 interludes, the album is packaged with a 12 page booklet featuring the surreal artwork of Mike Riddick."

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Metalhit Offering 10 Free Song Downloads

Metalhit.com is currently offering 10 free digital downloads of tracks from upcoming albums, which can be found here. The tracks available are as follows:

EVILE - "Cult" from the album "Five Serpents Teeth"
BRUTAL TRUTH - "Fuck Cancer" from the album "End Time"
ALARUM - "Natural Causes" from the album "Natural Causes"
WE MADE GOD - "Brennt Barn Fordast Eldinn" from the album "It's Getting Colder"
GLORIOR BELLI - "Secret Ride to Rebellion" from the album "The Great Southern Darkness"
EVOKE EFRITS - "A Celebration of Sorrow" from the album "Conceptual Horizon"
THULCANDRA - "Under a Frozen Sun" from the album "Under a Frozen Sun"
REX MUNDI - "The Flesh Begat" from the album "IHVH"
ABHOR - "Scent of Sulphur" from the album "Ab Luna Lucenti"
MORBUS CHRON - "Dead Body Pile Necrophile" from the album "Sleepers in the Rift"

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Alarum Issues Recording Update

Melbourne’s jazz metal fusionists Alarum have posted an update on the band's recording and live activities:

“Well it’s about time we did an update…

“‘Natural Causes’ is well underway in the studio; we’re recording with Theron Rennison at Rennisound studios. Drums are done and we’re mid way through guitars. Album will be finished by the end of the year for an early 2010 release…yes it’s been a long time coming and yes we’ll be making sure it’s well worth the wait.

“2009 has seen us return to the live scene with the addition of our live guitarist Ryan Williams supporting Death Angel/Armored Saint, shows around Melbourne and a recent trip to Adelaide for Against The Grain. (click here for live review!)

“We thought we’d get out there and play a few other places we haven’t been to for ages.”

Alarum has currently announced the following live shows:

4th December 2009 - Alarum @ Monstrothic, Brisbane
w/ Born from the Ashes, Silver Ocean Storm and Hung
Tickets available at the door 8pm, $15.

11st Dec 2009 - Lord @ Gaelic Club, Sydney
w/ Alarum, Darker Half and Backyard Mortuary
Tickets available at the door 8pm, $15. Free copy of LORD’s "Set in Stone" if you pre-purchase at Moshtix.

12th Dec 2009 - Lord @ Espy Gershwin Room, St Kilda
w/ Alarum, Divine Ascension, Toehider and Winterstorm
Tickets at the door 8pm, $15.

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Hellraiser III Fest Announced for Melbourne

In its third year, Melbourne's Hellraiser III Fest has been announced. Featuring a dual-headline of two of Australia's more highly acclaimed Metal acts, Alchemist and Melbourne's Alarum, Hellraiser III is set to present a solid lineup of the best in death metal from across three states and territories, bringing Tasmania's technical death metal unit Mephistopheles (featuring members from Iciclan) as well as Melbourne's Aphotic Dawn and Systematic Genocide. Here are the details:

3rd Oct 2009
Alchemist @ The East Brunswick Club, Brunswick
w/ Alarum, Mephistopheles, Aphotic Dawn and Systematic Genocide
Tickets available at the door 8pm, $18 ($15 w/flier).

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Se Bon Kira Replaces Infiltrator At ATG5 Fest

Organiser’s of leading Australian Heavy Metal festival Against The Grain have announced lineup changes to this year’s fifth edition of the fest, which is set to take place on Saturday, September 19.

"Due to unforeseen circumstances Infiltrator will not be taking part in Australia’s biggest metal fest, Against The Grain 5. We apologies to anyone who purchased a ticket just to see Infiltrator, but rest assured the rest of the line up will keep you more than satisfied if your an Infiltrator fan.

"Adelaide’s own Se Bon Kira will be taking their position on the day, news that Adelaide metal fans will be no doubt be happy about. After their highly successful EP launch on July 4th, which saw a packed out Uni-Bar witness Se Bon Kira display a flawless set of raw groove laden thrash, they were the obvious choice to put on the festival and we are very happy that they will be taking part of the festivities."

You can check out Se Bon Ki Ra at their MySpace page.

Here's the lineup for AGAINST THE GRAIN 2009: More...

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Melbourne's Festival de la Grenouille Announced

FESTIVAL DE LA GRENOUILLE (Festival of the Frog), brings together eight of Melbourne’s leading metal bands, for a night of metal across two stages. The event, supported by both MetalObsession.net and OzProg, is only $15 and takes place at Melbourne's Corner Hotel on July 31, 2009.

Melbourne band Ne Obliviscaris acquired a new lead guitarist, Benjamin Baret, from France in August, 2008. And with his current visa expiring this August, Benjamin’s main hope of staying in Australia long term is a "Distinguished Talent" visa that would extend his stay in Australia at least another 4 years. The only catch, is that it costs more money to apply than he or the band has, (typical broke metal musicians!) and so this amazing line-up has been put together to raise the money for Benjamin’s visa, to help keep him in Australia long term; to help "keep a frog an Aussie."

As well as the amazing line-up of Eyefear, Ne Obliviscaris, Alarum, Be’lakor, The Ocularis Infernum, In Malice’s Wake and A Million Dead Birds Laughing, Festival De La Grenouille also marks the live debut of a new tech/death band, Primordial Space, featuring Benjamin Baret (guitar) and Brendan Brown (bass) from Ne Obliviscaris and brothers Miles and Glenn Krenzin (drums and guitar respectively).

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Line-Up Announced For Festival De La Grenouille

The Festival De La Grenouille (Festival of the Frog) will take place on July 31st at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne, Australia. The currently confirmed line-up for the festival will be as follows:

Ne Obliviscaris
The Ocularis Infernum
In Malice's Wake
A Million Dead Birds Laughing
Primordial Space

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Alarum Plans More Australian Shows, New Album

Spending the better part of two years away from the scene they helped grow in the late 1990s and early 2000s, fusion metal band Alarum has announced that they have an album on the way and will once again return to the stage in their home state of Victoria.

After a one-off jaunt to Europe for ProgPower 2008 (playing alongside Cynic and Zero Hour among many others) and supporting Death Angel and Armored Saint in Melbourne earlier this year, Alarum will hit the stage with Ne Obliviscaris for two shows in Melbourne and Geelong in May.

Joining them in Geelong on Friday, May 22nd will be A Fallen Theory and symphonic black metallers Veil Of Anguish at the Barwon Club.

In Melbourne, Canberra's Aeon of Horus, local post-metal wizards Mushroom Giant and House of Thumbs get involved at the Esplanade Hotel's Gershwin Room on Saturday, May 23rd.

Following that, in September Alarum will travel to Adelaide for the fifth instalment of the Against The Grain festival with Alchemist, Mournful Congregation, LORD, 'neath and many more at Fowlers Live.

Their upcoming third album, "Natural Causes," is currently in the pre-production stage and will be recorded for a hopeful 2009 release.

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Alarum to Support Death Angel in Melbourne

In the band's first live appearance since playing at ProgPower Europe in Holland last October alongside bands such as Cynic & Zero Hour, Melbourne prog/thrash/jazz metal band Alarum will be supporting Death Angel and Armored Saint on the bands' Melbourne show at Billboards. Alarum will be onstage at 8:30pm.

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Dreadnaught Finishes Recording New Album

Australian hard rock / metal band, Dreadnaught, have completed the recording of a new LP CD in follow-up to the 2006 Road Runner release, "Dirty Music." The self-titled album will be the band’s 6th studio release in its 15 year history. The band will also welcome the addition of ex-Alarum drummer, Matthew Racovalis on the new record.

The album release date set for March/April. The band is currently planning tours for Australia, Europe and Japan in late 2009 and 2010. For a preview of some material from the LP visit Dreadnaught’s website and Myspace page.

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Alarum To Enter The Studio

Australian progressive technical death metal unit ALARUM will enter the studio immediately after their showcase at ProgPower 2008 to record their third album. The album will be entitled "Natural Causes" and is slated for release in 2009 through Candlelight/Willowtip.

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Alarum To Play ProgPower Fest With Cynic

Australian prog death metallers Alarum have been confirmed for the tenth-anniversary edition of the ProgPower Europe festival, set to take place from the 3rd to the 5th of October at JC Sjiwa in Baarlo, The Netherlands. It will be a very special performance as it is a one-off European show. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

Friday, October 3:


Saturday, October 4:

[to be announced]

Sunday, October 5:


* 1999 setlist (when WOLVERINE played the first-ever ProgPower Europe)
** Regular setlist

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Dreadnaught Announces New Drummer

Aussie metal giants Dreadnaught would like to announce that Matt Racovalis (Alarum, The Berzerker) will be joining the current line-up on drums. Matt has been a mainstay of the Australian metal scene for many years now, touring and recording with Alarum from 1992 to 2006 and brief stints with The Berzerker.

The band is booked to enter the studio on May 31, with producer Reggie Bowman to begin work on LP number 4. The as yet untitled record consists of the following tracks (in no particular order). Twist the Knife, The Push, Agony-Ecstasy, Save Your Life, Tattooed Tears, Ten X The Pain, Buried, (Instra)Mental, More Than One Way, and Collapse.

Following completion of the new record the band will be setting their sites on Europe, making the jaunt later in the year to commence talks with interested labels and promoters so the band can finally begin their long overdue assault on the Northern hemisphere.

For more information check out their website.

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In Search Of...The Best Underground Metal Songs

The vast, expansive world of underground metal can leave even the most persistent headbanger’s music collection lacking of many of the industry’s finest songs. With the depths of MySpace and the many other music sites which lend themselves to the exploration of one’s musical tastes, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to dig up the finest metal gems. Moreover, some metal fans so deeply embed themselves in one sub-genre that they might be missing some truly great stuff. This brief guide is intended to give you, the metalhead, a reference to some of those songs that “make” an album, that rattle around in your head for hours, and that warrant a deeper exploration of a band’s entire body of work. Furthermore, newer metalheads will find a few older songs from current big-name artists that are worthy of tracking down. More...

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Melbourne Switch Fest Announced

Switch Fest (poster) will feature some of the best of Australian metal/prog bands on two stages (basement and level 1), as well as drink specials and DJs. For one night only, November 5th (Cup Eve), you can catch Alarum, Sydonia, Sleep Parade, Earth, Fallacy and a bunch more for only 15 dollars. Tickets can be bought from:

Missing Link (Bourke St, City)
Rare Records (St Kilda)
Polyester Records (Brunswick)
Planet 13 (Greensborough)
Hot Head (Geelong)
Fist2Face (Ringwood)
Plato (Frankston)

Switch is at 60 King St in the city.

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Alarum Guitarist Leaves Band

Melbourne jazz metal band Alarum have lost their 12 year guitarist Scott Young, who left the band to pursue his solo projects and work with gothic metal outfit Darkest Dawn. In a recent interview, Young reflected on the decision to strike out on his own, saying:

It was an extremely difficult choice to make - these guys are like family to me, you know. But something simply had to give. I was stretching myself too thin, and I didn’t want to mess the guys around. I still believe in the band and their music, and wish them all the best. I’m very excited about pursuing my solo material, which I’ve had on the back burner for years - and in seeing what may come of Darkest Dawn.

Young performed his final gig with Alarum supporting Obituary at the Prince Of Wales in Melbourne on May 17 2007, to great support from loyal fans. Meanwhile, Darkest Dawn are currently mastering their debut album, "End Of Season". Recorded with Theron Rennison and set to hit store shelves in August, the album will be distributed in Australia by Riot Entertainment, and is currently being shopped to overseas labels. The news of Young's departure comes just months after drummer Matt Racovalis left the band and was replaced by Rob Brens.

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Obituary Announce First Ever Australian Tour Dates

The promoters who recently brought thrash legends Testament down under, MW Entertainment Pty Ltd, have once again outdone themselves with the official statement: "We are proud to announce that Florida Death Metal legends Obituary are heading our way finally after twenty years."

The dates for the tour, tickets for which are now on sale, are:

15 May, Sydney, The Manning Bar
Supported by Picture The End and The Day Everything Became Nothing

16 May Melbourne, The Prince
Supported by Alarum and Darkest Dawn

18 May Brisbane, Club Phoenix
Supported by Picture The End and The Dead

19 May Perth, Club Capital
Details TBA

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Alarum Announces New Drummer

Australia's Alarum has announced the addition of drummer Rob Brens to their line-up. He replaces Matt Racovalis, who left the group this summer. Brens hails from Melbourne, Australia and possesses roughly ten years of experience behind the kit. Meanwhile, Alarum continues to write material for their next release.

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Dark Tranquillity Live Video Of New Song Online

Dark Tranquillity played Sydney last night to a packed Manning Bar. They were supported by Melbourne's Alarum and Sydney locals Infernal Method (who, surprisingly, had founding member Pete Peric back in the fold).

Pyromusic.net has posted a load of photos of all bands, plus video and audio of the entire new Dark Tranquillity song 'Where Death Is Most Alive'. You can check it all out here.

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