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Five Star Prison Cell

Formed: 2004
From: Melbourne, Australia
Last Known Status: Disbanded

Latest Five Star Prison Cell News

Below is our complete Five Star Prison Cell 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.

Five Star Prison Cell Calls It A Day

Australian metal band Five Star Prison Cell has decided to call it quits. Here's the statement from the band:

"After 7 years together, 3 albums and some seriously different, challenging and creative music,
the time is come for Five Star to go their seperate ways...

"There is no definitive reason or fallout or "creative differences" - Fortunately, those are things
that Five Star never had to encounter.

"All we can say is basically, people get older, priorities change and what we get out
of such an endeavor as individuals can change over the years until we finally come to a point where putting something before everything else in our lives and making the sacrifices a band needs to make is no longer something we want. Doesn't mean we don't love music.. We are all creative people and need that outlet, so we will not stop playing music - But we will stop playing music as Five Star Prison Cell... For now...

"But what a ride it was.. 3 albums we are immensly proud of, touring with some
of our favourite bands and most importantly the friendships we have made along the way.

"So on that note, we bid you farewell; Who knows what the future holds, we may do another album in a couple of years and/or some of the members may continue writing and creating.

"In the mean time, our most sincere, heartfelt thanks goes out to all those who helped
and supported us along the way... Some whom deserve a specific mention:

"Mel Roberts - Our amazing manager, and friend, what would we have done without you?
Kento and the Lynchmada folks, Lucas and the Helm crew, Lee and the Double D's, Gareth Crazy, Yamaha, Jackson, Fender, SWR and Mesa Boogie.
And of course countless others who lent us gear, let us crash at their house, watched us play,
bought our albums, produced our albums, hooked up shows for us and played shows with us.

"Our music and some may even say legacy will be forever available on iTunes and we have
heaps of CD's lying around so hit us up if you want any for cheap.

"Take care everyone, and thank you again,
Marek, Marc, Adam & Cam
Five Star Prison Cell"

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Five Star Prison Cell Releases New Music Video

Autralian metal band Five Star Prison Cell recently released the music video for "I Curse This Vessel." The song is off their new album, "Matriarch." Check it out below.

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Five Star Prison Cell Announces More Shows

Having completed their recent Matriarch Tour, Five Star Prison Cell has announced some more live dates this summer after taking a few weeks off. These shows will be supporting the likes of HELM and Tim McMillan in Melbourne, Red Bee in Sydney and Double Dragon's frontman Lee's big birthday bash/festival Adelaide.

Here are the latest shows:

14 Aug 2010 7:30 P - SFX Sydney, NSW
20 Aug 2010 8:00 P - The Pub Bendigo, VIC
21 Aug 2010 8:00 P - The Evelyn Hotel Melbourne, VIC
11 Sep 2010 12:00 P - Fowlers Live Adelaide, SA

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Five Star Prison Cell's New Album Delayed

Five Star Prison Cell's new album, "Matriarch," and the re-release of "The Complete First Season" and "Slaves of Virgo" have all been pushed back to June 4th.

"Five Star Prison Cell are truly sorry if this has caused any inconvenience or disappointment," the band apologizes.

Pre orders can still be done through fivestarprisoncell.com, JB HiFi, Riot! and Warner Music Australia.

The band is currently on tour in Australia. The remaining tour dates are as follows:

29th May - YMCA HQ (AA), Leederville WA
4th June - The Basement, Canberra ACT
5th June - Prague, Northcote VIC
10th June - Hot Damn, Sydney NSW
11th June - Home Tavern, Wagga Wagga NSW
12th June - Fowler's Live, Adelaide (AA) SA
17th June - Oxford Tavern, Woolongong NSW
18th June - The Empire Hotel, NSW
19th June - Hamilton Station hotel, Newcastle, NSW
20th June - Lucky Australian Tavern, St Marys (AA) NSW
25th June - Shark Barr, Gold Coast QLD
26th June - Step Inn, Brisbane QLD

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Five Star Prison Cell Announces Australian Tour

With Melbourne band Five Star Prison Cell’s highly anticipated third album "M A T R I A R C H" due for Release on May 18th through RIOT and Warner Music Australia, the band has announced an extensive tour of Australia, encompassing all states and territories throughout the months of April, May and June, 2010.

Here are the latest FIVE STAR PRISON CELL Australian tour dates:

30th April @ Karova Lounge, Ballarat
1st May @ The Spanish Club, Brunswick - (AA)
5th May @ Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle
6th May @ Hotel Gearin, Katoomba
7th May @ Orange Hotel, Orange
8th May @ Bang, Melbourne
9th May @ Fist 2 Face, Ringwood - (AA)
15th May @ Happy Yes, Darwin - (AA, afternoon show)
15th May @ Happy Yes, Darwin (18+, evening show)
22nd May @ The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart (AA, afternoon show)
22nd May @ The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart (18+)
28th May @ Amplifier Bar, Perth
29th May @ HQ, Leederville – (AA)
4th June @ The Basement, Canberra
5th June @ Prague, Northcote
10th June @ Hot Damn, Sydney
11th June @ Home Tavern, Wagga Wagga
12th June @ Fowler’s Live, Adelaide (AA)
17th June @ Oxford Tavern, Woolongong
18th June @ The Empire Hotel, Sydney
20th June @ Lucky Australian Tavern, St Marys (AA)
25th June @ Shark Barr, Gold Coast
26th June @ Step Inn, Brisbane

More tour dates are to be announced soon.

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Five Star Prison Cell To Record New Album

Victorian band Five Star Prison Cell has announced that they are heading into the studio on March 1st with producer Forrester Savell to start work on their third album, titled “I, Colossus.” The band is hoping to release the album in April, with a nation-wide 30-date tour starting in May. Tour dates are coming soon.

“Slaves of Virgo” and “The Complete First Season” are also going to be re-released in the next few months.

In other band news, you can see footage of their recent performance at the Australian Metal Awards over at Moshcam. And the band has a gig coming up, where they’ll be playing a few new songs:

Friday 22nd Jan @ The Espy, St Kilda
w/ Bronson (EP launch), Death Audio, Landstrum and Nine of Swords

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Australian's Rock Out Festival Postponed

Australia's recently announced Rock Out Festival has been postponed until later this year. Here's the update from the organizers:

“MTD4 and Blade Promotions after consultation with the venues and major stakeholders including the International Artists, have decided that it is in the best interest of all parties concerned to postpone the event to Sept/Oct this year.

"The new dates will be advised as soon as possible.

"We anticipate announcing additional headline bands to join those previously listed as the postponement allows us to restore the event to our original concept including multiple stages, all ages ticketing and camping at all sites.

"We apologise if this postponement causes any inconvenience to those that have already purchased tickets to our event and encourage them to contact us directly - contact@rockoutfestivals.com.au"

The original festival dates that have been postponed are:

10th–12th April - Queensland Raceway, Ipswich, QLD
17th–19th April - Eastern Creek Raceway, NSW
24th–26th April - Calder Park Raceway, VIC

The bands slated to perform included: More...

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Twisted Sister, Rose Tattoo Added to Rockout Fest

American glam rockers Twisted Sister have been announced as the new headliner for the Australian east coast’s Rockout Festival, that will be hitting up Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in April. Also recently added to the line-up includes Rose Tattoo, Black Majesty and Five Star Prison Cell. More acts will be added in the weeks leading up to the festival.

Tickets are on sale now to the general public at Ticketek. For information on tickets and locations, visit rockoutfestivals.com.au.

Here are the festival dates:

10th–12th April - Queensland Raceway, Ipswich, QLD
17th–19th April - Eastern Creek Raceway, NSW
24th–26th April - Calder Park Raceway, VIC

The lineup so far is as follows: More...

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Melbourne Prog Scene Puts On Bushfire Benefit

Sunday, February 22nd will see the basement at the Esplanade Hotel in St Kilda play host to nine local prog bands, all in the name of helping raise money for victims of last week's Victorian bushfires.

Headlining the night will be Five Star Prison Cell in a rare Melbourne performance, alongside Rook, The Violet Flames, Tim McMillan Band, Bellusira and Rincon, all of whom will be playing at the Espy's Rock The Bay festival in early March.

Rounding out the full day of music, which begins at 1:00pm, will be Nyssa Bradsworth, Lesha and a special acoustic performance by Jed Wright and Appleberry from Engine Three Seven.

Entry is a donation of $5 or more and all money raised will go to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal, which has already raised over $100 million for victims of the worst natural disaster in this country's history.

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Metalstock Festival Timetable Announced

Sydney's annual Metalstock festival hits Manning Bar this weekend. Tickets to the festival can be purchased for a single day, or as a two-day pass. The timetable for this huge two-day event is as follows:

Saturday March 22nd:
Daysend (NSW): 11:20pm-12:00am
Alchemist (VIC):10:20pm-11:00pm
The Furor (WA): 9:20pm-10:00pm
Terrorust (VIC): 8:20pm-9:00pm
Five Star Prison Cell (VIC): 7:20pm-8:00pm
Ebolie (NSW): 6:30pm-7:00pm
Mytile Vey Lorth (ACT): 5:40pm-6:10pm
Black Asylum (NSW): 4:50pm-5:20pm
Grotesque (WA): 4:00pm-4:30pm
Norse (NSW): 3:10pm-3:40pm

Sunday March 23rd:
Kataklysm (CANADA): 9:00pm-10:00pm
Psycroptic (TAS): 7:50pm-8:30pm
Dawn of Azazel (NZ): 6:50pm-7:30pm
Pathogen (WA): 5:50pm-6:30pm
Ulcerate (NZ): 4:50pm-5:30pm
The Dead (QLD): 4:00pm-4:30pm
Beyond Terror, Beyond Grace (NSW): 3:10pm-3:40pm

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More Metalstock Fest Acts Announced

Metalstock, Australia’s only two day metal festival, is scheduled for the Easter weekend in March 2008, and has announced the second group of confirmed metal acts for this hugely anticipated event. The Festival will take place in Manning Bar, University of Sydney, on Saturday March 22nd (doors 3.00pm – 12.00am) and Sunday March 23rd (doors 3.00pm – 10.00pm). The full list of acts playing at Metalstock is as follows:

Kataklysm (Canada)
Dawn Of Azazel (NZ)
Psycroptic (Tas)
Fuck...I'm Dead (VIC)
Ulcerate (NZ)
Five Star Prison Cell (VIC)
Ebolie (NSW)
Kill For Satan (ACT)
Norse (NSW)
Double Dragon (SA)
Grotesque (WA)
Pathogen (WA)
Daysend (NSW)
The Furor (WA)
Terrorust (VIC)

As well as three more acts, Metalstock will soon be announcing all metal stalls, giveaways, sponsors and extra entertainment. Tickets for Metalstock are now on sale from Moshtix outlets, Moshtix, or phone 1300 438 849. The prices for the Festival are as follows:

Over 18’s two day pass - $60
Under 18’s two day pass - $60
Over 18’s Saturday only - $35
Under 18’s Saturday only - $35
Over 18’s Sunday only - $45
Under 18’s Sunday only - $45

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New Australian Metal Scene Documentary In Making

Brutal Australia is a documentary into the contemporary Australian metal scene. The projects' myspace page discusses Brutal Australia:

"The heavy music scene has undergone a massive transformation in recent years with an influx of amazing bands, new styles, a new image and an incredible level of acceptance. Now is Australia’s time! The revolution has begun! What were once just a bunch of underground bands rocking out to an empty room at their local pub are now outselling some of Australia's biggest pop stars in both ticket and album sales. Brutal Australia is an in depth documentary showing the scene from the bands perspective, with interviews from the most influential Metal, Hardcore, Metalcore, Hard Rock, Death Metal and Tech bands in the country. This film is a must see for not only all heavy music fans, but also those that may not understand the music, the people or the lifestyle."

Directed by Will Gaffney and produced by Raw Sound Industries, Brutal Australia will see release sometime in November of this year, and will feature Parkway Drive, I Killed The Prom Queen, Sunk Loto, Karnivool, Daysend, Psycroptic, and Five Star Prison Cell. You can visit the projects' Myspace page or Brutal Australia's offical website for more information.

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First Ever Abducted Metal Fest Details Announced

The first ever Abducted Metal and Horror Festival has been announced, and will be held at the Arena in Brisbane on the 21st of July, with doors opening at 5pm. Twenty bands, including some of the best coming out of Australia right now, will play across three stages, and the festival will also feature horror cinema, gothic dance and the launch of the new DVDzine 'Up-Skirt'. Tickets are available from the Arena, Oztix, Skinny, and Rocking Horse, and more information on the festival can be found at this location. The line-up for the festival is as follows:

Blood Duster,
Mortal Sin,
Pod People,
Fuck... I'm Dead,
Kill for Satan,
Double Dragon,
Five Star Prison Cell,
The Day Everything Became Nothing,
Anger in Motion,
The Death,
State of Integrity, and

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Danzig at the Big Top, Luna Park, Sydney Australia

Let me tell you a story. I have a friend - let's call him "Ben" - who had the opportunity to see Danzig live in Hamburg back in '92 or so. Due to an unfortunate fabric rip, Ben was witness to a view throughout the show of the contents of the great man's leather trousers. As an impressionable 16 year old, the damage to poor Ben's psyche was deep: to this day, he cannot listen to, read about or discuss the legendary Glenn Danzig without that particular image surfacing, unbidden, in his mind. He's a little bitter about it.

I am pleased to report to both readers of this site and to Ben that no wardrobe malfunctions tarnished Danzig's Sunday night performance at the Big Top in Luna Park, Sydney, although there were a couple of technical glitches with the microphones and other sound equipment. The three date tour was the legendary singer's first Australian shows in 13 years, and will probably be the last - it has been widely reported that Danzig does not intend to keep a regular touring schedule in the future, choosing instead to focus on his film and comic book projects. More...

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