Critically acclaimed and celebrated as one of the most influential acts in the world right now, Architects will visit regional Victoria off the back of their incredibly raw and inspired album, Holy Hell, which peaked at #8 on the ARIA charts. Architects’ Friday night headliner set marks the very last stop of their colossal world tour. Punters will bear witness to the strength of the band as they belt out their distinctive vocals and powerful riffs for their only Australian show this summer. If their 2018 UNIFY set is anything to go by, this is going to be monumental.
The Ghost Inside
The Ghost Inside
The Ghost Inside make the journey down under for the first time since 2014, exclusively to headline Saturday Night at UNIFY 2020. Rising from the ashes with their triumphant return to the stage after a tragic road accident in 2015, The Ghost Inside truly are limitless and unbreakable.
The band performed for the first time since the accident in July this year, at Shrine in their home town of LA. The show sold over 8000 tickets in just an hour – proving their status as one of the most adored and admired bands of their generation. UNIFY is proud to play host to their second show in four years, inspiring fans with their relentless triumph over tragedy and phenomenal live performance.
For a band that have traditionally focused on wider issues in the outside world, Alien is easily the most personal statement of their career. “I was raised in hell but I made it out,” says Northlane vocalist Marcus Bridge. “Raised in a place I shouldn’t have been, and no child should have been. But I’ve been able to break free.”
While some long-time listeners might assume that the title Alien is a continuation of the space and futuristic themes that have characterised previous Northlane albums, it’s instead a reflection of the alienation Bridge felt as a child “who grew up in a weird, unusual household and who was bullied at school because of it”.
Produced by the band themselves, the album was recorded at Chris Blancato’s studio in Sydney, where Northlane recorded their first EP, 2010’s Hollow Existence. Bridge did his vocals at Sydney’s Electric Sun Studios, where the quintet made their 2011 debut album, Discoveries.
For a band marking their 10th anniversary in 2019, Alien is a bold leap forward; the work of a group fighting their way out of their corner by moving forward rather than looking back.
Since the release of their debut album “The Mortal Coil”, Sydney’s Polaris have shown no signs of slowing down. One of 2017’s most anticipated heavy releases, ‘The Mortal Coil’ stunned audiences and critics upon its release in November, landing at #6 on the ARIA Album Charts, #1 on the Independent Albums Chart, and scoring a Triple J Feature Album. In 2018 Polaris cemented their place in the global scene with a metalcore torch held high in their hands, touring through the US, Europe and the UK, selling out 3 Australian Tours, including their national Spring tour in November where they performed their biggest headline shows to date.
2019 kicked off with Polaris returning to Europe and the UK supporting UK metalcore kings, Architects on their massive arena run throughout January and February. A run which also saw Polaris supporting Architects in August on their ‘Holy Hell’ Australian Tour.
In March, they returned to perform their first shows of the year on home soil as part of Download Festival in Sydney and Melbourne – entertaining their largest crowds to date. “Playing to a HUGE hometown crowd, the metalcore lords tore through a set of both newer and older material—and they had the pit spinning through it all.” – Hysteria Magazine. In April they toured Japan for the first time and over the European Summer returned for a run of Festival appearances as well as their first headline shows in the UK and Germany, with their only London headline show selling out, receiving a 4K review in Kerrang Magazine. “It’s no secret that Australia has become a hotbed for world class metal acts. It seems this band could well be its next premium export”.
January 2020 will see Polaris make their third appearance at Unify Gathering.
Longevity is a rare feat for any band, especially one rooted in a foundation of punk and hardcore. Aggressive music is often fueled by youthful fire, and sustaining a career without completely abandoning that urgent sound is almost impossible for most bands. But what’s possible for “most bands” has never been a concern for post-hardcore pioneers Silverstein. Throughout the course of their 19-year career, from Ontario basement shows to touring the world and selling over a million records, Silverstein has always managed to be completely comfortable in their own skin while never being afraid to challenge themselves. This perfect balance will mark the band’s ninth full- length, an album that proves Silverstein still has plenty of fire left.
Since 2008, from the outside it seemed like Tonight Alive were living every band’s dream: they were signed to a major label, released a trio of successful albums – including two ARIA Top 10 hits – and years of relentless touring saw the Sydneysiders become a force on the global music scene.
Behind the curtain, it was a completely different story for the four-piece. Coming into their third record with peak success the #1 goal, the pressure was on for Tonight Alive to create a big record with that ever-elusive radio hit.
In spite of all the good intentions in helping the band reach their goals, Tonight Alive struggled with their identity in a corporate environment. At a time when vocalist Jenna McDougall was excited to take creative risks with her image to match their message of empowerment, she also had to make sure it was palatable for a wide audience. McDougall couldn’t understand why she couldn’t be the same person on the stage as she is off it, and this had a deep impact on her formative years.
Make Them Suffer
Make Them Suffer
Make Them Suffer deal in the kind of bone-crushing metal that leaves you begging for respite. Make Them Suffer gave us a preview of what’s to come via “Hollowed Heart” – their most aggressive and confrontational piece of music to date. After many lengthy tours around the world, Make The Suffer recently wrapped up their biggest Australian headline tour thus far with Killyourstereo marking them as “one of the best heavy bands going these days”.
Stray From The Path
Stray From The Path
Over a decade into their career, Stray From The Path have achieved a kind of longevity rarely seen in hardcore. With each successive release and relentless touring, longtime members Tom Williams (guitar) and Drew Dijorio (vocals) have taken the band from scrappy Long Island locals to powerhouse globetrotters. Anthony “Dragon Neck” Altamura (bass) joined in 2011 and Craig Reynolds (drums) in 2016, solidifying the lineup and helping the band evolve into their current incarnation: a behemoth of groove-laden, metallic hardcore riffing and hip hop-influenced vocal cadences.
Taking place from 9 – 12th January 2020, in beautiful South Gippsland. UNIFY Gathering is a celebration of good friends, great times and heavy music.
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