Thanks for an epic UNIFY Gathering 2020! See you in 2021!
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.
Dear Seattle are the melodic, sing along, beer-in-the-air, headbanging-with-heart punk rock band you’ve been waiting for.
One part mosh pit, and one part love letter – with a dash of VB – the band have created a truly unique and powerful style of song-writing that’s connecting with fans across Australia and the rest of the world.
In 2018, Dear Seattle announced their signing to Domestic La La under the fearless leadership of Violent Soho’s James Tidswell. 2018 has already seen the release of their debut album “Don’t Let Go” in February, which cracked the top 10 in the ARIA Charts.
No strangers to the live scene, Dear Seattle have shared the stage with the likes of Citizen (US), Emarosa (US), Trophy Eyes (AUS), and Balance and Composure (US), Tired Lion, as well as supporting Columbus and Kingswood – all of which has led to their ability to deliver an impressive and energetic live performance
From charting on Spotify viral charts in Australia and The UK, to being added to high rotation on triple j, to being featured on RAGE, to crowd surfing their way across Australia on numerous tours, Dear Seattle have arrived, and they’re only just getting started.
Void Of Vision
Void Of Vision
Still riding the high off the release of their sophomore album ‘Hyperdaze’, Melbourne quartet Void Of Vision are set to take on stages home and abroad and prove a point.
Accompanying names like The Amity Affliction, Underoath, Crossfaith & Northlane, the wrecking crew are ready to showcase their brand of metalcore mania to all new audiences in celebration of a return to true form.
A singular spark that turned into a giant blaze has been lit within the hearts of Antagonist AD. The legendary hardcore act returned to the scene with more energy than ever before; the one-two punch of No Justice and A.P.M.D. showing a passion to help shine the way forward, and a need to have their message heard. After a slew of sold out shows, including playing the Greyscale Records Showcase just recently at The Corner Hotel, the band took flight to Salem in Massachusetts to begin crafting something that only time will tell.
For some it was all of the live energy, for others it may have been the massive sleeper success of their 2016 LP but whatever it may be, Knocked Loose’s arrival in the general public consciousness transcends metal and hardcore and into a new arena entirely. And maybe literally into arenas in the near future.
Forged on musical bonds built at an early age, Knocked Loose came together in the small yet relatively formidable hardcore / punk scene of the greater Louisville, KY area– the same that gave birth to bands ranging from Slint to Breather Resist to Endpoint to Coliseum. And though said scene was relatively strong, a lack of available bands, touring parties and scarcity of gigs forced diversity– mixing genres and challenging young ears with new ideas, approaches and styles. That diversity – death metal bands mingling with youth crew, screamo on the same bill as Am-Rep-style bands and on and on– created the basis of Knocked Loose musically and the genesis for their approach, an amalgam of heavy influences that never commits to any singular style but maintains a loyalty to the hardcore tradition.
Established in Perth, Western Australia in 2010, Tired Lion channels the essence of ’90s alt-rock through guitar-driven, gutsy blasts of indie rock. Lead by songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Sophie Hopes, the band centres on Hopes’ fearless wail and no-holds-barred, heart-on-her-sleeve, trademark lyricism.
Tired Lion debuted with the 2013 EP All We Didn’t Know and rose to prominence with 2015’s Figurine EP, which featured the breakout single I Don’t Think You Like Me. In 2015, Tired Lion took out the triple j Unearthed Artist of the Year Award and West Australian Music Industry Awards for Best Rock Act (2015, 2016) and Best EP (2015). Over the next few years, Tired Lion toured extensively both in Australia and abroad, including performances at premier festivals including Splendour in the Grass, Glastonbury, Homebake, Groovin’ the Moo, Falls Festival, Southbound, Reading and Leeds and Primavera Sound.
In September 2017, Tired Lion released their debut album – the critically acclaimed, triple j feature album Dumb Days – produced by Luke Boerdam of Violent Soho. In November 2018, following countless live shows, Tired Lion dropped the standalone single, With Or Without. With Or Without quickly distinguished itself as one of the best singles of the band’s career; laden with hooks and addictively crunchy guitar lines, with Boerdam adding sweeping, atmospheric production.
Tired Lion have evolved into one of the most formidable and ferocious rock acts in the country, touring relentlessly and bringing their special brand of controlled chaos to anyone and everyone willing to listen. Between live shows, Hopes continues to write material for Tired Lion’s anticipated sophomore album.
Kublai Khan TX
Kublai Khan TX
Energetic, aggressive, and passionate music. Kublaiu Khan are a four piece metalcore band based in north Texas. We say what’s on our hearts to express how we feel, who we are, what we stand for, and won’t stand for, as well as the problems of our generation. In hopes of tapping into the underground and revealing the unseen lives and feelings of the youth in modern American society. We are fighting to make an impact in a music scape bogged down with meaningless lyrics and recycled with mindless music. Trying to push messages that often get overlooked or ignored in the nation today, hoping to use our music as a vessel to relate with people and emit hope.
The Beautiful Monument
The Beautiful Monument
Melbourne-based, The Beautiful Monument are a locally brewed all female powerhouse. The group have been embraced by the national music industry and audiences alike for their engaging live shows and genre diverse song writing. Their debut release “I’m The Sin” saw them sharing the stage with international acts such as I Prevail (USA), Architects (UK) and Slaves (USA); local legends Tonight Alive, In Hearts Wake and Dream on Dreamer and kicking ass at Unify: A Heavy Music Gathering. The girls have no intention of slowing down, kicking off the year in a big way at Download Festival before the highly anticipated release of their sophomore album, ‘I’m The Reaper’ in June 2019.
“Very rarely does one come across a band that hits as heavy and magnificently as the Beautiful Monument. Boasting an arsenal of genuinely memorable songs and strong, energetic stage presence, these ladies are ready to take on the world.” – Alternative Press
“When it comes to pummelling post-hardcore that grips you by the ears and thrashes you from wall to wall, it’s hard to look past Melbourne maniacs The Beautiful Monument. Trust us when we say the three-piece are on the verge of a major breakthrough, their skull-crushingly heavy take on pop-punk inescapable, to say the least.” – Blunt Mag
Eat Your Heart Out
Eat Your Heart Out
Over time, creativity blossoms. Encouraged by experience and doused in inspiration, art reaches its full potential much like a flower in bloom. Eat Your Heart Out strive for the same heights on their full-length debut, Florescence [Fearless Records]. The Newcastle, Australia quintet—Caitlin Henry [vocals], Andrew Anderson [guitar], Will Moore [guitar], Dom Cant [bass], and Jake Cronin [drums] progress personally and creatively over the course of eleven tracks artfully and articulately steeped in grunge realism, emo intimacy, punk panache, and pop ambition.
Between You And Me
Between You And Me
Between You and Me have proven themselves on both the domestic and international levels having covered more ground than most bands of their age. The band are showing no signs of stopping either with a brand new album currently in the works and a number of touring opportunities coming their way for 2020.
Formed in Brisbane in 2013, The Brave quickly started turning heads with 2014 EP ‘Endless’, which captured their particular brand of lightning in a bottle, then continued with the critically acclaimed breakout debut album ‘Epoch’ in 2016, which won plaudits worldwide from the likes of BBC Radio 1, Kerrang, Triple J and more. ‘Aura’ takes that groundwork and builds on it in striking fashion.
‘Aura’ is a bold snapshot of a band seeking to use the simple power of music to move people. Threaded throughout are themes of change, love and loss, and taken as a whole body of work it’s sure to further establish The Brave as one of the most forward-thinking and exciting bands in heavy music in 2019.
You’d be forgiven for wondering if there is something in the waters of the quiet town of Taree, as Diamond Construct have truly hit the ground running with their debut self-titled album. Rabid fans have quickly shown up to see the band play, touring the country multiple times with Thornhill, Chelsea Grin, Born Of Osiris, and most recently Make Them Suffer; with each set the sing alongs have grown louder and louder. Each set that’s played, the band garnishes more and more fans as the powerful blend of progressive metalcore ensures they are not only standing out in the scene, but earning the respect of their peers.
Bands evolve from album to album as the lives of its members, and their music tastes, continue to change.
That’s particularly true in the case of Columbus, whose debut album was entitled Spring Forever, but its follow-up A Hot Take on Heartbreak has seen the Brisbane trio opting for a dramatic change of season. On Spring Forever we went into the studio and did exactly what we wanted, recalls Columbus singer/guitarist Alex Moses of their debut. But after touring that record and it coming time to do a new one, we realised that the music we wanted to play was distinctly different.
We’re at the point now where the band has done a lot of really cool things, says Alex, citing tours with You Me At Six and Real Friends as highlights. We had big dreams on the first record, but it ended up being a bit of a reality check. It’s not like you release one record and become the biggest band in the world – it takes a few years. The You Me At Six tour showed us to play big rooms, with a band that’s transcended their scene to become a big act in their own right. That’s what we want.
From the far north of Australia in Darwin lies Tapestry, a young five-piece who formed in the middle of 2014 and wasted little to no time establishing themselves as a national presence.
Heavy bands from Adelaide rarely move out of the sleepy suburbs and onto the national stage, but Sleep Talk are changing that with their uniquely precise-yet-frenetic brand of post-hardcore in the form of debut album Everything In Colour. Having signed to UNFD for its release, the band – singer Jacob Clement, guitarists Lewis Tito and Fraser Ray, bassist Josh Healey and drummer Michael Belletti – are looking to expand their reach far beyond South Australia.
Something Something Explosion
Something Something Explosion
Caught in a generation of young adults who can’t afford to buy houses because they’d prefer to eat avocado on toast, punk-rock trio Something Something Explosion refuse to blend into the background of the Australian music scene. Transporting you to an underground pub somewhere in East London during the early 90s, the contagious melodies and catchy riot-style lyrics – in combination with live shows that hit you like a bat to the face – can capture any punk lover’s heart before the end of the song.
The Gloom In The Corner
The Gloom In The Corner
Melbourne’s The Gloom In The Corner are a concept band exploring the depths of human melancholy through a vessel of their own creation. Their latest instalment ‘Flesh & Bones’ continues the band’s dark, heavy and operaic voyage through misery, woe and misanthropy. Fresh off tours with Cursed Earth and Reactions and showcases at Brisbane’s Bigsound.
BAD/LOVE are taking no time to establish themselves as a band on the rise after releasing their debut EP ‘SIOIS’ in July 2019. No strangers to the Australian Music Scene, the band consists of past and current members of bands such as Make Them Suffer, Storm The Sky, Like Royals & more. Multiple members have shared the stage together, either playing alongside each other in different bands or in the same and have an undeniable and visible chemistry only years of practice together & friendship can create.
Terra are a five-piece pop rock outfit hailing from Melbourne, Australia. They have built an impressive band’ resumé’ off the back of a single EP, giving them plenty of experience as they move into the future. The band has been steadily chipping away at the task of a second release for some time. Through all their trials and tribulations growing as a band in their new experiences together, Terra are a band to watch this year and beyond.