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Antagonist A.D. and Saving Grace Wellington Show Announced

Antagonist A.D. and Saving Grace Wellington Show Announced

Chris Cudby / Image: Antagonist A.D. / Photo credit: Patrick Moore / Wednesday 20th April, 2022 6:19PM

The killer gig announcements keep coming following last week's move to Orange alert in NZ and we're all for it. Aotearoa metallic hardcore titans Antagonist A.D. are returning to local stages in July, playing an already sold out event at Tāmaki Makaurau's Galatos along with a newly announced show at Te Whanganui-a-Tara's San Fran with fellow heavy hitters Saving Grace (who have revealed they'll be unleashing new music in 2022), Cold War and Gravel Pit. Celebrating at last the 2021 release of Antagonist A.D.'s unrelentingly intense four track All Things EP, prep your ears for the sonic onslaught to come and secure your spot before it's too late...

Antagonist A.D. and Saving Grace
w/ Cold War, Gravel Pit
Friday 29th July - San Fran, Wellington

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Check out wild 2021 live footage of Antagonist A.D. playing Hatebreed's 'Proven' at Stay Gold Melbourne...

Experience the official vid for Saving Grace's 'Shekinah', from their 2011 album The King Is Coming...

Press release:

For the first time since international borders were closed, hardcore heavy-hitters Antagonist A.D. return to New Zealand stages for a night of celebration in Wellington with Saving Grace, Gravel Pit and ColdXWar.

Antagonist A.D. return to promote their new EP ‘All Things’, following up a huge Australian tour throughout March/April as well as appearances at Knight & Day Festival and Full Tilt Festival Melbourne. ‘All Things’ - released in 2021 - is the second EP in a three-part series, recorded by Kurt Ballou at GodCity Studios in Salem, MA.

In a world as turbulent as ours, the flood more often than not follows the fire; for hardcore mainstays Antagonist A.D., both are more than mere metaphor. Following up the inferno that was Through Fire, with the tempest that is All Things, the band have used their current trajectory to refine what it means to be a band and what that band stands for. Antagonist A.D. have built a platform to scream for justice at the top of their lungs. From racial to animal to social justice, the band have solidified their beliefs, and now find themselves holding nothing back.

Fifteen years have seen the band grow from the city of Auckland in New Zealand, into one of the most important bands in the hardcore scene, touring the world over supporting acts such as The Ghost Inside, Emmure, Parkway Drive, Deez Nuts and many more. Never ones to rest on their laurels however, 2019 saw Antagonist A.D. joined with Kurt Ballou to embark on their most ambitious concept yet. The EPs ‘Through Fire’ and ‘All Things’ make up the first two parts of a three-part series.

The band's unwavering stance in a world built to stand against them has garnished them both a fanbase and reputation that will last long after the flood wipes the land clear, and the world begins to heal.

With Support from New Zealand heavyweights Saving Grace, they return to the stage this July to bring their signature blend of crushing metal and hardcore to the masses for the first time since 2018.

Saving Grace formed in 2005 and released four studio albums between 2008 and 2014 on Deadboy / Universal and became one of the country’s most successful heavy music exports, signing to Facedown Records in USA and touring heavily worldwide.

Their critically acclaimed album ‘The Urgency’ released in 2014 debuted at #3 on the New Zealand Top 20 albums chart and saw the band reach new heights of commercial success both at home and worldwide.

With new music and new tour dates to be announced in 2022, Saving Grace is well and truly back with full force.


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Antagonist A.D. and Saving Grace
Fri 29th Jul 8:00pm
San Fran, Wellington