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Beastwars Announce New Album 'Tyranny Of Distance' + Nationwide Tour

Beastwars Announce New Album 'Tyranny Of Distance' + Nationwide Tour

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: David James / Friday 7th July, 2023 9:01AM

Pōneke metal titans Beastwars reemerge from their studio lair with the earthshaking announcement of a new studio album and seven date release tour, taking them nationwide in October and November. Beastwars cover eight of their favourite Aotearoa songs on Tyranny Of Distance, initially sparked by singer Matthew Hyde's love for the Silver Scroll-nominated ‘Dark Child’ by Marlon Williams (written by Tim Moore), and out in full on 13th October via Destroy Records / Universal. Laid down over a period of nine months with co-producer James Goldsmith and support from Panhead Custom Ales, the resulting long player finds the group re-envisioning songs by fellow legends The Gordons, Superette, Snapper, Children's Hour, Nadia Reid, Julia Deans, The 3Ds and the aforementioned Williams — you can preorder your copy HERE.

Leading the charge is first single 'Waves', from Flying Nun trio Superette's 1996 album Tiger. Giving fans a solid indication of what to look forward to from Tyranny Of Distance, 'Waves' feels both familiar and searingly fresh, amplifying the original song's menace to epic proportions, fuel-injected with Beastwars' unmistakable metallic heft and guest vocals by Julia Deans. Blast your Friday with 'Waves', scope out the full album tracklist below, and don't miss Hyde, Nathan Hickey (End Boss), James Woods, and new addition Christian Pearce (subbing in for original member Clayton Anderson) celebrating their fifth studio album at the following dates...

UPDATE 26/10/23: "OK shitty news for Dunedin — Dive has announced their immediate closure. Luckily for us (and you) Filth Wizard have saved the day and are letting us headline their show at The Crown. Unfortunately there is no space to also fit Night Lunch on the bill — we hope you understand we are doing our best in a less than ideal situation. All tickets still valid but running low."

Tyranny of Distance NZ Album Tour

Friday 13th October - The Musicians Club, Whanganui*
Saturday 14th October - Zeal/The Mayfair, New Plymouth*
Thursday 26th October - Last Place, Hamilton
Friday 27th October - Galatos, Auckland*
Saturday 28th October - San Fran, Wellington*
Friday 3rd November - Loons, Lyttelton
Saturday 4th November - The Crown, Dunedin w/ Filth Wizard

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR
*Tickets available HERE

BEASTWARS Tyranny of Distance Tracklisting:

1. Identity - Originally performed by The Gordons
2. Waves - Originally performed by Superette
3. Emmanuelle - Originally performed by Snapper
4. Dark Child - Originally performed by Marlon Williams
5. Looking for the Sun - Originally performed by Children’s Hour
6. High and Lonely - Originally performed by Nadia Reid
7. We Light Fire - Originally performed by Julia Deans
8. Spooky - Originally performed by 3Ds


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Beastwars - Tyranny of Distance NZ Album Tour
Thu 26th Oct 8:00pm
Last Place, Hamilton
Beastwars - Tyranny of Distance NZ Album Tour
Fri 3rd Nov 8:00pm
The Loons, Lyttelton
Beastwars - Tyranny of Distance NZ Album Tour
Sat 4th Nov 8:00pm
The Crown Hotel, Dunedin