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Unleash The Archers Announce Debut New Zealand Shows

Unleash The Archers Announce Debut New Zealand Shows

Chris Cudby / Friday 27th October, 2023 1:08PM

Forging their own majestic brand of power metal virtuosity over five studio albums and counting, Canada's Unleash the Archers are playing in Aotearoa for the very first time in June 2024. Fronted by the supernatural vocal talents of Brittney Slayes, who co-founded the group in 2007 with drummer Scott Buchanan — later joined by Grant Truesdell, Andrew Kingsley and Nick Miller — Unleash the Archers are bringing their maximum scale onslaught to Te Whanganui-a-Tara's Valhalla and Tāmaki Makaurau's Galatos, a journey originally planned for 2021 then pushed back due to the accursed global pandemic. Recently hinting their follow up to 2020's Abyss (Napalm Records) will be a post-apocalyptic concept album, all signs are pointing towards a new record before Unleash the Archers arrive down under. We advise grabbing tickets as soon as possible when they go live this Tuesday — brought to you by Valhalla Touring and Hardline...

"We are BEYOND stoked to finally be able to announce that we are heading down to Australia and New Zealand next June!!!! We’ve been shipping albums down there since our first one came out in 2009 and we know we have dedicated fans there that have been waiting for us for a loooong time. We originally tried to book this for the Abyss release in 2020 but we all know how that turned out, so this has been a long time coming and we absolutely can not wait to make good on our promise. Not to mention our Aus / NZ fans will get to be some of the first to hear our new album live! We hope you’re all as excited as we are!"

Unleash the Archers

Thursday 13th June - Galatos, Auckland*
Friday 14th June - Valhalla, Wellington

Wellington tickets available HERE via UTR from 10am, Tuesday 31st October
*Auckland tickets via

Smash play on the title track to Unleash the Archers' 2020 album Abyss...

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Press release:

Hardline are excited to announce, for their first time in Australia, Canadian Power Metal groundbreakers Unleash the Archers, to tour Australia & New Zealand in 2024.

Unleash The Archers were formed in 2007 by front-woman Brittney Slayes, together with drummer Scott Buchanan, while attending the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

After moving to Vancouver in 2010 the band underwent several lineup changes, but were finally able to cement their unique, genre-blending style of Heavy Metal with the addition of Grant Truesdell, Andrew Kingsley and Nick Miller. By weaving the aggression of the more extreme genres into the intricacies of traditional Heavy Metal, UTA have created a sound unlike anything else in the industry. They embrace a commercial appeal that attracts music lovers of all types while maintaining a heavy edge that remains true to their Death Metal roots.

Since their inception UTA have always put an emphasis on touring. COVID of course hit the breaks for the band somewhat, with Hardline and Unleash the Archers originally scheduled to announce this Aussie & NZ tour back in 2021! With touring worldwide back on the cards and a new album to be released soon - it is with great pleasure to finally declare these dates Down under with UTA in 2024.

Join us in this much-anticipated Welcome Down Under to Unleash the Archers!


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Unleash the Archers
Fri 14th Jun 7:00pm
Valhalla, Wellington