New Zealand's legendary Stoner Metal band Beastwars are returning to the world with a new lease on life, literally. Vocalist Matt Hyde underwent over 6 months of treatment for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2016, he is now in remission. They have announced a new album IV which was shaped by Hyde’s recent experiences. It will be released on Friday June 28 through Destroy Records.
To celebrate the album release Beastwars are touring New Zealand and Australia in June/July, presented by Panhead Custom Ales. They are hitting Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin in New Zealand and then jumping over the pond to play Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne shows. Supported by Triumphs and Swamp Dweller.
Beastwars formed in Wellington in 2006. Their 2011 self-titled debut was nominated for Best New Zealand Rock Album at the New Zealand Music Awards, as were their second and third albums 2014's Blood Becomes Fire and 2016s The Death Of All Things. Beastwars and Blood Becomes Fire were also nominated for the Taite Music Prize.