Friday 27 January 2023
Doors & Bar open at 7:00pm | Music from 7:30pm – 10:30pm
The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
Enter via Wooby’s Lane, or for lift access enter through The Courtyard
$11 General Admission
$35 Gang of Four
Now is your chance to see Tarot & WOE, live at the Founders Room.
Tarot was formed in 2011 by Will Fried with the goal of recreating the mystical atmosphere produced by bands such as Uriah Heep, Rainbow, Wishbone Ash, Pagan Altar and Deep Purple.
Over the next few years Tarot released a number of demos and EPs that lay the foundations of Tarot’s sound. In early 2015 as demand for Tarot’s music outgrew its availability the band put together a full hour of recordings into “The Warriors Spell”; a CD that compiled the previous three EPs and two brand new songs.
As the sales figures grew the band turned to German record label Ván Records with the idea of releasing the compilation as a deluxe double LP. Ván happily agreed and offered to continue working with the band on future recordings.
This culminated in the 2016 release of “Reflections”, a refinement of the band’s signature sound: melodic guitar parts, double tracked harmony vocals, a strong Hammond organ and synthesizer presence and intricate, catchy song structures. This release drew further success and critical acclaim, and among other favourable reviews was picked as the editor’s choice in the April 2016 edition of Iron Fist Magazine.
During the winter months of 2016 the lineup was expanded to play live shows. Since then the band has played many successful shows around Australia and features Will Fried on guitar and vocals, Dave Harrington-George on organ and synthesizers, Felix Russell on guitar and vocals, Dave Walsh on bass and vocals, and Matt Frodsham on Drums.
Hailing from Tasmania, WOE performs mean traditional doom metal in the style of Trouble and Pentagram. “Czernobog” (2022) is their first release, and features members of Tarot and The Wizar’d.
The virtuosity of guitarist Russell’s craft instantly sets WOE apart from most modern doom metal bands. His endless barrage of haunting riffs – an essential part of any significant traditional doom record – are bolstered by a rhythm section built like the stone walls of a looming tower. As their album’s title suggests, WOE’s lyrics concern treachery and tragedy, as well as struggles with external forces of evil and internal demons. All tales told with bleak yet soulful vocals.
“Although this is their debut effort, the five songs on the album suggest the subtle sophistication of a more seasoned outfit.” – Charlie Woolley (Crypt Of The Wizard).