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Confession + Hand Of Mercy Have Announced A Massive Final Show

Strike Hard

Despite the common spiel from prophetic mid-twenties “veterans” – typically unemployed and use IPHYB as a bible – the local hardcore scene is far, far from dead. Case in point: the recently announced line-up for 2016’s Strike Hard Festival, which looks set to not only send Melbourne moshers Confession and Sydney shredders Hand Of Mercy off in style, but it will also see the iconic Shinto Katana rise from the grave for one final show as well.

After seven years, three albums (+ a killer EP), and “a football side of ex members” – Crafter’s own words, mind you – veteran mosh unit Confession will officially have bitten the dust at the end of January, following a 19-date farewell tour across the country. Strike Hard ’16 will be the last ever show for the band, and is set to be stacked from front to back with hardcore classics, stage dives, and the most bittersweet wall of death the world will have ever seen.

The festival will also mark the final jaunt for metalcore mainstays Hand Of Mercy, who ~technically~ wrapped things up back in October. In our exclusive interview with Dawson, the bassist revealed that there were no plans – or desires, much less – to play any more shows once their September tour with Buried In Verona came to an end. The news that they’d be making an appearance at Strike Hard comes as a bit of a surprise, but we’re stoked as all hell nonetheless.

Shinto Katana originally broke up at the beginning of last year, leaving behind a monumental legacy of dedicated fans and shorted-out microphones. Responding to a relentless outpouring of cries from said fans, the local scene legends have announced a one-off reunion just for Strike Hard ’16 – because hey, if you’re going to go all out, you might as well go ALL OUT.

Also, some dude promised to get Crafter’s face tattooed on his arse if Shinto reunited for the show, so that probably aided in the convincing. It’s actually happening, too:

Alongside the aforementioned sets, Strike Hard ’16 will feature 14 of the country’s heaviest hitters, including Relentless, Ocean Grove, Earth CallerVices, Void Of Vision, Justice For The Damned, Boris The BladeDVSR, and so many more. The chaos will unwind on January 30th in Sydney, taking place at the UTS Underground across two stages. Tickets went on sale this morning, but they certainly won’t last long.

Grab your tickets from the link below!

Strike Hard Festival 2016

Mon Jan 30th – UTS Underground, Sydney (AA)
Tix: www.oztix.com.au

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