Metal hits the Melbourne Arts Festival

Melbourne Festival is pleased to announce the full and expanded line up of the Beck’s Rumpus Room including Black Cobra (USA), Ruins (AU) performing live to revel in all things METAL after the Heavy Metal in Bagdhad screening


Heavy Metal in Baghdad is feature film documentary that follows the Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda from the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 to the present day. Playing heavy metal in a Muslim country has always been a difficult (if not impossible) proposition but after Saddam’s regime was toppled, there was a brief moment for the band in which real freedom seemed possible, but that hope was quickly dashed as their country fell into a bloody insurgency. From 2003-2006, Iraq disintegrated around them while Acrassicauda struggled to stay together and stay

alive, always refusing to let their heavy metal dreams die. Their story echoes the unspoken hopes of an entire generation of young Iraqis.


Read our review of this DVD here.


To celebrate this film there will be a party after the screening paying homage to all things METAL, featuring black metal band Ruins and doom metal duo Black Cobra (USA). 


Black Cobra (USA) - Southern Lord recording artists Black Cobra who hail from the ‘City of love’ San Francisco, have been delivering the goods since 2002.  Renowned for their super low-end sludge riffs and hard edge touring ethic, Black Cobra have created quite a name in the underground doom metal scene. Black Cobra are a duo featuring guitarist Jason Landrian and drummer Rafael Martinez, Raf also plays bass for Acid Kind, another Bay Area sludge metal favourite.


Ruins (AU) are a black metal band from Hobart, Tasmania. They blend an ominous dark-death metal dynamic amidst their powerful, menacing and melancholic, yet eerily seductive black metal style; with a venomous, and summoning vocal presence. The writing/recording nucleus of Ruins consists of guitarist/vocalist Alex Pope, formerly of the post-punk noise-rockers Sea Scouts; and drummer Dave Haley, currently also drumming with Psycroptic and Blood Duster. Both have also recorded and performed with The Amenta, and various other groups and projects over the last decade or so.



Details about the event


Venue: the Forum Theatre

Dates: Sat 10 & Sun 11 Oct, Wed 14 – Sun 18 Oct, Wed 21 – Sat 24 Oct

Time: 9 pm till late unless otherwise specified

Tickets: All Tickets $15 or from September a $100 pass that allows entry to all Beck’s Rumpus Room events

Bookings: Ticketek / Polyester stores, and the Melbourne Festival Ticketing & Information Booth in Federation Square from Mon 5 Oct

Information: The rumpus room website

Restrictions: All shows are 18+; minors must be accompanied by a guardian.