Metalheads embark on tour of the region

TIME: Shattered Hourglass members Raiden MacIntyre (lead guitar), Craig MacIntyre (drums), Phil Zerna (bass guitar) and Ryan Discombe (vocals, rhythm guitar).
TIME: Shattered Hourglass members Raiden MacIntyre (lead guitar), Craig MacIntyre (drums), Phil Zerna (bass guitar) and Ryan Discombe (vocals, rhythm guitar).

Whyalla metal band Shattered Hourglass are taking their heavy tunes to the Upper Spencer Gulf this weekend, being joined by a number of high profile bands in the scene.

The local metalheads, who feature child prodigy Raiden MacIntyre on lead guitar, will be performing in Port Augusta, Port Pirie and Whyalla between June 11 and 13.

The tour kicks off with Adelaide thrashers Hidden Intent launching their Dead End Destiny album at the Travellers Rest Hotel in Stirling North on Friday with friends Executus and Shattered Hourglass.

On the following night the boys will join a plethora of heavy metal bands, including Sydney group Flaming Wrekage and Adelaide rockers Shatter Brain, for the Metal Down Under show at Phoenix Park in Port Pirie

Then Shattered Hourglass will return to Whyalla for a homecoming show at the Left Hand Club on Sunday, with Flaming Wrekage, Hidden Intent, Shatter Brain, Suffer the Evenue and Firestorm joining them.

Shattered Hourglass drummer Craig MacIntyre said the group were looking forward to the tour on the back of the release of their debut album Timekeeper.

"We launched the album in Port Pirie in February and the promoters there want us back ... the off the cuff comment to us was that we owned the show that night," he said.

"That was really encouraging and we got a lot of fans out of that one, there's a lot of fans who are keen to see us come back."

Raiden, who composes face-melting solos for the band, said he was looking forward to hitting the road with a number of high profile metal acts.

"To bring Adelaide bands to the region is pretty big," he said.

"It's great to have more people to play with, more bands bring more people and having more people at the shows helps a lot."

Mr MacIntyre said the band had previously played alongside Hidden Intent, a show which he said helped them gain a bigger following.

"The amount of people who came up to us after that gig ... it was almost too much, they were blown away," he said.

For more information about the tour, head to the Shattered Hourglass Facebook page.