The Kings Arms

An Auckland institution: live music venue, heritage pub, affordable eatery

The Kings Arms is a bar, an authentic rock music venue, an affordable eatery and an unpretentious no fuss pub experience with a sun-drenched beer garden smack bang in the centre of town.

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Tensions Arise (Aus) & 8ft Sativa

Australia's TENSIONS ARISE are making a massive start to 2016 with supporting SEVENDUST (USA) in Sydney then embarking on their Debut Album Tour for the release of A Breath of Aggression. The Unleashing The Aggression Tour Sees the band make their Debut in New Zealand alongside one of the Countries best acts 8 FOOT SATIVA!

So be sure to mark the calendar! A night at the KINGS ARMS with 8 FOOT SATIVA, TENSIONS ARISE (AUS), BROKEN SEASON and UNLEASH THE KRAKEN! Is sure to be a night you won’t forget anytime soon! Full of energy, brutal intensity, explosions and other surprises.

8 Foot Sativa

8 Foot Sativa need no introduction with their strong history of being one of New Zealand’s founding NZ Metal bands. Their ferocity as a live act leaves a deep footprint where ever they tread. 8 Foot Sativa have survived the test of time and still to this day hold the title of the “Heavy Weights “of New Zealand Heavy Metal.
8 Foot Sativa have punished the stage with top international bands such as Pantera, Fear Factory, Korn, SOAD, Motorhead, Soulfly, Slipknot, Disturbed and Corrosion of Conformity. Their music has been featured on Monster Garage, Crusty Demons, MTV and in the movie “The Locals”.
8 Foot Sativa’s first two albums, “Hate Made Me & Season for Assault”, threw them into the spotlight by achieving gold record status in New Zealand, still a feat that has not been achieved by any other metal artist in New Zealand. Charting in the New Zealand Top 40 was the next blow to mainstream music with 8 Foot Sativa soon becoming a household name with a cult following.
Critics said “A metal band breaking into the NZ Top 40 will never be repeated”...Wrong!
8 Foot Sativa have released their new album “The Shadow Masters” once again entering the NZ Top 40 at position number 5 and at position number 2 on the Indie charts. Globally the album has received over 60 reviews in the short time it has been out, the response has been overwhelming and 8FS have quickly followed up their album release with the first video from the new album featuring the title track “Shadow Masters”.
8 Foot Sativa are New Zealand’s hardest working and most toured act. 8 Foot Sativa are a band with integrity, they are polished, professional and they deliver one hell of a live show.

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Formed in the ashes of prominent Sydney Metal bands in 2008 Tensions Arise are a power house of Melodic Brutal Metal ‘done right’. With their groove induced melodic cruelty, the Sydney based four-piece built a sound of their own which quickly distinguished them as forerunners in their home city. After a lengthy wait, the mystery of Tensions Arise came to extreme fruition as the inaugural performance in January 2010 brought a torn industry together in a rage of hoarse growls, thunderous guitars, wrapped together by a previously unexperienced stage presence.
They are no strangers to sharing the stage with International Acts and 2016 is no different supporting SEVENDUST in Australia just before heading on tour for their 1st full length Studio album for the release of A Breath of Aggression. The Unleashing The Aggression Tour. Other notable International shows have been in 2012 which saw them play in New York while in USA Recording alongside Logan Mader (Ex-Machinehead) for STAND IN DEFIANCE Which the band is giving away FREE Copies at the show! They also went to Japan in 2014 on a sold out tour alongside heavyweights in THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER & FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE. Local support shows in Sydney, have seen them supporting (hed) P.E & Jeffrey Nothing (mushroomhead) & Soilwork.
Tensions Arise have been featured in and had previous live reviews and music reviews in leading Metal publications and webzines including Heavy Mag and Metal as Fuck.

Check out one of their music videos here (which they will be performing live):'v=ENBAgkT93WA


Broken Season are currently celebrating the release of their first EP with the current lineup. WAKE UP THE FALLEN which is made up of an atmospheric introduction featuring the infamous speech by Charlie Chaplin from the movie The Great Dictator, followed by 6 powerful songs which could easily be the soundtrack to a revolution. With songs about the Waco Siege (51 Days) and the war on drugs (Vilified) with other tracks touching on the War on Terror, Drone Attacks, Brian Tamaki and the Salem Witch Trials. Broken Season have a wide range of influences and backgrounds which show in the EP and also show their musical versatility with heavy metal drums, deep growls through to clean vocals and Spanish rapping. Broken Season aren’t afraid to do things their own way. They also know how to perform, despite being a 3 piece they have a massive sound:

They are a 5 or 500 type of band, the show is going to be the same high energy, bruising set regardless of how many people show up. They have a classic NY / LA Hardcore sound reminiscent of DOWNSET and BIOHAZARD, and I dread to think of the damage these three fellas could do if they played to a full house. This is the soundtrack to a riot, and their shouts of “Fuck the System” really drive home the excitement, they have got groove, grunt, balls and anger. In an age of Death and Technical Metal, BROKEN SEASON bring a fresh and energizing sound.

- Metal Temple Review 2014

Unleash the Kraken

Born of an unholy union between an 80’s Glam Metal Has-Been, and a 90’s Nu Metal Legend, mixed in with far too much Kraken Spiced Rum, and some genuine Middleweight contenders of the Kiwi Metal scene… Bow Down To Your New Demi Gods… UNLEASH THE KRAKEN!'' Unleash the Kraken’s first show was in October 2015 and have since exploded onto the scene with their EXPLOSIVE (literally!) live set which makes them a hard act to follow (luckily Broken Season have some tricks up their sleeve also) this will be the first show for Unleash the Kraken after opening for Buck Cherry at their Auckland show. They will be on first so make sure you get in early to see what all the hype is all about.

There will be explosions and other visual elements to this event so come along and see 4 of Australasia’s best established and upcoming bands put on a show to remember.

Massive thanks to our sponsors:
Music Works Atwater’s for supplying the backline for the support bands and 5Star Printing for your top notch printing services as always.

Earlier Event: July 1
Wu Kong the Monkey King,
Later Event: July 2
Sal Valentine & The Babyshakes

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