Rules of Addiction

Rules of Addiction (from left) guitarist-vocalist Al Parr, lead vocalist-guitarist Mauricio...
Rules of Addiction (from left) guitarist-vocalist Al Parr, lead vocalist-guitarist Mauricio Oliveira, drummer Jordan McNally and bass player Glen Balfour unleash their original hard rock metal sound on the Red Rock Bar free on Saturday night. Photo by...

A virtual festival of rock is about to converge on Queenstown, with homegrown metalheads Rules of Addiction the headlining act.

The rock metal, punk quartet formed just over a year ago and is already forging a national reputation for intense high-energy gigs and uncompromising original songs.

Rules of Addiction so far has recorded its first EP, released its first single/video clip, completed its first national tour and will release its debut studio album World Made of Lies at the end of the year.

Lead singer and guitarist Mauricio Oliveira said this week the band's songs were "melodic, heavy, fast, intense and highly thought-provoking" and their lyrics were "brutally honest and somewhat controversial at times".

"We've played mostly North Island dates this year, so people requested we do shows down South."

The homecoming concert for Rules of Addiction follows performances in Invercargill and Dunedin last week.

• Rules of Addiction's third and final date on the Sins of the South tour will be at the Red Rock Bar, in Queenstown, on Saturday, November 3.

The free gig also includes Simple Thieves, of Dunedin, and Queenstown youth rock band the Collective Me plus guests, from about 9pm.


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