KALEN AUSTIN (THE STRANGER): “The Way We Like To Describe “Eleventh Hour” Is Sort Of Our First Hippie Song”

The Stranger - live photo

Prog Metal with a Message

Brisbane based Progressive Metal Sensations The Stranger just released their new single “Eleventh Hour” via Octane Records. “Eleventh Hour” is a riveting piece of pure progressive power with hard hitting synths layered beneath aggressive guitar work, meticulously arranged instrumentation and addictively complex grooves. “Eleventh Hour” is not just great Metal, but Metal with a message. Metal Express Radio’s Bryce Van Patten spoke with Kalen, Linc, Drew and Tom about the new video, the upcoming album Kaleidoscope, plans for 2021, and a lot more.

Dark Messages for Dark Times

Incorporating influences such as Opeth and Dream Theater, the band has forged a respected name for themselves in the Australian Metal Scene with their eclectic mix of Progressive Metal, Djent and Funk. “Eleventh Hour” is the first release from the The Stranger’s upcoming album Kaleidoscope and is available for digital preorder, as is the album.

The Stranger – Lineup

Kalen Austin – Guitar/backing vocals
Drew Taylor – Guitar
Linc Morse – Bass
Tom Frayne – Vocals
Daniel O’Brien – Drums


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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