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Northlane, Band, 2015.jpg
Northlane in 2015
Background information
OriginSydney, New South Wales, Australia
Years active2009 (2009)–present
Associated actsIn Hearts Wake
  • Jon Deiley
  • Josh Smith
  • Nic Pettersen
  • Marcus Bridge
  • Brendon Padjasek
Past members
  • Adrian Fitipaldes
  • Brandon Derby
  • Simon Anderson
  • Mitchell Collier
  • Alex Milovic

Northlane are an Australian metalcore band from Sydney, formed in 2009. The band comprises guitarists Jon Deiley and Josh Smith, drummer Nic Pettersen, bassist Brendon Padjasek and vocalist Marcus Bridge. Northlane have released four studio albums: Discoveries (11 November 2011); Singularity (22 March 2013), which reached No. 3 on the ARIA Albums Chart; Node (24 July 2015), a number one album and Mesmer (24 March 2017). At the ARIA Music Awards of 2015 the group won the Best Hard Rock or Heavy Metal Album category.


Early years and Discoveries (2009–2012)[edit]

Northlane were formed in 2009 as a metalcore band in Western Sydney by Jon Deiley on lead guitar, Brendan Derby on drums and percussion, Adrian Fitipaldes on lead vocals, Alex Milovic on bass guitar and Josh Smith on rhythm guitar.[1][2] They are named after the 2007 track "North Lane" by British metalcore band, Architects.[1][3] In 2013 Fitipaldes described their formation, "pretty much, through the internet and common interest" where Deiley and Milovic had contacted each other to start song writing.[2] He continued that "once they had the songs down, they started recruiting members."[2]

Their six-track debut extended play, Hollow Existence, was released in January 2010:[2] it was generally well received. Kill Your Stereo's All Shall Perish praised the group's "admirable and mature standard, a vital quality that is rapidly becoming extinct in most up-and-coming Australian bands" and summarised that it is a "Fantastic six track EP that has substantial replay value and will leave you craving more."[4] Mark A of Sputnikmusic felt "One can certainly tell that it is a first try, given the deriative presentation of the music. Breakdowns are incredibly over-utilized on the 6-song EP, punctuated by clean guitars only when they are gearing up for another breakdown."[5] Northlane toured Australia in support and "established a reputation as a tireless live act."[1]

In late 2011 the band signed to the UNFD record label, which released their first studio album, Discoveries, in November that year.[6] It reached the ARIA Albums Chart Top 100, No. 49 on the ARIA Digital Albums chart and No. 1 on the ARIA Hitseekers Albums chart.[6] The album was followed by the Discoveries tour around Australia, and tours supporting August Burns Red and House Vs Hurricane shortly afterwards. Parkway Drive took them on the Sick Summer tour in February 2012.

In September 2012, the band went to Canada on tour with Counterparts and Stray from the Path. At the end of the tour, they settled in New York City to record their new album with Will Putney. In December 2012 the band toured with in arenas with Parkway Drive on their "Atlas" tour in Australia.

Singularity and Fitipaldes' departure (2013–2014)[edit]

Founding vocalist Adrian Fitipaldes (here seen performing in Cologne in October 2013) left Northlane and was replaced by Marcus Bridge in late 2014.

In January 2013 the band completed a tour across regional Australia with In Hearts Wake and Endless Heights as supporting acts, in support of their new single "Worldeater". They also played in Adelaide at The Cavern to make up for their missed flight the previous month. In most shows the band leaked a new song titled "Masquerade". Northlane played at the 2013 Soundwave festival and Pushover 2013 alongside other Australian hardcore acts such as Thy Art Is Murder, Amity Affliction and In Hearts Wake.

A music video for the song "Quantum Flux" from Singularity was released on 22 February 2013. It achieved mainstream success, debuting at #14 on the ARIA Australian Artists Top 20 Singles Chart in the week of 4 March 2013. On 22 March 2013 Northlane released their second studio album, Singularity, which debuted at No. 3 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[7] It went to #1 in the Australian iTunes albums chart. "Singularity" received critical acclaim around the world. It was nominated for Triple J's "J Award Album of the Year" as one of the 10 best albums of 2013, and was voted as the Best album of 2013 on both The Racket and Short Fast Loud. In the Blunt Magazine readers poll, Northlane took home a multitude of awards in 2013 including "Band of the Year", "Album of the Year" and "Best Vocalist". iTunes Australia nominated Singularity as one of the most notable albums of 2013.

The "Singularity" tour in Australia included Structures, Stray from the Path and Statues. In August they supported Karnivool around Australia.

Northlane made their United States touring debut in November 2013, touring nationally with Veil of Maya and Structures. In January 2014 they played on the Big Day Out touring festival, before touring the US with Bring Me the Horizon, Of Mice and Men and Issues on the American Dream tour. In March and April they supported Architects on a 39 date tour of Europe and the UK. Northlane announced that they would curate their own festival called FREE YOUR MIND, with the first tour taking place in May 2014 in Australia. Northlane headlined the festival with support from Thy Art Is Murder, Veil of Maya, Volumes and Make Them Suffer. All dates on the tour sold out in advance. Northlane appeared on the cover of Blunt Magazine in the April edition prior to Free Your Mind. It was after this tour that Northlane became activists and heavily supported many charities including The Smith Family by donating used drums sticks and guitars[8]

It was announced in September 2014 that founding vocalist Adrian Fitipaldes would be leaving the band. Northlane issued a statement via their Facebook page, citing an impact on Fitipaldes' health as the catalyst.[9][10][11] Northlane also announced that they will be accepting audition videos for a new vocalist.[12][13][14][15]

Arrival of Marcus Bridge and Node (2014–2016)[edit]

On 14 October, Northlane announced that they had found their new vocalist.[16] Two days later, they announced that they were shooting a music video together for a new song, titled "Rot". The track was recorded with producer Will Putney in Sydney shortly after being written.[17] Describing the new single as "one of the heaviest Northlane tracks ever", the band released the song on 20 November and the new vocalist was identified as Marcus Bridge.[18][19]

Their third studio album, Node, was released on 24 July 2015, with Will Putney producing, which reached No. 1.[7][20] Smith stated that Node features "a lot more ambience and rhythm section driven stuff"[21] as well as "more depth and dynamics"[22] and possibly more clean vocals.[23] Additionally, in 2015, the band hopes to perform in New Zealand,[24] South East Asia,[25] Portugal[26] and, in the summer, Germany.[27] They also hope to do a headline tour of the UK[28] some time after playing Download Festival there.[29] At the ARIA Music Awards of 2015 Node won the Best Hard Rock or Heavy Metal Album category.[30]

Equinox and Mesmer (2016–present)[edit]

On 19 April 2016, the band announced that they had been working on a collaborative release with In Hearts Wake entitled Equinox. It was recorded in Sydney with producer Will Putney. The EP features three songs: "Refuge", "Equinox" and "Hologram" and was released on 20 April, through UNFD. The band stated that they would be playing all songs live on the Equinox tour, co-headlined with In Hearts Wake and supported by Hands Like Houses & Ocean Grove.[31]

Since early 2016, the band's live show and costumes have evolved. Jon has worn an array of masks, including an anti-pollution mask, a black medical mask and a rhinestone covered mask which conceals his entire head, plus a pair of large black contact lenses. Alex wears a long wrap-around jacket he acquired while in Japan. Nic wears a black singlet and medical mask. Josh wears a white long sleeve and Marcus wears a moth eaten black t-shirt with bandages on his hands.

The band premiered a new track 'Intuition' at Unify Gathering in January 2017, which was eventually released on 17 January 2017.[32] Northlane announced an Australian tour in support of the single in March 2017.[33]

On 10 March, Northlane released a single 'Mesmer', an ambient electronic track with an accompanying music video which was shot by Jason Eshraghian in Sydney and contains artistic shots of the band and scenic views.[34] Along with this, a chatbot appeared on Northlane's Facebook page: called "Citizen", people could interact with the chatbot on Facebook Messenger where the bot would give cryptic messages and clues to upcoming releases.

On 16 March, all of Northlane's social media profile pictures turned white, and led fans to an easter egg website, via small text in the white images.[35] This website contained a landing page which showed timelapsed videos of members of Northlane in a recording studio, however no additional information was given.

Two months after "Intuition" was released, another single, titled "Citizen", was released, on 20 March.[36] On 24 March, Northlane released their fourth studio album Mesmer without any prior warning, and the album was made available for immediate purchase and streaming.[37] The aforementioned single "Mesmer" was discovered to be an album sampler/trailer, containing stems to all of the tracks on the album. Additional details about the album's release were given by Northlane's record label UNFD, revealing that clues about the album had been released as early as 2016, and the release date was hidden in the band's Facebook cover image.[38]

Mesmer debuted at #3 on the ARIA Charts, the third Northlane release in a row to debut in the top 5 in Australia.

On 1 June, Northlane took part in a Twitter Blueroom session, where their new music video for Solar was premiered.[39] The music video was released shortly before the band began their Mesmer World Tour, with the first leg featuring performances on the main stage at Download Festival, several other European festivals, as well as tours in Canada and South America. Northlane have also announced additional tours in Australia and Europe for 2017.

Vultures and Milovic's Departure (2018–present)[edit]

On July 5, 2018 it was discovered that hidden on the bands poster for their Summer Europe 2018 tour was a date set for July 13, 2018 along with the word "Vultures"[40] then on that date the band dropped their new song entitled "Vultures" which is a standalone song; however, it will appear on the bands forthcoming album in 2019. It was also reported that rhythm guitarist Josh Smith had taken over as manager for the band.

On September 6, 2018, the band announced that bassist Alex Milovic would be leaving the band due to personal reasons. [41] They still intend on playing their future tour dates with a new lineup.

On November 1, 2018, former Structures guitarist and vocalist Brendon Padjasek has been confirmed on taking over bass duties as well as additional vocals for the band.[42]

Musical style[edit]

Northlane's musical style has been described as metalcore[43] and progressive metal[44].

According to Smith, Deiley writes most of the band's guitar/bass tracks,[24] and "before he left, [vocalist] Adrian [Fitipaldes] was writing most of the lyrics. Now it's [Smith] and [vocalist] Marcus [Bridge] for the most part."[45]


Northlane use have used a variety of tunings, all utilising baritone 7 string guitars (with their first record an exception to this, as the album was tracked with a 6 string baritone). On a number of songs found on the albums Singularity, Node and Mesmer, Northlane's guitars are tuned to F-A#-F-A#-D#-G-C, essentially drop A# (a tuning which they used on their debut EP) with a low F.[46] This allows them to use a standard drop tuning with access to a lower string for heavier sections. Alex Milovic similarly uses a Dingwall bass guitar tuned F-A#-F-A#-D# (an octave below the five lowest strings of the guitar). They have also used drop G# (G#-D#-G#-C#-F-A#-D#) in select songs over all of their releases. For 'Obelisk' and 'Node' (off of their aforementioned album Node), they use a capo in addition to their open F tuning, on the 1st fret (Node) and 3rd fret (Obelisk).




Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions[citation needed]

Discoveries 85
Singularity 3
  • Released: 24 July 2015
  • Label: UNFD, Distort, Rise (North America), New Damage
1 194 2 92
  • Released: 24 March 2017
  • Label: UNFD, Rise (North America)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Hollow Existence
  • Shelved: 17 January 2010
  • Label: Self-released
(with In Hearts Wake)
  • Released: 20 April 2016
  • Label: UNFD
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Worldeater" 2012 Singularity
"Quantum Flux" 2013 82
"Rot" 2014 94 Node
"Intuition" 2017 Mesmer
"Citizen" 2017 Mesmer
"Vultures" 2018 Non-album single

Music videos[edit]

  • "Dispossession" (2012)
  • "Transcending Dimensions" (2012)
  • "Quantum Flux" (2013)
  • "Dream Awake" (2013)
  • "Masquerade" (2013)
  • "Rot" (2014)
  • "Obelisk" (2015)
  • "Impulse" (2015)
  • "Intuition" (2017)
  • "Citizen" (2017)
  • "Solar" (2017)
  • "Colourwave" (2017)
  • "Heart Machine" (2018)


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  1. ^ Simon Anderson performed on the debut album although he was "fired" from the band by the time of its release.