The milestone was accomplished during the band’s first tour of Australian arenas.
Australian metal is alive and well, Polaris have proved by debuting at #1 on the ARIA Top 50 Albums chart.
The Eora/Sydney-native metalcore band released their third album, Fatalism, at the start of September (Friday September 1, to be exact) via local indie label Resist Records. The #1 spot was well earned by the band, too, having gone hard in the lead-up to its drop with singles like Inhumane, Nightmare and Overflow.
It also shows a continued growth for Polaris’ local popularity – their debut album (2017’s The Mortal Coil) reached #6 on the main ARIA chart, and its predecessor (2020’s The Death Of Me) came in at #3. In addition to the Top 50 Albums chart, Fatalism came in at #1 on both the Top 20 Australian Albums and Top 20 Vinyl Albums charts.
Polaris learned of their milestone during a flight in to Naarm/Melbourne last Friday (September 8), ahead of their sold-out show at Margaret Court Arena. They followed it up last night (September 10) with a show at Kaurna/Adelaide’s Hindley Street Music Hall (which was also sold out).
Just landed in Melbourne to some incredible news. We did it. FATALISM is the #1 album in the country, all thanks to you ❤️ Tomorrow night we play Margaret Court Arena. Final tickets still available! ARIAPosted by Polaris on Friday, September 8, 2023
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The band’s Australian tour – which also features August Burns Red, Kublai Khan and Currents – will wrap up this week with back-to-back shows in Ngambri/Canberra, Awakabal/Newcastle, Meanjin/Brisbane and Eora/Sydney. Head here for more info on the remaining shows.
In a 4.5-star review for Kill Your Stereo, Mary Varvaris wrote that “while Fatalism doesn’t break the mould of heavy music in Australia, it certainly elevates Polaris to new levels”. She continued: “On their third album, we hear a band reach new artistic peaks, perfect their melodies, improve singing from two vocalists, and listen to 11 top-tier tracks we won’t forget anytime soon.”