Writing, writing, writing new music, it’s a slow process but progress is being made! I have so many ideas in progress it’s hard to narrow it down sometimes and pick the right songs to finish.

In the meantime until there’s some new music, head over to and get a free 3 song sample from the debut album Through Shadow Into Light! 10 tracks of alternative metal for fans of bands like Iron Maiden, Tool, Paradise Lost, Killing Joke and Metallica, and you’ll get the first 3 songs free.

I’ve been posting a lot of updates and a series of 10 favourite albums over on Instagram – check out where you’ll also find the free download link in the bio.


Go to and you can score a free download of Through Shadow Into Light, the 10 track debut album by The Spiral Sequence, until October 22! Follow The Spiral Sequence on Instagram at @thespiralsequence – 5,000 metalheads and growing!


Visit to download IF and two other songs free! Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

War Without End is coming in 2017


Check out The Spiral Sequence on Instagram – been using this a bit lately, I like the simple visual format.

New Song Update

Writing is continuing on new material, I’m currently finishing up a track called War Without End, a driving heavy song with melodic choruses, and another four new tracks with various working titles. I’ll post snippets of them when they are a little closer to completion! I’ve also been working with some new software and mixing techniques, looking to take the sound of The Spiral Sequence further on this next release!

Guest hosting on THRS Radio Sunday June 26!

I’ll be guest hosting this coming Sunday on THRS Radio’s Hair of the Dog, check it out at the links below! Show kicks off at 4.30pm AEST Sunday June 26. I’ll be playing a selection of metal tunes that have influenced me as a musician over the years and in some way helped shape the sound of The Spiral Sequence.
For those of you overseas, you can use this site to convert Australian time to yours and see what time it’s on in your neck of the woods!


There will be new music coming from The Spiral Sequence this year, as I’m working on a few new songs. This time around I’m focusing on delivering more melodic vocals and a more open sound overall, though definitely still heavy in places as well! It’s been fun getting back into writing new material and trying some new techniques in both song writing and production.

Interview with The Spiral Sequence on Rock Support

Dave Smiles from Rock Support conducted a really in depth interview with The Spiral Sequence creator James O’Toole a while back. Check out the interview below!!james-otoole-interview/c1i5b



The Spiral Sequence on heavy magazine cover mount cd

Nibiru from Through Shadow Into Light is featured on the FREE cover mount CD with this month’s issue of HEAVY magazine!

For more info on HEAVY magazine check out – it’s a great Australian magazine featuring a wide range of local and international artists!


Recent Happenings

I’ve been pretty busy with freelance graphic art work lately, and also working on some music to submit to a publishing service for film and TV music. Yesterday I finished a punk rock track called Big Machine that was written from scratch, recorded and mixed in three days. It’s influenced by The Sex Pistols and The Clash, two bands I loved as a teenager. I’ll post it here some time soon. As it was specifically written to suit a film music listing it’s not really representative of The Spiral Sequence, so I’ll post it in the new film soundtrack music section. In other news I’ve also been working on new music for another release for The Spiral Sequence, and also finishing some tracks for my other band, Sun LIke Blood. You can check out Sun Like Blood tracks at the Reverbnation page: – it’s been a long time coming with some of these Sun Like Blood tracks but we’re getting there slowly but surely!

#1 on Reverbnation local metal chart, #3 in Australia!

The Spiral Sequence hit number one last Friday in the Reverbnation local metal charts for Melbourne, and #3 in Australia for metal. To celebrate, until this Friday August 8 you can download the debut album Through Shadow Into Light FREE! Just go to and hit buy album, then enter $0 as the price and download the full album for FREE! Enjoy!

P.S. The chart ranking has just dropped to #2 locally and #5 nationally, but you can still download the album free until Friday! Check it out, all feedback welcome!


The Spiral Sequence is now sitting at #2 on the Reverbnation Melbourne Metal Chart, and #5 on the national Australian metal chart – thanks to all for checking out the site! Now can we make it all the way to #1?!? Share this around if you can and let’s see! If it hits #1 I’ll post a download code for free digital copies of the album for everyone for the next week! \m/

Killer New Review of Through Shadow Into Light

A little while back I posted some free download codes on bandcamp for digital copies of Through Shadow Into light, and this is a review written by Dave, a listener who downloaded a free copy of the album and liked it so much he decided to write this great review, check it out here:

Thanks again To Dave for the excellent review!

Interested in recording and mixing your own music? Check out the gear and resources page!

I started recording and mixing my own material a few years ago and it was a pretty steep learning curve, though also very rewarding. If you’re looking for resources to help you learn how to record and mix, and explain all the ins and outs of setting up a home studio check out the link below:

The Spiral Sequence on The Hard Rock Show!

The Spiral Sequence was the feature artist on The Hard Rock Show last Saturday night on Channel 31 in Melbourne, you can check out a catch up video online here:
Feature artist segment kicks in around the 33 minute mark, Andrew, Denis and Jimmy review the debut Spiral Sequence album Through Shadow Into Light, then there’s an interview afterwards where I talk about the project and album. If you’re in Melbourne remember to tune in to the show every Saturday at 10.30pm on Channel 31 and support local acts! \m/

New Lyric Video for Blood And Ashes

Check out the new lyric video for Blood And Ashes, the opening track from Through Shadow Into Light!


This Friday night The Spiral Sequence will be featured on the Metal Genesis program as part of the Best of 2013 show, with Dehumanisation getting a spin. Be sure to tune in to PBS 106.7 FM from 10 pm on! If you do miss the show, you can stream it afterwards on demand at so check it out when you can!

In other news, keep an eye out for The Spiral Sequence on an upcoming episode of The Hard Rock Show on Channel 31, further details will be available soon!

More radio airplay!

The Spiral Sequence track Nibiru was played on Australian national youth station Triple J’s long running metal program THE RACKET on August 13th. Tracks from the debut album Through Shadow Into Light have now been heard on Triple J, 24/7 internet rock and metal station and Melbourne stations PBS 106.7FM, 3RRR 102.7FM and 3CR, on Metal Genesis, Musically Incorrect and The Heavy Session respectively. More promo copies have been dispatched to radio stations here and in the UK and US and the slow but steady promotion of the debut album continues!


New song Haunted on Soundcloud

New track up on Soundcloud! In addition to writing rock and metal stuff I like work with ambient and alternative sounds, influenced by the likes of Dead Can Dance and film scores, so check it out if you have an open mind to other styles of music! This is Haunted, available on iTunes now at

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