Posted in metal | music | pictures on November 16, 2009

photos by Lori Baily, words by BBG

Krallice at Union Pool, replete with stage invaders
Krallice

Almost no music is more ripe for renovation than black metal, with its hyper mannerisms, its flamboyant obscurantism, its single-mood monotony. Some recent American bands have been doing just that, without Satanism, face paint or bad aesthetics. Krallice, a New York City band with an excellent new record, "Dimensional Bleedthrough" (Profound Lore), takes some of black metal's conventions - its blast beats and guitar drones and scoured vocal yells - and adds physical and intellectual urgency... As written by Mick Barr (also of the bands Ocrilim and Orthrelm) and Colin Marston (of Behold ... the Arctopus), these songs have tons of structure: strategic repetition, moving harmony, sections that develop with new melodic strains. It's way aggressive, but it hasn't closed in on itself. [New York Times]
Friday night's record release show was more like a record release party as Krallice set Union Pool ablaze. The show, night one of a full 'Blackened Weekend', featured killer sets from the controversial black (?) metallers Liturgy, the great Malkuth (who were sick once again), and sludge duo Orphan. Openers were good, but the crowd kicked it up to 11 when Krallice hit the stage, causing a giant mosh pit that consumed literally 1/3 - 1/2 of the floor of Union Pool. (I watched the show from above).

24 hours later Skeltonwitch (with Black Anvil) would somehow best Krallice in crowd participation. Photos from that show, as well as from the Shrinebulder/Rwake/Liturgy show are on the way.

After a day of rest (today, unless you are headed to The Jesus Lizard), the madness continues. A list of upcoming shows at the end of the pictures from Union Pool, below...

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Malkuth

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Nov 17th: Dark Castle + The Atlas Moth + Very Special Guests at Union Pool

Nov 17th: Valient Thorr, Red Fang @ Santos Party House

Nov 18th: Special Guest Headliner + Javelina + Blacktusk + Batillus at The Charleston

Nov 18th: A Storm Of Light + Goes Cube + Biclops at Ace Of Clubs

Nov 19th: Cave In + Trap Them + Narrows at Knitting Factory, Tickets here

Nov 20th: Baroness + Earthless + US Christmas at Bowery, tickets here

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Comments (16)

Damn, I was going to bust out my turquoise tank top this weekend...

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2009 4:20 PM

Fuck Yeah!

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2009 4:33 PM

why did this have to be 21+?!

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2009 4:33 PM

check Showpaper for all the all-ages shows in the Tri-state area :) I know for a fact that Liturgy plays plenty of 'em. Maps where you can find Showpapers here: http://maps.google.com/maps/user?uid=114716892195152712041&hl=en&gl=us&ptab=2

Posted by Katie | November 16, 2009 6:21 PM

Well hello Orphans drummer.

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2009 6:25 AM

Do you think anyone drove A Scion there?

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2009 9:28 AM

The "False Black Metal Fest"

The "Hipster Metal Meeting"

FUCK ALL OF THESE BANDS!!!!!

It does look like Krallice have started to
semi-resemble a Metal band in the stagewear department! Congrats!


:vomit:

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2009 3:40 PM

I have to chime in and say that I feel that the term "Hipster Metal" is the easily the most ignorant term ever. Sure, a music may appeal to a certain audience, but that doesn't ever mean you call it that. Why don't we call tech-death by its REAL name then: no-dates-because-I-live-with-my-parents-and-practice-guitar-five-hours-a-day death metal?

The real reason why the term "hipster metal" is used is because it's usually spoken by people who dont understand new and/or different/ experimental music, and so they don't feel stupid, they write it off.

These are the kind of people who balked at Black Flag for playing slow, listen to only tech-death or only gore-grind or really any type of music EXCLUSIVELY, or believe that black metal can only come from europe and can only sound like early Darkthrone or Burzum.

It's really called laziness.

To prove said laziness, I'll have you know that if you had ever seen Krallice before or know those guys, you would know that there is no such thing as "stagewear" for them.

Stick with your "metal" 3:40. I'll take the honest stuff

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2009 4:10 PM

November 17, 2009 4:10 PM

Well said there. Stone age Death metal heads like nothing remotely different.

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2009 5:47 PM

HIPSTER METAL is a totally valid and real term.
It's the new GLAM METAL, meaning it has no soul and no substance. It's all TREND.

KRALLICE - I have seen them before and they used to look like math teachers meets members of an avant/jazz/fusion/progressive band...oh wait.
They look a bit more Metal now.

BLACK METAL - shouldn't be for "everyone".


Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2009 11:48 AM

no soul? eat a dick.

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2009 11:54 AM

black metal is a bit excruciating band

Posted by bulldog training | January 11, 2010 7:37 PM

KKKKKKKK....ESSA MALKUTH É UMA POSER DE MERDA MESMO....OLHA ESSE PASSADO GRUNGE DOS CARAS.....HAHAHAHA

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Posted by husky insider | February 2, 2011 5:30 AM

Hipster metal is not metal.

Posted by realmetalorGTFO | March 23, 2011 6:52 PM

Here is the myspace liturgy SHOULD have: www.myspace.com/transcendentalblackmetal

Posted by realmetalorGTFO | March 23, 2011 6:54 PM

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