Posted in metal | music | pictures on November 18, 2009

by BBG

Shrinebuilder

On Sunday at Le Poisson Rouge, Shrinebuilder played an overwhelming show -- almost meditatively focused, one whose afterimage is likely to stay with those who saw it. It's a band of willful musicians in their 40s from around the country who have given their adult lives to slow-and-heavy music: Scott Kelly of Neurosis, Scott Weinrich of the Obsessed and Saint Vitus, Al Cisneros of Om and Dale Crover of the Melvins. Shrinebuilder is as loosely based in doom-metal as Krallice is in black-metal: it might be the starting place, but it's not the ending place...

In a set that lasted about an hour and a quarter, the band elongated all the songs from its new, self-titled first album, and played a cover of Joy Division's droning "24 Hours" -- a perfect and surprising choice. (It's hard to imagine the two Scotts, stolid American grizzlies, as secret Anglophiles.) As the last song, "Pyramid of the Moon," swept to its end and Mr. Crover socked the last beat, the crowd erupted almost involuntarily, as if it had been punched. -[New York Times]

To quote myself, "Shrinebuilder = amazing". Thanks to all who came to the BV sponsored presentation of Shrinebuilder, Rwake and Liturgy as part of The Blackened Music Series. The Sunday (11/15) show at Le Poisson Rouge was a success on many fronts: a searing performance from a quartet of bonafide legends, amazing support from rarely seen Rwake (in the Northeast anyway) and the promising Liturgy, and a packed house! Most importantly though, that packed house showed that the metal underground is thriving, and that intelligent, thought-provoking, and challenging heavy music can triumph.

The Sunday night Shrinebuilder show at LPR was the conclusion to three nights of "Blackened" music in NYC. Friday (Krallice) and Saturday (Skeltonwitch) were both at Union Pool.

On Monday (11/6) Shrinebuilder flew to Austin for a show that night...

"Then went downtown to Emo's to catch Shrinebuilder, a super group of Wino, Al Cisneros (Sleep, OM), Dale Crover (Melvins, Nirvana) and Scott Kelley (Neurosis). Got there to stand in line, which was around the block soon after. Chilly night, glad I bundled up. Opening band Sub Oslo was really good, very trippy cosmic Reggae. Shrinebuilder was of course amazing..." [Danny G]
Their next scheduled show is Apr 17, 2010 in Tilburg, Holland for Roadburn.

Pics, video (courtesy of No Gods, No Vegetables) and the set list from the NYC Shrinebuilder show, below...

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Shrinebuilder - "Pyramid of the Moon" @ Le Poisson Rouge. Nov 15th, 2009

"Blind For All To See"

"Hell"

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Comments (20)

you must have been the dude next to me smoking all the grass because shrinebuilder were mediocre at best. what's with crover's snare sound? awful. but not nearly as bad his array of china cymbals or whatever the hell they were.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 2:35 PM

should also be noted that rwake is one of the worst bands i've seen in the past ten years.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 2:36 PM

You do not question the ways of Dale Crover.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 2:37 PM

Al's been wearing that same Holy Mountain shirt the entire tour. That's commitment.

Shrinebuilder are awesome though. Glad I went to the late Chicago show after work, but that one had Yakuza open. RWake opened the early show.

Posted by Chicago Carm | November 18, 2009 2:39 PM

Shrinebuilder + Rwake?? awesome show, wish I could have been there.

Posted by Matt | November 18, 2009 2:40 PM

Mac McNeilly > Dale Crover

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 2:40 PM

shrinebuilder were pretty good, not great. rwake was nothing special. didn't catch liturgy. scott kelly sounded great as always but the other guy has a terrible voice.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 2:44 PM

"but the other guy has a terrible voice."

The fact that you don't know the name of "the other guy" completely discredits you.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 2:50 PM

2:50-why do i have to know someone's name to have an opinion on his/her voice?

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 2:55 PM

2:55. shut up. "the other guy" really? REALLY??
oh yeah, al isn't in his 40's.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 3:32 PM

How did you end up at the show if you didn't know the four members of the "supergroup"?

and I agree with 2:37 - don't questions Dale. He sounded awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 3:39 PM

to each their own.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 3:49 PM

wish i had seen em.

rwake kind of sucks though...not as much as baroness though...zing!

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 4:07 PM

I wish I could say that drummer dude (kidding) sounded good, but I've seen him a bunch of times and he's sounded much better. Kind of a disappointing show altogether, IMO.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 4:29 PM

i hate to defend 2:44/2:55, because he sounds like a dick, but he's right. Just because you don't know who Wino is doesn't mean you can't think he sings like a distended sphincter.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 4:59 PM

3:32-yes, that other guy who i could care less about.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 5:57 PM

Hell is a cover? who did the original?

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 10:25 PM

Man, this place has an awful lot of shit talking from anonymous names. Even with all the distractions of trying to get some pictures and shit I'd say that was a fantastic show. If there was any problem for me it's that that shit shoulda been even louder. Shrinebuilder, Rwake, and Liturgy all crushed it.

Good lookin' out BBG, nice meeting you.

Posted by Jack Crank | November 19, 2009 5:45 PM

Neurosis has covered "Day of the Lords" on The Word As Law, so the cover of 24 Hours is not too surprising.

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2010 10:46 PM

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