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words by Ilya Blokh, photos by Meghan McInnis

Shrinebuilder

If the biblical Salome got John the Baptist's head for her seductive performance, then Salome the band deserve all of our heads on sticks. This Virginia trio opened Thursday's epic show at NYU (3/11) with a crushing set of stripped-down, primal doom. No hiding behind post-metal noodling or stoner fuzziness here - just massive down-tuned riffs, earth shattering drums and ungodly vocals bellowed from deep below. They know how to build tension and are at their best when they take a mid-tempo riff down to a snail's pace, then slow it down some more. My favorite performance of the night.

Wolves in the Throne Room don't revel in corpse-paint and goats' heads; their focus is squarely on the music, hence their request for the house-lights to be dimmed and that photographers refrain from using flash. Despite brief sound issues, WITTR played a powerful and haunting set of their majestic, trance-inducing "shamanic black metal". There were a few kids moshing in all the wrong places (the band suggested they take a break), but the majority of the crowd looked appropriately transfixed.

Despite the storied past of each individual member, Shrinebuilder are not exactly pushing any boundaries; instead, they've settled into familiar stoner rock territory and are comfortably - effortlessly - retreading old ground and turning up stones in search of forgotten riffs. It was epic watching these guys jam together; with nothing left to prove, their bombastic, bluesy sound is more soothing than intense. Really, the polar opposite of the two preceding bands, who are still carving out new niches for themselves.

Props to the organizers of the show for pulling together these bands and keeping security hassles to a minimum (despite the messy ticket situation). Salome are on a brief tour that takes them through SXSW (to the BrooklynVegan Day Party on 3/17 and the BV-sponsored Profound Lore/20 Buck Spin Showcase on 3/19) and around the South, Shrinebuilder played the Scion Rock Fest right after NYC (pics are on the way), then take a month off before heading to Europe. WITTR are doing a brief West Coast tour with Earth in April, then heading off to Europe (and Roadburn!) as well.

Full tour dates and more pictures from the show, below...

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WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM - 2010 TOUR DATES
Apr 14 2010 The Oak Street Speakeasy (w. Earth) Eugene, Oregon
Apr 15 2010 Nocturnum (w/EARTH) Eureka, California
Apr 16 2010 Slim's (w/Earth) San Francisco, California
Apr 17 2010 Historic Brookdale Lodge (w/EARTH) Brookdale, California
Apr 19 2010 Che Cafe (w/EARTH) San Diego, California
Apr 20 2010 The Echo (w/EARTH) Los Angeles, California
Apr 22 2010 Rotture (w/EARTH) Portland, Oregon
Apr 23 2010 Neumo's (w/EARTH) Seattle, Washington
Apr 24 2010 Capitol Theater (w/ Mount Eerie, Ô Paon? and Earth) Olympia, Washington
May 1 2010 Ragnarok Festival Rieden
May 5 2010 K4 Nurnberg
May 6 2010 Matrix Club Prague
May 7 2010 Friction Festival Berlin
May 8 2010 Beatpol Dresden
May 10 2010 Durer Kert Budapest
May 11 2010 Channel Zero Ljubljana
May 12 2010 Szene Vienna
May 13 2010 Neudegg Alm Abtenau
May 14 2010 Rock Planet Pinarella di Cervia
May 15 2010 Koko Club Castelletto Cervo
May 16 2010 Le kab Geneva
May 17 2010 Jubez Karlsruhe
May 18 2010 Glazart Paris
May 19 2010 AB Club Brussels
May 20 2010 the Fighting Cocks Kingston Upon Thames
May 21 2010 Engine room Brighton
May 22 2010 Hare and Hounds Birmingham
May 23 2010 Islington Mill Manchester
May 24 2010 the Underworld London
May 25 2010 the Croft Bristol
May 27 2010 Trix Antwerp
May 28 2010 Lakei Helmond
May 29 2010 Tivoli Utrecht
May 30 2010 Gleis22 Munster
May 31 2010 Hafenklang Hamburg
Jun 1 2010 Loppen Copenhagen

SALOME - 2010 TOUR DATES
Mar 14 2010 LITTLE HAMILTON COLLECTIVE w/ Hull, Tombs, Evil Bebos, Dawn, Sanctions, and more Nashville, Tennessee
Mar 15 2010 VINO'S w/ Iron Tongue, Zucura Little Rock, Arkansas
Mar 17 2010 SXSW - BROOKLYN VEGAN DAY PARTY Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2010 SXSW - PROFOUND LORE/20 BUCK SPIN SHOWCASE Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2010 MICHELLE'S HOUSE w/ Thou, Black Market Ministry, 54R Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Mar 21 2010 MAGIC CITY WHOLESALE w/ Dark Castle Birmingham, Alabama
Mar 22 2010 PS WAREHOUSE w/ Dark Castle, Sons of Tonatiuh, Death of Kings, Doomed Youth Atlanta, Georgia
Mar 23 2010 SLIM'S w/ Gringo Raleigh, North Carolina

SHRINEBUILDER - 2010 TOUR DATES
Apr 17 2010 Roadburn Festival Tilburg
Apr 18 2010 The Scala London
Apr 19 2010 De Kreun Kortrijk
Apr 20 2010 La Maroquinerie Paris
Apr 21 2010 Substage Karlsruhe
Apr 22 2010 Rote Fabrik Zurich
Apr 23 2010 Bloom Mezzago
Apr 24 2010 Bronson Ravenna
Apr 25 2010 Arena Vienna
Apr 26 2010 Futurum Prague
Apr 27 2010 Feierwerk Munich
Apr 28 2010 Conne Island Leipzig
Apr 29 2010 Berghain Berlin
Apr 30 2010 Asymmetry Festival Wroclaw

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Comments (23)

awesome show. although there was a group of people near the front during Wolves' set who really, really, needed to take a bath or something

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2010 3:10 PM

sweet merch setup Wolves have there.
and damn scott kelly's axe is badassss

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2010 3:34 PM

looks sick as fuck

wino fucking rules

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2010 4:27 PM

I tried to get into the show, but was refused becouse I didn't have a NYU ID...Fuck NYU...I hated you before, now I really hate you!!!!!!!
I'm sure the bands were excellent without my presence...but damn...I wanted to see Shrinebuilder again...Wolves in the Throne Room too

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2010 4:32 PM

you must be an idiot. i'm not a student, showed up sometime after 9:00pm and bought two tickets like nobody's business.

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2010 4:42 PM

can't believe half the place emptied out before Shrinebuilder even went on

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2010 4:47 PM

Not sure how they can say it was sold out, the place wasn't even that full.

Can anyone fill in the blanks on the setlist?


Science of Anger
The Architect
Blind
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Solar Benediction
?
Pyramid

Posted by Venison | March 15, 2010 9:22 PM

@ 4:47

I can. They were pretty boring. A weird combination of Clutch, Sabbath and noise. Terrible Singing. More people left half way through their set as well. That should tell you something.

It is pretty sad what passes off as metal today. Wolves in the Throne Room had such a bad sound mix that it just sounded like one big lump of feedback at times.

Salome was actually the most interesting of the three bands.

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2010 1:41 AM

I agree with what you said about Salome and wish I could have caught their show, but the others dont sound too impressive.
You would except something more interesting out of that line up with Shrinebuilder but I guess not.

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2010 2:56 AM

I think the show being "sold out" was due to one of the screwy NYU rules. Apparently they needed to have 51% of the audience be NYU affiliated, which is what prompted many NYU students to buy tickets for non-NYU people. The more NYU tickets sold, the more non-NYU people were able to attend...

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2010 8:00 AM

I've seen Shrinebuilder twice (in Chicago and Columbus) and they're nothing short of AMAZING.

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2010 10:25 AM

can someone explain the pic of the two (guys?) in flannel? is that burzum guy wearing leggings? what goes on at NYU?

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2010 11:57 AM

shrinebuilder are decent at best.

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2010 4:03 PM

I would call the record decent, but they were pretty awesome live

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2010 4:12 PM

I, BEING DAVID SANDERSON, TOTALLY APPROVE OF THIS SHOW. DESPITE THAT I WaS NOT ABLE TO MAKE IT THERE.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2010 11:09 PM

good

Posted by صور | March 18, 2010 9:51 PM

Your props are a bit misplaced, as security hassles were NOT kept to a minimum. I had to yell and cajole my way in, despite having my NYU-ID-holding girlfriend right next to me showing our tickets (1 ID bought two tickets).

Salome didn't seem to fill up the room as well as I remembered (I've seen them twice before, but in much smaller venues) and WitTR sounded like they were blowing out the speakers (not necessarily a good thing). Shrinebuilder was pretty forgettable - how does such a great lineup yield such boring results?

Posted by CL | March 20, 2010 3:31 PM

Its fucking silly to say to not mosh to black metal or any form of fast metal, i understand if people were moshing to like shrinebuilder but that wasnt the case. Oh i hope you didnt break your colored gatefold first pressing vynl..or broke your ironic thick framed glasses...if you embrace a scene you should embrace everything about it. Complete respect to wolves but still metal is metal

Posted by U.U.A. | March 28, 2010 2:40 PM

Really, the polar opposite of the two preceding bands, who are still carving out new niches for themselves.

Posted by Internet Marketing Company | June 1, 2010 5:36 AM

gooood

Posted by شات | August 24, 2010 12:01 AM

define the good pics

Posted by منتديات | September 24, 2010 3:14 PM

Guggenheim billed it as a performance piece and it was just an installation. Resultingly, the crowd simply waited for the "show" to start, limiting anyone's ability to freely explore the space (the ground floor was packed with indian-style seaters, and the balconies were lined with people holding onto their spots like grim death.

Posted by منتديات | January 9, 2011 1:11 PM

it makes no sense for them to deconstruct the entire TD North venue to play a show the next night ~50 miles south at an amphitheater (which probably would require a different stage setup anyway). They'd play Providence or Mohegan Sun before that (and I think those are both highly unlikely).

Posted by فساتين - ازياء | January 19, 2011 5:01 PM

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