Posted in metal | music | pictures on March 30, 2011

photos by Samantha Marble & BBG, words by BBG

Tombs @ Lovejoys
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After a day of mayhem and floorpunches with Ringworm on Friday (3/18), the BrooklynVegan/Profound Lore Records day show on Saturday at Lovejoys centered more on the metal side of things. The 3/19 show featured nine bands in total, of which four called the label home. The amazing Tombs headlined, and I couldn't help but feel a large share of local (NYC) pride since three of the nine bands call Brooklyn home (Tombs, Castevet, Batillus).

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Altaar (who played NYC a week prior) opened the day at Lovejoys, and the Norwegian band played an early set of ambient leaning doom that opened with a largely improv ambient track. Killer set from the four piece, who were followed by Brooklyn favorites Castevet, whose blackened hardcore hybrid gets more impressive with every live outing.

Wolvhammer were up next, and the (largely) Minneapolis band was sporting a completely different lineup including a new (and dedicated) vocalist and second guitarist Jeff Wilson (ex-Nachtmystium) on second axe. Their blackened-Motorhead charge is a completely different look than when I saw them at Red 7 in November, but was excellent nonetheless.

Batillus followed, and my Brooklyn pride welled as the quartet's searing industrial-tinged doom destroyed the crowd at Lovejoys. A good amount of Batillus tees were sold that day and the band quickly sold out of its forthcoming Furnace LP due on Seventh Rule (great record). Grayceon and Deafheaven followed, as the former brought impressive Neurosis-y thunder and finesse via amplified cello while the latter teamed endless energy with black metal, shoegaze, and elements of screamo to great effect.

In between sets from Grayceon, Deafheaven, The Body, and Dark Castle, Bruce Lamont played mini-sets between sets of noise and ambient destruction, featuring a surprise appearance from the one and only Mike "IX" Williams of Eyehategod. The pair collaborated on pained screams, looped effects, and twiddled knobs to add another dimension to an already fun show.

The Body and Dark Castle followed Deafheaven, each bringing their own stamp on dire doom and gloom to the sunny beautiful Austin day. The Body/Dead Times collabo's (aka three-piece version of The Body) ten-megaton doom was punctuated with noise/samples and always brings the low-end power. They did not disappoint and neither did Dark Castle, though their vocal PA did. Unfortunately when you are dealing with a band as voluminous as Dark Castle, conventional vocal PAs just can't cut through the thunder (and that's what we had). Vocals were buried and static-y, but riffs were just as monsterous as ever.

After a day of slaying, Tombs headlined the show to prove again why they are not only one of the most hard-working, but most impressive bands in metal today. Energetic, ravenous and exacting, Tombs performed a set that leaned heavily on on material from their forthcoming LP Path to Totality. Brutal, but with subtle melody, I have a feeling that Path to Totality will best Winter Hours and will be a record that we talk about for years to come. I made sure to catch them a second time at Emo's the following night (3/19).

In all, I'd like to thank my partner in crime Chris Bruni at Profound Lore Records for releasing such inspiring material, Lovejoys for the fantastic hospitality, Victory for the free (and tasty!) suds, the Farinelli's for capturing the awesome EHG/Lamont collabo, and all of the bands who made a saturday in Austin one of my best memories of the year. And most of all, thanks to everyone who came out... I couldn't have done it without you.

More pictures and video from the sunny day dedicated to overcast music, below....

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Wolvhammer by Samantha Marble

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Batillus by Samantha Marble

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Grayceon by Samantha Marble

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Bruce Lamont @ Lovejoys | 03.19.11 SXSW Austin, TX

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Bruce Lamont and Mike Williams @ Lovejoys | 03.19.11 SXSW Austin, TX

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Tombs - SXSW 2011

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Comments (12)

Yeah theres Fade again with the cool costume as seen in tattoo magazine with the chain wallet down to the knees.

Leave the get ups for image driven industrial like Ministry, Skinny Puppy, and those who followed them as in the new metal garbage.

I'll take Big Black instead.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2011 4:56 AM

Chillax, hombre, there's room in my dread weave for everyone.

Posted by Fade Kainer | March 30, 2011 8:22 AM

I liked nyc better when there were more people who looked like Fade walking around than the boring crackers that inhabit that island these days.1980's-early 1990's nyc="Mad Max".2000-present NYC="Friends"

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2011 8:49 AM

What a killer lineup.

Posted by Crom | March 30, 2011 8:52 AM

mike williams? where are pics of him? did he do a spoken word or something?

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2011 8:58 AM

please god make the sxsw coverage stop

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2011 9:04 AM

I have a cute, little pink dress for the chick in Dark Castle to wear. oh yeah

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2011 2:15 PM

you can be metal and still show off that ass girl.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2011 2:19 PM

this show was great. the only place i hung out during sxsw besides the metalliance show.

Posted by Dawson Clawson | March 30, 2011 4:11 PM

I liked nyc better when there were more people who looked like Fade walking around than the boring crackers that inhabit that island these days.1980's-early 1990's nyc="Mad Max".2000-present NYC="Friends

Go to the East Village, LES tattoo shop, or St.Marks and you can see clones of that all over the place.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2011 6:01 PM

"you can be metal and still show off that ass girl."

Right on.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2011 6:25 PM

I think I saw the Wolfhammers on that horrid L.A. Ink show.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2011 3:19 AM

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