Posted in metal | music | tour dates on January 3, 2014

By Doug Moore

Kayo Dot
Kayo Dot

As we've established, it's thoroughly unpleasant outside, but metal bands are cool with that. It's been a couple of weeks since we've done this, so let's get up to speed:

Though long-running Christ-metallers Stryper have postponed their aforementioned Stage 48 show tomorrow night, the other NYC heavy shows this weekend have endured. Californian sludge two-piece Black Cobra made it into town in time to hit Saint Vitus tonight (1/3) along with locals Meek Is Murder, Blackout, & Throaat. Avant-garde heavies Kayo Dot are also sticking with their announced Trans-Pecos show with Lussuria & Jeremiah Cymerman tonight.

Both Kayo Dot and Throaat have announced other local shows, too -- the former will do double snow duty by playing a last-minute show tomorrow night (1/4) at Saint Vitus along with my buds in Imperial Triumphant & a solo ukulele performance by Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, Vaura, etc.). Tickets are on sale. Meanwhile, Throaat will be joining fellow locals Trenchgrinder & Yellow Eyes for a FREE show at the Acheron on 1/28 (which is a birthday celebration for wide-ranging metal writer & occasional BV contributor Kim Kelly). Finally, brutal progsters/local live faves Child Abuse have announced a local gig at the Silent Barn on Monday (1/6) along with I Don't Hear Nothin' But the Blues (feat. Mick Barr of Krallice), Nebadon, & savage Minneapolis noise rockers Weakwick.

Some other noteworthy developments from the past week and change:

The great, resurrected Floridian deathgrind band Maruta has released a new video from their underrated 2011 album Forward Into Regression, which you can watch below. Ex-Discordance Axis grinders Gridlink have debuted the first 'single' (read: minute-long grind jam) from their upcoming farewell album; you can stream that below as well, or download it (with a bunch of other goodies) from Invisible Oranges. In a somewhat more gossipy development, Jef Whitehead (Leviathan)'s gender-bending, totally NSFW art for the upcoming third Lord Mantis album is causing a stir, thanks in no small part to the fallout from Whitehead's notorious 2011 altercation with his then-girlfriend. (Whitehead was initially charged with 34 raps of various descriptions, but was eventually cleared of all but one and ended up with a few years of probation.)

We're gradually emerging from holiday mode over at Invisible Oranges; it's important to pace yourself. We did take an in-depth look at the rather un-heavy new Alcest album today, though. (Stream a tune from that below as well.) We'll be back on East Village Radio this coming Tuesday at 10pm, too, where we'll no doubt be getting stoked for next Saturday (1/11)'s IO-presented Pig Destroyer/Dysrhythmia/Trenchgrinder/Mother Brain Vitus lineup.

Keep an eye on our NYC metal show calendar for the latest. What have I missed?




Comments (10)

Real badass band photo there guys

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2014 3:39 PM

Tuff buncha middle managers.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2014 4:07 PM

Power Trip/Suburban Scum @ Vitus 1/15

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2014 4:35 PM

For me the coolest band with the coolest video and voices ever.

Posted by United Faith Church | January 4, 2014 8:06 AM

such extreme

much brutal



Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2014 2:03 PM

More like Meh-o Dot, AMIRITE?

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2014 1:43 AM

gridlink kills. ny show would be awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2014 11:06 PM

Black Cobra is here, they are one of my favorite band, their music is not just metal but sick metal, that's what it is.

Posted by Sandra Dyche | January 10, 2014 12:44 AM

I love some of the melodies in Opale, Voix Sereines and Délivrance. As for the other songs, it really hurts me to say this but they could as well not be on the album, I would definitely not miss them... I respect Neige for innovating and writting something more enjoyable to him, and I like this album for what it is. but I just can't look away from the fact that this is dearly missing the elements that to me, made Alcest perfect. Overall this album severely lacks the substance of previous releases, and in comparison it's just some pretty melodies that become easily boring and build up for too long to then just dissipate and go nowhere at all except making me want to listen to Les Voyages de l'Ame instead. 

Posted by Dias | October 31, 2014 4:31 PM

it's hard to hear the bass sometimes

Posted by contactkeithstack | November 20, 2014 2:20 AM

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