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by Doug Moore
Mick Barr w/ Krallice at Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Editor's note: For the past 7 months, since losing long-time BrooklynVegan metal editor Fred Pessaro, we were lucky to have Doug Moore aboard to help fill in our metal coverage, to edit and write for Invisible Oranges and to handle these weekly Heavy Lowdowns. Unfortunately, today is Doug's last with us. He's leaving to focus on his non-music-writing endeavors, including--as we've had to disclaim many times--his role as frontman in the Relapse-signed band Pyrrhon. We wish him well! We also wish Doug had made it into the forthcoming "Metal Cats" book. For some reason, he was left out, so we pay tribute to Doug today with our own version. Please enjoy Doug's final Heavy Lowdown along with some Metal Doug With Cats!
It's that time again. Let's get heavy.
Young Widows have debuted a digital-only bonus song from the Easy Pain sessions and added some West Coast dates to their tour. Stream the tune and check out the dates below.
Cannabis Corpse have debuted a song from their upcoming fourth (!!!) album, From Wisdom to Baked. Shockingly, its title is a weed-themed play on a death metal classic ("THC Crystal Mountain"). Stream that below as well.
Playing Enemy's noisecore classic I Was Your City has been reissued on vinyl by Corpseflower Records. If you haven't heard it, you can -- and should! -- check it out below.
Excruciating Terror have canceled their non-MDF appearances this spring, including their 5/22 NYC show with Birdflesh.
And here are your weekend live heaviness options:
TONIGHT (4/25): A forward-thinking lineup featuring Zevious, Bangladeafy, El Drugstore, & Noxious Foxes hits The Gutter. No presale, but $7 at the door.
TOMORROW (4/26): The Chaos Bodies series continues at Trans Pecos with an imposing lineup that features Ocrilim (Mick Barr), Child Abuse, Couch Slut, & Nebadon ($10 at door). Corrosion of Conformity's tour hits Saint Vitus, with local support from Kings Destroy, Roadsaw, & Ruby the Hatchet (tix).
SUNDAY (4/27): Full of Hell return to NYC for the third time in as many months, this time with Column of Heaven & Nyodene D in tow, for a Silent Barn show. Local support will come from The Communion & Skullshitter. $10 at the door.
Over in the IO corner:
We went deep with Jason Netherton of Misery Index / Dying Fetus fame. We unraveled the mysteries of Japanese avant-metal collaboration houds Vampillia. We talked to a pair of German music researchers about the physiology of screaming. We waxed philosophical about Behemoth & the Metal Alliance Tour. We jammed new music by Forest of Tygers and Weedeater, who apparently really enjoy doughnuts. We ran down all the metal fit to buy, as ever. And we gave away tickets to this year's Paganfest tour on our East Village Radio show, courtesy of Irving Plaza. Be sure to tune in next week at 10pm for more giveaways, interviews, and shredding tunes.
That does it for me. Blast some ugliness below (more Doug With Cats included! - editor).
Young Widows tour dates:
Young Widows tour 2014
April 24--Ace of Cups--Columbus, Ohio
April 25--Headliners Music Hall--Louisville, Kentucky
April 26--Exit/In--Nashville, Tennessee
May 14--Subterranean--Chicago, Illinois
May 16--Loving Touch--Ferndale, Michigan
May 17--Hard Luck--Toronto, Ontario
May 18--St. Vitus--Brooklyn, New York
May 19--Great Scott--Boston, Massachusetts
May 20--Boot & Saddle--Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 21--DC9--Washington, D.C.
May 22--Strange Matter--Richmond, Virginia
May 23--Kings--Raleigh, North Carolina
May 24--The Earl--Atlanta, Georgia
May 25--The Bottletree--Birmingham, Alabama
June 19--Czar Bar--Kansas City, Missouri
June 20--Moon Room--Denver, Colorado
June 21--Kilby Court--Salt Lake City, Utah
June 22--The Shredder--Boise, Idaho
June 24--Chop Suey--Seattle, Washington
June 25--Bunk Bar--Portland, Oregon
June 26--Witch Room--Sacramento, California
June 27--Thee Parkside--San Francisco, California
June 28--The Church On York--Los Angeles, California
June 29--Rhythm Room--Phoenix, Arizona
June 30--Plush--Tucson, Arizona
July 2--Holy Mountain--Austin, Texas
July 3--Club Dada--Dallas, Texas
July 4--Conservatory--Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
July 5--Firebird--St. Louis, Missouri
Thank you Caroline Harrison for the Doug With Cats!