by Ian Chainey
The picture above is Riley Breckenridge's fractured jaw after the Puig Destroyer -- the baseball themed grindcore group -- drummer took a pitch to the head. After posting to his Instagram, Riley said, "Don't try to hit fastballs with your face, kids. #themoreyouknow #luckybreaks." Noted. That must've been terrifying, but not as terrified as Puig Destroyer's namesake is of thunder.
Speaking of breaks, classic thrashers Rigor Mortis have one more record in them before they call it a day. The final collection will be called Slave to the Grave, out on October 7 via the band's own Rigor Mortis Records. The album was recently crowdsourced into existence. You can check out the details below. In other album news, sludgesters Weedeater are repressing Sixteen Tons through Season of Mist on CD and LP (preorder). The record has been out of print for a bit and you can stream it in full below.
Returning to the athletic theme, if you're in Brooklyn, you can start cycling to Slayer. SYNCstudio will be holding a "metal themed indoor cycling class" on July 24. "This next song is called. . . "BLACKNESS WITH SCHWINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN."
Finally, want the deepest teeth cleaning experience? Polyrhythms, man.
Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.
If this week was good for something, it was a wealth of new music videos. The form is alive and well with contributions from UltraMantis Black, Corrosion of Conformity, Goatwhore, and Enabler. All four bands have live engagements in their future. UltraMantis Black will be playing This is Hardcore. CoC are going to be in Australia (the continent and the country) and then will head back to the left side of the US for a slate of dates with Bl'ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band, and Lord Dying. Goatwhore are currently out with the Summer Slaughter mega bill. And Enabler are set to hit Chicago on August 5 with Power Trip and Mammoth Grinder. All of the updated dates along with the videos appear below.
For the full-album previews: Blackened rippers Mutilation Rites have offered up all of Harbinger (preorder). The Brooklyn bashers are at Gilead Media Fest this weekend. Then, Swedish d-beat superheroes Martyrdöd unleashed Elddop (preorder). Both albums hit the streets on July 22, and you can hear the goods below.
For single tracks and teasers: Midnight covered Venom's "Too Loud (for the Crowd)" for Decibel's Flexi Series. As a reminder, Midnight (who play with Samhain in November) will be appearing at a stacked New York Deathfest. Entombed A.D. -- the LG Petrov iteration of the Swede death n' rollers -- put out "Vulture And The Traitor" from Back To The Front (August 5, Century Media - preorder). Sounds like Entombed, but so do a lot of bands. The slow and low Monarch unveiled "Mortes" from Sabbracadaver (July 22, Profound Lore - preorder). Make sure you set aside the full 18 minutes for that one. And finally, doomers Cardinal Wyrm debuted "Dreams of Teeth" from Black Hole Gods (August 5, self-released). All streams appear below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (FRIDAY, 7/18): Free show alert: Ceremony, Iron Lung, and Nothing will play Brooklyn Bazaar. The doors are at 7 PM and you can RSVP to skip the line. Want something more metallic? Mortals, Godmaker, and Mammal are playing the Acheron (tickets). That's Mortals record release show, so go and congratulate them.
SUNNNNNNNNNDAY (7/20): Flip the impending work week the bird by hitting Black Anvil, Psalm Zero, Fantom Warior, and Yellow Eyes at Saint Vitus (tickets). Maybe you can get Black Anvil to play their Kiss cover.
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: It might've been your vacation, but, as always, we were working to find the best metal. Upcoming Metal Releases tracked all of the new things. We premiered a new ass-kicker from the nasty Rabbits. We went review-crazy with critiques of Bastard Feast, Martyrdöd, and Peculate. We remembered At the Gates before they blew up. We unearthed some seriously solid black metal. We also gave some shine to albums we missed. And we took a long look at the announced bands for 2015's Maryland Deathfest.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.
Slaves to the Grave tracklisting
2. Rain of Ruin
3. Flesh for Flies
4. The Infected
5. Blood Bath
6. Ancient Horror
7. Fragrance of Corpse
8. Curse of the Draugr
9. Sacramentum Gladiatorum
10. Lududs Magnus
Corrosion of Conformity
Corrosion of Conformity in Australia
7/18/2014 Kings Arms - Auckland, NZ
7/19/2014 Valhalla - Wellington, NZ
7/20/2014 Churchills - NZ
7/24/2014 Crowbar - Brisbane, AUS
7/25/2014 NSC - Sydney AUS
7/26/2014 Reverence Hotel - Melbourne AUS
7/27/2014 Enigma Bar - Adelaide AUS
Corrosion of Conformity North America Tour w/ Bl'ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band, Lord Dying
8/20/2014 The Hop - Spokane, WA
8/21/2014 In The Venue - Salt Lake City, UT
8/22/2014 Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
8/23/2014 Sister - Albuquerque, NM
8/24/2014 Club Red - Mesa, AZ
8/26/2014 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
8/27/2014 The Roxy - Los Angeles, CA
8/28/2014 DNA - San Francisco, CA
8/29/2014 Catalyst - Santa Cruz CA
8/30/2014 Dante's - Portland, OR
8/31/2014 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
9/01/2014 The Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC
Summer Slaughter Tour w/ Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Thy Art Is Murder, Origin, Decrepit Birth, Within The Ruins, Fallujah
7/17/2014 The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
7/18/2014 The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA
7/19/2014 House of Blues - West Hollywood, CA
7/20/2014 Nile Theater - Phoenix, AZ
7/21/2014 Tricky Falls - El Paso, TX
7/22/2014 Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM
7/23/2014 Summit - Denver, CO
7/25/2014 House Of Blues - Houston, TX
7/26/2014 Scoot Inn - Austin, TX
7/27/2014 Gas Monkey - Dallas, TX
7/29/2014 State Theater St. - Petersburg, FL
7/30/2014 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
7/31/2014 The International - Knoxville, TN
8/01/2014 Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
8/02/2014 Mojoes - Chicago, IL
8/03/2014 Skyway Theatre - Minneapolis, MN
8/05/2014 The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
8/06/2014 Crofoot Ballroom - Detroit, MI
8/07/2014 Rapids Theatre - Niagara Falls, NY
8/08/2014 Irving Plaza - New York, NY
8/09/2014 The Palladium - Worcester, MA
8/10/2014 The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
Additional Goatwhore Dates
8/16/2014 Gwar B-Q @ Hadad's Lake - Richmond, VA
Upcoming Enabler Dates
8/05/2014 Chicago IL @ Beat Kitchen w/ Power Trip, Mammoth Grinder
8/06/2014 The Busted Lift - Dubuque, IA
8/07/2014 The New Direction - Fargo, ND
8/08/2014 Arson Fest - Winnipeg, MB
9/19 - 9/20/2014 Chattanooga TN @ Hand of Doom Fest
10/31 - 11/02/2014 The Fest 13 - Gainesville, FL