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August 29, 2014
by Ian Chainey
Blut Aus Nord love their trilogies more than Hollywood. The French black metallers have a new album on the way and it's adding another chapter to a series started in 1996. Memoria Vetusta III - Saturnian Poetry will be released on October 10 via Debemur Morti Productions.
As you can see in the art above, Memoria Vetusta III should shift Blut Aus Nord away from the Lovecraftian and industrial creepy-crawlies and back to the epic, synthy, and lead-heavy black metal typical of the Memoria Vetusta collection. The previous entry, Memoria Vetusta II: Dialogue with the Stars, was released in 2009. Blut Aus Nord already have two 2014 releases under their belt, the celebratory Debemur MoRTi EP and the Triunity split with P.H.O.B.O.S. In 2011, leader Vindsval talked with Bob Furtado in an interview translated for Invisible Oranges.
The Memoria Vetusta III tracklisting along with streams from the previous Memoria Vetustas appears below.
August 28, 2014
photos by Greg Cristman
Falls of Rauros @ Union Pool - 8/27/14
Two excellent New England black metal bands joined forces in NYC last night (8/27), as Maine's Falls of Rauros and Masachusetts' Obsidian Tongue played an Invisible Oranges-presented show along with NY-based experimental metal composer Oneirogen at Union Pool. The two bands were well-paired, as both deal in the rustic-sounding atmospheric black metal that is associated with the pacific northwest, and both do it very well. Falls have a new album on the way and treated the crowd to some of that, as well as old stuff too.
More pictures from the show, below...
by Ian Chainey
GWAR at the Housecore Horror Fest in Austin, 2013 (more by Trent Maxwell)
Style Weekly dug deeply into GWAR this week and for good reason: the band have had a year like few others. Certainly, the sad news of Dave Brockie's passing will be the lasting memory for many, but after their downs, GWAR also had their ups. They've released a mountain of atypical merch and marketing ideas -- some good, some not so much. They're going back out on the road with Decapitated, Corrosion of Conformity, and American Sharks. When they've played Oderus-less, they've looked in good form. And now there's going to be a GWAR documentary.
The nine minute trailer for Let There Be GWAR details the band's beginnings, showing how frustrated art school castaways built a band to fit their fantasies. It's actually a rather inspiring story and a clever piece of cinema, utilizing a picture-in-picture talking head technique to great effect. Of course, GWAR aren't just any band, but their origins are similar to other lifers that keep on doing it out of love. If you've winced at their recent capitalistic streak, it's a nice palette cleanser. A date and other release information for the Don Drakulich-directed documentary hasn't made the rounds yet, but you can watch the full nine minute trailer below.
Speaking of GWAR-related documentaries, you can catch them in Riot on the Dance Floor, the new film about Trenton, NJ rock club City Gardens, which makes its BV-presented NYC premiere TONIGHT (8/28).
Let There Be GWAR trailer below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Rodger Stella at the Last M.A.P.S. show at Trans Pecos in July (photo by Nikki Sneakers)
As summer winds down, things will start to get noisy. As part of the continuing M.A.P.S. (Metropolitan Audio Pain Source) series, Bastard Noise & Anthony Saunders (who recently played Babycastles) will be playing along with a number of other noise artists on September 13 at Trans Pecos. Also teaming up will be Andrew Hock (Castevet/Psalm Zero), Chris Pitsiokos, and Weasel Walter and HCOD and Penchant. Filling out the lineup are Skinner, Arbiter, Field Grave and Negation. More info is available at the event's Facebook page. Stream samples of HCOD, Penchant, Arbiter and more below.
In December, M.A.P.S will be presenting its second annual festival with a whole slew of noise and a little bit of metal. Waving the metal flag high will be the bass-and-drums only death metal duo Geryon, which is comprised of Nicholas McMaster and Lev Weinstein of Krallice. On the noise side of things, you'll have the chance to catch a whole load of acts, including Gnawed, Endless Humiliation (they're pretty metal), Deterge, Interracial Sex, Concrete Mascara and Penchant. The show is on December 13 at Trans Pecos. More performers are TBA, head over to the fest's event page for more details.
Stream and all dates below...
Suicidal @ Orion Fest 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Suicidal Tendencies have shared this sad news:
It's with complete sadness that we have to announce the passing of bassists Tim "Rawbiz" Williams. Tim played bass for Suicidal Tendencies for almost four years until recently.Billboard points out that Tim has also "worked with everyone from Toni Braxton to Boyz II Men to Keyshia Cole", and that "Neither Williams' cause of death nor his age are known at this time."
Tim was a monster on bass, running around on stage in the pit, giving his all, even when his body wasn't at it's best.
We will always remember him and appreciate all the kind words by those that were touched by his bass playing and him personally.
Rest in Peace Tim.
Suicidal Tendencies are touring with Slayer and Exodus this fall.
August 27, 2014
By Ian Chainey
Pentagram at The Power of the Riff East, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Pentagram, America's 40-plus-year-old doom institution, are heading back out on the road in October. The enduring dazers, now with guitar wiz Victor Griffin back in the fold, will be supported by Radio Moscow, Bang, and Kings Destroy. The tour will pass through places like Chicago, Cleveland, and Philadelphia, with possibly more dates to be announced in the near future. On November 1, they'll hit NYC's Gramercy Theatre with additional support from Blood Ceremony. Tickets will be surely be posted soon. The full list of dates appears below.
Fronted by the indefatigable and gonzo Bobby Liebling, star of the Last Days Here documentary, Pentagram have found themselves as elder statesmen in the American metal scene. Their last album, Last Rites, was released in 2011. As for their tourmates, hard-rockers Bang -- best known to relic collectors for their '71 self-titled album -- reformed this year to play a few US dates. Psych rockers Radio Moscow released their fourth album, Magical Dirt, back in June. Brooklyn stoner metallers Kings Destroy have found themselves on a number of bills, including earlier this month with Blackfinger and the upcoming Black Cobra and Lo-Pan show at Saint Vitus on September 18. And Canadian occult doomers Blood Ceremony cut the single Let It Come Down / Loving You in April.
All of the dates along with streams from the bands and the trailer for the Last Days Here documentary appear below.
photos by Mathieu Bredeau, words by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Sleep @ Stage 48 - 8/25/14
Soon after releasing their first new music in 20 years, stoner-doom icons Sleep took their tour to NYC this past weekend, playing Stage 48 on August 25 with support from Holy Suns (the first Bowery Presents show at the Manhattan venue). Pictures of the show are in this post.
Holy Sons, a project of Al Cisneros's OM bandmate Emil Amos, kicked things off at the neon-lit Stage 48. With a large crowd already packing in to the generous space, Amos ran through a bunch of gloomily melodic material that the project is known for, with a lineup that was making its live debut adding heft to the few songs from earlier in his career that he played. The set was mostly made up of new, heavier material from the band. The effect was chunky while still maintaining the hypnotizing quality of the Holy Sons brand. It was a strong set, but by the end you could feel the crowd basically shaking in anticipation of Sleep.
Flanked by cosmic graphics on the many-layered onstage screens, Sleep proceeded to generally melt the crowd down for an hour and a half. I've seen both High on Fire and Om live multiple times, but nothing compares to seeing one of the best guitar/bass combo this side of Butler and Iommi hitting the stage together. Musical ubuntu this beautiful simply doesn't come about very often, and with the addition of Neurosis's Jason Roeder on drums, this current incarnation of Sleep has every bit of the brutality and loose-limbed grooviness that one could hope for. It's a treat to hear metal that's jammy and done this well, where the pleasure comes from a place of pure instrumental interplay rather than ornate composition. Pike and Cisneros are in such perfect sync that you could listen (and probably have listened) to them playing the same riff for multiple hours, such is their command of dynamics.
Sleep ripped through classics like "Sonic Titan" "Aquarian," and "The Druid," without breaking the mood by way of speech. Cisneros, who is currently heavily bearded, was a picture of controlled fury, his head bobbing and gazing upward as he played with the lightest possible touch up on the neck of his Rickenbacker. Pike tones down High On Fire's headbanging antics, clearly enjoying the chance to cut loose on the simpler tones that Sleep offers. Stage 48 might not be as grimy (or smoky) as one would like at a Sleep show, but the sound is pristine, and this band is a tone monster. The moments when Pike stops playing chords for one of his trademark ripping solos, and Cisneros moves his right hand from the neck down to the bridge and just starts to shred, are some of the most truly awesome things I've ever had the pleasure of catching live. The band closed with an extended version of their new song "The Clarity" bleeding into "Cultivator" and it fit in seamlessly with the proceedings. Om and High on Fire have kept them fresh, and Sleep haven't missed a beat.
More pictures from Stage 48 below...
August 26, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
Falls of Rauros at The Acheron in 2012 (more by Samantha Marble)
Portland, Maine's Falls of Rauros are streaming "Waxen Voices" off of their forthcoming album Believe In No Coming Shore. The song debuted over at Invisible Oranges, and you can give it a listen below. It's a fantastic track, a near perfect blend of black metal and folk elements that makes for some of the best atmospheric black metal of the year. Here's a bit of what we had to say about it over at IO:
An almost painfully pretty instrumental intro sets an organic melancholy vibe, and when it kicks into high gear (love that hot solo that hits off at 2:52) it's Falls at their best, delivering an invigorating, perhaps flawless blend of black metal and folk. For an eleven-minute song that covers some ground, "Waxen Voices" never loses any momentum--it's a thrill from start to finish.It's definitely 10/10, A+.
As a reminder, Invisible Oranges and Signature Riff are presenting Falls of Rauros with the criminally underrated black metal band Obsidian Tongue and metal one-man wizard Oneirogen at Union Pool tomorrow, Wednesday the 27th. Tickets are 8 bucks at the door.
Stream "Waxen Voices" below...
August 25, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
Isis at Irving Plaza in 2009 (more by Paul Birman)
The influential hardcore/post-metal band ISIS, now disbanded, is unfortunately being confused with the terrorist group of the same name. ISIS (the terrorist group), which stands for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, has shocked the world with a rapid expansion of a so-called caliphate in recent weeks, and for its brutal killings of Shiites and minorities including Christians, Yazidis, and more. Last week, ISIS militants claimed responsibility for beheading the American journalist James Foley, a turning point in the United States' stance towards the group, which led to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel calling ISIS "beyond just a terrorist group" and "beyond anything that we've seen."
Some have mistakenly directed their anger at the terrorist group at the band instead. In an interview with ABC, Isis's drummer Aaron Harris said the attention caught the band off guard and that the band has received "off-color comments" on their Facebook page, which the band has changed to "Isis the band." (Their website similarly is Isistheband.com) Fans have also emailed the band saying they are reluctant to wear the band's shirts in public as they have received "off-color comments."
A representative from the band's label, Ipecac, told ABC that, "It is an unfortunate situation and of course a few less than enlightened people are not seeing the distinction between an inactive band of musicians and a band of terrorists involved in current world affairs."
The Austerity Program commiserated:
So nice to see ISIS popping up in the news. Now they know how we felt back in 2010.— Austerity Program (@usterityprogram) June 23, 2014
Isis the band included a number of members of the post-metal band Palms as well as Aaron Turner of Hydra Head Records. Palms, which also includes Chico Moreno of Deftones, are touring soon. Check out all dates listed below...
by Ian Chainey
Kayo Dot at IO SXSW showcase, 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Kayo Dot warned that Coffins on Io, their new album to be released on October 16 via The Flenser Records, was going to be different. In the PR-cast baited hook that accompanied the original announcement, leader Toby Driver said as much: "Basically the vibe that we're going for here is inspired by 80s retro-future noir-- Blade Runner. I wanted to make a good record to put on while you drive across the desert at night under a toxic, post-apocalyptic atmosphere." Then, there were the touchstones. To describe a track, Driver said, "The sound is kind of like a sexy combination of Type O Negative, Peter Gabriel, Sisters of Mercy." Huh. You didn't want to doubt him because Kayo Dot has show themselves to be adept at anything -- blasted-to-pieces chamber music, heartfelt doom, ultra-dark proggy jazz; whatever you got. But gothy new wave Vangelisms? For real?
"Library Subterranean" alleviates doubts. Beginning with an atmospheric overture recalling Killing Jokes' Brighter Than a Thousand Suns, the song then drops into a section of floaty synth-driven art pop, complete with Driver's airy, yet limber singing. At this stage, "Library Subterranean" can barely be contained, almost the listening equivalent of sliding around linoleum in socks. The track careens from style to style, sound design to sound design, and the thrills and spills are bracing. However, Kayo Dot will soon lock in. At 2:55, they start aligning and recalibrating the instruments, first with a pulsating thrum that's Meshuggah if played by Ashra, and then with a biting/corrosive guitar-led chase that's straight Voivod. For its finale, "Library Subterranean" transitions into King Crimson in a volume duel with Urban Sax. Welcome to your what?/whoa! moment.
Now, I know how that reads, but it works. And that's the thing: while it's playing, "Library Subterranean" flows perfectly. It's just that when you're thinking about it afterwards, you can't even fathom how they put this together. In fact, you sound like a crazy person even trying to recount it. But, hey, that's how Kayo Dot have always been and will be, no matter the genre they're trying to climb. They're a band of a thousand sounds and all of them somehow end up equaling the real Kayo Dot. The track premieres here and can be streamed below.
In preparation of the release, Kayo Dot will be playing a show at NYC's Trans-Pecos with Islaja and Ill Convoy on September 20. Per the Facebook event page, Driver promises a new song will be unveiled. Other things you learn from that link: Driver, when he's not composing wild soundtracks and next-level songs, is money with descriptions of other artists. On the beguiling bedroom avant-pop of Islaja:
Her first US show ever?!?!?! I really don't know, but damn! It's like icy boreal lonesome bedroom vibes, like Burzum if he was actually a good musician, not interested in metal, and not a racist piece of shitMr. Driver, Invisible Oranges has openings. The other band, Ill Convoy, is a collaboration between Brandon Seabrook and Judith Berkson. Seabrook has displayed his guitar fret acrobatics on record a couple times this year, both solo and as a guest. Should be interesting.
Stream "Library Subterranean," with a video from Islaja, below...