Recent Posts in metal
May 27, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Neurosis at MDF 2015 (photo via Jay Destro)
Post-metal gods Neurosis just played a six-song, hour-long set at Maryland Deathfest over the weekend (full set video below), and now they're set to go on a full North American tour this summer! They're calling it their "most extensive touring of the North American continent in over fifteen years," and it's certainly true that they don't tour too often. Their last NYC show was January 2013. It was part of a very short tour and it was their first gig here since 2008.
All dates on the upcoming tour are with Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, the new sludge metal band of TAD frontman Tad Doyle who are on Neurosis' Neurot Recordings label. There's various additional support bands on other dates, including a run with Sumac, the current band of ex-Isis frontman Aaron Turner which also includes Baptists' Nick Yacyshyn on drums and Russian Circles' Brian Cook (also ex-Botch, ex-These Arms Are Snakes) as their live bassist.
The Neurosis/Brothers/Sumac run hits NYC on August 9 at Warsaw. Tickets for that ridiculous triple bill go on sale Friday (5/29) at 1 PM. All dates are listed below.
After that tour, Aaron Turner will be on tour with his other band Old Man Gloom (which also features Converge and Cave In members) that hits NYC on 9/3 and 9/4 at Saint Vitus (night 1 sold out, night 2 on sale). The reunited Mare open both shows.
Watch Neurosis' full MDF set, stream the Sumac album and a track from the Brothers of the Sonic Cloth album, and browse the full list of tour dates, below...
May 26, 2015
photos by Greg Cristman
Ufomammut @ Saint Vitus - 5/19/15
Devastatingly heavy? Why yes, they were, but that's really just one component of the experience. Watching Ufomammut play is like being stirred in a cauldron of something thick and molten. Somehow, it swirls, but on the surface level it doesn't even seem like it should be able to move at all. Each song seemed to take them deeper into space, the entirety of Ecate rearranged for stage presentation and followed by "Oroboros" from Oro: Opus Alter, "Stigma" from 2008's Idolum and, finally, "God" from 2004's Snailking, which was brought to a brutal finish as though the trio were trying to pull apart the remnants of the galaxy on a molecular level, some great cosmic code punched in to result in the end of all things in multi-dimensions. It was like that. Sound as force. Senses colliding, and Urlo headbanging with his entire body the whole time. [The Obelisk]Italian doomers Ufomammut are no newcomers (their first album came out 15 years ago) but they're currently touring the US for the very first time. They hit NYC at Saint Vitus on 5/19 ahead of their Maryland Deathfest appearance for a very dimly lit show that (as the above review points out) included all of their new album Ecate plus a few oldies. Their Portland-based, Relapse-signed tourmates Usnea and locals Mountain God opened the show. More pictures and Ufomammut's setlist below...
May 22, 2015
photo: Old Man Gloom at Psycho California 2015 (via @lifewillbethedeathofme84)
Old Man Gloom (mem Converge, Cave In, ex-Isis) recently announced a tour with the reunited Mare, including a Brooklyn show happening 9/3 at Saint Vitus. That show sold out, but now they added a second date happening at Saint Vitus on September 4. Tickets for the new show are on sale now.
OMG were also announced for Hopscotch (like Godflesh, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Eyehategod and other bands) this week. Updated dates are listed below.
They also played Psycho California last weekend and video of their full set is below too...
Slayer is releasing a new album called Repentless on 9/11. That is a thing that is happening. Watch the trailer below...
May 21, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Godflesh at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Godflesh returned in a big way last year with A World Lit Only By Fire, their first album since 2001 and one that recalled their vile early days without being a retread. They were recently announced for POP Montreal and then Hopscotch, reassuring us that the Godflesh reunion is not done yet, and now a full tour has been scheduled.
The dates are with Justin Broadrick's old pal Prurient (who has a new album out this year and played NYC last week). They hit NYC on September 15 at Warsaw with additional support from British techno vet Regis (who's also on the Philly date and maybe others?). Tickets for Warsaw are on presale now (password = SPEAKERS) and go on sale to the general public Friday (5/22) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, with some music from all three artists, below...
Pantera/Down frontman Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror Festival is returning for year three this November, and will now be held in San Antonio, TX (it was previously in Austin). The festival will be at the Aztec Theater from November 13-15, 2015, and so far the lineup includes Suffocation, Autopsy, Cripple Bastards, Nails, SYk & Dalila Kayros, YOB, Eyehategod, Child Bite and Warbeast, with many more TBA.
Anselmo said he wanted to continue the festival to honor festival co-founder Corey Mitchell, who sadly passed away last year. He said:
I've got a great team in place to help make this what Corey and I wanted it to be. There are a lot of mixed emotions here because no one can replace him. But, we know he would want this to continue and so that's what we're going to do. We miss him and think about him every day.In addition to the music, the festival will screen "film gems from the personal vaults of both Anselmo and Mitchell." Tickets will be on sale soon.
It's a busy year for Phil Anselmo. He recently said in an interview that he's working on new music with Superjoint Ritual, his '90s-'00s supergroup with Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod, Crowbar, Down) and frequent collaborator Kevin Bond, which reunited at last year's Housecore Horror fest (video below). He also mentioned he's working on new Illegals material, and has a "secret death metal project with some secret other guys from across the equator." Who could they be?
May 20, 2015
photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
FATA @ Skate & Surf 2015
Long Island post-hardcore/metalcore band From Autumn to Ashes ended a seven-year hiatus this past weekend with a hometown show at Revolution on Friday (5/15) followed by a set at Asbury Park's 2015 Skate & Surf Festival. We caught the latter, which leaned most heavily on the first two records, giving us old faves like "The Royal Crown vs Blue Duchess," "The Switch," "Take Her to the Music Store," "The After Dinner Payback," and more. Pictures from Skate & Surf, videos from Long Island, and the setlists from both are in this post.
FATA already had a summer tour announced too, and now that those two NYC-area dates are behind them, they've tacked a NYC show onto the end of the tour too. They play Gramercy Theatre on July 23 with support from Emery. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/22) at 10 AM.
Update: As a few commenters pointed out, the reunion lineup is without lead screamer Benjamin Perri, who's on the first three albums but left in 2006. Francis Mark, who moved from drums/clean vocals to frontman for their final record, is fronting the band for this reunion too. The rest of the lineup is the same one they left off with pre-hiatus: Brian Deneeve (guitar), Mike Pilato (bass), Rob Lauritsen (guitar) and Jeff Gretz (drums). Ben, meanwhile, is a popular bartender in Seattle.
All dates are listed below...
May 19, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Gray Muncy
Dallas hardcore band Modern Pain recently signed to Bridge 9, and will release their debut full length on the label in the near future. Ahead of that though, they've put out the single "Peace Delusions," which will appear in re-recorded form on the album. "Peace Delusions" isn't too far from the kind of crossover thrash revival that their Dallas neighbors Power Trip make, but it's also got a noisier, nastier side recalling that moment in the late '80s when bands started taking thrash in even heavier directions and coming out with early forms of death metal and grindcore. And the noise influence is no accident: the b-side to "Peace Delusions" is a cover of Sonic Youth's 1983 discordant assault "Kill Yr Idols." Listen to both songs below.
Modern Pain began a tour in their hometown on Sunday (5/17), and they'll be coming to NYC on May 26 at the Acheron with Vice, Mad Diesel and Impact. Tickets for that show are on sale now. That's a day after they play a nearby show at Montclair, NJ's Meatlocker (5/25) with The Banner, Outer Heaven, Choke and Stag Party.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: KEN mode at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
If you've heard any of the singles from KEN mode's upcoming Steve Albini-recorded album, Success, you've probably noticed they're going in a different direction for this one -- more directly inspired by AmRep-y post-hardcore and less metal than ever before. Its newest single, the six-and-half minute "Dead Actors," is no exception. While it may not be as traditionally "heavy" as KEN mode's earlier stuff, it can still be just as overwhelming, building from a soft but brooding introduction to a massive wall of layered guitars and huge snare cracks. It's always been my opinion that no one gets a snare drum sound in rock like Steve Albini, and that's especially true here. Those hits in the ending are straight off In Utero, Rid of Me, or any of the several Albini/Neurosis collaborations that exist. Check it out for yourself below.
KEN mode are also touring with Fight Amp (who also have a new album coming). That tour hits NYC on June 18 at Saint Vitus with quality local support from Pyrrhon and Couch Slut. Tickets for Vitus are still available.
Success is out June 16 via Season of Mist (pre-order). Stream the new song below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Mitchell Wojcik
Mutoid Man, the power trio with members of Converge and Cave In who make killer heavy rock, have shared a second single from their upcoming album, Bleeder. The new song's called "Reptilian Soul," and like a lot of their best songs do, it injects their hardcore/metal roots with a big dose of bluesy swagger. This one also comes kinda close to QOTSA territory. Check it out below.
Mutoid Man have a BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges/Party Smasher Inc-presented tour with Dillinger Escape Plan and Primitive Weapons coming up, which hits NYC on June 20 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available. The tour also hits DC, Boston and Philly with Rosetta.
Bleeder comes out June 30 via Sargent House. Listen to previous single "Sweet Ivy" here and the new one, with their list of tour dates, below...