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December 22, 2014

photos by Greg Cristman

Opeth
In Flames

Opeth, In Flames and Red Fang wrapped up their tour together in Toronto last night (12/21) after hitting NYC on Thursday (12/18) at Terminal 5. Stoner riffers Red Fang kicked off the night great as always, and the crowd seemed into their set. In Flames followed, clearly working the crowd hard and inviting a kid on stage to take a selfie with the band. Then came Opeth who treated the crowd to a couple off this year's Pale Communion, and also gave representation to a handful of their other albums dating back to 1999's Still Life. Pictures of all three bands continue, with Opeth's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Opeth, In Flames & Red Fang played Terminal 5 (pics & setlist)"

December 18, 2014

Serpentine Path

Our metal blog Invisible Oranges, fresh off presenting that awesome Psalm Zero show, is presenting yet another NYC metal show with a great lineup. This one will feature filthy local doom-purveyors Serpentine Path, who share members with Unearthly Trance and Humanless (who were on that Psalm Zero show), up-and-coming Boston doom crew Fórn, and local black metal crew Vilkacis, who share members with Fell Voices and Vorde. The show will take place on January 4 at Saint Vitus, and tickets are on sale now.

Stream Serpentine Path's latest record Emanations, Fórn's new EP The Departure of Consciousness, and Vilkacis's most recent EP The Fever of War, below...

Continue reading "Serpentine Path, Forn & Vilkacis playing St Vitus (IO presents)"

December 17, 2014

High on Fire
Photo: High on Fire on Lemmy's Motorboat cruise (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

As discussed, the awesome double bill of stoner riffers High on Fire and doomers Windhand is headlining out on a tour with support from Mountain of Wizard. That tour already included a show happening January 9 at Saint Vitus, which has now sold out, but they've added an early show happening the same night with the same lineup (doors at 6 PM for the early show). Tickets will be available here at 5 PM.

Since we last spoke, it was also revealed that after the tour ends, High on Fire will enter the studio in Salem, MA with Converge's Kurt Ballou to work on their next album that they plan to release in 2015. Stay tuned for more on that. Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "High on FIre & Windhand sold out Vitus, add early show"

Anthrax

You may not even realize metal legends Anthrax released a new album this year. That's because they didn't (they're planning for one next year though), but that didn't stop them from being nominated for a Grammy for a cover of "Neon Knights" they recorded for a Dio tribute album. It's actually their sixth Grammy nomination, and their third since 2011 which is the last time they put out a new LP. Being the 12th best metal band to ever walk this earth, not to mention placement in the 'Big Four', has its benefits (sorry Pallbearer!).

ANDDDDDD....

What better way for the members of Anthrax to celebrate their sixth Grammy nomination than to toast it with a glass of their own brand of bourbon, "Indians."

Anthrax has aligned with Jefferson's Bourbon, the Kentucky-based company that produces special, limited edition "small batch" whiskeys by blending a variety of aged bourbons and rye whiskeys. Anthrax's "Indians," a single barrel bourbon, was personally chosen by the band and will taste like no other due to its particular blend and the barrel it was aged in.

"We've been wanting to come up with a special item like this, something that was unusual, one-of-a-kind, not a t-shirt or hoodie or poster," said the band's Frank Bello "and 'Indians' was perfect."

Anthrax's "Indians" bourbon is now available exclusively through Atlantic City Bottle Company - http://acbottlecompany.com/ . "Indians" will be priced at $75 per bottle (in-store pick up) and $100 (shipped to an address) and will come with a signed piece of the stave of the barrel that the bourbon was aged in.

Cry, Cry, Cry for the Indians...

Continue reading "Anthrax keep getting nominated for Grammys, now have their own bourbon called "Indians""

December 16, 2014

Yob at Saint Vitus on 12/12/14 (more by Greg Cristman)
Yob

Norwegian extreme metal legends Enslaved have announced an extensive North American tour for 2015 with extremely strong support. Fresh off playing a pair of shows at Saint Vitus, Portland doom monsters Yob will be heading out on the road with Enslaved, and they'll be joined by psychedelic Philly outfit Ecstatic Vision, who opened one of Yob's Saint Vitus shows. The tour will hit NYC for a show at Gramercy Theater on March 21. Tickets for that show will go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (12/19).

Enslaved are currently working on their 13th studio album, which will be released on March 10, right in the middle of that tour. Its called In Times, and its being released via Nuclear Blast.

All dates listed, along with video of Yob's full Saint Vitus set from 12/13, Ecstatic Vision at Vitus in October (both via Pit Full of Shit), and a festival set from Enslaved in 2006, below...

Continue reading "Enslaved releasing a new LP, touring w/ Yob & Ecstatic Vision"

by Andrew Sacher

Electric Wizard at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
EW

The last time Electric Wizard played the US was MDF 2012, and that was their first show here since 2002. Now the UK doom masters have announced a full North American tour for 2015 with Satan's Satyrs kicking off in Philly in late March and ending on April 19 in LA! The tour includes a NYC show happening on April 2 at Webster Hall, which looks like it will be their first show in the city since playing North Six in 2002. Tickets for Webster go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (12/19). All dates are listed below.

Electric Wizard released their eighth album this year, the excellent Time to Die. It's the kind of evil psychedelic doom that EW mastered on their seminal albums Come My Fanatics... and Dopethrone that still no one does quite like them. Watch a fan-made, band-approved video for "We Love the Dead" from that album, with the tour flyer and list of dates, below.

Continue reading "Electric Wizard announces first North American tour in over ten years, playing Webster Hall! (2015 dates)"

December 15, 2014

Corrections House at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Corrections House

Heavy supergroup Corrections House have been touring with Statiqbloom for the past few weeks, having stopped in NYC to play Saint Vitus earlier this month. The tour had been scheduled to continue for the next week, but remaining dates have been postponed  due to health issues for Corrections House co-frontman Mike "IX" Williams, also of Eyehategod. Luckily it doesn't sound terribly serious, as it seems Mike is just burnt out from a year of hard touring with his various projects, and has been prescribed rest and vitamins by his doctor. In an official statement, he writes, "Overwork, nonstop travel, overexertion on stage and poor eating habits will eventually grind you to rubble. I need a bit of time to heal and repair my wounded body and mind." The use of the word "postponed" from the band seems to imply that they will try to reschedule the cancelled dates at some point down the road. Here's hoping that happens, and that Mike gets well soon. Meanwhile, Statiqbloom will be playing with Sannhet and Youth Code at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus in January.

In a bit of a consolation prize, you can now watch video of Corrections House's full set from Saint Vitus earlier this month (via Pit Full of Shit). Check that out below, along with a list of cancelled dates.

Continue reading "Corrections House played Saint Vitus (watch their whole set), but postpone rest of tour "

photos by Greg Cristman

Yellow Eyes
Yellow Eyes

Local proggy black metal outfit Anicon and more straight ahead Brooklyn black metallers Yellow Eyes wrapped up their tour together in their hometown this past Saturday (12/13) at Union Pool, where they joined forces with fellow NYC metal band Kosmodemonic. Anicon and Yellow Eyes' tour experience was noticeable at this homecoming show, with super tight sets from both bands. The psychedelic Kosmodemonic were great too, making for a solid show all around.

More pictures of all three bands below...

Continue reading "Anicon, Yellow Eyes & Kosmodemonic @ Union Pool (pics)"

photos by Greg Cristman, words by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Yob / Tombs
YOB
Tombs

Whatever they played, I'm sure I'd have been into it, but having watched them play full-album sets previously for The Great Cessation, 2005's The Unreal Never Lived and 2003's Catharsis, I'm glad to be able to put Clearing the Path to Ascend in that category as well. The four songs, "In Our Blood," the drum-led tempest "Nothing to Win" -- which Foster made look easy, in defiance of both logic and physics -- "Unmask the Spectre" and "Marrow" itself, were a worthy focal point, and the flow of the material was no less palpable live than it is listening to the album. Being faster and more aggressive, "Nothing to Win" got a particularly fervent response (myself included), but I don't think I was the only one appreciating what it meant to be watching "Marrow" and seeing YOB's most progressive moment to date come to life right there on the stage. To call it powerful would be understatement. [The Obelisk]
Oregon doom titans Yob, who released the stellar Clearing the Path to Ascend earlier this year (which has been landing on quite a few year end lists), just played a two-night stand in NYC at Saint Vitus over the weekend (12/12-13). The first night was with local crushers Tombs and Kings Destroy, and the second night was with Occultation and Ecstatic Vision. We caught the first night, and pictures of that one are in this post.

Yob live is a sight to behold. The band brings more musical dexterity to the table than your average doom band, and they're able to move effortlessly between the often-contrasting sections of their epic, generally 10+ minute songs. They played Clearing the Path to Ascend, which is probably their most tonally varied record to date, in full. Meanwhile this was a well-curated bill, with the genre-melding fury of Tombs, who are always worth catching live, and who's Savage Gold is also among the best heavy releases of the year, and the groovy sludge of Kings Destroy providing uncompromising compliments to Yob.

Check out more pictures, along with setlists, below...

Continue reading "Yob played 2 Saint Vitus shows (pics & setlists of night 1 with Tombs and King Destroy)"

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Nifelheim/Ares Kingdom

Metal festival Defenders of the Old Fest will take place in NYC on March 13 & 14 at The Bell House with Riot V, Machine of War, Exciter, Aggression, Brocas Helm, High Spirits, Natur and more. Tickets, including 2-day and single-day passes, are on sale now. Full lineup below.

In even more exciting news, the fest is presenting another NYC show the following day (3/15) at a TBA venue with Sweden's Nifelheim and Kansas City's Ares Kingdom (ex-Order from Chaos). Nifelheim are a legendary, utterly scuzzy and thrashy black metal crew who have been doing it since 1990, and Ares Kingdom are a veteran death/thrash outfit. While these two bands don't have locality or subgenre in common, they share a gnarled, old-school approach to ripping people's faces off. The show will feature a couple more bands who have not yet been announced, but given the headliners alone this should be huge. We'll keep you posted with further venue, ticket, and band info as that comes in.

Check out live videos of Nifelheim and Ares Kingdom, with the Bell House lineups, below...

Continue reading "Nifelheim & Ares Kingdom playing NYC after Defenders of the Old Fest at The Bell House (lineup)"

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