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September 1, 2015
photo: Bongzilla in LA in August (photo by @smoothbysantanaftrobthomas)
Doom stoners Bongzilla returned earlier this year and now they have more dates coming up. They'll go on a short Northeast run in October that brings them back to NYC on October 22 at Saint Vitus. More bands TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
by Andrew Sacher
Christian Mistress will release their new album To Your Death on September 18 via Relapse (pre-order). So far they've released two songs and now we've got the premiere of a third, "Neon." It's classic metal/hard rock that could've come right out of 1980 -- its riffs from Iron Maiden and British Steel and Christine Davis' howling vocals from Crimes of Passion -- but it's too spirited to be merely idol worship. You can and should check it out below.
The band will be on tour soon with another great band who recalls that era of metal, High Spirits, and Savage Master. That tour hits NYC on September 9 at Saint Vitus with Python. Tickets for that show are still available.
They added European dates since we last spoke too. All dates are listed, with the "Neon" song steam and the other two singles, below...
August 29, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
The best thing we saw on Day 1 of the 2015 fest...
photo via BrooklynVegan Instagram
Riot Fest Denver kicked off yesterday (8/28) at its new location of the National Western Complex, which (as the mechanical bull and scent in the air reminded you) is usually home to rodeo shows. It's across five stages, one of which is indoors, and also offers carnival rides, Colorado-specific treats like Chronic Candy (though I was told that's only hemp) and more. Like most festivals, it had newer, buzzy bands who played great sets like Speedy Ortiz, Cayetana and The Hotelier, but for me at least, the real highlights were the masses of classic artists we got to see. (Unfortunately one of those, Motorhead, had to drop off at the last minute due to Lemmy's breathing issues. He cut a show short a day earlier in Salt Lake City for the same reason.)
There was a lot to love about Riot Fest Denver day 1, but here's five highlights:
THE GET UP KIDS: It's The Get Up Kids' 20th anniversary, and they don't seem shy about the fact that everyone's favorite songs were written in the '90s because that was mostly what we got. "Holiday," "Action and Action," "Valentine," "Red Letter Day," "Ten Minutes," "Don't Hate Me" and more were played from their classic period and it was a singalong the whole time. The Get Up Kids may have taken an extended period off from being a band, but you'd never know it at this point. They're super tight, they look like they're having a ball on stage, and the crowd is eager to have as much fun as the band is. Their Riot Fest set got off to a rocky start due to sound issues, but it quickly became one of the best sets I saw all day.
TESTAMENT: Of everything I saw, the band who truly got the daytime crowd going wild was '80s-era thrash legends Testament. The pit was going so hard that if you were anywhere near the front you were getting dust in your eyes, and the band delivered expertly. Every extended scream, every guitar solo -- they were flawless. Testament were always smiling, always engaging the crowd, but never at the expense of delivering intense music. People talk a lot about the decreasing interest for rock on major festivals, but between Testament and Anthrax (who took the same stage right after them), fests may just need more classic metal bands.
IGGY POP: Is there anyone as ageless as Iggy Pop? With classic albums dating back to the '60s, he's one of the few people you could safely credit with inventing punk rock, and he hasn't lost that spirit one bit. He runs around stage like he's half his actual age, and genuinely seems like he's giving us every ounce of energy in his body. We got so many favorites -- "No Fun," "I Wanna Be Your Dog," "The Passenger," "Lust For Life," "1969" -- and they all sounded exactly like you'd hope they would. The fact that we get to experience Iggy in full force all these decades later is truly an amazing thing.
ICE CUBE: It's pretty safe to say it's the year of NWA. There's a hit biopic in theaters, the soundtrack to which is Dr. Dre's first album since the '90s, and talk of the groundbreaking rap group is just in the air. So it was perfect timing for Ice Cube to reunite with his old groupmates MC Ren and DJ Yella (like he did at the BET Experience in June) for "Straight Outta Compton," "Fuck Tha Police," "Dopeman" and more classic jams. Sadly (like at the BET Experience) Dr. Dre did not come out, and neither did their pal Snoop Dogg (who did join the group at the BET Experience and plays Riot Fest on Sunday), but it was still a surreal experience to see those three on stage together. And they sounded as fanastic as you'd want. The partial NWA reunion was the real draw, but even when Ice Cube dove into his solo career ("Check Yo Self," "Natural Born Killaz," etc) he made it feel like the G-Funk era was alive and well.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN: Look, when System of a Down were added to Riot Fest, I thought people were going to think it was lame. I mean this is a festival that sold tickets because people wanted to see Iggy Pop, Pixies, The Damned, American Nightmare, Swervedriver and 7 Seconds. These people don't like System of a Down. But not only was I wrong, they had the biggest and wildest crowd of the day. It makes sense that of all the bands to come out of early 2000s nu-metal, System of a Down would work so well at what's largely a punk festival. Most of that stuff was deservedly laughed at by cynics, but SOAD were different. They were weird, and they were way closer to a hardcore band than a pop band. If Refused never broke up, those two might've toured together. And that came across in full force on Friday night. Thousands of people were raging to this band who were playing the weirdest songs that anyone played all day. It was a strange, awesome experience.
Video of Ice Cube, MC Ren & DJ Yella playing "Straight Outta Compton" and more pictures below...
August 28, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
The Saddest Landscape will follow 2012's After The Lights with a new album, Darkness Forgives, on October 23 via Topshelf (pre-orders coming soon). The first single is "Souls Worth Saving" which also drops as a 7" single with a non-album b-side on 9/25, and it's streaming now. It's another dose of the band's raw, emotive post-hardcore / screamo, the kind of song that should please longtime fans and newcomers alike. Check it out below (via AV Club).
The band will also tour after the album comes out, including a short Northeast run with Vattnet Viskar, whose boundary-pushing black metal opus Settler dropped earlier this year. That run hits NYC on November 15 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the new song, below...
August 27, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Uncle Acid at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats' new album The Night Creeper comes out next week (9/4) via Rise Above (pre-order). We already posted the single "Waiting for Blood" and now we've got the premiere of the video for another single, "Melody Lane." It's been said before that Uncle Acid sometimes bring a Beatles influence to their trad-doom sound, and the Lennon-esque vocals on this one back that claim up pretty strongly. They recorded the album with engineer Liam Watson who's also worked with Electric Wizard and Tame Impala, and "Melody Lane" sounds like what might happen if you morphed those two bands into one. Check it out below.
All dates are listed, with the new video, below...
August 26, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
Earlier this year, Fight Amp released their new album Constantly Off on Brutal Panda, and they're already following that with a two-song single on September 9 via Reptilian Records (pre-order). The single includes "No Trace" and "Hide Your Teeth," the latter of which features ex-Fight Amp/current Creepoid member Pat Troxell on backup vocals. "Hide Your Teeth" premieres in this post, and it's a crushing dose of noisy post-hardcore. Dig in, below.
August 25, 2015
Abigail Williams and Today Is The Day are touring together this year, and hitting NYC on September 27 at Bowery Electric (tickets). Since we last spoke, openers were announced, including local regulars Throaat and Hudson Valley's Trenchfoot.
Trenchfoot play a noisy feedback-driven style of hardcore that takes some rhythmic cues from thrash metal. Once upon a time people might have called this "crossover," but at this point it seems like the hardcore-metal Venn diagram looks more like a single circle than ever before, at least in America, so perhaps we ought to come up with a term for anything that draws no influence from hardcore at all.They have since made a video for the track "Just To Feel," which premieres in this post. You can check that out, along with the full album stream, below.
At the Mercy of Circumstance doesn't exactly break new ground, but in the course of its brief runtime, it glorifies every front-line technique in modern hardcore, from brief, stringy guitar solos to feedback sequels fueled by pickups that sound as hot as the surface of the sun. It's exactly what I want a record like this to be: nasty, brutish and short. [-Joseph Schafer]
Throaat also have a new EP, Black Speed (which you can stream below), and they have another hometown show on 9/10 at Acheron with Deathhammer, Zemial and Seax (tix).
August 24, 2015
This past Friday, retro riffers The Sword released their new album High Country on Razor & Tie. You can pick it up on iTunes, and we're also giving away an album bundle that features one copy on Double Black Vinyl, on CD copy, and one High Country Album Art T-Shirt. Head below to enter the contest.
Meanwhile, there's some cool metal coming up in NYC sooner than that. This week, the Atlas Moth / Vattnet Viskar tour lands at Saint Vitus on Tuesday (8/25). Tickets are still available. The next day, AC/DC's tour hits NYC-area venue MetLife Stadium (8/26). You can still get tickets for that one too.
Earth's tour with Holy Sons hits NYC on Wednesday (8/26) at LPR with Marc Ribot & Ikue Mori (buy tickets or win them) and Thursday (8/27) at Saint Vitus (sold out). The next night, Vitus hosts So Hideous and Set and Setting (tickets).
Some exciting metal news was announced today too. Candiria are playing their first non-festival NYC show since reuniting. Cavity are playing their first East Coast show in over a decade. And the legendary Pentagram added a second NYC date to their tour.
Enter The Sword contest below...
"Highlights from Afropunk for me so far were @Candiria and ST. Amazing sets" - Eddie Pearson
"Brand new fan of @Candiria @Raury and #Deathgrips !!! Sick! Killed that sh*%! Thank you @afropunk !!!" - Ericca J
"also a thrill to hear @Candiria @afropunk . so much good music. i'm ready to go into the shed. precision, transition, overdrive. #damn" - Jason Moran
Candiria at 2015 Afropunk Fest (photo by Mindy Rubinstein-Rosier)
It's happening! After a six long hiatus, Brooklyn's Candiria have announced a return. For our younger fans, Candiria were incredibly influential in the late 90s, implementing facets of jazz-fusion and rap into their songs. The band members decided to "move on with their lives" a few years ago, with drummer Ken Schalk moving to the other side of the country, but have since started making music again.Metal Injection wrote the above about Brooklyn's genre-defying Candiria last year. The band since played their first NYC reunion show at Black N Blue Bowl in May and then another at Afropunk Festival this past weekend.
Now, Candiria have scheduled their first non-festival hometown show, happening September 27 at Saint Vitus with Netherlands, Go Deep and Primitive Weapons. Tickets are on sale now.
Watch a video of their full Afropunk set, below...
Miami's Cavity, the '90s/early '00s sludge metal band that included future Floor / Torche members Steve Brooks and Juan Montoya and future Black Cobra member Jason Landrian, half-reunited at a Black Cobra show in their hometown last year, and now a full reunion is planned. This lineup won't actually include any of those three members, but it will include Eduardo Alejandro Matus, Daniel Gorostiaga, Rene Barge, Rick Smith (Torche), and Ryan Weinstein (The Cairo Gang and Mikal Cronin's band).
They'll make their first East Coast appearance in over a decade this fall, and it happens at NYC's Saint Vitus on September 25, presented by Noisey. Also on the bill is Genocide Pact and Sunrot. Tickets are on sale now.
Stream a track from 2001's On the Lam, their final album, below...