Recent Posts in metal
October 8, 2015
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Two very busy heavy music acts, Phil Anselmo and Child Bite have managed to find time to record a cover of Celtic Frost's classic To Mega Therion track "The Usurper." The cover is from an upcoming Celtic Frost tribute compilation called Morbid Tales! (what a title). It's about as weird as you would expect from this combination. It's got Child Bite's hardcore take on the material, but it features some seriously bizarre vocal mixing choices that place this squarely in the realm of "music that sounds like it was recorded for an Adult Swim show." Which is basically what I would hope for and imagine if I heard that Child Bite and Phil Anselmo were covering a Celtic Frost song.
The rest of the tribute album features bands like Acid Witch, Municipal Waste, Hayward ft Scott Kelly and Jason Roeder of Neurosis, and many others. You can pre-order the vinyl over at Corpse Flower records. The LP is being released in conjunction with an illustrated tribute book about Celtic Frost, which features writing from even more significant metal people like the aforementioned Scott Kelly, Tomas Lindberg (At the Gates), Ivar Bjornson (Enslaved), Shane Embury (Napalm Death), Joel Grind, Fenriz, Attila Csihar, and others. You can pre-order that at the same site.
As noted, both Child Bite and Phil Anselmo are very busy. Both will be playing Anselmo's Housecore Horror Fest, and then Child Bite are touring with both KEN mode and Negative Approach, both of which will take them through NYC for shows at The Acheron on 10/9 and 11/29, respectively (tickets).
Anselmo will be playing Housecore with his band Superjoint, who are also going on tour with Danzig, including a stop at the newly-christened Playstation Theater on 10/21 (tickets). Anselmo's also started a new band called Scour with members of Pig Destroyer and Cattle Decapitation.
Meanwhile, Danzig's "Blackest of the Black" tour is underway, and Danzig apparently delivered a set that was both "cordial" and "ferocious" at Stubb's in Austin during ACL weekend"
For a certain portion of Austinites, Danzig front man Glenn Danzig will forever be associated with his 2011 debacle at Fun Fun Fun Fest, where he threw what has been described as the mother of all rock star tantrums, taking the stage close to an hour late and trying to incite a riot when his set was cut short by the fest's noise curfew.Skeletons is out on November 27 on Evilive and in addition to Elvis and Sabbath covers, will feature songs by Aerosmith, ZZ Top, and the Everly Brothers, among others.
He's been back to Austin at least once since then without incident and on Monday night could not have been more cordial - there's a weird adjective for a metal singer - or professional for the 90 thunderous minutes he and his three-piece backing band were on stage.
The beginning of that set started a bit shaky, as the singer's vocals sounded weak on opening songs such as "SkinCarver" and "Hammer Of The Gods." This was worrying since Danzig's bellowing screams are pretty much the main attraction live, though the blazing guitar work of longtime band guitarist and Prong member Tommy Victor was superb throughout.
Somewhere around the 15-minute mark, however, the singer found his voice and was a peak performer for the duration, leaning into the lines of "How The Gods Kill" and covers of Elvis Presley and Black Sabbath tunes that are part of the band's forthcoming "Skeletons" covers album. [Austin 360]
Check out that Celtic Frost cover, some of those Danzig covers (recorded live), and all dates for Child Bite, below...
October 7, 2015
photo: Jim Konya with Nunslaughter at the Acheron in 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Sad news out of Cleveland today, as Jim Konya, (aka Jim Sadist, Jim Satanic, Lord Mazillion, other wonderful alter egos), drummer of numerous Cleveland metal acts like Nunslaughter and Schnauzer has passed away following a stroke suffered three weeks ago:
"A lot of people think of him as some crazy heavy-metal badass in satanic rock band T-shirts," says Bill Peters, a heavy-metal DJ at WJCU 88.7/FM who befriended Konya when he would call in to the radio station to make song requests. "But the Jim I know is the kind of person who would offer rides to strangers at the end of the night - a good person and very giving." - [cleveland.com]The Cleveland music community had rallied together to try and raise money to help support Jim in the wake of his medical problems. The memorial page on Facebook where friends and fans are posting memories of Jim is a great testament to the impact he had on the Cleveland scene and heavy music in general.
Rest in Peace Jim. Watch a video of Nunslaughter playing at Obscene Extreme Fest last year below.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Kowloon Walled City at Cake Shop in 2010 (more by Justin Tyler)
That sense of being packed into a city definitely had an influence on me personally. I don't dislike that feeling, but I was aware of it and I know it seeped into our lyrics. And lyrically things are a little different this time around, so maybe that's partly why. As for the space in the music, the more that we've explored that, the more it's spoken to us. It feels like we are figuring out the band that we're supposed to be. I can definitely hear that happening on Container Ships, especially compared to our previous record, Gambling on the Richter Scale, which was super blown out and aggressive and dense. I can totally draw a line from our first EP to this record as far as slowly firing ourselves into orbit. [Noisey]Bummed-out sludge greats Kowloon Walled City are streaming their new album Grievances, which is out on October 9th on Neurot. That quote above is from an interview that Kowloon guitarist/vocalist Scott Evans just did with Converge guitarist and metal mega-producer Kurt Ballou. The whole thing is worth a read, especially for the true gear-heads out there; the two producers get way into the recording techniques used for the record, and its pretty fascinating.
As for Grievances, its a compelling new direction for KWC. Using a raw, newly clean-sounding guitar sound, these songs really breathe. There's such a strong command of dynamics, such directness in the way the band delivers emotional content, that the album feels like the most refined possible expression of what they've always done. Listen below.
Kowloon Walled City are heading out on a quick west coast tour with Fight Amp. Those dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
Mammoth Storm isn't quite what we got with Joaquin last weekend (at least not here in NYC), but it is the very appropriate name of Draconian guitarist Daniel Arvidsson's new-ish band. The Swedish doomers known as Mammoth Storm will release their first full length, Fornjot, on November 6 via Napalm Records (pre-order) and we've got the premiere of the lyric video for the title track. It's a slab of thick, de-tuned, badass riffs and Arvidsson's gruff vocals that maybe have just a bit of Neurosis influence. Listen below.
October 6, 2015
We're still a few weeks away from getting Anareta, the third album from death metal band Horrendous, and today we premiered a new song from it over at Invisible Oranges. It's called "Ozymandias" and IO editor Joseph Schafer writes:
A love letter to the final four albums by Death--my personal favorites in Chuck Schuldiner's output--the record showcases an advanced control of rhythmic push and pull. My Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor of tens peaks about how controlling a person's center of gravity gives one control over that person's whole body; it is the same with music. Horrendous own the rhythm, so they own your head and the way it will bang.Anareta drops 10/30 via Dark Descent. Dig into the new track below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Philly grindcore band Die Choking will follow the I and II EPs with their new album III digitally this week and physically on 10/23 via The Compound. The 14-minute full-length has the requisite fury and brevity that one looks for in a good slice of grindcore, but Die Choking manage to cover a lot of sonic ground. The production is richer and more textured than your typical grind album; "Bastard of Hyperion" has a section that practically counts as psychedelic given what comes before and after, and "Dead Figureheads" takes a legitimate stab at melody before the blast-beats kick in. And of course the riffs crush. If grindcore is your bag, this one is very worth checking out. Listen below (via Stereogum).
Die Choking are heading out on tour in support of III later in October. That will include a stop in NYC where they'll play Saint Vitus on November 15 with Carved Up, Spotlights and Godmaker. Tickets for that show will be available soon via Ticketfly.
Album stream and tour dates below...
"We're sitting on a fucking monster, man," says legendary Killing Joke frontman Jaz Coleman from somewhere in Europe. While musicians tend to boast around new albums, Coleman and his bandmates (guitarist Geordie, bassist Youth and drummer Paul Ferguson) - the original lineup that recorded the first Killing Joke album - continue to back big proclamations with albums befitting of their nearly four-decade history. Pylon, due October 23, is no exception; it builds on the Killing Joke legacy of beauty meeting anger meeting mysticism. The band was so inspired that they wrote 15 tracks; five were moved to a bonus disc but Coleman insists they are part of the album, not an afterthought. Killing Joke plans to return to the United States for their first tour in three years this coming January. Coleman talked to us about Pylon, technocracy and the power of human connection.
BV: It's not that I didn't enjoy the last record (MMXII), but Pylon seems to have a greater sense of urgency like your comeback record more than 10 years ago. Did you feel a greater sense of urgency?
Coleman: That's an interesting analogy to the 2003 record. But yes, it felt like a similar sort of cycle, especially because we put Paul's drums on last like we did with Dave (Grohl's) drums. I've had a fucking bleak year. When you are in your 50s, people die around you. One of those deaths was a suicide close to my family. I don't know why Killing Joke recordings need to be traumatic, but they always are. The background to this record is a year of austerity. When you don't do concerts, you don't earn a great deal of money. I've also been going to Russia to work with the St. Petersburg Orchestra. That's a different kind of bleakness. So it's been a dark year, especially observing what's going on in the world. It's hard not to get depressed and sometimes the only thing that lifts me is seeing the guys from the band. We use music as a way to process everything in the world.
I do think we did this album the right way. Youth would come in every few weeks and work with Geordie and me. When I start a piece of work, I always share a theme with Paul and then he goes and writes. Then, I try to synthesize. Paul has this quality - this ability to write the same way I do.
October 5, 2015
While Cronos still leads his version of Venom, who will play FFF 2015 (their only US show of the year) and MDF 2016, fellow "classic era" members Mantas and Abaddon now have their own version of the band called Venom Inc.. That band have announced they will tour North America this fall with death metal pioneers Necrophagia.
The tour will stop in NYC for a show at The Marlin Room at Webster Hall on November 14. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon.
All dates are listed, with recent live videos from both bands, below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Polish black metal greats Mgla have a new album out now. Its called Exercises In Futility and it's a ripper, brutal and surprisingly catchy in equal measure. Stream it below.
Mgla will be going on a US tour in November that includes two days of NYC's Martyrdoom Festival, which goes from November 6 - 10 at Saint Vitus. All Mgla dates are listed below
The first Martyrdoom show they play is 11/6 with Necrophobic, Kommandant, Paroxsihzem and Vorde. Then they play the 11/8 show with their tourmates Mortuary Drape and Sangus, plus Demonomancy, Black Anvil and Phobocosm. The 11/6 show is sold out, but tickets for all other Martyrdoom shows (including the pre-party at Acheron) are still available.
Check out the full Martyrdoom schedule, with Mgla's tour dates and album stream, below...
October 2, 2015
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Aevangelist at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Caroline Harrison)
As always, there's a ton of metal happening right under everyone's nose, so now that it's October, let's round up some of the scary stuff. Over at Invisible Oranges, you can find a bunch of it, like this just-premiered new album by Aevangelist, Enthrall to the Void of Death, which is being released on 20 Buck Spin. Its an atmospheric, knotty, potentially overwhelming piece of death metal. It showcases enough reverb to choke a horse, and it is streaming below. Aevangelist don't have tour dates as of yet, but they are playing California Deathfest in Oakland on October 10 (we'll talk more about this later).
IO is also streaming the new album from Seattle's Serial Hawk, which is called Searching For Light. It's a groovy hunk of doom metal with a strong Om bent reflected in its bass playing that I would definitely recommend. Serial Hawk are currently on tour and will be playing NYC on October 11 at The Acheron, where they'll open for Jucifer along with It's Not Night: It's Space. Tickets for that show are on sale now. LP stream below.
This is but the tip of the iceberg on IO. Today editor Joseph Schafer published his editor's picks for September, which include a lengthy and fascinating consideration of the new Pope Francis jam, and are generally a great way to find under-the-radar metal (the new Dalla Nebbia LP, in particular, is an absolute gem). Along the lines of obscure gems, IO also recently published a Three part series on the history of South Korean heavy metal and hardcore punk, which is likewise fascinating stuff and is basically the definition of "worth a read."
IO writers also make a habit of appreciating classic albums when the occasion of an anniversary arises. On the main page alone, there are great re-assessments and celebrations of Judas Priest's now 25-year-old Painkiller, Obituary's equivalently-aged death metal masterpiece Nola, now a member of the two-decade club.
Speaking of Down, member Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror festival is coming up. Mor than on a minute, but first some other exciting fall and winter metal festivals that are on the horizon. This weekend (October 3-4), Saint Vitus will play host to the 3rd annual NY Deathfest. The lineup features Ringworm, Gutalax, Disgorgement, Soils of Fate, Dead Infection, and many more. You can get tickets here.
For you west-coast deathfest enthusiasts, Oakland will be the site of this year's California Deathfest on October 9-11, which features not only Aevangelist but also a bunch of amazing bands like Noothgrush, Infest, Ghoul, Impaled, Autopsy, Lycus, Loss, Bolzer, and Immolation. Three-day passes and Saturday tickets (which, sadly, is Autopsy day) are sold out, but you can still get tickets for Friday and Sunday now.
November brings Martyrdoom to Saint Vitus. We've already discussed this, but consider this a reminder that the lineup is top-shelf (Necrophobic, Kommandant, Black Anvil, Blood Incantation, Bell Witch, etc.) and that tickets are on sale now.
And to finally bring things back to Anselmo, the Pantera/Down/Superjoint mastermind's own Housecore Horror Festival looms on the horizon. It takes place in San Antonio at The Aztec Theater On November 12-15, with a horrifyingly good lineup that has added King Diamond, Exodus and Claudio Simonetta's Goblin (who will be live-scoring Dawn of the Dead, which, yes please) to the already stacked roster of Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Eyehategod, Zombi, Crowbar, Corrosion of Conformity, Yob, Negative Approach, Nails, Ghoul, Cripple Bastards, and many more. On top of all this there is a "second stage" that appears in very small font on the flyer but will include excellent bands like Black Breath (whose Slaves Beyond Death also premiered at IO and is an early contender for metal album of the year), War Master, Disfigured, Aggravator and more. Tickets for the whole thing are on sale now.
There are also a whole bunch of great tours coming through NYC in the next month, most of which we've discussed already. KEN mode bring their tour with Child Bite behind their not-quite metal album Success to bear on NYC, playing the Acheron on October 9 (tickets). And later, Extortion and Full of Hell bring their tour to The Acheron on October 17 for a midnight show (tickets).
Over at Saint Vitus, tours will be welcomed from the likes of Goatsnake, whose new album is great and who will play NYC on October 15 with BIG/BRAVE and YDI (tickets). On October 21 the stacked tour of Kylesa, Inter Arma and Indian Handcrafts will weigh in (tickets). And then, on October 22, Bongzilla! (tickets).
Below, you can find streams for Aevangelist and Serial Hawk, as well as the full lineup for NY Deathfest and an updated lineup for Housecore.