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November 26, 2014
Metal mag Decibel has published their Top 40 Albums of 2014 list in their newest issue, which you can check out in more detail if you're a subscriber. And thanks to Stereogum who transcribed it, you can also browse the full thing below. Though Decibel have tended to lean towards veterans for their top spot, a much newer band takes the #1 album this year. And if you're into modern metal, their choice is pretty hard to argue. Those big veteran comeback albums show up soon after though, with At the Gates taking #2 and Godflesh coming in at #5. There's plenty more on there too -- see for yourself below.
At the Gates, related band Vallenfyre (#8 on this list), and 2012 winners Converge will head out on the 2015 Decibel tour next year. As discussed, that hits NYC on April 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that one are still available.
Decibel's Top 40 Albums of 2014 below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Curran Reynolds w/ Today is the Day at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Eyehategod/Neurosis/etc-related supergroup Corrections House will kick off their previously-discussed tour with Statiqbloom this weekend. As discussed that tour hits NYC for a sweet show at Saint Vitus on Monday (12/1) with Uniform (ex-The Men, Drunkdriver) and Body Stuff. Tickets for Vitus are still available.
In our initial post, we referred to Body Stuff as a one-man project, and it is indeed the brainchild of local heavy polyglot Curran Reynolds (ex-Today is the Day and much more). Only the live show at Saint Vitus will feature a four-piece lineup including Rush Moody, Ryan Jones and Matt Kepler. Ryan is also ex-TITD and is a member of local rippers Mutilation Rites, who Rush has also joined as a live member. Matt is known for metal-related design projects and also worked at the now-closed Lit Lounge. Body Stuff's self-titled EP, which is streaming below, is a bracing slab of industrially-oriented hardcore, and this band should give it full, brutal expression in a live setting (this is the only show they'll be playing in 2014).
Speaking of Mutilation Rites, they've been added as openers for the previously-discussed Black Breath show happening at Saint Vitus on December 14. Also on that bill is White Widows Pact and Blackest. Tickets are still available. Ryan Jones will also be taking part in the upcoming Brooklyn Rock Lottery on December 6 at Baby's All Right which also includes members of Drive Like Jehu, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Dismemberment Plan, Parquet Courts, and more (tickets).
Meanwhile, Corrections House covered Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer" which premiered over at Noisey. Stream that, with their full list of dates and a stream of the Body Stuff EP, below...
November 25, 2014
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Wrekmeister Harmonies at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Wrekmeister Harmonies, the experimental doom brainchild of Chicago-based performing artist J.R. Robinson, have announced an NYC performance of Robinson's most recent epic Wrekmeister piece, Then It All Came Down, which is based on an interview between Truman Capote and Charles Manson-associate Bobby Beausoleil and was released last month on Thrill Jockey. The show will take place at Brooklyn's Signal Gallery on December 14, and tickets are on sale now.
Wrekmeister Harmonies performances are big events, as they generally feature an impressive visual component and always include an ever-changing cast of a-list heavy avant-garde musicians, and this one is no exception. The live band will feature Dave Pajo (Slint, Tortoise), Emil Amos (Om, Holy Sons), Dylan O'Toole (Indian) and members of Liturgy. Robinson doesn't perform much, and especially not outside of Chicago, another reason that his shows are more art events than your standard touring metal band, so this one should be pretty awesome for those New Yorkers who can catch it.
Before the NYC show, the band also play Chicago on December 6 at Bohemian National Cemetery -- those are their only two dates at the moment. Check videos of Robinson and company performing "You've Always Meant So Much to Me" (via Pit Full of Shit) and "Then it All Came Down" (via unARTigNYC) at Saint Vitus last year, below.
November 20, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Ester Segarra
At the Gates returned a few weeks ago with At War With Reality, the followup to their game-changing melodic death metal classic, 1995's Slaughter of the Soul. Calling it a comeback would be an understatement; it sounds more like they never left. Now they've made a video for one of its tracks "Heroes And Tombs" (dir. Costin Chioreanu) that just premiered over at Noisey. Check it out below.
As discussed, At the Gates are going on the 2015 Decibel Mag tour with Converge and the AtG-related Vallenfyre. That killer triple bill hits NYC on April 12 at Webster Hall. You can still grab tickets.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
New Hampshire screamo group Youth Funeral are putting out a new EP called See You When I See You on January 27 via Twelve Gauge Records, also home of Nervous, No Sir and others. We're premiering the EP's new single "When It Pours."
"When It Pours" is a complex, heavy slab of screamo in the Orchid/Loma Prieta/Deathwish Inc/etc vein. One thing that sticks out about them is the technically proficient instrumentalism. The song moves from section to section seamlessly, starting with grind-y blasts of aggression and moving towards a subtler, more emotive coda. It manages to be technical, emotional, and tightly composed at the same time. The EP was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Will Killingsworth, whose work with Orchid, We Were Skeletons, My Fictions and others proves he knows how to make bands like this sound great in the studio. Here's looking forward to what the rest of the EP sounds like.
Stream "When It Pours" below...
November 19, 2014
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Napalm Death at Knockdown Center (more by Greg Cristman)
Original grind masters Napalm Death are streaming a brand new single from their incredibly named upcoming album Apex Predator - Easy Meat, which is due out on January 27 via Century Media. The song, which debuted over at Decibel, is called "Cesspits," and it's an absolute ripper -- equal parts punishing and complex, rushing through riffs and time signatures with seemingly effortless brutality. If this is any indication, the new record should be killer.
As discussed, Napalm Death are heading out on a huge tour with Voivod, Exhumed, Iron Reagan and Ringworm, among others, in 2015. That beast of a tour hits NYC on February 2 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are still available. Napalm Death are also the 24th greatest metal band of all time according to a Metalsucks poll of experts, narrowly coming out in front of Lamb of God.
Stream the new song below...
By Rob Sperry-Fromm
Occultation at Saint Vitus in 2011 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Old school-style NYC metal crew Occultation (who feature a member of Negative Plane) recently put out a new album, Silence in the Ancestral House, which was produced by the inimitable Kurt Ballou, on Profound Lore. It's an ornate, baroque slab of classic-sounding metal, pulling from the theatrics of Mercyful Fate and the dark witchcraft of late '60s occult rock and early doom. The songs are long, expertly composed, and drenched in reverb, and the skill with which this very specific template is executed makes it pretty much catnip for NWOBHM and doom fans. Give it a listen in full, below.
Occultation play locally a good amount (maybe you caught them at the Cult of Youth release show last week), and they've got two upcoming NYC shows at the moment. First, they'll be playing Palisades on Friday (11/21), where they'll be joined by Kosmodemonic, Mountain God, and Think Tank. Tickets for that show are on sale now. They'll also be playing one of the two YOB shows at Saint Vitus that we've discussed, where they'll be joined on the second night (12/13) by Ecstatic Vision. Tickets for that show are still on sale.
Stream the new LP below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Planning for Burial at Saint Vitus in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
New Jersey's Planning For Burial, who released the excellent Desideratum earlier this year, is heading out on a short run of east coast dates this month into December. He'll be hitting NYC for a show at Grand Victory on November 30, which will feature support from Phily's Psychic Teens (who just put out a new 7"), Street Sects nad Hex Cult. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Planning For Burial also recently released a split with Minnesota goth/post-punk crew Liar In Wait. Planning For Burial's track, "Mischief Night," which you can stream below, is really a continuation of the more accessible flavors of Desideratum, showcasing a strongly developed take on shoegaze and post-rock. Its a legitimately lush, beautiful, enveloping listen. Check it out, with the list of dates, below...
November 18, 2014
Wino with Saint Vitus at Saint Vitus Bar in 2012 (more by Samantha Marble)
As we've discussed, iconic Saint Vitus frontman Scott "Wino" Weinrich was recently deported from Norway for possession of illegal substances during the band's ongoing European tour. The band has continued the tour in Wino's absence, and word subsequently came out that the illegal substance in question was methamphetamine. In the wake of this troubling news, Wino has released an official statement (via Decibel) that discusses the circumstances surrounding the arrest and the fact that he is seeking treatment for addiction. The entire statement is posted below...
Liturgy at Pitchfork Fest 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
As discussed, Swans have upcoming dates including a hometown show in NYC at Warsaw on December 12. Since we last spoke, it's been announced that NYC black metal band Liturgy will open that show, which is a great double bill. Previously, both bands' drummers contributed to this year's Ben Frost album. Tickets for that show are still available. Swans have also added several more tour dates, including many in North America such as the Big Ears Festival. Updated dates are listed below.
Swans are also releasing the "Oxygen" EP next week (11/25) via Young God/Mute which features four alternate versions of that track which appeared on this year's To Be Kind. It includes an edit by Mute founder Daniel Miller, which you can stream below, as well as a live recording from Primavera, an early version recorded by Michael Gira at his house, and an acoustic version.
That song stream and the list of dates below...