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February 9, 2016
photos by Greg Cristman
Voivod took their tour with Vektor and Eight Bells through NYC over the weekend, playing Gramercy Theatre on February 7, right in the middle of the Super Bowl. Voivod ripped through a set of both classics and new stuff, including some songs from their upcoming EP Post Society. The openers were well-matched, as Vektor wear their obvious Voivod-influence well, and Eight Bells provide a slowed-down change-up to the proceedings. Additional local support came from Extinction AD.
Check out more pictures of all three bands, including one of Voivod's setlist, below...
photo: Lamb of God at Hammerstein Ballroom in January (more by Nick Karp)
After finishing up their tour with Anthrax, Deafheaven and Power Trip, Lamb of God are heading out on another major tour with very cool openers. They'll be joined by Corrosion of Conformity and Clutch for that run, and they'll be in the NYC-area for a Long Island show at The Paramount on May 17. Tickets go on Citi presale today (2/9) at 2 PM, on LiveNation presale Wednesday (2/10) at 10 AM, and on sale to the general public Friday (2/12) at 10 AM.
Check out those tour dates and music from all three bands below...
photo: Krieg at Knitting Factory in 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Neill Jameson's black metal outfit Krieg is playing some shows in 2016. A full tour hasn't been announced, but we know they're at least playing Baltimore and NYC.
The NYC show happens at Saint Vitus on August 13 with FIN, Angmar, Unholy Spirits and Dumal. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Krieg released their collaboration with The Body late last year. You can stream a track from that below...
photo: Magic Circle at Public Assembly in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Boston doom band Magic Circle are playing some shows here and there in 2016 after releasing the excellent LP Journey Blind in 2015. They'll be in NYC in March playing Saint Vitus on March 11 with support provided by Ecstatic Vision (who also put out a solid album last year), Sanhedrin and Polygamist. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Stream Journey Blind and check out tour dates below...
February 8, 2016
photo: Down at Best Buy Theater in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
The fallout from Phil Anselmo's racist actions at Dimebash continues, and now the French government is getting involved. Down are scheduled to appear at Hellfest in Clisson, France, a huge metal festival which relies on a certain amount of funding from the local government. Now, according to Metal Injection, the government, led by senator Bruno Retailleau who represents the region of the country that hosts Hellfest, are threatening to pull that funding if Down is allowed to stay on the bill, claiming that their presence would constitute a violation of French anti-hate speech laws.
Festival promotor Ben Barbaud has refused to pull Down, offering the following explanation via Le Huffington Post:
Anselmo apologized repeatedly. He even offered to leave the band to do no harm to his comrades, who must also be disgusted with what happens. Everyone agrees that this is unacceptable and that the metal scene is neither racist nor anti-Semitic. I know Phil Anselmo very well, who came many times to Clisson. And I am convinced that his apologies are sincere. Hellfest, we never had this kind of behavior, no one has ever seen or wear distinctive sign or speech, both live and in houses. I deeply believe that he is a good person. He is a provocateur who plays the big guys and loses foot when he's drunk. He made a huge mistake. But people who make populist shortcuts and say horrors when they have three grams of alcohol, one can find many, including Vendee.Barbaud did add that it's still possible Down could cancel the appearance on their own. Stay tuned for any updates.
Meanwhile, Anselmo recently made another public appearance that was maybe (?) intended as an extension of his apology. He joined the black R&B group The A League on stage at the Atlanta karaoke event Scaryokee when they sang Boyz II Men's "End Of The Road." He didn't sing with them (he ended up doing a Smiths song on his own) but he danced and put his arm around the members and led the crowd in cheering for them. Make of it what you will. The video is below.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
We all know that metal-themed holiday sweaters are the best gifts one can give. But in the case of the above Anthrax sweater, which the metal band sold last year, it apparently wasn't band's gift to give. In news that combines three of our favorite things (lawsuits, Jewish holidays and online metal writing), Anthrax are being sued for $1 million by a man, Aaron Cummins, who claims they appropriated the design of his Happy Hanukkah sweater (minus the Anthrax part) he created in 2012. Cummins is also suing Rockabilia (who sold the sweater), and the company that manufactured it, for copyright infringement.
The funny part about this is that sweater design actually came from a joke post on Metal Sucks by writer Axl Rosenberg, who jokingly headlined that the band was selling Hanukkah sweaters and photoshopped an Anthrax logo onto an existing hanukkah sweater. The band actually ended up making and selling some of the sweaters, and he we are. Be careful what you photoshop!
photo: Nails at Saint Vitus in 2015 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
Grindcore monsters Nails don't really tour anymore, but they do have a couple of shows coming up for interested parties. In addition to that previously-announced Decibel show in Philadelphia with Noisem, Horrendous, Misery Index, Dying Fetus and others, they'll be playing on Long Island at Amityville Music Hall on April 15. That show will also include black metal rippers Black Anvil along with Barge and NYC Headhunters. The band is saying that these are their only two East Coast shows coming up any time soon. Tickets for LI are on sale now.
Stream the (great) most recent Nails LP Abandon All Life below...
photo: The Black Dahlia Murder at Best Buy Theater in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Melodic death metal champs The Black Dahlia Murder are heading out on tour in 2016 with support from the tech-death outfit Fallujah and Disentomb. They'll be playing their 2003 debut album Unhallowed in its entirety, and they'll be hitting the NYC-area for a Long Island show at the Amityville Music Hall on April 14 and a Brooklyn show at Knitting Factory on April 16. Ticket for LI and BK go on sale Friday (2/12) at noon and 10 AM, respectively.
All dates are listed, with a stream of Unhallowed, below...
February 5, 2016
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Revocation at Gramercy in 2014 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
As always, the metal and hardcore universe continues to exist unabated. Here's a roundup of some stuff coming up...
There's a bunch of heavy festivals here in the states. Besides the always-great festivals like Maryland Deathfest, there are a few recent metal fests announced that lean more towards mall metal but do have some good stuff. First of all there's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, which goes down in Worcester, MA On April 15-16. This year's lineup includes headliners The Black Dahlia Murder and Killswitch Engage, plus Earth Crisis, Ringworm, Rivers of Nihil, Old Wounds, Fallujah and various others. Tickets are on sale now.
There's also Heavy Montreal for the border-crossing metalheads. That one happens on August 6-7 and involves Mastodon, Ghost, Sabaton, Carcass, Suffocation, Inquisition, Kataklysm, Biohazard, Mantar and again, Killswitch Engage. Tickets are on sale.
Also, in upstate NY, there's Rock'n Derby Festival on May 20-22 with Lamb of God, Megadeth, Clutch, Wolfmother, Wild Throne, Anthrax and Ghost. Not to mention Dokken and Scott Stapp! This fest will also involve a demolition derby and pro wrestling. What are you waiting for? Buy tickets now.
In terms of NYC shows coming up, tech-death monsters Revocation are going on a short run of dates and hitting Saint Vitus on March 17. Support for that has yet to be announced, but tickets for that are on sale now. Dates below.
Old-school evil black metal band Archgoat are touring with Valkyrja, and they'll be stopping in NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on March 20. Tickets for that are on sale now, and you can check out all tour dates below.
Heavy, catchy punks Angel Du$t are playing a few east coast dates with Higher Power and Soft Grip, including NYC at The Acheron on March 18 with support from Liberty. Tickets for that are on sale now, and you can check out those dates below.
There's some new music making the rounds, including a new single from locals Prong. That's called "Cut and Dry," it's from their upcoming album X - No Absolutes, which is out today (2/5) and you can stream it below. The whole album is on Spotify.
San Francisco doom duo Black Cobra have a new album on the way called Imperium Simulacra and they recently debuted the title track. It's a stellar piece of riff-mongering, the likes of which we've come to expect from this band, and you can stream it below. Imperium Simulacra is out February 25 via Season of Mist.
Canadian power-metal band Striker just premiered their incredibly fun new LP Stand in the Fire over at Invisible Oranges. You can stream that ripper below. As always, keep an eye on IO for a steady stream of good metal.
Now on to the reminders. Since we last spoke much has been announced. There's Amon Amarth/Entombed A.D., The Sword/Purson, Dylan Carlson, Weekend Nachos, Kvelertak/Torche/Wild Throne, and Grim Reaper.
And of course there's more. You've got five (five) Killswitch Engage shows, Magrudergrind/Mutilation Rites, Cauldron, Tau Cross, Unearth/Ringworm, Dragged Into Sunlight/Primitive Man/Cult Leader/Churchburn, UXO/Primitive Weapons, Behemoth/Myrkur, Ghost, Cannabis Corpse, Pig Destroyer/Dropdead/Full of Hell, and Whores/Fight Amp.
Also: Dysrhthmia/Artificial Brain, Poison Idea/Child Bite/Iron Reagan AND Poison Idea/Child Bite/Sheer Terror, Rivers of Nihil Krallice/Sabbath Assembly/Gnaw, Coffins/Noisem/Ilsa, Bell Witch/Wrekmeister Harmonies, Black Tusk, Taake, Young and In the Way, Vattnet Viskar, and Bongzilla/Black Cobra.
And, to give you a fourth paragraph of links (because 4th time is the charm), there's Abbath/High on Fire/Skeletonwitch/Tribulation, Abigail Williams/Fleshgod Apocalypse, Melvins/Napalm Death/Melt Banana, Cannibal Corpse/Obituary/Cryptopsy, Voivod/Vektor/Eight Bells, Megadeth/Suicidal Tendencies, Black Sabbath, Slayer/Testament/Carcass, AC/DC, and Iron Maiden.
That about does it. What did we miss? Stream new Black Cobra, Prong, and Striker, and check out the new Conan video below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Recently reformed death/doom band Dream Death were around briefly in the '80s, releasing their 1987 debut Journey Into Mystery and then breaking up in '89. Some of the members continued as Penance, but finally in 2011 they decided to get Dream Death back together and then released their long-awaited second album, Somnium Excessum, in 2013. This year they'll release their third album, Dissemination, on March 4 via Rise Above Records (pre-order). For this one they have the same lineup as Penance did on their 1992 debut, The Road Less Travelled. We've got the premiere of the title track.
"Dissemination" sounds like a bunch of angry old dudes, and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. It's a combative, riffy slab of metal with the sonics and tempo of old-school death metal married to the bluesy genre classicism of doom. It's a crusher, complete with a ripping guitar solo, and you can stream it below.