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October 21, 2014

Crowbar at Gramercy Theatre in September (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
Crowbar

New Orleans sludge mainstays Crowbar have spent much of 2014 touring behind their excellent new LP Symmetry in Black. Now they've announced yet another tour to go down before the year ends, this time with Unearth and Black Crown Initiate. That tour rolls into NYC on December 8 at Saint Vitus. The Vitus stop (presented by Noisey) will also include a screening of Noisey's 'NOLA' documentary, which was made by former BV writer Fred Pessaro and is really worth checking out. Tickets for that show will go on sale this Friday (10/24) at noon.

Crowbar also just put out a new video for "Symmetry in White" from their new LP, which you can watch below. The final NOLA episode will be revealed soon (UPDATE: It's out now and can be watched below), but 'til then you can watch the latest episode, with the full list of tour dates, also below...

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October 20, 2014

Converge at Decibel's 100 Issues Celebration in 2013 (more by Shaun Regan)
Converge

The always-huge Decibel Magazine tour has been announced for 2015, and this one features At the Gates, Converge (who played the mag's 100-issue celebration last year), and Vallenfyre (mems At the Gates, My Dying Bride, etc), with more openers to be announced. That is an absolutely stacked lineup. The reunited At the Gates are releasing At War With Reality, their first album since 1995, next week. Converge have been playing shows and are working on new material. Vallenfyre are playing Maryland Deathfest. These three bands are all as excellent as they are stylistically distinct, making this a must-catch for the heavier crowd.

The tour will close with an NYC show on April 12 at Webster Hall, for which tickets will be on sale Friday (10/24) at 10 AM.

All dates for the Decibel tour are listed, along with a stream of a new At the Gates song, footage of Vallenfyre's recent set at Obscene Extreme fest, and a cool video of Converge playing live, shot from a go pro camera on drummer Ben Koller's head, below...

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October 17, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

Pharaoh

Pharoah (the NJ sludge band, not the Philly power metal band) have been releasing singles and EPs for a few years now, and they're finally set to release their debut full length, Negative Everything, on Halloween via A389. We've got the premiere of the album's new single, "Dusted," which brings sludge back to its roots of when hardcore bands started learning Black Sabbath riffs. Fans of earlier Neurosis would probably dig this too. Check it out below.

Pharaoh were part of this week's first round lineup announce for their label A389's 11th Anniversary Bash (they played last year too), which also includes Haymaker, Weekend Nachos, Noisem and more. Pharoah will also be on tour with their labelmates Homewrecker this month and next. That tour doesn't hit NYC but will be nearby for a Montclair, NJ show on 11/20 at The Meatlocker with Eternal Sleep and a Long Island show on 11/23 at Even Flow.

All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...

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October 15, 2014

Weekend Nachos at A389 Anniversary 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Weekend Nachos

Hardcore and grind-oriented A389 Recordings have announced the first round of bands for their 11th annual Anniversary Bash, which takes place in Baltimore on January 15-17, 2015. Like in previous years, there are some exciting names booked so far including Haymaker, Weekend Nachos, Ilsa, Castle Freak, Genocide Pact, Pharaoh, Noisem, Sex Prisoner, Starkwather and Ampallang Infection. Many of these bands are on or associated with A389, and almost all of them, with the exception of Castle Freak, Genocide Pact, and Starkwather, played last year's event too. Stay tuned for more announcements, but in the meantime, this is reason enough to get excited.

Last year's A389 Anniversary Bash was co-sponsored by Invisible Oranges and included Systems Overload-era Integrity, Infest, Ringworm and more.

Along with Maryland Death Fest, the A389 Bash is one of at least two killer heavy festivals happening in Baltimore in 2015.

photos by Greg Cristman

King Diamond @ Best Buy Theater - 10/14/14
King Diamond
King Diamond

Watching King Diamond's band as a whole is such an amazing experience and they proved to be without a doubt one of the greatest metal bands around. In the past they just seemed to be great to me but on this night, they were unfuckingbelievable. King Diamond delivered such a solid, precise performance while not losing any kind of fluid feel or passion. Drummer Matt Thompson is without a doubt one of metal's greatest drummers and why he isn't more known in the metal world is something that is beyond me. We really need to work on that.

The guitar team of Andy LaRoque and Mike Wead have solidified themselves as one of my all-time favorite guitar teams as they ripped notes out of the fucking air and at times seemed to telepathically communicate with each other playing so precisely without stepping on each other. I also have to give props to King's lovely wife Livia Zita for doing an amazing job on backing vocals. What I loved so much about this is that in a time where bands are using pre-recorded tracks to duplicate doubled vocals, King Diamond chooses to recreate it live and I consider that way more effective and magical that coping out and using tracks.

King Diamond's setlist pulled from some his most iconic releases such as "Abagail", "Fatal Portrait", and "Them" but "Conspiracy" was the most popular draw boasting five songs including "At the Graves" which I considered to be the absolutely highlight of the night as I nearly threw my fucking back out thrashing around like a spastic child air guitaring and headbanging. No King Diamond show would be complete without a nod to his legendary past band Mercyful Fate and he did so with a one/two punch of "Evil" and the everlasting classic "Come to the Sabbath." I really loved hearing these songs and it reminded me just what a catalyst Mercyful Fate was for the greatness of King Diamond that we were seeing this very night. [The Great Southern Brainfart]

Metal legend King Diamond kicked off his North American tour last week and made his way to NYC for a show at Best Buy Theater last night (10/14) with Jess and the Ancient Ones. The above review is from the tour's first night in Atlanta, and NYC got the same setlist which reached back to the early days of Mercyful Fate all the way up through the newest King Diamond album, 2007's GIve Me Your Soul...Please. King was in his usual black and white face makeup, and sang with his mic was mounted on a cross. The band was backed by light-up crosses, had two staircases on stage, and were caged in by bars for part of their set. Though King didn't have a new album to support on this tour, he has a best-of called Dreams of Horror coming out on November 11 via Metal Blade.

The tour continues in Worcester on Thursday (10/16) and hits Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest next month. Check out more pictures, videos and King Diamond's full setlist from last night, below...

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Cannabis Corpse at Bowery Electric in 2010 (more by Suren Karapetyan)
Cannabis Corpse

Richmond, Virginia death metal and weed-pun purveyors Cannabis Corpse are going on another US tour in November/December with Texas thrash crew Mammoth Grinder. Bassist and studio-mastermind Phil "Landphil" Hall apparently never sleeps, as this comes on the heels of a new Iron Reagan album and an ongoing tour for that band. Not to mention his now-legendary neo-crossover band Municipal Waste recently hit the road as well. Mammoth Grinder are no slouches themselves, as they spent the summer touring with Power Trip, with whom they share a member.

The tour is in support of Cannabis Corpse's excellent full-length From Wisdom to Baked which came out earlier this year, and it will stop in NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on December 19. Tickets for that show are not yet on sale, but they should be up soon via Ticketfly.

All dates listed, along with a stream of From Wisdom to Baked standout "With Their Hash He Will Create," below...

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October 14, 2014

Manilla Road at Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Manilla Road

Classic Kansas power-metal outfit Manilla Road were initially around from the late '70s to the early '90s before going on hiatus, but they picked back up again in 2001 and have been going strong ever since with frontman Mark "The Shark" Shelton as the only constant member. They're on tour overseas right now in support of their latest LP, 2013's Mysterium, and US fans will get their first chance this year to see Mark and company in November. They'll play shows in Chicago and Baltimore before they stop in NYC to play two shows at Saint Vitus on November 22 and 23. The first night they'll be joined by Weed Is Weed and Polygamist (tickets), and the second show will feature support from Brooklyn thrash mainstays Natur and Python (tickets).

Check out a video of Manilla Road playing "Dreams of Eschaton" on TV in 2004, as well as all upcoming tour dates, below...

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Metal Grasshopper

Long in the works, Metal Grasshopper is finally here! Dave Hill (seen recently at a Judas Priest concert) and Phil Anselmo (seen recently in a documentary about New Orleans metal and on a boat with Lemmy) will be posting episodes of their comedy/metal series on YouTube. The first episode is live now! Watch below...

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Russian Circles at Bowery Ballroom in February (more by Di Lynn Ring)
Russian Circles

Post-metallers Russian Circles are going out on a short tour with their Cave In/Converge-related labelmates Mutoid Man this December. The Sargent House acts are playing shows in Cambridge, Philly and a Brooklyn stop on December 11 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale this Friday (10/17) at noon. Details on the Philly show are still TBA. UPDATE: Philly show announced and all dates are listed below.

Look forward to new tracks from Mutoid Man at these shows, they've got a new LP lined up for release next year. In case you missed it when it originally dropped, the band's stellar 2013 debut, Helium Head was just reissued through Sargent House. Russian Circles' last release was 2013's killer Memorial, and they're reissuing their 2006 debut Enter on November 25 (pre-order).

All dates are listed, with streams of Helium Head and Memorial, below...

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October 13, 2014

photos by Mathieu Bredeau

Deicide @ Santos - 10/9/14
Deicide

Deicide, Septicflesh, Abysmal Dawn, Carach Angren, and Inquisition brought their ongoing tour to NYC last week, playing Santos Party House on October 9 (the show had originally been set for Gramercy Theatre but moved to Santos). Pictures of the show are in this post (though we missed Carach Angren). Controversial, inverted crucifix-bearing death metal rippers Deicide are still touring behind their 11th album In the Minds of Evil, which came out last year. Their set had a good chunk of songs from that album and also drew plenty from their vast back-catalogue. The rest of the bands ran the gamut from shiny orchestral Greek death metal (Septicflesh) to controversial USBM (Inquisition).

More pictures (including one of Deicide's setlist) below...

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