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November 24, 2015

photo: Russian Circles at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by Di Lynn Ring)
Russian Circles

Chicago post-metal band Russian Circles are playing a short run of three east coast dates with quality support from Cloakroom and Wildhoney. One show is in Cambridge and the other two are in NYC at Saint Vitus on 1/8 and 1/9. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.

Russian Circles and Cloakroom did a short midwest tour together back in October. Wildhoney just wrapped a tour with La Dispute and Envy, and they released a new EP in October along with playing BV CMJ.

Cloakroom and Wildhoney also have shows without Russian Circles. Check out those dates and a full-set video of Russian Circles from the last time they hit Saint Vitus, in 2014, below...

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November 23, 2015

photo: Phil w/ Down on the Motorhead Cruise in 2014 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)

Phil Anselmo remains up to all kinds of stuff, and hot on the heels of touring with Danzig, covering Celtic Frost, and throwing Housecore Festival in San Antonio, he's announced a new death metal band that he mentioned while talking about his other new band Scour. Said death metal project is called Metatron Nganga and it also features Superjoint's Joey Gonzalez on drums, and apparently they have a bunch of stuff recorded. Hellbound's Jay Gorania says:

I'm not exactly sure what the hell that band name means, but I can assure you that the band is worth listening to if you enjoy dark, heavy music... The songs are mysterious, dark, and, from my vantage point, they are not far removed from the spirit of old Immolation and Incantation, or even Mexico's Shub Niggurath. Metraton Nganga sounds bleak and ominous, evoking the same feelings one might have while hallucinating and staring at some dark illustrations by the likes of Hieronymus Bosch or William Blake. It's thunderous, yet it has a distant, detached dream-like quality. It will be interesting to see how this band develops.
That's all we know for now, but stay tuned to find out more. Also, Phil is working on a new Phillip H. Anselmo and the Illegals album because of course he's not just focusing on one band.

In related news, videos recently surfaced of Superjoint's set at Housecore (via Blabbermouth). Check them out below...

Continue reading "Phil Anselmo starts death metal band, Metatron Nganga; Superjoint played Housecore Horror Fest (watch)"

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

photo: Dave Lombardo w/ Philm at Slaughter By the Water 2012 (more by Taylor Keahey)
Dave Lombardo

Dead Cross is a punk band, first and foremost; they haven't recorded anything yet (bearing in mind that they literally formed a week ago), but according to Lombardo, it's going to be fast, mean, and ugly. "It's just straightforward brutal punk-- metal-esque, but it's definitely not metal. I think it definitely leans more towards the punk style, because I feel that the way things are in the world, a punk attitude is definitely necessary to help you along with the shit that's going on. There's no time to sing "We Are the World," or all this bullshit, we're all pissed right now, and there's no better way to release anger than to be in a punk band and write punk music." [Noisey]
Legendary Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo's band Philm just broke up, and not one to rest on his laurels, it seems Dave has already found a new band. He's formed Dead Cross with The Locust's Justin Pearson, Justin's Retox bandmate Mike Crain and Locust/Head Wound City bandmate Gabe Serbian (who has also drummed for Le Butcherettes and Cattle Decapitation) taking over vocal duties. According to Lombardo, this will be fast, loud punk rock. They don't have any recordings yet, and their first shows will be a couple of LA-area dates in early January.

Pearson, in particular, has been biting off a ton of projects lately, and Dead Cross is sort of a union of several of his other bands with one of the most significant drummers in the history of heavy music, so that's pretty exciting. His weirdo electronic project Planet B just released a new 7", and presumably Dead Cross will soon work on recording some stuff. The man stays busy.

Check out those dates and a sweet Lombardo drum solo below...

Continue reading "ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo forms Dead Cross with members of The Locust & Retox"

photo: 1349 At Gramercy Theatre in February (more by Greg Cristman)

Norwegian black metal heavyweights 1349 have announced a loaded U.S. tour with Brooklyn's Tombs and Pennsylvania grindcore outfit Full of Hell. The "Aural Hellfire" tour will stop off in NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on January 14, and tickets are on sale now. This will mark 1349's second stop at Vitus in less than a year. All dates are listed below.

Full of Hell also have a new 7" called Amber Mote In The Black Vault, and you can stream "Halogen Bulb" off that below. A full-set live video of 1349 at Vitus in 2014 is below too.

Continue reading "1349 announce tour with Tombs & Full of Hell, who have a new 7" (stream, dates)"

photo: Deafheaven at Webster Hall in November (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Are Lamb of God cool now? Their new album got a way higher Pitchfork score than the new Kurt Cobain album. Their upcoming tour already had veteran thrash band Anthrax -- not that it'd be the first time they toured with one of those -- but now it has additional support from two indie-rock-beloved metal bands: Deafheaven and Power Trip.

As mentioned, the tour hits NYC on January 23 at Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available. It also now includes a nearby show at NJ's Starland Ballroom on January 26. Tickets for NJ go on sale Wednesday (11/25) at 10 AM. All dates for this deeply varied bill of multi-generational metal, are listed below.

Lamb of God were one of the several bands who just cancelled their entire European tour in the wake of the Paris attacks. Singer Randy Blythe posted a statement defending their decision to cancel.

Deafheaven just finished a huge tour with Envy and Tribulation, and their great new album just made an appearance in Decibel's top 40.

And Power Trip say they're finally working on a follow-up to 2013's Manifest Decimation.

Check out the tour dates and live videos of Deafheaven and Power Trip below...

Continue reading "Deafheaven and Power Trip added to Lamb of God/Anthrax tour (updated dates)"


Japanese doom/death collossus Coffins are coming stateside for a US tour in early 2016. Most of the dates will be on the west coast with California sludge outfit Noothgrush, but they'll be playing a one-off east coast date in NYC at Saint Vitus on February 15. Noothgrush aren't opening that one (no word yet on who is), and tickets aren't yet on sale but they should be up soon via Ticketfly.

Coffins released a new EP called Craving to Eternal Slumber earlier this year, and they have a split with DC death metal crew Ilsa in the works, which should see release on Relapse in 2016.

Check out all tour dates and stream the EP below...

Continue reading "Coffins announce 2016 US tour (dates & EP stream)"

November 20, 2015

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Cop Metal

In weird news out of Sanford, Florida, a cop named Andrew Ricks was recently fired for joining the death metal band Vital Remains on stage at a recent show for a rendition of "Let the Killing Begin." The cop was on duty, presumably doing security for the show, and was obviously a fan of the band. The fact that he was fired for this is, well, you know, let's just say it seems like cops have been known to keep their jobs after doing far worse (it is also worth noting that this is the same police department that failed to arrest George Zimmerman for the shooting of Trayvon Martin back in 2013). Maybe the Sanford police commissioner has been spending too much time watching videos of Pastor Steven Anderson. Anyway, perhaps he shouldn't have gotten on stage, but this still seems like a pretty cool cop, pulling off the near-impossible task of making cops seem cool in a room full of metalheads.

You can see the video of officer Andrew Ricks rocking out below...

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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Eight Bells

Portland experimental doom trio Eight Bells are preparing a new album called Landless which is out February 12 on Battleground and was produced by the legendary Billy Anderson. They're now streaming the first song from Landless, which is called "Hating." The song plays like a refinement of what Eight Bells did more long-windedly on their last album The Captain's Daughter. There's a classical doom feel to this that's wedded to a modern sense of progressiveness, with reverb-y harmonies and organ melding creating a vivid contrast with the driving, powerful drumming of new member Rae Amitay. It's good stuff, and you can stream it below.

Eight Bells will soon be heading out on that previously-mentioned tour with Voivod and Vektor that hits NYC for a show at Gramercy Theatre on 2/7 (tickets) and then NJ at the Stone Pony on 2/11 (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Rae, the new drummer, is the Chicago-based musician who also drums for Thrawsunblat and fronts the excellent death/grind band Immortal Bird. Immortal Bird released their debut LP Empress/Abcess this year which, if you missed it, is an absolutely vicious series of catchy, grindy rippers. The band wears its influences (as IO notes, Converge and Pig Destroyer come most quickly to mind) proudly, but executes at such a high level that you're too busy headbanging to notice.

Stream the new Eight Bells song (via Noisey) and the Immortal Bird album below...

Continue reading "Eight Bells (now with Immortal Bird singer on drums) share new song, "Hating" (listen)"

photos by Greg Cristman

King Diamond / Exodus
King Diamond

King Diamond and Exodus are in the midst of a three-night run at NYC's Playstation Theater this week (Nov 19-21), where King Diamond is playing their classic album Abigail in full. BV was at the show last night (12/19) and there are pictures of the show in this post.

King Diamond played Abigail as the second half of their set, opening with a mix of songs from other albums, including a couple Mercyful Fate songs and classics like "Halloween" and "Eye of the Witch." Exodus also played a lot of songs from their classic albums like "Blood In Blood Out" and "Bonded By Blood."

The bands will be back tonight and Saturday for two more sold-out shows in Times Square. Check out more pictures from the show and the setlists below...

Continue reading "King Diamond & Exodus began their 3-night run at Playstation Theater (pics & setlists)"

Death Side Bet On The Possibility

First time i heard Death Side was some time during the mid '90s. My friend Gen sent me the Bet On The Possibility LP. Until then i had heard Japanese stuff like GISM, SOB, and Bastard. This was on another level though, and the album seemed to steamroll right over me leaving me with my jaw hanging open. The song writing, the vocals, Chelsea's incredible guitar playing... it all fit so perfectly. And just when i would think "Damn, that was the greatest song i've ever heard", the next song would kick in. This is one of those rare albums where every song just gets better and better right until the amazing epic closing track Crossfire, which veers off into Iron Maiden territory, with Chelsea pulling off incredible metallic riffs and leads like it was nothing. The guy truly was the Adrienne Smith of hardcore. RIP! [Blogged and Quartered]
Almost immediately after G.I.S.M. announced they'd play their first-ever non-Japan show, it was announced that Death Side will play NYC the same weekend. The show's set to happen April 16 at a TBA venue and it's their only North American show.

The Japanese hardcore band's initial run was from 1987 to 1994, and it produced (among other things) the great 1991 album Bet On The Possibility, referenced in the quote above. Stream that album in full, with the NYC show flyer, below...

Continue reading "Death Side playing North American one-off in NYC in 2016"