Recent Posts in metal
April 18, 2014
By Doug Moore
Godflesh at Irving Plaza on 4/10 (more by Greg Cristman)
You've already stopped caring about work for the day. Might as well start sorting out your riff-centric weekend bands. HLD time! Let's knock out the news first.
Noted music writer and general good dude Hank Shteamer is currently running a Kickstarter campaign that intends to reissue a box set of out-of-print albums by the great '90s post-hardcore band Craw. The campaign has four days left and is a ways off from its goal. Pledge here if weird and smart are prereqs for your heavy music library.
Norwegian black metal stalwarts 1349 and NYC sludge supergroup Serpentine Path have both debuted singles from their upcoming albums. Get a piece below.
Local black metal mainstays Mutilation Rites have announced that their new album, entitled Harbinger, will be out this summer via Prosthetic. Antagonistic Floridian tech-grind crew Maruta have also announced plans to record a new album over the summer; Scott Hull of Pig Destroyer will track drums and mix the final product. Maruta will also tour the East Coast around their MDF appearance in May, including a previously-mentioned NYC appearance on May 21 at Saint Vitus alongside Cripple Bastards. The full run of dates are below.
While we're at it, Lord Mantis and Hell Militia have announced a brief tour around their respective Martyrdoom Fest appearances here in NYC in early June. Those dates are below as well.
The Psalm Zero-curated Chaos Bodies local showcase series has announced its next installment, again at Trans Pecos. This one's a doozy: Ocrilim (AKA Mick Barr), Child Abuse, Couch Slut, and Nebadon on April 26 (next Saturday). No presale tix -- $10 at the door.
As for this weekend...
Tonight (4/18): This year's edition of New York's Alright is in full swing, with Inmates, Anasazi, Omegas, Proxy, Warthog, and Mercenary blowing up Le Poisson Rouge (tix). Zyanose, La Misma, Aspects of War, and Life Chain are playing an aftershow at the Acheron that opens its doors at 10pm, but there are no presale tix available. Master are bringing their tour to Saint Vitus, with local support from Insatanity, Fist Hammer, Nervo Chaos, Hate Storm Annihilation, and Netherion (tix). If you wanna get even more old-school than that, you can catch Iced Earth with Sabaton and Revamp for an evening of clean solos and cleaner vocals at Best Buy Theater (tix).
Tomorrow (4/19): New York's Alright continues with Infernöh, Crazy Spirit, Gas Rag, Wiccans, Stoic Violence, and Murderer (tix). The Metal Alliance Tour, featuring Behemoth, Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate, will hit Irving Plaza, though it's sold out.
Sunday (4/20): The entire Metal Alliance lineup sans Behemoth -- that's Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate -- are playing an off-night show at Saint Vitus (tix). Nile are playing a surprisingly under-the-radar show at Stage 48 with Winter Nights, Imperial Crypt, and Sunlord (tix). Somehow, no noteworthy stoner sludge or Christian metal shows were booked for this date.
For more options, check out our NYC Metal Show Calendar. It rules.
Over on Invisible Oranges: we checked out new music by Wrong and Graves at Sea. We chatted with notable metal (and non-metal!) illustrator Randy Ortiz about his craft, and we straight-up chilled with Godflesh at their NYC show for our East Village Radio show -- don't forget to tune in next week at 10pm EST. And, as ever, we ran down all the metal fit to buy.
What'd I miss?
April 17, 2014
By Doug Moore
Randy Ortiz artwork
Last month, we started a new series of interviews over at Invisible Oranges called Graphic Content, in which we talk to metal/hardcore-associated visual artists about their craft. The inaugural edition featured Alex Eckman-Lawn, who's done album covers for the likes of Yakuza, Maruta, Starkweather, and Dim Mak The second edition, which is up today, features Canadian illustrator Randy Ortiz, who's worked with heavy artists like KEN mode, Fuck the Facts, and Intronaut, as well as non-metal artists like Why?.
Here's a snippet of our conversation:
What's the process of working with bands like for you?You can check out more of Ortiz's work on his website; the IO interview showcases some of his best work too.
I find the work that I get now though is when bands come to me, now that I have more of an established career and my work is out there more. When they come to me it gives me that bit of power to be like, hey, you're coming to me for my work because you like my work, so let me do my own thing. Let me listen to your music and I'll come up with ideas. If you have ideas yourself that's cool too; just let me know. More than likely I will not use them because they usually suck -- from my experience anyway, but I'll make my own suggestions and they usually go for it. And like I said, they come to me for my ideas, right? And that's what they're hiring me for so I feel I have a say in that matter.
Are there any trends you're tired of in metal art?
I don't wanna name any artists, but there's a certain artist or two that have seemed to spawn a whole army of duplicate artists that just do the same fucking shit over and over again. I mean, I'm influenced by a lot of artists as well. If you're going to use the same techniques, go for it, but create something new, you know? Something refreshing. Maybe it's 'cause these bands, that's all they want. They want it to look like this other artist.
I think a lot of artists, especially when they're starting out, they don't realize that you have the option to do your own thing, to be your own creative thing. You don't have to copy other people to be successful. But I feel that's what a lot of people are doing, they're just copying and riding the coattails of these other artists who were first doing it in the beginning, you know? I just wish people would just be more creative. I dunno. Maybe I'm just an asshole but that's just how I feel.
Speaking of Fuck the Facts & KEN mode: the former are currently touring the Midwest and Canada; they're playing Chicago tonight (4/17). You can check out their full set of dates below. Meanwhile, KEN mode were just announced as part of the 2014 Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC; they also recently recorded a BBC Radio 1 live session, which is still available for streaming -- you can check it out below.
Check out those Fuck the Facts dates below as well.
by Doug Moore
Jucifer at Acheron, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
ALWAYS ON TOUR!!!! january to december every year!!RV-bound sludge duo Jucifer really are on tour pretty much perpetually -- check their website's show history page and prepare to scroll for about 5 minutes before you even reach the end of 2013. The band currently have a few Ohio dates scheduled to round out the month of April, followed by an appearance at the UK's Temples Music Fest in early May.
The month that follows is uncharacteristically quiet for them -- they currently don't have any further live appearances announced until June 6, when they'll hit NYC for a show at The Acheron alongside Cleanteeth & Mammal. Tickets for the NYC show are available now. No further dates announced yet, but as long as this band exists, it's a given that they're planning more appearances.
Check out the list of Jucifer's announced dates and stream their latest album (which is conveniently titled за волгой для нас земли нет) below...
April 16, 2014
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Motörhead / Chance the Rapper / Little Dragon / Toy Dolls
However, Sunday's lineup thankfully featured some guitar-brandishing acts, besides Motörhead, who proved that rock is not dead at Coachella -- or in general. For instance, British punk veterans the Toy Dolls pulled a respectable crowd to the Mojave Tent (opposite the very different Calvin Harris's set) and kept a proper counter-clockwise, Doc-Martens-kicking-up-dust slam pit going at full churn throughout their high-energy performance. "Do you think I'm getting too old for this?" spiky-haired frontman Michael "Olga" Algar asked the crowd. It was likely a rhetorical question, but fans ceased their slam-dancing just long enough to shout back, "Noooooo!" - [Yahoo! Music]The first weekend of Coachella 2014 wrapped up Sunday night (4/13) with dance music and Arcade Fire, but there was lots of other stuff going on too. Motörhead, with Lemmy back in action after some health issues, was there to show them how it's done and brought out Slash for a few songs; punk pranksters Toy Dolls and indie rock vets Superchunk both played a high energy set that would tire bands 20 years their junior; and Chicago's Chance the Rapper brought out, um, Justin Beiber.
There were also Swedish pop charmers Little Dragon, Australia's very talented Courtney Barnett, photoshy North Carolinians Neutral Milk Hotel, industrial-techno outfit Factory Floor, and lots lots more. Pictures from Coachella weekend 1, day 3 are in this post.
Stoner rock vets Clutch released their newest album, Earth Rocker, last year, and on June 10 they're giving it a triple deluxe reissue via Weathermaker Music. The new version includes the full album plus new songs "Night Hag" and "Scavengers," an "Earth Rocker Live" CD of the album being performed live, and a "Live In Denver" DVD of the band's 11/14/13 show at Ogden Theatre. We're premiering a clip of the band playing Earth Rocker track "D.C. Sound Attack!" from the DVD in this post.
The album can be pre-ordered here. Watch DC-area band frontman Neil Fallon perform "D.C. Sound Attack!" in a D.C. 9:30 Club shirt below...
Agalloch (more by Wyatt Marshall)
We also have a pair of tickets to giveaway. Details on how to enter below...
April 15, 2014
by Doug Moore
The Spanish technical death metal band Wormed released one of my favorite metal albums of 2013 in their wackadoo sophomore effort Exodromos. When I came across Wrong -- a black metal side project featuring Wormed burp/squealer Phlegeton -- I jumped at the chance to check out their sophomore album, the rather ESL-sounding Pessimistic Outcomes.
The album comes out on April 22 via Xtreem Music, and we just premiered a full stream of it over at Invisible Oranges today. Like Wormed, Wrong tend towards the theatrical, but that's pretty much where the similarities end; Wrong play a restrained and decidedly morose version of BM that has little in common with Wormed's off-the-wall insanity. From our IO writeup:
Phlegeton's delivery in Wormed boils down to an array of squeals, burps, and chirps -- it works great over technical death metal, but is almost singularly ill-suited to mopey black metal. He's a talented vocalist and I expected him to modify his delivery, but perhaps not this much. The guttural component of his voice is almost completely absent here, replaced by a thoroughly effects-bathed range of washy sighs and shrieks that's heavily reminiscent of Wrest's delivery on the last couple of Leviathan records. His work here is a novel match for this otherwise conservative strain of black metal, and the album benefits considerably from it.You can stream Pessimistic Outcomes in full below...
By Doug Moore
Agalloch at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 2012 (more by Wyatt Marshall)
Okay, so this is kinda huge: post-black metal heroes Agalloch are going on tour and Invisible Oranges is pleased to present the NYC show at Irving Plaza on June 30, with support from proto-doomsters Jex Thoth. Agalloch's new album The Serpent & The Sphere is already generating a lot of AOTY talk even a full month before its 5/13 release date, so you know this is gonna be a total blowout. All dates are listed below.
If you want to be present for said blowout in NY: an IO presale will start on Ticketmaster tomorrow (4/16) at 10am. It'll require a password for purchase; check the corresponding IO post tomorrow morning to find it. The presale will end on Thursday at 10pm, and the general sale will begin at the same link on Friday.
Prepare yourselves. Jex Thoth and Agalloch, who were recently added to Maryland Deathfest, will both be touring in the weeks before this show; their itineraries (and some recent music from each) are below.
April 14, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
Behexen (photo via their Facebook)
Sargeist and Behexen are two of the filthiest and best black metal bands out of Finland, and both are making it over to the US for dates surrounding the Martyrdoom Festival at Saint Vitus (6/27-7/1). You may notice that the tour dates, below, roughly line up --- the two bands are closely related and share a couple of members, including guitarist Shatraug. Though it's basically one tour, there are no dates where both bands play, though. If you're along the route, these are tours not to miss, as you may not get the chance to catch the two bands soon after.
Sargeist's excellent new album, Feeding the Crawling Shadows, recently came out --- stream a track below.
In related news, the noisy Philadelphia black metal crew Hexer were just added to Martyrdoom, and there have been a couple of other lineup shuffles in the past few weeks, so be sure to check out the current schedule below.
All dates, current Martyrdoom schedule, and stream below...
words and photos by Joshua Ford
Upon his return home to Paris after the 2014 Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN (and after touching down on four continents in just four weeks, a NYC show at Baby's All Right included), Stephen O'Malley of Sunn O))), Nazoranai and countless other projects, graciously took some time to discuss his three performances at this exceptional U.S. festival with Joshua Ford.
Friday's lineup at Big Ears had O'Malley performing a solo set, focused on the volume/tone/drone aspects of his body of work most commonly associated with Sunn O))). On Saturday the festival reached critical mass at one o'clock am with O'Malley, Oren Ambarchi and Keiji Haino performing a smoldering improvisational set as Nazoranai (who play the Wick in Brooklyn on May 21). A scant nine hours later, at noon on Sunday, O'Malley and Ambarchi switched gears and performed two written compositions by modern composers Alvin Lucier and Iancu Dumitrescu.
FORD: How did your involvement with Big Ears come about? Was it the plan from square one to have you be involved in that capacity, on multiple days, and have you play three sets?
SOMA: We got an offer for Nazoranai to play, but at the time we didn't have any other things going on in the states, so it would have been very expensive to fly everyone over. I'm American but I live in Paris; flying myself from Europe, Mr. Haino from Japan and Oren from Australia to play one show is pretty expensive. You know, it's to the advantage of the festival to try and get more out of it. We all play in different formations, we're up for that, and it gives a chance to stay for the weekend. It kind of blossomed from there, and I'm really glad that happened.