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March 4, 2015

photos by Mathieu Bredeau

"Risked life and limb to get to the #Nails gig at St Vitus tonight.
No surprise, it was worth it." - Ivan BlackNBlue


Metallic hardcore ragers Nails are off to tour Europe, but before leaving, the California band stopped in NYC for a one-off at Saint Vitus last night (3/3). Local support came from two Long Island hardcore bands: Incendiary and Deathcycle. More pictures of all three bands below...

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Water Torture in Germany in 2014
Water Torture

Buffalo, NY's two bassist, one drummer powerviolence trio Water Torture are on this year's Maryland Deathfest (browse the schedule), but ahead of that, they'll play NYC twice. The first is a headlining show at Saint Vitus on April 19 with Beefrot, Huldra, Nerve Shatter and Leather Lung, which they say will be the first show with their new drummer (tickets). After that, they'll return to the same venue to open the Saint Vitus (5/16) stop of the Full of Hell / The Body tour (tickets).

The only other date we're currently aware of is a Cambridge show in May. Full tour schedule, and a stream of last year's Pillbox LP, below...

Continue reading "Water Torture playing shows before MDF (one with Full of Hell and The Body)"

photo: Portal at Knitting Factory in 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)

Australian death metallers Portal are coming over to the US for Maryland Deathfest in May, and not long after that they'll play an MDF-presented NYC show on May 27 at Saint Vitus with MDF-mates and related band Impetuous Ritual, plus Negative Plane. Tickets are on sale now. It's their only other US date we're currently aware of.

Since we last spoke, there's been some lineup updates to MDF. The day-by-day schedules can be viewed below and they include new additions Gnaw Their Tongues (also playing Apex Fest at NYC's Trans-Pecos and California Deathfest) and Blood Red Throne. Those are in place of Dragged Into Sunlight and Metal Church, who both dropped off. Certain shows are sold out, but all available ticket options are HERE.

Continue reading "Portal playing NYC w/ Impetuous Ritual after Maryland Death Fest, which added Gnaw Their Tongues & Blood Red Throne"


The BrooklynVegan-presented Pixies, TV on the Radio and John Grant show in NJ goes on BV presale today. Pixies also have NYC shows just with John Grant, and TVTOR has one with Bo Ningen.

Tickets for the Buzzcocks shows at Irving Plaza and NJ's Stone Pony are still on BV presale (password: theBVway), and a Live Nation presale starts today at 10 AM too.

Tickets for the Madonna shows at MSG and Barclays go on Citi cardmember presale today at 10 AM.

The current lineup of Sepultura (which we aren't the fondest of) play Marlin Room at Webster Hall on May 30 with Destruction, Arsis, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, and Starkill. Tickets are on sale now.

Tickets for the Modest Mouse show at Prospect Park go on AmEx, Ticketmaster, and Celebrate Brooklyn presales today at noon. No presale for the Webster Hall shows.

Tickets for the second Purity Ring, Braids and Born Gold show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets for night 1 (same link) are still available.

Tickets for the Joey Bada$$ show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead show at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Iceage show with Low Life and Amen Dunes at 315 Ten Eyck go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Meatmen show at Saint Vitus are on sale now.

Tickets to see Pissed Jeans at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

Tanlines are playing Bowery Ballroom on May 14. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on sale date Friday (3/6).

A mostly death/doom show with Father Befouled, Encoffination, Ghoulgotha and Martyrvore goes down April 4 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are on sale now.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

March 3, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Sannhet at Saint Vitus last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Brooklyn post-metal trio Sannhet's new album Revisionist is out today (3/3) on The Flenser, and they've announced a release show for it happening March 27 at Saint Vitus (where they just opened for This Will Destroy You) with Kayo Dot. Tickets are on sale now. After that, they'll tour with Liturgy. Updated dates are listed below.

In related news, Sannhet drummer Christopher Todd is also in a new band with members of Orchid, Made Out of Babies and others called Low Estate. They recently put out the Blood Horizon EP with six tracks of genre-crossing heavy music, and you can stream that below. You can also download it (name your price) on bandcamp.

Speaking of Kayo Dot, frontman Toby Driver has an upcoming Stone residency that will include full Kayo Dot album sets, plus sets from his bands Maudlin of the Well, Tarter Lamb, and more.

List of Sannhet dates, their album stream, and the Low Estate EP stream, below...

Continue reading "Sannhet schedule LP release show w/ Kayo Dot; drummer in Low Estate with mems of Orchid & Made Out of Babies (listen)"


Via press release:

In celebration of Record Store Day, on April 18th, Metallica will release No Life 'til Leather as a limited edition cassette. The seven tracks were recorded in 1982 in Tustin, CA by the band's original lineup of James Hetfield: lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Lars Ulrich: drums, Dave Mustaine: lead guitar, and Ron McGovney: bass. Straight from the archives, the original source material has been re-mastered to maximize the sound potential for 2015 without altering the original mixes. No Life 'til Leather will be available for purchase at your favorite local record store and on Metallica.Com. The collection has never been available commercially until now. See below for the complete tracklisting.

A note from Metallica:

This year we decided to celebrate Record Store Day with our friends at independent retail by taking a huge leap back in time to our humble beginnings with that little rectangle of plastic known as the "demo tape." In 1982 we recorded seven songs that became our initial calling card known as No Life 'til Leather and it led us to our first record deal . . . the rest, as you some of you may know, is history! We hope you enjoy this little walk down memory lane with us and that you will continue to join us in supporting independent record stores around the world.

Look for expanded versions coming on CD, vinyl and a collector's set sometime this summer.
Slayer have a Record Store Day release coming too. Tracklist below...

Continue reading "Metallica releasing 1982 demo on cassette for RSD15"

March 2, 2015

by Andrew Sacher


Italian doom greats Ufomammut announced they'd release their seventh album, Ecate, on March 31 via Neurot, and they've now put out a new single "Plouton." Like on previous standout tracks, the vocals are pretty melodic for how throat-shredding the screams are, and the music is fleshed out with trippy swirling layers that suggest an equal love for '60s psychedelia and modern doom. Check it out below, via Noisey.

As mentioned, Ufomammut are going on their first-ever North American tour with support from Portland's Relapse-signed doomers Usnea. The tour hits NYC on May 19 at Saint Vitus, and tickets for that show are still available.

Continue reading "Ufomammut share "Plouton" from new album (listen)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

TWDY / Sannhet / Planning for Burial @ Saint Vitus - 2/27/15
This Will Destroy You
Planning for Burial

Post rockers This Will Destroy You played a BrooklynVegan-presented two-night stand at Saint Vitus on Thursday (2/26) and Friday (2/27) with different openers each night. The first had their collaborator Christopher Tignor and local atmospheric metal band So Hideous, and the second had the gloomy Planning for Burial and local instrumental post-metal band Sannhet. The pictures in this post are of night 2.

Planning for Burial's set sounded a little less consistent than his recent album, as he was doing everything with a loop pedal and drum machine which just didn't fully capture what makes the album so great. But there was no denying the power of the raw, cathartic ending which had him screaming into the air without a mic.

Sannhet, whose new album Revisionist comes out this week on The Flenser (same label as PfB) and had hit the web a few days prior to the show, sounded huge. Though atmospheric black and sludge metal are influences, their approach to instrumental rock is not too unlike TWDY's and the pairing of the two of them was perfect. Sannet makes music that overwhelms you, and as good as their albums may be, there's nothing like standing in front of the band with their wall of sound towering over you.

In comparison, This Will Destroy You played a much softer set, but still the kind with the ability to mesmerize. They opened with a newer one, but then took it right back to old favorite "A Three-Legged Workhorse" which really set the mood for the set. While Sannhet's light show makes them a sight to see, TWDY is the kind of thing you want to close your eyes to. The minimal stage show feels intentional -- one member even plays sitting down.

More pictures below...

Continue reading "This Will Destroy You played two nights at Saint Vitus (pics from night 2 with Sannhet & Planning for Burial)"

February 27, 2015

photo: Motor Sister @ Saint Vitus - 2/12/15 (photo by Jason Donnelly)
Motor Sister

Motor Sister -- the new band of Mother Superior's Jim Wilson, Anthrax's Scott Ian, Scott's wife and Jim's past collaborator Pearl Aday, Joey Vera (briefly also of Anthrax), and John Tempesta (ex-Exodus, Testament, currently of The Cult) -- are just over a week away from releasing their debut album, Ride (due 3/10 via Metal Blade), and it's now streaming in full via AllMusic. Listen below.

Motor Sister were also just in NYC, playing Saint Vitus on February 12. Anyone go to that show? How were they? If you missed it, or just want to relive it, check out two videos from the show below.

Scott Ian wasn't the only '80s thrash veteran to play Vitus this month. Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo played on 2/23 with his band Philm. Philm's tour hits NYC again on Monday (3/2) at The Stone. Slayer without Lombardo is touring this year too, and Motor Sister drummer John Tempesta's two former bands Testament and Exodus are touring together. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt is also a current member of Slayer.

Motor Sister are also now labelmates with two former Megadeth members, Chris Broderick (guitar from 2008-2014) and Shawn Drover (drums from 2004-2014). The two recently teamed up with Henry Derek (ex-Scar The Martyr) on vocals and Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) on bass to form the band Act of Defiance, who will have their debut album out on the label this summer. If you're at all curious what that might sound like, you can watch a teaser video below.

Meanwhile, if you were wondering what Dave Mustaine does for fun, why, he plays Metallica songs of course! Metallica also have dates coming up this year, including headlining Brazil's Rock In Rio which they were announced for this week. All of their dates are listed below.

And last but not least in '80s thrash news, Overkill have announced a big NYC show happening October 17 at Terminal 5 with two veteran power metal bands, Symphony X and Sanctuary (whose 1987 debut LP was produced by and featured Dave Mustaine). It's Overkill's only upcoming US date at the moment. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 6 at noon.

Motor Sister videos and LP stream, Act of Defiance teaser, and Metallica dates, below...

Continue reading "Motor Sister played Saint Vitus, streaming LP, now labelmates with an ex-Megadeth band; Overkill schedule NYC show"

Kayo Dot @ Merc - 2/25/15 (photo by Chris Clarke)
Kayo Dot

Toby Driver's experimental metal band Kayo Dot played Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (2/25) with Enablers, Insect Ark, and Center Divider. That's a pic from the show above. Did you go? How was it?

Toby's next announced NYC appearances (though it won't be a surprise if he plays here sooner) happen during his residency at The Stone from August 25-30. He's the curator and will also be performing with various groups each night.

His other long-running experimental metal band Maudlin of the Well plays 8 PM and 10 PM sets on August 25, and then on August 26, Kayo Dot play their 2003 album Choirs of the Eye at the 8 PM set and their 2010 album Coyote at the 10 PM set.

On August 27, his duo with former Kayo Dot member Mia Matsumiya, Tarter Lamb, will be joined by Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet, electronics) to perform their 2007 debut Sixty Metonymies at the 8 PM set. Then at the 10 PM set, Toby and friends play the score he wrote for the dance film Ichneumonidae, followed by Kayo Dot playing their 2011 EP, Stained Glass.

Toby plays solo ballads "for the haters" at 8 PM on August 28, followed by a 10 PM set by The Tanks, his trio with drummer Ches Smith and guitarist Brandon Seabrook. Then on August 29, it's an 8 PM set by Stern, the Chuck Stern-fronted band that Toby plays guitar in, followed by another Kayo Dot set of current material at 10 PM. And finally on August 30, it's two more solo sets from Toby, the latter being new chamber works.

Browse the schedule for the residency, with full lineups for each night, below...

Continue reading "Kayo Dot played Merc, playing full LPs at Toby Driver's Stone residency (plus Maudlin of the Well, Tartar Lamb & more)"