Recent Posts in metal
July 30, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
Nachtmystium at Saint Vitus, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Despite debating calling it quits before finally calling it quits, Blake Judd's black metal band Nachtmystium lives on with one final LP, The World We Left Behind, due out on Century Media on August 5. "Tear You Down" is the first song off the album, and, as is often the case with Nachtmystium's work, it's good -- creeping, brooding and blasting, with electronics that stutter in and out over the track. Judd's vocal delivery is whispered and, later, hysterically barked. A maniacal laugh ushers the track out.
Stream "Tear You Down" (via Pitchfork) below...
July 29, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
Prurient at Saint Vitus in January (more by Greg Cristman)
NYC label Hospital Productions is hosting a special, non-Wednesday, early (8PM) Nothing Changes party at Home Sweet Home on Sunday, August 10 in mark of the 21st anniversary of the death of Euronymous of the forerunning Norwegian black metal band Mayhem, who was notoriously killed by Varg Vikernes of Burzum. Prurient, Clay Rendering, Lussuria, Dual Action, Sandness and DJ Akitsa (of Montreal black metal band Akitsa) will perform. That's a pretty good smattering of Hospital heavyweights, touching on ambient and noise, and it's a relief for NYC area people who didn't get the chance to catch the "Summer Always Summer" tour with Clay Rendering, Lussuria, and Dual Action, which skipped the area. They'll be playing Mayhem's classic debut album De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas in its entirety at midnight.
Without having to make a case for links between noise/PE and black metal, Hospital Productions has many direct ties to black metal, having released records by Sargeist, Akitsa and Dominick Fernow's own Ash Pool, to name a few, and not to mention that the Hospital store was a trove of black metal obscurities. Also noteworthy is the relatively recent news that Prurient signed to the influential metal label Profound Lore, and Prurient's next album will be produced by Arthur Rizk, who has worked with Power Trip in the past.
Mayhem, and Øystein "Euronymous" Aarseth in particular, were massively influential in shaping black metal as we know it today. Aarseth ran the record label Deathlike Silence Productions, responsible for the earliest releases of second wave black metal, and owned the record store Helvete, a nexus of the early Norwegian black metal scene, in Oslo. Euronymous was notoriously murdered by Varg Vikernes, of Burzum, who had recorded with Mayhem and released records on Deathlike Silence. Vikernes served about 15 years of his 21 year sentence in prison for the murder of Euronymous, and was recently found guilty of "inciting racial hatred and glorifying war crimes" in France.
As Hospital sometimes does for live performances, there will be two new tapes released at the show, a Dual Action 8-cassette box titled nightmare angel of the expressways, and Various Algae - Civic Occult Biology, a comp of, presumably, Hospital artists. The show appears to be Prurient's last before heading to Russia, Norway and Austria.
Flyer for the Euronymous tribute show below...
by Ian Chainey
King Buzzo at the Wick in 2014 (more by P Squared Photography)
The Melvins have a habit of constantly shifting their roster which, of course, makes them the Melvins. Their next iteration will occur on the forthcoming Hold it In, due out on October 14 through Ipecac Recordings. On that one, Buzz and Dale will be joined by a couple Butthole Surfers: guitarist Paul Leary and bassist JD Pinkus. To ring in the event, Buzz, Dale and JD (but not Paul) will outline America starting in October. There's no NY date, but they'll hit multiple California localesm a stop in Austin, Texas, an appearance at The Fest, and more. Full tour schedule below.
In related news, Buzz Osborne will be touring Australia and Europe in support of his acoustic record This Machine Kills Artists. Dale Crover will hop aboard OFF! during their jaunt in August. Fellow Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes is set to be featured on Mastodon's Adult Swim single that will be released on September 8. And in sorta related, This Band Could Still Be Your Life news, the Meat Puppets -- who have surely crossed paths with the aforementioned many a time -- announced a tour, including two NYC dates on October 31 and November 1. Bob Mould also just added Cymbals Eat Guitars to his tour, and J Mascis is up to plenty of stuff too.
All of the dates along the Melvins covering the Butthole Surfers' "Graveyard" last year for AV Undercover appears below.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
High On Fire at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
In the latest addition to the awesome Converse Rubber Tracks free show series in NYC, stoner metal royalty High On Fire will bring their tour to Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 15. Opening will be local brutalizers Blackest, ensuring that this will be a heavy experience. High On Fire are one of the best live bands around, and as usual with these free Rubber Tracks shows, you'll need tickets to get in, which go on "sale" Wednesday (7/30) at noon.
UPDATE: The show is actually part of Converse Rubber Tracks' first-ever tour which also features High on Fire headlining free ticketed shows in Boston, Toronto, LA, and San Francisco. All dates are listed below.
The last Rubber Tracks show in NYC was J Mascis and King Tuff's band Witch earlier this month (7/23). J Mascis plays NYC again when Heavy Blanket plays Union Pool and when his solo tour hits Bowery Ballroom in October. King Tuff also plays NYC again when his tour comes here for two shows in October.
All of High On Fire's dates are listed, with a video, below...
by Ian Chainey
KEN mode at 285 Kent in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Noisy post-hardcore trio KEN mode will be heading out on the road at the end of August for a short run of North American dates before hitting Europe with Hark. The first leg of their travels checks into places like Chicago and Philadelphia. On September 2, they'll play NYC's Saint Vitus for an Invisible Oranges presented show that also features Rosetta, Tiger Flowers, and East of the Wall. Tickets will be available soon. The full list of tour stops appears below.
The Saint Vitus bill is particularly stacked and all outfits are armed with new ammo. KEN mode are touring in support of 2013's Entrench. They recently released a video for "The Promises of God" which you can watch below. Post-metallers Rosetta just got back from China and continue to tour for their album The Anaesthete. Metallic hardcore deafeners Tiger Flowers dropped Dead Hymns in April. And the proggy East of the Wall put out Redaction Artifacts last year and have been shredding it up with recent dates that include a suddenly active PsyOpus.
All of the dates along with the KEN mode video and streams from their Saint Vitus stagemates appear below.
July 28, 2014
Tombs @ Saint Vitus - 7/25/14
Local sludge rippers Tombs celebrated the release of their new LP, Savage Gold, at Saint Vitus on Friday night (7/25), and we've got pictures and videos of the show in this post. They were joined by death/math freakout Relapse labelmates Pyrrhon, as well as Batillus-related industrialist StatiqBloom and sludge heavies Passage Between. It was an absolutely loaded bill. Anyone try Tombs' new Savage Gold beer that Vitus had flowing at the bar for the night?
Below, check out more pictures from the Friday show as well as those videos, including the entirety of the Tombs set.
Dillinger Escape Plan at MHOW in 2013 (more by Rebecca Reed )
The Nine Inch Nails / Soundgarden tour hits the NYC-area this week, including the NJ show on Saturday (8/2) that The Dillinger Escape Plan open. Right before DEP hook up with that tour though, they'll headline a much smaller show in NYC on Thursday (7/31) at Saint Vitus with local-ish openers Torrential Downpour and Meek Is Murder, both of whom have a tech-y sound that will pair well with DEP, and Mothership. $5 tickets go on sale Tuesday (7/29) at noon. Flyer below.
The show is presented by Party Smasher Inc, the "collective of creative professionals and artistic provocateurs" that was founded by DEP guitarist Ben Weinman, and just recently launched their website, which is a "one-stop portal for musicians, photographers, illustrators, fashion designers and industry mavericks of all stripes."
Updated DEP dates are listed, with that flyer and the Party Smasher Inc logo, below...
by Ian Chainey
Danzig at Riot Fest in 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
Samhain now have a guitarist and a solidified lineup for their upcoming run of 30 Bloody Years dates. First, the addition: Peter Adams of Baroness. Says Peter, "I'm truly excited, It's a great honor to share the stage with Samhain on the 30th Anniversary of Initium! Samhain has helped shape how I've played music, and the music I've listened to, since I was a teenager and will continue to, on into the future. To be a part of this legacy is great beyond words!" The rest of the group is rounded out by Danzig Legacy players London May and Steve Zing. (Yep, no Eerie Von. Maybe next reunion.) And, you know, Glenn Danzig will be there. Samhain is set to play Riot Fest, Housecore Horror Fest, and Samhain Night at NYC's Best Buy Theater among other dates.
In related news (and mentioning them here might be the only way to get the two together besides a lawsuit), the Misfits have been added to GWAR-B-Q. They'll be joined by Jello Biafra, the other recent add to an expanded lineup that includes Hatebreed, Body Count, Revocation, Iron Reagan, Goatwhore, Noisem, and more. You can find the updated bill below. GWAR-B-Q will kick off on August 16 at Richmond, Virginia's Hadad's Lake.
by Ian Chainey
Black Cobra at SXSW 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Deafening duo Black Cobra will be heading out on the road for a month long tour with fellow thick-tone rockers Lo-Pan. The tour gets rolling at the end of August and winds through places like Austin, Boston, and Chicago. On September 18, the two will roll into NYC's Saint Vitus for an Invisible Oranges-presented show. Kings Destroy and Godmaker are also on the bill. Tickets for Saint Vitus are available now. All dates are listed below.
Black Cobra have racked up the miles this year, including a short jaunt with the recently reformed Cutthroats 9. They'll also be working on their next full-length with a prospective release window of early 2015. Tourmates and brothers in heft Lo-Pan will be dropping their new album Colossus through stoner sanctuary Small Stone Recordings on October 7. NYC doomers Kings Destroy are riding the positive press wave of sophomore release A Time of Hunting which came out last year. Finally, sludgesters Godmaker have been bringing the riffs at dates like the recent Mortals record release show.
All dates are listed, with streams of all 4 bands on the Vitus show, below...
July 25, 2014
by Ian Chainey
Over the weekend, King Diamond turned into King Dynasty. First bassist Hal Patino quit over a pay dispute. Then, Kim Bendix Petersen responded with a seemingly well-reasoned letter of epic length (if you read it in a King Diamond falsetto, it makes the words fly by). Finally, Patino fired back with a screed beginning with "I'm NOT a drug addict!" Duly noted. All of this reads like. . . a conspiracy, ooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. Also, King Diamond is set to play a handful of Euro fests this summer and will be hitting North America for a tour this fall, including a date at FFF Fest and October 14 at NYC's Best Buy Theater.
Speaking of things that shouldn't have been made public, there's a petition on Change.org asking Ghost BC to break up. Says the petition, "We petition against Ghost of the heavy metal genre that continues to make albums and tour. Many people getting into metal think that they are the real deal and that we should forget the real bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, etc." Of course they're not real, they're ghosts. Some trvthers you are.
Want to drum for Slough Feg? There's now an opening. Harry Cantwell -- who also plays for Bosse-De-Nage -- will be leaving the band at the end of July, leaving open a spot on the stool. Leader Mike Scalzi: "Obviously this news brings up the question: what are we gonna do about a drummer? Well, we do have some stuff scheduled for a few months down the road, so we'll be auditioning drummers ASAP. If you think you're up to the task, then let us know!!!"
Could the next Slough Feg drummer be the newly elected president of Indonesia? Joko Widodo is indeed a fan, known to sport Napalm Death and Lamb of God shirts in pics. His first order of business? Declaring war on Ghost.
Finally, Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Einar "Kvitrafn" Selvik (Wardruna) will curate the next Roadburn Festival. This year's edition was curated by Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth who dropped by Invisible Oranges this week for an interview.
Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.
still from Mortals' video
Mortals shot a video using Brooklyn's the Archeron as the backdrop. Said the Acheron's Facebook, "Now we gotta find a new sound tech and bartender!!" This Heavy Lowdown just turned into Metal Careerbuilder. You can watch the video below.
For streams, Witch Mountain debuted "Psycho Animundi" from their forthcoming Mobile of Angels on NPR. The record is out September 30 via the mighty Profound Lore Records. Tech-deathers Beyond Creation dropped "Elusive Reverence" from Earthborn Evolution (October 24, Season of Mist - preorder). And friends in digital metal dissemination CVLTNation released their fourth covers record, this one taking on Joy Division. It includes renditions by Pinkish Black, Theologian, and Arctic Flowers and it's available for download. You can also listen to it and the Beyond Creation cut below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TONIGHT (FRIDAY, 7/25): Crushers Tombs' homecoming show kicks off today at the Saint Vitus (tickets). They'll be joined by Pyrrhon, StatiqBloom, and Passage Between. Word is the Savage Gold beer will be available. Over at the Acheron, Fell Voices, Yellow Eyes, and Mongrel will make your Friday bleak and black, just the way you like it (tickets).
SATURDAY (7/26): The two-day New York Death Fest starts at Saint Vitus. Go fill up on slams (tickets for both days). If you're looking for slower and lower, Sadgiqacea, Hivelords, Insect Ark, and the super-promising Sangharsha play the Acheron (tickets).
SUNNNNNNDAY (7/27): New York Death Fest finishes up with a gurgle at Saint Vitus. Over at the Acheron, there's the progressive Blackest, Warm, and Dead Empires (tickets).
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: We tracked all of the releases fit to buy in our weekly Upcoming Metal Releases. As previously mentioned, we interviewed Mikael Åkerfeldt (*swoons*). We premiered tracks from Sólstafir and Take Over and Destroy. We reviewed the newest from Wolvhammer, along with rounding up some singles like Bölzer's. We also went show crazy, sponsoring the Falls of Rauros with Obsidian Tongue and Oneirogen package and reporting on Black Anvil. Finally, we were bummed out by the Castevet break up. All of my blogger coffee has been poured out.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and check out those streams, and other noted details below.