Recent Posts in metal
May 6, 2015
Veteran hard rock/heavy metal bassist Craig Gruber died yesterday (5/5), after battling prostate cancer, Blabbermouth reports. He was 63.
Gruber was a member of Elf, one of the early bands of Ronnie James Dio (who we lost in 2010), playing on their second album, 1974's Carolina County Ball, and their third and final album, 1975's Trying to Burn the Sun. That same year, he and Dio hooked up with Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore to record the first Rainbow album (then known as Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow). Gruber (and everyone else except Dio) was fired by Blackmore from Rainbow after that album, but Gruber and Dio played together again in Black Sabbath during Geezer Butler's brief departure from that band. Following that, he played in other projects including Bible Black, Ozz and more.
Rest in peace, Craig. You'll be missed.
Listen to some Elf and Rainbow songs Craig was on, below...
May 5, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Rosetta at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)
One very prevailing trend in the punk scene right now is tons of bands bringing shoegaze into their sound, and coming out with a heavy/atmospheric blend that's making Hum look like a more influential band than ever before. Those bands are all making great records, but credit where it's due: a handful of metal bands have been keeping the heavy/atmospheric thing alive for years -- like Rosetta, who have been putting out killer albums for the past decade. Though Hum was never a band I tended to think of while listening to Rosetta (maybe more Neurosis or Isis), until today's release of new single "Untitled V."
Rosetta have done clean vocals before, though usually more in a higher-pitched fashion which does show up later on in the new song, but the low singing and thick heavy guitars that open this track are the unmistakable sounds of a band gazing away at those shoes. Perhaps part of that is because it's their first album as a five-piece, with Eric Jernigan of the Hum-ish City of Ships contributing guitar and vocals. Metalheads, fear not though. This sprawling seven-minute trip has plenty of screamed, aggressive moments as well. The song is from their upcoming album, Quintessential Ephemera (due this June via War Crime / Golden Antenna), and you can stream it below (via Noisey).
The Philly band have just a few shows coming up this June, one of which is opening their hometown stop of the BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges/Party Smasher Inc-presented Dillinger Escape Plan / Mutoid Man / Primitive Weapons tour, which happens 6/17 at Union Transfer (tickets). Unfortunately they're not on the NYC stop (6/20 at Irving), but tickets are still available for that one too.
All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
Dorthia Cottrell, singer of doom metal band Windhand, released her psych-folk solo album earlier this year, and has now announced more tour dates in support of it. The tour is with Nate Hall of US Christmas, who also just wrapped up their own dates.
Dorthia and Nate hit NYC on May 17 at the Acheron with more TBA. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with a full set video of Dorthia's recent Saint Vitus show, below...
May 1, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Bang at Gramercy Theatre in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Plenty of great metal, hardcore, and other heavy NYC shows are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some of the recently-announced stuff coming up:
'70s proto-metal band Bang, who played their first-ever NYC show in 2014 and opened for Pentagram here later that year, will return to NYC again on May 10 at The Shop (234 Starr St in Bushwick). That show's with three much newer bands who owe a lot to the '70s hard rock scene Bang hail from, Ruby the Hatchet, Blackout and Mirror Queen. Tickets are on sale now. Show flyer below.
Maine black metallers Falls of Rauros return to NYC on June 6 at Saint Vitus with Wayfarer, Hivelords and Belus. Tickets are on sale now.
French drone doomers Monarch play Saint Vitus on August 14 with local support from the back-in-action Unearthly Trance and Gnaw (tickets).
Sludge duo Jucifer continue to tour constantly and will hit NYC on June 7 at the Acheron with Vaporizer and Family. Tickets are on sale.
Other heavy shows announced this week include GWAR, Down, Opeth, 1349 / Necrophagia / Vattnet Viskar / Black Anvil, and Power Trip / Foreseen / Red Death. Head to last week's roundup for way more, including Slayer, Nuclear Assault, Goatwhore, Ringworm, Crowbar, Bongzilla, Conan, and The Dillinger Escape Plan.
photo: Noisem at MDF 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
There's also some good new music streaming this week. Last we posted three songs from the new Noisem album, Blossoming Decay, due June 6 via A389. Now the whole album is streaming, and it's a thrashy, hardcore-leaning record that will seriously kick your ass. Listen below. Their tour with Iron Reagan hits NYC on June 4 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are still available.
Coliseum are also streaming their new album, Anxiety's Kiss, which drops next week (5/5) via Deathwish. The post-hardcore/heavy punk formula they've been perfecting for over a decade is in full force here, as are some new sounds like the desolate Bad Seeds/Patti Smith-style trip, "Driver At Dusk." Listen to the whole thing below. Their tour with Child Bite hits NYC on June 10 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are still available.
Vattnet Viskar put out the title track from their upcoming album, Settler, which is due June 16 via Century Media. Some of their atmospheric black metal roots are intact here, but it definitely moves far beyond black metal, including a middle section that's closer to straight rock than metal (besides the harsh vocals). Listen below, via Stereogum. In addition to their above-mentioned NYC show with 1349 (5/31 at Vitus - tix), they also have their tour with Early Graves hitting NYC on May 21 at Saint Vitus with Anaal Nathrakh and more (tickets).
Also out now is three tracks off Weedeater's upcoming Steve Albini-recorded album for Season of Mist, and a new one from the Baroness-related Valkyrie. Listen to those below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Power Trip at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Two of the best modern US crossover thrash bands, Power Trip and Red Death, are teaming up with Finland's likeminded Foreseen for a NYC show on August 1 at Palisades. Tickets are on sale now. No word yet if it's part of a larger tour for those bands, but Power Trip and Foreseen both play This Is Hardcore about a week earlier.
Red Death are also on tour now with the UK's The Flex in support of their killer new record Permanent Exile on Grave Mistake. That tour hits NYC on May 16 at the Acheron with NYC Headhunters (mem Vanity). Tickets are still available.
Stream Permanent Exile, with Power Trip's 2013 LP Manifest Decimation, Foreseen's 2013 7" Structural Oppression, and the lists of all known tour dates, below...
April 30, 2015
photo: 1349 at Gramercy Theatre in February (more by Greg Cristman)
Norwegian black metal vets 1349 already toured through North America once this year, and they're doing it again this spring. Support comes from the even more OG BM band Necrophagia, and the much newer (and also great) Vattnet Viskar.
The tour hits NYC on May 31 at Saint Vitus, and turning that great triple bill into a great quadruple bill is locals Black Anvil. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Vattnet Viskar, whose new album Settler comes out June 16, also have other tour dates that bring them to Saint Vitus on May 21 with Anaal Nathrakh, Early Graves, Incite and Secrets of The Sky. Tickets for that show are still available.
Black Anvil also have two other Saint Vitus shows coming up. They play Stardust fest at that venue on June 27 with Bethlehem, Tombs, Young and in the Way, Inter Arma and Vorde (tickets); and Marytrdoom fest on November 8 with Mortuary Drape, Demonomancy, Phobocosm and Sangus (tickets).
All dates are listed, with a 1349 video from 2014's Massive Cauldron of Chaos on Season of Mist, below...
April 29, 2015
photo: Opeth at Terminal 5 in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Progressive metal greats Opeth turn 25 this year, and in celebration of that they're playing two special US anniversary shows. They're hitting NYC and LA in October, and are playing two sets a night. One has them playing 2005's Ghost Reveries in full, and then they'll play a set of music from throughout their career.
The shows happen October 22 at Beacon Theater in NYC and October 24 at Orpheum Theater in LA. VIP presales for both NYC and LA begin today (4/29) at 10 AM. Tickets for both shows go on Live Nation presale Thursday (4/30) at 10 AM, and general on-sale starts Friday (5/1) at 10 AM.
Opeth also have several international dates this year. All are listed, with a stream of Ghost Reveries, below...
April 28, 2015
photo: Coliseum at BK Bazaar in 2014 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
Louisville heavy post-hardcore band Coliseum will return next week (5/5) with Anxiety's Kiss, their first new album since rejoining Deathwish. Ahead of the release, they put out videos for three songs which you can watch below.
Coliseum are heading on tour to support the new record in June. They'll be on the road with Child Bite for the first half of the run, and United Nations (whose frontman Geoff Rickly plays Maxwell's soon) join up with the band later on. White Lung, Pentagram and others are on select dates as well.
Check out all of Coliseum's upcoming dates, the tour flyer and all three videos from the new album, below...
photo: GWAR at 'Empire Records' celebration (more by Sachyn Mital)
2015 marks GWAR's 30th anniversary and the band is heading out on a tour this fall to celebrate. The "30 Years of Total Domination Tour" starts August 25 in Millvale, PA and closes out in Rochester, NY on September 18 with Butcher Babies and Battlecross on support for all dates.
NYC proper isn't on the tour's schedule but it comes to Long Island's Paramount on September 17. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/1) at 10 AM with venue presale starting Wednesday (4/29) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
Down are heading out on a tour of their own around their appearance at the festival. The "Eastbound 'N' Down" tour stops at Jersey's Starland Ballroom on August 14. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/1) at 10 AM with AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/29) at 10 AM.
All upcoming dates for GWAR and Down are listed along with a video of GWAR covering The Pet Shop Boys below...
April 24, 2015
Maryland Deathfest is less than a month away (May 21-24), and the lineup was already stacked with Neurosis, Napalm Death, Yob, Triptykon, Primordial, Inter Arma, Tombs, D.R.I., Conan, Ufomammut, Sodom and so many more. Yet MDF still felt the need to sweeten the deal, so they went ahead and added one more to the lineup: Mobb Deep.
You didn't read that wrong, and it's not some foreign metal band with a lawsuit ahead of them. The legendary Queensbridge hip hop duo Mobb Deep are playing at 11:30 PM on the Thursday of MDF (5/21) at Baltimore Soundstage, amongst this otherwise metal, hardcore, and metal-related lineup. It's not crazy -- it's not like Slayer wasn't on Def Jam, Anthrax never collaborated with Public Enemy, and metal and hip hop haven't had a crossover fan base for years -- but it should be interesting to see how this goes down. Tickets for just the Mobb Deep show are on sale, and anyone with an MDF 4-day pass or a Thursday Soundstage ticket can get in too.
Mobb Deep also have several other dates including a hometown NYC show this weekend at BB King's on Sunday (4/26) with Funkmaster Flex, Alchemist and Smif-N-Wessun. Tickets for Sunday's show are still available.
Meanwhile, their seminal 1995 album, The Infamous, turns 20 tomorrow (4/25). Listen to "Shook Ones Pt. II" from that record, with their tour dates and the updated MDF schedule, below...