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September 16, 2014

Myrkur (aka Amalie Bruun)
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Over the summer, we wrote about mysterious Danish "one-woman black metal project" Myrkur, who had announced an EP coming out on Relapse. We got an advanced listen of the EP and loved what we heard. Pitchfork, Stereogum and others were also on board. We called it "one of the best atmospheric black metal albums of the year so far."

We also mentioned it was surprising how Myrkur seemed to appear essentially out of nowhere, but that we dug into it and came up with an idea of who it was. Here's what we said then:

Two clues: 1) This is not the first time her music has been featured on BrooklynVegan, 2) She is pictured in the screenshots you see in this post, which were pulled from a sort-of-leaked Myrkur promo video we found.
What we didn't say is that we had a feeling it was Amalie Bruun of NYC indie pop duo Ex Cops (who have certainly been featured on BrooklynVegan). She was also in MINKS and is one of the many who has played in a band with Frankie Rose. Amalie is of Danish descent, and her bandmate Brian Harding outed her as a black metal lover in a 2013 interview for the Village Voice.

Now, a new interview on Bandcamp's blog by BV contributor Wyatt Marshall shows that Myrkur is indeed Amalie Bruun:

Myrkur is the work of Amalie Bruun, a Danish artist and longtime black metal fan. Bruun says she writes and records all of her music in Denmark, where the history of Scandinavia and Scandinavian nature--forest, mountains, cold, and Nordic magic--inspire her. She references second-wave Norwegian black metal bands like Darkthrone and Ulver as influences, as well as Edvard Grieg, the 19th-century Norwegian composer known for his romantic works and occupier of a special place in the Norwegian collective conscience. She's also in another band, the indie-pop duo Ex Cops, and she's a model who has been featured in fashion publications like Refinery 29 and an ad for Chanel, directed by Martin Scorsese.
No live shows announced for Myrkur just yet, but you can catch Ex Cops when they tour with Dum Dum Girls. Just don't expect any blast beats.

The EP is out today (9/16) on Relapse and can be streamed in full below...

Continue reading "black metal musician Myrkur is Amalie Bruun of Ex Cops; EP is out now and streaming (listen)"

by Ian Chainey

Lightning at the Door album art
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Nashville's psych-rockers All Them Witches are giving their album, Lightning at the Door, a proper release today (9/16). It's a heady brew of swirling tones and heavy blue-eyed blues rock. The tracks also have that bracing spontaneity of crack improvisers. Says singer/bassist Michael Parks, Jr. regarding their approach: "In terms of the music, we're so loose, and that's where the magic comes from. There's no controlling factor. We do exactly what comes naturally. We go in a room without any idea about what will happen, get in the groove, and it works. That's supernatural." You can check out a couple of its tracks below.

All Them Witches are currently on tour with crushing doomers Windhand. This Saturday's (9/20) show at NYC's Saint Vitus with Ilsa and Polygamyst is on the very near horizon. That show is also very nearly sold out according to Saint Vitus's Facebook: "If you want tickets to Windhand, act soon. There are less than 30 left." Tickets are, indeed, available now.

Updated dates are listed, with the song streams, below...

Continue reading "All Them Witches released an LP, on tour with Windhand"

September 15, 2014

by Ian Chainey

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Cleveland nasties Nekrofilth are currently on tour. The filthy punkified death/thrashers are spreading their putridity across places like Chicago, Toronto, and Montreal. Tonight (9/15), they'll play NYC's the Acheron with Skull and Crypter for an Invisible Oranges-presented show. Tickets are available now. The remaining dates of their tour appear below.

Nekrofilth have built up a fanbase of sleaze-hungry metalheads that like it old, rotten, and worm-eaten. The band hit a new high/low with 2013's Devil's Breath, a furiously charging wall of buzz that was equal parts Repulsion and Macabre and early Dwarves. The song title "I'm a Degenerate" should give you an idea as far as the lyrical themes are concerned. The band's members have logged time in Nunslaughter, Apartment 213, and Masakari. You can check out an interview we did with Zack Rose on Invisible Oranges late last year. Bring your best grave digging attire and leave your conscience at the door.

All of the dates along with Nekrofilth's Devil's Breath appear below.

Continue reading "Nekrofilth on tour, playing Acheron tonight (dates, LP stream)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Creepers - Stuck (MP3)

Deafheaven @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 9/14/14
Deafheaven
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After playing Hudson, NY's Basilica Sound Scape on Saturday (9/13), Deafheaven kicked off their tour with No Joy and Indian Handcrafts at NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (9/14). We caught the MHOW show and pictures are in this post.

Unfortunately, I showed up a little late and only caught the last minute or so of Indian Handcrafts, but they sounded good and loud so I imagine their set fit the bill well. No Joy followed and were also loud (though maybe not quite as much as their Brooklyn Night Bazaar show last month) and delivered a wall of sound perfect for zoning out to. With a driving bassist and a drummer always locked into a groove, things could be kept grounded a bit as both guitar players went off into other worlds of distortion and reverb. Good set.

Then Deafheaven finally came on, playing a lot of Sunbather and their new song "From the Kettle Onto the Coil." Vocalist George Clarke didn't go out of character once, with his usual menacing faces, extending his arms out to the crowd, miming a conductor during the slow parts, and of course unleashing his piercing scream. George is a sight to see, but he's matched by the power of the rest of the band. Their blend of black metal, post rock and shoegaze is a real force. It's towering, epic stuff that can go from brutal to beautiful in seconds and is often both at the same time. And while George's performance is dark and full of mystique, the rest of the band are more down to earth, just coming off like a great rock band. They're super tight, powerful, and their attack and George's theatricality balance each other out well.

The tour picks back up in Connecticut on Tuesday (9/16), but before that No Joy wil squeeze in a headlining NYC show at Mercury Lounge tonight (9/15) with Tonstartssbandht. Tickets are still available.

In related news, Creepers, the band including Deafheaven members Shiv Mehra and Daniel Tracy, are releasing their debut LP, Lush, on October 28 via George Clark's All Black Recording Company. It follows last year's self titled EP. The album was recorded and mixed by Andrew Oswald (Ash Borer, Weatherbox), and Jack Shirley (who produced Sunbather) mastered it. You can download the first single, "Stuck", above (via Pitchfork).

LP artwork, tracklist, and more pictures from MHOW, below...

Continue reading "Deafheaven, No Joy, Indian Handcrafts played MHOW (pics); Creepers announce debut album (hear a song)"

September 13, 2014

Power Trip @ Palisades last night (photo by Amanda Hatfield)
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Texas thrashers Power Trip are in NY this weekend, having just played the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Palisades last night (9/12) (well really this morning) with White Lung and Sick Feeling (more pictures coming soon). Today (9/13) they've got a 4 PM matinee on Long Island, happening at Amityville Music Hall. And it's now been announced that they'll return to NYC TONIGHT for a late show at Acheron with Brooklyn's Ajax. It starts after the Junglepussy / Celeste / Princess Nokia show and $7 at the door gets you in.

They played around 2 AM at Palisades last night to a wild crowd that included at least one fan jumping from a 10-ish foot high PA speaker. Stay tuned for more pictures and more on that show coming soon.

September 12, 2014

by Ian Chainey

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France's Year of No Light have been around for over a decade now and, jeeze, how they've grown. Starting off as a sludgy post-metal thumper, the band has matured considerably, culminating in last year's Tocsin, a weighty slab of atmospheric experimentalism. They paired that mighty wallop with Vampyr, an instrumental "soundtrack" to the 1932 movie of the same name. Yet, while their ambition is appreciated, and their Rolodex large (check out some of their splits), their sheer sonic density has been and will remain their calling card. They're a sextet you know can create a cacophony live, the kind of subsonic prayers to the amplifier that gets doomers giddy.

So, enough foreshadowing: Year of No Light are heading to the East Coast for the first time. The band will play two back-to-back shows at NYC's Saint Vitus on November 13 and November 14. The November 13 date has a bill of Oneirogen, Geryon, and Psalm Zero. Tickets are available now. November 14 has Sannhet, Gnaw, and Vilkacis. Tickets are also available now. These are their only East Coast shows before they begin a US tour on Halloween in LA (dates TBA).

Mario Diaz de Leon's Oneirogen, a guitar-based drone project of epic proportions, is also playing with Father Murphy at the Acheron on October 9 and they just played with Falls of Rauros. The busy -- and busy for a good reason -- Geryon are also on the Bastard Sapling bill at the Acheron on September 28, along with Virus at Saint Vitus on October 25. Sannhet will play with Virus at Saint Vitus the night before on October 24. They also play the NYC stop of the Whirr / Cloakroom tour on Tuesday (9/16). Psalm Zero -- post Castevet break-up -- have also been making the rounds, appearing on recent shows with KEN mode and Black Anvil. Meanwhile Vilkacis, the newish blackened ripper on Psychic Violence Records, have logged some impressive stage time with Ash Borer, Hell, and Thou & the Body. Finally, Gnaw, the project of Khanate/O.L.D.'s Alan Dubin, are maybe in the studio. Says their Facebook, "recording / making / smashing." Huh. Either expect an album or expect some crazy Vines.

Check out streams from Year of No Light along with the snazzy flyer for the Saint Vitus shows, and full list of dates (others in Europe), below...

Continue reading "Year of No Light playing first-ever US shows at Saint Vitus w/ Geryon, Sannhet, Psalm Zero, Oneirogen, Gnaw, more"

by Ian Chainey

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Metallica are going to get some classics back out on wax. On September 16, Blackened Recordings (I see what you did there) will release four vinyl represses. So let's play, ONE OF THESE THINGS IS NOT LIKE THE OTHERS: Kill 'Em All. Yes. Ride The Lightning. Yes. ...And Justice For All. Yes. Death Magnetic. Ah. The band will also drop a slimmed down version of Live Shit: Binge & Purge on the same day.

Also happening next week? Bloodbath will announce their new singer. I haven't seen people this anxious to find out the origin and whereabouts of a guttural since my cat vomited this morning. Bloodbath's next one, Grand Morbid Funeral, is out November 17 through Peaceville. The band will also be playing Maryland Deathfest 2015.

King Diamond has an opener for his North American tour starting in October. It's the occult rockers Jess and the Ancient Ones, a band featuring one of the weirder connections in metal with a link to cult-adored death metallers Demilich (who are also playing Maryland Deathfest 2015). Maybe Jess will finally cover "The Planet That Once Used to Absorb Flesh in Order to Achieve Divinity and Immortality (Suffocated to the Flesh That It Desired...)." The King Diamond tour plays a sold out New York's Best Buy Theater on October 14. Watch a few King Diamond videos below because Friday.

Unfortunately, Belphegor won't be touring the US. Singer/guitarist Helmuth Lehner has scrapped the package that included Rotting Christ, Beheaded, and Svart Crown to be with his mother during her final days. While the bill will be a little slimmer, Dead Congregation and Immortal Bird will still play their NYC show on  October 20 date at NYC's Saint Vitus.

Finally, Pallbearer have a heck of a tour brewing. . . that's only hitting the West Coast in December. They'll be joined by Sólstafir and Mortals for the Holy Crap Take My Money Tour* (*not the official name. . . yet). All of the dates are below. Oh well, NYC fans, you'll have to make due with back-to-back shows at Saint Vitus on October 27 and 28 with Tombs and Vattnet Viskar. *weeps* - Midwest.

Myrkur EP
Myrkur

Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.

Full releases first: Iron Reagan and Myrkur are both streaming their new albums on Pitchfork Advance. Iron Reagan's crossover attack is called The Tryranny of Will and will be out on September 16 via Relapse (preorder). We also recently interviewed singer Tony Foresta on Invisible Oranges. Solo black metal act Myrkur's self-titled EP will also be out on September 16 through Relapse (preorder).

For single tracks and videos, dad/son metal bonding band Vomit Fist (holy hell, Vomit Fist) debuted "Under The Rind." Baseball grinders Puig Destroyer spoke the truth with "No One Cares About Your Fantasy Team" from Puig Destroyer (September 30, No Sleep - preorder). Opeth cut another headtrip for a Pale Communion track, this being "Moon Above, Sun Below." Tech-metallers Decapitated are showing off the first four songs from Blood Mantra (September 30, Nuclear Blast - preorder). Old school death metallers Necrophagia let another WhiteWorm Cathedral creepy-crawler eat through the internet (October 28, Season of Mist - preorder).

MORE: Busy blasters 1349 brought their Massive Cauldron Of Chaos to another boil (September 30, Season of Mist - preorder). Corrosion of Conformity brewed up some visuals for "On Your Way." They'll be hitting the road with GWAR and Decapitated soon. Krieg also cut together a flick for "Ruin Our Lives." And, finally, Pyrrhon -- fronted by a familiar fellow with a name rhyming with 'Doug' (I'm bad at this) -- have a new video out "Sleeper Agent" directed by IO guest contributor David Hall. So I guess that makes it, wait for it, VISIBLE ORANGES. Oh cool, I've been fired. You can check out all the goods below.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

TODAY (FRIDAY, 9/12): Thrashers Power Trip plays a BrooklynVegan Presents Red Bull Sound Select show with White Lung and Sick Feeling at Palisades ($3, with RSVP). If you want to don the corpsepaint and become super pussy, Black Witchery, Nexul, Teloch Vovin, Occultation, and Lord Almighty are at Saint Vitus (tickets).

SATURDAY (9/13): You can get a taste of the metallic at Basilica Sound Scape 2014: Day Two with Deafheaven and heavier-than-most-heavy-things Swans  (sold out).

SUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNDAY (9/14): Speaking of heavy things, sludge stars Crowbar, Revocation, Havok, Fit for an Autopsy, and Armed for Apocalypse hit the Gramercy Theatre (tickets). And if you missed them Saturday, Deafheaven play Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets).

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: As always, we tracked the week's new releases with, uh, Upcoming Metal Releases. We showed off new albums from Lago and Ingurgitating Oblivion. We reviewed Earth, Muscle and Marrow, and Ævangelist. We got our talk on with Iron Reagan's Tony Foresta, Nightbringer's Naas Alcameth, and Cannibal Corpse's Paul Mazurkiewicz. Finally, our buds in Immortal Bird are going on tour. Don't yell "Freebird" at them. Or hold up a boombox a la Say Anything that's playing "Surfing Bird." Or. . . do. Live your life, bro.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: Metallica, Bloodbath, Opeth, King Diamond, Pallbearer, 1349, weekend shows & more"

September 11, 2014

by Ian Chainey

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Old Man Gloom -- the supergroup featuring members of Isis (THE BAND), Cave In, and Converge -- have released the first song from their forthcoming album The Ape of God out via Profound Lore on November 11. This one is called "The Lash" and if finds the Old Man Gloom Alien Simian Defence League crunching out heavy riffs in the style of their previous sonic monuments to doom. The song begins with a familiar electronic bubbling before unleashing an ultra-distorted battering that swells like a storm on the sea. You can stream it in this post.

Singer/guitarist Aaron Turner has also been busy, starting up the band Sumac and already has an album under that moniker on the way. Meanwhile, singer/guitarist Nate Newton is playing bass on the next Cavalera Conspiracy album called Pandemonium which will be released through Napalm Records on November 4.

"The Lash" streams below...

Continue reading "Old Man Gloom releasing 'The Ape of God' (stream a track); Nate Newton playing bass on new Cavalera Conspiracy LP"

by Ian Chainey

Old Wounds at the Acheron, 2012 (More by Fred Pessaro)
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Metalcore ragers Old Wounds have released another track from Death Projection, their new release out through Good Fight on September 16. It's called "Bloodpact" and it's another high-powered speaker wrecker, turning the aggression way up on hardcore chugs and throat-charring screams. You can check that out on Pitchfork and stream previously released tracks "Dead Beat Blues" and "Ritual" below.

Old Wounds will be kicking off their Invisible Oranges presented Death Projection Tour 2014 Friday (9/12)in Montclair, New Jersey. They'll be joined for this run of shows by Kitchener, Ontario's Exalt. The bands have two back-to-back NYC dates in the near future, playing Grand Victory on September 26 with Divider and Meek Is Murder (tickets) and ABC No Rio on September 27 with the Banner and Go Deep ($8 at the door). Following this stretch, Old Wounds will head back out on the road for an East Coast run in late October/early November with Vices.

During that Oct/Nov run, Old Wounds play The Fest. Their show happens 11/1 at The Atlantic with Creepoid, Self Defense Family, Old Gray, Tiny Moving Parts, Goodtime Boys, Xerxes, You'll Live, Dangers, Single Mothers, Rescuer, a mystery band and more.

All of the dates along with Old Wounds' "Dead Beat Blues" and "Ritual" appear below.

Continue reading "Old Wounds streaming a new track from their EP, kicking off IO-presented tour w/ Exalt this week, touring w/ Vices after"

September 10, 2014

by Ian Chainey

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Bastard Sapling released an absolute burner last month with their second album, Instinct Is Forever, which you can stream in full below. The USBMers stretched out with weighty and well-produced songs that get raw with their lyrical angle, examining Mike Paparo's struggles with depression. Toss in some lap steel (!) and a guest turn from Windhand's Dorthia Cottrell, and you have one of metal's more intriguing albums of the summer.

If you missed their recent tour with the related Inter Arma, Bastard Sapling do have another live engagement coming up. The band will be going on a tour this fall that hits NYC on September 28 at the Acheron where they'll be joined by Geryon and Belus. Tickets for that show are available now. All dates are listed below.

Bastard Sapling's showmates actually demonstrate the low degree of separation of some NYC metal. Geryon will be playing one of the nights of the Virus blow-out at Saint Vitus near the end of October. The drummer of their bass/drum duo destruction is Lev Weinstein who also plays in Anicon (along with Bloody Panda, Krallice, so many others) who released a split with Belus this year. And to spin another band into the NYC web, Belus includes Lesley Wolf who also plays bass and sings for Mortals who are going on tour with Wolvhammer. That tour hits the Acheron on November 5. Lesson? All of these bands could create a diverse and killer festival and only need a van or two to get there.

Stream Bastard Sapling's Instinct Is Forever, with their list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Bastard Sapling touring, playing NYC w/ Belus & Geryon"

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