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February 11, 2016

photo: Royal Thunder at MHOW in 2012 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
Royal Thunder

Atlanta heavy rockers Royal Thunder are touring with The Sword in March and April. While they won't be on The Sword's NYC show at Brooklyn Bowl on May 17, they'll be playing a headlining show in NYC at Saint Vitus on April 16. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Royal Thunder released their latest LP Crooked Doors back in 2015. Stream that, and check out all tour dates, below...

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February 10, 2016

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Graves at Sea

Doom band Graves at Sea are releasing an album and touring in 2016. Though they've been around for years (and ended a four-year hiatus in 2012), this is actually their first full length album. It's called The Curse That Is... and due April 1 via Relapse. So far they've released the title track, an extended riff-monster of a song that covers a ton of ground over the course of its 11 minutes. You can stream it below and pre-order the album now.

That tour will bring Graves at Sea through NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on April 17 with Order of the Owl. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Stream "The Curse That Is" and check out tour dates below...

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February 9, 2016

by Rob Sperry-Fromm


New Orleans sludge royalty Eyehategod and reunited punk vets Bl'ast have released a split 7" via Rise records, which is available now digitally and on vinyl.

While the (ripping) Bl'ast song is new, Eyehategod's side is a song called "The Liar's Psalm" that has been floating around for a few years now. It's, well, an Eyehategod song, which is to say it has riffs and anger for days. The track is produced by a murderer's row that features Billy Anderson, Sanford Parker, and the extremely controversial Phil Anselmo.

Stream the split, via Spotify, below...

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photos by Greg Cristman


Voivod took their tour with Vektor and Eight Bells through NYC over the weekend, playing Gramercy Theatre on February 7, right in the middle of the Super Bowl. Voivod ripped through a set of both classics and new stuff, including some songs from their upcoming EP Post Society. The openers were well-matched, as Vektor wear their obvious Voivod-influence well, and Eight Bells provide a slowed-down change-up to the proceedings. Additional local support came from Extinction AD.

Check out more pictures of all three bands, including one of Voivod's setlist, below...

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photo: Lamb of God at Hammerstein Ballroom in January (more by Nick Karp)
Lamb of God

After finishing up their tour with Anthrax, Deafheaven and Power Trip, Lamb of God are heading out on another major tour with very cool openers. They'll be joined by Corrosion of Conformity and Clutch for that run, and they'll be in the NYC-area for a Long Island show at The Paramount on May 17. Tickets go on Citi presale today (2/9) at 2 PM, on LiveNation presale Wednesday (2/10) at 10 AM, and on sale to the general public Friday (2/12) at 10 AM.

Check out those tour dates and music from all three bands below...

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photo: Krieg at Knitting Factory in 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro)

Neill Jameson's black metal outfit Krieg is playing some shows in 2016. A full tour hasn't been announced, but we know they're at least playing Baltimore and NYC.

The NYC show happens at Saint Vitus on August 13 with FIN, Angmar, Unholy Spirits and Dumal. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Krieg released their collaboration with The Body late last year. You can stream a track from that below...

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photo: Magic Circle at Public Assembly in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Magic Circle

Boston doom band Magic Circle are playing some shows here and there in 2016 after releasing the excellent LP Journey Blind in 2015. They'll be in NYC in March playing Saint Vitus on March 11 with support provided by Ecstatic Vision (who also put out a solid album last year), Sanhedrin and Polygamist. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Stream Journey Blind and check out tour dates below...

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February 8, 2016

photo: Down at Best Buy Theater in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

The fallout from Phil Anselmo's racist actions at Dimebash continues, and now the French government is getting involved. Down are scheduled to appear at Hellfest in Clisson, France, a huge metal festival which relies on a certain amount of funding from the local government. Now, according to Metal Injection, the government, led by senator Bruno Retailleau who represents the region of the country that hosts Hellfest, are threatening to pull that funding if Down is allowed to stay on the bill, claiming that their presence would constitute a violation of French anti-hate speech laws.

Festival promotor Ben Barbaud has refused to pull Down, offering the following explanation via Le Huffington Post:

Anselmo apologized repeatedly. He even offered to leave the band to do no harm to his comrades, who must also be disgusted with what happens. Everyone agrees that this is unacceptable and that the metal scene is neither racist nor anti-Semitic. I know Phil Anselmo very well, who came many times to Clisson. And I am convinced that his apologies are sincere. Hellfest, we never had this kind of behavior, no one has ever seen or wear distinctive sign or speech, both live and in houses. I deeply believe that he is a good person. He is a provocateur who plays the big guys and loses foot when he's drunk. He made a huge mistake. But people who make populist shortcuts and say horrors when they have three grams of alcohol, one can find many, including Vendee.
Barbaud did add that it's still possible Down could cancel the appearance on their own. Stay tuned for any updates.

Meanwhile, Anselmo recently made another public appearance that was maybe (?) intended as an extension of his apology. He joined the black R&B group The A League on stage at the Atlanta karaoke event Scaryokee when they sang Boyz II Men's "End Of The Road." He didn't sing with them (he ended up doing a Smiths song on his own) but he danced and put his arm around the members and led the crowd in cheering for them. Make of it what you will. The video is below.

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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Anthrax Hanukkah

We all know that metal-themed holiday sweaters are the best gifts one can give. But in the case of the above Anthrax sweater, which the metal band sold last year, it apparently wasn't band's gift to give. In news that combines three of our favorite things (lawsuits, Jewish holidays and online metal writing), Anthrax are being sued for $1 million by a man, Aaron Cummins, who claims they appropriated the design of his Happy Hanukkah sweater (minus the Anthrax part) he created in 2012. Cummins is also suing Rockabilia (who sold the sweater), and the company that manufactured it, for copyright infringement.

The funny part about this is that sweater design actually came from a joke post on Metal Sucks by writer Axl Rosenberg, who jokingly headlined that the band was selling Hanukkah sweaters and photoshopped an Anthrax logo onto an existing hanukkah sweater. The band actually ended up making and selling some of the sweaters, and he we are. Be careful what you photoshop!

photo: Nails at Saint Vitus in 2015 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)

Grindcore monsters Nails don't really tour anymore, but they do have a couple of shows coming up for interested parties. In addition to that previously-announced Decibel show in Philadelphia with Noisem, Horrendous, Misery Index, Dying Fetus and others, they'll be playing on Long Island at Amityville Music Hall on April 15. That show will also include black metal rippers Black Anvil along with Barge and NYC Headhunters. The band is saying that these are their only two East Coast shows coming up any time soon. Tickets for LI are on sale now.

Stream the (great) most recent Nails LP Abandon All Life below...

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