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March 31, 2015

photo: Incantation in LA in 2012 (more by Adam Murray)
Incantation

US death metal vets Incantation are still kicking, and will go on another tour in support of last year's Dirges of Elysium this spring. The tour includes a run with FaithXtractor, which hits NYC on April 24 at Saint Vitus, with Putrisect also on board. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

The lineup of Incantation has changed many times over the years. Phoenix New Times asked John McEntee about that. He said:

The vibe is great now. You never know what's going to happen with people and that's one of the reasons why we've had a ton of lineup changes. I think part of the problem is that I'm a really easy-going guy, and unfortunately I gave too many people opportunities to play in the band when they actually weren't musically capable. We rushed on a lot of people actually for touring, and we never had time to get to know them or see if they were capable and jam. Then you go out, and realize you don't get along. Plus I was a lot younger and when you're younger... well I didn't deal with situations like I do now. As a person I'm more mature and I understand how to handle situations.

I have learned over the years that when you have good people to work with and enjoy it, it makes sense to go above and beyond to make sure it works. I'm a visionary with music. Which that's important for me; I have to know I'm expressing myself with the band, and if the members can't feel that way, it's best that they move on to something where they can express themselves.

List of dates, and a full stream of Dirges of Elysium, below...

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March 30, 2015

photo: Anaal Nathrakh at Inferno 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro//BBG)
Anaal Nathrakh

Birmingham black metal duo Anaal Nathrakh are once again bringing their mostly-studio project out on tour for a headlining North American run in support of last year's Desideratum. It falls in the middle of a string of European dates, and features Incite (with Richie Cavalera) and Secrets of the Sky. The North American run kicks off May 11 in Sacramento and closes out with a stop at this year's Maryland Death Fest.

The tour comes to NYC on May 21 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

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Misfits
Misfits

It was announced today that the bassist-turned-frontman Jerry Only-led Misfits will be co-headlining This is Hardcore in Philadelphia with a special set where they'll be playing their 1983 album "Earth A.D." in full.

Under normal circumstances, this would be really exciting: classic band playing classic album (bonus points because the album was released shortly after the Misfits broke up). It's a well tested, nostalgia-filled gimmick that we all love, BUT YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO DO IT IF THE CURRENT VERSION OF YOUR BAND DOESN'T EVEN CONTAIN THE ORIGINAL VOCALIST AND SONGWRITER WHO WROTE THAT CLASSIC ALBUM. That's not how this thing is supposed to work, especially if the only current member of the band-that-still-calls-themselves-Misfits who played on that album is the bassist.

We were just starting to get used to the current version of Misfits being a thing, a thing we could live with and not think too much about, but now it's like a fresh wound all over again.

Below are 10 reasons we think the Misfits should not be playing Earth A.D. in full...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: KEN mode at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
KEN mode

Winnipeg crushers KEN mode recently played some stuff off their upcoming sixth album, Success at one of the BV-SXSW parties, which we mentioned sounding closer to AmRep noise rock than their previous material. Now they've revealed the first studio recording from the LP, "Blessed," and the AmRep comparisons are even more apt here than we realized seeing it live. It seems very appropriate that the album was engineered by Steve Albini, mastered by his Shellac bandmate Bob Weston, and features an appearance by Oxbow's Eugene Robinson. (It also awesomely features members of Full of Hell.)

Success will be out on June 16 via Season of Mist. Watch the video for "Blessed," via Noisey, below.

KEN mode also announced a tour with fellow AmRep worshippers Fight Amp. That comes to NYC for a show on June 18 at Saint Vitus with killer local support from Pyrrhon and Couch Slut. Tickets for Vitus should be on sale soon via Ticketfly. All dates are listed below.

In related news, Fight Amp have announced the followup to 2012's Birth Control. It's called Constantly Off and will be out on June 9 via Brutal Panda. You can watch an album trailer with clips of new music, below.

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March 27, 2015

photos by P Squared Photography; words by Andrew Sacher

Torche / Nothing's crowd
Torche
Nothing

Torche put out their killer new record Restarter on Relapse last month, and last night (3/26) they brought their tour with Nothing and Wrong to NYC for a sold-out show at Saint Vitus. The new album is Torche's heaviest since In Return and possibly their most psychedelic ever, and that came across even more so at last night's show. The droning quality of much of the new record was in full effect, and Torche were in total attack mode. We got almost all of the new record, but also plenty of older favorites too including "Healer," "Kicking," "In Return" and a handful of others.

Nothing
Nothing

Before Torche, their Relapse labelmates Nothing put on an equally awesome set, opening with one of their heaviest songs yet, the sludgy/grungy "July the Fourth" off their recent split with Whirr. Tons of favorites from last year's Guilty of Everything LP followed ("Bent Nail," "Dig," "Get Well," etc) and they had the front half of the room in a wild mosh pit the whole time. Opening was Wrong (ex-Capsule, Kylesa, and featuring Torche's drummer), whose Helmet-y jams were a fine start to the night. Pictures of all three bands are in this post.

Torche, Nothing and Wrong are all on the upcoming Nirvana tribute, Whatever Nevermind, which Robotic Empire is putting out on April 18. That comp also includes La Dispute (who play NYC tonight), Boris, Cave In, Touche Amore, Thou, Young Widows and more. The only song that's out from it at the moment is Circa Survive's cover of "Drain You," which you can stream below.

Torche also just put out the video for "Annihilation Affair" off their new album. That video and more pictures and setlists from the Vitus show, also below...

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March 26, 2015

photos by Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Sacher

Rat Fist / Pianos Become The Teeth / Single Mothers
20150320 - BrooklynVegan Day Party - Friday - SXSW 2015
20150320 - BrooklynVegan Day Party - Friday - SXSW 2015
20150320 - BrooklynVegan Day Party - Friday - SXSW 2015

The three 2015 BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 continued on Friday (3/20), once again bringing a handful of bands to the venue's two stages from noon to 6 PM. This one was co-presented with Invisible Oranges.

Unfortunately, Walter Schreifels' band Vanishing Life had to cancel at the last minute due to illness, so Creepoid were moved from the outside stage to the inside stage and the show got a slightly later start. But other than that (and some rain), day 2 went off without a hitch.

Philly's Creepoid, who since ran into some legal trouble, started the day on a psychedelic note, with hazy smoke machines filling the room and their bass and their swirly logo (emblazoned on their bass drum) lit up from inside the drum. It was the perfect setting for their rocking shoegaze. After them it was Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band. The band's currently a power trio, and while Kevin's equally (or better) known for acoustic singer/songwriter stuff, they stuck mostly to their harder material which was a great fit for the day's bill. After them was The Velvet Teen, the shapeshifting rock band who are about to release their first full length in nine years on Topshelf. They played mostly stuff off that album, and the new songs sound good: like a mix of their indie rock early years and the artier tendencies they took on later on.

Power Trip
20150320 - BrooklynVegan Day Party - Friday - SXSW 2015

After Velvet Teen, the inside stage went officially into heavy mode with Canadian punks Single Mothers. They were in beast mode as usual and got a good amount of the crowd rowdy as well, with a handful of people up front shouting along. Then came their Canadian neighbors KEN mode who have a new bassist and a new album on the way that they previewed a handful of songs from. The new stuff has them sounding a little less metallic and a little more AmRep noise rock. It sounded great. They were followed by Power Trip, who recall a handful of early thrash and crossover bands but sound way too urgent to come off as retro. Like they tend to do, they had the whole room turned into a total madhouse. Wrapping up the inside stage was United Nations, one of Geoff Rickly's current bands. Their album makes a joke out of punk rock (while also being a killer punk album), and they did the same at their show, pairing their crushing set with stage banter that sarcastically poked fun at things like McDonald's' presence at SXSW. And for one song, Geoff broke out his old mask.

Meanwhile, the outside stage began around 12:30 with Rat Fist, a trio featuring members of No Age and Pissed Jeans who played a solid set indebted to garage and early punk. They were followed by Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan, who are currently on their first US tour and were one of the bands we were very excited to finally check out. They sounded great, and their singer's excitable stage presence was fun to watch too. Then came their Run for Cover labelmates Pity Sex, whose hard-hitting shoegaze sounded as good as ever. Up next was Pianos Become the Teeth (who share a rhythm section with United Nations), who played an intense set pulling almost entirely from their newest album, the post-hardcore band's first without screaming. Then the day ended with two veterans: first Mac McCaughan of Superchunk who previewed his upcoming debut solo album, and then shoegazers Swervedriver who just put out their first album since 1998 that (perhaps thanks to bands like Pity Sex and Creepoid) doesn't sound dated at all.

Swervedriver
20150320 - BrooklynVegan Day Party - Friday - SXSW 2015

Thanks to our sponsors Dropkloud, Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) and MailChimp for helping make the party possible. If you unlocked our party playlsts on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for helping keep our artists relaxed.

Pictures from Thursday HERE. Saturday coming shortly. More from Friday below...

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March 25, 2015

photo: Ghoul at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Ghoul

Creep thrashers Ghoul have announced the "Weapons of Mosh Destruction 3-D" tour running for three weeks starting in May with Phobia and Nekrofilth. The tour kicks off in Denver and hits Maryland Death Fest before finishing up in California (where they'll be back in October for California Death Fest).

They stop in NYC on May 20 at Saint Vitus with additional support from Artificial Brain. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Before heading out on that tour, Ghoul is appearing at Kirk Von Hammett's Fear FestEvil with Meshuggah, High On Fire, Orchid and more. The festival goes down April 10-12 at RockBar Theatre in San Jose, CA, and has now added a free outdoor Carnival of Chaos taking place outside the venue. The carnival will feature "an authentic freakshow, carnival games, hearse car show, Kirk's '36 Ford and crypt, and various vendors all weekend." Tickets for the festival are still available, but the VIP and Murder Mystery Dinner tickets are sold out.

Kirk won't be performing at his fest, but Metallica are headlining this year's Lollapalooza.

All Ghoul dates are listed, with a live video from 2012, below...

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Van Halen

Van Halen, still back with David Lee Roth, are set to tour North America once again this summer. The tour hits the NYC-area on August 9 at PNC Bank Arts Center, August 13 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and August 27 at Susquehanna Bank Center. Tickets for all dates go on sale April 4, with pre-sale info being announced locally (stay tuned for NYC-area info). All dates are listed below.

Van Halen are also releasing their first live album with David Lee Roth, Tokyo Dome Live in Concert, on March 31. That day, they'll also reissue Van Halen and 1984. All three will also be released together as a box set. Listen to "Runnin' With the Devil" and "Panama" from the live album, below.

They'll also make their first US TV appearance with David Lee Roth since he rejoined in 2006 on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. It airs on March 30 and 31. They'll do it again on Ellen on April 2.

Tour dates and song streams below...

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March 24, 2015

photo: Tombs at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Tombs

Metal festival Stardust returns for its fifth installment this June at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus from June 26-28. Night 1 has Taake, Fell Voices, Young and in the Way, Wolvhammer and Anicon; night 2 has Bethlehem, Tombs, Black Anvil, Inter Arma and Vorde; and night 3 has Bethlehem, Fell Voices, Svart Crown, Mutilation Rites and Anicon.

Individual tickets for night 1 are unfortunately already sold out, but three-day passes and tickets for night 2 and night 3 are on sale now.

by Andrew Sacher

Royal Thunder

Atlanta heavy rockers Royal Thunder, who just played SXSW, announced a spring and summer tour with another ripping crew, Wild Throne.

The tour brings the two bands to NYC on June 25 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (3/27). All dates are listed below.

The tour is in support of new releases from both bands. Royal Thunder have a new LP called Crooked Doors coming April 7 via Relapse Records (artwork above). So far two songs from the record have come out, the crushing "The Line" and the more scaled-back "Ear On The Fool." Both are great and can be listened to below.

Meanwhile, Wild Throne signed to Roadrunner to release the full length followup their promising 2014 EP Blood Maker (released on Brutal Panda). It's called Harvest of Darkness and is due August 18 via Roadrunner. First single "War Is A Romance" is another punishing ripper from this band, which like their EP recalls The Mars Volta at their heaviest. Also like the EP, it was produced by Ross Robinson who worked with the Mars Volta guys themselves (in At the Drive-In though), so clearly he knows a thing or two about recording this type of stuff. Listen below.

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