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August 21, 2014
by Ian Chainey
Noisy sludgesters The Body are gearing to tour if they have a van that will survive the trek. To make that happen, the band has set up an Indiegogo campaign, opening with this pitch:
If you follow us, you know we tour a ton but we've never owned a van that wasn't at least 12 years old and had over 200,000 miles upon us buying it from some freak on Craigslist. Honestly, we feel weird about crowd funding so we tried to offer stuff that we would be selling anyways in some other format. We would buy it with our own money but we're borderline animals with no careers because we've thrown our lives in the toilet to tour 6 months a year and surprisingly, yelling to people doesn't pay like it did in the 80's.I feel like this is the section where they get a slow clap for honesty.
Of course, one of the highlights of crowdsourced projects is window shopping the donor perks, and this one has some goodies. The options include snagging a never-to-be-pressed again album, T-shirts featuring either member of the duo, and a chance for the band to take you out for pizza. You can watch a video on the fundraising campaign below.
The Body have had another busy year, releasing two collaboration albums -- I Shall Die Here with the Haxan Cloak and Released From Love with Thou, which we premiered on Invisible Oranges -- along with a bevy of early summer shows including dates with Thou and a spot at this year's Gilead Fest. They're currently scheduled to appear at Southwest Terror Fest in Tucson, Arizona in October.
The campaign video along with streams from their 2014 releases appear below.
August 20, 2014
by Ian Chainey
GWAR at Housecore Horror Fest 2013 (more by Trent Maxwell)
Following a successful GWAR-B-Q where the Oderus-less GWAR appeared up to snuff, the remaining Scumdogs have announced they're heading back out on the road after their Riot Fest Chicago appearance in September. The GWAR Eternal Tour 2014 will bring aboard openers Decapitated (for select dates), Corrosion of Conformity (ditto), and American Sharks. The gore-soaked celebration will start rolling in the middle of October. The two-month long trek will hit cities like Hollywood, Philadelphia, and Buffalo, along with a stop at Austin's Housecore Horror Film Festival. NYC and surrounding areas get shows on October 16 at Starland Ballroom in NJ with Decapitated and American Sharks; November 30 at NYC's Irving Plaza with Corrosion of Conformity and American Sharks; and December 12 at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT with the same lineup as Irving. Tickets for the NJ and NYC shows go on sale Friday (8/22) at noon and 10 AM, respectively. There's a presale starting Thursday (8/21) at 9 AM for NJ and a MetalSucks presale starting Thursday at 10 AM for NYC. Ticket info for the New Haven show here. All dates are listed below.
Of course, as most GWAR tours do, this one has a theme. According to BalSac The Jaws of Death:
Dark clouds of war and ill omen have gathered around GWAR. In our hour of greatest peril, Oderus has left us and our enemies stand poised, ready to strike while they sense weakness. But we shall no longer cower in our Antarctic stronghold, awaiting Destiny's final blow. This Fall GWAR sets out on the most trying quest of our career. We shall scour our leader's favorite stomping ground, North America, leaving no city unsearched, no venue unraised, and no sheep unmolested. GWAR will venture to the depths of Hell or to the very end of Time itself, and though I fear what we may encounter out there, I know that we can never return home until we have the answer we seek: 'Where is Oderus Urungus?'It's going to be like Snoopy Come Home! with slightly more blood, semen, and (*sniff*) tears.
As for the tour's openers, Polish tech-deathers Decapitated -- who are opening the first leg -- have a new album on the way via Nuclear Blast named Blood Mantra that will hit the streets on September 26 (preorder). The long running Corrosion of Conformity -- who are picking up the second leg -- released IX back in July. The group has slimmed down to a trio since reforming in 2010, recapturing the crossover/punk spirit of their early career. (Former COC member Pepper Keenan has taken on Down full-time, though Pepper has indicated there are talks of his return.) And newer-comers American Sharks are quickly becoming seasoned tourers, having hit the road with Whores and Clutch this year.
All of the dates along with streams for all of the bands appears below.
by Wyatt Marshall
photo by by Eliza Sohn
Holy Sons, one of the projects of Emil Amos (Grails, Om, etc) are releasing their new album and first for Thrill Jockey, The Fact Facer, on September 23 (pre-order). We're now premiering its gorgeous new single called "All Too Free," a contemplative and occasionally haunting song with ample breathing space. The vocals are one of several highlights. Give it a listen below. The album comes with bonus tracks, including covers of Black Flag, Circle Jerks and Slapshot, which you can stream below.
Emil is debuting Holy Sons' brand new backing band on August 25 at Stage 48, opening for Sleep (whose singer/bassist Al Cisneros plays with Emil in Om). That show (which is now sold out) is one of a few live dates for Sleep, who recently released their first new song in 20 years. Holy Sons also play a record release show at Union Pool on 9/25 with Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band. Holy Suns are on at 11, and tickets are on sale.
Emil and Al's awesome stoner doom band Om will be on the road soon too, and will land in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on 10/5 with Watter.
Song streams and lists of tour dates, below...
words by Klaus Kinski, photos courtesy of Converse
High on Fire @ MHOW - 8/15/14
The first-ever Converse Rubber Tracks Live tour roared into NYC on Friday (8/15) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, bringing along with them a whopper of a free showcase featuring metal Gods High on Fire and Brooklyn chaos outfit Blackest.
Unfortunately, for one reason or another your man Klaus completely missed Blackest. As a matter of fact, I got to the venue just as the lights were being dimmed for High On Fire's absolutely crushing set. I really wanted to see Blackest. They are heavy, aggressive, and as musicians they are tighter than a baby rabbit's b-hole. Did you see them? How was their set? Fortunately for me and other New Yorkers, they play ABC No Rio on Saturday (8/23) as part of a hardcore oriented matinee (which is also a stop on Dangers and Graf Orlock's tour).
As usual, High On Fire delivered a flawless and brutal dose of riffcentric sludge that brought the room's humidity and stank level to a solid 100%. Though derivative to a certain extent in their own right (but who isn't), High on Fire are so influential and so often imitated by lesser cretins that when you actually see them live you can't help but immediately come to the realization that they are simply impeccable; Gods of the genre. Throughout the entire set, which consisted of tunes new and old, the crowd was 110% into it. Some shoving, lots of fist pumping, and copious amounts of singing along made this one of the funnest sausage fests I have been to in ages. They bookended the show with classics, "Fury Whip" and "Snakes for the Divine" and included crushers "Baghdad," "Fertile Green," "Mouth of the Architect," "Devilution," "Rumors of War," and "Fireface," among others. If you were a newbie to High on Fire, this show was a perfect orientation. If you were a veteran fan, the show was a great homage to a staggering career. If you were an idiot, you were elsewhere.
More pictures from the show, below...
August 19, 2014
By Ian Chainey
Small Stone Records, the home and distributor to quality stoner metal and stoner rock from artists such as Acid King, Dozer, and Sons of Otis, was recently flooded due to the storms Detroit endured early in August. Now owner Scott Hamilton needs help to get everything back in order. A YouCaring.com page has been set up to take donations with the following message:
Gear and product were both destroyed and insurance in Michigan is crap, so we're coming together to help Scott from Small Stone with some of the massive expense of cleaning up from this flood.Oof. You can see more pictures of the flood below.
Scott's support for heavy music over the last 19 years that he's run Small Stone has never wavered and this is a chance to help somebody who's helped us by enriching our lives with great bands and great riffs.
In related news, Small Stone artist Lo-Pan are still kicking off their tour at the end of the month with Black Cobra, a run that includes an Invisible Oranges presented show on September 18 at NYC's Saint Vitus.
Pictures of the flood along with highlights from Small Stone's ample roster appears below.
August 18, 2014
By Ian Chainey
GWAR-B-Q took place over the weekend, beginning with a special Viking memorial to former singer Dave "Oderus Urungus" Brockie. Jello Biafra and Randy Blythe paid their respects, with the latter snapping the pic of Oderus's gear set ablaze above on his Instagram while sharing these words:
Tonight we sent Oderus home in a fitting manner at the public memorial for Dave Brockie. A blazing Viking ship with Oderus laid out in it, the cuttlefish pointing proudly straight up. Watching my friend Dave's costume go up in flames in front of a thousand fans was so much more intense for me than the private memorial for friends & family we had April Fool's Day. I spoke at both of them, as GWAR asked me to, & both times as I spoke I was sad. But watching his alter-ego burn tore me up way more than the first memorial, maybe because there was Dave, the human who was my friend who just "left us"- I never saw his body- & then there was Oderus, who was something entirely else. To watch his stage gear burn was like watching part of my life literally go up in flames. I was sobbing my eyes out as I took this photo. It was just a super-intense moment. Very beautiful, but overwhelming. Fly free, Oderus- you are missedYou can also watch a video of the event below.
The festival started in earnest the next day with performances from Body Count, Hatebreed, Goatwhore, and a fresh off a court victory Misfits, culminating in the new-look GWAR taking the stage. All members shared singing duties and Mike Bishop was indeed brought back into the fold to take the lead on a few songs. This will probably be what GWAR will look like at Riot Fest and their likely upcoming tour. And, crisis adverted, it's not bad at all. A seriously shaky fan-shot video of the full set also appears below.
About to be the first (and prob only) person to pierce my genitals at GWAR-BQ today. This tweet sponsored by my death.
-- Jena Mason (@Bruce_wang69) August 16, 2014
Congrats? Definitely check out her Twitter feed for more.
The Oderus send-off along with the full GWAR live set appears below.
By Ian Chainey
Glenn Danzig, who last year recorded a covers album that may never come out, was in the studio over the weekend working on his next effort, a collection of Elvis covers. The pic above was posted to the Danzig Facebook page with the following message:
So strange how things happen.Working in studio all this week on "Danzig sings Elvis" ep & tonight is anniversary of day Elvis died"Eap, prap, lovp. A concrete release date hasn't been scheduled, but it's assumed the EAP EP will come out some time in 2015.
Is Danzig covering the King to blow off steam over the recent dismissal of his lawsuit v. Jerry Only? The lawsuit proposed Danzig was owed serious coin thanks to a lucrative Hot Topic deal brokered by Only that has spread Misfits-related merch far and wide (I saw a Crimson Ghost on an iPhone case. Don't look back. You can never look back). But, the presiding judge thought otherwise. According to RE-TOX:
Unfortunately, according to the judge, Danzig failed to allege which terms of the 1994 agreement Only actually breached. In the ruling, the judge notes that the merchandise provision of the 1994 agreement grants each co-owner (Danzig, Only, whoever) the "non-exclusive right to conduct merchandising and to exploit other rights relating to the use and exploitation of the name Misfits." AND that each will retain 100% of what each earns individually from exploiting these merchandising rights.Well, that smarts. Glenn, are you lonely tonight? At least Danzig has the higher profile concert schedule this year, playing Riot Fest and Housecore Horror Festival among other dates (as Samhain).
The best part: the agreement even states that neither Only nor Danzig has any obligation to pay the other person in the event one makes more money than the other.
Check out Danzig's cover of Elvis's "Trouble" recorded in 1990 below.
by Ian Chainey
The final round of bands for Maryland Deathfest 2015 was announced and a stacked lineup was stacked even higher. The highlights are numerous, including Agoraphobic Nosebleed's first live set, Amorphis playing their classic Tales from the Thousand Lakes in its entirety, Inverloch jamming out tunes from their former incarnation diSEMBOWELMENT, super-deathers Bloodbath playing an exclusive US show, and ripping speed-metallers (and suddenly influential) Razor making their first appearance in the States in over two decades. The full list of bands featuring other big names -- YOB, Obituary, and Cephalic Carnage to name a few -- appears below.
In addition to the adds, MDF XIII also announced the stages the bands will be playing, including Thursday pre-fest shows filled out by YOB, Ufommamut, Internal Bleeding, Origin, and others. The exact schedule will be pinned down at the end of August. All ticket options will go on sale September 5 at 3 PM. The early bird sold out in record time, so be on the ball for that one.
The third round of bands along with the stage rundowns appears below.
August 15, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
Falls of Rauros at Acheron in 2012 (more by Samantha Marble)
Falls of Rauros are streaming "Ancestors of Smoke" off of their forthcoming album on Bindrune Recordings, Believe In No Coming Shore. Give it a listen below. The Portland, Maine band can sometimes seem like the Northeast's answer to the Northwest, and on "Ancestors of Smoke" we get a dose of the rich, melodic, woodsy and melancholic atmospheric black metal we've come to expect from the band. The production here is a little rawer than their last album, The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood. Give it a listen below.
Don't miss the opportunity to catch Falls of Rauros live with another of the northeast's finest black metal bands Obsidian Tongue and metal one-man band/composer Oneirogen in NYC at Union Pool on August 27. That show is presented by our metal blog Invisible Oranges and Signature Riff, and tickets will be on sale at the door. See the rest of Falls of Rauros's dates, including a stop at Souther Darkness Fest, below.
By Ian Chainey
At the Gates
So, as Tomas Lindberg made clear at this year's MDF, this At the Gates thing is actually happening. At War With Reality, the melodeath band's first album since 1995's Slaughter of the Soul, is set for an October 28 release date through Century Media Records. Good to know they're not fossils.
Speaking of classics, Death's Spiritual Healing is getting re-done by Relapse. The deluxe edition will come on LP or CD and it's available for preorder now. You can also catch Death to All -- the tribute act manned by ex-members -- on the road soon. Check out a trailer for the reissue below. IN A WORLD WHERE WAVEFORM PEAKS AND VALLEYS ARE SCRUTINIZED. . .
The slightly younger Bat signed to Hells Headbangers for their debut LP. The band will also be dropping a 7" titled Cruel Discipline, too. The speed metallers featuring links to Municipal Waste, D.R.I., and Volture are getting in the van soon, starting things off by checking into NYC's The Acheron on August 22.
GWAR hit MetalSucks' podcast and said new characters are coming, thus ensuring GWAR are the viscera-soaked metal version of Menudo or something. They're also blazing new merchandise options with a GWAR cigar named, wait for it, a Cigwar. I'm all for blunt names. Hey-yo. GWAR-B-Q starts today (8/15).
Speaking of GWAR, one of the clubs they played a lot back in the day was City Gardens in Trenton, which is the subject of a new documentary called "Riot on the Dance Floor". BrooklynVegan is proud to present the NYC premiere of that doc along with a Q&A afterwards with the director, John Joseph (Cro-Mags), Howie Abrams (In-Effect Records, etc) and more. Tickets are still available.
Lastly, Metallica, er, Mastodon's Brent Hinds was. . . interviewed. . . I think. Mastodon also updated their upcoming North American tour dates. You can find both below, and an interview we did with Bill Kelliher at Invisible Oranges.
Don't forget to keep up with the rest of BrooklynVegan's metal coverage during the week.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions that are streamable below.
Let's hit the flicks first: Windhand now have a video for "Orchard." They'll also be touring soon, including a stop on September 20 at NYC's Saint Vitus.
As for the streams, the Iron Lung-related Pig Heart Transplant are offering two tracks from For Mass Consumption (September 2, 20 Buck Spin).
Trad doomers Cardinals Folly have premiered another from Out Cult Continues! at The Obelisk (August 19, Shadow Kingdom Records - preorder). Invisible Oranges debuted the initial transmission last month.
The drone project BLACKWOLFGOAT, from the mind of Black Pyramid/Milligram member Darryl Shepard, dropped "Notausgang" from Drone Maintenance (August 26, Small Stone Recordings).
Num Skull have another peak available from their Relapse remaster of the lost thrash classic Ritually Abused (September 16, Relapse - preorder).
Denton, Texas weirdos Bludded Head plopped out "Shitsucker Blues" off of Reign in Bludd (October 6, Sleeping Giant Glossolalia).
And finally, blasters 1349 covered Voivod for the always-fun Decibel flexi series. Aside from Cardinals Folly and 1349, you can hear all of the streams below.
Got it? Good. To NYC shows we go:
SATURDAY (8/16): Blackened thrash nuts Ketzer are making the trip over from Germany for the first time. They'll be joined by Natur, Throaat, and Occult Burial at Saint Vitus (tickets). If you're still in a punk frame of mind, The Acheron has ZEX, Process, Vermin, Symptom, and Heathen (tickets).
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: As we have a compulsion to do, we rounded up the week's new releases with Upcoming Metal Releases. (Hint: Check out the punk section of Things We Missed.)
We took a deeper look at blackened buzzer Panopticon.
And we debuted death metal standout Diskord.
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.