Recent Posts in metal
November 20, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Ester Segarra
At the Gates returned a few weeks ago with At War With Reality, the followup to their game-changing melodic death metal classic, 1995's Slaughter of the Soul. Calling it a comeback would be an understatement; it sounds more like they never left. Now they've made a video for one of its tracks "Heroes And Tombs" (dir. Costin Chioreanu) that just premiered over at Noisey. Check it out below.
As discussed, At the Gates are going on the 2015 Decibel Mag tour with Converge and the AtG-related Vallenfyre. That killer triple bill hits NYC on April 12 at Webster Hall. You can still grab tickets.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
New Hampshire screamo group Youth Funeral are putting out a new EP called See You When I See You on January 27 via Twelve Gauge Records, also home of Nervous, No Sir and others. We're premiering the EP's new single "When It Pours."
"When It Pours" is a complex, heavy slab of screamo in the Orchid/Loma Prieta/Deathwish Inc/etc vein. One thing that sticks out about them is the technically proficient instrumentalism. The song moves from section to section seamlessly, starting with grind-y blasts of aggression and moving towards a subtler, more emotive coda. It manages to be technical, emotional, and tightly composed at the same time. The EP was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Will Killingsworth, whose work with Orchid, We Were Skeletons, My Fictions and others proves he knows how to make bands like this sound great in the studio. Here's looking forward to what the rest of the EP sounds like.
Stream "When It Pours" below...
November 19, 2014
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Napalm Death at Knockdown Center (more by Greg Cristman)
Original grind masters Napalm Death are streaming a brand new single from their incredibly named upcoming album Apex Predator - Easy Meat, which is due out on January 27 via Century Media. The song, which debuted over at Decibel, is called "Cesspits," and it's an absolute ripper -- equal parts punishing and complex, rushing through riffs and time signatures with seemingly effortless brutality. If this is any indication, the new record should be killer.
As discussed, Napalm Death are heading out on a huge tour with Voivod, Exhumed, Iron Reagan and Ringworm, among others, in 2015. That beast of a tour hits NYC on February 2 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are still available. Napalm Death are also the 24th greatest metal band of all time according to a Metalsucks poll of experts, narrowly coming out in front of Lamb of God.
Stream the new song below...
By Rob Sperry-Fromm
Occultation at Saint Vitus in 2011 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Old school-style NYC metal crew Occultation (who feature a member of Negative Plane) recently put out a new album, Silence in the Ancestral House, which was produced by the inimitable Kurt Ballou, on Profound Lore. It's an ornate, baroque slab of classic-sounding metal, pulling from the theatrics of Mercyful Fate and the dark witchcraft of late '60s occult rock and early doom. The songs are long, expertly composed, and drenched in reverb, and the skill with which this very specific template is executed makes it pretty much catnip for NWOBHM and doom fans. Give it a listen in full, below.
Occultation play locally a good amount (maybe you caught them at the Cult of Youth release show last week), and they've got two upcoming NYC shows at the moment. First, they'll be playing Palisades on Friday (11/21), where they'll be joined by Kosmodemonic, Mountain God, and Think Tank. Tickets for that show are on sale now. They'll also be playing one of the two YOB shows at Saint Vitus that we've discussed, where they'll be joined on the second night (12/13) by Ecstatic Vision. Tickets for that show are still on sale.
Stream the new LP below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Planning for Burial at Saint Vitus in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
New Jersey's Planning For Burial, who released the excellent Desideratum earlier this year, is heading out on a short run of east coast dates this month into December. He'll be hitting NYC for a show at Grand Victory on November 30, which will feature support from Phily's Psychic Teens (who just put out a new 7"), Street Sects nad Hex Cult. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Planning For Burial also recently released a split with Minnesota goth/post-punk crew Liar In Wait. Planning For Burial's track, "Mischief Night," which you can stream below, is really a continuation of the more accessible flavors of Desideratum, showcasing a strongly developed take on shoegaze and post-rock. Its a legitimately lush, beautiful, enveloping listen. Check it out, with the list of dates, below...
November 18, 2014
Wino with Saint Vitus at Saint Vitus Bar in 2012 (more by Samantha Marble)
As we've discussed, iconic Saint Vitus frontman Scott "Wino" Weinrich was recently deported from Norway for possession of illegal substances during the band's ongoing European tour. The band has continued the tour in Wino's absence, and word subsequently came out that the illegal substance in question was methamphetamine. In the wake of this troubling news, Wino has released an official statement (via Decibel) that discusses the circumstances surrounding the arrest and the fact that he is seeking treatment for addiction. The entire statement is posted below...
Liturgy at Pitchfork Fest 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
As discussed, Swans have upcoming dates including a hometown show in NYC at Warsaw on December 12. Since we last spoke, it's been announced that NYC black metal band Liturgy will open that show, which is a great double bill. Previously, both bands' drummers contributed to this year's Ben Frost album. Tickets for that show are still available. Swans have also added several more tour dates, including many in North America such as the Big Ears Festival. Updated dates are listed below.
Swans are also releasing the "Oxygen" EP next week (11/25) via Young God/Mute which features four alternate versions of that track which appeared on this year's To Be Kind. It includes an edit by Mute founder Daniel Miller, which you can stream below, as well as a live recording from Primavera, an early version recorded by Michael Gira at his house, and an acoustic version.
That song stream and the list of dates below...
November 17, 2014
photos by Greg Cristman
Year of No Light @ Saint Vitus - 11/14/14
French post-metal greats Year of No Light have been at it for years but they had never played the US until this month. They just wrapped up their first-ever US tour which culminated in a two-night stand at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus, both shows with excellent and different local openers. We caught the second night (Friday, 11/14) with black metallers Vilkacis, noisemakers Gnaw, and probably the most like-minded to YONL of all of them, Sannhet, who recently signed to The Flenser for their upcoming LP. As you'd hope, YONL were tremendous.
More pictures from the show, and a couple videos of YONL's set, below...
November 15, 2014
the greatest metal band of all time in NJ in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
On Thursday, we posted MetalSucks' list of the 25 greatest metal bands of all time as voted on by a poll of musicians, critics and other music industry types. Well we posted #2 - #25 at least. #1 hadn't been revealed yet, but with the absence of Black Sabbath thus far it seemed obvious who MetalSucks would be revealing as the winner. It's officially announced now, and duh. Here's some of what Kim Kelly had to say about the greatest metal band of all time:
It's hard to quantify Black Sabbath's impact on heavy metal, because without Black Sabbath, there would be no such thing as heavy metal. Theirs was a logical continuation of the increasingly heavy sounds that came before, from Wagner to The Beatles and Deep Purple to Steppenwolf, but it took a perfect storm of Birmingham's working class gloom, Tony Iommi's mangled fingers, inner demons both real and imagined, and the nascent menace of Thatcherism waiting in the wings to first coax true heavy metal thunder down from the lofty realm of the gods and into this mortal coil.Read more on them and the rest of the bands on the list over at MetalSucks.
...So, why is Black Sabbath one of the most important metal bands of all time? If it weren't for them, none of us would be here. For that at the very least, to say nothing of their incredible music, they deserve our veneration.
No Sabbath, no metal. Period.
Let's hope that new album and (allegedly final) tour come sooner than later. Rock out to some Sabbath and check out the list in full below...
by Andrew Sacher
If you go to metal shows in NYC, there's a good chance you've seen or heard something about Vorde, the new-ish local black metal band that shares members with Ruin Lust, Fell Voices, Anchorites and (A)Truth. Following a promising lo-fi demo, Vorde have upped the sound quality just a bit for their self-titled debut album which came out this week on Psychic Violence Records. Going by the two songs that are streaming online, this is truly evil sounding stuff. The singer sounds like he's slowly dying as he groans over the rest of the band's dissonant and hellish atmospheres. Check out those tracks for yourself below. If you like what you hear, head to their release show tonight (11/15) at the Acheron with Haethen, Kama Rupa and Drowning the Virgin Silence. Tickets are available.
Update: The streams have been taken off the Fallen Empire bandcamp as of now.