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October 28, 2014
Deafheaven at MHOW in September 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Every metalhead's favorite black metal (or shoegaze or post-rock or screamo) band Deafheaven are heading out on the next Converse Rubber Tracks tour. What started as just individual free shows turned into short tours of free shows this past August when High on Fire went on the first Rubber Tracks tour. Converse appears to be doubling down on the metal, and the Deafheaven tour hits NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 19 (where they also played earlier this year) with support from Beast Patrol. Though the show is free, you do need tickets, which go on "sale" Wednesday (10/29) at noon. The tour will start out in Deafheaven's hometown of San Francisco and hit the other cities like L.A., Toronto and Boston with a rotating supporting cast. All dates are listed below.
All dates are listed, along with a stream Deafheaven's recent Adult Swim Single "From the Kettle Unto the Coil," below...
October 27, 2014
Doomriders at House of Vans in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Nate Newton is a busy man. The Converge bassist has announced some shows with Doomriders, the band that he fronts, including NYC at Saint Vitus on December 5. They'll be joined by Black Black Black, Humanless and Mammal, and tickets for that show are on sale now. It's two days before they play what they're billing as their 10th Anniversary Show in Cambridge.
Before that they've got a Scandinavian tour with Louisville's fellow Deathwish signees Coliseum. Newton did double duty when Doomriders and Converge (who are touring with At the Gates) both played frontman Jacob Bannon's Deathwish Fest over the summer (which Coliseum also played).
Oh and did we forget Newton's third project? Old Man Gloom (with members of Cave in and Isis) have a new album called The Ape of God out on November 11 via Profound Lore. You've already heard "The Lash" from that album and they've since released "Predators" which you can stream below.
Oh and Newton is playing bass on the new Cavalera Conspiracy album Pandemoniom, also out in November (11/4). Hopefully Newton will have time to tour with all 4 bands. You can watch a video for a track from that below.
Check out all dates for Doomriders, a stream of the new Old Man Gloom song, and a video of a full Doomriders' set from Berlin earlier this year, also below...
photo via Twitter
Austin's Housecore Horror Film Festival, the metal/horror festival founded by Pantera/Down's Phil Anselmo and author Corey Mitchell, wrapped up over the weekend and we're now saddened to learn that Corey Mitchell has passed away earlier today. The fest posted on Facebook:
Thank you all for a fantastic weekend - it is, however, with a heavy heart that we here at Housecore Horror Film Festival must announce that our friend and the father of this wicked brain-child, Corey Mitchell, passed away this morning.MetalSucks (to which Corey has contributed over 150 articles) added that he "reportedly suffered the heart attack at Emo's, the festival's main venue, earlier today." Corey had also been working on Phil Ansemlo's autobiography. Rest in peace, Corey.
Please send your thoughts and prayers to his family. He loved the festival. He loved horror. He loved metal. You damn sure know he loved you guys. Cheers, and thank for your respect during this sensitive time.
photos by Tim Griffin, words by Rob Sperry-Fromm
"Mastodon killed it last night. I'm still feeling the repercussions at work today." - @ARodzATX
Mastodon, Gojira and Kvelertak have spent a fairly staggering amount of time on the road together this year, and they recently brought the current iteration of the tour to Austin for a show at Stubb's (10/20). Unfortunately our photographer missed Kvelertak, but BV was on hand for sets from Gojira and Mastodon, and pictures of the show are in this post.
If you've ever caught these bands live, you know that they bring contrasting styles to their performances. Gojira are an incredibly tight and heavy machine--their sound is always clear and crushing in equal measure, and the drumming in particular is always ridiculously on point. Both bands have a deep back-catalogue to draw from, which they do liberally, although both brought a focus on new material. Mastodon are a bit all over the place live, but not in a bad way. Everybody chimes in with vocals, and drummer Brann Dailor and lead guitarist Brent Hinds are extremely good improvisers, lending a more off-the-cuff vibe to their sets. At the Stubb's show they hit something from every album, although Blood Mountain seemed to get short shrift, with live staples like "Crystal Skull" and "Colony of Birchmen" conspicuously absent. But, as a nice touch, they did break out the rarely heard psych-country Blood Mountain closer "Pendulous Skin" for their final song, which they dedicated to the late keyboardist Ikey Owens, who contributed keys to that track.
Mastodon have been involved in some controversy lately after they released a video for the Once More Round the Sun track "The Motherload," which featured near-"Anaconda" levels of twerking. Some media outlets such as The Guardian accused the video of sexism and/or racism for its depiction of female butts. Mastodon's drummer defended it to Pitchfork though, saying "it's not meant to be taken so seriously, and one of the dancers in the video came to their public defense too, saying "Ask us if it was racist or sexist. We were the ones right there experiencing it. I'll tell you from my view: no."
Not ones to be cowed by such accusations (remember, this is the band who sells bikinis and shorts emblazoned with "Asstodon"), Mastodon responded to "Twerkgate" by launching a twerking contest to win tickets for some of their upcoming shows (the contest appears to be taken down) and released a special twerk-themed halloween t-shirt.
Controversy or no, the tour will continue this month and next, and New Yorkers will have another couple of chances to catch the bands when they hit The Paramount in Huntington, NY on Halloween (tickets) and the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on November 1 (tickets). We're also giving away a pair of tickets to the NJ show. Details on how to enter to win, below.
More pictures from the Austin show (including one of the setlist), all upcoming tour dates, the video that inspired Twerkgate, and contest details, below...
October 23, 2014
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Judas Priest / Steel Panther at Izod Center - 10/17/14
Anyway, the show took a dark turn when they played their ballad "Beyond the Realms of Death", which made me have to sit down a second and think about my own mortality and also how this chick's ass was in my way for a second. But I got over that fast because then Rob Halford came out on a fucking Harley for "Hell Bent for Leather" and it was the greatest thing ever to happen in North America. He also wore like nine different leather jackets during the show, which ruled. Most singers are lucky if they can wear like three jackets tops. [Dave Hill's Barclays Center review]Metal legends Judas Priest's tour with Steel Panther already hit NYC for a show at Barclays Center. We posted pictures and Dave Hill's review of that (excerpted above), and now we've got a set of pics from the other NYC-area stop that happened October 17 at the Izod Center. Like at the Barclays show, this was packed with classics like "You've Got Another Thing Comin'," "Breaking the Law," "Hell Bent for Leather," "Metal Gods," plenty more. Didn't catch the exact number of leather jackets this time though.
More pictures, with the setlist, below...
Black Breath at Knitting Factory in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Seattle's Entombed-style death rippers Black Breath last toured this past spring, and they'll cap the year off with a one-off in NYC. This one happens at Saint Vitus on December 14 with support to be announced. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Black Breath's most recent album is 2012's Sentenced to Life. You can stream that in full below...
October 22, 2014
Fishbone at Afropunk 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Long-running eclectic alternative band Fishbone are still going strong, having released a new EP, Intrinsically Intertwined, earlier this year. They've also played a few festivals, including NYC's Afropunk, and have more tour dates coming up including a return to NYC before the year ends. Following an opening slot at The Mighty Mighty Bosstones' Homedown Throwdown (12/26) and a NJ show in Stanhope (12/27), Fishbone will hit NYC's Gramercy Theatre on December 28 with with Shinobi Ninja. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (10/24) at 10 AA with Live Nation/Music Geeks (password: musicgeeks) presales starting today (10/22) at 10 AM.
After Gramercy, Fishbone will head across the country for a New Year's Eve show in San Diego. All of their dates are listed, with a stream of "Unstruck" from the new EP, below...
October 21, 2014
Radio Moscow at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
As discussed, Iowa psychedelic band Radio Moscow are going on a tour with doom-metal institution Pentagram, though they're not on the NYC stop which happens November 1 at Gramercy Theatre with Blood Ceremony, Bang and Kings Destroy (tickets). Instead, Radio Moscow will be in California that day for Day of the Shred with Red Fang, Weedeater, Windhand, Bongripper, ASG, Danava and more; but they've since added their own NYC show happening right after the Pentagram tour.
The riffers will team up with Black Wail and more TBA for a NYC gig on November 4 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Updated dates are listed below.
Radio Moscow's newest album, Magical Dirt, came out earlier this year. Check out a stream of its track, "Death of a Queen," with the list of tour dates, below...
Crowbar at Gramercy Theatre in September (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
New Orleans sludge mainstays Crowbar have spent much of 2014 touring behind their excellent new LP Symmetry in Black. Now they've announced yet another tour to go down before the year ends, this time with Unearth and Black Crown Initiate. That tour rolls into NYC on December 8 at Saint Vitus. The Vitus stop (presented by Noisey) will also include a screening of Noisey's 'NOLA' documentary, which was made by former BV writer Fred Pessaro and is really worth checking out. Tickets for that show will go on sale this Friday (10/24) at noon.
Crowbar also just put out a new video for "Symmetry in White" from their new LP, which you can watch below. The final NOLA episode
will be revealed soon (UPDATE: It's out now and can be watched below), but 'til then you can watch the latest episode, with the full list of tour dates, also below...
October 20, 2014
Converge at Decibel's 100 Issues Celebration in 2013 (more by Shaun Regan)
The always-huge Decibel Magazine tour has been announced for 2015, and this one features At the Gates, Converge (who played the mag's 100-issue celebration last year), and Vallenfyre (mems At the Gates, My Dying Bride, etc), with more openers to be announced. That is an absolutely stacked lineup. The reunited At the Gates are releasing At War With Reality, their first album since 1995, next week. Converge have been playing shows and are working on new material. Vallenfyre are playing Maryland Deathfest. These three bands are all as excellent as they are stylistically distinct, making this a must-catch for the heavier crowd.
The tour will close with an NYC show on April 12 at Webster Hall, for which tickets will be on sale Friday (10/24) at 10 AM.
All dates for the Decibel tour are listed, along with a stream of a new At the Gates song, footage of Vallenfyre's recent set at Obscene Extreme fest, and a cool video of Converge playing live, shot from a go pro camera on drummer Ben Koller's head, below...