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April 17, 2014
by Doug Moore
Jucifer at Acheron, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
ALWAYS ON TOUR!!!! january to december every year!!RV-bound sludge duo Jucifer really are on tour pretty much perpetually -- check their website's show history page and prepare to scroll for about 5 minutes before you even reach the end of 2013. The band currently have a few Ohio dates scheduled to round out the month of April, followed by an appearance at the UK's Temples Music Fest in early May.
The month that follows is uncharacteristically quiet for them -- they currently don't have any further live appearances announced until June 6, when they'll hit NYC for a show at The Acheron alongside Cleanteeth & Mammal. Tickets for the NYC show are available now. No further dates announced yet, but as long as this band exists, it's a given that they're planning more appearances.
Check out the list of Jucifer's announced dates and stream their latest album (which is conveniently titled за волгой для нас земли нет) below...
April 16, 2014
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Motörhead / Chance the Rapper / Little Dragon / Toy Dolls
However, Sunday's lineup thankfully featured some guitar-brandishing acts, besides Motörhead, who proved that rock is not dead at Coachella -- or in general. For instance, British punk veterans the Toy Dolls pulled a respectable crowd to the Mojave Tent (opposite the very different Calvin Harris's set) and kept a proper counter-clockwise, Doc-Martens-kicking-up-dust slam pit going at full churn throughout their high-energy performance. "Do you think I'm getting too old for this?" spiky-haired frontman Michael "Olga" Algar asked the crowd. It was likely a rhetorical question, but fans ceased their slam-dancing just long enough to shout back, "Noooooo!" - [Yahoo! Music]The first weekend of Coachella 2014 wrapped up Sunday night (4/13) with dance music and Arcade Fire, but there was lots of other stuff going on too. Motörhead, with Lemmy back in action after some health issues, was there to show them how it's done and brought out Slash for a few songs; punk pranksters Toy Dolls and indie rock vets Superchunk both played a high energy set that would tire bands 20 years their junior; and Chicago's Chance the Rapper brought out, um, Justin Beiber.
There were also Swedish pop charmers Little Dragon, Australia's very talented Courtney Barnett, photoshy North Carolinians Neutral Milk Hotel, industrial-techno outfit Factory Floor, and lots lots more. Pictures from Coachella weekend 1, day 3 are in this post.
Stoner rock vets Clutch released their newest album, Earth Rocker, last year, and on June 10 they're giving it a triple deluxe reissue via Weathermaker Music. The new version includes the full album plus new songs "Night Hag" and "Scavengers," an "Earth Rocker Live" CD of the album being performed live, and a "Live In Denver" DVD of the band's 11/14/13 show at Ogden Theatre. We're premiering a clip of the band playing Earth Rocker track "D.C. Sound Attack!" from the DVD in this post.
The album can be pre-ordered here. Watch DC-area band frontman Neil Fallon perform "D.C. Sound Attack!" in a D.C. 9:30 Club shirt below...
Agalloch (more by Wyatt Marshall)
We also have a pair of tickets to giveaway. Details on how to enter below...
April 15, 2014
by Doug Moore
The Spanish technical death metal band Wormed released one of my favorite metal albums of 2013 in their wackadoo sophomore effort Exodromos. When I came across Wrong -- a black metal side project featuring Wormed burp/squealer Phlegeton -- I jumped at the chance to check out their sophomore album, the rather ESL-sounding Pessimistic Outcomes.
The album comes out on April 22 via Xtreem Music, and we just premiered a full stream of it over at Invisible Oranges today. Like Wormed, Wrong tend towards the theatrical, but that's pretty much where the similarities end; Wrong play a restrained and decidedly morose version of BM that has little in common with Wormed's off-the-wall insanity. From our IO writeup:
Phlegeton's delivery in Wormed boils down to an array of squeals, burps, and chirps -- it works great over technical death metal, but is almost singularly ill-suited to mopey black metal. He's a talented vocalist and I expected him to modify his delivery, but perhaps not this much. The guttural component of his voice is almost completely absent here, replaced by a thoroughly effects-bathed range of washy sighs and shrieks that's heavily reminiscent of Wrest's delivery on the last couple of Leviathan records. His work here is a novel match for this otherwise conservative strain of black metal, and the album benefits considerably from it.You can stream Pessimistic Outcomes in full below...
By Doug Moore
Agalloch at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 2012 (more by Wyatt Marshall)
Okay, so this is kinda huge: post-black metal heroes Agalloch are going on tour and Invisible Oranges is pleased to present the NYC show at Irving Plaza on June 30, with support from proto-doomsters Jex Thoth. Agalloch's new album The Serpent & The Sphere is already generating a lot of AOTY talk even a full month before its 5/13 release date, so you know this is gonna be a total blowout. All dates are listed below.
If you want to be present for said blowout in NY: an IO presale will start on Ticketmaster tomorrow (4/16) at 10am. It'll require a password for purchase; check the corresponding IO post tomorrow morning to find it. The presale will end on Thursday at 10pm, and the general sale will begin at the same link on Friday.
Prepare yourselves. Jex Thoth and Agalloch, who were recently added to Maryland Deathfest, will both be touring in the weeks before this show; their itineraries (and some recent music from each) are below.
April 14, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
Behexen (photo via their Facebook)
Sargeist and Behexen are two of the filthiest and best black metal bands out of Finland, and both are making it over to the US for dates surrounding the Martyrdoom Festival at Saint Vitus (6/27-7/1). You may notice that the tour dates, below, roughly line up --- the two bands are closely related and share a couple of members, including guitarist Shatraug. Though it's basically one tour, there are no dates where both bands play, though. If you're along the route, these are tours not to miss, as you may not get the chance to catch the two bands soon after.
Sargeist's excellent new album, Feeding the Crawling Shadows, recently came out --- stream a track below.
In related news, the noisy Philadelphia black metal crew Hexer were just added to Martyrdoom, and there have been a couple of other lineup shuffles in the past few weeks, so be sure to check out the current schedule below.
All dates, current Martyrdoom schedule, and stream below...
words and photos by Joshua Ford
Upon his return home to Paris after the 2014 Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN (and after touching down on four continents in just four weeks, a NYC show at Baby's All Right included), Stephen O'Malley of Sunn O))), Nazoranai and countless other projects, graciously took some time to discuss his three performances at this exceptional U.S. festival with Joshua Ford.
Friday's lineup at Big Ears had O'Malley performing a solo set, focused on the volume/tone/drone aspects of his body of work most commonly associated with Sunn O))). On Saturday the festival reached critical mass at one o'clock am with O'Malley, Oren Ambarchi and Keiji Haino performing a smoldering improvisational set as Nazoranai (who play the Wick in Brooklyn on May 21). A scant nine hours later, at noon on Sunday, O'Malley and Ambarchi switched gears and performed two written compositions by modern composers Alvin Lucier and Iancu Dumitrescu.
FORD: How did your involvement with Big Ears come about? Was it the plan from square one to have you be involved in that capacity, on multiple days, and have you play three sets?
SOMA: We got an offer for Nazoranai to play, but at the time we didn't have any other things going on in the states, so it would have been very expensive to fly everyone over. I'm American but I live in Paris; flying myself from Europe, Mr. Haino from Japan and Oren from Australia to play one show is pretty expensive. You know, it's to the advantage of the festival to try and get more out of it. We all play in different formations, we're up for that, and it gives a chance to stay for the weekend. It kind of blossomed from there, and I'm really glad that happened.
April 11, 2014
by Doug Moore
Opeth at MHOW, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
A lotta cool bands are putting stuff out soon! Let's dig into it.
Long-running Swedish prog metallers Opeth have announced that they will release their 11th album, Pale Communion, on June 17. (Okay, so they haven't been all that cool for a while now, but still, people love them.) Meanwhile, local black/death heavyweights Tombs have released a trailer for their upcoming third album, Savage Gold, which will be out on June 10 and which is now available for preorder. Trailer's below if you're into it.
The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mayhem and Diocletian have all debuted new songs, while NYC wallopers Tiger Flowers are streaming their album in full -- you can catch their record release show on Saturday (4/12) at the Gutter, along with Meek Is Murder, So Hideous, and Dead Channels. You can check all four of those streams out below as well.
While we're on the live local tip: sadistic Philly noise-metal greats Starkweather will be hitting Brooklyn for a one-off on May 3 at The Grand Victory, along with Lament, The Communion, and Pyrrhon (my band). Tix are available. Further, White Widows Pact (feat. members of Primitive Weapons and Grudges) have announced a roughly two-week East Coast tour, part of which will also involve Hollow Earth, including the concluding NYC stop at The Acheron on 5/20 (tix).
As far as other live options this weekend go:
TONIGHT (4/11): the much-ballyhooed Decibel Magazine tour, which features Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts, and Noisem, will hit NYC at the Best Buy Theater (tix). If dropping $40 to see 40-somethings rage out onstage seems like a little much, you could opt instead for Hivesmasher, The Great Sabatini, Radiation Blackbody, Mother Brain, and Geryon (stacked!) at the Acheron (tix). Or if you wanna get the old-school vibe in a smaller space, UK proto-thrashers Satan are bringing their first-ever North American tour to Black Bear Bar (formerly Public Assembly), with support from Natur and Sacrificial Blood (tix).
TOMORROW (4/12): the aforementioned Tiger Flowers / Meek Is Murder / So Hideous / Dead Channels record release gig at the Gutter goes down. Sweden's Infernöh and BK's own Nomad will rock their previously TBA show at the Acheron, along with Who Killed Spikey Jacket?, Green Beret, & Ivy (tix). Infernöh and Nomad will be back next weekend for New York's Alright.
For more, scan our NYC Metal Show Calendar. It rules.
In the Invisible Oranges corner: we scoped out new music by The Oath, Aurvandil, Of Feather & Bone, and A Pregnant Light. We dispensed some helpful advice for independent bands who want to get music critics to check out their work. We gave away one last set of tickets to see Godflesh on our East Village Radio show, which was brought to you this week by Irving Plaza. (This Tuesday's show (4/15) features an interview with Godflesh, so be sure to tune in for that.) We also ran down all the metal fit to buy, as ever.
That does it. Check out that bundle o' streams and the White Widows Pact dates below. Anything else?
Godflesh @ Irving Plaza 4/10/2014
There is no way I can adequately describe how stoked I was to see the Godflesh tour at Irving Plaza last night (4/10). I was nearly catatonic with frenzy; exhausted from excitement and impatience for the show. Since about 1991, Justin K. Broadrick has been a personal hero of mine. Through all of my musical and personal-stylistic phases, from metalhead to poseur punk to hardcore dork to rude boy to skinhead to motorcycle enthusiast, Justin K. Broadrick and all his various projects are one of the few things I have carried with me lo these many years. My first and only time seeing Godflesh was as a 13 year old, 70 pound, pint-sized mullet head in 1992 at the now-defunct but endlessly important Club Babyhead in Providence Rhode Island. That show was in the days before I even remotely considered wearing earplugs and will go down in history as the loudest, bassiest experience of my life. I remember having to retreat to the back of the room because the bass was vibrating my body so bad I wasn't sure if I'd end up puking or crapping my pants. I regret passing up every subsequent opportunity to see Godflesh, so last night -- which itself was postponed from October -- was years of waiting come to fruition.
Now that Godflesh is a completely independent entity and no longer bound by the whims and oversight of a label, the two opening acts felt more carefully curated than obligatorily tacked onto the bill. The first opener was Pharmakon, a one woman onslaught of industrial dirge and ear splitting terror. The brainchild of New York City native Margaret Chardiet, Parmakon was a very crowd-polarizing act. Pharmakon plays extremely loud and chaotic beats and textures accentuated by Chardiet's brutal, from-the-guts screams. Some people were clearly not impressed. For me, though, it was a phenomenal experience. I watched her set with my friend Kurt aka Submerged aka the guy who owns and operates OHM Resistance, and we were both floored. She isn't for everybody, but it sure as shit tickled the fancies of me and Kurt. Her set seemed really really short, and when I saw her afterwards I asked why her set was so short and she said she was having some technical difficulties. And that's too bad. I could have listened for hours.
After a brief intermission, the next act up was Cut Hands, a one man electronic act featuring legendary noise master William Bennett. For the uninitiated, Bennett founded Whitehouse in the UK in 1980, a band who was at the forefront of the experimental and noise scene for 27 years before finally disbanding. Although known as a godfather of noise and experimental music, I found his set last night to be extremely cohesive and easy to get hooked into. It was sort of a bastard child of classic-era Underworld with a dash of darkness, violence, and physical abuse. Accompanied by a series of incredible projections, his semi-dancy set had the entire room transfixed and, I don't know, sort of.... dancing? As dancy as a sausage-fest can get I reckon. But people were way into it. I was way into it. The inclusion of Cut Hands by Broadrick was such a great nod to the era when Broadrick was starting to bloom in the Birmingham underground scene with bands like Napalm Death. I feel lucky to have been able to witness such a master at work.
After Cut Hands and what had to be the easiest and fastest stage changeover, two-man sonic powerhouse Godflesh took to the stage. As the house lights dimmed and fog began to rain down from the heavens, Broadrick and Green turned up their guitars and filled the room with a growling, feedback laden wall of sound that lasted for about three minutes. Suddenly a projection appeared at the back of the stage, a programmed cymbal counted off 4 beats and then... KABOOM! Godflesh exploded into one of their most legendary tunes "Like Rats." I thought the place was going to implode.
Let's face it; I am a dork with a penchant for nostalgia. When I say I was anticipating this moment for years, I am not exaggerating. That opening explosion of Like Rats signaled the arrival of one of the most important shows of my life. And the setlist they put together was plucked straight out of my dreams. "Christbait Rising," "Streencleaner," "Spite," "Mothra," "Avalanche Master Song," "Defeated," and "Crush My Soul" all made the playlist of the evening. The technologies the band uses has changed considerably over the 20+ years since I last saw them, but the crossover has not changed Godflesh's signature sound one single iota. Benny Green's bass tone is as crushing as it ever was. All the beats sound exactly as they did all those years ago, and Broadrick's vocals are as devastating as ever. A video of "Like Rats" from last night, plus pictures from the whole night, are below. Unfortunately, Godflesh live is really only adequately experienced... well... live. No video could possibly capture the volume and uber-heaviness of their performance. Last night's show was a flawless triumph. End of story.
If you need more Godflesh, be sure to tune into Invisible Oranges show on East Village Radio this Tuesday (4/15) at 10 PM EDT where they'll air an exclusive interview. In the meantime, more pics and video from Godflesh's Irving Plaza show, below...