Recent Posts in metal - Page 2
December 11, 2014
Testament on the Motorhead Motorboat in October (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
A couple of stacked east-coast hardcore/metal festivals have recently announced their lineups. First up, Damaged City Fest will take place in Washington D.C. from April 10-12. It will feature UK-based The Mob, Canada's Career Suicide, DC's Coke Bust, PA's Hounds of Hate, NJ's Razorheads, and NY-based Warthog and Ajax, among many others. Those last few bands, along with DC's Red Death, who will also be making an appearance, were featured in our hardcore roundup last week. Ticket info and more bands TBA. Full initial lineup below.
The following weekend, Worcester, MA will play host to the more metal-centric New England Hardcore and Metal Festival on April 17-19. The lineup is pretty huge, with classic thrash like Testament, Exodus and Nuclear Assault joining more current popular bands like Between the Buried and Me and more exciting underground acts like Nails, Wisdom in Chains and Homewrecker. Tickets are available now in either three-day packages or for individual days.
Check out the initial lineups and flyers for both fests, below...
December 10, 2014
Retox, the ripping punk project of The Locust's Justin Pearson, and heavy noise rockers Whores are set to hit the road together in eearly 2015. That excellent double bill hits NYC on February 21 at Saint Vitus. TIckets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (12/12). All dates are listed below.
Earlier this month, Retox released with a split with Narrows (the current band of Botch vocalist Dave Verellen) and you can stream a contribution from each, below. Speaking of Botch, bassist Brian Cook recently spoke to Noisey about the possibility of a reunion and said "I have always said 'never,' but I have now been instructed by the other dudes in the band to stop saying that." "I won't say never anymore," he continued. Well that's something! Fingers crossed.
Another of Brian's defunct bands, These Arms Are Snakes (which also featured Ryan Frederiksen of Narrows), also recently unearthed a cover of Lost Sounds' "Energy Drink And The Long Walk Home" on a split with The Coathangers. You can stream that, and The Coathangers' cover of The Gun Club's "Sex Beat" from the split, below too.
December 9, 2014
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Myrkur & Ulver's Kristoffer Rygg
No longer mysterious one-woman black metal project Myrkur (aka Amalie Bruun of Ex-Cops and formerly of MINKS and Frankie Rose's band), released an EP on Relapse earlier this year that stirred up its fair share of controversy among metal purists who decried her lack of heavy bona-fides. That's unfortunate, considering the EP is pretty great, but hopefully those cries will be silenced with the news that Myrkur's debut LP features some of the black metal heavy hitters she's been inspired by. She's currently working on it in Oslo with producer Kristoffer Rygg, the man behind Ulver. On top of that, it will feature Teloch of Mayhem on drums and contributions from Øyvind Myrvoll of Nidingr and Dodheimsgard. The full-length is as yet untitled, and it's due out in 2015 on Relapse.
Myrkur shared a demo for the new album called "Skaoi" last week, and she's also announced her first-ever live performance, which will take place at Roskilde Festival in Denmark next July.
Speaking of Mayhem, they'll also be heading out on tour with Watain and Revenge in January.
Check out that new Myrkur demo below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Yellow Eyes at Saint Vitus in July (more by Greg Cristman)
Fellow NYC metal outfits Yellow Eyes and Anicon are currently on tour together, and they'll wrap up their run of dates with a hometown show at Union Pool on Saturday (12/13). Joining them will be local psych metal band Kosmodemonic. This should be a fun show, as Anicon's proggy approach provides a strong complement to the powerful, straight-ahead black metal practiced by Yellow Eyes. Tickets will be $10 at the door.
All dates listed, along with streams from all three bands, below...
December 8, 2014
Our metal blog Invisible Oranges is presenting a loaded and varied NYC metal show at Trans-Pecos on December 14. The lineup features Humanless (a new project from members of Unearthly Trance), industrial weirdos Psalm Zero (ex-Castevet, Extra Life), local grindcore outfit Buckshot Facelift (which features members of Artificial Brain), and Bloodmist (members of Kayo Dot and Oneirogen). Tickets are on sale now for $10.
Check out video of Psalm Zero at 285 Kent and Buckshot Facelift at Leftfield from last year below...
Kurt Ballou w/ Converge at MHOW in 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Converge already have a busy 2015 ahead of them, with a big tour with At the Gates and Vallenfyre -- that hits NYC on 12/12 at Webster Hall (tickets) -- lined up, but even when Converge aren't touring or working on an album, their members seem constantly busy. We recently talked about what bassist Nate Newton is up to, frontman Jacob Bannon is always busy with Deathwish, and guitarist Kurt Ballou is always behind the boards of some of the best heavy music coming out today.
Now that it's Best-Of List Season, Kurt has given us a list of his favorite 2014 releases that he recorded, produced, and/or mixed. Here's what he had to say about it:
I'm pretty terrible at writing these "10 best albums of 2000 whatever" things because, as a recording engineer, after concentrating on music for 10 hours a day, every day in my studio, listening to music isn't a priority when the day is through. I kind of hate it, because I really love music, but I also need some time to reset my ears and brain. So, when asked to contribute to these sorts of things, I'm always a bit embarrassed to respond with, "uhhh... I'm only really familiar with the stuff I recorded." But I recorded some killer records this year, so fuck it - here's some shameless self-promotion. In no particular order, here are some of my favorite 2014 releases that I recorded, produced, and/or mixed.Self-promotion or not, it's a list of great records. Check it out, with his commentary, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Janette Valentine
As discussed, Torche are releasing their new album Restarter on February 24 via Relapse (their first for the label), and they've now released its first single, "Minions." It's the kind of poppy sludge we've come to expect from Torche (or from Floor, frontman Steve Brooks' other band who put out a new album this year), and this one's on the band's slowed-down side. Check it out below.
December 5, 2014
Earlier this week we started to hear rumblings of a super secret, giant Vice party taking place Friday night (tonight, 12/5) somewhere in Brooklyn. Many big names were rumored to be playing. Like the event they just threw in Toronto, it would be to celebrate the now-mega-company's 20 years of existence. Then last night Nick Zinner tweeted the above "Vice Confidential" memo which has the Yeah Yeahs guitarist playing as part of a house band which will be fronted by Karen O and a ton of other exciting guests, if it all comes true. Pussy Riot is even on there, as are a bunch of Vice Records artists, as you can see above.
The show is invite only, but apparently they'll at least be filming it all (for the benefit of those not in attendance, and for those who make it in but partake a bit too much in the open bar), and they gave away a few tickets.
It goes without saying that the timing of this, though surely coincidental, is just a bit unfortunate for everyone since the last time we used "Brooklyn", "Vice" and "party" in the same sentence, was to discuss the final night of Death By Audio less than two weeks ago (Glasslands closes on New Year's Eve).
For what it's worth, I don't think there's any crossover between the Vice lineup and who played the final month at DbA, though Hisham Bharoocha used to be in Lightning Bolt who played DbA's final night.
So, who's on the list?
photos by Mathieu Bredeau
DTA / Obituary / Massacre
Death to All (Death DTA), the touring Death tribute frequently featuring ex-members, brought their ongoing tour to NYC for a show at Best Buy Theater on November 30. The bill was pretty stacked all around, with more veteran death metal from Obituary and Massacre, as well as comparative newcomers Rivers of Nihil. More pictures from that show below...
December 4, 2014
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Eyehategod at Acheron in July (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
In welcome news that shouldn't be particularly surprising, after a year of hard touring behind their excellent new self-titled LP, Eyehategod will continue playing a bunch of shows in 2015. They've announced a two-night NYC run happening at Saint Vitus on February 6 and 7. The shows will feature excellent support -- the first night featuring crusty Brooklyn crushers Mortals, who also released a great album, Cursed to See the Future, this year, and just finished touring with Wolvhammer. That first night lineup is filled out by two more Brooklyn bands, the sludgy Blackout and the grindcore outfit Scowl.
The second night will be find Eyehategod joined by absolutely filthy PA grinders Full Of Hell, who recently put out a collaborative album with Merzbow and are also opening for American Nightmare at Webster Hall (sold out). Night 2 also has local doom/electronic project Cleanteeth and New Jersey sludge crew Clamfight. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.
Meanwhile, Eyehategod's Mike IX Williams on tour now with his other band Corrections House, having hit Saint Vitus this past Monday.
All upcoming Eyehategod dates listed, along with streams from some of the openers, below...