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October 17, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

Pharaoh

Pharoah (the NJ sludge band, not the Philly power metal band) have been releasing singles and EPs for a few years now, and they're finally set to release their debut full length, Negative Everything, on Halloween via A389. We've got the premiere of the album's new single, "Dusted," which brings sludge back to its roots of when hardcore bands started learning Black Sabbath riffs. Fans of earlier Neurosis would probably dig this too. Check it out below.

Pharaoh were part of this week's first round lineup announce for their label A389's 11th Anniversary Bash (they played last year too), which also includes Haymaker, Weekend Nachos, Noisem and more. Pharoah will also be on tour with their labelmates Homewrecker this month and next. That tour doesn't hit NYC but will be nearby for a Montclair, NJ show on 11/20 at The Meatlocker with Eternal Sleep and a Long Island show on 11/23 at Even Flow.

All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...

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October 15, 2014

Weekend Nachos at A389 Anniversary 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Weekend Nachos

Hardcore and grind-oriented A389 Recordings have announced the first round of bands for their 11th annual Anniversary Bash, which takes place in Baltimore on January 15-17, 2015. Like in previous years, there are some exciting names booked so far including Haymaker, Weekend Nachos, Ilsa, Castle Freak, Genocide Pact, Pharaoh, Noisem, Sex Prisoner, Starkwather and Ampallang Infection. Many of these bands are on or associated with A389, and almost all of them, with the exception of Castle Freak, Genocide Pact, and Starkwather, played last year's event too. Stay tuned for more announcements, but in the meantime, this is reason enough to get excited.

Last year's A389 Anniversary Bash was co-sponsored by Invisible Oranges and included Systems Overload-era Integrity, Infest, Ringworm and more.

Along with Maryland Death Fest, the A389 Bash is one of at least two killer heavy festivals happening in Baltimore in 2015.

photos by Greg Cristman

King Diamond @ Best Buy Theater - 10/14/14
King Diamond
King Diamond

Watching King Diamond's band as a whole is such an amazing experience and they proved to be without a doubt one of the greatest metal bands around. In the past they just seemed to be great to me but on this night, they were unfuckingbelievable. King Diamond delivered such a solid, precise performance while not losing any kind of fluid feel or passion. Drummer Matt Thompson is without a doubt one of metal's greatest drummers and why he isn't more known in the metal world is something that is beyond me. We really need to work on that.

The guitar team of Andy LaRoque and Mike Wead have solidified themselves as one of my all-time favorite guitar teams as they ripped notes out of the fucking air and at times seemed to telepathically communicate with each other playing so precisely without stepping on each other. I also have to give props to King's lovely wife Livia Zita for doing an amazing job on backing vocals. What I loved so much about this is that in a time where bands are using pre-recorded tracks to duplicate doubled vocals, King Diamond chooses to recreate it live and I consider that way more effective and magical that coping out and using tracks.

King Diamond's setlist pulled from some his most iconic releases such as "Abagail", "Fatal Portrait", and "Them" but "Conspiracy" was the most popular draw boasting five songs including "At the Graves" which I considered to be the absolutely highlight of the night as I nearly threw my fucking back out thrashing around like a spastic child air guitaring and headbanging. No King Diamond show would be complete without a nod to his legendary past band Mercyful Fate and he did so with a one/two punch of "Evil" and the everlasting classic "Come to the Sabbath." I really loved hearing these songs and it reminded me just what a catalyst Mercyful Fate was for the greatness of King Diamond that we were seeing this very night. [The Great Southern Brainfart]

Metal legend King Diamond kicked off his North American tour last week and made his way to NYC for a show at Best Buy Theater last night (10/14) with Jess and the Ancient Ones. The above review is from the tour's first night in Atlanta, and NYC got the same setlist which reached back to the early days of Mercyful Fate all the way up through the newest King Diamond album, 2007's GIve Me Your Soul...Please. King was in his usual black and white face makeup, and sang with his mic was mounted on a cross. The band was backed by light-up crosses, had two staircases on stage, and were caged in by bars for part of their set. Though King didn't have a new album to support on this tour, he has a best-of called Dreams of Horror coming out on November 11 via Metal Blade.

The tour continues in Worcester on Thursday (10/16) and hits Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest next month. Check out more pictures, videos and King Diamond's full setlist from last night, below...

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Cannabis Corpse at Bowery Electric in 2010 (more by Suren Karapetyan)
Cannabis Corpse

Richmond, Virginia death metal and weed-pun purveyors Cannabis Corpse are going on another US tour in November/December with Texas thrash crew Mammoth Grinder. Bassist and studio-mastermind Phil "Landphil" Hall apparently never sleeps, as this comes on the heels of a new Iron Reagan album and an ongoing tour for that band. Not to mention his now-legendary neo-crossover band Municipal Waste recently hit the road as well. Mammoth Grinder are no slouches themselves, as they spent the summer touring with Power Trip, with whom they share a member.

The tour is in support of Cannabis Corpse's excellent full-length From Wisdom to Baked which came out earlier this year, and it will stop in NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on December 19. Tickets for that show are not yet on sale, but they should be up soon via Ticketfly.

All dates listed, along with a stream of From Wisdom to Baked standout "With Their Hash He Will Create," below...

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October 14, 2014

Manilla Road at Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Manilla Road

Classic Kansas power-metal outfit Manilla Road were initially around from the late '70s to the early '90s before going on hiatus, but they picked back up again in 2001 and have been going strong ever since with frontman Mark "The Shark" Shelton as the only constant member. They're on tour overseas right now in support of their latest LP, 2013's Mysterium, and US fans will get their first chance this year to see Mark and company in November. They'll play shows in Chicago and Baltimore before they stop in NYC to play two shows at Saint Vitus on November 22 and 23. The first night they'll be joined by Weed Is Weed and Polygamist (tickets), and the second show will feature support from Brooklyn thrash mainstays Natur and Python (tickets).

Check out a video of Manilla Road playing "Dreams of Eschaton" on TV in 2004, as well as all upcoming tour dates, below...

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Metal Grasshopper

Long in the works, Metal Grasshopper is finally here! Dave Hill (seen recently at a Judas Priest concert) and Phil Anselmo (seen recently in a documentary about New Orleans metal and on a boat with Lemmy) will be posting episodes of their comedy/metal series on YouTube. The first episode is live now! Watch below...

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Russian Circles at Bowery Ballroom in February (more by Di Lynn Ring)
Russian Circles

Post-metallers Russian Circles are going out on a short tour with their Cave In/Converge-related labelmates Mutoid Man this December. The Sargent House acts are playing shows in Cambridge, Philly and a Brooklyn stop on December 11 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale this Friday (10/17) at noon. Details on the Philly show are still TBA. UPDATE: Philly show announced and all dates are listed below.

Look forward to new tracks from Mutoid Man at these shows, they've got a new LP lined up for release next year. In case you missed it when it originally dropped, the band's stellar 2013 debut, Helium Head was just reissued through Sargent House. Russian Circles' last release was 2013's killer Memorial, and they're reissuing their 2006 debut Enter on November 25 (pre-order).

All dates are listed, with streams of Helium Head and Memorial, below...

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October 13, 2014

photos by Mathieu Bredeau

Deicide @ Santos - 10/9/14
Deicide

Deicide, Septicflesh, Abysmal Dawn, Carach Angren, and Inquisition brought their ongoing tour to NYC last week, playing Santos Party House on October 9 (the show had originally been set for Gramercy Theatre but moved to Santos). Pictures of the show are in this post (though we missed Carach Angren). Controversial, inverted crucifix-bearing death metal rippers Deicide are still touring behind their 11th album In the Minds of Evil, which came out last year. Their set had a good chunk of songs from that album and also drew plenty from their vast back-catalogue. The rest of the bands ran the gamut from shiny orchestral Greek death metal (Septicflesh) to controversial USBM (Inquisition).

More pictures (including one of Deicide's setlist) below...

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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Mayhem in Oslo, Norway in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Mayhem

Norwegian black metal institution Mayhem have announced a US tour this winter with co-headliners Watain and openers Revenge. The bands are quite well-matched, as Watain have been bearing the theatrical black metal torch (both literally and figuratively speaking) for awhile now, and Revenge are an excellent current incarnation of classic black metal evil. At the very least, the tour is sure to include a lot of blood and fire. Revenge frontman James Read officially commented on the subject of the tour--"Prepare to bleed upon the Altar of Triumph. No Scene, No Brotherhood, No Remorse. Behold Total Rejection..." Questionable capitalization aside, this should be an awesome tour. The "Black Metal Warfare Tour" will hit NYC on January 10 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show will be on sale Friday (10/17) at 10 AM.

Check Watain's concert dvd/documentary/cult ritual "Opus Diaboli," Mayhem's video for "Freezing Moon," a Revenge stream and all dates for the tour, below...

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photos by Greg Cristman, words by Dave Hill of WFMU's The Goddamn Dave Hill Show

Judas Priest

Thursday night I went to see Judas Priest at the Barclays Center, the place usually reserved for concerts by the rapper Jay-Z in Brooklyn, and that shit was fucking awesome, especially if you like Judas Priest, which duh. Here's what happened. First, my friend Dave, who knows I am basically the biggest Judas Fucking Priest fan of all-time and I should probably be in the fucking band and you can ask anyone, gave me some extra tickets he had to the show and I was like "Thanks, Dave, you're the best!" until my friend Rob, who has a job, called to tell me that he had FOUR FUCKING TICKETS to sit in the sweetass VIP LUXURY BOX the place where he works owns so I told Dave to go fuck himself and threw the tickets he gave me in the trash. Anyway, fast forward like 45 minutes and I'm walking into the Barclays Center and you could tell all the people who worked there were just like "Why isn't this dude going in the band entrance or something?" because of my strong rock look. I had a leather jacket on and everything. But then I just flashed my VIP LUXURY BOX TICKET and they ushered me through some special doors where everything smelled much better. Then I got on some elevator with my friends and some other fucks and I said "I hope Solange doesn't beat the crap out of me!", which was a humorous reference to the time the R&B star Beyonce's sister smacked the shit out of the rapper Jay-Z in an elevator that everyone on the elevator seemed to get a real kick out of. Sometimes it's hard to know how to act on an elevator but I like to think I helped everyone relax.

A couple minutes later, we were totally in the fucking VIP LUXURY BOX, which was awesome. Normally at concerts I like to be down on the floor in the front row because the band seems super pumped about it and the makeout potential (with super hot chicks) is much better but I am definitely down for mixing it up with some VIP action every once in a while too. The cool thing about the fucking VIP LUXURY BOX is that everything in there is totally free. You can grab like six beers from the fucking fridge and no one is gonna say shit about it. And when you get done with those you can grab six more. Fuck it. Also, there was a nice chicken dish with those fingerling potatoes that look like dicks, and also hot dogs, which- yeah, I know- also look like dicks but calm down. There was also a vegetable plate so vegetarians can have some shit to eat too if they think they're gonna pass out or something.

Anyway, I got myself a fucking hot dog (normally I don't like relish but the kind they had was actually pretty good), cracked open a cold one and went to sit down at front of the VIP LUXURY BOX with my friend Marc, who came from work. As soon as I did, like 80 hot chicks down below whipped there heads around to look at me like they wanted to bone but I didn't have time for that shit because I was there for Priest, not to give some hot chick the best night of her life. Steel Panther was still on at this point and they were good but a part of me was also like get off the fucking stage right now or I will come down there and kick all four of you guys in the taint cuz I want to see Judas Priest right fucking now and I pretty much speak for everybody here on this one, thanks.

After Steel Panther ffinished, I went to take a monster piss in the VIP FUCKING BATHROOM down the hall, which has way better urinals than the bullshitty ones regular people at the Barclays Center have to use. While I was in there, the guy taking a leak next to me was all like "The Rangers are winning" and I was like "Calm down- this doesn't mean we're dating." Then I got the fuck out of there.

When I got back to my seat in the VIP LUXURY BOX, there was a giant banner in front of the stage that said Judas Priest on it and I was super pumped.

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Then like two minutes later, the banner falls down and all of a sudden everyone in Judas Fucking Priest but Rob Halford is standing there like they were gonna kick everyone's asses and it was awesome. They start jamming fucking "Dragonaut" (not the Sleep song, duh) from their new album which is awesome but still seems fucking nuts when you know how to play "Heading Out to the Highway" or something instead. Then a couple seconds after that, Rob Fucking Halford walks on stage covered in leather and I almost pissed my tight rock jeans even though I had just gotten back from taking a massive leak. Anyway, Rob is singing, it's the fucking best and we are both basically owning the entire Barclays Center. Some people say Rob has trouble hitting the notes like he used to but it didn't matter because I had that shit covered. You could tell everyone sitting near me was like "Holy shit."

After the first song, Judas Fucking Priest launched into "Metal Gods", an awesome song about me and the guys in Judas Priest. It should be noted at this point that K.K. Downing, one of the original guitarists in the band, quit a few years ago and they have this new guy Richie Faulkner who is totally sweet at guitar but compared to me it's just like "You're kidding, right?" The thing is though I don't even know if I'd have time to be in Judas Priest right now because I have other shit going on. Sometimes life is all about timing and I hope Rob Halford and the rest of the band understand that. Anyway, Glen Tipton is still in the band and is awesome at guitar and has cool hair. Even so, a lot of the time he just stands there like he's making a salad or something and sometimes I'm just like "Get your shit together- you're in Judas Fucking Priest!" The cool thing, though, is that the bass player, Ian Hill (No relation. That I know of! Hahahahaha. Mom?! I am kidding. Haha), looks like he was cryogenically frozen in 1982 and then thawed out right before the show and he fucking breaks out the rock moves the entire show like he's not even really trying. If Glen Tipton would turn around even once during the show he'd be like "Ian Hill (no relation) is fucking owning me right now!" but whatever.

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.

After "Hell Bent for Leather", the whole band went back stage to check out some tits and high-five I bet before coming back out for the encore, which included my personal anthem "Living After Midnight" and then another one. Personally, I think it's fucking insane that Judas Priest didn't play "Heading Out to the Highway", "Hot Rockin'", or "United" and I hope someone has a long fucking talk with them about it and then they can have a good long think about it on the bus, but Judas Priest is still so good at being Judas Priest it's not like I can stay mad at them. I bet if Jay-Z tried to ride a motorcycle on stage he couldn't even handle that shit for like two seconds. Also, he sucks at rapping. The drummer for Judas Priest is Scott Travis. I would like to be in their band.

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Judas Priest continue on tour and play Izod Center in NJ on 10/17 before continuing towards Texas to co-headline Fun Fun Fun Fest. More pictures and the setlist from Brooklyn, below...

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