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August 25, 2014

by Ian Chainey

Kayo Dot at IO SXSW showcase, 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Kayo Dot warned that Coffins on Io, their new album to be released on October 16 via The Flenser Records, was going to be different. In the PR-cast baited hook that accompanied the original announcement, leader Toby Driver said as much: "Basically the vibe that we're going for here is inspired by 80s retro-future noir-- Blade Runner. I wanted to make a good record to put on while you drive across the desert at night under a toxic, post-apocalyptic atmosphere." Then, there were the touchstones. To describe a track, Driver said, "The sound is kind of like a sexy combination of Type O Negative, Peter Gabriel, Sisters of Mercy." Huh. You didn't want to doubt him because Kayo Dot has show themselves to be adept at anything -- blasted-to-pieces chamber music, heartfelt doom, ultra-dark proggy jazz; whatever you got. But gothy new wave Vangelisms? For real?

For real.

"Library Subterranean" alleviates doubts. Beginning with an atmospheric overture recalling Killing Jokes' Brighter Than a Thousand Suns, the song then drops into a section of floaty synth-driven art pop, complete with Driver's airy, yet limber singing. At this stage, "Library Subterranean" can barely be contained, almost the listening equivalent of sliding around linoleum in socks. The track careens from style to style, sound design to sound design, and the thrills and spills are bracing. However, Kayo Dot will soon lock in. At 2:55, they start aligning and recalibrating the instruments, first with a pulsating thrum that's Meshuggah if played by Ashra, and then with a biting/corrosive guitar-led chase that's straight Voivod. For its finale, "Library Subterranean" transitions into King Crimson in a volume duel with Urban Sax. Welcome to your what?/whoa! moment.

Now, I know how that reads, but it works. And that's the thing: while it's playing, "Library Subterranean" flows perfectly. It's just that when you're thinking about it afterwards, you can't even fathom how they put this together. In fact, you sound like a crazy person even trying to recount it. But, hey, that's how Kayo Dot have always been and will be, no matter the genre they're trying to climb. They're a band of a thousand sounds and all of them somehow end up equaling the real Kayo Dot. The track premieres here and can be streamed below.

In preparation of the release, Kayo Dot will be playing a show at NYC's Trans-Pecos with Islaja and Ill Convoy on September 20. Per the Facebook event page, Driver promises a new song will be unveiled. Other things you learn from that link: Driver, when he's not composing wild soundtracks and next-level songs, is money with descriptions of other artists. On the beguiling bedroom avant-pop of Islaja:

Her first US show ever?!?!?! I really don't know, but damn! It's like icy boreal lonesome bedroom vibes, like Burzum if he was actually a good musician, not interested in metal, and not a racist piece of shit
Mr. Driver, Invisible Oranges has openings. The other band, Ill Convoy, is a collaboration between Brandon Seabrook and Judith Berkson. Seabrook has displayed his guitar fret acrobatics on record a couple times this year, both solo and as a guest. Should be interesting.

Stream "Library Subterranean," with a video from Islaja, below...

Continue reading "Kayo Dot releasing a new LP (stream a track), announce Trans Pecos show"

August 22, 2014

by Ian Chainey

Pig Destroyer at GWAR-B-Q, 2013 (More by Josh Sisk)
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Ah, the dominoes are starting to fall: If Agoraphobic Nosebleed are going to play a show, the related Pig Destroyer are going to play two. The grinders now have dates on the horizon, December 19 in Boston and December 20 in Philadelphia, with the possibility of more on the way. Relapse Records will also be pressing Mass & Volume for the first time which was released digitally last year. The wax will hit the streets on October 14.

And if Pig Destroyer are gearing up, baseball grinders Puig Destroyer are getting ready for the postseason. The band featuring members from Thrice, Curl Up and Die, and Kowloon Walled City have signed to No Sleep Records and will release a new self-titled album digitally on September 30. Attention teams that aren't the Red Sox: It'll probably be cheaper than Rusney Castillo. You can check out the track "Mike Trout" below.

Speaking of new releases, we now have a cover for At the Gates' At War With Reality. It's a silhouette illusion you can use for self-diagnosis: See two hands? Go to the doctor. See two men smoking? Go to the doctor. Seriously: that's not a pimple. Go to the doctor. Check it out below.

In other visual teases, Today Is The Day have offered up a trailer for the seriously heavy Animal Mother. The album will be out on October 14 via Southern Lord Records. And if you don't mind taking a shower in two minutes, Animal Mother's pitch-perfect movie accompaniment can be viewed below.

October 14 is also the date of release for blackened sludgesters Inter Arma's The Cavern, a single track 40 minute EP coming out courtesy of Relapse. You can watch a trailer for that below.

A trailer triumvirate, you say? Why not. The MDF-bound/DTA-joining Obituary also have samples rolling on YouTube for the forthcoming Inked In Blood. That one is also coming out through Relapse on October 28. Check it out below. . . and marvel at Relapse's productivity. And then feel bad about your comparative slothfulness. Seriously: get off the couch and go to the doctor.

Another icon had an announcement this week: With Brutal Truth done, Dan Lilker will have time for other endeavors, including thrashers Nuclear Assault who may cut a new album and tour in the near future. Lilker will also be working on Nokturnal Hellstorm, Blurring, and Venomous Concept. Retired Dan Lilker, taking it easy.

Finally, if you're going to do something right, you might as well do it yourself. That's the rationale behind tech-deathers Defeated Sanity's next split. . . with themselves. "YES, we will record a SPLIT album with ourselves!!" the band said through a statement. "One side will be the most brutal, more simple, more caveman Brutal Death that we ever made - but don't worry it will NOT be boring!! The other side will be everything else. Technical, oldschool, progressive - just like we love to hear it from our old Prog Thrash&Death heros [sic] but of course we do it in our own way!" Do you, Defeated Sanity. Always do you.

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Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.

If you were wondering if the streams dried up, this week was a flood. First, here are the full albums: The soon-to-be-touring Opeth unveiled Pale Communion (August 26, Roadrunner Records - preorder). . . on a Euro-only site. Argh, so close! As for things readily available, Midnight dropped No Mercy for Mayhem on the Hells Headbangers bandcamp. Solstafir showcased all of Ótta (September 2, Season of Mist - preorder). And Principality Of Hell offered up the venomous Fire & Brimstone. (Note: Invisible Oranges interviewed both Opeth and Solstafir frontmen recently if you want to know more.) All streams appear below.

As for the singles, we got a taste of Death Penalty's self-titled LP debut (September 16, Rise Above Records - preorder). You can also check out an interview with Rise Above head Lee Dorrian at Invisible Oranges. A music video for Uncle Acid and the Deadbeat's "Runaway Girls" has been made available. Uncle Acid are cycling through North America in September. Lo-Pan, who are hitting the road with Black Cobra and will play an Invisible Oranges-presented show, tossed out a track from Colossus (October 7, Small Stone - preorder). In addition, Small Stone was flooded earlier in the month and you can help out. Witch Mountain showed off another from singer Uta Plotkin's farewell, Mobile Of Angels (October 6, Profound Lore). Classic gore-hounds Necrophagia are back with the first transmission from WhiteWorm Cathedral (October 28, Season of Mist - preorder). And death metallers Lago have dropped a cut from Tyranny (September 16, Battleground Records). Check out all the songs below.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

TODAY (FRIDAY, 8/23): The speedy and now-signed Bat, Chainbreaker, and Iron Force step into the Acheron (tickets). Meanwhile, Europa has a blast of old-school punk with Off!, Bad Antics, and Gay Kiss (tickets).

SATURDAY (8/24): At Red Hook's Pioneer Works, the suddenly touring Liturgy, Wreck and Reference, White Suns, and Kyle Eyre Clyd will play a matinee (tickets). That should leave you enough time to either get your shred on at Saint Vitus with Earthless, The Shrine, and Mirror Queen (tickets). Or to go punk with Vile Intent, NARC, and Limbs Bin at the Acheron (tickets).

SUNDAY (8/24): Jorge Elbrecht's new band Coral Cross (who just made their live debut earlier this week, play a late-night set.

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: New releases? Tons of them: Upcoming Metal Releases recounts them. Want the word straight from the artists themselves? We had interviews with Lee Dorrian and Ex-Breathers. Fresh tunes? We had those, too: Megaton Leviathan and Abazagorath. We also went deep on Pallbearer's freshly released Foundations of Burden. Finally, Scab Casserole either made you smile or caused you to destroy your keyboard with his breakdown of Agalloch's career.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch the reams of streams, and other noted details below.

Continue reading "Heavy Lowdown: Pig Destoyer, Puig Destroyer, At the Gates, Today is the Day, Obituary, Nuclear Assault, Opeth, more"

by Wyatt Marshall

Coral Cross (via Cara Stricker)
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Jorge Elbrecht's (Lansing Dreiden, Violens) metal band Coral Cross recently released its debut seven inch on Mexican Summer and played the cool-looking Pioneer Works down in Red Hook. The show was accompanied by a sculptural installation by Max Hooper Schneider. Did anyone go? How was it?

There will be another chance to catch Coral Cross in NYC. They will play another show accompanied by Max Hooper Schneider's sculptural installation at Baby's All Right this Sunday (8/24) at midnight (so technically Monday). $5 tickets are on sale, here's the event page.

Pioneer Works is also where the reformed Liturgy play this Saturday (8/23) with two noisy and experimental acts, Wreck & Reference and White Suns. More bands are TBA, and tickets are still available.

Stream a track and watch a video off Coral Cross's debut below...

Continue reading "Coral Cross made their debut at Pioneer Works (where Liturgy plays), add 2nd Brooklyn show"

by Ian Chainey

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The first taste of the Melvins' Hold it In, the new album featuring Paul Leary and JD Pinkus of the Butthole Surfers, has hit the web. "Brass Cupcake" is rather rocking, definitely fitting into the more streamlined material of both bands' careers. It's also something of an earworm, with its Kiss/Cheap Trick guitars spinning sugar that will buzz your brain for the rest of the day. According to drummer Dale Crover, that was the intention: "Brass Cupcake is possibly my favorite track on Hold It In! We wrote this song with Pinkus and Paul in mind, once we knew this project was a go. It's our version of what we think pop music should sound like. Get ready to freak out!" Will do. Hold it In is set to drop on October 14 via Ipecac Recordings and it's available for preorder now. Those that do will receive the song "Bride Of Crankenstein" as a bonus.

This version of the Melvins -- minus Paul Leary -- will heading out on tour in October. Drummer Dale Crover is actually currently on tour with OFF! who play NYC's Europa tonight (8/22) with Bad Antics and Gay Kiss (tickets). Dale Crover was also in the studio recently for a forthcoming solo 7" on AmRep titled United Fruit which also features Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh) and Kevin Rutmanis (Cows, Melvins, Tomahawk). You can stream the title track below.

Continue reading "Melvins streaming a track from new LP; Dale Crover streaming a track from solo 7" ft. Lou Barlow & Kevin Rutmanis"

Deafheaven at Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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The newest Adult Swim single comes from post-metal rippers Deafheaven, who have recorded the new track "From the Kettle Onto the Coil" that you may have seen them play this year's Pitchfork Music Festival. The track will be available for free download on Monday (8/25) at Adult Swim's site and you can stream it now, below. P4k also posted a video of them playing it at Pitchfork Fest, which you can watch below too.

Deafheaven's tour hits NYC on September 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with No Joy and Indian Handcrafts. Tickets for that are still available. They also play NY's Basilica Sound Scape.

Continue reading "Deafheaven release new song, "From the Kettle Onto the Coil""

August 21, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

Tombs at Saint Vitus in July (more by Greg Cristman)

Maryland Deathfest is getting a little more New Yawk with the late addition of NY old-school death metal band Suffocation and Skinless and Brooklyn's own post-metal greats Tombs. Suffocation and Tombs will be playing will be playing the Edison Lot, and Skinless will be playing the 5/21 Ottobar show. MDF announced their third and supposedly final round of bands for the 2015 installation earlier in the week, a bunch that included Yob, Amorphis, Agoraphobic Nosebleed and more.

Tombs and Suffocation will be touring this coming Fall, Tombs with Pallbearer and Vattnet Viskar (who are also playing MDF). That tour hits Saint Vitus on 10/27 and 10/28. The show on the 27th is sold out, but tickets are still available for the show on the 28th. Suffocation, meanwhile, will be headlining the "Carnival of Death" tour with Kataklysm, Jungle Rot, Pyrexia, and Internal Bleeding. That tour starts off at the Gramercy Theatre on October 3. Tickets are on sale.

All dates and updated MDF lineup below...

Continue reading "Maryland Deathfest adds a few more bands"

by Ian Chainey

Earth at Inferno Festival, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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The David Lynch Foundation has two fundraising shows on the horizon, both happening at NYC's Saint Vitus. The first takes place on September 25 and features Earth, Cult of Youth, and Dream Police (the project of Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi of The Men). Tickets are available now. The second show occurs on October 4 and brings together JG Thirlwell & Sarah Lipstate, the Soft Pink Truth, and Dominique Leone. Tickets for that show are also available now.

The David Lynch Foundation's aim, per its header, is "Healing Traumatic Stress and Raising Performance in At-risk Populations." According to Lynch's message on the foundation's website:

In 2005, we started the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace to ensure that every child anywhere in the world who wanted to learn to meditate could do so. Now, the Foundation is actively teaching [Transcendental Meditation] to adults and children in countries everywhere.

How are we able to do it? Because of the generosity of foundations and philanthropists and everyday people who want to ease the suffering of others--and who want to help create a better world.

Here are your helpers: The first date fits into Earth's tour with King Dude. Those two hit Saint Vitus the day before, September 24; a show that has subsequently sold out. Primitive And Deadly, the band's new album, will be available on September 2. You can watch a trailer for the new album and see their updated tour schedule below. Cult of Youth, too, have a new album in the works according to posting on their Facebook page: "100% done with every aspect of the new album as of a few minutes ago. I have never been more proud of a creative work in my life."

The other bill should be a noisy and synth-y affair with JG Thirlwell of Foetus and Sarah Lipstate of Noveller joining forces again after a successful run earlier in the year. Show-mate the Soft Pink Truth -- the genre-tweaking sideproject of Matmos' Drew Daniel -- recently released his giddy deconstructionist take on black metal, Why Do the Heathens Rage?, which he broke down with Invisible Oranges' Dan Lawrence. Finally, Dominique Leone offered up the footwork-inflected "running journal" 2014 on Bandcamp, adding new material back in July.

Updated Earth dates are listed, with streams from the artists, below...

Continue reading "Earth, Cult of Youth, JG Thirlwell & Noveller, Soft Pink Truth, Dream Police, others playing David Lynch Foundation benefits"

by Ian Chainey

Torche at IO Northside showcase in 2013 (more by Harriet Roberts)
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Masters of hooky heft Torche are hitting the road in September for a North American tour before heading out to Australia in October. The trek will roll through cities such as Chicago, Pittsburgh, and, Atlanta. On September 27, the band will drop into NYC's Saint Vitus. Tickets and supporting slots will be announced soon. The full list of dates appears below.

Torche will have a new album on the way in 2015 via Relapse Records. Their relations have also been busy. Tilts are following up their June-released Cuatro Hombres with a demo collection that will be available in September and can be streamed in full below. And Floor still have copies of the fancy single Homegoings and Transitions, a song pulled from comeback effort Oblation that was released in April.

All of the dates along with streams from Torche, Tilts, and Floor appear below.

Continue reading "Torche planning new LP, announce tour (dates)"

by Ian Chainey

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Noisy sludgesters The Body are gearing to tour if they have a van that will survive the trek. To make that happen, the band has set up an Indiegogo campaign, opening with this pitch:

If you follow us, you know we tour a ton but we've never owned a van that wasn't at least 12 years old and had over 200,000 miles upon us buying it from some freak on Craigslist. Honestly, we feel weird about crowd funding so we tried to offer stuff that we would be selling anyways in some other format. We would buy it with our own money but we're borderline animals with no careers because we've thrown our lives in the toilet to tour 6 months a year and surprisingly, yelling to people doesn't pay like it did in the 80's.
I feel like this is the section where they get a slow clap for honesty.

Of course, one of the highlights of crowdsourced projects is window shopping the donor perks, and this one has some goodies. The options include snagging a never-to-be-pressed again album, T-shirts featuring either member of the duo, and a chance for the band to take you out for pizza. You can watch a video on the fundraising campaign below.

The Body have had another busy year, releasing two collaboration albums -- I Shall Die Here with the Haxan Cloak and Released From Love with Thou, which we premiered on Invisible Oranges -- along with a bevy of early summer shows including dates with Thou and a spot at this year's Gilead Fest. They're currently scheduled to appear at Southwest Terror Fest in Tucson, Arizona in October.

The campaign video along with streams from their 2014 releases appear below.

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August 20, 2014

by Ian Chainey

GWAR at Housecore Horror Fest 2013 (more by Trent Maxwell)
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Following a successful GWAR-B-Q where the Oderus-less GWAR appeared up to snuff, the remaining Scumdogs have announced they're heading back out on the road after their Riot Fest Chicago appearance in September. The GWAR Eternal Tour 2014 will bring aboard openers Decapitated (for select dates), Corrosion of Conformity (ditto), and American Sharks. The gore-soaked celebration will start rolling in the middle of October. The two-month long trek will hit cities like Hollywood, Philadelphia, and Buffalo, along with a stop at Austin's Housecore Horror Film Festival. NYC and surrounding areas get shows on October 16 at Starland Ballroom in NJ with Decapitated and American Sharks; November 30 at NYC's Irving Plaza with Corrosion of Conformity and American Sharks; and December 12 at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT with the same lineup as Irving. Tickets for the NJ and NYC shows go on sale Friday (8/22) at noon and 10 AM, respectively. There's a presale starting Thursday (8/21) at 9 AM for NJ and a MetalSucks presale starting Thursday at 10 AM for NYC. Ticket info for the New Haven show here. All dates are listed below.

Of course, as most GWAR tours do, this one has a theme. According to BalSac The Jaws of Death:

Dark clouds of war and ill omen have gathered around GWAR. In our hour of greatest peril, Oderus has left us and our enemies stand poised, ready to strike while they sense weakness. But we shall no longer cower in our Antarctic stronghold, awaiting Destiny's final blow. This Fall GWAR sets out on the most trying quest of our career. We shall scour our leader's favorite stomping ground, North America, leaving no city unsearched, no venue unraised, and no sheep unmolested. GWAR will venture to the depths of Hell or to the very end of Time itself, and though I fear what we may encounter out there, I know that we can never return home until we have the answer we seek: 'Where is Oderus Urungus?'
It's going to be like Snoopy Come Home! with slightly more blood, semen, and (*sniff*) tears.

As for the tour's openers, Polish tech-deathers Decapitated -- who are opening the first leg -- have a new album on the way via Nuclear Blast named Blood Mantra that will hit the streets on September 26 (preorder). The long running Corrosion of Conformity -- who are picking up the second leg -- released IX back in July. The group has slimmed down to a trio since reforming in 2010, recapturing the crossover/punk spirit of their early career. (Former COC member Pepper Keenan has taken on Down full-time, though Pepper has indicated there are talks of his return.) And newer-comers American Sharks are quickly becoming seasoned tourers, having hit the road with Whores and Clutch this year.

All of the dates along with streams for all of the bands appears below.

Continue reading "GWAR touring w/ Decapitated, Corrosion of Conformity and American Sharks (dates)"