Recent Posts in metal - Page 2

August 20, 2015

photos by Greg Cristman, words by Andrew Sacher

High on Fire / Pallbearer @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 8/18/15
High on Fire

High on Fire are one of those bands who never really change their sound much, but never really have to either. If you needed proof of that (which you probably don't), more than half of the 15-year-old band's songs at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (8/18) were less than two months old, and the crowd's excitement didn't die down once. Matt Pike took the stage (shirtless, obviously) with no more than a "We're High on Fire, motherfuckers" and went right into "The Black Plot," the killer opener off the new album. Whether it was that song and the others off Luminiferous or an oldie like "10,000 Years," they were as pulverizing and as downright fun as you could ask for.

Direct support came doom greats Pallbearer, who gave us "Worlds Apart" and "The Ghost I Used To Be" off last year's fantastic Foundations of Burden and "Devoid of Redemption" and "Foreigner" off its also-excellent predecessor, Sorrow & Extinction. Unlike High on Fire, Pallbearer aren't always a fun band live, but maybe this tour has had an effect on them because Tuesday's show might be the most energized I've seen them yet. They crushed, and that 40 minute set flew by like nothing.

Opening was Lucifer, the new band of The Oath's Johanna Sadonis, whose catchy trad-doom sounded pretty solid. Before them was Venomous Maximus, who I unfortunately missed but our photographer didn't. Pictures of the whole show are in this post.

This show and the tour's other NYC stop (Irving Plaza on 10/15) were co-presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges. Check out pictures of the Irving show HERE, and more pictures and HoF's setlist from MHOW, below...

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by Andrew Sacher


Last month, psychedelic metal band Kylesa revealed Lost and Confused" off their upcoming seventh album, Exhausting Fire (due 10/2 via Season of Mist), and today they're back with a second single: "Shaping The Southern Sky." It opens like a track off 2013's Ultraviolet, with Laura Pleasants taking lead vocals and offering up some heavy dream pop, but it eventually drifts into trippy desert-psych and ends with a wailing guitar solo. Listen below (via Noisey).

As you may know, the band's tour with Cult of Luna hits NYC on September 1 at Gramercy Theatre (tickets). They also have a run with Inter Arma and Indian Handcrafts, which does include Northeast shows (Boston, Philly, DC) but nothing in NYC. Updated dates are listed below.

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by Andrew Sacher


Miami deathgrinders Maruta returned this year with Remain Dystopian, their first record since 2011's Forward Into Regression and the brief hiatus that followed, and first for Relapse. It's 17 tracks, only four of which pass the two-minute mark (and only two of which aren't whiplash-inducing), and features guest vocals from At the Gates and Pig Destroyer's respective frontmen. Prepare yourself for sonic assault and stream the whole thing below.

Maruta will support the album on a tour with sludge boundary-pushers Yautja, which hits NYC on September 29 at Saint Vitus. That show has local support from tech-death noisemakers Pyrrhon, and tickets are on sale now. The tour hits Montclair's Meat Locker (9/30) the day after Vitus.

After the Yautja tour, Maruta will hit the road with The Black Dahlia Murder, Iron Reagan and Harms Way, but unfortunately no stops near NYC for that one. All dates are listed, with Maruta's album stream and a stream of Yautja's 2014 LP, below...

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August 19, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

So Hideous

NYC's So Hideous will follow Last Poem/First Light with their sophomore album, Laurestine, on October 16 via Prosthetic. They recorded it with producer Dean Baltulonis (Modern Life Is War, Give Up The Ghost, The Hold Steady) and like on their debut, they were accompanied by orchestral arrangements courtesy of The FIrst Light Orchestra, which now has increased its size to 30 members. Album opener "Yesteryear" is seven and a half minutes of devastating, end-of-the-world type shit, putting screamo, post-rock, and atmospheric black metal in a blender and really letting those modern classical influences shine with the orchestral parts. It's like Deafheaven for the Ecstatic Music Festival crowd. Check it out -- "Yesteryear" premieres below.

So Hideous will also be touring soon with their Prosthetic labelmates Set and Setting, another band who know how to mix the atmospheric and the heavy. That tour kicks off in So Hideous' hometown on August 28 at Saint Vitus. The show is billed as 'Silent Fest' and also features North, Bereft and Sangharsha. Should be a good night all around. Tickets are on sale.

Set and Setting play other shows before and after the run with So Hideous too, including The Fest. Check out their video for "Coping" off last year's A Vivid Memory, with the list of dates and new So Hideous song stream, below...

Continue reading "So Hideous releasing 'Laurestine,' touring w/ Set and Setting (dates & "Yesteryear" song stream)"

photo: Enslaved at The Paramount in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)

Plenty of great metal, hardcore and other heavy shows in NYC are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some recently-announced stuff coming up:

Pennsylvania death metal band Rivers of Nihil will release their sophomore album, Monarchy, this week via Metal Blade (pre-order), and they're in NYC TONIGHT (8/19) to celebrate at Saint Vitus. Opening is the great local mathcore band Meek Is Murder and NJ's Cognitive. Tickets are on sale now. You can stream the new album in full below.

Norway's legendary Enslaved will return to North America in the fall for a tour with polished progressive metal bands Between the Buried and Me (the headliners) and Intronaut. That tour hits NYC on December 15 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are on Citi/Live Nation/Blastbeat/Ticketmaster presales now (password: "crowdsurf") and the general on-sale starts Friday (8/21) at 10 AM. Invisible Oranges just published a piece on BTBAM's new album, and wrote:

Between The Buried And Me sport incomparable technical skill, and their process of pushing tiny musical motifs to their logical conclusion is astoundingly thorough. But as they've gotten more compositionally ambitious, their ability to write songs that make sense on a moment to moment basis has fallen by the wayside. Each section of a typical Between The Buried And Me song is well constructed by itself, but as the band's career has gone on they've started to have trouble transitioning smoothly, resorting to full stops before shifting gears or making jarring leaps in key or tempo.

Where previously BTBAM could make these kinds of drastic choices come across as unpredictable and exciting they now only serve to disrupt the momentum and cheapen the impact of their jaw dropping instrumental prowess. Metalsucks once compared BTBAM to LeBron James but these days they are more like James Harden; prodigiously talented, clearly very good at what they set out to do, but holy shit can they be a slog to actually watch.

On a more positive note, Enslaved released their 13th album In Times earlier this year, and you can watch the lyric video for "Thurisaz Dreaming" from that, below.

photo: Cattle Decapitation at Slaughter by the Water 2011 (more by Taylor Keahey)
Cattle Decapitation

Cannibal Corpse, Cattle Decapitation and Soreption are touring together this fall. They aren't hitting NYC, but will be nearby for Long Island's Emporium on 10/14 (tickets) and Pougheepsie's The Chance on 10/16 (tickets). Cattle Decapitation's new album The Anthropocene Extinction came out earlier this month on Metal Blade. You can stream it in full below.

Doom trio Castle are hitting the road in the fall, and playing NYC on November 16 at the Acheron. Tickets will be on sale soon via Ticketfly.

One-man industrial metal project Author & Punisher is touring soon with Muscle and Marrow, and hitting Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on November 3. Tickets are on sale.

Another one-man industrial project, Alberich, is playing with Azar Swan and Lussuria at the Acheron on October 2. Tickets are on sale now. You can also catch Alberich sooner with Sannhet and Uniform at Saint Vitus on Friday (8/21) (tickets).

The over-the-top Hellbent Hooker, who feature members of Ramming Speed and Mutilation Rites, play Saint Vitus on September 19 with Pink Mass and Prostitution. Tickets are on sale.

This week, the Trap Them / Full of Hell tour hits NYC at the Acheron on Thursday (8/20). Tickets for that show are still available. Other recently-discussed heavy shows/tours include GWAR, Danzig / Superjoint / Prong, Deafheaven / Envy / Tribulation, Locrian, Judas Priest & Mastodon and YOB / Black Cobra. Check out more in last week's roundup.


In addition to the new music already mentioned in this post, and the new Iron Maiden song, we got a couple other exciting new streams recently too. Indie-pop-turned-black-metal musician Amalie Bruun (of Ex-Cops, Frankie Rose's band, etc) is streaming her debut Myrkur album, M, which comes out this week via Relapse. Listen below, and check out Joseph Schafer's review at Invisible Oranges.

Sweden's not-actually-metal band Ghost will also drop their third album Meliroa this week on Loma Vista, and they're streaming it now. Listen below, and catch Ghost in NYC on their acoustic tour this weekend (8/23) and their full-band tour in September. Joseph from IO also recently wrote about "Ten Songs I Want Ghost to Cover,", including Perfume Genius, Justin Timberlake and more.

What else?

Continue reading "Ghost, Myrkur, Rivers of Nihil & more streaming albums +++ upcoming shows from Cannibal Corpse, Enslaved & more"

GWAR-B-Q 2015 (photo by Taylor Lopez)

GWAR's annual GWAR-B-Q went down in Richmond this past weekend, and now GWAR have expanded their tour. They already had a Long Island show scheduled for 9/17 at The Paramount (tickets), and while a NYC show still hasn't been added, they did other stops in the surrounding area including Philly and Connecticut. Updated dates are listed below.

GWAR bassist Michael Bishop, who you may know better as Blothar, also recently gave a TED Talk. You can watch that video below too.

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August 18, 2015

photo: Danzig at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)

Danzig recently toured the west coast, and now he added another leg of dates for the fall which brings him to the east too. Support comes from Phil Anselmo's reactivated band Superjoint, Chicago's Veil of Maya, NYC thrash vets Prong (whose Tommy Victor also plays in Danzig's band), and stoner rockers Witch Mountain.

The tour hits NYC on October 21 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/21) at noon with a presale starting Thursday (8/20) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Danzig announces tour with Superjoint, Veil of Maya, Prong and Witch Mountain (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher


Deafheaven's third album New Bermuda comes out October 2 via new label home ANTI- Records, and today we get our first of taste of it: "Brought To The Water." If you were afraid Deafheaven's newfound fame and "hipster approval" might tone down their heaviness, fear not. "Brought To The Water" opens with a chugging riff that's more traditionally metal than most of Sunbather, but it does of course evolve into the gorgeous post-black metal that won so many people over last time around. It's good stuff. Listen below.

The awesome triple-billed tour of Deafheaven with Envy and Tribulation hits NYC on November 5 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

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August 14, 2015

photos by Mathieu Bredeau

Unearthly Trance

Brooklyn sludge band Unearthly Trance ended a three-year hiatus earlier this year, and they got right back into playing shows all the time. One happened July 17 at the Acheron with support from Trenchgrinder and Belus, and we've got pictures of this one in this post.

The next one is TONIGHT (8/14) at Saint Vitus with Gnaw, StatiqBloom and Forced. French band Monarch were supposed to play but they dropped off. Tickets will be available at the door.

More pictures below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Locrian at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)

Unless you're one of those people who can't stand screaming at all, Infinite Dissolution is a record that should impress fans of most forms of non-commercial rock music (metal and non-metal included). The harsh, heavy parts are there, but it's often a very beautiful record. It never goes so far into drone that it would turn off someone who likes a little more accessibility, but it never succumbs to traditional rock song structure either. The production is great (the drums especially sound fantastic), and the way it brings together synths with distorted guitars is seamless. Infinite Dissolution isn't the only album this year to combine elements of black metal with less evil sounds, but it doesn't sound quite like much else coming out at the moment.
I wrote the above last month about the new Locrian album, Infinite Dissolution, one of the most widely-appealing heavy albums I've heard this year. Since then, the band began announcing shows in support of it.

While a full tour hasn't been revealed yet, a few dates popped up including NYC on September 14 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that one are on sale now.

UPDATE: More dates were announced and Insect Ark is opening the NYC show.

They initially planned to tour the West Coast this week and next but those shows were cancelled. All dates are listed, with the album stream and the video for "Arc of Extinction," below...

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