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November 19, 2015

photo: Neurosis at Saint Vitus in August (more by P Squared)

Legendary sludge band Neurosis are celebrating their 30th anniversary by playing some shows in their hometown of San Francisco with some equally legendary openers. The shows happen on March 4-5, the first night will be opened by Sleep and the second will be opened by Shellac. Those are some pretty amazing lineups, and Neurosis have promised 2-hour sets that will vary from night-to-night and cover their entire catalog. Tickets for both nights go on sale Friday (11/20) at noon PST.

Meanwhile, Neurosis frontman Scott Kelly is currently on tour with his Corrections House bandmate Bruce Lamont (also of Yakuza). The two are playing tonight (11/19) in Jersey City at Crazy & the Brains' venue The Funhouse and there are still tickets available for that.

Neurosis' only other upcoming dates are at Roadburn Fest in the Netherlands, which just announced that it will feature G.I.S.M.'s first ever non-Japan show.

Check out all upcoming Neurosis dates and video of their full set at Saint Vitus earlier this year below...

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Year-end list season began earlier this week, and now metal mag Decibel has published their Top 40 Albums of 2015. You can check out artwork and commentary if you pick up the issue, and browse the full list below. Like last year, they saved the top spot for a promising young band (and actually this time the #2 slot is one too). But they've of course got veterans as always, like Enslaved (#37), Napalm Death (#25), Iron Maiden (#23), Satan (#12), Killing Joke (#10) and more. They have a good amount of the "indie crossover" metal on there, like Ghost (#34), Myrkur (#28), Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats (#27), Deafheaven (#19) and the Baroness album that isn't even out yet coming in at #6. There are also comeback albums from two not-exactly-metal bands: Failure (#22) and Refused (#15). Check out the full list below.

Two bands on this list will be going on the Decibel Mag tour in 2016.

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November 18, 2015

photos by Greg Cristman

Danava / Monolord

Doomy bands Danava and Monolord had been on tour supporting Windhand but after the tour ended in Philly on Sunday, the two bands came to NYC for their own show the following night (11/16) at Saint Vitus. Danava clearly owned the room, but Monolord (in town from Sweden) played a crushing set of their own and seemed to win over more than a few people. Well-matched openers Tower were good too. Pictures of all three bands continue below...

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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

photo: GWAR at "Empire Records" in April (more by Sachyn Mital)

GWAR (Oderus Urungus) are always keeping busy with stuff that pushes them beyond the category of just being a band and into the realm of art collective or something like that, and as usual there's a ton of stuff going on the in GWAR universe right now. First and foremost, GWAR are a great live band, and they've been on tour for much of the fall, recently stopping in NYC for a show at Webster Hall on 11/15, where they were joined by Born of Osiris and Battlecross. GWAR guitarist Pustulus Maximus joined Battlecross during that show to cover the Pantera classic "Fucking Hostile." Though GWAR didn't play Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo's Housecore Fest this year as they have in the past, Sleazy P. Martini did host a screening of the GWAR movie Skulhedface at the film portion of Housecore, which just went down last weekend. Oh and Anselmo's other band Down did play GWAR-B-Q this year, so clearly they're all still friends.

Speaking of GWAR covers, they've been frequent contributors to the AV Club's "Undercover" series, but yesterday the tables were turned when Iron and Wine covered GWAR's "Sick of You," which was about as quiet and acoustic and funny as you would expect. GWAR contributed a cover of Cundi Lauper's "She Bop" to the series back in October. Watch both below.

And in terms of expanding their universe, current lead singer Michael Bishop aka Blothar has started a marketing firm with Richmond-based artist Joe Adkins called Misery Brothers, who have made their first ad for the Richmond-based "Texas Beach Bloody Mary Mix." It seems like a GWAR video even though Adkins claims that Misery Brothers are technically not affiliated with the band. The spot was shot in GWAR BAR (which is, you know, their bar in Richmond) and is a gory, hilarious commercial that features the character TOMATOFACE, who might as well be a GWAR member, as his costume was created by Corrotted Artistry, the Richmondy company that builds all of GWAR's costumes. These guys have their hands in a lot of things down there, and this is just the latest example.

And finally, GWAR also have a book out, because of course they do. It's called Let There Be Gwar, and is a sort of art-book/comprehensive history of GWAR and all related projects and companies and such. It was spearheaded by Bob Gorman aka "Muzzle Slave" (people associated with GWAR who aren't actually in the band are known as " GWAR slaves", just so you know) but features input from a bunch of people and supposedly took about 17 years to put together. It has a bunch of photos, interviews, posters, art and apparently a lot of blood, and is currently available for purchase.

Check out the Pantera cover, the Iron and Wine cover, the Cyndi Lauper cover, and the bloody mary commercial below...

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Black Cobra is OK

San Francisco doom 2-piece Black Cobra have been on tour with fellow doom greats Yob for much of the fall. After playing two shows in NYC at Bell House and Webster Hall earlier in November (and hanging with famed vegan cookbook author Terry Hope Romero), the band ran into what sounds like a pretty harrowing van accident in Texas (everyone is thankfully OK). From Black Cobra's Facebook:

We just had a pretty crazy accident in the middle of Texas, but after a couple van flips, we made it out alive and pretty much unscathed except for a couple scratches. We are now rolling with the amazing gents in #‎Yob and will be finishing out the remaining tour dates with them. Thank you to everyone who has sent their thoughts our way. Remember to wear your seat belts...
Good advice. We're glad to hear that they're fine and will be finishing up the tour.

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Black Tusk - Pillars of Ash

Georgia sludge/thrash maniacs Black Tusk are readying their first album since 2011's Set the Dial. Today they released the single "God's On Vacation" from the upcoming Pillars of Ash, out January 29 via Relapse and produced by Toxic Holocaust's Joel Grind. This is the first album since the tragic passing of bassist Johnathan Athon in 2014, and it contains some of Athon's last recordings with the band.

The song's a classic "swamp metal" jam, all brutal sludge guitars and hardcore tempos, with some of the most immediate hooks of their career. No word yet on tour dates, although Corey Barhorst (Niche, ex-Kylesa) has joined the fold as permanent bassist, and they've always been road warriors, so hopefully those will follow.

Stream "God's On Vacation" below (via NPR)...

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November 17, 2015

Maynard and one of his wines
Blood Into Wine

Tool are heading out on tour in early 2016, and they'll be joined by another long-running eccentric alt-metal band, Primus. It's their first major tour since 2014, and so far only 8 dates have been announced, which will take them through some west coast and southern cities, with the implication of more to come. Industrial band 3TEETH are opening. All currently known dates are listed below.

Hopefully a NYC date is on the way, but meanwhile Tool singer Maynard James Keenan is on tour now with his other band Puscifer and hitting NYC TONIGHT (11/17) at Terminal 5. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. They just released their new album Money Shot at the end of October and today they put out a video for its song "The Remedy." Check that out, with their list of tour dates, below.

Tool (well, mostly just Maynard) have been in the news for other stuff lately as well. They only played one show in 2015, a Halloween event during which they dressed up as and covered Led Zeppelin, playing their version of "No Quarter" for the first time since the '90s. Check out a video of that below.

There have also been conflicting reports about the possibility of a new Tool album, and while nothing has been stated explicitly, it seems like that might be a thing. Maynard, a busy man, is sick of being asked about it though, asking Rolling Stone if he "seems like a lazy person" and recently calling Tool fans "insufferable" and "retards" for being too serious about the possibility of new Tool music. He is also helping to work on an authorized biography of himself that is due out in 2016. He also makes wine.

Tool's "Aenema" is also one of Grimes' favorite songs. She's in NYC as we speak, having played Terminal 5 last night, and she's playing MHOW on Wednesday but has tonight off. Maybe she's going to the Puscifer show. Or maybe she's seeing her tourmate Nicole Dollanganger's show at Baby's.

Check out Puscifer's "Money Shot" video, footage of Tool as Led Zeppelin, a video of Maynard talking wine with Tim and Eric, and tour dates, below...

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November 16, 2015

photo: King Diamond at FFF Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
King Diamond

King Diamond begin their NYC run with Exodus this week (11/19-21) at The Playstation Theater. Friday and Saturday are sold out, but tickets for Thursday are still available. King Diamond will be playing their classic album Abigail in full all three nights.

In exciting related news, King Diamond guitarist Andy LaRocque recently gave an interview to Neil Turbin where he revealed that King Diamond are working on a new album, which would presumably happen in 2016 and would be their first since 2007. Here's an excerpt (via MetalSucks):

We are going to have a little break after this tour, and after that break we are going to start writing music for the next album.

We have some riffs but once we start getting into the process it's going to be lots of brainstorming. It's going to be somewhere around February.

So it's still in the early stages, but that's something to get excited about! Watch the full video interview, and check out the updated list of tour dates below...

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by Rob Sperry-Fromm


In what is always some of the biggest metal news of the year, the 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour has been announced, and will feature the can't-miss bill of Abbath, High On Fire, Skeletonwitch and Tribulation. The tour will hit NYC for a show at Webster Hall on March 12. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/20) at 1 PM. All dates are listed below.

As we've come to expect, this is a very deep lineup of talent. Abbath is the recently-formed supergroup led by Abbath Doom Occulta of Immortal. The rest of the band is King Ov Hell of Gorgoroth and drummer Kevin Foley, who has played with Benighted, Decapitated, Sepultura, Disavowed and Sabaton, just to name a few. Abbath have played some shows in the past year, but this marks their first major North American tour. They just released a new song last week, and they have a self-titled album on the way, set to drop on January 22 via Season of Mist (stream the track below). Abbath's (the singer, not the band) Motorhead tribute band Bombers also played NYC's Martyrdoom festival last week.

As for the rest of the talent, well, it's great. High On Fire are one of the most reliably amazing live bands on earth, and the fact that they're second on the bill speaks to how stacked these shows will be. They released Luminiferous earlier this year. Skeletonwitch are working on new material and will presumably have a new album out in 2016. Sweden's Tribulation are currently on tour with Deafheaven and released the excellent Children of the Night earlier this year.

Check out all dates for the tour, along with a video of Bomber playing "Ace Of Spades" at Martyrdoom, a stream of the new Abbath track, and a snippet of studio footage from Skeletonwitch, below...

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by Andrew Sacher


Baroness already shared the the great, proggy "Chlorine & Wine" from their upcoming Purple album, and now they shared a second single, "Shock Me." For a few seconds, it's led by keyboards that sound straight out of an '80s ballad, but it quickly transitions into the powerful sludgy rock that Baroness continue to be great at. Watch the lyric video below.

The band's tour with Earthling hits NYC on 12/20 at Saint Vitus (sold out) and Baroness also play an afternoon in-store at Rough Trade that day (free with purchase of album from the Rough Trade store). All dates are listed below.

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