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April 13, 2015
photos by Greg Cristman, words by Andrew Sacher
At the Gates / Converge / Pallbearer @ Webster Hall - 4/12/15
The Decibel-presented At the Gates, Converge, Pallbearer, Vallenfyre tour wrapped up last night with a sold-out show at NYC's Webster Hall. Vallenfyre, the death/doom supergroup with members of Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Doom, At the Gates and more, opened the show. They were a bit less my thing personally than the rest of the bill, but sounded tight. They also played a last-minute late show at Saint Vitus after the Inter Arma / Yautja show at that venue. Anyone go?
Up next was Pallbearer. They could only play a three-song set, due to the fact that they were opening and most of their songs near or pass the 10-minute mark, but their brief set had them sounding excellent as ever. I'd only seen them in smaller, darker venues before, but a big stage with smoke machines and a more elaborate light show suited them well. Not that that should come as a surprise -- Pallbearer's music is the kind of thing that towers over you in any environment, so seeing the band literally look bigger than ever only added to the intensity.
Converge followed, and they weren't supporting a new album or anything (their most recent is still 2012's All We Love We Leave Behind), but they cherry-picked a handful of favorites from Jane Doe and on, giving us "Dark Horse," "Aimless Arrow," "You Fail Me," "Concubine," and more in their all-killer set. Jacob Bannon is one of the most consistently exciting hardcore frontmen around, and last night's show was no exception to this. His screams are constantly a force, his stage moves are iconic, and it's always refreshing to see Bannon do his thing, considering how many imitators you see at other hardcore shows. And the rest of Converge is never a bore on stage either. Kurt Ballou's fretwork is always dizzying to watch, and the sheer force that he, bassist Nate Newton and drummer Ben Koller can make as just a trio never ceases to amaze.
Finally At the Gates wrapped up the night, making their first NYC appearance since 2008. The difference this time though is they had a new album to support (2014's At War With Reality), their first since 1995's ridiculously influential Slaughter of the Soul. The new songs sounded great last night, but it was the Slaughter of the Soul songs that got the whole crowd going wild every time. After opening with "Death and the Labyrinth" off the new LP, they gave us the unbeatable one-two punch of "Slaughter of the Soul" into "Cold," and for the next six and a half minutes the energy both on and off stage was at an ultimate high. Admittedly, it didn't stay that way the entire time and their set did feel a little long (especially compared to Converge's), but the show went out with a bang. They returned to the stage with SotS opener "Blinded by Fear," gave a little hype-y stage banter before "Kingdom Gone" from their debut ("New York do you like death metal? Because we don't like death metal... WE LOVE DEATH METAL!!!!), and ended the night on a high note with At War With Reality closer "The Night Eternal."
More pictures, and AtG and Converge's setlists, below...
photo: Slayer at the Theatre at MSG in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
The 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour was announced, and unlike last year's (Korn and Avenged Sevenfold), the headliners are pretty exciting this time: Slayer and King Diamond. There's some other cool stuff like Code Orange and Jungle Rot, as well less exciting stuff like The Devil Wears Prada and Hellyeah.
The tour hits the NYC-area on July 21 at PNC Bank Arts Center and July 26 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/17) at 10 AM, and the PNC Bank Arts Center show has Citi/VIP package presales starting Wednesday (4/15) at 10 AM and Live Nation/LN Mobile App presales starting Thursday (4/16) at 10 AM. There don't appear to be presales for the Jones Beach show. All dates are listed below.
April 10, 2015
photo: Origin at Gramercy Theatre in February (more by Greg Cristman)
NYC never has a lack of good metal shows and metal tours passing through. Here's a roundup of a few upcoming ones that we haven't gotten a chance to talk about yet...
Long-running death metal band Origin play Maryland Deathfest in May and are going on a Metal Injection-presented tour with Krisiun, Aeon, Alterbeast, Soreption and Ingested in late summer/early fall. That tour hits NYC on October 1 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
OG DMers Master also play MDF, and they hit NYC not long beforehand on May 7 at Acheron for a show with Solstice, Dismemberment, Hate Storm Annihilation and Sunlord. Tickets are on sale now. Dates are listed below.
Swedish d-beaters Wolfbrigade play MDF too, and the day before their set at that festival they'll stop by NYC to play Acheron on May 22. Tickets are on sale. It's their only US club show.
New Hampshire black metal band Vattnet Viskar announced that their Sanford Parker-produced sophomore LP, Settler, will be out June 16, and that they're going on a short May tour leading up to MDF with Early Graves. That hits NYC on May 21 at Saint Vitus, the show that already included Anaal Nathrakh, Incite and Secrets of the Sky. Tickets for that stacked bill are still available. All dates are listed below.
Neurot-signed psych metallers U.S. Christmas are teaming up with related band Generation of Vipers for an April tour that hits Brooklyn on April 23 at Saint Vitus and Jersey City on April 24 at The Dopeness with Thera Roya and Sunrot. Tickets for Vitus are on sale now, and Jersey is $10 at the door (more info here). All tour dates are listed below.
Fulgora, a new project of Pig Destroyer and Agoraphobic Nosebleed drummer Adam Jarvis, play their first-ever NYC show on May 21 at Acheron with Wake, Sunrot and Scowl. Tickets are on sale.
Melodic death metal band Horrendous are playing another NYC show this year in support of last year's excellent Ecydysis. The new date happens May 29 at Saint Vitus with Pyrrhon, Huldra, Somnol and Sentience. Tickets are on sale.
Pyrrhon, who were dropped from Relapse but will release their new Growth Without End on June 2 via Handshake Inc (read their statement here), also play Saint Vitus on June 18 with KEN mode, Fight Amp and Couch Slut. Ticket info still TBA.
photo: Livver at Death by Audio in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Salem, MA noise-hardcore band Livver play Acheron on April 24 with Rozamov, Godmaker and Dead Empires. Tickets are on sale.
Portland's noisy, sludgy Wizard Rifle play Acheron on April 25 with Netherlands, The Austerity Program and Tween. Tickets are on sale.
Torrential Downpour, Syphilitic Lust and The Sheltering Sky play Acheron on May 1. Tickets are on sale.
Fit For An Autopsy, Aborted, Archspire, Dark Sermon and Alekhine's Gun play Saint Vitus on May 9. Tickets are on sale.
Beneath Oblivion, Sea of Bones and Fin'amor play Acheron on May 6. Tickets are on sale.
There are a few coming up this weekend too. There's LA death-grind vets Excruciating Terror playing two shows: Saint Vitus on Saturday (4/11) (tickets) and an all-ages Sunday (4/12) matinee at Silent Barn ($8 at door). Brooklyn doomers Blackout play Union Pool on Saturday with Hound and Hasj (tickets). At the Gates, Converge, Pallbearer and Vallenfyre play Webster Hall on Sunday (sold out); Inter Arma, Yautja and Forn play Saint Vitus on Sunday (tickets); and Cleric, Torrential Downpour, Morality Crisis, Bangladeafy and Hannibal Montana are playing Paper Box on Sunday (tickets).
Other previously-mentioned metal shows include Goatwhore / Ringworm / Black Breath / Theories, Crowbar / Lord Dying, Misery Index / Lord Dying, Bongzilla, Conan / Mantar, Samothrace, Dillinger Escape Plan / Mutoid Man / Prmitive Weapons, Girlschool, Today Is the Day, Elder / Kings Destroy / Apostle of Solitude, Van Halen, Scorpions, Royal Thunder / Wild Throne, Iron Reagan / Angel Du$t / Noisem, Liturgy / Psalm Zero, Ufomammut, Full of Hell / The Body, and more.
Still need more? Check out our NYC Metal Calendar.
Lists of tour dates below...
April 8, 2015
photo: Goatwhore at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
NOLA metal vets Goatwhore will tour North America this June/July in continued support of last year's Constricting Rage of the Merciless, and they're taking out two great metallic hardcore bands, Ringworm and Black Breath, and deathgrind newcomers Theories.
The tour hits NYC on July 6 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/10) at noon. All dates are listed below.
April 7, 2015
Faith No More (photo by Dustin Rabin)
Refused recently announced a tour of intimate US venues, including two now-sold-out NYC shows in June with TBA openers. (West Coast gets White Lung.) Now they've announced another tour, which brings them to slightly larger venues, this time supporting the reunited Faith No More!
The Faith No More/Refused run hits NYC on August 5 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/10) at 11 AM. An artist presale for all dates starts Wednesday (4/8) at 10 AM local time, and the MSG show also has AmEx, MSGE, and Chase presales starting Thursday (4/9) at 11 AM.
All Faith No More/Refused dates are listed, with a stream of recent FNM single "Superhero" and a live video of Refused from 2012, below...
Girlschool back in the day
Although the Runaways preceded them by several years, Girlschool was one of the first all-female outfits to emerge in the male-dominated world of heavy metal/hard rock, helping to pave the way for similar groups of the future. Originally formed in South London during 1977 by bassist Enid Williams and vocalist/guitarist Kim McAuliffe (along with a few other members), the group was first known as Painted Lady. Eventually the pair came across permanent members Kelly Johnson (guitar, vocals) and Denise Dufort (drums), and switched their name to Girlschool by 1978.British hard rock/heavy metal vets Girlschool are planning to release their 13th album, Guilty As Sin, produced by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, etc), this summer, and they'll head out on a North American tour this spring.
...The quartet's 1980 debut, Demolition, reached the U.K. Top 30, but was surprisingly not issued in the U.S. (despite spawning four popular singles back home: "Emergency," "Nothing To Lose," "Yeah Right," and "Race With the Devil"). Girlschool's sophomore effort, 1981's Hit & Run, proved to be even more successful, peaking at number five on the British album charts, while a collaboration with their pals in Motörhead, an EP called The St. Valentines Day Massacre, hit number five on the British singles charts (due in part to the irresistibly raucous track, "Please Don't Touch"). Hit & Run would also turn out to be the first Girlschool album issued stateside. [Allmusic]
The tour brings them to NYC for a show on June 14 at Saint Vitus with Crucified Barbara, Old James and Velvet Black. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with a couple videos, below...
photos: Oderus @ GWAR-G-Q 2013 (more by Josh Sisk)
As you may know, Dave Brockie, aka GWAR's Oderus Urungus, died of a heroin overdose last year. The surviving members of the band paid tribute by alighting his costume and setting it afloat. at a Viking ceremony during their annual GWAR-B-Q weekend. Stereogum notes that Brockie's father is suing the band, accusing them of having stolen his son's cremated remains, instruments and artwork. The suit was filed on April 2 in state circuit court in Richmond, Virginia by William Brockie and seeks "$1 million in compensatory damages plus punitive damages for alleged breach of contract and unauthorized use of Dave Brockie's image, as well as the return of Brockie's cremains."
As to the latter charge, the lawsuit alledges that when Brockie's father asked for his son's remains from the band's Slave Pit management HQ, he was denied entry and then given "a small fraction of his son's ashes which were delivered in a used plastic bag with Discover credit card logo on it." The suit also claims, among other things, GWAR still owes the Brockie estate for his last tour with the band, and that they're using his likeness without permission.
GWAR, meanwhile, have issued a statement on the lawsuit:
We did not steal Dave Brockie's ashes, or anything else that belonged to him. In fact, all of the items mentioned in the article, including Dave's ashes have been available to his attorneys for weeks. At all times, and under very trying circumstances, we have acted in good faith to honor the wishes of our dear friend. Dave left no will or instructions for final arrangements, and so we have done the best we could to honor what we believe Dave Brockie would have wanted.You can read the whole response below.
The accusation concerning Dave's ashes is particularly troubling for us. Following Dave's passing, the first thing we did was notify his father, who signed over Dave's body so we could have him cremated. We were told by Dave's father that he did not want to be involved in making Dave's final arrangements. For this reason, Slave Pit assumed that responsibility, paying for his cremation, arranging two memorial services (one public and one private), and purchasing a plot for Dave in Richmond's famed Hollywood Cemetery. Dave's father did not attend either of the services held for his son in Richmond.
GWAR are in NYC this week for the sold-out Empire Rercords 20th Anniversary events at Rough Trade.
April 6, 2015
Stoner doom greats Bongzilla briefly came out of hibernation for a Wisconsin one-off in 2008, and this year they're coming back once again, but for a full tour. Their final 2005 album, Amerijuanican, included "Dixie" Dave Collins (Weedeater, Buzzov*en, Sourvein) as a member, but for this tour they'll be playing with their Gateway (2002) lineup: Muleboy, Spanky, Cooter Brown and Magma.
A full European tour is announced for May, and upon returning to the US they'll play NYC's Acheron on June 12. Tickets for that show are on sale now. More US dates are reportedly TBA.
Though Dave Collins isn't part of this tour, he is currently on the road with Weedeater. Their tour with King Parrot hits NYC on April 13 at Saint Vitus with Godmaker and Moon Tooth. Tickets for that show are still on sale.
Stream Gateway in full, with Bongzilla's list of dates, below...
photo via FOX 5 Atlanta
Metal bands Wormreich and Khaotika began a four-date tour together in Chicago on Friday (4/3) and were to have wrapped up in Atlanta today (4/6), but the bands were sadly involved in a tragic van crash this morning. According to 11Alive:
Corporal Scott Smith with the Georgia State Patrol said the band's van was carrying 12 people and towing a trailer when it left I-85, rolled down an embankment, and crashed into a tree. It happened in Jackson County near Tanger Outlets.The names of the three killed members have not been released, but Blabbermouth points out that Khaotika singer Lariyah Hayes is one of the survivors, and is injured but will be okay.
Three men were ejected and died at the scene. Eight others were transported to nearby hospitals. Two remain in critical condition. Smith said band members are from Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio, and Virginia.
According to AJC.com, Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Scott Smith said the driver "apparently fell asleep and allowed the vehicle to leave the roadway, at which time the vehicle struck a tree on the passenger side."
April 3, 2015
photos by P Squared Photography
Electric Wizard / crowd @ Webster Hall - 4/2/15
UK doom legends Electric Wizard brought their first North American tour in over a decade to NYC last night (4/2) for a Webster Hall show that unsurprisingly sold out well in advance. Electric Wizard have released four albums since their last NYC show, and last night's set was split between the most recent three (Time to Die, Black Masses and Witchcult Today), as well as a few from the timeless Come My Fanatics... and Dopethrone. The only played nine songs, but they stretch them out maaan, and the whole show was as heavy and psychedelic as you'd hope.
Satan's Satyrs opened. More pictures of both bands, and Electric Wizard's setlist, below...