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July 21, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

Acid King

San Francisco stoner rockers Acid King played a rare NYC one-off back in 2013, but haven't gone on an actual US tour since 2006. That will change this fall, when the band embarks on a run in October that travels from the West Coast to the East Coast and back.

The tour brings them back to NYC on October 25 at Saint Vitus (the same venue they played in 2013) with TBA openers. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/24) at noon. All dates are listed below.

The tour's in support of the band's new album, Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere, which came out this past April and is their first new LP in a decade. You can stream it in all its riffy, trippy glory below.

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July 20, 2015

photos: Mayhem / Watain @ Webster in January (more by Greg Cristman)
Mayhem
Watain

Black metal greats Mayhem and Watain already toured together once this year, and now they're set to do it again in the fall. Support on this run comes from Rotting Christ.

The tour brings them back to NYC on November 24 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/24) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/22) at noon.

The bands also play a Fun Fun Fun Fest Nites Show, but aren't playing the fest proper. All dates are listed below...

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July 17, 2015

photo: Skinless at MDF 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Skinless

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:

Veteran New York death metal band Skinless ended a two-year hiatus back in 2013, and this year they played Maryland Deathfest and returned with Only The Ruthless Remain, their first album since 2006. Now they've got more shows coming up, including NYC on November 21 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are on sale.

November is looking like a good month to see veteran death metal in NYC. Two other long-running bands, but international ones -- Canada's Kataklysm and Austria's Belphegor -- are teaming up for a tour and hitting NYC on November 9 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.

Boston doomsters Fórn make their way back over here on August 22 at Acheron with Lycus, Funerary and Ooze. Tickets are on sale.

Union Pool has a couple heavy shows in August. They've got Mutant Supremacy, Locustra and Throaat on 8/1; and Natur, Pilgrim and Syphilitic Lust on 8/7. Then in September they have Anicon, Forest of Tygers, Infera Bruo and Belus on 9/19. No advance tickets for any of those.

There's stuff this weekend too. Tonight (7/17) there's Unearthly Trance at Acheron, more post-hardcore but Into Another and Fairweather at Gramercy, and more industrial-rap but kinda related but Dalek at Saint Vitus.

Instrumental stoner rock vets Karma to Burn will hit Black Bear Bar on Saturday (7/18) (tickets). Also that night is the '70s-style hard rock bill of Electric Citizen, Mondo Drag, Slow Season and Blackout at Saint Vitus; hardcore legends Government Issue at Acheron, two shows from noise band Wolf Eyes, and more noise at day 1 of the two-day Summer Scum festival.

Summer Scum continues on Sunday (7/19), and you can also see Arabrot and Pinkish Black at The Studio at Webster Hall that night.

Other previously-discussed heavy shows coming up in NYC include Ghost, Ringworm, Mutoid Man, Alcest / Emma Ruth Rundle, KEN mode, Windhand, Noisem, Revocation / Cannabis Corpse, Cult of Luna / Kylesa, Caspian / Circle Takes the Square, The Body, Earth, Slayer / King Diamond, Motorhead / Anthrax, Thou / False, Power Trip / Red Death / Foreseen, The Atlas Moth / Vattnet Viskar / Atriarch, Weedeater / Kings Destroy, Uncle Acid, High on Fire / Pallbearer / Lucifer / Venomous Maximus, Primitive Man, Neurosis / Brothers of the Sonic Cloth / Sumac, Old Man Gloom, Godflesh / Prurient, Catharsis, Christian Mistress / High Spirits, Trap Them / Full of Hell, and more.

Last week's roundup includes Deceased, Department of Correction, Severed Head of State, Gravehill, Krallice, Die Choking, Human Bodies & more.

A ton of great bands were added to Maryland Deathfest 2016 today too.

photo: Ramming Speed at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Ramming Speed

We also got some new music this week. The perfectly-named Ramming Speed released the political "Choke Holds & Bullet Holes" off their upcoming album, No Epitaphs (due 9/4 via Prosthetic), and throwback riffers The Sword released "Empty Temples" from High Country (due 8/21 via Razor & Tie). Listen below.

What else?

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Ghost at Best Buy Theater in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Ghost

Sweden's not-actually-that-metal band Ghost put out the first single form their upcoming third album Meliora back in May, and today they released another new one, "From The Pinnacle To The Pit." Ghost usually remind me of Blue Oyster Cult, another band with metal associations, songs about The Reaper, and a kinda metal-looking logo, but whose best known songs aren't really very metal. I'm not sure they've ever reminded me of Alice In Chains though, which is what immediately comes to mind when listening to this new single. The intro sounds like a straight homage to "Would?" and he comes pretty close to their vocal style when belting out "It is a looooong waaaaaay dooooowwwwnnnn." They bring back the Ghost of old on the song's pomp rock chorus, and hearing those two sounds flow together on one song works surprisingly well. Listen below.

Ghost's tour with Purson hits NYC on September 27 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available.

In sorta related news, it's rumored that one of Ghost's anonymous members is Tribulation guitarist Adam Zaars, and if you like Ghost but haven't checked out that band's new album, you should probably fix that.

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Maryland Deathfest 2016

Maryland Deathfest 2016 already announced two rounds of bands, and today they added a bunch more. Additions include Testament, Discharge, Repulsion, Paradise Lost, Ringworm, Severed Head of State (who also play NYC soon), Buzzov'en, World Burns to Death, Tragedy, Satan, DOOM, Crypt Sermon, Claudio Simonetti's Goblin, Horrendous, Infest, Nuclear Assault (who are supposedly breaking up soon), Weedeater and more.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday (7/22) at noon. Full list of additions, and full updated MDF lineup below...

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July 16, 2015

photo: Ringworm at Saint Vitus last week (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
Ringworm

Metallic hardcore greats Ringworm just wrapped up a tour with Goatwhore, and they've already announced another string of dates... which begin in less than a month! For this tour, they'll be playing 2005's Justice Replaced by Revenge in full for its 10th anniversary. White Widows Pact and Culture Killer will support the band on all dates.

The tour hits NYC on August 18 at Acheron. Tickets will be on sale soon.

All dates are listed, with the video for Just Replaced by Revenge's title track, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Mutoid Man at IO-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Mutoid Man

Mutoid Man, the band fronted by Cave In's Stephen Brodsky and with Converge's Ben Koller on drums, have announced another tour in support of this year's Bleeder (out now on Sargent House).

The tour kicks off in the band's hometown of NYC on August 7 at Saint Vitus, where you have most likely seen Mutoid Man bassist Nick Cageao running sound at several shows. (Who will do sound at this show for Mutoid Man?) Opening the Vitus show is Netherlands and Moon Tooth. Tickets are on sale now.

Other dates on the tour are with Wild Throne, Indian Handcrafts, Sweet Cobra, and He Whose Ox Is Gored. All dates are listed, with a full stream of Bleeder, below...

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July 15, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Alcest at Public Assembly in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Alcest

French metalgazers Alcest are returning to North America for a tour here in late summer/early fall, and making it an excellent double bill is the dark singer/songwriter Emma Ruth Rundle.

The tour hits NYC on September 22 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now. All dates are listed below.

Emma Ruth Rundle also fronts the band Marriages, who recently put out their very good debut album Salome on Sargent House. Their tour with Creepoid hits NYC on July 24 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Geoff Rickly. Tickets for that show are still available.

Listen to some Alcest and Emma Ruth Rundle highlights, with the list of dates and the tour flyer, below...

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Philm

While Slayer have a new album and tour with King Diamond on the way, former drummer Dave Lombardo is staying busy with his band Philm. They have US tour dates coming up this month and next, followed by a trip to Europe.

The dates include two NYC shows: The Stone on August 3 (more info) and Mercury Lounge on August 10. The Merc show will be opened by Owl and Ten Ton Mojo. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/17) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Philm also have new music on the way, which Dave recently talked to Ultimate-Guitar about:

We've had approximately six or seven songs shortly after the recording of the album, "Fire From the Evening Sun" we had several other songs that we were working on that weren't quite ready to make it on the album. Even though we had 12 songs on the album, it could have been an 18 song album. But we decided to hold off on those for the record and I believe we just need to polish them up and put some time into it. Right now, everyone is pretty busy and we haven't been able to wrap those up. But before we headed out on our recent tour of the Northeast and Europe we went into the studio and recorded 19 songs with piano bass and drums. It's a jazz inspired avant-garde improv record. It's something I've always wanted to do and I felt that the band members had the capability of creating an album like this and recording it in New York City in the winter was definitely a treat. I can't wait to put that out.
You can read more of that interview here.

Dave also has a new art series, which he unveiled in California over the weekend. Here's what he told Joel Gausten about it:

"Where we photographed the pieces was very inspiring," he says. "It was in a kind of warehouse in Downtown Los Angeles, so it sounded really good. It was just a big, cavernous room. I just went off, and they started snapping pictures...At certain points, as I noticed the way they were shooting the pictures and everything, I realized, 'Wow, I could really make this picture look better if I give it my flair or my style. When I'm on stage, I've noticed that I swing my arms a little more. My movements are more exaggerated. I don't restrain myself when I play; my arms are swinging all over the place. So in this environment, instead of just doing a solo for myself, I gave it that live performance feel. That's why I feel that these pictures show a little more excitement, because of the way I approached the drumming."
You can watch a video from the showcase in California (via Blabbermouth) below...

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July 14, 2015

this is the belt he was wearing... scary!
bullet belt

Today in stories you can't make up, Boston Police arrested a punk for wearing a belt of fake bullets, spiked fighting gloves and spiked leather bracelets on a bus last Friday. The Boston Police Department's website, in a post titled "Fake Ammo Causes Real Panic," wrote:

At about 4:20 PM on Friday July 10, 2015, officers assigned to District D-14 (Brighton) responded to a call for a person with a gun on an MBTA bus in the area of Cambridge and Harvard Streets. Officers learned that the driver had pulled the bus over as passengers began calling 911 when a male suspect boarded the bus with what appeared to be military grade ammunition strapped around his waist. The driver stated that the passengers were in a panic, fearing that the suspect was about to pull out a weapon. The suspect, later identified as Kevin Young, 26, of Watertown, exited the bus and was stopped by police on Penniman Road at which time it was discovered that the ammunition was fake. Officers recovered 69 replica bullets in all. The suspect was wearing what was described as spiked fighting gloves and spiked leather bracelets.

The suspect was placed in custody and will appear in Brighton District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carried Dangerous Weapon and Disorderly Conduct.

Perhaps not surprisingly -- considering, as the District Attorney put it, the cartridges on his belt "could not and weren't intended to be fired" -- the charges were dropped. As Dangerous Minds points out, the man in question appears to be a member of a crust band called Hexxus, who say their demo is "coming really soon." We promise this isn't a Hard Times post.