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March 4, 2014
by Doug Moore
Dead Hymns cover
NYC metalcore bruisers Tiger Flowers are well known around the local live circuit for their colorful performances, but their record release schedule has been outstripped by their touring one -- though the band have been around for over five years, they have just one EP under their belts so far. That's finally about to change. We mentioned a few months back that the band have signed with Melotov Records. Their debut LP, Dead Hymns, now finally has a release date: April 6, about a year after it was initially recorded.
We premiered the second single from the album, "Batesian Mimicry," over at Invisible Oranges this morning. Here's an excerpt from our writeup:
Coalesce are their most obvious reference point, but that comparison doesn't tell the whole story; Tiger Flowers are less noodly and more terse, which means that you stand a good chance of headbanging to their music the right way on the first try. The band know this fact and make use of it. Like any good metallic hardcore band, they've got a knack for setting up huge slowdowns with dramatic pauses -- in "Batesian Mimicry," the band pull the rug out from beneath you about a minute into the track. The sequence of slamming grooves that follows is worth the long wait.Stream the new track below.
Tiger Flowers are also hitting the road for a short northeastern US tour in support of the album, which wraps up with a NYC hometown show at The Gutter on April 12. Support and other details TBA.
All dates are listed, with the stream of "Batesian Mimicry" and the entertaining video for the album's first single, "Cruisin' 'Til the Wheels Fall Off," below...
March 3, 2014
by Doug Moore
Full of Hell crushing hippies at Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
PA noise grinders Full of Hell have been quite active lately -- they just finished up a tour with BK locals Mutilation Rites last week, and they've got another NYC show lined up on April 5 at Saint Vitus with the legendary west coast powerviolence act Despise You (tickets).
The band have just announced another week-and-change North American tour for later in the spring, this time with the great hardcore/grind act Column of Heaven and the brutal noise unit Nyodene D. The tour will hit NYC at Silent Barn on 4/27, with additional local support courtesy of The Communion and Skullshitter. No presale, but unlike Full of Hell's Vitus show, this one is all-ages.
Listen to some of Full of Hell, Column of Heaven and Nyodene D's music while checking out Full of Hell's full set of upcoming dates below...
by Doug Moore
Jason Netherton w/ Misery Index (left), Union Pool, 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
Though Maryland deathgrinders Misery Index recently announced that they're releasing their fifth album in May, they've been unusually quiet for the past few years. That's partially because drummer Adam Jarvis has been pulling triple duty behind the kit for Pig Destroyer and Fulgora, but other members have been busy too -- specifically, frontman and sole original member Jason Netherton has been working on a book about the history of death metal. Entitled Extremity Retained: Notes from the Death Metal Underground, the book will recount the genre's history in a Studs Terkel-esque oral history format:
Extremity Retained: Notes From the Death Metal Underground is a sincere and exhaustive contribution to the oral history of death metal music and culture. The outcome of three years of research and interviews, Extremity Retained intends to capture the experience and ethos of the international death metal scene from its origins in the late 1980s, through the successive incarnations and evolutions that made it the subcultural force it is today. Comprised entirely of first-hand stories, anecdotes and memories, the book reflects on such diverse areas as the early fanzine and tape trading culture, regional 'scene' reports, death metal performance and technique, the recording process, as well as life on tour, all in an effort to identify the vitality and unity that gives the underground its enduring spirit. Ultimately, the idea is to explore the scene through the voices of those who helped create it, in order to understand better how the death metal underground 'worked' in its early incarnations, how it has evolved, and where it is going. Featuring original cover and section art by Matt "Putrid Gore" Carr, incidental art by Gary Ronaldson, with design and typography from Tilmann Benninghaus and title page by Timo Ketola.Other writers have addressed the same part of music history in book-length formats -- the most notable example I can think of is Decibel showrunner Albert Mudrian's Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal & Grindcore. Netherton's take on the subject should be novel for two reasons. The first is the oral-history format; while these books are usually full of block quotes anyway, it'll be interesting to see what happens when its subjects are left to speak almost entirely for themselves. The second novel bit is Netherton's own perspective. Unlike most writers who've tackled death metal history, Netherton was an active participant in the scene he's covering, recording his first work with Dying Fetus in 1993 and tracking a demo even earlier.
Extremity Retained will come out on April 11 via Handshake Inc. (recently responsible for putting out the new Gridlink album, among other things). Stream some crusty early-'90s Dying Fetus with Netherton on bass and vox below...
February 28, 2014
by Doug Moore
Full of Hell at Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Welcome to this week's HLD! There's a shitload of cool live stuff going on this weekend, so let's get that all out of the way first:
Tonight (2/28): Three good options to choose from! Local(ish) prog-sludgsters East of the Wall are kicking off their SXSW-bound tour with Diamond Plate at The Omega Order Warehouse, with support from fresh Prosthetic Records signees So Hideous (whom we've been fans of for a bit), Meek Is Murder, Hammer Fight, & Dead Empires. The show is sponsored by Gun Hill Brewery, is BYOB, and carries a $5 suggested donation. Meanwhile, Full of Hell & Mutilation Rites are bringing their own tour to a close with a show at the Acheron with Blackest (tix). Additionally, the Psalm Zero-curated Chaos Bodies series is continuing at Trans Pecos with appearances by Oneirogen, Feast of the Epiphany, and my buds Epistasis, whom we debuted a new song by yesterday. Stream it below if you missed it.
Tomorrow (3/1): Brooklyn Night Bazaar is getting unusually heavy with Caspian, Junius, A Storm of Light, & Advaeta (RSVP for line skippage). Boston crust/doom wrecking ball Morne is hitting Saint Vitus alongside Force & Fire (AKA the clearest successor to defunct local greats Unearthly Trance) & Iron Force (tix). Tech-death stalwarts Malignancy are returning to Blackthorn 51 in Queens with Orbital Frame & Immortal Suffering in tow.
Sunday (3/2): No Shields are playing the Acheron with Richmond's Ravn and Pittsburgh's Dendritic Arbor, along with locals Throaat (tix). Don't forget to keep an eye on our metal show calendar for the latest. It rules.
Some other miscellaneous news items:
Maryland deathgrind institution Misery Index have announced that their upcoming fifth album will be entitled The Killing Gods. It will see a May 23 release via Season of Mist.
Chicago sludge/black metal act Lord Mantis have debuted the first song from their upcoming Profound Lore debut, Death Mask, which drops on April 29. Stream it below, but watch out for the NSFW art.
As we discovered on our East Village Radio show this week, members of Tombs, Batillus, Hull, and Vaura have teamed up to work on an album that will almost certainly draw many uses of the dreaded "SG" word. This week's show was sponsored by the Halo of Blood tour, featuring Children of Bodom, Tyr, & Death Angel. Tune in every Tuesday at 10pm for interviews, ticket giveaways, and great metal jams both new and old.
Over on Invisible Oranges, we checked out new music by Epistasis & Noneuclid, and we gave ongoing faves Gridlink the review treatment. We also announced our official SXSW showcase and took our best guess at the 100 most overused metal band name words. And, as ever, we ran down all of the new riffs fit to buy.
Streams below. Anything else?
by Doug Moore
'Ichneumonidae' album cover
Toby Driver is best known for his work as the frontman and showrunner for the avant-metal shapeshifters Kayo Dot, but he makes use of his diverse talents in many other capacities -- as the bassist for Vaura and Secret Chiefs 3, as the vocalist for the new mope-doom band Disparish, and as a modern classical composer. He wears this last hat for his musical contributions to Ichneumonidae, a music/dance collaboration whose successful 2012 Kickstarter campaign describes itself thusly:
Ichneumonidae (pronounced Ick-noo-MON-eh-dee) is a new collaborative music and Butoh dance piece by Toby Driver and Michelle Morinaga, featuring the virtuosic violin work of Timba Harris. Named after a horrifying family of parasitic wasps, Ichneumonidae explores the astounding psyche of parasites, touching on dualities of survival and self-destruction, the perilous tensions of coexistence, and the subtle horrors of the colonized body.The Ichneumonidae soundtrack is now available for download via Bandcamp. You can stream its 12-minute opening track below; most of it is highly psychedelic modern classical based around guitar and violin, but it bleeds into electronica at times, too.
Originally performed as a violin/guitar duet between Driver and Harris, with dance and percussive elements performed by Morinaga, (see above video) we want to expand the music to suit a larger ensemble, namely, two violins, vibraphone/orchestral percussion, guitar, synth, and heavily processed vocals. This is Toby Driver's first foray into writing music specifically to accompany dance. Our plan is to record the music in a professional studio with the large ensemble and create a dance film in a separate studio using the audio recording.
You may also recall that Driver's main band Kayo Dot will be playing Invisible Oranges's SXSW showcase on March 13 at Quantum Lounge, along with Black Tusk, Mutoid Man, Yautja, Wild Throne, & Venomous Maximus. They're also playing a few dates on the way back from SXSW; you can check those out (and stream their newest album) below...
By Doug Moore
Coffinworm at Power of the Riff East, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Metal is full of unlikely success stories, and Indianapolis's Coffinworm are among them. This reclusive band virtually never tours (though they are fond of one-off visits to NYC); they play a head-spinning amalgam of virtually every extreme metal style; and with song titles like "Spitting in Infinity's Asshole," you can tell right away that the subject matter is unpleasant, to say the least. And yet this band has built a sizeable international following -- their upcoming second album IV.I.VIII., which comes out on 3/18 via Profound Lore, is hotly anticipated. You can stream one of its tracks, "Black Tears," over at Pitchfork.
We interviewed Coffinworm vocalist Dave Britts over at Invisible Oranges as part of our ongoing series about harsh vocalists. Here's an excerpt:
What new things do you feel like you've done on the new Coffinworm record?You can read the full interview over at IO. Listen to the first single from IV.I.VIII., "Lust Vs. Vengeance," and an older Coffinworm jam below...
For starters, almost all of the lyrics were written in the studio over the course of the two sessions. Some really serious stuff happened to me personally just before we recorded. When I looked at what I had written previously for the album at the time, it all seemed very, very fake. It seemed like it was written by a different person for a different band, a thousand fucking years ago. It just seemed irrelevant. I tore the lyrics out of my lyric book, which I don't normally do, and destroyed them. We had already recorded "Instant Death Syndrome" for the split with Fistula, so I already had that. But otherwise, I had my work cut out for me, since I'm ordinarily very meticulous. I like to take time to really approach it like I'm writing a book or something. But this time, I had to come up with everything on the spot. We had a week where we recorded, then a week off, and then another week where we recorded, and that was it. Before that, my lyrics had always been written over long periods -- years, in some cases. So that was a huge change.
I don't know the fuck I'll ever top that record. I don't have any children and I'm not married; when I listen to it, I imagine that it's what giving birth to your first child must be like. I felt extremely proud of the first record, and I didn't think we'd ever top that one. Frankly, it's a minor fucking miracle that we even did a second record. With all the shit we've been through as a band and as people -- I don't know how the fuck I'll ever top that second record.
February 27, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
German one-man post-black-metal band Lantlôs released a new track, "Melting Sun I: Azure Chimes" today, the first song off of a forthcoming album Melting Sun. For those not familiar, Lantlôs was an early runner of the black-metal-meets-shoegaze style championed by the likes of Alcest and, later, Deafheaven, but have never quite gotten the same draw, in spite of the fact that Alcest main-man Neige used to play in Lantlôs.
Like Alcest did with their latest Shelter, Lantlôs's Melting Sun looks to step away from a past full of blast beats and shrieks towards a slower, scream-less, rock-meets-metal landscape. Lantlôs main-man Herbst confirmed on the band's Facebook page that there would be no screaming or blasts, but promised the album is "not like Shelter at all. By far more rock/metal!"
Melting Sun will be out on May 2 on Prophecy. In the meantime, give "Melting Sun I: Azure Chimes," a listen below.
by Doug Moore
It's always nice when a good band that you thought had dissolved reappear with new material in tow. So it went with super-weird German thrash unit Noneuclid -- their first LP came out in 2008, and they've been basically silent since. Noneuclid's members are also active in bands like Triptykon, Obscura, and Dark Fortress. So yeah, they're quite busy, and their new album Metatheosis came as a pleasant surprise to me.
We just premiered the first single from Metatheosis, the opening cut "Paranoid Alkaloid," over at Invisible Oranges. From our writeup:
Metatheosis is an ambitious album that throws a lot of different looks at the listener -- "Across the Mist of Broken Glass" is a near-ballad that allows guitarist/vocalist Morean to strip the grit from his singing voice (yes, he actually sings), and it's followed by the three-part "Into the Light." These extravagances play an important role on Metatheosis, but its most satisfying moments come when the widescreen prog-isms run headlong into vicious death/thrash. Listen to how opener "Paranoid Alkaloid" (streaming above) wrenches itself away from maniacal speedpicking calisthenics for a melodic instrumental refrain before diving into Morbid Angel ooze.Metatheosis comes out on May 4 via Blood Music. You can stream "Paranoid Alkaloid" below.
In related news, Triptykon recently debuted a new song from their upcoming album, titled "Altar of Deceit," live at Norway's Blastfest. You can watch a video of that performance below as well...
February 26, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
NYC's experimental metal crew Epistasis is about to unload their second EP, Light Through Dead Glass, on April 1. Mark that date -- the album is a killer mix of fringe black metal and big riff weirdness. We premiered the album's second track, "Finisterre," over on Invisible Oranges earlier today. Here's a bit of what we had to say about it:
The song's as much about big rock riffs as it is weirdness and fringe black metal, if that makes any sense at all. And skirting the edges of comprehension seems to be Epistasis' thing. Trumpet and picked guitar dirges are interspersed and overlaid with bonkers solos and violent, frigid blasting that's kicked into high gear by vocalist/trumpeter Amy Mills, who provides some of the sickest shrieks of 2014 thus far (and who played trumpet on the recent Castevet and Psalm Zero albums). Epistasis features members of NYC locals Couch Slut and Pyrrhon (the drummer, not IO editor and professional yeller Doug), too -- they take a page from what Pyrrhon's all about with a wonkiness factor will both lull you and thrash you. There's never a dull moment, but a particular highlight has got to be the crescendo that kicks off around 4:00, with the trumpet-as-Siren being a defining factor.It's not everyday that you see a trumpet in extreme metal, and damn does it work -- give "Finisterre" a whirl below. If you like what you hear, Epistasis will be bringing the goods live this Friday (2/28) at Trans Pecos with one-man metal wizard Oneirogen and Feast of the Epiphany. It's this month's installment of the "Chaos Bodies" series and it's their only live date at the moment
by Doug Moore
Invisible Oranges and BrooklynVegan are pleased to announce that we'll be hosting our second annual SXSW metal showcase on Thursday, March 13, at the Quantum Lounge (303 W. 5th St. in Austin, TX). People with festival badges and wristbands are welcome, and additional tickets will be available at the door. Doors are at 7pm, and the show begins at 8. Here's the lineup and running order:
INVISIBLE ORANGES @ SXSWWe're extremely excited to bring such a diverse lineup of bands together; if you're not familiar with some of these acts, you can stream their music below. See you in Austin.
1:00 - Black Tusk
12:00 - Mutoid Man (members Converge/Cave In)
11:00 - Kayo Dot
10:00 - Yautja
9:00 - Wild Throne
8:00 - Venomous Maximus