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March 20, 2015


Today I lost a brother. Anthony Jude Pero passed away. A.J. was the final piece in a band that would become an international sensation and one of the greatest live rock acts to ever hit the stage. His sledgehammer assault on the drums helped drive Twisted Sister and I to greatness and inspired me to rock every single show. My heart breaks knowing I will never feel the power of his beat behind me, or turn to see his face smiling broadly from the sheer joy he got from doing what he loved. I will always remember that smile. RIP my friend.

-Dee Snider

Twisted Sister drummer and Staten Island native AJ Pero died Friday, March 20 of an apparent heart attack. He was on tour with Adrenaline Mob when his bandmates unsuccessfully tried to awaken him. He was then taken to a hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he was declared dead just after 11 AM. He was 55.

Rest in peace, AJ, you'll be missed. Watch a few Twisted Sister videos and read tributes from the rest of the band, below...

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Motörhead's floating festival, Motörboat, is back for a second year, setting sail September 28 thru October 2, 2015, from Miami to the private island of Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas. In addition to Lemmy and crew, this year's lineup includes Slayer, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed and more. Tickets go on sale March 25.

Motörboat is not all headbanging, either. There's also:

Motörhead's Motörboat will keep it crazy with theme nights where flying your freak flag is not looked down upon but paraded and appreciated. Weird and wonderful poolside and beach events and activities will keep the motor going, and artist Q&A sessions plus meet & greets will get you up close and personal with your favorite artists on board. All this is punctuated with 24-hour access to the food, bars and fellow Motorboaters who are up all night with music demons to fight.
Check out pics from Motörboat 2014 here. Full Motörboat 2015 lineup and flyer are below.

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March 18, 2015

photo: Misery Index at Union Pool in 2010 (more by Samanatha Marble)
Misery Index

Baltimore death metallers Misery Index and Portland sludge band Lord Dying are heading out on a tour of the US and Canada together this April and May.

The tour brings the two bands to NYC for a show on May 1 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Earlier this year, Lord Dying released their new album, Poisoned Altars, on Relapse, and Misery Index's newest, The Killing Gods, dropped last year on Season of Mist. Stream both below...

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March 17, 2015

photo: Mutilation Rites at Acheron in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)

Brooklyn black metal band Mutilation Rites are on the road on the way to SXSW with promising German band Mantar. See what SXSW shows you can catch those bands at in our SXSW 2015 Metal Roundup, or in their lists of dates below.

After Austin, Mutilation Rites make their way back up North and play a hometown show without Mantar on March 31 at Acheron with Anicon, Iron Force and Sunrot. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

No NYC shows announced for Mantar yet, but meanwhile they're finally giving their great 2014 debut album, Death By Burning, a US release on May 19 via Brutal Panda Records. Here's what we said about it last year:

They're a bass-less two piece but with the total racket they make, they don't sound like they are. It's huge, thick guitars on top of bulldozing drums and a vocalist that sounds equally inspired by hardcore and black metal... it's a great fit that they're playing with the Melvins.
Stream Death By Burning, and a track from Mutilation Rites' newest, Harbinger, below...

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photo: Today Is the Day at Maryland Deathfest 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

Noisecore vets Today Is the Day unfortunately had to cancel their last tour due to a van crash that resulted in injuries and destroyed gear, but fortunately they've recovered and are ready to hit the road again this spring. Most of the tour is with support from Lazer/Wulf, who played NYC last night (3/16).

The tour brings TITD and Lazer/Wulf to NYC for a show on April 26 at The Paper Box. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

It's in continued support of last year's Animal Mother on Southern Lord. All dates are listed, with the video for "Masada" from that album, below...

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After teasing us with a couple tracks, the Game of Thrones "Catch the Throne II" mixtape is out now, kicking off strong with Method Man's Night's Watch riff on "The Oath" and running through Mushroomhead's rager, "The Crows," with cuts from Snoop Dogg, Mastodon, Estelle, Anthrax, Talib Kweli and more. It's all interspersed with dialogue from the series. You can stream it and download for free from Soundcloud below.

Game of Thrones' fifth season begins April 12 on HBO.

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March 16, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

Blues Pills

Blues Pills formed when Swedish howler Elin Larsson met former Radio Moscow members Zack Anderson (bass) and Cory Berry (drums), and connected over a love of early psych and proto-metal. They soon added French guitarist Dorian Sorriaux into the fold, and put out a few EPs and singles before signing to Nuclear Blast and releasing their self-titled debut album in 2014. (Cory left soon after and ex-Truckfighters drummer André Kvarnström took his place.)

The band have a ton of tour dates coming up, going from this month all the way through mid-August. Most of them are in Europe, but they are coming to the US in April to play Kirk Hammett's Fear FestEvil in California and a NYC show after that.

The NYC show happens April 16 at Saint Vitus with support from two likeminded local-ish bands, Philly's Ruby the Hatchet and NY's Dead Heavens, the band that gives hardcore legend Walter Schreifels (Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, etc) a chance to indulge his love of the late '60s. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All Blues Pills dates are listed, with a stream of their album, below.

UPDATE: Actually Blues Pills had to cancel their US dates due to visa issues. They write:

hello friends from overseas... we unfortunately have no good news this time...
due to unforseen difficulties with the US visa process, we will unfortunately not make it in april to USA, means we will not be able to attend at this years FEARFEST EVIL in CA san jose on 11th of april, as well as the show @ the st. vitus in brooklyn NY scheduled for 16th of april...
we want to thank both promoters for inviting us as well as the fans who was looking forward to our shows.
we are very sorry but are sure that time will come sooner than later, when BLUES PILLS get the chance to come over to north america.
all best from BLUES PILLS!
Dead Heavens is one of two new-ish bands Walter Schreifels is pursuing, the other being the more post-hardcore-oriented Vanishing Life with members of Trail of Dead. That band is coming to SXSW this week, where they'll play the free BrooklynVegan Friday party at Red 7 with Power Trip, United Nations, KEN mode, Single Mothers, and many more.

Ruby the Hatchet will be at SXSW too; they're one of the many metal bands we highlighted in our 2015 SXSW Metal Roundup.

Blues Pills tour dates and album stream, below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

Nifelheim / Ares Kingdom @ Saint Vitus - 3/15/15
Ares Kingdom

Metal fest Defenders of the Old went down at The Bell House on Friday (3/13) and Saturday (3/14), and the festival promoters also presented a third show this weekend at Saint Vitus on Sunday (3/15). This one had Swedish metal legends Nifelheim, who have been making thrashy black metal for over two decades and absolutely killed it last night. Before them was Kansas City death/thrash vets Ares Kingdom (ex-Order from Chaos) and support came from two local bands, Slutvomit and Iron Force. Pictures are in this post and continue below...

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March 13, 2015

by Andrew Sacher


Norway's Haust first appeared on this site as a pack of snotty blackened hardcore brats back in 2011. Times change, and the band has grown up, shedding members as well as much of their previous sound. On their fourth full length, Bodies, the band has blended krautrock and psychedelia into their music, making it slower, stranger and altogether more sinister.
Joseph Schafer wrote the above about Norwegian blackened punks Haust over at Invisible Oranges, along with the premiere of "Out Like A Light" from their new album and an interview with founding vocalist Vebjørn Guttormsgaard Møllberg and new bassist Henrik Øiestad Myrvold. Check out that song and previous single "Light," below, and read that interview here and here. Bodies is out now.

Haust will be coming to the US for SXSW, but first they stop in NYC to play Saint Vitus on Monday (3/16), opening for '90s SoCal skate punks Guttermouth (seriously), along with Counterpunch and Wonderboy. Tickets are on sale. (They were initially supposed to play Acheron on Saturday, but that's been cancelled.)

List of all dates, and song streams, below...

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March 12, 2015

Ken mode

Winnipeg's sludgy, noisy post-hardcore band KEN mode will follow their excellent 2013 album, Entrench, with their sixth album this year. Release date still TBA, but they announced that it's called Success and will come out on Season of Mist worldwide and on New Damage in Canada. Watch the album trailer below.

KEN mode are touring this year and playing two SXSW shows, one of which is the free BrooklynVegan Friday day party at Red 7 with Power Trip, United Nations, Single Mothers, Swervedriver, Mac McCaughan and more.

All dates are listed below...

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