Recent Posts in metal - Page 2
February 5, 2016
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Revocation at Gramercy in 2014 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
As always, the metal and hardcore universe continues to exist unabated. Here's a roundup of some stuff coming up...
There's a bunch of heavy festivals here in the states. Besides the always-great festivals like Maryland Deathfest, there are a few recent metal fests announced that lean more towards mall metal but do have some good stuff. First of all there's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, which goes down in Worcester, MA On April 15-16. This year's lineup includes headliners The Black Dahlia Murder and Killswitch Engage, plus Earth Crisis, Ringworm, Rivers of Nihil, Old Wounds, Fallujah and various others. Tickets are on sale now.
There's also Heavy Montreal for the border-crossing metalheads. That one happens on August 6-7 and involves Mastodon, Ghost, Sabaton, Carcass, Suffocation, Inquisition, Kataklysm, Biohazard, Mantar and again, Killswitch Engage. Tickets are on sale.
Also, in upstate NY, there's Rock'n Derby Festival on May 20-22 with Lamb of God, Megadeth, Clutch, Wolfmother, Wild Throne, Anthrax and Ghost. Not to mention Dokken and Scott Stapp! This fest will also involve a demolition derby and pro wrestling. What are you waiting for? Buy tickets now.
In terms of NYC shows coming up, tech-death monsters Revocation are going on a short run of dates and hitting Saint Vitus on March 17. Support for that has yet to be announced, but tickets for that are on sale now. Dates below.
Old-school evil black metal band Archgoat are touring with Valkyrja, and they'll be stopping in NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on March 20. Tickets for that are on sale now, and you can check out all tour dates below.
Heavy, catchy punks Angel Du$t are playing a few east coast dates with Higher Power and Soft Grip, including NYC at The Acheron on March 18 with support from Liberty. Tickets for that are on sale now, and you can check out those dates below.
There's some new music making the rounds, including a new single from locals Prong. That's called "Cut and Dry," it's from their upcoming album X - No Absolutes, which is out today (2/5) and you can stream it below. The whole album is on Spotify.
San Francisco doom duo Black Cobra have a new album on the way called Imperium Simulacra and they recently debuted the title track. It's a stellar piece of riff-mongering, the likes of which we've come to expect from this band, and you can stream it below. Imperium Simulacra is out February 25 via Season of Mist.
Canadian power-metal band Striker just premiered their incredibly fun new LP Stand in the Fire over at Invisible Oranges. You can stream that ripper below. As always, keep an eye on IO for a steady stream of good metal.
Now on to the reminders. Since we last spoke much has been announced. There's Amon Amarth/Entombed A.D., The Sword/Purson, Dylan Carlson, Weekend Nachos, Kvelertak/Torche/Wild Throne, and Grim Reaper.
And of course there's more. You've got five (five) Killswitch Engage shows, Magrudergrind/Mutilation Rites, Cauldron, Tau Cross, Unearth/Ringworm, Dragged Into Sunlight/Primitive Man/Cult Leader/Churchburn, UXO/Primitive Weapons, Behemoth/Myrkur, Ghost, Cannabis Corpse, Pig Destroyer/Dropdead/Full of Hell, and Whores/Fight Amp.
Also: Dysrhthmia/Artificial Brain, Poison Idea/Child Bite/Iron Reagan AND Poison Idea/Child Bite/Sheer Terror, Rivers of Nihil Krallice/Sabbath Assembly/Gnaw, Coffins/Noisem/Ilsa, Bell Witch/Wrekmeister Harmonies, Black Tusk, Taake, Young and In the Way, Vattnet Viskar, and Bongzilla/Black Cobra.
And, to give you a fourth paragraph of links (because 4th time is the charm), there's Abbath/High on Fire/Skeletonwitch/Tribulation, Abigail Williams/Fleshgod Apocalypse, Melvins/Napalm Death/Melt Banana, Cannibal Corpse/Obituary/Cryptopsy, Voivod/Vektor/Eight Bells, Megadeth/Suicidal Tendencies, Black Sabbath, Slayer/Testament/Carcass, AC/DC, and Iron Maiden.
That about does it. What did we miss? Stream new Black Cobra, Prong, and Striker, and check out the new Conan video below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Recently reformed death/doom band Dream Death were around briefly in the '80s, releasing their 1987 debut Journey Into Mystery and then breaking up in '89. Some of the members continued as Penance, but finally in 2011 they decided to get Dream Death back together and then released their long-awaited second album, Somnium Excessum, in 2013. This year they'll release their third album, Dissemination, on March 4 via Rise Above Records (pre-order). For this one they have the same lineup as Penance did on their 1992 debut, The Road Less Travelled. We've got the premiere of the title track.
"Dissemination" sounds like a bunch of angry old dudes, and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. It's a combative, riffy slab of metal with the sonics and tempo of old-school death metal married to the bluesy genre classicism of doom. It's a crusher, complete with a ripping guitar solo, and you can stream it below.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Japanese doom band Church of Misery have a new album on the way. It's called And Then There Were None, and it comes out March 4 via Rise Above Records (pre-order). We're premiering its first single, which is called "Make Them Die Slowly". You can stream that below.
The band is now something of a Japanese/American supergroup. Following 2013's Thy Kingdom Scum, original member Tatsu Mikami put together a new lineup that includes Repulsion frontman Scott Carlson on vocals and members of Blood Farmers and Earthride. It's the first time Carlson did lead vocals for an album since Repulsion's legendary debut.
The fact that the members track their stuff from different continents doesn't take a shred of immediacy from the music; "Make Them Die Slowly" is demonically skillful doom metal. It reminds me of the recent Agoraphobic Nosebleed stuff in the way the grooves seem almost genetically engineered to get the most hardened riff-snobs to immediately let their guard down. This is Sabbath worship at its finest, the kind that doesn't make that designation sound pejorative. It simply hits you in the gut and keeps hitting you until you're grooved out.
No word yet on tour dates yet. Stream "Make Them Die Slowly" below...
February 4, 2016
by Andrew Sacher
Grim Reaper, one of the more badass wailing '80s metal bands, are touring the US once again this year. The current lineup only has frontman Steve Grimmett from the early days, joined by a trio younger guns. As we mentioned in 2014, their first new album since the '80s is on the way, and it's expected this year. It's called From Hell, and while a release date still hasn't been revealed, you can watch them playing the title track live, below.
The tour kicks off in NYC with a show on March 18 at Saint Vitus and a TBA show on March 19. The Vitus gig has them joined by October 31, Psychoprism and S.A. Adams. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with a stream of their classic debut album See You In Hell and that new song, below...
photo: Pepper Keenan with Down at Best Buy Theater in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Any one who knows me is aware that I am not one to dabble much in social media, however due to what transpired last week at Dimebash I feel the need to respond and reach out to friends, family, music peers and fans worldwide.Meanwhile, Down continues to take hits, as they've now been pulled off of a show at the New Orleans Civic Theater on February 8. The theater is also making a donation to the Jewish Federation of New Orleans. They write:
I am saddened and confused by the behavior of Philip Anselmo last week. I do not condone what was gestured and said. This lapse in judgment of "making a joke" was in terribly poor taste and unacceptable.
That philosophy is the opposite of what I am about. My heart follows love and soul and my music has been inspired from people of all walks of life and musical styles. I view music as a gift that is universal and intended for all of humanity. As a proud New Orleanian, life is about celebrating diversity through music, it's about bringing people together, not tearing apart.
I won't speak for Phil but I've known him most of my life and I know there is not hate in his heart, however I hope at this moment in time Phil will focus his energy on self-reflection and begin the process of regaining perspective, healing himself and those lives he has touched through music
Through Down, Philip and I have written many beautiful and powerful songs in the past that have touched and inspired people from all walks of life positively and have helped pull many out of their own darkest hours. This is not something I take for granted and should always be at the forefront of one's conscience to keep you grounded, humbled and grateful.
One of the responsibilities and joys, in my opinion, of being an artist or musician is having the ability to help make the world a better place.
I accept Phil's apology, and I believe he can
After recent actions by Phil Anselmo during the Dimebash event this past week, we have cancelled Down's performance at the Civic. We do not tolerate intolerant behavior, and there is no room for that in our venue or our city. Refunds are available at point of purchase. In addition to offering full refunds on all ticket purchases, the Civic has made a donation to the Jewish Federation of New Orleans, pledging our support for a united community. "Me only have one ambition, y'know. I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together - black, white, Chinese, everyone - that's all." - Bob Marley--
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Magrudergrind in Miami in 2013 (more by Kris Alan Carter)
New York via DC grindcore monsters are prepping their new LP II, which is out February 12 on Relapse. We already posted the new song "Sacrificial Hire," and now we've got the premiere of another track from that album, "Black Banner." This new song is much less overtly grindy than "Sacrificial Hire." It's a comparative slow-burn, a 3-minute statement on pure crush and groove that works with chugging guitar figure and twists it into new shapes that, just when you've got a good head-bob going, yanks your neck in another direction. You can stream it below.
Magrudergrind are touring behind the new album. They've got that NYC show at The Acheron on February 19 with Mutilation Rites, Triac and Incendiary (tickets) before they head on a long run of European dates with Primitive Man. After that they'll play that huge Decibel Show in Philly and head on a US tour with Yautja, although those dates have yet to be announced.
You can pre-order II over at Relapse now. Stream "Black Banner," along with "Sacrificial Hire" and another new song called "Regressive Agenda," and check out all dates, below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Deftones at Free Press Summer Fest 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Deftones will release their new album Gore, which follows 2012's Koi No Yokan, on April 8 via Warner Bros. They just debuted its lead single "Prayers/Triangles" on Zane Lowe's BBC show, and it's the kind of soaring heavy rock Deftones excel at, with a pretty damn epic chorus. Listen, along with Zane interviewing Chino Moreno on air, below. Update: The official audio with a visualizer is out now too.
They're also going on tour, including day 2 of Travis Barker's Musink Festival. That day is also with Taking Back Sunday and Epitaph-signed garage punks Plague Vendor. All dates are listed below...
photo: Alice Cooper at Beacon Theatre in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
We already learned that Lady Gaga is doing a Bowie tribute at the Grammys this year, and the other rock legend who recently passed away, Lemmy, will get one too. This one includes some people who were a little closer to Lemmy than Gaga was to Bowie. It's by Alice Cooper and his band the Hollywood Vampires, which includes Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan, and Johnny Depp, among others. Alice said to Rolling Stone:
"He was always funny," he continues. "I'm a 'healed' alcoholic and I haven't had anything to drink in 35 years. A lot of people that drink always feel a little bit like they owe an explanation to me. A couple weeks before his death, Lemmy came up to me and said, 'Alice, I've quit drinking.' And he's got a glass in his hand. And I go, 'Really?' And he says, 'Yeah, I don't drink whiskey anymore. I drink vodka.'" Cooper laughs. "And I went, 'Lemmy, do you think your liver has any idea what color the alcohol is?' He said, well it's a step down from whiskey.' And I went, 'OK. Any step's a good step.'" He laughs.The Hollywood Vampires will also make the live debut of their song "As Bad As I Am" at the Grammys. It will be released as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of their 2015 debut that comes out three days before the performance.
Other recently-added Grammys performers include Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Adele, Rihanna, the cast of Hamilton, and a BB King tribute by Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark Jr and Bonnie Raitt.
Alice Cooper is also touring this spring. Listen to the Hollywood Vampires song "My Dead Drunk Friends" below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Nicole Dollanganger at Baby's in 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
When Grimes associate Nicole Dollanganger toured last year (with and without Grimes), she incorporated a cover of Type O Negative's "Christian Woman" into her sets. It seemed like it might've been an odd choice, given her more delicate sound, but it ended up fitting right in. (Her shows are also heavier than her albums, thanks to her metallic backing band.) Now Nicole has offered up a studio version of the cover, and her rendition of it is just as worthwhile recorded. Check it out below.
photo: Kvelertak at Terminal 5 in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Tickets for the Invisible Oranges and Rocks Off presented Kvelertak, Torche and Wild Throne show at Irving Plaza go on BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges presale today (2/4) at 10 AM. Password = BLODTORSTORANGES.
If you miss out on tickets in the presale, you can try again in the general on-sale, starting Friday (2/5) at 10 AM. All tour dates here.