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September 11, 2014

by Ian Chainey

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Old Man Gloom -- the supergroup featuring members of Isis (THE BAND), Cave In, and Converge -- have released the first song from their forthcoming album The Ape of God out via Profound Lore on November 11. This one is called "The Lash" and if finds the Old Man Gloom Alien Simian Defence League crunching out heavy riffs in the style of their previous sonic monuments to doom. The song begins with a familiar electronic bubbling before unleashing an ultra-distorted battering that swells like a storm on the sea. You can stream it in this post.

Singer/guitarist Aaron Turner has also been busy, starting up the band Sumac and already has an album under that moniker on the way. Meanwhile, singer/guitarist Nate Newton is playing bass on the next Cavalera Conspiracy album called Pandemonium which will be released through Napalm Records on November 4.

"The Lash" streams below...

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by Ian Chainey

Old Wounds at the Acheron, 2012 (More by Fred Pessaro)
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Metalcore ragers Old Wounds have released another track from Death Projection, their new release out through Good Fight on September 16. It's called "Bloodpact" and it's another high-powered speaker wrecker, turning the aggression way up on hardcore chugs and throat-charring screams. You can check that out on Pitchfork and stream previously released tracks "Dead Beat Blues" and "Ritual" below.

Old Wounds will be kicking off their Invisible Oranges presented Death Projection Tour 2014 Friday (9/12)in Montclair, New Jersey. They'll be joined for this run of shows by Kitchener, Ontario's Exalt. The bands have two back-to-back NYC dates in the near future, playing Grand Victory on September 26 with Divider and Meek Is Murder (tickets) and ABC No Rio on September 27 with the Banner and Go Deep ($8 at the door). Following this stretch, Old Wounds will head back out on the road for an East Coast run in late October/early November with Vices.

During that Oct/Nov run, Old Wounds play The Fest. Their show happens 11/1 at The Atlantic with Creepoid, Self Defense Family, Old Gray, Tiny Moving Parts, Goodtime Boys, Xerxes, You'll Live, Dangers, Single Mothers, Rescuer, a mystery band and more.

All of the dates along with Old Wounds' "Dead Beat Blues" and "Ritual" appear below.

Continue reading "Old Wounds streaming a new track from their EP, kicking off IO-presented tour w/ Exalt this week, touring w/ Vices after"

September 10, 2014

by Ian Chainey

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Bastard Sapling released an absolute burner last month with their second album, Instinct Is Forever, which you can stream in full below. The USBMers stretched out with weighty and well-produced songs that get raw with their lyrical angle, examining Mike Paparo's struggles with depression. Toss in some lap steel (!) and a guest turn from Windhand's Dorthia Cottrell, and you have one of metal's more intriguing albums of the summer.

If you missed their recent tour with the related Inter Arma, Bastard Sapling do have another live engagement coming up. The band will be going on a tour this fall that hits NYC on September 28 at the Acheron where they'll be joined by Geryon and Belus. Tickets for that show are available now. All dates are listed below.

Bastard Sapling's showmates actually demonstrate the low degree of separation of some NYC metal. Geryon will be playing one of the nights of the Virus blow-out at Saint Vitus near the end of October. The drummer of their bass/drum duo destruction is Lev Weinstein who also plays in Anicon (along with Bloody Panda, Krallice, so many others) who released a split with Belus this year. And to spin another band into the NYC web, Belus includes Lesley Wolf who also plays bass and sings for Mortals who are going on tour with Wolvhammer. That tour hits the Acheron on November 5. Lesson? All of these bands could create a diverse and killer festival and only need a van or two to get there.

Stream Bastard Sapling's Instinct Is Forever, with their list of dates, below...

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Metal is the law

Billboard talked to the guy who got arrsted for posting Exodus lyrics on his Facebook page, and they have an update on his case:

Evans assumed he would be released following his court day on Aug. 27, where his wife, sister, and mother were present. Instead, he was charged with a Class C felony -- a classification that includes petty theft in the state of Kentucky -- for "terrorist threatenings" and faced the possibility of between five and 10 years in prison. When he heard that verdict, Evans was not happy. "I couldn't believe it got that out of hand," he says. "At the same time it's worrisome because I have a family to take care of. I have a three-month-old son."

At his second court date a week later, Evans was handed a deferment for six months and was required to undergo a mental evaluation, the date for which has not been set yet. If he complies with the court, the charges will be dropped from his record. "They can watch all day," he says. "I don't do anything wrong. I pretty much work and come home. That's it."

As previously discussed, Evans was arrested because alllegedly "threatened to kill students and or staff at school." Read more about the aftermath at Billboard.

Meanwhile, Exodus just released a song with their ex-bandmate Kirk Hammett of Metallica playing on it, and Gary Holt is appearing on Top Chef tonight (9/10).

Blake Judd

Despite being notorious for stealing and screwing people over (and even going to jail for it), people continue to work with Nachtmystium's Blake Judd (also of Twilight, Krieg, and Hate Meditation). Last week Century Media released an unfortunate, but noble statement saying they will send records to anyone who got scammed by Blake's recent, fake, direct pre-order for the new Nachtmystium record ("the last album NACHTMYSTIUM has with Century Media Records"). Blake is known for never sending people orders, but yet he found more people to send him money. Read that statement in full below.

Now, Blake's long-time friend and bandmate Neill Jameson (Krieg, Twilight) has also had enough and wants the world to know his full story. It's a long, sad tale of being screwed over by a heroin addict again and again and again and again. It paints Blake as an even bigger liar and scumbag than the public knew. The whole thing is at Noisey. Here's an excerpt:

"I decided to do the third Twilight record [with Blake] simply because of the other musicians in the band. By this point, I was fed up with the Blake-circus-shitshow but went ahead anyway. The night before I was to fly out to record Blake called me in tears. He told me that the money that was sent to cover my expenses and my cut of the publishing advance (totaling around $1500) was gone. He told me that his wife had left him (no shit, Helen Keller saw that coming) after they got into a fight; He threw her and she broke her leg in several places. When he took her to the hospital they would only accept cash because they didn't have insurance. He fucking sobbed and said everyone in Chicago wanted to kill him and he couldn't leave his house and he hoped I didn't hate him. What the fuck was I supposed to do? I already had paid for the flight and was in the hole from the "tour" a few weeks before."
Twilight is/was a supergroup that featured Blake and Neill along with Thurston Moore, Aaron Turner, Jef Whitehead (Leviathan), Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth), and more. No wonder Thurston said black metal is "music made by pussies of the lowest order".

Century Media's recent statement below...

Continue reading "The continuing saga of Blake Judd's heroin addiction"

by Ian Chainey

NAAM at Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
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Sludgefeast is set to bring a slow, low, and mind-expanding show to Brooklyn on November 15. The Bent Unit and Some Pig presented event is headlined by psych rockers NAAM and White Hills and will take place at Brooklyn's the Paper Box. Tickets are available now for a reduced price presale of $15. The full 11 band lineup appears in the flyer posted below.

NAAM released Vow on Tee Pee Records in 2013, drawing raves from those that enjoy tripping into warm, heady reveries of early psych and krautrock. White Hills, who released Glitter Glamour Atrocity on Thrill Jockey this year, follow the same path with a harsher result, reaching space with a biting guitar tone and plenty of noise. Both outfits are pretty familiar with each other, releasing a split together with Black Rainbows and the Flying Eyes back in May.

The rest of the bill includes Blackout's low-end-heavy howls, Wonderbreed's shrine to the stoner riff, It's Not Night: It's Space's infectious grooves and fried solos, and Eidetic Seeing's desert-y twang. A sampler of all the bands appears, along with the full lineup flyer, below...

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September 9, 2014

by Ian Chainey

Black Cobra at Saint Vitus, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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Black Cobra are currently on tour with Lo-Pan, and they brought out some old jams last night (9/8) in Miami. Guitarist Jason Landrian reunited with his old Cavity bandmate Daniel Gorostiaga for two of that band's songs during the encore. According to the YouTube description, "This was a sight to behold. After Black Cobra ripped through their set, Daniel Gorostiaga joined them onstage to play two Cavity songs, "Crawling" and "Supercollider." All things considered, this is the closest thing we've had to a Cavity reunion in years." Gorostiaga and Landrian both played on Cavity's 2001 record On the Lam, the band's final album. You can check out the video from the show below.

Cavity's lineup at one point also included Steve Brooks and Juan Montoya, who later formed Floor and then Torche. Both of those bands are currently active. Floor put out a new LP and wrapped up a tour earlier this year, and Torche are planning on releasing an album in 2015 and will be touring sooner than that, hitting NYC on September 27 at Saint Vitus with Broughton's Rules (tickets).

The Black Cobra / Lo-Pan tour has plenty more dates coming up through October too, including a NYC show on September 18 at Saint Vitus with Kings Destroy and Godmaker, which Invisible Oranges is presenting (tickets). Then, on September 19, the two will play the second night of Uninvited Festival, an absolutely loaded event that will be particularly appealing to stoners.

Updated Black Cobra / Lo-Pan dates are listed, with the almost-reunion of Cavity and a full stream of On the Lam, below...

Continue reading "Cavity half-reunited during Black Cobra's Miami show (video); Black Cobra / Lo-Pan tour underway (updated dates)"

by Ian Chainey

Exodus

Bay Area thrashers Exodus have released a new track from their upcoming full-length Blood In, Blood Out. This one is called "Salt the Wound" and it features former Exodus guitarist Kirk Hammett lending a solo. Glad to see Kirk is still finding work. Blood In, Blood Out, the band's 10th full-length, will be out on October 14 through Nuclear Blast (preorder). Exodus will then tour North America with Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies starting in November. (Closest NYC show: NJ's Welmont Theatre on November 29.) You can stream "Salt the Wound" below.

It has been a bit of a roller-coaster news cycle for Exodus, lately. Ups: Guitarist Gary Holt will be appearing on Top Chef Duels this week (9/10) as a judge along with Scott Ian and Rob Zombie. A metal taste test? (A vegan one, actually.) Points if he quotes "Piranha." Downs: A fan was arrested for posting Exodus lyrics on his Facebook page. So Gary, maybe don't quote "Piranha." Maybe you should just shred it up as an answer any question. Worked for Harpo Marx.

"Salt the Wound" appears below.

Continue reading "Exodus share song from new LP feat. Kirk Hammett; guitarist Gary Holt guest-judging 'Top Chef' w/ Rob Zombie & Scott Ian"

by Ian Chainey

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As discussed, Brooklyn's Burning Volume 1 is set to ignite on September 19 and September 20. The two-day event takes place at the Acheron (9/19) and The Wick (9/20) and features a killer lineup of crust, d-beat, and punk heavies including the legendary Doom playing both nights. The UK crusties released Corrupt Fucking System back in December and digitally re-released the Doomed Again compilation in April. You can get your dose of Doom with full streams of both below. In addition, the band has announced they're working on new material, per their Facebook: "Coming along nicely. All sound totally different but still sound like doom, not sure how that works...but it does." With that, let's break down the rest of the bands.

The festivities begin Friday, September 19 at the Acheron (tickets). In addition to Doom, attendees will get the scuzzy psych punk of Lecherous Gaze. The Annihilation Time/Witch/Saviours-related Oakland group -- who will also be joining the packed bill at Uninvited Fest -- released Zeta Reticuli Blues this year on Tee Pee Records, a fun romp through acid-saturated heavy rock and proto-punk filtered through an SST-centric vibe. They'll be joined by Boston's Aspects of War, a d-beat lover's dream that have been building quite the fanbase based on their demos. Finally, New Jersey's Razorheads will supply an ultra-distorted wallop that mixes d-beat rhythms with a penchant for tinnitus-inducing noise.

The Wick's night on Saturday, September 20 (tickets) brings in Oi!-sters Hard Skin, a band including internet-infamous Sean "Fat Bob" Forbes. The outfit plays rowdy anthems that subtly play around with what their punk can be. For instance, the alt-version of last year's On the Balls titled Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear handed over vocal duties to a number of unexpected guests including Joanna Newsom. Their showmates include Oakland's Kicker -- featuring members of Neurosis, Filth, and Dystopia -- who are just as fun and are working on a follow-up to their Tankcrimes-released pure punk rager Not You. Pittsburgh's EEL, on the other hand, add all manner of powerelectronics adornments to their punk, creating quite a squall. Their new Endless Fucker LP is a highlight for those who like it loud. Brooklyn's Nomad operate in the same frame of mind, giving the noisecore of Japanese deafeners a U.S. take. San Francisco's Crimson Scarlet respin anarcho punk with a deathrock sensibility, releasing the texturally intriguing Athens Cave Sessions back in June. And Trenchgrinder infuse Brooklyn's Burning with a metal flavor. They shook speakers on their January split with Skullshitter that fused thrash, Bolt Thrower-esque chugs, and grindy crust.

The show flyers along with streams from the bands appear below...

Continue reading "Brooklyn's Burning is this month (preview the bands)"

by Ian Chainey

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Father Murphy, the bewildering experimental band that has called Brooklyn, Berlin, and Italy home, is back in America for a number of live events. In San Francisco and Los Angeles, they'll be providing a live score for Luca Dipierro's Paper Circus, a collection of short animated films, one of which you can see below. Then the outfit is off to Mexico, eventually heading back north in October for shows in Montreal and Chicago. They come NYC's way, dropping in at the Acheron on October 9 with Oneirogen, Of Earth & Sun, and Theologian. Tickets are available now. The full list of dates appears below.

We premiered a track from Father Murphy's January release Pain is On Our Side Now, calling it, "soaked in abrasive noise, and terrifyingly dark textures, and strays pretty far from anything resembling a conventional pop song." You can trip out to the full release below.

Theologian, meanwhile, are just off of playing with Megaton Leviathan and will be re-releasing a vinyl version of their charred-black, industrial/noise tumult Some Things Have To Be Endured on September 15 (preorder). Oneirogen is the intensely heavy project of guitarist Mario Diaz de Leon, squashing listeners with thick drone-y riffs. And Denverite Matthew Hunzeker's Of Earth & Sun tags himself as 'ritual drone' and 'ritual industrial,' delivering a hypnotic and primal feast of sounds recalling Tribes of Neurot at their most death-obsessed.

All of the dates are listed, along with a Luca Dipierro film and streams from the bands, below...

Continue reading "Father Murphy touring North America (dates), playing NYC with Oneirogen, Of Earth & Sun, and Theologian"