Recent Posts in metal - Page 2
April 11, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
Gwar at the Housecore Horror Fest in Austin, 2013 (more by Trent Maxwell)
We lost Gwar frontman Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, a couple weeks ago and now the surviving Gwar members have released an official statement on his death via a video. In it they talk about the memorial service that will happen just before August's annual GWAR-B-Q in Richmond, VA which will continue as planned in Brockie's honor. (The band added that Brockie passed away peacefully in his sleep.) Watch the video below, in which Gwar gives a forceful reminder that "Orderus would order you to be present and to pay tribute to Dave Murray Brockie, his own personal slave!" In just over two weeks, the universe has lost two ultimate overlords.
Gwar has also announced the creation of The Dave Brockie Foundation. Here's a mission statement from Gwar's site:
The Dave Brockie Foundation is a charity fund with the mission of promoting the advancement of music, images, letters and performances in the arts. It will endeavor to encourage promising talents, as well as preserving the legacy of Dave's body of works. It intends to be a support system to those who have dedicated their lives in pursuit of creativity. The Dave Brockie Foundation will be a resource for artists in the fields of music, film, literature and all visual arts who cannot find funding through mainstream channels. The DBF will also strive to catalog and preserve Dave's vast collection of original images, recordings and written words, and make them available for the world to appreciate. The foundation's first goal is to finance the creation of a memorial monument in Richmond, Virginia to provide the world with a place to pay respects to the memory of a very cherished man.
Donations can be made on Gwar's website.
Watch Gwar's message below...
April 10, 2014
by Doug Moore
Eyehategod at Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Rumors of an Eyehategod / Ringworm / Enabler tour in support of the former's upcoming self-titled album (their first in almost 15 years) have been floating around for a few days now, but it's now officially been announced. The three bands will take to the road in North America from late May through late June, shortly after EHG complete a brief run of West Coast and festival dates.
The tour will hit NYC on 6/7 at Europa -- not my first choice for venue, but this lineup will destroy no matter what the surroundings. Tickets aren't on sale yet, but will be available at this link soon. All dates are listed below.
In the meantime, stream both of EHG's recently-released singles and check out their full set of announced dates below...
by Doug Moore
You may not have heard of Denver, CO's Of Feather and Bone, but if you like your hardcore stern, tight, and delivered with grind-speed ferocity, you'd best make yourself acquainted. Their new EP Adorned in Decay comes out on April 12 via Mind Melt, and we just premiered a full stream over at Invisible Oranges this morning. It's as shredding as it is straight-ahead. From our writeup:
Like Cop Problem's powerful 2013 EP Buried Beneath White Noise, Adorned in Decay doesn't give you time to get bored. Only two of its five tracks pass two minutes. It plays; you rage; it ends just as you break a sweat.Stream the EP below. They will also be on tour with Centuries for much of the month; no NYC stop unfortunately, but all dates are listed below.
This single-minded efficiency is evident in the content of those quick-hitter songs too. Of Feather and Bone use familiar tactics, but they pay careful attention to the execution of those techniques. From the just-noisy-enough riffs to the taut performances to the punchy production, everything is in its right place here.
April 9, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
James Kelly with Altar of Plagues at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
In 2013, Irish experimental black metal stalwarts Altar of Plagues broke up, an event that understandably left fans bummed out -- they turned out some of the most interesting and heavy hitting black metal out there for the better part of a decade. As you may know, some members went on to form Malthusian, and guitarist/vocalist James Kelly went on to start an electronic project, WIFE.
WIFE will finally come to NYC to play a show on Saint Vitus on April 16. It's a full night of outer sound with gloomed-out one-man experimentalist Planning for Burial, avant-metal band Psalm Zero and experimentalist Greg Fox (ex-Liturgy). Tickets are on sale now. Planning for Burial is the headliner on this one, and though it's his only date at the moment, he's planning a summer tour.
Also, James Kelly's WIFE is not to be confused with California duo WIFE (aka Nick Steinhardt of Touche Amore and Andrew Thomas of Vow). To make matters more confusing, neither WIFE has played many shows, but both have shared bills with Deafheaven, Nick Steinhardt's in LA, and James Kelly's in London.
Stream the new James Kelly WIFE clip, plus some recent Planning for Burial, below...
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by Doug Moore
Goatwhore at Bowery Ballroom (more by Fred Pessaro)
The ongoing Metal Alliance tour -- which features Behemoth, Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition, & Black Crown Initiate -- is one of the bigger package metal roadshows of the year. It's hitting NYC on 4/19 at Irving Plaza for a sold-out stop, but if you failed to acquire tickets, you may be in luck anyway. The Metal Alliance tour proper has the day after the 4/19 show off, and almost the entire lineup (everyone except for Behemoth) will play at Saint Vitus Bar the following night, which happens to be both Easter and, well, 4/20. It should be a rager, though -- Inquisition released one of 2013's best albums, Goatwhore are a dominating live act, & 1349 have reportedly pulled themselves together after releasing two disastrous albums in a row during the late '00s.
Buy your ticket for the inverted blasphemic potsmoke Jesus death ceremony -- chances of this one selling out are pretty high.
Remaining Metal Alliance dates are listed, along with a stream of last year's Inquisition album, below.
April 8, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
Grand Rapids, Michigan's one-man band A Pregnant Light started out as an obscure, lo-fi, tape-only black metal band before heading in a direction that's likely to appeal to more ears without sacrificing the heaviness. A Pregnant Light's new compilation album that shows the arc of the band's later material (and includes two new songs) came out today (purchase), and we premiered a stream over at Invisible Oranges. Here's a bit of what we had to say about it:
Before I Came showcases A Pregnant Light's movement away from comparatively grimmer origins to a hookier and dare-I-say-poppier sound. The massive, arcing "DMHD" ("Death My Hanging Doorway") that anchors the compilation was a turning point for A Pregnant Light, and I know from speaking with [A Pregnant Light sole member] Damian Master that he considers it one of the the most important songs he's written with A Pregnant Light. Originally released as a single, "DMHD" clocks in at 21 minutes and has more furious blasting and big, sweeping riffed-the-hell-out movements than you can shake a stick at. A little after the 12-minute-mark of the song, there's a moment that in hindsight seems prescient -- five minutes of slow-building punk riffage with a swagger that was previously kept under wraps. (To be fair, APL had already released a killer cover of Madonna's "Live to Tell" by this point.)The album's opening two tracks are the new songs, which showcase A Pregnant Light at its most ambitious. Stream them, and the rest of Before I Came, below...
by Doug Moore
I joke a lot about how bands never really break up these days unless every single member dies, but it sounds less silly and more like a mundane fact all the time. Today's exhibit: Bang, a '70s-era Philadelphian hard rock band who were only initially active for a few years, and then again briefly in the early aughts. Like a lot of rock bands who got their start around 1970, their music straddles a few genre lines that were fuzzy at the time -- you can hear bits of pop, prog, hard rock, and early heavy metal in their recorded work.
The band were briefly signed to Capitol Records and managed to crank out three albums during their original run. One of those albums, their 1971 self-titled effort, sported a minor hit called "Questions," which brought them as close to the big time as they ever got -- a series of industry missteps led to their dissolution a few years later. The fact that Bang never played a NYC gig says a little about how dysfunctional the end of their career was.
But Bang are (inevitably) back together again now, and they've announced reunion shows including their first-ever NYC gig: a May 2 appearance at Saint Vitus alongside locals The Golden Grass. Original bassist Frank Ferrera and guitarist Frankie Gilcken are still in the lineup, though such long-break reunions are always a crapshoot execution-wise. Still, if you've been loving Bang for 42 years (or even, y'know, 4 years), this show is probably a no brainer.
Tickets for the Vitus show are on sale now. All currently known dates are listed, with a full stream of Bang, below...
By Doug Moore
Pelican at the Invisible Oranges CMJ Showcase, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
While North America will probably never be able to give the EU a run for its money when it comes to huge blowout metal festivals in the Wacken or Roadburn vein, the lands on this side of the Atlantic are hosting an increasing number of smaller but more targeted (and thereby more appealing, if you ask me) shindigs. Hot on the heels of yesterday's inaugural Deathwish Fest announcement comes another first-timer fest: Southern Darkness Fest, which will take place in Tampa, FL on August 23. As the fest site puts it:
Southern Darkness Festival brings the best of extreme and experimental music right to Tampa's historic district of Ybor. More than 20 bands will deliver a diverse range of heavy music, from Post Rock all the way to Grindcore. With a lineup that is second to none, SDF is bound to leave a mark in Florida's heavy music scene and turn heads worldwide.Though Southern Darkness will take place in the historic seat of American death metal, its lineup ironically doesn't include any death metal -- Maruta and Yautja (see? they're everywhere) are as close as it comes. Most of the fest's big-name draws are post-metal or sludge bands: Pelican, Black Tusk, Zoroaster, Junius, Mouth of the Architect, A Storm of LIght, and so forth. There's also a solid grind/hardcore contingent -- the aforementioned Maruta, Phobia, Weekend Nachos, Coke Bust, Strong Intention, and more.
Organized by music fans for music fans, SDF sets out to create a special experience for fans and artists alike. The historic district of Ybor is not only the perfect setting for an artistically minded crowd, but also houses Tampa's best live music venues - all in walking distance from one another.
The fest will be organized along CMJ-esque lines; it'll take place at a number of venues simultaneously, with a single ticket pass earning you entrance to all of them. (If you know Tampa, you may be familiar with them: The Orpheum, Crowbar, Ybor Live.) Specific show details are still to come. Tickets will be $35 for presale and $40 on the day of the fest, which is pretty reasonable, given that most of this fest's attendees will probably have to travel for it. They're not on sale yet, but will be on an unspecified date in late April; in the meantime, you can keep an eye on the fest's Facebook for updates.
More bands will be announced soon, but the full initial lineup is below...
by Doug Moore
Blissfucker album art
We mentioned yesterday that death/grind/hardcore/supreme-pizza-metal unit Trap Them had a new album in the works. Right on cue, the details have emerged -- it'll be called Blissfucker, and it'll see a June 10 release via Prosthetic Records.
The announcement comes with the first single from the record, which is titled "Salted Crypts." Trap Them are four LPs and many short-format releases into their career at this point, and as vocalist Ryan McKenny says in the press release (at great length, ironically, given the shade he throws at lengthy press releases in the same e-mail), the only surprises that most bands can offer on their albums involve unexpectedly high or poor quality. His band's triumphs at this juncture are triumphs of execution, not inventiveness, and this new song plays to type. As on the finest moments of their preceding record, 2011's Darker Handcraft, "Salted Crypts" dispenses with the gibberishy grind of their early work and splits its time between taut, dissonant thrash a la recent Converge and big half-time lurches that take full advantage of the band's Stockholm-noveau death metal tones.