Recent Posts in metal - Page 3
April 8, 2014
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.
by Andrew Sacher
Boris at LPR in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Japanese metal shapeshifters Boris have announced that they'll release yet another new album, Noise, on June 17 via Sargent House. The band have always been known to experiment with many types of heavy music, and they pull that off in one song on Noise's first single, "Quicksilver." In its 7+ minutes, they go through double-time punk beats, creepy growls/screams, clean pop vocals, classic guitar solos and more. Check it out, with the album artwork and tracklist, below.
Boris will also be touring North America this summer, including a NYC show happening on August 3 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show will be available soon at Boris' Ticketmaster page.
All dates are listed, with the new song, artwork and tracklist, below...
April 7, 2014
by Doug Moore
Black Anvil at Saint Vitus, 2012 (more by Wyatt Marshall)
NYC black/death stalwarts Black Anvil are usually a fixture on the local live metal circuit, but they've been relatively quiet recently while working on the follow-up to their 2010 Relapse debut, Triumvirate. The gestation period is over now -- the new album, titled Hail Death, will come out on May 27.
The band have released a leadoff single from the album. "Eventide" more or less stays the course that Black Anvil first charted on Triumvirate, but the band's trad-metal lean is even more pronounced now than it has been in the past. This is big-venue-ready stuff -- I could see this tune going over extremely well with a huge, boozy European festival crowd.
By Doug Moore
Converge at Saint Vitus Bar, 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Deathwish Inc. -- Jake Bannon of Converge's increasingly influential record label -- are following up what I can only imagine was their most lucrative year of operation to date (they released Deafheaven's Sunbather) with their first-ever standalone music festival. Creatively entitled Deathwish Fest, the bash will take place on July 22 and 23 at the Sinclair in Cambridge, MA. Both nights will be headlined by Converge (no surprise there) and Trap Them, who are preparing to release their first new album since 2011's Darker Handcraft. Both bands are restricting their 2014 Boston-area appearances to this fest. Some other notables include Modern Life Is War, Code Orange Kids, & Doomriders on 7/22 and Oathbreaker & Cult Leader (who will evidently be touring together as well; keep an eye out for updates here).
Tickets for individual days go on sale this Friday (4/11) at noonwith an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (4/9) at noon. Two-day passes are $50 and if that math doesn't make sense to you, it's because you're not taking the Jake Bannon limited-run silkscreen print that comes with the two-day pass into account. Fans of wings, skulls, and splatter textures rejoice! Check out the full fest lineup below.
April 6, 2014
The Gates of Slumber at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Caroline Harrison)
In incredibly sad news, it's being reported that Jason McCash, former bassist for doom greats The Gates of Slumber, has passed away. He was 37.
My best friend died last night. There will be no reunion - no more of TGoS. It's dead beyond dead, and I've lost a brother.No cause of death has been reported at this time.
Please be respectful or silent. It's a small world and I'm still alive. Remember that shit.
Rest in peace, Jason. You'll live on through your music.
Watch some Gates of Slumber videos below...
April 4, 2014
By Doug Moore
Misery Index at Europa, 2011 (more by Samantha Marble)
Let's get started with news:
Napalm Death (no introduction necessary, one hopes) have recorded a cover of Cardiacs' "To Go Off And Things" and are selling it for £1 on Bandcamp -- the proceeds will go to Cardiacs frontman Tim Smith, who has sadly racked up considerable medical bills recently. (The two bands have a recent history together.) You can listen to the cover (and the original) below.
Misery Index have released a second single from their upcoming fifth LP. Stream it below as well.
Local luminaries Mossenek -- featuring Mick Barr on guitar and Chuck Bettis on vox -- have released their second set of songs in as many months, also via their Bandcamp. Surprise! You can stream that below too.
Chicago post-metallers The Atlas Moth have a song from their upcoming third album, The Old Believer, streaming over at Pitchfork.
Italian prog-death upstarts Nero di Marte -- last seen on tour with Gorguts -- recently had literally all of their gear stolen. The circumstances of the robbery were face-palmingly frustrating:
"In less than 30 minutes someone broke into our van and was able to take everything. It happened in broad daylight near a police station in Rome, despite there being a massive amount of police forces surveilling the area but, alas, no security cameras."They and fellow tourmates/robbery victims Void of Sleep, have opened an Indiegogo campaign to not only replace their gear, but to record a split 7" as a reward for the help. As I mentioned earlier today, I'm not typically wild about crowdfunding, but this seems like a pretty reasonable cause.
Mastodon's new album (they're still a metal band, right?) will be entitled Once More Around The Sun.
Now, onto this weekend's live options:
TONIGHT (4/4): Powerviolence lifers Despise You play the first of two NYC shows at the new Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave.), alongside recent NYC transplants Magrudergrind, Backslider, and Grudges. Hull will finally celebrate the release of their Legend of the Swamp Goat 7" at Saint Vitus, with help from Anicon & Iron Force (tix). Virginian rockers Satan's Satyrs will hit Acheron with locals The Golden Grass & Ecstatic Vision (tix).
TOMORROW (4/5): Night 2 of Despise You in NYC, this time at Saint Vitus and alongside Full of Hell, Draize, Chainsaw to the Face, & Mother Brain (tix).
Sunday (4/6): Ambitious local black metallers Epistasis will celebrate the release of their new EP via Crucial Blast at the Acheron, along with avant-metal beasts Kayo Dot, Pyrrhon (my band), and White Suns (tix).
For more heavy options, check out our NYC Metal Show Calendar. It rules.
In the Invisible Oranges corner this week:
We scoped out new music by Ormgård, Cult Leader, Cormorant, Neige Morte, and the Thou/The Body collab. We also had our weekly East Village Radio show, which was brought to you this week by Irving Plaza; we gave away a pair of tickets to see the mighty Godflesh on 4/10. Tune in next week for more interviews, giveaways, and awesome tunes both new and old. Oh, and we ran down all the metal fit to buy, as ever.
I think that does it! Check out all those streams below. Anything else?
By Doug Moore
For those who don't remember: Crisis were an oddball NYC-based progressive metal band who put out four albums between the mid-'90s and the mid-aughts. Though they never broke through to a wide audience, they developed a cult following, largely thanks to frontwoman Karyn Crisis's vocals -- a dynamic mewl-to-growl range of deliveries that recalls Mike Patton's chameleonic voice.
Crisis (the band) kicked the bucket in 2006, but Crisis (the person) has remained periodically active as a visual artist and singer; her most recent appearances include a guest spot on Giant Squid's 2009 masterpiece The Ichthyologist and the lead vocal performance on the Italian progressive metal unit Ephel Duath's 2013 LP Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness. (She and Ephel Duath composer/guitarist Davide Tiso are married.)
Crisis must've found the process of recording that Ephel Duath album rewarding, because together with Tiso, she's put together a lineup for an upcoming solo album under the name Gospel of the Witches. (Presumably after the book that provided the foundation for modern Wicca; this is a woman who offers paid psychic readings, after all.) Along with Crisis on vox and Tiso on guitars, the album will feature performances from Ross Dolan of Immolation on additional vocals and drummer Danny Walker (Intronaut, Exhumed, Phobia, Uphill Battle).
That lineup alone is enough to make this project noteworthy, but there's a catch: Crisis is funding the project via Kickstarter. Personally, I'm always a little skeptical of music-related crowdfunding, especially when the impetus for going the crowdfunding route in this case appears to be "record labels are a bummer." But maybe you feel differently! If you do, the campaign offers a variety of rewards for your dough, from the basics ("Digital copy of album, Karyn Crisis photo Thank You," $8) to some far more exotic, big-ticket deals, like this one:
Pledge $4,000 or more:Nobody's sprung for the painting yet, but if you're the #1 Karyn Crisis superfan and you have a few grand lying around, it could be yours.
You get to collaborate with Karyn via Skype video for 30 minutes to conceptualize a large painting, oil on canvas, that will also become your own one-of-a-kind GOTW album Vinyl and CD cover. In the meanwhile, you will receive email updates as to the painting's progress, and receive a digital download of the album to tide you over. You will own this painting. Plus, handmade hardbound lyric book at Tshirt. Also included: original sketches, mock-ups for album artwork, lyrics journals, and other prototypes for the cd and album artwork packages, digital download of album.
The campaign currently has 15 days left to go and has raised about $6,000 of its $15,000 goal. (Since this is Kickstarter, it has to reach that goal in order for the project to go forward.) You can read more about the album here; if you're already a believer, you can pledge here. The campaign page also hosts a pair of stripped-down (and strangely non-embeddable) demo versions of songs from the album. You can also watch the pitch video and stream an old Crisis tune and that Ephel Duath record below; between all that, you should be able to get a good sense of what to expect from Gospel of the Witches.
Videos and streams below...
April 3, 2014
by Doug Moore
Black Breath at Knitting Factory in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Yautja are seemingly everywhere these days. (Which is okay, because they rule.) Not only did they just play a shitload of SXSW dates, including our Invisible Oranges showcase, and not only are they touring with the post-Gaza bangers Cult Leader (who are currently streaming their debut EP) in May, but they've also been announced as part of an exciting mini-tour with live favorites Black Breath & NYC fixtures Mutilation Rites, both of whom will be on their way to their respective Maryland Deathfest appearances. The short run will also include the grind band Theories, whom I don't know much about but whose recorded work sounds promising. (Check some out below.)
The five-date jaunt will hit NYC on 5/28 at Santos Party House. Tickets go on sale this Friday (4/4) at 10am. They're only $13 if you get them in advance (before fees), and it's also a 16+ show.
Black Breath were also initially announced for NJ pop punk festival Skate & Surf which takes place the weekend before their tour starts, but they're no longer listed on the festival's website. We haven't gotten any official word, but the site does say "lineup subject to change without notice."
Check out the full set of dates and some recent music by each band on the tour, below...