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July 13, 2015

photo: KEN mode at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
KEN mode

KEN mode already went on a short tour in support of this year's '90s-style post-hardcore record Success, and now they've announced a much lengthier one.

The tour includes a leg with support from art punk weirdos Child Bite. That's the leg that hits NYC on October 9 at the Acheron, which also has Garrett Jamieson on the bill. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the tour flyer and the video for "Blessed" from the new album, below...

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photo: Pentagram at Gramercy Theatre in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)

Doom metal pioneers Pentagram are still going strong and are set to follow 2011's Last Rites with a new album, Curious Volume, on August 28 via Peaceville Records. The album includes new singles "Walk Alone" and "Misunderstood," which are both more driving than the doomy sounds the band helped create. Listen (via Blabbermouth), and check out the artwork and tracklist, below.

The band is also promising a tours of North America this year and next, but those are still TBA.

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July 10, 2015

by Andrew Sacher


Plenty of great metal, hardcore and other heavy shows in NYC are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some recently-announced stuff coming up:

California old school-style death metallers Gravehill are playing shows in support of last year's Death Curse, including NYC on August 12 at the Acheron. It's a good lineup all around with their Dark Descent labelmates Ghoulgotha and Horrendous, plus Brooklyn locals Mutant Supremacy. Tickets are on sale. Stream Death Curse below.

Long-running death/thrashers Deceased are still active and will celebrate their 30th anniversary with a NYC show on November 14 at Saint VItus. Opening that show will be Bat, Iron Force and Grey Skies Fallen. Tickets are on sale now.

French grinders Department of Correction are touring the US with Mother Brain (again), and hitting NYC on August 8 at Saint Vitus with local staples Pyrrhon. Tickets are on sale.

Crust supergroup Severed Head of State (with members of World Burns To Death, Tragedy, J Church and more) come to NYC on July 30 at the Acheron with Razorheads and Indignation. Tickets are on sale.

Local black metal faves Krallice appear to be hinting at a new album on their Facebook. While details on that aren't confirmed, a live show for July 27 at the Acheron is. Radiation Blackbody and Feast of the Epiphany open. Tickets are on sale.

The doom and gloom of Planning for Burial returns to the stage on July 24 at Grand Victory with Iron Gag and Prostitution. Tickets are on sale.

Mexican black metal veterans Xibalba Itzaes (previously known as Xibalba, but changed to Xibalba Itzaes in 2010 to avoid confusion with the California hardcore band Xibalba) have been at it since the early '90s and will play their first-ever NYC show on Halloween at the Acheron. Opening is Fantom Warrior and Occult Burial. Tickets for what sounds like a pretty spooky Halloween are on sale now.

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Die Choking are a new-ish Philly grindcore band with members of Total Fucking Destruction and Cop Problem. They debuted last year with two EPs, titled I and II, and you can stream both in all their brutal rapid-fast glory below. They're coming to NYC for a show on July 29 at Saint Vitus with Blänk, Sangharsha, Ides and Hounds. Tickets are on sale.

Sangharsha also play a Nepal benefit a bit sooner at Acheron on July 15 with Tiger Flowers, Skullshitter and Brute Mukti (tickets).

Boston black metal/punk blenders Human Bodies will descend upon NYC on July 21 at Acheron with One Master, Syphilitic Lust and Salo (tickets). Earlier this year, they put out the MMXIII​-​MMXIV, which compiles last year's No Life with 2013's MMXIII demo and includes two previously unreleased tracks. It's raw, eerie, and surprisingly kinda catchy. Stream it in full below.

Anthrax's Scott Ian is spending a lot of time at Saint VItus this year. His band Motor Sister played there in February, and now he's set to return for spoken word shows on August 4 and 6. Tickets for both are available. Scott's also taking part in the NYC performance of The Doomstar Requiem, the metal opera (or "Klok-Opera") from the Metalocalypse/Dethklok guy, Brendon Small. Tickets are available for that too.

Tucson sludge band Godhunter are making their way to NYC for a show on August 13 at Saint Vitus with Destroyer of Light and Immortal Bird. Tickets are on sale now. They released their debut album, City of Dust, last year. You can stream that below.

Death metal locals Artificial Brain play Saint VItus on July 30 with Cognitive, Organ Dealer and Skullshitter. Tickets are on sale.

Throwback riffers Ruby the Hatchet play Acheron on July 24 with Joy, The Golden Grass and IYEZ. Tickets are on sale.

Lastly (for now), the Destroy Cleveland documentary will be celebrated on July 25 at the Acheron with a set from Cleveland's Fuck You Pay Me (tickets). Here's the documentary description:

Destroy Cleveland is a documentary film by Matt Greenfield about Cleveland Hardcore from 1987 through the early 2000's.

Featuring interviews and performances by Integrity, Ringworm, Judge,H100s, Cider, Hatebreed, Quicksand, Apt 213, 9 Shocks Terror, Inmates, In Cold Blood, Quicksand, Civ, Dwid Hellion, Aaron and Lenny Melnick, James Bulloch, Tony Erba, Tony "Chubby Fresh" Pines, Paul Schlacter, Steve Peffer, Chris Pellow, and many more!!

Other previously discussed heavy NYC shows coming up include Windhand, Noisem, Revocation / Cannabis Corpse, Cult of Luna / Kylesa, Caspian / Circle Takes the Square, The Body, Earth, Slayer / King Diamond, Motorhead / Anthrax, Thou / False, Rosetta, Power Trip / Red Death / Foreseen, The Atlas Moth / Vattnet Viskar / Atriarch, Weedeater / Kings Destroy, Uncle Acid, High on Fire / Pallbearer / Lucifer / Venomous Maximus, Primitive Man, Ghost, Neurosis / Brothers of the Sonic Cloth / Sumac, Old Man Gloom, Godflesh / Prurient, Catharsis, Christian Mistress / High Spirits, Trap Them / Full of Hell, and more.

Speaking of Christian Mistress, their new album To Your Death comes out September 18 via Relapse and they recently put out its single "Open Road." Listen below.

What else?

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July 9, 2015

photos by Mathieu Bredeau

Goatwhore, Black Breath, Ringworm, \m/
Black Breath
Black Breath
Black Breath

NOLA metal vets Goatwhore brought their stacked tour with metallic hardcore bands Black Breath and Ringworm and deathgrind newcomers Theories to NYC this week for two shows at Saint Vitus. They took over the venue on Monday (7/6) and Tuesday (7/7), and we've got pictures of the first night.

More, plus videos of Goatwhore's set, below...

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Sam Goody Got It Commercial
sam goody

Rough Trade Brooklyn's transformation into an old Sam Goody record store yesterday got us feeling nostalgic for the chain which got its start in NYC when Sam Goody himself opened a shop on 9th Avenue in Manhattan. So naturally, we took to YouTube where we were not disappointed. Watch some classic Sam Goody commercials and other fun stuff below...

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July 8, 2015

Marty Friedman

Guitarist Marty Friedman joined Megadeth back in 1990 for their classic Rust In Peace album, and as big fans of the band probably know, he left in 2000 and moved to Japan where he became very successful as an instrumental shred guitarist and TV personality. He had already been releasing solo albums during his time in Megadeth (and before that when he was in Cacophony), but he has been especially prolific since leaving the band. His most recent release is 2014's Inferno.

That's the album he'll be supporting when he finally returns to his home continent this September/October for his first tour here since 2003. Support on the tour comes from fellow shredders Exmortus.

The tour hits NYC on September 10 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are on Live Nation/Music Geeks presale now (password: musicgeeks), and go on sale to the general public at 10 AM on Friday (7/10). All dates are listed below.

Exmortus are also on the Warbringer / Enforcer tour which hits that same NYC venue on January 5, 2016. Tickets for that one are also on Live Nation/Music Geeks presale now, and go on regular sale Friday at 10 AM.

Watch some Marty Friedman videos, with the list of tour dates, below...

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July 7, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Jordan Vance

This isn't a diss at the quality of Windhand's work, but I don't think you're gonna be flipping through FM channels and stumble across their new single. That hasn't stopped them from releasing the "radio edit" of "Two Urns," the first track we get to hear off this year's highly anticipated Grief's Infernal Flower (due 9/18 via Relapse). The album was produced by Jack Endino, who helmed songs for Nirvana and Soundgarden that did in fact end up on the radio, and it's not impossible to imagine "Two Urns" showing up on a KROQ playlist between those two bands, if it came out two decades ago. (The edit, by the way, is still over six minutes.) Granted, their psych-doom is more Electric Wizard than Soundgarden, but this is the kind of song that could win over any fan of melodic, heavy rock. Check it out below.

The band is also touring with likeminded riffers Danava and Monolord, hitting NYC on October 21 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are still available.

Full list of dates, and the new song stream, below...

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The lineup for Brooklyn's 2015 Afropunk Festival was already pretty great, and now it got even better. Death Grips, Gary Clark Jr., Kelela, Jessie Boykins III, SZA, Candiria and more were added to the festival, which already included Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Kelis, Danny Brown, Suicidal Tendencies, Kele, Thundercat and more.

This year also marks the first Afropunk Fancy Dress Ball, hosted by Grace Jones, Cakes Da Killa and MikeQ, proceeds from which will go toward the Afropunk Global Initiative. The party goes down August 21 at Commodore Barry Park, just ahead of the festival, which happens August 22-23 in the same park. Tickets for the ball are on sale now, and festival passes are still available.

Afropunk also continues to branch out. They did an Afropunk Paris festival this past May, and will do so again in June 2016, and they're also putting on the inaugural Afropunk Atlanta on October 3 & 4 in the city's Central Park. The lineup for that includes D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Flying Lotus, Santigold, Death Grips, Tyler the Creator, Public Enemy and more. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (7/8).

Speaking of Death Grips, they play NYC twice this week (supposedly, at least).

Full Afropunk Atlanta lineup and updated Brooklyn lineup, below...

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July 6, 2015

by Andrew Sacher


Earlier this year, Baltimore's Noisem released their killer sophomore record, Blossoming Decay. It packs 9 songs of hardcore, thrash and more into less than 25 minutes, and the result more than just the summation of its influences -- even more so than their debut. They already swung by NYC twice this year, and they'll be back on tour with their A389 labelmates Homewrecker.

That tour lands at Brooklyn's Acheron on August 10 for a show with Detriment, Mary Todd and Mad Diesel. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

There's also a leg with Unsacred. All dates are listed, with the tour flyer and a stream of Blossoming Decay, below...

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Myrkur at Roskilde (photo by Viktor Wallström, via Myrkur Facebook)

Myrkur, the black metal project of Amalie Bruun (of Ex-Cops, formerly of MINKS and Frankie Rose's band), released an impressive EP on Relapse last year, and has her debut album on the way. This past weekend, she made her first-ever live appearance as Mykur, at Denmark's Roskilde Festival. Amalie sang and played guitar, and she was backed by a guitarist, bassist, drummer and a chorus of three backup singers. Check out a few videos of the show below.

Her album, titled M, will be out August 21 via Relapse. It was recorded with producer Krisoffer Rygg (of Ulver), drummer Teloch (of Mayhem), and other musicians. Just before playing Roskilde, she put out the video for "Onde Born" from that album, which you can also watch below.

Myrkur's next scheduled appearance is Norway's Midgardsblot festival.

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