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September 9, 2014
by Ian Chainey
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...
September 5, 2014
by Ian Chainey
SLAYER WATCH: That pic above isn't from the worst remake of Porky's, it's more evidence that Slayer is back in the studio. That's producer Terry Date helming Slayer's potential 2015 return. Maybe we'll get to hear new stuff when they go on tour with Exodus, though maybe you shouldn't post about it on Facebook. The Ultimate Revenge Combat Tour Live '85 tour video appears below because Friday.
Slow metal week? Slow metal week. To drive that point home, Metallica were honored by Guinness World Records for playing seven continents last year. Fans are still waiting for the band to return to the continent of 1986.
All-star death metallers Bloodbath, one of Maryland Deathfest 2015's big draws, have recorded vocals for their new album. Says the band, "All vocals done and in the bag! The mix starts this weekend... Almost there now!" The band has yet to announce their new lead singer. Tip: Take a pic of the back of their head. Seems to work.
Mothership, who are playing the huge NYC-based Uninvited Festival, have wrapped up their next album, Mothership II. The record should hit the streets on November 11. Check out the van-art cover and the tracklisting below.
The folks at Noisey have put together a seven part documentary on one of America's most enduring metal scenes. NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou , which -- full disclosure -- was co-directed by former BV editor Fred Pessaro, will start rolling out on September 16. You can watch the trailer below.
Finally, to leave things on a high notes, a blast from the past: Football season has officially started, meaning we can dust off "81% Burnt," the Dillinger Escape Plan cover that's centered entirely on pigskin legend Art Monk. The track was submitted to the band back in 2001 when open tryouts for vacated vocalist were taking place. 100 percent perfection.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.
Full albums first: Earth, who got super heavy and super psych-y on their new album Primitive and Deadly, are streaming their new album all the way through. Check out it out below. The band is currently on tour and will be playing NYC's Saint Vitus on September 24 and September 25 for their David Lynch Foundation-supporting set.
For single tracks and videos, OSDMers Stench debuted "Road" from their forthcoming Venture (October 7, Agonia Records - preorder). The mighty Horrendous pushed death metal forward with "The Stranger" off Ecdysis (October 14, Dark Descent). And stoner rockers Lo-Pan have offered up another from Colossus (October 7, Small Stone Records - preorder). Lo-Pan are out on the road with Black Cobra and will play Saint Vitus on September 18 for a special Invisible Oranges presented show. Both will also be playing Uninvited Festival. All tracks appear below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (FRIDAY9/5): Get your underground blast n' big riff on with Organ Dealer, Beast Modulus, Huldra, Hercyn, and Through Thorn and Brier at Saint Vitus (tickets).
SUUUNNNNNDAY (9/7): The heavier-than-heavy Theologian, Megaton Leviathan, Kosmodemonic, and Vailtal Deul bill will shake the Acheron (tickets). If you'd prefer something short, sweet, and violent as hell, Punch, Crushed, Curmudgeon, and Water Torture play Death by Audio. Tickets are $8 at the door.
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: As always, we tracked the week's new releases with Upcoming Metal Releases. HUGE list. We debuted new recordings from Phobia and Striker. We interviewed interesting Japanese hard rockers Ningen-Isu and artist Mark Rudolph. We showed off our photos from Hoverfest. And we took a deep, deep dive into Lamb of God's Ashes of the Wake, a big album you may have skipped due to the stain of lamestream bro-dom.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and the reams of streams, and other noted details below.
by Andrew Sacher
Mastodon in Chicago in May (more by James Richards IV)
The newest installment of the Adult Swim Singles series comes from Mastodon and Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers, who have teamed up for the track "ATLANTA." If you thought getting Gibby involved would make Mastodon sound a little dirtier than their other recent material, you'd be right. It's a scummy, no-frills rocker and you can stream it below.
Gibby was also on the Q&A at our recent screening of City Gardens documentary Riot on the Dance Floor and then he DJed the afterparty at Bowery Electric. You can check out pictures from the Q&A on Facebook. Gibby's Butthole Surfers bandmates Paul Leary and JD Pinkus have been busy with another sludge metal band this year, Melvins, whose new album (stream a track) they are featured on.
Song stream below...
by Ian Chainey
Rosetta at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)
Philadelphia post-metallers Rosetta will have a new EP out in October. Flies to Flame is due out on Translation Loss Records on October 14 (preorder) and, judging by the promo video you can hear below, it will be layered with the same weighty crunch of their previous atmospheric efforts.
Rosetta are set to play two record release shows to ring in the event, expanding into a quintet with the special addition of guitarist Eric Jernigan from City of Ships. The first takes place at NYC's Saint Vitus on October 17 with Tiger Flowers and So Hideous. Tickets are available now. The second will be a homecoming show in Philadelphia with Tiger Flowers and Ladder Devils the following day.
Tiger Flowers will also be on tour this fall, supporting their crushing Dead Hymns that was released back in April. They'll swing through places like Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Nashville. On September 27, they'll play NYC's the Acheron with the Daughters-/Dropdead-connected Fucking Invincible, along with Hivesmasher and techsters Torrential Downpour. Tickets for that show are available now.
All Tiger Flowers dates are listed, with a stream of Dead Hymns, and the Flies to Flame promo video and artwork, below...
September 4, 2014
a 2013 Exodus show (more by Fred Pessaro)
The family of 31-year-old James Evans says he's very into music and often posts song lyrics and videos on Facebook, but they never imagined those innocent posts would land him in jail.Exodus responds:
Family members say Evans posted the following on Facebook on August 24:
"Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate. Class dismissed is my hypothesis, gun fire ends in debate."
The family says it's lyrics from the song "Class Dismissed" by the band Exodus.
Mike Drake, the Muhlenberg County school resource officer, says multiple agencies received calls concerned about the post.
So Evans was arrested for terroristic threatening.
The warrant says Evans was arrested because, "he threatened to kill students and or staff at school."
The band EXODUS does not promote or condone terrorists, threats or bullying. That being said, the band is somewhat baffled by the fact that this man being charged for what seems against his first amendment rights of Freedom of Speech.sigh...
"The idea that an individual in this great country of ours could be arrested for simply posting lyrics to a song is something I never believed could happen in a free society," states EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt. "James Evans was simply posting lyrics to a band he likes on Facebook, and he was locked up for it. The song 'Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)' was written as a view through the eyes of a madman and in no way endorses that kind of fucked up behavior. It was the Virginia Tech massacre perpetrated by Seung-Hui Cho that was the subject and inspiration to write the song, one in which we put the brakes on playing it live after the Sandy Hook shooting, as we did not want to seem insensitive."
Gary continues, "As some of us in EXODUS are parents, of course these things hit close to home, it's every parent's worst fear. These moments are the stuff of nightmares, and life, as well as music, isn't always pretty. But when we start to overreact to things like lyrics by any band, including EXODUS, and start arresting people, we are caving in to paranoia and are well on our way to becoming an Orwellian society."
Exodus is touring with Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies this fall, and will release Blood In, Blood Out via Nuclear Blast Records on October 14, 2014.
by Ian Chainey
Former Isis singer -- AND NOT A TERRORIST -- Aaron Turner has formed a new band with Baptists drummer Nick Yacyshyn and bassist Brian Cook (Botch, These Arms Are Snakes, Russian Circles). The trio have named themselves Sumac and will be releasing their debut, The Deal, on Profound Lore Records and SIGE Records in February 2015. To complete the mini-Hydra Head reunion -- Turner's label that released some of Cook's previous outfits -- Kurt Ballou mixed the album because of course he did. (Mell Dettmer, who has done work for Sunn 0))), was the producer.) You can find the track listing below.
According to Turner, this is no side project:
We are pursuing this as a fully functional band rather than side project, with plans to play live in the coming year and continue with further writing/recording thereafter.Might we suggest a tour with Mutoid Man? For old times' sake.
The The Deal tracklisting appears below...
by Ian Chainey
When metalcore spent the early '00s desecrating the grave of melodeathers At the Gates, many wondered what the O.G.s would sound like if they came back. Now we know. The first teaser of the forthcoming At the Gates album At War With Reality, which will be released 19 years after the iconic Slaughter of the Soul, hit the web today. And, satisfyingly, it sounds like At the Gates. The Björler brothers and Martin Larsson have that same crunch. Tomas "Tompa" Lindberg has that same throat-searing yell. Adrian Erlandsson has that same rock-solid sense of rhythm. The only thing keeping it from making diehards' heads explode would be a "GO!" You can check out the sample below.
At War With Reality will be out on October 28 through Century Media records. It's available for preorder now (check out that sweet package deal with a. . . flag? Okay). The band has a number of dates on the horizon, extending far in 2015, however no North America events on the schedule yet. They were last on US soil this year for Maryland Deathfest.
All of the dates along with the teaser appear below.
September 3, 2014
by Ian Chainey
Uninvited Festival will be kicking off on September 18 - 21 at Brooklyn's Nihil Gallery. The festival promises to bring together skate sessions, art, and a loaded lineup of metal that includes stoner favorites Weedeater, Orchid, Elder, SubRosa, and many, many more. Tickets for each day of the event are available now. The full list of bands appears below.
According to the Uninvited Festival's About section, the event's itinerary is as long as the bill. Skate sessions will take place "on an undisclosed sponsored ramp." Bands will play on an "undisclosed sponsored stage." The Nihil Gallery will host an art exhibit tying the themes of the event together. And at night the gallery "becomes a cinema, showing relevant films on big screen and offering a place to relax." Afterwards, "a DJ will take over and Nihil Gallery becomes an afterparty until daybreak." All of it reads like a dream pitch instead of a settled and scheduled fest, which may account for why it's seemingly coming out of nowhere.
Regardless, the bands Uninvited have curated are impressive. Aside from those mentioned above, September 18 includes Mothership and reformed hardcore band Bl'ast. September 19 features appearances by the touring Black Cobra and Lo-Pan (who also play Saint Vitus on September 18 for an Invisible Oranges-presented show). And the weekend continues bringing the riffs with the Shrine, Lecherous Gaze, Electric Citizen (who were recently confirmed for Roadburn 2015), and breakout band Secret Cutter.
The complete lineup is listed, along with the Uninvited Festival's flyer, below...
by Ian Chainey
Portland's Megaton Leviathan are currently on tour with Vaital Deul. Both bands are helping to get the word out regarding Megaton Leviathan's next release, the miraculous Past 21: Beyond the Arctic Cell which is out next week (9/9) via Seventh Rule Recordings. Why miraculous? Well, following their first album, the doom/psych band's future seemed to be in serious doubt. But lone-remaining member Andrew James Costa Reuscher has kept at it, shouldering the load and delivering a whale of a sophomore LP.
We recently premiered opener "Past 21" on Invisible Oranges and the track adds all kinds of wrinkles to Megaton Leviathan's atmospheric-rich music. Andrew James Costa Reuscher has kept the gaze-y Nadja-isms in place, but has twisted it to fit a new rhythmic sense, one that recalls older Neurosis. Stick around until the four-minute mark and you're treated to some soaring leads that feel fully earned. If blurry and beautiful doom and gloom is your thing, it's worth giving a spin.
For their live show, Megaton Leviathan have been filled out to a three-piece, with engineer Mort Subite and drummer Markus Covello (both from V.I.I.R.L.) lending their talents. The trio's tour hits NYC's The Acheron on September 7 with Theologian, Kosmodemonic, and Vailtal Deul. Tickets are available now. The full list of dates appears below.
Speaking of, the abrasive death-synth artist Theologian will be releasing a vinyl version of their 2013 speaker-exploder Some Things Have To Be Endured on September 15 through Crucial Blast. The blackened Kosmodemonic -- who played with Watain earlier in the year -- put out debut EP Chapel Perilous in April and previewed the swirling "Kali" from a forthcoming full-length around that same time. Vaital Deul membership includes Mort Subite and tags themselves as, "Orchestral Post-Doom, depressive neo-folk and other grim sounding buzz-descriptors." Noted.
All of the dates are listed, along with streams for the bands (minus the secretive Vaital Deul), below...
by Ian Chainey
Philadelphia's Ecstatic Vision have signed to Relapse Records and will release their debut near the beginning of 2015. With that, let's get the ex-band stuff out of the way: Doug Sabolick (guitars/vocals) and Jordan Crouse (drums) both played with metalcore groovers A Life Once Lost. However, on the surface, Ecstatic Vision are hardly a continuation of that band's subtly chameleonic sound. Instead, the new quartet filled out by bassist Michael Field Connor and percussionist Muffinman trip into a void swirling with the fuzzy psych of the early '70s work of bands like Amon Düül and Agitation Free, just if they were flavored with African rhythms. Granted, that reads like a stretch -- as if a random purchase of African Scream Contest was the catalyst for a shift away from metal -- but it grows on you, mainly by using the same trance-like effect of A Life Once Lost's underappreciated last album with a better-suited set of timbres. Says Sabolick of their status and sound:
We are currently recording our debut album at various studios around Philly. The album is a great mix of trance inducing primitive African tribal meets heavy psych a la Hawkwind. We are stoked to be working hand in hand with Relapse to bring this unique album to fruition and bring our brand of heavy psych to the masses.You can hear a track from the band's 2013 demo and watch a live video below.
In addition to the signing and the new album, Ecstatic Vision also have a number of live dates set up, including opening for Pallbearer, Tombs and Vattnet Viskar on October 28 at NYC's Saint Vitus, the second of two shows there on their tour. That show is now sold out.
All Ecstatic Vision dates are listed, with the 2013 demo and live video, below...