Recent Posts in metal - Page 3
February 25, 2014
by Doug Moore
Mike Williams w/ Eyehategod at the Acheron, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Southern sludge trope-makers Eyehategod put out their last record in 2000 -- 14 years ago. Since then, the band has endured a seemingly endless string of setbacks: Hurricane Katrina, various band member incarcerations, and the passing of founding drummer Joey LaCaze. All things considered, it's not a huge surprise that they've been unable to produce a full album of recorded material over that stretch (though a couple of new songs have emerged).
It appears, however, that Eyehategod have finally broken their dry spell. EHG vocalist Mike Williams announced via his Facebook that the band have a finished fifth album in hand:
EYEHATEGOD master tapes are in our hands RIGHT NOW!!! Artwork getting close to be being done as well..!!! Gonna be KKKKIIIILLERRR.. Got some surprises up our sleeve too...! SOUNDS and LOOKS INSANE!!!It's also worth noting that 'master tapes' implied that the band is sticking with analog tech for this one -- no surprise there, but one wonders what other "surprises up our sleeve" this stylistically consistent band has in store.
Stream "New Orleans is the New Vietnam," one of the few new EHG songs to emerge thus far (and presumably a demo version of a song from the upcoming LP?), below...
By Doug Moore
If you're not familiar with Metal Archives, here's a quick primer: also known as the Encyclopedia Metallum, it'ss basically a Wiki-style, user-driven data base for metal bands. You can search it by band name, song title, album title, musician, and so forth. It's not a perfect tool, but it's an indispensible resource for virtually any metal fan.
Anyone who even casually follows metal knows that because the genre has produced so many bands, a lot of the band names involved are...um...a little repetitive. We took a pretty close look at this phenomenon over at Invisible Oranges today -- specifically, we used Metal Archives to put together a list of the most overused metal band name words we could come up with. We started out by looking for words that turned up over 100 results on Metal Archives' band-name search function; when we realized that we'd amassed over 100 such words, we decided to limit the list to the top 100 in terms of results. We've got the list itself here -- every entry turns up over 100 results, but the top words returned 1,000+ results (!). You can read about the method we used on the original post, but the results are listed in this post.
It probably make a good magnet set, but if you are starting a metal band, you might want to avoid these words...
by Doug Moore
Floor at MHOW in 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Reunited Floridian sludge-poppers Floor released the first single from their long-awaited new album, Oblation, a few weeks back. They've debuted another today, titled "Find Away" (via Terrorizer). Like its predecessor, "Find Away" doesn't offer much in the way of surprises if you're familiar with frontman Steve Brooks's work; it's built on a big, muscular riff that provides major-key context for Brooks's somnambulant singing. But Floor isn't really about crazy formal experimentation, so that should be no object. Listen for yourself below.
Brooks's other band Torche are playing a previously discussed one-off NYC show at Saint Vitus Wednesday night (2/26) (presented by Noisey). The show's sold out, but you lucky stiffs who scored tickets are in for a treat -- the current two-guitar incarnation of Torche is a far superior live force to the one-guitar iteration that toured between 2008 and 2011.
Stream both "Find Away" and previous single "War Party" below...
Screaming Females at Bowery Ballroom in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Shredding NJ trio Screaming Females, who were recently in NYC for the Don Giovanni showcases, don't have any plans to return here on their upcoming tour with The Julie Ruin (it does hit NJ's Asbury Lanes on 4/12 though), but they've since announced two intimate NYC appearances to go down this March before then. First they'll play the birthday surprise party for their friends/labelmates Shellshag at Silent Barn on March 7 with Tuff Tits and "Special Guests." Flyer below.
After that, and this is a weird but awesome pairing, they'll play a matinee at ABC No Rio on March 22 with sludge metal crew Thou. That's one day before Thou's Saint Vitus show (3/23) (tix), and Thou also returns to ABC No Rio in July on their summer tour.
Screaming Females singer Marissa Paternoster plays NYC again the day after the Silent Barn show when her other band Bad Canoes opens for Paint It Black at Brooklyn Night Bazaar (3/8). That show is also opened by the great Hop Along and Night Birds. Totally free.
All Screaming Females dates are listed below...
February 24, 2014
photos by Greg Cristman
Deafheaven @ The Paramount - 2/21/14
Deafheaven last brought their shoegaze/post-rock/black metal blend to NYC for the 2nd to last 285 Kent show in January, but they were back in the area when their tour opening for Between the Buried and Me hit Long Island for a show at The Paramount on Friday (2/21). (The Kindred and Intronaut are on the tour too but the latter dropped off that show due to their van breaking down.) Deafheaven are the odd band out on this mostly-prog-metal tour, but Heavy Metal Cowboy caught the Virginia stop a day earlier and said there was still "a TON of crowd surfing and movement from the crowd during their set." Pictures of the Paramount show are in this post.
More pictures, along with Deafheaven's setlist and a couple videos, below...
February 21, 2014
By Doug Moore
Defeated Sanity at the Silent Barn, 2011 (more by Samantha Marble)
New York City is developing a solid crop of small underground metal festivals. Martyrdoom is heading into its third year, and New York Death Fest has just announced that it'll return for a second installment. This year's edition will take place at Saint Vitus Bar on July 26, and it'll be an all-day affair -- the Facebook invite suggests that it'll run from 2pm until midnight and that 20(!!!) bands will play during that span. Better hope that all those death metal drummers practice breaking down their 15-piece kits quickly.
Most of the ten bands announced so far are regional concerns, but there are a couple really notable acts slated -- chiefly German tech-death monsters Defeated Sanity, who are one of the most compositionally zany bands in the genre and one of the only death metal bands ever to feature a father-son musician team. (Wolfgang Teske, father drummer Lille Gruber, played guitar in the band for 14 years before dying of cancer in 2008.) Also of note are Spain's long-running Gruesome Stuff Relish and California's excellent Portal-esque grinders Plague Widow, who are putting in their first NYC appearance.
Tickets aren't on sale for the fest yet, but keep an eye out. We'll keep you posted regarding lineup updates, too. For the time being, check out the full lineup and some head-spinning footage of Defeated Sanity's last NYC appearance in 2011 below...
February 20, 2014
By Doug Moore
'Longhena' album cover
A couple of exciting new album streams have gone up in the past 24 hours. First up is the new -- and final -- full-length (read: 24-minute) effort by pedigreed grinders Gridlink, which already stands a good chance of claiming and holding the grind throne for 2014. You can read more about it in our extensive interview with vocalist Jon Chang (also of the highly influential '90s grindcore unit Discordance Axis). I'd recommend giving this album a shot even if you're not a grind person; it's uncommonly melodic by the standards of the style, and uncommonly smart by the standards of rock music in general. (It also won't take you long.)
We also mentioned a few months back that metallic hardcore standard-bearers Converge would be tracking a live BBC session this year. The four-song session is currently streaming on Spotify. You can give it a listen and check out its track lineup below.
February 19, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
Vattnet Viskar at SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
We've mentioned that New Hampshire's black/doom metal darlings Vattnet Viskar will be hitting the road soon with both Vaporizer (including 3/3 at Brooklyn's Acheron) and then later The Dillinger Escape Plan. Now the band has added additional dates with Australian thrash band King Parrot to keep them on the road for over two months. One of the new dates will be a second visit to NYC, playing Saint Vitus on March 30 with Vaporizer and King Parrot, so if you can't make the earlier Acheron date with Pyrrhon and Vaporizer, you've got a chance for redemption. Tickets for the Vitus date have yet to go on sale, but tickets for the Acheron are available.
Vattnet Viskar's debut album, Sky Swallower, came out last year. All dates are listed, along with a video for "Breath of the Almighty," below...
by Doug Moore
Members are consist of 3 vocals; the ugliest rock star Psychic Yamanashi whose voice is nothing but annoying. Another vocal is Death voice from wood cutter Mongoloid who is very manly with secret naive heart. Mysterious Opera voice from beastly monster Velladon. They are backed by 3 strings; Punk and Classic, Progressive, also by piano, twin guitars, base, broadcasting. Main drum is skillful Chikada famous of World's end girlfriend, and support drum is Tatsuya Yoshida from Ruins. There are Toyohito Yoshida from BOREDOMS as a guardian god.If you're not familiar, Japan's Vampillia are an extremely odd offshoot of the legendary noise/punk band Boredoms -- the anything-goes chaotic vibe is similar, but Vampillia focuses more heavily on pomp and theatricality. You can check out the thoroughly weird video they produced in advance of their upcoming SXSW performance below. They've also toured with the likes of Jarboe and Nadja; you can hear their excellent recorded collaboration with the latter below as well.
--Vampillia band bio
Vampillia will be returning to SXSW for the third time this year, and they'll be putting in a number of other live appearances during their time in the country as well. Three of them will be in New York City. First, they'll play at Silent Barn on March 8 alongside Mick Barr (playing a rare 'slow' solo set), Kevin Hufnagel, & MV Carbon. Two days later, they'll play Death By Audio on March 10, along with Colin Marston, Geryon, & Mossenek, which is Barr's collaboration with vocalist Chuck Bettis. (Mossenek have an upcoming release on American Tapes; they also have a full-length and a Japanese tour w/ Nadja and Vampillia in the works.) Since Geryon features both members of Krallice's rhythm section and both Marston and Barr hold down guitar spots in the band, their entire lineup will be performing...separately. How often does that happen?
Vampillia will put in one more NYC appearance after SXSW -- they're playing the Knitting Factory on March 16, along with Jungles From Red Bacteria Vacuum, Zarigani$, Happy, & Starmarie, as part of the "Japan Nite" tour (which also includes an appearance at Athens's Slingshot Festival). Tickets are available.
UPDATE: Vampillia also play NYC on March 7 at Trans-Pecos with Guardian Alien (ex-Liturgy drummer Greg Fox's band), G Lucas Crane and Brian Chase.
Mick Barr also has a third NYC show coming up -- March 21 at Secret Project Robot, alongside Ornament & Total Life, both of which are offshoots of the experimental unit Growing.
Check out the aforementioned Vampillia jams and the list of all of their currently announced dates below...
February 18, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
Artificial Brain at Saint Vitus in January (more by Caroline Harrison)
New York's awesome tech-death weirdos Artificial Brain released their debut full-length, Labyrinth Constellation, today on the venerable metal label Profound Lore. The album is streaming below--give it a listen.
We here at BV and over at Invisible Oranges are pretty big fans of Artificial Brain, so we are proud to present, in conjunction with Signature Riff, a record release show at Saint Vitus on March 15. Artificial Brain will be joined by NYC black metallers Sacristy and other TBA bands. Tickets aren't available yet, but stay tuned to the show's Facebook page for more details.
Artificial Brain don't have any other live dates at the moment. Album stream below...