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August 19, 2014

By Ian Chainey


Small Stone Records, the home and distributor to quality stoner metal and stoner rock from artists such as Acid King, Dozer, and Sons of Otis, was recently flooded due to the storms Detroit endured early in August. Now owner Scott Hamilton needs help to get everything back in order. A page has been set up to take donations with the following message:

Gear and product were both destroyed and insurance in Michigan is crap, so we're coming together to help Scott from Small Stone with some of the massive expense of cleaning up from this flood.

Scott's support for heavy music over the last 19 years that he's run Small Stone has never wavered and this is a chance to help somebody who's helped us by enriching our lives with great bands and great riffs.

Oof. You can see more pictures of the flood below.

In related news, Small Stone artist Lo-Pan are still kicking off their tour at the end of the month with Black Cobra, a run that includes an Invisible Oranges presented show on September 18 at NYC's Saint Vitus.

Pictures of the flood along with highlights from Small Stone's ample roster appears below.

Continue reading "Small Stone Records headquarters flooded, needs help"

August 18, 2014

By Ian Chainey


GWAR-B-Q took place over the weekend, beginning with a special Viking memorial to former singer Dave "Oderus Urungus" Brockie. Jello Biafra and Randy Blythe paid their respects, with the latter snapping the pic of Oderus's gear set ablaze above on his Instagram while sharing these words:

Tonight we sent Oderus home in a fitting manner at the public memorial for Dave Brockie. A blazing Viking ship with Oderus laid out in it, the cuttlefish pointing proudly straight up. Watching my friend Dave's costume go up in flames in front of a thousand fans was so much more intense for me than the private memorial for friends & family we had April Fool's Day. I spoke at both of them, as GWAR asked me to, & both times as I spoke I was sad. But watching his alter-ego burn tore me up way more than the first memorial, maybe because there was Dave, the human who was my friend who just "left us"- I never saw his body- & then there was Oderus, who was something entirely else. To watch his stage gear burn was like watching part of my life literally go up in flames. I was sobbing my eyes out as I took this photo. It was just a super-intense moment. Very beautiful, but overwhelming. Fly free, Oderus- you are missed
You can also watch a video of the event below.

The festival started in earnest the next day with performances from Body Count, Hatebreed, Goatwhore, and a fresh off a court victory Misfits, culminating in the new-look GWAR taking the stage. All members shared singing duties and Mike Bishop was indeed brought back into the fold to take the lead on a few songs. This will probably be what GWAR will look like at Riot Fest and their likely upcoming tour. And, crisis adverted, it's not bad at all. A seriously shaky fan-shot video of the full set also appears below.

So what of the extracurricular activities, you ask? Well, among a bevy of GWAR merch and food options, you could also get your genitals pierced.

Congrats? Definitely check out her Twitter feed for more.

The Oderus send-off along with the full GWAR live set appears below.

Continue reading "Oderus cremated in Viking ceremony; GWAR played with new lineup (videos)"

By Ian Chainey


Glenn Danzig, who last year recorded a covers album that may never come out, was in the studio over the weekend working on his next effort, a collection of Elvis covers. The pic above was posted to the Danzig Facebook page with the following message:

So strange how things happen.Working in studio all this week on "Danzig sings Elvis" ep & tonight is anniversary of day Elvis died"

GD 8/16/14

Eap, prap, lovp. A concrete release date hasn't been scheduled, but it's assumed the EAP EP will come out some time in 2015.

Is Danzig covering the King to blow off steam over the recent dismissal of his lawsuit v. Jerry Only? The lawsuit proposed Danzig was owed serious coin thanks to a lucrative Hot Topic deal brokered by Only that has spread Misfits-related merch far and wide (I saw a Crimson Ghost on an iPhone case. Don't look back. You can never look back). But, the presiding judge thought otherwise. According to RE-TOX:

Unfortunately, according to the judge, Danzig failed to allege which terms of the 1994 agreement Only actually breached. In the ruling, the judge notes that the merchandise provision of the 1994 agreement grants each co-owner (Danzig, Only, whoever) the "non-exclusive right to conduct merchandising and to exploit other rights relating to the use and exploitation of the name Misfits." AND that each will retain 100% of what each earns individually from exploiting these merchandising rights.

The best part: the agreement even states that neither Only nor Danzig has any obligation to pay the other person in the event one makes more money than the other.

Well, that smarts. Glenn, are you lonely tonight? At least Danzig has the higher profile concert schedule this year, playing Riot Fest and Housecore Horror Festival among other dates (as Samhain).

Check out Danzig's cover of Elvis's "Trouble" recorded in 1990 below.

Continue reading "Danzig recording Elvis covers EP, lost fight with Jerry Only over Misfits Hot Topic royalties"

by Ian Chainey

Agoraphobic Nosebleed

The final round of bands for Maryland Deathfest 2015 was announced and a stacked lineup was stacked even higher. The highlights are numerous, including Agoraphobic Nosebleed's first live set, Amorphis playing their classic Tales from the Thousand Lakes in its entirety, Inverloch jamming out tunes from their former incarnation diSEMBOWELMENT, super-deathers Bloodbath playing an exclusive US show, and ripping speed-metallers (and suddenly influential) Razor making their first appearance in the States in over two decades. The full list of bands featuring other big names -- YOB, Obituary, and Cephalic Carnage to name a few -- appears below.

In addition to the adds, MDF XIII also announced the stages the bands will be playing, including Thursday pre-fest shows filled out by YOB, Ufommamut, Internal Bleeding, Origin, and others. The exact schedule will be pinned down at the end of August. All ticket options will go on sale September 5 at 3 PM. The early bird sold out in record time, so be on the ball for that one.

The third round of bands along with the stage rundowns appears below.

Continue reading "Maryland Deathfest announces final round of bands (YOB, Amorphis, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Inverloch, more)"

August 15, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

Falls of Rauros at Acheron in 2012 (more by Samantha Marble)

Falls of Rauros are streaming "Ancestors of Smoke" off of their forthcoming album on Bindrune Recordings, Believe In No Coming Shore. Give it a listen below. The Portland, Maine band can sometimes seem like the Northeast's answer to the Northwest, and on "Ancestors of Smoke" we get a dose of the rich, melodic, woodsy and melancholic atmospheric black metal we've come to expect from the band. The production here is a little rawer than their last album, The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood. Give it a listen below.

Don't miss the opportunity to catch Falls of Rauros live with another of the northeast's finest black metal bands Obsidian Tongue and metal one-man band/composer Oneirogen in NYC at Union Pool on August 27. That show is presented by our metal blog Invisible Oranges and Signature Riff, and tickets will be on sale at the door. See the rest of Falls of Rauros's dates, including a stop at Souther Darkness Fest, below.

Continue reading "Falls of Rauros streaming track off new LP; IO-presented NYC show w/ Obsidian Tongue & Oneirogen is soon"

By Ian Chainey

At the Gates

So, as Tomas Lindberg made clear at this year's MDF, this At the Gates thing is actually happening. At War With Reality, the melodeath band's first album since 1995's Slaughter of the Soul, is set for an October 28 release date through Century Media Records. Good to know they're not fossils.

Speaking of classics, Death's Spiritual Healing is getting re-done by Relapse. The deluxe edition will come on LP or CD and it's available for preorder now. You can also catch Death to All -- the tribute act manned by ex-members -- on the road soon. Check out a trailer for the reissue below. IN A WORLD WHERE WAVEFORM PEAKS AND VALLEYS ARE SCRUTINIZED. . .

The slightly younger Bat signed to Hells Headbangers for their debut LP. The band will also be dropping a 7" titled Cruel Discipline, too. The speed metallers featuring links to Municipal Waste, D.R.I., and Volture are getting in the van soon, starting things off by checking into NYC's The Acheron on August 22.


GWAR hit MetalSucks' podcast and said new characters are coming, thus ensuring GWAR are the viscera-soaked metal version of Menudo or something. They're also blazing new merchandise options with a GWAR cigar named, wait for it, a Cigwar. I'm all for blunt names. Hey-yo. GWAR-B-Q starts today (8/15).

Speaking of GWAR, one of the clubs they played a lot back in the day was City Gardens in Trenton, which is the subject of a new documentary called "Riot on the Dance Floor". BrooklynVegan is proud to present the NYC premiere of that doc along with a Q&A afterwards with the director, John Joseph (Cro-Mags), Howie Abrams (In-Effect Records, etc) and more. Tickets are still available.

Lastly, Metallica, er, Mastodon's Brent Hinds was. . . interviewed. . . I think. Mastodon also updated their upcoming North American tour dates. You can find both below, and an interview we did with Bill Kelliher at Invisible Oranges.

Don't forget to keep up with the rest of BrooklynVegan's metal coverage during the week.

Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions that are streamable below.

Let's hit the flicks first: Windhand now have a video for "Orchard." They'll also be touring soon, including a stop on September 20 at NYC's Saint Vitus.

And band of many interests Tombs have a moving picture for "Seance." They'll hit the road again in October and will swing into Saint Vitus on October 27. You can check out the videos below.

As for the streams, the Iron Lung-related Pig Heart Transplant are offering two tracks from For Mass Consumption (September 2, 20 Buck Spin).

Trad doomers Cardinals Folly have premiered another from Out Cult Continues! at The Obelisk (August 19, Shadow Kingdom Records - preorder). Invisible Oranges debuted the initial transmission last month.

The drone project BLACKWOLFGOAT, from the mind of Black Pyramid/Milligram member Darryl Shepard, dropped "Notausgang" from Drone Maintenance (August 26, Small Stone Recordings).

Num Skull have another peak available from their Relapse remaster of the lost thrash classic Ritually Abused (September 16, Relapse - preorder).

Denton, Texas weirdos Bludded Head plopped out "Shitsucker Blues" off of Reign in Bludd (October 6, Sleeping Giant Glossolalia).

And finally, blasters 1349 covered Voivod for the always-fun Decibel flexi series. Aside from Cardinals Folly and 1349, you can hear all of the streams below.

Got it? Good. To NYC shows we go:

TODAY (8/15): Punk rock that's as heavy as metal: Jungbluth, Centuries, Hexis, Plebian Grandstand, and Reproacher will shake The Acheron (tickets).

SATURDAY (8/16): Blackened thrash nuts Ketzer are making the trip over from Germany for the first time. They'll be joined by Natur, Throaat, and Occult Burial at Saint Vitus (tickets). If you're still in a punk frame of mind, The Acheron has ZEX, Process, Vermin, Symptom, and Heathen (tickets).

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: As we have a compulsion to do, we rounded up the week's new releases with Upcoming Metal Releases. (Hint: Check out the punk section of Things We Missed.)

We put on our best presenter attire with a number of upcoming shows and tours: Virus at Saint Vitus, Old Wounds and Exalt on tour, and KEN mode at Saint Vitus. KEN mode tickets are finally on sale.

We also took on the task as the integrator, asking Qs and getting As from Lee Dorrian and Pallbearer.

We took a deeper look at blackened buzzer Panopticon.

And we debuted death metal standout Diskord.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: At the Gates, Mastodon, Death, GWAR, Windhand, Tombs, KEN mode, Bat, Bludded Head and more"

by Ian Chainey

Dead Congregation at Martyrdoom, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

Filthy old-school death metallers Dead Congregation will be heading to the US come October. The Greek beasts are hitting the road in support of their Profound Lore-released sophomore album Promulgation of the Fall, which made the rounds to acclaim in May. They'll be joined by Pissgrave and Mausoleum. You can see the currently announced dates -- including their Euro stops after the States are done -- below.

Dead Congregation's road-trip happens to coincide with Svart Crown's trek across America. The French blackened death blasters are set to rip things up on an all-star lineup with Belphegor, Rotting Christ, and Beheaded. Austria's Belphegor just released Conjuring the Dead at the beginning of this month. Greece's Rotting Christ continued to diversify their symphonic experiments with 2013's Κατά τον δαίμονα εαυτού. And Beheaded have blazed a trail as one of Malta's premier blast n' slam purveyors. The four-headed monster of metal will pass through cities such as Chicago, Seattle, and San Francisco. On September 24, they'll drop in to NYC's Gramercy Theatre. Tickets are available now. The full tour appears below.

So, here's your foreshadowing pay-off: Svart Crown are sticking around America for a little longer once their first engagement is done. When Dead Congregation, Pissgrave, and Mausoleum make their way to NYC's Saint Vitus on October 20 with a Signature Riff presented show, they'll be joined by Svart Crown and Chicago's Immortal Bird, who are still riding high on last year's Akrasia. Tickets for that blowout are available now.

All dates for both tours are listed, along with all of the streams you can handle, below.

Continue reading "Dead Congregation and Svart Crown touring separately, playing NYC together (dates)"

August 14, 2014

by Ian Chainey

photo by Ryan Collerd

"Manifest Blasphemy," the first track off of Split Red's Serious Heft, starts with a piercing trill. That's inventive shredder Brandon Seabrook making a guest appearance. And the invite alone shows how little regard these Philadelphians have for tropes. A lot of punky noise rockers formed in this millennium are content to sway to neutered, hand-me-down rhythms, skipping the eclecticism of the original artists as if they never actually heard them. Those bands play like they're trying to stay within a stencil. Split Red's canvas, on the other hand, is wide open. They're more than willing to let Seabrook spit sparks over their lurch. The result is Beefheart-ian, perking up Split Red's punk with an unbridled, avant-garde antagonism. It's unexpected, like seeing a hungry coyote running through a block of track homes. Notice received: Split Red do what they want.

The Seabrook-less Split Red are certainly up to snuff. Guitarists Stephen Buono and Travis Woodson often sound like they're landing a jet, fully utilizing one of the finest production jobs by Serious Heft producer (and very busy musician) Colin Marston. They're also fluent in skronk and bend-y bouts of discomfort, suggesting an education supplied by Shorty/U.S. Maple or even Eddie Hazel. Bassist Matt Engle and drummer Ricardo Lagomasino (also of Deleted Scenes and Many Arms) outline killer grooves before seeing how far away they can travel from the original idea while still keeping time. Singer Nebadon Adams is like an electronic ground. He's the listener's surrogate, the thing you lock on to when weathering the storm. He's cool, controlled, just a touch detached; maybe affecting that style to better sneak in revolutionary lyrics of civil disobedience under your guard.

And, all in all, "Manifest Blasphemy" rocks in that old noise rock way. Of course, they do it that way because they want to, not because they have to. Check out "Manifest Blasphemy" along with Serious Heft's album details below.

No tour dates announced at the moment, but you can catch Ricardo on the road with his band Deleted Scenes opening for The Life and Times (ex-Shiner). As discussed, that tour hits NYC on September 13 at Knitting Factory (tickets).

Continue reading "Split Red (mems Deleted Scenes, Many Arms) releasing an LP (stream "Manifest Blasphemy" ft. Brandon Seabrook)"

by Ian Chainey


Rapid-fire blasts. Sustained, grinding crawls that shake the floor thanks to the two bass set-up. Wild gales of feedback and lashes of noise. That's Pillbox, the newest album from powerviolence destroyers Water Torture. The trio -- two bassists, one drummer -- are intent on bringing back the subsonic element favored by Man is the Bastard; the one few others have been able to pull off. But Water Torture are a little speedier, a little catchier, and a little more nimble than similar groups that have tried the dual bass rumble. And over Pillbox's 17 tracks, there's always a sense they have their hands on the wheel, even when they're circling the void. The sheer wattage of power they're able to impart is impressive, though Pillbox wouldn't hit as deeply if Water Torture weren't as exacting.

People have taken notice. Since coming up through Grindcore Karaoke in 2011 with their self-titled effort, Water Torture have steadily risen to prominence on the back of a billion splits. Now, they're set to play Maryland Deathfest 2015. They're currently touring Europe. They'll be hitting big US bills like Punch, Curmudgeon, and Crushed on September 9 at NYC's Death by Audio and Cloud Rat, Nervous Mothers, and Recreant on September 18 at NYC's The Acheron (tickets). With Pillbox, it's easy to hear why. Pillbox is the result of a hungry band showing off veteran skills while playing a style that, despite it's importance, rarely produced other contenders. Consider that distinction changed. Water Torture are definitely one.

All dates are listed, with a stream of Pillbox, below...

Continue reading "Water Torture released 'Pillbox,' playing shows w/ Punch and more (dates & LP stream)"

August 13, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

Coral Cross released a video for its song "With a Lancet," a track that makes up the A-side of Coral Cross's debut 7". You can watch it below. We reviewed the EP over at Invisible Oranges, and we liked it--it's a refreshing take on metal that draws from melody-driven black metal, post-punk, shoegaze and pairs it with dreamy vocals. The 7" is out now on Mexican Summer.

Coral Cross is the work of Jorge Elbrecht, better known for his output with Lansing-Dreiden and Violens. It's unclear if Coral Cross will ever play live with any regularity, but one show is on the books for August 19 at Pioneer Works. The show will accompany a sculptural installation by Max Hooper Schneider, and a DJ set from Jimi Hey will follow.

Watch the video, stream the B-side, "The Coldest Steel Across Your Face," and see the show flyer below...

Continue reading "Coral Cross (Jorge Elbrecht of Violens' metal band) released a 7" on Mexican Summer, playing Pioneer Works"