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July 18, 2014

by Ian Chainey

Ouch!
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The picture above is Riley Breckenridge's fractured jaw after the Puig Destroyer -- the baseball themed grindcore group -- drummer took a pitch to the head. After posting to his Instagram, Riley said, "Don't try to hit fastballs with your face, kids. #themoreyouknow #luckybreaks." Noted. That must've been terrifying, but not as terrified as Puig Destroyer's namesake is of thunder.

Speaking of breaks, classic thrashers Rigor Mortis have one more record in them before they call it a day. The final collection will be called Slave to the Grave, out on October 7 via the band's own Rigor Mortis Records. The album was recently crowdsourced into existence. You can check out the details below. In other album news, sludgesters Weedeater are repressing Sixteen Tons through Season of Mist on CD and LP (preorder). The record has been out of print for a bit and you can stream it in full below.

Returning to the athletic theme, if you're in Brooklyn, you can start cycling to Slayer. SYNCstudio will be holding a "metal themed indoor cycling class" on July 24. "This next song is called. . . "BLACKNESS WITH SCHWINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN."

Finally, want the deepest teeth cleaning experience? Polyrhythms, man.

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

Goatwhore
Goatwhore

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

If this week was good for something, it was a wealth of new music videos. The form is alive and well with contributions from UltraMantis Black, Corrosion of Conformity, Goatwhore, and Enabler. All four bands have live engagements in their future. UltraMantis Black will be playing This is Hardcore. CoC are going to be in Australia (the continent and the country) and then will head back to the left side of the US for a slate of dates with Bl'ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band, and Lord Dying. Goatwhore are currently out with the Summer Slaughter mega bill. And Enabler are set to hit Chicago on August 5 with Power Trip and Mammoth Grinder. All of the updated dates along with the videos appear below.

For the full-album previews: Blackened rippers Mutilation Rites have offered up all of Harbinger (preorder). The Brooklyn bashers are at Gilead Media Fest this weekend. Then, Swedish d-beat superheroes Martyrdöd unleashed Elddop (preorder). Both albums hit the streets on July 22, and you can hear the goods below.

For single tracks and teasers: Midnight covered Venom's "Too Loud (for the Crowd)" for Decibel's Flexi Series. As a reminder, Midnight (who play with Samhain in November) will be appearing at a stacked New York Deathfest. Entombed A.D. -- the LG Petrov iteration of the Swede death n' rollers -- put out "Vulture And The Traitor" from Back To The Front (August 5, Century Media - preorder). Sounds like Entombed, but so do a lot of bands. The slow and low Monarch unveiled "Mortes" from Sabbracadaver (July 22, Profound Lore - preorder). Make sure you set aside the full 18 minutes for that one. And finally, doomers Cardinal Wyrm debuted "Dreams of Teeth" from Black Hole Gods (August 5, self-released). All streams appear below.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

TODAY (FRIDAY, 7/18): Free show alert: Ceremony, Iron Lung, and Nothing will play Brooklyn Bazaar. The doors are at 7 PM and you can RSVP to skip the line. Want something more metallic? Mortals, Godmaker, and Mammal are playing the Acheron (tickets). That's Mortals record release show, so go and congratulate them.

TOMORROW (7/19): Free show alert, part deux: Trap Them, Coliseum, Incendiary, and White Widows Pact are at Brooklyn Bazaar. Doors: 7 PM. RSVP.

SUNNNNNNNNNDAY (7/20): Flip the impending work week the bird by hitting Black Anvil, Psalm Zero, Fantom Warior, and Yellow Eyes at Saint Vitus (tickets). Maybe you can get Black Anvil to play their Kiss cover.

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

Let's talk IO: It might've been your vacation, but, as always, we were working to find the best metal. Upcoming Metal Releases tracked all of the new things. We premiered a new ass-kicker from the nasty Rabbits. We went review-crazy with critiques of Bastard Feast, Martyrdöd, and Peculate. We remembered At the Gates before they blew up. We unearthed some seriously solid black metal. We also gave some shine to albums we missed. And we took a long look at the announced bands for 2015's Maryland Deathfest.

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: Goatwhore, Enabler, Mutilation Rites, Midnight, Corrosion of Conformity, Entombed A.D. & more"

by Ian Chainey

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A lot has changed since Sleep split. California voted in "medical" marijuana ("medical" meaning, 'I asked and had $40 on me for a license') the same year they recorded what would become their swansong, Jerusalem/Dopesmoker. Two states have even legalized the green. Matt Pike has gone on to rule the riff with High on Fire. Al Cisneros has explored the inner workings of the mind with Om. Jason Roeder from Neurosis hopped aboard to fill Chris Hakius's vacated drum stool. All of this is to say that Sleep could've changed. But as new single "The Clarity" makes, uh, clear, Sleep are still Sleep.

"The Clarity" will be available for free download from Adult Swims' Singles series on July 21, but it premiered on NPR's Viking's Choice today. It has that familiar rhythmic rise and fall to it and it's as heavy/hypnotic as you'd expect, luxuriating in the verdant depth of Pike's and Cisneros's tone. Sleep also seem to be in good spirits, offering Lars Gotrich a tongue in cheek Q&A:

NPR: I couldn't help but notice the in this new song. Is "The Clarity" a lyrical follow-up to Dopesmoker?

Sleep: "The Clarity" is a lyrical follow-up to a lifetime of marijuana enjoyment.

Sleep will be going on tour this August, including a stop at NYC's Stage 48 on August 25.

Check out "The Clarity" below...

Continue reading "Sleep release first new song in 20 years, "The Clarity" (listen)"

July 17, 2014

Black Anvil

We've had no lack of posts about Black Anvil's new album Hail Death that they'll be playing in its entirety at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn this Sunday (7/20), and earlier today we did a big KISS roundup that included news related to the Melvins and White Lung. Hours later we find out Black Anvil are streaming a KISS cover! So here's another KISS post. Listen to the cover of "Under The Rose" (which appears on the deluxe version of Hail Death), and the original, below.

Black Anvil kick off a tour with Skeletonwitch and Ghoul in Chicago in September. Skeletonwitch play their own Saint Vitus show in October while on the road with Amon Amarth who play Best Buy Theater in NYC that same night.

All Black Anvil dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Black Anvil covered Kiss (listen), touring w/ Skeletonwitch & Ghoul after Vitus show (dates)"

Windhand

Richmond's highly melodic trad-style doomers Windhand are opening the Philly date of the Sleep tour this summer, and after that they'll be heading out on a headlining tour. All dates on that tour are with psych jammers All Them Witches with additional support at select shows from Jex Thoth and Ilsa. The tour wraps up in NYC on September 20 at Saint Vitus with Ilsa. Tickets for that show will be available soon via Ticketfly.

All dates are listed, with a stream of last year's excellent Relapse-released Soma, below...

Continue reading "Windhand touring w/ All Them Witches, playing NYC w/ Ilsa"

July 16, 2014

Housecore

Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film Fest returns to Austin from October 23-26 at Austin, and since we last spoke the lineup was expanded to include a headline performance from both Danzig and his reunited band Samhain (who have other dates including NYC), as well as Neurosis (also playing Maryland Deathfest), Decapitated, Lustmord, King Parrot, Hobbs' Angel of Death, comedian Brian Posehn and more.

Updated lineup below...

Continue reading "Housecore Horror Festival expands lineup (Danzig/Samhain, Neurosis, Decapitated, Lustmord & more)"

Myrkur

The Danish "one-woman black metal project" Myrkur is streaming the song "Nattens Barn" off of a forthcoming self-titled debut EP (due September 16 via Relapse), and it's really, really good. The album, which we got an advanced listen of, gets even better--a killer collection of expertly crafted second-wave style atmospheric black metal songs with gorgeous vocals, one of the best atmospheric black metal albums of the year so far.

It's a little surprising as Myrkur appeared essentially out of nowhere--the track premiered on Pitchfork yesterday, along with the news that Relapse is releasing her album. Otherwise the project had essentially no internet presence whatsoever. Like a number of one-person black metal acts, this one is anonymous, with no identifying information about the project's creator. Some of this has gotten people talking and led to some wondering about the band's origins. We did some digging ourselves, and we think we know who the mystery woman is. Two clues: 1) This is not the first time her music has been featured on BrooklynVegan, 2) She is pictured in the screenshots you see in this post, which were pulled from a Myrkur promo video we found.

Take a look at more pictures below and see if you can guess who it is, You can also just enjoy the music by streaming "Nattens Barn," also below...

Continue reading "Myrkur, mysterious Danish one-woman black metal project, releasing debut EP on Relapse (stream a track)"

by Ian Chainey

Earth at Inferno in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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Earth are making good on their name and navigating the globe this year. The instrumental droners were in Australia and will be heading out to Europe soon. Following their trek, the band will return to the States for a run of dates canvasing the country. They'll be joined by dark Americana rockers King Dude and will hit locales like Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia. On September 24, the two will slide into NYC's Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, July 18 at noon. All dates are listed below.

Earth have set September 2 as the release date for their 10th full-length Primitive And Deadly through Southern Lord. Stream a track below. Outside of the band, Earth main man Dylan Carlson released the soundtrack to Gold under his DRCARLSONALBION alias. King Dude, on the other hand, released their rootsy and woodsy Fear last May.

Meanwhile, a host of Earth collaborators and ex-tourmates can be found at the Unknown Music Series in Anacortes, WA this weekend, including Mount Eerie who also just announced a NYC show.

All of the dates along with streams from Earth, Gold, and King Dude appear below...

Continue reading "Earth detail new LP, touring w/ King Dude (dates, stream)"

July 15, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

Totem

The experimental noise rock band White Suns has been on a tour that wraps up in their hometown of NYC TONIGHT (7/15) at Silent Barn with the Alan Licht and Aki Onda Duo and Lea Bertucci and Leila Lovell Duo. Admission is $8. Show starts at 8 PM.

After tonight's show, the NYC band will play a few other local dates as well. They'll play Summerscreen in McCarren Park on July 23 with Kid Millions' (of Oneida) Man Forever project and a screening of John Waters' 1990 Johnny Depp-starring film Cry-Baby. Like all Summerscreen shows, it's free with the music starting at 6 PM and the movie at sundown.

Then, after that, they'll open the Liturgy full-band reunion show at Pioneer Works on August 23 (159 Pioneer St) with Wreck & Reference. Tickets for that show are still available.

Like Wreck & Reference, White Suns are signed to the experimental and influential San Francisco label The Flenser. White Suns' most recent album, Totem came out earlier this year on that label. If you haven't heard it yet, it's insane. Utterly disorienting and schizophrenic‚ it's desperate and furious, with as much noise as demented free jazz. Black metal nods mix freely with spoken word--the lyrics are a highlight. Give Totem a listen below.

Continue reading "White Suns playing shows, including 1 tonight, Summerscreen w/ Man Forever, & Liturgy's NYC full-band reunion"

by Ian Chainey

MDF 2014 (via Invisible Oranges Instagram)
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Maryland Deathfest XIII happens May 21 - 24, 2015, and today the first round of confirmed bands were announced. 32 in total were listed to whet the appetites of early birds interested in snatching up their tickets when they become available on Saturday, July 19 at 3 PM EST through the Maryland Deathfest website. The bands include such heavyweights as Neurosis, D.R.I., and Triptykon, who missed this year's fest due to the passing of H.R. Giger. Triptykon leads a number of bands who will be making MDF their exclusive US appearance in 2015. Others include Australia's Portal, Sweden's Wolfbrigade, and Norway's Arcturus. The full list that's full of pleasant surprises -- Hello, Bulldozer! Hello, Melt-Banana! -- appears below.

So, while the bill will look different, the venues will remain the same. Per the promoters:

We were satisfied with the venue situation this year, so we've decided to use the same set up again next year. What does this mean? We will use the Edison Lot (located at 545 N. High St) for our 2 main stages, Rams Head (located at 20 Market Pl) will be used each night and will host death/black metal bands, and Soundstage (located at 124 Market Pl) will be used each day/night for grind/hardcore/punk bands. On Thursday, only Rams Head will be used.
The full list of bands along with the trailer for Welcome to Deathfest that documents the 2013 event and screens in NYC soon, below...

Continue reading "Maryland Deathfest 2015 initial lineup announced (Neurosis, DRI, Triptykon, Bulldozer, Melt-Banana, Portal and more)"

July 14, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

Unlocking the Truth at Afropunk Fest2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Unlocking the Truth turned heads and stole hearts with their Times Square performances and brutal breakdowns. After making a metal rendition of "Jingle Bells" for Cole Haan and sharing a billing with Slayer the BK teen band is poised to go big time. As the New York Post reports, the three-piece just inked a $1.8 million record deal with Sony.

To get all that sweet $1.8 mil, though, Unlocking the Truth will need to reach some pretty high bars. The deal is a five-album exclusive with the band only seeing money beyond a $60,000 advance if their first album sells over 250,000 copies. The Post points out that Beyonce's last album sold just north of 600k copies.

The band is set to wrap up some Warped Tour dates this Tuesday (7/15) in Burgettstown, PA. Tickets are on sale if you wanna see if they've got the goods.

Video of Unlocking the Truth opening for Guns N Roses and playing Times Square and Coachella, where they inspired a Coachella-style circle pit, below...

Continue reading "Brooklyn tweenage metal band Unlocking the Truth get $1.8 million dollar record deal with Sony"