Recent Posts in metal - Page 3
January 9, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Kayo Dot at Trans-Pecos in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Experimental rock collective Enablers are set to release their fifth album, The Rightful Pivot, this year, which follows 2011's Blown Realms & Stalled Explosions. Led by the dramatic spoken word of Pete Simonelli, the band is also comprised of guitarist Joe Goldring (who was in Soundtracks for the Blind-era Swans), guitarist/bassist Kevin Thomson, and newly-added drummer Sam Ospovat, who among other things, contributed to tUnE-yArDs' album, whokill. (Their last album was recorded with Codeine/June of 44/Rex/HiM drummer Doug Scharin, who has since left.) You can watch the trailer for the new album below, and while no music from that has been released, two songs from the 2011 LP are below as well. If you're unfamiliar, it pretty much sounds like what you'd expect from a band with a Swans member and a legendary post-rock drummer, which is to say, very good.
Enablers have tour dates coming up, including a NYC show with Kayo Dot, whose frontman Toby Driver booked them at his Stone residency in 2010. That show happens February 25 at Mercury Lounge, also with Insect Ark (Dana Schecter of Michael Gira's post-Swans band Angels of Light) and another likeminded local band, Center Divider. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All Enablers dates are listed below.
Kayo Dot also have another NYC show happening sooner at new Bushwick venue/restuarant/motorcycle garage The Shop on January 24. That show is with Gnaw, who played that same Stone residency in 2010 and recently appeared at Year of No Light's NYC debut, and two more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
Kayo Dot's latest album was 2014's great Coffins on Io. Listen to a track from that, with their list of dates and the Enablers dates/video/song streams, below...
photo: Karma to Burn at Lit Lounge in 2009 (more by Justina Villanueva)
Instrumental stoner rock vets Karma to Burn have kept at it since reuniting in 2009, releasing their sixth album, Arch Stanton, in 2014. They kicked off a tour in support of that album earlier this week, and they'll be hitting NYC soon at Saint Vitus on January 16 with Sierra and Shitkill. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the video for the crushing "55" off Arch Stanton, below...
January 8, 2015
photo: The Red Chord at Public Assembly in 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As discussed, the New England Hardcore and Metal Festival is returning to Worcester, MA from April 17-19, and since we last spoke more acts have been announced. Code Orange, The Atlas Moth, The Red Chord, Rivers of Nihil, Suburban Scum, Rude Awakening, Cruel Hand, Rotting Out, God's Hate and more were added to the lineup that already included Testament, Between the Buried and Me, Exodus, Nails, Nuclear Assault and more. Tickets are still availble.
Full list of new additions and updated lineup below...
As always, there are tons of good metal and metal-related tours swinging through NYC and other one-off heavy shows happening here. We don't get around to posting all of them, so here's a roundup of some of the local heavy shows coming up that we're excited about:
Hellbent Hooker, who feature members of Ramming Speed and Mutilation Rites, play the Acheron TONIGHT (1/8) with support from Meth Valley and Mammal. When we first wrote about them, we said, "If you've never experienced the over-the-top spectacle that is Hellbent Hooker, you're in luck. Prepare for a gross-out session... in the best ways possible." Tickets for tonight are on sale.
On Sunday (1/11) at Saint Vitus, mathcore shredders Meek Is Murder team up with Vomit Fist, Aminals and Budd Dwyer. Tickets are on sale.
Brooklyn trio Mortals, who put out a great album on Relapse last year, were already announced to open the first night of Eyehategod's 2-night stand at Saint Vitus (tickets), and they've since added their own show happening soon after on February 15 at Acheron. The Black Antler and Nerve Shatter open. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
As a reminder, some previously discussed metal tours are about to hit NYC too. There's the unmissable High on Fire / Windhand double bill hitting Vitus on Friday (1/9) for two shows, but unfortunately both are sold out.
Watain at Irving Plaza in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Just a few days after that, you'll probably want to head to Webster Hall (2/28) where two death metal legends, Behemoth and Cannibal Corpse, bring their co-headlining tour. Aeon and Tribulation open. Tickets are still available.
March is stacked so far as well. Legendary Swedes Nifelheim are making a rare and very anticipated NYC appearance on March 15 at Saint Vitus with Ares Kingdom (ex-Order from Chaos), Slutvomit and Iron Force. Get tickets.
The following weekend gets pretty nuts. West Coast black metal greats Dispirit finally make their East Coast debut at Saint Vitus on March 20 and 22 with different sets and different openers each night (tickets). And right smack in the middle of those two shows, the killer Enslaved / Yob / Ecstatic Vision tour hits Gramercy Theater (3/21). You can still get tickets for that one too.
Looking forward a bit to the spring, Electric Wizard's first North American tour in over 10 years hits Webster Hall on April 2. That's unfortunately sold out, but you can try your luck on StubHub or something. This one's not to miss.
Only 10 days later, you may find yourself back at Webster Hall (4/12), where the At the Gates / Converge / Pallbearer / Vallenfyre tour will be blowing minds. Tickets for that one are still on sale.
Of course these are just a few options and there's always more. What else?
Oh, and in one last bit of non-show news, Torche recently dropped another ripper from their upcoming LP on Relapse. Stream it below...
photo: 1349 at Inferno Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Norwegian black metal vets 1349 are returning to North America for a tour in February, and they've got an excellent lineup of openers on board. They'll be joined by tech death freaks Origin (playing MDF 2015), Relapse DMers Abysmal Dawn and the blackened Wolvhammer. That tour hits NYC on February 23 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with videos from all four bands' 2014 albums, below...
January 7, 2015
While Anthrax are hitting the road this spring, Scott Ian is up to something else before that with his new band Motor Sister. Here's the premise:
Jim Wilson, guitarist/vocalist of Mother Superior (who doubled as Henry Rollins' backing band from 1997 to 2003) and longtime Daniel Lanois bassist, teamed up with Scott, Pearl Aday (Scott's wife, Meatloaf's daughter, and Jim's country collaborator), drummer John Tempesta (currently of The Cult, formerly of Exodus, Testament and other bands) and Joey Vera (who was briefly in Anthrax) last year to perform Mother Superior's music at a show in Scott's house as Scott's birthday present to himself. And now, Scott tells Radio.com, the band have written an album, titled Ride, and Metal Blade is set to release it on March 10.
We still haven't heard any music from that album, but the band have begun announcing live shows, including one happening in NYC on February 12 at Saint Vitus with Static Summer. TIckets are on sale now.
Watch a video of Scott, Jim and Pearl performing one of Pearl's songs in 2007, along with a stream of a Mother Superior song, below...
photo: Dispirit at Rites of Darkness 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
West Coast black metal greats Dispirit, featuring John Gossard of Weakling, have been around since 2000 but never played the East Coast in all of their time as a band. That will change when they hit Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on March 20 and 22 for two shows of different sets with different openers. They say, "We will play a different set each night as well, so between both shows we should perform all, or most, of the material from our two releases as well as a few newer unreleased songs."
Flyer and a recent live video below...
January 6, 2015
photo: Nails in California in 2013 (more by Taylor Keahey)
Hardcore rippers Nails are heading out on a European tour with Terror in March, but right before that the Cali crew will stop in NYC for a one-off at Saint Vitus on March 3 with support from Incendiary and Deathcycle. Tickets are on sale now.
Nails recently released two new songs for Decibel's flexi disc series, "Among the Arches of Intolerance" and "In Pain." Listen to those HERE. Watch a recent live video, with their full list of dates and Saint Vitus show flyer, below...
photo: Pallbearer at FFF Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
As if the Decibel-presented At the Gates / Converge / Vallenfyre tour wasn't already an unstoppable metal bill (of which 2015 has no lack of), it just got even better. Converge frontman J. Bannon announced that 2014's doom MVPs Pallbearer have been added to all dates as well! The NYC show happens April 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.
List of dates, and a stream of Pallbearer's 2014 album, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Ryan Zarra
Florida instrumentalists Set and Setting signed to Prosthetic Records last year and released the excellent A Vivid Memory on the label in September. Though they're on a primarily metal label and often tour with metal bands, the album's really more post-rock than post-metal. It gets heavy at times, but it's mostly the kind of atmospheric beauty that we get from bands like Explosions in the Sky and Mogwai. If you haven't heard the album yet, take a listen below.
Set and Setting will be heading out on a tour this month, which hits NYC on January 23 at Acheron with Blackout and A Film in Color. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the LP stream, below...