Recent Posts in metal - Page 3
December 4, 2014
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Eyehategod at Acheron in July (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
In welcome news that shouldn't be particularly surprising, after a year of hard touring behind their excellent new self-titled LP, Eyehategod will continue playing a bunch of shows in 2015. They've announced a two-night NYC run happening at Saint Vitus on February 6 and 7. The shows will feature excellent support -- the first night featuring crusty Brooklyn crushers Mortals, who also released a great album, Cursed to See the Future, this year, and just finished touring with Wolvhammer. That first night lineup is filled out by two more Brooklyn bands, the sludgy Blackout and the grindcore outfit Scowl.
The second night will be find Eyehategod joined by absolutely filthy PA grinders Full Of Hell, who recently put out a collaborative album with Merzbow and are also opening for American Nightmare at Webster Hall (sold out). Night 2 also has local doom/electronic project Cleanteeth and New Jersey sludge crew Clamfight. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.
Meanwhile, Eyehategod's Mike IX Williams on tour now with his other band Corrections House, having hit Saint Vitus this past Monday.
All upcoming Eyehategod dates listed, along with streams from some of the openers, below...
December 2, 2014
Today is the Day at Maryland Deathfest 2012 (more by BBG)
Sad news came out yesterday, as Today is the Day mastermind Steve Austin was involved in a serious van crash on the eve of the band's upcoming tour. Steve and his merch man, Trevor, were on the way to New York to meet up with current TITD drummer Jeffrey Lohrber when their van was struck and sent flying down the interstate. Luckily everyone was ok, although Steve and Trevor sustained some relatively serious cuts and bruises. Much of their merch and gear was destroyed, and almost needless to say, the upcoming tour has been cancelled.
You can check out a full statement from Steve Austin below...
Obviously the Russian goverment wasn't among those polled by MetalSucks to determine the 25 Best Metal Bands Of All Time. If they had been, Florida death metal band Cannibal Corpse certainly would not have landed at number eleven. Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports:
The Oktyabrsky District Court of Ufa ruled on Friday that the translations of lyrics by Cannibal Corpse, a US metal band, be banned from distribution in Russia due to violent content, RIA Novosti reports citing Senior Aide to Prosecutor of Bashkortostan, Guzel Masagutova.The Guardian adds:
The Prosecutor's Office of Bashkortostan filed a suit with the court following complaints from Ufa residents. A suit was filed to ban the translation of the lyrics and illustrations on the band's albums from distribution in Russia. The claimant complained that lyrics by the band Cannibal Corpse could damage the mental health of children because they contain descriptions of violence, the physical and mental abuse of people and animals, murder and suicide - all accompanied by illustrations.
The Ufa court agreed with that the Prosecutor's Office's claim that the Cannibal Corpse lyrics available in the public domain could cause damage to minors and upheld the claim.
Masagutova noted that the process to ban the lyrics would be explained later.
Similar rulings have been issued in other countries. Some Cannibal Corpse albums are banned from distribution while others are only allowed for sale with a black cover (original covers depict explicitly violent scenes that often shock an unprepared viewer). Cannibal Corpse is an American band, one of the first brutal death metal bands. Their album covers and lyrics depict death, violence, rape, perversion, necrophilia, horror movies, zombies and cannibalism. The musicians insist that their work is just art.
Cannibal Corpse had a previous encounter with Russia's renascent Christian orthodoxy during a tour earlier this year. Despite booking eight concerts in the country, only two were able to go ahead as planned. The cancelled dates included shows in Moscow, St Petersburg and Ufa. "In Ufa the power was turned off shortly before the show (we were told because the venue was late on rent)," Cannibal Corpse said in a statement. "In Moscow and St Petersburg we were told that we did not have the correct visas and that if we attempted to perform the concert would be stopped by police and we would be detained and deported."Cannibal Corpse recently announced a North American tour with Behemoth who have also had their fair share of trouble with Russia this year. They'll have a lot to talk about on the road, and at Webster Hall on 2/28.
December 1, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
Slayer @ Wellmont Theatre - 11/29/14 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
"Slayer." Thus have many observers dubbed the [band] for this tour, thanks to the absence of Dave Lombardo and Jeff Hanneman. Paul Bostaph is back on the drum throne, where he spent most of the '90s. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt retains the live guitar spot he's held for the past two years and looks poised to keep it.The above quote is from Doug Moore's review on Invisible Oranges of Slayer's Theater at MSG show last year on their first tour since the death of Hanneman (RIP), and also with original drummer Dave Lombardo once again out of the band.
...And unsurprisingly, Slayer were exactly what I expected. They were not "Slayer." they were SLAYER.
This past weekend, they returned to the NYC-area with that same lineup on their tour with Exodus and Suicidal Tendencies, hitting Wellmont Theatre on Saturday (11/29). I was never lucky enough to see Slayer with their classic lineup, but leaving Saturday's show as a first-timer, it was pretty hard not to echo Doug's sentiment. It's sad that I'll never get to see riffmaster Jeff Hanneman, and we can at least hope to see Dave Lombardo behind the kit again one day, but the band that played Wellmont Theatre on Saturday were no washed up phonies pretending to be something they no longer were. Old classics like "Mandatory Suicide," "War Ensemble," "Postmortem" and "Jesus Saves" came to life the same way you imagine they would from listening to the records. Metal played at the speed Slayer plays is a very physical thing, and I can't imagine the endurance needed to do this for over three decades. But not once in the set did it feel like Slayer was slowing down. They just kept inspiring the same kind of fist and teeth-clenching release that makes listening to them a breath of fresh air every time.
Unlike the Theater at MSG show, this time they weren't only playing from the first five albums. They also included a handful of World Painted Blood and "Disciple" from God Hates Us All (the one song in the set that Paul Bostaph actually recorded with them). Still, not a moment was lacking. And if at any point you did somehow start losing energy, there's no way you walked out feeling that way. They did the set closer they've been doing for years, and experiencing that was a whole other level of whoa than I saw coming. The pure evil of "South of Heaven"'s riffy doom into the ass-kicking thrash of "Angel of Death" was genuinely the kind of thrill that has you leaving a venue thinking "that's why I care so much about this stuff." Maybe that encore has lost its power to longtime fans who have seen it over and over again (then again, I wouldn't be surprised if it hasn't), but seeing it for the first time, it didn't matter that the songs were over 25 years old, or that only two of the members that recorded them were on stage. It was truly intense.
Check out the full setlist and a few videos below...
November 28, 2014
Megadeth (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It's been a bizarre and sad week for Megadeth. It was confirmed today that remains found Wednesday in California are those of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine's missing mother-in-law...
Authorities say an autopsy to determine how she died is pending, but foul play is not suspected.Rest in Peace Sally.
Sally Estabrook, 75, was last seen Oct. 4 at the Pinezanita RV Park and Campground in Julian, about 60 miles northeast of San Diego. Estabrook, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, was reportedly camping with friends when she vanished.
Meanwhile, Megadeth need 2 new members:
The veteran metal band's long list of lineup changes added another pair of entries [this week], with drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick both separately announcing their departures. As Loudwire reports, Drover made headlines with his exit first, issuing a statement reading, "After 10 years, I have decided to quit Megadeth to pursue my own musical interests. I want to thank Dave Mustaine and the entire Megadeth family, as well as thanking all the amazing Megadeth fans around the world!!! I truly appreciate all of you. Stay tuned for info on my next musical journey."Shawn's brother Glen also used to play in Megadeth as guitarist, and he tells Blabbermouth "There Is NO Chance" I Would Ever Rejoin MEGADETH.
Hours later, Broderick posted his own announcement at his official site, writing, "Due to artistic and musical differences, it is with great reluctance that I announce my departure from Megadeth to pursue my own musical direction. I want all of you to know how much I appreciate the amount that you the fans have accepted and respected me as a member of Megadeth for the last seven years, but it is time for me to move on. I wish Dave and everyone in Megadeth all the best. I am working on a few things of my own and hope that when they come out, you will all dig it."
Megadeth was recently named the 7th best metal band of all time in a MetalSucks poll.
November 26, 2014
Metal mag Decibel has published their Top 40 Albums of 2014 list in their newest issue, which you can check out in more detail if you're a subscriber. And thanks to Stereogum who transcribed it, you can also browse the full thing below. Though Decibel have tended to lean towards veterans for their top spot, a much newer band takes the #1 album this year. And if you're into modern metal, their choice is pretty hard to argue. Those big veteran comeback albums show up soon after though, with At the Gates taking #2 and Godflesh coming in at #5. There's plenty more on there too -- see for yourself below.
At the Gates, related band Vallenfyre (#8 on this list), and 2012 winners Converge will head out on the 2015 Decibel tour next year. As discussed, that hits NYC on April 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that one are still available.
Decibel's Top 40 Albums of 2014 below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Curran Reynolds w/ Today is the Day at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Eyehategod/Neurosis/etc-related supergroup Corrections House will kick off their previously-discussed tour with Statiqbloom this weekend. As discussed that tour hits NYC for a sweet show at Saint Vitus on Monday (12/1) with Uniform (ex-The Men, Drunkdriver) and Body Stuff. Tickets for Vitus are still available.
In our initial post, we referred to Body Stuff as a one-man project, and it is indeed the brainchild of local heavy polyglot Curran Reynolds (ex-Today is the Day and much more). Only the live show at Saint Vitus will feature a four-piece lineup including Rush Moody, Ryan Jones and Matt Kepler. Ryan is also ex-TITD and is a member of local rippers Mutilation Rites, who Rush has also joined as a live member. Matt is known for metal-related design projects and also worked at the now-closed Lit Lounge. Body Stuff's self-titled EP, which is streaming below, is a bracing slab of industrially-oriented hardcore, and this band should give it full, brutal expression in a live setting (this is the only show they'll be playing in 2014).
Speaking of Mutilation Rites, they've been added as openers for the previously-discussed Black Breath show happening at Saint Vitus on December 14. Also on that bill is White Widows Pact and Blackest. Tickets are still available. Ryan Jones will also be taking part in the upcoming Brooklyn Rock Lottery on December 6 at Baby's All Right which also includes members of Drive Like Jehu, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Dismemberment Plan, Parquet Courts, and more (tickets).
Meanwhile, Corrections House covered Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer" which premiered over at Noisey. Stream that, with their full list of dates and a stream of the Body Stuff EP, below...
November 25, 2014
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Wrekmeister Harmonies at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Wrekmeister Harmonies, the experimental doom brainchild of Chicago-based performing artist J.R. Robinson, have announced an NYC performance of Robinson's most recent epic Wrekmeister piece, Then It All Came Down, which is based on an interview between Truman Capote and Charles Manson-associate Bobby Beausoleil and was released last month on Thrill Jockey. The show will take place at Brooklyn's Signal Gallery on December 14, and tickets are on sale now.
Wrekmeister Harmonies performances are big events, as they generally feature an impressive visual component and always include an ever-changing cast of a-list heavy avant-garde musicians, and this one is no exception. The live band will feature Dave Pajo (Slint, Tortoise), Emil Amos (Om, Holy Sons), Dylan O'Toole (Indian) and members of Liturgy. Robinson doesn't perform much, and especially not outside of Chicago, another reason that his shows are more art events than your standard touring metal band, so this one should be pretty awesome for those New Yorkers who can catch it.
Before the NYC show, the band also play Chicago on December 6 at Bohemian National Cemetery -- those are their only two dates at the moment. Check videos of Robinson and company performing "You've Always Meant So Much to Me" (via Pit Full of Shit) and "Then it All Came Down" (via unARTigNYC) at Saint Vitus last year, below.
November 20, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Ester Segarra
At the Gates returned a few weeks ago with At War With Reality, the followup to their game-changing melodic death metal classic, 1995's Slaughter of the Soul. Calling it a comeback would be an understatement; it sounds more like they never left. Now they've made a video for one of its tracks "Heroes And Tombs" (dir. Costin Chioreanu) that just premiered over at Noisey. Check it out below.
As discussed, At the Gates are going on the 2015 Decibel Mag tour with Converge and the AtG-related Vallenfyre. That killer triple bill hits NYC on April 12 at Webster Hall. You can still grab tickets.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
New Hampshire screamo group Youth Funeral are putting out a new EP called See You When I See You on January 27 via Twelve Gauge Records, also home of Nervous, No Sir and others. We're premiering the EP's new single "When It Pours."
"When It Pours" is a complex, heavy slab of screamo in the Orchid/Loma Prieta/Deathwish Inc/etc vein. One thing that sticks out about them is the technically proficient instrumentalism. The song moves from section to section seamlessly, starting with grind-y blasts of aggression and moving towards a subtler, more emotive coda. It manages to be technical, emotional, and tightly composed at the same time. The EP was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Will Killingsworth, whose work with Orchid, We Were Skeletons, My Fictions and others proves he knows how to make bands like this sound great in the studio. Here's looking forward to what the rest of the EP sounds like.
Stream "When It Pours" below...