Recent Posts in metal - Page 3
April 1, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Samothrace at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
UK doomers Conan have been dropping killer records for the past-half decade, but they've yet to make it over to the US. Now, surrounding their upcoming appearances at Maryland Deathfest and Psycho California, they'll go on their first-ever US tour. They've got killer support on board, coming from Seattle's similarly doomy Samothrace and promising German duo Mantar, who will finally play NYC after skipping it on their March tour.
The tour brings Conan and Mantar to Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on May 22, the day after both bands play MDF, and though Samothrace isn't on that bill, they'll headline their own Vitus show two days later (5/24). Tickets for both of those shows will be available via Ticketfly soon. All dates are listed below.
Conan's latest album is 2014's Blood Eagle, the followup to 2012's Monnos. It's only six tracks, but the songs take their time (two hit the 9-minute mark) and most of them lean towards the genre's droney side, though album single "Foehammer" is pretty driving as far as this stuff goes. Watch the video for that one, with a full stream of the record, and music from their tourmates, below.
Win Butler's not the only musician with his own coffee blend this year. Metal Gods Judas Priest are celebrating the 35th anniversary of their legendary British Steel album by teaming up with Dark Matter Coffee to present their new "ultimate hesher" blend of the same name on April 14. Here are the details:
The Great Halls of Metal were fashioned by Judas Priest - in their studs and leather with everything faster, heavier - guitars, amps, power - blazing around the planet - higher, louder... SOARING in EPIC PROPORTIONS! Their all out sonic attack cemented their place as the firebrand for British Heavy Metal. Does anything cut as deep as British Steel? NO! The songs comprising this landmark record yielded both monumental commercial success, capturing the attention of the broader uninitiated ... while also producing anthems to those already deeply enmeshed in a turbo charged new genre. Priest unleashed this razor sharp maelstrom onto the collective consciousness and we've thankfully never been the same since! Instantly recognizable for their peerless attack, the fuel for this inexorable juggernaut must be both ebullient and unremitting. The brewed crude sparkles cup after cup, sin after sin. Death to False Coffee.The site specifies that it's sold by whole bean as default, unless you request it ground. A coffee grinder is not included, though a cassingle of the Judas Priest song "Grinder" (and "Snakebite") is, while supplies last.
March 31, 2015
Experimental instrumental rockers Blind Idiot God's career dates back about three decades, to when they released their Martin Bisi-produced 1987 self-titled debut on SST. Two Bill Laswell-produced albums followed, Undertow (released in 1988 on Laswell's Enemy label) and Cyclotron (released in 1992 on John Zorn's Avant label), and then the band's studio output stalled for 23 years -- though they did record the song for the opening credits of Alex Winter's 1993 film Freaked with huge B.I.G. fan Henry Rollins on vocals -- until they put out their fourth LP this year. The album's called Before Ever After, is available on original guitarist Andy Hawkins' label Indivisible Music, and Andy co-produced it with Bill Laswell.
The band went through a few lineup changes before releasing the record. Andy Hawkins has been joined by Khanate drummer Tim Wyskida since 2001 (original drummer Ted Epstein left in 1996), and though original bassist Gabriel Katz played on the new record, he was replaced by Will Dahl in 2012 due to his problems with tendinitis and hearing loss (which also were part of what delayed the new record). Jason Bailey reviewed the album over at Invisible Oranges, writing:
The record follows a loose structure of alternating between songs that show off the more heavy and dissonant side of the band and those that feature more of the dub and funk influences that separate the group from other loud instrumental acts. So, a track like "Earthmover" that sounds like a Berklee thesis in stoner metal is followed by a psychoactive reggae jam like "Night Driver." These sonically split personalities could make for a disorienting listen, especially given the protracted nature of the album's recording sessions, but BIG are ambitious and talented enough to pull it all off.You can stream two of the heavier tracks, "Antiquity" and "Wheels of Progress," below.
B.I.G. played a release show for the new album earlier this month at The Paper Box in Brooklyn (presented by Invisible Oranges), which unARTig caught and has full-set video of, which you can watch below. To compare, he also uploaded a full set of theirs from 1989 (camera work by Oliver Müller, Karsten Schulze & Thomas Schulze), and you can watch that below too.
Their next show happens April 17 at Saint Vitus with Insect Ark, the project of past Michael Gira collaborator Dana Schecter. Tickets are on sale.
Song streams and videos below...
photos by Mathieu Bredeau
UK heavy rock duo God Damn were recently in NYC for a show on March 24 at Niagara with local bands Cleanteeth and Marching Teeth. Pictures of their set are in this post.
Cleanteeth's next NYC show happens April 22 at Saint Vitus with Beast Modulus, Blackest, HellKeeper and Dealers. Tickets are on sale.
More God Damn pics below...
photo: Incantation in LA in 2012 (more by Adam Murray)
US death metal vets Incantation are still kicking, and will go on another tour in support of last year's Dirges of Elysium this spring. The tour includes a run with FaithXtractor, which hits NYC on April 24 at Saint Vitus, with Putrisect also on board. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
The lineup of Incantation has changed many times over the years. Phoenix New Times asked John McEntee about that. He said:
The vibe is great now. You never know what's going to happen with people and that's one of the reasons why we've had a ton of lineup changes. I think part of the problem is that I'm a really easy-going guy, and unfortunately I gave too many people opportunities to play in the band when they actually weren't musically capable. We rushed on a lot of people actually for touring, and we never had time to get to know them or see if they were capable and jam. Then you go out, and realize you don't get along. Plus I was a lot younger and when you're younger... well I didn't deal with situations like I do now. As a person I'm more mature and I understand how to handle situations.List of dates, and a full stream of Dirges of Elysium, below...
I have learned over the years that when you have good people to work with and enjoy it, it makes sense to go above and beyond to make sure it works. I'm a visionary with music. Which that's important for me; I have to know I'm expressing myself with the band, and if the members can't feel that way, it's best that they move on to something where they can express themselves.
March 30, 2015
photo: Anaal Nathrakh at Inferno 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro//BBG)
Birmingham black metal duo Anaal Nathrakh are once again bringing their mostly-studio project out on tour for a headlining North American run in support of last year's Desideratum. It falls in the middle of a string of European dates, and features Incite (with Richie Cavalera) and Secrets of the Sky. The North American run kicks off May 11 in Sacramento and closes out with a stop at this year's Maryland Death Fest.
The tour comes to NYC on May 21 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
It was announced today that the bassist-turned-frontman Jerry Only-led Misfits will be co-headlining This is Hardcore in Philadelphia with a special set where they'll be playing their 1983 album "Earth A.D." in full.
Under normal circumstances, this would be really exciting: classic band playing classic album (bonus points because the album was released shortly after the Misfits broke up). It's a well tested, nostalgia-filled gimmick that we all love, BUT YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO DO IT IF THE CURRENT VERSION OF YOUR BAND DOESN'T EVEN CONTAIN THE ORIGINAL VOCALIST AND SONGWRITER WHO WROTE THAT CLASSIC ALBUM. That's not how this thing is supposed to work, especially if the only current member of the band-that-still-calls-themselves-Misfits who played on that album is the bassist.
We were just starting to get used to the current version of Misfits being a thing, a thing we could live with and not think too much about, but now it's like a fresh wound all over again.
Below are 10 reasons we think the Misfits should not be playing Earth A.D. in full...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: KEN mode at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Winnipeg crushers KEN mode recently played some stuff off their upcoming sixth album, Success at one of the BV-SXSW parties, which we mentioned sounding closer to AmRep noise rock than their previous material. Now they've revealed the first studio recording from the LP, "Blessed," and the AmRep comparisons are even more apt here than we realized seeing it live. It seems very appropriate that the album was engineered by Steve Albini, mastered by his Shellac bandmate Bob Weston, and features an appearance by Oxbow's Eugene Robinson. (It also awesomely features members of Full of Hell.)
Success will be out on June 16 via Season of Mist. Watch the video for "Blessed," via Noisey, below.
KEN mode also announced a tour with fellow AmRep worshippers Fight Amp. That comes to NYC for a show on June 18 at Saint Vitus with killer local support from Pyrrhon and Couch Slut. Tickets for Vitus should be on sale soon via Ticketfly. All dates are listed below.
In related news, Fight Amp have announced the followup to 2012's Birth Control. It's called Constantly Off and will be out on June 9 via Brutal Panda. You can watch an album trailer with clips of new music, below.
March 27, 2015
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Andrew Sacher
Torche / Nothing's crowd
Torche put out their killer new record Restarter on Relapse last month, and last night (3/26) they brought their tour with Nothing and Wrong to NYC for a sold-out show at Saint Vitus. The new album is Torche's heaviest since In Return and possibly their most psychedelic ever, and that came across even more so at last night's show. The droning quality of much of the new record was in full effect, and Torche were in total attack mode. We got almost all of the new record, but also plenty of older favorites too including "Healer," "Kicking," "In Return" and a handful of others.
Before Torche, their Relapse labelmates Nothing put on an equally awesome set, opening with one of their heaviest songs yet, the sludgy/grungy "July the Fourth" off their recent split with Whirr. Tons of favorites from last year's Guilty of Everything LP followed ("Bent Nail," "Dig," "Get Well," etc) and they had the front half of the room in a wild mosh pit the whole time. Opening was Wrong (ex-Capsule, Kylesa, and featuring Torche's drummer), whose Helmet-y jams were a fine start to the night. Pictures of all three bands are in this post.
Torche, Nothing and Wrong are all on the upcoming Nirvana tribute, Whatever Nevermind, which Robotic Empire is putting out on April 18. That comp also includes La Dispute (who play NYC tonight), Boris, Cave In, Touche Amore, Thou, Young Widows and more. The only song that's out from it at the moment is Circa Survive's cover of "Drain You," which you can stream below.
Torche also just put out the video for "Annihilation Affair" off their new album. That video and more pictures and setlists from the Vitus show, also below...
March 26, 2015
photos by Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Sacher
Rat Fist / Pianos Become The Teeth / Single Mothers
The three 2015 BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 continued on Friday (3/20), once again bringing a handful of bands to the venue's two stages from noon to 6 PM. This one was co-presented with Invisible Oranges.
Unfortunately, Walter Schreifels' band Vanishing Life had to cancel at the last minute due to illness, so Creepoid were moved from the outside stage to the inside stage and the show got a slightly later start. But other than that (and some rain), day 2 went off without a hitch.
Philly's Creepoid, who since ran into some legal trouble, started the day on a psychedelic note, with hazy smoke machines filling the room and their bass and their swirly logo (emblazoned on their bass drum) lit up from inside the drum. It was the perfect setting for their rocking shoegaze. After them it was Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band. The band's currently a power trio, and while Kevin's equally (or better) known for acoustic singer/songwriter stuff, they stuck mostly to their harder material which was a great fit for the day's bill. After them was The Velvet Teen, the shapeshifting rock band who are about to release their first full length in nine years on Topshelf. They played mostly stuff off that album, and the new songs sound good: like a mix of their indie rock early years and the artier tendencies they took on later on.
After Velvet Teen, the inside stage went officially into heavy mode with Canadian punks Single Mothers. They were in beast mode as usual and got a good amount of the crowd rowdy as well, with a handful of people up front shouting along. Then came their Canadian neighbors KEN mode who have a new bassist and a new album on the way that they previewed a handful of songs from. The new stuff has them sounding a little less metallic and a little more AmRep noise rock. It sounded great. They were followed by Power Trip, who recall a handful of early thrash and crossover bands but sound way too urgent to come off as retro. Like they tend to do, they had the whole room turned into a total madhouse. Wrapping up the inside stage was United Nations, one of Geoff Rickly's current bands. Their album makes a joke out of punk rock (while also being a killer punk album), and they did the same at their show, pairing their crushing set with stage banter that sarcastically poked fun at things like McDonald's' presence at SXSW. And for one song, Geoff broke out his old mask.
Meanwhile, the outside stage began around 12:30 with Rat Fist, a trio featuring members of No Age and Pissed Jeans who played a solid set indebted to garage and early punk. They were followed by Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan, who are currently on their first US tour and were one of the bands we were very excited to finally check out. They sounded great, and their singer's excitable stage presence was fun to watch too. Then came their Run for Cover labelmates Pity Sex, whose hard-hitting shoegaze sounded as good as ever. Up next was Pianos Become the Teeth (who share a rhythm section with United Nations), who played an intense set pulling almost entirely from their newest album, the post-hardcore band's first without screaming. Then the day ended with two veterans: first Mac McCaughan of Superchunk who previewed his upcoming debut solo album, and then shoegazers Swervedriver who just put out their first album since 1998 that (perhaps thanks to bands like Pity Sex and Creepoid) doesn't sound dated at all.
Thanks to our sponsors Dropkloud, Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) and MailChimp for helping make the party possible. If you unlocked our party playlsts on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for helping keep our artists relaxed.
Pictures from Thursday HERE. Saturday coming shortly. More from Friday below...