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February 3, 2016

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Grimes at M for Montreal 2015 (more by Bruno Destombes)
Grimes

Back in 2013, Grimes posted a list of her favorite songs of all time to tumblr. Today, she shared and discussed five albums that changed her life via TIDAL. Here's the list:

OutKast - Stankonia
Tool - Aenima
Beyoncé - Beyoncé
Panda Bear - Person Pitch
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever To Tell
In some ways, you could say Art Angels sounds like a mix of those five albums, right? She discusses each one too, and you can read everything she has to say here.

OutKast, Tool, Beyonce, and Animal Collective all also appear on her song list.

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

photo: Full of Hell at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Full of Hell

The collaboration between The Body and Full of Hell is coming soon after being talked about for what felt like for forever. They've released a new song from One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache, which comes out March 25 via Neurot (pre-order), called "The Little Death."

Those expecting brutality here will not be disappointed. The screeching noise of The Body colliding with the furious grind of Full of Hell essentially renders the concepts of "notes" or "discernable sounds" more or less irrelevant. This is a blistering wash of fury, punctuated by drum and vocal breaks, thundering breakdowns, and pervaded by a general air of insanity. You can stream it below.

The Body and Full of Hell will tour Europe together in April. Before that, FOH will be in NYC to play Music Hall of Williamsburg on 3/11 with Pig Destroyer, Dropdead, and recent additions Cloud Rat and Mother Brain. Tickets for that show are still on sale.

The Body have their own new album on the way too.

Stream "The Little Death" (via Spin) and check out tour dates for Full of Hell and FOH/The Body below...

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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

photo: Phil Anselmo with Down at Housecore Horror Fest in 2013 (more by Trent Maxwell)
Down

On January 22, former Pantera frontman and always prolific metal musician Phil Anselmo stirred up considerable controversy as he hosted the annual Dimebash show. Dimebash is an all-star concert that pays tribute to the late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, and this year it featured the likes of Dave Grohl, Robert Trujillo, Dave Lombardo, Gary Holt, and various others. Unfortunately this year's event was less joyous than usual, as Phil Anselmo, probably drunkenly, decided that it was a good idea to close the show by coming out on stage, giving a nazi salute, and yelling "white power."

After that video surfaced, Phil offered the following justification:

White Wine Power

This predictably caused a lot of backlash, though not as much as it might have if it had been, say, Lars Ulrich, as Robb Flynn of Machine Head (who was at Dimebash) pointed out in a condemnation of Phil's remarks.

Despite his initial "no apologies from me," Phil eventually -- perhaps spurred by the remarks of Flynn and others -- apologized:

Even in the wake of the apology, things have continued to sour for Anselmo. His sludge band DOWN just had their appearance at FortaRock fest in the Netherlands cancelled by the festival organizers. The organizers say:

There has been close consultation between all parties recent days, since we wanted to make a well informed decision. On that basis, the decision is made to cancel the act. We want to make clear that there is no room for racism or fascism on FortaRock.
Anthrax's Scott Ian also came out hard against Anselmo in the wake of the apology, and suggested he donates to Holocaust education organization Simon Weisenthal Center. He posted the following message to instagram:

A photo posted by Scott Ian (@scottianthrax) on

Phil Anselmo is an extremely influential person in the metal community, with his tentacles in a lot of different projects, like his label Housecore Records, his festival, and his many bands with many different important figures of the metal world at large. Hopefully that doesn't stop the industry to continue to hold him accountable.

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photo: Kvelertak at Terminal 5 in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Kvelertak

Norway's preeminent black 'n' roll hellraisers Kvelertak are heading out on a 2016 North American tour with Torche and Wild Throne as the world readies for the release of the follow-up to 2013's Meir. They're currently at work in Oslo, recording the album live with engineer Nick Terry (Lindstrøm, Peaches, Libertines), which is promised at some point in 2016 via Roadrunner.

The tour will be hitting NYC for an Invisible Oranges-presented show at Irving Plaza on April 13. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/5) at 10 AM with a BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges presale starting Thursday (2/4) at 10 AM. Check back here Thursday morning for the password.

UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

Check out all tour dates and the video for "Bruane Brenn" off their last album, below...

Continue reading "Kvelertak prepping new album, touring with Torche and Wild Throne, playing Irving Plaza (Invisible Oranges presents)"

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Black Black Black

Brooklyn's Black Black Black are prepping their second album. It's called Altered States of Death and Grace and it's due for release on March 25 via Aqualamb Records. We're premiering the first song, which is called, "Let's Bloodlet" and features guest vocals from Unsane's Dave Curran.

Dave's screams lend a ferocious edge to this catchy but raw slice of stoner rock. Black Black Black traffic in the kind of good-natured misanthropy of bands like Whores or KEN Mode, but the musical gestures beneath the noisy exterior are all forward-charging, Kyuss-worshipping sludge 'n' roll. It's basically underground metal's version of a radio banger, and you can stream it blow.

Black Black Black have a couple of shows coming up. They'll be opening up that Craw reunion show with STATS at Saint Vitus on March 12 (tickets). More imminently, they'll also be playing a show in NJ on Saturday (2/6) at the Cheap Thrills Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet in Asbury Park.

Speaking of Unsane, frontman Chris Spencer's new band UXO are streaming their new album and playing some shows.

Stream "Let's Bloodlet" by Black Black Black below...

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February 2, 2016

photos by Keith Marlowe; words by Stone Mann

The Giraffes @ Saint Vitus 1/29/2016

Giraffes

Friday night (1/29) saw veteran Brooklyn heavy-riff rockers, The Giraffes, once again taking the stage at St. Vitus, this time a vinyl release celebration of their latest album, Usury. Finding the right words to describe all that goes into experiencing a Giraffes show isn't easy. Perhaps catharsis best sums it up. Like a medieval troupe performing a twisted morality play, the bands hypnotic show pulls audience members into its spell.

The center of this quartet is the Svengali-like lead singer, Aaron Lazar. Dressed in a dark three-piece suit Lazar embodies the persona of the corporate stooge one imagines as the antagonist from the album Usury. Flanking Lazar are Josh Taggart on bass, Andrew Totolos on drums, and the legendary riff-monster Damien Paris, all of whom are like the many temptations of St. Anthony, reminding Lazar's character that his true nature is not the corporate cross.

The set started slowly at first with the epic "Blood Will Run" off the new album and, while occasionally plagued by some technical issues, the band quickly found their feet, ramping up the heaviness and the energy, delivering a classic Giraffes show. Over the next frenetic hour, under a barrage of drinks and taunts from the audience, the musical tension built, the players dug deeper into their instruments, and Lazar's stooge unravelled to reveal the veteran rockers finishing with a punishing version of "Honey Baby Child"  -- a song dedicated to a recently deceased friend. Needless to say, the Giraffes are still one of the great bands of NYC.

Check out more pictures from The Giraffes show at Saint Vitus, below...

Continue reading "The Giraffes celebrated new LP 'Usury' at Saint Vitus (pics)"

photo: Black Sabbath in NJ in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath, not to be confused with Mac Sabbath, are in the middle of their "final" tour, recently hitting some midwest spots on their way across the continent. Unfortunately, their 1/30 and 1/31 shows in Edmonton and Calgary were canceled due to Ozzy having sinusitis. They are supposedly still on for Vancouver tomorrow (2/3), and they've promised to reschedule those other two shows for a later date.

UPDATE (2/3): Vancouver cancelled now too.

Meanwhile, you can check out the setlist from their recent show at Chicago's United Center on 1/22. The show was heavy on classics and managed to hit highlights from each of their golden-era albums, while also playing some material from their surprisingly good 13 LP from 2013. According to The Guardian:

The beginning of The End happened Friday in Chicago at the United Center, where the band played a two-hour set of snarling hard rock songs, played according to the rules of strict minimalism but always with brawny execution. With founding drummer Bill Ward sidelined due to a contractual dispute, his former bandmates represented their 47-year history through a setlist that combined signature songs from their first four albums with a few rarities and even something new.

For this farewell, there were no tearjerker moments, no screening of an overhead highlight reel, and certainly no reminiscing from the stage. Instead, singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler, and guitarist Tony Iommi appeared on a stage of fog dressed in black as veteran princes of darkness. They've been playing those roles since the beginning, in doom-laden rock songs about social injustices, war profiteers, the despondency caused by drugs, and real world demons that are just as relevant today as they were in the psychedelic 1960s.

As a reminder, Sabbath's two MSG shows on are coming up on February 25 and 27, before they circle back around to the NYC area in the summer for show on Long Island at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on August 17, NJ at PNC Bank Arts Center in August 23, and Connecticut at Mohegan Sun Arena on August 27. There are still tickets for all of those shows.

Ozzy and Geezer Butler also recently spoke to Yahoo! Music about the loss of fellow British musical icons David Bowie and Lemmy. You can watch video of that below, along with the setlist from Chicago and that show postponement information.

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photo: Mac Sabbath @ Brooklyn Bowl London, 2015 (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)

The kings of Drive-Thru metal, Mac Sabbath, are heading out on tour this year. You pretty much know the drill by this point: fast-food themed Black Sabbath covers with elaborate costumes and stage show. They'll be coming through NYC for a show at the Highline Ballroom March 25 with support from Syka and The U.S. Americans. Tickets for that are on sale now.

As you may know the real Black Sabbath are on tour too. All tour dates are listed, along with a few Mac Sabbath live videos, below.

Continue reading "Mac Sabbath going on "Rock Sham-Shake" tour in March (dates)"

February 1, 2016

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

photo: TITD at Gramercy Theater in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
Today is the Day

UXO, the collaboration between Chris Spencer and Steve Austin of Unsane and Today is the Day, are streaming their new album in full, and you can listen to that below. The self-titled album, out now on Reptilian Records, is a crusher, a legitimately terrifying hybrid of what the two bands have done so consistently well for years. The noisy squall of TITD and the ferocious riffing of Unsane merge into one entity, and the result is one of the heavy highlights of 2016 so far.

UXO have a few dates coming up, including NYC's Saint Vitus on February 26 with Primitive Weapons and The Austerity Program. Tickets for that show are still available.

Today is the Day also just announced a stacked west coast/southern tour with Weedeater, Author and Punisher and Lord Dying. They also just premiered a video for "Animal Mother," off their recent album of that title. Watch that, check out the tour dates, and listen to the UXO album, below...

Continue reading "UXO (Today Is the Day + Unsane) streaming new album; TITD announce tour with Weedeater & more (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Voivod at Gramercy Theatre in 2015 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
Voivod

Prog-thrash greats Voivod are releasing a new EP called Post Society on February 26 via Century Media (pre-order), their first release with current bassist Rocky. It features "We Are Connected" off their split with At the Gates, "Forever Mountain" off their split with Napalm Death, and the EP's brand new title track. It's the kind of eccentric song that Voivod are built to pull off, heavy, psychedelic and alien-sounding. Listen below.

The EP also honors Lemmy with a cover of Hawkwind's "Silver Machine," and if there's a metal band who might actually be more fit to take on Hawkwind than Motorhead, it's Voivod. Stay tuned for that one.

Voivod are hitting the road soon with Vektor and Eight Bells. The tour stops in NYC on February 7 at Gramercy Theatre, also with Extinction AD. Tickets for that show are still available.

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