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August 12, 2015

photo: Judas Priest at 2014 FFF Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
Judas Priest

As previously discussed, the awesome multi-generational metal tour of Judas Priest and Mastodon hits the NYC-area for an arena show on November 7 at Prudential Center and a MUCH smaller show on November 6 at Paramount Theater. That Paramount show unsurprisingly sold out, but now the bands added another show for November 5 at Paramount Theater.

Tickets for that show are on Judas Priest fan presale and Ticketmaster presale now (anyone know the passwords?). Venue presale starts Thursday (8/13) at 10 AM (password = "PULSE") and general on-sale starts Friday (8/14) at 10 AM. Prudential Center tickets are also still available at that same link.

A new Fresno, CA show was added too. Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Judas Priest & Mastodon expand tour, add another intimate NYC-area show (updated dates)"

August 11, 2015

photo: YOB at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)

Doom/sludge greats YOB are still riding high off last year's fantastic Clearing the Path to Ascend, and they'll continue to support it on fall this tour. The likeminded Black Cobra will open, which is a pretty awesome double bill.

For one night of the tour, they'll revisit the past by playing 2005's The Unreal Never Lived in full for its 10th anniversary. That one happens in Brooklyn on November 5 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/14) at noon. They also play NYC's Marlin Room at Webster Hall on November 7, which isn't an Unreal Never Lived show. Tickets on sale Friday at noon for that one too.

All dates are listed, with a video from a The Unreal Never Lived show they played at Roadburn 2012, below...

Continue reading "YOB touring with Black Cobra, playing 'The Unreal Never Lived' in full at one of the 2 NYC shows (dates)"

photos by Psquared

"If the Vitus show was the last time I saw Neurosis, I would be fine. One of the best shows I've ever been to." - Jay

"Saw Neurosis and Sumac last night at Vitus. May have been the best metal show I have ever seen. Unbelievable rhythm sections on display." - Jeff Laughlin

"Neurosis at Saint Vitus Bar was one for the history books. They were absolutely incredible. Seeing them in a room that small was an extremely powerful experience" - Dave The Merciless


Following Neurosis' epic show at Warsaw, they played an obviously-even-more-epic show at another Greenpoint venue, the much smaller Saint Vitus, last night (8/10). While the Warsaw show ended with the insanely heavy "Through Silver in Blood," they opened with that one at Vitus and then went right into another crusher, "The Doorway." Scott Kelly busted his head on his mic during the set and continued to play with blood dripping on his forehead. (If that's not metal as fuck, what is?) Needless to say, this was (to quote Dave The Merciless above), one for the history books.

Sumac, the current band of former Isis frontman Aaron Turner, opened like they did at Warsaw. (Though Tad Doyle's new band Brothers of the Sonic Cloth sat this one out.) More pictures and the setlist from Saint Vitus and a full-set video from Warsaw (by unARTig) below...

Continue reading "Neurosis played an intimate Saint Vitus show w/ Sumac (pics ++ full-set video from Warsaw)"

August 10, 2015

phhotos by Mathieu Bredeau, words by Andrew Sacher

Neurosis at Warsaw - 8/9/2015

Neurosis brought their ongoing tour to NYC last night (8/9) for its first of two shows here. Like most dates on the tour, it was opened by Brothers of the Sonic Cloth (fronted by Tad singer Tad Doyle) and Sumac (fronted by Isis singer Aaron Turner).

Both openers were excellent, but Brothers of the Sonic Cloth is the one that left the biggest impression on me. I think it's because Aaron Turner is coming pretty recently off Isis's consistently great career, so I expected greatness from Sumac and it's what I got. But while Tad Doyle certainly hasn't been inactive, the Brothers of the Sonic Cloth album is the first full length from a band he solely fronts in 15 years, and they were way more intense than I expected. They're on Neurosis' label, and their sound is up a similar alley, but BOTSC have a little more psych-doom in them. Considering other '90s grunge icons have gone on to write songs like "Best of You" and "Show Me How to Live," seeing Tad scream his lungs out over ten-ton power chords was even more surreal. The rest of the band was up to par too -- that maniac drummer especially.

Then finally came Neurosis. They're calling this current tour their most extensive North American tour in 15 years, and last night was their first NYC show in over two and a half years so it was going to be special regardless, but Neurosis fully brought it. With no new album to support, they gave us a good mix of Through Silver in Blood through Honor Found In Decay. (Only nine songs, but they played for almost two hours.) That last NYC show opened with the amps turned up to 11 and the place turning into a mosh pit within seconds, but Neurosis opted for a different approach this time. They took the stage with the lights entirely off, opening with the calmer "A Sun That Never Sets." They warmed up the crowd gradually, mesmerizing us, and then hitting us with the sheer force of "Locust Star"'s middle section.

The set went back and forth like that for a lot of the time, like putting the crushingly heavy "The Doorway" back to back with the most gorgeous song of the night, "My Heart For Deliverance" (that bridge is practically a Sigur Ros song). The best moment of the night though, was the very last two songs. They gave us "The Tide," which has one of their most satisfying transitions from brooding almost-folk music to walls of speaker-blowing sludge. And after that, they turned the heaviness up even more for "Through Silver in Blood," the set-closer and the only song of the night that really opened up a pit (at least as far as I could tell).

Neurosis and Sumac do it again tonight (8/10) at Saint Vitus without BOTSC (sold out). More pictures from Warsaw and Neurosis' setlist, below...

Continue reading "Neurosis, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth & Sumac @ Warsaw (pics, review, setlist)"

photo: Ghost at Best Buy Theater in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)

We already knew Swedish occult rockers Ghost would be touring North America this fall in support of their third album, Meliora (due 8/21 via Loma Vista), but they'll be here sooner for a few acoustic in-stores and signings during album release week. One happens in NYC on Sunday, August 23 at 2 PM at Rough Trade. Check Rough Trade's site for more details.

Their full-band tour, with support from Purson, hits NYC on September 27 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available.

Updated dates are listed, with three singles from Melioria, below...

Continue reading "Ghost playing acoustic US in-stores before fall tour (dates)"

Neurosis at Warsaw - 8/9/15 (photo via BrooklynVegan Instagram)

Neurosis' tour with Brothers of the Sonic Cloth (ex-TAD) and Sumac (ex-Isis) just hit NYC's Warsaw earlier tonight (more on that soon), and it was since announced that Neurosis and Sumac are hanging around Brooklyn to play a much smaller show. As we originally announced (but then were told it wasn't true), they play Saint Vitus on Monday (8/10). Tickets for Vitus go on sale Monday morning at 10 AM.

Updated dates are listed, with the flyer for Vitus, below...

Continue reading "Neurosis played Warsaw, playing Saint Vitus Monday night"

August 7, 2015

Der Weg einer Freiheit - 'Stellar' artwork
Der Weg einer Freiheit

Plenty of great metal, hardcore and other heavy shows in NYC are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some recently-announced stuff coming up:

German black metal band Der Weg einer Freiheit have been at it since 2008, and earlier this year released their third album Stellar on Season of Mist. They'll support that album with their first-ever US tour, which hits NYC on October 7 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon via Ticketfly. You can stream the new album below.

A less abrasive German band, the throwback stoner rockers Kadavar, will hit that same venue, Saint Vitus on September 30. Tickets are on sale now. Their new album, titled Berlin, comes out 8/21 via Nuclear Blast. You can watch the video for "Last Living Dinosaur" from that album, below.

Saint Vitus will also host the third annual NY Deathfest on October 3 & 4. Night 1 includes Dead Infection, Gutalax, Immortal Suffering, a surprise band and more; and night 2 includes Soils of Fate, Holocausto Canibal, Morpheus Descends, Dehumanized and more. Tickets (individual shows and two-day passes) are on sale now.

Long-running tech-death band Nile will release their new album, What Should Not Be Unearthed, on 8/28 via Nuclear Blast, and their 2016 tour in support of it hits NYC on January 14 at Gramercy Theater. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon via Ticketmaster. Listen to "Call to Destruction" from the new album, below.

Detroit stoners Acid Witch (not to be confused with San Francisco's likeminded and similarly named Acid King, who are also touring) play NYC on September 12 at Acheron with Shitfucker, Bonehunter and Syphilitic Lust. Tickets are on sale. Earlier this year, Acid Witch released the Midnight Movies EP, which had them covering songs from '80s horror films. You can listen to their take on "Partytime" below.

The previously-discussed Uncle Acid tour now has some pretty cool openers: Ruby the Hatchet and Ecstatic Vision. It hits NYC on September 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

As for this weekend, Mutoid Man are at Saint Vitus tonight (8/7) (tickets at door). Not metal, but still heavy: Acheron hosts the Latino Punk Fest tonight and Saturday (tickets).

photo: Neurosis at Brooklyn Masonic Temple in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)

French grind band Department of Correction hits Vitus on Saturday with locals Mother Brain and Pyrrhon (tickets), and on Sunday that venue hosts the return of metalcore vets Catharsis (tickets). Neurosis, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth (ex-TAD) and Sumac (ex-Isis) play Warsaw on Sunday (tickets).

A little later this month is the BrooklynVegan-presented High on Fire, Pallbearer, Lucifer and Venomous Maximus shows at Irving Plaza (8/15) at MHOW (8/18) (tickets).

Other shows/tours announced since our last roundup: King Diamond / Exodus, Pentagram, Cult Leader, Deafheaven / Envy / Tribulation, Judas Priest / Mastodon, Abigail Williams / Today is the Day and Mayhem / Watain. Revisit our last roundup for more, including Ringworm, Alcest, Noisem, and Godflesh.

We got new music in the past week from Ghost, Windhand, Motorhead, Caspian, Ampere / Raein, Loma Prieta and Kylesa. Check out a new song from The Sword below.

We're also streaming the new Gnaw Their Tongues album, with an interview with main member Maurice "Mories" de Jong, over at Invisible Oranges.

What else?

Continue reading "Uncle Acid, Neurosis, Der Weg einer Freiheit, Kadavar, Nile, Acid Witch & more upcoming metal in NYC ++ new The Sword"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Ghost at Best Buy Theater in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)

So far we've heard two songs from the upcoming Ghost album, Meliora (due 8/21 via Loma Vista), and today they released a third. After getting a little Alice In Chains-y on their last single, "Majesty" is closer to the riffy occult pop that we usually associate with Ghost. Listen below.

The band will be in NYC when their tour with Purson hits Terminal 5 on September 27. Tickets for T5 are still available.

Continue reading "Ghost share third single "Majesty" from new album (listen)"

photo: King Diamond at FFF Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
King Diamond

King Diamond is playing Abigail in full on his upcoming tour with Exodus, which hits NYC on November 21 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that one are still available, but they might be going fast because the King just added another date for November 20 at that same venue. Tickets for that one are on sale now too.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "King Diamond & Exodus add 2nd NYC date to 'Abigail' tour (tickets on sale)"

August 5, 2015

photo: Pentagram at Gramercy Theatre in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)

Pioneering doom metal legends Pentagram are releasing their new album, Curious Volume, on August 28 via Peaceville Records, and they'll support it on a US tour in September/October. Electric Citizen and Satan's Satyrs will open that whole leg.

The tour hits Long Island on October 2 at Revolution and Brooklyn on October 6 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for Rev and Vitus go on sale Friday (8/7) at 2 PM.

All dates are listed, with a couple songs from the new album, below...

Continue reading "Pentagram announce 2015 US fall tour (dates)"