Recent Posts in metal - Page 3
October 2, 2014
photos by Mathieu Bredeau
Prong @ Santos - 9/30/14
Long-running metal band Prong released their fourth album since their 2002 reunion and ninth overall, Ruining Lives, earlier this year and they've been on tour with another veteran metal band Overkill. That tour included a NYC show without Overkill that happened this past Tuesday (9/30) at Santos Party House (moved from Gramery Theatre). Though they're out supporting Ruining Lives, the band's been offering an even mix rather than just focusing on the new album (plus including their cover of Chrome's "Third From The Sun"). Sunlord opened the show. Pictures, including one of the setlist, are in this post.
Prong's not the only metal show that was recently moved from Gramercy to Santos. The Deicide / Septicflesh / Abysmal Dawn / Carach Angren / Inquisition show set for October 9 at Gramercy will now happen at Santos as well. Tickets are still available.
More pictures from the Prong show, below...
Ex-BrooklynVegan metal writer Fred Pessaro went to New Orleans to creat a 7-part Noisey Youtube documentary on the "people and culture that helped spawn bands like Down, Eyehategod, Crowbar, Acid Bath and so many others." We mentioned when the first episode was released. They're now up to number four which you can watch with one, two, and three below.
One of those "other" bands featured in the movie is Goatwhore who are playing three shows with the reunited-sort-of Samhain at the end of October (Philly, DC and NYC). Goatwhore also play a bunch of shows before and after then including a pre-Samhain headlining show at the Bug Jar in Rochester (with Mortals and Wolvhammer), and one before that at Cobra Lounge in Chicago (also with Wolvhammer). In November they tour Europe with Dying Fetus, Malevolence, and Fallujah. All dates are listed with those videos below.
Entertainer Dave Hill is not in the documentary or on tour with Goatwhore, but he did have special guest Phil Anselmo on his first-ever WFMU "Goddamn Dave Hill Show", and he had Mike IX Williams from Eyehategod on the most recent episode. Every episode can be streamed at at WFMU.org. Catch Dave live and in the flesh and telling secrets and playing with his band Valley Lodge and with Mike Doughty (who probably has absolutely no ties to New Orleans metal) and others at Union Hall on Friday (10/3).
by Andrew Sacher
Relapse Records just put out its 26-song 2014 sampler which you can download (name your price) at bandcamp and stream below. It's a good reminder of how diverse their output has been this year, with tracks from indie pop-turned-black metaller Myrkur, shoegazers Nothing, metallic hardcore band Ringworm, math/post rockers Broughton's Rules, pro-wrestler-gone-metaller UltraMantis Black, sludgesters Tombs, death metal legends Obituary, and plenty more. There's also a track from that new Nux Vomica album which has gone overlooked in some places (we haven't had a chance to write about it here) but is one of the most interesting albums I've heard in any genre this year. Check that one out if you haven't already.
Also on the sampler is Publicist UK, a new band whose lineup includes some familiar faces like bassist Brett Bamberger (Revocation, ex-East of the Wall), drummer Dave Witte (Discordance Axis, Melt-Banana, Municipal Waste, etc.), guitarist David Obuchowski (Goes Cube), and vocalist Zachary Lipez (Freshkills). They've got a two-song demo out now which is kind of a heavy take on dark post-punk, and they're recording their debut LP for Relapse very soon. Stay tuned for that, and listen to the demo below.
In other related news, Iron Reagan, whose recent "Miserable Failure" video and recently announced dates we posted HERE, have now released a blooper real from that video. Check that out below too.
September 30, 2014
Oneiorgen at IO show in August (more by Greg Cristman)
Two quality NYC bands, Geryon and Oneirogen will team up this week for an Invisible Oranges-presented show in their hometown which also includes New Firmament (ex-Extra Life) and Toronto's Gates (not to be confused with NJ's Gates). Here's what IO had to say about the show:
Geryon's one we're excited for. The experimental death metal drums and bass duo from Krallice's Nicholas McMaster and Lev Weinstein brought a shot of innovation to the genre with its debut LP late last year. Canada's Gates speaks a different language, a captivating brand of ambient experimental doom that moves from droning to chaotically crushing. ONEIROGEN's no stranger to IO-presented shows--the one man band's experimental and ethereal looping metal is a thing of beauty. New Firmament, from Baltimore, creates lush, deep and dark ambient soundscapes.The show happens Thursday (10/2) at Trans Pecos (915 Wyckoff in Ridgewood, Queens). More info at the Facebook event. Show flyer below.
Geryon and Oneirogen will team up again with another ex-Extra Life band, Psalm Zero, when that killer trio of bands opens the first of two Year of No Light shows at Saint Vitus on November 13 (tickets). Oneirogen plays again with Father Murphy at their Acheron show on October 9 (tickets). Geryon play again opening the second of two Virus shows at Saint Vitus on October 25 (tickets).
photo by Steve Krandall
Richmond thrashers Iron Reagan (who feature members of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse, and Darkest Hour) released their new LP Tyranny of Failure earlier this month on Relapse and they've since added more tour dates to their schedule. They've got a West Coast run with Eyehategod (who they played NYC with in July) and Power Trip, but before that they'll hit NYC on October 19 at Saint Vitus opening for Only Crime (who feature members of Good Riddance, Converge, Black Flag, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Modern Life Is War and others). Also on that bill is promising Philly band Ma Jolie and tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the new-ish video for "Miserable Failure" from the new Iron Reagan LP, below...
September 29, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
This past June, Godflesh put out the Decline & Fall EP, their first release since 2001's Hymns LP, and next week (10/7) they'll follow that with a new full length, A World Lit Only By Fire. Godflesh's sound morphed several times over the years, and frontman Justin Broadrick has spent the time since Godflesh in a variety of diverse projects including Jesu, JK Flesh, Greymachine and still many others, but this new album is classic Godflesh. The kind of dirty, desolate sounds of their seminal debut Streetcleaner are all over this record, and almost exactly 25 years after the release of that album this stuff still sounds like it's from another world completely. The band's already shared two tracks from it, and now you can listen to the full thing on NPR.
September 26, 2014
Weedeater in Chicago in 2013 (more by Jimmy Farabi)
North Carolina stoners Weedeater signed to Season of Mist not long ago, and are planning to release a new album for the label recorded by Steve Albini. Not many other details on that yet, but they did just announce a tour with hardcore rippers Full of Hell and the proggy Lazer/Wulf. That tour hits NYC on November 7 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but should be soon via Ticketfly. All dates are listed on the tour flyer below.
Full of Hell are also gearing up to release a collaborative album with noise veteran Merzbow on November 25 via Profound Lore. You can stream a track "Gordian Knot," which is one hell of a racket, below.
Weedeater tour flyer and Full of Hell/Merzbow stream below...
bloody nose at LOA's show @ Starland Ballroom earlier this month
Stage diving is the hot topic of the week with Joyce Manor speaking out publicly against it happening at their shows. It reminded me of all the attention stage diving was getting after a kid died jumping off the stage at a Life of Agony show at L'Amour. I looked it up, and that kid was 18-year-old Christopher Mitchell, and the sad incident happened on Dec. 18, 1994, almost exactly 20 years ago. It resulted in charges (reminiscent of the Lamb of God situation), court cases, and made the NY Times. Not much has changed. Here's an excerpt from that 1996 NY Times article:
...Bands welcome it, and in some cases, have come to demand mosh pits, as an energizing form of feedback from the fans. Audiences have taken to it as a freeing physical release.Read the rest in the NY Times.
"The kids would mosh to Paul Anka right now," said John Dittmar, president of Pinnacle Entertainment, a New York booking agency. "It almost doesn't matter what band it is, the kids want to get out there and move around."
Ron Delsener, a New York concert promoter whose company handles events at arenas like the Roseland ballroom and Madison Square Garden, said that moshing is to the 1990's what jitterbugging was to the 1940's. "Moshing is getting out your stress and tensions," Mr. Delsener said. "America is pretty wild these days. Now it is not only, 'I touch you,' but 'I push you.' "
Victims of moshing are increasingly seeking damages for their injuries. According to Entertainment Insurance Agency, which specializes in insurance for performing artists, concert venues and promoters, claims are about six times what they were 10 years ago.
"We've grown into a more litigious society," said Walter R. Howell Jr., who owns Entertainment Insurance. "A lot of these are mosh pit cases."
In the same year as Mr. Mitchell's death, two young men became quadriplegics as a result of moshing injuries, according to Crowd Management Strategies, and the Woodstock concert accounted for 7,000 injuries alone.
"It ranges from chaos with etiquette where the physical contact is light, to literally a raging brawl, where there are people in the pits who come to hurt people or to sexually assault women," Mr. Wertheimer said.
Those involved in the production of concerts, however, say security is usually good and that incidents associated with moshing are the exception, not the rule.
"Maybe you'll have a broken bone or two every now and then, but the real serious injuries that you see a lot of press on is not what is happening on a day-to-day basis," said Mr. Dittmar, the booking agent, whose clients include the Spin Doctors and White Zombie. "Is it a little bit more aggressive these days? Yes, but everything is more aggressive."
Life of Agony were never the same after they witnessed someone die at one of their shows (how are Miss May I and the family of Alberto Scott doing?). LOA singer Keith Caputo (now Mina Caputo) was/is always warning the crowd to be extra careful, including at their most recent gig which was a sold out, packed house at Starland Ballroom in NJ earlier this month. Despite the warnings though, not everyone walked out of the 2014 show unscathed. The girl in the picture above suffered a bloody nose, and one dude left with blood running down his face. Neither seemed upset though, and Mina later posted: "Girl breaks nose at gig last night, Boy splits his head! Sending U both love. i Feel terrible about it! Obviously last night was incredibly amazing! Dangerous & Inspiring #LIFEOFAGONY pits R like fuckn war zones, but ironically full of love. Unreal." Love was in the air (as was bassist Alan Roberts who closed the show as usual by riding for a bit on top of the crowd).
Since our last post about bands speaking out against stagediving, others have joined in the conversation too, like The Hotelier, whose singer Christian Holden told AltPress:
I hate stage diving both as a listener and performer. When I'm playing, I don't care about the spectacle of the "wild crowd" and more so just find myself worrying if the people up front are getting kicked in the face, if the smaller folks are getting crushed and if someone is going to trip on my cable and rip the head off my bass cab or step on our pedal boards. My energy onstage correlates to the energy in the crowd, and when I see that someone is annoyed because he or she is getting crushed, it bums me out. I'd rather see peeps in the crowd yell at a stage diver or let the person fall on his or her face. There is more power in small or shy people speaking for themselves and affirming themselves in the spaces they occupy.Andrew W.K. (who almost got sued for stagediving) and Dan Ozzi of Noisey "give you in the ins and outs on how to successfully stage dive and how to take part in a mosh pit", in the recent CoS video below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Matt Dayak
Pittsburgh's Broughton's Rules, whose lineup consists of current/former Don Caballero and Blunderbuss members, are set to release the followup to their 2010 debut this year. It's called Anechoic Horizon, was produced by Justin Pizzoferrato (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr) and is due November 11 via Relapse. The first single, "Umbra," is out now and like their debut (or Don Cab) it's instrumental rock that's part math, part post and a good listen if you're into this kind of stuff. Check that out below.
The band are currently on the road, opening for Torche on their tour, which hits PIttsburgh tonight (9/26) and storms into NYC this Saturday (9/27) at Saint Vitus. Also on that bill are Descender and Black Black Black. Tickets for that show are still available. If you're in Chicago, you can also catch their Halloween show with Marnie Stern.
All of their dates are listed, with the "Umbra" stream, below...
Decapitated at Inferno Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
It was already announced that Polish death metal vets Decapitated would be supporting GWAR (who have new members) on the first leg of their upcoming tour, including one of the NYC-area dates: the NJ show happening on October 16 at Starland Ballroom with American Sharks also in tow (tickets). They've since announced that right after that tour ends, they'll headline a few US dates with direct support from fellow death metallers Misery Index. That includes a NYC show happening on November 16 at Saint Vitus with strong and well-matched local support from Pyrrhon. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Updated Decapitated dates are listed below.
Decapitated's new album, Blood Mantra (their second since reforming in 2009), comes out next week (9/30) via Nuclear Blast. Check out the recently-released lyric video for the title track, below.
Pyrrhon are currently on the road with Gigan and Artificial Brain (that tour hit NYC this past Friday, 9/19), and they've got another hometown show happening when it ends. It's a 3 PM matinee at ABC No Rio on October 25 with Starkweather, Sulaco and Torrential Downpour. $8 at the door gets you in. Their new album, The Mother of Virtues, came out earlier this year on Relapse. You can stream that, with their updated list of dates, below.
Misery Index also released a new album this year, The Killing Gods, on Season of Mist. You can also stream that, with the Decapitated video and dates, and the Pyrrhon LP stream and dates, below...