Recent Posts in metal - Page 4
April 2, 2014
by Doug Moore
King Buzzo w/ Melvins at Housecore Horror Film Fest, 2013 (more by Trent Maxwell)
Back in February, we mentioned that Buzz "King Buzzo" Osborne of (the) Melvins had made his latest predictably unpredictable career move -- he had recorded a solo acoustic 10" album titled This Machine Kills Artists, which is slotted for a June 3 release via Ipecac, and went on an accompanying March solo tour. Though said tour involved some SXSW appearances, it didn't hit NYC.
The first round must've gone well, because Buzzo's booked a much longer run of acoustic dates in June and July (plus an appearance at the aforementioned 2014 edition of Scion Rock Fest). This round does include NYC -- Buzzo is hitting Santos Party House on July 13 and The Wick in Brooklyn on July 14. Tix for the Santos show go on sale this Friday (4/4) at 10am; tix for the Wick show are on sale now.
Buzzo's also released a single from that acoustic recording titled "Dark Brown Teeth" a while back. Though "acoustic Buzzo" doesn't necessarily inspire confidence as an idea off the bat, the man's rhythm guitar work has always been impeccable, and his versatile singing voice has long been a key component of his main band's sound. This track produces flattering evidence of both.
Stream it, and check out the full run of Buzzo's solo dates, below...
Posehn posing with a Ghost and Scott Ian
Heavy metal loving comedian Deadpool comic book writer Brian Posehn, who last year toured with Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, has a new batch of headlining shows scheduled including some on the east coat. Tickets for both Rhode Island (9/12 @ Fete) and Brooklyn (9/13 @ Knitting Factory) go on sale Friday (4/4) at 10am. A full tour hasn't been announced yet, but all the North American dates we know about are listed, along with Posehn's video for his Relapse-released "Metal By Numbers", below..
Big Business at Union Pool in 2009 (more by Justina Villanueva)
Portland sludge rockers Red Fang are planning to release a new 7" single, "The Meadows," via Scion AV at some point in the near future, and they've also announced a headlining US tour for May/June. The tour will be a triple dose of big stoner riffs with support coming from Austin's comparatively newer American Sharks and the longer-running Seattle sludge unit Big Business. The tour hits NYC on May 27 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/4) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (4/2) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Towards the end of last year, Big Business finally got around to following 2009's Mind the Drift with a new full length, Battlefields Forever, which they quietly released on their own Gold Metal label (which they previously released two singles on), following the demise of longtime label Hydra Head. You can stream that album in its entirety, along with the list of tour dates, below...
April 1, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
Negura Bunget at Cameo, 4/20/12 (more by Greg Cristman)
This will mark just the second time Negura Bunget will bring their folked-out black metal to the US. Last time, thanks to customs difficulties, the band barely made it in time for their New York gig at Cameo. That was actually their firstever US show, and the band quickly shook off any bad customs experience jitters with a solid set that hit all the highlights of Negura Bunget's much acclaimed Om.
In related news, So Hideous' 2013 self-released album Last Poem/First light is getting a rerelease on Prosthetic Records later this month, with pre-order packages available now. The band's huge, operatic post-black metal should pair well with NB.
Other notables from the tour dates below that jump out at first glance are shows in Oakland with Botanist and Minneapolis with False. All dates are listed, along with a tour flyer, below...
by Doug Moore
Takafumi Matsubara, with Gridlink
New Jersey prog-grinders Gridlink had already called it quits after releasing their masterful third album, Longhena, earlier this year. It now appears that they will not have the option to go back on their word. Vocalist Jon Chang posted the following message to Gridlink's Facebook earlier today; I initially hoped that it was an unusually harsh April Fools joke, but we've since received confirmation from the band's North American label that it's true:
It is with terrible sadness, that I must announce that Takafumi Matsubara is putting down his guitar and stepping away from music, likely forever. Approximately one month ago, Takafumi was hospitalized and doctors discovered he had a serious infection/inflammation in his brain. While the immediate danger has passed and Takafumi is out of the hospital, he has lost significant dexterity and control of his left hand, including the complete paralysis of his middle finger.This is tragic news -- Matsubara is a genius-level musician, and I can't even imagine the kind of anguish that a player like him would experience as a result of such an injury. Our hearts go out to him, his family, and his bandmates. Here's to a speedy and complete recovery.
As of today, Takafumi has permanently stepped down as lead guitar from Corrupted and Mortalized. There is a small chance of recovery through physical rehabilitation and extended medical treatment, but Doctor's were not positive about his ability to play guitar again.
The Gridlink album "Longhena" will likely be his last work. He would like to extend his warmest regards to the artists that he was able to work with over the years and people he met through the band.
Revisit Longhena below...
by Doug Moore
Corrosion of Conformity at Gwar-B-Q, 2013 (more by Josh Sisk)
It's been a while since the North Carolinian thrash/sludge/crossover institution Corrosion of Conformity have been to town. Their current Pepper Keenan-less iteration is currently wrapping up a European tour and had already announced a few exciting Stateside shows -- one on 4/11 in the band's hometown of Raleigh, NC with Spirit Caravan and an even crazier Baltimore gig on 4/27 with Eyehategod & High on Fire.
They're playing a NYC show as well on 4/26 at Saint Vitus. No supporting acts have been announced, but tickets are available. One can only hope that the rest of the lineup will turn out to be just as exciting as those other two shows.
Get caught up on COC's recent music below, with the list of their tour dates...
by Doug Moore
In case you've forgotten: Utah metalcore sluggers Cult Leader are basically Gaza after a shakeup at the vocal spot. The first song they debuted from their upcoming EP suggested that not a lot had changed with this group of musicians aside from their name; Lucero's vocals are quite similar to ex-Gaza singer Jon Parkin's, and the instrumental unit still rockets between jittery tech runs and doomy slams.
Cult Leader are now streaming that EP, titled Nothing For Us Here, which you can stream below via Slug Magazine. Unsurprisingly, the whole thing pretty much picks up where Gaza left off...which definitely isn't a bad thing. If anything, I'm even more excited for Cult Leader's upcoming tour with Yautja now than I was when it was announced a few weeks back. Said tour hits NYC at Grand Victory on May 16 with local help from Tiger Flowers and Divider. Tickets for that show are still available. Don't miss it.
Nothing For Us Here comes out on April 15 via Deathwish Inc.; preorder it here. Stream it below, and check out both Cult Leader and Yautja's (slightly different) tour schedules below...
March 31, 2014
by Doug Moore
Sannhet at SXSW 2014 (via Invisible Oranges Instagram)
Back in 2011, NYC-based metal blog MetalSucks released a pair of free "NYC Sucks" compilations that featured music by small-to-midsized area bands. (You can find Volume 1 here and Volume 2 here.) Some of the featured bands went on to great things while others fizzled, but together, the two comps remain a telling snapshot of the heavy music landscape in the city at the time.
Three years down the line, MetalSucks have released the first of two more NYC Sucks comps. Unsurprisingly, NYC Sucks Volume 3 features a lot of bands that we've covered here on BV -- Primitive Weapons, Sannhet, So Hideous, Natur, Tidal Arms & Car Bomb all come to mind. It includes some under-the-radar gems, too (Black Table, Ruine, etc.) You can stream the full thing and check out the track listing below, or you can download it for free here.
Some of these bands have upcoming local shows, too. So Hideous are appearing at Saint Vitus tonight (3/31) with Abigail Williams and fellow locals Cryptodira; Natur are hitting Black Bear Bar (formerly Public Assembly) on April 11 in support of old-guard UK metallers Satan on their first North American tour; and Sannhet will be supporting Yamantaka // Sonic Titan at their upcoming Baby's All Right show on 4/13, along with Odonis Odonis.
Stream the full NYC Sucks Volume 3 below...
words by Wyatt Marshall, videos & setlist photo by (((unartig)))
Raspberry Bulbs playing in front of raspberry bulbs (via)
NYC's Raspberry Bulbs played Baby's All Right on Saturday (3/29) with Virile Games, Anxiety Hammer and DJ Al Dente, and RB took the opportunity to debut some new material. The followup to Raspberry Bulbs's 2013 Deformed Worship looks to be a doozy--in large part, the band has slowed things down a bit, hitting a mid-tempo rock stride that brings the most out of the RB's scuzzy, surf-tinged punk. You can watch footage recorded by (((unartig))) of two new songs--"Hopelessly Alive" and "Lionhead"--below, as well as a video of Deformed Worship favorite "Lusty Climbing." Look for a new album from Raspberry Bulbs in the fall.
The show at Baby's was a blast, with Raspberry Bulbs sounding better than ever. RB's characteristically thick, wonky riffs were immersive, and the crowd responded appropriately, bodies flying when the music called for it. Things really got going during "Hopelessly Alive" when two firecrackers exploded about thirty seconds in, and, on cue, people went nuts. The forty minute or so set (~30 second encore included) left the crowd wanting more. I couldn't have been the only one to notice that Baby's All Right's signature background of lit glass looked like, well, a back wall of raspberry bulbs.
Videos and setlist below...
by Doug Moore
Meshuggah at the Roseland Ballroom, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Few metal bands survive for 25 consecutive years, and even fewer retain a reputation for consistency over such a long period the way Meshuggah have. We already knew that the Swedish djent progenitors were slotted to play this year's edition of Bonnaroo in June, filling the bad-trip-inducement slot that Swans occupied last year. Unsurprisingly, they've also announced a short North American tour built around that date and their ensuing appearance at Quebec's Amnesia Rock Fest. The tour is being billed as a 25th-anniversary celebration for the band, and it also includes Between the Buried & Me on its non-festival dates. Meshuggah are also holding a poll in which fans can help the band decide what their set list will include by voting for one song from each album in their catalog.
The tour will hit NYC on 6/21 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show haven't gone on sale yet, but keep an eye out. In the meantime, enjoy a live video (of mosh action, natch) from Meshuggah's last NYC appearance and check out the full set of dates below...