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February 11, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Full of Hell at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Hardcore maniacs Full of Hell and sludge/drone metallers The Body are teaming up for a tour together this spring. It kicks off in Providence in mid-April, and ends back there in mid-May. Just before it wraps up, they'll play NYC twice in one day: Saturday, May 16 at ABC No Rio and Saint Vitus. Check ABC No Rio's calendar for updates, but presumably that one's a matinee show and they play Vitus at night. Vitus tickets should be on sale soon via Ticketfly. All dates are listed below.
After the tour, Full of Hell and The Body plan to record a collaborative record together, which definitely sounds like something to look forward to. And these are two bands who love collaborations. Late last year, Full of Hell put out a collaborative LP with Merzbow. That came up with a CD-only bonus disc called Sister Fawn which has five extra tracks, and that's now been made available for online streaming. Listen below.
We already knew that AC/DC, who performed at the Grammy Awards show on Sunday, would be playing Coachella this year, and now a full North American tour has been announced to go down a few months after that. The tour hits the NYC-area on August 26 at MetLife Stadium. Tickets for that show go on sale Monday (2/16) at 10 AM.
AC/DC's sixteenth album, Rock or Bust, came out in late 2014. Stream the title track and watch a more classic video, with the list of tour dates, below...
February 10, 2015
It's been a while since Life of Agony played a NYC show, let alone a Brooklyn show. Last year they returned with Mina Caputo on vocals to play a single area show at NJ's Starland Ballroom. It was a sold out, packed, sweaty (and bloody) affair. Keith, now Mina, sounded great, and it's awesome that now the Brooklyn band will play a show in their home borough, and at a perfect place like The Wick in Bushwick. Tickets for the May 1st NYC show go on sale Friday (2/13) at 10am.
Even sooner, Floridians can catch LOA at Southbeast II. Over the summer, it's off to Europe. All dates are listed along with video from the 2014 NJ show, below...
February 9, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
credit: Lord Photog
Kinski last released the Cosy Moments LP (their first for Kill Rock Stars after many years on Sub Pop) in 2013, and they're now set to put out something new this month. It's a split with their stoner metal Seattle neighbors Sandrider, and due out 2/17 via Good to Die Records (pre-order).
One of Kinski's contributions is the droning riffer "The Narcotic Comforts Of The Status Quo," which makes its premiere in this post. Listen to that, along with Sandrider's cover of Jane's Addiction's "Mountain Song" from the same split, below...
February 8, 2015
losers: half of Mastodon w/ Charlie Benate of Anthrax on red carpet (via Charlie)
Since the induction of the category in 1988 when Jethro Tull beat Metallica and AC/DC (and Iggy Pop and Jane's Addiction), Metal and the Grammys have never had the best relationship. Flash forward to tonight when the 2015 winner for Best Metal Performance was... Tenacious D, who beat out Mastadon, Motorhead, Anthrax, and Slipknot for the award. Tenacious D dedicated the award to the album's inspiration, Ronnie James Dio, who lost his battle with cancer in 2010:
Speaking of AC/DC, the Grammys kicked off with the Australian hard rock legends, performing a new song "Rock or Bust," then "Highway to Hell"... with a little help from the TelePromter:
Beck and Jack White won Rock Grammys tonight. Watch AC/DC's "Rock or Bust" Grammys performance below.
February 5, 2015
You may remember that last year Karyn Crisis (singer of the now-defunct NYC metal oddballs Crisis) launched a Kickstarter to fund an album with her new band Gospel of the Witches which also includes her husband Davide Tiso (of Ephel Duath), Immolation frontman Ross Dolan, Tombs frontman Mike Hill, and Vaura drummer Charlie Schmid. The album, titled Salem's Wounds, will be out March 10 via Century Media, and the first single "Mother" is out now. It's a six-minute epic that's as weird as you'd expect the singer of Crisis to sound, as you can hear below. Tracklist below too, and that's the artwork above.
Gospel of the Witches are on board for Legacy of the Witch: A Slutist Feminist Festival with Azar Swan (who also include a member of Vaura) and more. Slutist writes:
Whether explicitly identifying as witches or weaving neo-pagan aesthetics into their work, all the women involved in the fest embrace the witch archetype in unique ways. It was a thread we couldn't deny, and so we decided to go with it. Historically, women were branded as witches to police their sexuality and diminish their power in the same way that men (and women) today use the s-word to single out and punish women who challenge the patriarchal status quo. We hope to bring these parallel discourses to light over the course of the night.Also on the lineup is Delphic Oracle, Chicava HoneyChild, The Reverend Mother Flash, Severely Mame, Minx Arcana and Pam Grossman. The fest happens March 29 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are on sale.
Azar Swan's second album recently came out, and you can listen to that HERE.
Stream the new Karyn Crisis song below...
photo: Mutoid Man at IO-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Cave In/Converge-related power trio Mutoid Man are releasing their new album on Sargent House this year, but details on that are still TBA. Meanwhile, they've announced a show happening in NYC on March 11 at Saint Vitus with Primitive Weapons and Meek Is Murder. Tickets are on sale now.
Their only other announced date is a Red Bull Sound Select show in Seattle with Wild Throne and secret guests.
No music from the new album is out yet, but you can watch a live video below...
photos by Mathieu Bredeau, words by Andrew Sacher
Napalm Death / Voivod @ Gramercy Theatre - 2/2/2015
Monday's (2/2) cruddy winter weather in NYC didn't stop the totally stacked Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed, Iron Reagan, Ringworm and Black Crown Initiate tour from rolling through Gramercy Theatre and packing the venue to the gills. This six-band bill went hard from its 6:30 start time to its end around midnight, with almost no low points.
It did start off a little slow, with openers Black Crown Initiate. They weren't bad, but on a bill of bands mostly derived more or less from early hardcore, their love of machine gun breakdowns just felt a bit out of place.
Things shifted into full gear when metallic hardcore greats Ringworm took the stage. They put tracks off their influential 1993 debut, The Promise ("Necropolis") right up against stuff from last year's killer Hammer of the Witch (title track and a couple others), but you wouldn't have guessed the songs were released 21 years apart if you didn't know any better. The whole band tore through every song with insane precision, and singer Human Furnace was basically never not in beast mode. You couldn't possibly stand still for them, and that would be true of each subsequent band as the next five hours flew by.
Next was Iron Reagan, the crossover thrash supergroup, fronted by Municipal Waste shouter Tony Foresta, with the most flat-out fun set of the night. They look and sound straight out of thrash's early days, down to the outfits, hairstyles and stage moves. But with a level of homage approaching parody, and 12-second songs called "Your Kid's An Asshole," it's clear (and refreshing) that Iron Reagan aren't taking this too seriously. That doesn't mean they don't rip though. Their shows are a grin-inducing nostalgia trip, but also every riff and every drum fill is tight, locked in, and bold as fuck. Don't look to Iron Reagan if you want groundbreaking, but their shows are unmissable if you want a helluva good time.
Then came California death vets Exhumed, who are about to release a re-recorded version of their 1998 classic debut, Gore Metal (which they half-jokingly apologized for on stage), and they played a good chunk of that album. It was their first NYC show since new bassist/growler Matt "Slime" Ferri joined, and while I'm not the best judge for this stuff (death growls aren't usually my thing -- band leader Matt Harvey's higher-pitched shrieks are much more my speed), he seemed to carry his weight and mesh with Harvey well. There was no doubting that Harvey is a master though. He shined as a frontman, and maybe even more so when he made his way to the edge of the stage for some terrific soloing.
The place noticeably turned up when the first of the two co-headliners, Voivod, took the stage. The crowd packed in closer, the mosh pits got fuller, and chants of "VOI! VOD! VOI! VOD!" punctuated songs. Frontman Snake took the first of those chants as an opportunity to introduce their new bass player, Rocky, who replaced original bassist Blacky last year ("We love him so much... he's greasy"). He fit the band well -- younger guy in a tight Motorhead t-shirt who certainly knew his way around a bass, and really did seem to feel right at home with the other members. But of course the real star of their set was Snake. That dude is ageless, maniacally fronting the band like they're still a bunch of young punks. They gave us classics from their prime '80s era, right up through new single "We Are Connected" off their upcoming split with At the Gates, and all of it crushed. Their set (like all of the night's sets) was encore-less, and the crowd really didn't want them to go.
That high didn't subside at all when Napalm Death came on to give us yet another set from a band with over three decades behind them and zero signs of slowing down. They had a fill-in for guitarist Mitch Harris, and though it would've been nicer to see them with Mitch, lead screamer Barney Greenway called the fill-in a "virtuoso" and it was hard to disagree. His playing was razor sharp, and from the crowd's apeshit reaction to the entire set, I don't think anyone was getting too picky about who they had up there. Part of that was also probably due to the fact that all eyes were mostly on Barney, who was in a literal frenzy for the entirety of the set. ND were supporting their new album, Apex Predator - Easy Meat, and while some people see bands this far into their career strictly for the classics, the new songs were actually highlights of the all-killer set. Sure it got wild for "Scum" and their version of Dead Kennedys' "Nazi Punks Fuck Off," but this was no nostalgia set. Barney ran around stage all night in a Swans t-shirt, which is pretty apt. Like Swans, Napalm Death's groundbreaking beginnings took place in the '80s, but they're still making vital music and putting on brutal live shows in the '10s.
More pictures from most of the show (our photographer missed Ringworm and Black Crown Initiate), and some videos from the show, below...
February 2, 2015
photo: Morne at Europa in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Boston crust-sludgesters Morne haven't released an album since 2013's Shadows, but that will change on March 1 when they put out The Coming of Winter: An Official Bootleg, a recording of a hometown show from December 2014. The band says, "This recording is a document of our Boston performance from December 2014. This is not a shimmering professional recording. It is raw, heavy and brooding. It is an unbiased representation of what we feel encompasses the experience of seeing Morne live, and we are very pleased to present it to you." Listen to the 11-plus minute recording of "New Dawn" below, and grab a free download of it at bandcamp.
Morne will hit the road again for a short Northeast tour in March which begins in NYC on March 26 at Acheron with crust-deathers Trenchgrinder and metallic hardcore band Sangharsha. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Trenchgrinder also just dropped a new three-song demo last week, which you can stream, along with the list of dates, the Morne song, tour flyer and Acheron show flyer, below...
January 29, 2015
photo: Geezer Butler in NJ in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler was arrested just after midnight on Tuesday night for for misdemeanour assault, public intoxication and vandalism after a bar fight. Rolling Stone reports:
The fight took place at the Corkscrew Saloon in Death Valley's Furnace Creek Ranch. "After the Inyo County Sheriff's Deputy arrived on scene and interviewed witnesses, it was determined that there had been an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation - resulting in an individual being struck and a broken window," Inyo County police said in a statement.Butler was released after "detox and citation."
Meanwhile, Black Sabbath have been saying they're working on a new album and planning to tour this year.