Recent Posts in metal - Page 4
November 21, 2013
by Doug Moore
Death and black metal don't often intersect with children's literature, but oh, what glories when they do. Most Americans probably aren't familiar with the Czech illustrator Helena Zmatlíková, but seeing her work in kids' books is evidently a universal experience for children growing up in her homeland. Fortunately, you don't need to be familiar with the original illustrations to appreciate the awesomeness of the following images. Some wiseass Czech metalheads have paired a bunch of Zmatlíková's paintings with logos and titles from well-known metal albums to absurd/hilarious effect. According to the über-kvlt Nuclear War Now! forum thread that dug the pics up, one of the culprits is both a member of the black metal band Umbrtka and a writer for the Czech version of Maxim. Umbrtka have released 17 albums over the last 13 years, including one called Melša - Frank Zappa Meets Darkthrone, which is pretty impressive in its own right.
Check out more of these below, and the rest over at Deathmetal.org. (The Satyricon one is my personal favorite.)
by Doug Moore
Gnaw at Europa in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
Gnaw, the thoroughly unsettling noise troupe fronted by ex-Khanate shrieker Alan Dubin, have announced a smattering of East Coast dates in support of their excellent new album, Horrible Chamber. The four-date run includes two NYC dates: one at Trans Pecos in Queens on 12/5 alongside Psalm Zero (who also have a new album to support) and The Notekillers; and a second appearance at The Acheron on 1/18 with Sonic Suicide Squad, Insect Ark, Xaddas, and Prana Bindu. No tickets available yet, but keep an eye out.
Check out the full run of dates and stream the Gnaw tune we debuted at Invisible Oranges a few weeks back, below...
November 20, 2013
by Wyatt Marshall
Obituary at Scion Rock Fest 2011 (more by Adam Murray)
Death metal greats Obituary are channeling their warm fuzzy side for Metal Meowlisha IV: A Headbangers Furball, a show to be held at The Brass Mug in Tampa, FL on December 21 for the benefit of the area's feral cats. Obituary drummer Donald Tardy runs a charity with his wife called Metal Meowlisha that endorses the "trap-neuter-return" policy for homeless cats endorsed by the ASPCA, and the show's proceeds will go to Metal Meowlisha to continue their efforts at controlling the Tampa cat population, feeding and providing medical care for cats, and helping adoptable cats find homes. The Metal Meowlisha embraces a no-kill ideology--whenever possible.
Obituary enlisted fellow death and grind forerunners Terrorizer and Exhumed to fight the good fight for kitties, making this a pretty stacked show for ten bucks, nine if you bring a donation of a can of cat food. Full lineup and flier below.
Obituary guitarist Trevor Perez will be cooking up some BBQ at the show, too. Metal Meowlisha IV isn't the first time Obituary's shown a propensity for BBQ and crowdsourcing--back in September, Obituary raised so much money to record their new album, hitting their $10k goal in under 24 hours, they planned a BBQ to celebrate. That album's due out in 2014.
Obituary recently rolled through Saint Vitus for two sold-out shows as part of a two-month period that ended up being a celebration of old school death metal in NYC with shows from Morbid Angel, Deicide and Carcass. Godflesh would have rounded it out, but they had to cancel due to visa troubles, reportedly caused by a slowdown due to the government shutdown. They've since rescheduled for next April.
No word on if the Metaldudes Cats Book crew will be in attendance at the Metal Meowlisha show. Tickets aren't available right meow, so might as well bring a can of cat food with you on the day of the show.
Check out the flier for this year's Metal Meowlisha and an incredible promo video from last year's below...
by Doug Moore (with interview by Turk Durmac)
We mentioned several months back that NY thrash legends Overkill would spend the fall touring with equally time-tested Teutonic thrashers Kreator and youngbloods Warbringer. Their tour is wrapping up this week with two dates at Stage 48 on 11/23 and 11/24. Appropriately, Overkill will headline both of these home-turf shows. Tickets, including a two-day pass for the truly obsessed, are available.
We've got an interview with frontman and noted cancer survivor Bobby Blitz over at Invisible Oranges, and goddamn is it a doozy. Guest contributor Turk Durmac talked to Blitz about every single album of Overkill's 33-year career, including their as-yet-untitled 2014 effort. Here are a few excerpts:
On blowing his voice as a young singer:
In the early days, my father used to accuse me of doing this for free beer and girls, and to some degree that was true -- it was just a cool thing to do. On Feel the Fire, I approached my vocals wide-eyed, just wanting to tear it up. Not over-thinking anything, just standing behind the mic. I remember in those days, I'd push so hard that I'd lose my voice. You know, I'm in my early twenties and I should be losing my voice, but I'd scream so loud or sing so hard that I did. But that was the approach: action versus reaction. Action was the tape I was hearing in the headphones and the Reaction was the vocal I was laying down, trying to match that energy.
On the mid-tour collapse of Megadeth's first lineup:
They were coming off the rails and they were a really exciting band because they were coming off the rails. There was something really charming about that explosiveness. You know, I remember standing in Philedelphia and Dave saying to the audience, "You've just witnessed the last performance of Megadeth." And this was 1987! I think there was a great camaraderie between the bands. Even with Dave and Junior, there still is. They're great guys and great friends. I still think of that tour fondly, one of my favorites.
On being forced to re-audition for Megaforce Records:
I was so insulted. We were getting the Horrorscope stuff together and Megaforce said, "We're not sure we want to keep the band." They wanted us to audition for them. And I said, "You're kidding." We had some people in our corner, for sure, but we had to stand in front of fifteen Megaforce people and play the Horrorscope record on a stage in Brooklyn -- that's not well known, but now it is. I was so insulted, but the amount of energy I had for that record...I remember standing next to D.D., who's always calm and collected, and I said, "I'm gonna shove my fist so far up Johnny Z.'s ass..." (laughs) It worked out pretty well.Read the whole monster over at Invisible Oranges. The remaining dates of the Overkill/Kreator tour and a stream of Overkill's most recent record are below.
November 19, 2013
by Doug Moore
Occultation at Saint Vitus, 2012 (more by Caroline Harrison)
After a relatively quiet autumn, NYC-based creepy crawlers Occultation (who share guitarist Ed Miller with the great black metal band Negative Plane) will take their, erm, occult rock on the road for the second time this year in December. The six-day tour kicks off with an appearance at the Acheron on December 4, along with the thoroughly un-Google-able punk band Survival (not the Liturgy side project), Yautja, and Razorheads. The tour then loops out towards the midwest, including a Chicago stop on December 7 at the Ultralounge.
Tickets for the NYC date are on sale now. All dates are listed, along with an Occultation track stream, below...
Cro-Mags at FFF Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
NYC crossover thrashers Cro-Mags were just down in Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest, and now they've got a few more shows coming up, including a couple in their hometown area. The first of those happens in NJ at Asbury Lanes on December 19 with Blind Justice, Heavy Chains, Manipulate, and Stag Party. Then they'll play NYC a couple days later for Diablo Fest at Santos Party House on December 21, which includes local rapper Meyhem Lauren, and many others. Tickets for both of those shows are on sale now.
All currently known dates are listed, along with a video from FFF and the full Diablo Fest lineup, below...
by Doug Moore
Sunn O))) at Power of the Riff 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
All-star musical collaborations are famously hit-and-miss. Once in a while, though, news comes along of a notable collab that's so instantly engaging that it demands acknowledgement even before it produces a note.
The just-announced Terrestrials collaboration between LA drone kings Sunn O))) and long-running Norse explorers Ulver isn't technically their first; Ulver produced the song "CutWOODED" on Sunn O)))'s White 1 album back in 2003. The two bands are going full-length for this one -- or, at least, that's what the press release implies, with its promise of "an astonishing yet somehow totally tenable matrimony of these two earthshakingly powerful forces, coming together like tectonic plates" that "flow like magma beneath the Earth's crust, sonically uninhibited, unpredictably cosmic, haunting and stirring, yet simultaneously ceremonious and beautiful." So yeah, they're giving it the hard sell.
In all seriousness, this collaboration is exciting because it's hard to get a clear read on what it'll sound like. Ulver in particular are changelings; it'll be interesting to hear which side of their personality shows up to work around Sunn O)))'s monolithic drone.
Terrestrials will have three tracks and will drop in February 2014. Check out the cover art and try to figure out WTF this is gonna sound like by streaming music from both bands below.
November 18, 2013
By Doug Moore
In case you're wondering, मृत्युकावीभत्सनृत्य -- the title of the new Cult of Fire album -- is in Sanskrit, which is a liturgically important language for both Hinduism and Buddhism, as Latin is for Catholicism. Cult of Fire themselves are a European (Czech to be specific) black metal band, but like Nile or Absu, they've developed a consuming fascination with a foreign religious tradition.
मृत्युकावीभत्सनृत्य, which comes out at the end of this month, is a year-end-list wrecker. We're streaming the whole thing over at Invisible Oranges this afternoon. From our writeup:
मृत्युकावीभत्सनृत्य blooms over eight tracks and nearly 48 minutes. It's a special little thing. Perhaps that's because it doesn't wear black metal in the way teenagers wear band shirts. Cult of Fire appear comfortable under their own cowls. This isn't a tribute, nor is it retcon-ing a history constantly fictionalized by shipping-obsessed genre nerds. It is Cult of Fire. They have their own voice. It may be colored with the inflections of its family and mentors, but the voice has lived enough to earn its own ticks. Heck, the body has its own scars. And, like Lykathea Aflame before them, those lessons learned provide a script of mantras extolling the unexpected, sweeping beauty of a metal state of mind.Check out the rest of Ian's writeup over at IO.
मृत्युकावीभत्सनृत्य comes out on November 28 via Iron Bonehead Productions. Read Ian's profile of Cult of Fire drummer Tom Coroner here. And while we're talking mythologically-inclined black metal that rules, don't forget that the IO-presented Absu & Villains show at Saint Vitus is tonight (11/18). Don't miss it.
Stream मृत्युकावीभत्सनृत्य in full below.
November 15, 2013
by Doug Moore
Absu at Saint Vitus (more by Fred Pessaro)
The cold hit NYC in earnest over the past few days, but heavy music is a warm-blooded beast -- it stays active regardless of the weather. Here's what went down this week:
Nachtmystium main man Blake Judd fulfilled popular speculation by officially dissolving the band, concluding a sad and lengthy narrative that began with his arrest on theft charges in October.
An all-robot "heavy metal" band played a bunch of (mostly punk) tunes for 7 hours in Union Square.
Stockholm death metal trope-makers Entombed debuted their first new song in years.
Over at Invisible Oranges, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of Death's Leprosy, and pondered the utter weirdness of getting into a great band's shitty records first. We also reviewed Brewtal Truth's guide to extreme beers and kicked off a Circle Takes the Square merch giveaway.
On top of that, we debuted new music by Malthusian, Aevangelist (who are playing an IO-presented show in January), Lake of Blood, and Psalm Zero, plus a music video by Beaten to Death. And, of course, we broke down the week in upcoming metal releases.
The live hits keep coming this weekend. High On Fire is playing tonight with Kvelertak and Doomriders. Tomorrow night sees Eyehategod / Trenchgrinder / Syphilitic Lust, as well as Witchtrap / Villains / Ancient Wound / Throoat. Sunday offers Dysrhythmia / Zevious Geryon, and Villains return on Monday for Absu's IO-sponsored return to NYC.
What am I missing?
by Wyatt Marshall
Black Tusk at the Studio at Webster Hall, in May (more by Keith Marlowe)
East Williamsburg's metal and hardcore venue of record, the Acheron, is heading down to Mexico to host a two day festival, the first annual Acheron D-Fest on February 14 and 15 at Club Bombay in Mexico City. The festival will feature thrashers Toxic Holocaust and Black Tusk at the top of the nearly twenty band bill that includes psych punks Lecherous Gaze and death/grind specialists Skullshitter. If you're more into metal than love, this could be a good way to skip out on Valentine's Day. Head over to D-Fest's Facebook page for more details. Full lineup below.
Toxic Holocaust kick off their previously discussed tour with Ramming Speed in NJ on Saturday (11/16). That tour hits NYC at Saint Vitus on November 29 with In Defence. Tickets for that show are still available.
Toxic Holocaust's new album, Chemistry of Consciousness, is out now, and you can stream it, along with the video for "Acid Fuzz" below. They're also contributing the new track "Life Is a Lie" to Decibel's flexi-disc series, and you can stream that track here.
Also playing D-Fest is Trenchgrinder, who are playing with Eyehategod and Syphilitic Lust at the actual Acheron Saturday night (11/16). The show was recently officially announced after being a "secret," and tickets are still available, but they may not be for much longer considering Eyehategod sold out Saint Vitus last night (11/14).
Check out the full D-Fest lineup, along with all Toxic Holocaust dates, video and LP stream, below...