Recent Posts in metal - Page 4
September 30, 2014
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...
September 25, 2014
Windhand @ Saint Vitus - 9/20/14 (via Justine Morrow)
Melodic doomers Windhand brought their tour with psych rockers All Them Witches to NYC this past weekend for a sold-out show at Saint Vitus (9/20) that also included Ilsa and Polygamyst. Riffs were crushed. Heads were banged. Full set video of Windhand and a video of All Them Witches can be watched below (videos by Frank Huang). Did you go? How was it?
Windhand have also teamed up with fellow bringers of doomy riffs and witchy psychedelia, Salem's Pot, for a split 10" that they're putting out on Halloween via Riding Easy. That split can be streamed in full below...
by Andrew Sacher
Another stream out this week from one of the year's most anticipated metal albums (though an entirely different side of the spectrum from Blut Aus Nord) is the full LP stream of UK doom vets Electric Wizard's Time to Die, due 9/30 via Spinefarm Records. It follows 2010's Black Masses and about two decades of the band's expertly crafted doom, and it's a reminder that no one does it quite like Electric Wizard. The riffs are crushing, sharp and stick in your head, Jus Oborn still sounds distorted and demonic, and the interspersed clips of a news anchor linking teen death to "rock music associated with devil worship" shows they still have a sense of humor too. Stream the whole thing at NPR.
by Andrew Sacher
French black metal greats Blut Aus Nord recently announced they'd be concluding the Memoria Vetusta trilogy, started in 1996, on October 10 when they release Memoria Vetusta III - Saturnian Poetry via Debemur Morti Productions. Its new single "Paien" is out now and it's 8 minutes of atmospheric black metal greatness that shifts from monstrous blast beats and screams to gorgeous borderline-post-rock. Check it out below.
Sludgy thrashers Oozing Wound are releasing their sophomore album, Earth Suck, on October 21 via Thrill Jockey, and while no songs have been released from that yet they did put out the ripping "Drug Reference" as an Adult Swim single earlier this year and you can stream that below.
Oozing Would will also be kicking off a tour a few days after the new LP drops, and they'll come to NYC for a two-night stand at the soon-to-close Death by Audio around Halloween. First they play 10/30 with Child Abuse and then play the venue's Halloween Haunted House Party on the 31st with more
UPDATE: Liturgy and others were announced for the shows.
All dates are listed, with the "Drug Reference" stream, below...