Recent Posts in metal - Page 4
February 19, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
Vattnet Viskar at SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
We've mentioned that New Hampshire's black/doom metal darlings Vattnet Viskar will be hitting the road soon with both Vaporizer (including 3/3 at Brooklyn's Acheron) and then later The Dillinger Escape Plan. Now the band has added additional dates with Australian thrash band King Parrot to keep them on the road for over two months. One of the new dates will be a second visit to NYC, playing Saint Vitus on March 30 with Vaporizer and King Parrot, so if you can't make the earlier Acheron date with Pyrrhon and Vaporizer, you've got a chance for redemption. Tickets for the Vitus date have yet to go on sale, but tickets for the Acheron are available.
Vattnet Viskar's debut album, Sky Swallower, came out last year. All dates are listed, along with a video for "Breath of the Almighty," below...
by Doug Moore
Members are consist of 3 vocals; the ugliest rock star Psychic Yamanashi whose voice is nothing but annoying. Another vocal is Death voice from wood cutter Mongoloid who is very manly with secret naive heart. Mysterious Opera voice from beastly monster Velladon. They are backed by 3 strings; Punk and Classic, Progressive, also by piano, twin guitars, base, broadcasting. Main drum is skillful Chikada famous of World's end girlfriend, and support drum is Tatsuya Yoshida from Ruins. There are Toyohito Yoshida from BOREDOMS as a guardian god.If you're not familiar, Japan's Vampillia are an extremely odd offshoot of the legendary noise/punk band Boredoms -- the anything-goes chaotic vibe is similar, but Vampillia focuses more heavily on pomp and theatricality. You can check out the thoroughly weird video they produced in advance of their upcoming SXSW performance below. They've also toured with the likes of Jarboe and Nadja; you can hear their excellent recorded collaboration with the latter below as well.
--Vampillia band bio
Vampillia will be returning to SXSW for the third time this year, and they'll be putting in a number of other live appearances during their time in the country as well. Three of them will be in New York City. First, they'll play at Silent Barn on March 8 alongside Mick Barr (playing a rare 'slow' solo set), Kevin Hufnagel, & MV Carbon. Two days later, they'll play Death By Audio on March 10, along with Colin Marston, Geryon, & Mossenek, which is Barr's collaboration with vocalist Chuck Bettis. (Mossenek have an upcoming release on American Tapes; they also have a full-length and a Japanese tour w/ Nadja and Vampillia in the works.) Since Geryon features both members of Krallice's rhythm section and both Marston and Barr hold down guitar spots in the band, their entire lineup will be performing...separately. How often does that happen?
Vampillia will put in one more NYC appearance after SXSW -- they're playing the Knitting Factory on March 16, along with Jungles From Red Bacteria Vacuum, Zarigani$, Happy, & Starmarie, as part of the "Japan Nite" tour (which also includes an appearance at Athens's Slingshot Festival). Tickets are available.
UPDATE: Vampillia also play NYC on March 7 at Trans-Pecos with Guardian Alien (ex-Liturgy drummer Greg Fox's band), G Lucas Crane and Brian Chase; and March 9 at Pianos with Leah Lazonick, Snowday, England in 1819, and Three Thousand Rivers.
Mick Barr also has a third NYC show coming up -- March 21 at Secret Project Robot, alongside Ornament & Total Life, both of which are offshoots of the experimental unit Growing.
Check out the aforementioned Vampillia jams and the list of all of their currently announced dates below...
February 18, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
Artificial Brain at Saint Vitus in January (more by Caroline Harrison)
New York's awesome tech-death weirdos Artificial Brain released their debut full-length, Labyrinth Constellation, today on the venerable metal label Profound Lore. The album is streaming below--give it a listen.
We here at BV and over at Invisible Oranges are pretty big fans of Artificial Brain, so we are proud to present, in conjunction with Signature Riff, a record release show at Saint Vitus on March 15. Artificial Brain will be joined by NYC black metallers Sacristy and other TBA bands. Tickets aren't available yet, but stay tuned to the show's Facebook page for more details.
Artificial Brain don't have any other live dates at the moment. Album stream below...
by Doug Moore
Impetuous Ritual at Rites of Darkness 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Australia's Portal are one of the more surprising breakout death metal successes of recent years. Though they're inventive players and have an instantly memorable visual schtick, their music is far from listenable. If you find Portal's wall of oozing noise a touch too impenetrable, Impetuous Ritual may be for you. This band shares a few key members with Portal, and the overall vibe is similar: murky, ugly death metal that draws on older American acts like Incantation, but that takes their sound to stranger places. The chief difference between the two lies in degree; Impetuous Ritual keep the insanity to more human levels.
IR's first album, 2009's Relentless Execution of Ceremonial Excrescence (!), was an under-the-radar gem. But now that Portal's (and weird death metal in general's) profile is much higher, there's good reason to think that its follow-up, Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambivalence (!!!), will make a big splash. Their label Profound Lore, which is also home to Portal, has announced an April 15 release date for the album. They've also released a song from the effort, titled "Venality in Worship," which you can stream below...
by Doug Moore
Mayhem in Oslo, Norway, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Few black metal bands are as storied as Mayhem. Many of the sordid tales that brought Norwegian black metal to the attention of the international press in the early and mid '90s involved Mayhem members, but they're really more notable for their increasingly ambitious musical contributions to the genre's development. Though not all of their efforts have gone over well (2000's Grand Declaration of War in particular was divisive), their last album, 2007's Ordo ad Chao, was popular among fans and critics alike.
Aside from live appearances, Mayhem have mostly been silent since then. All four members have engaged in other projects, with vocalist Attila Csihar in particular busily collaborating with the likes of Sunn O))). But a new Mayhem album has been in the offing for some time, and while release details have yet to emerge (it's due in May, but that's all we know), you can now hear the band's first new song in seven years -- the oddly-titled "Psywar," which is streaming below (via Metal Hammer). Most of the tune is given over to ripping, thrashy black metal, but things get weird and epic about two thirds of the way through; Attila's whole creepy-moaning thing is, unsurprisingly, fully intact.
Mayhem's label Season of Mist will be releasing two limited-edition 7-inch versions of "Psywar" on April 25; you can preorder them here. Stream it below...
February 17, 2014
by Doug Moore
Tulijoutsen cover art
Finland's Kuolemanlaakso may be hard to spell or pronounce, but they're easy to enjoy. This up-and-coming Finnish death/doom act features vocalist Mikko Kotamäki, who is best known for his great work with the long-running Swallow the Sun. Kuolemanlaakso tread similar territory, but their upcoming new album Tulijoutsen sees him deploying his powerful pipes over slightly more rock-inflected, Katatonia-esque backdrops.
We just premiered the eight-minute monster "Verihaaksi" over at Invisible Oranges. From our writeup:
Kotamäki is a highly adept clean singer as well, but he's at his best when he's deploying his monstrous, bellowy growl, which is so forceful that it can change a song's momentum instantly. The closest analogs I can think of for his skill set are Dan Swanö and Mikael Åkerfeldt -- fellow Scandinavians. Is it something in the water?...Listen to him digging into "Verihaaksi" -- he warms up with a phlegmy rasp before blowing the song open with those huge gutturals just shy of the 5-minute mark.Tulijoutsen comes out on February 28 via Svart Records.
Stream it below...
by Doug Moore
"Wino" Weinrich with Saint Vitus at Europa, 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Scott "Wino" Weinrich has quite the history behind him. Though he's best known for his vocal work in Saint Vitus (the band from which the Brooklyn bar partially takes its name), he's been involved in a number of other notable concerns: The Obsessed, Place of Skulls, Premonition 13, Spirit Caravan, and his solo work. Both Saint Vitus and The Obsessed are back in action after years off.
Spirit Caravan, Wino's main late-'90s/early '00s venture, have reformed too. They'd already been announced as part of the lineup for this year's (totally ridiculous) edition of France's Hellfest. The band has also just announced an expansive North American tour with Providence doomsters Pilgrim in tow, including SXSW and a NYC stop on April 15 at Saint Vitus Bar (naturally). Tickets are on sale now. Rest of lineup TBA.
Stream some Spirit Caravan and check out their full run of upcoming dates below...
by Wyatt Marshall
New Zealand's blackened death bruisers Diocletian will be touring around their appearance at Maryland Death Fest, hitting NYC on on May 28 at the Paper Box with Goat Torment, Kommandant, Manticore, a yet-to-be-revealed special guest and more. The event will be a two-stage show, with Diocletian heading up the main inside stage and Goat Torment taking over the outside stage. Goat Torment, from Belgium, plays black/death metal, too, and they also will be at MDF.
The NYC show will be the first NYC show for both Diocletian and Goat Torment, and is their only appearance outside MDF for the Belgians. Tickets aren't available yet, but visit the event's Facebook page for more info.
Diocletian has an album coming out this year titled Gesundrian. Listen to a track below. Diocletian tour dates, Paper Box lineup, and current MDF lineup (if you need a refresher) are listed, along with the new Diocletian stream, below...
February 14, 2014
By Doug Moore
TONITE! (...sort of, not really)
Real talk: the weather fucking sucked this week, and it shows few signs of improving over the weekend. On top of that, it's Valentine's Day today. Not brutal! (Or doubly brutal, depending on your inclinations.) But you guys are troopers, right? And there's a good amount of fun stuff going on this weekend:
Tonight (2/14): industrial pioneers Skinny Puppy are playing at Webster Hall along with Army of the Universe & Cult of Youth, though the show is sold out. Saint Vitus is hosting a more romantic event (by some definitions, anyway) -- the DLR-era Van Halen tribute band Bottom's Up.
Tomorrow (2/15): gnarly noise rock locals Fashion Week are playing an ABC No Rio matinee along with out-of-towners Manners, Dying, & Capacities. Rozamov's tour is hitting Acheron, with help from Godmaker, Eggnogg, & Crushed. Meanwhile, long-running death/thrashers Deceased will put in a one-off appearance at Saint Vitus alongside Fantom Warrior, Penetration, Sacrificial Blood, Exhumation, & Iron Force. Keep an eye on our nifty NYC metal show calendar for the latest. It rules.
In other news:
The great Polish death metal band Decapitated have entered the studio to record their sixth album.
Some grainy, 30-second streaming samples of the new Triptykon album are available on Amazon, if you're into that kind of thing.
Knelt Rote have canceled their appearance at Martyrdoom 2014, which is a bummer. On the bright side, Lord Mantis and Evoken have joined the bill.
Shirley Temple's passing reminded a lot of people that her daughter Lori Black was briefly a member of (the) Melvins, though Black's stint in also-ran thrashers Clown Alley continues to go uncelebrated.
The Dillinger Escape Plan have announced another spring tour. This one's with Tera Melos & Vattnet Viskar (the latter of whom are playing NYC soon), and while it doesn't stop in NYC, you can catch it if you schlep out to Hartford, CT on May 10. All tour dates are listed below.
Over in the IO corner:
We checked out great new tunes by New Light Choir, Behemoth, The Wounded Kings, and Xothist. We continued our career-spanning retrospective on Babylon Whores. We gave you the deets on all of this week's $$$-worthy new metal. And we spoke to NYC metal scene fixture Curran Reynolds (Wetnurse, Body Stuff, Today is the Day, & the Precious Metal Series) on our East Village Radio show. Tune in every Tuesday night at 10pm on EVR.com for ticket giveaways, interviews, and the best new riffage around.
The Dillinger Escape Plan tour dates and Buzz Ozborne stream below. Anything else?
by Wyatt Marshall
Ash Borer at the Acheron, July 2011 (more by BBG)
US black metal comes in many flavors at this point. Arcata, California's Ash Borer are one of the leaders of a certain school that champions twisting, atmosphere-rich songs loaded with barely-keeping-it-together blasting (another practitioner would be the closely-related Fell Voices). Ash Borer's tracks regularly go way beyond the ten-minute marker, and on an album, each feels more like a movement than a standalone song. Live, it's a somewhat hypnotic experience.
Salem, Oregon's Hell could be seen as Ash Borer's equivalent in doom metal. Hell's expert at crafting expansive, hypnotic and contemplative soundscapes that are as pretty as they are crushing, and like their fellow Pacific Northwesterners, tend to go long -- we're talking ~20 minute tracks.
It makes sense, then, that the two are teaming up to hit the road this spring/summer for a fairly extensive North American tour that hits NYC on July 12 at Saint Vitus. No word on advance tickets just yet but you can keep checking Saint Vitus' ticket page.
All tour dates are listed, along with streams of both bands, below...