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November 19, 2014

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Napalm Death at Knockdown Center (more by Greg Cristman)
Napalm Death

Original grind masters Napalm Death are streaming a brand new single from their incredibly named upcoming album Apex Predator - Easy Meat, which is due out on January 27 via Century Media. The song, which debuted over at Decibel, is called "Cesspits," and it's an absolute ripper -- equal parts punishing and complex, rushing through riffs and time signatures with seemingly effortless brutality. If this is any indication, the new record should be killer.

As discussed, Napalm Death are heading out on a huge tour with Voivod, Exhumed, Iron Reagan and Ringworm, among others, in 2015. That beast of a tour hits NYC on February 2 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are still available. Napalm Death are also the 24th greatest metal band of all time according to a Metalsucks poll of experts, narrowly coming out in front of Lamb of God.

Stream the new song below...

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By Rob Sperry-Fromm

Occultation at Saint Vitus in 2011 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Occultation

Old school-style NYC metal crew Occultation (who feature a member of Negative Plane) recently put out a new album, Silence in the Ancestral House, which was produced by the inimitable Kurt Ballou, on Profound Lore. It's an ornate, baroque slab of classic-sounding metal, pulling from the theatrics of Mercyful Fate and the dark witchcraft of late '60s occult rock and early doom. The songs are long, expertly composed, and drenched in reverb, and the skill with which this very specific template is executed makes it pretty much catnip for NWOBHM and doom fans. Give it a listen in full, below.

Occultation play locally a good amount (maybe you caught them at the Cult of Youth release show last week), and they've got two upcoming NYC shows at the moment. First, they'll be playing Palisades on Friday (11/21), where they'll be joined by Kosmodemonic, Mountain God, and Think Tank. Tickets for that show are on sale now. They'll also be playing one of the two YOB shows at Saint Vitus that we've discussed, where they'll be joined on the second night (12/13) by Ecstatic Vision. Tickets for that show are still on sale.

Stream the new LP below...

Continue reading "Occultation released a new LP, playing shows including one this week & one w/ YOB in December (dates, album stream)"

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Planning for Burial at Saint Vitus in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Planning for Burial

New Jersey's Planning For Burial, who released the excellent Desideratum earlier this year, is heading out on a short run of east coast dates this month into December. He'll be hitting NYC for a show at Grand Victory on November 30, which will feature support from Phily's Psychic Teens (who just put out a new 7"), Street Sects nad Hex Cult. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Planning For Burial also recently released a split with Minnesota goth/post-punk crew Liar In Wait. Planning For Burial's track, "Mischief Night," which you can stream below, is really a continuation of the more accessible flavors of Desideratum, showcasing a strongly developed take on shoegaze and post-rock. Its a legitimately lush, beautiful, enveloping listen. Check it out, with the list of dates, below...

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November 18, 2014

Wino with Saint Vitus at Saint Vitus Bar in 2012 (more by Samantha Marble)
Saint Vitus

As we've discussed, iconic Saint Vitus frontman Scott "Wino" Weinrich was recently deported from Norway for possession of illegal substances during the band's ongoing European tour. The band has continued the tour in Wino's absence, and word subsequently came out that the illegal substance in question was methamphetamine. In the wake of this troubling news, Wino has released an official statement (via Decibel) that discusses the circumstances surrounding the arrest and the fact that he is seeking treatment for addiction. The entire statement is posted below...

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Liturgy at Pitchfork Fest 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
Liturgy

As discussed, Swans have upcoming dates including a hometown show in NYC at Warsaw on December 12. Since we last spoke, it's been announced that NYC black metal band Liturgy will open that show, which is a great double bill. Previously, both bands' drummers contributed to this year's Ben Frost album. Tickets for that show are still available. Swans have also added several more tour dates, including many in North America such as the Big Ears Festival. Updated dates are listed below.

Swans are also releasing the "Oxygen" EP next week (11/25) via Young God/Mute which features four alternate versions of that track which appeared on this year's To Be Kind. It includes an edit by Mute founder Daniel Miller, which you can stream below, as well as a live recording from Primavera, an early version recorded by Michael Gira at his house, and an acoustic version.

That song stream and the list of dates below...

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November 17, 2014

photos by Greg Cristman

Year of No Light @ Saint Vitus - 11/14/14
Year of no Light
Year of no Light

French post-metal greats Year of No Light have been at it for years but they had never played the US until this month. They just wrapped up their first-ever US tour which culminated in a two-night stand at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus, both shows with excellent and different local openers. We caught the second night (Friday, 11/14) with black metallers Vilkacis, noisemakers Gnaw, and probably the most like-minded to YONL of all of them, Sannhet, who recently signed to The Flenser for their upcoming LP. As you'd hope, YONL were tremendous.

More pictures from the show, and a couple videos of YONL's set, below...

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November 15, 2014

the greatest metal band of all time in NJ in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Black Sabbath

On Thursday, we posted MetalSucks' list of the 25 greatest metal bands of all time as voted on by a poll of musicians, critics and other music industry types. Well we posted #2 - #25 at least. #1 hadn't been revealed yet, but with the absence of Black Sabbath thus far it seemed obvious who MetalSucks would be revealing as the winner. It's officially announced now, and duh. Here's some of what Kim Kelly had to say about the greatest metal band of all time:

It's hard to quantify Black Sabbath's impact on heavy metal, because without Black Sabbath, there would be no such thing as heavy metal. Theirs was a logical continuation of the increasingly heavy sounds that came before, from Wagner to The Beatles and Deep Purple to Steppenwolf, but it took a perfect storm of Birmingham's working class gloom, Tony Iommi's mangled fingers, inner demons both real and imagined, and the nascent menace of Thatcherism waiting in the wings to first coax true heavy metal thunder down from the lofty realm of the gods and into this mortal coil.

...So, why is Black Sabbath one of the most important metal bands of all time? If it weren't for them, none of us would be here. For that at the very least, to say nothing of their incredible music, they deserve our veneration.

No Sabbath, no metal. Period.

Read more on them and the rest of the bands on the list over at MetalSucks.

Let's hope that new album and (allegedly final) tour come sooner than later. Rock out to some Sabbath and check out the list in full below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Vorde

If you go to metal shows in NYC, there's a good chance you've seen or heard something about Vorde, the new-ish local black metal band that shares members with Ruin Lust, Fell Voices, Anchorites and (A)Truth. Following a promising lo-fi demo, Vorde have upped the sound quality just a bit for their self-titled debut album which came out this week on Psychic Violence Records. Going by the two songs that are streaming online, this is truly evil sounding stuff. The singer sounds like he's slowly dying as he groans over the rest of the band's dissonant and hellish atmospheres. Check out those tracks for yourself below. If you like what you hear, head to their release show tonight (11/15) at the Acheron with Haethen, Kama Rupa and Drowning the Virgin Silence. Tickets are available.

Update: The streams have been taken off the Fallen Empire bandcamp as of now.

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November 14, 2014

photos by Tim Griffin

King
Nas
BMX

Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up this past weekend with a variety of killer music across punk, metal, hip hop, indie, electronic and plenty of the in-between, plus comedy, wrestling, BMX competitions and more. The lineup spanned legends like Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Nas through great newer artists like Angel Olsen, Deafheaven and Courtney Barnett. We've already written plenty about it -- check out our reviews of day 1, day 2 and day 3 -- as well as posted pictures of Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Mineral.

Now we've got pics of the whole three days on BV Austin. Check out day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE and day 3 HERE.

November 13, 2014

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Iron Maiden in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Metalsucks

MetalSucks has been spending the past month releasing a list of the 25 greatest metal bands of all time, counting down to number 1 with a new band each day. They polled a pretty broad array of metal experts, ranging from critics to music industry types to musicians that run the gamut from Chuck Billy of Testament to Anatamy of Habit's Mark Solotroff. They released number 2, Iron Maiden, earlier today which came in ahead of other huge/classic bands like Slayer, Metallica, Pantera, Judas Priest and Megadeth. Number 1 gets revealed tomorrow, and considering Black Sabbath have yet to make this list, we think we may have a hunch as to who it's going to be.

The list slants pretty heavily towards classic thrash and death metal bands, with Sabbath being the only doom band in sight. In addition to the obvious classic bands in the top 10, there are some modern genre-busters (Opeth, Meshuggah), foundational death and grind (Napalm Death, Morbid Angel), and some good old 80s theatricality (Dio, Mercyful Fate). Limiting the list to 25 means there are going to be a ton of omissions, but still maybe Neurosis, Converge or Mastodon could've made it instead of Ozzy getting on there twice?

The legacies of classic bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Sepultura, which many would say have taken a hit in recent years, appear untainted here considering they still all take high slots. Something else of note is that there's not one single solitary black metal band on this list. I guess Lamb of God are more important to this panel anyway.

Check out the full list below, and check MetalSucks tomorrow for the inevitable Sabbath reveal.

UPDATE: Duh!

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