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April 22, 2015

photo: Nuclear Assault at MDF 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Nuclear Assault

Last year, Dan Lilker of NYC thrash veterans Nuclear Assault (and Brutal Truth and Anthrax) gave a statement on his retirement from music, which teased a final album and tour from Nuclear Assault:

In 2015, it will be 30 years since Nuclear Assault solidified our lineup and started making a name for ourselves in the metal/crossover scene. To commemorate this, the band will write and record another album and play some shows for a 'Final Assault.' The live front will be of a limited nature due to the reality of people in the band having careers that they can't just walk away from for the time needed to go tour the world like we did in the '80s. Nevertheless, we will try to do whatever we can, especially in the summer, to get out there and thrash for everyone again. Progress on writing music will not go quickly due to a couple of facts; we are geographically challenged, so we can't just jam once a week like we used to, and we want to make sure that this album is really killer so we can go out with a big bang.
Now those things are finally coming into fruition. They have a new EP called Pounder coming June 1 via Sidipus Records, which follows 2005's Third World Genocide LP. No music is out from that yet, but they're promising "4 killer 'old school' thrash tunes." Stay tuned.

They played their first show in a while last weekend at New England Hardcore & Metal Fest, and this May they'll begin the international "Final Assault" tour, which runs through September. The final show of the final tour happens in their hometown on September 12 at Gramercy Theatre, for now at least. We expect more dates to be added to the tour before long, and it's of course possible they'll happen after that date.

The NYC show is with two other veterans of the '80s-era NY/NJ metal/punk scene, Murphy's Law and Whiplash. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates along with the videos for 1988's "Brainwashed" and 1993's "Something Wicked," below...

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by Andrew Sacher


UK hardcore crushers The Flex are currently back in the US, on tour with DC's Red Death (mem Coke Bust). That tour began when both bands played Damaged City Fest in DC earlier this month, and it continues through late May.

The Flex and Red Death will make their way to NYC for a show on May 16 at the Acheron, which includes local support from NYC Headhunters (mem Vanity). Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Last month, The Flex followed their 2014 debut LP, Wild Stabs In The Dark, with the Don't Bother With The Outside World EP on Lockin' Out Records. That's the cover art above (by Tin Savage). It's pissed off, has nothing fancy thrown in (besides the tiniest guitar solo), and is rarely not at breakneck speed. Stream it in full below.

Meanwhile, Red Death just followed last year's demo this week with their debut LP, Permanent Exile, on Grave Mistake. They've got some Discharge, some Corrosion of Conformity, and other '80s-era punk/metal bands in their sound, and "Alleviate" (the only song over two minutes) even brings in some Neurosis-y noise metal. Their riffs crush, their vocals sound genuinely intimidating, and those guitar solos shred. Check this one out in full below, too.

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April 21, 2015

photo: GWAR at 'Empire Records' celebration (more by Sachyn Mital)

GWAR, who were just in NYC for the Empire Records 20th anniversary, will be putting on another installment of their annual GWAR-B-Q this year. The fest happens in Richmond from August 14-16. Day 1 happens at two RVA venues, The National and The Broadberry, day 2 happens at Hadad's Lake, and the final day will have a "Brutal Brunch" at the new GWARbar.

Bands announced so far include Descendents, Down, The Dickies, Goatwhore, MC Chris and Dead Earth Politics, with many more TBA. Ticket info will be announced soon, and like in past years, part of the proceeds will benefit Ring Dog Rescue.

Meanwhile, the band are currently dealing with legal trouble from their late frontman Dave Brockie's father.

For Descendents, this is their third 2015 show announced so far, including the free Converse Boston show and Atlanta's Wrecking Ball festival.

Crypt Sermon
Crypt Sermon

As mentioned, stoner doom greats Bongzilla are making their long-awaited return to NYC on June 12 at Acheron, and since we last spoke openers have been announced. They'll be joined by Philly trad-doomers Crypt Sermon, who released their excellent debut album Out of the Garden on Dark Descent earlier this year, and locals Hasj. Tickets are still available.

If you haven't heard Crypt Sermon's album yet, it's highly recommended and can be streamed below. They also play a hometown show with Serpent Throne this week, but we aren't aware of any other dates at the moment.

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by Bill Pearis


In 1978, hard rock megastars KISS thought it'd be a good idea to star in a made-for-TV movie called KISS Meets The Phantom of the Park in which they use superpowers to save an old amusement park from an evil inventor. Needless to say it was terrible (but kinda fun terrible...kinda) and is basically their equivalent to the Star Wars Holiday Special (which came out the same year). Never heard of it? You can watch it in full below.

KISS treated it as an embarrassment for forever, if they acknowledged it at all, but it seems like they're starting to have at least a little sense of humor about it as they're lending their name and voices to the upcoming Scooby-Doo! And KISS: Rock & Roll Mystery whose plot has at least a few parallels:

Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang team up with the one and only KISS in this all-new, out-of-this-world adventure! We join the Gang at KISS World - the all-things-Kiss theme park, as they investigate a series of strange hauntings. With help from KISS, they discover that the Crimson Witch has returned to summon The Destroyer from the alternate dimension of Kissteria! The evil duos ghastly plan, to destroy the earth! Can the Gang's cunning and KISS's power of rock save the day?! Tune in to this Rock and Roll Mystery for some thunderous, heavy FUN!
Wonder if Shaggy and the gang will mention the time "Mama" Cass Elliot helped the gang solve the mystery of The Haunted Candy Factory? (It's actually their second run in with the band.) We'll have to wait until July, when this straight-to-home-video title comes out on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download. But you can watch the trailer below.

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April 20, 2015


Aggronautix, the people behind these GG Allin bobbleheads and these Lee "Scratch" Perry vinyl figures, have now introduced... three new masks! There's the Motorhead Warpig mask, the Misfits Fiend mask, and the Alice Cooper mask. All three are pictured above. You can pre-order them here, where you can also pick up three previously-released GG Allin masks.

Maybe you can wear the Fiend mask when you go see Danzig on tour, Doyle on tour, or to see Misfits play Earth A.D. without Danzig or Doyle. And maybe that Warpig mask will be in fashion on this year's Motorboat cruise.

April 17, 2015

photos by Maryanne Ventrice

Liturgy at Saint Vitus - 4/15/15

Liturgy brought their tour in support of their new album, The Ark Work, to their hometown of Brooklyn for a sold-out show at Saint Vitus on Wednesday (4/15). The new album abandons the harsh vocal style of their previous material and is closer to art rock than anything you'd call "metal," but it does retain some of their more aggressive elements like drummer Greg Fox's punishing blastbeats. They're focusing mostly on the new stuff for this tour but including a couple from its predecessor, 2011's Aesthetica, too.

Opening was another band who walk the line between metal and non-metal, Psalm Zero, and the new-music ensemble Mivos Quartet. Pictures of all three bands are in this post and continue below...

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April 16, 2015

this is one of the five show flyers...

Converse is moving into Boston and throwing some killer free shows to celebrate:

Converse Rubber Tracks Live Boston, a free five-night event set to take over the Sinclair, a club in Harvard Square.

From April 27 through May 1 may perhaps be the only time fans will be able to see major acts such as alt-rock pioneers the Replacements, Boston-bred electro-pop sensations Passion Pit, thrash-metal titans Slayer, rap star Chance the Rapper, and punk-rock progenitors Descendents in a cozy venue that holds 525 people. All are acts that easily draw crowds triple that size.

"We knew when we were moving into Boston that we wanted to do something that really celebrated the move and the local community and wanted to give something back," said Jed Lewis, Converse's global music marketing director, noting that the company will soon uproot its world headquarters from North Andover to Boston. "It's important for us to be active in the creative community." [Boston Globe]

The shows are free, but you'll need a ticket. Those go "on sale" on Monday (4/20) at noon. More info at Full lineups below:

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April 13, 2015

photos by Greg Cristman, words by Andrew Sacher

At the Gates / Converge / Pallbearer @ Webster Hall - 4/12/15
At The Gates

The Decibel-presented At the Gates, Converge, Pallbearer, Vallenfyre tour wrapped up last night with a sold-out show at NYC's Webster Hall. Vallenfyre, the death/doom supergroup with members of Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Doom, At the Gates and more, opened the show. They were a bit less my thing personally than the rest of the bill, but sounded tight. They also played a last-minute late show at Saint Vitus after the Inter Arma / Yautja show at that venue. Anyone go?

Up next was Pallbearer. They could only play a three-song set, due to the fact that they were opening and most of their songs near or pass the 10-minute mark, but their brief set had them sounding excellent as ever. I'd only seen them in smaller, darker venues before, but a big stage with smoke machines and a more elaborate light show suited them well. Not that that should come as a surprise -- Pallbearer's music is the kind of thing that towers over you in any environment, so seeing the band literally look bigger than ever only added to the intensity.

Converge followed, and they weren't supporting a new album or anything (their most recent is still 2012's All We Love We Leave Behind), but they cherry-picked a handful of favorites from Jane Doe and on, giving us "Dark Horse," "Aimless Arrow," "You Fail Me," "Concubine," and more in their all-killer set. Jacob Bannon is one of the most consistently exciting hardcore frontmen around, and last night's show was no exception to this. His screams are constantly a force, his stage moves are iconic, and it's always refreshing to see Bannon do his thing, considering how many imitators you see at other hardcore shows. And the rest of Converge is never a bore on stage either. Kurt Ballou's fretwork is always dizzying to watch, and the sheer force that he, bassist Nate Newton and drummer Ben Koller can make as just a trio never ceases to amaze.

At The Gates

Finally At the Gates wrapped up the night, making their first NYC appearance since 2008. The difference this time though is they had a new album to support (2014's At War With Reality), their first since 1995's ridiculously influential Slaughter of the Soul. The new songs sounded great last night, but it was the Slaughter of the Soul songs that got the whole crowd going wild every time. After opening with "Death and the Labyrinth" off the new LP, they gave us the unbeatable one-two punch of "Slaughter of the Soul" into "Cold," and for the next six and a half minutes the energy both on and off stage was at an ultimate high. Admittedly, it didn't stay that way the entire time and their set did feel a little long (especially compared to Converge's), but the show went out with a bang. They returned to the stage with SotS opener "Blinded by Fear," gave a little hype-y stage banter before "Kingdom Gone" from their debut ("New York do you like death metal? Because we don't like death metal... WE LOVE DEATH METAL!!!!), and ended the night on a high note with At War With Reality closer "The Night Eternal."

More pictures, and AtG and Converge's setlists, below...

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photo: Slayer at the Theatre at MSG in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)

The 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour was announced, and unlike last year's (Korn and Avenged Sevenfold), the headliners are pretty exciting this time: Slayer and King Diamond. There's some other cool stuff like Code Orange and Jungle Rot, as well less exciting stuff like The Devil Wears Prada and Hellyeah.

The tour hits the NYC-area on July 21 at PNC Bank Arts Center and July 26 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/17) at 10 AM, and the PNC Bank Arts Center show has Citi/VIP package presales starting Wednesday (4/15) at 10 AM and Live Nation/LN Mobile App presales starting Thursday (4/16) at 10 AM. There don't appear to be presales for the Jones Beach show. All dates are listed below.

Slayer are also playing other dates, including two Long Island shows in June (tickets), Bonnaroo, Motorhead's cruise and more.

Code Orange also open for Poison the Well in NYC in May (tickets) and play This Is Hardcore.

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