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March 31, 2014

words by Wyatt Marshall, videos & setlist photo by (((unartig)))

Raspberry Bulbs playing in front of raspberry bulbs (via)
Raspberry Bulbs

NYC's Raspberry Bulbs played Baby's All Right on Saturday (3/29) with Virile Games, Anxiety Hammer and DJ Al Dente, and RB took the opportunity to debut some new material. The followup to Raspberry Bulbs's 2013 Deformed Worship looks to be a doozy--in large part, the band has slowed things down a bit, hitting a mid-tempo rock stride that brings the most out of the RB's scuzzy, surf-tinged punk. You can watch footage recorded by (((unartig))) of two new songs--"Hopelessly Alive" and "Lionhead"--below, as well as a video of Deformed Worship favorite "Lusty Climbing." Look for a new album from Raspberry Bulbs in the fall.

The show at Baby's was a blast, with Raspberry Bulbs sounding better than ever. RB's characteristically thick, wonky riffs were immersive, and the crowd responded appropriately, bodies flying when the music called for it. Things really got going during "Hopelessly Alive" when two firecrackers exploded about thirty seconds in, and, on cue, people went nuts. The forty minute or so set (~30 second encore included) left the crowd wanting more. I couldn't have been the only one to notice that Baby's All Right's signature background of lit glass looked like, well, a back wall of raspberry bulbs.

Videos and setlist below...

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by Doug Moore

Meshuggah at the Roseland Ballroom, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Meshuggah

Few metal bands survive for 25 consecutive years, and even fewer retain a reputation for consistency over such a long period the way Meshuggah have. We already knew that the Swedish djent progenitors were slotted to play this year's edition of Bonnaroo in June, filling the bad-trip-inducement slot that Swans occupied last year. Unsurprisingly, they've also announced a short North American tour built around that date and their ensuing appearance at Quebec's Amnesia Rock Fest. The tour is being billed as a 25th-anniversary celebration for the band, and it also includes Between the Buried & Me on its non-festival dates. Meshuggah are also holding a poll in which fans can help the band decide what their set list will include by voting for one song from each album in their catalog.

The tour will hit NYC on 6/21 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show haven't gone on sale yet, but keep an eye out. In the meantime, enjoy a live video (of mosh action, natch) from Meshuggah's last NYC appearance and check out the full set of dates below...

Continue reading "Meshuggah announce 25th anniversary tour around Bonnaroo, asking fans to vote on their setlists (dates)"

by Doug Moore

Floor at MHOW, 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Floor

If you've been watching this space for the past few months, you know that we're stoked about the upcoming Floor reunion album, Oblation. With Oblation's April 29 release date via Season of Mist fast approaching, the band have released a fourth pre-release single from the album (via the AV Club). We touched on the three previous singles "War Party," "Find Away" and "Sister Sophia."

Like its three predecessors, "Trick Scene" makes it clear that the new iteration of Floor is effectively a continuation of the sound established on their 2002 self-titled LP and continued briefly on the early recordings by main man Steve Brooks's other band, Torche. That may bum you out if the uglier sounds of 2004's Dove are your jam, but I'm digging the new stuff. Stream "Trick Scene" and the other three new Floor singles below and decide for yourself.

As previously mentioned, the band are also going on a North American tour in support of Oblation this May. The tour hits NYC at Saint Vitus on May 5. No supporting acts have been announced yet, but you can buy tickets now.

Stream those four singles and check out the full set of dates below...

Continue reading "Floor release "Trick Scene" from new LP (listen)"

March 28, 2014

By Doug Moore

40 Watt Sun at Public Assembly, 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)

HLD time -- let's get to it. First, some miscellaneous news:

Misery Index have replaced Hemdale at this year's Maryland Deathfest -- they'll be playing on Sunday. Stream the first single from their aforementioned upcoming album below.

Ex-Warning old-sad-bastard doomsters 40 Watt Sun have announced that they've finished writing the followup to 2011's The Inside Room.

Death metal stalwarts Autopsy have released the first single from their new album (via Noisey). Stream it below.

NYC progressive black metallers Castevet have added a Boston date on 5/18 to their aforementioned tour with Thantifaxath, which stops in NYC on 5/19. See the updated run of dates below.

Whores at Union Pool, 2012 (more by Markus Shaffer)

This is a strong weeekend for shows! Specifically:

TONIGHT (FRIDAY, 3/28): Whores are bringing their tour to Saint Vitus, with support from killer quasi-locals Fight Amp, plus No Way & Creepoid (tickets). NYC acts Psalm Zero & Pyrrhon (full disclosure: I'm a member of the latter), fresh off their own shared tour, will play a joint record release show at Trans Pecos with Stern (feat. members of Kayo Dot) & Penchant. The Children of Bodom / Death Angel / Tyr Halo of Blood tour -- which has been sponsoring our weekly East Village Radio show -- will hit town for the first of 2 nights at Irving Plaza (tix here).

SATURDAY (3/29): Children of Bodom / Death Angel / Tyr night 2 at Irving Plaza (tix). White Widows Pact, Mad Diesel, Nerve Shatter, & Blackest are playing an ABC No Rio matinee beginning at 3pm. The Ocean & Scale the Summit are playing the Studio at Webster Hall with The Atlas Moth & Silver Snakes, if you're into that kind of thing (tix). A weirdly singsong-y bill will be at Vitus: Wo Fat, Gozu, Roadsaw, Lo-Pan, Geezer, & Neon Warship (tix).

SUNDAY (3/30): Ringworm & Death Before Dishonor bring their tour to Long Island's 89 North (in Patchogue; tix here).

Over in the Invisible Oranges corner: We premiered new music by Forteresse, Chasse-Gallerie, Monarque, & Csejthe all at once, as well as from Nux Vomica independently. We shared sweet memories of Craw and Ratt, as well as a bittersweet (but appropriately goofy) tribute to Dave "Oderus Urungus" Brockie of GWAR, who passed away this week. Goodnight, sweet scumdog.

Oh, and we ran down all the metal fit to buy, of course. Check out the aforementioned streams and tour dates below. Anything else?

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: 40 Watt Sun LP news, new Autopsy, Misery Index at MDF +++ more"

GWAR-B-Q 2013 (more by Josh Sisk)
GWAR

GWAR @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
GWAR

GWAR @ Irving Plaza - Zombie Prom (more by Chris La Putt)
GWAR

Crack-a-Thon 2010 (more by Gabi Porter)
Crackathon

This week started with the sad news that GWAR frontman Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus) had died. Since we first posted, GWAR's manager released another official statement:

On behalf of Dave Brockie's family, Slave Pit Inc. and GWAR, we would like to thank all the loyal fans worldwide for the outpouring of love and support shown to us over the past few days. Knowing that we have such amazing family, friends and fans is truly helping us all get through this tough time.

We are awaiting a toxicology report from the medical examiners office to confirm the cause of death. The medical examiners office has informed us that the results can take one to three months to be processed. Standard protocol exists that a toxicology procedure be performed.

We have made funeral arrangements and a private memorial has been scheduled for close friends and family.

According to local Richmond, VA station WTVR, authorities are treating the death as drug-related, though TMZ said "one law enforcement source said, "There were no drugs found, as far as I know.". TMZ also points out that Brockie was sitting in a chair when found

Just last week, GWAR announced the date for this year's GWAR-B-Q: August 16 at Hadad's Lake in Richmond, VA. (We went last year.) It will still happen as planned (ticket info TBA), and the official Brockie public memorial will take place the day before (8/15) at Hadad's Lake. More info to come.

Some of the members of GWAR -- past and present -- talked to WTVR in a memorial piece which you can watch below.

Meanwhile, other tributes have been flooding in from all over. Jon Stewart, who used to bartend at NJ club City Gardens where GWAR often played (watch an entire 1988 concert shot there below), mentioned Brockie's death when interviewing Gibby Haynes earlier this week on The Daily Show; TOOL dedicated their show on Monday (8/24) in Cedar Park, TX to Brockie; FOX News show Red Eye, on which Oderus appeared many times, paid tribute on Tuesday (watch below); and Williamsburg's Vinnie's Pizza in Brooklyn has GWAR specials today on their well-known specials board:

The specials menu @ Vinnie's in Brooklyn today (3/28)
Vinnies

Over at Invisible Oranges, Scab Casserole penned a funny, moving tribute to Oderus:

Too often, we take metal too seriously. There's a reason for that -- many of us were lost before we found metal, so to laugh at the thing that made us complete seems like blasphemy. For many, the best metal is defined by how true-ness, by stern beliefs and hard limits held by musicians concerning everything from politics to production values. On top of that, good metal is created through hard work by ultra-dedicated musicians, which is no joke if your music of choice is incredibly technical and atmospheric. But metal is also gross. The majority of us are boozy, eczema-riddled, semi-literate jackasses, even those legendary figures we like to idolize. Cliff Burton took rank shits and Euronymous jacked off on his mother's sheets. GWAR were honest about all that, even under a hundred pounds of foam rubber. They were the KISS of the '90s, when things like KISS had been recognized as totally silly, even if they were also totally awesome. GWAR expressed their politics by beheading Ronald Reagan onstage. They didn't invite you into the GWAR Army, they threw you into the Slave Pit or fed you to the alien. Their songs contained traces of grunge, funk, alternative, and even hip-hop, because why not? Nothing is sacred, everything is awful, let's have fun.
Read the whole thing -- and we highly suggest you do, it's great -- over at Invisible Oranges.

Though we think "Scumdogs of the Universe" is a true classic, GWAR are probably the ultimate "must see live" band and there's really no better tribute to Brockie than to watch footage of his endless creativity and humor, onstage as Oderus. We've got lots of clips -- as well as some infamous TV appearances (Joan Rivers, Jerry Springer) and their Empire Records cameo -- below....

Continue reading "Oderus Urungus we miss you (Dave Brockie tributes pouring in; death being treated as drug-related; GWAR-B-Q still happening w/ public memorial; videos & more)"

by Doug Moore

Jar'd Loose at Township in Chicago, 2012 (more by Carmelo Española)

In further weird Chicago-based heavy rock-related news: the excellent Chi-town noise rock unit Jar'd Loose will be headed out for a brief set of spring North American dates. Before the tour proper, Jar'd Loose will briefly meet up with awesome Canadian grinders Fuck the Facts in April for a pair of midwestern dates. Then, in May, fellow gristle-heavy Chicagoans The Swan King will hop aboard for a string of East Coast shows that includes a NYC stop at Saint Vitus on 6/3. No tickets on sale yet, but keep an eye out.

Stream releases by both Jar'd Loose & The Swan King and check out all upcoming Jar'd Loose dates below...

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By Doug Moore

Czar at Irving Plaza, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)

At five years old, Chicago's Czar are a comparatively new band. Their roots run deep, though; founder Jason Novak is also responsible for the long-running industrial metal band Acumen Nation, which explains why this comparatively under-the-radar band was able to land an opening slot on Killing Joke's North American tour last year. Czar themselves are substantially different from their predecessor band -- they draw equally on contemporary, Mastodon-ish sludge and the weirdly artsy alternative rock of the late '90s/early '00s. (Think Failure or the 'cool' parts of Deftones' catalog; Hum, whose Matt Talbot produced both of their albums, figure here too.) You can stream their 2013 album, No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive, below.

Czar are heading out on a short North American tour of their own in April. Their run briefly intersects with Godflesh's rescheduled US tour for a 4/15 Chicago show at Metro (tix here) before reaching NYC for a headlining show at Saint Vitus on 4/17. Support is TBA, but tickets are on sale anyhow.

Stream No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive and take a look at Czar's complete list of announced dates below...

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March 27, 2014

by Doug Moore

Solstafir at Inferno Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

For such a long-running and accessible band, Iceland's Solstafir have flown remarkably far under the crossover radar for most of their career. Though they started their run in the '90s as an Enslaved-style Viking black metal band, they've since evolved into an adept and extremely hooky progressive rock act that draws as heavily on various "post-" genres as on their native BM. 2009's Köld is a minor masterpiece; it's a miracle that the American indie press didn't catch onto it at the time.

Solstafir may be comparatively obscure in the States because they've never played here...until this year, anyway. We already knew that they're on tap for this year's edition of Maryland Deathfest. It turns out that they've taken advantage of the opportunity to schedule a short run of non-fest North American dates, too, including a NYC appearance happening on 5/16 at Saint Vitus Bar. They'll be accompanied by American post-rockers Junius on all dates (though not at MDF). Tickets for the BK show are available now.

Stream some Solstafir and check out their full run of dates below...

Continue reading "Solstafir going on first US tour w/ Junius before MDF (dates)"

by Wyatt Marshall

Lord Mantis at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Lord Mantis

Lord Mantis just debuted a new song on Stereogum called "Negative Birth" from their forthcoming album, Death Mask, which comes out on April 29 on Profound Lore. The song, a big sludgy monster, features Dylan O'Toole of Indian on vocals--Indian also recently released their own filthy slab of sludge, From All Purity. Stream "Negative Birth" below.

As mentioned in Heavy Lowdown, Lord Mantis joined the Martyrdoom lineup along with Evoken after Knelt Rote dropped off the bill. In other lineup news, Sein Und Zeit has been moved to the Sunday billing. Full day-by-day lineups below--if you're around, this is a great way to catch a bunch of rare appearances by killer black metal bands including Sargeist, Behexen, Forteresse and many more, not to mention the fest's doom headliner, Mournful Congregation. Sargeist recently premiered the title track from the band's forthcoming album Feeding the Crawling Shadows, and Forteresse streamed a new track, too. Tickets to Martyrdoom, which runs from June 27-July 1 at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, are on sale.

In other Martyrdoom news, the festival will have a Metal Flea Market at Saint Vitus during the days of June 28th and June 29th, with vendors like The Omega Order, Broken Limbs, and Fallen Empire Records. More vendors and info on that on the event's Facebook page. Fallen Empire Records, one of the premiere underground black metal labels in the US, just appeared on the Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio show and premiered new material from Vorde, Lluvia, Death Fortress, Haethen and In the Court of a Broken Flesh. Check out the playlist and stream over on IO.

Lord Mantis stream and Martyrdoom lineup below...

Continue reading "new Lord Mantis song from LP (listen) ++ Martyrdoom updates, including a Metal Flea Market"

March 25, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

Castevet at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

NYC's post black metal wizards Castevet will be playing a few shows before their scheduled appearance at Maryland Death Fest, hitting Montreal, Toronto and NYC before the big deal in Baltimore, where they play the loaded Edison Stage with At the Gates, Taake, and Agalloch, to name a few.

Castevet, which features Psalm Zero's Andrew Hock, will be accompanied by the like-minded Thantifaxath for all dates, and will throw death metal weirdos Pyrrhon (whose Doug Moore is a BV contributor, and who are streaming their new album) and Artificial Brain into the mix for a 5/19 show at Saint Vitus. Tickets are on sale. Try to catch the Wednesday May 14 Toronto stop of the tour if you're in the area--it's a goodie, with headlining performances by Ulcerate and Inter Arma.

All Castevet and Thantifaxath dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Castevet touring w/ Thantifaxath, playing NYC w/ Pyrrhon and Artificial Brain before Maryland Death Fest (dates)"