Recent Posts in metal - Page 5
February 10, 2014
Photos by Greg Cristman, words by Doug Moore
Amon Amarth @ The Paramount, 2/5/2014
As far as big-tent metal live acts go, Amon Amarth are something of a Platonic ideal. Their repertoire isn't the most diverse, but they deliver the material with the ease and flair that only a truly professional band can command. And more importantly, they know how to play to their crowd. The audience reaction at this show was easily one of the most rabid I've ever seen; mosh pits are a common sight, but virtually the entire crowd went airborne at critical moments in this performance. - [Invisible Oranges]Amon Amarth, Enslaved, & Skeletonwitch brought their tour to the NYC area last week, playing Irving Plaza on February 4 and the Paramount in Huntington, NY on February 5. We've got a writeup and pics from the Irving Plaza show over at Invisible Oranges, plus a separate photo set from the Huntington show, which you can check out in this post.
We will continue to give away tickets for this tour via our East Village Radio show, which airs every Tuesday at 10pm. Tune in and check out those Huntington pics below...
February 7, 2014
By Doug Moore
Triptykon - Melana Chasmata album cover
Triptykon, Tom G. Warrior's post-Celtic Frost concern, have announced the details for their second full-length album. It'll be entitled Melana Chasmata, it'll run for about 70 minuts, and it will come out in the States on April 15 -- just in time for everyone to spin it for a month before the band's Maryland Deathfest appearance. Check out the track listing below. That's Alien creature creator and longtime Celtic Frost/Triptykon collaborator H.R. Giger's cover art above. Unsurprisingly, it looks like it's made of dicks.
Prog-metal pioneers Cynic are streaming their new album, Kindly Bent to Free Us, via Pitchfork. It picks up big time in its second half, if you ask me.
New-school black metallers Vattnet Viskar will be touring with Vaporizer in March on their way to SXSW. They'll hit NYC on 3/3 at the Acheron; locals Pyrrhon (my band) will be on the bill as well. All tour dates are listed below.
Powerviolence legends Despise You have added a second NYC show on the day before their previously-announced April 5 appearance. The April 4 edition will take place at The Silent Barn; it'll also feature the new NYC-based iteration of Magrudergrind, as well as Backslider and Grudges.
It's kind of a slow weekend for shows, but there are three sweet events on Sunday (2/9): Pissed Jeans / Purling Hiss / Pampers at the Knitting Factory (tix), Psalm Zero / Yautja / Geryon / Kevin Hufnagel at the Acheron (tix), and Deep Swell / Kings Destroy / The Brought Low at Saint Vitus (tix). Keep an eye on our awesome NYC metal calendar for the latest. It rules.
From the IO department: we debuted music by Dephosphorus and Soreption, and took a careful look at new jams by Impure Wilhelmina, Drudkh, & Winterfylleth. We also spoke to Steve Tucker of Warfather and two members of the underrated and sadly defunct Babylon Whores. We also gave you the week in notable metal releases, and the gave away some tickets to see Amon Amarth, Enslaved, and Skeletonwitch (courtesy of Ticketmaster) via our East Village Radio show. Tune in every Tuesday at 10pm for more giveaways, guests, and brand new metal jams.
Check out the Triptykon track listing and the Vattnet Viskar/Vaporizer tour dates below. Anything else?
by Doug Moore
Greece's Dephosphorus call themselves "astrogrind," which is a bit misleading. Their music definitely has plenty of grindcore involved, and they sing about Wormed-style space stuff (though you wouldn't really know from the shrieked vocals), but the overall vibe of their music is totally earthy -- their songs are clipped blasts of noisy, genre-agnostic metal.
We're streaming their third album, Ravenous Solemnity, in full at Invisible Oranges. A bit from our writeup:
Ravenous Solemnity's songs average just over three minutes in length, but a lot goes into each ground-and-pound burst. Riffs appear just long enough for an attentive listener to internalize their details; all remaining space is given over to unspeakably violent rhythm shifts and Panos Agoros's hollow shriek. Dephosphorus work with dissonant, technical material, but they don't perform that material in the studied fashion of many chop-intensive metal bands. Those tempo shifts hit so hard because they're just a little human; every stuck landing bespeaks thousands of hours of collective practice. But again, you don't really think about any of that. You just feel the brainstem-level jolt. It's smart material deployed to caveman ends.Read the whole writeup on IO. Ravenous Solemnity will be available on February 10th via Handshake Inc. (American vinyl), 7 Degrees (European vinyl), and digitally via Bandcamp. Stream it below...
By Doug Moore
German psych-rock throwbacks Kadavar succeed in the most important way that such a band can -- they nail the aesthetic to a tee, from the instrumental tones to the song structures to the outfits (of course). When we last heard from them, they were opening for Floor at a surprise one-off Converse Rubber Tracks show at Saint Vitus a few weeks back. If you missed them there, you'll have another chance to catch them soon -- they're embarking on a North American tour in March, April and May, including SXSW, Austin Psych Fest and two shows in NYC: Saint Vitus on April 14 and Mercury Lounge on April 15 with The Shrine (who have also played NYC recently, and who also just released a new song, which you can stream below). Tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale today (2/7) at noon.
All Kadavar dates are listed, along with streams, below.
February 6, 2014
by Doug Moore
Boston sludge up-and-comers Rozamov are off to a good start. The band's second EP, 2013's Of Gods and Flesh, is a treat -- it delivers thrash-tinted sludge with a murky production aesthetic that reminds me of the long-quiet Philly act Javelina. You can stream it below.
The measure of most such bands comes with their live show, though, which you'll have a chance to check out soon. Rozamov are embarking on a 9-date East Coast tour later this month, beginning with a NYC stop at the Acheron on 2/15. They'll be joined by locals Godmaker, Eggnogg, and Crushed. Tickets for that show are available.
Stream Of Gods and Flesh and check out all upcoming Rozamov dates below...
by Doug Moore
Seattle's Wild Throne used to be called Dog Shredder, which was less than optimal for reasons which should be obvious. They now run the risk of being confused with the all the other "wild" bands out there, but it's still a step in the right direction.
And none of that matters when you sit down to listen to their upcoming 12" Blood Maker, which is an absolute ripper. These guys split the difference between At the Drive-In and early Mastodon. They play winding, technically-inclined heavy rock that draws on metal but doesn't belong to it; guitarist/vocalist Josh Holland delivers his lyrics in a wild, emotive howl. It's unpredictable, high-energy, catchy-as-fuck stuff.
So far, Wild Throne have debuted two of the EP's three tunes -- its title track "Blood Maker" appeared via Stereogum this week, while a second tune, "Shadow Deserts," is available via their Bandcamp. You can stream both tracks below.
Blood Maker will be out via Brutal Panda on March 4. Wild Throne will also be performing at SXSW; stay tuned for more details on that front...
by Doug Moore
Thou at ABC No Rio (more by Fred Pessaro)
It's been quite some time since arts-inclined Louisiana sludge unit Thou came to New York City. Now, with their fourth full-length album Heathen scheduled to drop on March 25 via Gilead Media, Thou are stepping into the live arena again. For starters, they've just announced a one-off NYC show at Saint Vitus on March 23. No openers yet, but tickets are on sale now.
The band are also preparing for separate tours with both Cloud Rat and The Body (who just released a song from their upcoming album, and who are playing Vitus the day before Thou). The former tour will be a West Coast tour, while the latter will return Thou to the East Coast. Both Thou and The Body will be playing NYC again on July 5 at ABC No Rio and a TBA NYC date the next night, plus they'll both be at the Gilead Media Festival in July as well.
All dates are listed (some venues still TBA), with a stream of Thou's last LP, below...
February 5, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
Invisible Oranges is pleased to present an evening of black metal featuring New Jersey's Abazagorath, Quebec's Chasse-Galerie, plus One Master, Grue and NYC up-and-comers Vorde on May 2 at The Acheron. The show is being presented in conjunction with Signature Riff, the folks responsible for the upcoming (and incredible) Martyrdoom Festival at Saint Vitus from June 27 through July 1.
Abazagorath draws from a thrashy black metal palette, and though we last caught them on camera in 2011, the band's a regular in NYC and has provided support for the likes of Revenge and Horna. A rarer occurrence is an appearance from Quebec's Chasse-Galerie -- the show will be the band's first NYC show. Chasse-Galerie delivers an atmospheric yet punishing brand of black metal, one that's heavily informed by melody but never lays off the ga s-- not to be missed. Listen to a few songs below.
For our Massachusetts friends, be sure to catch Chasse-Galerie, One Master and Grue with Sangus on May 3 at O'Briens in Alston. Show info is here.
Chasse-Galerie streams below...
By Doug Moore
Louisville death/black metallers Anagnorisis dropped a very solid sophomore album in Beyond All Light last year. It was doubly impressive because their well-received first album, 2007's Overton Trees, featured Panopticon's Austin Lunn in a band-leader role; Lunn has long since departed, but Anagnorisis has reorganized and carried on in fine form.
Beyond All Light is getting a second moment in the sun this year, as the is now available on vinyl via their Bandcamp. Anagnorisis are also embarking on a brief Eastern US tour in March, including a stop in Brooklyn at Acheron on 3/10. No tix yet, but keep an eye out.
All tour dates are listed, along with a stream of Beyond All Light, below...
February 4, 2014
Torche at IO Northside showcase in 2013 (more by Harriet Roberts)
Pre-Torche sludge popsters Floor have a new album on the way and just played a one-off at Saint Vitus last week (1/29), and if that isn't enough for you, TORCHE will now also play a one-off at Saint Vitus on February 26, presented by Noisey. Tickets are on sale now.
Watch a Torche video below...