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September 23, 2014
photos by Mathieu Bredeau
NOLA sludge metal masters Crowbar are in the middle of a month-long run following the release of their 10th full-length, Symmetry In Black. The tour is with an all-around well-matched lineup of Revocation, Havok, Fit For An Autopsy and Armed For Apocalypse, and it stopped at NYC's Gramercy Theater on September 14. Pictures of all five bands are in this post.
Crowbar are also featured in a new Noisey documentary called NOLA: Life, Death and Heavy Blues from the Bayou that takes a look at the origins of the New Orleans metal scene. Along with members of Crowbar, the film features members of DOWN, Pantera, Eyehategod, Corrosion of Conformity, Goatwhore, Acid Bath and more. The description reads, "From the crawfish-littered tables of the secluded Anselmo compound to a fishing boat with Eyehategod in the swamps, we'll discuss the bands, Hurricane Katrina, drugs, suicide, murder, and records that helped shape the New Orleans sound known the world over."
The first episode of the documentary is out now. You can watch it, with more pictures from Crowbar's Gramercy show, below...
September 22, 2014
Inter Arma at IO Northside 2013 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Richmond, VA psych metallers Inter Arma are set to follow last year's excellent Sky Burial LP with the one-song, 40-minute EP The Cavern on October 14 via Relapse. The trailer is out now, and features a few clips of the song including one with guest vocals from Dorthia Cottrell of fellow Richmond band Windhand (whose tour just hit NYC over the weekend). Watch/listen below.
Inter Arma are on board for the 2015 edition of Maryland Deathfest, and the only other date they have announced so far is the Metal Injection/MetalSucks CMJ showcase happening at Bushwick's Acheron on October 21 with King Parrot, So Hideous, Lazer/Wulf and Moon Tooth. Tickets for that show are on sale now. No word yet if other CMJ shows will be added.
UPDATE: Other dates were announced including a European tour with Mantar (who we highlighted in our Fest preview). All are listed, with The Cavern trailer, below...
Blothar at Riot Fest Chicago (more by James Richards IV)
Vulvatron at Riot Fest Chicago (more by James Richards IV)
After some confusion about who GWAR's new members are and what they do, most notably Vulvatron, GWAR have issued a public statement:
GWAR, the most brutal band in existence, has bolstered its ranks leading up to the GWAR Eternal Tour. The Berserker Blóthar and Vulvatron are the latest intergalactic warriors to be banished to the pathetic mudball known as Planet Earth. Blóthar; a fat, filthy, frozen space viking, will take over as GWAR's lead vocalist. The role of the red-hot cybernetic spitfire known as Vulvatron is more mysterious...Both will feature prominently in the anticipated GWAR Eternal Tour - which promises to be the most shocking and entertaining rock show of the year! Get to know your new masters before they grind you to a bloody pulp!As previously mentioned, Blothar is played by Michael Bishop, formerly Beefcake the Mighty. More details on each character are listed below.
It was recently reported (and re-reported all over the place) that Vulvatron was "co-frontperson", but as we can see now, she is actually just "more mysterious". Both characters were already seen live at Riot Fest Chicago (and Blothar played the GWAR-B-Q). Both can be seen again on all the tour dates listed below...
September 19, 2014
Today is the Day at Gramercy Theatre in 2011 (more by Stephanie Crumley)
Noisecore vets Today is the Day recently announced their tenth album, Animal Mother, which will be out October 14 via Southern Lord, and they've since made a video (dir. David Hall) for its single "Masada." It's a super-heavy deranged crusher and the video is appropriately hallucinatory. Check it out below.
TITD will also be going on a tour surrounding the album's release with Chicago's blackened sludgers Lord Mantis (who also have a new album out this year). The tour hits NYC on October 12 at Acheron with Goes Cube/Hull-related sludge band Cleanteeth and harsh noise/PE project Swollen Organs. Tickets for that show are on sale now. There's also a TBA Long Island show on October 17.
All dates are listed, with the new video, below...
September 18, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
Godflesh at Irving Plaza in April (more by Greg Cristman)
Godflesh's first album since 2001, A World Lit Only By Fire, is coming October 7 via their Own Avalanche Recordings label, and after releasing the track "New Dark Ages," they've since returned with another LP cut, "Imperator." Like the previous single and their EP from earlier this year, "Imperator" sounds like classic Godflesh with its crushing riffs and that bulldozer of a drum machine. Listen below...
September 17, 2014
photos by Jay Thornton
Accept / Raven @ Gramercy Theatre - 9/15/14
After a very effective opening set from legendary nwobhm act RAVEN, ACCEPT stormed the stage blasting out the opening number from their latest CD "Blind Rage". This wasn't no oldies show metal brothers and sisters. Since regrouping after the exit of iconic frontman Udo Dirkschneider a few years ago with new vocalist NYC boy/ex-TT QUICK singer Mark Tornillo, guitarist and steward of the ACCEPT legacy Wolf Hoffman and his crew have released three stellar albums and raised hell all over the world. The classic ACCEPT sound was on brutally glorious display last night. The awesome mix of metallic operatic pomp and a vicious guitar assault is what makes ACCEPT the quintessential German metal band.German speed/power/thrash metal pioneers Accept brought their current tour in support of this year's Blind Rage LP (their 3rd since reforming and 14th overall) with NWOBHM legends Raven (who also have a new album on the way) to NYC for a show at Gramercy Theatre this past Monday (9/15). They played a good chunk of the new LP plus plenty of old favorites like "Balls to the Wall," "Fast as a Shark," "Princess of the Dawn" and more. For Raven's shorter opening set, they didn't unveil the new material yet, instead sticking entirely to their early-mid '80s period. We've got a set of pictures of both bands in this post.
Almost half the set was from those more recent albums and the material - especially the brutal "Teutonic Terror" and WWII epic "Stalingrad" are every inch up to the quality of the classics like 'Losers And Winners". The band were in fantastic form and the sold out show's enthusiastic audience were very receptive to the newer songs. [Rock Shock Pop]
Raven will be back in NYC for a smaller show when their tour with Night Demon hits Saint Vitus on November 21. Still no ticket link for that show.
More pictures, and the setlists for both bands, below...
September 16, 2014
Myrkur (aka Amalie Bruun)
Over the summer, we wrote about mysterious Danish "one-woman black metal project" Myrkur, who had announced an EP coming out on Relapse. We got an advanced listen of the EP and loved what we heard. Pitchfork, Stereogum and others were also on board. We called it "one of the best atmospheric black metal albums of the year so far."
We also mentioned it was surprising how Myrkur seemed to appear essentially out of nowhere, but that we dug into it and came up with an idea of who it was. Here's what we said then:
Two clues: 1) This is not the first time her music has been featured on BrooklynVegan, 2) She is pictured in the screenshots you see in this post, which were pulled from a sort-of-leaked Myrkur promo video we found.What we didn't say is that we had a feeling it was Amalie Bruun of NYC indie pop duo Ex Cops (who have certainly been featured on BrooklynVegan). She was also in MINKS and is one of the many who has played in a band with Frankie Rose. Amalie is of Danish descent, and her bandmate Brian Harding outed her as a black metal lover in a 2013 interview for the Village Voice.
Now, a new interview on Bandcamp's blog by BV contributor Wyatt Marshall shows that Myrkur is indeed Amalie Bruun:
Myrkur is the work of Amalie Bruun, a Danish artist and longtime black metal fan. Bruun says she writes and records all of her music in Denmark, where the history of Scandinavia and Scandinavian nature--forest, mountains, cold, and Nordic magic--inspire her. She references second-wave Norwegian black metal bands like Darkthrone and Ulver as influences, as well as Edvard Grieg, the 19th-century Norwegian composer known for his romantic works and occupier of a special place in the Norwegian collective conscience. She's also in another band, the indie-pop duo Ex Cops, and she's a model who has been featured in fashion publications like Refinery 29 and an ad for Chanel, directed by Martin Scorsese.No live shows announced for Myrkur just yet, but you can catch Ex Cops when they tour with Dum Dum Girls. Just don't expect any blast beats.
The EP is out today (9/16) on Relapse and can be streamed in full below...
by Ian Chainey
Lightning at the Door album art
Nashville's psych-rockers All Them Witches are giving their album, Lightning at the Door, a proper release today (9/16). It's a heady brew of swirling tones and heavy blue-eyed blues rock. The tracks also have that bracing spontaneity of crack improvisers. Says singer/bassist Michael Parks, Jr. regarding their approach: "In terms of the music, we're so loose, and that's where the magic comes from. There's no controlling factor. We do exactly what comes naturally. We go in a room without any idea about what will happen, get in the groove, and it works. That's supernatural." You can check out a couple of its tracks below.
All Them Witches are currently on tour with crushing doomers Windhand. This Saturday's (9/20) show at NYC's Saint Vitus with Ilsa and Polygamyst is on the very near horizon. That show is also very nearly sold out according to Saint Vitus's Facebook: "If you want tickets to Windhand, act soon. There are less than 30 left." Tickets are, indeed, available now.
Updated dates are listed, with the song streams, below...
September 15, 2014
by Ian Chainey
Cleveland nasties Nekrofilth are currently on tour. The filthy punkified death/thrashers are spreading their putridity across places like Chicago, Toronto, and Montreal. Tonight (9/15), they'll play NYC's the Acheron with Skull and Crypter for an Invisible Oranges-presented show. Tickets are available now. The remaining dates of their tour appear below.
Nekrofilth have built up a fanbase of sleaze-hungry metalheads that like it old, rotten, and worm-eaten. The band hit a new high/low with 2013's Devil's Breath, a furiously charging wall of buzz that was equal parts Repulsion and Macabre and early Dwarves. The song title "I'm a Degenerate" should give you an idea as far as the lyrical themes are concerned. The band's members have logged time in Nunslaughter, Apartment 213, and Masakari. You can check out an interview we did with Zack Rose on Invisible Oranges late last year. Bring your best grave digging attire and leave your conscience at the door.
All of the dates along with Nekrofilth's Devil's Breath appear below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Creepers - Stuck (MP3)
Deafheaven @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 9/14/14
After playing Hudson, NY's Basilica Sound Scape on Saturday (9/13), Deafheaven kicked off their tour with No Joy and Indian Handcrafts at NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (9/14). We caught the MHOW show and pictures are in this post.
Unfortunately, I showed up a little late and only caught the last minute or so of Indian Handcrafts, but they sounded good and loud so I imagine their set fit the bill well. No Joy followed and were also loud (though maybe not quite as much as their Brooklyn Night Bazaar show last month) and delivered a wall of sound perfect for zoning out to. With a driving bassist and a drummer always locked into a groove, things could be kept grounded a bit as both guitar players went off into other worlds of distortion and reverb. Good set.
Then Deafheaven finally came on, playing a lot of Sunbather and their new song "From the Kettle Onto the Coil." Vocalist George Clarke didn't go out of character once, with his usual menacing faces, extending his arms out to the crowd, miming a conductor during the slow parts, and of course unleashing his piercing scream. George is a sight to see, but he's matched by the power of the rest of the band. Their blend of black metal, post rock and shoegaze is a real force. It's towering, epic stuff that can go from brutal to beautiful in seconds and is often both at the same time. And while George's performance is dark and full of mystique, the rest of the band are more down to earth, just coming off like a great rock band. They're super tight, powerful, and their attack and George's theatricality balance each other out well.
The tour picks back up in Connecticut on Tuesday (9/16), but before that No Joy wil squeeze in a headlining NYC show at Mercury Lounge tonight (9/15) with Tonstartssbandht. Tickets are still available.
In related news, Creepers, the band including Deafheaven members Shiv Mehra and Daniel Tracy, are releasing their debut LP, Lush, on October 28 via George Clark's All Black Recording Company. It follows last year's self titled EP. The album was recorded and mixed by Andrew Oswald (Ash Borer, Weatherbox), and Jack Shirley (who produced Sunbather) mastered it. You can download the first single, "Stuck", above (via Pitchfork).
LP artwork, tracklist, and more pictures from MHOW, below...