Recent Posts in metal - Page 5
January 25, 2016
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Amon Amarth at the Paramount in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Swedish death metal vikings Amon Amarth have a new album on the way and a tour to go with it. The album is called Jomsviking and it comes out March 25 via Metal Blade. They've released the first single with a video. It's called "First Kill" and it's pretty much what you would expect; polished, catchy death metal with viking elements that border on tongue in cheek.
The tour will take them through NYC for a show at the Playstation Theater on April 22. Support on all dates comes from Entombed AD (LG Petrov's current version of Entombed) and Exmortus. Tickets for that show (and the whole tour) are on artist presale now. The general on-sale for NYC begins Friday (1/29) at noon.
Check out the video for "First Kill" along with all tour dates below...
Jimmy Bain in 1983 (photo by Dana Wullenwaber)
More sad news in the music world. Bassist Jimmy Bain, who played with Ronnie James Dio and Ritchie Blackmore in Rainbow during the Rising era and was later a longtime member of the band Dio, has passed away. He was 68. His Dio bandmate Vivian Campbell posted the following on Facebook:
It's with the heaviest of hearts that I must confirm the news of the passing of our dear friend and Last In Line band-mate, Jimmy Bain. It was Jimmy who gave me my first big break in the music industry and for that I am forever indebted.Rest in peace Jimmy. Say hi to Dio for us.
Jimmy's struggles with his demons were well documented through the years, but over the last 18 months he had finally won that battle and he was bright and lucid and motivated throughout the writing and recording of the new record. He leaves behind him a rich legacy of work from Rainbow, through Wild Horses, Dio, and finally, Last In Line. Jimmy was immensely proud of our new album and his input to it was immeasurable.
He was a very kind and gentle and generous soul and our lives were greatly enriched for having known him. We will continue to celebrate his life through his music.
On behalf of Vinny and Andrew, our thoughts and condolences are with his family at this most difficult of times.
Rest in peace, dear friend.
Stream Rising and check out a couple tweets by Dave Mustaine about Jimmy, below...
January 22, 2016
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Finnish grindcore monsters Rotten Sound have released a new song and are prepping a new album. The album is called Abuse to Suffer, and it hits on March 24 via Season of Mist. The new song is called "Lazy Asses," and it's a furious face-punch of a grindcore song, the likes of which we've come to expect from these guys. Stream it below, and preorder the album here.
Check out "Lazy Asses" and the list of all announced dates below...
photo: Deafheaven at Webster Hall in 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Lamb of God / Anthrax / Deafheaven / Power Trip tour was supposed to hit NYC on Saturday (1/23) at Hammerstein Ballroom, but due to weather it's been moved to Monday (1/25). All tickets will be honored. The show is sold out but resale tickets are available. Their NJ show for Tuesday (1/26) at Starland Ballroom is still on as planned (tickets),
as is Anthrax's signing at Rough Trade NYC on Monday. (Update: Signing is cancelled.)
Updated dates are listed below...
January 21, 2016
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Magrudergrind in Miami in 2013 (more by Kris Alan Carter)
As always, there's a bunch of great metal and hardcore happening in NYC, so here are some shows to tide you over while you mourn the fact that you can't make it to the Czech Republic for the Insect Warfare reunion.
Recently anointed with the title Best Mall-Metal Debut of All Time by Invisible Oranges, Killswitch Engage are releasing a new album called Incarnate. They will embark upon a huge tour that involves a 5-night NYC residency at venues that would normally be too small for these guys. So if you're at all into seeing them, this is probably the time. This will feature shows at Gramercy Theatre on 3/6, Bowery Ballroom on 3/7, Saint Vitus on 3/9, Marlin Room at Webster Hall on 3/10, and Rough Trade on 3/11. Tickets for all five shows go on sale Friday (1/22) at 10 AM at the above links.
Providence hardcore band Fucking Invincible (members of Dropdead, Daughters, among others) are playing a show at The Acheron on February 27 with V Sect, Mauler and Slav. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Grind masters Magrudergrind just announced a new, Kurt Ballou-produced album and released a single. The album is called II and the new, ripping song is called "Sacrificial Hire," and you can stream it below. In addition to playing that Decibel show in Philly, Magrudergrind have a NYC show coming up before they head out on a massive European tour. That one is also at The Acheron on February 19 with local rippers Mutilation Rites, Incendiary and Triac. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Toronto classicists Cauldron, with an excellent new album In Ruin hot off the presses, will head out on tour and swing through NYC
for a show at Saint Vitus on February 22 with support from Tower. Tickets are on sale now. Stream their LP and check out tour date below.
Since we last spoke, The Ocean have dropped off of that tour with Intronaut and North to be replaced by progsters Scale the Summit. All dates, including Marlin Room at Webster Hall on March 29 (tickets), remain the same.
Now on to the reminders. Since the last roundup, a ton of new stuff has been announced, like Tau Cross, Unearth/Ringworm, Conan/Serial Hawk, Dragged Into Sunlight/Primitive Man/Cult Leader/Churchburn, UXO/Primitive Weapons, Behemoth/Myrkur, Ghost, Cannabis Corpse, Pig Destroyer/Dropdead/Full of Hell, and Whores/Fight Amp.
What else? Oh just Horrendous, Dysrhthmia/Artificial Brain, Poison Idea/Child Bite/Iron Reagan AND Poison Idea/Child Bite/Sheer Terror, Tengger Cavalry, Rivers of Nihil Krallice/Yellow Eyes, Coffins/Noisem/Ilsa, Bell Witch/Wrekmeister Harmonies, Black Tusk, Taake/Young and In the Way/Vattnet Viskar, and Bongzilla/Black Cobra.
Think that's it? Think again. You got Abbath/High on Fire/Skeletonwitch/Tribulation, Abigail Williams/Fleshgod Apocalypse, Melvins/Napalm Death/Melt Banana, Cannibal Corpse/Obituary/Cryptopsy, Voivod/Vektor/Eight Bells, Megadeth/Suicidal Tendencies, Black Sabbath, Slayer/Testament/Carcass, AC/DC, Lamb of God/Anthrax/Deafheaven/Power Trip, and Iron Maiden.
That about does it. What did we miss?
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
UK-based metal supergroup Tau Cross, which features Amebix bassist/vocalist Rob "The Baron" Miller and Voivod drummer Michel Langevin, are coming over to play shows in the US for the first time ever. Their tour behind their stellar self-titled 2015 debut takes them through NYC for a show at The Acheron on April 9 with solid support from Morne and Trenchgrinder. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Stream Tau Cross and check out all tour dates below...
photo: Ringworm at Saint Vitus in 2015 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
Metalcore band Unearth is heading out on tour and, excitingly, hardcore greats Ringworm will be providing direct support for all dates. The tour includes a stop in NYC at Santos Party House on April 15 with support from Culture Killer (who will also be on the whole tour), Reflections, and Hollow Earth. Tickets for that are on sale now.
You can check out all tour dates and video of a Ringworm set from back in 2014 below...
We mentioned a while ago that Boris and Merzbow were working on an ambitious double LP called Gensho together, and now they've revealed a track. The premise of the album is that the first disc features drum-less versions of older Boris songs and the second features new Merzbow compositions, and the two discs are intended to be played at the same time. The new track has Boris' "Huge" off 1998's Amplifier Worship paired with Merzbow's "Planet of the Cows," and you can check out the official live video below. The album comes out March 18 via Relapse.
Boris are playing Levitation Fest in a few months, but other than that no word on a tour behind this album.
Watch that new video, with the official album trailer, below...
January 20, 2016
by Rob-Sperry Fromm
We already posted the first two of three total songs on the new Agoraphobic Nosebleed EP Arc. Now the whole thing is streaming, and it's fantastic. Sounding like they've been a doom band all their life, Scott Hull, Kat Katz and company rip, groove, and scream through 30 crushing minutes of riffs. It's the first of four EPs that ANb plan on releasing, its a heavy highlight of the year so far, and you can stream it below.
You can also now own ANb grind classics Frozen Corpse Stuffed With Dope and Altered States of America on vinyl for the first time in a very long while. You can preorder those over at Relapse.
Agoraphobic Nosebleed will be playing California Deathfest and Southwest Terror Fest later this year (they'll share most of those dates with Hull's other band Pig Destroyer, who play NYC in March). They've only just started playing shows, so this is pretty exciting.
Stream Arc below (via Noisey) and check out upcoming dates...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Wolf Eyes at Knockdown Center in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Kings of American noise/trip-metal band Wolf Eyes, who released I Am a Problem: Mind in Pieces last year, are gearing up for a tour with Third Man Records labelmates Timmy's Organism and Video. Wolf Eyes won't be on the NYC dates of that tour but they have just announced a three-night run at Brooklyn's Union Pool February 4-6. Joining them will be member of Michigan Underground Group who will be helping with Wolf Eyes performances in various capacities:
Joining them every night will be APE TECHNOLOGY on automated & specifically tuned machinery from their vast assemblage of self-playing audio varmint-sculptures, Sam Hookers' TARPIT project playing tapes, strings, and synth, and rounding out Michigan squad is newcomer Tyler Hicks, aka THANKS USA on all things strange, homemade. VIKI VIKTORIA brings a quadrophonic process to the mix and general Midwestern ghastly audio compositions.Tickets for all three shows are on sale now.
In addition to I Am a Problem, Wolf Eyes John "Inzane" Olson is readying a new book of record reviews via Third Man Books (which is apparently a thing). It's called Life is a Rip Off Part One, and it arrives sometime soon, limited to 250 copies and only available via Third Man. So keep an eye out.
All Wolf Eyes tour dates are listed, along with a stream of "T.O.D.D." from last year's LP, below.