Recent Posts in metal - Page 6
January 20, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Erez Avissar
To quickly recap, Brooklyn black metal band Liturgy put out Aesthethica, their best-received album yet, in 2011. Not long after, their not-so-secret weapon Greg Fox (drummer) left the band. They then began playing as a duo with a drum machine (also without bassist Tyler Dusenbury), and this past summer, they regrouped as a full band. Now they're finally ready to release the follow-up to Aesthethica, The Ark Work (due 3/24 via Thrill Jockey), and first single "Quetzalcoatl" has them abandoning black metal, using entirely clean singing and sounding closer to dark industrial rock.
Listen for yourself below...
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
photo: Mastodon in Austin in 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Two bands that toe the line between hard rock and metal, Mastodon and Clutch, will be heading out on a co-headlining tour this spring, and fellow riff-bringers Graveyard and Big Business will be on board as openers on select dates. The tour will continue to support Mastodon's 2014 album Once More 'Round the Sun and Clutch's 2013 LP Earth Rocker, and a press release notes that "fans can expect surprises" from these two bands who have collaborated on stage before.
The tour hits NYC on May 19 at Central Park Summerstage with Mastodon closing the night and Graveyard opening. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (1/23) with an Invisible Oranges/BrooklynVegan pre-sale starting at noon on Thursday (1/22). Check back here Thursday morning for the password (note: the presale was originally starting Wednesday, but got pushed back a day).
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
All dates are listed below...
January 19, 2015
photo via Karasu Killer Records
Japanese grindcore band posted this sad news this morning (NY time):
Tonight,UG drummer "HEE-CHUNG"(HIRONORI SUZUKI) passed away....No other details.
We are deeply sorry to hear about the death of our brother....
We will never forgret your smile,passion,and your spiritual DRUMMING !!
Thank you for being UG drummer,Hee-Chung !!
It was an honor to play with one of the greatest blast-drummer.
Your fighting spirit will always stay with us..forever !!
THANK YOU,HEE-CHUNG !
Rest in peace HEE-CHUNG.
You can watch a video of Unholy Grave from Maryland Deathfest 2014, below..
January 17, 2015
Marky Ramone will take the stage at the Gramercy Theater on 1/17 to celebrate the upcoming publication of his memoirs, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone. Sitting behind the drums for one of the greatest bands in rock history for fifteen years provided more than enough perspective for the Brooklyn native who will turn 59 later this year. The timing is especially poignant given that last July saw the death of Tommy Ramone who'd been the last surviving member of the original lineup. It was Tommy who would recommend Marky to replace himself when he left the band in 1978, setting in motion another chapter for a band that had already established itself as one of punk rock's most iconic groups. I recently spoke with Mark to discuss the book release show (featuring Andrew W K), his earliest days with another genre-defining band, and why punk rock is still the best form of exercise.
BV: Let's talk about the book for a second, Mark. What made you feel this was the right time for an autobiography?
Marky: Well, it took five years in the making, and the process of writing it was a year and a half. I read all the Ramones books, and there were a lot of exaggerations, and I just wanted to clear them, so in my book I did. I just don't like when people try to change history for their own reasons. I'm not gonna mention names. I'm just saying that I believe what happened happened and that's what happened. To change history for one's idea of sensationalism I think is wrong. On the Internet, especially these days, a blog or a writer can say anything and then everybody believes that, y'know what I'm saying? I'm sure you've experienced that. That's where a lot of people unfortunately get their news. In my book it's my whole life story beginning with the music scene plus growing up in Brooklyn, New York, and then later on after me, Johnny, and Joey decided to retire in '94 and then our last show was in '96. It's a lot more informative. Obviously it has a lot to do with time being in the band for fifteen years and doing 1700 shows. I absorbed everything and what you read, that's the result.
January 16, 2015
Metal festival Maryland Deathfest (which returns this May) is expanding westward and presenting California Deathfest as well this year. It happens October 9-11 at Oakland Metro in Oakland, CA, and the lineup includes Worship, Infest, Antediluvian, Autopsy, Bolzer, Disma, Dispirit, Immolation, Excel, Loss, Lycus, Cretin, Despise You, Ghoul, Nader Sadek, Noothgrush, Poison Idea, Xibalba and more.
Unlike MDF's multi-stage setup, CDF will happen on one stage. Tickets go on sale at noon PST on Saturday (1/17). Full day-by-day lineup below...
January 15, 2015
photo: Weedeater at Saint VItus in 2012 (more by Samantha Marble)
Stoner metal weirdos Weedeater have announced a US tour with Australian thrashers King Parrot kicking off in Austin during SXSW and ending in their home city of Wilmington, NC in April. The tour swings through NYC for a show on April 13 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Weedeater signed to Season of Mist last year and said they'd be releasing a new Steve Albini-recorded album on the label. That album's now been finished. Stay tuned for more details. Before that though, they'll re-release 2007's God Luck and Good Speed and 2011's Jason... The Dragon on their new label home on January 26 and February 23, respectively.
Watch a full set video of the Saint Vitus show they played this past November, with the list of tour dates, below...
photo: Cancer Bats at The Studio at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Harriet Roberts)
Toronto hardcore/hard rock blenders (and sometimes Black Sabbath cover band) Cancer Bats will return with their fifth album, Searching For Zero, on March 10 via Metal Blade Records. Its lead single "Satellites" comes with a hearty helping of thick riffs, as you can hear for yourself by watching its video below. Artwork and tracklist below too.
Cancer Bats have now announced a tour with the more traditionally hardcore and also great Canadian band Exalt, kicking off a few days after the album's release. The tour hits NYC twice: March 26 at Cake Shop and March 28 at Saint Vitus. Openers TBA, and advance tickets for Vitus should be available soon via Ticketfly.
All dates are listed, with the new Cancer Bats single and a stream of Exalt's 2014 LP Pale Light, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Sannhet at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
As discussed, Brooklyn instrumental post-metal trio Sannhet have signed to The Flenser for their upcoming sophomore album, Revisionist, which is due out on March 3. They've now premiered its new single, "Lost Crown," over at Stereogum, and it's more proof that this band can build one hell of a wall of sound. Check it out below.
We're also happy to announce that Sannhet and their Flenser labelmate Planning for Burial (who released the excellent Desideratum LP last year) have been added to night two of This Will Destroy You's BrooklynVegan-presented two-night stand at Saint Vitus (2/26 & 2/27). Night 1 openers still TBA. Tickets for both are still available.
UPDATE: So Hideous and Christopher Tignor are opening night 1.
Sannhet also play Vitus with Youth Code and Statiqbloom soon. Stream their new song, along with PfB's album and a track from TWDY's latest album, below...
photos by Keith Marlowe
High on Fire / Windhand @ Saint Vitus - 1/9/15
-And now: High On Fire from Oakland, CA.The awesome double bill of sludge beasts High on Fire and doom traditionalists Windhand wrapped up their tour in Providence last night, after hitting NYC for two shows (early and late) at Saint Vitus on January 9. We caught the late show, which was totally packed (both were sold out). High on Fire have a new album on the way (they're about to enter the studio with Kurt Ballou), and offered several new songs from that at the show. Opening the show (and the whole tour) was instrumental New Orleans band Mountain of Wizard. The review quoted above is of the early show. Pictures of the late one are in this post.
-Sounds like: Taking a bong hit right before a Marshall Amp is literally thrown at your face.
-New features on Matt Pike: A Lemmy-esque handlebar mustache.
-Things I would do to see High On Fire play a straight set of Motörhead songs: Kill, cheat, lie, sell the farm, sell government secrets, cut off a section of a pinky.
-Prediction: At some point, Lemmy will walk into his dressing room, and Matt Pike will emerge in Lemmy's signature black outfit and cowboy hat. He will answer only to "Lemmy." Matt Pike will become the new Lemmy, and will continue the reign of Motörhead.
-Highlight tracks of the night: "Rumors of War," "Madness Of An Architect," and "Speedwolf."
-New tracks played: All I can clearly remember is that one is called "Carcosa," which is an awesome True Detective/Robert Chambers reference, and that song slayed. [Chris Krovatin for Revolver]
In related news, Windhand singer Dorthia Cottrell has a psych-folk solo album on the way via Forcefield Records (due 3/3). She just released another track from that album, "Kneeler." Check it out, with more pictures and videos from Vitus, below.
photo: Philm at Slaughter by the Water 2012 (more by Taylor Keahey)
While Dave Lombardo left Slayer again in 2013, he's remained active with other projects. One of those is his band Philm, who released their sophomore album, Fire From the Evening Sun, last year. Philm have a couple dates announced at the moment, including a Brooklyn show happening February 23 at Saint Vitus with Gozu and Long Day Gone. Tickets for that show are on sale now. No word yet if these dates are part of a larger tour, but stay tuned. Full upcoming show schedule below.
Meanwhile, Slayer without Dave Lombardo were announced this week for Bonnaroo, where they'll join mostly non-metal bands (besides Pallbearer and Between the Buried & Me) like Kendrick Lamar, My Morning Jacket and Belle & Sebastian. Their only two other dates scheduled at the moment are also festivals: Florida's Welcome to Rockville Festival with Ministry, Slash, Suicidal Tenencies, Testament, Exodus, and more; and North Carolina's Carolina Rebellion with Cheap Trick, Slash, Suicidal Tendencies, Testament, Exodus and more.
Between the Philm show and Scott Ian's band Motor Sister playing Saint Vitus on 2/12, there will be no lack of '80s thrash vets at the Brooklyn venue this February. Philm dates, a song stream from their 2014 album, and a recent video interview that Dave Lombardo gave, below...