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December 15, 2014

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Nifelheim/Ares Kingdom

Metal festival Defenders of the Old Fest will take place in NYC on March 13 & 14 at The Bell House with Riot V, Machine of War, Exciter, Aggression, Brocas Helm, High Spirits, Natur and more. Tickets, including 2-day and single-day passes, are on sale now. Full lineup below.

In even more exciting news, the fest is presenting another NYC show the following day (3/15) at a TBA venue with Sweden's Nifelheim and Kansas City's Ares Kingdom (ex-Order from Chaos). Nifelheim are a legendary, utterly scuzzy and thrashy black metal crew who have been doing it since 1990, and Ares Kingdom are a veteran death/thrash outfit. While these two bands don't have locality or subgenre in common, they share a gnarled, old-school approach to ripping people's faces off. The show will feature a couple more bands who have not yet been announced, but given the headliners alone this should be huge. We'll keep you posted with further venue, ticket, and band info as that comes in.

Check out live videos of Nifelheim and Ares Kingdom, with the Bell House lineups, below...

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December 11, 2014

High on Fire on Motorhead's Motorboat cruise (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Just yesterday, Windhand singer Dorthia Cottrell announced her debut solo album, and now the band are set to go on a short tour supporting riff masters High on Fire in early 2015. All dates will be revealed shortly, but we already know of a few including NYC on January 9 at Saint Vitus with openers Mountain of Wizard. Tickets for that show will be available here starting 10 AM on Friday (12/12).

All currently known dates are listed, with a couple videos, below...

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Wrekmeister Harmonies at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Wrekmeister Harmonies

Chicago-based experimental metal project Wrekmeister Harmonies just gave their newest piece, Then It All Came Down, the video treatment, filmed and edited by WH leader JR Robinson himself. The video premiered over at our metal blog Invisible Oranges, where IO's also got an interview with JR. Here's an excerpt:

Tell us more about the images used in the video. Did you collect them all yourself? Where are they from?

Yeah I shot all the footage myself. Some places here in Chicago and in nearby Gary, Indiana as well as some locations in northern California. The statue of Ronald Reagan was terrifying to me... found that in a state park somewhere in Mendocino County. The broken mirror shots were my nod to Raymond Pettibon who did all the great artwork for Black Flag. He used a lot of Manson imagery for their flyers and the band had a very communal living situation coupled with a very "fuck you be afraid of us" vibe. To me, that aesthetic was an obvious reverberation of what Manson, Beausoleil and the rest were cultivating in southern California nearly a decade before.

Read the rest of that interview here.

As discussed, Wrekmeister Harmonies will be performing the piece live in NYC at Signal Gallery this Sunday (12/14) with an exciting lineup of collaborators. That includes Slint's Dave Pajo, Om/Grails/Holy Sons' Emil Amos, Indian's Dylan O'Toole & Ron DeFries, Liturgy's Hunter Hunt Hendrix, Bloodliest's Eric Chaleff, L'Altra's Lyndsay Anderson, plus Scout Pare Philips, Esther Shaw, David Grant, and Brent Arnold. Tickets are still available.

Check out the new video below...

Continue reading "Wrekmeister Harmonies made a video for 'Then It All Came Down' ahead of this weekend's guest-filled NYC show"

Testament on the Motorhead Motorboat in October (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

A couple of stacked east-coast hardcore/metal festivals have recently announced their lineups. First up, Damaged City Fest will take place in Washington D.C. from April 10-12. It will feature UK-based The Mob, Canada's Career Suicide, DC's Coke Bust, PA's Hounds of Hate, NJ's Razorheads, and NY-based Warthog and Ajax, among many others. Those last few bands, along with DC's Red Death, who will also be making an appearance, were featured in our hardcore roundup last week. Ticket info and more bands TBA. Full initial lineup below.

The following weekend, Worcester, MA will play host to the more metal-centric New England Hardcore and Metal Festival on April 17-19. The lineup is pretty huge, with classic thrash like Testament, Exodus and Nuclear Assault joining more current popular bands like Between the Buried and Me and more exciting underground acts like Nails, Wisdom in Chains and Homewrecker. Tickets are available now in either three-day packages or for individual days.

Check out the initial lineups and flyers for both fests, below...

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December 10, 2014


Retox, the ripping punk project of The Locust's Justin Pearson, and heavy noise rockers Whores are set to hit the road together in eearly 2015. That excellent double bill hits NYC on February 21 at Saint Vitus. TIckets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (12/12). All dates are listed below.

Earlier this month, Retox released with a split with Narrows (the current band of Botch vocalist Dave Verellen) and you can stream a contribution from each, below. Speaking of Botch, bassist Brian Cook recently spoke to Noisey about the possibility of a reunion and said "I have always said 'never,' but I have now been instructed by the other dudes in the band to stop saying that." "I won't say never anymore," he continued. Well that's something! Fingers crossed.

Another of Brian's defunct bands, These Arms Are Snakes (which also featured Ryan Frederiksen of Narrows), also recently unearthed a cover of Lost Sounds' "Energy Drink And The Long Walk Home" on a split with The Coathangers. You can stream that, and The Coathangers' cover of The Gun Club's "Sex Beat" from the split, below too.

Continue reading "Retox released a split w/ Narrows, touring w/ Whores; Botch "won't say never" regarding a reunion"

December 9, 2014

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Myrkur & Ulver's Kristoffer Rygg

No longer mysterious one-woman black metal project Myrkur (aka Amalie Bruun of Ex-Cops and formerly of MINKS and Frankie Rose's band), released an EP on Relapse earlier this year that stirred up its fair share of controversy among metal purists who decried her lack of heavy bona-fides. That's unfortunate, considering the EP is pretty great, but hopefully those cries will be silenced with the news that Myrkur's debut LP features some of the black metal heavy hitters she's been inspired by. She's currently working on it in Oslo with producer Kristoffer Rygg, the man behind Ulver. On top of that, it will feature Teloch of Mayhem on drums and contributions from √ėyvind Myrvoll of Nidingr and Dodheimsgard. The full-length is as yet untitled, and it's due out in 2015 on Relapse.

Myrkur shared a demo for the new album called "Skaoi" last week, and she's also announced her first-ever live performance, which will take place at Roskilde Festival in Denmark next July.

Speaking of Mayhem, they'll also be heading out on tour with Watain and Revenge in January.

Check out that new Myrkur demo below...

Continue reading "Myrkur recording her debut LP w/ mems of Ulver, Mayhem and more (stream a demo)"

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Yellow Eyes at Saint Vitus in July (more by Greg Cristman)
Yellow Eyes

Fellow NYC metal outfits Yellow Eyes and Anicon are currently on tour together, and they'll wrap up their run of dates with a hometown show at Union Pool on Saturday (12/13). Joining them will be local psych metal band Kosmodemonic. This should be a fun show, as Anicon's proggy approach provides a strong complement to the powerful, straight-ahead black metal practiced by Yellow Eyes. Tickets will be $10 at the door.

All dates listed, along with streams from all three bands, below...

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December 8, 2014

IO Presents

Our metal blog Invisible Oranges is presenting a loaded and varied NYC metal show at Trans-Pecos on December 14. The lineup features Humanless (a new project from members of Unearthly Trance), industrial weirdos Psalm Zero (ex-Castevet, Extra Life), local grindcore outfit Buckshot Facelift (which features members of Artificial Brain), and Bloodmist (members of Kayo Dot and Oneirogen). Tickets are on sale now for $10.

Check out video of Psalm Zero at 285 Kent and Buckshot Facelift at Leftfield from last year below...

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Kurt Ballou w/ Converge at MHOW in 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Kurt Ballou

Converge already have a busy 2015 ahead of them, with a big tour with At the Gates and Vallenfyre -- that hits NYC on 12/12 at Webster Hall (tickets) -- lined up, but even when Converge aren't touring or working on an album, their members seem constantly busy. We recently talked about what bassist Nate Newton is up to, frontman Jacob Bannon is always busy with Deathwish, and guitarist Kurt Ballou is always behind the boards of some of the best heavy music coming out today.

Now that it's Best-Of List Season, Kurt has given us a list of his favorite 2014 releases that he recorded, produced, and/or mixed. Here's what he had to say about it:

I'm pretty terrible at writing these "10 best albums of 2000 whatever" things because, as a recording engineer, after concentrating on music for 10 hours a day, every day in my studio, listening to music isn't a priority when the day is through. I kind of hate it, because I really love music, but I also need some time to reset my ears and brain. So, when asked to contribute to these sorts of things, I'm always a bit embarrassed to respond with, "uhhh... I'm only really familiar with the stuff I recorded." But I recorded some killer records this year, so fuck it - here's some shameless self-promotion. In no particular order, here are some of my favorite 2014 releases that I recorded, produced, and/or mixed.
Self-promotion or not, it's a list of great records. Check it out, with his commentary, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo by Janette Valentine

As discussed, Torche are releasing their new album Restarter on February 24 via Relapse (their first for the label), and they've now released its first single, "Minions." It's the kind of poppy sludge we've come to expect from Torche (or from Floor, frontman Steve Brooks' other band who put out a new album this year), and this one's on the band's slowed-down side. Check it out below.

Torche also have a previously announced tour with Clutch coming up that hits NJ on 12/29 (tickets).

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