Recent Posts in metal - Page 6
June 26, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
Lambesis (center) with As I Lay Dying
Christian metalcore band As I Lay Dying's vocalist Tim Lambesis was recently sentenced to six years in prison after he plead guilty to attempting to hire a hitman to kill his wife (the hitman was a San Diego police officer), and things aren't going to be looking up for Lambesis any time soon. In an interview with Alternative Press leading up to his incarceration, Lambesis said that he was actually an atheist. (At least one religious site has explained to its readers that Lambesis didn't try to kill his wife because he's an atheist.) He even went further and said two of his bandmates were atheists before him, and threw untold number of bands under the bus when he said "maybe one in 10 Christian bands we toured with were actually Christian bands." Here's a bit from the interview:
We toured with more "Christian bands" who actually aren't Christians than bands that are. In 12 years of touring with As I Lay Dying, I would say maybe one in 10 Christian bands we toured with were actually Christian bands. I actually wasn't the first guy in As I Lay Dying to stop being a Christian. In fact, I think I was the third. The two who remained kind of stopped talking about it, and then I'm pretty sure they dropped it, too. We talked about whether to keep taking money from the "Christian market." We had this bizarrely "noble" thing, like, "Well, we're not passing along any bad ideas. We're just singing about real life stuff. Those kids need to hear about real life, because they live in a bubble."There are lots of other interesting reveals in the interview, including Lambesis talking about cheating on his wife and his admissions about using steroids and his opinions on "roid rage" (doesn't believe in it, like God). Head over to the Alternative Press to check it out.
Meanwhile, check out a medley from one confirmed fake Christian band below...
Liturgy as a full band in 2009 (more by Fred Pessaro)
You may know that NYC black metal "transcendentalists" Liturgy have been touring as a duo with a drum machine, but they'll be reuniting with their masterful drummer Greg Fox (and bassist Tyler Dusenbury) for their first tour as a four-piece in a while. It's a short tour in the fall surrounding their appearances at Midpoint Music Festival and Pygmalion Music Festival, and about a month before that, Liturgy will play a hometown show at Brooklyn's Pioneer Works on August 23 (159 Pioneer St) with two Flenser-signed artists, Wreck & Reference (who have a new record out) and White Suns (ditto), and more TBA.. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (7/1) at midnight. All dates are listed below.
The band are also reissuing their 2009 debut, Renihilation, on August 26 via Thrill Jockey, so stay tuned for that.
In related news, Greg Fox also has upcoming dates with his other projects, including an ongoing Guardian Alien tour in Europe and many shows in NYC. He'll play in Zs when they open the previously discussed Arto Lindsay show at LPR on 7/22, which Bigyuki also opens (tickets). Then, Guardian Alien plays Trans Pecos on August 1 with Good Willsmith. Both Guardian Alien and Greg solo play Hudson, NY's BasilicaSoundScape, and Greg plays another solo show in NYC on 9/24 at Roulette with Battle Trance. All of Greg's various dates are listed below.
Watch a full band live video of Liturgy from 2011, with those lists of dates, below...
Get ready to thrash when the mighty Slayer is joined by fellow legends Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus on a tour this fall that hits the Wellmont Theater in NJ and many other places around the country.
Tickets for every show on the tour go on an exclusive Invisible Oranges presale today (6/26, 10am local time). The password for all dates is "invisibleoranges" All dates are listed with ticket links below....
June 25, 2014
by Ian Chainey
YAITW making a bloody mess (via @kc_xiii)
Charlotte black n' crust collective Young and in the Way went full The Shining on Sunday, "spraying" pig's blood during the Empire Tattoo showcase at Lexington Avenue Brewery in Asheville, North Carolina. This caused the venue to shut down and call the Buncombe County Health Department to assess the damage. Lexington Avenue Brewery general manager Benjy Greene said (via WLOS):
After a private music event in our back room, we voluntarily closed and contacted the Buncombe County Health department to advise us the best cleanup procedure for our back room.Young and in the Way have yet to issue a statement, though Empire Tattoo have apologized for the event:
Though the actions and result of Sunday nights show were out of our hands we are sorry another local business is suffering. We have been in contact with Buncombe County health inspector over the matter and are aware that the "contamination" was confined to the back room of the LAB. We were also made aware by the health inspector that LAB was given "go ahead" to re open as soon as they wished without re inspection. Our mission for this party was to celebrate our business and customers with another local business. We hope for everyones sake we can all move forward from this in a positive manner. We appreciate everyones support on this matter.Lexington Avenue Brewery hopes it can have the stage cleaned by Saturday for the David Bowie cover band Wham Bam Bowie Band. Godspeed, cleaning crew. Remember, we can be heroes.
Young and in the Way will be in NYC opening the BV-presented stop of the Oathbreaker and Cult Leader tour which happens July 24 at Acheron with Badr Vogu and the recently-added Meek Is Murder. Tickets are still available and the show is now 18+ (rather than 21+). Luckily, Brooklyn doesn't have any history with bands wielding pig's blood. Nope. None.
You can check out a local news report -- which might as well be presented by Perd Hapley -- regarding the incident, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Boston's Fórn just released a new track from their forthcoming EP The Departure of Consciousness titled "Dweller on the Threshold," and it's a sludge-caked doom monster. Punishingly heavy, here's what we had to say about it over at Invisible Oranges:
"Dweller on the Threshold," the opening track (not counting an ambient intro) of Fórn's forthcoming EP The Departure of Consciousness, is a bit of a knock-down, drag-it-out bruiser. The sparse, punishing drums; the fuzzed-out big-riff brutality; the throaty, palpably disgusted, up-in-front vocals; the menacing anticipatory build; the insanity of the deathed-out blast release: these give "Dweller on the Threshold" a threatening, gruff quality. It's a killer opening track statement. While "Dweller of the Threshold" drags you through viscous sludge out back to the alley, though, note the rich, at times absorbing melancholic atmosphere...Look for the album on Vendetta Records later this summer -- it's going to be a goodie.
...The push and pull and knowing when to hit the jets makes for a really well conceived and, despite the pulsating gruffness of the track, polished song. Special mention has to go to the killer vocals--the throaty belch is mile-deep, and the hysterical shriek that comes in when shit hits the fan is gold.
Fórn is playing some West Coast dates which you can check out below, but, sadly, don't have much on the East Coast outside the New England region. They play Providence, RI with Sin of Angels and Lycus on June 29, and are also playing with the Thou & The Body in Worcester, MA on July 7 with Rozamov.
The Thou/The Body tour, though, does hit NYC on July 5 with a matinee at ABC No Rio. Then that night they'll play Bushwick's Palisades with Ghastly City Sleep, and Pygmy Lush. Tickets for the previously unannounced Palisades show are on sale now.
All Forn and Thou/The Body tour dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
June 24, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
Iron Maiden at Austin's 360 Amphitheatre in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson had some choice words about punk music in an interview with The Guardian a few days back. In a Q&A with Frank Turner (who definitely has some punk roots), Dickinson compares punk and metal in relation to the cultural mainstream and the "art establishment," then goes on to imply punk musicians were a bunch of no-talent hacks (because apparently it's still 1980). Here's an excerpt:
The closest the "art establishment" ever came to embracing metal was punk. The reason they embraced punk was because it was rubbish and the reason they embraced rubbish was because they could control it. They could say: "Oh yeah, we're punk so we can sneer at everybody. We can't play our fucking instruments, but that means we can make out that this whole thing is some enormous performance art." Half the kids that were in punk bands were laughing at the art establishment, going: "What a fucking bunch of tosspots. Thanks very much, give us the money and we'll fuck off and stick it up our nose and shag birds." But what they'd really love to be doing is being in a heavy metal band surrounded by porn stars."Burn.
Not to say there was any animosity between Dickinson and Turner. Turner is a self-professed big fan of Iron Maiden and the two will be playing the same stage at the Sonisphere festival, where noted pilot Dickinson will pilot a vintage World War I airplane--the model used by The Red Baron--in a simulated dogfight above the audience before Iron Maiden plays. There are some other memorable quotes, including some words of wisdom about fame:
I'm not interested in being famous. Fame is the excrement of creativity, it's the shit that comes out the back end, it's a by-product of it.I'm not interested in being famous. Fame is the excrement of creativity, it's the shit that comes out the back end, it's a by-product of it.And a funny story about Maiden's legendary Rock in Rio show:
At Rock in Rio, the first time we played it in '84, I was playing this nice guitar and the monitors just were not to my liking. It was only 500,000 people at the biggest rock gig in the world ever, we'd had three days of madness down there, proper Beatlemania, and we run onstage and I'm thinking: "Fucking hell, it sounds like shit!" I run over to the monitor desk and I'm yelling at the guy: "Your monitors suck, you cunt!" and I smashed the guitar in half over the top of his monitor desk to make the point, which didn't really solve anything. First of all I'd destroyed a perfectly good guitar, and the monitors were still shit. So I go back onstage in front of 500,000 people and kick the monitors off the front of the stage, so now there are no monitors. Worse than bad monitors is no monitors.Read the whole interview at The Guardian.
by Ian Chainey
Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats
English chemical experimenters and horror flick adorers Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats will be heading west for their first North American tour. The band recently played Maryland Deathfest, but will step foot back in the States and Canada for a full slate of dates. The tour begins on September 24 in Philadelphia and ends October 11 in Los Angeles. On September 26, Uncle Acid drops into New York City's Bowery Ballroom. Support on the tour comes from Danava who haven't been around these parts in a few years. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday, June 27 at noon.
The Cambridge doomers released their third full-length, Mind Control, in 2013 and followed it with the single "Mind Crawler" that was backed by a Charles Manson cover. In addition to the forthcoming tour, the band will be playing a host of festival dates, including Jalometalli 2014 in Finland which is headlined by another soon-to-be-Stateside-traveler, King Diamond.
All of the dates along with the video for "Mind Crawler" and a live Danava video, below...
by Ian Chainey
Pallbearer at Europa in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Sorrowful doomers Pallbearer are streaming a new track on NPR. This one is called "The Ghost I Used To Be." The first released song from the forthcoming Foundations Of Burden (August 19, Profound Lore Records) charges out the gate with weighty strums. Soon, singer/guitarist Brett Campbell gives the track a blue tint, flexing his throat with Patrick Walker-esque downtrodden emotion. Then, you're off on a trip in the progressive sense as Pallbearer stretches out for 10 Epicus minutes.
Pallbearer -- who recently played Northside, though their maybe-alter ego Goat Pope couldn't make an appearance -- is currently wrapping up a tour with Deafheaven and Wreck and Reference. In September, they'll embark on a European run of dates with YOB, who also have a new album on the way called Clearing The Path To Ascend (September 2, Neurot Recordings). In November, Pallbearer will appear at Fun Fun Fun Fest.
All dates are listed, with a live video of Pallbearer at their Northside show, below...
June 23, 2014
We recently posted that a NYC date of King Diamond's TBA tour found its way onto the internet (in addition to a Fun Fun Fun Fest appearance), and now that tour has been 100% confirmed and announced in full. Like we posted, the tour hits NYC on October 14 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets go on sale this Friday (6/27) at noon (not this past Friday, like what was initially reported), and there's a SHOWstubs.com fan club presale starting Tuesday (6/24).
All dates are listed, with the tour flyer, below...
by Klaus Kinski
Meshuggah @ Best Buy Theatre, 6/21/2014 (more by @lllukewilliams)
On Saturday (6/21), Swedish polyrhythmic skull-pummelers Meshuggah brought their bowel-loosening 25th anniversary tour to the very sold out Best Buy Theater in NYC's best kept secret, Times Square. This NYC gig was the final date of the US leg of the tour, called 25 Years of Musical Deviance, which kicked off Wiltern in Los Angeles back on June 6, 2014.
An extremely distressing hangover almost had me sitting this show out. However, being the high-functioning alcoholic that I am, I knew that if I just got my trembling, flabby ass to the venue, a coupla beers and the fellowship of 2099 other metalheads would have me feeling as right as rain. And sure enough, having run the slow-motion gauntlet of touristy congestion that is Times Square, I soon found myself double fisting cups of Bud Light from the comfort of the Best Buy theater's ample birds-eye-view seating area and having a helluva time. Mercifully, Meshuggah had only one opener, Between the Buried and Me, which meant the sooner they were done doing their thing, the sooner Meshuggah would be giving me brain aneurysms with their utterly relentless polymetric opuses.
In a weird way, Meshuggah might be one of the most imposing bands I have ever seen perform live. With his unbelievably brutal vocal styling and minimalist headbanging style and bizarre grimaces, singer Jens Kidman is a very effectively scary front man. Guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, guitarist Mårten Hagström, and bass player Dick Lövgren loom larger than life on stage; they always seem to be in silhouette and barely move from their stations on stage. No corpse paint, no violent mannerisms, no thrashing about... it's their stoicism that I find striking and truly brutal. And drummer Tomas Haake is flat out one of my biggest heroes. He is the backbone of a band whose music is extremely complicated and beat-driven and he absolutely dominates. He's a drummer's drummer; exceedingly graceful and a master of tempo and confusing-as-hell, physically demanding drum structures. For this tour the stage was festooned with five gigantic HR Giger-esque floor-to-ceiling banners as well as a pretty rock solid light rig that, when synched to Tomas Haake's frenetic bass drum patterns, made me feel as though I'd most certainly have a seizure or throw up or both. It was awesome.
Prior to this 25th anniversary tour, Meshuggah enlisted their fans to help curate the setlist by establishing an online poll where fans could vote on songs they would like to hear on the tour. The result was a really fantastic setlist (see below) that featured songs that went as far back as 1989 when the band was still just getting their bearings. The crowd never lost steam, and when classics like "New Millennium Cyanide Christ" and "Bleed" were unleashed, the chaos would reach new levels. From start to finish the show was impeccable. But for me the highlight was the encore which consisted of Catch 33's three-song opus consisting of "Minds Mirrors", "In Death - Is Life" and "In Death - Is Death". As an album, Catch 33 always came off as one singular piece, but isolating these three songs as an extended encore was perfection.
Setlist from Meshuggah's Best Buy Theater show is below...