Recent Posts in metal - Page 6
June 17, 2015
photo: Primitive Weapons at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Heavy hardcore locals Primitive Weapons, last seen opening for Refused and at the Bushwick Collective Block Party, are currently on a tour with The Dillinger Escape Plan and Mutoid Man, co-presented by BrooklynVegan. The tour kicked off in DC last night, hits Philly tonight (6/17), Boston on Friday (6/19), and wraps up in NYC on Saturday (6/20) at Irving Plaza.
The band recently put out a video for a new song, "The Electric Drama." The video, directed by Zev Deans, has manipulated black-and-white footage of the band playing Saint Vitus (the venue three members of the band co-own or work at), and the song is a ripper. Check it out below (and look for ex-BrooklynVegan editor Fred Pessaro in the crowd). Their next album, The Future of Death, is due out this fall via PartySmaher Inc. the label/media platform run by Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman. The record was recorded by Dean Baltulonis (American Nightmare, Hope Conspiracy) at The Wild Arctic Studios in 2014
As a young band, Weedeater plied their trade touring. They logged countless hours on the road, and it's that work ethic centered around bringing the riffs to the people that continues to guide the latest version of the group, one that features former Zoroaster bassist Travis Owen taking over behind the kit after Kirkum's departure. "For us, it's all about the live show," Collins says. "Bands just sound better live than they do on record. If you think you're better on record, then you're not as good a band as you thought you were." From that vantage point, Goliathan, the band's fifth full-length, is a smashing success.Stoner doom crushers Weedeater recently dropped album #5, Goliathan (their first for Season of Mist), and the quote above is from Invisible Orange's piece on the record, by writer Chris Brown (not that Chris Brown). Read the rest here.
Not only does the record capture the spirit of Weedeater's live performances, but it's also a culmination of the work that came before it. Acoustic, mellow bits that were only ever hinted at before find room to breathe on long-player number five. Tracks like "Bow Down" and "Claw of the Sloth" already sound like battle-tested numbers ready to be deployed on eager fans, but the most earth-shattering moment on Goliathan comes at the very beginning.
Like that quote says, Weedeater are relentless road dogs. They already visited us once this year and they're set to do so again this summer. The new dates are with '70s-inspired doomers Kings Destroy (who put out their self-titled third album earlier this year), and they hit NYC on August 11 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with streams of Goliathan and Kings Destroy, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
British hard rock/heavy metal vets Girlschool wrapped up the North American leg of their tour, after hitting NYC on Sunday (6/14) at Saint Vitus. To a packed, into-it house, Girlschool delivered a fun set that leaned most heavily on their 1981 sophomore album, Hit and Run. They also gave us two from their upcoming Guilty As Sin album, "Take It Like A Band" and "Come, the Revolution."
Support came from 2000s-era Swedish hard rockers Crucified Barbara, plus Old James, Velvet Black and Tang. More pictures of the whole show, with Girlschool's setlist and a video, below...
June 15, 2015
photo: Earth at Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)
Drone metal vets Earth are continuing to tour this year in support of 2014's Primitive And Deadly on Southern Lord. They'll be on the road this summer, hitting NYC on August 27 at Saint Vitus with more TBA. Tickets for Vitus go on sale Friday (6/19) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, with a stream of last year's LP, below...
UK doom traditionalists Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats are following 2013's Mind Control with a new album, The Night Creeper, on September 4 via Rise Above. They recorded it with engineer Liam Watson (Electric Wizard, Tame Impala). That's the artwork above.
They also announced a North American tour, which begins a few days after the album comes out. It hits NYC on September 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/19) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, with the video for their 2014 single "Runaway Girls," below...
June 13, 2015
photo: Prurient at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
We already knew Dominick Fernow would be playing NYC this weekend with his Vatican Shadow project at Nothing Changes on Sunday (6/14), but before that you can see him as Prurient at Saint Vitus TONIGHT (6/13). He was just revealed as the special guest on Pitchfork's Show No Mercy Northside showcase which also includes Bell Witch, Akitsa and Alberich. Tickets are still available, and you can also get in with a Northside badge.
Updated dates are listed, with a stream from Prurient's very good new album, Frozen Niagara Falls, below...
June 11, 2015
photo by Ester Segarra
Lucifer's a powerful name because it has social, religious and literary connotations. At the same time, it's sort of an anonymous name. It's not hard to conjure that name up out of our collective unconscious. Why that name?Last year, doom duo The Oath broke up a month after releasing their debut album, but vocalist Johanna Sadonis is now fronting a new band, Lucifer. Their debut album, Lucifer I, comes out next week (6/16) via Rise Above Records and you can stream the whole thing below via our metal sister site Invisible Oranges. IO also interviewed Johanna about their band name, working with ex-Cathedral guitarist Gaz Jennings for the album, and more. That's a quote above and you can read the rest here.
I had this name from the beginning. I was thinking about it for a while, whether I should do it or not, because I'm aware it's a very blunt move. [I knew] that people would say, "Who does she think she is, calling her band that?" If you look at Metal Archives, there are seven bands called Lucifer. I was actually surprised that there are only seven bands called Lucifer, because if you look up any other cliche word on Metal Archives, you will find tons and tons of bands. I thought, "The figure of Lucifer is so powerful and beautiful." I associate the band with it. Lucifer was a very misunderstood misfit. I thought it was a very beautiful metaphor and it's also a very catchy name. I thought it was great for that concept of having a heavily '70s-influenced heavy rock band. For both reasons: the superficial one -- it's a killer name for a band -- but also what Lucifer stands for. I thought it was very beautiful.
As a fan of this style of music, it has to be exciting working with Gaz Jennings.
Absolutely. I've been a Cathedral fan. He's one of the greatest guitar players of this genre that I know. He's so good. I'm thrilled to have him with it.
As previously mentioned, Lucifer are going on tour with High on Fire, Pallbearer and Venomous Maximus, which hits NYC for two BV/IO-presented shows: August 15 at Irving Plaza and August 18 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for those shows are still available.
High on Fire's new album is streaming now too. Full list of tour dates, and the Lucifer album stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Motorhead will release their 22nd album, Bad Magic, on August 28. It features a cover of The Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" and 12 new original songs, including the newly-released "Thunder & Lightning." It's a hi-speed ripper that basically sounds like it could've been on Overkill or Ace of Spades, and there's no reason to complain about Motorhead doing what they do best 35 years later. Listen below.
The band also have a number of tour dates coming up, including their 2015 'Motorboat' cruise (with Slayer, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies and more), and the Toronto, Denver, and Chicago Riot Fests. All dates are listed below...
Horror icon, occasional metal musician, and all-around cool dude Christopher Lee died on Sunday (6/7) in a London hospital. He was 93. From Billboard:
According to media reports, Lee died on Sunday morning, June 7 at Westminster Hospital in London after being admitted for respiratory problems and heart failure. The Guardian reported that his wife, former Danish model and painter Gitte Kroencke, decided to release the news days later in order to inform family members first. The couple had been married since 1961.Lee was a staple of Hammer Films' horror films, played the (thrice) titular James Bond villain in The Man with the Golden Gun, freaked audiences out in The Wicker Man, and had roles in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, and the Star Wars prequels (as Count Dooku, he was probably the least lame thing in those). But it wasn't until late in life that his love of opera, history AND heavy metal came to the fore, working with Rhapsody of Fire and Manowar before releasing his first symphonic metal LP, Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross, in 2010. You may also remember his 2012 metal Christmas single. Rest in peace, Christopher Lee. You led a long, awesome life.
Stream Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross via Rdio and watch the video for Lee's "The Bloody Verdict of Verden," below.
June 10, 2015
photo: Primitive Man at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Denver sludge/metal/punk/etc bashers Primitive Man have been pretty prolific this year. They already put out the Home Is Where The Hatred Is EP on Relapse in February, they have a split LP with Northless on the way via Halo of Flies (trailer below), and this week they dropped a new free single, "Futility." You can stream that and the EP in full, below.
The band also have a ton of tour dates coming up, including a leg with Opium Lord that hits NYC on July 23 at Saint Vitus. Also on that bill is Opening Bell, and tickets are on sale.
All dates are listed, with the song streams, below...