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March 24, 2014

Gwar at Housecore Horror Fest 2013 (more by Trent Maxwell)
Gwar

The founder and lead singer of renowned metal band Gwar, David Brockie, has died, numerous sources close to the band tell Style Weekly.

A member of the Richmond Police Department confirmed early Monday that the 50-year-old musician was found dead in his home Sunday between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. by his roommate.

"Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I've known," former Gwar bassist Mike Bishop says. "He was brash sometimes, always crass, irreverent, he was hilarious in every way. But he was also deeply intelligent and interested in life, history, politics and art."

"His penchant for scatological humors belied a lucid wit. He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist, one of the best, ever! A great front man, a great painter, writer, he was also a hell of a bass guitarist. I loved him. He was capable of great empathy and had a real sense of justice."

The news comes in a year the Grammy-nominated band marks its 30th anniversary and recently returned from a long-awaited first performance in Japan. It recently announced that it would hold its fifth Gwar-B-Q concert Aug. 16 at Hadad's Water Park. [Style Weekly]

David Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, the frontman of graphic, theatrical metal band Gwar, has passed away at 50 years old. Cause of death has not been revealed, but police do not suspect foul play. You'll be missed Oderus Urungus. Thanks for all the maniacal shows over the years.

None of Gwar's or Brockie's representatives have confirmed the death yet, but NME reports that Gwar's management will issue a statement later today (3/24). UPDATE: Gwar's manager Jack Flanagan (Sleazy P Martini was apparently unavailable for comment) issued a statement confirming the death:

It is with a saddened heart, that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR passed away at approximately 6:50 PM EST Sunday March 23,2014. His body was found Sunday by his band mate at his home in Richmond, VA. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified. A full autopsy will be performed. He was 50 years old, born August 30, 1963.

My main focus right now is to look after my band mates and his family. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed.
Watch a Gwar video below...

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March 21, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

Agalloch at MHOW in August 2012 (more by Wyatt Marshall)

We are still recovering from SXSW (it was a blast, and we know you don't feel bad for us) but did manage to post photos of our Invisible Oranges showcase featuring Black Tusk, Mutoid Man, Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne, and Venemous Maximus. Check 'em out, and let us know if you went in the comments.

Despite the aforementioned SXSW hangover there were plenty of heavy happenings this week, which turned out to be a great week for new music. Black/grey metal kings Agalloch streamed a new song, "Celestial Effigy" off of their forthcoming album The Serpent & The Sphere, which is due out on May 19 on Profound Lore. After 2010's blistering Marrow of the Spirit, "Celestial Effigy" takes a step back towards an earlier Agalloch sound -- it has a similar lilt to "Hallways of Enchanted Ebony" at times. Give it a listen over at Pitchfork.

It happened late last week so it didn't make our HLD, but Tom G. Warrior's (Celtic Frost) Triptykon dropped two absurdly awesome and heavy tracks on everyone without any warning. Give them a listen below, and give a listen to another new Triptykon track that the band recently performed live. Triptykon's new album Melana Chasmata is out on April 15.

We premiered new Sargeist over at Invisible Oranges -- it's filthy, necro sounding black metal of the highest caliber. Look for Sargeist and the related, also Finnish bands Behexen and One Tail, One Head at the loaded Martyrdoom Fest at Saint Vitus from June 27 through July 1. Tickets are still available.

Metallica played a new song, "Lords of Summer," live in Colombia at the beginning of the week, and a couple of days later, a "Garage Demo" version of the song was posted to Youtube. Give it a listen it below.

As usual, there are a few good shows to check out this weekend. Tonight (3/21) at Saint Vitus, loud as hell creeps The Body play with Theologian and Couch Slut , and on Sunday (3/23) NOLA sludge masters Thou invade Vitus with support from black metal acts Anicon and Vorde and the punked-out Skelptarsis. Tickets to both shows are on sale. Over at The Acheron on Saturday (3/22), Swedish old-school death crew Obliteration will level the place with help from Fantom Warior, Flesh Temple and Iron Force. Tickets are on sale.

For a little further down the line, Florida sludge trio Floor announced a tour that will land at Saint Vitus on 5/5. Floor also streamed another song from their upcoming album Oblation, due out on April 29. For all upcoming heaviness, visit the NYC Metal Show Calendar. It rules.

Deafheaven front man George Clarke announced he created a record label called All Black Recording Company that will focus on underground releases. The first release will be Oakland d-beat/metal band Black Monolith's debut LP.

Over at Invisible Oranges, we ran down all the metal that came out this week worth buying, reviewed the new Coffinworm album, and talked to Ringworm on the Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio show, during which we also gave away tickets to the Children of Bodom / Halo of Blood North American Tour stops in Charlotte, NC and Silver Springs, MD.

Triptykon and Metallica streams below. Anything else?

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March 20, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

Album art for Black Monolith's debut LP, All Black Recording Company's first release
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Deafheaven singer George Clarke has teamed up with longtime friend and onetime Deafheaven bassist Derek Prine to form a record label called All Black Recording Company. The label will focus on releasing underground bands, and they've picked out their first release, Black Monolith's debut LP, which is due out in April. The Oakland based d-beat band has just one demo to it's name at this point--give it a listen below. We reviewed the demo over on Invisible Oranges, so head over there to read more about it.

All Black Recording Company made a statement regarding the label's mission on it's website:

We've seen the success bands have had using unconventional means such as crowd sourcing. It's obvious to us that people want to support the bands who write the music that people listen to and enjoy, not their management or other middle men. We want that too. We promise to always put our bands first. Our bands will receive the majority of profits from every purchase made. Every record, every shirt, every download, every time, no exceptions. This isn't a business for us, nor do we have any allusions of becoming rich. This is something that we are doing to support our bands and to share their music with friends and anyone else who enjoys music.
The label also aims for releases with "the highest physical quality possible," so keep your eyes peeled for what sorts of goodies All Black starts to churn out.

Stream of the Black Monolith demo below...

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March 18, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

Floor at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Floor

Reunited melodic sludge rock outfit Floor just made a new song available to stream, and today they are hitting us with details a full, late spring North American tour. The route kicks off in Floor's hometown of Miami, and lands in NYC at Saint Vitus on May 5. No word on advance tickets just yet.

This won't be the first time Floor has come to rattle Saint Vitus -- the trio played a Converse Rubber Tracks show at the Greenpoint venue back in March of 2013. There's (((unartig))) video of that below, so check it out to see what's in store.

As mentioned, Floor's been generous with streaming material off of their forthcoming album Oblation, due out on April 29 on Season of Mist. Give "Sister Sophia," Floor's third and most recently released song off the LP, a listen in this post.

All dates are listed, along with a stream of "Sister Sophia" and video of Floor destroying Saint Vitus, below...

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photos by Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Sacher

Black Tusk / Mutoid Man at IO SXSW showcase - 3/13/14
Invisible Oranges SXSW Showcase - 3/13/2014
Invisible Oranges SXSW Showcase - 3/13/2014

The night after our official SXSW showcase, and only a couple hours after our first of three day parties, we put on a metal showcase with our metal blog Invisible Oranges on Thursday (3/13) at the Quantum Lounge in Austin. It's not a venue you'd normally see a metal show in, and it was a little surreal that the blue-lit-up bar kept its TVs on, playing closed-captioned versions of Malibu's Most Wanted and VH1's '40 Greatest Pranks' as the bands blasted their heavy jams from a corner. But it was a great time.

The show kicked off righteously with Houston's retro/stoner doom band Venomous Maximus, and then came the metallic Mars Volta-isms of power trio Wild Throne. Up next was Yautja, who were one of the buzzier heavy bands at this year's SXSW thanks to a killer blend of sludge and utter weirdness. We had also caught them a couple nights earlier at Pitchfork's Show No Mercy showcase and they did not disappoint at either one.

Making things even more utterly weird, Toby Driver's experimental metal band Kayo Dot followed, covering tons of different genres throughout their set. And then Converge/Cave In side project Mutoid Man knocked everyone out of zoned-out mode with their bluesy swagger and tech-y fills. In addition to material from their 2013 debut LP, Helium Head, they did two covers, including a Dio-era Sabbath song for which they brought out female guest lead singer Sarabeth Linden (who fronts Dio cover band Holy Diva), and the intensely heavy version of The Animals' "Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" that they included on their album under the name "The Manimals." Finally, Savannah sludge masters Black Tusk wrapped up the show, in typically great form.

Around midnight, just before Mutoid Man's set, the venue took part in the SXSW-wide moment of silence to honor the victims of the tragedy that had taken place a day earlier.

Catch Kayo Dot in NYC on April 6 at the Acheron, another Invisible Oranges-presented show.

Thanks to everyone who came out. Pictures of the show are in this post, and they continue below...

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March 17, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

Floor at Saint Vitus, March 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Floor

The reunited Floor has been generous with streaming tracks from their forthcoming LP, Oblation, due out April 29 on Season of Mist. True to form, the first two songs Floor let loose, "Find Away" and "War Party," are built on the bones of big, sludgy and melodic riffs. "Sister Sophia," streaming via AllMusic.com is no exception--it's a fun listen. Give it a whirl below.

Floor recently were interviewed by Converse x Decibel about the band's reunion and the new album -- check out the video below. The band will also be hitting the road soon, and a few dates have been revealed. No NYC show yet, but stay tuned and check out the current list of dates below

Meanwhile, frontman Steve Brooks' other band, Torche, recently played a one-off show at Saint Vitus -- did you go?

Tour dates are listed, along with video and song stream, below...

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March 14, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

Ringworm at the Acheron, March 2013 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Ringworm

Plenty of heavy happenings have been going down in Austin at SXSW this week, what with various showcases from Pitchfork, Relapse, yours truly and more. The Invisible Oranges showcase was last night with Black Tusk, Mutoid Man, Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne and Venemous Maximus, and leading up to the show we ran some questions by the bands to get to know them a little better, which you can read here and here.

Invisible Oranges will be presenting the previously mentioned Artificial Brain record release show with The Communion, Die Choking and Budd Dwyer this Saturday (3/15) at Saint Vitus. Tickets to that one are available. We're also pleased to announce another record release show we will be presenting--the Epistasis record release show go down at The Acheron on April 6 with Kayo Dot, Pyrrhon and White Suns. Tickets aren't on sale yet, but stay tuned. For a refresher, we streamed an Epistasis track a couple of weeks back.

We were bummed out when Ulver had to cancel their appearance at Maryland Death Fest, but the MDF organizers have filled the empty spot with none other than Agalloch.

Eyehategod announced their new self-titled LP, their first since the passing of founding drummer Joey LaCaze, and we streamed a song. Metallic hardcore greats Ringworm streamed their entire album and laid out some fairly extensive touring plans. Speaking of Ringworm, they'll be calling into the Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio show, so tune in.

Speaking of IO on EVR, our sponsor this week is the Death Angel/Children of Bodom tour which is making its way towards NYC for two nights at Irving Plaza.

Here's a unique one--the Clinton Hill restaurant Three Letters is hosting a black metal tasting menu called "It Takes A Pillage: A Black Metal Tasting Meal." The soundtrack will be 100% black metal, and the six-course, $45 meal will include dishes like "I Will Lay Down My Bones Among the Rocks and Roots" (marrow, carrot, sunchoke) and "In the Hall with Boar and Mead" (wild boar honey, juniper, turnip). More info is available on Three Letters' website. Sunday date night?

Over on Invisible Oranges, we interviewed and premiered new music from Pilgrim, streamed material from Thantifaxath, talked with visual artist Alex Eckman-Lawn and ran down all this week's metal releases worth buying.

We miss anything?

by Wyatt Marshall

Agalloch at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 2012 (more by Wyatt Marshall)

Fans were justifiably bummed when early Norwegian black metal greats turned experimentalists Ulver dropped off the Maryland Death Fest bill (May 22-25) due to health concerns. The loss left a notable gap on the Friday, May 23 Edison Lot lineup that featured the likes of heavy hitters like At the Gates and Taake. The MDF organizers took it in stride, though, and replaced Ulver with none other than the fantastic American atmospheric black metal band Agalloch.

Agalloch performed at Maryland Death Fest for the first time in 2012. The band's second appearance this spring will come right on the heels of the release of the band's fifth album, The Serpent & The Sphere, due out May 13 via Profound Lore. This will be the first chance to catch Agalloch (presumably) play the new material live on the east coast, so, Agalloch fans, rejoice.

In other MDF lineup news, Dallas grind band Kill the Client will take the place of In Disgust, who recently split up.

A couple of Agalloch song streams lie after the jump...

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March 12, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

Eyehategod at The Acheron, November 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)

Just a couple of weeks ago, we learned that Eyehategod had finished recording their first album in 14-years and the first since the passing of founding drummer Joey LaCaze. We now know that the self-titled LP will be due out on May 27, and the band have unloaded its first single, "Agitation! Propaganda!" The song, a warped, punchy, bluesy, pissed off monster, features Joey LaCaze's drum tracks, which made it onto the final mastering of the album. Take a listen to it at the bottom of this post.

To celebrate the release, Eyehategod will be playing a loaded one-off show at The Ottobar in Baltimore on April 27 with High on Fire (who are announcing a tour), Corrosion of Conformity, Magrudergrind, Strong Intention and Ilsa. Tickets for what's sure to be a packed show are on sale now.

Stream "Agitation! Propoganda!" below...

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March 11, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

extinction-of-mankind

England's Extinction of Mankind specialize in seriously heavy-hitting crust with a metal edge--give a listen to their album Northern Scum below (those guitars!). It was exciting enough that Extinction of Mankind was scheduled to play Maryland Death Fest, and now the band has announced a string of dates surrounding their appearance in Baltimore. Extinction of Mankind will be starting off on the west coast before jumping east for a string of east coast shows. The tour will hit NYC on May 29 at a yet-to-be determined venue. Stay tuned for details both here and on the band's Facebook page--there's a lot to come, as no supporting bands or venue info has been released for any of the tour dates.

All dates, a flyer, and a stream of Northern Scum can be found below...

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