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September 10, 2014

Blake Judd

Despite being notorious for stealing and screwing people over (and even going to jail for it), people continue to work with Nachtmystium's Blake Judd (also of Twilight, Krieg, and Hate Meditation). Last week Century Media released an unfortunate, but noble statement saying they will send records to anyone who got scammed by Blake's recent, fake, direct pre-order for the new Nachtmystium record ("the last album NACHTMYSTIUM has with Century Media Records"). Blake is known for never sending people orders, but yet he found more people to send him money. Read that statement in full below.

Now, Blake's long-time friend and bandmate Neill Jameson (Krieg, Twilight) has also had enough and wants the world to know his full story. It's a long, sad tale of being screwed over by a heroin addict again and again and again and again. It paints Blake as an even bigger liar and scumbag than the public knew. The whole thing is at Noisey. Here's an excerpt:

"I decided to do the third Twilight record [with Blake] simply because of the other musicians in the band. By this point, I was fed up with the Blake-circus-shitshow but went ahead anyway. The night before I was to fly out to record Blake called me in tears. He told me that the money that was sent to cover my expenses and my cut of the publishing advance (totaling around $1500) was gone. He told me that his wife had left him (no shit, Helen Keller saw that coming) after they got into a fight; He threw her and she broke her leg in several places. When he took her to the hospital they would only accept cash because they didn't have insurance. He fucking sobbed and said everyone in Chicago wanted to kill him and he couldn't leave his house and he hoped I didn't hate him. What the fuck was I supposed to do? I already had paid for the flight and was in the hole from the "tour" a few weeks before."
Twilight is/was a supergroup that featured Blake and Neill along with Thurston Moore, Aaron Turner, Jef Whitehead (Leviathan), Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth), and more. No wonder Thurston said black metal is "music made by pussies of the lowest order".

Century Media's recent statement below...

Continue reading "The continuing saga of Blake Judd's heroin addiction"

by Ian Chainey

NAAM at Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
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Sludgefeast is set to bring a slow, low, and mind-expanding show to Brooklyn on November 15. The Bent Unit and Some Pig presented event is headlined by psych rockers NAAM and White Hills and will take place at Brooklyn's the Paper Box. Tickets are available now for a reduced price presale of $15. The full 11 band lineup appears in the flyer posted below.

NAAM released Vow on Tee Pee Records in 2013, drawing raves from those that enjoy tripping into warm, heady reveries of early psych and krautrock. White Hills, who released Glitter Glamour Atrocity on Thrill Jockey this year, follow the same path with a harsher result, reaching space with a biting guitar tone and plenty of noise. Both outfits are pretty familiar with each other, releasing a split together with Black Rainbows and the Flying Eyes back in May.

The rest of the bill includes Blackout's low-end-heavy howls, Wonderbreed's shrine to the stoner riff, It's Not Night: It's Space's infectious grooves and fried solos, and Eidetic Seeing's desert-y twang. A sampler of all the bands appears, along with the full lineup flyer, below...

Continue reading "NAAM, White Hills & 9 others playing Sludgefeast in Brooklyn"

September 9, 2014

by Ian Chainey

Black Cobra at Saint Vitus, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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Black Cobra are currently on tour with Lo-Pan, and they brought out some old jams last night (9/8) in Miami. Guitarist Jason Landrian reunited with his old Cavity bandmate Daniel Gorostiaga for two of that band's songs during the encore. According to the YouTube description, "This was a sight to behold. After Black Cobra ripped through their set, Daniel Gorostiaga joined them onstage to play two Cavity songs, "Crawling" and "Supercollider." All things considered, this is the closest thing we've had to a Cavity reunion in years." Gorostiaga and Landrian both played on Cavity's 2001 record On the Lam, the band's final album. You can check out the video from the show below.

Cavity's lineup at one point also included Steve Brooks and Juan Montoya, who later formed Floor and then Torche. Both of those bands are currently active. Floor put out a new LP and wrapped up a tour earlier this year, and Torche are planning on releasing an album in 2015 and will be touring sooner than that, hitting NYC on September 27 at Saint Vitus with Broughton's Rules (tickets).

The Black Cobra / Lo-Pan tour has plenty more dates coming up through October too, including a NYC show on September 18 at Saint Vitus with Kings Destroy and Godmaker, which Invisible Oranges is presenting (tickets). Then, on September 19, the two will play the second night of Uninvited Festival, an absolutely loaded event that will be particularly appealing to stoners.

Updated Black Cobra / Lo-Pan dates are listed, with the almost-reunion of Cavity and a full stream of On the Lam, below...

Continue reading "Cavity half-reunited during Black Cobra's Miami show (video); Black Cobra / Lo-Pan tour underway (updated dates)"

by Ian Chainey

Exodus

Bay Area thrashers Exodus have released a new track from their upcoming full-length Blood In, Blood Out. This one is called "Salt the Wound" and it features former Exodus guitarist Kirk Hammett lending a solo. Glad to see Kirk is still finding work. Blood In, Blood Out, the band's 10th full-length, will be out on October 14 through Nuclear Blast (preorder). Exodus will then tour North America with Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies starting in November. (Closest NYC show: NJ's Welmont Theatre on November 29.) You can stream "Salt the Wound" below.

It has been a bit of a roller-coaster news cycle for Exodus, lately. Ups: Guitarist Gary Holt will be appearing on Top Chef Duels this week (9/10) as a judge along with Scott Ian and Rob Zombie. A metal taste test? (A vegan one, actually.) Points if he quotes "Piranha." Downs: A fan was arrested for posting Exodus lyrics on his Facebook page. So Gary, maybe don't quote "Piranha." Maybe you should just shred it up as an answer any question. Worked for Harpo Marx.

"Salt the Wound" appears below.

Continue reading "Exodus share song from new LP feat. Kirk Hammett; guitarist Gary Holt guest-judging 'Top Chef' w/ Rob Zombie & Scott Ian"

by Ian Chainey

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As discussed, Brooklyn's Burning Volume 1 is set to ignite on September 19 and September 20. The two-day event takes place at the Acheron (9/19) and The Wick (9/20) and features a killer lineup of crust, d-beat, and punk heavies including the legendary Doom playing both nights. The UK crusties released Corrupt Fucking System back in December and digitally re-released the Doomed Again compilation in April. You can get your dose of Doom with full streams of both below. In addition, the band has announced they're working on new material, per their Facebook: "Coming along nicely. All sound totally different but still sound like doom, not sure how that works...but it does." With that, let's break down the rest of the bands.

The festivities begin Friday, September 19 at the Acheron (tickets). In addition to Doom, attendees will get the scuzzy psych punk of Lecherous Gaze. The Annihilation Time/Witch/Saviours-related Oakland group -- who will also be joining the packed bill at Uninvited Fest -- released Zeta Reticuli Blues this year on Tee Pee Records, a fun romp through acid-saturated heavy rock and proto-punk filtered through an SST-centric vibe. They'll be joined by Boston's Aspects of War, a d-beat lover's dream that have been building quite the fanbase based on their demos. Finally, New Jersey's Razorheads will supply an ultra-distorted wallop that mixes d-beat rhythms with a penchant for tinnitus-inducing noise.

The Wick's night on Saturday, September 20 (tickets) brings in Oi!-sters Hard Skin, a band including internet-infamous Sean "Fat Bob" Forbes. The outfit plays rowdy anthems that subtly play around with what their punk can be. For instance, the alt-version of last year's On the Balls titled Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear handed over vocal duties to a number of unexpected guests including Joanna Newsom. Their showmates include Oakland's Kicker -- featuring members of Neurosis, Filth, and Dystopia -- who are just as fun and are working on a follow-up to their Tankcrimes-released pure punk rager Not You. Pittsburgh's EEL, on the other hand, add all manner of powerelectronics adornments to their punk, creating quite a squall. Their new Endless Fucker LP is a highlight for those who like it loud. Brooklyn's Nomad operate in the same frame of mind, giving the noisecore of Japanese deafeners a U.S. take. San Francisco's Crimson Scarlet respin anarcho punk with a deathrock sensibility, releasing the texturally intriguing Athens Cave Sessions back in June. And Trenchgrinder infuse Brooklyn's Burning with a metal flavor. They shook speakers on their January split with Skullshitter that fused thrash, Bolt Thrower-esque chugs, and grindy crust.

The show flyers along with streams from the bands appear below...

Continue reading "Brooklyn's Burning is this month (preview the bands)"

by Ian Chainey

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Father Murphy, the bewildering experimental band that has called Brooklyn, Berlin, and Italy home, is back in America for a number of live events. In San Francisco and Los Angeles, they'll be providing a live score for Luca Dipierro's Paper Circus, a collection of short animated films, one of which you can see below. Then the outfit is off to Mexico, eventually heading back north in October for shows in Montreal and Chicago. They come NYC's way, dropping in at the Acheron on October 9 with Oneirogen, Of Earth & Sun, and Theologian. Tickets are available now. The full list of dates appears below.

We premiered a track from Father Murphy's January release Pain is On Our Side Now, calling it, "soaked in abrasive noise, and terrifyingly dark textures, and strays pretty far from anything resembling a conventional pop song." You can trip out to the full release below.

Theologian, meanwhile, are just off of playing with Megaton Leviathan and will be re-releasing a vinyl version of their charred-black, industrial/noise tumult Some Things Have To Be Endured on September 15 (preorder). Oneirogen is the intensely heavy project of guitarist Mario Diaz de Leon, squashing listeners with thick drone-y riffs. And Denverite Matthew Hunzeker's Of Earth & Sun tags himself as 'ritual drone' and 'ritual industrial,' delivering a hypnotic and primal feast of sounds recalling Tribes of Neurot at their most death-obsessed.

All of the dates are listed, along with a Luca Dipierro film and streams from the bands, below...

Continue reading "Father Murphy touring North America (dates), playing NYC with Oneirogen, Of Earth & Sun, and Theologian"

September 5, 2014

by Ian Chainey

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SLAYER WATCH: That pic above isn't from the worst remake of Porky's, it's more evidence that Slayer is back in the studio. That's producer Terry Date helming Slayer's potential 2015 return. Maybe we'll get to hear new stuff when they go on tour with Exodus, though maybe you shouldn't post about it on Facebook. The Ultimate Revenge Combat Tour Live '85 tour video appears below because Friday.

Slow metal week? Slow metal week. To drive that point home, Metallica were honored by Guinness World Records for playing seven continents last year. Fans are still waiting for the band to return to the continent of 1986.

All-star death metallers Bloodbath, one of Maryland Deathfest 2015's big draws, have recorded vocals for their new album. Says the band, "All vocals done and in the bag! The mix starts this weekend... Almost there now!" The band has yet to announce their new lead singer. Tip: Take a pic of the back of their head. Seems to work.

Mothership, who are playing the huge NYC-based Uninvited Festival, have wrapped up their next album, Mothership II. The record should hit the streets on November 11. Check out the van-art cover and the tracklisting below.

The folks at Noisey have put together a seven part documentary on one of America's most enduring metal scenes. NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou , which -- full disclosure -- was co-directed by former BV editor Fred Pessaro, will start rolling out on September 16. You can watch the trailer below.

Finally, to leave things on a high notes, a blast from the past: Football season has officially started, meaning we can dust off "81% Burnt," the Dillinger Escape Plan cover that's centered entirely on pigskin legend Art Monk. The track was submitted to the band back in 2001 when open tryouts for vacated vocalist were taking place. 100 percent perfection.

Earth
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Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.

Full albums first: Earth, who got super heavy and super psych-y on their new album Primitive and Deadly, are streaming their new album all the way through. Check out it out below. The band is currently on tour and will be playing NYC's Saint Vitus on September 24 and September 25 for their David Lynch Foundation-supporting set.

For single tracks and videos, OSDMers Stench debuted "Road" from their forthcoming Venture (October 7, Agonia Records - preorder). The mighty Horrendous pushed death metal forward with "The Stranger" off Ecdysis (October 14, Dark Descent). And stoner rockers Lo-Pan have offered up another from Colossus (October 7, Small Stone Records - preorder). Lo-Pan are out on the road with Black Cobra and will play Saint Vitus on September 18 for a special Invisible Oranges presented show. Both will also be playing Uninvited Festival. All tracks appear below.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

TODAY (FRIDAY9/5): Get your underground blast n' big riff on with Organ Dealer, Beast Modulus, Huldra, Hercyn, and Through Thorn and Brier at Saint Vitus (tickets).

SUUUNNNNNDAY (9/7): The heavier-than-heavy Theologian, Megaton Leviathan, Kosmodemonic, and Vailtal Deul bill will shake the Acheron (tickets). If you'd prefer something short, sweet, and violent as hell, Punch, Crushed, Curmudgeon, and Water Torture play Death by Audio. Tickets are $8 at the door.

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: As always, we tracked the week's new releases with Upcoming Metal Releases. HUGE list. We debuted new recordings from Phobia and Striker. We interviewed interesting Japanese hard rockers Ningen-Isu and artist Mark Rudolph. We showed off our photos from Hoverfest. And we took a deep, deep dive into Lamb of God's Ashes of the Wake, a big album you may have skipped due to the stain of lamestream bro-dom.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and the reams of streams, and other noted details below.

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: Slayer, Metallica, Bloodbath, Earth, Dillinger Escape Plan, Horrendous, weekend shows & more"

by Andrew Sacher

Mastodon in Chicago in May (more by James Richards IV)
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The newest installment of the Adult Swim Singles series comes from Mastodon and Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers, who have teamed up for the track "ATLANTA." If you thought getting Gibby involved would make Mastodon sound a little dirtier than their other recent material, you'd be right. It's a scummy, no-frills rocker and you can stream it below.

Mastodon have another tour with Gojira and Kvelertak coming up, which hits Long Island on Halloween and NJ a day later.

Gibby was also on the Q&A at our recent screening of City Gardens documentary Riot on the Dance Floor and then he DJed the afterparty at Bowery Electric. You can check out pictures from the Q&A on Facebook. Gibby's Butthole Surfers bandmates Paul Leary and JD Pinkus have been busy with another sludge metal band this year, Melvins, whose new album (stream a track) they are featured on.

Song stream below...

Continue reading "Mastodon & Butthole Surfers' Gibby Haynes streaming new collaboration, "ATLANTA" (listen)"

by Ian Chainey

Rosetta at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)
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Philadelphia post-metallers Rosetta will have a new EP out in October. Flies to Flame is due out on Translation Loss Records on October 14 (preorder) and, judging by the promo video you can hear below, it will be layered with the same weighty crunch of their previous atmospheric efforts.

Rosetta are set to play two record release shows to ring in the event, expanding into a quintet with the special addition of guitarist Eric Jernigan from City of Ships. The first takes place at NYC's Saint Vitus on October 17 with Tiger Flowers and So Hideous. Tickets are available now. The second will be a homecoming show in Philadelphia with Tiger Flowers and Ladder Devils the following day.

Tiger Flowers will also be on tour this fall, supporting their crushing Dead Hymns that was released back in April. They'll swing through places like Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Nashville. On September 27, they'll play NYC's the Acheron with the Daughters-/Dropdead-connected Fucking Invincible, along with Hivesmasher and techsters Torrential Downpour. Tickets for that show are available now.

All Tiger Flowers dates are listed, with a stream of Dead Hymns, and the Flies to Flame promo video and artwork, below...

Continue reading "Rosetta releasing a new EP, playing release shows in Philly & NYC w/ Tiger Flowers (who have other dates)"

September 4, 2014

a 2013 Exodus show (more by Fred Pessaro)
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14 News in KY reports:

The family of 31-year-old James Evans says he's very into music and often posts song lyrics and videos on Facebook, but they never imagined those innocent posts would land him in jail.

Family members say Evans posted the following on Facebook on August 24:

"Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate. Class dismissed is my hypothesis, gun fire ends in debate."

The family says it's lyrics from the song "Class Dismissed" by the band Exodus.

Mike Drake, the Muhlenberg County school resource officer, says multiple agencies received calls concerned about the post.

So Evans was arrested for terroristic threatening.

The warrant says Evans was arrested because, "he threatened to kill students and or staff at school."

Exodus responds:
The band EXODUS does not promote or condone terrorists, threats or bullying. That being said, the band is somewhat baffled by the fact that this man being charged for what seems against his first amendment rights of Freedom of Speech.

"The idea that an individual in this great country of ours could be arrested for simply posting lyrics to a song is something I never believed could happen in a free society," states EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt. "James Evans was simply posting lyrics to a band he likes on Facebook, and he was locked up for it. The song 'Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)' was written as a view through the eyes of a madman and in no way endorses that kind of fucked up behavior. It was the Virginia Tech massacre perpetrated by Seung-Hui Cho that was the subject and inspiration to write the song, one in which we put the brakes on playing it live after the Sandy Hook shooting, as we did not want to seem insensitive."

Gary continues, "As some of us in EXODUS are parents, of course these things hit close to home, it's every parent's worst fear. These moments are the stuff of nightmares, and life, as well as music, isn't always pretty. But when we start to overreact to things like lyrics by any band, including EXODUS, and start arresting people, we are caving in to paranoia and are well on our way to becoming an Orwellian society."

sigh...

Exodus is touring with Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies this fall, and will release Blood In, Blood Out via Nuclear Blast Records on October 14, 2014.