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April 6, 2015

photo via FOX 5 Atlanta

Metal bands Wormreich and Khaotika began a four-date tour together in Chicago on Friday (4/3) and were to have wrapped up in Atlanta today (4/6), but the bands were sadly involved in a tragic van crash this morning. According to 11Alive:

Corporal Scott Smith with the Georgia State Patrol said the band's van was carrying 12 people and towing a trailer when it left I-85, rolled down an embankment, and crashed into a tree. It happened in Jackson County near Tanger Outlets.

Three men were ejected and died at the scene. Eight others were transported to nearby hospitals. Two remain in critical condition. Smith said band members are from Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio, and Virginia.

The names of the three killed members have not been released, but Blabbermouth points out that Khaotika singer Lariyah Hayes is one of the survivors, and is injured but will be okay.

According to, Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Scott Smith said the driver "apparently fell asleep and allowed the vehicle to leave the roadway, at which time the vehicle struck a tree on the passenger side."

April 3, 2015

photos by P Squared Photography

Electric Wizard / crowd @ Webster Hall - 4/2/15
Electric Wizard
Electric Wizard

UK doom legends Electric Wizard brought their first North American tour in over a decade to NYC last night (4/2) for a Webster Hall show that unsurprisingly sold out well in advance. Electric Wizard have released four albums since their last NYC show, and last night's set was split between the most recent three (Time to Die, Black Masses and Witchcult Today), as well as a few from the timeless Come My Fanatics... and Dopethrone. The only played nine songs, but they stretch them out maaan, and the whole show was as heavy and psychedelic as you'd hope.

Satan's Satyrs opened. More pictures of both bands, and Electric Wizard's setlist, below...

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Undoing Ruin is easily Darkest Hour's best work to date. Earlier albums were often melodic yet somehow not catchy, but focused songwriting here makes the riffs memorably hooky. "With a Thousand Words to Say But One" mixes guitar tones and dramatic dynamics, while "Convalescence" and "Sound the Surrender" have epic, ringing melodies recalling Dark Tranquillity, another seminal Gothenburg band. "This Will Outlive Us" has balls-out thrash, complete with Slayer-style dive-bombing solos--more, please! (Except for some fleet-fingered runs, the solo-free ethic is basically intact) The band is tight, the album is smoothly sequenced, and there's not a duff song here. [Cosmo Lee for Stylus in 2005]
DC metalcore/melodeath band Darkest Hour are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and they have a lot going on in honor of that. They're releasing their 2014 self-titled LP on limited double transparent blue gatefold vinyl (pre-order), re-releasing their 2000 debut LP Mark of the Judas, and perhaps most excitingly, they're celebrating the 10th anniversary of their 2005 breakthrough record, Undoing Ruin, in full on tour this summer. And their likeminded ''00s-era Victory labelmates Dead to Fall (who broke up in 2008) are coming out of hibernation to open the tour.

The tour hits NYC on June 24 at Gramercy Theatre. TIckets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed, with an Rdio stream of Undoing Ruin, below...

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LA death-grind vets Excruciating Terror are finally making it over to NYC for their previously-mentioned Saint Vitus show on Saturday, April 11 (tickets), and since we last spoke they also added an all ages Sunday matinee happening at Silent Barn (4/12) the next day. That one's $8 at the door.

Vitus is with Hemdale, Stapled Shut, Infernal Stronghold and Mother Brain; and Stapled Shut also play the Silent Barn show, as do Skullshitter and NARC. Flyer for both shows, and a stream of their 1996 debut LP, below...

Continue reading "Excruciating Terror playing all ages Sunday matinee at Silent Barn after Vitus show (updated dates)"

April 2, 2015

photo: Crowbar at Gramercy Theatre in 2014 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)

In continued support of last year's Symmetry In Black, Crowbar will go on another tour which kicks off in late May and continues across North America through early July. Opening is the similarly sludgy Lord Dying (who dropped the great Poisoned Altars on Relapse this year) and Battlecross.

The tour hits NYC on June 29 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/3) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

You can also catch Lord Dying at that same venue when their tour with Misery Index hits Vitus on 5/1. Tickets are still available.

Continue reading "Crowbar announce spring/summer tour w/ Lord Dying (dates)"

Morpheus Descends
Morpheus Descends
Morpheus Descends

NYC death metal vets Morpheus Descends are on board for two North American festivals this year, Maryland Deathfest and Montreal's Obscene Extreme, and they'll play a hometown show not long before MDF. It happens May 10 at Saint Vitus with Malignancy, Thantifaxath, Imperial Triumphant and Ramlord, presented by our metal sister site Invisible Oranges and Signature Riff. Here's some of what Wyatt wrote over at IO:

Morpheus Descends is something of an underground NYC death metal legend, an early runner alongside Immolation, Malignancy, Suffocation and the like that produced just two EPs, a demo and one album before calling it quits in 1998. Though the band reunited on and off, they never recorded again. It's a shame, as those early releases are gems--pummeling and poised--and they are now rightly highly sought after. 2015 is when the engine gets going again for Morpheus Descends. The band will be playing Maryland Deathfest, the inaugural installment of Obscene Extreme in North America and, now, Saint Vitus. They're also recording a new full-length.

Malignancy kept it going through the 90s, and they top off the bill with Morpheus Descends as NYDM brothers in arms. Canada's Thantifaxath comes from a different end of the spectrum, and is responsible for one of last year's best albums, the bleak, wonky and claustrophobic Sacred White Noise. New York's Imperial Triumphant just released a new album of twisted and cavernous black metal that's been earning "game-changer" comparisons to Gorguts' Obscura, and Ramlord just released a new seven of remarkably melodic and unexpectedly lush crust.

Tickets are on sale now.

Listen to a couple tracks from 1992's Ritual Of Infinity below...

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photo: Drugs of Faith at Death by Audio in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Drugs of Faith

Polish grinders Antigama are coming over to the US this May for Maryland Deathfest, and ahead of that they'll go on a short East Coast tour with Virginia grind n' rollers Drugs of Faith.

That tour begins in NYC with a show at Brooklyn's NIHIL Gallery on May 13 (251 Douglass St) with The Communion and Buckshot Facelift. Doors are at 8 PM, and admission is $10 (no advanced tickets). All dates are listed below.

Antigama are set to follow their 2013 album, Meteor, with a new one called The Insolent on May via Selfmadegod Records. This week, they put out the video for the punishing "Used To" from that album. Check it out, with the artwork and tracklist, below.

Drugs of Faith are also working on something new: a split 7" with Cloud Rat, due out this May. That follows 2013's Architectural Failures EP, which you can watch a video from below.

Continue reading "Antigama & Drugs of Faith prepping new releases, touring together (dates, video)"

photo: Revocation at Gramercy Theatre in 2014 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)

Boston's tech-y Revocation are going on a short Northeast US tour this week ahead of their trip to Mexico in July.

The tour begins in NYC on Friday (4/3) at Saint Vitus with very solid local support from Artificial Brain (who also plays with Ghoul soon) and Psalm Zero (who also play with Liturgy soon). Tickets for Vitus are on sale now.

Revocation's most recent album was last year's Deathless on Metal Blade, following several releases on Relapse. Listen to the title track, with their list of dates, below...

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April 1, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Elder at Coco 55 in February (more by Greg Cristman)

New Bedford, MA metal trio Elder recently put out their third album, Lore, on Armageddon Shop. With five tracks that all pass or near the ten-minute mark, it's the kind of classic doom with endlessly catchy riffs and howling clean-sung vocals that fans of the recent Pallbearer and Crypt Sermon albums (or you know, like, actual classic doom albums) need to check out. Stream it below.

Elder were in NYC not long ago opening Hull's final show, and they'll return for a headlining show on May 5 at Saint Vitus with Kings Destroy, Apostle of Solitude and Clamfight. Tickets are on sale now. Elder's only other announced dates are in Europe, and are all listed below.

That show also doubles as the release show for Brooklyn's Kings Destroy's upcoming self-titled third album, which comes out the same day as the show on War Crime Recordings. It was produced by Sanford Parker (who's recorded Pelican, Nachtmystium, Indian and many others), and so far two tracks are out from it. There's "Mr. O," which combines '70s stoner rock riffs with the speed of that decade's punk bands (or maybe Motorhead) before slowing down into something doomier and bringing in an epic, string-bending classic rock guitar solo. Then there's "W2," a more traditional doom song that makes them a great fit to play with Elder (and the last two bands we caught them in NYC with: Pentagram and Yob). Listen to both below.

Indiana's Apostle of Solitude (fronted by brief Gates of Slumber drummer Chuck Brown) last released Of Woe and Wounds in 2014. They have a few other upcoming dates too, which you can check out with a stream of that album, below.

Continue reading "Elder & Kings Destroy have new albums, playing NYC with Apostle of Solitude (song streams & other upcoming dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Luna Sol

David Angstrom, guitarist of one of Kyuss singer John Garcia's post-Kyuss bands, Hermano, recently started a new project called Luna Sol. The self-described "High Mountain Stoner Rock" band are releasing their debut album, Blood Moon, on -- you guessed it -- 4/20, and it features contributions from John Garcia, as well as John's former bandmate Nick Oliveri. The album is being released by, and up for pre-order at, Slush Fund Recordings.

David's lineup is rounded out by drummer Pat Gill (The Feds, '76 Pinto), guitarist and vocalist Shanda Kolberg (The Swanks), and bassist/vocalist Shannon Fahnestock (The Swindlers). We've got the premiere of new single "Standley Lake," and this one doesn't feature any of the Kyuss guys, but it certainly sounds like the work of somebody who spent over a decade in a band with one. Rip your bong (I mean, if you're in a place where it's legal obviously, like Colorado where Luna Sol are from) and listen to the new song below.

The band's only upcoming date the moment is a hometown show on April 16 at the... Hi Dive (sorry).

Continue reading "Hermano offshoot Luna Sol releasing 'Blood Moon' ft. mems of Kyuss (stream a track)"