Recent Posts in metal - Page 6
January 13, 2016
Since vocalist Mina Caputo (who was known as Keith Caputo at the time) first left Life of Agony, shortly after the release of 1997's Soul Searching Sun, the band have reunited more than once, but usually just to play shows (which are always heavy on the material everyone loves from their classic first album River Runs Red).
Their big January 2003 reunion shows at Irving Plaza were especially glorious for the band and fans, though the excitement for many was short lived. In 2005 they released a new album called Broken Valley on Epic Records. It wasn't very successful, they were dropped from the label, and many fans were left with a bad taste in their mouth.
They didn't go away though and 2014 was an especially great year for them. Still with the complete original lineup, made even more complete with the fully transitioned Mina Caputo, their shows have been especially great again (two in their hometown of Brooklyn included). I guess it's not too surprising then, that Life of Agony will again give new material a try.
A Place Where There's No More Pain will hit sometime this year via Napalm Records, their first new material in over 10 years.
And now the band has come back to stay, as they are about to continue touring the world and release their 5th studio album, the first in over a decade, since 2005's Broken Valley.No word yet on more U.S. shows, but we can assume this means there will be some of those on the way. They just played one at Starland Ballroom in early December. Check out a Scott Weiland tribute they did and more videos from that Mina birthday show, along with a bigger version of the new cover art (presubaly designed by bassist and comic book artist Alan Roberts), below...
Bassist Alan Robert comments: "I think our fans know that our music comes from a very real place of suffering, from all of us in the band. Many of our fans have told us over the years that sharing our personal struggles has been cathartic for them in healing the pain in their own lives. That uplifting energy we share at the shows, gives us hope that there's light at the end of the tunnel. And for us and hopefully our fans, that short time when we're all together is a place where there's no more pain."
"Life Of Agony is without a doubt one of the most exciting and energetic Rock bands of our times. It is an honour to work with such talent, we are excited to announce their signing to Napalm Records and release the band's first album after over a decade." states Thomas Caser, CEO of Napalm Records, about the recent signing with legendary LIFE OF AGONY.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Los Angeles metal maniacs Graf Orlock are readying their new album Crime Traveler for release on February 5 via Vitriol Records. In anticipation, BV is premiering the new single, "600,000 Tons of Explosive Ordinance" (which follows "A Decent Proposal in a Shitty Alley" and "Difficult Decisions in the Yutani Mess Hall"). All three are streaming below.
Always known for filling their blistering hardcore with reference to famous movies like Heat, Robocop and Terminator, the new album is actually entirely based on and constituted of a film that the band wrote, directed, and starred in themselves. From the band:
The Crime Traveler film tells the story of a French-Canadian assassin who discovers a wormhole and travels back in time to kill American politicians so that Canada can attain superpower status in the future. As the samples selected for the album illustrate, our anti-hero zips through time and space on his mission - rubbing elbows with John Hinckley at the Reagan assassination, witnessing the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and more.All ambitious concepts aside, the song is what we've come to expect from Graf Orlock; that is, hardcore/death/grind that is as pummeling as it is smart and occasionally hooky. Opening with the sound of a bong hit (hilarious), the song begins with a crawl and opens up into a furious churn that carries it through to a ripping, highly death-metal oriented guitar solo and a crushing conclusion.
Tour dates are TBA, but Graf Orlock have a release show coming up for this in LA, which goes down in Anaheim at Chain Reaction on January 31 with Dangers, Bad Antics, Sister Rust and Entry. Tickets for that are currently on sale.
Check out "600,00 Tons of Explosive Ordinance," along with the other two songs from Crime Traveler, below...
January 12, 2016
photo: Dave Lombardo w/ Philm in 2012 (more by Taylor Keahey)
Slayer is now not the only band the great drummer Dave Lombardo recently became a former member of. He also now quit the experimental band Philm that he was playing in. On a new episode off Dean Delray's Let There Be Talk show (also featuring Bill Burr), Lombardo said:
I'm not gonna talk about it. They didn't want me to promote the band while I was with them, and I'm certainly not gonna do it when I'm without them... I don't wanna talk about it anymore. Yeah, so I just said, "See ya!"... They said "Don't play hard. We want you to play a little softer." I said, "Nope."He shouldn't have to worry about being told to play softer in his new punk band Dead Cross with The Locust/Retox's Justin Pearson. Hopefully we hear something from those guys soon.
UPDATE: He didn't quit Philm, he broke up the band. He writes:
To be clear: I did not "exit" PHILM, I ENDED PHILM. Thank you to all who supported that band. Now, I'm off to the studio to do what I love.. play the fuckin' drums.So good news on Dead Cross!
Dead Cross LP & Tour Dates Coming Soon!
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Behemoth at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Polish black/death heavyweights Behemoth have announced a North American tour with Myrkur. Behemoth will be playing their already-classic 2014 album The Satanist in its entirety, which is pretty exciting. The tour will also feature a showcase for an exhibition called "The Congregation," which is the collaboration between Behemoth and the artist Toxic Vision, who works on the art and costumes for Behemoth. Myrkur, who only recently made her live debut, is coming off of last year's strong M LP.
The tour stops in NYC for a show at Webster Hall on April 22. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/15) at 10 AM with a presale starting Thursday (1/14) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
Behemoth's frontman and multi-hyphenate Nergal, (autobiographer, barber shop owner, and frequent guest on The Voice of Poland), is also supposedly working on a solo acoustic project, posting studio updates last year. Maybe we'll get to see some of that on the new tour (I doubt it).
Check out videos for Behemoth and Myrkur, those studio Instagrams from Nergal, and all tour dates, below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Black Tusk at The Studio at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Black Tusk have released a new song from their upcoming full-length Pillars of Ash. It's called "Desolation of Endless Times" and its another murky, sludgy ripper with tinges of thrash. Pillars of Ash is out January 29 on Relapse, and you can stream the new track below.
Stream "Desolation of Endless Times" below...
January 11, 2016
photo: Ghost at Beach Goth 2015 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Costumed Swedish purveyors of classic metal Ghost have announced a tour for 2016. It includes the just-announced Shaky Knees Festival, a couple NYC-area shows, and much more. No word yet on support.
As for those two NYC-area dates, the tour first kicks off in Montclair, NJ at The Wellmont Theater on April 13, and then hits Long Island at The Paramount on April 15. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (1/15) at 10 AM, with a venue presale starting Wednesday (1/13) at 10 AM for the Paramount show (password: "PULSE"). All dates are listed below.
Ghost had a pretty big 2015. They released Meliora, which garnered strong reviews and placements on some year-end-lists, they are nominated for a Grammy for "Best Metal Performance," and they toured a whole bunch amid speculation that Dave Grohl might be their drummer (he probably isn't).
Grohl or no Grohl, check out their video for "Cirice," along with tour dates, below...
January 8, 2016
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Pig Destroyer at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Drew Gurian)
Grindcore greats Pig Destroyer have a few dates coming up this year, including a NYC show with Dropdead and Full of Hell at Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 11 (that's a killer lineup). Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (1/12) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Pig Destroyer put out a reissue of their classic album Prowler in the Yard in 2015, which you can still snag over at Relapse. Their last new album was 2012's Book Burner.
Guitarist Scott Hull is also busy with Agoraphobic Nosebleed, who are prepping the release of their Arc EP for January 22. It contains their first recordings since 2009 and it's the first of 4 EPs set to release in 2016. They just premiered the second of three tracks from Arc, which is called "Deathbed." Like "Not A Daughter," it's a crushing, seething 8-minute riff-monster of a doom song. More hulking and less groove-oriented for the beginning, it explodes around the 5-minute mark into a swinging, swaggering southern-rock riff that just floors. It's another stunning piece of work from Scott, Kat Katz and company that has us excited for all the new music in store from these guys.
New Pig Destroyer bassist John Jarvis, who plays live with PD and Agoraphobic Nosebleed, is also in that new Phil Anselmo supergroup Scour.
Speaking of Full of Hell, they just officially announced their long in-the-works collaborative album with The Body (who are collaborating with everyone these days). That album will be called One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache and it comes out on March 25.
You can check out the teaser for that album, the new Agoraphobic Nosebleed song, the Prowler in the Yard reissue, and Pig Destroyer dates below...
photo: Cannabis Corpse at (more by Markus Shaffer)
Richmond's death metal and weed pun crushers Cannabis Corpse have announced a tour for February and March with Snafu and Coagula. They'll be swinging through NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on February 28. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon.
Cannabis Corpse's ever-busy Phil "Landphil" Hall's other band Iron Reagan also has some shows coming up, including that killer Saint Vitus show with Poison Idea, Child Bite and Chud.
Check out those tour dates and stream Cannabis Corpse's 2014 LP From Wisdom to Baked below...
January 7, 2016
photo: Whores at Union Pool in 2012 (more by Markus Shaffer)
Atlanta sludge dudes Whores haven't announced touring plans for 2016 yet, but they did just reveal a NYC show with Philadelphia's like-minded Fight Amp. It happens at Saint Vitus on February 11 with support from Fashion Week and Haan. Tickets are on sale now.
Fight Amp released Constantly Off in 2015. You can stream that and watch Whores' playing "I Am Not A Goal-Oriented Person" below...
photo: Pyrrhon at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
As always, there's a ton of metal, hardcore, and more heavy music happening in NYC. We don't get a chance to post about all of it, so here's a roundup of some recently announced stuff we haven't tackled yet:
German prog-metal band The Ocean are coming over the US for some shows with prog-doom band Intronaut, and North. This will include a stop at The Marlin Room at Webster Hall on March 29. Tickets for that go on sale Friday (1/8) at 10 AM. The Ocean recently released the song "The Quiet Observer" on a split with Mono, which you can stream below, alongside tour dates.
Last time Intronaut was in NYC they were on tour with prog-death heavyweights Between the Buried and Me, who have a tour coming up with August Burns Red, The Faceless and Good Tiger. That tour opens and closes in the NYC area. It kicks off in NJ at Starland Ballroom on March 4 and winds up at Webster Hall on April 17. Tickets for NJ and NYC go on sale Friday at 10 AM, with a venue presale for Webster starting today (1/7) at 10 AM (password = live). All dates are listed below.
And if you're really a prog-metal nerd, perhaps you'd like to know that Dream Theater play Radio City on April 23 (tickets).
This weekend, local tech-death monsters Pyrrhon are playing a show at Palisades on Sunday (1/10) with Vomit Fist, Cadaveric Spasm and Replicant (tickets).
More local technical monsters will join forces when Dysrhythmia (which involves Colin Marston of Krallice and Gorguts), Artificial Brain and Zvi (Ron Varod of Kayo Dot) hit the Acheron on February 26 (tickets).
Also at The Acheron, classic San Diego hardcore band Battalion of Saints have a show coming up with Phobia and Nomads on March 15 (tickets).
Abbath (who now have a very different lineup) just put out another new track called "Ashes of the Damned," and of course are headlining the huge Decibel tour with High On Fire, Skeletonwitch and Tribulation that stops in at Webster Hall on April 12 (tickets). Stream that below.
photo: Iron Reagan at Gramercy Theatre in 2015 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
We already mentioned that Poison Idea show at the Acheron on February 14 with Child Bite and Chud, but now that show also features the killer crossover thrash revivalists Iron Reagan (tickets). Poison Idea's Long Island show initially had Iron Reagan billed too, but they'll instead be joined by fellow hardcore legends Sheer Terror at that show (tickets). Sheer Terror have other shows too.
Now for some reminders. There's always amazing metal coming up at Saint Vitus, like Russian Circles/Wildhoney/Cloakroom, Zevious, 1349/Tombs/Full of Hell, Horrendous, Whiplash/Blood Feast/Magus Beast/Anvil Bitch, Tengger Cavalry, Rivers of Nihil Krallice/Yellow Eyes/Acme String Trio, Meek is Murder, Coffins/Noisem/Ilsa, Bell Witch/Wrekmeister Harmonies, Black Tusk/Holy Grail/Blackest, Taake/Young and In the Way/Vattnet Viskar/Trenchgrinder, Bongzilla/Black Cobra/Lo-Pan, and Bloodiest.
More? Sure. You've got Venom Inc./Necrophagia, Abigail Williams/Fleshgod Apocalypse, Melvins/Napalm Death/Melt Banana, Cannibal Corpse/Obituary/Cryptopsy/Abysmal Dawn, Voivod/Vektor/Eight Bells, Megadeth/Suicidal Tendencies/Children of Bodom/Havok, Black Sabbath, Slayer/Testament/Carcass, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, and Nile.
Happy headbanging. Did we miss anything?