Recent Posts in metal - Page 6
September 3, 2015
photo: Black Sabbath in NJ in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Black Sabbath discussed retirement not long ago, and now they announced what they're calling "The Final Tour by The Greatest Metal Band of All Time." It has original members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler (no Bill Ward) and begins in January 2016.
The tour hits NYC on February 25 at Madison Square Garden with Rival Sons. Tickets go on sale 9/12 at 10 AM. All dates are listed, along with a tour announcement video, below.
Keith Richards will probably not catch this one.
photo: Liturgy at Saint Vitus in April (more by Maryanne Ventrice)
Brooklyn art-metal band Liturgy are heading to Europe in the fall in support of this year's not-that-metal The Ark Work, but they'll squeeze in another hometown show first. It happens September 13 at Trans-Pecos with Sir Richard Bishop, Kill Alters and JG Thirlwell on DJ duty. Tickets are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with a stream of "Reign Array" from the new album, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Melodic doomers Windhand already released "Crypt Key" and "Two Urns" off their upcoming album Grief's Infernal Flower (due 9/18 via Relapse), and now they've put out a third, "Hyperion." Dorthia Cottrell gets a little airier and lighter than usual here, but the band keeps laying on the thick, heavy riffs. If you dig Kylesa's recent dream-metal excursions, you'll probably be into this too. Listen below (via Metal Hammer).
September 2, 2015
photos by Greg Cristman
Cult of Luna / Kylesa
Sweden's metal boundary-pushers Cult of Luna had to cancel a short North American tour back in May, but they're finally here now and kicked off their run with the great Kylesa at NYC's Gramercy Theatre last night (9/1). They stuck mostly to their latest album, 2013's Vertikal, but worked in older favorites like "Dark City, Dead Man" too. Kylesa have a new LP on the way, which they gave us one off of ("Shaping the Southern Sky"), and otherwise they mixed it up pretty well between their previous four. The show was opened by InAeona. More pictures, and CoL and Kylesa's setlists, below.
Kylesa at Gramercy Theatre - 9/1/15 (photo via BV Instagram)
Kylesa already announced a tour with the excellent bands Inter Arma and Indian Handcrafts, and support from Irata (who are on Kylesa's Retro Futurist label), but it didn't initially include a NYC date. Now that Kylesa's short tour with Cult of Luna hit NYC's Gramercy Theatre last night (9/1) though, they added one for October 21 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for Vitus are on sale now. They also added Jersey City's Monty Hall (10/22) (tix).
UPDATE: Here's pictures from the Gramercy show.
Kylesa's new album Exhausting Fire comes out October 2 via Season of Mist. Listen to two tracks from that, with their updated list of tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Bosse-de-Nage have been making qualiy records for a while now (their 2011 LP was one of our favorite heavy records of that year), and this past spring they put out their fourth full length, All Fours, on Profound Lore / The Flenser. Like their Bay Area pals Deafheaven, who they have a split and share a producer with (the great Jack Shirley), BDN are influenced by black metal but it doesn't start and end there. All Fours is really just as much (maybe more) of a post-hardcore album as BM; one that would fit nicely alongside other Jack Shirley-produced bands in that realm (Loma Prieta, State Faults, Frameworks). BDN have also gotten more than one Slint comparison during their career, and the nine-minute "Washerwoman" on this album is a dead ringer for that band. If you're into genre-defying heavy music of any kind, you owe it to yourself to check this out.
Bosse-de-Nage don't appear to tour outside of California very often, but let's hope they do make it over to NYC sometime soon. Meanwhile, stream All Fours below...
September 1, 2015
photo: Bongzilla in LA in August (photo by @smoothbysantanaftrobthomas)
Doom stoners Bongzilla returned earlier this year and now they have more dates coming up. They'll go on a short Northeast run in October that brings them back to NYC on October 22 at Saint Vitus. More bands TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
by Andrew Sacher
Christian Mistress will release their new album To Your Death on September 18 via Relapse (pre-order). So far they've released two songs and now we've got the premiere of a third, "Neon." It's classic metal/hard rock that could've come right out of 1980 -- its riffs from Iron Maiden and British Steel and Christine Davis' howling vocals from Crimes of Passion -- but it's too spirited to be merely idol worship. You can and should check it out below.
The band will be on tour soon with another great band who recalls that era of metal, High Spirits, and Savage Master. That tour hits NYC on September 9 at Saint Vitus with Python. Tickets for that show are still available.
They added European dates since we last spoke too. All dates are listed, with the "Neon" song steam and the other two singles, below...
August 29, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
The best thing we saw on Day 1 of the 2015 fest...
photo via BrooklynVegan Instagram
Riot Fest Denver kicked off yesterday (8/28) at its new location of the National Western Complex, which (as the mechanical bull and scent in the air reminded you) is usually home to rodeo shows. It's across five stages, one of which is indoors, and also offers carnival rides, Colorado-specific treats like Chronic Candy (though I was told that's only hemp) and more. Like most festivals, it had newer, buzzy bands who played great sets like Speedy Ortiz, Cayetana and The Hotelier, but for me at least, the real highlights were the masses of classic artists we got to see. (Unfortunately one of those, Motorhead, had to drop off at the last minute due to Lemmy's breathing issues. He cut a show short a day earlier in Salt Lake City for the same reason.)
There was a lot to love about Riot Fest Denver day 1, but here's five highlights:
THE GET UP KIDS: It's The Get Up Kids' 20th anniversary, and they don't seem shy about the fact that everyone's favorite songs were written in the '90s because that was mostly what we got. "Holiday," "Action and Action," "Valentine," "Red Letter Day," "Ten Minutes," "Don't Hate Me" and more were played from their classic period and it was a singalong the whole time. The Get Up Kids may have taken an extended period off from being a band, but you'd never know it at this point. They're super tight, they look like they're having a ball on stage, and the crowd is eager to have as much fun as the band is. Their Riot Fest set got off to a rocky start due to sound issues, but it quickly became one of the best sets I saw all day.
TESTAMENT: Of everything I saw, the band who truly got the daytime crowd going wild was '80s-era thrash legends Testament. The pit was going so hard that if you were anywhere near the front you were getting dust in your eyes, and the band delivered expertly. Every extended scream, every guitar solo -- they were flawless. Testament were always smiling, always engaging the crowd, but never at the expense of delivering intense music. People talk a lot about the decreasing interest for rock on major festivals, but between Testament and Anthrax (who took the same stage right after them), fests may just need more classic metal bands.
IGGY POP: Is there anyone as ageless as Iggy Pop? With classic albums dating back to the '60s, he's one of the few people you could safely credit with inventing punk rock, and he hasn't lost that spirit one bit. He runs around stage like he's half his actual age, and genuinely seems like he's giving us every ounce of energy in his body. We got so many favorites -- "No Fun," "I Wanna Be Your Dog," "The Passenger," "Lust For Life," "1969" -- and they all sounded exactly like you'd hope they would. The fact that we get to experience Iggy in full force all these decades later is truly an amazing thing.
ICE CUBE: It's pretty safe to say it's the year of NWA. There's a hit biopic in theaters, the soundtrack to which is Dr. Dre's first album since the '90s, and talk of the groundbreaking rap group is just in the air. So it was perfect timing for Ice Cube to reunite with his old groupmates MC Ren and DJ Yella (like he did at the BET Experience in June) for "Straight Outta Compton," "Fuck Tha Police," "Dopeman" and more classic jams. Sadly (like at the BET Experience) Dr. Dre did not come out, and neither did their pal Snoop Dogg (who did join the group at the BET Experience and plays Riot Fest on Sunday), but it was still a surreal experience to see those three on stage together. And they sounded as fanastic as you'd want. The partial NWA reunion was the real draw, but even when Ice Cube dove into his solo career ("Check Yo Self," "Natural Born Killaz," etc) he made it feel like the G-Funk era was alive and well.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN: Look, when System of a Down were added to Riot Fest, I thought people were going to think it was lame. I mean this is a festival that sold tickets because people wanted to see Iggy Pop, Pixies, The Damned, American Nightmare, Swervedriver and 7 Seconds. These people don't like System of a Down. But not only was I wrong, they had the biggest and wildest crowd of the day. It makes sense that of all the bands to come out of early 2000s nu-metal, System of a Down would work so well at what's largely a punk festival. Most of that stuff was deservedly laughed at by cynics, but SOAD were different. They were weird, and they were way closer to a hardcore band than a pop band. If Refused never broke up, those two might've toured together. And that came across in full force on Friday night. Thousands of people were raging to this band who were playing the weirdest songs that anyone played all day. It was a strange, awesome experience.
Video of Ice Cube, MC Ren & DJ Yella playing "Straight Outta Compton" and more pictures below...
August 28, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
The Saddest Landscape will follow 2012's After The Lights with a new album, Darkness Forgives, on October 23 via Topshelf (pre-orders coming soon). The first single is "Souls Worth Saving" which also drops as a 7" single with a non-album b-side on 9/25, and it's streaming now. It's another dose of the band's raw, emotive post-hardcore / screamo, the kind of song that should please longtime fans and newcomers alike. Check it out below (via AV Club).
The band will also tour after the album comes out, including a short Northeast run with Vattnet Viskar, whose boundary-pushing black metal opus Settler dropped earlier this year. That run hits NYC on November 15 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the new song, below...