Recent Posts in metal - Page 6
February 5, 2014
By Doug Moore
Louisville death/black metallers Anagnorisis dropped a very solid sophomore album in Beyond All Light last year. It was doubly impressive because their well-received first album, 2007's Overton Trees, featured Panopticon's Austin Lunn in a band-leader role; Lunn has long since departed, but Anagnorisis has reorganized and carried on in fine form.
Beyond All Light is getting a second moment in the sun this year, as the is now available on vinyl via their Bandcamp. Anagnorisis are also embarking on a brief Eastern US tour in March, including a stop in Brooklyn at Acheron on 3/10. No tix yet, but keep an eye out.
All tour dates are listed, along with a stream of Beyond All Light, below...
February 4, 2014
Torche at IO Northside showcase in 2013 (more by Harriet Roberts)
Pre-Torche sludge popsters Floor have a new album on the way and just played a one-off at Saint Vitus last week (1/29), and if that isn't enough for you, TORCHE will now also play a one-off at Saint Vitus on February 26, presented by Noisey. Tickets are on sale now.
Watch a Torche video below...
By Doug Moore
Steve Tucker('s finger)
You may remember that we debuted a song by Warfather, which features ex-Morbid Angel frontman Steve Tucker, a few weeks back. Tucker effectively vanished from music for eight years after appearing on Morbid Angel's 2003 album Heretic before turning up as the frontman for Nader Sadek's one-off death metal album in 2011.
Invisible Oranges spoke to Tucker about the Warfather album and about what he's been up to for most of the past decade. It turns out that Tucker has effectively become a doomsday prepper, which made for an unusual interview:
What are your survival skills?The weirdest part of the interview is that Tucker actually comes off as kinda level-headed about the subject. You can read the whole thing here.
Well, first of all, where I live, I don't need a grocery store. I don't live 100 percent off the land, but I would if I had to. I have tons of creeks full of fresh water, I have deer in my yard, and I have a pit bull who is trained to take down a large animal. I would not starve. Where I live does not flood, and wouldn't be touched by, say, a tidal wave, so my strategy would be to pretty much stay where I am at, and secure the place. A couple years back, we were hit by this big storm called a derecho. I'd never heard of one in my life, but the thing hit in five minutes. We had 85 mile-per-hour winds. It took out my power for 10 days, and when that happened I realized that having water in my garage was a good thing. I gave some of that water in my garage to my neighbors. So it's all about improvisation and just being ready.
The scarier thought is what do individual groups of people do after society breaks down.
It would become tribal. That's the first thing that happens. People will go be with their families, with people they know, trust and think will protect them. Personally I think people will realize they need to get out of cities. They will travel to places like where I live, and ask people like me to help, I think. So the question you need to answer is: who can you trust? It's the same scenario you come across every day ― can I do business with this person? Can I tell this person a secret? ― but survival would be the consequence.
If you missed it the first time, you can stream that Warfather song below...
February 3, 2014
by Doug Moore
Prince Harry in martial regalia
It's always a little weird to hear that the offspring of famous political figures listen to metal. Chiara de Blasio apparently gets down with the riffment. According to Dominic West -- best known for his roles as Jimmy McNulty from The Wire and the traitorous Greek politician Theron in 300 -- the UK's Prince Harry also enjoys shredding guitars and yelling dudes, with a particular interest in the Big Four of American thrash metal. (That's Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, & Anthrax, if you're not familiar.)
According to the Daily Star, the two went on a charitable South Pole expedition together for Walking With the Wounded, a British organization that serves wounded military veterans. (Harry is a captain in the British Army and a veteran attack helicopter pilot.) West was apparently none too taken with the contents of the prince's music collection:
"Harry has a terrible selection on his iPod. It is the sort of thing soldiers listen to. Hardcore thrash metal."On one hand, it's not all that shocking to hear that a military man in his late 20s is into metal, regardless of his lineage. On the other, it's pretty awesome to imagine "Chemical Warfare" rattling the walls of various British royal residencies.
West offers a few more chestnuts about Harry's predilection for extremely dirty jokes and elaborately-constructed field latrines in the Daily Star story. Read it here.
by Doug Moore
New Zealand's Ulcerate are one of the most exciting active metal bands in any genre. It's pretty rare for a band as esoteric and difficult to process as they are to draw a big fanbase, but their Neurosis-meets-death-metal approach has earned some pretty serious popular accolades for each of their albums since 2009's breakout Everything Is Fire. They're also both a dominating live band and a rare sight around these parts; they haven't made it to American shores since their brief tour with Tombs before the 2012 edition of Maryland Deathfest. (I was worried that they'd never come back after their van got robbed here in New York last time around.)
Ulcerate put out a killer album called Vermis last year, which you can stream below. They're also returning to MDF this year, and have just announced a more extensive North American tour alongside the equally-killer Inter Arma in the month leading up to the fest (May). The tour will hit NYC at Saint Vitus on 5/10, with Car Bomb providing additional local support. Tix are on sale now.
Check out the full tour dates and listen to Vermis below...
by Wyatt Marshall
The Body at The Acheron, June 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As you may know, the Gilead Media Fest is happening in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on July 18 - 20 and has announced a number of additions to what was an already loaded lineup. Fest-goers can catch black metal bruisers Barghest, get solid doses of sludge and doom from Kowloon Walled City and Loss, and bear witness to what looks to be UK experimental black/death band Lychgate's debut US performance. That's in addition to performances from previously announced acts Ash Borer, Hell, Inter Arma, Hexer, Mutilation Rites, Oozing Wound and more. The Body and Thou will be collaborating for a performance, too, which will be one that will surely rattle ear drums. tickets are on sale now. Look for two more bands to be announced soon.
Speaking of The Body, they're touring again and hitting Saint Vitus on 3/22. Still no word on advance tickets for that one.
Gilead Media Fest lineup below...
Mastodon at Roseland Ballroom in 2012 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Georgia sludge bashers Mastodon have announced that they'll follow 2011's hard rock-oriented The Hunter with their sixth full length at some point this year. It's being produced by Nick Raskulinecz, who also did the upcoming Hold Steady LP, and has worked with Ghost, Foo Fighters, and others. Release date and title still TBA, but stay tuned.
They're also going on a US tour this spring, and they've got some pretty great support coming from French death metal greats Gojira and Norwegian rock 'n' roll devils Kvelertak. The tour hits NYC on May 15 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketmaster for updates.
The tour also brings all three bands to Columbus, OH's Rock on the Range festival (5/16 - 5/18), which also includes Guns N Roses, Motorhead, Slayer, Wolfmother, Suicidal Tendencies, Down, Exodus and lots of bands that may steer you away from going like Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock, Stained, Seether, Chevelle, Fuel and more.
Full Rock on the Range lineup, along with the list of Mastodon's tour dates, below...
January 31, 2014
By Doug Moore
Morbid Saint at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Since it's impossible to avoid, you surely already know that the Super Bowl is this Sunday. NYC show options are thus a little thin that day, but there are some good ones coming up this weekend nonetheless.
Tonight (1/31), Coliseum will hit Saint Vitus alongside Primitive Weapons & Tidal Arms (tix). On Saturday (2/1), you have a few options: Morbid Saint at Saint Vitus (tix), Nomad / Sad Boys / EEL at the Acheron (tix), and Throaat / Blackout / Call of the Wild / Hessian at Union Pool. Keep an eye on our NYC Metal show calendar for the latest. It rules.
In other news:
Local live staples Tiger Flowers have signed to Melotov Records.
Ævangelist, who headlined a sick show last Saturday, have released a new track. Stream it below.
Agalloch will release their much-anticipated new album, The Serpent & The Sphere, on May 13 via Profound Lore.
Mötley Crüe are breaking up after roughly 35 years as a band. They've even signed a contract that bars them from reforming to tour again. Tens of people are surely heartbroken. Alice Cooper opens their final tour, which hits Jones Beach and PNC Bank Arts Center (tickets).
On a darker note, Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman was not included in the "In Memoriam" portion of the Grammys Awards ceremony, drawing their fanbase's ire. Hanneman would've turned 50 today.
Check out that new Ævangelist song below. Anything else?
by Wyatt Marshall
Immolation at Gramercy Theatre, 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
We've been talking a lot about the absolutely loaded 2014 Maryland Deathfest lineup this year. It's going to be a doozy, but if 50+ bands isn't enough, MDF has announced an official pre-fest party at Ottobar on Wednesday, May 21 with performances by Immolation, Misery Index, Black Breath and Noisem. Tickets just went on sale.
There will also be a screening of Welcome to Deathfest, the 45-minute long documentary covering the rise of the monolithic Maryland festival that's become the gold standard in American heavy metal events.
Here's some info about the pre-fest show straight from MDF--note, MDF passes don't work for the show, and take a taxi!:
Where is the Ottobar?Full MDF lineup below and flyer below...
2549 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21218. If you are staying at a hotel in the downtown area near any of the other MDF venues, please note that the Ottobar is not walking distance from those venues. A taxi would be your best bet to reach the Ottobar.
How much are tickets for this show?
What time does the MDF documentary begin?
What time do bands begin?
Will this show sell out?
Can I use my Ottobar season pass?
No. These passes won't be accepted at the pre-fest party.
January 30, 2014
by Doug Moore
Artificial Brain at Saint Vitus (more by Caroline Harrison)
The opening riff to the title track is an excellent example of these tricky melodies. Guitarists Dan Gargiulo and Jon Locastro weave together night-sky harmonies over Sam Smith's hummable bass line. Then Keith Abrami leans into a blastbeat, and the whole song heaves itself airborne, taking the listener with it. It's a great set-piece on an album that's loaded with them. Death metal is all about effective teamwork, and these five musicians play off each other to hair-raising effect multiple times per song.Labyrinth Constellation comes out on February 21st on Profound Lore. Stream its title track below...