Recent Posts in metal - Page 8
January 24, 2014
by Andrew Sacher and Wyatt Marshall
We recently wrote about Dan Barrett's project Giles Corey, who just played NYC last week (1/12), but Dan's also been busy with another of his projects, Have A Nice Life (his duo with Tim Macuga), who will release their new album, The Unnatural World, on February 4 via The Flenser and Enemies List Home. It's their first full length since 2008's Deathconsciousness.
The album falls somewhere between goth, noise, shoegaze and post-punk (touring with Swans would be a good match), and from that description you probably have an idea of the kind of dreary stuff you're getting yourself into. But for such dark music, The Unnatural World is addictively melodic. Vocals are front and center, not obscured by overdoses of distortion and reverb (though the album generally has much of both), and not shying away from the power of a pop song. In some dark alternate universe, the repetition of "Is this what it's like/is this what it's going to be like?" in "Defenestration Song" drills itself into your brain far enough to get this stuff on the radio. And they're sung so passionately and emotionally -- you'd probably never call this emo, but from the way he cries "It isn't real but it FEELS real" on "Burial Society," I wouldn't be surprised to see people weeping at their shows. Listen to that one below, and check out the whole record (highly recommended) over at Pitchfork. While you're at it, you can browse some pics of their NYC show with Alcest and Woe in 2010.
Meanwhile, another heavy/dark/atmospheric band streaming their new album is Australia's Woods of Desolation. It's technically a one-man band, but maestro "D." brings in various musicians to perform on each album he's put out under the Woods of Desolation name, including, this time, Vlad from Drudkh on drums--not to mention the incredible vocal performance by Old from the lesser-known Drohtnung, and Luke Mills from Nazxul and Pestilential Shadows on bass. As the Stars is Woods of Desolation's most accessible album yet--D. has dropped a great deal of the more in-your-face elements of depressive black metal in favor of rawer, comparatively slowed down riffs that are instantly memorable and cross the post-black metal divide. The result is an album that's epic, triumphant, melancholic and catchy all at once--not to be missed, As the Stars is an early front-runner for metal album of the year.
Stream As The Stars (via Stereogum) and HANL's "Burial Society" below...
by Doug Moore
post-reunion At the Gates performing in 2011
There's a pretty good argument to be made that At the Gates's 1995 swansong Slaughter of the Soul was the most influential metal album to come out during the '90s. Even if you don't think much of the many imitators it spawned, it's hard to dispute the album's quality; there's a reason that their 2007 reunion and ensuing festival appearances have drawn such enthusiastic responses.
This stature also explains the somewhat breathless coverage that a 12-second teaser video that the band posted on Tuesday received. The video was totally vague, containing nothing but some grainy, out-of-focus shots of lyrics in a Word document and blocky "2014" flash caption, but it was enough to initiate speculation that ATG will do the Carcass/Gorguts thing this year and release a reunion album.
The band posted a second teaser video today. If nothing else, this one will add fuel to the speculative fire -- you see a photo of the band, some (grainy, blurry) closeups of plugins and waveforms in a production program, shots of microphones and guitars, and those lyrics again. The phrase "AT WAR WITH REALITY" (album title?) and "2014" flash across the screen. So yeah, no definite confirmation yet, but this looks an awful lot like the initial PR push for a new At the Gates album. If it is, let's hope that they can live up to the rather high bar set by last year's crop of '90s death metal reunions.
Watch both teaser videos and stream Slaughter of the Soul in full below...
January 23, 2014
Junius at Gramercy Theatre in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
Boston's heavy post rockers Junius are set to release a new EP, Days of the Fallen Sun, on February 18 via Prosthetic, and they've just revealed its newest single, "Battle In The Sky." You can stream that one below, and listen to another EP cut, "Forgiving the Cleansing Meteor," over at Pitchfork. The artwork and tracklist are below as well.
Junius also have a bunch of dates coming up, including a run with A Storm of Light (fronted by Neurosis' former visual artist Josh Graham). That run brings both bands to NYC as openers on the previously discussed Caspian show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar (3/1). Since we last spoke, local indie rockers Advaeta were added to that too, and like all BKNB shows, it's FREE.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream, artwork and tracklist, below...
By Doug Moore
East of the Wall at Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)
NJ progressive metallers and NYC live regulars East of the Wall have announced a co-headlining tour with Chicago thrashers Diamond Plate. The tour will kick off with an NYC show at the Omega Order warehouse (94 Bogart St., BK) on February 28 and run until April. Judging by the current schedule and timing, it'll hit SXSW on March 13 and 14, but the current tour itinerary doesn't specify showcases. Keep an eye out for updates.
All dates are listed, along with streams of recent jams by both bands, below...
January 22, 2014
Floor at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
We just mentioned that Floor are releasing a new album, and now Converse Rubber Tracks have announced a FREE Floor show at Saint Vitus Bar on 1/29. Kadaver and Ruby the Hatchet will open. Though the show is free, you need to RSVP for entrance; registration starts here at 3pm today. Even if you RSVP, entrance isn't guaranteed. Show up early!
Speaking of Converse Rubber Tracks, as discussed, El-P and The Bots are playing a free show at Converse Rubber Tracks Live on Friday (1/24) as the conclusion to the venue's creative workshop series. For a chance to get into that very intimate show, you have to RSVP which is open until midnight tonight (1/22), but RSVP does not guarantee entry.
By Doug Moore
Exmortus, "sleighing to the sword"
California's Exmortus remind me of bands like White Wizzard or (early) The Sword -- not necessarily because they sound alike, but because all three pay genuine homage to classic metal tropes while maintaining some distance from them. Exmortus is a little more aggressive than most bands who take this tack, and they really, really like to shred.
We're streaming a song from their upcoming third album, Slave to the Sword, over at IO today -- they take a page out of the Yngwie Malmsteen playbook by banging through a metal arrangement of the third movement from Beethoven's "Moonlight" sonata. From our writeup:
Slave to the Sword, the third album from Californian melodic death/thrashers Exmortus, lives and dies by its unswerving commitment to shred. This band moves in an orbit not entirely dissimilar to, say, Revocation, but their collective musical upbringing clearly bears the mark of obsessive amounts of At the Gates, Arch Enemy, and the classic tandem guitar attacks of Mssrs Downing/Tipton, Murray/Smith, Hanneman/King, et al. Even when Exmortus's songs are sturdily constructed and passably memorable -- as they often are -- they remain principally vehicles for shred, solos, shred, chromatic riffs, shred, whiplash, and more shred.Slave to the Sword will come out on February 4 via Prosthetic Records. Stream the "Moonlight Sonata" cover and the album's title track below.
Exmortus will also be on tour for much of the winter and they'll hit NYC twice in the coming months: once with Dark Tranquillity and Omnium Gatherum at Stage 48 on February 3, and again with Lich King at Blackhorn 51 on March 7. Tickets for the Stage 48 show are on sale now.
Check out all the dates and the aforementioned tracks below...
by Doug Moore
We've known for a while that Floor -- the influential Floridian sludge-pop band that spawned both Torche and Dove -- are working on a new LP. Though details on the album remain scant, it now has both a title and a release date: it'll be called Oblation, and it will come out on April 29 in North America. (Their France-based label Season of Mist will release it on 4/25 elsewhere.)
No songs from the album have emerged yet, but Floor did release a new recording late last year -- a jam called "The Ladder" -- via a Decibel flexi disc. The song is vintage Floor; it pairs a menacing chromatic sludge riff with airy, layered singing. Stream it below...
January 21, 2014
photos by P Squared Photography
Deafheaven @ 285 Kent's 2nd to last show
285 Kent began its life as a storage facility for the Domino Sugar factory located a block south, although some of the space's more recent tenants, mostly artists, have given it their own design touches. The walls are covered in black graffiti and corners of the room are stacked with detritus. In the bathrooms, torn electrical cables are threaded through toilet-paper rolls and strung around the doors. Water drips from the ceiling. The backstage area, a series of industrial hallways leading to other parts of the building, is also covered in graffiti. Leichtung, the booker, works out of an office with no desk; he sits on a bench seat ripped out of a passenger van. [New Yorker]285 Kent closed forever after Sunday night's show with Fucked Up, White Lung, Diiv and more. Read more about that HERE.
And we already posted video of Deafheaven's full set, but here are some pictures we just got of the not-so-surprise guest who played the DIY venue's 2nd-to-last show, and who put out one of the most well reviewed albums of 2013. Deafheaven return to NYC to play Governors Ball this summer. Check out more pictures from their 285 Kent show below...
By Doug Moore
The Chicago black/death metal act Immortal Bird put out a promising debut EP called Akrasia near the end of 2013 -- a polyglot effort that draws from a number of different metal disciplines while belonging to none of them. The band will take their show on the road for an Eastern US tour during February and March, including an NYC stop at the Acheron on March 5. They'll be joined by local notables Mortals, who have an LP of their own due out on Relapse some time this year. No presale yet, but keep an eye out.
All Immortal Bird dates are listed, along with streams of both Akrasia and Mortals' 2012 EP Death Ritual, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Sad news for the metal world: Bilboard reports that Oliver Withöft, co-owner of German metal label Century Media, has died at the age of 49. Withöft, who joined the label a year or so after it's founding in 1988, had withdrawn from daily operations at Century Media due to an undisclosed heart condition some time last year, according to Metal Injection. Various industry professionals and musicians, including Nachtmystium's Blake Judd, have expressed their condolences. Øystein G. Brun of Norweigan black metal band Borknagar, who are signed to Century Media, offered the following on behalf of the band on their Facebook page:
"We have just received the very sad news that co-founder and CEO of Century Media Records, Oliver Withöft, passed away at an age of 49.Century Media is and has been home to many important metal acts, including Celtic Frost, Pentagram, Eyehategod, Blind Guardian, Deicide, Behemoth, Satyricon, Ulver, Emperor, Taake, Opeth, Immolation, Arch Enemy and many, many more, as well as hardcore acts like Earth Crisis, Sick of it All and Cro-Mags.
This is a utterly sad day for everyone associated to the Century Family and it is a day of great loss for the music business in general.
But first and foremost we want to express our deepest condolences to his closest family!
A great man has fallen!"
Rest in peace, Oliver.