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November 4, 2013
by Doug Moore
So this is intriguing: over the weekend, the Brooklyn venue Acheron announced a show headlined by "the Big Easy Sludge All Stars" on November 16. The show also features locals Trenchgrinder and Syphilitic Lust.
The show's flyer, below, describes the heretofore-unknown Big Easy Sludge All Stars as "featuring members of Down, Mystick Krewe of Clearlight,
Melvins and Outlaw." (UPDATE: There's no Melvins member involved. It was a mistake on the initial flyer and the new flyer can now be seen below.) You may also recall that Eyehategod -- which features Jimmy Bower of Down and the Mystick Krewe of Clearlight, and who recently played the Housecore Horror fest with Dale Crover of Melvins on drums -- are about to hit the Northeast for a few dates. The band is playing Saint Vitus on 11/14 (tickets), but the show on the November 16 is listed as "TBA at TBA". Oh, and the Acheron show has a $25-per-ticket presale already going. You do the math.
Eyehategod announced their permanent replacement drummer on Friday. Check out the full set of upcoming Eyehategod dates, and the show flyer, below.
November 1, 2013
After the Deicide / Broken Hope tour was plagued by a fan stabbing in El Paso, things went even more sour for the tour as Deicide kicked Broken Hope off the remainder of the tour. Broken Hop guitarist Jeremy Wagner posted a message explaining the situation, and Deicide's Glen Benton soon responded. Now though, according to the following letter from Broken Hope, they've made up:
BROKEN HOPE and DEICIDE have reached out to each other, have made apologies, and mended their friendship after the debacle at the end of the NO SALVATION TOUR.Glad to see they're friends again.
Glen Benton, Shaun Glass, and Jeremy Wagner have been good friends for 20 years and the blow-up in El Paso was completely unnecessary and the situation could have been rectified if all parties talked it out as friends. Moreover, there were some very low-blows lobbed in an effort to maim Glen Benton, and a number of those words were very unfair and very immature, so to that end, we apologize.
That said, both bands have extended olive branches to each other in order to retain their longtime friendships, and to rise above all the worthless drama, finger-pointing, and scandalous fallout that's plagued both bands.
We're glad to once again have Benton's friendship and to have DEICIDE as brothers. FRIENDSHIP and MUSIC are ALL that matters here.
We ask all fans to please embrace our effort to revive our friendship with Glen and DEICIDE, and as we all take a higher, more positive road.
by Wyatt Marshall
Eyehategod / Down / GWAR at the Housecore Horror Fest (more by Trent Maxwell)
New Orleans sludge masters Eyehategod announced yesterday that Aaron Hill of New Orleans bands Missing Monuments and Mountain of Wizard will be the drummer for Eyehategod going forward, including a date at Saint Vitus on November 14 with Mutilation Rites and The Communion (tickets). The question of a permanent drummer has been in the air since the death of original Eyehategod drummer Joey LaCaze in August. Dale Crover of Melvins filled in this past weekend during Eyehategod's Joey Lacaze tribute set at the Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin. Check out Eyehategod's scheduled tour dates below, and look for additional dates in the coming weeks.
The four-day Housecore Fest (10/24 - 10/27) was hosted by Phil Anselmo and featured a stacked line-up, including Melvins, Gwar, Pallbearer, Goblin (performing their score to Suspira in full), Down and many more. You can check out pics from day 2 and days 3 & 4 over on BV Austin. IO sent guest writer David Hall down to the fest, and you can check out his two part review and additional photos on Invisible Oranges.
Eyehategod tour dates below...
by Doug Moore
Okay, so Halloween was technically yesterday, but a lot of Halloween parties are happening this weekend, which means that there's still time to GET SPOOKY. And for all of your spooky-getting needs, we present Mutation.
Mutation is one of those supergroup side projects whose lineup sounds like the product of a boozy what-if conversation amongst three record store clerks with wildly different tastes. Though the project is helmed by Ginger Wildheart of The Wildhearts, it also features Merzbow, Shane Embury of Napalm Death, Mark E. Smith of The Fall, Chris Catalyst of Sisters of Mercy / Eureka Machines, Rich Jones of Amen, Jon Poole of Cardiacs, and various other guest contributors.
Mutation's roster is diverse enough that it'd be hard to use it to guess what the music actually sounds like, aside from "weird" and "noisy." In practice, the band is both of those things, but their delivery is considerably more cohesive than the scattershot lineup implies. Their songs are built on jagged grind-plus-noise-rock foundations; each tune adds several layers of Mr. Bungle-esque freewheeling electronic noodling and zany vox delivered by Wildheart, Smith, and various others. And, surprisingly, the songs actually hold together -- they're not exactly hook-driven pop tunes, but you stand a pretty good chance of remembering them when they wrap up.
Mutation's new album, Error 500, is out now, fittingly via Mike Patton's Ipecac label. Check out two streaming songs an a clip of Smith's guest vocal tracking below.
by Wyatt Marshall
Metallica at The Apollo in September (more by PSquared Photography)
Justin Bieber is on the record as a Metallica fan, and he gave a shout out to Metallica classics "One" and "Fade to Black" in particular in a GQ profile last year. "Those are my jams," Bieber said. In case anyone doubted him, crying "False!" a video of Biebs singing the guitar solo to "Fade to Black" hit Youtube a couple of weeks ago. You can watch the video below.
Metallica was recently asked in an interview with Q magazine if the feeling for their fellow artist's work was mutual. It is, sort of.
When asked if Metallica are Beliebers, James Hetfield replied, "Are we believers? Yes." Lars Ulrich qualified Hetfield's response, asking:
Is it possible to have respect for him without being a Belieber? I think the kid's really talented and obviously to go through what he's going through at that early age must be a mindfuck. So the fact that he still goes out there and does it, I admire that and I think he's super talented, so I guess I am kind of a Belieber. If he likes "One," and Liam Gallagher likes him, OK, there you go.Bassist/wildman Robert Trujillo had some ominous words for Bieber: "As long as he stays out of trouble, I'll be a Belieber," he said.
Metallica's manager, Peter Mensch, is not a Belieber. He has reportedly warned Bieber that his off-stage antics would ruin his career. Mensch called Bieber and his manager Scooter Braun out in UK tabloid, The Sun, earlier this year, saying "His manager Scooter Braun is scared s***less," that Bieber will go off the deep end. He continued, "I don't know what Bieber's problem is. His career is over in three years anyway."
"I'd take Bieber to the woodshed and spank him," Mensch added. Shot across the bow.
In other Metallica news, Lars Ulrich spoke with Entertainment Weekly about what it was like to work with Lou Reed and to pay tribute to the departed legend. Reed and Metallica released Lulu together on Halloween in 2011. Here's an excerpt of Lars's interview with Entertainment Weekly, in which he talks about meeting Reed before the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary show, when Reed and Metallica first worked together:
A day or two before the festivities, we were in a rehearsal room somewhere in midtown and he walked in and didn't say a whole lot. He turned on his guitar and started complaining about everybody being too loud, and this was wrong, and that was wrong, and it was like, 'Ah! His reputation proceeds him!' Like they didn't send a doppelgänger--it really was him. He just cursed and complained and was annoyed for the next hour. We started fiddling around a little bit, and at some point we just had a conversation that was like, 'Hang on, let's just talk.' So we talked, and I was like, 'Listen, let's find a way to make this work.' And then somehow he thawed, and for the rest of the day it was beautiful. I can't remember exactly what was said, though the other guys thought I was at my diplomatic best...Read the rest of Lars's interview about Lou over at Entertainment Weekly and check out Bieber's Metallica "cover" below...
So he let his guard down, and when he let his guard down then it was totally cool. Over the course of the sound check and the gig, it got better and better and we connected more and more. Eventually we realized we were long lost soul mates in terms of attitudes and ways of looking at the world. By the time we were done at Madison Square Garden, he asked if we could make a record. It really went that quickly. As we were leaving the elevator in the bowels of Madison Square Garden, he asked me--he didn't ask me even, he said to me, 'Let's make a record together.' And I said, 'That's great Lou, that sounds fantastic,' not thinking anything would ever come of it. But he called like two weeks later! That kind of purity and that kind of follow through and that complete f--ing lack of bulls-- was so unusual and so refreshing.
October 31, 2013
by Doug Moore
Inquisition at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
If you're not familiar with them, Inquisition have a confusing bio. They're an American black metal band from Colombia -- their guitarist and vocalist, Dagon (after the Lovecraft story, presumably), was born in the States but formed the band in Colombia before moving it back here.
Their new album, Obscure Verses for the Multiverse (so wacky!), is one of the catchiest metal albums of the year. We interviewed Dagon about the album over at Invisible Oranges. In true black metal tradition, Dagon is a pretty esoteric dude, and his answers got pretty...well...obscure at times. Here's a sample:
Inquisition's lyrical content has shifted from more traditional occult themes to a more esoteric, cosmic focus. What brought this shift about? What, exactly, are Obscure Verses for the Multiverse?Read the whole interview over at Invisible Oranges. It's spooky, as you'd expect.
I was interested in going in a direction of a realistic occult approach, basing this direction on what surrounds us -- the universe -- and bringing its occult elements to the eye.
The title basically means "obscure laws for the multiple universes," the laws being the laws of quantum mechanics, which were made by the gods -- the same gods that came here and created us. The gears are on a microscopic level that dictate how everything works around us, everywhere on this plane and other planes or universes, which at least in theory exist and have been spoken about so much by many spiritual mysticisms.
To summarize, let me say that it is a combination of quantum physics and quantum mechanics with the spiritual world in one. This is an album that focuses on the multiple dimensions of the spirit and the multiple dimensions of our multiverse, adding possible alien races as our gods of creation.
The element of Satan as the force of opposition is hailed here by declaring alien forces as our creators, who have conquered all levels of dimensional travel and hold the verses of the secrets to our existence. We are here for a reason, but it is a reason to be explored by travelling within our own astral plane, the conscious. Once this is conquered, we can open our third eye to enter other planes that are here for us to witness after death: the other dimensions or universes. As multiple consciousnesses are developed in the mind, new heights are obtained just as multiple universes collide in space, creating a new universe after leaving a black hole. This creation of a new universe leads to a cycle in both mind and space.
In essence, the human mind is a dimension, one of many, as real as the dimension of space and the dimensions we have yet to witness after our death. The human consciousness cycles with space; it is the same, and because it is the same, we are cosmic dust evolved into the highest form possible thanks to the gods who came here. I am not really influenced by any writers. I am quite inspired by Poe, Lovecraft, and so forth, yes, but my writings are from my mind entirely.
Speaking of spooky, you should totally celebrate Halloween by listening to Dagon croak about space all over Inquisition's new album, which just came out and which is streaming in full below. The band hasn't announced any tour dates in its support yet, but they were rarely off the road over the past couple of years. A live jaunt is undoubtedly in the offing.
by Doug Moore
Immolation @ Gramercy, 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Maryland Deathfest lineup for 2014 grows ever spookier. The fest's organizers have taken advantage of Samhain to announce a whole string of new bands -- no huge names in this round, but there are a bunch of notables, including Castevet (who just played an IO-sponsored record release show), Sweden's Entrails and the hilarious Birdflesh, Germany's Necros Christos, Japan's Coffins, Canada's Mitochondrion, Austrialia's Whitehorse, plus local favorites Immolation, Incantation, and Mutilation Rites. That's a lot of -ations.
This announcement is extra noteworthy because it included venue details, which have been the subject of much speculation since the fest announced that it would not return to the former Sonar compound. The short version is that MDF 2014 will take place in three places: a parking lot a few blocks from Sonar, the Baltimore Soundstage (again), and the Rams Head Live. Here's the full announcement:
3 stages, including the 2 main stages, will be located at 545 N. High Street (Edison Parking lot), which is 1-2 blocks from the old location of Sonar. The setup at the Edison space will eliminate a variety of logistical problems and will ultimately lead to a better experience for you at MDF next year. This space has an approved capacity that is significantly higher than what we're used to, we can open the entrance 2 hours before the first band each day, we won't be getting in the way of the Farmers Market on Sunday, we don't have to close off streets, and once again, we will have MORE space. In addition to adding more shaded areas, there is already existing shade here, so if it gets hot, you won't be roasting on concrete all day. As far as parking goes, there is an enormous parking lot next to the space we're using that you'll be able to park at, and as always, metered parking is possible under the highway that everyone is familiar with from previous years.The parking lot in question was in use as an actual, y'know, parking lot at this year's festivities. Some of you undoubtedly drank beers out of a cooler there. The prospect of an mostly outdoor version of MDF makes me a little nervous, given the mid-Atlantic's rainy late spring, but we all survived last year, right?
On Thursday, bands will only be playing at Rams Head Live, located in the Power Plant Live! section of downtown Baltimore at 20 Market Pl. On Friday-Sunday, bands (death and black metal) will be playing at Rams Head Live between the hours of 10 pm - 2 am, (bands will conclude at the Edison parking space at 11 pm).
On Friday-Sunday, once again, we are doing a grind/hardcore/punk/crust stage at Baltimore Soundstage, located across the street from Rams Head Live at 124 Market pl. Unlike last year, bands will play here all day/night and there won't be any large gaps between bands.
Generally speaking, this setup was the most sensible solution for us, as it allows us to book a lot of bands, give bands respectable set lengths, eliminate many issues/concerns from last year, and keep the fest close to hotels and other downtown conveniences that everyone is used to.
As early as next week, we will break everything down so you know who is playing where. We will also announce more bands at that time. We still have a few up our sleeve for the main stages, but mostly, we're down to rounding out the Soundstage billing before being completely finished with booking.
Check out the full list of newly announced bands and the complete lineup to date below...
October 30, 2013
by Doug Moore
We've debuted a new song by the up-and-coming Maryland black metal act Myopic over at Invisible Oranges this afternoon. Their upcoming EP Beyond the Mirror's Edge is killer; it splits the difference between "normal clothing" (i.e. no corpsepaint, no spikes) black metal and wiry late-'80s/early-'90s noise rock. From our writeup:
The slow blasts and clattery strumming that populate the verse and chorus to "Iron Towers" remind me a lot of Tombs, partially because of guitarist Sean Simmons's excellent (and vaguely Schuldiner-esque) bellow. But Myopic take the song further into prog-space than Tombs would; its central third consists of a long, mostly instrumental bridge that builds to a nauseating peak before plunging back into the verse.Read the whole writeup over at IO. Beyond the Mirror's Edge comes out digitally on November 12 via Grimoire Records. A physical release (CD and cassette) will follow on January 7, 2014. Stream "Iron Towers" below...
Other songs on the EP take different tacks entirely -- "Backstitch" is a lengthy, rock-rhythmed instrumental; "Lord of Damnation" is a cover of the goofy Swedish prog-metal band Carbonized. All is rendered in hard, sparse tones, with minimal gain on the guitars (for a metal album) and loads of space around each instrument. If Steve Albini could tolerate double bass, his metal work might sound a little like this. This sere aural landscape is fitting: lean sounds for a lean operation.
photos by Caroline Harrison
Kylesa @ Saint Vitus - 10/25/13
Kylesa, Pinkish Black and Sierra's BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges-presented tour wrapped up in Virginia over the weekend, after stopping in NYC for a sold-out show Saint Vitus Bar on Friday (10/25). We've got a set of pictures and a review over at Invisible Oranges. Here's an excerpt:
This was my first time seeing Kylesa, so I can't really compare this experience to seeing them in a larger setting, but playing in a small club worked for these guys. The house was packed, the sound was huge (and excellent), and the band crammed onto the tiny stage right up next to each other. Kylesa's dual drummer set-up sounded better closer to the stage -- they often double each other, and any nuance differentiating their parts can be lost at a distance. Regardless, this band knows how to play to their strengths, and it didn't hurt that the crowd was packed with folks who leapt at the chance to see Kylesa in a smaller setting like Vitus.Check out the pictures and full writeup over at IO. More pictures are in this post.
NYC locals So Hideous (whom we recently debuted a track by) opened this show. We missed them, but they're about to head out on tour. Check out those dates, along with more pictures of Kylesa (including one of their setlist), Pinkish Black and Sierra from Saint Vitus, below...
October 29, 2013
by Wyatt Marshall
Motörhead at Mayhem Festival 2012 (more by Greg Christman)
As previously mentioned, Motörhead had to cancel European tour dates this summer due to front man/legend Lemmy's flagging health. Despite the news that the mighty Lemmy had been laid low, Mötörhead were planning on being back on the road in full force this fall. Now, Motörhead has had to cancel scheduled fall dates due to Lemmy's ongoing struggles with his health. From Facebook:
I have to sadly let you know that Motörhead has had to postpone the forthcoming European tour until early next year, 2014.
We have made the decision because I am not quite ready to hit the road yet, and am working my way back to full fitness and rude health. Don't worry - I'm not about to start promoting veganism and alcohol-free beverages, but it is fair to say that I personally have been reconfiguring areas of my life to make sure I can come back fitter and stronger than ever.
It disappointed me tremendously to have to say I wasn't quite ready to hit the road yet, but not nearly as much as it would've disappointed me to go out, play some average shows and watch my health give way long before the tour was over! When people come to see a Motörhead tour, they expect a Motörhead show, and that is exactly what you will get as soon as I am fit and ready to rumble.
Your patience and understanding is appreciated...and know that I'm getting stronger and stronger every day, so watch out next spring Europe and we will see you then.
Thank you all,
Here's to Lemmy getting back on his feet and in road condition soon. In more positive news, Motörhead released their 21st studio album, Aftershock, last week.
In similar news, the 2013 version of Sepultura also had to cancel their previously mentioned tour that was scheduled to hit Gramercy Theater on November 18. In a post on Facebook, the band said they were unable to get visas in time for the tour's kickoff on Friday.
Due to the delay in obtaining a visa for the band to enter the United States, we regret to inform all fans that the previously announced North American tour is being cancelled. We apologize to the fans, promoters, and the bands who were going to be part of the 'Tsunami Of Metal' tour - UNEARTH, KATAKLYSM, SCAR THE MARTYR, ANCIIENTS, and DARK SERMON.Sepultura had their 13th album, The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart, drop today (10/29)
Fans who purchased advanced tickets will be entitled to a full refund.
In non-cancelation news, Morbid Angel, is scheduled to hit Irving Plaza on November 12. We'll be giving away tickets to that show tonight (10/29) on Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio. Listen in from 10 - 12PM EST on EastVillageRadio.com or on the EVR Mobile app for your chance to win a pair.