Recent Posts in metal
August 24, 2015
photo: The Sword at Mohawk in 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Three bands who recall the proto-metal/heavy psych era, The Sword, Kadavar and All Them Witches, are touring together this year. The tour hits Texas on October 9 at Gas Monkey Live! in Dallas (tickets) and October 10 at Mohawk in Austin (tickets). It was announced that it would hit Fitzgerald's in Houston on 10/11, but that venue is closing at the end of August. There doesn't appear to be word yet on a new venue.
All three bands will be supporting new albums. The Sword's is High Country, which we're giving away on vinyl and CD (with a t-shirt too). More details on that HERE. More tour details and all dates HERE.
March 15, 2015
photo: KEN mode at IO Northside 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
As you probably know, there's thousands of artists to see at SXSW across several genres. For those seeking out the metal at SXSW 2015, here's a roundup of highlights:
We've got some heavy bands playing the three FREE BrooklynVegan day parties at Red 7, which happen on the 6th & Red River venue's two stages on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Our Friday show, co-presented by Invisible Oranges, has Power Trip, United Nations, KEN mode and the legendary Walter Schreifels' new-ish band Vanishing Life. There's also stuff on the punk/hardcore side (Single Mothers, Pianos Become the Teeth), a couple indie rock veterans (Swervedriver, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan) and more. Check out the full lineup at BV and RSVP here.
Our Thursday party has metal representation from Canadian riffers Cancer Bats. And not metal per se, but METZ, who, to quote ex-Invisible Oranges Michael Nelson, "are heavier than a lot of metal bands," hit the stage just an hour and a half after Cancer Bats. RSVP here.
photo: Weedeater at NYC's Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Samantha Marble)
Now on to non-BV shows: There's a metal showcase Tuesday night (3/17) at Dirty Dog Bar with stoner rockers Royal Thunder, as well the teenaged Unlocking the Truth, Betrayal, Dead Earth Politics, Venomous Maximus and Excessum.
During the day on Wednesday (3/18) there's the Heavy Metal Pool Party at Club Metropolis with promising German band Mantar, along with Victim Mentality, Ruby the Hatchet, Speedozer, Thelma and the Sleaze, So Unloved and one more TBA.
Another chance to see KEN mode, Cancer Bats and Mantar is the Metal Injection showcase at Dirty Dog on Thursday (3/19) night. Also on that bill is Full of Hell, Felix Martin, Moon Tooth and Veil of Maya.
Weedeater headline the Tone Deaf Touring showcase at Dirty Dog on Friday (3/20) night with King Parrot, FOH NOISE, Lazer/Wulf, The Skull and Stinking Lizaveta.
The Black Smoke Conjuring showcase provides a night of heavy rock at The North Door on Friday night with
Kadavar, The Shrine, Elder, Heat (the Berlin band, not the Montreal band), Castle (the San Francisco band), and Ruby the Hatchet.
The final day of Converse Thrasher Death Match at Gypsy Lounge, Saturday (3/21), has a ton of heavy bands from noon to midnight including The Dillinger Escape Plan, Sick of It All, Ceremony, Power Trip, Code Orange, Om, Goatsnake, The Skull, The Shrine, Arctic, American Sharks and Blasting Concept. That one's free.
Both Power Trip and Code Orange also play in the indoor stage of Fun Fun Fun Fest's party at House of Vans at Mohawk on Saturday with Lust for Youth and other non-metal bands.
Another all-day show on Saturday is the Rock of Ages show at the Yellow Jacket Social Club with Goatsnake, Eagle Twin, The Roller, Coliseum, Pinkish Black, Publicist UK, Mantar, Bellringer, Mutilation Rites, Sores and Blasting Concept.
And a ton of bands play the returning Heavy Metal Parking Lot on Saturday including Weedeater, Full of Hell, The Skull, The Shrine, King Parrot and many more. That show's unofficial and tickets are on sale.
Full of Hell also appear at an all-day show at Sweetwater on Friday at 6 PM with Mutilation Rites and others, and they play a noise set at the Sux by Suxwest pre-party at 5715 Cherry Park on Saturday.
Coliseum also play the Metal BBQ at La Barbeque on Friday at 8 PM, and The Highball at The Alamo Drafthouse on Saturday at 2 PM.
Of course those are just a few highlights. What else?
UPDATE: Kadavar are no longer coming to SXSW. They write:
We're very sad to announce this, but we had to cancel all of our SXSW appearances. due to sickness and other unforseen circumstances, we are behind the schedule preparing for our next record and hence can't leave berlin right now. we are sorry and hope for your understanding - see you very soon!--
November 5, 2014
Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest begins this week, and of course that means tons of FFF Nites shows too. One of those is being presented by our metal blog Invisible Oranges on Saturday (11/8) at Elysium with doom greats Pallbearer, local rippers Eagle Claw, Pallbearer's blackened tourmates Vattnet Viskar and JR Robinson's metal collective Wrekmeister Harmonies. Like all FFF Nites shows, it's free with a FFF wristband.
Full fest and Nites schedules here.
August 13, 2014
Opeth in NYC in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Swedish death metal royalty Opeth and In Flames both have new albums coming out and are joining forces for a huge North American tour in December with support from Portland's Red Fang. Opeth's Pale Communion, which frontman Mikael Akerfeldt recently discussed with Invisible Oranges, is out August 26, and In Flames' Siren Charms will be out September 8. The bands will play two dates in Texas, first in Houston at Warehouse Live Ballroom on December 12, and then in Dallas at Gas Monkey on December 13. Presales and VIP packages are available for the whole tour now. General on-sale for all dates begins Friday (8/15).
Head over to BrooklynVegan for all tour dates and more info. Check out new songs from Opeth and In Flames below...
July 10, 2014
Kvelertak (more by James Richards IV)
Mastodon, Gojira and Kvelertak are going on another tour together, and tickets for all dates go on Invisible Oranges presale today (7/10) at 10 AM (local time). To get yours, use the PASSWORD: ragewithmasto.
The tour hits Texas on Monday, October 20 @ Stubb's in Austin and Tuesday, October 21 @ Southside Music Hall in Dallas. Click the links to get tix (and enter the password).
July 2, 2014
The Sword at Mohawk in February (more by Tim Griffin)
Austin-based heavy label American Icon Records are putting on some shows for the 4th of July weekend. The A.I.R. Expo will run from July 4-5 at Mohawk and features a pretty killer lineup of heavy, doomy bands. The legendary Pentagram will head up the Friday (7/4) bill that features The Well, Warmaster, Ditch Witch and Brothers Collateral. Saturday night (7/5) will bring The Sword, Sweat Lodge, Eagle Claw, P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. and Burnt Skull. Tickets are on sale now, with single day tickets for either Friday or Saturday costing $27.50 each, as well as a 2-day pass so you can catch all the action for an even $50.
Pentagram have some other upcoming dates in Texas, playing in Houston at Fitzgerald's on July 3 with Venemous Maximus and Sanctus Bellum (tickets), and in Dallas at Gas Monkey Bar n Grill on July 5 with Venemous Maximus and Tri-County Terror (tickets). After that they'll head to Europe, and you can check out all their dates below.
Sargeist at Martyrdoom Fest in NYC (more by Caroline Harrison)
Theatrically old-school Finnish black metal band Sargeist have been making their presence felt in the U.S. lately. They've been touring with fellow evil Fins Behexen for much of the summer, and they just played a set in Brooklyn at Martyrdoom Fest that garnered some rave reviews from the folks at Invisible Oranges. You'll have a chance to catch them in Austin tonight (7/2) at Red 7, where they'll be joined by Ritual Decay and Sturmgewehr (Behexen and Morbosidad played there last night). Tickets are no longer available online but they'll be at the door.
June 26, 2014
Get ready to thrash when the mighty Slayer is joined by fellow legends Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus on a tour this fall that hits ACL Live in Austin on Nov 18
and Verizon Theatre in Dallas on Nov 19. Tickets for both shows, and every show on the tour, are on an exclusive Invisible Oranges presale that begins today (6/25, at 10am). The password for AUSTIN and DALLAS is invisibleoranges. Click the links to find the place to enter it.
All tour dates at BrooklynVegan.
June 24, 2014
We knew about the Texas Chainsaw Massacre party. THE ANNOUNCEMENT READS:
Heavy metal legend Philip Anselmo and best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell's groundbreaking horror-meets-metal event, the Housecore Horror Film Festival, is creeping ever closer. On Friday the 13th, they let slip via the official Housecore Horror Film Festival Facebook page that bloody death/grinders CATTLE DECAPITATION had signed on for the festival's second incarnation, but now, the diabolical minds behind the proceedings have finally seen fit to bestow a nasty little surprise upon the unsuspecting public.The rest of the announcement can be read below...
This year promises to drench eardrums in blood and distortion with a hugely diverse array of metallic talent from Norwegian black metal legends, Canadian noiseniks, Australian masters of death, American thrash maniacs, and tons more. Without further ado, clap your eyes on the first round of band announcements for this year's Housecore Horror Film Festival!
June 5, 2014
Municipal Waste at GWAR-B-Q 2013 (more by Josh Sisk)
RIchmond crossover thrashers Municipal Waste will headline the next Red Bull Sound Select show in Austin on Friday (6/6) at Mohawk, curated by Transmission. Like all RBSS shows, the openers are (relatively) local, including Dallas' Power Trip (who likely owe a thing or two to Municipal Waste and other crossover vets) and Houston noise rapper B L A C K I E. And because it's RBSS, admission is $3 with RSVP or $10 without. Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served.
This is at least the second metal RBSS show happening this year, following the Pig Destroyer show we presented in NYC this past January.
Municipal Waste show flyer below...