Entries tagged with: A389
By Doug Moore
Aesop Dekker with Agalloch, MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
This weekend marks the sixth installment of Dreams Were Made for Mortals, the metal-oriented group art show curated by Dysrhythmia/Krallice visual artist Karlynn Holland. The show will take place at Saint Vitus on Sunday (1/19) and will run until late. Notable artists include Krallice guitarist & all-around shred maven Mick Barr, Agalloch/Ludicra drummer Aesop Dekker, Candiria axeman John LaMacchia, & BV photographers Caroline Harrison and Lukas Hodge. There are some notable DJs too, including Mike Hill of Tombs, Primitive Weapons frontman/Saint Vitus event coordinator Dave Castillo, and a mix by the British doom band Conan.
Speaking of Agalloch, have we mentioned that they were in the studio recently?
The Invisible Oranges co-presented A389 Tenth Anniversary Bash starts in earnest down in Baltimore today (1/17). Tickets will be available at the door if you're in town and didn't think ahead.
Some closer-to-home live heavy music options for this weekend include Cleanteeth at the Acheron tonight, Malignancy / Dracaris / Hammer Fight at Tobacco Road on Saturday (1/18), and Gnaw / Sonic Suicide Squad / Insect Ark Saturday at the Acheron. Don't forget to keep an eye on our badass New York Metal Show Calendar for the latest.
The 2014 package tour season is officially underway too. The Amon Amarth / Enslaved / Skeletonwitch tour gets started tonight in Las Vegas -- we started giving away tickets to select dates on IO's East Village Radio show. Don't forget to tune in every Tuesday at 10pm for giveaways, interviews, and loads of killer tunes. The Amon Amarth tour hits NYC on February 4. We're also giving away tickets to this year's awesome installment of the Metal Alliance Tour, which features Behemoth, 1349, Goatwhore, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate, and which hits NYC on April 19.
The great death metal band Wormed have signed to Season of Mist and are writing material for the follow-up to 2013's killer Exodromos.
Members of local live mainstays Mutilation Rites and Magrudergrind have formed a sludge side project called Ruine. Stream a track below.
Over on IO this week, we spoke to Pelle Åhman of In Solitude and investigated the world of all-female Japanese power metal bands. We streamed new music by Warfather, Astrophobos, Ered Wethrin, and Solar Halos (whom we also interviewed). And, as ever, we ran down all the new metal fit to buy.
by Doug Moore
As we've mentioned, the IO-co-presented A389 Tenth Anniversary Bash will begin in Baltimore this Thursday (1/16) with a Ringworm set at Sidebar, along with support from Frightened Teeth, Pharaoh, Occultist, and Apalling Infection. The fest goes through Saturday and also features sets from Infest, Full of Hell, Iron Reagan, Integrity, All Out War, Bloodlet and many more. Whole-fest pass options and individual show tickets are available via A389's site.
Ringworm have also announced a March 18 release date for their upcoming album Hammer of the Witch, which you can preorder from Relapse Records here. The band will kick off a co-headlining tour in support of the album with Death Before Dishonor on March 29; no NYC date, but they'll hit Long Island at Patchogue, NY's 89 North on 3/30. Keep an eye out for tix; stream Hammer of the Witch's title track and check out the full run of dates below.
Another A389-related tidbit: classic-era metalcore stalwarts Bloodlet, who will perform a one-time reunion set in Baltimore this weekend, have unveiled a 20-year-old demo track entitled "Embrace." You can stream it below, along with the remastered version of their classic Entheogen. Both will be available as a 7" through A389 on February 7.
If that wasn't enough, the new Systems Overload-lineup Integrity song we mentioned a few weeks back, "7th Revelation: Beyond The Realm Of The VVitch," is now streaming in full via Decibel. The same lineup will be performing at the A389 bash as well. You can stream the song below.
Check out both Bloodlet streams, the new Ringworm tune, and the full run of Ringworm dates below...
by Andrew Sacher
Power Trip at Acheron in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Dallas hardcore/thrash band Power Trip had a very busy 2013, doing a ton of touring and releasing their great Manifest Decimation album, which paired Kill 'Em All solos with venomous hardcore. They're now about to head back on the road with an East Coast tour that kicks off this week.
As discussed, the tour begins in NYC at Saint Vitus on Wednesday (1/15) with Suburban Scum, White Widows Pact and Manipulate. Tickets for that show are still available. Then the band makes its way around other Northeast cities before hitting the Invisible Oranges-sponsored A389 10th Anniversary Bash, which goes down in Baltimore from Thursday through Saturday. They play the Saturday (1/18) on the Baltimore Soundstage with Integrity, All Out War, Bloodlet, Weekend Nachos, Noisem and others. Tickets for just that day/stage are still available, as are whole-fest pass and other options via A389's site.
All dates are listed, along with a stream of Manifest Decimation, below...
by Doug Moore
Ilsa at the Acheron, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
We announced back in September that Invisible Oranges would be sponsoring the A389 10th Anniversary Bash down in Baltimore on January 17 & 18, featuring Infest, Haymaker, All Out War, Bloodlet, and Systems Overload-era Integrity, among others.
The initial lineup consisted of two shows at the Baltimore Soundstage. Since then, two side shows have been added to the festivities:
On Thursday, January 16, Ringworm will top a bill at Sidebar Tavern, along with Frightened Teeth, Pharaoh, Occultist, & Ampallang Infection.You can buy whole-fest passes here; individual Baltimore Soundstage tix and Sidebar show tix are also on sale.
On Saturday, January 18, there will be a matinee show at Sidebar, featuring Ilsa, Like Rats, Sick/Tired, and Sokushinbutsu.
The whole lineup is below; you can stream a playlist of every band playing the fest (a perfect soundtrack for headwalking your way out of the office and into the weekend) below as well...
Earlier this week, we announced that Invisible Oranges is sponsoring Judge at Saint Vitus Bar on 10/11 and A389 Fest on 1/17 and 1/18, 2014 at the Baltimore Soundstage. Tickets for both go on sale today at noon.
If you're interested in attending either of these shows, we'd strongly recommend diving on the tickets as quickly as possible when they go live. The Judge tickets will likely be available for a matter of minutes, and the early bird passes for A389 are already gone. Since the Judge show is part of CBGB Festival, a few lucky folks with badges will be able to get inside as well.
by Doug Moore
Over at Invisible Oranges, we just announced our sponsorship of A389 Recordings' 10th Anniversary Bash, a two-day metal/punk meltdown that will take place at Maryland's Baltimore Soundstage on January 17 and 18, 2014.
Tickets for the festival will go on sale Friday (9/27) at noon on Baltimore Soundstage's Ticketfly site. A389 will also be offering 100 early-bird passes starting at midnight tonight (9/26) on their own site.
Check out the full lineup and stream some Bloodlet (a personal favorite who will be reuniting for the fest) below...
They said it wouldn't happen, but it has.
Invisible Oranges is the proud sponsor of the return of the Systems Overload lineup of Integrity! The band will make their first appearance in over 17 years at this year's A389 Anniversary Bash in Baltimore in January 2014 featuring the lineup of:
Dwid Hellion (vocals)The show is the band's ONLY appearance scheduled thus far, and will surely be joined by a host of other reunions and notables at A389. Stay tuned for more announcements for the festival, but until then check out video below.
Aaron Melnick (guitar)
Leon Melnick (bass)
Chris Smith (guitar)
Mark Konopka (drums)
by Fred Pessaro
Noisem at Maryland Deathfest 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
A389 have continued their summer of giveaways that has thus far included Full of Hell and Integrity. This week the subject is the debut LP by Noisem, Agony Defined, which is now available for stream and pay-what-you-want-download. The Baltimore thrash death metal gang have also released a new live video for the track "Severed," filmed during their recent appearance at Maryland Deathfest 2013. Get your copy, and check out said video, the band's tour schedule, and a stream of the LP, below.
Nothing's noisy odes nod their head to My Bloody Valentine and the soaring epics of M83, which is evident in "The Dives (Lazarus in Ashes)," the band's new video from the Downward Years to Come EP out now on A389 Records. Check that out below for the first time. The band (mems of Horror Show) are currently on the road with the similarly great Whirr, touring toward the annual clusterfuck called SXSW where they'll play three shows including the massive "March Madness" triple-stage bill featuring names as varied as Power Trip, Mutilation Rites, Kill the Client and more. Full details on that show, which goes down on Friday (3/15) at Club 1808, are HERE.
All dates and that video is below.
Opium Morals art
Just when you thought it was safe, California's Seven Sisters of Sleep have returned with Opium Morals, the band's new LP due via A389 Records on March 20. Sludge, doom, hardcore and blasts all pepper this mammoth release, and you can stream two tracks from the LP below including "Orphans" which is making its debut here.
In addition, SSoS will share a Record Store Day split 7" with DC doom steamroller Ilsa. Details are sketchy thus far, but look for that alongside Ilsa's The Maggots Are Getting Hungry limited 12", a reissue of Ringworm's 1991 demo, and Like Rats' self-titled 7" on RSD13 (April 20). Also, Ilsa is scheduled to play the upcoming Damaged City Fest.
So far Seven Sisters of Sleep has only one tour date on the way, On February 7 in LA at Blue Star with Fuck The Facts, Final Draft, and Buried At Birth. Until more surface, prep for Opium Morals below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Catharsis at The Acheron, Jan 2013 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Influential metallic hardcore crew Catharsis took over The Acheron on January 19, playing to a sell-out crowd alongside the reunited Deathcycle, Gehenna, and Withdrawal. The show was one of only four dates for the band, one of which included an appearance at the A389 Anniversary (along with a reunited Left for Dead). Check out a full set of pictures from The Acheron on Invisible Oranges.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Gehenna at Acheron, Aug 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Good news/bad news situation here. Bad news? Radiation Blackbody has dropped off the previously discussed Catharsis show at Acheron on January 19. The good news? They've been replaced...... by GEHENNA. That's right, the infamous ones will team with their old split-mates to bring their nihilistic black-metal-induced hardcore back to NYC. The band will join Deathcycle (reunion) and Withdrawal for a whopper of a show that will follow ANOTHER whopper of a show the same day, the previously-mentioned late matinee with Vile Gash, Society Nurse, Slices (who released one of my favorite LPs of last year, this is their final NYC appearance!) and Believer/Law. Tickets are on sale for Catharsis/Gehenna, Vile Gash, or both together.
Of course Gehenna is on the East Coast to play A389 in Baltimore that weekend. Though advance tickets for the shows are sold-out, most of the bands will ALSO play pre-shows/matinees that have tickets at the door.
Catharsis's dates have grown since we last spoke, blossoming into an East Coast tour. All Catharsis dates and Gehenna video are listed below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
A389 has been like Fort Knox with respect to bands slipping out to play other shows on the East Coast. Word is that Left for Dead's one-time reunion at A389 will stick, but fortunately not so for Catharsis:
Catharsis was an influential American hardcore punk band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina that was active from 1994 to 2002. Catharsis were known for writing extremely lengthy songs (sometimes broken into multiple parts) with complex title names and unusual time signatures. They were related to anarchist collective Crimethinc...BrooklynVegan is proud to present the return of Catharsis along with a reunion from Deathcycle (who's last appearance was with the BV presentation of Winter) and A389's Withdrawal at Acheron on January 19. More details are still TBA, but tickets are on sale.
Catharsis took appreciable influence from Integrity, Neurosis, His Hero Is Gone, Breakdown, Starkweather, Amebix, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Diamanda Galás, GISM, Refused and the early demo recordings of Belgian hardcore band, Negate. - [Wiki]
Head below for streaming video and audio from Catharsis, Deathcycle and Withdrawal, and stay tuned for additional announcements.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
In the wake of the sell-out of A389 2013 in Baltimore, the label has expanded the two-day fest into a full extended weekend! A389 Anniversary will kickoff with a pre-fest show at Ottobar on 1/17/13 featuring Integrity, Withdrawal, Vilipend and Dead Gods , then come to a close with a Sunday matinee on 1/20/13 at Charm City Art Space with Left for Dead, Iron Reagan, God's America and Eddie Brock.
In addition to the previously discussed Friday/Saturday shows at Ottobar, Saturday (1/19) will now feature a matinee at Sidebar with Despise You, Gehenna, Dead in The Dirt, Ancient Shores and WarXGames AND an afterparty with Nothing (who recently toured). None of the newly announced shows will have advanced ticketing; you can only buy them at the door. Full show details are below.
Catharsis has only one show during A389 festival, so what does that mean? Could a tour be in the works?
In other A389 news, the label will release Devoid of Everything, which collects Left for Dead's entire 1996-97 studio output remixed from the original 1/4" multi-track reels. Check out the art above and you can stream a track below. Left for Dead members went on to play in bands like Cursed, Haymaker, Pick Your Side, Burning Love, and many many more. This rare one-time reunion (I was assured!) is not to be missed. Check out some thoughts on the reunion via Chris Colohan here.
If you're wondering who Iron Reagan is, the band is prepping to release their 20-track debut Worse Than Dead via A389 in 2013. The band features half of Municipal Waste and members of Darkest Hour and you can stream their demo below alongside details of the A389 festivities.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
As discussed, gothic post-punk crew Night Sins (mems of Salvation, Mother of Mercy) are out on the road with A389 signees Nothing, logging their first date on the road last night as part of their joint tour together. Much like Nothing, Night Sins are also proudly welcoming a new baby, the New Grave LP freshly birthed via Avant! Records. Check out the video for "Playing Dead" and the track "Wild Eyes," is making its debut here.
All streams and tour dates are listed below.
Nothing album art
A389 Records is known for their annual whopper of a festival (sold-out!) populated by some of the vicious hardcore miscreants on the label, but maybe that mindset is changing. Between the recent Anne releases and some forthcoming efforts, A389 is showing a different side of the meaning of heavy.
Shoegazers Nothing are the latest addition to A389's roster, and are gearing up for a new release due later this fall. Preorders for Downward Years to Come hit on October 31 (spooky!) and you can hear the title track below for the first time.
The Philadelphians are touring the East Coast in the tail end of October in the weeks leading up to the release, roping in support from Night Sins as part of a US/Canadian campaign. The shoegazers hit St. Vitus on October 23 with NYC's Italian Horn.
All tour dates are listed below, along with the track stream.
We always thought the Lannisters would be Romney supporters...
Neil might not approve but you can stream every single A389 release ever in its entirety at their Bandcamp which is pretty cool. He probably isn't a fan of Eyehategod anyway.
More streaming: give an online listen to Tame Impala's new album Lonerism.
Watch Ty Segall perform on WGN's morning news show... at 8AM. Wonder if he had even been to bed yet?
Axl Rose is giving an extremely rare interview to Jimmy Kimmel on 10/24, though that is unfortunately before Jimmy starts filming in Brooklyn.
Conservative blowhard Glenn Beck loves bombastic UK rockers Muse and wrote an open letter to the band to show them just how much. Needless to say, it is nuts.
Radio biographer and historian Alex Cosper discusses the "expanding definition of indie" at the Sacramento Press.
Music Publishing firm ASCAP has just launched a new program called ASCAP OnStage that will pay musicians royalties when their songs are played live.
Jay-Z played his fourth of eight shows at the Barclays Center last night.
LA via Sri Lanka rapper DeLon traces the reason for him having to drop off a tour with America's Got Talent artist Lindsey Stirling, back to his 2008 criticisms of M.I.A.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
A389 Anniversary returns to Baltimore for 2013 with a new venue and an absolutely jawdropping lineup. The previously single-day affair (last year at Sonar) has expanded to two and moved to the considerably smaller Ottobar, and this time added reunions of vicious Canadian brutalizers Left for Dead and Chapel Hill hardcore greats Catharsis (holy. shit.) in addition to appearances from Integrity, Gehenna, Lack of Interest, Despise You, Full of Hell, Cynarae, Ilsa, Old Lines, Weekend Nachos, Pick Your Side and Sick Fix. Early bird weekend passes are on sale now.
Art for the new (!) Eyehategod 7"
Is this a dream or reality? Eyehategod are releasing their first new material in eight years in the form of 7" on the way via A389 Recordings! Check out a snippet of "New Orleans is the New Vietnam" below; the track is an ode to Hurricane Katrina, who caused much pain to the much revered band. Order your copy via A389.
So far no scheduled shows for EHG on the eastside, but look for the crew to hit the West Coast next week as part of their campaign to destroy Bumbershoot. All tour dates and that stream are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
The Sonar compound during Maryland Deathfest 2012 (more by BBG)
Greetings, everyone. In case the rumor hasn't made it to your ears, we can let you know that Sonar (the home of MDF since 2006) is closing. Why? That's not important.I guess its not really that much of a shock that Sonar in Baltimore is closing their doors, considering the troubles they had recently (they closed and reopened in 2011). That said, I'm sad to see it go, especially after years of Maryland Deathfest (pictures from 2012 are HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE) at the venue and recently, the A389 Anniversary shows (2012 in pictures are HERE and HERE). Goodbye Sonar, but thanks for all of the amazing memories.
What is important is that we've known about this situation for months, and we were already searching for a new location only a few days after MDF X ended. Currently, we have THREE locations to choose from, all of which would be in Baltimore. Once some more logistical and financial planning takes place, we can make a decision on next year's location. With a little luck, we'll reveal that info before the end of July. Worst case scenario, we'll let you know sometime in August.
In the meantime, we will be announcing the first round of confirmed bands for MDF XI very soon, maybe even as early as next week.
Nihilistic hardcore crew Ancient Shores have announced that they will share a split with Cynarae for label A389 Records. The track features vocals from the one and only Chris Colohan of Burning Love (also, ex-Cursed), and both bands will team up at the Baltimore date of the Southern Lord tour, a free show at Talking Head on July 4th. We've got the premiere of "Omen," and look out for that split in the near future.
In related news, Cynarae recently released their self-titled 12" via A389 Records. Stream the track "Prescribed Burn" below and check out some live video while you're there.
In addition, A389 will also release the new Full of Hell/The Guilt of... 7-inch, which will feature a track from each band. Stream that in full below. For the unaware, The Guilt of... is Mike of Eyehategod with Ryan McKern of Wolvhammer.
Speaking of, the Southern Lord tour will swing through NYC at Bushwick club The Acheron on July 6th. Tickets are still available for the show which features appearances from Black Breath, Martyrdod, The Secret, Burning Love, Enabler and Grudges.
Videos and streams are below.
Gehenna at A389 Anniversary 2012 (more by BBG)
Gehenna mixes raw black metal and hardcore with tons of nihilism, and the California band will venture to the East Coast for a string of shows surrounding their appearance at This is Hardcore 2012. Outside of Baltimore dates at A389 anniversary, these shows are a rarity, but thankfully you can look for Gehenna to hit NYC at Acheron on August 10th.
Joining "The Infamous" Gehenna in NYC will be DC death-doomers Ilsa, NYC's Psychic Limb and North Carolina's Young and In The Way (who played the BV/Power of The Riff SXSW Showcase), as part of a rare weekend for the latter. $10 gets you into the show.
Ilsa is preparing to release the new Intoxicantation 12" via A389 Records and you can get the first song to appear from that release, "Deadbeat's Ballad", for free on their recent label sampler. The sampler also has new material from the likes of Sick Fix, Homewrecker, Seven Sisters of Sleep, Vilipend, and many many more.
Speaking of Vilipend, look for the Canadian band to release their new LP Inamorata (which features "Cutting Heartstrings" on that comp) in the coming months. The band has a few tour dates as well, including a pair of stops in NYC: June 9th at ABC No Rio with Hivesmasher, Ramlord and Dead//Beat and August 20th at Lit Lounge.
A listing of all known Gehenna tour dates, plus song streams and videos, are below.
Pick Your Side, the new project from Jeff Beckman (Haymaker, Left For Dead, Chokehold, etc) and members of Fuck The Facts, have welcomed their new LP Let Me Show You How Democracy Works. The release, along with new/re-released material by Eddie Brock, Children of God, Countdown to Obilvian, The Love Below and more, is currently available for order via A389 Records. Stream it below.
In other A389 Records news, the label will shocase some of their bands at a showcase in Pomona, CA as part of a FREE Scion event in May. Bands on board include Integrity, Ringworm, Seven Sisters of Sleep, The Love Below, and Young and In The Way and you can RSVP now.
Stream all of that PYS 12" below for the first time.
photos by Stephanie Crumley, words by BBG
Weekend Nachos @ ABC No Rio
Weekend Nachos teamed with Homewrecker for a string of dates that included a show last night at ABC No Rio (1/19), a stop on their way to the A389 Anniversary show with Integrity/Eyehategod/Gehenna and much more. The show also featured an appearance from Emetic. Pictures from the show are below.
A389 Anniversary will also feature appearances from Seven Sisters of Sleep and Low Places, both of which will team with All Pigs Must Die and Grudges at Acheron TONIGHT (1/20).
We recently interviewed A389 honcho Dom Romeo. Check it out.
All tour dates and more pictures from ABC No Rio are below.
Dom with Pulling Teeth at Maryland Deathfest (more by BBG)
2012 will be the third year that BrooklynVegan will be in attendance at the A389 Anniversary (check out pics from 2010 and 2011), and while the staggering lineup (which now includes Magrudergrind in place of the cancelled Starkweather) will surely mean a day of negative and brutal hardcore, there will also be a bit of sadness mixed in. Pulling Teeth, which contains A389 Records honcho Dom Romeo, will play their final show in their hometown of Baltimore. The band, which formed in 2005, was rooted in the nihilistic hardcore of bands like Left for Dead but experimented with different genres as they grew, eventually releasing last year's Funerary.
As A389 gears up for their annual anniversary show this weekend, and Pulling Teeth play their final practice in preparation for their final goodbye, we cornered Dom to discuss his thoughts on the band, A389 Records, the forthcoming show, and his attempts at a reunion of Bloodlet, Deadguy, or Integrity with the Melnicks. The results of said conversation is below.
FYI, tickets are still available for the A389 Anniversary show at Sonar in Baltimore, MD on January 21st. See you there.