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photos by Caroline Harrison; words by Doug Moore

Absu @ Saint Vitus - 11/18/13

Texas "mythological occult" (read: black metal) stalwarts Absu wrapped up their fall tour in NYC by hitting Saint Vitus Bar on Monday (11/18) for an Invisible Oranges-sponsored show with local powers Villains and Iron Force. Absu are one of the best live bands in the metal world, and this performance was true to type for them. We've got pictures and a writeup at IO now. Here's an excerpt:

Absu were in top form, with Proscriptor gleefully reminding us (as always) that his band is from Texas before proceeding to use his drum kit to destroy everything in sight. Despite only playing for about an hour, the trio managed to create the kind of atmosphere that turns tiny bars into massive arenas. The 50 fists pumping in unison to classic tracks like "Never Blow Out the Eastern Candle" and new favorites like "Earth Ripper" felt like 50,000, and the band fed off the crowd's energy, visibly thrilled that Saint Vitus had temporarily become their Barclays Center.
Check out a video of their entire set, plus more pictures, below...

Continue reading "Absu, Villians & Iron Force @ Saint Vitus (pics & video)"

by Doug Moore

Absu at Saint Vitus 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)

BV Chicago mentioned a few weeks back that the great American black metal band Absu will be embarking on a second North American tour in November. (Their first tour this year hit NYC back in April.) There was no NYC date announced for the second tour at the time, but we're pleased to announce that there will be one, and it's Invisible Oranges-sponsored. From our announcement:

"Absu's is an explosive, almost grinding take on black metal, and they are a fantastic live band. Their riffs are harmonically eerie, as black metal should be, but the entire band shreds so hard that you almost don't notice them at first. Proscriptor McGovern fully deserves his reputation as one of the best drummers (and funniest frontmen) in metal. I still wish that Slayer had hired him after he auditioned for the band.

Invisible Oranges is pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring Absu's NYC appearance on their upcoming North American tour. Joining them will be the Villains, whose death/black/thrash mashups will sit nicely beside Absu's occult onslaught."

Read the whole post over at IO. The Absu/Villains show in question will take place at November 18 (11/18) at Saint Vitus Bar. You can buy tickets here, and stay tuned for additional lineup announcements.

You may recall that Villains released an album earlier this year. You can stream it and take a look at the full list of dates below.

Continue reading "Absu add NYC show with Villains to tour (updated dates)"

Absu at Saint Vitus last night (more by Caroline Harrison)

Absu completed their second night at Saint Vitus last night (4/11) joined by support from Tombs in four-piece formation (with guitarist Garret of Wetnurse/Flourishing and bassist Ben of Woe). Like the night prior with guests Krallice, it was in celebration of twenty years as a band, hitting material from across their discography. More pictures and a review from the show are over at InvisibleOranges.

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Absu last night with the double invisible oranges (more by Fred Pessaro)

Currently celebrating 20 years on Earth, otherworldly "mythological occult metal" trio Absu played their first of two NYC shows at Saint Vitus last night (4/10), joined by Brooklyn's own Krallice. The band performed a ninety-plus minute set that covered their entire output, and closed with a special appearance from honcho/drummer Proscriptor stepping from behind the kit to act as a frontman. Pictures, video and the setlist from last night are at InvisibleOranges.

As discussed, Absu's reign at Saint Vitus comes to a close tonight (4/11) with special guest Tombs. Tickets are still available or you can try your hand at winning a pair.

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Absu at Maryland Deathfest 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

For my money, one of the best black metal bands in the US will play NYC tonight at Saint Vitus, the first of a two-night stay for the "mythological occult metal" band Absu. Krallice will provide support tonight (4/10) and Tombs tomorrow (4/11). As discussed, the shows will feature two sets from the band that will span the entirety of their career. Tickets are still available for both nights OR you can take your chances at trying to win a pair for each! Details on the contest are below.

Contest details, a stream of the band's classic, Tara, and remaining dates are below.

Continue reading "Absu is here, playing two-night stay at Saint Vitus (win tickets)"

Absu at Maryland Deathfest, May 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)

Congrats to "mythological occult metal" crew Absu, who are celebrating 20 years of loud existence! Look for the band to hit the road as part of a twenty-six date "North American Connexus Conjuration" this spring. Each show will feature two sets spanning the entirety of their career, and NYC has a pair of shows at Saint Vitus on April 10 and 11. Ticketing info is on the way.

You can check out the full slate of tour dates and stream some classic Absu cuts below.

Continue reading "Absu celebrating 20th anniversary, going on tour (dates)"

The Damned at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The Damned

Chaos in Tejas has announced yet another round of bands, including  The Damned, Gehenna (who play next weekend in NYC with Catharsis), Tragedy, Rotten Sound, Rival Mob, New Zealand's The Bats, Andy Stott, Power Trip, Hoax (who play NYC this weekend), Iceage (who have a new song/tour coming), Anhedonist, Akitsa, Parquet Courts and many more. Full list of names are below, which join the previously announced names like Bolt Thrower, Infest, Abigail, Integrity, Iron Lung (who play DBA soon), Final Conflict, Manilla Road, Merchandise, Milk Music, Total Control, and many many more.

The announcement comes on the same day that passes for the Austin festival, which happens May 30 - June 2,  go on sale. Passes are on sale.

Continue reading "Chaos in Tejas lineup expands again, adds The Damned, Tragedy, The Bats, Gehenna ++ more"

Chaos in Tejas flyer

Chaos in Tejas 2013 (5/30 - 6/2) expands yet again with some mammoth additions to their lineup! Among today's announcements are names like Framtid (from Japan, playing their first and only US show!), Infest (who are also playing MDF), Total Control, the Men, Iron Lung, the Marked Men, Effluxus, Absu, Mammoth Grinder, Mitochondrion, Screaming Females, Step Forward, UV Race, Wiccans and Wrathprayer.

Full lineup so far is below, with 100+ bands still TBA. The announcement comes on the heels of last month's batch of bands that included Bolt Thrower, Final Conflict, Abigail, Manilla Road, and more. Ticketing info for the  weekend are forthcoming.

Check out the current Chaos lineup, as well as releated video, below.

Continue reading "Chaos in Tejas 2013 announces more bands (Framtid, Infest, Total Control, UV Race, Screaming Females + more)"

photos by Taylor Keahey

Autopsy at Slaughter by the Water, 8/25/2012
Slaughter by The Water

Slaughter by The Water went down over the weekend in San Francisco, packing a festival lineup aboard the USS Hornet in the Bay on Saturday (8/25). The show featured appearances from Exodus, Autopsy, Impaled, Absu, Scott Kelly, Witchaven, Philm (featuring Dave Lombardo of Slayer) and many more during the day long event.

Check out more pictures from that sunny day in the Bay Area below.

Continue reading "Slaughter by The Water in pics (Autopsy, Exodus, Impaled, Scott Kelly, Absu, more)"

Dirty Projectors at MSG in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Dirty Projectors

today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Cumbiagra @ Barbes
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Daniel Higgs @ Zebulon
* Amanda Holley @ Joe's Pub
* Willy Mason @ Living Room
* 10000 Maniacs @ City Winery
* Joe Presser @ The Manhattan Inn
* The Gowanus All-Stars @ The Rock Shop
* Golden Animals, Heyrocco @ Mercury Lounge
* Hot Tub with Kurt Braunohler @ Littlefield
* Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments @ Joe's Pub
* The Hairs, Dott, Rohypnotize, Gondola @ Cake Shop
* Dirty Projectors, Dustin Wong @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* God Mode, Big Fiction, Spacebeach, Human Toilet @ Saint Vitus
* Tippy Toes, Weeknight, Certain Creatures, Foursided @ Glasslands
* It is rain in my face., Van Allen Belt, Shivering Brigade @ Cameo Gallery
* Excepter, Guardian Alien, Diamond Terrifier, Hex Breaker Quartet @ 285 Kent Ave
* The Fucktrots, Sam Buck Rosen, Strange Shapes, The Pluto Moons @ Death By Audio
* Freeway, Young Guru, Evitan, 1982 (Statik Selektah & Termanology), REKS, Rasheed Chappell, 330, Charmingly Ghetto @ Brooklyn Bowl

The 2012 Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival begins today.

Simon Amstell's show starts tomorrow. Catch him at Hot Tub tonight.

Happy Birthday Jack White! Check out pics from his recent set at Rock Werchter.

Catch Tom Waits on Letterman tonight and Fallon tomorrow.

Dirty Projectors, whose new album just got an 8.8 Best New Music on Pitchfork, play a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight that will also be streaming online. Look out for new member Olga Bell, and if you miss it, they play again in Prospect Park on Tuesday. And look out for a free, tour-only 7".

Head to Coney Island to watch "Edge of the City: Underground NY Shorts By the Sea" on the beach. Next week head there to catch Steve Earle and Billy Bragg.

Fela! begins on Broadway again.

Napalm Death and Converge have teamed up for a split 7". Stream a teaser from that release below and preorder your copy now. The release features two songs from each band, with Converge stopping in to cover the Entombed classic "Wolverine Blues".

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Absu have released a new track from the Adult Swim Compilation (that recently featured The Hives). Check out "Hall of Masters" below.

You can also check out the Walkmen's new video for "The Love You Love" below...

What else?

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by BBG

Eric Cutler of Autopsy
Maryland Death Fest

Bullet belts, flip flops, studded gauntlets, chicken suits... yep, its Maryland Deathfest time again. Though it was milder this week, in true MDF fashion the first of the four day Baltimore music festival (on 5/24) kicked off with high temperatures, humidity and unrelenting sun, making for a strong contrast to the pitch black indoor room at Sonar. Luckily, escape from the sun also meant catching some of the best heavy music out there.

The day started with sets by Extermination Angel and Die Pigeon Die, both of which I missed unfortunately, so the "opening" set by Needful Things was a fierce blast of grind that was a great perk-me-up for the rest of the day's activities. For the most part, a lot of the bands on Thursday I had seen in recent months: Eyehategod at A389 (dudes, please... we need new songs... the set is getting tired), Absu and Agalloch at Inferno, and Autopsy at Inferno and in Brooklyn. All delivered excellent, though familiar (to me) sets with the exception of Agalloch whose focus was on their earlier material (no Marrow of the Spirit here). Excellent way to cater to the crowd and make it special.

Of the remainder of the bands, Dying Fetus's death metal-slam style has never been my cup of tea but Rorschach... that's another story. Rorschach's unique noise/metal/hardcore sound was the clear winner for favorite set of the day for me, coming out with unmatched energy and playing their cover of King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man" as well as material from their Protestant/Remain Sedate release (which was available in exclusive colors just for this show)(wow). I remember being floored when I saw them at Santos and The Charleston way back when, but this might have been their best set yet. I could watch them play forever, but I'm guessing there's a short window of time left for this band... don't miss them. Rorschach pictures are HERE.

More pictures from Day 1 at Maryland Deathfest including Autopsy's setlist are below.

Continue reading "Maryland Deathfest 2012 Day 1: Needful Things, Absu, Eyehategod, Agalloch, Autopsy, Rorschach and more"

BBG is back in Oslo, this time for Inferno. Here's what he's catching at the Norwegian metal festival...

by BBG

Autopsy @ Inferno

It's true. Everything in Europe is a little bit different than the states. Case in point, the classic European mosh pit. In the USA, there's always a few knuckleheads walking in circles and trying to assert their pit supremacy with flailing arms, swing kicks, picking-up-change, and skanking. Kudos to an American band, Autopsy for showing me that European moshing is basically a mass of ear-to-ear smiles, pogoing, and kids bouncing off of each other like pinballs.

Agalloch had just started their set at Inferno by the time I got to the venue on the festival's third night, so I missed sets by Merah, Necronomicon and Aeon Throne. I have seen Agalloch a few times and am used to seeing them in a much smaller space; the Portland band on the gigantic Rockefeller stage was nothing less than epic, probably aided by the amazing knob-twiddling skills of the one and only Billy Anderson (who is touring with them as their soundman). Songs from their recent Marrow Of The Spirit and Ashes Against the Grain never sounded so good.

Agalloch's touring partners, the great Velnias, held down the John Dee in the set directly following, and their grand statements of black metal majesty have never sounded so big. The last time I saw the band was at the DIY space Acheron in NYC, so this was decidedly different.

No offense to either Agalloch or Velnias, but after two sets of multi-part epic black metal, catching Tsjuder on the main stage was a welcome change. Tsjuder were everything I wanted at that moment from a "true Norwegian black metal band" (self described, of course); simple in approach, nihilstic, relentless, hooky but without the corny, and with breakdowns straight from the Celtic Frost playbook. The crowd ate it up like it was a coconut curry (one of the only things to eat at the venue), and so did I. Side note: Tsjuder wins the prize for band with the most fans with a tattoo of their logo at Inferno.

Dead Trooper was next on the John Dee stage, and their thrash hybrid contained elements of black metal and many other different influences mixed in. While that in itself isn't a deal breaker, the alternating growls and clean singing in Hetfield style (sorrow becomes sorroooooo-wah) truly put this band over the "not interested" hump for me. Sorry homies.

I washed my hands clean of Dead Trooper with the always amazing Absu. The lightning fast Texas crew played favorites like the new album opener "Earth Ripper", "Four Crossed Wands", "Thirteen Blows" and my personal favorite Absu track, "Pillars of Mercy." The last time I saw Absu (at Europa), I was told that the song was arranged for two guitars so I am happy that the trio figured out a way to take that Tara classic on the road. Such a unique band, one of the few that can get away with campy song introductions and still rip as hard as the best of them.

Clad in cowboy attire, hair braided, and opening with riffs that sounded like more metallic versions of Morricone soundtracks, I thought I had Solstafir pegged as a progressive metal band with a southwestern slant. Though they started a bit shaky, the band tightened up by the end of the first song and played an interesting set of psychedelic metal with black metal parts that had some great moments. The crowd were nuts for the band, and I was surprised and definitely impressed.

Autopsy was the main attraction of the night, and rightfully so. The primitive death metal legends got the crow riled up and brought the first mosh pit of the evening with songs like "Severed Survival", "Gasping for Air", and later fare like "Maggot Holes" and "Hand of Darkness". So animated. So brutal. So amazing. I can't wait for the Bell House show.

Pictures from day three of Inferno are below.

Continue reading "Inferno Festival 2012 -- night 3 pics & review (Autopsy, Agalloch, Absu, Solstafir & more)"

by BBG

Tombs at BV-Rocks Off Official CMJ Showcase 2011 (more by Jonathan McPhail)

Decibel released their list of the best LPs of 2011. The list features a few repeat offenders and not too many surprises. One record listed technically came out in 2010 (and made my list of favorites that year). You can check out the full thing below. What record do you think they left off?

Continue reading "Decibel Magazine's Top 40 of 2011"

photos by Stephanie Crumley, Villains photos by BBG

Proscriptor McGovern of Absu by Stephanie

Absu headlined Europa on National Metal Day (11/11/11) as part of a string of dates with Infernal Stronghold. Absu played a 75 minute set of old and new material (like "Earth Ripper" in the video below), some from their latest Abzu out now via Candlelight, and some from their contribution to a tour-only split with tour-mates Infernal Stronghold (available at the show).

Local blackened-sleaze favorites Villains supported Absu/Infernal Stronghold, and pictures/video of them and all other bands are below..

Continue reading "Absu, Infernal Stronghold & Villains played Europa (pics/video)"

by BBG

Exclusive look at Absu/Infernal Stronghold flexi cover by Dilek
Absu / Infernal Stronghold flexi cover

Absu is commemorating their string of dates with Infernal Stronghold in physical form.

For the upcoming tour, the bands have self-released a split flexi that will only be available at these few shows. It will not be available for sale through other mediums whatsoever. one new song from each band on clear vinyl and 4 different colored silk-screened covers. Limited to 250 copies.
Get your copy of the tour-only flexi at one of their six east coast dates which kick off TONIGHT at Strange Matter in Richmond, VA, including on Friday 11/11/11 at Europa with Villains. The NYC show is a BrooklynVegan/Order Of The Serpent production.

In January Absu heads to Australia for a string of dates with Portal. Check out our just-posted interview with Portal's Horror Illogium (and the accompanying remix he did for Bloody Panda).

All Absu tour dates, the show flyer, and some streams from Absu's latest LP Abzu (as well as other material) is below...

Continue reading "Absu to release tour-only split flexi with Infernal Stronghold, kick off East Coast dates tonight"

words by Adam Schragin, photos by Arian Brumby

Absu in San Antonio

Absu are setting to embark on a string of East Coast dates that will include Europa on 11-11-11 (a BrooklynVegan/Order of The Serpent production). Tickets are still on sale. The "mythological occult metal" crew recently kicked things off in San Antonio on 10/22 at Bonds 007 Rock Bar. Adam Shragin's thoughts on the gig follows... - BBG

As far as Texas metal is concerned, Austin may have the venues and Dallas may have the pedigree (or Arlington by extension - R.I.P. Dimebag), but San Antonio has the devotion. The city is railroaded frequently by simps who think only Tejano and metal can get a foothold locally, and while that's not entirely true, it is a fantastic place to live if you're a fan of accordions and/or down-tuned guitars. The city's metal-ness is probably one of the reasons it was chosen by Absu for their one Texas date before they speed off to places as far flung as the Netherlands, Montreal, Brooklyn and Massachusetts for a selection of winter dates.

Though crystallized in 1990, Absu's self-described "mythological occult metal" has made a big impact lately with the release of this year's Abzu, their seventh studio album and the second release in a trilogy that will end with the undetermined birth of the final act, Apsu. For now, the energy surrounding Abzu's technical, thrashy strengths are enough to rally an entire mini-festival around, which is exactly what happened on this Saturday night. Eight dark acts banded together under the banner "The Blackest of Hate," with Absu installed as the headliners and guests of honor at SA's Bond's 007 Rock Bar.

Though the whole thing kicked off at 6pm, it was possible to show up later and still see a walloping cross-section of black metal and other sinisterly inclined sounds. Dallas' Ophian are a blackened trio with a guttural flair, and while the stage was weirdly bifurcated by a pillar (wtf?), we could at least watch bassist Forgotten One tear through fast-paced bass runs. The set ended with a "Hail Lucifer!" and the horns from the crowd went up for not the first or last time that night.

Muddiness and a knife-twist into clarity and cleanliness are part of the black metal experience, but any band playing live needs to be able to hear themselves, and the bands at Bond's all had to struggle with sub-par sound. The problem was made manifest with the six-piece, symphonic-leaning Torment Defined out of Dallas, a band that was clearly trying to find their comfort on stage. The overdose of guitars made it difficult to parse out what happening, and the keyboard - unfortunately reminiscent of the synthesizer sounds on Club Nouveau's "Why You Treat Me So Bad" - didn't help either.

Houston's dramatic and powerful Morbus 666 fared better, and lead man and bassist Grimlord (also of Bahimiron) was able to cull out everything in his vocals from a tortured shout to a curdled scream. The guitars alternately shrieked like birds of prey and then morphed into tough, chugging machines - this band has range. Colorado's Nightbringer were also a powerful, heavy-hitting beast, though their lack of a bottom end (three guitarists, no bass) seemed an odd choice. Regardless, the band were clearly synched up, and the mollifying screams and heavy tone enticed the biggest crowd of the evening so far.

Absu took to the stage at one in the morning, the smoke machines pouring over bar decorations including severed heads and an outstretched zombie - a paean to Halloween and metal that felt both appropriate and a tad silly. The band is led by the very busy Proscriptor McGovern, a musician who manages to put his peers to shame by matching his assault on the drums with screeched vocals. Dude has got to have some sort of Kenny G.-style breath control, and appeared to do the work of three players without so much as gasping for air. Newer additions to Absu Vis Crom (guitars) and Ezezu (bass and vocals) led the charge, and played rapturously well when they weren't distracted by the venue's shortcomings - "This sounds like fucking dog shit," was how Ezezu put it at one point, though the venue's obvious problems only got worse when his bass stopped coming through the speakers mid-song, only to reappear with all the finesse of a farty dubstep drop. Gamely, the band played on, though Absu's obvious unhappiness seemed to coat the rest of the performance. A dude picking a fight in the pit who had to be roped by the neck out of the bar by his shorter, wiser girlfriend also sucked out some of the remaining energy, and any compassion we felt for the beleaguered sound guys was obliterated when they came on the PA near the end of the set to tell us all to "clean up all of your shit" before the bar closed for good - Ezezu's expression at the interruption was nothing short of total pissed-off-ness. The rare pleasure of seeing Absu may have been obstructed in part by amateurish club antics and testosterone-ranging fools, but them's the black metal breaks, and Absu and guests managed to pummel regardless - though it may be some time before our favorite mythical occult metal step foot in that venue again.

More pictures from Bonds 007 Rock Bar and all tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Absu & friends played San Antonio (pics, review, more dates)"

by BBG

Kuxan Suum at Acheron (more by BBG)
Kuxan Suum

Though previously listed with the same lineup as the show they just played at Acheron, this Friday's 9pm Black Twilight Circle show at The Charleston will feature an almost entirely different lineup with Raspberry Bulbs, Volahn, Arizmenda, Shataan, and The Haunting Presence. Black Twilight Circle also visit WFMU that day (10/7).

The show is also one of two upcoming shows for Raspberry Bulbs who will also join Villains, Occultation and Skull at Saint Vitus on 10/18 (tickets).

Speaking of black metal, the.... New Yorker wrote a piece:

The fertile and fractious U.S. scene in the genre known as black metal can be understood through a familiar moment in rock history. In the sixties, British bands like Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones mined American blues, first copying their heroes and then creating something vivid and novel. In the nineties, a range of American acts began drawing from the work of Norwegian metal bands that were famous mostly for a look and for several unpleasant events. The Norwegians were largely faithful to the "corpse paint" costume, in which the face is covered in white makeup, with black circles drawn around the eye sockets. Upside-down-cross pendants and spiked bracelets were common accessories. The tabloid-worthy events centered on a musician named Varg Vikernes, of the one-man band Burzum, who encouraged and participated in the burning of churches. In 1993, while playing bass in a band called Mayhem, he murdered the guitarist, a man known as Euronymous.
Until recently, it was a legacy that the genre couldn't shake. But now American bands such as Liturgy, Krallice, Absu, Leviathan, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Inquisition have left a fair amount of the pageantry behind--not to mention the violence--and helped to create a community, as well as a musical moment that is rife with activity...
The article goes on to talk about Wolves In the Throne Room's recent show at The Bell House.

Wolves in the Throne Room, who premiered a track at NPR, have also since received 'Best New Music' from Pitchfork.

Speaking of Liturgy, The Quietus recently interviewed Aaron Weaver of Wolves in the Throne Room . They discussed, among other things, Liturgy and its place amongst the "black metal elite": Aaron Weaver says:

"Wolves in the Throne Room has absolutely received the same kind of criticism, because over the years I've said the exact same thing [as Hunter regarding black metal's ability to be positive and optimistic]. That's something that I believe very strongly. I think that maybe the difference is that I've always said that we don't play black metal. I refer to Wolves in the Throne Room as a black metal band just sort of out of convenience. But I've also been really clear over the years that I do think that true black metal, which is a worthwhile and very powerful thing, does need to be negative. It does need to be rooted in the darkest aspects of the human experience - bitterness, negativity, hatred, violence, tribal warfare, mass murder, these sort of things lurk in the human experience, and it's always been there. And true black metal channels that incredibly destructive and insane and violent energy."
Read the whole thing HERE.

Liturgy's tour with Boris hits Irving Plaza later this month.

by BBG

Absu at Gramercy Theater (more by Greg Cristman)

Mythological occult metal trio Absu will hit the road for some dates with Infernal Stronghold that will include a show at Europa on 11/11/11. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale. All dates are listed below.

Absu's sixth LP Abzu is due on 10/4/11 via Candlelight. The LP marks the recording debut of guitarist Vis Crom (also Rumplestiltskin Grinder) and is the second of a planned trilogy of recordings that started with 2009's Absu. The band is also preparing to re-release The Sun of Tiphareth as a 3xLP box set with bonus tracks via Dark Symphonies/The Crypt. Look for more reissues via the label in 2012, including The Third Storm of Cythraul and Tara.

Meanwhile get familiar with Absu with a mixtape and Infernal Stronghold's latest split with Pizza Hi-Five, both streamable below. All tour dates down there too...

Continue reading "Absu releasing stuff, schedules shows w/ Infernal Stronghold, playing Brooklyn on 11/11/11 (dates)"

photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG


[Immortal's] set was varied and opened to the tune of the title track off of their most recently released disc All Shall Fall and it was superb... The band continued playing most of their post-At The Heart Of Winter material which included plenty of material off of Sons of Northern Darkness, Damned In Black, and All Shall Fall.... Immortal simply blew me away with a live rendition of... 'Solarfall' ...with all of its excellent riffs and beautiful interludes. The powerful 'Grim and Frostbitten Kingdoms' reflected the 33 degree weather outside along with 35 mph winds that Immortal had clearly setup for the entire city to endure.
-[The Number Of The Blog]
The incredible pairing of Immortal and now-trio Absu teamed up for a short stint of East Coast dates including Gramercy Theatre on Saturday (2/19). Pictures from NYC show are in this post. The trek concludes on 2/26 in San Antonio.

In related news, Immortal's Demonaz has announced his solo debut, March Of The Norse, due on April 1 (Europe) and May 17 (US). Look for it in CD, limited picture disc and regular black vinyl formats.

All dates, more pictures and Immortal's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Immortal & Absu played Gramercy Theatre (pics & setlist)"

by BBG

Immortal at Brooklyn Masonic Temple in April (more by Greg Cristman)

Immortal will team up with Absu (!) for six US dates entitled the "All Shall Fall 2011" tour. That tour includes a NYC show at Gramercy Theater on February 19th, 2011. Tickets are on sale as of noon today (11/17). All dates below.

Immortal recently dropped a new DVD, Live at Wacken 2007: The Seventh Date of Blashyrkh. Wacken was one of a few rare appearances that the band made after reformation in 2006/2007 (they did select US dates in 2007 as well). Pick up a copy.

Current tour dates and tour flyer along with some videos below...

Continue reading "Immortal & Absu touring in 2011, playing Gramercy (dates) "

words by Kim Kelly, intro by BBG, photos by Christopher Mumma & BBG


SXSW was a blast, but days before that the Scion Rock Fest shook the college town of Columbus, Ohio (March 13th) with it's mix of metal gods of the past (DRI, Cannibal Corpse, Voivod, Shrinebuilder, etc) and killers of today (Ludicra, Landmine Marathon, Yob, Thou, etc). The one-day fest was spread throughout four of the town's venue, meaning any one person could only see a limited amount of the full lineup. Luckily I went to Columbus with my own camera, two other photographers (Jessie Barber and Christopher Mumma), and crossed paths with writer Kim Kelly along the way. If there is a metal show worth a damn within hundreds (thousands?) of miles from Kim, she'll be there. Her version of the story along with half of the pictures from the day (the rest HERE), below...

Continue reading "Scion Rock Fest in pics & review (part 1) - Ludicra, Liturgy, D.R.I., Yob, Thou, Lightning Swords of Death & more "

by BBG

Shrinebuilder at LPR (more here)

Atlanta no more! Scion Rock Fest 2010 will take place in Columbus, Ohio on March 13, 2010. The show will officially expand its reach from one to FOUR venues in Columbus: Circus, Newport Music Hall, Skully's, and Bernie's Distillery. 2010's lineup contains zero return bands from the 2009 festival but does contain sets from bands that released my favorite albums of last year (namely Magrudergrind, Yob, Absu) and played my favorite shows of last year (Lightning Swords of Death, Landmine Marathon, Trap Them, Black Tusk, Ludicra) in addition to sets from headliners Cannibal Corpse, Voivod, Shrinebuilder, Brutal Truth.

The rest of the lineup, the show flyer, and RSVP info is below...

Continue reading "Scion Rock Fest 2010 (March 13 in Ohio) - lineup announced"

by BBG

Dave Verellen of Narrows (more by Samantha Marble)

Another year gone, but not without lasting memories! Eyehategod (x2). Akitsa. Rorschach (x2). BV-BBG @ CMJ. Ludicra. BV @ Northside. Keelhaul... Not to mention the tons of memories jogged by my turntable and iPod. Estimates place the number of albums released in 2008 at 115,000, and while similar data for 2009 is scarce, I think that number seems on the low side. With so many to choose from, you can imagine that it was tough to sift through 20 (22 actually) that represented my year...

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by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Doomriders - "Lions" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Portal - "Omenknow" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Javelina - "Step Child" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Karma To Burn - Live at Lit Lounge 4/20/09 (Zipped MP3)
DOWNLOAD: 20 Buck Spin Label Sampler (Mediafire, Zipped MP3 via)
DOWNLOAD: Kowloon Walled City - Gambling On The Richter Scale (Zipped MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Converge - "Axe To Fall" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Power Pellut - "Black Molly" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Black Skies - "Smoke and Mirrors" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Yoga - "Seventh Wind" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sleep - Live at ATP 5/9/09 (MP3)

Javelina @ the Northside BV-BBG Showcase (more by Jason Walker)

Alright! I get it. Doomriders rules. Revocation is up there. There's a new Converge and Baroness on the way. But even with all of those great releases, it suprises me that Javelina isn't near some of the top of those lists. The band's filthy debut was a monster and their new one, Beasts Among Sheep, only adds to their considerable reputation. If you are a fan of the last LP, this one is a must have. Dig on "Stepchild" above and preorder the limited edition LP version of Javelina's Beasts Among Sheep via Brutal Panda Records and the CD version via Translation Loss.

Speaking of that Doomriders album, Darkness Come Alive is out NOW via Deathwish Records. Though the party vibe that permeated through Black Thunder is mostly gone, it has been replaced by a propulsive punk rock fury and, at times, a Misfits-era Danzig croon (see "Come Alive")! There are quite a few killer moments on this long-player, but we present to you the most "fuck you" of them all, the galloping "Lions" downloadable above!

In our last round up, we shined a light on into the deepest fathoms of Australia and the truly frightening Portal. The band's claustrophobic and positively frightening new death metal LP, Swarth, relies as much on freak-out atmosphere as it does killer discordant riffery. Swarth is due out on 10/20 via Profound Lore and we have a second taste in the form of "Omenknow" above.
Misery Index have completed four new songs and are looking to enter the studio in early 2010 to record their follow up to Traitors! Stoked.

Iron Age @ Cake Shop (more by Jason Walker)
Iron Age

I still remember that kick ass Cake Shop show with Iron Age, Mind Eraser, and Sex Vid, and walking out of that show wanting more. Thankfully, I can add to those great memories with a PAIR of Iron Age shows in the coming weeks! First up, the rowdy Texans will team up with the great Mother of Mercy (profiled here) for a show at Cake Shop (10/16). The next day (10/17), look for the band to pull a double header with a day show at Generation Records and a night show at The Charleston with Brain Killer, Naam & Descender. Speaking of Mind Eraser, the band will team up with the kick ass Iron Lung for a string of east coast dates which will include Cake Shop on 11/8! Full Iron Age and Iron Lung dates are below.

Black Skies will release the limited edition vinyl from their 2008 EP Hexagon on I'm Better Than Everyone Else Records. The Chapel Hill doom trio is currently on the hunt for drummer #5, but not before blessing us with some seriously killer riffage in the form of "Smoke & Mirrors" above. Preorder Hexagon here.

Power Pellut is also releasing their debut LP via I'm Better than Everyone Else Records. Preorder that here and dig on "Black Betty" from that LP above!

Church of Misery will release a live record culled from their recent set at Roadburn 2009! More details are to come, but look for Burning World to do the honors in November/December of this year. In the meantime, dig on this killer live video from Roadburn 2009!

That video, news on Kowloon Walled City, Boris, Asphyx, Struck By Lightning, Ringworm, Repulsion and more!

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by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Asphyx - "Scorbutics" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gods & Queens - "Head To Wall" (Quicksand cover, MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Catalyst - "I Hate The Future" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Planks - S/T (Rapidshare, Zipped MP3)
DOWNLOAD: They Are Cowards - Demo (Mediafire, Zipped MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Overmars - "Born Again" (MP3 Snippet)


Thanks all who came out Sunday night to Public Assembly. Full recap and pics coming soon HERE. In the meantime, pics from Friday's Repulsion show are HERE.

Asphyx's Death... The Brutal Way is due out in the US on August 18th, but it's shipping NOW at the Ibex Moon site. It's a sickening death/doom trip that's part down-tuned riff fest, part beastly conjuring, but 100% heavy heavy heavy. Recommended for fans of old school death metal, Entombed, Dismember, Autopsy, and the like. Check out one of the tracks, "Scorbutics", available for download above.

Gods & Queens currently have a new split 7" on the way via Hawthorne Street with the mighty Medusa, and have taken the time to drop off a killer cover of the Quicksand classic, "Head To Wall"! Download that above.

Weedeater have announced that Steve Albini will record their new album, which will be available in Spring 2010.

Swallow Your Teeth is the end of a long road for Richmond's The Catalyst, as the band has dropped multiple releases over their seven year history but THIS is their first LP! The noise-core merchants are currently streaming their Swallow Your Teeth at Scene Point Blank, but you can download the sick opening track, "I Hate The Future", above! The Catalyst have a few shows in the very near future, including The Glass Door on August 14th and a TBA show lined up for Aug 15th in Manhattan. Full tour dates are below. Pick up a copy of Swallow Your Teeth here.

Attention hardcore fans! Lambgoat is reporting that the legendary Disembodied will release Psalms of Sheol on Prime Directive in August, comprised of thirteen tracks of rare and unreleased material that includes the Existence In Suicide MCD and the Confession 7". Disembodied has reunited and sporadically played shows recently.

BaronessBaroness has a new album on the way, which we knew, but we now can attach a name to that effort Blue Record! The LP was recorded in Dallas, Texas with producer/engineer John Congleton (Explosions In The Sky, Black Mountain) and will hit the racks in October. Meanwhile, dig on the cover art (to the left) and the tracklisting below!

First of all, The Endless Blockade would like it be known that they "have not broken up". As a matter of fact, they finally released their split with Agoraphobic Nosebleed and have a split with The Bastard Noise out soon (stream the new BN track here). The boys in TEB "just figured another band would give us even less time in our lives to do anything else". That new band? Slaughter Strike.

Candlelight records has signed the mighty midwestern band The Atlas Moth, whose new album A Glorified Piece of Blue Sky will be released on Oct 6th. The band dropped their massive EP, Pray for Tide, on Witch Trial last year.

Planks have reissued their 2008 split with Tombs as the "European edition" featuring artwork by Mike Wohlberg. If you never got a hold of the Black Box Recordings version, it is highly recommended. Pick that up through the either of the bands on tour. Meanwhile, Planks recently made their massive S/T LP (where these two songs came from) available for free download! Pick that up above. Mike Hill of Tombs has posted all of the lyrics from the massive Winter Hours via his blog.

Crucial Blast is set to release Overmars's 2008 LP Born Again. The LP combines electronics, ambient soundscapes, Swans industrial dirge, and the thunder of Neurosis to create a different and powerful take on post-metal. The band is scheduled to hit the US with the mighty Battlefields, logging a pair of dates in NYC: Europa on August 16th and September 3rd at The Charleston. This will destroy.

Mastodon, High On Fire, Converge, and Dethklok announced dates (and a presale).

The premiere of the NEW Goes Cube video for "Saab Sonnet", more news on Black Sun, Absu, Trap Them, Kylesa, Anaal Nathrakh, and Darkthrone as This Week In Metal continues.....

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