Entries tagged with: Adversarial
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
One Tail One Head at Inferno Festival, April 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
2012 was a year of considerable personal growth for me, as a person, a photographer and a music fan. As I recounted in my favorite photos of 2012, I got to shoot some of my favorite bands of all time and travel the globe in search of new ones. The beginning of the year was spent dealing with personal drama, and if it werent for key records in my life I shudder to think at where I would be right now. To every band on this list and many who aren't, I cant thank you enough.
First order of business, my musical pallette is much much larger than just a series of metal records. This is NOT a list of my favorite records of the year, because that would surely include other entries from across many different genres. This is, however, a list of some of my favorite heavier records.
To me, the term "heavy" can be defined in many ways, from the elongated riff on a doom record to a noise squall to a particularly punishing punk-rock beatdown. While most of the following records are "heavy" in the traditional "distortion and loud guitars" sense, a few are not. You'll see metal, you'll see deathrock, you'll see raw punk, you'll see hardcore, and many spots in between in the numbered list below. And to answer your question, yes you'll see Swans... right beside D-Clone and Asphyx.
My favorite records of 2012 are below. Hopefully you'll see a connection in favorites or maybe discover something new. Regardless, I hope you found your own favorites of the year whether in this list or outside of it.
photos by Suren Karapetyan
Suffocation @ Saint Vitus, 11/25/2012
Two competing metal shows marked Brooklyn on the holy day of rest (Sunday, 11/25), when Suffocation teamed with Car Bomb, Mutant Supremacy and Trenchgrinder at Saint Vitus (rescheduled due to Sandy) while The Festival of the Unknown kicked off at Public Assembly across town. Though the latter's lineup was not announced before doors opened, the show featured performances from Nuclearhammer, Adversarial, Entrenched, Sacristy, and Sarcomancy.
Unfortunately, no photos of Car Bomb from the Saint Vitus show, but check out pictures from the rest of the bands, as well as video from the bulk of the Festival of The Unknown lineup below.
Antaeus @ Rites of Darkness
Rites of Darkness hit the halfway point Saturday with no more major disasters (comparatively speaking, anyway) and a sicker than sick lineup. Doors opened at 3pm but the show didn't actually start 'til after 5, when Texan grind 'heads P.L.F. hit the stage followed by death metallers Blaspherian and Grave Ritual. Hooded menace Midnight were a crowd favorite; framed by stagedivers' flailing limbs, Ohio's finest tore through a half hours' worth of black thrashing, neck-snapping, punk as fuck anthems like "Black Rock'n'Roll" and "Endless Slut" and left us all wanting more.
Adversarial's head-down Canadian war metal assault brutalized those who remained, then Black Witchery stalked onstage and tore the joint to shreds with an onslaught of Satanic might (as seen at Europa this past summer with Proclamation). Total death!
Chicago death metal legends Cianide were nothing short of fantastic; their guitar tone alone was worth the trip down. Grecian horde Zemial played a solid ninety minutes of old-school black metal (Quorthon would've been proud), which felt a little longer than necessary but still slayed. Antaeus's first-ever North American performance was the indisputable highlight of the evening, if not the entire fest so far. Spewing forth violently intense and utterly focused, savage black metal, littered with razor-sharp shreds of melody and drenched in evil, these corpsepainted wraiths stood and fucking delivered. Cut your flesh and worship Satan.
Day 1 pictures HERE. More pictures from Rites of Darkness day 2 are below
Inquisition at MDF (more by BBG)
"This is Danny, the promoter for Rites of Darkness. I understand people have been getting frustrated with lack of news so I personally apologize for that. We have gone through a rash of cancellations which were beyond our control.. Paypal froze the Festival's account which caused delayed flights for months. By the time Paypal decided to release our account flights escalated beyond our set budget. So the show is NOT cancelled by any means but the following bands will not be performing: Root, Akitsa, Interment, Demonical, Valkyrja, Dead Congregation, Hour of 13, and Strid"Rites of Darkness, the San Antonio festival in December that lined up an impressive slate of bands from around the world and many notable exclusives, has suffered a rash of cancellations (including Mortuary Drape), many of which were headlining bands.
The festival has remained silent about the situation for close to two weeks, but finally updated festival-goers today. Their message, excerpted above and available in full below, explains the situation, but neglects to mention that Pagan Altar also cancelled (they were slated for a two hour set) and that Zemial cancelled too. Another band that is currently in flux, Stargazer, is reportedly without flights (the band is from Australia) at the moment. The listing is missing General Surgery, and no announcement has been made about the pre-fest which includes France's Hell Militia. Previously announced cancellations include Ondskapt, Urfaust, Behexen, and Sargeist. RoD has added new Profound Lore signees Pallbearer.
UPDATE: Both Zemial and Pagan Altar are reconsidering their appearances. Statements from both are below.
UPDATED AGAIN: Disma, Funebrarum, Evoken, and Oak have all cancelled their appearances.
The most recent Rites of Darkness statement and the current lineup is below.
Inquisition at Maryland Deathfest (more by BBG)
NYC's Studio at Webster Hall will soon host a trifecta of black metal greatness! Inquisition will headline the venue on December 2nd with a rare appearance from Mortuary Drape and Negative Plane. Tickets are on sale.
Italy's Mortuary Drape and Inquisition will then tour their way to Rites of Darkness 3 in San Antonio, Texas where they'll join the newly added Disma, but NOT Urfaust:
URFAUST vs RITES OF DARKNESS IIIThree day passes for Rites of Darkness 3 are on sale. Pictures from Urfaust's recent Brooklyn show HERE.
URFAUST is very sad to announce that we have to cancel our Intoxication Ritual at Rites of Darkness III in Texas, USA.
Our last Alcoholic Rites on US soil where splenditory, so this is just fucked up...
Nothing more to say about this, we hope to return to the USA and Rites of Darkness in 2012!
All hail the madness!
Ix & Vrdrbr on behalf of Urfaust
All known Inquisition dates, the full Rites of Darkness lineup, and some video is below.