Entries tagged with: Alcest

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by Wyatt Marshall

Alcest

For their painfully pretty new album, Shelter, Alcest left any traces of the metal elements that were once an integral part of the band's black metal dreamscape sound at the studio door. The stylistic change was made before pen was put to paper--main man Neige and drummer Winterhalter seem pretty keen on driving home the idea of a metal-free Alcest, a version of a much beloved band that just a few years ago didn't seem so immediately possible. (The duo's black metal pedigree is deep and I, for one, didn't realize that, according to Metal Archives, the two were part of 2012's brutal old-school debut from Glaciation, 1994. That's in addition to better-known work with Peste Noir and Forgotten Woods, and even dalliances with Celestia and more.) But it always was possible, as undercurrents in Alcest and Alcest-affiliated bands Amesoeurs, Lantlôs and Les Discrets indicated. It's something that Neige has been thinking about for some time.

Metal-less Alcest will probably appeal to a new batch of fans. As has been said elsewhere, Shelter is more shoegaze/post-rock than anything else, a sparkly collection of ethereal songs that brings to mind a mix of Alcest's previous melodic tendencies combined with the stylings of bands like Explosions in the Sky and Slowdive. Slowdive's Neil Halstead even guests on lead vocals on the song "Away", a somewhat out of place track on an album recorded by Sigur Rós producer Birgir Jón Birgisson that otherwise keeps the pre-morning-beach/forest-wandering dream alive.

The whole thing is streaming over at Pitchfork and is due out on January 21st on Prophecy Productions. Read a review of the album on Invisible Oranges, and watch the video for "Opale" below.

Continue reading "Alcest streaming new non-metal album ft. Neil Halstead of Slowdive and Sigur Ros producer Birgir Jon Birgisson (listen)"

By Doug Moore

Kayo Dot
Kayo Dot

As we've established, it's thoroughly unpleasant outside, but metal bands are cool with that. It's been a couple of weeks since we've done this, so let's get up to speed:

Though long-running Christ-metallers Stryper have postponed their aforementioned Stage 48 show tomorrow night, the other NYC heavy shows this weekend have endured. Californian sludge two-piece Black Cobra made it into town in time to hit Saint Vitus tonight (1/3) along with locals Meek Is Murder, Blackout, & Throaat. Avant-garde heavies Kayo Dot are also sticking with their announced Trans-Pecos show with Lussuria & Jeremiah Cymerman tonight.

Both Kayo Dot and Throaat have announced other local shows, too -- the former will do double snow duty by playing a last-minute show tomorrow night (1/4) at Saint Vitus along with my buds in Imperial Triumphant & a solo ukulele performance by Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, Vaura, etc.). Tickets are on sale. Meanwhile, Throaat will be joining fellow locals Trenchgrinder & Yellow Eyes for a FREE show at the Acheron on 1/28 (which is a birthday celebration for wide-ranging metal writer & occasional BV contributor Kim Kelly). Finally, brutal progsters/local live faves Child Abuse have announced a local gig at the Silent Barn on Monday (1/6) along with I Don't Hear Nothin' But the Blues (feat. Mick Barr of Krallice), Nebadon, & savage Minneapolis noise rockers Weakwick.

Some other noteworthy developments from the past week and change:

The great, resurrected Floridian deathgrind band Maruta has released a new video from their underrated 2011 album Forward Into Regression, which you can watch below. Ex-Discordance Axis grinders Gridlink have debuted the first 'single' (read: minute-long grind jam) from their upcoming farewell album; you can stream that below as well, or download it (with a bunch of other goodies) from Invisible Oranges. In a somewhat more gossipy development, Jef Whitehead (Leviathan)'s gender-bending, totally NSFW art for the upcoming third Lord Mantis album is causing a stir, thanks in no small part to the fallout from Whitehead's notorious 2011 altercation with his then-girlfriend. (Whitehead was initially charged with 34 raps of various descriptions, but was eventually cleared of all but one and ended up with a few years of probation.)

We're gradually emerging from holiday mode over at Invisible Oranges; it's important to pace yourself. We did take an in-depth look at the rather un-heavy new Alcest album today, though. (Stream a tune from that below as well.) We'll be back on East Village Radio this coming Tuesday at 10pm, too, where we'll no doubt be getting stoked for next Saturday (1/11)'s IO-presented Pig Destroyer/Dysrhythmia/Trenchgrinder/Mother Brain Vitus lineup.

Keep an eye on our NYC metal show calendar for the latest. What have I missed?

Continue reading "heavy low-down: Black Cobra, Kayo Dot and Throaat in the single digits; new Gridlink & Alcest music ++ more"

by Fred Pessaro

Alcest at Public Assembly, April 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Alcest

Metal-gone-shoegaze-rs Alcest will head out on the road with Anathema and Mamiffer (with Aaron Turner of ex-Isis/Old Man Gloom) this fall. The dates kick off on the East Coast bearing west by early October, and include Gramercy Theater on September 14. Tickets are on sale.

Ex-Peste Noire member La Sale Famine de Valfunde has some controversial words (shocker!) to say about the band, and you can read excerpts from it at Invisible Oranges.

Alcest's last US tour, spring of 2012, featured Deafheaven as support. Tickets are still available for that band's show with Marriages at 285 Kent on July 4 ( July 2 at Saint Vitus is sold out).

All Alcest dates are listed, plus a song stream, below.

Continue reading "Alcest touring with Anathema and Mamiffer (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Eternal Summers at BVCMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Eternal Summers

Roanoke, VA's Eternal Summers and Philly's Bleeding Rainbow are old pals, having released a split 7" back in both bands' early days and have toured together more than once. So it's probably no surprise that they put each other's new records on their respective 2012 Top 10 LP lists. As noted in A Place to Bury Strangers' list, the Bleeding Rainbow album, Yeah Right, doesn't actually come out till 2013 (though originally scheduled for October '12) but they've been selling it at their merch table for a month or so. You can check out a recently released single, "Waking Dream," from it below.

You can pick up a copy of Yeah Right, probably, when Bleeding Rainbow and Eternal Summers play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday (12/15) with Black Dice. The show is free and open to the public. The setup at Night Bazaar is different than last year, with vendors in both of the giant rooms, one with live music, crafts and food, the other with crafts, ping pong tables and more.

Eternal Summers' Correct Behavior is one of my favorite albums of the year and you should definitely check it out if you haven't yet. (It's on Spotify.) Eternal Summers will also open for Nada Surf at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (12/14) and tickets are still available for that show.

Eternal Summers and Bleeding Rainbow Top 10 lists are below along with the Bleeding Rainbow song stream.

Continue reading "Eternal Summers and Bleeding Rainbow list their favorite LPs of 2012, playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar this week"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Sigur Ros at Skyline Stage 7/29/2012
Sugur Ros

Sigur Ros's played the Skyline Stage in Philadelphia last night (7/29). The show marked the Sigur Ros's return to the US as part of a tour that hits a sold-out Prospect Park tomorrow (7/31), the US indoctrination of their new LP Valtari, as well as the inaugural show at the new Skyline Stage at The Mann Center (they also bless that stage tonight). Perfume Genius, who is on tour with the Icelandic crew, supported last night and will again tonight. In celebration of the event, the venue gave away collectible cards featuring Sigur Ros. Check out one of those cards below alongside more pictures from the show and the setlist.

In interesting Sigur Ros related news, the band's producer, Birgir Jón Birgisson, will produce the new Alcest LP:

"Hello there! Some days ago Winterhalter and I recorded demos for the next Alcest album, for which I have almost finished the songwriting. Only a few arrangements are missing, and the lyrics as well... In our case they always come late in the process... I feel very excited about these songs and this new approach feels very refreshing to me. I also can tell that the album will be recorded next March in Iceland at Sundlaugin, Sigur Rós' studios, with producer Birgir Jón Birgisson. There will also be guests appearances - more infos about this will come later. I will keep you posted!" -[Neige of Alcest]
Very interesting.

That trading card, pictures and the setlist are below.

Continue reading "Sigur Ros played their first US show in four years at Skyline Stage in Philly (pics, setlist)"

photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG

Alcest

Alcest, Deafheaven, and Vaura teamed up at a sold-out Public Assembly on March 31st, the last of Alcest's dates with Deafheaven that kicked off directly after SXSW. The bill was the perfect mix of bands that draw from metal, but don't feel the need to be confined by its trappings: Alcest is a shoegaze band with black metal pedigree, Deafheaven is a shoegaze-y band with black metal, post-rock and screamo influences, and Vaura mixes clean vocals with everything from shoegaze to prog to black metal on their recent Selenelion. I enjoyed all of the bands that night, and apparently so did some others:

This show easily enters my God Tier of shows, no contest. All three bands performed wildly beyond my expectations to create one of my favorite live music experiences in recent memory. The only shortcomings were that the sound could have been a bit better, especially during Vaura's set, and the loathsome hipster population both reached and exceeded critical levels* - but that's only to be expected from a show in Williamsburg, the trendiest of Brooklyn neighborhoods. But overall, these negatives paled and withered away beneath the commanding performances of the three acts. If any one of these bands comes to your locale, do not miss out. I can't stress that enough. -[Metalblast]
I was a spectator at the show but also played DJ for the evening, mixing in favorites that ranged from Bolt Thrower to Gauze, and from Totalitar to One Tail, One Head. You can check out my setlist at my twitter if you are so inclined. If you made it to the show, checked out the bands that night, and managed to stomach my DJ set, I can't thank you enough.

More pictures/video from Public Assembly below.

Continue reading "Alcest, Deafheaven & Vaura played a sold-out Public Assembly (with DJ BBG) --- pics & video"

by BBG

Gorguts at Knitting Factory (more by Greg Cristman)
Gorguts

The Death to All tour got a little more interesting today with the addition of the amazing Gorguts to the lineup. The reactivated death metal crew, which now contains John Longstreth (Dim Mak, Origin, The Red Chord), Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia, Vaura), and Colin Marston (Krallice, Dysrhythmia, Behold.. The Arctopus) in addition to mastermind Luc LeMay, will participate in all dates on the tour including the previously discussed date at Irving Plaza on June 28th. "VIP Tickets" are currently on sale, with general admission hitting on March 30th.

Reminder: I will I DJ the evening on March 31 at Public Assembly when join Vaura (with Kevin Hufnagel) is joined by Alcest and Deafheaven (both of which played our day parties during SXSW). Tickets are still available, but dangerously close to sell-out.

All Gorguts dates and some video below.

Continue reading "Gorguts added to the "Death to All" tour"

photos by Greg Cristman, Pallbearer photos & words by BBG

Alcest @ Lovejoys
BrooklynVegan Day Party at Lovejoys on 3/17

By the time that Hull hit the stage at around 2:20pm, the deal was sealed; intimate Austin bar/venue Lovejoys was officially one-in-one-out until we closed the doors. The Saturday BrooklynVegan day show during SXSW included the awesome lineup of Alcest (their only Austin show), Nachtmystium (with Will Lindsay and Sanford Parker in tow), The Atlas Moth, Pallbearer, Speedwolf, Hull, Bruce Lamont with Man's Gin (their only show), Mutilation Rites and Vestiges. All of the bands ruled and I can't thank them enough.

Vestiges opened the party at 12:15 to a relatively large crowd of people (considering the inevitable hangovers from the night prior), and proceeded to wake us all with their spacey hybrid of black metal, hardcore, doom, and crust. A truly amazing band that is definitely worth looking out for. Mutilation Rites followed with new bassist Ryan Jones (Wetnurse/Today is The Day) in tow, but seemed no worse for the changeover; the band's punk-y black-metal-thrash ripped as usual.

Bruce Lamont and Man's Gin collaborated next, using everything from guitar, sax, and bass ukelele in their renditions of Man's Gin songs. It was a special one-off collaboration during the festival, and one that I was grateful to be hosting in such a small space. Hats off to Erik, Josh & the Man's Gin crew, as well as Bruce Lamont.

After that relatively low-key set, of course Hull brought it up a few notches with their thundering post-metal stomp, the first of three shows for the band that day. The rattling doom power of Hull live cannot be denied, but neither can the Motorhead-y beer-swilling pummel of Speedwolf who followed directly after. Speedwolf is currently on a US tear, so look for them at a town near you (including NYC).

Pallbearer @ Lovejoys
BrooklynVegan Day Party at Lovejoys on 3/17

Pallbearer, one of my favorite bands from SXSW this year, are undeniably great and just destroyed after Speedwolf. Their melodic doom riffs and soaring vocals owe a lot to the doom-fathers of yesteryear but still reimagine some of those approaches on their stunner of an LP Sorrow & Extinction. Pick it up if you can, and don't miss them when they come to NYC with Loss!

The Atlas Moth and Nachtmystium, out on tour together, played the following two sets with the latter featuring Sanford Parker on keys and Will Lindsay (Indian, Middian, etc) on bass. The Atlas Moth was also in a different configuration, with Andrew Ragin out with medical issues and replaced with his brother-in-law and former member of Stabbing Westward Marcus Eliopulos. Despite configuration changes, both bands were fantastic.

Alcest, who in no way resembles a metal band other than in pedigree, closed out the night. The French quartet's focus is on shoegaze-influenced beauty and were a perfect way to end the hectic and brutal day at Lovejoys. Alcest are on the road in the US, and will play NYC at Public Assembly next week with another BV-SXSW-show-alumnus, Deafheaven (I'll be DJing).

Yet another successful year at Lovejoys in Austin, and I'd like to send a big thank you to the staff, Jester King for the free suds, all of the bands, and most importantly all of the fans who came for the day. Thank you so much, and I can't wait until next year!

More pictures from the whole day, below...

Continue reading "pics from the Saturday BV show @ Lovejoys (Alcest, Nachtmystium, Atlas Moth, Pallbearer & more)"

by BBG

Alcest at Gramercy Theater (more by Greg Cristman)
Alcest

On March 17th, 2012 (Saturday), BrooklynVegan will return to the scene of the crime (where we hosted two shows last year) for a FREE show at Lovejoys in Austin during SXSW! From noon until just before 7PM we'll host a lineup that includes:

Alcest (their ONLY appearance during SXSW)
Nachtmystium
The Atlas Moth
Pallbearer
Speedwolf
Hull
Bruce Lamont
Mutilation Rites
Vestiges
This is the ONLY time you can see Alcest (from France!) during SXSW (and for FREE), so head to Lovejoys on March 17th. Get there early and down some FREE Black Metal Stout on draft courtesy of Jester King Brewery (while supplies last).

The show is one of several shows that BrooklynVegan is hosting during SXSW including four days at Hotel Vegas, and our back-to-back day party as part of Converse/Thrasher Deathmatch followed by one of our (with an exclusive appearance from Black Breath) three official SXSW showcases. Stay tuned for more details on Hotel Vegas and the other two showcases.

Nachtmystium is currently in the studio sawing away at their new LP Silencing Machine due on July 31st via Century Media. The band will be hitting the road for a set of Midwest dates right around the album release, with an assist from Krieg and Murmur. Details are on the way.

The Atlas Moth and Pallbearer will both play an upcoming Scion showcase in LA on March 31, and for free! RSVP now. Pallbearer recently released their monster new LP Sorrow & Extinction via Profound Lore and are heading to NYC with Loss for a rare one-off show.

Alcest is heading out on the road for a string of dates with Deafheaven (who play our Deathmatch day party in Austin) including NYC at Public Assembly on 3/31 with Vaura (who have a new album) and yours truly on the turntables. Tickets are still available.

All Alcest dates and some streams and video below...

Continue reading "announcing the BV-BBG day party at Lovejoys on 3/17 with an exclusive appearance from Alcest & much more!"

by BBG

Deafheaven at Bowery Ballroom (more by BBG)
Deafheaven

Deafheaven has been added to a string of Alcest dates including the recently announced Public Assembly show on 3/31. I will be on board to DJ the evening, which will also feature an appearance from the just-added Vaura! Tickets are still on sale. Alcest recently released their new LP Les Voyages De L'Âme, stream it in full.

Vaura are prepping to release their debut LP Selenelion for WIERD Records. The LP, which features members of Dysrhythmia, Gorcuts, Religious to Damn and Kayo Dot, goes up for pre-order on 2/14. Stream the previously posted "Obsidian Damascene Sun" below, alongside all tour dates.

In related news, Deafheaven's sometime-drummer serves as a member of Lycus, who is welcoming their demo in physical format via The Flenser. Order your copy via the label, and download a FREE copy or stream that demo in full below...

Continue reading "Deafheaven added to Alcest tour (Public Assembly included); Vaura LP & Lycus demo out soon"

by BBG

Alcest at Gramercy Theater (more by Greg Cristman)
Alcest

Alcest are preparing to release their new LP Les Voyages De L'Âme at the end of the month and in preparation, have put up the entire LP for streaming. Listen to in full below, and preorder your copy via Prophecy Productions.

You can catch Alcest in NYC at Public Assembly on March 31st, a rare show for the French shoegaze-y band. I'll be on board to DJ the evening, which will also feature additional support TBA. Tickets go on sale January 10th at 10AM.

More dates (all overseas for now), with the full album stream below...

Continue reading "Alcest streaming Les Voyages De L'Âme in full, playing Public Assembly (with DJ BBG)"

photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG

"Ghost isn't playing" - Ryan Jones

"No Ghost. Wah" - Sergei

"Enslaved is playing at the Gramercy tonight. Their fan base looks exactly like what you would expect them to look like." - William Hart

Enslaved @ Gramercy Theatre
Enslaved

Despite a sizeable loss with the subtraction of Ghost from the lineup, the Enslaved/Alcest tour has soldiered on with Junius picking up the slack. The trio of bands hit NYC at Gramercy Theater on Sunday, 9/25, one of their first dates on a tour that ends on the West Coast in October.

All three bands have recent releases to celebrate; Enslaved released a new EP, Alcest has the recent Le Secret EP, and Junius has a new LP in Reports From the Threshold of Death via Prosthetic. Alcest is also planning to release a new LP due early next year, though details are still forthcoming.

More pictures and setlists from Gramercy Theater are below.

Continue reading "Enslaved, Alcest & Junius @ Gramercy Theatre (pics, setlists)"

by BBG

Junius at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 (more by BBG)
Junius

As reported, Ghost had to drop off the previously discussed US tour with Enslaved/Alcest. It's a hard road to try and find a replacement for a tour of that magnitude, especially at this hour (the tour kicks off next week!), but luckily we can exclusively report that the road-dogs in Junius will step to the plate in their stead! Tickets are still available for 9/25 at Gramercy Theater with Fin'amor. All dates are listed below.

For the unfamiliar, Junius owes as much debt to guitar-drenched alterna-pop of the 90s as they do to Isis or Mogwai. Their alternately pulverizing and melodic tunes use emotionally charged clean vocals as a centerpiece, yet always seem sincere, somber, and never sappy. Junius are preparing to release Reports From the Threshold of Death, the band's new album of expansive and epic space-rock on 10/25 via Prosthetic Records. Check out a track from that album, "All Shall Float", for the first time below!

Reminder: Junius have a split with Rosetta on the way via Translation Loss as well. Alternative Press has a song from that one.

All tour dates, the album art, and the song stream are all below...

Continue reading "Junius replacing Ghost on Enslaved tour (dates), releasing new LP on Prosthetic (song debut)"

Ghost @ The Studio at Webster Hall (more by Greg Cristman)
Ghost

Everybody,

Due to some last minute complications with our visas, we have been forced to cancel our North American tour.

We are sorry towards the other bands on the tour, Enslaved and Alcest, and we wish them a very joyful tour without us.

And we are most of all tremendously sorry towards all of our fans.

This is truly beyond our control and we are making everything within our (His) powers to be able to come back to the US as soon as possible and perform for all of you.

Thank you all for your support!

Our most malicious of wishes

/A Nameless Ghoul
on behalf of GHOST
Those dates include Gramercy Theater on September 25th (tickets). All affected tour dates are below.

In related news, the mysterious GHOST frontman's identity may have been revealed.

Continue reading "Ghost cancel tour, Enslaved & Alcest still playing"

photos by Greg Cristman

Ghost @ The Studio
Ghost
Ghost

After a strong reception at the close of Maryland Deathfest 2011, Sweden's Ghost headed to NYC to play the Studio at Webster Hall on June 1st with a stellar supporting cast of Sabbath Assembly and Natur. Ghost closed their NY set with their creepy cover of The Beatles "Here Comes The Sun" which appears as a bonus track on the Japanese version of their new album Opus Eponymous. Another highlight of the show, captured in the pictures above and below, was the unholy communion, wine and wafers included, delivered by the deathly priest frontman as the band played album cut "Ritual". More pictures from the show are below.

And it was just announced that Ghost wil hit the road to support Enslaved with Alcest as part of a US tour this fall. NYC gets a date of its own, Gramercy Theater on September 25th. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday (6/10). Full tour schedule is below.

Enslaved recently released a new EP, The Sleeping Gods, via Scion that is available for free download. Stream it in full, with the dates and pictures, below....

Continue reading "Ghost consecrated the Studio w/ Sabbath Assembly & Natur (pics), touring w/ Enslaved & Alcest (dates)"

photos by Stefan Raduta, words by BBG

Godflesh
Roadburn

Coachella isn't the only heavyweight festival going on this weekend... Roadburn 2011 is in full swing over in Holland. It kicked off on Thursday April 14th, and pictures from that first day in are in this post. They include Alcest, Godflesh (who played all of Streetcleaner), Soilent Green, Year of No Light, Winterfylleth, Pentagram, Wovenhand, Ghost (who are headed to the states soon), Circle, Wardruna, and more. They continue, with some videos too, below...

Continue reading "Roadburn 2011 day 1 in pics (Godflesh, Alcest, Pentagram, Soilent Green, Ghost, Wovenhand, Wardruna & more)"

Phil of Kylesa at Public Assembly (more by Markus Shaffer)
Philip Cope of Kylesa

Kylesa are having a great end-of-year thanks to many accolades for their 2010 effort Spiral Shadow. I'm sure they'll see many new fans in the audience while touring at the end of Dececmber and through most of January. Tickets are still on sale for their headlining show at Santos Party House.

We asked Phillip Cope of Kylesa what he listened to in 2010. His list makes me think that maybe Beach House is the answer to world peace, or at least that Beach House is something that Broken Social Scene, Kate Nash, S Carey and Kylesa can all agree on (and an album that SPIN and Rolling Stone BOTH put at exactly #17 on their lists). His full list of favorite songs, most of them with video streams, below...

Continue reading "Kylesa's Phillip Cope lists his favorite songs of 2010 (listen)"

words by Kim Kelly, photos by Greg Cristman

Alcest

Though barely a month after their first show EVER in Bucharest, Alcest hit the US for a string of dates that included The Studio at Webster Hall on Thursday, 4/29. Presented by Haunting The Chapel and The Blackened Music series, the show, which featured black metal greats Woe and the post-punk/goth/industrial Have a Nice Life, was the second Alcest outing for Kim Kelly (she also went to the Philly show), who filed the review in this post. Read it below, with Alcest's setlist, more pictures and some videos too... -BBG

Continue reading "Alcest, Woe & Have a Nice Life @ The Studio @ Webster Hall (pics, review, setlist & videos) "

Alcest (more by Stefan Raduta)
Alcest
Alcest

tonight in NYC
* Bargemusic
* Against Me! at the Stone Pony
* Hanson @ the Gramercy (night 4!)
* Kate Nash, Supercute! @ Bowery Ballroom
* Man Benu, Up Died Sound, Vaz @ Union Pool
* Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Radio City Music Hall
* Fixed w/ The Twelves, Grum @ Santos Party House
* Cold Cave, Cult of Youth, Beaut @ (le) Poisson Rouge
* Alcest, Woe, Have a Nice Life @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Patrick Smith (animated work), Tanlines @ Thirty Days NY
* Screaming Females @ Kearny Irish American Club (NJ)
* The Protomen, Skeletonbreath (early) @ Santos Party House
* The Black Lips, Pierced Arrows @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Bad Dream, Yorba Linda, Riff Cannon, Batillus @ Party Expo
* OK Go, Anamanaguchi, The Tangents @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Fiasco, Total Slacker, Life Size Maps, Movement @ Death By Audio
* Little Women, Suite Unraveling, Abacus, Strong Look @ Bruar Falls
* Lloyd Banks, Reflection Eternal, Cory Gunz, Jackie Chain @ Nokia Theatre
* Heavy Trash, Hunters, Chicken Snake, The Sediment Club @ Mercury Lounge
* Horse's Mouth, The Extraordinaires, Cameron Hull, Small Houses @ Cake Shop
* My Dear Disco, The Bloodsugars, The Shake, Super Mirage, Hello Nurse @ Matchless
* Finn Riggins, Patrick Bower World Without Magic, Field Mouse, Candy Heart @ Cameo
* Ghostface, Group Home, Jeru the Damaja, Grand Puba & others @ Warsaw

Hello Nurse are playing shows again.

The Protomen play Santos tonight, and listening to the songs at their MySpace makes me think that at a minimum it will be a good time.

Hidden under Crystal Castles' Best New Music rating today on Pitchfork, Alcest got a score almost as high.

Grab an Alcest MP3 and read more before tonight's show at The Studio.

Cold Cave's show at LPR tonight comes soon after some local college shows that went down over the weekend.

Screaming Females play a show in Jersey tonight. Friday they play a school show for NYU.

If you miss tonight's free Black Lips show at Knitting Factory, they're back this summer to play on a boat.

The Against Me! show tonight is all the way in Asbury Park. They hit Brooklyn (and further North in Jersey) with Silversun Pickups this summer.

Dr. Dog recently played on Jimmy Kimmel. Two videos from that performance below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Thursday?"

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Alcest - "Percees De Lumiere" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Woe - "Alone with Our Failures"
DOWNLOAD: Have a Nice Life - "Bloodhail"
DOWNLOAD: Have a Nice Life - "I Don't Love"

Alcest at their first ever live performance in Bucharest (more by Stefan Raduta)
Alcest

Wardruna at the 2010 edition of by:Larm in Norway
Wardruna

April is supposed to be the gateway to rejuvenation; spring is around the corner and warm sun awaits. Yet Thursday, April 29th is a dark day in NYC despite upward swinging forecasts, as the city will host a pair of black metal events.

First up, is the seminar 'A Blaze In The Northern Sky - Norwegian Metal and The Culture That Spawned It", a discussion featuring Nocturno Culto (Darkthrone), Gaahl (ex-Gorgoroth, Wardruna), and Harold Fossberg (Turbonegro) at Scandinavia House (58 Park Avenue):

In the last two decades, a bizarre, intense, and violent musical subculture called Black Metal has emerged in Norway, and has subsequently become a worldwide phenomenon. In a unique seminar-meets-radio show format moderated by Patrizia Mazzuoccolo (also known as Miss Pee), the lecture will explore and promote the genre and its country through audio clips of bands, interviews with musicians and special guests (see below for details), and an audience Q & A session.
Secondly and as previously discussed, Alcest will play NYC along with blackened blasters (and recent Candlelight signees) Woe and Have a Nice Life Tickets are still available for their show at The Studio @ Webster Hall, and I have a pair available for giveaway!

Nocturno Culto recently played Roadburn 2010 as part of Sarke, part II of Kim Kelly's review is on the way.

Wardruna, Gaahl included, recently played Folketeateret at the by:Larm Music Festival in snowy Norway (on Saturday, Feb. 20th) . An unposted set of pictures from that show, which was one of the major highlights of the long weekend, is continued below.

Details on how to win those Alcest tickets, some videos, and flyers for both events are below too...

Continue reading "Alcest is almost here (win tix), a Norwegian Metal seminar in NYC (w/ Gaahl, Nocturno culto, more), Wardruna pics & more "

words and photos by Stefan Raduta, intro by BBG

Agalloch in Bucharest
Agalloch

Stefan Raduta is no stranger to the darkness. As a writer with Metal Maniacs, Imhotep, and many other outlets, the Romanian born scribe has profiled and reviewed some of the biggest and most influential names in the blackened depths of extreme music. In the following piece, Stefan hit the road with the great Agalloch on their recent trek to Romania, where the band intresected with Alcest on their first ever live appearance (they play NYC on 4/29 as part of their first US tour). His story from the road is below.

Continue reading "on the road with Agalloch (pics, videos, setlists & more)"

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Alcest - "Percées De Lumière" (MP3)

Alcest

Alcest is a French band created by Neige (also in Amesoeurs, Peste Noire and Forgotten Woods) in early 2000. ...The first chapter of this journey was Le Secret EP, which was released in 2005 by Drakkar Productions. In 2007, Neige agreed to a contract with the German label Prophecy Productions and released Alcest's debut album Souvenirs d'un autre monde the same year. All music/lyrics/artwork are deeply linked to Alcest's concept and aim at depicting that "place" and the ecstatic feelings one can experience there. This project is a real quest, a perpetual wandering through unknown regions, the hope of which is to shed some light on some mysteries of this esoteric experience.
Even though Neige has decidedly black metal roots, Alcest has a lot more in common with the dream pop of Cocteau Twins than the buzzsaw guitars of Darkthrone, as exhibited on the critically acclaimed (and awesome) Souvenirs D'un Autre Monde. As previously mentioned, now Alcest is prepping to release a new album, Écailles De Lune, due on Prophecy Productions at the end of this month and currently up for preorder. The release will serve as a launchpad for "Lunar Abysses Over North America", a short tour in April which includes The Studio at Webster Hall on 4/29 with Woe and Have a Nice Life. Tickets are on sale.

Full tour dates, tour flyer and a youtube clip of "Écailles De Lune (Part I)" from the new album are all below.

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Ryan of The Howling Wind w/ Unearthly Trance (more by Samantha Marble)
Ryan Lipynsky of Unearthly Trance

Ryan Lipynsky probably best known for his role as doom-destroyer in Unearthly Trance, but he's been around the block with projects as varying as Motive, Pollution, Thralldom and The Howling Wind, who will release their latest LP Into The Cryosphere via Profound Lore in April. The Howling Wind, which includes Tim Call of Parasitic Records, Aldebaran, and others, toils in icy doom and black metal much like the ripping "Teeth of Frost" available above. The band also has the Mortuary Library 7" due out later this year via Parasitic.

In related news, NYC doomers Unearthly Trance have hit the studio to record their new album V with Sanford Parker. The band currently has one show on their calendar, April 21st at The Charleston with Lair of The Minotaur as part of a string of East Coast dates in celebration of Evil Power, their new album due out on their own The Grind-House Records imprint. Look for that LP in middle April.

Raw and punishing Japanese grind returns with Grind Killers, the new LP from Unholy Grave! Recorded live in a Dutch studio in September 2008, these 23 tracks were mastered last year and will see a release on Selfmadegod Records in March 2010. Check out "Little Bastards" available for download above. Meanwhile, Selfmadegod will also release a Peel Sessions disc with Agothocles recorded in 1997 and The Grind Years from Psycho.

Coliseum with new drummer Carter Wilson (far right)
Coliseum 2010

Coliseum has signed with Temporary Residence Limited! The band has completed recording their new LP with J Robbins which will see the light of day this summer and will feature appearances from Will Oldham, members of Young Widows, Jason Noble, and many others. Congrats boys!

Harvey Milk will release their new album, A Small Turn of Human Kindness via Hydrahead on May 18th! Can't wait. The current tracklisting is below. Make sure and catch Harvey Milk with Coalesce and The Atlas Moth on tour and at Le Poisson Rouge on 3/8 (tix).

The "De-cancellation Tour" routing is almost complete! Make sure and catch Ludicra on the road this spring doing select dates with Krallice including Europa on 4/18 as part of a BV/Osiris presentation! Tickets are on sale. Full tour routing is below.

The dark forces of Coffinworm have revealed more details from their upcoming shadowy effort for Profound Lore, When All Became None. Sanford Parker has helmed the sludgy blackened doom LP, which features six tracks and is due for release in April. Dig on "Start Saving For Your Funeral" from the LP, downloadable above. Coffinworm will appear at the BV/CC/1000K Pizza Party alongside Zoroaster, Landmine Marathon, and many others. Album art is below.

That album art, and news on Corrupted, Triptykon, Autopsy, Black Shape of Nexus, Virus, Darkthrone, Rosetta, and so much more, as Short Wave Warfare continues...

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