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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

One Tail One Head at Inferno Festival, April 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
One Tail One Head

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.

Continue reading "The Year in Heavy (Fred Pessaro // BBG's favorite metal, punk & other records of 2012)"

Aluk Todolo

French black-metal crew Aluk Todolo last did a round of dates in the US in 2009. Now with a Roadburn appearance underneath their belt, the band is preparing to embark on a select few tour dates, including a mere three in the US. Look for Aluk Todolo to team with Villains and Lussuria at Saint Vitus on September 19, tickets are on sale.

Aluk Todolo is preparing to release their new LP Occult Rock via The Ajna Offensive on September 21st. Stream some older AT material below, alongside a list of all tour dates.

Continue reading "Aluk Todolo readies 'Occult Rock,' playing select U.S. appearances including Saint Vitus"

by BBG

The cover for the classic Winter LP, Into Darkness

It's official, you will see me at Roadburn 2011. The European festival announced today that the sunn o))) curated day at Roadburn would feature an appearance for NYC Doom Metal gods WINTER (wow), along with Earth, Scorn, Beaver, Aluk Todolo, Menace Ruine, Hooded Menace, The Secret and Atilla Csihar's Void Ov Voices. For Winter, it'll be their first show back together since their split nineteen years ago (1992). For the unfamiliar:

"Winter were an American doom metal band from New York. Employing vocals reminiscent of death metal, they were acknowledged as creators of some of the heaviest and slowest doom metal ever composed! Hour of Doom demo tape (1989) Into Darkness (1990) Future Shock Records Eternal Frost (1994) (EP) Nuclear Blast Records The album was re-released in 1992 by Nuclear Blast, and again in 1999 (including the EP)"
The announcement is paired with the additions of Today Is The Day and Black Math Horseman to the other days at the festival. Must.

As previously mentioned, NYC band and recent Thrill Jockey signees Liturgy were also recently added to the festival lineup. What we didn't know at the time was that Liturgy are also playing Glasslands on December 9th in addition to their show witu Orphan, Dope Body, and Elks at Acheron on December 3rd. All dates below..

Roadburn flyer and current lineup below too...

Continue reading "Roadburn lineup expands, includes WINTER! ++ Liturgy adds another NYC show (updated dates and lineup) "

photos by Greg Cristman, words by Black Bubblegum


Village Voice: So who is this band Faust? I don't think I've ever read about them on Stereogum.

WFMU Music Director Brian Turner: Oh wow....well...

I'm just kidding.

Oh (Laughs.) I'm sorry...

But how did you get them? They don't really tour the States that often.

I think they had been wanting to come over for years, but it's fairly involved with them doing a big tour, they drag a lot of stuff around with them, apparently. I think on their last tour they had a sheep as well as tons of heavy industrial stuff.

A sheep?

Yeah, I think they had a sheep on their last tour that they'd bring out as this symbolic thing of peace.

Oh. What did they do with the sheep?

I didn't see those shows, I'm not quite sure. I think it just wandered around or something. I know they had a sheep every night. But they would also go down to railroad tracks and get a lot of broken glass and debris and industrial stuff and bring it in.

No sheep this time, but Krautrockers Faust still made a go of it as headliners of the first night of WFMU Fest at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Support for the evening came from Aluk Todolo (who also played Union Pool on 10/4) and the new Wesley Eisold (XO Skeletons, Give Up The Ghost, Some Girls) project Cold Cave.

Cold Cave recently released Cremations on Hospital Productions, as well as Love Comes Close on Eisold's Heartworm Press. The latter is being re-released by Matador in November. The band is prepping to tour the UK in the tail end of October, but will be back in NYC with Sonic Youth at Terminal 5 on Nov 21. That show is sold out.

Cold Cave member Dominick Fernow, recently released the new Prurient, Rose Pillar via Heartworm. Fernow also runs Hospital Productions.

Faust are still touring the US, concluding with dates in Athens, Ga this weekend. Before Brooklyn they played a show and a workshop in Philly. After Brooklyn they headed north for Pop Montreal.

The rest of the pictures, and tour dates for Cold Cave and Faust, below...

Continue reading "Faust & Cold Cave @ the WFMU Fest @ MHOW, Brooklyn -pics"

words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Greg Cristman

Aluk Todolo

Aluk Todolo (mems-Diamatregon) played night one (10/1) of the WFMU fest at Music Hall of Williamsburg, supporting the legendary Faust and the blown-out darkwave-y synthpop of Cold Cave. The French band, which plays an interesting hybrid of black metal, noise, and krautrock rhythms, is in the midst of an east coast tour of the US in support of their latest LP Finsternis, and are playing Lit Lounge TONIGHT (10/3) with The Psychic Paramount. Their final show of that tour is on 10/4 (Sunday) at the Brooklyn Vegan sponsored show at Union Pool featuring Woe, Malkuth, and Castevet. The Brooklyn show starts at 8:30 and entry is just $8.

On Monday, Faust lead a workshop in Philadelphia.
More pictures from MHOW below...

Continue reading "Aluk Todolo played MHOW (pics), continue NYC run (dates)"

by Black Bubblegum

Woe, photo by Scott Kinkade

As if Burnt By The Sun, Tombs, Black Anvil, and Bloodhorse at Cake Shop (10/2) wasn't enough, now you can look forward to a SECOND helping of heaviness on the first weekend in October! Just two nights after the Cake Shop is set ablaze, storm clouds will roll into town as BrooklynVegan is proud to present Woe, Aluk Todolo, Malkuth, and Castevet at Union Pool on 10/4! $8 gets you in the door.

Woe's smashing LP, A Spell For The Death of Man, recently saw a vinyl release and is currently available for pay-what-you-want download.

Frenchmen Aluk Todolo dabble in a hybrid of black metal and krautrock (seriously!), and feature members of Diamatregon. Their new album Finsternis is out NOW, pick that up at Aquarius Records, who called it "a slow shifting otherworld defined by This Heat, Geronimo, Laddio Bolocko, Can, [and] Faust". The Union Pool show is part of a short US tour that also includes a few other NYC dates including Music Hall of Williamsburg with Faust on 10/1 (part of the WFMU Festival). All dates below.

Malkuth and Castevet both played shows this past weekend: Malkuth at Lit Lounge with Dark Castle, Orphan, and The Body, Castevet at Show No Mercy on 9/6 with Gnaw, Mick Barr, and Period. Pic sets from those shows are on the way.

A Woe video and the show flyer are with the dates below...

Continue reading "BV Presents Woe, Malkuth & Castevet @ Union Pool w/ Aluk Todolo (2009 Tour Dates) "

Teenage Jesus & the Jerks @ KF in 2008 (more by Lori Baily)
Teenage Jesus

WFMU will be putting on a three-day Brooklyn festival at the Music Hall of Williamsburg from October 1st-3rd. Its Thursday and Saturday night bills will be headlined by two classic acts, German krautrock-ers Faust and NYC No Wave punks Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, respectively, while Friday night will feature Philly's Pissed Jeans (who have a new record out) in the top spot.

TJ & the Jerks last reunited in 2008 for a night at the Knitting Factory where Thurston Moore played bass. And like Faust, they're also playing Pop Montreal around the same time.

Tickets for all three WFMU days go on sale Thursday, September 3rd at noon. Pissed Jeans is only $12 advanced. The other two are $20 each.

The station writes, "These shows will not be broadcast over the air/net." Full lineup and poster below...

Continue reading "WFMU Fest @ MHOW - 3 days of shows w/ Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, Pissed Jeans, Faust & more (Oct 1-3, 2009) "


"Formed 1969 in Hamburg, Germany and considered the inventors of "Kraut Rock", iconoclasts extraordinaire Faust are key figures in 20th Century music. In the early 70's, along with Can and Kraftwerk, they re-invented pop music as a specifically European art-form. In their own studio they were able to revolutionize the whole process of musical production; they improvised with industrial noise, generated bizarre hypnotic grooves, indulged in shockingly willful studio-based collages, and dabbled with every conceivable musical genre, sometimes simultaneously. Every now and then they found time for a burst of satirical pop or waves of delicate ambience. Amongst those Faust have strongly influenced we must count Brian Eno, Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire, Test Department, Neubauten, My Bloody Valentine, Julian Cope, Sonic Youth and a host of Industrial and Techno bands. The music has lost none of its immediacy or relevance--it sounds as if it was recorded last week, not last decade.

The touring members of this 2009 US Faust tour are original members Jean-Herve Peron and Werner "Zappi" Diermaier, along with James Johnston (Gallon Drunk, Lydia Lunch, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) and visual/video artist, painter, and musician Geraldine Swayne.

Faust kicks off that 2009 US tour on September 25th at The Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina at a co-headlining show with Sunn O))). From there they tour through October 11th while hitting Pop Montreal (10/3) and Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn (10/1) along the way.

The Brooklyn show is one of three WFMU Festival days happening at the same venue. Also on the October 1st bill is Cold Cave (more on them later) and Aluk Todolo (more on them later too). Tickets go on sale Thursday, September 3rd at noon. All Faust dates and a video below...

Continue reading "Faust - 2009 tour dates (MHOW, Philly, Pop Montreal, more)"