Entries tagged with: Ancient VVisdom
by Doug Moore
new guy is second from left
Pig Destroyer has been a band since 1997. That's a long time; some of you reading this were probably born that year. During that 16-year run, various members have come and gone -- the band has had four drummers (if you count Municipal Waste/Burnt By the Sun drummer Dave Witte's brief stint) and three samples/electronics folk, but never once have Pig Destroyer included a bassist in their ranks.
Until now, anyway. In an interview with Terrorizer, guitarist Scott Hull has announced that John Jarvis (drummer Adam Jarvis's cousin) will be joining the band on the four-string. Here's Hull's explanation for the change:
"After so many years of remaining bass-less, why did you decide to welcome a bassist into the fold now?This decision was arguably overdue; Pig Destroyer have had a tough time replicating the thickness of their recorded material when they play out in the past, and a bass presence will make a huge difference for them. The Jarvises also play together in the awesome grind/death/hardcore outfit Fulgora, who hopefully won't throw in the towel now that both guys are working on Pig Destroyer.
Scott Hull: Well, the biggest reason we DIDN'T have a bass player, or another guitarist, for so many years was that we just didn't want the added complication of someone having to learn lines that I'd already written. Additionally, we just didn't want to have another person in the band because it adds complexity; travel arrangements for shows, space in a van/bus. . .etc etc. As the years progressed, we just thought "well we've gone this far without anyone else, why bother introducing a new headache now?" But honestly, I've been wanting to broaden the scope of our music for quite some time. It would be very difficult, for instance, to really do some Jesus Lizard-y type of material without a bass player, but we want to bring that sound into our material somewhat as well as some other styles that would really require a bassist, so that really made us think about it seriously. Luckily, the bass player we chose is a really good fit technically and personality-wise. He gets where we are at and knows we are picky about what we do and when, so he wont get impatient that we aren't touring 200 days out of the year.
Does this mean you'll be retroactively adding bass lines to your old classics when playing live?
Scott Hull: Yep, we've been doing that. And for the most part, it's added some real depth to the tracks, which is exciting. In some cases, like for the songs 'Terrifyer' and 'Starbelly', it's really changed them altogether. It's very cool. I feel like we kinda reinvigorated ourselves when Adam came into the band, and we're kinda doing it again with John. Change is good.
Pig Destroyer will debut their new lineup at Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film Fest, which starts on Friday (10/25) and runs until Sunday (10/27). Housecore has quietly become one of the best American metal festivals of the year, and it'll host a couple of other significant firsts: Goblin playing their Suspiria live with the film, and Dale Crover (of Melvins) drumming for Eyehategod. You can still buy walk-up tix for the fest or venue-limited badges; check out the full lineup of bands below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Royal Thunder at MHoW, Dec 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
All tour dates are listed below along with the "Blue" video.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Enslaved at Gramercy Theater, Sept 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
Norwegians Enslaved have a single show scheduled in the US for 2012, a free (with RSVP) Scion A/V Roadburn Records showcase in Los Angeles with White Hills, Earthless and Astra this weekend (11/10 at The Roxy). After that undoubtedly epic show goes down, look for the progressive black metal crew to plot their next attack on North American shores in the new year. Enslaved will join the great Pallbearer and Ancient VVisdom for a three-week whirlwind tour of North America that kicks off in late January and terminates on February 22 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/9) at noon.
Pallbearer is confirmed to play Roadburn 2013 in the months following the tour, where they'll join names like Electric Wizard (who is curating part of the fest), Amenra (who have a new album on the way), Moss, Die Kreuzen, Godflesh, Uncle Acid & The Dead Beats, Royal Thunder (who play Saint Vitus this weekend), Maserati (who play Union Pool TONIGHT), Castle (who recently played Saint Vitus) and many more to come. Roadburn is sold out, but you can drool at the lineup below and try your hand at the secondary market.
All tour dates are listed below, along with the tour flyer and the Roadburn 2013 lineup.
BBG is back in Oslo, this time for Inferno. Here's what he's catching at the Norwegian metal festival...
One Tail One Head @ Inferno Fest
There's no way to put it nicely. My final day at Inferno Festival was an extremely up and down affair. Thumbs down to the bloated and overthought bands that had polished themselves and dulled their edges. But a big thumbs up goes out to the "true Norwegian Black Metal" hordes that stood out by delivering laser-precise performances at their corpse painted, blood-soaked, and firebreathing best.
Coming onto a stage lit by candelabra, accompanied by a fire-breather and adorned with animal skulls (shocker: they were actually the first and only band to do so at the fest!), Throne of Katarsis played a killer set of blasting old school black metal with some doomy breakdowns. The corpse painted quartet were the first band on the main stage and though the turnout was small, it was positively worth getting to the venue early for.
Svarttjern was next on the John Dee stage, a band cut from a similar cloth as Throne of Katarsis, but with less breaks in between blasts... a relentless full on assault. The band came on stage covered with blood and in full corpse painted glory, complete with both the beastial inhuman growls, and the uniquely black metal "deer in headlights" looks at the audience. Theatrical yet never campy, and totally fun.
Einherjer, a pagan-y viking metal band that helped pave the way for much of the genre (along with names like Enslaved and many others), was next on the main stage. 99% of the time pagan-metal & viking metal gets the gas face, and live I found it even more repellent. As I type this, my laptop keeps wanting to autocorrect their name as Winger... coincidence?
Ancient Wisdom was next up on John Dee, playing their pagan style folk influenced by bands like Death in June. Outside of those clad with the hellion skull, manson's face, or some other holy terror indicator like Vegas, it seemed like a lot of the metal crowd didn't quite "get it", a sentiment I also heard a few times when they toured North America with Ghost. Regardless of the overall temperature of the room, I found the music to be interesting but the vocals didnt seem to fit in.
My losing streak continued with Decapitated, the Polish metal band that rebuilt itself after a horrid accident a few years ago, and Monolith Death Cult, a long-winded death metal band with technical tendencies but very little to offer in the good riffs department. Decapitated has definitely crafted their live show to a fine point and the foursome handled the stage well. I'm just not a fan of the chugga-chugga-squeal-style of tech death. Witchery, the "supergroup" made up of ex-members fo Brujeria, Arch Enemy, Mercyful Fate, Dismember, Opeth, The Haunted and more, were similarly not my cup of tea but knew how to handle the stage and kept it interesting.
Then came One Tail One Head, the headliner at John Dee and a truly indestructible live juggernaut. One Tail One Head was yet another Norwegian band (that made three on Saturday) to reach into their country's storied black metal playbook and knock it out of the park. Musically speaking, these bands aren't breaking any new ground, but their approach with reverence and ferocity is so pure and devastating, it's hard to ignore them. I think bands like Borknagar and Arcturus (I'll... yawn... get into that later) forget that black metal is rooted in punk, and it's punk's "don't give a fuck" attitude that is so important to keeping the music's spirit alive (it's the difference between Discharge and MXPX).
One Tail One Head was one of my favorite performances from the whole fest, and definitely my favorite of the day (Svarttjern & Throne of Katarsis were the day's other highlights). The lead vocalist swings and thrashes like Erik of Watain, with the band keeping that same stage energy and intensity. The guitar/bass/drums trio are impeccably tight, much more so than I would expect for a band with only a couple demos and EPs to their name. Awesome set. This band needs to play in the US and soon.
After that amazing set it was on to the final band of the night, Arcturus at Rockefeller main stage. I don't particularly dig on symphonic black metal and for the most part progessive can be a dirty word for me, so the Arcturus set definitely fell on deaf ears. Their set, peppered with oodles of pyro felt like a Jerry Bruckheimer production; explosions hide the fact that the storyline, dialogue and execution were all weak.
Overall, an excellent weekend and I feel lucky to have been able to catch such great talent on foriegn soil. Inferno 2013, here I come.
photos by Greg Cristman
Even before the house was opened, the line snaked down the Bowery with eager metal fans clamoring to get a view of Ghost. Many on line were lucky enough to catch the band during a one-off date last year, while many like myself were seeing them for the first time on this night...Ghost kicked off their string of US dates with Blood Ceremony and Ancient VVisdom at Bowery Ballroom on January 18th. Pictures and setlists from Bowery, as well as remaining tour dates, are below...
The band was extremely tight with both vocals and instrumentation. The live renditions of "Elizabeth," "Death Knell," "Ritual," and a dark cover of The Beatles' classic "Here Comes The Sun" both mesmorized the audience before melting their collective faces. Horns were raised high as the crowd song along knowing each and every word throughout the band's set. This lyrical devotion was overly apparent when they played "Satan Prayer" which was the best song performance of the evening. During the chorus, 'the cardinal' gave the metal hungry crowd several chances to sing the hook, often staring directly at us with his piercing eyes, using his hands to lead us like some type of satanic conductor. -[Local Bozo]
by Andrew Sacher
Ghost at the Studio in June (more by Greg Cristman)
Sweden's Ghost were forced to cancel their last US tour due to visa issues which would have hit Gramercy Theater this past September. Like their fellow Swedes in Graveyard, who faced a similar fate, they've scheduled another US tour for early 2012. They'll kick off the tour, which has been dubbed "13 Dates Of Doom," at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on January 18. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (11/11) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (11/9) at noon. All dates and the tour flier are below.
If you're off to any of these shows, be sure to catch Toronto band Blood Ceremony, who open for Ghost each night, along with Ancient Wisdom. Earlier this year, they released their sophomore LP, Living With The Ancients, which, like their self titled debut, is filled with doomy Sabbathian riffs and the occasional psych-folk passage. While tons of doom bands have taken similar routes, frontwoman Alia O'Brien gives the formula a twist. While the guys are busy riffing on heavy blues, Alia provides sharp Jethro Tull-esque flute lines, psych/garage organ, and a demonic voice casting spells of witchcraft and the occult. You can stream a couple tracks from Living With The Ancients below.
All dates, song streams, and tour flier below...
DOWNLOAD: Ancient VVisdom - "Alter Reality" (MP3)
Ancient VVisdom contains ex-members of Iron Age and Integrity, and it's hard not to hear some of that lineage, but Ancient VVisdom string together apocalyptic and gothic folk passages with some clean vocals; think of Integrity's moments of acoustic darkness instead of the hardcharging hardcore assault. Even though his fingers aren't on this record, fans of Dwid Hellion can't pass this up. Who said you need a distortion pedal and a Hi-Watt to sound evil?
Now that their split with Charles Manson (no shit) is behind them, Ancient VVisdom is currently preparing their latest LP for Shinebox Recordings, A Godlike Inferno. Featuring Alex Hughes (Hatred Surge) and Wade Allison (Iron Age), the new LP features eight tracks, one of which, "Alter Reality", makes its appearance for the first time here. Download it above.
Check out some recent Ancient VVisdom video below, and look for the record on Shinebox on June 7th.