Entries tagged with: Anvil
By Ian Chainey
Famously down-on-their-luck Canadian heavy metallers Anvil will be playing select dates in October. The band featured in the feel-good redemption documentary Anvil: The Story Of Anvil -- I'm not crying, my computer is dusty -- have three shows lined up: two in Canada and one at NYC's the Bowery Electric on October 19. There they'll be joined by Lords of Mercy, Sweet Magma, and Danse De Sade. Tickets are available now. All three of Anvil's dates appear below.
Speaking of bands that could use a boost, the Bowery Electric has quite the eclectic calendar of upcoming shows. One band that stands out is Metal Pistol, who are playing a few dates in around NYC in the coming months, including Bowery Electric on August 3. The drum-machine aided trio categorize themselves as "hard rock/metal" which is accurate, but doesn't really come close to capturing their oddball magnificence. However, I'm going to try using the multitude of examples at my disposal. Ready?
Example 1: They're named Metal Pistol.
Example 2: Vocalist Sunny Lee also wields a keytar.
Example 3: The picture above.
Example 4: Per their Facebook bio, "Singer-song writer Sunny Lee forges driving acidic melodic lyrics over the heavy metal thunder of Steven Stanley's magnum force." Sure.
Example 5: Guitarist Steven Stanley has one mode: Steve "Magnum Force" Vai.
Example 6: They've been confusingly booked with death metal bands.
Example 7: Just check out their "performance video live" below. Your initial reaction is a raised brow. However, after a bit, it kind of charms the hell out of you. Seriously. I don't know, there's just something about those acidic melodic lyrics.
All of the dates are listed, along with a live video of Anvil and Metal Pistol's performance video appear below.
Anvil at Giants Stadium, 2009 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Canadian metal underdogs, dildo-weilders (see above pic) and documentary subjects Anvil have only a handful of dates scheduled for this summer, and all but one is a European festival. The lottery winner? NYC at Knitting Factory on Thursday (5/30) and tickets are on sale. Another documentary-subject, Acrassicauda, will open, as well as Lords of Mercy.
All Anvil dates are below. Vibrators not included.
Trey Azagthoth of Morbid Angel
May 26th was a day of firsts for me at the tenth annual Maryland Deathfest. It was the first time I saw Confessor, Deviated Instinct and Haemorrhage. The first time I heard "new" material from death-doom godsWinter. The first time I saw Noothgrush with new live vocalist Dino Sommese (Ghoul, Dystopia, etc). And maybe most memorably, the first time I witnessed a man whip out his junk out on stage, piss in his cupped hand and wipe his face with it.
The latter first came care of Horna, who's lead singer Spellgoth performed the "urine baptism" at center stage (pictures below, NSFW?) and was one of several notable black metal-influenced performances (Archgoat, Tsjuder, Black Witchery) on that brutally hot Saturday. The moment wasn't noticed by many, but the foul stench of old blood and human fluids left a trail throughout the indoor stage.
My mid-afternoon arrival at Sonar meant that I sadly missed sets by Infernal Stronghold, Bloody Phoenix, and Looking for an Answer, and not-so-sadly missed October 31 (members Deceased) and Anvil (the former being eons better than the latter). The remainder of the sweltering hot day was largely a string of successes with stellar sets from crusty thrashers Hellbastard, UK's Dragged into Sunlight, deliciously obnoxious goregrind from Haemorrhage, death-doom pioneers Winter (who played unearthed songs at MDF), thrash from Morbid Saint and an impressive set from the reunited technical-doom crew Confessor.
Reunited crust-death metal crew Deviated Instinct wins for my favorite of the daytime performances (they played at close to the same time as The Devil's Blood), and though bassist David Vincent gave me a bit of a Nikki Sixx douche-chill during Morbid Angel's headlining set, the band's performance of the early classics absolutely murdered. Brujeria, the supercrew made up of members of Napalm Death, Carcass and more, were great headliners for the opposing outdoor stage but I opted for Noothgrush.
Diamond Head in the early 80s
It is an undisputed fact that one of the key players in the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement of the late 70s was the UK's Diamond Head. And though the reactivated band may only have original member Brian Tatler (lead guitar/backing vox) amongst their ranks, you can still see the band bash through Diamond Head classics like "Am I Evil?" (most famously covered by Metallica) while on their current US tour. Catch Diamond Head on tour now and in NYC at BB King's on September 1st with Shitkill & Livesay, tickets are on sale. All dates are below.
In semi-related news, Metallica & Lou Reed have given a name to their forthcoming
abomination? LP: Lulu (out November 1 in North America, October 31 everywhere else):
"Lulu" was inspired by German expressionist writer Frank Wededkind's plays "Earth Spirit" and "Pandora's Box," which tell a story of a young abused dancer's life and relationships and are now collectively known as the "Lulu Plays." Since their publication in the early 1900's, the plays have been the inspiration for a silent film ("Pandora's Box," 1929), an opera, and countless other creative endeavors. Originally the lyrics and musical landscape were sketched out by Lou for a theatrical production in Berlin, but after coming together with the 'Tallica boys for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts in New York in 2009 all guilty parties knew they wanted to make more music together. Lou was inspired enough by that performance to recently ask the band to join him in taking his theatrical "Lulu" piece to the next level and so starting in early May of this year we were all camped out recording at HQ studios in Northern California, bringing us to today and ten complete songs.Metallica are scheduled to play Yankee Stadium on 9/14 with Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax; tickets are still available.
In other news, Anthrax play a "secret show" at Best Buy Theater on September 12th as "cover band Satan's Lounge Act" according to a report from Blabbermouth. The show is the day before their latest LP (and first with original singer Joey Belladonna since the early 90s) Worship Music drops and you can get your free ticket by pre-ordering a copy of their new CD via Best Buy.
And lastly in an also semi-related but nowhere-near-as-classic note, Anvil just played Bowery Ballroom on 7/30, but will return to NYC and hit Highline Ballroom on Nov 7th with Shitkill. Tickets go on sale 8/23 at noon. Meanwhile you can catch Anvil on August 26th in Buffalo with Alice Cooper. Their other dates include a European tour with Saxon, and Maryland Deathfest 2012.
All tour dates and some video is below.
Today Is The Day at Highline Ballroom (more by BBG)
And so it has begun. After a fun Maryland Deathfest 2011 (pictures of day 1, 2, 3, 4), the festival has announced confirmations for MDF 2012 including some amazing names (Bethlehem, Demigod, Ghoul, Church of Misery, The Devil's Blood, Dragged Into Sunlight, Ulcerate, others) and even a true a headscratcher (Anvil?). Full lineup thus far is below. Maryland Deathfest X kicks off on May 24th, 2012 at Sonar. No tickets yet
In related news, Today is The Day, whose rhythm section once was home to half of Mastodon and now features members of Wetnurse (Curran & Ryan), have completed their new LP Pain Is A Warning and are preparing its release for August 16 on Black Market Activites/Good Fight. Preorder it now, and check out the lead track "Expectations Exceed Reality" streaming below.
All MDF additions, that new Today is The Day, and some video is below.
Anvil opening for AC/DC in 2009 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Canadian metal trio Anvil, despite never breaking up and continuing to release albums, faded into obscurity in the mid-80s. They came back into the public eye after the 2008 documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil (which is now on Netflix on-demand). Since then lots has happened for the band. Among their list of recent accomplishments, they appeared at BAM and Gramercy Theatre, opened for AC/DC in NJ, and even played Bumbershoot.
They recently released their first full length album since the documentary's release, and fourteenth album overall, Juggernaut of Justice. The album was produced by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper) in Dave Grohl's studio. In support of the album, the band is touring Europe this summer, hitting many festivals along the way (hopefully it goes better for them than it did in the movie), and hitting a few American cities in July including NYC where they will play the relatively intimate Bowery Ballroom on July 30. Tickets are on sale.
P.S. if you're looking for "Thumb Hang," that was a bonus track on the VH1 re-release of their 13th self-released album "This is Thirteen".
All tour dates and Story of Anvil trailer and stuff, below...
Caribou @ Governors Island over the summer (more by Andrew St Clair)
today in NYC
* Wollesonics @ The Stone
* Gary Smulyan @ The Stone
* Emily Wells, Shilpa Ray @ City Winery
* Caribou, Emeralds, ARP @ Webster Hall
* Ra Ra Riot, Lower Dens @ Bowery Ballroom
* Asher Roth, Gilbere Forte @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Sugarlife, Oars, Pure Horsehair @ Bruar Falls
* Spacehog, The Alternative Outfit @ Maxwell's
* Little Gold, Exit Music, Columboid @ Union Pool
* Fennesz, The American Dollar, Bell @ Littlefield
* Darcy James Augue Secret Society @ Iridium Jazz Club (early & late)
* Klaxons, Baby Monster @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Pavement, Times New Viking @ Central Park Summerstage
* French Horn Rebellion, Savoir Adore, Mighty Five @ The Woods
* Heavy Hands, Future Hunter, ELKS, Long Distance Poison @ Coco 66
* Laurie Anderson (performing 'Delusion') @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* Larkin Grimm, M. Lamar, Seaven Teares, Opal Onyx @ Death By Audio
* Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Talk Normal, DJ Barry London @ Secret Project Robot
* Anti-Flag, The Menzingers, Outernational, Cerebral Ballzy @ the Bell House
* Theo Bleckmann (Hello Earth! The music of Kate Bush) @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Anti-Flag, The Menzingers, Outernational, Cerebral Ballzy @ The Bell House
* Crocodiles, The Girls at Dawn, Reading Rainbow, Candy Claws @ Mercury Lounge
* The Dennis Padula Band, Emanuel & The Fear, Alfonso Velez @ Highline Ballroom
* Garotas Suecas, Ava Luna, Reverend Vince Anderson, Arrington de Dionyso's Malaikat dan Singa @ Knitting Factory
Anvil are not playing Public Assembly tonight.
Band of Horses performed "Laredo" on Kimmel. Video below...
Superchunk performed "Digging For Something" on Fallon. Video below...
Memorial Day Weekend officially opened the summer, and for those in the Pacific Northwest it also brought Sasquatch Music Festival (pictures from all three days are coming soon). Now the lineup for its Labor Day cousin, Bumbershoot 2010, has been announced. That fest, happening at Seattle, WA's Seattle Center September 4th-6th, will include headliners Bob Dylan, Mary J. Blige, Weezer, Hole, Rise Against, Neko Case, The Decemberists, J. Cole and "one more very special guest to be announced soon."
Tickets (including non-Mainstage 'economy' passes) are on sale now. The rest of the lineup (by day) for the seven-stage festival is posted below...
photos by Bao Nguyen
Anvil @ Giants Stadium
Last year's doc Anvil! The Story of Anvil made audiences fall in love with Toronto's hard-luck metal band, which never stops despite a list of misfortunes that would fill a book, including a European club owner who tries to pay the band in goulash. But last Tuesday the band - singer/guitarist Lips, drummer Robb Reiner and bassist Glenn Five - found itself playing for 40,000 people. Let Lips explain how it went:That article was posted right before Friday's AC/DC/Anvil show at Giants Stadium in NJ (7/31), which, unlike All Points West which started much earlier in the day, managed to avoid the rain. It stopped right before the outdoor football stadium show started. Pictures and the AC/DC setlist below...
"I was thanking him as he shook my hand saying "great show, great show!" He then shook my son's hand as he was being whisked away in his SUV. Wow! I had just met Angus Young, lead guitarist of the mighty AC/DC. It was such an honour to be able to thank him in person for his big heart and generosity for letting Anvil have an opening slot at the biggest and most meaningful show we've ever done in America.
It has been a whirlwind two years for Anvil. Since that first screening at the Sundance Film Festival two years ago, the movie has slowly gained momentum and notoriety, especially among celebrities.
We had met and received kudos from the likes of Keanu Reeves, Michael Moore, Dustin Hoffman, Coldplay's Chris Martin, and Green Day, along with actress Tilda Swinton, who coined the phrase "The Anvil Factor" after seeing the film. When I met her at the Cannes Film Festival I asked what she meant by "The Anvil Factor." She said it meant you never give up; you do what you love and get away with it! Anvil in a nutshell. With all these great people supporting the film it was likely to hit some of rock's royalty. Angus Young saw the movie and was compelled to help create an incredible epilogue to the Anvil Story by offering us three dates on the "Black Ice" tour. Again, Wow!...
...What a night! What a show! We so appreciate these kind of moments. It's been a long, hard road to this destination. Next stop, Giants Stadium in New Jersey!" [Lips in the Toronto Star]
I previously mentioned the big Mandela concert going down at MSG on July 18th. Well, that show was moved to Radio City Music Hall. Tickets are still on sale. The lineup includes Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Whoopi Goldberg, Gloria Gaynor, Will.I.Am, Dave Stewart, Angelique Kidjo, Jesse McCartney, Josh Groban, Wyclef Jean, Queen Latifah, and Baaba Maal.
Another upcoming show at Radio City involves the music of Lord of the Rings.
Andrew Bird plays there tonight (6/18).
Ted Leo has been added as the opener for the State Radio show happening at The Stone Pony's Summerstage on July 10th. Tickets are on sale. Make that his third upcoming NJ show, plus he's playing one this summer in NYC too. Chris Leo is reading on Friday night.
The Pietasters and Catch 22 are opening for the Mighty Mighty Bosstones at The Stone Pony Summerstage on August 16th. Tickets are on sale.
No tickets necessary to see Thee Oh Sees at the Siren Festival.
Tickets are still on sale for the Black Crowes show Levon Helm is opening at Central Park Summerstage on September 2nd.,
The 7th annual Brian Setzer Orchestra "Christmas Rocks!" Extravaganza takes place at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 30th. Tickets are on sale. Video of the Stray Cats, Live at Fridays, below...
Doveman plays with members of The National at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (6/18). La Blogoteque video of Doveman below...
by Black Bubblegum
With the accolades pouring in (even my mom wants to see it), Anvil!: The Story Of Anvil (the movie) is preparing to go nationwide after a limited run in the US, followed by a more expanded distribution a few months later.
If you missed them when they were at Gramercy Theatre, and before that BAM, now comes another chance to catch Anvil (the band) in NYC, and in LA. In NYC, Anvil (the band) will perform after a June 3rd screening of the movie at The Village East Cinema. Tickets are on sale. No word on whether the band will be paid for their appearance in goluash or whether they brought their dildos for the slide guitar parts. More details on the NY show, the LA one, and the movie in general, below....
a shot from Sled Island 2008 (more by Rae Holtsabum)
The Sled Island Music and Arts Festival -- taking place at various venues in Calgary, Alberta from June 24 to June 27 -- is pleased to announce the initial line-up and the inclusion of Olympic Plaza as the main venue on Friday, June 26. This year will include over 200 bands performing at 23 venues plus art shows, film screenings, and a comedy component at the Sled Island Music and Arts Festival.Festival passes are on sale now.
Sled Island 2009 will feature performances by the influential indie rock darlings The Breeders (featuring Kim Deal of the Pixies) making their first Calgary performance, NYC post-punk revivalists Liars bringing the noise, the legendary Canadian metal band Anvil the recent subjects of the critically acclaimed documentary Anvil: The Story of Anvil and the garage rock assault of Tel Aviv's Monotonix known for their incredible live show. New Orleans-based musician and mad genius inventor of the 'drum buddy' Quintron & Ms. Pussycat will bring the party along with blood-soaked party rocker Andrew W.K. and Toronto-based electro tour-de-force Holy Fuck on the more 'offensive' front. Phil Elverum's (of The Microphones) latest moniker Mount Eerie will deliver a symbiotic balance of fuzz and folk matched by Owen Pallett's Final Fantasy surrealist violin stage performance. Calgary-based experimental icons Azeda Booth aim to mystify crowds along with their all-male psychedelic pop counterparts Women making their second festival appearance...The complete festival line-up and schedule will be revealed on June 1. [pr]
As previously reported, Colin Newman, vocalist and guitarist for Wire, will be guest curating this year's festival. Full lineup below...
tonight in NYC
* Mucky Pup @ Mexicali Live
* Eugene Chadbourne @ Cake Shop
* Lady Sovereign @ Tribeca Grand Hotel
* Himalaya, Signal To Noise @ Monkey Town
* Nouvellas & the Black Hollies @ Glasslands
* So Percussion, Matmos, PLOrk @ The Kitchen
* The Faint, Ladytron, Crocodiles @ Webster Hall
* Black Dice, Skint, dphokcheong 2000 @ Market Hotel
* The Jenny Scheinman Trio (w/ Nels Cline @ Blue Note)
* Extra Golden, Meta & The Cornerstones @ (le) poisson rouge
* pow wow!, The Vacant Lots, Blowtorch, Little Gold @ Cake Shop
* Francis and the Lights, Four Tet (DJ) @ Santos Party House
* Friendly Foes, Real Estate, Prussia, Sharon Van Etten @ Pianos
* Knight School, Sisters, Pants Yell!, World Atlas @ Dead Herring
* Mr. Lif, Junk Science, The Beatards @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Violens, Apache Beat, Blonde Acid Cult, Bottle Up & Go @ Santos Party House
* Napalm Death, Coliseum, Kataklysm, Toxic holocaust & Trap Them @ Gramercy
* Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3, Christina Courtin @ Irving Plaza
Andrew Frisicano says, "Last night at the Kitchen, So Percussion, Matmos & PLOrk joined together to form a 15-person ensemble that ran through songs that included Matmos' newly re-arranged "Supreme Balloon" - complete with a huge psychedelic video projection. If you check it out tonight, watch out for the rank stale beer smell that may be eminating from the room - last night's encore employed 12 cans of Bud Light ("because it sounds good"), which the group hit with sticks, spilled on much of their intstruments, and chugged to end the night."
Anvil! the movie is playing at Angelica and AMC Empire 25. Trailer below.