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by Andrew Sacher


Miami deathgrinders Maruta returned this year with Remain Dystopian, their first record since 2011's Forward Into Regression and the brief hiatus that followed, and first for Relapse. It's 17 tracks, only four of which pass the two-minute mark (and only two of which aren't whiplash-inducing), and features guest vocals from At the Gates and Pig Destroyer's respective frontmen. Prepare yourself for sonic assault and stream the whole thing below.

Maruta will support the album on a tour with sludge boundary-pushers Yautja, which hits NYC on September 29 at Saint Vitus. That show has local support from tech-death noisemakers Pyrrhon, and tickets are on sale now. The tour hits Montclair's Meat Locker (9/30) the day after Vitus.

After the Yautja tour, Maruta will hit the road with The Black Dahlia Murder, Iron Reagan and Harms Way, but unfortunately no stops near NYC for that one. All dates are listed, with Maruta's album stream and a stream of Yautja's 2014 LP, below...

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While you may not think a festival curated by Slipknot is a thing you wanted to attend, the lineup is actually pretty awesome for their annual Knotfest this year. They've got cool stuff like Judas Priest, Mastodon, GWAR, Corrosion of Confirmity, Clutch, Mobb Deep, Ghostface Killah, At the Gates, Suicidal Tendencies, Body Count, Cannibal Corpse, Helmet, Red Fang, The Sword, Goatwhore, Kataklysm, Dying Fetus, Inquisition, Abysmal Dawn and more. Early bird, VIP, and camping passes go on sale today (6/29) via the festival's website.

The fest happens October 24-25 at at the San Manuel Amphitheatre and festival grounds in San Bernardino, CA. Full day-by-day lineup below...

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photos by Greg Cristman, words by Andrew Sacher

At the Gates / Converge / Pallbearer @ Webster Hall - 4/12/15
At The Gates

The Decibel-presented At the Gates, Converge, Pallbearer, Vallenfyre tour wrapped up last night with a sold-out show at NYC's Webster Hall. Vallenfyre, the death/doom supergroup with members of Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Doom, At the Gates and more, opened the show. They were a bit less my thing personally than the rest of the bill, but sounded tight. They also played a last-minute late show at Saint Vitus after the Inter Arma / Yautja show at that venue. Anyone go?

Up next was Pallbearer. They could only play a three-song set, due to the fact that they were opening and most of their songs near or pass the 10-minute mark, but their brief set had them sounding excellent as ever. I'd only seen them in smaller, darker venues before, but a big stage with smoke machines and a more elaborate light show suited them well. Not that that should come as a surprise -- Pallbearer's music is the kind of thing that towers over you in any environment, so seeing the band literally look bigger than ever only added to the intensity.

Converge followed, and they weren't supporting a new album or anything (their most recent is still 2012's All We Love We Leave Behind), but they cherry-picked a handful of favorites from Jane Doe and on, giving us "Dark Horse," "Aimless Arrow," "You Fail Me," "Concubine," and more in their all-killer set. Jacob Bannon is one of the most consistently exciting hardcore frontmen around, and last night's show was no exception to this. His screams are constantly a force, his stage moves are iconic, and it's always refreshing to see Bannon do his thing, considering how many imitators you see at other hardcore shows. And the rest of Converge is never a bore on stage either. Kurt Ballou's fretwork is always dizzying to watch, and the sheer force that he, bassist Nate Newton and drummer Ben Koller can make as just a trio never ceases to amaze.

At The Gates

Finally At the Gates wrapped up the night, making their first NYC appearance since 2008. The difference this time though is they had a new album to support (2014's At War With Reality), their first since 1995's ridiculously influential Slaughter of the Soul. The new songs sounded great last night, but it was the Slaughter of the Soul songs that got the whole crowd going wild every time. After opening with "Death and the Labyrinth" off the new LP, they gave us the unbeatable one-two punch of "Slaughter of the Soul" into "Cold," and for the next six and a half minutes the energy both on and off stage was at an ultimate high. Admittedly, it didn't stay that way the entire time and their set did feel a little long (especially compared to Converge's), but the show went out with a bang. They returned to the stage with SotS opener "Blinded by Fear," gave a little hype-y stage banter before "Kingdom Gone" from their debut ("New York do you like death metal? Because we don't like death metal... WE LOVE DEATH METAL!!!!), and ended the night on a high note with At War With Reality closer "The Night Eternal."

More pictures, and AtG and Converge's setlists, below...

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Hellbent Hooker
Hellbent Hooker

As always, there are tons of good metal and metal-related tours swinging through NYC and other one-off heavy shows happening here. We don't get around to posting all of them, so here's a roundup of some of the local heavy shows coming up that we're excited about:

Hellbent Hooker, who feature members of Ramming Speed and Mutilation Rites, play the Acheron TONIGHT (1/8) with support from Meth Valley and Mammal. When we first wrote about them, we said, "If you've never experienced the over-the-top spectacle that is Hellbent Hooker, you're in luck. Prepare for a gross-out session... in the best ways possible." Tickets for tonight are on sale.

On Sunday (1/11) at Saint Vitus, mathcore shredders Meek Is Murder team up with Vomit Fist, Aminals and Budd Dwyer. Tickets are on sale.

Couch Slut, who released their excellent debut album, My Life As A Woman, last year, return to Saint Vitus on January 23 with Tile, Microwaves and Chain Gang Grave. Tickets are on sale.

Brooklyn trio Mortals, who put out a great album on Relapse last year, were already announced to open the first night of Eyehategod's 2-night stand at Saint Vitus (tickets), and they've since added their own show happening soon after on February 15 at Acheron. The Black Antler and Nerve Shatter open. Tickets for that one are on sale now.

As a reminder, some previously discussed metal tours are about to hit NYC too. There's the unmissable High on Fire / Windhand double bill hitting Vitus on Friday (1/9) for two shows, but unfortunately both are sold out.

Watain at Irving Plaza in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

The next night, the killer black metal bill of Mayhem, Watain and Revenge descends upon Webster Hall (1/10). Tickets for that one are still available.

The great local double bill of Tombs and Black Anvil happens 1/30 at Acheron (tix).

The "holy shit this is real" bill of Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed and Iron Reagan happens February 2 at Gramercy Theater. You can still grab tickets for that.

Get equal doses of black and death metal when the 1349 / Origin / Abysmal Dawn / Wolvhammer tour hits NYC on February 23 at Gramercy Theatre (tickets).

Just a few days after that, you'll probably want to head to Webster Hall (2/28) where two death metal legends, Behemoth and Cannibal Corpse, bring their co-headlining tour. Aeon and Tribulation open. Tickets are still available.

March is stacked so far as well. Legendary Swedes Nifelheim are making a rare and very anticipated NYC appearance on March 15 at Saint Vitus with Ares Kingdom (ex-Order from Chaos), Slutvomit and Iron Force. Get tickets.

The following weekend gets pretty nuts. West Coast black metal greats Dispirit finally make their East Coast debut at Saint Vitus on March 20 and 22 with different sets and different openers each night (tickets). And right smack in the middle of those two shows, the killer Enslaved / Yob / Ecstatic Vision tour hits Gramercy Theater (3/21). You can still get tickets for that one too.

Looking forward a bit to the spring, Electric Wizard's first North American tour in over 10 years hits Webster Hall on April 2. That's unfortunately sold out, but you can try your luck on StubHub or something. This one's not to miss.

Only 10 days later, you may find yourself back at Webster Hall (4/12), where the At the Gates / Converge / Pallbearer / Vallenfyre tour will be blowing minds. Tickets for that one are still on sale.

Of course these are just a few options and there's always more. What else?


Oh, and in one last bit of non-show news, Torche recently dropped another ripper from their upcoming LP on Relapse. Stream it below...

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photo: Pallbearer at FFF Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

As if the Decibel-presented At the Gates / Converge / Vallenfyre tour wasn't already an unstoppable metal bill (of which 2015 has no lack of), it just got even better. Converge frontman J. Bannon announced that 2014's doom MVPs Pallbearer have been added to all dates as well! The NYC show happens April 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

List of dates, and a stream of Pallbearer's 2014 album, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Pianos Become the Teeth at Webster Studio in October (more by Mimi Hong)

Title Fight already have an awesomely billed tour with La Dispute and The Hotelier coming up that hits NYC on 3/27 at Webster Hall (tickets), and they've since added another appearance happening in the NYC-area that same weekend. They headline Long Island's Spring Mixtape Fest on Saturday, March 28 at Revolution which includes a stacked lineup of Bane, Pianos Become the Teeth, Defeater, Superheaven, Capital, Give, High Card and Soda Bomb. Tickets for that are on sale now. Show flyer and updated list of TF dates below.

That's not the only upcoming bill Pianos Become the Teeth and Superheaven share. They also team up with Diamond Youth (Topshelf) and Black Clouds (Geoff Rickly's label) later this month in Baltimore for what will be Pianos' first hometown show in over a year and a half. All Pianos dates are listed below.

Pianos Become the Teeth also gave us a list of their favorite records of 2014 (Title Fight recently told us theirs). It's a diverse list, ranging from metal vets At the Gates to EDM producer Porter Robinson to Sun Kil Moon. Check out their whole list, with commentary, and those lists of dates, below...

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Metal mag Decibel has published their Top 40 Albums of 2014 list in their newest issue, which you can check out in more detail if you're a subscriber. And thanks to Stereogum who transcribed it, you can also browse the full thing below. Though Decibel have tended to lean towards veterans for their top spot, a much newer band takes the #1 album this year. And if you're into modern metal, their choice is pretty hard to argue. Those big veteran comeback albums show up soon after though, with At the Gates taking #2 and Godflesh coming in at #5. There's plenty more on there too -- see for yourself below.

At the Gates, related band Vallenfyre (#8 on this list), and 2012 winners Converge will head out on the 2015 Decibel tour next year. As discussed, that hits NYC on April 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that one are still available.

Decibel's Top 40 Albums of 2014 below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo by Ester Segarra
At the Gates

At the Gates returned a few weeks ago with At War With Reality, the followup to their game-changing melodic death metal classic, 1995's Slaughter of the Soul. Calling it a comeback would be an understatement; it sounds more like they never left. Now they've made a video for one of its tracks "Heroes And Tombs" (dir. Costin Chioreanu) that just premiered over at Noisey. Check it out below.

As discussed, At the Gates are going on the 2015 Decibel Mag tour with Converge and the AtG-related Vallenfyre. That killer triple bill hits NYC on April 12 at Webster Hall. You can still grab tickets.

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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Iron Maiden in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

MetalSucks has been spending the past month releasing a list of the 25 greatest metal bands of all time, counting down to number 1 with a new band each day. They polled a pretty broad array of metal experts, ranging from critics to music industry types to musicians that run the gamut from Chuck Billy of Testament to Anatamy of Habit's Mark Solotroff. They released number 2, Iron Maiden, earlier today which came in ahead of other huge/classic bands like Slayer, Metallica, Pantera, Judas Priest and Megadeth. Number 1 gets revealed tomorrow, and considering Black Sabbath have yet to make this list, we think we may have a hunch as to who it's going to be.

The list slants pretty heavily towards classic thrash and death metal bands, with Sabbath being the only doom band in sight. In addition to the obvious classic bands in the top 10, there are some modern genre-busters (Opeth, Meshuggah), foundational death and grind (Napalm Death, Morbid Angel), and some good old 80s theatricality (Dio, Mercyful Fate). Limiting the list to 25 means there are going to be a ton of omissions, but still maybe Neurosis, Converge or Mastodon could've made it instead of Ozzy getting on there twice?

The legacies of classic bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Sepultura, which many would say have taken a hit in recent years, appear untainted here considering they still all take high slots. Something else of note is that there's not one single solitary black metal band on this list. I guess Lamb of God are more important to this panel anyway.

Check out the full list below, and check MetalSucks tomorrow for the inevitable Sabbath reveal.


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Converge at Decibel's 100 Issues Celebration in 2013 (more by Shaun Regan)

The always-huge Decibel Magazine tour has been announced for 2015, and this one features At the Gates, Converge (who played the mag's 100-issue celebration last year), and Vallenfyre (mems At the Gates, My Dying Bride, etc), with more openers to be announced. That is an absolutely stacked lineup. The reunited At the Gates are releasing At War With Reality, their first album since 1995, next week. Converge have been playing shows and are working on new material. Vallenfyre are playing Maryland Deathfest. These three bands are all as excellent as they are stylistically distinct, making this a must-catch for the heavier crowd.

The tour will close with an NYC show on April 12 at Webster Hall, for which tickets will be on sale Friday (10/24) at 10 AM.

All dates for the Decibel tour are listed, along with a stream of a new At the Gates song, footage of Vallenfyre's recent set at Obscene Extreme fest, and a cool video of Converge playing live, shot from a go pro camera on drummer Ben Koller's head, below...

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by Ian Chainey


When metalcore spent the early '00s desecrating the grave of melodeathers At the Gates, many wondered what the O.G.s would sound like if they came back. Now we know. The first teaser of the forthcoming At the Gates album At War With Reality, which will be released 19 years after the iconic Slaughter of the Soul, hit the web today. And, satisfyingly, it sounds like At the Gates. The Björler brothers and Martin Larsson have that same crunch. Tomas "Tompa" Lindberg has that same throat-searing yell. Adrian Erlandsson has that same rock-solid sense of rhythm. The only thing keeping it from making diehards' heads explode would be a "GO!" You can check out the sample below.

At War With Reality will be out on October 28 through Century Media records. It's available for preorder now (check out that sweet package deal with a. . . flag? Okay). The band has a number of dates on the horizon, extending far in 2015, however no North America events on the schedule yet. They were last on US soil this year for Maryland Deathfest.

All of the dates along with the teaser appear below.

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by Ian Chainey

Pig Destroyer at GWAR-B-Q, 2013 (More by Josh Sisk)

Ah, the dominoes are starting to fall: If Agoraphobic Nosebleed are going to play a show, the related Pig Destroyer are going to play two. The grinders now have dates on the horizon, December 19 in Boston and December 20 in Philadelphia, with the possibility of more on the way. Relapse Records will also be pressing Mass & Volume for the first time which was released digitally last year. The wax will hit the streets on October 14.

And if Pig Destroyer are gearing up, baseball grinders Puig Destroyer are getting ready for the postseason. The band featuring members from Thrice, Curl Up and Die, and Kowloon Walled City have signed to No Sleep Records and will release a new self-titled album digitally on September 30. Attention teams that aren't the Red Sox: It'll probably be cheaper than Rusney Castillo. You can check out the track "Mike Trout" below.

Speaking of new releases, we now have a cover for At the Gates' At War With Reality. It's a silhouette illusion you can use for self-diagnosis: See two hands? Go to the doctor. See two men smoking? Go to the doctor. Seriously: that's not a pimple. Go to the doctor. Check it out below.

In other visual teases, Today Is The Day have offered up a trailer for the seriously heavy Animal Mother. The album will be out on October 14 via Southern Lord Records. And if you don't mind taking a shower in two minutes, Animal Mother's pitch-perfect movie accompaniment can be viewed below.

October 14 is also the date of release for blackened sludgesters Inter Arma's The Cavern, a single track 40 minute EP coming out courtesy of Relapse. You can watch a trailer for that below.

A trailer triumvirate, you say? Why not. The MDF-bound/DTA-joining Obituary also have samples rolling on YouTube for the forthcoming Inked In Blood. That one is also coming out through Relapse on October 28. Check it out below. . . and marvel at Relapse's productivity. And then feel bad about your comparative slothfulness. Seriously: get off the couch and go to the doctor.

Another icon had an announcement this week: With Brutal Truth done, Dan Lilker will have time for other endeavors, including thrashers Nuclear Assault who may cut a new album and tour in the near future. Lilker will also be working on Nokturnal Hellstorm, Blurring, and Venomous Concept. Retired Dan Lilker, taking it easy.

Finally, if you're going to do something right, you might as well do it yourself. That's the rationale behind tech-deathers Defeated Sanity's next split. . . with themselves. "YES, we will record a SPLIT album with ourselves!!" the band said through a statement. "One side will be the most brutal, more simple, more caveman Brutal Death that we ever made - but don't worry it will NOT be boring!! The other side will be everything else. Technical, oldschool, progressive - just like we love to hear it from our old Prog Thrash&Death heros [sic] but of course we do it in our own way!" Do you, Defeated Sanity. Always do you.


Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.

If you were wondering if the streams dried up, this week was a flood. First, here are the full albums: The soon-to-be-touring Opeth unveiled Pale Communion (August 26, Roadrunner Records - preorder). . . on a Euro-only site. Argh, so close! As for things readily available, Midnight dropped No Mercy for Mayhem on the Hells Headbangers bandcamp. Solstafir showcased all of Ótta (September 2, Season of Mist - preorder). And Principality Of Hell offered up the venomous Fire & Brimstone. (Note: Invisible Oranges interviewed both Opeth and Solstafir frontmen recently if you want to know more.) All streams appear below.

As for the singles, we got a taste of Death Penalty's self-titled LP debut (September 16, Rise Above Records - preorder). You can also check out an interview with Rise Above head Lee Dorrian at Invisible Oranges. A music video for Uncle Acid and the Deadbeat's "Runaway Girls" has been made available. Uncle Acid are cycling through North America in September. Lo-Pan, who are hitting the road with Black Cobra and will play an Invisible Oranges-presented show, tossed out a track from Colossus (October 7, Small Stone - preorder). In addition, Small Stone was flooded earlier in the month and you can help out. Witch Mountain showed off another from singer Uta Plotkin's farewell, Mobile Of Angels (October 6, Profound Lore). Classic gore-hounds Necrophagia are back with the first transmission from WhiteWorm Cathedral (October 28, Season of Mist - preorder). And death metallers Lago have dropped a cut from Tyranny (September 16, Battleground Records). Check out all the songs below.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

TODAY (FRIDAY, 8/23): The speedy and now-signed Bat, Chainbreaker, and Iron Force step into the Acheron (tickets). Meanwhile, Europa has a blast of old-school punk with Off!, Bad Antics, and Gay Kiss (tickets).

SATURDAY (8/24): At Red Hook's Pioneer Works, the suddenly touring Liturgy, Wreck and Reference, White Suns, and Kyle Eyre Clyd will play a matinee (tickets). That should leave you enough time to either get your shred on at Saint Vitus with Earthless, The Shrine, and Mirror Queen (tickets). Or to go punk with Vile Intent, NARC, and Limbs Bin at the Acheron (tickets).

SUNDAY (8/24): Jorge Elbrecht's new band Coral Cross (who just made their live debut earlier this week, play a late-night set.

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: New releases? Tons of them: Upcoming Metal Releases recounts them. Want the word straight from the artists themselves? We had interviews with Lee Dorrian and Ex-Breathers. Fresh tunes? We had those, too: Megaton Leviathan and Abazagorath. We also went deep on Pallbearer's freshly released Foundations of Burden. Finally, Scab Casserole either made you smile or caused you to destroy your keyboard with his breakdown of Agalloch's career.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch the reams of streams, and other noted details below.

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By Ian Chainey

At the Gates

So, as Tomas Lindberg made clear at this year's MDF, this At the Gates thing is actually happening. At War With Reality, the melodeath band's first album since 1995's Slaughter of the Soul, is set for an October 28 release date through Century Media Records. Good to know they're not fossils.

Speaking of classics, Death's Spiritual Healing is getting re-done by Relapse. The deluxe edition will come on LP or CD and it's available for preorder now. You can also catch Death to All -- the tribute act manned by ex-members -- on the road soon. Check out a trailer for the reissue below. IN A WORLD WHERE WAVEFORM PEAKS AND VALLEYS ARE SCRUTINIZED. . .

The slightly younger Bat signed to Hells Headbangers for their debut LP. The band will also be dropping a 7" titled Cruel Discipline, too. The speed metallers featuring links to Municipal Waste, D.R.I., and Volture are getting in the van soon, starting things off by checking into NYC's The Acheron on August 22.


GWAR hit MetalSucks' podcast and said new characters are coming, thus ensuring GWAR are the viscera-soaked metal version of Menudo or something. They're also blazing new merchandise options with a GWAR cigar named, wait for it, a Cigwar. I'm all for blunt names. Hey-yo. GWAR-B-Q starts today (8/15).

Speaking of GWAR, one of the clubs they played a lot back in the day was City Gardens in Trenton, which is the subject of a new documentary called "Riot on the Dance Floor". BrooklynVegan is proud to present the NYC premiere of that doc along with a Q&A afterwards with the director, John Joseph (Cro-Mags), Howie Abrams (In-Effect Records, etc) and more. Tickets are still available.

Lastly, Metallica, er, Mastodon's Brent Hinds was. . . interviewed. . . I think. Mastodon also updated their upcoming North American tour dates. You can find both below, and an interview we did with Bill Kelliher at Invisible Oranges.

Don't forget to keep up with the rest of BrooklynVegan's metal coverage during the week.

Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions that are streamable below.

Let's hit the flicks first: Windhand now have a video for "Orchard." They'll also be touring soon, including a stop on September 20 at NYC's Saint Vitus.

And band of many interests Tombs have a moving picture for "Seance." They'll hit the road again in October and will swing into Saint Vitus on October 27. You can check out the videos below.

As for the streams, the Iron Lung-related Pig Heart Transplant are offering two tracks from For Mass Consumption (September 2, 20 Buck Spin).

Trad doomers Cardinals Folly have premiered another from Out Cult Continues! at The Obelisk (August 19, Shadow Kingdom Records - preorder). Invisible Oranges debuted the initial transmission last month.

The drone project BLACKWOLFGOAT, from the mind of Black Pyramid/Milligram member Darryl Shepard, dropped "Notausgang" from Drone Maintenance (August 26, Small Stone Recordings).

Num Skull have another peak available from their Relapse remaster of the lost thrash classic Ritually Abused (September 16, Relapse - preorder).

Denton, Texas weirdos Bludded Head plopped out "Shitsucker Blues" off of Reign in Bludd (October 6, Sleeping Giant Glossolalia).

And finally, blasters 1349 covered Voivod for the always-fun Decibel flexi series. Aside from Cardinals Folly and 1349, you can hear all of the streams below.

Got it? Good. To NYC shows we go:

TODAY (8/15): Punk rock that's as heavy as metal: Jungbluth, Centuries, Hexis, Plebian Grandstand, and Reproacher will shake The Acheron (tickets).

SATURDAY (8/16): Blackened thrash nuts Ketzer are making the trip over from Germany for the first time. They'll be joined by Natur, Throaat, and Occult Burial at Saint Vitus (tickets). If you're still in a punk frame of mind, The Acheron has ZEX, Process, Vermin, Symptom, and Heathen (tickets).

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: As we have a compulsion to do, we rounded up the week's new releases with Upcoming Metal Releases. (Hint: Check out the punk section of Things We Missed.)

We put on our best presenter attire with a number of upcoming shows and tours: Virus at Saint Vitus, Old Wounds and Exalt on tour, and KEN mode at Saint Vitus. KEN mode tickets are finally on sale.

We also took on the task as the integrator, asking Qs and getting As from Lee Dorrian and Pallbearer.

We took a deeper look at blackened buzzer Panopticon.

And we debuted death metal standout Diskord.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: At the Gates, Mastodon, Death, GWAR, Windhand, Tombs, KEN mode, Bat, Bludded Head and more"

by Ian Chainey

An artist rendering of 'Kingnites diamondi' at its fossil unveiling

Professor Mats E. Eriksson, a paleontologist, discovered a 420-million-year-old worm fossil and published a paper about it in 2012. Being the metal nut that he is, he named the worm Kingnites diamondi. (Question: Will King now play Give Me Your Soil... Please on his North American tour?) But the nerdity didn't stop there. Mats hooked up with Science Slam Sonic Explorers, which the barely coherent PR memo explains like this: "The SSSE group was formed in 2013 to bring published scientists together with published musicians, and combine their talents to create a new form of sound and visual art -- one that specialized in distilling complex scientific ideas into a language all could understand, set to music and complemented with visual art." Okay, so what does that mean for Kingnites diamondi?

How about At the Gates' Tomas "Tompa" Lindberg singing about the worm over tunes supplied by industrial BMers Invertia? Sure. That's exactly what I expected. Ohm Resistance have cobbled together an EP of material, including the song mentioned above, a take of Tompa reading the Kingnites diamondi paper's abstract, a death metal version from Denata, and a dubby remix pitting Invertia against Submerged. I'd hesitate to call it, you know, "good," but if your collection is made up of metal curios, it's now incomplete without this weird specimen.

Stream the EP below...

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by Ian Chainey

Phil Anselmo and Ben Weinman

"Me and my uncle @philiphanselmo have a gang," Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman said on Twitter. "And these pants are our uniform." And now that's burned in your retinas, let's take a walk on the newswire:

At the Gates have hinted subtly and not so subtly about a new album for 2014. Now we have something of a timeline. At War With Reality will land around October/November through Century Media Records. One word, guys: GO! Check out a rehearsal update from singer Tomas Lindberg below. In other recording news, Norwegian grindsters Beaten to Death will be hitting the studio, too. Says bassist Mika Martinussen, ""Third time's a charm; Beaten To Death will record the follow-up to Dødsfest! in July, because - let's face it - we're not getting any younger, and ground-breaking records in the grindcore genre don't record and release themselves!" No? Thanks for crushing my dreams of a sentient grindcore bot. Check out some Beaten to Death GoPro-shot live footage below.

Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.

Misery Index

Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.

Misery Index shot a video for "The Calling" from their recently released album The Killing Gods. It's black and white, and pulls footage from a silent, bible-themed flick, thus giving it an early '90s death metal air. Appropriate, as Jason Netherton's book on the scene is out now. And the speedy Evil Invaders -- good metal sign: band named after a Razor song -- were captured live by a pro crew while covering Exciter. Find both videos below.

Quite a few artists decided to show off their albums in full this week. Mastodon put up a copy of Once More 'Round the Sun on iTunes (June 24, Reprise - preorder). The chamber folk outfit Musk Ox, fresh off their Agalloch collaboration, are now streaming Woodfall. And DRCALSONALBION, the guise of Earth's Dylan Carlson, is streaming all of Gold, his original soundtrack for the film of the same name. Woodfall and Gold were released this week and you can stream both below.

Dylan's main gig, Earth, also released a new song, this one from the forthcoming Primitive & Deadly (September 2, Southern Lord). "From the Zodiacal Light" features a guest vocal from Rabia Shaheen Qazi of Rose Windows. Earth is currently touring Australia. The nasty Nunslaughter are streaming another from the double disc Angelic Dread (June 24, Hells Headbangers - preorder).

Mortals killer crusty metal keeps coming. "The Summoning" is the latest track pulled from Cursed to See the Future (July 8, Relapse - preorder). On July 18, they'll swing into the Acheron for a record release show. Illustrations are showing off "Iron Rain" from their digital EP that will see a release this summer. The thrashin' Algebra -- the one you haven't forgotten -- put up a video for "Survival Nowadays" from Feed the Ego (September 7, Unspeakable Axe). The twisted tech metallers Diskord debuted "Lethargic Regression" from the mini-LP Oscillations (August, Australopithecus Records - preorder). And the first post-Cathedral band has formed. Guitarist Gaz Jenning's Death Penalty, are releasing a single via Rise Above Records. The title track, "Sign of Times" is available below along with the aforementioned streams and all of the tour dates.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

TODAY (FRIDAY 6/20): NYHC, reform! Shape of the original '87 demo lineup of Breakdown. They're joined by White Widows Pact, Manipulate, and Heavy Chains at Saint Vitus (tickets).

SATURDAY (6/21): Filthy doomers Serpentine Path headline an Invisible Oranges/Signature Riff presented show with Churchburn, Throaat, and Dridge at Archeron (tickets). If you wanna go old school with the metal of death, Dr. Shrinker, Desolate, False Prophet, Kurnugia, and Sin Eater are at Saint Vitus (tickets). Then, there's the bill so nice they had it twice. . . and added a few more: Breakdown, Altered Boys, Heavy Chains, White Widows Pact, Born Annoying, and No One Rules hit Asbury Lanes (tickets). More punk? Sure: Oblivionation, Raw Nerves, Demon Brother, and Concrete Cross play Death By Audio. Tickets are $7 at the door. And finally, tech kings Meshuggah and Between the Buried and Me will play the Best Buy Theater, which is sold out.

SUNDAY (6/22): You can check out Black Flag, HOR, and Cinema Cinema at Europa (tickets). Hey, you don't have to tell people what year you saw Black Flag, just that you saw them.

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: It wasn't as packed as most weeks, but the new releases were varied and Upcoming Metal Releases gave you the lowdown on which ones to buy. We streamed the full album for Diseased Reason and had a giveaway that's still ongoing. Listen, bang your head, and then comment to win. We interviewed Mike IX Williams of Eyehategod and Attila Csihar of Mayhem. And we checked out the Austerity Program, Incantation, and Trap Them in our round of reviews.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: Phil Anselmo's pants ++ At the Gates, Misery Index, Earth, weekend shows & lots more"

by Ian Chainey (and Jonathan Dick, Wyatt Marshall & Scab Casserole)

Cancer at Maryland Deathfest

The 12th annual Maryland Deathfest, not to be confused with Maryland Deathscape, wrapped on May 25, bringing an end to another headbanging blockbuster. Though there were unforeseen cancellations -- Mitochondrion and Aeternus encountered visa/boarder issues, Triptykon attended H.R. Giger's funeral service -- the fest was another success, providing a four-day-long release for lucky metalheads and those following them on Twitter.

In fact, half the fun for vicarious attendees was keeping tabs on the travel to and from Maryland. Jonathan Dick, making his first trip to MDF, wrote a hilarious dispatch for Invisible Oranges detailing his experience with an eccentric woman aboard one of his connecting flights.

It was the greatest flight in the history of US Airways thanks to a passenger who I can only refer to as 33C. She essentially brought everyone on board into her conversational dimension of pretzel descriptions, the inadequacy of Subway sandwiches, and genuine concerns over who was "driving" the plane.
His trials were paid back in full by a Thursday bill at Ram's Head Live that focused on the slow and low. Seven Sisters of Sleep, Whitehorse, Sourvein, Torche, Coffins, and Crowbar all crushed. Crowbar's Kirk Windstein even delivered a kick (see video below). It was a great way to grease the fest wheels, but IO editor Scab Casserole sensed a void. "Everyone's psyched, but the consensus on yesterday was that Triptykon was truly supposed to be the gem of last night. Their absence was felt." More from Scab's memories will appear later on this week at Invisible Oranges.

MDF got rolling on Friday, splitting bands up on four different stages -- Edison Lot A, Edison Lot B, Rams Head Live, and Baltimore Soundstage. The set-up was an improvement, according to Scab. "The new lot is impressive. Expansive, and comprehensive stage-wise. But it's super-hot."

This day, the blackened acts garnered the greatest response, as social media was flooded with kudos for Mgla, Taake, and the two-man Bölzer. Scab later said, "Taake fucking OWNED it. They might have been the best band of yesterday." Wyatt agreed, "Many wondered if the Norwegian band would make it into the US -- it was fortunate for those who were there that they encountered smooth sailing."

Agalloch played a set beloved by most, though the sound was mentioned to be muddy. Better things should be in store when they hit the road with Jex Thoth in June.

But, the death metal one-two punch of Cancer followed by At the Gates was an undeniable pinnacle. It had been a bit since both acts played the States and fans weren't left disappointed. And, lucky us, At the Gates' singer Tomas "Tompa" Lindberg was down to shed light on the status of the new album. All systems GO!

Speaking of fans, the event brought out its share of oddballs. If you had time between sets, people-watching was an attraction. If a Slayer trampstamp didn't display dedication, windmilling while holding crutches was a sure sign of devotion. Of course, then there were the Symbolic speedos:

MDF recap, photos & video continued below...

Continue reading "Maryland Deathfest 2014 is a wrap (our highlights, Taake, Bolzer, Dark Angel, the Crowbar kick incident & more)"

by Wyatt Marshall

Amon Amarth at The Paramount earlier this year (more by Greg Cristman)

In what feels a little like deja-vu, Swedish viking metal band Amon Amarth is heading back to North America for round two of the Deceiver of the Gods tour bringing fellow Swedish power metal band Sabaton and Ohio thrashers Skeletonwitch (again) with them. The tour is a decently long one and lands in NYC on October 18 at Best Buy Theater. All dates are listed below.

That NYC show is also a special one -- it's a gig to celebrate Decibel Magazine's 10th anniversary, and for this show Skeletonwitch will be replaced by death/doom supergroup Vallenfyre. Vallenfyre contains members of At the Gates (who just played Maryland Deathfest and Invisible Oranges interviewed), Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride (also played MDF) and Extinction of Mankind (played MDF, are playing NYC tonight 5/29) and, counting CVs, many more notable bands. Vallenfyre just released a Decibel flexi, and the show will be Vallenfyre's first (and only one currently scheduled) in North America. Tickets for the NYC show go on presale today at 10 AM: password = METAL.  Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday (5/30) at noon.

Those hoping to catch Skeletonwitch in NYC aren't out of luck. At Saint Vitus the same night (10/18), Skeletonwitch will be playing Saint Vitus with Evoken and a special guest. That show is also in celebration of Decibel's ten years, and tickets go on sale on Friday (5/30) at noon.

Pretty good night to be a metalhead in NYC. All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Amon Amarth touring w/ Skeletonwitch (who's playing Vitus), playing NYC w/ death/doom supergroup Vallenfyre (dates)"

By Doug Moore

Morbid Saint at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Morbid Saint

Since it's impossible to avoid, you surely already know that the Super Bowl is this Sunday. NYC show options are thus a little thin that day, but there are some good ones coming up this weekend nonetheless.

Tonight (1/31), Coliseum will hit Saint Vitus alongside Primitive Weapons & Tidal Arms (tix). On Saturday (2/1), you have a few options: Morbid Saint at Saint Vitus (tix), Nomad / Sad Boys / EEL at the Acheron (tix), and Throaat / Blackout / Call of the Wild / Hessian at Union Pool. Keep an eye on our NYC Metal show calendar for the latest. It rules.

In other news:

Local live staples Tiger Flowers have signed to Melotov Records.

Ævangelist, who headlined a sick show last Saturday, have released a new track. Stream it below.

Agalloch will release their much-anticipated new album, The Serpent & The Sphere, on May 13 via Profound Lore.

Mötley Crüe are breaking up after roughly 35 years as a band. They've even signed a contract that bars them from reforming to tour again. Tens of people are surely heartbroken. Alice Cooper opens their final tour, which hits Jones Beach and PNC Bank Arts Center (tickets).

On a darker note, Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman was not included in the "In Memoriam" portion of the Grammys Awards ceremony, drawing their fanbase's ire. Hanneman would've turned 50 today.

At the Gates are releasing a new album, for which the prognosis is pretty good. Young Widows, meanwhile, debuted their own new album in sneaky fashion.

We had a good week over at IO, with exciting new jams by Yautja, Artificial Brain, and House of Apparition. We also ran down all the riffs fit to buy, as always. Plus, y'know, googly eyes.

Check out that new Ævangelist song below. Anything else?

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: Morbid Saint, Coliseum, Aevangelist, Motley Crue's Final Exit, & more"

By Doug Moore

At the Gates

This past Friday's teaser video made it pretty obvious that Swedish death metal giants At the Gates are going to release their first new album in almost 20 years this year, but stopped short of officially confirming it. Unsurprisingly, they've made it official -- they'll record their new album, entitled At War With Reality, over the summer and aim for a late-2014 release via Century Media.

It's not totally clear to me why the band bothered with an obvious teaser video so shortly before the announcement itself, but such are the vagaries of the modern press cycle. This album will undoubtedly be one of the most talked-about metal releases of the year, regardless of how well it turns out. After the recent spate of successful death metal reunion albums, expectations are running high for this effort, but it bears remembering that ATG's lineup have gone on to checkered careers since their original breakup. Vocalist Tomas Lindberg has done both well (Disfear, Lock Up) and poorly (The Great Deceiver) by turns, while the Björler brothers and Adrian Erlandsson have had an inconsistent run with The Haunted. Still, the prospect of new ATG has considerable awesomeness potential, and it increases chances that they'll tour North America extensively in the coming year or so -- always a bonus.

Read the band's full statement on the new album below...

Continue reading "At the Gates confirm new album, due late 2014"

by Doug Moore

post-reunion At the Gates performing in 2011
At the Gates

There's a pretty good argument to be made that At the Gates's 1995 swansong Slaughter of the Soul was the most influential metal album to come out during the '90s. Even if you don't think much of the many imitators it spawned, it's hard to dispute the album's quality; there's a reason that their 2007 reunion and ensuing festival appearances have drawn such enthusiastic responses.

This stature also explains the somewhat breathless coverage that a 12-second teaser video that the band posted on Tuesday received. The video was totally vague, containing nothing but some grainy, out-of-focus shots of lyrics in a Word document and blocky "2014" flash caption, but it was enough to initiate speculation that ATG will do the Carcass/Gorguts thing this year and release a reunion album.

The band posted a second teaser video today. If nothing else, this one will add fuel to the speculative fire -- you see a photo of the band, some (grainy, blurry) closeups of plugins and waveforms in a production program, shots of microphones and guitars, and those lyrics again. The phrase "AT WAR WITH REALITY" (album title?) and "2014" flash across the screen. So yeah, no definite confirmation yet, but this looks an awful lot like the initial PR push for a new At the Gates album. If it is, let's hope that they can live up to the rather high bar set by last year's crop of '90s death metal reunions.

Watch both teaser videos and stream Slaughter of the Soul in full below...

Continue reading "At the Gates recording reunion album (probably)"

by Doug Moore

Maryland Deathfest

Okay, this shit is just getting ridiculous. Maryland Deathfest just announced their fourth round of bands, and there are some doozies. Here are the new additions:

CANCER (UK) - Exclusive US show and first time in the US since 1993.

SACRIFICE (Canada) - Exclusive US show and first time in the US since 1992.

NOCTURNUS A.D. - Playing "The Key" album in its entirety.


DEATH TOLL 80K (Finland)

For those unfamiliar with "Nocturnus A.D.", Nocturnus was one of the first death metal bands to use keyboards; their debut LP, The Key, was a minor death metal classic and quite a controversial album when it came out in 1990. Drummer/vocalist Mike Browning (also a former early-days member of Morbid Angel) has been trolling the MDF Facebook page for the past few weeks and repeatedly offering to play the festival, and the organizers apparently caved. So basically, this is a godsend for death metal nerds.

Stream some Nocturnus and Cancer below; check out the MDF lineup to date while you listen.

Continue reading "Maryland Deathfest announces more bands (Nocturnus A.D., Cancer, Crowbar & more)"

photos by Shaun Regan

Converge @ Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 1/19/2012
Decibel 100th Issue show

Congrats to Decibel Magazine on their 100th issue, who celebrated in style in their native Philadelphia on Jan 19th at Union Transfer. Featuring a headlining appearance from Converge as well as well as Pig Destroyer, Repulsion, Municipal Waste, Tombs and Evoken, the show was also chockful of guests including John Darnielle (of Mountain Goats, a regular contributor), J Bennett, Tomas Lindberg (Disfear, At The Gates), John Baizley (Baroness, who would open for Neurosis the next night at the same venue) and more. Pictures from Converge's set are in this post and a full review and photo set is available at at Invisible Oranges.

In addition, the magazine announced their annual tour which will feature appearances from Napalm Death, Cannibal Corpse and Immolation. So far details regarding dates are still TBA, but we'll let you know when those surface.

More pictures from Converge's set at Union Transfer, plus a few live videos, are below...

Continue reading "'Decibel' celebrated 100 issues in Philly w/ Converge + more (pics); announce tour w/ Napalm Death & Cannibal Corpse"

by BBG

Shane Embury on stage with Venomous Concept (more by BBG)
Shane Embury

Lock Up is a deathgrind side project originally formed by Shane Embury (Napalm Death, Venomous Concept), Nicholas Barker (ex-Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir) and Jesse Pintado (Napalm Death, Terrorizer). Lock Up was joined by Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy) for its debut album, 1999's Pleasures Pave Sewers, and Tomas Lindberg for 2002's Hate Breeds Suffering and a Japanese tour...

Lock Up have played very few live shows. In 2009, the band announced that they would play the Damnation Festival that year. The line-up featured Embury, Barker, Lindberg and Reisenegger. It was touted as the band's last ever live show; however, they later booked more shows for 2010. -[Wiki]

Lock Up, who is now Shane Embury, Nicholas Barker, Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates, Disfear, etc), and Anton Reisenegger (Chile's Pentagram, Criminal), cancelled their MDF appearance last year but will hit the road for a string of US dates this winter with Goatwhore (who just played Europa with Exhumed) and Strong Intention, including Europa on 2/16. Ticketing info and additional support are still forthcoming.

All tour dates and some video below...

Continue reading "Lock Up (mems of Napalm Death/Disfear) schedule tour with Goatwhore (dates)"

by BBG

Let us beer, Entombed!

Let the flood gates open... some of the great artists lined up for MDF are starting to announce US dates surrounding the epic festival. So far that list includes Converge and now the latest additions Entombed! The Swedish Death Metal masters have announced a string of US dates with Merauder including Gramercy Theater on June 2nd. Tickets are currently on presale.

Meanwhile, fellow Swedish Death Metal gods At The Gates are preparing The Flames of The End DVD, a 3DVD set that includes a documentary on the band, and entire live set from Wacken, and a compilation of live clips. Preorder that now.

It goes without saying that bands like At The Gates and Entombed have heavily influenced the current crop of metal big shots like The Black Dahlia Murder, who will also be in NYC in the coming months as part of a greater tour with the killer death metal of Obscura as well as Hatesphere and Augury. The NYC show is at Santos on 3/20. Tickets are on sale.

Some videos and full Entombed and BDM dates are below....

Continue reading "Entombed announces shows w/ Merauder, The Black Dahlia Murder touring too - 2010 dates "

by Black Bubblegum

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Sunday night (July 13th) at their BB King's show, Strong Island's own Suffocation confirmed it's participation in Carcass's "Exhume To Consume" tour (as we reported earlier). So let's recount, shall we? That makes Carcass, Suffocation, Necrophagist, & Aborted, but there are also rumors circulating that Rotten Sound (who still haven't confirmed) and 1349 are on board as well, bolstered by Sonar's (a club in Baltimore, MD) advertisement for "Carcass, 1349, Aborted, Rotten Sound, and special guest TBA". Considering that Necrophagist & Aborted have been confirmed for the tour, that should round out the lineup. We'll keep you posted, but just the thought of Carcass, 1349, Suffocation AND Rotten Sound... yikes. Sounds awesome.

Early Man have announced that they have signed with The End and will release a new EP this fall produced by Jack Endino! Early Man is currently on the road with Valient Thorr and are scheduled to hit the Bowery with Monotonix on July 25th. Tickets are still available. Tour mates Skeletonwitch have added a few headlining dates around the Early Man tour, including one at the Knitting Factory on July 26th with the mighty Titan and Krallice. Tickets are on sale. More Skeletonwitch headlining dates below. Skeletonwitch hits the road this fall on the Blackest Of The Black tour. Also available over at Metalkult, footage from their April show at BB Kings.

The mayhem-inducing Gaza have announced they will head into the studio, "hoping" to have their new record out in October. Gaza released their last record, the critically acclaimed I Don't Care Where I Go When I Die in 2006. Me = stoked.

Cursed, At The Gates, Agnostic Front and much much more below......

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