Entries tagged with: Atriarch
by Wyatt Marshall
A couple weeks back we talked about Metal Meowlisha IV: A Headbangers Furball, death metal greats Obituary's fundraiser fest for feral cats in the Tampa area on 12/21 featuring Exhumed and Terrorizer (lineup below). Those in need of further proof of the inborn bond between metal man and kitty cat need look no further than the previously mentioned Metaldudes Cats book titled, fittingly, Metal Cats will be published in April 2014 and is meow available for pre-order. The book, cover art above, contains photos of over 100 metal musicians and fans with their cats, including:
Black Goat, Thrones, Isis, Lightning Swords of Death, Winterthrall, Wizards of Wor, The Cauterized, Book of Black Earth, Skarp, Harassor, Akimbo, Aldebaran, Atriarch, Oak, Ghoul, Ludicra, Holy Grail, Xasthur, Cattle Decapitation, Murder Construct, Exhumed, Anhedonist, Morbid Angel, Municipal Waste, Skeletonwitch, Gypsyhawk, Nausea, Phobia, Napalm Death.That's a lot of cats! A portion of the proceeds of Metal Cats will go to no-kill shelters.
In other metal book news, a new Slayer biography has emerged, titled Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff & Dave Years. A Metal Band Biography. The book was written by DX Herris, who previously has written about Slayer in his 33 1/3 series entry, Slayer's Reign in Blood. The book clocks in at a whopping 628 and here's a description:
This timely rock biography answers burning questions, shatters popular myths, and uncovers new truths about Slayer, the iconic group that became the embodiment of heavy metal. This full-length, exhaustively researched account of the thrash kings' career recaps and reevaluates the years guitar hero Jeff Hanneman and drum legend Dave Lombardo were in the group. Over the course of 59 chapters, 400 footnotes and three appendices, it profiles the members and presents dramatic scenes from 32 years in the Abyss: A fresh look at the group's early days. Reign in Blood tours. A European invasion. The Palladium riot. The seat cushion chaos concert. Newly unearthed details from Lombardo's turbulent history with the band. Historical artwork and photos never seen in public before. The entire diabolical discography. Hanneman's hard times. The Big Four's big year. Lombardo's final exit...And a lot more -- sounds pretty thorough. It's currently available in an interactive e-book edition for... $6.66.
Slayer recently rolled through Madison Square Garden with Gojira on their first tour since the passing of Jeff Hanneman. We'll have photos soon -- did you go?
Meowlisha 2013 line-up below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
One Tail One Head at Inferno Festival, April 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
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.
words by Fred Pessaro // BBG, photos by Greg Cristman
Atriarch played Saint Vitus on 11/17 with support from Conneticut doomers and tourmates Sea of Bones along with local black metal crew Yellow Eyes. The show was the first venture into the tri-state area for the Northwestern doomy gothic black metal crew, and despite the fierce competition around town for the attention of metalheads (Dysrhythmia - pics here, and Deiphago), the band played like it was to a arena filled with screaming fans. Excellent set from this crew which, was captured to video. Watch that, with more pictures from the show, below...
Deathrock/doom crew Atriarch are touring their way Eastward on the strength of recent splits with Alaric and a spanking new LP, Ritual Of Passing, due via Profound Lore this fall. Stream the new track "Altars" below. The Pacific Northwest quartet, which features members of Graves At Sea, Trees, Final Conflict and more, will fit in East Coast dates on their travels, logging a date in NYC at Saint Vitus on 11/17 with Sea of Bones and Yellow Eyes (who recently played Acheron). Tickets are on sale.
Full tour schedule for Atriarch is below, along with the flyer and that new song stream.
Witch Mountain, who play Scion Rock Fest this weekend, are on the road with Lord Dying later this week and will swing by Saint Vitus on June 8th. Tickets are still available. WM, who released their South of Salem LP via Profound Lore, quickly sold out of the first pressing of their disc and the second pressing is now available via their own Monastic imprint.
'The show will also double as a Bezoar record release party for Wyt Death, the band's new LP which is streaming below, along with tracks from Lord Dying and Witch Mountainbelow. Did I mention that Rhode Island's Pilgrim is also on board?
Wolvhammer has dropped off of all dates with Dragged into Sunlight, including Saint Vitus on June 14th. The band has been replaced by North Carolinians Make, who toil in psychedelic doom. Check out a stream of their LP Trephine below, and get your tickets while their still available.
This month's Show No Mercy has dropped at Pitchfork, featuring interviews with Atriarch and Nachtmystium and a new track from the latter.
All suggested shows, listed Lord Dying tour dates, streams and live video from MDF is below. What did I miss?
Russ of Alaric on stage with Noothgrush (more by Taylor Keahey)
Alaric, an Oakland based crew featuring members of Noothgrush and Cross-Stitched Eyes, deal in deathrock, the crossroads of goth and post-punk/punk with a horror aesthetic that spawned bands like Christian Death, Rudimentary Peni, The Birthday Party and Killing Joke. Alaric released their excellent self-titled LP last year, and this year they are teaming with Portland-based goth-doom crew Atriarch to release a new split LP out on 5/15 via the venerable 20 Buck Spin.
The release sees Alaric handle three tracks while Atriarch tackles two, both of which are a seismic shift in direction from that of the material on the band's recent favorite Forever The End LP (100% less doom, more deathrock with touches of black metal). Stream the entire Alaric/Atriarch split in full below and for the first time, and pick up your copy via the label.
All streams are below. No tour dates to speak of which of course means no NYC yet, but fingers are crossed.
Midnight at Rites of Darkness (more by BBG)
2011 was a year that I spent delving deep into record bins, in the pit at shows, and searching for the most brutal of the brutal at festivals across the country including Maryland Deathfest, Chaos in Tejas, Rites of Darkness, SXSW, the A389 Anniversary show, California Discord Fest, and many others. It was also a year when I revisited my hardcore roots, and went further down the rabbit hole with DIY shows and independent records.
2011's choices for best of the year were tougher than I could have imagined, as opposed to my clear cut 2010 choice for favorite album of the year. That said, favorite records are about playability, and these are the LPs that wore out my needle and earned the most plays on my digital device (note: I made sure to remove a record that I was directly involved in because that would clearly be near the top of the list). I hope you enjoyed these records as much as I did in 2011 and if not, please share what you enjoyed below. I already can't wait for 2012.
My favorite records and shows of 2011 are below.
Seven Sisters of Sleep at A389 2011 (more by BBG)
Seven Sisters of Sleep (mems Tafkata) are two for two with releases in 2011, dropping both their excellent debut and their similarly crushing split with Children of God this year. Get both at A389. Though no full East Coast trek has been planned, Seven Sisters of Sleep will join the great All Pigs Must Die, labelmates Low Places, and NYC's Grudges for an NYC date at Acheron on 1/20, just a few days after the always awesome A389 Anniversary show at Sonar in Baltimore with Eyehategod, Gehenna, and many others.
All Pigs Must Die was recently given an "honorable mention" in Pitchfork's top metal of 2011 list (though no shout out for Seven Sisters of Sleep). Check out the full list, along with some streaming APMD material and a few videos below...