Entries tagged with: Author and Punisher
Year-end list season began earlier this week, and now metal mag Decibel has published their Top 40 Albums of 2015. You can check out artwork and commentary if you pick up the issue, and browse the full list below. Like last year, they saved the top spot for a promising young band (and actually this time the #2 slot is one too). But they've of course got veterans as always, like Enslaved (#37), Napalm Death (#25), Iron Maiden (#23), Satan (#12), Killing Joke (#10) and more. They have a good amount of the "indie crossover" metal on there, like Ghost (#34), Myrkur (#28), Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats (#27), Deafheaven (#19) and the Baroness album that isn't even out yet coming in at #6. There are also comeback albums from two not-exactly-metal bands: Failure (#22) and Refused (#15). Check out the full list below.
Two bands on this list will be going on the Decibel Mag tour in 2016.
photos by Greg Cristman
Author & Punisher @ Saint Vitus 11/3/2015
San Diego one-man industrial-doom project Author & Punisher, who recently released album Melk En Honing, brought his tour with Portland's Muscle and Marrow to NYC on November 3 for a show at Saint Vitus. A&P is known for his crazy-looking, custom synth rig that includes some things that look straight out of shop class, and a cool / scary facemask. It's as imposing as his music. Local act Statiqbloom opened, forming a bill with a lot of stylistic overlap between bands. Pictures from the whole night, plus a stream of Melk En Honing, are in this post.
Author and Punisher are playing the fast-approaching Housecore Fest soon (appropriate: Housecore Records put out Melk En Honing... and A&P's setup looks like something out of Saw). Check out more pictures from his Saint Vitus set, below.
photo: Enslaved at The Paramount in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Plenty of great metal, hardcore and other heavy shows in NYC are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some recently-announced stuff coming up:
Pennsylvania death metal band Rivers of Nihil will release their sophomore album, Monarchy, this week via Metal Blade (pre-order), and they're in NYC TONIGHT (8/19) to celebrate at Saint Vitus. Opening is the great local mathcore band Meek Is Murder and NJ's Cognitive. Tickets are on sale now. You can stream the new album in full below.
Norway's legendary Enslaved will return to North America in the fall for a tour with polished progressive metal bands Between the Buried and Me (the headliners) and Intronaut. That tour hits NYC on December 15 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are on Citi/Live Nation/Blastbeat/Ticketmaster presales now (password: "crowdsurf") and the general on-sale starts Friday (8/21) at 10 AM. Invisible Oranges just published a piece on BTBAM's new album, and wrote:
Between The Buried And Me sport incomparable technical skill, and their process of pushing tiny musical motifs to their logical conclusion is astoundingly thorough. But as they've gotten more compositionally ambitious, their ability to write songs that make sense on a moment to moment basis has fallen by the wayside. Each section of a typical Between The Buried And Me song is well constructed by itself, but as the band's career has gone on they've started to have trouble transitioning smoothly, resorting to full stops before shifting gears or making jarring leaps in key or tempo.On a more positive note, Enslaved released their 13th album In Times earlier this year, and you can watch the lyric video for "Thurisaz Dreaming" from that, below.
Where previously BTBAM could make these kinds of drastic choices come across as unpredictable and exciting they now only serve to disrupt the momentum and cheapen the impact of their jaw dropping instrumental prowess. Metalsucks once compared BTBAM to LeBron James but these days they are more like James Harden; prodigiously talented, clearly very good at what they set out to do, but holy shit can they be a slog to actually watch.
photo: Cattle Decapitation at Slaughter by the Water 2011 (more by Taylor Keahey)
Cannibal Corpse, Cattle Decapitation and Soreption are touring together this fall. They aren't hitting NYC, but will be nearby for Long Island's Emporium on 10/14 (tickets) and Pougheepsie's The Chance on 10/16 (tickets). Cattle Decapitation's new album The Anthropocene Extinction came out earlier this month on Metal Blade. You can stream it in full below.
Doom trio Castle are hitting the road in the fall, and playing NYC on November 16 at the Acheron. Tickets will be on sale soon via Ticketfly.
One-man industrial metal project Author & Punisher is touring soon with Muscle and Marrow, and hitting Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on November 3. Tickets are on sale.
Another one-man industrial project, Alberich, is playing with Azar Swan and Lussuria at the Acheron on October 2. Tickets are on sale now. You can also catch Alberich sooner with Sannhet and Uniform at Saint Vitus on Friday (8/21) (tickets).
The over-the-top Hellbent Hooker, who feature members of Ramming Speed and Mutilation Rites, play Saint Vitus on September 19 with Pink Mass and Prostitution. Tickets are on sale.
This week, the Trap Them / Full of Hell tour hits NYC at the Acheron on Thursday (8/20). Tickets for that show are still available. Other recently-discussed heavy shows/tours include GWAR, Danzig / Superjoint / Prong, Deafheaven / Envy / Tribulation, Locrian, Judas Priest & Mastodon and YOB / Black Cobra. Check out more in last week's roundup.
In addition to the new music already mentioned in this post, and the new Iron Maiden song, we got a couple other exciting new streams recently too. Indie-pop-turned-black-metal musician Amalie Bruun (of Ex-Cops, Frankie Rose's band, etc) is streaming her debut Myrkur album, M, which comes out this week via Relapse. Listen below, and check out Joseph Schafer's review at Invisible Oranges.
Sweden's not-actually-metal band Ghost will also drop their third album Meliroa this week on Loma Vista, and they're streaming it now. Listen below, and catch Ghost in NYC on their acoustic tour this weekend (8/23) and their full-band tour in September. Joseph from IO also recently wrote about "Ten Songs I Want Ghost to Cover,", including Perfume Genius, Justin Timberlake and more.
Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror Festival announced its initial lineup last month, and now more bands have been added. It'll feature the second-ever live appearance by Pig Destroyer guitarist Scott Hull's electronic grind band Agoraphobic Nosebleed (the first was MDF 2015), Corrosion of Confirmity (with Pepper Keenan), Crowbar, Dropdead, Ghoul, Negative Approach, Zombi, Author & Punisher, Gristnam, and hardcore veterans Poison Idea (who canceled a tour and announced a hiatus earlier this year for health reasons, but as this booking proves, things are looking better).
The new additions join previously-announced bands Suffocation, Autopsy, Nails, YOB, Eyehategod and more. The fest goes down November 13-15 at San Antonio, TX's Aztec Theater. Tickets are still available.
Updated lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Meek Is Murder at Cake Shop in 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Plenty of great metal, hardcore, and other heavy NYC shows are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some of the recently-announced stuff coming up:
Ohio metallic hardcore band Enabler and Brooklyn mathcore trio Meek Is Murder (who currently share drummer Frank Godla) are going on a tour this June which ends in Meek Is Murder's hometown on June 14 at the Acheron. Tickets aren't on sale yet, but should be soon via Ticketfly. All dates are listed below.
Enabler are planning to release their new album Fail to Feel Safe this year via Century Media (release date TBA), and Meek Is Murder's new LP, Onward/Into the Sun, comes out May 5 via Rising Pulse Records. You can hear the killer single "Onward Toward A Red Horizon" below (via VICE), and the whole album can be previewed at the listening party TONIGHT (4/24) at Over the Eight in Williamsburg for MetalSucks and Metal Injection's Heavy Metal Happy Hour.
Brooklyn sludge weirdos Unearthly Trance have been broken up since 2012 (though members continued on in Serpentine Path), but they're now ready to come out of hibernation to release a new album on Relapse Records and play shows again. So far they have two hometown shows announced. They open the Samothrace show at Saint Vitus on May 24 with Trenchgrinder and Beefrot (tickets); and also play Acheron on July 17 with Churchburn and Belus (ticket info TBA).
The genre-crossing Kayo Dot have a Brooklyn show happening May 21 at The Paper Box with Hex Inverter, Disparager and Kevin Hufnagel (tickets). Frontman Toby Driver also has his Stone residency coming up in August.
Ontario hardcore band Born Wrong have a new album and touring plans on the way, but most of that is still TBA. Meanwhile, they do have one show coming up, which happens in Brooklyn on May 9 at Acheron with local hardcore band Creeping Dose (whose new 7" Filth Is Power is out now) headlining, as well as Mommy, Pleasure Industry and Dilate. Tickets are on sale. We haven't heard anything from the new record yet, but if last year's angry, uncompromising Art District EP and the prior year's Holding Cell EP are anything to go by, we have high hopes. Stream those below.
Industrial one-man band Author & Punisher plays Fat Baby on May 7 with SpeakOnion, Digit216, Theologian and Bruzed (tickets).
Noisem, who will be in NYC in June on their tour with Iron Reagan, recently detailed their new album and released two songs. Blossoming Decay will be out June 6 via A389, and you can listen to the 2-minute hardcore rippers "1132" and "Graining Enamel," below. A third brand new track, "Replant and Repress," is streaming at Punk News.
KEN mode, who will play NYC in June with Fight Amp, Pyrrhon and Couch Slut, shared a second track from their upcoming Steve Albini-reocrded album, Success (due 6/16 via Season of Mist). Like the first single, "These Tight Jeans" is a workout in AmRep-style post-hardcore, and you can listen below (via NPR).
Other previously-mentioned heavy NYC shows include Slayer with King Diamond and Code Orange, Slayer on their own, Nuclear Assault (final tour) / Murphy's Law / Whiplash, The Flex / Red Death, Vattnet Viskar, Horrendous, Wolfbrigade, Arabrot / Pinkish Black, Goatwhore / Ringworm / Black Breath / Theories, Crowbar / Lord Dying, Misery Index / Lord Dying, Bongzilla / Crypt Sermon / Hasj, Conan / Mantar, Dillinger Escape Plan / Mutoid Man / Prmitive Weapons, Today Is the Day, Elder / Kings Destroy / Apostle of Solitude, Repulsion, Ufomammut, and still many more.
Not about a show, but earlier this week we premiered a new song from NWOBHM vets Raven, called "Fight," over at Invisible Oranges. If you're into that, you may also be into reading IO's recent piece, "British Steel & Iron Maiden: 35 Years Later."
Last but definitely not least, Sweden's Tribulation released their death-metal-meets-classic-rock album The Children Of The Night this week on Century Media, and then put out the video for its opening track, "Strange Gateways Beckon." Watch that below.
by Bill Pearis
Australian EBM/Industrial vets Severed Heads will be touring the US this fall, playing dates in seven cities including NYC on September 24 at
Santos Party House . (UPDATE: the show is now happening at Rough Trade, same day.) That's their first NYC show since 1990. Tickets are on sale now.
Formed in 1979, they began as tape loop manipulators not unlike Cabaret Voltaire but, by the late '80s, pop melodies became a major part of their sound and singles "Greater Reward" and "All Saints Day" were hits on College Radio and in alternative dance clubs. You can stream those below. Their last major tour here was with MC 900 Ft. Jesus (remember "Truth is Out of Style"? anyone?). Frontman Tom Ellard has kept the Severed Heads flag flying off-and-on ever since. Their website says a new album is due out this year.
Their tour wraps up in Chicago for the two-day Cold Waves IV Fest which happens at Metro on September 25 & 26 which also includes appearances from Godflesh, Front Line Assembly, Pow Will Eat Itself (Clint Mansell is not in this lineup, FYI), Lustmord, Lead Into Gold and more. Tickets for Cold Waves IV are on sale and full lineup is listed below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Author & Punisher @ Acheron, 3/24/2013
Eclecticism is always an admirable virtue on a live bill, and such was on full display at The Acheron last night (3/24). The Bushwick venue played host to groove-oriented hardcore team A Life Once Lost (sounding more groove than hardcore nowadays) along with industrial one man crew Author & Punisher, and riveting cellist Helen Money.
Though each set had its merits, the most fascinating performance of the evening was definitely Author & Punisher. The one-man industrial doom/drone outfit, who wears its Godflesh influence proudly, fashioned machined-equipment as sample/synth triggers, creating a live show that is industrial stylistically and aesthetically. Giant knobs, sliders and clamps abound on his fascinating rig, which blasted out additional industro-doom thanks to the secondary PA carted in for the performance.
More pics and video from The Acheron last night are below.
Water line in the basement at Saint Vitus on Tuesday
Saint Vitus may have sustained some minor water damage to the basement, but the Greenpoint metal bar is open for business tonight (10/31) for a special Halloween event featuring Bottoms Up (a David Lee Roth era Van Halen tribute band). Entrance is free (or save your spot with a $1 ticket, on sale now), and the party starts at 9PM with complimentary booze (Red Bull and vodka) from 9 - 10 PM and continues until the time of "you-probably-should-be-in-bed".
The venue announced that Blackgates, which features Dan Nelson (ex-Anthrax) and Paul Bostaph (ex-Slayer), have cancelled their appearance on 11/3, but still no word on whether the rest of the bill will go on as planned or be scrapped entirely.
Meanwhile, The Acheron is proceeding with business as usual as well. The venue sustained no damage due to Sandy, and will host a show tonight featuring Author & Punisher with Panther Modern. DJ Derek Rush is also on board and $10 gets you into this 21+ show.
More pictures from Saint Vitus and Greenpoint on 10/20 is below...
photos by Adam Murray, words by BBG
Moab is part of an elite society that knows that knows the difference between "classic" and "retro" and they abandon all notions of "old and tired" on their Kemado debut Ab Ovo which is out Tuesday (8/16). We premiered "So On" off of the power trio's new record last week, and now you can stream all 40 minutes of Ab Ovo below.
Moab celebrated the release of the record on July 29th in their native Los Angeles. The band, supported by The Fucking Wrath and Author & Punisher, was joined on stage by none other than doom legend Wino who helped them cover Pentragram (who head back out on tour soon!). Pictures from the LA show are, with the full album stream, below...