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by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: GWAR at "Empire Records" in April (more by Sachyn Mital)
GWAR (Oderus Urungus) are always keeping busy with stuff that pushes them beyond the category of just being a band and into the realm of art collective or something like that, and as usual there's a ton of stuff going on the in GWAR universe right now. First and foremost, GWAR are a great live band, and they've been on tour for much of the fall, recently stopping in NYC for a show at Webster Hall on 11/15, where they were joined by Born of Osiris and Battlecross. GWAR guitarist Pustulus Maximus joined Battlecross during that show to cover the Pantera classic "Fucking Hostile." Though GWAR didn't play Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo's Housecore Fest this year as they have in the past, Sleazy P. Martini did host a screening of the GWAR movie Skulhedface at the film portion of Housecore, which just went down last weekend. Oh and Anselmo's other band Down did play GWAR-B-Q this year, so clearly they're all still friends.
Speaking of GWAR covers, they've been frequent contributors to the AV Club's "Undercover" series, but yesterday the tables were turned when Iron and Wine covered GWAR's "Sick of You," which was about as quiet and acoustic and funny as you would expect. GWAR contributed a cover of Cundi Lauper's "She Bop" to the series back in October. Watch both below.
And in terms of expanding their universe, current lead singer Michael Bishop aka Blothar has started a marketing firm with Richmond-based artist Joe Adkins called Misery Brothers, who have made their first ad for the Richmond-based "Texas Beach Bloody Mary Mix." It seems like a GWAR video even though Adkins claims that Misery Brothers are technically not affiliated with the band. The spot was shot in GWAR BAR (which is, you know, their bar in Richmond) and is a gory, hilarious commercial that features the character TOMATOFACE, who might as well be a GWAR member, as his costume was created by Corrotted Artistry, the Richmondy company that builds all of GWAR's costumes. These guys have their hands in a lot of things down there, and this is just the latest example.
And finally, GWAR also have a book out, because of course they do. It's called Let There Be Gwar, and is a sort of art-book/comprehensive history of GWAR and all related projects and companies and such. It was spearheaded by Bob Gorman aka "Muzzle Slave" (people associated with GWAR who aren't actually in the band are known as " GWAR slaves", just so you know) but features input from a bunch of people and supposedly took about 17 years to put together. It has a bunch of photos, interviews, posters, art and apparently a lot of blood, and is currently available for purchase.
Check out the Pantera cover, the Iron and Wine cover, the Cyndi Lauper cover, and the bloody mary commercial below...
photo: GWAR at "Empire Records" in April (more by Sachyn Mital)
GWAR have been touring like crazy lately, with plans to bring beheadings, riffs, and gallons of fake blood across North America through late November. Their schedule didn't have a NYC date when we last posted, but now it does: Webster Hall on November 15 with Born of Osiris and Battlecross. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/25) at 10 AM.
Updated dates are listed below...
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...
photo: GWAR at 'Empire Records' celebration (more by Sachyn Mital)
2015 marks GWAR's 30th anniversary and the band is heading out on a tour this fall to celebrate. The "30 Years of Total Domination Tour" starts August 25 in Millvale, PA and closes out in Rochester, NY on September 18 with Butcher Babies and Battlecross on support for all dates.
NYC proper isn't on the tour's schedule but it comes to Long Island's Paramount on September 17. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/1) at 10 AM with venue presale starting Wednesday (4/29) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
Down are heading out on a tour of their own around their appearance at the festival. The "Eastbound 'N' Down" tour stops at Jersey's Starland Ballroom on August 14. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/1) at 10 AM with AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/29) at 10 AM.
All upcoming dates for GWAR and Down are listed along with a video of GWAR covering The Pet Shop Boys below...
photo: Crowbar at Gramercy Theatre in 2014 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
In continued support of last year's Symmetry In Black, Crowbar will go on another tour which kicks off in late May and continues across North America through early July. Opening is the similarly sludgy Lord Dying (who dropped the great Poisoned Altars on Relapse this year) and Battlecross.
The tour hits NYC on June 29 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/3) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
(photo by @1908club)
Machine Head, Children of Bodom, Epica and Battlecross are playing Terminal 5 on October 16. Tickets for that show go on AmEx/Machine Head Ticketmaster presale today at noon with general on sale Friday (8/1) at noon.
J. Roddy Walston & The Business and Fly Golden Eagle are playing Stage 48 on November 7. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with general on sale Friday (8/1) at noon.
Shakey Graves is playing Bowery Ballroom on October 26. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with general on sale Friday (8/1) at noon.
This year's Fashion Rocks concert happens September 9 at Barclays Center. It will be headlined by Jennifer Lopez and also among the lineup is KISS, Duran Duran, Usher and others. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now. General on-sale begins Friday (8/1) at 10 AM.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
By Doug Moore
Inquisition at Saint Vitus, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
We've already mentioned that the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will return in 2014 from April 17-19 at the Worcester Palladium. The festival has added some notable (and varied) bands to the lineup: 1349, Battlecross, Black Crown Initiate, Carnifex, Erra, Fallujah, Goatwhore, I Declare War, Inquisition, Rivers of Nihil, Sworn In, Broken Hope and The Acacia Strain. It's pretty hard to imagine super-serious black metal bands like Inquisition and 1349 sharing the stage with derpy deathcore like The Acacia Strain, but that's the age we live in. The backstage conversations between those bands will probably be golden.
In related news, LA hardcore outfit Alpha & Omega (who were already on the bill) will be touring on their way to the festival starting in March, along with (various combinations of) Cruel Hand, Alpha & Omega, Naysayer, Bent Life, Barrier, Malfunction and Will To Die. There's no NYC date, but the tour will hit Long Island on 4/15 at the Even Flow Bar & Grill (in Bay Shore). Tickets are are on sale.
Check out the full run of Alpha & Omega dates and the full lineup for NEMHF to date below.
Mastodon at Roseland Ballroom in 2012 (more by Rebecca Reed)
This year's Rockstar Mayhem Festival tour has been announced, and though we'd look forward to any tour with Mastodon and Behemoth, the rest of the lineup is, um, different than the bands we might've expected. Those include Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Job for a Cowboy, Children of Bodom, Born of Osiris, Emmure, and more. The tour hits the general NYC area on July 19 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, July 20 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga, July 21 at the Comcast Theatre in Hartford, and July 23 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.
All tour dates are listed, along with the full tour lineup, below...
Metallica at Orion 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Metallica held their inaugural Orion Music & More festival in Atlantic City in 2012, and as mentioned, they'll be moving to Detroit for the 2013 installment. It happens from June 8 - 9 in Belle Isle and the lineup was just announced, including headliners Metallica joined by Japandroids, FLAG, Tomahawk, Gogol Bordello, Death Grips, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Deftones, The Dirtbombs, Death, Foals, The Bronx, The Orwells, Red Hot Chili Peppers, FIDLAR, and more. Full lineup below. The announcement includes no word on Metallica playing full albums like they did last year.
Tickets for the festival go on sale to the general public on Friday (3/1) at 10 AM EST with a Met Club presale starting Tuesday (2/26) at 10 AM and an Orion E-list member presale on Wednesday (2/27) at 10 AM.
Converge at MHoW (more by Johnathan McPhail)
Converge frontman Jacob Bannon has announced plans to release a split under the moniker Wear Your Wounds with Revelator (Ben Chisholm of Chelsea Wolfe's backing band) on the other side.
We've already mentioned how Converge has been added to a monumental show with Rorschach and Xaddax (who are throwing a record release show on Tuesday at DBA).
It might be cause of today's status as an unofficial holiday of sorts, but there are a hefty amount of shows going on in the next few days... one bigger show that has seemingly flown under the radar is sweep-picking death-metal lunatics Origin with Cattle Decapitation, Decrepit Birth, Aborted, Rings of Saturn, Battlecross, Face of Ruin at Europa on April 24th. Tickets are still available, OR you can try and win a pair. Details are below. The show is part of a larger tour for the band and dates are also below.
On their way to Chaos in Tejas, The Mob (UK) will stop into Brooklyn to play Death By Audio on May 29th. The UK anarcho-punk band will be joined by Sickoids, Nomad, and Anasazi at the venue, and it'll set you back $10 at the door.
Speaking of release parties, Levil Uniform, the skater/extreme music zine, will be throwing a shownext friday at the Grand Victory for their fifteenth issue with local crew Syphilitic Lust and others playing through out the night. That same night, the great Hank Wood & The Hammerheads will bless Don Pedro's.. details are below.
Obnoxiously fun punk band Beer & Cable will officially christen the recently relaunched Acheron on May 5th as part of a show with The Regressives, Agitator, ZTs and Trepanning.
Some interesting additions to some May shows also happened this week. Meek Is Murder was tacked onto the coming Tournament show at Acheron on 5/4, while the supporting bill for the previously discussed Power Trip bill was fleshed out to include Crushed and Brain Slug.
More suggested shows, a stream of the new Rwake 7" (which only be available at their merch booth for Maryland Deathfest X, don't forget about their NYC show), a Code Orange Kids video, Homewrecker featuring Dylan Walker from Full of Hell, and a Black Breath video from their latest LP is below (don't forget about their NYC show). What did I miss?