Entries tagged with: Baroness
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.
by Andrew Sacher
Baroness already shared the the great, proggy "Chlorine & Wine" from their upcoming Purple album, and now they shared a second single, "Shock Me." For a few seconds, it's led by keyboards that sound straight out of an '80s ballad, but it quickly transitions into the powerful sludgy rock that Baroness continue to be great at. Watch the lyric video below.
The band's tour with Earthling hits NYC on 12/20 at Saint Vitus (sold out) and Baroness also play an afternoon in-store at Rough Trade that day (free with purchase of album from the Rough Trade store). All dates are listed below.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Relapse Records have released their annual sampler, which is available as a name-your-price download at bandcamp. As always, the label offers a diverse slate for metalheads (and rock fans), with popular bands like Torche and Windhand standing alongside truly brutal niche acts like Maruta and Primitive Man, classic rock revivalism in Christian Mistress and Royal Thunder, borderline-metal genre experiments like Pinkish Black and Zombi, and old standbys with some gas left in the tank Goblin Rebirth and Skinless.
These are all records we've talked about, but there are a few great Relapse albums out this year that we haven't highlighted yet. One is the self-titled LP from British band Tau Cross. Tau Cross is the new band of Amebix singer Rob "The Baron" Miller (Amebix ended a four-year reunion in 2012) and it's something of a supergroup, also featuring Jon Misery of Misery, and drummer Michel Langevin of Voivod (who tour soon). The record is really unique in the current metal landscape, a classic-sounding album that reads as legitimately occult and catchy in equal measure. The Baron's grunted vocals are singular as ever, and he lends these simple, riff-driven songs an edge of insanity that they might otherwise lack. They're not the most complex band, but they're scary as hell. Listen to the album below and read an interview with The Baron over at Invisible Oranges.
We've also briefly directed your attention to Valkyrie (which is the other band of Baroness's Pete Adams, and which is playing Terminal 5 on December 29 with Clutch), but let me direct you once again, with a bit more force. Valkyrie's Shadows is one of the best albums of the year, and the kind of fire-breathing, dual-guitar wielding hard rock that scratches such a specific itch for the Thin Lizzy and Deep Purple fans among us. It's not an itch that's scratched enough, making it kind of feel like a momentous album. And don't forget that Baroness, who used to be on Relapse, have a new album and tour on the way, and will be playing NYC on December 20 at Rough Trade (afternoon in-store) and Saint Vitus (sold-out night show).
There's also a new album by Publicist UK, another supergroup that features members of Revocation, Municipal Waste and Melt Banana, among others, and sounds exactly nothing like any of those bands. Instead it's dark, weird post-punk that kind of sounds like Isis covering Killing Joke as fronted by Mark Solotroff. If that sounds like your bag, you know who you are.
And in more recent release news, Finnish doom outfit Hooded Menace, also featured on the sampler, are streaming their new album Darkness Drips Forth, which is a superlative, crushing slab of doom. As monolithic as these things tend to be, this record has some interesting psychedelic flavors and a deep strain of melodocism that serve the otherwise punishingly heavy band well.
You can stream the whole sampler along with the albums by Tau Cross, Valkyrie, Publicist UK and Hooded Menace below...
The tour wraps up in NYC on December 20 at Saint Vitus, a show that sold out a while ago, and the band will now also play an afternoon in-store at Rough Trade (12/20) the same day. Doors are at 1:30 PM and the show starts at 2, and to get in you have to purchase the band's new album Purple from the Rough Trade store in Williamsburg starting 12/18 at 11 AM. More info here.
Baroness recently revealed the full version of the artwork for Purple (designed, like all of their artwork, by frontman John Baizley). That's it above. Watch the video for the album's excellent single "Chlorine & Wine" with the updated list of tour dates, below...
Baroness' anticipated new album Purple comes out December 18 via the band's own Abraxan Hymns label, and they now announced a tour in support of it. It hits NYC on December 20 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are on sale now.
They also made a video for the album's lead single "Chlorine & Wine." Watch, with the list of tour dates, below...
Baroness have announce their new album is titled Purple and will be out December 18 via the band's newly-formed Abraxan Hymns label. That is part of the album cover, above. (The band haven't shared the whole thing yet.) This will be the first record the band have made since 2012's Yellow & Green and the tour bus accident that happened not long after the album's release. The album was produced by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, MGMT) and you can stream the nearly seven-minute, soaring "Chlorine & Wine" from it below.
The album is the first to feature Baroness' new rhythm section, as drummer Allen Blickle and bassist Matt Maggioni left the band after the bus accident. Frontman John Baizley said this about the new album:
After releasing a lengthy and investigative record like Yellow & Green we all felt that we needed to make something much more direct and immediate. We wanted to write with our normal focus on artistry, balanced against an increased level of energy and focus. It was important for us to write our new songs with the type of enthusiasm and expressiveness that could act as a counterpoint to the album's dark themes. As a result, the music came out in an intense, heavy and sonically captivating in a new way, which was important, loathe, as we are to fall into any kind of complacency pitfall or formulaic songwriting routine. Purple is the most fully realized representation of our intention as a band; considering the amount of physical and mental energy spent writing it, we have accomplished something which would have seemed impossible to us a couple of years ago.No word on tour dates yet. You can check out "Purple's full tracklist, below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Bang at Gramercy Theatre in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
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:
'70s proto-metal band Bang, who played their first-ever NYC show in 2014 and opened for Pentagram here later that year, will return to NYC again on May 10 at The Shop (234 Starr St in Bushwick). That show's with three much newer bands who owe a lot to the '70s hard rock scene Bang hail from, Ruby the Hatchet, Blackout and Mirror Queen. Tickets are on sale now. Show flyer below.
Maine black metallers Falls of Rauros return to NYC on June 6 at Saint Vitus with Wayfarer, Hivelords and Belus. Tickets are on sale now.
French drone doomers Monarch play Saint Vitus on August 14 with local support from the back-in-action Unearthly Trance and Gnaw (tickets).
Sludge duo Jucifer continue to tour constantly and will hit NYC on June 7 at the Acheron with Vaporizer and Family. Tickets are on sale.
Other heavy shows announced this week include GWAR, Down, Opeth, 1349 / Necrophagia / Vattnet Viskar / Black Anvil, and Power Trip / Foreseen / Red Death. Head to last week's roundup for way more, including Slayer, Nuclear Assault, Goatwhore, Ringworm, Crowbar, Bongzilla, Conan, and The Dillinger Escape Plan.
photo: Noisem at MDF 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
There's also some good new music streaming this week. Last we posted three songs from the new Noisem album, Blossoming Decay, due June 6 via A389. Now the whole album is streaming, and it's a thrashy, hardcore-leaning record that will seriously kick your ass. Listen below. Their tour with Iron Reagan hits NYC on June 4 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are still available.
Coliseum are also streaming their new album, Anxiety's Kiss, which drops next week (5/5) via Deathwish. The post-hardcore/heavy punk formula they've been perfecting for over a decade is in full force here, as are some new sounds like the desolate Bad Seeds/Patti Smith-style trip, "Driver At Dusk." Listen to the whole thing below. Their tour with Child Bite hits NYC on June 10 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are still available.
Vattnet Viskar put out the title track from their upcoming album, Settler, which is due June 16 via Century Media. Some of their atmospheric black metal roots are intact here, but it definitely moves far beyond black metal, including a middle section that's closer to straight rock than metal (besides the harsh vocals). Listen below, via Stereogum. In addition to their above-mentioned NYC show with 1349 (5/31 at Vitus - tix), they also have their tour with Early Graves hitting NYC on May 21 at Saint Vitus with Anaal Nathrakh and more (tickets).
Also out now is three tracks off Weedeater's upcoming Steve Albini-recorded album for Season of Mist, and a new one from the Baroness-related Valkyrie. Listen to those below.
by Ian Chainey
Danzig at Riot Fest in 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
Samhain now have a guitarist and a solidified lineup for their upcoming run of 30 Bloody Years dates. First, the addition: Peter Adams of Baroness. Says Peter, "I'm truly excited, It's a great honor to share the stage with Samhain on the 30th Anniversary of Initium! Samhain has helped shape how I've played music, and the music I've listened to, since I was a teenager and will continue to, on into the future. To be a part of this legacy is great beyond words!" The rest of the group is rounded out by Danzig Legacy players London May and Steve Zing. (Yep, no Eerie Von. Maybe next reunion.) And, you know, Glenn Danzig will be there. Samhain is set to play Riot Fest, Housecore Horror Fest, and Samhain Night at NYC's Best Buy Theater among other dates.
In related news (and mentioning them here might be the only way to get the two together besides a lawsuit), the Misfits have been added to GWAR-B-Q. They'll be joined by Jello Biafra, the other recent add to an expanded lineup that includes Hatebreed, Body Count, Revocation, Iron Reagan, Goatwhore, Noisem, and more. You can find the updated bill below. GWAR-B-Q will kick off on August 16 at Richmond, Virginia's Hadad's Lake.
by Doug Moore
YOB at the Bell House, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As we've said before, Oregonian psych-doom unit YOB may be the best slow-and-heavy band around today. Among their many accomplishments is the role they've played in the ascent of Profound Lore Records, which has become one of metal's premiere taste-making labels over the past decade. YOB signed to PFL after their brief mid-aughts hiatus for the release of The Great Cessation in 2009, and recently re-released their second album Catharsis through the label.
It thus comes as something of a surprise to hear that YOB have moved on to a different label. Specifically, they've signed on with Neurot Recordings, which is the in-house label for Neurosis (the other best slow-and-heavy band around today). The musicians involved have crossed paths before, having played shows together both under the YOB/Neurosis monikers as well as in solo or side-project formats. (More on that in a sec.) Comments Neurosis guitarist/vocalist Steve Von Till on the signing:
"This was meant to be. Neurot has always sought out to work with those who share in the purification of spirit through sound and who harvest their sound from originality and intensity. When I listen to YOB, see them leave it all on the stage, or share a conversation with them about life, I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that they embody what Neurot stands for completely and we are so very honored that we get the opportunity to work together with them on their next album."The signing announcement also comes with some welcome news: YOB will release their seventh album later this year. Frontman Mike Scheidt has been quite busy with side projects lately, including both solo touring and the supergroups Vhol & Lumbar, so it's good to hear that the gears are turning in his main band too.
Speaking of Scheidt's solo material: he is one of the participants in the second edition of an ongoing series of Townes Van Zandt tribute LPs. (Neurosis dudes Von Till and Scott Kelly contributed to the first edition -- another connection between them and YOB.) Scheidt will perform "To Live is to Fly," "The Rake," and "Highway Kind"; John Baizley (Baroness), Nate Hall (U.S. Christmas), Stevie Floyd (Dark Castle), Dorthia Cottrell (Windhand), and Katie Jones are also on board. Neurot will handle that release as well.
Check out a Baizley/Jones duet rendition of the TVZ classic "If I Needed You" below...
photos by Wei Shi
MGMT / Beach House / giant cat
Before My Bloody Valentine performed, screens on the sides of the stage encouraged fans to pick up complimentary pairs of earplugs. It was not an idle warning: My Bloody Valentine was the loudest band I heard perform at the main stage all weekend, though a friend insists that The Melvins were louder.LA's two-day FYF Fest wrapped up on Sunday (8/25) with one of the few US appearances of 2013 from shoegaze legends My Bloody Valentine (who unfortunately didn't allow photographers), the continuously more psychedelic MGMT, and a mix of metal (Baroness, The Melvins), hardcore (Touche Amore), dream pop (Beach House, Washed Out), garage rock (The Orwells, Mikal Cronin) and more. In this post, we've got shots of MGMT, Beach House, Baroness, and Washed Out, plus Solange, Kurt Vile, Yo La Tengo, Chelsea Wolfe (who is currently streaming her new album), and more.
Shortly after the band's eagerly awaited m b v was released this year, I recall reading that after blowing out a few amps and multiple bouts of tinnitus, My Bloody Valentine was never quite able to fully re-create the Loveless tones in concert. Most of last night's songs sounded a little different, notably "Only Shallow," but the variances in guitar tones kept things interesting. Bilinda Butcher's voice still sounds the same and Kevin Shields still creates the swirling guitar sounds by using countless effects pedals.
The band performed quite a few Loveless tracks, with "When You Sleep" being an early stand out track. m b v's "New You" followed, once again showing off the band's digital effect skills. Even though m b v was released over two decades after Loveless, the band's old and new material meshed together seamlessly. [Phoenix New Times]
Pictures of day 1 are HERE, and more of day 2, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Beach House / Baroness / fans
We recently posted day 3 pictures of Lollapalooza 2013, and just posted a set of Grizzly Bear, and now we've got shots of some of the other artists we missed last time, like Beach House, Dog Blood (aka Skrillex and Boys Noize), Wavves, Baroness, Wild Nothing, Palma VIolets, and more.
photo by Lukas Hodge, words by Andrew Sacher and Fred Pessaro
Melvins / Baroness
The free House of Vans shows continued this week (7/31) with a triple attack of sludge metal from The Melvins, Baroness, and Melvins/Butthole Surfers-related band Honky. Pictures of the former two are in this post, and another set of the show (including shots of Honky) is at Invisible Oranges.
For Baroness, this was their first NYC show since heading back out on the road following last year's tragic bus crash. (And it was actually the same venue they would have played last summer.) John Baizley and guitarist Peter Adams are the only members who remained in the band after the accident, and Baizley is actually the only original member left. Despite this, and a noticeably calmer Baizley than the earlier days (which, all things considered, you'd forgive him for), the band was tight and the show was a great time. The show was mainly split between Yellow & Green and Blue Record, including live favorites like "Take My Bones Away," "March to the Sea," "The Sweetest Curse," and "Swollen and Halo." Only complaint was that I wish the set was longer, which it probably will be when Baroness headline Irving Plaza on 8/14 with Royal Thunder (tickets).
Congrats go out to Jared Warren of Big Business, who sat out this Melvins tour in favor of paternity leave. In his stead was bassist Jeff Pinkus of Honky, who ably backed the band, though Jared's sweet harmonizing croon was missed. The band's appearance featured tracks old and new, and even an appearance from Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers.
More pictures of Melvins/Baroness below...
Ghost BC @ MHOW last week (more by Vladislav Grach)
Kendrick Lamar @ Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
New Order at Williamsburg Park last week (more by PSquared Photography)
Lollapalooza 2013 happens this weekend (August 2 - 4) in Chicago's Grant Park (and some of it will stream online). We'll be there watching bands on all the stages and hosting them in the Soundwave Tent every day from 1 PM - 3 PM (and from 12:40 on Saturday).
The Lolla line-up is pretty great this year, full of big names with a lot of choices (and the occasional tough decision to be made between competing stages). Here are thirteen bands (plus a few more) we don't want to miss....
Baroness at FSPF 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Baroness finally returned to the road this year, and as discussed, this summer's tour includes not one, but two NYC shows. The first of those is a free House of Vans show on July 31, which is being headlined by Melvins, and also features openers Honky. RSVP is required, and opens today (7/15) at 9 AM. Like all House of Vans shows, entry is still first come, first served. Show flyer below.
Baroness' other NYC show this summer is a not-free one at Irving Plaza on August 14 with Royal Thunder, which tickets are still available for.
Updated Baroness dates are listed, along with a video from the band's recent Pittsburgh show, below...
Kid Dynamite at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As discussed, House of Vans (25 Franklin St in Brooklyn) is returning for another free summer concert series this year, and like we said we would, we're now excited to announce the very awesome lineups for this year's series. We already knew Baroness and The Melvins would be playing on July 31 and the rest of the schedule is as follows:
6/27 - Fucked Up, Title Fight & Hop AlongAll shows are all ages and free with RSVP. Doors for each show are at 7. RSVP for the Fucked Up/Title Fight/Hop Along show opens Tuesday, June 11.
7/11 - Toro y Moi, Shlohmo & Jonwayne
7/18 - !!!, Jacques Renault Plus Special Guests Announced in Mid June
7/31 - The Melvins, Baroness & Honky
8/15 - Kid Dynamite, Joyce Manor, Red Hare, Swearin'
8/29 - Les Savy Fav, Delorean plus Special Guest
Flyer for the 2013 series and a Spotify playlist of the artists playing below...
We knew that Baroness would be playing House of Vans with Melvins on July 31, but House of Vans have released dates for the rest of their free summer concert season. The other shows will happen June 27, July 11, July 18, August 15, and August 29. Any guesses on who will play this year? BrooklynVegan will have the exclusive entire lineup announcement next week. We saw it and are excited, but can't say anything yet. .Stay tuned!
Baroness at Bowery Ballroom in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
When sludge-metal-turned-alt-rock greats Baroness first announced that they'd be doing a full North American tour this year (their first since their tragic bus crash) we guessed that a NYC show at House of Vans would get added. Once Baroness finally did announce a NYC show, it turned out to actually be happening at Irving Plaza (8/14) with Royal Thunder (tickets).
However, now the band did just announce that they will in fact be playing House of Vans on July 31. And to make it better, it's with The Melvins (which explains their TBA NYC show that day). To make it even better, it's totally free. Stay tuned for more information (an RSVP link is probably forthcoming).
Updated Baroness dates are listed, along with a video, below...
Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.
Initial lineup below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Its great to hear that Baroness is officially back on the road, but with today's announcement we see how serious this tour will be. The band, which now features John Baizley, Pete Adams, Nick Jost and Sebastian Thomson, have added dates for most of the summer, including two legs of US dates, the last of which will include Irving Plaza on August 14 with Royal Thunder. Tickets go on sale Friday. May 17 at 10AM with a Citi Cardmember presale beginning Wednesday (5/15) at 10 AM.
LA Fest FYF Fest is celebrating 10 years this year, and will take over Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 24 & 25. Check out the massive lineup in the poster above, and in alphabetical order below...
Bumbershoot is returning to Seattle this year from August 31 to September 2 at Seattle Center. This year's lineup was just announced, and it includes Death Cab for Cutie performing Transatlanticism (in case The Postal Service reuniting wasn't enough Ben Gibbard nostalgia for you), Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, The Breeders, The Zombies, Alt-J, Deerhunter, Baroness, Crystal Castles, Gary Numan, Joey Bada$$, Eric Burdon, Bob Mould, David Bazan, Charli XCX, Redd Kross, The Men and more.
Tickets (3-day passes, 2-day passes, and single day tickets) for the festival are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
Coliseum are preparing to release their latest LP, Sister Faith, on April 30, and have been trickling out bits of the effort along the way. Check out the latest entry from the LP, relatively sunny punk burner "Fuzzbang," below.
Coliseum will team with bands as varied as Baroness (who have a full scale US assault planned), with California X and US Christmas joining them separately along the way. Red Hare will also joing the band too, and that combo hits NYC at Knitting Factory on May 21. Tickets are on sale. Tour dates are below
Red Hare, which features members of Swiz, Bluetip, Dag Nasty, Garden Variety and more, will release their debut LP Nites of Midnite via Dischord on May 21 Check out a new track from that effort below.
Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
After it was already confirmed that Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, The Postal Service, The National, The Killers, and Mumford and Sons were playing Lollapalooza 2013, a pretty promising leak came which appeared to potentially reveal the rest of the lineup, and it turns out that leak was real.
In addition to the previously mentioned artists, Lollapalooza will include Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, The Cure, New Order, Baroness, Beach House, Cat Power, Death Grips, Jessie Ware, Father John Misty, DIIV, Wavves, Alt-J, Hot Chip, Disclosure, Baauer, Palma Violets, Angel Haze, Band of Horses, Crystal Castles and many others.
Lollapalooza goes down in Chicago from August 2 - 4 in Grant Park. Single day passes go on sale Wednesday (4/3) at 10 AM.
Full day-by-day lineup below...
John Baizley at Invisible Oranges 2013 SXSW showcase (more by Greg Cristman)
When Baroness, who suffered from a tragic bus crash last year, were announced for Bonnaroo and Chaos in Tejas this year, the signs looked pretty good that the band would finally tour again. Then frontman John Baizley issued a statement that their bassist and drummer would no longer be touring with the band (and they found musicians to take their places), and now Baroness have finally announced a full tour surrounding those festival dates!
There's no NYC date scheduled yet, but the tour kicks off in John Baizely's "adopted hometown" of Philly on May 24 at Union Transfer and continues through their slot at Bonnaroo in June. Support on select dates comes from Inter Arma (who play NYC soon), True Widow, and Coliseum. Hopefully a NYC date will be added to the tour (maybe House of Vans, where they would have played last summer?).
All dates are listed, along with the "Take My Bones Away" video, below...
John Baizley with Mel of Royal Thunder at the IO SXSW Showcase (more by Greg Cristman)
Nothing can truly prepare you for a brush with death. The event is unique one, singular to the observer. Trust me, you don't want to invite the experience. Our bus accident left indelible marks, external and internal, physical and mental, you name it. Each of the nine of us went through and continues to go through an entirely different, yet common experience. We are tied to each other by a trauma, which, despite its damage, has been made individually easier through our shared ordeal. While I would never wish the incident on anyone, I cannot imagine going through that wreck alone.Sad to hear about the changes, but I'm looking forward to the future of the band. Baroness will hopefully be back and stronger than ever.
Thankfully, injury was not dealt out evenly; unfortunately it was dealt in great supply. Each of the nine of us now finds our self in a drastically different circumstance, and we each move forward accordingly. There are two important things to note. First, we are all healthy. We are recovering at different rates, and we'll all be fine in the end. Second, Baroness has made a commitment to pick up where we left off, and get back out on tour, where we belong. In fact, I am personally staking my recovery on this principle; it gives me direction and something to look forward to (finally).
However, for some of us, the accident necessitated a change that would prevent them from performing music or touring. It is with sadness that we must announce that Matt Maggioni and Allen Blickle will not continue touring with Baroness. The details of their departure are not sensational; they do not come with hard feelings. Nor are the details going to be public; suffice it to say we'd like to keep to ourselves the finer points of this situation, to respect the privacy of all involved. While the nine of us must respect the significance of the bus accident in Bath, we must also move away from it and get back to our lives. Simply put, some of the effects and injuries were severe enough to prohibit further activity in Baroness. While we would never have asked them to leave; we have the utmost sympathy for this situation, and in earnest, we wish Matt and Allen the best in the future. In their stead, we have found two musicians who can approach our music with passion and vitality and help get us back out on tour to finish what was seemingly cut short last August.