Entries tagged with: Bastard Sapling
by Ian Chainey
Bastard Sapling released an absolute burner last month with their second album, Instinct Is Forever, which you can stream in full below. The USBMers stretched out with weighty and well-produced songs that get raw with their lyrical angle, examining Mike Paparo's struggles with depression. Toss in some lap steel (!) and a guest turn from Windhand's Dorthia Cottrell, and you have one of metal's more intriguing albums of the summer.
If you missed their recent tour with the related Inter Arma, Bastard Sapling do have another live engagement coming up. The band will be going on a tour this fall that hits NYC on September 28 at the Acheron where they'll be joined by Geryon and Belus. Tickets for that show are available now. All dates are listed below.
Bastard Sapling's showmates actually demonstrate the low degree of separation of some NYC metal. Geryon will be playing one of the nights of the Virus blow-out at Saint Vitus near the end of October. The drummer of their bass/drum duo destruction is Lev Weinstein who also plays in Anicon (along with Bloody Panda, Krallice, so many others) who released a split with Belus this year. And to spin another band into the NYC web, Belus includes Lesley Wolf who also plays bass and sings for Mortals who are going on tour with Wolvhammer. That tour hits the Acheron on November 5. Lesson? All of these bands could create a diverse and killer festival and only need a van or two to get there.
Stream Bastard Sapling's Instinct Is Forever, with their list of dates, below...
by Ian Chainey
Electric Wizard at MDF 2012 (More by Fred Pessaro)
UK doomers Electric Wizard announced a new album. This one is called Time to Die and the title plays into a theme, according to singer/guitarist Jus Oborn: "All of our albums in the past have had a theme -- revenge, drugs, black magick -- and the theme of this one is death. Of course, death to us really means rebirth, so this album is a manifestation of a very primal occult belief in the final sacrifice. We have gone full circle -- it was inevitable, but we had to do it. We had to kill the band so we could be reborn. It was the only way to ensure we could come back even stronger." A release date hasn't been lined up, but Electric Wizard will be playing some select Euro fests this summer. Cover art and dates can be seen below.
In tour news, Empty Vessels, who recently played Punk Island, are hitting the road in support of the Kurt Ballou-produced Seizures Within Reason. This tour mainly swings through the West Coast. The full slate of dates and three tracks from Seizures Within Reason are below.
Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.
Wolves in the Throne Room are spinning Celestite (preorder) -- their kinda ambient, komische reworking of prior material -- in full at the Grey Lady. Will Shortz, huge weed hound. Plus, Judas Priest have put the entirety of Redeemer of Souls on iTunes. They'll be hitting New York in the fall. Wolvhammer have unveiled Clawing Into Black Sun (preorder). You can check that one out below. Finally, Mortals -- who will be playing a record release show at the Acheron on July 18 -- dropped the monstrous Cursed To See the Future (preorder), which you can play below. All four albums will see a physical release on July 8.
For single tracks and teasers, Bastard Sapling previewed "Forbidden Sorrow" from Instinct is Forever (August 26, Gilead Media). The blackened d-beaters Martyrdod are streaming the title track from Elddop (July 22, Southern Lord - Preorder). And the mighty YOB are providing another tantalizing peek at Clearing The Path To Ascend (September 2, Neurot Recordings). All songs and videos are available below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (7/3): Wanna catch some up-and-comers before the holiday? Buckshot Facelift, Huldra, OTTO MAN, Dealers, and Thera Roya play Saint Vitus (tickets).
Saturday (7/5): Collaborators Thou and the Body play twice on Saturday, hitting ABC No Rio for an afternoon matinee with Mongrel and Vilkacis before heading to Palisades for a late-night show with Ghastly City Sleep and Pygmy Lush. ThouTickets are $8 at the door. If compacter punk is more your game, Warthog, Leather Daddy, Jock's Blood, and Ajax are playing Saint Vitus (tickets).
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: Upcoming Metal Releases was slim, but as always, the quality was there. We had premieres aplenty from Mutilation Rites, Entrails, and Wrought Iron. We also blabbed with quite a few metallers, including Phil Hall (Cannabis Corpse), Craig Hayes (South of Heaven), and the legendary Ihsahn (Emperor). But the highlight of the week were the pretty pictures snapped at Agalloch and Martyrdoom.
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. And enjoy your July 4 Weekend.
Dates, streams, etc, below...
by Doug Moore
Ashencult at Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Time is ticking down before Maryland Deathfest 2014, but as ever in the music world, festival lineups are subject to change until the bands actually hit the stage. The festival issued a pretty substantial lineup and logistics update yesterday (4/20) that nixed a few previously announced bands while adding a bunch more.
Let's do the bad news first:
The following bands on Friday at Soundstage have cancelled: ROTTING OUT (due to surgeries that a band member must undergo), ANTISECT (due to a family matter that a band member must be present for), and ENDORPHINS LOST (van broke down and they can't tour now)....The three Soundstage cancellations have been replaced by Impaled, Pneumatic Slaughter, & ACxDC (who have a new album on the way).
Also, on a recent visit to the US embassy, ORATOR was told that they cannot come to the US next month, so they will not be playing on Saturday at the Edison Lot. The band is confident that they'll be able to come here next year, and if so, we will book them then. We will be giving most bands playing on Saturday at the Edison Lot a longer set time and NOT announcing a replacement.
The festival has also announced the lineup for free shows at the nearby Sidebar (218 E. Lexington Street) on every night of the festival, with doors opening for each show at 8pm and bands starting at 9. This means that there are basically 20 more bands on the MDF lineup. Some notable names include Bastard Sapling, Skelptarsis, Ashencult, Old Lines & Yautja (THEY ARE EVERYWHERE). This is all on top of the fest itself and the Misery Index / Immolation / Black Breath / Noisem preshow on Wednesday the 21st. So yeah, you'll have no shortage of metal show options in Baltimore that week.
Check out the full lineup for those free Sidebar shows (organized by date), and the day-by-day schedule for the fest, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
The Body at The Acheron, June 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As you may know, the Gilead Media Fest is happening in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on July 18 - 20 and has announced a number of additions to what was an already loaded lineup. Fest-goers can catch black metal bruisers Barghest, get solid doses of sludge and doom from Kowloon Walled City and Loss, and bear witness to what looks to be UK experimental black/death band Lychgate's debut US performance. That's in addition to performances from previously announced acts Ash Borer, Hell, Inter Arma, Hexer, Mutilation Rites, Oozing Wound and more. The Body and Thou will be collaborating for a performance, too, which will be one that will surely rattle ear drums. tickets are on sale now. Look for two more bands to be announced soon.
Speaking of The Body, they're touring again and hitting Saint Vitus on 3/22. Still no word on advance tickets for that one.
Gilead Media Fest lineup below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Inter Arma @ Hopscotch 2013 (more by Karen A. Mann)
Gilead Media Music Festival has announced the first round of confirmed bands for the fest's second installation, set to take place from July 18-20, 2014 in Oshkosh, WI. Gilead Media label-mates Ash Borer, Mutilation Rites (who play Saint Vitus December 12 with Revenge), Inter Arma (who embark on a tour with Black Tusk soon that hits Saint Vitus on October 30), Thou and more will lead what is already a doozy of a lineup.
Two bands I'd want to check out would be Salem, Oregon's blackened/doom specialists Hell and Minneapolis-based black metal band False. Gilead says to expect around twenty-five bands when the full lineup is complete. Stream a track by False and see the list of announced bands below...
Cough at Bell House, May 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
The second annual Martyrdoom festival expands from one day to four this year, kicking off tomorrow (June 27) with a pre-festival show at Saint Vitus with Satanic Goat Ritual, Manticore, Krieg and Crypter (tickets). The next two days contain names like Morpheus Descends, a rare appearance from Bestial Mockery, Morbosidad, Cough, Crucifier, Hour of 13 and many more over two days at the Paper Box (on June 28 & 29). Set times for both days are available below, and tickets are still on sale.
The weekend wraps up with yet ANOTHER show as part of the festival, June 30 at Acheron featuring Rawhide, Churchburn, Pact and Bastard Sapling. Tickets are also still available. Get out and support the fest!
You can also attend the whole magilla for free as we're giving away a pair of tickets that gets you in to everything. Contest details, plus the full Martyrdoom schedule and audio of the performing bands, are below.
Bastard Sapling, which features members of Inter Arma (who have a new LP coming), Celebrity Murders, CR, and other bands, will emerge from their cave in Richmond to play a string of East Coast dates this weekend with Ashencult. The dates include a stop in NYC at Acheron on Saturday (2/9) with special guests Mortals, Cauldron & Hound. Tickets are on sale.
Bastard Sapling released their latest LP Dragged From Our Restless Trance late last year. Stream that in its entirety along with more material and all tour dates below.
Bastard Sapling at The Charleston, April 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
Bastard Sapling is another one in a long line of young and promising bands from Richmond, VA. Featuring members of CR, Celebrity Murders and Inter Arma, the band recently released their debut LP Dragged From Our Restless Trance via Forcefield Records. Bastard Sapling mixes in their fair share of crust with their epic black metal jams, and are streaming the entirety of their LP below.
Bastard Sapling has only one date on their calendar at this point, a Richmond show at Strange Matter on December 7 as part of the Vomitor / Negative Plane trek. Until more dates surface, check out the LP stream below.
Tombs @ the Studio
Unlike certain shows that cancel because of the rain... joking, of course... ours was inside, but Tombs and A Storm of Light brought the thunder to The Studio at Webster Hall last night (6/9) as part of a dual (or based on those heavy riffs, should I say dueling?) record release show with Bastard Sapling.
Tombs, who just get more incredible with every show, were particularly amazing last night as they blasted through songs like "Constellations" from their new LP Path To Totality. A Storm of Light featured Nerissa Campbell for the evening and the band's newer material was heavy and awesome in the live setting, with Josh Graham's compositions inching more towards the sound of his other band (Neurosis). Despite playing directly against the storm, Bastard Sapling delivered a powerful set too; their icy black metal blast sounding bigger than ever on the Studio PA.
Tombs and A Storm of Light are currently on the road together. More pictures from The Studio show below...
Chicago metal bands Indian and Bloodiest both released killer albums on Relapse in the past year, and the two bands will team up to play a Brooklyn show together at Union Pool on June 25th. Hallux is also on the bill. $10 gets you in the door. Flyer below.
Indian and Hallux will also team up for a free show at Generation Records at 2PM the next day (6/26). More info is available at the Facebook invite.
Indian returned to the studio and released their latest LP Guiltless in April via Relapse. The sludge/doom release is their first in three years, as the band has been occupied in other projects like Lord Mantis, Wolves In The Throne Room, and A Storm of Light.
A Storm of Light kicks off their tour with Tombs at The Studio at Webster Hall in NYC WEDNESDAY with Bastard Sapling (Panzerbastard has sadly cancelled their appearance). Tickets for the NYC show are still available. Flyer below.
Bloodiest, which features the great Bruce Lamont (of solo/Yakuza fame), also recently released their LP for Relapse, Descent. Stream that LP in full, with all dates and flyers, below....
Only in Japan will you find the unique combination of bratty punk rock, crust, doom, and drone all rolled into one. After releasing the well-received Ill Innocence in 2007, Gallhammer is back albeit without founding member Mika Penetrator. The now-duo hit the studio late last year to record their follow-up LP, The End, which will see its release via Peaceville on May 31st. Recorded by Maniac (Skitliv, Mayhem), the new LP (thats the art to the left) visits familiar blackened themes from their previous Fenriz-approved debut, like the riot-grrl inspired new song "Aberration". Stream that below and preorder a copy at Peaceville.
And you can make Sunday a day of heavy music, as Woe has added a last minute show in NYC, and its an early one. The show goes down at 3PM at Semi-Legit (6 Charles Place in Brooklyn) and will also feature appearances from Primitive Savagery, and MAD. $5 gets you in to the early 3PM show. Flyer below.
Bastard Sapling at BV-BBG CMJ (more by Keith Marlowe)
Check out some snippets from the upcoming Autopsy LP Macabre Eternal at their mini-site. We recently posted the first track, "Always About To Die".
Dark Castle is streaming a new song from their forthcoming Surrender to All Life Beyond Form at Invisible Oranges. The band will go on tour with YOB (with Rob Shaffer of DC on drums) and hit Le Poisson Rouge on July 12th (tickets). Invisible Oranges is also hosting a pair of interviews with Earth.
Stereogum is currently hosting a new track by Premonition 13 due on the forthcoming 13 via Summer Solstice/Volcom on 6/21.
Blake Judd admits that Nachtmystium's Addicts was inspired by his own battle with heroin, and that he is working on new Nachtmystium material with members of Avichi as well as Sanford Parker. Judd is also scheming new material with Von! Speaking of Avichi, look for their new LP, The Devil's Fractal, via Profound Lore on 7/19 (thats the art work). Check out "Under Satan's Sun" available for download above.
Last but not least, Disma will release their new LP Towards The Megalith via Profound Lore Records. Check out the new song "Spectral Domination" available for download above and look for the LP on 7/19. More brutal death from these long-time metal/hardcore vets.
That Gallhammer stream and some suggested NYC shows are below...
Bastard Sapling at The Charleston (more by Samantha Marble)
Richmond's Bastard Sapling and Inter Arma share a few members, but more importantly they share that very-Richmond, punk rock ethos that makes their scene so fertile. The black metal-tinged pair are on the road in May and will play a string of shows including NYC twice: May 7th at Mother Pugs in Staten Island and a BrooklynVegan presented show on May 8th at Acheron with Castevet.
Inter Arma's last release was the groove-sludge black-metal LP Sundown, while Bastard Sapling's blastingly powerful last effort was the V: A Sepulcher to Swallow the Sea 7" for Tension Head Records. Bastard Sapling is currently working on a full length and Inter Arma have a new EP in the works.
Both Inter Arma and Castevet are BV showcase veterans, as Inter Arma played the official BV-BBG CMJ showcase last year at Union Pool and Castevet played the BV/Profound Lore show at Lovejoy's during SXSW 2011.
All tour dates and a few videos below...
words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble, BBG
Battlemaster, summoning the darkness
Richmond spread a little darkness at The Charleston as Bastard Sapling, Inter Arma, and Battlemaster teamed up with the Brooklyn's own Mutant Supremacy for a night that tipped the scales back from holy to balanced on an Easter (4/4) evening. From Battlemaster and Bastard Sapling's blackened thrash attack, to Inter Arma's thundering post-metal crunch, all three bands destroyed and made me think... what is in the water down in Richmond? (Is every heavy band down there incredible?)
Unfortunately due to the late hour, Samantha and I had to skip out before Mutant Supremacy (who thrash/kill/destroy), so no photos of the great locals, but pictures of all the other bands are below...
Battlemaster at Heart of Winter Fest (more by Diana Lee Zadlo)
Call it the "heart of early spring" fest. Two stellar bands that roughed up the crowds at Heart of Winter fest, Battlemaster and Bastard Sapling will re-emerge from their coffins and team up with Inter Arma for The Charleston TONIGHT (Easter, 4/4) with Mutant Supremacy (who replaced Castevet on the bill). Later this year Bastard Sapling and Inter Arma will hit the road for a (much more) extensive US tour. Full tour dates below... lots of TBA's. Contact the band to help out.
Inter Arma have a new LP entitled Sundown due on Forcefield Records this spring. More on that soon.
40% of Inter Arma, 20% of Battlemaster and one Elway (of Celebrity Murders, CR, and Murdock fame) make up the great Bastard Sapling whose unholy rituals I managed to witness when they played Lit with Lightning Swords of Death.
Battlemaster are also on board for the third year of an absolutely insane free festival on Governor's Island. Punk Island returns this year on June 20th. The massive lineup features Negative Approach (!), Midnight, Nunslaughter, Star Fucking Hipsters, Infernal Stronghold, No Redeeming Social Value, and many other notables. The current and currently expanding lineup with some videos and those dates, below...
by Black Bubblegum
Lightning Swords of Death
What better place to see the black metal attack of Liturgy (though some call them "white metal"), Lightning Swords of Death, Bastard Sapling, and Agrath than the dingy basement of Lit Lounge, where the bands squared off on August 17th as part of Precious Metal.
I arrived bright and early to catch Agrath, the only band of the four that I wasn't familiar with. The NYC band had some interesting discordant riffage and were tight/executed very well, but had little to no stage prescence- save for the moments in between songs when the vocalist croaked song titles in his best black metal screech. If Agrath can somehow channel the evil from their riffs into their live show, they could be something interesting.
Richmond's Bastard Sapling followed, whom I was previous familiar via their performance at the ABC No Rio in Feb with Tombs, Black Anvil, and Woe (helluva bill right?) back in February. Beyond intense performance from this thrashy black metal five piece which includes the ex-drummer from CR (who are reuniting in September). Killer band, and highly reccommended if you get the chance to catch them.
Lightning Swords of Death was the main attraction of the evening for me, and the Los Angeles band managed to be beyond amazing in what ranks as one of the greatest performances I have ever seen in the basement of Lit Lounge. LSOD played with a fog machine (set to maximum, I am guessing?) which, when coupled with the Lit Lounge house light rig, clouded the basement and recalled a Zoroaster live show. Each member contributes a vital piece to LSOD: Roskva's (who also does time in Endless Blizzard) thundering guitar tone recalls that of a doom band and not one more conducive to tremolo picking. Reverend Black snarls, crouches low and plays bass like an unhinged barbarian, complete with a freakout noise session that would have made Thurston Moore proud. Lead vocalist Autarch vocals are fantastically diabolical, and he is comfortable in the role of blasphemous ringmaster. And drummer Thrudvang... he is talented and all but I pretty much can't guarantee much more than that because the fog was so damn dense.
LSOD were unbelievable live and I cannot reccomend them enough. I find it somewhat shocking that a major like Metal Blade would sign a band of this style (although Century Media did sign Nachtmystium), but I am beyond excited to see it. Random question though... is this band's name a reference to the great Lone Wolf and Cub series of kung fu films? If so, my appreciation for that moniker jumps up considerably.
It was a tall order for Liturgy to top LSOD, and the four piece did their best. Drawing heavily from their to-be-lauded LP Renihilation, the band were tight, focused, and muscular. I have seen Liturgy many a time, and it seems that this relatively young band is experienced beyond their years and keep getting better. During their second to last song, guitarist/vocalist Hunter broke a string and instead of having the audience wait until he replaced that string, said "that's it, sorry guys". A few in the audience started to trickle out, but screams of "one more" eventually led the band to make a deal: if they could wait until the string was changed and the band would play on. The audience did, and Liturgy did. Sounds like a fair trade to me.
More pictures from the show below...