Entries tagged with: Behemoth
Obviously the Russian goverment wasn't among those polled by MetalSucks to determine the 25 Best Metal Bands Of All Time. If they had been, Florida death metal band Cannibal Corpse certainly would not have landed at number eleven. Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports:
The Oktyabrsky District Court of Ufa ruled on Friday that the translations of lyrics by Cannibal Corpse, a US metal band, be banned from distribution in Russia due to violent content, RIA Novosti reports citing Senior Aide to Prosecutor of Bashkortostan, Guzel Masagutova.The Guardian adds:
The Prosecutor's Office of Bashkortostan filed a suit with the court following complaints from Ufa residents. A suit was filed to ban the translation of the lyrics and illustrations on the band's albums from distribution in Russia. The claimant complained that lyrics by the band Cannibal Corpse could damage the mental health of children because they contain descriptions of violence, the physical and mental abuse of people and animals, murder and suicide - all accompanied by illustrations.
The Ufa court agreed with that the Prosecutor's Office's claim that the Cannibal Corpse lyrics available in the public domain could cause damage to minors and upheld the claim.
Masagutova noted that the process to ban the lyrics would be explained later.
Similar rulings have been issued in other countries. Some Cannibal Corpse albums are banned from distribution while others are only allowed for sale with a black cover (original covers depict explicitly violent scenes that often shock an unprepared viewer). Cannibal Corpse is an American band, one of the first brutal death metal bands. Their album covers and lyrics depict death, violence, rape, perversion, necrophilia, horror movies, zombies and cannibalism. The musicians insist that their work is just art.
Cannibal Corpse had a previous encounter with Russia's renascent Christian orthodoxy during a tour earlier this year. Despite booking eight concerts in the country, only two were able to go ahead as planned. The cancelled dates included shows in Moscow, St Petersburg and Ufa. "In Ufa the power was turned off shortly before the show (we were told because the venue was late on rent)," Cannibal Corpse said in a statement. "In Moscow and St Petersburg we were told that we did not have the correct visas and that if we attempted to perform the concert would be stopped by police and we would be detained and deported."Cannibal Corpse recently announced a North American tour with Behemoth who have also had their fair share of trouble with Russia this year. They'll have a lot to talk about on the road, and at Webster Hall on 2/28.
Gazelle Twin's 'Unflesh'
Now that it's December, Best of Lists Season is in full swing. If you're already tired of seeing ones that have The War on Drugs at the top (or near it), you can always rely on UK website The Quietus to offer up something different. They just published their "Albums Of The Year 2014" and topping it is electronic artist Gazelle Twin's second album, Unflesh. Say The Quietus:
On Unflesh, Gazelle Twin - aka Elizabeth Bernholz - doesn't see dualism as an academic exercise or a philosophical plaything. Instead, it's born of bloody experience as she claws and digs her way to its gory, physical core. Puberty, anxiety, miscarriage, illness and euthanasia are all present, and Bernholz's treatment of them ranges from a shuddering disgust to vengeful catharsis to something approaching tender acceptance.The Quietus' list is not without names familiar to readers of our site -- Swans, Scott Walker & Sunn O))), FKA twigs, Aphex Twin, Future Islands -- but it definitely does not follow the beaten path.
Check out The Quietus' full "Albums Of The Year 2014" (and stream a few songs from their #1) below...
Metal mag Decibel has published their Top 40 Albums of 2014 list in their newest issue, which you can check out in more detail if you're a subscriber. And thanks to Stereogum who transcribed it, you can also browse the full thing below. Though Decibel have tended to lean towards veterans for their top spot, a much newer band takes the #1 album this year. And if you're into modern metal, their choice is pretty hard to argue. Those big veteran comeback albums show up soon after though, with At the Gates taking #2 and Godflesh coming in at #5. There's plenty more on there too -- see for yourself below.
At the Gates, related band Vallenfyre (#8 on this list), and 2012 winners Converge will head out on the 2015 Decibel tour next year. As discussed, that hits NYC on April 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that one are still available.
Decibel's Top 40 Albums of 2014 below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Behemoth at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Man, legendary metal bands seem to enjoy touring together during the winter. The most recently-announced metal mega-tour set to brutalize North America during its coldest months will unite Poland's favorite (and Russia's least-favorite) satanists Behemoth with one of America's many favorite old-school Florida death metal bands, Cannibal Corpse. Behemoth rebounded from frontman Nergal's cancer diagnosis by releasing the absolutely stunning The Satanist earlier this year. The George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher-fronted iteration of Cannibal Corpse released a new LP, A Skeletal Domain, back in September, which was notable simply for being Another Cannibal Corpse Record.
CC also played last year's Decibel tour with Napalm Death, who are going on that other huge tour with Voivod and Iron Reagan, whose "Landphil" Hall also plays in Cannabis Corpse, which is a joke on Cannibal Corpse's name, and who told us that Chris Barnes, who is sadly no longer in Cannibal Corpse, is a super-chill dude who likes to smoke weed out of a knife-shaped pipe. And so everything comes full circle.
The Behemoth/Cannibal Corpse tour will feature support from Aeon and Tribulation. It will stop in NYC for a show at Webster Hall on February 28. Tickets for that show will go on sale this Friday (11/14) at 10 AM.
Both of these headliners are completely legendary, and Behemoth at least are still startlingly relevant (The Satanist is at or near the very top of the heap of metal albums released this year). All jokes about comically loaded metal tours aside, this is most certainly a must-catch.
All dates for the tour are listed, along with a stream of The Satanist and a video of Behemoth frontman Nergal playing guitar on the "The Voice of Poland" while a bunch of contestants sing "Born to Be Wild," below...
by Ian Chainey
Stuck at home this weekend? Hellfest Open Air in Clisson, France kicked off this morning and the massive metal fest is streaming some acts online. And don't fret, if you miss a set, everything is instantly archived online for playback (check out the archives for a slew of past performers from previous years, too). For instance, you can partake in M.O.D.'s set right now. Heck, you can even pick up some blood from the butcher's later and enjoy Watain with makeshift smell-o-vision.
Hellfest Open Air goes until Sunday and potential highlights abound in the broadcast list. One such heavy is the reformed Emperor who recently played a show for the first time since 2007. The legendary black metallers are celebrating the 20th anniversary of In the Nightside Eclipse and included plenty of ensorcelled goodies from that album in their last set at Sweden Rock Festival. They even jammed out a ripping rendition of Bathory's "A Fine Day To Die" as a tribute to Quorthon who passed in 2004. Plus, since Emperor won't be hitting US shores this year, it might be your best chance to see the group in real time.
The full list of Hellfest bands streaming and Emperor's Bathory cover from Sweden Rock Festival, below...
by Ian Chainey
Behemoth at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Yesterday, Behemoth posted they were detained in Russia due to an issue with their visas. After an overnight stay in the Russian Federal Migration Service's lock-up and a morning appointment with a judge, the band has been deported.
Nergal, the band's singer, has also been their mouthpiece throughout the ordeal, providing Facebook updates until his means were seized, then giving an interview once released. Nergal on the reasons for the deportation, translated from Russian:
We received the visas at the Russian consulate in Warsaw. When we asked how to fill out the paperwork, we were told that it was necessary to obtain a business visa. We did everything we were told. Now it turned out that it was necessary to get some kind of a 'humanitarian' visa, not a business one.Ah, bureaucracy. As punishment, each band member was fined 2,000 rubles and asked to leave the country in a "timely manner." Before they received this court order, though, Behemoth were stuck in a detention cell. Nergal, from the same interview:
It was a very small room on a half meter. On the walls were smeared with feces. At night, we asked [to be] taken to the toilet, but we were somehow denied. Had to go in plastic bottles.Huh, ironic that a 'humanitarian' visa was the cause.
Future plans for the band are unclear, though the Russian leg of their European tour has been canceled.
Find a Russian news report -- with a pretty sweet phone video graphic -- on the incident below.
By Ian Chainey
Behemoth at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Polish blackened death metal thelemites Behemoth , who were just in NYC as part of the Metal Alliance tour, are reportedly detained in Russia, according to singer Nergal in a dispatch the hit the band's Facebook page this morning. The original note is in Polish, so here's the rough translation:
We've been stopped by the [Russian] immigration services for 'wrong visas.' When I said that we will not move an inch from the club without someone from the Polish embassy, they threatened to force us out. They took us in a bus, accompanied by 10 officers, to the building of Federal Migration Service. We tried to reach the Polish embassy in Jekaterinburg but no one is answering the phone.So, that's terrifying. Russia may not exactly be the best place for a band that has previously courted Satanic controversy. Behemoth have flirted with the performance banhammer in their native country due to their Bible-destroying antics. Hopefully the "bad visas" bit is only about bad visas.
If possible -- please copy this message and pass it everywhere you can. We may expect a multi-hour hearing.
The concert is off for sure. The only thing we want is to get back to the hotel safely and then -- to Poland. No matter how hard we try -- we cannot pass it all.
Obviously, more to come when the bigger picture gets clearer. Stream a track from the band's latest, the subtly titled The Satanist below.
photos by Caroline Harrison, words by Doug Moore
Behemoth @ Irving Plaza - 4/19/14
Aside from perplexing openers Black Crown Initiate, whom I missed, every band on this bill was both ungodly tight and steeped in lovably familiar theatricality. Inquisition and 1349 both opted for the classic Scandinavian corpsepaint-'n'-spikes look; the latter's bassist bizarrely chose to wear a robe. (Mismatched costume levels among metal band members are always funny; it's like when album personnel notes credit Nekroshaman, Maniacal, Caligula, and Steve.) Ben Falgoust of Goatwhore might be better at metal-frontman posturing than anyone I've seen -- he strikes badass pose after badass pose for the entire set every time they play, all without his powerful voice ever faltering.This year's edition of the Metal Alliance Tour -- which features Behemoth, 1349, Goatwhore, Inquisition, & Black Crown Initiate -- hit NYC last Friday (4/19) at Irving Plaza. (The entire tour, aside from Behemoth, would go on to hit Saint Vitus the following night.) That's an excerpt of my Invisible Oranges writeup on the show above. Read the rest and check out pictures at IO. More pictures are in this post and they continue below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Behemoth at Irving Plaza in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
We streamed a track (and NSFW video) from Behemoth's forthcoming album, The Satanist (due out 2/4 via Metal Blade), back in December, called "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel"--here's what we said about it then:
It's far moodier and more patient composition than the cluttered, robotic death/black metal that they've produced recently. They can still put the hammer down when they need to, though; the song's final minute is both the catchiest and most intense moment I've heard them produce since the mid-aughts. The video is pretty cool too, especially if you're into artsy black-and-white shots of evil rituals happening in slow motion.Moodier and patient don't apply to Behomoth's new signle, "Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer" (translation: Pray For Us, Lucifer), which finds Behemoth back to their menacing, furious black/death metal ways. Post-leukemia treatment Nergal and Co. sound as vigorous as ever, making The Satanist an early metal highlight of 2014.
Behemoth's on this month's cover of Decibel and, as discussed, they will head out across North America in early spring with Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition and Black Crown Initiate for the Metal Alliance tour, which includes a stop in NYC at Irving Plaza on 4/19. Tickets for that show are still available. Behemoth's also slated to play France's crazy loaded Hellfest.
Listen to "Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer" and check out Behemoth tour dates below...
by Doug Moore
Goatwhore at Bowery Ballroom, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Rumors about the lineup of the 2014 edition of the Metal Alliance package tour have been floating around for a while, but now they're
much more substantial announced: the lineup will feature Behemoth in the headlining slot, with 1349, Goatwhore, Black Crown Initiate, and Inquisition. It's a compelling lineup -- Behemoth recently released a promising new song (with an NSFW video), and Inquisition's 2013 release Obscure Verses for the Multiverse was one of the year's most critically acclaimed metal albums. It's also the most black metal-intensive lineup in the tour's history, which says something about the genre's growing cachet.
Tickets for all dates, including NYC at Irving Plaza on 4/19, are on presale now. Tickets for the NYC show and at least some other dates officially go on sale Friday via Ticketmaster, after another presale via Ticketmaster Wednesday.
Everyone on the tour except Behemoth also plays the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest, which goes down from April 17-19 at the Worcester Palladium.
Check out the full run of dates, the tour flyer and that NSFW Behemoth video if you haven't seen it yet, below...
By Doug Moore
Behemoth at Irving Plaza, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Behemoth frontman Nergal is kind of a badass -- he's an extremely gifted musician and a live-performance powerhouse who's played an important role in putting the potent Polish metal scene on the international map over the past 20 years. He's also a cancer survivor; after his 2010 leukemia diagnosis, he underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Two years later, Behemoth were back on the road and plowing through high-energy live sets like nothing had happened. Again, badass.
Behemoth announced a 2014 release for The Satanist -- their tenth album, and their first in half a decade -- a few months ago. I admittedly haven't been too excited by their last few efforts, but after watching the NSFW video for leadoff single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" (streaming below), my enthusiasm for the band has been rekindled. It's far moodier and more patient composition than the cluttered, robotic death/black metal that they've produced recently. They can still put the hammer down when they need to, though; the song's final minute is both the catchiest and most intense moment I've heard them produce since the mid-aughts. The video is pretty cool too, especially if you're into artsy black-and-white shots of evil rituals happening in slow motion.
In related news, Behemoth were also recently announced as part of the initial lineup for the 2014 edition of France's Hellfest, which will take place from June 20 through 22 (6/20-6/22). The lineup so far is huge and crazy: there's a "huge rock band" stage, featuring Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Soundgarden, among others; a big-name thrash/black metal stage that spotlights Slayer, Death Angel, Emperor, Iced Earth, Behemoth, and more; a death metal stage that will include Death To All, Carcass, Opeth, Nile, Gorguts, Hail of Bullets, and Weekend Nachos; a smaller black metal stage topped off by Watain, Gorgoroth and 1349; a sludge/stoner stage featuring Electric Wizard, Monster Magnet, Unida, Kylesa, Godflesh, and Clutch; and a punk stage topped by Walls of Jericho, Millencolin, and Turbonegro. Wow. You can reserve tickets now, if you feel like parsing the Google-Translated ticket page.
Check out the Behemoth video and the full set of Hellfest announcements 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...
photos by Greg Cristman; words by BBG
Nergal (sans makeup)
Saturday night (5/12) at Irving Plaza was the final night of the Decibel Magazine tour, featuring names like Watain, The Devil's Blood, In Solitude and most notably, the return of Behemoth following Nergal's battle with leukemia. The sign on the door that read "sold out" was more than just a triumph for the bands, it was a personal triumph for Nergal too.
Local doom greats Evoken opened the show as part of a string of dates for the band with the tour, but sadly we missed them. Pictures from the remainder of the show are in this post.
Watain @ Irving Plaza
If you weren't at Behemoth on Saturday, maybe it's because you were at one of the other notable heavy shows going on the same night, like Tragedy/Boston Strangler/Perdition/Sickoids at Le Poisson Rouge (pictures).
More pictures from Irving Plaza are below...
The Devil's Blood at Bottom Lounge (more by Carmelo Espanola)
The Devil's Blood hereby declare never-ending and total war upon the following individual; David "Ape" Zoglio.Read the entire note posted at Facebook or below - it's brutal. UPDATED: not surprisingly, the FB post is gone
This piece of shit who was supposed to have been our driver on the US tour ran off with our money after the San Antonio Ritual last night. After being told what to do for the 1000th time and still having no clue how to ride a bus, this "Ape", as he calls himself, unable to deal with the criticism any longer ran off into down-town San Antonio and left us stranded on an intersection forcing our Tour Manager to take over the wheel. This little rat scurried off so fast that attempts to find, catch and kill it were immediately unsuccessful.
"Ape" has responded to the allegations via Twitter, stating that he "didn't not steal The Devils Bloods money, I reimbursed myself and gave them receipts. So fuck off.." "Didn't not".... I hope that wasn't a Freudian slip.
Reminder: Watain, Behemoth, The Devil's Blood and In Solitude play Irving Plaza on May 12th. Tickets are still available. Watain recently added another set of dates with Black Anvil (who played Saint Vitus on Thursday, and play NYC again with Phobia) to make up for their previously cancelled shows in the Midwest.
Presale is on for the previously discussed Decibel Tour with Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood, and In Solitude which includes NYC at Irving Plaza on May 12th. From now until 10PM tonight, use the presale code "singer" to purchase tickets for the NYC show.
On a wholly dissimilar note, Death Cab for Cutie tickets are going on a password-protected presale now too.
Watain at Santos (more by BBG)
As discussed, the Decibel Tour is a reality, but it was announced without dates. Now there are dates and we know it will make its final stop in NYC on a campaign that kicks off on April 11th in Columbus, Ohio. Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood, and In Solitude will close their tour at Irving Plaza on May 12th, and tickets are on fan presale and go on Live Nation presale on 1/26 at 10AM, with regular sale hitting on 1/27 at 10AM. All tour dates and some video, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Even before the house was opened, the line snaked down the Bowery with eager metal fans clamoring to get a view of Ghost. Many on line were lucky enough to catch the band during a one-off date last year, while many like myself were seeing them for the first time on this night...Ghost kicked off their string of US dates with Blood Ceremony and Ancient VVisdom at Bowery Ballroom on January 18th. Pictures and setlists from Bowery, as well as remaining tour dates, are below...
The band was extremely tight with both vocals and instrumentation. The live renditions of "Elizabeth," "Death Knell," "Ritual," and a dark cover of The Beatles' classic "Here Comes The Sun" both mesmorized the audience before melting their collective faces. Horns were raised high as the crowd song along knowing each and every word throughout the band's set. This lyrical devotion was overly apparent when they played "Satan Prayer" which was the best song performance of the evening. During the chorus, 'the cardinal' gave the metal hungry crowd several chances to sing the hook, often staring directly at us with his piercing eyes, using his hands to lead us like some type of satanic conductor. -[Local Bozo]
Watain at Santos Party House (more by BBG)
Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood, and In Solitude will team up for The Decibel Magazine Tour, a 26-date treak across the US starting in April. Exact dates will be announced next week. The tour is the first for Nergal since being diagnosed with and beating leukemia. Tour flyer by Justin Bartlett is below.
photos by Svart, words by BBG
Egyptian-artist Nader Sadek brought his vision of flesh, petroleum, death metal, and tragedy to life with a FREE show at Santos on 11/20. Based on his In The Flesh concept LP, the artist assembled a team of musicians who helped create the LP including Steve Tucker (ex-Morbid Angel), Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy), Rune Eriksen (Aura Noir, Ava Inferi, ex-Mayhem), Carmen Simões (Ava Inferi) and Novy (ex-Vader / ex-Behemoth). The entire experience, from stage design to the masks worn by some of the musicians to the music, came from the mind of Sadek for this one-time event. Check out some more pictures below...
Adam "Nergal" Darski, the 33-year-old guitarist/vocalist from Poland's greatest extreme-metal export, BEHEMOTH, has been diagnosed with a life-threatening form of leukemia, a cancer of blood-forming tissues of the bone marrow. The disease, for which Adam is currently receiving treatment at the hematology division of the Gdansk Medical University Hospital, has advanced to the point where he is in urgent need of a bone-marrow transplant. (A bone-marrow transplant is when special cells [called stem cells] that are normally found in the bone marrow are taken out, filtered, and given back either to the same person or to another person.) In light of this, Darski wants to remind everyone about the need to be on the marrow registry. The more people get tested and donate, the more of a chance for life there is for him and others in the same situation. -[Blabbermouth]Nergal received his first set of chemo treatments today and is "in great spirits" (according to Lamb of God's Randy Blythe), but is still in need of a bone marrow transplant. To learn more about how you can donate bone marrow, head to marrow.org.
Behemoth cancelled all previous dates of a tour with Watain, Withered, and Black Anvil. Now Watain have rescheduled, but this time with Black Anvil and Goatwhore. The tour (sans Goatwhore) will play Santos on 12/2. Tickets are on sale. While Goatwhore isn't on the NYC date, they WILL play NYC on September 30th at Europa supporting The Black Dahlia Murder with Arkaik . Tickets are on sale.
Our wishes are with Nergal. All dates and some videos below...
Nergal of Behemoth
Behemoth has cancelled all upcoming appearances, including the upcoming tour with Watain/Withered/Black Anvil. Details can be found in the (messily) translated statement below issued on the Polish portion of their official website...
Watain (photo by Steven Brown)
The Lawless States of Heretika Tour will envelope the nation in darkness, featuring Watain and headliner Behemoth along with Withered and Black Anvil. The tour will include a NYC stop at Irving Plaza on Dec 2nd. Tickets for that show go on AMEX presale at 10AM on Thursday (8/5), with general sale kicking off at 10AM the next day. All tour dates for the trek are below.
Before that campaign of destruction kicks off in November, Black Anvil will play Hostile City Deathfest in Philadelphia on August 27th - 29th. Featuring headlining sets from Incantation, Hate Eternal, and Exodus, the fest will also feature appearances from Origin, Enthroned, Destroyer 666, Pathology, and many others. Full details, including set times are below.
Speaking of Enthroned, Destroyer 666 and Black Anvil, their show with Pathology that was scheduled to take place at Europa in Brooklyn tonight, August 4th, has been postponed to August 31st. Estuary was also on the bill, but has to drop off the new date. Advanced tickets will be honored at what will be Enthroned's first NYC show in nine years.
We interviewed Erik from Watain earlier this year, shortly before the release of their new LP Lawless Darkness. Black Anvil have a record of their own on the way in Triumvirate, due via Relapse on 9/28. BV SXSW alums Withered are currently working on their new LP, the follow-up to the massive Folie Circulaire.
Full tour dates, Hostile City Deathfest details and some video below...
Misery Index at BV-BBG CMJ (more by Samantha Marble)
In lieu of my forthcoming Short Wave Warfare column (formerly known as This Week in Metal), I figured I would present a short blast of interesting shows coming up - for the dark side in you.
The biggest news of the pack is that Death metal greats Deceased will team up with the defenders of the filth, Superchrist, for the Slaves To The Grave tour which includes Union Pool on April 17th. Deceased is scheduled to make an appearance at MDF this year, while Superchrist is recovering from the release of Defenders of The Filth last year.
All Deceased tour dates and many more upcoming shows, continued below...
Nader Sadek at Mayhem (more by Paul Birman)
Ever since the Mayhem show at Irving Plaza earlier this year, I've wondered about the shadowy costume figure that set up Atilla's stump/podium and mounted heads on spears before they took the stage. Turns out it was performance artist, and Mayhem stage designer, Nader Sadek, who will perform his new piece at Santos Party House on Saturday (11/21).
B'doun Wag'h (Faceless), provocatively incorporates Arabic design, Death Metal music, and Darfur activism. Musicians from the well-known metal bands Morbid Angel, Cryptopsy, Krallice, and Behold... the Arctopus played a specially commissioned composition on a stage featuring Middle Eastern elements that ambiguously resonate with the occult iconography of this underground music scene. Woodwork screens and geometric patterns that frame blistering guitars and frenetic drumming blur configurations of private and public, holy and profane, ritual restraint and impulsive aggression. [from Nader's bio]Tickets for the all ages B'doun Wag'h show are still available. Look for Sadek to be joined by Steve Tucker (ex-Morbid Angel), Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy), and Mike Lerner (Behold..The Arctopus).
Shining also recently announced their signing to Season of Mist, and will hit US shores in the new year with Behomoth and Septicflesh. That tour impacts Gramercy on 1/30/10. Get presale tickets here now, or wait until noon to get tickets here.
Full US Tour dates for that Behemoth/Shining/Septicflesh trek, as well as a few Nader Sadek videos and the flyer for the show are below.
by Black Bubblegum
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Welcome to this week in Metal! This week we'll start with the pedal to the floor with Harpoon of Chicago, who will release their new LP Double Gnarly / Triple Suicide on Interloper Records. Featuring members of 7000 Dying Rats, the band recorded the LP in August 2008 with Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos), sending it off to metal-mastering go-to Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed) for the finishing touches. The trio takes advantage of the drum machine gun to create a relentless grind assault reminiscent of Plague Bringer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, or Genghis Tron (sans keys). Check out "Frogs, Boils, Locusts..." available for download above, and cop it on limited LP (400 in black, 100 in white & blue marbled vinyl) when it drops on Feb 10th! Harpoon recently added bassist DJ Baracca (ex-Lair of The Minotaur) to their ranks and have added a few live dates in and around the Chi (dates below).
Absu have announced a new self-titled album, posting the ripping new track "Girra's Temple" to their myspace. Due on Feb 24th on Candlelight Records, the band have also lined up a few dates including SXSW on Mar 20th at Spiros and at... you guessed it... Maryland Deathfest. Meanwhile, Absu is garnering alot of media attention lately... check out features in Metal Maniacs, Terrorizer, and Zero Tolerance.
Hot off of the release of his first solo album Punctuated Equilibrium, Wino will play his first show with his solo band (featuring skinsman extraordinaire Jean-Paul Gaster of Clutch) at the 9:30 club in Washington, DC on Sat Feb 7th! Wino will be joined by King Giant and the mighty Salome, who will be in NYC with Ocean on Feb 15th. In related news, Clutch have released their first digital single "King Of Arizona" (iTunes users, buy it here), from the upcoming remastered Slow Hole to China, Rare & Unreleased. The band have lined up a few dates with their alter ego (most of 'em anyway), The Bakerton Group including Feb 27 at The Chance in Poughkeepsie and Feb 28 at The Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale. Full tour dates below.
As much theorized and finally realized, The Auditory Assault Festival will take place at Club Europa on May 16 & 17.
Complete Failure announced a short tour of the east coast and the midwest with Polish grinders Antigama including an NYC date at Europa on May 20th. Details are forthcoming, full tour dates are below. The Pittsburghers (CF) have posted a trio of demo tracks at their website, check them out above. Antigama is prepping for March 3rd, when Relapse will drop their new album Warning.
Mastodon's Crack The Skye artwork
Mastodon is currently streaming "Divinations" from the upcoming Crack The Skye. Check it out kids... it's a burner! The single is also available for sale with a limited edition tee. Mastodon and Genghis Tron are playing the Coachella festival this year.
Rise Above dropped the new album by Belgians Serpentcult, a doomy hybrid of Electric Wizard and High on Fire fronted by Michelle Nocon, a female with some SERIOUS pipes. The Weight of Light was produced by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis, Melvins) and the band is streaming three of those tracks at their myspace, with the title track available for download above. So far the band haven't added any North American dates, but if they do, we'll let you know (european tour dates below). Meanwhile, dig on an interview that Serpentcult did with Hellride Music here.
Coliseum have announced a slew of tourdates (below) as well as a new seven-inch entitled "True Quiet / Last Wave" on Deathwish! Full tour dates are below. Coliseum with join Converge, Genghis Tron (who was recently added), Ceremony, Pulling Teeth, and Rise & Fall at Europa on March 27th.
Blut Aus Nord have posted "The Formless Sphere (Beyond The Reason)" to their myspace page, the first new song from the upcoming Memoria Vetusta II - Dialogue With The Stars. Look for in Feb 23rd on Candlelight.
Valient Thorr have added a February 6th show at The Shank in Greenpoint (98 Bayard @ Leonard) with Acid Tiger, Golden Error, with Tournament. This show makes it TWO NYC dates.... don't forget about their upcoming show with Anthrax and a half pipe.
Minsk, Slayer, Battlefields, Devourment, Obituary, and more below...