Entries tagged with: Black Cobra
By Doug Moore
As we've established, it's thoroughly unpleasant outside, but metal bands are cool with that. It's been a couple of weeks since we've done this, so let's get up to speed:
Though long-running Christ-metallers Stryper have postponed their aforementioned Stage 48 show tomorrow night, the other NYC heavy shows this weekend have endured. Californian sludge two-piece Black Cobra made it into town in time to hit Saint Vitus tonight (1/3) along with locals Meek Is Murder, Blackout, & Throaat. Avant-garde heavies Kayo Dot are also sticking with their announced Trans-Pecos show with Lussuria & Jeremiah Cymerman tonight.
Both Kayo Dot and Throaat have announced other local shows, too -- the former will do double snow duty by playing a last-minute show tomorrow night (1/4) at Saint Vitus along with my buds in Imperial Triumphant & a solo ukulele performance by Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, Vaura, etc.). Tickets are on sale. Meanwhile, Throaat will be joining fellow locals Trenchgrinder & Yellow Eyes for a FREE show at the Acheron on 1/28 (which is a birthday celebration for wide-ranging metal writer & occasional BV contributor Kim Kelly). Finally, brutal progsters/local live faves Child Abuse have announced a local gig at the Silent Barn on Monday (1/6) along with I Don't Hear Nothin' But the Blues (feat. Mick Barr of Krallice), Nebadon, & savage Minneapolis noise rockers Weakwick.
Some other noteworthy developments from the past week and change:
The great, resurrected Floridian deathgrind band Maruta has released a new video from their underrated 2011 album Forward Into Regression, which you can watch below. Ex-Discordance Axis grinders Gridlink have debuted the first 'single' (read: minute-long grind jam) from their upcoming farewell album; you can stream that below as well, or download it (with a bunch of other goodies) from Invisible Oranges. In a somewhat more gossipy development, Jef Whitehead (Leviathan)'s gender-bending, totally NSFW art for the upcoming third Lord Mantis album is causing a stir, thanks in no small part to the fallout from Whitehead's notorious 2011 altercation with his then-girlfriend. (Whitehead was initially charged with 34 raps of various descriptions, but was eventually cleared of all but one and ended up with a few years of probation.)
We're gradually emerging from holiday mode over at Invisible Oranges; it's important to pace yourself. We did take an in-depth look at the rather un-heavy new Alcest album today, though. (Stream a tune from that below as well.) We'll be back on East Village Radio this coming Tuesday at 10pm, too, where we'll no doubt be getting stoked for next Saturday (1/11)'s IO-presented Pig Destroyer/Dysrhythmia/Trenchgrinder/Mother Brain Vitus lineup.
Keep an eye on our NYC metal show calendar for the latest. What have I missed?
by Doug Moore
Black Cobra at SXSW 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Playing in a two-man band is a tough proposition. Both members are responsible for filling up a lot of aural space, and neither has much of anywhere to hide if they fuck up. These challenges become considerably steeper for two-piece metal bands -- volume, presence, and technicality are all valorized, so the standards for success are high and the margins of error are slim.
All of this make LA-based two-piece Black Cobra that much more impressive, especially as a live act -- they rumble like High on Fire and zig-zag like Converge without missing a beat. (We've talked about this before.) Accordingly, you would do well to catch their just-announced January 3 date at Saint Vitus (openers TBA). Tickets are on sale now. Though these guys tour quite a lot, they've slowed down a touch over the past couple years and haven't released anything since 2011's Invernal. No other East Coast dates have been announced so far, and they'll be back on the West Coast the following day.
Stream a couple of songs from Invernal and check out Black Cobra's full set of upcoming dates below...
Black Cobra @ Saint Vitus
Black Cobra played a thundering set at Saint Vitus last night (6/25), joined by tourmates Gaza and with opening sets from Sannhet and Marching Teeth. Due to technical difficulties I missed Marching Teeth, but I managed to catch the last few moments of Sannhet's set which was accompanied by a highly impressive light show. I only got pictures of Black Cobra and Gaza and they are in this post.
Gaza's set saw vocalist Jon Parkin pacing along the floor for the majority of their tenure, playing songs from their latest LP No Absolutes in Human Suffering, as well as favorites like "Calf," "He is Never Coming Back" and "Slutmaker" from previous LPs. The crowd parted for the close-to seven-foot tall frontman, forming a mini-melee around him as he bounced from end to end, encouraging crowd singalongs at strategic moments. Gaza is a live juggernaut.
Black Cobra are a bit of an enigma to me; I will forever be puzzled at how two guys and only one amplifier can churn out some of the heaviest punk-influenced sludge-doom. Though Black Cobra has been anything but flawed on the live stage in my recent memory, their Saint Vitus set was a stunner. The crowd was positively electric and performances of songs like "Chronosphere" from 2009's Chronomega LP rank amongst the best I have seen them (I have seen that song performed quite a few times). Great set, so much so that I almost didn't mind that someone spilled an entire whiskey and soda on my camera (adding to my already ongoing gear issues).
More pictures from Saint Vitus are below.
Salt Lake City band Gaza's reign of terror -- fought with a molotov cocktail of hardcore, sludge, math, and grind -- has a new weapon, a forthcoming set of unholy hymns entitled No Absolutes in Human Suffering. The LP is due via Black Market Activities on July 31st, and you can check out "Mostly Hair & Bones" below, the first song to emerge from that record. If you want to see how deep the rabbit hole goes, make sure to swing by their Facebook page for the lyrics to the song.
As mentioned, Gaza will hit the road with Black Cobra later this month for a tour which brings the two bands to NYC on June 25 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are still available. Corrosion of Conformity and Torche are on some of the dates too, but won't be at the Saint Vitus show.
A list of all dates and the "Mostly Hair & Bones" stream below...
Black Cobra at Tone Deaf SXSW 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Now that Roadburn 2012 is in their rearview, two man sludge wrecking crew Black Cobra have a new challenge on the horizon, conquering the land down under. The duo will play Australia and New Zealand starting next week and follow-up those dates with ANOTHER set of US dates, this time with Corrosion of Conformity, Torche & Gaza (though all bands are not on all dates). The dates include a stop in NYC at Saint Vitus on June 25th with Gaza. Tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below.
Gaza is welcoming a new LP in the near future, though details have been spotty thus far. The band, however, has revealed that one song is called "Tebow" and released the lyrics for said song earlier this year. Check out the lyrics at facebook and dig on all tour dates and some video of Black Cobra from Roadburn, below...
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
Trash Talk @ Scoot Inn, Austin, TX
The BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff day show took over two stages at Scoot Inn on 3/16, and one day of the multi-day Converse/Thrasher Deathmatch at the venue. With a ticket price tag of free and a stacked lineup that included High On Fire, Trash Talk, Off!, Ceremony, Deafheaven, Black Cobra, Full of Hell, Dead In The Dirt, Code Orange Kids, Heartless, and Balaclava, its understandable that there was a line around the block for most of the amazing day.
We already posted one set of photos from the show at BV Austin, including shots of Heartless, Ceremony, Balaclava, Full of Hell, and Code Orange Kids. Here are some pictures & video of High on Fire, and Off!, and more of Balaclava, Trash Talk, and Ceremony. Photos of Dead In The Dirt, Deafheaven, Black Cobra, and others are on the way. More below...
High on Fire at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
March 16th, March 16th, March 16th! If you're going to be in Austin, save the date on your calendar folks! On Friday March 16th, 2012 at Scoot Inn (1308 e4th St), BrooklynVegan, The Power of The Riff, and Southern Lord will combine forces for a MARATHON of events that kickoff at noon and end waaaaay after the sun goes down.
The FREE daytime portion, in conjunction with the four-day Thrasher/Converse "Death Match" event at the venue, is an all-ages shindig that will kick off at noon and feature a skateramp with skaters and bands all day long. Shortly after doors open, expect to see eleven bands across two stages including sets from the following:
March 16, 2012 @ Scoot Inn, Austin, TX (noon-6pm)That's right... High on Fire AND Off! AND Trash Talk (playing their FOURTH year of SXSW shows with us) AND Black Cobra AND Ceremony all in the same space, not to mention the awesome undercard of bands like Deafheaven (playing their second year of SXSW shows with BV), new favorites Full of Hell, Balaclava, Heartless and Dead in The Dirt. It is going to be insane, so bring a hard hat.
* High on Fire
* Trash Talk
* Black Cobra
* Full of Hell
* Dead in The Dirt
* DNF (members of Trash Talk, Touche Amore)
As the day show comes to a close, we'll get ready for our night show at the same venue... amounting to a total of FOURTEEN HOURS of destruction! Not to mention the food trucks, a full bar, and so much more to keep you fed and hydrated (or buzzed, depending on your poison) during the onslaught.
Stay tuned to BrooklynVegan for details regarding the official night showcase (it has been announced), and for more about the day show (or our OTHER day show on Saturday at Lovejoys), including set times. In the meantime, head below for video of some of the bands playing our MEGA-show at Scoot Inn on March 16th!
photos by Samantha Marble
[Black Cobra is] a band of concision, pacing and respect for the ear and attention span, a bassless two-piece that plumps out its low end and whose epics last only six minutes or so... Whatever they do on their records, they can reproduce live, and slightly more vividly. They made loud music in a small room -- in fact, in this ideal dream of a small room -- sound as good as it can.After a string of dates with The Sword and Kyuss Lives! (that included shows at the Paramount Theater in Long Island and Wellmont Theater in NJ), Black Cobra kicked off a tour with Zoroaster and The Body on 12/11 at Saint Vitus with local favorites Gang Signs (who now include bassist Denis Bramley of Trenchgrinder amongst their ranks). Pictures from that Brooklyn show adorn this post.
They blazed through every track of the new album and a few from the past ("Five Daggers," "Negative Reversal," "Chronosphere"), and finished with the same change-up that the end of "Invernal" brings. First "Abyss," slow and grooving, with swing and syncopation. Then "Obliteration," the set's shortest song, at what sounded like the fastest tempo they could responsibly manage. [NY Times]
Black Cobra continues its trek eastward after more dates in the Northeast tonight (in Allston, MA), concluding a few days before the holidays in their home-state of California. All dates and more pictures from Saint Vitus are below...
DOWNLOAD: Warning//Warning - "Ghosts" (MP3)
Black Cobra at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by BBG)
In addition to their tour with Kyuss Lives! and The Sword that includes 12/9 at the Paramount in Long Island and 12/10 at the Wellmont Theatre in NJ, Black Cobra have added a round of dates that include Saint Vitus (the venue) on 12/11 with Zoroaster and The Body. Tickets are on sale. The full slate of dates are below. Black Cobra recently released Invernal.
France's Warning//Warning are touring the US and will hit Acheron on 11/20 with Nomad and more TBA. Check out a song from the bands new record There's Nothing Left above and look for them on the road at the dates below.
Saint Vitus (the band) have signed to Season of Mist and will release a new album.
Relapse signed the great New Zealand band Ulcerate. If you havent heard of them, make sure to check out their LP Destroyers of All which dropped this year, not to mention their highly recommended 2009 album Everything is Fire. It's great to see this band's audience growing in the US.
It seems that Seein Red/Larm cancelled their Chaos in Tejas 2011 appearance for a damn good reason... hearing damage. And now Seein Red have called it quits! R.I.P. Seein Red, I posted a live video in tribute below.
That video, a stream of the Pallbearer demo, a stream of a new Rise & Fall song, a new Pulling Teeth video, a new Oathbreaker video, and a live Monarch! video is below along with more suggested NYC shows...
Black Cobra (photo by Raymond Ahner)
Two-man destruction unit Black Cobra returns with Invernal, the band's new LP due on 10/11 via Southern Lord. Invernal holds no tricks or left turns as to what we've come to love about the big-riff guitar duo, just another eight tracks of bulldozing sludge accompanied by a pounding drum assault. There is no dimmer switch for a band like Black Cobra, only off-and on... and that's definitely what we love about them. Pre-order your copy now and stream Invernal in full below and for a limited time; the stream will come down when the LP is released.
Tour dates and LP stream is below.
Kyuss Lives! at Terminal 5 (more by Greg Cristman)
After playing a string of dates through 11/8 with MonstrO including Terminal 5 last weekend, Kyuss Lives! and The Sword will loop back to the NYC area as part of a new string of dates with Black Cobra that will include Long Island at the Paramount Theater on December 9th and Monclair, NJ at Wellmont Theatre on December 10th. All dates are listed below. Presale tickets for all new dates are on sale HERE. Tickets for the Wellmont show go on sale at noon on Friday (9/30). And yes, Nick Oliveri is on board for all dates except when the band hits Canada (and possibly Mexico too?) according to their publicist.
All tour dates and some video from Terminal 5 is below.
Two outdoor tents, a club, and a theater hosted 26 bands. Perhaps by design, the premises lacked alcohol (except for the theater). So bad behavior was scarce. Fans happily bounced from venue to venue, queuing for some bands (Wormrot, Floor, Atheist, Obituary, Morbid Angel), and eating burgers from the Grill 'Em All trucks. To order the Witte Burger (beef, bun, cream cheese, deep-fried bacon, beer-and-Sriracha-soaked onions, malt vinegar aioli), my friend Robert merely pointed several feet away, where Dave Witte himself was standing.Saturday (3/5) was the left coast's turn for Scion Rock Fest 2011. The one day, multiple venue festival relocated to Pomona, CA this year, and housed legendary names like Morbid Angel, Obituary, Integrity, Agalloch, and many more alongside names of tomorrow and underground favorites like Bastard Noise, Anaal Nathrakh, Floor, Wormrot, and many more.
Kvelertak were supposed to play too. but their passports and visas were stolen at the airport moments before they boarded the plane to the US. As a result, they'll also miss some days of the Weedeater/Zoroaster tour, but should "be in the states by Friday" (3/11). That means they should have no trouble making it to SXSW where they're on board to play Full Metal Texas. The band was replaced in Pomona by Black Cobra.
More pictures and some videos from Scion Rock Fest 2011, below...
DOWNLOAD: Metal Swim Compilation (Zipped MP3s)
Zoroaster at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by Markus Shaffer)
Adult Swim have posted an album of FREE downloadable tracks. The record, entitled Metal Swim features rare and unreleased tracks from some familiar names around these parts (Isis, Boris, Skeletonwitch, Ludicra, Zoroaster, Red Fang, etc) including new tracks from Withered's forthcoming LP Dualitas, Torche's Songs for Singles, AND Kylesa's Spiral Shadow among many many others. Download the album at the site or above, and dig on the tracklisting (and some video) below.
words and photos by BBG
East of the Wall
Primus be damned. Black Cobra raged out at The Studio at Webster Hall on Friday (7/30) with help from Rhode Island killers Howl, the Ohio freight train known as Struck By Lightning and the incredible and beyond-under-rated East Of The Wall. All four bands delivered dependably massive sets in the Studio space, though as a veteran of shows with BC/Howl/SbL, I was most struck by the five piece lineup of East of The Wall (they played with four on tour, and at SXSW). Incredible night and thanks to all who came/were involved.
East of The Wall plays again TONIGHT (8/2) with Name, Meek Is Murder, and Iron Thrones at The Charleston.
More pics from the show, and some video, below...
DOWNLOAD: The Blackened Mixtape (ZIP File)
Black Cobra at The Charleston (more by Chloe Rice)
Metal metal everywhere! Starting TONIGHT, the heaviness gets underway with a marathon of killer shows designed to make your neck tired from all that bangover.
Thursday means Innumerable Forms and Mammoth Grinder at The Acheron (unmissable).
Saturday is Deathcycle at 538 Johnson, and we cap it all off with a night of pitch perfect darkness with Altar of Plagues/ Velnias / Castevet / Man's Gin at The Studio @ Webster Hall on Sunday (8/1, tickets).
Speaking of these shows, I have a three free pairs of tickets available for giveaway for three of the shows listed above: Black Cobra, Altar of Plagues, and Immolation. Details on how to win are at the bottom of this post.
Meanwhile, dig on a few songs available for download above featuring contributions from Disma, Immolation, Arsis, Torche, Boris, and Russian Circles.
A reminder, Boris/Torche/Russian Circles play Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 6th (tickets), a show that will double as a release party for the Boris/Torche split. In celebration, the label will giveaway pins with a download code for the Torche contribution - but only at this show.
Videos and details on how to win free tickets are below...
Saviours at Union Pool (more by Paul Birman)
Saviours will team up with Priestess, Hamsoken (black metal featuring Nick Forte of Rorschach), and new Relapse signees Titan for a show at play Santos Party House NYC on August 22nd. Ticket info is forthcoming. The show will be the first for Saviours since supporting Saint Vitus in October of last year, and will take place a day after appearing at Ozzfest in Camden (tickets still available). Priestess last played NYC in April supporting High On Fire at Gramercy.
Titan have recently completed their new album Sweet Dreams for their new label Relapse Records. Recorded with Brendan Tobin (of Made of Babies, etc) at Translator Audio in Brooklyn, the LP will hit shelves on October 12th.
Saviours are currently touring Europe with Weedeater and Black Cobra. Black Cobra will be back in NYC on July 30th with the great Howl, Struck By Lightning, and East of The Wall at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale. It's not the only great metal show coming to that venue; Zoroaster, Black Tusk, Dark Castle, and Hull play there this Friday (July 9th). Tickets are on sale.
All Saviours dates, and some videos are below...
Black Cobra at Gramercy (more by Chris LaPutt)
There aren't many cases when a duo can make a seriously ear-splitting racket. Jucifer (who is coming to NYC). Dark Castle (them too). Lightning Bolt. And one that you definitely can't leave off of that list is the thundering and formidable Black Cobra!
The San Fran band was last seen in NYC at the ultra-ultra-sold-out Gramercy show supporting the great High on Fire, but now the band (which features members of the great Cavity and Acid King) will hit the road for a US headlining tour of their own sponsored by BV. What's more? It'll be alongside similarly muscular miscreants, Howl! Struck By Lightning (who knocked me out at The Studio in April) and the fantastic French doom outfit Monarch! will rotate in the final slot. Struck By Lightning will be on the bill when the package impacts NYC on July 30th, where they will join forces with the incredible East of The Wall at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale.
In the meantime, Black Cobra's Chronomega is out NOW via Southern Lord. Howl, who played NYC post-SXSW, have a new album, Full of Hell, out now via Relapse. Struck By Lightning released Serpents on Translation Loss in the tail end of last year.
Full tour dates, the tour flyer, and tons of video are below...
photos by Chris La Putt, words by BBG
With the Snakes For The Divine infiltration on full steam, High on Fire played to an uber-packed Gramercy Theater on Friday (3/9). Part of a greater US tour, serious firepower came from the riff battalions of Priestess, Black Cobra, and Bison BC. The sold-out crowd were treated to recent material from all performers (three of the four have albums that have been released in the recent past), with Bison BC expecting their punisher Dark Ages on 4/13 (Tuesday). Much like 2008's Quiet Earth, the new Bison LP is a burner, skillfully meshing moments of stoner rock, thrash, and even crust punk to create a record to raise a beer to, if only you can stop headbanging. Bangover indeed.
Though all bands pride themselves on huge riffs delivered at exceptional volume, it seems that for a short time, that was muzzled:
Mr. Pike's guitar sounded as if it were coming from someone's living-room stereo. Suddenly High on Fire seemed small and delicate. This wasn't how it was supposed to go down. It took half the set to get the mix right, through to the new 'Fire, Flood & Plague,' whose four-bar chordal riff includes a couple of half-step waverings, like the cracks in a devotional singer's wail, and whose guitar solo was sprayed and gestural and fantastic, ignoring the moving harmony. -[New York Times]More pictures from the show are below with current US dates...
DOWNLOAD: High On Fire - "Frost Hammer" (MP3)
High On Fire at Hammerstein (more by Paul Birman)
High On Fire have announced a headlining tour in support of Snakes Of The Divine kicking off in Minneapolis on March 31st with a killer triple threat of support from Priestess, Black Cobra, and Bison BC. The tour includes an NYC date on 4/9 at Gramercy Theater which go on sale on 2/12 at noon. Full dates are below.
That jawdropper of a tour isn't the only set of dates on the calendar for High On Fire. The Oakland boys are on board to play the Harvest of Hope fest and the Action PR SXSW showcase at The Mohawk in Austin on 3/17. Priestess will be in Austin for SXSW as well, to play the Tee Pee showcase on March 18th at Habana Calle 6 (and a TBA day party on March 20th). Before SXSW Priestess will be in NYC to play MHOW on March 13th. Tickets are still available.
High on Fire's new album Snakes Of The Divine hits store shelves on 2/23 via E1. Download the first track, "Frost Hammer" above. The band is also streaming the title track from their new LP at Spin.com.
April 9th (High On Fire's Gramercy date) is one day before the BV-presents Weedeater / The Gates of Slumber / Black Tusk / Struck By Lightning melee at Studio At Webster Hall. Those tickets are on sale NOW.
Two of High On Fire's recent tourmates are on the road in April.
Full High On Fire and Priestess dates, and some vids are below including the Priestess video for "Ladykiller".
Dixie Dave of Weedeater and his lovely singing voice (more by Paul Birman)
"I would say the biggest underground band from here that deserves all the credit in the world is Weedeater. They are the godfathers of what we do." -[An interview with CT of Rwake]BrooklynVegan and Osiris are proud to present a killer four band bill of Weedeater, The Gates of Slumber, Black Tusk, and Struck By Lightning who will lay waste to The Studio at Webster Hall on 4/10! Tickets are $13 and go on sale soon.
The show is part of a string of dates for the North Carolinians (Weedeater). The first leg kicks off on 3/12 with ASG and US Christmas and continues on to SXSW where the trio will meet up with Rwake and Black Cobra at Encore for the Tone Deaf Showcase (3/20). From there, the fearsome foursome (Weedeater, The Gates of Slumber, Black Tusk, and Struck By Lightning) will depart Austin and scoot out west before heading back east for the NYC show.
Stay tuned for some big announcements regarding BV shows during SXSW, and also note that tickets are now on sale for the BV-presented Mayhem / Tombs / Krallice / Ludicra show coming to Irving Plaza two days before Weedeater get here.
Of all of the formidable bands mentioned above, two are playing the Scion Rock fest on 3/13 in Columbus, Ohio: Black Tusk and Struck By Lightning. Struck by Lightning, which features Gregory Lahm (ex-Mouth Of The Architect), is currently promoting their 2009 release Serpents (we previewed it here).
Lahm's old band Mouth of The Architect has a new EP due on Translation Loss this March. The EP will be "a little faster and a little more metal" than the MOTA we are used to. MOTA are currently gearing up to hit the road leading up their appearance at Roadburn 2010.
All tour dates with a bunch of videows below...
Godflesh (1988-2002) - Mission is TerminatedBefore Greymachine, J2 or Jesu, there was Godflesh, the highly influential industrial metal juggernaut featuring Justin Broadrick in one of his first post-Napalm Death roles (check out our interview with Justin HERE). Godflesh has announced that they will reform for a single European performance at Hellfest in France on June 18-20, 2010.
"On April 10th 2002, I disbanded Godflesh. This was something I had painfully been pondering since GC Greens' departure from the band in Oct 2001. Regrettably it took until the day of leaving for a lengthy U.S tour for the realization to finally take its toll on me.
"Unfortunately the finality of the decision and the responsibilities of making the decision proved too much for me to bare, and I collapsed under the weight. I found that without GC Green, Godflesh is not Godflesh, and him leaving proved to be an omen for me. I also feel that everything we originally intended or even imagined with Godflesh we have done....
"JUSTIN K BROADRICK / MAY 2002"
Godflesh joins the recently confirmed 16, Asphyx, Crowbar, Katatonia, Omega Massif, Sick Of It All, and the mighty Ulver as well as quite a few others who have recently been confirmed and Agnostic Front, Suffocation, 7 Seconds, Black Cobra, Weedeater, Rwake, and many more who were previously confirmed. Full (current) lineup below...
words by BBG, photos by Chloe Rice
Savannah's Black Tusk, ruling
Special guest Black Cobra headlined with an all-star supporting cast of Black Tusk, Javelina, and Batillus as part of a BrooklynVegan/Chronic Youth Presentation at The Charleston on 11/18. The Batillus show was the first for the quartet in a month, as drummer Geoff Summers has been on the road with A Storm of Light (who also added Will Lindsay of Wolves In The Throne Room for the tour). Summers did double duty that night, leaving shortly after his performance with Batillus to hold down the kit for ASoL at their Record Release party at Ace of Clubs with Goes Cube and Biclops.
Batillus were on first, and this band has gone from good to reeeeaally good since my last experience with them. The addition of Fade (Inswarm, Jarboe's backing band with Eric of Cobalt and Man's Gin) changes this band from really great instrumental band to full-on juggernaut, and I am excited to see what their next move is. With a little luck and a few more tours under their belt, this band could be headed for great things.
Javelina is the perfect name for these Philadelphian sludgesters; the band is ferocious and violent, and tore through their set like a charging beast. It was another incredible showing from this foursome who opened with "You're Gonna Hate This" (I didn't) from their latest (and possible end of year favorite?) Beasts Among Sheep before barreling through other selections from that LP as well as their previous monster.
Black Tusk were the band that I was probably most excited to see. The Savannah crusty-thrashers, who recently signed to Relapse Records, mowed down the crowd with material from their recent LP Passage to Purgatory as well as material from recent splits with ASG and The Holy Mountain. Great band; fans of Kylesa, southern metal, and general badass-ery, take note.
San Francisco duo Black Cobra finished the day with serious downtuned High-On-Fire-y riffs and BIG drums. I have seen my share of bands, and with the exception of Jason Roeder (Neurosis) and a select few others, I have not seen a drummer hit quite as hard as Rafael Martinez. Seriously killer band that you can see again on 11/30 when they play with Pelican and Disappearer at Highline Ballroom. Tickets here.
More pictures from the show below...
by Black Bubblegum
Baroness at Bowery Ballroom (more by Tim Griffin)
The Blue Record impacts on 10/13, and Baroness will hit the road in November with a rotating cast of characters. Tickets are on sale for a November 20th NYC show at Bowery Ballroom where the band will be joined by the mighty Earthless and US Christmas.
Baroness is currently streaming two songs from their new album at their myspace.
Pig Destroyer will meet up with Baroness in Atlanta, but will hit NYC when they team up with Eyehategod and Goatwhore for a Rocksoff cruise on 10/24. Tickets are still available for the show that is now officially part of CMJ.
Dark Castle will also team up with Baroness on their tour. The duo played NYC last night (Monday, Sept 7) with Orphan, The Body, and Malkuth at Precious Metal. Dark Castle is also scheduled to play Lost & Lulu Alligator Bar on 9/13 with Tournament, Ramps, and The Body.
Full Dark Castle and Baroness dates, as well as a Dark Castle video below...
by Black Bubblegum
Black Cobra's therapist recommends meditation to cure their anger. We recommend full stacks.
A month after their appearance at an unofficial Southern Lord showcase (the sunn O)))/Earth/Eagle Twin show at Brooklyn Masonic - tix), Pelican will hit the road in support of their new LP, What We All Come To Need. Those fall & winter dates include a December 2nd NYC show at Highline Ballroom with Black Cobra and Disappearer. Tickets go on sale Friday, 9/4 at noon. All dates below.
Black Cobra is also gearing up to drop their debut for Southern Lord, Chronomega, due on 9/29. Chronomega was produced by the legendary Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis, Buzzov*en, High On Fire, soo many others) and features nine tracks, the first of which, "Negative Reversal" is available for download above! Dig on the cover art below. For the unaware, Black Cobra is a (massive) guitar-drums duo consisting of ex-members of Cavity (which at one point featured Juan & Steve of Torche), -16- (who reunited and dropped an LP this year), and Acid King (fun fact: Dale Crover's ex-wife Lori is on vox/guit). Black Cobra is two weeks away from touring Japan and Australia - full tour sched is below.
Speaking of bands that contained Juan Montoya and Steve Brooks of Torche, Floor recently announced that they will release their discography via Robotic Empire.
Jebb Riley's other undertaking, Doomriders, recently made an audioplayer for Darkness Come Alive available here. That album drops 9/29 on Deathwish. The band has only one date on their calendar thus far, 9/26 in Allston, MA supporting Rorschach.
All dates below...
by Black Bubblegum
As previously reported, the Chicago boys are scheduled to head out with Black Cobra & Unearthly Trance (look for "Electrocution", out Mar 18). In addition, the instru-metallers Pelican will also play the opening slot for emo-cum-proggers Thrice and Circa Survive on an upcoming US tour. Luckily for us NYers, Pelican has announced a separate headlining show at Music Hall Of Williamsburg on May 4th. Tickets go on sale Saturday Feb .16th at 10 AM. All tour dates below...