Entries tagged with: Black Cobra
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Revocation at Gramercy in 2014 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
As always, the metal and hardcore universe continues to exist unabated. Here's a roundup of some stuff coming up...
There's a bunch of heavy festivals here in the states. Besides the always-great festivals like Maryland Deathfest, there are a few recent metal fests announced that lean more towards mall metal but do have some good stuff. First of all there's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, which goes down in Worcester, MA On April 15-16. This year's lineup includes headliners The Black Dahlia Murder and Killswitch Engage, plus Earth Crisis, Ringworm, Rivers of Nihil, Old Wounds, Fallujah and various others. Tickets are on sale now.
There's also Heavy Montreal for the border-crossing metalheads. That one happens on August 6-7 and involves Mastodon, Ghost, Sabaton, Carcass, Suffocation, Inquisition, Kataklysm, Biohazard, Mantar and again, Killswitch Engage. Tickets are on sale.
Also, in upstate NY, there's Rock'n Derby Festival on May 20-22 with Lamb of God, Megadeth, Clutch, Wolfmother, Wild Throne, Anthrax and Ghost. Not to mention Dokken and Scott Stapp! This fest will also involve a demolition derby and pro wrestling. What are you waiting for? Buy tickets now.
In terms of NYC shows coming up, tech-death monsters Revocation are going on a short run of dates and hitting Saint Vitus on March 17. Support for that has yet to be announced, but tickets for that are on sale now. Dates below.
Old-school evil black metal band Archgoat are touring with Valkyrja, and they'll be stopping in NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on March 20. Tickets for that are on sale now, and you can check out all tour dates below.
Heavy, catchy punks Angel Du$t are playing a few east coast dates with Higher Power and Soft Grip, including NYC at The Acheron on March 18 with support from Liberty. Tickets for that are on sale now, and you can check out those dates below.
There's some new music making the rounds, including a new single from locals Prong. That's called "Cut and Dry," it's from their upcoming album X - No Absolutes, which is out today (2/5) and you can stream it below. The whole album is on Spotify.
San Francisco doom duo Black Cobra have a new album on the way called Imperium Simulacra and they recently debuted the title track. It's a stellar piece of riff-mongering, the likes of which we've come to expect from this band, and you can stream it below. Imperium Simulacra is out February 25 via Season of Mist.
Canadian power-metal band Striker just premiered their incredibly fun new LP Stand in the Fire over at Invisible Oranges. You can stream that ripper below. As always, keep an eye on IO for a steady stream of good metal.
Now on to the reminders. Since we last spoke much has been announced. There's Amon Amarth/Entombed A.D., The Sword/Purson, Dylan Carlson, Weekend Nachos, Kvelertak/Torche/Wild Throne, and Grim Reaper.
And of course there's more. You've got five (five) Killswitch Engage shows, Magrudergrind/Mutilation Rites, Cauldron, Tau Cross, Unearth/Ringworm, Dragged Into Sunlight/Primitive Man/Cult Leader/Churchburn, UXO/Primitive Weapons, Behemoth/Myrkur, Ghost, Cannabis Corpse, Pig Destroyer/Dropdead/Full of Hell, and Whores/Fight Amp.
Also: Dysrhthmia/Artificial Brain, Poison Idea/Child Bite/Iron Reagan AND Poison Idea/Child Bite/Sheer Terror, Rivers of Nihil Krallice/Sabbath Assembly/Gnaw, Coffins/Noisem/Ilsa, Bell Witch/Wrekmeister Harmonies, Black Tusk, Taake, Young and In the Way, Vattnet Viskar, and Bongzilla/Black Cobra.
And, to give you a fourth paragraph of links (because 4th time is the charm), there's Abbath/High on Fire/Skeletonwitch/Tribulation, Abigail Williams/Fleshgod Apocalypse, Melvins/Napalm Death/Melt Banana, Cannibal Corpse/Obituary/Cryptopsy, Voivod/Vektor/Eight Bells, Megadeth/Suicidal Tendencies, Black Sabbath, Slayer/Testament/Carcass, AC/DC, and Iron Maiden.
That about does it. What did we miss? Stream new Black Cobra, Prong, and Striker, and check out the new Conan video below...
Stoner doomers Bongzilla made their return (again) earlier this year, and they've continued to stay active. Now they announced a pretty extensive tour for 2016 with great support: Black Cobra and Lo-Pan are all dates, and varying legs with Against the Grain and Kings Destroy opening.
The run with Kings Destroy hits NYC on April 1 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/18) at noon.
All dates are listed, with a full-set video of their Brooklyn show at the Acheron in June, below...
San Francisco doom 2-piece Black Cobra have been on tour with fellow doom greats Yob for much of the fall. After playing two shows in NYC at Bell House and Webster Hall earlier in November (and hanging with famed vegan cookbook author Terry Hope Romero), the band ran into what sounds like a pretty harrowing van accident in Texas (everyone is thankfully OK). From Black Cobra's Facebook:
We just had a pretty crazy accident in the middle of Texas, but after a couple van flips, we made it out alive and pretty much unscathed except for a couple scratches. We are now rolling with the amazing gents in #Yob and will be finishing out the remaining tour dates with them. Thank you to everyone who has sent their thoughts our way. Remember to wear your seat belts...Good advice. We're glad to hear that they're fine and will be finishing up the tour.
Miami's Cavity, the '90s/early '00s sludge metal band that included future Floor / Torche members Steve Brooks and Juan Montoya and future Black Cobra member Jason Landrian, half-reunited at a Black Cobra show in their hometown last year, and now a full reunion is planned. This lineup won't actually include any of those three members, but it will include Eduardo Alejandro Matus, Daniel Gorostiaga, Rene Barge, Rick Smith (Torche), and Ryan Weinstein (The Cairo Gang and Mikal Cronin's band).
They'll make their first East Coast appearance in over a decade this fall, and it happens at NYC's Saint Vitus on September 25, presented by Noisey. Also on the bill is Genocide Pact and Sunrot. Tickets are on sale now.
Stream a track from 2001's On the Lam, their final album, below...
photo: YOB at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Doom/sludge greats YOB are still riding high off last year's fantastic Clearing the Path to Ascend, and they'll continue to support it on fall this tour. The likeminded Black Cobra will open, which is a pretty awesome double bill.
For one night of the tour, they'll revisit the past by playing 2005's The Unreal Never Lived in full for its 10th anniversary. That one happens in Brooklyn on November 5 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/14) at noon. They also play NYC's Marlin Room at Webster Hall on November 7, which isn't an Unreal Never Lived show. Tickets on sale Friday at noon for that one too.
All dates are listed, with a video from a The Unreal Never Lived show they played at Roadburn 2012, below...
by Ian Chainey
Black Cobra at Saint Vitus, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Black Cobra are currently on tour with Lo-Pan, and they brought out some old jams last night (9/8) in Miami. Guitarist Jason Landrian reunited with his old Cavity bandmate Daniel Gorostiaga for two of that band's songs during the encore. According to the YouTube description, "This was a sight to behold. After Black Cobra ripped through their set, Daniel Gorostiaga joined them onstage to play two Cavity songs, "Crawling" and "Supercollider." All things considered, this is the closest thing we've had to a Cavity reunion in years." Gorostiaga and Landrian both played on Cavity's 2001 record On the Lam, the band's final album. You can check out the video from the show below.
Cavity's lineup at one point also included Steve Brooks and Juan Montoya, who later formed Floor and then Torche. Both of those bands are currently active. Floor put out a new LP and wrapped up a tour earlier this year, and Torche are planning on releasing an album in 2015 and will be touring sooner than that, hitting NYC on September 27 at Saint Vitus with Broughton's Rules (tickets).
The Black Cobra / Lo-Pan tour has plenty more dates coming up through October too, including a NYC show on September 18 at Saint Vitus with Kings Destroy and Godmaker, which Invisible Oranges is presenting (tickets). Then, on September 19, the two will play the second night of Uninvited Festival, an absolutely loaded event that will be particularly appealing to stoners.
Updated Black Cobra / Lo-Pan dates are listed, with the almost-reunion of Cavity and a full stream of On the Lam, below...
by Ian Chainey
Uninvited Festival will be kicking off on September 18 - 21 at Brooklyn's Nihil Gallery. The festival promises to bring together skate sessions, art, and a loaded lineup of metal that includes stoner favorites Weedeater, Orchid, Elder, SubRosa, and many, many more. Tickets for each day of the event are available now. The full list of bands appears below.
According to the Uninvited Festival's About section, the event's itinerary is as long as the bill. Skate sessions will take place "on an undisclosed sponsored ramp." Bands will play on an "undisclosed sponsored stage." The Nihil Gallery will host an art exhibit tying the themes of the event together. And at night the gallery "becomes a cinema, showing relevant films on big screen and offering a place to relax." Afterwards, "a DJ will take over and Nihil Gallery becomes an afterparty until daybreak." All of it reads like a dream pitch instead of a settled and scheduled fest, which may account for why it's seemingly coming out of nowhere.
Regardless, the bands Uninvited have curated are impressive. Aside from those mentioned above, September 18 includes Mothership and reformed hardcore band Bl'ast. September 19 features appearances by the touring Black Cobra and Lo-Pan (who also play Saint Vitus on September 18 for an Invisible Oranges-presented show). And the weekend continues bringing the riffs with the Shrine, Lecherous Gaze, Electric Citizen (who were recently confirmed for Roadburn 2015), and breakout band Secret Cutter.
The complete lineup is listed, along with the Uninvited Festival's flyer, below...
by Ian Chainey
Black Cobra at SXSW 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Deafening duo Black Cobra will be heading out on the road for a month long tour with fellow thick-tone rockers Lo-Pan. The tour gets rolling at the end of August and winds through places like Austin, Boston, and Chicago. On September 18, the two will roll into NYC's Saint Vitus for an Invisible Oranges-presented show. Kings Destroy and Godmaker are also on the bill. Tickets for Saint Vitus are available now. All dates are listed below.
Black Cobra have racked up the miles this year, including a short jaunt with the recently reformed Cutthroats 9. They'll also be working on their next full-length with a prospective release window of early 2015. Tourmates and brothers in heft Lo-Pan will be dropping their new album Colossus through stoner sanctuary Small Stone Recordings on October 7. NYC doomers Kings Destroy are riding the positive press wave of sophomore release A Time of Hunting which came out last year. Finally, sludgesters Godmaker have been bringing the riffs at dates like the recent Mortals record release show.
All dates are listed, with streams of all 4 bands on the Vitus show, below...
by Ian Chainey
Dissent album art
California's the Cutthroats 9 are back with a new release and a tour. The noise rockers recently dropped "Dissention," the first taste of their new full-length Dissent, which will be available on LP June 3 through Lamb Unlimited and on CD June 24 via Repitilian Records. Dissent marks the first release for the Unsane-related outfit since 2001's Anger Management. To ring in the event, the trio will accompany Black Cobra and Årabrot on a short swing through the West Coast.
Formed in 2000 by Chris Spencer after the hiatus of Unsane and his subsequent move to the left coast, the Cutthroats 9 scrapped together a similar-on-the-surface yet divergent-in-feel sound, subbing out the terror of Unsane's Pre-Giuliani New York for something a touch closer to gut-bucket bluster. Spencer's distorted roar and driving guitars remained the focal point, but the compositions were far looser in delivery. This shift endeared the group to stoner haven Man's Ruin Records, on which they released their eponymous LP in 2000. This released was sandwiched between a single, You Should Be Dead, and the aforementioned Anger Management EP.
After Unsane reformed in 2003, it was assumed the trio was shelved forever, which makes their return all the more surprising. Old Grand Dad's Will Carroll reclaims drummer's throne while the low end duties are now handled by 16's Tony Baumeister. Together with Spencer, the three ably recreate the energy of the older incarnation while flexing a canny veteran muscle. "Dissention" slips and slides with bluesy strides, remaining moored thanks to a thunderous rhythm section.
The heavier, measured sound is a good fit for the band, especially considering their choice of touring mates. Black Cobra's sludgy guitar and drums duo are noted speaker slayers while the acclaimed Norwegian Årabrot also wield walls of distortion in service of their sea-sick punk. Following this late May run, Black Cobra heads north for a Canadian tour with Anciients and Black Wizard, while Årabrot flies back to Europe for fests and select UK dates with Converge.
All of the dates, along with the Dissent track listing, "Dissention" stream, and Black Cobra/Årabrot tasters appear below...
Though the 2013 Sled Island Festival got flooded out, it returns to Calgary, AB this year from June 18 - 22. The full line-up will be announced on April 29, but artists appearing include St. Vincent, Spiritualized, Neko Case, Rocket from the Crypt (who play NYC tonight), Rhye, Touche Amore, Bob Mould, Mission of Burma, The Julie Ruin, Killer Mike, White Lung, and more. Festival passes are on sale now, with tickets to individual shows going on sale April 11.
Full initial line-up of Sled Island 2014 artists, and a teaser video, below...
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...