Entries tagged with: Black Tusk
by Doug Moore, Wyatt Marshall, Zach Pollack and Andrew Sacher
Black Tusk at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
SXSW may be all about catching the hippest bands--check out the SXSW schedule for a lowdown on what's going on (or browse our "SXSW" tag for some highlights) -- including three BV day parties and the BV official showcase -- but there's no shortage of metal to bang your head to, either. Our metal blog, Invisible Oranges, is putting on a showcase on Thursday, March 13 at the Quantum Lounge (303 W. 5th St.) with Black Tusk, Mutoid Man (members Converge/Cave In), Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne and Venemous Maximus, and there are a number of other showcases and parties bringing heavy vibes. Here's a rundown of those events (with flyers and more details below).
On Tuesday night (3/12), Pitchfork's Show No Mercy showcase goes down at House of Vans at Mohawk (912 Red River) with Indian, Kylesa, Power Trip, Christian Mistress, Windhand and Iron Reagan outside; and Youth Code, Gnaw, Primitive Man, Psalm Zero, Sannhet and Yautja inside.
On Wednesday (3/13), it's the first of four Converse x Thrasher Death Match day parties at the Scoot Inn (1308 E 4th St) from noon to 6 across two stages with heavy representation from Earthless and The Shrine, plus some fun non-metal like Black Lips, Trash Talk (who also play the free Thursday BV party at Red 7), Cherry Glazerr and more. Free to the public.
Stereofly is also throwing a free party at Javelina Bar (69 Rainey St) with Yautja, Primitive Man, Gnarwhal and more.
There's also a not-free Heavy Metal Parking Lot day-into-night party at The Lost Well (2421 Webberville Rd) with Wino's reformed Spirit Caravan, The Shrine, Kylesa, Lazer/Wulf, Truckfighters and more. You can get advance tickets to that one.
Wednesday night, Relapse Records (who signed Iron Reagan, who do play SXSW but not this show) throws their showcase at The Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St) with Windhand, Christian Mistress, Nothing, Obliteration, Primitive Man and Pyrrhon. You can also catch Nothing for free at the Thursday BV party at Red 7 which Trash Talk is also playing.
Not far from there, Roadhouse Management / Nuclear Blast Records will be presenting their showcase inside at Red 7 (611 E. 7th St) with Orchid, Kadavar, Scropion Child, BP Fallon & the Bandits, Mothership, Sweat Lodge and The Well. (Not metal, but outside at that same venue on the same night is our BrooklynVegan showcase. And hey, there are some heavier bands like Touche Amore and Frameworks on the bill.)
Also on Wednesday night, you can catch Wrekmeister Harmonies at Remedy (209B W. 5th St) with a non-metal lineup of Sean Nicholas Savage, Audacity, Tyvek and more.
Thursday (3/13), the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties continue with Windhand, Nothing and not exactly metal (not that Nothing is really metal either), but certainly loud bands Fucked Up, Destruction Unit, together PANGEA and Dirty Fences.
Then at night, it's our previously mentioned Invisible Oranges showcase at the Quantum Lounge with Black Tusk, Mutoid Man, Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne and Venemous Maximus.
We do of course hope you come, but you can also catch Scale the Summit, The Ocean, Rivers of Nihil, Felix Martin, Vattnet Viskar, The Atlas Moth and Silver Snakes at the Metal Injection showcase at the Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St).
It's the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties again on Friday (3/14) with the recently reunited NYHC band Judge, the recently reunited '80s-era SST vets Bl'ast, plus quality newer bands like Kylesa, Power Trip, Black Tusk, Sannhet, Lecherous Gaze, Iron Reagan, Southern Lord-signed LA band Obliterations (not to be confused with Relapse-signed Norwegian band Obliteration), Youth Code and more.
During the day on Friday, New England Metal & Hardcore Fest also has a free party at G Pen Annex (corner of 6th and Red River) with Xibalba, Alpha & Omega, Comeback Kid, Backtrack, Counterparts, Downpresser and more.
That night, MetalSucks puts on their showcase at The Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St), headlined by Animals as Leaders, and also featuring sets by After the Burial, Ringworm, Iron Reagan, Mutoid Man, Whores and East of the Wall.
The last day of the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties happens on Saturday (3/15), and though there's no metal at all on this one, you can still rage to Perfect Pussy and Diarrhea Planet.
Then, Saturday night, Tone Deaf Touring's showcase is at Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River) with Spirit Caravan, Iron Reagan, King Parrot, Vattnet Viskar, Lazer/Wulf, Pilgrim and Vaporizer.
And if you've got a badge, you can check out some of the metal panels during the day, including From Riffs to Bits with James Williamson (The Stooges) and Buzz Osborne (Melvins) on Friday at 12:30 PM, and Has Metal Lost Its Edge? with Brandon Stosuy (Pitchfork), Chris Gigg (Woe), Emilie Friedlander (The Fader), former BrooklynVegan contributor Fred Pessaro (Noisey), and Kim Kelly (Pitchfork) on Thursday at 3:30 PM.
That's a good amount of choices of the heavy persuasion for this year's SXSW, but if you're trying to narrow down the things you want to catch, we've put together a list of 11 metal bands we're looking forward to seeing. Check out that list (in alphabetical order) and along with flyers and set times for the above-mentioned shows, below...
by Doug Moore
Invisible Oranges and BrooklynVegan are pleased to announce that we'll be hosting our second annual SXSW metal showcase on Thursday, March 13, at the Quantum Lounge (303 W. 5th St. in Austin, TX). People with festival badges and wristbands are welcome, and additional tickets will be available at the door. Doors are at 7pm, and the show begins at 8. Here's the lineup and running order:
INVISIBLE ORANGES @ SXSWWe're extremely excited to bring such a diverse lineup of bands together; if you're not familiar with some of these acts, you can stream their music below. See you in Austin.
1:00 - Black Tusk
12:00 - Mutoid Man (members Converge/Cave In)
11:00 - Kayo Dot
10:00 - Yautja
9:00 - Wild Throne
8:00 - Venomous Maximus
The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.
by Wyatt Marshall
Black Tusk at the Studio at Webster Hall, in May (more by Keith Marlowe)
East Williamsburg's metal and hardcore venue of record, the Acheron, is heading down to Mexico to host a two day festival, the first annual Acheron D-Fest on February 14 and 15 at Club Bombay in Mexico City. The festival will feature thrashers Toxic Holocaust and Black Tusk at the top of the nearly twenty band bill that includes psych punks Lecherous Gaze and death/grind specialists Skullshitter. If you're more into metal than love, this could be a good way to skip out on Valentine's Day. Head over to D-Fest's Facebook page for more details. Full lineup below.
Toxic Holocaust kick off their previously discussed tour with Ramming Speed in NJ on Saturday (11/16). That tour hits NYC at Saint Vitus on November 29 with In Defence. Tickets for that show are still available.
Toxic Holocaust's new album, Chemistry of Consciousness, is out now, and you can stream it, along with the video for "Acid Fuzz" below. They're also contributing the new track "Life Is a Lie" to Decibel's flexi-disc series, and you can stream that track here.
Also playing D-Fest is Trenchgrinder, who are playing with Eyehategod and Syphilitic Lust at the actual Acheron Saturday night (11/16). The show was recently officially announced after being a "secret," and tickets are still available, but they may not be for much longer considering Eyehategod sold out Saint Vitus last night (11/14).
Check out the full D-Fest lineup, along with all Toxic Holocaust dates, video and LP stream, below...
by Doug Moore
Slayer at Mayhem Fest, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Slayer's first North American tour since the demise of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman (RIP) earlier last year draws nigh; its first date is tonight (10/25) in Las Vegas, though it doesn't start in earnest until its 11/8 Minneapolis date. At this point, only half of the classic Slayer lineup remains. Guitarist Kerry King and bassist/vocalist Tom Araya are still plugging away, while Hanneman has been replaced (seemingly for keeps) by Exodus guitarist Gary Holt. Drummer Dave Lombardo -- who quit the band over a financial dispute with his bandmates -- is being covered by Paul Bostaph, who spent most of the '90s as a member of Slayer.
Perhaps in an attempt to dispel any misgivings about the tour, Slayer has announced that they'll be playing an "old school" set that spotlights material from their first five releases. So says the press release:
"Slayer's "Old School Slayer Night" set will include tracks from 1983's Show No Mercy, 1985's Hell Awaits, the genre-defining and Gold-certified Reign In Blood (1986), 1988's South of Heaven, also certified Gold, and Seasons.Hard to complain about that. Though Slayer will obviously never be the same after losing half the lineup that recorded those classics, Holt and Bostaph are more than competent enough to replicate them faithfully. After all, Slayer have been in working-stiff mode for a decade now; they exist for fan service, and they seem to know it.
"The final set list is still coming together," added Araya, "but we're going to give the fans what amounts to 'decades of aggression.' It's going to be a great night of music and moshing for everyone."
Slayer's tour with Gojira and 4ARM hits NYC on November 27 at the Theatre at MSG. It also includes area shows at CT's Oakdale Theater (11/26) and NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center (11/29), and tickets for all three are still available.
Before the NYC-area dates, the tour hits Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest, where we're doing two FFF Nites shows. One of them is a metal show, presented by our metal blog Invisible Oranges, which doubles as the Austin stop on the ongoing Black Tusk/Inter Arma tour. The show happens on Saturday, 11/9 at Hotel Vegas with the sludgy Black Tusk headlining at 12:45 AM, preceded by the psychedelic black metal of Inter Arma (11:45 PM), Chicago experimental metal band Yakuza (11 PM), and local Austinites Eagle Claw (10:15 PM). I've said this a few times, but if you haven't caught Inter Arma's live show, you should really do that. Their new album, Sky Burial, is handily one of the year's best, and their live treatments of it only emphasize its charms. Entry is free with a FFF Fest badge.
Check out a full live set by the current Slayer lineup, a full stream of the new Inter Arma, and Slayer's complete run of dates with Gojira and 4ARM, below...
Inter Arma at Union Pool in June (more by Caroline Harrison)
Savannah sludge trio Black Tusk and their psychedelic-metal Relapse labelmates Inter Arma have announced that they'll be teaming up for a tour of the US this fall. The tour hits NYC on October 30 at Saint Vitus with more TBA. Tickets for the show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Inter Arma, who have hit NYC multiple times this year, are still touring behind this year's Sky Burial LP. Black Tusk, who also hit NYC earlier in the year, are supporting their more recently released Tend No Wounds EP. Streams from both of those releases, along with the list of tour dates and tour flyer, below.
by Fred Pessaro
Black Tusk at The Studio at Webster Hall, May 2013 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Ready for this one? Black Tusk only have four tour dates right now, and none are in NYC. I know thats a hard pill to swallow considering the hard-touring nature of this Savannah swamp metal band.
But Black Tusk still isn't taking a true break though, readying the release of Tend No Wounds, a new six-song EP via Relapse on July 23, 2013. Head below for the video for "In Days of Woe" along with a shockingly small amount of tour dates.
Kvelertak at By:Larm 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Kvelertak's highly anticipated Meir hits on March 26, and the band has a brand new viscera-filled video to show for it. Check out "Månelyst" from the LP below. You can also stream the album in full at Stereogum and look for the band on tour this spring with Cancer Bats & Black Tusk.
by Andrew Sacher
Kvelertak at Full Metal Texas 2011 (more by Samantha Marble)
Guitar swingin' Norwegians Kvelertak are streaming their great new album, Meir, in its entirety a week ahead of its 3/26 release date. If you liked their 2010 self titled debut -- a devilish mix melodic rawk riffage, punk speed, and black metal darkness -- you're bound to like this one too. The riffs are harder and sometimes less "catchy" than the debut (except times like "Tordenbrak"), but the vocals are even stronger. It's some of the same, some different, and at least as great as the first album. Check it out below (via Stereogum).
Black Tusk were initially not billed for that show, but after their tour with Today is the Day (who played one of our Invisible Oranges SXSW shows), KEN Mode (who played two of our IO SXSW shows), and Fight Amp passed through NYC, they were officially added.
Stream Meir below...
photos by Caroline Harrison
Today is the Day played Saint Vitus last night (March 6th) joined by touring partners Black Tusk, KEN Mode and Fight Amp with Brooklyn band Fashion Week rounding out the evening. Pictures from the show are at Invisible Oranges. Saint Vitus was the second date on the touring package's North American tour that will take them to The Studio at Webster Hall tomorrow (3/8) all the way to SXSW. Look for half of that bill, Today is the Day and KEN Mode, to play the Invisible Oranges stage at BrooklynVegan's SXSW day party at the old Emo's location on March 15.
If you missed out on Saint Vitus last night, head to The Studio at Webster Hall on Friday (3/8). Tickets are still available OR you can try your luck at winning a pair! Details on how to win are below.
Today is The Day at Maryland Deathfest, May 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Noisecore favorites Today is The Day will hit the road in March on a campaign toward SXSW. The band will be joined by a formidable supporting cast of Black Tusk, KEN Mode and Fight Amp with the tour kicking off with TWO NYC dates: Saint Vitus on March 6 (tickets), followed by a second show at The Studio at Webster Hall on March 8 with a "special guest" TBA (tickets). All tour dates are listedbelow.
Black Tusk at Santos, June 2012 (more by Wyatt Marshall)
In addition to Bowery Ballroom tonight (11/11) or Saint Vitus tomorrow (11/12), Black Tusk will play a special late night show at Acheron tonight. The show, a benefit for Hurricane Sandy relief, begins with doors at 11:30 PM with an $8-10 sliding scale entry fee. All money will go towards OccupySandy, specifically the purchase of goods to help the relief effort. Head to the show to support a good cause or if you cant make it, purchase some relief goods on your own.
In related news, Indian Handcrafts were supposted to play dates on the tour but due to issues at the border, the band has been replaced by Lord Dying on all dates. Lord Dying's last NYC show was at Saint Vitus with Witch Mountain back in June.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Indian Handcrafts have welcomed their new LP Civil Disobedience For Losers, which is out now via Sargent House. Stream a pair of tracks from that release and check out a video below.
The band's mix of Queens-of-the-Stone-Age-meets-Melvins melodic riffery, which makes sense considering the production of Toshi Kasai and the guest appearances from Melvins drummers Dale Crover and Coady Willis, will fit nicely alongside Red Fang and Black Tusk, and as such you can catch the trio on tour together for the East Coast leg of their tour. Dates are below, including on 11/11 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets) and 11/12 at Saint Vitus (tickets).
All tour dates are listed below, along with those song streams.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Red Fang at Orion Festival, 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Outside of laying down a riffy groove, if there's one thing that Red Fang knows, its drinking. A close second has to be videos; the Portland band have released a few, all have been drenched in hilarity (and beer). Now that Red Fang is prepping to headline a tour in the US with Black Tusk, the boys have offered a different sort of approach in the video for "Dirt Wizard" from their current offering Murder the Mountains which you can watch below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Gehenna at A389 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
For those of you not at This is Hardcore this weekend, tonight's can't miss show at Acheron (8/10) will feature Gehenna, the California crew that hasn't blessed NYC since sharing the stage with Catharsis at CBGB's in 1997 (their set was eventually turned into the Eat, Fight, Fuck. Live At CBGB's split with their tourmates). The band will be joined by North Carolinian gods of hellfire hardcore Young and In The Way, death-doom rollers Ilsa, California's Skin like Iron and NYC troublemakers Psychic Limb. $10 gets you in.
The rest of the weekend has similarly interesting appearances. Saturday (8/11) will see a reunion of Shriner at Gramercy, though across town Tommy's Tavern will host Neo Cons (ex-86 Mentality) along with Swaath, Correspondences and more. And make sure and end your weekend with an appearance from prog-thrash favorites Vektor, who will hit Saint Vitus on Sunday
(8/12, tickets) along with Bezoar (who have a new-ish album) and Soon.
Satan's Satyrs will join Nightbitch, Balam and Syphilitic Lust for a show at Acheron on August 24. Flyer for the show is below. For those unfamiliar with the ripping styles of SS, stream some material below as well!
In other news, the previously discussed Red Fang/Black Tusk tour is a reality, and you can check out all dates below. The band play on Bowery Ballroom on November 11 (tickets) and Saint Vitus on November 12 (tickets).
All suggested shows for the next two weeks are below. What did I miss?
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Red Fang at Orion (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
I'm starting to notice a trend. When we last spoke, I hypothesized that since Red Fang is from Portland and Black Tusk is from Savannah, the then-single-date at Bowery Ballroom on 11/11 (tickets) must be part of a tour. While a full schedule hasn't been revealed, Tickets are now on sale for a second show with the same lineup (Indian Handcrafts too) at the considerably smaller Saint Vitus on November 12th.
Still no full tour details, but all known tour dates are listed below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Red Fang at Orion (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
The beer-soaked Portland rockers Red Fang have some of the most entertaining videos in hard rock/metal. Their live show ain't so bad neither, which you can check out when the band teams with fellow Orion Fest alumni Black Tusk for a show on November 11 at Bowery Ballroom with Indian Handcrafts. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (8/3) at noon.
Though details havent emerged, the show looks to be part of a larger US tour for Savannah's Black Tusk that has them on the West Coast by late October. Word on possible East Coast dates surrounding Red Fang's appearance are unavailable but considering the boys are in our neck of the woods, somewhat probable?
Full tour schedule for both Black Tusk and Red Fang is listed below, along with a couple videos.
photos by Wyatt Marshall
Municipal Waste at Santos, 6/26/2012
The Waste concluded a tour with 3 Inches of Blood and Black Tusk at Santos Party House in NYC last night (6/26). Photos from the show are below, along with a list of European tour dates for the Richmond band and that "You're Cut Off" video.
As mentioned, Orion Music & More happens this weekend in Atlantic CIty's Bader Field from June 23-24 and is being headlined by Metallica both nights, who play Ride the Lightning in full on Saturday (6/23) and The Black Album in full on Sunday (6/24). Other bands playing include Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse, Hot Snakes, Fucked Up, The Gaslight Anthem, Titus Andronicus, Best Coast, Liturgy, A Place to Bury Strangers, and more, plus a heavy stage with Suicidal Tendencies, Sepultura, Torche, Red Fang, Kyng, Landmine Marathon, Black Tusk, Thy Will Be Done and others. The heavy stage (aka "Damage, Inc.") isn't the only place you can catch heavy bands though. The festival also includes Baroness on the Orion stage, The Sword on the Fuel stage, Liturgy on the Frantic stage, and Ghost on the Orion stage. You can check out the full schedule of both days and all four stages HERE.
Orion Music & More is the first NYC-area appearance for Hot Snakes since the reunited band played The Bell House and Maxwell's in December. They'll play another area show (also in NJ) at ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in September.
As mentioned, it's the first time in a while that Modest Mouse will be in the NYC area. They play Orion on Saturday (6/23) before heading to Randall's Island for Governors Ball, which also happens this weekend.
There's a ton of stuff going on at Orion other than live music too. You can pick up rock 'n' roll memorabilia at Ktulu's Rock 'N' Roll Emporium, check out film screenings hand-picked by Lars Ulrich at Hit The Lights Films, skate the Motorbreath Mini Ramp, have a glimpse into Kirk Hammett's creepy personal collection of horror film memorabilia at Kirk's Crypt, surf, nerd out at the ESP Guitar Experience, check out the Metallica Museum, show your support for a variety of charities, or check out the car show.
If you're heading out to Atlantic City for the fest this weekend, head here for directions. If you're driving, there's no on-site parking at the field, but there are a number of parking areas nearby and free shuttles that run from the lots to Bader Field. If you're taking the train, you can get there via the Amtrak or the NJ Transit Rail and there will be a free shuttle from the Atlantic City terminal to the festival. Once you're there, this map should help you get around. We're also told that it's about a 20-30 minute walk from the boardwalk.
Tickets for the festival are still available.
In related news," Kirk's Crypt" isn't the only place Mr. Hammett will be indulging in his love of all things creepy. He'll be publishing a book titled Too Much Horror Business - The Kirk Hammett Collection this October via Abrams Image with photographs of his personal collection of horror memorabilia. The book also includes Kirk's own handwritten captions for many of the photographs. He'll be putting out limited edition toys, like the ones he's been collecting his whole life, along with the book this October. You can pre-order the book at Kirk's online toy store. He'll be discussing the book at Kirk's Crypt at 4 PM each day.
Maybe his old friend Glenn Danzig will add it to his book collection...
Municipal Waste at Gramercy Theater (more by Greg Cristman)
Municipal Waste are currently wasting America with the help of Gwar and Ghoul, but after those dates they'll head out on a trek of their own. The two legs of US dates fall in late May and June, with the first set including a stop at Chaos in Tejas and the second, with 3 Inches of Blood and Black Tusk, hitting Santos Party House on June 26th. Ticketing info is forthcoming. All dates are listed below.
Da Waste is preparing to release The Fatal Feast, their Nuclear Blast debut due next week. check out a video for the title track featuring John Connelly of Nuclear Assault below alongside all tour dates.
Suicidal Tendencies at Terminal 5 (more by Meghan McInnis)
After an initial announcement featured bands from across the map, Metallica's Atlantic City summer festival Orion Music & More (June 23rd and 24th at Bader Field) has announced more bands and a "Damage Inc" stage. The new stage has a more metal focus while avoiding the standard "Summer Slaughter"/"Monster Energy Drink Mayhem Festival" type fare. Suicidal Tendencies will headine the stage, which will also feature Sepultura, Torche, Red Fang, Kyng, Landmine Marathon, Black Tusk, and Thy Will Be Done.
Eric Church, The Jim Breuer Heavy Metal Comedy Tour, Soul Rebels, and Wooden Shjips have also been added to the lineup.
The new bands are in addition to previously announced folk like Metallica, Modest Mouse, Titus Andronicus (who play the BV Official Showcase at SXSW), Arctic Monkeys, The Black Angels (who are also playing a BV SXSW event), and many others. Tickets are on sale. Full lineup below...
Municipal Waste @ Metal Suckfest
After a pre-party on 11/3 with Mayhem, the inaugural Metal SuckFest kicked off on Friday (11/4) at Gramercy Theater with a headlining appearance from Richmond's own Municipal Waste, who were joined by Today is The Day, God Forbid, All Pigs Must Die, Magrudergrind, Black Tusk, Howl, This is Hell, Ramming Speed and Prime Evil. Pictures of all bands except Prime Evil (who we missed) adorn this post.
Hardcore supercrew All Pigs Must Die also played a last minute surprise show at Saint Vitus later that night. A video from that show, and more pictures from night one at Gramercy (night two is on the way), below...
Magrudergrind at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by BBG)
Metalsucks have announced most of their lineup slated for the Metal Suckfest 2011 at Gramercy Theater on November 4th and 5th. Joining the previously announced artists will be God Forbid, Howl, Black Tusk, Ramming Speed, Prime Evil, A Life Once Lost, Scale the Summit, Fight Amp, and Ultrageist across the two days. Tickets are on sale for both 11/4 and 11/5, or you can buy them packaged with tickets for Mayhem who play the day before (Metalsucks Pre-Game). Lineups by day and the show flyer is below.
Reminder: TWO of the artists slated to play the Metal Suckfest will play NYC this weekend. Fight Amp will support Weedeater/Oxbow/Bison BC at Europa on Saturday (9/10, tickets) and Despise You/Magrudergrind/Backslider/The Communion/Defeatist are at Shea Stadium (9/11).
More shows happening this weekend are listed in Evillive.
The almost-full Suckfest lineup and the show flyer is below.
photos by Samantha Marble, words by BBG
Kirk Windstein of Crowbar
I'm no expert on non-alcoholic beer. So when I see Kirk Windstein of Crowbar (who recently left alcohol rehab) hit the stage with a half-dozen bottles of suds, the mind gets curious. Fortunately, Clausthaler is definitely N/A.
"Let me get some more of that fake shit," Windstein says between songs, gulping it down.
Not to be the fun police or anything, but we need that bear guitar tone around for a while. And we definitely needed it Sunday night at Santos Party House, but it wasn't there, though not for any alcohol-related reasons, but more on that in a second.
Opening acts A Life Once Lost and Primitive Weapons started the show, but I missed them. I arrived in time for a rendez-vous with Black Tusk for the umpteenth time this year. The hard-touring band gave it their all on stage (per usual) but there's no fighting city hall or, to be more precise, a soundman more interested in his laptop. Black Tusk sounds this tinny? Unequivocally, no. The atrocious sound continued on to Crowbar's set, who followed the Savannah trio.
New Orleans juggernauts Crowbar have always had one foot in Sabbath-ian territory, but with sandpaper-y vocals that recall hardcore. As such, NYHC pit bosses were in full effect at the venue, and the mosh pit spiked in intensity for songs like "High Rate Extinction" and the encore of "All I Had (I Gave)". It calmed for tracks from Sever The Wicked Hand, the band's new and six-years-in-the-making effort on E1 due in February 2011, though the new songs seem to have the same gruff melodicism and signature Windstein riff badass-ery; they sound promising.
But they didn't sound good! Despite a killer and exacting set from Kirk & crew, Crowbar was a victim of the tinny sound at the venue. Their trademark low-end thump was noticeably absent from the PA. I eventually moved directly in front of the stage to get more from the backline of "Dime" amps (yes, as in Dimebag Darrell of Pantera), which helped immensely.
With a set heavy on favorites, Crowbar delivered despite the noticable obstacles. Crowbar also filmed a video for "The Cemetary Angels" from the new LP while in NYC. Look for that soon. More pictures from the show below...
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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.