Entries tagged with: Bloody Panda

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By Doug Moore

Guardian Alien at Cameo, 2012 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Guardian Alien

So this is a novel show: the UK promoter Fat Out Til You Pass Out (awesome) has put together a NYC date featuring local, experimentally-minded musicians collaborating with British visual/video artists. Of particular musical note are Guardian Alien (featuring former Liturgy drummer Greg Fox), and Bloody Panda frontwoman Yoshiko Ohara. Ala Muerte and Dreamboat Crusaderz round out the bill. The show will be at Silent Barn on October 29.

Here's what the Fat Out performances will entail, per the press release:

Guardian Alien vs. Positively Destructive
Guardian Alien (Thrill Jockey) will be collaborating with Positively Destructive, a collective who look for ways to alter the audience's perception of how they experience a live show. Psychedelic visuals and interactive installations combined with the psychic meditation of Guardian Alien's music this performance will end the night with a very psychedelic trip.

Yoshiko Ohara vs. Video Jam

Bloody Panda's Yoshiko Ohara will be undergoing the challenge of a VideoJam. VideoJam are a collective based in Manchester who team up film makers and musicians and then get the musicians to score the films live. Yoshiko will be scoring a film by NYE Best called Shatterlands. Yoshiko will be following her VideoJam with her own material.

Ala Muerte vs. Khom

Ala Muerte creates oscillating drone that becomes more profound and intoxicating with each loop, featuring angelic vocals and treated guitars and when joined by the visual mastermind that is James Robinson (KHOM) you will leave this performance being completely absorbed and entranced.

Dreamboat Crusaders vs. The Volkov Commanders

Paring up Dreamboat Crusaderz and The Volkov Commanders is going to create a performance beyond any earthing's comprehension. The elaborate, heavily layered soundscapes of Dreamboat Crusadersz mixed with the alien ideas of the Volkov Commanders, this performance will explore galaxies of the unknown.

In related -- and oddly similar -- news, Fox's old band Liturgy will be playing a Halloween show at 285 Kent. That show will also be an off-kilter collaboration; Liturgy will be working with noted soundtrack composer and John Carpenter collaborator Alan Howarth; the show is being billed as a celebration of the 35th anniversary of Howarth's work on Halloween. You can get tickets here. Thrill Jockey labelmates The Body also have a Halloween show in the works. There's many other Halloween options too.

Check out a Guardian Alien video below...

Continue reading "Guardian Alien, Yoshiko Ohara & others teaming w/ British visual artists for NYC show; Liturgy playing a Halloween show"

by Bill Pearis


Baltimore-based experimentalists Matmos are set to release The Marriage of True Minds, their first album in five years on February 19 via Thrill Jockey. The record's birth, much like their Ganzfeld EP from last year, is a bit odd, even for this duo. Here's a bit from the press release:

For the past four years the band have been conducting parapsychological experiments based upon the classic Ganzfeld ("total field") experiment, but with a twist: instead of sending and receiving simple graphic patterns, test subjects were put into a state of sensory deprivation by covering their eyes and listening to white noise on headphones, and then Matmos member Drew Daniel attempted to transmit "the concept of the new Matmos record" directly into their minds. The resulting transcripts became poetic and conceptual scores used by Matmos to generate the nine songs on this album. If a subject hummed something, that became a melody; passing visual images suggested arrangement ideas, instruments, or raw materials for a collage; if a subject described an action, then the band members had to act out that out and make music out of the noises generated in the process of the re-enactment. "The Marriage of True Minds" boasts a promiscuous cast of guest musicians, an array of sonic tactics, and a broad swathe of musical styles, but this diversity is joined together with a common purpose: the translation of this archive of psychic experiments into a delirious hybrid of conceptual noise and electronic pop.
Matmos created a Tumblr detailing their Ganzfeld experiments which makes for heady reading. While there are moments of beauty and danceable rhythms to be heard on The Marriage of True Minds, the album ends with a doom-y cover of The Buzzcocks' "ESP" that features vocals from Gerry Mak of Brooklyn metal band Bloody Panda. It's an interesting album.

Which should also make for interesting live shows. While they're scheduled for a European tour in March, Matmos only have one U.S. date at the moment and it's in NYC: February 11 at Le Poisson Rouge and tickets are on sale now.

Cover art and track list for The Marriage of True Minds is below, along with a list of all tour dates

Continue reading "Matmos releasing first new album in 5 years, touring (dates)"

by BBG


Yosh, the pint-sized terror that leads Bloody Panda, will headline a bill of shadowy beauty at Saint Vitus on March 15th with fragile post-rock from Picastro and the delicate and haunting Sondra Sun-Odeon (who recently impressed while supporting Religious to Damn). Tickets are on sale for this BrooklynVegan-BBG/(((unartig))) production.

Picastro's last outing was last year's Fool, Redeemer, a semi-collaborative split with Nadja that saw the light of day on Alien8 Recordings. Stream all of that split at the label, and check a video of "Hortur" from Whore Luck below, a release that also featured contributions from Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart and former member Owen Pallett.

Head below for some video by Picastro and Sondra Sun-Odeon, who is preparing her solo debut for release.

Continue reading "Picastro, Yosh (of Bloody Panda) & Sondra Sun-Odeon teaming for a show at Saint Vitus"

Andy Nelson with Paint it Black at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Paint it Black

Mamiffer, Tombs, Locrian, Thou, Fuck The Facts, The Atlas Moth and many more contribute to the second part of our continuing series where we asked some of our favorite artists about their 2011 highlights. Part One HERE. Part Two below...

Continue reading "The Year in Heavy 2011 according to artists & friends (part 2)"

by BBG

Summon: Invocation

Summon: Invocation has finally arrived. The reimagining of Bloody Panda's downtuned doom-riff destruction and the icy-demonic screams of Yoshiko Ohara by names like Matmos, Mick Barr, Portal, Sanford Parker and many others, will finally be released in full for FREE DOWNLOAD via the band.

To cap off our series of interviews with bands that contributed to the Bloody Panda remix, we sat down with G. Stuart Dahlquist and Edgemont Martin currently of Bird Eye and ASVA respectively, but formerly of the titanic doom gods Burning Witch. The pair collaborated on a remix of "Gold" for the LP, and their pairing marks the first time that the two have collaborated since the dissolution of that doom juggernaut. Burning Witch recently announced a 4xLP box set for Southern Lord, which is on preorder NOW.

In our final interview we asked Dahlquist/Martin about their involvement in the remix, and the possibility of a return of Burning Witch. Check that, and their remix of "Gold" below.


Continue reading "An Interview with G. Stuart Dahlquist & Edgy 59 ++++++++ Bloody Panda's Summon: Invocation out now (free download)"

by BBG

Portal at Knitting Factory (more by Samantha Marble)

Continuing our ongoing Bloody Panda remix series (we interviewed both Sanford Parker and Matmos), we sat down with the veiled madman behind Portal, Horror Illogium, to ask him a few questions about his contribution to Summon: Invocation. The results and the song stream, which appears here for the first time, are below.

Continue reading "an interview with Portal's Horror Illogium (and the debut of his Bloody Panda remix) ----- read & listen"

by BBG


Sanford Parker is another contributor to the previously mentioned Bloody Panda remix LP, joining names like Matmos and Mick Barr (who recently posted his remix at Pitchfork) with his remix of "Pusher", which makes its debut here. Chicago-an Parker, go-to metal producer and member of many area bands, sat down with us to discuss his views on the remix, current studio projects and the current status of Minsk, Buried at Sea, Circle of Animals, The High Confessions, and Nachtmystium. The results, which include a discussion on his first frightening encounter with Bloody Panda and the new song stream, are below.

Continue reading "Sanford Parker remixed Bloody Panda (listen) ---- song debut & an interview w/ Sanford too)"

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Bloody Panda - "Gold" Matmos Remix (MP3)

Bloody Panda 2011
Bloody Panda

The idea of a remix album for a metal band is an odd one, but Bloody Panda is anything but conventional. So when the topic was broached about remixing their 2009 LP Summon, the NYC Doom band put out the call to a litany of great contributors including Matmos, Sanford Parker, Mick Barr, and Jarboe as well as members of Portal, The Legendary Pink Dots, Burning Witch and a host of others. The result is the self-released Summon: Invocation, a remix LP due via the band on November 15th. Between now and then Bloody Panda will release individual tracks until that release date, including the Matmos remix of "Gold" which makes its first appearance here today. Grab it above.

We asked Bloody Panda about why they would create a remix album, and cornered Matmos to inquire about their contribution. The results of both interviews are below, alongside a stream of the song...

Continue reading "an interview w/ Bloody Panda (on their remix album) & Matmos (who remixed the MP3 debuting in this post)"

words and photos by BBG, additional photos by Greg Cristman

Monarch at Union Pool

They just can't get enough! French doom greats Monarch have added a third and final NYC show. It happens WEDNESDAY (11/17) at Death By Audio in Brooklyn. The BrooklynVegan-presented show will also feature performances from Vaura (a new project featuring Kevin Hufnagel of Gorguts/Dysrhythmia & Toby Driver of Kayo Dot/Maudlin Of The Well) and Brian Chase & Seth Misterka (Brian of Yeah Yeah Yeahs playing free-jazz with saxophonist Seth Misterka). The show kicks off at 8PM and costs $8!

We already posted pictures from the Monarch/Bloody Panda show at Cake Shop (which happened 11/12 with nutjobs Tinsel Teeth), but until now, haven't posted the shots from the show that happened at Union Pool the following night (11/13). Evoken opened that party with roar (and to similar audience applause), with Bloody Panda following and Monarch batting clean-up. Again, another great showing from both Bloody Panda and Monarch, who sounded incredible on the PA at Union Pool.

More pictures and video of all bands from Union Pool, including video of Monarch's full set, below...

Continue reading "Monarch played Union Pool w/ Bloody Panda & Evoken (pics, video), add Death by Audio show w/ Brian Chase, Vaura, more"

words & photos by BBG


The ongoing Bloody Panda/Monarch tour (they stop at O'Briens in Boston tonight, 11/15 ) made its first stop in NYC on Friday (11/12) where the pair teamed up with the off-their-rocker Providence band Tinsel Teeth (warning: link NSFW). There was considerably less nudity in the performances following Tinsel Teeth, but the bands made up for it in thundering riffs and eardrum-bursting feedback.

Monarch! & Bloody Panda then wowed NYC a second time at Union Pool one day later, 11/13, with Evoken as support. Pictures from the Brooklyn show are on the way. More pictures and some (((unartig))) video from the Cake Shop show, including all of Monarch!'s set, is below...

Continue reading "Monarch! & Bloody Panda @ Cake Shop (pics & video) "

by BBG

Bloody Panda at Knitting Factory in May (more by Greg Cristman)
Bloody Panda

A reminder: Bloody Panda and French doom band Monarch! will kill Cake Shop dead tonight (11/12) with an assist from the fantabulous Tinsel Teeth. They'll do it again Saturday at Union Pool, but with Evoken instead of Tinsel Teeth. Both shows are brought to you by BrooklynVegan and Haunting The Chapel. Look for the great Rob Shaffer (of Dark Castle fame) behind the kit for Monarch!

If you can't make it to see Evoken, the band is playing Sunday (11/14) at Bowery Electric with Batillus, Man's Gin, and Moth Eater and Maegashira. Tickets are on sale. Evoken will also team up with Goreaphobia, Mutant Supremacy, Hessian, and Pilgrim to play Brooklyn Fire Proof on Dec 4th.

If you aren't into glacially placed riffs and thundering drums, this weekend has other choices in store for you.

Tonight (11/12), Neon Blud will team up with The Men, Pollution, and The Marsh Hens at Death By Audio. Saturday, Neon Blud will be at Brooklyn Brew House with White Suns, Pygmy Shrews, and Remnants. Full Neon Blud tour sked is below.

Acheron will host The Brought Low, Pigs, and Freshkills on 11/13 (Saturday) as part of a celebration for Coextinction Records, a new label brought to you by some of the twisted minds behind Unsane. Coextinction Records already as a few interesting records up their sleeve, including a new EP from Unsane, and releases from Goes Cube, Shrinebuilder (!), Pigs, Julie Christmas, and Freshkills. Stream some of those new tracks now.

Did you miss Sweden's Mob 47 at Europa on Wednesday night? Catch them at an incredible show at 538 Johnson on Saturday night (11/13) with Punch, Loma Prieta, Vaccine, Death First, and Passive Aggressor. As previously mentioned, Punch, Loma Prieta, Vaccine, and Death First will all play ABC No Rio that afternoon.

More of my picks for the shows of the week, as well as some video is below...

Continue reading "Evillive (upcoming heavy shows & tours) (Neon Blud & more)"

by BBG

Bloody Panda in May at Knitting Factory (more by Greg Cristman)
Bloody Panda

BrooklynVegan and Haunting the Chapel are proud to present two nights of punishment. The great Bloody Panda will descend upon NYC with French doomers Monarch (!) as part of a short tour for the two bands. The NYC shows will take place on November 12th at Cake Shop with the incredible Rhode Island noise destructors Tinsel Teeth (who are known for their out-of-control - NSFW - shows) and November 13th at Union Pool with a decidedly more metal touch from death-doom dealers Evoken.

NYC is just one stop on a larger US tour for the fantastic Monarch, who will tour the West Coast with Trees before heading out for the Bloody Panda dates. They are all listed below.

Monarch's current release, the punishing Mer Morte, is out now via Crucial Blast. The one-track LP has sections streaming at the Crucial Blast site, and is out now. Awesome band.

Tinsel Teeth, if you aren't familiar, is psychotic noise-damaged punk from Rhode Island. The band released their latest LP, Trash as the Trophy, on Load Records and is absolutely unmissable (Pandas may not be the only 'bloody' ones at Cake Shop).

There aren't many bands that do funeral doom as sickening as Evoken, and luckily as an NYC'er, I have been able to catch the band a few times. The Union Pool show is one of two shows on the calendar for these sickos and then the band will go into slumber until early 2012 when they will release their new LP. More details on the second show on 12/14 are coming, but if you want to see Evoken in the next year, these are your two chances.

The NYC shows are two of three collaborations between myself and Brandon Stosuy, as we will also present Krieg and Woe at Knitting Factory on Saturday (10/30) at 11:59 PM. $5 gets you in the door (tickets) or you can pay $2 if you're already there to see AGE/Hellshock earlier that evening.

Full Monarch tour schedule is below, along with some live video, though: caution, the Tinsel Teeth video may be NSFW...

Continue reading "Monarch touring w/ Trees & then Bloody Panda (NYC shows w/ Tinsel Teeth & Evoken included) "

words by BBG, photos by Greg Cristman, additional pics by Samantha Marble

Luc LeMay of Gorguts

Gorguts. Portal. Krallice. Bloody Panda. On one show! Knitting Factory on Wednesday (5/26) was a bit much to comprehend, what with a stellar four band bill like that, and as expected the sold-out Blackened Music/BV show was a jawdropper.

Bloody Panda started the evening out sans their usual executioner hoods, blasting out a powerful set of ominous darkness that was a perfect opposite to the tremolo-picking/riff-tastic bill that would follow. Starting with a shriek from vocalist Yoshiko that sent a shiver up my spine (imagine the middle ground between a high-pitched squeal and a door hinge creaking), I realized that it had been quite sometime since I last saw the band (members are now scattered around the globe) and had forgotten how compelling they were live. The band seems as though they have moved past shock & awe in the riff department and on to moody, powerful soundscapes with riffy passages (ala Swans). Either way, incredible set from this sextet.

Krallice swapped slots with Portal before the show started, and followed BP. As usual, the fearsome foursome played a rousing set of technical yet tuneful black metal which, much like at Europa, featured a decent amount of new songs. No word on what that material will hit the shelves, but expected it to be as brutal, complex, and powerful as their previous two releases. Incredible band.


The atonal and costumed beast Portal was next, and the room was buzzing with anticipation. How would Portal's music translate in a live setting? What would they look like? Would the band come off as schticky or theatrical? Around 10PM, the band sauntered on stage, each clad in all black with hoods, one wearing a hangman's noose around his neck. Once the down-tuned and discordant riffs began, in came The Curator, the band's theatrical vocalist. Dressing in a black pope outfit, The Curator summoned some of the most unholy of bellows, gesturing in ways not unlike the pontiff himself. Extremely theatrical and totally fun, Portal are fascinating live, and hopefully we won't have to wait to see them again.

After a bill like that, I would have more than content with calling it a night... but Gorguts was next! The reunited Canadian DM gods (now featuring Colin Marston & Kevin Hufnagel) delivered a powerful set of brutal, eclectic tunes, with a good portion of those coming from the bands FORTHCOMING album (in 2011!). Classics from Obscura and beyond were all well represented, and the band were balanced, tight and badass in the live setting.

The thing that I enjoyed most about Gorguts' performance was the focus on something that I find lacking in tech-death in 2010; too many bands think that technically impressive riffs always equals brutality. Some of the simplest riffs ever are also the most brutal... it's more about feel and power behind those riffs and not that really rad seven-fret stretch you can do. Hey, it is called technical DEATH metal after all, amirite?

More pics, some setlists, and some must-see video is below....

Continue reading "Gorguts, Portal, Krallice & Bloody Panda played Knitting Factory - pics, video, setlists"

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Bloody Panda - "Art Galleries" (MP3)

Colin Marston of Gorguts, playing Europa with his other band Krallice (more here)
Colin Marston

The Gorguts / Krallice / Bloody Panda / Portal extravaganza is WEDNESDAY (5/26) at Knitting Factory. Some tickets are still available, but they are going fast and the show WILL sell out. Pick up a pair, or try your luck at winning our MEGA-prizepack featuring a pair of tickets, a copy of Krallice's new album Dimensional Bleedthrough on clear 2xLP gatefold vinyl AND Portal's Lurker at the Threshold limited run picture disc 7"! Details on how to win are at the bottom of this post.

Speaking of Bloody Panda, the band recently sent a demo track into the wild, "Art Galleries", which is available for download above. The clip, culled from a 2004 mini-disc recording, features BP in one of their earliest forms and is less the lumbering 10-ton 10MPH riffbeast that you may already know; it's a fascinating track. For more details on the genesis of the recording, head to Stereogum. A video for Bloody Panda's "Miserere" is embedded below.

Krallice's Dimensional Bleedthrough, one of my favorite albums of last year, is out NOW on CD via Profound Lore and vinyl via Gilead Media. Cop it.

Portal's Lurker At The Threshold EP is also out NOW via Chrome Leaf. This limited edition picture disc is currently not on sale via the label's site (until after MDF), but is up for sale at Aquarius Records, Nuclear War Now, and other fine institutions of misanthropic commerce.

Some videos and full Bloody Panda dates are below...

Continue reading "Bloody Panda on tour w/ Gorguts, Krallice & Portal (win NYC tix & some LPs), giving away a new old track (MP3) "

by BBG

Colin on stage with Krallice (more by Paul Birman)
Colin Marston

It's with the utmost pride that I am proud to announce that BrooklynVegan will team up with The Blackened Music Fest and Knitting Factory on May 26th for the return of the legendary Gorguts (!) with Brooklyn black metal greats Krallice, the NYC debut of the darkness that is Portal, and the return of Bloody Panda! Tickets are on sale.

FYI, Gorguts is now made up of half of the current members of Dysrhythmia (Colin and Kevin), along with John Longstreth (Dim Mak, Origin, The Red Chord) and Luc LeMay (original Gorguts). Colin of Dysrhythymia will do double duty that night, as he also plays guitar with Krallice.

Krallice ss also confirmed for another NYC show on April 18th, this time with Ludicra, Castevet, and Attake. Tickets are on sale for the BV/Osiris production.

Continue reading "Gorguts return (NYC show w/ Krallice, Portal, Bloody Panda)"

by BBG

Toby Driver
* Toby Driver photo by Gemma Fleming

Toby Driver is an "other". Not like Benjamin Linus or one of the Dharma Initiative, but in that his artistic endeavors Kayo Dot and Maudlin of The Well exist in the in-between, and outside. Driver's current project, Kayo Dot, is prepping to release their fourth album Coyote via Hydra Head on April 6th. On Coyote, elements of goth, avant-jazz, prog, ambient, and the kitchen sink meld with the avant-garde, making for an intensely fascinating and eclectic listen.

Driver was recently asked to curate the month of February at The Stone, John Zorn's non-profit club in the East Village. We sat down to ask Driver about some of the bands he chose which include solo sets from members of Krallice, Dysrhythmia, Extra Life, and Bloody Panda in addition to Baby Dee, Oxbow, Gnaw, and a full performance by his own band doing Coyote from start to finish, and the recent resurrection of Maudlin of The Well.

Full interview and Stone schedule, below....

Continue reading "Toby Driver curated Feb @ The Stone - interview & schedule"

Michael Jackson memorial @ US embassy in Moscow (liilliilfarm)

tonight in NYC
* Les Paul @ Iridium
* Reverend Vince Anderson @ Union Pool
* Gabriel Kahane @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Spent, Goddess, Heather Duby @ Coco 66
* Pure Horsehair, Little Gold @ Bruar Falls
* Snailhouse, Sharon Van Etten @ City Winery
* Ravi Coltrane & Jack DeJohnette @ Blue Note
* Acrylics, Crash Diet Crew, Mr. Dream @ Cake Shop
* Fountains of Wayne (acoustic), Mike Viola @ Maxwell's
* Brasil Guitar Duo @ Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
* Precious Metal w/ Demilitia, Ashes Within, Knives Everywhere @ Lit Lounge

There's also a movie in Bryant Park tonight.

Rev. Vince Anderson gets into the second week of his Union Pool residency tonight. At Rockwood Music Hall, Gabriel Kahane wraps his monthlong Mondays stint.

Santos Party House is one of many venues hosting Michael Jackson tributes. Tonight is "Ladies Love Michael Jackson: A Musical Tribute" which is "$FREE with Michael Jackson attire".

Snailhouse and Sharon Van Etten play City Winery's NightCap Series, which will also host Jason Isbell in August.

Spent are reuniting for XX Merge in July. They play tonight at Coco 66 with Goddess and Heather Duby.

Explosions in the Sky play Summestage tomorrow.

" Bernard Madoff, standing with his hands clasped in front of him, showed no emotion as a judge ordered him to serve the rest of his life in a prison cell.

Madoff, sentenced to 150 years to life for defrauding investors of at least $13 billion, listened impassively as U.S. District Judge Denny Chin rejected his lawyer's claim that victims of his massive Ponzi scheme wanted mob justice. Then Madoff rose, braced himself against a mahogany table and faced Chin as the judge handed down the sentence." [Bloomberg]

Video from the Jarboe & Bloody Panda show at Santos, below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Monday? (Madoff sentenced) "

words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Justina Villanueva

DOWNLOAD: Bloody Panda - "Pusher" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bloody Panda - "Miserere" (Excerpt) (MP3)

Bloody Panda @ Santos Party House on 6/27
bloody panda

Fresh off of their show at Santos Party House (6/27) with Swans legend Jarboe, the hooded "doomusic" lowlifes of NYC's Bloody Panda have announced a US tour in support of the upcoming album Summon slated for liftoff in late-July. The tour, which is scheduled to bounce along the east coast, is scheduled to conclude on August 21st at Union Pool where the band will play a record release party for the LP/DVD. In a previous edition of This Week In Metal, we dropped an excerpt from "Miserere" off of Summon, but this week we have a NEW treat in the form of the song "Pusher" which is downloadable above!

Summon will be released on the mighty Profound Lore, current home to YOB, Krallice, Amesouers, Hammers of Misfortune (who are touring with Ludicra and coming to NYC), Wold (who had a "greatest hits" tape) and many other faves.

While Bloody Panda are a crew of hooded menaces, but they aren't THE Hooded Menace, who recently signed to Profound Lore and will drop the follow-up to Fulfill the Curse in early 2010. More about Hooded Menace HERE.

More pics of Jarboe and Bloody Panda, and all tour dates, below.....

Continue reading "Bloody Panda played Santos w/ Jarboe (pics), announces tour (dates) ++ new MP3 "

by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Celeste - Misanthrope(s) LP (Zipped MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ulcerate - "Caecus" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ulcerate - "Tyranny" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Black September - "Purification" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bloody Panda - "Miserere" (Excerpt) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Oak & Bone - "Build Walls" (MP3)


Back to bludgeon.... it's This Week in Metal! This week, we kick things off with a death metal record that is currently in high rotation, Ulcerate's searing new LP Everything is Fire. Out NOW via Willowtip, check out a pair of MP3s from that LP available above. This New Zealand band are able to hit that seemingly impossible sweet-spot where brutality meets technicality and melody meets dissonance. Highly recco'd!

summonBloody Panda is back a new LP due on Profound Lore, Summon. Due August 11, the band will release a CD/DVD for Summon which will include seven tracks, one of which ("Miserere", an excerpt above) is interpreted visually on DVD. Yoshiko Ohara, their signature vocalist and a known visual artist, is responsible for the cover art. The DVD was shot, in Brooklyn and Indonesia, and edited by band members Bryan Camphire, Blake McDowell, and Josh Rothenberger. Josh also told us that...

the whole DVD project came about through our collaboration with Cave dance studio on Grand St. in Williamsburg. It was there that we met Berlin-based Butoh dancer Yuko Kaseki a few years ago. We Asked her to dance to one of our tunes last year, and then shot most of the DVD at Cave with her last August/Septemeber.
More details to come. Bloody Panda hits the road on July 21st, full tour dates are forthcoming!

Fresh off of a triumphant set at Maryland Deathfest, Asphyx is back and will domestically release their new album, Death...The Brutal Way via Ibex Moon. Due September 1st, the record will also be released in a limited edition version with a live DVD, Live at Party.San Open Air Festival 2007. Asphyx recently welcomed Martin van Drunen (Pestilence, Hail of Bullets, Bolt Thrower) back into the fold after his departure 17 years ago.

Black September, who first came onto my radar via their work with Thou and Winters In Osaka, has a new 7" out NOW, The Sermon of Vengeance. Mastered at The Boiler Room by Collin Jordan (Nachtmystium, Minsk), check out "Purification", one of two new tracks by the black metal punks from The Sermon of Vengeance above and order that 7", as well as other releases here.

Pelican's new EP, the tour only CD Ephemeral, is out on 12" at Southern Lord packaged with a Seldon Hunt designed tee. In addition, Earth's previously rare Radio/Live LP is available via Southern Lord as well.

Filth-ridden hardcore is the order of business for Syracuse's Oak & Bone, a badge the band wears with pride on their debut 7" out NOW via Hex Records (one time home to Ed Gein, Engineer, Playing Enemy, and Cursed). Check out "Build Walls" from that 7" above. The crew recently played NYC with another fave of mine, crusty black-metal punks Infernal Stronghold, and are prepping to release a split 7" with Like Wolves on Barbarossa Records. Pick up their debut 7" and look for that split!

Anaal Nathrakh's Mick Kenney is back with his former bandmates in Mistress to resurrect Fukpig, who released their last LP Nuclear Apocalypse in 2003. Pick up Spewings From A Selfish Nation before it's gone (100 copies total!). Anaal Nathrakh's In The Constellation Of The Black Widow is out June 26th via Candellight. Preorder the vinyl at Mick/Shane Embury's FETO records.

A preview of that Fukpig, as well as news on Down touring with Melvins(!!!) Jucifer, Celeste, Mastodon, Clutch, and much more below...

Continue reading "This Week In METAL (06/16/09)"

by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Jarboe - "House Of Void" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Batillus - S/T EP (Zipped MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Batillus - "Tunguska" (MP3)


Ex-Swans dark goddess Jarboe is currently touring Europe until the end of June, but has scheduled a lone date in the US, June 27th at Santos Party House with IUD (mems-Gang Gang Dance), Bloody Panda, and Cult of Youth! Tickets are on sale.

Jarboe is currently touring with members of NYC's own Inswarm as well as Erik Wunder, half of the amazing Cobalt, on her current trek through Europe (and in NYC). So where is the other half of Cobalt? Serving in Iraq, according to Decibel:

The last time I talked to Erik, about a year ago, he mentioned that you had about a year left in your time with the Army. Are you indeed close to being finished, or will you be serving for longer?

I reenlisted for 5 more years. I fucking love the Army and I am an excellent Soldier. This is where I belong, in another country with a gun in my hand.

Just how dangerous has it been for you over there?

I will put it this way, 90% of people in Iraq are on huge camps called FOB's with huge intertwined security systems and people there don't have a thing in the world to be worried about. I, on the other hand, have spent 3 days on a FOB in the last few months and am living IN the population and gunfire and explosions are heard every day where I sleep. The threat is very real but we are prepared.


Fade Kainer of Inswarm, in addition to playing with Jarboe, recently joined local faves Batillus, contributing his shredded vox and fx. Batillus has only played one show in this configuration thus far, and will revert back to trio formation on June 27th (while Kainer is playing Santos Party House) and play a previously unreleased and comparatively minimalistic piece "Tunguska" (downloadable above) in Providence, RI. The June 27th show is part of a handful of Northeast dates that the band has scheduled with Elder and Riff Cannon.

Full Jarboe and Batillus tour dates, and a few vids are below...

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by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Iron Age - "The Way Is Narrow" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mind Eraser - "Teenagers" (MP3, Meat Puppets cover)
DOWNLOAD: Altar of Plagues - "Gas In Veins/Amesoeurs" (MP3 Excerpt)
DOWNLOAD: Amesouers - "Earth" (MP3 Excerpt)
DOWNLOAD: Old Wainds - "Cold Twilight of the Worlds" (MP3)

Bloody Panda

Brooklyn's own Hull will release Sole Lord via The End Records on May 26th. Spanning ten tracks over 44 minutes, and boasting art work by Josh Graham, look for the the band to kill it TONIGHT (4/16) at Union Pool when they open for the mighty Withered joined by Book of Black Earth and Hallux.

Withered's OTHER touring partners, Marduk, will enter Endarker studios in early May to record the follow-up to Rom 5:12, or their eleventh studio album. Look for it to drop in September, followed by the Funeral Nation World Tour 2009 and into 2010. Marduk will be at Irving Plaza on May 21 with Withered and Mayhem. Tickets are still available.

It a stroke of awesome luck, KARMA TO f'n BURN will be in NYC next monday (4/20) at Lit Lounge along with the mighty Tiger Flowers. Clear your schedules.

Landmine Marathon who I to NYC tommorrow (4/17) to slay The Charleston, are currently taking a break from writing their new album for Prosthetic. No word on when that record will show its ugly face, but in the mean time, make sure to... get. Your ass. To. The. Charleston!

Ringworm are currently writing their new album, The Ninth Circle, hoping to hit the studio this summer for a fall release on Victory Records. Ringworm dropped The Venomous Grand Design on Victory in 2007.

Saint Vitus LIVE (more by Firebaugh)
Saint Vitus

Over the past weekend (April 11), Saint Vitus played a single US date in New Orleans, where they were joined on stage by Pepper Keenan (Down, COC), Jimmy Bower (Down, Eyehategod), and Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down). Luckily there was a camera in attendance, and you can watch the entire show here. Saint Vitus will headline at Roadburn this weekend. Me jealous.

Municipal Waste have announced completion of Massive Aggressive, their new album recorded with Zeuss. Look for it August 24th on Earache. Meanwhile, you can face the Waste at Roseland with Lamb Of God, Children Of Bodom, and As I Lay Dying. Tickets are still available.

Victims have added Raging Speedhorn guitarist Gareth Smith, and will drop a new 7" entitled Lies Lies Lies on Deathwish. Meanwhile, make sure to catch the Swedish crew on tour with Trap Them and Black Breath!

The previously announced Buried Inside date as part of Show No Mercy (5/3), will serve as one date on a four stop New York state tour. Show No Mercy at Public Assembly is scheduled for 5/3 with headliners A Life Once Lost, Rosetta, and repeat offenders Wetnurse.

Week In Metal continued below...

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words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Justina Villanueva

Bloody Panda
Bloody Panda

Bloody Panda headlined a night of NYC metal with Villains and Wetnurse at Santos Party House on Feb 26th... check out the bloodbath/aftermath adorned in the pictures below...

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by Black Bubblegum

Nadja's and their undulating waves of dis/pleasure (heicktopiertz.com)

Experimental doom/droners Nadja will celebrate the re-release of amazingly badass "Skin Turns to Glass" (cop it April 1 via The End, sample "Sandskin" here) tonight (March 7th) with a show at Europa in Brooklyn - a show that is also celebrating the NWOBHM (that stands for New Wave of BROOKLYN -not British- Heavy Metal, nyc-ers). Special guests include the mighty Bloody Panda, Tombs (who have a new song and are playing Europa again in May), Tournament (playing with Trap Them), as well as And This Army....

Tickets are still on sale and only $6! The show is part of a greater tour, which includes dates at SXSW with Made Out Of Babies, Giant, and Jarboe. More on Nadja here.

Speaking of Jarboe, scoot on over to Metalkult for a multi-part video interview with the ex-Swan as she reveals details on her frightening new EP collaboration with Justin Broadrick called J2. She spills the beans on her time as a sex worker, being a woman in extreme music, and her new record which includes guest appearances by Phil Anselmo, Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Josh Graham and many unnamed others!!!

Some live Nadja video below...

Continue reading "new NADJA song streaming, Europa Tonight; JARBOE video interview, new album w/ Attila Csihar AND PHIL ANSELMO"

by Black Bubblegum

NadjaKickin off "Skin Turns To Glass" somethin' propa-like (due April 1 on The End), Nadja (who we were just talking about) will take it to the streets (and highways) for a US tour followed by a short swing through Europe with a stop at the astonishingly great Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland.

The US leg of the tour includes a March 7th CD-release party at Europa in Brooklyn (with Bloody Panda & Tombs), and at least a couple of appearances at SXSW including the The End Records showcase where they will be flanked by Alex Skolnick Trio (of Testament,, and who is also coming to BB Kings), Jarboe (look for J2), Tub Ring, Made Out Of Babies, and Giant.

Speaking of North Carolina's Giant, the boys are currently working on their 'The End Records' debut and follow up to last year's split 12" with Tides.... Look for that later this year. All Nadja & Giant tour dates below...

Continue reading "Nadja - 2008 Tour Dates (Brooklyn, SXSW), Giant too"