Entries tagged with: Boston Strangler
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
One Tail One Head at Inferno Festival, April 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
2012 was a year of considerable personal growth for me, as a person, a photographer and a music fan. As I recounted in my favorite photos of 2012, I got to shoot some of my favorite bands of all time and travel the globe in search of new ones. The beginning of the year was spent dealing with personal drama, and if it werent for key records in my life I shudder to think at where I would be right now. To every band on this list and many who aren't, I cant thank you enough.
First order of business, my musical pallette is much much larger than just a series of metal records. This is NOT a list of my favorite records of the year, because that would surely include other entries from across many different genres. This is, however, a list of some of my favorite heavier records.
To me, the term "heavy" can be defined in many ways, from the elongated riff on a doom record to a noise squall to a particularly punishing punk-rock beatdown. While most of the following records are "heavy" in the traditional "distortion and loud guitars" sense, a few are not. You'll see metal, you'll see deathrock, you'll see raw punk, you'll see hardcore, and many spots in between in the numbered list below. And to answer your question, yes you'll see Swans... right beside D-Clone and Asphyx.
My favorite records of 2012 are below. Hopefully you'll see a connection in favorites or maybe discover something new. Regardless, I hope you found your own favorites of the year whether in this list or outside of it.
photos by Sarja Hasan
Boston Strangler @ Acheron, 10/27/2012
Punk, in its many incarnations, ruled supreme at Acheron on 10/27, when Beantown throwback hardcore heroes Boston Strangler played with Burning Spirits-influenced NYC favorites Perdition, crusty-punk from Crazy Spirit, and killer sets from Waste Management and Prisoner Abuse. The show was a celebration of 200 live gigs for NYC insititution Hardcore Gig Volume, who proudly lined the walls of The Acheron with flyers from previous shows.
Prisoner Abuse, which features members of No Tolerance, Waste Management, Think I Care, and others, have welcomed their new self-titled LP via Painkiller Records. The LP release was available for purchase at the show, but you can also order your copy via the label.
Pictures of "da' Stranglah," Perdition and Crazy Spirit are below (sorry, we missed Waste Management and Prisoner Abuse).
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Boston Strangler at LPR, May 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Celebrate Hardcore Gig Volume 200 with a blowout bash at Acheron on 10/27! Boston hardcore greats Boston Strangler will team with Perdition, Waste Management, Crazy Spirit and Prisoner Abuse to celebrate the milestone as part of an all ages event on 10/27.
Look for another, more comprehensive CMJ listing next week, but until then make sure and hit the shows! Full listing of suggested shows for the next two weeks, along with live video of Neurosis, Death Side, and Talk is Poison and more are below.
by Fred Pessaro / BBG
The Boston Strangler at LPR, 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Not Dead Yet is a Toronto-based festival that features some of the best current punk/hardcore bands in existence right now. The six-day festival will feature photography, matinees, night and day shows across various venues in the Canadian city and will features the likes of Grass Widow, Leather (who recently played Acheron), The Inmates (who last played NYC with Systematic Death), Hoax, Crazy Spirit, Pick Your Side, The Men (who recently played Pitchfork), Give, Burning Love (who recently played Acheron), Creem, Omegas, Waste Management, Vile Gash, Magrudergrind, Iron Lung, Walls (who recently played Acheron), Vaccine, Raw Meat, Rival Mob, Boston Strangler (who played LPR with Tragedy), Urban Blight, Death Evocation (who recently played Acheron), Hounds of Hate and so many more. Full festival details are below. Tickets for Not Dead Yet go on sale Saturday, September 1.
As I just mentioned them, Hoax are scheduled to play the first night of Power of The Riff East, joining Pentagram (playing Relentless in full!), Agnostic Front (playing Victim in Pain/United Blood in full!), Xibalba and many esteemed others. Tickets are still available for 9/1 and 9/2 separately (with a free screened poster) or for a two-day passes with a Southern Lord vinyl pack.
Full NDY fest details are below.
photos by Keith Marlowe, words by BBG
Tragedy headlined the swanky Le Poisson Rouge on Saturday (5/12), part of a string of shows in celebration of their new LP Darker Days Ahead. The record, which was available in test press form at the venue, marks a bit of a departure towards sludgier pastures, and slower tempos. The Bill-Anderson produced effort is currently only available via the band but will soon surface at distros around the world via their own Tragedy imprint.
Boston Strangler provided direct support for Tragedy, ripping a set of Boston-straight-edge style favorites to the insanely receptive crowd. The dependably great Perdition and the impressive Philadelphia punks Sickoids opened the evening, both delivering powerful sets which were an excellent primer for the rest of the night's troublemakers.
The show was the same day as the Decibel Magazine tour at Irving Plaza, which featured Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood, In Solitude and Evoken (pictures on the way), and Assymmetry with Grafvolluth at Acheron.
More pictures from the packed Le Poisson Rouge are below...
Tragedy at Red 7 last week (more by Tim Griffin)
Portland d-beat favorites Tragedy return to NYC with a whallop of a supporting cast in The Boston Strangler, Sickoids and Perdition at Le Poisson Rouge Saturday (5/12). Tickets are still available. The band is touring in support of their new sludge-infested LP Darker Days Ahead out now at their shows and available via a distro near you in the near future. Check out more pictures from their recent Austin show HERE.
In case you were curious, no Portland's Tragedy will NOT be opening for a screening of Saturday Night Fever at Prospect Park on 7/14 but Tragedy, the "all metal tribute to the Bee Gees" will. The full Celebrate Brooklyn Prospect Park concert schedule was announced earlier this week and also includes a Mission of Burma show among many others.
Check out some live video of the Portland Tragedy in action below.
Tragedy at Emo's during Chaos in Tejas (more by Keith Marlowe)
Tragedy will release their new Billy-Anderson-produced LP Darker Days Ahead officially next week, but the band has been dropping copies of the release at shows on their current tour. Look for that release at a merch table near you at the dates below, including the NYC show at Le Poisson Rouge on 5/12 with Boston Strangler, Sickoids and Perdition. Tickets are still available for that one.
Tragedy played the Echoplex in LA last week and you can watch all of their set which includes a fair number of new tunes, below.
Tragedy's Louisville show is with Shaved Women (who play will NYC too), and Coliseum who will be without long-time bassist Mike Pascal who, as discussed on BV Chicago, has left the band.
Speaking of Coliseum, Ryan Patterson (of Coliseum)'s band, Black God, will be hitting the road for a string of tour dates including TWO in NYC, and both on May 26th. The first, a day show, will go down at ABC No Rio while the second, a night show, will be "announced day of show!" No word on exactly what or where that show might be, but stay tuned.
All tour dates, streams, and that Tragedy video, below...
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
Natur @ Public Assembly
Thrashy Brooklyn crew Natur headlined a mostly doom bill at Public Assembly on March 1st, featuring appearances from Richmond's Windhand, Providence's Pilgrim and Boston newcomers Magic Circle. The show, part of a larger tour for Natur & Pilgrim, was the first of a set of dates before both hit SXSW and a sort of celebration for Pilgrim's well-executed Misery Wizard LP.
For Magic Circle, which features members of Rival Mob, Boston Strangler, Innumerable Forms, Mind Eraser, and more, the Public Assembly date was their live debut. So far the band has nothing more than a demo to speak of, but we'll keep an eye out. In the meantime, keep on the lookout for Boston Strangler's debut LP Primitive (out now via Fun with Smack Records) and catch them live with Tragedy, Perdition & Sickoids. Tickets are on sale for this 5/12 show at Le Poisson Rouge.
Windhand tour dates and pictures from Public Assembly are below.
Tragedy at Chaos in Tejas more by Keith Marlowe
Tragedy, who are also scheduled to play Hellfest in France this summer, will return to NYC for a show on May 12th at a venue TBA with support almost as impressive as the headliner; The Boston Strangler, Perdition, and Sickoids will all support the Portland melodic crust heroes. More details are to come. For now check out some live video below.
Boston Strangler's new LP Primitive is out now via Fun With Smack Records. Stream the title track below. Catch Boston Strangler member Justin Detore perform on March 1st with Magic Circle alongside Pilgrim, Natur, and Windhand at Public Assembly.
Dates, videos and some streams are below.
Dropdead at Europa (more by Keith Marlowe)
Chaos in Tejas have announced another round of bands for their 2012 shindig (first round here), including rare appearances from legendary post-hardcore band Moss Icon (a one-time only reunion), as well as Japan's Reality Crisis and Skizophrenia (their only US dates), and repeat offenders/favorites like Dropdead, Municipal Waste, Midnight, Ares Kingdom, Puerto Rico Flowers, Xeno & Oaklander, Thou, the Rival Mob, Boston Strangler, Crazy Spirit, Brain Killer, Power Trip, Wiccans (who just played one of the final shows at Emo's), and many many others. A full list of additions and the new flyer is below.
Since the original announcement, two previously announced bands have dropped off the original lineup: Mexican black metal band Nyogthaeblisz disappeared from the lineup after their anti-Islamic/Semitic/Abrahamic stance and involvement in known NSBM (National Socialist) label Satanic Skinhead was pointed out by a few blogs. That led to Antisect and The Mob even threatening to not play. Word then spread that Disma's Craig Pillard released nazi-glorifying records under the name Sturmfuhrer. Disma then dropped out as well due to "the drama" that ensued. Craig would not comment on the matter, but other members of Disma say he has changed.
In related news, Thou will hit the road for a string of dates with The Body this week on the West Coast. Both bands will also be at the inaugural Gilead Media festival (chaired by the Gilead Media label) in Oshkosh, Wi on 4/28 and 4/29 which will feature appearances from (in alphabetical order) Arms Aloft, Aseethe, Ash Borer, Baby Boy, Darger + Plague Mother, False, Fell Voices, Get Rad, Hell, Loss, Mutilation Rites, Northless, Protestant, A Scanner Darkly, and Sleepwalker. More details are available at the site.
All tour dates, new additions to Chaos in Tejas, and the show flyer is all below.
DOWNLOAD: King Louie's Missing Monuments - The Girl of the Nite (MP3)
King Louie Bankston
King Louie Bankston (born Louis Paul Bankston) is a prolific garage punk musician from Harahan, Louisiana. He is best known for his work in The Royal Pendletons, The Persuaders, The Exploding Hearts, and The King Louie One Man Band.King Louie Bankston will bring his band Missing Monuments to NYC for a show at Cake Shop TONIGHT (11/28). They'll lead a bill that will also include appearances from Night Birds, Ex Humans and Pretty Quick. The show is part of a round of dates in celebration of Missing Monuments' new LP Painted White, which is streaming in full at Facebook and out now via Douchemaster Records.
The show is one of TWO dates in NYC scheduled for Night Birds, who will also play ABC No Rio with Citizens Arrest, Mind Eraser, The Inflatable Children and Death First on December 17th.
12/17 is turning out to be an insanely busy day with ABC No Rio during the day time and night shows from both the sunsetting Defeatist at Death by Audio and a just announced show with Montreal's Omegas, The Boston Strangler, Mauser, and Creem at 538 Johnson.
You might have missed it, but Boston Strangler released an incredible demo with the ultra-limited Outcast cassette last year. The band, which is primarily the brainchild of vocalist Ban Reilly (also of the incredible Scapegoat) (get their latest now... highly reccomended), has enlisted members of Mind Eraser, Rival Mob, Social Circkle, and a few notable others to churn out some incredible early 80s-style negative hardcore. The band plays a rare show at Acheron on September 17th with Beware (mems of Mother of Mercy). check out some live video below.
The show cancellation count keeps growing. The previously discussed cancellations of shows at the Acheron (including Victims/Defeatist on Sunday), is joined by the latest victim of Irene, Vreid, Kampfar, Necronomicon, and Grafvolluth at Europa. As more shows cancel, we'll keep you posted.
Unsane is working on new music.
Easy Action (with John Brannon of Negative Approach) will team with Kicking Spit (who we previously profiled) and Foster Care to play Acheron on September 26th. Negative Approach makes their return to Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.
Krallice played House of Vans on Wednesday, and in addition to their previously discussed show at Union Pool on 9/17 with Urfaust/Black Anvil, the band has added a show at Death By Audio on 9/14 with Wolves In The Throne Room and Thou.
DC's Give will headline Acheron on 9/9 with Devotion and Too Many Voices (mems of Kill Your Idols).
Karma To Burn are back on the road, and hit Saint Vitus with awesome Black Pyramid and Bezoar on Sept 8th. Full tour schedule is below. KTB's newest album, V, is out now.
Stream three new Speedwolf songs from their forthcoming LP on Hells Headbangers.
All Karma To Burn tour dates, more suggested NYC shows, and some video of Boston Strangler as well as classic video of Sulaco, Spazz, Crossed Out, and Neurosis, below...