Entries tagged with: Carcass
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...
photo: Slayer at The Paramount in June (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
If you miss out on the presale, you can get tickets in the general sale starting Saturday (12/5) at 10 AM. All tour dates HERE.
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Slayer at The Theater at MSG in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
There's another huge metal tour to feast on in early 2016: Slayer are hitting the road with fellow legends Testament and Carcass. Even without Dave Lombardo (who's now in a punk band) and Jeff Hanneman (RIP) (and despite certain teenagers thinking that they're lame), Slayer still rip and this is still an exciting lineup of three very different but equally awesome bands.
The tour hits the NYC-area for a Port Chester show at Capitol Theatre on March 2. Tickets for that show go on sale Saturday (12/5) at 10 AM, but first there's a BrooklynVegan presale starting Friday (12/4) at 10 AM. Check back here Friday morning for the password.
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
Check out classic music videos for evidence that all three bands are the best, and all tour dates below...
by Andrew Sacher
Quebec's Amnesia Rockfest goes down from June 18-21 in Montebello, QC and the lineup was just announced, including the back-in-action Refused, Pixies, Slayer, Melvins, Buzzcocks, Descendents, ALL, Tenacious D, Deftones, Bad Religion, Snoop Dogg, Propagandhi, Gogol Bordello, Bouncing Souls, Ministry, Down, The Exploited, GBH, Carcass, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Bolt Thrower, Sick of It All, Cro-Mags, Snapcase, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), The Offspring (who toured Smash last year but will now play the less good Americana) and more. Full lineup here. Tickets are on sale now.
The lineup is also includes the first announced reunion date for Thrice, who went on hiatus about three years ago. It's arguable that they didn't go out on the best note, but those early records are pretty great -- 2002's The Illusion of Safety and 2003's The Artist in the Ambulance especially -- so it should be cool to hear that stuff live again. Revisit some old highlights below. They also recently reissued stuff on vinyl.
Assuming the reunion includes bassist Eddie Breckenridge, he'll be pulling triple duty this year. He's a current member of the reunited Knapsack (who have dates coming up), and he plays with former (?) blink-182 member Tom Delonge in his arena rock band Angels & Airwaves. blink-182 (without Tom) have a similarly-themed festival that they curated coming up, too.
And ahead of Amnesia Rockfest, Thrice singer Dustin Kensrue (who has a new solo album coming) will go on a tour with Manchester Orchestra singer Andy Hull, which hits NYC on April 30 at The Bell House. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/13) at noon.
All dates are listed below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Iron Maiden in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
MetalSucks has been spending the past month releasing a list of the 25 greatest metal bands of all time, counting down to number 1 with a new band each day. They polled a pretty broad array of metal experts, ranging from critics to music industry types to musicians that run the gamut from Chuck Billy of Testament to Anatamy of Habit's Mark Solotroff. They released number 2, Iron Maiden, earlier today which came in ahead of other huge/classic bands like Slayer, Metallica, Pantera, Judas Priest and Megadeth. Number 1 gets revealed tomorrow, and considering Black Sabbath have yet to make this list, we think we may have a hunch as to who it's going to be.
The list slants pretty heavily towards classic thrash and death metal bands, with Sabbath being the only doom band in sight. In addition to the obvious classic bands in the top 10, there are some modern genre-busters (Opeth, Meshuggah), foundational death and grind (Napalm Death, Morbid Angel), and some good old 80s theatricality (Dio, Mercyful Fate). Limiting the list to 25 means there are going to be a ton of omissions, but still maybe Neurosis, Converge or Mastodon could've made it instead of Ozzy getting on there twice?
The legacies of classic bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Sepultura, which many would say have taken a hit in recent years, appear untainted here considering they still all take high slots. Something else of note is that there's not one single solitary black metal band on this list. I guess Lamb of God are more important to this panel anyway.
Check out the full list below, and check MetalSucks tomorrow for the inevitable Sabbath reveal.
by Ian Chainey
Wacken Open Air Festival, Germany's all-out metal extravaganza, happened over the weekend. Interested in attending next year? Too late, Wacken's 75,000 tickets for 2015 sold out in about 12 hours. However, maybe you can take solace in watching the decently shot videos that have made their way online from 2014, including full sets from Carcass, Motörhead, Amon Amarth, the Devin Townsend Project, and Emperor, whose frontman Ihsahn answered some of Invisible Oranges' questions last month. Check out those videos and a few others below.
Speaking of Motörhead, they were part of a feature by Joseph Scafer on "critic-proof" bands. The IO article takes on a number of artists that are nearly universally loved, yet are no longer critic darlings. It's an interesting take and one that has already generated its fair share of conversation.
Also included as a critic-proof example was Overkill, who will be playing the, uh, "eclectic" Heavy Montreal this weekend. Then, in September, Overkill hit the road with groovers -- and something of a critic-proof entity themselves -- Prong. Though Overkill won't be making a stop in NYC, Prong will. They'll play the Gramercy Theatre on September 30. Tickets are on sale.
All of the Wacken videos -- including Devin Townsend transforming the pit into a group hug (d'aw!) -- appear below.
photos by Greg Cristman
Carcass / Gorguts @ Best Buy Theater - 4/11/14
This year's edition of the Decibel Magazine tour wrapped up earlier this month, after hitting NYC on April 11 at Best Buy Theater (one night after Godflesh hit Irving Plaza). The tour saw 2013's two biggest death metal comebacks, Carcass and Gorguts, team up with The Black Dahlia Murder and killer youngsters Noisem. It was Carcass's 2nd time in New York in two years with 2013 bringing them out on a tour of smaller venues including Gramercy Theater and Saint Vitus.
Unfortunately, we missed Noisem, but we did catch the other three, and you can check out pictures of those bands from the NYC show in this post. More pictures, some video and Carcass's setlist, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
2013 has come and gone but we still have a couple year-end posts to go. Greg Cristman shot a whole lot for us last year -- everything from metal to synthpop and all points in between -- and he picked his 25 favorites from '13 which are in this post.
by Doug Moore
Combination horror-film/heavy metal culture festivals curated by aging thrash icons: they're a thing now. Last year brought us the inaugural edition of Phil Anselmo (Pantera)'s Housecore Horror Festival, which was excellent by all accounts. This year, we get Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett's Fear FestEvil (see what he did there?) at San Francisco's Regency Ballroom from February 6 - 8. Early-bird tickets are on sale.
The fest will split its time between celebrity panel discussions, including both movie-biz types like prominent zombie-makeup man Gregory Nicotero and big-name rockers like Slash, and actual metal performances from (mostly) long-running bands: Carcass & Exodus on Friday (2/7), and Death Angel, Orchid, and Death Division on Saturday (2/8). Metallica fans no doubt recall that Hammett got his start playing guitar with Exodus. He'll be offering those fans some nod-and-wink service by joining Exodus on guitar during their encore at the festival. Oddly, he'll do the same with Death Angel after their set, though he doesn't have the same history with them. On the other hand, the West Coast thrash bands of that generation have always been an incestuous bunch -- Exodus guitarist Gary Holt is effectively a full member of Slayer now too.
Rewind to the beginning of thrash history with Exodus's very first demo (featuring Hammett on guitar), plus a promo video for Fear FestEvil, below:
by Wyatt Marshall
Carcass at Gramercy Theatre in September (more by Greg Cristman)
Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts and Noisem are teaming up for the Third Annual Decibel Magazine Tour, which is already making a case for one of 2014's best lineups and showcases both the worthy veterans and up-and-coming. Old school death metal pioneers Carcass put out one of the year's top metal albums in Surgical Steel--a triumphant comeback that earned Decibel Mag's top album of the year on their Top 40 Albums of 2013 list--and it was just a few months ago that the band leveled Saint Vitus and played Gramercy Theatre. The same accolades apply to Gorguts, whose Colored Sands, the band's first album in seven years, landed at number three on Decibel's list. Youngsters Noisem, who scored number nine on the Decibel list, have been wowing everyone wherever they go with their chaotic, shot-in-the-arm thrash. They just wrapped up a tour with melodic death metal vets Black Dahlia Murder, who will provide direct support to Carcass.
Carcass frontman Jeff Walker seems pretty amped for the show:
This is possibly the unsexiest Decibel Tour lineup yet," he quips. "We're all bringing the 'girth' back to the U.S., along with gray hair and sensible footwear. But it's the music that matters, right? Just close your eyes and think of England. If that fails, think of Tampa.The tour stops in NYC at the Best Buy Theater on Friday, April 11. Ticket info is forthcoming at the Decibel tour website. Check out the tour dates below...
By Doug Moore
Behemoth at Irving Plaza, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Behemoth frontman Nergal is kind of a badass -- he's an extremely gifted musician and a live-performance powerhouse who's played an important role in putting the potent Polish metal scene on the international map over the past 20 years. He's also a cancer survivor; after his 2010 leukemia diagnosis, he underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Two years later, Behemoth were back on the road and plowing through high-energy live sets like nothing had happened. Again, badass.
Behemoth announced a 2014 release for The Satanist -- their tenth album, and their first in half a decade -- a few months ago. I admittedly haven't been too excited by their last few efforts, but after watching the NSFW video for leadoff single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" (streaming below), my enthusiasm for the band has been rekindled. It's far moodier and more patient composition than the cluttered, robotic death/black metal that they've produced recently. They can still put the hammer down when they need to, though; the song's final minute is both the catchiest and most intense moment I've heard them produce since the mid-aughts. The video is pretty cool too, especially if you're into artsy black-and-white shots of evil rituals happening in slow motion.
In related news, Behemoth were also recently announced as part of the initial lineup for the 2014 edition of France's Hellfest, which will take place from June 20 through 22 (6/20-6/22). The lineup so far is huge and crazy: there's a "huge rock band" stage, featuring Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Soundgarden, among others; a big-name thrash/black metal stage that spotlights Slayer, Death Angel, Emperor, Iced Earth, Behemoth, and more; a death metal stage that will include Death To All, Carcass, Opeth, Nile, Gorguts, Hail of Bullets, and Weekend Nachos; a smaller black metal stage topped off by Watain, Gorgoroth and 1349; a sludge/stoner stage featuring Electric Wizard, Monster Magnet, Unida, Kylesa, Godflesh, and Clutch; and a punk stage topped by Walls of Jericho, Millencolin, and Turbonegro. Wow. You can reserve tickets now, if you feel like parsing the Google-Translated ticket page.
Check out the Behemoth video and the full set of Hellfest announcements below.
Decibel Magazine is back with its annual top 40 albums of the year list. Two of the top three (including the #1 spot) are reunion albums from death metal veterans, though many younger bands place highly as well. And the one metal album we can safely expect on many non-metal lists, Deafheaven, makes it on there too.
Check out the full list below...
photos by Greg Cristman; words by Doug Moore
Carcass @ Gramercy Theatre 9/26/2013
As we've mentioned a few times over the past couple of weeks, the dual Carcass and Immolation shows at Saint Vitus on 9/25 and at Gramercy Theater on 9/26 were two of the most hotly anticipated NYC metal events of the year. We've got a writeup and photos of the Gramercy gig, plus full-set videos from the Saint Vitus show, over at Invisible Oranges:
There were also a few bigger-venue-related glitches to deal with...But those problems aren't what I'll remember about this show. Instead, I'll remember Immo bashing through a set composed mostly of tunes from their underrated new album. (For real, though, guys: "Higher Coward" next time, please?) I'll remember Ross Dolan joking that the bands onstage were so old that the show should've been held at the Museum of Natural History. I'll remember Jeff Walker letting his punk roots show through in a string of snotty stage quips: joking that he might be 24-year-old drummer Dan Wilding's dad;, referring to the audience as "a chorizo fest"; and lashing out at 20 years' worth of Swansong criticism by pointing out that the opening cut was written in 1990, long before Carcass purportedly sold out. And, of course, I'll remember Carcass banging out a nearly flawless set that spanned all 28 years of their run.You can read the whole thing over at IO.
Be sure to check out our Surgical Steel review and our Jeff Walker interview if you haven't. Take a peek at photos from the Gramercy gig (including Walker's awesome Thin Lizzy/Taco Bell shirt) and video from the Vitus gig below. You could also choose to give the Surgical Steel b-side "Zochrot," which was recently released as a Decibel flexi-disc, a spin while you take a look at the pics. It's streaming below as well.
by Wyatt Marshall
Deicide at Gramercy Theater in 2012 (more by Johnathan McPhail)
Death metal legends Deicide are about to embark on the "No Salvation Tour" with Broken Hope, Disgorge and Necronomicon that wraps up right before the release date of their new album, In the Minds of Evil, on November 25. The tour hits NYC on October 6 at Gramercy Theater. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and we're also giving away a few pairs tonight (9/24) on Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio, so listen in from 10-12PM EST for a chance to win. All tour dates are listed below.
The next couple of months will see a number of death metal legends heading to NYC. Carcass, fresh off releasing an excellent comeback album, are bringing their tour to NYC this week for sold out shows at Saint Vitus (9/25) and Gramercy Theatre (9/26) with Immolation. We'll be giving away tickets to the Carcass show at Gramercy Theatre tonight on Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio, too, so be sure to tune in.
Likewise, we'll be giving away tickets to the NYC stop of Morbid Angel's previously discussed Covenant 20th Anniversary tour, which happens on November 12 at Irving Plaza and sees the band playing the classic album in its entirety. The contest for that show will be on a future IO EVR show. Tickets for the Irving date are still available.
Another death metal tour hitting NYC is Obituary, who are prepping a new album and doing a previously discussed two-night run at Saint Vitus on October 9 and 10. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are still available.
All lists of tour dates below...
by Doug Moore
Carcass at MDF 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Carcass's new album, Surgical Steel, is arguably the metal event of the year. Few bands are so revered and influential; even fewer can claim to have produced such a rock-solid comeback album after nearly two decades on ice. Surgical Steel finally came out on Tuesday; you can purchase it here and stream it via Spotify or Rdio.
Over at Invisible Oranges, we celebrated Surgical Steel's release by interviewing Carcass bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker, who is evidently unsurprised by the high praise his work is receiving:
"I don't feel like people should be too surprised. We're not stupid. We went into the rehearsal room and the studio well aware that people would have been quick to put the boot in if we didn't deliver, you know? And at the same time we don't want to shit on the Carcass legacy. So it's not a cash cow. We went in using our own money. So if we weren't confident that we could deliver on that, we wouldn't have bothered. We weren't going to gamble all that money away. I think it's quite simple to do what we did. It's a lot easier to return after 17 years than to continue for 17 years and record another album. We have a lot to prove, don't we? And it's easier when you're hungry as a band. It's easier to make your first album than your second or your third."Carcass's upcoming North American tour has two NYC stops: Saint Vitus on 9/25 and Gramercy on 9/26, both with New York death metal legends Immolation. Unfortunately, both are sold out, BUT: if you listen in to Invisible Oranges's East Village Radio show this coming Tuesday (9/24) from 10pm-12am, you'll have a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Gramercy gig.
Check out the complete list of upcoming Carcass tour dates (including some European gigs) and a streaming track below.
by Fred Pessaro
Weekend Nachos at A389 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Weekend Nachos are readying their new LP, Still, for Relapse Records, and dropped two new tracks from the effort last week. Make sure to catch an interview with the Chicago hardcore band on the IO Radio show on Tuesday (9/10) at 10PM ET to discuss their mammoth new LP, touring and more! If you missed this week's episode, you can catch up in the East Village Radio archives which features a massive interview with Gorguts.
Spain's Wormed will hit the East Coast for a round of dates that will include a stop at Paper Box on October 26 (tickets forthcoming) and NJ Deathfest on October 19 & 20 with a massive amount of others including Fuck the Facts, Terrorizer, Disma and many others. Check out the flyer and all tour dates below.
Meanwhile over at Invisible Oranges, in the past week we dug on the new Glorior Belli, geeked out on Deny the Cross, the new Gigan, the A389 lineup, the new Cosmic Church track and pondered why we would listen to Dillinger Escape Plan.
For more metal/hardcore/punk shows, check out our fancy new NYC Metal Show Calendar. It rules.
A stream of Carcass's Surgical Steel, Wormed's tour schedule and the NJ Deathfest flyer are below.
Carcass at MDF 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As discussed at InvisibleOranges, it's time to get stoked. Death metal gods Carcass will follow-up their last appearance on our shores at Maryland Deathfest 2013 with another, and this one hits close to home. That's right, Carcass will in fact play NYC at Gramercy Theater on September 26 with Immolation (who recently toured with Napalm Death/Cannibal Corpse) as part of a set of US dates for the band. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (8/2) at noon.
UPDATE: September 25th at Saint Vitus too! Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10AM.
Invisible Oranges recently reviewed the new LP Surgical Steel, the lead track of which ("Captive Bolt Pistol") is streaming below.
While no full tour has been announce, there are dates for Los Angeles and Canada as well. All are listed below.
Carcass at MDF 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Legendary death metal/grind band Carcass have returned from the beyond and have released the new track "Captive Bolt Pistol." The track, which found its way onto a compilation of songs by bands on German festival Party San, appears on the new Carcass record, Surgical Steel. Look for that on Season of Mist soon, but until then you can stream that track below courtesy of Skull & Bones.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Jeff and Bill of Carcass at Nokia Theater Sept 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Please tell us the full recording lineup.So far Carcass has one US date in their sights... at Maryland Deathfest 2013. Will that change soon?
Jeff Walker: "Bill Steer (guitars), Jeff Walker (bass/vocals), Daniel Wilding (drums). For live we'll obviously add another guitarist--we have someone in mind but we are not interested in a 'name' player."
Why do this now over four years after the initial Carcass reunion?
"Good timing, eh? Twenty-five years we first recorded Reek of Putrefaction. The incentive was off Bill. I'd verbally expressed an interest in doing something but I needed Bill to have the desire and hunger again and that's exactly what has happened. He recalled watching Dan Wilding play on tour with us in 2008 and something about him struck a chord and he wanted to work with him. There was something about him that kind of reminded him of Ken, on a personal level as much as his playing. We've done this recording firstly for ourselves--there's no label backing even as you read this--in fact me and Bill have spent a small fortune out of our pocket to see this through--it's more of an artistic/personal statement than anything." - [Decibel]
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Carcass in NYC in 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Maryland Deathfest have announced their first batch of bands for their 2013 edition, including a veritable buttload of exclusive appearances. Among those scheduled to appear exclusively at the eleventh edition of the fest are Venom, Carcass, a Righteous Pigs reunion, Antaeus (who played Rites of Darkness), Convulse, Aosoth, !Tooh!, Ahumado Granujo, and Ingrowing.
Also on board will be Manilla Road, Pentagram (who play Power of The Riff next month), Integrity (who played A389), Pelican, Midnight (who played Acheron this year and Rites of Darkness), Morgion, and Kommandant (who played Martyrdoom). Now that the details on the "who" are starting to emerge, we just need some details on the "where" now that Sonar is officially kaput. More details forthwith.
In related news, MDF 2011 alums and over-the-top death metal purists Gravehill give fuck-zero about current trends, they just want to rip, drink frothy cold ones and scare the ever-living shit out of you. The California-based band will head to the East Coast this fall to play Saint Vitus on October 26th with Hour of 13, Master's Eve and Mutant Supremacy. Tickets are on sale. So far, no details on an actual tour yet, but we'll keep our eyes peeled (pardon the pun).
by Black Bubblegum
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Welcome to this week in Metal! This week we'll start with the pedal to the floor with Harpoon of Chicago, who will release their new LP Double Gnarly / Triple Suicide on Interloper Records. Featuring members of 7000 Dying Rats, the band recorded the LP in August 2008 with Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos), sending it off to metal-mastering go-to Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed) for the finishing touches. The trio takes advantage of the drum machine gun to create a relentless grind assault reminiscent of Plague Bringer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, or Genghis Tron (sans keys). Check out "Frogs, Boils, Locusts..." available for download above, and cop it on limited LP (400 in black, 100 in white & blue marbled vinyl) when it drops on Feb 10th! Harpoon recently added bassist DJ Baracca (ex-Lair of The Minotaur) to their ranks and have added a few live dates in and around the Chi (dates below).
Absu have announced a new self-titled album, posting the ripping new track "Girra's Temple" to their myspace. Due on Feb 24th on Candlelight Records, the band have also lined up a few dates including SXSW on Mar 20th at Spiros and at... you guessed it... Maryland Deathfest. Meanwhile, Absu is garnering alot of media attention lately... check out features in Metal Maniacs, Terrorizer, and Zero Tolerance.
Hot off of the release of his first solo album Punctuated Equilibrium, Wino will play his first show with his solo band (featuring skinsman extraordinaire Jean-Paul Gaster of Clutch) at the 9:30 club in Washington, DC on Sat Feb 7th! Wino will be joined by King Giant and the mighty Salome, who will be in NYC with Ocean on Feb 15th. In related news, Clutch have released their first digital single "King Of Arizona" (iTunes users, buy it here), from the upcoming remastered Slow Hole to China, Rare & Unreleased. The band have lined up a few dates with their alter ego (most of 'em anyway), The Bakerton Group including Feb 27 at The Chance in Poughkeepsie and Feb 28 at The Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale. Full tour dates below.
As much theorized and finally realized, The Auditory Assault Festival will take place at Club Europa on May 16 & 17.
Complete Failure announced a short tour of the east coast and the midwest with Polish grinders Antigama including an NYC date at Europa on May 20th. Details are forthcoming, full tour dates are below. The Pittsburghers (CF) have posted a trio of demo tracks at their website, check them out above. Antigama is prepping for March 3rd, when Relapse will drop their new album Warning.
Mastodon's Crack The Skye artwork
Mastodon is currently streaming "Divinations" from the upcoming Crack The Skye. Check it out kids... it's a burner! The single is also available for sale with a limited edition tee. Mastodon and Genghis Tron are playing the Coachella festival this year.
Rise Above dropped the new album by Belgians Serpentcult, a doomy hybrid of Electric Wizard and High on Fire fronted by Michelle Nocon, a female with some SERIOUS pipes. The Weight of Light was produced by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis, Melvins) and the band is streaming three of those tracks at their myspace, with the title track available for download above. So far the band haven't added any North American dates, but if they do, we'll let you know (european tour dates below). Meanwhile, dig on an interview that Serpentcult did with Hellride Music here.
Coliseum have announced a slew of tourdates (below) as well as a new seven-inch entitled "True Quiet / Last Wave" on Deathwish! Full tour dates are below. Coliseum with join Converge, Genghis Tron (who was recently added), Ceremony, Pulling Teeth, and Rise & Fall at Europa on March 27th.
Blut Aus Nord have posted "The Formless Sphere (Beyond The Reason)" to their myspace page, the first new song from the upcoming Memoria Vetusta II - Dialogue With The Stars. Look for in Feb 23rd on Candlelight.
Valient Thorr have added a February 6th show at The Shank in Greenpoint (98 Bayard @ Leonard) with Acid Tiger, Golden Error, with Tournament. This show makes it TWO NYC dates.... don't forget about their upcoming show with Anthrax and a half pipe.
Minsk, Slayer, Battlefields, Devourment, Obituary, and more below...
by Black Bubblegum
My favorite of the two Oceans, the one missing a definite article in front of their name (Ocean of Maine), will be the next heavy band to headline Show No Mercy at Public Assembly (Feb 15th). As part of some sort of bizarre doom-off, Ocean will try to out rumble and underpace the mighty Salome, Riff Cannon, and Batillus who are also on board for the (anti-) festivities. Both Ocean (profiled here) and Salome (who we profiled in August) released full-length LPs last year... Pantheon of The Lesser and S/T respectively. Riff Cannon will drop their debut LP in 2009 and Batillus recently made their new self-titled EP available for free download here.
Speaking of Salome, lead vocalist Kat will make her first Agoraphobic Nosebleedappearance on Agorapocalypse, the latest LP from Scott Hull's pummeling grindcore project. Due April 14th, Agorapocalypse won't be the lone AnB in 2009; the band plans a series of splits for this year with a wide array of bands including Despise You, ANS, Agents of Satan and Thrones!
Mayhem, Marduk, Cattle Decapitation, and Cephalic Carnage have added a date together in Seattle Washington @ Studio Seven on June 5th. Pleasegodletitbeafulltour... Pleasegodletitbeafulltour... Cattle Decapitation's The Harvest Floor dropped on Jan 20th.
Brutal Truth recently announced their involvement in the Auditory Assault Festival (with Gadget, Kill The Client, Jig-ai and others), and now comes word that the band will have released their new record before then! Enter Evolution Through Revolution, recorded at Watchman Studios by Doug White (Psyopus) and due on April 14th via Relapse. Stokeage. Brutal Truth drummer Richard Hoak will do double duty at the Auditory Assault festival, also playing with his Total Fucking Destruction project.
Isis announced their new album, Wavering Radiant, due on May 5th via Ipecac Records! Produced by Joe Baressi (Tool, Queens of The Stone Age), look for the wax to hit the streets on Apr. 21. Tool's Adam Jones contributed guitar tracks to a pair of songs on Wavering Radiant.
Sweet do, Jared Big Business!
Big Business have announced their new album, Mind The Drift due in April via Hydra Head Records. Produced by Phil Ek (The Shins, Earth, Fleet Foxes, Built To Spill), the record is the first to feature new guitarist Toshi Kasai. Stream the new track "Gold and Final" at their myspace.
Ahhh... NOW I know why 1349 are heading out on tour.... Revelations Of The Black Flame is the name of the recently announced new album by the black metallers! Recorded at StudioStudio Nyhagen in Bøverbru, Norway, 1349 have enlisted Tom Gabriel Fischer to help man the boards! Look for it sometime this spring. Meanwhile, Tom Gabriel Fischer's new venture post-Celtic Frost, Triptykon, is currently in the demo phase. 1349 will be at BB Kings on March 2nd, tickets are available here.
The sickos in Sourvein have scheduled a few new dates, including an NYC date that looks to be part of an upcoming US tour. No details just yet, but set aside April 19th until then. Tour dates below.
Lair Of The Minotaur's new DVD, WAR METAL BATTLE MASTER is out NOW at Southern Lord. Meanwhile, bassist Nate Olp (Demiricous) has been sent in to replace the departed DJ Barraca for live gigs. DJ recently left LOTM to joined Harpoon, who's new record, Double Gnarly / Triple Suicide is due on Feb 10th via Interloper Records.
News on Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition, Weekend Nachos, Carcass, Blut Aus Nord, Lamb Of God, Javelina, and more below...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Khanate - "Wings From Spine" (MP3 Excerpt)
DOWNLOAD: Grey Machine - Vultures Descend (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Outlaw Order - Siege Mentality (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Millions - "Lest the Professor Catches Fire"(MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Orphan - "Bogman"(MP3)
Hmm.... who's guitar rig could this be?
SUNN O)))So, TWO new sunn o))) records, a Khanate, AND an Æthenor record! We knew that sunn 0))) was working on a new record, but a quick search turned up that Blast First (Petite) will drop that sunn 0))) and Pan Sonic pic 10". On further review, Æthenor's website reveals the following:
Che (SUNN O))) & Pan Sonic do a Suicide cover, pic 10" 2009)
Dimensions (TBA) (2xCD & 2xLP 2009)
Faking Gold & Murder (CD & LP 2008)
Clean Hands Go Foul (LP & Picture Disc 2008, CD & CD Japan 2009)
David Tibet sings and contributes lyrics on the forthcoming Æthenor album; other guests are Kristoffer Rygg (Ulver) and long time Æthenor collaborator Alexander Tucker [who just played ATP].Most importantly though, what the hell is that Khanate record Clean Hands Go Foul?!? Stephen O'Malley had this to say:
The long lost 4th KHANATE album Clean Hands Go Foul will finally emerge later this year. This was recorded directly after the Capture & Release album at Bisi Studio Brooklyn February 2005.James Plotkin, bassist for Khanate, posted one unreleased song excerpt to his website, "Wings From Spine" which is downloadable above. Will "Wings" appear on Clean Hands Go Foul? Who knows, but in the meantime prepare for the thundering evil doom of the mighty Khanate! On a related note, Plotkin's Khlyst, is taking orders for Chaos Live, a multicamera live DVD shot at Hydra Head's CMJ show in 2006. While you're there, pick up Boris's limited-to-1000 Floorshaker 12".
Mastodon's Brent Hinds had a little run-in with King Khan over the weekend, and while we have heard King Khan's side of the story, ridiculous pictures included, we haven't heard a peep from Brent Hinds. My thoughts echo that of one astute Blabbermouth reader: "The real victim here is the beer". Brann Dailor of Mastodon was recently interviewed by Metal Injection.
Justin Broadrick (Jesu, ex-Godflesh) dropped a bombshell of sorts.... a new project, Grey Machine, featuring Aaron Turner (Isis), Diarmuid Dalton (Jesu), and Dave Cochrane (Transitional)! From the upcoming album Disconnected, the band posted "Vultures Rise" available for download above!
Crom is back on the west coast, but evidence from their east coast killing spree is popping up all over the net. Check out pics from their show in Worcester, MA at Return To The Pit, an interview with a shirtless Crom at Vice magazine, as well as audio (and video below) from their appearance at WFMU.
Crom Live at WFMU, Mayhem, Amon Amarth, Baroness, Tweak Bird, Bison BC and more below.....
photos by Ryan Muir
1349 is a black metal band hailing from Oslo, Norway. The band's music is purposely similar in style and construction to that of bands from the Second Wave of Norwegian black metal of the early 1990s, and does not incorporate synthesisers. As a result, 1349 have been compared to the early incarnations of Enslaved, Emperor, Burzum, Gorgoroth, Darkthrone, Immortal, and Mayhem, being described as much heavier than most other black metal bands. The band has so far, rejected the more commercial style of black metal exhibited by some bands.I saw them at SXSW, at night in a field which was also a VICE party with not many people, but with very drunk people. The band takes the scary act to the next level. The scary faces never leave their faces, so between the scariness on stage and the scariness in the crowd, it was overall kind of scary scary (but very entertaining). Now the band is on tour with Carcass and that brought them from their lair in Norway to the heavily guarded and corporate Nokia Theater in NYC on Saturday night (Sept 6). Black Bubblegum was at the show and his full review is coming soon, but I can tell you now that he was less than impressed with 1349. Ryan also found them hard to take seriously, but did admit they do a good scary (and a good Kiss). More pics below...
The name 1349 comes from the year the Black Death reached Norway. [Wiki]