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Lucifer's a powerful name because it has social, religious and literary connotations. At the same time, it's sort of an anonymous name. It's not hard to conjure that name up out of our collective unconscious. Why that name?

I had this name from the beginning. I was thinking about it for a while, whether I should do it or not, because I'm aware it's a very blunt move. [I knew] that people would say, "Who does she think she is, calling her band that?" If you look at Metal Archives, there are seven bands called Lucifer. I was actually surprised that there are only seven bands called Lucifer, because if you look up any other cliche word on Metal Archives, you will find tons and tons of bands. I thought, "The figure of Lucifer is so powerful and beautiful." I associate the band with it. Lucifer was a very misunderstood misfit. I thought it was a very beautiful metaphor and it's also a very catchy name. I thought it was great for that concept of having a heavily '70s-influenced heavy rock band. For both reasons: the superficial one -- it's a killer name for a band -- but also what Lucifer stands for. I thought it was very beautiful.

As a fan of this style of music, it has to be exciting working with Gaz Jennings.

Absolutely. I've been a Cathedral fan. He's one of the greatest guitar players of this genre that I know. He's so good. I'm thrilled to have him with it.

Last year, doom duo The Oath broke up a month after releasing their debut album, but vocalist Johanna Sadonis is now fronting a new band, Lucifer. Their debut album, Lucifer I, comes out next week (6/16) via Rise Above Records and you can stream the whole thing below via our metal sister site Invisible Oranges. IO also interviewed Johanna about their band name, working with ex-Cathedral guitarist Gaz Jennings for the album, and more. That's a quote above and you can read the rest here.

As previously mentioned, Lucifer are going on tour with High on Fire, Pallbearer and Venomous Maximus, which hits NYC for two BV/IO-presented shows: August 15 at Irving Plaza and August 18 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for those shows are still available.

High on Fire's new album is streaming now too. Full list of tour dates, and the Lucifer album stream, below...

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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...

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Cathedral at MDF 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)

Doom metal titans Cathedral have basically called it quits for good, having played their last show already, and will sail into the sunset with final album The Last Spire due on April 30th via Metal Blade. You can check out the LP's new single and video "Tower Of Silence," streaming below.

The song is one of two tracks recently released by the band, with an edit of "Vengeance of the Blind Dead" recently appearing on a Decibel Magazine flexi and you can stream that below as well.

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by Andy O'Connor

Scott Carlson of Repulsion at The Power of The Riff 2010 (more by Adam L Murray)

A band pours its heart and soul into its music. Not many people give a shit. Band breaks up and its members decides to pursue other paths in life. Fast forward some years, key people discover this thought-to-be-lost music, go nuts over it. People ape from the band, sing their praises. Band gets back together, maybe with a new member or two in tow, and plays to more people in one night than they had in their formative days. Given such reception, band plays gigs in areas they couldn't reach before. Cheers are had by all.

Heard this before? It's a bit too common in metal and hardcore. Repulsion are definitely one of those lucky victims. The band was ahead of its time -- they were pushing thrash and punk into limits that would become the blueprints for grindcore music. Of course, there wasn't "grindcore" when Repulsion were first around. They were just playing metal much faster, nastier, and louder than their peers. The bands they've influenced are too numerous to list -- hell, Black Breath took their name from a Repulsion song. When Horrified, their first and most revered demo, was finally released in 1989 through Carcass' Necrosis Records, the band had already broken up. Since reuniting in the early aughts, with Marissa Martinez and Col Jones of Cretin joining original members Scott Carlson and Matt Olivo, they've played some well-received reunion gigs. Repulsion was even recently used in a study on music in the workplace! Sometimes, the second act of your life can be the best. And with a record as classic as Horrified? Repulsion deserves it.

Repulsion are playing the upcoming Power of the Riff East, joining on to the second day (9/2) with Sunn O))), Winter, Coffinworm, and more. Read our chat with Carlson below.

If you missed it, POTR recently added Hoax in place of Poison Idea, and tickets are on sale for Saturday and Sunday (now with a free screened poster for the event), OR you can purchase the newly released set of two-day passes that come with a free Southern Lord vinyl pack that contains an LP or 7" and various other SL offerings.

Interview is below.

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words & photos by BBG

Tragedy @ MDF
Maryland Death Fest

There's four days of this?

Maryland Deathfest 2011 (May 26-29 at Club Sonar) kicked off at the early hour of 4:45PM Thursday with a set from Witchaven, an LA thrash four piece that is currently on the road with Nocturnal (who play the 2nd outdoor stage today, 5/27). The band was followed by the blasting grind of Shitstorm, a fantastic side project featuring 2/3 of Torche and Eric from Capsule. Noisear followed Shitstorm. The New Mexico quintet played pieces from their recent Subvert The Dominant Paradigm (out now on Relapse). Miasmal (who have a new LP) was next, and their throwback nod to Swedish Death Metal of yesteryear was a good palette cleansing after two sets of grind destruction.

One of my favorite sets of the day followed. LA's Lack of Interest killed the stage with their lightning fast hardcore. The show was the band's first on the East Coast, and the crowd responded appropriately with singalongs. Flesh Parade followed LOI with a set of brutal grindcore while the MDF Party Brigade tore up the pit with inflatable items and costumes (like Teletubbies, Ketchup outfits, a shack boy and more).

Maryland Death Fest

Next was Extortion's speedy hardcore which represented well live, though the band had some technical difficulties... though no where near as many as Buzzov-en. Buzzov-en fried a bass head before they could even start, and took a little while to set up. I don't know how K.Lloyd could function on stage (he seemed a bit, um, impaired) but regardless they ripped a killer set.

Tragedy, as usual, was amazing. The band's crusty d-beat incited pits and stage dives. Between them and LOI, I would have been content with an excellent day of shows. Cathedral's last-ever US show closed out the evening. I have always like Cathedral, but was never as mad about them as some.... but Sonar's soundsystem did them right last night. They sounded amazing.

Today is Neurosis! More pictures from Day 1 are below...

Continue reading "Maryland Deathfest 2011 -- Day 1 in pics & review (Cathedral, Tragedy, Lack of Interest, Flesh Parade, Buzzov-en & more)"

by BBG

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Dark Castle @ Union Pool (more by Sam Marble)
Dark Castle

In recent months, the upswing in metal coverage on BV has rendered the moniker "Week In Metal" unnecessary. Small blurbs in "WIM" (as we call it around here) about Dark Castle have given way to photosets from their shows and posting of tour dates as they happen. Chalk it up to progress.

Starting this week, we will introduce a bit of a new direction for the old Week In Metal column, but without straying too far from the previous. The new column, entitled Short Wave Warfare, will scale back a bit, focusing on news that falls below the radar as well as shining a spotlight on new bands and upcoming shows in the NYC area. It won't be weekly. I hope you enjoy it.

Stay tuned for more upcoming shows in addition to Coalesce at Europa, Magrudergrind at Cake Shop, and The Hope Conspiracy at Union Pool, as well as a year-end best of 2009 post from myself and some of my favorite artists.

Thanks for reading. News on Portal, Oxbow, Master's Hammer, a collaboration between sunn O))) and Ulver, a new Haiyaino Daisuki & Gridlink, Amenra, Earthride, Kreator, Mammoth Grinder and so much more as (the new) Short Wave Warfare continues below....

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by JJ Koczan

We continue with JJ's report from Roadburn in Tilburg, Holland. If you missed it, you might want to start with Day One. Here is Day Two (Friday April 23, 2009)...

Cathedral LIVE at Roadburn (Erik Luyten)

It's really easy to tell as you walk around Tilburg who is here for Roadburn and who isn't. Even when I first got here from Amsterdam on the train, the front of the station looked like an Eyehategod show could have broken out at any minute, all the bearded longhairs and black t-shirts, including my own, standing around looking for a bus or a cab. Like some kind of convention for the International Society Of Social Awkwardness. But oh, we do have a good time.

The thing about the "doom scene," as much as there is one, is that it's really more of a community. Maybe it's because the majority of its patrons are a little older, a little more stoned, a little more concerned with paying their rent, but there are way fewer scene rules than, say, in black metal, where the contest to be more kvlt than thou goes on ceaselessly. Certainly there's a uniform -- see "beards and t-shirts," above -- but there are some normal looking dudes running around here and no one really gives a crap one way or the other what they look like. I'd say it's refreshing, but it's been this way for as long as I've been into doom, so it's nothing new.

This is easily the best festival I've ever seen. The fact that I'm here still astonishes me. Yesterday, as I watched Angel Witch demolish bands half their age (though Saviours would answer back heartily later on), I couldn't help but look around me and be amazed at the gathering of riff worshippers. The Atomic Bitchwax, for example, played to a Green Room so packed that people were lined up into the hallway watching them through the open doors. I've seen the Bitchwax plenty of times in our shared home state of New Jersey, and most of those shows have been relatively empty. Here you can barely go from one part of the venue to the next without doing a bump 'n grind on some poor schlub. It's something to get used to, but I made a conscious decision to take a different approach to day two than I had to day one.

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