Entries tagged with: Coliseum
DOWNLOAD: Coliseum "Waiting (Too Late)" (MP3)
Parasites art by Rick Froberg
Louisville greats Coliseum are back with Parasites, the band's new 12"/EP due on 11/15 via Temporary Residence Limited. And similar to the band's recent effort House with a Curse, Coliseum has roped in notable guest appearances from names like J Robbins (Jawbox, etc) and Rick Froberg (Hot Snakes, Obits); the former produced the album and lays down guest vocals while the latter is responsible for the artwork above. Check out "Waiting (Too Late)" from the EP (MP3 above, video below).
Coliseum is on the road for a few weeks of mostly-mid-west dates in October, including shows with Boris/Tera Melos (who play Irving Plaza on 10/27) and Regents (who play Acheron on 10/8). All tour dates and the song stream/video below...
Boris, in pillow and undergarment form
Boris's new LP offerings Attention Please and Heavy Rocks (2011) represent a bit of a stylistic change for the ever-shifting Japanese band. As such, they've recruited some bands outside of the usual suspects in their upcoming North American tour announced today. Boris, who is currently in the EU with Russian Circles, will hit the road in the US for dates with Asobi Seksu, Tera Melos, True Widow (who play Union Pool in August), Master Musicians of Bukkake, Liturgy and others in October. Full tour schedule is below, including an NYC date with Asobi Seksu and Liturgy at Irving Plaza on 10/27. Ticketing info is forthcoming.
All tour dates and a video for Boris's "Hope/Riot Sugar" (a song from each new LP in a single video) is below. For all of you superfans, keep a lookout for Boris - Attention Please underwear and/or pillows (above) which go on presale on 7/30.
words & photos by BBG
After an awesome show the night before at Public Assembly, Coliseum played a second show in Brooklyn at Union Pool last night/Sunday (5/15), this time with The Austerity Program, The Year is One, and Masakari who was added to the bill late on Saturday night, and ended up playing four shows during their two-night NYC stay (Public Assembly, ABC No Rio, and C-Squat as well).
If you missed Coliseum last night or Saturday, it may be some time before you catch them again. Guitarist/vocalist Ryan Patterson announced that this tour would be their last for a while, as the band is taking some time to focus on their follow-up to their well-crafted LP House With A Curse.
Seeing Coliseum twice this past weekend confirmed what I already knew, that this Louisville band has a deep and varied catalog that not only destroys, but also challenges. Coliseum could easily churn out record after record of well-crafted by-the-books d-beat, but they want more. And with their excellent songwriting, I think they'll get it. It'll be interesting to see where Patterson & the boys take it next.
More pictures from Union Pool below...
words & photos by BBG, additional photos by Jason House
Coliseum @ Public Assembly (by BBG)
Coliseum played two Brooklyn shows with Gods & Queens over the weekend, each with different set lists! And different openers too. Tour-mates Rise & Fall and Masakari were both on the bill at the Saturday Public Assembly show, as was Psychic Limb (who supported Dillinger Escape Plan Sunday night at MHoW too). Sunday's Union Pool show featured Coliseum, The Austerity Program, The Year is One, and Masakari who initially had the day off until they hopped on the Union Pool show last minute in addition to playing a last minute show at C-Squat.
Pictures from Union Pool are forthecoming, but Public Assembly pics are in this post, and there are more of them below...
Coliseum at Bowery Ballroom (more by Tim Griffin)
Tonight, 5/13, marks the first of a series of brutally good times this weekend. Multiple metal & hardcore shows will go down to warm you up for the upcoming pre/post-Maryland Deathfest onslaught!
First up is tonight's Goes Cube/Descender/Primitive Weapons/Iron Thrones shindig at Saint Vitus in Greenpoint, which caps off a string of dates for Goes Cube. Show starts at 8PM. Across town, the one and only D.R.I. will bless Gramercy Theater (tickets are still on sale).
Coliseum kicks off a pair of NYC shows on Saturday (5/14), teaming with the awesome Rise & Fall, Masakari, Gods & Queens and Psychic Limb at Public Assembly at 8. Then Coliseum will hit Union Pool the next night (5/15), this time with a different but nonetheless awesome lineup of The Austerity Program and The Year is One. Both Psychic Limb AND Masakari are playing a pair of shows this weekend, with Masakari hitting ABC No Rio with Black Kites & Grudges for the matinee earlier on Saturday. Both Coliseum shows are BV/1000 Knives productions.
Going down at the EXACT same time at Acheron is the venue's 1st anniversary party! Headlined by Batillus and featuring appearances from Beer & Cable, Trenchgrinder, Mortals, Mutant Supremacy, Defeatist, Tournament, and Bad Dream, this FREE show (!) will also feature a BBQ (with veggie options) that kicks off at 5PM, three hours before doors hit. Decisions, decisions. Flyer below.
Besides Coliseum, Sunday also as a few other great options. Suffocation & Misery Index will team with Mutant Supremacy and Humanity Falls at Santos for a day show. While ANS (who have a new split with Ramming Speed) will team with Seasick, Sickoids and Long Pigs at Acheron.
The well for both of the Deftones/Dillinger Escape Plan tickets at Best Buy Theater have run dry (shows are on Friday and Saturday), but you can still catch DEP at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday night. Tickets are still available and support will come from The Psychic Paramount (who have a new LP) and Psychic Limb (them too). You can also try to win a pair on the BrooklynVegan Facebook.
What did I miss? The latest MDF flyer and others below...
Psychic Limb at Cake Shop, the aftermath (more by Jason House)
Psychic Limb has a busy weekend in a couple weeks, as the band has been added to a pair of notable NYC shows. The first will go down at the previously discussed Coliseum/Gods & Queens date at Public Assembly, which also recently added Rise & Fall (their only NYC appearance) and Masakari (who'll also play ABC No Rio with Black Kites & Grudges that afternoon). $12 gets you in the door and tickets are on sale. The show is one of two dates scheduled for Coliseum, who'll also join The Austerity Program at Union Pool the next night (5/15, tickets).
Then the following day, Psychic Limb will join another Psychic band, The Psychic Paramount, in supporting The Dillinger Escape Plan at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 15th (tickets). The MHOW show is a one off solo show for DEP, who is currently playing dates with the Deftones and will hit Best Buy Theater for a pair of sold-out nights (on 5/13, 5/14). The Psychic Paramount will hit the road with Disappears in July.
All of the Psychic Limb shows are in celebration of their new LP, Queens, which is currently up for preorder via Clairvoyant Recordings.... my own new record label. Recorded by Colin Marston (Krallice, Dysrhythmia, etc), the LP, the label's first release, is limited to 500 copies with the first 100 coming on opaque yellow and the remainder on black. Psychic Limb sold small runs of their LP at recent shows with Nails and Unbroken/Jesuit.
Rise & Fall will enter God City Studios on Sunday, 5/1 to record a new LP with Kurt Ballou. No word on the details behind the LP, but we'll keep you posted.
All tour dates and some video is below.
Art for the Superchunk/Coliseum split
Now that Coliseum has given their epic Goddamage EP a revamp (a must, if you don't have it already), the band is currently tearing up the streets of the EU with Rise Against. After returning from that trek, Ryan Patterson & the boys will hit the US highways/byways for a string of US dates that will include NYC twice: May 14th at Public Assembly with Gods & Queens & May 15th at Union Pool with The Austerity Program. Both shows are presented by BrooklynVegan/1000Knives.
Coliseum are waving their (black) flag in support of Record Store Day, and will team up with Superchunk to release a split 7" of Misfits covers. Limited to 2000 copies in three colorways (yellow, magenta, black), Superchunk will take on "Horror Business" while Coliseum tears down "Bullet". The 7" is not the first time that Coliseum has paid tribute to Danzig, as Coliseum teamed up with Doomriders in 2005 to record the Not of This World split of Danzig covers for Level Plane.
Coliseum is also teaming up with Burning Love (ex-Cursed, hitting the road with Converge in May) for another split, this time a live record recorded at the Atlantic in Gainesville, Florida in 2010. Sound Study Recordings will release the limited LP of 1000 copies, with a CD version due via Tee Pee with bonus tracks (and also limited to 1000). You can see the cover art for that, below.
All tour dates and some videos below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Blood Red Shoes @ MHOW
After Chris left the BV Loft Party all the way back on Friday, October 22nd, he headed over to Music Hall of Williamsburg for the Blue Flowers-presented CMJ showcase for a lineup of mostly UK bands including Chapel Club, Everything Everything, and Blood Red Shoes (who toured North America with Sky Larkin in October). Pictures from that show are in this post.
The occasion (to post these belated pics)? SXSW has already announced an initial lineup of bands playing in Austin from March 16-20, 2011, and Chapel Club is on that list (and I wouldn't be surprised of the other 2 mentioned bands end up coming too). Also on the list: Lia Ices, Braids, Asobi Seksu, Wye Oak, Suuns, Sun Airway, A Place to Bury Strangers and more. Full list under the rest of the MHOW pictures, below...
Speaking of LA, they have another noteworthy festival happening in August, though that show focuses more on the heavier side of things. August 8th will mark The Power of The Riff Fest at The Echo and Echoplex in LA with the return of Corrosion Of Conformity III (aka Animosity era!), Goatsnake, From Ashes Rise, Trap Them, Repulsion, Nails, Coliseum, Black Breath, Eagle Twin, Early Graves, and many others. The Converse-presented show is FREE (wow), but requires an RSVP. Poster and full lineup below.
The original 3-piece Corrosion of Conformity also have a handful of other dates scheduled around that time. Unfortunately none on the east side of the coast (for now), but they are listed below. Three of the dates, including The Power of the Riff, are being called the "Southern Lord West Coast Tour" which all include the lineup of Goatsnake, Eagle Twin, and Black Breath (poster below).
Unfortunately most of this stuff does not include NYC action, though we have two sunn o))) & Boris shows to look forward to, not to mention Boris/Russian Circles/Torche, and SLEEP. Coliseum was just here last week.
Dates and stuff below...
words by BBG, photos by Meghan McInnis
Coliseum bassist Mike Pascal, in flight
Coliseum headlined Europa on July 8th (Thursday), alongside ex-Cursed project Burning Love, Tournament, Elks, and the great Fight Amp as part of a larger tour in celebration of A House With A Curse, their new album out NOW on Temporary Residence Limited.
The new LP shows the band venturing into new territory (as discussed in our recent interview) with similarly compelling results as the old material, though guitarist/vocalist Ryan Patterson remarked:
"We got called Prog Metal today."Huh-what? Regardless of what tag you put on it, their new material sounded fantastic live, and made me go home and take the LP for another spin. For the straight and narrow hardcore folk, the new LP might take some getting used to, but the returns are worth the investment.
Burning Love supported, and Chris Colohan's new band absolutely smokes! Though they have more in common with Doomriders than Colohan's former band, the band ripped through their set and brought to life some of the material that I was so-so on in their recorded output. Tons of live energy, these dudes rule.
Unfortunately, I missed Tournament, Fight Amp and Elks (our photographer missed Tournament & Fight Amp), though I am sure that both Fight Amp and Elks delivered a whopping blow to the early crowds. Elks will play Death By Audio on Sunday (7/18), alongside Reading Rainbow, Splinters, Heavy Cream (currently touring with JEFF The Brotherhood) and Big Boyz.
More pics from the show are below....
DOWNLOAD: Coffins - "Black Fog of Burning Flesh" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Coliseum - "Everything To Everyone" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Suma - "Headwound" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dispirit - "Bitumen Amnii" (MP3 Excerpt)
DOWNLOAD: Dispirit - "Ixtab's Lure" (MP3 Excerpt)
DOWNLOAD: Leng Tch'e - "Wirehead Imbeciles" (MP3 Excerpt)
DOWNLOAD: Thou - tracks from Dwell in the Darkness of Thought and Drink the Poison of Life EP Split (rar)
DOWNLOAD: Moloch - "Dry Cough" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ghast - "Crawl, Blighted and Afraid" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fistula - "The Ones That Got Away" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Aun - "Drainbow" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thou - tracks from Tears That Soak A Callous Heart Split (rar)
DOWNLOAD: Ramesses - "Khali Mist" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Endless Blockade - "Clean & Prone" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Masakari - "XVI Rapid Dominance" (MP3)
Thou at Scion Rock Fest (more by Christopher Mumma)
The grotesquely prolific Thou is forever on the move, and in addition to their out-now Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For EP and the upcoming studio LP Summit due in July on GIlead Media (CD) and Southern Lord (Vinyl), the band has a pair of splits on deck. First up is the band's split with The City Is The Tower entitled Dwell in the Darkness of Thought and Drink the Poison of Life. Thou contributes two songs of the five, both of which are available above. Preorder that record.
Last, but certainly not least, the band has split with fantastic UK sludge-doomers Moloch, due on Perpetual Motion Machine in 12" and cassette formats (preorder it). Download one Moloch track, "Dry Cough", and all of Thou's contribution to that split above. Moloch has a badass debut 10" on Feast of Tentacles and recently contributed a Rorschach cover to Clone Vol II (which also featured Thou, Shadow Of The Torturer, and many others)
Landmine Marathon have filled out the rest of their US tour dates which include two NYC shows, July 13th and Union Pool and July 15th at Cake Shop both with Salome. Meanwhile, Salome is currently working on their new LP, and debut for Profound Lore.
Profound Lore has signed Agalloch! The band is currently crafting their new LP in their lair in Portland through the end of July. More details are forthcoming. Aesop Dekker of another fantastic west coast black metal band, Ludicra, serves as their drummer. While we're on the subject of Ludicra's new LP The Tenant is out on 2LP courtesy Throne Records.
Ryan Patterson of Coliseum (more by Samantha Marble)
Most punk bands never actually get to release a single seven inch, but here we are in Coliseum's seventh year with their third LP House Without a Curse moments from lift-off. The LP marks the band's first for Temporary Residence Limited, and the J.Robbins produced effort sees the band spreading it's wings a bit while staying true to their punk roots. It's definitely worth a listen, as well as worth the pre-order (the album hits store shelves one June 22).
In addition the the spankin' new LP, the band also has a freshly pressed video for "Blind In One Eye", which makes it's first appearance below. After the video, stick around for some questions that we asked guitarist/vocalist Ryan Patterson about the record, performing live, and punk rock in 2010.
DOWNLOAD: Coliseum - "Blind In One Eye" (MP3)
Coliseum at Europa (more by Chloe Rice)
Coliseum is hitting the roadin June/July, and have added an NYC show at Europa with Tournament on July 8th as part of a larger tour with Burning Love (who we profiled last year, ex-Cursed). Ticket info is forthcoming.
The tour is in celebration of Coliseum's new album and upcoming LP, House With A Curse, on the way via their new home Temporary Residence Limited. The first track to surface from that LP, "Blind In One Eye", is above and available for download. Recorded by Kevin Ratterman and mixed by J. Robbins at the Magpie Cage in Baltimore, the eleven track LP features appearances from a host of notables including Jason Noble (Rodan), Will Oldham, members of Young Widows, and a host of others.
Videos, tracklisting, album art, and full tour dates are below.
DOWNLOAD: The Howling Wind - "Teeth of Frost" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Palace of Worms - "Rite of Blood" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Unholy Grave - "Little Bastards" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Coffinworm - "Start Saving For Your Funeral" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Darkthrone - "Eyes Burst At Dawn" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wolvhammer - Dawn Of The 4th (Zipped MP3, Mediafire)
DOWNLOAD: Panopticon - "Beginning Of The End" featuring Rob "The Baron" Miller (MP3 Snippet)
DOWNLOAD: From Ashes Rise - "All In Due Time" (Live) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Alcest - "Percées De Lumière" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wormrot - "Indonesia" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jucifer - "Rifles" (MP3)
Ryan of The Howling Wind w/ Unearthly Trance (more by Samantha Marble)
Ryan Lipynsky probably best known for his role as doom-destroyer in Unearthly Trance, but he's been around the block with projects as varying as Motive, Pollution, Thralldom and The Howling Wind, who will release their latest LP Into The Cryosphere via Profound Lore in April. The Howling Wind, which includes Tim Call of Parasitic Records, Aldebaran, and others, toils in icy doom and black metal much like the ripping "Teeth of Frost" available above. The band also has the Mortuary Library 7" due out later this year via Parasitic.
In related news, NYC doomers Unearthly Trance have hit the studio to record their new album V with Sanford Parker. The band currently has one show on their calendar, April 21st at The Charleston with Lair of The Minotaur as part of a string of East Coast dates in celebration of Evil Power, their new album due out on their own The Grind-House Records imprint. Look for that LP in middle April.
Raw and punishing Japanese grind returns with Grind Killers, the new LP from Unholy Grave! Recorded live in a Dutch studio in September 2008, these 23 tracks were mastered last year and will see a release on Selfmadegod Records in March 2010. Check out "Little Bastards" available for download above. Meanwhile, Selfmadegod will also release a Peel Sessions disc with Agothocles recorded in 1997 and The Grind Years from Psycho.
Coliseum with new drummer Carter Wilson (far right)
Coliseum has signed with Temporary Residence Limited! The band has completed recording their new LP with J Robbins which will see the light of day this summer and will feature appearances from Will Oldham, members of Young Widows, Jason Noble, and many others. Congrats boys!
Harvey Milk will release their new album, A Small Turn of Human Kindness via Hydrahead on May 18th! Can't wait. The current tracklisting is below. Make sure and catch Harvey Milk with Coalesce and The Atlas Moth on tour and at Le Poisson Rouge on 3/8 (tix).
The "De-cancellation Tour" routing is almost complete! Make sure and catch Ludicra on the road this spring doing select dates with Krallice including Europa on 4/18 as part of a BV/Osiris presentation! Tickets are on sale. Full tour routing is below.
The dark forces of Coffinworm have revealed more details from their upcoming shadowy effort for Profound Lore, When All Became None. Sanford Parker has helmed the sludgy blackened doom LP, which features six tracks and is due for release in April. Dig on "Start Saving For Your Funeral" from the LP, downloadable above. Coffinworm will appear at the BV/CC/1000K Pizza Party alongside Zoroaster, Landmine Marathon, and many others. Album art is below.
That album art, and news on Corrupted, Triptykon, Autopsy, Black Shape of Nexus, Virus, Darkthrone, Rosetta, and so much more, as Short Wave Warfare continues...
words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble
Coalesce at Europa
If my favorite records of 2008 collided into my favorite records of 2009, dollars to donuts it would probably look like this wildly eclectic tour. Harvey Milk, Coalesce, and The Atlas Moth will team up for a string of East Coast dates including NYC on 3/8 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are not on sale as of this posting.
Coalesce last played NYC on Dec 30th as part of a BV sponsored show with Coliseum and A Storm of Light. We originally posted a set a of pictures from the show by Chloe Rice. Here is a second set from Samantha.
The last time The Atlas Moth played NYC was part of another BV sponsored show with Dark Castle, Wetnurse and Tiger Flowers.
Harvey Milk last played NYC with Torche at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The band is prepping the CD release of their lost debut, which hits store shelves on 1/26.
Full tour dates for the trek, and more pics from the 12/30 Coalesce show, below...
words by BBG, photos by Chloe Rice
Coalesce, amongst the mayhem
Holy crap, thanks new York. You gave us an amazing show to end the year on. Loved being in our own element again. See you in the spring. -[Coalesce]Coalesce returned to NYC on 12/30/09 as part of a BV-sponsored bill that included the great Coliseum and A Storm of Light. Tournament's tight and competent riffy punk opened the show, with an oddly sourced Your Skull My Closet following closely behind.
A Storm of Light followed, though this was definitely not the incarnation that I was familiar with; Geoff Summers of Batillus filled in on drums (much like he did on their European tour) while Zohra Atash (Religious To Damn) added a second set of pipes, filling in on the female vocals previously occupied by Nerissa Campbell. Zohra's vocals sat below the more omnipresent guitars, a shame as Campbell's vocals were one of the more interesting parts from their Studio set. The big guitars made me wish that I had caught them with Will Lindsay (Wolves In The Throne Room) on second guitar.
Coliseum followed Storm with new drummer Carter Wilson in tow. Former drummer Chris Maggio was missed for his out-there theatrics, but Wilson pulled it off effortlessly. The Louisville band barreled through the classics like a freight train, playing quite a few new jams and pausing to humbly thank the audience for their support. Ryan Patterson (vox/guit) also offered his thoughts on health care, especially in light of Vic Chesnutt's alleged suicide, possibly due to overblown medical bills. Ryan said that if there was any justice, they would have treated Vic like a national treasure. I agree.
After the show, I discussed the new songs with Patterson, who said that they will record their new LP with J. Robbins in early spring, hitting the road shortly thereafter. We'll be waiting.
The main event was nothing short of extraordinary; Coalesce is absolutely insane on stage. The band sounds exactly the same (mix and guitar/bass tones) live as on record, and their performance was tight and powerful. Jes (guitar) riffs in all the right places, with the dead space occupied by Sonic Youth style noise, possessed looks to the crowd, and smacks to his instrument, all while his body pulses and convulses like he's being electrocuted. Vocalist Sean Ingram spent a good portion of his time bouncing between the front row and belting out vocals, when the audience weren't filling in for him. I can safely say that I have never seen the crowd as insane at Europa as they were during the Coalesce classic "You Can't Kill Us All"... Converge earlier in 2009 included.
Video from Coalesce's performance, their setlist and tons of pics, below...
"In the course of talking about the reissue I brought up the idea of playing some shows because I was like well look, if we were ever going to do this, if we were ever going to play again, you know, now would be the time to do it." - J Robbins
Jawbox was one of a few who defined the sound of the 90's underground. After releasing records on respected uber-indie Dischord, the band dropped their masterpiece For Your Own Special Sweetheart as their major label debut for Atlantic. Razor sharp post-hardcore riffage collided with tense emotional songwriting to create one of the greatest, yet most unsung LPs of the era. The band followed up Sweetheart with a self-titled LP before calling it quits in 1997.
Recently Jawbox celebrated reissued Sweetheart and celebrated with a performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. We cornered vocalist/guitarist J Robbins before that performance to talk about the band, their future, his production work, and the Baltimore/DC music scene...
Coliseum at Bowery Ballroom (more by Tim Griffin)
We are proud to announce the latest EXCITING additions to the BrooklynVegan sponsored Coalesce show at Club Europa: Louisville d-beat freight train Coliseum, post-metallers A Storm of Light, the awesomely monikered Your Skull My Closet and Tournament! Tickets are still available.
Coliseum recently added drummer Carter Wilson, and are working on material for a new J Robbins (Jawbox) produced LP. The band is currently on tour and is scheduled to play Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin along with Coalesce.
A Storm of Light is currently on tour with Minsk in Europe, but will return to NYC in Mid-November to play an album release show with Goes Cube (who we recently interviewed) and Biclops at Ace of Clubs on 11/18.
Full Coalesce, Coliseum, and A Storm of Light dates, as well as a few live videos are below....
August 25th, 2009 (Austin, TX) - Transmission Entertainment is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2009 Fun Fun Fun Fest, taking place on November 7th and 8th at Waterloo Park in Austin. Fun Fun Fun Fest made its first appearance on a cold Friday evening in 2006, offering a unique approach to festival booking, filling stages with talent bubbling from the underground: what sounded great, and what was making an impact, regardless of what mainstream media said was cool. What started out as a show for a few touring acts and local favorites has become a movement -- a festival that fans and bands alike realize needs to be experienced year after year.Greatest. Festival. Ever...
Now in its fourth year, Fun Fun Fun Fest has made a significant impact on the country's winter calendar, successfully combining the vast worlds of indie, punk, rap, electronica and comedy while showcasing some of the city's most unique local businesses.
photos by Justina Villanueva, words by Black Bubblegum
The Aquarian: What's the difference in doing a tour like this one with Kataklysm, Trap Them and Abigail Williams --different kinds of bands--as opposed to all grinders?Napalm Death headlined an all-star cast of bludgeoners on April 11th at Gramercy Theater in NYC. Kataklysm, Toxic Holocaust, Coliseum and Trap Them primed the crowd with trademark ferocity. The rager of a tour, leads up to Napalm Death and Trap Them's appearances at Maryland Deathfest.
Barney Greenway of Napalm Death: I think it's good that it's a mixed palette. Let's be honest, for a lot of people that go to gigs, they might not miss it, but do you really want to see almost in some ways a carbon copy of the same thing over and over, even though it might be--depending on your perspective--varying quality within a bill, do you really want to see the same thing over and over? Some people might say yes, but I think for the most part people don't.
I like doing different stuff. I like differences. Coliseum are on there, and they are really quite different certainly from what we do in a lot of ways, but that's a good thing. On a personal level, as a music fan, I appreciate differences. It's nice to have that. I know what I want to do in Napalm, and what I do in Napalm hasn't changed drastically down the years, what I enjoy doing with Napalm, but that doesn't mean to say I don't appreciate other things to complement a bill or whatever. As long as it's exciting to people, it doesn't really matter to me what bands are on the bill, really.
Another rager of a tour that hits Deathfest... Mayhem with Marduk, Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage, and Withered hits Irving Plaza on 5/21 with Lair Of The Minotaur also on the NYC bill. Tickets for that are still available.
More pics of Toxic Holocaust, Kataklysm, and Napalm Death (didn't take pictures of the rest), below...
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Justina Villanueva
That singer from Ceremony got ups, yo!
Did I brush shoulders with death during Converge's set? Nate Newton's swinging bass whizzing inches from my face, Jacob Bannon's foot on my hand as the crowd fought to tear me a part, nor Jacob's swinging microphone straight out of a Roger Daltrey/Who video caused my near collapse. It was a moment of deviant kismet; All of a sudden Jacob Bannon snapped his wrist and whipped the microphone cord causing it to coil around my neck only nanoseconds before a stage diver jumped squarely on top of me. Hanging by the mic cord, my feet were on the floor and my body was at 45 degrees, the crowd around me holding me up from behind. I could feel myself choking until a bouncer rushed over and unwrapped for the cord from my neck... Hung at a Converge show... I guess that one hasn't happened yet (luckily).
The bill for the evening was massive, filled with the Deathwish roster of past (Ceremony) and present (Rise & Fall, Coliseum, Pulling Teeth), save for Genghis Tron, Converge's tour mates from last year's trek with Baroness and The Red Chord. Unlike Justina (who shot the whole show), I arrived towards the end of Ceremony's set, missing Coliseum, Rise & Fall, and Pulling Teeth, unfortunately.
Genghis Tron and coordinated lighting rig played their first show of 2009 directly following Ceremony. They opened with the epic title track to their critically acclaimed LP, Board Up The House. Drum-machine centric bands such as The Austerity Program, Godflesh, and GT have a large hurdle to get over in heavy music; the fact that there isn't a human being smashing the kit behind them in a genre that depends on brutality is definitely a negative in the live setting. That said, Genghis Tron make the best of it, and Mookie is a passionate and energetic frontman. Justina managed to catch my favorite moment of their set on video (below)... a cover of "Bad Penny" by Big Black!
Converge hit the stage right around 12:30 AM, running through material spanning the length of their career including "Locust Reign" from their 1999 split with Agoraphobic Nosebleed, "Heartache", "Hellbound", "Eagles Become Vultures" (video below), "Last Light" and many others.
At one point during the show, a crazed "fan" slapped a bear hug on Jacon Bannon wrestling him from the stage and onto the crowd floor.
When Jacob finally got back on stage he remarked, "I don't even know what happened here. I'm like nervous to keep playing... should we keep playing?"
They did (no encores), finishing the evening with "Concubine" from Jane Doe and a special treat for the metalheads mixed in with the hardcore kids... a cover of "Wolverine Blues" by the mighty Entombed sung by John Petitbone (Himsa, Botch, Undertow). It was their "second time" performing the song. Jacob Bannon took a breather during that one.
I've seen Converge a lot, so I was hoping to hear a lot of new songs, ones I haven't seen them perform in a while, or anything else out of the ordinary. Unfortunately the new material was in limited supply, but the two new ones they did play bore the Converge seal of oddball drum fills, Swedish Death Metal guitar tone, and clear roots in hardcore. The Entombed cover in particular was a highlight for me... well, that and the whole not dying thing.
Converge are scheduled to hit the studio in May to record their new album, according to our recent interview with Jacon Bannon.
More pics & videos (from the whole show, 3/27 in Brooklyn), below...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Deathwish Records Sampler (ZIPPED MP3)
Coliseum @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Tim Griffin)
Deathwish has released a new sampler of bands featuring 19 songs, 15 of which are previously unreleased! Download above and check out tracks from The Hope Conspiracy, Narrows, Lewd Acts, Coliseum, Victims, Reign Supreme, Trap Them, Nails, Rot In Hell, Mother Of Mercy, Carpathian, 108, Resurrection, End of a Year, Doomriders, Pulling Teeth, Integrity, Supermachiner, J Bannon and Rise And Fall.
Converge, Rise & Fall, Coliseum, Pulling Teeth (and the non-Deathwish Genghis Tron) are playing Europa in Brooklyn on March 27th... that show is now sold out.
If you don't have a ticket, but wanted to see Coliseum, don't worry you just got another chance... The band has been added to the previously announced Napalm Death / Kataklysm / Toxic Holocaust / Trap Them mindmelt! Tickets for the NYC show at the Gramercy Theatre are still on sale.
And, just prior to the Napalm Death tour, Trap Them added a few new dates including a show in New Brunswick, NJ on April 8th.
All tour dates below...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Harpoon - "Frogs, Boils, Locusts..." (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Complete Failure - "Like Rainbows in Gasoline" Demo (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Complete Failure - "Brown Acid Brainwound" Demo (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Complete Failure - "Subliminal Force of Suggestive Notion" Demo (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Super Happy Fun Slide - "Fast One" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Super Happy Fun Slide - "Bohemian" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Elder - "White Walls" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Serpentcult - "The Weight Of Light" (MP3)
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
Converge in Moscow (photo by Alexander Welsh)
Good news /
bad news / good news. Let's start with the bad news.
UPDATE: Genghis Tron said they will know for sure soon whether they will be playing this show or not. Stay tuned...
UPDATE 2: Genghis Tron are in fact also playing this show.
Even more good news: It's part of a seven date mini-tour leading up to the recording of their new long-player in May. Look for the follow-up LP to No Heroes to land on Deathwish/Epitaph later this year. Converge is also playing the embarassingly awesome Scion Rock Fest in Atlanta, GA.
In related news, the Supermachiner side project is back in print. Here's a little history on Supermachiner:
Supermachiner originally began as a collection of four track recordings by J. Bannon (Converge) in 1994. The music was much different than his known vocal work in Converge, having more in common with influences Swans, Bauhaus, and others... Along with the help of good friend Ryan Parker (Daltonic, Black Spot, The Jaded Salingers), the project was brought back to life in the winter of 1998...All Converge dates and a Coliseum video below...
The two entered the studio with Kurt Ballou (Converge) in the winter of 1999. During these sessions, Ballou also contributed a great deal to the material. The finished album titled "Rise Of The Great Machine" was released by the defunct Undecided label in 2000 (now out of print). After the album release, future projects were planned but never materialized...
"Rust" features the sought after "Rise of the Great Machine" tracks, as well as four track ghosts of forgotten songs, and other unique audio experiments. All of it showcasing the artistic spirit that made Supermachiner such a unique animal for the time. All the while foreshadowing the future marriage between the "post hardcore" and "shoe-gaze" genres that dominate today's avant garde/experimental music world.
by Black Bubblegum
Happy New Year and Welcome Back to The Week In Metal! We took some time away, but believe me, the hate only grew STRONGER.
Wolves In The Throne Room have emerged from the dark forests of the Pacific Northwest to announce a pair of new releases and drop more details on their previously announced upcoming live LP, Live At Roadburn 08! First up, the Malevolent Grain EP will hit Southern Lord with a 180-gram LP bang, with Conspiracy Records dropping a small pressing of picture discs for the record (a limited batch of CDs will be available on tour). Then on March 31st, the band will drop Black Cascade their new full-length on Southern Lord! Both Malevolent Grain and Black Cascade were recorded by Randall Dunn/Mell Dettmer and are the first to feature new guitarist (former touring member) Will Lindsay of ex-Middian / Age Eternal fame. In addition, WITTR's Live at Roadburn 08 will be released with a companion DVD available with the first pressing of 500 copies, with 150 coming in gold vinyl with a silkscreen. Full WITTR tour dates are below, including their date at Scion Rock Fest.
Obscura, an astonishing tech-death band from Deutchland that may or may not be named after the classic Gorguts LP, are streaming a trio of new tracks from massive and recommended upcoming LP Cosmogenesis. Relapse has been kind enough to allow one of those tracks to be made available here for download... check out "Universe Momentum" available above! Cosmogenesis impacts on Feb 17th.
Tombs is pulling double duty on Feb 21st, having scheduled a day show at ABC No Rio with Black Anvil, Woe, and Bastard Sapling and a Winter Hours Record Release show with Defeatist, Engineer, and The Wayward later that night at Death By Audio. Winter Hours is due on Feb 17th via Relapse.
YOB have announced that they will hit the studio in late March with Sanford Parker to record their new album of "5 songs hitting about the 60+ minute mark". Look for it to surface in late summer 2009. In the meantime, Northwesterners can catch the band at their first reunion gig on 2/28 at The Ash Street Saloon in Portland, Oregon.
The previously announced Down/Weedeater/Evil Army tour has been postponed.
With a tagline like "2 stages + 2 days = Total Brutality", you better f'n deliver. That said, The LA Murder Fest will turn those sunny California skies black on May 9th & 10th when Coffins, Landmine Marathon, Ghoul, Stormcrow, Agenda of Swine, and Lack of Interest hit the stages of The Knitting Factory in Hollywood! Also on the bill are sickening sludgemeisters -16-, who's new record Bridges To Burn drops on Jan 20th. Check out "So Broken Down" available for download above from the record and to all y'all left coasters, support the band when they hit the road with Giant Squid! Tour schedule is below.
General Surgery will also report for duty at the LA Murderfest, and recently announced the release of their split with Butcher ABC. Look for it on CD via Obliteration Records on January 11 (email firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy) and limited-to-1,000 LP in February via Living Dead Society/Coperaction Records (email email@example.com for a copy). The band will also hit the road with Ghoul following the Murderfest and leading up to Maryland Death Fest (thx SMNNews). Full tour dates are below.
Malkuth, an absolutely killer black metal band featuring members of No Neck Blues Band, have scheduled a show on 1/25 at Public Assembly with Villians, Castevet, and Ipsissimus. Malkuth recently released Mutus Liber out on Hospital Productions and are prepping their second LP for the label.
Also recently added at Europa, Young Widows will team up with The Austerity Program, My Disco, and Tournament for a show on April 1st! Ticket info is forthcoming, full Young Widows tour dates below. Tournament is lined up to play with Kylesa, Tombs, and Black Anvil at The Charleston.
Satyricon's new record The Age of Nero drops on Jan 13th via KOCH Records, and I have to say that I definitely enjoyed it a hell of alot more than Now, Diabolical. Check out the video for "Black Crow On a Tombstone" below and dig on "The Sign Of The Trident", which the band has made available for download above! Satyricon will hit the road opening for Cradle of Filth at Starland Ballroom on Jan 15th (tix here) and have scheduled an NYC date at Nokia Theater on Feb 27th (tix here).
That Satyricon video, Mastodon, Khanate, Burnt By The Sun, Dillinger Escape Plan, Coliseum, Amenra, Pestilence and more as The Week In Metal continues...