Entries tagged with: Converge
All Pigs Must Die at Union Pool (more by Meghan McInnis)
"Vocalist Kevin Baker, noted during the show that this Union Pool gig was their first gig ever which I couldn't believe. I still can't. I even drunkenly asked Kevin after the show if he was serious about that being their first show and he said it most definitely was. First gig or not, the pedigree of these players combined made for a supremely tight, aggressive, and flawless set. The drummer was superior and drove the music at a relentless breakneck pace. Add to that their super heavy bass, guitars, and vocals, and it was a sonic experience that made you want to punch someone." -[Klaus's review of their debut show in January]I definitely don't condone violence but after seeing All Pigs Must Die live I have to admit it punchng someone could be somewhat justified. Not only have the supergroup-of-sorts (mems Converge, Give Up The Ghost, The Hope Conspiracy, Bloodhorse, The Red Chord) nailed it with their bulldozing live show, but the band's debut EP (recently reissued) also presented a dystopian brand of brooding hardcore destruction. I postulate that any band with Ben Koller (Converge) behind the kit is a good one, but add in the dark riff wizardry of Adam Wentworth, the battering ram low-end of Matt Woods and Kevin Baker's maniacal howl and you have a juggernaut of unfucwitable proportions.
Though their EP is still fresh in our nightmares, All Pigs Must Die is now preparing to unleash God is War, the band's debut long-player and first release with the venerable Southern Lord on 8/16. The eight-track LP is another batch of negative and crusty hardcore punctuated with elements of grind and black metal, including "Pulverization" which makes its debut in this post! Stream that Kurt-Ballou-blessed beatdown for the first time below.
All Pigs Must Die are doing a batch of West Coast dates as part of the traveling festival The Power Of The Riff, which includes names like Noothgrush, Eyehategod, Winter, Pentagram, Trap Them, Masakari (who have a new split LP with...), Alpinist, Seven Sisters of Sleep and many notable others. APMD also has an upcoming and still to be revealed date with Converge on 8/25 in Brooklyn.
All tour dates and that song stream is below.
Masakari at Union Pool (more by BBG)
Masakari's fiery live show has a new clip of ammunition. The Cleveland band have teamed with Germany's Alpinist to release a new split LP due via Halo of Flies and in the EU via Alerta Antifascista. The fifteen track effort features seven from Alpinist and eight from Masakari including "Hexenhammer", "Subjection", "Steps" and "XXI. Progress". You can listen to all four in this post. The latter two make their premiere here, and one is via Crustcake. The song, all tour dates and the album art are below.
Masakari and Alpinist are heading out on tour will play multiple Power of The Riff shows as part of their tour together. Since we last spoke, The Power of The Riff has expanded significantly, as the festival will now descend on San Francisco and Seattle in addition to Los Angeles. The traveling festival will play two days in San Francisco with the first night boasting an unreal lineup of Winter, Noothgrush, Trap Them, Black Breath, All Pigs Must Die & Acephalix. Tickets for that show, which goes down on August 15th at the Elbo Room, are on sale. The second night is equally impressive, as Pentagram, Pelican, Alpinist, Masakari, Early Graves, Baptists, and Aeges will hit The Mezzanine on 8/16 (tickets). August 18th at Neumo's in Seattle, will bring the festival to a conclusion, and will feature Winter, Pelican, Noothgrush, All Pigs Must Die, Alpinist, Masakari, and Aeges (tickets). August 20th at The Highline in Seattle has From Ashes Rise, Black Breath, Trap Them, Baptists and Special Guests.
In case you missed it, yes you read right, a Noothgrush reunion!
Noothgrush is a sludge/doom band formed in early 1994 around San Jose, California, USA. Lyrically, they are heavily focused on self-hatred, general misanthropy and Star Wars.Noothgush 2011 is Gary Niederhoff, Russ Kent, and Chiyo Nukaga. Stay tuned for a forthcoming Noothgrush release on Southern Lord called: Live For Nothing. It contains 2 college radio broadcasts from the 90s.
The band name is a reference to the Dr. Seuss book "There's A Wocket In My Pocket", where a "noothgrush" appears annoyingly on the main character's toothbrush.
Noothgrush went on a hiatus in 2001. They briefly resurfaced in 2006. -[last.fm]
As previously discussed, Power of the Riff LA happens on 8/13, and with Pentagram, Winter, Pelican, Trap Them, Masakari, All Pigs Must Die, Masakari, Alipinist, Acephalix, and the recently added Black Breath, Harrassor and Plagues. Tickets are on sale.
In the meantime, pick up a repress of APMD's debut EP and look for details on All Pigs Must Die's new LP God Is War below. The LP is due on Southern Lord on August 16th, but we'll have a stream of a new song on BrooklynVegan this week!
All details on the upcoming Power of The Riff shows, tour dates and song streams are below.
Tragedy fan at Europa (more by Konstantin Sergeyev)
No rest for the wicked. After a grueling weekend of heavy music at Maryland Deathfest (pictures of day 1 HERE, day two HERE, day three HERE, and day four HERE), I am looking forward to a mix of punk, hardcore, metal, crust, d-beat, and indie at Chaos in Tejas in Austin this week! Kicking off on Thursday (June 2nd) the four day festival features appearances from tons notables, day shows, after parties, and in-stores, some for free. Swing down for a blow by blow breakdown of what you should look for every day at the multi-venue music fest.
Thursday, June 2
Ah the start of the festival.... fresh legs and feet, and a hunger for tons of good bands. Thursday will sate your hunger too, as there are tons of great hardcore/metal shows to choose from. Shows tonight happen on both stages at Emo's, both stages at Red 7, at the Mohawk, Beauty Bar, Beerland and the Broken Neck.
Despite the high profile cancellation of Killing Joke at Emo's outdoor, CIT bounced back and added Cro-Mags to an already awesome lineup of rare appearances from strong>Asta Kask (Swedish d-beat), D-Clone (a rare show from these Japanese hardcore monsters), Veins (featuring Mark McCoy from Charles Bronson/Das Oath as well as Ian from Copremesis/Castevet), Double Negative (North Carolinian hardcore greats who released the awesome Daydreamnation last year), Vile Gash (brutal hardcore on Youth Attack), Japan'sThe Slowmotions, and NYC's Cult of Youth (dark folk with a great new LP on Sacred Bones) and Crazy Spirit (excellent hardcore with members of Perdition).
Thankfully, I can use my wristband from Emo's to hit up Red 7, right around the corner, where an awesome metal show will clash with an awesome garage show on the two stages. Finnish doomers Hooded Menace will headline on stage with Denmark's Undergang, crusty death metallers Acephalix (mems of the amazing Vastum), more death metal from Bone Sickness, and local death and rollers Mammoth Grinder. Meanwhile, the second stage will feature The Spits, the Arrivals, Shellshag, TV Ghost, and others. All of this means that I'll probably miss Converge/Title Fight/Touche Amore/Trap Them/Burning Love/the Menzingers at Mohawk and How I Quit Crack/The Indicator Dogs at Beauty Bar. At least I can end the night right with Tragedy and Origin of M at Broken Neck as part of an after-party. Yikes!
the rest of Thursday's schedule and what to do on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, below...
La Dispute @ the Acheron in 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
Sound and Fury Fest, notoriously shut down after a riot last year, returns this year and takes place in the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, CA from July 22-24. The lineup consists of several hardcore and metal bands including Defeater, Burning Love, and Deafheaven, who all have upcoming NYC shows.
Tourmates Defeater and La Dispute play The Studio tonight (5/24), after having played Krazy Fest this past weekend. Tickets are still on sale if you need some last minute hadcore plans. You can read about the 5/20 show at Altar Bar at 'A Brief Intermission'...
"...One thing is for sure, La Dispute do not lack energy. Dreyer and company rarely stayed still, and that energy was reciprocated enthusiastically by the crowd. They played a set full of great songs from their incredible full length, Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair, including the crowd favorite "The Castle Builders," in which, to the fans delight, they considerably slowed down the ending sing-along. They also played both songs from their split with Touche Amore, which translated into incredible live songs and were certainly favorites of the crowd.Meanwhile Touche Amore are touring ferociously in support of their upcoming sophomore album Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me which will be released June 7 via Deathwish. Their 3+ month tour includes the previously announced Santos Party House show on June 24 with Title Fight, The Menzingers, and Dead End Path (tickets). Touche also head out on a European leg with La Dispute. All dates are listed below.
Touche Amore's Deathwish labelmates Deafheaven play Cake Shop on June 17 with Gholas. As mentioned, KEN Mode unfortunately dropped off the show, though they will still appear on other dates of the tour. An updated list is below.
All tour dates below...
Krallice (photo by Justina Villanueva)
Tickets are on sale for the Sleep show coming to Terminal 5 on June 22nd. Openers still haven't been announced, though Magrudergrind was added as support for the Floor show coming to Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 13th. Tickets are still available for that too.
Tickets are also now on sale for the previously discussed Krallice/ Withered/Ipsissimus/ Cleric May 2nd show at The Studio at Webster Hall. It's one of two NYC dates on the calendar for Krallice (who play Union Pool on 4/20 in honor of Brendan of Orphan).
Ipsissimus killed it at Union Pool on 3/27 with The Funeral Pyre & The Secret.
The Krallice tour with Withered is in preparation for Krallice's newest marvel/LP, Diotima, which drops via Profound Lore on 4/26. Diotima is more of the dizzying, well-crafted, intelligent and complex black-metal that marked their previous two releases with Profound Lore. The Brooklyn now-veterans (three albums in three years? the Jay-Z of USBM, anyone?) have perfected the art of brutal technicality as you can hear in "The Clearing" and in the punky/powerful second track to be released, "Litany of Regrets" which premieres in this post. Download above. Stream below.
All Krallice tour dates and the song stream is below.
Winter's Into Darkness
Apologies folks, I lied to you. The previously discussed BrooklynVegan event on April 3rd at Union Pool with Wormrot (who just played SXSW), Goden, Deathcycle, and Kings Destroy is not what it seems.... IN FACT, the band "Goden" is not a band at all, but a psuedonym for another much bigger & more influential pioneer of death doom.... Winter! That's correct, Winter will play their first US show in many years on April 3rd in preparation for their showing at the sunn o))) curated event at Roadburn 2011. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are still available, but not for long.
Winter will join names like Scorn, Sunn O))), Corrosion of Conformity (Animosity-lineup), Earth, Caspar Brötzmann Massaker, Hooded Menace, Trap Them, Aluk Todolo, The Secret, Grave Miasma, Mamiffer, and many esteemed others as part of the day long event during the sold-out Roadburn festival. The band recently reissued their death-doom masterpiece Into Darkness on 180 gram vinyl/CD for Southern Lord, get a copy.
Trap Them @ Full Metal Texas
Trap Them will hit the road for a string of US dates in the coming months with Converge(!) & Dropdead(!), hitting NYC at Santos Party House on May 25th with Burning Love (who also play Union Pool on 4/1 with Nails). Ticketing info is forthcoming. Converge & Dropdead will also team for a split 7" which will "hopefully" be available by the tour. Converge is also currently working on new material for their forthcoming LP.
All tour dates, more pictures from Full Metal Texas, the full Roadburn lineup and the Winter show flyer, below...
Converge at Santos Party House (more by Paul Birman)
After a pair of mega-announcements (first and second) which included names like Larm, Kreigshog, Hooded Menace, Youth of Today, Autopsy, and many esteemed others, Chaos in Tejas (June 2 - 5 in Austin) has expanded even more with a third batch of bands recently added to the ever-growing list of awesome. Newest additions include Converge, Guitar Wolf (who play NYC on 5/13), Mind Eraser (side project Innumerable Forms also on board), Cult of Youth, No Statik, Touche Amore, Hatred Surge, and many more.
Full Chaos in Tejas additions, some video and current Chaos in Tejas lineup (more announcements forthcoming) is below.
Tylure of Lewd Acts leaping off of the stage at Santos (more by Paul Birman)
San Diego, CA hardcore band Lewd Acts has dropped off the remainder of their with Converge. All seemed well when they played Santos in NYC on Thursday, but, one day later, vocalist Tylure was noticeably absent from the show at Grog Shop in Cleveland, Ohio. The group issued the following statement via the B9 board on Saturday morning:
"It is with the HEAVIEST of hearts that we must announce our departure from the Axe to Fall tour. We cannot begin to express our appreciation and thanks to Converge, Touche Amore, Thursday, Black Breath, Pettibone, M0nster, Shaun and everyone else who was with us. Bands are fragile, volatile things and not everyone wants to do a band to this extent. We will be going home to regroup and refocus. We will keep everyone updated in the near future. We still love this music and at this point, that's all we know. Once again, THANK YOU to everyone who came to a show, bought a shirt or cd, sang along, talked to us, shared a house, or helped us in any way.No word on what the future may hold for the band, though they played a killer set at Santos along side other Converge openers Touche Amore (who have replaced Lewd Acts on some of the current dates) and Black Breath. All dates (including another Lewd Acts tour that is supposed to start at the end of May) and some videos below...
Much love, Lewd Acts."
photos by Paul Birman, words & additional shots by BBG
Packed to the gills, Converge played a sold-out Santos Party House Thursday night, 5/6, with support from a slate of killer whippersnappers, Touche Amore, Lewd Acts, and Black Breath. Converge, as usual, were stellar, pulling from all of their recent output and opening with the Jane Doe classic "Concubine".
All of the support impressed as well. Heavily favored (by me) rookies Black Breath where crusty and powerful, seemingly winning over the mostly unfamiliar audience. With a guitar tone that recalled Uffe Cederlund and a bassist that looked like a younger Dave Chandler the band opened their hardcore informed SDM attack with "Black Sin (Spit On the Cross)". I was stoked.
It was my second experience with Lewd Acts with the last taking place in the infinitely smaller Charleston (with Graf Orlock), and the band definitely benefited from a large stage and a tight crowd. Vocalist Tylure jumped into the audience a number of times, sang from the pit, bowled over audience members, swung mics at the front row and, on two occasions, lept 10 - 15 feet into the unsuspecting crowd. The set ended with Tylure collapsing at a fire door after crawling across the room (he was fine). Stage antics aside, the instrumental postion of the band has the material to back up their singer's misanthropy.
Touche Amore spent a good portion of their set thanking the crowd and Converge for the show that they were clearly excited to play. Their enthusiasm showed, as the Cali band delivered a killer set that was as energetic as their Red 7 apperance, though without the crazy stage dives. Look out for these guys.
Tons of pics from the show, including Converge's set list, below...
photos by Meghan McInnis
Converge at The Chance in Poughkeepsie
The eagle (that became vulture) has landed. Converge is in NYC, ready to play the now sold-out show at Santos TONIGHT (5/6) alongside Touche Amore, Lewd Acts, and Black Breath. Over the weekend Converge played The Chance in Poughkeepsie (on 5/2) with Thursday (who is not on the NYC bill). Pictures from that show (though Meghan missed the openers) below...
by BBG, Touche Amore pics by Brain Reilly
Converge at Hammerstein Ballroom (more by Ryan Muir)
Thursday (the day) can't get here soon enough. That's when the great Converge (currently on tour with Thursday the band) will headline a bill of killer young hardcore/influenced upstarts at Santos Party House (presented by BV, 1000Knives & AEG Live). Tickets for the May 6th show are still on sale.
Opening the NYC show are Black Breath, Lewd Acts and Touche Amore. We're fans and think you should get there early to catch the whole show, but we asked Converge's Jacob Bannon what he thought of these young'ns. His answers along with the chance to win one of THREE pairs of tickets to the Santos show, below....
DOWNLOAD: Acid Tiger "Feel It" (MP3)
Acid Tiger (photo by Chloe Rice)
Ben Koller is a busy dude. Besides drumming for one of the most innovative hardcore bands in the land, Converge, the man is also working on a number of projects including Acid Tiger, his band with Lukas Previn (Thursday, The AKAs), Adam Wentworth (Bloodhorse), and J Rattlesnake. The foursome will release their self-titled debut on Deathwish with the first downloadable track, "Feel It", available above. Stream two more tracks at Deathwish. The LP hits stores on 4/27 (order it).
The Brooklyn-based punk band will celebrate the LP this weekend (their only current date) with a performance at the BV/1000 Knives presentation of Narrows along with I Hate Our Freedom (mem Texas Is The Reason) and Psychic Limb. Pre-sale ticketing is kaput, but tickets are still available at the door. It's one of two shows that BV/1000 Knives will present over the weekend, with The Red Chord, the NYC return of Premonitions of War, Tiger Flowers, and Descender rounding out the Sunday (4/25) lineup at Public Assembly. $10 gets you in at the door.
Adam Wentworth and Ben Koller have also announced their involvement in All Pigs Must Die, a new project featuring Adam's Bloodhorse comrade Matt Woods and Kevin Baker of The Hope Conspiracy (that recently played Cake Shop). The band recently recorded new material with Kurt Ballou for a forthcoming release.
Lukas, Ben, and Kevin Baker also serve time in United Nations, with Geoff Rickly (Thursday) and Jonah Bayer rounding out the lineup. UN will release their new EP Nevermind The Bombings, Here's Your Six Figures via Deathwish soon.
BV/1000 Knives/AEG Live are also happy to present Converge at Santos Party House on 5/6 with support from Touche Amore, Lewd Acts, and the phenom Black Breath. Tickets are going fast, but are still available.
Some vids and all tour dates are below...
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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...
Converge at Hammerstein (more by Ryan Muir)
Its with the utmost pride that Brooklyn Vegan and 1000 Knives and AEG Live present the return of Converge with Touche Amore, Lewd Acts and Black Breath on May 6 at Santos Party House. Tickets go on sale on 2/17 for $16 adv/ $18 dos. CAN'T WAIT!
Converge @ Hammerstein (more by Ryan Muir)
The rumors are true. Converge WILL hit the road with a rotating assortment of unsavory characters like Coalesce, Harvey Milk, Gaza, Black Breath, and Lewd Acts. So far no NYC dates to speak of, but there are rumblings that the NYC date will take place at the start of the tour (late April/early May).
Converge's last US tour was with Mastodon (pics of day 1 and day 2 at Hammerstein), who are also hitting the road in April. Atlanta's finest will hit the road with Baroness, Between The Buried and Me and Valient Thorr for a string of US dates, tagging Starland Ballroom on 4/21 along the way. No tickets for that show yet, but presales are running already for some of the shows (password = OBLIVION). All dates below.
Full Mastodon and Converge dates are below, as well as a few vids of each...
Red Sparowes w/ Brendan Tobin of Made Out of Babies (more here)
Red Sparowes will be another species of bird entirely, Mockingbirds, when the band support Imaad Wasif at LA's Spaceland on 2/4. Confused? Let the band explain:
For those of you in the Los Angeles area, we are playing a mostly-improvised set of songs this Thursday night, February 4th at Spaceland under the name Mockingbirds. This is not a set of Red Sparowes songs. There will be no visuals. It's just a chance for us to play around with some musical ideas. We'll have a special guest doing vocals on one song.Red Sparowes are prepping to release their new LP The Fear is Excruciating, But Therein Lies The Answer via Sargent House on 4/6. Check out a video trailer for that LP below.
Doomriders have a few dates on their calendar as well, including a few with Skeletonwitch. All Doomriders dates are below. Meanwhile Nate Newton of Doomriders' other band, Converge, was recently mentioned in an interesting tweet/twitpic by Coalesce...
If this is a real tour, please someone kindly remove my jaw from the floor...
As pictured in the Fun Fun Fun fest pic on top, Brendan Tobin of Made Out of Babies occasionally fills in for Bryant Clifford Meyer (Isis) on guitar in Red Sparowes. MOoB will be at Union Pool with Unsane, United Nations, and Dark Vibe on 2/12 (a BV Presents prodiction). Tickets are still available, but get 'em now, this show WILL sell out.
All dates and that video below...
Dave Verellen of Narrows (more by Samantha Marble)
Another year gone, but not without lasting memories! Eyehategod (x2). Akitsa. Rorschach (x2). BV-BBG @ CMJ. Ludicra. BV @ Northside. Keelhaul... Not to mention the tons of memories jogged by my turntable and iPod. Estimates place the number of albums released in 2008 at 115,000, and while similar data for 2009 is scarce, I think that number seems on the low side. With so many to choose from, you can imagine that it was tough to sift through 20 (22 actually) that represented my year...
Baroness @ Bowery Ballroom - 11/20/2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
BBG will publish his own list of the best metal albums of 2009, but in the meantime here's what Decibel Magazine had to say:
words by BBG, photos by Paul Birman
Jacob Bannon of Converge speaks softly
Gene Simmons is fond of saying some bands get it and some don't.The review comes from the 10/27 Boston date of the Mastodon, Dethklok, Converge, and High On Fire tour. The four bands played Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC two days later (10/29), and then again at Hammerstein the night after that (10/30). More pictures from that last NYC show, below...
Dethklok, the death metal band based on the popular Adult Swim "Metalocalypse" cartoon, definitely gets it.
At Tuesday's stunning show at a packed-to-the-rafters House of Blues - the first of a two-night stand - Dethlok ringmaster Brendon Small and his metal compatriots played in the darkness, the better to provide the frantic soundtrack to the videos of the cartoon band that were shown on a screen behind them.
It was a mesmerizing and intense audio/visual experience that simultaneously celebrated and poked fun at the genre. How else do you explain fret-snapping songs with such titles as "Burn the Earth" and "Birthday Dethday"?
...Mastodon preceded Dethklok with mind-bending videos of its own. The Atlanta band performed its acclaimed new album "Crack the Skye" in its entirety. A mix of psychedelic [
, satanic] and interstellar imagery splashed across the video screen as the band tore through space-metal opuses "Oblivion" and "Divinations." ...
The bill also included influential Boston hardcore group Converge, which got the night's first circle pit going with the scathing "The Broken Vow" from 2001's "Jane Doe." Inevitably, crowd surfing ensued. Vocalist Jacob Bannon even tossed his microphone to fans at one point for a good, old-fashioned hardcore gang chant. -[Boston Herald]
words by BBG, photos by Ryan Muir
Matt Pike of High On Fire
Mastodon, Dethklok, Converge and High On Fire are on tour. Last night (10/29) they played the first show of two night stint at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. The second is tonight (10/30). It is sold out.
High on Fire were on stage early, REAL early. 6:30, actually. It didnt matter one iota though, because the band barreled through their set, including a new song from their upcoming, unnamed LP. As expected, the new joint smoked, much like "Waste of Tiamat", "Fury Whip", "Rumors of War", and many others from their mostly Death Is This Communion set. The band played the very large room with the same power I've seen them bring to small clubs and basements. Hammerstein must have been 3/4 or more full by the time they finished the set, and I had a sense that the masses felt the same energy.
Converge followed to a mostly apathetic crowd. It was a shame, as Converge were absolutely amazing, and with more energy than I had ever seen from them; it was almost as if they were fueled by negative vibes. Jacob Bannon spent a good portion of the set thanking the crowd for watching them, spending the rest of the set spazzing out to killer tracks like "Eagles Become Vultures", "Concubine", "Effigy", and new faves like "Dark Horse" from Axe To Fall. Bannon must have been quite a handful as a little tot; the tattoed vocalist zipped back and forth across the stage for almost the entirety of their set.
Unfortunately, I skeedaddled shortly after Converge, so I missed both Mastodon and the headliner Dethklok's visual-heavy sets, but pictures (NSFW?) from all four bands (and Dethklok's setlist) are below....
Bob Mould @ ATP NY (more by Ryan Muir)
tonight in NYC
* Valleys @ Bruar Falls
* Os Mutantes, DeLeon @ Webster Hall
* The Mars Volta @ Roseland Ballroom
* Drummer, Royal Bangs, Bottle Up & Go @ Southpaw
* Kraak & Smaak, Fort Knox Five (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* TV Ghost, Wizzard Sleeve, FNU Ronnies @ Shea Stadium
* Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band @ Giants Stadium
* Bob Mould, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson @ Irving Plaza
* Grand Archives, The Most Serene Republic @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Holy Hail, We Are Country Mice, Blue Jungle, Mama Bear @ The Cameo
* Thee Oh Sees, The Fresh & Onlys, Girls at Dawn, Still Life Still @ Mercury Lounge
* Holy Ghost!, The Pase Rock, Stretch Armstrong, Shit Robot, more @ Santos
* Chris Brokaw Guitar Trio, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Greg Kelley/Alan Licht/Sean Meehan @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Drummer (side-project of Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney) play Southpaw tonight (and Mercury Lounge on Saturday). Tonight it's with Royal Bangs and Bottle Up & Go.
Thee Oh Sees, The Fresh & Onlys, Girls at Dawn and Still Life Still all gig at Mercury Lounge tonight.
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson has CMJ shows coming up (including a BrooklynVegan day party) (the same one Alec Ounsworth is playing) (the fest is less than 2 weeks away@). Tonight he opens for Bob Mould at Irving Plaza.
Arts & Crafts band Most Serene Republic and Seattle Sub Pop group Grand Archives play (Le) Poisson Rouge tonight and Southpaw tomorrow.
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band play Giants Stadium.
Brazil's Os Mutantes are traveling behind their new record. Tonight they play Webster Hall with DeLeon.
Roseland Ballroom hosts Mars Volta with no opener.
Converge's new video for "Axe To Fall" below...
by Black Bubblegum
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Javelina @ the Northside BV-BBG Showcase (more by Jason Walker)
Alright! I get it. Doomriders rules. Revocation is up there. There's a new Converge and Baroness on the way. But even with all of those great releases, it suprises me that Javelina isn't near some of the top of those lists. The band's filthy debut was a monster and their new one, Beasts Among Sheep, only adds to their considerable reputation. If you are a fan of the last LP, this one is a must have. Dig on "Stepchild" above and preorder the limited edition LP version of Javelina's Beasts Among Sheep via Brutal Panda Records and the CD version via Translation Loss.
Speaking of that Doomriders album, Darkness Come Alive is out NOW via Deathwish Records. Though the party vibe that permeated through Black Thunder is mostly gone, it has been replaced by a propulsive punk rock fury and, at times, a Misfits-era Danzig croon (see "Come Alive")! There are quite a few killer moments on this long-player, but we present to you the most "fuck you" of them all, the galloping "Lions" downloadable above!
In our last round up, we shined a light on into the deepest fathoms of Australia and the truly frightening Portal. The band's claustrophobic and positively frightening new death metal LP, Swarth, relies as much on freak-out atmosphere as it does killer discordant riffery. Swarth is due out on 10/20 via Profound Lore and we have a second taste in the form of "Omenknow" above.
Misery Index have completed four new songs and are looking to enter the studio in early 2010 to record their follow up to Traitors! Stoked.
Iron Age @ Cake Shop (more by Jason Walker)
I still remember that kick ass Cake Shop show with Iron Age, Mind Eraser, and Sex Vid, and walking out of that show wanting more. Thankfully, I can add to those great memories with a PAIR of Iron Age shows in the coming weeks! First up, the rowdy Texans will team up with the great Mother of Mercy (profiled here) for a show at Cake Shop (10/16). The next day (10/17), look for the band
to pull a double header with a day show at Generation Records and a night show at The Charleston with Brain Killer, Naam & Descender. Speaking of Mind Eraser, the band will team up with the kick ass Iron Lung for a string of east coast dates which will include Cake Shop on 11/8! Full Iron Age and Iron Lung dates are below.
Black Skies will release the limited edition vinyl from their 2008 EP Hexagon on I'm Better Than Everyone Else Records. The Chapel Hill doom trio is currently on the hunt for drummer #5, but not before blessing us with some seriously killer riffage in the form of "Smoke & Mirrors" above. Preorder Hexagon here.
Church of Misery will release a live record culled from their recent set at Roadburn 2009! More details are to come, but look for Burning World to do the honors in November/December of this year. In the meantime, dig on this killer live video from Roadburn 2009!
That video, news on Kowloon Walled City, Boris, Asphyx, Struck By Lightning, Ringworm, Repulsion and more!
by Black Bubblegum
Charles Maggio of Rorschach
June 1993 at ABC No Rio with Assuck & Scrog.
That's the last time that the mighty Rorschach blessed NYC. The band called it quits shortly after, splintering into projects like Gern Blandsten Records, Beautiful Skin, Deadguy, Kiss It Goodbye, and tons more, but those great successes only highlighted an undeniable fact: Rorschach were innovative and before their time.
After deciding to reunite earlier this year in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Remain Sedate LP, Rorschach announced a short east coast tour. The band is currently in the midst of that tour, which impacts Asbury Park in their native New Jersey tonight (9/24) and Santos Party House TOMORROW (9/25, tix here).
We spoke with the mighty Charles Maggio (Vocals, owner Gern Blandsten Records) to get to the bottom of the reunion and what we can expect going forward....
"Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON have confirmed that they are working with composer John Powell and director Jimmy Hayward on the score to "Jonah Hex", the comic-book Western/horror film starring Josh Brolin in the lead role, with support from John Malkovich, Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Michael Fassbender and Michael Shannon. The movie is based on the DC comic series about a horribly scarred antihero who is "a rough-and-tumble gunslinger and part-time bounty hunter whose adventures always ended in blood."More dates have been added to the Adult Swim tour featuring Mastodon, Converge, High on Fire, and Dethklok. One of those new dates is October 29th at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC, which is one day before the previously announced date at the same venue. Tickets for the new date are now on Ticketmaster presale (password = mastoklok). General sale starts Friday. All dates below...
MASTODON guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds makes a cameo appearance in the film, which is being directed by former Pixar animator Jimmy Hayward for a June 18, 2010 release." [Blabbermouth]
The one-day-fest's lineup is a combination of bands that are coming to NYC soon (Black Lips, Kurt Vile, TNV, Cold Cave, to name a few) and bands that hopefully will be coming back to NYC sometime soon (Dillinger Escape Plan, Fucked Up, Mika Miko, "Tim & Eric Special Musical Performance"). The full schedule and more is below.