Entries tagged with: Corrosion of Conformity
words/photos by Josh Sisk
This weekend (Aug 18th, specifically), I decamped to scenic Richmond, VA to catch the 4th annual Gwar-B-Q at Hadad's Lake, featuring Gwar (of course), Pig Destroyer, Municipal Waste, Corrosion of Conformity, Cannabis Corpse, and a host of other bands. Hadad's is a"water park" that could only exist in the most chill of Southern cities -- consisting of a murky natural pond with a ramp for bicyclists to do insane flips into, and a beach surrounding a man-made 'lake' full of fun (but dangerous-looking) swings, slides, and platforms to jump off of. Hadad's was, for many years, the site of the epic Best Friend's Day parties, which seem to be over, but Gwar-BQ fills the slot nicely -- offering the same fun activities along with a good lineup of acts on two stages and a slew of Gwar-themed products ranging from Gwar beer to Gwar BBQ sauce to even Gwar water.
Good line-up this year, with a slew of solid openers like Detroit's Wilson and the costumed Kung Fu Dykes starting the day off. X-Cops, a Gwar side project making their first appearance since 1996 (and not the Brooklyn indie band with a similar name), were the first band on the main stage that really caught my attention -- they were basically a lower production value Gwar, with various costumes and mini-skits. Cannabis Corpse and Warbeast both put in solid, crowd-pleasing performances on the main stage as well, but for me the day really got into high gear when CoC took the stage. I've caught them 3-4 times in the last couple of years but I never get tired of seeing them. Richmond's own Municipal Waste followed, and really ratcheted up the crowd excitement with party anthems, RVA anecdotes, a "wave of death" and general good cheer. Beach balls and inflatable sex dolls were flying into the photo pit during their set, along with endless crowd surfers..
Pig Destroyer/Gwar fans
The moment the Waste's set ended, Pig Destroyer began to play on the second stage, and the crowd went crazy, keeping the energy going. The second stage was set up in a sort of gazebo, with high rafters, and once the crowd spilled onto the stage, surrounding the band, they also climbed up into the ceiling, pounding on the rafters, making it rain a fine white silt on all of us. (Hopefully not asbestos.) The security came into the crowd, trying to get everyone to come down, with only partial success. All this chaos going on just seemed to encourage the band, though, and they turned in one of the best shows I've ever seen them play.
Gwar took the stage in daylight, a fact that surprised me, but shouldn't have since there weren't any lighting rigs present. At first it was odd seeing them play in broad daylight, but it didn't really detract from the copious blood-spraying, decapitations and anal spelunking being played out on stage, and it certainly didn't seem to slow the crowd down. I saw one kid be launched from the crowd, fly over the barricade, land on his head and shoulders unaided... only to bounce right back up and run back around to get back in the mix. Gwar fans are serious.
All in all, a very fun way to spend a late summer day in Richmond, though I wouldn't want to be the one to have to clean that pool afterwards...
More pics from Gwar-B-Q are below.
As discussed at InvisibleOranges, Vista Chino is John Garcia and Brant Bjork (both of Kyuss), who formed the band after the dissolution of Kyuss Lives. Mike Dean of Corrosion of Conformity sits in on four string for the tour, making the band a bit of a supergroup. The "new" band is readying their new LP, Peace?, for release on September 3 via Napalm Records. Stream the new track "Dragona Dragona" below.
Alongside the announcement of the new LP comes dates, and lots of 'em. The band will embark on a North America tour in celebration of Peace? that will include a stop in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on September 26 with Black Pussy. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/12) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (7/10) at noon.
All tour dates and the new song stream is below.
Inter Arma at Invisible Oranges SXSW 2013 day party (more by Greg Cristman)
After part of the docket was revealed last week, Scion Rock Fest have announced the entirety of their 2013 lineup which happens in Memphis Tennessee on June 1. Testament and Melvins claim the top slots, while additional bands announced for the fest are Municipal Waste, Whitechapel, The Obsessed (!), Corrosion of Conformity, The Casualties, Negative Approach, Pallbearer, Six Feet Under, Impaled, Vision of Disorder, Royal Thunder, Vektor, Arsis, A Life Once Lost, Touché Amoré, Code Orange Kids, The Gates of Slumber, Hot Lunch, Rotting Out, The Shrine, Ice Dragon, Call of the Void (who recently played NYC), Subrosa, Gigan, Anciients, Dirty Streets, Inter Arma, Complete Failure, Indian Handcrafts and Noisem.
SRF is free but RSVP (which opens on April 10) is required.
In related news, Inter Arma, who recently played the Invisible Oranges Day Party at The Jr (pictures HERE), have been announced, along with Sannhet, as support for the NYC date of the Intronaut tour, set for Saint Vitus on June 15. Tickets are on sale.
If you missed it, pictures from the official Invisible Oranges SXSW night showcase are available HERE, featuring shots of Pallbearer, John Baizley with Mel from Royal Thunder and Bruce Lamont, Mutilation Rites, Full of Hell, KEN Mode and Homewrecker.
Check out a video from Inter Arma's daytime set below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
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Hoax at Power of the Riff East, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
The brutal punk assault of Massachusetts's Hoax gets a video treatment for "Fantasy," which appeared on their recent 7" via Painkiller Records. Just as anti-social as the band itself, check out the fetish-laden video below. Not for the squeamish.
In other Power of the Riff news, look for the latest installment to go down on 12/20/12 in Los Angeles at Henry Fonda Theater. There the band will be joined by High on Fire (who play NYC twice this month), sunn o))), Corrosion of Conformity, Black Breath, Dead in the Dirt, Loincloth and Void ov Voices. Tickets are still available for this whopper of a show.
Check out that Hoax video below.
Royal Thunder at BV-BBG CMJ 2012, (more by Nate "Igor" Smith)
Royal Thunder's ongoing tour with ASG and Corrosion of Conformity came to Brooklyn for a show at Saint Vitus on Saturday night (11/10). Watch Some video from that NYC appearance below along with the list of remaining dates.
Speaking of their dates, they now have even more. Look for Royal Thunder to support Monster Magnet at their upcoming string of Spine of God dates, including Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 14 with White Hills (tickets) and Starland Ballroom on December 15 (tickets).
Updated tour dates and video from Saint Vitus below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Corrosion of Conformity at Tone Deaf SXSW 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Corrosion of Conformity are prepping to reissue their 1984 crossover-thrash debut, Eye for an Eye, via Candleight on November 6. Remastered, repackaged and including the EP Six Songs With Mike Singing, the title will see a limited-to-1000 release in North America. Stream that in full below.
photos by Greg Cristman
Down at Best Buy Theater, 9/28/2012
Louisiana took over downtown Manhattan on Friday (9/28) when sludge superheroes Down played Best Buy Theater alongside Saint Vitus (Dave Chandler hails from New Orleans), Warbeast and Haarp. Pictures from the show are below. For Saint Vitus, it was their second NYC date of the week, which included a headlining show at the bar somewhat named after them (pictures).
The Down and Haarp dates are in support of recent releases for both bands. Down dropped the first in a series of EPs with DOWN IV Part One: The Purple EP. Haarp's Husks LP recently surfaced on Down vocalist Phil Anselmo's Housecore Records. Stream a recent Haarp track below.
Kirk of Down/Crowbar at Irving Plaza, 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
New Orleans sludge-doom supercrew Down, frontman Phil Anselmo included, are on tour and have arrived in NYC to bless Best Buy Theater tonight (9/28) and Starland Ballroom in NJ Saturday (9/29). They'll be joined by Saint Vitus (who played the similarly-named venue this week), Warbeast and Haarp. Tickets are still available. An updated set of tour dates is below.
Down is touring off of their new release Down IV Part I -- The Purple EP which features "Witchtripper". Check out the new video for that song, along with a stream of the full EP, and those dates, below...
Royal Thunder at Knitting Factory, 9/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Corrosion of Conformity will head out on a US tour in November and December, separated into two legs leading up to Thanksgiving and the holidays. The first leg of dates will hit the East Coast with ASG and Royal Thunder including a stop at Saint Vitus on November 9. Tickets are on sale.
Salt Lake City band Gaza's reign of terror -- fought with a molotov cocktail of hardcore, sludge, math, and grind -- has a new weapon, a forthcoming set of unholy hymns entitled No Absolutes in Human Suffering. The LP is due via Black Market Activities on July 31st, and you can check out "Mostly Hair & Bones" below, the first song to emerge from that record. If you want to see how deep the rabbit hole goes, make sure to swing by their Facebook page for the lyrics to the song.
As mentioned, Gaza will hit the road with Black Cobra later this month for a tour which brings the two bands to NYC on June 25 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are still available. Corrosion of Conformity and Torche are on some of the dates too, but won't be at the Saint Vitus show.
A list of all dates and the "Mostly Hair & Bones" stream below...
Black Cobra at Tone Deaf SXSW 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Now that Roadburn 2012 is in their rearview, two man sludge wrecking crew Black Cobra have a new challenge on the horizon, conquering the land down under. The duo will play Australia and New Zealand starting next week and follow-up those dates with ANOTHER set of US dates, this time with Corrosion of Conformity, Torche & Gaza (though all bands are not on all dates). The dates include a stop in NYC at Saint Vitus on June 25th with Gaza. Tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below.
Gaza is welcoming a new LP in the near future, though details have been spotty thus far. The band, however, has revealed that one song is called "Tebow" and released the lyrics for said song earlier this year. Check out the lyrics at facebook and dig on all tour dates and some video of Black Cobra from Roadburn, below...
Built to Spill at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
The Hopscotch festival in Raleigh, North Carolina will celebrate its third year from Sept. 6-8, 2012 in downtown Raleigh, with 175 bands in 15 venues. The initial lineup, released today, runs the gamut from traditional indie favorites to punk to noise music to hip hop to noisy black metal and all stops in between, featuring performances from Built to Spill, sunn 0))), The Roots, The Jesus & Mary Chain (who played SXSW), Liars (who have a show coming up at Webster Hall), Baroness, Deerhoof, Death Grips (who play NYC soon and have new material on the way), Danny Brown (who was at Coachella and plays Prospect Park soon), Pallbearer (who play an exclusive East Coast Show soon), Screaming Females (who recently played NYC and are on tour now), Thee Oh Sees, The Spits (who just played NYC twice), Tenement, The Mountain Goats (two sets, one of which will be an all metal-covers set!) and so many more.
(and now we know the Jesus & Mary Chain are coming back soon)
Tickets are on sale. The full lineup and flyer (update: and a few more announced J&MC dates) are below...
Corrosion of Conformity at Gramercy Theater (more by Di Lynn Ring)
Corrosion of Conformity have revisited some of their punk rock roots with their new self-titled LP out NOW via Candlelight. The record opens with the alternately thrashy/groovy "Psychic Vampire" which was recently given a video treatment by Scion AV and is viewable for the first time below (tour dates are down there too).
The video is part of Scion series of videos called "Video Installment 7". An upcoming new video in the series will be by Saint Vitus(!).
Speaking of... Saint Vitus is currently streaming "Let Them Fall" from their forthcoming Lillie: F-65 LP due via Season of Mist in May. Listen below and look for the new video and keep an eye out for the LP....
photos by Di Lynn Ring, words by BBG
Corrosion of Conformity @ Gramercy
Corrosion of Conformity played Gramercy Theater on March 1st, as part of a round of dates with Torche, Valient Thorr & A Storm of Light. Here are some pictures from the show.
The string of dates is ongoing, and will terminate in Birmingham, Alabama a few days after hitting Austin for SXSW. All tour dates are listed below.
In related news, three of the hands on the tour have recent releases to celebrate. Valient Thorr has a new split 7" with High on Fire (who play the BV/POTR party during SXSW in Austin). Stream their side at Metalsucks and order it now via Volcom. Torche are welcoming Harmonicraft via the same label on 4/24, and recently released "Kicking" at Pitchfork. And last but certainly not least, COC recently released the new video for "The Moneychangers" from their new self-titled LP out now via Candlelight. Check that out alongside tour dates and more pictures from Gramercy Theater, below...
Corrosion of Conformity at Best Friends Day (more by Chris Boarts Larson)
Corrosion of Conformity, who just played Starland Ballroom on Friday with Clutch, are prepping their new LP for release via Candlelight on February 28, 2012. The self-titled effort will feature art from Seldon Hunt and will be the focus of the band's upcoming string of US dates that will kick off at Gramercy Theatre on March 1st, hit SXSW in Austin, and then terminate a few days later. The band will be joined by Torche, Valient Thorr and A Storm of Light on most dates including Gramercy. Ticketing info for the NYC show is forthcoming.
Before hitting the road for those dates, CoC will team up with Hail! Hornet to play Asheville, NC as part of HH's tour with Zoroaster and the Slow Southern Steel film. That tour hits NYC on 2/8 and tickets are still available.
All tour dates and some video, below.
photos by Chris Boarts Larson, words by BBG
While a rain (and wind) delay is shutting down our city currently, a rain delay only shoved back set times by an hour at the final show of Best Friends Day 2011 on Sunday (8/21) at the Bike Lot. Featuring a headlining appearance from Corrosion of Conformity, Victims, Iron Lung, Magrudergrind, Little Ozzy and Dry Spell, the show also featured the final performance from the reunited Jesuit who played NYC in April.
Magrudergrind will hit NYC with Despise You at Shea Stadium on 9/11 as part of their tour together.
Matmos with Kronos Quartet last year
The Chiara String Quartet and NOW Ensemble come together Friday, May 6 at (Le) Poisson Rouge for a joint album release concert, celebrating two fresh albums from New Amsterdam Records with some of the foremost performers and composers of this emerging self-reliant generation: NOW Ensemble's sophomore statement, Awake (with compositions by ensemble members Judd Greenstein, Mark Dancigers, Patrick Burke, and commissioned work by Missy Mazzoli, Sean Friar, and David Crowell), and Jefferson Friedman: Quartets, performed by the Chiara String Quartet and special guest, electronic duo, Matmos.Both Awake and Jefferson Friedman: Quartets are out now via New Amsterdam (congrats to both groups). As stated above, Matmos will join in to assist in the performance of the latter at the show, which will also house a screening of the new animated film Plan Of The City "about the architecture of New York City blasting off into outer space and resettling on Mars". Whoa, far out bro. Check out a teaser for that film below, and get you tickets for the May 6th show at LPR while they are still available.
Matmos is also scheduled to head out to the Manchester International Festival in July to join Marina Abramovic, Antony Hagerty, Willem Defoe (yes, Green Goblin from Spider Man) and more as part of the stage production of The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic:
Manchester International Festival and Teatro Real Madrid present the world premiere of a startling new piece for the stage: The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic, a biography of the godmother of performance art, re-imagined by visionary director Robert Wilson.No word on if the pieces compsed for the production will ever see the light of day outside of the UK.
The show features scenes from Abramovic's life and career, from her Serbian childhood to her work as a performance artist. Featuring original and traditional music, including songs written and performed by the incomparable Antony (Antony & The Johnsons), this ground-breaking show brings together the worlds of theatre, art and music to thrilling effect.
In semi-related news, the ever-collaborative Matmos has worked with members of The Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) in the past and the collective will play 92YTribeca TONIGHT. PLOrk will bring an "evening of wildly innovative electronic music, live 3D video and hacked video game hardware." Tickets are still available.
Matmos is hitting the road in Europe in May much to the semi-disappointment of Matmos member Drew Daniel:
"Drew is very sad that he will be missing Maryland DeathFest this year, but touring Europe with Jay Lesser and John Wiese will make up for missing Corrosion of Conformity's reformation of the Animosity lineup." - MatmosTurn that frown upside down Drew, you can still catch the Animosity lineup on tour (they play Brooklyn Bowl on 7/20, tickets go on sale at noon today).
Tour dates for that Matmos trek, the Plan of The City Teaser video and more, below...
3/4 of Kyuss (no Josh Homme) announced the creation of Kyuss Lives! last year. Original Kyuss members Brant Bjork, John Garcia, and Nick Oliveri, along with guitarist Bruno Fevery, have live dates scheduled this year in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South America and now North America too. So far it's just two U.S. shows, but more will be announced. One of those is at The Fox Theater in Pomona, CA on October 8th, and the other is at NYC's Terminal 5 on September 23rd (the same venue Queens of the Stone Age recently played). Both Kyuss shows are with The Sword, and tickets for both go on sale this week (Terminal 5 goes on sale Friday).
In semi-related news, stoner-blueshounds Clutch will hit the road with Corrosion of Conformity (Animosity lineup) to play a string of dates together that will include Brooklyn Bowl on 7/20 (tickets go on sale Friday). The following day, Clutch play a solo show aboard the Temptress on 7/21 (a Rocks Off Concert Cruise). Tickets for that show are not yet listed.
All tour dates and some videos below...
Corrosion of Conformity fans (more by BBG)
The lastest list of SXSW additions is below....
words and photos by BBG
The Animosity lineup of Corrosion of Conformity played all of their Animosity LP at Highline Ballroom on Sunday (10/10) with one-off help from Today is The Day, Keelhaul, and The Ghosts of Saturday Night (who I missed). The three piece headliner (Mike Dean/Reed Mullin/Woody Weatherman) ripped out jams from the fave LP while sprinkling in new material along the way. Look for that soon on Southern Lord.
Today Is The Day is currently writing new material for their forthcoming LP on Black Market Activities/Metal Blade Records. The band now features Ryan and Curran of Wetnurse in addition to TITD mastermind Steve Austin.
In related news, Wetnurse will play Fontana's on 10/23 with Powerglove, Meek is Murder, Pack of Wolves, Batillus, and The Binary Code. The show kicks off at 4PM, 3 hours before the kick off of the Official BV-BBG showcase at Union Pool with The Body, Cough, Inter Arma, and Royal Thunder. The Fontana's show is one of two for presenters MetalSucks & 1000 Knives who are also bringing A Life Once Lost, Baptized in Blood, and Carbomb to Europa on 10/20 (tickets).
Keelhaul is done opening for CoC dates for now, and will hit the road next weekend for a string of dates with Russian Circles and Call Me Lightning (none in NYC). Those tour dates, as well as more pictures and video from Highline are below...
photos by Taylor Keahey, words by BBG
Corrosion of Conformity in San Francisco in August
Though their Starland Ballroom date was cancelled, the NYC return of the Animosity lineup of Corrosion of Conformity with killer support from Keelhaul and Today is The Day is happening tonight/Sunday (10/10) at Highline Ballroom. Tickets are still available for you procrastinators.
Corrosion of Conformity played the West Coast in August, teaming up with a jawdropping lineup of Goatsnake, Eagle Twin, Black Breath, and COC side project Righteous Fool. One stop on that tour was the previously-mentioned Power of the Riff Fest...
"And for the grand finale Headliners Corrosion of Conformity took the stage a bit after 11 PM as true fans in the exhausted crowd had waited hours in anticipation. The minute this line-up (from the Animosity days: bassist/vocalist Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman and drummer Reed Mullin) kicked into opening instrumental, you can't help but recall how important CoC was to metal - culling together punk and thrash with a love for Black Sabbath, Black Flag and the Bad Brains. Playing an hour long set of pre-Blind era favorites with a couple of new ones thrown in to prove the Raleigh trio ain't exactly a revival act. Still, you couldn't help but feel more than a few twinges of nostalgia for the days when they defined the term "Crossover" - especially when former vocalist Simon Bob (now an L.A. resident) hit the stage to sing "Holier" Over two decades later, Corrosion of Conformity remain a ferocious sound still out of step with everybody." - Mike GitterAnother stop on that very short tour was two days later at DNA Lounge in San Francisco. A set of pictures from that show continue below...
photos by Michael Darpino, words by BBG
Today is the Day celebrating AmRep
BrooklynVegan/AEG Live/1000Knives are proud to announce, that in addition to the recently-added Keelhaul (and as hinted in that piece), Today is The Day will play the Corrosion of Conformity show at Highline Ballroom on 10/10. Tickets are still available.
Today is the Day recently played a show at Santos Party House with A Storm of Light (who played last night with Sleep, pics forthcoming), but also played the AmRep Anniversary Party in late August. More pics from the show (the first set is here) are below....
Keelhaul at Santos (more by Keith Marlowe)
Keelhaul and a secret special guest have been added to the previously discussed Corrosion of Conformity show at Highline Ballroom on October 10th. Tickets are still on sale for the NYC show, and for the CoC one happening at Starland Ballroom too. Special guest announcement coming next week (Monday is the day).
In related news Craw (featuring Will of Keelhaul) reunited last night in their native Cleveland supporting Unsane who are on their way back to NYC after playing AmRep25. Thus far no pics or video have made its way out of the show, though we'll keep you posted.
Keelhaul's Dana Embrose used to be in La Gritona, a band we just recently posted a large feature on courtesy of Mike Hill.
Some recent video of Keelhaul, including Unsane performing with Aaron of Keelhaul, is below.
photos by Adam L. Murray, words by BBG
Goatsnake: Greg Anderson raises his axe in praise of the riff
Think of Sunday's (8/6) all-day Power of the Riff Festival at the Echo and the Echoplex as less of a celebration of heavy metal and more of a mission statement. The objective: Raise respectability for the perennially underground hard rock genre.I couldn't agree more, and a gang of people showed up to the 2010 Power of The Riff Festival in Los Angeles last week. With sets from Goatsnake, Corrosion of Conformity III (who are coming to NYC), Repulsion, Trap Them, Black Breath, Nails (who will support Venomous Concept), and many more, the Converse-presented show was free to the public with RSVP.
"I've been a fan of heavy music for as long as I can remember," said Night Horse singer Sam James Velde, who organized Riff Fest with Southern Lord head Greg Anderson. "I hope this will increase awareness and opportunity for bands of this nature to be able to play. You look at bigger festivals like Coachella, and you have a token heavy band. There's Dillinger Escape Plan, or there's Mastodon. But there's no tent dedicated to that music. Yet metal, hardcore and true rock 'n' roll has an incredible fan base. This is something to try and make a strong impact." -[LA Times blog]
More pics from the show are below...