Entries tagged with: Crushed
by Ian Chainey
Rapid-fire blasts. Sustained, grinding crawls that shake the floor thanks to the two bass set-up. Wild gales of feedback and lashes of noise. That's Pillbox, the newest album from powerviolence destroyers Water Torture. The trio -- two bassists, one drummer -- are intent on bringing back the subsonic element favored by Man is the Bastard; the one few others have been able to pull off. But Water Torture are a little speedier, a little catchier, and a little more nimble than similar groups that have tried the dual bass rumble. And over Pillbox's 17 tracks, there's always a sense they have their hands on the wheel, even when they're circling the void. The sheer wattage of power they're able to impart is impressive, though Pillbox wouldn't hit as deeply if Water Torture weren't as exacting.
People have taken notice. Since coming up through Grindcore Karaoke in 2011 with their self-titled effort, Water Torture have steadily risen to prominence on the back of a billion splits. Now, they're set to play Maryland Deathfest 2015. They're currently touring Europe. They'll be hitting big US bills like Punch, Curmudgeon, and Crushed on September 9 at NYC's Death by Audio and Cloud Rat, Nervous Mothers, and Recreant on September 18 at NYC's The Acheron (tickets). With Pillbox, it's easy to hear why. Pillbox is the result of a hungry band showing off veteran skills while playing a style that, despite it's importance, rarely produced other contenders. Consider that distinction changed. Water Torture are definitely one.
All dates are listed, with a stream of Pillbox, below...
by Ian Chainey
California fastcore outfit Punch will be heading out on the road in September to support their new album, They Don't Have to Believe. The "mini-tour" swings in to places such as Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco. The NYC stop on the tour will be September 7 at Death by Audio with Curmudgeon, Water Torture, and Crushed. Tickets are $10 at the door. All Punch Dates are listed below.
They Don't Have to Believe is set to be released August 19 via Deathwish (preorder) and you can stream a track from the album below. Punch also plowed through the fast-paced punk of "Not Sorry," their contribution to the Deathwish summer sampler 2014: A Summer Of Blood which you can stream in full below.
As for their Death by Audio stage-sharers, the like-minded Curmudgeon issued a ripping demo back in December. The dual bass Water Torture are prepping Pillbox for an August release and will be playing Maryland Deathfest 2015. And NYHCers Crushed have been showing up on a number of Brooklyn-based bills.
All Punched dates are listed, along with streams from the bands, the Death summer sampler, and a Punch live video, below...
Sick Of It All at Rev25 (more by Rebecca Reed)
NYHC vets Sick Of It All have announced that they'll release their tenth album, The Last Act of Defiance, on September 30 (album art and tracklist below), and will play a hometown show soon after that on October 4 at Irving Plaza with fellow NYC punk vets H2O as well as Pennsylvania's Wisdom In Chains and White Collar Crime LLC. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Meanwhile, if you're headed to Philly (or already there) for This Is Hardcore (which began yesterday, 7/24), you can also catch Wisdom In Chains there on Saturday (7/26). A ton of other great bands have still yet to play too, like Converge, Blacklisted, Title Fight, CIV, Bold, Nails, Madball (with guest ex-guitarist Matt Henderson making a special appearance), Power Trip and plenty more. Remaining day-by-day lineups for TIH, below.
If you're not headed to This Is Hardcore, you can have your own mini TIH celebration in NYC this weekend. Xibalba, who played the PA fest last night, play a free show Saturday (7/26) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Harm's Way, The Banner and Crushed (Trap Them and Coliseum just played the same venue). And, as discussed, UK vets Subhumans are coming over for TIH and playing Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday (7/27) with long-running NYHC band Sheer Terror, as well as White Collar Crime LLC (fka White Collar Crime) and Mischief Brew. Tickets for that show are still available.
SOIA LP info, TIH daily lineups and Madball's new video for "Born Strong", below...
by Doug Moore
Boston sludge up-and-comers Rozamov are off to a good start. The band's second EP, 2013's Of Gods and Flesh, is a treat -- it delivers thrash-tinted sludge with a murky production aesthetic that reminds me of the long-quiet Philly act Javelina. You can stream it below.
The measure of most such bands comes with their live show, though, which you'll have a chance to check out soon. Rozamov are embarking on a 9-date East Coast tour later this month, beginning with a NYC stop at the Acheron on 2/15. They'll be joined by locals Godmaker, Eggnogg, and Crushed. Tickets for that show are available.
Stream Of Gods and Flesh and check out all upcoming Rozamov dates below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
I know what you're thinking by looking at the above promo photo, but Survival is light years away from the "transcendental black metal" or possibly "white metal" that shot guitarist/vocalist Hunter Hunt-Hendrix into the spotlight with Liturgy. In fact, the new project explores some completely different themes, delving into post-hardcore while dabbling into the vocal experimentation that marked some of the Liturgy releases. Check out the new track "Tragedy of the Mind" below from the band's forthcoming self-titled LP due on May 14 via Thrill Jockey.
The release of the new LP will be celebrated with a show at Acheron on May 9, when the band joins Alan Watts, STATS and Vaporizer as part of a Record Release celebration at the venue. Tickets are on sale.
Two members of Survival also play in the more hardcore-oriented Crushed, who are readying a release around the same time too. The band will drop their new Losing Shit EP with a celebration at Acheron on 5/8, joined by Sabertooth Zombie, Power and Go Deep (tickets). Stream that EP in full, and the new Survival track, below.
photos by Keith Marlowe
Negative Approach @ Grand Victory, 4/14/2013
Hardcore legends Negative Approach played the tiny Williamsburg venue Grand Victory last night (4/15), snagging support from Violent Bullshit, Two Man Advantage and Crushed. The show was part of a weekend of dates for the band that also included a stop at festival Damaged City in DC where the band teamed with bands like Dropdead (who also played NYC last night).
More pics from Grand Victory (minus Crushed who we missed), plus NA's setlist, are below.
photos by Lukas Hodge; words by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Loma Prieta @ Saint Vitus 4/2/2013
Cali post-hardcore gang Loma Prieta played Saint Vitus last night (4/2) as part of a string of dates with UK's Goodtime Boys, Descender (who also played the night before with Russian Circles) and Crushed. The date followed their appearance at the Paint it Black record release show in Philadelphia. More pics from Saint Vitus, including all bands except Descender, are below.
photos by Lukas Hodge, words by Lauren Jackson
Last night (12/3), reunited Cali crew Strife hit St. Vitus, supported by Supertouch, NJ's Suburban Scum and Crushed. And if you went to the concert thinking that a humid Monday evening might be mellow, you'd soon discover how wrong that assessment was. And discovery probably came in the form of a ricocheting elbow or rogue two-step.
But it wasn't just about the pit. The crowd's enthusiasm overflowed from start to finish, even people hanging on the fringes were singing along during the show. When Strife took the stage, the room exploded with cheers, applause, and some unidentified guttural noises coming from the select few already circling around in anticipation.
Their set was peppered with new material and favorites from their first two LPs like "Through and Through", "Blistered", and "To An End". And, as if they were worried there wasn't enough mosh material in there, Strife closed with Black Flag's "Rise Above," ending the night with gusto... and several blows to the head.
More pictures and video from Saint Vitus are below.
Strife's Witness a Rebirth is out now. Check out some full video sets of Strife and Supertouch below.
Porcell of Bold on stage with Youth of Today (more by Jason House)
Black & Blue Bowl is almost here, and in addition to the previously discussed Rancid, Warzone Tribute, Sheer Terror, Youth of Today and-many-others-show at Webster Hall on Saturday (5/19) -- advance tickets sold-out, a few available at the door -- here are a few related shows set for Sunday (5/20) to help round out the weekend.
The first is a good old fashioned matinee and goes down at 3PM at Bowery Electric on 5/20. Bold (with original lineup in tow like they were at Lit Lounge) will join Skarhead and Provider along with a spoken word performance from John Joseph (of Cro-Mags, who play NYC soon with Sick of it All). Ten bucks or your Black & Blue Bowl ticket stub gets you in. Those 21+ and over with $20 can also stick around afterwards for a secret show.
Later that night in Greenpoint, Danny Diablo will team with Subzero, Ill-Roc Soldiers, Jaysaun, Lifestyle (with Skam Dust), DGAF, Iron Bar Collective and Matt Maddox for a second show on Sunday (5/20) at Red Star (at 30 Greenpoint Ave). $10 gets you into that 9PM show (not free to B&B ticketholders).
In hardcore-but-not-B&B Bowl-news, Urban Waste will hit Studio at Webster Hall on June 16th with support from Dead City Riot, Crushed, and Scrapers. Tickets are on sale.
Converge at MHoW (more by Johnathan McPhail)
Converge frontman Jacob Bannon has announced plans to release a split under the moniker Wear Your Wounds with Revelator (Ben Chisholm of Chelsea Wolfe's backing band) on the other side.
We've already mentioned how Converge has been added to a monumental show with Rorschach and Xaddax (who are throwing a record release show on Tuesday at DBA).
It might be cause of today's status as an unofficial holiday of sorts, but there are a hefty amount of shows going on in the next few days... one bigger show that has seemingly flown under the radar is sweep-picking death-metal lunatics Origin with Cattle Decapitation, Decrepit Birth, Aborted, Rings of Saturn, Battlecross, Face of Ruin at Europa on April 24th. Tickets are still available, OR you can try and win a pair. Details are below. The show is part of a larger tour for the band and dates are also below.
On their way to Chaos in Tejas, The Mob (UK) will stop into Brooklyn to play Death By Audio on May 29th. The UK anarcho-punk band will be joined by Sickoids, Nomad, and Anasazi at the venue, and it'll set you back $10 at the door.
Speaking of release parties, Levil Uniform, the skater/extreme music zine, will be throwing a shownext friday at the Grand Victory for their fifteenth issue with local crew Syphilitic Lust and others playing through out the night. That same night, the great Hank Wood & The Hammerheads will bless Don Pedro's.. details are below.
Obnoxiously fun punk band Beer & Cable will officially christen the recently relaunched Acheron on May 5th as part of a show with The Regressives, Agitator, ZTs and Trepanning.
Some interesting additions to some May shows also happened this week. Meek Is Murder was tacked onto the coming Tournament show at Acheron on 5/4, while the supporting bill for the previously discussed Power Trip bill was fleshed out to include Crushed and Brain Slug.
More suggested shows, a stream of the new Rwake 7" (which only be available at their merch booth for Maryland Deathfest X, don't forget about their NYC show), a Code Orange Kids video, Homewrecker featuring Dylan Walker from Full of Hell, and a Black Breath video from their latest LP is below (don't forget about their NYC show). What did I miss?