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Decapitated at Inferno Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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It was already announced that Polish death metal vets Decapitated would be supporting GWAR (who have new members) on the first leg of their upcoming tour, including one of the NYC-area dates: the NJ show happening on October 16 at Starland Ballroom with American Sharks also in tow (tickets). They've since announced that right after that tour ends, they'll headline a few US dates with direct support from fellow death metallers Misery Index. That includes a NYC show happening on November 16 at Saint Vitus with strong and well-matched local support from Pyrrhon. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Updated Decapitated dates are listed below.

Decapitated's new album, Blood Mantra (their second since reforming in 2009), comes out next week (9/30) via Nuclear Blast. Check out the recently-released lyric video for the title track, below.

Pyrrhon are currently on the road with Gigan and Artificial Brain (that tour hit NYC this past Friday, 9/19), and they've got another hometown show happening when it ends. It's a 3 PM matinee at ABC No Rio on October 25 with Starkweather, Sulaco and Torrential Downpour. $8 at the door gets you in. Their new album, The Mother of Virtues, came out earlier this year on Relapse. You can stream that, with their updated list of dates, below.

Misery Index also released a new album this year, The Killing Gods, on Season of Mist. You can also stream that, with the Decapitated video and dates, and the Pyrrhon LP stream and dates, below...

Continue reading "Decapitated touring w/ Misery Index after GWAR tour, playing NYC w/ Pyrrhon (who have other dates)"

by Ian Chainey

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Metallica are going to get some classics back out on wax. On September 16, Blackened Recordings (I see what you did there) will release four vinyl represses. So let's play, ONE OF THESE THINGS IS NOT LIKE THE OTHERS: Kill 'Em All. Yes. Ride The Lightning. Yes. ...And Justice For All. Yes. Death Magnetic. Ah. The band will also drop a slimmed down version of Live Shit: Binge & Purge on the same day.

Also happening next week? Bloodbath will announce their new singer. I haven't seen people this anxious to find out the origin and whereabouts of a guttural since my cat vomited this morning. Bloodbath's next one, Grand Morbid Funeral, is out November 17 through Peaceville. The band will also be playing Maryland Deathfest 2015.

King Diamond has an opener for his North American tour starting in October. It's the occult rockers Jess and the Ancient Ones, a band featuring one of the weirder connections in metal with a link to cult-adored death metallers Demilich (who are also playing Maryland Deathfest 2015). Maybe Jess will finally cover "The Planet That Once Used to Absorb Flesh in Order to Achieve Divinity and Immortality (Suffocated to the Flesh That It Desired...)." The King Diamond tour plays a sold out New York's Best Buy Theater on October 14. Watch a few King Diamond videos below because Friday.

Unfortunately, Belphegor won't be touring the US. Singer/guitarist Helmuth Lehner has scrapped the package that included Rotting Christ, Beheaded, and Svart Crown to be with his mother during her final days. While the bill will be a little slimmer, Dead Congregation and Immortal Bird will still play their NYC show on  October 20 date at NYC's Saint Vitus.

Finally, Pallbearer have a heck of a tour brewing. . . that's only hitting the West Coast in December. They'll be joined by Sólstafir and Mortals for the Holy Crap Take My Money Tour* (*not the official name. . . yet). All of the dates are below. Oh well, NYC fans, you'll have to make due with back-to-back shows at Saint Vitus on October 27 and 28 with Tombs and Vattnet Viskar. *weeps* - Midwest.

Myrkur EP
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Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.

Full releases first: Iron Reagan and Myrkur are both streaming their new albums on Pitchfork Advance. Iron Reagan's crossover attack is called The Tryranny of Will and will be out on September 16 via Relapse (preorder). We also recently interviewed singer Tony Foresta on Invisible Oranges. Solo black metal act Myrkur's self-titled EP will also be out on September 16 through Relapse (preorder).

For single tracks and videos, dad/son metal bonding band Vomit Fist (holy hell, Vomit Fist) debuted "Under The Rind." Baseball grinders Puig Destroyer spoke the truth with "No One Cares About Your Fantasy Team" from Puig Destroyer (September 30, No Sleep - preorder). Opeth cut another headtrip for a Pale Communion track, this being "Moon Above, Sun Below." Tech-metallers Decapitated are showing off the first four songs from Blood Mantra (September 30, Nuclear Blast - preorder). Old school death metallers Necrophagia let another WhiteWorm Cathedral creepy-crawler eat through the internet (October 28, Season of Mist - preorder).

MORE: Busy blasters 1349 brought their Massive Cauldron Of Chaos to another boil (September 30, Season of Mist - preorder). Corrosion of Conformity brewed up some visuals for "On Your Way." They'll be hitting the road with GWAR and Decapitated soon. Krieg also cut together a flick for "Ruin Our Lives." And, finally, Pyrrhon -- fronted by a familiar fellow with a name rhyming with 'Doug' (I'm bad at this) -- have a new video out "Sleeper Agent" directed by IO guest contributor David Hall. So I guess that makes it, wait for it, VISIBLE ORANGES. Oh cool, I've been fired. You can check out all the goods below.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

TODAY (FRIDAY, 9/12): Thrashers Power Trip plays a BrooklynVegan Presents Red Bull Sound Select show with White Lung and Sick Feeling at Palisades ($3, with RSVP). If you want to don the corpsepaint and become super pussy, Black Witchery, Nexul, Teloch Vovin, Occultation, and Lord Almighty are at Saint Vitus (tickets).

SATURDAY (9/13): You can get a taste of the metallic at Basilica Sound Scape 2014: Day Two with Deafheaven and heavier-than-most-heavy-things Swans  (sold out).

SUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNDAY (9/14): Speaking of heavy things, sludge stars Crowbar, Revocation, Havok, Fit for an Autopsy, and Armed for Apocalypse hit the Gramercy Theatre (tickets). And if you missed them Saturday, Deafheaven play Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets).

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: As always, we tracked the week's new releases with, uh, Upcoming Metal Releases. We showed off new albums from Lago and Ingurgitating Oblivion. We reviewed Earth, Muscle and Marrow, and Ævangelist. We got our talk on with Iron Reagan's Tony Foresta, Nightbringer's Naas Alcameth, and Cannibal Corpse's Paul Mazurkiewicz. Finally, our buds in Immortal Bird are going on tour. Don't yell "Freebird" at them. Or hold up a boombox a la Say Anything that's playing "Surfing Bird." Or. . . do. Live your life, bro.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: Metallica, Bloodbath, Opeth, King Diamond, Pallbearer, 1349, weekend shows & more"

by Ian Chainey

GWAR at Housecore Horror Fest 2013 (more by Trent Maxwell)
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Following a successful GWAR-B-Q where the Oderus-less GWAR appeared up to snuff, the remaining Scumdogs have announced they're heading back out on the road after their Riot Fest Chicago appearance in September. The GWAR Eternal Tour 2014 will bring aboard openers Decapitated (for select dates), Corrosion of Conformity (ditto), and American Sharks. The gore-soaked celebration will start rolling in the middle of October. The two-month long trek will hit cities like Hollywood, Philadelphia, and Buffalo, along with a stop at Austin's Housecore Horror Film Festival. NYC and surrounding areas get shows on October 16 at Starland Ballroom in NJ with Decapitated and American Sharks; November 30 at NYC's Irving Plaza with Corrosion of Conformity and American Sharks; and December 12 at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT with the same lineup as Irving. Tickets for the NJ and NYC shows go on sale Friday (8/22) at noon and 10 AM, respectively. There's a presale starting Thursday (8/21) at 9 AM for NJ and a MetalSucks presale starting Thursday at 10 AM for NYC. Ticket info for the New Haven show here. All dates are listed below.

Of course, as most GWAR tours do, this one has a theme. According to BalSac The Jaws of Death:

Dark clouds of war and ill omen have gathered around GWAR. In our hour of greatest peril, Oderus has left us and our enemies stand poised, ready to strike while they sense weakness. But we shall no longer cower in our Antarctic stronghold, awaiting Destiny's final blow. This Fall GWAR sets out on the most trying quest of our career. We shall scour our leader's favorite stomping ground, North America, leaving no city unsearched, no venue unraised, and no sheep unmolested. GWAR will venture to the depths of Hell or to the very end of Time itself, and though I fear what we may encounter out there, I know that we can never return home until we have the answer we seek: 'Where is Oderus Urungus?'
It's going to be like Snoopy Come Home! with slightly more blood, semen, and (*sniff*) tears.

As for the tour's openers, Polish tech-deathers Decapitated -- who are opening the first leg -- have a new album on the way via Nuclear Blast named Blood Mantra that will hit the streets on September 26 (preorder). The long running Corrosion of Conformity -- who are picking up the second leg -- released IX back in July. The group has slimmed down to a trio since reforming in 2010, recapturing the crossover/punk spirit of their early career. (Former COC member Pepper Keenan has taken on Down full-time, though Pepper has indicated there are talks of his return.) And newer-comers American Sharks are quickly becoming seasoned tourers, having hit the road with Whores and Clutch this year.

All of the dates along with streams for all of the bands appears below.

Continue reading "GWAR touring w/ Decapitated, Corrosion of Conformity and American Sharks (dates)"

by Ian Chainey

No stage diving please...
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That pic above is from the Millington, TN stop of Mayhem Fest and was tweeted/deleted by Trivium's Paolo Gregoletto with the caption, "Brutal pit for the first band today." Ouch. I've had games of Solitaire that have been better attended. I think there are more actual Sumerians still in existence. Even the inflatable bottle is on the insta-quip action.

As for live dates with a better chance of drawing a crowd, Pyrrhon (whose singer, full disclosure, used to write this column) have updated their upcoming schedule for their tour with Gigan and Artificial Brain. In addition, grinders Die Choking -- who will be sharing a bill with Pyrrhon in October -- have several tour dates on the horizon including a show on August 10 at the Grand Victory with King Parrot, Organ Dealer, and Nightcrawler. Tickets are available now. All of the dates appear below.

KEN mode, who have an Invisible Oranges-presented show coming up, teased some new jams in a concert recently. You can check out "Blessed" on their facebook.

Finally, Converge have, uh, also been ". . . working diligently on this tour at every moment we get to write new music." Footage of them practicing new material is down below.

Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.

Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.

While the newswire was quiet, the streams were not. There are a ton of tracks available for your perusal, including a freebie from Manes. The 'name your price' single of Floydian falseness (they named it Vntrve, they get it) is available below.

For full streams, blackened deathers Belphegor are now offering the freshly released Conjuring The Dead. You can also hear Rabbits bash out their primitive stomp on Untoward (August 12, Lamb Unlimited - preorder). Plus, core crushers Coliseum are streaming their remastered reissue of their first album. All three are below.

Single tracks: 1349 blast through "Cauldron" from the smartly-titled Massive Cauldron Of Chaos (September 30, Season Of Mist - preorder). Cinema grinders Graf Orlock dropped "A Decent Proposal In A Shitty Alley" from Trailer. They've also got some upcoming tour dates with Dangers and Holy. Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats put out the single "Runaway Girls" in preparation for their US tour. And Decapitated and made "The Blasphemous Psalm To The Dummy God Creation" public, which is culled from Blood Mantra (September 30, Nuclear Blast - preorder). Sorry, let me rephrase that in Death Metal English. THE OUTFIT OF INCARNATE EVIL, CEPHALIC REMOVAL, AND DEXTROUS WIZARDY PRESENT AN ENSORCELLED SPELL OF AIR VIBRATION DAMNING A PHANTOM DEITY. Or something. All of the streams are below.

Prefer purty pictures? Tons of videos also made their way online. Triptykon shot a buffet of delights for the eye with "Aurorae." Reminder: They said they were going to make MDF 2015. Hope so. Entombed A.D. whispered, "Welcome to Carcosa," with their flick for "Pandemic Rage." And vikings and fellow MDF 2015 participants Einherjer put together an acid-aided animation for new song "Nidstong." You can watch the videos below.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

TODAY (FRIDAY, 8/8): The loaded Summer Slaughter tour featuring, deep breath, Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Thy Art Is Murder, Origin, Decrepit Birth, Within the Ruins, Fallujah, Boreworm, ZFL, and Goatwhore -- which LiveNation has stylized as "Goatwh**e because NAUGHTY, NAUGHTY -- is happening at Irving Plaza as we speak. Tickets are still available at the door. If grind/twilight is more your game, the international bill of Department Of Corrections, Budd Dwyer, Sea of Bones, and Mother Brain are at Saint Vitus tonight (tickets).

SATURDAY (8/9): The Acheron is screening the Welcome to Deathfest documentary along with sets from Argentinum Astrum and Belus (tickets). And the reformed Drowningman will be at Saint Vitus with Pilot to Gunner and As We Were (tickets). The Austerity Program, whose new LP we reviewed on IO, play Shea Stadium with Gnarwhal, Pinecones and Voice Coils.

SUNNNNNNNDAY (8/10): The Die Choking show mentioned above slides into Grand Victory with King Parrot, Organ Dealer, and Nightcrawler (tickets).

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? Our NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: We got the week started by tracking all of the new tunes in Upcoming Metal Releases. We then put on our thinky-caps by examining what makes a critic-proof band. We had premieres aplenty with Big Black Cloud, Divider, and Godhunter. We welcomed you to our book collection with a review of the classic Hammer of the Gods and not so classic Wheels of Confusion. We chatted with Behold! The Monolith about losing a member and what it takes to keep on going. Arsis' A Celebration of Guilt turned 10 this week and we broke down the album that feels like it was released yesterday (sigh, get off my lawn). And finally, we caught up with Lucky 13's Melody Henry about the status of her bar's new location.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: KEN Mode, Belphegor, Converge, Manes, 1349, Triptykon, Pyrrhon, weekend shows & more"

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Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film Fest returns to Austin from October 23-26 at Austin, and since we last spoke the lineup was expanded to include a headline performance from both Danzig and his reunited band Samhain (who have other dates including NYC), as well as Neurosis (also playing Maryland Deathfest), Decapitated, Lustmord, King Parrot, Hobbs' Angel of Death, comedian Brian Posehn and more.

Updated lineup below...

Continue reading "Housecore Horror Festival expands lineup (Danzig/Samhain, Neurosis, Decapitated, Lustmord & more)"

by Ian Chainey

Kayo Dot at IO SXSW showcase, 2014 (More by Tim Griffin)
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Looks like a lot of bands spent the spring making sweet, sweet albums in the studio. First up is Kayo Dot, the avant-garde concern of Toby Driver who will be out on the road with Secret Chiefs 3 soon. Their newest is named Coffins on Io and will be out on Flenser Records on October 16. Says Driver, "Basically the vibe that we're going for here is inspired by 80s retro-future noir -- Blade Runner." Hey, the man has seen things you wouldn't believe. Elsewhere, MDF MVPs Bölzer have tabbed August 5 as the release date for their EP entitled Soma through Invictus Productions. You can sample "Steppes" below.

Masters of blast 1349 will drop Massive Cauldron of Chaos -- or what we call "soup" when I'm cooking -- on September 30 via Season of Mist. You can check out the track "Slaves" below. Tech deathers Decapitated have set September 26 as the date for Blood Mantra to be released through Nuclear Blast. Scope the cover art below. Viking shredders Ensiferum are planning to hit the studio in the fall to record their next album. And, finally, noise rockers PORD *squee* have announced *squeeeeee* their next album will be named Wild in September and will be released by Solar Flare Records in November. Sure, that makes sense. You can play their *squeeeeeeeeee* feedback-drenched teaser below.

Some bands, though, are calling it quits. Patrick Mameli is putting Pestilence down for the second time. The death/thrashers reformed in 2008 and turned in three respectable records. But Mameli wants to move on to new territory: "As of now, Pestilence is no longer active in recording new material. As a matter of fact, it's on a permanent hold, as I want to concentrate fully on my new project Necromorph. The style will be more brutal, more crazy, more tech, more futuristic and more death. I'm pretty sure all my fans will dig this!" Should've just named it Necromore.

Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.

Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.

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For the full-album previews: The sludgy Bastard Feast streamed the entirety of Osculum Infame, their newest rager that will see a release on Season of Mist on July 22 (preorder). And instrumental dun-duners Pelican put up all of Arktika, their document of a live set in St. Petersburg, Russia. That one will be out on wax August 26 through the band (preorder). Those two are available below.

For single tracks and teasers, thrashers Midnight -- who will be playing NY Deathfest II on July 26 -- premiered "Woman of Flame" from No Mercy for Mayhem (August 19, Hells Headbangers). Greek blackened thrashers Principality of Hell showed off "Codex Inferno" from Fire and Brimstone (August 18, W.T.C. Productions). And buzzy core newcomers GUST dropped "Humility In Disguise" from their forthcoming eponymous album (September 16, Southern Lord - preorder). All songs are available below.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

TODAY (FRIDAY, 7/11): Don't bother with the shower because things are going to get sleazy. Walking lewdness charges the Mentors will play the Paper Box with NYC rippers Mutilation Rites, HEXER, Maximum Oversatan, Bomb Scare, TREZ MUERTOZ, Throaat, and tons more (tickets).

SATURDAY (7/12): Saint Vitus has set up one evil Saturday: Ash Borer, Hell, Vorde, and Yellow Eyes will flex their turbo trems and drones (tickets). If a downtuned death metal guitar is more your kind of filth, OSDMers Funebrarum, Undergang, Trepanation, Astraes Pestis, and Grim Legion will be at the Acheron (tickets).

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: It was a busy week as always in our corner. Upcoming Metal Releases tracked all of the new things including huge names like Judas Priest, Goatwhore, and more. We premiered the full album from Lord Worm's hateful Rage Nucléaire and brought it way, way back with the retro rock of Saturn. We also got our critique on, weighing in on Eluveitie, Goatwhore, and Slugdge, which is DEATH METAL ABOUT SLUGS. YES, THE CAPS ARE NECESSARY. And, of course, Wyatt provided a detailed account of sights and sounds of Martyrdoom. Finally, we were all about the Mastodon this week. We provided the details for their tour presale and went one more 'round with guitarist Bill Kelliher in a great Jonathan Dick-helmed interview.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch the reams of streams, and other noted details below.

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: Kayo Dot, Pestilence, Bölzer, Pelican, 1349, Decapitated, Midnight, weekend shows & more"

photos by Joe McCabe

Baroness
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Where do you go after Red and Blue? Apparently tackle two colors at once. Baroness are preparing to release their new LP Yellow and Green via Relapse Records on July 17th and have released a new MP3 from said release in the form of "Take My Bones Away". Stream/download that at RCD LBL.

Baroness recently teamed with Meshuggah to play Terminal 5 on May 23rd, a stop on their tour in celebration of Meshuggah's Koloss LP which hit via Nuclear Blast this past spring. More pictures from the NYC tour stop with Decapitated (our photographer missed the latter) are below.

Continue reading "Baroness prepare 'Yellow & Green,' played T5 with Meshuggah and Decapitated (pics)"

The xx at Webster Hall in 2010 (more by Bao Nguyen)
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Gossip's headlining show at Terminal 5 tonight (5/22), that SSION & Creep are opening, not only still has tickets available, but will be streaming online at the Bowery Presents YouTube channel at 9:45 PM. And tonight's show isn't the only thing Gossip is streaming. Listen to their new album, Joyful Noise (which is out today via Columbia), in its entirety over at Exclaim.

Tickets for The xx's upcoming Terminal 5 show, announced earlier today, go on sale June 1 at noon. with an AmEx presale starting May 30 at noon.

And finally, since we're talking about Terminal 5, we were offered a pair of tickets to give away for the Wednesday (5/23) Meshuggah, Baroness, Decapitated show, so let's do it. Contest details below...

Continue reading "xx ticket info posted; Gossip streaming live tonight; win tix to Meshuggah"

by BBG

Church of Misery at Inferno Festival (more by BBG)
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Scion Rock Fest have announced their first round of 2012 bands, including some very interesting and out-of-the-box choices. Among the announced so far include the impressive Repulsion, All Pigs Must Die, Merzbow, Sleep (who just played Roadburn), Church of Misery (them too, and they play NYC soon), and Oxbow, but the lineup also includes names like Terror, Psychic TV, and Cerebral Ballzy and more... bands that seem a bit out of the ordinary for a traditionally all-metal festival entering its fourth year. The show goes down on June 2nd across four venues in Tampa FL. As always, the show is free (with RSVP that opens on 4/20 at noon).

UPDATE: Full lineup has been released, check out the flyer and lineup below.

Continue reading "Scion Rock Fest moves to Florida; UPDATE full lineup announced"

BBG is back in Oslo, this time for Inferno. Here's what he's catching at the Norwegian metal festival...

by BBG

One Tail One Head @ Inferno Fest
Inferno Festival Day 4

There's no way to put it nicely. My final day at Inferno Festival was an extremely up and down affair. Thumbs down to the bloated and overthought bands that had polished themselves and dulled their edges. But a big thumbs up goes out to the "true Norwegian Black Metal" hordes that stood out by delivering laser-precise performances at their corpse painted, blood-soaked, and firebreathing best.

Coming onto a stage lit by candelabra, accompanied by a fire-breather and adorned with animal skulls (shocker: they were actually the first and only band to do so at the fest!), Throne of Katarsis played a killer set of blasting old school black metal with some doomy breakdowns. The corpse painted quartet were the first band on the main stage and though the turnout was small, it was positively worth getting to the venue early for.

Svarttjern was next on the John Dee stage, a band cut from a similar cloth as Throne of Katarsis, but with less breaks in between blasts... a relentless full on assault. The band came on stage covered with blood and in full corpse painted glory, complete with both the beastial inhuman growls, and the uniquely black metal "deer in headlights" looks at the audience. Theatrical yet never campy, and totally fun.

Einherjer, a pagan-y viking metal band that helped pave the way for much of the genre (along with names like Enslaved and many others), was next on the main stage. 99% of the time pagan-metal & viking metal gets the gas face, and live I found it even more repellent. As I type this, my laptop keeps wanting to autocorrect their name as Winger... coincidence?

Ancient Wisdom was next up on John Dee, playing their pagan style folk influenced by bands like Death in June. Outside of those clad with the hellion skull, manson's face, or some other holy terror indicator like Vegas, it seemed like a lot of the metal crowd didn't quite "get it", a sentiment I also heard a few times when they toured North America with Ghost. Regardless of the overall temperature of the room, I found the music to be interesting but the vocals didnt seem to fit in.

My losing streak continued with Decapitated, the Polish metal band that rebuilt itself after a horrid accident a few years ago, and Monolith Death Cult, a long-winded death metal band with technical tendencies but very little to offer in the good riffs department. Decapitated has definitely crafted their live show to a fine point and the foursome handled the stage well. I'm just not a fan of the chugga-chugga-squeal-style of tech death. Witchery, the "supergroup" made up of ex-members fo Brujeria, Arch Enemy, Mercyful Fate, Dismember, Opeth, The Haunted and more, were similarly not my cup of tea but knew how to handle the stage and kept it interesting.

Then came One Tail One Head, the headliner at John Dee and a truly indestructible live juggernaut. One Tail One Head was yet another Norwegian band (that made three on Saturday) to reach into their country's storied black metal playbook and knock it out of the park. Musically speaking, these bands aren't breaking any new ground, but their approach with reverence and ferocity is so pure and devastating, it's hard to ignore them. I think bands like Borknagar and Arcturus (I'll... yawn... get into that later) forget that black metal is rooted in punk, and it's punk's "don't give a fuck" attitude that is so important to keeping the music's spirit alive (it's the difference between Discharge and MXPX).

One Tail One Head was one of my favorite performances from the whole fest, and definitely my favorite of the day (Svarttjern & Throne of Katarsis were the day's other highlights). The lead vocalist swings and thrashes like Erik of Watain, with the band keeping that same stage energy and intensity. The guitar/bass/drums trio are impeccably tight, much more so than I would expect for a band with only a couple demos and EPs to their name. Awesome set. This band needs to play in the US and soon.

After that amazing set it was on to the final band of the night, Arcturus at Rockefeller main stage. I don't particularly dig on symphonic black metal and for the most part progessive can be a dirty word for me, so the Arcturus set definitely fell on deaf ears. Their set, peppered with oodles of pyro felt like a Jerry Bruckheimer production; explosions hide the fact that the storyline, dialogue and execution were all weak.

Overall, an excellent weekend and I feel lucky to have been able to catch such great talent on foriegn soil. Inferno 2013, here I come.

Check out pics and review of DAY ONE, DAY TWO, and DAY THREE, and the rest of DAY FOUR, below...

Continue reading "Inferno Festival 2012 -- night 4 pics & review (One Tail One Head, Svarttjern, Throne of Katarsis & more)"

by BBG

Baroness at Chaos in Tejas (more by Tim Griffin)
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While some may place the blame squarely on them for the emergence of "djent" as a subgenre, others will celebrate the news that technical metal band Meshuggah are heading out on the road in celebration of a new LP Koloss due in March via Nuclear Blast. The Swedes will team up with Baroness and Decapitated for a string of US dates that will include a stop at Terminal 5 on May 23rd. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale 2/10.

Baroness are currently working on a new LP as well, due via Relapse later this year. Still no word as to title for the record or a concrete release date.

All tour dates and some videos below.

Continue reading "Meshuggah, Baroness & Decapitated --- 2012 Tour Dates"