Entries tagged with: Doomriders
Doomriders at House of Vans in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Nate Newton is a busy man. The Converge bassist has announced some shows with Doomriders, the band that he fronts, including NYC at Saint Vitus on December 5. They'll be joined by Black Black Black, Humanless and Mammal, and tickets for that show are on sale now. It's two days before they play what they're billing as their 10th Anniversary Show in Cambridge.
Before that they've got a Scandinavian tour with Louisville's fellow Deathwish signees Coliseum. Newton did double duty when Doomriders and Converge (who are touring with At the Gates) both played frontman Jacob Bannon's Deathwish Fest over the summer (which Coliseum also played).
Oh and did we forget Newton's third project? Old Man Gloom (with members of Cave in and Isis) have a new album called The Ape of God out on November 11 via Profound Lore. You've already heard "The Lash" from that album and they've since released "Predators" which you can stream below.
Oh and Newton is playing bass on the new Cavalera Conspiracy album Pandemoniom, also out in November (11/4). Hopefully Newton will have time to tour with all 4 bands. You can watch a video for a track from that below.
Check out all dates for Doomriders, a stream of the new Old Man Gloom song, and a video of a full Doomriders' set from Berlin earlier this year, also below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Converge at Saint Vitus, May 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Deathwish Inc.'s inaugural Deathwish Fest announced that it will be switching venues, moving down the street from the Sinclair in Cambridge, MA to Cambridge go-to The Middle East Downstairs, a bigger venue that allows for the two-day event to be all ages. The hardcore/metal fest is still happening on July 22-23, and tickets already purchased will be honored at The Middle East. With the move comes fifty more tickets for each day and, unfortunately, Code Orange Kids' cancellation.
Filling the hole in the lineup on the fest's second day are Shipwreck AD and Coliseum (who just rejoined Deathwish), while Philadelphia's Blacklisted (whose singer George Hirsch's solo project Harm Wulf was already playing day two) will be added to day one for good measure. Both night's are headlined by Converge (whose Jake Bannon runs Deathwish) and Trap Them, so it should be a wild time whether you make it to one or both nights. Head below to see full lineups, which also include Modern Life Is War, Doomriders, Self Defense Family and more. Tickets go back on sale Wednesday (5/14) at noon.
Updated Deathwish Fest lineup below...
By Doug Moore
Converge at Saint Vitus Bar, 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Deathwish Inc. -- Jake Bannon of Converge's increasingly influential record label -- are following up what I can only imagine was their most lucrative year of operation to date (they released Deafheaven's Sunbather) with their first-ever standalone music festival. Creatively entitled Deathwish Fest, the bash will take place on July 22 and 23 at the Sinclair in Cambridge, MA. Both nights will be headlined by Converge (no surprise there) and Trap Them, who are preparing to release their first new album since 2011's Darker Handcraft. Both bands are restricting their 2014 Boston-area appearances to this fest. Some other notables include Modern Life Is War, Code Orange Kids, & Doomriders on 7/22 and Oathbreaker & Cult Leader (who will evidently be touring together as well; keep an eye out for updates here).
Tickets for individual days go on sale this Friday (4/11) at noonwith an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (4/9) at noon. Two-day passes are $50 and if that math doesn't make sense to you, it's because you're not taking the Jake Bannon limited-run silkscreen print that comes with the two-day pass into account. Fans of wings, skulls, and splatter textures rejoice! Check out the full fest lineup below.
by Doug Moore
Nate Newton w/ Converge at MHoW, 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Converge bassist and Doomriders frontman Nate Newton is already a pretty busy guy -- Converge is one of hardcore's preeminent existing bands, and Doomriders are rarely off the road for more than a few months at a time. He'll be even busier in 2014 -- he's evidently going to play bass on the new album by Cavalera Conspiracy, which is the current pursuit of former Sepultura members Max and Igor Cavalera.
Newton's AmRep-channeling bass work seems like a bit of an odd match for Cavalera Conspiracy's straight-ahead thrash metal, but he's a great player, so he'll likely adapt to their approach smoothly. He also issued a short statement on the subject via Converge's FB page in response to (incredulous, one assumes) fan inquiries:
Hello friends! Just wanted to get some info to everyone since I've been getting so many messages.... Yes I am playing bass on the new Cavalera Conspiracy record. No...I am not going to leave Converge. I thought it would be fun to play with the guys who wrote some of my favorite metal records. That's all...no big story here other than it's pretty awesome when people who's music you've admired for years ask you to be a part of it with them. I'm honored!The better question is whether Newton will tour with Cavalera Conspiracy behind the album. It seems pretty likely that CC's schedule will conflict with Converge or Doomriders' tour plans at some juncture; it'll be interesting to see whom he ends up on the road with once the CC record comes out. (It's currently slated for a 2014 TBD release via Napalm Records.)
You can stream the December 30 Rock Mania interview in which Max Cavalera announced the Newton collaboration below, though you'll need Spanish skills to understand it. For everyone else, check out Cavalera Conspiracy's 2011 album in full and see if you can imagine Newton playing its bass parts. Stream that below...
H2O at Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
NYC punks H2O have been on a tour supporting Alkaline Trio and New Found Glory, which just hit H2O's hometown on Sunday (11/10) for a big show at Terminal 5. But if you want to see H2O in a smaller venue and not opening for two big pop punk bands, you're in luck. About a month after the tour ends, H2O will be playing an all ages holiday show at Gramercy Theatre on December 27. Also on this show is LA punk vets Youth Brigade (who open for Bouncing Souls at their holiday show a day earlier), plus Cruel Hand, Angel Dust and ShitKill. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (11/15) at 10 AM with Live Nation/Mobile App and Music Geeks presales (password: "musicgeeks") starting today (11/14) at 10 AM. There's also an ongoing Rocks Off presale (password: "OLOC").
All dates, including Belgium's Groezrock 2014 with The Offspring, NOFX, The Hives, Modern Life Is War, The Menzingers, Doomriders, La Dispute, and more, are listed along with the Gramercy show flyer and a live video, below...
by Doug Moore
Doomriders at House of Vans in 2012 (More by Fred Pessaro)
The new Doomriders album, Grand Blood, came out yesterday. As you may recall, they're also playing a string of support dates for the extremely awesome-looking High On Fire/Kvelertak tour going down in November, including the November 15 NYC date at Webster Hall (tix available here).
To celebrate, we've got a lengthy interview with Newton over at Invisible Oranges. Here's an excerpt:
Is there a particular Doomriders song that you use for a particular purpose?Read the whole thing over at IO. You can purchase Grand Blood here; we've got a song streaming and the full run of High on Fire dates below.
There's a number of different ones. There's one song in particular called "The Chase" that Jeb, our bass player, sings on. It's really mid-tempo, a head bobber, but it's good to throw in the middle of a set because when I'm usually screaming my head off, it gives me a bit of a rest. "Jealous God" is a good song to let everybody tune but build some tension, because it opens with me just hitting that one note for a while, so we can kind of raise the intensity using feedback, different effects and things. It's like when you sequence an album. You want it to take you on a journey.
The new one's sequenced really well―the last four songs, from "Back Taxes" into "Gone to Hell," just blitz to the end.
The last record was a lot more expansive―I think we put too much material on the last record. With this one, I wanted you to put it on and listen from beginning to end. You have a record like that, that is paced so well that when it ends you want to start it all over? That was the goal. Think of the album like a Pixies song. You need to have the loud and the quiet, the fast and the slow. We're all just really excited to play all the new songs. If it was up to me, we'd just go out and only play the new songs.
Speaking of celebrating, we've also posted a preview of our Friday night (10/18) CMJ showcase at Saint Vitus. As with our Thursday event at Vitus, Pelican will be headlining, but with a different support lineup: Sannhet, Kings Destroy, Wreck & Reference, Phantom Glue, and Pyrrhon. And don't forget about our late-night free show/boozefest at the Omega Order warehouse on Friday with Aksumite, Phantom Glue, Flown, and a special guest headliner.
Doomriders dates are listed, along with a song from Grand Blood, below.
by Wyatt Marshall
Doomriders at House of Vans in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Doomriders are set to release their new album, Grand Blood, on October 15 via Deathwish and they just released a new single from it called "Dead Friends." It's pretty straight-forward party metal/rock, if a tad lighter on the melodic-guitar work that marked earlier Doomriders material. You can check it out below.
Doomriders were last in NYC when they played 285 Kent with Red Fang, who just announced a tour which hits NYC at Bowery Ballroom on 12/11. They also just released a new song, which you can stream below.
Doomriders frontman and guitarist Nate Newton does double duty as the bassist in Converge. Another Converge-related band, Mutoid Man, just announced a NYC show. The trio (aka Converge's Ben Koller, Cave In's Stephen Brodsky, and Brohammer's Nick Cageo) will hit Saint Vitus on Monday (9/23) with Godmaker, Descender, and DJ Jim Carrol, (The Suicide File, The Hope Conspiracy). Tickets for that show will be available at the door.
As discussed, Stephen Brodsky is playing his own Brooklyn show at Union Hall on Friday (9/20) with Jenny Owen Youngs and Mal Blum (tix). He's also since announced another show happening at Silent Barn on October 2 with Wing Dam and Me You Us Them.
Meanwhile, speaking of Kvelertak, they just released a psyched-out cartoon video for "Evig Vandrar," a song from their sophomore album, Meir, which came out earlier this year. Check it out below, along with the full list of High on Fire/Kvelertak tour dates, which also include support at select shows from Windhand (who recently played Saint Vitus) and Pack of Wolves...
High on Fire at Bowery Ballroom, Nov 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
In what could be one of the best metal tours of the fall, High on Fire will join Kvelertak for a string of North American dates this fall, with rotating support coming from Doomriders, Pack of Wolves and Windhand. The dates include stops from coast to coast and a health dose of Canada, and include Webster Hall on November 15. Tickets go on AMEX presale Wednesday (9/4) at noon and will be available to the general public starting Friday (9/6) at noon.
Windhand won't be on the East Coast leg of that jaunt, but they WILL be in NYC this weekend. Don't miss them Friday at Saint Vitus (on 9/6) when the band teams with Ramming Speed and Golden Grass as part of their tour. Tickets are still available.
All dates and some streams are below.
Red Fang - 'Whales and Leeches'
Converse Rubber Tracks Live just announced a free Music Hall of Williamsburg show (8/9) with Glassjaw, Balance & Composure, and World's Fair (which is already "sold" out), and they've now announced another free Brooklyn show taking place this month as well. Portland sludge beasts Red Fang will team up with Doomriders (fronted by Converge bassist Nate Newton) and one of Brooklyn's better young punk bands, Low Fat Getting High, for a free, all ages show at 285 Kent on August 22. Though it's free, you do need tickets, and those go on "sale" August 8 at 10 AM.
Red Fang recently announced that their new album, Whales and Leeches, will be out in October via Relapse Records. The album was produced by Chris Funk of fellow Portland band The Decemberists (whose singer, Colin Meloy, just announced a solo tour), and mixed by Vance Powell, whose known for his work with The White Stripes. That's the album artwork above.
Doomriders also just announced a new album, Grand Blood, which will be out on October 15 via Deathwish. It was produced by Nate's Converge bandmate (and all-around metal production wizard) Kurt Ballou, and will feature artwork by Thomas Hooper and packaging by Ryan Patterson, frontman of Coliseum (who you can also see for free in Brooklyn this month). Grand Blood artwork and tracklist below.
As usual, Low Fat Getting High have other upcoming local shows, including a previously discussed Pianos (8/27) show with The Can't Tells; another on August 17 at Rippers on Rockaway Beach with a stacked local line up of Sleepies, Eula, Big Ups, and Shark? (flyer below); and one at Grand Victory on September 28.
Red Fang are also touring the western US in October. All of their tour dates are listed, along with some streams/videos, Doomriders album stuff and Rippers flyer, below...
Boris at Brighton Music Hall last night (more by Tim Bugbee)
Boris is currently on their previously discussed "residency tour" and completed a two-night stint at Brighton Music Hall in Boston, MA. The dates kicked off with their "classics" night on May 4 and continued with Flood on the following evening, featuring special guests Doomriders. More pictures from that show are over at InvisibleOranges. The "residency" tour continues in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge with Young Widows and Ornament tonight (5/6) and Cave In's Stephen Brodsky and Amen Dunes on Tuesday (5/7). Tickets are still available for both shows.
The Boston hardcore and metal scene has banded together in the wake of the marathon attack, forming a benefit show for the victims of the tragedy. The lineup is nothing less than stellar, featuring a headlining appearance from Slapshot along with Converge (who will play MDF), Dropdead (who recently played NYC), Wrecking Crew, Doomriders, New Lows, The Revilers, For the Worse, Insult & Sexcrement. The show goes down at South Shore Music Hall in May 6 in Quincy, MA. Tickets are still available.
photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Turbonegro / the crowd, House of Vans 8/30/2012
Jean jackets, lipstick, eye make-up and their forebearers, Turbonegro helped close out House of Vans' last night (8/29) with the help of Doomriders and Night Birds. The show was the final HoV event of the season, yet was a rather sparse affair in attendance. Of course this could not deter the ravenous Turbojugends from bouncing along to favorites like "I Got Erection" and "The Age of Pamparious".
Though the show was a light and fun in temperament, there was a bit of a shadow cast over the event due to the cancellation by Baroness due to the horrific accident in the UK. Get well soon guys.
More pictures and video from House of Vans last night are below, including the Turbonegro setlist.
Converge at MHoW, April 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Converge have released a new video for "Aimless Arrow," a track from the band's forthcoming LP, All We Love We Leave Behind, due via Epitaph on October 9 (preorder). Video and album tracklisting are below. As mentioned before, Converge is on tour this fall and Converge bassist Nate Newton plays House of Vans tomorrow (8/29).
Similarly, the great Neurosis have released details on their forthcoming Honor Found in Decay LP which we told you a little about already. The band's first long-player in five years will arrive on their own Neurot imprint on October 30. Details on that are below.
Release details and that Converge video are below.
Turbonegro, backstage at Santos 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
For those of you who "got erection" at the idea of a free Turbonegro show, RSVP is now open for their appearance at House of Vans on August 29th with Doomriders and Night Birds (who played Saturday at Acheron) but not Baroness (who cancelled due to injury). The show is final HoV event for the summer (bum-out!) and Turbonegro's first NYC date since the release of their new LP, Sexual Harassment, which we chronicled the making of.
In related news, Nate Newton of Doomriders also serves as a member of Converge, and you can Catch them on the road with Kvelertak and Torche.
In still other related news, Baroness recently cancelled their appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. Get well soon guys!
King Khan at The Bell House, Nov. 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
The full House of Vans 2012 free show schedule is up. The Greenpoint/Williamsburg space has already housed The Rapture and Tanlines this year, and we knew about the 7/12 show with H20, 7 Seconds and Tournament, but here's the rest of the summer's line-up, brought to you by the folks at FYF and the sneaker people:
July 12: H20, 7 Seconds, TournamentThe parties are free with RSVP (which hasn't been posted yet).
July 26: King Khan & The Shrines, Nicky Da B, The Everymen
Aug 2: Washed Out, Chairlift, Lemonade
Aug 16: Cursive, Titus Andronicus, Love As Laughter, Joyce Maynor
Aug 29: Turbonegro, Baroness, Doomriders, Nightbirds
One thing you notice not on this list is Quicksand which was one of the big rumors of this year's VANS schedule. That either means that Quicksand will play somewhere else, or like the upcoming free Dum Dum Girls/Widowspeak show, it won't be part of this series of "House Parties."
The July 26 show is one of many local dates from NJ's Everymen who are also playing Pianos this Friday, July 6 as part of the CBGB Festival. (Advance tickets are on sale.) After the House of Vans show, the band will go on a short East Coast tour while putting the finishing touches on their new album New Jersey Hardcore which will come out in October on Killing Horse Records. All Everymen dates are below.
Old Man Gloom is a sludge/doom metal/post-metal band originally formed in Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States [in 1999], but now based in Massachusetts. The group, formed by Aaron Turner of Isis and Santos Montano, has now expanded to become a sort of supergroup in the Boston hardcore and metalcore scene. The group is less a band than it is a recording project for a variety of talent. -[Wiki]Old Man Gloom is a project that consists of members of many bands, and I am definitely excited to hear they are banding together again for what looks like an East Coast tour (!) including a stop in Brooklyn at Europa on May 8th with The Austerity Program and Psychic Limb. Tickets for that show are on sale. All (known) tour dates are listed below.
Old Man Gloom on the road will reportedly consist of Aaron Turner (Isis, Mamiffer), Santos Montano (Zozobra), Nate Newton (Converge, Doomriders), Caleb Scofield (Cave-In) and Luke Scarola. So far, no word on a follow-up to their massive Christmas LP from 2004.
All tour dates and a video of OMG at North Six in 2002,below...
photos by BBG
Four stages and more. Fun Fun Fun Fest truly is non-stop fun of many varieties. BBG spent most of Friday at the Black Stage (the one Danzig headlined). His pictures, including Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Murder City Devils, Russian Circles and the afterparty at Red 7, continue below...
BrooklynVegan will return to Fun Fun Fun Fest this year and yes, we are hosting another bill of heavy music in Austin, Texas as part of the newly annointed Fun Fun Fun Nites (aka the afterparties)! The almost-fest-within-a-fest will feature some bands on FFF and others playing only the night shows, which run from the night before the fest (Thursday, 11/3) through the final night of the festival (Sunday, 11/6).
The BrooklynVegan show will go down at Red 7 on 11/4 over two stages with headliners Doomriders alongside From Ashes Rise, Phobia, Mammoth Grinder, and Mindless (ex-Hatred Surge) while the indoors will feature a headlining appearance from Powertrip with Touche Amore, Pianos Become Teeth, Dead End Path, and Miles Away. The show is all ages and FREE for FFF wristband holders.
Over the rest of the FFF Nites, bands like Ty Segall, Cold Cave, Glass Candy, Kool Keith, Trash Talk, Deafheaven, Russian Circles, Mates of State, Neon Indian, Purity Ring, Dom, Zero Boys, Death Grips, The Thermals, David Liebe Hart (who played 2 NYC shows yesterday), Toxic Holocaust, and many, many more will play the after-parties, all of which are listed below.
The actual fest schedule is HERE.
If you somehow don't have tickets to Fun Fun Fun Fest, then you are in luck! I have five pairs of THREE DAY PASSES (which includes all of the FFF Nites admissions) AND a Slayer prize pack to give away! In order to enter, you can try for a pair via the BrooklynVegan Faceboook (contest will be up soon), or you can follow the directions at the bottom of this post to try and win one of the other four pairs we have. Good luck!
photos by Markus Shaffer, words by BBG
Hull @ Mercury Lounge
Hull is currently on the road with The Fucking Wrath, and is also scheduled to play a Fun Fun Fun Fest Nite show in Austin with Toxic Holocaust and Pushmen at Red 7 on 11/3.
Hull have also been added to the previously mentioned Doomriders / Eyehategod show on December 4th at Europa with Knight Terror.
By my count, my CMJ 2011 consisted of 13 metal sets. Not every one was great, but what impressed me overall was the willingness many of the bands displayed to cut across the genre's constrictive sub-borders. Locals Raspberry Bulbs and Tombs--whom I caught, respectively, at Saint Vitus on Tuesday and on Rock Off's East River-faring Jewel on Saturday--each drew on black metal; but while the former spiked the style with grimy punk, the latter took a more expansive and emotive path. Likewise, Norway's Kvelertak (who also played the Jewel) juxtaposed dire metalcore breakdowns with primitive, almost Queens of the Stone Age-ish rock & roll. Best of all, though, was Hull, a local quintet that toggled gracefully between doom and thrash stylings. On Friday night at Union Pool, the band's riffs, ground out by a trio of heavy-bearded six-stringers, rolled forth from the stage like massive boulders, and its stage presence oozed conviction; these were players who had clearly pored over everything from Sabbath to Mastodon, synthesizing their research into epic treatises on the nature of heavy. --Hank ShteamerHere is a second set of pictures from Hull's Mercury Lounge show. They continue below...
Eyehategod at Power of the Riff (more by Adam Murray)
Still no word on any new material, but Eyehategod will return to NYC on December 4th for a show at Europa with Doomriders, Knight Terror & more TBA. Tickets are on sale. The show is the band's only 2011 East Coast date thus far, but they have pair of shows scheduled at Sonar in Baltimore in 2012: A389 Anniversary and Maryland Deathfest.
They'll also be at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin in November. All dates are listed below...
Slayer at Izod Center (photos by Samantha Marble)
Slayer, Thee Oh Sees, Public Enemy, Girls, Danzig Legacy, (Danzig + Doyle von Frankenstein playing Misfits, Samhain & Danzig), Hot Snakes, Diplo, Major Lazer, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo & The Phramacists, Spank Rock, Murder City Devils, Hum, Lykke Li, Passion Pit, Four Tet, Rakim, The Damned, Austra, Purity Ring, and Flynt Flossy are just a few of the acts announced today as part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup. Another amazing year! Check out the full lineup below and stay tuned for more announcements coming in August and September.
The new additions to the Austin, Texas festival, which takes place from 11/4 - 11/6, are in addition to the the previous "lineup leaks" that included Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, X (performing "Los Angeles"), Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Kid Dynamite and others
2011 is the festival's sixth year, but first at its new home Auditorium Shores (no more Waterloo Park). Tickets are on sale now.
Fun Fun Fun 2011 flyer and almost-full lineup is below.
photos by Jonathan McPhail, words by BBG
Sweet Cobra had a helluva welcome at their very first NYC appearance on February 12th. A few short moments after the Chicago band took the Union Pool stage, the show sold out. It helped that they were the first band on a serious bill that included the heavyweight left-right punches of Thin-Lizzy-worshipping skate-punks Doomriders & dark-doom-lords Unearthly Trance.
The room was packed to the gills with moshpits breaking out during Unearthly Trance that were only later outdone by the crowdsurfing during Doomriders. More pictures and some videos from the incredible Saturday show are below.
photos by Al Mojica, words by BBG
Scott Kelly @ Viper Room
Two greats of the heavy underground kicked off their unplugged tour together at The Viper Room in Los Angeles on Feb 5th (pictures from that show adorn this post). The trek is a short one. Wino and Scott Kelly (Neurosis) will play Baltimore's Sonar tonight (2/11) before closing up shop in NYC at Mercury Lounge on 2/12 with Man's Gin and Hunter of Liturgy. Tickets are still available or you can try your luck at winning a pair below.
If you're looking for something with a little bit more crunch, dont forget that Doomriders will team up with Sweet Cobra and Unearthly Trance to play Union Pool that same night. Though advanced tickets are no longer available, the show is not sold out. Doors are at 9PM and will cost you $12, or you can try to win one of two pairs below.
More pictures from the Viper Room in LA, which clearly show that the two greats collaborated on stage, and details on how to win tickets, below...
Doomriders at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more)
BrooklynVegan and 1000 Knives are proud to present Doomriders with Sweet Cobra and one more TBA at Union Pool in Brooklyn on February 12, 2011. Tickets are on sale.
Doomriders have kept a relatively low profile as of late, but recently opened for Sleep at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. The Union Pool date will be one of at least two they will play with Sweet Cobra who they are releasing a split 7" with via Hawthorne Street Records in March. Dates we know about so far are below.
Sweet Cobra recently dropped Mercy via Black Market Activities earlier this year, and will also play New Years Eve at Abbey Pub in their native Chicago with Pegboy. The band also recently finished ew songs for a split 7" with Get Rad.
The Brooklyn show flyer, all dates and some videos are below...
Sleep (by Justina Villanueva)
Sleep played their second and final show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Wednesday (9/8, first show was two days earlier), this time with an assist from A Storm of Light and Lichens. As with the previous night, support was fantastic though in much different ways. A Storm of Light featured Zohra Atash (Religious To Damn) on vocals, new drummer RJ from US Christmas, and Will Lindsay (Indian, Wolves In The Throne Room) on second guitar, which added tremendous depth to the already massive sound that the band has cultivated and on the PA at the Masonic Temple, it only sounded larger. Lichens followed, and although technical difficulties truncated Rob Lowe's set to a paltry 15+ minutes, his vocal and primitive synth harmonies were enthralling in those brief moments. Excellent set.
Thirty minutes earlier than the night before, Sleep launched into their set with the opening bars of "Dopesmoker".
Your primary document tonight is 1993's Sleep's Holy Mountain, a churning monolith wherein tunes like "Aquarian" change tempo and velocity in a real casual, nonchalant way, a nice balance of dirge and thrash, narcotics and histrionics. "Traveling toward the atomic sky!" Cisneros growls on "Inside the Sun," and verily you soon feel like you're standing in it yourself. (The Brooklyn Masonic Temple remains a fantastic place to hear these bands, your Sunn O)))s and Mastadons and Neuroses, thanks to the high ceilings, the grimy feel, the liberal approach to volume, the conservative approach to stage lighting, the words "Masonic" and "Temple.") The miniseries-length "From Beyond" is like a portable natural disaster, ebbing and flowing, a super-brooding trudge that powers down to a soft, almost gentle interlude (Roeder tapping cymbals with his bare hands) and then inevitably supernovas into an extinction-level event, with Pike's wildest and most eruptive solo of the night as punctuation. The cops didn't even bother showing up to gawk at this one, most likely because they were completely terrified. Their loss, your hearing loss. -[Village Voice]A second set of pictures from night one, as well as more pics from night two are below....