Entries tagged with: Down
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Aevangelist at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Caroline Harrison)
As always, there's a ton of metal happening right under everyone's nose, so now that it's October, let's round up some of the scary stuff. Over at Invisible Oranges, you can find a bunch of it, like this just-premiered new album by Aevangelist, Enthrall to the Void of Death, which is being released on 20 Buck Spin. Its an atmospheric, knotty, potentially overwhelming piece of death metal. It showcases enough reverb to choke a horse, and it is streaming below. Aevangelist don't have tour dates as of yet, but they are playing California Deathfest in Oakland on October 10 (we'll talk more about this later).
IO is also streaming the new album from Seattle's Serial Hawk, which is called Searching For Light. It's a groovy hunk of doom metal with a strong Om bent reflected in its bass playing that I would definitely recommend. Serial Hawk are currently on tour and will be playing NYC on October 11 at The Acheron, where they'll open for Jucifer along with It's Not Night: It's Space. Tickets for that show are on sale now. LP stream below.
This is but the tip of the iceberg on IO. Today editor Joseph Schafer published his editor's picks for September, which include a lengthy and fascinating consideration of the new Pope Francis jam, and are generally a great way to find under-the-radar metal (the new Dalla Nebbia LP, in particular, is an absolute gem). Along the lines of obscure gems, IO also recently published a Three part series on the history of South Korean heavy metal and hardcore punk, which is likewise fascinating stuff and is basically the definition of "worth a read."
IO writers also make a habit of appreciating classic albums when the occasion of an anniversary arises. On the main page alone, there are great re-assessments and celebrations of Judas Priest's now 25-year-old Painkiller, Obituary's equivalently-aged death metal masterpiece Nola, now a member of the two-decade club.
Speaking of Down, member Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror festival is coming up. Mor than on a minute, but first some other exciting fall and winter metal festivals that are on the horizon. This weekend (October 3-4), Saint Vitus will play host to the 3rd annual NY Deathfest. The lineup features Ringworm, Gutalax, Disgorgement, Soils of Fate, Dead Infection, and many more. You can get tickets here.
For you west-coast deathfest enthusiasts, Oakland will be the site of this year's California Deathfest on October 9-11, which features not only Aevangelist but also a bunch of amazing bands like Noothgrush, Infest, Ghoul, Impaled, Autopsy, Lycus, Loss, Bolzer, and Immolation. Three-day passes and Saturday tickets (which, sadly, is Autopsy day) are sold out, but you can still get tickets for Friday and Sunday now.
November brings Martyrdoom to Saint Vitus. We've already discussed this, but consider this a reminder that the lineup is top-shelf (Necrophobic, Kommandant, Black Anvil, Blood Incantation, Bell Witch, etc.) and that tickets are on sale now.
And to finally bring things back to Anselmo, the Pantera/Down/Superjoint mastermind's own Housecore Horror Festival looms on the horizon. It takes place in San Antonio at The Aztec Theater On November 12-15, with a horrifyingly good lineup that has added King Diamond, Exodus and Claudio Simonetta's Goblin (who will be live-scoring Dawn of the Dead, which, yes please) to the already stacked roster of Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Eyehategod, Zombi, Crowbar, Corrosion of Conformity, Yob, Negative Approach, Nails, Ghoul, Cripple Bastards, and many more. On top of all this there is a "second stage" that appears in very small font on the flyer but will include excellent bands like Black Breath (whose Slaves Beyond Death also premiered at IO and is an early contender for metal album of the year), War Master, Disfigured, Aggravator and more. Tickets for the whole thing are on sale now.
There are also a whole bunch of great tours coming through NYC in the next month, most of which we've discussed already. KEN mode bring their tour with Child Bite behind their not-quite metal album Success to bear on NYC, playing the Acheron on October 9 (tickets). And later, Extortion and Full of Hell bring their tour to The Acheron on October 17 for a midnight show (tickets).
Over at Saint Vitus, tours will be welcomed from the likes of Goatsnake, whose new album is great and who will play NYC on October 15 with BIG/BRAVE and YDI (tickets). On October 21 the stacked tour of Kylesa, Inter Arma and Indian Handcrafts will weigh in (tickets). And then, on October 22, Bongzilla! (tickets).
Below, you can find streams for Aevangelist and Serial Hawk, as well as the full lineup for NY Deathfest and an updated lineup for Housecore.
Cassette Store Day is back for its third year, celebrating the glory of tape, and happens October 17 in North America, UK, Australia, New Zeleand and Germany. The North American branch is being handled once again by the cassette fanatics at Burger Records and there's over 100 exclusive titles for CSD 2015, including ones by Motorhead, Sebadoh, The Gaslight Anthem, Foals, Kylesa, Beach Slang, Alex G, Green Day, and more. The full final list of titles is below, and more info on them is over at the CSD site.
A full list of participating Cassette Store Day stores is here.
photo: GWAR at 'Empire Records' celebration (more by Sachyn Mital)
2015 marks GWAR's 30th anniversary and the band is heading out on a tour this fall to celebrate. The "30 Years of Total Domination Tour" starts August 25 in Millvale, PA and closes out in Rochester, NY on September 18 with Butcher Babies and Battlecross on support for all dates.
NYC proper isn't on the tour's schedule but it comes to Long Island's Paramount on September 17. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/1) at 10 AM with venue presale starting Wednesday (4/29) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
Down are heading out on a tour of their own around their appearance at the festival. The "Eastbound 'N' Down" tour stops at Jersey's Starland Ballroom on August 14. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/1) at 10 AM with AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/29) at 10 AM.
All upcoming dates for GWAR and Down are listed along with a video of GWAR covering The Pet Shop Boys below...
photo: GWAR at 'Empire Records' celebration (more by Sachyn Mital)
GWAR, who were just in NYC for the Empire Records 20th anniversary, will be putting on another installment of their annual GWAR-B-Q this year. The fest happens in Richmond from August 14-16. Day 1 happens at two RVA venues, The National and The Broadberry, day 2 happens at Hadad's Lake, and the final day will have a "Brutal Brunch" at the new GWARbar.
Bands announced so far include Descendents, Down, The Dickies, Goatwhore, MC Chris and Dead Earth Politics, with many more TBA. Ticket info will be announced soon, and like in past years, part of the proceeds will benefit Ring Dog Rescue.
Meanwhile, the band are currently dealing with legal trouble from their late frontman Dave Brockie's father.
by Andrew Sacher
Quebec's Amnesia Rockfest goes down from June 18-21 in Montebello, QC and the lineup was just announced, including the back-in-action Refused, Pixies, Slayer, Melvins, Buzzcocks, Descendents, ALL, Tenacious D, Deftones, Bad Religion, Snoop Dogg, Propagandhi, Gogol Bordello, Bouncing Souls, Ministry, Down, The Exploited, GBH, Carcass, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Bolt Thrower, Sick of It All, Cro-Mags, Snapcase, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), The Offspring (who toured Smash last year but will now play the less good Americana) and more. Full lineup here. Tickets are on sale now.
The lineup is also includes the first announced reunion date for Thrice, who went on hiatus about three years ago. It's arguable that they didn't go out on the best note, but those early records are pretty great -- 2002's The Illusion of Safety and 2003's The Artist in the Ambulance especially -- so it should be cool to hear that stuff live again. Revisit some old highlights below. They also recently reissued stuff on vinyl.
Assuming the reunion includes bassist Eddie Breckenridge, he'll be pulling triple duty this year. He's a current member of the reunited Knapsack (who have dates coming up), and he plays with former (?) blink-182 member Tom Delonge in his arena rock band Angels & Airwaves. blink-182 (without Tom) have a similarly-themed festival that they curated coming up, too.
And ahead of Amnesia Rockfest, Thrice singer Dustin Kensrue (who has a new solo album coming) will go on a tour with Manchester Orchestra singer Andy Hull, which hits NYC on April 30 at The Bell House. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/13) at noon.
All dates are listed below...
Long in the works, Metal Grasshopper is finally here! Dave Hill (seen recently at a Judas Priest concert) and Phil Anselmo (seen recently in a documentary about New Orleans metal and on a boat with Lemmy) will be posting episodes of their comedy/metal series on YouTube. The first episode is live now! Watch below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Motorhead set sail aboard their own Motorboat cruise last month, leaving the coast of Miami on September 22 and returning on September 26. Joining the metal legends were other veterans (and newer bands) of the genre including Zakk Wylde, Testament, Anthrax, High on Fire, Down and more. Megadeth was supposed to play, but cancelled. To quote the fest's own press release:
The inaugural Motörhead's Motörboat, aka The Loudest Boat In The World, conquered the high seas aboard the Carnival Ecstasy from September 22-26. An international, multigenerational audience from over 30 countries came together to celebrate the legacy of the cruise's iconic namesake and escape into five days of true rock'n'roll living with no-holds barred! Highlighted by a pair of ear-splitting performances from Motörhead themselves, Motörhead's Motörboat featured more than 30 performances by 15 artists, including Anthrax Testament, Down, Zakk Wylde and High on Fire across four stages throughout the ship, as well as meet and greets with all of the artists, a book signing with Megadeth's David Ellefson, a spoken word performance by Anthrax's Scott Ian, an artist Q&A hosted by Jim Breuer, and some special rockin' from the Metal Allegiance featuring a slew of musicians from the bands performing.Check out a ton more pictures from the whole trip, below....
Ex-BrooklynVegan metal writer Fred Pessaro went to New Orleans to creat a 7-part Noisey Youtube documentary on the "people and culture that helped spawn bands like Down, Eyehategod, Crowbar, Acid Bath and so many others." We mentioned when the first episode was released. They're now up to number four which you can watch with one, two, and three below.
One of those "other" bands featured in the movie is Goatwhore who are playing three shows with the reunited-sort-of Samhain at the end of October (Philly, DC and NYC). Goatwhore also play a bunch of shows before and after then including a pre-Samhain headlining show at the Bug Jar in Rochester (with Mortals and Wolvhammer), and one before that at Cobra Lounge in Chicago (also with Wolvhammer). In November they tour Europe with Dying Fetus, Malevolence, and Fallujah. All dates are listed with those videos below.
Entertainer Dave Hill is not in the documentary or on tour with Goatwhore, but he did have special guest Phil Anselmo on his first-ever WFMU "Goddamn Dave Hill Show", and he had Mike IX Williams from Eyehategod on the most recent episode. Every episode can be streamed at at WFMU.org. Catch Dave live and in the flesh and telling secrets and playing with his band Valley Lodge and with Mike Doughty (who probably has absolutely no ties to New Orleans metal) and others at Union Hall on Friday (10/3).
photos by Mathieu Bredeau
NOLA sludge metal masters Crowbar are in the middle of a month-long run following the release of their 10th full-length, Symmetry In Black. The tour is with an all-around well-matched lineup of Revocation, Havok, Fit For An Autopsy and Armed For Apocalypse, and it stopped at NYC's Gramercy Theater on September 14. Pictures of all five bands are in this post.
Crowbar are also featured in a new Noisey documentary called NOLA: Life, Death and Heavy Blues from the Bayou that takes a look at the origins of the New Orleans metal scene. Along with members of Crowbar, the film features members of DOWN, Pantera, Eyehategod, Corrosion of Conformity, Goatwhore, Acid Bath and more. The description reads, "From the crawfish-littered tables of the secluded Anselmo compound to a fishing boat with Eyehategod in the swamps, we'll discuss the bands, Hurricane Katrina, drugs, suicide, murder, and records that helped shape the New Orleans sound known the world over."
The first episode of the documentary is out now. You can watch it, with more pictures from Crowbar's Gramercy show, below...
Those charming men: Phil Anselmo & Dave Hill enjoying breakfast...
To quote Housecore Records' YouTube posting, "After screening their Metal Grasshopper project at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans, this happened..." WATCH BELOW...
Mastodon at Roseland Ballroom in 2012 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Georgia sludge bashers Mastodon have announced that they'll follow 2011's hard rock-oriented The Hunter with their sixth full length at some point this year. It's being produced by Nick Raskulinecz, who also did the upcoming Hold Steady LP, and has worked with Ghost, Foo Fighters, and others. Release date and title still TBA, but stay tuned.
They're also going on a US tour this spring, and they've got some pretty great support coming from French death metal greats Gojira and Norwegian rock 'n' roll devils Kvelertak. The tour hits NYC on May 15 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketmaster for updates.
The tour also brings all three bands to Columbus, OH's Rock on the Range festival (5/16 - 5/18), which also includes Guns N Roses, Motorhead, Slayer, Wolfmother, Suicidal Tendencies, Down, Exodus and lots of bands that may steer you away from going like Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock, Stained, Seether, Chevelle, Fuel and more.
Full Rock on the Range lineup, along with the list of Mastodon's tour dates, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Eyehategod / Down / GWAR at the Housecore Horror Fest (more by Trent Maxwell)
New Orleans sludge masters Eyehategod announced yesterday that Aaron Hill of New Orleans bands Missing Monuments and Mountain of Wizard will be the drummer for Eyehategod going forward, including a date at Saint Vitus on November 14 with Mutilation Rites and The Communion (tickets). The question of a permanent drummer has been in the air since the death of original Eyehategod drummer Joey LaCaze in August. Dale Crover of Melvins filled in this past weekend during Eyehategod's Joey Lacaze tribute set at the Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin. Check out Eyehategod's scheduled tour dates below, and look for additional dates in the coming weeks.
The four-day Housecore Fest (10/24 - 10/27) was hosted by Phil Anselmo and featured a stacked line-up, including Melvins, Gwar, Pallbearer, Goblin (performing their score to Suspira in full), Down and many more. You can check out pics from day 2 and days 3 & 4 over on BV Austin. IO sent guest writer David Hall down to the fest, and you can check out his two part review and additional photos on Invisible Oranges.
Eyehategod tour dates below...
by Doug Moore
new guy is second from left
Pig Destroyer has been a band since 1997. That's a long time; some of you reading this were probably born that year. During that 16-year run, various members have come and gone -- the band has had four drummers (if you count Municipal Waste/Burnt By the Sun drummer Dave Witte's brief stint) and three samples/electronics folk, but never once have Pig Destroyer included a bassist in their ranks.
Until now, anyway. In an interview with Terrorizer, guitarist Scott Hull has announced that John Jarvis (drummer Adam Jarvis's cousin) will be joining the band on the four-string. Here's Hull's explanation for the change:
"After so many years of remaining bass-less, why did you decide to welcome a bassist into the fold now?This decision was arguably overdue; Pig Destroyer have had a tough time replicating the thickness of their recorded material when they play out in the past, and a bass presence will make a huge difference for them. The Jarvises also play together in the awesome grind/death/hardcore outfit Fulgora, who hopefully won't throw in the towel now that both guys are working on Pig Destroyer.
Scott Hull: Well, the biggest reason we DIDN'T have a bass player, or another guitarist, for so many years was that we just didn't want the added complication of someone having to learn lines that I'd already written. Additionally, we just didn't want to have another person in the band because it adds complexity; travel arrangements for shows, space in a van/bus. . .etc etc. As the years progressed, we just thought "well we've gone this far without anyone else, why bother introducing a new headache now?" But honestly, I've been wanting to broaden the scope of our music for quite some time. It would be very difficult, for instance, to really do some Jesus Lizard-y type of material without a bass player, but we want to bring that sound into our material somewhat as well as some other styles that would really require a bassist, so that really made us think about it seriously. Luckily, the bass player we chose is a really good fit technically and personality-wise. He gets where we are at and knows we are picky about what we do and when, so he wont get impatient that we aren't touring 200 days out of the year.
Does this mean you'll be retroactively adding bass lines to your old classics when playing live?
Scott Hull: Yep, we've been doing that. And for the most part, it's added some real depth to the tracks, which is exciting. In some cases, like for the songs 'Terrifyer' and 'Starbelly', it's really changed them altogether. It's very cool. I feel like we kinda reinvigorated ourselves when Adam came into the band, and we're kinda doing it again with John. Change is good.
Pig Destroyer will debut their new lineup at Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film Fest, which starts on Friday (10/25) and runs until Sunday (10/27). Housecore has quietly become one of the best American metal festivals of the year, and it'll host a couple of other significant firsts: Goblin playing their Suspiria live with the film, and Dale Crover (of Melvins) drumming for Eyehategod. You can still buy walk-up tix for the fest or venue-limited badges; check out the full lineup of bands below.
Dave Hill, Phil Anselmo, a goat
Multiply the mouthy, flesh-jiggling early Bette Midler by one hundred, give her the super-plus-size figure and fashion sense of Divine, the John Waters diva, and the manners of a Flintstone, and you've got a rough approximation of Bridget Everett, the alt-cabaret star who roared around the stage of Joe's Pub...That's a review from a recent Joe's Pub show and if you missed it, you have three more chances including tonight (7/31).
Who are the Tender Moments? Well, they would be Bridgett's band members: Mike Jackson on guitar; Adam Horovitz, a k a Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys, on bass; Matt Ray on piano; and Carmine Covelli on drums. The bassist needs no introduction. You might recognize some of the other names from Ad-Rock's wife Kathleen Hanna's new band The Julie Ruin (who announced a small show of their own today).
What does Dave Hill have to do with this? He also happens to be a regular guest at Bridgett Everett shows! He joined them at their last two Joe's Pub gigs and will do so again tonight. He'll also join the Tender Moments on stage at Outside Lands in San Francisco on Saturday, August 10th. It's one of three performances Dave is doing at the California fest on The Barbary stage, and only part of his whole Outside Lands itinerary which also includes hosting the SoundWave stage with us like he did at Firefly Fest (but won't be doing at Lollapalooza).
Why is Dave Hill pictured with Phil Anselmo and a goat on the top of this post? Because Phil (when not promoting a new music project) and Dave (when not investigating the royal baby) are currently filming a new sure-to-be both metal and hilarious online series for Adult Swim! it's called Metal Grasshopper and it will premiere later this year!
Where can I meanwhile see Dave Hill rock out? As mentioned, you can catch him at Joe's Pub, but for a more proper Dave Hill rock show, head to Mercury Lounge on Friday night (8/2) where his band rock band Valley Lodge will be performing. You can listen to their power pop hits at Soundcloud.
P.S. Paperback lovers take note: Dave's book "Tasteful Nudes" comes out as a paperback on Sept 3.
Another glorious pic of Dave and Phil and Phil Anselmo tour dates, below...
by Fred Pessaro
Down / Sleep / Melvins @ MDF 2013
Maryland Deathfest has closed another chapter after this past weekend, hosting sets from bands like Carcass, Sleep, Bolt Thrower, Midnight, Infest, Melvins and more across four days and as many stages. The outside stage came to an abrupt halt with a late cancellation of Carpathian Forest due to visa issues, followed by the power going off in the middle of Venom's performance of "Warhead":
In case you were wondering what happened during Venom's set last night, an unexpected strict curfew change from 12 am to 11 PM occurred over the weekend. At the time the schedule was made, we were told it would not be a problem to finish at midnight on Sunday, so this added to our list of headaches dealt with over the weekend. We realize it is fucked up and disrespectful to have to cut a set short, but we would've been facing a whole raft of shit and a very hefty fine had we not stopped when we did.Despite those issues, the festival featured some jawdropping performances, and you can see photo sets from the festival's day one, day two, day three and day four. You can also see additional photos from Maryland Deathfest at the InvisibleOranges Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
In addition, we caught some sets from bands touring to MDF in the recent days too. Check out photos of Terveet Kadet / Iron Lung / Massgrav at Saint Vitus, Hellshock / Kromosom at Acheron, and Converge at Saint Vitus.
There are still quite a few bands on the road as part of MDF. You can catch Deiphago at Saint Vitus tonight (5/28, tickets), Weedeater at Saint Vitus on Wednesday (5/29, tickets) and Cobalt at Saint Vitus on 5/31 (tickets).
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Never say never. A band that I thought I personally would never be able to see in my lifetime was Italian horror-prog band Goblin.
Formed in 1972, Goblin's roots lie in several other Italian prog-rock bands of the time... the group initially dubbed itself the Cherry Five and played British-style progressive rock in the vein of Yes, Genesis, and ELP. They signed with the Italian Cinevox label, and issued a self-titled debut in 1975, which performed disappointingly. However, it caught the ear of film director Dario Argento, who contacted Cinevox after growing dissatisfied with the jazzy work being done on his Profondo Rosso by composer Giorgio Gaslini. the Cherry Five rechristened themselves Goblin (in keeping with the horror movie theme), kept a small portion of Gaslini's work, and completely redid the remainder of the score in a heavier, harder-rocking style. The results helped make the film a hit, and the soundtrack album topped the Italian charts... [Argento] put Goblin to work creating a new soundtrack; this time, he shot the film only after hearing the music. The result, 1977's Suspiria, became Goblin's most acclaimed work, combining the band's heavy riffing and busy drum work with more eerie electronics than ever before, plus sinister, experimental vocal effects. The film and soundtrack were both hits once again, and the Goblin/Argento partnership was firmly established -[Allmusic]That all changed today when the previously discussed Housecore Horror Film Festival announced that Goblin's Maurizio Guarini and Claudio Simonetti will perform a live score of the classic film Suspiria during the Austin, TX festival! The appearance, which will occur at Emo's between October 25-27, is the band's first-ever performance in the U.S. The appearance will join the previously announced performers Down, Crowbar, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, EyeHateGod, Warbeast and Void ov Voices (aka Attila of Mayhem), who will perform "a live soundtrack for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari." Tickets are on sale.
Head below for the trailer for the legendary Suspiria.
This letter, signed by a ton of artists and pictured above, is set to appear in an ad in Billboard:
We are big fans of Pandora. That's why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade.Pink Floyd, Down, Primus, Dead Kennedys (with our without Jello?), Nas, Alabama, Sheryl Crow and many more big major label names signed this (or someone signed it on their behalf). Check out the full list below, and head to fairpayforartists.com for more information on their point of view..
Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in the new digital world.
Pandora's principal asset is the music.
Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That's not fair, and that's not how partners work together.
Congress has many pressing issues to consider, but this is not one of them. Let's work this out as partners and continue to bring fans the great musical experience they rightly expect.
The issue is that Pandora is supporting the Internet Radio Fairness Act which they say will "help end the long-standing discrimination against internet radio". Artists are mad because that possibly means less money for them, but Pandora and other Internet radio providers argue they can't stay in business the way things are now.
Eyehategod at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Eyehategod will return from an Austrailian tour to play a pair of shows in NYC at Saint Vitus on November 27 and 28. Each night will feature a completely different setlist, with new songs unveiled for the first time at each show. Tickets are on sale for both 11/27 (HERE) and 11/28 (HERE).
Eyehategod recently unveiled a new song for release via A389 Records. Stream a snippet from that alongside all tour dates below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Not only has Maryland Deathfest (May 23-26, 2013) expanded with additions of Down (who recently played NYC), Melvins (them too), The Obsessed (!), Ufomammut, Deiphago (who is coming to NYC), Cobalt (as discussed), Evoken and more, they have also added a mostly-punk/grind/powerviolence stage too! The festival promises that set times will not overlap with the Baltimore Soundstage, which will host an Infest reunion (!), along with appearances from Citizens Arrest, Converge (who is on tour this fall), Iron Lung, Full of Hell (who is on tour with Gaza), Sete Star Sept, Vitamin X, Magrudergrind, Kromosom, Ilsa, and many more. Updated MDF lineup, with the new punk/hardcore/metal stage, is below.
Infest split in 1996 after ten years of pioneering a style that would later be known as "powerviolence":
The band, while not coining the term powerviolence, were definitely pioneers of it. The Los Angeles quartet blended the ethos, speed and song structure of hardcore, along with the aggression and anger of bands like Negative Approach and Negative FX creating a style emulated by many and an energy captured by few. Joe Denunzio's vocals exhibited pure angst, with lyrical content about conformity, war, scene politics and socio-political issues, mostly delivered in an accusation assault. -[Last.FM]Full lineup is below, along with vintage Infest clip and other MDF-related video.
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...
Three of the leading gear/technology companies for both musicians and consumers alike are returning with their successful "Metal Masters" clinic series... "Metal Masters 4" is bringing back some of the classic "Metal Masters" while adding a few new members to the list. As always, fans can expect some surprise appearances and unforgettable performances. "Metal Masters 4" will be comprised of Philip Anselmo (DOWN, ex-PANTERA), Kerry King (SLAYER), Dave Lombardo (SLAYER), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX), Frank Bello (ANTHRAX) and newly added masters Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and Gary Holt (EXODUS, SLAYER).Metal Masters IV goes down at Gramercy Theatre on September 7, featuring some of the genre's most influential musicians. In addition to a music clinic, last year's event in LA at the Key Club featured the performers launching into covers of classics like Slayer's "Angel Of Death" and "Raining Blood," and a good portion of Pantera's Vulgar Display Of Power before heading into the set closer, the Black Sabbath favorite "Hole In The Sky." Tickets are on sale.
Reminder, Slayer is on the road with the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem tour this summer.
Also, look for Down on the road this fall, including a stop in NYC for a show at Best Buy Theater and another at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville.
Pepper Keenan with Down at Best Buy Theater (more by Nathaniel Shannon)
NOLA metal supercrew Down have announced a September tour that kicks off in Fort Worth, TX and visits the NYC-area for two shows: Best Buy Theater in NYC on September 28th and Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ one day later. All dates are listed below.
After a triumphant pairing at Scion Rock Fest last month, it's not that much of a surprise that Down will team with another band that shared that stage in Tampa, Saint Vitus who are opening the NYC show along with with Housecore Records (Phil Anselmo of Down's label) signees Warbeast and Haarp. Tickets for that show go on AMEX presale July 11th (Wed) at 10AM and regular sale on Friday. Same deal for the NJ show (minus Saint Vitus).
Saint Vitus, who only seem to be opening the NYC show, released their latest LP Lille F-65 in May. All known tour dates are listed below...
The star-studded end to Down's set
With all of the drag queens, bikini-clad girls, and slow-rolling neon cars blasting hip hop, it would be perfectly understandable to mistake East 7th Ave in Ybor City for another Saturday night on the strip. Yet the clubs of East 7th had been invaded by the the black-shirted, devil-horn weilding crew: the fourth-annual Scion Rock Fest was in town.
Ybor City is located north of downtown Tampa, Florida and was the site of 2012's edition, boasting names like Sleep, Merzbow, Oxbow, Repulsion, Sick of it All, Suffocation and many others across four stages (The Orpheum, CZAR Bar, Crowbar, and The Ritz). Though I never made it over to the Orpheum, I saw my fair share of incredible performances across the remaining three stages, many of which will likely never happen again.
Thoughts on Scion Rock Fest 2012, pictures, and video from many of the sets are below.
Church of Misery at Inferno Festival (more by BBG)
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.