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photo: Down at Best Buy Theater in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Down

The fallout from Phil Anselmo's racist actions at Dimebash continues, and now the French government is getting involved. Down are scheduled to appear at Hellfest in Clisson, France, a huge metal festival which relies on a certain amount of funding from the local government. Now, according to Metal Injection, the government, led by senator Bruno Retailleau who represents the region of the country that hosts Hellfest, are threatening to pull that funding if Down is allowed to stay on the bill, claiming that their presence would constitute a violation of French anti-hate speech laws.

Festival promotor Ben Barbaud has refused to pull Down, offering the following explanation via Le Huffington Post:

Anselmo apologized repeatedly. He even offered to leave the band to do no harm to his comrades, who must also be disgusted with what happens. Everyone agrees that this is unacceptable and that the metal scene is neither racist nor anti-Semitic. I know Phil Anselmo very well, who came many times to Clisson. And I am convinced that his apologies are sincere. Hellfest, we never had this kind of behavior, no one has ever seen or wear distinctive sign or speech, both live and in houses. I deeply believe that he is a good person. He is a provocateur who plays the big guys and loses foot when he's drunk. He made a huge mistake. But people who make populist shortcuts and say horrors when they have three grams of alcohol, one can find many, including Vendee.
Barbaud did add that it's still possible Down could cancel the appearance on their own. Stay tuned for any updates.

Meanwhile, Anselmo recently made another public appearance that was maybe (?) intended as an extension of his apology. He joined the black R&B group The A League on stage at the Atlanta karaoke event Scaryokee when they sang Boyz II Men's "End Of The Road." He didn't sing with them (he ended up doing a Smiths song on his own) but he danced and put his arm around the members and led the crowd in cheering for them. Make of it what you will. The video is below.

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photo: Pepper Keenan with Down at Best Buy Theater in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Down

After Phil Anselmo issued another apology and suggested that Down move on without him, Down and Corrosion of Conformity's Pepper Keenan has issued a statement of his own on the whole situation:

Any one who knows me is aware that I am not one to dabble much in social media, however due to what transpired last week at Dimebash I feel the need to respond and reach out to friends, family, music peers and fans worldwide.

I am saddened and confused by the behavior of Philip Anselmo last week. I do not condone what was gestured and said. This lapse in judgment of "making a joke" was in terribly poor taste and unacceptable.

That philosophy is the opposite of what I am about. My heart follows love and soul and my music has been inspired from people of all walks of life and musical styles. I view music as a gift that is universal and intended for all of humanity. As a proud New Orleanian, life is about celebrating diversity through music, it's about bringing people together, not tearing apart.

I won't speak for Phil but I've known him most of my life and I know there is not hate in his heart, however I hope at this moment in time Phil will focus his energy on self-reflection and begin the process of regaining perspective, healing himself and those lives he has touched through music

Through Down, Philip and I have written many beautiful and powerful songs in the past that have touched and inspired people from all walks of life positively and have helped pull many out of their own darkest hours. This is not something I take for granted and should always be at the forefront of one's conscience to keep you grounded, humbled and grateful.

One of the responsibilities and joys, in my opinion, of being an artist or musician is having the ability to help make the world a better place.

I accept Phil's apology, and I believe he can

Meanwhile, Down continues to take hits, as they've now been pulled off of a show at the New Orleans Civic Theater on February 8. The theater is also making a donation to the Jewish Federation of New Orleans. They write:
After recent actions by Phil Anselmo during the Dimebash event this past week, we have cancelled Down's performance at the Civic. We do not tolerate intolerant behavior, and there is no room for that in our venue or our city. Refunds are available at point of purchase. In addition to offering full refunds on all ticket purchases, the Civic has made a donation to the Jewish Federation of New Orleans, pledging our support for a united community. "Me only have one ambition, y'know. I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together - black, white, Chinese, everyone - that's all." - Bob Marley
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photo: Down at Best Buy Theater in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Down

Yesterday, Phil Anselmo's band Down were kicked off a Dutch festival following Anselmo's racist remark and gesture at the recent Dimebash show. Now, he's suggesting that his bandmates in Down move on without him. He writes on his website:

To all this will concern,

Every citizen in this entire world has the unalienable right to live with dignity and respect without hate or oppression. And I mean this, with all of my crushed, yet, guilty heart.

It's common knowledge that we can choose to either learn from our mistakes, or continue on a path of insensitivity and destruction.

I am utterly responsible for the mistakes I have made, and can only give you my word to no longer do them in the present, through ACTION, not just mere words.

My band mates are now experiencing the consequences of my behavior, and I now publicly apologize to them as well. Never in my entire lifetime would I drag them down with me, and I've privately suggested to them that they move on without me.

My biggest obstacle(s) are the over-indulging in the booze and blurting out spiteful, ignorant reductions of the human spirit itself. I will address these issues, head-on.

I'm repulsed by my own actions, and the self-loathing I'm going through right now is justified by the hurt I've caused.

I realize we live in a society where apologies are NOT accepted easily, yet long for a day when they can be, but I also understand if I'm shunned till I hit the dirt.

From the bottom of my heart, and with all sincerity, I once again am truly sorry for the pain I have caused.

With truth, love, hope & respect-
Philip H. Anselmo

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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

photo: Phil Anselmo with Down at Housecore Horror Fest in 2013 (more by Trent Maxwell)
Down

On January 22, former Pantera frontman and always prolific metal musician Phil Anselmo stirred up considerable controversy as he hosted the annual Dimebash show. Dimebash is an all-star concert that pays tribute to the late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, and this year it featured the likes of Dave Grohl, Robert Trujillo, Dave Lombardo, Gary Holt, and various others. Unfortunately this year's event was less joyous than usual, as Phil Anselmo, probably drunkenly, decided that it was a good idea to close the show by coming out on stage, giving a nazi salute, and yelling "white power."

After that video surfaced, Phil offered the following justification:

White Wine Power

This predictably caused a lot of backlash, though not as much as it might have if it had been, say, Lars Ulrich, as Robb Flynn of Machine Head (who was at Dimebash) pointed out in a condemnation of Phil's remarks.

Despite his initial "no apologies from me," Phil eventually -- perhaps spurred by the remarks of Flynn and others -- apologized:

Even in the wake of the apology, things have continued to sour for Anselmo. His sludge band DOWN just had their appearance at FortaRock fest in the Netherlands cancelled by the festival organizers. The organizers say:

There has been close consultation between all parties recent days, since we wanted to make a well informed decision. On that basis, the decision is made to cancel the act. We want to make clear that there is no room for racism or fascism on FortaRock.
Anthrax's Scott Ian also came out hard against Anselmo in the wake of the apology, and suggested he donates to Holocaust education organization Simon Weisenthal Center. He posted the following message to instagram:

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Phil Anselmo is an extremely influential person in the metal community, with his tentacles in a lot of different projects, like his label Housecore Records, his festival, and his many bands with many different important figures of the metal world at large. Hopefully that doesn't stop the industry to continue to hold him accountable.

Kirk Windstein personalizing holiday cards
Kirk Windstein

As you may have noticed, it's the holiday season, and that might mean you feel the need to make holiday cards for your friends and family. If this seems daunting, fear not, sludge great Kirk Windstein of Down and Crowbar can make you a personalized holiday card this season. For only $10 he'll personalize the card to you or a friend and include a signed photo. What are you waiting for?

Looking for other holiday metal gifts? How about heavy metal nutcrackers? This is a line of nutcrackers in the likeness of famous heavy musicians like King Diamond, Ronnie James Dio, Lemmy, Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Halford, Cliff Burton, Danzig, Abbath, and also Morrissey and Jerry Garcia (???). MetalSucks also has a metal holiday gift guide that's very useful. It includes items like Slayer's "Reign in Blood Cabernet Sauvignon" which comes in a small coffin, a Metallica bib for your friends with kids, and just some nice skull slippers.

You could also go the classic sweater route. There's just something about metal Christmas sweaters (hey, the thought of someone like Kirk in a Christmas sweater is always good for a laugh); they're just always a thing. Loudwire put together a list of some of the best this season has to offer, which include an Anthrax Hannukah sweater, a Babymetal sweater, and the always classic Slayer sweater.

Check out more details on the the Windstein cards and Carrie Brownstein's nutcracker instagram below...

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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

photo: Aevangelist at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Aevangelist

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.

What else?

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Cassette Store Day

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.

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photo: GWAR at 'Empire Records' celebration (more by Sachyn Mital)
GWAR

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.

The dates follow this year's edition of the annual GWAR-B-Q in Richmond, VA which features Descendents, Down, The Dickies and more.

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...

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photo: GWAR at 'Empire Records' celebration (more by Sachyn Mital)
GWAR

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.

For Descendents, this is their third 2015 show announced so far, including the free Converse Boston show and Atlanta's Wrecking Ball festival.

by Andrew Sacher

Thrice
Thrice

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...

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Metal Grasshopper

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...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Motörhead's MotörBoat Cruise
Motörhead's MotörBoat Cruise
Motörhead's MotörBoat Cruise
Motörhead's MotörBoat Cruise

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....

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Fred Pessaro

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.

Samhain recently played Riot Fest in Chicago (and was joined by Randy Blythe of Lamb of God).

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).

Continue reading "Episode 4 of 'NOLA' doc released (video); Goatwhore touring around Samhain shows (dates); Dave Hill doing stuff too"

photos by Mathieu Bredeau

Crowbar

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...

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Those charming men: Phil Anselmo & Dave Hill enjoying breakfast...
Phil Anselmo and Dave Hill

To quote Housecore Records' YouTube posting, "After screening their Metal Grasshopper project at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans, this happened..." WATCH BELOW...

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Mastodon at Roseland Ballroom in 2012 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Mastodon

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...

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by Wyatt Marshall

Eyehategod / Down / GWAR at the Housecore Horror Fest (more by Trent Maxwell)
eyehategod
Phil Anselmo
GWAR

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...

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by Doug Moore

new guy is second from left
pig destroyer

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?
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.

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.

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.

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Dave Hill, Phil Anselmo, a goat
Dave and Phil

Who are Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments? To quote the NY Times:

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...

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by Fred Pessaro

Down / Sleep / Melvins @ MDF 2013
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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

Goblin

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.

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Pandora
Pandora

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.

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.

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..

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.

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Eyehategod at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Eyehategod

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.

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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

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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.

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photos by Greg Cristman

Down at Best Buy Theater, 9/28/2012
Down

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.

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