Entries tagged with: Evoken
by Wyatt Marshall
Amon Amarth at The Paramount earlier this year (more by Greg Cristman)
In what feels a little like deja-vu, Swedish viking metal band Amon Amarth is heading back to North America for round two of the Deceiver of the Gods tour bringing fellow Swedish power metal band Sabaton and Ohio thrashers Skeletonwitch (again) with them. The tour is a decently long one and lands in NYC on October 18 at Best Buy Theater. All dates are listed below.
That NYC show is also a special one -- it's a gig to celebrate Decibel Magazine's 10th anniversary, and for this show Skeletonwitch will be replaced by death/doom supergroup Vallenfyre. Vallenfyre contains members of At the Gates (who just played Maryland Deathfest and Invisible Oranges interviewed), Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride (also played MDF) and Extinction of Mankind (played MDF, are playing NYC tonight 5/29) and, counting CVs, many more notable bands. Vallenfyre just released a Decibel flexi, and the show will be Vallenfyre's first (and only one currently scheduled) in North America. Tickets for the NYC show go on presale today at 10 AM: password = METAL. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday (5/30) at noon.
Those hoping to catch Skeletonwitch in NYC aren't out of luck. At Saint Vitus the same night (10/18), Skeletonwitch will be playing Saint Vitus with Evoken and a special guest. That show is also in celebration of Decibel's ten years, and tickets go on sale on Friday (5/30) at noon.
Pretty good night to be a metalhead in NYC. All tour dates are listed below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Lord Mantis at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Lord Mantis just debuted a new song on Stereogum called "Negative Birth" from their forthcoming album, Death Mask, which comes out on April 29 on Profound Lore. The song, a big sludgy monster, features Dylan O'Toole of Indian on vocals--Indian also recently released their own filthy slab of sludge, From All Purity. Stream "Negative Birth" below.
As mentioned in Heavy Lowdown, Lord Mantis joined the Martyrdoom lineup along with Evoken after Knelt Rote dropped off the bill. In other lineup news, Sein Und Zeit has been moved to the Sunday billing. Full day-by-day lineups below--if you're around, this is a great way to catch a bunch of rare appearances by killer black metal bands including Sargeist, Behexen, Forteresse and many more, not to mention the fest's doom headliner, Mournful Congregation. Sargeist recently premiered the title track from the band's forthcoming album Feeding the Crawling Shadows, and Forteresse streamed a new track, too. Tickets to Martyrdoom, which runs from June 27-July 1 at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, are on sale.
In other Martyrdoom news, the festival will have a Metal Flea Market at Saint Vitus during the days of June 28th and June 29th, with vendors like The Omega Order, Broken Limbs, and Fallen Empire Records. More vendors and info on that on the event's Facebook page. Fallen Empire Records, one of the premiere underground black metal labels in the US, just appeared on the Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio show and premiered new material from Vorde, Lluvia, Death Fortress, Haethen and In the Court of a Broken Flesh. Check out the playlist and stream over on IO.
Lord Mantis stream and Martyrdoom lineup below...
UK funeral doom gang Esoteric, Swedish doom band Saturnalia Temple and Colorado epic black metal crew Velnias are confirmed for appearances at Stella Natura which happens at California's Tahoe National Forest. After that, the trio of bands will play a string of US dates together, culminating with shows in the Northeast in early fall. Look for the trio to hit Saint Vitus on October 4 with Evoken. Tickets are on sale now.
All tour dates are listed below.
One of the most eclectic lineups in the US, Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, will be back for 2013 on September 5 -7. Pulling from all genres, this year's line-up includes names like Big Boi (who plays NYC tonight), Spiritualized, Sleep, Wolf Eyes (who have a new video), The Breeders (performing Last Splash), John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gorguts, Inter Arma (who play NYC on Saturday), Double Negative (who played NYC this past weekend), Swearin' (them too), Pissed Jeans, Dan Friel, Waxahatchee and many many others. Three-day wristbands are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale in June. Full lineup is below.
Death metal favorites Incantation will again bless NYC on March 30 at Saint Vitus as part of a strong bill with funeral doomers Evoken, reactivated DM crew Derketa, and Rellik. Tickets are on sale. The appearance from the DM favorites is part of a rare tour -- their last being part of a semi-disasterous appearance at Europa in 2010 where they were scheduled to perform all of their classic Onward to Golgatha (they played most of it).
Incantation released Vanquish in Vengeance late last year. Stream that LP in full below alongside a list of all tour dates.
photos by Shaun Regan
Converge @ Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 1/19/2012
Congrats to Decibel Magazine on their 100th issue, who celebrated in style in their native Philadelphia on Jan 19th at Union Transfer. Featuring a headlining appearance from Converge as well as well as Pig Destroyer, Repulsion, Municipal Waste, Tombs and Evoken, the show was also chockful of guests including John Darnielle (of Mountain Goats, a regular contributor), J Bennett, Tomas Lindberg (Disfear, At The Gates), John Baizley (Baroness, who would open for Neurosis the next night at the same venue) and more. Pictures from Converge's set are in this post and a full review and photo set is available at at Invisible Oranges.
In addition, the magazine announced their annual tour which will feature appearances from Napalm Death, Cannibal Corpse and Immolation. So far details regarding dates are still TBA, but we'll let you know when those surface.
More pictures from Converge's set at Union Transfer, plus a few live videos, are below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
One Tail One Head at Inferno Festival, April 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
2012 was a year of considerable personal growth for me, as a person, a photographer and a music fan. As I recounted in my favorite photos of 2012, I got to shoot some of my favorite bands of all time and travel the globe in search of new ones. The beginning of the year was spent dealing with personal drama, and if it werent for key records in my life I shudder to think at where I would be right now. To every band on this list and many who aren't, I cant thank you enough.
First order of business, my musical pallette is much much larger than just a series of metal records. This is NOT a list of my favorite records of the year, because that would surely include other entries from across many different genres. This is, however, a list of some of my favorite heavier records.
To me, the term "heavy" can be defined in many ways, from the elongated riff on a doom record to a noise squall to a particularly punishing punk-rock beatdown. While most of the following records are "heavy" in the traditional "distortion and loud guitars" sense, a few are not. You'll see metal, you'll see deathrock, you'll see raw punk, you'll see hardcore, and many spots in between in the numbered list below. And to answer your question, yes you'll see Swans... right beside D-Clone and Asphyx.
My favorite records of 2012 are below. Hopefully you'll see a connection in favorites or maybe discover something new. Regardless, I hope you found your own favorites of the year whether in this list or outside of it.
After problems with the case surfaced earlier this year, charges against Harley Flanagan have been dismissed according to a report via New York Natives. Harley Flanagan was charged with attacking two current members of his former band Cro-Mags at a July show, weilding a knife and stabbing them both. Check out a video statement from Harley Flanagan below.
Head below for Harley's statement.
Pallbearer at Knitting Factory, September 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Decibel Magazine has compiled their annual list of top 40 albums of the year. As usual, there are some surprises but the 2012 top ten is basically a list of nine veterans with only a single newcomer to the bunch. The full list of top records of the year according to Decibel Magazine is below, along with a tweet from the winning band. Buy your copy HERE.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Black Anvil at Saint Vitus, Nov 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Black metal bruisers Black Anvil (now a four-piece!) and death-doom dealers Evoken will co-headline a BrooklynVegan-presented show at the end of the world, or at least when its prophesied to happen (12/21/12) at Saint Vitus. Joining them, each making their only NYC-area appearances until the new year (if there is one), will be performances from Teloch Vovin, Penetration and Leech. Tickets are on sale. At least if we're all going down, we'll all go down the right way.
photos by Greg Cristman; words by Fred Pessaro / BBG
Grave Miasma / Dead Congregation at Martyrdoom 2012
The inaugural Martyrdoom festival at Public Assembly on Saturday (6/30) was a resounding success, showcasing 11 death-metal-tinged bands hailing from Greece to the UK to New Jersey. Kicking off at 8PM and coming to a close shortly after 2AM, the two-stage fiesta featured rare appearances from Cruciamentum, Dead Congregation, Grave Miasma, Sanguis Imperem, Encoffination, Father Befouled, Prosanctus Inferi and Anu, as well as apperances from Evoken, Kommandant and Perdition Temple.
The show was one of two last weekend for Dead Congregation and Sanguis Imperem, who also played Saint Vitus on Sunday (7/1). Lots more pictures from Martyrdoom -- plus a few videos -- are below.
High on Fire during SXSW (more by Greg Cristman)
"High on Fire would like to thank everyone involved with the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival for the opportunity to be a part of this year's tour," said the band in a statement. "We regretfully will have to bow out as our friend and bandmate begins his recovery, but very much appreciate having been asked to be a part of this summer's festival run."And with that statement, High on Fire have exited their previously discussed appearance on said tour. Best of luck to Matt Pike, who we last (for a while?) saw at Scion Rock Fest as part of Sleep. No word as to what that means for the NYC shows scheduled on that tour.
Evoken have signed to Profound Lore and are readying their new LP Atra Mors for release. The NJ funeral doom crew will release the long-player on July 31st and the record features eight new tracks from the crew including "An Extrinsic Divide", which is available for streaming below.
On a completely different note, Sick Fix will release Vexed via A389 Records, another slab of hardcore fury from the band featuring a member of Magrudergrind. Stream the new track "Boudica" below.
All streams, suggested shows and more are below.
photos by Samantha Marble
Church of Misery
While a bummer that Rwake cancelled their appearance at Cameo on Friday (they would play MDF though), the night was no less heavy, featuring a headlining appearance from the great Church of Misery with The Gates of Slumber and newly added Evoken.
Church of Misery and Gates of Slumber are currently on a trek, having played Maryland Deathfest over Memorial Day Weekend (pictures from that appearance), and will hit Chaos in Tejas later this week. All Church of Misery tour dates are below, along with more pictures from Friday night's Cameo show.
photos by Greg Cristman; words by BBG
Nergal (sans makeup)
Saturday night (5/12) at Irving Plaza was the final night of the Decibel Magazine tour, featuring names like Watain, The Devil's Blood, In Solitude and most notably, the return of Behemoth following Nergal's battle with leukemia. The sign on the door that read "sold out" was more than just a triumph for the bands, it was a personal triumph for Nergal too.
Local doom greats Evoken opened the show as part of a string of dates for the band with the tour, but sadly we missed them. Pictures from the remainder of the show are in this post.
Watain @ Irving Plaza
If you weren't at Behemoth on Saturday, maybe it's because you were at one of the other notable heavy shows going on the same night, like Tragedy/Boston Strangler/Perdition/Sickoids at Le Poisson Rouge (pictures).
More pictures from Irving Plaza are below...
Dead Congregation at Maryland Deathfest (more by BBG)
Signature Riff, BrooklynVegan, Order of The Serpent, and Catharsis PR are proud to announce the inaugural Martyrdoom fest! The two-stage Brooklyn metal extravaganza will feature exclusive area performances from Dead Congregation (Greece), Grave Miasma (United Kingdom) and Cruciamentum (United Kingdom), along with rare appearances from names like Sanguis Imperem (California), Kommandant (Illinois), Prosanctus Inferi (Ohio), Anu (North Carolina), Encoffination (Georgia / California), Father Befouled (Georgia / California), Perdition Temple (Florida), and Evoken (New Jersey), and will go down across two stages at Public Assembly on June 30th. Tickets are on sale NOW and will set you back $20 in advance and $27 at the door.
Show flyer and some video is below.
Inquisition @ The Studio
Inquisition are on their way to the crumbling four-day Texas festival known as Rites of Darkness, where they'll join-up with an ever decreasing number of bands. Since "finalizing" the lineup earlier this year, a staggering 20 of the 54 bands, most of them headliners and exclusives, have all fallen off of the lineup due to an issue with Paypal.
As the festival has grown closer, the list of casualties has increased. Some bands succumbed to the pleas of fans begging to stay on (like Zemial), and others tried but ultimately still had to drop off (like Pagan Altar). The festival issued a definitive statement on 11/30 which confirmed the lineup, but then six more bands cancelled. It has, to say the least, been a rollercoaster ride for Rites of Darkness ticketholders, who are now still awaiting confirmations from Zemial, Hell Militia and Nunslaughter. Regardless, I'll see you there this weekend.
Meanwhile, Northwestern black metal duo Inquisition played The Studio at Webster Hall on Friday 12/2, joined by Disma and Agrath (after Mortuary Drape and Negative Plane dropped off of the show). NJ death metal crew Disma were also scheduled to play Rites of Darkness but cancelled their appearance alongside related bands Evoken and Funebrarum, so the NYC show was unfortunately their last of the year.
Drenched in fog (courtesy of the itchy trigger finger of Tooth from Natur) and red lighting, both Inquisition and Disma ripped at The Studio, playing favorites from their recent LP offerings Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm and Towards the Megalith respectively. Agrath, which contains members of Negative Plane, opened the evening to a mostly packed house with their primitive blackened stomp.
More pictures from the NYC show are below.
Inquisition at MDF (more by BBG)
"This is Danny, the promoter for Rites of Darkness. I understand people have been getting frustrated with lack of news so I personally apologize for that. We have gone through a rash of cancellations which were beyond our control.. Paypal froze the Festival's account which caused delayed flights for months. By the time Paypal decided to release our account flights escalated beyond our set budget. So the show is NOT cancelled by any means but the following bands will not be performing: Root, Akitsa, Interment, Demonical, Valkyrja, Dead Congregation, Hour of 13, and Strid"Rites of Darkness, the San Antonio festival in December that lined up an impressive slate of bands from around the world and many notable exclusives, has suffered a rash of cancellations (including Mortuary Drape), many of which were headlining bands.
The festival has remained silent about the situation for close to two weeks, but finally updated festival-goers today. Their message, excerpted above and available in full below, explains the situation, but neglects to mention that Pagan Altar also cancelled (they were slated for a two hour set) and that Zemial cancelled too. Another band that is currently in flux, Stargazer, is reportedly without flights (the band is from Australia) at the moment. The listing is missing General Surgery, and no announcement has been made about the pre-fest which includes France's Hell Militia. Previously announced cancellations include Ondskapt, Urfaust, Behexen, and Sargeist. RoD has added new Profound Lore signees Pallbearer.
UPDATE: Both Zemial and Pagan Altar are reconsidering their appearances. Statements from both are below.
UPDATED AGAIN: Disma, Funebrarum, Evoken, and Oak have all cancelled their appearances.
The most recent Rites of Darkness statement and the current lineup is below.
Inquisition at Maryland Deathfest (more by BBG)
NYC's Studio at Webster Hall will soon host a trifecta of black metal greatness! Inquisition will headline the venue on December 2nd with a rare appearance from Mortuary Drape and Negative Plane. Tickets are on sale.
Italy's Mortuary Drape and Inquisition will then tour their way to Rites of Darkness 3 in San Antonio, Texas where they'll join the newly added Disma, but NOT Urfaust:
URFAUST vs RITES OF DARKNESS IIIThree day passes for Rites of Darkness 3 are on sale. Pictures from Urfaust's recent Brooklyn show HERE.
URFAUST is very sad to announce that we have to cancel our Intoxication Ritual at Rites of Darkness III in Texas, USA.
Our last Alcoholic Rites on US soil where splenditory, so this is just fucked up...
Nothing more to say about this, we hope to return to the USA and Rites of Darkness in 2012!
All hail the madness!
Ix & Vrdrbr on behalf of Urfaust
All known Inquisition dates, the full Rites of Darkness lineup, and some video is below.
words and photos by BBG, additional photos by Greg Cristman
Monarch at Union Pool
They just can't get enough! French doom greats Monarch have added a third and final NYC show. It happens WEDNESDAY (11/17) at Death By Audio in Brooklyn. The BrooklynVegan-presented show will also feature performances from Vaura (a new project featuring Kevin Hufnagel of Gorguts/Dysrhythmia & Toby Driver of Kayo Dot/Maudlin Of The Well) and Brian Chase & Seth Misterka (Brian of Yeah Yeah Yeahs playing free-jazz with saxophonist Seth Misterka). The show kicks off at 8PM and costs $8!
We already posted pictures from the Monarch/Bloody Panda show at Cake Shop (which happened 11/12 with nutjobs Tinsel Teeth), but until now, haven't posted the shots from the show that happened at Union Pool the following night (11/13). Evoken opened that party with roar (and to similar audience applause), with Bloody Panda following and Monarch batting clean-up. Again, another great showing from both Bloody Panda and Monarch, who sounded incredible on the PA at Union Pool.
More pictures and video of all bands from Union Pool, including video of Monarch's full set, below...
Bloody Panda at Knitting Factory in May (more by Greg Cristman)
A reminder: Bloody Panda and French doom band Monarch! will kill Cake Shop dead tonight (11/12) with an assist from the fantabulous Tinsel Teeth. They'll do it again Saturday at Union Pool, but with Evoken instead of Tinsel Teeth. Both shows are brought to you by BrooklynVegan and Haunting The Chapel. Look for the great Rob Shaffer (of Dark Castle fame) behind the kit for Monarch!
If you can't make it to see Evoken, the band is playing Sunday (11/14) at Bowery Electric with Batillus, Man's Gin, and Moth Eater and Maegashira. Tickets are on sale. Evoken will also team up with Goreaphobia, Mutant Supremacy, Hessian, and Pilgrim to play Brooklyn Fire Proof on Dec 4th.
If you aren't into glacially placed riffs and thundering drums, this weekend has other choices in store for you.
Tonight (11/12), Neon Blud will team up with The Men, Pollution, and The Marsh Hens at Death By Audio. Saturday, Neon Blud will be at Brooklyn Brew House with White Suns, Pygmy Shrews, and Remnants. Full Neon Blud tour sked is below.
Acheron will host The Brought Low, Pigs, and Freshkills on 11/13 (Saturday) as part of a celebration for Coextinction Records, a new label brought to you by some of the twisted minds behind Unsane. Coextinction Records already as a few interesting records up their sleeve, including a new EP from Unsane, and releases from Goes Cube, Shrinebuilder (!), Pigs, Julie Christmas, and Freshkills. Stream some of those new tracks now.
Did you miss Sweden's Mob 47 at Europa on Wednesday night? Catch them at an incredible show at 538 Johnson on Saturday night (11/13) with Punch, Loma Prieta, Vaccine, Death First, and Passive Aggressor. As previously mentioned, Punch, Loma Prieta, Vaccine, and Death First will all play ABC No Rio that afternoon.
More of my picks for the shows of the week, as well as some video is below...
Bloody Panda in May at Knitting Factory (more by Greg Cristman)
BrooklynVegan and Haunting the Chapel are proud to present two nights of punishment. The great Bloody Panda will descend upon NYC with French doomers Monarch (!) as part of a short tour for the two bands. The NYC shows will take place on November 12th at Cake Shop with the incredible Rhode Island noise destructors Tinsel Teeth (who are known for their out-of-control - NSFW - shows) and November 13th at Union Pool with a decidedly more metal touch from death-doom dealers Evoken.
NYC is just one stop on a larger US tour for the fantastic Monarch, who will tour the West Coast with Trees before heading out for the Bloody Panda dates. They are all listed below.
Monarch's current release, the punishing Mer Morte, is out now via Crucial Blast. The one-track LP has sections streaming at the Crucial Blast site, and is out now. Awesome band.
Tinsel Teeth, if you aren't familiar, is psychotic noise-damaged punk from Rhode Island. The band released their latest LP, Trash as the Trophy, on Load Records and is absolutely unmissable (Pandas may not be the only 'bloody' ones at Cake Shop).
There aren't many bands that do funeral doom as sickening as Evoken, and luckily as an NYC'er, I have been able to catch the band a few times. The Union Pool show is one of two shows on the calendar for these sickos and then the band will go into slumber until early 2012 when they will release their new LP. More details on the second show on 12/14 are coming, but if you want to see Evoken in the next year, these are your two chances.
The NYC shows are two of three collaborations between myself and Brandon Stosuy, as we will also present Krieg and Woe at Knitting Factory on Saturday (10/30) at 11:59 PM. $5 gets you in the door (tickets) or you can pay $2 if you're already there to see AGE/Hellshock earlier that evening.
Full Monarch tour schedule is below, along with some live video, though: caution, the Tinsel Teeth video may be NSFW...
Sourvein at BV-BBG 2009 (more by Jason Walker)
North Carolina's Sourvein will team up with Hull to take on The Acheron on August 27th. The all-ages jam will run you $10 and the festivities will kick off at 8PM. The show is one of a pair of shows lined up in the coming months for Hull; the band will also play THIS FRIDAY with Black Tusk, Zoroaster, and Dark Castle at The Studio at Webster Hall (tickets).
Florida's Khann will team up with Mockingbird, Before The Eyewall, and Divider for an all ages show at Acheron on August 24th. $10 gets you in the door. Khann are prepping their new LP, Erode, due on Black Market Activities later this year. The band recorded the LP with Chris Owens (Lords) during a recent East Coast tour that saw them appear at Lit Lounge with Tiger Flowers.
Canadian folk-black metal combo Woods of Ypres will hit the road for a short tour next week, tagging NYC on July at Bowery Electric with Vektor, Martyrd, and Fin'Amor. For the unaware, Woods of Ypres features the Madden brothers (bass, drums) of Woe amongst their ranks, and recently completed a tour diary for Decibel magazine.
Speaking of Bowery Electric, I have a pair of tickets available for giveaway for tonight's (7/6) Nominon / Evoken show. Details on how to win, as well as a gang of tour dates and some video, are at the bottom of this post...
words by Kim Kelly, photos by Erik Luyten
It's been a long few days for Kim Kelly, who is currently gallavanting around Europe with Mike Scheidt and YOB, but the metal maven filed the below Roadburn report to tie up the rest of her time at the 2010 edition of the epic festival that took place during an equally historic time. If you're just joining us, check out Kim Kelly's report from Day 1 before continuing below... - BBG
words by Kim Kelly,
Goatsnake at Roadburn! (Erik Luyten)
Kim Kelly knows her (good) metal, and as such, we couldn't think of a better ambassador than this Philadelphian/writer for Terrorizer/Hails & Horns/Metal Injection. Kim checks in from Roadburn (April 15-18, 2010) in Tilburg, Holland, where she will take in some of the best metal bands currently in existence (and some resurrected from the grave), reporting back on what havoc the riff, and the volcano, hath wrought... - BBG
ROADBURN DIARY - DAY 1 (Thursday, April 15)
The road to Tilburg is a very long one, indeed - at least if you're coming from the mean streets of Philadelphia. After an 8am flight from Newark that landed at Heathrow at 8pm London time (before the volcano!), a few restless hours of sleep in a hostel (where a very nice Scottish boy had acted as my human alarm clock after I discovered that both my US and UK cell phones weren't working), an hour-long bus ride to Standsted Airport (chauffeured by a rough-looking lad who spent the trip dancing in his seat to Lady Gaga and singing along under his breath), an hour flight to Eindhoven, twenty minutes on a bus to the city's central train station, forty minutes on the train to Tilburg, and a five-minute walk with my Terrorizer mates to the Grass Company cafe/weed emporium, I was finally there - the stoned Mecca that is Roadburn.