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Napalm Death / Voivod @ Gramercy Theatre - 2/2/2015
Napalm Death

Monday's (2/2) cruddy winter weather in NYC didn't stop the totally stacked Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed, Iron Reagan, Ringworm and Black Crown Initiate tour from rolling through Gramercy Theatre and packing the venue to the gills. This six-band bill went hard from its 6:30 start time to its end around midnight, with almost no low points.

It did start off a little slow, with openers Black Crown Initiate. They weren't bad, but on a bill of bands mostly derived more or less from early hardcore, their love of machine gun breakdowns just felt a bit out of place.

Things shifted into full gear when metallic hardcore greats Ringworm took the stage. They put tracks off their influential 1993 debut, The Promise ("Necropolis") right up against stuff from last year's killer Hammer of the Witch (title track and a couple others), but you wouldn't have guessed the songs were released 21 years apart if you didn't know any better. The whole band tore through every song with insane precision, and singer Human Furnace was basically never not in beast mode. You couldn't possibly stand still for them, and that would be true of each subsequent band as the next five hours flew by.

Iron Reagan

Next was Iron Reagan, the crossover thrash supergroup, fronted by Municipal Waste shouter Tony Foresta, with the most flat-out fun set of the night. They look and sound straight out of thrash's early days, down to the outfits, hairstyles and stage moves. But with a level of homage approaching parody, and 12-second songs called "Your Kid's An Asshole," it's clear (and refreshing) that Iron Reagan aren't taking this too seriously. That doesn't mean they don't rip though. Their shows are a grin-inducing nostalgia trip, but also every riff and every drum fill is tight, locked in, and bold as fuck. Don't look to Iron Reagan if you want groundbreaking, but their shows are unmissable if you want a helluva good time.

Then came California death vets Exhumed, who are about to release a re-recorded version of their 1998 classic debut, Gore Metal (which they half-jokingly apologized for on stage), and they played a good chunk of that album. It was their first NYC show since new bassist/growler Matt "Slime" Ferri joined, and while I'm not the best judge for this stuff (death growls aren't usually my thing -- band leader Matt Harvey's higher-pitched shrieks are much more my speed), he seemed to carry his weight and mesh with Harvey well. There was no doubting that Harvey is a master though. He shined as a frontman, and maybe even more so when he made his way to the edge of the stage for some terrific soloing.

The place noticeably turned up when the first of the two co-headliners, Voivod, took the stage. The crowd packed in closer, the mosh pits got fuller, and chants of "VOI! VOD! VOI! VOD!" punctuated songs. Frontman Snake took the first of those chants as an opportunity to introduce their new bass player, Rocky, who replaced original bassist Blacky last year ("We love him so much... he's greasy"). He fit the band well -- younger guy in a tight Motorhead t-shirt who certainly knew his way around a bass, and really did seem to feel right at home with the other members. But of course the real star of their set was Snake. That dude is ageless, maniacally fronting the band like they're still a bunch of young punks. They gave us classics from their prime '80s era, right up through new single "We Are Connected" off their upcoming split with At the Gates, and all of it crushed. Their set (like all of the night's sets) was encore-less, and the crowd really didn't want them to go.

That high didn't subside at all when Napalm Death came on to give us yet another set from a band with over three decades behind them and zero signs of slowing down. They had a fill-in for guitarist Mitch Harris, and though it would've been nicer to see them with Mitch, lead screamer Barney Greenway called the fill-in a "virtuoso" and it was hard to disagree. His playing was razor sharp, and from the crowd's apeshit reaction to the entire set, I don't think anyone was getting too picky about who they had up there. Part of that was also probably due to the fact that all eyes were mostly on Barney, who was in a literal frenzy for the entirety of the set. ND were supporting their new album, Apex Predator - Easy Meat, and while some people see bands this far into their career strictly for the classics, the new songs were actually highlights of the all-killer set. Sure it got wild for "Scum" and their version of Dead Kennedys' "Nazi Punks Fuck Off," but this was no nostalgia set. Barney ran around stage all night in a Swans t-shirt, which is pretty apt. Like Swans, Napalm Death's groundbreaking beginnings took place in the '80s, but they're still making vital music and putting on brutal live shows in the '10s.

More pictures from most of the show (our photographer missed Ringworm and Black Crown Initiate), and some videos from the show, below...

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Hellbent Hooker
Hellbent Hooker

As always, there are tons of good metal and metal-related tours swinging through NYC and other one-off heavy shows happening here. We don't get around to posting all of them, so here's a roundup of some of the local heavy shows coming up that we're excited about:

Hellbent Hooker, who feature members of Ramming Speed and Mutilation Rites, play the Acheron TONIGHT (1/8) with support from Meth Valley and Mammal. When we first wrote about them, we said, "If you've never experienced the over-the-top spectacle that is Hellbent Hooker, you're in luck. Prepare for a gross-out session... in the best ways possible." Tickets for tonight are on sale.

On Sunday (1/11) at Saint Vitus, mathcore shredders Meek Is Murder team up with Vomit Fist, Aminals and Budd Dwyer. Tickets are on sale.

Couch Slut, who released their excellent debut album, My Life As A Woman, last year, return to Saint Vitus on January 23 with Tile, Microwaves and Chain Gang Grave. Tickets are on sale.

Brooklyn trio Mortals, who put out a great album on Relapse last year, were already announced to open the first night of Eyehategod's 2-night stand at Saint Vitus (tickets), and they've since added their own show happening soon after on February 15 at Acheron. The Black Antler and Nerve Shatter open. Tickets for that one are on sale now.

As a reminder, some previously discussed metal tours are about to hit NYC too. There's the unmissable High on Fire / Windhand double bill hitting Vitus on Friday (1/9) for two shows, but unfortunately both are sold out.

Watain at Irving Plaza in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

The next night, the killer black metal bill of Mayhem, Watain and Revenge descends upon Webster Hall (1/10). Tickets for that one are still available.

The great local double bill of Tombs and Black Anvil happens 1/30 at Acheron (tix).

The "holy shit this is real" bill of Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed and Iron Reagan happens February 2 at Gramercy Theater. You can still grab tickets for that.

Get equal doses of black and death metal when the 1349 / Origin / Abysmal Dawn / Wolvhammer tour hits NYC on February 23 at Gramercy Theatre (tickets).

Just a few days after that, you'll probably want to head to Webster Hall (2/28) where two death metal legends, Behemoth and Cannibal Corpse, bring their co-headlining tour. Aeon and Tribulation open. Tickets are still available.

March is stacked so far as well. Legendary Swedes Nifelheim are making a rare and very anticipated NYC appearance on March 15 at Saint Vitus with Ares Kingdom (ex-Order from Chaos), Slutvomit and Iron Force. Get tickets.

The following weekend gets pretty nuts. West Coast black metal greats Dispirit finally make their East Coast debut at Saint Vitus on March 20 and 22 with different sets and different openers each night (tickets). And right smack in the middle of those two shows, the killer Enslaved / Yob / Ecstatic Vision tour hits Gramercy Theater (3/21). You can still get tickets for that one too.

Looking forward a bit to the spring, Electric Wizard's first North American tour in over 10 years hits Webster Hall on April 2. That's unfortunately sold out, but you can try your luck on StubHub or something. This one's not to miss.

Only 10 days later, you may find yourself back at Webster Hall (4/12), where the At the Gates / Converge / Pallbearer / Vallenfyre tour will be blowing minds. Tickets for that one are still on sale.

Of course these are just a few options and there's always more. What else?


Oh, and in one last bit of non-show news, Torche recently dropped another ripper from their upcoming LP on Relapse. Stream it below...

Continue reading "NYC heavy roundup: Hellbent Hooker, Meek Is Murder, Couch Slut, Mortals, Watain, Napalm Death, Behemoth, Torche & more"

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Napalm Death at Knockdown Center (more by Greg Cristman)
Napalm Death

There's yet another absolutely loaded, must-catch, all-star metal tour on the horizon, giving metalheads still more reason to get excited about 2015. Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed, Iron Reagan, and Black Crown Initiate are joining forces for the "Through Space and Grind" tour. This is just an absurdly stacked bill, and as if you needed more reason to go, they'll also be joined by Ringworm, Dayglo Abortions, Theories, and Phobia on select dates. These bands run the gamut from absolutely legendary to young and on-the-rise, from death-grind to political thrash, and they all have a reputation as absolute crushers in the live setting.

The tour will make a stop in NYC at Gramercy Theater on February 2, where Ringworm will mercifully be on the bill. Tickets for that show will be on sale Friday (11/7) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

All of these bands have been varying degrees of busy lately. Napalm Death have been playing festivals and touring internationally all year. Voivod released an album last year and have been playing some festival gigs in 2014. Iron Reagan, featuring "Landphil" Hall of Cannabis Corpse and Municipal Waste, and otherwise known as the busiest man in metal, have a new album out and released a split on Tankcrimes with tourmates Exhumed earlier this year. Ringworm dropped a ripper this year too.

All dates listed, along with a stream of the Iron Reagan/Exhumed split EP, a video of Napalm Death playing live in Chile earlier this year, Voivod's video for "Target Earth" and the Ringworm LP stream, below...

Continue reading "Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed, Iron Reagan, Ringworm & others announce huge tour together (dates)"

By Ian Chainey

Matt Harvey / Ross Sewage live w/Exhumed @ Covered Wagon (photo: Sean McGrath)

We recently wrapped up a three-part series at Invisible Oranges titled "The Story of Lucifer's Hammer" by guest contributor Avinash Mittur. The piece tackles the resurgence of metal in California's Bay Area during the late '90s/early '00s through recollections of those responsible for the Lucifer's Hammer metal club. Avinash got a hold of some of the scene's biggest names, including Mike Scalzi (Slough Feg, Hammers of Misfortune), Ross Sewage (Impaled, Ghoul, Exhumed, Ludicra), John Cobbett (Hammers of Misfortune, Slough Feg, Ludicra, Vhöl), Aesop Dekker (Ludicra, Agalloch, Vhöl, Worm Ouroboros), and Leon del Muerte (Impaled, Exhumed, Phobia, Intronaut, Nausea), among others. As you'd expect given those participants, the anecdotes are on another level. A few choice selections.

Mike Scalzi in Part 1:

"We were the only Bay Area band in the early '90s that played total old-school heavy metal. Around here, nobody wanted anything to do with New Wave of British Heavy Metal," Scalzi says. "No way, forget it. In '95, I remember Iron Maiden playing places that we would play. Seriously. Can you imagine? Iron Maiden playing a place smaller than Slim's? It was insane!"
John Cobbett in Part 2:
"That was an amazing, amazing night," says Cobbett. "What we're talking about is a really shitty punk rock dive bar with Mayhem and people came from miles around to see that one, man. I had bands calling me on the phone and getting all fuckin' Varg Vikernes on me saying, 'I will kill to play with Mayhem. I will kill to get on that show.'" Cobbett chuckles at the ridiculousness of the situation. "I had to go the butcher and get skinned cow heads and bring them to the show. It was amazing, man."
Aesop Dekker in Part 3:
"There was a really diehard core of regulars. It's like that story about the Sex Pistols show that eight people went to and every one of them formed an awesome band," Dekker says. "It was like that, people were meeting at the shows, bands would then be popping and then they'd be like, 'We want to play.' A lot of bands formed from people meeting at Lucifer's Hammer and then they'd play their first show at Lucifer's Hammer. It was sort of like sowing seeds in a sense."
It's a great little read and it provides some background on these ultra-active metal participates, one of whom will be swinging by New York City shortly. Aesop Dekker, who is drumming for Agalloch and had a great chat with Kim Kelly back in 2010, will be playing Irving Plaza on June 30 with Jex Thoth for their IO sponsored engagement. Tickets are still available.

A full video of the Mayhem set Cobbett mentioned appears below.

Continue reading "Agalloch kicking off tour; Aesop Dekker & more featured in IO San Francisco scene report "

By Ian Chainey

Motörhead at Coachella, 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

What does the loudest boat in the world sound like? Kinda like "Ace of Spaces." Let's take a walk on the newswire:

You bet, Motörhead's Motörboat isn't just the name of my trad metal slash fiction novel, it's the latest metal cruise available to headbanging vacationers. We mentioned briefly before. but there are now details. The ship departs from Miami on September 22 and returns to port on September 26. Aside from Lemmy and company, the lineup includes Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Down, and High on Fire (who are working on a new album), among others. Honestly, it's just nice to see Lemmy is well enough to do this at all. The full bill appears below.

Now, let's take care of the signings: Nuclear Blast had an interesting haul. On Tuesday, they inked Southern California grinding core hellions Nails to a deal. The super-heavies will be touring Europe at the end of the month before they hit This is Hardcore in July. Then, Nuke Blast followed up their core coup with Biohazard. The NYC groove committee are also touring the world, hitting The Gathering of the Juggalos (yep) before bouncing around Europe. No official news regarding the possibility of either recording an LP yet. Elsewhere, Obituary will partner with Relapse despite Kickstartering all of the necessary funds for their next one. Says the band, "Now we have teamed up with Relapse Records to have them get this new album out there, in stores and available to the fans world wide." So looks like a good deal for both sides. Obituary is currently touring Europe.

More: The terrifying Today is the Day are now on Southern Lord. Animal Mother, the band's 10th long-player, will be released by the label in late 2014. Today is the Day's Steve Austin also appears in the AmRep documentary, The Color of Noise. Finally, the buzzy Bog Oak, a quartet of Oakland doomers, have signed with Svart Records. The partnership will result in a 10" record later this year and a full-length in 2015. All of the tour dates along with representative streams appear below.

KEN Mode in February (more by Di Lynn Ring)
KEN Mode

A few bands are ready to hit the studio. Canadian metalcore group KEN Mode posted, "Studio booked, plane tickets paid for, shit just got real for KEN Mode's 'Success' LP." The band has a few Canadian dates in the future and Hopscotch Fest in North Carolina. Prog-deathers Atheist are working on their fifth LP with bassist Tony Choy back in the fold. They've also tapped Jason Suecof as the producer. Outfit and knob-twiddler are looking at 2015 as a release date. And hardcore legends Sick of it All are actually all done with their full-length. They're currently in the mastering process. Blood, sweat, and waveforms. The NYHC icons will head to Long Beach, California this weekend to share an Ink N Iron bill with Merle Haggard(!) before hitting Europe for a solid month of stops. All of the tour dates along with representative streams appear below.

Thrashers Overkill have set July 22 for the release of White Devil Armory. They'll also be hitting the road soon with Prong. Then, they'll play HEAVY MTL which has an, uh, eclectic lineup. Though it's not as out there as Louisville, Kentucky's Louder Than Life which brings together headliners Judas Priest (who have a new one in the works) with Korn, Stone Temple Pilots, and Limp Bizkit (who are releasing a tape, no kidding). Huh. Oh, yeah, there will also be "gourmet man food." In other release news, Blood Music -- the label that put out the ridiculous Moonsorrow box set -- have another big remaster project on the way. This one rounds up everything Emperor. The black metal titans will be making the festival rounds this year with dates set for Wacken Open Air, Sweden Rock Festival, and Bloodstock Open Air. Sorry, America.

We've also got some groups forming and reforming. Gruesome is the new venture from Matt Harvey (Exhumed), Gus Rios (Malevolent Creation), Daniel Gonzalez (Possessed), and Robin Mazen (Derketa). Harvey is already pretty high on it, saying, "Very Cannibal Ferox, I guess. Anyway, take it as it is, a bunch of death metal and specifically Death fans getting together to make some noise for your ears. Cheers!" You can stream a sample below.

Also: rumors about Acid Bath's possible reunion may be premature. Drummer Jimmy Kyle did post, and then deleted, a call for a vocalist. But, according to the other surviving members, a full reformation wouldn't happen without late bassist Audie Pitre. An Acid Bath tribute isn't out of the question, though singer Dax Riggs has declined to participate. The grungy sludgsters last released an album, Pagan Terrorism Tactics, in 1996.

Finally, surf thrashers Ghoul will answer your questions. Scope the first episode of Ghoul's Burning Questions (suggested alt title: Dear Putrid) below.

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


Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions, available for your streaming pleasure below.

The nasty speed metallers Midnight are back and they've brought "Evil Like a Knife." No Mercy for Mayhem will hit the streets via Hells Headbangers on August 19.

Also out that date from HH will be the new Children of Technology. The Italian B-flick-obsessed speedsters have supplied the first sample of Future Decay. The song is called "Under the Ripping Storm" and may or may not be about Rip Torn drinking near a bank.

The thrash iteration of Corrosion of Conformity are streaming another from IX (Candlelight Records, June 24 - preorder) titled "On Your Way." COC will be out on tour in Australia soon for a short run. Dates appear below.

Weed hounds Cannabis Corpse released their second verdant ode off of From Wisdom to Baked (Season of Mist, June 24 - preorder). This smokey slammer is called "Individual Pot Patterns" (I see what you did there) and has guest grunts from Chris Barnes. Band and Barnes will be hitting up the recently announced Denver Black Sky in August.

For the smaller guys that deserve some shine, there's the Swiss Nihilo streaming their March-released Dum Spiro Spero in full. Plus, tech-deathers Pillory have returned with a track from the forthcoming Evolutionary Miscarriage (Unique Leader, June 10 - preorder). Stream both of those below.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

TODAY (6/6): The year's evilest day has its share of heavy treats. The very-loud duo Jucifer will be joined by cleanteeth and Mammal at Acheron (tickets); Saint Vitus has a big ol' bill of death metal, counting Solace of Requiem, Immortal Suffering, Dying Eyes of Sloth, Headrot, and Witch King among the jam-packed lineup; If you're looking for something a little more dynamic (and later in the day), the post-everything Kayo Dot will play with Bent Knee at Littlefield (tickets); And for the punks, Goosebumps, Skin Colour, Exotic Functions, Stranger, and Pleasure Industries are at Lulu's. Tickets are $5 at the door.

SATURDAY (6/7): If Friday is loud, Saturday is just plan massive. The reformed Eyehategod, Ringworm, Enabler, and Shitkill make up a STACKED bill at Europa (tickets); On the more core side, The Rival Mob, Blacklisted, World War 4, and Stick Together will hit Le Poisson Rouge (tickets); Want to add a little more metal back into that core? How about Fahrenheit 451, Shai Hulud, Zombie Fight, and The Conflicted at Saint Vitus (tickets); How about some straight noise? Concrete Mascara, Swallowing Bile, Lace, Aischrolatreia, Swollen Organs, Penchant, :M:, Vat, and Nick Klein will provide plenty of static at Trans-Pecos; Tickets are $10 at the door; and finally, Acheron has got some old school death heavies with Solstice, Dracaris, Slaughter the Prophets, Bomb Scare, and Untombed (tickets).

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

Let's talk IO: We published two parts (Part 1 and Part 2) of the three-part series on Lucifer's Hammer, tracking the fall and rise of metal in the Bay Area post-thrash. We streamed a couple separated by 40-odd years: Rog & Pip did their work in the '70s, while Profetus is dooming away in the present. In addition, we had a full album stream of the death metal classic The Winterlong by God Macabre. The rest of this week's new stuff resides, as always, in the exhaustive Upcoming Metal Releases. Scab Casserole remembered most of MDF. Lastly, we had some good chats with Tombs' Mike Hill and Eric Quach of thisquietarmy.

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

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: Motorhead cruise details + KEN mode, Today is the Day, Gruesome, CoC, weekend shows & more"

High On Fire at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

Scion A/V have announced the full lineup for their annual free Scion Rock Fest. This year's installment will take place in Pomona, CA on May 17. Judging by the number of acts (there are 26 all told) and the fact that it's all taking place on one day, it'll be another multiple-venue affair.

As usual, the lineup is a mix of crossover-friendly fan favorites (High On Fire, Machine Head, Red Fang, Crowbar, King Buzzo) with less obvious but still comparatively accessible acts (Midnight, Coffins, Big Business, etc.), and up-and-comers (Power Trip, Windhand, etc). You can check out the full lineup below. RSVPs for the festival will open Wednesday (3/26); keep an eye on Scion A/V's website to score your free spot.

Continue reading "Scion Rock Fest 2014 lineup & RSVP (High On Fire, Machine Head, Red Fang, King Buzzo, Power Trip, Windhand & more)"

by Wyatt Marshall

Iron Reagan at the Housecore Horror Fest (more by Trent Maxwell)

Iron Reagan, the thrashy hardcore punk band made up of Municipal Waste's Phil Hall and Tony Foresta and former Darkest Hour members Ryan Parish and Paul Burnette, will be releasing a split with Exhumed, with whom Iron Reagan just kicked off a tour. The split's due out on January 7, but you can now hear Iron Reagan's contribution "Mini Lights," which we premiered on Invisible Oranges today. It rips, of course. Give it a listen below.

Last we heard from Iron Reagan they earned 30th on Decibel's best of 2013 list with their debut full-length Worse Than Dead, but before that it was announced that Iron Reagan would be touring with GWAR and playing the Invisible Oranges sponsored A389 Tenth Anniversary Bash, the two-day Baltimore party for the label that Iron Reagan calls home. In addition to the tours with Exhumed and Gwar, Iron Reagan will fit in a couple of dates with Mammoth Grinder and Power Trip. The GWAR/Iron Reagan tour hits NYC on 12/27 at Irving Plaza (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Power Trip and Iron Reagan don't share a bill in NYC, but Power Trip will be here for their own show on January 15 at Saint Vitus with Suburban Scum and Manipulate, so there's no shortage of crossover thrash around these parts any time soon. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but check Ticketfly for updates.

Listen to "Mini Lights" and check out all of Iron Reagan's and Power Trip's tour dates below...

Continue reading "Iron Reagan on tour, streaming new song; Power Trip touring too, playing Saint Vitus (dates & stream)"

by Wyatt Marshall


A couple weeks back we talked about Metal Meowlisha IV: A Headbangers Furball, death metal greats Obituary's fundraiser fest for feral cats in the Tampa area on 12/21 featuring Exhumed and Terrorizer (lineup below). Those in need of further proof of the inborn bond between metal man and kitty cat need look no further than the previously mentioned Metaldudes Cats book titled, fittingly, Metal Cats will be published in April 2014 and is meow available for pre-order. The book, cover art above, contains photos of over 100 metal musicians and fans with their cats, including:

Black Goat, Thrones, Isis, Lightning Swords of Death, Winterthrall, Wizards of Wor, The Cauterized, Book of Black Earth, Skarp, Harassor, Akimbo, Aldebaran, Atriarch, Oak, Ghoul, Ludicra, Holy Grail, Xasthur, Cattle Decapitation, Murder Construct, Exhumed, Anhedonist, Morbid Angel, Municipal Waste, Skeletonwitch, Gypsyhawk, Nausea, Phobia, Napalm Death.
That's a lot of cats! A portion of the proceeds of Metal Cats will go to no-kill shelters.

In other metal book news, a new Slayer biography has emerged, titled Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff & Dave Years. A Metal Band Biography. The book was written by DX Herris, who previously has written about Slayer in his 33 1/3 series entry, Slayer's Reign in Blood. The book clocks in at a whopping 628 and here's a description:

This timely rock biography answers burning questions, shatters popular myths, and uncovers new truths about Slayer, the iconic group that became the embodiment of heavy metal. This full-length, exhaustively researched account of the thrash kings' career recaps and reevaluates the years guitar hero Jeff Hanneman and drum legend Dave Lombardo were in the group. Over the course of 59 chapters, 400 footnotes and three appendices, it profiles the members and presents dramatic scenes from 32 years in the Abyss: A fresh look at the group's early days. Reign in Blood tours. A European invasion. The Palladium riot. The seat cushion chaos concert. Newly unearthed details from Lombardo's turbulent history with the band. Historical artwork and photos never seen in public before. The entire diabolical discography. Hanneman's hard times. The Big Four's big year. Lombardo's final exit...
And a lot more -- sounds pretty thorough. It's currently available in an interactive e-book edition for... $6.66.

Slayer recently rolled through Madison Square Garden with Gojira on their first tour since the passing of Jeff Hanneman. We'll have photos soon -- did you go?

Meowlisha 2013 line-up below...

Continue reading "'Metal Cats' book up for pre-order; Slayer biography out now"


Decibel Magazine is back with its annual top 40 albums of the year list. Two of the top three (including the #1 spot) are reunion albums from death metal veterans, though many younger bands place highly as well. And the one metal album we can safely expect on many non-metal lists, Deafheaven, makes it on there too.

Check out the full list below...

Continue reading "Decibel Magazine's Top 40 Albums of 2013"

by Wyatt Marshall

Obituary at Scion Rock Fest 2011 (more by Adam Murray)

Death metal greats Obituary are channeling their warm fuzzy side for Metal Meowlisha IV: A Headbangers Furball, a show to be held at The Brass Mug in Tampa, FL on December 21 for the benefit of the area's feral cats. Obituary drummer Donald Tardy runs a charity with his wife called Metal Meowlisha that endorses the "trap-neuter-return" policy for homeless cats endorsed by the ASPCA, and the show's proceeds will go to Metal Meowlisha to continue their efforts at controlling the Tampa cat population, feeding and providing medical care for cats, and helping adoptable cats find homes. The Metal Meowlisha embraces a no-kill ideology--whenever possible.

Obituary enlisted fellow death and grind forerunners Terrorizer and Exhumed to fight the good fight for kitties, making this a pretty stacked show for ten bucks, nine if you bring a donation of a can of cat food. Full lineup and flier below.

Obituary guitarist Trevor Perez will be cooking up some BBQ at the show, too. Metal Meowlisha IV isn't the first time Obituary's shown a propensity for BBQ and crowdsourcing--back in September, Obituary raised so much money to record their new album, hitting their $10k goal in under 24 hours, they planned a BBQ to celebrate. That album's due out in 2014.

Obituary recently rolled through Saint Vitus for two sold-out shows as part of a two-month period that ended up being a celebration of old school death metal in NYC with shows from Morbid Angel, Deicide and Carcass. Godflesh would have rounded it out, but they had to cancel due to visa troubles, reportedly caused by a slowdown due to the government shutdown. They've since rescheduled for next April.

No word on if the Metaldudes Cats Book crew will be in attendance at the Metal Meowlisha show. Tickets aren't available right meow, so might as well bring a can of cat food with you on the day of the show.

Check out the flier for this year's Metal Meowlisha and an incredible promo video from last year's below...

Continue reading "Obituary announce Metal Meowlisha IV: A Headbangers Furball, a fundraiser for Tampa area feral cats"

Exhumed at Gramercy Theater, October 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

The saw is the law. Exhumed have returned with another track from their new LP, Necrocracy, this time the blistering title track that mixes their patented deathgrind with groovier elements. Stream that track for the first time along with the previously discussed "Coins Upon the Eyes" and "Sickened," below.

As discussed, Exhumed will take their adrenaline-fueled gore masterpieces on the road with Dying Fetus in the coming months. Don't miss them at Gramercy Theater on November 1, tickets are still available.

Continue reading "Exhumed ready 'Necrocracy' (stream the title track)"

by Fred Pessaro


Dying Fetus will lead a death-metal-heavy bill set to kill on adrenaline across North America in October. The long-running East Coast band will be joined by Exhumed, Devourment and Aboitic on all dates, with a changing band of miscreants (Waking the Cadaver and Rivers of Nihil) taking the opening slot. That tour thunders into NYC at Gramercy Theater on November 1 and tickets are currently on advance presale with the general on sale happening Friday (6/14) at noon.

The shows will follow the release of Exhumed's new LP, Necrocracy, which hits store shelves on August 6. Head below for an album trailer, as well as a list of all tour dates.

Continue reading "Dying Fetus, Exhumed, and Devourment lead death metal tour this fall (dates)"

Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
Frightened Rabbit

SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.

photos by Greg Cristman

"Barney" Greenway of Napalm Death @ Gramercy Theatre, 10/27/2012
Napalm Death

Grindcore pioneers Napalm Death played Gramercy Theatre on 10/27 with party-hearty thrashers Municipal Waste, death metal gore freaks Exhumed, and technical-metal favorites Vektor. Though Napalm's set was plagued with technical difficulties, the remainder of the bill delivered solid sets that got the crowd moving at the sold-out show. Pictures from the mosh/stage-dive-tastic event on Saturday adorn this post.

The show was one of three excellent heavy shows that Saturday before the storm, with the other two being Tombs/-16-/Serpentine Path/Pyrrhon at Saint Vitus and Boston Strangler/Perdition/Crazy Spirit/Waste Management/Prisoner Abuse at Acheron.

The tour soldiers on, with Napalm Death and Municipal Waste also scheduled for a date with Fun Fun Fun Fest. More pic from Gramercy are below.

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Napalm Death at Maryland Deathfest 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Napalm Death

Municipal Waste, Napalm Death and Exhumed will team up for a US tour together (!), calling on a rotating support cast of Vektor (who just played Saint Vitus), Dayglo Abortions, Attitude Adjustment, Speedwolf, Repulsion (who will play POTR East) and Dwarves.

Look for them to hit Fun Fun Fun Fest along the way, and NYC is in the crosshairs for this mammoth tour, hitting Gramercy Theater on October 27 with Vektor on board as support. Tickets are on sale, and tour flyer  and all listed tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

Municipal Waste released The Fatal Feast earlier this year, while Napalm Death released Utilitarian. I interviewed "Barney" of Napalm Death earlier this year if you missed it as well.

Meanwhile, Blag Dahlia of Dwarves will be in NYC very soon.

All dates and the MWaste tour flyer are below.

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by BBG

Seven Sisters of Sleep at A389 2011 (more by BBG)
Seven Sisters of Sleep

Seven Sisters of Sleep (mems Tafkata) are two for two with releases in 2011, dropping both their excellent debut and their similarly crushing split with Children of God this year. Get both at A389. Though no full East Coast trek has been planned, Seven Sisters of Sleep will join the great All Pigs Must Die, labelmates Low Places, and NYC's Grudges for an NYC date at Acheron on 1/20, just a few days after the always awesome A389 Anniversary show at Sonar in Baltimore with Eyehategod, Gehenna, and many others.

All Pigs Must Die was recently given an "honorable mention" in Pitchfork's top metal of 2011 list (though no shout out for Seven Sisters of Sleep). Check out the full list, along with some streaming APMD material and a few videos below...

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photos by Jonathan McPhail, words by BBG


Exhumed teamed with Goatwhore, Havok, and Brohammer at Europa on Wednesday night (11/9), as part of the latter three's tour together. Exhumed's appearance was the most rare after being away from the road and on mini-hiatus for a few years (save for an MDF appearance), but it was Goatwhore who drew the most excitement, probably due to the fact that the band is on the road constantly. By all accounts, the kids also went nuts for high-energy thrashers Havok.

Pictures of all four bands, some video, the Exhumed album stream, and tour dates are below.

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by BBG

Leviathan's True Traitor True Whore

Leviathan's True Traitor True Whore was hands down my most anticipated release of this year, especially considering my reverence for his last LP Massive Conspiracy Against All Life. True Traitor True Whore is Jef Whitehead's personal statement toward the recent charges brought upon him, according to his interview in Pitchfork, and it is also one of his most daring and overtly "rock" leaning records yet. TTTW is one of my favorite sort of records, opening itself up more and more with repeated listening, and is definitely another notch in his already storied career as an outsider artist. Stream three Leviathan tracks below, which previously posted at Pitchfork (x2) and Invisible Oranges, and get your copy via Profound Lore.

The same night that Torche and Part Chimp attack Mercury Lounge (11/9), Exhumed will team with Goatwhore and Havok to play Europa. Tickets are still available to both Europa and Merc, but I have a pair of tickets available for giveaway for the Europa show. Head below for more details on how you can win. The Torche/Part Chimp split, which we previewed recently, is currently streaming in full at Spin.

Concussion will hit Public Assembly on 11/10 with Worms In Women And Cattle (Pippi Zornoza from the live incarnation of Wold), Syphilitic Lust, and Sannhet.

And last but not least, The Ocean have added a show at Saint Vitus on 11/8 with Family, Alekhine's Gun, and The Binary Code. All US dates and some in their home base of the EU, are below.

More details on how to win those Exhumed tickets, an incredible Neurosis video and more suggested NYC shows are below.

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by BBG (who is in California right now)

Ghoul in Orange County
California Discord Fest
California Discord Fest

Try as you might, you could not escape the Dystopia chants at an otherwise quiet industrial park in Orange County on Sunday night (9/25). It's understandable considering the greatness of Dystopia, and the fact that 2/3 of its members were playing in newer projects (Ghoul and Mange).

The two day at California Discord Fest, which originally featured appearances from Rattus, Dropdead, Despise You, Lack of Interest, Ghoul, Mange, ACxDC, Murder Construct, unannounced guest Exhumed and many others, was pared down considerably after a 9PM police visit on Saturday broke-up the show at its original location at The Vortex in downtown Los Angeles. Unconfirmed rumors blame a lack of correct permits. Regardless, locals quickly picked up the slack with house shows that night, a set by Magrudergrind included, and two new shows were scheduled for Sunday.

Though the bulk of the local lineup did not play (including Lack of Interest and Despise You), the two Sunday makeup shows were quickly scheduled outside the city in Fullerton with Dropdead, Exhumed, Ghoul, and Mange. The shows were set in a practice studio approximately a fifth of the size of the original venue and it was soon invaded by a swarm of punks, a good number of which did not get in due to capacity. Rattus, in their reported final US appearance, played the early show at the venue which I unfortunately missed due to a miscommunication (fail on my part).

The late (6PM) make-up show on Sunday featured a headlining appearance from Dropdead, who teamed with Exhumed, Ghoul, and Mange. Dropdead was great as usual, though the band has been sticking to a similar script with respect to set list for years now; the band hasn't released any new material in a while save for splits with Converge and Look Back and Laugh (who they covered at the show). Exhumed's booming death metal that wowed me at Maryland Deathfest didn't disappoint either, so make sure to catch them in NYC at Europa on 11/9 (tickets are still available). Mange, who opened the show and struggled with equipment diffuclty, played a more-sludge-leaning version of powerviolence that had the crowd primed for faster material; this was definitely a crowd built for speed.

But my clear favorite was definitely Ghoul (possibly due to never seeing them before), whose crusty thrash was both powerful and campy. Shrouded in blood-soaked hoods, the band ripped through a set of oldies and new material while costumed "guests" came on stage to soak the crowd with fake (?) blood. Ghoul is definitely a fantastic live band, and their low-tech approach to stage gore will fit perfectly with tour-mates Gwar (who hit Irving Plaza on 11/23, tickets). Make sure and get there early.

More pictures from California Discord Fest, including Ghoul and Dropdead setlists, are below. A second set of photos, which includes some of the bands from Saturday before the fuzz broke up the party and that Magrudergrind house show, are on the way.

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by BBG

Exhumed at Maryland Deathfest (more by BBG)

Exhumed's gore-obsessed and tongue-in-cheek death-grind makes a triumphant comeback on All Guts, No Glory, the band's first LP of new material in eight years. The LP, out now via Relapse Records, is streaming in full below. After a triumphant East Coast showing at Maryland Deathfest, Exhumed have resumed their road duties and are currently on their first leg of dates with Cephalic Carnage and Withered. The second leg of dates kicks off in the tail-end of October with Cephalic Carnage and Goatwhore, and will include the East Coast and November 9th at Europa. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale.

All tour dates and the album stream is below.

Continue reading "Exhumed released new LP (stream it), touring w/ Cephalic Carnage & others (dates)"

words & photos by BBG

Maryland Death Fest

After a day of heavy music that culminated in the last US set from Cathedral, the second day of Maryland Deathfest was marked by sets from Neurosis, Aura Noir, Corrosion of Conformity, Funebrarum, Marduk, Exhumed, Kylesa, Machetazo, Cripple Bastards, Pulling Teeth, Nocturnal, The Impalers & Nails. Save for the latter two (and COC), I was able to catch all of them... with my favorite sets of the day going to Neurosis, Cripple Bastards, Funebrarum, and Exhumed.

Neurosis's set touched on songs from their latest Given To The Rising and reached back as far as Souls at Zero for "The Web". The band closed with "Through Silver In Blood" which, considering I had met the album's producer Billy Anderson earlier in the day, had a special meaning and power on top of the band's already considerable weight. Favorites like "Locust Star" and "A Sun That Never Sets" also made an appearance during the band's incredible set. The full setlist is listed below. A picture of Exhumed's is down there too.

Maryland Death Fest

Marduk, Aura Noir, Black Anvil, and Panzerfaust are on a tour that hits Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 3rd. Tickets are still available. Their full list of dates is below.

A ton more pictures from Friday, below...

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