Entries tagged with: Gates of Slumber
by Doug Moore
The Gates of Slumber at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Caroline Harrison)
When I last wrote about The Gates of Slumber here, I mentioned that they virtually never stop touring. The relentless tour schedule has evidently taken its toll; after bassist Josh McCash announced his departure late in the week last week, frontman Karl Simon dissolved the band over the weekend.
The Gates of Slumber were supposed to go on a tour with Church of Misery that hits NYC on November 12 at Saint Vitus with Against The Grain (tickets). They're still listed on the Saint Vitus show at the moment, but stay tuned for official word on whether or not they're canceling.
Stream some Gates of Slumber below for old times' sake.
by Doug Moore
Church of Misery at Cameo (more by Samantha Marble)
Japan's awesome "anti-stoner" (read: stoner) doom troupe Church of Misery just announced a long run of North American dates in October and November. The tour kicks off in Oakland, CA on October 18, and then loops up through Canada before hitting the Midwest and the Eastern seaboard. The kaleidoscope of supporting acts is crazy: Saviours, The Gates of Slumber, Wizard Rifle, and Against the Grain all hop on and off at various points. The NY date is November 12 at Saint Vitus with Gates of Slumber and Against the Grain and tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
The openers, though, are just icing on the cake. Church of Misery has been great for a long time, and they don't come around much (last year's run to Maryland Deathfest notwithstanding). Their new album, Thy Kingdom Scum, is one of the best doom releases of the year. Stream a track and check out the dates below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
If you were wondering about the third band on the upcoming Wolvhammer / Krieg / Doomsday tour, you aren't alone. Doomsday is yet another project from Jeff Wilson, current mastermind behind Chrome Waves and also-guitar-player behind Wolvhammer. He'll be serving as a member of all three bands during said tour, and joining his Chrome Waves bandmate Bob Fouts for Doomsday, a new black metal project.
Chicago-based Doomsday is preparing to drop their debut EP on Disorder Recordings, a blasting whallop of a release that speeds along six songs in 20+ minutes and includes a cover of GG Allin favorite "I Kill Everything I Fuck." Currently slated for release on CD/digital on November 6, the EP's fury is evident in the first song to emerge from the LP, aptly titled "The Punishment" which makes its debut in this post.
Don't miss Doomsday when they hit the road this fall at the tour listed dates below (including 11/3 at Union Pool -tickets), and while your down there stream the new track, check out the album art and tracklisting as well.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Jeff Wilson of Wolvhammer att Saint Vitus (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Wolvhammer will head out on the road with Krieg and Doomsday for a set of Midwest/Northeast dates brought to you by BrooklynVegan. The tour is the band's first headlining stint East (excluding their planned and canceled dates with Dragged into Sunlight), and they kick off in Chicago (home base for Wolvhammer and Doomsday), eventually making a stop in NYC towards the end of their trek. Look for the trio to hit Union Pool on November 3. Tickets are on sale.
For the curious, Doomsday is another project for Bob Fouts (The Gates of Slumber) and Jeff Wilson (Wolvhammer) in addition to their Chrome Waves venture (who recently toured and played Saint Vitus).
All tour dates are listed below, along with the tour flyer and Wolvhammer live video.
photos by Caroline Harrison, words by Doug Moore
Hammers of Misfortune at Saint Vitus - 7/23/12
San Francisco's prog-metal powerhouse Hammers of Misfortune brought their tour to NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on Monday night (7/23). Indianapolis doomsters (and Hammers tour buddies) The Gates of Slumber provided direct support, while BK's Occultation opened the show.
Fittingly, Occultation play "occult rock"--the same curiously fashionable style observed by Ghost, Jex Thoth, The Devil's Blood, and so forth. In practice, "occult" means creepy-crawly, slightly proggy 70s rock that never delves too far into darkness. Guitarist Ed Miller, also of the black metal band Negative Plane, stole the show from Occultation's wooden frontwoman with his 'verbed-out lead playing.
The Gates of Slumber rarely cease touring. Road dogs make few mistakes, and TGoS typically execute their traditionalist doom metal impeccably. But even salty vets run into occasional problems, and The Gates' set was marred by minor difficulties--frontman Karl Simon suffered from a sore throat and a strangely muddy rhythm guitar sound. But their energy won out in the end; Simon slung gloriously loose solos with abandon, and drummer Bob Fouts held down the lumbering rhythms as only a big dude can.
Though I'm a big Hammers of Misfortune fan, I approached their set with some caution. Three vocalists, two guitars, a Hammond organ and a rhythm section can be a messy combination, especially given HoM's Byzantine compositions. But the sound at Vitus was pristine, and the band delivered a borderline-flawless performance that touched on each of their five albums. Relatively-new vocalist Joe Hutton deserves special props; he executed both his and his predecessors' material with aplomb.
Hammers of Misfortune and The Gates of Slumber will wrap up their brief tour shortly, so if you missed them at Saint Vitus, check them out on their remaining dates or live vicariously through the pictures, more of which 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.
Church of Misery's signature blend of doom, sludge and sawed-off blues will spread its scattershot across the US surrounding their appearances at Maryland Deathfest and Chaos in Tejas. Starting on May 24th, the band will hit the road for a string of BrooklynVegan-presented dates with a rotating cast of Rwake (who also plays MDF), Hail! Hornet and The Gates of Slumber (both of which also play Chaos in Tejas). Make sure and catch the NYC date at Cameo on May 25th with Rwake and The Gates of Slumber. Tickets are on sale.
All dates, the tour flyer and some video below.
Apostle of Solitude
Everyone, I have some bad news: due to a serious illness in his family, Jason has had to go to Utah for a couple of weeks, and we have to drop off SHoD XI [Stoner Hands of Doom] and the Slow Southern Steel premiere in NYC. I hope that you all understand... it's not something that we wanted to do, frankly we'd hoped to start getting busy again... but family has to come first. - [Karl of The Gates of Slumber]Quite the past few weeks for BrooklynVegan metal events, with Loss cancelling their appearance at Saint Vitus (and subsequently being replaced by Unearthly Trance) and now the cancellation of The Gates of Slumber. Luckily, we roll deep and The Gates of Slumber will be replaced by fellow Indiana doom breathren Apostle of Solitude!
Apostle of Solitude's last LP, Last Sunrise, saw release on Profound Lore Records last year, and the band recently released a pair of splits with Dawnrider, Rituals of the Oak, and The Flight of Sleipnir. For the unfamiliar, Check out some audio of the old-school doom band (featuring members of The Gates of Slumber) below.
As discussed, CT of Rwake will be in the house to present his film Slow Southern Steel, so expect this Arkansas madman to do some collaboratiing with either Cough, Apostle of Solitude or Earthling on stage. Doors are at 10PM, tickets are on sale (limited seats available), and there will be a bunch of free Jagermeister for all of you maniacs.
Cough, Apostle of Solitude and Earthling are all on board for Stoner Hands of Doom XI, an annual festival in Frederick MD. The show will feature numerous doom luminaries over its three days (August 12-14), including Earthride, Hour of 13 and Windhand among many others. Windhand is also scheduled to play Acheron on August 19th.
Check out some streaming audio, alongside the film trailer below...
Its been a long time since news has surfaced on the forthcoming Slow Southern Steel documentary, produced by CT of the infamous Rwake. The film, "about underground heavy bands south of the Mason Dixon", features performances and interviews from some of the area's biggest troublemakers (like members of Eyehategod, Hank III, Kylesa, Torche, Dark Castle, Zoroaster, Weedeater, and many more) as they explore "living and growing up in the bible belt". Get familiar with the trailers below if you aren't already.
BrooklynVegan is proud to announce that we will host the exclusive Northeastern screening of Slow Southern Steel at Knitting Factory on August 13th! The screening, which will take place at 10PM, will feature FREE Jagermeister (for a limited time) as well as an appearance from the director CT. Then following the film, Knitting Factory will host performances from some of our favorite doom-y bands The Gates of Slumber, Cough, and Earthling. Tickets are on sale (admission includes the movie and the show).
CT of Rwake at LPR (more by BBG)
Rwake have announced that they will release their new LP Rest on September 27th via Relapse. Preorder the new LP and check out the art that will bless the CD, digital, and the olive green and 180 gram black vinyl versions.
Rwake have a few dates scheduled in their near future, including July 30th at Downtown Music Hall in their native Little Rock, and a second show at the same venue as part of the Mutants of the Monster Festival from September 2-4. The festival will feature appearances from Rebreather, Suplecs, Deadbird (performing The Head and The Heart in its entirety) (not to be confused with the band of the same name), Across Tundras, Seahag, Pallbearer, and many many notable others. Full festival details are below.
"Fly as high as the sun sweet prince. It was a glorious ride." -The Dream is Dead
The Dream is Dead guitarist Jared Southwick passed away following more than a week in a Muncie, Indiana hospital with "a liver and kidney condition (and all the complications that come with it)". The 34 year-old guitarist was a member of Harakiri and The Dream is Dead along with bassist Jason McCash who went on to form The Gates of Slumber. The Dream is Dead's last long-player was the Escape Artist burner Hail The New Pawn.
The Dream is Dead was already scheduled to play their last show ever at Dudefest 2011 in Indiana. That show will go on as planned, with Coffinworm guitarist Carl Byers filling-in for Jared.
Jared Southwick, R.I.P., you will be missed, but your riffs will last forever.
UK doomers Orange Goblin will hit the road for a string of US dates surrounding their 5/29 Maryland DeathFest appearance (tickets still on sale), tagging NYC's Santos Party House on 5/28 (tickets are on sale). The Gates of Slumber and Naam will join the band on the trek (skipping MDF) which terminates on the West Coast and is followed by an Orange Goblin solo show in Chicago.
After cancelling last year due to the volcano, The Gates of Slumber are scheduled to tour Europe on their way to Roadburn. No word on when we'll see their forthcoming LP, The Scourge ov Drunkenness, though. The Gates of Slumber last played NYC at Union Pool with Hour of 13 and Disma. As previously mentioned, Hour of 13 return to NYC to play Cake Shop with Natur & Pilgrim on March 5. Tickets are on sale.
Naam recently went into the studio to record some Nirvana covers for a forthcoming 7". The band will be heading to SXSW this year, but so far tour dates to/fro are still not announced.
All tour dates and some video are below...
Pentagram at BB King's (more by Nathaniel Shannon)
"Long-running D.C. doom legends PENTAGRAM, with riff-meister Victor Griffin back in the fold, will record their new album, "Last Rites", between November 29 and December 21 for a late March/early April release via Metal Blade Records. The effort will be a double-disc set consisting of the new studio album and a DVD of the band's performance at this year's Maryland Deathfest, which was held on May 28-30, 2010 at Sonar in Baltimore." [Blabbermouth]A list of song titles are below, and Pentagram, whose current members are Bobby Liebling (Vocals), Victor Griffin (Guitar), Greg Turley (Bass), and Gary Isom of Spirit Caravan (Drums), will play Europa in Brooklyn on January 6th with the help of Hull, Judas Priestess and Bezoar. Tickets are on sale. The show will be Pentagram's first NYC appearance in close to a year. They played BB King's with The Gates of Slumber in on January 17, 2010.
The Gates of Slumber will enter England's Orgone Studios with Jaime Gomez Arellano (Ghost, Angel Witch) to work on their follow-up to Hymns of Blood and Thunder. Look for that LP this spring via Rise Above Records, and look for Gates at Roadburn 2011 along with all of the other jaw-dropping artists who are playing.
All Gates of Slumber dates, and some videos, below...
The Gates of Slumber
I'd never been [to Union Pool] before, but it was Hour of 13's first show in the US, and I wasn't about to miss that, remembering how much ass their 2007 self-titled CD kicked and hoping to pick up a copy of this year's The Ritualist on Eyes Like Snow. They didn't wind up having any for sale, but their set, which they played to a packed house of faces both familiar among the NYC doom faithful and not, was worth the trip anyway.The Gates of Slumber headlined Union Pool on Saturday (10/16) with the US debut of doom greats and recent Earache signees Hour of 13 and the fantastically vile Disma (mems Incantation, Funebrarum, Citizens Arrest).
They opened with "Call to Satan" from the self-titled, and it was an appropriately ritualistic beginning to a set of occult doom worship. I knew that Hour of 13's core duo of guitarist Chad Davis and vocalist Phil Swanson had assembled a band around them, but I was a little surprised to see a second guitarist sharing the stage, as amiable a job as the neck-tatted Brandon Munday did. I guess something in me just always pictured Hour of 13 as a single guitar band, bringing out more of the desolate, abandoned feel. Killer tones all around, and I'd hardly call it a disappointment (hell, Judas Priest did it), it just wasn't quite what I was expecting. -[The Obelisk]
Disma, who recently sigend to Profound Lore for their forthcoming LP, delivered blackened death to the early arrivals (which there were many) before Hour of 13 swooped in with their classic doom approach. The Gates of Slumber with new drummer J. Clyde Paradis of ex-Sourvein fame in tow followed shortly after, dipping into two new tracks (the title, and a second) from their forthcoming, and possibly tentatively-named LP The Scourge of Drunkeness.
More pictures from the show, below...
The Gates of Slumber at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by Markus Shaffer)
BrooklynVegan and 1000Knives are proud to present the return of The Gates of Slumber with the amazing Hour of 13 at Union Pool on Oct 16th! One more band is TBA, but $10 will get you in the door.
After two fantastic LPs, 2007's eponymous release on Shadow Kingdom and this year's The Ritualist on Northern Silence, Hour of 13 will present their material for the first time to North American audiences at the show. If you are a fan of doom then you are most likely aware of Hour of 13, and if you aren't aware of them then I urge you to pick up The Ritualist ASAP! Killr record.
Doom gods The Gates of Slumber played the Attitude Adjustment party at Red 7 during SXSW, and are touring off of their killer LP Hymns of Blood & Thunder released in the tail end of 2009, as well as The Hyena Sessions EP, released in March.
All Gates dates, and some videos are below...
words by Ilya Blokh, photos by Markus Shaffer
Maybe the photographer had some of that sizzurp too...
I had two options last Saturday - a picnic in the park with sunshine and puppies, or crowded basements full of feedback and filth as part of a big weekend of heavy music. Obviously I chose the latter, starting with Thou's suffocating mid-day performance at ABC No Rio (photos on the way, meanwhile check out Mike Hill's interv), then heading over to The Studio at Webster Hall for a monstrous nightcap.
Sadly I missed Struck By Lightning, who by all accounts ripped the place to shreds [BBG's note: I was a fan of their LP, but live is where they excel. Crusty, and killer charging metal/punk ala Motorhead meets His Hero is Gone]. I caught The Gates of Slumber's solid but reserved take on the classic/proto-doom sound, leaning heavily on material from last year's Hymns of Blood and Thunder. For me though, the show really kicked into high gear with Black Tusk. Mind-blowingly fun in that increasingly popular, old dirty metal way, their mix of punk beats, stoner riffs and metal bravado sent hair flying all over the place. Their new album, Taste The Sin, hits shelves in late May.
Weedeater took the stage in true, drunken form for a performance that blew their Charleston show out of the water. Between fellating the microphone, sipping Robitussin (evidence below) and puking in the trashcan (I think), 'Dixie' Dave's rasp, rumbling bass and cross-eyed stare basically define "sludge". Chugging doom riffs and rolling drums filled out the thick, muddled sound as the band banged out a good mix of old and new(er) material. They are finishing up a US tour, then spending the summer in Europe. Hopefully Dave can keep most his appendages intact (he shot off his toe earlier this year) and we'll see them back here soon.
Tons of pictures and video from the show continue below...
words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble
Andrea of Howl will destroy you
Howl and Javelina are here, and ready to wreck NYC with Sea of Bones and Flourishing as part of a BV/1000 Knives production that kicks off TONIGHT (3/25) at Cake Shop. It's an early show, so doors are at 7 and the show begins PROMPTLY at 7:30. Want to go? I have two pairs of tickets up for grabs, details at the bottom of this post.
The show will serve as a record release party for the incredible Flourishing (featuring Garett of Wetnurse), who drop their new EP A Momentary Sense of the Immediate World on The Path Less Traveled Records next week. Cop it.
Howl is also prepping to release their new album Full of Hell on Relapse Records, pre-order that now. They played many of those new songs at their appearance at the BrooklynVegan, Converse, Tee Pee Records & Chronic Youth co-hosted Attitude Adjustment show at Red 7 in Austin, Texas on 3/20. Javelina (who filled in for Nebula) was also on board, playing the metal stage (with The Gates of Slumber, Priestess, Naam, and Liturgy) with the other stage featuring raging hardcore (Alpha & Omega, Touche Amore, Iron Age, Trash Talk) and some of the greatest names in underground hip hop (Black Milk, Buckshot of Black Moon with special unannounced guest Smif N Wessun!) for a killer mix...
"Black Milk (March 20, Red 7): After Detroit superproducer/MC Black Milk's set, someone behind me compared Milk's band to The Roots. But even Philly's finest have never been as dynamic as hard-hitting drummer Daru Jones, keyboardist AB and Milk himself during their set. With a driving rendition of posse cut "The Matrix," Milk proved that he's as dope on the mic as he is behind the boards for stars like GZA. If the forthcoming Album Of The Year consists of this trio live in the studio, you'll hear no complaints" [Eye Weekly]More pictures from Attitude Adjustment (of most of the bands - others are still on a memory card somewhere in a car touring across the country), some video of Naam and Liturgy (playing a new song!), and more shots of Javelina from our Wednesday day party at Emo's (they played two of our shows) are below...
words & photos by BBG
Matt Pike of High on Fire @ the Mohawk
Want to make my life simple? Put two killer showcases in the same venue. Well, unfortunately it wasn't three showcases in the same venue (Relapse was going on over at Red 7 - pics coming soon). Following the big bang of the BrooklynVegan day party at Emo's, I hightailed it over to the Mohawk on 3/17 (right next door to our quieter official BrooklynVegan showcase going on at Club DeVille...) (editor's note: ...that was often drowned out by the metal sounds blaring over the wall while bands like the The Middle East were playing soft sets...) for a double bill of mayhem with the Action PR Showcase on the outdoor stage and the Prosthetic Records showcase on the indoor. The night at the Mohawk show was marked by competing headlining sets: the great Landmine Marathon (who played the BV day party that day) and none other than High On Fire (one of their only appearances at the fest).
Also along for the ride were such notable greats as The Gates of Slumber, Withered (who also played Emo's), Zoroaster, Naam, Priestess, The Funeral Pyre, and many others. Not a single bad apple in the bunch. Of those, I had never seen The Funeral Pyre or Clinging To The Trees of A Forest Fire - both were impressive. TFP did blackened death with such intensity, it was hard to not be compelled to head nod. Clinging did abstract and atonal grindcore in the best way.
Although I missed Landmine Marathon (who would probably be in the running), best performance of the night goes to High On Fire who blazed through new material and old including the epic "Baghdad" (!) from their debut The Art of Self Defense. As their set progressed, it seemed that the band got looser on their instruments, and as a result, much tighter and more cohesive.
In related news, High On Fire recently dropped the new video for "Frost Hammer". View it, as well as other vids and some pics from the epic show, below...
Buckshot (more by Tim Griffin)
I know we are a bunch of teasers, in between all of the (not so subtle) hints we have dropped lately. But now BrooklynVegan, in association with Tee Pee Records, Chronic Youth and Converse, is proud to announce 'Attitude Adjustment' at Red 7 in Austin on Saturday, March 20th from Noon to 6PM! The free show will pair some of the greats in hip hop with brutal hardcore, all while a riff-stravaganza destroys the other stage. You've been warned. Here's the lineup:
Indoor StageWe're also happy to report, that like at two of four other shows this year, we'll be serving FREE Magic Hat beer (while supplies last). You'll also be able to grab a free Raw Revolution bar if you get hungry at the party.
5:30 PM Black Milk
4:30 PM Buckshot
3:45 PM Trash Talk
3:00 PM Iron Age
2:15 PM Touche Amore
1:30 PM Torae
12:45 PM Alpha & Omega
The Red 7 show is one of MANY BrooklynVegan shows during the festival this year, and one of four that involves metal. The other three are the two stage Emo's shindig with Torche and Fucked Up on 3/17, the Profound Lore/20 Buck Spin Official showcase on 3/19, and the BV/100Knives/Crustcake Pizza Party on 3/18. Actually it's five if you count the M for Montreal show on 3/20 with VOIVOD.
Other non-metal BV shows include our official showcase on 3/17 with Califone, Serena Maneesh and more, and the BV/Anso party on 3/18 with Tyvek, Cheeseburger, and many more, and our day party at Club DeVille on 3/19 with Lucero, The Antlers and others. Half of this stuff is still not fully announced. Stay tuned.
The Red 7 show will also be one of two hip hop events we are involved with at SXSW this year. We're also happy to report that we're media sponsoring the official Audible Treats showcase on 3/20. More details to come! Pictures from their most recent CMJ show HERE.
Buckshot tells a story in the video, along with the flyer, below...
Dixie Dave of Weedeater and his lovely singing voice (more by Paul Birman)
"I would say the biggest underground band from here that deserves all the credit in the world is Weedeater. They are the godfathers of what we do." -[An interview with CT of Rwake]BrooklynVegan and Osiris are proud to present a killer four band bill of Weedeater, The Gates of Slumber, Black Tusk, and Struck By Lightning who will lay waste to The Studio at Webster Hall on 4/10! Tickets are $13 and go on sale soon.
The show is part of a string of dates for the North Carolinians (Weedeater). The first leg kicks off on 3/12 with ASG and US Christmas and continues on to SXSW where the trio will meet up with Rwake and Black Cobra at Encore for the Tone Deaf Showcase (3/20). From there, the fearsome foursome (Weedeater, The Gates of Slumber, Black Tusk, and Struck By Lightning) will depart Austin and scoot out west before heading back east for the NYC show.
Stay tuned for some big announcements regarding BV shows during SXSW, and also note that tickets are now on sale for the BV-presented Mayhem / Tombs / Krallice / Ludicra show coming to Irving Plaza two days before Weedeater get here.
Of all of the formidable bands mentioned above, two are playing the Scion Rock fest on 3/13 in Columbus, Ohio: Black Tusk and Struck By Lightning. Struck by Lightning, which features Gregory Lahm (ex-Mouth Of The Architect), is currently promoting their 2009 release Serpents (we previewed it here).
Lahm's old band Mouth of The Architect has a new EP due on Translation Loss this March. The EP will be "a little faster and a little more metal" than the MOTA we are used to. MOTA are currently gearing up to hit the road leading up their appearance at Roadburn 2010.
All tour dates with a bunch of videows below...