Entries tagged with: Geryon
by Ian Chainey
France's Year of No Light have been around for over a decade now and, jeeze, how they've grown. Starting off as a sludgy post-metal thumper, the band has matured considerably, culminating in last year's Tocsin, a weighty slab of atmospheric experimentalism. They paired that mighty wallop with Vampyr, an instrumental "soundtrack" to the 1932 movie of the same name. Yet, while their ambition is appreciated, and their Rolodex large (check out some of their splits), their sheer sonic density has been and will remain their calling card. They're a sextet you know can create a cacophony live, the kind of subsonic prayers to the amplifier that gets doomers giddy.
So, enough foreshadowing: Year of No Light are heading to the East Coast for the first time. The band will play two back-to-back shows at NYC's Saint Vitus on November 13 and November 14. The November 13 date has a bill of Oneirogen, Geryon, and Psalm Zero. Tickets are available now. November 14 has Sannhet, Gnaw, and Vilkacis. Tickets are also available now. These are their only East Coast shows before they begin a US tour on Halloween in LA (dates TBA).
Mario Diaz de Leon's Oneirogen, a guitar-based drone project of epic proportions, is also playing with Father Murphy at the Acheron on October 9 and they just played with Falls of Rauros. The busy -- and busy for a good reason -- Geryon are also on the Bastard Sapling bill at the Acheron on September 28, along with Virus at Saint Vitus on October 25. Sannhet will play with Virus at Saint Vitus the night before on October 24. They also play the NYC stop of the Whirr / Cloakroom tour on Tuesday (9/16). Psalm Zero -- post Castevet break-up -- have also been making the rounds, appearing on recent shows with KEN mode and Black Anvil. Meanwhile Vilkacis, the newish blackened ripper on Psychic Violence Records, have logged some impressive stage time with Ash Borer, Hell, and Thou & the Body. Finally, Gnaw, the project of Khanate/O.L.D.'s Alan Dubin, are maybe in the studio. Says their Facebook, "recording / making / smashing." Huh. Either expect an album or expect some crazy Vines.
Check out streams from Year of No Light along with the snazzy flyer for the Saint Vitus shows, and full list of dates (others in Europe), below...
by Ian Chainey
Bastard Sapling released an absolute burner last month with their second album, Instinct Is Forever, which you can stream in full below. The USBMers stretched out with weighty and well-produced songs that get raw with their lyrical angle, examining Mike Paparo's struggles with depression. Toss in some lap steel (!) and a guest turn from Windhand's Dorthia Cottrell, and you have one of metal's more intriguing albums of the summer.
If you missed their recent tour with the related Inter Arma, Bastard Sapling do have another live engagement coming up. The band will be going on a tour this fall that hits NYC on September 28 at the Acheron where they'll be joined by Geryon and Belus. Tickets for that show are available now. All dates are listed below.
Bastard Sapling's showmates actually demonstrate the low degree of separation of some NYC metal. Geryon will be playing one of the nights of the Virus blow-out at Saint Vitus near the end of October. The drummer of their bass/drum duo destruction is Lev Weinstein who also plays in Anicon (along with Bloody Panda, Krallice, so many others) who released a split with Belus this year. And to spin another band into the NYC web, Belus includes Lesley Wolf who also plays bass and sings for Mortals who are going on tour with Wolvhammer. That tour hits the Acheron on November 5. Lesson? All of these bands could create a diverse and killer festival and only need a van or two to get there.
Stream Bastard Sapling's Instinct Is Forever, with their list of dates, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Rodger Stella at the Last M.A.P.S. show at Trans Pecos in July (photo by Nikki Sneakers)
As summer winds down, things will start to get noisy. As part of the continuing M.A.P.S. (Metropolitan Audio Pain Source) series, Bastard Noise & Anthony Saunders (who recently played Babycastles) will be playing along with a number of other noise artists on September 13 at Trans Pecos. Also teaming up will be Andrew Hock (Castevet/Psalm Zero), Chris Pitsiokos, and Weasel Walter and HCOD and Penchant. Filling out the lineup are Skinner, Arbiter, Field Grave and Negation. More info is available at the event's Facebook page. Stream samples of HCOD, Penchant, Arbiter and more below.
In December, M.A.P.S will be presenting its second annual festival with a whole slew of noise and a little bit of metal. Waving the metal flag high will be the bass-and-drums only death metal duo Geryon, which is comprised of Nicholas McMaster and Lev Weinstein of Krallice. On the noise side of things, you'll have the chance to catch a whole load of acts, including Gnawed, Endless Humiliation (they're pretty metal), Deterge, Interracial Sex, Concrete Mascara and Penchant. The show is on December 13 at Trans Pecos. More performers are TBA, head over to the fest's event page for more details.
Stream and all dates below...
by Ian Chainey
You could call Norwegian weirdos Virus quirky metal, but that doesn't really approximate their mind effing. Czral, leader of the three-piece, agrees: "Virus is more of an eccentric rock band than a metal band. People have said it sounds like a mixture of Talking Heads and Voivod." Oh and their first album, 2003's Carheart, has lyrical themes revolving around "dogs and cars." So, yeah, metal isn't totally accurate and quirky is an understatement. Fun, though? That they are.
Virus will be heading to the US for the first time this October, spending two headlining nights at NYC's Saint Vitus on October 25 & 25. The first night (10/24) will feature a bill including Krallice, Sannhet, and Couch Slut. The second night (10/25) reshuffles the deck with Ocrilim, Dysrhythmia (who will be playing with Oneida on Thursday [7/ 17] at Glasslands), and Geryon (who are playing the Acheron tonight [7/14] with Alrune, Belus, and Ancient Ocean). According to Saint Vitus, "[Virus] will be performing two different sets each night, and rumor has it that Czral will also be DJing at Saint Vitus Bar the night before, on October 23rd." The shows are currently the band's only North American dates. Tickets for both events (October 24 and October 25) go on sale tomorrow (7/15) at noon.
You can check out the Virus flyer along with some streams of the band below.
by Ian Chainey
Welcome to Deathfest, the Maryland Deathfest documentary by Tom Grahsler and Alicia Lozano, aims to present the complete MDF experience with an in-depth profile of the 2013 event. The film was completed earlier in the year and premiered at the Maryland Film Festival in May. Now the film is starting to make the rounds. On August 9, Welcome to Deathfest will be screened at the Acheron, accompanying performances by Argentinum Astrum and Belus. Tickets are available now.
So, how does Welcome to Deathfest differ from previous MDF movies? When interviewed for Disposable Underground, Alicia Lozano said of the undertaking:
When we conceived this project, both Tom and I felt that it was important to tell the behind-the-scenes story. Yes, it would be about the music and the fans, but it would also be about the organizers and what goes into creating something this huge.You can check out a trailer below, which features interviews with bands along with stressed out organizers. If you ever wanted to put on a fest, this looks to be your movie.
As for the bands at the Acheron screening, Tennessee's Argentinum Astrum released Malleus Maleficarum in February and have scheduled tour dates for August. More info on those dates are coming soon, but you can check out the path they're planning to plot below. Brooklyn's Belus -- a group with links to Mortals who are releasing their new album Cursed to See the Future this week -- appeared on a split earlier in the year with Anicon, which we premiered a track off of on Invisible Oranges. Belus will also be playing a show with Alraune, Geryon, and Ancient Ocean at the Acheron on July 14. Tickets for that show are also available now. Meanwhile, Ancient Ocean will be playing with Destruction Unit tonight (7/7).
All of the dates along with the Welcome to Deathfest trailer and streams of the bands appear below...
by Doug Moore
Members are consist of 3 vocals; the ugliest rock star Psychic Yamanashi whose voice is nothing but annoying. Another vocal is Death voice from wood cutter Mongoloid who is very manly with secret naive heart. Mysterious Opera voice from beastly monster Velladon. They are backed by 3 strings; Punk and Classic, Progressive, also by piano, twin guitars, base, broadcasting. Main drum is skillful Chikada famous of World's end girlfriend, and support drum is Tatsuya Yoshida from Ruins. There are Toyohito Yoshida from BOREDOMS as a guardian god.If you're not familiar, Japan's Vampillia are an extremely odd offshoot of the legendary noise/punk band Boredoms -- the anything-goes chaotic vibe is similar, but Vampillia focuses more heavily on pomp and theatricality. You can check out the thoroughly weird video they produced in advance of their upcoming SXSW performance below. They've also toured with the likes of Jarboe and Nadja; you can hear their excellent recorded collaboration with the latter below as well.
--Vampillia band bio
Vampillia will be returning to SXSW for the third time this year, and they'll be putting in a number of other live appearances during their time in the country as well. Three of them will be in New York City. First, they'll play at Silent Barn on March 8 alongside Mick Barr (playing a rare 'slow' solo set), Kevin Hufnagel, & MV Carbon. Two days later, they'll play Death By Audio on March 10, along with Colin Marston, Geryon, & Mossenek, which is Barr's collaboration with vocalist Chuck Bettis. (Mossenek have an upcoming release on American Tapes; they also have a full-length and a Japanese tour w/ Nadja and Vampillia in the works.) Since Geryon features both members of Krallice's rhythm section and both Marston and Barr hold down guitar spots in the band, their entire lineup will be performing...separately. How often does that happen?
Vampillia will put in one more NYC appearance after SXSW -- they're playing the Knitting Factory on March 16, along with Jungles From Red Bacteria Vacuum, Zarigani$, Happy, & Starmarie, as part of the "Japan Nite" tour (which also includes an appearance at Athens's Slingshot Festival). Tickets are available.
UPDATE: Vampillia also play NYC on March 7 at Trans-Pecos with Guardian Alien (ex-Liturgy drummer Greg Fox's band), G Lucas Crane and Brian Chase; and March 9 at Pianos with Leah Lazonick, Snowday, England in 1819, and Three Thousand Rivers.
Mick Barr also has a third NYC show coming up -- March 21 at Secret Project Robot, alongside Ornament & Total Life, both of which are offshoots of the experimental unit Growing.
Check out the aforementioned Vampillia jams and the list of all of their currently announced dates below...
by Doug Moore
We mentioned a few weeks ago that talented Nashville sludge/grind act Yautja are coming to NYC for a show at The Acheron on 2/9, along with Psalm Zero, Geryon, & Kevin Hufnagel. Since we last spoke, it's been announced that the Acheron show is part of a full tour, and all dates are listed below. Tickets for the Brooklyn date are still available.
The tour is in support of their killer debut LP, Songs of Descent, which comes out on February 11 via Forcefield Records. We already posted one song from that album, "Concrete Tongue," and now you can check out another, titled "Denihilist," which we just premiered over at Invisible Oranges. From our writeup:
Nashville's Yautja, named after the aliens from the Predator series, have an almost preternatural grasp of the perfect lurch. This skill is on full display in this exclusive premiere of "Denihilist," the second track from the band's upcoming debut album, Songs of Descent. The song wastes no time in constructing a colossal riff of the sort that has allowed Gojira to somewhat improbably scale the heights of contemporary metaldom. Yautja's glowering racket is of much more mongrel stock, as the band mix the tumbling urgency of hardcore with the frantic pelt of grindcore, and dredge speedy death metal licks through a bottom-heavy, corrosive sludge that recalls the halcyon swamps of the early '00s.Check out "Denihilist," along with "Concrete Tongue," another recently-released album cut, "Faith Resigned," and the list of tour dates, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Mournful Congregation at Rites of Darkness 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
The lineup for Signature Riff's third annual Martyrdoom festival was just announced, and it's a doozy--Australian funeral doom masters Mournful Congregation are headlining along with international black metal-heavy top billings of Sargeist, Behexen, Cult of Fire and more. Support is supplied by California's doom masters Lycus, Texas's blackened death originals Imprecation, Portland's brutal grind act Knelt Rote, Ohio black/death specialists Prosanctus Inferi, the incomparable Quebec atmospheric black metal masters Forteresse and about a dozen other notables. The festival will be held in Brooklyn at Saint Vitus from Friday, June 27 through Tuesday, July 1st. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, January 21 at noon via Saint Vitus's web page. Schedule is to come.
Full schedule and flyer below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Andrew Hock with Castevet at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Psalm Zero, the Brooklyn experimental metal duo comprised of Andrew Hock (Castevet) and Charlie Looker (Dax Riggs, ex-Zs/Extra Life), just finished prepping their debut album, The Drain, due out on March 4 on Profound Lore. It's an album to look forward to--Psalm Zero's material so far has managed to uniquely blend industrial, metal and a clean/harsh vocal mix to strange and compelling effect. Listen to the album's title track, and watch a video of them performing it at the soon-to-be-closed 285 Kent, below.
Psalm Zero's playing a show on February 9th at the Acheron with Yautja, Geryon (also featuring a member of Castevet) and Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia, Vaura, Gorguts). Tickets are on sale for what's sure to be an interesting evening--between Psalm Zero, Yautja's grind, Geryon's bass-guitar-only death metal and Kevin Hufnagel's chilled-out experimental wizardry, things are gonna get weird. Flyer below.
Psalm Zero will also be playing down at SXSW. Stay tuned for more details on that.
Meanwhile, Yautja, whose lineup includes members of Coliseum, Gnarwhal, and Nameless Cults, have a few EPs and splits out and they'll release their debut album, Songs of Descent, in February via Forcefield Records. You can stream its single, "Concrete Tongue" (via Lambgoat), along with the tracklist below.
All streams, video and flyer below...
by Doug Moore
Overkill at Stage 48 (more by Kassandra Carmona)
This past weekend was extended by the food / booze / football bacchanalia that is Thanksgiving, which is pretty metal as far as holidays go. Still, a bunch of noteworthy stuff happened before you made a home on the couch. Here's what you might've missed:
Some not-quite-metal but sufficiently heavy show announcements saw the light of day: Converge/Cave In side project Mutoid Man's record release party (and full album stream); Goblin and Zombi's not-unexpected NYC tour stop; and Pissed Jeans in February. We also reminisced a bit about Overkill, Kreator, and Warbringer's two-night stand at Stage 48 the weekend before.
Not a bad short week over at Invisible Oranges, either. We talked to Integrity about their Systems Overload revamp (and streamed the whole thing). We also found out that people like novelty yacht rock covers of Iron Maiden songs way more than we thought. We streamed new music by suicidal sludgesters Servants of the Mist, majestic black metallers Ered Wethrin, and local no-guitar weirdos Geryon.
We also debuted two live Judas Priest videos from US Fest '83: "You've Got Another Thing Coming" on IO with a great writeup by longtime contributor Richard Street-Jammer, and another of "Breaking the Law" here on BV with a much lamer writeup by me. On our East Village Radio show, we chatted with IO contributor Beth Winegarner about her upcoming book, The Columbine Effect. (Don't forget to tune into the show every Tuesday at 10pm.) And, as ever, we ran down every noteworthy metal release of the week.
What did we miss?
by Doug Moore
Geryon at the Acheron (more by Fred Pessaro)
If you keep tabs on live metal in NYC, you're probably already familiar with Geryon, the guitar-free death metal duo (yes, for real) featuring Krallice/Castevet bassist Nick McMaster and his Krallice bandmate Lev Weinstein on drums. The band has been gigging with increasing regularity since early 2012; they've played with The Body, Dysrhythmia, Zevious, Behold...The Arctopus, Child Abuse, and Mutilation Rites since June. However, until now they've had no official recorded material.
We're featuring their self-titled debut on Invisible Oranges this morning (it's also streaming in full below). From our writeup:
"Death metal without guitars" is not an inherently appealing concept. Fortunately, Astomatous were an unconventional death metal band in the first place. Their basic approach has remained the same: dissonant, Gorguts/Immolation-referencing riffs that sync up with or push back against Weinstein's forceful blasts. McMaster has picked up a few tricks during his time in the fertile NYC progressive metal scene, where he's also taken up with Castevet for their excellent new album. He fills up a lot of space by himself, largely avoiding palm mutes and instead stacking up piles of hand-cramping chords and slides. The bare-bones lineup leaves these songs feeling texturally sparse at times, but that's part of the point -- it exposes the harmonic richness of McMaster's playing.Check out the rest of the writeup over on IO.
by Doug Moore
Tombs @ The Studio, 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
With our NYC Metal Show Calendar growing increasingly crowded with killer tours, it'd be easy to miss some of the awesome local-oriented metal shows coming up in the next couple of months. Here are three you should hit for sure:
Behold the Arctopus, Child Abuse, and Geryon at The Acheron on October 3: Tech assassins Behold the Arctopus were just announced for Portland's Fall Into Darkness Fest, so they'll be bringing their A game at this gig as they prep for the big stage. (Which, to be fair, they always do.) Meanwhile, keyboard/bass/drums noise rockers Child Abuse (one of NYC's weirdest heavy bands, which is saying something) have a new album and an October tour in the works, though official dates/locations haven't been announced. Geryon, meanwhile, is Nick McMaster & Lev Weinstein of Krallice playing bass'n'drum death metal, which is about as strange as it sounds. Tickets are on sale.
Tombs, Primitive Weapons, Empty Flowers, and Anicon at Saint Vitus on November 8: As we mentioned a few weeks back, Tombs is only kind of a local band now; 3/4 of the members live elsewhere. The band is currently gearing up to record a new album late in the fall, so you can expect that they won't be around NYC much after this date. Primitive Weapons -- formerly something of a house band at Vitus -- have also dialed their local appearances way back as of late. Catch both NY heroes on one bill while you can; buy tix here.
Dysrhythmia, Zevious, and Geryon at Saint Vitus on November 17: Even if you don't like the noodly shit, or if you insist on rock music having vocals (lame), Dysrhythmia are one of the most jaw-dropping live acts in the game right now, thanks in no small part to drummer Jeff Eber's ability to slam the everloving crap out of his drums while dodging through Colin Marston (who just released a new album) and Kevin Hufnagel's zany parts. Main support Zevious also features Jeff, along with his brother Mike. With Geryon bringing up the fore, there is going to be a lot of good drumming at this show. Tix here.
Stream some Child Abuse, Geryon, and Zevious below:
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Infernal Stronghold at Rites of Darkness 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Philadelphian black metal favorites Infernal Stronghold have ripped stages at Rites of Darkness and Maryland Deathfest this year, but now the band will spend the fall in the van. Starting things off with a hometown show on 9/15, look for IS to play shows from coast to coast including a stop at Saint VItus on September 18 with Geryon and Grudges. Tickets are on sale.
All tour dates are listed below along with a couple music streams. So far no word on any additional IS recordings (their last release was a split with Absu), but we'll keep a look out.
DOWNLOAD:Noisear - "Endless Reincarnation" (MP3)
Unearthly Trance at Saint Vitus (more by Greg Cristman)
Unearthly Trance shows are few and far between nowadays, but the band will awaken from their live slumber to play Acheron on March 1st as part of a bill that includes The Communion, Water Torture, and Syphilitic Lust. $8 gets you in the door. Check out the flyer below.
Horseback has completed their new LP Half Blood due via Relapse this Spring. Details are limited so far, but Roadburn has more details about the record and its "amalgamation of drone, doom, black-metal, psychedelia, post-rock, noise, and ambience recorded with a wide array of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, keys, piano, bells, contact mics, field recordings, drum programming, noise and various signal processors." Yep, sounds like a Horseback record!
Check out a new Noisear track from their upcoming three-way split with Antigama and The Kill above. The track features vocals by Mitchell Luna of ex-Maruta fame.
Perdition will join Varix, Murderer and Sad Boys at Heaven Street Records TONIGHT (2/3). Door entry will cost you zilch and beers will cost you a dollar. Sounds like a winning night of furious, crusty punk to me.
Drainland will share a split 7" with Crows due on Suburban Mayhem Records. Stream the material from that release below.
One interesting and important footnote to the upcoming Behold the Arctopus show at Saint Vitus on Feb 24th... Support will come from Mindless Blasting and Geryon, two bands which feature Mick Barr with Nondor Nevai and Nick McMaster with Lev Weinstein respectively. Basically, a night of Krallice-related projects... should be interesting. Tickets are on sale.
No NYC dates, but Ringworm, Cancer Bats & Primitive are touring from Ohio to SXSW and then back to Ohio together. OFF! were also recently announced on the SXSW lineup.
Mastodon/Opeth/Ghost tickets went on sale earlier today.
Saturday's Ceremony, Pissed Jeans, The Rival Mob, Hoax, Kim Phuc, Gods and Queens show @ Le Poisson Rouge is now sold out.
Converge announced a tour.
YOB recently visited NJ with Tool. Right before that, they headlined their own show in Chicago with Anatomy of Habit and an opening set by YOB's Mike Scheidt who is going to release a solo album this year on Thrill Jockey. BV Chicago has pics from the Chicago show.
A list of suggested NYC shows with song streams, the "Beaten & Left Blind" video by Landmine Marathon, and a set of European SUNN O))) tour dates, below...