Entries tagged with: Ghoul
By Doug Moore
Given that Iron Reagan consists of current and former members of two very well-established metal bands (namely Municipal Waste & Darkest Hour), it's no surprise that they're on their way up so quickly. Formed just two years ago, this straight-ahead crossover thrash act has already built a substantial national following and adopted an aggressive tour schedule.
To wit: the band have announced their recent signing to the storied Relapse Records (who have been snatching up bands left and right lately -- they've signed IR, Torche, The Drip, Atriarch, & Nux Vomica this year alone). They've also announced an extensive run of live dates through March and April, with accompaniment from Occultist on most of the dates and Ghoul on a handful as well. The dates with Ghoul wrap up with an appearance at the aforementioned Tankcrimes Brainsqueeze festival; you can stream the Invisible Oranges-debuted Tankcrimes compilation of fest participants below.
Iron Reagan aren't hitting NYC on this run, unfortunately, but they'll be putting in a number of appearances at SXSW: the Pitchfork showcase on 3/11, the Converse/Thrasher show on 3/13, the MetalSucks showcase on 3/14, and the Tone Deaf showcase on 3/15. They're NOT appearing at the second annual Invisible Oranges showcase, which will feature Black Tusk, Mutoid Man, Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne, & Venomous Maximus on 3/13 at the Quantum Lounge.
Stream that Tankcrimes comp and check out the full run of Iron Reagan dates, listed below...
by Doug Moore
Back in January, we mentioned Brainsqueeze II, the Californian punk/metal festival organized by Tankcrimes and featuring a number of acts that have worked with the label. A few acts -- namely Connoisseur & Impaled -- have been added to the bill since, and the daily schedule & venue info have both been announced. You can check those out below.
We've got a bonus on tap, too. Tankcrimes have put together a free downloadable (or streamable, if that's your thing) compilation that we just posted over at Invisible Oranges. Unlike most recent comps, it's a reasonable length -- sixteen short songs. I consider most of these songs worth listening to in their own right, but some of them are rarer finds -- an exclusive re-recording of a sardonic Muncipal Waste song called "Insurance Fraud" from their split with Crucial Unit. It also features songs from upcoming short-format releases by Fucked Up and The Shrine. There's also a bonus cut by Obsessor, who don't appear on the fest's lineup, and a secret bonus cut that you'll have to download the comp to hear.
The Fucked Up song is a Cardboard Brains cover from the B-side of the recently-announced sixth entry in their Zodiac series. Titled Year of the Dragon, the recording features a 17-minute A-side original, the Cardboard Brains cover, and a The Ugly cover. If you're heading to SXSW, you'll be able to catch Fucked Up at Pitchfork and Stereogum's day parties, both of which fall on Thursday (3/13).
You can stream the comp below (aside from that secret cut) or download it for free. Tickets for the festival are on sale here. The comp track listing, the Brainsqueeze day-by-day lineup, and a goofy commercial for the fest are available below as well...
By Doug Moore
Ghoul at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Tankcrimes is one of the preeminent punk/metal fusion labels going these days -- their Ghoul/Cannabis Corpse and Exhumed/Iron Reagan splits both ranked highly on Invisible Oranges' weekly Upcoming Metal Releases post this week.
The label has announced the preliminary lineup for their second Brainsqueeze festival, which will take place at Eli's Mile High Club in Oakland, CA from April 18 until April 20. Tickets aren't on sale yet, and some additional bands have yet to be announced (along with the schedule/running order). Still, the stuff they've got on tap so far looks impressive -- Municipal Waste is the biggest band on deck, with notable appearances from Ghoul, Final Conflict, Negative Approach, Fucked Up, and more in the offing.
Check out the full lineup and a few songs from those splits below.
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...
Ghoul sprays the crowd with blood at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
We are very sorry to announce that we have to cancel our appearance at St Vitus in Brooklyn this coming Sunday (10/21) due to massive shitdickery on our part. We'll try to make it up to anyone who was planning on going in the coming year. There's still an awesome show happening with Satan's Satyrs, No Stayer, and Destroyed In Seconds, so by all means go to the show! And if you don't mind traveling a little we will still be playing at NJDF on Saturday night. Right across the river. One PATH Train ride and you're there. -[Ghoul]Sad to hear it. The ticket page still list Ghoul as part of the show, so no word as to refunds, etc. right now
Of course there are a few metal shows going on in NYC on that Saturday night (10/20) if you dont head to New Jersey, including the BV-BBG showcase with Yakuza, Royal Thunder, and many others (tickets).
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
'One Man Metal' still, Jef Whitehead (Wrest of Leviathan) on right
Noisey have run the first part of an amazing three-part series on One Man Metal, featuring Leviathan, Striborg and Xasthur. The series, thus far, has revealed the three notoriously hermetic individuals in a light ever seen before. Check it out below... highly reccommended.
The previously discussed Ghoul show at Saint Vitus on 10/21 is one of two area shows for the band, who will also bless NJ Deathfest at Hartleys in North Arlington, NJ on 10/19 - 20. The two-day event will also feature appearances from Waco Jesus, Malignancy, Phobia, Internal Bleeding, Waking The Cadaver, Gorgasm, Deceased, and many many more. Tickets are on sale.
Graveyard have a new song from their forthcoming LP Lights Out streaming at The Wall Street Journal. Repeat, The Wall Street Journal.
All Evillive-approved shows are listed below, along with hat great OMM video.
Ghoul at Maryland Deathfest 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Ghoul will team with Satan's Satyrs, No Stayer and one more TBA for a show on October 21 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are on sale. The show is the only known East Coast date thus far for this West Coast band, but more are surely on the way.
Ghoul recently played the Gwar-B-Q in Richmond in August, and toured with the band earlier this year. Check out video of Ghoul from that below.
Godflesh at MDF
Hand in hand, the gasmask wielding pair strolled on to the stage to the sound of air raid sirens. Their arrival announced the coming of reunited grindcore greats Nasum, one of the headliners at Maryland Deathfest on May 25th playing their farewell round of shows. A rare appearance from Godflesh and related band Napalm Death (Godflesh's Justin Broadrick was an early member of ND) were the night's outdoor (read: true) headliners, playing the large stages and rounding out a lineup that included campy thrash, Swedish death metal, noisecore pioneers, Romanian black metal and many stops in between.
Brooklyn's Castevet opened the show at 3:30PM, sporting new bassist Nick McMaster (also of Krallice). I missed the next band Nashgul (and would later miss Setherial in the same room), but managed to catch the campy and fun Ghoul, who take cues from their ex-tourmates Gwar in the theatricality and dousing-the-audience-in-"blood" arenas. Finnish death metal crew Demigod, who were a highlight at Rites of Darkness, opened the outdoor stage and delivered a similarly inspired performance.
Today is The Day were next on the indoor stage, playing quite possibly my favorite performance from the band and definitely a highlight for the day. The band's new lineup featuring the rhythm section of Wetnurse is a perfect match for Steve Austin's madman antics, and I heard quite a few comments afterword to the tune of "I forgot how much I used to love Today is The Day". Their former labelmates on Amphetamine Reptile, Unsane, would also kill it later that evening.
Negura Bunget, or what left of them, followed on the indoor stage (the bulk of the original band was recently replaced), and seemed oddly placed and limp following Today is The Day. Meanwhile, thrashers Artillery riled up the thrashers on the outside stage but didnt do much for me.
Napalm Death headlined the first of the two outdoor stages, playing material from each of their prior albums to a circle-pitting, crowd-surfing audience. Besides being the originators of the genre, Napalm Death is also one of grind's tightest live crews; the term legend is more than well-deserved.
The crowd had lined up in front of the second stage a long time before Godflesh ripped into their first chord, so from the moment that the band kicked into "Like Rats" the pits and surfers had easily migrated to the other end of the parking lot. The duo (and requisite drum machine) played material from their legendary Streetcleaner and though they slightly overstayed their welcome, it was nonethless amazing to see them live.
The reactivated Nasum (who we recently interviewed) headlined the indoor stage at Sonar and similar to the Godflesh and Napalm Death, the crowd let loose by the time Rotten Sound's Keijo Niinimaa belted out the first vocal. The five piece will be missed, but they definitely went out with a bang.
Gwar at MHoW (more by Chris La Putt)
This is a zombie event like no other!! Irving Plaza will be full of the undead!! Booze, Blood & GWAR!!In addition, to all of those prizes for costumes, you can also win prizes like "an original drawing of a full page from THE WALKING DEAD comic books". All of this insanity is for a good cause too; proceeds from the show will go toward The Smoot Family Fund, in honor of fallen Gwar member Cory Smoot. Tickets are on sale for this 21+ event.
...Take your official prom photo. Receive your official prom pin.
The Zombie King and Zombie Queen of the prom will receive special prizes...
There will be a "Pageant of the Undead" - Zombies don't do beauty pageants...they do gore pageants!
There will be a crowning of the King and Queen of the prom. Yes, there are prizes!
The grand finale is when the sickest band in metal history...Hark to the hideous majesty of your MASTERS, rulers of Earth, the MIGHTY GWAR will take the stage.
In related news, Ghoul recently returned from a tour with Gwar, will head out on the road for some dates on their campaign toward Maryland Deathfest and Chaos in Tejas. Look for that tour to hit Saint Vitus on May 23rd with Nashgul, Occultist, and Pizza Hi Five. Tickets are still available.
All tour dates and some video is below.
Ghoul at California Discord Fest (more by BBG)
Ghoul, who are now on board for Chaos in Tejas 2012 and scheduled to play Saint Vitus in May (tickets), will hit the road for a string of dates with Gwar, Municipal Waste, and Legacy of Disorder that will include a stop at Starland Ballroom on 3/18. All dates are listed below. Municipal Waste is readying their new LP The Fatal Feast via Nuclear Blast on 4/10.
In related news, Cannabis Corpse will now feature Landphil of Municipal Waste on vocal duties, and you can cath them on the road for a string of dates with Revocation and Ramming Speed. The dates include a stop at Saint Vitus on April 28th. All tour dates are below.
Sathanas will headline the first ever live appearance from Vrolok, along with NY's Hubris & NJ's Mortum at Cake Shop on Saturday (tonight, 2/11). $12 gets you in the door for this night of local black metal. Show flyer is below and Facebook event page is here.
Some great artists that are definitely metal friendly: Paul Romano, Mike Wohlberg, Kat Gun, Buddy Nestor, and Caitlin Hackett, will band together for an art show at Gristle Tattoo (178 N8th St) on 2/25. More details can be found at this link.
Black Breath has a new track, "Mother Abyss", currently streaming below. The track, which debuted via Revolver Friday, is from the band's forthcoming LP Sentenced to Life. Look for the LP on March 27th via Southern Lord.
More suggested NYC shows, some live Coffins video, tour dates and that Black Breath stream, below...
Saint Vitus @ Irving Plaza in 2011 (more by BBG)
Chaos in Tejas (May 31-June 3 in Austin) have announced ANOTHER batch of bands to add to their ridiculous lineup including Saint Vitus, Church of Misery, No Statik, Toys That Kill, Pegasus, Martial Canterel, Anasazi, Bloodwing (mems of The Spits, who are on tour soon), Harm's Way, Hatred Surge, the Hex Dispensers, John Wesley Coleman, Joyce Manor, and many many others. The current full lineup and flyer is below and tickets are FINALLY going on sale TODAY (1/31).
Doom legends Saint Vitus are currently preparing their new LP Lillie: F-65 for Season of Mist. The record, their eighth and first in seventeen years (!), is tentatively set for release at the end of March. More details are forthcoming.
In related news, members of Mind Eraser also serve as personnel in Magic Circle, another Chaos in Tejas band. Look for Magic Circle to team with Pilgrim (who we recently interviewed), Windhand, and Natur at Public Assembly on March 1st.
The updated Chaos in Tejas lineup is below along with the flyer.
Ghoul at California Discord Fest (more by BBG)
Ghoul will play a string of East Coast dates surrounding their Maryland Deathfest appearance, including one in Brooklyn on May 23rd at Saint Vitus with Population Reduction (mem Voetsek). Ticket info is forthcoming.
All tour dates and a pair of album streams, including their latest LP Transmission Zero, are below....
Volume 8 of the incredible Chaos in Tejas will go down on May 31st through June 3rd in Austin, Texas, and this year and much like last, its chock full of incredible rare appearances from across the punk, crust, indie, and metal world. Among the announced are crust legends Antisect, The Mob (UK), the reformed and final lineup of Nasum, Best Coast (who recently got a new drummer), Tear it Up (who recently reunited in NYC), Varukers, Winter, Iceage, Forward, Ghoul, Double Negative (who play NYC next week), and so much more. The announcement is just the first batch of bands, with an additional 100+ still to come. Check out the Chaos in Tejas flyer above. Full list of bands below...
Ghoul at California Discord Fest (more by BBG)
If ever there was a match made in tour-pairing heaven, its Ghoul with Gwar on the upcoming Return of the Maggot tour. Both Gwar and Ghoul practice faceless heavy music with a ultra-black sense of humor. Both aren't afraid to let a little blood spray on the crowd. Both have a highly entertaining live show. But while Gwar's chemistry relies heavily on stage theatricality, Ghoul's is quite the opposite, using minimal stage props and focusing on what matters the most, well-honed songwriting.
If you believe the rumors about Ghoul's genetic makeup, it makes sense that they'd crank out excellent records; the nameless, faceless fiends may or may not contain members of Ludicra, Dystopia, Stormcrow, Impaled, Asunder, Engorged and many others. And while Ghoul is definitely a serious band, they're definitely one to disembowel you with their blunt-death metal riffs and then make bad jokes while they play with your spilled entrails. Metaphorically speaking. I hope.
Ghoul is preparing to follow-up 2006's Splatterthrash with their latest opus of guts & gore Transmission Zero. The new LP, currently up for preorder, hits the racks on November 8th, but you can preview four of the eleven songs below. Check out "Off With Their Heads", "Blood Feast", and "Metallicus Ex Mortis" below alongside the album title track, which makes its debut here. Listen to those those alongside previous releases Splatterthrash and We Came for the Dead / Maniaxe also streaming below.
by BBG (who is in California right now)
Ghoul in Orange County
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.
Jason of Frodus spits at Death By Audio (more by Ryan Muir)
Regents, featuring members of Sleepytime Trio and Frodus, will hit the road for a short string of dates that will include a show at Acheron on 10/8 with Defeatist and Psychic Limb. Their full slate of dates are below. Regents recently dropped a 7" via Lovitt Records, which is streaming below in its entirety.
The great doomers in Earthride will team with When The Deadbolt Strikes and Archon at Acheron on 10/7.
Singapore black metal crew Impiety are touring the US this fall, and will hit Saint Vitus on 10/14 with Funerus, Sacristy, Discordia, and Warstrike 666. Full tour schedule and the video teaser is below.
Dysrhythmia will team with East of The Wall, Meek is Murder and City of Ships for a show at Union Pool on 10/22, a 1000 Knives CMJ event.
If you missed it, this week I interviewed Wolvhammer and we are streaming the new Dead In The Dirt, a new Landmine Marathon song, a new Wormrot song, and The Body/Braveyoung LP. Also this week we heard that English Dogs are touring on Forward Into Battle, and I reflected upon the amazing Urfaust/Black Anvil/Krallice/Ruin Lust show.
Deceased will team with Bitchslicer, Hellcannon, and Possessor at Saint Vitus on 10/7.
Stream a new Ghoul track, "Blood Feast", below alongside more suggested NYC shows and an Impiety tour teaser. What did I miss?
Gwar at MHOW (more by Chris LaPutt)
The tour, dubbed the "Return of The World Maggot Tour", will kick off in middle October in North Carolina and loop the country, eventually heading back to the East Coast by the end of November. Full tour schedule is below. Gwar is also headlining the Gwar-B-Q, which will feature the debut of Argonauts, as well as performances from Darkest Hour, Battlemaster, and many others.
Ghoul (who may or may not contain members of Impaled, Ludicra and Engorged) will perform material from their forthcoming eleven-track Transmission Zero LP, due on Tankcrimes. The band will also dip into that new LP at the California Discord Fest in Los Angeles, alongside Rattus, Dropdead, Lack of Interest, Despise You, Magrudergrind, and many many notable others on 9/24 and 9/25 at the Vortex. Tickets are still available.
All tour dates and some classic Gwar video on Joan Rivers and Jerry Springer is below.
Today Is The Day at Highline Ballroom (more by BBG)
And so it has begun. After a fun Maryland Deathfest 2011 (pictures of day 1, 2, 3, 4), the festival has announced confirmations for MDF 2012 including some amazing names (Bethlehem, Demigod, Ghoul, Church of Misery, The Devil's Blood, Dragged Into Sunlight, Ulcerate, others) and even a true a headscratcher (Anvil?). Full lineup thus far is below. Maryland Deathfest X kicks off on May 24th, 2012 at Sonar. No tickets yet
In related news, Today is The Day, whose rhythm section once was home to half of Mastodon and now features members of Wetnurse (Curran & Ryan), have completed their new LP Pain Is A Warning and are preparing its release for August 16 on Black Market Activites/Good Fight. Preorder it now, and check out the lead track "Expectations Exceed Reality" streaming below.
All MDF additions, that new Today is The Day, and some video is below.