Entries tagged with: Gnaw
photos by Greg Cristman
Year of No Light @ Saint Vitus - 11/14/14
French post-metal greats Year of No Light have been at it for years but they had never played the US until this month. They just wrapped up their first-ever US tour which culminated in a two-night stand at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus, both shows with excellent and different local openers. We caught the second night (Friday, 11/14) with black metallers Vilkacis, noisemakers Gnaw, and probably the most like-minded to YONL of all of them, Sannhet, who recently signed to The Flenser for their upcoming LP. As you'd hope, YONL were tremendous.
More pictures from the show, and a couple videos of YONL's set, below...
When we first mentioned the absolutely loaded (Geryon, Oneirogen, Psalm Zero, Sannhet, Gnaw, Vilkacis...wow) shows for French experimental/atmospheric doom-metal mainstays Year Of No Light at Saint Vitus, they were billed as YONL's first U.S. shows. It turns out that those aren't exactly their first U.S. shows, as they since announced and kicked off a tour here last week. The tour began in L.A. this past Thursday (10/30) and basically stays on the west coast with the awesome black/death rippers Take Over and Destroy until they head over to Vitus for their shows on November 13 and 14.
All dates and a stream of Year of No Light's latest album, also below...
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...
photos by Greg Cristman, words by Ian Chainey
"Regis = the one techno act that can get diehard Napalm Death fans dancing. Or at least nodding their heads agreeably." - Self Titled Mag
"Glenn Branca walking the floors of Hardcore Activity In Progress with a scowl and a plastic bag is the most perfect thing." - David Marek
"I'm right between Napalm Death and Gunplay performing at the same time at this @rbma Hardcore event at Knockdown. IT'S REAL WEIRD AND GREAT" - Laura Sterritt
Wolf Eyes / Gunplay / Tim Hecker @ Knockdown Center - 5/16/14
"Tomorrow i will see Gunplay and Napalm Death in the same show, i don't rly even know what that means," wrote one fan on Twitter. Somewhere, the shadowy curating hand at Red Bull Music Academy smiled. Mission accomplished.
Hardcore Activity in Progress was one of the latest monster showcases put on by RBMA, working under the record store geek conceit of musical extremes. Kicking off last Friday, May 16 at the Knockdown Center, the show playfully yo-yoed the crowds' expectations, covering more miles than the previous Drone Activity in Progress held last year. The fest swung from dynamic end points; quiet to loud, soothing to loud, measured to holy crap this is loud (they luckily were giving out earplugs that they warned everyone to wear). Sure, there were times when the twine was twisted: For one, OCD category adherents might've been flummoxed by the lack of objective hardcore on the bill, beyond the prior incarnation of Bastard Noise. ("This is our hardcore," said the website, using the same argumentative logic as, "Well, it's how I feel. . .") Then, the proximity of the stages created a timbre pile-up that would've excited the spirits of Luigi Russolo and John Cage, but seemed to irritate critics. The NY Times review reads:
the sound at the Knockdown Center was basically garbage: echoey, booming, diffuse, nonsensical. It also wasn't great at last year's Red Bull Music Academy event in the same space, "Drone Activity in Progress," but that concert had a few other things going for it -- the novelty of the just-opened space, and the music itself, drone and noise and power-electronics, either carefully conceived or more energetic. Anyway, on Friday, some good sets -- by the Thing and Ms. Lee, for instance -- were impeded by poor acoustics or competing rackets coming from nearby. And some bad sets were made worse.Add in the inclement weather and the venue's libation ban (the same venue as the recent M.I.A. & A$AP Ferg show), and one could see the bipolar goal as needlessly frustrating.
But, it's hard to damn ambition. The fact one could walk a few steps from the drone terror of the ex-Khanate pain-incarnate that's Gnaw to solo cellist deconstructionist Okkyung Lee was kind of neat in the same way an eclectic mixtape is neat. Granted, in the 21st century, with all of recorded history at our fingertips, the ping-pong effect is lessened due to everyone's general familiarity with other styles. The genre islands have been subsumed by the sea change. But, still, one appreciated the otherworldly jolt every so often: Hey, there's Lubomyr Melnyk wielding his complex continuous music theory on piano, creating a near-literal river of notes. And there's grindfathers Napalm Death destroying unprotected eardrums with unhinged aggression. In fact, the latter's classic "You Suffer" kind of summed it all up: You suffer/ But why? Those that took the show as some greater statement about contemporary art were missing the point. Modern classic and harsh noise rap! Drone and jazz! Gunplay and Tim Hecker! GUNPLAY AND TIM HECKER!
Those were the moments that made it worthwhile.
Pictures from the event (though unfortunately none of Regis or clipping. who we missed) are in this post and continue below...
by Doug Moore
Whitehorse at the Acheron, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Both Australian sludge/noise unit Whitehorse and prolific and like-minded Americans The Body (who, for the record, are in fact currently based in Portland, OR) are both at Roadburn this weekend and will embark on separate European tours afterwards. Once they've wrapped those up, the two will reconvene for a NYC show at Saint Vitus on May 8. along with compelling local support from Gnaw & Theologian. Tix are available now.
This won't be your only opportunity to catch The Body live this spring/summer -- they'll be back on July 5 at ABC No Rio as part of their tour with Thou, whom they just released a collaborative EP with. Not to be outdone by their tourmates in the absurdly-prolific department, Thou have also released another EP, this one a standalone entitled The Sacrifice. You can stream it below. In a thematically appropriate but wholly unsurprising twist, it features a Nirvana cover ("I Hate Myself and I Want to Die," specifically), a band they've covered before.
(And speaking of Saint Vitus and Nirvana...)
Check out the Thou stream and all lists of tour dates below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Napalm Death @ Gramercy Theatre, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
We ran down all the 2014 Red Bull Music Academyevents yesterday, and one we wanted to shed a little bit more light on is the incredible Hardcore Activity in Progress show that will be going down at the Knockdown Center in Queens on Friday May 16. Tickets are on sale now.
"Hardcore" here doesn't imply the genre -- ambient experimentalist Tim Hecker is billed alongside grindcore legends Napalm Death, while noise originals Wolf Eyes cozy up with Bible On the Dash having Gunplay. ("This is our hardcore" says RBMA.) In fact, hardcore is one of the few genres left off the bill, which looks to be one hell of an eclectic night. Regis will provide techno, and Bastard Noise will provide insanity.
Red Bull Music Academy hosted Drone Activity in Progress at the Knockdown Center last year, and as anyone who went knows, it was a blast, with dozens of experimental electronic artists split across a number of stages throughout the cavernous venue. That night featured Vatican Shadow, Body/Head, Pete Swanson, Alberich, Pharmakon and many more -- for those who attended, it was surely one of the more memorable shows of last year. All the stops were pulled out, and I imagine that will be the case for Hardcore Activity in Progress.
The Knockdown Center is a little ways out there, so hopefully they'll be running a shuttle like they did last time. Full lineup and flyer below...
by Doug Moore, Wyatt Marshall, Zach Pollack and Andrew Sacher
Black Tusk at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
SXSW may be all about catching the hippest bands--check out the SXSW schedule for a lowdown on what's going on (or browse our "SXSW" tag for some highlights) -- including three BV day parties and the BV official showcase -- but there's no shortage of metal to bang your head to, either. Our metal blog, Invisible Oranges, is putting on a showcase on Thursday, March 13 at the Quantum Lounge (303 W. 5th St.) with Black Tusk, Mutoid Man (members Converge/Cave In), Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne and Venemous Maximus, and there are a number of other showcases and parties bringing heavy vibes. Here's a rundown of those events (with flyers and more details below).
On Tuesday night (3/12), Pitchfork's Show No Mercy showcase goes down at House of Vans at Mohawk (912 Red River) with Indian, Kylesa, Power Trip, Christian Mistress, Windhand and Iron Reagan outside; and Youth Code, Gnaw, Primitive Man, Psalm Zero, Sannhet and Yautja inside.
On Wednesday (3/13), it's the first of four Converse x Thrasher Death Match day parties at the Scoot Inn (1308 E 4th St) from noon to 6 across two stages with heavy representation from Earthless and The Shrine, plus some fun non-metal like Black Lips, Trash Talk (who also play the free Thursday BV party at Red 7), Cherry Glazerr and more. Free to the public.
Stereofly is also throwing a free party at Javelina Bar (69 Rainey St) with Yautja, Primitive Man, Gnarwhal and more.
There's also a not-free Heavy Metal Parking Lot day-into-night party at The Lost Well (2421 Webberville Rd) with Wino's reformed Spirit Caravan, The Shrine, Kylesa, Lazer/Wulf, Truckfighters and more. You can get advance tickets to that one.
Wednesday night, Relapse Records (who signed Iron Reagan, who do play SXSW but not this show) throws their showcase at The Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St) with Windhand, Christian Mistress, Nothing, Obliteration, Primitive Man and Pyrrhon. You can also catch Nothing for free at the Thursday BV party at Red 7 which Trash Talk is also playing.
Not far from there, Roadhouse Management / Nuclear Blast Records will be presenting their showcase inside at Red 7 (611 E. 7th St) with Orchid, Kadavar, Scropion Child, BP Fallon & the Bandits, Mothership, Sweat Lodge and The Well. (Not metal, but outside at that same venue on the same night is our BrooklynVegan showcase. And hey, there are some heavier bands like Touche Amore and Frameworks on the bill.)
Also on Wednesday night, you can catch Wrekmeister Harmonies at Remedy (209B W. 5th St) with a non-metal lineup of Sean Nicholas Savage, Audacity, Tyvek and more.
Thursday (3/13), the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties continue with Windhand, Nothing and not exactly metal (not that Nothing is really metal either), but certainly loud bands Fucked Up, Destruction Unit, together PANGEA and Dirty Fences.
Then at night, it's our previously mentioned Invisible Oranges showcase at the Quantum Lounge with Black Tusk, Mutoid Man, Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne and Venemous Maximus.
We do of course hope you come, but you can also catch Scale the Summit, The Ocean, Rivers of Nihil, Felix Martin, Vattnet Viskar, The Atlas Moth and Silver Snakes at the Metal Injection showcase at the Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St).
It's the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties again on Friday (3/14) with the recently reunited NYHC band Judge, the recently reunited '80s-era SST vets Bl'ast, plus quality newer bands like Kylesa, Power Trip, Black Tusk, Sannhet, Lecherous Gaze, Iron Reagan, Southern Lord-signed LA band Obliterations (not to be confused with Relapse-signed Norwegian band Obliteration), Youth Code and more.
During the day on Friday, New England Metal & Hardcore Fest also has a free party at G Pen Annex (corner of 6th and Red River) with Xibalba, Alpha & Omega, Comeback Kid, Backtrack, Counterparts, Downpresser and more.
That night, MetalSucks puts on their showcase at The Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St), headlined by Animals as Leaders, and also featuring sets by After the Burial, Ringworm, Iron Reagan, Mutoid Man, Whores and East of the Wall.
The last day of the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties happens on Saturday (3/15), and though there's no metal at all on this one, you can still rage to Perfect Pussy and Diarrhea Planet.
Then, Saturday night, Tone Deaf Touring's showcase is at Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River) with Spirit Caravan, Iron Reagan, King Parrot, Vattnet Viskar, Lazer/Wulf, Pilgrim and Vaporizer.
And if you've got a badge, you can check out some of the metal panels during the day, including From Riffs to Bits with James Williamson (The Stooges) and Buzz Osborne (Melvins) on Friday at 12:30 PM, and Has Metal Lost Its Edge? with Brandon Stosuy (Pitchfork), Chris Gigg (Woe), Emilie Friedlander (The Fader), former BrooklynVegan contributor Fred Pessaro (Noisey), and Kim Kelly (Pitchfork) on Thursday at 3:30 PM.
That's a good amount of choices of the heavy persuasion for this year's SXSW, but if you're trying to narrow down the things you want to catch, we've put together a list of 11 metal bands we're looking forward to seeing. Check out that list (in alphabetical order) and along with flyers and set times for the above-mentioned shows, below...
Photos by Greg Cristman; words by Doug Moore
Gnaw @ Acheron, 1/18/2014
Insect Ark is a one-woman band -- Dana Schechter, a former member of Michael Gira's post-Swans project Angels of Light and the animating force in Bee and Flower. Though Schechter has a beautiful singing voice, Insect Ark is instrumental; she builds eerie, driving noise tapestries out of electronic loops, bass riffs, and delay-washed lap steel guitar lines. It's always fascinating to watch solo musicians manage so many different sounds at once, and Schechter is an animated performer -- she exudes nervous energy even when she's twiddling control knobs.Noise/doom creeps Gnaw played their second recent area show at the Acheron on Saturday (1/18); Insect Ark (who also have a few out of town dates coming up, including a Philly show with Gnaw), Prana-Bindu, and Sonic Suicide Squad offered support.
Alan Dubin is best known for his tortured vocal performances in Khanate, but he gets to do even more with his voice in Gnaw. Dubin isn't the most versatile metal vocalist in the world, but he's incredibly smart with the way he uses his voice -- he knows when to sing and how to deliver his words for maximum impact. In keeping with his bandmates, he also uses technology to get more mileage out of his throat; he electronically manipulates his vocals in real time, looping in tape-delayed rasps and moans.
You don't see much of that kind of thing from live metal bands, which strikes me as odd in a genre so obsessed with gear. I suspect that it's a traditionalist thing -- harsh vocalists are supposed to be wildmen, and wildmen don't fuck around with poncey FX boxes onstage. But you can't mess with results, and Dubin sounded great. - [Invisible Oranges]
We've got a full writeup and photo set over at Invisible Oranges which is quoted above. You can check out more pics from the show, plus music by both Gnaw and Insect Ark & their upcoming out-of-town dates, below...
By Doug Moore
Aesop Dekker with Agalloch, MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
This weekend marks the sixth installment of Dreams Were Made for Mortals, the metal-oriented group art show curated by Dysrhythmia/Krallice visual artist Karlynn Holland. The show will take place at Saint Vitus on Sunday (1/19) and will run until late. Notable artists include Krallice guitarist & all-around shred maven Mick Barr, Agalloch/Ludicra drummer Aesop Dekker, Candiria axeman John LaMacchia, & BV photographers Caroline Harrison and Lukas Hodge. There are some notable DJs too, including Mike Hill of Tombs, Primitive Weapons frontman/Saint Vitus event coordinator Dave Castillo, and a mix by the British doom band Conan.
Speaking of Agalloch, have we mentioned that they were in the studio recently?
The Invisible Oranges co-presented A389 Tenth Anniversary Bash starts in earnest down in Baltimore today (1/17). Tickets will be available at the door if you're in town and didn't think ahead.
Some closer-to-home live heavy music options for this weekend include Cleanteeth at the Acheron tonight, Malignancy / Dracaris / Hammer Fight at Tobacco Road on Saturday (1/18), and Gnaw / Sonic Suicide Squad / Insect Ark Saturday at the Acheron. Don't forget to keep an eye on our badass New York Metal Show Calendar for the latest.
The 2014 package tour season is officially underway too. The Amon Amarth / Enslaved / Skeletonwitch tour gets started tonight in Las Vegas -- we started giving away tickets to select dates on IO's East Village Radio show. Don't forget to tune in every Tuesday at 10pm for giveaways, interviews, and loads of killer tunes. The Amon Amarth tour hits NYC on February 4. We're also giving away tickets to this year's awesome installment of the Metal Alliance Tour, which features Behemoth, 1349, Goatwhore, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate, and which hits NYC on April 19.
The great death metal band Wormed have signed to Season of Mist and are writing material for the follow-up to 2013's killer Exodromos.
Members of local live mainstays Mutilation Rites and Magrudergrind have formed a sludge side project called Ruine. Stream a track below.
Over on IO this week, we spoke to Pelle Åhman of In Solitude and investigated the world of all-female Japanese power metal bands. We streamed new music by Warfather, Astrophobos, Ered Wethrin, and Solar Halos (whom we also interviewed). And, as ever, we ran down all the new metal fit to buy.
The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.
by Doug Moore
Gnaw at Europa in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
Gnaw, the thoroughly unsettling noise troupe fronted by ex-Khanate shrieker Alan Dubin, have announced a smattering of East Coast dates in support of their excellent new album, Horrible Chamber. The four-date run includes two NYC dates: one at Trans Pecos in Queens on 12/5 alongside Psalm Zero (who also have a new album to support) and The Notekillers; and a second appearance at The Acheron on 1/18 with Sonic Suicide Squad, Insect Ark, Xaddas, and Prana Bindu. No tickets available yet, but keep an eye out.
Check out the full run of dates and stream the Gnaw tune we debuted at Invisible Oranges a few weeks back, below...
by Doug Moore
There are lots of creepy bands in metal, but NYC's Gnaw -- featuring former Khanate vocalist Alan Dubin -- are among the creepiest of the bunch. Actually, it's not quite right to call their music 'metal'; it's noisy, heavy, and deeply unsettling, but there's as much harsh noise and spooky repetition as there is actual riffwork in their sound.
We debuted a new song from their upcoming album Horrible Chamber over at Invisible Oranges today. From our writeup:
"Starting out slow and ominous, Alan Dubin delivers haunted whispers that swiftly evolve into punishing screams on the claustrophobic cacophony that is "This Horrible Chamber", the 12-minute closing track on Gnaw's similarly-titled new album...the band's sophomore follow-up to This Face traps the listener in an iron maiden device (which is almost as painful as listening to Iron Maiden's '90s albums) and punishes to the record's bitter end."Check out the full shebang over at IO. Horrible Chamber comes out on 10/15 via Seventh Rule; you can preorder it here. No live dates have yet been announced in support of the album (though they did play a couple of regional dates in October), but given that they're based in NYC, chances are good that they'll turn up some time in the coming months.
Stream "This Horrible Chamber" below.
Come celebrate 10 years of Seizures Palace Recording in Brooklyn while helping out some neighbors heavily affected by Hurricane Sandy... Seizures Palace was started in 2002 in the Old American Can Factory by Jason LaFarge. Albums recorded there include those by Swans, Khanate, Akron/Family, Chicha Libre, Mighty High, Angels of Light, Ovo, and many more.One recording studio helping another. That's what its all about. Come and party with Sightings, Gnaw, Heldin, Martin Bisi, Pants Exploder and Kevin Omen on Friday (12/7 at Littlefield). Tickets are on sale. Alternatively, or in addition, you can donate to Civil Defense/Translator Audio/South Sound here.
Civil Defense/Translator Audio/South Sound was a recording/rehearsal studio complex opened this year down the street from Seizures Palace by a collection of good people who really care and believe in what they are working toward. The surge from Hurricane Sandy completely flooded the complex and all was lost. They need help.
photos by Greg Cristman
Chicago's masters of blackened ambiance, Locrian, headlined a smoke-filled Europa on Sunday (4/17) with Martial Canterel, Blacklist, and Gnaw. The show was a rare East Coast appearance for Locrian, who will swing through Milwaukee on June 11th to play the Utech Records Festival alongside names like Mamiffer, Horseback, Ithi (who play NYC on 5/11), and many others.
Locrian recently released a video for "Elevations & Depths" which is viewable below, along with Locrian's Europa set list and more pictures from the whole show...
Fuck The Facts at Cake Shop (more by BBG)
Fuck The Facts will return to Cake Shop on March 12th as part of a special round of new dates:
We've put together a special set for these shows that will have us playing songs from every album since 2001's 'Mullet Fever' all the way to new music from our upcoming 'Die Miserable' album, and all in chronological order from oldest to newest. Many of these songs we haven't played live in years and most likely won't after this, so we hope you'll enjoy this little blast into the past.Expect the nasty little canucks to fuck shit up at Cake Shop. Can't wait for Die Miserable.
Supporting the incredible FTF will be the always unfucwitable hard-grinders Psychic Limb, Radiation Blackbody (Joel/Josh of Defeatist), and Icelandic hardcore/screamo Swords of Chaos (mems of Jonsi's band, seriously).
Fuck The Facts have taken some time off as of late but many of the members have kept busy with other projects. Johnny Ibay recently played with Haymaker at the A389 Anniversary. Marc Bourgon teamed up with Steve Vargas of The Great Sabatini to record a new side project Greber. It's a little bit more in the hardcore vein (but still rules), and you can stream all of that EP below, and then pick up a copy and/or a t-shirt at their merch site.
Speaking of Joel from Defeatist, he'll debut his new band Praetura at Acheron on 2/5. The show will also feature The Osedax (ex-Psyopus), Backslider, and Misanthropic Noise. Defeatist will also play 5/22 at The Charleston with Internal Rot and Doubled Over.
Retro Grave (with Jeff Olson, ex-Trouble) will headline The Studio at Webster Hall on 4/23 and snag both Gnaw (who is also playing with Locrian) and Kayo Dot for support. The show is one of two scheduled for Kayo Dot, as they'll also play Bowery Electric on 3/25 with Vaura & Throat
Streams and more show listings below...
Terrence Hannum's "Hateshrine", and cover art for Sun Splitter II
Land of Decay have dropped the second release from Sun Splitter, a four-track release of killer ambient doom with touches of industrial music. Originally released on CD-R, the cassette features art from Locrian's Terence Hannum (who's art show opens today in Chicago) and is limited to 100 copies, so snag one of these ASAP via the label. Check out two tracks from the release: "Northern Blood Tithe" which is downloadable above and appears for the first time here, and "Earth Burner" which is streamable along with "Northern Blood Tithe" below.
While we're on the subject of Locrian, you can catch the band when they play Europa on April 17th with Martial Canterel, Gnaw, and Blacklist (whose singer Josh Strawn now also spends time in both Vaura and Religious to Damn). Tickets are on sale for the Stereogum's Haunting the Chapel & Wierd Records dark synth and metal event. Locrian released one of my favorite LPs of last year with The Crystal World.
Meanwhile just across town, another band of Chi-city ruffians are preparing a release of their own. Chicago's The Swan King have signed to Seventh Rule and will release their newest LP Eyes Like Knives on February 22nd. Featuring current and former members of Planes Mistaken for Stars, Asschapel, and Circle of Animals (that also features Bruce Lamont, who is on tour with his Led Zeppelin cover band), the band's newest LP was recorded by Sanford Parker and features the trio fusing riffy and mathy hardcore with High On Fire-style tones. Check out "Staring Through Skulls" available for download above and streaming below, and while you're at it, make sure and get the band's The Good Deeds EP which is currently available for free. It kills.
No more tour dates for either band, but all song streams and more details on The Swan King's Eyes Like Knives are below.
* Toby Driver photo by Gemma Fleming
Toby Driver is an "other". Not like Benjamin Linus or one of the Dharma Initiative, but in that his artistic endeavors Kayo Dot and Maudlin of The Well exist in the in-between, and outside. Driver's current project, Kayo Dot, is prepping to release their fourth album Coyote via Hydra Head on April 6th. On Coyote, elements of goth, avant-jazz, prog, ambient, and the kitchen sink meld with the avant-garde, making for an intensely fascinating and eclectic listen.
Driver was recently asked to curate the month of February at The Stone, John Zorn's non-profit club in the East Village. We sat down to ask Driver about some of the bands he chose which include solo sets from members of Krallice, Dysrhythmia, Extra Life, and Bloody Panda in addition to Baby Dee, Oxbow, Gnaw, and a full performance by his own band doing Coyote from start to finish, and the recent resurrection of Maudlin of The Well.
Full interview and Stone schedule, below....
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Chloe Rice
Kraliice's Mick Barr (solo) at Show No Mercy September edition
After a triumphant debut, the mighty Krallice is back with Dimensional Bleedthrough, their NEW LP for Profound Lore! Due on Nov 10th, the band recently debuted the title track, but now dig on their latest skullcrusher "The Mountain" available above! Featuring the meaty guttural screams of bassist Nick McMaster on vox instead of the banshee wail of virtuoso Mick Barr, "The Mountain" is a seriously heavy track. Check out the cover art and track listing for the album below.
To celebrate the release, the band will team up with Malkuth, Orphan, and Liturgy at Union Pool for a show on November 13th! That date is just 12 days after the virtuosic Colin Marston is scheduled to play NYC with Dysrhythmia as the last date of their tour. Right before that Liturgy and Malkuth also share a bill at Market Hotel on Halloween.
Mick Barr recently played the September edition of Show No Mercy alongside the mighty Gnaw, Castevet, and Period. A few more pics from that show are below.
Castevet AND Malkuth are also on board to play Union Pool with the incredamazing Woe and the equally awesome Aluk Todolo on 10/4. $8 gets you in.
by Black Bubblegum
Mick on stage with Krallice @ The Studio @ Webster Hall (more by Paul Birman)
Besides the previously mentioned Maze Installation running at Death By Audio, Mick Barr has his hands full with two more shows that lean more towards the heavier side of things.
First up, Mick is scheduled to play Union Pool on September 19th with dark droners Nadja as part of the ongoing Blackened Music Series. Tickets are available, get 'em here. The show is part of a US tour for Nadja, who are promoting as many as FIVE new releases and three upcoming ones: Autopergamene for Essence Music, as well as White Nights/Drone Fields DVD and Under The Jaguar Sun 2LP for Beta-Lactam Ring Records. Sheesh.
The second (actually first) show for Barr is part of the ongoing Show No Mercy series. That takes place at Public Assembly on Sept 6th and will feature the Gnaw, Castevet, and Period. Dig on the flyer for that show below. You want to go for free? I have TWO PAIRS OF TICKETS available for giveaway, just email us at BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line of "Barr" (include your first and last name).
After the Mick Barr/Nadja gig, the next show in The Blackened Music Series will be the sunn 0)))/Earth/Pelican/Eagle Twin mega-event at Masonic Temple on 9/22 (tickets) followed by the Brooklyn Vegan sponsored presentation of Shrinebuilder at Le Poisson Rouge on 11/15!
Full Nadja dates, the Josh Graham designed sunn 0))) flyer, and the Seldon Hunt designed SNM flyer are below...