Entries tagged with: Goatwhore
photo: GWAR at 'Empire Records' celebration (more by Sachyn Mital)
GWAR, who were just in NYC for the Empire Records 20th anniversary, will be putting on another installment of their annual GWAR-B-Q this year. The fest happens in Richmond from August 14-16. Day 1 happens at two RVA venues, The National and The Broadberry, day 2 happens at Hadad's Lake, and the final day will have a "Brutal Brunch" at the new GWARbar.
Bands announced so far include Descendents, Down, The Dickies, Goatwhore, MC Chris and Dead Earth Politics, with many more TBA. Ticket info will be announced soon, and like in past years, part of the proceeds will benefit Ring Dog Rescue.
Meanwhile, the band are currently dealing with legal trouble from their late frontman Dave Brockie's father.
photo: Goatwhore at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
NOLA metal vets Goatwhore will tour North America this June/July in continued support of last year's Constricting Rage of the Merciless, and they're taking out two great metallic hardcore bands, Ringworm and Black Breath, and deathgrind newcomers Theories.
The tour hits NYC on July 6 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/10) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Ex-BrooklynVegan metal writer Fred Pessaro went to New Orleans to creat a 7-part Noisey Youtube documentary on the "people and culture that helped spawn bands like Down, Eyehategod, Crowbar, Acid Bath and so many others." We mentioned when the first episode was released. They're now up to number four which you can watch with one, two, and three below.
One of those "other" bands featured in the movie is Goatwhore who are playing three shows with the reunited-sort-of Samhain at the end of October (Philly, DC and NYC). Goatwhore also play a bunch of shows before and after then including a pre-Samhain headlining show at the Bug Jar in Rochester (with Mortals and Wolvhammer), and one before that at Cobra Lounge in Chicago (also with Wolvhammer). In November they tour Europe with Dying Fetus, Malevolence, and Fallujah. All dates are listed with those videos below.
Entertainer Dave Hill is not in the documentary or on tour with Goatwhore, but he did have special guest Phil Anselmo on his first-ever WFMU "Goddamn Dave Hill Show", and he had Mike IX Williams from Eyehategod on the most recent episode. Every episode can be streamed at at WFMU.org. Catch Dave live and in the flesh and telling secrets and playing with his band Valley Lodge and with Mike Doughty (who probably has absolutely no ties to New Orleans metal) and others at Union Hall on Friday (10/3).
photos by Mathieu Bredeau
NOLA sludge metal masters Crowbar are in the middle of a month-long run following the release of their 10th full-length, Symmetry In Black. The tour is with an all-around well-matched lineup of Revocation, Havok, Fit For An Autopsy and Armed For Apocalypse, and it stopped at NYC's Gramercy Theater on September 14. Pictures of all five bands are in this post.
Crowbar are also featured in a new Noisey documentary called NOLA: Life, Death and Heavy Blues from the Bayou that takes a look at the origins of the New Orleans metal scene. Along with members of Crowbar, the film features members of DOWN, Pantera, Eyehategod, Corrosion of Conformity, Goatwhore, Acid Bath and more. The description reads, "From the crawfish-littered tables of the secluded Anselmo compound to a fishing boat with Eyehategod in the swamps, we'll discuss the bands, Hurricane Katrina, drugs, suicide, murder, and records that helped shape the New Orleans sound known the world over."
The first episode of the documentary is out now. You can watch it, with more pictures from Crowbar's Gramercy show, below...
Danzig at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
We already knew Glenn Danzig's post-Misfits, pre-Danzig band Samhain were reuniting this year to perform their debut LP at Riot Fest Chicago. They've since been added to Housecore Horror Fest and have begun announcing club dates too. Those include a NYC show happening on Samhain... November 1 at Best Buy Theater. Good openers booked too, Goatwhore (who are also on the Summer Slaughter tour) and Midnight (who are also playing NY Deathfest). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/18) at noon. All currently scheduled dates, including a Philly date and a Halloween show in DC, are listed below.
In related news, Danzig's Misfits bandmate Doyle is going on his first-ever headline tour as Doyle (the band). Yes, 27 years after Glenn Danzig formed Danzig, Doyle has formed Doyle. That tour hits NYC at Queens rock club Blackthorn 51 on August 17. All dates, including other NY and NJ shows, are listed below too.
Interestingly, Doyle also just posted a picture of himself with Eerie Von who is hopefully part of the Samhain reunion lineup. That was a few days after Doyle and Danzig played Amnesia Rockfest, which the current version of the Misfits (who play NYC around Halloween as well) also played.
Lists of Samhain and Doyle and Misfits dates below...
by Ian Chainey
Kayo Dot at IO SXSW showcase, 2014 (More by Tim Griffin)
Looks like a lot of bands spent the spring making sweet, sweet albums in the studio. First up is Kayo Dot, the avant-garde concern of Toby Driver who will be out on the road with Secret Chiefs 3 soon. Their newest is named Coffins on Io and will be out on Flenser Records on October 16. Says Driver, "Basically the vibe that we're going for here is inspired by 80s retro-future noir -- Blade Runner." Hey, the man has seen things you wouldn't believe. Elsewhere, MDF MVPs Bölzer have tabbed August 5 as the release date for their EP entitled Soma through Invictus Productions. You can sample "Steppes" below.
Masters of blast 1349 will drop Massive Cauldron of Chaos -- or what we call "soup" when I'm cooking -- on September 30 via Season of Mist. You can check out the track "Slaves" below. Tech deathers Decapitated have set September 26 as the date for Blood Mantra to be released through Nuclear Blast. Scope the cover art below. Viking shredders Ensiferum are planning to hit the studio in the fall to record their next album. And, finally, noise rockers PORD *squee* have announced *squeeeeee* their next album will be named Wild in September and will be released by Solar Flare Records in November. Sure, that makes sense. You can play their *squeeeeeeeeee* feedback-drenched teaser below.
Some bands, though, are calling it quits. Patrick Mameli is putting Pestilence down for the second time. The death/thrashers reformed in 2008 and turned in three respectable records. But Mameli wants to move on to new territory: "As of now, Pestilence is no longer active in recording new material. As a matter of fact, it's on a permanent hold, as I want to concentrate fully on my new project Necromorph. The style will be more brutal, more crazy, more tech, more futuristic and more death. I'm pretty sure all my fans will dig this!" Should've just named it Necromore.
Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.
For the full-album previews: The sludgy Bastard Feast streamed the entirety of Osculum Infame, their newest rager that will see a release on Season of Mist on July 22 (preorder). And instrumental dun-duners Pelican put up all of Arktika, their document of a live set in St. Petersburg, Russia. That one will be out on wax August 26 through the band (preorder). Those two are available below.
For single tracks and teasers, thrashers Midnight -- who will be playing NY Deathfest II on July 26 -- premiered "Woman of Flame" from No Mercy for Mayhem (August 19, Hells Headbangers). Greek blackened thrashers Principality of Hell showed off "Codex Inferno" from Fire and Brimstone (August 18, W.T.C. Productions). And buzzy core newcomers GUST dropped "Humility In Disguise" from their forthcoming eponymous album (September 16, Southern Lord - preorder). All songs are available below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (FRIDAY, 7/11): Don't bother with the shower because things are going to get sleazy. Walking lewdness charges the Mentors will play the Paper Box with NYC rippers Mutilation Rites, HEXER, Maximum Oversatan, Bomb Scare, TREZ MUERTOZ, Throaat, and tons more (tickets).
SATURDAY (7/12): Saint Vitus has set up one evil Saturday: Ash Borer, Hell, Vorde, and Yellow Eyes will flex their turbo trems and drones (tickets). If a downtuned death metal guitar is more your kind of filth, OSDMers Funebrarum, Undergang, Trepanation, Astraes Pestis, and Grim Legion will be at the Acheron (tickets).
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: It was a busy week as always in our corner. Upcoming Metal Releases tracked all of the new things including huge names like Judas Priest, Goatwhore, and more. We premiered the full album from Lord Worm's hateful Rage Nucléaire and brought it way, way back with the retro rock of Saturn. We also got our critique on, weighing in on Eluveitie, Goatwhore, and Slugdge, which is DEATH METAL ABOUT SLUGS. YES, THE CAPS ARE NECESSARY. And, of course, Wyatt provided a detailed account of sights and sounds of Martyrdoom. Finally, we were all about the Mastodon this week. We provided the details for their tour presale and went one more 'round with guitarist Bill Kelliher in a great Jonathan Dick-helmed interview.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch the reams of streams, and other noted details below.
by Ian Chainey
Mastodon at Terminal 5, 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Big membership shake-ups for old-guy thrashers: Exodus said farewell to singer Rob Dukes and welcomed Steve "Zetro" Souza back into the fold. This is Zetro's third stint with the Bay Area band. Before the reintroduction, he was biding his time in Hatriot, which is a music group and not what happens during a rowdy Lids sale. Stream a Zetro-era Exodus classic below. Elsewhere, ex-Slayer Dave Lombardo is suddenly in Amen. The Los Angeles punk outfit just turned 20 and is back in the studio with Ross Robinson.
Ultra-heavy doomers Yob have released more details regarding their forthcoming Neurot release. Clearing The Path To Ascend (also what my bud calls his weed ritual) now has pretty neat cover art and a track listing. In addition, the mad triffid Botanist will hammer away at VI: Flora on August 11 via The Flenser. What's the drunkest instrument? A hammered dulcimer, of course. Stop booing. Art and tracks are down below.
A few groups are hitting the road. Skeletonwitch, Ghoul, and Black Anvil will be setting out on a nationwide roadtrip in September. Plus, you can finally break the seal on your 2015 planner. The melodeath -- and spellcheck infuriating -- Dark Tranquillity and Insomnium are heading to the US in January. They'll play NYC's Gramercy Theatre on January 4. Tickets are will be on sale soon. All of the dates appear below.
Can't make it to a fest this weekend? You can live vicariously through some YouTube sets. (And have easier access to a bathroom, that can't be understated.) Opeth's full performance from Rock am Ring in Germany is up. And snippets of Emperor at Sweden Rock Festival have made their way online, too. It's the black metallers first live gig since 2007 and they closed it out in style by killing a Bathory cover. Both are available below.
Finally, progsters Between the Buried and Me explained why you won't hear old songs on tour:
Unfortunately, when we add some of the more obscure older songs to our set, they either detract from the flow of the show, or just generally go over like a wet fart at a funeral. So to sum it up and get crazy specific, you will still likely hear Mordecai or Selkies on occasion. Maybe even a couple others. But if you want us to play Naked By the Computer or Destructo Spin, you may have to wait until our reunion tour.So. . .no "Freebird"?
Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.
A few new flicks are out for your viewing pleasure. The post-punk Beastmilk have gone the creep-o propaganda route with their visual accompaniment to "The Wind Blows Through Their Skulls." (Also how Shakespeare described burping.) And Eyehategod have cut a clip for "Medicine Noose." Reminder, you can catch Eyehategod on the absurdly loaded July 15 show at the Acheron that includes Iron Reagan, Vektor, and Strong Intentions (tickets). All eye candy is below.
As for the streams, blackened sludge slingers Goatwhore check in again with "Schadenfreude" from Constricting Rage Of The Merciless (July 8, Metal Blade - preorder). Origin have put up a lyric video for "Absurdity Of What I Am" (hint: it's tech widdles) from Omnipresent (July 8, Nuclear Blast - preorder). Both bands will be on the Summer Slaughter tour.
Mutilation Rites thrash the hell out of "Contaminate" from Harbinger (July 22, Prosthetic Records - preorder). Mutilation Rites will also be playing Obnoxious Noise Fest 2014 on August 9 at Even Flow Bar & Grill in Bay Shore with Malignancy, Pyrrhon (Doug, come home), Artificial Brain, and more. Tickets are $20 at the door. The full lineup for that one is down below.
More: Icelandic cowboys Solstafir have posted the title track from Ótta (September 2, Season of Mist - preorder). Nasty cult death metallers Nunslaughter hammered out "Three Nails, One Liar," pulled off of the double disc Angelic Dread (June 24, Hells Headbangers - preorder). Blackened doom pack Wolvhammer dropped "The Desanctification" from Clawing Into Black Sun (July 8, Profound Lore). The blackened Bastard Sapling, featuring members of Windhand, are streaming "Lantern At the End of Time" on NPR. Instinct is Forever, their dual disc full-length, will be out August 26 via Forcefield Records. Check out all the brand new things below.
For full albums, genre chameleons Boris are offering the entirety of Noise on NPR (June 17, Sargent House - preorder). Boris will be touring with Atlas Moth and SubRosa soon. Stoners Wo Fat want you to take a toke of The Conjuring (June 17, Small Stone Recordings - preorder). And the powerviolence kick-puncher Boddicker -- who just started their tour with Nuclear Hellfrost -- have stuck all of Crime Upheaval up on Bandcamp. Scope Wo Fat and Boddicker below.
Lastly, for little guys and oddities, we got a new Black Sabbath funk take from Brown Sabbath and Ending Quest took a streamroller to OSDM. Both are below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (6/13): The crushing Trenchgrinder, Death of Kings, Vermefug, and Drones for Queens will shake the Acheron (tickets).
TOMORROW (6/14): Looking for an eclectic collection? How about drone, noise, folk, and death metal? Marissa Nadler, PHARMAKON, Youth Code, Pyrrhon (Another Doug sighting, take a shot), and Couch Slut play Saint Vitus as part of Pitchfork's Northside Festival showcase (tickets). Wanna go noisier? Erroraeon, xiphoid dementia, Bereft, and Penchant are over at the Acheron (tickets).
SUNDAY (6/15): Take your pops to a black metal show for Father's Day. Watain, Kosmodemonic, and T.O.M.B. are at Brooklyn Bazaar (tickets). If you're more into punk, there's Violent Bullshit at the Grand Victory. Tickets are $8 at the door, doors are at 2 PM. Finally, there's the sold out Chain Of Strength, Turnstile, MINDSET, Praise, and Caught In A Crowd over at the Acheron. Hey, click faster next time.
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: It was an incredibly stacked week for new releases and Upcoming Metal Releases gave you the lowdown on which ones to buy. We also streamed new stuff from Chicago's doomy Novembers Doom and Norway's Brutal Blues, who are, uh, grind. We also premiered the front-runner for band name of the year with Denmark's Piss Vortex. (Yeah, we streamed Piss Vortex. Laugh it up, get it out of your system.) Great chats were had with Watain's Erik Danielsson and Greyhaze Record's J. Neto, the latter of which gave us a lesson on Brazilian metal just in time for the World Cup. Speaking of, Wyatt also dropped Stream in the Northern Sky #4 with an all U-S-A U-S-A U-S-A collection of patriotic blarghers. And, finally, we posted the final part of Avinash Mittur's crazy-deep look at the Bay Area metal scene.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.
And try to avoid Camp Crystal Lake today, okay?
By Ian Chainey
High on Fire at the Bowery Ballroom, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
While 3,000 more people buy Metallica's The Black Album, let's take a walk on the newswire:
Indeed, that figure above is no joke. Metallica's Black Album recently passed the 16 million album mark according to Nielsen Soundscan, which has been tracking album sales since 1991. That puts Metallica up top on the list of most popular albums since Soundscan came into existence. Last week, The Black Album moved 3,000 copies. 3,000 copies. 3,000 people dropped their CD on their car floorboard. That's also probably 3,000 greater people than those who remember Napster. YOU WIN LARS. YOU WIN.
Another Judas Priest teaser? ANOTHER JUDAS PRIEST TEASER. JUST GIVE ME THE ALBUM. Redeemer of Souls will be out on July 15 via Epic Records. Find a smidgen of "Halls of Valhalla" below.
High on Fire are back in the studio. Drummer Des Kensel is certainly stoked about it: "Everyone is asking what the new High on Fire music sounds like. Chew on some mescaline and listen to side B of Sabbath's Master of Reality backwards at 78 RPM and it might give you an idea." Black Sabbath on mescaline? So, late '70s Black Sabbath. Got it. Hopefully, the guys preview some of the new songs out on tour. You can find the full list of their non-US engagements (SAD) below.
A few other bands have new albums on the way soon. Mutoid Man, the ripping trio employing Stephan Brodsky (Cave In), Ben Koller (Converge), and Nick Cageao (the guy that makes every band at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus sound nice), have signed to Sargent House. The shredding slayers are targeting 2015 for a new LP. Their last, Helium Head, will also be seeing a re-release. Stream that one below.
The Earth record that was hinted at previously has a name. It's to be dubbed Primitive And Deadly, which is a technical term anthropologist have used to describe caveman farts. Jokes aside, the soulful slow-movers have added more dates to their world tour. Get envious of their travel plans below.
Solstafir, fresh off of MDF, will release Ótta this summer. Preorders start at Season of Mist on June 10. And Opeth will finally get Pale Communion out into the wild on August 26. Preorders for that one begin on June 3 through Roadrunner Records. Opeth also released the cover art, which can be seen below. The wider, gatefold shot includes the pub's pool table.
Funeral doomers Lycus are looking to hit the road again for their 2013 release Tempest. Their slate of upcoming dates includes Martyrdoom Fest at Saint Vitus on July 1. Blast Tempest and check out their full run below.
Finally, speaking of Martyrdoom, Lord Mantis -- whose new record, Death Mask, we recently streamed in full at Invisible Oranges -- have solidified their upcoming tour schedule. They'll also be hitting the Martyrdoom Fest. All dates appear below.
Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.
Now that you're fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions, available for your streaming pleasure below.
Might as well get things rolling with a dose of utter insanity. The 30-year-old Mayhem are streaming Esoteric Warfare in full. The long-awaited follow-up to 2007's Ordo ad Chao will see a number of release options via Season of Mist on June 10 (preorder). The LP box comes with a booklet inscribed with this quote: "The will of man is broken." Mayhem have obviously never encountered a chipper Denny's server. Esoteric Warfare's tracklisting and Mayhem's upcoming Euro tour dates are below.
Wolves in the Throne Room set Metal Twitter alight with their Tangerine Dream-influenced woosh. The album details kind of made their M.O. clear, so not sure why everyone is in a huff. Celestite Mirror drops on July 8 through Artemisia Records. Clear your mind and check out the stream below. Unrelated, but does anyone want to start a keyboard-only Stooges cover band called the Mooges?
Noisy rockers Helms Alee and Young Widows have joined forces for a split. The hook-up will be out on Sargent House on June 3 and they're currently previewing the whole darn thing. Helms Alee, the current home for ex-Harkonen frontman Ben Verellen, also put out an LP titled Sleepwalking Sailors in February. The trio is set to hit the road for a short Northwest tour in June. Dates are below.
The NOLA black metal sludge slingers Goatwhore have a lyric video up for "FBS," a track from the upcoming Constricting Rage Of The Merciless that's ready to be unleashed by Metal Blade on July 8. Once the long-player hits the streets, the band will hit the road on The Summer Slaughter Tour, wrapping up their road engagements in August at GWAR-B-Q. Hopefully, by that point, I'll figure out what "FBS" means. Fat bottom stoners, you make the rocking world go 'round? Check out the full tracklisting and the sweet cover art below.
Goatwhore's Summer Slaughter tourmates Fallujah are offering "Sapphire" up for your clicks from their next album, The Flesh Prevails. The progressive slice of death will drop courtesy of Unique Leader on July 22 (preorder). Scope The Flesh Prevails tracklisting below and play, Is it a Death Metal Song or a Sade Song?
There's a new Trap Them smoker off the elegantly titled Blissfucker, something that will surely enter 2015's list of top baby names. This new track is named "Lungrunners." I'm going out a limb and saying it's about the underground lungfish trade. Probably not. Anyway, to ring in the release of Blissfucker (which I will find a way to type as many times as possible; Blissfucker), Trap Them are offering a limited edition seven inch of "Salted Crypts" (preorder). You can stream that Blissfucker track below.
Mortals, the bringers of mighty death crust, are previewing another killer from Cursed to See the Future, available via Relapse on July 8 (preorder). The trio are celebrating the new release in style at The Acheron on July 18, complete with a music video screening party. The full future tour dates appear below. Relax, you won't be cursed by adding 'em to your calendar now.
Wrapping things up, Wreck and Reference, the unnerving ruiners of listener's underwear, have debuted a track off of Want, their next album due out June 10 on The Flenser (preorder). Get your void gazing in early before the weekend approaches. Want Want.
Now, time to sprint through the rest of the underground. All streams appear below.
Emptiness' eclectic black metal clatter is now streaming in full. This was a favorite on IO's Upcoming Metal Releases, so it's definitely worth a spin.
Bastard Feast's Osculum Infame infuses some much needed energy into the metallic hardcore thing, dropping in weirdo death metal with their core tumult. The album will be available through Season of Mist on July 22 (preorder). Get blasted by "Bloated City" below.
Rude, the OSDM troupe from Berkley, California, are streaming their recently released scuzzy delight, Soul Recall, in full. Yep, the tone matches the band name. Synergy!
If you wanted more weird metal covers, there's a banjo cover of Slayer. And a renfair one. Both are below. Maybe there will a new Kerry King album to add to the pile. Burn.
Lastly, The Lion's Daughter are streaming their new single and the proceeds will go to a good cause. The band will be helping out The Stray Rescue, an operation dedicated to stray dogs and cats in St. Louis. Stream the single below and feel good preordering the record.
Check out all noted streams below.
Let's talk IO: We dropped off a ton of MDF coverage last week in the form of wrap-ups and interviews with the legendary Tomas Lindstrom of At the Gates. We also reviewed this week's heavy hitters, including Black Anvil, Crowbar, and Misery Index. The rest of this week's new stuff resides, as always, in the exhaustive Upcoming Metal Releases. And we had a full day of Profound Lore, streaming the newest from Auroch along with a great chat with Chris Bruni, PFL owner and operator.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.
Morbid Angel at Maryland Deathfest 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
The annual Summer Slaughter tour is looking just a bit better this time around than it's been lately with Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Goatwhore, Origin and more. The tour rolls through NYC on August 8 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale today (5/2) at 10 AM. All dates are listed, with the tour flyer and full lineup, below.
All Summer Slaughter dates are listed, with the flyer and some videos, below...
by Ian Chainey
The first wave of bands have been confirmed for the 5th Annual GWAR-B-Q. Held in Richmond, Virginia at Hadad's Lake on August 16, the fest will feature a lineup including Body Count, Meatmen, Iron Reagan, Goatwhore, Noisem, and Hatebreed, the last of which you can catch on May 17 at the Black N' Blue Bowl. Ticket details are still TBA for the GWAR-B-Q but a full list of bands is below.
The Ice T-led Body Count's appearance is being billed as "very special," with the press release adding, "...TV executives were bribed and beaten to get Ice T off the set of Law and Order SVU." The group have their fifth LP, Manslaughter, scheduled for release this year.
In addition to the live show, it was also announced that GWAR-B-Q will be preceded by a free-to-attend Dave Brockie memorial taking place on August 15, 4 PM to 7 PM, at the same grounds as the fest. The press release notes:
Fans, friends, family and bohabs will have the opportunity to pay their respects, as they drunkenly toast with a GWAR Beer in one hand, while wearing the commemorative Dave Brockie Fund vomit stained t-shirt as Oderus Urungus is set ablaze in a Viking Funeral Pyre on the lake.Dave Brockie, GWAR's singer and longest serving member, passed away last month. A fund was set up in his honor which you can find more information on here.
Catch the full band list, the GWAR-B-Q commercial, a Body Count set from 1992, and, for kicks, that one Black Sabbath song with Ice T on it (no, really) below.
photos by Caroline Harrison, words by Doug Moore
Behemoth @ Irving Plaza - 4/19/14
Aside from perplexing openers Black Crown Initiate, whom I missed, every band on this bill was both ungodly tight and steeped in lovably familiar theatricality. Inquisition and 1349 both opted for the classic Scandinavian corpsepaint-'n'-spikes look; the latter's bassist bizarrely chose to wear a robe. (Mismatched costume levels among metal band members are always funny; it's like when album personnel notes credit Nekroshaman, Maniacal, Caligula, and Steve.) Ben Falgoust of Goatwhore might be better at metal-frontman posturing than anyone I've seen -- he strikes badass pose after badass pose for the entire set every time they play, all without his powerful voice ever faltering.This year's edition of the Metal Alliance Tour -- which features Behemoth, 1349, Goatwhore, Inquisition, & Black Crown Initiate -- hit NYC last Friday (4/19) at Irving Plaza. (The entire tour, aside from Behemoth, would go on to hit Saint Vitus the following night.) That's an excerpt of my Invisible Oranges writeup on the show above. Read the rest and check out pictures at IO. More pictures are in this post and they continue below...
by Doug Moore
Goatwhore at Bowery Ballroom (more by Fred Pessaro)
The ongoing Metal Alliance tour -- which features Behemoth, Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition, & Black Crown Initiate -- is one of the bigger package metal roadshows of the year. It's hitting NYC on 4/19 at Irving Plaza for a sold-out stop, but if you failed to acquire tickets, you may be in luck anyway. The Metal Alliance tour proper has the day after the 4/19 show off, and almost the entire lineup (everyone except for Behemoth) will play at Saint Vitus Bar the following night, which happens to be both Easter and, well, 4/20. It should be a rager, though -- Inquisition released one of 2013's best albums, Goatwhore are a dominating live act, & 1349 have reportedly pulled themselves together after releasing two disastrous albums in a row during the late '00s.
Buy your ticket for the inverted blasphemic potsmoke Jesus death ceremony -- chances of this one selling out are pretty high.
Remaining Metal Alliance dates are listed, along with a stream of last year's Inquisition album, below.
by Doug Moore
Goatwhore at Bowery Ballroom, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Rumors about the lineup of the 2014 edition of the Metal Alliance package tour have been floating around for a while, but now they're
much more substantial announced: the lineup will feature Behemoth in the headlining slot, with 1349, Goatwhore, Black Crown Initiate, and Inquisition. It's a compelling lineup -- Behemoth recently released a promising new song (with an NSFW video), and Inquisition's 2013 release Obscure Verses for the Multiverse was one of the year's most critically acclaimed metal albums. It's also the most black metal-intensive lineup in the tour's history, which says something about the genre's growing cachet.
Tickets for all dates, including NYC at Irving Plaza on 4/19, are on presale now. Tickets for the NYC show and at least some other dates officially go on sale Friday via Ticketmaster, after another presale via Ticketmaster Wednesday.
Everyone on the tour except Behemoth also plays the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest, which goes down from April 17-19 at the Worcester Palladium.
Check out the full run of dates, the tour flyer and that NSFW Behemoth video if you haven't seen it yet, below...
By Doug Moore
Inquisition at Saint Vitus, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
We've already mentioned that the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will return in 2014 from April 17-19 at the Worcester Palladium. The festival has added some notable (and varied) bands to the lineup: 1349, Battlecross, Black Crown Initiate, Carnifex, Erra, Fallujah, Goatwhore, I Declare War, Inquisition, Rivers of Nihil, Sworn In, Broken Hope and The Acacia Strain. It's pretty hard to imagine super-serious black metal bands like Inquisition and 1349 sharing the stage with derpy deathcore like The Acacia Strain, but that's the age we live in. The backstage conversations between those bands will probably be golden.
In related news, LA hardcore outfit Alpha & Omega (who were already on the bill) will be touring on their way to the festival starting in March, along with (various combinations of) Cruel Hand, Alpha & Omega, Naysayer, Bent Life, Barrier, Malfunction and Will To Die. There's no NYC date, but the tour will hit Long Island on 4/15 at the Even Flow Bar & Grill (in Bay Shore). Tickets are are on sale.
Check out the full run of Alpha & Omega dates and the full lineup for NEMHF to date below.
by Doug Moore
new guy is second from left
Pig Destroyer has been a band since 1997. That's a long time; some of you reading this were probably born that year. During that 16-year run, various members have come and gone -- the band has had four drummers (if you count Municipal Waste/Burnt By the Sun drummer Dave Witte's brief stint) and three samples/electronics folk, but never once have Pig Destroyer included a bassist in their ranks.
Until now, anyway. In an interview with Terrorizer, guitarist Scott Hull has announced that John Jarvis (drummer Adam Jarvis's cousin) will be joining the band on the four-string. Here's Hull's explanation for the change:
"After so many years of remaining bass-less, why did you decide to welcome a bassist into the fold now?This decision was arguably overdue; Pig Destroyer have had a tough time replicating the thickness of their recorded material when they play out in the past, and a bass presence will make a huge difference for them. The Jarvises also play together in the awesome grind/death/hardcore outfit Fulgora, who hopefully won't throw in the towel now that both guys are working on Pig Destroyer.
Scott Hull: Well, the biggest reason we DIDN'T have a bass player, or another guitarist, for so many years was that we just didn't want the added complication of someone having to learn lines that I'd already written. Additionally, we just didn't want to have another person in the band because it adds complexity; travel arrangements for shows, space in a van/bus. . .etc etc. As the years progressed, we just thought "well we've gone this far without anyone else, why bother introducing a new headache now?" But honestly, I've been wanting to broaden the scope of our music for quite some time. It would be very difficult, for instance, to really do some Jesus Lizard-y type of material without a bass player, but we want to bring that sound into our material somewhat as well as some other styles that would really require a bassist, so that really made us think about it seriously. Luckily, the bass player we chose is a really good fit technically and personality-wise. He gets where we are at and knows we are picky about what we do and when, so he wont get impatient that we aren't touring 200 days out of the year.
Does this mean you'll be retroactively adding bass lines to your old classics when playing live?
Scott Hull: Yep, we've been doing that. And for the most part, it's added some real depth to the tracks, which is exciting. In some cases, like for the songs 'Terrifyer' and 'Starbelly', it's really changed them altogether. It's very cool. I feel like we kinda reinvigorated ourselves when Adam came into the band, and we're kinda doing it again with John. Change is good.
Pig Destroyer will debut their new lineup at Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film Fest, which starts on Friday (10/25) and runs until Sunday (10/27). Housecore has quietly become one of the best American metal festivals of the year, and it'll host a couple of other significant firsts: Goblin playing their Suspiria live with the film, and Dale Crover (of Melvins) drumming for Eyehategod. You can still buy walk-up tix for the fest or venue-limited badges; check out the full lineup of bands below.
Goatwhore at Saint Vitus last night (more by Fred Pessaro)
Goatwhore, 3 Inches of Blood, Revocation and Ramming Speed played a sold-out Saint Vitus last night (4/29), part of a touring package that saw Goatwhore headlining US dates and 3IOB headlining in Canada. Check out pictures from the circle-pitting mayhem at InvisibleOranges.
In related news, Boston thrash team Ramming Speed who opened the show have announced a new LP, Doomed To Destroy, Destined To Die, due on Prosthetic later this year. Check out a lyric video below.
The Casualties at Ottobar, Feb 2012 (more by Chris Boarts-Larson)
The Casualties will liven up Acheron on Feb 15 when the band joins Perdition, Agitator and Sad Boys for a show at the space. Look for utter insanity. Tickets are on sale. The band is also scheduled to do select dates with Goatwhore, though not scheduled to play Saint Vitus when the band hits with 3 Inches of Blood on April 29 (tix). Casualties dates are below.
Speaking of Perdition & Sad Boys, don't forge... they play tonight with Who Killed Spikey Jacket?, Goosebumps and Murderer.
All Casualties dates, plus Casualties and Perdition video, are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Goatwhore at Bowery Ballroom, Dec 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Commence thrash armageddon. Goatwhore and 3 Inches of Blood will tour this spring, logging a set of co-headlining, mostly-eastern North American dates. Support will come from favorites Revocation and Ramming Speed (who recently played NYC) at the tail-end of their trek, one of which will go down at Saint Vitus on April 29. Tickets are on sale.
Full tour dates for the springtime trek are below.
Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.
by Klaus Kinski
High on Fire at Music Hall of Williamsburg (photo by Lukas Hodge)
On Friday November 30th, BV's intrepid master of metal content BBG caught the High on Fire / Goatwhore / Primate / Lo-Pan show at Bowery Ballroom. On Saturday (12/1)December 1st, it was my turn to see this epic line-up, only on this night the show was happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg in your man Klaus' back yard. Was the show a total sausage-fest? Absolutely. Did each and every band thoroughly kick ass and take names? You bet your ass, motherfucker.
My primary reason I wanted to check out this show was the fact that Primate was on the bill, but boy am I glad I got to the show early and stayed late because from start to finish every metal itch I had was thoroughly scratched. The surprise of the evening has got to be how mightily and thoroughly the completely-unknown-to-me opener Lo-Pan absolutely crushed their 8pm sharp opening slot. Lo-Pan plays sludgy, stoner rock that is heavy as hell and manages to incorporate tasty riffs that remind me of old Sabbath with hints of slowed down Thin Lizzy and Kill Em All era Metallica. What sets Lo-Pan apart from most sludge metal you hear nowadays (besides the fact that Lo-Pan is effing awesome) is the fact that they have a singer who, god forbid, has abandoned the played-out 'craft' of screaming and grunting incoherently and actually sings. Like, melodically and articulately. Think Maynard James Keenan with a little more stank. As the first of four bands, Lo-Pan was playing to an unfortunately underpopulated audience. But after their set it was so obvious that everyone there thought they totally kicked ass, and I heard many people remark how glad they were they got to the show early and caught their set. Check em out!
After Lo-Pan, Primate, my primary reason for being at the show, took the stage. For those keeping score, Brutal Truth is one of my favorite bands of all time. BT frontman Kevin Sharp is the frontman for Primate and happens to be one of the greatest frontmen of all time. I'll basically buy into any project he's associated with. Primate plays loud, relentless grindcore at very high volumes which was a sonic departure from Lo-Pan and which finally got the crowd moving a little. As a barefooted Sharp prowls the stage screaming his balls off under the shadow of a ragged cowboy hat, his bandmates unleash hell. The thing I like about Primate, aside from the aforementioned speed and volume, is the fact that there is a touch of humor to their approach. Whereas Brutal Truth is super earnest grindcore, Primate comes across as a bit more playful. It's like how Murphy's Law is an antidote to the super earnest, straight-laced hardcore scene. Yes, Primate is grindcore, but there's something less rigid about them. They were awesome and vastly increased the energy level of the room.
With the energy level of the audience at a good pitch, blackened thrash metal greats Goatwhore took the stage, giving the audience a glimpse at yet another sub-genre of heavy metal. Makes sense. We already had our sludge and our grindcore. Going into this show I honestly had very little familiarity with Goatwhore but based on last night's performance I have to say they are effin great and I loved their set immensely. And, whoa boy, were they ever loud. I was up front for the entire show, but during Goatwhore's set there were moments where the double-bass drumming was so fast and furious that I thought it was going to loosen the contents of my bowels and create an unpleasant situation for everyone in my immediate vicinity. Jesus Christmas... for a four piece these guys make a lot of noise. And I have to give props to frontman Ben Falgoust; this guy absolutely owns the stage. From whipping his hair around in time with the music, to air guitaring furiously along with the guitar solos, to fist-bumping members of the audience, Ben succeeded in whipping MHOW into a frenzy. Some good ole fashioned pushing and shoving and beer spilling and people slipping and throwing up devil horns. It was awesome.
Six or seven beers, three bands, and one desperately needed bathroom break later, it was time for the highly anticipated set by stoner metal Gods High on Fire. At this point in the evening I, like mostly everyone else in the room, was hot, sweaty, hammered, a touch belligerent, and ready to rock my socks off. Matt Pike, who looks a little heavier than I remember (maybe a side-effect of rehab?), to me really is a living guitar god. No, he's not a shredder. No, he's not a brainiac genius inventing techniques and crazy gear. He just does what he does so well that he makes his MANY imitators look preposterous. He has a gift for creating the fattest, heaviest riffs of all time. And when you add bass player Jeff Matz (who was once in a band called Camarosmith which is basically the funniest band name ever) and pummeler Des Kensel into the mix, you get a slow burning wall of sound that is one relentless hook after another. Heavy. Heavy. Heavy. This was such a perfectly curated show that gave everyone a little taste of several different metal genres and I don't think my ears or my bowels will ever be the same.
Head below for the Bowery Ballroom setlist which, reportedly was identical to the MHoW show.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
High on Fire are on tour and played two NYC shows this weekend, the first of which was at Bowery Ballroom on 11/30 with tourmates Goatwhore, Primate and Lo-Pan. The shows marked not only a triumphant return for guitar god Matt Pike following his stint with rehab, but also a chance to document his return for all posterity: both Bowery Ballroom and the following night's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg were recorded for a live album. Pictures from Bowery are in this post (and pics and a review from Music Hall are on the way). More, and a video of Primate performing Black Flag covers at the after-party at Saint Vitus, below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
High on Fire at BV-PoTR Deathmatch 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Sure, Pike's stolen guitar still hasn't show up, but High on Fire have some other news to celebrate. Matt Pike is on the mend following his stint in rehab and now will team with Goatwhore and Lo-Pan for a US tour. Look for the tour to hit November 30 at Bowery Ballroom and December 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg along with Primate (who recently dropped an new LP this year). Tickets go on AMEX presale on noon on Wednesday (9/26) and regular sale on Friday (9/28).
All tour dates are listed below, along with a brand spankin' new video for "Death to the Architects of Heaven" by Goatwhore.
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
Lock Up @ Europa - 2/16/2012
UK band Lock Up, featuring an ailing Tomas Lindberg and bass tones from Danny Lilker (Nuclear Assault) in the the place of Shane Embury (Napalm Death, Venomous Concept), played Europa on February 16th as part of their round of dates with Goatwhore and Strong Intention. The NYC date featured appearances from both The Year is One and Mutant Supremacy, as well as vocals on some of the Lock Up tracks from Ben of Goatwhore while Lindberg was coating his throat in cloraseptic and downing Dayquil. Get well soon Tompa! Pictures from the show are in this post.
In related news, Goatwhore's new LP Blood for the Master is out NOW via Metal Blade Records. Stream "Parasitic Scriptures of the Sacred Word" from the LP at Pitchfork and order your copy at Metal Blade.
More pictures from Europa are below.
Shane Embury on stage with Venomous Concept (more by BBG)
Lock Up is a deathgrind side project originally formed by Shane Embury (Napalm Death, Venomous Concept), Nicholas Barker (ex-Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir) and Jesse Pintado (Napalm Death, Terrorizer). Lock Up was joined by Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy) for its debut album, 1999's Pleasures Pave Sewers, and Tomas Lindberg for 2002's Hate Breeds Suffering and a Japanese tour...Lock Up, who is now Shane Embury, Nicholas Barker, Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates, Disfear, etc), and Anton Reisenegger (Chile's Pentagram, Criminal), cancelled their MDF appearance last year but will hit the road for a string of US dates this winter with Goatwhore (who just played Europa with Exhumed) and Strong Intention, including Europa on 2/16. Ticketing info and additional support are still forthcoming.
Lock Up have played very few live shows. In 2009, the band announced that they would play the Damnation Festival that year. The line-up featured Embury, Barker, Lindberg and Reisenegger. It was touted as the band's last ever live show; however, they later booked more shows for 2010. -[Wiki]
All tour dates and some video below...
photos by Jonathan McPhail, words by BBG
Exhumed teamed with Goatwhore, Havok, and Brohammer at Europa on Wednesday night (11/9), as part of the latter three's tour together. Exhumed's appearance was the most rare after being away from the road and on mini-hiatus for a few years (save for an MDF appearance), but it was Goatwhore who drew the most excitement, probably due to the fact that the band is on the road constantly. By all accounts, the kids also went nuts for high-energy thrashers Havok.
Pictures of all four bands, some video, the Exhumed album stream, and tour dates are below.