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Godflesh @ Irving Plaza 4/10/2014
Godflesh
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There is no way I can adequately describe how stoked I was to see the Godflesh tour at Irving Plaza last night (4/10). I was nearly catatonic with frenzy; exhausted from excitement and impatience for the show. Since about 1991, Justin K. Broadrick has been a personal hero of mine. Through all of my musical and personal-stylistic phases, from metalhead to poseur punk to hardcore dork to rude boy to skinhead to motorcycle enthusiast, Justin K. Broadrick and all his various projects are one of the few things I have carried with me lo these many years. My first and only time seeing Godflesh was as a 13 year old, 70 pound, pint-sized mullet head in 1992 at the now-defunct but endlessly important Club Babyhead in Providence Rhode Island. That show was in the days before I even remotely considered wearing earplugs and will go down in history as the loudest, bassiest experience of my life. I remember having to retreat to the back of the room because the bass was vibrating my body so bad I wasn't sure if I'd end up puking or crapping my pants. I regret passing up every subsequent opportunity to see Godflesh, so last night -- which itself was postponed from October -- was years of waiting come to fruition.

Pharmakon
Pharmakon

Now that Godflesh is a completely independent entity and no longer bound by the whims and oversight of a label, the two opening acts felt more carefully curated than obligatorily tacked onto the bill. The first opener was Pharmakon, a one woman onslaught of industrial dirge and ear splitting terror. The brainchild of New York City native Margaret Chardiet, Parmakon was a very crowd-polarizing act. Pharmakon plays extremely loud and chaotic beats and textures accentuated by Chardiet's brutal, from-the-guts screams. Some people were clearly not impressed. For me, though, it was a phenomenal experience. I watched her set with my friend Kurt aka Submerged aka the guy who owns and operates OHM Resistance, and we were both floored. She isn't for everybody, but it sure as shit tickled the fancies of me and Kurt. Her set seemed really really short, and when I saw her afterwards I asked why her set was so short and she said she was having some technical difficulties. And that's too bad. I could have listened for hours.

After a brief intermission, the next act up was Cut Hands, a one man electronic act featuring legendary noise master William Bennett. For the uninitiated, Bennett founded Whitehouse in the UK in 1980, a band who was at the forefront of the experimental and noise scene for 27 years before finally disbanding. Although known as a godfather of noise and experimental music, I found his set last night to be extremely cohesive and easy to get hooked into. It was sort of a bastard child of classic-era Underworld with a dash of darkness, violence, and physical abuse. Accompanied by a series of incredible projections, his semi-dancy set had the entire room transfixed and, I don't know, sort of.... dancing? As dancy as a sausage-fest can get I reckon. But people were way into it. I was way into it. The inclusion of Cut Hands by Broadrick was such a great nod to the era when Broadrick was starting to bloom in the Birmingham underground scene with bands like Napalm Death. I feel lucky to have been able to witness such a master at work.

After Cut Hands and what had to be the easiest and fastest stage changeover, two-man sonic powerhouse Godflesh took to the stage. As the house lights dimmed and fog began to rain down from the heavens, Broadrick and Green turned up their guitars and filled the room with a growling, feedback laden wall of sound that lasted for about three minutes. Suddenly a projection appeared at the back of the stage, a programmed cymbal counted off 4 beats and then... KABOOM! Godflesh exploded into one of their most legendary tunes "Like Rats." I thought the place was going to implode.

Let's face it; I am a dork with a penchant for nostalgia. When I say I was anticipating this moment for years, I am not exaggerating. That opening explosion of Like Rats signaled the arrival of one of the most important shows of my life. And the setlist they put together was plucked straight out of my dreams. "Christbait Rising," "Streencleaner," "Spite," "Mothra," "Avalanche Master Song," "Defeated," and "Crush My Soul" all made the playlist of the evening. The technologies the band uses has changed considerably over the 20+ years since I last saw them, but the crossover has not changed Godflesh's signature sound one single iota. Benny Green's bass tone is as crushing as it ever was. All the beats sound exactly as they did all those years ago, and Broadrick's vocals are as devastating as ever. A video of "Like Rats" from last night, plus pictures from the whole night, are below. Unfortunately, Godflesh live is really only adequately experienced... well... live. No video could possibly capture the volume and uber-heaviness of their performance. Last night's show was a flawless triumph. End of story.

Tonight? Carcass.

If you need more Godflesh, be sure to tune into Invisible Oranges show on East Village Radio this Tuesday (4/15) at 10 PM EDT where they'll air an exclusive interview. In the meantime, more pics and video from Godflesh's Irving Plaza show, below...

Continue reading "Godflesh played Irving Plaza with Cut Hands and Pharmakon (pics & review)"

Godflesh @ MDF2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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Trust @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Trust

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Godflesh, Cut Hands, Pharmakon @ Irving Plaza
Godflesh's classic 1989 album Streetcleaner also serves as a description of the UK band's sound: heavy, slow and able to strip any scum off the pavement. After postponements, they'll be in the (god)flesh in NYC tonight. Tickets are still available. If you're at the show, look for the guys from Invisible Oranges who will be in the hallway recording segments for Tuesday's East Village Radio show (listen to to the show Tuesday at 10pm to hear those segments).

Trust, Mozart's Sister @ (le) poisson rouge
Trust is the nom-de-synth of Toronto artist Robert Alfons who makes puts a gothy spin on house pop, courtesy his rather sinister vocal style. See them in the darkest room possible. His new album, Joyland, just came out on Arts & Crafts. Opening tonight is Mozart's sister, the solo project of Think About Life / Shapes & Sizes' singer Caila Thompson- Hannant. Worth getting their early for.

The Love Language, Porches, Kill Devil Hills @ Baby's All Right
North Carolina indie rockers The Love Language are continuing to tour this year in support of 2013's Ruby Red . Also on the bill are one of Brooklyn's most promising new bands, Porches.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony @ Barclays Center
Tonight, Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt will all be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Among other things, we'll get a Nirvana performance (possibly fronted by Joan Jett), and maybe get to witness some Courtney Love/Dave Grohl awkwardness on stage.

Radical Dads, No Other, Jupiter Boyz, Quiet Down @ Death By Audio
Sad that Wild Flag called it quits? Radical Dads follow a similar path and are one of Brooklyn's more underrated bands and are always fun live. Also on the bill are Philadelphia trio No Other whose latest EP has the wonderful title, I Believe in Werner Herzog.

Tomutonttu, Jooklo Duo (with Bill Nace) @ Issue Project Room
Tonight, Finnish sound artist Tomutonttu plays his first US show since 2010, and opening is a collaborative set between Italian free jazz duo Jooklo Duo and Body/Head's Bill Nace.

La Dispute, Pianos Become The Teeth, Mansions @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
It's an excellent double bill of post-hardcore from La Dispute, whose new record Rooms of the House has them three for three in terms of consistently great and different-sounding records, and the screamo atmospherics of Pianos Become the Teeth. Mansions lean more towards grungy power pop, but should make for a solid opening set.

Conor Oberst, James Vincent McMorrow @ The Greene Space
It's the second of the two-night Gigstock, which mixes"showcase-length sets with conversation." Like last night, tonight's a good double bill with Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst and Bon Iver/James Blake enthusiast James Vincent McMorrow.
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Low Fat Getting High, Bennio Qwerty, Big Neck Police, Fins @ The Living Gallery
Local punks Low Fat Getting High just announced a new EP, Poor Circulation, which we'll hopefully get to hear some of tonight. You can get a taste of it from its new single, "Police Cop," below. Great bill all around tonight too.

Jowe Head & the Celestial Choir, pHoaming Edison, Lame Drivers @ Union Pool
As a member of Swell Maps and Television Personalities, Jowe Head earned his spot in the post-punk/indie hall of fame. He's got a new album, but he plays tracks from his old bands too. His backing band, Celestial Choir, features Magnetic Fields' Claudia Gonson and members of Mad Scene and Fly Ashtray.

Justin Vivian Bond @ Joe's Pub
A regular in NYC's drag scene for years, and once a member of the duo Kiki and Herb (with Kenny Mellman, who is now in The Julie Ruin), Justin Vivian Bond performs his new show, The Drift tonight. The show "creates a new, free associative, collage of spoken word and song inspired by the story of Karen Stone, a retired actress who drifts from one space to another -- either in her mind, in couture or in bed."

Feist (solo), Kevin Drew @ Tarrytown Music Hall
It's been about three years since Feist released a new album. Hopefully she'll fill us in on what's going on (and play some new songs) tonight. Her old Broken Social Scene pal Kevin Drew opens.

Flight Facilities, JDH & Dave P @ Highline Ballroom
Australian duo Flight Facilities probably know how to make excellent nachos -- they don't know the meaning of "too much cheese." Embrace the fromage and dance tonight.

Chick Corea @ Town Hall
Jazz legend, Grammy winner and pianist extraordinaire, Chick Corea will be doing what he does best tonight. It's a solo show, just him and his instrument.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Continue reading "What's going on Thursday? (Godflesh, Trust, R&R Hall of Fame, La Dispute, Conor Oberst, Low Fat Getting High & more)"

By Doug Moore

Czar at Irving Plaza, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)

At five years old, Chicago's Czar are a comparatively new band. Their roots run deep, though; founder Jason Novak is also responsible for the long-running industrial metal band Acumen Nation, which explains why this comparatively under-the-radar band was able to land an opening slot on Killing Joke's North American tour last year. Czar themselves are substantially different from their predecessor band -- they draw equally on contemporary, Mastodon-ish sludge and the weirdly artsy alternative rock of the late '90s/early '00s. (Think Failure or the 'cool' parts of Deftones' catalog; Hum, whose Matt Talbot produced both of their albums, figure here too.) You can stream their 2013 album, No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive, below.

Czar are heading out on a short North American tour of their own in April. Their run briefly intersects with Godflesh's rescheduled US tour for a 4/15 Chicago show at Metro (tix here) before reaching NYC for a headlining show at Saint Vitus on 4/17. Support is TBA, but tickets are on sale anyhow.

Stream No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive and take a look at Czar's complete list of announced dates below...

Continue reading "Czar (ex-Acumen Nation) touring in April (dates)"

by Wyatt Marshall

Pharmakon at Drone Activity in Progress, May 2013 (more by PSquared)

NYC's noise beast Pharmakon just played a hometown show at Trans Pecos on Wednesday (1/29) (how was it?), and now she's got more dates coming up too. If you haven't been able to catch her obliterating a showspace recently (or just need to see her again), you'll have at least two more chances to see her in her hometown in the upcoming months.

She'll be adding support to a few dates on the previously mentioned and long-postponed Godflesh tour, including the NYC show happening at Irving Plaza on 4/10, which will also feature a performance by Cut Hands. Tickets for that show are still available, as are tix for the next two nights in Philly and Boston.

Much sooner than the Godflesh tour, you can catch Pharmakon at Baby's All Right on February 18 with Helm, Damien Dubrovnik (the risqué synth/power electronics project featuring Loke Rahbek of Var, Sexdrome and Lust for Youth), and Three Legged Race. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Pharmakon's forged an alliance with the Posh Isolation world, it seems, and will be touring Japan with Var, Lust for Youth and Croatian Amor. Those will be cool shows--Japanese readers, get on it.

All dates are listed, along with a song stream, below...

Continue reading "Pharmakon played Trans Pecos, playing Baby's w/ Damien Dubrovnik & Helm before touring w/ Godflesh (dates)"

by Wyatt Marshall

Mueran Humanos at Nothing Changes - 12/4/13 (via D.j. Jose)
Mueran Humanos

England's industrial dark wave specialists Natural Assembly released a music video for their new song "When We Two Parted," and it's a good'un. A mix of post-WWI era footage of London, sped-up flowers blooming and concert footage presented in a silent film visual style make for a dark and ominous canvas over which the seriously dance-y, synthed-out track plays. Love those drowned, echoing vocals. "When We Two Parted" is the first song off of a forthcoming Natural Assembly release due out early next year. If there was a ever a band that should play Nothing Changes, Natural Assembly is it. Check out the video below.

Speaking of below-Delancey's dark/no/cold wave party of record, Nothing Changes marched into December last night with a performance by the Argentine-German synth-pop duo Mueran Humanos (pictured above), who are currently in town recording a follow-up to their 2010 self-titled at Heaven Street Records. Did you go? Good time?

Nothing Changes also just announced that Dominick Fernow of Prurient, Vatican Shadow and Hospital Productions fame will be DJing the previously discussed Clay Rendering (12/11) show which also has Christopher Hansell (Sacred Bones) and Ning Nong (Raspberry Bulbs) DJing. More just-announced Nothing Changes dates including shows by Dark Blue (12/18), STATIQBLOOM (1/15) (Fade Kainer of Batillus) with Søren (of Rosenkopf) and more. Updated schedule below.

In Batillus news, the Brooklyn doom bruisers just put out a cover of Ministry's "Lava" that will be on a forthcoming 7" with Kowloon Walled City, who contributed a cover of Godflesh's (touring soon) "Anthem" for their half. Both sides of the split are streaming below. Batillus' song "Concrete" was also just given a very creepy remix by Andy Stott (who they've played with), which you can hear at Pitchfork.

Check out the Natural Assembly vid, upcoming Nothing Changes lineups, and the Batillus/Kowloon walled City streams, below...

Continue reading "updated Nothing Changes schedule +++ new videos/streams from Natural Assembly, Batillus, Andy Stott & more"

By Doug Moore

Behemoth at Irving Plaza, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

Behemoth frontman Nergal is kind of a badass -- he's an extremely gifted musician and a live-performance powerhouse who's played an important role in putting the potent Polish metal scene on the international map over the past 20 years. He's also a cancer survivor; after his 2010 leukemia diagnosis, he underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Two years later, Behemoth were back on the road and plowing through high-energy live sets like nothing had happened. Again, badass.

Behemoth announced a 2014 release for The Satanist -- their tenth album, and their first in half a decade -- a few months ago. I admittedly haven't been too excited by their last few efforts, but after watching the NSFW video for leadoff single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" (streaming below), my enthusiasm for the band has been rekindled. It's far moodier and more patient composition than the cluttered, robotic death/black metal that they've produced recently. They can still put the hammer down when they need to, though; the song's final minute is both the catchiest and most intense moment I've heard them produce since the mid-aughts. The video is pretty cool too, especially if you're into artsy black-and-white shots of evil rituals happening in slow motion.

In related news, Behemoth were also recently announced as part of the initial lineup for the 2014 edition of France's Hellfest, which will take place from June 20 through 22 (6/20-6/22). The lineup so far is huge and crazy: there's a "huge rock band" stage, featuring Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Soundgarden, among others; a big-name thrash/black metal stage that spotlights Slayer, Death Angel, Emperor, Iced Earth, Behemoth, and more; a death metal stage that will include Death To All, Carcass, Opeth, Nile, Gorguts, Hail of Bullets, and Weekend Nachos; a smaller black metal stage topped off by Watain, Gorgoroth and 1349; a sludge/stoner stage featuring Electric Wizard, Monster Magnet, Unida, Kylesa, Godflesh, and Clutch; and a punk stage topped by Walls of Jericho, Millencolin, and Turbonegro. Wow. You can reserve tickets now, if you feel like parsing the Google-Translated ticket page.

Check out the Behemoth video and the full set of Hellfest announcements below.

Continue reading "Behemoth debut new song & NSFW video, playing 2014 Hellfest (line-up)"

by Doug Moore

Godflesh at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

Godflesh

If you're a Godflesh fan, you're no doubt already aware that their long-awaited North American tour has been postponed until April 2014 because of visa issues. As promised, the new run of dates has been announced. The former NYC date that was to have happened Saturday (10/19) is now scheduled for April 10, 2014 at Irving Plaza, which is actually kind of a relief, given that NYC will still be in the throes of the clusterfuck that is CMJ this weekend. Ticketmaster's site for the date says that all previously purchased tix will be honored on the new date, which is a relief as well. The openers, however, are TBA; keep an eye out for updates on that front.

See the full run of rescheduled Godflesh dates, listed below...

Continue reading "Godflesh announce rescheduled tour dates"

by Doug Moore

Godflesh @ MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Godflesh

There have been rumors flying around for a few days that Godflesh will be postponing their upcoming North American tour because of visa issues, but there was no official announcement to work with. There still isn't from the band but Live Nation has confirmed that the tour -- which included a 10/19 stop at Irving Plaza -- is postponed. The replacement dates haven't yet been announced, but it sounds like they're not going to be until April. Bummer.

The delay was purportedly caused by government-shutdown-related shenanigans, just like the Church of Misery tour delay we mentioned yesterday. Double bummer. Call your congressperson about this travesty...especially if you live in a deep-red fortress district.

by Doug Moore

Jesu

As we've mentioned, the ever-prolific Justin Broadrick is preparing to release his wordy new Jesu LP, Every Day I Get Closer to the Light From Which I Came. Now that we're less than a week out from the release date (it drops on September 24 via Avalanche Productions), you can stream the whole thing over at Pitchfork. Jesu have also released a music video for the lead single, "Homesick," which you can watch below. It's, um, relaxing.

In other Broadrick-related news, Godflesh's previously discussed tour makes its long-awaited appearance in NYC on October 19 at Irving Plaza. Since we last mentioned it, an opener has been announced -- the excellent Texan sludge-punk band American Sharks, whose debut LP came out this week. Tickets for the show are still available.

Stream the whole American Sharks album (via Revolver) and the Jesu video, along with an updated list of Godflesh dates, below...

Continue reading "Jesu has a new a video, streaming new LP; American Sharks opening for Godflesh in NYC (updated dates)"

CMJ 2013

The 2013 CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 15 - 19 at clubs all over New York City. As we've been tweeting about at @BVCMJ, tonight (8/27), the CMJ folks held an announcement party at Bowery Electric with live performances from Weekend and Magic Man.

They also announced their initial line-up for this year's fest, which includes Kevin Drew, The Long Winters, Real Estate, Obits, The Dismemberment Plan (Terminal 5), Pelican (who are playing both of our Invisible Oranges showcases at Saint Vitus), Jacco Gardner, Good Riddance, Godflesh, Eagulls, the Pendu Sound showcase, and many more.

We'll have a set of pics from Weekend and Magic Man soon, but for now peruse the full initial CMJ 2013 line-up below.

Continue reading "CMJ 2013 initial line-up released"

Jesu

Yes, we're stoked on upcoming Godflesh dates (including Irving Plaza), but it's also nice to hear that Justin Broadrick has not abandoned his other projects. In fact, Broadrick has completed a new Jesu LP titled Every Day I Get Closer to the Light From Which I Came, will see release on September 24 on digital/vinyl/CD. The new record will be Jesu's first in two years, since dropping Ascension in 2011.

In addition, Broadrick also recently dropped a Pale Sketcher track over at Bandcamp. Stream that below along with some Jesu material.

Continue reading "Justin Broadrick announces a new Jesu LP"

Godflesh at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Godflesh

Rumor turns to fact. Godflesh have announced more US dates, and now those include a stop in NYC! Save the date... October 19 at Irving Plaza. Tickets go on sale Friday (6/14) at noon. All known dates are listed, along with a few videos, below.

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by Fred Pessaro

Godflesh at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Godflesh

Maryland Deathfest in 2012 saw the triumphant return of legendary industrial/metal duo Godflesh to US shores. Rumors have been swirling ever since regarding more shows in North America, only leading to false hope... until now.

Word has it that the band is readying a set of dates including NYC, though specifics have yet to be announced. We do know, however, that Justin Broadrick and G.C. Green will perform in Chicago at The Metro on October 22 with noise terrorist Prurient. We'll keep watch on additional dates as they become available. In the meantime, check out Godflesh performing their classic "Streetcleaner" at MDF2012 below.

Continue reading "Godflesh's rumored North American tour starts to take shape"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Justin Broadrick of Godflesh @ MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Godflesh

The final effort by the great Godflesh has been given the VIP treatment, and will see the light of day in the start of the new year. 2001 Hymns will be reissued and remastered via The End Records on February 19, featuring a second disc of demo material. (Pre-order yours.)Stream the remastered demo for "Paralyzed" below for the first time below.

In semi-related news, Godflesh recently toured the far east with Deafheaven, and that band will welcome their new LP, Sunbather, via Deathwish in Spring 2013.

Justin Broadrick's other project, JK Flesh, is featured on the final Hydra Head release.

Full tracklist for the Godflesh reissue and the stream of the demo are below.

Continue reading "Godflesh reissuing 'Hymns' (stream a bonus track); Deafheaven preps new LP"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

JK Flesh/Prurient art
JK Flesh / Prurient split

Between his remix contributions, work as Jesu and other psuedonyms, and overall pioneering work ethic, it seems somewhat appropriate (but sad) to watch the influential labelHydra Head Records sail off into the sunset with a final release from an artist of Justin Broadrick's influence.

But enough with the tears. The new split, titled Worship is the Cleansing of Imagination, features Broadrick as JK Flesh along with the great noise technician Prurient on the flip, each contributing three songs. (The artwork, with a lightswitch in the "off" position is also perhaps a nod to the label's final bow.) Prurient's noisy, instrumental contributions stray from his aggressive darkwave-y LP, Bermuda Drain, which hit the label last year; while JK Flesh's three tracks come off like a glitch-y cross between Godflesh, drum 'n' bass, John Carpenter soundtracks and some of El-P's noisier productions. Stream tracks from the split below including JK Flesh's "Fear of Fear" which makes its debut here. Preorder yours at Hydra Head before the 12/11/12 release. Long live Hydra Head.

In other Justin Broadrick news, Jesu recently dropped the vinyl version of the 2010 Christmas EP via Robotic Empire, as well as his now sold-out contribution to the Matador Singles Club, "Duchess" b/w "Veiled".

Stream that Christmas EP and songs from the new JK Flesh/Prurient split below.

Continue reading "JK Flesh (Justin Broadrick) and Prurient share split for final Hydra Head release (stream it)"

by BBG

Godflesh at MDF
Maryland Death Fest

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.

More pictures from day two at Maryland Death Fest are below. If you missed it, check out day one pictures HERE and a set of Rorschach's pictures HERE.

Continue reading "Maryland Deathfest Day 2: Godflesh, Napalm Death, Nasum, Today is The Day, Unsane, Ghoul, Demigod and more "

Justin Broadrick with Godflesh at Roadburn 2011 (more by Stefan Raduta)
Justin Broadrick

Maryland Deathfest 2012 is looking insane with some killer additions! Names like Electric Wizard, Godflesh, Winter, Confessor, Tsjuder, Negura Bunget, Looking For An Answer, Haemorrage, and many others. Full lineup thus far is below.

Stream the new Thou EP, The Archer and The Owle, at Metalsucks. Members of Thou may or may not be in the band Barghest, who recently released their debut LP via Gilead. Order a copy via the label and stream it in its entirety below. Be on the look out for upcoming Thou dates on the east coast....

Gilead is also welcoming the new LP from False, a two song self-titled 12" of black-metal misanthropy. Furious stuff, check it out for yourself below.

Stream a new song by The Atlas Moth from their forthcoming An Ache For The Distance at Stereogum. Look for the Lp on Profound Lore in September, and look out for upcoming tour dates, including the East Coast!

If you missed it, From Ashes Rise will be in NYC on 8/15 with Full of Hell & Night Birds.

Tickets are on sale for the previously discussed Weedeater/Oxbow/Bison BC/Fight Amp show at Europa on 9/10. A reminder, tickets are still available for the previously discussed Toxic Holocaust/Holy Grail/Krum Bums show at Europa on 8/19.

Ampere will play Stolen Sleeves on Saturday (7/23) in celebration of their new LP Like Shadows due on No Idea. Stream four new tracks.

Rwake is streaming a new song at NPR from the LP Rest due on September 27th via Relapse. A reminder, CT will be in NYC for the Slow Southern Steel premiere at Knitting Factory on 8/13 with The Gates of Slumber, Cough, and Earthling.

More reccomended shows, updated Despise You/Magrudergrind dates and a video flyer, the MDF 2012 linuep, streams and more are below.

Continue reading "Evillive (MDF 2012, Thou, False, The Atlas Moth, Rwake, more)"

by BBG

Justin Broadrick w/ Godflesh @ Roadburn 2011 (more by Stefan Raduta)
Justin Broadrick

Justin Broadrick's label is called Avalanche Inc, and it couldn't be more appropo. The moniker aptly describes Broadrick's prolific nature, dropping release after release as part of Final, Greymachine, Pale Sketcher, and his pensive and powerful solo project Jesu.

Jesu has released digital singles, EPs and compilations in recent months, but will now release a new LP called Ascension, his first proper album of new material since 2007, and his Calo Verde Records debut. The effort, due on May 10th, will be released on CD/digital and features the alternately crushing and shoegaze-y beauty known as "Small Wonder" which premieres in this post. Stream it below, and stream another track, "Birth Day", at the Calo Verde site, who is currently hosting a pre-order.

Justin Broadrick was also one of the early members of Napalm Death (who is still active without him) and a founding member of Godflesh, who played a full album at Roadburn 2011 over the weekend.

The song stream and some Jesu and Godflesh videos, below...

Continue reading "Jesu releasing 'Ascension' (song premiere)"

photos by Stefan Raduta, words by BBG

Godflesh
Roadburn

Coachella isn't the only heavyweight festival going on this weekend... Roadburn 2011 is in full swing over in Holland. It kicked off on Thursday April 14th, and pictures from that first day in are in this post. They include Alcest, Godflesh (who played all of Streetcleaner), Soilent Green, Year of No Light, Winterfylleth, Pentagram, Wovenhand, Ghost (who are headed to the states soon), Circle, Wardruna, and more. They continue, with some videos too, below...

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by BBG

Godflesh at Hellfest (photo by Shinji @ Salival)
Godflesh

Justin Broadrick issued a statement regarding Godflesh's recent reunion performance at Hellfest. You can read it with some videos from the show, below...

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by BBG

Brodarick

Godflesh (1988-2002) - Mission is Terminated

"On April 10th 2002, I disbanded Godflesh. This was something I had painfully been pondering since GC Greens' departure from the band in Oct 2001. Regrettably it took until the day of leaving for a lengthy U.S tour for the realization to finally take its toll on me.

"Unfortunately the finality of the decision and the responsibilities of making the decision proved too much for me to bare, and I collapsed under the weight. I found that without GC Green, Godflesh is not Godflesh, and him leaving proved to be an omen for me. I also feel that everything we originally intended or even imagined with Godflesh we have done....

"JUSTIN K BROADRICK / MAY 2002"

Before Greymachine, J2 or Jesu, there was Godflesh, the highly influential industrial metal juggernaut featuring Justin Broadrick in one of his first post-Napalm Death roles (check out our interview with Justin HERE). Godflesh has announced that they will reform for a single European performance at Hellfest in France on June 18-20, 2010.

Godflesh joins the recently confirmed 16, Asphyx, Crowbar, Katatonia, Omega Massif, Sick Of It All, and the mighty Ulver as well as quite a few others who have recently been confirmed and Agnostic Front, Suffocation, 7 Seconds, Black Cobra, Weedeater, Rwake, and many more who were previously confirmed. Full (current) lineup below...

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by Klaus Kinski

Broadrick

As a young mullet-headed headbanger growing up in the pre-internet late 80's and early 90's Cape Cod, my only resource for expanding my metal horizons was Metal Maniacs. Sure, I enjoyed the titans of that era (Metallica, Slayer, Iron Maiden, etc) but what I craved was the most vile, lightning fast death metal in the world. Thanks to Metal Maniacs, I was exposed to the likes of Deicide, Napalm Death, Carcass, Entombed, Morbid Angel, Repulsion, Gorguts, Cathedral, Morgoth, and many many more. The one album from that era that immediately blew my mind, and has stayed an important part of my life, is Godflesh's Streetcleaner. To this day the bassy-death-rattle-feedback intro for the lead-off track "Like Rats" still gets me amped.

For the past 19 years I've been avidly following the brains behind Godflesh, Justin K. Broadrick, and his incredibly diverse career. Starting in 1982 with band called Final, a project that is still creating music to this day, Broadrick has released dozens of records and EPs under a variety of pseudonyms and monikers. He's remixed boat loads of tunes by other bands and has dabbled in many different genres including industrial, grindcore, and hip hop. With his latest project Greymachine (listen to a stream here) and many more projects on the horizon, it seemed like a great time for BV to catch up with Justin and discuss his past, present, and future.

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by Black Bubblegum

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SVT New Album

Neurot Recordings have announced details for THREE Neurosis-related releases in the next two months! First up, a new solo album from the mighty Scott Kelly, who will release The Wake on May 5th, his first release in the seven years since his debut Spirit Bound Flesh. Two weeks later, the world's most intense elementary school teacher Steve Von Till drops A Grave is a Grim Horse, his first non-Harvestman release in six years (Harvestman recently collabo'd with Fear Falls Burning). More details on A Grave Is A Grim Horse can be found here. The third we knew about, but has now gone official: A Storm Of Light's debut And We Wept the Black Ocean Within will be released on June 2nd. Read our recent interview with Josh Graham here.

Tickets for the previously mentioned second At The Gates show go on sale Thursday April 3rd at 10 AM here. Tomas Lindberg's other band, the mighty Disfear, have announced a few more dates, including another show in Brooklyn at Europa on May 22nd with Trap Them and Bloodhorse! Ticket info for Disfear at Europa isn't available, but there are still tickets for their show at the Knitting Factory. New tour dates are down below.

MUCH MORE..............

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