Entries tagged with: Godflesh
Industrial superheroes Godflesh brought their 'A World Lit Only By Fire' tour to Brooklyn's Warsaw on Monday September 15 and presented the audience with a brutal festival of earhole-boring, face melting sonic savagery that still has your man Klaus reeling.
The bill was rounded out with superbly cast support from renowned DJ/producer Regis and noise pioneer Prurient. Regis acted as the pre and post band house DJ and did his thing from the soundboard at the back of the room as opposed to the stage. Regis played a great array of atmospheric, heavy, Final-esque ambient music and acted as a superb bridge throughout the entire show. By not performing on stage, it gave the room a bit of a casual vibe where people could drink and talk to their buddies, all under the cloud of flawlessly crafted ambient doom.
After a nice long period of soaking up the sounds created by Regis, one man noise hurricane Prurient hit the stage and unleashed a staggering display of physical energy and sonic cacophony that almost rattled my teeth out of my head. One of the things I love about Warsaw is that the sound system is not ceiling mounted; the speakers are stacked up from the floor at concertgoer-level on either side of the stage. I found myself standing directly in front of the speakers several times throughout Prurient's set (I move around a lot) and at times the bass was so preposterously heavy that the woofers were actually creating a breeze that you could feel if you were standing close enough to them. Prurient's use of screaming, computer generated noise, feedback, bass, and violent physical contortions create an extremely foreboding and panicky atmosphere. There is no denying Prurient's legend and importance to experimental music, but after a while it was a bit much for me (which is ironic, because I love his recorded material) (I'm weird). I was in the minority though; the closure of his set was met with a deafening wave of applause and cheers.
Following another incredible interlude care of Regis, Justin Broadrick and GC Green sullenly took the stage, grabbed their instruments, turned on their amps, fired up a projection, and, after a few moments of feedback, they tore into "New Dark Ages" from their 2014-released "A World Lit Only By Fire". The one particularly important characteristic of Godflesh is a career-spanning sense of consistency. They disbanded in 2002, got back together 10 years later in 2012, and in 2014 released "A World Lit Only By Fire." I am amazed that after a 10-year hiatus, they managed to produce a work that is so patently and unmistakably "Godflesh" and are still able to put on a show that is as dynamic and solid as when I first saw them in 1992. The material they played off of "A World Lit Only By Fire," including "Deadend," "Shut Me Down," and "Life Giver Life Taker" fit in so perfectly with classics like "Streetcleaner," "Like Rats," "Crush My Soul," and "Christbait Rising." When a band has been around since the late 80s, you sort of dread them rolling out their new material. You just want to hear the classics. But for Godflesh, the classics and the newbies are so sonically consistent that from top to tail the show was an epic masterpiece.
More pictures (none of Regis), a video, and the list of Godflesh's remaining tour dates, below...
photos by Kenneth Bachor
X / Godflesh / Chelsea Wolfe
Right before [Dwight] Yoakam was one of my all-time favorite bands, X, the great Los Angeles punk quartet that has endured many travails over the last four decades. The latest is that guitarist Billy Zoom is battling cancer and unable to tour, so Texas roadhouse guitarist Jesse Dayton filled in this time around.Hopscotch Festival wrapped up on Saturday (9/12) after two other days. The outdoor show at City Plaza this time had long-running country singer Dwight Yoakam and punk legends X, with support from The Vibekillers and American Aquarium. After that show, we headed to various downtown Raleigh venues to catch Godflesh, Waxahatchee, Chelsea Wolfe, Prurient, Wovenhand and Black Clouds.
There's no replacing Zoom's maniacal rockabilly blare, of course, but Dayton managed a fine approximation. D.J. Bonebrake remains a machine on drums, and John Doe and Exene Cervenka's vocal harmonies still cut to the bone.
It was punk-rock bliss, and not just for those of us of a certain age. I was heartened to see actual little kids jumping up and down to the old folks' boogie. [David Menconi for News Observer]
by Klaus Kinski
JKB w/ Godflesh @ Irving Plaza 2014 (photo by Klaus)
Prolific jack-of-all-loud-trades noisemaker Justin K. Broadrick has unleashed yet another EP onto the world, this time under his moniker JK Flesh. His latest release, the ironically titled Nothing Is Free (ironic because it's pay as you wish) is a fantastic follow up to JK Flesh's 2012 release "Posthuman" and a perfect continuation to the nightmareish aural adventure that is JK Flesh.
For the sadly uninitiated, "prolific" is sort of an understatement when you consider how much Broadrick has done since getting involved in music in 1982 at the tender age of 13. Acts associated with Broadrick include Napalm Death (of which he was an original member in 1985), the mighty Godflesh, Jesu, Fall of Because, Final, GOD, Pale Sketcher, Techno Animal, Greymachine, Council Estate Electronics, Scorn, Valley of Fear, Head of David, Blood of Heroes and, believe it or not, MORE. I mean, check out this dude's discography. And his remixes of other artists are the stuff of legend.
The JK Flesh branch of the Justin K. Broadrick family tree is a truly solo endeavor and takes listeners into "the realm of heavy/brutal electronica - informed by dub, power electronics and the extreme excesses of electronic music driven by beats and bass. Justin initially used this pseudonym in Techno-Animal with co-conspirator Kevin Martin (The Bug / King Midas Sound, etc)." I could not have summed up JK Flesh any better than that. The music, though cohesive and rhythmic, often shatters our ears with aggressive ambience and shrill, distorted, explosive chainsaw grinds of rhythm. His latest effort is wall to wall sonic brilliance, though a particular highlight for me is the track "They Own You" which is simultaneously scary, brutal, and beautiful. Stream "Nothing is Free" in its entirety below.
In other Justin K. Broadrick news, his legendary industrial metal project Godflesh is about to embark on their highly anticipated fall 2015 tour. The tour kicks off in Atlanta on September 11 and will lay waste to Brooklyn's Warsaw on September 15 (tickets). Bring earplugs and a diaper.
The 2015 edition of Pop Montreal is coming up in less than a month (September 16 - 20) and festival organizers have recently made a few additions to the already robust lineup. Perhaps most interesting is that Pop's film fest will have the world premiere of director Kahlil Joseph' Arcade Fire documentary The Reflektor Tapes which promises:
The film recontextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape. It charts the band's creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, record in Montreal and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breathtaking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London. The Reflektor Tapes blends never-before-seen personal interviews and moments captured by the band to dazzling effect, and features 15 minutes of exclusive unseen footage, filmed only for cinema audiences.That is just ahead of the film's North American September 23 release date. It will be playing in NYC at Sunshine Cinema, BowTie Cinema Chelsea 9, East 86th St Cinema 4 in Manhattan and Williamsburg Cinema in Brooklyn. and tickets are on sale now for many of those screenings. You can watch the trailer for that below.
The full music lineup has been finalized and new additions include Seattle garage rock legends The Sonics, Doldrums, UK band All We Are, Prison Garde (the latest moniker of electronic musician Vaughn Robert Squire aka Sixtoo) and more. Other artists playing this year's Pop Montreal include Built to Spill, Giorgio Moroder, The Cribs, Mikal Cronin, Godflesh, Will Butler, Babes in Toyland, Thurston Moore, Stars of the Lid, Cannibal Ox, Besnard Lakes (performing as a 17-piece "orchestra"), Viet Cont, The Orb, and more.
There are also lots of panel discussions and lectures happening via the Pop Symposium, including one with Canadian songwriter Andy Kim (the man behind The Archies' "Sugar Sugar" and other bubblegum hits),
Festival passes and day passes are still available. Full Pop Montreal music and film lineups are listed below.
photo: Prurient at Output earlier this month (more by Maria Jose Govea)
Prurient (aka Dominick Fernow) recently announced a tour opening for Godflesh for late summer/early fall, but Dominick will be playing shows sooner than that under his Vatican Shadow moniker. Those shows include a Nothing Changes party in NYC on June 14 at Home Sweet Home with Shifted, 400PPM and Dual Action. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All Vatican Shadow dates are listed below.
Prurient is also on a few festivals in addition to that Godflesh tour, including Hopscotch and Pop Montreal, and he was recently added to Pitchfork's NXNE show. The rest of that lineup is Vince Staples, Majical Cloudz, Tink, Jessica Pratt, Amen Dunes, Container, Sannhet, Rabit and Hvad.
The tour with Godflesh hits NYC on 9/15 at Warsaw, also with Regis on the bill. Tickets are still available. All Prurient and Vatican Shadow dates, with a stream from Prurient's new album, Frozen Niagara Falls, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Godflesh at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Godflesh returned in a big way last year with A World Lit Only By Fire, their first album since 2001 and one that recalled their vile early days without being a retread. They were recently announced for POP Montreal and then Hopscotch, reassuring us that the Godflesh reunion is not done yet, and now a full tour has been scheduled.
The dates are with Justin Broadrick's old pal Prurient (who has a new album out this year and played NYC last week). They hit NYC on September 15 at Warsaw with additional support from British techno vet Regis (who's also on the Philly date and maybe others?). Tickets for Warsaw are on presale now (password = SPEAKERS) and go on sale to the general public Friday (5/22) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, with some music from all three artists, below...
Raleigh, NC's annual Hopscotch Music Festival returns this year from September 10-12, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Godflesh, X, TV on the Radio, Deerhunter, Battles, Roky Erickson, Old Man Gloom, Le1f, Eyehategod, Pusha T, Dwight Yoakam, Owen Pallett, Chelsea Wolfe, Sannhet, Mitski, Nots, Tombs, Jessica Pratt, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Sheer Mag, Cakes Da Killa, Jeny Hval, Prurient, and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
The 14th annual Pop Montreal festival will take place September 16 - 20, 2015 at venues all over the Quebec City. The initial lineup of bands has just been announced and includes Built to Spill, Giorgio Moroder, The Cribs, Mikal Cronin, Godflesh, Will Butler, Babes in Toyland, Thurston Moore, Stars of the Lid, Cannibal Ox and more. Festival passes will be available soon. Check out the initial Pop Montreal 2015 lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
Australian EBM/Industrial vets Severed Heads will be touring the US this fall, playing dates in seven cities including NYC on September 24 at
Santos Party House . (UPDATE: the show is now happening at Rough Trade, same day.) That's their first NYC show since 1990. Tickets are on sale now.
Formed in 1979, they began as tape loop manipulators not unlike Cabaret Voltaire but, by the late '80s, pop melodies became a major part of their sound and singles "Greater Reward" and "All Saints Day" were hits on College Radio and in alternative dance clubs. You can stream those below. Their last major tour here was with MC 900 Ft. Jesus (remember "Truth is Out of Style"? anyone?). Frontman Tom Ellard has kept the Severed Heads flag flying off-and-on ever since. Their website says a new album is due out this year.
Their tour wraps up in Chicago for the two-day Cold Waves IV Fest which happens at Metro on September 25 & 26 which also includes appearances from Godflesh, Front Line Assembly, Pow Will Eat Itself (Clint Mansell is not in this lineup, FYI), Lustmord, Lead Into Gold and more. Tickets for Cold Waves IV are on sale and full lineup is listed below.
Gazelle Twin's 'Unflesh'
Now that it's December, Best of Lists Season is in full swing. If you're already tired of seeing ones that have The War on Drugs at the top (or near it), you can always rely on UK website The Quietus to offer up something different. They just published their "Albums Of The Year 2014" and topping it is electronic artist Gazelle Twin's second album, Unflesh. Say The Quietus:
On Unflesh, Gazelle Twin - aka Elizabeth Bernholz - doesn't see dualism as an academic exercise or a philosophical plaything. Instead, it's born of bloody experience as she claws and digs her way to its gory, physical core. Puberty, anxiety, miscarriage, illness and euthanasia are all present, and Bernholz's treatment of them ranges from a shuddering disgust to vengeful catharsis to something approaching tender acceptance.The Quietus' list is not without names familiar to readers of our site -- Swans, Scott Walker & Sunn O))), FKA twigs, Aphex Twin, Future Islands -- but it definitely does not follow the beaten path.
Check out The Quietus' full "Albums Of The Year 2014" (and stream a few songs from their #1) below...
Metal mag Decibel has published their Top 40 Albums of 2014 list in their newest issue, which you can check out in more detail if you're a subscriber. And thanks to Stereogum who transcribed it, you can also browse the full thing below. Though Decibel have tended to lean towards veterans for their top spot, a much newer band takes the #1 album this year. And if you're into modern metal, their choice is pretty hard to argue. Those big veteran comeback albums show up soon after though, with At the Gates taking #2 and Godflesh coming in at #5. There's plenty more on there too -- see for yourself below.
At the Gates, related band Vallenfyre (#8 on this list), and 2012 winners Converge will head out on the 2015 Decibel tour next year. As discussed, that hits NYC on April 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that one are still available.
Decibel's Top 40 Albums of 2014 below...
by Andrew Sacher
This past June, Godflesh put out the Decline & Fall EP, their first release since 2001's Hymns LP, and next week (10/7) they'll follow that with a new full length, A World Lit Only By Fire. Godflesh's sound morphed several times over the years, and frontman Justin Broadrick has spent the time since Godflesh in a variety of diverse projects including Jesu, JK Flesh, Greymachine and still many others, but this new album is classic Godflesh. The kind of dirty, desolate sounds of their seminal debut Streetcleaner are all over this record, and almost exactly 25 years after the release of that album this stuff still sounds like it's from another world completely. The band's already shared two tracks from it, and now you can listen to the full thing on NPR.
by Andrew Sacher
Godflesh at Irving Plaza in April (more by Greg Cristman)
Godflesh's first album since 2001, A World Lit Only By Fire, is coming October 7 via their Own Avalanche Recordings label, and after releasing the track "New Dark Ages," they've since returned with another LP cut, "Imperator." Like the previous single and their EP from earlier this year, "Imperator" sounds like classic Godflesh with its crushing riffs and that bulldozer of a drum machine. Listen below...
Industrial metal greats Godflesh put out their Decline and Fall EP, their first new music since 2001, earlier this year which we said hit the spot for many fans, us included. And they're not slowing down at all. The band have now announced that they'll follow it with a full length album, A World Lit Only By Fire, on October 7 via their own Avalanche Recordings label. Album opener "New Dark Ages" is out now, and it sounds at least as promising as their EP that Godflesh still have it. Check that out below.
by Ian Chainey
Opeth at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
The metal industry's push-back against The Boomtown Rats continues this week with a smorgasbord of new streams. And, jeeze, these are some biggies.
First off, provided you didn't sneak a listen to the leak, Opeth offered the first full-track taste of Pale Communion, the Swedish progsters' 11th album. Mikael Åkerfeldt promised a lighter record and "Cusp Of Eternity" floats like a feather. The death metal density is long gone, traded in for a song that's like a Sunday brunch between Porcupine Tree and Deep Purple. Longtime fans may be perturbed, but "Cusp" starts to settle into a groove on subsequent listens. At worst, "Cusp" gives you time to count the music teacher ponytails during Opeth's next live show. Pale Communion comes out August 26 on Roadrunner Records. Check it out below.
Godflesh's return has gone better with older fans. "Ringer" seemed to hit the spot for most people, me included. The question was, would Decline and Fall feature any deviations from Godflesh's strengths? Today we all find out. The EP is available on their Bandcamp and streaming below. The page includes preorders for the CD and LP that feature bonus dub mixes of two of the tracks. So, how are the other three Godflesh tracks, you ask? Killer. "Dogbite" adds some swing in with their industrial whirr. "Playing With Fire" has a groove that already has been deposited in many bands' riff banks. "Decline and Fall" is an out and out crusher, something which should've scored a certain scene in a certain show that aired last night. All in all, Godflesh. Pure and simple.
Lastly, The Atlas Moth are previewing the entirety of The Old Believer on Pitchfork, complete with a look at the nutty water-reactive artwork. The Chicagoans' third LP to be released June 10 on Profound Lore (preorder) is a spacey affair, reinvigorating the stale atmospheric sludge template with plenty of psychedelic layers. If you're in a rush, skip to the second track "Collider" and its Failure-meets-Canterbury-prog lead work, or the smoky "Blood Will Tell" that immediately renders a couple years' worth of pretenders absolutely facile. Granted, there's been some burnout with the style, but this finds another gear. The Atlas Moth will be hitting the road with Boris soon.
Of course, Monday also brings Invisible Orange's Upcoming Metal Releases. If you're in the market for new metal, it's the list to hit. This round, we've herded contributions from the likes of The Cutthroats 9, Darkest Era, and King Buzzo. And, as always, we give the little guys some shine: Dweller in the Valley, Midnight Chaser, Volturyon, and a whole lot more. Come in and find a new friend or let us know what we missed.
Streams for Opeth and Godflesh below...
words by Ian Chainey, photos by Greg Cristman
Bill Laswell performing with Bladerunner
The Ohm Resistance Label Showcase to be held at Brooklyn club Saint Vitus on May 31 has taken shape and it's just as wild as you'd expect from the Brooklyn-based avant-garde label. The Blood of Heroes with Bill Laswell will be making their live debut. They're joined by Silent Killer, Invertia, SHVLFCE, and Katmai. Advanced tickets are available now.
The Blood of Heroes are an experimental troupe bringing together the talents of Bill Laswell, Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu), beatmakers Submerged and Enduser, and Dr. Israel behind the mic. The result is a synthesis of the players' day jobs: drum n' bass, jungle, dub, industrial metal, and ambient. It can also be none of those things. Their eponymous debut was released by Ohm Resistance in 2010. (It also received a full set of remixes that same year.) A follow-up, The Waking Nightmare, came out via Ohm in 2012 and featured contributions from Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu) and a guest spot from Tompa (At the Gates, Disfear), among a varied collection of others.
For this particular event, the Blood of Heroes lineup will be as follows: Laswell, Dr. Israel, Submerged, Jason Selden (Apparatus), Matt Labozza (A Storm of Light), and haZMat, including guests. Laswell certainly has the connections to make the "guest" part interesting. He just played Le Poisson Rouge on May 4 with John Zorn and Dave Lombardo under the Bladerunner moniker (a few pictures from that event in this post). Justin Broadrick, on the other hand, won't be available thanks to Godflesh being back in business. The influential industrial metal duo recently released a new song, "Ringer," following a 13 year studio break. They'll be touring with Loop in the UK, starting in Glasgow on June 2.
While Broadrick's creative spirit will be missed, the Blood of Heroes' eclectic approach runs throughout the entire bill. Silent Killer construct atmospheric rich drum n' bass, Invertia twist black metal, noise, and industrial together, SHVLFCE do rhythmically inventive IDM, and Katmai play blissed-out electronic pop with an ambient whoosh. They also do none of these things. Needless to say, should be a crazy night.
Bill Laswell will also take part in the Ornette Coleman tribute in Prospect Park in June, which now features Laurie Anderson and David Murray, in addition to Bill Laswell, Bruce Hornsby, Flea, Geri Allen, Henry Threadgill, James Blood Ulmer, Patti Smith, and more.
Ohm Resistance showcase details, along with streams of the entire lineup and two more pics from the Bladerunner gig appear below.
by Ian Chainey
Godflesh at Irving Plaza in April (more by Greg Cristman)
Industrial metal progenitors Godflesh's first cut of original material since 2001's Hymns hit the web today. Titled "Ringer," the six minute dirge is appropriately apocalyptic, churning with the percussive guitar/bass/drum machine thrum of the duo's iconic material. The track leads off the EP Decline & Fall, available on May 26 through singer/guitarist Justin Broadrick's Avalanche Recordings.
"Ringer" fits right in with their legacy, chugging with a so-them metallic plinking, countered rhythmically by G.C. Green's plucks, and given a voice via an ultra-reverbed narrator exuding detachment and seemingly stuck within the lurching machine. It may have been 12 years since the band's breakup -- not to mention a million side-projects -- but "Ringer" definitely assures that the EP's title refers to something other than Godflesh's quality.
Along with the new recordings, Godflesh have been active lately, recently going on a tour that hit NYC for an Irving Plaza show where Mr. Broadrick also gave Invisible Oranges an interview that was broadcast on the East Village Radio show (RIP, EVR).
Give the new song a stream below...
By Ian Chainey
Godflesh @ Irving Plaza 4/10/2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Angry about Metallica at Glastonbury? Or angry at people angry about Metallica at Glastonbury? Here's your palette cleanser. We've got a ton to cover, so let's take a walk on the newswire:
After finishing up a successful North American run, Godflesh will release Decline & Fall, a new EP of four songs, on May 26 through the band's Avalanche Recordings. Excepting a 2013 flexi single of a Slaughter cover, this will be the duos first new material since 2001's Hymns. Your 'oh god, I'm old' moment for the day: babies became teenagers in the years between new Godflesh tunes.
That said, Opeth fans will have to wait a little longer. Fans were promised a single and details on Pale Communion, the forthcoming 11th album for the proggy blarghers out on Roadrunner Records. It was originally slated for June 17. Now? August 26. (Godflesh fans: "Oh, cool, a couple months.") Per the outfit: "Several circumstances prevented the band from delivering essential tools to Roadrunner in time which are needed to set up the album release properly and release schedule conflicts made us mutually decide on August instead of June." Those circumstances? Probably the damn runaway wheel again.
Pilgrim is making a pilgrimage (stop groaning) across the United States with fellow doomers Age of Taurus. The group is supporting their recently released II: Void Worship, an epic doom tidal wave of sonic destruction. The tour will finish up June 25 at The Acheron with Holly Hunt and Blackout joining the bill as well. Tickets are on sale.
Also coming up at The Acheron? Malignancy! Yes, the masters of the pinch harmonic and incredible death metal stage banter will swing in with Goemagot at The Acheron on June 28. Tickets are on sale for that too.
In other touring news, Negura Bunget are not. At least, they're not touring North America after visa issues forced them to cancel their jaunt which was to have hit Saint Vitus tonight (5/9). The European dates of their world tour are still on, as is work on their next record. Says the group: "Meanwhile weíll focus all our frustration energy into completing the last details of the new album, Tau." The quirky Romanian black metallers have had a rough go of it lately, restocking the membership in 2013 upon the departure of most of the outfit to Dordeduh. Drummer Negru is the sole remaining member.
Speaking of Europe, perhaps BL'AST! and Bunget will cross paths. The reformed crossover neck-snappers will keep the comeback rolling with a European tour. Filling out the ranks are desert vets Nick Oliveri and Joey Castillo. BL'AST! will also be making select North American fest dates, including This is Hardcore.
Belphegor are back, circling August 8 as the date for Conjuring The Dead, which will be available via Nuclear Blast. It's the band's tenth LP and was produced, as most things are, by Eric Rutan. The Austrians have released the cover art in advance and it features the most blasphemous depiction of Mickey Mouse ever. See if you can spy it.
Shining -- the other one -- have signed to Season of Mist. The depresso bleak metallers will issue something new for the label in 2015. Shining brain Niklas Kvarforth: "After a long period of negotiations and discussions that lasted almost eight years, I have now chosen to grant Season of Mist the privilege of releasing the next Shining album." Eight years? But Niklas, YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN THE CARETAKER.
If you're excited to catch Super Duper Alice Cooper at Rocks Off Film Fest, you'll be pleased to note the surprisingly-not-adult-oriented production team, Banger Films, has signed on for two more documentaries: Black Sabbath and Soundgarden. Both will film this summer.
Sean Reinert and Paul Masvidal, current members of Cynic and former members of Death, have publicly come out. Their Los Angeles Times interview is worth a read, not due to their orientation, but because they're simply smart, considerate, charismatic people. Cynic's Kindly Bent Free to Us was released in February of this year.
Cudahy, Wisconsin's Days Of The Doomed Fest has been renamed Days Of The Doomed Fest IV - In Memory Of Jason McCash, honoring the Gates of Slumber player who sadly passed away last month. The fest is headlined by trad-doomers Trouble and will span two days, June 20 and 21. A full lineup appears below.
Finally, out from left field, turbo blastbeater Nicholas Barker (Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth) will join Berwick RBL and Eyemouth RBLS pipe bands -- as in bag pipes -- for a set of special engagements in Berwick upon Tweed in the UK. (Berwick upon Tweed: City name or math professor fanfic title?) Tickets will be free, but must be booked in advance. Americans, worry not, the performance will be filmed so you can battle that guy in the neighboring apartment who WON'T STOP BLASTING DUBSTEP. C'MON.
Don't forget: 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:
Pittsburgh grindy punks Complete Failure are offering "Errant Social Mile Marker" for name your own price at their Bandcamp. The entire album, The Art Gospel of Aggravated Assault, is available for streaming below.
If you're in the same core mindset, Maryland Deathfest-invitees and satanic City of Angels powerviolence unit ACxDC dropped "Filicide" from their Antichrist Demoncore available through Melotov Records, June 24. Stream it below, too.
Death metal more your thing? The tech-ish beasts in Hour of Penance are streaming their long-player, Regicide, in full at Soundcloud. Get ready for blasts aplenty. The album will be out on Prosthetic Records next week.
Less tech? You can find a nasty bug Under the Church. (Again, the groans.) "Denial of Death" is up on Youtube, a foul bit of rot from former Nirvana 2002 members. June 16 is the date for this infected slice thanks to Pulverized Records.
Want weird? How about a band that named their last record We Meditate Under The Pussy In The Sky? That's from Opium Warlords, featuring the talents of ex-Reverend Bizarre singer Sami Albert Hymnien. The group teased "The Self-Made Man" (streamable below) from Taste My Sword Of Understanding out on Svart Records, May 30. Tastes like doom! With. . .a weird kick. . .water. . .need water.
The first track from the One and All, Together, for Home comp collected by Drudkh is now up, with this cut coming courtesy of Winterfylleth. The folk-metal/atmophosmeric black metal round-up will be available through Season of Mist on May 27. (Preorder.) All contributions will be exclusive to the comp, with most bands offering covers of traditional standards. Scope the packed tracklisting and the track stream below.
Lastly, Vancouver sludge riff stackers Bison have checked in with the b-side to 1000 Needles, their new EP which will see a release by way of War on Music Records sometime in June. That's below as well.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (5/9): Sadistic Intent, DEATHHAMMER, Natur, Inverted Trifixion, and Iron Force invade The Acheron, promising thrash n' blasts. (Tickets.) In a punk state of mind? Violent Bullshit and Steel Phantoms will be at Union Pool, $8 at the door.
TOMORROW (5/10): Saturday is absolutely overflowing. First, get into some longform tech and stretched out sludge with Ulcerate, Inter Arma, and CAR BOMB at Saint Vitus. (Tickets.) Punks, though, will have a tough choice. There's Geronimo, Force & Fire, Concrete Cross, and Nightcrawler at ABC No Rio ($8, doors at 3 PM) and then there's the throwback core of Zombie Fight (record release!), MANALIVE, On the Offense, Jukai, and Ache at The Acheron. (Tickets.)
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? Our NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: We were tossing you fresh gems left and right, premiering Belus, Vainaja, HUSH., Serpentine Path (click this, now), and Den Saakaldte. We also put on our thinking caps, dissecting Infestus and figuring out why bands with tiny discographies seem more authentic. And, as is our compulsion, we hoarded every release under the sun for your perusal in Upcoming Metal Releases.
As always, don't forget to dial in Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio. This week, we had Kirk Windstein from Crowbar in as a guest and he played two new dandies from Crowbar's forthcoming Symmetry in Black. Plus, we jammed mountains of metal madness. Always worth the listen. Tune in every Tuesday, 10pm EST.
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.
Godflesh @ Irving Plaza 4/10/2014
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.
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.
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...
Godflesh @ MDF2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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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.
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.
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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...
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...
by Wyatt Marshall
Mueran Humanos at Nothing Changes - 12/4/13 (via D.j. Jose)
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...
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.
by Doug Moore
Godflesh at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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...