Entries tagged with: Godflesh
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)
Trust @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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...
by Doug Moore
Godflesh @ MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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
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...
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.
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.
Godflesh at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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.
by Fred Pessaro
Godflesh at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Justin Broadrick of Godflesh @ MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
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.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
JK Flesh/Prurient art
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.
Godflesh at MDF
Hand in hand, the gasmask wielding pair strolled on to the stage to the sound of air raid sirens. Their arrival announced the coming of reunited grindcore greats Nasum, one of the headliners at Maryland Deathfest on May 25th playing their farewell round of shows. A rare appearance from Godflesh and related band Napalm Death (Godflesh's Justin Broadrick was an early member of ND) were the night's outdoor (read: true) headliners, playing the large stages and rounding out a lineup that included campy thrash, Swedish death metal, noisecore pioneers, Romanian black metal and many stops in between.
Brooklyn's Castevet opened the show at 3:30PM, sporting new bassist Nick McMaster (also of Krallice). I missed the next band Nashgul (and would later miss Setherial in the same room), but managed to catch the campy and fun Ghoul, who take cues from their ex-tourmates Gwar in the theatricality and dousing-the-audience-in-"blood" arenas. Finnish death metal crew Demigod, who were a highlight at Rites of Darkness, opened the outdoor stage and delivered a similarly inspired performance.
Today is The Day were next on the indoor stage, playing quite possibly my favorite performance from the band and definitely a highlight for the day. The band's new lineup featuring the rhythm section of Wetnurse is a perfect match for Steve Austin's madman antics, and I heard quite a few comments afterword to the tune of "I forgot how much I used to love Today is The Day". Their former labelmates on Amphetamine Reptile, Unsane, would also kill it later that evening.
Negura Bunget, or what left of them, followed on the indoor stage (the bulk of the original band was recently replaced), and seemed oddly placed and limp following Today is The Day. Meanwhile, thrashers Artillery riled up the thrashers on the outside stage but didnt do much for me.
Napalm Death headlined the first of the two outdoor stages, playing material from each of their prior albums to a circle-pitting, crowd-surfing audience. Besides being the originators of the genre, Napalm Death is also one of grind's tightest live crews; the term legend is more than well-deserved.
The crowd had lined up in front of the second stage a long time before Godflesh ripped into their first chord, so from the moment that the band kicked into "Like Rats" the pits and surfers had easily migrated to the other end of the parking lot. The duo (and requisite drum machine) played material from their legendary Streetcleaner and though they slightly overstayed their welcome, it was nonethless amazing to see them live.
The reactivated Nasum (who we recently interviewed) headlined the indoor stage at Sonar and similar to the Godflesh and Napalm Death, the crowd let loose by the time Rotten Sound's Keijo Niinimaa belted out the first vocal. The five piece will be missed, but they definitely went out with a bang.