Entries tagged with: Gorguts
by Bill Pearis
Australian band Twerps signed to Merge this year and released the Underlay EP in late summer. Then last month, they released a new single, "Back to You," which is about as perfect a slice of sunny janglepop as you could want and you can check out the video for that song below. "Back to You" is the first taste of Twerps' new album, Range Anxiety, which will be out January 27. (It's out 1/23 via Chapter Music in their home country.) It's a terrific album and folks who enjoy The Go Betweens, The Bats and The Pastels, Real Estate or just catchy, understated guitar pop, it's definitely an album to keep on your radar. We've got the premiere of the dreamier "Shoulders" which features lead vocals from guitarist Julia McFarlane and you can stream it in this post.
Twerps will be heading to this side of the world in March to play SXSW and will be touring around it. That includes two NYC shows: March 13 at Rough Trade and March 14 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for those shows will be available via Ticketmaster soon. All dates are listed below.
Drummer Alex McFarlane was also nice enough to give us his Top 10 of 2014 which includes albums, shows and moments. You can peruse that, plus the new song stream, "Back to You" video and a trailer for the new album, below...
by Ian Chainey (and Jonathan Dick, Wyatt Marshall & Scab Casserole)
Cancer at Maryland Deathfest
The 12th annual Maryland Deathfest, not to be confused with Maryland Deathscape, wrapped on May 25, bringing an end to another headbanging blockbuster. Though there were unforeseen cancellations -- Mitochondrion and Aeternus encountered visa/boarder issues, Triptykon attended H.R. Giger's funeral service -- the fest was another success, providing a four-day-long release for lucky metalheads and those following them on Twitter.
In fact, half the fun for vicarious attendees was keeping tabs on the travel to and from Maryland. Jonathan Dick, making his first trip to MDF, wrote a hilarious dispatch for Invisible Oranges detailing his experience with an eccentric woman aboard one of his connecting flights.
It was the greatest flight in the history of US Airways thanks to a passenger who I can only refer to as 33C. She essentially brought everyone on board into her conversational dimension of pretzel descriptions, the inadequacy of Subway sandwiches, and genuine concerns over who was "driving" the plane.His trials were paid back in full by a Thursday bill at Ram's Head Live that focused on the slow and low. Seven Sisters of Sleep, Whitehorse, Sourvein, Torche, Coffins, and Crowbar all crushed. Crowbar's Kirk Windstein even delivered a kick (see video below). It was a great way to grease the fest wheels, but IO editor Scab Casserole sensed a void. "Everyone's psyched, but the consensus on yesterday was that Triptykon was truly supposed to be the gem of last night. Their absence was felt." More from Scab's memories will appear later on this week at Invisible Oranges.
MDF got rolling on Friday, splitting bands up on four different stages -- Edison Lot A, Edison Lot B, Rams Head Live, and Baltimore Soundstage. The set-up was an improvement, according to Scab. "The new lot is impressive. Expansive, and comprehensive stage-wise. But it's super-hot."
This day, the blackened acts garnered the greatest response, as social media was flooded with kudos for Mgla, Taake, and the two-man Bölzer. Scab later said, "Taake fucking OWNED it. They might have been the best band of yesterday." Wyatt agreed, "Many wondered if the Norwegian band would make it into the US -- it was fortunate for those who were there that they encountered smooth sailing."
Agalloch played a set beloved by most, though the sound was mentioned to be muddy. Better things should be in store when they hit the road with Jex Thoth in June.
But, the death metal one-two punch of Cancer followed by At the Gates was an undeniable pinnacle. It had been a bit since both acts played the States and fans weren't left disappointed. And, lucky us, At the Gates' singer Tomas "Tompa" Lindberg was down to shed light on the status of the new album. All systems GO!
Speaking of fans, the event brought out its share of oddballs. If you had time between sets, people-watching was an attraction. If a Slayer trampstamp didn't display dedication, windmilling while holding crutches was a sure sign of devotion. Of course, then there were the Symbolic speedos:
MDF recap, photos & video continued below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Carcass / Gorguts @ Best Buy Theater - 4/11/14
This year's edition of the Decibel Magazine tour wrapped up earlier this month, after hitting NYC on April 11 at Best Buy Theater (one night after Godflesh hit Irving Plaza). The tour saw 2013's two biggest death metal comebacks, Carcass and Gorguts, team up with The Black Dahlia Murder and killer youngsters Noisem. It was Carcass's 2nd time in New York in two years with 2013 bringing them out on a tour of smaller venues including Gramercy Theater and Saint Vitus.
Unfortunately, we missed Noisem, but we did catch the other three, and you can check out pictures of those bands from the NYC show in this post. More pictures, some video and Carcass's setlist, below...
Azar Swan at MHOW in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn goth pop duo Azar Swan are pretty much regulars in the local live scene, and as usual, they've got more coming up like tonight's (1/24) previously discussed Prurient show at Saint Vitus which also includes Clay Rendering (who are on Dominick Fernow of Prurient's Hospital Productions label) and DJ Becka Diamond. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
In the following month, they'll open the first of two Suuns shows in NYC, which happens on February 21 at Death by Audio. Suuns also play the next night at Shea Stadium (2/22) with Regal Degal. Tickets for DbA and Shea are on sale now.
In related news, Josh Strawn of Azar Swan recently started a new DJ night at Sage (299-301 Graham Ave) in Brooklyn called Material Source. In his words:
The idea was to take something like the Morrissey night at Sway but do it for various other artists I felt deserved such a night. I DJ and invite a musician friend who I know has a specific passion and/or expertise in that artist's catalog to DJ with me each time. For the first one I did Kate Bush with my bandmate Zohra from Azar Swan and it was a lot of fun, good turnout, etc. We don't play exclusively music by that artist, but the stuff that isn't by them is at least tangentially related for the most part.The next four nights are scheduled, including a Scott Walker night on 1/31 with Andrew Hock (Castevet, Psalm Zero), Talk Talk on 2/7 with Tamaryn, Cocteau Twins on 2/28 with Ning Nong (Raspberry Bulbs), and David Sylvian on 3/7 with Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia).
Stream some Azar Swan below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Carcass at Gramercy Theatre in September (more by Greg Cristman)
Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts and Noisem are teaming up for the Third Annual Decibel Magazine Tour, which is already making a case for one of 2014's best lineups and showcases both the worthy veterans and up-and-coming. Old school death metal pioneers Carcass put out one of the year's top metal albums in Surgical Steel--a triumphant comeback that earned Decibel Mag's top album of the year on their Top 40 Albums of 2013 list--and it was just a few months ago that the band leveled Saint Vitus and played Gramercy Theatre. The same accolades apply to Gorguts, whose Colored Sands, the band's first album in seven years, landed at number three on Decibel's list. Youngsters Noisem, who scored number nine on the Decibel list, have been wowing everyone wherever they go with their chaotic, shot-in-the-arm thrash. They just wrapped up a tour with melodic death metal vets Black Dahlia Murder, who will provide direct support to Carcass.
Carcass frontman Jeff Walker seems pretty amped for the show:
This is possibly the unsexiest Decibel Tour lineup yet," he quips. "We're all bringing the 'girth' back to the U.S., along with gray hair and sensible footwear. But it's the music that matters, right? Just close your eyes and think of England. If that fails, think of Tampa.The tour stops in NYC at the Best Buy Theater on Friday, April 11. Ticket info is forthcoming at the Decibel tour website. Check out the tour dates 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.
Decibel Magazine is back with its annual top 40 albums of the year list. Two of the top three (including the #1 spot) are reunion albums from death metal veterans, though many younger bands place highly as well. And the one metal album we can safely expect on many non-metal lists, Deafheaven, makes it on there too.
Check out the full list below...
by Doug Moore
Gorguts at 2013 Hopscotch Fest (more by Karen A. Mann)
When Invisible Oranges interviewed Luc Lemay of Gorguts on East Village Radio, he alluded between sets to a heretofore-unannounced North American Gorguts tour in support of Colored Sands, which is one of the best metal albums of the year. (It's a far cry from other guitarist Kevin Hufnagel's new ukulele album, that's for sure.)
Now it's official: Gorguts will be hitting the road with death metal shredmasters Origin and Italian noodlers Nero Di Marte, who will be paying their first visit to the States. The Gorguts/Origin pairing is of special interest -- both bands feature prolific (and extremely fast) drummer John Longstreth, who will have his work cut out for him as he cranks out two extremely physically demanding sets per night.
At just 10 days, the tour is relatively short and covers only the Northeastern US and parts of Canada. It wraps up at Saint Vitus on December 21. Tickets aren't on sale yet, but keep an eye out for them.
Stream the newest albums by all three bands and check out the full run of dates below.
by Doug Moore
Kevin Hufnagel with Gorguts @ Irving Plaza, June '12 (more by Justina Villanueva)
It's pretty unusual that a metal guitarist deigns to pick up a ukulele, but Kevin Hufnagel of Dysrhythmia, Vaura, and Gorguts does so on a pretty regular basis. Hufnagel has been playing live solo gigs on baritone uke for a couple of years now; not to be outdone by his similarly prolific Dysrhythmia/Gorguts bandmate Colin Marston, he's compiled a bunch of his uke material into an album called Ashland. And unlike some ukulele-based albums, it's actually pretty awesome.
We're streaming all of Ashland over at Invisible Oranges this morning, along with an interview with the man himself. From the interview:
You've been playing solo gigs with the uke for a couple of years now, and versions of these compositions have been popping up on your Youtube account for about as long. When did you start writing these and how long did the compositional process take you?Ashland is out digitally today (10/8) via Nightfloat Recordings; a vinyl version will drop some time in early 2014 via The Crossing. Check out Hufnagel's Bandcamp for access to both.
I began writing material in April 2011. The album features 13 tracks, but at this point I have 25 songs! So it was hard to choose what to use for the record. The compositional process happened very quickly, honestly. Most of the songs are in the 2 to 3 minute range. They are more like miniatures. A melody would appear and I would usually only write about 2 or 3 additional sections to the song. From there I'd add little twists to the melodies when they would repeat, and subtle embellishments. There is something about working with limitations that can inspire and make for more productivity sometimes. That's the way I felt when writing for this instrument. Having small frets and only 4 strings really forced me to try and draw the most out of very little, while keeping it engaging. Sometimes I would further limit my options by placing a capo at the 4th, or 7th fret, in turn having even fewer frets to work with. I really enjoyed the challenge.
On several of Ashland's tracks, you place a wooden file under the ukulele's strings to change its tone and create a percussive sound. How'd you come up with that idea?
That's nothing I thought of myself. Plenty of other players have used that technique throughout time -- people like Fred Frith, and bands like Sonic Youth. I also use a hair elastic and sewing needle in the strings for certain tracks on the album. The idea of "preparing" instruments like that was most noticeably born from John Cage and his use of prepared piano, beginning in the 1930s. Yet, I still feel this is a technique not enough guitarists have explored, with its many textural possibilities. I also can't play drums. By using this technique on guitar or the uke, it allows me to play rhythmic patterns, via picking strings, that sound like percussion. Often the parts still retain overtones of strange pitches and melody. I plan to make my next solo album completely based on this approach.
Hufnagel also has live dates upcoming with both Vaura and Dysrhythmia, plus some solo gigs. As previously mentioned, Dysrhythmia hits Saint Vitus on 11/17 with Zevious and Geryon; tickets are available. Likewise, Vaura's aforementioned record release show is at 285 Kent on 11/23 with Kayo Dot and Psalm Zero; keep an eye on their Ticketfly page for tix. The first of the two solo dates is Wednesday (10/9) at the Spectrum.
Stream Ashland and check out all of Hufnagel's upcoming live dates below.
by Doug Moore
Okay, this shit is just getting ridiculous. Maryland Deathfest just announced their fourth round of bands, and there are some doozies. Here are the new additions:
CANCER (UK) - Exclusive US show and first time in the US since 1993.For those unfamiliar with "Nocturnus A.D.", Nocturnus was one of the first death metal bands to use keyboards; their debut LP, The Key, was a minor death metal classic and quite a controversial album when it came out in 1990. Drummer/vocalist Mike Browning (also a former early-days member of Morbid Angel) has been trolling the MDF Facebook page for the past few weeks and repeatedly offering to play the festival, and the organizers apparently caved. So basically, this is a godsend for death metal nerds.
SACRIFICE (Canada) - Exclusive US show and first time in the US since 1992.
NOCTURNUS A.D. - Playing "The Key" album in its entirety.
DEATH TOLL 80K (Finland)
Stream some Nocturnus and Cancer below; check out the MDF lineup to date while you listen.
by Doug Moore
Marston, shredding at Public Assembly last year (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Colin Marston is the hardest-working metal musician in New York City, which, to paraphrase The Big Lebowski, puts him in the running for hardest-working worldwide. Marston has released music with no fewer than four (crazy complex) bands during the past year-ish: Dysrhythmia, Krallice, Behold The Arctopus, and Gorguts, who recently played Hopscotch Fest and who joined Invisible Oranges on the September 3 edition of our East Village Radio show. Marston also released a little-noticed but amazing solo album under the name Indricothere earlier this year.
But all that evidently isn't enough for Marston, because he's released another Indricothere album directly to Bandcamp. Though past Indricothere albums have been solidly in his tech/prog-metal wheelhouse, his new effort XI travels substantially off his shred-beaten path. We've got a full writeup over at Invisible Oranges, but here's an excerpt:
Even for a musician of his breadth, this new effort is a curveball...Marston has followed in Gorguts/Dysrhythmia bandmate Kevin Hufnagel's footsteps and released an entire album of textural music. There are no strings or drums on XI; if there are, they're not clearly discernible. We're treated instead to slow-shifting synths and shimmering textures; the chord progressions proceed gracefully, and with only a little of the tension that usually colors Marston's compositions.Stream XI in full below.
photos by Karen A. Mann, words by Doug Moore,
Gorguts @ Hopscotch Festival - 9/6/13
Reports continue to trickle in from Raleigh, N.C.'s Hopscotch Festival. The metal marched on during Friday (9/6) night with an extremely intimate set at Slim's, featuring Pig Destroyer, Gorguts, Vattnet Viskar, and Brooklyn's own Sannhet. Slim's has a capacity of just 100 people, and either Pig Destroyer or Gorguts could easily have sold the place out.
For Gorguts, the Hopscotch show was part of their short tour, which has come to a close, but they recently told us on the Invisible Oranges East Village Radio show that they're planning some more dates for the end of the year, and they're also confirmed for Maryland Deathfest 2014. Their new album, Colored Sands, is out now and can be streamed below (via Revolver).
Pig Destroyer also recently debuted a new song via Adult Swim. They'll be at Hudson, NY's two-day Basilica Sound Scape festival this Friday (9/13) with Pharmakon, Richard Hell (reading), Evian Christ, Julianna Barwick, and more. Tickets for both days are still available.
by Fred Pessaro
Gorguts at Irving Plaza, June 2012 (more by Justina Villaneuva)
Gorguts's new LP, Colored Sands, is a year end contender (stream some tracks below, and the whole thing at Revolver) and in celebration, we'll have the band by the IO Radio show on 9/2 at 10PM ET to discuss their mammoth new LP! Tune in to Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio on Tuesday at 10 PM Eastern to listen for the latest and greatest in the heavy underground and if you missed it, check out this week's episode in the EVR archives.
As discussed, Brainoil will hit thr road with Lecherous Gaze this fall. We knew that the band was hitting The Acheron on September 29 (tickets) but now comes word of their full tour schedule, the dates of which are listed below.
Meanwhile, in the past week on Invisible Oranges we reviewed the new SubRosa, streamed material from Psychic Limb, Iron Man, Vaura, Shining, Weekend Nachos and Recluse, and got stoked on Roadburn's new curator.
For more metal/hardcore/punk shows, check out our fancy new NYC Metal Show Calendar. It rules.
Head below for Brainoil tour schedule, as well as some Gorguts streams...
Gorguts at Irving Plaza, 2012 (more by Justina Villaneuva)
As discussed, Gorguts will return with Colored Sands, the band's new LP due on September 3 on Season of Mist. Besides being the first Gorguts LP in a dozen years, Colored Sands is the first with the new lineup of Luc LeMay with Colin Marston (Krallice/Behold the Arctopus/Dysrhthmia/etc), Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia/Vaura/etc) and John Longstreth (Dim Mak/Origin).
Check out a pair of new tracks from their forthcoming LP below.
One of the most eclectic lineups in the US, Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, will be back for 2013 on September 5 -7. Pulling from all genres, this year's line-up includes names like Big Boi (who plays NYC tonight), Spiritualized, Sleep, Wolf Eyes (who have a new video), The Breeders (performing Last Splash), John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gorguts, Inter Arma (who play NYC on Saturday), Double Negative (who played NYC this past weekend), Swearin' (them too), Pissed Jeans, Dan Friel, Waxahatchee and many many others. Three-day wristbands are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale in June. Full lineup is below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Gorguts at Irving Plaza, June 2012 (more by Justina Villaneuva)
"It is with great joy that I announce the return of GORGUTS to Season of Mist! Things have not always been easy these last couple of years, but now it's all behind us and all I can say is that I'm more than eager to share this new record with all of you. Our forthcoming album will be a very detailed, dark, epic, emotional, conceptual record and Season of Mist was my first choice to be the standard-bearer for this new GORGUTS opus and I must say that I am more than happy to work with them again."And with that, Luc Lemay announced that Gorguts will release their highly-anticipated fifth studio album later this year via Season of Mist. The band, which now features drummer John Longstreth and 2/3 of Dysrhythmia (Colin Marston and Kevin Hufnagel), made their return to the stage as part of a 2010 tour with Portal & Bloody Panda. They then played NYC again last summer for a show at Irving Plaza opening the sweaty Death to All reunion.
Sebadoh at MHoW, November 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
today in NYC
* Jacob Garchik @ Barbes
* Wade Bowen @ Joe's Pub
* Our Hit Parade @ Joe's Pub
* Mike O'Brien @ UCB
* John and Scott @ UCB
* Everest Cale @ Bryant Park
* Kitty Pryde, Lakutis @ Santos
* What Can You Do? @ The Stone
* Popular Culture, Ferns @ Cameo
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Remember, Dream v. 2.5 @ The Stone
* The Drums, Chairlift @ Brooklyn Bowl
* WFMU's 7 Second Delay Live @ UCB
* Pete Rock, DJ Premier @ East River Park
* Al Green, Charles Bradley @ Beacon Theatre
* Conveyor, Field Mouse, Abadabad, Y/Y @ Glasslands
* Highlife, Daniel Higgs, Endless Boogie @ McCarren Park
* Portland Cello Project, Live Footage @ City Winery
* Sebadoh, Circle of Buzzards, Sentridoh @ Bowery Ballroom
* Wino & Conny Ochs, Sean Ragon, Kevin Hufnagel @ Saint Vitus
* Many Mansions, Names Divine, United Waters, IYEZ @ Shea Stadium
* The Hairs, Chris Robison, Daniel Fromberg, Rabbit Troupe @ Cake Shop
* Little Feat, Papa Grows Funk, Stooges Brass Band @ Beekman Beer Garden
* Teenage Bottlerocket, Nothington, Masked Intruder, The Scutches @ Santos
* Rank Xerox, Rat Columns, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Deformity @ Death By Audio
* The Eastern Sea, Sundress, Your 33 Black Angels, Variety Lights @ Mercury Lounge
* Splash, Psychobuildings, Grand Resort, Lingerie, Le Sphinxx DJ set @ Public Assembly
The Coen Brothers classic Raising Arizona is showing for free in McCarren Park tonight as part of Summerscreen, along with performances from Highlife, Daniel Higgs and Endless Boogie.
Sebadoh/Sentridoh are here playing Bowery tonight, but you can also catch Lou Barlow in the Dinosaur Jr. video for "Watch The Corners", starring Tim Heidecker, below.
Austin City Limits 2012 Late Night Shows were announced.
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Yeasayer performed "Longevity" on Jimmy Fallon on August 20th and A$AP Rocky performed "Goldie" last night (8/21). Check out video of both below. Quicksand plays Jimmy Fallon tonight, two days before they bless NYC in the first of sold-out two local shows.
Aesop Rock, not to be confused with ASAP Rocky, has a new video for "Cycles to Gehenna" off of his new album, Skelethon. Check it out below. His tour recently hit Austin for a sold out show at Mohawk. You can check out pictures from that show HERE
Check out a video below of Indians performing at Ace Hotel as part of that '5 at 5' series.
Gorguts recently played Irving Plaza and though a video of a full set has yet to emerge, check out video from last week in London below.
SXSW released a trio of videos featuring DIIV performing this past year. Check those out below.
The Walkmen performed "Heartbreaker" on Late Show With David Letterman last night. Check out video of that Heaven track below.
Stream a new Lightning Bolt track from their upcoming rarities comp below.
Lightning Bolt is one of the many artists whose photograph is on display at the BrooklynVegan photo exhibit "480 Pixels" which is up now at 92YTribeca through September 6th. Hours:
8/21- 8/24; 9/4-9/5: 8am-8:30pmStop by and check it out! And download the audio from our opening night concert.
9/3: Closed for Labor Day
Closed on Sats & Suns.
photos by Greg Cristman
Toby Driver of Vaura/Kayo Dot
WIERD will host a special Vaura appearance at their weekly party at Home Sweet Home tonight (7/25) (131 Chrystie St in Manhattan). The band will strip down to play a rare "acoustic variations" set at the venue, which will see the band unplug for the second time in their history (the first being at The Stone earlier this year). Flyer for the show is below.
Kevin Hufnagel of Vaura/Gorguts played a solo set Saint Vitus on 7/21. If you missed them, the pictures are here.
Also-Vaura member Toby Driver played Bowery Electric on July 19th with his Kayo Dot project, with support from Triple Cobra and The Big Con. Pictures from that show, the Kayo Dot setlist, and a flyer for tonight, below...
words by Doug Moore, photos by Caroline Harrison
Mike Scheidt, 7/21/2012
Saturday night (7/21) saw an unusual double header at Saint Vitus. The intimate first offering consisted of metal dudes playing decidedly un-metal acoustic music: Mike Scheidt (YOB), Nate Hall (US Christmas), and Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia). Prurient's post-midnight set offered latecomers a noise-addled second helping. (More on that later.)
Kevin Hufnagel is best known for shredding guitar performances in NYC prog-metallers Dysrhythmia and the death metal legends Gorguts. As a solo performer, Hufnagel cuts the volume dramatically; his recent run of live shows have focused on his baritone ukulele compositions. Though the medium has changed, Hufnagel's voice remained audible. His labyrinthine pieces demonstrated both scary chops and a gift for ghostly melody.
With a broad-brimmed hat casting his face in shadow, Nate Hall cut a Neil Young-esque figure onstage. His plaintive voice tended to wobble off pitch at times, but it's endearing--the kind of mistake that signifies sincerity. Hall fell in line with seemingly every metal musician who dabbles in acoustic balladry (Scott Kelly, Wino, Dax Riggs, Steve Brodsky, etc.) by paying tribute to Townes Van Zandt --his covers included "Kathleen" and "The Rake."
Mike Scheidt is one of the most talented musicians in metal today. His set made it clear that his voice is just as potent as his guitar work. (His considerable fretboard skill did make an appearance via a Doc Watson-influenced flatpicking exhibition.) Scheidt's vocal tone is simply superb; it reverberates with a fluid vibrato that many dedicated singers would envy. His voice illuminated a short but enthralling set that featured a cover of The Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers" alongside a string of originals.
Kevin Hufnagel will return to Saint Vitus on August 22nd for a date with Wino of the bar's namesake band and others (tickets).
Pictures from the early show at Saint Vitus are below.
Krallice at House of Vans (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Krallice have announced that their fourth LP, Years Past Matter, will see a self-release on CD/Digital with vinyl via Gilead Media "shortly thereafter". In celebration, the Brooklyn band will play NYC at Saint Vitus on August 25th. Tickets are on sale and support will come from Ancient Wound.
Reminder, Colin Marston of Krallise is readying Dysrhythmia's new LP which is due this fall. The band also has a record release show scheduled for Saint Vitus, this one on September 22nd (tickets). Two-thirds of Dysrhythmia recently played Irving Plaza as 1/2 of Gorguts (pictures).
On Thursday June 28th, 2012, Death / Chuck Schuldiner tribute band Death To All rolled into NYC to lay a beating onto a sold-out, sweaty, wood-swellingly humid Irving Plaza. To call them a tribute band sort of trivializes just how mighty an assemblage Death To All actually is; a tribute band generally consists of fanboys and fangirls trying to make a buck playing someone else's music for roomfuls of mouthbreathers with low entertainment standards. The members of Death to All, however, were actual band members of Death during their ever evolving 18 year history, from 1983 through 2001 when the band disbanded following the sad and probably preventable death of Chuck Schuldiner.
For those not in the know; On May 13th, 1999, on his 32nd birthday, Chuck Schuldiner was diagnosed with a high-grade pontine glioma which is a malignant type of brain cancer that invades the brainstem. After a serious onslaught of radiation therapy, the tumor was neutralized and, after a surgery to remove what was left of the tumor, Schuldiner appeared to have a clean bill of health; and a pile of medical bills totaling over $70,000. Uninsured and unable to cover the costs, the metal community rallied in support of Schuldiner with benefit concerts, auctions, and other fundraisers to raise the appropriate funds. After this experience Schuldiner got himself insurance, but when the cancer came back his insurer wouldn't cover the procedures necessary to saving his life as his cancer was a pre-existing condition. More large scale benefits and auctions took place to come to his aid once again, but he eventually succumbed to pneumonia on December 13th, 2001.
This Death To All Tour was not only set about to pay tribute to Chuck Schuldiner who is hands down THE father of Death metal, but it was also devised with the intention of donating 20% of all ticket sales to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund whose aim is to provide "financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems." And, man, this show could not have happened on a more historical day as Thursday June 28th, 2012 is the day the Supreme Court upheld President Obama's health care overhaul law. Had this existed in 1999, perhaps Death would be still be cranking out ear splitting masterworks in death metal.
The show kicked off at 8PM on the nose with Canadian death metal gods Gorguts. I first came to know Gorguts back in 1989 or 1990 when I saw a small blurb about them in Metal Maniacs. At the tail end of the blurb was an address from where you could order their demo tape. I sent away for the demo and when I got it it blew my mind. Seeing them last night was a personal triumph as I had never seen them before. The years have not slowed them down one bit. Their blast beats and time changes were super tight and brought me back to the day when bands like Gorguts and Deicide dominated the blast beat death metal scene. They played a phenomenal selection of cuts during their 45-minute set, a particular highlight for me being Stiff and Cold.
After a brief intermission for a gear changeover, the lights dimmed, the projector screen ascended, and the crowd absolutely exploded. I can't imagine a more enthusiastic response even if Chuck had shown up in the flesh. Although we wouldn't be seeing Chuck, we would be seeing some of the other members behind one of death metal's greatest bands. They kicked things off with the song "Zombie Ritual" from their 1987 debut Scream Bloody Gore. This song for me is THE archetypical death metal song; it's got speed, classic half time sections, fast double bass pummeling, throat splitting vocals... the works. For them to open the show with this was a stroke of genius because it not only represents the beginning of Death's career releasing records, but it also represents the very birth of death metal as we know it.
Other highlights included Spiritual Healing's "Within the Mind" and Human's "Lack of comprehension," but the set covered their entire canon. At one point early in the evening Irving Plaza's AC clearly stopped working, creating an atmosphere of unbearable heat, humidity, and misery. The humidity level was so appalling that every surface in the venue with the exception of the lower lobby was covered in moisture; stairs, bars, walls, bouncers... the balcony even looked like it was in a fog. It was as though as steam pipe had ruptured or something. At about 10:45 I couldn't take it anymore and so I joined legions of other fans in the lower lobby to watch the show on a TV. It was very disappointing to have to close out the evening like that, but it got to the point that not only was every floor surface a slip-fall-break-something hazard, but breathing was almost impossible. On the plus side I got to meet and talk to Gorguts' main man Luc Lemay at the merch table. Not only was he one of the nicest people I have ever met, he had a hand shake that could crush a bowling ball.
More steamy pictures from Death to All and Gorguts sets are below.
Mike Scheidt at Bell House (more by BBG)
Mike Scheidt of YOB will head out on the road on a string of tour dates with Nate Hall (US Christmas), hitting the East Coast as part of a celebration of both's recent solo releases. The dates include an NYC stop on July 21st at Saint Vitus with Kevin Hufnagel, and tickets are on sale.
Both Nate Hall's solo debut and Scheidt's Stay Awake are out now via Neurot and Thrill Jockey respectively. Check out a video for "In Your Light" by the latter below.
in related news, Dysrhythmia (which features Kevin Hufnagel on guitar, along with bandmate Colin Marston) will team with The Wayward and Praetura as part of their record release show on September 22nd at Saint Vitus (tickets). The band's Profound Lore debut is due this fall.
And while on the subject, Colin and Kevin are now members of the reformed Gorguts, who play next week with Death to All at Irving Plaza.
All listed tour dates and that video are below.
Gorguts at Knitting Factory (more by Greg Cristman)
The Death to All tour got a little more interesting today with the addition of the amazing Gorguts to the lineup. The reactivated death metal crew, which now contains John Longstreth (Dim Mak, Origin, The Red Chord), Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia, Vaura), and Colin Marston (Krallice, Dysrhythmia, Behold.. The Arctopus) in addition to mastermind Luc LeMay, will participate in all dates on the tour including the previously discussed date at Irving Plaza on June 28th. "VIP Tickets" are currently on sale, with general admission hitting on March 30th.
Reminder: I will I DJ the evening on March 31 at Public Assembly when join Vaura (with Kevin Hufnagel) is joined by Alcest and Deafheaven (both of which played our day parties during SXSW). Tickets are still available, but dangerously close to sell-out.
All Gorguts dates and some video below.
Dysrhythmia at The Charleston in 2009 (more by Samantha Marble)
One of the world's most easily misspelled bands, Dysrhythmia, will play Union Pool on 3/11 as part of a show with Zevious (featuring Jeff Eber of Dysrhythmia), Smother Party, and A Fucking Elephant. The party jumps off at 9PM and will set you back $8. Kevin Hufnagel recently posted an update on the band that drops tons of incredible news about his and the rest of Dysrhythmia's projects:
Dysrhythmia is about half way through writing the next record. We'll start demoing stuff in the Spring and perhaps share a track or two online... Otherwise, a new record won't be likely until 2012. The wait will be worth it, promise... One of the reasons for that is simply due to the number of other musical ventures we have happening.In addition, Hufnagel's Vaura project has been playing some shows as of late, and Kevin will appear with the half of Vaura (Josh Strawn and Charlie Schmid) that isn't in either Dysrhythmia (Hufnagel) or Kayo Dot (Toby Driver) at the FREE record release party for their other project, Religious To Damn (a band that Zohra Atash is also a member of). As previously discussed, the show will go down at Glasslands on Jan 13th and will also feature an appearance from the great Tamaryn (who will NOT be playing a set of her own).
Gorguts will be recording the new album in February, with a scheduled Summer release. Touring will follow.
Krallice will have a new record out in April.
Zevious will be doing their first full US tour in March/April.
I'll have a new solo record called Transparencies out in March/April.
They'll be a record coming Summer/Fall tentatively titled 'Night Sessions' which is a collaboration between myself and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Costanza Francavilla...
I recently guested on a 20 minute track for long running Philadelphia-based experimental progressive metal/hardcore band Starkweather. This should be out sometime next year as part of a split release. It was an honor for me to play on this track. They've been one of my favorite bands for years.
Luc LeMay of Gorguts
Gorguts. Portal. Krallice. Bloody Panda. On one show! Knitting Factory on Wednesday (5/26) was a bit much to comprehend, what with a stellar four band bill like that, and as expected the sold-out Blackened Music/BV show was a jawdropper.
Bloody Panda started the evening out sans their usual executioner hoods, blasting out a powerful set of ominous darkness that was a perfect opposite to the tremolo-picking/riff-tastic bill that would follow. Starting with a shriek from vocalist Yoshiko that sent a shiver up my spine (imagine the middle ground between a high-pitched squeal and a door hinge creaking), I realized that it had been quite sometime since I last saw the band (members are now scattered around the globe) and had forgotten how compelling they were live. The band seems as though they have moved past shock & awe in the riff department and on to moody, powerful soundscapes with riffy passages (ala Swans). Either way, incredible set from this sextet.
Krallice swapped slots with Portal before the show started, and followed BP. As usual, the fearsome foursome played a rousing set of technical yet tuneful black metal which, much like at Europa, featured a decent amount of new songs. No word on what that material will hit the shelves, but expected it to be as brutal, complex, and powerful as their previous two releases. Incredible band.
The atonal and costumed beast Portal was next, and the room was buzzing with anticipation. How would Portal's music translate in a live setting? What would they look like? Would the band come off as schticky or theatrical? Around 10PM, the band sauntered on stage, each clad in all black with hoods, one wearing a hangman's noose around his neck. Once the down-tuned and discordant riffs began, in came The Curator, the band's theatrical vocalist. Dressing in a black pope outfit, The Curator summoned some of the most unholy of bellows, gesturing in ways not unlike the pontiff himself. Extremely theatrical and totally fun, Portal are fascinating live, and hopefully we won't have to wait to see them again.
After a bill like that, I would have more than content with calling it a night... but Gorguts was next! The reunited Canadian DM gods (now featuring Colin Marston & Kevin Hufnagel) delivered a powerful set of brutal, eclectic tunes, with a good portion of those coming from the bands FORTHCOMING album (in 2011!). Classics from Obscura and beyond were all well represented, and the band were balanced, tight and badass in the live setting.
The thing that I enjoyed most about Gorguts' performance was the focus on something that I find lacking in tech-death in 2010; too many bands think that technically impressive riffs always equals brutality. Some of the simplest riffs ever are also the most brutal... it's more about feel and power behind those riffs and not that really rad seven-fret stretch you can do. Hey, it is called technical DEATH metal after all, amirite?
More pics, some setlists, and some must-see video is below....