Entries tagged with: Grudges
by Andrew Sacher
Bay Area hardcore band No Statik released their debut album, Everywhere You Aren't Looking, back in 2012 via Prank Records, and now they're set to follow it with a new record, Unity and Fragmentation, on December 4 via Iron Lung Records (who also released their 2010 7"). Its first single, "The Owl," misleadingly starts as a mid-tempo punk song, until they fade out the recording and come back for a 90-ish second blast of raw hi-speed fury. Check out the song below.
No Statik will also be heading on an east coast/southeast tour in late December into January. Some of the venues are still TBA, but we do know that they'll come to NYC for a show on New Year's Eve (12/31) at Acheron with local punk openers Nomad, La Misma, and Grudges. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream and flyer for the NYC show, below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
White Widows at Saint Vitus, November 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Members of Goes Cube, The Destro, Grudges, and Primitive Weapons have united to form White Widows, a young Brooklyn band ready to prove themself with their debut LP via Sacrement Music. The six-song self-titled effort shows the band's influences clearly, mixing 90s-influenced hardcore with parts that would sound at home on on a Crowbar or Pantera effort. Stream that LP in full below for the first time.
White Widows have a few dates in their path, including March 9 at Acheron with Heartless, and again on April 20 at Knitting Factory with Black Breath and Mutilation Rites (tickets). All dates are below
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Milkwaukee's Protestant practice a brand of dark hardcore that is evident on their new 12" due Friday (9/21) via Halo of Flies. Reclamation isn't too far removed from the spirit of fellow Milwaukee rippers Enabler, both going for the jugular with crust-influenced hardcore that flirts heavily with melody but never quite loses its muscle. Stream all of Reclamation below for the first time, and you can buy a copy here.
Protestant are celebrating the release with a string of shows that include a stop on October 1 at Acheron with Gang Signs, Grudges and Brickeater. All other tour dates are listed below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Infernal Stronghold at Rites of Darkness 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Philadelphian black metal favorites Infernal Stronghold have ripped stages at Rites of Darkness and Maryland Deathfest this year, but now the band will spend the fall in the van. Starting things off with a hometown show on 9/15, look for IS to play shows from coast to coast including a stop at Saint VItus on September 18 with Geryon and Grudges. Tickets are on sale.
All tour dates are listed below along with a couple music streams. So far no word on any additional IS recordings (their last release was a split with Absu), but we'll keep a look out.
words by Kim Kelly, additional words and photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Black Breath leads a singalong
Southern Lord's been keeping plenty busy on the live front with their various Power of the Riff showcases, but have only recently ventured into the wonderful world of curating tour packages. Pleasantly enough, the lineup on this inaugural run is pretty damn unassailable, featuring as it does up and coming SL acts like Enabler and Burning Love (featuring ex-members of BBG favorite Cursed) as well as Swedish crusties Martyrdod and the Entombedcore stomp of Black Breath. The tour tacked on a handful of SL affiliates and friends at various locations (if only Noothgrush could have been magically whisked out to Bushwick), and the NYC date at The Acheron on 7/6 saw Italy's The Secret perform.
The G train is bullshit and I showed up to the gig far later than desired, squeaking my way into the sold-out venue just in time for Martyrdod. Longtime fans in the audience may have grumbled over the band's decision to focus mainly on newer material (including cuts from their latest record, Paranoia, which was recently unleashed courtesy of the 'Lord) but their overall performance was totally on point. Brutal, blackened kängpunk destruction - here's hoping they make it back soon!
Black Breath's reputation as a formidable live act has been cemented a dozen times over by now, but they still saw fit to drive that shit home with a frenetic, captivating onslaught of d-beaten hardcore and shades of vintage Stockholm death. The Acheron's newly-expanded innards were packed tight well before the band even went onstage, and as soon as those first notes were struck, it was chaos. Sweat and blood flowed, hair flew, heads banged, and Black Breath kept on raging 'til the bitter end. -Kim Kelly
It was a pretty incredible night at Acheron on July 6th. NYC's Grudges opened the show, mixing up elements of grind, slam, and crust to a respectably large crowd at 8PM. Enabler's Tragedy-influenced hardcore followed, winning over many new fans according to the chatter on the street following. Chris Colohan of Burning Love spent good portion of the show pushing his way through the crowd. The Secret's Converge-y, black metal-tinged hardcore was definitely well received by the raging, headbanging room. And nobody got stabbed. - BBG
More pictures from the show of all the bands, plus video, are below.
words by Lauren Jackson, photos by Greg Cristman
Nasum at Europa 5/24/12
"We all hate people--except you guys. Tonight, we don't hate you. Tomorrow, we'll hate you again."
With this statement, Sweden's Nasum (who we recently interviewed) opened their set at Europa on Thursday night (May 24th). The band, who have spent 2012 on a "farewell" tour (which also included Maryland Deathfest the next day), appeared in high spirits during their set, grinning, raising fists, and playing with childlike exuberance that only served to intensify their aural assault. In a refreshing change of pace from many active grind bands today, they approached their fans lightheartedly and graciously, caring little for the pretense of a hardened image.
Grudges, Magrudergrind, Dropdead and Brutal Truth were there as well, bolstering an already very rare experience, keeping the night consistent but never tiresome. Likewise, fans were equal parts diverse and enthusiastic; those keeping the pit raging from start to finish ranged from a guy in a yarmulke to a group of people shouting in Japanese.
The gritty affair started punctually and with gusto thanks to NYC locals Grudges who stirred the pit up early with death grunts and a fast, hardcore-infused set. Without a moment to recover, Magrudgergrind cranked it up more than a few notches and shattered the room wide open, turning nearly the entirety of Europa into one gaping swarm of flying bodies and stomping feet.
Brutal Truth followed Dropdead's vitriolic set (with no shortage of social critique, which is par for the course) like a kid brother, distinctly mischievous and tongue-in-cheek throughout. They set the rest of the night on a spirited trajectory that Nasum carried through to the finish. But make no mistake: jokes, laughter, or lack thereof, all bands brought their A games to Europa on Thursday, and their A games were, in a handful of words, fast and heavy as fuck.
More pics from Europa (unfortunately, none of Grudges) are below...
We are proud to announce our sponsorship of the full batch of Nasum US dates. Mieszko will be sorely missed, but we hope this will be a fitting tribute to his legacy. As discussed, the tour hits Europa on May 24th with Brutal Truth, Dropdead, Magrudergrind, and Grudges (tickets) and includes dates at MDF and Chaos in Tejas. Full tour schedule, and tour flyer is below...
Nasum's Farewell lineup
As previously announced, Nasum are reforming to play a string of "farewell" dates including Chaos in Tejas, Maryland Deathfest, and what will be their final NYC performance at Europa on May 24th (the Thursday of MDF) with Brutal Truth, Dropdead, and Grudges . Tickets are on sale. Tickets are still available for both MDF and Chaos as well. All dates, including a European run, are listed below.
Speaking of Brutal Truth, Danny Lilker is currently on tour with Lock Up (playing bass instead of Shane Embury of Napalm Death!) and the band hits NYC Thursday at Europa (2/16). Tickets are still available.
All Nasum dates and some videos below.
DOWNLOAD: Narrows - "Absolute Betrayer" (MP3)
All Pigs Must Die @ Acheron
At Acheron in Brooklyn on Friday night [Kevin Baker of All Pigs Must Die's] singing and stage presence were roughly the same: self-possessed but bristling, an act of containing endless rage more than distributing a measurable amount. He barked short lines at maximum bellow, and the phrases and images ran together from song to song: "the soil soaked with blood," "merchant of death," "erase from existence," "no graves, no coffins" -- you get it. His ire slowly expanded, and what would happen when he popped? At one point he whipped a drumstick over the heads of the crowd in the tiny space; at another, during a problem with the sound system, he crashed the microphone stand against an overhead speaker. But he was careful, even graceful.All Pigs Must Die headlined a one-off show at Acheron, with Seven Sisters of Sleep, Low Places, and Grudges. SSoS and Low Places went on to play the massive A389 Anniversary show at Sonar the next night (pictures/review... part 1, part 2).
All of that can make a band imposing. What makes this one special -- its first full album, "God Is War" (Southern Lord), was one of the better rock records of any kind last year -- is that it strikes a weird place between aggression and virtuosic joy. You don't have to know anything about Ben Koller, the drummer, to recognize how good he is; he's been a member of the metalcore band Converge since the late '90s, and his loud playing is full of momentum, swing and flourish. (He performed the entire set with a wide, hungry smile.) Likewise what came from the guitar of Adam Wentworth and the bass of Matt Woods: big, rugged, articulated and stylized sound, suggesting different sources every 30 seconds or so.
If you missed All Pigs Must Die, catch them with Narrows on March 9th at Knitting Factory. Narrows is readying the release of their new LP Painted via Deathwish on 2/28. Stream a new track, "Absolute Betrayer", below (or download it above) alongside pictures from Acheron....
photos by Stephanie Crumley, words by BBG
Weekend Nachos @ ABC No Rio
Weekend Nachos teamed with Homewrecker for a string of dates that included a show last night at ABC No Rio (1/19), a stop on their way to the A389 Anniversary show with Integrity/Eyehategod/Gehenna and much more. The show also featured an appearance from Emetic. Pictures from the show are below.
A389 Anniversary will also feature appearances from Seven Sisters of Sleep and Low Places, both of which will team with All Pigs Must Die and Grudges at Acheron TONIGHT (1/20).
We recently interviewed A389 honcho Dom Romeo. Check it out.
All tour dates and more pictures from ABC No Rio are below.
Seven Sisters of Sleep at A389 2011 (more by BBG)
Seven Sisters of Sleep (mems Tafkata) are two for two with releases in 2011, dropping both their excellent debut and their similarly crushing split with Children of God this year. Get both at A389. Though no full East Coast trek has been planned, Seven Sisters of Sleep will join the great All Pigs Must Die, labelmates Low Places, and NYC's Grudges for an NYC date at Acheron on 1/20, just a few days after the always awesome A389 Anniversary show at Sonar in Baltimore with Eyehategod, Gehenna, and many others.
All Pigs Must Die was recently given an "honorable mention" in Pitchfork's top metal of 2011 list (though no shout out for Seven Sisters of Sleep). Check out the full list, along with some streaming APMD material and a few videos below...
Coke Bust @ Acheron
Coke Bust and Sick Fix played TWO NYC shows on Saturday (11/19, at ABC No Rio and later at Acheron) as part of a string of East Coast dates for the pair. Miscegenator and DBCR joined the pair at ABC No Rio, while Acheron featured appearances from Masakari (who drove in from Cleveland specifically for the show) and Grudges (who played Saint Vitus the night before with Black Anvil/Bloodiest).
All four bands at Acheron ripped it; Grudges played a hardcore influenced set with death growl vocals that got the room primed for excellent sets by DC fastcore greats Sick Fix and the chaos that ensued during sets by d-beat-ers Masakari and also DC fastcore killers Coke Bust. Do your best to see any/all bands that played Acheron as soon as you can. More pictures from that show below...
Black Anvil @ Saint Vitus (by BBG)
With Turbonegro/Andrew WK at Santos and Judas Priest at Izod Center, Friday night in the NYC area was heavy on metal/punk outings. A third choice that night was at Saint Vitus, where Black Anvil headlined a show with Bloodiest, Mutilation Rites & Grudges. Here are some pictures from that one.
The Brooklyn show was a true one-off for Bloodiest, who came in to NYC to specifically play the Saint Vitus date, and one of two over the weekend for Grudges, who also opened a show at Acheron the next night with Coke Bust, Masakari and Sick Fix. Check Grudges's demo below.
In related news, Black Anvil have announced that they will hit ABC No Rio on December 3rd with Inhuman and Tombs. The show is one of the last at the ABC No Rio space before renovation.
More pictures and video from Saint Vitus, as well as some song streams, are below.
Defeatist at Shea Stadium (more by BBG)
Defeatist have announced that "this turd has been circling the bowl long enough, so we have decided to flush it for good." The trio have a pair of NYC dates left on the calendar before they call it quits. on Saturday, 11/12 they play Acheron with Gaza, Tiger Flowers, & Don't Give A Fuck, and then their final date is on 12/17 at Death By Audio with the great Triac, Psychic Limb, Disciples Of Christ (mems of Magrudergrind), and Backslider. Advance tickets are not available, so make sure you get to the Acheron early to send-off NYC's best grind band right.
Defeatist recently released their final LP Tyranny of Decay. Stream it below in full and order your copy before they (the band and the LP) disappear for good.
Reminder: a pair of bands featuring members of Magrudergrind, Coke Bust & Sick Fix, will hit NYC on 11/19 at Acheron with Masakari and Grudges. Grudges will ALSO play Saint Vitus the night before (11/18) as part of a show with Black Anvil, Bloodiest and Mutilation Rites. Tickets are on sale for the BA show.
Stream that Defeatist, as well as other material from Masakari, Bloodiest and others below.
Victims @ Best Friends Day (more by Chris Boarts Larson)
Due to the oncoming apocalypse (how they are selling it anyway), the previously discussed Victims show with Defeatist, Grudges, and DBCR at Acheron on Sunday (8/28) has been cancelled. Stay tuned, as this show MAY be rescheduled. Saturday's show at Acheron, featuring Brickeater, Gang Signs and VYGR is also CANCELLED.
Oak/Grudges by Sarah Coulter, Punch/Loma Prieta/Get Rad/Ten Thousand Leagues by Carmelo Espanola, words by BBG
The Punch / Loma Prieta tour rolls into town TONIGHT (8/18), teaming with Grudges and Nailed Shut at The Acheron. $7 gets you in the door. The tour stopped on Sunday (8/14) for a show at The Strangelight in Chicago with Ten Thousand Leagues and Get Rad. Pictures from that show adorn this post. Punch's new Nothing Lasts EP is out now via Deathwish and 625 Thrash.
NYC's Grudges also recently played Stolen Sleeves on August 5th with Baltimore's Oak, the night before Oak played Saint Vitus with Disma, Coffinworm, and Unearthly Trance. Pictures from Stolen Sleeves are also below.
Grudges will also play Acheron on 8/28 with DBCR, Defeatist and Victims, as part of the latter's US tour that kicked off with a show supporting Ringworm.
All Punch/Loma Prieta dates, and pictures from Strangelight and Stolen Sleeves are below.