Entries tagged with: Hammers of Misfortune
By Ian Chainey
Matt Harvey / Ross Sewage live w/Exhumed @ Covered Wagon (photo: Sean McGrath)
We recently wrapped up a three-part series at Invisible Oranges titled "The Story of Lucifer's Hammer" by guest contributor Avinash Mittur. The piece tackles the resurgence of metal in California's Bay Area during the late '90s/early '00s through recollections of those responsible for the Lucifer's Hammer metal club. Avinash got a hold of some of the scene's biggest names, including Mike Scalzi (Slough Feg, Hammers of Misfortune), Ross Sewage (Impaled, Ghoul, Exhumed, Ludicra), John Cobbett (Hammers of Misfortune, Slough Feg, Ludicra, Vhöl), Aesop Dekker (Ludicra, Agalloch, Vhöl, Worm Ouroboros), and Leon del Muerte (Impaled, Exhumed, Phobia, Intronaut, Nausea), among others. As you'd expect given those participants, the anecdotes are on another level. A few choice selections.
Mike Scalzi in Part 1:
"We were the only Bay Area band in the early '90s that played total old-school heavy metal. Around here, nobody wanted anything to do with New Wave of British Heavy Metal," Scalzi says. "No way, forget it. In '95, I remember Iron Maiden playing places that we would play. Seriously. Can you imagine? Iron Maiden playing a place smaller than Slim's? It was insane!"John Cobbett in Part 2:
"That was an amazing, amazing night," says Cobbett. "What we're talking about is a really shitty punk rock dive bar with Mayhem and people came from miles around to see that one, man. I had bands calling me on the phone and getting all fuckin' Varg Vikernes on me saying, 'I will kill to play with Mayhem. I will kill to get on that show.'" Cobbett chuckles at the ridiculousness of the situation. "I had to go the butcher and get skinned cow heads and bring them to the show. It was amazing, man."Aesop Dekker in Part 3:
"There was a really diehard core of regulars. It's like that story about the Sex Pistols show that eight people went to and every one of them formed an awesome band," Dekker says. "It was like that, people were meeting at the shows, bands would then be popping and then they'd be like, 'We want to play.' A lot of bands formed from people meeting at Lucifer's Hammer and then they'd play their first show at Lucifer's Hammer. It was sort of like sowing seeds in a sense."It's a great little read and it provides some background on these ultra-active metal participates, one of whom will be swinging by New York City shortly. Aesop Dekker, who is drumming for Agalloch and had a great chat with Kim Kelly back in 2010, will be playing Irving Plaza on June 30 with Jex Thoth for their IO sponsored engagement. Tickets are still available.
A full video of the Mayhem set Cobbett mentioned appears below.
by Doug Moore
A few hints regarding the lineup of the 7th annual Fall Into Darkness fest have trickled out over the past few weeks, but now the full lineup has hit the newswire. Curated by Nate Carson of the excellent doom band Witch Mountain, the fest will bring a broad range of psychedelic rock and metal acts to Portland, OR from October 10 - 13.
Highlights include Orange Goblin, who will be on tour around the fest and who will hit Saint Vitus on November 2; Nik Turner's Space Ritual, which features the ex-Hawkwind member and who will hit Vitus on November 3 and 4 on their own tour, and Hammers of Misfortune, Ludicra and Vhol guitarist John Cobbett's gritty prog-metal band. Oh yeah, and Agalloch is playing.
photos by Caroline Harrison, words by Doug Moore
Hammers of Misfortune at Saint Vitus - 7/23/12
San Francisco's prog-metal powerhouse Hammers of Misfortune brought their tour to NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on Monday night (7/23). Indianapolis doomsters (and Hammers tour buddies) The Gates of Slumber provided direct support, while BK's Occultation opened the show.
Fittingly, Occultation play "occult rock"--the same curiously fashionable style observed by Ghost, Jex Thoth, The Devil's Blood, and so forth. In practice, "occult" means creepy-crawly, slightly proggy 70s rock that never delves too far into darkness. Guitarist Ed Miller, also of the black metal band Negative Plane, stole the show from Occultation's wooden frontwoman with his 'verbed-out lead playing.
The Gates of Slumber rarely cease touring. Road dogs make few mistakes, and TGoS typically execute their traditionalist doom metal impeccably. But even salty vets run into occasional problems, and The Gates' set was marred by minor difficulties--frontman Karl Simon suffered from a sore throat and a strangely muddy rhythm guitar sound. But their energy won out in the end; Simon slung gloriously loose solos with abandon, and drummer Bob Fouts held down the lumbering rhythms as only a big dude can.
Though I'm a big Hammers of Misfortune fan, I approached their set with some caution. Three vocalists, two guitars, a Hammond organ and a rhythm section can be a messy combination, especially given HoM's Byzantine compositions. But the sound at Vitus was pristine, and the band delivered a borderline-flawless performance that touched on each of their five albums. Relatively-new vocalist Joe Hutton deserves special props; he executed both his and his predecessors' material with aplomb.
Hammers of Misfortune and The Gates of Slumber will wrap up their brief tour shortly, so if you missed them at Saint Vitus, check them out on their remaining dates or live vicariously through the pictures, more of which are below.
by Fred Pessaro /// BBG
Welcome to another edition of Evillive.
Bloodiest and Chrome Waves will team up to play an NYC show at Saint Vitus on August 17th with Vattnet Viskar and more TBA. Tickets are on sale. The show is the first NYC date for the black metal super crew, which contains current and former members of Nachtmystium, The Gates of Slumber, Wolvhammer, The Atlas Moth, Leviathan and more. That's right, you read correct... Jef Whitehead will be performing with the band. Chrome Waves released their new LP via Gravedancer Records earlier this summer.
Speaking of The Gates of Slumber, Profound Lore signees Occultation have been added to the previously discussed show with Hammers of Misfortune/The Gates of Slumber at Saint Vitus on July 23rd. Tickets are still available of you can win one of two pairs to this BrooklynVegan event! Details on how to win are at the bottom of this post.
Maryland Deathfest announced its official lineup earlier today.
Misery Index announced a tour.
The first of two American Nightmare shows goes down at Webster Hall tonight.
More suggested heavy NYC shows , the contest details and a flyer for that Hammers of Misfortune show, below...
We are proud to announce our sponsorship of the upcoming Hammers of Misfortune/The Gates of Slumber East Coast/Midwest jaunt! The dates include a kick-off show in Chicago before looping to Saint Vitus for a July 23rd date. Tickets are on sale and support is still TBA.
The Hammers of Misfortune released their Metal Blade debut 17th Street last year. The band features John Cobbett and Sigrid Sheie, who are also members of the previously mentioned West Coast "supergroup" with Mike Scheidt (Yob, and solo artist) and Aesop Dekker (Agalloch, who is coming soon).
The Gates of Slumber recently played NYC supporting Church of Misery (pictures).
All tour dates are listed below along with the tour flyer..
Agalloch at Inferno 2012 (more by BBG)
Agalloch will be on the East Coast this month for Maryland Deathfest, and will be back to the East Coast for more shows very soon. The black-metal tinged crew will hit the road for a few confirmed dates that seem to be part of a burgeoning tour, including a date in NYC with Taurus and Musk Ox at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 26th. Tickets are currently on AMEX presale and go on regular sale on Friday (5/18) at noon. All scheduled dates are listed below.
Agalloch recently completed recording their new EP Faustian Echoes with Billy Anderson. The new EP has no release date (or releasee) officially announced, but we'll let you know when that changes. Until then, you can order your copy of The Demonstration Archive 1996-1998 on 3LP boxset to catch up on the older material. Get yours via Eisenwald.
In other news, Aesop Dekker of Agalloch (Worm Ouroboros, ex-Ludicra, etc) will team with Mike Scheidt (YOB), Sigrid Sheie (Hammers of Misfortune, Amber Asylum), and John Cobbett (Hammers of Misfortune, ex-Ludicra) for a new band recording this fall. Details of this project are currently hazy, but we'll keep you informed. In the meantime, catch Yob on Wednesday at Bell House (5/23) with a solo Mike Scheidt and Cough. Tickets are still available. Yob will also be playing Maryland Deathfest.
Check out a recent live video of Agalloch in action along with a listing of all tour dates 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...
John Cobbett, always METAL.
Ludicra's current tour (which impacts NYC on 4/18 at Europa with Krallice, Castevet, and Atakke - tix) is dubbed the Decancellation Tour in honor of their desire to soldier on post Mayhem's cancellation. And even though adversity has again reared it's ugly head, Ludicra is soldiering on...
As the tour began, the second day in the tour, guitarist John Cobbett (also the mastermind in HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE of course) felt a pain in his stomach/abdominal area and it was revealed he had appendicitis and that his appendix had burst, along with having an abscess growing inside his body which, in a weird twist of fate, actually helped him. Prior to the tour, before the Pentagram show in SF which LUDICRA recently played, Cobbett felt the symptoms of such a sickness and went to get checked out. Even though he went to get checked out though, the ever reliable and helpful (sarcasm) doctors at San Francisco General Hospital simply dismissed it and told Cobbett there was nothing wrong with him.The band's message continued below...
So in Olympia WA, Cobbett had to be rushed to the emergency room to be tendered to. He is currently still in the hospital in Olympia and is awaiting word on the doctors of when he can re-join his band mates and is recovering really quickly. - Ludicra
words and photos by BBG
Laurie & John of Ludicra!
This sounds like a highly appropriate tweet from guitar great John Cobbett:
just spent approx 12 hours working on one riff. It divided like a fractal into 4 riffs, an intro and a multi-part verse. fascinating eh?Though I can't guarantee it, there's a good chance that Cobbett was referring to riffs written for Bay-Area black metal greats Ludicra, who have announced completion of their new LP The Tenant due in March 2010 via Profound Lore!
The Tenant will be the band's first LP since 2006's Fex Urbis Lex Orbus, a record that I still go back to from time to time. Highly recommended. In August, Ludicra descended upon NYC with Hammers of Misfortune, Ludicra, Villains, and Liturgy for their first EVER appearance in their ten+ year history. After hearing my west coast brethren rave on about their outstanding live show, it felt like a big sigh of relief to finally catch the Bay Area black metal band in action.
Ludicra vocalist Laurie is a very watchable front-woman with amazing vocal prowess; her powerful screeching bellows were just as impressive live as they are on LP. Searing/soaring solos by John Cobbett, killer fills from Aesop Dekker (Agalloch), and Ross Sewage (also of Impaled, Ghoul, ex-Wolves In The Throne Room, etc) laying down the low end added to the unbelievable performance from the Ludicra. Fantastic show, but eleven years from existence to NYC appearance is unacceptable! Here's to hoping the band hits the road again in celebration of the new LP.
Guitarist John Cobbett of Ludicra is also one of the masterminds behind Hammers of Misfortune, a prog-power-folk metal band that released the double LP Fields / Church Of Broken Glass. "Prog-power-folk metal" is usually not my cup o' tea unless it was timestamped 20+ years ago, but Hammers of Misfortune is one of those rare exceptions. Majestic, powerful, and plush with memorable twin guitar riffage from Cobbett and ex-Pansy Division-er Patrick Goodwin, melodic passages were just as compelling and anchored by vocalist/keyboardist/Amber Asylum contributor Sigrid Sheie (check out an AA MP3 here) and vocalist Jesse Quattro. The occasion marked Hammers of Misfortune's second NYC appearance, and the performance was brief (30ish minutes?) but powerful nontheless.
Local faves Villains and Liturgy opened the night with a predictably awesome sets from both. Villains are currently gearing up to play the Nuclear War Now! Fest this weekend in Berlin along with faves like Bone Awl, Revenge, Dead Congregation, Abigail, and many esteemed others. For more on that fest, head to NWN.
Liturgy are scheduled to play two big shows this weekend: Union Pool this Friday (11/13) with Krallice, Malkuth and Orphan and the BV sponsored Shrinebuilder / Rwake on Sunday at LPR (11/15, tix). Both shows are part of a killer week of shows that includes TWO BV shows: Dark Castle / The Atlas Moth / Wetnurse / Tiger Flowers at Union Pool on 11/17 and a Special Guest (Southern Lord), Javelina, Black Tusk, and Batillus on 11/18 at The Charleston in conjunction with Chronic Youth.
More pictures of Ludicra guitarist Christy Cather's mic/beer stand, as well as pics of her and her band, as well as Villains, and Hammers of Misfortune, below...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Hammers Of Misfortune - "Rats Assembly" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Hammers Of Misfortune - "Church of Broken Glass" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ludicra - "One Thousand Wolves" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ludicra - "In The Greeenest Maze" (MP3)
Hammers of Misfortune
Bay Area metal staples and two sides of the John Cobbett coin, prog-power-metal gods Hammers of Misfortune and blackened killers Ludicra, are hitting the road in August. On the EAST COAST. That's right, the pair have lined up an East Coast tour in August including an NYC date, August 11th, at Santos Party House! Ticket info is forthcoming, as well as (we hear) more dates as well.
Hammers of Misfortune dropped their double LP, Fields / Church Of Broken Glass, via Profound Lore/20 Buck Spin in the tail end of 2008. Ludicra's last release was 2006's Fex Urbis, Lex Orbis on Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles imprint.
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Morne - "Machine" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Hey Colossus - "Tight Collar" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Hammers Of Misfortune - "Rats Assembly" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Hammers Of Misfortune - "Church of Broken Glass" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Grails - "Reincarnation Blues" (MP3)
MORNE (members of Grief)
Influential doomers Grief are back from the dead! This time, the band have lined up a show in Baltimore (@ The Nowarehouse on 10/24) and Philly (@ The Khyber Pass on 10/25 with Black Cobra) in preparation for a European tour with the mighty Trap Them (European tour dates forthcoming). Meanwhile, guitarist/vocalist Jeff Hayward (formerly of the equally menacing Disrupt) is touring with his new band, the oh-so-crusty Morne, who are poised to attack the east coast and as far as Minneapolis during a ten-city tour (dates below) including one date at Cake Shop on Sept 28th with Attake, Cop On Fire, and Lost Cause. Morne will be promoting their recently released demo (out now) and the band was kind enough to drop a taste here! Check out "Machine" downloadable above, and check them out on tour.
Earth have added a few shows including a date at Columbia University (10/17), another at Wesleyan University (10/18), and a date at Union Pool (10/14), in addition to the previously announced date at the Knitting Factory with Arbouretum (10/19, tickets here).
Pelican announced a show at the Bowery Ballroom on 11/2 and some other tour dates.
From The Nursery Records, current home of locals Orphan, will drop 12" of Melvins tracks recorded during the Nude With Boots sessions. Look for it hopefully by the end of this year.
Jarboe, Dillinger Escape Plan, Hammers of Misfortune, Nachtmystium, Hellshock, Landmine Marathon and more below...