Entries tagged with: Holy Grail
by Wyatt Marshall
A couple weeks back we talked about Metal Meowlisha IV: A Headbangers Furball, death metal greats Obituary's fundraiser fest for feral cats in the Tampa area on 12/21 featuring Exhumed and Terrorizer (lineup below). Those in need of further proof of the inborn bond between metal man and kitty cat need look no further than the previously mentioned Metaldudes Cats book titled, fittingly, Metal Cats will be published in April 2014 and is meow available for pre-order. The book, cover art above, contains photos of over 100 metal musicians and fans with their cats, including:
Black Goat, Thrones, Isis, Lightning Swords of Death, Winterthrall, Wizards of Wor, The Cauterized, Book of Black Earth, Skarp, Harassor, Akimbo, Aldebaran, Atriarch, Oak, Ghoul, Ludicra, Holy Grail, Xasthur, Cattle Decapitation, Murder Construct, Exhumed, Anhedonist, Morbid Angel, Municipal Waste, Skeletonwitch, Gypsyhawk, Nausea, Phobia, Napalm Death.That's a lot of cats! A portion of the proceeds of Metal Cats will go to no-kill shelters.
In other metal book news, a new Slayer biography has emerged, titled Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff & Dave Years. A Metal Band Biography. The book was written by DX Herris, who previously has written about Slayer in his 33 1/3 series entry, Slayer's Reign in Blood. The book clocks in at a whopping 628 and here's a description:
This timely rock biography answers burning questions, shatters popular myths, and uncovers new truths about Slayer, the iconic group that became the embodiment of heavy metal. This full-length, exhaustively researched account of the thrash kings' career recaps and reevaluates the years guitar hero Jeff Hanneman and drum legend Dave Lombardo were in the group. Over the course of 59 chapters, 400 footnotes and three appendices, it profiles the members and presents dramatic scenes from 32 years in the Abyss: A fresh look at the group's early days. Reign in Blood tours. A European invasion. The Palladium riot. The seat cushion chaos concert. Newly unearthed details from Lombardo's turbulent history with the band. Historical artwork and photos never seen in public before. The entire diabolical discography. Hanneman's hard times. The Big Four's big year. Lombardo's final exit...And a lot more -- sounds pretty thorough. It's currently available in an interactive e-book edition for... $6.66.
Slayer recently rolled through Madison Square Garden with Gojira on their first tour since the passing of Jeff Hanneman. We'll have photos soon -- did you go?
Meowlisha 2013 line-up below...
photos by Caroline Harrison; words by Doug Moore
Orange Goblin @ Saint Vitus - 11/2/13
Orange Goblin, Holy Grail and Lazer/Wulf hit Saint Vitus in Brooklyn last Saturday night (11/2) as part of their lengthy US tour. Polygamist provided local support.
We've got a full writeup and a set of pictures from the show over at Invisible Oranges. Here's a brief excerpt:
--Lazer/Wulf have an interesting approach to vocals. They're mostly an instrumental band, but guitarist Bryan Aiken occasionally uses a mic to interject little vocal hits and accents. Lazer/Wulf are proficient musicians, but I wasn't especially taken with their stage presence. There's such a thing as too much guitargasm face.Check out the whole writeup and full run of photos over at IO. More of the pitures, plus footage of Orange Goblin jamming through Black Sabbath's classic "Into the Void", are below...
--There's something about growing up in southern California that makes bands better at classic-style heavy metal stage posturing. Holy Grail vocalist James-Paul Luna nailed the gauntlet-clad pointing-and-gesturing stuff, which was good, because his voice was curiously low in the mix. I'm not a big fan of Holy Grail's brand of NWOBHM/speed metal nostalgia, but they're a noticeably above-average example of the style.
--Holy Grail's set ran long, so Orange Goblin didn't get started until well after 11:30 (which admittedly isn't terribly late in NYC, but I am an old man). Still, they kept the room full all the way through a lengthy set of their own. Their metal is like an engine: thrumming, reliable, and built to dominate on the road.
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.
Orange Goblin at MDF 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
UK doomers Orange Goblin will again make a round of North American dates, this time with Holy Grail and Lazer/Wulf. The shows, which kick off in late September, include an NYC stop at Saint Vitus on November 2. Ticketing info is on the way.
Orange Goblin's last long-player hit in 2012, A Eulogy For the Damned and this year the band released their first live CD/DVD, A Eulogy For The Fans - Orange Goblin Live 2012. Stream Eulogy below.
Anthrax at Irving Plaza, 4/21/2013 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Big Four thrashers Anthrax performed all of the LP favorite Among the Living at Irving Plaza in NYC over two nights this weekend (April 20 & 21), both featuring support from Bay-Area's Exodus, party-friendly Municipal Waste, Shadows Fall (replacing High on Fire, who opted for Roadburn 2013 instead) and Holy Grail. The dates brought the Metalliance tour, now in its third year in existence, to a close.
Check out pictures from the thrash-tacular Irving Plaza show last night (4/21) over at InvisibleOranges.
Anthrax at Wellmont, Oct 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
People officially love Among the Living. As discussed, Anthrax will perform all of that classic LP as part of the Metalliance tour that lands at Irving Plaza on April 20. Now, due to overwhelming demand, look for the crew to play a second date at Irving Plaza on 4/21 as well. Tickets are still available for both dates.
While Exodus, Municipal Waste and Holy Grail are on board as support, High on Fire are NOT for either NYC date.
Updated tour dates and a stream of that LP is below.
Anthrax at Wellmont Theatre, October 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Metal Alliance tour returns for its third year, this time roping in thrash legends Anthrax to play all of their 1987 favorite, Among the Living, alongside sets from High on Fire (who recently played Bowery and MHoW), Exodus, Municipal Waste and Holy Grail. The North American trek kicks off in Las Vegas in March, heading West and eventually to the East Coast to conclude with a date at Irving Plaza on April 20. VIP tickets for all dates, which include a multitude of goodies, are already on sale. Regular tickets go on sale January 11.
UPDATE: High on Fire is confirmed to play Roadburn 2013, which directly conflict with 4/18 and 4/20... yes, NYC. According to a statement from the festival, the Roadburn appearances will NOT be cancelled, which means that NYC and the tail-end of this tour is more than likely not part of High on Fire's routing. Developing.
UPDATED AGAIN: High on Fire will not play April 15th through the end of the tour. That includes NYC.
Head below for the full slate of dates, as well as a stream of Among the Living in full (via Spotify).
Royal Thunder at BV-BBG CMJ showcase in 2010 (more by BBG)
The heavy-blues sounds of Royal Thunder will head out on tour with the hyper party metal headliner Valient Thorr, retro-thrashers Holy Grail, and The Kickass. That tour kicks off later this month and reaches all the way into late July, stopping in NYC along the way for a show at Mercury Lounge on June 17th. Tickets for that show are on sale.
Royal Thunder are preparing to release their new LP, CVI, on May 22 via Relapse Records (presale ongoing). The album will include the track, "Whispering World," which is available to stream below.
That stream, a list of all dates, and a video interview of Valient Himself are below...
words & photos by BBG
Krum Bums @ Europa
A blackened crust band. An updated NWOBHM band. A poppy street-punk band. A blackened thrash band. A slow crusty doom band, and a traditional doom band with female vocals. Outside of a grind band and a hardcore band, I'd say that almost all heavy bases were covered on Friday night at Europa and Acheron. My night started with the Toxic Holocaust / Holy Grail / Krum Bums tour which hit Europa with support from Salo. Though the crowd was insanely into both Toxic Holocaust and Holy Grail (I preferred the former way more than the latter), Krum Bums were my favorite band at Europa that night. Their high-energy street punk awoke the quiet crowd, who were circle-pitting by their set's end. Toxic Holocaust had the audience eating out of their hand too, with the much larger circle-pit giving way to on-stage sing-alongs for favorites like "Wild Dogs" and "War is Hell".
side note: Toxic Holocaust's fans at Europa need to take a cue from the book of hardcore when it comes to stage-diving; thirty seconds of hesitation and searching for the right spot to dive isn't just embarassing, its just plain pointless.
After Europa, I headed over to the free after-party at Acheron featuring Windhand with local Belus. NYC's Belus is only on their second show, but the band shows maturity and songwriting way beyond their years. Make sure and catch them whenever you get the chance. Windhand was all the makings of an amazing traditional doom band: great vocals, memorable riffs, and bombastic sound. Can't wait to see them again.
All pictures and some recent video (including some from Europa) is below.
photo by Autumn Spadaro
Austin punks Krum Bums are known for their high-voltage live shows, a fact that they will further demonstrate on the unknowing masses heading out to see the NHOBM-y Holy Grail and the crusty-thrashy Toxic Holocaust as part of their tour together. The trio of bands will hit NYC with a right-then-left hook at Europa on August 19th. Tickets are on sale.
The dates are not only in celebration of Toxic Holocaust's new LP, but also Krum Bums' newest release Cut The Noose. Due on August 23rd via People Like You Records, the LP sees the band touching on thrash and metal in their grimy street punk as seen in the title track which makes its debut here. Listen to another track at Metalsucks. Cut The Noose is melodic with out compromising ferocity.
All tour dates, that song stream and some video of a full set from Gilman is below.
Toxic Holocaust at Acheron dugin a snowstorm (more by BBG)
Toxic Holocaust will Conjure and Command a new batch of crusty thrash for their new LP of the same name on July 12th. Check out one track "Bitch" streaming at Decibel and another on their Facebook page. The band will embark on a US tour in support of the new LP in late July with awesome support from the NWOBHM-y Holy Grail and Austin street punks Krum Bums that will include a stop in Brooklyn for a BV/Scenic production on August 19th at Europa. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday (6/24), and one more band is TBA.
But more imminently, Toxic Holocaust will head out to Reading, PA to play the East Coast Tsunami Fest, joining names like Shelter, Leftover Crack, 108, and many others for the three day festival. Flyer and full lineup is below, tickets are still available.
Toxic Holocaust's full tour schedule is below. After laying waste to the US, look for Toxic Holocaust to slash and burn Europe with Kvelertak, Trap Them, and Wolves Like Us.
With all of the love floating around for the new Trap Them LP (totally warranted), I'm a bit puzzled that their future European tour mates Rotten Sound hasn't rattled as many cages. Rotten Sound's Cycles was a burner, and similarly the band's new LP Cursed pulls from grimy Swedish death metal and combines it with Nasum's grind annihilation. Cursed is due on Relapse Records on March 15th and features "Hollow" and "Self" (both in video form below), as well as "Plan" which you can download above (for the first time) and stream below. Preorder a copy, it rules. Rotten Sound recently played Gramercy Theater and will hit the road of Europe with Trap Them/Gaza in early April.
One grind band that is getting its fair share of attention is Florida's Maruta, whose new LP Forward Into Regression is currently streaming in full at MetalSucks (you can also grab three of those songs for download above). Preorder that LP via Willowtip.
In other news, Holy Grail will team up with Cauldron for a North American tour that will include May 4th at Union Pool. All tour dates are below. Holy Grail released their latest LP Crisis in Utopia via Prosthetic this past fall.
Malignancy will team up with Humanity Falls, Andromorphus Rexalia, Respawn The Ancients, Ambient Death and Legionary to play Manhattan's Bowery Electric on 3/20. Humanity Falls is also scheduled to take on Party Xpo in Brooklyn on 3/26 with Backslider.
After a successful show supporting Eyehategod, Misery Index will return to NYC to support the tongue-wagging NYDM team Suffocation. Look for the pair plus more TBA at Santos Party House on May 15th. Tickets are on sale.
All tour dates, more suggested NYC shows, and some videos, below...
Nominon will bring a dose of icy Swedish death metal to a sizzling Bowery Electric on July 6th as part of a tour with Infinitum Obscure and Quinta Essentia. The bill will be rounded out by the dark blackened doom forces of Evoken (who cancelled their Roadburn appearance due to volcanic ash) and thrashers Mutant Supremacy. Tickets are on sale. The show marks Nominon's first foray into the US since the release of their new album Monumentomb, out now on Ibex Moon.
It's not the only show that Mutant Supremacy has laid out, as the band is also scheduled to play Europa twice in the coming months. First, look for the Brooklyn team on June 20th with At War, Midnight, Crucifist, and others as part of a post-Punk Island show (tickets). After that, make sure and catch them when the band opens for Floridian dark lords Malevolent Creation and Gigan on July 29th as part of a larger tour for the duo. Tickets are on sale.
Mutilation Rites are also scheduled to play that June 20th show before hitting the road through early July, eventually playing Union Pool on July 17th with The Funeral Pyre and Early Graves. In addition, the band will play Lit Lounge with Valdur on July 19th and Europa TWO more times: with Belgian black metallers Enthroned (their first show since 2001) and Destroyer 666 (!) on August 4th (tickets) and then with Hellbastard and Atakke on Oct 8th (tickets). The Enthroned date at Europa is part of a larger US tour with D666, and a world tour for Enthroned.
Full tour dates for all bands and some videos, including the new video from Hellbastard are below...