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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

photo: Vattnet Viskar at SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Vattnet Viskar

It's the holiday season, and what better way to give back than talking about a shit ton of metal. Our metal sister site Invisible Oranges is deep into top 10 season, with a number of individual writer lists posted (including one by yours truly) and still more to come. And for those of you in NYC, there's always a ton of metal tours passing through and other heavy shows happening here. We don't get to post about every single one, so here's a roundup of some cool stuff on the horizon that we've missed:

Abigail Williams, who released the great black metal album The Accuser this year, are touring with a band that they probably would've fit better with in their earlier days, classically-tinged tech-death band Fleshgod Apocalypse. The tour hits NYC at Gramercy Theatre on February 12, and also includes Carach Angren. Tickets are on sale, and all dates are listed below.

Fellow practitioners of technical death metal Rivers of Nihil are heading out on a tour of their own, with support from Black Fast and Dark Sermon. That tour will hit NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on February 19, and tickets are on sale now. Dates below.

Norwegian black metal band Taake is going on a loaded tour with crusty hardcore band Young and In the Way and USBMers Vattnet Viskar. That tour will stop in NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on March 5 with local support from Trenchgrinder. Tickets are on sale now. Dates below.

We already mentioned the Coffins show on February 15 at Saint Vitus, but since our last mention the great death/thrash band Noisem have been added as openers for that show, as were Ilsa. Tickets are still available. Noisem were also just announced for Decibel's Philly fest with Dying Fetus, Horrendous, and more.

Local rippers Meek is Murder have a show coming up at Saint Vitus February 4 with Moon Tooth, The Netherlands and Godmaker (tickets). And it's not exactly metal, but local noise/jazz/generally loud weirdos Zevious also play Saint Vitus on January 10 with Red Reiter and Needle Driver (tickets).

The Acheron is hosting a couple cool hardcore shows, including a show TONIGHT (12/18) with locals La Misma, No Time, S.L.I.P., The Brass and No Parole (tickets). Then Detroit hardcore band Freedom will stop by for a show on January 6 with Forced Order, NYC Headhunters, Manipulate and Impact (tickets).


Now on to the reminders. Baroness just started streaming their excellent new Purple LP, and they've got two NYC shows coming up on Sunday (12/20). They're playing an afternoon show at Rough Trade which you have to buy Purple at the Williamsburg Rough Trade store to get in to, and that evening they have a sold-out show at Saint Vitus with Earthling.

These are far from the only cool shows coming up at Saint Vitus. The Brooklyn venue also hosts two sold-out shows on January 8-9 by Russian Circles, Wildhoney, and Cloakroom. The "Aural Hellfire" tour of 1349, Tombs and Full of Hell stops by on January 11 (tickets). And then Bell Witch and Wrekmeister Harmonies will bring their slow, sad, scary live experience to Saint Vitus on February 23 (tickets).

Clutch are about to embark on their quick holiday tour with Valkyrie and Crobot that includes a NYC stop at Terminal 5 on December 29 (tickets). Tech-death crew Nile are coming through for a show at Gramercy Theatre on January 14 with Day of Doom (tickets).

Like your metal more from classics from the early '90s (or a little earlier)? Don't forget about that amazing Melvins, Napalm Death and Melt Banana tour; or the Abbath, High On Fire, Skeletonwitch and Tribulation tour; or the Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Cryptopsy and Abysmal Dawn tour.

Prefer your metal even more classic? You're covered. Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Black Sabbath (not to mention Mac Sabbath), Slayer (with Testament and Carcass), AC/DC, Venom, Inc., and Anthrax* all have NYC dates coming up. What a time.

* - That Anthrax tour is with Lamb of God headlining, and most excitingly with Deafheaven and Power Trip opening. You can still get tickets for NYC.

Finally, and totally arbitrarily in its finality, there's that cool Voivod/Vektor/Eight Bells tour coming to Gramercy Theatre on February 7 (tickets), and on the lighter side there's the Sun Kil Moon & Jesu show at MHOW on February 26 (tickets).

Don't forget to check out those top 10 lists on IO. What else?

Continue reading "upcoming metal shows: Taake, YAITW, Vattnet Viskar, Abigail Williams, Rivers of Nihil, Noisem, Coffins, and more"


Japanese doom/death collossus Coffins are coming stateside for a US tour in early 2016. Most of the dates will be on the west coast with California sludge outfit Noothgrush, but they'll be playing a one-off east coast date in NYC at Saint Vitus on February 15. Noothgrush aren't opening that one (no word yet on who is), and tickets aren't yet on sale but they should be up soon via Ticketfly.

Coffins released a new EP called Craving to Eternal Slumber earlier this year, and they have a split with DC death metal crew Ilsa in the works, which should see release on Relapse in 2016.

Check out all tour dates and stream the EP below...

Continue reading "Coffins announce 2016 US tour (dates & EP stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

Max Levine Ensemble

The Max Levine Ensemble, whose singer/guitarist David Combs recently retired his Spoonboy project, will release their first full length since 2008 this year, Backlash, Baby. Back in May, the DC band "exclusively streamed" the album in the jukebox of hometown venue Black Cat, and they'll give it an official release on November 20. Ahead of that though, they're releasing a series of Bond-like music videos which star Katie Alice Greer (of Priests) as the hero and Sharad Satsangi (of Ilsa) as the villain.

We've got the premiere of the video for "Sun's Early Rays," which sounds kind of like a punkier Okkervil River, with maybe a little John Darnielle in there too. As for the video, David tells us:

We made the video ourselves on a snacks and arts and crafts budget. It's meant to be the climax of a series of videos we're making for the record that follow an overarching narrative. In "sun's early rays" the villain has captured The Max Levine Ensemble and intends for us to watch as he uses his giant laser gun to flare up the sun and destroy the earth. The song is about global warming and the video is a loose metaphor for that, but also an excuse to make a 3-minute bond flick.
Check it out, with the album artwork, below. Album pre-orders will be available Wednesday (10/21) at 2 PM EST via Lame-O Records and Rumbletowne Records.

Continue reading "The Max Levine Ensemble have a new Bond-like video series starring Katie from Priests & Sharad from Ilsa (watch part 1)"

Full of Hell at Chaos In Tejas 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Full of Hell

As mentioned, A389 Recordings is throwing its 11th Anniversary Bash at various Baltimore venues from January 15 - 17. Since we last spoke, more bands were added, day-by-day schedules were announced, and tickets are on sale. Full of Hell, Homewrecker, In Cold Blood, Magrudergrind, Like Rats, Of Feather and Bone, Lifeless, Iron Price, False Light, Warxgames and Condemn the Infected join a lineup that already includes Weekend Nachos, Noisem, Pharaoh and more.

There's still more events TBA. Meanwhile, check out the current schedule (with ticket links for each show) below...

Continue reading "A389 Bash lineup updates, schedule & tickets"

Weekend Nachos at A389 Anniversary 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Weekend Nachos

Hardcore and grind-oriented A389 Recordings have announced the first round of bands for their 11th annual Anniversary Bash, which takes place in Baltimore on January 15-17, 2015. Like in previous years, there are some exciting names booked so far including Haymaker, Weekend Nachos, Ilsa, Castle Freak, Genocide Pact, Pharaoh, Noisem, Sex Prisoner, Starkwather and Ampallang Infection. Many of these bands are on or associated with A389, and almost all of them, with the exception of Castle Freak, Genocide Pact, and Starkwather, played last year's event too. Stay tuned for more announcements, but in the meantime, this is reason enough to get excited.

Last year's A389 Anniversary Bash was co-sponsored by Invisible Oranges and included Systems Overload-era Integrity, Infest, Ringworm and more.

Along with Maryland Death Fest, the A389 Bash is one of at least two killer heavy festivals happening in Baltimore in 2015.


Richmond's highly melodic trad-style doomers Windhand are opening the Philly date of the Sleep tour this summer, and after that they'll be heading out on a headlining tour. All dates on that tour are with psych jammers All Them Witches with additional support at select shows from Jex Thoth and Ilsa. The tour wraps up in NYC on September 20 at Saint Vitus with Ilsa. Tickets for that show will be available soon via Ticketfly.

All dates are listed, with a stream of last year's excellent Relapse-released Soma, below...

Continue reading "Windhand touring w/ All Them Witches, playing NYC w/ Ilsa"

by Doug Moore


May is always a good time of year for North American metal tours. Maryland Deathfest brings a lot of international bands into the States, and many of them elect to spend some time on the road before or after the festival once they're on American soil. This year's crop already includes the likes of Ulcerate and Cripple Bastards.

The excellent Japanese death/doom crew Coffins are on board for a brief pre-MDF US tour now as well. They're only playing four pre-MDF dates (all with Bones), and one of them is a NYC stop at Saint Vitus on 5/20, with Seven Sisters of Sleep and Ilsa in support. No tickets on sale yet, but keep an eye out.

Coffins have appeared at MDF before, and their live set is considerably more devastating than their studio material. Stream their latest album (2013's The Fleshlands) in full and check out all of their North American dates below...

Continue reading "Coffins touring w/ Bones before Maryland Deathfest (dates)"

by Doug Moore

Ilsa at the Acheron, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

We announced back in September that Invisible Oranges would be sponsoring the A389 10th Anniversary Bash down in Baltimore on January 17 & 18, featuring Infest, Haymaker, All Out War, Bloodlet, and Systems Overload-era Integrity, among others.

The initial lineup consisted of two shows at the Baltimore Soundstage. Since then, two side shows have been added to the festivities:

On Thursday, January 16, Ringworm will top a bill at Sidebar Tavern, along with Frightened Teeth, Pharaoh, Occultist, & Ampallang Infection.

On Saturday, January 18, there will be a matinee show at Sidebar, featuring Ilsa, Like Rats, Sick/Tired, and Sokushinbutsu.

You can buy whole-fest passes here; individual Baltimore Soundstage tix and Sidebar show tix are also on sale.

The whole lineup is below; you can stream a playlist of every band playing the fest (a perfect soundtrack for headwalking your way out of the office and into the weekend) below as well...

Continue reading "A389 10th Anniversary Bash finalize full line-up & schedule with two additional shows announced"

Gride at Bushwick Bikes, 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro)

The next couple weeks will be cold with shows, as NYC and the East Coast prepares for the onslaught that is Maryland Deathfest (who recently announced set times)! Not ice cold, though. Saint Vitus will host a few shows, including Vitamin X with Living Void, Grudges, Brain Slug on May 17 (tickets) and Ingrowing, Gride, Ahumado Granujo and Mother Brain on May 21 (tickets).

Death & roll favorites Ilsa will join Order of the Owl (mem Zoroaster) and Marching Teeth at Acheron on May 12 (tickets). The show is one of a trio of dates for the band, all of which are available below alongside a stream of some material.

This week at InvisibleOranges we discussed Metal Beers, the passing of a legend, the quailty (or lack thereof) of the new Black Flag, highlighted Stella Natura, reviewed Burialkult, got hyped on tours with Windhand, Cobalt, Kreator, Melechesh and Speedwolf, checked out photos/review of Opeth, Batillus and Goatwhore, and premiered new tracks/video from Sofy Major, Agrimonia, Envy, The Body and more. Head to Invisible Oranges for it all.

All Evillive-approved shows are listed, along with related streaming audio, below.

Jeff Hanneman, Rest in Power! You will be missed.

Continue reading "Evillive (Gride, Ilsa, Order of the Owl ++ more)"

Opium Morals art
Seven Sisters of Sleep

Just when you thought it was safe, California's Seven Sisters of Sleep have returned with Opium Morals, the band's new LP due via A389 Records on March 20. Sludge, doom, hardcore and blasts all pepper this mammoth release, and you can stream two tracks from the LP below including "Orphans" which is making its debut here.

In addition, SSoS will share a Record Store Day split 7" with DC doom steamroller Ilsa. Details are sketchy thus far, but look for that alongside Ilsa's The Maggots Are Getting Hungry limited 12", a reissue of Ringworm's 1991 demo, and Like Rats' self-titled 7" on RSD13 (April 20). Also, Ilsa is scheduled to play the upcoming Damaged City Fest.

Speaking of Ringworm, just a quick a reminder that the band is on tour soon and hits NYC as part of a BV/IO production. Tickets are still available.

So far Seven Sisters of Sleep has only one tour date on the way, On February 7 in LA at Blue Star with Fuck The Facts, Final Draft, and Buried At Birth. Until more surface, prep for Opium Morals below.

Continue reading "Seven Sisters of Sleep believe in 'Opium Morals' (track debut)"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Damaged City Fest

DC's Damaged City Fest has been announced for middle April, with some overlap of bands scheduled for NYC's punk fiesta New York's Alright. Look for names like Culo, Coke Bust, Double Negative, Dropdead, No Tolerance (who's members play with Rival Mob soon), Negative Approach, Night Birds, Prisoner Abuse, Tenement and many many more. Full lineup for the festival, scheduled to take place at long-time DIY space St. Stephen's Church on April 12 and 13, is below. Tickets are on sale.

Speaking of Wisconsin band Tenement, look for them to hit Grand Victory on April 11 with touring partners Night Birds, Marvin Berry & The New Sound and Dipers. Tickets are on sale. Stream a few Tenement songs, including their split with Culo, below.

In other news, Night Birds are prepping a new split for Fat Wreck Chords. Look for the four-song EP Maimed for the Masses via the label on May 7, with the title track providing a primer for the band's forthcoming LP Born To Die In Suburbia due on Grave Mistake this summer.

In more punk news, for a taste of what' you're in for at New York's Alright 2013, head to 285 Kent tonight (2/1) where Who Killed Spikey Jacket? will team with Sad Boys, Perdition, Goosebumps and Murderer. Four of the five bands scheduled for tonight will perform at the festival which happens in April.

Check out the DCFest lineup, as well as song streams, below.

Continue reading "Damaged City Fest tix on sale (Dropdead, Negative Approach, more), Night Birds ready LP/7" ++ more punk news"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Left for Dead

In the wake of the sell-out of A389 2013 in Baltimore, the label has expanded the two-day fest into a full extended weekend! A389 Anniversary will kickoff with a pre-fest show at Ottobar on 1/17/13 featuring Integrity, Withdrawal, Vilipend and Dead Gods , then come to a close with a Sunday matinee on 1/20/13 at Charm City Art Space with Left for Dead, Iron Reagan, God's America and Eddie Brock.

In addition to the previously discussed Friday/Saturday shows at Ottobar, Saturday (1/19) will now feature a matinee at Sidebar with Despise You, Gehenna, Dead in The Dirt, Ancient Shores and WarXGames AND an afterparty with Nothing (who recently toured). None of the newly announced shows will have advanced ticketing; you can only buy them at the door. Full show details are below.

Catharsis has only one show during A389 festival, so what does that mean? Could a tour be in the works?

In other A389 news, the label will release Devoid of Everything, which collects Left for Dead's entire 1996-97 studio output remixed from the original 1/4" multi-track reels. Check out the art above and you can stream a track below. Left for Dead members went on to play in bands like Cursed, Haymaker, Pick Your Side, Burning Love, and many many more. This rare one-time reunion (I was assured!) is not to be missed. Check out some thoughts on the reunion via Chris Colohan here.

Meanwhile, Full of Hell, who plays the Friday show of the fest, is on tour with Gaza now and will play Acheron on 11/24 with Code Orange Kids (tickets).

If you're wondering who Iron Reagan is, the band is prepping to release their 20-track debut Worse Than Dead via A389 in 2013. The band features half of Municipal Waste and members of Darkest Hour and you can stream their demo below alongside details of the A389 festivities.

Continue reading "A389 2013 adds matinee shows/afterparty; Left for Dead reissue and Iron Reagan debut on the way"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Gehenna shares the wealth at Acheron, 8/10/2012

Though death-doomers Ilsa were forced to bow out due to van issues, Gehenna still destroyed Acheron on Friday (8/10) with assists from North Carolina's Young and In The Way, Cali's Skin Like Iron and Greenpoint grinders Psychic Limb. The show was Gehenna's first appearance in over a decade and the band started it out right, playing the opening notes of Bolt Thrower's "World Eater" before moving into favorites like "83%" which rightfully opened up the pit.

The Gehenna appearance was the first of a few dates on their way to This is Hardcore 2012 (where they were joined by SLI). It was a rare appearance for Young and In The Way who played only two shows over the weekend before heading back south.

Pictures and video from The Acheron are below.

Continue reading "Gehenna, Young and In The Way, Skin Like Iron & Psychic Limb played Acheron, but Ilsa did not (pics/video)"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Gehenna at A389 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)

For those of you not at This is Hardcore this weekend, tonight's can't miss show at Acheron (8/10) will feature Gehenna, the California crew that hasn't blessed NYC since sharing the stage with Catharsis at CBGB's in 1997 (their set was eventually turned into the Eat, Fight, Fuck. Live At CBGB's split with their tourmates). The band will be joined by North Carolinian gods of hellfire hardcore Young and In The Way, death-doom rollers Ilsa, California's Skin like Iron and NYC troublemakers Psychic Limb. $10 gets you in.

The rest of the weekend has similarly interesting appearances. Saturday (8/11) will see a reunion of Shriner at Gramercy, though across town Tommy's Tavern will host Neo Cons (ex-86 Mentality) along with Swaath, Correspondences and more. And make sure and end your weekend with an appearance from prog-thrash favorites Vektor, who will hit Saint Vitus on Sunday
(8/12, tickets) along with Bezoar (who have a new-ish album) and Soon.

Satan's Satyrs will join Nightbitch, Balam and Syphilitic Lust for a show at Acheron on August 24. Flyer for the show is below. For those unfamiliar with the ripping styles of SS, stream some material below as well!

In other news, the previously discussed Red Fang/Black Tusk tour is a reality, and you can check out all dates below. The band play on Bowery Ballroom on November 11 (tickets) and Saint Vitus on November 12 (tickets).

All suggested shows for the next two weeks are below. What did I miss?

Continue reading "Evillive (Gehenna, Vektor, Satan's Satyrs, and more)"

Hooded Menace at Union Pool (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Hooded Menace

It's been more than a year since Hooded Menace sat atop a stacked bill of Negative Plane, Ilsa and Anhedonist at Union Pool, but I remember it like it was yesterday. It was just one of those shows that sticks with you. Hooded Menace's crawling death-doom was booming, larger-than-life and just plain stunning on that gorgeous June evening.

Hooded Menace's focus was on their then-recent LP Never Cross the Dead but now the Finnish band has a new one: the forthcoming Effigies of Evil LP out via Relapse on September 11. Check out two new tracks from the LP, including "Summoned into Euphoric Madness" which makes its debut here. Both are below.

Speaking of that show at Union Pool, don't miss Ilsa when they team with Gehenna, Young and In The Way, Psychic Limb and Skin Like Iron at Acheron on Friday 8/10.

So far no US dates scheduled for Hooded Menace, but hopefully that will change soon. Until then, stream the two new songs below.

Continue reading "Hooded Menace readies 'Effigies of Evil' (stream two tracks)"

Gehenna at A389 Anniversary 2012 (more by BBG)

Gehenna mixes raw black metal and hardcore with tons of nihilism, and the California band will venture to the East Coast for a string of shows surrounding their appearance at This is Hardcore 2012. Outside of Baltimore dates at A389 anniversary, these shows are a rarity, but thankfully you can look for Gehenna to hit NYC at Acheron on August 10th.

Joining "The Infamous" Gehenna in NYC will be DC death-doomers Ilsa, NYC's Psychic Limb and North Carolina's Young and In The Way (who played the BV/Power of The Riff SXSW Showcase), as part of a rare weekend for the latter. $10 gets you into the show.

Ilsa is preparing to release the new Intoxicantation 12" via A389 Records and you can get the first song to appear from that release, "Deadbeat's Ballad", for free on their recent label sampler. The sampler also has new material from the likes of Sick Fix, Homewrecker, Seven Sisters of Sleep, Vilipend, and many many more.

Speaking of Vilipend, look for the Canadian band to release their new LP Inamorata (which features "Cutting Heartstrings" on that comp) in the coming months. The band has a few tour dates as well, including a pair of stops in NYC: June 9th at ABC No Rio with Hivesmasher, Ramlord and Dead//Beat and August 20th at Lit Lounge.

A listing of all known Gehenna tour dates, plus song streams and videos, are below.

Continue reading "Gehenna adding East Coast shows around This is Hardcore fest with Young and In The Way and Ilsa (dates)"

by BBG

Pulling Teeth's final show at A389 anniversary (more by BBG)
Pulling Teeth

A389 Records have dropped their annual mixtape sampler, a ridiculous and borderline obnoxious 52-track extravaganza featuring multiple new or unreleased songs from the likes of Masakari, Mighty Sphincter, Seven Sisters of Sleep, Ilsa, Homewrecker, and many many more in addition to contributions from names like Integrity, Ringworm, Pulling Teeth, Gehenna, Full of Hell, and many many more. Download your copy here for FREE.

Pulling Teeth's contribution to the sampler is a cover of Rorschach's classic "Lightning Strikes Twice" from their flexi of the same name (available here). Reminder: Rorschach plays Maryland Deathfest and the now sold-out Le Poisson Rouge show in the coming week.

by BBG

Ilsa @ Acheron

Ilsa's death-metal-infused doom-and-roll headlined Acheron on April 1st, supported by local death metal favorites Ruin Lust (mems Fell Voices, Grudges, Death First) and Scowl. The show was one of a few scheduled by Ilsa in preparation for the recording of their new LP at Developing Nations in Baltimore for release via A389 Records. Pictures and video from the show are below.

Scowl also played a show the next night at Lit Lounge with Skelptarsis (mem Mutilation Rites), Welkin Dusk, and Hitokiri. Video from their Lit Lounge show is below.

The Acheron show was the last in Acheron before the space underwent renovations on Monday and was back to running order by Wednesday for Full of Hell (pictures on the way).

More pictures from Acheron and video of Scowl from Lit Lounge...below.

Continue reading "Ilsa played (the old) Acheron w/ Ruin Lust, Scowl (pics/video)"

by BBG

Ilsa at Union Pool (more by BBG)

Ten-ton death-doom machine Ilsa will play a last minute NYC show at Acheron on April 1st along with destructive war-metal crew Ruin Lust (mems Fell Voices) and blasting grind crew Scowl. This BV-BBG/Order of The Serpent show will set you back $8 and will be Ilsa's last NYC show "for a while" so don't miss it!

Ilsa, who released one of my favorite records of last year with Tutti Il Colori Del Buio, recently signed on to drop their next record with A389 Recordings. Look for that release later this year.

Flyer & video/streaming audio of some of the bands in action, below....

Continue reading "Ilsa schedules NYC show, sign with A389 Records"

by BBG

Midnight at Rites of Darkness (more by BBG)

2011 was a year that I spent delving deep into record bins, in the pit at shows, and searching for the most brutal of the brutal at festivals across the country including Maryland Deathfest, Chaos in Tejas, Rites of Darkness, SXSW, the A389 Anniversary show, California Discord Fest, and many others. It was also a year when I revisited my hardcore roots, and went further down the rabbit hole with DIY shows and independent records.

2011's choices for best of the year were tougher than I could have imagined, as opposed to my clear cut 2010 choice for favorite album of the year. That said, favorite records are about playability, and these are the LPs that wore out my needle and earned the most plays on my digital device (note: I made sure to remove a record that I was directly involved in because that would clearly be near the top of the list). I hope you enjoyed these records as much as I did in 2011 and if not, please share what you enjoyed below. I already can't wait for 2012.

My favorite records and shows of 2011 are below.

Continue reading "The Year in Heavy (BBG's favorite records & shows of 2011)"

by BBG

Inquisition at MDF (more by BBG)

"This is Danny, the promoter for Rites of Darkness. I understand people have been getting frustrated with lack of news so I personally apologize for that. We have gone through a rash of cancellations which were beyond our control.. Paypal froze the Festival's account which caused delayed flights for months. By the time Paypal decided to release our account flights escalated beyond our set budget. So the show is NOT cancelled by any means but the following bands will not be performing: Root, Akitsa, Interment, Demonical, Valkyrja, Dead Congregation, Hour of 13, and Strid"
Rites of Darkness, the San Antonio festival in December that lined up an impressive slate of bands from around the world and many notable exclusives, has suffered a rash of cancellations (including Mortuary Drape), many of which were headlining bands.

The festival has remained silent about the situation for close to two weeks, but finally updated festival-goers today. Their message, excerpted above and available in full below, explains the situation, but neglects to mention that Pagan Altar also cancelled (they were slated for a two hour set) and that Zemial cancelled too. Another band that is currently in flux, Stargazer, is reportedly without flights (the band is from Australia) at the moment. The listing is missing General Surgery, and no announcement has been made about the pre-fest which includes France's Hell Militia. Previously announced cancellations include Ondskapt, Urfaust, Behexen, and Sargeist. RoD has added new Profound Lore signees Pallbearer.

Reminder: two RoD bands, Inquisition and Disma, are scheduled to play The Studio at Webster Hall on 12/2 with Agrath. Tickets are still available.

UPDATE: Both Zemial and Pagan Altar are reconsidering their appearances. Statements from both are below.

UPDATED AGAIN: Disma, Funebrarum, Evoken, and Oak have all cancelled their appearances.

The most recent Rites of Darkness statement and the current lineup is below.

Continue reading "Rites of Darkness 2011 still on despite heavy cancellations UPDATED"

by BBG

Inquisition at Maryland Deathfest (more by BBG)

NYC's Studio at Webster Hall will soon host a trifecta of black metal greatness! Inquisition will headline the venue on December 2nd with a rare appearance from Mortuary Drape and Negative Plane. Tickets are on sale.

Italy's Mortuary Drape and Inquisition will then tour their way to Rites of Darkness 3 in San Antonio, Texas where they'll join the newly added Disma, but NOT Urfaust:


URFAUST is very sad to announce that we have to cancel our Intoxication Ritual at Rites of Darkness III in Texas, USA.
Our last Alcoholic Rites on US soil where splenditory, so this is just fucked up...
Nothing more to say about this, we hope to return to the USA and Rites of Darkness in 2012!
All hail the madness!
Ix & Vrdrbr on behalf of Urfaust

Three day passes for Rites of Darkness 3 are on sale. Pictures from Urfaust's recent Brooklyn show HERE.

All known Inquisition dates, the full Rites of Darkness lineup, and some video is below.

Continue reading "Inquisition & Mortuary Drape playing NYC w/ Negative Plane before Rites of Darkness 3 (lineup & dates)"

by BBG

Hooded Menace
Hooded Menace

While Tragedy was tearing down Europa with Citizens Arrest, Hooded Menace played a rare show Tuesday at Union Pool (5/31) as part of a short stint of dates that included Maryland Deathfest (pictures from their appearance) and tonight's show at Red 7 for Chaos in Tejas with Undergang, Acephalix, Bone Sickness, and Mammoth Grinder. Tuesday was Hooded Menace's first NYC date and one of four total (they played Philly the day before). Ilsa and Anhedonist, and Negative Plane also played the Brooklyn gig. Pictures from the show are in this post.

Ilsa's new LP (which we interviewed them about) was brought to life at the venue and sounded fantastic, but it was Anhedonist that truly knocked my socks off that night, as the Seattle band played all new material from a forthcoming LP. Negative Plane's reverb-drenched black metal was piercingly loud and blasting, and was quickly followed up with a conversely low-end Hooded Menace. Hooded Menace's doomy riffs sounded great on the Union Pool system; I can't wait to catch them again tonight.

More pictures from Union Pool and some video courtesy of UN:ART:IG, below...

Continue reading "Hooded Menace, Ilsa, Anhedonist & Negative Plane played Union Pool (pics & video)"

by BBG


Earlier this year on the strength of some myspace tunes and the fantastic album art, I picked up the debut LP from DC band Ilsa. Their logo font indicated a nod toward classic explotation film, and the music was right up my alley: raw, crusty, steamroller doom and roll. Taking cues from greats like early Celtic Frost/Hellhammer and Winter, Ilsa's "Tutti Il Colori Del Buio" is highly impressive and as a result the limited edition vinyl LP (250 copies) was all snatched up quickly.

The album is out now on CD though, via Dark Descent, and you can stream the opening burner "Blood Rituals" below. The band will be hitting the road for a string of dates with Hooded Menace and Anhedonist which will include Union Pool on May 31st with Negative Plane (tickets).

We sat down with Joshy, the drummer of Ilsa, to discuss the new album, the DC/Baltimore scene, and the origin of their obsession with film.

Continue reading "an interview w/ Ilsa ----- new CD is out now, listen to a song"

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Negative Plane - "Angels Of Veiled Bone"

Hooded Menace
Hooded Menace

BrooklynVegan & 1000 Knives are proud to present a four-band bill of darkness, headlined by the NYC debut of Finnish death/doom dealers Hooded Menace! The show, which will take place on 5/31 at Union Pool, will see the Roadburn-bound band team up with Negative Plane (!), Anhedonist, and Ilsa as part of a string of dates in between appearances at MDF and Chaos in Tejas 2011.

Hooded Menace released Never Cross the Dead in 2010, and are preparing to release a split 7" with the mighty Asphyx via Doomentia Records. The band is also heading to the studio in February to record two new tracks, though no word on where those will land. Full tour schedule is below.

Negative Plane needs no introduction, as the Brooklyn band's Et In Saecula Saeculorum was a fave among the blackened set. The band recently released the CD version of their new LP Stained Glass Revelations via The Ajna Offensive which features "Angels of Veiled Bone", downloadable for the first time here (it premiered at Invisible Oranges) and streaming below.

For the unfamiliar, Ilsa was named a band to watch by Darkthrone madman Fenriz. The band released their seriously ripping new LP of death/doom odes, Tutti Il Colori Del Buio, via Contagion Releasing. Order a copy, it's pretty great.

Anhedonist's The Drear demo was so well received, that Parasitic will be pressing the (surprisingly melodic!) death-doom release on vinyl for a late Feb/early Mar release.

All tour dates, the song stream and some video is below.

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