Entries tagged with: Immolation
By Doug Moore
For those who don't remember: Crisis were an oddball NYC-based progressive metal band who put out four albums between the mid-'90s and the mid-aughts. Though they never broke through to a wide audience, they developed a cult following, largely thanks to frontwoman Karyn Crisis's vocals -- a dynamic mewl-to-growl range of deliveries that recalls Mike Patton's chameleonic voice.
Crisis (the band) kicked the bucket in 2006, but Crisis (the person) has remained periodically active as a visual artist and singer; her most recent appearances include a guest spot on Giant Squid's 2009 masterpiece The Ichthyologist and the lead vocal performance on the Italian progressive metal unit Ephel Duath's 2013 LP Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness. (She and Ephel Duath composer/guitarist Davide Tiso are married.)
Crisis must've found the process of recording that Ephel Duath album rewarding, because together with Tiso, she's put together a lineup for an upcoming solo album under the name Gospel of the Witches. (Presumably after the book that provided the foundation for modern Wicca; this is a woman who offers paid psychic readings, after all.) Along with Crisis on vox and Tiso on guitars, the album will feature performances from Ross Dolan of Immolation on additional vocals and drummer Danny Walker (Intronaut, Exhumed, Phobia, Uphill Battle).
That lineup alone is enough to make this project noteworthy, but there's a catch: Crisis is funding the project via Kickstarter. Personally, I'm always a little skeptical of music-related crowdfunding, especially when the impetus for going the crowdfunding route in this case appears to be "record labels are a bummer." But maybe you feel differently! If you do, the campaign offers a variety of rewards for your dough, from the basics ("Digital copy of album, Karyn Crisis photo Thank You," $8) to some far more exotic, big-ticket deals, like this one:
Pledge $4,000 or more:Nobody's sprung for the painting yet, but if you're the #1 Karyn Crisis superfan and you have a few grand lying around, it could be yours.
You get to collaborate with Karyn via Skype video for 30 minutes to conceptualize a large painting, oil on canvas, that will also become your own one-of-a-kind GOTW album Vinyl and CD cover. In the meanwhile, you will receive email updates as to the painting's progress, and receive a digital download of the album to tide you over. You will own this painting. Plus, handmade hardbound lyric book at Tshirt. Also included: original sketches, mock-ups for album artwork, lyrics journals, and other prototypes for the cd and album artwork packages, digital download of album.
The campaign currently has 15 days left to go and has raised about $6,000 of its $15,000 goal. (Since this is Kickstarter, it has to reach that goal in order for the project to go forward.) You can read more about the album here; if you're already a believer, you can pledge here. The campaign page also hosts a pair of stripped-down (and strangely non-embeddable) demo versions of songs from the album. You can also watch the pitch video and stream an old Crisis tune and that Ephel Duath record below; between all that, you should be able to get a good sense of what to expect from Gospel of the Witches.
Videos and streams below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Immolation at Gramercy Theatre, 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
We've been talking a lot about the absolutely loaded 2014 Maryland Deathfest lineup this year. It's going to be a doozy, but if 50+ bands isn't enough, MDF has announced an official pre-fest party at Ottobar on Wednesday, May 21 with performances by Immolation, Misery Index, Black Breath and Noisem. Tickets just went on sale.
There will also be a screening of Welcome to Deathfest, the 45-minute long documentary covering the rise of the monolithic Maryland festival that's become the gold standard in American heavy metal events.
Here's some info about the pre-fest show straight from MDF--note, MDF passes don't work for the show, and take a taxi!:
Where is the Ottobar?Full MDF lineup below and flyer below...
2549 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21218. If you are staying at a hotel in the downtown area near any of the other MDF venues, please note that the Ottobar is not walking distance from those venues. A taxi would be your best bet to reach the Ottobar.
How much are tickets for this show?
What time does the MDF documentary begin?
What time do bands begin?
Will this show sell out?
Can I use my Ottobar season pass?
No. These passes won't be accepted at the pre-fest party.
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
Immolation @ Gramercy, 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Maryland Deathfest lineup for 2014 grows ever spookier. The fest's organizers have taken advantage of Samhain to announce a whole string of new bands -- no huge names in this round, but there are a bunch of notables, including Castevet (who just played an IO-sponsored record release show), Sweden's Entrails and the hilarious Birdflesh, Germany's Necros Christos, Japan's Coffins, Canada's Mitochondrion, Austrialia's Whitehorse, plus local favorites Immolation, Incantation, and Mutilation Rites. That's a lot of -ations.
This announcement is extra noteworthy because it included venue details, which have been the subject of much speculation since the fest announced that it would not return to the former Sonar compound. The short version is that MDF 2014 will take place in three places: a parking lot a few blocks from Sonar, the Baltimore Soundstage (again), and the Rams Head Live. Here's the full announcement:
3 stages, including the 2 main stages, will be located at 545 N. High Street (Edison Parking lot), which is 1-2 blocks from the old location of Sonar. The setup at the Edison space will eliminate a variety of logistical problems and will ultimately lead to a better experience for you at MDF next year. This space has an approved capacity that is significantly higher than what we're used to, we can open the entrance 2 hours before the first band each day, we won't be getting in the way of the Farmers Market on Sunday, we don't have to close off streets, and once again, we will have MORE space. In addition to adding more shaded areas, there is already existing shade here, so if it gets hot, you won't be roasting on concrete all day. As far as parking goes, there is an enormous parking lot next to the space we're using that you'll be able to park at, and as always, metered parking is possible under the highway that everyone is familiar with from previous years.The parking lot in question was in use as an actual, y'know, parking lot at this year's festivities. Some of you undoubtedly drank beers out of a cooler there. The prospect of an mostly outdoor version of MDF makes me a little nervous, given the mid-Atlantic's rainy late spring, but we all survived last year, right?
On Thursday, bands will only be playing at Rams Head Live, located in the Power Plant Live! section of downtown Baltimore at 20 Market Pl. On Friday-Sunday, bands (death and black metal) will be playing at Rams Head Live between the hours of 10 pm - 2 am, (bands will conclude at the Edison parking space at 11 pm).
On Friday-Sunday, once again, we are doing a grind/hardcore/punk/crust stage at Baltimore Soundstage, located across the street from Rams Head Live at 124 Market pl. Unlike last year, bands will play here all day/night and there won't be any large gaps between bands.
Generally speaking, this setup was the most sensible solution for us, as it allows us to book a lot of bands, give bands respectable set lengths, eliminate many issues/concerns from last year, and keep the fest close to hotels and other downtown conveniences that everyone is used to.
As early as next week, we will break everything down so you know who is playing where. We will also announce more bands at that time. We still have a few up our sleeve for the main stages, but mostly, we're down to rounding out the Soundstage billing before being completely finished with booking.
Check out the full list of newly announced bands and the complete lineup to date below...
photos by Greg Cristman; words by Doug Moore
Carcass @ Gramercy Theatre 9/26/2013
As we've mentioned a few times over the past couple of weeks, the dual Carcass and Immolation shows at Saint Vitus on 9/25 and at Gramercy Theater on 9/26 were two of the most hotly anticipated NYC metal events of the year. We've got a writeup and photos of the Gramercy gig, plus full-set videos from the Saint Vitus show, over at Invisible Oranges:
There were also a few bigger-venue-related glitches to deal with...But those problems aren't what I'll remember about this show. Instead, I'll remember Immo bashing through a set composed mostly of tunes from their underrated new album. (For real, though, guys: "Higher Coward" next time, please?) I'll remember Ross Dolan joking that the bands onstage were so old that the show should've been held at the Museum of Natural History. I'll remember Jeff Walker letting his punk roots show through in a string of snotty stage quips: joking that he might be 24-year-old drummer Dan Wilding's dad;, referring to the audience as "a chorizo fest"; and lashing out at 20 years' worth of Swansong criticism by pointing out that the opening cut was written in 1990, long before Carcass purportedly sold out. And, of course, I'll remember Carcass banging out a nearly flawless set that spanned all 28 years of their run.You can read the whole thing over at IO.
Be sure to check out our Surgical Steel review and our Jeff Walker interview if you haven't. Take a peek at photos from the Gramercy gig (including Walker's awesome Thin Lizzy/Taco Bell shirt) and video from the Vitus gig below. You could also choose to give the Surgical Steel b-side "Zochrot," which was recently released as a Decibel flexi-disc, a spin while you take a look at the pics. It's streaming below as well.
by Wyatt Marshall
Deicide at Gramercy Theater in 2012 (more by Johnathan McPhail)
Death metal legends Deicide are about to embark on the "No Salvation Tour" with Broken Hope, Disgorge and Necronomicon that wraps up right before the release date of their new album, In the Minds of Evil, on November 25. The tour hits NYC on October 6 at Gramercy Theater. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and we're also giving away a few pairs tonight (9/24) on Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio, so listen in from 10-12PM EST for a chance to win. All tour dates are listed below.
The next couple of months will see a number of death metal legends heading to NYC. Carcass, fresh off releasing an excellent comeback album, are bringing their tour to NYC this week for sold out shows at Saint Vitus (9/25) and Gramercy Theatre (9/26) with Immolation. We'll be giving away tickets to the Carcass show at Gramercy Theatre tonight on Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio, too, so be sure to tune in.
Likewise, we'll be giving away tickets to the NYC stop of Morbid Angel's previously discussed Covenant 20th Anniversary tour, which happens on November 12 at Irving Plaza and sees the band playing the classic album in its entirety. The contest for that show will be on a future IO EVR show. Tickets for the Irving date are still available.
Another death metal tour hitting NYC is Obituary, who are prepping a new album and doing a previously discussed two-night run at Saint Vitus on October 9 and 10. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are still available.
All lists of tour dates below...
by Doug Moore
Carcass at MDF 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Carcass's new album, Surgical Steel, is arguably the metal event of the year. Few bands are so revered and influential; even fewer can claim to have produced such a rock-solid comeback album after nearly two decades on ice. Surgical Steel finally came out on Tuesday; you can purchase it here and stream it via Spotify or Rdio.
Over at Invisible Oranges, we celebrated Surgical Steel's release by interviewing Carcass bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker, who is evidently unsurprised by the high praise his work is receiving:
"I don't feel like people should be too surprised. We're not stupid. We went into the rehearsal room and the studio well aware that people would have been quick to put the boot in if we didn't deliver, you know? And at the same time we don't want to shit on the Carcass legacy. So it's not a cash cow. We went in using our own money. So if we weren't confident that we could deliver on that, we wouldn't have bothered. We weren't going to gamble all that money away. I think it's quite simple to do what we did. It's a lot easier to return after 17 years than to continue for 17 years and record another album. We have a lot to prove, don't we? And it's easier when you're hungry as a band. It's easier to make your first album than your second or your third."Carcass's upcoming North American tour has two NYC stops: Saint Vitus on 9/25 and Gramercy on 9/26, both with New York death metal legends Immolation. Unfortunately, both are sold out, BUT: if you listen in to Invisible Oranges's East Village Radio show this coming Tuesday (9/24) from 10pm-12am, you'll have a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Gramercy gig.
Check out the complete list of upcoming Carcass tour dates (including some European gigs) and a streaming track below.
Carcass at MDF 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As discussed at InvisibleOranges, it's time to get stoked. Death metal gods Carcass will follow-up their last appearance on our shores at Maryland Deathfest 2013 with another, and this one hits close to home. That's right, Carcass will in fact play NYC at Gramercy Theater on September 26 with Immolation (who recently toured with Napalm Death/Cannibal Corpse) as part of a set of US dates for the band. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (8/2) at noon.
UPDATE: September 25th at Saint Vitus too! Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10AM.
Invisible Oranges recently reviewed the new LP Surgical Steel, the lead track of which ("Captive Bolt Pistol") is streaming below.
While no full tour has been announce, there are dates for Los Angeles and Canada as well. All are listed below.
Napalm Death at Gramercy, Oct 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Decibel Tour, announced at the heavy mag's 100th issue show, has been confirmed and dates have emerged for the North American trek featuring Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death and Immolation. Look for supporting slots from Cretin, Beyond Creation, and Magrudergrind along the way and the NYC date at Music Hall of Williamsburg at June 5 is with Magrudergrind. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (1/23) at noon and regular sale on Friday (1/25) at noon.
All tour dates and the tour flyer, below.
photos by Shaun Regan
Converge @ Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 1/19/2012
Congrats to Decibel Magazine on their 100th issue, who celebrated in style in their native Philadelphia on Jan 19th at Union Transfer. Featuring a headlining appearance from Converge as well as well as Pig Destroyer, Repulsion, Municipal Waste, Tombs and Evoken, the show was also chockful of guests including John Darnielle (of Mountain Goats, a regular contributor), J Bennett, Tomas Lindberg (Disfear, At The Gates), John Baizley (Baroness, who would open for Neurosis the next night at the same venue) and more. Pictures from Converge's set are in this post and a full review and photo set is available at at Invisible Oranges.
In addition, the magazine announced their annual tour which will feature appearances from Napalm Death, Cannibal Corpse and Immolation. So far details regarding dates are still TBA, but we'll let you know when those surface.
More pictures from Converge's set at Union Transfer, plus a few live videos, are below...
photos by Suren Karapetyan, words by BBG
Immolation @ Gramercy Theater
Immolation played Gramercy Theater on 10/10, just a cab ride away from a far different metal show at Mercury Lounge with Rwake/Hull/Primitive Weapons. Support for the NYDM kingpins came from touring partners Jungle Rot and Gigan, a pair of death metal bands that either lean on the gore-side of the genre or dabble in grindcore. More pictures from Gramercy Theater are below.
In other Immolation news, the band recently released the new Providence EP via Scion A/V. Get a copy on CD/vinyl for FREE at Immolation's merch table, or download your FREE copy for the price of your email, and check out a video from that release, "Illumination" with all tour dates and more photos, below...
Immolation at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by Greg Cristman)
Immolation will hit the road for a string of dates with Gigan and Jungle Rot, hitting Gramercy Theater on 10/10. Tickets for Gramercy, and all other US dates are currently on fan presale. Immolation recently released the new video for "A Glorious Epoch". Check that out below, alongside all other tour dates.
In other metal news, Warbringer, Lazarus AD, Landmine Marathon and Diamond Plate will team up to play Gramercy Theater on 10/18 as part of a larger campaign dubbed "America Torn Asunder". Tickets for all dates on the tour, which kicks off in October and runs through early November, are currently on presale and listed below.
Both Warbringer (who played Slaughter By The Water) and Landmine Marathon are preparing to release upcoming LPs ON THE SAME DAY, with the former welcoming Worlds Torn Asunder and the latter welcoming Gallows on 9/27. More details on those releases are forthcoming.
Landmine Marathon kick off a short batch of dates at the end of this month with a show with Toxic Holocaust/Holy Grail/Krum Bums in Canoga Park on July 29th. That Toxic Holocaust tour hits Europa on August 19th. Tickets are on sale. Stream all of Toxic Holocaust's new LP Conjure and Command at AOL.
All tour dates and some video is below.
Two outdoor tents, a club, and a theater hosted 26 bands. Perhaps by design, the premises lacked alcohol (except for the theater). So bad behavior was scarce. Fans happily bounced from venue to venue, queuing for some bands (Wormrot, Floor, Atheist, Obituary, Morbid Angel), and eating burgers from the Grill 'Em All trucks. To order the Witte Burger (beef, bun, cream cheese, deep-fried bacon, beer-and-Sriracha-soaked onions, malt vinegar aioli), my friend Robert merely pointed several feet away, where Dave Witte himself was standing.Saturday (3/5) was the left coast's turn for Scion Rock Fest 2011. The one day, multiple venue festival relocated to Pomona, CA this year, and housed legendary names like Morbid Angel, Obituary, Integrity, Agalloch, and many more alongside names of tomorrow and underground favorites like Bastard Noise, Anaal Nathrakh, Floor, Wormrot, and many more.
Kvelertak were supposed to play too. but their passports and visas were stolen at the airport moments before they boarded the plane to the US. As a result, they'll also miss some days of the Weedeater/Zoroaster tour, but should "be in the states by Friday" (3/11). That means they should have no trouble making it to SXSW where they're on board to play Full Metal Texas. The band was replaced in Pomona by Black Cobra.
More pictures and some videos from Scion Rock Fest 2011, below...
Dispirit at Elbo Room (more by Taylor Keahey)
Even though it's now "sold out" (but there's a waiting list), Scion Rock Fest has finalized their free festival lineup, adding Anaal Nathrakh, Immolation, Atheist, Anaal Nathrakh, Dispirit, Cough, and Dark Castle to an already jaw-dropping lineup that includes Morbid Angel, Agalloch, Floor, Black Breath, and many others. Full lineup is below, including the finalized flyer.
Dispirit features John Gossard (ex-Weakling) and they released their Rehearsal At Oboroten cassette last year, and it made quite a few Best of Lists.
Immolation played NYC last year, as did Cough who played the BV-BBG Official Showcase for CMJ. Dark Castle has played NYC a few times last year, and DC drummer Rob Shaffer also sat behind the kit for Monarch.
Agalloch will be in NYC in March.
DOWNLOAD: Thou - "By Endurance We Conquer" (MP3)
Sleep at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more)
Lists are very subjective. A "best of" list is always an amalgam of personal experiences - that fateful moment when you press "Play" for the first time, in addition to a grade of excellent songwriting. The records I've listed below had a profound impact on me this year, as did many of the shows that I attended and put on in the past twelve months. I'd like to thank all the artists who made this list as well as the ones who didn't, in addition to people like 1000 Knives, Osiris, Bill Dozer, Ian Dickson and venues like Union Pool, The Studio at Webster Hall, Acheron, Santos Party House and a slew of others for keeping heavy music alive in NYC. But mostly, thank YOU, the reader and the listener!
Alright, enough with the sappy bulshit, let's RAGE...
words by BBG, photos by Greg Cristman
Immolation, shouting out the old school!
In the metal machine known as the "touring package" and the "festival circuit", it's a rarity for a band to be able to spread their wings and deliver a full set instead of the usual 20 minute set between deathcore-#2 and melodic-symophonic-black-metal-#7. Wednesday was one of those nights though, as New York Death Metal greats Immolation headlined a show at The Studio at Webster Hall with Arsis and New Jersey death metal killers Disma.
As a fan of their generally hard-to-come-by demo, I was pleasantly surprised with the turnout for Disma; I guess word gets around when you share members of Icantation/Funebrarum/Evoken. The five piece band of linebackers (looked like it anyway) did not deliver the most energetic set of the evening (that distinction goes to Immolation), but were technically sound, water-tight and great. Arsis is honestly not my thing (a bit too clinical for my tastes, I like my DM blatantly filthy), but rocked an energetic and cohesive set though the guitars seemed to be a bit low in the mix.
Immolation was fantastic, and it is awesome to see Ross absolutely belt it out and Vigna do his crazy guitar theatrics (swinging his axe like it was... an axe, doing odd guitar picking to make fun hand gestures) in such a small environment. Lots of NYDM leather vests were represented, and every single song was dedicated to five people who had "been there from the beginning". Their hour-plus set was across most of their output, with a slightly heavier nod to their latest LP, Majesty & Decay.
Tons more pics from the show are below...
DOWNLOAD: The Blackened Mixtape (ZIP File)
Black Cobra at The Charleston (more by Chloe Rice)
Metal metal everywhere! Starting TONIGHT, the heaviness gets underway with a marathon of killer shows designed to make your neck tired from all that bangover.
Thursday means Innumerable Forms and Mammoth Grinder at The Acheron (unmissable).
Saturday is Deathcycle at 538 Johnson, and we cap it all off with a night of pitch perfect darkness with Altar of Plagues/ Velnias / Castevet / Man's Gin at The Studio @ Webster Hall on Sunday (8/1, tickets).
Speaking of these shows, I have a three free pairs of tickets available for giveaway for three of the shows listed above: Black Cobra, Altar of Plagues, and Immolation. Details on how to win are at the bottom of this post.
Meanwhile, dig on a few songs available for download above featuring contributions from Disma, Immolation, Arsis, Torche, Boris, and Russian Circles.
A reminder, Boris/Torche/Russian Circles play Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 6th (tickets), a show that will double as a release party for the Boris/Torche split. In celebration, the label will giveaway pins with a download code for the Torche contribution - but only at this show.
Videos and details on how to win free tickets are below...
Gods of New York Death Metal, Immolation, will play The Studio at Webster Hall with Arsis on July 28th. Tickets for the show, part of the ongoing Blackened Music Series, are on sale. The show is a one off for Immolation, who will hit the road in late September with Vader, Abigail Williams, Lecherous Nocturne, and Pathology, tagging the Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale on September 30th (ticket info forthcoming). Arsis played the Crazy Donkey on Sunday (6/6) with Misery Index and Dying Fetus. How was that show?
Immolation released the sure-to-be-year-end-fave Majesty & Decay earlier this year. Full tour dates and some vids are below...