Entries tagged with: In Solitude
NPR Music posted their 50 Favorite Albums of 2013, and as usual it included a lot of classical, jazz, world music, but also many of the indie/pop/rap/metal that shows up on these lists like Bill Callahan, Blood Orange, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven, Flaming Lips, Haim, James Blake, Kanye West, Laura Marling, Run the Jewels, Sky Ferreira, Waxahatchee and more. Their list is in alphabetical order, and you can browse the full thing below.
By Doug Moore
Behemoth at Irving Plaza, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Behemoth frontman Nergal is kind of a badass -- he's an extremely gifted musician and a live-performance powerhouse who's played an important role in putting the potent Polish metal scene on the international map over the past 20 years. He's also a cancer survivor; after his 2010 leukemia diagnosis, he underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Two years later, Behemoth were back on the road and plowing through high-energy live sets like nothing had happened. Again, badass.
Behemoth announced a 2014 release for The Satanist -- their tenth album, and their first in half a decade -- a few months ago. I admittedly haven't been too excited by their last few efforts, but after watching the NSFW video for leadoff single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" (streaming below), my enthusiasm for the band has been rekindled. It's far moodier and more patient composition than the cluttered, robotic death/black metal that they've produced recently. They can still put the hammer down when they need to, though; the song's final minute is both the catchiest and most intense moment I've heard them produce since the mid-aughts. The video is pretty cool too, especially if you're into artsy black-and-white shots of evil rituals happening in slow motion.
In related news, Behemoth were also recently announced as part of the initial lineup for the 2014 edition of France's Hellfest, which will take place from June 20 through 22 (6/20-6/22). The lineup so far is huge and crazy: there's a "huge rock band" stage, featuring Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Soundgarden, among others; a big-name thrash/black metal stage that spotlights Slayer, Death Angel, Emperor, Iced Earth, Behemoth, and more; a death metal stage that will include Death To All, Carcass, Opeth, Nile, Gorguts, Hail of Bullets, and Weekend Nachos; a smaller black metal stage topped off by Watain, Gorgoroth and 1349; a sludge/stoner stage featuring Electric Wizard, Monster Magnet, Unida, Kylesa, Godflesh, and Clutch; and a punk stage topped by Walls of Jericho, Millencolin, and Turbonegro. Wow. You can reserve tickets now, if you feel like parsing the Google-Translated ticket page.
Check out the Behemoth video and the full set of Hellfest announcements below.
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...
In Solitude at Irving Plaza, May 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
In Solitude may practice in traditional heavy metal, but they are far from ordinary. The band, which may or may not contain members of Ghost BC, will release a new LP of hard-rocking melodicism with Sister, a new batch of tunes due on October 1 via Metal Blade. Check out the title track from the release below.
Stream the new track, "Sister," below.
Watain at Irving Plaza, May 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
With Watain's new LP, The Wild Hunt, due around the corner from now, the band has announced a set of US dates for a burgeoning tour. So far support looks like it will come from In Solitude and Tribulation (who have a new LP too), and dates have been limited to say the least. Look for the trio to hit Irving Plaza on October 8, and tickets go on sale today at noon.
All tour dates and some streams from The Wild Hunt are below.
photos by Greg Cristman; words by BBG
Nergal (sans makeup)
Saturday night (5/12) at Irving Plaza was the final night of the Decibel Magazine tour, featuring names like Watain, The Devil's Blood, In Solitude and most notably, the return of Behemoth following Nergal's battle with leukemia. The sign on the door that read "sold out" was more than just a triumph for the bands, it was a personal triumph for Nergal too.
Local doom greats Evoken opened the show as part of a string of dates for the band with the tour, but sadly we missed them. Pictures from the remainder of the show are in this post.
Watain @ Irving Plaza
If you weren't at Behemoth on Saturday, maybe it's because you were at one of the other notable heavy shows going on the same night, like Tragedy/Boston Strangler/Perdition/Sickoids at Le Poisson Rouge (pictures).
More pictures from Irving Plaza are below...
The Devil's Blood at Bottom Lounge (more by Carmelo Espanola)
The Devil's Blood hereby declare never-ending and total war upon the following individual; David "Ape" Zoglio.Read the entire note posted at Facebook or below - it's brutal. UPDATED: not surprisingly, the FB post is gone
This piece of shit who was supposed to have been our driver on the US tour ran off with our money after the San Antonio Ritual last night. After being told what to do for the 1000th time and still having no clue how to ride a bus, this "Ape", as he calls himself, unable to deal with the criticism any longer ran off into down-town San Antonio and left us stranded on an intersection forcing our Tour Manager to take over the wheel. This little rat scurried off so fast that attempts to find, catch and kill it were immediately unsuccessful.
"Ape" has responded to the allegations via Twitter, stating that he "didn't not steal The Devils Bloods money, I reimbursed myself and gave them receipts. So fuck off.." "Didn't not".... I hope that wasn't a Freudian slip.
Reminder: Watain, Behemoth, The Devil's Blood and In Solitude play Irving Plaza on May 12th. Tickets are still available. Watain recently added another set of dates with Black Anvil (who played Saint Vitus on Thursday, and play NYC again with Phobia) to make up for their previously cancelled shows in the Midwest.
A Storm of Light at the Tone Deaf showcase (more by Greg Cristman)
A Storm of Light plays NYC TONIGHT as part of a round of dates with Mustard Gas & Roses (mem Isis) and Magic Circle. Tickets are still available for the Saint Vitus show. The band recently played a round of dates surrounding SXSW including the Tone Deaf showcase (pictures). Tonight's show is in direct competition with Hull, Mutilation Rites, Batillus and Trenchgrinder at Acheron, the latter two of which played Lovejoy's as part of the BV Day Party. Hull also played Red 7 with Fear on 3/15, which was down the street from Pallbearer, Screaming Females, Ringworm & Power Trip (pictures).
Punk rock crew Kim Phuc will team with Family Curse and Herzog Rising to play Death By Audio on April 7th. The show is one of a few notable and recently added shows at the space, including April 14th with White Suns (who have a new LP on Load, stream a song below), Pop 1280, and Richard, April 28th with Dysrhythmia, Kayo Dot & Vaura, and 4/29 with a mystery guest, Child Abuse, Behold...The Arctopus and PAK.
Check out the recent Decibel Flexi of In Solitude covering Samhain's "Mother of Mercy".
Youth Attack have updated their site with orders for the new Salvation House of the Beating Hell EP, new second Hoax EP, a new ARTS LP Thousand Wounds of War, and so much more. Head to their site for more details (I recommend the Hoax, ARTS and Salvation records).
If you missed it, we posted two sets of pictures from Deatmatch during SXSW (SET 1, SET 2), a set of pictures from Lovejoy's during SXSW, my official showcase during SXSW, and pictures from our bridge show. We welcomed a new EP from Cop Problem, interviews with Black God, new shows from Ilsa, Rorschach, Old Man Gloom, D-Clone, Young Widows, Autopsy and more. Got stoked and then immediately diappointed with the Kiss it Goodbye reunion and scratched our heads in disbelief at the "Death to All" reunion and Wolvhammer cover of The Cure (the latter in a positive way).
More suggested shows, a stream of a new Horseback song, the Split Cranium LP (with Aaron of Isis and members of Circle) a 16 song, an Author & Punisher song, a White Suns song and more is below. What did I miss?
Ghost at Bowery Ballroom (more by Greg Cristman)
The rumors are true. Mastodon, Opeth, and Ghost will team up for the Heritage Hunter Tour, a string of dates together that have not been entirely revealed, but include a few dates in Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, and NYC at Roseland Ballroom on April 11th. Tickets for the NYC show go on LiveNation presale at 10AM on 2/1, with regular sale hitting on Friday.
In Solitude, which contains members of Ghost, will hit the road for dates with Beheomth/Watain/The Devil's Blood this fall too.
All known tour dates and a recent Mastodon video for "Dry Bone Valley" is below.
Presale is on for the previously discussed Decibel Tour with Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood, and In Solitude which includes NYC at Irving Plaza on May 12th. From now until 10PM tonight, use the presale code "singer" to purchase tickets for the NYC show.
On a wholly dissimilar note, Death Cab for Cutie tickets are going on a password-protected presale now too.
Watain at Santos (more by BBG)
As discussed, the Decibel Tour is a reality, but it was announced without dates. Now there are dates and we know it will make its final stop in NYC on a campaign that kicks off on April 11th in Columbus, Ohio. Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood, and In Solitude will close their tour at Irving Plaza on May 12th, and tickets are on fan presale and go on Live Nation presale on 1/26 at 10AM, with regular sale hitting on 1/27 at 10AM. All tour dates and some video, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Even before the house was opened, the line snaked down the Bowery with eager metal fans clamoring to get a view of Ghost. Many on line were lucky enough to catch the band during a one-off date last year, while many like myself were seeing them for the first time on this night...Ghost kicked off their string of US dates with Blood Ceremony and Ancient VVisdom at Bowery Ballroom on January 18th. Pictures and setlists from Bowery, as well as remaining tour dates, are below...
The band was extremely tight with both vocals and instrumentation. The live renditions of "Elizabeth," "Death Knell," "Ritual," and a dark cover of The Beatles' classic "Here Comes The Sun" both mesmorized the audience before melting their collective faces. Horns were raised high as the crowd song along knowing each and every word throughout the band's set. This lyrical devotion was overly apparent when they played "Satan Prayer" which was the best song performance of the evening. During the chorus, 'the cardinal' gave the metal hungry crowd several chances to sing the hook, often staring directly at us with his piercing eyes, using his hands to lead us like some type of satanic conductor. -[Local Bozo]
Watain at Santos Party House (more by BBG)
Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood, and In Solitude will team up for The Decibel Magazine Tour, a 26-date treak across the US starting in April. Exact dates will be announced next week. The tour is the first for Nergal since being diagnosed with and beating leukemia. Tour flyer by Justin Bartlett is 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...
words & photo by BBG
After Cathedral and Neurosis on days one and two respectively, Voivod headlined the large outdoor stage at Maryland Deathfest on Saturday (5/28), with Inquisition heading up the indoor stage at Sonar.
Though there are no pictures of Masakari, Mammoth Grinder, Creative Waste, Cretin, & Blood Freak, I did catch sets from the headliners as well as Avulsed, The Kill, Drop Dead, Doom, Defeated Sanity, Acid Witch, Hooded Menace, Cyanide, In Solitude, Impaled Nazarene, Hail of Bullets, Nunslaughter, and Exhorder.
A crusty and furious set from Doom, an awesome and energetic set from Voivod, blackened doom destruction from Hooded Menace, Austrailian grinders The Kill and Detroit doomers Acid Witch were definitely my favorites, but I also thoroughly enjoyed what I saw of Hail of Bullets (around half of their set) as well as the political and furious Drop Dead.
Hooded Menace play Union Pool TONIGHT (5/31) with Negative Plane, Anhedonist, and Ilsa (who we interviewed) as part of a BrooklynVegan event. Online ticketing is not available, but there are tickets at the door for $13. Doors are at 8PM and the show starts at 8:30.
Tragedy, who played MDF Day One, also plays a show in Brooklyn tonight.
More pictures from the third day at Maryland Deathfest are below...