Entries tagged with: Inquisition
photos by Mathieu Bredeau
Deicide @ Santos - 10/9/14
Deicide, Septicflesh, Abysmal Dawn, Carach Angren, and Inquisition brought their ongoing tour to NYC last week, playing Santos Party House on October 9 (the show had originally been set for Gramercy Theatre but moved to Santos). Pictures of the show are in this post (though we missed Carach Angren). Controversial, inverted crucifix-bearing death metal rippers Deicide are still touring behind their 11th album In the Minds of Evil, which came out last year. Their set had a good chunk of songs from that album and also drew plenty from their vast back-catalogue. The rest of the bands ran the gamut from shiny orchestral Greek death metal (Septicflesh) to controversial USBM (Inquisition).
More pictures (including one of Deicide's setlist) below...
photos by Mathieu Bredeau
Prong @ Santos - 9/30/14
Long-running metal band Prong released their fourth album since their 2002 reunion and ninth overall, Ruining Lives, earlier this year and they've been on tour with another veteran metal band Overkill. That tour included a NYC show without Overkill that happened this past Tuesday (9/30) at Santos Party House (moved from Gramery Theatre). Though they're out supporting Ruining Lives, the band's been offering an even mix rather than just focusing on the new album (plus including their cover of Chrome's "Third From The Sun"). Sunlord opened the show. Pictures, including one of the setlist, are in this post.
Prong's not the only metal show that was recently moved from Gramercy to Santos. The Deicide / Septicflesh / Abysmal Dawn / Carach Angren / Inquisition show set for October 9 at Gramercy will now happen at Santos as well. Tickets are still available.
More pictures from the Prong show, below...
by Ian Chainey
Deicide at Gramercy Theatre, 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Deicide, the grand-daddies of death metal controversy, are heading back out on the road with Septicflesh, Abysmal Dawn, Carach Angren, and no strangers to backlash themselves, Inquisition. The tour heads out in the beginning of October and will drop in to cities such as Chicago, Seattle, and Austin. On October 9, they'll swing in to NYC's Gramercy Theatre. Tickets will be on sale soon via Ticketmaster. The complete list of dates appears below.
Deicide released album number 11, In the Minds of Evil, in 2013. (They also boarded the friendship roller coaster with Broken Hope.) In the early '90s, bassist/double-tracked screamer Glen Benton was a lighting rod due to his alleged satanism and, of course, the upside-down cross burnt into his forehead. Black metallers Inquisition are still licking their wounds after getting called out for racism earlier in the year. The other acts have a clearer conscience: The Lovecraftian Septicflesh's only point of contention is their glossy production. They released Titan back in June. Relapse's ripping death metallers Abysmal Dawn will drop Obsolescence at the end of October. And Dutch symphonic black metallers Carach Angren cut the acclaimed Where the Corpses Sink Forever back in 2012.
All of the dates along with samples of the bands appear below...
by Ian Chainey (and Jonathan Dick, Wyatt Marshall & Scab Casserole)
Cancer at Maryland Deathfest
The 12th annual Maryland Deathfest, not to be confused with Maryland Deathscape, wrapped on May 25, bringing an end to another headbanging blockbuster. Though there were unforeseen cancellations -- Mitochondrion and Aeternus encountered visa/boarder issues, Triptykon attended H.R. Giger's funeral service -- the fest was another success, providing a four-day-long release for lucky metalheads and those following them on Twitter.
In fact, half the fun for vicarious attendees was keeping tabs on the travel to and from Maryland. Jonathan Dick, making his first trip to MDF, wrote a hilarious dispatch for Invisible Oranges detailing his experience with an eccentric woman aboard one of his connecting flights.
It was the greatest flight in the history of US Airways thanks to a passenger who I can only refer to as 33C. She essentially brought everyone on board into her conversational dimension of pretzel descriptions, the inadequacy of Subway sandwiches, and genuine concerns over who was "driving" the plane.His trials were paid back in full by a Thursday bill at Ram's Head Live that focused on the slow and low. Seven Sisters of Sleep, Whitehorse, Sourvein, Torche, Coffins, and Crowbar all crushed. Crowbar's Kirk Windstein even delivered a kick (see video below). It was a great way to grease the fest wheels, but IO editor Scab Casserole sensed a void. "Everyone's psyched, but the consensus on yesterday was that Triptykon was truly supposed to be the gem of last night. Their absence was felt." More from Scab's memories will appear later on this week at Invisible Oranges.
MDF got rolling on Friday, splitting bands up on four different stages -- Edison Lot A, Edison Lot B, Rams Head Live, and Baltimore Soundstage. The set-up was an improvement, according to Scab. "The new lot is impressive. Expansive, and comprehensive stage-wise. But it's super-hot."
This day, the blackened acts garnered the greatest response, as social media was flooded with kudos for Mgla, Taake, and the two-man Bölzer. Scab later said, "Taake fucking OWNED it. They might have been the best band of yesterday." Wyatt agreed, "Many wondered if the Norwegian band would make it into the US -- it was fortunate for those who were there that they encountered smooth sailing."
Agalloch played a set beloved by most, though the sound was mentioned to be muddy. Better things should be in store when they hit the road with Jex Thoth in June.
But, the death metal one-two punch of Cancer followed by At the Gates was an undeniable pinnacle. It had been a bit since both acts played the States and fans weren't left disappointed. And, lucky us, At the Gates' singer Tomas "Tompa" Lindberg was down to shed light on the status of the new album. All systems GO!
Speaking of fans, the event brought out its share of oddballs. If you had time between sets, people-watching was an attraction. If a Slayer trampstamp didn't display dedication, windmilling while holding crutches was a sure sign of devotion. Of course, then there were the Symbolic speedos:
MDF recap, photos & video continued below...
Inquisition @ Irving Plaza (more by Caroline Harrison)
Here's a sample of what Jason "Dagon" Weirbach of Inquisition says to Decibel in a new interview:
And yes, [my 88MM side project] is what people--to a certain degree--think, but it's not a white power, Nazi... nothing. I thought, "Well, shit." One day I was watching, I think it was a documentary or I was reading books, you know, on all kinds of old military weaponry, and thought, "Whoa, 88 millimeter. Yeah. That's, like, perfect. It's like Mz.412's kind of style of name." And it's a brutal name, you know? That's exactly what it was. I mean, yes, it did cross my mind [that the number 88 has gone onto have significance in the neo-Nazi community in terms of a code for a "Heil Hitler"]. I thought, "Oh shit," about the 88 thing and what are people gonna think. And I thought, when it comes... I'm a purist in art, man, and I thought, "Well, I'm not gonna just cancel the idea because a few people might think, 'Oh wait, that might be...'" No. Because it's 88 millimeter.About working with Antichrist Kramer:
And I'll repeat it: He is not a white supremacist. He has worked with Nyogthaeblisz, which is a Mexican-American black metal somewhat noise project. They're not noise, but it's a very extreme black metal. He works with Black Witchery, where the singer is half-Colombian like myself. He's great friends with them. Uh, he was friends with Blasphemy. Blasphemy has an African-American, we all know about him, the guitar player, he's a great guy. And I mean, you know, he's not a white supremacist. What bothers me is that you can tell people all you want about Kramer not being white supremacist--they don't want to believe it. Because they think that some white supremacists have the ability to be friends with other racists, but still have their own beliefs. But that's not truly white supremacy, man. It is not.Read the whole interview at Decibel which was a reaction to an article at Metal Injection which was inspired by a blog post at shamelessnavelgazing which included a slight criticism of an interview at our own metal blog Invisible Oranges where we do question Dagon about Inquisition's song "Crush the Jewish Prophet", but don't push him harder after he responded like this:
Jesus was Jewish according to the know-it-all people. How that is offensive? I don't know. Not too surprising that the word "Jewish" hits some nerves though, like "don't go there, go anywhere but there." "Crush the Black Prophet" would not have sat well, "Crush the White Prophet" would definitely be questionable. The original title makes sense.Racist? In the closet racist? Not racist? Ex-racist that won't admit being racist? Just trying to be extreme? "Extreme" is no excuse for racism? What do you think?
What is ironic is that some argue that he was not a prophet at all, rather God himself. The followers can't even agree at times which of the two he was: God or a prophet. Confusion. Just like confusion in our scene: people want their music extreme with this vicious edge but they raise red flags if something seems to be going in a particular direction that may be hitting home.
In the future, making statements of any kind is always possible. I have been told that speaking your mind is respectable. When a band plays it safe all the time, you can't help but wonder if some people have forgotten what Metal is about.
Inquisition recently played Irving Plaza as part of the Metal Alliance tour, which also brought them to Brooklyn for an EASTER show at Saint Vitus with tourmates Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition, & Black Crown Initiate. Behemoth are also on the tour with ends in Seattle this weekend, but only played Irving in NYC.
photos by Caroline Harrison, words by Doug Moore
Behemoth @ Irving Plaza - 4/19/14
Aside from perplexing openers Black Crown Initiate, whom I missed, every band on this bill was both ungodly tight and steeped in lovably familiar theatricality. Inquisition and 1349 both opted for the classic Scandinavian corpsepaint-'n'-spikes look; the latter's bassist bizarrely chose to wear a robe. (Mismatched costume levels among metal band members are always funny; it's like when album personnel notes credit Nekroshaman, Maniacal, Caligula, and Steve.) Ben Falgoust of Goatwhore might be better at metal-frontman posturing than anyone I've seen -- he strikes badass pose after badass pose for the entire set every time they play, all without his powerful voice ever faltering.This year's edition of the Metal Alliance Tour -- which features Behemoth, 1349, Goatwhore, Inquisition, & Black Crown Initiate -- hit NYC last Friday (4/19) at Irving Plaza. (The entire tour, aside from Behemoth, would go on to hit Saint Vitus the following night.) That's an excerpt of my Invisible Oranges writeup on the show above. Read the rest and check out pictures at IO. More pictures are in this post and they continue below...
by Doug Moore
Goatwhore at Bowery Ballroom (more by Fred Pessaro)
The ongoing Metal Alliance tour -- which features Behemoth, Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition, & Black Crown Initiate -- is one of the bigger package metal roadshows of the year. It's hitting NYC on 4/19 at Irving Plaza for a sold-out stop, but if you failed to acquire tickets, you may be in luck anyway. The Metal Alliance tour proper has the day after the 4/19 show off, and almost the entire lineup (everyone except for Behemoth) will play at Saint Vitus Bar the following night, which happens to be both Easter and, well, 4/20. It should be a rager, though -- Inquisition released one of 2013's best albums, Goatwhore are a dominating live act, & 1349 have reportedly pulled themselves together after releasing two disastrous albums in a row during the late '00s.
Buy your ticket for the inverted blasphemic potsmoke Jesus death ceremony -- chances of this one selling out are pretty high.
Remaining Metal Alliance dates are listed, along with a stream of last year's Inquisition album, below.
by Doug Moore
Goatwhore at Bowery Ballroom, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Rumors about the lineup of the 2014 edition of the Metal Alliance package tour have been floating around for a while, but now they're
much more substantial announced: the lineup will feature Behemoth in the headlining slot, with 1349, Goatwhore, Black Crown Initiate, and Inquisition. It's a compelling lineup -- Behemoth recently released a promising new song (with an NSFW video), and Inquisition's 2013 release Obscure Verses for the Multiverse was one of the year's most critically acclaimed metal albums. It's also the most black metal-intensive lineup in the tour's history, which says something about the genre's growing cachet.
Tickets for all dates, including NYC at Irving Plaza on 4/19, are on presale now. Tickets for the NYC show and at least some other dates officially go on sale Friday via Ticketmaster, after another presale via Ticketmaster Wednesday.
Everyone on the tour except Behemoth also plays the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest, which goes down from April 17-19 at the Worcester Palladium.
Check out the full run of dates, the tour flyer and that NSFW Behemoth video if you haven't seen it yet, below...
By Doug Moore
Inquisition at Saint Vitus, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
We've already mentioned that the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will return in 2014 from April 17-19 at the Worcester Palladium. The festival has added some notable (and varied) bands to the lineup: 1349, Battlecross, Black Crown Initiate, Carnifex, Erra, Fallujah, Goatwhore, I Declare War, Inquisition, Rivers of Nihil, Sworn In, Broken Hope and The Acacia Strain. It's pretty hard to imagine super-serious black metal bands like Inquisition and 1349 sharing the stage with derpy deathcore like The Acacia Strain, but that's the age we live in. The backstage conversations between those bands will probably be golden.
In related news, LA hardcore outfit Alpha & Omega (who were already on the bill) will be touring on their way to the festival starting in March, along with (various combinations of) Cruel Hand, Alpha & Omega, Naysayer, Bent Life, Barrier, Malfunction and Will To Die. There's no NYC date, but the tour will hit Long Island on 4/15 at the Even Flow Bar & Grill (in Bay Shore). Tickets are are on sale.
Check out the full run of Alpha & Omega dates and the full lineup for NEMHF to date 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...
by Doug Moore
Maryland Deathfest announced its (almost) final lineup of bands this afternoon. At this point, the festival really didn't need to add much to sell out its allotment of tickets, but there are some heavy hitters in this round of announcements nonetheless. Some highlights include Tryptikon (the post-Celtic Frost band, making their only US appearance), Dark Angel (the classic hyper-fast thrash band featuring Gene Hoglan of Strapping Young Lad/Fear Factory/Death), Inquisition (who released one of this year's best albums), the long-running powerviolence act Capitalist Casualties, and reunited Floridian grinders Maruta. The complete list of new announcements is below.
Tickets for the festival go on sale tomorrow (11/23) at 3pm. You'll be able to buy whole-fest passes for $255, and 3-day Friday->Sunday passes for each stage for considerably list. Individual tickets will go on sale in December.
MDF's organizers also announced more venue information, including a breakdown of which bands will play at which of the fest's three stages (though the only day-specific lineup that they've announced so far is for Thursday). You can find the complete lineup, divvied up by stage, along with the full list of new artist announcements, below...
by Doug Moore
Inquisition at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
If you're not familiar with them, Inquisition have a confusing bio. They're an American black metal band from Colombia -- their guitarist and vocalist, Dagon (after the Lovecraft story, presumably), was born in the States but formed the band in Colombia before moving it back here.
Their new album, Obscure Verses for the Multiverse (so wacky!), is one of the catchiest metal albums of the year. We interviewed Dagon about the album over at Invisible Oranges. In true black metal tradition, Dagon is a pretty esoteric dude, and his answers got pretty...well...obscure at times. Here's a sample:
Inquisition's lyrical content has shifted from more traditional occult themes to a more esoteric, cosmic focus. What brought this shift about? What, exactly, are Obscure Verses for the Multiverse?Read the whole interview over at Invisible Oranges. It's spooky, as you'd expect.
I was interested in going in a direction of a realistic occult approach, basing this direction on what surrounds us -- the universe -- and bringing its occult elements to the eye.
The title basically means "obscure laws for the multiple universes," the laws being the laws of quantum mechanics, which were made by the gods -- the same gods that came here and created us. The gears are on a microscopic level that dictate how everything works around us, everywhere on this plane and other planes or universes, which at least in theory exist and have been spoken about so much by many spiritual mysticisms.
To summarize, let me say that it is a combination of quantum physics and quantum mechanics with the spiritual world in one. This is an album that focuses on the multiple dimensions of the spirit and the multiple dimensions of our multiverse, adding possible alien races as our gods of creation.
The element of Satan as the force of opposition is hailed here by declaring alien forces as our creators, who have conquered all levels of dimensional travel and hold the verses of the secrets to our existence. We are here for a reason, but it is a reason to be explored by travelling within our own astral plane, the conscious. Once this is conquered, we can open our third eye to enter other planes that are here for us to witness after death: the other dimensions or universes. As multiple consciousnesses are developed in the mind, new heights are obtained just as multiple universes collide in space, creating a new universe after leaving a black hole. This creation of a new universe leads to a cycle in both mind and space.
In essence, the human mind is a dimension, one of many, as real as the dimension of space and the dimensions we have yet to witness after our death. The human consciousness cycles with space; it is the same, and because it is the same, we are cosmic dust evolved into the highest form possible thanks to the gods who came here. I am not really influenced by any writers. I am quite inspired by Poe, Lovecraft, and so forth, yes, but my writings are from my mind entirely.
Speaking of spooky, you should totally celebrate Halloween by listening to Dagon croak about space all over Inquisition's new album, which just came out and which is streaming in full below. The band hasn't announced any tour dates in its support yet, but they were rarely off the road over the past couple of years. A live jaunt is undoubtedly in the offing.
Marduk at Music Hall of Williamsburg, June 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Marduk will lead a lineup featuring Moonspell, Inquisition, The Foreshadowing and Death Wolf as part of a North American tour that kicks off in the tail end of February and lasts through middle March. The dates start off on the East coast, with February 23 at Gramercy Theatre roped off for NYC. Tickets are on sale.
Meanwhile, Inquisition are currently working on material for a 2013 album, though details are still hazy. Until then, stream all of their last LP, Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystial Macrocosm, as well as Marduk's last LP, Serpent Sermon, below.
photos by Greg Cristman
Melechesh at Gramercy Theatre, 10/16/2012
Septicflesh, Krisiun, Melechesh, Ex Deo, Inquisition, and Fin'amor are currently touring the US together, and made a pit stop into Gramercy Theater on October 16 as part of the Conquerors of The World Tour. The show was Inquisition's latest round of dates in NYC after a two night stay at Saint Vitus in April.
More pics from Gramercy are below.
Inquisition at Saint Vitus (more by Wyatt Marshall)
Inquisition will hit the road as part of a package tour this fall, joining Septicflesh, Krisiun, Melechesh and Ex Deo. Kicking off in Toronto, the dates includes a pair of East Coast stops, including NYC at Gramercy Theater on October 16th. Ticketing info is forthcoming but you can keep checking Ticketmaster.
Inquisition is currently touring the EU, so if you're on that side of the pond, look out for them. Otherwise, look for that "Conquerors of The World Festival Tour" (with Melechesh/Septicflesh/etc, which ironically/hilariously mostly hits Canada) at the dates listed below.
Inquisition wishes Saint Vitus a happy birthday
in their own unique way (photo by Wyatt Marshall)
Happy Birthday to Saint Vitus, who celebrated the start of their second year with a string of shows at the venue that started with Young Widows (pictures), ended with Revocation and included sold-out appearances from Inquisition on 4/26 and 4/27. The pair of shows featured two completely different lineups, including Black Anvil, Woe and Trenchgrinder on the first night and Castevet (with new bassist Nick McMaster of Krallice) with Villains on the second. Pictures from both shows are below.
Black Anvil, who is also scheduled to head out on the road with Watain on their make-up dates, is playing a second NYC show in the near future at Saint Vitus, this time with Phobia. Tickets are on sale.
Pictures and video from both nights of Inquisition at Saint Vitus are below.
Inquisition at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by BBG)
With the Dark Funeral dates officially off, Inquisition have announced a two night stay at Saint Vitus on April 26th and 27th. Ticketing info and support is forthcoming. Abigail Williams, who was also on the tour, have added a date at Saint Vitus on 1/30 with Woe in the wake of that cancellation.
Inverloch, a new project featuring members of dISEMBOWELMENT (who, as dUSK, will play Roadburn this year) have signed to Relapse Records. Look for the band's new LP this Spring via the label. In related news, Huata have signed on for Roadburn as well. Stream their Atavist of Mann LP below. Download their new demo at Bandcamp, and stream it in full below.
Magic Circle, a new doom band that features personnel from Mind Eraser, The Rival Mob and The A-Team, will join Pilgrim, Windhand and Natur on March 1st as part of an incredible evening of (mostly) doom at Public Assembly. Its an unmissable night for doom fans, and tickets are on sale. Stream some Magic Circle material below.
Check out a new Primitive Weapons song at Pitchfork, and look for their forthcoming LP, The Shadow Gallery, via Prosthetic this Spring.
Tickets are now on sale for the Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood, and In Solitude show at Irving Plaza.
Suggested NYC shows and some streams are below.
Inquisition at Rites of Darkness (more by BBG)
Dear Fans, friends and supporters of Dark Funeral,The tour, which was scheduled with support from Inquisition as well as Abigail Williams and Gigan, includes the previously discussed and now-cancelled stop at Gramercy Theater on January 30th. Bum-out. Someone schedule an Inquisition show in NYC, stat.
It is with great regret that we have to inform you today that our North American Tour has to be postponed. Due to circumstances and events way beyond our control, there is no other way but to postpone these dates. And yes, our triumphant return to the United States Of America is definitely not cancelled, but postponed. And we will try to announce the new North American tourdates as soon as possible, so you better stay tuned!
However, our appearance at the 70,000 Tons Of Metal-Cruise will take place as planned. Hope to see some of you there.
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.
Adorior @ Rites of Darkness
Rites of Darkness is in full swing, with both pre-fests done and dusted (check out photos of the Bond's show here) and Day 1 still ringing in our ears. On Friday evening, doors opened at 4pm and the opening band, Houston death metallers Warmaster, got short shrift: the line of black leather-clad punters wound 'round the outside of the building waited impatiently for the singular door-person to check their IDs well into and past their set (from what we could hear, their crushing, Bolt Thrower-inspired cacophony deserved better).
Philly black-thrashers Infernal Stronghold (who just got back from a short tour with Absu) ripped through a short set of urban blasphemy, taunting the still-lethargic crowd ("I didn't realize we were gonna be playing a fuckin' nursing home!") until the room filled up and the front row got violent. Ritual Necromancy brought the Incantation worship (filtered through a few grimy layers of doom and blackness), then Grave Upheaval filled the entire fucking room with (funeral) fog, which helped distract a bit from the monotony of their muddy, unfocused material.
Dispirit, who had appeared at the prefest and were hastily added to the fest proper, were once again at the top of their game; their hypnotic, atmospheric black metal rituals captivated and impressed. London horde Adorior, one of the most anticipated acts of the fest, delivered a wickedly intense, utterly savage set of thrashy death/black. Their imposing, leather-and-spike-clad frontwoman Melissa screamed bloody gore, sneering and mocking the "whiners and bitches" who'd been complaining about the fest and unveiling a new song: "This one's about fucking surviving, you know? This is "Gutters of Cum."
Canadian black/death cult Weapon were up next. This was their first-ever time playing the United States, and the maniacs down the front made their appreciation known, as a sea of fists and deafening roars greeted the quartet between every merciless cut of raw, sinewy death, blackened and tempered with shades of Middle Eastern melody. Afterwards, the mighty Demigod, Finnish gods of death, took the stage to play their seminal classic Slumber of Sullen Eyes in its entirety. "Amazing" is the only word that comes to mind; they were utterly on point, totally focused, and devastatingly heavy - a well-oiled war machine. The show closed out with two-man black metal institution Inquisition (who recently laid waste to NYC with Disma). Dagon's vocals, always a matter of contention, were a bit too loud, but the overall effect was fluid and damn near trance-inducing.
Stay tuned to BrooklynVegan for continuing coverage from Rites of Darkness 2011. Check out more pictures from Day 1 below...
Inquisition @ The Studio
Inquisition are on their way to the crumbling four-day Texas festival known as Rites of Darkness, where they'll join-up with an ever decreasing number of bands. Since "finalizing" the lineup earlier this year, a staggering 20 of the 54 bands, most of them headliners and exclusives, have all fallen off of the lineup due to an issue with Paypal.
As the festival has grown closer, the list of casualties has increased. Some bands succumbed to the pleas of fans begging to stay on (like Zemial), and others tried but ultimately still had to drop off (like Pagan Altar). The festival issued a definitive statement on 11/30 which confirmed the lineup, but then six more bands cancelled. It has, to say the least, been a rollercoaster ride for Rites of Darkness ticketholders, who are now still awaiting confirmations from Zemial, Hell Militia and Nunslaughter. Regardless, I'll see you there this weekend.
Meanwhile, Northwestern black metal duo Inquisition played The Studio at Webster Hall on Friday 12/2, joined by Disma and Agrath (after Mortuary Drape and Negative Plane dropped off of the show). NJ death metal crew Disma were also scheduled to play Rites of Darkness but cancelled their appearance alongside related bands Evoken and Funebrarum, so the NYC show was unfortunately their last of the year.
Drenched in fog (courtesy of the itchy trigger finger of Tooth from Natur) and red lighting, both Inquisition and Disma ripped at The Studio, playing favorites from their recent LP offerings Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm and Towards the Megalith respectively. Agrath, which contains members of Negative Plane, opened the evening to a mostly packed house with their primitive blackened stomp.
More pictures from the NYC show are below.
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.
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.
Tombs at BV-Rocks Off Official CMJ Showcase 2011 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Decibel released their list of the best LPs of 2011. The list features a few repeat offenders and not too many surprises. One record listed technically came out in 2010 (and made my list of favorites that year). You can check out the full thing below. What record do you think they left off?
Kuxan Suum at Acheron (more by BBG)
Though previously listed with the same lineup as the show they just played at Acheron, this Friday's 9pm Black Twilight Circle show at The Charleston will feature an almost entirely different lineup with Raspberry Bulbs, Volahn, Arizmenda, Shataan, and The Haunting Presence. Black Twilight Circle also visit WFMU that day (10/7).
The show is also one of two upcoming shows for Raspberry Bulbs who will also join Villains, Occultation and Skull at Saint Vitus on 10/18 (tickets).
Speaking of black metal, the.... New Yorker wrote a piece:
The fertile and fractious U.S. scene in the genre known as black metal can be understood through a familiar moment in rock history. In the sixties, British bands like Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones mined American blues, first copying their heroes and then creating something vivid and novel. In the nineties, a range of American acts began drawing from the work of Norwegian metal bands that were famous mostly for a look and for several unpleasant events. The Norwegians were largely faithful to the "corpse paint" costume, in which the face is covered in white makeup, with black circles drawn around the eye sockets. Upside-down-cross pendants and spiked bracelets were common accessories. The tabloid-worthy events centered on a musician named Varg Vikernes, of the one-man band Burzum, who encouraged and participated in the burning of churches. In 1993, while playing bass in a band called Mayhem, he murdered the guitarist, a man known as Euronymous.The article goes on to talk about Wolves In the Throne Room's recent show at The Bell House.
Until recently, it was a legacy that the genre couldn't shake. But now American bands such as Liturgy, Krallice, Absu, Leviathan, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Inquisition have left a fair amount of the pageantry behind--not to mention the violence--and helped to create a community, as well as a musical moment that is rife with activity...
Speaking of Liturgy, The Quietus recently interviewed Aaron Weaver of Wolves in the Throne Room . They discussed, among other things, Liturgy and its place amongst the "black metal elite": Aaron Weaver says:
"Wolves in the Throne Room has absolutely received the same kind of criticism, because over the years I've said the exact same thing [as Hunter regarding black metal's ability to be positive and optimistic]. That's something that I believe very strongly. I think that maybe the difference is that I've always said that we don't play black metal. I refer to Wolves in the Throne Room as a black metal band just sort of out of convenience. But I've also been really clear over the years that I do think that true black metal, which is a worthwhile and very powerful thing, does need to be negative. It does need to be rooted in the darkest aspects of the human experience - bitterness, negativity, hatred, violence, tribal warfare, mass murder, these sort of things lurk in the human experience, and it's always been there. And true black metal channels that incredibly destructive and insane and violent energy."Read the whole thing HERE.
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 vs RITES OF DARKNESS IIIThree day passes for Rites of Darkness 3 are on sale. Pictures from Urfaust's recent Brooklyn show HERE.
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
All known Inquisition dates, the full Rites of Darkness lineup, and some video is below.