Entries tagged with: Inverloch
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
One Tail One Head at Inferno Festival, April 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
2012 was a year of considerable personal growth for me, as a person, a photographer and a music fan. As I recounted in my favorite photos of 2012, I got to shoot some of my favorite bands of all time and travel the globe in search of new ones. The beginning of the year was spent dealing with personal drama, and if it werent for key records in my life I shudder to think at where I would be right now. To every band on this list and many who aren't, I cant thank you enough.
First order of business, my musical pallette is much much larger than just a series of metal records. This is NOT a list of my favorite records of the year, because that would surely include other entries from across many different genres. This is, however, a list of some of my favorite heavier records.
To me, the term "heavy" can be defined in many ways, from the elongated riff on a doom record to a noise squall to a particularly punishing punk-rock beatdown. While most of the following records are "heavy" in the traditional "distortion and loud guitars" sense, a few are not. You'll see metal, you'll see deathrock, you'll see raw punk, you'll see hardcore, and many spots in between in the numbered list below. And to answer your question, yes you'll see Swans... right beside D-Clone and Asphyx.
My favorite records of 2012 are below. Hopefully you'll see a connection in favorites or maybe discover something new. Regardless, I hope you found your own favorites of the year whether in this list or outside of it.
Pallbearer at Knitting Factory, September 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Decibel Magazine has compiled their annual list of top 40 albums of the year. As usual, there are some surprises but the 2012 top ten is basically a list of nine veterans with only a single newcomer to the bunch. The full list of top records of the year according to Decibel Magazine is below, along with a tweet from the winning band. Buy your copy HERE.
by Kim Kelly
dISEMBOWELMENT are the definition of a "cult" band. Formed in Melbourne in 1989, these avowed practitioners of unsettling, decrepit art released a handful of seminal early recordings before unleashing their sole LP and magnum opus. With 1993's Transcendence Into the Peripheral, the Aussie quartet unwittingly created both one of the cornerstones of modern death/doom and one of the first widely acknowledged funeral doom recordings (the band prefers the death/doom tag, while many others seems hellbent on dubbing them "funeral doom;" in this instance, we'll defer to those who actually wrote the damn songs!). Unfortunately, Disembowelment languished in relative obscurity for years, breaking up immediately after the release of their LP and busying themselves with other musical pursuits. Those who stumbled across their recordings, though, were captivated by the band's atmospheric, crushingly heavy amalgam of murky death metal, wretched doom, and dark ambiance, and their posthumous influence filtered through the underground as a new wave of bands began to take their cues from Transcendence Into the Peripheral.
Much like the rebirth of Winter, it took a concentrated outside effort to lure Disembowelment out of retirement, and even then, it didn't quite work. Disembowelment is good and dead, but some of the minds behind it, namely bassist Matt Skarajew and drummer Paul Mazziota, were willing to play ghost. In 2010, the duo recruited a few new members and announced that they would be playing Transcendence Into the Peripheral in its entirety at Netherlands' prestigious Roadburn Festival, under the moniker d.USK. That gig turned into several gigs, and the inevitable rumours of new music began to spread until the cat was let out of the bag - Skarajew and Mazziota had formed a new project, christened Inverloch, that was recording new material and planning to engage in a handful of live performances. Relapse Records have signed on to release their debut EP, Dusk...Subside, and anticipation's running high for next month's d.USK performance. I spoke to Skarajew and Mazziota about the past, present, and future - and of course, did my damnedest to convince them to come play NYC.
Check out the interview with Inverloch along with a track stream for "The Menin Road" 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.