Entries tagged with: Iron Reagan
Kurt Ballou w/ Converge at MHOW in 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Converge already have a busy 2015 ahead of them, with a big tour with At the Gates and Vallenfyre -- that hits NYC on 12/12 at Webster Hall (tickets) -- lined up, but even when Converge aren't touring or working on an album, their members seem constantly busy. We recently talked about what bassist Nate Newton is up to, frontman Jacob Bannon is always busy with Deathwish, and guitarist Kurt Ballou is always behind the boards of some of the best heavy music coming out today.
Now that it's Best-Of List Season, Kurt has given us a list of his favorite 2014 releases that he recorded, produced, and/or mixed. Here's what he had to say about it:
I'm pretty terrible at writing these "10 best albums of 2000 whatever" things because, as a recording engineer, after concentrating on music for 10 hours a day, every day in my studio, listening to music isn't a priority when the day is through. I kind of hate it, because I really love music, but I also need some time to reset my ears and brain. So, when asked to contribute to these sorts of things, I'm always a bit embarrassed to respond with, "uhhh... I'm only really familiar with the stuff I recorded." But I recorded some killer records this year, so fuck it - here's some shameless self-promotion. In no particular order, here are some of my favorite 2014 releases that I recorded, produced, and/or mixed.Self-promotion or not, it's a list of great records. Check it out, with his commentary, below...
Metal mag Decibel has published their Top 40 Albums of 2014 list in their newest issue, which you can check out in more detail if you're a subscriber. And thanks to Stereogum who transcribed it, you can also browse the full thing below. Though Decibel have tended to lean towards veterans for their top spot, a much newer band takes the #1 album this year. And if you're into modern metal, their choice is pretty hard to argue. Those big veteran comeback albums show up soon after though, with At the Gates taking #2 and Godflesh coming in at #5. There's plenty more on there too -- see for yourself below.
At the Gates, related band Vallenfyre (#8 on this list), and 2012 winners Converge will head out on the 2015 Decibel tour next year. As discussed, that hits NYC on April 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that one are still available.
Decibel's Top 40 Albums of 2014 below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up this past weekend with a variety of killer music across punk, metal, hip hop, indie, electronic and plenty of the in-between, plus comedy, wrestling, BMX competitions and more. The lineup spanned legends like Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Nas through great newer artists like Angel Olsen, Deafheaven and Courtney Barnett. We've already written plenty about it -- check out our reviews of day 1, day 2 and day 3 -- as well as posted pictures of Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Mineral.
by Andrew Sacher
Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest went out on a high note on Sunday (11/9) after two previous days of fun fun fun. While I spent the first two days hopping from stage to stage, I spent the entire final day on the punk/metal-centric Black Stage, besides taking one brief break from the distortion to catch Angel Olsen's always-mesmerizing folk rock early on at the Orange Stage.
First up for me was Iron Reagan, the crossover thrash "supergroup" with members of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse and Darkest Hour. You couldn't have asked for a better start to the day as Iron Reagan made good on their promise to play more songs than any other band on the festival and still be off stage before they were supposed to. With only minimal breaks for banter, they ripped through songs from both of their albums and various EPs and included a cover of Cannibal Corpse's "A Skull Full of Maggots." These dudes definitely look and act the part, with no lack of '80s thrash hair swings and stage moves. They almost never smiled on stage, but if a song like "Your Kid's An Asshole" doesn't give it away, nobody was taking themselves too seriously.
After catching that Angel Olsen set, the next band on Black Stage was Deafheaven. Though you'd think the they would really be better fit for a dark room, they looked readymade for a festival set under the sun. The band's black metal/post-rock blend was tight as ever, but in daylight frontman George Clarke is even more of a sight to see. He's all about showmanship and crowd interaction and spends so much of the show reaching his hands out Nick Cave-style over the eager fans who can't wait to reach back.
Then came Hot Water Music, as much veterans of the '90s punk/emo scene as Mineral and Knapsack who played two days earlier, just with many more albums and only a two-year breakup period. They sounded awesome as always, with the highlights off their 2012 comeback album Exister sounding as great as their more classic material. Like they did at The Fest the weekend earlier, they brought out Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause to split lead vocals on "Trusty Chords" and you can check out a short clip of that below.
After Hot Water Music, the veteran punk continued on the Black Stage through the end of the festival. The next band up was New York hardcore OGs Gorilla Biscuits. I caught their set at the festival and their FFF Nites show at the very tiny Mohawk Indoor later that night. Both were great but needless to say the late show was the one to be at. It's hard to believe this band formed over 25 years ago because they were still one of the freshest sounding bands of the weekend. Civ said on stage at both shows never to lose yourself, to stand up for and believe in the same things you did when you were 16 at 20, 30, 45. If anyone can preach that at a show he can, he's living it. GB played just about every song you wanted to hear -- "High Hopes," "Big Mouth," "No Reason Why," "Degradation" and so many more favorites. The Mohawk show didn't have a mosh pit so much as the entire room was a constantly-moving swarm of bodies both on and off stage. It was the kind of show where everyone left grinning and covered in each other's sweat. And after midnight on Sunday (or Monday morning by then), it was the best possible way to wrap up the weekend.
After GB on the fest was Rocket From the Crypt, one of the many bands of John Reis (Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, etc), who made it seem like their short reunion was over before this but luckily they had more in them. RFTC were great -- their many-membered lineup, two horn players included, took the stage in their matching outfits and delivered plenty of fan faves. We got "Middle," "On A Rope," "Heart of a Rat," "Im Not Invisible," "Glazed" and plenty more from their initial 10+ year run as a band.
Following them and headlining the Black Stage for the night was Murder City Devils, who were pretty much the perfect match for RFTC given they were around at the same time for a while in the '90s/early '00s and shared an approach to blending rock n' roll and punk. One difference though is Murder City have a new album out and they played some of that but we also got plenty from their prime era like "18 Wheels," "Press Gang," "Idle Hands" and more. Whether it was an old one or a new one though, Murder City were on fire. They were incredibly tight, loud, and full of a serious amount of energy. Catching their set was my personal biggest conflict of the weekend (I had to miss Neutral Milk Hotel), but with a set like the one they played I have no regrets.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Napalm Death at Knockdown Center (more by Greg Cristman)
There's yet another absolutely loaded, must-catch, all-star metal tour on the horizon, giving metalheads still more reason to get excited about 2015. Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed, Iron Reagan, and Black Crown Initiate are joining forces for the "Through Space and Grind" tour. This is just an absurdly stacked bill, and as if you needed more reason to go, they'll also be joined by Ringworm, Dayglo Abortions, Theories, and Phobia on select dates. These bands run the gamut from absolutely legendary to young and on-the-rise, from death-grind to political thrash, and they all have a reputation as absolute crushers in the live setting.
The tour will make a stop in NYC at Gramercy Theater on February 2, where Ringworm will mercifully be on the bill. Tickets for that show will be on sale Friday (11/7) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
All of these bands have been varying degrees of busy lately. Napalm Death have been playing festivals and touring internationally all year. Voivod released an album last year and have been playing some festival gigs in 2014. Iron Reagan, featuring "Landphil" Hall of Cannabis Corpse and Municipal Waste, and otherwise known as the busiest man in metal, have a new album out and released a split on Tankcrimes with tourmates Exhumed earlier this year. Ringworm dropped a ripper this year too.
All dates listed, along with a stream of the Iron Reagan/Exhumed split EP, a video of Napalm Death playing live in Chile earlier this year, Voivod's video for "Target Earth" and the Ringworm LP stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Relapse Records just put out its 26-song 2014 sampler which you can download (name your price) at bandcamp and stream below. It's a good reminder of how diverse their output has been this year, with tracks from indie pop-turned-black metaller Myrkur, shoegazers Nothing, metallic hardcore band Ringworm, math/post rockers Broughton's Rules, pro-wrestler-gone-metaller UltraMantis Black, sludgesters Tombs, death metal legends Obituary, and plenty more. There's also a track from that new Nux Vomica album which has gone overlooked in some places (we haven't had a chance to write about it here) but is one of the most interesting albums I've heard in any genre this year. Check that one out if you haven't already.
Also on the sampler is Publicist UK, a new band whose lineup includes some familiar faces like bassist Brett Bamberger (Revocation, ex-East of the Wall), drummer Dave Witte (Discordance Axis, Melt-Banana, Municipal Waste, etc.), guitarist David Obuchowski (Goes Cube), and vocalist Zachary Lipez (Freshkills). They've got a two-song demo out now which is kind of a heavy take on dark post-punk, and they're recording their debut LP for Relapse very soon. Stay tuned for that, and listen to the demo below.
In other related news, Iron Reagan, whose recent "Miserable Failure" video and recently announced dates we posted HERE, have now released a blooper real from that video. Check that out below too.
photo by Steve Krandall
Richmond thrashers Iron Reagan (who feature members of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse, and Darkest Hour) released their new LP Tyranny of Failure earlier this month on Relapse and they've since added more tour dates to their schedule. They've got a West Coast run with Eyehategod (who they played NYC with in July) and Power Trip, but before that they'll hit NYC on October 19 at Saint Vitus opening for Only Crime (who feature members of Good Riddance, Converge, Black Flag, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Modern Life Is War and others). Also on that bill is promising Philly band Ma Jolie and tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the new-ish video for "Miserable Failure" from the new Iron Reagan LP, below...
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:
FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.
You can still get FFF passes here.
Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...
photos by Mathieu Bredeau, words by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Eyehategod @ Acheron - 7/15/14
Louisiana sludge legends Eyehategod hit the Acheron Tuesday night (7/15) for the final show of their tour with Strong Intention and Iron Reagan. Unfortunately Vektor, who were also on the tour, had to cancel their set because one of their members was vomiting uncontrollably, but the rest of the show was brutal and varied as planned.
Strong Intention kicked it off with a fierce set that toggled effortlessly between grinding blast-beats and slower grooves. I was unfamiliar with these guys going in, but they've been doing it for a long time (since 1993) and they really knocked me back with how tight they were and how quickly their rippers got to the point.
Iron Reagan were next, and they played a longer set than usual to make up for Vektor's absence. Those dudes know how to throw a party. They had the small space at the Acheron moshing in short order, their frenzied blasts of crossover thrash whipping everybody into party mode. The band is insanely fast and tight but come armed with a sense of loose metal fun that defines the proceedings. They write extremely catchy riffs and grooves, and that comes through on stuff like the particularly tasty new song "Miserable Failure" and the set-closer "Eat Shit and Live." The band is really a sight live, the hair of the three string-players whipping around in perfect unison. They played a couple covers towards the end, ripping through a Cannibal Corpse song (not to be confused with Cannabis Corpse, with whom they share a member) before singer Tony Foresta declared, "Fuck it, we're in New York, we'll play a Cro-Mags song." That one really got the crowd going, not that they weren't already.
Iron Reagan would normally be a tough live act to follow, but Eyehategod had no problems. "This is the perfect tour for us. I hate touring with bands that rip off Eyehategod" slurred Mike IX Williams in the middle of their set. In contrast to the speed demons that came before, Eyehategod stumbled across the stage for their whole set, but in their fucked-upness lies their power. It seemed like the audience was drunkenly swaying with them, and the small room by then was unbearably packed and sweaty (in that good way). It was basically a madhouse as they played for over an hour, thick feedback accommodating every pause, Williams pouring Vodka into the eager mouths of those in the front row. The sludge was so thick you couldn't cut it with knife, and the Acheron provided the appropriately filthy atmosphere for the music. The band have such a great back catalog of music to grab from, and they mixed new material with classics like "Dixie Whiskey" and "White Nigger." The whole thing was loose, huge, and intoxicated, which is what I had expected and hoped for from an Eyehategod show.
More pictures below...
by Ian Chainey
Tyranny of Failure cover art
Richmond, Virgina supergroup crossover stars Iron Reagan have released a new cut from their forthcoming album Tyranny of Failure. The song is called "Miserable Failure" and it thrashes and dashes for two quick minutes. Check out the track below. Tyranny of Failure will be out on Relapse on September 16 (preorder). "Miserable Failure"'s drop happens to coincide with Iron Reagan's tour kick off in Washington, D.C., with Eyehategod, Vektor, and Strong Intention. That stacked bill hits NYC at the Acheron on July 15 (tickets).
In other Relapse news, records from Brooklyn's Mortals and the grindy hardcore project of wrestler UltraMantis Black hit the streets this week. As expected, Mortals' Cursed to See the Future was a massive monument to crust, heavy metal, and Hellhammer. They'll be playing the Acheron on July 18 for their record release show. The related Belus will also be playing the Acheron on August 9 along with the Welcome to Deathfest screening. UltraMantis Black, on the other hand -- along with members of Pissed Jeans -- revived mid '90s metallic hardcore for his EP that spits an acidic dissonance. The towering wrestler will be playing Philadelphia's This is Hardcore on July 24.
Stream all of the releases below...
by Ian Chainey
Iron Reagan, the throwback punk speedfest featuring members of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse, and Darkest Hour, will be releasing a new full-length on September 16. The effort is titled Tyranny of Will and is the band's first through Relapse. Along with the LP, the group will also be hitting the road for a handful of dates, including their tour with Eyehategod that hits NYC at the Acheron with Vektor, GWAR-B-Q, and Fun Fun Fun Fest. The full rundown of dates along with album details, below.
Guitarist Phil "Land Phil" Hall has also been busy, releasing a new album with Cannabis Corpse, his ode to weed and '90s death metal. I had a chance to talk to him for Invisible Oranges, and we touched on a number of subjects, including new LP From Wisdom to Baked and indulging in the verdant delights with Chris Barnes. Regarding the latter:
I guess one of the most unusual times with Cannabis Corpse was when we were on tour with Six Feet Under and Chris Barnes would invite us on the bus. He would bust out his blowtorch and blowtorch this crazy metal piece and then dab wax on metal and you would inhale the vapors. Then he had had this bowl that looked like a big knife. I thought that was perfect, to smoke weed with Chris Barnes out of a knife.Cannabis Corpse will also be going on tour this summer, too. Their dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Cannibal Corpse (once fronted by Chris Barnes but now fronted by George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher) will release their thirteenth album, A Skeletal Domain, in September via Metal Blade. Tracklist, bigger artwork, and a new song stream, below. The band are also on the Rockstar Energy Drunk Mayhem Festival with Korn and Avenged Sevenfold and stuff, and during that tour they'll headline a NJ show on July 31 at Starland Ballroom with fellow Rockstars Suicide Silence and Wretched, plus Dying Eyes of Sloth, Carnavarice Breath and Thanatotic Desire. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
So what of Municipal Waste? They'll also be gigging around with Madball, fitting in shows between Iron Reagan, Cannabis Corpse, and, oh yeah, Bat engagements. In addition, they're on the bill for Denver Black Sky and Heavy Montreal. Finally, according to Phil, they're also working on new music:
Municipal Waste is currently writing a new record, so that'll be coming out in the future, as well.Yeesh, and you thought you were busy picking up that double shift.
All lists of dates, with Tyranny of Will album details, below...
by Ian Chainey
Mastodon at Terminal 5, 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Big membership shake-ups for old-guy thrashers: Exodus said farewell to singer Rob Dukes and welcomed Steve "Zetro" Souza back into the fold. This is Zetro's third stint with the Bay Area band. Before the reintroduction, he was biding his time in Hatriot, which is a music group and not what happens during a rowdy Lids sale. Stream a Zetro-era Exodus classic below. Elsewhere, ex-Slayer Dave Lombardo is suddenly in Amen. The Los Angeles punk outfit just turned 20 and is back in the studio with Ross Robinson.
Ultra-heavy doomers Yob have released more details regarding their forthcoming Neurot release. Clearing The Path To Ascend (also what my bud calls his weed ritual) now has pretty neat cover art and a track listing. In addition, the mad triffid Botanist will hammer away at VI: Flora on August 11 via The Flenser. What's the drunkest instrument? A hammered dulcimer, of course. Stop booing. Art and tracks are down below.
A few groups are hitting the road. Skeletonwitch, Ghoul, and Black Anvil will be setting out on a nationwide roadtrip in September. Plus, you can finally break the seal on your 2015 planner. The melodeath -- and spellcheck infuriating -- Dark Tranquillity and Insomnium are heading to the US in January. They'll play NYC's Gramercy Theatre on January 4. Tickets are will be on sale soon. All of the dates appear below.
Can't make it to a fest this weekend? You can live vicariously through some YouTube sets. (And have easier access to a bathroom, that can't be understated.) Opeth's full performance from Rock am Ring in Germany is up. And snippets of Emperor at Sweden Rock Festival have made their way online, too. It's the black metallers first live gig since 2007 and they closed it out in style by killing a Bathory cover. Both are available below.
Finally, progsters Between the Buried and Me explained why you won't hear old songs on tour:
Unfortunately, when we add some of the more obscure older songs to our set, they either detract from the flow of the show, or just generally go over like a wet fart at a funeral. So to sum it up and get crazy specific, you will still likely hear Mordecai or Selkies on occasion. Maybe even a couple others. But if you want us to play Naked By the Computer or Destructo Spin, you may have to wait until our reunion tour.So. . .no "Freebird"?
Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.
A few new flicks are out for your viewing pleasure. The post-punk Beastmilk have gone the creep-o propaganda route with their visual accompaniment to "The Wind Blows Through Their Skulls." (Also how Shakespeare described burping.) And Eyehategod have cut a clip for "Medicine Noose." Reminder, you can catch Eyehategod on the absurdly loaded July 15 show at the Acheron that includes Iron Reagan, Vektor, and Strong Intentions (tickets). All eye candy is below.
As for the streams, blackened sludge slingers Goatwhore check in again with "Schadenfreude" from Constricting Rage Of The Merciless (July 8, Metal Blade - preorder). Origin have put up a lyric video for "Absurdity Of What I Am" (hint: it's tech widdles) from Omnipresent (July 8, Nuclear Blast - preorder). Both bands will be on the Summer Slaughter tour.
Mutilation Rites thrash the hell out of "Contaminate" from Harbinger (July 22, Prosthetic Records - preorder). Mutilation Rites will also be playing Obnoxious Noise Fest 2014 on August 9 at Even Flow Bar & Grill in Bay Shore with Malignancy, Pyrrhon (Doug, come home), Artificial Brain, and more. Tickets are $20 at the door. The full lineup for that one is down below.
More: Icelandic cowboys Solstafir have posted the title track from Ótta (September 2, Season of Mist - preorder). Nasty cult death metallers Nunslaughter hammered out "Three Nails, One Liar," pulled off of the double disc Angelic Dread (June 24, Hells Headbangers - preorder). Blackened doom pack Wolvhammer dropped "The Desanctification" from Clawing Into Black Sun (July 8, Profound Lore). The blackened Bastard Sapling, featuring members of Windhand, are streaming "Lantern At the End of Time" on NPR. Instinct is Forever, their dual disc full-length, will be out August 26 via Forcefield Records. Check out all the brand new things below.
For full albums, genre chameleons Boris are offering the entirety of Noise on NPR (June 17, Sargent House - preorder). Boris will be touring with Atlas Moth and SubRosa soon. Stoners Wo Fat want you to take a toke of The Conjuring (June 17, Small Stone Recordings - preorder). And the powerviolence kick-puncher Boddicker -- who just started their tour with Nuclear Hellfrost -- have stuck all of Crime Upheaval up on Bandcamp. Scope Wo Fat and Boddicker below.
Lastly, for little guys and oddities, we got a new Black Sabbath funk take from Brown Sabbath and Ending Quest took a streamroller to OSDM. Both are below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (6/13): The crushing Trenchgrinder, Death of Kings, Vermefug, and Drones for Queens will shake the Acheron (tickets).
TOMORROW (6/14): Looking for an eclectic collection? How about drone, noise, folk, and death metal? Marissa Nadler, PHARMAKON, Youth Code, Pyrrhon (Another Doug sighting, take a shot), and Couch Slut play Saint Vitus as part of Pitchfork's Northside Festival showcase (tickets). Wanna go noisier? Erroraeon, xiphoid dementia, Bereft, and Penchant are over at the Acheron (tickets).
SUNDAY (6/15): Take your pops to a black metal show for Father's Day. Watain, Kosmodemonic, and T.O.M.B. are at Brooklyn Bazaar (tickets). If you're more into punk, there's Violent Bullshit at the Grand Victory. Tickets are $8 at the door, doors are at 2 PM. Finally, there's the sold out Chain Of Strength, Turnstile, MINDSET, Praise, and Caught In A Crowd over at the Acheron. Hey, click faster next time.
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: It was an incredibly stacked week for new releases and Upcoming Metal Releases gave you the lowdown on which ones to buy. We also streamed new stuff from Chicago's doomy Novembers Doom and Norway's Brutal Blues, who are, uh, grind. We also premiered the front-runner for band name of the year with Denmark's Piss Vortex. (Yeah, we streamed Piss Vortex. Laugh it up, get it out of your system.) Great chats were had with Watain's Erik Danielsson and Greyhaze Record's J. Neto, the latter of which gave us a lesson on Brazilian metal just in time for the World Cup. Speaking of, Wyatt also dropped Stream in the Northern Sky #4 with an all U-S-A U-S-A U-S-A collection of patriotic blarghers. And, finally, we posted the final part of Avinash Mittur's crazy-deep look at the Bay Area metal scene.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.
And try to avoid Camp Crystal Lake today, okay?
by Ian Chainey
From Wisdom to Baked Album Art
Richmond, Virginia pun-packing pot smokers Cannabis Corpse are now streaming the entirety of their new album From Wisdom to Baked, out June 24 via Season of Mist (preorder). The record continues on in the verdant vein of their previous work, combining chunky death metal with a wry sense of humor that both sends up and fully embraces metal culture. The project includes the talents of Phil "Land Phil" Hall, also of Iron Reagan and Municipal Waste.
Speaking of, Hall's summer is particularly hectic. First, both Cannabis Corpse and Municipal Waste will be at Denver Black Sky II on August 2 and August 3 at the Gothic Theatre, the second annual Colorado fest featuring Brutal Truth, Nails, Cephalic Carnage, and Phobia, among others.
Then, Municipal Waste and NYHC icons Madball -- who shot a video today and are playing the Body Count record release show tonight (6/12) -- will head out on a short East Coast run that includes Heavy MTL fest. All dates are listed below.
Finally, Municipal Waste will be jumping on the Overkill and Prong tour date at New Jersey's Starland Ballroom on September 27 with Apathy and Midnite Hellion also added to the bill (tickets). Jeeze, if only there was some kind of relaxing herb Hall could take to ease the stress of a slammed schedule. . .
All Municipal Waste dates along with the full Cannabis Corpse stream appear below
by Wyatt Marshall
Eyehategod at Europa - 6/7/14 (photo by Blair Hopkins)
Its show at Club Europa, in Brooklyn, on Saturday night, fell in line with the last three I've seen by the band, before and after Mr. LaCaze's death from respiratory failure in August. It was an extended family of riffs, played over the new drummer Aaron Hill's weaving, swinging drum patterns, and under the singer Mike IX Williams's wretched howl and crinkly-eyed, mirthless smile. It was low-end body music, half-slovenly, half-graceful, impossibly deep -- music for moving to in fluid motion.Watch a full set video (by Frank Huang, via Metal Injection) below.
Now the band has announced another NYC show to happen at The Acheron on July 15 with thrashers Iron Reagan, Vektor and Strong Intention. Here's the event page, tickets are on sale. Grab 'em up while you can.
Eyehategod's self-titled fifth full-length came out a little over a week ago, the last with founding drummer Joey LaCaze, who passed away in 2013. Stream the single 'Robitussin and Rejection" below, with the Europa video and remaining current tour dates, below...
The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....
Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.
This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.
Ditto for emo vets Mineral
So much more greatness listed below....
by Ian Chainey
The first wave of bands have been confirmed for the 5th Annual GWAR-B-Q. Held in Richmond, Virginia at Hadad's Lake on August 16, the fest will feature a lineup including Body Count, Meatmen, Iron Reagan, Goatwhore, Noisem, and Hatebreed, the last of which you can catch on May 17 at the Black N' Blue Bowl. Ticket details are still TBA for the GWAR-B-Q but a full list of bands is below.
The Ice T-led Body Count's appearance is being billed as "very special," with the press release adding, "...TV executives were bribed and beaten to get Ice T off the set of Law and Order SVU." The group have their fifth LP, Manslaughter, scheduled for release this year.
In addition to the live show, it was also announced that GWAR-B-Q will be preceded by a free-to-attend Dave Brockie memorial taking place on August 15, 4 PM to 7 PM, at the same grounds as the fest. The press release notes:
Fans, friends, family and bohabs will have the opportunity to pay their respects, as they drunkenly toast with a GWAR Beer in one hand, while wearing the commemorative Dave Brockie Fund vomit stained t-shirt as Oderus Urungus is set ablaze in a Viking Funeral Pyre on the lake.Dave Brockie, GWAR's singer and longest serving member, passed away last month. A fund was set up in his honor which you can find more information on here.
Catch the full band list, the GWAR-B-Q commercial, a Body Count set from 1992, and, for kicks, that one Black Sabbath song with Ice T on it (no, really) below.
by Wyatt Marshall
Eyehategod at Saint Vitus, November 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
New Orleans sludge monsters Eyehategod unleashed a song off of their forthcoming self-titled album a couple of weeks ago, and now they've done it again with the album's opener, the awesomely named "Robitussin and Rejection." The track is quaking, punishing and bluesy, not likely to let any fan of the band down. As mentioned, the new album--EHG's first in 14 years and first since the passing of founding drummer Joey LaCaze--features LaCaze's drum tracks. Look for the album on May 27 on Housecore Records.
Eyehategod has tacked a short run of west coast dates onto the previously mentioned Baltimore show with High on Fire, Corrosion of Conformity (who are touring and playing Saint Vitus on 4/26) and more. They'll also be playing the Dark Lord Day in Munster, IN, where Three Floyds Brewing sells its Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout. The festival is the only place to buy the much coveted beer, and this year the festival will also feature performances from High on Fire Iron Reagan, Corrections House (which features Scott Kelly of Neurosis, Sanford Parker of Nachtmystium, Mike Williams of EHG, and Bruce Lamont of Yakuza) and more.
All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
by Doug Moore, Wyatt Marshall, Zach Pollack and Andrew Sacher
Black Tusk at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
SXSW may be all about catching the hippest bands--check out the SXSW schedule for a lowdown on what's going on (or browse our "SXSW" tag for some highlights) -- including three BV day parties and the BV official showcase -- but there's no shortage of metal to bang your head to, either. Our metal blog, Invisible Oranges, is putting on a showcase on Thursday, March 13 at the Quantum Lounge (303 W. 5th St.) with Black Tusk, Mutoid Man (members Converge/Cave In), Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne and Venemous Maximus, and there are a number of other showcases and parties bringing heavy vibes. Here's a rundown of those events (with flyers and more details below).
On Tuesday night (3/12), Pitchfork's Show No Mercy showcase goes down at House of Vans at Mohawk (912 Red River) with Indian, Kylesa, Power Trip, Christian Mistress, Windhand and Iron Reagan outside; and Youth Code, Gnaw, Primitive Man, Psalm Zero, Sannhet and Yautja inside.
On Wednesday (3/13), it's the first of four Converse x Thrasher Death Match day parties at the Scoot Inn (1308 E 4th St) from noon to 6 across two stages with heavy representation from Earthless and The Shrine, plus some fun non-metal like Black Lips, Trash Talk (who also play the free Thursday BV party at Red 7), Cherry Glazerr and more. Free to the public.
Stereofly is also throwing a free party at Javelina Bar (69 Rainey St) with Yautja, Primitive Man, Gnarwhal and more.
There's also a not-free Heavy Metal Parking Lot day-into-night party at The Lost Well (2421 Webberville Rd) with Wino's reformed Spirit Caravan, The Shrine, Kylesa, Lazer/Wulf, Truckfighters and more. You can get advance tickets to that one.
Wednesday night, Relapse Records (who signed Iron Reagan, who do play SXSW but not this show) throws their showcase at The Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St) with Windhand, Christian Mistress, Nothing, Obliteration, Primitive Man and Pyrrhon. You can also catch Nothing for free at the Thursday BV party at Red 7 which Trash Talk is also playing.
Not far from there, Roadhouse Management / Nuclear Blast Records will be presenting their showcase inside at Red 7 (611 E. 7th St) with Orchid, Kadavar, Scropion Child, BP Fallon & the Bandits, Mothership, Sweat Lodge and The Well. (Not metal, but outside at that same venue on the same night is our BrooklynVegan showcase. And hey, there are some heavier bands like Touche Amore and Frameworks on the bill.)
Also on Wednesday night, you can catch Wrekmeister Harmonies at Remedy (209B W. 5th St) with a non-metal lineup of Sean Nicholas Savage, Audacity, Tyvek and more.
Thursday (3/13), the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties continue with Windhand, Nothing and not exactly metal (not that Nothing is really metal either), but certainly loud bands Fucked Up, Destruction Unit, together PANGEA and Dirty Fences.
Then at night, it's our previously mentioned Invisible Oranges showcase at the Quantum Lounge with Black Tusk, Mutoid Man, Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne and Venemous Maximus.
We do of course hope you come, but you can also catch Scale the Summit, The Ocean, Rivers of Nihil, Felix Martin, Vattnet Viskar, The Atlas Moth and Silver Snakes at the Metal Injection showcase at the Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St).
It's the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties again on Friday (3/14) with the recently reunited NYHC band Judge, the recently reunited '80s-era SST vets Bl'ast, plus quality newer bands like Kylesa, Power Trip, Black Tusk, Sannhet, Lecherous Gaze, Iron Reagan, Southern Lord-signed LA band Obliterations (not to be confused with Relapse-signed Norwegian band Obliteration), Youth Code and more.
During the day on Friday, New England Metal & Hardcore Fest also has a free party at G Pen Annex (corner of 6th and Red River) with Xibalba, Alpha & Omega, Comeback Kid, Backtrack, Counterparts, Downpresser and more.
That night, MetalSucks puts on their showcase at The Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St), headlined by Animals as Leaders, and also featuring sets by After the Burial, Ringworm, Iron Reagan, Mutoid Man, Whores and East of the Wall.
The last day of the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties happens on Saturday (3/15), and though there's no metal at all on this one, you can still rage to Perfect Pussy and Diarrhea Planet.
Then, Saturday night, Tone Deaf Touring's showcase is at Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River) with Spirit Caravan, Iron Reagan, King Parrot, Vattnet Viskar, Lazer/Wulf, Pilgrim and Vaporizer.
And if you've got a badge, you can check out some of the metal panels during the day, including From Riffs to Bits with James Williamson (The Stooges) and Buzz Osborne (Melvins) on Friday at 12:30 PM, and Has Metal Lost Its Edge? with Brandon Stosuy (Pitchfork), Chris Gigg (Woe), Emilie Friedlander (The Fader), former BrooklynVegan contributor Fred Pessaro (Noisey), and Kim Kelly (Pitchfork) on Thursday at 3:30 PM.
That's a good amount of choices of the heavy persuasion for this year's SXSW, but if you're trying to narrow down the things you want to catch, we've put together a list of 11 metal bands we're looking forward to seeing. Check out that list (in alphabetical order) and along with flyers and set times for the above-mentioned shows, below...
By Doug Moore
Given that Iron Reagan consists of current and former members of two very well-established metal bands (namely Municipal Waste & Darkest Hour), it's no surprise that they're on their way up so quickly. Formed just two years ago, this straight-ahead crossover thrash act has already built a substantial national following and adopted an aggressive tour schedule.
To wit: the band have announced their recent signing to the storied Relapse Records (who have been snatching up bands left and right lately -- they've signed IR, Torche, The Drip, Atriarch, & Nux Vomica this year alone). They've also announced an extensive run of live dates through March and April, with accompaniment from Occultist on most of the dates and Ghoul on a handful as well. The dates with Ghoul wrap up with an appearance at the aforementioned Tankcrimes Brainsqueeze festival; you can stream the Invisible Oranges-debuted Tankcrimes compilation of fest participants below.
Iron Reagan aren't hitting NYC on this run, unfortunately, but they'll be putting in a number of appearances at SXSW: the Pitchfork showcase on 3/11, the Converse/Thrasher show on 3/13, the MetalSucks showcase on 3/14, and the Tone Deaf showcase on 3/15. They're NOT appearing at the second annual Invisible Oranges showcase, which will feature Black Tusk, Mutoid Man, Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne, & Venomous Maximus on 3/13 at the Quantum Lounge.
Stream that Tankcrimes comp and check out the full run of Iron Reagan dates, listed below...
by Doug Moore
Back in January, we mentioned Brainsqueeze II, the Californian punk/metal festival organized by Tankcrimes and featuring a number of acts that have worked with the label. A few acts -- namely Connoisseur & Impaled -- have been added to the bill since, and the daily schedule & venue info have both been announced. You can check those out below.
We've got a bonus on tap, too. Tankcrimes have put together a free downloadable (or streamable, if that's your thing) compilation that we just posted over at Invisible Oranges. Unlike most recent comps, it's a reasonable length -- sixteen short songs. I consider most of these songs worth listening to in their own right, but some of them are rarer finds -- an exclusive re-recording of a sardonic Muncipal Waste song called "Insurance Fraud" from their split with Crucial Unit. It also features songs from upcoming short-format releases by Fucked Up and The Shrine. There's also a bonus cut by Obsessor, who don't appear on the fest's lineup, and a secret bonus cut that you'll have to download the comp to hear.
The Fucked Up song is a Cardboard Brains cover from the B-side of the recently-announced sixth entry in their Zodiac series. Titled Year of the Dragon, the recording features a 17-minute A-side original, the Cardboard Brains cover, and a The Ugly cover. If you're heading to SXSW, you'll be able to catch Fucked Up at Pitchfork and Stereogum's day parties, both of which fall on Thursday (3/13).
You can stream the comp below (aside from that secret cut) or download it for free. Tickets for the festival are on sale here. The comp track listing, the Brainsqueeze day-by-day lineup, and a goofy commercial for the fest are available below as well...
by Doug Moore
Morbid Saint @ MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Let's start by looking forward:
Some cool shows are coming up this weekend: the Converge/Cave In side project Mutoid Man, plus MANALIVE, & Summoner, will play Saint Vitus tonight (12/13). If you're in more of a noise mood, you can catch Blue Sabbath Black Cheer, Whorid, Compactor, & Existence In Decline at Acheron. Tomorrow (12/14) at ABC No Rio, Tombs (who just finished recording the follow up to their 2011 breakthrough Path of Totality) will play an matinee with Sannhet, Windfaerer, and Barbarian. (Argonauts appears to have dropped from the bill, unfortunately.)
Black Cobra, Morbid Saint, Deceased, and Power Trip are all coming to NYC in the new year. Locals Mutilation Rites also announced an NYC show in January with Subjugation and Sacrificial Massacre. Keep an eye on our NYC metal calendar for further updates + deets.
And now, let's look back:
As you've probably noticed, we're in full end-of-year mode both here at BV and over at Invisible Oranges -- we ran best-albums posts by IO contributors Greg Majewski, Chris Rowella, Rhys Williams, Dan Lawrence, and Ian Chainey. We also reviewed our seven best live photos of the year and had some horrifying fun watching the ten worst metal vids of the year (they're really, really bad).
In between, we found time to debut some new Iron Reagan music (who are also gonna be in town soon) and speak with the elusive sole member of The Ruins of Beverast. And, as ever, we ran down all the new metal releases fit to buy.
Some other miscellaneous items:
Cynic released the first single from their upcoming album. It's, um, very cheery. Carcass also released a music video for "Unfit For Human Consumption" off Surgical Steel, which frontman Jeff Walker carries largely with his deadpan lip-syncing. And Slayer's lengthy relationship with Rick Rubin is looking shaky.
Stream the Cynic song and the Carcass vid below. What's missing?
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.You can buy whole-fest passes here; individual Baltimore Soundstage tix and Sidebar show tix are also on sale.
On Saturday, January 18, there will be a matinee show at Sidebar, featuring Ilsa, Like Rats, Sick/Tired, and Sokushinbutsu.
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...
by Wyatt Marshall
Iron Reagan at the Housecore Horror Fest (more by Trent Maxwell)
Iron Reagan, the thrashy hardcore punk band made up of Municipal Waste's Phil Hall and Tony Foresta and former Darkest Hour members Ryan Parish and Paul Burnette, will be releasing a split with Exhumed, with whom Iron Reagan just kicked off a tour. The split's due out on January 7, but you can now hear Iron Reagan's contribution "Mini Lights," which we premiered on Invisible Oranges today. It rips, of course. Give it a listen below.
Last we heard from Iron Reagan they earned 30th on Decibel's best of 2013 list with their debut full-length Worse Than Dead, but before that it was announced that Iron Reagan would be touring with GWAR and playing the Invisible Oranges sponsored A389 Tenth Anniversary Bash, the two-day Baltimore party for the label that Iron Reagan calls home. In addition to the tours with Exhumed and Gwar, Iron Reagan will fit in a couple of dates with Mammoth Grinder and Power Trip. The GWAR/Iron Reagan tour hits NYC on 12/27 at Irving Plaza (tickets). All dates are listed below.
Power Trip and Iron Reagan don't share a bill in NYC, but Power Trip will be here for their own show on January 15 at Saint Vitus with Suburban Scum and Manipulate, so there's no shortage of crossover thrash around these parts any time soon. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but check Ticketfly for updates.
Listen to "Mini Lights" and check out all of Iron Reagan's and Power Trip's tour dates 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
new guy is second from left
Pig Destroyer has been a band since 1997. That's a long time; some of you reading this were probably born that year. During that 16-year run, various members have come and gone -- the band has had four drummers (if you count Municipal Waste/Burnt By the Sun drummer Dave Witte's brief stint) and three samples/electronics folk, but never once have Pig Destroyer included a bassist in their ranks.
Until now, anyway. In an interview with Terrorizer, guitarist Scott Hull has announced that John Jarvis (drummer Adam Jarvis's cousin) will be joining the band on the four-string. Here's Hull's explanation for the change:
"After so many years of remaining bass-less, why did you decide to welcome a bassist into the fold now?This decision was arguably overdue; Pig Destroyer have had a tough time replicating the thickness of their recorded material when they play out in the past, and a bass presence will make a huge difference for them. The Jarvises also play together in the awesome grind/death/hardcore outfit Fulgora, who hopefully won't throw in the towel now that both guys are working on Pig Destroyer.
Scott Hull: Well, the biggest reason we DIDN'T have a bass player, or another guitarist, for so many years was that we just didn't want the added complication of someone having to learn lines that I'd already written. Additionally, we just didn't want to have another person in the band because it adds complexity; travel arrangements for shows, space in a van/bus. . .etc etc. As the years progressed, we just thought "well we've gone this far without anyone else, why bother introducing a new headache now?" But honestly, I've been wanting to broaden the scope of our music for quite some time. It would be very difficult, for instance, to really do some Jesus Lizard-y type of material without a bass player, but we want to bring that sound into our material somewhat as well as some other styles that would really require a bassist, so that really made us think about it seriously. Luckily, the bass player we chose is a really good fit technically and personality-wise. He gets where we are at and knows we are picky about what we do and when, so he wont get impatient that we aren't touring 200 days out of the year.
Does this mean you'll be retroactively adding bass lines to your old classics when playing live?
Scott Hull: Yep, we've been doing that. And for the most part, it's added some real depth to the tracks, which is exciting. In some cases, like for the songs 'Terrifyer' and 'Starbelly', it's really changed them altogether. It's very cool. I feel like we kinda reinvigorated ourselves when Adam came into the band, and we're kinda doing it again with John. Change is good.
Pig Destroyer will debut their new lineup at Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film Fest, which starts on Friday (10/25) and runs until Sunday (10/27). Housecore has quietly become one of the best American metal festivals of the year, and it'll host a couple of other significant firsts: Goblin playing their Suspiria live with the film, and Dale Crover (of Melvins) drumming for Eyehategod. You can still buy walk-up tix for the fest or venue-limited badges; check out the full lineup of bands below.