Entries tagged with: Jarboe
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Nachtmystium at The Studio at Webster Hall, Sept 2010 (more by Markus Shaffer)
"Nachtmystium, regretfully, has to reschedule its upcoming US tour due to an unavoidable family emergency. The band (and Nachtmystium co-horts Lord Mantis) will still be able to perform the last four dates of the tour on the east coast, but all other dates will be rescheduled for the near future. Nachtmystium apologizes to all the fans and promoters as this was an unavoidable circumstance and we wish that things were different. However, we are beyond excited to come play for you soon. To those fans who will still be able to see us in November, we can't wait to destroy your eardrums. See you soon!"As stated above, Nachtmystium's tour has shrunk considerably, but what it doesnt mention is the loss of Canadian black metal terrorist Weapon from the bill as well. Though the bulk of the dates are cancelled, Saint Vitus on 11/19 is still a go and now with Jarboe, Bruce Lamont and Batillus. Tickets are still available.
In the meantime you can also catch both Bruce Lamont AND Batillus this weekend, though at different shows. The latter will perform at 285 Kent as part of the Show No Mercy showcase while the former will be on stage as part of Yakuza's exclusive NYC showing at Saint Vitus (aka the BV-BBG showcase). Tickets for the latter show are still available or use your CMJ badge (a limited number allowed in). Entry includes PBR, Sailor Jerry's and Mercy drink while supplies last.
All tour dates and the BV-BBG showcase flyer is below.
Sky Burial, the one-man electronics project of Michael Page (not the Tennessee band of the same name), is preparing to release a new LP in There I Saw The Grey Wolf Gaping. Encompassing elements of ambient, power-electronics, shoegaze and industrial, the eight-track release is bursting with guest appearances from names like Danny Hyde (Coil), Bridget Wishart (Hawkwind), Xiphoid Dementia and more.
The opening track, "Incantare," features both Troum and Jarboe and you can check out a video for that track below, along with a stream of "Silence Moves." Look for the the CD release of the album on November 17t which is available for preorder now via Small Doses.
Album art, said video, and the tracklisting is below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Nachtmystium at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Dates are starting to trickle out for the previously-discussed, in-the-works Nachtmystium/Jarboe/Weapon tour. Though the full tour-sched is forthcoming, a chunk of dates have been released and are viewable in handy list form below. Those dates include the previously-mentioned stop at Saint Vitus on 11/19 (tickets).
BrooklynVegan is proud sponsor of the Nachtmystium/Jarboe/Weapon jaunt. More details are on the way. If you missed it, make sure and check out the interview/new song stream with Weapon.
All known dates are listed below along with the tour flyer.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
"We do our own thing, on our terms or not at all. Kvlt can suck my fucking dick. I want it all. Evil has no boundaries" - Vetis Monarch of Weapon
Weapon at Rites of Darkness 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Canadian black metal horde Weapon have made a few major transitions of late, moving from a staunchly independent black metal label (The Ajna Offensive) to one of the bigger labels in the genre (Relapse) and taking their show from recording-only to full-on tour mode. The occasion? The release of their third LP, Embers and Revelations, due on October 9th. Stream the new song "Vanguard Of The Morning Star," which we're premiering below, and you can order your copy at Relapse.
Weapon see these transitions as opportunites (as they should) and as such, we cornered the creative mind behind Weapon, Vetis Monarch, for a few interview questions which you can read below.
Song stream and Q&A are below.
Nachtmystium at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Nachtmystium, Jarboe and Weapon are hitting the road for a string of dates this fall surrounding Blake & Co's appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin in early November. The confirmed dates have the bands in Portland, ME on 11/10 and then at Saint Vitus on 11/19. Tickets are on sale. The shows are in celebration of the Chicago band's new LP Silencing Machine.
All known tour dates are listed below along with a Nachtmystium video.
Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Swans are back with a new double album, The Seer, due via Young God Records on August 28. The new effort features appearances from Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), former bandmate Jarboe, Bruce Lamont, Ben Frost, members of Akron/Family ( who served with him in Angels of Light) and members of Low. Gira comments:
The Seer took 30 years to make. It's the culmination of every previous Swans album as well as any other music I've ever made, been involved in or imagined. But it's unfinished, like the songs themselves. It's one frame in a reel. The frames blur, blend and will eventually fade.While you're waiting for August 28 to roll around, you can check out a trailer for the DVD portion of The Seer and all listed Swans tour dates (Nothing for NYC yet).
The songs began on an acoustic guitar, then were fleshed out with (invaluable) help from my friends, then were further tortured and seduced in rehearsals, live and in the studio, and now they await further cannibalism and force-feeding as we prepare to perform some of them live, at which point they'll mutate further, endlessly, or perhaps be discarded for a while.
Despite what you might have heard or presumed, my quest is to spread light and joy through the world. My friends in Swans are all stellar men. Without them I'm a kitten, an infant. Our goal is the same: ecstasy!
UK Crust legends Doom
Doom were an English crust punk band from Birmingham, England, whose first, influental lineup were together from 1987 to 1990. Despite its short existence, the band is considered pivotal in the rise of crust punk, a style within the punk rock subgenre that fuses extreme metal with anarcho-punk. They recorded for Peaceville Records and are cited as an early precursor to the grindcore style of heavy metal music. Doom were also a favorite of BBC Radio DJ John Peel. -[Wiki]As we knew, Doom have reformed again and is scheduled to play Maryland Death Fest and Chaos in Tejas. Now comes word that the UK crust legends will fill the holes in between, adding Europa on May 27th with Dropdead, Teargas, and others. Tickets are on sale. The full tour schedule is below. Dropdead recently played the A389 Anniversary show in Baltimore with Integrity and a host of others.
In related Maryland Deathfest bands on the road news, a pair of great all ages metal shows have popped up at Shea Stadium recently. May 20th will see death metal from Deutchland as Defeated Sanity team up with the great Dysrhythmia and Andromorphus Rexalia. The show is one of two scheduled for Dysrhythmia in the near future. March 11th will see them at Union Pool.
The next day at Shea Stadium, May 21st, The Kill and Noisear have added a second show in addition to their previously discussed appearance with Cripple Bastards at Public Assembly on May 25th. "Interracial deathgrinders" Copremesis and The Communion will kickstart the show. Speaking of that Cripple Bastards show, the bill just got a little more impressive with the addition of Shitstorm (mems Torche, Capsule, ex-Kylesa).
They must love us! After playing Death By Audio last weekend, oddball doom faves The Body will play Union Pool on February 22nd with Braveyoung and one more TBA. The show is one of two NYC shows scheduled for the band, as they will also team up with Unearthly Trance and Whitehorse (!) to play the Acheron on 4/1 at the tail end trip back from SXSW.
Not quite metal, but Jarboe has scheduled an NYC show at Europa on March 24th with Vampilia. Tickets are on sale and the show is Jarboe's only current tour date. No word on who will join Jarboe on stage, as both Nick Palmirotto and Fade Kainer (members of her band, along with Erik Wunder) will be on tour with their respective bands (Hull & Batillus). Hull & Batillus play The Studio at Webster Hall two days later (3/26) with Caltrop, tickets are on sale.
In other metal related news, the facade know as Sepultura (Andreas Kisser is the lone original member) rolls into town and the band is hitting the road for a string of dates that include Gramercy Theater on 4/25. Tickets are still available. They'll be joined by Keep of Kalessin, Bonded in Blood, Neuraxis, and Hate. Full tour dates are below.
Atheist will play Santos Party House on March 3rd with A Life Once Lost, the great Revocation, and Last Chance To Reason. Ticket info is forthcoming. Atheist released the well-received Jupiter last year and A Life Once Lost, who recently lost their drummer, have signed on to Season Of Mist.
All tour dates and some video is below.
Holly Miranda @ Zebulon in 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
tonight in NYC
* Bon Jovi @ the Meadowlands
* Zane Alan, Idgy Dean, Vultures @ Bruar Falls
* Peter Wolf, Bettye LaVette @ Highline Ballroom
* The Kitchen Gala afterparty w/ Chief @ Capitale
* Pete Francis, Annie & The Beekeepers @ Joe's Pub
* Karina Denike, Jeffrey Kish, Sarah Jaffe @ Union Hall
* Holly Miranda, Class Actress, Grooms @ Bowery Ballroom
* Mainland Fever, Violent Soho, Cavalier Rose @ Mercury Lounge
* No Joy, Adult Themes, I'm Turning Into, Shark? @ Shea Stadium
* Divine Slime, Mi Or & The Pedestals, Telecult Powers @ Zebulon
* Dangeroo, Revival Times, Naked Hearts, Gray Goods @ Glasslands
* Hot Hot Heat, The Willowz, We Are Country Mice @ Public Assembly
* Gorguts, Krallice, Portal, Bloody Panda @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Stinking Lizaveta, Kings Destroy, The Brought Low, Pigs @ Cake Shop
* Coheed & Cambria, Circa Survive, Torche @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
* Smoota, Stuart Bogie's Superhuman Hapiness, (Lone) Wolf and Cub @ Union Pool
* Nine 11 Thesaurus, Ava Luna, Mic Blaque, Sam Kulik, Cheerleaders @ Silent Barn
* The Kitchen Gala w/ Dirty Projectors, Doveman, Nico Muhly, St. Vincent @ Capitale
The Whitney is currently open 24 hours a day
It's Fleet Week, or as Dave Hill "likes to call it- Christmas in May!"
Video from Jarboe's show last night at Union Pool, below...
Man's Gin will make their first NYC appearance (and first public outing, to my knowledge) TONIGHT (5/21) at Trash Bar in Brooklyn starting at 11PM. For the unfamiliar, Man's Gin features Erik Wunder of the great Cobalt. He's also a member of Jarboe's band (Jarboe is playing Union Pool next Tuesday).
In related news, another member of Jarboe's band, Fade Kainer, plays in Batillus who will play Union Pool on July 13th alongside Salome and Landmine Marathon. Batillus is currently recording their new LP with Sanford Parker and have a studio diary at MetalSucks.
Batillus (more by Chloe Rice)
Now that Fade Kainer (Inswarm, Batillus, Jarboe) is back in the country after the volcanic ash debacle that stranded him and the rest of the Jarboe band in Europe, the dreadlocked vocalist of Batillus is ready to belt it out. The downtuned destroyers have scheduled an NYC date at Party Expo TONIGHT (4/29) with Riff Cannon, Yorba Linda and Bad Dream, as part of a short tour on the way to Chicago:
Why are we going to Chicago, you ask? We're recording our debut full-length in May at Volume Studios with the much-lauded Sanford Parker (Yob, Rwake, Unearthly Trance, Nachtmystium, Pelican). We have seven songs written clocking in at nearly an hour, of which we expect probably five to make it to the final LP. After doing a pair of EPs on an extremely limited budget and a tight schedule, we're very much looking forward to taking our time this go-around and coming out of the studio with something that really represents us as a band; something that we can really be proud of. More details on the full-length will be announced in time.The NYC band also have a split 12" due this summer via Vendetta with Hallowed Butchery, which will contain three tracks previously available on Batillus's rare and sold out Beard Destroyer Tour EP (a track from that EP is above). Hallowed Butchery released their (his?) EP Funeral Rites for the Living late last year. Stream the entire thing at HB's site, and/or download a pair of tracks above.
In addition to the bash at Party Expo, the quartet have also scheduled a date at Lit Lounge on 6/7 as part of a release party for Castevet's Mounds of Ash along with Woe and Flourishing. Full tour dates are below. Woe also play NYC TONIGHT (4/29) as part of a show with Alcest and Have a Nice Life at The Studio at Webster Hall (tix).
Full Batillus dates and videos are below...
The Whitest Boy Alive @ Coachella 2010 (more by Rachell Carr)
tonight in NYC
* The Luyas secret show
* The Specials @ Terminal 5
* Kings Go Forth, Rafter @ Mercury Lounge
* Micachu & the Shapes, Mon Khmer @ Mercury Lounge
* Sonos, Peter Bradley Adams @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Capstan Shafts, USVS, Lame Drivers @ Public Assembly
* Sunglasses, My Gold Mask, Lagoon, Neighbors @ Union Hall
* The Thermals, Past Lives, The Tony Castles @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Whitest Boy Alive, Keepaway @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Midnight Sounds, Valleys, Sally Head, Psychic @ Glasslands
* Kelis, Maluca, Skeet Skeet, Sammy Bananas @ Santos Party House
* Apples in Stereo, Generationals, Laminated Cat @ Bowery Ballroom
* Mixel Pixel, Hosannas, Unicornicopia, Hermit Thrushes @ Cake Shop
* Jakob Dylan & Three Legs (with Neko Case & Kelly Hogan) @ Town Hall
* MATA Festival w/ Ensemble Pamplemousse, Lisa Moore @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Miniature Tigers, The Grates, The Stationary Set @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Amanda Diva, Apollo Heights, Black Thought, Styles P, Currensy @ Highline Ballroom
* Mastodon, Between The Buried And Me, Baroness, Valient Thorr @ Starland Ballroom
* Dusty & The Dreaming Spires, Atlantic/Pacific, The Oxygen Ponies, Cat Martino @ The Bell House
Miniature Tigers headline a show at Knitting Factory tonight, which is one night before they open for The Morning Benders at Knitting Factory which is four nights before they go out on tour with Free Energy and Jukebox the Ghost, which is three days before they are back in NYC with that tour to play Bowery Ballroom
The Luyas are playing a private/secret loft show tonight, so maybe check them out at one of their other three shows this week instead, while still getting your Canadian fix with Valleys who play Glasslands tonight.
The Capstan Shafts returns to town.
The Specials return to Terminal 5 (they played there last night).
Micachu and the Shapes will be replacing the volcano-canceled Mary Onettes at the Mercury Lounge tonight with Mon Khmer.
The Jarboe show at Union Pool tonight with Bezoar and Chaos Majik is cancelled because she is stuck in Italy.
Bad Lieutenant was scheduled to play Webster Hall tonight but the volcano made them cancel all US dates (including Coachella).
Real Estate and Family Portrait played a show at Monster Island the other night. Videos from that show by Ian Perlman are below...
Jarboe @ Roadburn - Apr 15, 2010 (neurot13)
Jarboe says, "i'm in italy waiting out the volcanic ash disruption to the skies. i can't believe this is happening. i was so so looking forward to flying home to the usa. i hope i can get home soon." Hopefully she gets home before Wednesday. That's when she's scheduled to play Union Pool. Tonight (4/19)'s show at Lit isn't cancelled but she is unfortinately no longer on the bill.
On Thursday Jarboe played Roadburn. You can read about that (and stay tuned for our coverage from the other days).
words by Kim Kelly,
Goatsnake at Roadburn! (Erik Luyten)
Kim Kelly knows her (good) metal, and as such, we couldn't think of a better ambassador than this Philadelphian/writer for Terrorizer/Hails & Horns/Metal Injection. Kim checks in from Roadburn (April 15-18, 2010) in Tilburg, Holland, where she will take in some of the best metal bands currently in existence (and some resurrected from the grave), reporting back on what havoc the riff, and the volcano, hath wrought... - BBG
ROADBURN DIARY - DAY 1 (Thursday, April 15)
The road to Tilburg is a very long one, indeed - at least if you're coming from the mean streets of Philadelphia. After an 8am flight from Newark that landed at Heathrow at 8pm London time (before the volcano!), a few restless hours of sleep in a hostel (where a very nice Scottish boy had acted as my human alarm clock after I discovered that both my US and UK cell phones weren't working), an hour-long bus ride to Standsted Airport (chauffeured by a rough-looking lad who spent the trip dancing in his seat to Lady Gaga and singing along under his breath), an hour flight to Eindhoven, twenty minutes on a bus to the city's central train station, forty minutes on the train to Tilburg, and a five-minute walk with my Terrorizer mates to the Grass Company cafe/weed emporium, I was finally there - the stoned Mecca that is Roadburn.
Kayo Dot at The Stone (more by Paul Birman)
If you missed Kayo Dot in early February when they performed all of Coyote (as well as Choirs Of The Eye) as part of a Toby Driver -curated month at The Stone, clear your sked on Sunday (4/11). The avant-garde NYC band will celebrate the release of the new LP by performing Coyote in it's entirety at Union Pool with support from the Bauder Evans Wooley Cymerman Amplified Quartet and Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia). Advance tickets are up. The date is part of a weekend of Kayo Dot shows that include Blot Spot on 4/10 in Binghamton, NY and 4/12 at SUNY Purchase.
Kevin Hufnagel also plays in another band that has an NYC date... Gorguts! Gorguts will take on Knitting Factory with Krallice, Bloody Panda and Portal as part of a BV/Blackened Music production on 5/26 at The Knit. Tickets are still available.
Jarboe at Santos Party House (more by Justina Villanueva)
Kudos to Curran Reynolds and Precious Metal, as this is a simply unmissable night at Lit Lounge. Precious Metal will host the great Jarboe (!) with killer support from the unstoppable Tiger Flowers, Khann, and My America on April 19th! $10 gets you in the door.
Tiger Flowers are also scheduled to play on Friday night (3/26) with Shai Hulud at The Party Expo as well as May 7th at The Production Lounge with Hung.
My America is scheduled to tear down Union Pool along with Ken Mode & Engineer as part of a BV/1000 Knives Production on May 28th.
Jarboe's ex bandmate Michael Gira is getting Swans back together, though apparently without Jarboe. Full Jarboe dates are below, as well as a few videos.
Michael Gira @ The Stone in 2008 (more by Lori Baily)
The highly influential post-punk band has returned, sort of...
COMING SOON, NEW SWANS ALBUM AND TOUR(S)Fantastic news, though Jarboe is missing from the list of principal players. Stay tuned for more information.
The song "Jim" recently added to the [Michael Gira MySpace] playlist is an acoustic demo (solo at home) recording by Michael Gira. this, and many other new songs recorded in the same way comprise many of the new (rough versions) of songs under consideration, to be fleshed out on the coming new Swans album. A cd of these acoustic versions, as well as a live (2 shows) dvd of M.Gira will be for sale very soon as a hand made (by Gira) package called I Am Not Insane (CD/DVD). This package - in a limited edition of 1000 - will be sold in order to raise money for the Swans recordings/offset the huge costs involved... coming soon...
Principal players on the Swans album are (and there will be many special guests):
Michael Gira / gtr / voice / mendicant friar act (original Swans)
Norman Westberg - Guitar (original Swans)
Christophj Hahn - Guitar (mid period Swans and most Angels of Light)
Phil Puleo - Drums, percussion, dulcimer etc etc (final Swans tour and most Angels)
Chris Pravdica - Bass and gadgets (Flux Information Sciences / Services / Gunga Din)
Thor Harris, Drums, percussion, vibes, dulcimer, curios, etc etc... (Angels, now also with Shearwater)
Angels Of Light is temporarily on hold while gira pursues his "new" project... -[Michael Gira]
Angels of Light was formed by Gira in 1998 after Swans broke up. Swans videos below...
by Klaus Kinski
As a young mullet-headed headbanger growing up in the pre-internet late 80's and early 90's Cape Cod, my only resource for expanding my metal horizons was Metal Maniacs. Sure, I enjoyed the titans of that era (Metallica, Slayer, Iron Maiden, etc) but what I craved was the most vile, lightning fast death metal in the world. Thanks to Metal Maniacs, I was exposed to the likes of Deicide, Napalm Death, Carcass, Entombed, Morbid Angel, Repulsion, Gorguts, Cathedral, Morgoth, and many many more. The one album from that era that immediately blew my mind, and has stayed an important part of my life, is Godflesh's Streetcleaner. To this day the bassy-death-rattle-feedback intro for the lead-off track "Like Rats" still gets me amped.
For the past 19 years I've been avidly following the brains behind Godflesh, Justin K. Broadrick, and his incredibly diverse career. Starting in 1982 with band called Final, a project that is still creating music to this day, Broadrick has released dozens of records and EPs under a variety of pseudonyms and monikers. He's remixed boat loads of tunes by other bands and has dabbled in many different genres including industrial, grindcore, and hip hop. With his latest project Greymachine (listen to a stream here) and many more projects on the horizon, it seemed like a great time for BV to catch up with Justin and discuss his past, present, and future.
by Black Bubblegum
A Storm Of Light
It's been less than 18 months since their first one, and A Storm of Light (mems. Neurosis, ex-Tombs) are already venturing toward album two with Forgive Us Our Trespasses, out Tuesday (9/22) via Neurot Recordings. The album features contributions from Jarboe, Lydia Lunch and many others. The band is currently streaming "Midnight" at their MySpace but hasn't let any other tracks slip out... until now! BrooklynVegan is proud to present the US premiere of the video for "Tempest", available exclusively below!
So far A Storm of Light has only one US date on their calendar, a FREE album release show at Ace of Clubs on 10/12 joined by Biclops and Naked Heroes! After that, Josh & the boys hop on a plane to tear a hole in the space-time continuum at the Damnation Festival before embarking on a European tour with the mighty Minsk.
In related news, Graham's critically acclaimed project Battle of Mice has, not surprisingly, called it quits. The band, which included Julie Christmas of Made Out of Babies as well as members of Dub Trio released the statement is below:
Michael Jackson memorial @ US embassy in Moscow (liilliilfarm)
tonight in NYC
* Les Paul @ Iridium
* Reverend Vince Anderson @ Union Pool
* Gabriel Kahane @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Spent, Goddess, Heather Duby @ Coco 66
* Pure Horsehair, Little Gold @ Bruar Falls
* Snailhouse, Sharon Van Etten @ City Winery
* Ravi Coltrane & Jack DeJohnette @ Blue Note
* Acrylics, Crash Diet Crew, Mr. Dream @ Cake Shop
* Fountains of Wayne (acoustic), Mike Viola @ Maxwell's
* Brasil Guitar Duo @ Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
* Precious Metal w/ Demilitia, Ashes Within, Knives Everywhere @ Lit Lounge
There's also a movie in Bryant Park tonight.
Santos Party House is one of many venues hosting Michael Jackson tributes. Tonight is "Ladies Love Michael Jackson: A Musical Tribute" which is "$FREE with Michael Jackson attire".
Snailhouse and Sharon Van Etten play City Winery's NightCap Series, which will also host Jason Isbell in August.
Explosions in the Sky play Summestage tomorrow.
" Bernard Madoff, standing with his hands clasped in front of him, showed no emotion as a judge ordered him to serve the rest of his life in a prison cell.
Madoff, sentenced to 150 years to life for defrauding investors of at least $13 billion, listened impassively as U.S. District Judge Denny Chin rejected his lawyer's claim that victims of his massive Ponzi scheme wanted mob justice. Then Madoff rose, braced himself against a mahogany table and faced Chin as the judge handed down the sentence." [Bloomberg]
Video from the Jarboe & Bloody Panda show at Santos, below...
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Justina Villanueva
Bloody Panda @ Santos Party House on 6/27
Fresh off of their show at Santos Party House (6/27) with Swans legend Jarboe, the hooded "doomusic" lowlifes of NYC's Bloody Panda have announced a US tour in support of the upcoming album Summon slated for liftoff in late-July. The tour, which is scheduled to bounce along the east coast, is scheduled to conclude on August 21st at Union Pool where the band will play a record release party for the LP/DVD. In a previous edition of This Week In Metal, we dropped an excerpt from "Miserere" off of Summon, but this week we have a NEW treat in the form of the song "Pusher" which is downloadable above!
Summon will be released on the mighty Profound Lore, current home to YOB, Krallice, Amesouers, Hammers of Misfortune (who are touring with Ludicra and coming to NYC), Wold (who had a "greatest hits" tape) and many other faves.
While Bloody Panda are a crew of hooded menaces, but they aren't THE Hooded Menace, who recently signed to Profound Lore and will drop the follow-up to Fulfill the Curse in early 2010. More about Hooded Menace HERE.
More pics of Jarboe and Bloody Panda, and all tour dates, below.....
by Black Bubblegum
Amber Asylum (photo by Taija Lynn)
Neurosis. Weakling. Noothgrush. Graves At Sea. Saros. Swans. Ludicra. Members of some seriously heavy bands have contributed to the Bay Area beast known as Amber Asylum. But towering stacks and bowel-shaking riffs aren't at the root of their heaviness, it's a much deeper source that draws from chamber music, post-rock, dark ambient, and the avant-garde.
Amber Asylum is the brainchild of Kris T. Force, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and collaborator with Neurosis, Matmos, Swans, and many many others. Over the years, AA has featured a revolving door of collaborators (including Steve Von Till and John Cobbett). For their new album, Force collaborated with Leila Abdul-Rauf (Saros, Bastard Noise), Jackie-Perez Gratz (Giant Squid, Grayceon), Eric Wood (Bastard Noise), and Chiyo Nukaga (Noothgrush, Graves at Sea), in addition to guests Sigrid Sheie (Hammers of Misfortune) and Jarboe. Amber Asylum's new album, Bitter River, is out now at the Profound Lore site (and coupled with the new Saros for a discount), but the band has dropped off a pair of tracks from their upcoming LP for download above.
With a rap sheet like that, you can bet that Amber Asylum's collaborators are busy with their other projects.
Giant Squid and Grayceon are hitting the eastern shores this August, and have lined up a date at Union Pool on August 12th with the mighty Hull (who recently dropped Sole Lord). Full tour dates are below. Giant Squid's new Matt Bayles (Minus The Bear, Mastodon) produced effort, The Ichthyologist, is out now independently. Pick it up through the band, and download one of those tracks above.
As we discussed back in November, Saros recently released their new album Acrid Plains via Profound Lore (get that here) and have a few dates lined up of the west coast including one with Yob (who released a new song and has a record coming). Full tour dates are below, download "Reversion" from Acrid Plains above.
Tour dates for Saros and Giant Squid, as well as Amber Asylum and Giant Squid videos are below...
by Black Bubblegum
Ex-Swans dark goddess Jarboe is currently touring Europe until the end of June, but has scheduled a lone date in the US, June 27th at Santos Party House with IUD (mems-Gang Gang Dance), Bloody Panda, and Cult of Youth! Tickets are on sale.
Jarboe is currently touring with members of NYC's own Inswarm as well as Erik Wunder, half of the amazing Cobalt, on her current trek through Europe (and in NYC). So where is the other half of Cobalt? Serving in Iraq, according to Decibel:
The last time I talked to Erik, about a year ago, he mentioned that you had about a year left in your time with the Army. Are you indeed close to being finished, or will you be serving for longer?Yikes.
I reenlisted for 5 more years. I fucking love the Army and I am an excellent Soldier. This is where I belong, in another country with a gun in my hand.
Just how dangerous has it been for you over there?
I will put it this way, 90% of people in Iraq are on huge camps called FOB's with huge intertwined security systems and people there don't have a thing in the world to be worried about. I, on the other hand, have spent 3 days on a FOB in the last few months and am living IN the population and gunfire and explosions are heard every day where I sleep. The threat is very real but we are prepared.
Fade Kainer of Inswarm, in addition to playing with Jarboe, recently joined local faves Batillus, contributing his shredded vox and fx. Batillus has only played one show in this configuration thus far, and will revert back to trio formation on June 27th (while Kainer is playing Santos Party House) and play a previously unreleased and comparatively minimalistic piece "Tunguska" (downloadable above) in Providence, RI. The June 27th show is part of a handful of Northeast dates that the band has scheduled with Elder and Riff Cannon.
Full Jarboe and Batillus tour dates, and a few vids are below...
by Black Bubblegum
DIY is the name of the game for Florida's Dark Castle, as the duo has garnered a ton of buzz on the southern metal scene as of late due to their self-released EP and incessant touring. The northeastern touring love is on the way (this summer?), but in the meantime, Dark Castle's new LP, Spirited Migration is out NOW in digital formats (iTunes, amazon) with one of those amazing tracks, "Awake In Sleep" available for download above! Spirited Migration is due on May 26th in hard formats (CD, Vinyl) via the mighty At A Loss Records, so y'all wax lovers betta recognize!
Nebula will illustrate truth in advertising on July 7th when the trio drops their new album, Heavy Psych. Tee Pee Records will plead guilty to releasing the follow-up to 2006's Apollo, which includes "The Dagger" downloadable above. For the unaware, Nebula features former members of Fu Manchu, Mondo Generator, and Karma To Burn (who recently played Lit).
Australia's dark kings of blackened thrash, Destroyer 666, will release their NEW album on July 14th via Season of Mist! Defiance will be D666's first release in six years and first LP in seven, and will have artwork that'll look a little somethin' like this:
Another set of Aussies, black metallers Nazxul, will release their first new material in more than ten years via Moribund! Look for more details on the new album, Iconoclast, in the months ahead as well as some US dates.
Show No Mercy on June 7th at Public Assembly is SET with the recent additions of the the ungodly Woe, Black Anvil, and Snake Sustaine (mems-ALOL) to the previously announced Salome. While we wait for the show, you can check out some recent interviews that the guys in Woe did here, here and here. Flyer is below.
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by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Jarboe - "The House Of Void" (MP3)
Lords... and they're angry! Typocracy)
I bid you good day kind sir and m'lady! May I also say Fuck All Y'all Motherfuckers! That is definitely one album that I have had on blast all this week... the new record by spazzy Louisville hardcore freaks, Lords! Check out "Blasphemy Act" from Fuck All Y'all... currently streaming over at their myspace. Of course it isn't all gravy for dem Kentucky boys. Let's cut to the chase:
Matt Jaha will not be playing bass in the band anymore, and rather than cancel the upcoming tour Eric and I decided to do it as a two piece...I just get some more amps to make up for the bass...Check out the long version for a tale that includes flailing fists, and flying guitar cabinets. The band is searching for a suitable replacement who must "be able to play the songs". Sounds reasonable. Best of luck, my dudes.
The mighty Anaal Nathrakh have finished writing their new album, the follow-up to the critically-lauded Hell is Empty, and All the Devils are Here from 2007! Mick Kenney is currently shaping the songs in the studio and hopes to have V.I.T.R.I.O.L.'s vocals done in February for an album release in June of 2009...
Deathwish has signed one of my favorite crusty European bands, Victims! Look for the band to re-release Killer on Deathwish later this year.
As we discussed earlier, Jarboe dropped Mahakali while Early Man dropped Beware The Circling Fin on The End Records. Want 'em both? Email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Early Jarboe) and win one of three sets of BOTH the Early Man EP on 10" vinyl and the Jarboe CD. Include your first and last name, winners will be contacted. Meanwhile, dig on Jarboe's "The House of Void" available for download above.
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by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Jarboe - "The House Of Void" (MP3)
The mythical, mystical Jarboe drops her latest spiritual spiral into darkness, Mahakali, on The End today (10/14). Featuring appearances by Attila Csihar (Mayhem, sunn 0))) collaborator), Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual), Josh Graham (Neurosis, A Storm Of Light, Red Sparowes), and Kevin Hufnagel (Byla, Dysrhythmia),check out "The House Of Void" by the ex-member of Swans available for download above! The rest of Mahakali is available for streaming at Rhapsody and for sale in one of two limited edition versions with exclusive tracks.
The new Jarboe is one of two noteable releases due today on The End, the other being Early Man's new EP, Beware The Circling Fin. Mike Conte of Early Man sat down with the Metalsucks guys and dropped off an MP3 of "Sinking The Blade" for download.
sunn 0))) will be in town on Oct 15th (wednesday) with Tony Conrad & Thou (sold out). Don't expect to see Attila however, the sunn 0))) shows are to commemorate the 10th anniversary of The GrimmRobe Demos.
Jarboe doesn't have any upcoming shows scheduled at the moment. Early Man has a few...