Entries tagged with: Kings Destroy
Stoner doomers Bongzilla made their return (again) earlier this year, and they've continued to stay active. Now they announced a pretty extensive tour for 2016 with great support: Black Cobra and Lo-Pan are all dates, and varying legs with Against the Grain and Kings Destroy opening.
The run with Kings Destroy hits NYC on April 1 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/18) at noon.
All dates are listed, with a full-set video of their Brooklyn show at the Acheron in June, below...
As a young band, Weedeater plied their trade touring. They logged countless hours on the road, and it's that work ethic centered around bringing the riffs to the people that continues to guide the latest version of the group, one that features former Zoroaster bassist Travis Owen taking over behind the kit after Kirkum's departure. "For us, it's all about the live show," Collins says. "Bands just sound better live than they do on record. If you think you're better on record, then you're not as good a band as you thought you were." From that vantage point, Goliathan, the band's fifth full-length, is a smashing success.Stoner doom crushers Weedeater recently dropped album #5, Goliathan (their first for Season of Mist), and the quote above is from Invisible Orange's piece on the record, by writer Chris Brown (not that Chris Brown). Read the rest here.
Not only does the record capture the spirit of Weedeater's live performances, but it's also a culmination of the work that came before it. Acoustic, mellow bits that were only ever hinted at before find room to breathe on long-player number five. Tracks like "Bow Down" and "Claw of the Sloth" already sound like battle-tested numbers ready to be deployed on eager fans, but the most earth-shattering moment on Goliathan comes at the very beginning.
Like that quote says, Weedeater are relentless road dogs. They already visited us once this year and they're set to do so again this summer. The new dates are with '70s-inspired doomers Kings Destroy (who put out their self-titled third album earlier this year), and they hit NYC on August 11 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with streams of Goliathan and Kings Destroy, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Elder at Coco 55 in February (more by Greg Cristman)
New Bedford, MA metal trio Elder recently put out their third album, Lore, on Armageddon Shop. With five tracks that all pass or near the ten-minute mark, it's the kind of classic doom with endlessly catchy riffs and howling clean-sung vocals that fans of the recent Pallbearer and Crypt Sermon albums (or you know, like, actual classic doom albums) need to check out. Stream it below.
Elder were in NYC not long ago opening Hull's final show, and they'll return for a headlining show on May 5 at Saint Vitus with Kings Destroy, Apostle of Solitude and Clamfight. Tickets are on sale now. Elder's only other announced dates are in Europe, and are all listed below.
That show also doubles as the release show for Brooklyn's Kings Destroy's upcoming self-titled third album, which comes out the same day as the show on War Crime Recordings. It was produced by Sanford Parker (who's recorded Pelican, Nachtmystium, Indian and many others), and so far two tracks are out from it. There's "Mr. O," which combines '70s stoner rock riffs with the speed of that decade's punk bands (or maybe Motorhead) before slowing down into something doomier and bringing in an epic, string-bending classic rock guitar solo. Then there's "W2," a more traditional doom song that makes them a great fit to play with Elder (and the last two bands we caught them in NYC with: Pentagram and Yob). Listen to both below.
Indiana's Apostle of Solitude (fronted by brief Gates of Slumber drummer Chuck Brown) last released Of Woe and Wounds in 2014. They have a few other upcoming dates too, which you can check out with a stream of that album, below.
photos by Greg Cristman, words by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Yob / Tombs
Whatever they played, I'm sure I'd have been into it, but having watched them play full-album sets previously for The Great Cessation, 2005's The Unreal Never Lived and 2003's Catharsis, I'm glad to be able to put Clearing the Path to Ascend in that category as well. The four songs, "In Our Blood," the drum-led tempest "Nothing to Win" -- which Foster made look easy, in defiance of both logic and physics -- "Unmask the Spectre" and "Marrow" itself, were a worthy focal point, and the flow of the material was no less palpable live than it is listening to the album. Being faster and more aggressive, "Nothing to Win" got a particularly fervent response (myself included), but I don't think I was the only one appreciating what it meant to be watching "Marrow" and seeing YOB's most progressive moment to date come to life right there on the stage. To call it powerful would be understatement. [The Obelisk]Oregon doom titans Yob, who released the stellar Clearing the Path to Ascend earlier this year (which has been landing on quite a few year end lists), just played a two-night stand in NYC at Saint Vitus over the weekend (12/12-13). The first night was with local crushers Tombs and Kings Destroy, and the second night was with Occultation and Ecstatic Vision. We caught the first night, and pictures of that one are in this post.
Yob live is a sight to behold. The band brings more musical dexterity to the table than your average doom band, and they're able to move effortlessly between the often-contrasting sections of their epic, generally 10+ minute songs. They played Clearing the Path to Ascend, which is probably their most tonally varied record to date, in full. Meanwhile this was a well-curated bill, with the genre-melding fury of Tombs, who are always worth catching live, and who's Savage Gold is also among the best heavy releases of the year, and the groovy sludge of Kings Destroy providing uncompromising compliments to Yob.
Check out more pictures, along with setlists, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Pentagram / Blood Ceremony / Bang @ Gramercy Theatre - 11/1/14
Doom legends Pentagram brought their tour with Bang and Kings Destroy to NYC last Saturday (11/1), where they played at Gramercy Theatre. Making this one doubly cool, it was one of two dates on the tour where they were joined by flute-bearing doomers Blood Ceremony.
Pentagram played, as they tend to, a set that focuses heavily on their classic material. They also broke out their cover of Nina Simone's oft-covered "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood." The other bands on the bill are well-matched to Pentagram's classic angle on doom. Bang are every bit as classic as Pentagram, and their Thin Lizzy/Black Sabbath-ish hard rock is a good counterpoint to the dramatic dooming of Pentagram. Witchy Torontonians Blood Ceremony are excellent modern torchbearers of the sound, and Kings Destroy brought an otherwise absent element of filth to the proceedings. Pictures of all the bands are in this post.
Most of the tour was with Radio Moscow, who sat out the Gramercy date but will be in NYC on Tuesday (11/4) to play Saint Vitus (tickets). Kings Destroy will also hit Vitus soon as part of YOB's two-night run. They play on night 1 (12/13), also with Tombs, which is a great triple bill (tickets).
More pictures from Gramercy, plus a few videos and Pentagram's setlist, below...
YOB at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Doom masters YOB put out the killer new Clearing the Path to Ascend earlier this year and they'll wrap up 2014 with a two-night stand at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on December 12 & 13, presented by Pitchfork. Both nights have great openers. The first night is the crushing Tombs (who just wrapped up a two-night stand at Vitus on their tour with Pallbearer) and Kings Destroy (who's tour with Pentagram hits NYC this weekend). Then the second night it's NYC's witchy Occultation and the psychedelic recent Relapse signees Ecstatic Vision (who also played night 2 of that Pallbearer/Tombs run). Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on sale now.
YOB's only other date that we're currently aware of is Maryland Deathfest 2015. Stream a track from the new YOB LP with the Vitus flyer, below...
By Ian Chainey
Pentagram at The Power of the Riff East, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Pentagram, America's 40-plus-year-old doom institution, are heading back out on the road in October. The enduring dazers, now with guitar wiz Victor Griffin back in the fold, will be supported by Radio Moscow, Bang, and Kings Destroy. The tour will pass through places like Chicago, Cleveland, and Philadelphia, with possibly more dates to be announced in the near future. On November 1, they'll hit NYC's Gramercy Theatre with additional support from Blood Ceremony. Tickets will be surely be posted soon. The full list of dates appears below.
Fronted by the indefatigable and gonzo Bobby Liebling, star of the Last Days Here documentary, Pentagram have found themselves as elder statesmen in the American metal scene. Their last album, Last Rites, was released in 2011. As for their tourmates, hard-rockers Bang -- best known to relic collectors for their '71 self-titled album -- reformed this year to play a few US dates. Psych rockers Radio Moscow released their fourth album, Magical Dirt, back in June. Brooklyn stoner metallers Kings Destroy have found themselves on a number of bills, including earlier this month with Blackfinger and the upcoming Black Cobra and Lo-Pan show at Saint Vitus on September 18. And Canadian occult doomers Blood Ceremony cut the single Let It Come Down / Loving You in April.
All of the dates along with streams from the bands and the trailer for the Last Days Here documentary appear below.
by Ian Chainey
Black Cobra at SXSW 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Deafening duo Black Cobra will be heading out on the road for a month long tour with fellow thick-tone rockers Lo-Pan. The tour gets rolling at the end of August and winds through places like Austin, Boston, and Chicago. On September 18, the two will roll into NYC's Saint Vitus for an Invisible Oranges-presented show. Kings Destroy and Godmaker are also on the bill. Tickets for Saint Vitus are available now. All dates are listed below.
Black Cobra have racked up the miles this year, including a short jaunt with the recently reformed Cutthroats 9. They'll also be working on their next full-length with a prospective release window of early 2015. Tourmates and brothers in heft Lo-Pan will be dropping their new album Colossus through stoner sanctuary Small Stone Recordings on October 7. NYC doomers Kings Destroy are riding the positive press wave of sophomore release A Time of Hunting which came out last year. Finally, sludgesters Godmaker have been bringing the riffs at dates like the recent Mortals record release show.
All dates are listed, with streams of all 4 bands on the Vitus show, below...
by Ian Chainey
Original Trouble singer Eric Wagner will be touring with his new band Blackfinger. The doomish psych rockers will be playing shows in support of their eponymous debut released last January on the Church Within Records. The slate of summer events take on some interesting guests, including Apostle of Solitude for two early dates, trad heavies Argus in Pittsburgh, and killer solo smiths Iron Man in Baltimore. On August 1, Blackfinger will play the Acheron with fellow travelers Beelzefuzz and Kings Destroy (who also just opened for Trouble with Kyle Thomas on vocals at Saint Vitus). Tickets are available now. All dates are listed below.
That Blackfinger is touring is interesting, as Wagner left Trouble in 2008 over touring concerns, so if you haven't caught Wagner's classic warble yet, this is a great opportunity. Along with Blackfinger, Wagner also fronts The Skull -- named after Trouble's second album -- which features two other ex-Trouble members and released a single via Tee Pee Records in April.
All of the dates along with two Blackfinger songs, the Skull's single, and Eric Wagner's great contribution to Dave Grohl's Probbot project, below...
Pissed Jeans @ MHOW, 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Psalm Zero, Yautja, Geryon, Kevin Hufnagel @ The Acheron
Psalm Zero is the new band of Andrew Hock (Castevet) and Charlie Looker (ex-Extra Life), but past projects aside, Psalm Zero stands up on its own as some pretty great out-there industrial metal. Nashville sludge/grind bashers Yautja make this an excellent double bill, and the first half of the night should get interesting too with Geryon (also featuring a member of Castevet) and Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia, Vaura, Gorguts).
Pissed Jeans, Purling Hiss, Pampers @ Knitting Factory
Pissed Jeans continue to perfect their blend of My War-era Black Flag and Stooges fury, and at this point they're really a force of their own. There's great support too, coming from the grungy Purling Hiss and local art punks Pampers.
Sheer Agony, Sam Kogon, Comfy, Band Practice @ Silent Barn
Montreal's Sheer Agony make the kind of perfect powerpop gems that are exquisitely crafted but also sound tossed off. If you like The dB's or early XTC (or the first Shins album), these folks are absolutely worth checking out. Stream a few songs below.
Teengirl Fantasy, L-Vis 1990, Lafawndah, Brother Bruno (live vox by Aggressiva), Aurora Hala @ Cameo Gallery
There's a lot of dancey goodness on tonight's Cameo bill including the psychedelic dance of Teengirl Fantasy, Night Slugs co-head L-Vis 1990, electronic eccentric Lafawndah and more.
Cerebral Ballzy, Black Sheep @ Gramercy Theatre
This is an interesting double bill with the NYC punk of Cerebral Ballzy and the NYC hip hop of veteran duo Black Sheep. Genre differences aside, both acts should be pretty fun tonight. UPDATE: This show has been postponed.
Jay Farrar @ City Winery
As frontman for Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt, Jay Farrar is alt country royalty, with a cannon of dusty, heartfelt, world-weary songs. This is his second of two nights at City Winery and tickets are still available.
IV (w/ Colin Stetson, Trevor Dunn, Greg Fox), Daniel King, Jeremiah Cymerman @ The Grand Victory
This should be a pretty interesting: sax great Colin Stetson (Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, etc) teams up with bassist Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Secret Chiefs 3, Tomahawk), and drummer Greg Fox (Guardian Alien, ex-Liturgy) for a trio set tonight. Who knows what all three of these very talented and very different musicians will pull off as one unit?
The Brought Low, Deep Swell, Kings Destroy @ Saint Vitus
Brooklyn trio The Brought Low make the kind of fist-pumping hard rock that may not always be popular but never goes out of style. Doom-y crew Kings Destroy open the night.
Boytoy, Dinowalrus, Little Racer, Slonk Donkerson, Sports Guy @ Baby's All Right
If you're looking to see a nice mix of Brooklyn's poppier indie rock bands, this is a good one: Boytoy are equal parts sunshine and sludge; Dinowalrus mix strong hooks with an ever-morphing litany of UK '80s/'90s influences; Little Racer write undeniably catchy choruses; Slonk Donkerson dip into '90s angst; and the night starts with Florida transplants Sports Guy.
Psychic TV, Tamaryn (DJ) @ MoMA PS1
This event is a book launch for PTV domo Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, featuring a live performance from Psychic TV and Starred, with a DJ set from Tamaryn, a reading by Jarrett Earnest, and films by Orridge and Leigha Mason.
Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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photos by Caroline Harrison; words by Doug Moore
Pelican / Aksumite at IO CMJ @ Saint Vitus, 10/17/2013
Invisible Oranges threw two sold-out CMJ bashes last week -- the first (10/17) featured HASJ, Aksumite, Primitive Man, Ringworm, and Pelican on Thursday (10/17), while the second spotlit Pyrrhon, Phantom Glue, Wreck & Reference, Kings Destroy, Sannhet, and Pelican (again) on Friday (10/18, right after the BV day party). We also had an late-night afterparty show on Friday featuring Flown, Aksumite, Phantom Glue, and Ramming Speed.
We've got a huge collection of pictures and video of all three shows over at Invisible Oranges. You can scope out some of the pics and vids in this post from both our official showcase and head to IO for the full collection.
More pics, and video, below...
by Doug Moore
Doomriders at House of Vans in 2012 (More by Fred Pessaro)
The new Doomriders album, Grand Blood, came out yesterday. As you may recall, they're also playing a string of support dates for the extremely awesome-looking High On Fire/Kvelertak tour going down in November, including the November 15 NYC date at Webster Hall (tix available here).
To celebrate, we've got a lengthy interview with Newton over at Invisible Oranges. Here's an excerpt:
Is there a particular Doomriders song that you use for a particular purpose?Read the whole thing over at IO. You can purchase Grand Blood here; we've got a song streaming and the full run of High on Fire dates below.
There's a number of different ones. There's one song in particular called "The Chase" that Jeb, our bass player, sings on. It's really mid-tempo, a head bobber, but it's good to throw in the middle of a set because when I'm usually screaming my head off, it gives me a bit of a rest. "Jealous God" is a good song to let everybody tune but build some tension, because it opens with me just hitting that one note for a while, so we can kind of raise the intensity using feedback, different effects and things. It's like when you sequence an album. You want it to take you on a journey.
The new one's sequenced really well―the last four songs, from "Back Taxes" into "Gone to Hell," just blitz to the end.
The last record was a lot more expansive―I think we put too much material on the last record. With this one, I wanted you to put it on and listen from beginning to end. You have a record like that, that is paced so well that when it ends you want to start it all over? That was the goal. Think of the album like a Pixies song. You need to have the loud and the quiet, the fast and the slow. We're all just really excited to play all the new songs. If it was up to me, we'd just go out and only play the new songs.
Speaking of celebrating, we've also posted a preview of our Friday night (10/18) CMJ showcase at Saint Vitus. As with our Thursday event at Vitus, Pelican will be headlining, but with a different support lineup: Sannhet, Kings Destroy, Wreck & Reference, Phantom Glue, and Pyrrhon. And don't forget about our late-night free show/boozefest at the Omega Order warehouse on Friday with Aksumite, Phantom Glue, Flown, and a special guest headliner.
Doomriders dates are listed, along with a song from Grand Blood, below.
by Doug Moore
You already knew that Pelican would headline both nights of Invisible Oranges' two-night 2013 CMJ showcase. And now I'm pleased to announce the rest of line-up. The shows will take place on October 17 & 18 at Saint Vitus:
10/17Buy tickets for the show on 10/17 here, and for 10/18 here.
Wreck & Reference
In related news, Pelican debuted a new song from their upcoming LP, Forever Becoming, over at Noisey today. Stream it below.
photos by Greg Cristman
Dawnbringer @ Saint Vitus, 7/26/2013
Dawnbringer's appearance at Saint Vitus on July 26 was a doozy, pairing the traditional metal favorites with Brooklyn doom crew Kings Destroy, Brooklyn traditionalists Polygamyst and Crypter. The show was one of rare weekend of dates for the band, who performed in Pittsburgh the night before (7/25) at Howlers.
Pictures from Saint Vitus and video from the Howlers show -- plus streams of Dawnbringer's Into The Lair Of The Sun God and Nucleus-- are below.
by Fred Pessaro
The Windhand tour and the Kings Destroy record release party converged at Saint Vitus on a rainy Friday night (6/7), joined by supporting sets from Clamfight! and Belus (members of Mortals). More pictures are up at Invisible Oranges.
Kings Destroy's new LP, A Time of Hunting, is out now via War Crime Recordings, a venture between Sanford Parker (ex-Nachtmystium, Minsk, etc), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Bloodiest, solo work) and others. The label also recently released the debut effort from Corrections House.
Speaking of new records, Windhand will release their new LP Soma via Relapse on September 17 with more detals are on the way soon.
by Fred Pessaro
Windhand at Acheron in 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Windhand teams with Clamfight and Belus for the Kings Destroy Record Release show tonight at Saint Vitus. Tickets are still available for the show, part of a larger tour for the new Relapse signees! Kings Destroy are welcoming their new LP A Time of Hunting via War Crime Recordings. Stream it in full below.
Chris Black and his amazing Dawnbringer project have added an NYC show at Saint Vitus Bar on July 26 with Crypter and "Special Guests TBA." Ticketing info is on the way. Unmissable!
InvisibleOranges has been prettyyy busy lately, logging reports from Maryland Deathfest (pictures from Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, and a report from Andy O'Connor and another from Scab Casserole) and Chaos in Tejas (Pics from Day 1, Day 2, Day3, Day 4 and a set from Carmelo Espanola). We streamed the new Vestiges/Panopticon, Hatred Surge, Zirakzigil, Noisem, Ramming Speed, Dressed in Streamsthe Eolian Empire comp, Man's Gin, and so much more. Make sure and head to InvisibleOranges for your metal news and recaps.
For suggested metal/hardcore/punk shows, head to our fancy new NYC Metal Calendar. It rules. Head below for streams from Windhand, Kings Destroy and more.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Windhand at Acheron, 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Richmond, Virginia, doomers Windhand have announced US dates for the East Coast and beyond. The band, who recently dropped a split 12-inch with Cough and released one of my favorite albums of 2012, will bless NYC in Brooklyn as part of that routing, tagging Saint Vitus on June 7. Tickets are on sale for this InvisibleOranges-sponsored event.
Belus, Clamfight and Kings Destroy will join Windhand at Saint Vitus, with the latter celebrating the release of their new album A Time of Hunting due on Wartime Records (run by Bruce Lamont / Sanford Parker). Check out the video for the lead track "Stormbreak" which makes its premiere below.
Windhand recently announced their signing to Relapse, so look for the band to road-test material at the dates listed below.
photos by PSquared Photography
Acid King @ Saint Vitus, 2/23/2013
Bay Area doom trio Acid King played a rare one-off NYC area show on February 23rd at Saint Vitus joined by Kings Destroy and Blackout. Pictures of all bands, and high quality video of Acid King is below. Alternatively, you can ALSO stream the entire show online as well.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Orange Goblin at MDF 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
After Orange Goblin completes a round of dates with Clutch (who have a new record coming), look for the UK doom band to play a few select headlining dates on the East Coast including April 22 at Saint Vitus with Kings Destroy and Roadsaw. Tickets are on sale. All OG dates are below.
This just in: Hot Graves will hit the road for a string of East Coast dates in early March, including a stop at Saint Vitus on March 8th with Pagan Girls. Full tour schedule and a stream of the new Hot Graves EP is below.
All EVILLIVE-approved shows for the next two weeks are listed below.
by Fred Pessaro / BBG
Carl with Kings Destroy at Saint Vitus, July 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
It goes without saying that Breakdown's 1987 demo will go down as one of the most important releases in hardcore. The band's toxic brew of negative hardcore and metal influenced legions of fans and bands, eventually spawning hardcore as we know it today. If you haven't heard it, make sure and pick up a copy when the demo is released on vinyl for the first time ever via 540 Records.
The 1987 lineup splintered in the years that followed, with member Carl Porcaro going on to form what would eventually become Killing Time. Having played Chaos in Tejas and This is Hardcore earlier this year, it isn't till now, 25 years after the fact, that the demo lineup is resurfacing to play their first NYC show on Saturday at Public Assembly (12/22). Look for supporting slots from Long Island hardcore favorites Incendiary, as well as The Last Stand, Get Involved and Shell Shock. Tickets are still available.
With this monumental reunion on the horizon, we cornered Breakdown guitarist Carl Porcaro about the reunion as well as about Killing Time and Kings Destroy. The results of that conversation are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
In addition to Saturday's show at Acheron (11/10), Japanese raw punks Zyanose will play a second show, this time with Anasazi, Neutron Rats, Osama Bin Laden Fan Club and Noise Masters Noise Matters at Lulu's in Greenpoint on Sunday (11/11). The show is free with donations accepted for the touring bands. As we told ya before, Zyanose's Acheron show will also feature Truncheons, Zatsuon, Nomad, Bortgang and Creeping Dose.
Cattle Decapitation will team with Grudges, Trenchgrinder and Skullshitter for a show at Saint Vitus on November 21. Tickets are on sale. Soon after the Saint Vitus show, look for Cattle Decap to hit the road with Dying Fetus. Tour dates are below.
And of course don't forget Clamfight teams with Kings Destroy and Black Pyramid for FREE show at Union Pool tonight (11/9). For all of you non-NYC-ers, catch the same bill at the tour dates below (see flyer).
All Evillive-approved shows for the next two weeks, plus a list of those Cattle Decap dates, are below.
words and pictures by Caroline Harrison
Witch Mountain @ Saint Vitus -- 11/2/2012
Doom bands Witch Mountain and Castle played Saint Vitus Bar during their US tour on Friday night (11/2). With support from local act Kings Destroy, the show was the first ticketed event at Vitus in the wake of Frankenstorm Sandy.
Despite a lack of functioning subways in most of Brooklyn and a Mad Max-like fuel situation in the tri-state area, local openers Kings Destroy made it to Saint Vitus. Their bassist had to walk six miles from Manhattan to get to the gig, but if anything that only bolstered his enthusiasm. The only shaky parts of their set were a few pitchy notes before the singer got a feel for the sound in the room.
Castle presumably had an easier time getting to Vitus since they came in with Witch Mountain from Worcester, MA--pronounced WUHSTAH for you non-Massholes. Castle's music is more dissonant than that of the other bands on the bill, and a bit less strictly doom-oriented.
There was a pretty sizable audience by the time Witch Mountain took the stage, a testament to the band's power to draw a crowd. Witch Mountain may be a pretty traditional bluesy doom band, but powerhouse vocalist Uta Plotkin takes their sound to an entirely different level. Uta's impressive vocal range is more akin to that of an operatic mezzo soprano, and she effortlessly transitions from belting alto to wailing high notes hair metal bands could only dream of. Their set included both "Beekeeper" and "Shelter" off their recent album "Cauldron of the Wild."
Witch Mountain and Castle play Asheville, NC tonight before heading to Knoxville, TN. Full dates for the remainder of the tour are below. You can catch Kings Destroy at Union Pool for a free show with Black Pyramid and Clamfight on Friday, 11/9. More pictures from Saint Vitus are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Kings Destroy at Knitting Factory, Sept 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
It's a doom fiesta at Union Pool on 11/9. BrooklynVegan and The Obelisk are joining forces to present a FREE show featuring Black Pyramid, Kings Destroy and Clamfight! The show is the first of three scheduled for the trio of bands (dates are in flyer below). Meanwhile, you can see Kings Destroy at Saint Vitus tonight (11/2, tickets) as part of a show with Witch Mountain and Castle (who are touring together). Kings Destroy recently completed sessions with Sanford Parker, though no word as to when the new LP, titled Adversarial, will be released.
As discussed, Hounds of Hate have a new cassette out now. Catch them at 538 Johnson on 11/6 with Goosebumps, Brain Slug, Ugly Parts, and Dipers.
Germany black metal crew Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult will team with Agrath, Warstrike 666 and Damnatum for a show at Acheron on 11/16.
All suggested shows for the next two weeks and a tour flyer for Black Pyramid are below.
words and photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Brett of Pallbearer at Knitting Factory, 9/11/2012
The Pallbearer/Royal Thunder steamroller came into town on Tuesday (9/11), hitting Knitting Factory as part of their set of BrooklynVegan-sponsored dates together. Joining the pair were Richmond favorites, sludgy-black metal crew Inter Arma and NYC's Kings Destroy, the former of which used the NYC date as a tour kick-off. Pictures and video of all bands from Knitting Factory are below.
As before, Pallbearer's set focused on their lone LP Sorrow & Extinction, and included a final jam to close out the evening. Royal Thunder was similarly, and some ways more, impressive in their showing, with frontwoman Mel alternating between belting out blues vocals and ripping a primal scream. The CVI songs, which I love in the first place, sound much more regal and powerful live.
The remainder of the bill was similarly great. Inter Arma, as usual, played a taut set of entirely new material that will appear on their forthcoming Relapse debut. Look for that. And Kings Destroy, who have just returned from a tour in the EU, set the standard for the evening by playing their ozzy-influenced doom jams to open things up.
All pictures and video is below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
As mentioned before, Minnesota black metal team False will hit Acheron on Saturday (9/8), flanked by Brooklyn's own Mortals, False's tourmates Bellow and the great Yellow Eyes. The show is False's only area date and a rare, one, so make it out if you can. Audio streams are below.
A list of all suggested shows for the next two weeks, as well as a few audio streams, are below. What did I miss?