Entries tagged with: Kvelertak
photos by Markus Shaffer, words by BBG
Hull @ Mercury Lounge
Hull is currently on the road with The Fucking Wrath, and is also scheduled to play a Fun Fun Fun Fest Nite show in Austin with Toxic Holocaust and Pushmen at Red 7 on 11/3.
Hull have also been added to the previously mentioned Doomriders / Eyehategod show on December 4th at Europa with Knight Terror.
By my count, my CMJ 2011 consisted of 13 metal sets. Not every one was great, but what impressed me overall was the willingness many of the bands displayed to cut across the genre's constrictive sub-borders. Locals Raspberry Bulbs and Tombs--whom I caught, respectively, at Saint Vitus on Tuesday and on Rock Off's East River-faring Jewel on Saturday--each drew on black metal; but while the former spiked the style with grimy punk, the latter took a more expansive and emotive path. Likewise, Norway's Kvelertak (who also played the Jewel) juxtaposed dire metalcore breakdowns with primitive, almost Queens of the Stone Age-ish rock & roll. Best of all, though, was Hull, a local quintet that toggled gracefully between doom and thrash stylings. On Friday night at Union Pool, the band's riffs, ground out by a trio of heavy-bearded six-stringers, rolled forth from the stage like massive boulders, and its stage presence oozed conviction; these were players who had clearly pored over everything from Sabbath to Mastodon, synthesizing their research into epic treatises on the nature of heavy. --Hank ShteamerHere is a second set of pictures from Hull's Mercury Lounge show. They continue below...
Kvelertak @ Europa
Before the Rocks Off/BrooklynVegan showcase, Kvelertak and Skeletonwitch hit Europa on 10/21 with support from Barn Burner, Turbid North, and Battlecross. Though I missed all support due to the showcase's early start, I arrived just in time for Kvelertak and the ensuing moshing, stage dives, fist pumps, and insanity. The crowd was insane for the band and just got wilder when the band dove into the crowd for a bout of crowd-surfing. The highlight of the show for me happened moments after that, when one of the guitarists played from the middle of the pit and eventually handed over his guitar to another audience member. Pictures of that, and the whole set are below.
After Europa I stopped in to catch the great Weekend at our official showcase, but then headed to Saint Vitus for a second, secret Kvelertak set that went down early Saturday morning. Pictures from both Brooklyn Kvelertak shows below...
Kvelertak on the Jewel (photo by Greg Cristman)
A hearty thank you goes out to Rocks Off crew and the audience who baorded the Jewel on Saturday to set sail on the East River for the BrooklynVegan/Rocks Off official CMJ showcase. The show, headlined by Kvelertak and featuring Skeletonwitch, Tombs and Psychic Limb, was the second of three NYC shows for the Norwegian band, who played a surprise show at Saint Vitus directly following their Europa gig the night before. Europa was with Skeletonwitch, Turbid North, Battlecross, and Barn Burner.
As the boat pulled away from the dock, Psychic Limb took to the stage with their nihilistic hard-grind. Vocalist Brian Montouri's stage antics were as negative and wild as usual, at one point grabbing a case of beer set aside for the bands and throwing it into the crowd and screaming "free beer" into the microphone. The crowd swarmed the case and after the sound man headed to the front to move the case behind the band (its original spot), Montouri found it again and threw it back to the frothing alcohol-hungry wolves. They won't be asked back on the boat any time soon.
Tombs followed. The cold late fall air whipped through the top tier of the boat and the Brooklyn band managed make it even a little bit more icy. Another well-executed set of black metal-tinged with hardcore from Brooklyn's finest, who performed part of their set with the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop. Surreal and awesome.
Skeletonwitch's uber-fun and tongue-in-cheek blackened thrash kicked the party into overdrive, and was followed by Nowegian party-metal crew Kvelertak. Crowd-surfing, moshpits and general dancing insanity were the center-piece of both sets, which mirrored Kvelertak's set at Europa (but differed from Saint Vitus) (I went to all three). Kelertak literally brought the boat's ceiling down with them during their set, with the bands and audience members ripping the drop ceiling and tiles out of place and leaving a huge mess by the end of the night.
Lots more pictures and video from the Rocks Off Boat Cruise, below...
Kvelertak at Parkside in SF (more by Taylor Keahey)
While we couldn't be more excited about our own official showcase with Kvelertak, Skeletowitch, Tombs and Psychic Limb aboard the Jewel on 10/22 (tickets, the only boat show during CMJ and Tombs's only appearance), there are plenty of other noteworthy heavy events that go down this week.
CMJ isn't exactly thick with heavy music events, so we've taken the liberty of expanding a bit to accomodate for punk, hardcore, dark, and anything that experiments with the darker ends of the spectrum. Our guide is below. It encompasses all of the night shows (there are no day events for heavy music, sigh). Check it out....
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
Skeletonwitch @ Best Buy Theater
BrooklynVegan & Rocks Off are proud to announce the headliner for our official CMJ showcase aboard the Jewel with the previously announced Kvelertak on October 22nd... Skeletonwitch! The raging blackened-thrash band will play two NYC dates including boat show and Europa on 10/21, and tickets for both the boat show and Europa are on sale. The full slate of bands for both shows will be announced soon, but meanwhile Europa has added Turbid North.
Skeletonwitch are preparing to release their new LP Forever Abomination via Prosthetic Records on 10/11. Stream two new tracks from that LP below. The Ohio band played NYC on Friday (9/9) at Best Buy Theater, supporting Arch Enemy with Devil Driver and Cthtonic. More pictures from that show are below.
Kvelertak at Full Metal Texas (more by Samantha Marble)
As you knew, Norwegian punk-metal crew Kvelertak are coming to the US in October and BrooklynVegan & Rocks Off are proud to announce an official CMJ show on a boat as part of a Concert Cruise on The Jewel on Saturday, October 22nd! The sailing show will feature Kvelertak, a headliner TBA and a third band! Tickets are on sale (limited CMJ badges get in too). Trust me, this show will only get CRAZIER as the days pass. Stay tuned for lineup updates and info on another official (less metal) BrooklynVegan CMJ show coming soon.
Kvelertak will also play a 2nd CMJ show one day earlier in Brooklyn at Europa on 10/21, presented by MetalSucks/MetalInjection/1000Knives with other artists TBA, and tickets are also on sale for that.
Look for the deluxe version of Kvelertak's s/t debut on September 27th. "The package includes four live audio tracks, two demos, three music videos, five live videos, documentaries, extended artwork, a poster and more." Preorder it now. All tour dates and some video below...
Wild Flag at Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The first round of CMJ 2011 artists have been announced. The initial list includes Neon Indian (Webster Hall with Purity Ring), CSS (Webster Hall with EMA and MEN), Zola Jesus (KF and LPR), Wild Flag (Bowery Ballroom with Eleanor Friedberger and Hospitality), Metronomy (MHOW), Portugal. The Man (T5 with Givers and Alberta Cross), Viva Brother, Wombats, The Good Natured), Kvelertak, Handsome Furs, Memoryhouse, Pharoahe Monch, and more.
The Viva Brother show is on October 19 at Bowery Ballroom with 1,2,3 and Kitten. Tickets are on sale now (or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge). All dates below.
The Wombats show is on October 19 at Webster Hall with The Postelles and The Good Natured. Tickets are on sale now (or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge). All dates below.
Just wanted to take a second to also say that our thoughts and condolences are with the people of Norway today.
The above is a selection of tweets from Norwegian musicians that have graced the pages (and stages) of BrooklynVegan in the past. Blabbermouth has a list of reactions from more in the metal community (from Norway and elsewhere), including the above-pictured message from Enslaved who said, "Our deepest condolences and thoughts go out to everybody touched by the fathomless tragedy that struck Norway yesterday. This is indeed a day for afterthought."
Toxic Holocaust at Acheron dugin a snowstorm (more by BBG)
Toxic Holocaust will Conjure and Command a new batch of crusty thrash for their new LP of the same name on July 12th. Check out one track "Bitch" streaming at Decibel and another on their Facebook page. The band will embark on a US tour in support of the new LP in late July with awesome support from the NWOBHM-y Holy Grail and Austin street punks Krum Bums that will include a stop in Brooklyn for a BV/Scenic production on August 19th at Europa. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday (6/24), and one more band is TBA.
But more imminently, Toxic Holocaust will head out to Reading, PA to play the East Coast Tsunami Fest, joining names like Shelter, Leftover Crack, 108, and many others for the three day festival. Flyer and full lineup is below, tickets are still available.
Toxic Holocaust's full tour schedule is below. After laying waste to the US, look for Toxic Holocaust to slash and burn Europe with Kvelertak, Trap Them, and Wolves Like Us.
Yob @ Emo's
After a monster show at Emo's featuring Kylesa, Trash Talk, and many esteemed others, the second of four BV-BBG Austin shows took place in the same venue on the next day (3/17) as part of Full Metal Texas. The BrooklynVegan/1000Knives (Emo's Inside) stage featured a rare appearance from YOB (their first in five+ years), and appearances from current hardcore greats Trap Them, alongside faves Hull, Kvelertak, The Funeral Pyre, All Pigs Must Die, and Goes Cube.
Meanwhile, the main stage at Full Metal Texas featured an appearance from Massachusetts faves The Red Chord, with last minute addition Motionless in White, Upon A Burning Body, Letlive, Elysion Fields, Better Left Unsaid, and the contest winner from Roadrunner Records SignMeTo, (congrats guys!) Head Crusher.
Killer and packed show from start to finish.
Despite having the least enviable of time slots, Goes Cube gave it their all and by the time they were half way through their set were playing to a 2/3s full room. The focus of their early day set was In Tides and Drifts, the band's new/forthcoming LP due on The End. Excellent set from this trio as usual, who also killed it at The Studio at Webster Hall at the start of their tour.
New Southern Lord signees/crusty d-beat supergroup All Pigs Must Die was a freight train of down-tuned riffs. The band conjured thoughts of Feral Ward bands while destroying the now mostly full room. Kevin of HopeCon's vocals are delivered with a furious energy that matches the intensity of APMD's killer riffage, and Ben Koller (Converge) behind the kit takes this already awesome band from impressive to explosive.
And speaking of combustibles, holy shit..... Kvelertak! The Norwegian triple-guitar attack is just plain jaw-dropping live, matching their party riffs/atmosphere with maniacal intensity. Tons of swinging guitars, and gang-style choruses to get the crowd pumped. And pumped they were, I heard quite a few singalongs, despite the language barrier (the band sings in Norwegian!).
Due to a family emergency, Rwake was forced to drop out a day before the show, but we quickly replaced them with The Funeral Pyre. It's hard to follow Kvelertak, but the LA black-metal band (sporting Early Graves guitarist Chris Brock) brought the party-vibe down and the bum-out to 11 with their blasting power. Catch them on tour now with The Secret (they play Union Pool on 3/27).
Triple guitar doomers Hull followed with a set that spoke to the old fans ("Viking Funeral") but leaned on newer material as well. The band's doomy thunder sounded amazing on the Emo's system and in speaking with members of the Emo's staff later in the week, I was told that Hull was their "favorite new discovery". Hull ruled, as usual. Catch them in NYC with Batillus, Horseback, and Caltrop on 3/26 at The Studio at Webster Hall (tickets).
After a bit of a lull, Trap Them's van rolled up just as their set time was supposed to start. After getting their gear on stage, the band played close to a full set opening with "Dead Digs with Digital Collars" (viewable below) and hitting points from the new LP Darker Handcraft like their lead single "The Facts". Killer set. My only regret is that I didn't get to see them twice.
And finally, the main event, YOB headlining the indoor stage while The Red Chord headlined the out. Kicking off with a new song (!), the mostly rhythmic, mostly open string track was short by YOB standards (7ish minutes?) but decimated the crowd on the fantastic Emo's system. By the time the band were a minute into their second track, "Burning The Altar", I knew that this was easily one of my highlights at SXSW. So. Fucking. Amazing.
I'd like to thank everyone at Full Metal Texas, Yeah Management, 1000 Knives, Branch Marketing Collective, Fireball Whisky, SignMeTo, Wacken Open Air, Bands On A Budget, Harpoon Brewery, March Is Metal Month, Evil Bong 3D, Sin Cal Industries, Metal Injection, Metal Insider, MetalSucks, Record Store Day and Put In Mouth. But most importantly, I'd like to thank the incredible bands, and everyone who took time out on a Thursday afternoon to RAGE at Emo's.
More pictures from the BV/1000K Stage at Full Metal Texas below...
Trap Them in NJ
The Red Chord, Trap Them, and Gaza played The School of Rock in South Hackensack, NJ on Friday (3/11) on the road to SXSW where each band will play a BV event, Trap Them & The Red Chord play Full Metal Texas on 3/17 and Gaza are playing Lovejoys on 3/18 with Ringworm, Wormrot, Magrudergrind, many others. Pictures from the NJ show are in this post
Also on 3/11, but on the other side of the U.S., another participant in Full Metal Texas, Kvelertak, made it into the country and played their first US show at Thee Parkside in San Francisco, CA. Pictures of them and tourmates Zoroaster (unfortunately none of Weedeater) are below.
As you can see in the pictures below, founding bassist Brent of Zoroaster is not on board as part of the current trek. Creative Loafing has more on his absence:
In February, stoner metal stalwarts Zoroaster announced that they were embarking on U.S. and European tours without bassist and founding member Brent Anderson. Although no one involved will divulge any details surrounding the temporary split, it's being characterized by the band as a case of tough love. "The future of Brent and Zoroaster is up to him," drummer Dan Scanlan says. "We felt that he needed to take some time to get his personal affairs in order."Speaking of Full Metal Texas, we're happy to announce that Fireball Whisky is on board as a sponsor (free drinks). Another FMT sponsor, March is Metal Month, is giving away a downloadable comp from bands like Wormrot, Hour of 13, Deicide & others, and while you're there check out some records that are currently on sale as part of March is Metal Month.
Scanlan adds that Anderson has not been kicked out of the band, but his reinstatement depends on how things look for him when the group's schedule slows down in June.
In the meantime, Scanlan and guitarist Will Fiore have recruited Whores' drummer Travis Owen to fill in playing bass on the road.
More pictures and all dates below...
Two outdoor tents, a club, and a theater hosted 26 bands. Perhaps by design, the premises lacked alcohol (except for the theater). So bad behavior was scarce. Fans happily bounced from venue to venue, queuing for some bands (Wormrot, Floor, Atheist, Obituary, Morbid Angel), and eating burgers from the Grill 'Em All trucks. To order the Witte Burger (beef, bun, cream cheese, deep-fried bacon, beer-and-Sriracha-soaked onions, malt vinegar aioli), my friend Robert merely pointed several feet away, where Dave Witte himself was standing.Saturday (3/5) was the left coast's turn for Scion Rock Fest 2011. The one day, multiple venue festival relocated to Pomona, CA this year, and housed legendary names like Morbid Angel, Obituary, Integrity, Agalloch, and many more alongside names of tomorrow and underground favorites like Bastard Noise, Anaal Nathrakh, Floor, Wormrot, and many more.
Kvelertak were supposed to play too. but their passports and visas were stolen at the airport moments before they boarded the plane to the US. As a result, they'll also miss some days of the Weedeater/Zoroaster tour, but should "be in the states by Friday" (3/11). That means they should have no trouble making it to SXSW where they're on board to play Full Metal Texas. The band was replaced in Pomona by Black Cobra.
More pictures and some videos from Scion Rock Fest 2011, below...
DOWNLOAD: Goes Cube - "Safety Coffin" (MP3)
Goes Cube at Bell House (more by Keith Marlowe)
As previously mentioned, Goes Cube will pop champagne with Rosetta, Naam, and The Austerity Program at The Studio at Webster Hall on March 9th (tickets) as part of the In Tides And Drifts LP release party (due March 29th via The End). The old cliche for heavy bands is that the new LP is always "heavier, and more hooky" than the last, but in the case of In Tides & Drifts this is definitely the truth. Check out one of more pummeling moments of early Mastodon-ian thunder in album opener "Safety Coffin", available for download above and streaming below.
We are also happy to report (technically for the 2nd time) that Goes Cube and Kvelertak have been added to the BrooklynVegan/1000Knives stage at Full Metal Texas at Emo's on 3/16, alongside such esteemed folk as Trap Them, All Pigs Must Die, Hull, Rwake, and more TBA. Meanwhile, the lineup on the main stage has blossomed as well, looking a bit like this: Better Left Unsaid, The Word Alive, Elysion Fields and Upon A Burning Body. More details and the flyer below.
The free Emo's show will be brought to you by the fine folks at Bands On A Budget, Dead Conflict Records, Evil Bong 3D, Harpoon Brewery, Sin Cal Industries, and Wacken Open Air in addition to March Is Metal Month, Metal Injection, Metal Insider, MetalSucks, Record Store Day and Put In Mouth.
More details, all Goes Cube dates, the song and some video, below...
Yob at Scion Rock Fest 2010 (more)
Scion has confirmed exclusively to LA Weekly that they will be bringing their metaltastic Rock Fest this year to Southern California.Rumors circulated right around the announcement of Scion Rock Fest 2010 that Morbid Angel would play that year's show. Glad to hear that those were (somewhat) true. Hopefully Morbid Angel schedule some shows outside of California too.
"Scion's major event of the year," confirms their publicist, "is a huge metal festival with four stages and 30 bands. We did the first in Atlanta and the second in Columbus [check out part one and and two of our pics & review]. It's always a mix of legendary bands, important bands and up-and-coming bands, representing all the areas of underground metal. And like all the stuff we do it's all ages and free."
"What no one knows yet," he continues "is the next one will be on March 5, 2011 in Pomona. We're taking over the Fox Theater and the Glass House and building two more stages nearby."
Headlining the Scion Rock Fest in the LA area will be death metal royalty Morbid Angel with their first US show in six years (and as of now, the only scheduled US date in 2011)
...Founding member guitarist Trey Azagthoth, regarded by many as the greatest death metal guitarist of all time, will be at the helm along with bassist David Vincent (member 1986-1996 & 2004 - present) and Destructhor (member since 2008).
The Scion Rock Fest will include 26 bands on four stages (including The Fox Theater, The Glass House and two outdoor stages). -[LA Weekly]
One of the bigger names at Scion Rock Fest in 2010 was Shrinebuilder. Don't forget that half of Shrinebuilder, Scott Kelly and Wino, are going on a solo tour in February. Tickets are still on sale for the February 12th Mercury Lounge show which now looks like this:
Scott Kelly (of Neurosis) 11:30You can also catch all of Liturgy (who played Scion Rock Fest 2010) on January 14th At Silent Barn with Controlled Bleeding, Cellular Chaos, PAK, and Diablo, January 27th at Union Pool with Naam, Yr Youth, and Arms, February 10th at Glasslands with Extra Life, Lichens, and Chaos Majik, and February 25th At Monster Island Basement with Talk Normal and Nat Baldwin. More local metal shows are listed in the latest edition of Evillive.
Wino (of Saint Vitus) 10:30
Man's Gin (of Cobalt) 9:30
Hunter Hunt-Henrix (of Liturgy) 8:30
The PRP is also reporting a rumored list of other artists playing Scion Rock Fest 2011. I can confirm that at least half of a dozen of those are true. That list is reprinted below...
Salute! (more by Markus Shaffer)
Records are like assholes, everybody's got one... but not everyone released an LP that will make you want to hit repeat over and over again. I already discussed my favorite records/shows of 2010, but I enlisted some of my favorite artists to talk about theirs, as well as some of their favorite moments of 2010. We've already posted and discussed lists from a member of Kylesa, Megasus, (((unartig))), and members of Trap Them & Black Anvil, but the results of the rest of those submissions, which include members of From Ashes Rise, Monarch, Locrian, Unearthly Trance, Isis, Dark Castle, Castevet, and so many more, are posted here in two parts. Part Two is HERE. Part One is below!
Trap Them at Knitting Factory (more by Samantha Marble)
Trap Them was forced to cancel their NYC appearance at Santos Party House last week due to illness, but the band intends to make up for it! Though the band already has a headlining show scheduled for 1/15 at Cake Shop with All Pigs Must Die, Psychic Limb, and Black Anvil (tickets), BV/1000Knives will also present Trap Them on 1/14 at Union Pool in Brooklyn (one night earlier). Tickets are on sale for the new Brooklyn show that will be also be opened by All Pigs Must Die and Black Anvil.
The Union Pool show is one of two BrooklynVegan-presented events set for 1/14. The second is Castevet, Seidr, Lake of Blood and Falls of Rauros at Acheron.
And like Kylesa's Pillip Cope, Steve LaCour of Trap Them and Paul Delaney of Black Anvil made us lists of some of their favorite things that happened in 2010. Check out those lists, with the NYC show flyers and some videos, below...
Phil of Kylesa at Public Assembly (more by Markus Shaffer)
Kylesa are having a great end-of-year thanks to many accolades for their 2010 effort Spiral Shadow. I'm sure they'll see many new fans in the audience while touring at the end of Dececmber and through most of January. Tickets are still on sale for their headlining show at Santos Party House.
We asked Phillip Cope of Kylesa what he listened to in 2010. His list makes me think that maybe Beach House is the answer to world peace, or at least that Beach House is something that Broken Social Scene, Kate Nash, S Carey and Kylesa can all agree on (and an album that SPIN and Rolling Stone BOTH put at exactly #17 on their lists). His full list of favorite songs, most of them with video streams, below...
DOWNLOAD: Agalloch - "The Watcher's Monolith" (MP3)
Decibel has released their top 40 metal albums of the year, abd Agalloch's Marrow of The Spirit landed at #1. That's the art above. Order a copy now (it is great) and check out a song from that LP above. We followed Agalloch through Eastern Europe earlier this year and interviewed both John Haughm and Aesop Dekker (who also plays drums in another Top 40 band, Ludicra). - BBG
Dig on the full Decibel list below...
Spoon @ Oya Festival 2007 (more photos)
The annual Øya Festival is happening August 11th-15th in Oslo. If you can't get from NYC to Norway, don't worry -- its lineup includes many bands that will or have recently played in the NYC area. That's not to say the fest won't be a great time though. Bands in both Oya and NYC this summer include Wilco, Grizzly Bear, Jenny Lewis, Band of Horses, Dirty Projectors and Vampire Weekend. Beirut, a group that's yet to announce any summer shows beside Pitchfork Fest and a pair of July shows in Toronto and Montreal, will be there as well. Five-day passes for the Norwegian festival are sold out, but one day tickets are still on sale.
We've already discussed the summer "folk" and "blues" fests in Ottawa, Vancouver and Calgary (which is also hosting Sled Island Fest)...well, Edmonton and Winnipeg are planning similarly well-appointed festivals. The lineup for the Winnipeg Folk Fest, which runs from July 8th-12th, includes Neko Case, Okkervil River, Elvis Costello & The Imposters and Iron & Wine, among others. Neko Case and Iron & Wine will also be at the Edmonton Folk Festival, which will happen August 6th-9th. Joining them at the fest will be Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Great Lake Swimmers, Steve Earle and more. Passes for the Winnipeg Fest are still on sale. Individual tickets for Edmonton are available too.
Full lineups below...