Entries tagged with: Lord Mantis
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Wrekmeister Harmonies - Night of Your Ascension
Chicago's art-doom project Wrekmeister Harmonies is releasing its new album Night of Your Ascension just a year after 2014's And Then It All Came Down. As usual, Wrekmeister mastermind J.R. Robinson has enlisted an impressive roster of collaborators from Chicago and elsewhere this album, including Marissa Nadler, Alexander Hacke (Einsturzende Neubaten), Olivia Block, Sanford Parker (Corrections House), Bruce Lamont (Corrections House, Yakuza), Mark Solotroff (Anatomy of Habit), Chris Brokaw (Come, Codeine), harpist Mary Lattimore, plus multiple members of The Body (Lee Buford and Chip King) and the sadly defunct Indian (Dylan O'Toole and Ron DeFries), and still more. Each year it seems, Robinson brings together so many vital Chicago artists that the releases have the feel of an annual family get-together, albeit a depressive, occasionally scary family. As the group has expanded well beyond Chicago, it sounds like the recording logistics of getting all these people together have become more and more of a feat.
In a first for J.R., the new record features two separate songs. Both are based on real-life stories that orbit around religion and death. The title track focuses on Don Carlo Gesualdo, a 16th-century Italian who murdered his wife buy was protected by the Church. "Run Priest Run" is about convicted pedophile Father John Goeghan, focusing on the time before he was killed in prison by a fellow inmate. All told, par for the course from a project who's last album was about Truman Capote interviewing a Charles Manson associate. J.R. tells Noisey:
Yeah. For example, the string section for "The Night of Your Ascension." I had the original score of this Don Carlo Gesualdo madrigal I wanted them to use but I didn't want it followed to the letter. Chromatically, as it is written, it's pretty clashing. I wanted to make it all in the key of A and smooth everything out. And I wanted to record at this crematorium, so we had to get mobile recording gear and set up in there. Then I did the same with the choir.The title track is perhaps the most immediate we've ever heard from Wrekmeister Harmonies. As before, the album starts with a mellow, quiet section before exploding into thunderous doom-metal, but here the quiet section moves away from the ethereal, drone-focused music of the last two albums and straight into folk, with strummed guitars, a string section, and Nadler's haunting vocals carrying the song into darkly hummable territory. When the inevitable crush of the guitars come, they feel more organic, a bit softer around the edges, and are further tempered by a couple of beautiful arpeggiated guitar passages that inch this thing towards prog. "Run Priest Run," meanwhile, is a brutally single-minded piece, shorter and more chilling by half than what precedes it. It also progresses from quiet to loud, but here it's more of a downward spiral, with the screams of a dying man (sounds like The Body to me) sending the album out on its own very specific terms.
Wrekmeister Harmonies will tour in December with Bell Witch, who will be the backing band for that tour (which is crazy) and who are about to play Martyrdoom. You can check out those dates and stream Night of Your Ascension below.
In somewhat related news, this album comes a week after the guest-filled Abigail Williams album, which features Will Lindsay, who like Dylan O'Toole, was in the now-defunct Indian but is now in Lord Mantis whose former frontman Charlie Fell is also on that album by Abigail Williams, the band of another ex-Lord Mantis member Ken Sorceron. Got that?
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Olympia, WA metal band Abigail Williams, who just finished touring with Today is the Day, are streaming their new album The Accuser, which is out today on Candlelight. The band's style has changed considerably since they started out 11 years ago, as has their membership. In case you haven't been keeping up, their roots in symphonic metal and melodic metalcore are long behind them. They made the switch to a more straight-up black metal sound three albums ago (with 2010's In the Absence of Light) and it's only gotten more menacing with each new release.
Frontman Ken Sorceron is the only founding member here, and besides guitarist Ian Jekelis, it's an entirely different lineup than their last album (2012's Becoming). The current lineup features a murderer's row of USBM heavyweights, including two people who (like Ken Sorceron) are/were members of Lord Mantis. There's guitarist Jeff Wilson (Wolvhammer, Chrome Waves), drummer Charlie Fell (Cobalt, ex-Lord Mantis, ex-Avichi), bassist Will Lindsay (Indian, Lord Mantis), and a guest appearance by Neill Jameson (Krieg, Twilight). (At live shows another Wolvhammer member, Micah Leonetti, plays bass.) That's a highly pedigreed group, and the record sounds a lot like you would expect if you know some of those bands. It's a raw, gnarly piece of black metal that brings to mind prime Nachtmystium or early Krallice.
Stream The Accuser below (via Decibel)...
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...
Today is the Day at Gramercy Theatre in 2011 (more by Stephanie Crumley)
Noisecore vets Today is the Day recently announced their tenth album, Animal Mother, which will be out October 14 via Southern Lord, and they've since made a video (dir. David Hall) for its single "Masada." It's a super-heavy deranged crusher and the video is appropriately hallucinatory. Check it out below.
TITD will also be going on a tour surrounding the album's release with Chicago's blackened sludgers Lord Mantis (who also have a new album out this year). The tour hits NYC on October 12 at Acheron with Goes Cube/Hull-related sludge band Cleanteeth and harsh noise/PE project Swollen Organs. Tickets for that show are on sale now. There's also a TBA Long Island show on October 17.
All dates are listed, with the new video, below...
By Ian Chainey
High on Fire at the Bowery Ballroom, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
While 3,000 more people buy Metallica's The Black Album, let's take a walk on the newswire:
Indeed, that figure above is no joke. Metallica's Black Album recently passed the 16 million album mark according to Nielsen Soundscan, which has been tracking album sales since 1991. That puts Metallica up top on the list of most popular albums since Soundscan came into existence. Last week, The Black Album moved 3,000 copies. 3,000 copies. 3,000 people dropped their CD on their car floorboard. That's also probably 3,000 greater people than those who remember Napster. YOU WIN LARS. YOU WIN.
Another Judas Priest teaser? ANOTHER JUDAS PRIEST TEASER. JUST GIVE ME THE ALBUM. Redeemer of Souls will be out on July 15 via Epic Records. Find a smidgen of "Halls of Valhalla" below.
High on Fire are back in the studio. Drummer Des Kensel is certainly stoked about it: "Everyone is asking what the new High on Fire music sounds like. Chew on some mescaline and listen to side B of Sabbath's Master of Reality backwards at 78 RPM and it might give you an idea." Black Sabbath on mescaline? So, late '70s Black Sabbath. Got it. Hopefully, the guys preview some of the new songs out on tour. You can find the full list of their non-US engagements (SAD) below.
A few other bands have new albums on the way soon. Mutoid Man, the ripping trio employing Stephan Brodsky (Cave In), Ben Koller (Converge), and Nick Cageao (the guy that makes every band at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus sound nice), have signed to Sargent House. The shredding slayers are targeting 2015 for a new LP. Their last, Helium Head, will also be seeing a re-release. Stream that one below.
The Earth record that was hinted at previously has a name. It's to be dubbed Primitive And Deadly, which is a technical term anthropologist have used to describe caveman farts. Jokes aside, the soulful slow-movers have added more dates to their world tour. Get envious of their travel plans below.
Solstafir, fresh off of MDF, will release Ótta this summer. Preorders start at Season of Mist on June 10. And Opeth will finally get Pale Communion out into the wild on August 26. Preorders for that one begin on June 3 through Roadrunner Records. Opeth also released the cover art, which can be seen below. The wider, gatefold shot includes the pub's pool table.
Funeral doomers Lycus are looking to hit the road again for their 2013 release Tempest. Their slate of upcoming dates includes Martyrdoom Fest at Saint Vitus on July 1. Blast Tempest and check out their full run below.
Finally, speaking of Martyrdoom, Lord Mantis -- whose new record, Death Mask, we recently streamed in full at Invisible Oranges -- have solidified their upcoming tour schedule. They'll also be hitting the Martyrdoom Fest. All dates appear below.
Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.
Now that you're fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions, available for your streaming pleasure below.
Might as well get things rolling with a dose of utter insanity. The 30-year-old Mayhem are streaming Esoteric Warfare in full. The long-awaited follow-up to 2007's Ordo ad Chao will see a number of release options via Season of Mist on June 10 (preorder). The LP box comes with a booklet inscribed with this quote: "The will of man is broken." Mayhem have obviously never encountered a chipper Denny's server. Esoteric Warfare's tracklisting and Mayhem's upcoming Euro tour dates are below.
Wolves in the Throne Room set Metal Twitter alight with their Tangerine Dream-influenced woosh. The album details kind of made their M.O. clear, so not sure why everyone is in a huff. Celestite Mirror drops on July 8 through Artemisia Records. Clear your mind and check out the stream below. Unrelated, but does anyone want to start a keyboard-only Stooges cover band called the Mooges?
Noisy rockers Helms Alee and Young Widows have joined forces for a split. The hook-up will be out on Sargent House on June 3 and they're currently previewing the whole darn thing. Helms Alee, the current home for ex-Harkonen frontman Ben Verellen, also put out an LP titled Sleepwalking Sailors in February. The trio is set to hit the road for a short Northwest tour in June. Dates are below.
The NOLA black metal sludge slingers Goatwhore have a lyric video up for "FBS," a track from the upcoming Constricting Rage Of The Merciless that's ready to be unleashed by Metal Blade on July 8. Once the long-player hits the streets, the band will hit the road on The Summer Slaughter Tour, wrapping up their road engagements in August at GWAR-B-Q. Hopefully, by that point, I'll figure out what "FBS" means. Fat bottom stoners, you make the rocking world go 'round? Check out the full tracklisting and the sweet cover art below.
Goatwhore's Summer Slaughter tourmates Fallujah are offering "Sapphire" up for your clicks from their next album, The Flesh Prevails. The progressive slice of death will drop courtesy of Unique Leader on July 22 (preorder). Scope The Flesh Prevails tracklisting below and play, Is it a Death Metal Song or a Sade Song?
There's a new Trap Them smoker off the elegantly titled Blissfucker, something that will surely enter 2015's list of top baby names. This new track is named "Lungrunners." I'm going out a limb and saying it's about the underground lungfish trade. Probably not. Anyway, to ring in the release of Blissfucker (which I will find a way to type as many times as possible; Blissfucker), Trap Them are offering a limited edition seven inch of "Salted Crypts" (preorder). You can stream that Blissfucker track below.
Mortals, the bringers of mighty death crust, are previewing another killer from Cursed to See the Future, available via Relapse on July 8 (preorder). The trio are celebrating the new release in style at The Acheron on July 18, complete with a music video screening party. The full future tour dates appear below. Relax, you won't be cursed by adding 'em to your calendar now.
Wrapping things up, Wreck and Reference, the unnerving ruiners of listener's underwear, have debuted a track off of Want, their next album due out June 10 on The Flenser (preorder). Get your void gazing in early before the weekend approaches. Want Want.
Now, time to sprint through the rest of the underground. All streams appear below.
Emptiness' eclectic black metal clatter is now streaming in full. This was a favorite on IO's Upcoming Metal Releases, so it's definitely worth a spin.
Bastard Feast's Osculum Infame infuses some much needed energy into the metallic hardcore thing, dropping in weirdo death metal with their core tumult. The album will be available through Season of Mist on July 22 (preorder). Get blasted by "Bloated City" below.
Rude, the OSDM troupe from Berkley, California, are streaming their recently released scuzzy delight, Soul Recall, in full. Yep, the tone matches the band name. Synergy!
If you wanted more weird metal covers, there's a banjo cover of Slayer. And a renfair one. Both are below. Maybe there will a new Kerry King album to add to the pile. Burn.
Lastly, The Lion's Daughter are streaming their new single and the proceeds will go to a good cause. The band will be helping out The Stray Rescue, an operation dedicated to stray dogs and cats in St. Louis. Stream the single below and feel good preordering the record.
Check out all noted streams below.
Let's talk IO: We dropped off a ton of MDF coverage last week in the form of wrap-ups and interviews with the legendary Tomas Lindstrom of At the Gates. We also reviewed this week's heavy hitters, including Black Anvil, Crowbar, and Misery Index. The rest of this week's new stuff resides, as always, in the exhaustive Upcoming Metal Releases. And we had a full day of Profound Lore, streaming the newest from Auroch along with a great chat with Chris Bruni, PFL owner and operator.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.
by Doug Moore
Lord Mantis at Saint Vitus, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
We've been excited about the new album by Chicagoan blackened sludge crew Lord Mantis for a while -- Death Mask is an ugly, mesmerizing tour de force. So naturally, we're stoked to stream the album in full over at Invisible Oranges.
Here's a bit from our writeup:
Lord Mantis sounds like that: the really frightening realization that not everyone here is human, not in the way you think of it. Their new album, Death Mask, is a punishing ride that is at times equally soulful and unsettling. It sounds like black metal metal's skeleton, stripped of the majority of the genre's sillier trappings. One song after another, the music blasts over the listener like a violent wind in the desert, bathing them in grit and filth.You can stream Death Mask below. Lord Mantis also have a few live dates announced -- here in NYC on July 1 at Saint Vitus as part of Martyrdoom (tickets), as well as at Southern Darkness Fest in Tampa, FL on August 23. They're also playing a record release show in Chicago tonight (4/25) at Cobra Lounge. Tickets are available if you're out that way.
Stream Death Mask and check out all of their announced dates below...
By Doug Moore
Godflesh at Irving Plaza on 4/10 (more by Greg Cristman)
You've already stopped caring about work for the day. Might as well start sorting out your riff-centric weekend bands. HLD time! Let's knock out the news first.
Noted music writer and general good dude Hank Shteamer is currently running a Kickstarter campaign that intends to reissue a box set of out-of-print albums by the great '90s post-hardcore band Craw. The campaign has four days left and is a ways off from its goal. Pledge here if weird and smart are prereqs for your heavy music library.
Norwegian black metal stalwarts 1349 and NYC sludge supergroup Serpentine Path have both debuted singles from their upcoming albums. Get a piece below.
Local black metal mainstays Mutilation Rites have announced that their new album, entitled Harbinger, will be out this summer via Prosthetic. Antagonistic Floridian tech-grind crew Maruta have also announced plans to record a new album over the summer; Scott Hull of Pig Destroyer will track drums and mix the final product. Maruta will also tour the East Coast around their MDF appearance in May, including a previously-mentioned NYC appearance on May 21 at Saint Vitus alongside Cripple Bastards. The full run of dates are below.
While we're at it, Lord Mantis and Hell Militia have announced a brief tour around their respective Martyrdoom Fest appearances here in NYC in early June. Those dates are below as well.
The Psalm Zero-curated Chaos Bodies local showcase series has announced its next installment, again at Trans Pecos. This one's a doozy: Ocrilim (AKA Mick Barr), Child Abuse, Couch Slut, and Nebadon on April 26 (next Saturday). No presale tix -- $10 at the door.
As for this weekend...
Tonight (4/18): This year's edition of New York's Alright is in full swing, with Inmates, Anasazi, Omegas, Proxy, Warthog, and Mercenary blowing up Le Poisson Rouge (tix). Zyanose, La Misma, Aspects of War, and Life Chain are playing an aftershow at the Acheron that opens its doors at 10pm, but there are no presale tix available. Master are bringing their tour to Saint Vitus, with local support from Insatanity, Fist Hammer, Nervo Chaos, Hate Storm Annihilation, and Netherion (tix). If you wanna get even more old-school than that, you can catch Iced Earth with Sabaton and Revamp for an evening of clean solos and cleaner vocals at Best Buy Theater (tix).
Tomorrow (4/19): New York's Alright continues with Infernöh, Crazy Spirit, Gas Rag, Wiccans, Stoic Violence, and Murderer (tix). The Metal Alliance Tour, featuring Behemoth, Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate, will hit Irving Plaza, though it's sold out.
Sunday (4/20): The entire Metal Alliance lineup sans Behemoth -- that's Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate -- are playing an off-night show at Saint Vitus (tix). Nile are playing a surprisingly under-the-radar show at Stage 48 with Winter Nights, Imperial Crypt, and Sunlord (tix). Somehow, no noteworthy stoner sludge or Christian metal shows were booked for this date.
For more options, check out our NYC Metal Show Calendar. It rules.
Over on Invisible Oranges: we checked out new music by Wrong and Graves at Sea. We chatted with notable metal (and non-metal!) illustrator Randy Ortiz about his craft, and we straight-up chilled with Godflesh at their NYC show for our East Village Radio show -- don't forget to tune in next week at 10pm EST. And, as ever, we ran down all the metal fit to buy.
What'd I miss?
By Doug Moore
Pelican at the Invisible Oranges CMJ Showcase, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
While North America will probably never be able to give the EU a run for its money when it comes to huge blowout metal festivals in the Wacken or Roadburn vein, the lands on this side of the Atlantic are hosting an increasing number of smaller but more targeted (and thereby more appealing, if you ask me) shindigs. Hot on the heels of yesterday's inaugural Deathwish Fest announcement comes another first-timer fest: Southern Darkness Fest, which will take place in Tampa, FL on August 23. As the fest site puts it:
Southern Darkness Festival brings the best of extreme and experimental music right to Tampa's historic district of Ybor. More than 20 bands will deliver a diverse range of heavy music, from Post Rock all the way to Grindcore. With a lineup that is second to none, SDF is bound to leave a mark in Florida's heavy music scene and turn heads worldwide.Though Southern Darkness will take place in the historic seat of American death metal, its lineup ironically doesn't include any death metal -- Maruta and Yautja (see? they're everywhere) are as close as it comes. Most of the fest's big-name draws are post-metal or sludge bands: Pelican, Black Tusk, Zoroaster, Junius, Mouth of the Architect, A Storm of LIght, and so forth. There's also a solid grind/hardcore contingent -- the aforementioned Maruta, Phobia, Weekend Nachos, Coke Bust, Strong Intention, and more.
Organized by music fans for music fans, SDF sets out to create a special experience for fans and artists alike. The historic district of Ybor is not only the perfect setting for an artistically minded crowd, but also houses Tampa's best live music venues - all in walking distance from one another.
The fest will be organized along CMJ-esque lines; it'll take place at a number of venues simultaneously, with a single ticket pass earning you entrance to all of them. (If you know Tampa, you may be familiar with them: The Orpheum, Crowbar, Ybor Live.) Specific show details are still to come. Tickets will be $35 for presale and $40 on the day of the fest, which is pretty reasonable, given that most of this fest's attendees will probably have to travel for it. They're not on sale yet, but will be on an unspecified date in late April; in the meantime, you can keep an eye on the fest's Facebook for updates.
More bands will be announced soon, but the full initial lineup is below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Lord Mantis at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Lord Mantis just debuted a new song on Stereogum called "Negative Birth" from their forthcoming album, Death Mask, which comes out on April 29 on Profound Lore. The song, a big sludgy monster, features Dylan O'Toole of Indian on vocals--Indian also recently released their own filthy slab of sludge, From All Purity. Stream "Negative Birth" below.
As mentioned in Heavy Lowdown, Lord Mantis joined the Martyrdoom lineup along with Evoken after Knelt Rote dropped off the bill. In other lineup news, Sein Und Zeit has been moved to the Sunday billing. Full day-by-day lineups below--if you're around, this is a great way to catch a bunch of rare appearances by killer black metal bands including Sargeist, Behexen, Forteresse and many more, not to mention the fest's doom headliner, Mournful Congregation. Sargeist recently premiered the title track from the band's forthcoming album Feeding the Crawling Shadows, and Forteresse streamed a new track, too. Tickets to Martyrdoom, which runs from June 27-July 1 at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, are on sale.
In other Martyrdoom news, the festival will have a Metal Flea Market at Saint Vitus during the days of June 28th and June 29th, with vendors like The Omega Order, Broken Limbs, and Fallen Empire Records. More vendors and info on that on the event's Facebook page. Fallen Empire Records, one of the premiere underground black metal labels in the US, just appeared on the Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio show and premiered new material from Vorde, Lluvia, Death Fortress, Haethen and In the Court of a Broken Flesh. Check out the playlist and stream over on IO.
Lord Mantis stream and Martyrdoom lineup below...
by Doug Moore
Full of Hell at Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Welcome to this week's HLD! There's a shitload of cool live stuff going on this weekend, so let's get that all out of the way first:
Tonight (2/28): Three good options to choose from! Local(ish) prog-sludgsters East of the Wall are kicking off their SXSW-bound tour with Diamond Plate at The Omega Order Warehouse, with support from fresh Prosthetic Records signees So Hideous (whom we've been fans of for a bit), Meek Is Murder, Hammer Fight, & Dead Empires. The show is sponsored by Gun Hill Brewery, is BYOB, and carries a $5 suggested donation. Meanwhile, Full of Hell & Mutilation Rites are bringing their own tour to a close with a show at the Acheron with Blackest (tix). Additionally, the Psalm Zero-curated Chaos Bodies series is continuing at Trans Pecos with appearances by Oneirogen, Feast of the Epiphany, and my buds Epistasis, whom we debuted a new song by yesterday. Stream it below if you missed it.
Tomorrow (3/1): Brooklyn Night Bazaar is getting unusually heavy with Caspian, Junius, A Storm of Light, & Advaeta (RSVP for line skippage). Boston crust/doom wrecking ball Morne is hitting Saint Vitus alongside Force & Fire (AKA the clearest successor to defunct local greats Unearthly Trance) & Iron Force (tix). Tech-death stalwarts Malignancy are returning to Blackthorn 51 in Queens with Orbital Frame & Immortal Suffering in tow.
Sunday (3/2): No Shields are playing the Acheron with Richmond's Ravn and Pittsburgh's Dendritic Arbor, along with locals Throaat (tix). Don't forget to keep an eye on our metal show calendar for the latest. It rules.
Some other miscellaneous news items:
Maryland deathgrind institution Misery Index have announced that their upcoming fifth album will be entitled The Killing Gods. It will see a May 23 release via Season of Mist.
Chicago sludge/black metal act Lord Mantis have debuted the first song from their upcoming Profound Lore debut, Death Mask, which drops on April 29. Stream it below, but watch out for the NSFW art.
As we discovered on our East Village Radio show this week, members of Tombs, Batillus, Hull, and Vaura have teamed up to work on an album that will almost certainly draw many uses of the dreaded "SG" word. This week's show was sponsored by the Halo of Blood tour, featuring Children of Bodom, Tyr, & Death Angel. Tune in every Tuesday at 10pm for interviews, ticket giveaways, and great metal jams both new and old.
Over on Invisible Oranges, we checked out new music by Epistasis & Noneuclid, and we gave ongoing faves Gridlink the review treatment. We also announced our official SXSW showcase and took our best guess at the 100 most overused metal band name words. And, as ever, we ran down all of the new riffs fit to buy.
Streams below. Anything else?
As partially revealed previously, Colorado black metal band Cobalt will join "special guess" Lord Mantis for a string of East Coast dates surrounding their apperance at Maryland Deathfest (May 23 - 26, 2013). The shows will include a tour kick-off at MDF and head North, eventually terminating at a show in Boston on June 2 We knew about the Saint Vitus show on May 31 (tickets), but now comes word via a flyer that the band will play a second show at the venue the next night (6/1). Dates and that flyer is below.
Curran with Today is The Day, May 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Curran Reynolds always tends to be up to a lot, sitting behind the kit in Today Is The Day and Wetnurse included. After January though, he will be up to a little less as his Precious Metal series at East Village club Lit Lounge is sadly, as previously mentioned, coming to an end. There are just three more installments, including one on January 7 with Ghostlimb and The Year Is One with BV's own Fred Pessaro (BBG) DJing. The flyer for that show is below. After the 1/7 date there's one on 1/14 with Jar'd Loose, Gentlemen, End it and DJ Mike SOS; and the finale on 1/21 with Hivesmasher, Fashion Week, Flaming Tusk, SOS and DJ Zeena Koda, which is a benefit for South Sound.
We spoke to Curran to find out what he's been listening to all year in between everything else. His Top 10 Albums of 2012 list includes some of the big heavy records of the year like Converge, Napalm Death, and Swans, but it also has some indie pop like School of Seven Bells and Violens (who Curran has been digging since his friend Jorge formed the band around 2008). The whole list is pretty eclectic and you can check it out below.
Today Is The Day will kick off a tour in 2013 with a killer support lineup of Black Tusk, KEN Mode, and FIght Amp. That tour hits NYC on March 6 at Saint VItus (tickets) and March 8 at The Studio at Webster Hall with a "special guest" TBA (tickets).
Precious Metal show flyer and Curran Reynold's year-end list below...
photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG; words by Lauren Jackson
Nachtmystium @ Saint Vitus, 11/19/2012
On Monday night, Chicago's Nachtmystium exercised a sonic assault on a packed St. Vitus, which was one stop on a BV-sponsored tour. The band found support from local favorites Batillus, Mutilation Rites and Sannhet, as well as fellow Chicago metal outfit, Lord Mantis.
Sannhet started the night off at a properly late hour, complete with light show and white noise projections during their set which, incidentally, fit their extreme performance perfectly. Straddling the line between clear riffs and static, Sannhet's songs were highly structured, but drenched in a top layer of noise--much like the garbled images one can almost make out under TV snow.
Batillus carried through that same noisy sensibility, with frontman Fade Kainer's harsh vocals, manipulated to a point where they could have been confused as something inhuman and otherworldly. The band's industrial sensibility lent an edge to their doom-influence dirges and, while slower than all the other bands on the bill, made Batillus equally brutal as next band Mutilation Rites' most unforgiving riff.
Raw and fast as hell, Mutilation Rites brought down a set that seemed to make everyone at Vitus grind their teeth and brace themselves for the two remaining bands--Lord Mantis and headliners Nachtmystium. And by the time the headliners took to the stage, Vitus was packed, humid, and frenetic with the furious energy from each unbelievable performance.
To attend a show so consistently brutal and so consistently good, with band after band bringing all the energy they could to bolster up American black metal favorites, Nachtmystium, was a true treat for the metalhead's soul. And, as usual, Nachtmystium did not disappoint, and punctuated the night with an assaulting set that lasted just over an hour.
By the end of the set, the hooded black figures who had filed in at the start of it all came out sweaty, some with fogged glasses, and all with grins because everyone had gotten what they wanted: blackened brutality.
Check out more pictures and video from the show below, including video of Batillus performing a new track "Mirrors."
Salvation at Power of The Riff East, August 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
With their dates with Night Sins now behind them, Salvation have plotted a course back to NYC for a show on January 13 at Saint Vitus. There the band will join NYC black metal favorites Raspberry Bulbs and noise terrorist extraordinaire Pharmakon. Tickets are on sale.
Similarly, support for the previously discussed Nachtmystium show has changed yet again, this time with Mutilation Rites, Batillus, Sannhet and Lord Mantis. Tickets are still available for the 11/19 show at Saint Vitus.
Meanwhile, support for the previously discussed Eyehategod shows at Saint Vitus have been announced, with Magrudergrind, Clean Teeth and The Communion taking on 11/27 (tickets) and Mortals (Record Release), White Widows and one more TBA taking on 11/28 (tickets).
In other Saint Vitus show news, look for the great Pinkish Black to team with Naam for a show at Saint Vitus on December 1st (tickets).
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.
words by Kim Kelly, photos by Erik Luyten
It's been a long few days for Kim Kelly, who is currently gallavanting around Europe with Mike Scheidt and YOB, but the metal maven filed the below Roadburn report to tie up the rest of her time at the 2010 edition of the epic festival that took place during an equally historic time. If you're just joining us, check out Kim Kelly's report from Day 1 before continuing below... - BBG
DOWNLOAD: Lord Mantis - "Lord Mantis" (MP3)
It's with great pleasure that BV and 1000 Knives are proud to present the great Lord Mantis with Sea of Bones at Union Pool on May 5th. $8 gets you in the door and the show starts promptly at 10PM. The NYC date marks a short stint of east coast dates for Lord Mantis behind Spawning the Nephilim (download the self-titled track above), the band's seriously underrated 2009 LP for Seventh Rule (one of my favorites of the year). Half of Lord Mantis is currently serving as part of Nachtmystium (oddly without long-time guitarist Jeff Wilson), who were forced to cancel their gig at New England Hardcore & Metal Fest this past weekend due to residual volcano issues.
Lord Mantis will be joined by the beyond thundering Sea of Bones, who rattled Cake Shop a few weeks ago along with Howl and Javelina. For the unfamiliar, snag Sea of Bones's Grave of The Mammoth; the band is offering it up for FREE DOWNLOAD.
Full Lord Mantis tour sked and some video is below...
by Black Bubblegum
I second Mike Scheidt's last statement.
The new album has been tracked and mixed. It will be mastered at the end of the month by Billy Barnett at Gung-Ho Studio in Eugene, Oregon. Sanford Parker did such a fantastic job and was so easy to work with. Truly professional and amazing at every turn. We are confident our friends worldwide are going to dig our new vibes channeled through Sanford's engineering wizardry.
The album will be titled The Great Cessation with 5 songs clocking in @ 62 minutes... The tentative release date is late July... The titles: Burning The Altar, The Lie That Is Sin. Silence Of Heaven, Breathing From The Shallows, The Great Cessation
As we mentioned before, 108 will be in NYC on April 25th, bringing along with them the mighty Pulling Teeth, who just dropped their new album Paranoid Delusions, Paradise Illusions. Tickets are still available, or you can win a FREE pair of tickets and a copy of Pulling Teeth's new CD! Details on how to win are below, before the tour dates.
Black Kites have dropped their new LP, Advancement To Ruins, and it is a manaical chunk of crust-laden hardcore that reminds me of Acme, Cursed, Disembodied, and a ton of other bands that I WISH the hardcore community would look up to. Comprised of ex-members of The Assistant, This Ship Will Sink, You and I, and current members of Zhenia Golov, check out the title track available for download above, and pick up the record at Ride The Fury Records. In the meantime, look for the NJ trio to play June 13th at ABC No Rio, as well as a few other shows around the tri-state. Full tour dates are below.
Pentagram will team up with Nachtmystium for a handful of dates on the west coast and in Blake's native Chicago. Nachtmystium's new EP Doomsday Derelicts drops on May 15th via Battle Kommand/Century Media. Pick it up before one of them gets killed in a drive-by. Pentagram played Webster Hall earlier this year.
Footage of Crom Live at Cake Shop, 1349, Anaal Nathrakh, Napalm Death live footage, and so much more as This Week In Metal continues...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Coalesce - "Questions To Root Out Fools" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Brutal Truth - "Sugardaddy" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Agoraphobic Nosebleed - "Agorapocalypse Now" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: General Surgery - "Restrained Remains" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Lord Mantis - "Lord Mantis"
DOWNLOAD: Mournful Congregation - The June Frost Medley (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Atomic Bitchwax - "Revival"
DOWNLOAD: Weekend Nachos - "Pain Over Acceptance" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Weekend Nachos - "Shot In The Head" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ruins - "Suicidal Pulse" (MP3)
Coalesce LIVE at Scion Rock Fest (photo by Mike White)
Relapse is KILLIN' IT in the 09 so far. In one month's time, Relapse will destroy the Earth with THREE grind releases that could all potentially make my list of favorites for the year! First up, Mumakil's new album Behold The Failure which is out NOW on Relapse. Made up of ex members of Knut, Behold The Failure has been in constant rotation since it dropped on Mar 31st. Hear the whole thing here. Then on April 17th, Relapse aims to make you empty your wallets, by releasing both the new Brutal Truth (Evolution Through Revolution) and Agoraphobic Nosebleed (Agorapocalypse) on THE SAME DAY. In other ANb/Brutal Truth news, if you skate, dig on the ANb, Total Fucking Destruction (featuring Richard Hoak of BT), Crom, and Cryptic Slaughter decks for sale here. ANb and Crom dropped a split 7" which is fading fast.... head here to scoop it before it goes bye-bye.
A month or so after the grind mayhem, Relapse will drop the new Coalesce, Ox, their first record since the classic 0:12 Revolution is Just Listening which was release TEN YEARS AGO. The quartet recently debuted two new tracks; check out "Wild Ox Moan" streaming at their myspace and download "Questions To Root Out Fools" above!
Swedish gore-grinders General Surgery will drop their new album Corpus In Extremis on Listenable Records on April 7th, which includes the massive "Restrained Remains" available for download above! Check out their myspace page or their home page for a preview, dig on the album cover (to the right), and swing way low for tour dates.
Mournful Congregation recently dropped their new LP, The June Frost, on Enucleation Records, and if you like your guitar chords served up in first-gear (or maybe even in neutral) this funeral doom opus is for you. Check out the above snippet MP3 featuring moments from The June Frost above, and pick that record up here. For more on the band, check out an interview with Mournful Congregation here.
The Atomic Bitchwax will re-release their LP TAB4 on Tee Pee Records. Check out "Revival" available for download above and look for the record on 4/21.
Weekend Nachos have offered up two new songs from their upcoming LP Unforgivable due on Deep Six Records in May. Check out "Pain Over Acceptance" and "Shot In The Head" downloadable above.
Xasthur's new full length LP on cassette, All Reflections Drained has sold out. "The 2xLP should be out shortly"
More on The Auditory Assault Festival, Om, Coffins, Dark Castle, Lord Mantis, The Holy Mountain, Church of Misery, Minsk, and sooo much more as The Week In Metal continues...