Entries tagged with: Loss
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
RJ Ober w/ Magrudergrind at Warsaw in June (more by Joe McCabe)
Much like in years prior, in addition my own favorites list of 2012 I sought out lists from some of my favorite artists as well including members of Loss, Coke Bust, Witch Mountain, Magrudergrind, and much much more. We already posted lists by Eugene Robinson of Oxbow and Curran Reynolds of Today Is The Day, and we posted Trevor De Bruaw of Pelican on BV Chicago. Check out more lists of the best of 2012 according to select metal/punk/hardcore bands below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Repulsion at Brooklyn Masonic Temple in 2009 (more bu Justina Villanueva)
Maryland Deathfest 2013 expands with another round of additions, this time bringing exclusive performances from Pagan Altar & Vinterland, as well as performances from Pig Destroyer, Broken Hope, Weedeater (who hits the road with Saint Vitus, who played this year, this fall), Loss (who played NYC in May) and repeat offender Gride (who played Bushwick Bikes in addition to MDF in 2010). The additions come shortly after the news broke of the first round of bands, which included names like Venom, Antaeus, Righteous Pigs, Carcass and Midnight. Full 2013 lineup, as it stands, is below.
In related news, Repulsion will play NYC over Labor Day weekend as part of Power of The Riff East, joining names like sunn o))), Poison Idea, Pentagram, Agnostic Front, Double Negative, Coffinworm and more. Tickets are still available for each day separately (day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE) but two day passes are sold out.
Current MDF lineup and a few videos are below.
Pallbearer at St. Vitus
I had a transcendent experience hearing Pallbearer live last night at Saint Vitus... Their singer, Brett Campbell, is all about pinched, pained, soaring melody, in the vein of early Ozzy. To hear his bright, clear voice leaping out across the vast, doomy expanse he and his band lay down is downright startling, like witnessing a splendidly colored bird flying across a grey, postapocalyptic sky. -[DarkForcesSwing]Doom was well represented when Nashville's Loss and Little Rock's Pallbearer teamed for a rare east coast date on Saturday at Saint Vitus (5/19) with support from noise/dark ambient crew Sewer Goddess. Both Loss and Pallbearer treated the sold-out crowd to full-album renditions of ther respective LP favorites Despond and Sorrow & Extinction, including vocals from Brett (of Pallbearer) on Loss's set closer "Silent and Completely Overcome". More pictures from the show are below.
After a sold-out show at Saint Vitus, the band headed on over to Acheron (as announced on twitter) to keep the party rolling, cranking out an hour-plus set to an enthusiastic late night crowd. Pictures from the late-night Pallbearer performance are also below.
Ulcerate at Public Assembly last night
We had our van broken into in New York last night at our accom. We've lost all our guitar gear (preamps, effects units), some drum equipment, stage banner and all of Svart Crown's merch was also ripped off. We're going to keep going but this is a fucking terrible start. We had phenomenal shows in Philadelphia and NYC last night so this is an absolute kick in the fucking teeth. -[Ulcerate]Ulcerate and Svart Crown played Public Assembly last night (5/19) as part of a bill with Tombs. The band's tour forges on. Best of luck guys.
DTV (Direct to Video) packaging for the novel and the disc
Soundtracks were all the rage in the 90s. Many of them left much to be desired, but a select few left an indelible mark on my young mind... namely records like the Judgement Night soundtrack ("Just Another Victim!"), Singles, and The Crow. So when I heard that bulldozing Motorhead-as-black-metal quartet Wolvhammer had taken on "Burn" by The Cure from The Crow soundtrack, I was more than intrigued. Stream "Burn" below; it's definitely an unexpected melodic turn from such a piledriving metallic workhorse.
"Burn" is going from one soundtrack to another. Wolvhammer's version is for the forthcoming soundtrack to he Andrew Bonazelli novel DTV (Direct to Video) which surfaces via Handshake Inc next week (3/30):
The book is a super-cool fusion of literary prowess and action-movie bravado, and though fully aware of the inherent, unintentional comedy found in the genre, Bonazelli has avoided the tongue-in-cheek route, instead crafting a story that celebrates the machismo, animal magnetism and culture of American action movies from the '80s and '90s. The novel itself is a brilliantly fun and poignant read, and could do for action movies what the nouvelle vague did for Hitchcock and Orson Welles.Wolvhammer joins names like Total Fucking Destruction, The Atlas Moth, Cretin, Liberteer's Matthew Widener, The Austerity Program, members of Zombi, Early Graves and more to contribute everything from new tracks to "covers of music from such films as Robocop, Double Impact, The Running Man and Out for Justice". Sounds about as amazing as the packaging, which looks like a VHS tape (above).
Speaking of bad film and fun bands, Graf Orlock (who are also on DTV) ALSO have a new release in Los Angeles which comes with three different covers inspired by the film Heat.
There are 600 copies of this bastard, broken down into three different covers. The covers will have actual me-shot bullets holes in them, so technically, each is a 1/1 because even though i have ridiculously accurate and tight firing patterns, no two are the same. For you wieners trolling discogs, they are all black vinyl.Order your "exclusive copy" at Vitriol.
DTV contributors Wolvhammer and The Atlas Moth will be in LA on March 31st to play a Scion label showcase along with Yob, Loss and Pallbearer. Entry is FREE with RSVP. Yob will be in NYC in May, as will Loss/Pallbearer.
Listen to both versions of "Burn" below...
Loss in Nashville (more by Diana Zadlo)
After their injury and subsequent cancellation from last year's megashow with Disma, Oak and Coffinworm, Loss has been itching to make it back up to NYC to make up the lost date. Now the band has done it, and will team with the mighty Pallbearer for a show with Sewer Goddess at Saint Vitus on May 19th! Tickets are on sale for this BV/Order of The Serpent production.
Loss's Despond landed on my favorites list for 2011 and Pallbearer, who released their debut LP Sorrow & Extinction this week, is currently streaming their excellent LP at NPR. Pallbearer will be down at SXSW this year for shows including a thus-far-unannounced-BV event. We'll keep you up to date. If you missed it, I interviewed both Loss AND Pallbearer in the past year.
Stream all of Despond below.
Saint Vitus @ Irving Plaza in 2011 (more by BBG)
Chaos in Tejas (May 31-June 3 in Austin) have announced ANOTHER batch of bands to add to their ridiculous lineup including Saint Vitus, Church of Misery, No Statik, Toys That Kill, Pegasus, Martial Canterel, Anasazi, Bloodwing (mems of The Spits, who are on tour soon), Harm's Way, Hatred Surge, the Hex Dispensers, John Wesley Coleman, Joyce Manor, and many many others. The current full lineup and flyer is below and tickets are FINALLY going on sale TODAY (1/31).
Doom legends Saint Vitus are currently preparing their new LP Lillie: F-65 for Season of Mist. The record, their eighth and first in seventeen years (!), is tentatively set for release at the end of March. More details are forthcoming.
In related news, members of Mind Eraser also serve as personnel in Magic Circle, another Chaos in Tejas band. Look for Magic Circle to team with Pilgrim (who we recently interviewed), Windhand, and Natur at Public Assembly on March 1st.
The updated Chaos in Tejas lineup is below along with the flyer.
Aaron with Defeatist at their last show (more by BBG)
I previously posted my highlights of 2011 but my opinion is obviously just one of many. To try and get a better feel for the year, we cornered some of our favorite artists and heavy music industry friends to ask them about 2011 in music, art, and memories. We have so many responses that we needed to split it into three posts. Here is the first. Head below to hear from members of Noisear, Monarch!, Mammoth Grinder, Pulling Teeth, Sulaco, Bloodiest, and many more...
Midnight at Rites of Darkness (more by BBG)
2011 was a year that I spent delving deep into record bins, in the pit at shows, and searching for the most brutal of the brutal at festivals across the country including Maryland Deathfest, Chaos in Tejas, Rites of Darkness, SXSW, the A389 Anniversary show, California Discord Fest, and many others. It was also a year when I revisited my hardcore roots, and went further down the rabbit hole with DIY shows and independent records.
2011's choices for best of the year were tougher than I could have imagined, as opposed to my clear cut 2010 choice for favorite album of the year. That said, favorite records are about playability, and these are the LPs that wore out my needle and earned the most plays on my digital device (note: I made sure to remove a record that I was directly involved in because that would clearly be near the top of the list). I hope you enjoyed these records as much as I did in 2011 and if not, please share what you enjoyed below. I already can't wait for 2012.
My favorite records and shows of 2011 are below.
Volume 8 of the incredible Chaos in Tejas will go down on May 31st through June 3rd in Austin, Texas, and this year and much like last, its chock full of incredible rare appearances from across the punk, crust, indie, and metal world. Among the announced are crust legends Antisect, The Mob (UK), the reformed and final lineup of Nasum, Best Coast (who recently got a new drummer), Tear it Up (who recently reunited in NYC), Varukers, Winter, Iceage, Forward, Ghoul, Double Negative (who play NYC next week), and so much more. The announcement is just the first batch of bands, with an additional 100+ still to come. Check out the Chaos in Tejas flyer above. Full list of bands below...
Inquisition at MDF (more by BBG)
"This is Danny, the promoter for Rites of Darkness. I understand people have been getting frustrated with lack of news so I personally apologize for that. We have gone through a rash of cancellations which were beyond our control.. Paypal froze the Festival's account which caused delayed flights for months. By the time Paypal decided to release our account flights escalated beyond our set budget. So the show is NOT cancelled by any means but the following bands will not be performing: Root, Akitsa, Interment, Demonical, Valkyrja, Dead Congregation, Hour of 13, and Strid"Rites of Darkness, the San Antonio festival in December that lined up an impressive slate of bands from around the world and many notable exclusives, has suffered a rash of cancellations (including Mortuary Drape), many of which were headlining bands.
The festival has remained silent about the situation for close to two weeks, but finally updated festival-goers today. Their message, excerpted above and available in full below, explains the situation, but neglects to mention that Pagan Altar also cancelled (they were slated for a two hour set) and that Zemial cancelled too. Another band that is currently in flux, Stargazer, is reportedly without flights (the band is from Australia) at the moment. The listing is missing General Surgery, and no announcement has been made about the pre-fest which includes France's Hell Militia. Previously announced cancellations include Ondskapt, Urfaust, Behexen, and Sargeist. RoD has added new Profound Lore signees Pallbearer.
UPDATE: Both Zemial and Pagan Altar are reconsidering their appearances. Statements from both are below.
UPDATED AGAIN: Disma, Funebrarum, Evoken, and Oak have all cancelled their appearances.
The most recent Rites of Darkness statement and the current lineup is below.
Inquisition at Maryland Deathfest (more by BBG)
NYC's Studio at Webster Hall will soon host a trifecta of black metal greatness! Inquisition will headline the venue on December 2nd with a rare appearance from Mortuary Drape and Negative Plane. Tickets are on sale.
Italy's Mortuary Drape and Inquisition will then tour their way to Rites of Darkness 3 in San Antonio, Texas where they'll join the newly added Disma, but NOT Urfaust:
URFAUST vs RITES OF DARKNESS IIIThree day passes for Rites of Darkness 3 are on sale. Pictures from Urfaust's recent Brooklyn show HERE.
URFAUST is very sad to announce that we have to cancel our Intoxication Ritual at Rites of Darkness III in Texas, USA.
Our last Alcoholic Rites on US soil where splenditory, so this is just fucked up...
Nothing more to say about this, we hope to return to the USA and Rites of Darkness in 2012!
All hail the madness!
Ix & Vrdrbr on behalf of Urfaust
All known Inquisition dates, the full Rites of Darkness lineup, and some video is below.
Unearthly Trance at Union Pool (more by Johnathan McPhail)
Good news/bad news. Bad news first. Due to an injury sustained by one of the band members that will require surgery, Loss have cancelled their scheduled 8/6 appearance at Saint Vitus . The band apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and they plans to make up the date in the near future. Best to the band as we raise our glasses for a speedy recovery.
The good news? Unearthly Trance has been ressurected from the "live show" grave and will return to the stage in Loss's stead! The show will be Unearthly Trance's first appearance since hitting Japan for the Extreme The Dojo tour with High on Fire & Melvins that saw them on the front lines of the Japanese earthquake and ensuing tsunami. The last time that Unearthly Trance played NYC was with Doomriders/Sweet Cobra at Union Pool.
In related news, all three members of Unearthly Trance ALSO have a new band, Serpentine Path, featuring Tim Bagshaw of ex-Electric Wizard/current-Ramesses infamy. Check out pictures of their jam sessions at their blog.
Show flyer and some video is below.
by BBG, with photos by Diana Lee Zadlo
Its been around four years since Loss released their Life Without Hope...Death Without Reason demo, an impressive and slowing spreading monument to funeral doom that spawned vinyl pressings due to its popularity. Seek out that demo if you can. The three song EP lead to splits with Necros Christos and a four way with Otesanek, Mournful Congregation, and Orthodox.
Now, after a string of smaller releases Loss is back with their latest LP, Despond, which is out now via Profound Lore. Loss's Despond is a juggernaut that isn't all about barks and darkness; its a genuinely emotional and brooding slab of funeral doom that is genuinely melancholy and crushing. Despond's instrumentation is impressive here, but what is more impressive is the emotional intensity that bubbles beneath the surface.
Loss celebrated the release of Despond on May 20th at the Rutledge in their native Nashville with Pallbearer and Anhedonist (who played NYC with Hooded Menace). Pictures from that show are in this post.
We also sat down with Loss to ask them a few questions about the band and Despond. Read our chat, and check out more of this pictures, below...
The previously discussed Ghost show at The Studio at Webster Hall (on June 1) gets more impressive with the addition of Sabbath Assembly and Natur to the bill. Tickets are on sale. Sabbath Assembly features vocalist Jex Thoth, and the band recently wowed the crowd at Roadburn 2011 with their retro-blues-y compositions punctuated with Thoth's sultry vocals.
After a killer succession of demos and splits (including the favorite Life Without Hope... Death Without Reason demo pressed on vinyl via Parasitic Records last year), Profound Lore has posted a new track from the always impressive Loss, whose debut LP Despond will be released by the label on May 31st. Fans of funeral doom, behold "An Ill Body Seats My Sinking Sight" available above.
Japanese hardcore punks Origin of [M] will release their debut 12" on vinyl via Burai Core. Fans of crusty Japanese style hardcore, take note and catch the band at one of their upcoming US dates including an appearance at both Chaos in Tejas and at Acheron on June 17th. All tour dates and the tour flyer is below.
Kieltolaki is also playing from Chaos In Tejas, and will also log a NYC show too. Look for the band to team with Brain Killer and Nomad at Acheron on June 11th. Kieltolaki released Massahypnoosi on Feral Ward last year.
Krallice is currently streaming all of their new long-player, Diotima, at NPR. You can also stream the previously discussed Agoraphobic Nosebleed / Despise You split in its entirety at Crustcake. Krallice is hitting the road with Withered for a set of dates including The Studio at Webster Hall on 5/2.
A list of upcoming NYC shows and a stream of a new Morbid Angel track is below.
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Surprise! After a few CDs made their way into record stores accidentally (I am told) Twilight, the Blake Judd/Wrest project that now features N. Imperial (Kreig), Aaron Turner (Isis), Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth) and Sanford Parker (Minsk) is out NOW on CD via Southern Lord! The record was engineered by Sanford Parker, who also contributed synths, and features eight tracks with Robert Lowe (Lichens) contributing vocals to three of them. No official word on a release date for the LP, but get out and order a copy... I think I may enjoy it more than the new Nachtmystium. Speaking of the new Nachtmystium, Stereogum recently premiered the keyboard heavy "No Funeral" from the forthcoming Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. II. Dig on that above.
Call me obsessed, but the new Black Breath, Heavy Breathing, is on serious rotation lately- much like their previous EP Razors To Oblivion was last year. The new LP has Kurt Ballou's dirty little fingers all over it, bringing their rich early Swedish death metal meets hardcore sound to life, as exhibited in "Children of The Horn" available above. Get Heavy Breathing now via Southern Lord. Black Breath will open the BV/1000 Knives/AEG Live Converge extravaganza at Santos Party House on 5/6 along with Touche Amore and Lewd Acts. Make sure and get their early (their live show is worth it), and get your tickets in advance (it WILL sell out). Seriously brutal and fun stuff... you gotta love a band that screams "reject Christ, spit on the cross" at the top of their lungs. Or am I alone on that one?
Though it only lasts two tracks (but conversely- 35 minutes), the new EP from Altar of Plagues, Tides, is every bit as powerful as White Tomb, one of my favorite LPs of last year. AoP's new Tides EP is currently up for pre-order via Burning World Records (cop it), but until that package arrives, make sure and dig on "Atlantic Lights" from the EP (50% of the record!) , which makes it's world premiere here!
An LP from last year that was just too good to be free was Celeste's Misanthrope(s). With a potent mix of black metal, furious hardcore, and even melody, it was a seriously underrated record that deserved much more attention than it got. Even though Misanthrope(s) is barely in the rear view, the band has released their new LP, Morte Nee(s) for FREE download (get it above). Make sure and order a copy of the LP for yourself via Denovali as well though, it's one to keep for posterity.
Richmond's Inter Arma totally floored me at The Charleston with their furious mix of black metal, southern stoner style and Neurosis-style imperial riffage. Besides being a jawdropping live band, Inter Arma has also put together a pretty memorable record as well in the form of Sundown, out soon on Forcefield Records. Featuring members of another great Richmond band, Bastard Sapling, check out the band when they hit the road in July, but until then, check out Sundown!
A darkness has settled over the land... details on Watain's new album have been revealed! Entitled Lawless Darkness, the effort was recorded at Necromorbus Studio (Deathspell Omega, Funeral Mist, Ondskapt, Nominon, Unanimated et al) in Alvik, Sweden, and is due on June 7 with the below cover art and the tracklisting as listed down below. The release follows their picture disc EP Reaping Death which quickly disappeared, though the CD single is currently available.
That Watain cover, plus news on Blood Revolt (Primordial + Revenge), Loss, Man Is The Bastard, Hail of Bullets, Woe, a new Inquisition LP, and more as Short Wave Warfare continues....