Entries tagged with: Low Places
DOWNLOAD: Narrows - "Absolute Betrayer" (MP3)
All Pigs Must Die @ Acheron
At Acheron in Brooklyn on Friday night [Kevin Baker of All Pigs Must Die's] singing and stage presence were roughly the same: self-possessed but bristling, an act of containing endless rage more than distributing a measurable amount. He barked short lines at maximum bellow, and the phrases and images ran together from song to song: "the soil soaked with blood," "merchant of death," "erase from existence," "no graves, no coffins" -- you get it. His ire slowly expanded, and what would happen when he popped? At one point he whipped a drumstick over the heads of the crowd in the tiny space; at another, during a problem with the sound system, he crashed the microphone stand against an overhead speaker. But he was careful, even graceful.All Pigs Must Die headlined a one-off show at Acheron, with Seven Sisters of Sleep, Low Places, and Grudges. SSoS and Low Places went on to play the massive A389 Anniversary show at Sonar the next night (pictures/review... part 1, part 2).
All of that can make a band imposing. What makes this one special -- its first full album, "God Is War" (Southern Lord), was one of the better rock records of any kind last year -- is that it strikes a weird place between aggression and virtuosic joy. You don't have to know anything about Ben Koller, the drummer, to recognize how good he is; he's been a member of the metalcore band Converge since the late '90s, and his loud playing is full of momentum, swing and flourish. (He performed the entire set with a wide, hungry smile.) Likewise what came from the guitar of Adam Wentworth and the bass of Matt Woods: big, rugged, articulated and stylized sound, suggesting different sources every 30 seconds or so.
If you missed All Pigs Must Die, catch them with Narrows on March 9th at Knitting Factory. Narrows is readying the release of their new LP Painted via Deathwish on 2/28. Stream a new track, "Absolute Betrayer", below (or download it above) alongside pictures from Acheron....
words & photos by BBG
Integrity & Pulling Teeth @ A389 Anniversary
After Weekend Nachos played Sonar's smaller stage on Saturday, the party then moved to the larger stage, where Young and In The Way played their blackened-crust on a candle-lit stage. Black Metal aesthetics and a taut set made YAITW's performance one of my favorites of the day. Make sure and check out the band's new LP V: Eternal Depression, as well as their forthcoming 2LP Amen/I Am Not What I Am compilation due on the label this week.
Junior Bruce, featuring Scott Angelacos of Bloodlet on vocals, played stoner-doom which was a perfect lead-in to the great Seven Sisters of Sleep. The latter, who played Friday at Acheron (pictures on the way), play sludgy-hardcore and ripped out an excellent set of mid-paced pummeling. The always dependable Magrudergrind helped speed things up directly afterword.
Pulling Teeth played their final show after Magrudergrind, and had the crowd bouncing around and singing along to their set. Vocalist Mike Riley spent the final two songs bouncing between the stage and the crowd, as his backing band played material from across their output, including latter works like "From Birth" and "At Peace" from their latest LP Funerary. It's always sad to see a band of that caliber go away, but at least the Baltimore quintet does it with style and grace. Check out my interview with Dom of Pulling Teeth that we posted last week.
The caustic-negativity was ratched up for Gehenna, who played their black-metal-infused hardcore to a somewhat quieter audience. Mike Apocalypse staggered across the stage like a wide-eyed madman for the duration of their set, which seemingly confounded those looking to do some good old-fashioned moshing.
Integrity's metallic hardcore followed Gehenna, closing with the unfuckwithable trifecta of "Vocal Test" into "Hollow" into "Micha: Those Who Fear Tomorrow". The night at Sonar ended with Eyehategod, who dipped into all of the old classics for their set, as well as their "new" song "New Orleans is The New Vietnam" (which they have been playing for a few years now).
Overall, a great night with my personal highlights of the evening being Young and In The Way, Pulling Teeth, Weekend Nachos, Gehenna, Full of Hell, and Integrity. One final note... as much as I love Eyehategod both live and on record (a lot), the band is in desparate need of some new material... its been 12 long-years since Confederacy of Ruined Lives and they definitely have some creative-life left in them (see Soilent Green, Down, the recent Kill Life flexi and Mike's work in noise music, Hawg Jaw, Outlaw Order, Arson Anthem, etc).
Pictures from the first part of the day are HERE. The rest of the pictures from Saturday's A389 Anniversary show, aka everything mentioned above, are below...
words & photos by BBG
A389 Records descended upon Sonar in Baltimore on January 21st with sixteen bands, hailing from from places like Belgium and Canada, and all over the US. The 9+ hour show was headlined by Eyehategod and included repeat A389 Anniversary offenders Integrity, Gehenna, and Seven Sisters of Sleep. It featured bands, that while rooted in hardcore, dipped their toes into crust, powerviolence, grind, doom, sludge and everywhere in between.
The first portion of the show took place on the smaller stage at Sonar, where Eddie Brock kicked off the evening followed by Homewrecker featuring fill-in bassist Joe Yanick of Masakari. John Hoffman of Weekend Nachos (who is touring with Homewrecker, and recently played ABC No Rio) and Dylan Walker of Full of Hell both dropped in to do vocals for Homewrecker.
Hatewaves, which features members of Pulling Teeth and Triac, followed the pair, opening their set with an appropriately absurd announcement: "Direct from a supporting slot from Don Ho, you wanted the second best, you got the second best... Hatewaves."
The crew deals in ridiculous lyrics over brutally fast hardcore, and delivered on both fronts despite an absurdly short-and-to-the-point set. Triac's blistering grind followed Hatewaves.
Low Places, who were a bit loose at times, played following Triac and pounded the crowd with their negative hardcore, eventually trashing the stage before Full of Hell got on. Full of Hell's noise-peppered hardcore brutality was the first set of the day to get the crowd really moving.
Pick Your Side, a new project featuring Jeff of Haymaker/Left for Dead/Chokehold and two members of Fuck The Facts, followed Hatewaves, and by the end of the second song Beckmann had already incited a pit and stage-dived. The band is prepping to release their new LP Let Me Show You How Democracy Works on A389, but had a select set of the LPs with special screened covers at the show.
Weekend Nachos batted clean-up on the small stage, which was packed to capacity by the time they took the stage. Possibly the most violent pit of the day, the Chicago crew had plenty of stage dives and singalongs to go along with their uber-brutal set.
The party then moved to the larger stage. More on that (with pictures) HERE. More pictures of everything mentioned above, below...
Seven Sisters of Sleep at A389 2011 (more by BBG)
Seven Sisters of Sleep (mems Tafkata) are two for two with releases in 2011, dropping both their excellent debut and their similarly crushing split with Children of God this year. Get both at A389. Though no full East Coast trek has been planned, Seven Sisters of Sleep will join the great All Pigs Must Die, labelmates Low Places, and NYC's Grudges for an NYC date at Acheron on 1/20, just a few days after the always awesome A389 Anniversary show at Sonar in Baltimore with Eyehategod, Gehenna, and many others.
All Pigs Must Die was recently given an "honorable mention" in Pitchfork's top metal of 2011 list (though no shout out for Seven Sisters of Sleep). Check out the full list, along with some streaming APMD material and a few videos below...
Integrity at A389 in 2010 (more by Chris Bavaria)
The annual A389 Anniversary bash returns for its eighth year in 2012, expanding to TWO stages of acts at Sonar in Baltimore. The show goes down on January 21, 2012 and will feature appearances from Eyehategod, Integrity (a staple for the bash), Gehenna (who recently revisited their Land of Sodom 7" and Upon The Gravehill and played A389 in 2010), Starkweather, Weekend Nachos, Seven Sisters of Sleep, Starkweather, and Pick Your Side all in their only area appearances, in addition to appearances from Full of Hell (who is streaming their new record), Triac, Low Places, Hatewaves, and many others. Full lineup is below. Tickets are on sale now.
In related news, A389 will release a new flexi from Kill Life, a band featuring members of Integrity, Crass, Fucked Up, Magrudergrind and Pulling Teeth. Kill Life is joined by none other than Mike IX Williams of Eyehategod on the D.E.A. (Dead End America) 7", which is up for order now.
For those of you who can't wait until January, you can catch Integrity in Connecticut in October.
Full lineup is below, alongside some video.