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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...

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(photo by @1908club)

Jesse Boykins III is playing Glasslands on September 9. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the JEFF the Brotherhood and Diarrhea Planet show at Santos Party House go on sale today at 10 AM. The bands also play Death By Audio, no word on advance tickets for that show.

Tickets for the Minus The Bear show at Gramercy Theatre are still on BrooklynVegan presale. Password: BVBEAR.

Tickets for the free High On Fire and Blackest show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on "sale" today at noon.

Tickets for the SBTRKT show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Iceage show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Jonah Matranga show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Papercuts show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets for their Baby's All Right show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Kaytranada show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Early bird tickets for Brooklyn's inaugural Escape Music Festival featuring Placebo, Yeasayer, The Crystal Method, Ra Ra Riot, ASTR and others are on sale now.

Tickets for the IO-presented Black Cobra, Lo-Pan, Kings Destroy and Godmaker show at Saint Vitus are on sale now.

Machine Head, Children of Bodom, Epica and Battlecross are playing Terminal 5 on October 16. Tickets for that show go on AmEx/Machine Head Ticketmaster presale today at noon with general on sale Friday (8/1) at noon.

J. Roddy Walston & The Business and Fly Golden Eagle are playing Stage 48 on November 7. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with general on sale Friday (8/1) at noon.

Shakey Graves is playing Bowery Ballroom on October 26. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with general on sale Friday (8/1) at noon.

This year's Fashion Rocks concert happens September 9 at Barclays Center. It will be headlined by Jennifer Lopez and also among the lineup is KISS, Duran Duran, Usher and others. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now. General on-sale begins Friday (8/1) at 10 AM.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

High On Fire at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

Scion A/V have announced the full lineup for their annual free Scion Rock Fest. This year's installment will take place in Pomona, CA on May 17. Judging by the number of acts (there are 26 all told) and the fact that it's all taking place on one day, it'll be another multiple-venue affair.

As usual, the lineup is a mix of crossover-friendly fan favorites (High On Fire, Machine Head, Red Fang, Crowbar, King Buzzo) with less obvious but still comparatively accessible acts (Midnight, Coffins, Big Business, etc.), and up-and-comers (Power Trip, Windhand, etc). You can check out the full lineup below. RSVPs for the festival will open Wednesday (3/26); keep an eye on Scion A/V's website to score your free spot.

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Mastodon at Roseland Ballroom in 2012 (more by Rebecca Reed)

This year's Rockstar Mayhem Festival tour has been announced, and though we'd look forward to any tour with Mastodon and Behemoth, the rest of the lineup is, um, different than the bands we might've expected. Those include Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Job for a Cowboy, Children of Bodom, Born of Osiris, Emmure, and more. The tour hits the general NYC area on July 19 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, July 20 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga, July 21 at the Comcast Theatre in Hartford, and July 23 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.

All tour dates are listed, along with the full tour lineup, below...

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by BBG

Gojira in the Studio

Gojira returns with their new LP L'Enfant Sauvage, the French band's debut for Roadrunner Records (order yours). Close to four years in the making and due on June 26th, the title track is one of the first tastes of the record to slip past the goalie after recently surfacing at Pitchfork. Now "L'Enfant Sauvage" has been given the video treatment, and is available to watch for the first time below.

Gojira is currently touring the EU but after a month off of the road, they'll embark on a US tour supporting Dethklok and Lamb of God. That tour swings through NYC for a date with Roseland Ballroom on August 29th. Tickets are on sale. The band is also on board to play the Mayhem Festival Cruise on Dec 7 - 10 along with their tourmates Lamb of God, as well as Machine Head, Anthrax, Hatebreed, Kingdom of Sorrow and many more. Full tour dates are below.

The video for "L'Enfant Sauvage" is below, alongside a listing of all tour dates.

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photos by Eric M. Townsend, word by Black Bubblegum


Metallica played three NYC area shows in a row this past weekend, the final stops on their Death Magnetic US tour including Nassau Coliseum on 1/29 and a two night stay at the Prudential Center in beautiful Newark, NJ (on 1/31 and 2/1, the latter coinciding with the Superbowl). Machine Head and The Sword supported on all three nights, with The Sword adding a show at Bowery Ballroom on 1/30. The Metallica pics are from 1/31, I attended the 2/1 show.

I headed into the doors of the Prudential Center right around 6:45, settling into my GA "seats" (the floor) a few moments before The Sword hit the stage. My early arrival gave me a few moments to thoroughly inspect the unique "in the round" set-up. Placed in the center of the arena floor, with six mics positioned at various parts of the stage, members of the band were within ten feet of me at times, and on the opposite side at others. Overhead, seven sheet metal "coffins" the size of a Cadillacs containing lighting rigs and lasers rotated up and down and in a circular motion. On stage, located behind a short wall of amps was a line of pyro.... I guess James didn't learn his lesson? Later on, we would learn that Lars Ulrich's kit was also on a swivel. Low-budget, this show was not.

The Sword took the stage at 7PM, playing a shortened 25+ minute set and drawing from both of their Kemado releases. The Austin crew were simple and effective and it was truly surreal to see the band on THAT stage as opposed to the last time I saw them (Bowery Ballroom in 2007).

Machine Head were next, and even if I wanted to hear them (I didn't), I wouldn't have been able to. The mix was absolutely abhorrent, and if it wasn't for the metal-requisite whammy pedal, I probably wouldnt have been able to hear ANY guitars. My life-long Metallica fan friend commented:

"Those dudes are straight up corny".

Mostly. That said, the masses in Affliction/Don Ed Hardy tees, mohawks, and mock wallet chains were contented. Thankfully, guitarist/vocalist Rob Flynn is a good showman, spraying water about and leading the crowd in chants of "Ma-sheen-head" and "Machine-fuckin-head". At least he, unlike the music, held my interest.

Metallica took the stage a shade after 9PM, emerging with their usual intro music, "The Ecstasy of Gold" from Ennio Morricone's The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly soundtrack. Kicking off with "That Was Just Your Life" from the new LP, Death Magnetic, the band was accompanied a laser-light show of epic proportions.... Daft Punk is jealous. Although the concentration was on Death Magnetic material (six songs in total), the band did dip into the classics ("Master of Puppets, "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)", "Blackened", Seek & Destroy"), the records that propelled them to the top ("Enter Sandman", "Nothing Else Matters"), and deeper fan favorites (a cover of "Die Die My Darling" by the Misfits, "Breadfan" by Budgie) over the course of the evening.

As a fan of the Cliff Burton & Justice era of Metallica, I would say this show was alot like a Jerry Bruckheimer film: loud, lots of explosions, an obscene amount of special effects, a little something for everyone, a touch on the dumb side, but big time entertainment.

More pictures from 1/31 and setlists for all three shows below...

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by Black Bubblegum

Do you think he got it done after St. Anger?
Metallica tat

In between the dates at Nassau Coliseum (1/29) and Prudential Center (1/31, 2/1), The Sword will opt to NOT go shopping around Soho (like Metallica might) in lieu of another date in the NYC area. Tickets go on AMEX presale 11/19 and regular sale on 11/21 at noon for a January 30th show by The Sword at Bowery Ballroom. It's one of a few shows the band added to fill in the holes between Metallica dates. Some of the added dates are also with Lamb Of God who is also on tour with Metallica. Others are with Year Long Disaster.

Lamb of God recently announced details of their new album, due in 2009. The Sword recently released a video for "How Heavy This Axe". That video, and all tour dates, below...

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by Black Bubblegum

Lars Ulrich with his best friend & helper...ProTools

Metallica have announced North American dates in support of their September 12th release of Death Magnetic. The Sword will open all dates with Lamb Of God, Machine Head, and Down opening select dates. The NYC area gets a pair of shows with Machine Head, January 29 @ Nassau Coliseum and Jan 31 @ Prudential Center in Newark. Ticket info is forthcoming.

In related Metallica news, the band "leaked" video of a new song, "Cyanide", as well as footage of the band blazing through a medley of Mercyful Fate classics with King Diamond from their performance at Ozzfest. Check it out, as well as the sphincter-like artwork below.

Down guitar player Kirk Windstein is going on tour in Kingdom of Sorrow with Gwar and Toxic Holocaust.

Metallica dates and videos below...

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by Black Bubblegum

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SVT New Album

Neurot Recordings have announced details for THREE Neurosis-related releases in the next two months! First up, a new solo album from the mighty Scott Kelly, who will release The Wake on May 5th, his first release in the seven years since his debut Spirit Bound Flesh. Two weeks later, the world's most intense elementary school teacher Steve Von Till drops A Grave is a Grim Horse, his first non-Harvestman release in six years (Harvestman recently collabo'd with Fear Falls Burning). More details on A Grave Is A Grim Horse can be found here. The third we knew about, but has now gone official: A Storm Of Light's debut And We Wept the Black Ocean Within will be released on June 2nd. Read our recent interview with Josh Graham here.

Tickets for the previously mentioned second At The Gates show go on sale Thursday April 3rd at 10 AM here. Tomas Lindberg's other band, the mighty Disfear, have announced a few more dates, including another show in Brooklyn at Europa on May 22nd with Trap Them and Bloodhorse! Ticket info for Disfear at Europa isn't available, but there are still tickets for their show at the Knitting Factory. New tour dates are down below.

MUCH MORE..............

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by Black Bubblegum

Mastodon @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple, NYC (Kid Swinging) (more about that)

Mastodon has announced plans to tour with the supremely dubious named "Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour", providing support for (ugh) co-headliners Slipknot & Disturbed, as well as Machine Head, Dragonforce, The Red Chord and many others. Tentative dates are below...

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