Entries tagged with: Mastodon
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Revocation at Gramercy in 2014 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
As always, the metal and hardcore universe continues to exist unabated. Here's a roundup of some stuff coming up...
There's a bunch of heavy festivals here in the states. Besides the always-great festivals like Maryland Deathfest, there are a few recent metal fests announced that lean more towards mall metal but do have some good stuff. First of all there's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, which goes down in Worcester, MA On April 15-16. This year's lineup includes headliners The Black Dahlia Murder and Killswitch Engage, plus Earth Crisis, Ringworm, Rivers of Nihil, Old Wounds, Fallujah and various others. Tickets are on sale now.
There's also Heavy Montreal for the border-crossing metalheads. That one happens on August 6-7 and involves Mastodon, Ghost, Sabaton, Carcass, Suffocation, Inquisition, Kataklysm, Biohazard, Mantar and again, Killswitch Engage. Tickets are on sale.
Also, in upstate NY, there's Rock'n Derby Festival on May 20-22 with Lamb of God, Megadeth, Clutch, Wolfmother, Wild Throne, Anthrax and Ghost. Not to mention Dokken and Scott Stapp! This fest will also involve a demolition derby and pro wrestling. What are you waiting for? Buy tickets now.
In terms of NYC shows coming up, tech-death monsters Revocation are going on a short run of dates and hitting Saint Vitus on March 17. Support for that has yet to be announced, but tickets for that are on sale now. Dates below.
Old-school evil black metal band Archgoat are touring with Valkyrja, and they'll be stopping in NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on March 20. Tickets for that are on sale now, and you can check out all tour dates below.
Heavy, catchy punks Angel Du$t are playing a few east coast dates with Higher Power and Soft Grip, including NYC at The Acheron on March 18 with support from Liberty. Tickets for that are on sale now, and you can check out those dates below.
There's some new music making the rounds, including a new single from locals Prong. That's called "Cut and Dry," it's from their upcoming album X - No Absolutes, which is out today (2/5) and you can stream it below. The whole album is on Spotify.
San Francisco doom duo Black Cobra have a new album on the way called Imperium Simulacra and they recently debuted the title track. It's a stellar piece of riff-mongering, the likes of which we've come to expect from this band, and you can stream it below. Imperium Simulacra is out February 25 via Season of Mist.
Canadian power-metal band Striker just premiered their incredibly fun new LP Stand in the Fire over at Invisible Oranges. You can stream that ripper below. As always, keep an eye on IO for a steady stream of good metal.
Now on to the reminders. Since we last spoke much has been announced. There's Amon Amarth/Entombed A.D., The Sword/Purson, Dylan Carlson, Weekend Nachos, Kvelertak/Torche/Wild Throne, and Grim Reaper.
And of course there's more. You've got five (five) Killswitch Engage shows, Magrudergrind/Mutilation Rites, Cauldron, Tau Cross, Unearth/Ringworm, Dragged Into Sunlight/Primitive Man/Cult Leader/Churchburn, UXO/Primitive Weapons, Behemoth/Myrkur, Ghost, Cannabis Corpse, Pig Destroyer/Dropdead/Full of Hell, and Whores/Fight Amp.
Also: Dysrhthmia/Artificial Brain, Poison Idea/Child Bite/Iron Reagan AND Poison Idea/Child Bite/Sheer Terror, Rivers of Nihil Krallice/Sabbath Assembly/Gnaw, Coffins/Noisem/Ilsa, Bell Witch/Wrekmeister Harmonies, Black Tusk, Taake, Young and In the Way, Vattnet Viskar, and Bongzilla/Black Cobra.
And, to give you a fourth paragraph of links (because 4th time is the charm), there's Abbath/High on Fire/Skeletonwitch/Tribulation, Abigail Williams/Fleshgod Apocalypse, Melvins/Napalm Death/Melt Banana, Cannibal Corpse/Obituary/Cryptopsy, Voivod/Vektor/Eight Bells, Megadeth/Suicidal Tendencies, Black Sabbath, Slayer/Testament/Carcass, AC/DC, and Iron Maiden.
That about does it. What did we miss? Stream new Black Cobra, Prong, and Striker, and check out the new Conan video below...
photos by P Squared
Judas Priest / Mastodon @ The Paramount - 11/5/15
The massive Judas Priest and Mastodon tour just made its way through the NYC-area for two smaller shows at The Paramount on November 5 and 6 and then a much bigger show at the Prudential Center on November 7. BV was on hand for the first Paramount show, and there are pictures of that in this post.
The Paramount is a small place to see either Priest or Mastodon, so seeing them there together was an all-too-rare treat. Priest played the same setlist at all three shows, a nicely curated mix of classic ("Breaking the Law," "Painkiller," "Hell Bent for Leather," and the like) and songs from their still-pretty-great 2014 release Redeemer of Souls. Mastodon, on the other hand, changed it up each night. On the 5th (the show we caught) they focused pretty heavily on material from 2014's Once More 'Round The Sun, though they still hit live standards "Crystal Skull" and "Aqua Dementia," and they managed to find time for "Bladecatcher," which is always a plus.
NJ.com caught the Prudential Center show, which was obviously a way different environment than the Paramount. Here's what they wrote about the arena show:
Though Halford's vocal range has always been front-and-center in Judas Priest's songwriting, the band's studio work doesn't quite represent the sheer power he's possessed, and continues to hone into his 60s. As the frontman stomped and paced with an unwavering grimace, every growl and shriek seemed to be a furious beast battling to escape its host. The result was tremendous -- Halford's chops showed no wear, even on show No. 109 of his group's world tour. His soaring high notes and rich vibrato defined "Victim of Changes" and new track "Halls Of Valhalla."You can check out some good fan-shot videos (by John Erigo) of Priest's set a that one, below.
In other news, Mastodon have released Once More 'Round the Sun track "Asleep In the Deep" as a gnarly-looking picture-disc single, which you can order now.
More pictures of the Paramount show, and those Prudential Center videos, below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Slayer's new album has been met with a few shrugs this year, and its newest critic is Slayer frontman Tom Araya's daughter Ariel, who gives it the review of: "Eh."
We learned about this from a new post by Ariel on Reddit. You might remember that the above picture of the Araya family (from the 2008 Grammys) took the internet by storm, and left Tom with charges of lameness that may or may not have been caused by Ariel's mortified look in the picture. She defends him:
I was 11 at the time when this picture was taken. Having flash bulbs in your face and 30+ people yelling "LOOK AT ME" can be a little intimidating. I love the old Slayer. Some of the newer stuff is eh. My dad misses being home. He isn't lame. He's been the best dad he can be with our circumstances.So the record is now straight; Tom is a great dad and old Slayer rules... just don't ask her about the new stuff. (She later clarified, "Don't get me wrong the new stuff is still good music I just prefer the older stuff. You can hear the bass in it compared to now," but the "eh" quote is funnier.)
Speaking of children and metal news, Mastodon's Brent Hinds, who can generally be found doing funny things, is featured in a new promo video for Orange Amps giving a head tattoo to a child. Hail Satan. You can watch that below.
Mastodon are in the midst of their NYC-area run with Judas Priest. It kicked off at Huntington, NY's Paramount last night (11/5), returns there tonight (11/6), and then hits Newark's Prudential Center on Saturday (11/7) (tickets).
Oh and don't forget, even metalheads can agree that kids should never smoke cigarettes. Just ask the anti-smoking finger-metal band Death Maggot...
photo by Tom Couture
Metal collective Metal Allegiance is led by core members David Ellefson (Megadeth), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater), Alex Skolnick (Testament) and Mark Menghi (of no famous band), and their new album (out today on Nuclear Blast) is loaded with stars, including Phil Anselmo (ex-Pantera), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Randy Blythe (Lamb of God), members of Exodus, Anthrax, Guns N Roses, Dillinger Escape Plan, Death Angel and still many more.
They played Best Buy Theater in NYC last night (9/17), doing a ton of classic covers like the Misfits' "Last Caress," Metallica's "Seek and Destroy," Black Sabbath's "Into the Void" and Iron Maiden's "Run to the Hills" (videos of all of those below).
They have a much smaller NYC show happening tonight (9/18) at Saint Vitus. The core members will definitely be at tonight's show, and special guests are promised (presumably some of the album guests?). This one's a little more high concept than last night. Rather than just an array of covers, Vitus says they're playing Van Halen's self-titled album and Black Sabbath's Master of Reality. Opening the show is Extinction AD and Magus Beast. Tickets are on sale now.
They also will do a live interview at AOL Studios in NYC today (5:45 PM doors) and they have an in-store at Long Island record store Looney Tunes on Saturday (9/19). There are a few other dates too, all of which are listed below...
photo: Judas Priest at 2014 FFF Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
As previously discussed, the awesome multi-generational metal tour of Judas Priest and Mastodon hits the NYC-area for an arena show on November 7 at Prudential Center and a MUCH smaller show on November 6 at Paramount Theater. That Paramount show unsurprisingly sold out, but now the bands added another show for November 5 at Paramount Theater.
Tickets for that show are on Judas Priest fan presale and Ticketmaster presale now (anyone know the passwords?). Venue presale starts Thursday (8/13) at 10 AM (password = "PULSE") and general on-sale starts Friday (8/14) at 10 AM. Prudential Center tickets are also still available at that same link.
A new Fresno, CA show was added too. Updated dates are listed below...
photo: Judas Priest at FFF Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Metal Gods Judas Priest's last tour had them playing arenas, but they're hitting the road again this fall and including some smaller venues. Making it even better: Mastodon are opening.
The whole tour isn't in small venues, however. They'll hit the NYC-area at Newark's Prudential Center on November 7, but the day before that they play Long Island's much more intimate Paramount Theater on November 6. Tickets for The Paramount go on sale Friday (7/31) at 10 AM with a venue presale starting Thursday (7/30) at 10 AM. Tickets for Prudential Center are on fan presale now (password: redeemer) with Live Nation/Ticketmaster presales starting Wednesday (7/29) at 10 AM and general sale starting Friday (7/31) at 10 AM.
Both Priest and Mastodon have other tour dates coming up that aren't together too. All dates for both bands are listed, with some videos, below...
While you may not think a festival curated by Slipknot is a thing you wanted to attend, the lineup is actually pretty awesome for their annual Knotfest this year. They've got cool stuff like Judas Priest, Mastodon, GWAR, Corrosion of Confirmity, Clutch, Mobb Deep, Ghostface Killah, At the Gates, Suicidal Tendencies, Body Count, Cannibal Corpse, Helmet, Red Fang, The Sword, Goatwhore, Kataklysm, Dying Fetus, Inquisition, Abysmal Dawn and more. Early bird, VIP, and camping passes go on sale today (6/29) via the festival's website.
The fest happens October 24-25 at at the San Manuel Amphitheatre and festival grounds in San Bernardino, CA. Full day-by-day lineup below...
Did you recognize the members of Mastodon on Game of Thrones tonight?!? If you don't want any spoilers, don't click below...
Reunited post-hardcore band Planes Mistaken for Stars are still going, and have just announced another tour for this summer. The tour brings them to the NYC-area on July 18 at Asbury Lanes and July 19 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for those shows are not on sale yet, but should be soon via Ticketweb and Ticketfly, respectively. All dates are listed below.
The band will also be reissuing 2006's Mercy on July 14 via Deathwish, the day before the tour begins. The reissue comes with new packaging, and was remastered from the original tapes by Brad Boatwright.
You can watch videos with members of Converge, Mastodon, Touche Amore, Coliseum and Wolves Like Us discussing PMFS, with the list of dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
Mastodon have shared their contribution to Game of Thrones' Catch the Throne II mixtape which this time has both hip hop and heavy rock. (But not both at once, for that grab the Judgement Night soundtrack.) Much like the plot of the HBO series, "White Walker" takes its time building to a climax. The lyrics seem to be vaguely about the zombie hoarde in the North, though with lines like "They come down The Wall to save us all," Mastodon may have a different interpretation of what's going on than most of us. Stream it below.
Talib Kweli offered up his Catch the Throne II contribution, "Lord of the Light," last week and the whole thing (including tracks from Anthrax, Estelle, Method Man and more) will be online March 17.
In other news, if you'll be in Austin for the interactive or film portions of SXSW this weekend, be on the lookout for "SXSWesteros" from March 13-16 at 213 W. 5th Street during the day. (They've done it in years past as well.) There's also a panel discussion on Monday (3/16) titled "Game of Thrones: Creating Immersive Entertainment."
Elsewhere: this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly has Game of Thrones on the cover (four different covers, actually, that's Tyrion's above) and that will be out March 12. And there's a brand new trailer for the upcoming fifth season of Game of Thrones (premiering April 12 on HBO) which you can watch below....
Bob's Burgers' Game of Thrones parody from last week's episode
The new Game of Thrones mixtape "Catch the Throne II," which mixes rap and rock this time, will be out March 17 and the full lineup of contributors are: Anthrax, Estelle, Kap G, Killswitch Engage, Mastodon, Melanie Fiona, Method Man, MNDR, Mushroomhead, Raquel Sofia, Snoop Dogg, Stalley, Talib Kweli, Ty Dolla $ign, and Yandel. They've shared Talib Kweli's contribution, "Lord of The Light" and he tells Complex, "I really nerded out on this song and there's a Game of Thrones reference in just about every line." You can listen to it below.
In related news, last week's Bob's Burger's offered up stories by the show's three kids, and Louise's was a cats-based Game of Thrones homage and you can watch that (via Vulture) below. Bob'd Burgers also recently featured Sleater-Kinney and The National. Catch the actors live on tour.
Stoner rockers Big Business are opening a string of dates on the Mastodon / Clutch tour this spring, and they've since added a headlining run to go down before that. Those dates include a NYC show happening April 9 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Big Business aren't on the Mastodon/Clutch show in Central Park. Instead it's Graveyard, and tickets are still on sale.
List of dates and a live video, below...
Tickets for the Mastodon / Clutch / Graveyard show at Central Park Summerstage on May 19 go on Invisible Oranges/BrooklynVegan presale at noon today (1/22). Get yours using the PASSWORD: clutchoranges.
If you miss out on getting tickets, the general on-sale starts at noon on Friday (1/23). More tour dates HERE.
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
photo: Mastodon in Austin in 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Two bands that toe the line between hard rock and metal, Mastodon and Clutch, will be heading out on a co-headlining tour this spring, and fellow riff-bringers Graveyard and Big Business will be on board as openers on select dates. The tour will continue to support Mastodon's 2014 album Once More 'Round the Sun and Clutch's 2013 LP Earth Rocker, and a press release notes that "fans can expect surprises" from these two bands who have collaborated on stage before.
The tour hits NYC on May 19 at Central Park Summerstage with Mastodon closing the night and Graveyard opening. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (1/23) with an Invisible Oranges/BrooklynVegan pre-sale starting at noon on Thursday (1/22). Check back here Thursday morning for the password (note: the presale was originally starting Wednesday, but got pushed back a day).
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
All dates are listed below...
We're officially in Music Festival Announcement Season, and the latest one is Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival, happening May 8-10. This year includes The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Tame Impala, Brand New, Mastodon, Neutral Milk Hotel (supposedly one of your last chances to see them for a while), Interpol, Flogging Molly, TV on the Radio, Manchester Orchestra, James Blake, Death from Above 1979, Dr. Dog, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football, Clutch, Black Lips, The Mountain Goats, Best Coast, Real Estate, Wavves, Built to Spill, The Both, Mac DeMarco, Minus the Bear, Old 97's, FIDLAR, METZ, THe Bronx, Speedy Ortiz, Palma Violets, VIet Cong, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full initial lineup (even more TBA) below...
Andrew Jackson Jihad
Folk punks Andrew Jackson Jihad returned this year with their fifth album, Christmas Island, and they've now announced they'll continue supporting it with a 2015 tour. It's a pretty stacked tour, with support from their Australian SideOneDummy labelmates The Smith Street Band, their American labelmate Jeff Rosenstock, and Brooklyn DIY pop punks Chumped. The A.V. Club-presented tour hits NYC on March 20 at Warsaw. Tickets for that show (and all other dates) go on sale Friday (12/12). All dates are listed below.
As usual, you've got other chances to catch Chumped in their hometown before that. They celebrate their great debut record, Teenage Retirement, on Saturday (12/13) at Suburbia, also with Jeff Rosenstock, as well as Cayetana, Chris Gethard and Adult Dude (tix at door). Then, they open for Plow United on 12/30 at Acheron (tickets). If you haven't checked out Teenage Retirement, you can change that by listening below.
Both Chumped and Andrew Jackson Jihad made Jeff Rosenstock's 2014 year-end list. Speaking of year-end lists, SideOneDummy, and Chumped, Chumped's SideOneDummy-signed recent tourmates PUP also gave us a list of their favorite albums of 2014. And (wait for it), it includes Cayetana, who play Chumped's release show (and whose release show Chumped played) and who toured with PUP when both bands opened for The Menzingers (who have dates coming up) who it also includes!
Check out their whole list/entertaining commentary, with the AJJ dates, below...
This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.
UPDATE: Full list of nominations (
except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.
UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.
The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.
Topshelf Records has had a pretty great year, putting out records by several rising young bands across various rock subgenres (not just emo!), as well as long-awaited returns from veteran bands. Some of those artists, like You Blew It!, are already ending up on 2014 year-end lists, and we asked a few bands on the label to tell us their favorite albums of the year. Below, you'll find year-end lists from You Blew It!, The Jazz June, Cut Teeth, Nai Harvest, and label co-founder Kevin Duquette.
You Blew It! recently announced an upcoming EP on Jade Tree and a tour with Rozwell Kid (who are on their list), Tiny Moving Parts (who are an honorable mention) and Sorority Noise. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on 2/20 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (12/5).
The Jazz June are going on a tour with labelmates Field Mouse (who are on their list) soon, which hits NYC on 12/27 at Saint Vitus (tickets). They put out their first album since 2002 this year, and also headlined the BV CMJ showcase which also featured Beach Slang, who are on their list.
In other Topshelf news, they've got a Caravels / Octaves split, a new Suis La Lune album, and new music from Kind of Like Spitting on the way. And as discussed, Bob Nanna is releasing the first City On Film album since 2005 on the label this month. He already released the first Braid album since 1998 on the label earlier in the year.
Browse the Topshelf lists below...
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...
photos by Tim Griffin, words by Rob Sperry-Fromm
"Mastodon killed it last night. I'm still feeling the repercussions at work today." - @ARodzATX
Mastodon, Gojira and Kvelertak have spent a fairly staggering amount of time on the road together this year, and they recently brought the current iteration of the tour to Austin for a show at Stubb's (10/20). Unfortunately our photographer missed Kvelertak, but BV was on hand for sets from Gojira and Mastodon, and pictures of the show are in this post.
If you've ever caught these bands live, you know that they bring contrasting styles to their performances. Gojira are an incredibly tight and heavy machine--their sound is always clear and crushing in equal measure, and the drumming in particular is always ridiculously on point. Both bands have a deep back-catalogue to draw from, which they do liberally, although both brought a focus on new material. Mastodon are a bit all over the place live, but not in a bad way. Everybody chimes in with vocals, and drummer Brann Dailor and lead guitarist Brent Hinds are extremely good improvisers, lending a more off-the-cuff vibe to their sets. At the Stubb's show they hit something from every album, although Blood Mountain seemed to get short shrift, with live staples like "Crystal Skull" and "Colony of Birchmen" conspicuously absent. But, as a nice touch, they did break out the rarely heard psych-country Blood Mountain closer "Pendulous Skin" for their final song, which they dedicated to the late keyboardist Ikey Owens, who contributed keys to that track.
Mastodon have been involved in some controversy lately after they released a video for the Once More Round the Sun track "The Motherload," which featured near-"Anaconda" levels of twerking. Some media outlets such as The Guardian accused the video of sexism and/or racism for its depiction of female butts. Mastodon's drummer defended it to Pitchfork though, saying "it's not meant to be taken so seriously, and one of the dancers in the video came to their public defense too, saying "Ask us if it was racist or sexist. We were the ones right there experiencing it. I'll tell you from my view: no."
Not ones to be cowed by such accusations (remember, this is the band who sells bikinis and shorts emblazoned with "Asstodon"), Mastodon responded to "Twerkgate" by launching a twerking contest to win tickets for some of their upcoming shows (the contest appears to be taken down) and released a special twerk-themed halloween t-shirt.
Controversy or no, the tour will continue this month and next, and New Yorkers will have another couple of chances to catch the bands when they hit The Paramount in Huntington, NY on Halloween (tickets) and the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on November 1 (tickets). We're also giving away a pair of tickets to the NJ show. Details on how to enter to win, below.
More pictures from the Austin show (including one of the setlist), all upcoming tour dates, the video that inspired Twerkgate, and contest details, below...
As you may know, in addition to the April Record Store Day, there's a RSD Black Friday (November 28) too, with its own exclusive releases. The list for this year's is out now and features releases from The Afghan Whigs, Against Me!, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips, The Grateful Dead, Green Day, Husker Du, Iron Butterfly, J Mascis, Judas Priest, Jenny Lewis, Mastodon, Metallica, New Order, Conor Oberst, Outkast, Phil Spector, St Vincent, The Doors, Ramones, They Might Be Giants, Johnny Thunders, Wu-Tang Clan, Neil Young and more. Check out the full list here.
photos by James Richards IV, words by Zach Pollack
Jane's Addiction / GWAR fans / Title Fight
Riot Fest Chicago is currently underway at Chicago's beautiful Humboldt Park. It kicked off on Friday (9/12) and that first day was plagued by light to heavy rains that pretty much continued from doors until the headliners. But the weather didn't seem to slow down the bands or the audience much at all, and it was an opening day with something for everyone. On the heavier end, there was American thrash kings Slayer performing Reign In Blood in its entirety, resilient interplanetary scumdogs Gwar, and Mastodon; classic punks Stiff Little Fingers and ALL; alternative rock flag bearers Jane's Addiction; anthemic and melodic punks The Offspring (performing Smash), Gogol Bordello, The Hotelier, Pity Sex, and Title Fight; the excellent Pussy Riot -- Discussion Panel; and much more packed in there.
We began day 1 of Riot Fest Chicago by catching Boston-based melodic punks Somos at the Revolt Stage -- one of the festival's two smaller setups. The four-piece drew a decent crowd with their punchy output, including the especially catchy "Dead Wrong" and "Lives of Others" from their 2014 debut Temple of Plenty. Title Fight were up next, over at the larger Roots Stage. The Pennsylvania-based road dogs impressed with tunes from their debut LP, huge-sounding 2012 album Floral Green, and their many EPs. They got the crowd moving with the Hot Water Music-like "Secret Society," and kept the momentum up throughout their set, which closed with the thrashy "27." After the combination attack opening of "Numb, But I Still Feel It," "Shed," and "Like a Ritual," the band brought things down a bit with the great Floral Green shoegaze number "Head in the Ceiling Fan."
GWAR have a hell of a lot to be proud of, and not just the troves of blood-caked fans who were easy to spot throughout the park for the remainder of the day. The Oderus-less (RIP) outfit are indeed back in fine form, with a thrilling new stage show in Dave Brockie's honor. The interplanetary warriors delivered seven-songs (or acts) throughout their set, each coming from a different album. Bloody Pit of Horror's "Hail, Genocide!" was the absolute highlight, with blood baths both by way of a rotating circular saw and vocalist Blothar (aka Michael Bishop, formerly Beefcake the Mighty)'s chest. Yummy.
Taking things down a notch from GWAR were Worcester, MA's The Hotelier, who we caught next on the Revolt Stage. Christian Holden and his band gave 110% while delivering nearly all of their anthemic second album Home, Like Noplace Is There. The packed crowd braced along with Holden and co. for the multiple cathartic full-band crashes, as well as the din of the album's more subdued and vocal-only moments. After a few tunes, Holden seemed as if he couldn't help but to share that this was the largest crowd that had ever paid attention to the band at once. He also had his bass turned waaaay up, which cranked up the intensity for punchy numbers like "The Scope of All of This Rebuilding" and "In Framing."
We then headed over to the one-day Riot Fest Speaks stage to watch a bit of the Pussy Riot Discussion Panel go down. The Henry Rollins-moderated panel consisted of Pussy Riot/Zona Prava members Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina, with guests Greg Graffin (Bad Religion), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), Marcelle Karp (writer/activist), and Michael A. Petryshyn (Riot Fest Founder - aka Riot Mike). As we approached, Rollins and Karp were in the middle of a back-and-forth about feminist journalism in relation to the now six-month-old Zona Prava. Karp spoke of writing provocative messages on her and friends' bare chests, and Rollins brought up the old flyers he made while in Black Flag (ie "cop with a boner handing a child a lollipop with Black Flag scrawled across the top of the page"). It was an insightful discussion. Hopefully they bring the Riot Fest Speaks stage back in years to come.
Mastodon was the next mark we hit, over at the Rebel Stage. Touring on this year's classic rock-ish Once More 'Round the Sun, the band delivered a few tunes from that album -- including the fun single "High Road" -- some from The Hunter, as well as a bunch of their older meatier tunes. We got "Aqua Dementia" and "Hearts Alive" off Leviathan, "Bladecatcher" and "Crystal Skull" from Blood Mountain, and Crack the Skye favorites "Divinations" and "Oblivion." They were as tight as ever.
We capped off the night by catching alternative rock giants Jane's Addiction, who were performing their 1988 debut studio effort Nothing's Shocking in its entirety. Pit against American thrash gods Slayer playing Reign In Blood at the other side of the park, Perry Farrell and co. went for a much flashier approach while delivering the attitude-packed hits like "Jane Says," "Mountain Song," and "Ocean Size." It was nice to finish off the night with a feel-good set of songs.
Day 2 pics and review are HERE. Day 3 HERE. Pictures of all the day 1 bands mentioned above, plus a few others like Clutch, NOFX (they performed Punk In Drublic) and Radkey, are in this post. They continue below...
by Andrew Sacher
Mastodon in Chicago in May (more by James Richards IV)
The newest installment of the Adult Swim Singles series comes from Mastodon and Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers, who have teamed up for the track "ATLANTA." If you thought getting Gibby involved would make Mastodon sound a little dirtier than their other recent material, you'd be right. It's a scummy, no-frills rocker and you can stream it below.
Gibby was also on the Q&A at our recent screening of City Gardens documentary Riot on the Dance Floor and then he DJed the afterparty at Bowery Electric. You can check out pictures from the Q&A on Facebook. Gibby's Butthole Surfers bandmates Paul Leary and JD Pinkus have been busy with another sludge metal band this year, Melvins, whose new album (stream a track) they are featured on.
Song stream below...
By Ian Chainey
At the Gates
So, as Tomas Lindberg made clear at this year's MDF, this At the Gates thing is actually happening. At War With Reality, the melodeath band's first album since 1995's Slaughter of the Soul, is set for an October 28 release date through Century Media Records. Good to know they're not fossils.
Speaking of classics, Death's Spiritual Healing is getting re-done by Relapse. The deluxe edition will come on LP or CD and it's available for preorder now. You can also catch Death to All -- the tribute act manned by ex-members -- on the road soon. Check out a trailer for the reissue below. IN A WORLD WHERE WAVEFORM PEAKS AND VALLEYS ARE SCRUTINIZED. . .
The slightly younger Bat signed to Hells Headbangers for their debut LP. The band will also be dropping a 7" titled Cruel Discipline, too. The speed metallers featuring links to Municipal Waste, D.R.I., and Volture are getting in the van soon, starting things off by checking into NYC's The Acheron on August 22.
GWAR hit MetalSucks' podcast and said new characters are coming, thus ensuring GWAR are the viscera-soaked metal version of Menudo or something. They're also blazing new merchandise options with a GWAR cigar named, wait for it, a Cigwar. I'm all for blunt names. Hey-yo. GWAR-B-Q starts today (8/15).
Speaking of GWAR, one of the clubs they played a lot back in the day was City Gardens in Trenton, which is the subject of a new documentary called "Riot on the Dance Floor". BrooklynVegan is proud to present the NYC premiere of that doc along with a Q&A afterwards with the director, John Joseph (Cro-Mags), Howie Abrams (In-Effect Records, etc) and more. Tickets are still available.
Lastly, Metallica, er, Mastodon's Brent Hinds was. . . interviewed. . . I think. Mastodon also updated their upcoming North American tour dates. You can find both below, and an interview we did with Bill Kelliher at Invisible Oranges.
Don't forget to keep up with the rest of BrooklynVegan's metal coverage during the week.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions that are streamable below.
Let's hit the flicks first: Windhand now have a video for "Orchard." They'll also be touring soon, including a stop on September 20 at NYC's Saint Vitus.
As for the streams, the Iron Lung-related Pig Heart Transplant are offering two tracks from For Mass Consumption (September 2, 20 Buck Spin).
Trad doomers Cardinals Folly have premiered another from Out Cult Continues! at The Obelisk (August 19, Shadow Kingdom Records - preorder). Invisible Oranges debuted the initial transmission last month.
The drone project BLACKWOLFGOAT, from the mind of Black Pyramid/Milligram member Darryl Shepard, dropped "Notausgang" from Drone Maintenance (August 26, Small Stone Recordings).
Num Skull have another peak available from their Relapse remaster of the lost thrash classic Ritually Abused (September 16, Relapse - preorder).
Denton, Texas weirdos Bludded Head plopped out "Shitsucker Blues" off of Reign in Bludd (October 6, Sleeping Giant Glossolalia).
And finally, blasters 1349 covered Voivod for the always-fun Decibel flexi series. Aside from Cardinals Folly and 1349, you can hear all of the streams below.
Got it? Good. To NYC shows we go:
SATURDAY (8/16): Blackened thrash nuts Ketzer are making the trip over from Germany for the first time. They'll be joined by Natur, Throaat, and Occult Burial at Saint Vitus (tickets). If you're still in a punk frame of mind, The Acheron has ZEX, Process, Vermin, Symptom, and Heathen (tickets).
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: As we have a compulsion to do, we rounded up the week's new releases with Upcoming Metal Releases. (Hint: Check out the punk section of Things We Missed.)
We took a deeper look at blackened buzzer Panopticon.
And we debuted death metal standout Diskord.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.
Riot Fest Chicago 2014 is set to take place from September 12-14 throughout Humboldt Park. The 10th anniversary of the festival features Jane's Addiction, Slayer, The Offspring, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Mastodon, The Murder City Devils, Failure, Title Fight, The National, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, The Cure, Weezer, Social Distortion, Primus, Patti Smith, and many more across seven-stages. The fest has now shared daily lineups, which you can scope out at the bottom of this post. Three-day and two-day passes are still available, and single-day tickets are on sale now.
RFC 2014 daily lineups lie after the jump...