Entries tagged with: Meshuggah
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Iron Maiden in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
MetalSucks has been spending the past month releasing a list of the 25 greatest metal bands of all time, counting down to number 1 with a new band each day. They polled a pretty broad array of metal experts, ranging from critics to music industry types to musicians that run the gamut from Chuck Billy of Testament to Anatamy of Habit's Mark Solotroff. They released number 2, Iron Maiden, earlier today which came in ahead of other huge/classic bands like Slayer, Metallica, Pantera, Judas Priest and Megadeth. Number 1 gets revealed tomorrow, and considering Black Sabbath have yet to make this list, we think we may have a hunch as to who it's going to be.
The list slants pretty heavily towards classic thrash and death metal bands, with Sabbath being the only doom band in sight. In addition to the obvious classic bands in the top 10, there are some modern genre-busters (Opeth, Meshuggah), foundational death and grind (Napalm Death, Morbid Angel), and some good old 80s theatricality (Dio, Mercyful Fate). Limiting the list to 25 means there are going to be a ton of omissions, but still maybe Neurosis, Converge or Mastodon could've made it instead of Ozzy getting on there twice?
The legacies of classic bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Sepultura, which many would say have taken a hit in recent years, appear untainted here considering they still all take high slots. Something else of note is that there's not one single solitary black metal band on this list. I guess Lamb of God are more important to this panel anyway.
Check out the full list below, and check MetalSucks tomorrow for the inevitable Sabbath reveal.
By Ian Chainey
behold...the Mastadong (via @bhinds)
Mastodon's Brent Hinds carved a giant penis out of wood. That part is fine, it's the fact every metal news site lead with the. . . hard hitting story this week. So remember, whenever you get sick of the omnipresent coverage of an over-hyped band: one giant wooden wiener will always trump them all. Metal!
More dick news: Belgium's Brutal Fest was canceled due to bands battling with the promoter. The concert was set to bring together Vader, Aeon, Aborted, and others, but it was KO'd, in the words or both Aeon and Aborted, "Due to the unprofessional and fraudulent acts of the promoter. . . " Brutal Fest's Facebook followed up with, "I can't continue any longer with this event due medical reasons and that's probably the main reason for the cancellation." Probably the main reason? Is the medical reason Mementosis?
Elsewhere: Can't make a Meshuggah show? Worry not, it's coming to the comfort of your own home. The tech-y Swedes are putting out another concert CD/DVD package called The Ophidian Trek out on September 30 and this one is pretty expansive. You can check out the details below. And, because the internet, Meshuggah also received the "Space Jam" mash-up treatment courtesy of Analog Staple. Seems there is an entire subreddit dedicated to pairing songs with the Quad City DJ's, uh, classic.
A few artists/bands have new irons in the fire: Post-metallers Minsk are set to hit the studio soon. They're eying 2015 for their next album. PHILM, one of the current projects of Dave Lombardo, will release their sophomore album Fire From The Evening Sun on UDR Music on September 16. Num Skull, the cult-adored '80s thrasher, are getting Ritually Abused back out on Relapse Records on September 16 (preorder). You can check out a remastered track below. And Dee Snider is putting on Titus Andronicus with puppets. What do you wanna do with your life? I wanna put on Shakespeare plays with puppets! Look what you did, now your mother can't stop crying. Check out Snider's segment on Fox News' 411 below.
Concert madness: Leprous, the Norwegian progsters famous for backing Ihsahn, will be playing nerd-metal-haven ProgPower on September 12 in Atlanta, Georgia. Then, they'll stay in the states for a bit. They'll check into NYC's Webster Hall on September 20 with the Binary Code (tickets). Their full list of dates appears below. Pyrrhon have a tour coming up and they'll also be playing a show at NYC's Saint Vitus on August 18 with Revocation, Artificial Brain, and Psalm Zero. Tickets are available now. And in the rarely used "Metallica does cool thing" bucket, there's a neat documentary available on YouTube detailing Metallica playing a Netherlands date in 1984. You can watch it below.
Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.
For the full-album previews: Appalachian black metallers Panopticon are streaming Roads to North at NPR. That record is also out today. Thrashers Algebra crunched the numbers on Feed the Ego and have released the solution. Their album is out on September 2 through the perfectly named Unspeakable Axe (preorder). The seriously pissed Columns have put up all of Please Explode (August 5, Relapse Records - preorder). Lastly, tradsters Saturn are showing off all of Ascending (Live In Space) (August 5, Rise Above Records - preorder). Check out Algebra, Columns, and Saturn streams below.
For single tracks and teasers, the noisy Rabbits dropped another track from Untoward (August 12, Lamb Unlimited - preorder). Death metallers Lago loosed "Concede To Oblivion" from Tyranny (September 16, Battleground Records). Ragers Old Wounds put up "Dead Beat Blues" off of Death Projection (September 16, Good Fight Music - preorder). Bay Area doomers Cardinal Wyrm laid down the nasty "Born In A Barren Land" from Black Hole Gods (August 5). And mind-effers Big Black Cloud decided two premieres were the way to go in supporting Lessons In Fuck You 2 (August 5, Eolian Empire - preorder). All tracks can be heard below.
Finally, to close things down, Electric Wizard now have a video for "I Am Nothing." Surprise: DRUGS! Time To Die is out on September 30 via Spinefarm Records (preorder). Activate that sixth circuit below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (FRIDAY, 8/1): The Acheron has classic dooooooooom with Blackfinger, Beelzefuzz, and Kings Destroy (tickets). Kings Destroy are also playing the upcoming Invisible Oranges-presented Black Cobra/Lo-Pan show.
SUNNNNNNNDAY (8/3): One of the premier tickets of the summer hits the Bowery Ballroom. Boris, the Atlas Moth, and SubRosa will deafen all comers (tickets). The next day, Boris play a drone set at Saint Vitus.
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: We were juggling tons of features this week. As we always do, we tracked the week's new stuff in Upcoming Metal Releases. We went all music television with two video premieres: Music Blues and Below. Ah, now I'm sad. We premiered two albums: the Dogma/Corrupt Leaders split and a Sarcofago repress. We hit the reviews hard with Coral Cross and Fallujah. Dave Hall put his Canadian citizenship in doubt with a rant against the Polaris Prize. And we interviewed Aðalbjörn Tryggvason of Sólstafir.
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...
by Klaus Kinski
Meshuggah @ Best Buy Theatre, 6/21/2014 (more by @lllukewilliams)
On Saturday (6/21), Swedish polyrhythmic skull-pummelers Meshuggah brought their bowel-loosening 25th anniversary tour to the very sold out Best Buy Theater in NYC's best kept secret, Times Square. This NYC gig was the final date of the US leg of the tour, called 25 Years of Musical Deviance, which kicked off Wiltern in Los Angeles back on June 6, 2014.
An extremely distressing hangover almost had me sitting this show out. However, being the high-functioning alcoholic that I am, I knew that if I just got my trembling, flabby ass to the venue, a coupla beers and the fellowship of 2099 other metalheads would have me feeling as right as rain. And sure enough, having run the slow-motion gauntlet of touristy congestion that is Times Square, I soon found myself double fisting cups of Bud Light from the comfort of the Best Buy theater's ample birds-eye-view seating area and having a helluva time. Mercifully, Meshuggah had only one opener, Between the Buried and Me, which meant the sooner they were done doing their thing, the sooner Meshuggah would be giving me brain aneurysms with their utterly relentless polymetric opuses.
In a weird way, Meshuggah might be one of the most imposing bands I have ever seen perform live. With his unbelievably brutal vocal styling and minimalist headbanging style and bizarre grimaces, singer Jens Kidman is a very effectively scary front man. Guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, guitarist Mårten Hagström, and bass player Dick Lövgren loom larger than life on stage; they always seem to be in silhouette and barely move from their stations on stage. No corpse paint, no violent mannerisms, no thrashing about... it's their stoicism that I find striking and truly brutal. And drummer Tomas Haake is flat out one of my biggest heroes. He is the backbone of a band whose music is extremely complicated and beat-driven and he absolutely dominates. He's a drummer's drummer; exceedingly graceful and a master of tempo and confusing-as-hell, physically demanding drum structures. For this tour the stage was festooned with five gigantic HR Giger-esque floor-to-ceiling banners as well as a pretty rock solid light rig that, when synched to Tomas Haake's frenetic bass drum patterns, made me feel as though I'd most certainly have a seizure or throw up or both. It was awesome.
Prior to this 25th anniversary tour, Meshuggah enlisted their fans to help curate the setlist by establishing an online poll where fans could vote on songs they would like to hear on the tour. The result was a really fantastic setlist (see below) that featured songs that went as far back as 1989 when the band was still just getting their bearings. The crowd never lost steam, and when classics like "New Millennium Cyanide Christ" and "Bleed" were unleashed, the chaos would reach new levels. From start to finish the show was impeccable. But for me the highlight was the encore which consisted of Catch 33's three-song opus consisting of "Minds Mirrors", "In Death - Is Life" and "In Death - Is Death". As an album, Catch 33 always came off as one singular piece, but isolating these three songs as an extended encore was perfection.
Setlist from Meshuggah's Best Buy Theater show is below...
By Ian Chainey
Origin and friend
Fun fact: Do you know what happened 20 years ago today (5/16)? It was a Monday! Who says things aren't better in the future? (What, were you expecting a retrospective?) Anyway, we've got a ton to cover, so let's take a walk on the newswire:
Southwest Terror Fest's 2014 lineup has been announced, providing slow n' low lovers a roster straight out of a nocturnal emission. Held in Tucson, AZ from October 16 - 19, the fest has wrangled Neurosis, Sunn 0))), Pelican, The Body, and a whole heck of a lot more. Hearing aid manufactures are psyched. Also, probably best to bring a change of underwear. Check out the full lineup below.
Metallica's Kirk Hammett gave a progress report regarding the band's newest: "We totally want to make an album. But we have all these other touring commitments, and we have families now. Itís gonna be summertime soon, and itís hard to work because the kids are out of school. But we have a backlog of riffs in the riff bank." Please don't let the riff bank be Lehman Brothers, please don't let the riff bank be Lehman Brothers. . .
How about two bands working a little quicker: Witch Mountain's rootsy Sabbath by way of Grace Slick thick doom? Done. Mobiles Of Angels will be out on Svart Records in September. Progressive death metallers Fallujah? Done. The Flesh Prevails is in the can though there's no date yet. You can catch them at The Summer Slaughter Tour.
Fredrik Thordendal of Meshuggah has crafted a set of cuts for the video game Wolfenstein: The New Order. Available on May 20, the title promises a new outlet for Meshuggah supporters to tell you that you're playing it wrong.
Core hellions Coliseum have motˆred their way back to Deathwish Inc. and will reissue their eponymous debut from 2005 along with a collection of bonus tunes. A remixed/remastered sample is available below.
In other transaction news, sludge-flingers Usnea have been inked to Relapse with the two eying the end of 2014 for a new release.
If you don't have enough Thou in your existence or were keen to work on a back injury, Dead Tank Records have pressed a three LP whopper of pre-2010 material culled from the band's many splits. Preorders have started. Your mailman quit. The collection is also available for free download for those cloudwalkers among us.
WE ARE NEARING PRIME JUDAS PRIEST TIME! 30 seconds of "March of the Damned" hit the web, another cut from Redeemer of Souls. July 15 can't come soon enough. Preorder yours and that is its cover art above. Obviously. Stream the clip below.
Riff eviscerators Forest of Tygers, who we premiered on IO recently, are tour bound, setting up an American run for the end of May and beginning of June. Show specifics haven't been announced, but the tour poster is available for your perusal below.
Crusties Extinction of Mankind are set to roll on the road as well. The UK punk blasters will be hitting Maryland Deathfest, of course, but now the rest of the country has a chance to catch them. The outfit checks into The Acheron on May 29 with Aspects of War, Trenchgrinder, and The Brood. (Tickets.)
Entombed A.D., the version of Entombed operated by LG Petrov, are finally ready to issue Back to the Front after settling with the A.D.-less over the name dispute. Best guess for what the 'A.D.' signifies? 'After decision'? 'Awww, damnit'? 'Alexandre Dumas'? That's it. Total Three Musketeers fans. Code cracked.
Finally, if you're in the market for some new reading material, the always on-point Bazillion Points is reissuing Slayer Mag X, one of the on-the-scene zines that covered the rise of the second wave of black metal. The hardcover collects interviews and tales from Emperor, Mayhem, Bathory, and more. According to creator Jon Kristiansen, nary a word has been cleansed: ìThis is how Slayer Mag X was done, nothing has been changed and all errors are intact.î Buy it for your copy-editor friend and watch them slowly go insane. Preorders come with a shirt.
Don't forget: Keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.
Misery Index at Union Pool, 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions. Many ones and zeros were transferred and crunched and streamed this week. So much so, we've got to round this up machine-gun style. Apologies in advance to your clicking digit. All streams mentioned can be found below.
- Death metal machine Misery Index dropped The Killing Gods in its entirety. You can grab the album from Season of Mist on May 23. (Preorder.)
- The second taste of Blissfucker, Trap Them's June 10 scheduled assault-by-buzzing is up. Titled "Organic Infernal," the cut makes good on that threat of a title. Prosthetic Records has the preoder.
- Corrosion of Conformity may be rocking their O.G. lineup, but the new stuff sounds fresh. "The Nectar" thrashes things up once again. IX is coming by way of Candlelight Records, June 24. (Preorder.)
- Dirge directors Wolvhammer have allowed the net to Crawl into Black Sun. "Death Division" is a lumbering monster. Profound Lore has got the hook-ups on July 8.
- The occult flute tooters Blood Ceremony are back dooming again with a single. "Let it Come Down" is the A of the Rise Above Records released limited slice. Mark the calendar for June 23.
- Vuyvr has 12 inches of wax on the way. Their EP, Incinerated Gods, comes courtesy of Throatruiner Records on June 26. The Swiss sore-throat-inciters have links to Impure Wilhelmina and Rorcal.
- Mayhem is certainly sharing the wealth, issuing their fourth nibble of Esoteric Warfare. By the time Season of Mist gets this one to the streets on May 27, there will probably be a few streams of shower singing and traffic humming make the rounds.
- Origin has made their Manifest Desolate known, sending out "Omnipresent" as a blasting memo. New roarer Jason Keyser (Skinless) sounds like he's in fine form. The album will hit North American shores on July 8 thanks to Agonia Records. (Preorder.)
- Been wondering what ex-Cryptopsy screecher Lord Worm has been doing? Well, looks like black clouds got him to wiggle out from under the earth. Rage Nucleaire get ultra bleak, inspiring the misanthropic to make their version of a smile. (Blank stare?) Black Storm of Violence will be on Season of Mist and is penciled in for a July 22 drop. (Preorder.)
- Lastly, Den Saakaldte, the Norwegian sorta-supergroup, is streaming one more from Kapittel II: Faen i Helvete. If you remember, we gave "Djevelens Verk" a lot of shine on IO. The just-released is named "Du Selvproklamerte Misjonaer" and if you weren't psyched (in all senses) for the June 10 Agonia Records push, you might be now. (Preorder.)
Now, time to sprint through the rest of the underground.
Little Guys and Eye Candy:
- It was a good week for artists showcasing some visual flare, especially on the death metal side. Nader Sadek and Vallenfyre both screened treats for those looking for videos featuring more than a band in an airplane hanger. The tradsters in Magister Templi also decided to do up a promo in the style of a silent movie, thus possibly making one of the loudest silent movies ever?
- Gravecrusher, the Hungarian OSDM beast, is streaming Morbid Black Oath in full. The spooky Sectu also fall within the same vein and has a CV sporting a Therion connection.
- Full streams aplenty today, actually: The crusty core of Torch Runner is also available for your total enjoyment.
- Dagger, in the ye olde hard rock mold, now have a single. "Ahead of You All" includes contributions from members of Dismember and Grave, if you can believe it.
- And, to wrap things up, Inanimate Existence is just bat guano incarnate. Give "Omen" a click and prepare for a Scanners ka-boom.
Check out all noted streams below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (FRIDAY 5/16): Whoa. Today is one of those, "Oh yeah, this is why I live here," kind of days. First up, Hardcore Activity in Progress, the Red Bull Academy Festival at the Knockdown Center. I spy some primo metal in the shape of Napalm Death and Gnaw, along with plenty other noise-niks (Bastard Noise, Skullflower) that can cross over. (Tickets.) Then, Solstafir -- the downer doom Icelandic band whose country is kinda killing it right now -- will hit Saint Vitus with Junius and So Hideous. (Tickets.) Lastly, set up a punk knuckle puck with Two Man Advantage, La Armada, THE WILL, Cojoba, and Kantuta at The Acheron. (Tickets.)
SATURDAY (5/17): Black N' Blue Bowl begins this day, my friend. If you're unable to make that core blowout, other shows abound. The Keith Morris punk supercrew OFF!, Cerebral Ballsy, and NASA Space Universe are playing The Bowery Ballroom. (Tickets.) More punk? Sure, how about EU's Arse, Ajax, Sunshine Ward, and Creeping Dose at The Acheron? (Tickets.) If the theatrical is calling your name, Ghost B.C. and King Dude are sure to smash the stops at The Best Buy Theater. (Tickets.) But, if you want doom, you got it at Saint Vitus who have invited in Hull and Bloody Hammers. (Tickets.)
SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY (5/18): Exhausted? Gonna reserve Sunday for a quiet brunch? Nah, man. Black N' Blue Bowl Day 2! If you want to put a ring in your ears, there's Young Widows, Helms Alee, and Highness at Saint Vitus. (Tickets.) And, to wrap things up, there's your requisite death metal palette cleanser: Lecherous Nocturne, Morder, and DAY OF DOOM at Archeron. (Tickets.)
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: We had reviews: Agalloch and Dwellers. We had interviews: Chris Reifert of Autopsy (who went Friar's on us) and Stuart Wellington from The Flop House. We had cool views: this Down live show review with some killer snapshots. We exposed you to new crews: the tech nutters in Torrential Downpour and soul-nourishing epic blarghing from Vinterbris. And, as is our compulsion, we hoarded every release under the sun for your clicks in Upcoming Metal Releases.
ALAS: You have one last chance to dial in Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio. If you haven't heard, the station is shutting down. It has been a blast, but all things must pass. The final show for IO kicks off Tuesday, May 20 at 10 PM. Be there! Scab and Wyatt will perform ancient Viking burial rituals.
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....
Chain of Strength at Acheron in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Hardcore vets Chain of Strength, who were briefly around from 1988 to 1991, reunited in 2012 for Revolution 25 (pics) at Irving Plaza and a much smaller Brooklyn show at Acheron (pics). They've since played LA in 2013 and it turns out the reunion isn't over yet, as they'll be going on a short Northeast tour in June with Turnstile, Strife, Mindset and Praise which brings them back to Brooklyn's Acheron on June 15. Tickets for that show go on sale via Ticketfly on May 8. All dates are listed below.
The brief tour is leading up to their appearance at Canada's Amnesia Rockfest (6/20-21) with blink-182, Motley Crue, Weezer, Alice In Chains, Megadeth, Primus, Danzig with Doyle, Mastodon, Cock Sparrer, Black Flag, Fear, Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Joan Jett, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Meshuggah, Henry Rollins, Rocket from the Crypt, Judge, Strife, Glassjaw, Dying Fetus, Cannibal Corpse, Title Fight and many more. Tickets for that fest are on sale now.
Full Amnesia Rockfest lineup, with the list of Chain of Strength dates, a video of their 2012 Acheron show and the tour flyer, below...
Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As you may know, Bonnaroo returns to Manchester, TN in June. The main lineup and the Club Stage lineup were already announced and 'Roo just announced the late night artists including Chance the Rapper, Darkside, Deafheaven, Die Antwoord, Disclosure, Frank Ocean, Ice Cube, Mastodon, Meshuggah, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Pusha T, The Flaming Lips, Ty Segall, White Denim and more. Full late night lineup below.
Since we last spoke, the festival's comedy lineup was also announced and it includes Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious, Taran Killam, Hannibal Buress, Neal Brennan, TJ Miller, Rory Scovel, Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments, Sasheer Zamata, Seth Herzog, Emily Heller and Brad Williams.
Tickets for the fest, whose main lineup includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Neutral Milk Hotel and more, are still available.
Full late night lineup below...
by Doug Moore
Meshuggah at the Roseland Ballroom, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Few metal bands survive for 25 consecutive years, and even fewer retain a reputation for consistency over such a long period the way Meshuggah have. We already knew that the Swedish djent progenitors were slotted to play this year's edition of Bonnaroo in June, filling the bad-trip-inducement slot that Swans occupied last year. Unsurprisingly, they've also announced a short North American tour built around that date and their ensuing appearance at Quebec's Amnesia Rock Fest. The tour is being billed as a 25th-anniversary celebration for the band, and it also includes Between the Buried & Me on its non-festival dates. Meshuggah are also holding a poll in which fans can help the band decide what their set list will include by voting for one song from each album in their catalog.
The tour will hit NYC on 6/21 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show haven't gone on sale yet, but keep an eye out. In the meantime, enjoy a live video (of mosh action, natch) from Meshuggah's last NYC appearance and check out the full set of dates below...
Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)
As mentioned, Bonnaroo 2014 happens June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN. The fest has already been dropping hints as to who's going to play this year (Kanye and Elton John seem likely as headliners) but will finally spill the beans tonight via a web show called "Blam!" which airs at 9 PM EST on Bonnaroo.com (or an Xbox app). (Maybe you watched last year's with Weird Al Yankovich and Portugal the Man.) This year's announcement special is hosted by SNL's Taran Killam and Broad City's Hannibal Buress, with a "superjam" between The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds.
There's also a pre-Blam! web event from 7 - 9 PM EST featuring live cover song performances from Tenacious D, Kings Of Leon, Phish, My Morning Jacket, and others.
Or you can just check back here: we'll have the full Bonnaroo 2014 line-up in this post once its announced.
UPDATE (9 PM): Lineup now being announced and includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Mastodon, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Meshuggah, Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Broken Bells, James Blake, Lionel Ritchie, Jack White, Deafheaven, Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Phosphorescent, Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown, Cut Copy, Typhoon, Sam Smith, Pusha T, Warpaint, Those Darlins, Cass McCombs, Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Dr. Dog, The Bouncing Souls, Classixx, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Caveman, Washed Out, Real Estate, Rudimental, Ty Segall, Polica, A$AP Ferg, Little Dragon, Omar Souleyman, Lucero, Goat, Okkervil River, Jonathan Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, The Avett Brothers and MANY more.
Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/22) at noon.
Full lineup (spoiler: no Outkast) below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
The math-y chug of Meshuggah rang through the halls of Roseland on Friday (2/15), joined by the jazzy Animals as Leaders and Los Angeles favorites Intronaut as part of a string of dates together. Pictures from the show are in this post.
Tension filled the air for the bulk of the night due to Meshuggah's vocalist Jens having to miss the last few shows due to the flu. In Atlanta, Jens was replaced by Sacha of Intronaut, while other tracks featured a vocal backing and a cardboard cutout. Not the case at Roseland, where the vocalist ran full-steam ahead while strobes and the technical thunder of the Swedish band provided his accompaniment. Check out the setlist, more pics and video of Sacha of Intronaut singing the Meshuggah favorite "New Millenium Cyanide Christ" in Atlanta, below...
Meshuggah at Terminal 5, May 2012 (more by Joe McCabe)
The math-y chug of Sweden's Meshuggah will return to the United States for a North American tour with Animals as Leaders and Intronaut. The dates, which stretch for three weeks, kickoff in Florida and head north, eventually tagging NYC at Roseland on February 15. Take your sweetie! Just make sure to get tickets when they go on sale at 10AM today (11/30).
All other tour dates are listed below along with Intronaut and Meshuggah video.
Pallbearer at Knitting Factory, September 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Decibel Magazine has compiled their annual list of top 40 albums of the year. As usual, there are some surprises but the 2012 top ten is basically a list of nine veterans with only a single newcomer to the bunch. The full list of top records of the year according to Decibel Magazine is below, along with a tweet from the winning band. Buy your copy HERE.
photos by Joe McCabe
Where do you go after Red and Blue? Apparently tackle two colors at once. Baroness are preparing to release their new LP Yellow and Green via Relapse Records on July 17th and have released a new MP3 from said release in the form of "Take My Bones Away". Stream/download that at RCD LBL.
Baroness recently teamed with Meshuggah to play Terminal 5 on May 23rd, a stop on their tour in celebration of Meshuggah's Koloss LP which hit via Nuclear Blast this past spring. More pictures from the NYC tour stop with Decapitated (our photographer missed the latter) are below.
The xx at Webster Hall in 2010 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Gossip's headlining show at Terminal 5 tonight (5/22), that SSION & Creep are opening, not only still has tickets available, but will be streaming online at the Bowery Presents YouTube channel at 9:45 PM. And tonight's show isn't the only thing Gossip is streaming. Listen to their new album, Joyful Noise (which is out today via Columbia), in its entirety over at Exclaim.
And finally, since we're talking about Terminal 5, we were offered a pair of tickets to give away for the Wednesday (5/23) Meshuggah, Baroness, Decapitated show, so let's do it. Contest details below...
Baroness at Chaos in Tejas (more by Tim Griffin)
While some may place the blame squarely on them for the emergence of "djent" as a subgenre, others will celebrate the news that technical metal band Meshuggah are heading out on the road in celebration of a new LP Koloss due in March via Nuclear Blast. The Swedes will team up with Baroness and Decapitated for a string of US dates that will include a stop at Terminal 5 on May 23rd. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale 2/10.
All tour dates and some videos below.
by Andrew Frisicano
St. Vincent @ Pitchfork Fest in Chicago (more by Kate Gardiner)
David Byrne and Annie Clark are collaborating on music for a future Housing Works benefit. There's no date set for that, but Asphalt Orchestra will be debuting a version of one of the songs they've been working on...
A few months ago we had [Here Lies Love arranger] Tony Finno arrange the horns, and we performed one of the songs -- tentatively titled "Who" -- at the end of Annie's show at the Rose Room at Lincoln Center. Now, having been approached by the Bang On a Can spinoff Asphalt Orchestra, with the help of [Asphalt saxist/producer] Ken Thomson we've adapted another song called either "Two Ships" or "The Movie" for their group. This will be an instrumental version and we'll do a vocal version later. [David Byrne]Asphalt will perform that song on Wednesday, August 4th, at the first of five free shows the avant-marching band is doing around the Lincoln Center as part of LC's Out of Doors Festival. Locations and times for the band are below.
In addition to that piece, they'll be debuting a commission by Yoko Ono; other songs in the group's repertoire include commissions by Tyondai Braxton of Battles and Stew & Heid Rodewald of Passing Strange and BAM Next Wave 2010. The 12-piece will release a seven-track CD of its material on August 3rd through Canatloupe Music. That includes a blisteringly dissonant song by Swedish metal band Meshuggah and an intricately-arranged version of Bjork's "Hyper-Ballad." There are a few more typical "ra-ra" maching band songs on the album too (Zappa in particular is already quite melodic and pompy), but the band focuses on getting unusual sounds out of the limited instrumentation. Live, they move in unique coordinated patterns, so the experience is individualized to the space and where you stand.
As an aside, this Saturday at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival is going to be particularly amazing, with the "Detroit Breakdown" lineup of Mitch Ryder, ? and the Mysterians, The Gories, Death and more.
St. Vincent has her own free show this weekend, at the Central Park SummerStage Sunday (8/1) afternoon, with openers Tune-Yards and Basia Bulat.
A video of Asphalt Orchestra doing that Meshuggah song on WNYC, and their schedule, plus a video of Annie doing a nylon-string version of "Actor Out of Work," are below...
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Justina Villanueva
"Cynic was formed in 1987 by guitarist (and now singer) Paul Masvidal and drummer Sean Reinert who met in elementary school. Soon after they recruited bassist Mark Van Erp and singer Jack Kelly. In 1988, the band made their first recording, simply called the '88 Demo. After the demo, Paul Masvidal took over vocal duties, while continuing to play guitar. The band also added a second guitarist, Jason Gobel. Another demo followed in 1989, this one titled Reflections of a Dying World. 1989 also brought the addition of bassist Tony Choy. In 1990, the group went to the studio to record their third demo, plainly titled '90 Demo. In 1991, Cynic signed with Roadrunner Records and recorded their fourth and final demo, known as Demo 1991." [Wiki]The reunited Cynic and promising newcomers The Faceless rounded out a whopper of a triple bill with headliner Meshuggah at Irving Plaza on 2/19. The sold-out show marked the return of the highly influential tech-death Cynic to the NYC stage, part of their first US tour since the early 1990s.
Reports from our camp were mixed... photographer Justina Villanueva raved about all three bands, while contributor Klaus Kinski chimed that "Cynic was the low point of the evening", adding that while Cynic were technically impressive, they lacked stage prescence... a sentiment he did not echo for Meshuggah. Unfortunately, I did not make it to the show (blasphemer!), but that's OK... word is, alot more touring is in Cynic's future.
Meshuggah did not allow photography during their set, but Cynic and The Faceless did. More of them below...
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With Absu's new self-titled LP due only a few weeks away (Feb 24th), the band have announced their participation in CIII along with French black metallers Glorior Belli, Austin's Averse Sefira, and Sothis, including a date at BB Kings on June 21st! Tickets are currently on presale here and go on sale to the general public on March 5th. Glorior Belli recently dropped a preview of their upcoming album.
Funeral Mist, the black metal crew featuring Mortuus of Marduk, have announced their NEW album, Maranatha due on Norma Evangelium Diaboli (link NSFW) on Feb 23rd! Funeral Mist's last album, Salvation, was released in 2006. In related/as exciting news, Marduk have announced more dates for their previously reported US trek with Mayhem, Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage, and Withered including Irving Plaza on May 21! No ticket details as of yet, but we'll let you know when they surface. Full tour schedule below.
Javelina have announced the more details about their previously announced Sanford Parker-produced LP coming soon on Translation Loss. Their sophomore effort will include nine original tunes, as well as a Buzzov*en cover ("Whisky Fit") that will be featured on a upcoming tribute record (which will also feature contributions from Sourvein, Deadbird, Fistula, Kylesa, Zoroaster and many more). Look for the new record in late summer or early fall with song titles like "You're Going to Hate This", "Towers of Silence", "The Black Blizzard" and "Stepchild".
Grace of Landmine Marathon
Landmine Marathon have scheduled an East Coast tour including TWO nights in NYC! On April 13th, Grace and the boys will descend upon Lit Lounge (Precious Metal) backed by Wizardry and Seizure Crypt. Three days later (4/16), the band have set aside the day to play an additional show in Brooklyn... details are forthcoming. Landmine Marathon are also on board to play both the New England Hardcore & Metal Fest, as well as the Los Angeles Murderfest. Full tour schedule below. Speaking of Wizardry, the band will record their entire live show at Union Pool on Feb 25th for later release.
Pelican have signed with Southern Lord! The band is currently recording material at Red Room studios in Seattle for what will be their debut EP for the label. Look for the new material to be "heavier, darker and very riff-oriented," according to guitarist Trevor De Brauw. Pelican also announced a slew of tour dates with Tombs (none in NYC), including a stint with Wolves In The Throne Room that will bring the trio to SXSW as part of the Southern Lord showcase. WITTR have a new EP AND LP on the way, and recently dropped a live LP, Live at Roadburn.
Deathspell Omega's Veritas Diaboli Manet in Aeternum - Chaining the Katechon EP, culled from their split with S.V.E.S.T. is out NOW at Southern Lord, and if you were a fan of their last LP, I highly reccommend it. Also of note at Southern Lord: Wolves in The Throne Room's previously mentioned Malevolent Grain EP, the new and mega-rare Boris/Michio Kurihara Cloud Chamber LP (1500 total copies) as well as the Boris Vs. Choukoku - More Echoes, Touching Air Landscape reissue. WITTR's new album Black Cascade is due on Mar 31st.
Speaking of WITTR, Scion Rock Fest is a little more than two weeks away, and we have 10 PAIRS of tickets and 10 Josh Graham designed posters for giveaway. In the meantime, dig on the recently posted set times below (thx anon)!
As we originally reported in September, sunn o))) has a new album on the way that we THOUGHT was called Dimensions. Turns out, according to an interview with The Quietus, the new album is due in May, will be entitled Monoliths & Dimensions, and will feature Jessika Kenney, Eyvind Kang, as well as frequent contributors Oren Ambarchi, Attila Csihar (Mayhem) and Dylan Carlson (Earth). Check out the tracklisting below. Speaking of Stephen O'Malley, the previously discussed Aethenor record, Faking Gold & Murder is out NOW.
Napalm Death, Malkuth, Hellmouth, Cynic, Reverend Bizarre and more below...
by Black Bubblegum
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Welcome to this week in Metal! This week we'll start with the pedal to the floor with Harpoon of Chicago, who will release their new LP Double Gnarly / Triple Suicide on Interloper Records. Featuring members of 7000 Dying Rats, the band recorded the LP in August 2008 with Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos), sending it off to metal-mastering go-to Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed) for the finishing touches. The trio takes advantage of the drum machine gun to create a relentless grind assault reminiscent of Plague Bringer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, or Genghis Tron (sans keys). Check out "Frogs, Boils, Locusts..." available for download above, and cop it on limited LP (400 in black, 100 in white & blue marbled vinyl) when it drops on Feb 10th! Harpoon recently added bassist DJ Baracca (ex-Lair of The Minotaur) to their ranks and have added a few live dates in and around the Chi (dates below).
Absu have announced a new self-titled album, posting the ripping new track "Girra's Temple" to their myspace. Due on Feb 24th on Candlelight Records, the band have also lined up a few dates including SXSW on Mar 20th at Spiros and at... you guessed it... Maryland Deathfest. Meanwhile, Absu is garnering alot of media attention lately... check out features in Metal Maniacs, Terrorizer, and Zero Tolerance.
Hot off of the release of his first solo album Punctuated Equilibrium, Wino will play his first show with his solo band (featuring skinsman extraordinaire Jean-Paul Gaster of Clutch) at the 9:30 club in Washington, DC on Sat Feb 7th! Wino will be joined by King Giant and the mighty Salome, who will be in NYC with Ocean on Feb 15th. In related news, Clutch have released their first digital single "King Of Arizona" (iTunes users, buy it here), from the upcoming remastered Slow Hole to China, Rare & Unreleased. The band have lined up a few dates with their alter ego (most of 'em anyway), The Bakerton Group including Feb 27 at The Chance in Poughkeepsie and Feb 28 at The Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale. Full tour dates below.
As much theorized and finally realized, The Auditory Assault Festival will take place at Club Europa on May 16 & 17.
Complete Failure announced a short tour of the east coast and the midwest with Polish grinders Antigama including an NYC date at Europa on May 20th. Details are forthcoming, full tour dates are below. The Pittsburghers (CF) have posted a trio of demo tracks at their website, check them out above. Antigama is prepping for March 3rd, when Relapse will drop their new album Warning.
Mastodon's Crack The Skye artwork
Mastodon is currently streaming "Divinations" from the upcoming Crack The Skye. Check it out kids... it's a burner! The single is also available for sale with a limited edition tee. Mastodon and Genghis Tron are playing the Coachella festival this year.
Rise Above dropped the new album by Belgians Serpentcult, a doomy hybrid of Electric Wizard and High on Fire fronted by Michelle Nocon, a female with some SERIOUS pipes. The Weight of Light was produced by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis, Melvins) and the band is streaming three of those tracks at their myspace, with the title track available for download above. So far the band haven't added any North American dates, but if they do, we'll let you know (european tour dates below). Meanwhile, dig on an interview that Serpentcult did with Hellride Music here.
Coliseum have announced a slew of tourdates (below) as well as a new seven-inch entitled "True Quiet / Last Wave" on Deathwish! Full tour dates are below. Coliseum with join Converge, Genghis Tron (who was recently added), Ceremony, Pulling Teeth, and Rise & Fall at Europa on March 27th.
Blut Aus Nord have posted "The Formless Sphere (Beyond The Reason)" to their myspace page, the first new song from the upcoming Memoria Vetusta II - Dialogue With The Stars. Look for in Feb 23rd on Candlelight.
Valient Thorr have added a February 6th show at The Shank in Greenpoint (98 Bayard @ Leonard) with Acid Tiger, Golden Error, with Tournament. This show makes it TWO NYC dates.... don't forget about their upcoming show with Anthrax and a half pipe.
Minsk, Slayer, Battlefields, Devourment, Obituary, and more below...
by Black Bubblegum
In what has to be a convention of future carpal tunnel and repetitive stress sufferers, the highly technical Meshuggah will team up with the recently-reunited-and-also-super-technical Cynic and technical upstarts The Faceless for a North American Tour in 2009, including one date in NYC on Feb 19th. Venue and ticket info is still forthcoming, tour schedule (so far) is below.
Meshuggah, Cynic, and The Faceless all released critically-acclaimed new albums in 2008... obZen, Traced In Air, and Planetary Duality respectively. Check out a track from each of those albums above.
Cynic is currently touring Europe with Opeth. Opeth's Per Wiberg is also part of The Bakerton Group.
The Faceless are currently on the road with Lamb of God and will hit the road in summer 2009 as part of the Summer Slaughter tour of Australia and New Zealand with Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, and Aborted. Tour dates are below....
by Black Bubblegum
Made Out of Babies
Word of the day:"Cooker" comes from Made Out Of Babies's aforementioned new record The Ruiner which comes out on June 24th, the same day as their record release party at Union Pool with Dianogah and The Austerity Program (who are also playing the After The Jump Fest).
1. huge, gigantic, enormous.
EX: Despite her relatively lilliputian stature, Julie Christmas's pantagruelian voice sails above an otherwise intimidating blast of Jesus Lizard-meets-Isis thunder on "Cooker" (above).
Japanese sickos Coffins have released their latest Buried Death on 20 Buck Spin and even though it wasn't SUPPOSED to be available until June 24th, it's available now at the label website and at their upcoming shows. Check out the track "Under The Stench" above.
Set times and details have arrived for the 2008 Maryland Death Fest (May 23-25). Check 'em out below. Tickets are still available.
by Black Bubblegum
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Twenty six. Thats how many days we have left until the new Opeth record hits the streets. Mikael Akerfeldt & the boys have put in WORK when it comes to publicity for this record so check out a few interviews that they did here, here, here, here, here, and a seven-parter here. Whew! And here's a taste of their setlist from the Universal City, CA date (May 2nd) of the Progressive Nation Tour:
Master's ApprenticesTickets are still on sale for Opeth's two shows at Terminal 5. We have a pair to giveaway too. Want them? Email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Opeth). Include your first and last name. One winner will be picked at random and contacted.
Baying of the Hounds
In My Time of Need
The Drapery Falls
Speaking of the Cavaleras, check out the cover for the new Soulfly record Conquer here, as well as the tracklisting below. Conquer will feature guest appearances by David Vincent (Morbid Angel) and Dave Peters (Throwdown).
much, much more...............
by Black Bubblegum
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DOWNLOAD: Iron Maiden - "Intro", "Aces High", & "Two Minutes To Midnight", Live in Tokyo Feb 16th, 2008 (VIDEO, WMV)
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.
by Black Bubblegum
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The Hidden Hand, Place Of Skulls, The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan, and the aforementioned Shrinebuilder all have had one thing in common, the stamp of quality by doom legend Scott "Wino" Weinrich. Now Southern Lord brings word of "Punctuated Equilibrium", aka the "Wino" solo record! Backed by skinsman extraordinaire Jean-Paul Gaster (Clutch) and Jon Blank (Rez n) on bass, the new record will be tracked by producer (and legend in his own right) J Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines, etc).
Fresh off of the right & left hook known as "Sleepwell Deconstructor" and "Seance Prime", hardcore punkers Trap Them will be bobbin' & weavin' through Europe and the east & west coasts through the end of April, including a date at the Charleston on March 12th and another at The Knit on June 16th. Look for them to support the massive multi-instrument collective The Ocean and grind pioneers Extreme Noise Terror in Europe. Sprechen about Germany's The Ocean, check out their guest blog over at Headbanger's Blog and if you play cello and/or viola and feel like touring Europe & the US, email em!
D-Beat kings Tragedy (ex-His Hero Is Gone) have added a May 2nd show at the Knitting Factory with Japanese hardcore band Systematic Death & Disnihil. Tickets are on sale. Definitely highly reccommended.....
Torche posted a new track from their upcoming Kurt Ballou-produced LP "Meanderthal". The track "Piranha" is now streaming at their myspace, and the "Meanderthal" track listing and updated tour dates (including a date with Municipal Waste & Iron Lung) is below......along with a whole lot of other stuff....