Entries tagged with: Midnight
Danzig at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
We already knew Glenn Danzig's post-Misfits, pre-Danzig band Samhain were reuniting this year to perform their debut LP at Riot Fest Chicago. They've since been added to Housecore Horror Fest and have begun announcing club dates too. Those include a NYC show happening on Samhain... November 1 at Best Buy Theater. Good openers booked too, Goatwhore (who are also on the Summer Slaughter tour) and Midnight (who are also playing NY Deathfest). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/18) at noon. All currently scheduled dates, including a Philly date and a Halloween show in DC, are listed below.
In related news, Danzig's Misfits bandmate Doyle is going on his first-ever headline tour as Doyle (the band). Yes, 27 years after Glenn Danzig formed Danzig, Doyle has formed Doyle. That tour hits NYC at Queens rock club Blackthorn 51 on August 17. All dates, including other NY and NJ shows, are listed below too.
Interestingly, Doyle also just posted a picture of himself with Eerie Von who is hopefully part of the Samhain reunion lineup. That was a few days after Doyle and Danzig played Amnesia Rockfest, which the current version of the Misfits (who play NYC around Halloween as well) also played.
Lists of Samhain and Doyle and Misfits dates below...
by Ian Chainey
Kayo Dot at IO SXSW showcase, 2014 (More by Tim Griffin)
Looks like a lot of bands spent the spring making sweet, sweet albums in the studio. First up is Kayo Dot, the avant-garde concern of Toby Driver who will be out on the road with Secret Chiefs 3 soon. Their newest is named Coffins on Io and will be out on Flenser Records on October 16. Says Driver, "Basically the vibe that we're going for here is inspired by 80s retro-future noir -- Blade Runner." Hey, the man has seen things you wouldn't believe. Elsewhere, MDF MVPs Bölzer have tabbed August 5 as the release date for their EP entitled Soma through Invictus Productions. You can sample "Steppes" below.
Masters of blast 1349 will drop Massive Cauldron of Chaos -- or what we call "soup" when I'm cooking -- on September 30 via Season of Mist. You can check out the track "Slaves" below. Tech deathers Decapitated have set September 26 as the date for Blood Mantra to be released through Nuclear Blast. Scope the cover art below. Viking shredders Ensiferum are planning to hit the studio in the fall to record their next album. And, finally, noise rockers PORD *squee* have announced *squeeeeee* their next album will be named Wild in September and will be released by Solar Flare Records in November. Sure, that makes sense. You can play their *squeeeeeeeeee* feedback-drenched teaser below.
Some bands, though, are calling it quits. Patrick Mameli is putting Pestilence down for the second time. The death/thrashers reformed in 2008 and turned in three respectable records. But Mameli wants to move on to new territory: "As of now, Pestilence is no longer active in recording new material. As a matter of fact, it's on a permanent hold, as I want to concentrate fully on my new project Necromorph. The style will be more brutal, more crazy, more tech, more futuristic and more death. I'm pretty sure all my fans will dig this!" Should've just named it Necromore.
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: The sludgy Bastard Feast streamed the entirety of Osculum Infame, their newest rager that will see a release on Season of Mist on July 22 (preorder). And instrumental dun-duners Pelican put up all of Arktika, their document of a live set in St. Petersburg, Russia. That one will be out on wax August 26 through the band (preorder). Those two are available below.
For single tracks and teasers, thrashers Midnight -- who will be playing NY Deathfest II on July 26 -- premiered "Woman of Flame" from No Mercy for Mayhem (August 19, Hells Headbangers). Greek blackened thrashers Principality of Hell showed off "Codex Inferno" from Fire and Brimstone (August 18, W.T.C. Productions). And buzzy core newcomers GUST dropped "Humility In Disguise" from their forthcoming eponymous album (September 16, Southern Lord - preorder). All songs are available below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (FRIDAY, 7/11): Don't bother with the shower because things are going to get sleazy. Walking lewdness charges the Mentors will play the Paper Box with NYC rippers Mutilation Rites, HEXER, Maximum Oversatan, Bomb Scare, TREZ MUERTOZ, Throaat, and tons more (tickets).
SATURDAY (7/12): Saint Vitus has set up one evil Saturday: Ash Borer, Hell, Vorde, and Yellow Eyes will flex their turbo trems and drones (tickets). If a downtuned death metal guitar is more your kind of filth, OSDMers Funebrarum, Undergang, Trepanation, Astraes Pestis, and Grim Legion will be at the Acheron (tickets).
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: It was a busy week as always in our corner. Upcoming Metal Releases tracked all of the new things including huge names like Judas Priest, Goatwhore, and more. We premiered the full album from Lord Worm's hateful Rage Nucléaire and brought it way, way back with the retro rock of Saturn. We also got our critique on, weighing in on Eluveitie, Goatwhore, and Slugdge, which is DEATH METAL ABOUT SLUGS. YES, THE CAPS ARE NECESSARY. And, of course, Wyatt provided a detailed account of sights and sounds of Martyrdoom. Finally, we were all about the Mastodon this week. We provided the details for their tour presale and went one more 'round with guitarist Bill Kelliher in a great Jonathan Dick-helmed interview.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch the reams of streams, and other noted details below.
by Ian Chainey
The second annual New York Deathfest, put on by Useless Christ Records, happens at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on July 26 & 27. The lineup for the two-day event looks a lot different from what was announced in February, adding genre heavyweights aplenty. Tickets for both days are still available. So, what can you expect? Death metal. A whole lot of death metal, plus a little grindy and thrashy variety.
As mentioned, day one (July 26) features Dallas slammers Devourment. Known for their speedy snare hits and stupidly big grooves, Devourment will certainly snap some headbanging necks. They released Conceived in Sewage in 2013 via Relapse. Joining them will be NYDM institution Mortician. Will Rahmer and Roger J. Beaujard's ultra-simplistic chug is love it or hate it, but it's hard to deny their truncated tales of blood and horror are pure death metal. Word is the drum-machine-assisted duo (though they find a human for live shows) are working on their first album in a decade. For some flavor, blackened speed metallers Midnight will be making an appearance. The Ohioan filth-merchants are releasing No Mercy for Mayhem, their second full-length, August 19 on Hells Headbangers. Rounding out the day are Mexico's Rottenness, the ultra-br00ful Lust of Decay, and the cosmic Plague Widow, among others. Check out the full day's festivities below.
Day two (July 27) collects some of the genre's biggest riffers, including Germany's techy Defeated Sanity. The now-20-year-old group cut the razor-sharp Passages into Deformity in 2013 for Willowtip, and are set to pinch-squee their way into the hearts of those who love technical nimbleness and massive chugs. Also making the trip from Europe are Giallo grinders Gruesome Stuff Relish, who unite an OSDM buzz with the gore-soaked mashing of Impetigo. Long Island brutal death metallers Internal Bleeding -- who will be hitting the road with Suffocation and friends later on in the year -- are also set to shake the stage with slams. Cleveland's Embalmer, Floral Park's Dehumanized, and possible fest-stealers Coffin Dust are also dropping in. Again, the full lineup appears below.
Check out the full New York Deathfest lineup, along with the poster, and streams from the mentioned bands, below...
By Ian Chainey
Motörhead at Coachella, 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
What does the loudest boat in the world sound like? Kinda like "Ace of Spaces." Let's take a walk on the newswire:
You bet, Motörhead's Motörboat isn't just the name of my trad metal slash fiction novel, it's the latest metal cruise available to headbanging vacationers. We mentioned briefly before. but there are now details. The ship departs from Miami on September 22 and returns to port on September 26. Aside from Lemmy and company, the lineup includes Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Down, and High on Fire (who are working on a new album), among others. Honestly, it's just nice to see Lemmy is well enough to do this at all. The full bill appears below.
Now, let's take care of the signings: Nuclear Blast had an interesting haul. On Tuesday, they inked Southern California grinding core hellions Nails to a deal. The super-heavies will be touring Europe at the end of the month before they hit This is Hardcore in July. Then, Nuke Blast followed up their core coup with Biohazard. The NYC groove committee are also touring the world, hitting The Gathering of the Juggalos (yep) before bouncing around Europe. No official news regarding the possibility of either recording an LP yet. Elsewhere, Obituary will partner with Relapse despite Kickstartering all of the necessary funds for their next one. Says the band, "Now we have teamed up with Relapse Records to have them get this new album out there, in stores and available to the fans world wide." So looks like a good deal for both sides. Obituary is currently touring Europe.
More: The terrifying Today is the Day are now on Southern Lord. Animal Mother, the band's 10th long-player, will be released by the label in late 2014. Today is the Day's Steve Austin also appears in the AmRep documentary, The Color of Noise. Finally, the buzzy Bog Oak, a quartet of Oakland doomers, have signed with Svart Records. The partnership will result in a 10" record later this year and a full-length in 2015. All of the tour dates along with representative streams appear below.
KEN Mode in February (more by Di Lynn Ring)
A few bands are ready to hit the studio. Canadian metalcore group KEN Mode posted, "Studio booked, plane tickets paid for, shit just got real for KEN Mode's 'Success' LP." The band has a few Canadian dates in the future and Hopscotch Fest in North Carolina. Prog-deathers Atheist are working on their fifth LP with bassist Tony Choy back in the fold. They've also tapped Jason Suecof as the producer. Outfit and knob-twiddler are looking at 2015 as a release date. And hardcore legends Sick of it All are actually all done with their full-length. They're currently in the mastering process. Blood, sweat, and waveforms. The NYHC icons will head to Long Beach, California this weekend to share an Ink N Iron bill with Merle Haggard(!) before hitting Europe for a solid month of stops. All of the tour dates along with representative streams appear below.
Thrashers Overkill have set July 22 for the release of White Devil Armory. They'll also be hitting the road soon with Prong. Then, they'll play HEAVY MTL which has an, uh, eclectic lineup. Though it's not as out there as Louisville, Kentucky's Louder Than Life which brings together headliners Judas Priest (who have a new one in the works) with Korn, Stone Temple Pilots, and Limp Bizkit (who are releasing a tape, no kidding). Huh. Oh, yeah, there will also be "gourmet man food." In other release news, Blood Music -- the label that put out the ridiculous Moonsorrow box set -- have another big remaster project on the way. This one rounds up everything Emperor. The black metal titans will be making the festival rounds this year with dates set for Wacken Open Air, Sweden Rock Festival, and Bloodstock Open Air. Sorry, America.
We've also got some groups forming and reforming. Gruesome is the new venture from Matt Harvey (Exhumed), Gus Rios (Malevolent Creation), Daniel Gonzalez (Possessed), and Robin Mazen (Derketa). Harvey is already pretty high on it, saying, "Very Cannibal Ferox, I guess. Anyway, take it as it is, a bunch of death metal and specifically Death fans getting together to make some noise for your ears. Cheers!" You can stream a sample below.
Also: rumors about Acid Bath's possible reunion may be premature. Drummer Jimmy Kyle did post, and then deleted, a call for a vocalist. But, according to the other surviving members, a full reformation wouldn't happen without late bassist Audie Pitre. An Acid Bath tribute isn't out of the question, though singer Dax Riggs has declined to participate. The grungy sludgsters last released an album, Pagan Terrorism Tactics, in 1996.
Finally, surf thrashers Ghoul will answer your questions. Scope the first episode of Ghoul's Burning Questions (suggested alt title: Dear Putrid) 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, available for your streaming pleasure below.
The nasty speed metallers Midnight are back and they've brought "Evil Like a Knife." No Mercy for Mayhem will hit the streets via Hells Headbangers on August 19.
Also out that date from HH will be the new Children of Technology. The Italian B-flick-obsessed speedsters have supplied the first sample of Future Decay. The song is called "Under the Ripping Storm" and may or may not be about Rip Torn drinking near a bank.
The thrash iteration of Corrosion of Conformity are streaming another from IX (Candlelight Records, June 24 - preorder) titled "On Your Way." COC will be out on tour in Australia soon for a short run. Dates appear below.
Weed hounds Cannabis Corpse released their second verdant ode off of From Wisdom to Baked (Season of Mist, June 24 - preorder). This smokey slammer is called "Individual Pot Patterns" (I see what you did there) and has guest grunts from Chris Barnes. Band and Barnes will be hitting up the recently announced Denver Black Sky in August.
For the smaller guys that deserve some shine, there's the Swiss Nihilo streaming their March-released Dum Spiro Spero in full. Plus, tech-deathers Pillory have returned with a track from the forthcoming Evolutionary Miscarriage (Unique Leader, June 10 - preorder). Stream both of those below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (6/6): The year's evilest day has its share of heavy treats. The very-loud duo Jucifer will be joined by cleanteeth and Mammal at Acheron (tickets); Saint Vitus has a big ol' bill of death metal, counting Solace of Requiem, Immortal Suffering, Dying Eyes of Sloth, Headrot, and Witch King among the jam-packed lineup; If you're looking for something a little more dynamic (and later in the day), the post-everything Kayo Dot will play with Bent Knee at Littlefield (tickets); And for the punks, Goosebumps, Skin Colour, Exotic Functions, Stranger, and Pleasure Industries are at Lulu's. Tickets are $5 at the door.
SATURDAY (6/7): If Friday is loud, Saturday is just plan massive. The reformed Eyehategod, Ringworm, Enabler, and Shitkill make up a STACKED bill at Europa (tickets); On the more core side, The Rival Mob, Blacklisted, World War 4, and Stick Together will hit Le Poisson Rouge (tickets); Want to add a little more metal back into that core? How about Fahrenheit 451, Shai Hulud, Zombie Fight, and The Conflicted at Saint Vitus (tickets); How about some straight noise? Concrete Mascara, Swallowing Bile, Lace, Aischrolatreia, Swollen Organs, Penchant, :M:, Vat, and Nick Klein will provide plenty of static at Trans-Pecos; Tickets are $10 at the door; and finally, Acheron has got some old school death heavies with Solstice, Dracaris, Slaughter the Prophets, Bomb Scare, and Untombed (tickets).
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: We published two parts (Part 1 and Part 2) of the three-part series on Lucifer's Hammer, tracking the fall and rise of metal in the Bay Area post-thrash. We streamed a couple separated by 40-odd years: Rog & Pip did their work in the '70s, while Profetus is dooming away in the present. In addition, we had a full album stream of the death metal classic The Winterlong by God Macabre. The rest of this week's new stuff resides, as always, in the exhaustive Upcoming Metal Releases. Scab Casserole remembered most of MDF. Lastly, we had some good chats with Tombs' Mike Hill and Eric Quach of thisquietarmy.
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 Wyatt Marshall
Cleveland's filthy punk and rock-fueled metal band Midnight is releasing a new album titled No Mercy for Mayhem on August 19, and the band is currently streaming the album's first single, "The Final Rape of Night." Give that a listen below--the thing drips venom.
No Mercy for Mayhem is being released on Hells Headbangers, and Midnight contributed "The Final Rape of Night" to the just-released seventh free Hells Headbangers sampler. The comp is loaded, with contributions from High Spirits, Zemial, Witch Cross, Inquisition and many more, and will be handed out at Maryland Deathfest, which kicks off today (5/22) without Triptykon--here's an updated Thursday schedule.
Midnight just played Scion Rock Fest along with the likes of Machine Head, Windhand and Bl'ast--our brethren at Invisible Oranges were there to catch the action. Midnight currently have two more dates scheduled, one of which is at New York Deathfest at Saint Vitus. That's a massive two day (July 26-27) affair, and Midnight will play with Mortician, Devourment and many more on day one, while day two will be headlined by Defeated Sanity. Head below for the full lineup. Tickets, including individual day tickets and a 2-day pass option, are on sale.
Not in NYC? Austinites can catch Midnight with Absu, Morgengrau and Hod on August 30.
Steam "The Final Rape of Night" and the rest of the HHR comp, and check out the rest of the NY Deathfest lineup below...
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.
By Doug Moore
Municipal Waste at Santos Party House, 2012 (photo by Wyatt Marshall)
This week ran a little slow as the music industry geared up for the clusterfuck that is SXSW, but it saw some notable developments anyhow. (And if you're going to Austin, here's our guide to metal at SXSW.) Here's the low-down.
First, live stuff for this weekend: Dehumanized is topping a brutal death metal bill at The Acheron tonight (3/7). Tortuous Inception, Kalopsia, Forced Asphyxiation, & Hypoxia provide support (tix). On Saturday (3/8), there are two shows with Japanese headlining acts: experimental weirdos Vampilia will put in the first of a few NYC appearances alongside Mick Barr, Kevin Hufnagel, & MV Carbon at Silent Barn, while punkers System Fucker will team up with Aspects of War, Nomad, Herpes, & Warthog for an Acheron show (tix).
Some other developments:
Swedish punks Infernöh's aforementioned TBA appearance on April 12 has been slated for the Acheron.
NY Death Fest II has announced the rest of its lineup. Notable additions include long-running West Coast punks Nausea and New York death metal icons Mortician. The full lineup is listed below.
Speaking of SXSW: if you're headed to Austin and you've got an ear for the heavy, check out our Metal At SXSW 2014 rundown for all of your schedule-building needs.
Over on Invisible Oranges, we took a gander at new jams by Solstice, Tiger Flowers, Metsatöll, and a host of underground black metal, including Skogen, Sujo, & Rhinocervs. We warmed up for Tankcrimes' upcoming Brainsqueeze II Festival by bringing you a compilation showcasing every band on the bill, including some exclusive tuneage from Municipal Waste, Fucked Up, & The Shrine. We spoke to Slough Feg main man Mike Scalzi about his controversal 2010 IO columns, among other things. We returned to East Village Radio -- this week's show was brought to you by the Children of Bodom Halo of Blood tour, which also features Tyr & Death Angel. Tune in every week for ticket giveaways, interviews, bad jokes, and tons of good metal jams.
photos by Suren Karapetyan; words by Fred Pessaro
Midnight @ 285 Kent, 7/27/2013
Stage dives, broken glass, male nudity (and reported, yet unconfirmed, fecal matter), crowd-surfing guitar cabs, and killer times were all in full effect at 285 Kent on Saturday (July 27), in what some are calling the "show of the year." The show in question? The return of ripping Cleveland Venom worshippers Midnight who joined a strong lineup of reunited Brooklyn thrash unit Natur, 70s-influenced DC rippers Satan's Satyrs and Cauchemar. Pictures of Natur, Satan's Satyrs and Midnight (unfortunately none of Cauchemar) are in this post, but if the idea of a full moon at Midnight is disconcerting, you might want to look elsewhere.
Midnight at Rites of Darkness 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The Facebook event page for this show sort of nails it:
Tell your wimp friends to listen to some REAL metal...Thats right, Cleveland's sons of "Lust, Flith and Sleaze" will return to NYC to play Public Assembly on July 27, their only area appearance in 2013. Ticketing information is on the way.
If you don't like Venom, fuck you.
If you don't like Metal Church, fuck you.
If you don't like Atomic Rooster, fuck you.
If you don't like Black Hole, fuck you.
Midnight is already scheduled to play Maryland Deathfest in late May, joining names like Venom, Bolt Thrower, Infest, and more as part of the annual festival. Tickets are sold out for all increments except for three day passes (Fri-Sun).
Kylesa at Maryland Deathfest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
As discussed, Kylesa have released the new track "Unspoken," from their forthcoming LP Ultraviolet, due via Season of Mist on May 28. The crusty-sludge five-piece have stayed off of the road for the most part as well, but have a single date scheduled so far, and it is set for NYC. Look for Kylesa to headline Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 14 with the awesome Blood Ceremony, White Hills and Lazer/Wulf. Tickets go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (3/13) at noon and regular sale on Friday (3/15) at noon.
In other news, look for the great Blood Ceremony to play the Wings of Metal festival in Montreal at Katacombes on August 30 - 31. There the band will be joined by Satan, Midnight, Manilla Road, Megiddo and many others. Tickets are on sale.
Check out "Unspoken" from Ultraviolet below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Midnight at Rites of Darkness 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Midnight is scheduled to play Maryland Deathfest in 2013 but will play much sooner in Johnstown, PA at the Summer Sleaze Fest on August 25. There the hooded miscreants will join The Mentors, Mausoleum, Eat The Turnbuckle and more.
Stream all of Complete & Total Hell below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Carcass in NYC in 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Maryland Deathfest have announced their first batch of bands for their 2013 edition, including a veritable buttload of exclusive appearances. Among those scheduled to appear exclusively at the eleventh edition of the fest are Venom, Carcass, a Righteous Pigs reunion, Antaeus (who played Rites of Darkness), Convulse, Aosoth, !Tooh!, Ahumado Granujo, and Ingrowing.
Also on board will be Manilla Road, Pentagram (who play Power of The Riff next month), Integrity (who played A389), Pelican, Midnight (who played Acheron this year and Rites of Darkness), Morgion, and Kommandant (who played Martyrdoom). Now that the details on the "who" are starting to emerge, we just need some details on the "where" now that Sonar is officially kaput. More details forthwith.
In related news, MDF 2011 alums and over-the-top death metal purists Gravehill give fuck-zero about current trends, they just want to rip, drink frothy cold ones and scare the ever-living shit out of you. The California-based band will head to the East Coast this fall to play Saint Vitus on October 26th with Hour of 13, Master's Eve and Mutant Supremacy. Tickets are on sale. So far, no details on an actual tour yet, but we'll keep our eyes peeled (pardon the pun).
photos by Stephanie Crumley, words by BBG
Midnight @ Acheron
The hooded Venom-worshipping trio known as Midnight played Acheron on 4/7, inciting pits and setting leather jackets on fire as part of their incendiary live show. The Cleveland band were joined by sleaze-metal favorites Villains (who played with Bone Awl the night before) as well as Richmond's Parasytic and NYC's own Trenchgrinder. Here are some pictures video from the show.
In other news, Villains will join beer-metal band Superchrist on April 23rd when the band hits Saint Vitus. Tickets are on sale. Superchrist, who recently played a show in Chicago (check out the pics), is welcoming their new LP Holy Shit this May via Hell's Headbangers and you can stream the new song "Take Me To The Graveyard", along with the pics, below....
Midnight at Rites of Darkness (more by BBG)
I am sure that I don't need to remind some of you metal fans that tonight and tomorrow are two killer shows... both featuring Villains! Tonight (4/6) features Bone Awl and Negative Plane at Saint Vitus while tomorrow's jump-off will be Midnight/Trenchgrinder/Parasytic at the newly renovated Acheron. Onslaught, who also rules and is in the US for the first time, plays on Saturday at Saint Vitus (sans Villains), so that's a bummer/tough choice.
More uggested shows and some full live sets by Born Against, Neurosis and Thou are below... what did I miss?
Art for Bone Awl's Meaningless Meaning Less
I'm proud to announce that BV & Order of the Serpent will present a rare show celebrating the tenth anniversary (!) of primitive black metal fiends Bone Awl at Saint Vitus on April 6th. The band will team with NYC sleazoids Villains and reverb-y gods of black metal Negative Plane. Tickets are on sale for this event.
Bone Awl's last release was a split with Ashdautas (of the Black Twilight Circle, who recently played NYC) which hit via Crepusculo Negro late last year. The show is their only current show scheduled so far.
The Saint Vitus show is the day before Villains play Acheron with Midnight, Parasytic and Trenchgrinder (on April 7th).
Saint Vitus @ Irving Plaza in 2011 (more by BBG)
Chaos in Tejas (May 31-June 3 in Austin) have announced ANOTHER batch of bands to add to their ridiculous lineup including Saint Vitus, Church of Misery, No Statik, Toys That Kill, Pegasus, Martial Canterel, Anasazi, Bloodwing (mems of The Spits, who are on tour soon), Harm's Way, Hatred Surge, the Hex Dispensers, John Wesley Coleman, Joyce Manor, and many many others. The current full lineup and flyer is below and tickets are FINALLY going on sale TODAY (1/31).
Doom legends Saint Vitus are currently preparing their new LP Lillie: F-65 for Season of Mist. The record, their eighth and first in seventeen years (!), is tentatively set for release at the end of March. More details are forthcoming.
In related news, members of Mind Eraser also serve as personnel in Magic Circle, another Chaos in Tejas band. Look for Magic Circle to team with Pilgrim (who we recently interviewed), Windhand, and Natur at Public Assembly on March 1st.
The updated Chaos in Tejas lineup is below along with the flyer.
Villains at Europa (more by BBG)
Brooklyn street metal sleaze-oids Villains dropped Road to Ruin on the venerable Nuclear War Now last year, and now the band has unveiled a video for the album closer "Land Hag". Check that out below.
A reminder: Villains will support a mammoth lineup of Midnight (who released one of my favorite LPs of 2011), Parasytic, and Trenchgrinder at Acheron on April 7th. The band will also support Superchrist at Saint Vitus on 4/23, and ticketing info for that show is forthcoming.
All tour dates and that video, below...
Dropdead at Europa (more by Keith Marlowe)
Chaos in Tejas have announced another round of bands for their 2012 shindig (first round here), including rare appearances from legendary post-hardcore band Moss Icon (a one-time only reunion), as well as Japan's Reality Crisis and Skizophrenia (their only US dates), and repeat offenders/favorites like Dropdead, Municipal Waste, Midnight, Ares Kingdom, Puerto Rico Flowers, Xeno & Oaklander, Thou, the Rival Mob, Boston Strangler, Crazy Spirit, Brain Killer, Power Trip, Wiccans (who just played one of the final shows at Emo's), and many many others. A full list of additions and the new flyer is below.
Since the original announcement, two previously announced bands have dropped off the original lineup: Mexican black metal band Nyogthaeblisz disappeared from the lineup after their anti-Islamic/Semitic/Abrahamic stance and involvement in known NSBM (National Socialist) label Satanic Skinhead was pointed out by a few blogs. That led to Antisect and The Mob even threatening to not play. Word then spread that Disma's Craig Pillard released nazi-glorifying records under the name Sturmfuhrer. Disma then dropped out as well due to "the drama" that ensued. Craig would not comment on the matter, but other members of Disma say he has changed.
In related news, Thou will hit the road for a string of dates with The Body this week on the West Coast. Both bands will also be at the inaugural Gilead Media festival (chaired by the Gilead Media label) in Oshkosh, Wi on 4/28 and 4/29 which will feature appearances from (in alphabetical order) Arms Aloft, Aseethe, Ash Borer, Baby Boy, Darger + Plague Mother, False, Fell Voices, Get Rad, Hell, Loss, Mutilation Rites, Northless, Protestant, A Scanner Darkly, and Sleepwalker. More details are available at the site.
All tour dates, new additions to Chaos in Tejas, and the show flyer is all below.
Midnight at Rites of Darkness (more by BBG)
Midnight will headline a killer bill at Acheron in Brooklyn on April 7th featuring an appearance from crusty thrash team Parasytic, over-the-top sleazoids Villains, and crust-death killers Trenchgrinder. The show is the band's only current US date, with a second show going down in Germany as part of Heavy Metal Mayhem. Don't miss it. Stream some Parasytic and Trenchgrinder material below, and download their demo for free at Bandcamp.
Stream that Trenchgrinder and Parasytic's recent LP Poison Minds below, alongside the flyer.
Midnight at Rites of Darkness (more by BBG)
2011 was a year that I spent delving deep into record bins, in the pit at shows, and searching for the most brutal of the brutal at festivals across the country including Maryland Deathfest, Chaos in Tejas, Rites of Darkness, SXSW, the A389 Anniversary show, California Discord Fest, and many others. It was also a year when I revisited my hardcore roots, and went further down the rabbit hole with DIY shows and independent records.
2011's choices for best of the year were tougher than I could have imagined, as opposed to my clear cut 2010 choice for favorite album of the year. That said, favorite records are about playability, and these are the LPs that wore out my needle and earned the most plays on my digital device (note: I made sure to remove a record that I was directly involved in because that would clearly be near the top of the list). I hope you enjoyed these records as much as I did in 2011 and if not, please share what you enjoyed below. I already can't wait for 2012.
My favorite records and shows of 2011 are below.
Rites of Darkness 2011 closed out on Sunday 12/11 with a somber and powerful set from melodic death-doomers Mournful Congregation (we premiered a song from their new LP) who toured the West Coast with the like-minded Aldebaran and Anhedonist. Compared to the other days, Sunday focused more on the slow-and-heavy side of things with Anatomia and Pallbearer (both bands of the doom ilk) also on the bill.
There were exceptions though. Mitochondrian, Vasaeleth, Ignivomous and Cruciamentum all focused on the death metal side of things while Ares Kingdom stayed true to blackened thrash (they also played the pre-fest). The clear standout on Sunday was Impetuous Ritual who, while doused in blood, played seemingly formless death metal with frightening accuracy and power. It was a ritual indeed, and one made for conjuring the dark spirits.
Despite the heavy drama, the rumors, the devastating cancellations, poor communication, the changes/lack of set times, the overall turnout, the garbage food and close to no options to the contrary (only nachos and hot dogs on site), and the bands that flew to the US without a flight home, Rites of Darkness III featured some of the most impressive performances of the year from bands across the globe. Favorite moments include the incendiary Antaeus, the thunderous slow-crawl of Anatomia, the stage-dives and moshing during the great Midnight, the charismatic and fantastic Adorior, the soothing melodicism of Mournful Congregation, evil incarnate from Impetuous Ritual, and Ignivomous's set closer of "World Eater" by Bolt Thrower. We'll see if it happens next year.
If you missed it, check out pictures and reviews from day 1 and day 2, and then check out more pictures from the final day at Rites of Darkness (I missed Vasaeleth unfortunately, though I did catch their set at the pre-fest), below...
Antaeus @ Rites of Darkness
Rites of Darkness hit the halfway point Saturday with no more major disasters (comparatively speaking, anyway) and a sicker than sick lineup. Doors opened at 3pm but the show didn't actually start 'til after 5, when Texan grind 'heads P.L.F. hit the stage followed by death metallers Blaspherian and Grave Ritual. Hooded menace Midnight were a crowd favorite; framed by stagedivers' flailing limbs, Ohio's finest tore through a half hours' worth of black thrashing, neck-snapping, punk as fuck anthems like "Black Rock'n'Roll" and "Endless Slut" and left us all wanting more.
Adversarial's head-down Canadian war metal assault brutalized those who remained, then Black Witchery stalked onstage and tore the joint to shreds with an onslaught of Satanic might (as seen at Europa this past summer with Proclamation). Total death!
Chicago death metal legends Cianide were nothing short of fantastic; their guitar tone alone was worth the trip down. Grecian horde Zemial played a solid ninety minutes of old-school black metal (Quorthon would've been proud), which felt a little longer than necessary but still slayed. Antaeus's first-ever North American performance was the indisputable highlight of the evening, if not the entire fest so far. Spewing forth violently intense and utterly focused, savage black metal, littered with razor-sharp shreds of melody and drenched in evil, these corpsepainted wraiths stood and fucking delivered. Cut your flesh and worship Satan.
Day 1 pictures HERE. More pictures from Rites of Darkness day 2 are below
Inquisition at MDF (more by BBG)
"This is Danny, the promoter for Rites of Darkness. I understand people have been getting frustrated with lack of news so I personally apologize for that. We have gone through a rash of cancellations which were beyond our control.. Paypal froze the Festival's account which caused delayed flights for months. By the time Paypal decided to release our account flights escalated beyond our set budget. So the show is NOT cancelled by any means but the following bands will not be performing: Root, Akitsa, Interment, Demonical, Valkyrja, Dead Congregation, Hour of 13, and Strid"Rites of Darkness, the San Antonio festival in December that lined up an impressive slate of bands from around the world and many notable exclusives, has suffered a rash of cancellations (including Mortuary Drape), many of which were headlining bands.
The festival has remained silent about the situation for close to two weeks, but finally updated festival-goers today. Their message, excerpted above and available in full below, explains the situation, but neglects to mention that Pagan Altar also cancelled (they were slated for a two hour set) and that Zemial cancelled too. Another band that is currently in flux, Stargazer, is reportedly without flights (the band is from Australia) at the moment. The listing is missing General Surgery, and no announcement has been made about the pre-fest which includes France's Hell Militia. Previously announced cancellations include Ondskapt, Urfaust, Behexen, and Sargeist. RoD has added new Profound Lore signees Pallbearer.
UPDATE: Both Zemial and Pagan Altar are reconsidering their appearances. Statements from both are below.
UPDATED AGAIN: Disma, Funebrarum, Evoken, and Oak have all cancelled their appearances.
The most recent Rites of Darkness statement and the current lineup is below.
Midnight on the West Coastearlier this year (photo by Adam Murray)
Its hard to believe that after ten years, a near infinite number of splits & EPs, and making countless waves with their proto-black-metal sleaze-n-roll, Midnight is preparing to release Satanic Royalty, their first ever LP of studio recordings. The release, due on Hell's Headbangers on November 8th, will come in CD/live DVD, LP (with bonus track), picture disc, and keepin' it uber-kvlt, cassette formats with ten new tracks of crust-ridden, whiskey-soaked darkness from this Cleveland juggernaut. Stream two songs "Necromania" and "Satanic Royalty" at the HHR site, and stream a third track "Lust Filth And Sleaze" below for the first time. Preorders will not be available, so keep your eyes peeled at the HHR site to order yours.
Midnight are on the road in the coming weeks, but no NYC date to speak of. They will, however, be at Rites of Darkness 2011 in San Antonio, TX with Inquisition and Mortuary Drape (who will be in NYC). All other tour dates and a teaser video is below.
Inquisition at Maryland Deathfest (more by BBG)
NYC's Studio at Webster Hall will soon host a trifecta of black metal greatness! Inquisition will headline the venue on December 2nd with a rare appearance from Mortuary Drape and Negative Plane. Tickets are on sale.
Italy's Mortuary Drape and Inquisition will then tour their way to Rites of Darkness 3 in San Antonio, Texas where they'll join the newly added Disma, but NOT Urfaust:
URFAUST vs RITES OF DARKNESS IIIThree day passes for Rites of Darkness 3 are on sale. Pictures from Urfaust's recent Brooklyn show HERE.
URFAUST is very sad to announce that we have to cancel our Intoxication Ritual at Rites of Darkness III in Texas, USA.
Our last Alcoholic Rites on US soil where splenditory, so this is just fucked up...
Nothing more to say about this, we hope to return to the USA and Rites of Darkness in 2012!
All hail the madness!
Ix & Vrdrbr on behalf of Urfaust
All known Inquisition dates, the full Rites of Darkness lineup, and some video is below.