Entries tagged with: Mitochondrion
photos by Alberto Gutierrez; words by Doug Moore
Horrendous @ Dark Descent showcase 10/5/2013
This year's Dark Descent showcase -- which took place on 10/5 and which featured Sempiternal Dusk, Ritual Necromancy, Anhedonist, Horrendous, Dire Omen, Weregoat, Gravehill, Mitochondrion, and Insanity -- was one of 2013's better under-the-radar metal events. We've got a full set of photos and a band-by-band breakdown over at Invisible Oranges. From Greg Majewski's writeup:
"From his mile-high throne in the frostbitten peaks of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Matt Calvert rains death upon the masses, elevating his label Dark Descent Records to the same lofty heights by snapping up handfuls of death metal's most promising acts. To celebrate his four-year reign of punishing our eagerly awaiting earholes, Calvert compiled an all-out, two day freakfest of some of the finest death metal in North America, a muscle-flexing showcase as much as an anniversary celebration. Which all raises the question: Why the hell choose Portland?Check out the full writeup and photo set over at IO; we've got a reduced set of pics below.
"A lot of bands on the label are from around this area, and I've done pretty well here," says Calvert. "Here," in this context, is Ash Street Saloon, a gritty mid-sized venue a block away from Voodoo Donut on Burnside. Inked-up bartenders in cutoffs sling spicy Northwest ales; bicycles hang from the ceiling. A vintage Neo-Geo cabinet bathes patrons in Metal Slug carnage from its bar-side niche. Basically, as Portland as it gets. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein would be washing down their vegan fries with a few pints of Ninkasi's Total Domination if the unholy sounds emanating from Ash Street's stage wouldn't send them fleeing to their Subaru. It's doubtful Calvert would notice from his perch behind the merch booth, shaking hands and thanking the locals (and a surprising number of acolytes who made the pilgrimage from Colorado) for packing the venue to witness a nearly complete lineup of stellar acts."
The Damned at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Chaos in Tejas has announced yet another round of bands, including The Damned, Gehenna (who play next weekend in NYC with Catharsis), Tragedy, Rotten Sound, Rival Mob, New Zealand's The Bats, Andy Stott, Power Trip, Hoax (who play NYC this weekend), Iceage (who have a new song/tour coming), Anhedonist, Akitsa, Parquet Courts and many more. Full list of names are below, which join the previously announced names like Bolt Thrower, Infest, Abigail, Integrity, Iron Lung (who play DBA soon), Final Conflict, Manilla Road, Merchandise, Milk Music, Total Control, and many many more.
The announcement comes on the same day that passes for the Austin festival, which happens May 30 - June 2, go on sale. Passes are on sale.
Chaos in Tejas 2013 (5/30 - 6/2) expands yet again with some mammoth additions to their lineup! Among today's announcements are names like Framtid (from Japan, playing their first and only US show!), Infest (who are also playing MDF), Total Control, the Men, Iron Lung, the Marked Men, Effluxus, Absu, Mammoth Grinder, Mitochondrion, Screaming Females, Step Forward, UV Race, Wiccans and Wrathprayer.
Full lineup so far is below, with 100+ bands still TBA. The announcement comes on the heels of last month's batch of bands that included Bolt Thrower, Final Conflict, Abigail, Manilla Road, and more. Ticketing info for the weekend are forthcoming.
Check out the current Chaos lineup, as well as releated video, below.
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...
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.