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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.


Continue reading "24 of the best 25 metal bands, according to a MetalSucks poll (#1 coming soon, but seems obvious)"

by Ian Chainey


The picture above is Riley Breckenridge's fractured jaw after the Puig Destroyer -- the baseball themed grindcore group -- drummer took a pitch to the head. After posting to his Instagram, Riley said, "Don't try to hit fastballs with your face, kids. #themoreyouknow #luckybreaks." Noted. That must've been terrifying, but not as terrified as Puig Destroyer's namesake is of thunder.

Speaking of breaks, classic thrashers Rigor Mortis have one more record in them before they call it a day. The final collection will be called Slave to the Grave, out on October 7 via the band's own Rigor Mortis Records. The album was recently crowdsourced into existence. You can check out the details below. In other album news, sludgesters Weedeater are repressing Sixteen Tons through Season of Mist on CD and LP (preorder). The record has been out of print for a bit and you can stream it in full below.

Returning to the athletic theme, if you're in Brooklyn, you can start cycling to Slayer. SYNCstudio will be holding a "metal themed indoor cycling class" on July 24. "This next song is called. . . "BLACKNESS WITH SCHWINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN."

Finally, want the deepest teeth cleaning experience? Polyrhythms, man.

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.

If this week was good for something, it was a wealth of new music videos. The form is alive and well with contributions from UltraMantis Black, Corrosion of Conformity, Goatwhore, and Enabler. All four bands have live engagements in their future. UltraMantis Black will be playing This is Hardcore. CoC are going to be in Australia (the continent and the country) and then will head back to the left side of the US for a slate of dates with Bl'ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band, and Lord Dying. Goatwhore are currently out with the Summer Slaughter mega bill. And Enabler are set to hit Chicago on August 5 with Power Trip and Mammoth Grinder. All of the updated dates along with the videos appear below.

For the full-album previews: Blackened rippers Mutilation Rites have offered up all of Harbinger (preorder). The Brooklyn bashers are at Gilead Media Fest this weekend. Then, Swedish d-beat superheroes Martyrdöd unleashed Elddop (preorder). Both albums hit the streets on July 22, and you can hear the goods below.

For single tracks and teasers: Midnight covered Venom's "Too Loud (for the Crowd)" for Decibel's Flexi Series. As a reminder, Midnight (who play with Samhain in November) will be appearing at a stacked New York Deathfest. Entombed A.D. -- the LG Petrov iteration of the Swede death n' rollers -- put out "Vulture And The Traitor" from Back To The Front (August 5, Century Media - preorder). Sounds like Entombed, but so do a lot of bands. The slow and low Monarch unveiled "Mortes" from Sabbracadaver (July 22, Profound Lore - preorder). Make sure you set aside the full 18 minutes for that one. And finally, doomers Cardinal Wyrm debuted "Dreams of Teeth" from Black Hole Gods (August 5, self-released). All streams appear below.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

TODAY (FRIDAY, 7/18): Free show alert: Ceremony, Iron Lung, and Nothing will play Brooklyn Bazaar. The doors are at 7 PM and you can RSVP to skip the line. Want something more metallic? Mortals, Godmaker, and Mammal are playing the Acheron (tickets). That's Mortals record release show, so go and congratulate them.

TOMORROW (7/19): Free show alert, part deux: Trap Them, Coliseum, Incendiary, and White Widows Pact are at Brooklyn Bazaar. Doors: 7 PM. RSVP.

SUNNNNNNNNNDAY (7/20): Flip the impending work week the bird by hitting Black Anvil, Psalm Zero, Fantom Warior, and Yellow Eyes at Saint Vitus (tickets). Maybe you can get Black Anvil to play their Kiss cover.

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: It might've been your vacation, but, as always, we were working to find the best metal. Upcoming Metal Releases tracked all of the new things. We premiered a new ass-kicker from the nasty Rabbits. We went review-crazy with critiques of Bastard Feast, Martyrdöd, and Peculate. We remembered At the Gates before they blew up. We unearthed some seriously solid black metal. We also gave some shine to albums we missed. And we took a long look at the announced bands for 2015's Maryland Deathfest.

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.

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: Goatwhore, Enabler, Mutilation Rites, Midnight, Corrosion of Conformity, Entombed A.D. & more"

Morbid Angel at Maryland Deathfest 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Morbid Angel

The annual Summer Slaughter tour is looking just a bit better this time around than it's been lately with Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Goatwhore, Origin and more. The tour rolls through NYC on August 8 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale today (5/2) at 10 AM. All dates are listed, with the tour flyer and full lineup, below.

Goatwhore are currently on the Metal Alliance tour which wraps up this weekend -- we caught the NYC stop at Irving Plaza (pics) -- and are part of the initial GWAR-B-Q 2014 lineup announcement.

All Summer Slaughter dates are listed, with the flyer and some videos, below...

Continue reading "Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Goatwhore, Origin & more going on 2014 Summer Slaughter tour (dates)"

By Doug Moore

Steve Tucker('s finger)

You may remember that we debuted a song by Warfather, which features ex-Morbid Angel frontman Steve Tucker, a few weeks back. Tucker effectively vanished from music for eight years after appearing on Morbid Angel's 2003 album Heretic before turning up as the frontman for Nader Sadek's one-off death metal album in 2011.

Invisible Oranges spoke to Tucker about the Warfather album and about what he's been up to for most of the past decade. It turns out that Tucker has effectively become a doomsday prepper, which made for an unusual interview:

What are your survival skills?

Well, first of all, where I live, I don't need a grocery store. I don't live 100 percent off the land, but I would if I had to. I have tons of creeks full of fresh water, I have deer in my yard, and I have a pit bull who is trained to take down a large animal. I would not starve. Where I live does not flood, and wouldn't be touched by, say, a tidal wave, so my strategy would be to pretty much stay where I am at, and secure the place. A couple years back, we were hit by this big storm called a derecho. I'd never heard of one in my life, but the thing hit in five minutes. We had 85 mile-per-hour winds. It took out my power for 10 days, and when that happened I realized that having water in my garage was a good thing. I gave some of that water in my garage to my neighbors. So it's all about improvisation and just being ready.

The scarier thought is what do individual groups of people do after society breaks down.

It would become tribal. That's the first thing that happens. People will go be with their families, with people they know, trust and think will protect them. Personally I think people will realize they need to get out of cities. They will travel to places like where I live, and ask people like me to help, I think. So the question you need to answer is: who can you trust? It's the same scenario you come across every day ― can I do business with this person? Can I tell this person a secret? ― but survival would be the consequence.

The weirdest part of the interview is that Tucker actually comes off as kinda level-headed about the subject. You can read the whole thing here.

If you missed it the first time, you can stream that Warfather song below...

Continue reading "Steve Tucker (Warfather, Morbid Angel) talks music, doomsday preparedness"

By Doug Moore


Oh, death metal. We can always rely on you for absurd, head-scratcher band photos. I don't think anyone will ever top the utterly inexplicable pic of Gigan in a chocolate shop from a few years ago, but this Warfather promo shot comes close. Why is the guy on the left wearing a mask? Nobody else is. It looks like the dude on the right has a friggin' samurai sword strapped to his back. And there are post-apocalyptic biker babes with machine guns lurking in the background! I'm trying to come up with an explanation that covers all the bases here, but I just can't.

Warfather's music makes substantially more sense; it recalls a transitional period in the genre's history that lasted from the late '90s until the early '00s. We're streaming a song from the album over at Invisible Oranges today. From our writeup:

This band features former Morbid Angel bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker, who performed on the underrated Formulas Fatal to the Flesh and the even more so Gateways to Annihilation, and they play in roughly the same blasty-American-DM vein. Early Hate Eternal and Krisiun both come to mind as well. Orchestrating the Apocalypse sounds straight out of '99 -- after engineers got comfortable with triggering drums, but before they got uppity about artificially fixing performances. It's a strange fusion of messy and sterile. Nostalgia usually glorifies its objects as it recalls them, but Warfather revisits the era as it was, warts and all.
You can read the rest over at IO.

Orchestrating the Apocalypse will come out on January 21 via Greyhaze Records. Stream "The Shifting Poles" below.

Continue reading "Warfather (feat. mems Morbid Angel) releasing new album (stream a song)"

by Doug Moore

Dave Vincent (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Dave Vincent

When Morbid Angel announced that they would be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their classic third album Covenant by playing the album in full on tour, the reaction was a little more muted than the band had probably hoped. Despite their unimpeachable legacy, Morbid Angel lost a lot of goodwill with their fanbase when, after an eight-year delay, they released 2011's disastrous Ilud Divinum Insanus. The departure of longtime drummer Pete Sandoval did not help matters. Many people (justifiably) turned their backs on M-A in the two years since.

But despite the dampened expectations, Morbid Angel's performance on the NYC stop of this tour on 11/12 was thoroughly awesome. As goofy as this band looks onstage sometimes (notice Dave Vincent's outfit above), they still bring their A-game to their classic material; the performances are less manic than on the albums, but they're tighter by the same token. Trey Azagthoth remains the best lead player in all of death metal; watching him rip those unearthly sounds out of his guitar is absurd and awesome.

We also spoke to Vincent, the band's lately-divisive frontman, for an interview over at Invisible Oranges. Since Morbid Angel kept their set mostly to their classic material, we followed suit with our conversation. Vincent notably confirmed that Pete Sandoval is no longer an official member of the band, due to Sandoval having "found Jesus." Read an excerpt below...

Covenant came out in 1993, which was in many ways the peak of death metal as a commercial genre -- Carcass's Heartwork, Entombed's Wolverine Blues, Death's Individual Thought Patterns, and Dismember's Indecent & Obscene all came out that year, among others. Morbid Angel were the first death metal band to sign to a major. What was it like to be at the center of all of that?

I looked at it as an opportunity more than anything else. It gave us some muscle to get us into the big boys' swimming pool, as it were. We had to work a lot harder, obviously, but we had some opportunities available to us that weren't before. We got on some really good tours. We had some really good videos. It takes a lot of money to do some of these things, and Warner has very deep pockets. They allowed us to realize some of our dreams -- we got to do some things that I enjoyed a lot, and that the fans tell me they enjoyed as well.

Do you feel like you capitalized on that opportunity as much as you could've?

Gosh, well, I guess you could always do more. But I think that we pushed what we do pretty darn far for what it is. It's not commercial music. We have some stuff that's catchy in its own way, but not to the mainstream. Although, it's interesting. Listening back now, I hear a lot of things that arguably we helped to pioneer. There are elements of that which I hear in all manner of kinds of music, including pop. Which is cool.

Covenant is really catchy for a death metal record.

That's just what we do, y'know? But all these other bands that you mentioned -- we're all very different. Today, what I hear is a lot of things that sound the same. I don't hear the sense of individuality that I felt with us or some of the other Florida bands -- Obituary, Death, those bands. When people talk about a "Florida sound," I don't know what that would be. We all sound very different. The tones, the song structures, everything about us was very different.

Nowadays, I don't think there's so much emphasis put on identity as there is on groupthink: "What's this style, or that style?" Style doesn't mean a lot to me. Quality means everything to me. If there's anything that I wish that I heard more of these days, it's the same differentiation that I heard back when we were cutting our teeth.

The rest of the interview is available over at IO. Fingers crossed that Morbid Angel's next album sounds more like Covenant.

by Wyatt Marshall


A couple weeks back we talked about Metal Meowlisha IV: A Headbangers Furball, death metal greats Obituary's fundraiser fest for feral cats in the Tampa area on 12/21 featuring Exhumed and Terrorizer (lineup below). Those in need of further proof of the inborn bond between metal man and kitty cat need look no further than the previously mentioned Metaldudes Cats book titled, fittingly, Metal Cats will be published in April 2014 and is meow available for pre-order. The book, cover art above, contains photos of over 100 metal musicians and fans with their cats, including:

Black Goat, Thrones, Isis, Lightning Swords of Death, Winterthrall, Wizards of Wor, The Cauterized, Book of Black Earth, Skarp, Harassor, Akimbo, Aldebaran, Atriarch, Oak, Ghoul, Ludicra, Holy Grail, Xasthur, Cattle Decapitation, Murder Construct, Exhumed, Anhedonist, Morbid Angel, Municipal Waste, Skeletonwitch, Gypsyhawk, Nausea, Phobia, Napalm Death.
That's a lot of cats! A portion of the proceeds of Metal Cats will go to no-kill shelters.

In other metal book news, a new Slayer biography has emerged, titled Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff & Dave Years. A Metal Band Biography. The book was written by DX Herris, who previously has written about Slayer in his 33 1/3 series entry, Slayer's Reign in Blood. The book clocks in at a whopping 628 and here's a description:

This timely rock biography answers burning questions, shatters popular myths, and uncovers new truths about Slayer, the iconic group that became the embodiment of heavy metal. This full-length, exhaustively researched account of the thrash kings' career recaps and reevaluates the years guitar hero Jeff Hanneman and drum legend Dave Lombardo were in the group. Over the course of 59 chapters, 400 footnotes and three appendices, it profiles the members and presents dramatic scenes from 32 years in the Abyss: A fresh look at the group's early days. Reign in Blood tours. A European invasion. The Palladium riot. The seat cushion chaos concert. Newly unearthed details from Lombardo's turbulent history with the band. Historical artwork and photos never seen in public before. The entire diabolical discography. Hanneman's hard times. The Big Four's big year. Lombardo's final exit...
And a lot more -- sounds pretty thorough. It's currently available in an interactive e-book edition for... $6.66.

Slayer recently rolled through Madison Square Garden with Gojira on their first tour since the passing of Jeff Hanneman. We'll have photos soon -- did you go?

Meowlisha 2013 line-up below...

Continue reading "'Metal Cats' book up for pre-order; Slayer biography out now"

by Wyatt Marshall

Motörhead at Mayhem Festival 2012 (more by Greg Christman)

As previously mentioned, Motörhead had to cancel European tour dates this summer due to front man/legend Lemmy's flagging health. Despite the news that the mighty Lemmy had been laid low, Mötörhead were planning on being back on the road in full force this fall. Now, Motörhead has had to cancel scheduled fall dates due to Lemmy's ongoing struggles with his health. From Facebook:

I have to sadly let you know that Motörhead has had to postpone the forthcoming European tour until early next year, 2014.

We have made the decision because I am not quite ready to hit the road yet, and am working my way back to full fitness and rude health. Don't worry - I'm not about to start promoting veganism and alcohol-free beverages, but it is fair to say that I personally have been reconfiguring areas of my life to make sure I can come back fitter and stronger than ever.

It disappointed me tremendously to have to say I wasn't quite ready to hit the road yet, but not nearly as much as it would've disappointed me to go out, play some average shows and watch my health give way long before the tour was over! When people come to see a Motörhead tour, they expect a Motörhead show, and that is exactly what you will get as soon as I am fit and ready to rumble.

Your patience and understanding is appreciated...and know that I'm getting stronger and stronger every day, so watch out next spring Europe and we will see you then.

Thank you all,


Here's to Lemmy getting back on his feet and in road condition soon. In more positive news, Motörhead released their 21st studio album, Aftershock, last week.

In similar news, the 2013 version of Sepultura also had to cancel their previously mentioned tour that was scheduled to hit Gramercy Theater on November 18. In a post on Facebook, the band said they were unable to get visas in time for the tour's kickoff on Friday.

Due to the delay in obtaining a visa for the band to enter the United States, we regret to inform all fans that the previously announced North American tour is being cancelled. We apologize to the fans, promoters, and the bands who were going to be part of the 'Tsunami Of Metal' tour - UNEARTH, KATAKLYSM, SCAR THE MARTYR, ANCIIENTS, and DARK SERMON.

Fans who purchased advanced tickets will be entitled to a full refund.

Sepultura had their 13th album, The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart, drop today (10/29)

In non-cancelation news, Morbid Angel, is scheduled to hit Irving Plaza on November 12. We'll be giving away tickets to that show tonight (10/29) on Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio. Listen in from 10 - 12PM EST on EastVillageRadio.com or on the EVR Mobile app for your chance to win a pair.

by Wyatt Marshall

Deicide at Gramercy Theater in 2012 (more by Johnathan McPhail)

Death metal legends Deicide are about to embark on the "No Salvation Tour" with Broken Hope, Disgorge and Necronomicon that wraps up right before the release date of their new album, In the Minds of Evil, on November 25. The tour hits NYC on October 6 at Gramercy Theater. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and we're also giving away a few pairs tonight (9/24) on Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio, so listen in from 10-12PM EST for a chance to win. All tour dates are listed below.

The next couple of months will see a number of death metal legends heading to NYC. Carcass, fresh off releasing an excellent comeback album, are bringing their tour to NYC this week for sold out shows at Saint Vitus (9/25) and Gramercy Theatre (9/26) with Immolation. We'll be giving away tickets to the Carcass show at Gramercy Theatre tonight on Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio, too, so be sure to tune in.

Likewise, we'll be giving away tickets to the NYC stop of Morbid Angel's previously discussed Covenant 20th Anniversary tour, which happens on November 12 at Irving Plaza and sees the band playing the classic album in its entirety. The contest for that show will be on a future IO EVR show. Tickets for the Irving date are still available.

Another death metal tour hitting NYC is Obituary, who are prepping a new album and doing a previously discussed two-night run at Saint Vitus on October 9 and 10. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are still available.

All lists of tour dates below...

Continue reading "Deicide touring, playing Gramercy Theater; IO radio giving away tix to that (and Carcass and Morbid Angel too!)"

Morbid Angel at BB Kings, Sept 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Morbid Angel

Death metal legends Morbid Angel will thankfully revisit Covenant on an upcoming tour, and not their latest-album-which-shall-not-be-named. The tour, dubbed Convenant: 1993-2013 Tour, will obviously feature that classic on its 20th anniversary, scheduling stops across the US while playing the LP in its entirety and alongside other classics. The NYC stop happens November 12 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are not on sale yet but you can keep checking LiveNation.

All other tour dates are listed, along with a stream of Covenant, below.

Continue reading "Morbid Angel celebrating the 20th anniversary of 'Covenant' on North American fall tour (dates)"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Svarttjern at Inferno Festival

Its been quite a ride for me personally and as a photographer in 2012. I've had the distinct honor to cover some of my favorite bands in the world this year, including legends and favorites that vary as widely as Morrissey (HERE), New Order (HERE), Autopsy (HERE and HERE), Godflesh (HERE), Dead Can Dance (HERE), Swans (HERE), Jesus & Mary Chain (HERE), Chain of Strength (HERE) and many many more.

But I'm also very interested in the new, and 2012 afforded me the ability to shoot great younger bands like Terrible Feelings (HERE), Whitehorse (HERE), White Lung (HERE), Milk Music (HERE), Nude Beach (HERE) and loads more. Its been a great year, and though I still have some shooting left in the tank for 2012, here are my favorites as of right now along with brief blurbs on why . We'll start with the above photo....

Continue reading "Fred Pessaro // BBG's favorite Live Music Photos of 2012 ---------(that he took)"

photos by Jonathan McPhail

Morbid Angel at BB King Blues Club, 9/27/2012
Morbid Angel

The return of death metal greats Morbid Angel to the stage was a long time coming. The legendary Floridian crew headlined BB King Blues Club on 9/26 alongside appearances from their tourmates and black metal pummelers Dark Funeral, Swedish death metal tyrants Grave, and Vadimvon.

Pictures of the last three bands are below, along with their setlists (we missed Vadimvon). The four are currently about a quarter of the way through a full US tour, one that concludes in Texas in mid-October.

Continue reading "Morbid Angel, Dark Funeral, Grave, and Vadimvon played BB King Blues Club (pics/setlist)"

by BBG

Morbid Angel at Maryland Deathfest (more by BBG)
Morbid Angel

Just days after playing Maryland Deathfest, Nikki Sixx David Vincent and Morbid Angel will hit the road for a string of US dates with Dark Funeral and Grave. Kicking off in Atlanta and going coast to coast, the tour includes an NYC stop at BB King's on 9/26. Ticketing info is still forthcoming. The dates are in celebration of the band's recent LP, Illud Divinum Insanus, which which received a remix treatment recently via label Season of Mist, morphing the already industrial heavy tracks with techno and electro.

Meanwhile, Grave's last US stint saw the band performing all of Into The Grave at Gramercy Theater and you can check out pics of that here).

Full listing of tour dates, plus related audio and video streams, are below.

Continue reading "Morbid Angel touring with Grave and Dark Funeral (dates)"

by BBG

Trey Azagthoth of Morbid Angel
Maryland Death Fest

May 26th was a day of firsts for me at the tenth annual Maryland Deathfest. It was the first time I saw Confessor, Deviated Instinct and Haemorrhage. The first time I heard "new" material from death-doom godsWinter. The first time I saw Noothgrush with new live vocalist Dino Sommese (Ghoul, Dystopia, etc). And maybe most memorably, the first time I witnessed a man whip out his junk out on stage, piss in his cupped hand and wipe his face with it.

The latter first came care of Horna, who's lead singer Spellgoth performed the "urine baptism" at center stage (pictures below, NSFW?) and was one of several notable black metal-influenced performances (Archgoat, Tsjuder, Black Witchery) on that brutally hot Saturday. The moment wasn't noticed by many, but the foul stench of old blood and human fluids left a trail throughout the indoor stage.

My mid-afternoon arrival at Sonar meant that I sadly missed sets by Infernal Stronghold, Bloody Phoenix, and Looking for an Answer, and not-so-sadly missed October 31 (members Deceased) and Anvil (the former being eons better than the latter). The remainder of the sweltering hot day was largely a string of successes with stellar sets from crusty thrashers Hellbastard, UK's Dragged into Sunlight, deliciously obnoxious goregrind from Haemorrhage, death-doom pioneers Winter (who played unearthed songs at MDF), thrash from Morbid Saint and an impressive set from the reunited technical-doom crew Confessor.

Reunited crust-death metal crew Deviated Instinct wins for my favorite of the daytime performances (they played at close to the same time as The Devil's Blood), and though bassist David Vincent gave me a bit of a Nikki Sixx douche-chill during Morbid Angel's headlining set, the band's performance of the early classics absolutely murdered. Brujeria, the supercrew made up of members of Napalm Death, Carcass and more, were great headliners for the opposing outdoor stage but I opted for Noothgrush.

More pictures from day three at Maryland Deathfest are below. If you missed them, check out day one pictures HERE, a set of Rorschach's pictures HERE, and day two pictures HERE.

Continue reading "Maryland Deathfest Day 3: Morbid Angel, Winter, Brujeria, Dragged Into Sunlight, Haemorrhage, Confessor and more"

photos by Svart, words by BBG

Nader Sadek

Egyptian-artist Nader Sadek brought his vision of flesh, petroleum, death metal, and tragedy to life with a FREE show at Santos on 11/20. Based on his In The Flesh concept LP, the artist assembled a team of musicians who helped create the LP including Steve Tucker (ex-Morbid Angel), Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy), Rune Eriksen (Aura Noir, Ava Inferi, ex-Mayhem), Carmen Simões (Ava Inferi) and Novy (ex-Vader / ex-Behemoth). The entire experience, from stage design to the masks worn by some of the musicians to the music, came from the mind of Sadek for this one-time event. Check out some more pictures below...

Continue reading "Nader Sadek brought "In The Flesh" to life at Santos Party House (pics)"

by BBG

Today Is The Day at Highline Ballroom (more by BBG)
Today Is The Day

And so it has begun. After a fun Maryland Deathfest 2011 (pictures of day 1, 2, 3, 4), the festival has announced confirmations for MDF 2012 including some amazing names (Bethlehem, Demigod, Ghoul, Church of Misery, The Devil's Blood, Dragged Into Sunlight, Ulcerate, others) and even a true a headscratcher (Anvil?). Full lineup thus far is below. Maryland Deathfest X kicks off on May 24th, 2012 at Sonar. No tickets yet

In related news, Today is The Day, whose rhythm section once was home to half of Mastodon and now features members of Wetnurse (Curran & Ryan), have completed their new LP Pain Is A Warning and are preparing its release for August 16 on Black Market Activites/Good Fight. Preorder it now, and check out the lead track "Expectations Exceed Reality" streaming below.

Anvil plays Bowery Ballroom on July 30th as part of a summer tour. Tickets are still available.

All MDF additions, that new Today is The Day, and some video is below.

Continue reading "initial Maryland Deathfest lineup, new Today is the Day song"

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Loss - "An Ill Body Seats My Sinking Sight" (MP3)

Sabbath Assembly at Roadburn 2011 (more by Stefan Raduta)
Sabbath Assembly

The previously discussed Ghost show at The Studio at Webster Hall (on June 1) gets more impressive with the addition of Sabbath Assembly and Natur to the bill. Tickets are on sale. Sabbath Assembly features vocalist Jex Thoth, and the band recently wowed the crowd at Roadburn 2011 with their retro-blues-y compositions punctuated with Thoth's sultry vocals.

After a killer succession of demos and splits (including the favorite Life Without Hope... Death Without Reason demo pressed on vinyl via Parasitic Records last year), Profound Lore has posted a new track from the always impressive Loss, whose debut LP Despond will be released by the label on May 31st. Fans of funeral doom, behold "An Ill Body Seats My Sinking Sight" available above.

Japanese hardcore punks Origin of [M] will release their debut 12" on vinyl via Burai Core. Fans of crusty Japanese style hardcore, take note and catch the band at one of their upcoming US dates including an appearance at both Chaos in Tejas and at Acheron on June 17th. All tour dates and the tour flyer is below.

Kieltolaki is also playing from Chaos In Tejas, and will also log a NYC show too. Look for the band to team with Brain Killer and Nomad at Acheron on June 11th. Kieltolaki released Massahypnoosi on Feral Ward last year.

Krallice is currently streaming all of their new long-player, Diotima, at NPR. You can also stream the previously discussed Agoraphobic Nosebleed / Despise You split in its entirety at Crustcake. Krallice is hitting the road with Withered for a set of dates including The Studio at Webster Hall on 5/2.

A list of upcoming NYC shows and a stream of a new Morbid Angel track is below.

Continue reading "Evillive (Loss, Sabbath Assembly, Origin of M, Kieltolaki, Morbid Angel, Ghost, Natur & more)"

photos by Adam Murray and Genie Sanchez, words by BBG

Morbid Angel
Morbid Angel

Two outdoor tents, a club, and a theater hosted 26 bands. Perhaps by design, the premises lacked alcohol (except for the theater). So bad behavior was scarce. Fans happily bounced from venue to venue, queuing for some bands (Wormrot, Floor, Atheist, Obituary, Morbid Angel), and eating burgers from the Grill 'Em All trucks. To order the Witte Burger (beef, bun, cream cheese, deep-fried bacon, beer-and-Sriracha-soaked onions, malt vinegar aioli), my friend Robert merely pointed several feet away, where Dave Witte himself was standing.
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Saturday (3/5) was the left coast's turn for Scion Rock Fest 2011. The one day, multiple venue festival relocated to Pomona, CA this year, and housed legendary names like Morbid Angel, Obituary, Integrity, Agalloch, and many more alongside names of tomorrow and underground favorites like Bastard Noise, Anaal Nathrakh, Floor, Wormrot, and many more.

Kvelertak were supposed to play too. but their passports and visas were stolen at the airport moments before they boarded the plane to the US. As a result, they'll also miss some days of the Weedeater/Zoroaster tour, but should "be in the states by Friday" (3/11). That means they should have no trouble making it to SXSW where they're on board to play Full Metal Texas. The band was replaced in Pomona by Black Cobra.

More pictures and some videos from Scion Rock Fest 2011, below...

Continue reading "Scion Rock Fest 2011 in pics & video (Morbid Angel, Obituary, Integrity, Agalloch & more) (but not Kvelertak)"

by BBG

Yob at Scion Rock Fest 2010 (more)

Scion has confirmed exclusively to LA Weekly that they will be bringing their metaltastic Rock Fest this year to Southern California.

"Scion's major event of the year," confirms their publicist, "is a huge metal festival with four stages and 30 bands. We did the first in Atlanta and the second in Columbus [check out part one and and two of our pics & review]. It's always a mix of legendary bands, important bands and up-and-coming bands, representing all the areas of underground metal. And like all the stuff we do it's all ages and free."

"What no one knows yet," he continues "is the next one will be on March 5, 2011 in Pomona. We're taking over the Fox Theater and the Glass House and building two more stages nearby."

Headlining the Scion Rock Fest in the LA area will be death metal royalty Morbid Angel with their first US show in six years (and as of now, the only scheduled US date in 2011)

...Founding member guitarist Trey Azagthoth, regarded by many as the greatest death metal guitarist of all time, will be at the helm along with bassist David Vincent (member 1986-1996 & 2004 - present) and Destructhor (member since 2008).

The Scion Rock Fest will include 26 bands on four stages (including The Fox Theater, The Glass House and two outdoor stages). -[LA Weekly]

Rumors circulated right around the announcement of Scion Rock Fest 2010 that Morbid Angel would play that year's show. Glad to hear that those were (somewhat) true. Hopefully Morbid Angel schedule some shows outside of California too.

One of the bigger names at Scion Rock Fest in 2010 was Shrinebuilder. Don't forget that half of Shrinebuilder, Scott Kelly and Wino, are going on a solo tour in February. Tickets are still on sale for the February 12th Mercury Lounge show which now looks like this:

Scott Kelly (of Neurosis) 11:30
Wino (of Saint Vitus) 10:30
Man's Gin (of Cobalt) 9:30
Hunter Hunt-Henrix (of Liturgy) 8:30
You can also catch all of Liturgy (who played Scion Rock Fest 2010) on January 14th At Silent Barn with Controlled Bleeding, Cellular Chaos, PAK, and Diablo, January 27th at Union Pool with Naam, Yr Youth, and Arms, February 10th at Glasslands with Extra Life, Lichens, and Chaos Majik, and February 25th At Monster Island Basement with Talk Normal and Nat Baldwin. More local metal shows are listed in the latest edition of Evillive.

The PRP is also reporting a rumored list of other artists playing Scion Rock Fest 2011. I can confirm that at least half of a dozen of those are true. That list is reprinted below...

Continue reading "Scion Rock Fest 2011 will be in California, Morbid Angel confirmed (and more artists rumored) ++ more Liturgy dates"