Entries tagged with: Mutant Supremacy
by Ian Chainey
The above pic was posted on Slayer's Instagram earlier in the week. Does it herald, as many expect, a new Slayer album in 2015? Is it the genesis of their pivotal post-Hanneman/Lombardo/Rubin album? Or is Kerry King just a huge Fraiser fan? I guess we'll let time decide.
At least we know Dave Lombardo isn't planning a Slayer comeback. He's more than content with his current project PHILM, telling Metal Hammer regarding a possible return to Slayer's drummer's stool: "No. That's it. I'm done now. I've got lots of other things on my plate and I now know that, when it comes to money, you don't have any friends in this business. I won't ever be going back." No friends in this business? Maybe my friend George Washington will change your mind! (Sorry, I need that back for the parking meter.)
Speaking of money, here's a name that might send shivers down the spine of your PayPal account: Blake Judd. The Nachtmystium frontman is again accused of making away with fans' money without delivering the merch. Whether or not there's any validity to the allegations, the Nachtmystium Facebook page is no more.
As for albums that have a good chance of finding your hands, Iron Maiden have embarked on a huge reissue project. Not only will their entire '80s run get repressed on vinyl, but the original singles are making their way back in print, too. Check out the details plus release schedule below along with a shot-for-shot LEGO remake of Maiden killing "The Wicker Man" from Rock in Rio. Everything is awesome.
Corrosion of Conformity will also be reissuing two of their albums on wax, 1991's Blind and 1994's breakout Deliverance. The band is set to hit the road with GWAR later this year.
For new stuff, the mighty Moss will be putting out an EP on the perfect date of October 31 via their own Stone Tapes. Check out "Carmilla (Marcilla)" below. The adventurous Manes have penciled in October 10 as the day for Be All End All through Debemur Morti. And Orange Goblin will add to the mountainous October pile of anticipated releases with the long-awaited Back From The Abyss, out on October 7 through Candlelight Records.
In live show notes, the first round of bands for Roadburn 2015 have been announced, tapping cowgoths Fields Of The Nephilim along with stoners Monolord and Electric Citizen. In other fest news, Housecore Horror Fest lost Satyricon and gained Napalm Death and Origin. Satyricon had to kill all of their US dates, so, alas, they will not be playing Knotfest.
If you were catching some High-A baseball action, you may have seen Exmortus shredding through "The Star-Spangled Banner." Sleepy Hollow has taught me that Francis Scott Key probably would've been like, "Hell yeah," before punching a demon in the face. History, man.
Finally, in more serious news, former Metal Maniacs editor Katherine Ludwig has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Metal Maniacs certainly helped school a generation of extreme metalheads before the Internet. Check out her Facebook page for more information including donations. Wishing her the best.
YOB's 'Clearing The Path To Ascend' artwork
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.
Full albums first: YOB streamed the entirety of Clearing The Path To Ascend at Pitchfork (September 2, Neurot Recordings - preorder). And OSDMers Disinterred have put up Live at Vlamrock 2014 for 'name your price' at their Bandcamp. Stream the latter below.
For single tracks and videos, Opeth gave the audio of "Eternal Rains Will Come" a visual. Consult your doctor before taking all of the drugs. Anaal Nathrakh have unveiled "Idol" from Desideratum (October 28, Metal Blade - preorder). They'll be playing Maryland Deathfest 2015. Obituary are also showing off the first cut from Inked in Blood (October 28, Relapse - preorder). They'll be touring later this year with Death to All along with dates with Carcass. 1349 have stirred the pot for Massive Cauldron of Chaos and "Exorcism" spilled out (September 30, Season of Mist - preorder). And Old Wounds -- who are heading out on an Invisible Oranges presented tour -- dropped "Ritual" from Death Projection (September 16, Good Fight - preorder). Stream all of the tracks below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (FRIDAY 8/29): Provided you're not following up on your dream last night where Crüe played, today is loaded. Mouth of the Architect, Set And Setting, So Hideous, and Hush are at the Acheron (tickets). Meanwhile, the Paper Box has the enormous bill of Foreign Sounds, Sol y Nieve, Red Stream, Inc, Krieg, Horrendous, Wastelander, Sacristy, Human Bodies, and Dweller In The Valley (tickets). For those that like it with a more traditional/thrash lean, there's Fantom Warior, Castrator, Sacrificial Blood, Devolving Messiah, and Maximum Oversatan at Saint Vitus (tickets).
SATURDAY (8/30): Okay, deep breath. Punk? You got it: Negative Approach, Agitätor, Go Deep, and Spewing Cum at the Grand Victory (tickets). Want a slightly more metallic edge? Modern Life Is War, Nothing, Give, and The Land of Blood & Sunshine at the Bowery Ballroom (tickets). But if you're here for metal -- and of course you are -- there's Dehumanized, Scaphism, Necroptic Engorgement, Corpse Hoarder, and Lethal Entity at the Acheron (tickets). More? Sure: Pentacle, Perversion, Mutant Supremacy, and Hypoxia at Saint Vitus (tickets). And if you you just need volume, J Mascis' psychedelic blues jam project Heavy Blanket play Union Pool's backyard in the afternoon for free.
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: We dredged the new release lake in Upcoming Metal Releases. We had premieres from Falls of Rauros, Nightbringer, Sandworm, and Myopic. And we got our transcribed talk on with Austin Lunn of Panopticon and wrestler UltraMantis Black.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your Labor Day Weekend plans? Let us know and catch the reams of streams, and other noted details below.
by Fred Pessaro
The year is 1985, and a pair of thrash bands named Slayer and Venom were preparing to head out on a US tour with a Finnish metal band named Oz
Oz (written OZ) is a heavy metal band from Finland who formed in 1977 and split in 1991. In 2010 drummer Mark Ruffneck (born Pekka Mark), bassist and main songwriter Jay C. Blade (born Jukka Homi, but has changed his name to Jukka Lewis) and vocalist Ape De Martini (born Tapani Hämäläinen) re-formed the band together with Costello Hautamäki and Markku Petander.Unfortunately, Oz had to give up that tour slot to a little band called Exodus, and the rest is history... The legendary Combat Tour was born.
They made a splash with their 1983 album Fire In The Brain, a New Wave Of British Heavy Metal-flavored energetic metal affair that won over critics and fans alike
Now after 28 years, Oz will finally fulfill their destiny with a trip to the US! Look for the band to be joined by October 31, Attacker and Natur at Saint Vitus on Saturday (5/11) Tickets are on sale, and you can stream some Oz material below.
Filipino warbringers Deiphago have scheduled a set of dates surrounding Maryland Deathfest, most of which will bombard the East Coast with their version of black death. The dates include a stop in NYC at Saint Vitus on May 28th with Mutant Supremacy, Damnatum and Agrath (tickets). All dates are below.
Check out "Prophecy" from Polish grind crew Antigama's Meteor, below. Look for the LP on Selfmadegod Records on May 28th 2013.
This week at metal blog Invisible Oranges we discussed the insect swarm, remembered the great Jeff Hanneman, got ready for new material by Wrekmeister Harmonies, got excited about new material on Hell's Headbangers, checked out the new Blind to Faith, interviewed Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, discussed the Nails show and much much more. Join the party!
A list of upcoming NYC shows, a teaser for the new Coffins LP and more, below.
Winners, best promo photo ever 2013
Brooklyn's Mutant Supremacy enlisted BV contributor Suren Karapetyan to tag along to Auburn, Alabama to document the recording of their Rotting Season EP. The resulting short film, called Leafblower Riffs and Battery Licks, is available for streaming. Check it out below
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Homewrecker at A389 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Ohio hardcore crew Homewrecker are currently out on a short string of winter dates, but will head down to NYC to play a show at Death By Audio on Jan 30. Look for the band to be joined by Death First and Trenchgrinder. In related news, Trenchgrinder and Mutant Supremacy share a drummer, and you can catch them at Acheron on Saturday (1/26) with Organ Donor and Flaming Tusk. Other Homewrecker dates are below.
Punk crew Who Killed Spikey Jacket? will headline a Sad Boys record release show, alongside appearances from Perdition, Goosebumps and Murderer at 285 Kent on Friday, February 1.
And last but certainly not least, Rhode Island doomers Pilgrim will team with Occultation, Insect Ark and Balam for a show at Bowery Electric on February 6.
All EVILLIVE-approved shows for the next two weeks, plus video from the A389 anniversary, are below.
What did I miss?
photos by Suren Karapetyan
Suffocation @ Saint Vitus, 11/25/2012
Two competing metal shows marked Brooklyn on the holy day of rest (Sunday, 11/25), when Suffocation teamed with Car Bomb, Mutant Supremacy and Trenchgrinder at Saint Vitus (rescheduled due to Sandy) while The Festival of the Unknown kicked off at Public Assembly across town. Though the latter's lineup was not announced before doors opened, the show featured performances from Nuclearhammer, Adversarial, Entrenched, Sacristy, and Sarcomancy.
Unfortunately, no photos of Car Bomb from the Saint Vitus show, but check out pictures from the rest of the bands, as well as video from the bulk of the Festival of The Unknown lineup below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Suffocation at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
New York death metal greats Suffocation will bring their tongue-wagging brutality to Brooklyn for a show at Saint Vitus on November 10. The quintet will be joined by stellar local support from Mutant Supremacy (who play the same space with Gravehill this weekend) and Trenchgrinder. Tickets are on sale.
Suffocation, who were recently inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, are currently working on a forthcoming LP titled Pinnacle of Bedlam. So far no release date has been set, but look for drummer Dave Culross to play on the record's ten tracks and Chris "Zeuss" Harris to sit in as producer/engineer.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Colin of Krallice at House of Vans, 8/24/2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Bloomberg oddly hasn't called a press conference yet, but in my eyes it is officially "Colin Marston Weekend." As discussed, Saturday night (9/22) will be spent celebrating Dystrhythmia's new LP at Saint Vitus with special guests The Wayward and Praetura (tickets) but tonight is another show for a different Marston project. Krallice headline Acheron tonight (9/21) with Mutant Supremacy and Feast of The Epiphany. Tickets are available at the door.
If you're heading to Acheron, get there early to catch Feast of the Epiphany, a project featuring Nick Podgurski (Extra Life), Andrew Hock (Castevet) and Tony Gedrich (STATS). The band, which dabbles in everything from doom to ambient to gothic post-punk, is preparing to release the new LP, Temperance, via New Firmament on October 20 and have dropped off a new track in the form of "Second Pulse" which is streamable below.
Check out that new track, a stream of the new Dysrhythmia, and more Feast of the Epiphany material below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Mutant Supremacy at MHoW (more by Greg Cristman)
Mutant Supremacy rounds out the lineup for the post-Martyrdoom show on July 1 at Saint Vitus. The NYC death metal favorites will join the previously announced Dead Congregation, Sanguis Imperem and Dethroned Emperor, and you can get in with a ticket or via a reduced admission with your Martyrdoom bracelet.
We've got a sorta slow few weeks of shows coming up, although there is a ton of excellent punk rock around the July 4th week, not to mention the unmissable Black Breath/Martyrdod/The Secret/Burning Love/Enabler bonanza (now with 100% more Grudges)! Tickets for the latter, which goes down at Acheron on July 6th, are still available. The show is brought to you by BV and Southern Lord, the same dastardly duo responsible for the just announced Power of The Riff festival in NYC.
Shows over the next week worthy of the Evillive seal of approval are llisted below. Otherwise...onward to MARTYRDOOM!
photos by Greg Cristman
The Serpent Sermon tour kicked off over the weekend, featuring a fearsome foursome of Marduk, 1349, Withered and Weapon, having swung through NYC on June 3rd, hitting Music Hall of Williamsburg with Mutant Supremacy. More pictures from that unholy Sunday are below.
Weapon, who recently signed to Relapse for their follow-up to 2010's From The Devil's Tomb, have completed recording for their new LP and will release it this fall. Marduk also has a new album, Serpent Sermon, which is currently out now via Century Media Records. But what's really making the rounds about Marduk is Morgan 'Evil' Steinmeyer Håkansson claim to own part of the skull of legendary Mayhem vocalist Dead.
"I got it way back, right after he died. Back in those days they [Mayhem] were living in a house and didn't have the best financial aspects, so they didn't even have a telephone. So I remember I was celebrating New Year's in 1991 with Dead back home in Sweden. Then he got back, he wrote one letter [to me], then someone told me he's killed himself."I guess congrats are in order? More pictures from the Music Hall of Williamsburg show are below.
Morgan continued, "So I wrote a letter [to Mayhem] and then I got the reply back from the guitar player [Euronymous] -- "Well he just shot himself and here's a piece of his skull." It was a shotgun, you know? So [he also sent me] two pieces of the lead and a piece of the wet brain. I've still got it. I keep it well protected."
We asked Morgan who else Euronymous had sent tokens from Dead's suicide to. "He sent it to all these former comrades of Dead," he said with an innocent smile, making it clear that he would not reveal any other names. "A few of them. There were not that many people ... maybe five." -[Loudwire]
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
Lock Up @ Europa - 2/16/2012
UK band Lock Up, featuring an ailing Tomas Lindberg and bass tones from Danny Lilker (Nuclear Assault) in the the place of Shane Embury (Napalm Death, Venomous Concept), played Europa on February 16th as part of their round of dates with Goatwhore and Strong Intention. The NYC date featured appearances from both The Year is One and Mutant Supremacy, as well as vocals on some of the Lock Up tracks from Ben of Goatwhore while Lindberg was coating his throat in cloraseptic and downing Dayquil. Get well soon Tompa! Pictures from the show are in this post.
In related news, Goatwhore's new LP Blood for the Master is out NOW via Metal Blade Records. Stream "Parasitic Scriptures of the Sacred Word" from the LP at Pitchfork and order your copy at Metal Blade.
More pictures from Europa are below.
Omegas at 538 Johnson (more by Keith Marlowe)
*** We regret to announce that Citizens Arrest will not be performing at ABC NO RIO this Saturday (12/17). Daryl has contracted a serious case of pneumonia and obviously, can not perform. We have been replaced by the OMEGAS. We apologize to any of you who have made extensive plans to see us. The show will still go on and the lineup is still stellar and worth your time. Remember it is a benefit for ABC NO RIO!***At least their replacement is the great Omegas who also play 538 Johnson with The Boston Strangler, Creem and In School later that night and whose Blasts of Lunacy was one of my favorite records of 2011.
No word on how Daryl's sickness will affect Funebrarum's appearance at the Acheron/Gorephobia/Mutant Supremacy show at Saint Vitus later that night, but we'll keep you posted.
UPDATE: Funebrarum cancels their Acheron appearance as well.
Get well soon Daryl!
Disma at Saint Vitus (more by Greg Cristman)
Mortuary Drape have unfortunately cancelled their entire US tour with Inquisition, including their appearance at Rites of Darkness and their 12/2 date at The Studio at Webster Hall with Negative Plane who has also dropped off of the bill. Inquisition is still playing though and the new-look 12/2 show will NOW instead also include appearances from Disma and Agrath. Tickets are still available.
If you can't make it to The Studio at Webster Hall, Inquisition will join Dark Funeral, Abigail Williams, and Gigan for a string of US dates that will hit Gramercy Theater on 1/30. Tickets are still available. Full tour schedule is below
The Studio show is one of many lined up for Daryl Kahan of Disma who will also do double duty on 12/17, first as part of Citizens Arrest at ABC No Rio, and then with Funebarum who plays with Acheron (the band), Goreaphobia, and Mutant Supremacy that night at Saint Vitus (ticketing info forthcoming).
All Inquisition tour dates and some video is below.
photos by Sarah Coulter, words by BBG
See You in Hell @ The Acheron
Czech d-beat terrors See You in Hell played a razor sharp set at Chaos in Tejas. Rhe band and its current tour partner xBrainiax will conclude a US stint with a show at Gay Gardens in Boston tonight (6/17). The pair played NYC at Acheron on Wednesday with an assist from Mutant Supremacy and Grudges, and pictures from that show adorn this post (sorry, we missed Grudges).
Mutant Supremacy are currently on tour and play Buffalo tonight, but the band will return to NYC to play Acheron on July 17th with Insanity and Gorephobia.
All tour dates and more pictures from Acheron are below.
Atakke played their final show at Knitting Factory (more pics)
Atakke has decided to call it a day. It's been a great ride over the last 4 years. We've met a ton of great people, had the opportunity to play with more than a couple of our heroes and friends, and gotten to make some of the best music I've ever had the pleasure of playing. I've always said that my only goal in a band was to play music that I like, with people that I like, to people that I like. If nothing else can be said about this band, it is that we did just that... Thanks to everybody that played with us in one capacity or another, and most especially, we dedicate this band to the memory of our fallen friend and brother, Nick Poot. The LP will be released posthumously on vinyl if we can afford it, and on CD with all of the recorded material on it, including some live footage of the last shows we got to play with Nick. There is a new project in the works, with a demo and shows happening early 2011. We're thankful for what we've had, and excited about what the future holds.The above-pictured 10/30 show at Knitting Factory, where Atakke shared a bill with AGE, Hellshock, Perdition,and Cervix, wasn't advertised as Atakke's final show, but it was the last show they played before this announcement that, sadly, they've broken up. Their scheduled appearance with Toxic Holocaust at Acheron on 1/12 is cancelled.
In Atakke's statement, the band also took pause to honor Nick Poot, former bassist for the band (also Absurd System) who recently lost his battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. The punk community banded behind Poot, throwing benefit shows in his honor. RIP Nick "Poot" Mardanes.
Atakke have thus far released a pair of 7"s, the latter of which was produced by Philip Cope (Kylesa). No word on when their final and posthumous disc of new and unreleased material will be released.
The good news is, in addition to the new project they reference above, other Atakke-related projects are ongoing, including Mutant Supremacy (who played on 12/4 with Evoken and Gorephobia at Brooklyn Fireproof). MS will play Union Pool on 1/23 with Cannabis Corpse, the second time in three months that the pair have played together (the last was at Bowery Electric at the end of October). Mutant Supremacy released their new LP Infinite Suffering earlier this year.
Attake's full statement and some video is below.
While some of you were watching High on Fire/Torche/Kylesa at Webster Hall on 10/24 (with Mike Huckabee?), a man by the name of Weedgrinder and his band Cannabis Corpse were tearing apart Bowery Electric alongside Castevet, Mutant Supremacy, Respawn The Ancients, and Fin D'Amor. The Richmond band, which features members of Municipal Waste, were in the area to play the New Jersey Deathfest the previous day.
More pictures from Bowery Electric, and video of Cannabis Corpse's whole set (with their setlist), below...
words and photos by BBG
Wormrot played Acheron on 10/3, one of three NYC dates that the band landed after cancelling their appearance at Santos earlier this month. The Singapore (!) grind greats were supported by some of NYC's finest including (for my money) the best grind band in NYC, Defeatist, the elusive/explosive Psychic Limb, and the fantastic Curandera (ex-ASRA, current Mutilation Rites). Mutant Supremacy, who have a new LP out now, also supported, adding a touch of darkness to an already pummeling grind fiesta.
If you missed it, you can catch Wormrot tonight (10/6) at Party Expo. Mutant Supremacy will also be on hand.
More pictures from the Acheron show, including a shot of Wormrot's setlist, lie below.
DOWNLOAD: Mutant Supremacy - "Sic Semper Tyrannis" (MP3)
Liturgy at Scion Rock Fest (more here)
Reminder, Liturgy play The Acheron on 10/2 with Kowloon Walled City and Batillus (who played together at Cake Shop). The show is a one-off, but the band will hit the road for a leg of East Coast dates dates in November. Those dates are below.
The Saturday show is one of two BV/1000 Knives events going down this weekend at Acheron. Sunday (10/3) will see the NYC return of Wormrot with Mutant Supremacy, Defeatist, Psychic Limb, and Curandera. Wormrot and Mutant Supremacy are also scheduled to play Party Xpo with Demilitia and Alekhine's Gun on 10/6 (the same day as Triptykon).
Meanwhile Mutant Supremacy have a new LP, Infinite Suffering, and the 100% DIY effort comes highly recommended for fans of crusty, blackened death metal or Sam/Robert's other sick NYC project, the fantastic Atakke. It rules, so cop it at their myspace, any of the previously mentioned shows or at one of another two dates in the coming month. As previously discussed, on 10/8 the band will support Hellbastard at Europa (tickets) and sixteen days later (10/24), Bowery Electric will host the band alongside Cannabis Corpse and Castevet).
Full Mutant Supremacy and Liturgy dates, as well as some video, is below...
Wormrot have been forced to delay the start of their tour due to visa issues. That means they won't be appearing at Santos Party House tonight (9/2), though all the other bands on the bill still will. To make up for it, Wormrot have rescheduled their NYC show to this SUNDAY (9/5) at Bowery Electric at 11PM. From there they move to Cleveland and tour as planned, though now we can also announce one more show that was being kept a secret up until now: BrooklynVegan & 1000 Knives are proud to present Wormrot with Mutant Supremacy, Defeatist, Psychic Limb, and Curandera at the Acheron on 10/3!
Wormrot's Abuse was one of my favorite LP's of 2009. Updated tour dates and a video of Wormrot in action is below...
Nominon will bring a dose of icy Swedish death metal to a sizzling Bowery Electric on July 6th as part of a tour with Infinitum Obscure and Quinta Essentia. The bill will be rounded out by the dark blackened doom forces of Evoken (who cancelled their Roadburn appearance due to volcanic ash) and thrashers Mutant Supremacy. Tickets are on sale. The show marks Nominon's first foray into the US since the release of their new album Monumentomb, out now on Ibex Moon.
It's not the only show that Mutant Supremacy has laid out, as the band is also scheduled to play Europa twice in the coming months. First, look for the Brooklyn team on June 20th with At War, Midnight, Crucifist, and others as part of a post-Punk Island show (tickets). After that, make sure and catch them when the band opens for Floridian dark lords Malevolent Creation and Gigan on July 29th as part of a larger tour for the duo. Tickets are on sale.
Mutilation Rites are also scheduled to play that June 20th show before hitting the road through early July, eventually playing Union Pool on July 17th with The Funeral Pyre and Early Graves. In addition, the band will play Lit Lounge with Valdur on July 19th and Europa TWO more times: with Belgian black metallers Enthroned (their first show since 2001) and Destroyer 666 (!) on August 4th (tickets) and then with Hellbastard and Atakke on Oct 8th (tickets). The Enthroned date at Europa is part of a larger US tour with D666, and a world tour for Enthroned.
Full tour dates for all bands and some videos, including the new video from Hellbastard are below...
The Funeral Pyre at SXSW (more here)
With their new LP Vultures At Dawn due on June 8th via Prosthetic Records, blackened death-dealers The Funeral Pyre will hit the road with the crushing hardcore combo Early Graves for a string of dates that will include a BV/1000 Knives show at Union Pool on 7/17 with upstart black-metal killers Mutilation Rites.
Meanwhile, Mutilation Rites has a few other dates on their calendar including June 1st at Public Assembly when the band will team up with Australian BM badasses Nazxul (who are playing MDF this weekend) and New England's Witch Tomb. The show kicks off at 8PM and $15 gets you in.
June 20th will see Mutilation Rites at Europa with a killer bill of bands including At War, Midnight (who are playing the the Punk Island Festival that day), Deathrash, Crucifist (also playing Punk Island), and Mutant Supremacy. Tickets are on sale.
Both Mutilation Rites and Mutant Supremacy played Party Expo on 5/25 with Cannabis Corpse.
Early Graves are currently streaming the title track from their forthcoming LP Goner, at their myspace. Harsh, pissed off hardcore of the 1000MPH sort, Goner impresses me more with every listen. Make sure and pick the LP up when it drops on June 22nd and get out to see the band on July 17th. Seriously badass.
Vultures at Dawn is The Funeral Pyre's fourth LP since their inception in 2003. Check out a track, "Personal Exile" streaming at Metalsucks. The band recently played SXSW, tagging both the BV/1000 Knives/Crustcake Pizza Party on 3/18 as well as the Prosthetic Showcase the night before.
Dig on the show flyer, all dates and some videos below...
Municipal Waste at Gramercy (more by Paul Birman)
World War III anyone? May 22nd at Fontana's will be absolutely INSANE as Revolver magazine will host a screening party for their Revolver Golden Gods Awards show featuring a whopping triple bill of Municipal Waste, Ramming Speed, and Atakke(!). Doors are at 7PM and the show is 100% FREE.
Municipal Waste are currently on their first tour of Japan. Full MW and Cannabis Corpse dates, and a couple of videos are below...
words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble, BBG
Battlemaster, summoning the darkness
Richmond spread a little darkness at The Charleston as Bastard Sapling, Inter Arma, and Battlemaster teamed up with the Brooklyn's own Mutant Supremacy for a night that tipped the scales back from holy to balanced on an Easter (4/4) evening. From Battlemaster and Bastard Sapling's blackened thrash attack, to Inter Arma's thundering post-metal crunch, all three bands destroyed and made me think... what is in the water down in Richmond? (Is every heavy band down there incredible?)
Unfortunately due to the late hour, Samantha and I had to skip out before Mutant Supremacy (who thrash/kill/destroy), so no photos of the great locals, but pictures of all the other bands are below...
Battlemaster at Heart of Winter Fest (more by Diana Lee Zadlo)
Call it the "heart of early spring" fest. Two stellar bands that roughed up the crowds at Heart of Winter fest, Battlemaster and Bastard Sapling will re-emerge from their coffins and team up with Inter Arma for The Charleston TONIGHT (Easter, 4/4) with Mutant Supremacy (who replaced Castevet on the bill). Later this year Bastard Sapling and Inter Arma will hit the road for a (much more) extensive US tour. Full tour dates below... lots of TBA's. Contact the band to help out.
Inter Arma have a new LP entitled Sundown due on Forcefield Records this spring. More on that soon.
40% of Inter Arma, 20% of Battlemaster and one Elway (of Celebrity Murders, CR, and Murdock fame) make up the great Bastard Sapling whose unholy rituals I managed to witness when they played Lit with Lightning Swords of Death.
Battlemaster are also on board for the third year of an absolutely insane free festival on Governor's Island. Punk Island returns this year on June 20th. The massive lineup features Negative Approach (!), Midnight, Nunslaughter, Star Fucking Hipsters, Infernal Stronghold, No Redeeming Social Value, and many other notables. The current and currently expanding lineup with some videos and those dates, below...
words by Ilya Blokh, photos by Samantha Marble
You can judge the intensity (and quality) of a show by what remains on the ground after the crowd clears. Usually there are beer bottles- sometimes a stray shoe or a cell phone. After Concussion, Mutant Supremacy, Magrudergrind and Misery Index tore apart The Union Pool on Saturday, February 20th there were two items of note: a bullet and a tooth.
Local act Concussion opened with a short but sweet set of pummeling thrash - I was psyched to finally see them play with a decent sound system. They have a good mix of fast riffs and technical guitar lines, but shine especially when they find a moment to slow things down and build up tension. They recently added two new members (Dan from Haunted Castle/Mutilation Rites and Matt from The Dip), have been playing a ton of shows, and are planning to record new material soon.
Mutant Supremacy were up next, with a straight-forward, conservative take on old-school death metal. It was a bit too wall-of-sound for me, though I dug the alternating high/low pitched vocals. There was even an appropriately cheesy band/fan exchange (all of it growled): "Thank you." "You're welcome." "No one is welcome here."
Magrudergrind tore through a blistering set of short, nasty, delicious songs that finally got the crowd moving. These three unassuming looking dudes have the grindcore/powerviolence thing down to perfection - nothing too techy or melodic, just blindingly fast grind that only lets up for a brief moment here and there. They've got great stage presence, and their banter and bizarre sound-samples are a welcome breather between songs.
Misery Index finally took the stage and, despite the intensity of the preceding acts, raised the bar all the way to the fucking roof. Constantly shifting from chugging, groovy riffs to breakneck speed, all of it backed up by unrelenting blast beats and chunky growled vocals, they are the sonic equivalent of swinging a wrecking ball around a room. Several minutes into their set the crowd virtually exploded and didn't let up until the last discordant note dropped out of the air. Things got surprisingly explosive for The Union Pool - a place where crossed-arms and flaccid head-bobbing are the norm - and much of the audience ended up seeking refuge on top of the bar.
In short, an amazing performance - Misery Index could easily be playing Gramercy, Irving, etc, so I'm glad they stick to smaller venues. Magrudergrind and Misery Index will be touring for the next month and putting at least a few dentists to serious work.
More shots of Misery Index and Magrudergrind (none of Mutant Supremacy or Concussion, sadly) are below.