Entries tagged with: Napalm Death
photo: Faith No More at Webster Hall in May (more by PSquared)
Faith No More's upcoming tour with Refused hits NYC on August 5 at Madison Square Garden, but the show has now been moved from the main arena to the Theatre at MSG, which is the smaller room in the facility. If you purchased tickets to the show, those will be refunded, and you get access to tickets for the new show in the previous purchaser presale. That starts today (7/22) at 5 PM with password FNMFAN. General on-sale begins Friday (7/24) at 11 AM.
FNM's tour also includes three Texas dates with Napalm Death, an appearance at day 1 of Riot Fest Chicago and more. Updated dates are listed below...
Maryland Deathfest is less than a month away (May 21-24), and the lineup was already stacked with Neurosis, Napalm Death, Yob, Triptykon, Primordial, Inter Arma, Tombs, D.R.I., Conan, Ufomammut, Sodom and so many more. Yet MDF still felt the need to sweeten the deal, so they went ahead and added one more to the lineup: Mobb Deep.
You didn't read that wrong, and it's not some foreign metal band with a lawsuit ahead of them. The legendary Queensbridge hip hop duo Mobb Deep are playing at 11:30 PM on the Thursday of MDF (5/21) at Baltimore Soundstage, amongst this otherwise metal, hardcore, and metal-related lineup. It's not crazy -- it's not like Slayer wasn't on Def Jam, Anthrax never collaborated with Public Enemy, and metal and hip hop haven't had a crossover fan base for years -- but it should be interesting to see how this goes down. Tickets for just the Mobb Deep show are on sale, and anyone with an MDF 4-day pass or a Thursday Soundstage ticket can get in too.
Mobb Deep also have several other dates including a hometown NYC show this weekend at BB King's on Sunday (4/26) with Funkmaster Flex, Alchemist and Smif-N-Wessun. Tickets for Sunday's show are still available.
Meanwhile, their seminal 1995 album, The Infamous, turns 20 tomorrow (4/25). Listen to "Shook Ones Pt. II" from that record, with their tour dates and the updated MDF schedule, below...
photo: Portal at Knitting Factory in 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
Australian death metallers Portal are coming over to the US for Maryland Deathfest in May, and not long after that they'll play an MDF-presented NYC show on May 27 at Saint Vitus with MDF-mates and related band Impetuous Ritual, plus Negative Plane. Tickets are on sale now. It's their only other US date we're currently aware of.
Since we last spoke, there's been some lineup updates to MDF. The day-by-day schedules can be viewed below and they include new additions Gnaw Their Tongues (also playing Apex Fest at NYC's Trans-Pecos and California Deathfest) and Blood Red Throne. Those are in place of Dragged Into Sunlight and Metal Church, who both dropped off. Certain shows are sold out, but all available ticket options are HERE.
photos by Mathieu Bredeau, words by Andrew Sacher
Napalm Death / Voivod @ Gramercy Theatre - 2/2/2015
Monday's (2/2) cruddy winter weather in NYC didn't stop the totally stacked Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed, Iron Reagan, Ringworm and Black Crown Initiate tour from rolling through Gramercy Theatre and packing the venue to the gills. This six-band bill went hard from its 6:30 start time to its end around midnight, with almost no low points.
It did start off a little slow, with openers Black Crown Initiate. They weren't bad, but on a bill of bands mostly derived more or less from early hardcore, their love of machine gun breakdowns just felt a bit out of place.
Things shifted into full gear when metallic hardcore greats Ringworm took the stage. They put tracks off their influential 1993 debut, The Promise ("Necropolis") right up against stuff from last year's killer Hammer of the Witch (title track and a couple others), but you wouldn't have guessed the songs were released 21 years apart if you didn't know any better. The whole band tore through every song with insane precision, and singer Human Furnace was basically never not in beast mode. You couldn't possibly stand still for them, and that would be true of each subsequent band as the next five hours flew by.
Next was Iron Reagan, the crossover thrash supergroup, fronted by Municipal Waste shouter Tony Foresta, with the most flat-out fun set of the night. They look and sound straight out of thrash's early days, down to the outfits, hairstyles and stage moves. But with a level of homage approaching parody, and 12-second songs called "Your Kid's An Asshole," it's clear (and refreshing) that Iron Reagan aren't taking this too seriously. That doesn't mean they don't rip though. Their shows are a grin-inducing nostalgia trip, but also every riff and every drum fill is tight, locked in, and bold as fuck. Don't look to Iron Reagan if you want groundbreaking, but their shows are unmissable if you want a helluva good time.
Then came California death vets Exhumed, who are about to release a re-recorded version of their 1998 classic debut, Gore Metal (which they half-jokingly apologized for on stage), and they played a good chunk of that album. It was their first NYC show since new bassist/growler Matt "Slime" Ferri joined, and while I'm not the best judge for this stuff (death growls aren't usually my thing -- band leader Matt Harvey's higher-pitched shrieks are much more my speed), he seemed to carry his weight and mesh with Harvey well. There was no doubting that Harvey is a master though. He shined as a frontman, and maybe even more so when he made his way to the edge of the stage for some terrific soloing.
The place noticeably turned up when the first of the two co-headliners, Voivod, took the stage. The crowd packed in closer, the mosh pits got fuller, and chants of "VOI! VOD! VOI! VOD!" punctuated songs. Frontman Snake took the first of those chants as an opportunity to introduce their new bass player, Rocky, who replaced original bassist Blacky last year ("We love him so much... he's greasy"). He fit the band well -- younger guy in a tight Motorhead t-shirt who certainly knew his way around a bass, and really did seem to feel right at home with the other members. But of course the real star of their set was Snake. That dude is ageless, maniacally fronting the band like they're still a bunch of young punks. They gave us classics from their prime '80s era, right up through new single "We Are Connected" off their upcoming split with At the Gates, and all of it crushed. Their set (like all of the night's sets) was encore-less, and the crowd really didn't want them to go.
That high didn't subside at all when Napalm Death came on to give us yet another set from a band with over three decades behind them and zero signs of slowing down. They had a fill-in for guitarist Mitch Harris, and though it would've been nicer to see them with Mitch, lead screamer Barney Greenway called the fill-in a "virtuoso" and it was hard to disagree. His playing was razor sharp, and from the crowd's apeshit reaction to the entire set, I don't think anyone was getting too picky about who they had up there. Part of that was also probably due to the fact that all eyes were mostly on Barney, who was in a literal frenzy for the entirety of the set. ND were supporting their new album, Apex Predator - Easy Meat, and while some people see bands this far into their career strictly for the classics, the new songs were actually highlights of the all-killer set. Sure it got wild for "Scum" and their version of Dead Kennedys' "Nazi Punks Fuck Off," but this was no nostalgia set. Barney ran around stage all night in a Swans t-shirt, which is pretty apt. Like Swans, Napalm Death's groundbreaking beginnings took place in the '80s, but they're still making vital music and putting on brutal live shows in the '10s.
More pictures from most of the show (our photographer missed Ringworm and Black Crown Initiate), and some videos from the show, below...
As always, there are tons of good metal and metal-related tours swinging through NYC and other one-off heavy shows happening here. We don't get around to posting all of them, so here's a roundup of some of the local heavy shows coming up that we're excited about:
Hellbent Hooker, who feature members of Ramming Speed and Mutilation Rites, play the Acheron TONIGHT (1/8) with support from Meth Valley and Mammal. When we first wrote about them, we said, "If you've never experienced the over-the-top spectacle that is Hellbent Hooker, you're in luck. Prepare for a gross-out session... in the best ways possible." Tickets for tonight are on sale.
On Sunday (1/11) at Saint Vitus, mathcore shredders Meek Is Murder team up with Vomit Fist, Aminals and Budd Dwyer. Tickets are on sale.
Brooklyn trio Mortals, who put out a great album on Relapse last year, were already announced to open the first night of Eyehategod's 2-night stand at Saint Vitus (tickets), and they've since added their own show happening soon after on February 15 at Acheron. The Black Antler and Nerve Shatter open. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
As a reminder, some previously discussed metal tours are about to hit NYC too. There's the unmissable High on Fire / Windhand double bill hitting Vitus on Friday (1/9) for two shows, but unfortunately both are sold out.
Watain at Irving Plaza in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Just a few days after that, you'll probably want to head to Webster Hall (2/28) where two death metal legends, Behemoth and Cannibal Corpse, bring their co-headlining tour. Aeon and Tribulation open. Tickets are still available.
March is stacked so far as well. Legendary Swedes Nifelheim are making a rare and very anticipated NYC appearance on March 15 at Saint Vitus with Ares Kingdom (ex-Order from Chaos), Slutvomit and Iron Force. Get tickets.
The following weekend gets pretty nuts. West Coast black metal greats Dispirit finally make their East Coast debut at Saint Vitus on March 20 and 22 with different sets and different openers each night (tickets). And right smack in the middle of those two shows, the killer Enslaved / Yob / Ecstatic Vision tour hits Gramercy Theater (3/21). You can still get tickets for that one too.
Looking forward a bit to the spring, Electric Wizard's first North American tour in over 10 years hits Webster Hall on April 2. That's unfortunately sold out, but you can try your luck on StubHub or something. This one's not to miss.
Only 10 days later, you may find yourself back at Webster Hall (4/12), where the At the Gates / Converge / Pallbearer / Vallenfyre tour will be blowing minds. Tickets for that one are still on sale.
Of course these are just a few options and there's always more. What else?
Oh, and in one last bit of non-show news, Torche recently dropped another ripper from their upcoming LP on Relapse. Stream it below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Napalm Death at Knockdown Center (more by Greg Cristman)
Original grind masters Napalm Death are streaming a brand new single from their incredibly named upcoming album Apex Predator - Easy Meat, which is due out on January 27 via Century Media. The song, which debuted over at Decibel, is called "Cesspits," and it's an absolute ripper -- equal parts punishing and complex, rushing through riffs and time signatures with seemingly effortless brutality. If this is any indication, the new record should be killer.
As discussed, Napalm Death are heading out on a huge tour with Voivod, Exhumed, Iron Reagan and Ringworm, among others, in 2015. That beast of a tour hits NYC on February 2 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are still available. Napalm Death are also the 24th greatest metal band of all time according to a Metalsucks poll of experts, narrowly coming out in front of Lamb of God.
Stream the new song below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Iron Maiden in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
MetalSucks has been spending the past month releasing a list of the 25 greatest metal bands of all time, counting down to number 1 with a new band each day. They polled a pretty broad array of metal experts, ranging from critics to music industry types to musicians that run the gamut from Chuck Billy of Testament to Anatamy of Habit's Mark Solotroff. They released number 2, Iron Maiden, earlier today which came in ahead of other huge/classic bands like Slayer, Metallica, Pantera, Judas Priest and Megadeth. Number 1 gets revealed tomorrow, and considering Black Sabbath have yet to make this list, we think we may have a hunch as to who it's going to be.
The list slants pretty heavily towards classic thrash and death metal bands, with Sabbath being the only doom band in sight. In addition to the obvious classic bands in the top 10, there are some modern genre-busters (Opeth, Meshuggah), foundational death and grind (Napalm Death, Morbid Angel), and some good old 80s theatricality (Dio, Mercyful Fate). Limiting the list to 25 means there are going to be a ton of omissions, but still maybe Neurosis, Converge or Mastodon could've made it instead of Ozzy getting on there twice?
The legacies of classic bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Sepultura, which many would say have taken a hit in recent years, appear untainted here considering they still all take high slots. Something else of note is that there's not one single solitary black metal band on this list. I guess Lamb of God are more important to this panel anyway.
Check out the full list below, and check MetalSucks tomorrow for the inevitable Sabbath reveal.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Napalm Death at Knockdown Center (more by Greg Cristman)
There's yet another absolutely loaded, must-catch, all-star metal tour on the horizon, giving metalheads still more reason to get excited about 2015. Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed, Iron Reagan, and Black Crown Initiate are joining forces for the "Through Space and Grind" tour. This is just an absurdly stacked bill, and as if you needed more reason to go, they'll also be joined by Ringworm, Dayglo Abortions, Theories, and Phobia on select dates. These bands run the gamut from absolutely legendary to young and on-the-rise, from death-grind to political thrash, and they all have a reputation as absolute crushers in the live setting.
The tour will make a stop in NYC at Gramercy Theater on February 2, where Ringworm will mercifully be on the bill. Tickets for that show will be on sale Friday (11/7) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
All of these bands have been varying degrees of busy lately. Napalm Death have been playing festivals and touring internationally all year. Voivod released an album last year and have been playing some festival gigs in 2014. Iron Reagan, featuring "Landphil" Hall of Cannabis Corpse and Municipal Waste, and otherwise known as the busiest man in metal, have a new album out and released a split on Tankcrimes with tourmates Exhumed earlier this year. Ringworm dropped a ripper this year too.
All dates listed, along with a stream of the Iron Reagan/Exhumed split EP, a video of Napalm Death playing live in Chile earlier this year, Voivod's video for "Target Earth" and the Ringworm LP stream, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Tombs at Saint Vitus in July (more by Greg Cristman)
Maryland Deathfest is getting a little more New Yawk with the late addition of NY old-school death metal band Suffocation and Skinless and Brooklyn's own post-metal greats Tombs. Suffocation and Tombs will be playing will be playing the Edison Lot, and Skinless will be playing the 5/21 Ottobar show. MDF announced their third and supposedly final round of bands for the 2015 installation earlier in the week, a bunch that included Yob, Amorphis, Agoraphobic Nosebleed and more.
Tombs and Suffocation will be touring this coming Fall, Tombs with Pallbearer and Vattnet Viskar (who are also playing MDF). That tour hits Saint Vitus on 10/27 and 10/28. The show on the 27th is sold out, but tickets are still available for the show on the 28th. Suffocation, meanwhile, will be headlining the "Carnival of Death" tour with Kataklysm, Jungle Rot, Pyrexia, and Internal Bleeding. That tour starts off at the Gramercy Theatre on October 3. Tickets are on sale.
All dates and updated MDF lineup below...
Napalm Death at Hardcore Activity In Progress (more by Greg Cristman)
Maryland Deathfest 2015 recently announced its initial lineup, and now more bands have been added, including Sodom, Demlich, Napalm Death, Anaal Nathrakh, Primordial, Martyrdod, P.L.F., Noxa, Water Torture, Early Graves, Fulgora, Mother Brain and Pizzahifive.
The first lineup announcement, which Invisible Oranges dissected, included Neurosis, D.R.I., Tripykton, Bulldozer, Melt-Banana, Portal and more. Early bird tickets are sold out but the regular ticket sale begins in a few months.
UPDATE: IO dissected the new lineup announcement too.
Full list of confirmed bands below...
photos by Greg Cristman, words by Ian Chainey
"Regis = the one techno act that can get diehard Napalm Death fans dancing. Or at least nodding their heads agreeably." - Self Titled Mag
"Glenn Branca walking the floors of Hardcore Activity In Progress with a scowl and a plastic bag is the most perfect thing." - David Marek
"I'm right between Napalm Death and Gunplay performing at the same time at this @rbma Hardcore event at Knockdown. IT'S REAL WEIRD AND GREAT" - Laura Sterritt
Wolf Eyes / Gunplay / Tim Hecker @ Knockdown Center - 5/16/14
"Tomorrow i will see Gunplay and Napalm Death in the same show, i don't rly even know what that means," wrote one fan on Twitter. Somewhere, the shadowy curating hand at Red Bull Music Academy smiled. Mission accomplished.
Hardcore Activity in Progress was one of the latest monster showcases put on by RBMA, working under the record store geek conceit of musical extremes. Kicking off last Friday, May 16 at the Knockdown Center, the show playfully yo-yoed the crowds' expectations, covering more miles than the previous Drone Activity in Progress held last year. The fest swung from dynamic end points; quiet to loud, soothing to loud, measured to holy crap this is loud (they luckily were giving out earplugs that they warned everyone to wear). Sure, there were times when the twine was twisted: For one, OCD category adherents might've been flummoxed by the lack of objective hardcore on the bill, beyond the prior incarnation of Bastard Noise. ("This is our hardcore," said the website, using the same argumentative logic as, "Well, it's how I feel. . .") Then, the proximity of the stages created a timbre pile-up that would've excited the spirits of Luigi Russolo and John Cage, but seemed to irritate critics. The NY Times review reads:
the sound at the Knockdown Center was basically garbage: echoey, booming, diffuse, nonsensical. It also wasn't great at last year's Red Bull Music Academy event in the same space, "Drone Activity in Progress," but that concert had a few other things going for it -- the novelty of the just-opened space, and the music itself, drone and noise and power-electronics, either carefully conceived or more energetic. Anyway, on Friday, some good sets -- by the Thing and Ms. Lee, for instance -- were impeded by poor acoustics or competing rackets coming from nearby. And some bad sets were made worse.Add in the inclement weather and the venue's libation ban (the same venue as the recent M.I.A. & A$AP Ferg show), and one could see the bipolar goal as needlessly frustrating.
But, it's hard to damn ambition. The fact one could walk a few steps from the drone terror of the ex-Khanate pain-incarnate that's Gnaw to solo cellist deconstructionist Okkyung Lee was kind of neat in the same way an eclectic mixtape is neat. Granted, in the 21st century, with all of recorded history at our fingertips, the ping-pong effect is lessened due to everyone's general familiarity with other styles. The genre islands have been subsumed by the sea change. But, still, one appreciated the otherworldly jolt every so often: Hey, there's Lubomyr Melnyk wielding his complex continuous music theory on piano, creating a near-literal river of notes. And there's grindfathers Napalm Death destroying unprotected eardrums with unhinged aggression. In fact, the latter's classic "You Suffer" kind of summed it all up: You suffer/ But why? Those that took the show as some greater statement about contemporary art were missing the point. Modern classic and harsh noise rap! Drone and jazz! Gunplay and Tim Hecker! GUNPLAY AND TIM HECKER!
Those were the moments that made it worthwhile.
Pictures from the event (though unfortunately none of Regis or clipping. who we missed) are in this post and continue below...
By Doug Moore
Misery Index at Europa, 2011 (more by Samantha Marble)
Let's get started with news:
Napalm Death (no introduction necessary, one hopes) have recorded a cover of Cardiacs' "To Go Off And Things" and are selling it for £1 on Bandcamp -- the proceeds will go to Cardiacs frontman Tim Smith, who has sadly racked up considerable medical bills recently. (The two bands have a recent history together.) You can listen to the cover (and the original) below.
Misery Index have released a second single from their upcoming fifth LP. Stream it below as well.
Local luminaries Mossenek -- featuring Mick Barr on guitar and Chuck Bettis on vox -- have released their second set of songs in as many months, also via their Bandcamp. Surprise! You can stream that below too.
Chicago post-metallers The Atlas Moth have a song from their upcoming third album, The Old Believer, streaming over at Pitchfork.
Italian prog-death upstarts Nero di Marte -- last seen on tour with Gorguts -- recently had literally all of their gear stolen. The circumstances of the robbery were face-palmingly frustrating:
"In less than 30 minutes someone broke into our van and was able to take everything. It happened in broad daylight near a police station in Rome, despite there being a massive amount of police forces surveilling the area but, alas, no security cameras."They and fellow tourmates/robbery victims Void of Sleep, have opened an Indiegogo campaign to not only replace their gear, but to record a split 7" as a reward for the help. As I mentioned earlier today, I'm not typically wild about crowdfunding, but this seems like a pretty reasonable cause.
Mastodon's new album (they're still a metal band, right?) will be entitled Once More Around The Sun.
Now, onto this weekend's live options:
TONIGHT (4/4): Powerviolence lifers Despise You play the first of two NYC shows at the new Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave.), alongside recent NYC transplants Magrudergrind, Backslider, and Grudges. Hull will finally celebrate the release of their Legend of the Swamp Goat 7" at Saint Vitus, with help from Anicon & Iron Force (tix). Virginian rockers Satan's Satyrs will hit Acheron with locals The Golden Grass & Ecstatic Vision (tix).
TOMORROW (4/5): Night 2 of Despise You in NYC, this time at Saint Vitus and alongside Full of Hell, Draize, Chainsaw to the Face, & Mother Brain (tix).
Sunday (4/6): Ambitious local black metallers Epistasis will celebrate the release of their new EP via Crucial Blast at the Acheron, along with avant-metal beasts Kayo Dot, Pyrrhon (my band), and White Suns (tix).
For more heavy options, check out our NYC Metal Show Calendar. It rules.
In the Invisible Oranges corner this week:
We scoped out new music by Ormgård, Cult Leader, Cormorant, Neige Morte, and the Thou/The Body collab. We also had our weekly East Village Radio show, which was brought to you this week by Irving Plaza; we gave away a pair of tickets to see the mighty Godflesh on 4/10. Tune in next week for more interviews, giveaways, and awesome tunes both new and old. Oh, and we ran down all the metal fit to buy, as ever.
I think that does it! Check out all those streams below. Anything else?
by Wyatt Marshall
Napalm Death @ Gramercy Theatre, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
We ran down all the 2014 Red Bull Music Academyevents yesterday, and one we wanted to shed a little bit more light on is the incredible Hardcore Activity in Progress show that will be going down at the Knockdown Center in Queens on Friday May 16. Tickets are on sale now.
"Hardcore" here doesn't imply the genre -- ambient experimentalist Tim Hecker is billed alongside grindcore legends Napalm Death, while noise originals Wolf Eyes cozy up with Bible On the Dash having Gunplay. ("This is our hardcore" says RBMA.) In fact, hardcore is one of the few genres left off the bill, which looks to be one hell of an eclectic night. Regis will provide techno, and Bastard Noise will provide insanity.
Red Bull Music Academy hosted Drone Activity in Progress at the Knockdown Center last year, and as anyone who went knows, it was a blast, with dozens of experimental electronic artists split across a number of stages throughout the cavernous venue. That night featured Vatican Shadow, Body/Head, Pete Swanson, Alberich, Pharmakon and many more -- for those who attended, it was surely one of the more memorable shows of last year. All the stops were pulled out, and I imagine that will be the case for Hardcore Activity in Progress.
The Knockdown Center is a little ways out there, so hopefully they'll be running a shuttle like they did last time. Full lineup and flyer below...
Panda Bear at MHOW in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, the Red Bull Music Academy is taking over NYC again this May, and since we last spoke, lineups have been announced. Artists appearing include D'Angelo, Panda Bear, Hudson Mohawke, Tim Hecker, Napalm Death, François K, Robert Henke, The Haxan Cloak, Gunplay, Wolf Eyes, Regis, Optimo, Daedelus, Autre Ne Veut, Bastard Noise, The Thing, Yoshiko Ohara, Dam-Funk, and Gunplay. Events go down in various NYC venues from May 1-31.
RBMA will also host the previously-mentioned 'Atomic Bomb! The Music Of William Onyeabor' tribute which will feature David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Luke Jenner (formerly of The Rapture), Pat Mahoney (ex-LCD Soundsystem), Joshua Redman and The Lijadu Sisters, Money Mark and Sinkane.
Tickets are on sale now for individual shows. Schedule and more details below...
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...
by Doug Moore
Okay, so Halloween was technically yesterday, but a lot of Halloween parties are happening this weekend, which means that there's still time to GET SPOOKY. And for all of your spooky-getting needs, we present Mutation.
Mutation is one of those supergroup side projects whose lineup sounds like the product of a boozy what-if conversation amongst three record store clerks with wildly different tastes. Though the project is helmed by Ginger Wildheart of The Wildhearts, it also features Merzbow, Shane Embury of Napalm Death, Mark E. Smith of The Fall, Chris Catalyst of Sisters of Mercy / Eureka Machines, Rich Jones of Amen, Jon Poole of Cardiacs, and various other guest contributors.
Mutation's roster is diverse enough that it'd be hard to use it to guess what the music actually sounds like, aside from "weird" and "noisy." In practice, the band is both of those things, but their delivery is considerably more cohesive than the scattershot lineup implies. Their songs are built on jagged grind-plus-noise-rock foundations; each tune adds several layers of Mr. Bungle-esque freewheeling electronic noodling and zany vox delivered by Wildheart, Smith, and various others. And, surprisingly, the songs actually hold together -- they're not exactly hook-driven pop tunes, but you stand a pretty good chance of remembering them when they wrap up.
Mutation's new album, Error 500, is out now, fittingly via Mike Patton's Ipecac label. Check out two streaming songs an a clip of Smith's guest vocal tracking below.
Add parts of Napalm Death, The Wildhearts, The Fall and more... what do you get? Mutation, a new project featuring the aforementioned and due on Ipecac this fall. And it's an odd one. Shane Embury, Ginger Wildheart, Jon Poole (Cardiacs) and more lead this eight-person train (mems of Sisters of Mercy, Amen and more), that also features appearances from Mark E Smith and Merzbow, and is a project described as having elements of grindcore, noise, industrial and more. Look for Error 500 on October 25.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Napalm Death at Gramercy, Oct 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
News flash: Napalm Death are loud. The Bringham grind legends are apparently so loud that The Victoria & Albert Museum in the UK is cancelling their free appearance there as part of an exhibit:
The free gig was to be a collaboration with The Victoria & Albert Museum's ceramic artist in residence, Keith Harrison, and the band were to play through a clay PA system, which would eventually "explode" due to the noise.Judge exactly how loud Napalm Death is when they hit the road for a string of dates in June as part of the Decibel tour. Look for that to hit non-museum Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 5. Tickets are still available.
But, as The Times reports, the museum released a statement blaming the band's extremely loud metal music for the cancellation, amid fears that the vibrations could damage priceless artefacts and dismount other exhibits from walls and ceilings.
The statement said: "It is with regret that we have taken the decision to cancel the one-off Napalm Death performance.
"This was due to take place in the Europe Galleries which are currently being refurbished and a further safety inspection has revealed concerns that the high level of decibels generated by the concert would damage the historic fabric of the building."-[Telegraph]
Napalm Death at Gramercy, Oct 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Decibel Tour, announced at the heavy mag's 100th issue show, has been confirmed and dates have emerged for the North American trek featuring Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death and Immolation. Look for supporting slots from Cretin, Beyond Creation, and Magrudergrind along the way and the NYC date at Music Hall of Williamsburg at June 5 is with Magrudergrind. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (1/23) at noon and regular sale on Friday (1/25) at noon.
All tour dates and the tour flyer, below.
photos by Shaun Regan
Converge @ Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 1/19/2012
Congrats to Decibel Magazine on their 100th issue, who celebrated in style in their native Philadelphia on Jan 19th at Union Transfer. Featuring a headlining appearance from Converge as well as well as Pig Destroyer, Repulsion, Municipal Waste, Tombs and Evoken, the show was also chockful of guests including John Darnielle (of Mountain Goats, a regular contributor), J Bennett, Tomas Lindberg (Disfear, At The Gates), John Baizley (Baroness, who would open for Neurosis the next night at the same venue) and more. Pictures from Converge's set are in this post and a full review and photo set is available at at Invisible Oranges.
In addition, the magazine announced their annual tour which will feature appearances from Napalm Death, Cannibal Corpse and Immolation. So far details regarding dates are still TBA, but we'll let you know when those surface.
More pictures from Converge's set at Union Transfer, plus a few live videos, are below...
Curran with Today is The Day, May 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Curran Reynolds always tends to be up to a lot, sitting behind the kit in Today Is The Day and Wetnurse included. After January though, he will be up to a little less as his Precious Metal series at East Village club Lit Lounge is sadly, as previously mentioned, coming to an end. There are just three more installments, including one on January 7 with Ghostlimb and The Year Is One with BV's own Fred Pessaro (BBG) DJing. The flyer for that show is below. After the 1/7 date there's one on 1/14 with Jar'd Loose, Gentlemen, End it and DJ Mike SOS; and the finale on 1/21 with Hivesmasher, Fashion Week, Flaming Tusk, SOS and DJ Zeena Koda, which is a benefit for South Sound.
We spoke to Curran to find out what he's been listening to all year in between everything else. His Top 10 Albums of 2012 list includes some of the big heavy records of the year like Converge, Napalm Death, and Swans, but it also has some indie pop like School of Seven Bells and Violens (who Curran has been digging since his friend Jorge formed the band around 2008). The whole list is pretty eclectic and you can check it out below.
Today Is The Day will kick off a tour in 2013 with a killer support lineup of Black Tusk, KEN Mode, and FIght Amp. That tour hits NYC on March 6 at Saint VItus (tickets) and March 8 at The Studio at Webster Hall with a "special guest" TBA (tickets).
Precious Metal show flyer and Curran Reynold's year-end list below...
Pallbearer at Knitting Factory, September 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Decibel Magazine has compiled their annual list of top 40 albums of the year. As usual, there are some surprises but the 2012 top ten is basically a list of nine veterans with only a single newcomer to the bunch. The full list of top records of the year according to Decibel Magazine is below, along with a tweet from the winning band. Buy your copy HERE.
photos by Greg Cristman
"Barney" Greenway of Napalm Death @ Gramercy Theatre, 10/27/2012
Grindcore pioneers Napalm Death played Gramercy Theatre on 10/27 with party-hearty thrashers Municipal Waste, death metal gore freaks Exhumed, and technical-metal favorites Vektor. Though Napalm's set was plagued with technical difficulties, the remainder of the bill delivered solid sets that got the crowd moving at the sold-out show. Pictures from the mosh/stage-dive-tastic event on Saturday adorn this post.
The show was one of three excellent heavy shows that Saturday before the storm, with the other two being Tombs/-16-/Serpentine Path/Pyrrhon at Saint Vitus and Boston Strangler/Perdition/Crazy Spirit/Waste Management/Prisoner Abuse at Acheron.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Napalm Death at Maryland Deathfest 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Municipal Waste, Napalm Death and Exhumed will team up for a US tour together (!), calling on a rotating support cast of Vektor (who just played Saint Vitus), Dayglo Abortions, Attitude Adjustment, Speedwolf, Repulsion (who will play POTR East) and Dwarves.
Look for them to hit Fun Fun Fun Fest along the way, and NYC is in the crosshairs for this mammoth tour, hitting Gramercy Theater on October 27 with Vektor on board as support. Tickets are on sale, and tour flyer and all listed tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
Meanwhile, Blag Dahlia of Dwarves will be in NYC very soon.
All dates and the MWaste tour flyer are below.
After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.
Full FFF Fest lineup is below.