Entries tagged with: Napalm Death
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.
Dirty Projectors at MSG in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Cumbiagra @ Barbes
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Daniel Higgs @ Zebulon
* Amanda Holley @ Joe's Pub
* Willy Mason @ Living Room
* 10000 Maniacs @ City Winery
* Joe Presser @ The Manhattan Inn
* The Gowanus All-Stars @ The Rock Shop
* Golden Animals, Heyrocco @ Mercury Lounge
* Hot Tub with Kurt Braunohler @ Littlefield
* Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments @ Joe's Pub
* The Hairs, Dott, Rohypnotize, Gondola @ Cake Shop
* Dirty Projectors, Dustin Wong @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* God Mode, Big Fiction, Spacebeach, Human Toilet @ Saint Vitus
* Tippy Toes, Weeknight, Certain Creatures, Foursided @ Glasslands
* It is rain in my face., Van Allen Belt, Shivering Brigade @ Cameo Gallery
* Excepter, Guardian Alien, Diamond Terrifier, Hex Breaker Quartet @ 285 Kent Ave
* The Fucktrots, Sam Buck Rosen, Strange Shapes, The Pluto Moons @ Death By Audio
* Freeway, Young Guru, Evitan, 1982 (Statik Selektah & Termanology), REKS, Rasheed Chappell, 330, Charmingly Ghetto @ Brooklyn Bowl
The 2012 Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival begins today.
Happy Birthday Jack White! Check out pics from his recent set at Rock Werchter.
Catch Tom Waits on Letterman tonight and Fallon tomorrow.
Dirty Projectors, whose new album just got an 8.8 Best New Music on Pitchfork, play a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight that will also be streaming online. Look out for new member Olga Bell, and if you miss it, they play again in Prospect Park on Tuesday. And look out for a free, tour-only 7".
Fela! begins on Broadway again.
Napalm Death and Converge have teamed up for a split 7". Stream a teaser from that release below and preorder your copy now. The release features two songs from each band, with Converge stopping in to cover the Entombed classic "Wolverine Blues".
Absu have released a new track from the Adult Swim Compilation (that recently featured The Hives). Check out "Hall of Masters" below.
You can also check out the Walkmen's new video for "The Love You Love" below...
Cover art for Walls' 'The Future Is Wide Open'
On August 4th make sure to get to The Acheron! Walls (mem Iron Lung/Cold Sweat) will team with Kim Phuc, Joint Damag≠ and Shoxx as part of an 18+ event at the space. Should be pretty unmissable. We streamed material from Walls and Kim Phuc in the recent past, but you can check out live video of the latter below.
Turns out the previously discussed Punch show at ABC No Rio was one of two shows for the band. Look for Punch to also hit Death by Audio on August 5th with Living Eyes. Full tour schedule is below.
In addition to their previously discussed dates with Mares of Thrace/Pilgrim, look for Primitive Weapons to hit Acheron on July 27th with Incendiary, Gang Signs and Divider. $10 gets you in.
...and of course tonight's Acheron show (7/6) with Black Breath, Martyrdod, The Secret, Burning Love, Enabler and Grudges. I might have told you about it already. Presale ticketing has ended, but there should still be tickets at the door.
All Evillive-worthy shows happening over the next two weeks are listed below, plus a new video for Napalm Death's "The Wolf I Feed."
What did I miss?
Godflesh at MDF
Hand in hand, the gasmask wielding pair strolled on to the stage to the sound of air raid sirens. Their arrival announced the coming of reunited grindcore greats Nasum, one of the headliners at Maryland Deathfest on May 25th playing their farewell round of shows. A rare appearance from Godflesh and related band Napalm Death (Godflesh's Justin Broadrick was an early member of ND) were the night's outdoor (read: true) headliners, playing the large stages and rounding out a lineup that included campy thrash, Swedish death metal, noisecore pioneers, Romanian black metal and many stops in between.
Brooklyn's Castevet opened the show at 3:30PM, sporting new bassist Nick McMaster (also of Krallice). I missed the next band Nashgul (and would later miss Setherial in the same room), but managed to catch the campy and fun Ghoul, who take cues from their ex-tourmates Gwar in the theatricality and dousing-the-audience-in-"blood" arenas. Finnish death metal crew Demigod, who were a highlight at Rites of Darkness, opened the outdoor stage and delivered a similarly inspired performance.
Today is The Day were next on the indoor stage, playing quite possibly my favorite performance from the band and definitely a highlight for the day. The band's new lineup featuring the rhythm section of Wetnurse is a perfect match for Steve Austin's madman antics, and I heard quite a few comments afterword to the tune of "I forgot how much I used to love Today is The Day". Their former labelmates on Amphetamine Reptile, Unsane, would also kill it later that evening.
Negura Bunget, or what left of them, followed on the indoor stage (the bulk of the original band was recently replaced), and seemed oddly placed and limp following Today is The Day. Meanwhile, thrashers Artillery riled up the thrashers on the outside stage but didnt do much for me.
Napalm Death headlined the first of the two outdoor stages, playing material from each of their prior albums to a circle-pitting, crowd-surfing audience. Besides being the originators of the genre, Napalm Death is also one of grind's tightest live crews; the term legend is more than well-deserved.
The crowd had lined up in front of the second stage a long time before Godflesh ripped into their first chord, so from the moment that the band kicked into "Like Rats" the pits and surfers had easily migrated to the other end of the parking lot. The duo (and requisite drum machine) played material from their legendary Streetcleaner and though they slightly overstayed their welcome, it was nonethless amazing to see them live.
The reactivated Nasum (who we recently interviewed) headlined the indoor stage at Sonar and similar to the Godflesh and Napalm Death, the crowd let loose by the time Rotten Sound's Keijo Niinimaa belted out the first vocal. The five piece will be missed, but they definitely went out with a bang.
Napalm Death at Gramercy (more by Justina Villanueva)
Mark "Barney" Greenway and his co-conspirators in Napalm Death are back with Utilitarian, their new Century Media-released LP due on Feb 27th in the EU and Feb 28th in the US. We recently dropped a new track from the grindcore pioneers and now have cornered their long-time frontman for a short interrogation on the new record, their plans for the immediate and longer-term future, and what it means to be punk in the 21st century. The results of said discussion are below.
Extreme metal legends Napalm Death are 15 LPs (including their Leaders not Followers covers record) and 30 years deep with Utilitarian, the band's latest offering with Century Media (with whom they recently re-signed).
The grindcore pioneers' latest features 50 minutes of their trademarked blast-y grind venom, but with odd twists and turns and even some saxophone. Its another in a series of great efforts from the great Napalm Death, and BrooklynVegan is proud to present the premiere of one track, "Leper Colony". Stream it below and check out the album art down there too. Look for the LP on Feb 27th in the EU and Feb 28th in the US.
In the meantime, Napalm Death will release another track, "Analysis Paralysis", via 7" with an exclusive B-Side. Pick up a copy of that via Century Media distro. Napalm Death recently released another non-LP track "Legacy was Yesterday" for Decibel's Flexi Series (stream it here).
Reminder: Shane Embury will be on tour with Lock Up this February, hitting Europa on February 16th. Tickets are still available. Napalm Death and another Shane project, Brujeria, will play Maryland Deathfest 2012.
Song stream, art, and some video, below...
Shane Embury on stage with Venomous Concept (more by BBG)
Lock Up is a deathgrind side project originally formed by Shane Embury (Napalm Death, Venomous Concept), Nicholas Barker (ex-Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir) and Jesse Pintado (Napalm Death, Terrorizer). Lock Up was joined by Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy) for its debut album, 1999's Pleasures Pave Sewers, and Tomas Lindberg for 2002's Hate Breeds Suffering and a Japanese tour...Lock Up, who is now Shane Embury, Nicholas Barker, Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates, Disfear, etc), and Anton Reisenegger (Chile's Pentagram, Criminal), cancelled their MDF appearance last year but will hit the road for a string of US dates this winter with Goatwhore (who just played Europa with Exhumed) and Strong Intention, including Europa on 2/16. Ticketing info and additional support are still forthcoming.
Lock Up have played very few live shows. In 2009, the band announced that they would play the Damnation Festival that year. The line-up featured Embury, Barker, Lindberg and Reisenegger. It was touted as the band's last ever live show; however, they later booked more shows for 2010. -[Wiki]
All tour dates and some video below...
Napalm Death at Gramercy (more by Justina Villanueva)
The tenth edition of Maryland Deathfest (May 24-27, 2012) has expanded further, adding names like Autopsy, Napalm Death, Noothgrush, Rwake, Deviated Instinct, Cough, Coke Bust, Infernal Stronghold, Backslider and Castevet to its already impressive lineup (Godflesh, Electric Wizard, Morbid Angel, Suffocation, etc). Full lineup is below. Tickets will go on sale in the coming months.
Full lineup and some video is below.
Baroness @ Bowery Ballroom - 11/20/2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
BBG will publish his own list of the best metal albums of 2009, but in the meantime here's what Decibel Magazine had to say: