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Retox
Retox

Retox, the ripping punk project of The Locust's Justin Pearson, and heavy noise rockers Whores are set to hit the road together in eearly 2015. That excellent double bill hits NYC on February 21 at Saint Vitus. TIckets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (12/12). All dates are listed below.

Earlier this month, Retox released with a split with Narrows (the current band of Botch vocalist Dave Verellen) and you can stream a contribution from each, below. Speaking of Botch, bassist Brian Cook recently spoke to Noisey about the possibility of a reunion and said "I have always said 'never,' but I have now been instructed by the other dudes in the band to stop saying that." "I won't say never anymore," he continued. Well that's something! Fingers crossed.

Another of Brian's defunct bands, These Arms Are Snakes (which also featured Ryan Frederiksen of Narrows), also recently unearthed a cover of Lost Sounds' "Energy Drink And The Long Walk Home" on a split with The Coathangers. You can stream that, and The Coathangers' cover of The Gun Club's "Sex Beat" from the split, below too.

Continue reading "Retox released a split w/ Narrows, touring w/ Whores; Botch "won't say never" regarding a reunion"

photos by Tim Griffin

Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013
Slayer

Walkmen
Slayer surfer

More pics from Day 1  HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE, Slayer included....

Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.

After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]

The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.

We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1  HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Fun Fun Fun Fest

As discussed, Fun Fun Fun Fest is returning to Austin's Auditorium Shores from November 8-10, and now the full lineup was finally announced. It includes Television, Slayer (again!), Quicksand, Descendents, The Dismemberment Plan, Body Count, Jurassic 5, MIA, MGMT, Death Grips, Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, Snoop Dogg/Lion, The Locust, Subhumans (performing Cradle to the Grave), The Men, Title Fight, White Lung, Retox, Chromatics, XXYYXX, Mykki Blanco, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Merchandise, Lemuria, and many more.

Tickets for the festival go on sale today (7/10) at 10 AM CST.

Full lineup and flyer below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 full lineup & tix (Television, Slayer, MIA, Quicksand, Descendents, Dismemberment Plan, MGMT & more)"

photos by Greg Cristman, additional photos by BBG

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

Directly after the mayhem that was our Deathmatch event at Scoot Inn on 3/16 (first set of pictures HERE; more on the way) BrooklynVegan & Power of The Riff/Thrasher took over the Austin venue for an official SXSW showcase. The night portion was headlined by Black Breath (an exclusive SXSW appearance) and featured appearances from Ringworm, All Pigs Must Die, Narrows (who also played the bridge show), KEN Mode, Enabler and Young and In The Way. The overall brutal vibe of the day continued into the night with ripping performances from top to bottom, circle-pitting, and hardcore scream-a-longs.

Young and In The Way's "American Blackened Crust" opened the showcase a bit past 8PM, drawing from black metal in both tendency to blast as well as in symbolism, ferocity and costuming (see the inverted cross of bones). Young and In The Way may be a relatively young band, but they are wise beyond their years in creating dark atmosphere to accompany their taut and razor sharp odes to negativity.

Following YAITW was Enabler, a Milwaukee band that contains members of Harlots and Fall Out Boy (no shit). They draw from the melodic d-beat of bands like Tragedy in their take on crusty hardcore. The band are preparing a new LP All Hail the Void for release in May, so look out for that and make sure to catch them on the road soon.

KEN Mode played only two shows in Austin this year, and thankfully our showcase was one of those. The band's noise-rock meets hardcore aesthetic has always been great, but now with a more stable bass player (Andrew LaCour) it seems that the band has hit its stride on the live stage. LaCour's animated stage antics work well for the band too, adding to the wide-eyed maniacal glances that guitarist/vocalist Jesse Matthewson throws to the audience over his microphone.

On paper, Narrows is a fantastic sounding band; members of Botch, Unbroken, and more collide to form a hardcore supergroup. Thankfully, the reality is as indelible as the concept.... in fact better. Since I saw them kill it at Cake Shop close to two years ago, Narrows have gelled into an entity all its own, a thought cemented with their latest and highly-reccomended release on Deathwish, Painted (out now). As a live band they are similarly amazing; is there anything as pleasing to a hardcore kid as screaming into a microphone along with Dave Verellen?

All Pigs Must Die is similar in concept to Narrows, a "supergroup" comprised of the jaw-dropping sticksman Ben Koller (Converge), the raspy throat of the energetic Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy), guitarist Adam Wentworth (The Red Chord, Bloodhorse) and bassist Matt Woods (American Nightmare, Bloodhorse). While any band with Ben Koller is worth a look just for his jaw-dropping skills behind the kit, APMD rise above that with songwriting and a live show that is similarly impressive in its intensity. Scoot Inn was no exception; these guys rule.

Ringworm has been around almost as long as their fellow Clevo-core natives Integrity (21 vs 24 years!), and its clear that their live show has been honed over time to a fine point. The band's thrash-y hardcore crossover incited circle pits and mosh mayhem during their set, reminding us why the band are veterans of their scene. Amazing live band, and now with Aaron of Keelhaul back in their ranks, they've never sounded better.

Batting clean-up was Black Breath, the Seattle band that fused groovy Swedish death metal with hardcore vocals and aesthetic. They opened their set with personal favorite "Black Sin", and the band's live show is as potent as their LPs. If you've never seen Black Breath then please do so right away.... word is they may be on the road in the near future. One of my major highlights of the weekend.

I'd like to thank all of the bands that killed it at Scoot Inn on 3/16, the staff at Scoot Inn for being so helpful/accomodating, my partners for this show in Power of The Riff and Thrasher, and most importantly everyone who showed up to support the show and the bands and to have a good time.

More pictures from the Friday night show at Scoot Inn is below.

Continue reading "BV-BBG/POTR/Thrasher SXSW showcase in pics & review (Black Breath, Ringworm, All Pigs Must Die, KEN Mode, more)"

by BBG

Narrows on the Lamar Pedestrian Bridge in Austin
Narrows

All was quiet on Austin's Lamar Pedestrian Bridge on the night of March 15th until around 2:15 AM. That's when Narrows and Regents kicked off a pair of short sets to around 300 people, as part of a bill brought to you by BrooklynVegan & Chaos in Tejas.

Sleepytime Trio (who I announced earlier that day via twitter) and Darkest Hour were also on the bill of the free show, but unfortunately didn't get to play due to cops breaking it up (which is actually a rarity), but it was definitely fun while it lasted.

Pictures of what did happen are in this post along with some video of Narrows playing the bridge.

Thanks to Sleepytime Trio and Darkest Hour for being a part of the show they didn't get to play, to Narrows and Regents for destroying, and to Chaos in Tejas for helping us make this happen. Hopefully we can do it again, but next time without the fuzz.

The reunited Sleepytime Trio's only other SXSW show was part of the Slip + Lovitt party earlier that day.

More pics and the video, below...

Continue reading "Narrows & Regents played Lamar Pedestrian bridge, but Darkest Hour/Sleepytime Trio didn't (pics/video)"

words by Klaus Kinski, photos by Sarah Coulter and Maclyn Bean

All Pigs Must Die (by Sarah Coulter)
All Pigs Must Die

On Friday March 9th, I toddled over to the Knitting Factory to see the triple bill featuring Clean Teeth, All Pigs Must Die, and Narrows. To be honest, All Pigs Must Die was literally the only reason for my being at that show, but the acts that book-ended them made me glad I got there early and left late.

Cleanteeth blasted off pretty much at 9pm on the nose. This particular show marked the first for their new drummer, who absolutely dominated the kit with incredible skill and aggression. The band was really great; they were heavy as hell and lacked a lot of the slow plodding monotony a lot of metal bands suffer from nowadays. It drives me absolutely fucking crazy that metal bands feel the need to drop their guitars down to some low ass note such as B; as though that somehow makes them heavier. Weren't the guitars on Obituary's Slowly We Rot, one of the heaviest albums to come out of the late 80s/early 90s metal scene, tuned to a standard E tuning? Yes. They were. Write heavy songs and stop leaning on the cliche low tuning crutch people. Anywho, Clean Teeth were great! They had my massive bald skull banging, that's for sure.

Next up was the centerpiece of the evening (for me), All Pigs Must Die. As a person very much into the whole late 80s, early 90s death metal stuff, newer metal is a lot harder for me to get into. There's is a lot of horseshit bands out there, bands who are covered in ink copping nice vintage gear and huge stacks and essentially just looking the part and producing nothing worth anyone's time. APMD, on the other hand, are the real article, creating some of the heaviest music to hit my ear drums in a loooong time. Sonically, they encompass a lot of elements that your man Klaus can't get enough of; speed and vocals bordering on Sick of it All, a guitar tone that reminds of me Entombed's monumental debut record Left Hand Path, and a dash of good old fashioned hardcore, grindcore, thrash, and death metal. I have missed every single NYC-area APMD since I saw their debut show at Union Pool in January 2011, so this was a show I had been looking forward to big time. Few front men have the power and presence of Kevin Baker. I've met him twice off stage and he couldn't have been nicer, but onstage he is the epitome of fury. If there was ever to be a systematic destruction of earth, whoever is in charge of the project should hire Kevin as project foreman. As he screams his way through the songs, his body language gives off the impression that he is about 1 second away from snapping and destroying everyone in the room. This was the first part of the evening where the crowd sort of woke up and started shoving which was good on two scores; first, it's great to see a typically flaccid NYC crowd actually get cranked about something. Second, someone dropped 10 bucks which I promptly ganked and used to buy an APMD shirt. Thanks, whoever you are!

Last up was Narrows who really shut things down with a big sweaty bang. Holy. I've been a huge fan of Botch forever, so for a Dave Verellen project to be happening in my backyard (with APMD no less) was double dope. What a phenomenal band to follow up APMD. I don't want to trivialize what they do by comparing them to other acts or bringing up their related projects, but Narrows is absolutely crushing. Do yourself a favor and seek them out any way you can; buy their shit, look at their vids on youtube... I cannot think of a better pairing than APMD and Narrows.

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APMD and Narrows play together again at the BV-BBG/Thrasher/Power of The Riff Official Showcase at Scoot Inn on 3/16, part of an all day BV/POTR event at the venue. Narrows will ALSO play the BV/Chaos in Tejas bridge show scheduled for the night of 3/15 at 2AM with Regents, Darkest Hour, and a special "Nighttime" guest. Make sure and see that bridge show... don't sleep!

More pictures from Knitting Factory below...

Continue reading "Narrows & All Pigs Must Die played Knitting Factory w/ Cleanteeth (pics, video), playing BV-SXSW"

by BBG

Drew of Regents/Sleepytime Trio (more by BBG)
Threadbare

Minneapolis hardcore band Threadbare have announced their return to the stage with an NYC date at Saint Vitus on May 12th (tickets). The show, their first since 2009, will also mark the record release party for All About Friends Forever, a compilation of tracks from various hardcore-and-related bands including Botch, Coalesce, CR, Steve Brodsky, Regents/Ladder Devils with J.Robbins, Helms Alee, and many others.

Double LP limited vinyl release of 1000 (333 on colored vinyl) on silkscreened, hand-made covers (art shown is not final) with a 12 page full color booklet.
That's if it ever sees the light of day.... AAFF is currently being funded via Kickstarter and is about 20% toward their full goal, which ends in two weeks.

Regents (mems Frodus, Sleepytime Trio, Thursday) is currently recording their debut LP for Lovitt Records and will play Austin as part of a string of SXSW dates that will include an appearance at the Lovitt/Slip show at Club 1808 on March 15th with the reunited Sleepytime Trio. Full details on the show are below.

Regents will also play the Shirts for a Cure 10th anniversary show at Red 7 (flyer below) with Hot Water Music, Braid, DYS, Darkest Hour, Comeback Kid, Coliseum, Tim Barry on Friday (3/16) and an official SXSW showcase with Braid, Forever The Sickest Kids, Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room, Zookeeper, and The Life and Times at Dirty Dog on Saturday (3/17).

Another band on the Lovitt/Slip/Artist Growth show is Narrows, the supergroup featuring members of Unbroken, Botch, and many others. As discussed, Narrows will play the BrooklynVegan/POTR/Thrasher/Southern Lord Official Showcase on 3/16 at Scoot Inn as well as Knitting Factory on March 9th with All Pigs Must Die (who is also on board at Scoot Inn). Narrows is also preparing to release their new LP Painted via Deathwish, and you can stream a track alongside all tour dates and details on the Slip/Lovitt/Artist Growth show below.

Continue reading "Threadbare reuniting for NYC show; All About Friends Forever comp in the works; Regents headed to SXSW"

by BBG

Black Breath at Santos (more by BBG)
Black Breath

Just to be clear, in addition to many day parties (some at Hotel Vegas), BrooklynVegan is presenting THREE official SXSW showcases in Austin this year. Two are still unannounced (Tuesday and Wednesday night). Here is info on the third...

After the sun goes down on the BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff day party at Converse/Thrasher Deathmatch (literally and figuratively), BV, POTR, Thrasher and Southern Lord will begin preparations for our OFFICIAL SXSW showcase that Friday night at the same venue! Starting at 7PM, look for appearances from:

Scoot Inn on Friday night (3/16)
Black Breath (their only SXSW appearance!)
Ringworm
All Pigs Must Die
Narrows
KEN Mode
Young and In The Way
Enabler
That's right, the ONLY time you can catch Black Breath during SXSW is at Scoot Inn on Friday night (3/16)! So get to Scoot Inn early and stay all day and into the night for the party! Set times are forthcoming.

Black Breath are currently gearing up to release their new LP Sentenced To Life via Southern Lord on 3/27. Stream a new track, "Mother Abyss" alongside a bunch of video from some of the other bands at the official showcase, and the flyer, below...

Continue reading "Announcing the BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Southern Lord/Thrasher Official Showcase at SXSW 2012"

DOWNLOAD: Narrows - "Absolute Betrayer" (MP3)

photos by Stephanie Crumley, additional SSoS photos by Suren Karapetyan

All Pigs Must Die @ Acheron
All Pigs Must Die

At Acheron in Brooklyn on Friday night [Kevin Baker of All Pigs Must Die's] singing and stage presence were roughly the same: self-possessed but bristling, an act of containing endless rage more than distributing a measurable amount. He barked short lines at maximum bellow, and the phrases and images ran together from song to song: "the soil soaked with blood," "merchant of death," "erase from existence," "no graves, no coffins" -- you get it. His ire slowly expanded, and what would happen when he popped? At one point he whipped a drumstick over the heads of the crowd in the tiny space; at another, during a problem with the sound system, he crashed the microphone stand against an overhead speaker. But he was careful, even graceful.

All of that can make a band imposing. What makes this one special -- its first full album, "God Is War" (Southern Lord), was one of the better rock records of any kind last year -- is that it strikes a weird place between aggression and virtuosic joy. You don't have to know anything about Ben Koller, the drummer, to recognize how good he is; he's been a member of the metalcore band Converge since the late '90s, and his loud playing is full of momentum, swing and flourish. (He performed the entire set with a wide, hungry smile.) Likewise what came from the guitar of Adam Wentworth and the bass of Matt Woods: big, rugged, articulated and stylized sound, suggesting different sources every 30 seconds or so.
[NY Times]

All Pigs Must Die headlined a one-off show at Acheron, with Seven Sisters of Sleep, Low Places, and Grudges. SSoS and Low Places went on to play the massive A389 Anniversary show at Sonar the next night (pictures/review... part 1, part 2).

If you missed All Pigs Must Die, catch them with Narrows on March 9th at Knitting Factory. Narrows is readying the release of their new LP Painted via Deathwish on 2/28. Stream a new track, "Absolute Betrayer", below (or download it above) alongside pictures from Acheron....

Continue reading "All Pigs Must Die, Seven Sisters of Sleep & Low Places played Acheron with Grudges (pics)"

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Narrows - "Absolute Betrayer" (MP3)

All Pigs Must Die in MA on 12/29 (more by Stephanie Crumley)
APMD

Speaking of All Pigs Must Die... In addition to the previously discussed show they're playing at Acheron on 1/20 with Seven Sisters of Sleep, Low Places, and Grudges, they're also playing a NYC date as part of a tour toward SXSW with Narrows on March 9th at Knitting Factory, Tickets for the new Brooklyn show are on sale. All dates are listed below.

The shows are in celebration of Narrows' forthcoming LP Painted, due via Deathwish on February 28th. Download a new track above/stream it below...

Continue reading "Narrows going on tour w/ All Pigs Must Die, releasing 'Painted' (MP3 & dates)"

words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble

Narrows
Narrows

"This is the first night of our European tour," Dave Verellen said as Narrows took the stage a shade past 11PM at Cake Shop on 4/24. As the first date of their tour before the band shipped off tour Europe, I guess he was technically right. The NYC show almost didn't happen though; guitarist Jodie Cox resides in the UK and was delayed due to the volcanic ash in Europe. But the hardcore gods were smiling upon the sweaty basement at Cake Shop, and molten magma could not stop the destruction to come.

Narrows was on point. The instrumental portion of the band were noisy and powerful, furious and tight - you would never know their members live on different continents. Over it all, ex-Botch mainman Verellen spent a good portion of the show leaning on the front row of the crowd. He spent the second portion doubled over and screaming his lungs out. There is a reason why some consider him to have one of the greatest voices in hardcore.

The BV/1000 Knives show also featured the badass Acid Tiger (celebrating their new LP, and with guitarist Jim Carroll of HopeCon on second guitar), the post-hardcore stylings of I Hate Our Freedom, and antisocial grind greats Psychic Limb. All four bands executed well, with Acid Tiger sounding particularly huge with the addition of the second guitarist.

Pics and tons of video from the show below...

Continue reading "Narrows, Acid Tiger, I Hate Our Freedom & Psychic Limb @ Cake Shop in NYC - pics & video"

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Acid Tiger "Feel It" (MP3)

Acid Tiger (photo by Chloe Rice)
Acid Tiger

Ben Koller is a busy dude. Besides drumming for one of the most innovative hardcore bands in the land, Converge, the man is also working on a number of projects including Acid Tiger, his band with Lukas Previn (Thursday, The AKAs), Adam Wentworth (Bloodhorse), and J Rattlesnake. The foursome will release their self-titled debut on Deathwish with the first downloadable track, "Feel It", available above. Stream two more tracks at Deathwish. The LP hits stores on 4/27 (order it).

The Brooklyn-based punk band will celebrate the LP this weekend (their only current date) with a performance at the BV/1000 Knives presentation of Narrows along with I Hate Our Freedom (mem Texas Is The Reason) and Psychic Limb. Pre-sale ticketing is kaput, but tickets are still available at the door. It's one of two shows that BV/1000 Knives will present over the weekend, with The Red Chord, the NYC return of Premonitions of War, Tiger Flowers, and Descender rounding out the Sunday (4/25) lineup at Public Assembly. $10 gets you in at the door.

Adam Wentworth and Ben Koller have also announced their involvement in All Pigs Must Die, a new project featuring Adam's Bloodhorse comrade Matt Woods and Kevin Baker of The Hope Conspiracy (that recently played Cake Shop). The band recently recorded new material with Kurt Ballou for a forthcoming release.

Lukas, Ben, and Kevin Baker also serve time in United Nations, with Geoff Rickly (Thursday) and Jonah Bayer rounding out the lineup. UN will release their new EP Nevermind The Bombings, Here's Your Six Figures via Deathwish soon.

BV/1000 Knives/AEG Live are also happy to present Converge at Santos Party House on 5/6 with support from Touche Amore, Lewd Acts, and the phenom Black Breath. Tickets are going fast, but are still available.

Some vids and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "new Acid Tiger MP3, show Saturday & other tour dates "

by BBG

Narrows at Knitting Factory (more by Samantha Marble)
Narrows

I have nothing against Cave In. That band rules, but I did notice a trend on my way out of the Cave In show at Knitting Factory in November; every other person seemed to remark how amazing the opener, Narrows, was. For a band with members scattered across the globe (literally), it's rather impressive for them to not only be so cohesive but to even get together and play live at all, let alone in NYC... TWICE in less than a year.

YUP, 1000 Knives and BrooklynVegan are proud to announce the return of Narrows to Cake Shop on April 24th with two bands TBD. The show is not part of a tour, just a one off exclusive East Coast appearance! Sounds like a road-tripper to me, but before you leave make sure and buy advance tickets for $10. If you're a gambler, roll the dice and buy $12 tickets at the door.

In addition to that whopper of a show, yesterday we announced another show at Cake Shop - Blacklisted, Gods & Queens, Tiger Flowers (who blessed us with a new joint), and Chambers on 3/6. Tickets are on sale. It's one of two shows that Blacklisted is playing as part of a BV/1000 Knives Production, with the second going down this Friday at Cake Shop (1/15) with HopeCon (win tix). BV is also presenting Tombs/Rosetta on 1/22 at Union Pool, Magrudergrind/Defeatist on 1/23 at Cake Shop, and Unsane/Made Out of Babies on 2/6 at Union Pool.

All Narrows dates below...

Continue reading "Narrows coming back to NYC - BV Presents a one-off show @ Cake Shop & other 2010 tour dates "

words by BBG, photos by Sam Marble

Cave In

Cave In, Narrows, and Trap Them completed a short tour of the east coast as part of Cave In's first trek in close to four years. The band was also touring off of Planets of Old, which dropped earlier this year in limited vinyl, and will be released on CD with an accompanying DVD in the new year. Culled from their first reunion show in Boston, the DVD features live footage of the entire show. Dig on a taste of that here.

The show also marked the first East Coast date for supergroup Narrows, which features Dave Verellen of Botch, as well as members of Unbroken, Some Girls (which featured Wes Eisold of Cold Cave), and many others. For Trap Them, it was their first NYC show since pummeling NYC with Napalm Death, Coliseum, Kataklysm and Toxic Holocaust.

Coliseum, who recently played Fun Fun Fun Fest with Coalesce, are heading back out with the KC band and hitting up NYC on Dec 30 at Europa with A Storm Of Light. Tickets are on sale.

More pics from the Brooklyn show below...

Continue reading "Cave In, Trap Them & Narrows played Knitting Factory in Brooklyn - pics & setlist "

by Black Bubblegum

Cave In: Gods of Woodland Hardcore
Cave In

It was bound to happen, and now it has. Cave In will play NYC on 11/19 at Knitting Factory as part of a short east coast tour with Narrows and Trap Them! Ticket info is forthcoming.

Cave In, who came out of hiatus over the summer, are also playing shows with Coalesce in the next week for FREE in ATL on 10/7, and 10/8 in LA at The Knitting Factory (one of the last shows at the California venue). RSVP for those FREE shows here.

The tour announcement comes on the heels of the announcement that the limited Planets Of Old 12" will be re-released as an CD EP in the new year. All dates below...

Continue reading "Cave In playing shows! - Knitting Factory in NYC, an East Coast tour w/ Trap Them (dates), free in ATL & LA (RSVP)"

by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Minsk - "Three Moons" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Magrudergrind - "Excommunicated" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Magrudergrind - "Lyrical Ammunition For Scene Warfare" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Afgrund - "Klinisk Digital Kyla" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Afgrund - "Borja Fran Noll" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thou - "Into The Void" (Black Sabbath cover, MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thou - "Sweet Leaf" (Black Sabbath cover, MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thou - "Lord Of This World" (Black Sabbath cover, MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thou - "Black Sabbath" (Black Sabbath cover, MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Black Pyramid - "Visions of Gehenna" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gnaw Their Tongues - "Rife with Deep Teeth Marks" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Complete Failure - Heal No Evil (ZIPPED MP3 Album)

Minsk

Lots of ground to cover, since we missed ya last week, so lets get right to it with the mighty Minsk! The Chicagoan's new album With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone is out now, and it definitely delivers on the promises of The Ritual Fires of Abandonment. Highly recommended, as evidenced by the monstrosity "Three Moons" available for download above!

At The Charleston on 5/29, I managed to catch the pummeling Magrudergrind along with the equally awesome powerviolence of The Endless Blockade. The pair are touring surrounding their MDF appearance, and while TEB doesn't have a new album out, Magrudergrind DOES; a self-titled LP available now via Willowtip! Cop that here, and cop a pair of songs from the record above!

Also up at Willowtip, the new LPs by Defeatist and Afgrund! The new Defeatist LP, Sharp Blade Sinks Deep Into Dull Minds, is actually a compilation of previous EPs and other releases, but definitely provides a good preview as to what these grinders are about before their new LP drops (soon). Meanwhile Afgrund's new LP, Vid Helvetets Grindar, is also on preorder. Check out the band's deathgrind-y groove on tracks like "Klinisk Digital Kyla", "Borja Fran Noll", both downloadable above.

Check out two noteworthy streams... Khanate's Clean Hands Go Foul and Xasthur's All Reflections Drained. Both albums are out NOW via Hydra Head Records. In the meantime, check out an awesome interview with James Plotkin of Khanate and make sure and buy that Khanate hunting knife too!

Goes Cube are finally home from their tour promoting the massive Another Day Has Passed. Their "homecoming show" is scheduled for tonight (6/5) at Union Hall with The Detachment Kit amd The Thin Man. Tickets are still available.

Ancestors have completed recording their follow-up to last year's Neptune With Fire. Featuring four songs, and three interludes, I had a chance to preview a few tracks which are definitely as epic as their previous material, and just as compelling. Look for Sera Timms from Black Math Horseman and David Scott Stone to make an apperance on the as-yet untitled LP, and look for more news very soon!

A member of Pelican and a member of Tombs have agreed to a "bro tat" commemorating their current tour together. So what you say? YOU can decide what it is! Pictures from their recent show together at Irving Plaza are HERE in case you missed them.

Iron Age and Sex Vid are in town this weekend. More info, dates, and an MP3 from Iron Age's Tee Pee Records debut, HERE.

Liturgy have been added to our Northside Festival showcase. Howl have been added to the roster of Relapse Records, and we just got word that so were Black Anvil!

Black Pyramid has released their new self-titled LP on the doom stable Meteor City Records. While vocalist Andy Beresky comes off sounding like J.D. Cronise at times (NOT a bad thing), these Massachusetts boys definitely are in a whole different category than The Sword. With an ability to balance their bombastic blues riffs with stylistic touches of the greats (ie Electric Wizard, Sleep, Pentagram, etc) without sounding derivative, check out a video for Black Pyramid's "And The Gods Made War/Visions of Gehenna" below and download "Visions of Gehenna" above! Full BP tour dates are below, including their appearance at the Stoner Hands Of Doom Festival.

That video and Thou, Indian, Ulver, Brutal Truth, Wolves In The Throne Room, Municipal Waste, and Narrows as This Week In Metal Continues...

Continue reading "This Week In METAL (06/05/09)"

by Black Bubblegum

Tail Swallower & Dove
TAAS

Seattle's These Arms Are Snakes have declared their new album and Suicide Squeeze debut, Tail Swallower & Dove finis! Due Oct 7th, the record was produced by Chris Common at the Red Room (Matt Bayles & Common's recording studio) in Seattle.

In related ex-Botch news, Minus The Bear has announced another US tour this time with Annuals. The tour includes another date a Webster Hall with Sylvie on October 25th, tickets go on sale Saturday 8/9 at noon here.

Also in the ex-Botch file, the new Narrows seven-inch isn't out yet, but you can get it digitally on iTunes and Amazon.com.

A video of Minus the Bear's recent Jimmy Kimmel appearance and all tour dates below...

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Opeth!
Opeth 2008

Twenty six. Thats how many days we have left until the new Opeth record hits the streets. Mikael Akerfeldt & the boys have put in WORK when it comes to publicity for this record so check out a few interviews that they did here, here, here, here, here, and a seven-parter here. Whew! And here's a taste of their setlist from the Universal City, CA date (May 2nd) of the Progressive Nation Tour:

Master's Apprentices
Baying of the Hounds
In My Time of Need
Wreath
Heir Apparent
The Drapery Falls
Tickets are still on sale for Opeth's two shows at Terminal 5. We have a pair to giveaway too. Want them? Email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Opeth). Include your first and last name. One winner will be picked at random and contacted.

More dates have been added to the Cavalera Conspiracy tour.... check for the full tour dates below. Missed the presale? Don't worry, tickets are back on sale as of Friday morning @ 10am.

Speaking of the Cavaleras, check out the cover for the new Soulfly record Conquer here, as well as the tracklisting below. Conquer will feature guest appearances by David Vincent (Morbid Angel) and Dave Peters (Throwdown).

Speaking of two nights at the venue formerly known as Irving Plaza, tickets are still on sale for the first of two At the Gates reunion shows. The second night is sold out.

much, much more...............

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Russian Circles

As mentioned by our fair compatriot Largehearted Boy, today marks the release of instru-metallers Russian Circles's Station on Suicide Squeeze. Mosey on over to Spinner and check it out. Me likey.

Russian Circles share a band member, ex-Botch-er and bassist Brian Cook, with These Arms Are Snakes who have announced a new album of their own. Slated for recording on May 9th and release on Oct 7th, the new album (the name is a secret) also has a new home....Suicide Squeeze! Chris Common, drummer of These Arms Are Snakes and producer of 2006's Easter (as well as Mouth Of The Architect's new one, and records by Minus the Bear) will run the boards.

Ryan Fredriksen (These Arms Are Snakes) has his own side project, Narrows, featuring the one and only Dave Verellen (ex-Botch) on throat but also boasting members of Unbroken and Some Girls. The band will release a 7" EP this month on Deathwish, followed by an LP due later this year.

Russian Circles are playing the MHOW with Daughters on June 29th. Tickets are on sale.