Entries tagged with: Occultation
By Rob Sperry-Fromm
Occultation at Saint Vitus in 2011 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Old school-style NYC metal crew Occultation (who feature a member of Negative Plane) recently put out a new album, Silence in the Ancestral House, which was produced by the inimitable Kurt Ballou, on Profound Lore. It's an ornate, baroque slab of classic-sounding metal, pulling from the theatrics of Mercyful Fate and the dark witchcraft of late '60s occult rock and early doom. The songs are long, expertly composed, and drenched in reverb, and the skill with which this very specific template is executed makes it pretty much catnip for NWOBHM and doom fans. Give it a listen in full, below.
Occultation play locally a good amount (maybe you caught them at the Cult of Youth release show last week), and they've got two upcoming NYC shows at the moment. First, they'll be playing Palisades on Friday (11/21), where they'll be joined by Kosmodemonic, Mountain God, and Think Tank. Tickets for that show are on sale now. They'll also be playing one of the two YOB shows at Saint Vitus that we've discussed, where they'll be joined on the second night (12/13) by Ecstatic Vision. Tickets for that show are still on sale.
Stream the new LP below...
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn's Cult of Youth released Final Days, the followup to 2012's Love Will Prevail, this week via Sacred Bones. Main member Sean Ragon brought in backing musicians for Love Will Prevail, but has an all-new 5-piece lineup for this one including former The Hunt members Jasper McGandy and Christian Kount, as well as drummer Cory Flannigan and cellist Paige Flash. The new band fleshes out Cult of Youth's sound more than ever before, and their mix of driving post-punk with dark neo-folk is at its best here. Check out two of its tracks below.
Cult of Youth are celebrating the new album with a release show in their hometown TONIGHT (11/13) at Trans-Pecos with Occultation, Mommy and Aischrolatreia. Tickets are available. It's their only US date before a European tour this winter.
All dates are listed, with those streams, below...
YOB at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Doom masters YOB put out the killer new Clearing the Path to Ascend earlier this year and they'll wrap up 2014 with a two-night stand at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on December 12 & 13, presented by Pitchfork. Both nights have great openers. The first night is the crushing Tombs (who just wrapped up a two-night stand at Vitus on their tour with Pallbearer) and Kings Destroy (who's tour with Pentagram hits NYC this weekend). Then the second night it's NYC's witchy Occultation and the psychedelic recent Relapse signees Ecstatic Vision (who also played night 2 of that Pallbearer/Tombs run). Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on sale now.
YOB's only other date that we're currently aware of is Maryland Deathfest 2015. Stream a track from the new YOB LP with the Vitus flyer, below...
by Doug Moore
Occultation at Saint Vitus, 2012 (more by Caroline Harrison)
After a relatively quiet autumn, NYC-based creepy crawlers Occultation (who share guitarist Ed Miller with the great black metal band Negative Plane) will take their, erm, occult rock on the road for the second time this year in December. The six-day tour kicks off with an appearance at the Acheron on December 4, along with the thoroughly un-Google-able punk band Survival (not the Liturgy side project), Yautja, and Razorheads. The tour then loops out towards the midwest, including a Chicago stop on December 7 at the Ultralounge.
Tickets for the NYC date are on sale now. All dates are listed, along with an Occultation track stream, below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Masakari at Acheron, Nov 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Masakari will headline Acheron on May 4 as part of the final Death First show with Trenchgrinder, Bill Bondsmen, and Curmudgeon. Tickets are on sale. Trenchgrinder recently played Acheron, playing support for Dropdead last weekend. Pictures from that show are available at InvisibleOranges.
Dark vibes will prevail at The Gutter on April 28, when Occultation headlines the space with help from Hessian, Seax and Galleon. $5 gets you into this great event for all of you 21+ folks.
Another busy week at Invisible Oranges, where we posted new tracks from Church of Misery / Circle of Ouroboros / Arckanum / Call of the Void, Skagos, Surachai, Black Moth, Bone Sickness and a little band called Black Sabbath. We also posted the new Haust and Corrections House videos, discussed the badass-edness of Chris Ulsh (Mammoth Grinder/Hatred Surge/Power Trip), the Nachtmystium hiatus and talked to some guy named Fenriz. NBD.
Head below for all Evillive-approved shows for the next two weeks. What did I miss?
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Homewrecker at A389 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Ohio hardcore crew Homewrecker are currently out on a short string of winter dates, but will head down to NYC to play a show at Death By Audio on Jan 30. Look for the band to be joined by Death First and Trenchgrinder. In related news, Trenchgrinder and Mutant Supremacy share a drummer, and you can catch them at Acheron on Saturday (1/26) with Organ Donor and Flaming Tusk. Other Homewrecker dates are below.
Punk crew Who Killed Spikey Jacket? will headline a Sad Boys record release show, alongside appearances from Perdition, Goosebumps and Murderer at 285 Kent on Friday, February 1.
And last but certainly not least, Rhode Island doomers Pilgrim will team with Occultation, Insect Ark and Balam for a show at Bowery Electric on February 6.
All EVILLIVE-approved shows for the next two weeks, plus video from the A389 anniversary, are below.
What did I miss?
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Occultation at Saint Vitus, July 2012 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Quite a few excellent choices tonight (11/30), but one show that I havent seen discussed much is Occultation's record release party! The band will celebrate the release of Three and Seven on vinyl at The Gutter TONIGHT (11/30), joined by Ominous Resurrection and Miracle of Birth.
The first of TWO area shows for High on Fire, Goatwhore, Primate & Lo-Pan kicks off at Bowery Ballroom tonight (11/30) before hitting Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow (12/1). Don't forget that Primate will play an afterparty tonight at Saint Vitus (12/1, doors at midnight) featuring an all Black Flag covers set. Tickets are still available or you can try your luck at winning a pair! Contest details are below.
photos by Caroline Harrison, words by Doug Moore
Hammers of Misfortune at Saint Vitus - 7/23/12
San Francisco's prog-metal powerhouse Hammers of Misfortune brought their tour to NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on Monday night (7/23). Indianapolis doomsters (and Hammers tour buddies) The Gates of Slumber provided direct support, while BK's Occultation opened the show.
Fittingly, Occultation play "occult rock"--the same curiously fashionable style observed by Ghost, Jex Thoth, The Devil's Blood, and so forth. In practice, "occult" means creepy-crawly, slightly proggy 70s rock that never delves too far into darkness. Guitarist Ed Miller, also of the black metal band Negative Plane, stole the show from Occultation's wooden frontwoman with his 'verbed-out lead playing.
The Gates of Slumber rarely cease touring. Road dogs make few mistakes, and TGoS typically execute their traditionalist doom metal impeccably. But even salty vets run into occasional problems, and The Gates' set was marred by minor difficulties--frontman Karl Simon suffered from a sore throat and a strangely muddy rhythm guitar sound. But their energy won out in the end; Simon slung gloriously loose solos with abandon, and drummer Bob Fouts held down the lumbering rhythms as only a big dude can.
Though I'm a big Hammers of Misfortune fan, I approached their set with some caution. Three vocalists, two guitars, a Hammond organ and a rhythm section can be a messy combination, especially given HoM's Byzantine compositions. But the sound at Vitus was pristine, and the band delivered a borderline-flawless performance that touched on each of their five albums. Relatively-new vocalist Joe Hutton deserves special props; he executed both his and his predecessors' material with aplomb.
Hammers of Misfortune and The Gates of Slumber will wrap up their brief tour shortly, so if you missed them at Saint Vitus, check them out on their remaining dates or live vicariously through the pictures, more of which are below.
by Fred Pessaro /// BBG
Welcome to another edition of Evillive.
Bloodiest and Chrome Waves will team up to play an NYC show at Saint Vitus on August 17th with Vattnet Viskar and more TBA. Tickets are on sale. The show is the first NYC date for the black metal super crew, which contains current and former members of Nachtmystium, The Gates of Slumber, Wolvhammer, The Atlas Moth, Leviathan and more. That's right, you read correct... Jef Whitehead will be performing with the band. Chrome Waves released their new LP via Gravedancer Records earlier this summer.
Speaking of The Gates of Slumber, Profound Lore signees Occultation have been added to the previously discussed show with Hammers of Misfortune/The Gates of Slumber at Saint Vitus on July 23rd. Tickets are still available of you can win one of two pairs to this BrooklynVegan event! Details on how to win are at the bottom of this post.
Maryland Deathfest announced its official lineup earlier today.
Misery Index announced a tour.
The first of two American Nightmare shows goes down at Webster Hall tonight.
More suggested heavy NYC shows , the contest details and a flyer for that Hammers of Misfortune show, below...
EMM of Occultation on stage with Negative Plane at Union Pool (more by BBG)
Negative Plane's Stained Glass Revelations was a triumph of darkness, utilizing unnerving and reverb drenched guitars to create a vision that was unique to black metal. Negative Plane isn't the singular vision of darkness for its members though; members of the band also serve time in bands like Agrath and the harrowing Occultation.
Unlike Agrath, Occultation shies away from black metal in technique for the most part, instead co-opting the genre's sense of dread to their gothic rock laced with psychedelia. Much like contemporaries in Jex Thoth and Sabbath Assembly, female vocals are the focus of Occultation, with bells, eerie organs and guitars playing second fiddle to overall atmosphere. The band is preparing to release Three & Seven via Profound Lore in North America and Invictus Productions overseas on April 17th and you can stream the new songs "Living Portrait" and "Dreamland In Flames" below, the latter of which makes its debut here today.
Reminder: Negative Plane will join Bone Awl for their 10th anniversary at Saint Vitus on Friday (4/6, tickets). The show is one of two for Bone Awl, who will also play a show at Red Light District on 4/7 in the Rockaways with FFH and Pharmakon.
Stream those tracks below.
Wolves in The Throne Room (more by Paul Birman)
Wolves in The Throne Room are here, and will begin their campaign of NYC darkness with Thou TONIGHT (9/12) at The Bell House with Krallice. Tickets are still available. The fun continues Wednesday (9/14) at Death By Audio in Brooklyn with Mutilation Rites (who replaced Krallice when Krallice switched to the Bell House show). Tickets for Death by Audio, previously unavailable, go on sale at 11AM (UPDATE: either we're crazy or the ticket on-sale has changed to 9/13 at 11pm).
Those opting for the Wednesday show still have a great option for tonight if you still feel like hitting some black-metal induced madness. Prescious Metal will host Raspberry Bulbs (mem Bone Awl), FFH, and Endless Humilation at Lit Lounge, one of two shows scheduled thus far for Raspberry Bulbs before they take a timeout to work on new material. If you can't make it, head out to Raspberry Bulbs' CMJ appearance at Saint Vitus on 10/18 where they'll team with Villains, Occultation (mem Negative Plane) & Skull. Ticketing info for the CMJ show is still forthcoming.
Krallice will also play Union Pool on Saturday with Urfaust/Black Anvil/Ruin Lust. Tickets are still available. The show is one of two BrooklynVegan heavy events scheduled for this weekend, with a second taking place on 9/16 at Public Assembly with 40 Watt Sun and the recently added Woe.
Wolves in The Throne Room welcome Celestial Lineage this week via Southern Lord. Cop it.
All tour dates and some recent video, including a full Raspberry Bulbs set, is below.
Negative Plane at Union Pool (more by BBG)
If you are a fan of the blackened arts and aren't checking out Ash Borer, Ruin Lust, ITHI, and Anchorites at Acheron on Saturday (7/16),
most likely you'll be checking out an impressive bill of Negative Plane, Occultation, and Ominous Resurrection at Lone Wolf (1089 Broadway in Brooklyn). The show, which kicks off at 8PM, is 21+ and is FREE with a suggested donation of $5 (or more) at the door if you so choose. FREE is great, but is pretty much a steal for this bill, so if you can then donate hard. Negative Plane cancelled.
Check out some live video of Negative Plane, who released the awesome Stained Glass Reflections on Ajna this year, below.
photos by Andrew St. Clair
"First of all I now realize no matter how loud I dial it up at home, praying the dude next to me isn't home, this is meant to be heard at full volume with all of it's floor shaking rumbling and silences. Union Pool was the perfect place to be close enough to hear Creston's vocals... They announced they were playing 'Human Kindness' straight through and then [would] play 'as long as we physically can as long as we don't have to play an encore.'" [7 Inches]Harvey Milk played the first show of a three night Union Pool residency last night (3/13) with Occultation (mem Negative Plane). The party continues tonight with Villains and wraps up on Tuesday (3/15) with Luke Roberts. Tickets for both nights (3/14 & 3/15) are still available.
More pictures from the first night are below...
Lower Dens @ Bowery Ballroom during CMJ (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As previously discussed, Harvey Milk are in fact playing three shows at Union Pool and they've added support for each night. Tickets are now on sale and still available for all three: March 13th with Occultation (mem Negative Plane!), March 14th with Villains, and the newly-onsale March 15th with Luke Roberts.
Downtown legend Joey Arias is headlining Town Hall on 4/21. Tickets go on presale at noon.
Balkan Beat Box are playing Webster Hall on 4/26. Tickets go on sale at noon.
The Airborne Toxic Event are playing Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom and Webster Hall in three days. Tickets for all of them go on sale at noon.
Jukebox the Ghost and Wakey Wakey co-headline a show at Bowery Ballroom that same week. Tickets go on sale at noon.
The Boxer Rebellion have shows coming up at Bowery and Music Hall - both on sale.
Jeff Mangum tickets also went on sale at 11am and noon.
Strokes MSG tickets are also on sale.