Entries tagged with: October 31
by Andrew Sacher
Grim Reaper, one of the more badass wailing '80s metal bands, are touring the US once again this year. The current lineup only has frontman Steve Grimmett from the early days, joined by a trio younger guns. As we mentioned in 2014, their first new album since the '80s is on the way, and it's expected this year. It's called From Hell, and while a release date still hasn't been revealed, you can watch them playing the title track live, below.
The tour kicks off in NYC with a show on March 18 at Saint Vitus and a TBA show on March 19. The Vitus gig has them joined by October 31, Psychoprism and S.A. Adams. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with a stream of their classic debut album See You In Hell and that new song, below...
In addition to Stardust and Martyrdoom, Brooklyn venue Saint Vitus will host yet another multi-day metal festival this year. This one's the third installment of Rage of Armageddon, and happens from Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 18 with a number of veteran death and thrash bands including Broken Hope, Embalmer, Dr. Shrinker, Razor, Morbid Saint, Blood Feast, October 31 and more. Tickets, including 3-day passes, are on sale now.
It's billed as Broken Hope's only east coast appearance, and Razor (who play Saturday and Sunday) are promising a different set each night. Full day-by-day lineup below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Metal festival Defenders of the Old Fest will take place in NYC on March 13 & 14 at The Bell House with Riot V, Machine of War, Exciter, Aggression, Brocas Helm, High Spirits, Natur and more. Tickets, including 2-day and single-day passes, are on sale now. Full lineup below.
In even more exciting news, the fest is presenting another NYC show the following day (3/15) at a TBA venue with Sweden's Nifelheim and Kansas City's Ares Kingdom (ex-Order from Chaos). Nifelheim are a legendary, utterly scuzzy and thrashy black metal crew who have been doing it since 1990, and Ares Kingdom are a veteran death/thrash outfit. While these two bands don't have locality or subgenre in common, they share a gnarled, old-school approach to ripping people's faces off. The show will feature a couple more bands who have not yet been announced, but given the headliners alone this should be huge. We'll keep you posted with further venue, ticket, and band info as that comes in.
Check out live videos of Nifelheim and Ares Kingdom, with the Bell House lineups, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Chris Black with Dawnbringer, July 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Canadian old-school thrash band Exciter will be playing the Defenders of the Old Festival III which goes down in Brooklyn at The Bell House on March 13 & 14, 2015 with the band's original lineup. Exciter hasn't played the US in 30 years. In addition to Exciter, the initial line-up also includes old-school US metal band The Rods, the like-minded October 31, and Montreal's retro doom-y band Cauchemar. No word on advance tickets yet, but stay tuned here and at the event's Facebook page for more developments.
In related news, Chris Black's High Spirits, the awesome Chicago retro metal band, earlier this year released the fantastic LP You Are Here. Black's better-known band Dawnbringer is releasing a new album this year, too, out on October 28 on Profound Lore. Dawnbringer recently shared "One-Eyed Sister" off of Night of the Hammer and you can listen to it in this post. As we've come to expect from Dawnbringer -- and, really, anything from Chris Black -- it's excellent and, on first listen, seemingly timeless.
Trey Azagthoth of Morbid Angel
May 26th was a day of firsts for me at the tenth annual Maryland Deathfest. It was the first time I saw Confessor, Deviated Instinct and Haemorrhage. The first time I heard "new" material from death-doom godsWinter. The first time I saw Noothgrush with new live vocalist Dino Sommese (Ghoul, Dystopia, etc). And maybe most memorably, the first time I witnessed a man whip out his junk out on stage, piss in his cupped hand and wipe his face with it.
The latter first came care of Horna, who's lead singer Spellgoth performed the "urine baptism" at center stage (pictures below, NSFW?) and was one of several notable black metal-influenced performances (Archgoat, Tsjuder, Black Witchery) on that brutally hot Saturday. The moment wasn't noticed by many, but the foul stench of old blood and human fluids left a trail throughout the indoor stage.
My mid-afternoon arrival at Sonar meant that I sadly missed sets by Infernal Stronghold, Bloody Phoenix, and Looking for an Answer, and not-so-sadly missed October 31 (members Deceased) and Anvil (the former being eons better than the latter). The remainder of the sweltering hot day was largely a string of successes with stellar sets from crusty thrashers Hellbastard, UK's Dragged into Sunlight, deliciously obnoxious goregrind from Haemorrhage, death-doom pioneers Winter (who played unearthed songs at MDF), thrash from Morbid Saint and an impressive set from the reunited technical-doom crew Confessor.
Reunited crust-death metal crew Deviated Instinct wins for my favorite of the daytime performances (they played at close to the same time as The Devil's Blood), and though bassist David Vincent gave me a bit of a Nikki Sixx douche-chill during Morbid Angel's headlining set, the band's performance of the early classics absolutely murdered. Brujeria, the supercrew made up of members of Napalm Death, Carcass and more, were great headliners for the opposing outdoor stage but I opted for Noothgrush.